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Release Day – Under My Skin by J. Kenner

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Jackson and Sylvia are back in the third and final part of J. Kenner’s sizzling erotic trilogy. You definitely don’t want to miss how their story ends!

undermyskinAbout UNDER MY SKIN

Jackson Steele and Sylvia Brooks are back in the powerful finale of a provocative, sizzling-hot new erotic trilogy set in the world of J. Kenner’s beloved Stark novels: Release Me, Claim Me, andComplete Me.

He’s the only man I’ve ever loved, and the one man I can’t bear to lose.

Jackson Steele is my light in this world. Charismatic, bold, and always in control, he knows what he wants and how to get it—and absolutely nothing stands in his way. His hold on me is magnetic, his claim on me complete, his kiss my ultimate escape.

We both harbor dark secrets that could tear our lives apart. Though we’ve tried to bury our pasts, there are certain people who won’t let us forget. But the closer danger comes, the brighter the fire between us burns—our ecstasy consuming and soothing us both.

There’s no telling what lies ahead, but I know that Jackson never gives in without a fight. I’d do anything he wants to keep him safe, give him anything he needs. And now that we’re in deep, nothing can make me run.

Under My Skin is intended for mature audiences.

Nikki K’s Review

This couple has gone through hell to be together, and they prove once again in Under My Skin that nothing can stand in their way. The revelation of secrets in the first story threatened to tear them apart, and in this edition, the threat of those secrets going public pushes their limits, but their love is one for the ages.

Jackson and Sylvia continue to have a sex life that makes me swoon. Sylvia is able to give more of herself over to Jackson, and he willingly accepts. When life gets too dark and intense, they lock the world out and find solace in each others arms.
One of the reasons I am drawn to the Stark Novels is the intrigue wrapped up in the love story. And this book does not disappoint.

That being said, I have to admit I enjoyed Say My Name more than this book. However, this is still a good read. I must also confess, I have not read the second book as I did not have time to fit it in prior to reading this one. While I may have missed some details from the second book, It was very easy for me to follow the storyline.

Throughout the book, I found myself having aha moments plot points from the trilogy are revealed and questions answered. J Kenner has done a superb job of tying up all of the loose ends and leaving no stone unturned. I thank the author for finishing this trilogy as she did; it ended as I would have hoped.

I rate this book a solid 4 stars and recommend it to anyone with a penchant for angsty, sexy love stories.

**I received a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.

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She slams the door shut, the limo pulls back out onto the street, and I am left beside Jackson who sits perfectly, dangerously still.

I swallow, my skin prickling from the rising heat.

I’m breathing hard, my breasts rising and falling. My skin is warm, and beads of perspiration have gathered at the nape of my neck.

He turns his head slowly, his eyes meeting mine, wild and feral and hard. There’s a hungry glint to them, and for a moment I fear that he will tear me to pieces. That I will truly stand as proxy for the bastards who leaked the news. For the fear that I know must be consuming him, just as it is consuming me.

But haven’t I repeatedly told him that I can handle it, no matter how bad it gets? That I will be his release valve, his safety net?

That I’ll willingly take in his pain—and then we’ll turn it around into passion.

I am still holding his gaze, and I feel locked in place simply from the force of his will. He has not touched me, and though we haven’t spoken, I know that he will not until I acquiesce. Not tonight. Not when he needs to push. To go as far as he needs, and then some.

“Yes,” I say.

A muscle twitches in his cheek, but he doesn’t otherwise move, nor does he say a word to me. He simply watches me for one beat, then another. It is as if he is sizing me up, testing my resolve. I stay where I am, looking back at him. But slowly—very slowly—I part my thighs.

Jackson sucks in a breath through his nose. Then he twists at the waist so that he can reach the intercom button. He jams his finger down on it.

“Don’t go home, Edward.” His voice is hard. Tight with control. “Just drive. I don’t care where. Just drive until I tell you to stop.”

About J. Kenner

Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner and J.K. Beck) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” J.K. writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense and paranormal mommy lit. Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, is in development as a feature film with 1492 Pictures.

Her most recent trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries.

J.K. lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and several cats.

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Released! Letting Go by Holly Renee

 

Title: Letting Go
Series: The Garage Series #1
Author: Holly Renee
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: August 31, 2015

 

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When Kat was forced to leave the only home she had ever known due to her brother’s secrets, she wasn’t prepared for what was waiting for her in Tennessee or the choices it would force her to make.Kat instantly knew she didn’t like Blake Reagan. He was cocky, stubborn, and infuriating. What Kat didn’t understand was why she couldn’t stop thinking about him or the way he made her feel.The last thing Blake expected was for Kat Archer to storm into his world and turn it upside down. He thought he had her pegged from the beginning, but she destroyed everything he thought he knew. Blake was willing to fight to push his way into Kat’s heart, but she put up a wall at every turn as she clung to her past.

If she stayed, she’d risk the only family she had left. If she left, she’d lose Blake and every piece of her heart that he’d managed to steal.

 

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Bookaholic, firm believer in grand gestures, and obsessed with happily ever afters.

Holly Renee is from the small town of Maryville, TN where she was born and raised. She currently lives with her husband and fur baby, Luna. (Yes. She was named after Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter.)

Holly Renee is the author of her debut novel Letting Go.

During the day, Holly spends her time as a nurse, but once her shift ends, she falls deep into her passion of reading and writing.

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Released! DEGRADE by T. L. Smith

 

Title: Degrade
Series: Flawed
Author: T.L. Smith
 Release Date: August 31, 2015

 

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Zeke One rule, only one rule women need to follow when they’re with me.Don’t ask for more.

This rule is in place for a reason, you won’t get more of what’s not there to give.

Bexley

He is striking, and he’s all man. He is also the devil, or so I believe him to be. I gave him my heart, not realizing I was doing so. He likes to break me down, so I’m a shell of the person I once was. He’s chipping away at me, bit by bit. Though I’m not as weak as he thinks, and when I can’t handle it anymore, I will come back swinging.

 

 

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I’m an idiot, I know this. I just can’t help myself. When it comes to him, I do as he says, do as he pleases. Even if it’s against everything, I believe in. He has a hold on me, which no other person has ever held. I don’t believe he loves me, but I love him. So that has to count for something? Right? My love is big enough. I believe it can hold onto both of us and wrap us up in a vice grip. See, I did tell you, I’m an idiot.
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Released! August by Audrey Carlan

Title: August
Series: Calendar Girl #8
Author: Audrey Carlan
Publisher: Waterhouse Press
 Release Date: August 31, 2015
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Pretending. I’ve always been good at pretending.

Being someone else is easy, and that ability has served me well these last seven months.
This time, I’ve been hired to be the long lost sister of oil tycoon, and down to earth cowboy, Maxwell Cunningham. Recently, Maxwell’s father passed away and in his last Will and Testament he dropped a bomb no one saw coming.One of the richest men in the world, left forty-nine percent of his company to a sister my client never knew he had. A woman named Mia Saunders.

Maxwell has a year to find this sister or he loses almost half of his empire to a greedy board of investors. Somehow, he found me and here I am.

Sharing in family dinners, pretending to be someone I’m not and fooling bigwigs left and right. Only I’m finding myself falling in love with a family I can never have. One that will hurt to leave.

Stetsons, soul-searching, and sisterly duty all come into a sharp tangle with twists and turns I never saw coming.

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In the eighth book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is sent to Dallas, Texas. Still on her mission to save her father, she is hired to be the long lost sister of Maxwell Cunningham, one of the newly richest men in America.

Each installment in the Calendar Girl Serial will release every month throughout 2015. The stories will feature Mia’s journey as an escort to twelve clients in twelve different locations.

Warning: This book is designed for audiences 18+ due to language and graphic sexual content.

 

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Audrey Carlan is an Amazon Best Selling Author who writes erotic contemporary romances, such as the wildly popular “Falling Series.” She lives in the sunny California Valley two hours away from the city, the beach, the mountains and the precious…the vineyards.

She has been married to the love of her life for over 10 years and has two young children that live up to their title of “Monster Madness” on daily basis. When she’s not writing, sipping wine with her “soul sisters”, or doing yoga, she can be found with her nose stuck in book or her Kindle. A hot, smutty, romantic book to be exact!

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Cover Reveal: Unexpected by Jasmine Lee

 

Title: Unexpected
Series: Skipping Stones: Book 2
Author: Jasmine Lee
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic
Release Date: October 10, 2015


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Synopsis:

In Emily you got part of my story. But now in Unexpected you get the rest of it.

True, it doesn’t go the way I planned and I don’t end up with the man I had planned on. But then again, that’s why they say to ‘expect the unexpected.’

I have a choice to make…

Do I choose my past? Or do I choose a path that is uncertain?

Only time can tell in the end. I have to choose before feelings are hurt and it’s too late, causing me to loose everything I hold dear.

Sincerely,
Emily

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“How did I get in here?”
I ask when my eyes make it back to his face.
With his eyes still
closed he says, “Shh…sleeping.”
“Yes, I heard that. But
considering you are talking I took it as you were awake. So again how did I get
here?”
Sighing loudly, he squints
one eye open and looks at me, “Ya know, when someone says their sleeping. It
don’t mean keep talking to them, it means be quiet.”
“I don’t care, answer my
question.”
“You ain’t gonna stop
until I tell ya, are ya?”
“Nope, sure ain’t.”
Huffing out his breath he
tells me, “After we had our fight, you passed out in the yard. So being the
gentleman I am, I carried ya inside and gave you a shower and then I put you to
bed.”
I stay silent. I passed
out? Seriously?

“Now that I answered
your question. Can I go back to sleep?”

About The Author:
Hey everyone, (Waves)

Well lets see, I could tell ya a grand story full of A-list celebrities but lets face it, that only happens in books. I’m married and have two kiddos a son who is a avid baseball player and a daughter who is very passionate about horses. I was born and raised in a small country town in Deep East Texas. Not playing the POP is like 300 people!! I love writing/reading and taking pictures. All 3 have been long time hobbies of mine.

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“This book is going to make you cry I’m not even going to sugar coat that. But the crying is so worth it.”

“This book took you through so many emotions you go from happiness too heartbreak and then total devastation.”


 

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“A dramatic and sometimes chaotic story of a woman trying to rebuild…”

“The book hooked me from page one and it took me on one emotional ride full of twists and turns I never saw coming.”

“I have to be honest, it was quite the roller-coaster of emotions. But Holy Shneikies, Holy Batman, Holy Moly, just doesn’t cut it for my elation for this story!”

“I was so sucked into this story I read it in less than 3 hours. I just couldn’t put it down. I remember thinking ok just one more chapter and the next thing I knew the book was over and I was screaming NO!!!”
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Cover Reveal: Inside my Pain by Stace Lee

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Inside my pain by Stace Lee (Prequel to the Broken series)


Inside My Pain (Prequel to the Broken Series)
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The second installment of The Broken Series takes you back before Cam and Skyla meet. This is the story of how Cam met Skyla’s father and how he came to find out her secret. Inside My Pain will tell you where Cam came from and the struggles he is trying to overcome.  
Before he finds himself on the road that leads to Skyla.
While reading this book, you may find yourself inside someone else’s dreams.
You might just find your twin flame; Two connecting souls that will find each other.
Have you found your twin flame?


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Skyla wanted to be an ordinary girl, but all her life she’s been called a freak. She absorbs the impact of negative emotions from others around her. Could it have anything to do with her glowing violet eyes?
Plagued with nightmares after her father’s death, Skyla is struggling with the monsters that invade her mind and body. She wants to be an average girl and do normal things…with the only guy that could ground her, so she doesn’t feel out of control.
Cam, the hot new guy that lives in Skyla’s apartment building, is dying to get near her. He can feel the pull between them, but he doesn’t want to scare her off with what he knows could help her. Is Cam the only one that can curb this appetite of sensitivity and keep her from becoming emotionally unstable?
Or will her emotions be too much and she will remain broken and unloved?


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Author Bio –  Stace Lee

Stace wrote her firstbook a year ago. She was laid off from her job and took this opportunity to finish a story that is close to her heart. Not only does she listen to music as she writes, she also attempts to write songs to those stories. Although she would like to sing these songs, she’s pretty sure she should stick to just writing them.
While she’ll always be a Missouri girl, she now lives on the West Coast in the state of Washington with her Husband and two daughters. If she’s not writing and listening to music, you can find her reading in her bed or working full time. Yep, she went back to work and attempts to juggle her time with friends, family, concerts, trips, book events and writing. All the things she loves!
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$$$ Sale & Released $$$ 9 Ways to Fall Anthology

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9 WAYS TO FALL (An Exclusive Collection of NINE Red-Hot Romances by bestselling authors, featuring Alpha Males, Fighters, Rock-Stars, Movie Stars, Sexy Bad Boys and more)

by Lexi Ryan, Kaylee Ryan, HJ Bellus, Cambria Hebert, Aly Martinez, Erin Noelle, Tessa Teevan, Ilsa Madden-Mills, and Tia Louise

What’s unique about this anthology?  Well….most of these titles have NEVER been in an anthology and a few are very recent releases, not just first books in a series.  The authors really worked hard at making this collaboration ONE OF A KIND!

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Head Back to School with NINE COMPLETE (Full-Length) Romances from New York Times, USA Today, and Bestselling authors NEVER BEFORE in ONE Boxed Set!!!

NINE new book boyfriends are all here to make you sigh, swoon, and switch panties as you head back to school (or kiss the kids and send them out the door! *wink*)

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UNBREAK ME, by Lexi Ryan: Returning home to be a bridesmaid in her ex-fiancé’s wedding to her sister, Maggie Thompson, a 21-year old college-dropout, hopes to salvage her long-tarnished reputation and strained relationship with her family. Instead, she finds herself caught in a web of secrets and deception between the man who once promised to fix her and the sexy ex-rocker who gives her permission to break.

LEVITATE by Kaylee Ryan: Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, you realize your puzzle is unfinished. With one touch you find a piece you never thought you needed. The piece that makes you Levitate.

BLUE by HJ Bellus: Blue Williams shines no matter the circumstance, until one night changes her forever. The beauty is gone, and all she has left are nasty, ugly memories. The man who saved her has a story of his own, with 90 percent of his body scarred. What happens when the Beauty falls for the Beast?

TATTOO by Cambria Hebert: An undercover cop on vacation, a bank teller just doing her job, and a group of bank robbers waiving a gun around. Just when Brody and Taylor think they’ll make it out a tattoo changes everything.

FIGHTING SILENCE by Aly Martinez: I spent my life dodging the punches reality threw at me. I had worthless parents and two brothers who depended on me. Meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan–neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one. They both happened anyway.

SPARK by Erin Noelle: Desperate to improve his younger brother’s worsening condition, Crew Elliott and his family decide to turn to unconventional treatments and move to Colorado. It is there, in the search for medical marijuana, he finds beautiful, free-spirited Hudson Shavell–a girl who may not only hold the key to heal his brother, but to fix him as well.

COMBUST by Tessa Teevan: When Virgin Queen Andi Kane meets Cohen Wellington, she’s sure he’s The One… She’s never been more wrong. Three years later, he’s the man she never wants to see again, she’s the one who got away, and this time, despite her protests, he’s not letting her go without a fight.

VERY TWISTED THINGS by Ilsa Madden-Mills: He’s a rock star with a past. She’s the heiress who’s lost everything. Welcome to Briarcrest Academy–Hollywood style–where sometimes the best things in life are VERY TWISTED THINGS.

ONE TO LOVE by Tia Louise: Fighting, tattoos, fame, love, LOSS… It’s the one thing Kenny and Slayde have in common, until the night Fate throws them together and everything changes. It’s a story about fighting, about falling in love; and it’s about losing everything only to find it again in the least likely place.

 

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Released! TRANSCENDING DARKNESS by Airicka Phoenix

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One: Sign the contract.
Juliette Romero had a debt to pay, a debt that wasn’t even hers. But it was the only way to keep her family safe and all she had to do was sell her body and soul to the devil.
Killian McClary wasn’t called the Scarlet Wolf for nothing. He’d been the head of the McClary Organization since he was fifteen and had built a reputation for being a ruthless son of a bitch when it came to running the city’s underbelly, not to mention merciless when it came to punish-ing those who betray him. He didn’t believe in weaknesses. On-ly results. Juliette, with her shy smiles and hot little body was a weakness unlike any other and yet he was powerless to resist one more taste of her sweet flesh.
Two: Become his for a year.
When given the choice between her life or her body, what could Juliette possibly do, but submit to a man whose very name invoked fear in the hearts others? She just never anticipated falling for his dark, hungry eyes and clever hands, or the way the beast in him made her feel oddly safe and cherished.
But what will happen when Killian’s dark past finally catches up to him and threatens the woman he can no longer imagine himself without? What will happen when both sides find themselves caught in a web of passion, lies and broken promises? Can Juli-ette tame the wolf or will her love for him devour them both?
Three: Don’t fall in love.
Boundaries will be crossed, loyalties will be tested and lives will be changed forever.
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Airicka PhoenixBIO:

Self-proclaimed romance addict, Airicka Phoenix lives in a world where unicorns, fairies and mermaids run amok through her home on a daily basis. When she’s not chasing after pixies and rounding up imps, also known as her four children, she can be found conjuring imaginary friends to play with. Airicka is the prolific author of over eighteen novels for those who crave strong, female leads, sexy alpha heroes and out of control desires. She’s a multi genre author who writes young adult, new adult and adult contemporary and paranormal romance. For more about Airicka and the realm she rules with an iron fist–and tons of chocolate–visit her at:

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Blog Tour: Healed by LOVE by Ami LeCoeur and Elle Dawson

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How well do you ever REALLY know another person? Their secrets? Their fears? Their doubts?

Meet Thompson. The real Thompson. Underneath this polite chauffeur’s exterior beats the heart of a warrior. A warrior who has been through hell and back. A warrior trying desperately to deal with the demons of his past. Trying desperately to bury the disappointments of his life, his actions, his failures.

Meet Maria. Sweet. Creative. Funny. With a heart of gold. Even confined to a wheelchair because of an accident, no one could define her as disabled. She longs for all the things any young woman longs for: love, connection, maybe a family. But for now, she’s put that aside.

In the best-selling series, High Stakes Seduction, you got a glimpse of Thompson and Maria… the parts of themselves they normally show to the world. Now, come discover the private sides of two people struggling to leave their pasts behind. Two people fighting the limitations others have imposed on them. Two people whose lives and souls can only be Healed by Love.

Don’t miss this sexy and intense first book in the High Stakes Seduction spin-off series, Healed by LOVE by best-selling authors, Ami LeCoeur and Elle Dawson.

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AMI LECOEUR

Like most romance writers, Ami LeCoeur is a romantic at heart, but in her heart it’s the classic Romanticism of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

She is also a painter, glass artist, and award winning poet, as well as a writer.

When she isn’t traveling, she lives on California’s Redwood Coast with her husband and two kitties. She loves her wonderful ocean view, and when the fog comes in – as it always does – she’s either curled up with a good book, or busy writing.

If you like Ami’s stories, please let your friends know.

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Sharing ones thoughts on paper is an intimate experience, and should not be taken lightly. Some days I fear this process, as my mind can be a scary place to dwell. Other days I realize I’m not alone in this journey, and although the very action of expelling ones deepest thoughts onto paper is intensely personal, it is deeply healing. Funny how that works.

The ideas for my books came at a time when I was hurting, and needed a release that only writing could bring. As a romance lover, I couldn’t make myself write of new love, when it is easy to be in love, easy to be mad for each other, easy to have sex every night. Instead, I found a need inside me to re-connect couples, to shine a light of inspiration into a bedroom that has grown cold.

So I will continue to write as Elle Dawson, and be a mom, sister, daughter and friend in my real life. And read books that take me away or speed up my heart.

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Released! Crushing Misery by Kinsey Taylor

Title: Crushing MiseryAuthor: Kinsey TaylorGenre: Contemporary RomanceRelease Date: August 25th, 2015

 

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Synopsis:
Have you ever lost the will to fight?

Kennedy Anderson has continually struggled with the crummy hand life has dealt her. A failed, abusive marriage has left her worn, yet relieved that the past is finally locked away. Unfortunately, the past has a way of repeating itself. Once again faced with tragedy and despair, Kennedy’s anguish is multiplied by the fact that she doesn’t suffer alone; she now has a two-year-old daughter, Ashlynn.

Love has only served to complicate Corbin Nash’s life.

He’s focused, hardworking, and dedicated to regaining his middleweight title until the unlikely duo of Kennedy and Ashlynn enter his life. While trying to help her fight her demons, Corbin finds his own resurfacing, steadily revealing the secrets he’s worked so hard to keep buried the last eighteen years.

Two beaten and battered souls, desperate to break free of the misery…

Will they cower to their plagued pasts, or will they fight through the despair and finally find the happiness that has evaded them their entire lives?

 

Nikki K’s Review:

**Warning: This book contains scenes of domestic violence and non-consensual sex. If these are triggers for you, please heed the warning.**

Growing up in a less than perfect home, with less than perfect parents, Kennedy Anderson seeks the comfort and friendship of Justeen Finley and her loving family. Never did Kennedy image that this friendship would save her life. The day Bruce Finley saved her, was the very day she became part of a loving family. Never did she imagine that only a few years later, history would repeat itself, only this time the vile bastard was her husband, the father of her beautiful daughter.

Corbin Nash left town after high school to escape his demons and made a life for himself as an MMA fighter. When he returns to town, not only are the demons still there but so is she, Kennedy, Jagger Finley’s adopted sister. And she is a beautiful distraction, one he doesn’t need. Witnessing Troy’s verbal abuse of Kennedy, Corbin’s protective instincts kick. He refuses to sit idly by watching as Kennedy is torn down by the degradation of her husband.

Crushing Misery is the debut novel from author Kinsey Taylor, and she has done a fantastic job of relaying this story of love, pain, and abuse. While reading this book, I went through all range of emotions from fear and anger to love and erotic desire. More than once, I felt the wetness on my cheeks as my tears fell for Kennedy and her daughter Ashlynn. For me, a good book is one that evokes an emotional response, and this book certainly delivered.

If you are not comfortable reading about domestic abuse of both women and children, this book may not be for you. However, if you allow yourself the chance, you will take a journey that will lead you to a glorious HEA. While the intense subject matter may have been difficult at times, the story was very well written and well worth the read.

This book has shown that Kinsey Taylor has something to say, and she said it well. I truly look forward to seeing what this author has up her sleeve for her next book. I rate Crushing Misery a 4.5 Stars!

**I was given A complimentary copy of Crushing Misery for an honest Review.

 

Excerpt:


Through clenched teeth he demandingly asks, “Did you think I wouldn’t notice? You were eye-fucking the dude across the table from your brother, Kennedy. You cheating on me, whore?”

“Don’t be ridiculous, Troy. I was looking at him listening to him talk,” I whisper.

“Bullshit, Kennedy.”

Just then, the atmosphere changes, goose bumps spread covering every part of my body. No! Not now! Not here! Glancing over my shoulder, I spot Corbin, his fists tightly clenched, moving in our direction.

“Is this guy bothering you?” he asks.

I shake my head no, and plead with him using my eyes.

“Mind your own goddamn business, asshole. This is my wife, and we are having a discussion, so piss off,” Troy says.

“Then why, as her husband, do you have your hands forcefully placed on her? When did it become okay to talk that way to your wife?”

Troy whips around to fully face him, and I have to move fast to get myself wedged between the two of them. Troy moves against me pushing me back to face Corbin.
Placing my hands up I plead softly, “Tonight is my brother’s night, and I won’t have either of you ruining it. Please.”

“You don’t deserve to be treated like this,” Corbin says sternly looking up into Troy’s eyes.

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About the Author:


Author Kinsey Taylor lives in the beautiful state of Washington. You’ll find her running after her three crazy minions, two food-loving dogs, and a moody cat who believes he’s the King of their castle. Her inspiration for her books comes from deep in her heart, inspired by her soul mate and husbands adoring support. The everlasting romantic, Kinsey’s writing is sure to give twists, turns, and plenty of drama that will leave you breathless.

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