Take This Regret by A.L. Jackson ~ Audiobook Review & Quote-tastic (@aljacksonauthor)

After I read the first book, I had the urge to jump back into this series, because it sat with me for ages and I needed to continue to see what happened! Things were going to change in a big way!
Title: Take This Regret
Author: A.L. Jackson
Series: Take This Regret #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: July 2013 (first published July 27th 2011)

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There are some mistakes we make that we will regret for the rest of our lives. For Christian, it was the day he betrayed Elizabeth.

Christian Davison has a plan for his life. He is determined to become an attorney and to one day take his place as partner in his father’s law firm. Nothing will stand in his way, not even Elizabeth Ayers and their unborn child.

After Christian cuts her from his life, Elizabeth spends the next five years struggling to provide for her daughter and willing to sacrifice anything to give her child a safe, comfortable life. For five years, Christian has regretted the day he walked away from his family and will do anything to win them back just as Elizabeth will do anything to protect her daughter from the certain heartache she believes Christian will bring upon them.

When Christian wrestles his way into their lives, Elizabeth is faced with asking herself if it is possible to forgive someone when they’ve committed the unforgivable and if it is possible to find a love after it has been buried in years of hate.

Or are there some wounds that go so deep they can never heal? They say everyone deserves a second chance.

In July 2016, I listened to Lost to You, and after the abrupt ending I decided I needed to know what happened between Christian and Elizabeth. Take This Regret was set 5 years into the future, as Christian started a new job at his father's firm, heading up a new office in San Diego. It was another pleasant listen as Andi Arndt narrated the story, she depicted both characters perfectly, and was so easy to listen to.

I liked seeing the change in Christian, he had grown a lot over the years and I could see that he regretted his decision all those years ago. I liked seeing him build a connection with his child once they met, and how much he wanted the child to be part of his life.

Elizabeth was wary about Christian coming back into her life. She had suffered a lot after Christian’s ultimatum. It was good to see that she had support around her and was still close with Matt. I could understand why she was hesitant and was very protective of her heart.

Take This Regret was told at a steady pace, and I was able to see both characters as they tried to show that they were better people. Elizabeth was determined to keep Christian at arms length, but allowed him to develop a relationship with their child. I could see that Christian never stopped loving Elizabeth, despite the years they were apart. He had a better relationship with his mother, but the relationship with his father was still strained.

I enjoyed most of the story, experiencing a lot of the hard times Christian and Elizabeth had to face. There was a moment toward the end of the book that made me a little angry and I didn't agree with how Elizabeth handled the situation. She was very selfish and mean, and had no right to blow up like she did. She was now an adult and a parent, and should've handle the situation better than how she did. After I got past this moment, the story wrapped up nicely and I was happy how it all tied up. I know that there's another book in the series, but I think I'm happy with how this one ended and leave it at that.

Sigh... I really think Christian is a good guy... And this was a yummy moment between him and Elizabeth.

I leaned in further and let my fingertips wander over the day old stubble along his jaw, ran them tenderly over his lips—wanted what I couldn’t have.
So, like a fool, I stole it and pressed my lips to his, knowing he’d only be mine for a few moments.
They were hot, damp, and perfect; they scorched my skin and brought tears to my eyes.
A tremor rolled through my chest, stuck in my throat, and shook my body.
I took a little more, held his face in my hands and in my desperation, kissed him deeper—tasted my tears and the sweetness of Christian’s mouth—flirted with disaster.

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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and new adult romance.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children.

Other reviews featuring A.L. Jackson
Take This Regret series
Lost to You #0.5
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Taking Turns by J.A. Huss ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@jahuss)

Wowzas!! This was a fun, hot and intense read... and you know I loved every minute of reading it! J.A. Huss took every girls dark fantasy, and ran with it!
Taking Turns (Turning, #1)
Title: Taking Turns
Author: J.A. Huss
Series: Turning #1
Genre: Adult Romance
Published: January 18th 2017

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I’ve never been afraid of the dark...but that doesn’t mean I wanted to live in it. And maybe everyone wants what they can’t have, but I should’ve thought it over before I accepted the key and unlocked the door to their forbidden world.

Number One is mostly silent. He watches me with them very carefully. His gaze never wanders. His interest never wanes.

Number Two is mostly gentle. But it’s the other side of him I like best. The wild side.

Number Three is mostly reserved. He refuses to cross the line. Even when I beg.

It was carnal, it was sensual, and it was erotic. That’s it. That’s all it was supposed to be. A trip into the dark. A peek into the forbidden.

I just didn’t expect to like them.

What a freakin' saucy, sizzling read this turned out to be! I wasn't sure what I expected going into it, but I should've known it would be about more than just the hot $ex! Huss has that way of creating stories that are deeper than what they appear and Taking Turns was just fantastic!

Bric, Quin and Smith have an arrangement... they like to take on a girl and share her as part of a twisted and sexy game that has rules. When Chella came into their lives she was the ultimate participant. She had dark desires, she was a natural submissive, but she had a feisty side to her as well. Chella was just what they needed, to move on, to find that spice once again and to give them hope for something more.

I enjoyed meeting all the characters. Chella was exploring her sexual side. Quin was the mostly happy guy, but beneath his smiles was a guy that was hurting. Bric was the domineering guy that liked to take control. Smith was the quiet observer, he was serious and broody, and found the perfect girl to pull him out of his funk.

I enjoyed the game throughout the story. I liked that there were rules, they added to the intensity and spice of the relationship these four formed. It was quite hot and sexy at times, but there was a touch of seriousness entwined throughout the story that hooked me as well. I was on edge, trying to figure out the twist that I knew was coming. Huss knows how to create a sizzling story that will sweep the reader away in her fantasy world, and I am looking forward to reading more from this world!!

Complimentary copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

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Ahhh, this book was hot! The relationships built between all three characters were intense!

Forget about Quin and the way he f#*ked you. Forget about Smith and the way he claimed you. Forget about Bric and the way he dominated you.

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“You’re not allowed to kiss me,” I say.
“I am if we’re all four together, Chella. The fourth rule is no rules, remember? And I think this counts.”
I smile. Knowing he will f#*k me here in this room before we leave tonight.
“But you already knew that, didn’t you? You already knew that if we came down here and found Quin and Bric, we could do whatever we wanted.”
“You know it too,” I say.

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JA Huss is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.

You can chat with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AuthorJAHuss), Twitter (@jahuss), and her kick-ass romance blog, New Adult Addiction (www.newadultaddiction.com).

If you're interested in getting your hands on an advanced release copy of her upcoming books, sneak peek teasers, or information on her upcoming personal appearances, you can join her newsletter list (http://eepurl.com/JVhAr) and get those details delivered right to your inbox.

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Mister series
Mr. Perfect #1

Mr. Romantic #2
Mr. Corporate #3
Mr. Mysterious #4
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Tragic #1
Manic #2
Panic #3
Happily Ever After #3.5

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Phantom Kiss by Chloe Neill ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday (@chloeneill)

I have been enjoying the Chicagoland series for a number of years, and it's sad that it's almost at the end. Phantom Kiss was another fun instalment in the series as I got to see all the characters I love again, solving another mystery. The next book is the final ine, and I am SOOOOO looking forward to it!
Phantom Kiss (Chicagoland Vampires, #12.5)
Title: Phantom Kiss
Author: Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #12.5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published: January 19th 2017

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In this all-new novella from the New York Times bestselling author of Midnight Marked, Merit, Ethan, and the rest of Cadogan House crew discover that not all undead creatures are kindred spirits…

Vampires generally aren’t afraid of things that go bump in the night, but Merit and Ethan are extra jumpy after a recent attack by a dark sorcerer. So when they learn that someone is messing with graves in Chicago’s cemeteries, stealing skulls and snatching souls, they fear that their powerful foe might be back for even more magical vengeance.

But after a specter begins haunting Cadogan House—and targeting vampires—they realize that their being taunted by an altogether different sort of monster. A ghoulish villain straight out of the Windy City’s urban legends is on the prowl—and he won’t stop until he’s killed again...

I crave stories from the Chicagoland series; I just love Merit and Ethan, and the eclectic crew they have. Phantom Kiss was a great little taste, with an addictive ghost story that had me hooked, and hanging for the last book in the series.

The story starts off with Ethan and Merit attending their wedding shower at Merit's parents home, and on their way home they get a phone call from their friendly necromancer, Annabelle about a disturbed grave. This leads them on a chase looking for missing bones, uncovering who did it and fighting against ghosts.

I love how well the whole group works together, and the faith they have in each other. They faced the ghost issue head on and were determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. I love how Ethan and Merit's love continues to grow; the banter between them, how passionate they are and always look out for one another. 

Chloe Neill
crafts each story in this series so that a new reader can catch on easily. She describes the scenery, fleshes out the characters and builds the plot to keep me mesmerised. My only complaint... it wasn't long enough! I'll be on edge waiting for more!

Complimentary copy provided by the Publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love a little banter, especially while Catcher and Merit were working together through a fight!! 

“That your attempt at period-appropriate insults?” Catcher asked when I reached him.
“Yep. Did I pull it off?”
“You did not,” Catcher said good-naturedly, the buzz around him increasing as he gathered magic for another throw. “So let’s meet magic with magic.”

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Chloe Neill is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels, the Devil's Isle Novels, and a YA series, the Dark Elite. Chloe was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. When she's not writing, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys--her husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout.

Connect with Chloe at www.chloeneill.com.

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Fake Fiancée by Ilsa Madden-Mills ~ Review & Quote-tastic (@ilsamaddenmills, @RSofRomance)

Fake Fiancée was another sexy read by Ilsa Madden-Mills! I enjoyed watching the fake relationship grow into something more! If you want a quick, light read, with plenty of chemistry, pick this 99c beauty up today!
Fake Fiancée
Title: Fake Fiancée
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Genre: NA Romance
Published: February 6th 2017

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They say nothing compares to your first kiss,
But our first kiss was orchestrated for an audience.
Our second kiss…that one was REAL.
He cradled my face like he was terrified he’d f*ck it up.
He stared into my eyes until the air buzzed.
Soft and slow, full of sighs and little laughs,
He inhaled me like I was the finest Belgian chocolate,
And he'd never get another piece.
A nip of his teeth, his hand at my waist...
And I was lost.
I forgot he was paying me to be his fake fiancée.
I forgot we weren’t REAL.
Our kiss was pure magic, and before you laugh and say those kinds of kisses don’t exist…
Then you’ve never touched lips with Max Kent, the hottest quarterback in college history.

Get ready for breathtaking kisses, dreamy football players, a heroine who yearns for the guy she can't have, and a hero who will do anything for the girl he loves...

I always enjoy reading about fake relationships, so it's not a surprise that I enjoyed this one. But what I also loved was the deeper connection that these two had, which lead to their off the charts chemistry! They were such a great couple to read about and despite being from different world's, they both had lived through terrible loss.

Sunny had been through a lot of pain and suffering, but had found her feet once again and looked like she was doing well for herself. When her car was hit by a girl leaving the house across the street, she confronted Max about it, and I could feel the shift in the air between them. Sunny didn't hold back, and I enjoyed seeing her put Max under pressure, but she didn't expect him to be so understanding and helpful.

Max's story was revealed over time, and it was sad to see what he had been through. I loved that he was goal orientated, and wanted his own success, his own way. He proposed the fake relationship to begin with, but things escalated out of control due to the pressure he was under.

Max and Sunny had amazing chemistry and it was only a matter of time before they took the next step. Even though their fake relationship was supposed to be just that, they genuinely cared for one another and never wanted to hurt the other person. It was sweet to see Max come to the rescue a number of times, and relied on Sunny to help he through some difficult times.

Ilsa Madden-Mills is an author I've come to enjoy. She creates strong passionate alpha males, in the new adult genre, that make my heart pitter-patter! The passion built over time and I felt I was right there with Max and Sunny, experiencing everything that they were. I hope to come back to this worlD some day as there were some secondary characters that I'd like to see more of... Even Sunny's grandmother, Mimi, was a hoot!

Complimentary copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

Ahhh... the first kiss as a fake couple! I loved that Max had to build it up for Sunny! These two were fun together!

I swallowed. “You ready?”
“You already asked me that,” she said a bit breathless.
Oh. Yeah.
Without moving away from her, I pressed the button for the sixth floor.
I leaned down and kissed her. She tasted like honey and sugar, and I wanted more

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New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.

She's addicted to all things fantasy, including unicorns and sword-wielding heroes in books. Other fascinations include frothy coffee beverages, dark chocolate, Instagram, Ian Somerhalder (seriously hot), astronomy (she's a Gemini), Sephora make-up, and tattoos.

She has a degree in English and a Master's in Education.

When she's not pecking away on her computer, she shops for cool magnets, paints old furniture, and eats her weight in sushi.

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Singe by Aly Martinez ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@AlyMartinezAuth, @RSofRomance)

The first book in Aly Martinez's new series was released yesterday! It is a great beginning to a world I'm looking forward to getting back into. It began with two scarred characters looking for closure, and boy, did I enjoy it! *fans self* Check it out for yourself today!
Singe (Guardian Protection, #1)
Title: Singe
Author: Aly Martinez
Series: Guardian Protection #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: February 6th 2017

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She was my nightmare. Every time I closed my eyes, I watched her fall into that inferno. Over and over, I failed to save her.

I hadn’t been able to reach her, and the guilt only burned hotter over time. Four years later, I was the unreachable one.

Heroes aren’t always saints. Sometimes, we’re nothing more than jaded sinners driven by sleepless nights and hearts full of darkness.

And then I met her. She was a dreamer who managed to soothe my scars and heal my wounds.

But, as the flames closed in around us, I feared I wasn’t the right man to save her. That is until I realized she was the one woman I’d burn the world down to protect.

After having my first taste of Aly Martinez's work last year, I knew I had to read more of her work and jumped at the chance to read Singe! I was intrigued by the story line and I needed to know if the scars, the guilt and the hurt could be mended.

Jude was a character that I liked from the beginning. He was a proud and kind guy, but one little mistake shattered his dream. It was good to see that he had moved on, although not in a career path that he would've wanted. The incident that changed his life still haunted him, and he had returned to where his nightmares had begun.

When I met Rhion, I was unsure of her role in the story, but the more she revealed I could see how she could mend Jude. She was a quiet girl, who didn't venture out a lot, but she also had a passion for writing books. I liked seeing their relationship build and how they could heal one another. Rhion had a quirky attitude and kept all the guys from the Guardian Protection agency on their toes. She had a special relationship with all the guys there, and they would do anything to protect her.

This was an intriguing story, with a touch of danger lurking beneath the surface. I could feel it building and I guessed the direction a little earlier in the book. But despite figuring it out, I still enjoyed the story. Rhion and Jude were great together, and despite their scars they could see past them, and learned to love. Aly Martinez has created a new world full of characters I'm excited to read more about.

Complimentary copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

*** Swoon Thursday was first bought to us by YA Bound. Since they are no longer with us, and with permission from Trisha Wolfe, I have decided that those of us that love to swoon need a central meet up point.  So here it is ladies! I have a link up for everyone at the bottom of the post you can add your swoons to, and I’ll set it up every week! So tell all other swooners out there to come on over, link up so we can visit each other! ***

There's no kisses here, but this was a sweet moment between Jude and Rhion...

The hair on the back of my neck stood on end as I sucked in a sharp breath. His fingers brushed over the marred skin on my chest, dipping low before retreating.
It probably wasn’t as much sexual as it was sad, but my nipples peaked all the same.
“These are mine,” he whispered, trailing his fingers over my scars.

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Aly Martinez
Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five- including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.

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Fighting Silence #1 

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