A Review—-> Ball in Hand by Libby Thomas

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Ball In Hand

Author: Libby Thomas

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Synopsis:

When Sam Middleton catches her classy boyfriend in the throes of a supremely unclassy affair, she retreats to the comfort of a dingy bar that reminds her of home. There, a much younger man entices her to play a game of pool.

He needs a roommate. She needs a place to stay. One thing leads to another and Sam finds herself moving into an apartment building full of college boys. Sam is not easily enticed by the bevy of young studs, but the ambient testosterone causes Sam to reevaluate her position and thrust herself back into the dating pool-table that is.

Dating is much more fun now that she is older, wiser, and the ball is in her hand-so to speak.

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After catching her boyfriend with another woman, Sam Middleton is drinking her sorrows away in a dingy bar. Seeing herself as a plain-Jane, she’s not used to a lot of attention from men, but when a college junior named Mike offers to play her in a game of pool, she figures why not? She’s 27, he’s in college, she’ll never see him again…but will her insecurities get in the way?

Luke Holder, a politics professor, comes home to find his girlfriend moving out. He didn’t really love her so it wasn’t that hard on him, he hasn’t really cared for anyone since Clarisa. After seeing his twin brother blissfully happy and married, he decides he wants the same and it’s time for some changes – starting with his depressing apartment and a new woman.

Sam works at an animal shelter and is very passionate about her job. In fact, the dogs are the only things that make her happy it seems. Thinking back now that it’s over, Sam realizes just how crappy her relationship was. She needs somewhere to go, and it just so happens that Mike (who they have both decided will be JUST a friend) is looking for a roommate. Could it really be so bad living with a bunch of college guys until she gets back on her feet?

When Luke goes to visit his brother Mike, he runs into a very naked Sam. He is instantly attracted to her and wants to know more about her. Sam wants to spread her wings and gain more experience with men, but she can’t quit thinking about Luke. However, new relationships bring new doubts and insecurities. Can Luke and Sam find what they are looking for in each other, or will they let a good thing pass them by?

Ball In Hand is a great debut novel from a brand new author, Libby Thomas. I fell in love with the characters she created, but Charlie (the dog) is by far my favorite! I loved how fun and protective the boys were, and the story over all just made me happy. I’ll be looking forward to more from this author!

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Libby Thomas is a social worker by day and writer by night.   She has been an avid reader of romance novels since she was 12 years old when she had to sneak them off of her mother’s night stand.

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A Review —–> Pulled by AL Jackson

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Melanie Winters and Daniel Montgomery shared a love most only dream of, a love they believed bonded them together for life.

When their world is shattered by the tragic loss of their daughter, overwhelming grief and misguided guilt distorts the truth, and their relationship ends in uncertainty and unanswered questions.

For nine years, they drift through life, each unable to forget the one who holds the strings to their heart. In an attempt to escape the pain of her past, Melanie finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage, while Daniel loses himself in a career that means nothing without Melanie by his side.

Now, when their lives again intersect, neither can deny the connection they felt so long ago. But will the power that drew them together be enough to heal the wounds from their past, and will they have the courage to overcome the insecurities and fears that threaten to keep them apart?

Pulled is a story of attraction and separation, of destiny and duty, of a love so strong it refuses to give up even when all others have.

“Okay, this one did it for me in a big way. I’m an angst-lover. And by that I mean, I’m a Thoughtless, Beautiful Disaster, Love Unscripted, Slammed, Fifty Shades of Everything, kind of reader. But there’s gotta be an HEA. And not a half-done HEA but a real yeah-this-story-has-been-agonizing-but-look-it-was-all-worth-it HEA. So, that said, I earnestly recommend this book. If you’re like me, you’ll like this. Enjoy!” LitJunkie

BUY LINKS

AMAZON: http://amzn.com/B00KQTRJMW

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pulled-a-l-jackson/1109950697?ean=2940149527786&itm=1&usri=pulled+al+jackson

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/pulled/id714524911?mt=11

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In the words of Jillian Dodd, ifly AL Jackson!  Pulled is a story of love, loss, resentment, and never moving forward!

Melanie has left Colorado because her relationship will never work with Daniel.  She married Nathaniel and knows from day one she will never be happy.
Over the years she has tried to forget Daniel, but she can feel him calling her.  All of these feeling come to a head and when Nathaniel goes all alpha male.  She has to decide what choice to make, but she refuses to break up a family.

Nathaniel is an ass, and from day one I wanted t beat him!  He’s controlling and thinks he owns Melanie.  Well, y’all know as well as I do, no one owns anyone.
Daniel finds a light I. His dark world, but with Vanessa in his present, will he be able to move forward with his past.

This story is one that will have you pulling for love, but also family.  Pulled will pull at your heart and make you feel for each character!Pulled2

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 aljacksonphotoAUTHOR BIO:

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including If Forever Comes, Pulled and When We Collide, as well as the New Adult Romance Come To Me Quietly due out January 7, 2014.

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. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.

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TWITTER: https://twitter.com/aljacksonauthor

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5784542.A_L_Jackson?from_search=true

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE: http://www.amazon.com/A.-L.-Jackson/e/B007RK7ZOU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1407086006&sr=8-2-ent

Website: http://www.aljacksonauthor.com/

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Ball in Hand by Libby Thomas is LIVE!

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Ball In Hand

Author: Libby Thomas

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Synopsis:

When Sam Middleton catches her classy boyfriend in the throes of a supremely unclassy affair, she retreats to the comfort of a dingy bar that reminds her of home. There, a much younger man entices her to play a game of pool.

He needs a roommate. She needs a place to stay. One thing leads to another and Sam finds herself moving into an apartment building full of college boys. Sam is not easily enticed by the bevy of young studs, but the ambient testosterone causes Sam to reevaluate her position and thrust herself back into the dating pool-table that is.

Dating is much more fun now that she is older, wiser, and the ball is in her hand-so to speak.

Buy Links: Amazon

Add it to you TBR on Goodreads

Enter a a Rafflecopter giveaway to win a $25 Amazon giftcard

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Libby Thomas is a social worker by day and writer by night.   She has been an avid reader of romance novels since she was 12 years old when she had to sneak them off of her mother’s night stand.

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#LoveReborn Anthology is LIVE!

 
Love Reborn – Coming to a Kindle near you 15th September 

8 authors coming together for one course, SANDS 
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Waltz on the Wild Side 
Two ballroom superstars from different corners of the world. Former best friends now sworn bitter rivals. 

Salomé
The dance I choreographed won an Emmy—but someone else claimed it.
The man I loved just got engaged—but another woman is wearing his ring.
I’m the reigning world champion ballroom dancer—but I’m not “TV material.”
I’m too curvy.
I’m too short.
I’m too real.
Fuck Hollywood.
I’m no longer hiding behind the wings. I’m no longer letting people steal my life.
I’m ready for my turn in the spotlight—no matter what the consequences.

Vika
I left my country, my home, my language, my heart. 
For a chance to have a life in America—live without prejudice and pain.
For freedom, I’ve given my heart and soul. 
Love now means nothing to me but success and security.
Until I met him—the long haired rock and roll drummer with a boyish grin.
True love and acceptance will destroy everything I’ve worked for. 
I’m ready for my chance for happiness – no matter what the consequences.
About the Author 
Alana Albertson is a multi-award winning author and the former President of both Romance Writers of America’s Young Adult and Chick Lit chapters. She is the founder of Academe Advantage, a college admissions & test preparation company. Alana Albertson holds a Masters of Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University. A recovering professional ballroom dancer, Alana currently writes contemporary romance, new adult and young adult fiction. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, two young sons, and four dogs. When she’s not spending her time playing with her sons, dancing, or saving dogs from high kill shelters through Pugs N Roses, the rescue she founded, she can be found watching episodes Homeland, Witches of East End, or Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.
 
Stormy Surrender
Sometimes the life you planned isn’t the one you get to live. Sometimes the pain of the past overshadows the future. And sometimes to start over you have to go back to where it all began. That’s how it was for Joe Masters. That’s how he ended up back in New Hope. And that’s why he was in his thirties and had nothing to show for his life. He needed a complete overhaul, just like his father’s old house. Instead of a fast track, he had slowed down and was on a ten year plan. These days that was more his speed. And as much as he tried to fight the inevitable, he was learning to accept and surrender.

Martha had weathered her fair share of storms in Vermont, was accustomed to the cold, both the chill in the air and the cold shoulder in her marriage, but after the miscarriage she felt like she would never get warm again. So she did the research from the laptop while sitting in front of the fireplace. She knew what she needed when she Googled ‘hope,’ she just never imagined that it would bring her to New Hope, South Carolina. She never imagined that her husband would trick her into leaving and never follow. She never imagined that a southern storm with all its force and fury could be so destructive. But after the storm, the land is washed clean. It’s perfect for a fresh start, a clean slate, and a new love.
About the Author
Nicki has lived in Charlotte, North Carolina with her children for the past twelve years and her husband for the past four. Her journey has barely begun and she has loved every minute of it. Every day of her life seems to bring new adventures, some bigger, better, shinier and prettier than others. She’s still getting used to that new life smell she’s experiencing, a combination of hope, love, and happiness. (The perfect scents to build a new life on…)

For fun, she spends time with those she cares about, cooks, reads, writes, and especially lives to travel. The current travel goal: visit every Margaritaville. Three down! (Eleven to go?)

In May, Nicki started the blog Stories and Swag to promote authors. Several months later, she started Stories and Swag Tours, a blog tour company offering cover reveals, release blitzes, release parties on Facebook, and blog tours. In addition, she started Dominatrix Publishing, a boutique publishing company, to help other authors achieve publishing success.

Her writing can also be found on Shine, where she is a Shine Parenting Guru and an award winning Yahoo! Contributor on YourWisdom as the relationship and dating expert. In addition, she has been published by McClatchy News in their syndicated papers. 

Her books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple, and Smashwords in ebook, paperback, and even some audiobooks.
 
Seduce
Michael is CEO of McKenzie Holdings and has a very bad habit of placing work before all else. His wife, Viv, had died in a car accident, with her current lover, on the way to meet with the divorce attorney’s six years ago. Michael was divorcing her because he’d discovered she’d had a stream of lovers during the course of their marriage. Since her death he’s had no wish to get involved with anyone, until Lily.

Lily, having lost her job at Oakfield Development gains employment at McKenzie Holdings thinking she’s going to work as the Assistant to Dale Roberts, but unbeknown to Lily she has been hired to work as Michael’s assistant. Lily is shocked, and disappointed to realize that the man she’s just been flirting with in the elevator is actually her boss.

Lily and Michael are instantly drawn to each other, but he’s her boss and Lily lives with her boyfriend of seven years. David, her boyfriend, has been acting strange for about five months which has caused Lily to re-evaluate her relationship with him and it comes up short, a lot. She had decided before meeting Michael that she wanted out of her relationship with David, but she has nowhere else to go, so she stays with him for now.

Michael and Lily finally start their relationship, which involves a lot of hot loving and scarves which Lily uses on Michael! Their relationship seems to be heading towards happily ever after, until Lily makes an announcement to Michael, which has him telling her to leave his home. She does, heartbroken, and runs to his brother Lucien.
About the Author 
As well as an author I’m also a Reviewer on Book Addict Mumma Blog.

My first book Seduce went to #53 overall on Amazon and Sizzle went to #35 on Amazon and #19 on Barnes and Noble!!

I was born in Bolton, Lancashire within the United Kingdom, where I lived, and worked at the University of Bolton, until I moved to Ireland with my husband, four kids and pack of animals.

We are now settled in a lovely town, in County Cavan. The kids love their schools, once they get there that is.

My eldest daughter, is on the Irish Junior Archery Team, and spends her time training. At least she does when her dad can get her off her ipad, reading or listening to music.

I have recently joined the book review blog, Book Addict Mumma and made a wonderful new friend in Kristy Louise Garbutt, my new boss!

My kindle is loaded with too many books to mention, as I absolutely love to read when I have the chance.

My all time high would be to stand at the foot of Mount Everest in the Himalayas.
 
Trust
Lovely Megan Madden has lost her faith in men. But this has not kept her from the joy of her best friend’s up coming wedding. While in London shopping for the big event, Megan’s life takes a surprising turn when a quick drink brings changes to her life she never saw coming. Join in the roller coaster of emotions Megan must endure as she attempts to regain her TRUST.

Who knew a quiet drink could change your life?
 
 
 
 
 
About the Author 
L. Chapman was born in and continues to live in North Yorkshire, United Kingdom. She has spent most of her life helping others as a health care assistant, and was, at one time, a DJ for a special needs club. Blending her love of helping others and her love of children, L dreams to one day own and operate a childcare nursery that will help mainstream special needs children with others.
In the rare times that L. is not working to help others or maniacally writing, she enjoys making a mess of things while creating beautifully detailed greeting cards. She spends time relaxing with family, friends, and good books. L. loves to travel and has been to many places in the United Kingdom; her favorite places all involve the ocean. She hopes to one day share a kiss with her happily-ever-after in the romantic shadow of the Eiffel Tower. Should she ever get over her fear of flying, those kisses may be shared in the shadows of the Egyptian Pyramids.
Ever the fussy eater, L. has never once tasted peanut butter, and she despises coffee. If you should feel the need to bribe her, it is suggested that you bring chocolate, as that is one of her know weaknesses.
 
Always You
I was thrilled when I was offered a graduate teaching position at the prestigious Tennerson Girls Academy. At twenty-three, this would be my first ‘real’ teaching assignment. Working at the elite boarding school, home to the daughters of some of the wealthiest people in the world, was a great opportunity that I would’ve been stupid to pass up.

One week into my new job, and I suddenly had no idea why I chose high school…I was a seventeen year old boy once, I knew how teenage girls behaved. 

You can’t even imagine the hell of trying to teach thirty, hormonal driven seventeen year olds who have been cooped up, away from any male contact. 

I could handle the whispers every time I entered the room. I could even handle the obvious attempts at gaining my attention. What I couldn’t handle was her…

Rich bitches and way too many rules. Was it any wonder that I hated school? 

Add to that the lack of male contact, and I was going insane. Like literally. I wasn’t used to this. A year ago I was normal. I had a boyfriend, friends and a loving family. There is nothing normal about me anymore, and nobody here lets me forget that.

My name is Wrenn, and I’m only here because my aunt took me in after what happened, but my aunt also happens to be the headmistress of this academy…Can you see my problem? 

I’m hated for my lack of money, and I’m hated for who my Aunt is.

Then he arrived. Dalton Reed. My new history teacher.

Slowly, he helped me see that even in the worst situations, there is always hope.
About the Author 
Missy lives in a small town in Central Victoria with her husband, and her confused pets (a dog who think she’s a cat, a cat who thinks he’s a dog…you get the picture). 

When she’s not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.
 
Work Like You Don’t Need The Money
Holly Hayes is a realist, if nothing else. She’s going to be Maid of Honor at her best friend, Emma’s wedding in Summer Lake. Pete Hemming, self made millionaire, powerful CEO, all around good guy, is going to be the Best Man. If they’re going to be able to get through their official duties, there’s one thing they’ll need to deal with first. Sex!

He may be out of her league socially and financially, but one thing is clear. He wants her. She wants him. What’s the harm in one night of passion? It’s inevitable they’re going to end up naked together. So it’s best to get it out of the way early, right? So they can get on with organizing the wedding.

Pete Hemming is a man with a plan. He’s lived his life by the plan, built his business by it. The plan doesn’t allow for a woman in his life, only in his bed. Trouble is, once he gets Holly into his bed, he can’t get her out of his mind. But he can’t let her into his life, can he?

The Summer Lake series follows a group of friends from a small lakeside town in the California hills. They have kept in touch over the years and now, in their early thirties, their lives are drawing them back to Summer Lake and to each other.
About the Author 
Hi, I’m SJ. A coffee addict, lover of chocolate and drinker of good red wines. I’m a lost soul and a hopeless romantic. Reading and writing are necessary parts of who I am. Though perhaps not as necessary as coffee! I can drink coffee without writing, but I can’t write without coffee.

I grew up loving romance novels, my first boyfriends were book boyfriends, but life intervened, as it tends to do, and I wandered down the paths of non fiction for many years. My life changed completely a couple of years ago and I returned to Romance to find my escape.

I write ‘Sweet N Steamy’ stories because to me there is enough angst and darkness in real life. My favorite romances are happy escapes with a focus on fun, friendships and happily-ever-afters, just like the ones I write.

These days I live in beautiful Montana, the last best place. If I’m not reading or writing you’ll find me just down the road in the park – Yellowstone. I have deer, eagles and the occasional bear for company, and I like it that way :0)
 
No Turning Back
After getting involved with Dylan, the bad boy of the Dixon High Swim team, Charley decides to stay close to home for college. It’s just safer that way. Later, she realizes it’s a mistake, just like dating Dylan. She decides to put the past behind her and leave the small hick town of Grassy Pond. There is only one problem; she makes this decision three weeks before the fall semester begins.

Charley packs up her Honda and heads to Southern College. On the morning she’s about to leave, Cash walks back into her life. He has been her best friend since they were four and is the only one who knows the REAL Charley. She leaves her farm in Grassy Pond with all kinds of “what if” questions.

Charley decides to live her college career to the fullest. She finds a great group of friends, joins the swim team, and meets a guy named Joe. He’s got eyes that make ya wanna melt!

At college, she encounters a new problem. Charley has been away from home for only forty-eight hours before she breaks the two promises she made to herself. Will she be able to overcome her past? Find new love? What will happen with Cash now that he is back in her life? Will she find what she is wanting in Jackalope Joe? How will her first semester of college end? Joe, Cash, or alone?
About the Author 
Casey Peeler grew up and still lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughter. Her first passion is teaching students with special needs. Over the years, she found her way to relax was in a good book.

After reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston her senior year of high school and multiple Nicholas Sparks’ novels, she found a hidden love and appreciation for reading.

Casey is an avid reader, blogger (Hardcover Therapy,) and now author. No Turning Back (Full Circle #1) is her debut novel releasing September 30th. Finding Charley (Full Circle #2) will release spring 2014.

Her goal is to one day be an author who is recognized nationwide like Jamie McGuire, Colleen Hoover, Tiffany King, and Amanda Bennett.

When Casey isn’t reading, you can find her listening to country music, spending the day at the lake, being a wife and dance mom, and spending time with friends and family.

Her perfect day consists of water, sand between her toes, a cold beverage, and a great book!
 
For Better or For Worse 
Natasha Benson 

Invites you, the reader 
to follow her journey 
of marrying the man of her dreams:- 
he loves her, protects her, makes her laugh 
and 
she wants him to be her forever ……. 

Until they actually get married! 

Natasha – 
“My life was so perfect, 
so structured 
and then it all came tumbling down 
in the worst way possible” 

“Who knew that my wedding 
vows would become the 
story of my life?” 

This is my story, about 
how the perfect love 
can go horribly wrong. 

Follow me as I go through 
the big highs and great lows 
in my happy ever after. 

 

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OMGeee What a #YA #NA #giveaway!

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I don’t know about y’all, but I’m beyond excited about this event!  October is going to be Ah-Maz-Ing!  Check out these two giveaways for starters!

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Oh!  Did I mention there is a hottest guy contest coming Oct. 15th?

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Cover Reveal——–> Pulled by AL Jackson

Melanie Winters and Daniel Montgomery shared a love most only dream of, a love they believed bonded them together for life.

When their world is shattered by the tragic loss of their daughter, overwhelming grief and misguided guilt distorts the truth, and their relationship ends in uncertainty and unanswered questions.

For nine years, they drift through life, each unable to forget the one who holds the strings to their heart. In an attempt to escape the pain of her past, Melanie finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage, while Daniel loses himself in a career that means nothing without Melanie by his side.

Now, when their lives again intersect, neither can deny the connection they felt so long ago. But will the power that drew them together be enough to heal the wounds from their past, and will they have the courage to overcome the insecurities and fears that threaten to keep them apart?

Pulled is a story of attraction and separation, of destiny and duty, of a love so strong it refuses to give up even when all others have.

“Okay, this one did it for me in a big way. I’m an angst-lover. And by that I mean, I’m a Thoughtless, Beautiful Disaster, Love Unscripted, Slammed, Fifty Shades of Everything, kind of reader. But there’s gotta be an HEA. And not a half-done HEA but a real yeah-this-story-has-been-agonizing-but-look-it-was-all-worth-it HEA. So, that said, I earnestly recommend this book. If you’re like me, you’ll like this. Enjoy!” LitJunkie

BUY LINKS
AMAZON: http://amzn.com/B00KQTRJMW
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pulled-a-l-jackson/1109950697?ean=2940149527786&itm=1&usri=pulled+al+jackson
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/pulled/id714524911?mt=11

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AUTHOR BIO: A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including If Forever Comes, Pulled and When We Collide, as well as the New Adult Romance Come To Me Quietly due out January 7, 2014. 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. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves. LINKS: FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/aljacksonauthor TWITTER: https://twitter.com/aljacksonauthor GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5784542.A_L_Jackson?from_search=true AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE: http://www.amazon.com/A.-L.-Jackson/e/B007RK7ZOU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1407086006&sr=8-2-ent Website: http://www.aljacksonauthor.com/ HTML:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melanie Winters and Daniel Montgomery shared a love most only dream of, a love they believed bonded them together for life. When their world is shattered by the tragic loss of their daughter, overwhelming grief and misguided guilt distorts the truth, and their relationship ends in uncertainty and unanswered questions. 

For nine years, they drift through life, each unable to forget the one who holds the strings to their heart. In an attempt to escape the pain of her past, Melanie finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage, while Daniel loses himself in a career that means nothing without Melanie by his side. 

Now, when their lives again intersect, neither can deny the connection they felt so long ago. But will the power that drew them together be enough to heal the wounds from their past, and will they have the courage to overcome the insecurities and fears that threaten to keep them apart? 

Pulled is a story of attraction and separation, of destiny and duty, of a love so strong it refuses to give up even when all others have. 

“Okay, this one did it for me in a big way. I’m an angst-lover. And by that I mean, I’m a Thoughtless, Beautiful Disaster, Love Unscripted, Slammed, Fifty Shades of Everything, kind of reader. But there’s gotta be an HEA. And not a half-done HEA but a real yeah-this-story-has-been-agonizing-but-look-it-was-all-worth-it HEA. So, that said, I earnestly recommend this book. If you’re like me, you’ll like this. Enjoy!” LitJunkie

 

 

 

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A.L. Jackson is
the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as
well as other contemporary romance titles, including If Forever Comes, Pulled
and When We Collide, as well as the New Adult Romance Come To Me Quietly due
out January 7, 2014. 

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. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones
she loves. 

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Unconditionally by Amber Nation

Synopsis
Unconditionally is a novella part of a series but can be read as a standalone complete with a HEA. May not be for all readers as it contains M/M situations.
Toby Morgan grew up the black sheep in his illustrious uppity family due to his sexual preferences. He didn’t see how being gay was a hindrance in any light.
Being an accountant by day, a kickass singer for The Nation’s Capital on the side, and a fashion and makeup extraordinaire by night, he tried to face every obstacle he encountered with perseverance and positivity.
Always being one to bask in the limelight and being the center of attention, but what everyone didn’t see was the scared and insecure little boy lurking inside and behind closed doors.
He had waited his entire life to find love and his happily ever after and just when he thought he had grasped his dreams head on, doubt puts a screeching halt in his happiness.
Now it seemed that there were two different men with their sights set on him and they were both vying for his affection.
In the end, will Toby find his one special someone who will love him unconditionally?
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“I’ll have a Martini…dry, please.” Gin was my alcohol of choice for the night. I wouldn’t get shitfaced to where I couldn’t drive home though, I knew my limits. But that didn’t mean that I wasn’t going to get a bit tipsy.

“Coming right up,” bartender number one spoke before he went about pouring my gin and vermouth into a silver shaker and giving it a liberal jerk of his wrist. Seeing the action had my cock stirring in my pants and images of him wrapping his hand around me moved to the forefront of my mind. I needed action and in a bad way.

He placed a Martini glass in front of me on a hot pink napkin and tipped the shaker up, straining and pouring my cocktail before adding an olive as an embellishment.

Giving me a sexy wink before he turned and made his departure towards the other end of the bar, I picked up my enticing drink and before taking a hefty sip, I said partially under my breath, “Happy birthday to me.”

Feeling the cool liquid slide so smoothly down my throat, I had to close my eyes at the exquisite taste of the perfect combination. It was utterly refreshing.

“So it’s your birthday, huh?” I didn’t even notice that someone had taken a seat beside me. This voice was oddly familiar and came out as a deep rumble.

Turning my head to the side I was surprised to see it was Deputy Ethan Bradley. I had never seen him around here before, let alone anyone really from Brown County. Although I remembered hearing something about him being gay, it was just weird seeing him on the opposite side of the spectrum.

He was sans uniform and in a pair of dark denim jeans, with cowboy boots peeking out from beneath his pant legs. I realized that I was taking entirely too much time perusing his ensemble. So I was already going this far, I might as well check out the rest of the package.

Continuing to skim my eyes over his extremely fine exterior, I took in that he was wearing a rather snug fitting polo shirt that was tucked into those amazing jeans, and it was topped off with a silver belt buckle. With the dimmed lights in the bar it was hard to tell exactly what his buckle said, but I imagined that if he was anything like me, it would be something naughty.

I picked up the toothpick that held the green olive from my glass and leisurely placed it in between my slightly parted lips, sucking the remains of my martini from the meaty, bitter garnishment.

Ethan couldn’t take his eyes off of my mouth, so I supposed I was being a bit seductive in my act to eat the olive. No harm in that, right?”

Casey’s Thoughts <3<3<3<3.5

Unconditionally is a story of love, hope, heartbreak, and acceptance. Toby is living life by going through the motions, but what he really wants is someone to love.
After Gio refuses to go public with their relationship, Toby puts on a happy face, but inside he’s crumbling.  He finds comfort in his friends, but he’s still missing his yen to his yang.

Toby kinds himself at a local bar/club often and keeps running into Ethan, he’s super cocky, but Toby is drawn to him.

After Gio tries to walk back into his life, Toby has to decide who is his perfect match, and who will love him unconditionally?

This is the first M/M I’ve read, and I have to say it was hard for me read because it was different than my normal read.  BUT with that being said, the story was beautifully done, heartwarming yet heartbreaking, a real life scenario, and I feel in love with Toby’s personality and desire to be loved.  It’s a phenomenal story and you will not be disappointed!

MeetTheAuthor
Amber is a stay at home mom currently residing in Southern Indiana with her husband and two beautiful daughters. If she’s not shopping, going to concerts or roadtrips, or having her nose stuck in a book you’ll often find her at the ball field watching one of the numerous sports that her girls are involved in.
She is the author of the contemporary romance Brown County Series, titles include Not Alone, Runaway Love, How To Save A Life, and Unconditionally (M/M).



 

 

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