Twice in a Lifetime

Be Careful What You Wish For. . .

No-nonsense stuntwoman Isabella Douglas will do anything to stop an unwanted divorce and reclaim the happy life she had, even allow her old friend to concoct a magical spell to turn back time. But when the spell goes awry, Izzy finds herself trapped aboard a 1768 Caribbean pirate ship with a captain who’s a dead ringer for her sexy as sin husband, Ian. Convinced he’s playing a cruel joke, she’s furious – until she realizes he doesn’t know her or believe they’re married.

Captain Ian Douglas does not have time to deal with an insane woman who claims to be his wife; he has to save his kidnapped sister. But as Izzy haunts his dreams and fills him with erotic memories he can’t explain, he’s forced to admit he feels more than lust.

Trapped in a vicious cycle of past mirroring present, Izzy knows they only have days to find Ian’s sister and prevent disaster from striking a second time. If she doesn’t, their marriage will be destroyed again – along with the man she loves.


Ms. Jakes had me at the cover.  I love pirates and all that they encompass.  Sexy, driven, alpha but tender on the inside.  What kept me in the story was the witty dialogue and captivating story.

Izzy is a woman that is on a mission.  She doesn’t want the divorce that her husband has decided between the two of them.  Izzy still loves Ian very much and will do anything to stop the divorce.  When Ian shows up on the set of Izzy’s latest movie, she feels like something is off, something not natural.  With the help of her friend, Izzy gets the one chance to make things right with Ian.  What she didn’t count on was Ian not remembering you she was.

This book was a joy to read.  Quick, fun, sexy, hilarious in parts and a feel good read, too.  Ms. Jakes weaves time travel and the real world seamlessly.  One minute you are on the movie set and the next on a pirate ship.  The dialogue between Izzy and Ian was great.  I had laugh out loud moments and sigh worthy moments.  The sexual tension you could cut with a knife and Ms. Jakes makes it all worthwhile in the end.

I would highly recommend Twice in a Lifetime for anyone that likes a little magic with their story and a heart stopping pirate to fill your fantasies.

5 Harlies and a recommended read

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Going to the doctor in Dallas


Okay, I know that I have a review blog but the topic I’ll be talking about has nothing to do with books or reviewing.  I’m talking about going the lady doctor.  We’ve all been there, right?  Not a pleasant experience but we have to do it.

Well, for the people that don’t know, I grow up in Dallas and moved away from there about 5 years ago.  My doctor told me under no circumstances was I to use a quack in the small town that I was moving to.  (He actually has a lake house in my town, so he knows the doctors)  Anywoos, every year I drove the hour back to Dallas, in traffic, wait forever it seems, go in and I’m out a hour later.  Well yesterday appointment was far from that. 

I actually got there early thinking this will be quick.  Wrong!!!!  Its OB day at the doctor’s.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved being pregnant and we wished that we had more than one child but it wasn’t in the plan for us.  Of course, getting their early only made me wait even longer.  What should have been an hour appointment, took 2 hours of waiting and then finally going to the back.

While I was waiting, two mothers (pregnant, no less) all of sudden realized that their other children were at the same playgroup/daycare.  Here’s were I get snarky…I felt like I was in soccer mom hell.  On and on did they talk about their kids, their teachers, lunching together soon and on and on.  Gag!  I felt like I was going to gag on the sugary, airkiss, OMG fakery between these women.  I mean, really at the gyn/ob’s office?  I grew up in Dallas right by the Galleria Mall and I don’t remember my mother being such a pretentious snob like these two women.  I really don’t mean to be a mean person but come on?  I never realized how fake Dallas is until that moment.

I complain about living in the sticks and being away from all the conveniences that I grew up with but yesterday experience just made me appreciate the fact that I don’t live in a city anymore and that I didn’t become one of the pretentious snobs like those two women. 

Feel free to flog me, ignore me or hate me.  p.s. Jon is too pretty not to show yall.  ***sigh***

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Music was their only dream & passion…

Until they found one another…

For years, Mikayla Gallan has dreamed of providing a better life for her younger brother, Matthew, and herself. Coming from a family of musicians, Mikayla and Matthew have dreams of someday making it big. But Mikayla’s first priority is always ensuring Matthew’s future. When Houdini Records comes knocking on her door, offering her everything she’s ever wanted, Mikayla’s scared to grab onto their offer.  

Sinclair “Sin” Devlin, part-owner of Houdini Records has loved and lost and has no intentions of ever going down that path again. He’s determined to put his company back on the map and is willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen. Meeting Mikayla Gallan, hearing her sultry and passionate voice on stage, Sin believes he has found the only woman that could save the company. He’s even more shocked to realize that perhaps she’s also the only woman to save him from himself.


I’ll be honest, the cover alone is worth the read.  Just kidding.  Actually, the premise of the series and Sin and his partner make the book worth reading again and now I have to wait for the next book.  I hate waiting by the way.

The book starts off with Mikayla waiting to sing at the bar that her parents worked in while she and her brother were growing up.  Sin and his partner are there to look for the singer that hopefully will put Houdini Records back on the map.  Sin is a songwriter that has had a devastating loss and that loss has left him emotionally unavailable.  He hasn’t written a song in 3 years and with Houdini Records needing him back in the fray, he agrees to audition one more singer for the label.

Mikayla has had to raise her brother on her own since the death of their parents.  All she wants is for her brother to be able to achieve his dreams in a songwriting contest that is going to be held in the U.S.  Cash she doesn’t have but she’s willing to listen to Houdini Records and what kind of offer they will make to her.  Little does she know that with the offer, dreams that she didn’t know she had will come true.

I loved this story.  It was fresh, sexy and current.  Who know that a torch singer with a song writing little brother would make it in the music business?  Mikayla was a woman that I would love to meet and be friends with.  She has done the best she can do with her brother but knows now that its time for him to fly but what happens to her?  She meets the sexiest man alive and within minutes of meeting each other the most wonderful thing happened to her.  That one scene in the book sealed its fate for me.  Wonderfully written scene and the dialogue was perfect.

I really felt for Sin and his predicament.  He was in a no win situation but he ended up winning in the end.  His business partner was a complete hoot and I’m really hoping that he gets his own book.  I think there is much more to him for readers to find out about.  Maybe Mikayla’s best friend?  His loss was awful but he got in return was much more.

The instantaneous chemistry between Sin and Mikayla was highly believable for me.  Sin had watched her sing all night long and was completely enchanted by her.  Mikayla needed a bit more convincing but ultimately she came out a winner, too.

I highly recommend Sinful, for the beautiful writing, sensual scenes between Sin and Mikayla and an ending that had me crying happy tears.



Canadian-born author, Kacey Hammell is a self-proclaimed book-a-holic, who began reading romances at a young age and became easily addicted.  As a Mom of three, Kacey has made certain that each of her children know the value of the written word and the adventures they could escape on by becoming book-a-holics in their own right.

A decade ago, while working for multiple review sites, Kacey quickly discovered that she was developing the writing bug. Thanks to the encouragement of her own beloved hero husband, she decided to try her hand at writing. 

With a love of contemporary settings, modern day romances and the happily ever after, as well as the excitement of suspense, Kacey creates stories in genres she’s familiar with and that she loves most. She also loves vampires who nibble the necks of the heroines, ghosts who can’t leave a loved one, shape-shifters who are sexier than hell and the thought of her very own werewolf or were-cat to tame makes her tremble!

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