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#Review of Broken (Broken Trilogy #1) by J.L. Drake! @givemebooksblog @jodildrake_j #romance #suspense @j.l.drake

 

 

 

Title: Broken
Series: Broken Trilogy #1
Author: J.L. Drake
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC
Release Date: March 2, 2015

 

Blurb

 

My name is Savannah Miller.
My father is the mayor of New York. One day after my twenty-seventh birthday I was grabbed from behind. A cloth sack was quickly pulled over my head, and I was taken from everything I’d ever known.
I was beaten, starved, treated like an animal, and forced to live in a room with no windows. With no sense of time and no dignity left I finally gave up hope and made a promise to myself to end it all. Unfortunately, it was going to be a slow process.
Then one night an elite group of US Army soldiers came to my rescue. I was brought to a safe house and given two options:
One—Stay under their protection and follow their rules or…
Two—Leave and be guaranteed to be returned to the savages within a week.
I chose option one.
As I work with a therapist and begin processing my hellish ordeal things slowly begin to surface. With the help of new friends and a potential new love I fight to get my life back and make choices that will forever alter my future.
This is my story…

Okay, I’m going to spoil the book for you.  But in a good way.  Here I go:

  1.  This is a trilogy.  You will need to read all three books.  Had to say it.  Sorry, not sorry.
  2.  There will be trigger issues.  Again, sorry but not sorry.  You’ve been warned.
  3.  Tissues.  Make sure you have plenty on hand.
  4.  This story isn’t unicorns and rainbows.  It’s gritty and sad, but hopefully.
  5.  You will swoon for Logan.
  6.  Savannah isn’t a shrinking violet.  She’s tough but she’s been through a lot and needs time to process that and to learn to trust again.
  7. It ends on a major cliffhanger.  Again, you have been warned.  But don’t worry all three books are out so you can binge read.  Trust me, you will need to.

So now that you have been warned, here is my review.

One of the best romantic suspense trilogies that I have ever read.  Yes, EVER!  And yes, I have read all three books.  In one weekend.  And this genre is my favorite to read of all time.  There is something about the grittiness, the gradual friendship to romance and then the deception that had me hooked from the first page.  I felt sorry for Savannah at first but with Logan in her corner, I knew everything would be alright.  Until the end…

Most know that I HATE cliffhangers but when I was able to read all three books at the same time, I decided to take a chance.  I’ve never read Ms. Drake before and I’m glad that I pick them up.  I’ve never given up food and sleep for an author in a long time but I did for her.  She’s that good.  Her writing flowed, her characters are realistic and the tension is subtle and it will leave you guessing.  Plus, she knows how to handle the aftermath of being kidnapped and learning to trust again.  And maybe, just maybe having a romance.

Bravo Ms. Drake.  Can’t wait to share my reviews on the other two books.  Soon…

 

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Author Bio

Bestselling author J. L. Drake was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her husband and two children.
When she’s not writing, she loves to spend time with her family, travelling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her writing.
An avid reader of James Patterson, J.L. Drake has often found herself inspired by his many stories of mystery and intrigue.She hopes you will enjoy her stories as much as she has enjoyed writing them.

 

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#Review of The Dating Bender by Christina Julian w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @givemebooksblog @christin_julian

 

 

Title: The Dating Bender
Author: Christina Julian
Genre: Chick Lit/Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 22, 2017
Blurb
Here I am, on my knees in front of the Trevi Fountain, hoping like hell the legend is true. That the fountain gives you solace and love by a mere toss of a coin.
Why am I here, exactly? Let’s see…
It started with my parents telling me to get married. Of course, being the good Catholic girl I am, I did.
Needless to say, that marriage nosedived, and my parents weren’t exactly happy about it.
Newly ditched and shamefully disowned, I decided to follow the advice of Babs, a tart-of-a-mentor, who offered me a job in Colorado.
Her advice? Sex…and lots of it.
The temptation of freedom, to do whatever—whoever—I wanted was too damn strong for me to say no.
And that’s how it all started. The men, the sex, the journey…
The dating bender.
Because everybody deserves a do-over.
 Sorry, this is late.  School starts this week and I’ve been running around with my head cut off.  The kid starts 7th grade (Juinor High here) and I start working on Thursday.  Anyways, here you go.
This book had me laughing out loud at times, cringing the next moment and then sighing in the end.  This is a great coming of age story about a woman that has been repressed her whole life.  I’m not Catholic so the guilt that most mothers put on their daughters I just don’t get but I have a niece that is Catholic and her mother smothered her and it shows at almost 22.  It’s sad and I just hope that she doesn’t end up like Samantha in the end.  But what I did get is that Samantha needed to get on with her life, with or without her family.
The dysfunction was funny at times but since I’m seeing someone close to me go through her ups and downs (more downs) than most, it made me cringe.  I felt sorry for Samantha in the end but more importantly for her family with their treatment of her.  I’m a firm believer that some things are just not for everyone, marriage included.  I waited until I was 37 to get married and I married and have stayed married for all the right reasons.  I love my husband.  Samantha never had a chance to do that.
Babs is a great character for Samantha in the sense that she can finally be herself and figure out her own life…ON HER OWN.  Without the Catholic mother telling her what is going wrong, telling her what to do, etc.  It grated on my nerves at times but I realize that Ms. Julian was trying to make a point and she did.  I’ve had other people read this book and tell me that it was like a Sex in the City mash-up.  Guess what?  I never watched one episode of that show so I have no reference point.  Sorry.
Overall, I truly loved Samantha and how she finally became her own person.  I won’t even begin to tell you most of the story and if she ever finds someone to love or even how much sex she has.  You need to read the book to find out.  Catholic guilt or not.  🙂
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Christina Julian writes snarky rom-coms that celebrate the underdog and live to make people laugh. She adores dysfunctional leading ladies and the tangled twisty lives they lead. She adamantly believes there is nothing in life that can’t be conquered with a bodacious wine, strong cup of coffee, or a generously iced cupcake. When she is not tapping out her next novel or wrangling her 3-year-old twins, she can be found sipping and swirling in the name of research as a wine and food columnist in Napa Valley. She strives always to live her life to the extreme. 
Christina’s work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Wine Enthusiast, California Home + Design, 7×7, Weddings California, NorthBay Biz, Napa Valley Register, Napa Valley Life, Bohemian, Weekly Calistogan and beyond.
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Review of Secondhand Sinners by Genevieve Lynne

Meet Genevieve:

Genevieve Lynne grew up in a small Texas town where everyone knew each other and gossip was considered a legitimate news source. She was raised on heaping doses of her grandmothers’ fabulous cooking, sweet tea, hot summer nights at the lake and maternal guilt. Even after moving to Austin to pursue her bachelor’s degree in English at The University of Texas, she never could shake the small town out of her. She’s still working on the guilt thing.She loves to incorporate the charm of crazy close families and small-town life into her stories. She now lives in Fort Worth with her husband and three sons.