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#Review of See Me by L. Simpson w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #contemporaryromance @lsimpsonauthor

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Architect Ethan James’s life is a mess. He’s juggling being a single dad while fighting his infuriating ex who’s trying to get full custody, while at the same time he’s barely keeping his head above water in the job of his dreams. When he meets Mia Sullivan at a friend’s engagement party, her bright spirit and kind heart shines a light into his life when he needs it most. With so much coming at him from all directions, he relies on Mia’s support but makes the heartbreaking mistake of not cherishing her love. Mia sees the writing on the wall and pulls back before her heart is shattered. Ethan can’t lose the woman who makes his life complete, and shows her he is the man she needs him to be.

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“Tell the others we’re going.”

She nodded, then winked. I grinned back as Ethan pulled me away. We hurried through the crowd, Ethan leading the way as he gripped my hand. His long legs were striding and I struggled to keep up.

“You in a hurry?” I asked.

He turned to me but didn’t smile. Instead, he kissed me, and my toes curled.

When he closed the door, he stood in front of me and pinned me to the car with his hips as he kissed me again. I could kiss this man forever. His strong, steady rhythm was demanding, and I willingly followed his lead. I put my hands in his hair, loving the soft feel of it between my fingers. Like on the dance floor, our kiss took on a life of its own.

When he buried his face in my neck and sucked right below my ear, I wondered if I would survive. “Ethan, honey, you’re killing me. I hope you have a lot of condoms.” He chuckled at my neck. “I’ll buy a box for next time.” It took me a moment before I realised he wasn’t moving anymore. “Ethan?” I whispered.

“Do you want a next time?” His voice was rough.

He shifted to look at me, and I didn’t know if it was a trick question. “Of course.” I smiled, although the protracted silence had my stomach starting to drop.

“Mia…”

Realization hit me like a slow-moving truck.

“I can only give you tonight.”

“Why?” I didn’t like the sound of my voice. It was small and fragile. He didn’t answer, but he looked haunted. He wasn’t going to answer me. “You only want tonight?” I still hoped I was reading this wrong.

When he nodded, I felt something break in me. Something I had pretended was strong and secure.

“I can’t do that,” I whispered. “Not with you.” My voice cracked under the weight of unshed tears. I couldn’t let it happen again. I wanted more.

“Mia…” He moved back, his hands still on my hips.

We were still close, but not.

“I don’t do well with one-night stands. There isn’t anything wrong with them, but I’m not built that way. Especially when I… care. I can’t turn my feelings off and I don’t think I should have to. I like you, Ethan, and I want to be with you like this and like we were today. I want more than sex, and I thought you wanted that, too.” By the end of my speech, any effort to hide my tears was futile.

“I can’t give you that.” He moved back, breaking our connection completely.

“You mean you won’t.”

“It isn’t like that.”

He reached for me, but I moved to the side.

“It’s exactly like that. I should’ve known better.” I righted my clothing and pushed off the car. I’d made it two steps before he grabbed my elbow and turned me around.

“Trust me. I don’t want to hurt you.” His expression was full of pain and grief.

“Too late.” I pulled out of his hold.

This time, he let me.

Ever read a book that just sneaks up on you?  What I mean is that you read the blurb, it’s interesting but you think, how is the author going to shake up some tried and true tropes that a lot of authors go to when they are writing a series?  Let’s talk about the tropes, shall we?  Single dad, horrid ex, cute child, cute meet with the woman of your dreams, lots of sexy times and family times.  Hero takes for granted what is in front of him.  The heroine has been down this road before and decides no more.  Tears, a runaway child and a hero that FINALLY gets his stuff together.  Heard it before, right?  Well, let me tell you what makes this book shine about the others.

The characters for one.  Ms. Simpson makes you care about every single character in the book.  No matter who they are.  I actually felt compassion for Miranda (Ethan’s ex) during the book.  Was she annoying at times?  Yes, but in the end, you will understand her much better and her motivation towards Ethan and all the hard times that they had to go through.  Normally I think the ex in a book is unnecessary but in this case, Miranda is very important not only for Ethan and Mia but also for Sadie’s (their daughter) relationship with Mia.

Mia could have been written as a carpet by just letting Ethan walk all over her but she didn’t.  Did it hurt?  Yes, but she knew that going in with Ethan.  What made Mia better than most other heroines is that she finally got some closure with her ex-boyfriend in the end.  She needed to go forward with her life after Ethan.  Even better was how her ex stood up for Mia in the end.

Ethan is messed up at the beginning of the book.  He could have come across as one of the biggest arses in the world but Ms. Simpson has you actually like him from the beginning.  Sadie is his saving grace in the end.  Plus, I really liked his relationship with his parents.  They are there for him and Sadie.  And Mia, too.  Plus, Sadie is an actual character in the book.  She is extremely important to not only the story in general but also Ethan and Mia’s relationship.

Ms. Simpson’s writing is crisp, fluid and I literally never put the book down.  It’s an easy read but one that is also emotional, heartwarming and swoon-worthy in the end.  I will warn you that the setting is Australia, some of the language is Aussie but I personally love it when an author writes a book in their native language and setting.  Plus, I’m a sucker for anything Australian.

I adored Mia and Ethan.  When it came to character growth, Ethan had to grow the most.  Did I understand what made Mia and Ethan tick?  Yes, I did.  Was it a hard road for them?  Yes, but it was necessary for the relationship to even work.  They both had to want it bad enough to even try.  Too bad that it took some tears to shed before it was all said and done.  There was never a dull moment in the book.

About the Author: As a girl growing up in Australia, Laura was lost in the world of Anne of Green Gables and Little Women. During high school, volleyball dominated her life. There had to be something positive about being 6’1” with red hair. Representing Australia from a young age she eventually took a scholarship at the University of Iowa. Living in America and being a full time athlete in a college town was an eye-opening experience and lots of fun (from what she can remember). #gohawkeyes

Returning from the States, her career took a different turn as she started working at the Red Cross and completed her Masters of Law in Human Rights. As one of the few non-lawyers in the class, her essays were far more floral than the rest, something that caused the discerning professors to shake their heads. Through working and studying, she realised there are other ways to win hearts and minds.

While she’s spent the last 14 years as an advocate against poverty and homelessness, the desire to change the world through storytelling has only got stronger. She now lives in the Alpine Valleys of North East Victoria, Australia with her husband, daughter, son, two dogs and seven chooks. When she’s not doing the whole mum thing, working at a homelessness agency, renovating her farmhouse, or trying to do laundry bleary-eyed at midnight, she is writing.

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#Review of When You Close Your Eyes by Roxanne D. Howard w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @RoxanneDHoward #contemporary #romance #fantasy #paranormal

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Dreams are the perfect shelter for fantasies, safe havens to step inside without changing our daily lives. For Lark Braithwaite, all that is about to change. During the last six months, Lark has dreamt of a mysterious Irish lover who knows what she wants and gives her exactly what she needs. In her waking life in busy London, things aren’t as ideal as her long-term relationship with her controlling fiancé Charles has hit a dry spell.

When Lark is called home to Oregon for her father’s funeral, she comes face to face with the demons from her past, but she never expects to meet her dream lover in the flesh. Niall O’Hagan steps straight out of her fantasies and into her life, and the powerful connection they share rocks her foundation. Although she’s dealing with the bitterness of her fiancé’s betrayal and his jealousy, Niall soon stirs Lark’s awareness of her superficial existence and reawakens her sexuality….and her soul.

FROM PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY: “Howard (The Longer They Last) explores the concept of fated love in this skillfully woven contemporary erotic romance. Lark Braithwaite, an American in London, is living with her British fiancé, Charles Chase, when she starts dreaming of a sexy mystery man with an Irish brogue. After Lark gets word that her estranged father has died and she returns to her Oregon hometown for the funeral, she meets the dream man in the flesh: he’s her parents’ widowed lawyer, Niall O’Hagan. Lark quickly falls in love with Niall, struggling to decide whether she should follow her heart or the commitment she’s made to her fiancé-a decision that gets easier when Charles shows his true and ugly colors… Explicit sex scenes crackle with heat, and Howard’s characters invite readers to come in and get lost on the pages with them as the plot hurtles toward a shocking, but not unbelievable, climax involving Lark’s father’s past and her future. Erotic romance fans will devour Howard’s suspenseful and heart-filled story.”

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“This time?” He lifted an eyebrow, perplexed. “You’ll have to forgive me, lass, but I’ve no idea what the devil you’re talking about.” He maneuvered himself off her and sat upright at the end of the swing.

She tucked her feet against her, sat up, and blinked at him in utter disbelief.

“I came to knock on the door when I saw you on the swing. You tossed and turned, and with the way you grunted, I assumed you were in the middle of some sort of a seizure.”

He turned his head and licked his lips, full and abused by her kisses. A mushroom cloud of mortification bloomed inside her, steadily bigger by the minute.

“Erm, you…begged me to kiss you, and then you yanked me down. One thing led to another and, well, that was pretty much the way of it. I am only human, though I know it’s no excuse.” He swallowed and stared at her, his Adam’s apple moving in his throat. “I apologize. I shouldn’t have gone down when you pulled me, but it was strange—like you knew me or something.”

Lark leaned forward and rubbed her eyes. This couldn’t be real. He had to be a hallucination. When she opened her eyes, she’d see a man in his fifties with a receding hairline, glasses, and a beer gut. She reopened her eyes, and there he was: The full package. In the flesh. He was impossibly sexy, and an air of intelligence graced his eyes as he scrutinized her. She planted her feet on the porch, then put a hand to her head. The vertigo from earlier returned. “No, I’m sorry. I was dreaming…”

“Excuse me for saying so, but it must’ve been one hell of a dream.”

Lark nodded and tried not to black out as a wave of dizziness came over her.

“You look like you’re dehydrated. Hold on.”

The lilt of his familiar Irish accent soothed her like warm milk. He stood and walked over to a black laptop case propped near the front door that had several thick manila folders sticking out of its open center. One read BRAITHWAITE in large, capital letters on an index label. He crouched, unzipped the front pocket, and extracted an unopened plastic water bottle.

He unscrewed the cap and held the bottle out to her. “Here.”

“Thanks.” She accepted the bottle and took a long sip. The cold water instantly revived her. She wiped a drop off the corner of her mouth with the top of her knuckle as he watched. She offered the bottle back to him, but he shook his head and reclaimed his seat next to her.

“Keep it. Drink.”

Just to let you know that I have read Ms. Howard before and I loved her.  This book is a bit interesting.  I liked it but I felt like some things were left unresolved which was different.  But overall, the book is fantastic.

Don’t worry about the label “paranormal”.  It only has the element of the dreams that she has with Niall.  What was interesting about their relationship is how they dance around each other in the beginning and watching the slow burn between them.  Coming home is never easy and to find out that your “dream guy” is literally standing in front of you can be a bit overwhelming.  Lark has come home to bury her father that she hasn’t had the best relationship with over the years.  Reinventing herself in London:  great guy, fab job, etc. but coming home has made her feel like something has been missing.  Her soul.  Meeting Niall reawakes her soul and what she really wants out of life.

I really liked Niall.  But again, I’m a sucker for an Irishman.  He was really patient and kind to Lark throughout the book.  However, I didn’t feel like I got to know him that well.  A small complaint but overall, I really liked him.  He really helped Lark find what was missing in her life and deal with that piece of crap boyfriend that she left behind in London.  There is a bit of suspense and mystery in the book and it added an emotional lift to the book.

Overall, I really liked the book.  It was different, highly erotic in parts (but necessary) and I was satisfied with the ending.  You should check it out.  Ms. Howard does an outstanding job.

About the Author:

Roxanne D. Howard is a U.S. Army veteran who has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English. She loves to read poetry, classical literature, and Stephen King. Also, she is an avid Star Wars fan, musical theater nut, and marine biology geek. Roxanne resides in the western U.S., and when she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children. Roxanne loves to hear from her readers, and encourages you to contact her via her website and social media.

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#ARC Review of Red Snowflakes by Kristal Dawn Harris w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @Kristal081670 #paranormalromance #vampires

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Forensic photographer, Dena Williams, has spent her life trained to see what others cannot. Vampire, Dimitri Kovac, has waited every Christmas for a miracle that does not come. In the Oregon wilderness, during a snowstorm, these two destined souls collide. Dena’s only hope of survival rests in a vampire with the heart of a poet. Dimitri only has five days to win a skeptical woman’s heart. As the Christmas tree lights burn brightly and the snow continues to fall, will Dena succumb to a vampire’s charms? With so little time, can Dimitri win her love?

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Dena stood her ground waiting until he stopped directly in front of her-toe to toe. Her eyes lifted from his broad chest to his face. His breath caressed her skin in whispery touches. This close she could see the small lines around his eyes and the long length of his eyelashes. She’d photographed numerous crime scenes and witnessed the arrest of several criminals, so she knew the eyes of a killer. This man did not have those eyes. Predator yes. Murderer no. The sea-blue depths emanated tranquility, but there was something else there as well.

Trained to see things others didn’t, Dena’s head tilted while studying him trying to see what evaded her eyes. Engrossed in his features, almost drawn to him on a level her mind didn’t understand, her body leaned forward. He didn’t move away, but his pupils tracked every move she made. Dena focused on his eyes letting her own senses expand. Something was different in those sea-blue depths. They say the eyes are the mirror to the soul, but his seemed more like a mask. Her body jerked when the black of his pupils bled into the white until his sockets completely blacked out, then shifted back to their normal sea-blue color. Curiosity led her. One foot slid between his as she moved even closer until their bodies brushed. For some odd reason, she wasn’t afraid. “What are you?”

 

What’s the matter with you?  Harlie, you read a paranormal romance with a vampire?  And it was Christmas themed?  I’m sure most of yall thought I must have been out of mine but I wasn’t.  I needed to read something different and this book delivered on all counts.  Since I lost interest in all things paranormal when Twilight came out, I’ve been very picky and I tend to yawn at the PNR books that have come out in the last decade or so.  Ms. Harris has written a gem of a novella that will tug at your heartstrings, make you wish for snow and want to decorate for Christmas right now.  No worries on decorating for me.  I don’t do that until the day after Thanksgiving.  But I am thinking more candles…

I will have to say that this book is shorter than most and it mostly features just Dena and Dimitri.  Ms. Harris didn’t muck up the story with extra characters that you have to keep up with or any fluff for filler.  This is a book about a vampire that is dying, waiting for his mate and a woman that sees things that others can’t.  The above excerpt is a perfect example of Dena’s personality.  She takes no prisoners, asks questions and goes with her gut.  I loved her.  A bit lonely when she discovers Dimitri, she is all in.

Dimitri broke my heart at times.  A vampire with a soul and a mate to convince.  I admired that he didn’t pressure Dena at all.  He was honest, forthright and fell instantly in love with her.  Ms. Harris gives us a bit of a backstory on Dena and Dimitri but considering that the book is shorter with minimal characters, she does an excellent job with both of them.  I loved the give and take that Dena and Dimitri had with each other.  The joy of Christmas is alive with them and it shows in Ms. Harris’ writing.  It flows and there is never a dull moment.  In fact, the ending was a bit of a shock to me.  I never saw it coming and neither will you.  Great job.

If you are looking for a great Christmas read that will get you in the spirit, this is it.  Just keep in mind that there is a vampire, a mate to be had and a red snowflake to find.  Oh yes, don’t want to spoil that little gem in the book.  He he!

 

About the Author:

Kristal Dawn Harris is an American author, born in Middletown, Ohio. She currently resides in Ohio with her husband. Kristal has been married for 27 years and has two children. She graduated from Carlisle High School, then furthered her education at Miami University. She has a business degree in Accounting Technology. Kristal spent twenty years working as an Office Coordinator in the hospital until she released her debut novel, “The Rings of Faolan-Emeralds,” through The Wild Rose Press.

In 1999, Kristal suffered a debilitating disease called “Guillain-Barre Syndrome.” This rare disease damaged the nerves in her body requiring the use of drop-foot braces in order to walk. Kristal considers herself a survivor and encourages anyone with a disability to follow their dreams.

Kristal is considered a hybrid romance author since she published “Hand-Carved Wolf” and “Thief of Hearts” on her own. Kristal is an avid reader who enjoys romance from all genres, but paranormal is her favorite.

CURRENT BOOKS BY KRISTAL DAWN HARRIS

The Rings of Faolan-Emeralds
The Rings of Faolan-Rubies
Hand-Carved Wolf
The Burn
The Red Heart
Thief of Hearts

UPCOMING RELEASES

Red Snowflakes (November 6)

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