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Beautiful Sacrifice (The Maddox Brothers #3) by Jamie McGuire


Summary: Falyn Fairchild can walk away from anything. Having already left her car, her education, and even her parents, the daughter of the next governor of Colorado is back in her hometown, broke and waiting tables for the Bucksaw Café. After every shift, Falyn adds to her shoebox of cash, hoping to one day save enough to buy her a plane ticket to the only place she can find forgiveness: Eakins, Illinois.

The moment Taylor Maddox is seated in Falyn’s section at the Bucksaw, she knows he’s trouble. Taylor is charming, breaks promises, and gorgeous even when covered in filth—making him everything Falyn believes a hotshot firefighter to be. Falyn isn’t interested in becoming another statistic, and for a Maddox boy, a disinterested girl is the ultimate challenge.

Once Falyn learns where Taylor calls home, everything changes. In the end, Maddox persistence is met with Falyn’s talent for leaving, and for the first time, Taylor may be the one to get burned.

My Review: So a long time ago, I fell in love with the Maddox boys even though in reality they are bad news. What can I say, I am always a sucker for a bad boy. Taylor might be my favorite Maddox brother yet. Again the development between Falyn and Taylor felt way more natural than the past books. Out of all of the stories thus far this one again felt like it would go the distance.

I enjoyed the pacing of this story, and Falyn’s regret felt real, it will sucker punch you because you believe it, you know this happens. You realize that it is real. For that reason alone I loved Falyn. She was real to me. Not processed or forced but very real.

Taylor is a typical Maddox but in a way felt softer, and I think that is why he is my favorite so far.

This was a very easy read that once I started reading it could not put it down.

March (Calendar Girl #3) by Audrey Carlan


Summary: A fiancée. I’m going to Chicago to pretend to be some Italian Stallion’s future wife. Why a massive hunk, boxer, and rich restaurateur needs a fake bride is beyond me. Then again, I’m not paid to know why. I’m paid $100,000 to be his escort, or in this case, the woman he’s supposedly “going” to marry.

The moment I met Antony “Tony” Fasano, I thought I might have lost my ability to breathe. In my twenty four years of life, I’d not seen anything like him. Clad only in a small towel precariously dangling from his hips–water droplets streaming down every inch of his muscular frame–I knew right then and there, I’d finally seen male perfection in all its raw glory.

What happened next blew me away. It was now abundantly clear why he needed me…a fake fiancée.

Mia Saunders continues her mission to save her comatose father from her dangerous, loan-shark ex-boyfriend. This month, she serves as a high-priced escort to a restaurateur named Anthony Fasano in the windy city of Chicago, Illinois.

Each installment in the Calendar Girl Serial will release every month throughout 2015. The stories will feature Mia’s journey as an escort to twelve clients in twelve different locations.

Warning: This book is designed for audiences 18+ due to language and graphic sexual content.

My Review:  I am really enjoying this series, I feel the author really developed Mia in this book, we learned more about her past, her family and what her life was life. She wasn’t any long the superficial pretty girl. This is a really fun series and I think if I was the author I would find it insulting that people are calling this the next “Shades of gray” because this series is WAY better than shades of gray.

I can’t wait to read April, but sadly it will be a little time as I have to catch up on my currently reading shelf for some blog tours 🙁

Under Different Stars (Kricket #1) by Amy A. Bartol


Summary: Kricket Hollowell is normally not one to wish upon stars; she believes they’re rarely in her favor. Well versed at dodging caseworkers from Chicago’s foster care system, the past few years on her own have made Kricket an expert at the art of survival and blending in. With her 18th birthday fast approaching, she dreams of the day when she can stop running and find what her heart needs most: a home.

Trey Allairis hates Earth and doubts that anyone from his world can thrive here. What he’s learning of Kricket and her existence away from her true home only confirms his theory. But, when he and Kricket lie together under the stars of Ethar, counting them all may be easier than letting her go.

Kyon Ensin’s secrets number the stars; he knows more about Kricket’s gifts than anyone and plans to possess her because of them. He also knows she’s more valuable than any fire in the night sky. He’ll move the heavens and align them all in order to make her his own.

When everything in their world can be broken, will Kricket rely upon love to save her under different stars?

I still can’t believe it is 2016.   My goal this year to share all the books I have read the week before every Wednesday.  I have set a bucket list goal of reading 250 books and it is going to be a huge year of reading. I am also going to really try and focus on writing proper reviews.

The first book I finished in 2016 was this book & I really enjoyed this book. Once I was able to really start reading the book I could not put it down.

The Characters:

Kricket- I loved Kricket (aside from the name it is just an odd name) I loved how she was fearless didn’t give in easily and exuded serious girl power.

Trey- Worthy to be any girls’ book boyfriend, I loved how he was passionate and very well written. He was easy to love from the first introduction.

Kyon- Man he was one hell of a villain. I really really really wanted to hate him, but I just couldn’t. He is evil don’t get me wrong but man I loved just how bad he was.

The plot is well paced and highly entertaining. I am positive I will blow through the next books and cannot wait to see what happens to these guys!

Book is available on Kindle Unlimited and totally worth buying. Kate Rudd narrates the audio book and she is always fantastic.

Finding Bliss by Dina Silver


Set in: Illinois
Summary: Chloe Carlyle has always longed for the perfect family. Growing up with an alcoholic single mother, she has seen her share of heartbreak and disappointment, and is striving to build a new legacy for herself. After graduating from college, she takes a job working as a summer girl for the Reeds – a wealthy, accomplished family that personifies her American dream. Her summer takes an unexpected turn when the Reeds’ eldest son Tyler, the star quarterback for Notre Dame, shows up and turns her life upside down. An ambitious young woman with a wry sense of humor, Chloe never imagined herself as the type to succumb to the looks and charms of the hometown hero, but she falls hard for Tyler, and is devastated when they part ways at the end of the summer. As she heads off to law school, Chloe tries to convince herself this was just a fling, but she can’t quite get over him. It’s not until Tyler contacts her out of the blue late one winter night that everything changes. After doing everything in her power to build the perfect life, Chloe soon learns that there are things beyond her control. She must draw on inner reserves of strength as her life takes unpredictable – and sometimes heartbreaking – twists and turns, and she finds herself faced with decisions she never thought she?d have to make. Poignant, heartfelt, and emotional, Finding Bliss is a reminder that you don’t have to live a fairy tale life in order to have a happy ending.


Man this book is raw, gritty and emotional.

I have not read One Pink Line it is my understanding that this is a spin off but can be read as a stand alone. I will go and read One Pink Line now, because Silver wrote the most real characters I have ever read.

I felt like I could personally know Chloe, hell in some of the circumstances she was pushed into, I could be Chloe.

This book is intense, and yes it is rough. The book deals with love, lust, fertility issues, cheating… This book has it all.

Once I started this book I could not stop. This book was utterly amazing & and I am so glad I found it…and yes that ending… Was pretty damn amazing