Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review: Attic of the Mind by Hemmie Martin


~Synopsis~

The time is right for Lilith Fields to seek revenge. Twenty-five years have passed since the sadistic abuser tortured the patients of the psychiatric ward, and now Lily has decided he must meet his final judgment.

As her plan unfolds she discovers she is not the only one with a dark secret. Now, only time will tell if Lily's demons will be vanquished, and just how many people are really involved.

~Book Links~

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones UK








~My Review~

Disclaimer: I purchased a paperback copy of this book direct from Hemmie at a book signing event in 2015. I have received nothing in exchange for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Due to life being an absolute bitch and getting in the way, it has taken me far longer than I would have like to get round to reading Attic Of The Mind, it's also taken me a lot longer than usual to write this review. It's a good job I make notes to refer back to as I'm reading :)


At the beginning of Attic Of The Mind we are in a psychiatric ward, not just any psychiatric ward it's a ward run by a cruel and sadistic nurse Walker. Walker is abusing his patients on a regular basis. A new young Doctor; Nathan; joins the ward and he is understandably scared of Walker but Nathan discovers the abuse but decides to do nothing.

However Nathan has never gotten over the guilt that ignoring the abuse has caused him. Ever since leaving Poplar Ward Nathan has been taunted by visions of a pair of eyes, the years of one of Walker's victims. And now there are other things appearing leaving reminders of his time at Poplar.

The question is who is leaving him this reminders? Is it the cruel, sadistic Nurse Walker or is it of the cruelly treated patients?

This is the first of Hemmie's books that I've read and it most definitely won't be the last.

Hemmie's writing style was fantastic. I was thoroughly engrossed from the beginning, I found I didn't want to put this book down and tried not to unless it was a necessity.

The storyline was extremely well thought out. To cover a difficult topic like abuse can be hard but it doesn't seem like it for Hemmie. Hemmie handled the abuse issue with a great level of sensitivity, only the essential details were discussed leaving the rest for the reader's mind to piece together without having to read all the gruesome details. For me this approach worked fantastically well, it made things seem more disturbing.

The characters are great, I loved and hated them! The fact that we met Walker, Lilith (Lily) and Nathan 25 years ago at the start before catching up with them later means there is a depth to them. It allows us to see how they may or may not have changed in that time.

Hemmie also gives us a glimpse into Walker's childhood and his private life now which helps with understanding why he's the way he is. It doesn't by any stretch justify his behaviour but certainly clarifies things.

This is a book filled with twistedness, cruelty and suspense. Just when you think you know where things are heading they take an unexpected turn and lead you on another path. Attic Of The Mind keeps feeding you breadcrumb after breadcrumb so that you keep following the trail and thinking about what has happened or what may happen.

Overall this is a fantastic 5* read. If you enjoy a good psychological thriller I can not recommend this book enough. Great Job Hemmie!! :)



~About Hemmie Martin~

Hemmie Martin spent most of her professional life as a Community Nurse for people with learning disabilities, a Family Planning Nurse, and a Forensic Mental Health Nurse working with young offenders. She spent six years living in the south of France. She now writes full time.

Hemmie created the DI Wednesday series, featuring DI Eva Wednesday and DS Jacob Lennox, set in an around Cambridge, with fictional villages. There are four books in the series so far.

Hemmie has also written a psychological thriller, Attic of the Mind, and two contemporary women's fiction, The Divine Pumpkin and Garlic & Gauloises.

Mental health often features in her novels due to her background of forensic mental health nursing, and her general interest in the topic. Hemmie is a member of The Crime Writer's Association.

~Stalker Links~

Facebook | Twitter | Website | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page | Winter Goose Publishing | Waterstones | The Writers Room

 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Cover Reveal: CIRQUE by Ashleigh Giannoccaro


CIRQUE by Ashleigh Giannoccaro

Release Date: September 15, 2016


— SYNOPSIS —
A boy looked in a window, to see a naughty show
Through the pane of pain, the master clown did blow
The circus is a holy tent, the keeper of my rhyme
Where I forged my chains, creating this pantomime
Pretending to be normal, I wait until after dark
Then I paint the frown on, get a whore from the park
At the bottom of that bed was a darling in a chest
She watched with big eyes, horror hooking her from rest
She dances for the maniac, twirling on her strings
I will make her mine, sharing damaged things
I will be her riddle, she will help me grin
So why does she run away, she has to let me in
No one loves the clown, not even the midget
We’ve gone too far, she will know my secret
Love can break the hardest mask, I know this to be true
Nightmares have hearts too, I only needed you


— COVER INFORMATION —
Cover Photo by Camilo Alvarez 
Cover Design by Gemma Poppet Rice


— ABOUT THE AUTHOR: ASHLEIGH GIANNOCCARO —

I live in South Africa with my husband, two daughters, five dogs, two meerkats and a parrot. I love to read and my kindle(s) are my favourite gadget. I am a coffee addict and I hate purple sweets. I love to write next to an open window. 

I am inspired by everything around me and I love to people watch wherever I go.



Monday, July 18, 2016

Review: Deathsworn Arc : The Last Dragon Slayer by Martyn Stanley

~Book Synopsis~

Saul Karza, wizard of the Empire, has been given a quest by the Empress herself: To find and slay a mythical 'noble dragon' - said to be near invulnerable.

Instead of leading a large band of soldiers, archers and spell-casters; he sets out with two immigrant dock-workers and a homeless dwarf.

What Saul needs is the legendary 'Last Dragon Slayer' on his side, because on this deadly quest, it's not only Saul's favour with the Empress that's at stake - but also his life.

The Deathsworn Arc Series of Dark, Epic Fantasy Adventure Novels:-
Deathsworn Arc : The Last Dragon Slayer
Deathsworn Arc 2 : The Verkreath Horror
Deathsworn Arc 3 : The Blood Queen

The Deathsworn Arc is a fantasy series with themes of atheism and pragmatism, it contains graphic violence and mature themes.




~Book Links~

Facebook Page | Goodreads Book 1 | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Smashwords

~My Review~

Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy from the author in exchange for nothing more than an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

I have to say that I have enjoyed reading The Last Dragon Slayer, it was something a bit different to my usual books. But as much as I enjoyed it I can't help feeling a little bit unsure about it too.

I found the plot to be well paced and well thought out. The battle scenes are well written and enjoyable to read. Everything that happens seems to fit in and add to the journey on which as a reader you're taken on.

The characters, I think this is what has caused me to feel unsure about the book, I personally don't feel as though I've connected with the characters, I found some them to be lacking in personality, which made them feel flat. I'm wondering if this is maybe just because it's the first book or maybe because we join the main characters in their present lives and are given very little back story to them, we learn about them as the story continues.

Overall I did enjoy reading Deathsworn Arc: The Last Dragon Slayer. I would recommend giving this a go if you like fantasy books, it's well worth a read.
 

 
~About The Author~

Martyn Stanley is the author of 'The Deathsworn Arc' a epic fantasy adventures series dragons. He lives near the Staffordshire/Cheshire border in England, with his long suffering wife and two small children.

Martyn has always enjoyed epic fantasy novels and began reading them at a young age, starting with 'The Hobbit', ending with 'The Inheritance Cycle' and including everything in between.

His 'Deathsworn Arc' is more than a hack and slash, swords and sorcery series. It examines, faith, companionship, morality, pragmatism and more. If the characters of 'The Deathsworn Arc' come across as strange, it's partly because they're intended to. It isn't a series which will be dragged out indefinitely, it has a beginning, a middle and a definite end.

He already has the plot for his second series forming in his head.

To write is to create characters and to have freedom for them to succeed or fail and to travel wherever you want them to, and meet who ever you want them to meet.

He sincerely hopes you enjoy reading his epic fantasy adventure series 'The Deathsworn Arc' as much as he enjoyed writing it.



~Places To Find The Author~

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon UK Author Page | Amazon US Author PageGoodreads Author Page

Monday, July 11, 2016

Release Day: Gabriel by Tracie Podger

Tour Banner
 
~*~*~*Gabriel by Tracie Podger*~*~*~
 
Gabriel Cover
~Book Info~
 
Cover design: Margreet Asselbergs, Ripe for Reader
Cover shot by: Wander Aguiar
Formatting: Roses & Thorns
 
~Blurb~
 
There are some f**ked up people in the world, unfortunately the worst kind ended up destroying my life.
My wife had been murdered and I made it my mission to find out why and by whom.
But when the ‘why’ and the ‘whom’ invaded my small town, my house, my life, and turned it upside down, it brought more death and devastation.
When you don’t know your enemy it’s hard to know who to trust. I had the greatest religion on earth on one side and a mad man on the other.
I was stuck in the middle.
My name is Gabriel. I had a perfect life, a perfect wife, and now I am fighting for justice.
Standalone - Suspense/thriller for readers over the age of 18
 
 
~Early reviews (can be seen on Goodreads)~
 
When a book stops you in your tracks and you can't bring yourself to put it down, nothing exists around you but what you are reading and devours every minute of your time- you know that you have hit the jackpot and this book was it !!!!!!! – Reds Midnight Readers
 
“I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review, and OMG what a MIND-F*** of a book this is!” – Rock Hard Romance
 
~Book Links~
 
Amazon UK | Amazon US | iBooks | Nook | Kobo  | Goodreads

~Excerpt~
 
The house was cold, empty, and full of memories as I walked from room to room. I stood at the end of my bed and stared, willing my wife to return to us. I wanted to picture her naked, her perfect body lying prone, waiting for me. Instead what I saw was blood and dead eyes wide with fright. My stomach recoiled and I clamped a hand over my mouth. Maybe it was a mistake to stay here. Maybe I should have done what my parents had advised and moved out immediately after, but I was torn. I wanted my daughter safe. I wanted her to be free of her nightmares and to be as far away from the source of them as possible. Until I found who had taken my wife, her mother, I was paralyzed into staying. Did that make me a bad father? Probably. Was everything I did focused on my own agenda? Maybe. I was going to find the man who had murdered my wife, who had inflicted such insufferable pain and anguish, and I’d make him pay. That was a promise I’d made to my wife as we laid her body to rest, no more than a few months prior, and a promise I intended to keep. The local police were about useless. They’d already decided it was a failed burglary, an opportunist who had been disturbed by my wife returning home early. Someone who was passing through, because there couldn’t be anyone who resided in our Hicksville town so deranged as to want to murder the local schoolteacher. I believed they just wanted the case closed, they didn’t want to have the thought there was a killer on the loose. However, nothing had been taken. There had been plenty of mess left. Drawers and cupboards had been upended, as if someone was looking for something, but jewelry and electronics were all left behind. I’d argued over and over that it wasn’t a burglary; any fool could see that. I’d wanted the FBI called in, someone with an ounce of sense to investigate; my pleas fell on deaf ears. So it was up to me to solve the crime. It was up to me to rid the world of the scum that had made a child motherless, a husband a widower, a classroom of five-year-olds, teacherless.
 
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To stay informed on all things ‘Gabriel’ feel free to join Tracie’s Fallen Angels
~About the Author~
 
Tracie Podger currently lives in Kent, UK with her husband and a rather obnoxious cat called George. She’s a Padi Scuba Diving Instructor with a passion for writing. Tracie has been fortunate to have dived some of the wonderful oceans of the world where she can indulge in another hobby, underwater photography. She likes getting up close and personal with sharks.
 
~Author Stalker links~
 
 
~Available from Amazon, iBooks, Kobo & Nook~

Fallen Angel, Part 1
Fallen Angel, Part 2
Fallen Angel, Part 3
Fallen Angel, Part 4
Evelyn - A Novella – To accompany the Fallen Angel Series
Rocco – A Novella – To accompany the Fallen Angel Series
Robert – To accompany the Fallen Angel Series
Travis – To accompany the Fallen Angel Series
A Virtual Affair – A standalone
Gabriel – A standalone
Coming soon
The Facilitator – August 2016
Jackson – November 2016
Letters to Lincoln – 2017
Rocco: The Missing Years – 2017
Harlot
 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Release Boost: GRIT Sector 1: Elias by Rebecca Sherwin








 
Title: GRIT Sector 1: Elias
Series: GRIT Sector 1 
 
Author: Rebecca Sherwin
Genre: Dark Romance
 
 Release Date: June 14, 2016



~Blurb~

I thought I was safe.
I FOUGHT TO KEEP THEM ALIVE.
I thought I was good.
THERE WAS NO GOOD LEFT HERE.
I thought I was just a girl.
I WAS MORE THAN JUST A MAN.
I didn't see it coming.
I SHOULD HAVE SEEN IT COMING.
Destiny had brought us together.
HISTORY WOULD TEAR US APART.

Twenty-first century London - daytime
Freedom is non-existent.
Self-expression is confined to sunlight hours.
Happiness is on a schedule.
Safety is a temporary fixture.

Twenty-first century London - nighttime.
Blood cascades over cobbled stones.
Criminals emerge from the shadows.
The depraved, the deviant, the morally corrupt, own the streets.
Happiness comes in the form of final breaths.
Safety is found in the shrills of death.

A love story emerges inside the barricades.
A story played out many times before...
But not like this.
It's evolution of tradition.
It's insanity fighting to break the cycle.
It's history's repetition with hope for a better outcome.

Can love survive in a drowning capital?
What if the good guys aren't the good guys?
What if the heroes have become the villains?

Trixie Ashford has been living a lie.
Elias Blackwood has been creating it.

It is their destiny to meet.
It will be their downfall to fall in love...
 
 

 
~Purchase Links~

AMAZON US / UK

 

 
~EARLY PRAISE FOR GRIT~

“Rebecca delivers another masterpiece painted on a whole new canvas with a world that bleeds secrets, deception, and passion that is sure to leave its mark on the reader.” – Catherine, Rochelle’s Reviews

“There wasn’t any telling to be had in this story, you felt it. No time for this ticking time bomb. Boom! I was blown to pieces.” – Di, Twisted Sisters Book Reviews

“An amazing start to what I hope will be a brilliant series!” – Susan, Ladies Living in Bookland

“I can’t wait for this book to go live so I can force people to love these two like I loved them!!” – K Webster, author of This is War, Baby



~Trailer~

 

~Excerpt~


“What is it? What does GRIT mean?”

“Besides the stuff you get in your eye when the wind blows?” Nothing. She refused to fall into comfort beside me. “It doesn’t mean anything. That is kind of the point. I say GRIT, you say ‘what’s that?’ and you wouldn’t be the only one.”

It was ridiculous. I’d asked countless times as a child why we couldn’t give it some meaning if it was something so important it needed to be protected with our lives, but I’d only ever had the acronym separated. Which I would do for Trixie…when we got to our destination.

“Why does it smell wet?” she asked.

“Because it’s wet down here. You’re underground.”

“We’re safe, aren’t we?”

I took a deep breath and pronounced every word with more sincerity than I’d ever displayed. “As long as you’re with me, nothing can hurt you.”

I wanted her to say something. ‘Thank you’ would have sufficed although I didn’t want her to appreciate my need to keep her alive. I wanted her to accept it, but she said nothing, keeping her lips pressed firmly together as another shiver rippled through her.

“We’re here.”

I stopped her with a gentle tug and her thin shoes slid on the cobbles. Reaching over her I held her close, like I had done when we exited the loft, and she slotted into my side like she was meant to be there.

“Where?”

“Here.” I shrugged, intending to show her rather than tell her. “It isn’t nice. None of the things I’m going to teach you will be pretty. Some will hurt, some will confuse, some will question everything you know, and others will test you. They’ll ask you to look deep inside yourself and revaluate everything you hold on your moral compass.” I stroked my thumb over the top of her arm, hoping to warm her up before I threw her into the dark world that was permanently sheeted in ice. “I need you to agree to do this with me. I don’t want you to be here, because I want to protect you. But you need to know the truth and you need to be able to make your own choices…I need you to choose to do this with me.”

“I choose to do it. Just show me, Elias...”


 

~Author Bio~

Rebecca is a London born and bred mother, writer and psychology student. She is the mother of a superhero (who is currently growing his hair like Thor!) and spends her days with her nose stuck in a textbook, her fingers tapping away at the keys…or she’s building forts and eating gummy bears.

She is the author of dark psychological romance. An avid reader and lover of stories that keep you guessing, Rebecca writes tales that will challenge your perceptions and toy with your emotions. Her stories invite you to open your mind and dig deeper into the meanings of the lives of each and every character you meet. She entices you into their world – to feel with them, grow with them, to love with them.

She asks you to become a part of them and allow them to become a part of you. 
 
~Author Links~





~Giveaway~
 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Review: GRIT Sector 1: Elias by Rebecca Sherwin

~Book Details~

 Title: GRIT Sector 1: Elias
 Series: GRIT
 
Genre: Dark romance/suspense

~Synopsis~

I thought I was safe.
I FOUGHT TO KEEP THEM ALIVE.

I thought I was good.
THERE WAS NO GOOD LEFT HERE.

I thought I was just a girl.
I WAS MORE THAN JUST A MAN.

I didn't see it coming.
I SHOULD HAVE SEEN IT COMING.

Destiny had brought us together.
HISTORY WOULD TEAR US APART.


Twenty-first century London - daytime

Freedom is non-existent.
Self-expression is confined to sunlight hours.
Happiness is on a schedule.
Safety is a temporary fixture.

Twenty-first century London - nighttime.

Blood cascades over cobbled stones.
Criminals emerge from the shadows.
The depraved, the deviant, the morally corrupt, own the streets.
Happiness comes in the form of final breaths.
Safety is found in the shrills of death.

A love story emerges inside the barricades.
A story played out many times before...
But not like this.
It's evolution of tradition.
It's insanity fighting to break the cycle.
It's history's repetition with hope for a better outcome.

Can love survive in a drowning capital?
What if the good guys aren't the good guys?
What if the heroes have become the villains?

Trixie Ashford has been living a lie.
Elias Blackwood has been creating it.
It is their destiny to meet.
It will be their downfall to fall in love…??


~Book Links~

 Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

 
Watch the YouTube trailer here!

~My Review~

Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy from the author in exchange for nothing more than an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.


Where in the name of all that is holy do I start with this review?! This book has left me absolutely gobsmacked, it has taken me days to sit down and write a review. Even now it's 4.30pm and I originally sat down at 10.30am to start this post, I'm still not convinced I'm 100% happy with what I've decided to type but I have to write something. I only hope that I can do this outstanding book justice.


Here goes...

I have read everything that Rebecca has written, and I would read anything without even reading the blurb first. But with GRIT I had read the teasers that Rebecca had posted on Facebook and the blurb, all of which had me practically begging to get my hands on Elias. When I did I wasn't disappointed.

This book; this fantastic book is NOT under any circumstances for the feint hearted!!! There are some disturbing scenes; which made me question Rebecca's sanity! :) But my word are they good.

I found the characters to be multi layered, twisted and complex. They are depraved, warped and so very real. Elias and Trixie have a twisted and warped relationship which at times seems so fragile and almost doomed. The other members of their families are all key parts but whilst some seem sweet and good they all share in a very twisted lifestyle, others are just out right mindfucks!!

The plot weaves an intricate web of secrets, lies and twisted truths. All the while feeding you the important pieces of a complex and intriguing puzzle, which holds your attention until the bitter end. The plot is smooth and well paced, it follows a unique path that has been skilfully laid out by; the oh so very warped/disturbed; Miss Sherwin.

Rebecca has obviously invested a lot of time, effort, energy, emotion and probably blood too into writing this book, I believe that it is clear to us readers just how much by the way her writing flows seamlessly from page to page. The emotion is evident in the way the characters act and behave, how they come to life and develop (or become more deviant).

GRIT Sector 1: Elias has been an very different but very enjoyably warped read and I'm incredibly pleased that I have been able to read it ahead of release day! 

Bravo Miss Sherwin! In my eyes this was an outstanding book! Well done and by the way; where is the next book in this series?? *taps fingers and waggles eyebrows* :) :) <3 <3 



 
~About Rebecca~

Rebecca is a London born and bred mother, writer and psychology student. She is the mother of a superhero (who is currently growing his hair like Thor!) and spends her days with her nose tuck in a textbook, her fingers tapping away at the keys…or she’s building forts and eating gummy bears.

She is the author of summer romance, Second Chance Hero, and the psychological romantic-suspense series, Twisted. An avid reader and lover of stories that keep you guessing, Rebecca writes tales that will challenger your perceptions and toy with your emotions. Rebecca’s stories invite you to open your mind and dig deeper into the meanings of the lives of each and every character you meet. She entices you into their world to feel with them, grow with them, to love with them.

She asks you to become a part of them and allow them to become a part of you.

~Connect with Rebecca~

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook Group | Email
 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Reviews: Ready For Flynn Part 1 & 2 by K.L. Shandwick

 
~~~Ready For Flynn, Part 2~~~
 
~Blurb~

Life for Flynn and Valerie hadn't always been easy. A series of tragedies finally brought them together, and twists of fate made them what they are.

An undeniable love keeps them together, but is young love enough in a world full of temptation?

With Flynn's career on the line can he accept what Valerie proposes?

He knew he could trust her with his heart, but is that the same as believing in her?

He knew she could be persuasive and he wanted to give her the world, but was she ready to take the world on with him?

(A contemporary rock romance 18+)





~Buy Links~


~Excerpt~

I knew I’d never love anyone my whole life the way I loved him. I read about once-in-a-lifetime events that happen to a tiny minority of people. Since the day I’d met Flynn, there had been two in my life. One where he slashed a gaping hole in my heart and climbed inside, and one where my heart splintered into a million pieces with the death of my brothers. In the short time Flynn had come back into my life, I’d felt things I never thought I would feel again. A damaged heart that healed in response to his love until it wasn’t afraid to pick up the pace when he stared lustily in my direction. A heart that skipped a beat and fluttered at his touch, then squeezed when he said something to me that showed his vulnerable side.

~My Review~

Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy in exchange for nothing more than an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
After reading Ready For Flynn Part 1 I had high hopes for Part 2 and I was not disappointed. Ready For Flynn Part 2 picks up exactly where Part 1 left off. This was a great continuation of Valerie and Flynn's story.

Make no mistake this book is not a fluffy unicorn and rainbows type of book, it is an emotional roller coaster ride! Valerie and Flynn will have you laughing, shouting and crying over and over again. The events that KL Shandwick throws at these two would test even some of the longest standing relationships, let alone one this new! These two have a fantastic chemistry between them, and although they have a fairly new relationship life is not going to be easy on them. With Flynn being in the public eye that adds to the struggles they face, but it's not the toughest thing they face!! 

I can't say more on the plot because I don't want to spoil it for those of you who haven't read it yet.

Valerie and Flynn have grown into quite the pair of young adults right before our eyes. Flynn comes across as being mature and passionate. Valarie is a mature, savvy, strong willed, intelligent and seriously motivated young woman. All of the characters are great and they play their roles well but for me Valerie is a definite favourite, it's easy to see why Flynn loves her!

KL's writing once more launches you into their world and captures your attention and heart straight away. The story unfolds around you and allows you to experience everything alongside the characters. This time round some of the chapters are told from Flynn's POV so we finally get a glimpse inside his head and heart too. At least now I can understand why Flynn did some of the things he did, as much as I may not have agreed with him, I think it was a case of wrong thing but right reasons!

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Part 2 And now I shall be (im)patiently waiting for part 3 :) *looks at KL expectantly* ;)

My Rating:


~~~~Start your journey with Ready For Flynn, Part 1 here~~~~


~Blurb~
 
At fifteen years old, Valerie Darsin, was loved and cherished by her brothers and boyfriend. Her small town world was happy and secure until a sudden betrayal forced her to flee. Returning home, Valerie found support in Flynn Docherty-a guy who left her with unfamiliar feelings when he disappeared from her life.

Valerie learned to move on, until a life-changing event brought Flynn back, but was she ready?

Has she ever been Ready For Flynn?











~Book Links for Part 1~

 
 
~My Review~

Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy in exchange for nothing more than an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Ready For Flynn Part 1 is Valerie Darsin's story. Valerie is a girl who has grown up with her brothers and family. She has always been close to her brothers; especially Martin; even though she is younger than them. In turn her brothers have always been protective of Valerie.

Flynn is a friend of Martin's from college. Flynn accompanies Martin to the Darsin's home for Thanksgiving. When Flynn and Valerie meet there is an instant attraction between them, but Martin warns Flynn to stay away as Valerie is only 15. As the time arrives for Martin and Flynn to return to college; Flynn decides to leave a note for Valerie saying when she is ready for him to call him.

After heading back to college life takes Flynn in the direction of fame as his music career takes off. But when tragedy strikes and flips Valerie's world on its head, Valerie calls the only person she thinks she can rely on: Flynn. Flynn drops everything and comes to Valerie's side.

Does Valerie really want Flynn in her life? Can Flynn be trusted? Can Valerie and her life fit in with Flynn's? Will she actually want it to?

Firstly let me start by saying WOW! Seriously what a book. Even though I have a few of KL Shandwick's books this is the first one I've read, *hangs head in shame* :(

This story is packed full of emotion, wit and laugh out loud moments, it will make you laugh, cry and want to throw something at some characters, I know I did!! The attraction between Valerie and Flynn is crystal clear. I admire Flynn for doing the right thing and walking away from Valerie when she was still 15, regardless of his feelings for her.

My heart broke for the characters in this book, I cannot imagine ever having to experience the traumatic event that Valerie did, nor would I wish it upon anyone ever. Valerie tried to face it head on and with the help of Flynn she battles on.

It's not often that I cry when reading a book but the emotion this book is so powerful its palpable. I loved seeing the characters and the story develop and unfold before my eyes. Valerie and Flynn both become more mature with each chapter and Flynn tries to prove to Valerie that although he left he never forgot about her or his feelings for her.

KL Shandwick has a great writing style, her words flow easily on the pages and pull you deep into the story and the lives of all the characters. I found all the characters to be amazing, but especially Valerie. I have loved every page and cannot wait for Part 2.

My rating:

~About the Author~

K. L. Shandwick started writing after a challenge by a friend when she commented on a book she read. The result of this was "The Everything Trilogy." Her background has been mainly in the health and social care sector in the U.K. She is still currently a freelance or self- employed professional in this field. Her books tend to focus on the relationships of the main characters. Writing is a form of escapism for her and she is just as excited to find out where her characters take her as she is when she reads another author's work.

~Places To Find KL Shandwick~

Amazon Author Page | Goodreads Author Page | Website | Twitter | Facebook