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text 2017-04-17 07:01
Cover Reveal - Breathless





A brush with death brings Leah closer to the ghosts she longs to find and throws her into the arms of the troubled scuba instructor who saves her.

Dale, an Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran, is haunted by his own restless spirits. He's on a hunt for forgiveness, and the Caribbean Sea is his hunting ground.

The peace they search for lies in the bond they never suspected they shared.



He breathes with me, using his pace to slow mine. It feels like too much. The stillness. Our breath as one. His touch against my face and unyielding gaze locked onto mine. I want to escape up to safety, but he won’t let me.

All I can do is trust him.









They say write what you know, so Jessica Bayliss did. Her story, BREATHLESS, was inspired by her own experience running out of air on a scuba dive—except without all the steamy romance and eerie paranormal happenings. Alas, real life. Obviously, she survived. Her genre-bending fiction holds a little something for everyone. A lover of ghost tales and horror since her days scanning VHS rental shelves—admittedly with eyes half-averted from the gory covers—a touch of the mysterious always finds a home in Jessica’s work. Romance with a dash of supernatural. Horror with a bit of humor. You get the gist. Jessica also writes across age groups and is a firm believer in the motto: there is a new reader born every day, whether young or not-so-young

Look for her upcoming releases: TEN PAST CLOSING, a YA contemporary thriller (Sky Pony Press, Spring 2018), and BROKEN CHORDS, a YA horror novella (Leap Books, October 2017). You can find her story “Care of the Undead Dog” in ZOMBIE CHUNKS, which came out earlier this year. Read about all of Jessica’s books and stories here.

Connect with Jessica online:


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I’m seventy feet below the Caribbean Sea, and I’m out of air.






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review 2017-02-07 19:49
I loved it
Breathless - Beverly Jenkins

Always love learning about the history of the period. Suffragette movement, Geronimo escape and the black experience.



Beverly Jenkins is one of my favorite Black historical romance writers. She not only shares black history, but familial relations and love. I've read more than seven of her large catalogue of books, mainly her historical romance.


In Breathless we revisit characters that I'd fallen in love with. Rhine and Eddy's love in Forbidden was enduring. I'm waiting for my Rhine. After learning about Eddie's sister's neglect of her nieces I was concerned and couldn't wait to revisit them. Breathless is Portia's story.


Portia is determined, strong, smart and a bit afraid of men (due to her past with her mother). From the very beginning of Kent's arrival I knew He'd have his work cut out for him. In Breathless Ms. Beverly shows that people can mature and grow and I appreciated that. I Just can't get enough about the town, people and the conflicts they encounter.


All in all Breathless was a 4 star read for me. A book I will revisit and share with other historical romance lovers and even with the romance naysayers.


Thank you to Edelweiss and Avon for the opportunity to read and review Breathless.

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text 2017-02-07 03:17
January Reads
Man on the Run - Carl Weber
The Score - Kiki Swinson
The Mark (The Score Series) - Kiki Swinson
Copycat - Kimberla Lawson Roby
A Note Yet Unsung (A Belmont Mansion Novel) - Tamera Alexander
Luxury and Larceny: Part 1 - Ty Marshall
Breathless - Beverly Jenkins

I read 7 books in January. I'm so proud of myself that I stayed focused and tried to read everyday. There were a couple books that I did have to put down, but I'm happy I did. Leaving books that aren't working for me is something I promised to do in 2017 and obviously with 7 books read it's working. 


I read;


Breathless by Beverly Jenkins                    4 stars


Man on the Run by Carl Weber                   4 stars


The Score by Kiki Swanson                         3 stars


The Mark by Kiki Swanson                          3 stars


Copycat by Kimberly Lawson Roby             3 stars


A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander   3 stars


Luxury & Larceny by Ty Marshall                2 stars



It was a good month and in February I'm expecting to read more and hopefully read more 5 and 4 star reads.



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review 2017-01-31 01:12
Breathless - Beverly Jenkins

I really enjoyed this book.  I was so happy to see so many wonderful character from the first book in the series, Forbidden, featured in this book.  I found this book to be a really easy read and liked the sweeter romance that it offered.  The western setting was very well done and quite a lot of fun.

The book focuses on Portia and Kent.  Portia came to live with her Aunt Eddy and Uncle Rhine when she was 12 years old.  They are forced to leave Virgina City shortly after the events of the first book.  The family ends up in the Arizona Territory running a successful hotel.  Portia has grown up to be an intelligent and very capable woman who handles most of the day to day operations of the hotel.  She is very business minded and has no desire to marry.

Kent's life has been rather adventurous since he fled Virginia City with Portia's family.  He is now the rancher he always wanted to be and is hoping to settle down a bit.  He signs on to work with Rhine and soon is put in charge of the adjoining ranch.  He is a very hard worker and an all around good guy.

I liked Portia and Kent together.  This romance was really quite sweet.  Portia is very innocent and the bulk of the book covers the couple getting to know each other.  I liked how Kent handling all of the attention that Portia was getting from her long time suitors.  He seemed to know just the right thing to say to handle a situation.  It was nice watch this couple fall in love with each other.

I would recommend this book to others.  I didn't like it quite as much as I liked Eddy and Rhine's story but I thought it was a solid romance.  Having Eddy, Rhine, and other characters from the previous book play an important roles in this book was a nice surprise.  I can't wait to read the next book in this series!

I received an advanced reader edition of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss.

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review 2017-01-11 00:00
Breathless (Players to Men#1)
Breathless (Players to Men#1) - Georgia ... Breathless (Players to Men#1) - Georgia Lyn Hunter description

I tried... I really did.

STRIKE ONE -- The heroine was older than the hero (bleh)
STRIKE TWO -- This JUST turned 21-year-old BOY had the sex life equal to a 40-year-old man. Including having sex with his shrink when he JUST turned 18. Nothing says sexy like an STD riddled 21-year-old!
STRIKE THREE -- Both these characters were hot messes and neither should have even been THINKING about getting into a relationship until after they had YEARS of therapy (hopefully at the hands of someone who DOESN'T sleep with their patients)


STRIKE FOUR -- WAY too much pushing away from the "BITTER BETTY" heroine.
STRIKE FIVE -- Both these characters means of communication was to jump to conclusions and run away whenever any conflict cropped up.
STRIKE SIX -- 60% in and NO sex, but plenty of OW cropping up and hitting on our former whore of a hero. Heck even 14-year-olds wanted a MAN just like him when they got older (trust me girls...you really DO NOT)
LAST STRIKE -- I was BORED out of my mind.


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