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

 

 


BLURB:

 

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.



EXCERPT:

 

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.

 

 

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BIO:

 

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.



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

 

 

 

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review 2017-03-03 07:10
Blog Tour w/Review - The Bastard Billionaire

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

 

Title: THE BASTARD BILLIONAIRE

Author: Jessica Lemmon

Series: Billionaire Bad Boys, #3

 

 

On Sale: February 28, 2017

Publisher: Forever

Mass Market: $7.99 USD

eBook: $6.99 USD

 

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Beauty and the Beastly Billionaire . . .

 

Eli Crane is one tough bastard. After an explosion left him injured and honorably discharged from the Marines, all he wants is to be left alone. Yet his brothers insist he take a greater role in the family business. They've hired him ten personal assistants—and Eli sent each one packing as fast as possible. But when beautiful number eleven walks through the door, Eli will do anything to make her stay.

 

Isabella Sawyer's employment agency can't afford to lose Eli Crane's business. Her plan: to personally take on the role of his PA, and secure her reputation with the wealthy elite in Chicago. But this beauty and her hot billionaire bad boy soon find themselves mixing business with pleasure in the most delicious ways. And passionate, stubborn Isabella won't rest until she tames this wicked beast . . .

 

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Standing, she smoothed her hands down her pants and flipped her hair. She had planned to quietly finish her work and leave without seeing him again. No such luck. And no hiding that she was heading his way when her heels clicked along the concrete floor.

 

Well.

 

The kiss had happened. The button incident had happened. There was no taking it back. Regardless of how either of them felt about it, she was going to continue working here. So. She would deal with the here and now.

 

Since the sun was shining, Eli’s lair was welcome instead of foreboding. No fire cracked in the hearth today. Also unlike his usual, he wasn’t at his desk. He was at the printer.

 

This yours?” He offered a sheet of paper.

 

Yes.” She couldn’t keep from explaining. “Pressed the Print button by accident.”

 

Mi printer es su printer.”

 

Isa accepted the document and Eli sank his hands into his jeans pockets, his forearms flexing with the movement.

 

I wasn’t—”

 

I shouldn’t—” they said at the same time.

 

He pursed his lips and she looked at her shoes. “Go ahead.” She was going to say, I wasn’t offended when you kissed me, but now that she’d had a millisecond to think it through, maybe she should pretend the kiss hadn’t happened. Which was . . . impossible. Standing this close to him, it’s all she could think about.

 

I shouldn’t have ruined your shirt,” he said.

 

I dared you to.”

 

Why?” His eyebrows compressed along with his lips.

 

Because you have accepted the role of beast, but I don’t believe that’s who you are.” She let her gaze linger on his face before tracking down his body. “And because I like a challenge.”

 

Do you?” He took a wide step toward her.

 

She matched his move and took one step closer to him. “Yes. I don’t wilt easily.”

 

He threaded her hair between his fingers, a look of longing and hurt mingling in his eyes. “I was about to lie and say I shouldn’t have kissed you.”

 

Shivers climbed her spine as she remembered how firm his lips felt against hers. “Maybe . . . you shouldn’t have stopped.”

 

 

 

 

 

The Bastard Billionaire (Billionaire Bad Boys Book 3)The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the 3rd book in the Billionaire Bad Boys series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding and enjoyment, I recommend reading this series in order.

Elijah AKA Eli meets Isabella AKA Isa (or Sable) when she comes to work for him as his assistant. He has fired and sent away all the others she has tried to get him to work with. A battle torn veteran, he has lost more than his leg.

Isa puts up with a lot of attitude from Eli so she can build up her business. She decides to put herself in as the temporary employee. The sparks star flying from the moment they meet.

This series is always full of heat, hot men, and surprises. This story fits in very well. We get to see more of our favorite characters from previous books as also. Such a fun read.


***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review only.

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THE BILLIONAIRE BAD BOYS SERIES:

 

The Billionaire Bachelor, #1

The Billionaire Next Door, #2

The Bastard Billionaire, #3

 

Series Page on Goodreads

 

 

TOP 5 FAVORITE LINES FROM TBB:

 

#5~ Isabella Sawyer’s smart-aleck remark when Eli fires her for the umpteenth time:

Apologies, Eli, but I’m not changing my shoes.” She came into his office, her hips swaying with each sure step she took toward him.

Fine. Then you’re fired.”

Oh, no, not again.”

 

#4~ Merina, the heroine from The Bastard Billionaire shows up as yet another feisty woman who refuses to bow to Eli’s gruffness.

 

I can go out into public, you know,” he grumbled, setting the beer bottle next to his plate—on the table, no coaster, thank you very much. “You guys don’t have to come in here and serve me.”

He was skilled at his new role of miserable bastard, and since everyone expected it now, he was determined to excel.

Oh but we do, Lord Crane.” Merina smiled demurely as she leaned over and handed him a glass.

 

#3~ I loved this line after Eli and Isa had sex—his honesty cracked me up!

 

I like this.” She touched the corner of his mouth. “I’ve been trying to get you to smile since I started working here.”

Well now you know how to do it.”

 

 

#2~ Bold Isabella knows how to ask for what she wants!

 

Is kissing you in my marching orders for tomorrow night?” he asked, his eyes picking up a trace of heat.

She wasn’t going to pass up this opportunity. No way. No how.

Yes,” she answered. “Need to practice?”

 

 

#1~ Eli’s worry that he didn’t have what it took is my favorite line in the book.

 

He’d done what he needed to be a good soldier.

Now that he wasn’t a soldier, he wasn’t sure what it took to be a good man.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she's not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.

 

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review 2017-01-03 03:46
Battle Scarred (BBW Veteran Bear Shifter Romance) - Becca Fanning

Kat is a woman driven by work and a need to succeed to help others. Briggs has been through bias, war, and PTSD. The two are lonely but do not realize it until they spend time together. Kat's love of helping others, sense of family, and wanting to do right made her a wonderful person. My heart hurt for all that Briggs went through. Surviving the danger of Kat's past and Briggs' present added some suspense to the story. I received a copy of this story, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2016-06-09 02:23
Compassion
Compassion - Xavier Neal,Kim Collins

This has to be the worst cover of a romance novel.....

 

But this was a really good book.

 

I love it when a book pleasantly surprises me. I haven't read the author before and more often than now I am giving new-to-me authors extra scrutiny before I pick up a book. Too many frogs out there not enough Princes (...*sob* everytime I say Prince these days I can't help but tear up a little).

But this was very good and enough now that I have a new author to look for.

The story is told in alternating chapter POVs in first person from Jaye, the heroine and Archer, the hero.

Jaye is a single lady librarian who lives in an upscale neighborhood. She has a job she loves and a family who loves her. Her only real issue is that her life has been somewhat on hold in the personal front since her fiance died three years ago. And in many ways she's subconsciously behaving as if her fiance is just out on an extended break. She hasn't packed up his things, the house is more his personality than hers, etc.

Archer is a war vet who has returned with a limp courtesy of shrapnel from his last tragic mission which saw the death of his two best friends. He is also suffering from PTSD thanks to that last missions as well. Through a series of circumstances each more unfortunate than the last he has found himself homeless.

Their paths cross when she sees him rifling through her garbage. In a moment of compassion she offers him some food and a relationship is born.

I am one of those persons who run far away from those slick billionaire books. This is the total opposite. And I LOVED it! Archer has no money and no job. But he is totally wonderful. And even though it seems like he has nothing material to contribute to his relationship with Jaye, he is invaluable when it comes to making her face some of her own demons and building up her own self confidence.

This is a very low conflict romance, but there is tension. It would be remiss of me not to say that Archer's lack of a job isn't a real issue, because it is. Even as a reader I was needing for him to find something because a job, even something very simple, is very powerful psychologically. Most people need to be able to do something, earn their way and contribute in order to feel some self worth. And this would be especially true for a personality like Archer. A man who went into the military to serve. And frankly, while I don't need my hero in a romance to be a millionaire, I do need him to have a J-O-B!

I loved the progression of the story and the romance. It was sweet and hot. Jaye's personality was optimistic and bubbly. Archer's was more reserved. But they worked together very well. The sex scenes were explicit but didn't overwhelm the story.

The book also employed the convention of the two narrators breaking the fourth wall and speaking directly to the reader. I like the deployment of that in this book. Sometimes that convention comes off as a little too precious. But it worked really nicely here.

Good book. Recommended.

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review 2016-06-07 09:46
Von Leid, Verwundung und Vergebung
Carthage LP - Joyce Carol Oates

Corporal Brett Kincaid kehrte verwundet aus dem Krieg zurück, äußerlich wie innerlich traumatisiert. In seiner Heimatstat Carthage wird von ihm erwartet, dass er das Leben wiederaufnimmt, das er für den Kampf gegen den Terrorismus hinter sich ließ. Doch Brett kann nicht. Er löst die Verlobung mit Juliet Mayfield und zieht sich zurück. Die Erinnerungen an den Irak quälen ihn, lassen ihn nicht schlafen und suchen ihn noch am Tage heim. Verzweifelt versucht er, zu vergessen, kombiniert Medikamente mit Alkohol. Als er am 10. Juli 2005 in seinem Auto am Straßenrand aufgegriffen wird, kann er nicht erklären, woher das Blut im Wagen stammt. Er erinnert sich vage, die Nacht in einer Kneipe verbracht zu haben. Er erinnert sich, dass Cressida Mayfield, Juliets jüngere Schwester, dort war. Danach verschwimmt alles in einem ungewissen Nebel. Offenbar war er der letzte, der Cressida lebend gesehen hat. Während die Stadt fieberhaft nach dem verschwundenen Mädchen sucht, sieht sich Brett mit Anschuldigungen konfrontiert. Könnte er tatsächlich etwas mit Cressidas Verschwinden zu tun haben? Hat er etwas Unverzeihliches getan? Verwirrt und unfähig, seinen Erinnerungen zu trauen, beginnt für Brett ein Kampf mit seinem Gedächtnis, der ihn Jahre seines Lebens kosten wird.

 

„Carthage“ von Joyce Carol Oates ist schwer verdauliche Kost. Meine Lieblingsautorin befasst sich niemals mit einfachen Themen, doch dieses Mal bewegte sie sich am äußersten Rand meiner Wohlfühlzone. Das Buch forderte mich ungemein, weil Oates darin meiner Meinung nach von ihrem üblichen Schreibstil abweicht. Ich kenne sie als mitfühlende Autorin, die jede Facette der Psyche ihrer Figuren nachvollziehbar und explizit ausarbeitet. In „Carthage“ hingegen bekam ich nichts geschenkt. Ich erhielt tiefe Einblicke in die Seelen der Akteure, in ihre Gedanken- und Gefühlswelten, doch es war mir selbst überlassen, diese zu analysieren und interpretieren. Ich musste mich anstrengen, um zu verstehen, was Brett, Cressida und ihre Familien antreibt und bewegt, obwohl sie realistische, hyperlebendige Figuren mit psychologisch dichten Profilen sind. Es war besonders schwierig, sich in Bretts chaotischen Gedanken zurechtzufinden. Ich habe mich in seiner Perspektive sehr unwohl gefühlt, weil mir seine Psyche wie ein klaustrophobisches Labyrinth erschien, verwundet und verwirrend. Trotzdem wusste ich die erzwungene Konfrontation mit ihm sehr zu schätzen, denn andernfalls hätte ich nicht begriffen, wie mächtig sich eine posttraumatische Belastungsstörung auswirkt und wie inadäquat US-amerikanische Veteran_innen behandelt werden. Sie werden im Alltag allein gelassen, weggeworfen wie menschlicher Abfall. PTBS scheint in den Staaten tabuisiert zu werden; es gibt kaum Bemühungen, Kriegsheld_innen nach ihrem Dienst wieder in die Gesellschaft zu integrieren. Rein abstrakt wusste ich natürlich, dass die Thematik in den USA heiß diskutiert wird und es für Veteran_innen eine große Herausforderung ist, sich ein neues Leben aufzubauen, doch mit Oates harter, brutaler Darstellung der Realität habe ich nicht gerechnet. „Carthage“ ist absichtlich unbequem. Es trifft die US-Bevölkerung zielsicher an einer empfindlichen Stelle: ihrem Patriotismus. Schonungslos illustriert es, wie wenig Soldat_innen für ihre Bereitschaft, ihr Leben für ihre Heimat zu riskieren, zurückerhalten und was der Dienst an der Waffe mit ihnen anrichten kann. Selbstverständlich ist Bretts Schicksal ein extremer Fall, ich halte ihn grundsätzlich allerdings für nicht so ungewöhnlich.
Auffällig wird diese Geschichte durch Cressida, eine launische, eigenwillige junge Frau, mit der ich mich kaum identifizieren konnte. Sie ist keine Figur, für die man leicht Sympathie aufbaut, denn sie weist paradoxe, widersprüchliche Charakterzüge auf. Einerseits ist sie egoistisch, arrogant und herablassend, völlig von sich und ihrem Glauben an ihre intellektuellen Fähigkeiten eingenommen; andererseits ist sie zutiefst verunsichert und unfähig, sich als liebenswert einzuschätzen. Sie ist nicht in der Lage, mit Ablehnung oder Enttäuschung umzugehen und neigt zu hemmungslos überzogenen Reaktionen. Vermutlich leidet sie unter einer psychischen Erkrankung (vielleicht Borderline), was ihren massiven Zwang, sich auf psychischer, emotionaler Ebene wieder und wieder zu verletzen und zu bestrafen, erklären würde. Sie stößt alle Menschen von sich weg, verdammt sich zu einem Leben in Einsamkeit, weil sie glaubt, es nicht anders zu verdienen. Es war sicher nicht hilfreich, dass ihre Familie stets auf Zehenspitzen um sie herumschlich, ohne ihr jemals Grenzen aufzuzeigen. Wahrscheinlich hätte sie genau das gebraucht. Ich glaube, ich hatte während der Lektüre nur ein einziges Mal positive Gefühle für sie: im Epilog.

 

„Carthage“ ist ein anstrengendes, unangenehmes Buch. Es handelt von Leid und Verwundung, veranschaulicht aber auch das Motiv der Vergebung. Joyce Carol Oates kritisiert indirekt und regt zum Nachdenken an, ohne anzugreifen. Ihren Stil empfand ich als ungewohnt, weil er nichtlinear ist, doch ich bezweifle, dass ihre Geschichte die gleiche Wirkung entfaltet hätte, hätte sie sie säuberlich geordnet niedergeschrieben. Sie verfolgte eine Strategie, wollte Chaos und Verwirrung vermitteln, um ihren Leser_innen die Situation ihrer Figuren näher zu bringen. Für mich ging diese Taktik auf. „Carthage“ hat mich sehr berührt und stieß einige Gedankengänge an, mit denen ich mich sonst wohl nie beschäftigt hätte. Trotz dessen weiß ich, dass dieses Buch nicht bei allen Leser_innen Begeisterungsstürme auslösen wird. Es ist kontrovers und stilistisch fast schon experimentell, daher solltet ihr euch vor dem Kauf unbedingt eine Leseprobe zu Gemüte führen. Ihr müsst wissen, worauf ihr euch einlasst, damit ihr einschätzen könnt, ob es euch den mentalen Aufwand wert ist, herauszufinden, was Brett Kincaid und Cressida Mayfield miteinander verbindet.

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