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review 2016-08-26 02:05
Review: Saved by the Music
Saved by the Music (Saints & Sinners Book 2) - Kaithlin Shepherd,Hot Tree Editing,Claire Smith

“Saved by the Music” is an emotional story about love and healing. It was romantic, hot and heartwarming. It is the second book in the ‘Saint and Sinners” series and can be read as a standalone. However, I would recommend that you also read “Heart of the Music”
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I first met Sam in “Heart of the Music”. I was intrigued by him and was glad to hear that his story would be next. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. (Thanks, Hot Tree Promotions). I liked him in book one, but by the time I completed this installment I was head over heels in love with him. Not only is he hot and sexy, he is humble, kind, caring and very protective of those he loves. This was evident in his interaction with his band members, Ashlee, and his mom. Sam is the kind of guy who is always looking to help others. He is a firm believer in paying it forward. Someone had looked out for him and saved him from a life of destruction. To show his gratitude he got involved in charities where he could provide financial as well as emotional support to kids who came from abusive homes or who were abandoned by their parents. Despite all of this he was still not fulfilled as the one thing he desired, he did not have and that was someone to complete him. He honestly believed that he did not deserve such happiness. However, when he got the chance to work alongside the woman that he was attracted to from the first time he met her, he realised that this was time for him to go after what he wanted. However, someone from his past was intent on dismantling everything he worked to achieve.

Ashlee Daniels is a consultant who works with philanthropists and non-profit entities. Her specialty is non-profit start-ups, program development, and campaign planning. This made her the perfect person to help the members of the Saint and Sinners band launch their charity project. She was glad to take on the task as she needed the additional funds to help ease her mounting financial burdens. However, being the consummate professional she feared that being in such close proximity to the one man who could get her hot and bothered by just a mere look would lead to career suicide. Would she be able to work alongside him and maintain her objectivity or will she succumb to her innermost desires?

Ashlee is hardworking, kind, independent and proud. She chooses to shoulder her burdens on her own as she hates asking for help. I loved how she was there for her mom. She made so many sacrifices for her which made me appreciate her even more. It was evident that she had a big heart. It’s understandable why Sam was so taken with her.

The romance between Sam and Ashlee was not without its obstacles. Ashlee was having a tug of war with her feelings, while Sam’s past threatens to derail their budding romance. I thought they were great together and found myself rooting for them and hoping that their love for each other would triumph.

The story was well written and I found it to be engaging and entertaining. This installment was very emotional in comparison to “Heart of the Music”. I can’t wait to see what is in store for the remaining band members.


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review 2016-05-21 20:35
Heart of the Music - Kaithlin Shepherd
This book I enjoyed reading, it sucked me in right from the beginning, I thought the two characters Patricia and Jarrod had chemistry and I liked reading about their past and their present, I liked reading about the rest of the band.
I would have liked to have read about Patricia dating at least one man in the book because it shows Jarrod dating and I think it would have been fun to see Jarrod's reaction and I thought Jarrod was a bit weak when it came to one part of the book, I would have liked to have seen him stick up for Patricia as she was supposed to be the one he loved despite them not dating each other at the time and I would have liked to have read more about them as I thought it ended too quickly.
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review 2016-01-01 01:40
Heart of the Music - Kaithlin Shepherd

I received an eARC courtesy of Hot Tree Promotions in exchange for a honest review

 

Heart of the Music by Kaithlin Shepherd is a romantic story about a country music star and his publicist. I found this to be an interesting concept as such I couldn't wait to read their story.

 

Five years ago, Jarrod Banks met the woman, who would change his life forever. Little did he know that this change would be twofold. Not only would she make him the most sought-after country music star, but she would steal his heart in the process.  From the moment, Patricia Monroe laid eyes on Jarrod she knew her life would never be the same. For five years she kept her feelings for him under wraps.  She felt it would not be professional for her to be romantically involved with her client. Furthermore, she feared he could not be faithful, due to the fact that he had an endless supply of women. She was not interested in having her heart broken.

 

Jarrod is every woman's fantasy. He is handsome, sexy and sweet. He is a songwriter and the lead singer for the Saints and Sinners band. What I loved most about him was his humility. He never forgot where he came from. He was not the type of star, who allowed his money and fame to define him. Patricia discovered the Saints and Sinners band five years ago. Since then through diligence and hard work she has placed them on the music map.  I know it cannot be easy to be around the man you love and not being able to tell him how you feel. This is exactly what Patricia has been doing for the last five years.

 

The story was told from the third person point of view. However, in this case, it was done from both characters’ perspectives.  This assisted me significantly in understanding what they were both feeling.  I enjoyed the banter between the characters.   I can't wait to read the other band members, story.

 

The story moved seamlessly between the past and the present. In doing this, the author was able to provide sufficient background information on the characters.  I believe this helped me to understand the challenges they faced.

 

The romance did not happen quickly. They took their time exploring their feelings for each other. However, their journey was not easy. Doubts, insecurities, and outside influences reared their ugly head.  Will Jarrod and Patricia be able to overcome these obstacles and cease their happily ever after?

 

From the moment I started this book, I was hooked.  I could not get enough of Jarrod and Patricia.  With that being said I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.

 

 

Favourite Quote: 'You never have to worry about me leaving you because loving you is the reason I breathe.'

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review 2015-12-23 21:08
Forgive Me (Callaway, #2) - Kaithlin Shepherd

I received an ARC courtesy of Hot Tree Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

 

Forgive Me by Kaithlin Shepherd is the 2nd book in the Callaway series. I enjoy reading stories about second chances at love, as such I was eager to read this installment.

It is a quick read, and I was able to complete it in a short space of time. It was moving and engaging.  However, there were moments within the story where I was literally rolling my eyes. It was these eye rolling moments that prevented me from giving the story a higher rating.

 

Forgive Me tells the story of Andrew Callaway and Amanda Walters. Andrew and Amanda grew up together and were inseparable. They began dating when they were fifteen years old. They were very much in love.  However, after graduating from high school, Amanda left Montana. She left to pursue her dream of becoming a Sous chef. However, her departure devastated Andrew, especially as she never told him goodbye. He became a shell of the man he once was. He tried moving past the pain and the hurt by engaging in self-destructive behaviour. However, no matter what he did, he could not purge Amanda from his mind and his heart. Five years have passed since that fateful day and Amanda has returned. Due to a personal tragedy, she was forced to return and will now have to face the man she had hurt.

 

Andrew is a handsome and sexy alpha male. He is dominant and possessive. However, he was not autocratic. Although he still loved Amanda he knew he had to tread cautiously. His biggest fear was that she would leave him again. However, despite that fear, he was determined that should she leave again, he would go after her. He was not about to lose her for a second time.

 

Amanda is strong, caring classy and loyal.  Five years ago, she made a choice that would change her life. She sacrificed the love of her life to pursue her dreams. I understood why she felt she had to leave. Her leaving helped her to mature and to discover what was important in life. Now that she has returned home, she tried to distance herself from Andrew. However, this proved to be an impossible feat.   Amanda had not forgiven herself as such, it was not easy for her to accept that Andrew and his family had forgiven her.

 

The story line was not unique.  However, this did not stop me from enjoying the story.  I loved the interaction between each of the characters. I enjoyed seeing how Andrew was willing to fight for his second chance with the love of his life.  This was a steamy read. They could not get enough of each other. Every encounter between them was sizzling.

Earlier, I mentioned that there were moments in the story that had me rolling my eyes.  I found Andrew’s obsession with Amanda’s ass tiresome. In addition, Amanda’s constant reference to Andrew’s hotness was over the top.  There were so many references in this story that I lost count.  Personally, I don’t believe that these aspects had to be mentioned so many times. It was already established so the numerous mentions were unnecessary. 

 

I liked the twist the author threw in near the end. I knew that something would have happened to put a damper on the romance, but I did not expect this particular event. At this point in the story, my admiration for Amanda grew.  Her actions demonstrated how loving someone means accepting everything about them.

 

Forgive Me is a story of family, friendships, healing and forgiveness.  Overall, I found it an entertaining read, and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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review 2015-09-21 18:50
Make Me Whole (Callaway Book 1) - Kaithlin Shepherd,Hot Tree Editing,Claire Smith
 
 
 
 
Love has the power to mend one body, two minds, and make them whole again.
Title:  Make Me Whole
Author:  Kaithlin Shepherd
Release Date:  September 8, 2015
Genre Contemporary Romance with a hint of Cowboy
Series:  Callaway Series, book 1 Cover Designer:  Claire Smith 
Publisher:  Hot Tree Publishing
 
 
 
 
 
Take the journey with the oldest Callaway brother as he finds and fights for true love.
 
Surviving the unimaginable, Jamie Caldwell finds herself at a crossroads. Her only chance at a full recovery sends her to Montana. Anxious but determined, Jamie is resolute on her mission to break free from her past, leading her into the care of Cole Callaway. Instantly, everything changes. Jamie knows the cowboy has the ability to help fight her demons, but opening up to him also gives him the power she’s just not ready to relinquish.
 
Returning from Afghanistan a different man, Cole Callaway is damaged. His new mission leads him to supporting wounded veterans and helping them get back some of what they’ve lost. With his own demons to battle, every day is a trial, but the moment Jamie Caldwell walks into his life, his focus and aim changes. Cole faces the biggest challenge of his life: Make Jamie stay in Montana and if he has his way, into his bed.
 
 
Amazon: US | UK | AU | CA
 
 
 
 
 
 
I was pleased with this story.  Every once in a while I come across stories like these which reminds me why I enjoy reading.  I love reading stories where the emotions are so intense that you can’t help but feel all that the characters are going through.  I like it when a story can make me feel every possible emotion that a human being is capable of feeling.  That being said, Make Me Whole was that book for me.  From the moment I loaded it on my Kindle and began reading I had a difficult time putting it down. It was that intense.
 
The heroine, Jamie Caldwell, was taken hostage while on a humanitarian mission. She experienced unspeakable horrors which left her broken physically and mentally.  She is a fighter as such she is going through physical and mental therapy in a bid to get her life back on track. Her physical therapist and best friend, Becca Callaway, recommended that she work with her brother Cole so her prospects of recovery would improve.  Cole Callaway is a former marine who has had his share of trauma while serving in Afghanistan as such he is able to relate to what Jamie had gone through while being held hostage.  He currently operates a clinic for wounded war veterans. 
 
The attraction between Jamie and Cole was evident from the moment they laid eyes on each other. They tried fighting the attraction as they did not want it to affect their professional relationship which may have a negative impact on Jamie’s recovery. However, we all know fights only last as long as the parties involve wants it to.  They could not keep fighting and so they decided to accept the inevitable and from that instant things became explosive.  However, the road to true love never runs smoothly. There are always speed bumps in the form of mistrust, issues from the past or a jealous floozy.
 
I liked how the author was able to bring the characters to life. The way they were portrayed one could not help but feel all their emotions jumping off the pages.  This made it easy to have a connection with them. You may find yourself crying, laughing and screaming when you follow Jaime and Cole on their emotional journey. I loved the way Cole’s family embraced Jamie making her feel loved and appreciated. She has been through so much so she definitely deserved to feel that way.
 
Make Me Whole is a heartwarming tale of passion, family, healing and friendships.  It shows that love has the power to heal our emotional scars.  It’s my belief that every part of this story will have an impact on its readers. You will find yourself hanging on to every word and it will leave you wanting more.
 
This is my first time reading this author’s work and after this book I would definitely be reading more. I can’t wait to see what next she has in store for her readers.
                 4.5 ADDICTIVE STARS
 
 
 
 
 
Kaithlin Shepherd was born and raised in Canada where she learned to figure skate and crafted a love affair with coffee. Growing up in a household filled by strong-headed women, she learned early on that life is what you make it. You’ve probably never met a bigger country music fan and in the words of Brooks and Dunn, she’s a die-hard ‘George Strait junkie.’ Constructing a world away from her real life, Kaithlin loves the feeling of creating a universe where her fans can forget about everything in their life. She loves writing about hot alphas and doesn’t shy away from turning up the heat with scorching hot sex scenes.
 
 
Hot Tree Publishing
 
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