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Review – Unbreak My Heart by Lorelei James

Published June 20, 2016 by The Book Momster

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Rating – 20 stars. Five stars for every year I had to wait…
Four. Years. Let me repeat: Four. Long. Years. That’s how long I have waited for this book. Only one other book have I ever waited impatiently for – that one was a 3 year wait and was it worth it? Nope. Was this book worth the FOUR YEAR WAIT. Yes!! Absolutely! It is one of my favorite reads so far this year. I can’t understand why you are still reading this review and not reading this book.
Here’s the synopsis: BOONE AND SIERRA.
If you read that and have no clue what it means, then follow my suggestion and go read the entire Rough Riders series first. Or at a minimum, you should read Gone Country (book 14). Then once you’ve read that book, say thank goodness I don’t have to wait 4 years to find out what happens to Boone and Sierra. Could you read this book standalone – sure. However, it will mean so much more if you read Gone Country first.  I still suggest the entire Rough Riders series since the books in this series are based on kids of couples from the original series.  These books will have much more meaning.
And now for the official synopsis:
Unbreak My Heart
Rough Riders Legacy book 1
The right love is worth the wait.
Sierra
Seven years have passed since I fell for Boone West. The brooding bad boy. We were friends, even when I secretly wanted more, but I settled for what he offered. After he left Wyoming—and me—I grew up. Moved on. Or so I believed until he blew back into my life with the scorching force of an Arizona desert wind.
I’m not that innocent sixteen-year-old girl anymore—I’m a businesswoman who swore never to settle again. But this older, wiser, hotter version of Boone unsettles me. How am I supposed to resist his megawatt smile and his built-army-strong body? Especially when he’s inserting himself into every aspect of my life? Now he’s determined to prove he can offer me everything that he couldn’t before—and he’s the only man that can fix the heart that he broke.
Boone
Joining the army? Best decision I ever made. Even though it meant I had to leave her behind. Sierra McKay. The wide-eyed beauty, who saw more in me than I saw in myself. I didn’t dare offer her anything more than friendship, because one kiss, one touch and I wouldn’t have had the guts to go.
I’ve worked hard to become the man I am. I have a career. A purpose. After a chance encounter with the one woman I never forgot—I’m not leaving anything else to chance. Now that I’ve chased her across three states, I’m ready to demonstrate that the passion we couldn’t act on before burns hotter than ever between us. And I’ll use every weapon in my arsenal to show Sierra McKay that she’s always been mine.
And that’s all that needs to be said about the story itself. I don’t want to give any of it away. What I will say is why I love it so much. Lorelei is one of the few authors I read who knows how to write a complete story. You walk away very satisfied and you may wish there was more book, but only because you love the characters and story so much. It’s not because she left you hanging or anything unresolved.

 
The other thing I will say is I’m starting to believe perhaps my dislike of the New Adult genre was because of the books I previously read that were New Adult, not the actually genre itself. Even though it’s being billed as a New Adult book, if you enjoyed the Rough Riders you will enjoy the Rough Riders Legacy – the steam is still there and as hot as ever!
I’m still not a fan of the alternating first POV that the author chose to write this book with. I’d rather it just be written in third person and be done with it. Yet, this book was so well written it didn’t bother me near as much as other books I’ve read that are written that way. The one absolute negative though is every time I read the title, the song of the same name by Toni Braxton runs on an endless loop inside my head. Since I was never a huge fan of that song, you can see my dilemma. Perhaps, I’ll just need to re-read Cowboy Casanova or Cowboy Take Me Away to change the song in my head!
If you’re still reading at this point – Why? Just go buy the book and see for yourself how awesome it is.
And on that note, I will leave you with my absolute favorite line from the book…
“Son, I knew when you left her you had no choice. I also knew you’d be back for her someday. Guess that day is here.”

 

Many thanks to the author for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Carly Phillips’ Dare To Love Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY!!!

Published November 25, 2013 by The Book Momster

DTL BannerI’m thrilled that I was chosen to take part in Carly Phillips’ blog tour for Dare To Love.  I am a fan of Carly and I adore her Serendipity series (Perfect Fling is my fave – I would love to win an autographed copy in the contest below!!!), so I jumped at the chance to be a part of this tour and help introduce everyone to the Dare family and her brand new series – her first as an indie author!!

I was given the opportunity to ask Carly a question for the blog tour.  My question to her was simply – Coke or Pepsi?

Her response:  Coke.  I think Pepsi gives me a headache but I can’t say for sure.  If I’m dying for a soda and I order Coke and they ask, Pepsi, I drink it anyway.

I am an avid Coke drinker myself – people who know me are snickering because that’s an understatement.  Coke is pretty much the only thing I drink.  I knew I liked Carly!  Good answer!!

Who is Carly Phillips?  (Hint – she’s on the right) —>carly3-200x300

New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips tossed away her legal briefs and a career as an attorney to become a stay at home mom. Within the year, she turned her love of reading into an obsession with writing. Over 30 published novels later, Carly writes sexy contemporary small town romances, striking a balance between entertainment, humor and the emotion her readers have come to expect and enjoy.

Carly is a New York Times bestseller, USA Today Bestseller, Publisher’s Weekly bestseller and as of 2012, a Romance Writer’s of America RITA Nominee. In 2002, Carly’s novel, The Bachelor, became Kelly Ripa’s “Reading with Ripa” pick on Live with Regis and Kelly, making it the first romance ever chosen on a nationally televised book club.

Carly received her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and is a graduate of Boston University School of Law (J.D.). To date, Carly has over thirty novels to her credit, all available wherever books are sold.

When not writing or playing online, Carly loves to read, occasionally to knit, and to spend time with her family. She lives in Purchase, New York with her husband, two daughters and her dogs, a soft coated wheaten terrier and a Havanese. Her dogs are prominently featured on her website and Facebook page.

Connect With Carly:  Website/Facebook/Twitter

Read About Dare To Love – First in the Dare Series

In her newest sexy and emotional contemporary romance series, New York Times Bestselling Author Carly Phillips introduces you to the Dare family…siblings shaped by a father’s secrets and betrayal. 

Since finding out his father had another family on the side, Ian Dare swore to be the upstanding, responsible man his cheating parent had never been. But after one glimpse of sensual Riley Taylor, with her feminine curves and beguiling eyes and Ian is entranced. He will do anything to possess her … but does that include extending an olive branch to the half-brother who is a constant reminder of pain he’d rather forget? 

Independent and always in control, Riley Taylor makes no apologies for choosing men carefully. Relationships have never been a priority, and she believes herself hardened to domineering men – until she meets charismatic Ian Dare. He manages to turn a simple kiss into an all out assault on her senses. Their affair heats up and they soon realize they complete each other in ways neither ever imagined. But Riley’s family includes a man Ian would rather live without …

As Promised – A Giveaway!

Carly is having an amazing giveaway to celebrate Dare To Love.  The prizes are:

First Place:

iPad Mini 16g – $299

Customized CP iPad Mini Case

Signed copies of:

Dare to Love

Serendipity

Destiny

Karma

Perfect Fit

Perfect Fling

Cross My Heart

Sealed with a Kiss

Seduce Me

Carly Phillips Canvas Tote Bag

Dare to Love Mug

Carly Phillips T-shirt

2nd place:

Carly Phillips Canvas Tote Bag

Dare to Love Mug

Signed Copies:

Dare to Love

Perfect Partners

Solitary Man

The Right Choice

Midnight Angel

3rd place:

Carly Phillips Canvas Tote Bag

Signed copies: Dare to Love

Lucky Charm

Lucky Streak

Lucky Break

Brazen

4th place:

Signed copies:

Dare to Love

The Bachelor

The Playboy

The Heartbreaker

5th place:

Signed copies:
Dare to Love
Kiss Me If You Can
Love Me If You Dare

To Enter:  Click HERE

Thanks for stopping by my blog tour stop for Carly!  Leave a comment below to let me know – What’s your favorite Carly book?  If you’ve never read her before, are you going to check out Dare To Love?  My review of the book will be up today as well.  Here’s a preview – I recommend you read it!

Cover Reveal and Big News from Author Carly Phillips

Published October 15, 2013 by The Book Momster

Hi everyone – I’m happy to say my blog is part of revealing the cover of Carly’s upcoming book and some big news Carly has for all of her readers!  So, without further adieu…COVER REVEAL!

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New York Times Bestselling Author Carly Phillips turns up the heat in her newest sexy contemporary romance series, and introduces you to the Dare family… siblings shaped by a father’s secrets and betrayal. 

Since finding out his father had another family on the side, Ian Dare swore to be the upstanding, responsible man his cheating parent had never been.  When it comes to his relatives, he gives his all but in relationships he offers the bare minimum.  But one glimpse of sensual Riley Taylor arouses his dominant and protective instincts and Ian is entranced.  He will do anything to possess her … and does.  But any future with Riley must include him extending an olive branch to the half-brother who is a constant reminder of the pain he’d rather forget.

Independent and always in control, Riley Taylor makes no apologies for choosing men carefully.  Relationships have never been a priority and she believes herself hardened to domineering men – until she meets charismatic Ian Dare.  He manages to turn a simple kiss into an all out assault on her senses and when he takes control in the bedroom, she’s stunned to discover she likes it. As their affair heats up, they soon realize they complete each other in ways neither imagined.  But Riley’s past is closer than she cares to remember, and her struggles with Ian’s dominance might just cost her everything.

News from Carly:  

Dear Readers,

I know I’ve been teasing everyone for a while now about some exciting news that I have in the works. And I now have the official go-ahead to tell the world what’s coming next for me!   Are you ready? I’m so ready to share. I’ve been DYING to shout from the rooftops and have had a hard time keeping the news to myself. But here you go:

 I’m going Indie.  

That’s right. Instead of publishing my next series of books with a traditional publisher, I’ve decided to self-publish the series.  Don’t worry, I’ll explain what this means for you.  But first …Why am I making the switching to Indie you ask?   Well after a lot of research and many debates with myself, I made the decision to self-publish my next series for one primary reason: YOU, my readers. The rise and success of self-publishing has obviously made a huge impact on the industry, and many of my readers have reached out to me personally, encouraging me to make some changes.

Although my publishers have always been very good to me and I’ve very much enjoyed working with them, there is a good reason for me to make the switch. More control.  Making the move to indie is giving me more control over my books. I’m no longer tied to a specific word count set by a publisher. I have more control over the editing process. I can make the final decisions on covers, release dates, blurbs and content. And the most important factor: I now sets the price points of my books.  Making the switch to self-publishing is giving me total control to make both myself and you, my readers very, very happy. 

Now the answer to WHAT’S NEXT … The first book in my brand new Dare to Love series (also titled Dare to Love) is set to release on November 18th 2013.

Coming soon, you can pre-order DARE TO LOVE exclusively at iTunes. On the day of release, you can find the books on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo. In addition, the book will be available in paperback too! Of course I’ll send a newsletter, but be sure to follow me on social media (links below) in order to get the most up to date information as it happens! For my paperback readers: This bears repeating: YES these books will available in paperback as well as eBook!

A fun note about the story. In the past my books have been sweet and sexy contemporaries with a small town setting, but with Dare to Love I’m turning up the heat. The Dare to Love Series will be steamier, sexier and hotter than anything I’ve ever written. And I can not wait for you to read it!

 Links to social media:

https://twitter.com/carlyphillips

https://www.facebook.com/CarlyPhillipsFanPage

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The Book Momster here – so what do you think about Carly’s cover and big news?  Sound off below!  I for one am excited and can’t wait to read this book!

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