Sass by Laramie Briscoe

So, I’m finally getting back into the joy of reading again and I’m excited that today I have a new book review for y’all!!!

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Synopsis from Amazon 

I, Cassandra Straight, have loved Reed Shamrock to distraction since I was a teenager. I even watched him fall in love with someone else and almost get married.

A year ago, when he walked into his house and found his fiance’s face in his best friend’s crotch, his life changed forever and it hasn’t been the same since.

On his first night out since the horrible incident, we run into the ex-skank. Seeing the devastation in his eyes, I made a promise that I would help him get over her. I told him that a pretend relationship between us would work. It would help him move on.

I didn’t count on my heart or his getting in the way. And I sure as hell didn’t count on not being able to tell when pretend turned to reality. When it all implodes, the only thing left is the truth.

Sometimes though, the truth? It hides and we have to dig deep to find it. To make it come to the surface, we have to give it a little talking to. We have to give it a little Sass.

MY REVIEW

You get a lot of the story from the synopsis above. This books is about Cassandra “Sass” and her brother’s best friend, Reed Shamrock. Each chapter goes back and forth between Reed’s perspective and Sass’s perspective. Basically, Reed has had his heart shattered when he comes home early from work and finds his fiancee, Lacey, in a rather compromising position with his other best friend, Taylor. Moral of the story: You never know what you are going to find at home when you come home unexpectedly.

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The book then fast forwards to one  year later and Reed, Sass, and her brother, Justin, are at the bar and they run into “good riddance” aka Lacey and Taylor, who are know a couple. Sass comes up with a plan to pretend that she and Reed are now a couple to make Lacey jealous. Reed, slowly getting over the humiliation of his heartbreak, goes along with it.

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Sass’s brother, Justin, knows this isn’t going to end well for his sister and isn’t very supportive of this game that Sass and Reed are playing, but let the games begin between Reed and Sass. Reed and Sass start “dating” but things start to change when Reed realizes that Sass isn’t his best friend’s little sister anymore and the sparks starts to fly between Sass and Reed, but is it real?

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When you start a relationship on a lie, you question everything. Is Reed really falling for Sass?  Does Sass figure out Reed really isn’t the man of her dreams? Will good riddance ruin any chance for Sass and Reed? You will have to read the book.

I give this book three out of four “parking lots”. (See rating system here). I will say that I did read the book in one night.

Sass can be purchased at Amazon here.

Take Me With You by Nina G. Jones Cover Reveal

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Book Title: Take Me With You
Author: Nina G. Jones
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: October 17, 2016
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I watch.
I study.
I prowl.
I hunt.

I always go in with a plan. A set of rules for myself. I don’t take unnecessary risks. That’s how I’ve been able to evade capture all these years.

But there’s something about this girl that is different than the others. When I finally meet her, the rules become a blur. And I break the most important one of all—I take her with me.

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It’s just my imagination—that feeling of being watched. That those icy eyes— a vivid turquoise with a distinct golden fleck—aren’t watching me.

It’s just stress. I am the person everyone relies on. Maybe that’s why I haven’t been feeling so content with my life lately. Why I dream those eyes belong to someone who can tear me away from all of my responsibilities.

But these are just shameful fantasies, never meant to breach reality.

Then one night, the dream comes true, only it’s a horrific nightmare.

Now, I only have one task: survival.

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Patience. It’s the most important tool in my arsenal. I plan every hunt from start to finish. I watch their lives through windows. I learn their routines. I enter their homes and go through their keepsakes and take a small token here or there. Something they won’t notice or assume they have misplaced. I may move a picture. Eat something. Just enough so that somewhere in their subconscious they feel my presence long before I am standing in front of them. That used to be enough. Just being there, surrounded by their things, the vestiges of their daily lives. It used to be enough to look at the tokens I kept and remember the rush I felt being inside the walls I had watched from afar. But that rush faded a long time ago, vanishing in a spectacular eruption the day the one person who understood me died. Without her, the loneliness became unbearable and the rage swelled. It filled me until I could feel it creeping out of my skin, until I was so full of rage and pain that I had to put it on someone else to make it disappear. Watching wasn’t enough. I had to hear their voices. See their faces. Steal their lives. So instead of just taking, I began to leave things behind: tape, rope, gloves, lube.

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meet the authorNina G. Jones is the author of seven full-length novels of various romance and erotica sub-genres. Her latest novel, Take Me With You, releases on October 17th.

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Reviewer ~ Teri at Sportochick’s Musings
Once Upon a River
by Bonnie Jo Campbell
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~ Synopsis ~
Bonnie Jo Campbell has created an unforgettable heroine in sixteen-year-old Margo Crane, a beauty whose unflinching gaze and uncanny ability with a rifle have not made her life any easier. 
 
After the violent death of her father, in which she is complicit, Margo takes to the Stark River in her boat, with only a few supplies and a biography of Annie Oakley, in search of her vanished mother. But the river, Margo’s childhood paradise, is a dangerous place for a young woman traveling alone, and she must be strong to survive, using her knowledge of the natural world and her ability to look unsparingly into the hearts of those around her. Her river odyssey through rural Michigan becomes a defining journey, one that leads her beyond self-preservation and to the decision of what price she is willing to pay for her choices. 
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I am not sure where to start with this review. I had a very hard time listening to Margo make bad decision after bad decision in this story line. I understand her upbringing and that she didn’t have choices like most 16 year olds do. Margo had a mother who didn’t function well in life and a father who had checked out of life because of her mother leaving and the loss of his job. She only had two people who showed her the love she deserved. One whose husband raped her and a man who honestly loved her, treated her like a queen but she lost him because of what she did in front of him with one of her rapists.
 
The author did a phenomenal job in the area of describing the scenery and setting up the story. What I had a hard time with is the roughness of the characters. Not that they weren’t well written they were. For me it was about something I dislike reading about or witnessing. I don’t want to read about the raping of a minor, being raped, murdering and taking revenge by death of those that do it to you. Though I understand why one would want to do it. For me it wasn’t realistic that she would get away with so much and never get caught. 
 
For many people they will enjoy this book, for me I did not. It did cause me to think about what and how I would of reacted in the same situations. Also it made me wonder why is it that some people can overcome what she went through and others keep repeating the cycle of dysfunction.
 
For the overall impact I give this 2-1/2 STARS

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Samantha Jacobey’s New Life Series Sale (books 1 – 3)

 
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by Samantha Jacobey 
 
On sale for 99 cents September 10-12
 
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Raised by bikers, hunted by drug lords, and used by the FBI, 
Tori Farrell survived hell to get her New Life!!! 
Kick off this fall with a 3-book set for only 99 cents!! 
 
To what lengths would you go to break away from a life filled with pain and suffering? 
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Tori Farrell has lived a dangerous life. When you grow up with a Motorcycle Gang of Mercenaries and Drug Lords like the Dragons, a normal life is more like a fairy tale. For years, she accepted her dark reality, a world consisting of drugs, sex, violence and murder. In the end, she learned the most valuable lesson: survival. 
After years of being ruled by the Dragons, Tori uses her skills of seduction and assassination to free herself from the grasp of the people who vowed they would never let her go. Taken in by the FBI, she fears not everything is what it seems, and soon finds herself lost in a web of lies and deceit. She thought getting away from the Dragons would put her on a path to a new and better life, but now she must face the cold hard truth… there is always a price to be paid. 
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Anyone who knows me could tell you, I am a friendly kind of person, never met a stranger and take up conversations anywhere at any time. I work hard, and my mind never seems to shut down, as I wake up often in the middle of the night with ideas pouring out and demanding to be dealt with. Of course that means much of my books were written in the middle of the night.
I grew up and still live in the great state of Texas where everything is bigger, where we have warm weather and a central location. I love my state, my town, and my family, which includes my four sons, my significant other, and many friends as well.
 
I have thoroughly enjoyed writing the books that are currently available and hope you will enjoy reading them just as much. And of course, there will be many more stories to come.
 


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At First Glance Cover Reveal with Jennifer Domenico

Title: At First Glance
Author: Jennifer Domenico
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Wicked by Design
Expected Release Date: Sept. 16th, 2016
Blurb:
At First Glance
Sometimes you’re just going along in life, doing your thing, then a person walks in and changes everything. That’s what happened to me when I met Sophie Neil. That moment when our eyes met, I just knew there was something special about her. At first glance, I was all in. Now I just have to convince her to give love another shot.
Sometimes things happen in life that take you off course, that you never expected, that leave you wounded. That was my situation the day Tyler James walked into my life. The moment our eyes met, I was drawn to him in a way I had never been before. At first glance, he captured my attention and never let it go. Now I just have to convince myself to give love another chance.
Author note: Intended for readers over 18 due to content and language. Also, this is an insta-love/at first sight story because the author believes sometimes that happens in real life too.
One day, many months ago, Jennifer Domenico went to sleep and a beautiful love story played out in her dreams.
When she awoke, she felt compelled to write it down. So she did. The result was her first novel, Turn Towards the Sun and a writing career was born.
Ms. Domenico lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her very Italian husband, a dog that adores her, two cats that tolerate her, and a wicked sweet tooth.
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The Sunflower Trilogy –
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Chasing Desire – http://amzn.to/28ZlYik
Londyn Falls – http://amzn.to/295Orpg
Break Me Down – http://amzn.to/28Z8aSY
If I Told You – http://amzn.to/28WtHdM