Review: If

IF Links: Amazon, GoodReads
Pages: 296
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Stars: 5


Synopsis:

If…
Someone hadn’t scarred my face.
I hadn’t followed my dreams to LA.
That tweaker hadn’t attacked that homeless guy.
I hadn’t invited a stranger over for Thanksgiving.
I hadn’t fallen in love.

If I hadn’t lost him.
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If…
I hadn’t gone for that drive.
I saw the world like everyone else.
My “genius” wasn’t slowly destroying me.
I had just walked away before I could ever know her.
She hadn’t ignited the spark.

If the spark didn’t ignite the madness.

***This is a new adult/contemporary romance. NOT erotica. Standalone novel.***


Review:

ohhhhh this book. I will be fair and say that it took me FOREVER to finish reading it. and in all honesty that I have not finished a whole book since january some time…to say i loved this book would be an understatement i simply wish that i could describe how much i enjoyed it. There was no gritty sex scenes or anxiety filled shoot outs. There was nothing that would mark it as my typical read except that it was written by Nina G Jones. THAT WOMAN KILLS ME! in all honesty i can’t even remember how i came to know of this author in particular but i do know that i love her. I may be in love with her and the way she snares you and spins a tale.
This book was simply put: beautiful. I am glad i persevered through life and finished this book because it touched me. It just touched my heart and it made me cry. It made me squeal in delight and surprise. It had me laughing out loud and begging for things to turn out ok. I had conversations and arguments for the characters that just felt so real. I appreciate when characters are relatable. i appreciate when an author can make a fictional person seem so real but sometimes it kills me that the story i am reading ISN’T real because I would have been honored know someone like Bird. I would have been graced to have a friend or to even come in contact with someone as fiercely loyal as miller and Jordan. I would have been a complete fangirl if there was a real Alana in life. God i need a fairy dance mother with an attitude like Alana. This book gave me the courage to keep reviewing, i had almost quit on reviewing and building up Baby Got Stacks. I am glad that it was my first complete book back.
Bird is beautiful even with the scars and she says something so profound to me at the end of the book that i just couldn’t help but sigh as if i had fallen in love with Bird myself. In a society SO focused on the outside appearance and superficial Bird was a breath of fresh air for me. I needed her the way she needed Asher. I think i need to read about more down to earth and not your traditional beautiful women because it does give you hope.

More about the story:
BIRD
Beautiful Bird lives in a crappy part of LA with her GBFF Jordan but they are barely making things work. Bird works as a dance instructor and at a restaurant while also auditioning at the same time hoping for her big dance break. She makes a judgement call and walks home alone one night; the night she meets Asher but it isn’t a normal run into each other type of thing. I commend Bird for being so brave on so many fronts. She stands up for the things she believes in not matter how many times she gets knocked down and no matter what is said about or to her. She left everything she ever knew behind to pursue her dreams. I wish i was half as as strong and brave as Bird.
ASHER
he is broody and messed up he’s not perfect but he is beautiful. the art he creates and the way he is able to see things makes him extraordinary. I loved that asher taught me so many things while reading. poor baby had so much going on and felt so many things and they aren’t beautiful they were tragic and horrible and awful. his life was perfect. he lived on the street and didn’t have anything but his family and Bird. He is broken and because of that I fell a little in love with him. Asher grew up after a while but wasn’t healed and even still he was broken. it was fantastic.

Miller
i wish i had an older brother just like miller. He is strong and supportive no matter what happens and no matter how many times that Asher snaps or his wife nags Miller stays solid and to me becomes the pillar throughout this book. He is a remarkable person and i appreciate everything he does for Ash and Bird. He is beautiful for just being loyal. If there was a picture to define loyalty it would be Millers face.

Jordan
Jordan sparkles and is the perfect flamboyant gay best friend. He again is not a perfect human being at all but he is a great friend and where miller is supportive of Asher Jordan is Birds support system. He is no way shape or form backs down from her temper or her looks but he is there for her best interests no matter what. He sometimes makes the story because he is so important to Bird. He knows everything about Bird and loves her regardless of her crappy decisions and her bad attitude. Jordan is the fireworks and the bright light in Birds life before ASher and even when Bird gets a little lost in all of her feelings Jordan is still there to stand by her side and be there for her the way a best friend should. he is the epitome of best friend.

Overall
i don’t want to tell you about the actual story. I don’t want to discuss any real details on what makes this story so wonderful. i will tell you that this story is about Love persevering through all. It is about forgiveness and finding your one true love. Overcoming all odds and never letting anything as petty as your looks get in the way of your dreams. it is about loving yourself and reaching for every one of your dreams even if it does hurt. No matter what you make it through and you keep going. It was spun with tragedy, upon tragedy and uneven odds but everything worked out in the end. I loved this story so much that I have filed it under favorites so i can read it again and just bask in it. I cried with this story. it was simply beautiful and heart warming. I truly am in love with this story. every little bit of it. it was sweet.

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Review: Debt

Debt Links: Amazon, GoodReads
Pages: 466
Genre: Dark Romance, Adult fiction, Erotica
Stars: 3


Synopsis:

I don’t know what I was thinking when I hired someone to attack me. Maybe I was bored, or lonely, or there was a void so deep inside of me that I needed something explosive to fill it. It was supposed to be safe. A thrill. A way to break through the monotony of everyday life. It was an illusion of danger that I could walk away from as soon as it was over. Except that it wasn’t. Because I had been in danger long before I ever invited it into my life. ——————— My mission is almost complete. The bubbling boil of vengeance that heats my blood might finally simmer. She is the last piece of the puzzle. Once I destroy her, everyone who ever hurt me will have paid their debt. It was supposed to be quick and easy, but as soon as I met her it got complicated. Very complicated.


Review:

Tax and Mia are violent, filthy and mind blowing. I seriously am reeling after reading this but mostly because i just don’t know how to feel! So MUCH HAPPENED!

Tax is beyond fucked up – yea a sexy as hell, kinky as sin, millionaire but i mean the man is literally a psycho path
Mia is frickin sick in the brain or something. I don’t think i have ever loved anyone as much as Mia loves Tax. I am jealous but at the same time i am like ok…i don’t know about you…let’s take you to get some help.
Jude – well i mean she has reason to be a bucket full of overflowing crazy but Jeeeez! She honestly scares me.
Rex is just stuck in the middle no matter how much he says he’s not.

I at some point got really impatient to know what happened to the Draconis to make them so deviant and soulless. I was so damn impatient i almost gave up on the book itself which is unusual because I LOVE this author. I have conflicted feelings; on one hand this was Hot! So hot I almost burned myself but on the other hand (because I don’t have certain preferences i think) I was a little horrified and wished i could call this author and be like WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!?!?!?!

The backstory is tragic and graphic but it happens and it sucks and is certainly enough to make any sane person insane. Hence the evil Gemini was born. Twins suffering at the same time and for most of their lives will acquire a serious Vendetta and unknowingly Mia gets stuck at the top of their hit list. Well as with most well laid plans things go wrong and Tax and Mia have a lot of sex. A. LOT. OF. SEX. not just sex i mean there is some serious kinkery and it happens often! But the thing that bothers me isn’t the sex. It’s the rape for hire that Mia signed up for – the very thing that give Tax a way to get to Mia. He uses it against her. He defiles her. He messes with her brain. He demeans her. The man BREAKS her and puts her in harm’s way while using her. Yes I am sure later on most of his choices do come from good intentions but then the broad gets back up and STILL LOVES HIM!

I don’t know if i could do it and honestly i’d judge my friend so hard that we probably couldn’t be friends anymore. This probably makes me shallow and a bad friend but the odds that they faced? The things the girl went through. The things this man has done! Sighs. This was a REALLY dark read. It was one of those reads where i took a shower afterwards and hoped that I wouldn’t feel so wrong for liking this. This was one of those dirty demonic masterpieces that shouldn’t see the light of day let alone be read in public. The story was phenomenal and the way that things twist and turn and explain themselves leaves no questions at the end of this. You get all of the answers but end up asking yourself if you would or could be that strong. Mia is remarkable. She is an Angel. She has to be for her to be in love with the devil himself.

Review: Swelter

Title: Swelter 25961136

Author: Nina G Jones

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Pages:236 Pages

Genre: Military Romance, Contemporary Romance, Historical Fiction

Source: Amazon

Rating: 6 Stars

 

 

 

Summary:

I married the right brother.

At least that’s what I tell myself at night, when I stare at the ceiling and listen to the rhythm of the grandfather clock down the hall. It never feels like the mere passage of time, but a countdown towards something inevitable.

Bobby Lightly is selfish, irresponsible, and careless. I haven’t seen him since the day I married his brother. He slipped out during the wedding reception without a word.

A year later, I heard Bobby was drafted to Korea. He never said goodbye. Never sent a letter. We had all come to terms with the fact that he was probably dead somewhere, either a victim of the war or its aftermath.

That is, until in the midst of an unrelenting heatwave, he showed up at the doorstep of the house I lived in with his brother.

Everyone thinks I’m cruel. Everyone thinks I should be easy on him. They think I don’t understand him. They all think I hate him.

But what no one understands is that it was Bobby who broke my heart.

And I think he’s back to do it again.

Review:

Okay, I REALLY REALLY apologize to Nina G Jones and the Promotion people….I know i said i was going to do the tour and things got out of hand and i didn’t have a chance to read the book then i read the book and sat traumatized with a hangover for days and couldn’t even formulate words with a review. I was given an a review copy of this book for free so that i could review this book and omg…I’m so glad that i did.

This was in all way heart wrenching and soul soaring. I have never genuinely been upset with an author. I have never demanded that i be left alone to deal with what happened in a book or started a fight with my significant other because of a book. The day that i was finishing this book I did all of the above and then some: I left it out in the world that i hated this author, I cried in public (at work at that), I didn’t accomplish work because i was too busy reading, I hyperventilated for one of the characters, and then i went home and picked a fight with my significant other because my feelings were so jumbled [he took it in stride]. I mostly felt a sort of deep sadness overall though the ending helped me heal so much. I lived a WHOLE LIFE in this one book.

From the very first page i was completely immersed in the story. It was like i stood back and out of the way while i watched someone’s life happen. I was leery at first because any sort of cheating for me is very controversial and not particularly welcomed but at some point i stopped paying attention to my ideals and just basked in the amount of feeling i got from reading this. I was so deeply moved in some places that i weeped in absolute happiness for Lilly and in some parts i wept just because she was so sad. I am not a crier. I hate crying. But the way the words were easily and beautifully strung together made me not only read and watch that mind movie i usually get with books but it also made me feel. I swear i was an open nerve while reading this because the story resounded and the things i felt as a result of the story were acutely felt.

I don’t think i’ve read a more emotional book from my point of view. I mean forget about the notebook and forget about romeo and Juliet because Bobby and Lil were, are, simply exquisite and timeless. I only hope that i can love my Fiance the way that Bobby loves Lil. I only hope that I will eventually stop hating the sight of a very innocent jar of peanut butter.

The Gist of it:

Lily grows up with the two brothers for a good portion of her life and like with most young people just doesn’t truly understand her feelings until it is too late. Now! I know that i would have been like no fuck this and walked out on my own wedding but that’s just me; I’m mean and this is a different time. Lilly felt pretty obligated to follow through on her commitment and ends up living a life with not only a huge secret but also guilt and misery. Things just aren’t the way they are supposed to be. She thinks she chose the right brother when she chose to marry Rory.

And then the dead shall rise…..Bobby lightly comes strolling back into town and tears apart Lily’s carefully constructed facade and she just doesn’t know what to do: do what she is supposed to do and be miserable (again and still) or [finally] follow her heart and deal with the consequences? Either way it is a tough decision because it’s not like these two men are strangers! They are BROTHERS!!!

The brothers couldn’t be more different. It was like night and day when it came to Lilly. I appreciated the contrast and hoped it would have made lilly toss her obligation out the window….she did eventually but not that easily.

There were some parts for me that came out of left field and other parts where i was like yea i knew it but overall i found this to be a perfect way to weave a story. There were moments where you had flashbacks. There were arguments and insecurities. This novel was messy. That is life. Messy as hell. At the end though it was bittersweet and perfect. The last 10 minutes of reading really really helped with the healing and rounded out the story. I believe Nina G Jones gave us a gift in the ending. It was the perfect way to answer all questions and soothe broken hearts.

I walked away from this book destroyed. It was beautiful and awful. This is my 6 stars of the year.

Recommendation:

Oh absolutely yes! YES YES YES! HELL! I wish i could just gift away a million copies!