Month: September 2017

New Release + 5 Star ARC Review 💗 Redemption Island (Island Duet #1) by L.B. Dunbar

Reviewed by Jacqui

Redemption Island (Island Duet #1)

 

If you have ever read one of LB Dunbar’s books, you know her passion for romance, rock stars, and twisting classic tales into modern day romances. This isn’t one of those. This is a dark story surrounding the choices of two people, Tack and Juliet, two people who met under a horrific condition that will forever be a part of their lives. Beware, the island smells your fear.

 

Terrance Jackson Corbin IV also known as Tack came from a privileged life. The son of a billionaire he could have everything he wanted. When a fateful night at his friend Rick’s club finds him being accused of a heinous crime and the subsequent death of his friend, Tack is given the opportunity to live in solitary on an island to make peace with his decisions that night. Thinking this will be easy and good for him he is ushered off to a remote island with nothing but a tent and basic living essentials. One year he has to spend here. One year to clear him of what he had done. But what he finds on the island is the one person who shouldn’t be there, the one person that he hurt, the face he can’t forget.

 

Juliet Montmore has had everything taken away from her the night she chose to go to the third floor of the night club she worked at. But she needed the job and didn’t feel in danger. So when she came to the realization of what was happening, she took matters into her own hand, but not before her life would be permanently scarred. Her whole life has been a rocky one. Living with an uncle who didn’t want her and learning to take care of herself at a young age, she did what she could to protect herself. But when her boss Rick Fontaine took something without her consent, she took something from him in return. His life. Now she was spending a year on an island to think about her choice. Deemed as a “social experiment” she was set to see this thru. What she didn’t expect was to see the face that has haunted her since that night. A face she wants to hate. A face that could change everything.

 

This book was a story of redemption, forgiveness, and letting go. Finding yourself and the strength to move past what happened. Forgiving the ones who have wronged and in turn find love with the one you never thought you would see again. The story of Tack and Juliet was one I couldn’t put down. Their confessions, their fears, and their realization of what truly happened. Unfortunately not all realizations are what they seem. The ending will have you shaking your head and trying to turn the next page. Only there isn’t one. It’s one of those books that will constantly have you thinking about it and going back over the story in your head to see what you missed. I love books like this!! LB Dunbar, you know I love every book you write, but this one will stick with me for a long time and be one of my favorite books of this year. A book that had me thinking so much, I couldn’t put this review into words. Well done!! Now, if you could just get me the second book that would be great. Put me out of my own head of what is going to happen. Thank you LB Dunbar for once again reminding me why I am such a fan.

Synopsis

The Island

Welcome to the island.
This is no fantasy.
You’ll face fears.
You’ll face travesty.
You’ll face yourself.

One deserted island.
Two heinous crimes.
Two convicted hearts.

When decent people do bad things,
there’s only one place for forgiveness:
Redemption Island.

The island knows what you’ve done.

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author

 

Avid drinker of Coca-Cola, L.B. Dunbar loves the sweet things in life. Her affair with all things romantic began with her first book at the tender age of six: Goldilocks and the Three Bears. One can never forget her first! From there, the reading journey includes a deep love of fairy tales, medieval knights, regency debauchery, and alpha males. She loves a deep belly laugh and a strong hug. Occasionally, she has the energy of a Jack Russell terrier. Accused, yes, that’s the correct word, of having an over active imagination; to her benefit, such an imagination works well. Author of over a dozen novels, she’s created small town worlds, rock star mayhem, and MMA chaos. Her other duties in life include: mother to four growing children and wife to the one and only.

 

 

New Release + 5 Star ARC Review 💗 Birthquake by B.L. Berry

 

 

 

Reviewed by Jacqui

Birthquake BL Berry

Make sure you are not reading this in bed at night while your significant other is sleeping. You will be laughing and will either shake the bed or be loud. This book is that entertaining and funny. It’s like reading the diary of a pregnant woman told in true form. If you are pregnant or never have been, BL Berry gives a comical insight to impending motherhood and the road that got her there.

 

Jeff was late for a flight. When he was that last evil person to get on the plane, you know the one that everyone scowls at because they are late, he chooses a middle seat next to the adorable Henley. Fumbling his way through a conversation with her that includes how well he is packed below (his suitcase in the underbelly) they exchange numbers. Fast forward to his brothers wedding, an empty ballroom, and a maintenance holding your Spanxx, and Henley finds herself pregnant. As she goes through all the joys of pregnancy, her relationship just goes stronger with Jeff. Jeff, along with Henley’s bff Tara, support her throughout the pregnancy including letting your boob be grabbed through a contraction. But no matter what, the love between Jeff and Henley is strong and easy going and is how relationships should be. Even when your boyfriend thinks you should have a natural pregnancy without drugs. Umm, just no.

 

BL Berry, you nailed it with this story! This book is definitely going to be one of my top reads for this year. Thank you for bringing us a story to make us laugh and love all at the same time.

 

 

 

Synopsis

WARNING: Highly prone to spontaneous fits of delirium, irrational logic and violent, unpredictable mood swings. This individual has been sober, swollen and hungry for the past nine months, so proceed with caution and handle with care. Anything said during the course of labor and delivery should not be taken seriously. Side effects may last up to eighteen years. Please consult your physician should castration occur. And never forget, this is all your fault.

Giveaway

Signed Paperbacks of An Unforgivable Love Story, The Art of Falling Duet & Birthquake (one winner); Signed Paperbacks of Birthquake (two winners); $10 Amazon Gift Card (one winner)

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About the Author

BL Berry grew up telling lies. Eventually, those lies turned into elaborate stories and when she grew older she started writing them down. When she’s not hiding behind her computer writing, you can find her spending time with her family or catching up on her favorite TV shows. Rumor has it she’ll sleep when she’s dead.

Residing outside of Kansas City, she lives with her husband, two children and black pug. Each day her family thanks the makers of e-Readers, because without which they would be living amongst stacks and stacks of romance novels. Conversely, each day B.L. Berry thanks the makers of e-Readers for hiding her book-hoarding tendencies.

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