Monday Morning Mess


Literally, I am a mess this morning.

  1. I found out that I didn’t pass my teacher certification test (missed it by 10pts).
  2. I didn’t finish reading Birthday List…hell I am still on chapter one because my kid caught a case of the shits Friday and…well, yeah.
  3.  Saturday consisted of me sitting through Marvel Universe Live! with a moody 7 yr old that required a $28 Spiderman toy to bring him joy
  4. Sunday required grocery shopping, softball practice and washing my hair. And considering how thick my hair is, washing, conditioning, AND styling it takes H O U R S

so, here we are Monday morning and I am at work with a mountain of paperwork and my audible app open listening to Rachel Van Dyken’s The Consequences of Revenge trying to feel better.

How was your weekend? Tell me in the comments and if it was worse than mine, I’ll send you a copy of Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward’s new release, Rebel Heir

Rebel HeirHow to kick off a great summer in the Hamptons:

Snag a gorgeous rental on the beach. Check.

Get a job at a trendy summer haunt. Check.

How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:

Fall for the one guy with a dark leather jacket, scruff on his face, and intense eyes that doesn’t fit in with the rest of the tony looking crowd. A guy you can’t have when you’ll be leaving at the end of the season.

Check. Check. Check.

I should add—especially when the guy is your sexy, tattooed God of a boss.

Especially when he not only owns your place of employment but inherited half of the town.

Especially when he’s mean to you.

Or so I thought.

Until one night when he demanded I get in his car so he could drive me home because he didn’t want me walking in the dark.

That was sort of how it all started with Rush.

And then little by little, some of the walls of this hardass man started to come down.

I never expected that the two of us, seemingly opposites from the outside, would grow so close.

I wasn’t supposed to fall for the rebel heir, especially when he made it clear he didn’t want to cross the line with me.

As the temperature turned cooler, the nights became hotter. My summer became a lot more interesting—and complicated.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

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Pieces of Broken Duet…Review

This is the first time I am actually reviewing a series together. Feels kind of good to do so but at the same time, it’s like you can’t go on this journey with me. I know most people don’t like to read one then wait months, sometimes years to read the next book so for those of you that fall into that category, you’re welcome.



Evangelina Ricci is trapped in a world that’s a never-ending nightmare, a constant ache in which consumes her every breath. Unable to bear the torture any longer, she does the one thing she can to take back control.


With her best friend Jace in tow, Evangelina attempts to escape her darkened past by leaving for college and diving head first into an aggressive schedule, determined with everything she is to make a name for herself. There’s only one problem—she can’t run away from the demons she struggles with. The demons that’ll forever be there, locked inside, battering her soul. Hiding behind a flawless façade, Evangelina faces her ghosts until her world is turned upside down, invaded by…him.

Blake Turner. Sweet, witty, flirtatious and drop-dead gorgeous, he finds Evangelina at every turn. Scared he’ll uncover the truth she keeps so well guarded, Evangelina tries her best to put on her act, deterring him like she has so many times before—only this guy’s different. He’s relentless. Utterly, absolutely and completely relentless. He sees her and he wants her and won’t stop until she’s his.

Will Evangelina succeed in pushing Blake away? Or will he break down her walls and be the person to make her realize life is worth living?

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Review: I didn’t know what to really do with the first book, Live Me. I went through a variety of emotions reading it. Confusion and anger seemed to top the list. The story deals with the very touchy topic of rape so if this bothers you, skip this series altogether. Evangelina “Eva” is a hard heroine to love let alone like. I empathized with the character because I’ve never been through what she had, and I appreciate the author showing her struggle with trying to be a “normal” college girl. However, she grated on my nerves WAAAYYY too often. Then I found myself feeling guilty AF for wanting her to put on her big girl panties and deal with some things like an adult. Blake, the hero, on the other hand, is the man. I loved his strength and tenacity. His playfulness and ability to love her regardless of her issues (I refuse to say broken, I swear authors wear this word out). He honestly was the reason I kept reading this book and found myself skimming often (so much freaking poetry) until the last 20-25% of the book. When I say, I didn’t see that coming. I. DIDN’T. SEE. THAT. COMING. I mean the cliffy was a major WTF moment which made rolling into book 2, Breathe You easy.

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Breathe You was easier to read. Not because the subject matter changed but because now the story is getting really good. We know whodunnit, now we wait and see how he’s gonna get what’s coming to him. I love that Ms. Grande gave this story a twist and took her time with telling it (even though I feel like book 1 could’ve been 100 pages shorter), especially with the delicate subject matter. I can’t go too deep into book 2 without ruining it. This is definitely the stronger of the two novels. I’m glad I got to read these back to back or I am sure I wouldn’t have given book 2 a second glance…that’s not true it just wouldn’t have been a priority but I would’ve gotten to it eventually. 3.5 stars for the series as a whole.

BreatheYou_FrontCover_LoRes*** Please be advised that this story deals with a sensitive subject matter and may not be suitable for all***

When past and present collide…
And second chances aren’t promised.

Evangelina and Blake shared a fiery, heart-pounding, live-beneath-your-skin kind of love. Until her demons came to find her, ripping him from her life. Alone once again, Evangelina tries to pick up the pieces that remain.

But one missing piece is irreplaceable.

Blake is struggling without his Angel, and every turn is a reminder of a love lost. When the burden becomes too much to handle, he decides to salvage what’s left of him—to walk away.

Hidden truths come to light.
Secrets are revealed.
And the battle of Evangelina’s life is on.

The fight for her freedom.
For her light.
For true love.

But when family is your nightmare, and the demons follow your sins, how do you climb back from the darkness?

You find your strength.
You discover your purpose.
And most important…
You remember to breathe.

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The Secret…Cover & Excerpt Reveal

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Blurb: Being butler to a widower and single father is a dream job in more ways than one for Charlotte “Charlie” Emerson. She helps keep businessman Ethan Archer’s household running without a hitch and enjoys every minute she has with his six-year-old son, Wells. But as time passes, the situation feels alarmingly intimate and when her heart starts beating faster each time Ethan steps through the door, Charlie must exert rigid control over her feelings.

With her secret, falling in love would be all kinds of bad…

Ethan Archer values the woman who keeps his life in order and cares so much for his motherless boy. He and Charlie act in harmony with each other and it’s not hard to picture them as a little family…in fact, it’s so easy, one reckless night he proposes a marriage of convenience.

What will he do if Charlie says yes? And worse, what if she tells him no?


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Charlie returned to the kitchen to deal with the dishes and restore the pots and pans to their proper place. She liked tidiness and order in all things—emotions included. Emmaline sometimes accused her of capping off her feelings, and Charlie didn’t disagree. Or find anything wrong with it.

“In my book,” she murmured to herself now, “compartmentalizing isn’t a sin.”

“What’s not a sin?” a masculine voice questioned.

Charlie whirled around, instant heat crawling up her throat and cheeks. “Um, hi, Ethan.” Her boss had been on a business trip for the past couple of weeks. Why hadn’t she taken the time to change into something other than cropped leggings and a matching T-shirt? When was the last time she’d brushed her hair?

He smiled, softening the lines of his lean and handsome face. At their first meeting, he’d claimed to be “on the dark side of thirty-five” but she’d met younger men who didn’t come close to his level of attractiveness.

“Charlotte,” he said now.

She pretended to scowl at him and told herself that she found his use of her full name—he was the only one who ever did use it—irksome. It made her feel too…feminine, and she was supposed to merely be a functional feature in his life. A Charlie.

“Must you?”

His laughter was low, almost intimate. “On occasion, I must.”

Ignoring the traitorous pleasure she felt in his presence, she busied herself with refolding a kitchen towel. “I didn’t hear you come in.”

“You were lost in thought.” A heavy pause. “Something about sinning?”

At the amused and inquisitive tone, she glanced up at him. He looked back, one dark eyebrow winged up and the hint of a smile on his firm lips. A shiver tried working its way down her spine, but she ruthlessly held back the sensation.

“It was nothing,” she said.

“I’m disappointed to hear that.” He laughed again, sounding slightly chagrined. “For a moment I thought one of us was breaking out of our rut.”


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Untitled-designAbout the Author: Christie Ridgway is a California native and author of fifty contemporary romances. A six-time RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author, she writes award-winning, emotional reads starring determined heroines and the men who can’t help but love them. Christie grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, went to college in Santa Barbara, and now is married to the sweetheart she met there.

She started off as a technical writer and moved on to computer programming before having two sons and pursuing the dream she’d held since childhood—writing romance novels. Her first book stars a hero who was a former professional surfer and since then she’s written about businessmen, TV stars, soldiers, journalists, vintners, race car drivers, and horror novelists. What her heroes have in common is their resistance to love and their hardest of falls when they finally do find their right woman.

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