The Life Intended…Review

the-life-intended-9781476754178_lgBlurb: After her husband’s sudden death over ten years ago, Kate Waithman never expected to be lucky enough to find another love of her life. But now she’s planning her second walk down the aisle to a perfectly nice man. So why isn’t she more excited?

At first, Kate blames her lack of sleep on stress. But when she starts seeing Patrick, her late husband, in her dreams, she begins to wonder if she’s really ready to move on. Is Patrick trying to tell her something? Attempting to navigate between dreams and reality, Kate must uncover her husband’s hidden message. Her quest leads her to a sign language class and into the New York City foster system, where she finds rewards greater than she could have imagined.

My thoughts: I’m super late with this one guys, but I love finding random good books. This book is about 3-4 years old now and although I am late to the party, I am glad that I made it. I am sure many of you have already read The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel, but if you haven’t, you should. It is exactly what I look for in a romance. It doesn’t have that insta-love, and I know authors only have a few pages to hook you but please don’t try to convince me that after 2 meetings and a hot hook-up that it’s love. A good author can inject passing time into a story to make it feel genuine and Kristen Harmel does just that. Although somewhat predictable, I still found myself so drawn to this story that I laughed, cried and mourned with all of the characters.

The one thing that worried me a bit is the fantasy of it all. I like to fancy myself a realist and I don’t really do ghosts or other-worldly messages but for some reason, it really worked with this story. Now when I say ghosts, I am not talking about Casper but more like the Patrick Swayze let’s make pottery kind. The ones you see in your dreams that feel so real you could’ve sworn they were really there with you. Like I said, I was skeptical of it at first but the more I read the more I found myself wanting the protagonist(did I just say that?? Too many literature classes. I guess I am not out of school mode yet)to stay in her dreams. To have the life intended for her and Patrick. Although, when she was awake I was totally rooting for the new guy! So check out this #TBT if you haven’t already, it is definitely worth the read.

5 stars The Life Intended (Kindle Edition)

New Release…Under the Lights

TLUndertheLightsBookCover5x8_MEDIUM.jpgBlurb: Heroes don’t last long around here…

Fall in love with the sexiest girl in New Orleans?
Check.

Prepare to die for her?
Double-check.

Larissa is the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. She’s the rising star of the Pussycat Angels, the hottest burlesque show in the French Quarter. I’ll never forget the first time I saw her. The curve of her breast outlined by sparkling rhinestones. Slim hips wrapped in black fishnets. Long, dark hair…She’s the Dark Angel who stole my heart. Her body is intoxicating, our love overwhelming. Cat eyes and blood red lips. Sizzling fingers on white-hot skin. I couldn’t keep my hands off her…But her fame had a dark side, a sinister shadow lurking under the lights.

I would do anything to save her…
He would do anything to see me dead.

UNDER THE LIGHTS BANNER

Review: Moulin Rouge meets Pussycat Dolls meets Taken. This story has a bunch of different elements all rolled into one. I thought I knew what I was getting into when I started, however, that didn’t hold true and after finishing book one. I am still trying to tie the beginning to the middle or the end, well at least the end of book one. I hope it all makes sense by the end of book 2 (this is a duet). All the characters are decently written although not completely flushed out. There is so much left on the table when it comes to the two main characters that I can’t give a full review. I expect this will all change with book 2. As a start, Under the Lights is okay. I got through it in one sitting so it isn’t terribly long.

3-stars For the start of this duet

**The second installment in this duet, Under the Stars, releases on 1/22/18. Check back for a complete review of this series**

About the Author: Tia Louise is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of the “One to Hold” and “Dirty Players” series, and co-author of the #4 Amazon bestseller The Last Guy.

From Readers’ Choice nominations to USA Today “Happily Ever After” nods, to winning Favorite Erotica Author and the “Lady Boner Award” (LOL!), nothing makes her happier than communicating with fans and weaving new love stories that are smart, sassy, and very sexy.

A former journalist, Louise lives in the Midwest with her trophy husband, two teenage geniuses, and one grumpy cat. 

 

 

Monday Morning Rant…w/a little Wood

A lot of people hate Monday’s, I don’t mind them so much. It’s a fresh start after (hopefully) a great weekend. Unless you had a sh*tty weekend like I did. So, let me start by saying it was f*cking freezing this weekend! I live in Baltimore and it’s been colder than a witches tit this past week/weekend. So cold that the pipes in my house froze and I spent the weekend trying to get water into my house. We’ve had to stay at a hotel (yay!) but coming home to feed the animals, buying G A L L O N S of water to make sure they have fresh water and doing basic wipe downs so the house doesn’t start to smell stagnant was a pain in the ass. But enough about real people problems, let’s talk book-people problems…

Self-publishing; the gift, and the curse. I LOVES me some Indie-Authors and I am all for entrepreneurship. In a perfect world, we would all be CEOs or Masters of Our Universe, however, sometimes self-publishing can come back to bite you in the ass. Let me correct that by saying self-publishing without professional editing can. For the most part, I am never 100% grammatically correct. I know I’ve thrown a few commas around or didn’t hyphenate something, and I’ve definitely gotten quite a few red marks on my papers in school. But when you are putting your work out there for consumers, you have to make sure it’s your best work. You can’t just let friends, family, and your next-door neighbor read it and assume that they’ve caught all the mistakes. You can’t trust your gut and assume you have them all either. Spend the few extra bucks and let a professional give your baby a check-up. It really sucks as a reader to try to decipher what you meant or were trying to convey.

grammargrandma Spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, voice and overall story is really important guys. You can have a great story but if I can’t enjoy the story because I am spending time trying to figure out WTF words are misspelled, straight up missing or the lack of punctuation I get annoyed and it detracts from the story.

Now onto some more enjoyable Monday goodness. I am a lover of the man V. I think I enjoy it because of the “tease” of what it leads to. I’d rather see everything but the “thing” (until it’s go time) because it lends to the seduction of it all. I especially love the guys who have no problem putting it on display for voyeurs like meclapping so without further adieu, here’s this Monday’s Morning Wood.

**if you have any juicy deliciousness you’d like to have me add to morning wood Mondays, please email the pics to lisamccrey@gmail.com**