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Title: Front & Center

Series: Back-Up #2

Author: A.M. Madden

Anticipated Release Date: February 2014

Genre: Contemporary Romance


Jack was a rock star on the way to fame. Leila was following her dream and joining his band as a back-up singer. An insane attraction sparked between them that they couldn’t deny. Attraction quickly led to so much more. They ignored all the warnings and fell in love. When the couple embark on their tour, they couldn’t be more excited to travel the country hand in hand on the way to stardom. The road ahead is filled with miles and miles of possibilities. Along with their band, Devil’s Lair, they feel nothing could stop them. An angry ex-band-mate, a pregnant ex-girlfriend, and never-ending Internet gossip all attempt to wreak havoc on their developing relationship. New love does not mix well with stress, pressure and guilt. Together they face each and every challenge, stubbornly fighting for what they have. Will their determination be enough?

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AM Madden

A.M. Madden's debut novel Back-up is the first in a series of three. Book two, Front & Center and book three, Encore are both scheduled for release in early 2014. A.M. Madden is a wife, a mother, an avid reader of romance novels and now an author. In Back-up she aspired to create a fun, sexy, realistic romantic story. She wanted to create characters that the reader could relate to and feel as if they knew personally. A self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, she loves getting lost in a good book. She uses every free moment of her time writing, while working a full time job as well as raising teenage boys.

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Save Me From Me by Erika Ashby Review: 12/16/13

 Reviews by Carrie & Toski

Toski: Save Me from Me is a story of a small town girl Dani- who tried to escape the "small town life" only to be drug back after the death of her father. 

She is now starting over - unsure of where or what she is going to do. Immediately running into her past- her high school love Gage- it seems easy to just fall back to what is familiar and comfortable. The only problem? She does not feel about him what he does for her.

Then she meets him. You know- "the One" .. He southern, hot, and new in town - perfect for a good time. She sees him for the first time outside a local bar- with her enemy Loralee.. <--- I LOATHE that nasty piece of trash. You will too.. trust me

Holden is in town working for his fathers company- he isn't looking for a relationship. He doesn't have time for that. Then he meets her. The girl who puts him in his place- while he's in a compromising position;D

What starts out as a friendship- ends up blossoming into what they both realize could be more. 

A true country boy- "the dock" becomes their place. The place they come to fish.. and other stuff- It just so happens that dock was already special to Dani- so Holden is giving it a whole new meaning. Dani being obsessed with her camera, she enjoys spending time there taking pictures and enjoying the beauty that surrounds her. Including Holden. 

I would say I am SO #teamHolden- which I am but I am coining #teamdock 

That Dock is epic. I want me some Dock. The Dock is on my to-do list.. 
Then some spoilerish drama happens with Holden's D-bag father causing a huge downward spiral for Dani and Holden.. At this point- she is bugging me.. I HATE when girls can't quite being ignorant for 2.5 seconds and just communicate.. ANNOYING ME but THANK YOU JESUS I get to the Epilogue.

*** The Epi in this story warmed my heart.. I'm an epi whore- I LOVE them. 
To me the Epilogue can make or break the story- it's what you are leaving me with and Erika blew me away with this one! This epi took what may have been a 4-4.5 star rating to 
FIVE STARS! *****!!! Yes, it is THAT good.

If you are looking for a book with a little bit of everything- Here it is.

Carrie: I loved Saved Me From Me! I love all of Erika Ashby's books but this might just be my favorite yet.

Dani Brooks wants to pretty much forget about the small town she is from and get on with her life. When her father dies she is forced to deal with it all head on. I love Dani! She is tough and doesn't care to speak the truth. She isn't fake. She is who she is and if you don't like it she doesn't really care. We get a softer side of her too as you read.

Trying to start over isn't easy especially when a past love returns, and a new one may begin...

Dani runs into Gage her high school sweetheart, he still love her, but the feeling isn't mutual on Dani's part. Then she meets Holden Reynolds.

Yes-- Holden Reynolds is a Sweet Baby Jesus moment for me! I loved him! He's hot, tough and Dani has met her match because he's not afraid to tell it like it is and speak his mind just like her.He's not interested in dating or a serious relationship. That is until he meets Dani! 

The chemistry is off the charts HOT! The dock scene! <----- get me a fan and glass of wine after that one! Erika knows how to write a HOT piece! 

As they grow closer things happen that could keep the two apart. I never like giving away everything so please go read Save Me From Me to find out! I give it 5 HUGE stars! One of my favorites to wrap up 2013. 

I also have to brag of the amazing cover.It is beautiful and I can't wait for the paperback to be in my hands! Love it

Dani refuses to lose another parent due to her absence from their life. After pulling herself back together following the death of her father, she moves back to her childhood town to live with her mom. She’s slowly pulled back into the lifestyle she worked so hard to get away from ten years ago. She accepts that this is the life she has always been destined to live. Getting a job at the store down the road and hooking back up with her first love Gage, seems to be the logical way to go…that is until Holden Reynolds shows up in town.
Now that Holden is finally back home from the Navy he plans on following in his father’s footsteps. Still trying to move on from the one woman who had his heart, he busies himself in work and returning to the country boy lifestyle he’s always loved. The best way to get over someone is to get under someone, right? That’s his mindset as he travels town to town with his job perfectly content with being a rambling man…that is until he meets Danielle Brooks.
When Dani isn't leaving and Holden isn't staying will they be able to keep themselves from getting too attached? Or will they be just what each other needs to cut all the strings that have them bound?
“You can’t save me from me, Holden.” –Dani
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Being born an "Army Brat", Erika Ashby has been residing in Oklahoma the last 10 years finally putting an end to the nomad tendencies she had grown accustomed to. She's a happily married woman who has 5 kids between her and her husband. She has an insane passion for music and embraces her Inner Groupie any chance she has. It wasn't until the age of 29 that she realized she also had a hidden passion for reading; before then she claimed to have hated it. Six months after unlocking that deep desire she never knew she held, she turned the key to another chapter of her life which has become the desire to write. And the rest is still history in the making.
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Evolve Series Box Set Group Reviews: 12/16/13

Emerge Review by Toski

It's happened.. 

The day has come that FINALLY someone is tied sitting pretty at #1 with Kellan Kyle.. KK had a LONG 14 month run all by his lonesome as #1.. Some have come close.. But just not *quite* there.. You should know before moving on- I rate ALL Book boys on a Kellan Kyle scale.. So this is HUGE. HUUUUUUUUGE accomplishment. Not just ANY amazing book boyfriend can get to this level.. And let me tell you.. After reading Emerge- my KK scale is freakin tipping over and I am at a loss for words.. <- yea, can you believe that I just said that OUTLOUD!

So, this book wasn't really on optional read.. I mean, I got added into this book group and ALL the girls were raving and asking Team Evan or Team Dane... So naturally, being the love triangle lover I am -- jumped in feet first.. I had no expectations, although I was warned I would doubt my KK love.. (secretly- I laughed, knowing this is impossible and NO BB will be him..) BOY, was I wrong.. 

The story starts introducing us to Laney Walker.. A tomboy 10 year old little girl being raised by her single father.. She gets in a scuff at school and the principal calls her dad in only to find out not only did his little princess fight, but a boy name Evan Mitchell Allen (their neighbor boy) had defended her as well..This soon flashes forward 8 years and Laney and Evan (who had remained best friends) are now seniors in High School.. 

After finally getting the nerve Evan asks Laney on a real date.. The best way to describe Evan Allen in book boyfriend reference is he is a Will Cooper (This girl- Colleen Hoover) .. He is THE perfect best friend & boyfriend you can possibly ever want and I immediately fell head over heels in love with Evan.. I already hurt knowing there is going to be another guy.. There CAN NOT possibly be a better boyfriend for Laney than Evan.. 

At this point- I have to go back to the "group page" and vent out my pain... yes, my group girls were there with me the whole way - holding my hand, cheering me on, telling me - it will be ok.. So, I continue on.. 
Evan and Laney share a love for Disney movies as they grew up together having "Disney" marathon movie nights.. 

Let me give you some examples of the kind of guy Evan is.. I need to paint the whole honest picture here::

"Laney, you're THAT girl.. the one guys make up in their head when they put all the parts together to make one perfect girl. "

"I've dreamed of kissing her since I was 10 years old..I knew it wouldn't be the same when and if it ever happened.. It isn't."

"He's like the perfect song, all said for me"<-- Laney's thoughts to herself

and you ready for it?? THIS IS WHERE I FELL IN LOVE WITH EVAN:::::: 
"I love her more than any man has ever loved a woman.. I am sure of it. I've loved her since the first time her little tomboy A$$ smarted off to me, when she was all dirt and elbows.. and now, she's a goddess."

^ See, total Will Cooper - sweet baby Evan is a Real Life Disney Prince and I am convinced at this point.. There will NEVER be anyone better..

And then- they end up at seperate colleges so Laney and Evan come to agreement that they aren't going to hold each other back.. They still love each other, but won't hold each other back from happiness while apart.

Laney moves in where her new Dorm Roommate Bennett... who I quickly LOVE and her high school bestie Kaitlyn is at the college where Evan attends so she and Bennett instant friends

After Bennett ( WHO IS REAL LIFE ARIEL) forces her to go to a college event.. She meets him.. The guy who changes everything.. I am still convinced I am Team Evan.. I WILL NOT FALL FOR ANYONE ELSE. EVER.

Dane Kendrick.. Unlike Evan who is "all american jock with light brown shaggy hair and blue eyes - you know the really "cute-hot" guy.. Dane is just beautiful.. Dark hair, dark eyes, tanned skin.. perfection..

I am getting scared now... I mean, you know when a guy has the good faithful girl thinking dirty thoughts- it's getting ready to get cray cray..She describes him as " The world's sexiest reason to drop you panties.."
Well crap.. my Team is now Team Fence.. Splinters or not- I am sitting here and NO ONE can make me move.. I want both. Laney needs both... So screw these teams.. I am making a new one..

And then..I discover.. He's a winker, a nicknamer, and a musician and my damn fence comes crashing down.. hard.. Poor Evan... I am sorry sweet baby.. We had a good run. But Dane.. yea- He's McDreamy.. 

and A nicknaming winking McDreamy musician trumps Prince Eric.. ALWAYS.

"Disney" and Dane ( that is his nickname for her) have such a strong connection- it is radiating thru my kindle screen.. My fingers are on FIRE.. My heart is about to burst.. and I know at this point.. I am a goner- along with Laney.. Hook, line, and sinker - I AM SUNK....

I should explain at this point that Laney and I are one in the same.. The way she looks, her personality, her love for disney and music, and I connected to her like no other female character ever.. I loved her as much as I loved the guys.. Her and Bennett had the kind of friendship us girls all want...

So, back to Dane--HO-LEE-I have swooned and went to kellan kyle Heaven.. This man is beyond perfection.. There really is not a word I can use to describe other than that. Let me show you what I mean:::

"I want you to be my girlfriend.. I want you to be my baby.."

"Oh God baby it's going to be good one day.. You and me...explosive."

" Baby its so hard it hurts"<--- My note-- HO-lee hotness Disney -get it on or I am going to jump in this book and get it done for you.."

"I can tell you how happy it makes me.. How little you gave him ... and THAT will be all mine" <-- Yep, her V card is ALL HIS..

86%--- heartbreak... I am about to throw up .. nervous, my belly hurt and my heart is going to explode..

90% "Your choice..Bedroom or right here"<--- OMG I AM FANNING MYSELF.. HOT HOT HOT

"you dont' kiss like that off you're still on the fence..." <--- you're right.. I burned that FENCE TO THE GROUND DANE!!!! That fence- it was gone at first wink;) 

"I'm not sure what kind of love you mean baby but if you mean do I want you to be with me forever that I can't bear the thought of being without you as my lover, my best friend, my whole world.. one day my wife, baby mama(he winks) then yes, I love you - love you.. <------ A wink and calling her a baby Mama.. I am so far tipped on my KK scale - there is no hope of coming back.. DANE KENDRICK, you just took a step above my KK.. 


So, at this point.. I know that Evan.. Prince Eric - has to be let go.. Not that He and Laney are "together" but their hearts are bound.. 

Cut my guts with a dull knife "Merry Christmas Princess.." <-- FULL ON UGLY TEARED SNOTTY CRY HOLD ME NOW FRIENDS BECAUSE I NEED LOVE AND CODDLED...

I rate this book at the BIGGEST 5 STAR RATING YOU CAN RATE.. IT IS NOTHING SHORT OF PERFECT, AMAZING, A REAL LIFE FAIRY TALE ROMANCE THAT YOU WONT PUT DOWN.. I started this book at 11:00 om and finished at 3 am .. Admitted to my girls at 2:46 CST that Dane is KK's successor.... Dane has romanced his way right past Kellan Kyle.. and I don't ever think anyone can take that .. Because YES, he is THAT AMAZING..

This is in my top 3 books of all time.. To say I LOVED it... Is not enough..


Embrace Review by Carrie

I had the honor of being a beta for Embrace! I knew going into this book that it was going to be amazing! S.E.Hall you did it again lady! You took my breath away. I didn't think it was possible to love a book as much as I did Emerge, but I was wrong. 

Embrace starts off exactly where Emerge ends. Evan heartbroken and trying to pick up the pieces after Laney picked Dane over him, and broke his heart. Let me say I'm a Team Dane girl but I love and adore Evan so much. Evan is the guy every girl dreams of. He's the guy that I hope my daughters meet just like him one day! He's HOT of course but he's the best BB you could ask for next to Dane. I LOVE him. My heart hurt bad for him. I wanted to reach in my kindle and hug him and hold him so tight! 

Evan is just going through the motions when he meets Whitley. He is trying to figure out how he will get through each day seeing Laney and it not crush his heart. Now I will say Whitley was not the obvious choice at first! I was thinking oh no please not her! After we get to know the real Whitley we begin to see why Evan is slowly falling for her. She helps him heal and shows him its ok to give your whole heart to someone again. 

Sawyer OMG just when you think you love Dane and Evan we get Mr.HOT pants Sawyer <-----yes I said HOT pants!! I love him! Sawyer takes Evan under his wing and becomes a friend to Evan when he needs it most. He helps Evan through one of the worst times of his life! Not only is he HOT, a great friend but he is hilarious! He had me laughing out loud more than once! 

As we get further into the book we see Evan and Whitley's relationship continue to grow. Evan puts up a few walls though. Dating is new to him. It is something he only knows with Laney. Will Whitley have the patience to wait for Evan? Will Evan finally get over Laney and let her go? Please read Embrace and find out! It is an amazing story of heartbreak, second chances, friendship, and getting through some of the toughest times of their lives! 

Now don't think I forgot about my man Dane <------ remember he knocked my socks off and panties in Emerge! We get to see how his and Laney's story evolves and I love the alternate POV's. I always love getting to see what everyone is thinking. Dane didn't disappoint in Embrace! He's just as hot as ever and I loved reading about him and Laney being together. We get to see Laney go through some hard times too. Evan is and always was a huge part of her life so we get to see how she handles that. 

Some of my highlights

"A red balloon. I can't believe that's what you picked. Her eyes water a bit and she looks at me thoughtfully and I smile. "I love it."

You are the fire, my intensity, my must have, my awakening," I say sincerely. "You're the lap I always want to cuddle in, the lips I want to kiss, the mind I want to challenge, the laugh I want to draw out. Okay?" <------ tears were running down my face! Loved every word! 

"Did you ever love me? Did you ever mean it? <----- omg that poor sweet baby!! That tugged my heart! 

"Well, you don't have a girlfriend, and because Jesus loves me, neither do I, so I figure we'll hit K together. Pick up a few honeys for the night, whatever." <--LOL! I bet you can guess who said that! Love him! 

There are so many more highlights.I loved Embrace from start to finish! I give it 5 HUGE bright glittery stars!! It is a must read. S.E.Hall you amaze me everyday! Thank you for letting me be a tiny part of all this. I can't wait for more Dane and Laney, and Sawyer! I love this crew! Thank you for this amazing series. Now go read this and love it as much as I do! 

Entangled Review by Kellie 

I loved the entire series and this novella was no exception. Laney, Sawyer, Evan, Dane....what's not to love? This short but awesome read focuses on Laney and Dane having a decorating face-off at Laney's new duplex that Dane bought her so she'd get to spend more nights with him instead of having to adhere to the campus's strict curfew during sports season. Sawyer is afraid to be left behind while everyone else is moving on so Laney agrees to let him move into the second bedroom at the duplex. You will enjoy this read, with the hilarious adventures of the crew- read after Emerge and Embrace to catch it all! 

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About the Author: S.E.Hall resides in Arkansas with her husband of 17 years and 3 beautiful daughters. When not in the stands watching her ladies play softball, she enjoys reading.

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