Saturday, January 25, 2014

Freeing Alex by Sarah Elizabeth Ashley Review

Freeing Alex Review

Alex is in a extremely abusive marriage for many years but finally finds in herself to leave her monster of a husband. She takes her teenage daughter with her and their new life begins. 

In the space of a short time Alex leaves her abusive husband, her Aunt dies and her estate is left to Alex. She meets James Aconi who is the manager of her hotel and also very sexy playboy. 
The connection is there early, she feels wanted by James but after years of abuse she holds back. 
As the weeks pass Alex and James grow close as does their attraction. 
Alex's soon-to-be ex-husband turns up and hurts Alex once again. There are many twists in this book and it keeps you hooked. 
The author also made me feel like there was an underlying issue with James, I'm not sure if that was her intention but I'm glad she proved me wrong. :) 
I'm looking forward to reading the 2nd book. <3 Amy


The Alexandra Drake Series takes in three books:
Freeing Alex - August 2013:
Loving Alex – November 2013:
Eternally Alex - 23rd January:

The first book in the series is Freeing Alex, a brief synopsis is given below:

A tale of heartache, escape, strength and freedom.  Of compassion, friendship and lust.
Alex Drake is a 42 year old lady trapped in an abusive, neglectful marriage to a controlling husband, in her heart she knows she should leave but for the sake of her daughter she stays and puts up with her husband’s abhorrent behavior.
Out of the blue her life is transformed as she becomes the sole heir to a huge legacy, an estate that includes millions in the bank, property in and around London and Reid’s hotel, a prestigious five star establishment.  It is here that she meets the super-sexy General Manager, James Aconi, a man some ten years her junior.
Alex, desperate for love and attention feels attracted to James from the first meeting, the feelings are in fact mutual and a friendship develops.  The once playboy ditches his past and focuses his attention towards Alex.  She soon confides her darkest secrets to him, scars both physical and mental, from her past, this only brings them closer and they soon become lovers, he in turn introduces her to everything that a complete and fulfilled relationship should be, including his fetish for strawberries!  He showers her with the love and affection that she craves, as well as protecting her and supporting her through the trauma of divorce as her soon to be ex-husband refuses togive up, drawn to the wealth that she now has.
Alex's story is an uphill battle and uncovers a strong woman beneath the battered exterior, a woman who craves basic love and affection which she never received from her husband, who has some skeletons buried deep within his ‘cupboard’, these are discovered in Part Two (Loving Alex).

About the Author

Sarah Elizabeth Ashley is a first time British writer born and raised in the Midlands county of Staffordshire where she still lives today with her family.
Forbidden to use her 'real' name by her children Sarah has said for years that she had a book "in her" But, finally finding the time, she quite literally let the words flow as her first novel, Freeing Alex, was created, the characters coming to life on her laptop, followed by Loving Alex, Eternally Alex, and more to come with fourth novel currently being written.
She describes herself as a true Piscean with an over-active imagination and says that it took a great deal of courage to release 'Freeing Alex' however, motivated by her husband and family she finally took the plunge and self published in August 2013.
"It started as a hobby, now it's a passion."

Pieces of Perfect by Elizabeth Hayley Review

We are instantly thrown in to meeting a hot, bad boy looking stranger with a panty dropping voice, to who Lily gives as as good as she gets, throwing wit at him and leaving him with the parting words "I have absolutely no interest in fucking you." .... Yeah, those famous last words! And let me tell you, when it happens, oh does it happen good! 

I loved Lily's attitude at the start of the book, but there was times I wanted to shake her and tell her calm down on the horny thoughts! I know Max is hot, so it's forgivable that she's thinking about him, but it just felt like that was all she thought about at times. A few of the comments about the students in her class were a little off putting from both her Max's characters, but that didn't make them unlikeable or ruin the story for me. 

Enter the love triangle... She agrees to sex and friendship with one of them, but meets the other for a 'friendly' coffee the next morning. A couple of days later, she's 'pleasing' the friends with benefits one, but then I turn the page and it's a new day, the day she's going out on a 'real date' with the 'friendly coffee' guy... It's about to get messy!!!
Max is the bad boy looking ex-professional Hockey Player with a panty dropping voice. He has the right amount of cockiness and an excellent knack for getting what he wants. After meeting him again when he returns in the book, I straight away thought he was perfect for fun and maybe more- but my gut instinct told me that Lily would get hurt by him.
Adam is a single dad to one of her students. He's gorgeous, thoughtful, attentive and has a sense of humour. Upon meeting him, I instantly felt he was the sensible one, the stable one, the "safe option" for Lily, but because of her thoughts about Max and the affects he has on her, my gut instinct told me that Adam was going to get hurt by her. Was I right?  I'm not going to tell you, but I can tell you that there were times I had even flipped teams and I wished at one point that they would both walk away from her! 

It took me a while to connect with the characters, but when I did, I was looking forward to seeing what came next from them. The encounters with both men were very different. With Max it's hot, spontaneous and dirty. Just what you want with someone you're drawn to, addicted to and have more in common than you realise, even if they aren't the person you could see a settled future with. 
With Adam it's meaningful, sexy and consuming. Just what you want with someone you feel connected to, physically, emotionally and who can give you the future any girl would dream of. 
How the hell is a girl suppose to choose? 

I loved the arguments, sentimental moments, fun and intensity of this book. Towards the end, I was holding my breath, shouting "oh my God" and thinking karma really does bite you hard! Lily's journey of finding her, and ending up with only pieces of perfect was great. The situations and the way she saw things in the end, are exactly how things are- not just in the fictional world, but in the real world too; you really can't have everything you want, and when you try to get it, you take the risk of ending up with nothing. I'm looking forward to the sequel, to see where the story goes! 4 Stars. <3 Sarah

About the Author:

Elizabeth Hayley is actually "Elizabeth" and "Hayley," two friends who love reading romance novels to obsessive levels. This mutual love prompted them to put their English degrees to good use by penning their own. The product is Pieces of Perfect, their debut novel. They learned a ton about one another through the process, like how they clearly share a brain and have a persistent need to text each other constantly (much to their husbands' chagrin). They are currently working on a novel centered around Lily's roommate Amanda, and have plans to resume Lily's story in a sequel to Pieces of Perfect. "Elizabeth" lives with her husband, one and a half year old daughter and nutjob of a dog. "Hayley" lives with her husband and her own crazy dog. They are hoping to adopt a newborn soon. Elizabeth Hayley's writing motto is best captured by the words of Patrick Dennis: "I always start with a clean piece of paper and a dirty mind.

Buy Links and Synopsis:

 January 15, 2014 Amazon US Amazon UK 
ADULT CONTENT - Only Suitable for 17+ As a sexy ex-hockey player, Max was the bad boy with something to prove. As a handsome single father, Adam was the man most women wait a lifetime for. Each man would take me on a journey of self-discovery that was marred with lies, jealousy, deceit, and a whole lot of fun. They each offered a glimpse of happily ever after, a piece of perfect. But in my constant quest to have it all, I would risk losing everything. Only one thing was certain. I’d never be the same after this.

Hedge Your Bets by Kimberly Kennedy Release Blitz

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The City of Sin Never Looked so good...
For Jessi Jones Las Vegas has been a curse and a sanctuary for the last ten years. She loves and returns every year to the hotel she used to work at but remembers a time her heart was broken, right in the lobby, by him...
Nathan Skye might have left her in Las Vegas but now he's back, to pull off the ultimate con and he needs Jessi to complete it. He's going for the jackpot, and the stakes are his queen of hearts.
Add in a ex-model boss, the world of high fashion, some priceless jewels, and a few too many people trying to con the system for a wild ride in the city that never sleeps.
Around 40,ooo words a contemporary adult romance w/ spicy love scenes. This is not an erotic romance.
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“Jessi, I need your help with something.”
"Oh that's rich Nate. Really nice. Why would I ever want to help you? You were the one who left me, remember?"
"It's just one little favor. It'll be done by the end of weekend, and then you will never have to see me again. I promise."
"Look buddy, you need to get out of my room before I call security. I don't think you can sweet talk them into letting you stay."
"How are you going to do that? You are in a bathtub and your phone is conveniently located in my back pocket." She thought for a moment about what was behind that back pocket and how nice it would be to just sneak a quick squeeze before she banished the thought.
"Honestly Nathan. What is this favor you need?"
"I'll tell you tonight over dinner."
She dunked down into the bathtub muttering to herself. Dinner? Not a good idea. Not with him. She might do something stupid. Like jump him from over the table, or hit him over the head with a plate! Coming back up she slicked her hair back then gave him a killer look.
"Where is my towel?"
"Oh...I don't know. I probably picked it up and put it back in the bathroom. Couldn't let you get away without me getting what I want now could I?"
He gave her a smug grin then quickly felt it melting off his face as she suddenly raised herself out of the tub, hot water and bubbles sliding down her naked form. She stepped from the water as he jumped up and off the edge of the bed. He hadn't expected that move from her. And oh boy, what a move... she was completely grown up now. Lush curves in just the right spots rounded out ever so slightly, where a coltish twenty two year old figure had once lived.
She slid up to him with an impish look on her face, wearing nothing but a few lingering bubbles. She got real close, the steam rising from her breasts to hit him right in the face, more painful than the earlier slap he had received. Sliding her hands up his chest he inhaled raggedly, then said in a small voice that was horse with longing, "Please don't knee me again. I don't think I'd survive it." She slid her hands around to his back.
"Oh, there's only one thing I want from you right now, stud." Her voice was low and seductive while the scent of her, woman and something earthy and exotic wafted up to him as he inhaled quickly, trying to keep a grip on himself, not to mention control over his suddenly raging body that was making him feel like some untried teenager faced with Mrs. Robinson.
"And what's that?" He barely chocked out. Had he actually squeaked on that last note?!? How long ago had he last done that?
She boldly placed both hands squarely on his gorgeous derriere, and squeezed, causing his knees to begin shaking. Jessi began shaking as well, from anger. “My phone. You lied. Where is it!?”
“In the back pocket… of my dress pants.”
“Arg!” She pulled her hands reluctantly off his tush but couldn’t help a quick smack. she walked away towards the bathroom leaving him in a puddle of lust and nerve endings. She walked towards the bathroom, leaving him in a puddle of lust and nerve endings, before calling over her shoulder as he held his breath. "Fine. You win this round. Pick me up in two hours.” The door shut behind her leaving a scent of temptation that Nathan broke from with a fair amount of difficulty. He figured he'd take the ice bucket with him back to his room. It would be the perfect end to the cold shower he was in serious need of.
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Kim has always been a creative soul, bouncing back and forth between various crafts and arts. The only one she kept bouncing back to was writing. Being an only child meant creating her own worlds, full of characters that were a combination of people she knew and quirky qualities she thought more people should have.
She now lives in Denver while she waits on prince charming, kissing a few frogs along the way. She’s having a blast vacationing, writing, trying out the amazing culinary and beer centered landscape that is Colorado, loving the mountains, and motoring around in her little grey Barbie car convertible. Email at
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Hudson Blog Tour- Shayne McClendon

By: Shayne McClendon

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Refuse to compromise.

Hudson Winters is in control of every aspect of his world. From his earliest
memories, he's been driven to succeed. Starting from nothing, he built an
empire based on opportunity and intimidation.

Personally, professionally, and sexually - he ensures the reins are always
in his hands.

He never counted on a woman like Gabriella Hernandez.

From the moment she steps into his building, she proceeds to shake up his
entire existence. Her very presence causes him to question everything about
himself, his relationships, and his future.

This story features characters readers fell in love with in "The Barter
System" and gives you a chance to sit down and catch up. Prepare to be
twisted up and knocked around a bit.  Another hot, emotional read from
Always the Good Girl, Shayne McClendon.

NOTE: This story contains explicit sexual scenes and language and is
intended for mature audiences only. Do not read this novel if intense sexual
situations offend you.

About the Author:

Shayne McClendon is an indie author who has received rave reviews for her premiere novel "The Barter System." Other projects recently released are "In the Service of Women," "Yes to Everything," "Damaged," "Being Delightful," "The Hermit," "Hudson" - the second book set in "The Barter System" world, and many more.
Writer, mom, and hermit...Shayne listens to the voices in her head because their ideas are awesome. Those around her have learned not to question the crazy. Coffee consumption is too high, amount of sleep is too low, but the words always feel just right.
She currently lives in Oklahoma wrangling teenagers, opening doors for her pets, and running her content writing company. She dreams of peace, quiet, travel, and always having a viable internet connection.
You can contact her by email at, stop by her Facebook page, or visit her website and subscribe for your free story!
Shayne McClendon's work is available at all major e-book retailers. Print editions of her work are available on her website.

Current Book List:
The Barter System
Yes to Everything
In the Service of Women
A Little Bit Country - Book One
The Hermit
Being Delightful
Roadside Assistance
Permission to Come Aboard - The Great Outdoors
Special Delivery - The Great Outdoors
A Sunny Heart - The Great Outdoors
Embrace the Wild - The Great Outdoors
Ready to Rumble - Love of the Game
Breaking the Ice - Love of the Game
Time to Make the Doughnuts - Love of the Game
Woman's Best Friend
Revenge is Best Served Hot
Just a Little Kilted - with Alexandra Andersen
Just a Little Crazy - with Alexandra Andersen
Just a Little Extra - with Alexandra Andersen
Not a Bride - with Alexandra Andersen
All the Better To - with Christopher Southers
Books Available in Print:
The Barter System
Not a Bride - with Alexandra Andersen


Feelin’ Love – Paula Cole
Wicked Game – Chris Isaak
Closer – Nine Inch Nails
A Little Taste – Skyler Stonestreet
Satisfied – Aranda
My Demons – Starset
POWER – Kanye West
Sinner’s Prayer – Sully Erna
Madness – Muse
Person Jesus – Depeche Mode
Kiss From A Rose – Seal
Shape Of My Heart – Sting
Simply Falling – Iyeoka
What Goes Around…/…Comes Around Interlude – Justin Timberlake
My Immortal – Evanescence
Hurt – Johnny Cash
Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor
Special Cases – Massive Attack
Far Behind – Candlebox
Stepping Stone – Duffy
Wish I Didn’t Miss You – Angie Stone
Empire State of Mind – JAY Z & Alicia Keys
Fix You – Coldplay
Just Like Honey – Jesus and Mary Chain
Bad Things – Jace Everett
Feeling Good – Nina Simone
Is This Real? – Lisahall
Oblivion – M83, Suzanne Sundfor
Lloraras – Oscar D’Leon
Feeling Good – Michael Buble
She Wants To Know – Half Moon Run
Intro – The xx
Stay – Rihanna, Mikky Ekko
Mirrors – Justin Timberlake
Lullaby – The Cure
Feel Good Inc – Gorillaz

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