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Hi I'm Janna and I am a book whore! I started this blog after being a part of another for years. While being a big blog may be nice I like to stay true to me having a love for books, that's why I blog. I love books and I want to share that love with my readers of this blog. I love to read, books are my escape and a huge part of my life besides my husband and two children. I am honest and sometimes sassy in my reviews but never mean. Some of my favorite authors include Kristen Ashley, Penelope Douglas, T.M. Frazier, M.N. Forgy, Rachel Van Dyken, Meghan March and Vi Keeland to only name a few!

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Release Boost! Tied By Carian Cole

He was the myth and the legend of our small town. But no one knew the truth... except me.

My childhood was stolen by a monster. I’ve forgotten what love feels like. What happiness feels like. What hope feels like. I am numb.


He’s possibly as damaged as I am. Maybe even more. Scarred just as much on the inside as the outside. Just like me. He doesn’t speak. He doesn’t smile. He hides in the woods like an animal.  I should be scared of him. But I’m not. He’s the only one that has ever made me feel. And I want to make him feel, too. everything...

Why have I not put Carian Cole on my must read as soon as it hits my kindle author list before now?  I have read a couple of her books and loved them but Tied has now made her a part of that list and I am kicking myself for not doing it sooner.  Tied is the second book in the series and I didn’t want to put it down.

There is something about characters that are broken that call to me, maybe it is because I am a bit broken myself but whatever it is I want them to heal and find their happiness.  Tyler and Holly are characters that the depth of the pain they have been through, you want something good to happen to both of them, you want them to heal each other and you want them to find a sense of peace. 

Tied reminds us that sometimes our knight in shining amour but not have that shiny exterior but dinks, scratches, scars and pain but what counts the most is who they are deep inside, their actions when they are needed the most.  This is a book that will cement itself into your life.  I can easily recommend Tied and plan on reading this one again very soon. 


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I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts. My debut series, Ashes & Embers, follows the lives of rock band members as they find, and sometimes lose, the loves of their lives.

Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.
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Release Blitz! Absolution By Miss Johnson

Declan James was the perfect guy.
He was sweet. Charming. Caring. Until he wasn’t.

Fourteen years ago, his actions tore apart my family. He ruined my sister’s life and nothing was ever the same again. But now, a decade later, he’s back.

When he walks into my office, asking for my help, I’m shocked, but nothing prepares me for what I’m about to learn. I see how far he’s gone to redeem himself and I know that he’s changed. I also know that, as a priest, he’s more off limits than ever.

If I help him, my family will never forgive me.

If I fall in love with him, I will never forgive myself.
Wow. I think that is a word I said more than once while reading Absolution. This is a book filled with emotional ups and downs, loss, and tear inducing moments.  From the very start you know this book is going to take a piece of your soul away from you when you are done and for me it did just that.  The depth of this story, the heartbreak, the characters are all so well developed that you become consumed while reading.  I have read a couple books by Missy Johnson but I think this is one that is going to stay with me for a long time to come. 

Declan and Hannah’s relationship is complex for so many reasons.  Declan raped Hannah’s sister and was the reason why she committed suicide, he is the reason why her family was torn apart or is there another side of the story that we are unaware of? Well you will have to read it to find out obviously but just go in with an open mind.  When he sees Hannah again he is now a priest and asking for her help.  The attraction between them shouldn’t be happening, he is a priest and off limits but I loved Declan personally.  Hannah well let me just put it nicely that I did not like her character at all for way too many reasons to list.

Absolution was an emotionally intense read and one that while I didn’t like the heroine I still recommend it to be read, just be prepared and have tissues ready as well as some bubble wrap for your e-reader because if you are like me you may throw it once or twenty times while reading Absolution.

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“You’re not the first person to be shocked by my choice of calling.”

“Your family?” I guess. He nods. “I’m assuming they probably had bigger and better things in mind for you, but it’s a step up from rapist right?” His eyes widen and I cringe. Shit, I can’t believe I just said that.

“I can see why you might think that, but my father is very anti-religion, so I’m not sure he would agree,” he smirks and rubs his chiselled jawline, giving me a pointed look. “Are you done now?”

“I’m sorry that was way out of line," I mumble, admitting I went too far. "Sometimes I say things without thinking.”

“It’s okay,” He shrugs. His dark eyes penetrate mine. I'm shaking, but I hold his gaze, refusing to look away. “You get a free pass today to say whatever you like to me and then tomorrow you need to start giving me a chance. Is that fair?”

I’m not loving the part where I give him a chance, but I have so many questions burning inside of me that I’m dying to ask that I sit forward, and place my hands under my thighs.

“Okay I’ll play,” I say, staring at him. I question everything he says because it hurts too much to believe him. Why should he get to move on? “Why this?”

“Because it was the only way I could see getting my life back on track. I was at the point where I had nothing to live for, and God changed that for me. He gave me hope. I had something that was mine. I was making a difference.”

“How long have you been a Priest for?” I say the word like it’s dirty but only because he’s makes it that way. It’s like he’s taken one of the purest professions in the world and tainted it.

“Five years. After I got out of prison, I was in a bad place. Everything that happened with Cecily really messed me up and then hearing that she…. His voice trails off like he can’t complete his train of thought, so I make him, because he doesn’t get to do this. He doesn’t get to make this about him.

“You mean how she killed herself?” I say. I stare at him, my anger fuelling the strength I’m somehow finding within myself to confront him. This is what I’ve wanted for so long, to be able to face him and show him how much he hurt me. “How she ended her life after what you did to her and the way your family dragged her through the mud. Is that what you mean? You can’t even say it, Declan. Imagine how hard it was for me to live it.”

“I never wanted that all I wanted to do was plead guilty and move on—”

“Move on?” I whisper, tears spilling down my cheeks. “Like my sister got to move on? Like my dad moved on by ramming his car into a tree? You ruined our lives. Why should you get to move on?”

“I’m sorry about your father,” he says softly.

“You’re sorry?” I laugh. I throw my hands up in the air. “Well, so long as you’re sorry.”

“You have every right to be angry at me Hannah, but I’m just trying to explain it from my point of view. You asked me why I became a priest. This is why. Everything that happened is why.”

“But you don’t get to explain,” I whisper. “Because it’s not fair. All you get to do is sit there and take whatever I decide I need to say to you in order for me to get through this. That’s the only thing you need to do here. You don’t get to justify what you did, or tell me how much you’ve changed, because I don’t care. All I care about is being able to be in the same room as you without feeling like I’m going to be sick. Is that too much to ask?” 

"No. No it’s not," he mumbles. His eyes cast downward and I laugh. He can’t even look at me.

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Missy lives in a small town in Central Victoria with her husband, and her confused pets (a dog who think she's a cat, a cat who thinks he's a get the picture).

When she's not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.

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Release Blitz! Belong By NB Baker

When everything is stacked against you, sometimes surviving only happens when you find that one person in the world and the one place you truly…
This world can beat you down.
Make you feel worthless.
Swallow you up in its darkness.
In the blink of an eye the people I loved more than anything, were taken from me.
Leaving me alone with no one but my abusive father.
If you get told you’re worthless often enough, you start to believe it.
You drink it in until it poisons your soul.
That was my life…until Justin.
The minute I saw Sarah, I knew she was special.
I wanted to claim her then, but she wasn’t ready.
Seeing her again, I know I’m done waiting.
I want her.
I’m not stopping until I make her see how special she is.
I want her to look in the mirror and see the woman I see, the woman who was made for me. Sarah thinks she doesn’t deserve me.
She doesn’t think I can understand the pain inside of her.
I have the same darkness inside of me.
I just need her to believe in herself and in me.
In us.
Can two damaged souls learn to trust and lean on each other?
Can they put their past behind them and learn just how beautiful life can be together?
Or when tragedy strikes, will it all be lost forever?

Belong was an emotional book for me and I am having trouble figuring out how I want to write this review.  I don’t know if I will be able to get across in the perfect way how much this book had my emotions going from highs to lows in a matter of a few minutes.  There is abuse in this book so please be aware that at times it is really hard to read because of how emotional it gets.  I don’t know if I could have been as strong as Sarah ends up being if I experienced what she did.  Justin is truly who she needed to come along in her life.  He, he is just an amazing character that added to this story and the twists and emotions that it has in it.  I apologize to the author because I know this review is not doing the book justice and I am not sure if it is because I still get tears in my eyes when I think of it or if it is because I felt such a strong connection to Sarah, but whatever the reason is I wish I had the perfect words to say how much this book touched me.  This is a book that will stay with me for a while and one I can recommend.

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I'm Iowa born; but now I reside in Wyoming with my husband and children, including our four legged children, Kiera and Jade. I love to write in the spare time I have after working forty hours in the financial world and playing wife and mom (a.k.a. chef, doctor, housekeeper, taxi driver, zookeeper, homing device, and much more).