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I have to thank Jennifer Ryan, (one of my favorite authors), for recommending Jay Crownover with the second book “Unforgiven”. I was hooked and ended up reading “Unforgiven” and “Justified” in one sitting, and pre-ordered “Blacklisted” in the same stretch!

I loved the Lawtons as it is, but the tiny peak of Palmer “Shot” Caldwell had me waiting in anticipation to get to know him and the quite, yet resilient Dr. Presley Baskin. And I am not disappointed at all!! In fact I loved this story even more than the other two. “Blacklisted” by others he may be, misjudged and prejudiced by the public he may be, but all that matters is what’s in your heart, and the love and care of the select few you can trust your life with. Palmer Caldwell has a soul and kindness in abundance hiding underneath that tough exterior.

Palmer has the lovely Presley in his corner, and he never would have thought that his heart would actually beat with love for a woman. There is so much depth and emotion in this relationship, and Jay did a stupendous job creating these characters with so much thought and layers. 

It’s a wonderful, wonderful book not to be missed. And now Jay Crownover is on my top list of authors to watch out for. 

Received an ARC from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via NetGalley for an honest review.

It always amazes me when authors/writers experiment different genres of storytelling with a mastery of writing and imagination, and succeeding in giving their readers the satisfaction of a book that would remain in memory.

As I follow the stunning series “Midnight In Manhattan” penned by Rachel Lacey, it wouldn’t be far from the fact that she definitely commanded this innate skill. 

And It’s In Her Kiss!!!! A simple love story, yet a natural lifestyle with a complex array of emotions, fears and insecurities. Meet two broadway actresses, Sophie Rendell and Julia Vega. Beautiful, hardworking, ambitious and caught on the opposite sides of a starry role. Auditions, conversations, drinks and friendships takes these two women on a roller coaster ride of facing truths, jealousies, disappointments and hardships. But the heart knows what the heart wants – love, trust, commitment and unconditional support, giving Sophie and Jules a chance to love each other, live with each other and make a future with each other.

And what a luscious cover!!! Kudos to Rachel Lacey…..

Received an ARC from the author for an honest review.

I have followed Rachel Lacey from her first book and she still is on my favorite list. From her first foray into writing books starting with “Unleashed” to “Don’t Cry For Me”, she had an amazing span of genre that I totally loved reading.

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First in her Midnight In Manhattan Series, Rachel introduces her readers to the petite, strong, professional Eve Marlow, who owns her own marketing company as well as a TV Show. A show that needs some uplift and a new lease of life. Who would have thought that finding a litter of kittens would put her to Josie Swanson, a complete opposite of Eve. Josie who puts her dreams aside to make a living with the bar she inherited.

But then, opposites are meant to attract. Two ends of a spectrum are meant to collide. And Lady Fate loves to interfere in people’s lives to make it more interesting. Eve and Josie, sure have their work cut out for them as they navigate their fears and insecurities, prioritize their feelings and really reach out for what matters in life.

I fell in love with their courage, sincerity and self respect as they beat down the world to fit themselves!!!!

Rachel Lacey gives her readers an emotional journey as two wonderful people take a journey to a life they never dreamed. 

A stunning read if you ask me!!!

Received an ARC from the author for an honest review.

“Let Your Down”, gal and #RubyGoesRogue, is just the beginning of an adventure for Ruby, away from the confines of a loving family, her forever friends and beating an illness that had her down for a while. And an illness that had her life mapped into organizing, spreadsheets, charts and itineraries. But it’s time to let her hair down and live her life. With an adventure  calling, Ruby takes the first steps to freedom, new experiences and Flynn Bowen.

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Helping run his family business is what Flynn Bowen does, but his heart and soul seem to have a different calling; for an identity of his own, making his own markings and maybe a dose of fate that brings him his destiny, Ruby. 

With an entertaining story, engaging camaraderie among friends, an utterly charming romance between Flynn and Ruby, Rachel Lacey gives us another worthwhile read from her Almost Royal Series.

Received an ARC from the author for an honest review.

Jennifer Ryan has always been and always be one of my favorite writers; not only have I read every single one of her books, but they hold a special place in personal library. 

And it is no surprise that her latest “The Me I Used To Be”, is just as brilliant (and in my personal library), and yet it surprises you at so many levels. The first few pages of Evangeline Austen’s life is a tear jerker, yet you can feel the strength and faith in her thoughts, courage and determination in her actions. 

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Chris Chambers has a goal –  to do right by Evangeline. As Evangeline’s capturer and then her releaser, he’s yet to redeem himself in is own eyes. Nothing short of loving Evangeline with his heart and soul, and bringing down the person behind her prison stay, would give Chris peace of mind and a life with Evangeline.

“The Me I Used To Be” is a brilliant narration of a young women’s fight to find a way to “the way she used to be” and make a place for herself in the judgmental society. A great read of family dynamics and the consequences of a single act that throws the entire family into a roller coaster ride of pain, betrayal and death. An exceptional story of love and hope, as faith leads to friendship and support in the most unlikely of places. 

Jennifer Ryan always had an exceptional writing and narrating talent of portraying emotions of her characters unsurpassed as well as give equal importance to supporting characters as she weaves them into the main storyline with great mastery. Her stories of women overcoming adverse situations with strength and courage are always a reading pleasure. And when, I as an avid reader cry reading a book, that is the ultimate mastery of writing!

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