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Book Review: Long Way Down by Krista and Becca Ritchie

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Title: Long Way Down (Calloway Sisters #4)
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie @KBRitchie
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: New Adult
Pub Date: November 20th, 2015
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis
With a seven-year age difference, Ryke & Daisy have faced an uphill battle in the eyes of the world and their families. Known as the most adventurous, fast-paced couple — their next step has always been elusive to the rabid media.

Behind the scenes, heartbreaking troubles continue to test Ryke & Daisy’s resilience and shape their future together.

They promise:

To never slow down.

To never compromise who they are.

To never abandon their love for each other.

But preserving their happiness also means adding more risks. Ones that Connor Cobalt wouldn’t even take. As a professional free-solo climber, Ryke is no stranger to risk, but his next step with Daisy wagers more than just his health.
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Blog Tour (Interview & Giveaway): Long Way Down by Krista & Becca Ritchie

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☆ ☆ ☆ LONG WAY DOWN TOUR ☆ ☆ ☆
CHARACTER INTERVIEW WITH THE ADDICTED GUYS –
LOREN, CONNOR, RYKE

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Interview

Grace stumbles into the room with Yaya pushing her from behind.  Yaya smiles at the Addicted men with a Cheshire grin while Grace openly gawks at Lo, turning the shade of a tomato and shifting foot to foot.  Yaya wakes her up from her nervous state, yelling “THE SHORTIES ARE IN THE HOUSE, LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED!!!”  She then proceeds to try to sit on Connor’s lap.

Grace: “Uh, hi guys.  Thanks for meeting with the Shorties today.” *gulps*  “Let’s just rip off the bandaid . . .”

Can you ever forgive Jonathan Hale?

Ryke: *goes quiet *

Loren: It’s complicated, and no one has to forgive him if they don’t want to.
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Book Review: Fuel the Fire by Krista & Becca Ritchie

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Title: Fuel the Fire (Calloway Sisters #3)
Author: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Genre: New Adult
Length: 462 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis
Protect your family. At all costs.

It’d take the impossible to hurt Connor Cobalt, even for a moment.

Protect your family. At all costs.

At twenty-six, his narcissistic tendencies have made room for the people he loves.

Protect your family. At all costs.

And he loves Rose. But when his love is threatened, when his greatest dreams with her are compromised — what is the cost then?

Protect your family. At all costs.

Love will guide his choices.
For the first time in his life.

**AUTHORS’ NOTE**
It’s possible to only read the Calloway Sisters spin-off series without reading the Addicted series, but you MUST read Hothouse Flower (Calloway Sisters #2) before reading Fuel the Fire (Calloway Sisters #3).

It’s highly recommended to read the books in the recommended reading order, which is in tangent with the Addicted series. If you choose not to read Addicted After All before Fuel the Fire, there will be a time jump.

Fuel the Fire picks up in the Addicted Timeline where Addicted After All ended. FTF will not retell past events from Addicted After All in Rose & Connor’s POV. All new material.

Grace Review
There’s a reason why I drop my current read and alter my TBR schedule when these two authors release a new book. They always seems to evoke emotions in my that very few authors are able to do. With each addition to the Addicted and Calloway series’, I feel that much closer to this group of six. I wish all their dreams come true, and for all their fears and threats to go away.

I never realized how bored I had been with life.  How mundane my surroundings looked.  How unchallenged I’d become.
I never realized all of these things.
Until I met her.

Of the three couples, Rose and Conner are the hardest two to grasp because of how much they guard their emotions. Hell, prior to their relationship, neither considered love to be a need or priority in their lives. But together, love and family mean everything. They will do anything to keep those they love safe, even at the expense of their own happiness.

Rose made me realize that love is necessary, even if it’s costly.  Anyway . . . it’d be impossible not to risk my life for Jane and give up everything I value.  I’d do it all.

In Kiss the Sky, we got to see this couple open up to new emotions for the first time. In this story, we get a deeper look into their lives, and the happiness and heartache they felt along the way.

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Conner is as arrogant and conceited as ever. But he’s kind of perfect, so can you blame him? Other than being brilliant and being two steps ahead of everyone else, he can morph in to any type of personality to suit those around him. This ability to adjust is an impressive skill, but as Ryke eventually points out, can also be the wrong way to approach a problem. Why adjust to others, when they should adjust to you.

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.  Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” – quote from Shaw’s Maxims for Revolutionists

The man possesses control in nearly everything he does, and that is not more evident than when he and Rose are together intimately. The sex scenes nearly caused my kindle to smoke, while melting my panties. The choking is just one element of dominance he holds over Rose, and shows the extreme connection these two share. While the two normally go toe to toe in all aspect of their lives, Rose allows him the control during these private moments. Despite what the media and fans/critics say, the strength of their relationship is fully exposed. It may not be a typical relationship, which is probably why it was challenged so often, but it’s clear that they are the perfect match.

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As for his equal, Rose, she is a complex character to understand. While she does humorous things, they aren’t with the intent of being funny. She’s closed off to most people, coming across as cold and bitchy. But all it takes is for a family member to be hurting or a threat to be leveled at them, and you see her emotional walls come down. She reveals so many new layers about herself in this book that I never knew where there.

Reflecting back on the story after finishing, I noticed something that rarely ever happens. Not once in this book, did Rose or Conner do anything that annoyed me. That is truly a feat, believe me. Although there were moments I challenged their game plan, knowing the reasons behind their actions and their ultimate goals, I couldn’t fault them. They were truly selfless.

“You should never hate the better version of you, the one that loves, the one that hurts – because the man in front of me is extraordinary.”
Her words flood me, choke me, grip me and burn me.

If you read Addicted After All, then you may have already sensed that the subject of sexuality might come up. What was a surprise was that it was a key element to this story and served as a turning point in their ongoing battle with the media. It broke my heart how the news unfolded. Rose screaming into her coat, gutted me. And then you find out who exposed them and I nearly screamed at my kindle. Such an emotional scene. Then there is the scene when she is protecting Jane, her motherly instincts truly kicking in, despite the incredible pain she suffered because of it.

“I know acceptance isn’t easy when you’re unsure of what you’re accepting, but all I can say is that you’re accepting of me.”

While there were moments of conflict within the group of six, it was the toughest moments, when they all put personal feelings aside to help one another. They provide there is strength in numbers, and find a way to out-best their enemies. Vengeance is sweet!

Based on what we learned about Ryke and Daisy, I expect their book, Long Way Down, to be just as emotional as this one.  Since I need to feed my addiction to this group, I CAN’T WAIT!!!

– Grace
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Book Review: Amour Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchie

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Title: Amour Amour
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Standalone New Adult Romance
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis
Love is a circus

“Every day,” he says lowly, “I hold a person’s life in my hands. The circus is based one-hundred percent off trust. I give it all to someone, and they give it all to me.”

The best aerial technique won’t land 21-year-old Thora James her dream role in Amour—a sexy new acrobatic show on the Vegas strip. Thora knows she’s out of her element the second she meets Amour’s leading performer. Confident, charming and devilishly captivating, 26-year-old Nikolai Kotova lives up to his nickname as the “God of Russia.”

When Thora unknowingly walks into the crosshairs of Nikolai’s after-show, her audition process begins way too soon. Unprofessional. That’s what Nik calls their “non-existent” relationship. It’s not like Thora can avoid him. For one, they may be partners in the future–acrobatic partners, that is. But getting closer to Nik means diving deeper into sin city and into his dizzying world.

Thora wants to perform with him, but when someone like Nikolai attracts the spotlight wherever he goes—Thora fears that she’s destined to be just background to his spellbinding show.

This sexy and exhilarating New Adult Romance can best be described as Cirque du Soleil meets the steamy, athletic romance of Center Stage.

*standalone & no love triangles—recommended for readers 18+ for mature content*

Grace Review

This book was a really interesting departure for twin dynamo authors. Bringing us into a world of bright lights under the big top. Thora leaves the comfort of her family, her BFF, and her college education, to chase that dream.

As a HUGE fan of the Addicted series, I saw some similarities between this book’s main character, Thora, and Lily. They both share a vulnerability, but for very different reasons. I’ve seen some reviews call Thora weak. I thought the complete opposite. From page one, everyone seems to doubt her talent and ability to achieve her dream. No one gives her their encouragement in taking such a big risk. And while I appreciate their honesty, not lying to her about her talent, it didn’t seem like anyone helped her to improve. How strong do you have to be to overcome doubt? How long can you take people telling you that you’re not good enough?

Thora is a fighter, in the true sense of the world. For what she lacks in talent, she has in spirit, relying often on her inner cheerleader. When one person comes into her life, in the oddest of ways, she finds a reason to fight even harder. It was hard to figure out Nikolas. He’s a bit of an enigma for a good part of the book. As the star of Amour and patriarch of sorts for his brothers and sister, he has a great burden on his shoulders. At times, it seemed he was dealing with everything out of obligation. But as the story evolves, you realize how much family means to him. It’s not obligation but love that drives him. He’s guarded so much, that he doesn’t expose that love often, but its clear that its there, deep down. It’s not until Thora enters his life that love begins to be exposed. Just like with his family, he guards his emotions and like a good poker player, doesn’t show all his cards.

What I love about this story was that Thora’s journey wasn’t an easy one. She put her former life on hold and took a chance on something that was deep in her heart. While the skills weren’t there from the beginning, the passion and will to do better were there. And that spirit to not give up, to challenge herself is what brings her and Nikolas closer together.

Proud clapping fills my head, not the room. I don’t care if I’ve imagined applause for myself. I’m still my biggest cheerleader and possibly even my biggest fan.

Nikolas not only trains her to become better, he prepares her to succeed. And he becomes the first one to truly believe in her.

“I knew I was attracted to you, but it was more than that. Your energy, your idealism and optimism – I missed those things, the places inside of me that made me feel more alive.”

This is a sweet story about determination and passion. About never giving up. And most importantly about Amour – a show and a feeling that bring two people together, making both of their lives more complete. Love conquers all.

Side note: As I mentioned previously, being a HUGE Addicted fan, I loved how they were mentioned on occasion throughout the book. I may have squealed at their mere mention.

– Grace

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Blog Tour (Excerpt & Giveaway): Amour Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchie

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Amour
Title: Amour Amour
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Standalone New Adult Romance
Pub Date: December 12th, 2014

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22888864-amour-amour

Amazon: Purchase links not available until December 12th

Synopsis
Love is a circus

“Every day,” he says lowly, “I hold a person’s life in my hands. The circus is based one-hundred percent off trust. I give it all to someone, and they give it all to me.”

The best aerial technique won’t land 21-year-old Thora James her dream role in Amour—a sexy new acrobatic show on the Vegas strip. Thora knows she’s out of her element the second she meets Amour’s leading performer. Confident, charming and devilishly captivating, 26-year-old Nikolai Kotova lives up to his nickname as the “God of Russia.”

When Thora unknowingly walks into the crosshairs of Nikolai’s after-show, her audition process begins way too soon. Unprofessional. That’s what Nik calls their “non-existent” relationship. It’s not like Thora can avoid him. For one, they may be partners in the future–acrobatic partners, that is. But getting closer to Nik means diving deeper into sin city and into his dizzying world.

Thora wants to perform with him, but when someone like Nikolai attracts the spotlight wherever he goes—Thora fears that she’s destined to be just background to his spellbinding show.

This sexy and exhilarating New Adult Romance can best be described as Cirque du Soleil meets the steamy, athletic romance of Center Stage.

*standalone & no love triangles—recommended for readers 18+ for mature content*

Excerpt
He reaches down and seizes my ankle, lifting my leg onto his lap. I watch him unbuckle my stiletto heel, revealing a battered foot with three blistered toes, nearly bloody. But they’re free, the air stinging the sores. He gives me a disapproving look—since I didn’t tell him how badly they’d been hurting.

Then he removes the second stiletto and keeps my legs draped across his lap. “Better,” he knows, sipping his next shot. He soaks in my long legs and then says, “When you perform, you have beautiful lines.” He pauses. “It’s what every director said after you auditioned. It’s why you were brought here.”

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Krista and becca

Krista & Becca Ritchie are identical twins—one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek—but with their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Now in their early twenties, they write about other twenty-somethings navigating through life, college, and romance. They love superheroes, flawed characters, and soul mate love.

They are the New Adult authors of the Addicted series and Calloway Sisters spin-off series, and you can find them on almost every social media, frolicking around like wannabe unicorns.

AUTHOR LINKS
Website: http://kbritchie.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kbritchie
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KBRitchie
Tumblr: http://kbmritchie.tumblr.com/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/kbmritchie
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/kbmritchie/

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*3 Signed Paperbacks of AMOUR AMOUR

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Book Review: Addicted After All by Krista & Becca Ritchie

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Title: Addicted After All (Addicted #3)
Author: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis
Two addicts. One epic love story.

Prepare for the worst.

That’s what Lily and Lo try to do when Jonathan Hale schedules an “important” meeting. The problem: after being swept into the public eye and battling their addictions, they’re not sure what the worst is anymore.

In a sea of many changes—including Ryke & Daisy living with them—Lily realizes that the best part of her fluctuating hormones might just be the worst.

Her sex drive is out of control.

Loren knows that she’s insatiable, but he’s not giving up on her. She’s too much a part of him. And as he carries more and more responsibility, some of the people that he loves doubt his resolve.

In the conclusion to their love story, Lily & Lo stand side-by-side to fight, one last time, for their happily ever after.

**AUTHORS’ NOTE**

Due to the 2-year gap between Addicted for Now (Addicted #2) and Addicted After All (Addicted #3), you must read Thrive (Addicted #2.5) or the Calloway Sisters spin-off series before reading Addicted After All.

Grace Review
Going into this book, I was a bit nervous for Lily and Lo. How much more could these two addicts handle?  But they are not the same people we met 2.5 books ago.

After finishing this book, I can easily say:
Lily and Lo stand together.  Always.
Lily and Lo fall together.  Always.
And then they get back up again.  Together.

It’s love like this that’s worth living for.

This book highlights the strength of this couple.  Not just in their relationship with each other – it’s clear that nothing can tear them apart.  But it really explored their strength against the lies, the hate, and the doubts that outsiders have had towards them and their relationship.

They are no longer those weak addicts we met in book 1 and slowly fell in love with.  They have overcome so much, and are stronger because of it.

I carry more confidence in my gait, and I wonder, if all this time, I just needed to believe in myself.

Lo shocked me in this book.  Not just with his perseverance, but his commitment and willingness to sacrifice for others.  These are qualities that were not used to describe him previously.  He used to be one who would insult you while you were already vulnerable.  No more.  His loyalties to those around him are stronger than ever and he will do what he has to in order to protect those he loves.  A group than now includes more than Lily.

Ryke would endure hell for eternity if it meant that I could go to heaven.
Once upon a time, I think I would’ve let him. Not anymore.
He deserves his paradise. So I’ll fight against my brother. I’ll fight against Lily and Daisy for this position. The winner is the loser. And this cage has my name on it.

While this is Lily and Lo’s love story, it’s a story that cannot be told without including the four other people most important to them – Ryke, Daisy, Conner and Rose.  The couple might not share the same feelings about each person, but these four each mean something to the couple and how far they have come with their addictions.  They offer support, friendship, and most importantly, love, in helping them fight their fight.

And while we see some of the vulnerability the couple face because of their addictions, they are not alone.  Each person in their group has a weakness, and maybe this is why this group is stronger as a whole, than on their own.

There are so many moments that I loved in this book.  Rather than give full out spoilers, I’ll just recap some of my favorite moments (you’ll have to read the book yourself for the context):

Both hospital trips
Truth or dare (Conner, you shock me every time)
Lo’s surprise visitor
Jonathan Hale’s texts
Lily’s talk with Samantha
Any scene with Maximoff

But my two favorite moments both involved a special ceremony. One that led in piggyback rides, one that led to forever and always. Thanks to Conner, this second one had me crying like a baby.

And when he looks at me, I see those thousands of memories course through his gaze. The seven-year-old us performing a backyard ceremony. The nine-year-old us racing around his father’s mansion. The fifteen-year old us flipping through comic books on his bed.
We have consumed each other from day one. And we truly never let go.

The evolution of this couple, along with their small support system, is heartbreakingly perfect.  I feel like I have taken this journey with them, which only makes coming to the end bittersweet. I have come to adore this couple so much, they are my favorite love story (and that’s saying a lot given how much I read).

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There’s a reason so many fans of these series think that it would be perfect for TV.  The authors are so good at setting a scene, you feel like you are right there, witnessing it all in person.  The detail given to every emotion, you feel each character’s pain, love, fear and sadness.  It’s all there in black and white but at the same time screams off the page in technicolor.

I fell in love with Lo like a little girl opening her heart to magic.  It always seemed surreal until the moment it became true.

While this is the finally story for Lily and Lo, this won’t be the last we hear about them.  Thank God!  I’d be going into withdrawals.  We have 2 more books featuring this group.  Fuel The Fire, Conner and Rose’s book is next.  Based on some eye opening moments in this book and some secrets revealed about Conner, I am dying, DYING, for this book!

AND there will be a spinoff series featuring the kids of these couples as they experience all the highs and lows of young adulthood.  So flipping excited for that!!!

#LiLoForever

– Grace

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Blog Tour (Celebrity Crush Teaser & Giveaway): Addicted After All by Krista and Becca Ritchie

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Celebrity Crush Teaser

Ever since Lily’s sex addiction became public (in Addicted for Now), Celebrity Crush — a popular tabloid — has been reporting all sorts of crazy things about the Calloways. And like most gossip sites, what you believe is true is up to you. The only people who know what really happened are the parties involved – which you can read about in Addicted After All (available October 31st). But for now, here’s an article to tease you with all the shenanigans to (possibly) come.

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Title: Addicted After All (Addicted #3)
Author: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: October 31, 2014

Synopsis
Two addicts. One epic love story.

Prepare for the worst.

That’s what Lily and Lo try to do when Jonathan Hale schedules an “important” meeting. The problem: after being swept into the public eye and battling their addictions, they’re not sure what the worst is anymore.

In a sea of many changes—including Ryke & Daisy living with them—Lily realizes that the best part of her fluctuating hormones might just be the worst.

Her sex drive is out of control.

Loren knows that she’s insatiable, but he’s not giving up on her. She’s too much a part of him. And as he carries more and more responsibility, some of the people that he loves doubt his resolve.

In the conclusion to their love story, Lily & Lo stand side-by-side to fight, one last time, for their happily ever after.

**AUTHORS’ NOTE**

Due to the 2-year gap between Addicted for Now (Addicted #2) and Addicted After All (Addicted #3), you must read Thrive (Addicted #2.5) or the Calloway Sisters spin-off series before reading Addicted After All.

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About 2

Krista and becca

Krista & Becca Ritchie are identical twins. They write New Adult books that make you cringe, gasp, and go ooh-la-la. (If you do that sort of thing.) They are currently working on the spin-offs and final books in the Addicted series. Connect with them on twitter and their website: kbritchie.com

AUTHOR LINKS
Website: http://kbritchie.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kbritchie
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KBRitchie
Tumblr: http://kbmritchie.tumblr.com/
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/kbmritchie/

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Recap: My Favorite Authors

Authors

Kristen
Creator of the perfect Alpha males.  Her books are always entertaining, with a good blend of sexy times, humor, and tension.  The importance of family and community are an underlying theme, something that is missing from a lot of books I read.

If you are sick of the tortured male, then look no further.  These men are not weak in any way.  Their lives might not be perfect, but they fight for what they want, no matter how annoyingly frustrating their woman might be.  They aren’t sensitive, and may be a bit blunt.  But when the time comes, and they finally verbally express what they have been showing through actions all along, the words will warm your heart.  No one gives a better “wake the fuck up, I love you” speech then a KA Alpha male.

I really could go on and on as to why I love KA’s books, but I’m going to save some of that for a future post.

My Favorites Books:

The GambleCreed the will

Krista
To put it bluntly, I am ADDICTED to their books.  The Addicted series is so well written and the character development is top notch, that I am shocked more people haven’t read their books.  I adore all 6 of the main characters, and the love they have for their significant other.  Lily and Lo are one of my all-time favorite book couples.  Their love story might not be traditional, but their bond is unbreakable.

The authors draw you in, with smart dialogue and detailed emotions, you feel like you are part of the story.  My addiction is not exaggerated.  I frequently stalk all of the authors’ social media sites, eager for more of their words.  If you haven’t checked out their books, I implore you to do so, right now!

My Favorites Books:

Addicted for nowhothouse flower

Amy
The beauty of Amy’s work leaves me kind of speechless.  It’s hard to capture in words how much I enjoy her work, it touches me on such an emotional level.  Both A Different Blue and Making Faces were in my Top 5 list for 2013, with the latter being my Favorite Book of the Year.  Both produced waterworks, where I frequently had to take breaks because my tears were making it hard to see the words.

Her stories often focus on the everyday person, struggling through everyday problems.  There is a prevalence of history with a strong message that isn’t preachy, but makes you want to do better personally after reading them.  While her books are stand-alones, there is one common theme – the book hangover I have after reading them.  It sometimes takes days to recover from the message of her stories.  And once I’ve finally recover, I just want to read more.

My Favorites Books:

Making Faces A Different Blue

Tarryn Fisher
Queen of the mind fuck, her books play with your head and your heart.  You literally feel beat up after reading them.  It might not be right away, but sometime later, you will reflect on her brilliance and smile.

Recently Tarryn was talking on FB about having likable characters in books, and her frustration with people who dismiss a book merely because they didn’t personally like one of the main characters. After Dark confession: I didn’t like any of the main characters in the Love Me with Lies series, and guess what?  It was my favorite series of 2013.  I totally agree with Tarryn, that you don’t have to like the characters in a book to like the book.  If the writing is good, the overall story is what’s important.

My Favorites Books:

opportunistDirty Redtheif

Tiffany
The Original Sinners is not your typical romance series.  It challenges traditional beliefs about relationships and love.  The main heroine, Nora, is perfection!  She’s seductive, smart, sassy, and selfless.  The stories are much more complex than you might initially expect, with clues throughout the books that lead to turning points in the storyline.  Any author that can make you fall in love with a sadist should be applauded.

My Favorites Books:

the gift The Saint

Colleen
As one of the most popular authors in the New Adult genre, there is not much I can say that hasn’t already been said.  Hopeless will remain as one of the best romance stories I’ve ever read.  The pain and love the characters feel just jump off the pages.  Who can forget the “Best First Kiss” to end all best first kisses?

Colleen flawlessly incorporates poetry and music into her books, so it becomes part of the story.  The words in the poems and lyrics speak volumes about the characters.  I love how each of her stories is fresh, and not a repeat of her prior work.  While she takes some risks, the stories and characters are easy to relate to, drawing in the masses, and beautifully developed to keep you coming back for more.

My Favorites Books:

HopelessMaybe Someday