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Book Review: Missed Connection by K. Larsen and Mara White

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Title: Missed Connection
Author: @klarsen_author & @authormarawhite
Reviewers: Grace & Michelle @Michelle6803
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 326 pages
Rating: 5 stars

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Synopsis
Twenty years weren’t enough for either of them to forget.

A chance encounter, a missed connection.

Two wayward stars that collided in a turbulent sky, at the right place, but at the wrong time in both of their lives.

What happens when they meet again? Do the same unforgettable sparks still fly?

Titan Jennings and Jesenia Van Buren may come from two different worlds but their hearts are open to second chances. No matter who or what may stand against them, love is what anchors their lives together.
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Cover Reveal: Missed Connection by K. Larsen and Mara White

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Title: Missed Connection
Author: K. Larsen and Mara White
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Two of our favorite authors. One book.  We can’t wait for this one!

Synopsis
Twenty years weren’t enough for either of them to forget.

A chance encounter, a missed connection.

Two wayward stars that collided in a turbulent sky, at the right place, but at the wrong time in both of their lives.

What happens when they meet again? Do the same unforgettable sparks still fly?

Titan Jennings and Jesenia Van Buren may come from two different worlds but their hearts are open to second chances. No matter who or what may stand against them, love is what anchors their lives together.

Love may be infinite but time is not, Missed Connection is a novel about making the very best you can with what little you’ve got.

Releases January 5th everywhere

New Release (Book Review & Excerpt): Maldeamores by Mara White

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Title: Maldeamores
Author: Mara White
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 stars

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“Refreshingly ‘taboo’ – in a community where we’re inundated by novels claiming this title, it’s wonderful to finally find a book that not only truly lives up to the word, but is also well written, moving, and beautiful in its prose.”   Stylo Fantome, Best Selling Author of the Kane Trilogy.

Belén:  I’ve loved Luciano ever since I can remember, desired him before I even knew what it meant.  He’s always been the only man in my life—my constant protector, and his rejection only intensifies my need.

Luciano: I’ve never known a love more fierce than the one I feel for Belén.  But I force myself to deny her no matter how much it hurts.

Our love is a sickness and both of us are infected.

Because there’s no cure for being from the same family.

ADD TO GOOD READS:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25324885-maldeamores

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This is by far, for me, Mara White’s best book.  I read her Heights series and The Delivery, but this baby right here, sucked me right in from the very beginning.  You know how we as readers talk about the “feels”?  Well I had them in spade and Luciano “Lucky” Cabrera was EVERYTHING and then some with a bag of chips.

By now you have read the blurb or some reviews regarding the “taboo” issue.  You may be thinking “cousins who fall in love, WTF”?  Well you know what, it happens.  But Ms. White didn’t write an incestuous book, no, she wrote a brutally honest, heart breaking love story of two people.  And I can give you the old cliché, the heart wants what the heart wants, but at what cost?

Belen and Lucky grew up together, slept in the same crib as kids.  Lucky was Belen’s protector, except, he didn’t protect her heart.  You will see how Belen’s love for Lucky is so painful.  You will also see Lucky’s pain as well.  Tears slip down her face onto the sheet.  Belen has never looked so beautiful to me as she does at this moment.  She is raw.  Pure emotion.  Savagely in love with me and willing to sacrifice whatever it takes.  They were lovesick or Maldeamores.

I found myself not wanting to put this book down, my heart was beating so fast at many points and my tears flowed.  I will mention that Belen did not annoy me, she was a crier, but when you read her story you will cry with her or for her.  “Len, you are the best and worst thing that’s ever happened to me”.  That is how I felt too, Lucky.

You get dual POVs, which I love.  The author does not write a lot of dialogue between characters, she writes a story, through and through.  The author makes you feel the emotions that her characters are feeling with their alternating POVs.

Don’t let the blurb of the book scare you, if the theme of the book is going to bother you, then don’t read it, but you should open your mind putting aside the “taboo”.  The writing is exceptional and will make you think and feel.  This book touched me on a personal level.  I could go on and on about this book, but I want you to take a chance to read it for yourself and have the FEELS that I did reading it.

– Michelle

*An ARC was provided for an honest review.

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Now that Luciano lives in the same building, he comes over all the time. Both he and Titi have a key, and I have one to their apartment that I keep on my key chain.

Our front door opens while I’m sitting at the dining room table doing homework. I look up, expecting to see Mami coming in with the groceries, but instead it’s Luciano and he doesn’t look good.

His lip is swollen and bleeding—his eye took a punch too, and it’s almost closed from the pressure. He’s hurt and it startles me. I stand up and my pen rolls to the floor, but I stay silent, waiting for him to say something first.

“I didn’t think you’d be home,” he says. His face is totally straight, lacking any emotion.

“The library was closed for a special event. Was there a fight? Are you okay? You’re bleeding.”

He nods and says nothing.

“Let me get you some ice,” I say, running to the kitchen.

I put ice in a bowl and run a clean towel under water, then grab some gauze and peroxide from the bathroom and take it all to the living room where he’s sitting.

Kneeling down beside him, I put ice cubes in the wet towel and lift it to his face. I ask permission with my eyes and Luciano gives me a quick nod. He winces from either the cold or the pressure and I put my hand on his chest to calm him. It’s an automatic gesture.

“Does it hurt?” I ask him.

He shakes his head.

His chest feels solid under his T-shirt and touching it does strange things to my body. I try to focus on the task in front of me.

“Titi will kill you,” I say, pulling my mind away from his hard chest. “You should try to stay out of fights,” I add, resisting the urge to wrap my arms around him or crawl into his lap. Luciano is, and has always been, the only man in my life. I look to him for reassurance all the time, even though we’re almost the same age.

I dab at the gash under his eye that is bleeding the most.

“Easier said than done,” he says, and then grabs my wrist hard. I stare at the juncture where his hand meets my arm. His knuckles are white and my skin under his grip is turning bright pink.

My lips immediately part and my stomach fills with unease. I can always read Luciano, but right now I can’t tell what’s happening. He has sweat on his brow and there’s dirt smudged on his face and his arm. He doesn’t release my hand.

“Luciano, you’re scaring me.”

He drops my wrist disdainfully and his eyes graze slowly down my body. I glance down at my own chest and suddenly remember that I took my bra off when I got in. I’m wearing a white button-down shirt, unbuttoned a little bit. My nipples are hard from the cold ice in the tea cloth. The shirt brushes over my breasts just enough to make shivers skirt up my back.

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I’m a reader, a writer, and a lover of all things romantic.  I’m also a coffee, hot sauce, ink, telenovela and Bikram Yoga enthusiast.  I live in New York City with my husband and two children, and I spend a lot of time on the playground.

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Cover Reveal: Maldeamores by Mara White

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Title: Maldeamores
Author: Mara White
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

Belén:  I’ve loved Luciano ever since I can remember, desired him before I even knew what it meant.  He’s always been the only man in my life—my constant protector, and his rejection only intensifies my need.

Luciano: I’ve never known a love more fierce than the one I feel for Belén.  But I force myself to deny her no matter how much it hurts.

Our love is a sickness and both of us are infected.

Because there’s no cure for being from the same family.

ADD TO GOOD READS:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25324885-maldeamores

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About

I’m a reader, a writer, and a lover of all things romantic.  I’m also a coffee, hot sauce, ink, telenovela and Bikram Yoga enthusiast.  I live in New York City with my husband and two children, and I spend a lot of time on the playground.

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Blog Tour (Book Review & Excerpt): The Delivery by Mara White

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Title: The Deilivery
Author: Mara White
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 300 pages
Rating: 3.5 stars

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Lana Finch is a twenty-five-year-old social worker. She believes wholeheartedly in saving the world—one broken kid at a time. Lana is headstrong, she’s righteous and she’ll let nothing stand in her way. Except for maybe her entire family that’s financially dependent on her.

Enter Mozey Cruz, the eighteen-year-old juvenile delinquent assigned to her charge. He’s an illusive artist, he’s misunderstood, and he’s a natural born troublemaker.

Their love is illegal, much like Mozey’s undocumented status in the States. So Lana lets him go even though it might be the worst mistake she’ll ever make.

But destiny has a way of catching up with us even when we run from it.

Los Angeles————

————Detroit

Tijuana————

————Mexico City

But first, Lana has to find him before she can deliver him.

Michelle's Review

I want to start off my review saying that I adore Mara White, I read her Heights Series last year and was totally hooked on her writing style. Unfortunately, I could not connect with this book. There isn’t much dialogue with the characters, it is more of a storytelling from Lana Flinch’s point of view. There is only one chapter of Mozey’s POV, and I wish there was more, maybe I could have connected more with the book.

Lana is a social worker helping delinquents getting jobs and making sure they are doing their community service work. At Pathways, she meets the graffiti artist Moises De La Cruz. He’s eighteen, but had a body of a 20 something year old. Lana is immediately taken with Mozey from the very beginning, but she will not put her job on the line just because her libido says so. Moizey is super intelligent that’s for sure. He too is very taken with Lana. He goes above and beyond to impress Lana. Lana is very wishy washy with her affections towards Mozey. I get it. She doesn’t want to lose her job, the age difference really wasn’t a big difference IMHO.

The story moves three years after Lana had asked Mozey to leave her alone until she receives a phone call from Mozey who is in trouble yet again. Lana has since left Pathways and has moved in with a new beau. She still puts on her social worker hat and keeps Mozey at bay. All for nothing because she ends up in Mexico where he is deported.

In Mexico befriends two wonderful gay guys, Tommy and Rocco. I loved the banter between these three. They help Lana in trying to locate Mozey. Yet again, when she finally meets up with Mozey, she’s still denying her feelings for him. I hated the head games she was playing. I was surprised at how Mozey stood around putting up with her games.

I really struggled with this book. Again, it has nothing to do with the writing style, it was more the story was laid out and the lack of dialogue, add to the fact that Lana really pissed me off throughout the entire book did not help either.

– Michelle

*An ARC was provided by the author for an honest review.

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Monday morning is bad. I’m a complete wack job.

Do you know how to ignore someone you have the total hots for? What if you had to see them everyday? Could you do it? I can help. Been there-done that. Just let me explain.

Here’s how . . .

One: deny eye contact. All eye contact must and will be denied. Look at the floor. Study the cracks in the linoleum and the stains on the carpet. Memorize the thick, yellowing varnish on the hardwood floors in the hall and try to come up with a number for how many times they’ve been sanded and sealed up again. There’s so much to see (on the floor) if you only look hard enough.

Two: sex—have a few one-night stands with dudes who are sufficiently attractive enough for you to get a lady boner going after a couple of drinks. (Does this, perhaps, sound kind of repulsive to you? Believe me, it can be if you don’t have the right attitude.)  They’re of age, adults, consensual, informed, blah, blah, blah (but please, do note that those things are important). This stops your body from pleading with you for just one more kiss from the person you’re dying inside for and trying so desperately to avoid. It works; just make sure you use protection so you don’t end up with any diseases or a case of the babies. What? I’m gross you’re thinking? I’m telling you, releasing sexual tension is of utmost necessity.

Three: throw yourself at someone else. Do you have a Gunnar Anderson who frequents your office? Use it to your advantage. Peel your eyeballs off of the dotted ceiling board and flirt with him, ruthlessly, aimlessly until you’re giddy from so much stupidity, until your face fucking hurts from being such a ventriloquist’s dummy. Don’t sleep with your Gunnar. That would complicate things. This needs to remain fairly easy. We’re trying to get a job done here, aren’t we?

Four: drink. Not just get blasted on Fridays but every night of the torturous week. Drink wine out of a box on Wednesday while you binge on Chinese take-out and watch terrible TV. Then accidently let out your neighbor’s cat—the one you’re supposed to be feeding. Spend all day Thursday making missing cat fliers at the office in between puking sessions in the communal staff bathroom. Done!

Five: last but not least, stop trying. Look like shit. Don’t even wash your clothes. How can anyone be attracted to you when they are starting to suspect that secretly you’re homeless? You can bathe, but do it without enthusiasm. Leave a ton of conditioner in your hair, so it takes on that dull, greasy sheen that Daisy’s fur had when you finally found her after work one night, meowing outside the Lavateria six blocks from your house.

It’s effective. It works. It hurts like a bitch. Especially when you have to stare at the beautiful painting he made you every time you step foot in the office. You have to remember he thinks you’re an impenetrable prickly pear when all you want in the world is for it to be him who penetrates you. On (oh!) so many levels.

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Mara White is a contemporary romance and erotica writer who laces forbidden love stories with hard issues, such as race, gender and inequality. She holds an Ivy League degree but has also worked in more strip clubs than even she can remember. She is not a former Mexican telenovela star contrary to what the tabloids might say, but she is a former ballerina and will always remain one in her heart. She lives in NYC with her husband and two children and yes, when she’s not writing you can find her on the playground.

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Excerpt Reveal: The Delivery by Mara White

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Lana Finch is a twenty-five-year-old social worker. She believes wholeheartedly in saving the world—one broken kid at a time. Lana is headstrong, she’s righteous and she’ll let nothing stand in her way. Except for maybe her entire family that’s financially dependent on her.

Enter Mozey Cruz, the eighteen-year-old juvenile delinquent assigned to her charge. He’s an illusive artist, he’s misunderstood, and he’s a natural born troublemaker.

Their love is illegal, much like Mozey’s undocumented status in the States. So Lana lets him go even though it might be the worst mistake she’ll ever make.

But destiny has a way of catching up with us even when we run from it.

Los Angeles————

————Detroit

Tijuana————

————Mexico City

But first, Lana has to find him before she can deliver him.

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I squeeze his hand again. I scrutinize every little point of contact between our two bodies. My ear on his shoulder, and my thigh flush with his. The length of my arm matching up with the length of Mozey’s, and my wrist, grazing lightly with his calf as we sit. My skin is pale, like the underbelly of a fish. His is warm, like hot chocolate with milk. I want to drink it, to swallow all of that velvet. I want it to melt on my tongue and warm me all the way up from the inside out.

Then they’re gone, the door is closed, and my arms cross across my chest. Mozey has one hand in the pocket of his jeans the other palm flat against the back of the door. Those two boys were my protection. My buffers. I feel naked without them. Suddenly, Mozey, looms larger. Almost larger than life.

“Are you hungry?” he asks me.

I couldn’t be more satisfied. I can’t believe I found you. That you’re standing here in front of me.

I shake my head at him as he saunters over to me. I remember that he’s confident, that he’s sexual, that he probably knows more than me.

“We can take it slow, Lana. We don’t have to fuck.”

It’s a jolt when he says it, a live thrash of wire. Saying it, it means he’s thinking about it. I know that I am. Maybe he thinks it’s what I want to do. Or he thinks I don’t so he feels he has to clear the air by saying it out loud.

Sex. I’ve been thinking about it since the minute I met you—whenever I’m around you. Thinking dirty thoughts when I was supposed to be protecting you. My face falls, and my shoulders slump. All of the vixen has run out of me.

“Or we can if you want.”  It’s his smile that gets me, so warm and inviting. He’s confident with either choice, whether we do or we don’t. He’s enjoying teasing me, and he knows how hard I’ve been looking for him.

“Come here,” he says and pulls my elbows apart, inserting his body in the space that I was trying to protect—my chest, my breasts, the area surrounding my heart.

“I’ve always thought you were beautiful, Lana. But you never wanted to hear it,” he says, his nose tickling my ear. He pulls my arms around him and sets them at his waist. I am a robot. I can’t speak. I have no feelings.

“Maybe you should sleep on the couch,” I say, stepping out of his hold.

If magic were a good thing, then we would all be able to wield it against the one we love. Hypnotize with eye contact, unravel with a stare. But instead, magic is dangerous, it makes us see what isn’t there. It makes us believe in illusions and in fleeting apparitions that will never be concrete. I need something that can last, not something that will disappear into thin air.

I loved you because I wanted to save you. And I thought if I saved everyone, then it said something about me. I wanted to be worthy. I didn’t want to be bad. I always felt that badness was an inextricable part of me. I became a social worker to try to exorcise the ugly part of me.

Of course I don’t say this out loud. I explain myself to myself in my head. Like an idiot. Like the insecure, crazy girl that I am.

Mozey runs his hands through his hair and looks sadly at me. He nods his head and massages his chin with his thumb and forefinger then looks down at the floor.

“There’s not one single part of me that isn’t complicated—that’s easy to love,” I blurt out, trying to explain away being so difficult. This is the one thing I can’t fuck up and live to regret it.

“I already know that. I want every part of you.”

If there is something I need to hear, well, Mozey just said it. But I’ll still always be a disappointment. I will never be perfect, and for some reason, what I really want to bring to this is perfection.

“I feel like you’re going to keep pushing me away, even if it hurts you. Should I give up? You want me to stop trying?”

I nod my head “yes,” like the fucking liar that I am. I’m nodding and nodding while every inch of my flesh is screaming, “See through me, don’t believe me, please know that I want you, don’t believe anything that she says.

Mozey yanks his t-shirt up over his head. Two long silver chains clang together as they bounce on his chest. There he is in all of his perfection, his chest tight with emotion, his arm muscles flexed in defensiveness, his brow furrowed in confusion. I’m shaking, with trembles running up and down my spine, splaying out through my limbs into my hands and my feet. What I want is right in front of me but somehow it seems even further out of reach.

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Mara White is a contemporary romance and erotica writer who laces forbidden love stories with hard issues, such as race, gender and inequality. She holds an Ivy League degree but has also worked in more strip clubs than even she can remember. She is not a former Mexican telenovela star contrary to what the tabloids might say, but she is a former ballerina and will always remain one in her heart. She lives in NYC with her husband and two children and yes, when she’s not writing you can find her on the playground.

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Book Review & Interview: Fear of Heights by Mara White

Fear of Heights
Title: Fear of Heights (Heightsbound #2)
Author: Mara White
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 276 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars (Michelle) 4 stars (YaYa)

Synopsis
What are you willing to sacrifice for love?

Your family? Your freedom? What about your life?

She’s a wealthy, forty-three-year-old Upper East Sider with a PhD – He’s a twenty-three-year-old Dominican drug dealer from Washington Heights.

Kate Champion always did exactly what was expected of her. She was the perfect wife, the perfect mother – until the day she met Jaylee Inoa.

Their journey travels a path riddled with danger, deceit, scandal and loss – where nothing is at it seems. Yet Kate and Jaylee’s passion for one another remains nearly unstoppable.

Will this daring pair of lovers from two different worlds triumph over circumstance? Can they deny the past in their quest to be together? Or is fear the ultimate navigator – a force more powerful than love?

MY review
Michelle: So Mara White I applaud you loudly. This book my was my favorite. Everything comes full circle here, that’s for sure.

Yaya: I applaud her no matter what. I don’t agree on this one being my favorite though. I felt more connected with book 1.

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Michelle: Kate, of course, is back to doing stupid shit like in the first book. At one point, I was yelling at the top of head to this woman, get a grip damn it.

I wasn’t sure how I felt with the newcomer “Ideal” pronounced “Ee-day-al”. I was like, oh no, not again with another young thug, what is up with Kate. When you continue reading, you will see the true meaning of friendship. Good looking out Ideal.

Yaya: You can say that again about Kate doing stupid shit. I can’t believe her over abundance of poor choices. Like, how old are you again? Is there a working brain inside that big ass head of yours?

I can say that I understood where she was coming from in the first book. Needy, lonely wife, seeking attention. Got raptured up in the claws of young Jaylee and his swag. Not this time. I lost count on how many times I was yelling at her.

Kate, one mistake, fine, but how many more do you need to keep making to please everyone else? The new guy Ideal, spiced things up a bit and that’s all I’m saying.

Michelle: Robert, oh Robert, Robert, Robert. “Oh what a tangle web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” (Sir Walter Scott). Yes, this quote is very apropos on how I am feeling about Robert. If you read my review for Heights of Desire, wherein I stated I was on the fence regarding him, well that fence is down. All I will say is, I had a feeling from the first book that he was somewhat shady, but wasn’t sure and I will leave it at that.

Yaya: Some might say he’s a Saint. Come on how many times is he going to forgive Kate? Controlling quite a bit but he really didn’t cause any harm. He was fighting for what was his. His wife. His family. Maybe he wasn’t doing it in a kindly manner. He must be really good at his job. Lol.

Michelle: Jaylee – wow is all I can say. My heart broke for him yet when certain truths come out, I really wanted to hate him. Yet, my heart still broke for him.

Yaya: Jaylee from book 1 I easily fell for. Jaylee in book 2 spent too much time in jail. Then what he did to Kate, not forgivable. I did feel some pitty for him but he was out of control. I also felt like Kate swept him under the rug by not caring for his feelings or wishes while he was in jail. He only told you to stay away. Fine don’t listen Kate.

Michelle: Also in my review was I Team Robert, Team Jaylee or Team No One. Well actually, believe it or not, Team Kate. Although she still pissed me off, at the end of the book, you wanted some time of redemption for her.

Yaya: My fellow reviewer 👆👆👆has lost her marbles. I’ll stick to Team No One. Everyone played a part at pissing me off at one point or another. Except Sara. All she wanted to do was smoke some weed. LMAO. She cracked me up. Then there’s Ideal. He was the only one with some type of a brain.

Michelle: There were no winners here. The loser of it all was love. And with that ladies (and gentlemen if you read our blog), I will leave it at that.

Yaya: Now she’s getting all poetic on me over here and ending it just like the Epilogue. Which by the way was a pretty slick move. “Eyes like Gold.”

Michelle: Mara White, wow, I cannot wait to meet you one day at a book signing. You really went there and then some. You had me at moments of despair and anger.

You made my heart race with both books (more so in book 2). You go girl! I cannot wait to read more of your stuff.

Yaya: Although Michelle and I don’t agree in our rating and how she feels towards the end about Kate, we can both agree that we love Mara’s writing and will continue to follow her future work. My advice to the author to translate the Spanish content more for the non-Spanish speaking readers. It is very clear where this takes place and the mention of the Dominican culture. Me as being Puerto Rican I take into consideration that the Spanish used in the book may not be the same as we use in our culture. My rating towards the book was obviously not toward any of the characters but towards the writing of the story. I will be clearly discussing further matter with the author herself. Laters💋

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– Michelle and YaYa
*Teasers made by YaYa

*An ARC was provided by the author for an honest review.

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Interview

What would you like your new readers to know about your series before they begin? What do they need to know?
The Heightsbound Series are not standalone novels so Heights of Desire has to be read before embarking on Fear of Heights. HOD is on sale for $0.99 for another week so readers don’t have to break their budget. The story is a gritty, urban portrait of love in the twenty-first century. It’s a story of forbidden love that challenges accepted norms of class, culture, race, gender and age.

What was the thought process in creating the characters in Heights ofDesire. i.e. Kate , Robert and Jaylee?
I didn’t really approach Robert and Jaylee with much of a process they just developed as I wrote the story.  With Kate, there was more intent. I had been reading so much in the genre and I’d become tired of the Billionaire alpha male character. So I took a subversive approach when I created Kate and I imbued her with the typical alpha male advantages just to see if it would work. I thought what if it was the heroine that had the upper hand? What if she were the wealthy one, the more experienced one, the one with the sexual demands. What if he was the one who had everything to gain and she was already completely established and he had nothing to offer her? Would that still be appealing to a female reader – would she be able to embrace a women in the dominant role? (The verdict is still out on that one!) In Fear of Heights I took it one step further and took the womanizer attribute that so many alphas have and gave that to Kate. In Fear of Heights, Kate uses sex as an escape and an emotional release.

I am sure many have asked you this before, but why was Kate so frustrating? Was it because of the attention she was getting from Jaylee or needed? Was it because of Robert? We need some help understanding this woman.
I believe Kate is frustrating because she is passive. She spends a lot of time wavering between doing what she wants and doing what Robert (and society at large) expect of her. I think most of us just want her to chose, get it done and move forward, but then we wouldn’t have a story. It’s like the horror movie intro where: The woman is home alone- she hears a noise in the basement-she grabs a kitchen knife- proceeds to walk down basement stairs even though the light is burnt out. While we all sit on the edge of our seats and scream “NO!” We don’t want her to do it but she has to do it so that we can watch and be horrified.

In Heights of Desire, Robert was just a little to easygoing on Kate, especially after finding out about Kate’s affair, was that your intention? What’s making him change?
Well, people react to infidelity in a million different ways and we can’t say that any of them are right or any of them are wrong. Statistics say that 75% of couples deal with infidelity at some point in their relationship, so just imagine how many couples experience it and move past it. In Heights of Desire, Robert establishes himself as someone who wants to win no matter what the cost. So, Robert fighting for Kate is much more about keeping up appearances and about winning the game—not so much about having a healthy, loving relationship with his wife.

In Fear of Heights, we get to meet Ideal. Not going to lie, I was real apprehensive about him in the beginning. The character easily grows on you. He plays a major part in the lives of both Kate and her sister, Emily. Why Ideal? Why did you create him?
Ideal created himself. He was really a force of nature to me. I always intended on bringing him back for one scene, but after I wrote it, he just wouldn’t go away. Every time I sat down to write he kept showing up and inserting himself in the story. I figured I’d better listen to him, because, obviously, he knows better than me. So I let him guide me and I agreed to let him have a big part of the story.

Book 2 had a nice mind fuck of an epilogue. Many would agree. So the question is, will we get more? A little something? Or were those your intentions?
I didn’t mean for it to be a mind fuck! I meant for it to provide a bit of closure. I left the story open because that’s what I like personally, as a reader. HEA endings always start to make me feel like someone is wrapping a giant pink present bow around my neck, pulling it tight and suffocating me to death. Especially if there are bended knee proposals, wedding bells and rice throwing, goo-gawing babies and rocking chair couples holding hands and growing grey together. I like to breathe a little and set my characters free. If the author has created a strong enough character the reader can see for herself what they would or wouldn’t do. So that’s my intention. It doesn’t mean there will be another Heightsbound book.

I really enjoyed Janine and Oscar. Kinda scary for a moment there with Kate’s situation. Would you consider writing their story in the future?
No. I love Janinie and I like her and Oscar together but I write erotica to explore the taboo and to me there is nothing taboo about Janinie and Oscar being together. To me that equals (kind of boring) and I have no interest in writing it. The novel I’m writing now, The Delivery, is about a 25 year-old social worker who falls in love with an 18 year-old juvenile delinquent in her charge. Now that’s taboo and something I’m excited to write about!

Do you listen to the music in your book?
Yes! (And even if I didn’t want to I would hear it all over my neighborhood!)

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What are you currently reading?
The Tied Man by Tabitha McGowan. So good!

Who is your favorite author?
(This is a miserable question to answer YaYa and you know it!!! Akin to asking who is your favorite child.) If I can only choose one I’d have to pick Louise Erdrich, because I’ve read her throughout my whole life and she’s definitely influenced my writing heavily.

Favorite romance novel?
Sab by Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda
So savage and heartbreaking and for the record- the two lovers never even touch each other because it’s that taboo for them to be together. (Did this book influence The Heightsbound Series? YES!!)

Favorite Batman actor?
I don’t know. Christian Bale? My favorite batman writer is Scott Snyder!

The Vampire Diaries or True Blood?
Unfortunately I’ve never seen either one of these shows. I know of them via subway and bus advertisements though. I don’t have a TV. I live in the dark ages.

Biggest vice?
Is it Miami Vice?
Or Vice Squad?
Oh, maybe Vice magazine?
Just kidding!!
Coffee, chocolate, tattoos and romance novels (in that order)

Pepsi or Coca Cola?
Coffee

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I’m a reader, a writer, and a lover of all things romantic. I’m also a coffee, hot sauce, ink, telenovela and Bikram Yoga enthusiast. I live in New York City with my husband and two children, and I spend a lot of time on the playground.

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Book Review: Heights of Desire by Mara White

Heights
Title: Heights of Desire (Heightsbound #1)
Author: Mara White
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 280 pages
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis
A woman who has everything meets a man who can offer her nothing but trouble. They bring each other to a height of desire neither thought possible, but is it enough to overcome the differences that tear them apart?
Kate Champion, a forty-two-year-old, married mother of two, leads an enviable upper class life of luxury. Her comfortable path takes an unexpected detour after a chance encounter at a neighborhood playground.
Jaylee Inoa is a twenty-two-year-old, second generation New York Dominican with close ties to the Heights and the gangs that run them.
Her life of privilege is no match for the code of the streets he navigates with ease. When a crime of the heart leads to a crime in the flesh, how far will she go to redeem him? Can she risk all in her life that is golden for the love of her golden-eyed man?

Michelle's Review
I will be totally honest, I don’t even know how to start processing what I have read to write this review. Talk about a clusterfuck of events and then some.

42-year-old Kate Champion, mother of two beautiful girls, married to Robert. Living the charmed life in Washington Heights. She also very educated, still trying to finish up her Ph.D. Ok so you would think like me, as reader, ok what’s wrong then, right? She comes from money, has a “devoted” husband, etc., why the mid-life crisis? Yes, I said it, mid-life crisis to the extreme. Enter Jaylee Iona, 22-year-old punk, thug, whatever catch phrase you want to add, comes into her life. He gives her the attention that somehow her husband (although, not a bad guy at first) does not show her. This has total fucking drama written all over it. Your typical love triangle to the 10th degree.

Kate is so taken with Jaylee from the very start, especially when she turns to see him for the first time after his comment “Nice tat!”, she looks upon his caramel eyes and is truly in lust at first sight by him. That is how best I can describe the situation because this woman was totally enamored with this kid. Yet, when they have their first sexual encounter, he was a real asshole.

Of course, the cheating has consequences, and when her husband finds out, it’s not pretty.

“I didn’t change the rules, Kate, you did. Remember that.” – Robert.

I honestly cannot say how I feel about Robert. There were moments where I felt really bad for him and yet there were times I wanted to punch him in the face. I feel he’s trying to save his marriage, but the thing is had he paid more attention to Kate, we wouldn’t be reading this book, right? I am really on the fence regarding Robert.

As for Kate, I really want to bitch slap her in the worst way. Look we all have read books of older man seeking out younger woman. Hell I love the ones I have read about teacher/student romances and loved them and fought for them to have a HEA. With Kate, I just don’t know if she even deserves Robert and/or Jaylee. I detest female leads like her in a book. I’ll read them, but hate them all the same. Here is why. If she felt that she wasn’t getting the attention she so deserved from her husband, why not just tell him? I get the attraction she has with Jaylee. He’s young, Alpha/Dominant, sexy, and fine. Realistically though, what can he really offer her besides a good old fashion, throw your hands in the air, wrap your legs around his waist, scratch his back … pounding?

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My heart really goes out for Jaylee too. He is a product of his environment (without saying too much, you will get my reference). Am I Team Jaylee? I really can’t answer that right now because he is in a lot of trouble. I guess when I get to the second book (oh yeah this book has a major cliffhanger) to really know if I am Team Jaylee or Team Robert or Team No One. His love for Kate is undeniable as is her love for him. Here’s an interesting quote from Kate:

“Before Jaylee, I was always under the impression that people cheated on their spouses because they were seeking something outside of marriage that was missing. I’m not sure if anything was lacking in my marriage to Robert. I wasn’t looking; Jaylee just happened.”

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I haven’t read a book like this before. It’s setting is so NYC. I am a product of Brooklyn, via Williamsburg so I get all the references in the book. Also the landmarks and places in Washington Heights that the author mentions, I have seen and/or heard. This book has a nice urban feel to it. My only suggestion to the author (and maybe she did this already) that for second book, whenever quoting in Spanish she may want to translate into English. I know what I she was saying, but a non-reading Spanish person may not. What I found really funny was how Jaylee describes his name.

“Jayle”, he whispers right into my ear. “Like the comet?” I ask. “No. Like J-A-Y-L-E-E. It’s a Dominican thing, my mom made it up.”

This is true very true in the Hispanic culture. They make up names lol.

Overall, I would totally recommend this book, just don’t have any sharp objects around you when you do read it because you may want to stab someone, just saying lol. I also liked the author’s style of writing. Although there were times where I would have wanted her to speed it up, but the book flowed very well. I am looking forward to reading the second book, which my girl Yaya will be reading and reviewing for the blog. So sit back relax and enjoy the drama, because there’s lots of it here with this book.

– Michelle
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Cover Reveal, Teaser and Giveaway: Fear of Heights by Mara White

Fear of Heights

Fear 2

 Title: Fear of Heights (Book 2 in Heightsbound Series)

Author: Mara White
Genre: Erotica
Publication Date: September 16, 2014

synopsis

What are you willing to sacrifice for love?
Your family? Your freedom? What about your life?
She’s a wealthy, forty-three-year-old Upper East Sider with a PhD – He’s a twenty-three-year-
old Dominican drug dealer from Washington Heights.
Kate Champion always did exactly what was expected of her. She was the perfect wife, the
perfect mother – until the day she met Jaylee Inoa.
Their journey travels a path riddled with danger, deceit, scandal and loss – where nothing is as it
seems. Yet Kate and Jaylee’s passion for one another remains nearly unstoppable.
Will this daring pair of lovers from two different worlds triumph over circumstance? Can they
deny the past in their quest to be together? Or is fear the ultimate navigator – a force more
powerful than love?

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I’m a reader, a writer, and a lover of all things romantic. I’m also a coffee, hot sauce, ink, telenovela and Bikram Yoga enthusiast. I live in New York City with my husband and two children, and I spend a lot of time on the playground.

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