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Spotlight plus Give-Away: Marked by Hades by Reese Monroe

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Marked By Hades

Reese Monroe

One choice away from eternity…

 For 911 years, Gatekeeper companion Justin Bradford has denied the possibility of being mated to only one woman. He enjoys them all too much to settle down. So when he feels his mate’s Ahavah mark surface, his first instinct is to ignore it. But when he sees the leather-clad beauty in need of his help that’s easier said than done…

Yvonne wakes up naked on a cold park bench in a small town with no memory of who—or what—she is. All she knows is the gentle man who woke her was turned to dust when she touched him. And now the strange mark that appeared on her shoulder throbs in the presence of the raven-haired man now offering to help her…

As Justin and Yvonne navigate the mystery of her past, their bond grows, but the secrets they discover and the sacrifices that must be made could be enough to rip them apart for eternity. 

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Author Bio:  Originally from Minnesota, Reese Monroe currently enjoys living in the sunny Arizona desert with her husband of seventeen years and her loveable Shetland Sheep dog, Maddux. Monroe holds a degree in psychology from Southwest Minnesota State University and a master’s degree from the University of Iowa. When she’s not busy writing her next trilogy, she can be found pounding the pavement, training to run her first marathon.

Reese Monroe is a contributing blogger at the widely popular siteNew Adult Alley and has been part of the New Adult revolution for years having penned over thirty novels in the exciting new category.

Connect with Reese onTwitter, throughFacebook or herwebsite. Reese also writes as Lynn Rush and you can find her alter egohere.

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Review: Lost in Me by Lexi Ryan

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Title: Lost in Me
Series: Here and Now #1
Author: Lexi Ryan
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date:
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

The last thing I remember is having drinks at Brady’s and trying to avoid eye-contact with my life-long crush—the gorgeous, unattainable Maximilian Hallowell. They tell me that was a year ago, but I have no memories of anything since then. What I do have is this ring on my finger that Max says he gave me, and this much-thinner body I’ve dreamed of most of my life. Aside from a case of retrograde amnesia, everything seems almost…perfect.

But the deeper I immerse myself into this new world of mine—planning a wedding to a man I don’t remember dating, attempting to run a business I don’t remember starting—the clearer it becomes that nothing is as it seems. Do I have the life I’ve always wanted or is it a facade propped up by secrets I don’t even know I have?

I need answers before I marry Max, and the only person who seems to have them is the angry, tatted, sexy-as-sin rocker Nate Crane. And Nate wants me for himself.

REVIEW 

Let me start by saying I don’t know how I am supposed to wait until June to find out what happens next – seriously addictive stuff here.

We have met Hanna previously as a support character in the New Hope books, she is Maggie’s sister (Unbreak Me), one of the twins although she hasn’t always felt as if she fit in with such beautiful sisters.

Hanna is a very relatable character, especially for someone like myself who is a size 16. Hanna’s body and and self perception is very easy to understand and made me confront my own insecurities while reading about hers. Hanna has very low self-esteem yet she manages to be utterly selfless, she puts other people first without asking for anything in return.

For all her issues she  has a very positive disposition, she brings optimism to other people where she lacks it herself. Hanna’s confidence is constantly diminished by her over bearing mother, images of Mrs Bennett from Pride and Prejudice came to mind with her characterization, her unwavering focus in getting her daughters married whether it is in their best interest or not. Her constant disparagement of Hanna’s weight/eating habits adds to Hanna’s issues.

Following an accident Hanna losses her short term memory, the story unfolds as current action together with flashbacks as the memories are recovered. The level of frustration and confusion Hanna feels at not knowing the details of her own life was so well portrayed that I was able to empathize fully with Hanna. Initially, even though Hanna can’t remember the last 11 months of her life, her current situation looks perfect, she has everything she ever wanted. Engaged to the man she has had a crush on since she was 13 and running her own bakery is a dream come true. However, the cracks soon begin to appear as memories are regained.

The blend of current action alongside the flashbacks allows the reader to piece together the story alongside Hanna, providing an additional connection to the character while adding to the tension of the plot. Believe me you feel every emotion alongside Hanna.

While the romance is hot and heavy, torn between her long-term crush and a Rock God. There are issues to face with both, although I have my choice even I’m not entirely content with my decision following further insight into the characters. I didn’t feel that this was the main focus of Lost in Me, the title gives the basis away, it is Hanna’s character development that is the central basis to the plot.

There is still so many questions left unanswered, so many memories to be recovered and so many issues to be dealt with – now can you see why I don’t know if I can wait for June.

Spotlight: All Court’s Men – Gabriel – If You Leave

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IF YOU LEAVE Synopsis 

“In If You Leave, we continue the wild ride Courtney Cole started us on in If You Stay. This raw story of heartbreak and hope solidifies Cole’s standing as a rising star in hot contemporary romance.” — New York Times Bestselling author of Down to You, M. Leighton

“Another raw, gritty masterpiece with a sexy-as-hell Army Ranger to swoon over.” — K.A. Tucker, author of Ten Tiny Breaths

Ex-Army Ranger Gabriel Vincent is a badass hero. Or he used to be. Home from Afghanistan, Gabe can’t stop thinking about that one horrible night on the battlefield, a night that changed his life forever. He knows he’s messed up, but with the help of a little beer and a lot more women, he’s keeping it together. Until he meets Madison Hill.

Madison is happily single-or so she thinks. After the tragic death of her parents, she took on the responsibility of running the family restaurant, and that’s just about all she has time to worry about. Until she meets Gabriel Vincent.

Though they don’t realize it at first, Gabe and Maddy will soon develop a weakness: each other. But Gabe has a secret, a hidden monster that he’s afraid Maddy could never overcome. And Maddy is dealing with issues she fears Gabe won’t understand. They quickly realize they need each other to be whole, but they have demons to fight-and the problem with demons is that they never die quietly. Can they find a way to heal the past . . . before they lose each other?

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ABOUT COURTNEY COLE

Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.

Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.

LINKS: Website/Blog/Twitter/Facebook/Author Goodreads/Amazon Author Page

Books I’ve Read: Fifty First Times Anthology

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Title: Fifty First Times
Author: Various
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: 25 Feb 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

You always remember your first time…

Whether it’s the couple who decides not to go through with it, the two boys who finally aren’t ashamed, the newlyweds whose wedding night could very well be their last night together, the deaf pair who have no choice but to take body language to a new level–or, of course, the two young lovers fumbling and laughing, getting everything wrong. These are the memories that will never fade.

Join nineteen fantastic authors as they pull back the curtain and give you a peek inside that one intense moment in their characters’ lives when everything changes and nothing will ever be the same again.

Featuring stories from some of the hottest names in New Adult, Young Adult, and Romance including New York Times Bestselling authors J.Lynn/Jennifer Armentrout, Molly McAdams, Sophie Jordan, and Carrie Ryan.

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Fifty First Times is a great way to sample the New Adult Genre for anyone wanting to dip their toes into the genre, at the same time it allows the seasoned fan like myself to try new-to-me authors and get exciting short stories from favorite series  (Oh yeah we get Ollie’s story SQUEE)

As always with any short story, it’s left me wanting more of each of the characters. I’ll certainly be seeking out more from the authors I hadn’t previously tried.

There is something for everyone in this anthology; gay, straight or curious ;) You won’t be disappointed.