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Books I’ve Read: Shuttergirl by CD Reiss

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Title: Shuttergirl
Series: The Hollywood Project #1
Author: CD Reiss
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date:
Source: Bought
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

ONE movie star on the cusp of greatness
ONE broken girl who touched him
TEN years to forget her
A MILLION stories in Hollywood
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I am not hurt.

I don’t need a second chance with him, or a life I thought I had.

While he was out forgetting me to become a movie star, I was building a career out of nothing. A career as a paparazzi, but a career. For a foster kid who bounced around every home in Los Angeles, that wasn’t easy.

This camera is all I have.

He’s nothing to me. Every time I take his picture and sell it, I remind myself that I did it all without him or his approval, his cinnamon smell or his clear green eyes. He lights up the screen like a celestial body, but he’s nothing but a paycheck to me.

He can throw my camera off a balcony, and nothing has to change. We can stay king and queen of the same city, and different worlds.

Except this is Hollywood, and here, anything can happen.

 

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Shuttergirl is a gritty and realistic portrayal of how easily it is to fall into the role of self-fulfilling prophecy. Being lucky and aware enough to realise the mistakes made while living with the regret of having gone through certain events. Yet, ultimately all of our life experiences shapes us into the person we become. A very ‘what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger‘ scenario with amazing characters you can’t help but fall for.

While the romance does play a large part within the plot it is the characters and their development that will keep the pages turning at a fast pace. Some of the situations depicted are uncomfortable to witness, however, provide much-needed insight into how vulnerable young people become targets for lowlifes.

Musical Moments: Song of the Month: Chosen by Nazarea Andrews

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I cannot tell you how excited I am for this book – seriously a NA re-imagining of Helen and Paris (SQUEE) and to top that off Nazarea agreed to pick the song of the month to go alongside the release of Stardust Destiny – how awesome is that  😆

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Stardust Destiny is a modern, erotic retelling of Helen of Troy and Paris. It’s all about forbidden love, and wanting something—someone—you can’t have, and the consequences of that kind of love. I love this song that admits it’s not smart—that there’s pain and no guarantee of a happily ever after. And that, even despite knowing that, it’s pointless to argue because—the heart wants what it wants. It’s very much Ileana and Paris.

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The face that launched a thousand ships…

I grew up knowing my destiny. Daddy pounded it in my head, my brother repeated it every day of my life. I was the only daughter of the Orsi crime syndicate, the pretty prize that would bring peace. My one job was to marry Callum Sheehan, the vicious head of the Irish mob in Chicago.
I never questioned my future–until I saw him.

The man who was never meant to love her…

I wasn’t going to the wedding. It’s shit that my brother does, things our father requires of the heir of the Sosa cartel. Not me. I’m the black sheep, the one Mama spoiled, and my father loves, but without the pressure of expectation. But Sheehan is too big a deal for me to blow off.
And then I see her.

The love that started a war…

She isn’t mine. She will never be mine. I watch her fall apart when she thinks no one is watching. I watch her marry another man. I watch her bravery. And I don’t care who she belongs to or that it will start a war between our families.
I will damn us both to possess her, and burn down the world to keep her.

Stardust Destiny Excerpt

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Review: Getting Rough by CL Parker

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Title: Getting Rough
Series: Monkey Business
Author: CL Parker
Publisher: Bantam/Piatkus
Publication Date: 26 Jan 2016
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Hotshot San Diego sports agent Shaw Matthews and his sexy professional adversary Cassidy Whalen have gone head-to-head in the boardroom—and the bedroom. Now Shaw has scored a big promotion—but only because Cassidy turned it down and ran off. There are many things he wants when it comes to Cassidy—just not her pity. So Shaw rushes to a small town in Maine to retrieve his dignity—and maybe the woman he’s hungry to claim once more.

Cassidy has pushed herself to the max to realize her career dreams—until a family crisis brings her home. But Shaw isn’t letting Cassidy go that easily. Neither is gorgeous heartthrob Casey Michaels, the childhood sweetheart she left behind—and who now wants to win her back. As the rivalry between the two alpha males intensifies, and Shaw’s seductive moves reach a whole new level of heat, Cassidy has to make a choice. And this time, it’s for the highest stakes of all.

Getting Rough is intended for mature audiences.

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REVIEW 

Getting Rough threw me for a bit of a loop as the storyline took a turn I really wasn’t expecting but blew me away none-the-less. The theme of identity takes the focus alongside the romance, concentrating on the way in which we envisage the paths our lives take when reality they go unexpectedly in a completely different direction. The idea that fate/destiny leads us to exactly where we should be and who we should be with. That isn’t saying leaving our old path will be without doubt and a degree of sadness and confusion. All of these emotions and many, many more are portrayed masterfully within Getting Rough.

Letting go of the past and the weight of expectation from within ourselves and that of other people all take its toll on allowing ourselves to become the person we want to be. Please, please, please read the authors notes as they add an extra dimension and additional emotional connection to the plot, characters and events taking place within Getting Rough.

Getting Rough picks up exactly where Playing Dirty ends making it a necessity to read the series in order. Full of sass to accompany the steam, CL Parker’s writing is right up there with Emma Chase and Christina Lauren. Shaw and Cassidy rate as one of the best couples alongside Chloe and Bennett, as well as Kate and Drew ♥ Banter is most definitely the name of the game.

Shaw completely stole the show for me in this story. I adored seeing the inner working of his mind. I can only compare it to being in the middle of a sugar rush or possibly a very bad ADD day, where everything is random and quirky. Yet he is still able to maintain his outward control, wow now that is a skill I would like to have. It is Shaw’s superpower. His character development is nothing short of inspiring. The revelations regarding his upbringing have brought about an air of vulnerability to him. Having never been in a situation where he has had to acknowledge his feelings, he does struggle in being able to recognise the depth of his feelings for Cassidy. Creating more than a little doubt in her mind :(

Unexpected chapters from other characters provide insight into all aspects of the storyline, from the past to the present, the themes of identity and expectations as well as the relationships.

The Monkey Business series just keeps getting better and better, I cannot wait to see who stars in Coming Clean.

Spotlight: Where Lightning Strikes by AL Jackson

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WHERE LIGHTNING STRIKES
A Bleeding Stars Novel Book 3
By: AL Jackson

Release Day March 22

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SYNOPSIS

Do you know what it feels like right before lightning strikes? How you can feel the current running through your veins? The trembles of warning that ripple through the air? It was a thrill Tamar King chased all her life until it became the very thing she had to escape.

For the last four years, Tamar King has hidden herself in an isolated world she created. She was safe. No one could touch her. Until Lyrik West walked through her door.

He’s the lead guitarist for Sunder and everything she can never have. The dark and beautiful rock star becomes everything she craves.

Lyrik’s life has been devoted to his band and that success has cost him. Bitter, hard, and filled with regret, he refuses to lose himself again, but from the moment he sees her, he wants one night with Tamar King.

The gorgeous bartender is more than he bargained for. Their attraction is consuming. Their desire overpowering. With one touch, they ignite.

But is it worth the cost of getting burned?

She’s a gorgeous nightmare and he’s a wicked dream…

WHERE LIGHTNING STRIKES, a Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary and new adult romance.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.
Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children.

Connect with A.L. Jackson online:www.aljacksonauthor.com
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