Letting Go

In my previous post I discussed an author by the name of Maya Banks and a brief mention of a future post about her newest novel Letting Go from the Surrender Series.

I finished it this morning and am excited to review Letting Go.

“Josslyn found perfection once, and she knows she’ll never find it again. Now widowed, she seeks the one thing her beloved husband couldn’t give her. Dominance. Lonely and searching for an outlet for her grief and wanting only a brief taste of the perfection she once enjoyed, she seeks what she’s looking for at an exclusive club that caters to people indulging in their most hedonistic fantasies. She never imagined that what she’d find is the one man who’s long been a source of comfort—and secret longing. Her husband’s best friend.

Dash has lived in an untenable position for years. In love with his best friend’s wife and unwilling to act on that attraction. He’d never betray his best friend. And so he’s waited in the wings, offering Joss unconditional support and comfort as she works past her grief, hoping for the day when he can offer her more.

When he finds her in a club devoted to the darker edges of desire, he’s furious because he thinks she has no idea what she’s getting herself into. Until she explains in detail what it is she wants. What she needs. As realization sets in, he is gripped by fierce, unwavering determination. If she wants dominance, he is the only man who will introduce her to that world.  He is the only man who will touch her, cherish her…love her. And the only man she’ll ever submit to” (book bio from banks webpage).

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Letting Go similar to Banks other steamy works actually breaks away from her previous novels that I have read.  It breaks in such a way due to its emotional complexity.  Centered around death, grief, and recovery Banks takes you on a new journey of strong unconditional love.  It has been quite some time since I have read a novel like this, where love blooms from death.  And I found Banks’ Letting Go incredible; the idea of human nature hurting so painfully that time and connection can heal that hurt.  Jossy and Dash reach for one another and only one another.  Banks’ novel reminds me J. A. Redmerski’s The Edge of Always.  Similarly in the characters devotion to one another in a time of loss.  When relationships form it is important to be with someone whom you connect with on a level of trust and understanding that both Banks’ and Redmerski’s characters face.

Writers, like Banks, that demonstrate human complexity forces readers to really think as a whole.  Letting Go was a great read that focused on character interaction not only romantically but verbally that was new and direct.  Communication is the basis for all great relationships combined with love and trust.

More importantly life is amazingly precious.  So remember what is important and love the ones that you are close with.

Letting Go is a great read and I strongly suggest it.  Be on the look out for the next book in the Surrender Series, Giving In, coming May 6th.

For more on the series please check out banks webpage and twitter: http://www.mayabanks.com/books/main.php#connected-surrender   &   @maya_banks

Sweet Series

While making my way through summer school I dove into a series by Maya Banks called the Sweet Series.  With 6 books, “The Sweet Series is a very steamy collection of stories that revolves around a group of friends and coworkers, most of whom are employed by a security company in Houston, Texas. Each book features a unique hero and heroine, but previous characters are often revisited and you get glimpses of old friends and catch up on relationships from previous books” (book bio from banks webpage).

Each book will have you trapped!  I fell in love instantly and bought the last 5 the next day.  What I love most about this series is the connection between the characters. Banks does an amazing job with her writing and has written so many books that I can not keep up. Not only are her characters complex but she paints a very HOT picture of romance.  Believe me she will have you blushing! Along with that quick flush Banks adds some great action suspense that will have your heart racing and clenching the pages.

A major gift that Banks gives to her readers is her female characters.  Her depiction of strong, independent, women is a breath of fresh air.  Neatly she compliments her female characters with selfless male characters that are great examples of masculinity.  I believe that her characters keep with a new movement of being better people specifically better men and better women; sexual equality.  There can be love and romance but don’t forget who you are.  Let love be an added blessing to your strong traits and never settle.

When this series came to an end I was left with a small whole in my heart but little did I know that she will be making some connections in a or some later works.  Her current work out now, Letting Go, makes a reference to a character and The House which you will discover when you read her Sweet Series.

So with Spring Break coming up for those in school and possible vacations for others take a moment to read this series. I promise it will not disappoint.  I have reread them and they never get old!

To read more about Banks please look here: http://mayabanks.com/  and  @maya_banks

For more on the Sweet Series: http://mayabanks.com/books/main.php#connected-sweet

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I am currently reading Letting Go so look for a blog coming soon!

 

Surrender Series

For a very long time I have battled with the idea of getting a kindle.  I love buying books and holding them in my hands while turning the pages.  My best friend and his family bought me a kindle as a graduation gift and I AM OBSESSED!  After getting it I loved the access to so many free books.  Though  I still buy new releases I can keep up on small named books that might get looked over.

While searching on my kindle I found an interesting series. The Surrender Series by Melody Anne.

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Bio and more information can be found here:  http://www.melodyanne.com/

Now a NY Times Best Seller, this young romance series focuses on three couples.  Each story is chalked full with fun stuff, from steamy romance scenes to action packed stunts these books just keep going.  At some point I thought it just wouldn’t stop but I became so wrapped up in the stories that I just had to finish.  There was some controversy with some other reviews of this series.  It has been determined that most readers will either hate or love them.  However, each book needs a chance and I really enjoyed all of them.

Each couple within the series is different compared to the next.  But each love story is an interesting journey and fun to follow.  So check this series out and see what you think for yourself.

The Edge of Always

In honor of Valentine’s Day I saved this blog until today because of this book’s honest love.

A while back I blogged about J. A. Redmerski’s The Edge of Never and mentioned its upcoming sequel The Edge of Always….AND finally I bought it, read it, and am blogging about it.

“Camryn Bennett has never been happier. Five months after meeting on a Greyhound bus, she and her soul mate Andrew Parrish are engaged-and a wedding isn’t the only special event in their future. Nervous but excited, Camryn can’t wait to begin the rest of her life with Andrew, a man she knows in her heart will love her always. They have so much to look forward to-until tragedy blindsides them.

Andrew doesn’t understand how this could happen to them. He’s trying to move on, and thought Camryn was doing the same. But when Andrew discovers Camryn is secretly harboring a mountain of pain and attempting to numb it in damaging ways, there is nothing he won’t do to bring her back to life. Determined to prove that their love can survive anything, Andrew decides to take Camryn on a new journey filled with hope and passion. If only he can convince her to come along for the ride…” (book bio:amazon)

When first hearing of a sequel I, like many other Redmerski fans, was shocked.  The Edge of Never was wrapped up so beautifully that I could not believe another novel about Camryn and Andrew could tell any more but I was SO wrong.

Redmerski takes you on another emotional roller coaster that will have you laughing and crying.  I myself bawled like a baby several times.  The Edge of Never made love such a beautiful and free experience but it is transformed into another level of honesty in The Edge of Always.  I have never read of two characters whose love was so raw that I was overwhelmed.

The great thing about Redmerski is her attention to Romance novels in different ways than other authors I have read.  Authors like Sparks to Maya Banks though great do not obtain a level of sincere love that Redmerski does in these two works.  Both works focus around real life situations that can happen to anyone.  However, Redmerski taught me something significant that everyone needs to remember.  When you find that person, your one and only, together you can still satisfy your life in many ways.  For example, Camryn and Andrew love to travel and be on the open road and they make it work through their entire lives.  They refuse to worry about society’s expectations, they are so focused on one another that they need no approval.  And that, I believe, is what couples tend to forget.  Being in love is not a show of who has the biggest wedding, who has the best boyfriend/girlfriend, or who is the cutest but it is couples who do not seek attention but seek one another understand a loving relationship.  If you’re together then be together if you’re in love then be in love.

So! read Redmerski’s The Edge of Always (AFTER you’ve read The Edge of Never).  Also consider another new release Song of Fireflies.

For more information please visit: http://jessicaredmerski.com/  AND   @JRedmerski

HAPPY LOVE DAY!

Wild Seasons Series

Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings are two of my favorite romance authors.  They are well known for their Beautiful series.  With six books in the series you will fall in love with each character and their journey. Once the books came to an end I was soooo bummed but became overwhelmingly excited when they announced a sister series that will be making its debut, according to amazon, June 3rd.  Before it makes its way to your hands go check the Beautiful Series and ENJOY!

I will be blogging later about each book in the Beautiful Series.  Until then here is a tease of Sweet Filthy Boy.

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“The New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful BastardBeautiful Stranger, and Beautiful Player starts a brand new story of friends, love, and lust with Book One of the Wild Seasons series.

One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him.

But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation—and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out—Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume—her sweet, filthy fling—to France for the summer and just…play.

When feelings begin to develop behind the provocative roles they take on, and their temporary masquerade adventures begin to feel real, Mia will have to decide if she belongs in the life she left because it was all wrong, or in the strange new one that seems worlds away.”(info from: http://christinalaurenbooks.com/books/sweet-filthy-boy-2/)

 

For more on their works check their twitter and webpage

@lolashoes  @seeCwrite  @BeautifulBastrd

http://christinalaurenbooks.com/

Tyler Knott Gregson

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Tyler Knott Gregson is the bee’s knees when it comes to poetry or anything that is just beautifully written.  I stumbled upon him on pintrest and have been beating myself that I have not found him sooner. 

If you have the opportunity look him up.   All of his works are amazing and so full of thought and emotion that you find his words representing what you can not say.  So simple yet complex his words flow across the page.  You could easily never stop reading his work.

JUST AWESOME!

You can find him on twitter: @tylerknott and his page: tylerknott.com