Monthly Archives: August 2015

Summer Crush a Young Adult Anthology

About the Book:

Summer Crush: A wonderfully romantic boxed set of Upper Young Adult short stories by today’s hottest authors.  (14+ Young Adult)  Book Releases on 8/21/2015 

Summer is the time for lazy days at the beach, sun-kissed hair, flip-flops, and sizzling nights with a new crush. Those stolen glances and first kisses can quickly spark a flame. However, the road to love isn’t always a smooth ride.

Every Summer has a story, whether it’s a second chance on love, seeing a friend in a different light, or taking a step in a new direction with someone special. Love and long days create endless possibilities, but can a summer crush really last?

My Four Star Review:

Each story was a little different but all focused on a summer romance and maybe taught you a little lesson along the way.  I truly enjoyed each one of them.

Sutton Summer by Sasha Hibbs:

“After breaking Dylan’s heart last year, McKenzie returns to Sutton Lake for another summer. McKenzie realizes love was in front of her the entire time, but is it too late for Dylan to forgive her?”

This was a story to remind you it’s not what’s on the outside that matters but what’s on the inside that really counts.  It was a hard lesson for McKenzie to learn but with the help of her Aunt Jenny, it ended up being a summer McKenzie will never forget.

Exquisite Torture by S.D. Wasley:
“16 year old Ryan thinks he’s in for the summer from hell, stuck at his Gran’s farm in a remote town … until he meets the adorable Connie. But why is she so cagey about her past?”

There was a bit of a mystery with this story.  Ryan isn’t very excited about going to his Grandmother’s house but he ends up being very proud of everything he accomplishes.  He meets Connie and all is definitely not what it seems.  You’ll be wrinkling your forehead trying to figure out what’s really going on.

Forbidden by Melissa Frost:

“The new guy in town has a bad reputation and a bad boy demeanor to go with it. Even so, Olivia can’t help feeling drawn to Gavin. Can she convince her mother he’s not the delinquent everyone believes, or will his past tear them apart?”

You don’t always have to believe what you hear and it’s okay to come to a conclusion about someone or something all on your own.  Olivia was drawn to Gavin and I’m glad she took the time to really get to know him.

Taking the Plunge by Diana Stager:
“Overwhelmed and alone, Jessica is a teenage mother struggling to give her son the best possible life. Erik, a lifeguard at the local pool, never expected the girl of his dreams to have baby in tow. They have issues, but will it keep them from pursing the relationship, or are they willing to take the plunge?”

Jessica really impressed me with how she wanted to live her life and take care of her son.  She struggled along the way but she still wanted what was best for her and him and got them help she needed when she needed it.  It was nice to watch the love blooming between her and Erik.

Boarderline Love by Deanna Dee:
Nearly drowning wasn’t part of Dalya’s vacation plans. Neither was being rescued by a guy with a perfect six pack and a haunted look in his eyes. Mason reminds Dalya too much of her over-protective older brother, but when he offers to teach her to surf, she can’t say no. Can Dalya get past her frustration with her brother to realize how much Mason means to her?

This story made me smile, laugh and even cry.  It was a truly entertaining story and fun to watch young love bloom to life.

An Ocean of Their Own by Bridie Hall:
“Lola spends her days trawling the sand dunes in search of the perfect subject for her art. She finds it in a solitary, beautiful girl. Sarah doesn’t just fill the pages in her sketchbook, she enchants Lola’s heart too. But how can Lola tell her family about Sarah?”

Sometimes when you fall in love, you just fall.  This was a very cute story of two young woman finding love on a summer beach.  I hold a very special place in my heart for Lola’s parents.

If you have a young adult reader at home or you like a good YA book, I would highly recommend this one.

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Too Hard to Handle (Black Nights Series Book 8) by Julie Ann Walker

About this Book:

This is the eighth book in Julie’s Black Nights Inc. Series.  It’s a Contemporary Romantic Suspense and intended for Adults 18+.  To get the full enjoyment out of this book, you really should read books 1-7 first.

“The Man” is back
“Dan “The Man” Currington is back in fighting form with a mission that takes him four thousand miles south of BKI headquarters, high in the Andes Mountains of Peru. He’s hot on the trail of a rogue CIA agent selling classified government secrets to the highest bidder, when Penni DePaul arrives on the scene. Suddenly the stakes are higher, and keeping Penni safe becomes Dan’s number one priority.

And this time she’s ready
A lot has changed since former Secret Service Agent Penni DePaul last saw Dan. Now a civilian, she’s excited about what the future might hold. But before she can grab onto that future with both hands, she has to tie up some loose ends-namely, Dan Currington, the man she just can’t forget. And a secret that’s going to change both their lives-if they can stay alive, that is.”

My Five Star Review:

If you like an extremely well written book, a good kick ass suspense with a sexy former SEAL getting the bad guy and falling hard for a strong female, then this is the book for you.

From the very beginning Black Nights Dan “The Man” was a favorite character of mine.  He pulls you in from the first book and then his world is shattered.   In the next few books you watch Dan fall deeper and deeper into the black abyss and it breaks your heart.  In book 7, Full Throttle, he starts his climb out, he takes on a mission, with everyone watching ever move he makes, and he locks eyes on Agent Penni DePaul.  Dan’s world suddenly clears as he works the case with Agent DePaul.   Sparks fly between the two (sparks is such a kind word … it was more like and inferno) and healing begins. But at the end of the case, the pair goes their separate ways.

Book 8, Too Hard to Handle picks up the story 3 months later.   Dan’s been out on a mission the past 3 months with Black Nights Dagan Zoelner (who is another amazing character) and Penni resigns from the Secret Service.  She’s on a mission of her own to find Dan and have a “talk.” She ends up in the middle of his case with life and death action, and falling deeper and deeper in love with Dan.

Their journey is not an easy one, emotions run very high and you’re holding your breath just hoping everything will all work out in the end.

Julie’s writing is fun, witty, and it is a true joy to read.  Many former character make an appearance in this book and in true Julie fashion, she is mapping them out, setting them up, and sucking you in for the next book.

Go …. Read this series.  You will love them.  I leave you with a quote from the beginning of the book: “Now her silly heart decided to sprout wings and fly around outside her body.  She really was going to have to have a conversation with the organ later.”

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Book Reading Order:

Hell on Wheels 

In Rides Trouble

Rev It Up

Thrill Ride

Born Wild

Hell for Leather

Full Throttle

Too Hard to Handle