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The night was dark and it was dreary,
Walking through the mist,
The stranger was weary.
He didn't know what the next day might bring,
He was witnessing something historic,
Written in blood, a song his soul would sing.
The day that left many in an utter mess,
What future might hold,
Was anyone's guess.
But one thing was for sure and then some,
All the things that led them to this point,
Would be talked about for years to come.
They were free, at last,
The stranger mused, taking with him,
The wounds he endured in the past.
There was hope for the story untold,
But there was dread too,
For what might unfold.
Between the pages of history,
The truth might be lost,
Somethings might remain forever a mystery.
A nation stood divided that day,
It was true, the freedom was theirs,
But a hefty price they had to pay.
'One' would now become a 'two,'
As he walked into the dark, towards the unknown,
Wondering of the past and the things he knew.
To make his mark, with freedom gained,
And it was all that mattered the most,
The fact that both the nations remained...
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Nastassia loves visiting her grandmother’s farm, but when financial struggles strike, the family must face letting the land go. It looks as if this will be her last Christmas on the farm, memories made all the sweeter when she meets Jesse, a young man renting a house on the farm. He came to Marlow Center as a way to come to terms with his broken family. He didn’t expect to fall in love.
Their idyllic holiday crumbles when they find a body in the woods. Dark pasts are about to surface, and the secrets plan to drag them under.
It's a sweet, romantic, and intriguing story with a little bit of tragedy involved. I loved that even with such a deep storyline it is written in a very light-hearted and relaxing way. I quite enjoyed reading it. It's a story about two young people who meet by chance not realizing that their families are forever connected by heartbreak. As the mystery unfolds many things become clearer to both Jesse and Nastassia. Most importantly they realize that the past should never hold them back. It's a story about family, love, traditions, and letting go of all the things that weigh you down. While at the same time keeping dear the things that matter most.
Nastassia is visiting her father's family farm. Unfortunately, it needs to be sold but her grandmother is not ready to let go of the home she has lived in for many years. However, it is no longer up to her because keeping the farm will simply not be an option anymore. Nastassia has mixed feelings about the place. She doesn't live there but feels a deep connection to the place where her father grew up. It has been in their family for a long time and she wonders if her grandmother is right and maybe they really need to keep it in the family.
Jesse is in town fighting his own demons. He is staying away from his family and trying his best to figure things out for himself. When he meets a sweet girl like Nastassia, he can't help but fall in love with her. But is it the right time for them to be together or are they bound to face heartbreak if they started a relationship? One thing is for sure they do need to figure everything out when the time is right.
I think it is a very well written story. It has the right amount of mystery and haunting pasts to keep readers interested from the very beginning until the end. I'd definitely recommend this short holiday novel to my fellow readers.
P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book.
His Winter Mate: Mike and Claire's story is absolutely amazing. It is a quick and fun read. Claire has a crush on Mike but she thinks that he hates her. At least, that's the impression he gives her when she asks him on a date. But the truth is something else entirely. Soon nothing will be able to keep those two together. And finally, they might get their happy ending.
Snow Angel: Cael and Rayne's story was no less interesting. It even has that "wow, the title makes perfect sense" moment too. I quite loved the ending. Cael has been living in the woods for a while now, he doesn't want to disrupt anyone's life by returning to the city. He is in trouble though, in addition to being malnourished for a werewolf he has sustained an injury that requires care. Just when he thinks things won't get any better Rayne shows up at his doorstep. One thing leads to another and suddenly his life is not looking as bad as it had before.
Home For The Howlidays: David and Cassie's story is even more emotional than the other two stories. David doesn't believe in fated mates until he meets Cassie. Now his wolf wants her and he knows that she is his. But she is a 'normal' so he must keep a few things to himself because he doesn't want to scare her. Cassie is not really like other normals. She has an ability too. She can tell shifters apart. She knows what he is and she is waiting for him to say something. Are they making things unnecessarily complicated or is it the best way to work everything out?
I absolutely loved Cassie's character, I think she is my favorite in this book. I enjoyed her story.
All in all, it's a great collection of paranormal short stories featuring werewolves. I quite enjoyed reading these stories, they are especially perfect for reading during the cold winter days. The pace is good and the characters are all amazing so it will keep the readers interested. The best thing about short story collections is that you can take breaks between stories without feeling rushed. That's why I really love them.
Series: Book 4, ScentSations Empire
Author: Colbie Kay
Release Date: 11/30/2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Tracie Douglas of Dark Water Covers
**This is book four of a series, but it can be read as a standalone.
Four of my best friends and I started a journey five years ago not knowing where it would take us. We built an empire from the bottom up, and now we are successful businesswomen. But one thing has been missing: love.
I'm Lily Blossom, one of the chemists in our company, ScentSations. I'm not like the others though. Being shy and socially awkward, I don't have a chance with Caleb Wentworth. What could he possibly ever see in me?
Caleb wormed his way in though, and I thought, maybe, I was wrong. It's why I believed him when he told me I was beautiful, believed him when he told me I was the one he desired. I fell in love with him...only to find out it was all a lie.
Satan’s Sinners MC Series
The Betrayed (A Rocker Series)
Saving Dawson with novella Saving Grace
Georgia Peaches Series
(Co-Written with Chianti Summers)
Sweet Southern Secrets
Sweet Southern Satisfaction
Sweet Southern Summer
Cobras MC Series
Christmas at the Clubhouse Anthology
A Sinner's Christmas
Colbie Kay always had a love for reading and wanted to pursue writing. In 2015 she made that dream come true when she published her first book. Since then she has become a stay-at-home mom, writing full-time and bringing her passion to life through the words she creates.
The most fulfilling part of being an author for Colbie is to take readers into a fantasy world between the pages of her books. Becoming an author has also given her the opportunity to fill another passion of hers, which is traveling. She loves being able to attend book signings and meeting everyone that shares her love of books.
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"Almost all girls dream about their happily ever after. It is something that everyone knows they do. Sara was no different. Since the day she met Zain she had been dreaming of a future with him, a future full of hope and love. Zain, however, didn’t even know she existed. He was aloof and self-absorbed. For him the only person worth loving was himself. Poor Sara, she was in a world of trouble. But that would turn out to be the least of her worries. Life is so tricky at times, don’t you agree?"
"My to-be-read (TBR) list is so long that it is practically impossible for me to read all those books. Does that stop me from adding more books to the pile? No, absolutely not. There are simply so many books out there and I want to read as many of them as possible. However, there are definitely some books that I want to read more than the others. I’ve compiled a list of books/series I want to read, hopefully, before this year ends and I thought I’d share them with you all."
Lady Elizabeth is hiding in the country as a governess, Miss Lizzie Moore. When handsome Lord Hawkins arrives at her employer’s house, she wants nothing to do with the roguish earl, even though her heart says otherwise.
Lord Hawkins is a rake of the highest order but when he is drawn to his cousin’s beautiful governess he must rein in his impulses. She can’t be his, though Hawk can’t stop thinking about her.
After an attempt on Lizzie’s life, Hawk learns who she really is. In defiance of orders from the Home Office to bring her in, he vows to protect her. Even though he’s not entirely sure she’s innocent, she is his responsibility. Lizzie doesn’t trust him but has grown to love him. When Hawk offers her the ultimate safeguard against nefarious scoundrels—his name—she refuses. She loves him, but fears she’s merely another one of his ’duties.’
It is an absolutely amazing historical fiction novel. I loved everything about it, the story, the characters, the starting, and the ending. I think it's perfect in every way.
Lizzie has been hiding since her father disappeared. She fears that the ton would not accept daughter of a traitor and it seemed like the right thing to do. She has found a perfectly acceptable position as a governess and has been living comfortably... until Lord Hawkins arrives at his cousin's estate. She hopes that he doesn't recognize her but more importantly than that it seems that they both have a mutual attraction which cannot be ignored. She is a member of the staff and it is unseemly for Lord Hawkins to pay her so much attention. However, the real trouble starts when he receives a letter from the Home Office and suddenly it appears that Miss Lizzie's life is in grave danger.
Hawk cannot believe that Miss Lizzie is actually Lady Elizabeth, but something about her had intrigued him right from the moment he met her. Now it is up to him to keep her safe and he cannot trust anyone. Because there seems to be another traitor in their midst, one who wants her dead. They both flee and must uncover the truth before something really bad happens.
As the two spend more time together they begin to realize how much they love each other. If this ended well they might find something truly beautiful to cherish for the rest of their lives.
It's a must read a historical romance novel. I loved the story, it's well-written and has some amazing characters. I especially loved Lizzie and Hawk's characters. Their story was definitely worth reading for me.
P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley.
Someone once told me that there are worst things than being left at the altar. Well, not many, in my experience. That was six months ago, though, and my life has moved on. Heck, I have a new job lined up and I'm leaving town.
But, I can't deny that my love life kind of sucks.
That’s why I let my friends convince me to join them for Club Escapade’s Breakup Bash. And we might just be disillusioned enough to actually enjoy it. Last time we were here, it was for my bachelorette party. That night, I met one of the dancers – Raphael – and when he flirted with me, I almost forgot I was engaged. And there's a part of me that never forgot him.
Now, it seems my friends have wandered off and I’m thinking about calling it a night. Until the music begins and I see Raphael, my secret fantasy, on stage. And this time, I’m definitely not engaged...
It's a really great read. I enjoyed the story, it's well-written, has well-developed characters and is quite fun to read. Alexa is moving away. After her fiance didn't show up at their wedding she has been having a rough time. So, it's time for a change. But before she leaves, her friends decide to have a girls night out. One thing leads to another and she ends hooking-up with a guy she has just met. Rafe owns the club and his business is all he is focused on right now. After a rough break up he doesn't need complications of a relationship in his life, especially, with some rich socialite who will end up breaking his heart. Good thing Alexa is on the same page but the chemistry between them is undeniable. Will they be able to keep things casual though? That's another question entirely.
Interesting, entertaining, and all in all a great story. It has the right amount of emotions, drama, romance, and fun. I'd definitely recommend it to romance fans.
Rakish playboy, Fletcher Banks, Earl of Wakefield has wanted Agnes Watkins since the first time he saw her. But her older brother is his direct supervisor and makes it very clear that Agnes is off limits. Fletcher does his best to forget her and instead focuses on his spying assignments that have him seducing women for needed information.
But when Agnes corners him at a ball and proclaims she’s going to reform his scoundrel ways, Fletcher knows he can ignore her no longer. Initially he considers this an opportunity to rid himself of his fascination with her. But the more time he spends with her, the more he realizes that what he feels for her isn’t a passing infatuation, but real love. He uses her goal as an excuse to pursue her full throttle despite warning glances from her brother. But can he convince her that he’s mended his scandalous ways?
This is an adorable story. I loved both Fletcher and Agnes. Their interactions with each other are so sweet and interesting. I really enjoyed reading this historical fiction and would recommend it to all romance lovers.
Agnes has lived in her mother's shadow all her life. Finally, she gives up on love and romance. She can afford to stay single forever. Her brother supports her decision and thus she is safely off the marriage market. Now she can do what she enjoys to do. That's how she becomes part of a Ladies' group helping people of London. However, things are not as simple as they seem and her life might be in danger. She also finds it very difficult to ignore Lord Fletcher's. She has no idea why but for some reason she enjoys his company and maybe even feel lust towards him.
Fletcher likes Agnes but she is off-limits. There is no way he will jeopardize his carrier and her reputation just because he can't keep his hands to himself. That's also why he avoids her. But now that's not an option. He has to protect her and that means staying close to her. Will he be able to protect her without compromising her or maybe he will end up convincing her to marry him? But is that even a possibility for the two of them?
It's a well-written story. I find it to be a light-hearted romance which I think everyone can enjoy reading. I definitely did!
P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley.
Growing up in Colorado Katie always knew she was different. She has unique abilities to see and understand the aura of colors depicting a person’s emotions and intentions. She knows that whatever gave her the ability to see auras also created the plaguing of visions from otherworldly places.
After the death of her adopted parents, Katie tries to live a normal a life. A life that is shattered when she is attacked by a monster that unleashes an unknown magic within her. Her reality is further altered when the warrior from her visions emerges from another dimension. Now hunted by the monsters, she must flee to a new world far beyond her imagination. There she is thrust into a realm of secrets, magic, and ultimate power.
Katie’s arrival in the new world creates chaos among the reigning powers. She must learn the secrets that surround her and harness the magic within her or she will not be ready to fight the rising darkness. If she can’t fight it, all will be lost.
Wow! This story was nothing that I expected and so much better than I hoped. First of all, I must say that Katie's character is amazing, I loved that she is no damsel in distress. Secondly, it's very well-written. As soon as I started the book and simply wanted to keep reading, and I have to tell you that doesn't happen often these days. So, it really had me intrigued and I loved that. Lastly, the story itself is pretty good. It's fantastical and mysterious. I think that it's a must-read for fantasy fans.
Katie tries to live a normal life but in her heart, she knows that might not be a possibility for her. Her adoptive parents knew something but they never told her. She has no idea who she really is or where she came from. She only knows that she can see things and feel things that are not completely normal. She did spend some time in a psych ward after her adoptive parents died. Maybe her head is messed up or maybe there is more to this story than she knows.
Overall, I believe that it was a great read. It has all the ingredients of a good fantasy romance novel and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The ending was unexpected for me and now I can't wait to read more!
P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book for which I'd like to thank the author.
About the first half of the story is quite sweet and cute. I loved the characters. There was a certain small town charm to them. Ivy lives on a farm with her parents and works in a bar. She had lost her brother to war and now she is all her parents have. The family is struggling with financial problems too. Her workplace is not so fun either. She has to deal with troublesome customers all the time, one, in particular, doesn't see to take the hint when she thwarts his advances. Even with all these problems, life is good. Until it isn't...
I think the story is well written. I can't say that it was a dark one but definitely touched some sensitive issues so probably not everyone's cup of tea.
It's a story of a quaint Texas town. I love all the characters. Let's see where the story takes us, it's intriguing and I'm curious. ;)
A standalone romance novel published by Montlake Romance
By: New York Times Bestselling Authors Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Release Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Grabbing my laptop, I searched my history and called up the last website I’d visited. Eastwood Properties is one of the largest independent brokerage firms in the world. We connect the most prestigious and exclusive properties with qualified buyers, assuring the utmost privacy for both parties. Whether you’re in the market for a luxury New York City penthouse with a view of the park, a waterfront Hampton estate, or an enchanting chateau escape in the mountains, or you’re ready for your own private island, Eastwood is where your dreams begin. There was a link to search properties, so I typed in the name of the place the woman had mentioned in the voice mail: Millennium Tower. Sure enough, the penthouse popped up for sale. For only twelve million dollars, I could own an apartment on Columbus Avenue with sweeping views of Central Park. Let me write you a check. After drooling through a video and two dozen photos, I clicked on the button to make an appointment to view the property. An application popped up, the top of which read: For the privacy and safety of our sellers, all prospective buyers are required to complete an application to view properties. Only buyers that meet our stringent prequalification criteria will be contacted. I snorted. Great prequalification criteria you have there, Eastwood. I wasn’t sure I had enough money to take the train uptown to get to that swanky place, much less buy it. God knows what I’d written that had qualified me. I closed the website and was just about to shut my laptop and go back to bed again when I decided to take one more peek at Mr. Romantic on Facebook. God, he was gorgeous. What if . . . I shouldn’t. No good ever came out of ideas formulated while drunk. I couldn’t. But . . . That face . . . And that note. So romantic. So beautiful. Plus . . . I’d never seen the inside of a twelve-million-dollar penthouse. I really shouldn’t. Then again . . . I’d spent the last two years doing everything I should do. And where had that gotten me? Right here. It’d gotten me right damn here—hungover and unemployed, sitting in this crappy apartment. Maybe it was time I did the things I shouldn’t be doing for a change. I picked up my phone and let my finger hover over the “Call Back” button for a while. Screw it. No one would ever know. It could be fun—getting all dressed up and playing the part of a rich Upper West Sider while satisfying my curiosity about the man. What harm was there? None that I could think of. Still, you know what they say about curiosity . . . I pressed “Call Back.” “Hi. This is Charlotte Darling calling to confirm an appointment with Reed Eastwood..”
It all started with a mysterious blue note sewn into a wedding dress. Something blue. I’d gone to sell my own unworn bridal gown at a vintage clothing store. That’s when I found another bride’s “something old.” Stitched into the lining of a fabulously feathered design was the loveliest message I’d ever read: Thank you for making all of my dreams come true. The name embossed on the blue stationery: Reed Eastwood, obviously the most romantic man who ever lived. I also discovered he’s the most gorgeous. If only my true-love fantasies had stopped there. Because I’ve since found out something else about Mr. Starry-Eyed. He’s arrogant, cynical, and demanding. I should know. Thanks to a twist of fate, he’s my new boss. But that’s not going to stop me from discovering the story behind his last love letter. A love letter that did not result in a happily ever after. But that story is nothing compared to the one unfolding between us. It’s getting hotter, sweeter, and more surprising than anything I could have imagined. Something new. But I have no idea how this one is going to end.
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