The Wattpad Block Party

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Those of you who are already on Wattpad must be aware of this cool thing that happens on Wattpad twice every year, but for those who don’t, the Wattpad Block Party is here!

Now, you’re wondering what it is, right?

It’s exactly what it says, a party. That takes place on Wattpad, where writers communicate with their favourite authors who also post stuff about their novels and themselves, right from Spin Offs, Alternate Realities, Writing Tips to character interviews, personal interviews and everything in between.

A few writers are chosen by the host, Kelly Anne Blount to participate in the event and they’re the ones who post stuff.

They’ve had two amazing parties already and are coming with this 3rd one which goes live in February 2016!

The featured authors include Christopher Pike (yes, you heard right, it did say Christopher Pike), Beth Reekles (of The Kissing Booth fame), Jordan Lynde (of A Proscriptive Relationship fame) and many more such amazing authors! And, I’m one of them! Booyah!

It’s an honor to be featured and I’m feeling completely star struck amongst these amazing and brilliant authors, but this is an amazing opportunity for me to increase my fan base (which is pretty non existent atm) and for you to discover many great new authors!

So, please, please, please do be a part of it!

It would mean the world to all of us!

Here’s the link –

The Wattpad Block Party – Winter Edition II

Hope to see you guys there!

It’s starting tomorrow and I’m uber pumped! 🙂

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Loving Ashe, Liz Madrid – Book Review

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Three years after her ex-boyfriend left her to pursue his Hollywood dream, Riley Eames’ love life is still on hold, hindered by questions only he can answer. So when he asks to meet her for a booty call while he’s in town, she reluctantly agrees, only to find herself stuck in the hotel elevator with charming British actor, Ashe Hunter, who’s in town to promote his latest movie.

But even as sparks fly between them, Riley realizes that to fall in love again, she has to move on from the past, even if it means letting go of the questions she’s been seeking answers to, and uncovering secrets meant to be hidden.

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Okay. So, Ashe. Where can I find one of him for myself?
Liz, you’d know where, right?
Because I really, really need an Ashe Hunter for myself. With the looks, the body, the accent, the personality – entire package.
As you probably gathered, I’m absolutely smitten by this one man. Ashe Hunter is really a force to be reckoned with, you know? He’s so honest and real and persuasive and not ready to let go that you just can’t help but give into him. I mean, which girl can turn down noodles in a crowded restaurant, coffees, talks and lots of flowers and texts? Certainly not me and definitely not Riley.
Okay, so maybe I should backtrack a little, help you understand, right?
So, I’ll start from the beginning. Riley Eames is a hardworking girl who loves to read and work at the book cafe she partly owns. She adores her three nephews and looks up to her sister and brother – in – law in every aspect in life. Riley Eames is also nursing a broken heart from three years ago when her childhood friend/long term boyfriend left her to make a career in Hollywood leaving her with nothing but a mattress and $20,000 in the dead of the night.
She’s reasonably not over the break up yet, especially the way she was abandoned. So, when said ex, Gareth Roman, hunts her down on social media and asks her to come see him while he’s town, she agrees. She knows its probably just a booty call and she might not get answers to the questions she has, but she can’t help herself. So, she goes. But, she can’t find it in herself to actually knock on his hotel room door and turns back to the elevator, where she’s stranded in with a handsome stranger.
Riley and Ashe seems to hit it off instantly and spend time getting to know each other while stuck in the elevator together. They have dinner after they’re out and Ashe even drops her home and sends her flowers the next day.
It’s all the beginning of a happy romance until Riley’s sister, Paige butts in. She thinks that Ashe is in it just for one thing and is afraid that he’s going to break Riley’s heart, just like Gareth did. The fact that Ashe and Gareth are long time co – stars who have been working on a movie together doesn’t really help matters. However, Riley is absolutely smitten by Ashe and against her better judgement and her sister’s protests, she continues to see Ashe and their relationship progresses.
Things get even worse for the couple when Gareth actively starts seeking Riley out and denies everything she accuses him off.
As Riley turns to her sister for help in her troubled times, she learns of past secrets that have the power to make or break her life. A betrayal that runs deep in the family, a brother – in – law who is more manipulative and selfish than she could think of, a sister who might have been out with her own agenda and a father who wants nothing to with her leave Riley with important decisions to make.
The question that remains is, is she strong enough to love Ashe even after everything?
Riley is an amazing and strong protagonist. She has a lot of her own demons that she’s fighting, but the way she appears to the world – happy and normal – shows just how strong she is in dealing with everything. Yes, she’s been sheltered a lot by her elder sister and she’s done a lot of stuff she’s not proud of, but she’s learning and growing up. She’s trying to stand her own and to fall in love again. I love that she isn’t perfect and that she misses things easily. It makes her character more real. She’s smart and honest and passionate about anything and everything she does. The love that she has for her nephews is amazing. I love her.
As we all know by now, I’m absolutely smitten by Ashe. He’s handsome, has a posh English accent and knows exactly how to woo a girl. If that’s not enough, he’s caring, understanding and supportive. He stands by Riley as she goes through a lot of ups and downs in her life. He’s always there for her, supporting her and holding her. He’s her shoulder to cry on, her ear to listen, her mind to give advice and her mouth to kiss. He’s grounded and real. He loves his family very much and absolutely dotes on his niece.
Yeah, you see why I’m smitten with him, right?
Loving Ashe is a really heartfelt story that will leave you reeling and wanting for more. The way that Liz describes her characters and brings them to life is amazing to witness. Each and every word of this story is beautifully written.
The characters are real, deep and flawed. People make mistakes. They lie and they manipulate. But, what matters in the end is that they try to redeem themselves and that they love.
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Happy Readings! 😀

The Harmony Scroll, Edita A. Petrick – Book Review

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Stella hunter’s young son carries a dormant ancient curse within him. Though she’s destroyed the amulets that activate the curse, Gabriel’s life is shadowed by the dark magic. When she learns the contents of a golden scroll can break the curse forever, Stella goes after it with a vengeance…and heaven help anyone who gets in her way!

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*The author provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review*

The Harmony Scroll is a story of how much a mother loves her son. People talk about how it’s a mystery and a thriller. How it’s a race against time. But, they forget that at it core, The Harmony Scroll is a testament to how much a mother can love her child.

That’s what I see in it anyway.

The story is that of a mother, Stella Hunter, who is ready to fight the world to save her boy. In this fight, she finds an ally in the form of Carter, who is ready to put his life on the line for her and her adoptive son.

So, there’s an ancient curse on Stella’s son, that we already know from the excerpt. But, the way in which it is described in the story is amazing. There’s a lot of ancient history and facts in the story. To some people, it may seem as a drag, but I soaked up the information she provided because I’m a geek like that. It also shows the amount of research the author’s put into the book. She’s done a really commendable job on that front.

The story telling is a little slow and dragged in the beginning, but once you get into the flow of things, it really starts to get interesting. In ways, it reminds me of Percy Jackson. That was what drew me in, in the first place.

As a whole, the story is beautifully written and flows smoothly through out.

I really liked Stella’s character. She’s a strong, independent and intelligent woman. She knows that the odds are stacked against her, but she stops at nothing to save her son. She’s a complexly written character who has a lot of layers and each one is better than the last.

Carter, on the other hand, is smart, savvy and brave. I like how he’s ready to drop everything in the world, even a recovery from a bomb blast and let his body actually heal, to help Stella. Their camaraderie is nicely portrayed and I really root for them!

As a novel, this story pleased me greatly. It was a nice, interesting read that I’d recommend to anyone in love with a good mystery, because it is one. This definitely has my vote.

A suggestion to readers would be to read the first book in the series – Ribbons of Death – to get a better hang of the situation, not that it’s needed. I hadn’t read the first book when I read this, but after a couple of hiccups in the beginning, it wasn’t difficult to catch up.

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Happy Readings, guys! 😀

Brooklyn Rockstar, Jennifer Ann – Book Review

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Sexy bad boy Charlie Walker had everything he could ever want as a rockstar: a platinum album, a cushioned bank account, and an endless supply of groupies desperate to have him. But things changed when the band’s drummer went missing, forcing Charlie to go it alone and question if he truly has what it takes to succeed in the business.

Small-town girl Evelyn Kendall has just arrived in Brooklyn Heights. With a new job and her best friend as a roommate, she’s ready for an epic adventure free from her family’s constant supervision. She’s not prepared for the muscle-bound, tattooed star who appears out of nowhere and rocks her world.

When Charlie locks gazes with the freckled brunette at his first solo gig, he falls hard and fast for reasons he can’t explain. Determined to keep Evelyn in his life, he’s ready to change his ways, even if they run blood deep. But will their instant attraction be enough to weather the storm brought on by the perils of fame, Charlie’s secrets, and Evelyn’s overly protective brothers?

Warning: This book is filled with sexy bad boys and strong leading ladies. If you’re looking for an engaging read with panty-melting love scenes, then you’ve come to the right place.

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The story is a fast paced romance between Charlie Walker, rockstar sensation and Evelyn Kendall, a bartender who moves away from home in hopes of living life without the influence of her protective father and brothers.

The story starts with Charlie waking up in bed with women he has no memory of inviting home and throwing them out as his manager rebukes him on his poor choices and to focus on his comeback as a solo artist now that his band is longer there to support him.

Almost a week later, Charlie performs at the bar Evelyn works in and is smitten by her instantly. He doesn’t have a clue of who she is, but the way she responds to his music and the way she holds herself is enough for Charlie to take an interest in her.

From that night, their relationship progresses from sort of friends to people who date to being in a relationship. The story is beautifully written with the right amount of romance, sexy times, drama, break ups and tears. The characters are written intricately with a lot of thought given to each and every one of them.

Evelyn is a strong willed, brave woman who doesn’t take shit from anybody. She’s grown in a small town where her father and brothers kept an eye on her, almost crowding her with all their over protectiveness after her mother’s death. She moves to New York in hopes of living without their influence and maybe finding herself a boyfriend or two because her love life had been almost non existent back home due to her brothers. She’s sweet, thoughtful and an amazing woman who gives it her all when she does something. She falls for Charlie very quickly despite his reputation and past.

She’s graceful in love. The way she comes to life around Charlie is so beautiful to read. Of course, she’s heartbroken when circumstances cause her to break up with him, but she’s so truthful and real that you can’t help but love her.

Charlie, on the other hand, is your typical playboy who thinks he’s God’s gift to women. Although, lately he’s been trying to clean his image because his career has been taking a downfall because of it. But, all that changes when he sees Evelyn at his gig. For some reason, he can’t take her off his mind and the need to know her is so strong and deep that he can’t help but go after her, ignoring all the voices in his head that tell him that it’s wrong. But, it’s not easy because he’s never known a girl like her and fighting his demons is a lot more harder than he expected.

With lots of twists and turns, a cagey one night – stand gone wrong and lots of kissing, this book is a must read for all the romance fans out there!

I had a great time reading it and would definitely recommend a hoarde of people to read this as well!

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Happy Readings, people! ❤

 

 

Harley, Michelle Jo Quinn – Book Review

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All of her life, Cadence “Cade” Williams has been lied to…

With her ailing father on his deathbed, a whispered secret sends Cadence’s life into a tailspin. Determined to either confirm or debunk her father’s claim, she sets out on a mission to grow close to the only man with evidence to set things straight. To do that, Cadence earns a position in an elite security firm owned by her father’s old army buddy, Noah “Mac” Mackinley.

Mac is the only man who could hold the evidence to support her father’s claims…

But first, she must prove herself worthy of Mac’s trust and get close enough to find the truth. Her first mission is to watch over an eight-year old girl, Harley Clark.

Harley is not an ordinary girl. She’s the daughter of a rock star…

Despite her fragile appearance, Harley has tenacity and brilliance like nothing Cade has ever seen. To everyone’s surprise—including her own—Cade forms an unlikely friendship with the beautiful wallflower.

Her first assignment just became more interesting…

When Harley’s rock star father, Jax Clark, enters the scene, Cade can’t deny the instant attraction for the self-proclaimed bad boy. Tattoos, piercing eyes, and a raspy voice that sends thousands of fans into a screaming frenzy, he’s more than just a heartthrob. Worse, Jax starts to pay her more attention than she expects.

She’s faced with a choice—get lured in by the celebrity world and lose any chance of finding out the truth, or stick to the plan and avoid Jax at all costs to earn Mac’s trust.

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I will start by saying that Michelle is absolutely awesome! I adore her! ❤

I’ve read her work on Wattpad and became a fan the minute I read the first chapter of her novel! So, when I found that one of her novels was getting published, naturally I had to read it. And, I wasn’t disappointed!

All the characters are so well portrayed and they have their distinguished, individual voices. The descriptions and the scenes flow oh – so very smoothly. Also, the story develops at a fast pace which keeps the reader interested and unable to keep the book down.

It all pans out beautifully to make one heck of a story.
I loved it so much that I actually was hiding behind my laptop at work and reading on my phone. And, the last book I did that for was November 9. So, yeah. You get the picture.

The heroine, Cadence ‘Cade’ is fierce, independent and level headed. She’s immensely strong willed. She loves her grandmother a lot (So many brownie points for that, Cade!) and values her job, which is being Harley’s bodyguard, a little too much. The bond that she shares with Harley is really beautiful. I love it.

The hero, Jackson ‘Jax’ is a certified sexy beast. He’s the lead singer in one of the leading rock bands. Yeah, sexy beast, right? But, he’s also a father. A father who’s been absent in his daughter’s life for a long time and a father who’s trying to make things right with her. He doesn’t know the first thing about raising a child, but the way he is with Harley is so heartwarming. He tries, he tries so hard, to bond with her and try to be a good father that it just really, really melts my heart.

And, of course, there’s Harley. Sweet, little Harley, who’s suffered a little too much as compared to the rest of the eight – year olds of the world. Between a mostly absent father and an ignorant mother (who’s too busy living her life with her new husband and looking for a fix), she’s a lot more subdues and grown up than she should be. Her only ray of light, her grandmother, passes away, leaving her more recluse than ever. And, it is Cade, who takes the first step in breaking down those walls. The bond that Harley and Cade share, right from the beginning of the story is so good and pure, you can’t help but love it.

So, yes, this is a must freakin’ read. It’s lovely, smart, humorous, sexy and romantic all in the right places. I adore it! I think it’s gorgeous, sensational, beautiful, mind boggling, phenomenal and any other such word that you may find in the dictionary (because I can’t bring myself to open a thesaurus.)

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Happy Readings! 😀

Happily Ever Ninja, Penny Reid – Book Review

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There are three things you need to know about Fiona Archer… I would tell you what they are, but then I’d have to kill you.

But I can tell you that Fiona’s husband—the always irrepressible and often cantankerous Greg Archer—is desperately in love with his wife. He aches for her when they are apart, and is insatiable when they are together. Yet as the years pass, Greg has begun to suspect that Fiona is a ninja. A ninja mom. A ninja wife. A ninja friend. After fourteen years of marriage, Greg is trying not to panic. Because Fiona’s talent for blending in is starting to resemble fading away.

However, when unexpected events mean Fiona must take center stage to keep her family safe, her response stuns everyone—Greg most of all. It seems like Greg’s wish has come true.

Except… not.

When all is said and done, can Greg handle this new version of his wife? Will his irrepressible cantankerousness push her away? Or can the couple find a way forward without either being forced to step back into the shadows?

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If you know me, you know I love Penny Reid. You know because I’ve spent the entire post on Ninja At First Sight gushing about her.

I have loved her since the first word I read from her and that keeps on increasing with every word that I read.

The same is true for this novel. Happily Ever Ninja is a sweet and at times intense love story. The fact I love the most about it is that it’s the love story of a married couple. And married for fourteen years, at that. Also, the sweet love notes at the beginning of each chapter that have been exchanged between couples that have been married for years are just heartwarming to read.

The story carries us through the love story of Fiona and Greg, college sweethearts who have been married for fourteen years and have two kids. Even though they’re married, most of the time their relationship is long distance because Greg’s job keeps him away from home more often than not.

He’s home for a few days between months of absence and most of their conversations happen on Skype and on the phone. Their lives were passing peacefully when Fiona finds out that Greg has been lying to her for the past few months and that he’s been kidnapped.

Ex – CIA, Fiona takes it upon herself to rescue her husband and not sit on it while the Government tried to do (read as : do not do) something with the help of her friends.

 The struggle that Fiona faces, raising the kids as a single parent and still loving her husband so fiercely after everything is depicted beautifully. I love her. I love the strength that she has and I love her resilience. I love how she carries herself in a crowd and how she loves her kids and doesn’t ever (mostly) hold Greg accountable for being away so much.

Greg, on the other hand, is a caring husband who loves his wife very much and respects her for everything she’s done and achieved all these years. He loves his kids and spends as time with his family as is possible when he is around.

I love the way story is told and how it draws you in. Penny is an absolute genius.

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Love Always,

A ‘Reider’

Ninja At First Sight, Penny Reid – Book Review

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What do a cynical former Marine and a sheltered former Olympic contender have in common?
Nothing.
Absolutely nothing.
He has a girlfriend and she’s never been kissed.
He’s sullenly sarcastic and she’s earnestly empathetic.
He can’t stop thinking about her.
She knows she should keep her distance.
Nevertheless, when opposites attract, the results may be unexpected, but they’re also undeniably magnetic.

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I will start by telling you guys about this wonderful woman who I absolutely adore. Her name is Penelope Reid. And I love her. I love everything that she’s ever written. Each and every word that has been written by Penny Reid, is loved. Emphatically and wholly and irrevocably. I love Quinn and I love Nico and I love Alex and I love Drew and I love Duane and I love Martin. I love all of them, because they’re a product of her imagination, and I can not begin to tell you how much I love her imagination.

The way she spins words and gives them her own, unique, Penny touch is absolutely amazing. I have been hooked on Penny Reid’s novels since I read the first one last year. Post that, it was never enough and I’ve read everything by her. (Well, almost everything. I still have to read Hooker and the Hermit. I promise I’ll get to it soon!) But, yeah, I’ve read her books, I’m a religious follower of her blog, I love her Twitter feed and I stalk her on Pinterest. So, yeah, you get the picture. I love her. Period.

So, of course, it was no surprise when I found out about Ninja At First Sight, I had to read it. I admit I was delayed because life got in the way, but I’ve finally read it and I absolutely love it. I love Greg almost as much as I love Quinn and that’s saying something because you can not imagine how much I love Quinn Sullivan. Greg is almost at par. So, good work, Greg Archers. You should be proud of yourself.

The story starts with Fiona saying goodbye to her uptight mother and her mostly absent father as she moves into dorms to start college. Fiona is a homebody and doesn’t really leave the comfort of her dorm except when she’s in class or eating or at the gym or when Dara has Hivan over. She doesn’t have many friends but she’s content to let it stay that way. She’s a shy girl who has never dated. She’s never been kissed either.

All that changes when Fern, a girl who lives on her floor takes it upon herself to introduce Fiona to all the people living in their dorm building, including the boys. (Yes, she stays in co ed dorms. How cool is that?) Anyway, this leads to her meeting Greg. Suffice to say that they’re quite taken with each other from the get go.

Their conversations revolve around misogyny and manifestos and sexism. Greg loves to challenge Fiona in debates and she answers him right back. Greg also seems to have an obsession with seeing Fiona do a back flip. (Spoiler : She does actually do a back flip for him later in the story.)

The story is in essence, a long torturous foreplay before Fiona ‘Fe’ and Gregory ‘Greg’ finally get to their wits and get together. And I love it. It’s adorable and geeky and witty and downright hilarious.

That’s the thing about Penny’s books though, they’re always funny and witty and the girls are strong and resilient and the guys are sarcastic/funny and absolutely swoon worthy. Just like Greg (Quinn still wins though. Sorry, Greg!).

I adore this. I adore Greg and I adore Fiona. I especially adore Greg’s Shakespearan insults. Not many people can pull them off, but Greg does it beautifully. So, points for that. And, he can turn anyone into a hot mess in minutes. Brownie points for that. And, he loves Fiona. A lot. And by lot, I really mean a lot. Which means, we have a winner, ladies and gentlemen! And the winner of one Fiona is Greg!

I loved this novella which gave us insight into Greg and Fiona’s relationship and I can’t read to read their complete story in Happily Ever Ninja, which should be out in 2 days! So, suffice to say I’m just about bouncing off the walls in anticipation.

Providing ratings for pieces of art seems to belittle them, mainly because there aren’t enough ratings in the world, but we’ll try to settle.

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But I want to be your only source of romantic situations from this point forward.

I want to be your first everything.

Happy Readings! ❤

Always.

When I’m 80 years old and sitting in my rocking chair, I’ll be reading Harry Potter. And my family will say to me,

‘After all this time?’

And I will say,

‘Always.’

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It  is with a heavy heart and sore eyes that I write this.

I still remember the first movie I saw him in. It was The Sorcerer’s Stone. I remember thinking that he was not a nice man because he didn’t like Harry. And, that feeling stayed the same throughout the series.

I’ve always, always, identified Snape only with Alan Rickman. There may have been times when I thought I didn’t particularly like Dan or Emma or Rupert or anybody else from the cast, but I’ve always held fast on the fact that Alan was the perfect Snape and will always be.

The way he brought Snape to life on screen was amazing and commendable and heart touching. He was the best person who could have played Snape and I thank JK everyday for convincing him to take the role on.

I haven’t seen any of his other movies, sadly, but seeing him pull of Snape, I know that he was a wonderful actor and an even more wonderful person. He was funny and witty and always supportive of all those around him. He was a dedicated actor and gave everything he did his all.

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It’s a sad, sad day and I’m still in mourning.

 

So, let’s all raise our wands to the ‘Bravest Man He Ever Knew’.

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Thank you, for everything, Mr. Rickman. We love you, always.

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Forever Night Stand, Ysa Arcangel – Book Review

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Brandy Curtis is a strong and independent career woman who does not care for commitment. She prefers no strings-attached, one night stands because that’s all she can give with what little free time she has. This is the life she has chosen and the life she is used to.

However, everything changed when she met Ivo, a gorgeous doctor with irresistible charm. He was just supposed to be another hookup, but he quickly became so much more. The more nights they spent together, the more Brandy felt that life had given her something to live for.

Things seemed perfect… until a visit to the doctor sends her world crashing. The timing couldn’t be worse. As her heart gets closer to Ivo, her memories begin to fade.

Will Brandy be able to actually live her life with Ivo… or will she succumb to the condition that threatens to claim her forever? Find out how this touching journey of life and love turns out. Grab your copy now!

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I’m going to start by saying that this might be a little biased because Ysa is a dear friend of mine and I’m absolutely proud of her for this achievement! You go, girl! 😀

But, coming to the story, it really is absolutely gorgeous. The chemistry between the lead pair is gorgeously stunning. It makes you wish that you such relationships really existed. The way Ivo cares for Brandy is so beautifully amazing that I can’t emphasize it enough. Just the way he is with her, especially after she is struck with the disease she was so badly dreading, is heartwarming to read.

The struggle that Brandy goes through is so fiercely grievous that it totally wrecks your heart. I have seriously have sobbed a little too much over her story. And of course, Ivo’s heartbreak is just as sad. Everything that the two of them go through is… heartbreaking to say the least. But, the strength that they possess to overcome everything is completely commendable. We all really could learn a lot from them. And we should. To fight for who you love and to be there for them in every phase of life can always be strenuous and overwhelming, but the way they hold strong is very inspiring.

The story is happy, sad, funny and sexy in all the right parts and is a full package that guarantees a satisfying read for anybody.

I just… I really, really love this story. It’s really close to my heart and I love it.

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I sobbed into his shoulder, my tears soaking into the fabric of his shirt.

“I don’t deserve any of this, Ivo. I don’t deserve you. Just leave me alone.”

“Sshh…you deserve all the love in the world.”

 

Flushed and breathless, I closed my eyes when his forehead touched mine and I clutched him a little tighter. It felt good when his lips met mine; he seemed to know exactly how I liked to be kissed. All soft and slow, lingering touches of lips and slips of tongue.

Happy Reading! 😀