Thank you to Flo @ Flowless Books for tagging me for The Wine Book Tag. I’m not a huge drinker, but every once in a while a glass of wine sounds good. So, I’m just going to have to rely on the descriptions of each wine.
Now, to get wasted! (Not really, but it sounds fun.)
Box Wine – a book people will judge you for liking but you like it anyway!
Twlight by Stephenie Meyer
Do I even need to explain this one? The writing makes some English majors cringe. (I can confirm this. My best friend was one and actually did.) Other people are annoyed by Bella’s personality. Etc, etc. I don’t care. I loved it.
Organic Wine – a book that doesn’t have any added crap in it and is just written perfectly.
That Girl, Darcy by James Ramos
It may be Ramos’ first novel, but the writing was excellent. I loved the characters and everything about this book.
Gluehwein – a really spicy, wintery read.
The Score by Elle Kennedy
It has hockey. That’s “wintery” right? It’s definitely got a spicy romance!
Sauvignon Blanc – a really sharp and aggressive read that you couldn’t put down.
Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher
I can’t even explain how this book made me feel. The writing was so aggressive and the story was sharp. I’m still thinking about it and I read it almost a year ago.
Pinot Noir – a book you didn’t expect much from but ended up getting blown away.
Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn
First, the cover. It’s not exactly eye catching. Second, the synopsis. Why would I want to read about a 15-year-old girl being abducted by a motorcycle gang? I am so happy it was recommended to me. The entire series is mind blowing with twists and turns at every corner.
Chardonnay – a good summer read that was super zesty.
Calendar Girl series by Audrey Carlan
This entire series was a fun summery read. It was also super “zesty”. Defintely for mature audiences only!
Rose – a book that has a little bit of everything in it.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
This book really does have a little bit of everything in it. There’s mystery, suspense, crime, romance, intensity… I’m sure I’ve forgotten something, but you get the picture.
Shiraz – a full-bodied book that is dark and juicy.
Amber to Ashes by Gail McHugh
This subject matter is dark. The love triangle is juicy. It was like a train wreck. It was gritty and disturbing, but I couldn’t take my eyes away from it.
Merlot – a smooth, easy read with a soft finish.
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
This YA contemporary romance is a feel good story that will leave you smiling.
Champagne – your favorite book.
Bright Side by Kim Holden
Since I already used Nine Minutes, I’ll pick my other favorite book. I loved Bright Side so much. I want everyone to read it.
Hey now. What happened to the Riesling? That would be my wine of choice. Sadly, it’s not on the list. Nor is a Port. I guess the desert wines are left out?
I’m going to tag anyone who wants to do this fun tag!
Synopsis:BLACKIE My name is Blackie, I’m the vice president of the Satan’s Knights MC and I’m an addict. I’ve been trading one addiction for another for as long as I can remember. I make no apologies for my addictions, nor do I try to hide them. Until my latest addiction threatens to destroy not just me but her. For the first time I want to fight the need and not gravitate towards it. I try to deny it and not succumb to it but I’m a prisoner to her purity. I’m Satan’s soldier, a demon dressed in leather. She’s an angel, innocent and full of light, she’s my lace. Leather. Lace. Me. Her. A temptation so lethal neither of us may survive but, every demon craves an angel. Guide me to the light. Take me from the dark. Give me back my life. Let me share yours. They are the selfish words of an addict and they are my truth.
LACEY PARRISH My name is Lacey Parrish and I have a secret, one I’ve tried to deny for a long time, one I’ve tried to spare the world from. I am a manic-depressive. Just like my dad. Some days I’m high on life. Most days I try to escape it. People think they know me, they think they see me but the truth is no one knows who I really am. No one sees the real me… a broken girl with a mind that betrays her. Except Blackie. He’s my savior, the man who silences my maker. He’s my knight in shining armor, the man who puts my life before his. He’s my leather and I’m his lace. Two broken souls that have the power to heal one another. This is our story, an unapologetic tale full of temptations. A love story called Leather and Lace.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
The Tempted series had me on the edge again with its newest book, Lethal Temptations. In this book, we get Blackie’s story.
Blackie is not just any member of the Knights MC family. He’s the VP and the President Bulldog’s right hand man. He’s had his problems with drugs, but the loss of his wife has kept him clean for years — all until a business deal gone wrong sends him spiraling back down into a haze of drugs. On his way down, he makes an incredibly bad decision. He sleeps with the one woman who’s off-limits to him: Bulldog’s daughter. One time with Lacey just isn’t enough. She’s like the drugs he can’t quite quit.
Lacey may still be a virgin, but she’s all grown up now. And what she wants more than anything is Blackie. He may be a couple of decades older than her and her dad’s best friends, but he’s the one who makes her world better. He makes her happy. She’s willing to do anything to have him, even if it means hiding her relationship from her father.
Janine Bosco Infante sets up her stories in a very cool way. I always love how she lays out her plot for the reader. Rather than just another biker love story, you get a look into the Knights MC’s inner workings. Equal time is spent on both the romance and what’s going on with the gang. It makes the story so intense and fun to read.
Blackie was a very interesting character. His demons ran deep and he had a very hard time dealing with them. He also had a ton of guilt he held onto over his dead wife, Bulldog and Lacey. The guilt helped feed his addiction. It made me sad to see how much he let drugs take over his life. Without them, he was such a nice guy. He would have done anything to protect Lacey. I loved reading about him and all of his experiences.
Lacey, on the other hand, wasn’t my favorite character. I think it was her self talk. I know it was supposed to help the reader to understand her mental health issues, but it fell a little flat for me. I couldn’t stand how she referred to “her maker”. I do have to applaud Infante Bosco for doing a great job dealing with depression, drugs and mental illness in her story.
Even though Lacey wasn’t my favorite character, I did like her relationship with Blackie. They truly brought out the best in each other. And, dang!, the sex was hot! Their relationship made for a very entertaining plot.
I would recommend Lethal Temptations to readers who like a romance with a lot of intensity and don’t mind violence.
**I received an ARC of Lethal Temptations from IndieSage in exchange for an honest review.
A LETTER FROM THE AUTHOR
Blackie and Lacey’s love is not an easy story. It’s not about fluff and if you’re looking to escape the reality of the world, this book is not for you. Lethal Temptations is true to its title and while there is a love story between the hero and heroine there is an individual story being told about each character.
Blackie is a drug addict.
Lacey is mentally ill.
They each suffer with the demons that haunt them.
Both issues are very much alive in our world and most of us will experience the torment of addiction and, or, mental illness. If not in ourselves than possibly through the people we love.
The smiling person beside you who appears perfect may be suffering in silence, afraid of what society will say or more than that, afraid of admitting their truth.
If you or someone you love suffers from addiction or mental illness, it’s never too late to find your voice and seek help.
My wish for those in need is that they find hope within the pages of Lethal Temptations because, you’re temptations are only lethal if you allow them to be.
Your voice is your weapon against the things that drag you down.
May is mental health awareness month, let’s turn society around and make it our bitch and save the fractured souls that struggle on a daily basis.
Below you will find links on both addiction and mental health.
Thank you for reading,
The Keith Milano Memorial Fund was established to help raise awareness about the devastating and deadly disease that is mental illness. Keith’s spirit and laughter is kept alive through our efforts to increase awareness about mental illness and to raise money for education and imperative research. Keith often struggled with society’s perception of mental illness. Our hope is that by having the strength to say that Keith was “Bipolar” we can strip away the stigma and help others to be more open about their disease.
I AM ON A MISSION…. Education and knowledge is key…. Most families and loved ones need guidance and I am here…. if you or your loved one is struggling don’t hesitate to call Addiction Angel…. Licensed and professional volunteers and help is available, call 646-404-0637 (24/7) Professional interventions Guidance NARCAN training Resources to treatment Inpatient / outpatient Detox, Therapy Education Support groups for families and sibling groups Educational drug awareness forum “SCARED STRAIGHT” Drug awareness presentation for schools/ parents
Janine Infante Bosco lives in New York City, she has always loved reading and writing. When she was thirteen, she began to write her own stories and her passion for writing took off as the years went on. At eighteen, she even wrote a full screenplay with dreams of one day becoming a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
Janine writes emotionally charged novels with an emphasis on family bonds, strong willed female characters, and alpha male men who will do anything for the women they love. She loves to interact with fans and fellow avid romance readers like herself.
She is proud of her success as an author and the friendships she’s made in the book community but her greatest accomplishment to date would be her two sons Joseph and Paul.
Glen Falls: Book One
Series: Glen Falls, #1
Author: Malynda Schlegel
Publication Date: December 19, 2015
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.
Lives intermingle in a city where nothing stays the same.
Alexia Amherst is a writer who prefers to keep people at a safe distance. Her fraternal twin brother Wesley is lost about what to do with his life and harboring a devastating secret he can’t move on from. The two siblings live with their parents, Grant and Sophia, who are a little too attentive for their liking and who have taken up arguing as their latest hobby.
Breanne Emerson, Alexia’s best friend, is an artist and social butterfly who fears she’s going to end up like her mother Virginia who loves to drown her sorrows in booze and men.
Connor Spencer is the mysterious guy who lives alone in his own apartment, away from his family. Like Wesley, he is uncertain about his future, and like Alexia, he doesn’t let too many people close to him. His best friend Travis Jennings believes the key to all of life’s problems is women and endless entertainment.
Jared Clowes is the lonely boy next door to the Amhersts who is tired of going unnoticed and wants to finally start living a life outside of his head.
Join Alexia, Wesley, Breanne, Connor, Jared, and Travis as they struggle with college, jobs, friendship, love, growing up, their family’s lives, and each other.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Glen Falls: Book One kind of reminded me of a contemporary Game of Thrones without the death, dismemberment, wars and multiple locations. It was filled with multiple interconnected character arcs which alternated smoothly and often. Reading it almost felt more like watching a television show instead of reading a book.
In Glen Falls: Book One, we first meet the Amherst family. Alexia is a brash, verbally combative writer who is just beginning college with her remorseful twin brother Wesley. They live with their parents, Grant and Sophia. Grant is struggling with the possible loss of his father and unhappy with life in general. Sophia is in the middle of switching workplaces and trying to build up clientele. They are in different places and struggling to save their marriage.
Next, there’s Alexia’s best friend Breanne Emerson and her mom, Virginia. Breanne and Virginia’s relationship is strained because Virginia puts her relationships before Breanne. Breanne isn’t willing to share her mother’s attention and is doing everything to get it. The only thing making Breanne happy is her new relationship with Connor.
Connor is a college student with Breanne, Alexia and Wesley. His best friend is Travis and Alexia isn’t fond of either of them.
Finally, there’s Jared. He lives quietly next door to the Amhersts. He likes Alexia, but isn’t fond of how she treats people.
Basically, this book goes back and forth between each character and you get snippets of what is happening in each person’s life and their relationships. It was interesting to read, but each arc took a while to build with all of the switching. The book felt slower-paced than it actually was because of this. It also ended with a mini cliffhanger for each character.
All of the characters were well-developed and complex. Each had a definitive voice and struggles. While I thought their storylines were interesting, I didn’t actually connect with or like most of them. They were all so self-absorbed. I especially couldn’t stand Alexia’s standoff-ish personality. I wouldn’t have wanted to be her friend. The only one I really liked was Wesley. I was very interested in his storyline. I would have liked more of it and less of some of the other characters.
Glen Falls: Book One was a tough book to rate because while I didn’t really enjoy the characters, I liked most of their storylines. In my opinion, it’s a 3.5 star read. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy dramatic books with interconnected characters and plots.
Living with Regret Authors: Riann C. Miller, Edee M. Fallon Publication Date: April 7, 2016 Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romances Note: I received a this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sometimes the simplest choice has the power to change your life.
Ten years ago, I turned a hard decision into a simple one. I allowed others to decide my future . . . then I lost the best thing that ever happened to me. I let go of the girl I loved in exchange for a life I was told I wanted.
Then one day I woke up with no recollection of my reality and instead I believed my life had turned out how I had once dared to imagine. Now everyone is waiting for me to remember the day I ruined my future as I struggle to recall a life without the person I so carelessly tossed away.
Somehow, I was gifted a second chance with the woman I love, and I’m going to fight like hell to keep her.
Your brain has a funny way of convincing you what is real and what is not; even if your heart never lets you forget the truth. After Chase Adams broke my heart, my life moved forward, even though the light I once felt had extinguished. Then I received an unexpected phone call that changed everything.
Every day we make choices, but most of the time they don’t affect the rest of our lives. I wanted to love again. I wanted to trust the gift I was given, but every choice has consequences. Now I have to decide to let go of the past for the sake of my future. . . or risk living with regret.
Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Living with Regret was so good! I couldn’t believe how quickly it pulled me into the story and the writing was excellent. It had just the right amount of angst and heartbreak. The way the story unfolded with Chase thinking Jordan was his wife was really unique and fun to read.
I loved the characters, especially Chase. I’m so happy the story was told in dual points of view because I absolutely loved reading his perspective. There was just something about him. Everything he did, he did for Jordan — even when it wasn’t truly what she needed or hurt both of them in the process. The way he dealt with his emotions felt real and honest. His determination to right his wrongs was so much fun to read.
Jordan was a great character, too. I don’t know if I would be as compassionate as she was in her situation. She had every right to hate Chase and not help him. She was so much stronger than she gave herself credit for. Jordan knew what she might be in for, but she didn’t let that stop her from helping Chase. It was sweet.
I can’t leave out the supporting characters. They were perfect. I hated Chase’s dad, but that was to be expected. He ruined everything. Chase’s friend Jake was exactly what I would expect for a professional football buddy. He made me smile a lot. Jordan’s friend Lacey was out there. She was pretty annoying, but she definitely had Jordan’s best interests at heart. (I’m really hoping for a Jake and Lacey book! 😉 )
My favorite part of Living with Regret was when Chase didn’t have his memories. I liked how he dealt with not knowing what had happened in parts of his life. And the way Jordan responded to his questions and requests was really cool. It was just so much fun to read.
The only things that I would have liked to have seen was more time with Chase not having his memories and less back and forth between Chase and Jordan. I can’t explain more without giving stuff away, so I’ll just leave it at that.
I really, really enjoyed reading Living with Regret. Readers who love New Adult romances need to read this one!