Learn From The Healing and The Heartbreak That Is "Apple and Rain"

Apple and RainTitle:  Apple And Rain
Author:  Sarah Crossan
Format:  ERC
Length:  330 pages
Publisher:  Bloomsbury Children's Publishing
Date of Publication:  May 12th, 2015
Rating:  4 Stars

When Apple's mother returns after eleven years away, Apple feels whole again. But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother's homecoming is bittersweet. It's only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is that she begins to see things as they really are.

A story about sad endings.
A story about happy beginnings.
A story to make you realize who is special.  -Goodreads

My Thoughts
Though this read is classified as YA, it reads very middle grade.  
Apple, the book's young protagonist, is a highly sheltered 8th grader who has been raised by her grandmother for the last eleven years.
When her flighty and free-spirited, actress wannabe, mother suddenly re-enters her life, a new younger sister for Apple in tow.  The ripple-free pond that has been Apple's life suddenly morphs into a storm-tossed sea of new experiences, disappointments, lessons, loves, losses, and possibilities.  

For the most part, this read deals with the "be careful what you wish for" aspect of longing for an absentee parent.  Apple has never gotten over seeing her mother leave on the fateful Christmas that changed her life.  Years of no contact have only served to elevate the pedestal on which she has managed to place her wayward mother.  While the steady hand of her Nana, serves as an all too strict reminder of what not having her mother in her life seems to be costing her. 

When Apple's wish of her mother's return is suddenly granted; she finds herself on the receiving end of far more than she ever bargained for.
And...far more it seems, than her thirteen years have prepared her to deal with.

Just a few highlights:
A emotionally damaged younger sister, who has formed an unhealthy attachment to her doll, Jenny.

A mother who would rather throw parties, stay away from home for days, and drink alcohol, than take care of her children
Self same mother seems quite content to leave Apple to care for herself and her sister at any given time.

A father who has moved on to a new wife and family, and only chooses to look back on holidays and when there is a crisis too big to ignore.

Apple and Rain is a sad look at what happens when two little girls are forced, through no fault of their own, to grow up too soon.  To learn lessons best left for later.  To become their own heroes.
Parental neglect is a silent scourge wreaking havoc in the lives of millions of children everyday.
Adults find it so easy to excuse the inexcusable with justifications like, "Your mother just needs some time to get herself together." 
"Your father just can't handle a family right now."
No one ever asks the children what they can handle.  No justification is ever given for their abandonment issues, lack of trust, and fear.

Apple and Rain is a story that manages to do just that.  With a quiet realism that gets to the heart of the matter in a voice and an emotional range tailor-made for today's young teen. 

About Sarah

Sarah Crossan
Sarah Crossan is Irish. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Literature before training as an English and Drama teacher at Cambridge University and worked to promote creative writing in schools before leaving teaching to write full time.

She completed her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Warwick in 2003 and in 2010 received an Edward Albee Fellowship for writing.

She currently lives in NYC. 

Half-Blood Is A Whole Lot Of Reader Cat Nip

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)Title:  Half-Blood
(Covenant #1)
Author:  Jennifer L. Armentrout
Format:  Kindle
Length:  281 pages
Publisher:  Spencer Hill Press
Rating:  5 Stars

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals--well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. 

 Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow.
Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. 

If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

My Thoughts
A lot can happen in three years, and for Alexandria, the three years that she has spent living among mortals could mean a life of drudgery and servitude.
She can prove to the power that be at The Covenant, that she is...that she can be...enough.

This world of powers, daimons, pures, halfs, love, loss, and fighting!  Lots of fighting!
Alex is a fighter, and as the story progresses, you come to realize that she has more to fight for than most.
After seeing her mother killed at the hands of a daimon, The Covenant and training is all that she has.
Or is it?
Aiden, the sexy, pure-blood, Sentinel who has agreed to train her may have a thing or two to say about that.
As long as they don't get caught...that is!

This book is as good as...
All the drama, plots, lies, and forbidden love!
There is so much to love about this book, but the intensity of the forbidden love between Aiden and Alex, is by far the ultimate reason that this book is book-lover crack.
Well, that and Alex's Sookie Stackhouse-esque knack for life threatening situations.


These are just a few of the reasons that this book, and this series will be a reread for life.

About Jennifer
Jennifer L. ArmentroutHey Guys! Please note: I don't send out ARCs for review. If you're interested in reviewing a book of mine before release date, please contact the appropriate publisher. I also do NOT check my Goodreads email.

To email me, please use the below addy.

# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

"Manwhore"....Not So Much

Manwhore (Manwhore, #1)Title:  Manwhore
(Manwhore #1)
Author:  Katy Evans
Format:  ERC
Length:  368 pages
Publisher:  Gallery Books
Rating:  2 Stars
Is it possible to expose Chicago’s hottest player—without getting played?

This is the story I've been waiting for all my life, and its name is Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint. Don’t be fooled by that last name though. There’s nothing holy about the man except the hell his parties raise. The hottest entrepreneur Chicago has ever known, he’s a man’s man with too much money to spend and too many women vying for his attention.

Mysterious. Privileged. Legendary. His entire life he’s been surrounded by the press as they dig for tidbits to see if his fairytale life is for real or all mirrors and social media lies. Since he hit the scene, his secrets have been his and his alone to keep. And that’s where I come in.

Assigned to investigate Saint and reveal his elusive personality, I’m determined to make him the story that will change my career.

But I never imagined he would change my life. Bit by bit, I start to wonder if I'm the one discovering him...or if he's uncovering m

What happens when the man they call Saint, makes you want to sin?

My Thoughts
Manwhore has proven quite the disappointment.  Just another uber-rich boy playing the "I want it" game with a common girl.
The name may have changed, but  Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint, touted as playboy extraordinaire; able to have whatever or whomever he wishes with a mere look; reads all Christian Gray.  All of his bad boy ways seem to disappear however,  with one look at Rachel.

The girl destined to get closer to him than any other.  The girl who has the power to reveal the truth about the legend of MANWHORE.

Ok...ok...all drama aside.  This is a sweet book, but too close to the 50 Shades plot-line for its own good.  Minus the kink that is.
The best part of the story is the "will she or won't she" of the big reveal that Rachel is supposed to do to save her future.

Unfortunately, there just isn't that much to say about this one.  A way to pass the time.  Something to do.  Good for the airport.  Slightly better than watching paint dry.

About Katy
Katy EvansKaty Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which is, hopefully, only the beginning…
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Bout of Books Day 3

Today was a great day for reading!
I had two finishes!

Bout Of Books Day 2

Day 2 of my Bout of Books READ-A-THON
was all about the audiobook!

I was introduced to one of the best YA Fantasy series EVER!
Thanks NETGALLEY and DisneyHyperion!

I read:

Liva Blackburne

This is an awesome story that is full of action and secrets,
plots, intrigue, mystery, and MAGIC!

Now on to BOOK 2!


There Is Nothing Innocent About "Danger Wears White"

Danger Wears White (The Emperors of London, #3)Title:  Danger Wears White
(The Emperors of London #3)
Author:  Lynne Connolly
Format:  ERC
Length 243 pages
Expected Date of Publication:  July 7th, 2015
 Publisher:  Lyrical Press
Rating:  4 Stars

Hoping to live down her family’s connections to the traitorous Jacobite cause, Imogen wants nothing more than a quiet life in the country. When she stumbles upon a wounded man, the white cockade in his coat tells her he’s a Jacobite, and a danger to the crown. Yet there’s something about him she can’t resist . . .
In search of a document on behalf of his powerful family, Tony is shot and left for dead. Secreted away to a hidden chamber, he finds himself both a guest and prisoner of a beautiful but mysterious woman. What she wants and who she serves, he cannot know. But what he does understand is the desire burning strongly between them. And that neither of them will be spared until their lust is sated.
When the action moves to London, suddenly it’s Tony who has to act to save Imogen. Forced to become a lady in waiting to Princess Amelia, she is in peril from the Jacobites, who are convinced she is their salvation. Only the strength of Tony and Imogen’s love can save them now.  -Amazon

My Thoughts
Imogen Thane is a woman happy to live the quiet life that her comfortable country home affords her. Secure in the knowledge that seasons, social jockeying, and the mad dash for titles and husbands is well behind her,and self-supported spinsterhood her future.
But when she discovers an injured man in a tumbledown hut on the outskirts of her property. She knows that she must do all that she can to help him. Even though she knows that to do so is treason.

Tony Shaw is nothing that he seems...
To Imogene...he is irresistible!

Danger Wears White, is the perfect blend of romance, political intrigue, and mystery. Leading man Tony/Antonious and lady Emmy/Imogen are allowed to know each other as people, without all of the pomp and circumstance of society.
Because of this, readers are able to hold on to the truth of these two, and their feelings for each other as the lies and secrets swirl around them.
A large part of the story sees the two parted, and Imogen thrust rather unceremoniously into the societal lion's den that she'd tried to avoid.
This is the time when secrets that have plagued but Tony and Emmy are revealed, as are schemes and plots by supporting characters.

There is a wonderful balance between drama, romance, mystery, and suspense. The only detraction coming from a confusing back and forth concerning who is loyal to the sitting crown, and who is of the dreaded Jacobite faction.

Both Tony and Emmy are strong and intelligent characters, who are easy to root for. Emmy is allowed to be outspoken, and is never made a pawn of the people around her.
Come lords, ladies, kings, or queens; Imogen Thane takes on all comers with an unmatched wit and quiet grace that readers can't help but adore.
This is the third book in this series, but because each book is a companion to the other; books may enjoyed in any order.

About Lynne
Lynne Connolly I was born in Leicester, England, and lived in our cobbler’s shop with my parents and sister. It was an old house and most definitely haunted, but I didn’t find out until I left that my great uncle had hung himself in the living room! But I think our ghost might have been older than that. It was built on the site of the old Roman cemetery, and the land had been constantly inhabited, being in the centre of town. Then, when the council bought the house from us to build a road, my grandfather retired and my father went and worked for the Post Office. My mother was a sample machinist; that is, she worked with designers on the prototypes (models or samples) of garments. So I was very well dressed! We bought a relatively modern house in the country, and my mother was blissfully happy. It’s all very well living in a large old house, but it’s a dreadful task to keep it clean and warm!

My mother's side of the family are Romany gypsies, although sadly we haven't any of the old trailers that are so astonishingly beautiful. I was taught to read the Tarot cards, and I usually use two packs; the Rider pack for simple readings and the Crowley Thoth pack for the complex stuff.
I've always had an interest in the paranormal and it's been a delight to be able to put some of this into my novels.

I'm Reading...Bout of Books 13

Bout of Books

Hello My Lovelies,
I know that I am usually all about the reviews,
but starting today,  I will participating in one of my favorite 
of the year!

The Bout of Books!

Here is some information about Bout of Books:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team!

Well...I'm off to read, but be sure to follow me here, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for updates!
If you're lucky...there may even be a video or two.

There is still time to join in the fun!
Just click the link above, follow the simple steps, and READ...READ...READ! 

Challenge 1
My Bookish Survey

1.  How do you organize your shelves!

2.  What is one of favorite books that's not one of your favorite genres.
Three Graves Full

3.  What was the last 5 star book you read?
A French Whipping (The Billionaire Tricksters of Boston #2) 

4.  What book are you excited to read during the read-a-thon?

5.  What book do you recommend the most?
Don't know yet!

"Her Name Is Rose" Is An Emotionally Beautiful Read

Her Name Is Rose: A NovelTitle:  Her Name Is Rose
Author:  Christine Breen
Format:  Print
Length:  304 pages
Publication Date April 14th, 2015
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press
Rating:  4 Stars

People used to say Iris Bowen was beautiful, what with the wild weave of her red hair, the high cheekbones, and the way she carried herself like a barefoot dancer through the streets of Ranelagh on the outskirts of Dublin city. But that was a lifetime ago.

In a cottage in the west of Ireland, Iris--gardener and mother to an adopted daughter, Rose--is doing her best to carry on after the death of her husband two years before. At the back of her mind is a promise she never intended to keep, until the day she gets a phone call from her doctor.

Meanwhile, nineteen-year-old Rose is a brilliant violinist at the Royal Academy in London, still grieving for her father but relishing her music and life in the city. Excited but nervous, she hums on the way to an important master class, and then suddenly finds herself missing both of her parents when the class ends in disaster.

After the doctor’s call, Iris is haunted by the promise she made to her husband--to find Rose’s birth mother, so that their daughter might still have family if anything happened to Iris. Armed only with a twenty-year-old envelope, Iris impulsively begins a journey into the past that takes her to Boston and back, with unexpected results for herself and for Rose and for both friends and strangers.

Intimate, moving, and witty, Her Name is Rose is a gorgeous novel about what can happen when life does not play out the way you expect.  -Goodreads

My Thoughts

Her Name Is Rose is a story of connectedness.  Its beginnings, endings, reasons, and justifications.
Iris Bowen is a woman who should be enjoying the settled life of a married empty-nester.  Instead she finds herself grieving the loss of a husband, suddenly sacked from her job, and facing the "what if's" of what her doctor has referred to as an "architectural distortion" in one of her breasts.
With the possible diagnosis of a malignancy looming on the horizon of her immediate future, Iris is reminded of a promise made to her late husband.  A promise that will clear long forgotten paths to people and places from her adopted daughter's past, while forging new inroads  to people, places, and truths, meant to change everyone's futures.

The story told in this touching and vibrant tale, is not so much the story of Rose, as it is the who's why's and where's of her past and how they relate to those of her present and future.
One must take care when endeavoring to embark on this tale's journey.  For while the story's plot is quite direct, its piece by piece execution can be very disconcerting, to say the least.
Let me explain...

Rose's tale, as told through her adoptive mother, Iris, Rose, as a young adult, and Rowan, her birth father; is a story told in brilliant snippets of sight, sound, and interaction.  Each meeting, parting, conversation, and discovery is imbued with an undercurrent of emotion.

Iris' search for Rose's birth mother provides a bit of a mystery that proves quite interesting for the reader.  Her travels also open doors for her on more personal and unexpected levels.

Rose's part in the story seems to work more on an abstract level.  A reason for happenings than her actual role.  She really plays no significant part in the story, other than to provide the heartwarming bow that ties things together at story's end.

The real star of this story has to be Rose's birth father Rowan.  Here is a man groping his way through life, regretting  his past, and dreading his future.  Until he learns of Rose.  Until he learns to hope.

InkSlinger PR Book Blitz: Valorous

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  ABOUT The Quantum Trilogy: New York Times bestselling author Marie Force writing as M.S. Force… He’s a sexual dominant. She’s sworn off sex. There’s no way they can make a relationship work—or can they? After surviving a traumatic event at age fifteen and the ensuing estrangement from her family, Natalie Bryant has worked for years to reinvent herself into the woman she is today—a happy teacher fresh out of college and enjoying her first winter in New York City with her faithful dog, Fluff, by her side
. Natalie isn’t expecting her life to change completely during a routine stroll through Greenwich Village on a blustery January day. But when Fluff breaks loose and charges into a park, Natalie gives chase and crashes into her destiny. Only after Fluff bites and draws blood from the man who accidentally knocked Natalie down does she realize Fluff has bitten the biggest movie star in the world.

 He has no business being enthralled by the gorgeous, young, innocent teacher… Natalie captivates Flynn Godfrey from the first moment their eyes meet while she is lying on the ground and he’s fighting off her ferocious little beast of a dog. The only thing Flynn knows for certain is if he lets Natalie get away, he’ll regret it for the rest of his life. After only a short time in her presence, Flynn is prepared to change who he is to be what she needs. He knows he’s in big trouble when she says she won’t sleep with him and he doesn’t care if it means he gets to keep her in his life. But can he turn his back on the lifestyle that has defined him? Can he deny the desires that drive him to give Natalie the introduction to love and romance she so deserves? And most of all, can he keep his truth hidden from her long enough to have forever with her? Join Flynn and Natalie as their story unfolds in three full-length books released three weeks in a row: VIRTUOUS, VALOROUS and VICTORIOUS.

From New York to Los Angeles, from Hollywood to Las Vegas, Flynn and Natalie’s whirlwind love affair has it all—romance, passion, steamy hot sex, relentless paparazzi and a murder that could be their undoing. If you hate dirty-talking heroes who put it all on the line for the women they love, who leave no desire unfulfilled, who will do anything it takes to protect what’s theirs…If elements of BDSM make you queasy, if smoking hot sex isn’t your thing, if cliffhangers make you rage, if you hate first-person points of view from the heroine AND the hero... this trilogy is NOT for you! You’ve been warned…   Quantum Trilogy Teaser 2 

Excerpt: From New York Times bestselling author Marie Force writing as M.S. Force is the new erotic Quantum Trilogy releasing three weeks in a row! Here's another taste of Flynn and Natalie from book 2, VALOROUS, releasing on April 21, 2015. Get books two and three now before the preorder and release week price of $3.99 goes up to $5.99 one week after release! April 14: Virtuous April 21: Valorous April 28: Victorious

 And now, a little something from VALOROUS....

  She’s so nervous her hands are shaking as she takes the wheel in the silver Mercedes sedan she admired when we were here for the Globes. I told her it was hers to use whenever we were in LA, and that’s when she said she didn’t know how to drive. My poor sweet Natalie missed so many of the rites of passage the rest of us take for granted, and I want to make it all up to her, starting with teaching her how to drive. “What if I hit something or damage the car? You love your cars.” From the passenger seat, I take hold of her hand and wait for her to look at me. “I don’t love my cars anywhere near as much as I love you.” Raising a brow, she says, “Even the Bugatti?” She’s bringing out the big guns. I swallow hard. “Even the Bugatti.” She loses it laughing. “You lie. You love that car more than anything.” “No, sweetheart, I love you more than anything. The cars are things. They can all be replaced. And they’re insured. Fully insured.” “If you’re sure.” “I’m positive. I want you to know how much fun it is to drive and to be able to go anywhere you want whenever you want.” We’re in the Quantum parking lot, where there’s plenty of extra room to practice the basics. I go over all the features of the car and tell her where everything is. “Driving is all about being predictable. Whatever you do, it should be what the guy behind you expects you to do. Does that make sense? In other words, you don’t stop at a green light or in the middle of a turn or anything that’s going to get you hit from behind.” “Okay… What else?” “Go slow at first, until you get a feel for the car and what it’s capable of.” “I can’t believe the first car I’m ever going to drive is a Mercedes.” “Mine was a Jaguar. My dad was a freaking mess the whole time. I accused him of being far more concerned about the car than he was about me. He didn’t deny it.” The story makes her laugh, as I hoped it would. “Let’s give it a whirl.” I point to the key, and she turns it, starting the car. “Now put it in Drive.” “You’re sure about this?” “Positive. Take me for a ride, sweetheart.” I add a wink and a smile to remind her of the last time I said those words to her, and she blushes adorably.  
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VICTORIOUS Out on April 28, 2015

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Author Photo  ABOUT M.S. Force: M.S. Force is the erotic alter-ego of New York Times bestselling author Marie Force. The Quantum Trilogy is M.S. Force’s first foray into erotic romance, but it won’t be the last! With more than 3.5 million books sold, Marie Force is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of 40 contemporary romances. Her New York Times bestselling self-published Gansett Island Series has sold more than 1.8 million e-books since Maid for Love was released in 2011. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Fatal Series from Harlequin’s Carina Press, as well as the New York Times bestselling Green Mountain Series from Berkley Sensation, among other books and series, including the new Quantum Trilogy, written as M.S. Force. While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of two teenagers and two feisty dogs, Brandy and Louie. Join Marie’s mailing list for news about new books and possible appearances in your area. Join one of Marie’s many reader groups at marieforce.com/connect. Contact Marie at marie@marieforce.com. Follow her on Facebook at Facebook.com/MarieForceAuthor, on Twitter @marieforce and Instagram at marieforceauthor.  

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InkSlinger PR Presents: Master of Freedom

Master of Freedom: A Mountain Masters Novella (1001 Dark Nights)Title:  Master of Freedom
(A Mountain  Novella)
Author:  Cherise Sinclaire
Length:  232 pages
Format:  ERC
Publisher:  Evil Eye Concepts Inc.
Rating:  5 Stars

Detectihve Atticus Ware gave up his beloved Idaho to start again in the mountains of California, close to his imprisoned brother. He has a rewarding job and friends, but the experienced Dominant wants more than the Do-Me submissives who flock around him. He needs a woman who will give her heart as well as her body.

Virginia, “Gin,” is damn good at her challenging career as a prison psychologist. However, one problem inmate is mired in misery and unable to overcome his guilt at causing a friend’s death.
To clear her mind, she joins a friend’s kinky backpacking excursion, planning to hide in her tent during the evening BDSM pursuits. But Atticus lures her into the activities. She’s read about BDSM, but submission under the hands of a powerful Dom is beyond anything she’d imagined. She doesn’t trust men, doesn’t want a relationship, and yet…wants more from him.

Finally, Atticus has found the woman he wants in his life. In his bed. In his cuffs. But she’s not only his brother’s therapist, but also works in a prison. How can he tolerate his woman walking into danger every single blasted day?

Gin knows she has no future with Atticus Ware, but still, hope is rising in her heart.  -Goodreads

My Thoughts
There is so much to love about this story.  
First, and most importantly, is the fact that this is a full fledged tale.  It is in fact the opinion of this reviewer, that the labeling of this work as a novella, serves as quite a misleading misnomer.
What we have here is a highly complex and emotionally charged "awakening" story.

Readers will note that the term "awakening" in this case is used in the blanket sense.  This is because our heroine is not the only person experiencing profound and life altering firsts.
Both Gin and Atticus learn and grow through the intermingling of their lives, both sexually and not.
In fact, it is the sexual play which allows both of these wounded souls to confront both past and present obstacles in their lives, with clear heads and unshakable fortitude. 

It is very clear that authoress Sinclair has taken great pains to ensure that every aspect of her characters' lives are balanced.  They have stressors, obligations, friends, etc., and these things make the time they spend together in play all the more of a treat.  And by extension, all the more emotionally and erotically compelling to the reader.
Miss Sinclare also shows herself to be a "mistress of mood".  Using a combination of setting, and a cinematic descriptiveness, she is able to immerse her audience in the complete experience of each character, at any given time.
Allowing her readers to not only champion a character for a time, but to becomes him/her.

The sensual scenes are a thing of beauty.  Though readers are given to understand that Gin is novice sub, there is never a stiff or awkward moment, or a time where things feel forced.  Instead, readers are allowed to experience the true dom/sub relationship as it is intended.  That being one of the dom as caregiver and and the sub as cared for, always with an underpinning of mutual  respect.  It must also be mentioned that the dom/sub roles are never muddied.  There may be times
when Gin is allowed to "top from bellow", but her place as a sub and Atticus' place as master is never called in to question.

This is truly a story of love, sex, and learned self worth on the part of both hero and heroine. A story that begins with two people bound in play by a length of cord, but ends with two souls forever linked in love.

About Cherise
Cherise SinclairHaving to wear glasses in elementary school can scar a person for life. Dubbed a nerd at an early age, Cherise Sinclair has been trying to live up to the stereotype ever since. And what better way than being an author?

Known for writing deeply emotional stories, the USA Today Bestselling Author has penned sixteen erotic romance novels, most with a BDSM theme. (Please do not mention the phrase mommy porn in her presence.) Her awards range from a National Leather Award to a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice nomination to a GoodReads BDSM group award for best author of the year. Called an “ascendant erotica queen” by Rolling Stone Magazine, Cherise spends her days writing, supervised by a sadistic calico cat.

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