Saturday, October 21, 2017

NEW REVIEW! EARTHMAN JACK vs. THE CONCLAVE OF CORRUPTION (The Earthman Jack Space Saga #5) by Matthew Kadish is LIVE!


"... an entertaining sci-fi fantasy that boldly and bravely captures the heart and imagination of the reader ..." - Craves the Angst

TITLE: Earthman Jack vs. The Conclave of Corruption
SERIES: Earthman Jack Space Saga #4
SERIES SUBTITLE: The Conclave Trilogy
AUTHOR: Matthew Kadish
AGE GROUP: Young Adult/All Ages!
GENRE: Science Fiction
RELEASE DATE: October 17, 2017
PUBLISHER: Twelve Oaks Media
PAGES: Approx. 562

COPY PROVIDED BY: Author/Purchased
MY GOODREADS REVIEW LINK
RATING: 5+ Stars!
CLIFFHANGER: Yes!

BOOK BLURB:
Earthman Jack vs. The Conclave of Corruption is the epic final installment of "The Conclave Trilogy" and the fifth book in the Earthman Jack Space Saga.

Disaster has struck as the mysterious Deathlord Supreme Mellegogg has kidnapped Princess Anna and trapped Jack and all the other Paragons in the ancient temple of the Conclave.

With the Paragons out of the way, Mellegogg is free to begin his devious plan to destroy the universe, involving a multi-pronged attack which Jack's allies are caught up in, and woefully unprepared to stop. To make matters worse, the evil Verrutus is joining forces with Mellegogg, and about to unleash his Secret Army upon the Empire, with devastating consequences.

As the Deathlords inflict their campaign of destruction upon the galaxy, Jack makes a desperate attempt to escape from the Conclave with his spaceship in order to save Princess Anna and his friends so they can stop Mellegogg and Verrutus before it is too late.

Jack and his allies unite to keep the forces of darkness from overtaking the universe. But as they discover the extent of the Deathlords' plans, they realize they may be too late to prevent them from succeeding. Now, as corruption and terror spreads across the galaxy, Jack and his friends must come together against all odds to save the day - even if it may cost them their lives.

Will Earthman Jack finally unlock the power to become the superhero he's destined to be? Or will he lose everything to the Conclave of Corruption?



5+ Corrupted Stars!

The Review: 
Absolutely brilliant! That’s right! 5 PLUS stars for this one!

Earthman Jack vs. the Conclave of Corruption was balls out, no limiter, fast paced action from start to finish! The deathlords are exacting their plan, all our heroes are in peril and the universe is literally in danger of going extinct! There was so much going on in this novel, from all different perspectives, but as always, the author did a phenomenal job telling the story and not only telling it well, but telling it expertly. You’re going to LOVE this one!

The Happenings... 
When we left off in the previous book, the Conclave was in major trouble and now, everyone is looking at Jack to save them. Scally and Glimmer are in the hands of an enemy bent on getting his revenge, Princess Anna has been taken with Shanks determined to save her at all costs, Green and Sawbones are surrounded, Fred, Wil and Grohm are storming the planet, Heckubus is finally exacting his evil plan - Muahahaha! - and the entire universe is in the middle of its last stand!

And that barely scratches the surface of what’s happening in this highly addictive read that fuels the imagination and captures the heart of young adventure, true friendship and the fight for the greater good.

Shew!

Mr. Kadish really steps up his game this time around. The war that’s been brewing has finally been waged and the massive amount of power and supporters the deathlords have backing them seems daunting. At every turn, there’s a new threat, a new and more serious danger to our heroes and I couldn’t help but wonder, how are they going to get out of this! I often forgot I was reading a book as I was dragged into the fray, fighting along side these brave characters. 

There’s a ton of action, as fight sequences play out in stunning detail! There’s adventure, fun and betrayal. My “feels” were all over the place because some of it was expected, but some of it was SHOCKING! I think that word accurately sums up how this book made me feel. I was shocked and jaw-dropped through a huge portion of it. I was anxious, I was cheering and I was excited, my heart pounding with each new undertaking!

The Characters... 
Nothing comes easy for Jack and this time was no different, but he’s slowly finding himself and he’s learning what he’s made of. Just when you think he’s had enough and he couldn’t possibly take any more, he gets back up and fights harder, stronger and with more willpower than any character I’ve ever read! I just love him so much.

Grohm has quickly taken second place in my favorites category. For a character who says so little, he has a HUGE presence about him. His iron will, courage and bravery had me falling for the big guy in a big way. Wil and Fred also quickly grew to be some of my favorites. We get to see more of them and their personalities, and not just their partying, roguish ways. They really become unlikely heroes themselves.

Professor Green always adds some levity to the situation as he bumbles his way through, but in this installment, his intelligence really shines and he, alongside his friends, fight and fight hard. I loved their parts in this story.

Heckubus comes through in a big way - and that’s all I’m saying about that. ;)

There’s even a little bit of romance going on, too. Scally and Glimmer have a connection, but Scally is a free spirit (think Han Solo!) and it was interesting seeing how the Red’s heart caved for the girl he won’t allow himself to fully have. Jack, Anna and Mourdock have a love triangle going on and jealousies rear up between them, but ultimately, the greater evil takes center stage. I can’t wait to see how that all plays out.

The Wrap Up: 
At the heart of these novels, Jack, a seemingly unimpressive teenage boy, unexpectedly finds his life yanked from obscurity to notoriety in a galaxy fueled by corruption and betrayal. He’s made good, honest, trusted friends through his journeys and together, they fight the corruption on multiple platforms as the story is told from a myriad of point-of-views.

Each episode so far, has lead up to this point in the story, each chapter filled with a building tension, high adventure and heart pounding excitement, all exploding onto the pages in book five. The world building is ingenious and it encompasses lovable characters you can’t help but root for and vile enemies you want to loath! 

This series is an entertaining sci-fi fantasy that boldly and bravely captures the heart and imagination of the reader, leaving a deep and lasting impression well after the final page. And after that ending???? It’s going to be a painful wait, but I’m excited to see where the author takes us next!


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Reading Order...

 

Earthman Jack vs. The Ghost Planet (Earthman Jack Space Saga #1)
The the book that started it all! Want a #FREE version of the Special Edition?
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Earthman Jack vs. The Secret Army (Earthman Jack Space Saga #2)

NOTE: Books 1, 2, and 3 Of The Conclave Trilogy is now LIVE!
(Book 3 of the series was originally just called "The Conclave of Corruption" but as the author wrote the story, it became so large, he had to break it up into three parts titled "The Conclave Trilogy". Each book is a full length novel with over 500 pages! And all three books were released at the same time for your reading pleasure!)

Earthman Jack vs. The Intergalactic Manhunt (Earthman Jack Space Saga #3)
Earthman Jack vs. The Ring of Fire (Earthman Jack Space Saga #4)
Earthman Jack vs. The Conclave of Corruption (Earthman Jack Space Saga #5)

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Friday, October 20, 2017

NEW REVIEW! EARTHMAN JACK vs. THE RING OF FIRE (Earthman Jack Space Saga 4) by Matthew Kadish is LIVE!


"... fast paced, easy to read intergalactic thriller ..." - Craves the Angst

TITLE: Earthman Jack vs. The Ring of Fire
SERIES: Earthman Jack Space Saga #4
SERIES SUBTITLE: The Conclave Trilogy
AUTHOR: Matthew Kadish
AGE GROUP: Young Adult/All Ages!
GENRE: Science Fiction
RELEASE DATE: October 15, 2017
PUBLISHER: Twelve Oaks Media
PAGES: Approx. 762

COPY PROVIDED BY: Author/Purchased
MY GOODREADS REVIEW LINK
RATING: 5 Stars!
CLIFFHANGER: Yes!

BOOK BLURB:
Earthman Jack vs. The Ring Of Fire is the second installment of "The Conclave Trilogy" and the fourth book in the Earthman Jack Space Saga.

After nearly dying in his face-off with the ruthless bounty hunter Stalker Crux, Earthman Jack Finnegan awakes to find his companions have brought him to The Conclave - a mystical ancient temple in an entirely different universe. It is here where super-powered Paragons, who can use quantum physics to reshape reality with their minds, are trained.

As Jack's friends leave in an attempt to find a way to save Princess Anna from the control of the evil Verrutus, Jack begins studying to become a Paragon, excited to learn how to be a "superhero" so he can complete his quest to save Earth. But the rigors of his training begin to take their toll, and have Jack questioning if he actually has what it takes to become a Paragon.

As Jack learns new skills and makes new allies, it becomes apparent The Conclave is not the safe haven he at first thought it was. A hidden enemy by the name of Mellegogg has infiltrated the ancient temple, and has begun sowing the seeds of corruption from deep within The Conclave and secretly infecting all who live there.

As new threats become clear and new enemies emerge, Jack and his companions soon find themselves under siege from multiple fronts as the brilliant and deadly plans of the Deathlords begin to play out. Soon, Jack finds himself in a crucible of danger as Mellegogg assaults the Conclave, putting Jack, and everything he cares about, in peril.

Will Jack find the strength he needs survive the deadliest threat he's yet to face? Or will he be consumed by the Ring of Fire?



5 “The Void” Stars!

The Happenings... 
Once again, Jack and company return for another smashing adventure and things have never been more critical or dangerous! This book picks up just where the previous book ends with Jack at the Conclave, preparing for his Fire Ring classes. We also get to know more about the pocket universe, the Paragons and their teachings.

The heroes are scattered, with dangers lurking in every corner. Scally, Glimmer, Green and Shanks are on the infected planet of Eionmeer in hopes of finding a doctor to help Anna, who is back at the Conclave and still infected with the slythru. Fred, Wil, Grohm and the rest of the Alpha Force crash land only to face off with an even more sinister force. Heckubus and his new crew have an evil standoff, Mourdock gets jealous and all the while politics are being played under the table, new deals are being made and the deathlords get one step closer to their destructive plans coming to fruition.

Oh and Jack? His training is well and truly underway, but it’s highschool all over again for this poor guy as he tries to fit himself in a world that’s not his own, with peers who are all too happy to place him on the bottom rung. As with most things in his life, skills don’t come easy and he struggles so much in this book. Paragon training is tougher than he thought it would be. He and the Unlikelies form an unskilled alliance as they work together to try and find their inner Paragon, and when others would have him discredited, Jack finds a reluctant champion in the form of Yado, err, Ravencrow!

The Conclave - the one place Jack and his friends thought they’d be safe, is threatened and it seems even traveling to the ends of the galaxy, hiding in a time paradox, can’t save them. There’s a malevolent corruption poisoning the Great Seal, and the pocket universe and all who reside within, are in serious danger.

Plus, there is a TON of other amazing and exciting things going on in this book! Mr. Kadish is a fascinating storyteller, combining pop culture, uniquely fresh ideas and likable characters, all mixing together to create an imaginative, thrilling and FUN adventure for all ages to enjoy!

This fast paced, easy to read intergalactic thriller is a must read!

The Wrap Up: 
How can you not love this series, these characters and this story? It’s impossible.

The author masterfully combines a captivating, massive story undertaking with an ever expanding cast of incredible characters and manages to coherently and expertly orchestrate an exciting, powerful tale of good versus evil in this electrifying installment of the Earthman Jack saga!

He amps up the excitement and intrigue and ... totally messes with my “feels”!! There is some serious heart written into this installment. Things happen that had my emotions bouncing all over the place. I was equal parts exhilarated, sad, happy, teary-eyed, excited, frustrated and grinning ear-to-ear. Not to mention the intense nail biting during that shocking ending! Thank the book gods all three books were published at the same time so we don’t have to wait to see what happens next!


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Reading Order...

 

Earthman Jack vs. The Ghost Planet (Earthman Jack Space Saga #1)
The the book that started it all! Want a #FREE version of the Special Edition?
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Earthman Jack vs. The Secret Army (Earthman Jack Space Saga #2)

NOTE: Books 1, 2, and 3 Of The Conclave Trilogy is now LIVE!
(Book 3 of the series was originally just called "The Conclave of Corruption" but as the author wrote the story, it became so large, he had to break it up into three parts titled "The Conclave Trilogy". Each book is a full length novel with over 500 pages! And all three books were released at the same time for your reading pleasure!)

Earthman Jack vs. The Intergalactic Manhunt (Earthman Jack Space Saga #3)
Earthman Jack vs. The Ring of Fire (Earthman Jack Space Saga #4)
Earthman Jack vs. The Conclave of Corruption (Earthman Jack Space Saga #5)

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

NEW REVIEW! EARTHMAN JACK vs. THE INTERGALACTIC MANHUNT (Earthman Jack Space Saga 3) by Matthew Kadish is LIVE!


"... wild, intense, crazy thrill ride!" - Craves the Angst

TITLE: Earthman Jack vs. The Intergalactic Manhunt
SERIES: Earthman Jack Space Saga #3
SERIES SUBTITLE: The Conclave Trilogy
AUTHOR: Matthew Kadish
AGE GROUP: Young Adult/All Ages!
GENRE: Science Fiction
RELEASE DATE: October 14, 2017
PUBLISHER: Twelve Oaks Media
PAGES: Approx. 506

COPY PROVIDED BY: Author/Purchased
MY GOODREADS REVIEW LINK
RATING: 5 Stars!
CLIFFHANGER: Yes!

BOOK BLURB:
Earthman Jack vs. The Intergalactic Manhunt is the first installment of "The Conclave Trilogy" and the third book in the Earthman Jack Space Saga. 

After the events of The Secret Army, Earthman Jack Finnegan and his rag-tag group of companions are on the run as a galaxy-wide manhunt is underway, with the Empire's military, ruthless cyborg bounty hunters, and the members of the Deathlords' secret army relentlessly pursuing them. As if that weren't bad enough, the love of Jack's life - Princess Anna - is still in grave danger, thanks to the evil Deathlord Supreme Verrutus. 

A new and relentless enemy emerges in the form of Stalker Crux, the most legendary bounty hunter in the universe, who sets his sights on Jack and his companions. While this new threat looms, another Deathlord Supreme emerges from the shadows with a plan of far-reaching destruction that will shake the galaxy to its very core. 

Jack's one hope to save Anna and lift the price on his head may lie with Mourdock Skyborn, Anna's fiancee and next in line to assume the role of Emperor. But trusting Mourdock may be more dangerous than he thought, as dark forces conspire against Jack to lead him and his companions into a trap which they may not be able to escape. 

How can Jack protect the universe if all in it have turned against him? How can he hope to prevail as his enemies grow more and more powerful? Where can Jack run to when there is no place left that is safe? 

Can Earthman Jack stay one step ahead of his adversaries long enough to save the day? Or will he never be able to escape this Intergalactic Manhunt?



5 Intergalactic Stars!

The Happenings... 
Jack and friends are back with yet another exciting adventure!! And as always, the author takes us on one heck of a wild, intense, crazy thrill ride! 

Added to the canvas are a whole slew of new and fascinating characters, including many who are in cahoots with the deathlords! Muahahaha! - but wait! The evil deathlords have an new plan - or rather an old one - universal domination! New villains, corrupt allies, more sinister deeds and a force that seems truly unstoppable as they seek out destruction and total annihilation, giving us one incredibly entertaining page turner!

Book three of this saga has been broken down into three parts - because trust me, it was too incredible to be told in just one book - beginning with Earthman Jack vs. The Intergalactic Manhunt, which starts out with an ingenious and inventive recap of book two, allowing fans to relive that epic journey and new readers to get caught up on what’s going on.

When this story begins, we meet back up with our heroes who are in a most dire situation! Jack and his crew are aboard the Earthship, being hunted throughout the galaxy by Imperial ships and Shanks is desperately trying to break through to Anna using his mind construct, hoping to help free her of the hold the slythru has on her. Soon, Jack has to accept help from an old friend, which puts him and his crew in an even more disastrous situation, leaving them separated and at the mercy of the enemy!

New allies are discovered, war is being waged on many fronts, enemies and betrayal are everywhere and painful sacrifices are made. It really does feel as if the heroes just might lose this daunting battle. On the plus side - or maybe not, since it seems there are some who don’t want him at the Conclave - Jack might finally get the paragon training he wants. But things aren’t always as they seem, which he soon finds out.

I don’t want to give too much away, but just know, there is A LOT going on in this book, all leading up to one impressive adventure that ends on a cliffy that would be agonizing if the next book weren’t already released - because the author is awesome and knew we wouldn’t want to wait to find out what happens next! 

Hats off to you Mr. Kadish!

The Characters... 
Jack is the kind of hero you have to root for. Even when things are going markedly wrong, his conviction, his courage and his eagerness draw you in. He’s not always on top. In fact, he rarely sees the top. In true hero fashion, he has some serious obstacles to overcome and he’s not always skillful in his delivery. Even with all he’s already accomplished, there are people who doubt his ability or his iron clad will and they push him aside as useless, but Jack NEVER gives up. That’s what I love most about him. He just never gives up!

Heckubus is still one of my favorite characters as his evil wittiness keeps me both laughing and amazed at how cunning his schemes really are. Scally has always intrigued me, but as he plays front and center, rescuing his friends when they need him most, I found I grew more excited when he appeared on the canvas! He’s quickly became one of my favs, too! And Grohm, the giant with few words, Green, the professor who is filling out his hero shoes quit well, Shanks who is willing to make the huge sacrifices for the greater good, Dan, who NEEDS his own spin-off story ... all these characters may be in separate corners this time, but they are united in their loyalty, their friendship and in their quest to rid the universe of the deathlords.

I love all of them!

The Wrap Up: 
I’ve enjoyed this series since the first book, which blew me away. Each episode gets bigger, better and more daring. There are dangers everywhere and just when you think things can’t get more complicated, the author throws in the kitchen sink and suddenly complications become unbending barriers. I couldn’t help but be glued to the pages as it all played out, excitedly flipping through them to see what happens next. This series may be classified as young adult, but it can be easily read by any age reader and they are sure to find something extraordinary between the pages. I read it. Then my daughter read it. And we both loved it!

The writing and creativity is outstanding, the world building and the character development are amazing and the story itself is ... ingenious. It’s entertaining, it’s thrilling, it’s scary at times, it’s laugh-out-loud fun, it’s complicated and it’s emotional. Just what all great stories should be.

On to the next!


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Earthman Jack vs. The Ghost Planet (Earthman Jack Space Saga #1)
The the book that started it all! Want a #FREE version of the Special Edition?
Sign up for the Matthew's Newsletter and get a free copy of book 1 now.

Earthman Jack vs. The Secret Army (Earthman Jack Space Saga #2)

NOTE: Books 1, 2, and 3 Of The Conclave Trilogy is now LIVE!
(Book 3 of the series was originally just called "The Conclave of Corruption" but as the author wrote the story, it became so large, he had to break it up into three parts titled "The Conclave Trilogy". Each book is a full length novel with over 500 pages! And all three books were released at the same time for your reading pleasure!)

Earthman Jack vs. The Intergalactic Manhunt (Earthman Jack Space Saga #3)
Earthman Jack vs. The Ring of Fire (Earthman Jack Space Saga #4)
Earthman Jack vs. The Conclave of Corruption (Earthman Jack Space Saga #5)

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NEW RELEASE with BOOK REVIEW and TEASERS! RUTHLESS KING (Mount Trilogy #1) by Meghan March is LIVE!


"... a quick, sinfully seductive, dirty, belly searing read with an ending that left me utterly breathless!" - Craves the Angst

TITLE: Ruthless King
SERIES: Mount Trilogy #1
AUTHOR: Meghan March
AGE GROUP: Adult
GENRE: Erotic, Dark Romance
RELEASE DATE: October 17, 2017
PUBLISHER: Red Dress Press
PAGES: Approx. 252
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RATING: 5 Stars!
CLIFFHANGER: Yes!

BOOK BLURB:
Get ready for the darker and dirtier side of New Orleans with a brand new alpha romance from USA Today bestselling author Meghan March.

New Orleans belongs to me.

You don’t know my name, but I control everything you see—and all the things you don’t.

My reach knows no bounds, and my demands are always met.

I didn’t need to loan money to a failing family distillery, but it amuses me to have them in my debt.

To have her in my debt.
She doesn’t know she caught my attention.
She should’ve been more careful.
I’m going to own her. Consume her. Maybe even keep her.
It’s time to collect what I’m owed.
Keira Kilgore, you’re now the property of Lachlan Mount.

*Ruthless King is book one of the Mount Trilogy*


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REVIEWER'S NOTE: I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.


5 “Property of No Man” Stars!

The Review: 
Ruthless King is a quick, sinfully seductive, dirty, belly searing read with an ending that left me utterly breathless!

I consumed this book in one intense, nail biting sitting and absolutely refused to put it down until the mind-blowing end ... and even then I sat there completely stunned for at least five minutes before I remembered how to breath right.

Lachlan Mount - King of the New Orleans underworld - dark, mysterious, commanding, exhilarating, all effing consuming and DANGEROUS! Take me now! That man is incredibly delicious. He knew what he wanted and boy did he go after it, relentlessly, until it was panting and moaning underneath him.

Keira Kilgore - bought out her family's Irish whiskey distillery - fierce, confident, brave, honest and FIERY! Definitely BFF material. I loved her character. She might have harbored fear, but she owned it, then fully ruled it. 

Keira’s distillery is barely staying in the black as she pays off the debt her short time, deceased husband buried her in. An upcoming contract promises to keep her afloat a few more months and she thinks things might actually be swinging in her direction .... that is until Lachlan Mount shows up with a signed promissory note of a half a million dollars her husband borrowed and is now due. With him dead and her not having the money, Mount tells Keira he’s willing to take a trade ... HER!

And that starts one delectable, intoxicating journey into a wickedly sexy thrill ride!

I can’t wait for book two to see how this story continues. I NEED THAT BOOK NOW! ;)



ABOUT THE AUTHOR...

Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She's also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut.

Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she's ever had. She loves hearing from her readers at meghanmarchbooks@gmail.com.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

BLOG TOUR with BOOK REVIEW and BOOK EXCERPT - FROM THIS MOMENT by Melanie Harlow:


From This Moment, an all-new sexy and emotional standalone from USA Today Bestselling author Melanie Harlow is available NOW!

"Sweet, sad, angsty, happy and emotionally consuming, this read had it all!" - Craves the Angst

TITLE: From This Moment
AUTHOR: Melanie Harlow
AGE GROUP: Adult
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: October 10, 2017
PUBLISHER: Melanie Harlow
PAGES: Approx. 354
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RATING: 5 Stars!
CLIFFHANGER: No.

BOOK BLURB:
It was like seeing a ghost.

When my late husband’s twin brother moves back to our small town, I want to avoid him.

Everything about Wes reminds me of the man I lost and the life we’d planned together, and after eighteen long months struggling just to get out of bed, I’m finally doing okay. I have a new job, an amazing support group, and a beautiful five-year-old daughter to parent. I don’t want to go backward.

But I’m drawn to him, too. He understands my grief and anger and guilt like no one else—and I understand his. Before long, that understanding becomes desire, and that desire becomes uncontrollable.

He says he doesn't care what people think, and love can never be wrong. But life has taught me its cruelest lesson--love doesn't always win.

If only my heart would believe it.


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5 Stars!

The Review: 
This was such a beautiful book! Everything about it, from the cover to the story to the characters, just made me fall totally and completely in love with it. And I had so many “feels” while reading it. Sweet, sad, angsty, happy and emotionally consuming, this read had it all!

I enjoy complicated, thought provoking stories. And this one made me think, hard. And I loved that!

Story/Characters... 
Hannah is struggling to put the pieces of her life back together after the unexpected death of her husband. Raising their five year old daughter is the only thing that held her together after Drew's death. Now, eighteen months later, his twin brother, Wes, has come back to town and she has to find a way to cope with seeing her dead husband's face walking around town, eating across from her at family dinners and visiting with her daughter/his niece. 

Drew Parks has come back to town after being away for years. He stayed away for many reasons, but one was definitely because he needed space from the happy marriage of his twin brother and the woman he loved. Now that he’s back in town, he’s determined to be there for his brothers wife and child, helping, supporting and protecting them, as he should have been doing since his brother's untimely death.

Is it okay to love the forbidden?
But when buried feelings resurface and sparks fly between Wes and Hannah, neither of them know what to do with that attraction or the complications it’s undoubtedly going to cause.

Watching Hannah struggle with her grief, her pain and her loss was so heartbreaking. The author did a phenomenal job pulling me into all those emotions. I felt those feelings right alongside Hannah as she pulled herself from despair and heartache, to confusion and fear and then ultimately to love and acceptance. It was a thrilling ride and one I can’t wait to experience in rereads.

Drew was the sweetest man ever! He understood Hannah’s loss because he lost Drew too. But he also understood that this was his chance to be with the woman who had captured his heart so long ago. He saw her first, but because he loved his brother so much, he stepped aside. He didn’t want to do that again and he was determined to have her, love her and care for her and her daughter, Abby.

What if society says you can’t?
Of course, there are those who say they shouldn’t and couldn’t be together, that they were betraying Drews memory by doing the forbidden. So can they truly have their happily ever after with all that in their path? Is love and potential heartbreak really worth the risk? That’s the questions these characters face and I very much enjoyed finding out their ending!

This story wasn’t just sweet. It was also passionate! Drew was seeeeeexy! He and Hannah were perfect together and their chemistry was smokin’ hot! I got those lovely chest pangs and butterflies so many times while reading this book!

The Wrap Up: 
From This Moment was wonderfully told with impressive and energetic writing, with a story that was powerful and moving. The characters were amazing, strong and likable. Wes and Hannah’s journey to the ending was painful at times but also beautiful and touching. This was my first book by this author, but I’m very much looking forward to picking up her other works, especially if they are anything like this one!

Screw what society thinks. You have one life, live it and live it well.



EXCERPT

“Want to go out in the canoe?” he asked.

“Okay.” I ditched my flip-flops on the small, beach-level deck, and we set our wine glasses and the bottle on the deck’s little round table. Wes was already barefoot. Together we dragged the forest green canoe from the tall beach grasses on the side of the deck down to the water’s edge and tipped it over.

“Let me rinse it out a little,” Wes said, frowning at the dirt and spider webs inside. “Want to grab the paddles? They should be in the shed.”

“On it.” I went to the small shed on the embankment, opened it up and grabbed the oars, which stood in one corner. On the shelves were life jackets and sand toys and deflated rafts that probably had holes in them, and scratched into the wooden door among other graffiti was WP + CB. Huh. I’d never noticed that before. Who was CB? I glanced over my shoulder at Wes, who’d taken off his T-shirt and tossed it onto the sand.
My stomach full-out flipped.

Quickly, I shut the door to the shed and brought the oars down to the canoe.

Wes stood up straight and stuck his hands on his hips. He wore different sunglasses than Drew had worn, more of an aviator than a wayfarer. The body was similar, though Wes’s arms seemed more muscular, especially through the shoulder. Other things were the same and caused a rippling low in my body—the soft maroon color of his nipples, the trim waist, the trail of hair leading from his belly button to beneath the low-sling waistband of his red swim trunks. In my head I heard Tess’s voice. Arms. Chest. Shoulders. Skin. Stubble. Muscle. The smell of a man. The solidity of him.

“What’s the law on drinking and canoeing?” he asked.

What’s the law on staring at your brother-in-law’s nipples? I wondered, swallowing hard. What was wrong with me?

“I think we’re okay,” I said, handing the oars to him. Our hands touched in the exchange. “Let me grab our glasses.”

“Perfect. If you hold them, I’ll take us out.”

I retrieved the wine glasses from the table and walked carefully across the sand to the lake’s edge, taking deep, slow breaths. A sweat had broken out across my back. I was wearing a swimsuit beneath my cover up, a modest tankini, but I didn’t want to remove it. Wading ankle deep, I attempted to step into the canoe, but it wobbled beneath my foot.

“Whoa.” Wes took me by the elbow and didn’t let go until I was seated at one end, facing the other. “Okay?”

I nodded. Despite the heat, my arms had broken out in goose flesh.

“All right, here we go.” As he rowed us away from shore, the breeze picked up, cooling my face and chest and back.

“Drew and I used to have canoe-tipping contests.”

I snapped my chin down and skewered Wes with a look over the top of my sunglasses. “Don’t even think about it.”

He just grinned, the muscles in his arms and chest and stomach flexing with every stroke of the oars through the water. Momentarily mesmerized, I allowed myself the pleasure of watching him. It was okay if we were both thinking about Drew, wasn’t it?

In fact, it was only natural that I was intrigued by the sight of Wes’s body. He was my husband’s identical twin, for heaven’s sake, and I missed his physical presence in my life. I missed looking at him naked. I missed feeling the weight of him above me. I missed the feeling of being aroused by him, of my body’s responses to his touch, his kiss, his cock.

Deep in my body, the rusty mechanism of arousal creaked to life. My nipples peaked, my stomach hollowed, and something fluttered between my legs.

Oh, Jesus.

I sat up straighter, pressed my knees together, and closed my mouth, which I realized had fallen open. Hopefully I hadn’t moaned or anything. After another sip of wine, I turned my head and studied a freighter off in the distance. My heart was beating way too fast.

It’s only natural. It’s only natural.

Wes stopped paddling and set the oars in the bottom of the canoe, their handles resting against the seat in the middle. “We’ll have to bring Abby out here.”

“Definitely.” Did my voice sound normal? “She’ll love it. Here, want this?” I held his wine glass toward him and he reached out to take it. His fingers brushed mine, and I pulled my hand back as if the touch had burned me.

“Thanks.” He tipped the glass up then looked along the shore. “I’d like to find a place on the lake. Maybe not along this stretch of beach, though.”
I caught his meaning and smiled. “A little too close to home?”

“Yeah. But I don’t want to be too far away. I’d like to get a boat too.”

“What kind of boat? Drew always talked about it, but we never quite settled on one.”

“Not sure. Maybe just a little fishing boat, something to ski behind.”

“That sounds fun. Drew loved to ski.”

“We’ll have to teach Abby.”

I laughed. “You, not we. I managed to get up and stay up a few times, but I am not the expert.”

“You can teach her to cook, I’ll teach her to water ski.”

“Deal.” Separate activities seemed like a good idea.

“Breakfast was incredible.”

“Thanks.” I tucked a strand of hair that had escaped my ponytail behind my ear, but the wind blew it right back into my face. “I really like working there. I’m so glad Georgia suggested it to me.”

“How long have you been there?”

“Since spring, when they got busy. I’m not sure what I’ll do this winter when it slows down. I’m dreading it, actually. Abby will be in school full time, and it will just be me at home alone.” This was something else I hadn’t talked about with anyone, how worried I was that the gray skies and cold weather and silent hours would set me spiraling into depression. “I always thought I’d have another baby to take care of, but life saw things differently.”

“You’re still young, Hannah.”

I shook my head. “I’m really not. And I feel even older than I am.” Please don’t go Grief Police on me and tell me I’m being ridiculous, I begged him silently. This isn’t the life I chose. It was handed to me and I’m doing the best I can.

But he didn’t say anything more, just sipped his wine and looked out at the horizon. I was grateful.

“What about you?” I asked. “Think maybe you’ll get married now that you’re back? Have a family? Abby won’t have any siblings so she needs some cousins.”

“That seems to be a popular topic of discussion around here,” Wes said, shaking his head, “but I really have no idea.”

“Small town. We like to know everyone’s business.” I smiled. “Hey, what about CB? I saw your initials carved with hers on the door of the shed. Maybe she’s still around.”

He groaned. “Is that still there? Jesus. That had to be twenty years ago.”
Hugging my knees, I leaned forward. “First love?”

“Not even.” He hesitated, as if he were trying to decide whether to confess something.

“Come on,” I cajoled, carefully reaching out of the canoe, and splashing water toward him. “Tell me. I’ve been spilling my guts for an hour.”

“First kiss.”

I squealed. “And?”

He cringed. “It’s too embarrassing.”

“Wes, I had a completely humiliating breakdown in front of you last night. I got snot on my arm.”

“This is worse.”

“Get it out. You’ll feel better.”

“Let’s just say it was a very awkward, very fast experience.”

I gasped. “You lost your virginity to her?”

“No. Just my dignity.”

Laughing, I tilted my head back and felt the sun on my face, the wind in my hair, and something like joy in my heart.

It had been a long time.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR...

Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she's not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak. Melanie is the author of the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. 

She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

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