A Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review: ‘Piper Dreams’ by Amélie Duncan.

One Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review after reading ‘Piper Dreams: Dream it, Seize it, Live it. (Dreams Series Book #1) by Amélie S. Duncan.

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⭐★⭐★⭐★⭐

Title: PIPER DREAMS
Author: Amélie S. Duncan
Series: Dreams Series – Book #1
(Review based on ARC copy – review)
Publishing date: January 3rd, 2016

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Piper Dreams by Amelie Duncan

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The Synopsis for ‘Piper Dreams’:

Piper Dreams: Dream it, Seize it, Live it. (Dreams Series Book 1 of 3)

A New Adult/Contemporary Romance Series.

College Student Piper Rowe lives, eats and dreams of being a global journalist.

When her favorite professor tells her she’s not cut from the strong, vibrant fabric needed to be one, she’s floored—her grades are the best, her work is stellar and Prof. Gilmore wants to see passion rather than excellent performance!

Against all odds, Piper convinces him to give her another chance to prove she has what it takes…but how can she ever know the journey to passion and excellence will lead to the greatest passion and hardest sacrifice she’ll ever make in her life?

This series is not a standalone. All books to be read in order.

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My ‘Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review’ for ‘PIPER DREAMS’ by Author Amélie S. Duncan:

Piper Dreams is the first novel of the new trilogy novel series by author Amélie S. Duncan. I am a fan of her work so I was very excited to be invited to read and review her latest spellbinding contemporary romance. Readers will be able to grasp the feel of this story through the two main characters P.O.V.’s(point of views): Piper Rowe and Broderick “Brody” Whitehurst.

Young college student Piper Rowe has always been so focused on doing well in school and being the person that she is expected to be. She’s a young, beautiful, blonde woman who is looking to become a global journalist but it seems that she comes across as too groomed and not adventurous enough to be one. That is, according to her professor, who is the one who can kick-start her dream career path. Her life seems great, with a best friend named Jorge who is her only tie back to her late-father’s old life. The life her mother has tried hard to break ties with. By doing so, her mother is with a rich man named Royce who tends to make Piper feel uncomfortable when he’s around her. With so much going on, what can life throw her way now when everything seems to slowly be spinning out of control?

Brody is a part of an edgy lifestyle that gives him the chance to enjoy the “open road”. Having the freedom of living his life without any ties holding him down or anyone to shatter his world again and the ability to just do whatever he wants keeps him more or less satisfied. It doesn’t hurt that he’s a tall, sexy and attractive biker, who never has a problem with finding companionship except he makes sure that it’s always flings and nothing more. He’s had to learn some hard lessons along the way. One important lesson was to stay in his own league when it came to women. Also, staying on the go across the open road helped to keep him from stopping and having time to get lost in his thoughts or the past. The two people he considers his family now are Seren and Cole, who love bikes as much as he does and who he’s made an unusual arrangement with.

Cole is away and he’s left Brody to bond and take care of his woman Seren, just in case she gets sick again or he doesn’t return from his dangerous job. Brody hopes that with Seren and her “Biker Babes” group experiencing things from their bucket list, they can live it up as Cancer survivors. But Brody didn’t plan on meeting the beautiful college student Piper and he definitely didn’t plan on her joining them on their cross-country adventure. Will Piper ever tell her mother about the secret that she’s keeping? Will Brody’s unusual arrangement with Cole and Seren guarantee that Piper will stay far away from him? This is the first novel of a trilogy series and so far I’m intrigued and entertained by the plot and characters. It’s an intriguing story about finding yourself, healing from your past pains, and trying to become who you want to be while you still have time. Life is after all, one slippery unpredictable thing. I do recommend this novel for readers looking for an enjoyable read! Give this one a go. It really looks like their will be some twist-and-turns to come. Note: It doesn’t end on a complete cliff-hanger but there are a few questions that await answers. Can’t wait to see what’s to come! 🙂

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MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR SCORE FOR ‘PIPER DREAMS’  4 out of 5 stars:

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How I imagined the characters of the “Piper Dreams”:

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MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘PIPER DREAMS′

Piper’s thoughts:  My eyes moved away from the boots and up to the dark, denim-encased legs of the man I’d almost maimed with the car door. Once my gaze leveled on the leather jacket, my heart sped up. This had to be the biker.

Brody’s thoughts:  If I’d learned anything in my twenty-five years; it was to stay in my league. My excuse the last time was that I’d been blindsided. I might have even tried to pump up my past to be good enough to come through the front door. But that was before. When I was stupid enough to let myself get caught up with someone out of my league.

Piper’s thoughts: I wasn’t one for spontaneity. Everything I did was planned, until tonight. Until Brody.

Piper and Brody: All I wanted was to have him willing to give himself to me. “Give me you.”
His eyes searched mine. “Are you sure?” he whispered.
“Yes,” I rasped.
Brody cupped my face and wiped his thumbs under my eyes.
“Then that’s what you will get. That is what we will get.”

Brody’s thoughts:  She was all dreamy. Stars in her eyes as she spoke about her goals in journalism and traveling around the world. Listening and watching her, all I wanted to do was give her the world. I swallowed. But that wasn’t me. I couldn’t give her much. I was just a simple man.

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A Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review: ‘Against All Odds’ by J. L. Perry.

ARC-Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘Against All Odds – Angel’s Story’ by J. L. Perry.

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⭐★⭐★⭐★⭐

Title: AGAINST ALL ODDS – ANGEL’S STORY
Author: J. L. Perry
Series: Destiny Series (Standalone – book #4)
Publishing date: May 26th, 2015
(Review based on an ARC-early copy)

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Against All Odds by J. L. Perry

The Synopsis:

Angel and Chase come from two different worlds. Angel grew up privileged. Her father is CEO of Cavanagh and Associates and her mother owns a successful dance school. Chase on the other hand grew up with a neglectful, manipulating mother, who put her numerous husbands and boyfriends before the welfare of her own son. So much so that when he was twelve, his stepfather at the time, who also happens to be a member of a notorious bikie gang, walked away from his marriage, taking Chase with him.

Angel

Angel is daddy’s little princess. In his eyes, no one is good enough for his little girl. Due to his overprotectiveness, at the age of twenty-two she’s never had a serious boyfriend. She decides to move away from home to finish school, so she can experience all that life has to offer. That includes men.

When she meets Chase Daniels, sparks fly. He’s the ultimate womanising bad boy. Even though her common sense says stay away, she can’t seem to control the attraction she feels for him.

Chase

Chase doesn’t hold women in high regard due to his past. With his good looks and charm though, he has women falling at this feet. Just the way he likes it. He’s a playboy and doesn’t do commitment. Then he meets Angel. She’s not only beautiful, but sweet and innocent. Nothing like the women he’s used to. The feelings he has for her are foreign to him and he doesn’t like it one bit. Despite all this, he’s drawn to her, like a moth to a flame.

Not only do they have their families to contend with, there’s also the secrets from Chase’s past. Not only do they have the potential to destroy him, it will also tear them apart. The odds are stacked against them, but will they still be able to find happiness together? Or will it be enough to stop the one thing they want more than anything, each other?

***WARNING this is recommended for 18+ due to coarse language, sexual content and some violence.
Coming early 2015.

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My ‘Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review’ after reading ‘AGAINST ALL ODDS – ANGEL’ S STORY’:

Wow! Against All Odds was such an awesome read. I have to first note that this is the first novel I’ve read of the Destiny Series. Being that this is the fourth novel in this series, I have to say I have been missing out if the previous novels in the series are anything like this one. This is my first time reading the work by author J. L. Perry. Against All Odds – Angel’s Story is a contemporary romance with tons of steamy, emotional and romantic aspects to it. The novel is written from the three character’s P.O.V.’s(point of views), Angel Cavanagh, Chase Daniels and Angel’s father – Logan Cavanagh.

Angel Cavanagh lived a very protected life growing up because of her lawyer father, Logan Cavanagh. When she moves to attend the university in another town, she finally gets the chance to have a little more freedom than she’s ever had in her younger years. She’s beautiful, smart and hasn’t had much dating experience. When she comes across a guy who is sexy and probably trouble, she can’t help her instant attraction. Instead of falling for his usual charm, they develop a close friendship.

 Chase Daniels is attractive and can get women easily because of his sexiness and charm. When he first spots Angel, something about her seems innocent, different and undeniably attractive. Chase grew up with a mother who treated him horribly but that all changed when his mother’s boyfriend takes him away from that unhealthy life. Even though the man who raises him is in a biker club, he raises Chase to be better and do better by sending him to university. Chase has never felt worthy of love or much else but when he gets to know Angel, he begins to question it all. When his friendship with Angel becomes something more one night, all of those fears come tumbling back. He can’t shake the feeling that she deserves better.

This novel is the fourth novel of the Destiny Series but it can be read as a standalone. I may have to go back and check out the previous novels if they are anything like this one because it was worth the read. Will Angel and Chase’s friendship fail or grow into something more? Can Chase escape the past that haunts how he seems himself? Will Angel be able to move on after a horrible incident that occurs? And how will Angel and Chase handle a heartbreaking moment that will change everything in their lives? The characters were enjoyable and likeable by the way they were written. You’ll be captivated by the storyline because you’ll thrive to see how the story goes with the emotional moments that are both a mix of happy and sad. I recommend Against All Odds – Angel’s Story because it is gripping and the love story is mesmerizing. Give this one a read next! 🙂

MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR RATING: ‘AGAINST ALL ODDS’  4 out of 5 stars:

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MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘AGAINST ALL ODDS’

Angel’s thoughts:  I know my dad loves me, but his over-protectiveness can be smothering at times. I needed to get away so I could experience all that life has to offer. Which includes men. I’m twenty-two years old, and thanks to my father, I’ve never had a serious boyfriend.

Angel’s thoughts:  He’s the ultimate bad boy; a sinfully hot, tattooed, motorbike-riding playboy. He has an endless supply of beautiful women falling at his feet. There seems to be a different girl on his arm every day, sometimes two. I’m a smart girl. That alone should’ve told me everything I needed to know. Stay the hell away! Like his others, I’d fallen victim to his sex appeal and charm. I should’ve known better.

Angel’s thoughts:  Little did I know this wasn’t the end for us. Not by a long shot. Neither of us could have known the journey that lies ahead. Our lives, our families’ lives, were about to be put to the ultimate test. They say every family has skeletons in the closet. You know what, I could’ve sworn my family didn’t. They seem to perfect. Well, I was wrong…

Angel’s thoughts:  He was so close I could feel the heat radiating off his body. Deep down, I’d wanted this from the moment I laid eyes on him. I wasn’t about to put a stop to it. I wanted this. More. Than. Anything. We didn’t say a word. Time stood still as we held each others gaze. My hands were itching to reach out and touch him.

Chase’s thoughts:  There was something about her. Something was drawing me in. That day, she became my first ever female friend. I mean, fucking ever. The only female I’ve ever let get close to me. The only female I’ve ever let myself care about.

Chase’s thoughts:  My feelings for her were supposed to be a secret. I was never supposed to act on them. She’s too fucking good for me, I know that. Too sweet and innocent. Being with someone like me would only cause her harm.

Chase and Angel:  “I’ll always be here for you if you need me, sweet-cheeks.”
I feel my lips slightly curl again at his nickname for me. “You will?” I ask in surprise.
“Of course I will. Despite what you think, I do care about you, Angel,” he answers as he looks up, locking his eyes with mine. What he says surprises me. I wasn’t expecting him to say that. He seems sincere, and it fills me with happiness.

Chase’s thoughts:  I want her with every fibre of my being. I want to claim her, make her mine. But I can’t do it to her. She deserves so much more than I can ever give. So much fucking more. She probably thinks I’m going to leave her again, but I’m not. Right now she needs me. Needs a friend. So, I’m not going anywhere.

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A Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review: ‘Whispers In The Dark’ by Chase J. Jackson.

ARC-Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘Whispers In The Dark’ by Chase J. Jackson.

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⭐★⭐★⭐★⭐

Title: WHISPERS IN THE DARK
Author: Chase J. Jackson
Series: (None at this time)
Publishing date: May 26th, 2015
(Review based on an ARC-early copy)

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Whispers In The Dark by Chase J. Jackson

The Synopsis:

College graduate Adrian Ramirez has finally landed his first job, and it’s the opportunity of a lifetime: teaching at the elite Finley Academy in his hometown of Newnan, Georgia. Life is on the upswing, and Adrian returns home with girlfriend Lea and high hopes – but the Academy is not the idyll he imagined.

Along with the new pressures of adulthood, and a rising anxiety disorder he’s having trouble hiding, Adrian discovers there’s been a string of unexplained dropouts at the school. He suspects something is amiss with two of his students, identical twins Raven and Robin. One outgoing, one withdrawn, both keeping a secret.

When Adrian is accused of being at the center of a student’s breakdown, he is forced to dig deeper to unravel the mystery, finding influences of the paranormal along the way. Will Adrian be able to unlock the dark secrets of Finley Academy – and his own past – in time?

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My ‘Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review’ after reading ‘WHISPERS IN THE DARK’:

This is my honest review after reading a copy of Whispers In The Dark by author Chase J. Jackson. This young adult novel definitely delivers a decent amount of horror, paranormal aspects and revolves around a teacher and high school students. The novel is written from the main character Adrian Ramirez’s P.O.V.(point of view), but there is a second brief P.O.V. from a student character named Robin, also.

Twenty six year old Adrian Ramirez just recently moved back to his hometown and into his late-grandmother’s home. His girlfriend Lea moved with him, leaving behind her life to start a new one with Adrian. He was recently hired at a prestigious private academy to teach English to middle school students. Adrian begins catching up with his old buddies from town which begins to cause some tension in his relationship with Lea because he’s always gone, leaving her alone at home. To top it off, Lea has been hearing strange noises in the house when she’s there alone.

As quickly as Adrian begins his job at the academy, unexplainable incidences begin to occur. What is the cause of the noises at the house Lea and Adrian are living in? And is there a reason behind these eerie dreams that Adrian has been having? What is with the strange students in Adrian Ramirez’s class? There are so many questions and the story leads you down a creepy path to get the answers.

The storyline was catchy, had some really creepy moments and was a quick little entertaining read. There were a few flaws but nothing that truly takes away from being able to enjoy the story completely. The scary points in the story are what kept my interest while reading this story but some of the characters didn’t seem believable in small ways. “Whispers In The Dark” doesn’t fall short and delivers enough suspense to be enjoyable. This book is something to read if you’re into a book with a mix of paranormal and horror in the young adult genre. It was a decent read. Check it out if this sounds like something you’d be into. 

MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR RATING: ‘WHISPERS IN THE DARK’  3 1/2 out of 5 stars:

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MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘WHISPERS IN THE DARK’

Adrian’s thoughts:  …I heard the noise again. My heartbeat sped up. It did sound like someone was upstairs. I used to hear noises in this house all the time when I was growing up. My grandma always said it was just the house settling, and that I didn’t have anything to be afraid of.

Lea and Adrian:  “So, what do you think she wanted?” Lea asked.
“I don’t know. I never found out,” I explained. “I think she ended up going to a different school after that year. I mean, I never saw her again.”
“That’s creepy,” Lea replied. “I wonder what happened to her?”

Raven, Adrian and Justin:  “Yeah, she and Isabelle seem to talk all the time,” Raven said. “Isabelle always seems to have a bad attitude to me.”
“Oh, you noticed that, too,” I said.
“Yeah, she always has some little smart comment to make,” Raven continued. “And I tried getting Robin to sit with me and my friends, but I think it’s awkward for her when she’s around too many people.”
“Was she always like that?” Justin asked.
“Well, she’s always been the quiet one, and I was the more outspoken one, but all this bad stuff didn’t start happening until we came to this school,” Raven explained.

Adrian’s thoughts:  This was it. All those panic attacks had taken a toll on my body. I couldn’t control it anymore. “It was my fault. I was selfish. You deserved someone better than me. I should have been there for…for…you.”

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ARC-Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s Review: ‘Vanished’ by Elizabeth Heiter.

ARC-Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘Vanished’ (The Profiler Series – Book #2) by Elizabeth Heiter.

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⭐★⭐★⭐★⭐

Title: VANISHED
Author: Elizabeth Heiter
Series: The Profiler Series (book #2)
Publishing date: December 30th, 2014 (Review based on an ARC-early copy)

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Vanishes by Elizabeth Heiter book 2 The Profiler Series

The Synopsis:

Sometimes the past can haunt you…

Eighteen years ago, FBI profiler Evelyn Baine’s best friend, Cassie Byers, disappeared, the third in a series of unsolved abductions. Only a macabre nursery rhyme was left at the scene, a nursery rhyme that claimed Evelyn was also an intended victim. Now, after all these years of silence, another girl has gone missing in South Carolina, and the Nursery Rhyme Killer is taking credit. But is Cassie s abductor really back, or is there a copycat at work?

Sometimes the past is best forgotten…

Evelyn has waited eighteen years for a chance to investigate, but when she returns to Rose Bay, she finds a dark side to the seemingly idyllic town. As the place erupts in violence and the kidnapper strikes again, Evelyn knows this is her last chance. If she doesn t figure out what happened to Cassie eighteen years ago, it may be Evelyn s turn to vanish without a trace.

My ‘Blogging Reader’s Review’ after reading ‘VANISHED (The Profiler Series book #2)’:

Upon receiving a copy of “Vanished” by Elizabeth Heiter to read and review, I didn’t know what to expect especially since this is the second novel of The Profiler Series. I’ll admit I haven’t read the first book of this series but after reading this one, I am very interested in catching up with what I may have missed. There are about five P.O.V.’s(point of views) at different points within the story which are from FBI profiler Agent Evelyn Baine, long time Rose Bay P.D. police officer Jack Bullock, HRT Agent Kyle McKenzie, Kyle’s HRT partner Agent Gabe Fontaine, Police Chief Tomas Lamar, young girl Mandy Toland and mysterious young girl.

In the close-knit town of Rose Bay, everyone knows everyone and things seem pretty safe as far as most residents believe. A young girl by the name of Evelyn Baine comes to live in Rose Bay with her grandparents because life with her mother was anything but ideal. Being that this town was predominantly white, her light brown skin tone caused some residents to treat her a little bit different. That didn’t faze her once she met her neighbor, a friendly blonde girl who from the start said they would be best friends. They instantly clicked and everything seemed perfect for the young girls. But one night, things would change in such a terrible way. One would be taken and life would be altered in such a way that the other of the two girls would grow up determined to find out what happened to her best friend.

FBI profiler Evelyn Baine got a call from her long lost best friend’s mother after eighteen years. She let her know that a young girl has been taken just like Cassie years before. Now equipped with knowledge as an FBI Profiler, Evelyn returns to Rose Bay to try and find the lost child while also seeking information about the unsolved cases from the past, one case being of her still missing best friend.

I don’t want to give away too much because it is easy to spill something that may take away from the mystery of this captivating suspense story. There is also a dash of romance within the story that was a nice touch. Will Evelyn Baine ever find out what happened to her kidnapped best friend Cassie? Are the cases from eighteen years ago related to the new case? Will Evelyn be able to trust anyone or will this case cost her more than she bargained for which could include her own life? This novel is so well written and each character is thoroughly believable. I highly recommend this novel for readers who enjoy reading enthralling, suspenseful mystery novels that will keep you guessing till the very end. Evelyn and Cassie are both such strong female characters in their own ways and it made the storyline feel so deep and emotionally driven. I could not put this down. Just keep in mind, it has to do with child kidnappings in case that is a touchy subject for you. As a reader and reviewer, I look forward to reading more riveting work by Author Elizabeth Heiter.

MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR RATING: ‘VANISHED’  4 1/2 out of 5 stars:

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Kidnapper’s thoughts:  It was the little blonde girl’s yard. Cassie. He’d noticed her first, the bouncing ringlets, eyes the color of the sky on a perfect day. She was too innocent, too trusting. Cassie had no clue what the world had in store for her. He never wanted her to have to find out. He’d picked her before he’d seen her friend.

Evelyn’s thoughts:  In an average social situation, she was shy and uncomfortable. Throw Kyle McKenzie into the mix and she was instantly self-conscious. Especially in the past month, since she’d opened up to him about her past, about Cassie. Since she’d kissed him, and considered jeopardizing her place at BAU for him.

Evelyn’s thoughts:  For two years, she and Cassie had been inseparable. And then one night, Cassie had disappeared from her bed. In her place, her abductor had left his calling card, a macabre nursery rhyme. Cassie had never come home.

Kyle’s thoughts on Evelyn:  It was easy to imagine her as a young girl. Her best friend torn from her life, abducted only hours after Evelyn had seen her. Even at twelve years old, Evelyn wouldn’t have sat home home everything would turn out okay. There was no way she would’ve tolerated being left behind. And he knew there was no way she’d leave Rose Bay now until she uncovered the truth. No matter how horrible it was, no matter what it cost her.

Evelyn’s thoughts:  A memory of the very first time she’d seen Cassie ran through her mind. Cassie had come to the door and asked if Evelyn wanted to play. She’d said they were going to be best friends. And they were.

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