When It All Goes Still by Allison Mullinax Time Traveler Romance Fiery Seas Everlasting May 15, 2018
Traveler is arrogant, rebellious, and the most skillful Observation Agent within the division. His refusal to follow the agency rules finally catches up to him and a girl witnesses him time-travel.
Johanna Martin is a witty adventurous runner recovering from the tragic loss of her parents. Confused by the dark-faced stranger and what he was doing at the local state park, she is unable to ignore the effects it has had on her.
With his life and reputation at risk, Traveler must choose…Johanna or his life?
About the Author:
North Alabama native, Allison Mullinax, grew up in the small lake town of Guntersville, AL. She discovered the escapism and addiction of writing at an early age. Today she remains a lover of reading, all things outdoors, and spending time with her husband and three daughters.
If you or your loved one enjoys a good romance novel, then what better way to treat them or yourself on Valentine’s Day than with a new book! I have compiled a list of 10 light-hearted and fun romances that are sure to knock your knickers-I mean socks– right off you or that special someone in your life. Whether you’re looking for historical, paranormal, or contemporary romances- I made sure to include a little something for everyone:
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By New York Times bestselling author J. Daniels
A compelling, hilarious, and steamy read that is guaranteed to suck you in and keep you there. This story gave me a book-hangover like you wouldn’t believe. Sydney and Brian, despite turmoil and numerous hurdles, manage to overcome them together- and they do it so beautifully and passionately.
A light-hearted and compelling love story about rekindled love, second chances, and finding yourself. This story is guaranteed to make you smile, laugh, and cry- basically, the whole spectrum of feelings! You’ll fall in love with Lottie and Nick’s story- I sure did.
This paranormal romance, set in a medieval period, hooked me from the first scene and didn’t let go of me until I finished it the very same day I started it. Be warned- it’s addicting. The plot was fast, riddled with passion and intrigue, and had a deliriously attractive anti-hero and a fiery and bold heroine. The perfect novel to spice up your Valentine’s Day.
A contemporary romance that is sure to keep you hooked! Caleb is swoon-worthy and Veronica, or “Red” as Caleb refers to her, is strong and fascinating. The chemistry is palpable between both characters and remains consistent throughout the story.
By New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren
A fun, amusing, and steamy read. Bennett Ryan, though austere and calculating, is gorgeous and tempting…and he also happens to be Chloe’s boss. The chemistry is explosive between these two! Their scenes together nearly burn the pages.
Witty, steamy, and fast-paced. The premise of the story was fun, and I enjoyed it from start to finish. Silver, a human, decides to spice up her life by joining an online dating site for vampires- and runs straight into the irresistible arms of Logan. For paranormal romance fans, this book will satisfy your need for stories with a little “bite” and a whole lot of love.
A scintillating historical romance located in the Highlands of Scotland. This story features a fiery young woman whose more comfortable with a sword and horse than she is dresses and manners- and a passionate Scotsman who longs to make her his own. This historical romance will most likely end up on your favorites shelf.
This paranormal romance is a “dream come true” …literally. Lyssa falls to sleep and comes face to face with Aidan Cross- a man she has never met but has only seen in dreams. Aidan brings with him pleasure, heat, and an escape from a world beyond her dreams. Mix in a little danger and you have yourself a totally scintillating read.
This sweet, light-hearted love story is just what you need when you’re looking for a romance that’ll make you sigh. Oakley Ford is a famous pop star with bad boy tendencies, and Vaughn is a normal every-day girl who gets roped into being Oakley’s “fake” girlfriend in order to fix her finances. What starts off as “hate at first sight” slowly begins to turn into something sweet and passionate.
It's been twelve years since Lottie Luce ran away to Indiana, three weeks before her classes were to begin at IU, to avoid a confrontation with her best friend, and secret love, Nick Greyson. On the night she'd believed he was going to tell her that he wanted her for more than a friend, Lottie caught Nick in a compromising position with her long-time nemesis, Ashley Marshall, and the hurt and humiliation were more than she could bear.
Now a product of personal reinvention, Charlotte Luce is the youngest, and first female market president of Olde Florida Bank, and her life is nearly perfect. That is until Nick comes home to Anna Maria Island, hoping to save his father from financial ruin, and Charlotte's carefully created world stands still.
Lottie Loser vacillates between the present, and the memories of the young girl who thought she had found love, lost it, and is now forced to examine the decisions she made, as well as the chemistry she and Nick still share.
Lottie Loser is a contemporary romance novel written by author Dana L. Brown. The story follows Charlotte, otherwise known as “Lottie”, who works as a bank manager in Florida. In the beginning of the story, an old love interest from Lottie’s youth-Nick- breezes into her office in need of assistance. The sudden entrance of Nick in her life causes a lot of emotional upheaval- and inadvertently thrusts Lottie on a mental journey into past events that led her to where she is, and the woman she is, today. As the story alternates between past events (Lottie’s childhood, Highschool, College, and the early stages of her current career) and today, Lottie and Nick begin the plunge beyond friendship and into something more. As moments of the past begin to unfold before them, Lottie and Nick find themselves working through old heartaches, misconceptions, and insecurities. With a relationship, in its infancy and built on a fragile and stitched together foundation, the mere hint of deception or turmoil could send it crashing to the ground- and, unfortunately, a metaphorical bomb dropped in the story may have done just that.
I have only read a few stories where the current day events of the protagonist’s life and the past events alternate so frequently. Surprisingly, these frequent glimpses into the best helped me to understand the importance of Nick’s sudden appearance into Lottie’s life, as well as helped me better understand the protagonist herself. What I particularly enjoyed about Lottie Loser was how relatable Lottie’s character was. She isn’t perfect- her childhood wasn’t unbearable, but it wasn’t ideal either. Lottie was awkward as a girl and struggled daily with her self-appearance. These insecurities follow her into adulthood, though are better managed. Even Lottie’s burgeoning relationship with Nick is far from “fairytale perfect”. Both characters are learning how to communicate (as it was a lack of communication in the past that caused a great deal of avoidable heartache), and both are trying to navigate the fragility of a new relationship. Lottie questions her decisions a lot and does a lot of reflecting. I loved that these characters were real and flawed.
Whenever I read a story with a romantic storyline, I look for chemistry. Not everyone can make me feel the tension and interest pouring off the pages. But I felt it with Lottie and Nick- while their passion didn’t leap from the pages, it did slide beautifully off at a nice languid pace- sort of like their love.
And finally…plot twist!! Those get me EVERY time. Naturally, I need to see how this fall-out plays out in the next novel…
Oh! And let me tell you- if I learned anything from this novel, it’s that a cold beer can be used for more than just drinking *wink*
Buying books for a bookworm can be intimidating. The odds are, they already have that new novel from James Patterson, or the latest story written by their favorite Indie or self-published author. I’ve been there- I’ve bought novels for my fellow bookworms and have been told, “Oh! Thanks for the book, but…I already read it.” Ugh. Total let down. So, to avoid the daunting task of figuring out which novel hasn’t been read by someone who plows through books at a suspiciously preternatural speed- I have created this list to help you find the perfect gifts for booklovers or someone who enjoys books more than they do sleeping, eating, drinking…heck, breathing (well, I’d say 50/50 on the breathing. It’s awful hard to read if you’re six feet under). So, here are five ideas of gifts for booklovers:
My bestie surprised me with a scarf decorated in passages from Pride and Prejudice- Seriously, nothing completes your wardrobe more than impassioned speeches by Mr. Darcy *sigh*.
I happen to be one of those people that enjoys reading multiple books at once- this means that I, unfortunately, need to slide my quitter strips between those tempting pages. However, I feel better about doing this if they look cool.
If you really love your bookworm, you’ll take the time to purchase a calendar and painstakingly write the release dates of some of their favorite authors. I swear, some years authors pop books out faster than housewives did with babies after World War II. It can be hard to keep track after a while.
Book Store Memberships
These are my best friend. I purchase so many novels that I’m 80% positive I’m keeping most bookstores in our area afloat. So, it helps to have a membership- saving a bit of money with each purchase is helpful- of course, I end up using those savings on other novels. It’s a deliciously vicious cycle. Oh! But you get coupons and sometimes free cookies! So, it’s worth it *wink*.
River,Standing at the edge of the gateway, I understand two things. One, I have no idea what I’m doing. Two, the gateway to Hell is not closing. Now, there may be only one option left to me, to all of us. I may have to enter the one place I’d hoped to avoid throughout this journey. I may have to enter Hell.Unfortunately, a change in events takes the choice away from me.
Kobal,I always knew the idea of River entering into Hell could become a reality, but I expected her to be by my side when, or if, it happened. I expected to be there to protect her, but she’s gone in alone. Now, not only am I trying to catch up with her, but I know Lucifer will soon learn of her entrance into my world, and he will be after her too.I just don’t know which one of us will reach her first.
***There will be at least four books in this series. Not all things will be resolved in this book. Due to graphic language, violence and sexual content this book is recommended for readers 18+ years of age.***
Review of The Road
The Road is the third novel in the Road to Hell series by USA Today bestselling author Brenda K. Davies. The first two novels in the series were fast, thrilling, and action-filled, and The Road follows true to its predecessors. Kobal, River, and others who have loyally followed them, have finally made it to the pit leading into hell. River, as promised, works diligently on closing the gateway, though is unsuccessful. A surprise attack from demons as silent as death, though deadlier than most other demons, forces River and a handful of others onto the roadway descending into hell. The further down they go, the more sweltering the heat is, forcing the others to halt their descent, and for River and one of her loyal friends to continue alone.
Meanwhile, Kobal and the other demons vanquish their attackers and hurry after River and the others. The period of time between River and Hawk’s venture into hell, and Kobal’s desperate attempt to catch up to them is heart-pounding and exciting. We are introduced to new demons such as Valkyries, and new horrific experiences such as the twisted carousel that leads River and Hawk into a carnival that isn’t all innocent fun and games. This introduction into hell is exactly what imagined it would be like- twisted, dark, and spine-chilling. Carnivals have always creeped me out and this one was no exception. But I will say, what a marvelous introduction to a new character!
On occasion, when I read a series featuring the same couple, the chemistry and passion between them, by the end of book two and all novels following it, begins to feel redundant- or it simmers to a point where I think, “Well, good for them. Now what?” That is NOT the case with this series! I swear I jump ten degrees whenever Kobal and River decide to get down and dirty- it doesn’t matter if it’s in a tent outside a wall separating the states, or in the sweltering bowels of hell- these two retain the heat!
And those trees in hell? Well, they reminded me fondly of the whomping willow in the Harry Potter series- except these ones will literally obliterate a massive ogre and tear an individual limb-by-limb. However, unlike the memorable whomping willow, these trees are also capable of a little cuddle and playtime- very Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-ish.
I discovered my love of reading at an early age and spent a great deal of my time devouring books- from mysteries like Nancy Drew, whimsical fantasies like Harry Potter, and eventually the turbulent and passionate stories in the romance genre, I found myself engrossed in a completely different world than this one. I believe it is through my experiences and the books I read, that I have developed a keen interest in a myriad of things. For that reason, The Vagaries of Us represents multiple areas of interest
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