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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Release Day Review! Austin by Lauren Runow and Jeannine Colette

AUSTIN: A Sexton Brothers Novel by Jeannine Colette and Lauren Runow
Genre: Adult Fiction (Contemporary Romance)
Expected publication: September 20, 2018
Publisher: Self

I’m the girl who’s always picking up the pieces of other people’s mistakes. 
Until tonight.
I accidentally cause one false start, and now I’m being pulled into a guy’s car—who everyone only knows as Falcon—before an illegal street race.
He may not want anyone to truly know who he is, but he’s met his match. 
Game on, Falcon.

People know I run these races. 
They know not to mess with me, or my car.
When the identity of the girl who causes a false start is revealed, I have to make an example of her.
Letting her see who I am was never the plan.
Neither was running into her the next day as my brother’s new assistant. 
She said she wanted nothing to do with me, but when I yank her into a janitor’s closet, making sure she keeps my secret is the last thing on my mind.
She may want more than my secrets, but my racing may be the last thing I try to hide.

Austin by Lauren Runow and Jeannine Colette is a fast and furious read. Ha! I know. I couldn't resist, but seriously, once I started reading I couldn't get enough of the speed and chemistry of these characters. Austin knows how to give belly flips to his readers, let me tell you. He's swoony. The bantering between Austin and Jalynn is entertaining, and probably contained some of my favorite parts in the story. They're fun and spunky. These two are addictive, and the more you learned about them, the more you realize these characters have layers, making it all the more harder to put this book down. I loved it, and I'm looking forward to Bryce's story!  

The ARC of Austin was kindly provided to me by Wordsmith Publicity for review. The opinions are my own.

Lauren Runow is the author of multiple Adult Contemporary Romance novels, some more dirty than others. When Lauren isn't writing, you'll find her listening to music, at her local CrossFit, reading, or at the baseball field with her boys. Her only vice is coffee, and she swears it makes her a better mom!

Lauren is a graduate from the Academy of Art in San Francisco and is the founder and co-owner of the community magazine she and her husband publish. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons.

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To learn more about Lauren Runow and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebookInstagramBook Bub, and Twitter.

Jeannine Colette is the author of the Abandon Collection - a series of stand-alone novels featuring dynamic heroines who have to abandon their reality in order to discover themselves . . . and love along the way. Each book features a new couple, exciting new city and a rose of a different color.

A graduate of Wagner College and the New York Film Academy, Jeannine went on to become a Segment Producer for television shows on CBS and NBC. She left the television industry to focus on her children and pursue a full-time writing career. She lives in New York with her husband, the three tiny people she adores more than life itself, and a rescue pup named Wrigley.

Jeannine and her family are active1 supporters of The March of Dimes and Strivright The Auditory-Oral School of New York.

To learn more about Jeannine Colette and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebookInstagramBook Bub, and Twitter.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Book Review! The Truth About Us by Tia Souders

The Truth About Us by Tia Souders 
Genre: Young Adult (Suspense/Historical Fiction/Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: September 7, 2018
Publisher: Self

She couldn't believe it...

...her grandmother died.

But that's not the worst part.

Hidden in her grandmother's' jewelry box, eighteen-year-old Abigail Bridges discovers a cryptic letter with a final request to reveal a long-hidden family secret.

There's only one rule: tell no one.

But breaking the rules is inevitable once she meets the enigmatic Kaden Oliver and confides in him.

So, what do her grandmother's' letters, a journal from the Holocaust, and a murdered detective have to do with her family's heritage?

Nothing can prepare her for what she will find.

But once she discovers the heinous truth, the question becomes, what will she do with it?

The Truth About Us by Tia Souders was a very gripping story involving a family with a very big secret, a secret most of the family doesn't even know about. It was down right painful to read in areas. I struggled not to cry. It was impossible not to, knowing these things really happened. I'll never understand how people can be so evil to one another. The story was well told, and completely pulled me in to what was going on. My one question from the beginning was: Why would a grandmother leave all of this for her teenage granddaughter to figure out and handle? I don't know why she would put this kind of pressure on Abby. It didn't seem right to me. In real life, I don't think she would have. She would have grown some lady balls and handled it herself or maybe left all the info to her daughter, who is an adult. It wasn't fair for Abby to have been given this kind of responsibility. I thought it was going to be some warped joke at times, because her grandmother turned it into a treasure hunt of sorts? Why not just give her all the information? It seemed mean to put Abby through this, and I'm still mad at her grandmother. With that being said, I love the person Abby grew to be within this story because of it all, even if it took her a while to figure out the obvious. The girl was under some stress so, she has an excuse. This is a talented author who really grabs her readers and lures them into the lives of her characters.

The ARC of The Truth About Us by Tia Souders was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.

Tia Souders is the author of bestselling women’s fiction novel, Waiting On Hope and the upcoming award-winning young adult novel Better Than This (formerly titled Freedom Road). When she isn’t writing, she’s likely renovating their century home. She’s a wine-loving, coffeeholic, with a sweet tooth and resides on a farm in rural Ohio with her husband and children.

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