“Breathe” Colorado Mountain Series – Book 4 by Kristen Ashley

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In June, I wrote my second post about author Kristen Ashley — from this point forward I will refer to her as KA (Ms. Ashley seems too formal and I feel like she isn’t a formal kind of gal). This is my third but most likely not my last post about a KA novel. Since I recently told you all about my total and complete girl crush on KA, there is no reason to re-state the obvious. (If you didn’t read that post…it is titled, “I’m Melting” and it was posted on June 20, 2012.  This post will be solely based on “Breathe”… KA’s new Colorado Mountain series release.

“Breathe,” the fourth installment of the Colorado Mountain Series, is the story of Chace Keaton and Faye Goodknight.  We met both of these characters in “Lady Luck” (the third book).  Without giving any treasures away, for those of you who may not have read these books yet ( YOU MUST READ THESE BOOKS…preferably in the order they were written) Chace is a detective for the police department in Carnal, Colorado.  In “Lady Luck”, we saw Chace painted in two different lights… we saw him for the villain we thought he was and for the person we learned him to be.  KA was able to create Chace for her readers and cast a shadow over him without ever allowing us to hate him and  when she was ready, she cleared away the clouds and she showed us who Chace really was..once again doing what she does best…creating a brilliant hero.

KA writes the most unique heroes I have ever “met.”  They are sharp, they are physically strong, they are quick witted, they are funny and they are expressive (even though they don’t always use the best choice of words) of what it is that may be holding them back emotionally.  Chace was no exception to KA’s rule.  Chase knew what he wanted but didn’t believe he deserved peace.  He knew the woman that he needed but thought he couldn’t bring her happiness.

Than there are KA’s heroines.  They are the best.  In every story, KA finds a way to make her heroines strong and supportive yet soft and gentle.  They are always able to stand by their man ( sometimes in front of them and sometimes behind) to help them get through their “dark”.  They are able to cut through the bullshit, often created by said man (isn’t that how it usually is?..heehee) and once they have licked their wounds, they are able to have their man’s back and guide them towards the much sough after light.

Faye was no exception.  At first, she may have come off as weak due to her shyness and what appeared to be a somewhat reclusive behavior.  She was made to seem vulnerable due to her virginal status and her lack of all experiences male related…yet while she was inexperienced and at times immature when it came to sex, the act and the discussion, she was well aware of the world and the way it worked around her.

When KA put Chace and Faye together on the same page sparks flew…you can only imagine what happened when she put them together horizontally. WOW!!  I have no idea how KA is able to write the scenes she does…I have no idea if she is married…but I can say, she either has one happy spouse, or a really fantastic dating life!!!  It isn’t just the physical love that makes me melt every time I open a KA book, it’s also the words declaring adoration, admiration, and love that rock my world every time I open her books.  My husband just looks at me when I’m reading KA’s books and laughs..he wants to know what I’m reading…he can see happiness on my face.  (Hmm…do you think it would be odd if I gave him a list of my favorite lines from all of KA’s books and told him to use them at random times?…just a thought..heehee!!)

One of my favorite parts of “Breathe”( as well as the other books in KA series) is that KA brings back all of our heroes and heroines from the first three books.  They play pivotal roles in this book and without them, the story wouldn’t be all that it could be (thank you ARMY!)

“Breathe” was another fantastic story in a growing line of fantastic Kristen Ashley books.  At no point does she lose her voice. At no point does she lose her way. At no time are you wondering when the story will be over.  You will, however, at several points need to be reminded to just…Breathe!

Here is my warning…this is a Kristen Ashley book.  While that should be all I need to say, for some of you it may not be enough..so here I go.  This book contains a ton of foul and crude language, a lot of incredible consensual sex scenes, serious situations such as child abuse and child endangerment, and a whole lot of love and happiness.

I look forward to hearing from you.

xo,

Lisa

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The Battered Hearts Series by Kele Moon

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Women (girls, ladies) are so funny, of course I am included in everything that I’m about to say so try not to get too offended, but we are.  From the time we realize that “boys” exist until the day that we die (that is just a guess..being that I am still alive…but still wondering) we have a running list in our head (or on paper..heehee) of all the things our perfect boy/man should be/have.  For example, if I were pulling a Weird Science (great John Hughs movie from 1985..check it out!!) experiment, my guy would be tall, and impossibly handsome, with dark hair, blue eyes, dimples in both cheeks (the cheeks on his face!), a perfect muscle sculpted body that comes naturally because I don’t want him spending too much time at the gym…he should be nice (really nice..like help an old lady cross the street nice) but a Bad Boy that can kick ass, he would have a few tattoos and some perfectly placed piercings.  He would have to be sarcastic and really really funny… and he would need to love me to pieces!!!  That being said, he would have to have his own mind and not be a push over or a wimp!  Hold on…I’m wiping the drool off of my chin….ok,  I’m good now… So let’s be honest, THAT guy does not exist.  However, as we get older, if we are lucky, we find someone that possesses what we consider the most important of our “list” traits and we have our HEA (happily ever after)!   Sometimes the HEA doesn’t happen or doesn’t last and we continue to tweek our lists in order to change with our needs.

Through my great love of reading, I have been able to meet so many “people” both men and women.  While all of the characters (my friends) affect me in some way, it is the heroes that are forever surprising me.  I honestly would have thought that by now, I would have met every single kind of  written”man” there is to meet  but to my complete astonishment and utter amazement, I am constantly finding myself wrong (and while I would never admit it to my husband and my sons) when it comes to my heroes, there is nothing that makes me happier.

Kele Moon proved to me that there are so many “heroes” still left to meet… with characters traits that have never even crossed my mind..err list.  Kele Moon started her Battered Hearts Series with two books that actually stole my heart.  I know..I know..so cliche…but they did!  In the first book, “Defying the Odds,” we enter the small “hick town” of Garnet.  Ms. Moon does a wonderful job of laying out the scenery and setting the stage.  She gives her readers the imagery that will help to guide us through the series which will hopefully give us several books.  We are immediately introduced to both our hero and our heroine (Clay and Melody).  Clay is a UFC fighter and Melody is a woman on the run.  While Ms. Moon describes Clay physically as a big, beautiful, intimidating presence, we quickly learn that he is not the typical flashy, media hungry, fame monger.  Ms. Moon has written Clay with so much depth, sadness, pain, and warmth there were times were I actually felt myself hurting for him.  Melody is strong and determined.  She has been through some rough times but has managed to pick herself up and keep on moving.  She is trying to protect herself and Clay from her past.  What I do appreciate is Ms. Moon’s ability to create a great story, build a wonderful climax and not make her characters look childish in the process.

While taking Clay and Melody’s journey, Ms. Moon introduces us to Juliet (Jules) and her twin brother Wyett Conner. Jules and Wyett are Clay’s best friends…they are the closest thing he has ever had to family and the bond the three of them share is just as entertaining as it is beautiful.  Ms. Moon sets up the pieces perfectly so that the story seamlessly flows from “Defying the Odds” to “Star-Crossed” which is book two. (Since I knew I was going to read book two right away, I didn’t bother reading the book summary. Therefore, I had no idea which one of the Conner twins was coming up next. Either way I would be happy!)  As soon as I opened “Star-Crossed” I had my answer… Juliet.  Please try not to roll your eyes..this may sound silly..but I promise you it totally works!!! Juliet steps into the spot light in book two along with her hero…(a man we met in “Defying the Odds”) Romeo.  Yes, Yes I know Romeo and Juliet..”Star-Crossed” but obviously that’s the point.  Let me tell you, this book was fantastic!  I loved Clay and Melody and then…I saw Juliet and Romeo together…WOW!  Even Shakespeare would be jealous of the chemistry between these two!  However, once again, it was the heroes that blew me away.  I have never met these men!  Not only did Ms. Moon create Romeo, a strong, beautiful, intelligent, sympathetic, loving man but she also gave him two brothers.  Each of them so different from one another but none of them less vital or less significant.  When Ms. Moon blended the established characters with the newer ones, the pages lit up.  The story line was great once again using the UFC as a partial plot-line.  Romeo is a UFC fighter but his brothers are part of the Mafia.  Romeo and his brothers are Italian.  Their mother spoke Italian as a first language teaching each of them speak fluent Italian. So whenever their true emotions start to flare, be it anger, frustration, pain, or love they reveal those feelings in the most raw and expressive way they know how..by saying them in Italian.  I found myself melting every time the transition would occur because I knew that emotions were high and change was coming.  Yes, Romeo’s story is twisted and sad but he is not so broken that he can’t see Juliet for what she is…a light in a dark world.  Without wanting to be selfish, he wants her.  Their story together is powerful and strong.

Originally, I thought the Battered Hearts Series would be three books.  Now, I can see Ms. Moon doing at least three or four more (that is based on my guess alone..not facts).  Ms. Moon has crafted so many wonderful characters, in this blogger’s opinion, they each need their own book..hint hint!

Even though I have read about a 1,000 books in my adult life, Ms. Moon’s Battered Hearts Series has shown me that there is still so much to learn, see and experience when it comes to “meeting” new characters… not just new stories.  For that I am eternally grateful!  To say that I am eagerly awaiting the next book in this series would be like saying, “I like french fries.”  So let me put this into perspective…I freaking LOVE french fries!!!! I am really excited for the next installment of the Battered Hearts Series.  They are definitely worth the read.

Here is my warning:  These books contain extremely hot but totally consensual sexual encounters.  In “Star-Crossed” there is some violence due to gun shots.

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

xo,

Lisa

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“Beauty and The Best (Once-Upon-A-Time) by Judi Fennell

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As young girls we are told fairytales. I remember listening to the tale of Sleeping Beauty via record while following along with the companion book.  We have all watched, listened to, read or heard some variation of the tale of Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast and (of course through the creativity of Disney)  countless other princesses.  They have graced our lives with their heroing stories of  evil step-parents, sea enchants, monsters, poison, inability to speak, curses, and so on. We watched (or listened) as they and their prince/ hero over came the obstacles that were placed before them.  It didn’t hurt that most of the time they had a fairy god-parent/angel/bug (something magical) lending a hand or a wing..heehee!!  In the end of each fairytale, the princesses were always rescued by the brave prince/hero.  However, as the times changed so did our princesses…they began to rescue themselves with the help and support of their beloved.

As we  (the little girls) grow up, we remember our cherished fairytales fondly but the evil step-parents, poison apples, and wicked witches are no longer the things that we fear most.  I mean, sure, we use them as metaphors and as references when trying to explain to our friends how bad things seem to be..but they are no longer the worst things life has to offer.  Today, we worry about losing our home because we still can’t find work…we lose sleep because we are awaiting test results and praying that they are negative for (insert disease here)…we wait up pacing waiting for our kids to arrive home safely because they are late for curfew… we are waiting with baited breath for our husbands, wives, sons, and daughters to come home from battle over seas…we are praying that we can continue on with our lives after our spouse has died and left us living and hurting.  These are the real life stories…and anyone going through any of these things, or worse, would most likely pray for a fairytale of their own.

In Judi Fennell’s, “Beauty and the Best”, we are treated to a fairytale…adult style.  In this lighthearted but emotional romance, we meet Jolie (our heroine) who has lived a hard life full of disappointment. Although, one would never know it by meeting her because the perpetually up-beat and happy Jolie keeps her pain behind an invisible wall that only she can see.  Our hero, Todd, has been living in a self-imposed hell for two years since the death of his wife.  He is heart broken, angry, and his mere existence is painful. For Todd, his life had always been about two things, his art and his wife.  When his wife died, so did his desire to paint..so he has been colorless for two years…that is until he meets Jolie…

Ms. Fennell creates a story, a fairytale, for us (the big girls) to want to believe in.  It comes with the fairy-godparents and a little bit of magic.  The characters, both main and supporting, are real and lovable.  The story is believable (maybe not the fairy-godparent part..but a girl can dream can’t she?!).  Ms. Fennell’s characters (Jolie and Todd) have an amazing  chemistry between them that is almost palpable yet at no point does the story become raunchy or crude.  As I said before, this really is a Fairytale..and totally worth the read.

I look forward to hearing your opinion.

xo,

Lisa

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And the winner is…

The winner of Lisa’s Booty has been chosen and notified.  Congratulations to Nicole Wheeler! Your books will be signed and shipped soon..Enjoy them.

I would like to thank Colleen Hoover for not only writing the Slammed series (which has touched my life in so many ways) but for donating her books to Lisa’s Reads.  Without the kindness of authors like Colleen Hoover, Lisa’s Booty wouldn’t exist.  Big hugs and kisses to you Colleen!

Once again I would like to thank all of you (my readers) for your continued excitement and support.  I can only hope that you are having as much fun with these contests as I am!!

Stay tuned because there is more to come!

xo,

Lisa

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“Love Evolution” by Michelle Mankin

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Love Evolution: A rock ‘n roll love story based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

How many times have you read a book and fallen in love with the characters?  You then find out that the book is going to be made into a movie…so you and your friends play the “Who do you think…?” game.  It goes like this…You: “So, Who do you think will play (sexy hot guy)?”  Friend: “Ummm…Robert Pattinson?”  You: “No way, I’m thinking Chris Hemsworth.” Friend: ” I can see that…What about (super cutie girl)?” So on and so forth.  You wait and wait for the movie, you watch the trailers over and over again on You Tube, and you are waiting in line at Midnight with the other crazy women (now now..don’t get upset, I’ve been in that line as well!) pretending that you are only there because your friend dragged you out!

After two hours, you and your friends are walking out to your car, all sorts of annoyed because the movie didn’t follow the book and the “stupid director” left out all of the “good parts”.  Sound familiar?

The reason why we so often suffer from what I refer to as the “That movie wasn’t nearly as good as the book” let down, is because our minds are amazing, mysterious, and completely unique.  When we read, we interpret what we want from what is written.  We form the pictures, the landscapes, the people, the relationships, and the intimacy in our mind.  When a director makes a movie, he/she takes the images he/she sees in his/her mind.  It must be hard to create a movie from a book…to put an actual vision to what so many people had in their own personal minds view.  Now, please don’t get me wrong…I can’t stand when a perfectly great book is turned into a crappy movie! Shame on those directors!  ( I know you are waiting for me to give examples…you’ll have to keep waiting..there is NO way I am walking into that trap…wink!)  Therefore, as much as I am sure no author would want to hear me say this, there are some books that should never be made into a movie.  That being said, those same books are wonderful, entertaining, magical, lovely reads that should be read and adored by wide audiences.

“Love Evolution” by Michelle Mankin is the type of story that you read.  You sit down, whether you are 15 or 50,  you start on page one and you just read straight through.  Ok, you can stop for a snack and a bathroom break but otherwise, you just keep going until you’re done.  “Love Evolution” is a tale of revelation, romance, and rock n roll.  Our heroine, Avery, has just found out that her beloved twin brother Justin has been murdered and that she is being held responsible to pay off the debt that led to his demise.  Avery is a prodigal guitar player and lyricist.  Now that Justin is dead their musical duo is gone as well.  Avery’s agent, Trevor, is trying to find a new band for Avery to join in order for her to get the money she needs to pay off Justin’s debt.

Enter Brutal Strength…one of the most popular bands in the world.  Their lead singer, Marcus Anthony, just come out of drug rehab and is looking to make a fresh start and their lead guitarist quit.  Sounds like the perfect opportunity for Avery except for the fact that Marcus refuses to let women in his band!  Now what?  (This is where the whole movie this would get difficult…because there is no way that people would ever agree with the casting.)  Trevor decides to have Avery dress up like a “guy” and audition for Brutal Strength. Hmm…what happens next?

While the story line isn’t an original… Shakespeare, Yentl, Mrs. Doubtfire… Ms. Mankin took her story and evolved it into something different and beautiful.  Ms. Mankin, placed her smooth lyrics in the mouths of her characters making them even more remarkable.  Where there could have been unnecessary drama and silliness, Ms. Mankin stuck to her story line and kept it on track.  She even added a surprise twist at the end that even I never saw coming!!

Here is my Non-warning: This book is a beautifully written story for a wide age range audience.  There is no sexual activity, no drug use, very little alcohol consumption and very minimal use of profanity.  While none of those things are included in the story…none of them are missed!  Moms…this is one of those books you and your tween/teen daughter can read together.

As always I look forward to hearing from you.

xo,

Lisa

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“Flat-Out Love” by Jessica Park

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Is there a place where you love to go?  A place that feels like home but isn’t?  I know some of you are probably humming the Cheers theme song in your head right about now… Stop it!  This is a “very special” Lisa’s Reads heehee!…Do you remember when sitcoms would have their “very special” episodes?  It would be the episode where the new kid would try to get one of the regular cast members to try alcohol…or the Saved By the Bell episode where Jessie Spanno got hooked on “uppers” (I still giggle at that one..I know it wasn’t supposed to be funny..but it was! Sorry NBC).  I digress, Is there a restaurant or a coffee shop that you frequent?  When you arrive, you know exactly what you will order.  You have had it so many times before… you can already taste it on your tongue…but that first taste still fills you with so much delight that it is almost surprising.

Something that would not come as a surprise, unless you are a first time reader, is that I love reading!  For those of you loyal Lisa’s Reads followers, unroll your eyes and stay with me..I promise this goes somewhere (wink)! Not only do I love books, I love reading children’s books with my kids.  I have often heard that childhood is wasted on the youth.  What I have been experiencing while reading with my kids, is that life’s greatest lessons can be found in the pages of children’s books.  The problem is, when we are young, we don’t yet understand the lessons; when we are older we tend to ignore them.  Some of my (and my kids) favorite books are The Berenstain Bears Collection.  I have several of them from when I was a child and I have bought at least a dozen since becoming a parent.  I always (and still do) appreciated how  Ma and Pa Bear taught their cubs life lessons.  There was always humor infused in the story but not at the expense of the lesson being taught.

One of my favorite Berenstain Bear books is a newer one.  It’s called The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Car Trip.  In this story, Ma and Pa would like to take their cubs on a summer vacation.  Of course the cubs have their ideas of where they want to go…amusement parks and water parks but Ma and Pa have a different idea. They want to take their family on a road trip throughout Bear Country… (think two week road trip).  The cubs do what kids do best…they get upset and pout. They decide that they are not going to enjoy themselves… no matter what.  What is the point of travel without a destination?  As the Bears set off on their road trip, the cubs forget about trying to be bored and they started noticing things they had never seen before.  They had a wonderful time learning about the history of their surroundings and doing things they never dreamed they would do.  Even though the destination was “home”… the Bears had an incredible journey.

So here is my question, Is the journey any less sweet if you know what lays at the end?

“Flat-Out Love” by Jessica Park was a “road trip.”  (Now remember, I will NOT give any treasures away during this review..so please continue to read!)   Ms. Park introduces us immediately to our heroine, Julie.  Julie is a college freshman who thought she was coming to Boston to set up her apartment a week before college classes started, only to find out that there was no apartment.  Julie’s mom (who lives in Ohio) contacts an old friend,Erin, who lives in Boston and the friend offers to house Julie until she finds a place of her own.  Matt, Erin’s son, is an adorable, geeky, college junior.  He is the middle child between the older, absent but hunky (via pictures and Facebook), globe trotting Finn and the younger “frighteningly bright but freakishly fastidious” thirteen year old sister Celeste.  Celeste carries around a life-sized cardboard cut-out of Finn.

Ms. Park unrolled this map and showed her readers the birds-eye view of the area we were about to cover.  To be perfectly honest, it didn’t take long for me to figure out the premise of the story.  There were no hidden caves or secret bridges.  However, the path Ms. Park led us on was stunning.  I loved the way Ms. Park chose to tell this story.  She had Julie and Finn communicating through Facebook (There was a negative review about this on Amazon.com…personally, I thought is was great..this is how people communicate in 2012!)..she had Julie and Matt sharing witty and silly banter… and she showed Julie’s compassion for Celeste.  While some of the story may have been obvious to the reader, Ms. Park stayed true to her characters and allowed Julie to be an eighteen year old young woman who would never, on her own, come to the realization that we, as readers, may have seen.  During our travels, we became familiar with the small town’s roads and coffee shops, we saw rivers and the college campus.  Ms. Park’s map was visually stimulating allowing us to get a feel for the surroundings that often comforted Julie, Matt and Celeste.  Ms. Park also did an amazing job of developing her characters.  Once again, while I had a feeling I knew exactly how this story would end, I couldn’t help but to fall in love with each and every character.  I wanted to weep for their loss and cheer for their success…and I did!!

When time came for “Flat-Out Love” to end, I felt stuck.  I had my map..I knew where the finish was..my Kindle was at 99% but I didn’t want to be done. While the destination had been clear from the beginning, the journey was more than I had expected.  Ms. Park had proved that the journey was NO less sweet even though I knew what was waiting for me at the end.

As always I look forward to hearing from you.

xo,

Lisa

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The Black and White Collection by Mari Carr

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“Misery loves company,” is an old saying that I never could quite get behind.  The concept of someone wanting another person to feel as crappy as they do alluded me…that is..until now!!  In my small little corner of the country, we are about to enter day 11 of a heat wave and I am sweating my buns off!  And guess what?..I want you right there with me.. sweatin’ yours off too!  “Lisa!  You are so mean!”  Yep!  I am!…Now that we’ve established that fact, can we move on? Heehee!

I remember about five years ago (2007) Diet Coke came out with a commercial where at 11:30am all of the women in an office took their “coffee break.” During this break, a sexy Diet Coke delivery man walked into the office carrying his heavy load of Diet Coke cans (I am clearing my throat right now..can you hear me?) and set them down.  Of course, both the man and the cans were sweaty and chilled…yes, at the same time! The women were swooning (as they should be) and possibly drooling (as no one under any circumstance should ever witness you doing).  It was a great commercial.   To be honest, that is what came to mind as I read three of the six books in Mari Carr’s The Black and White Collection. ( I am only reviewing three of the books because so far… I have only read three of them.  I have really enjoyed what I have read …so I wanted to share them with you.  Since they are not in a series format, there is no particular order in which they need to be read.)

In May, I reviewed the Cocktales Series also written by Mari Carr.  I explained how much I loved the erotic scenes that Ms. Carr creates. She is a natural.  What I found to be truly fascinating and exciting (in more ways than one..wink) is that “Erotic Research” (book one in The Black and White Collection) was Ms. Carr’s debut novel.  I would have NEVER guessed that a book about an author writing her first erotic novel would actually come from an author who was writing her first erotic novel!!  Shocked the heck out of me!  The three novels in the Black and White Collection that I have read so far are, “Erotic Research,” “Happy Hour,” and “Power Play.”  One of the wonderful and notable things about Ms. Carr’s Collection, is that each book is so incredibly different from the next.  Yes, the heroes are all alpha men to some degree but they each have different personalities.  The heroines are so strong and brave but in no way is Ms. Carr making cookie cutter heroines.  While hot and steamy sex is a guarantee in every one of Ms. Carr’s books, how the characters get from point “A” to point “S” is for Ms. Carr to know and for us, the readers, to find out.

Ok…now that I have gotten all of that off my chest, I realize…I don’t really want you to be miserable…just HOT!…(and bothered..heehee).  So grab a lemonade or a Margarita and pick out one (or more..these are short stories) of The Black and White Collection books by Mari Carr.  You’ll be happy that I wanted the company!

Here is my warning…The Black and White Collection is a group of short stories (approx 125 pages) that may contain crude language, some bdsm, menege scenes, and lots and lots of yummy and descriptive sexual situations.  In other words…the stories are great! Heehee!!

I look forward to hearing from you.

xo,

Lisa

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And the winner is…

The winner of Lisa’s Booty has been chosen and notified.  Congratulations to Yna Yns!  The books will be signed and shipped soon.  Enjoy your booty!

I would like to take a  minute to thank Rebecca Donovan for bringing this opportunity to me and then helping me to create a fun way to execute the give away.  I am so grateful to her for believing in Lisa’s Reads and the possibility of a mutual and beneficial relationship.  Judging by the website views, tweets, and contest entries, I would say the partnership was successful!

Thank you to all of you (my readers)!!  I appreciate your dedication and excitement during this experiment.  Due to your overwhelming response, Lisa’s Booty will be a regular part of Lisa’s Reads.  So get ready for more fun!!

For those of you unaware, I have recently joined twitter –  my handle is @lisasreads. I will try to put the most up to date Lisa’s Reads and Lisa’s Booty information on there as well as Facebook and of course here at Lisasreads.com.

Thank you again for your loyalty and your feedback it means the world to me!

xo,

Lisa

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“Easy” by Tammara Webber

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Easy

Have you ever been in your car listening to the radio when a song from your past came on?   In that moment, were you able to member where you were when you first or last heard that song?

In my opinion, when it comes to music there are 3 kinds of people… First, there are those who focus on the music itself.  You know who you are.  You feel the rhythm and the beat… you feel the pulse of the music as it affects the pulse of your heart. As the tempo increases.. your body moves faster..when the chords begin to slow, so do your hips..your hands..your blood.  Then there are those of you who focus on lyrics. The written words of a song can bring you to tears, or can pull forth a smile. The right song can take you on a journey back to your first kiss; your first break-up; the day you made love for the first time…the day you found out your best friend was hooking-up with your boyfriend. The third group, while no less important,  usually likes music..appreciate all aspects of it but it may not live in their soul. Take my husband and I for example, we can here a song while in the car…I will say, “Oh honey…how incredible was that? I wish you would say those things to me.” His response will be…”That was a great song..but what did he say that was so wonderful?” (Heehee….love that man!)

Needless to say, I am lyric person.  The words of a song or those written in a story seep into my ears, my eyes, and straight into my heart. They affect me so profoundly and sometimes they stay with me forever.  I remember the main events in my life by the songs that were playing in the background.  Therefore, when I read a book written by a truly talented author, their words take on a lyrical quality and stay with me long after I have finished reading the story.  That is the case with “Easy” a novel written by Tammara Webber.

Unlike most of the books I choose, this book came to me from the Amazon.com suggestion bar.  (Quick explanation, when you purchase enough books from Amazon.com, they start giving you suggestions based on your previous purchases.) So Amazon “told me” that if I liked “Slammed” by Collen Hoover, “Beautiful Disaster” by Jamie McGuire, and “Love Unscripted” by Tina Reber then I would like “Easy” by Tammara Webber.  Well, I didn’t like those other books..I FREAKING LOVED THEM!  So I pushed “buy” and here I am.

“Easy” takes place on a college campus that could easily be any campus any where in the U.S.  It’s not too big, not too small..it’s full of students 18-22 years of age.  People are there to study, to learn, to make friends, to make-out, to party, and to have fun!…it’s..COLLEGE!  In the first scene we meet our heroine, Jacqueline.   Jacqueline had followed her high school boyfriend to the college of his choice and now that he has broken up with her (YES..that’s right!!) she needs to figure out life on her own.  In that same first scene, Ms. Webber writes a breath stopping and traumatic situation that introduces us to our hero.  (For the purpose of keeping treasures hidden, I am not going to give you his name right now….sorry!)  However, this hero is a beautiful, strong, avenging angel that captures  Jacqueline’s attention.

Since going through the drama of a break-up and now the trauma of the other situation, Jacqueline realizes that she is failing one of her classes.  Her professor, a kind and understanding man (you will find out why he’s so understanding in the book) gives Jacqueline a chance to redeem herself by working with the class’s tutor on a project.  Since she has a class during Landon’s (the tutor) study hours, he decides he will help her through email.  Jacqueline and Landon start to form a relationship.  Jacqueline and her hero are starting to get closer. While all this is happening, the situation from the first scene is still wreaking havoc in Jacqueline’s life.

While in my telling, it may seem like there is so much going on,  in “Easy” but  Ms. Webber uses her lyrical quality to weave a most beautiful tale.  “Easy” deals with so many difficult issues, however, Ms. Webber delivers her messages with care.  At no point does she dumb down her characters.  Ms. Webber allows her heroes to show weakness and her heroines to show strength.  She doesn’t make the women fragile, she empowers them!   She paints amazing scenes both lovely and tragic. She creates extraordinarily sexy situations but keeps them beautiful and tender.

I loved this story!  I loved Ms. Webber’s lyrics, her rhythm, her beat.  I loved the descriptions of the characters both main and supporting.  While I knew that Jacqueline and her hero (sorry..not telling his name!!) were going to be just fine…I wasn’t ready to give them up.  I wanted more time with them.

So to answer your unspoken question…or your future question…If you liked “Slammed,” Beautiful Disaster,” and “Love Unscripted” you will love “Easy.”  If you read “Easy” and love it… I just gave you three more books for your reading list!

I look forward to hearing from you.

xo,

Lisa

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