Heart of Light by T.K. Leigh Review & Giveaway

Heart of Light by T.K. Leigh

Heart of Light by T.K. Leigh

RECOMMENDED FOR AGES EIGHTEEN AND UP DUE TO EXPLICIT SEXUAL SITUATIONS, STRONG LANGUAGE, AND GRAPHIC VIOLENCE.
Twelve years ago, Jolene’s adoptive mother died. Twelve years ago, a man showed up at Jolene’s door and promised to take care of her. Twelve years ago, Jolene was happy.
Then it all changed…
Jolene Bergio has spent the last twelve years of her life asking one question… Why? Why was she left in the custody of a man who would sell her each and every night to the highest bidder? After a few years, she shut off, giving up hope that anyone would ever find her. Until her luck changed one night and she escaped.
Twelve years later, she finally feels something she hasn’t felt in a long time… Free.
Almost.
Scared that her past will find her unexpectedly, she hides away in a rented beach house, trying to distance herself from everyone… Until Dr. Cameron Bowen enters her world and slowly tears down the walls that she has built up over the past twelve years of her captivity. Jolene begins to learn to love again.
And trust again.
But when a man from Jolene’s past emerges, will she be able to keep her identity hidden? When lies are told and hearts are broken, will the truth surface in time to bring Jolene back from the shadows that threaten to expose who she really is?
Heart of Light is a captivating story of love, strength, and survival.

“Did something happen to you?”
She rolled her eyes, pissed that he could see right through all her tricks and games. “What hasn’t happened to me?”
“Don’t do that.”
“Do what?” she hissed, raising her voice.
“That. Stop feeling so fucking sorry for yourself. You have a past. I get that. I don’t care about that. It’s shaped who you are and, goddammit, will you just see that you’re such a strong, amazing, gorgeous woman who I…”
“Who you what?” she asked with a quiver in her voice, her body warming at the depth and fire behind his eyes. But there was something else there, too. Something she knew she didn’t deserve.
“Who I admire, Jolene,” he said, sighing deeply. “Who I wish could finally see herself as I see her. Who I wish would stop lying to all of the people who care about her. And, most importantly, who I wish would stop lying to herself.”
“It’s not that easy, Cam.”
“Just answer me this question, and please be honest. Has someone hurt you? Last night? In there?” He gestured toward the front door. “Did someone find you?”
Jolene scanned the beach, the large deck seeming so small under Cam’s inquisitive stare.
“Please, Jolene. Just tell me the truth.”
She took a deep breath and returned her eyes to his. “No. Just like I said…” she started, a lone tear falling down her cheek. She hated herself for that tear, especially after the promise she made to herself last night. “I fell.”
“Take off your sunglasses and say that.” His expression was void of all emotion as he waited for her to comply with his request.
Removing the shades from her face, she glared at him. “Like I said, Dr. Bowen, I fucking fell. Now stop trying to make it seem like I’m a helpless victim. I’m not. Like you said, I’m strong. And I’d appreciate it if you would stop accusing me of lying to you. Stop trying to think that you can come in here and fix me. Leave that for your actual patients.” She stood up, heading toward the front door.
He followed her across the deck. “Is that what you think I’m doing? I just want to…”
“I know, I know.” She spun around, her eyes on fire. “Help me. Please, Cam.” Her voice changed from firm to soft. “I’m fine. I don’t want you always worrying about me. It’s exhausting.

Human trafficking. There is absolutely nothing fluffy and/or sexy about this subject. Most of the books that are currently on the market that deal with trafficking focus on what happens while the woman is held captive, but Heart of Light focuses on after the woman escapes and how one might attempt to put their life back together.

Jolene has been held captive for over ten years, but thanks to some folks that want to take a stand, she escapes and finds herself in Florida. Here we meet our old friend, Dr. Cam. Their first meeting wasn’t anything special as Jolene wouldn’t even tell anyone her real name.

T.K. takes us on a journey that is quite believable as we see Jolene go through a string of emotions which are full of ups, downs, breakdowns, and breakthroughs. There are times when it seems as if Jolene has turned the corner but then the slightest trigger such as a certain song will make her have a complete meltdown. T.K. doesn’t shy away from and/or try to sugarcoat the range of emotions that Jolene experiences because even those of us that haven’t survived trafficking know we can turn from hot to cold in a second.

Nothing sets her back like seeing one of the men from her past. The suspense and action begin and it is quite amazing to see how far these “men” will go to protect the secret of them being active participants in human trafficking. Throughout the book and especially at this point, Jolene must decide if she is going to stay in her past or if she will push through and move forward.

I thought T.K. outdid herself with the Beautiful Mess series, but oh boy, she surprised me with Heart of Light!! This book truly took my breath away. It was nice to see that Dr. Cam got his own book because he is one of the good guys. Jolene and him are fighting two different battles, but once they realize that they can lean on each other, allow others to help them, and come to grips that their past does not define them, they finally begin to see the light and all of the beauty that comes with it!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Heart of Light in exchange for an honest review.


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T.K. Leigh

T.K. Leigh

T.K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is the USA Today Best Selling author of the Beautiful Mess series. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, dog and three cats, all of which she has rescued (including the husband). She always had a knack for writing, but mostly in the legal field. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to try her hand at creative writing and is now addicted to creating different characters and new and unique story lines in the Contemporary Romantic Suspense genre.

When she’s not planted in front of her computer, writing away, she can be found running and training for her next marathon (of which she has run over fifteen fulls and far too many halfs to recall). Unlike Olivia, the main character in her Beautiful Mess series, she has yet to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

T.K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is the USA Today Best Selling author of the Beautiful Mess series. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, dog and three cats, all of which she has rescued (including the husband). She always had a knack for writing, but mostly in the legal field. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to try her hand at creative writing and is now addicted to creating different characters and new and unique story lines in the Contemporary Romantic Suspense genre.

When she’s not planted in front of her computer, writing away, she can be found running and training for her next marathon (of which she has run over fifteen fulls and far too many halfs to recall). Unlike Olivia, the main character in her Beautiful Mess series, she has yet to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

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Unbreakable Series by Rebecca Shea Review

Unbreakable by Rebecca Shea

Unbreakable by Rebecca Shea

USA Today Best Seller 

*This book contains mature subject matter and is not intended for those under 17 years of age.* 

Jessica Harper is the epitome of perfection. She’s a good daughter, makes excellent grades, and always strays on the safe side of life. The last thing she thought would ever happen was falling in love with her best friend’s brother. But sometimes fate just has a way of bringing two people together. 

Wide receiver for the University of Arizona, Gabe Garcia, seems to have it all. When his feelings for Jessica come to surface, Gabe will give up everything to be with her. 

But what happens when a tragedy abruptly changes the course of your life? For Jessica and Gabe, everything they thought they knew about each other will be questioned. Sometimes, there are scars in life that are cut too deep to completely heal. 

Will their love prove to be unbreakable, or will it shatter and prove fate is just another lie?

For some reason, I truly enjoy reading dedication pages and the one for Unbreakable truly spoke to my heart. Read what Rebecca says:

One of my favorite authors, Michelle Leighton wrote, “Every broken person’s worst fear – that no one will be able to love us in spite of our scars.” This book is dedicated to anyone who has ever been broken. You are loved – scars and all.

I met Rebecca at a book signing in Cleveland back in April and I am kicking myself that it took me so long to begin this series. Jess is a piece of work. Her dad is basically a deadbeat dad because he is so preoccupied with his career that she thinks of her neighbors as family more than him. She is secretly in love with Gabe, but he is slightly older and her best friend’s brother. Oh, and he’s one of the neighbor’s kids. Jess thinks it is a one-sided crush until a trip to see Gabe at college.

True to form with this genre, Gabe also has a crush on Jess. I am so over the “insta-love, I am secretly in love with my friend’s sibling” storyline, but to my surprise that was my only negative about this book. The ups, downs, trials, and tribulations that Jess and Gave experience are for the record books. But, when the unexpected happens, it rocks them to the core and we truly get to see if their bond is truly unbreakable.

Their story is told in alternating POV’s so I found myself attached to both Gabe and Jess. The first word that comes to mind when I think of this book is heartbreaking, But, makes this book exceptional is Shea’s ability to turn something that is quite horrific into a story of triumph. The ending left me hanging so I moved right on to Undone!!!

 


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Undone by Rebecca Shea

Undone by Rebecca Shea

From USA Today Best Selling Author Rebecca Shea. Undone is a companion novel to Unbreakable and is book 2 in the Unbreakable series. 

I’ve found it’s easier to share my body but not my soul. I need no one, yet I crave her. 

Self-assured and independent, she doesn’t need me—but she wants me, and undeniably I want her too. At war with myself as I battle the secrets of my past, I don’t know if I can allow her to see the darkest parts of me, the parts I’ve left untouched—undone. 

As she chips away at the walls I’ve built for years, I fear those secrets will hold me hostage from love—forever. 

*This book contains mature subject matter and is not intended for those under 17 years of age.*

Well, d*mn!!! That’s what I kept repeating while reading Undone. To say I disliked Landon, is putting it mildly. He is a Jerk, with a well-deserved J. How in the world did Shea write such a complex character in Landon that in the beginning I wanted him to get hit by a truck and then I found myself becoming his biggest cheerleader?? Geez, that is TALENT!!

“You know we all have secrets, right?” She turns to face me, “We all have scars; some scars can be seen and others cannot. Every scar has a story and every story needs to be told. When you’re ready, I’ll be here to listen to your story.”

Undone is one of those rare stories that I didn’t see coming. It hit me like a ton of bricks. If some of us were being truthful, we would see a little bit of Landon in us. We carry scars and secrets which keep us from allowing someone to fully see us, but if we are lucky we will meet that one person that makes us feel comfortable enough to see them. Landon’s childhood is horrific and is journey to manhood is quite annoying as he is disgusting and treats women like dirt. But, once he finds the one and the layers begin to peel then we see the “real” him.

Undone is emotional and it tug at my heart a lot more than the first book in the series. Some folks truly aren’t meant to be parents and this book portrayed why I made that statement perfectly. Sadly, Undone is real life for a lot of children and I applaud Shea for bringing this issue to the forefront!


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Unforgiven by Rebecca Shea

Unforgiven by Rebecca Shea

A companion novel to “Unbreakable” & “Undone” and is the final book in the Unbreakable series — This is Lindsay and Matt’s story.
Lindsay Christianson seemingly has it all—the perfect career, the perfect boyfriend, and the best-laid plans for a perfect life—until one phone call changes everything.
With a moments notice, Lindsay must choose between her perfect life and her professional dreams. The choice momentarily seems clear when the opportunity to propel her career abruptly sends her across the country, leaving everything she loves behind in North Carolina.
Navigating a new city with a broken heart and a job where her colleagues will do anything to sabotage her success, the pressure quickly becomes too great. When old habits resurface, Lindsay finds herself chasing demons she thought were long since buried.
With pain and destruction left in her wake, will Lindsay find a way to erase the damage she’s done, or will her sins remain unforgiven?
**This book is a Contemporary Romance and contains mature subject matter. It is not intended for those under 17 years of age.**

Unforgiven

“All right, everyone.” Lindsay stands up and pushes back her chair slightly. She wobbles a bit on her heels and rests her hand on my shoulder to steady herself. “Apparently, tonight is as good as any night to let you all in on a little secret.” She wipes the palms of her hands down the sides of her black dress.
“So, for a little over a year now, Matt and I have been seeing each other.” There are a few chuckles, but mostly everyone sits silently listening to Lindsay. “We’ve kept it quiet for a while simply because it’s what worked for us.” She shrugs. “It started off casual and just turned into more, and we didn’t really make a big deal out of it.” She looks down at me and smiles the most beautiful, genuine smile I’ve ever seen. Her blue eyes sparkle in the lights from the crystal chandelier and her long, blonde hair hangs in waves. She looks almost angelic in the dimly lit room.

“So, cat’s out of the bag.” She laughs and raises her glass. I stand up and raise my glass next to hers. “To Matt and me,” she says with a smile on her beautiful face. I lean in and press a long kiss to her lips while everyone hoots and hollers around us.

Lindsay. Any woman that has ambition and career goals can relate to her in one way or another. Do you choose your career or do you choose love? That is exactly the situation that Lindsay finds herself in; does she move across the country for an opportunity that will push her career forward or does she stay in North Carolina with her boyfriend Matt.

The move isn’t going quite as planned and Lindsay finds herself beginning to self-medicate. Shea spins a weave of destruction that is painful to read. I found myself wanting to jump into my kindle and shake Lindsay and then give her a hug. Reading Lindsay go through this made me wonder is a career worth being away from your loved ones and because of that some of her internal strife really struck a chord with me.

Lindsay and Matt’s story is one for the ages. It is contemporary and one that I think quite a few modern couples in which each have career goals and ambitions experience. The biggest takeaway from reading the Unbreakable series is that Rebecca Shea is one talented lady! In each book, she has taken some heavy subject matter and delicately made them into stories that perfectly mix their respective angst (domestic and/or personal issue) with love and most of all, sensitivity. She reminds us that no matter what we go through that if we have others that truly love and believe in us, there is no obstacle that can stand in our way. And, most of all, once we learn to forgive ourselves there is happiness waiting for us on the other side!!!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Unforgiven in exchange for an honest review.


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Guest Post: Risky Business by Amy Andrews

Risky Business by Amy Andrews

Risky Business by Amy Andrews

From bestselling author Amy Andrews comes a new single-title romance about putting pleasure before business, and the risks we all need to take when we find someone worth risking everything for.

Samantha Evans’s life is going to hell. Not only has she rage-quit her beloved, high-powered job, but she is suddenly afflicted by hormones, free time, and an unavoidable, unignorable, undeniably gorgeous irritant in the form of Nick Hawke, her extreme sports star neighbour, who has come home to take over the reins of his grandmother’s second-hand bookshop. Sam needs something to keep her from begging for her old job back until she’s good and sure her boss understands how wrong he was, and taking a low-risk, low-stress job helping Nick at the bookstore might be just the thing.

After all, it’s not like Nick is the right guy to help her with her hormones. He’ll just be fun to look at while she searches for the one.

Nick has six months to get over an injury before Everest and a big, fat contract beckon. That means no sports, no danger and, above all else, no risks. It means playing it safe. And Nick Hawke doesn’t do safe. So he’s going to need something to stave off the boredom while selling books he doesn’t read to people who wouldn’t know a carabineer from a crochet hook. What could be safer than hiring a cranky, unemployed accountant to help run the bookstore? Sam is efficient and methodical and messing up her neat, post-it note world could be a fun way to pass the time….

Risky Business mixes the classic romance of Philadelphia Story, the humour and wit of When Harry Met Sally, and a strong, contemporary Australian setting to create a delightful, irresistible, utterly satisfying treat of a novel.

The Rubenesque Heroine
Samantha in Risky Business is not your usual romance book skinny-minny. She has an average size 14 figure and feels every one of those sizes. Speaking as someone who’s never ever been in the range of skinny, I can relate to Sam. I can relate to her hang ups and her genuine confusion when a bone fide sex god takes an interest to her. She’s spent so many years screwed up about herself she honestly can’t understand what a man who could give Hugh Jackman a run for his money sees in her.
But Nick is interested.

‘Hey, trust me. If I think you’re sexy there’ll be others.’
She gaped at him. She understood compliments slipped off Nick’s tongue easily — that’s the kind of guy he was. But decades of thinking herself average had never allowed for the possibility of sexy. It was just too foreign to her.
And it wasn’t right for him to mess with her head.
‘You think I’m sexy?’ She frowned at him but he stood uncowed, his arms folded as if he was waiting for the penny to drop. She hoped he wasn’t holding his breath.
‘Okay,’ she sighed. ‘I’ll bite…why?’
‘Besides your Rubenesque qualities?’
‘That’s just code for fat,’ she dismissed.
‘No it’s not.’ Nick shook his head. ‘Jesus, why can’t women just take a damn compliment?’
‘Reuben’s models were fat,’ Sam said stubbornly.
‘They were curvaceous.’
‘They had cellulite.’
‘They were round and soft and female. They were sexy. You can’t see the beauty in them?’
‘Cellulite is never sexy.’
Nick shook his head. ‘Women are so screwed up.’

Nick’s right – women are screwed up and sadly, it takes Sam time to get used to the idea of his interest. Time and some hot and smexy heavy petting that breaks every rule they put in place!

So let’s hear it for the Rubenesque heroine and the men who can’t get enough of them!

Have you read any good books that feature heroines who can’t fit into a size zero?

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