Seeking Sarah by ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Seeking Sarah

 

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From the national bestselling and award-winning ReShonda Tate Billingsley comes this gripping and emotional exploration of the complex bond between mother and daughter.

From the time Brooke Green was seven years old, she has lived with the pain of losing her mother. Her father has done the best job he could in raising her, but a piece of her always felt empty. On the day of her father’s funeral, her grandmother breaks the shocking news: her mother, Sarah, is very much alive. She abandoned her family because she claimed she wasn’t fit for motherhood. After doing some research, Brooke discovers her mother is living in Atlanta, enjoying a great career…and a brand new family. Stunned, Brooke doesn’t know if she wants answers or revenge against the mother who abandoned her. When she meets Sarah’s husband, Tony, Brooke sees the perfect way to make her mother pay. But her plan for revenge just may leave everyone in danger, and end up costing Brooke more than she ever bargained for.

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Sometimes a book is hard to read. It is hard to digest. It is hard to not to take it personally and think objectively. And, then it is hard to write a review. That is how I feel about Seeking Sarah. I’d read a few pages and then would need to take a break. Read a few more pages and then take another break. This book could have easily been read in one sitting, but it took a few days because of that.

I rolled my eyes and angrily wiped the tears from my face. “There is nothing for you to say. Complicated or not, you don’t abandon your kid. End of story.” I gritted my teeth. “You have no idea what you’ve done to me.”

Folks will learn one way or the other the damage they create when they decide to abandon their child. I’m not saying what is done in this book is right, but I understand. Seeking Sarah will have you feeling some type of way and make you wonder about your own morals because you understand Brooke and her actions. Family ties, rejection, and revenge are the perfect ingredients for an interesting and emotional plot. ReShonda Tate Billingsley proves once again why she is so well-respected within the literary community and why so many readers love her. Well done, ReShonda!

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Dangerous Destiny by Sean D. Young

Dangerous Destiny

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Domestic violence survivor, Victoria Johnson is running from her past.
The most difficult decision she ever had to make in her life was to leave her child.
She takes a job as a nanny thinking it is the perfect hiding place. But, the last thing
she expects is to fall for her new employer.

James Anderson didn’t have much luck with love and marriage. Reeling after his wife
walked out on him and his young son, James is left to pick up the pieces. Hiring
Victoria is a big decision and he soon finds himself attracted to her.
Despite discovering his new nanny has been harboring a dangerous secret, he offers his help.
But first, he must let go of the bitterness he’s been holding onto and forgive his ex-wife
so that he and Victoria can have a chance at Happily ever after.

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Known for her romance novels, Dangerous Destiny is Sean’s first venture into the romantic suspense genre. Domestic violence is a serious topic and while it was respectfully discussed the writer could’ve delved a little deeper describing the backstory and the lasting effects on the main character’s life. This book was quite touching when you think about the lengths that someone will go to keep them and their loved ones safe and to know that there are some good people that will help along the way.
Dangerous Destiny was a little far-fetched but it was still entertaining. It’s always neat to see authors push themselves and try something outside of their comfort zone. Young is an excellent romance novelist and it is my hope that she will continue writing in this new genre!

The Playmaker Series by K.L. Brady

Playmakers seriesIt’s almost fall which means football and I couldn’t think of a better want to prepare than with The Playmaker Series by K.L. Brady. Read below to learn more about the three books in this very fun series!

Her Perfect Catch

img_3371.jpgMelanie is a struggling, nerdy sports writer with the power to change Jet’s image.

Jet is a bad-boy NFL star receiver with the power to change Melanie’s career.

Dylan, Melanie’s sexy best friend, has the power to throw a monkey wrench in everybody’s plans.

When the three connect in a chance meeting at the Super Bowl, none of their lives will ever be the same.

img_3372.jpgHow could I not adore a book centered around a woman who loves football??? In typical Brady fashion, there were plenty of chuckles along the way. This is a novella so there is no need for a long drawn own review because it will tell all of the details. So, I will simply say that “Her Perfect Catch” is a quick and entertaining read that left me looking forward to the forthcoming books in the series.

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The Player's Option

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C.J. is a sports agent on the rise on the heels of saving his brother’s football career, but to stay business, he needs more star clients—and he’s got his eye on the perfect pick. With his love life in a major slump, he’s got all the time in the world to entice the candidate to his side.

That is until he meets Ty Baker.

Also a sports agent, Ty reluctantly assumed leadership of her father’s sports management agency, taking over the reigns after he died to run it. But little did she know, she’d have to save it. Her father’s secret financial struggles landed her in a losing game and in desperate need of signing a superstar football player to help turn it all around.

When Ty and C.J. meet at a pro-football conference, sparks fly, and they can both see love in the end zone…until disaster strikes.

When each learns the other is trying to steal their biggest client, chaos ensues, and cut-throat competition threatens to tear them apart.

In the game of professional football, only one side can win.

Will love survive?

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The Eligible Receiver

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Now that star wide receiver Jet Jamison has overcome his personal and professional struggles, he’s ready for love—but he can’t find it.

Anywhere.

Although he’s hot, successful, wealthy, and can have any woman he wants, the one he truly needs still eludes him, that is, until Veda enters his life.

She’s a school teacher, leading a small, safe life, wishing for a love that does not come with the kind of heartbreak her son’s father delivered—and yet scared to death she’s going to find it.

A chance meeting with Jet begins with a sparring match and ends with love at second sight. Jet changes her perspective and her world. But she’s got a secret that threatens to tear them apart, one that will force Jet to choose between his honor and his heart.
Which will it be? And can they live with his choice?

In the game of love, sometimes giving in is better than giving up…

img_3372.jpg“I know the feeling. At the end of the day, we all crave to be understood, right? We want someone to think enough of us to learn every mundane detail, yet still love us as we are. I’ve never had that.”

OMG, isn’t this what we all want? Someone who desires to see what lies beneath the surface and know the “real” us. I absolutely adored Jet and Veda’s story. I read two books by K.L. this weekend and I want more. I love, love, love her writing style. Romance is K.L.’s bread and butter and she is definitely better than most that write in this genre. If you’re looking for realistic situations and dialogue, then check out any of K.L.’s books. You won’t be disappointed!

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