Review; A Blessing & A Curse by ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray

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First ladies of the Baptist church and sworn frenemies Rachel Jackson Adams and Jasmine Cox Larson Bush are stunned to learn they may have more in common than they thought—like who’s their daddy—in the scandalous new collaboration between national bestselling and award-winning authors ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray.

 

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They’re back!!! Rachel and Jasmine have been entertaining readers over the years with their petty and very unconventional relationship which goes between rivalry and a true friendship/sisterhood. ReShonda and Victoria use their exceptional talent to remind us that different isn’t always bad and that laughter is good for the soul.

“She’s not a little girl. She’s like almost sixty.”


I said something similar to that throughout the entire book. It still had the signature humor because the shenanigans were still present but Jasmine was too over the top in my opinion. This installment of the series was not as entertaining as the previous ones, but it was still a solid book. A Blessing and a Curse is a proper sendoff for this much beloved series and I’m confident readers will enjoy it!

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Quiet Lies by R.L. Griffin

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QL-Cover-GoodreadsI was broken before I met Sebastian Pryor, but he decimated me. I swept the ashes of myself into a pile that I kept safe for thirteen years. Believe me it wasn’t pretty, oh but people thought we were perfect. I hate myself most days. I hate that I feel for him as much as I loathe who I’ve become with him. This story is hard to hear. You know what the worst part is? You’ll see part of you in me. You’ll hate that. You won’t tell anyone.

My story is about cracks. A description or telling of how cracks in a marriage, a life, a personality, a heart and a mind begin and continue for years without anyone knowing. You don’t always see what causes the fissure, but you feel it. Can you remember who you were before all of this started, before your life became a jumble of deceit, longing and regret?

This book isn’t for anyone who needs a happily ever after.

This book isn’t for anyone who needs a fun time out from their life.

This book isn’t for anyone, but me.

This is my story. I won’t apologize for it.

 

“You ruined my fucking life. I hope you burn in the hell that you created for yourself,” I whisper. Then I lick the shell of his ear and he looks at me like he doesn’t know me. He doesn’t. He created me, but doesn’t know what he created at all.

This does not happen often, but I really can’t put into words the feelings and emotions that I had during and after I read Quiet Lies. It truly rendered me speechless because while we may not have Rebecca’s life there are quite a few of us that have been in relationships with someone that is like a chameleon. Parts of this book was like looking in a rearview mirror and I couldn’t stop staring.

I fell in love with R.L.’s writing during the By a Thread series, but Quiet Lies moved her into the “I will read whatever she writes simply because it’s by her” category!!! Quiet Lies is an amazing, twisted, realistic piece of brilliance!!!

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


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Author PhotoR.L. Griffin published her first book in 2004. After that she focused on practicing law. A few years ago she began writing the By A Thread series, which is out now. Her goal is to keep readers on their toes, whether it’s the plot twist or the book itself, her books are outside any box. There is a little bit of grit in most of her books and a ton of cussing. Most books are enjoyed better with a glass of wine, or whiskey, whatever your poison may be.
She lives in Atlanta with her husband, kid and dogs. She loves to travel and meet readers.

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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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