Razorblade Kisses by R.L. Griffin

Razorblade Kisses by R.L. Griffin

Razorblade Kisses by R.L. Griffin

Her name is Emery Shaw…Emily Sanders…Emma Simpson…Ericka Smith.
Her family was well off, she ran.
They looked for her, she hid.
They found her, she ran again.
Tragedy strikes, she gets even.

The fact is, she doesn’t know who she is, she tried to run, to hide and make a life for herself, but that backfired. No one knows her except her best friend Rachel, if that’s even an adequate word for what they are to each other. Rachel helps her build a life for herself below the radar, which is fine until the unthinkable happens knocking Em out of her unfeeling cocoon. When her house of cards comes tumbling down she runs again, until the one person who can change her mind finds her.

Due to adult situations, language and possible scenarios that may be difficult for some readers to handle, take a breath before you start this one. It’s gritty and not pretty. Nothing is pretty here. Whiskey is a good thing.

The cover of Razorblade Kisses caught my eye because it is quite simple yet intriguing. It is a child angel that appears to be praying and my mind started to think about how this would relate to what’s inside of the book and if somehow the cover was a symbol of a child and/or young person that needs prayer. I am one of those folks that will always read the dedication of a book and this line struck a chord with me:

“Don’t look back with regret, but look forward with determination.”

As you can tell from reading the synopsis, Razorblade Kisses is about a girl on the run. The reason why she is running is one that upset me to the core and it is quite heartbreaking. Griffin delicately writes about a sensitive subject that many can relate to but are probably too scared to share.

“Hope is a funny thing, because the feeling is unmatched, like nothing else, but when it’s dashed, it leaves you empty. When the world crushed the hope she had now, the promise of tomorrow whispered “try again” in her ear.”

The main character is a symbol of hope, redemption, and being not only a survivor, but a conqueror. Griffin’s writing style is distinct in an oversaturated market of this particular genre. Razorblade Kisses is an emotional read and it should not be read if you are looking for something light. It does take you to a few dark places, so be prepared!
DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Razorblade Kisses in exchange for an honest review.


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My Hunger by Lisa Renee Jones Review & Giveaway

My Hunger by Lisa Renee Jones

My Hunger by Lisa Renee Jones

From New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, an Inside Out series e-short told from Mark’s point of view, as he battles his all-consuming desire for Crystal.

Devastated by Rebecca’s death, Mark is facing the chaos of the press and the police investigation alone, his reputation, his business, and even his freedom under threat. When a family emergency sends him back east to New York, he puts Crystal—who’s as capable as she is challenging—in charge of his San Francisco art gallery. A Master, all about control, right now he feels that he has none. With his secret sex club and his relationships of the past in the spotlight, Mark finds sanctuary in the one place he promised he would never be again—but cannot seem to resist Crystal’s arms.

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I was drawn in from the very first paragraph of My Hunger. It is the journey of Mark and what happens after Rebecca’s disappearance. Enter Crystal. She is different than the woman Mark normally deals with and because of that their interaction is quite amusing to read. Even though, it is stated that this novella can be read as a standalone I found myself thinking I should have read the other books in the series so I could completely understand what was going on. My Hunger is a short tale woven with intensity, suspense, and some heat. Jones is definitely a talented writer and this book would have been rated a 5, but the ending just left me hanging. And, now I am trying to find the time to read all of the previous books in this series and am anxiously awaiting to find out what happens next with Mark!

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


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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland, Austin Powers, Must Love Dogs) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today and USA Today lists.

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.

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The Solitude of Passion by Addison Moore

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When old love and new love collide an impossibility is born.

When Lee Townsend’s husband leaves on a community outreach to China, the last thing she expects is for him to never come back—for him to have tragically met his demise.

Lee goes on to marry his adversary and settles into life and business with him, merging her vineyard with his and creating a worldwide conglomerate.

Five years later a twist of fate brings the past back to her and forces Lee to make a decision that will change the landscape of her life forever. 

Secrets emerge, forcing relationships to be examined—magnifying the surprising true underpinnings of her marriage to both Mitch and Max. 

Lee’s heart is unwilling to surrender her love for either Mitch or Max.
She must choose to carry forward with the past or present. 

Lee has a choice to make.
Mitch can’t figure out how to win.
Max never loses.
Worlds collide in THE SOLITUDE OF PASSION
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I should have known from the beginning that The Solitude of Passion by Addison Moore would bring out different feelings from me. We have one woman, Lee, and two men, Mitch and Max who are in love with her. Mitch and Max used to be the best of friends until something between their two families resulted in them ending their friendship.

Mitch and Lee are married and expecting their first child and all seems ok until he must leave on a business trip to China. In scenes that seem as if they are taken from an action movie or television show and not a contemporary romance novel we are left with Mitch confessing that he is a spy. Lee and all of his other loved ones believe that he is dead and it is quite heartbreaking to read how Lee is coping. On the flipside I believe that Max is an absolute jackass because he says,

“By the time she’s ready to move on, I’ll be all she sees.”

Who is he to take advantage of a widow? This bothered me for a while but it turns into quite a love story until “an old love and new love collide.” Moore writes in such a beautiful and descriptive manner that I could the pain among other emotions that all of the characters experienced throughout The Solitude of Passion.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for some action, adventure, and of course, romance!!!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of The Solitude of Passion in exchange for an honest review.

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four

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Addison Moore is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who writes contemporary and paranormal romance. Previously she worked as a therapist on a locked psychiatric unit for nearly a decade. She resides on the West Coast with her husband, four wonderful children, and two dogs where she eats too much chocolate and stays up way too late. When she’s not writing, she’s reading.

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