REVIEW: Perfect Pleasures by Deborah Fletcher Mello


World famous MMA champion Zachary Barrett has returned to his home in Phuket, Thailand, and his elite training camp, Revolution. Thanks to his twin brother, a renowned pro trainer in Colorado, Zachary is primed and ready for his next title bout—but his toughest match may be with the sports journalist assigned to write an exposé on him. Not only is she gorgeous, she’s after a well-guarded secret that Zach soon realizes makes her off limits in every way…

 

It’s true that Kenzie Monroe has an ulterior motive for pursuing Zachary. The half-Asian beauty believes he’s connected to her estranged father, a former MMA fighter who disappeared years ago. And the more Zachary avoids her, the more determined she is—and the hotter their game of cat and mouse becomes…until they both surrender. But as lust, love, and friendship combine, Zachary knows he has to answer all of Kenzie’s questions—because outside of the ring, the heart makes the rules… 



“Every woman wants to know that the man she loves will fight for her if it ever came down to it.”

Kenzie is no different than most real-life women which makes her story quite relatable. She is on a journey to find herself and along the way she “finds” Zachary. He too is on a journey and is at a professional crossroads so the last thing he needs is a woman distracting him. Mello delicately weaves a story that keeps the reader interested from the very first page. 

Mello has slowly become one of my favorite romance writers. Her stories always seem to break the mold and have a deeper element to them than the typical insta-love trope so regularly seen. Perfect Pleasures was fun, emotional, and a joy to read!!

Sister Surrogate by Lachelle Weaver Review & Giveaway


Three sisters and a baby equal family drama… Bridgette, Ivy and Savannah have always been close, and as with any sisterhood, it hasn’t been without its challenges, but they always manage to come together in times of need. When the youngest, Savannah is faced with a life altering illness which threatens her lifelong desire to have children, one of her sisters offer to give her the ultimate gift–to become her surrogate. While Savannah is overwhelmed with happiness and gratitude about motherhood, not everyone in the family shares her sentiments. The upcoming addition to their family seems to cause discord rather than joy.


Let me start by saying the synopsis for this book immediately caught my attention. A story about such a sensitive subject could either be a drama-filled saga or one of true love. Sister Surrogate was a truly a journey filled with many emotions. 

Sister Surrogate reminds us that we might have good intentions to help someone in a “bad” situation, but sometimes we need to stop and think about how all parties involved will react. Sister Surrogate also reminds us that there is a fine line between wanting to play hero and coming off as selfish. 

LaChelle Weaver has done an exemplary job of weaving a realistic tale of emotions and reactions surrounding one single decision. Sister Surrogate is a true page turner that makes the reader think about which family is more important: the one you’re born into or the one you receive once you marry. Sister Surrogate proves that Weaver has a very bright future in the literary industry!

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


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Review: Mattie’s Call by Stacy Campbell



When their mother goes missing from her nursing home, three estranged siblings must fulfill the requests left in her will before they can find closure—or receive their inheritance.

Mattie Benson feels trapped in Grand Oak Acres Nursing Home. Abandoned by her adult children and missing her deceased husband, she takes matters into her own hands and leaves the facility. A Mattie’s Call is issued, and soon, the siblings learn things about their mother they never knew—namely, her ability to bring them together through the conditions of her will.
Gabrielle, the eldest daughter, must stop living life on her looks, get a job, and move out of the family home. This feat proves difficult for a forty-nine-year-old woman accustomed to the generosity of wealthy men.
Joshua, the runaway groom, must reconnect with the son he never knew existed. He isn’t against the idea, but facing the only love of his life proves more difficult than he anticipated.
Alice, Mattie’s baby girl, has been trapped in a loveless marriage for years. The stipulation that she complete her college degree scares her more than climbing a mountain, but an unforgivable moment with her husband proves she must move forward with her life.
Stumbling and ultimately rising to the challenge, the siblings get to know one other as their parents’ legacy mends old wounds and paves the way for new beginnings.

“My grandmother used to say after some families became adults, the only thing they had in common were their last names.”

Mattie’s family was definitely broken and disconnected from one another and this did not please Mattie. All of her children’s personality flaws and weaknesses are on full display when Mattie comes up missing. Each of them must indivually deal with their personal issues, but more importantly, they must learn how to be siblings and truly be there for each other. 

What Mattie’s Call boils down to is LOVE. It is a story about learning to love and respect oneself. It is a story about putting aside jealousy and envy so you can learn to love your siblings. And, lastly, it is a story about a mother’s love for her children. Mattie will do whatever it takes to ensure her children actually function as a family unit. 

This is another winner for Stacy Campbell. She has truly become an author that I’ll read without second thought. All of her books deal with serious topics that are not normally discussed and that is what makes them a breath of fresh air. 



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