It’s Blog Tour time!!! Crystal’s Book World is proud to be telling the world about the newest book by Max Monroe, Alex in Wonderland! Blog Review and Author giveaway included!!! I am crazy about Matt Hadder <3

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Welcome to Alex in Wonderland Blog Tour!!! First lets start with a good little tease ——–>

 

Blurb

It is. It’s just…jarring.”

     “You don’t find it natural?” I asked, putting a hand to her back and making her step closer. The pleasure girl moaned and writhed, her skin a flushed rose of arousal as Spade continued to play with her. Lou Diamond had joined them now too, feasting on her breasts and stroking his cock while kneeling on the plush red couch behind her opened leg.

     Alex shook her head and nodded at the same time, her every nerve ending buzzing with confusion over what she’d been taught was appropriate, and the very opposite way she felt.

     “That could be you,” I whispered, leaning into her back and grazing the shell of her ear with my breath.

     She shivered—for about a millisecond—before bounding away and turning to meet my eyes, panic stark in hers. “Me? Do that? Like…right here? In front of people?” she stuttered. “No. No. Um, no.”

     Excitement shot down my spine at her anxiousness. “No?” I questioned, careful to keep my tone reproachful. I wanted her to feel pressured—just to see if she could withstand it.

     After a brief pause, she confirmed with a curt, determined shake of her head. “No.”

     At six foot six and two hundred and seventy pounds, I was nothing short of physically intimidating. I was impressed by her backbone.

     “Okay,” I agreed easily. Her eyes widened, and her plump lips parted. I took pleasure in her surprise.

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I read Alex in Wonderland and loved it! Check out my 5 Star Review: 

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Holy smokes Alex in Wonderland was such a great and capturing read! I love reading anything by Max Monroe. They make their book releases so fun and exciting that you go into reading their books ready to take on the twists and laughs that they have for you.

Alex in Wonderland was phenomenal!!! Alex is a beautiful, strong, and sassy woman. I really did not see her true personality from the get go. Not only does she surprise the characters in the book with it, but also to the reader. I love how this story gives you the unexpected. Not to mention the steamy hot sexy scenes that you get is more than a bonus 😉

Matt is sexy as sin!! I was addicted to him and could not stay away. With that said, I read this book in one setting. I would book mark a chapter I would finish and put my Kindle down. Within minutes I had it back in my hands and continued on. I love this book!

Alex in Wonderland is deviously HOT and has a twist for the life of the good, the bad, and the ugly. You will get your laughs in some parts, and then we get down to business. I love the way Max Monroe brings this story together with the right amount of drama and complexity! Alex in Wonderland will surely exceed your expectations!

And I can not leave you without giving you the authors link to their Reader Giveaway!!!!

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From Max Monroe: 

Readers make the book world go round and we are so appreciative for everything you do in helping to spread the word on our books. So, in the spirit of spreading the word on Alex in Wonderland, we are giving away two $25 Amazon gift card to two lucky readers who help spread the word!  —-> Giveaway LINK

 

Disclaimer

Disclaimer:

Please keep your arms crossed over your chest and feet crossed at the ankle as you fall down the rabbit hole. The urge to open your mouth in shock will be strong, but we encourage you to keep it closed. There’s no telling what could end up inside.

*Authors not responsible for personal injury on your ride through Wonderland.

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Release Blitz and Blog Review!! Unconventional by Isabel Love is now available!!!!

 

Title: Unconventional
Author: Isabel Love
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: July 20, 2017
Blurb
Happily ever after—what a joke! I tried that once and ended
up divorced.
Now, I only want one thing from men.
Charlie Nelson is good at giving me that one thing. Really, really good.
 
So good, in fact, I discovered a new side of myself.
I never knew I liked to watch until I saw
his talented hands touching someone else.
I never knew I liked to be watched until I
felt his searing gaze on me.
 
Maybe happily ever after isn’t always a white picket fence,
wedding bells, and 2.5 kids.
Maybe it’s something a bit more…unconventional.
 
 
*Warning: Contains dirty talk, piercings and hot threesomes.
Intended for readers over 18 years of age.
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Unconventional is the next book I have been anticipating for awhile now. I really enjoyed Isabel Love’s first book in this series about Max and Monica’s story. Now it’s Charlie and Quinn’s time to be heard. I read books that will keep my attention half way through the book. Unconventional was so steamy that my Kindle was a little to hot to handle! I kept my eyes glued to these pages to see what other sexy scenes Quinn and Charlie will give us next! You hear from Monica, Max, Tate, and Logan. I love how the men are best friends and so are the ladies. It makes their group have a family feel to it. 

I love the protectiveness the characters have for each other. The chemistry each couple have is amazing. Now we get a whole lot of sexy times in this story. But there is also some background story that you will tear up for and feel for these characters. You learn a few lessons along the way. I related to the loss that these characters had endured. I appreciated Isabel’s dedication at the end of the book that touched my heart at a personal level. So my reader friends, I recommend Unconventional whole heartily! If you did not read the first book in this series, that is okay! This book can be read as a stand alone.

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What an
odd date this is
—he’s
taking me out to watch another man give me orgasms.
A giggle
erupts from my throat at the thought.
“What’s so
funny?” He grins over at me as he starts up the car and pulls out into the
street.
“Just…this.
I can’t believe I’m doing this. I never thought I was this kind of woman.”
He narrows
his eyes at me. “What kind of woman?”
“The…you
know…threesome kind, or whatever this is.” I wave my hand in front of me.
“The kind
of woman that likes to explore her sexuality? The kind of woman that likes to
try new things? The kind of woman that doesn’t let society dictate the way she
leads her life?”
Hmm. I don’t mind being that kind
of woman. I feel his stare at the stoplight.
“Quinn.”
My mirth
dies and my smile fades at his serious tone. I meet his blue eyes and raise my
eyebrows in question.
“You listen
to me: I think you’re fucking amazing—strong, beautiful, talented, sexy as
fuck. If doing this is going to change your opinion of yourself, let’s not.”
My chest
squeezes at his sincerity and I feel so much better about tonight. I mean, I am
excited, but I must admit I was afraid of the judgement factor, of what
he’ll think of me after tonight. Now he’s worried about what I’ll think
of myself, and that alone makes me square my shoulders, raise my
chin, and reassure him.
“I want
this, Charlie, really want it. I promise I won’t regret it
later.”
He leans
forward, smiling, and places a soft kiss on my lips. “That’s more like it.”

 

 

Author Bio

Isabel Love is a hopeless romantic. She loves reading about two people falling in love, overcoming whatever obstacles they may face, and finding their happily ever after. A husband, two kids, and a full-time job keep her busy by day, but by night, she can be found with her Kindle in hand, reading “just one more chapter”.


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Release Blitz: The Brightest Star By B. Cranford is now live! One-Click your copy today <3

 
Title: The Brightest Star
Author: B. Cranford
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 13, 2017

 

Blurb
The last thing Brighton Starling needed on one of the most humiliating days of her life was to run into her ex…Naturally, she did. And two years after he walked away, leaving her hurt and broke, he somehow managed to look better than ever. Of course.

She didn’t want to see him, let alone speak to him, but apparently, he wasn’t going to give her a choice.

All Sebastian Figures wanted was to talk to the one that got away…

No, scratch that. The one he drove away with poor decisions and lies, big and small.

She might have been having a bad day, but she was still the bright, beautiful girl he’d been missing for far too long. His brightest star. Still the only girl he’d ever want. If only he could convince her of that.

Is it too late to say sorry?

Sebastian wants a chance to win back Brighton’s trust—and her future.

Brighton wants to be able to move on from the past, once and for all.But neither of them want to say one final goodbye…

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B. Cranford is a proud Australian living in the USA, a lover of books, breadsticks and bed, and the mother of two children who are far too similar to their father for her liking. A lifelong reader, she dove into the romance genre on the recommendation of her best friend and hasn’t looked back since. After three years as a blogger, she decided it was high time she finally finished one of the 12,002 books she’d started writing, and the end result was The Brightest Star.

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Whispered Prayers of a Girl by Alex Grayson is LIVE!!! And it’s available on your favorite platform! Giveaway included in post!

 

 

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A tortured soul meets a damaged family…

A lonely man, a widowed woman, a carefree boy, and a broken girl… Can the four come together and help heal each other? Or will fear of the unknown and guilt of the past keep them apart?

Her whispered prayers break her…

At night, as she’s drifting off to sleep, I press my ear to the door and listen to her heart-wrenching pleas. Her words are agony to my healing heart, but I cherish the sound of them, for that’s the only time I ever hear my beautiful daughter speak. Since her father died two years ago, she’s grown quiet and withdrawn. Cat’s Valley was to be our new beginning, a place where my family and I can heal, but what we find there is so much more.

Scars mar his body. Pain has left him in pieces…

Four years ago, I lost the two things I cherished most in the world. They were ripped from my arms in the most painful and cruel way. Since then, I’ve kept to myself, preferring to stay away from the pitying looks and murmured rumors. Everything changed when she and her children barged into my life. It was an accident, and I don’t deserve them, but now that they’ve stepped into my life, I’m not sure I can let them go.

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“I don’t deserve you. I don’t deserve whatever could happen between us.” I want to object, but he continues before I get a chance. “But there’s something I want more than my self-loathing for wanting something I shouldn’t.”

“What?” I rasp.

“A chance to know what it feels like to kiss you.”

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About Alex:

Alex Grayson is the bestselling author of heart pounding, emotionally gripping contemporary romance including The Jaded Series, The Consumed Series, and two standalone novels. Her passion for books was reignited by a gift from her sister-in-law intended to distract Alex and help her pass the time while her husband was away for work. After spending several years as a devoted reader and blogger, Alex decided to write and independently publish her first novel in 2014 (an endeavor that took a little longer than expected). The rest, as they say, is history.

Originally a southern girl, Alex now lives in Ohio with her husband, two children, two cats and dog. She loves the color blue, homemade lasagna, casually browsing real estate, and interacting with her readers. Visit her website, www.alexgraysonbooks.com, or find her on social media!

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Havoc’s story is almost here and YES I am loving this new cover. Can we say HOT!!

 

Title: Havoc
Series: Moonshine Task Force #3
Author: Laramie Briscoe
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Design: Kari Ayasha, Cover To Cover Designs

Photograph: CJC Photography

Model: Bryan T. Snell

Release Date: August 18, 2017
Blurb
When a marriage of convenience turns into the passion of a
lifetime…
Holden “Havoc” Thompson

My job as the leader of the Moonshine Task Force is my life. I eat, breathe,
and sleep it. The men under my command mean the world to me. Knowing they count
on my guidance has kept my demons at bay for longer than I care to admit.

The control I have over myself is an iron fist that sometimes threatens to
squeeze the life out of me. What I want more than anything is to live again –
let go of the hurt smothering every bit of light I have in this darkness.

I don’t expect it to come in the form of a Moonshiner’s daughter needing my
protection.

Leighton Strather

My whole life has been defined by who my family is. In the state of Alabama,
we’re number one with a target on our backs. The danger and prestige isn’t for
me. I don’t care about the money, and I care too much about the families we’ve
ruined.

My brother and my dad are proud of it. They wear their arrest records like a
badge of honor. Me? I want as far away from the lifestyle as I can get.

It’s the only reason I ask Holden to marry me. At least that’s
what I tell myself.

I never expect his whispered yes to cause such upheaval in my life. Even though
I resist, I learn some havoc is good – and this one? It’s a whirlwind of lust,
hope, and love and all I can do is let it sweep me away.

 

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Author Bio
Laramie Briscoe is the best-selling author of the Heaven Hill Series & the Rockin’ Country Series.Since self-publishing her first book in May of 2013, Laramie Briscoe has published over 10 books. She’s appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling E-books Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. She’s been called “a very young Maya Banks” (Amazon reviewer) and her books have been accused of being “sexy, family-oriented, romances with heart”.

When she’s not writing alpha males who seriously love their women, she loves spending time with friends, reading, and marathoning shows on her DVR. Married to her high school sweetheart, Laramie lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband (the Travel Coordinator) and a sometimes crazy cat named Beau.

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I have been waiting for this Cover Reveal day for Poppy Dunne’s newest book! I love it!! Dating the Billionaire is coming soon!!!! #HotCoverAlert #ComingSoon

 
Title: Dating the Billionaire
Author: Poppy Dunne
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Cover Design: Gemma Sherlock

Release Date: July 12, 2017
Blurb
I‘m Dahlia Rossi, dating coach extraordinaire. I know how to land you
the man of your dreams. Follow my rules, you’ll meet the love of your life and
have a gorgeous destination wedding in French Polynesia. Okay, that last one
happened just the one time. But my rules work every time. I
guarantee it.

1. The man makes the first move. Seems unfair? Life’s unfair.

2. Never have sex on the first date. No, not even oral. And hands above the
table, please.

3. Play hard to get, but don’t make it too hard. 

Solid rules, right? I thought they were. But then I met Jack Carraway,
an impossibly sexy, frustratingly unpredictable billionaire, and broke them
all. Everywhere. In an elevator. On a balcony. Beneath a
gazebo, of all places.  

Whether I like it or not (spoiler alert: I like it!), Jack is taking me on wild
adventure and we’re writing a whole new set of rules. Like, always reserve your
matching Harry Potter costumes a week in advance; wrestling swans is not as
easy as it looks; and sometimes, the man of your dreams pops up in the most
unlikely of places and has a really big…boat.

After years of watching couples find love, it may be my turn. But is
this spontaneous playboy the real thing, or just a fun detour around my
predictable life? All this time I’ve been following my own rules and going to
sleep alone, with nothing but my second slice of princess cake to keep me
company.
 
But the more time I spend with Jack, the more I learn that
rules…they’re meant to be broken.
 
In love there’s only one rule: there are no rules.

 

Author Bio

Poppy Dunne
writes books with relatable heroines who speak their minds and whose riotous
inner dialogue reflects their complex characters. Her goal is to deliver a
story that has equal parts heart, romance and humor. Her heroes are swoon
worthy, yet hold on to your suspension of disbelief, because they pick up their
own socks and cook.
In her free time, she looks for hobbies other than Netflix and procrastinating
to fill out this author bio. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two
children.

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Available NOW!!! Punched by Jacob Chance is an amazing MMA story that is just much more than a Sports Romance. One Click today!!

 

Title: Punched

Author: Jacob Chance

Genre: Sports Romance

Release Date: June 15, 2017

Blurb

Reagan is the one who got away – or should I say the one I

drove away? Now, four years later, she’s back to manage the gym where I train.

Seeing her everyday is a distraction I can’t afford. I’m so close to achieving

the big payoff I’ve been working for. Nothing’s going to keep me from winning

this belt – not even her.

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Jacob Chance grew up in New England. He’s a martial artist, a

football fan, a practical joker and junk food lover.

An author of erotic thrillers, he plans to write many more sexy,

suspenseful stories.

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Release Blitz: Wrecked by Jeannine Colette is LIVE!!!!

 

Title: Wrecked
Author: Jeannine Colette
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: June 21, 2017
Blurb
Take one sexy bartender. Add a badass cop. A splash of
sweet, that’s me. One sour, that’s him… and serve over ice.
 

That’s how you’ll get to my current situation.

You know the girl – the one who commands the scene, bottle of liquor in hand,
pouring liquid fire into the willing throats of patrons as they let loose at
the local bar?That’s me.

I may be known as the town party girl, but in reality I’m this close to my
dream of opening my own bar – McConaugheys. Yes, it will be named after the
acclaimed actor. What can I say? I’m a sucker for that sexy Texan.

Everything was going as planned until the night I had a few drinks and accepted
a ride home from a friend. A misunderstanding leads to an arrest, and now I’m
at the mercy of the one man I can’t stand, and trust me, the feeling is
definitely mutual.

Adam Reingold is six-feet-tall and built like a stallion — the man is the
epitome of male. He also happens to be the town narc and hates my guts. There’s
a story to our past and it’s not a pretty one.

So, now, here I am, chained to him for the summer like a hardened criminal,
doing whatever he tells me to do. Problem is, I can’t help but look at him when
he’s not watching and wonder what our future could be like if things were
different.

There are so many reasons why he’s all wrong for me. Even more reasons why I
need to stay away from him.

It’s a cocktail of trouble. Best served shaken, not stirred.

 

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OMGEEE…. I love Wrecked so much. And anyone that has gotten to know a little about the author Jeannine Colette, you know how much she loves Matthew Mcconaughey. And let me tell you people, there is a whole lot of Mcconaughey going on in this book! I was giggling any time Leah (the heroine) would mention the little things in her life that was all about that hottie. So if you have not guessed it yet, yes Leah is obsessed with good ol’ Matt. May I also mention she has a life size cut out board of him…Now on to more reasons I loved this book.

Even though Wrecked had its good moments and makes you laugh, there were also some parts that had me holding onto the edge, had me worry, and then sad once I got a peek into the characters past. Adam is our hottie of this story and seemed cold and unemotional, you can only hope that it is only a front. Leah has a good heart. She is also sassy and a whole lot of fun where she works. Adam works for the law and seems to only go into Leah’s bar to stir up people that are just trying to have a good time. These two has a past that hurts them and affected them up to present day. There are lessons learned and a reminder that you really never forget about true love once you have been touched by it.

Wrecked was sexy, anticipating, thrilling, and down right unexpected from Jeannine’s previous books. I feel that as we grow with these characters, we build more of an emotional bond in their stories. Another fabulous read by a fabulous author!

 

Author Bio
Jeannine Colette is a television producer, writer, mother, and philanthropist.
 
A graduate of Wagner College and the New York Film Academy, Jeannine went on to become a Segment Producer for television shows on CBS and NBC. She currently freelances in the television industry while attending to her children and pursuing her writing career. She lives in New York with her husband, the two tiny people she adores more than life itself, and a rescue pup named Wrigley.
 
Jeannine and her family are active supporters of The March of Dimes and the Hearing Health Foundation.
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Release Blitz & Giveaway!!! Tempting Levi by Jules Bernard goes LIVE today!!!! One-Click today and celebrate with us <3

Title: Tempting Levi
Series: Cade Brothers #1
Author: Jules Barnard
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Blurb
Off-limits never looked so tempting…problem is,
she’s my ex’s little sister.
Cade men are known for two things: arrogance and competitiveness. I grew up in
one of the wealthiest, most dysfunctional families in Lake Tahoe, and all I
wanted was to get the hell out. I thought I’d succeeded. Until an accident
burned up my firefighter ambitions. Then Dad died and left me in charge of the
family’s luxury resort.

Now I’ve got financially uptight advisors telling me what to do, and I need
someone I can trust working at my side. The perfect candidate walks through the
door in her pencil skirt, fitted white blouse, and that mass of wavy blond hair
she tries to contain.

The only problem? She’s my cheating ex’s younger sister.

Hell no. The last thing I need is another Wright female in my life.

But Emily’s good at the job, and she seems trustworthy. I should ignore the
desire I have for her. But after all I’ve lost, I’m tempted by what I can’t
have and ready to stoke the flame that smolders between us. As long as this
Wright sister doesn’t betray me the way the last one did.

Then again, I always liked playing with fire.

 

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She climbed to her feet and leaned into him, tracing the
scar above his eye. “I like this scar.”
He chuckled and dropped his cheek into her hand. “Glad it
pleases someone. It didn’t feel too good when it happened.”
“I don’t like it because you were hurt. It’s just—it brought
you to me. And it reminds me that you’re not the same person I met years ago.
That we’ve both changed… However”—she grinned saucily—“scars are pretty
hot.”
He tugged at her top and kissed her collarbone, tickling her
with his lips, because the naughty man had quickly discovered a sensitive spot.
“My scar looks hot, does it?”
She laughed as he continued to pepper her skin with light
kisses. She lifted her shoulder in defense. “Very sexy.” 
“Hmmm, don’t give me ideas, Emily, or I won’t let you go
home.”
 
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RITA-nominated author Jules Barnard began her publishing
career in 2014 with her first contemporary series, Men of Lake Tahoe, making it
onto romance bestseller lists. In 2015, she launched, Fates Divided,
the first of a romantic fantasy series Library Journal calls
“…an exciting new fantasy adventure.” Whether she’s writing about
sexy men in Lake Tahoe or a Fae world embedded in a college campus, Jules spins
addictive stories filled with heart and humor.
 
When she isn’t in her sweatpants writing and rewarding
herself with chocolate, Jules spends her time with her husband and two children
in their small hometown on the California coast. She credits herself with the
ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.
 
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Blog Tour!!! Check out Harloe Rae’s debut book Redefining Us which is available now!!!! Plus my blog review is included! Party with us on June 3rd while we celebrate this amazing book release. Details and Giveaways below!!


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tag17In order to truly save him, I need to redefine us.

Xander Dixon was my best friend.
Loyal and dependable.
A brave warrior.
A permanent presence in my life until that fateful day he boarded a plane headed overseas.

Xander’s unwelcome silence haunted me for three years…
Until he suddenly resurfaces.
Blinded by misplaced fury.
Trapped in a pool of darkness.
Unable to escape the perpetual pain.

Though it would be easy to walk away, I refuse to give up on him.
I want to know his misery and torment, so I can rescue him.
Then Xander will finally be mine.

 

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tag19Seeing Willow again is like taking a direct hit to my chest. I loved that girl with all I had to give but never did a damn thing about it. She was always so pure and bright. What could she ever see in a loser like me? I wanted to make something of myself so I had more to offer her. I wanted to be a man she would be proud to claim.

The fantasy of us getting hitched and having a fleet of children when I was done with my tour had kept me company. I often dreamed of it on those long, lonely nights. Too bad I was always too chicken shit to tell her my feelings and now she will never know. Fuck, I missed her something fierce but I couldn’t even talk to her when she showed up at the door. I just pushed her away and hid behind my bullshit armor.

My head falls into my hands and then I yank on my hair. What the fuck have I done? The one chance I get to speak to Willow and I act like a demented moron. She sure as hell won’t be coming back. I made sure of that, just like with my mother. No point dwelling on it. Not like she would want anything to do with me once she realized what I’ve become. I’m sure she kicked up rocks with how fast she tore out of here.

I slowly stand and stretch before securing all the locks. When I glance out the window, I’m shocked to see a car in my driveway. Why is Willow still here? With a closer look, it seems her tires are spinning in the thick snow that now covers the ground. She keeps trying to move forward, which is only making the ruts she’s stuck in worse. Willow is not going anywhere anytime soon if she keeps that up.

Whether I like it or not, I’m going to have to go out there to help her. How can I do that without speaking to her?

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My thoughts on the author:
 

Where should I start? How about where I am recovering from my heart being shattered all over the place. Redefining Us is Harloe Rae’s debut book! Her words swallowed me up and had me fall in love with the book and characters. She is the real deal people! You can feel her story coming from her heart and most importantly her soul. It bleeds out onto the pages. I have never read a book where the words itself, from page to page, really have a hold on me. I read the blurb, and YES! It was down the alley of what I love to read. You already feel the darkness and emptiness. You feel the love and pain. So I knew without a doubt I needed this book in my life! Redefining Us will be here soon and I can not wait to one-click to have a copy of my own. Thank you Harloe for bringing us a heartbreaking beautiful story about a broken man and strong willed woman. I FLOVE this book!
My thoughts about the book:
 

Willow wears her heart on her sleeve. She is beautiful inside and out. She loved a man with her whole heart. Her best friend. But for three years he has disappeared out of her life. Like everything they had been through meant nothing. Willow has one regret, a secret that she never told anyone and wished she had. Is it too late now? Can she finally set herself free? Willow looks beyond her feelings and helps the ones that need it the most. Willow shows us she is strong where others are weak, but can also be weak where others are strong. So who can balance her out? I loved Willow and wanted to be her strength when she needed it. But as I got more into the book, I knew she would be alright.

I can’t stand to be touched. It feels like acid is burning my flesh then slowly ripping away from the bone.” ~ Xander

Xander of course does not start off broken. Life has made him that way. He lives with the darkness, hate, sorrow, guilt, and a huge gaping hole in his heart. He has shut down and is only a shell of himself. So before I knew where his mindset was, I thought Xander was a world class douche when he shut out his mom, then tried again with Willow. Instincts kicked in and Willow stayed. Xander was going through a spiral fall, learning to live in the darkness, and has lost all hope. Willow has never met this man, but is determined to help. Whether they stay only as a friends or more, she is there until the end. Xander finally realizes Willow is his calm, his light, she quiets the voices and nightmares that live in his head. When Xander finally releases his despair, Willow was there. That scene killed me! I cried with them. Finally it is time to let is go…

“I feel like Xander is reciting a poem to my soul with every drive into my core. What is happening feels meant to be on an instinctual level.” ~ Willow

Redefining Us is dark, sexy, and so emotional. All the feels you have with this book stays deep within you. Xander’s and Willow’s love is on a whole different level. The sexy hot scenes were scorching! It was raw and real as they let their instincts take over. Powerful..that is the best word to describe this book.  My heart goes out to those who suffer and battle demons everyday. Redefining Us is my top favorite this year and is a definite must read, cheese and rice ❤

“I love you so fucking much Wills. I’ll spend the rest of my years proving that to you. Life has been so fucking dark, but since you’ve been around, there is a blinding light reflecting everywhere.” ~ Xander

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tag15File_000 (3)Harloe Rae is a new author and just released her debut romance novel, Redefining Us. The idea for this book has been building in her mind for years and she finally decided to let the story out.

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