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Book Review: A fighting chance

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Former Marine Tyler Bradford just returned to his native Texas after a long stint overseas. As he’s driving home to see his family and meet his niece for the first time, another driver runs him off the road. When that car ends up in a pasture, Tyler’s rescue instincts kick in. He didn’t expect to find a sexy woman from Boston, and rescuing her wouldn’t be the only thing on his mind.

Tiffani was called back home to Texas to settle her deceased mother’s estate. It was the last place on earth she wanted to be. She’d put thousands of miles between her and her horrible childhood memories, and didn’t think she’d ever find herself back in the Lone Star State. A twist of fate put her in the path of Tyler Bradford and turned her life upside down. Again. Can she finally forgive herself for her troubled past, or will the stubborn walls she’s erected around her heart keep everything and everyone she’s ever cared about at arm’s length?

A Fighting Chance is the third book in the erotic romance Chances Are Series by C.D. Taylor.

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Tiffani Cooper

Poor Tiffani, a woman raised in a house where her dad was a drug dealer and an abuser.  She thought she would escape her whole past by moving to Boston, meeting the “Perfect” man, engaged and planning her beautiful wedding, which may not be perfect after all. However her mum passes away and she is forced to go back to her parents home to sell it.  Nothing has been plain sailing for Tiff and on this trip she meets Tyler Bradford, a sexy ex marine.
Her character is the main one throughout the book, I felt so much pain for her and what she has been through in her life, the flash backs really helped to understand her and why she is the woman she has moulded herself into.  However Tiff had big secrets I didn’t even expect, she definitely kept me thinking.

Tyler Bradford

Tyler is an ex marine who joined the forces after the attacks of 9/11.  He is of course tall, sexy and a romantic.  Who wouldn’t want him, unfortunately he was not enough for his wife.
Tyler’s wife cheated on him while he was away and then found out she was pregnant, due to the time scales Tyler never knew if the baby was his, and he never found out as his wife committed suicide before he came home.
This made me feel sorry for his character he had everything, but it was all torn away from him in such a short space of time.  He is a gentleman throughout the book, but a wild man when it comes to the bedroom, which of course has Tiff weak at the knees.
His actions speak so much louder in the book than his words.  Both characters have such a traumatic back story that I wasn’t surprised that they would be brought together.

 Overall

I have previously read Left to chance by C.D. Taylor last year, which was sent to me however I never got a chance to review it, so when I was sent the third book in the series to review I could not say no.  The great thing about these books are they are based on different characters, therefor it does not matter which order you read them.
I was captivated from the beginning, if I had a full day to read it this past week I would have.  The plot was well thought out, the characters always left me wanting to know more, the secrets, twist and turns these characters went through, were definitely what kept me hooked from the beginning.

A couple coming together in a clash, will they survive the 2 weeks they have together, and who will come along to destroy them?

I have seen reviews where people have said it is a basic love story, and it is.  But I loved it.  It got straight to the point and was a good read, we all have different reviews on books, and this one did not disappoint with it’s content.

Genre- Erotica, Fiction, Romance
Definitely lived up to the previous book.  The author has created 3 amazing books in this series,  for those of you wanting to get lost in a couples love story, as well as all the hot and steamy parts in between.

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Current read: A fighting chance.

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Sequel to Stay With Me: Tyler Bradford never dreamt that he would be injured in the line of duty for the Marine Corp, but when that happens he is shipped back to his home state of Texas. Upon arrival he is faced with the facts that things are not the way they used to be. He crosses paths with a sexy stranger,and sparks fly. Can they find peace in each others arms before she goes home to Chicago?

 

 

 

About the Author:

CoverC.D. Taylor began writing as an item to check off her bucket list. She resides in the southernmost part of Illinois, right on the mighty Mississippi river. She enjoys the quiet country life with her husband, son and the many farm animals that make up the rest of the family. C.D. decided that farm life was just a little too mundane, so she started writing erotica to spice things up, so far so good. C.D. entered cosmetology school right out of High School and practiced the art of hair styling for 12 years. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found sitting around a table making people laugh. She has always wanted to be a standup comic. She loves pulling practical jokes, dresses up in a costume every Halloween and believes that dancing is the key to a happy life (even if you aren’t a good dancer). She believes that life shouldn’t be taken too seriously, we will never get out alive anyway. More than anything, C.D. is a kid at heart, she doesn’t believe in bedtimes, eating everything on her plate, or having ice cream only for dessert. Her favorite quote is by Dr. Seuss…”Why fit in, when you were born to stand out.”


 

Book Review: Their confession

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Gabriella Woods eventually wants it all—love, passion, marriage, a family. With the sale of the club, she feels closer to Darion Milano, and believes his dark sexual desires are behind him. A reunion at The Black Door to celebrate the opening awakens the past. Gabi and Darion remember where and how they fell in love. Gabi is pleased to see Darion in touch with his old friends, in particular Gina. Until their confession changes everything. The news shatters Gabi’s world. Can she and Darion get through it? Will the link to his past sway him from a life he now leads, to a life he once led?


I Loved this book.  I didn’t read the first two books in the trilogy but I don’t feel you will need to either, however it may help you to understand the characters further.

The first chapter was very good and captivating, really draws the reader into the book.  S.Valentine throws the reader 2 months ahead into the life of Darion Milano and Gabriella Woods where Darion has given up the Black door, and is attending the re opening under new management with Gabriella.
However the reunion with all the staff does not go as planned, an old friend of Darion’s, Gina, breaks down in tears and asks Darion if he has told Gabi their secret ( Their confession).  The chapter ends with Darion turning to Gabi and he said “I’m sorry”……… What is he sorry for?
And then the second chapter takes you back 2 months before the BIG secret.  I just loved that the plot was at the beginning of the book, because it made me as a reader want to read on to find out the big secret.  This book was filled with so much sexual tension, romance and erotica.

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Darion Milano

He is the typical sexy man, has his own wealth, and enjoyed the sexual fantasies he could live while owning and working in The Black Door, however he decides to leave that behind to be with Gabi.  However there is nothing easy about their relationship.  He has a BIG secret ( His Confession) that he has not told Gabi, will it break them up.
I enjoyed getting to understand Darion more, however his character uses sex a lot to disguise his true feelings, whilst battling with commitment issues.  I enjoyed reading about Darion, and how he started to grow up and become a man.  He really does have a romantic heart hidden under his sexually dark personality.

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Gabriella Woods

Poor Gabi,  I could relate to her throughout the book.  She is a lover of books, and works for a publishing company.  All she dreams about is the “perfect” romantic relationship, based upon her well loved book genres.  Of course nothing is perfect in a real life relationship compared to fiction.  After all a fictional character does not always come with “Baggage” like Darion.  But then how can she deny a man who makes her weak at the knees by just smiling at her.
Gabi presents herself in designer shoes, perfect hair and makeup, whilst struggling to keep a man she loves dearly in a so called “normal” relationship.  However nothing is boring in the bedroom when it comes to these two characters.  After all, all Gabi wants to do is to get married and have children with this gorgeous man she has fallen so deeply in love with.
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Overall

I give this book a solid 5 stars, I was hooked from the very beginning.  The author has thought this book out so well.  I applaud S.Valentine, makes me wish I knew about the series sooner.  You will all love it I promise.
I want to thank Lifestyle and Literature for sharing this book to me.

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Benefit brow before and after

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Hello my lovelies it has been a while since I have posted something beauty related, today I bring you Benefit Gimme Brow and Ka-Brow. my before and after:

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Ka-Brow!- £20
Brush on rich, buildable colour! This all-in-one eyebrow cream-gel easily fills, sculpts and defines brows. Plus the built-in hard-angled brush magically converts to a full-size brush for precise control & effortless application! Includes signature Tips & Tricks!

  • builds from natural-looking to dramatic
  • cream-gel colour
  • 24 hour waterproof wear

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Gimme Brow- £20

Our cult-favorite gimme brow tinted eyebrow gel contains tiny microfibers that adhere to skin & hairs, creating natural-looking fullness and definition. The custom, tiny tapered brush blends easily while the precision tip shapes hairs into place. Now available in 3 shades, including a NEW MEDIUM SHADE, so every gal can brush on fuller-looking brows. Includes signature Tips & Tricks.

  • volumises, tames & tints
  • water-resistant & long-wearing
  • 94% said brows looked visibly thicker

Here are my before and after steps:

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This is my eye brow before any products.  The first product I apply is Ka-Brow, I find it can be a little dry so it takes a while to layer up the brush.

 

 

 

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My brow after using Ka-Brow,  I am gradually learning to improve the outline but like I said, this product is a little dry so I may need to source an oil or pop a little water into the pot to make application easier.

 

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I then applied the Benefit Gimme brow which is like a mascara wand with fibres, filling in any sparse spaces, and setting the brow.  Sometimes I use this on it’s on in the mornings if I want a fuller natural brow.

 

 

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Book Review: The Heart Of The Hydra

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The heart of HydraNick is a lonely introvert with a deep, dark secret. His jock physique, curly locks, and steely blue eyes only cover so much of the hideous truth that he keeps hidden from everyone around him. His seemingly normal outward appearance provides him the ability to blend in effortlessly with the rest of the beautiful people of South Harbor, a bustling seaside metropolis where warm sand and water border cold concrete and steel.

He meets Harper: an overly sarcastic, emotionally damaged girl who has moved to the city after the tragic loss of her mentally fragile boyfriend. They soon embark on a weird and wonderful journey of self-discovery, odd social norms, and love. The deep inner truths and boundless soul attraction that they soon share for one another becomes a constant struggle of not only the heart, but of the flesh as well.


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When I was first sent this book to give an honest review by Cara from Fluky Fiction, I liked what I was sent, and was very happy to review,  the cover however was off putting.
I know none of us book lovers should “judge a book by it’s cover” but this cover really did make me stand off a bit.   However the cover explains Nicks one big secret “Diphallia”, the main story of the book.   Once I read this in the book I completely understood the reasoning behind cover.  However as someone just passing by this book, or browsing I would have probably left it.  Appearances are deceiving because I actually enjoyed this book.

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I could empathise with Nick’s character, he is a very attractive 27 year old guy, however he was bullied for most of his life for his Diphallia.  He didn’t get much support his mum worked/works as a nurse full time and his dad walked out, therefor he really had no strong male role model in his life.  
He seeks solitude at south harbour hoping for a fresh start, where no one knows his secret and can treat him like a “normal” person for once.  And he comes across as a really caring, romantic man who anybody could befriend easily.
I really liked his character.

Harper

I struggled to like Harpers character, I understood that she came across as a 24 year old tomboy, which does not bother me at all.  Harper always got on with the lads and found them to be better friends, but sometimes her use of language was too much, for me anyway.
For Example: “Hey f*g-a-tron, does it always get this f***in cold in the fall here? my frost bitten tits are about to break off”.
In the book Nick likes her personality which always counts, but sometimes her dialogue was way too much for me and I found myself skipping over lines to get past it…. some would say she had a big potty mouth, some words I don’t like and they were repeated.

Overall

I enjoyed the chemistry between the two characters.  Nick battling with his “Not good enough” behaviour, and Harper thinking no man will ever want a girl as tomboy as her.
They both showed a friendship that blossomed into a relationship which wasn’t forced, and felt real.  I just don’t think it was the sort of book for me, if I have to scan over lines instead of properly reading them, then that usually gives me an idea whether it is the right book for me.  My main problem was Harpers character really put me off.  

Their Confession Book Cover Reveal

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S.Valentine – Their Confession – COVER REVEAL!

Their Confession, book #3 of The Black Door Trilogy is out on April 25th in eBook and paperback format.

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Blurb:

Gabriella Woods eventually wants it all: love, passion, marriage, a family. With the sale of the club, she feels closer to Darion Milano, and believes his dark sexual desires are behind him.

A reunion at The Black Door to celebrate the opening awakens the past.

Gabi and Darion remember where and how they fell in love. Gabi is pleased to see Darion in touch with his old friends, in particular Gina.

Until their confession changes everything.

The news shatters Gabi’s world.

Can she and Darion get through it?

Will the link to his past sway him from a life he now leads, to a life he once led?

A world of decisions, desires and deepest fears.

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Author Bio:

Sophia Valentine

S. Valentine grew up in England. Studying English language and literature, as well as law, she worked in a solicitors for many years before moving to Spain. She does however still visit the UK, which in a way, will always be home.

Returning to her lifelong passion of writing books, she’s also a weekly columnist for The Ibizan newspaper on: lifestyle and fashion. Her other interests include reading, shopping and a nice glass of wine to shows such as Sons Of Anarchy, Dexter, Gossip Girl and SATC. She’s a social media addict, and loves connecting with new people.

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Rebel Love Cover reveal

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Title: Rebel Love
Series: Kings of Corruption #2
Author: Michelle St. James
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 5, 2017

 

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A brash mercenary with his own brand of justice. The determined woman his family almost destroyed.Locke Montgomery has only one purpose — atone for a sin that has tortured him for nearly a decade.

With the hard-earned billions from the sale of his tech company, Locke created a new identity that’s perfect cover for the mercenary organization that doles out justice to those who have avoided it. He spends his off time planning new and reckless ways to test the boundaries while dreaming about the one woman who stole his heart.

The one woman who will never give him a second chance.

Elle Matheson has finally rebuilt the bookstore run by her parents before the corporation that put them out of business drove her dad to a heart attack.

Working in the little beachside shop surrounded by the smell of ink and paper, she can almost forget the pain of finding out the company that ruined her life was owned by the family of the man she loved. But when another mega-store threatens to expand across the street, Elle’s nightmare seems to be playing out all over again. Then she runs into the one man who could make the situation worse — the one responsible for the demise of her parent’s dream.

She promises herself she’ll only give him five minutes in a coffee shop, but before she knows it Locke is showing up at the store, sending her flowers, pulling her into his high-stakes, adventurous life.

And she’s falling every bit as hard as she did the first time.


But when she uncovers the terrible truth about Locke’s line of work she’s forced to admit there are only two possibilities; either Locke has never been anything but wrong for her, or some rules are meant to be broken —in life and in love.

 

 

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Praise for the Mob Boss Series

 
“Romantic and intriguing. A gripping read!”
– NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely
 
“Dark, seductive, compelling, and hot as HELL.”
– USA Today Bestselling Author Lili Valente
 
“Hot sensuality and gripping suspense. Brace yourself for a perfect romantic journey!”
– NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Angel Payne
 
“From page one you’re sucked into this corrupt, thrilling world. A masterful romance of deep dark suspense, complicated emotions, and exciting action.”
– New York Times bestseller, M.J. Rose
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Michelle
St. James aka Michelle Zink is the author of nineteen published books and seven
novellas. Her first series, Prophecy of the Sisters (YA), was one of Booklist’s
Top Ten Debut novels. Her work has also been an Indie Next selection and has
appeared on prestigious lists such as the Lonestar List, New York Public
Library’s Stuff for the Teen Age, and Chicago Public Library’s Best of the
Best. Her books have been published in over thirty countries and translated
into over twenty languages. She lives in New York with too many teenagers and
too many cats.

 

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These Simple Scars COVER REVEAL

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These Simple ScarsEmma Wicker Publication date: May 8th 2017 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance Sometimes, the worst scars are the ones that can’t be seen… After fleeing her abusive father, Faith’s goal is to find a job and earn enough to finally be able to live in safety. When she ends up stranded in the sleepy…

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Current Read: The Heart of Hydra

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33788057Nick is a lonely introvert with a deep, dark secret. His jock physique, curly locks, and steely blue eyes only cover so much of the hideous truth that he keeps hidden from everyone around him. His seemingly normal outward appearance provides him the ability to blend in effortlessly with the rest of the beautiful people of South Harbor, a bustling seaside metropolis where warm sand and water border cold concrete and steel.

He meets Harper: an overly sarcastic, emotionally damaged girl who has moved to the city after the tragic loss of her mentally fragile boyfriend. They soon embark on a weird and wonderful journey of self-discovery, odd social norms, and love. The deep inner truths and boundless soul attraction that they soon share for one another becomes a constant struggle of not only the heart, but of the flesh as well.


First of all do not let the cover put you off,  I will admit I did not feel comfortable at first, however as a Book Blogger I should know “Never judge a book by it’s cover”.  I am actually enjoying this book at the moment, and look forward to reading it.  

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The Girl On The Train film review.

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The Girl on The Train.jpgRachel Watson (Emily Blunt) is an alcoholic who shares an apartment with her friend Cathy (Laura Prepon) and spends her days commuting aimlessly on a train after losing her job. From the train she observes the activities of her former husband, Tom Watson (Justin Theroux), his new wife, Anna Watson (Rebecca Ferguson), and a couple who live nearby, Scott (Luke Evans) and Megan Hipwell (Haley Bennett), whom she sees as the ideal couple.[5]

During her marriage, having failed to become pregnant, Rachel became prone to alcohol-induced blackouts during which she engaged in self-destructive and violent behavior, including an occasion where she caused a scene at the home of her husband’s boss and his wife Martha (Lisa Kudrow), leading to Tom being fired. She continues to watch Tom, Anna, and their newborn daughter Evie, causing both Tom and Anna to warn her off. Unknown to her, Megan has been working as a nanny for Anna, but has suddenly resigned without explanation.[6]

During one train journey, Rachel spots Megan kissing a stranger on her balcony and becomes infuriated by what she perceives as Megan ruining her “perfect” marriage. After a drinking binge, Rachel leaves the train to confront Megan, only to black out and awaken hours later at her apartment, injured.[6] Rachel later learns that Megan is missing, and is questioned by Detective Sergeant Riley (Allison Janney), who suspects Rachel might be involved due to her recent erratic behavior and her presence in the neighborhood on the evening of Megan’s disappearance. Rachel suspects a fellow-passenger (Darren Goldstein) of following her off the train and sees him in flashbacks to that evening but cannot piece her memories together.

Hearing that Scott is asking the public to help him find his wife, Rachel goes to see him, pretending to be a friend of Megan’s, and tells him about Megan’s affair.[5] From a photograph, she identifies Dr Kamal Abdic (Édgar Ramírez), Megan’s psychiatrist, as the man on the balcony. It gradually becomes apparent that Scott is aggressive and controlling, while Megan is prone to dishonesty and sex addiction, fears becoming pregnant, and has frequent therapy sessions with Abdic. In one of her last sessions, she tells him that she had a baby girl when in her teens, whom she accidentally drowned in the bath.

Believing Abdic to be the key to Megan’s disappearance, Rachel schedules an appointment with him, revealing the history of her marriage and alcoholism. Later, at a bar, she recognizes the man who followed her from the train, and confronts him. He claims to have found Rachel lying in a tunnel on his route home; he tried to help her up, but she rejected his help. Rachel returns to the tunnel and recalls seeing Megan shouting at her before she was injured.

Meanwhile, Anna becomes suspicious of Tom after Sgt. Riley suggests that he is encouraging Rachel’s behavior by keeping in touch with her. Anna attempts to hack into Tom’s computer, and in the process she finds a secret phone with several voice messages to another woman Tom is having an affair with.

Megan is found dead and forensics determine she was pregnant, but the child was neither Scott’s nor Abdic’s. Scott confronts Rachel, in the process revealing that he assaulted Megan prior to her death. Rachel sees Martha on the train and apologizes for her previous behavior, but her memory of the occasion does not match Martha’s version; Martha tells her that Tom was fired for having sexual relations with co-workers. Rachel realizes that Tom planted false memories in her head on several occasions following a drinking binge.

I will leave the rest to you to watch.

(Found this  on Wikipedia: The Girl On The Train).


Overall the film was good, but from my point of view after reading the book I feel parts were missed out.  One big thing was I realised that the whole film has been based in America just outside of NewYork, where as the book is based in London England.  When Rachel travels on the train in the film she spends her day in Grand central station all where as in the book she travels to London to a Library to spend her day before going back home to her friend.

The actors were amazing and I felt they recreated the characters from the book remarkably.  There were parts missing in the film that happened in the book, but they managed to twist and change some of the scenes, for example, when Scott and Rachel fight it is meant to happen in his house, he really fights with her and makes her terrified to the point she throws up and gets locked in a spare room.  In the film he travels to Rachel’s house and confronts her there, with a heated argument, the closest he comes to touching her is by covering her mouth and backing her up against the wall.

I don’t feel the film really went into details about Megan’s past life with her baby “Libby”, which she had when she was 17 with her ex boyfriend.

The ending was a little different but overall got the message across about what really happened.  I enjoyed the whole film overall.  However I really do recommend that you all read the book, there is so much more to learn about the characters and the story line in general.