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5* Review Loving Lady Lazuli Shehanne Moore

I was lucky enough to win a copy of Shehanne Moore’s new release Loving Lady Lazuli in a recent giveaway. Here’s a little about the story:

Loving Lady Lazuli‘Only one man in England can identify her. Unfortunately he’s living next door.

Ten years ago sixteen year old Sapphire, the greatest jewel thief England has ever known, ruined Lord Devorlane Hawley’s life. Now she’s dead and buried, all the respectable widow, Cassidy Armstrong, wants is the chance to prove who she really is.

But not only does her new neighbor believe he knows that exactly, he’s hell-bent on revenge. All he needs is the actual proof. So when he asks her to choose between being his mistress, or dangling on the end of a rope, only Sapphire can decide…

What’s left for a woman with nowhere left to go, but to stay exactly where she is?

And hope, that when it comes to neighbors, Devorlane Hawley won’t prove to be the one from hell.’

My Review
Loving Lady Lazuli is a tense, character driven historical romance which gives the reader a unique perspective on life and love in Regency England. The power of society and its harshness when crossed is implicit from the first chapter. Lord Devorlane Hawley returns to his ancestral home ten years after he left in disgrace. Now the unexpected fifth Duke of Chessington he wants revenge for his ten years of exile where severe mistreatment changed him from a naive youth to a cynical man.
The prodigal is thrown into an unexpected home-coming party. Bored a young woman attracts him. Is she the girl who caused his disgrace a decade ago? Cassidy fears her secret is uncovered and leaves the party abruptly. With the threat of the noose for being a jewel thief hanging over her Cassidy (Sapphire) tries to find the documents that prove her claim to Barwych hall.
Their relationship is laced with misunderstanding, humour and poignancy. Both distrust, threaten and cheat each other. Devorlane demands she becomes his mistress for his silence and help. Cassidy (Sapphire) agrees until she discovers his life threatening secret and reclaims the advantage. The historical attraction between Devorlane and Cassidy (Sapphire) rekindles and ignites despite his hateful behaviour and her scheming. When their passion overwhelms secrets emerge which affect them profoundly and make them face their emotional involvement.
Memorable characters give this unusual historical romance a realistic edge which make Loving Lady Lazuli a passionate, enthralling read.
I won a copy of this book from the author in a giveaway.

Loving Lady Lazuli by Shehanne Moore

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Loving Lady Lazuli

Shehanne Moore

Shehanne Moore is a Scottish author, who writes gritty, witty, as much risky as risqué, historical romance, set wherever takes her fancy. Stories that detail the best and worst of human behaviour, as opposed to pouts and flounces. For years she worked at various things, while pursuing her dream of becoming a published writer, so she was gobsmacked to sell her book, The Unraveling of Lady Fury, written in three months, to U.S. publishers, Etopia Press, six days after subbing it.
Shehanne still lives in Scotland, with her husband Mr Shey. She has two daughters. When not writing intriguing historical romance, where goals and desires of sassy, unconventional heroines and ruthless men, mean worlds do collide, she fantasizes about cleaning the house, plays the odd musical instrument and loves what in any other country, would not be defined, as hill-walking.

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5* Review Circle in the Sand Lia Fairchild

Circle in the Sand ‘From bestselling author, Lia Fairchild: Four Friends. Four Different Paths. One Unwavering Friendship.

Four life-long friends bound by two decades of laughter, love, promises, and secrets. Once inseparable, the four grow into independent adults pursuing very different paths.

Sage, raised by career-driven parents, follows a carefully laid out future of success that leaves her wondering what she’s missed out on.

Emily, the college drop-out, now has three children that have become her whole life. She’s slowly lost herself, subconsciously seeking dangerous ways to cope. Can she find herself in time?

Jax always lived on the edge, skating through life with no apparent ambition, yet remained the energy and emotional cement of the group. She longs for her friends to accept her without trying to fix her.

Ned, Emily’s twin brother, yearns to stand up and be counted. But his old loyalties and new feelings for one of the girls has him pulled in different directions.

Will the ties that held them together as kids be strong enough for them as adults? These four friends will discover the true meaning of friendship and unveil truths about themselves they never knew existed.’ (From Circle in the Sand on Goodreads)

My Review

Circle in the Sand is an extraordinary story about ordinary people. The idea of childhood friends keeping their friendship alive as their lives took them in different directions appealed to me.

I like the writing style which gives a first person perspective from each of the four main characters Emily, Jax, Ned and Sage. The informality allows you to connect with the characters immediately so you feel less that you are reading the story and more like you’re on the fringes of their lives watching them progress.

What make this a five-star story for me are the characters that range from stay at home mum to career woman with Jax adding the quirky dimension. Ned is remarkable because of the relationship he has with the women. Their ordinariness makes them special you can empathise because you can visualise yourself in their situations.

The conflicts were often unexpected and always well explained and helped illuminate the character/s they affected. The plot possessed the necessary twists and although I guessed some of them it didn’t detract from the reading experience.

A Circle in the Sand is a lovely tale of enduring friendship and sweet romance.

I received a copy of this e-book from the author in return for an honest review.

Circle in the Sand by Lia Fairchild

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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4* Review The Reflections of Queen Snow White David C. Meredith

The Reflections of Queen Snow White‘The Reflections of Queen Snow White’ is a retelling and development of the Grimm fairytale of Snow White. I loved the cover of this book but don’t be misled this is dark fairytale of abuse, loss of innocence and depression.

On the eve of her daughter’s wedding Snow White remains depressed after the death of her husband. Seeking solitude from the busy castle she finds herself looking into the mirror her evil stepmother so depended upon. Fearful it will bring evil upon her she slowly realises the mirror only reflects what it sees.

The mirror is a definite character falling into the modern therapist role for bereaved Snow White. Through the mirror she relives her childhood and youth most of which she would rather forget. The story shows how Snow White’s stepmother abused her and how all the adults around her ignored her suffering. Even the Prince who saves her steals her innocence with little finesse.

This adult fairytale whilst not a ‘feel good’ read is an interesting story with clever descriptive imagery which makes the reader feel like a voyeur at times. The ending offers hope for Snow White who sees a future for herself and ensures her own daughter is better equipped to face her fate.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David C. Meredith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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Stolen Hearts Christy Newton Blog Tour

Title: Stolen Hearts #1 More Than Treasure Series
Author: Christy Newton
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: June 6, 2013
Tour Host: Verna Loves Books

Christy is on tour with Stolen Hearts the first book in her More Than Treasure series. She has a Rafflecopter giveaway . Click on the Link Below to enter.

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I have already reviewed Stolen Hearts on my blog and gave it 4*

  Stolen Hearts Synopsis:
Jewels, deception and adventure…
Twenty-two year old Cammie Adams knows one thing for sure – life isn’t fair. She’s still an emotional wreck from the tragic loss of her parents seven years ago. Right after she gets her PI license she is not only robbed, but abducted, only to find her life was all a lie. When she finds her mother’s diary, she discovers she was only a pawn in her mother’s dangerous game. Now she must get back what is rightfully hers from the man that murdered her mother.
Hot and mysterious, Simon Fisher has really only loved one thing – jewels. This ex-jewel thief, now bodyguard, doesn’t even know what hits him when he rescues Cammie as a favor to her father. Simon must protect her, but soon finds out where there’s trouble, Cammie isn’t far behind. She will not only steal his prized jewel, but his heart.

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 Stolen Hearts Excerpt:
The next morning, when the sunlight hit her face, Cammie wondered if the robbery and the letter from her aunt had just been a nightmare. She rubbed her eyes, looked over at the nightstand and saw the letter right where she’d left it. Damn, it was all real. Frowning, she got up and got dressed to run.
After a few quick stretches, she jogged around some small puddles left over from the storm last night. When she rounded a curve, she heard a car coming up close behind. She turned her head to look and saw a black Town Car. The car quickly stopped beside her. An eerie feeling came over her as she reached for her phone. A man wearing a dark suit and sunglasses got out of the car and grabbed her before she could dial. She struggled to free herself from his strong grasp. A needle pricked her neck and the blackness closed in.

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Christy 014Meet The Author: Christy Newton is a hopeless romantic and writes many genres of romance. She just might be the only author out there that doesn’t drink caffeine, but dark chocolate is her must have. She falls in love with each of her heroes and hopes you will too! Christy is the author of the More Than Treasure Series and the Love Again Collection.        

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 Here’s 20 Fun Facts About Author Christy Newton

1. I’m creative.

 2. I love dark chocolate.

 3. Purple is my favorite color, but I love every color.

 4. I have a purple office.

 5. I have a toy poodle named Lola.

 6. I spend more time with my on-line friends than the ones that live close by.

 7. I want to go to London.

8. I am horrible at math.

 9. I have one brother.

 10. I have to have lemon in my water.

 11. I don’t eat bacon.

12. I hate winter.

 13. I love fall.

14. Spring is ok.

 15. Summer is too hot.

 16. My favorite pizza is Luca Pizza.

17. I still miss Guiding Light.

 18. I believe in God.

 19. When I’m hungry I turn into the hulk.

 20. I painted all the artwork in my house.

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5* Review The Unraveling of Lady Fury Shehanne Moore

The Unraveling of Lady FuryThe Unraveling of Lady Fury is edgy historical romance distinctive and original.

Lady Fury is a delight. Outwardly strong and driven; safe behind her impenetrable shell which cloaks past hardship and abuse and a broken heart that bleeds whenever she thinks about her first lover. She is intelligent used to living on her wits to survive fate’s constant curve balls.

Captain Flint is an enigma whose piratical ways leave devastation in his wake from plundered treasure and ladies’ hearts. Image is everything especially where Lady Fury is concerned.

Closer acquaintance with this vibrant realistic pair and you see they are Yin and Yang different but vital for the other to flourish.

Lady Fury must produce the Beaumont heir and secure her future. Thrown into the middle of an unusual talent contest where Fury vets the potential donors the reader empathises with her predicament. Like so many of her sisters she must barter her body and freedom to avoid destitution.

Flint reappearance throws Fury’s life into disarray. He took her innocence and her heart and left her empty and desolate.

Flint offers his services for a price. Can Fury risk her heart again? Only if Flint obeys her rules designed to strip the procreative act of romance, sensuality and ecstasy. Does she succeed? Read the book you won’t be disappointed.

Laced with sharp humour the dialogue entertains. Plot changes make it an absorbing read and a refreshing insight on Regency romance.

The Unraveling of Lady Fury by Shehanne Moore

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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What a difference a year makes -Tracey Rogers

TraceyRogerspicToday I welcome my friend and fellow author Tracey Rogers  back to First Steps. 2013  was  special for me and similarly so for Tracey  whose books Daring to Wish and Best Fake Day were released by Beachwalk Press in 2013. Over to you Tracey.Daring to Wish_Medium

A very happy New Year to you all! I can’t believe yet another year has passed us by and how different 2013 was for me!
I’m not terribly superstitious, but I do avoid walking under ladders. There are also numbers I avoid. Last New Year’s Eve I was really wasn’t looking forward to 2013. Three is my least favourite number and the idea of 13 in a year wasn’t particularly appealing. Not that I think it’s an unlucky number, but because saying the number out loud makes it sound so…dull. thirteen. Sounds sad doesn’t it? It made me dread the coming year. How wrong was I?
It was in January 2013 that I clicked send on my manuscript to Beachwalk Press. I hit send and had no nerves or expectations at all. After all, 2013 was destined to be a rubbish year. One month later I got the contract for my first book Daring to Wish. Then I went on to write Best Fake Day and later had that book accepted too.BestFakeDay_Medium
2013 was an amazing year for me. To be published was a dream of mine and if anyone would have told me in January that I would become an author in 2013, I would have laughed. To have begun the year as a writer with dreams and aspirations, then to finish the year with my second release Best Fake Day was a fantastic end to a very wonderful year.
Not only was it a wonderful year as an author, but as a writer. The writing community is so supportive. It’s also amazing that my author friends have had a fab year too with contracts and book releases to celebrate. Also those writer’s who are yet to find their books a home have reason to celebrate their determination and the fact that they have written a book, or two, or three…What an achievement!
I don’t have anything to celebrate in 2014 yet, but I’m working on it! I wonder what 2014 has planned for us? What are you hoping for?

I’m so pleased 2013 was an enjoyable one for you Tracey.

If you haven’t read Tracey’s books yet here’s where you can find them:

Daring to Wish –

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Here’s a taste of Tracey’s latest release Best Fake Day:

Blurb
Faking it never felt so good.
Wedding photographer and romance lover Izzy Latham dreams of finding her own happily ever after. When her former teenage crush arrives at her doorstep, looking sexier than ever, and asks to marry her, it should be her dream come true, right? Wrong. It turns out he doesn’t want to actually marry her—he only wants to pretend to marry her.
Marriage hater Jack Carter will do anything to close his latest business deal, including finding a wife. The only person who can help him is his childhood friend, Izzy. Except Izzy isn’t a little girl anymore. She’s definitely all woman, and there’s an attraction between them that’s hard to ignore.
Jack has to convince Izzy to fake it, but the problem is that she hates to lie. However, she can’t deny her feelings for him either. So when Jack makes her an offer she can’t refuse, she reluctantly agrees to help him out.
Faking it is the easy part. But what happens when fake starts to feel so real?
Content Warning: contains sensual sex and occasional strong language.

Excerpt
“Let me work off the money,” Izzy said.
She felt Jack’s gaze rake over her body, watched the clench of his jaw. “And how are you planning to work it off, Isabel?” he almost growled. “Is that what all of this is about?” he asked as his hand made an indicating sweep over her body. “Dress to impress so you can pay me in kind?”
“Oh God, no,” she spluttered. “This is me showing you I’m not the weak, naïve girl I used to be and I won’t be pushed around!”
The hard glint in his eyes softened slightly. “You were never weak. Naïve…” He trailed off. “So how exactly were you planning to pay me back?”
“Working here for you for free until I pay you back. I could collect glasses, work the bar, or clean.”
“And you have experience in any of those roles?”
“No. But I could learn.”
“But what about the house repairs?”
She shrugged. “I could do that during the daytime and work here at night. Then when I’m earning again from my day job I’ll pay you back.”
“And what exactly is your day job?”
“I’m a photographer. I could even do that here. Take photographs of the patrons and sell them for you.”
“You work freelance?”
“I have my own business.” She hesitated before elaborating. “As a wedding photographer,” she said quickly, hoping he wouldn’t snag the teasing opportunity.
Too late. The corner of his mouth quirked until it bloomed until a grin. “A wedding photographer. How appropriate. I knew playing dress-up with your mother’s veil and having teddy bears as your guests would have an influence on you one day.”
“You mean like wanting to have a traditional wedding where the groom doesn’t have to bribe the bride? Yeah, my childhood messed me up real bad,” she said with sarcasm.
“You’re not working here, Izzy. And this conversation is over.”
“No, it’s not. I’m giving you a solution to paying off what I owe. I’ll work off the amount Ellie paid for our debts and the rest you get from her. So when do I start?”
“You are not working here.”
“Why?”
“Do you really want to have some guy groping you as you serve drinks? Or a group of guys? I run a tight ship and look out for my staff, but sometimes it happens.”
“I can look after myself. I have been groped before, you know. I can deal with it.”
He slid his chair closer, bending his legs so hers surrounded him without touching, but close, very close. He looked up at her under dark lashes. “So if some guy puts a hand on your leg you wouldn’t mind?”
She shook her head.
“And if that hand strayed beneath your dress?” he asked as his hand reached out to graze the sensitive skin of her inner thigh, making her shudder.
She shook her head slowly, earning a dark look. Of course she would mind. But this was Jack.
He stood abruptly, stepping into the v of her thighs. “And if a guy tried to kiss you?”
“I have been kissed before, remember?” she said, inwardly cringing at how breathless she sounded.
“I remember being a boy kissing you as a girl. If I were to kiss you now I wouldn’t be holding back and I wouldn’t be kissing you as a boy—I’d be kissing you as a man.”
“Then do it,” she demanded.
Author bio
A devourer of books from an early age, I spent much of my childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn’t searching for those worlds, I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romance was when I stole sneak peeks into my nana’s books. I’m still in that world and refuse to leave.
I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe that words make the world go around.
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Tracey Rogers – Best Fake Day -Interview

BestFakeDay_Medium As part of her ‘Best Fake Day’ Blog Tour I have Tracey Rogers  on Jane Hunt Writer First Steps today.Here’s what you can expect from Best Fake Day.
Faking it never felt so good.
Wedding photographer and romance lover Izzy Latham dreams of finding her own happily ever after. When her former teenage crush arrives at her doorstep, looking sexier than ever, and asks to marry her, it should be her dream come true, right? Wrong. It turns out he doesn’t want to actually marry her—he only wants to pretend to marry her.
Marriage hater Jack Carter will do anything to close his latest business deal, including finding a wife. The only person who can help him is his childhood friend, Izzy. Except Izzy isn’t a little girl anymore. She’s definitely all woman, and there’s an attraction between them that’s hard to ignore.
Jack has to convince Izzy to fake it, but the problem is that she hates to lie. However, she can’t deny her feelings for him either. So when Jack makes her an offer she can’t refuse, she reluctantly agrees to help him out.
Faking it is the easy part. But what happens when fake starts to feel so real?
Content Warning: contains sensual sex and occasional strong language

Hello Tracey It’s lovely to have you back on my blog. Italy is one of my favourite places and as it features in ‘Best Fake Day’ I thought we could start our interview there 🙂

Your second novel ‘Best Fake Day’ features a fake wedding day in Florence Italy. Why did you pick this location?

Thank you for inviting me here Jane. Choosing Italy was pure indulgence! I’ve always wanted to visit there so researching Florence was a treat for me.

From reading ‘Best Fake Day’ you obviously feel Italy is a romantic location why?

I have to admit the courtyard wedding idea came from watching the Twilight movies. The scene in New Moon when Bella races to reach Edward before he steps into the sun. I guess the architecture, hidden courtyards and cobbled streets kind of bring out the romantic in me. All of those things seem perfect for stolen kisses and fake weddings!

I love Izzy the female lead in ‘Best Fake Day’. How much of Tracey Rogers is in this character?

Thank you I love Izzy too. There is a possibility that I also staged weddings with my toys and spent a lot of time drawing my dream wedding dress. Also my brother’s Action Man made a great groom for my Sindy. You could say I’m also a dreamer like Izzy.

Jack is Izzy’s teenage heart-throb do you believe teenage love can survive a lifetime?

I don’t see why not. I can still remember my first date and my first kiss. Even down to the clothes I was wearing and the smell of my date’s Brut aftershave. I remember more of my teen years than I do of last year. I also met my husband when I had just turned seventeen and we are still together.

Izzy and Jack’s pseudo marriage is Izzy’s ‘Best Fake Day’ do think marriage still has a place in today’s society?

I really hope so! Though it took ten years for my husband and I to get married. I guess as long as you reach your happily ever after, then that’s all that matters. A marriage certificate won’t change that.

After two wonderful books what can we expect next from Tracey Rogers?

I’m thrilled you’ve enjoyed my books Jane! This year is very much an open book. Pardon the pun 😉 I currently have a WIP near completion and several other ideas floating around. It’ll be interesting to find out where 2014 takes me!

Here’s an excerpt from Best Fake Day:

BestFakeDay_Medium“Let me work off the money,” Izzy said.
She felt Jack’s gaze rake over her body, watched the clench of his jaw. “And how are you planning to work it off, Isabel?” he almost growled. “Is that what all of this is about?” he asked as his hand made an indicating sweep over her body. “Dress to impress so you can pay me in kind?”
“Oh God, no,” she spluttered. “This is me showing you I’m not the weak, naïve girl I used to be and I won’t be pushed around!”
The hard glint in his eyes softened slightly. “You were never weak. Naïve…” He trailed off. “So how exactly were you planning to pay me back?”
“Working here for you for free until I pay you back. I could collect glasses, work the bar, or clean.”
“And you have experience in any of those roles?”
“No. But I could learn.”
“But what about the house repairs?”
She shrugged. “I could do that during the daytime and work here at night. Then when I’m earning again from my day job I’ll pay you back.”
“And what exactly is your day job?”
“I’m a photographer. I could even do that here. Take photographs of the patrons and sell them for you.”
“You work freelance?”
“I have my own business.” She hesitated before elaborating. “As a wedding photographer,” she said quickly, hoping he wouldn’t snag the teasing opportunity.
Too late. The corner of his mouth quirked until it bloomed until a grin. “A wedding photographer. How appropriate. I knew playing dress-up with your mother’s veil and having teddy bears as your guests would have an influence on you one day.”
“You mean like wanting to have a traditional wedding where the groom doesn’t have to bribe the bride? Yeah, my childhood messed me up real bad,” she said with sarcasm.
“You’re not working here, Izzy. And this conversation is over.”
“No, it’s not. I’m giving you a solution to paying off what I owe. I’ll work off the amount Ellie paid for our debts and the rest you get from her. So when do I start?”
“You are not working here.”
“Why?”
“Do you really want to have some guy groping you as you serve drinks? Or a group of guys? I run a tight ship and look out for my staff, but sometimes it happens.”
“I can look after myself. I have been groped before, you know. I can deal with it.”
He slid his chair closer, bending his legs so hers surrounded him without touching, but close, very close. He looked up at her under dark lashes. “So if some guy puts a hand on your leg you wouldn’t mind?”
She shook her head.
“And if that hand strayed beneath your dress?” he asked as his hand reached out to graze the sensitive skin of her inner thigh, making her shudder.
She shook her head slowly, earning a dark look. Of course she would mind. But this was Jack.

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TraceyRogerspicA devourer of books from an early age, I spent much of my childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn’t searching for those worlds, I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romance was when I stole sneak peeks into my nana’s books. I’m still in that world and refuse to leave.
I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe that words make the world go around.

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5* Review Without Doubt C J Azevedo

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  C J Azevedo’s Without Doubt Blog Tour  starts today. My review is posted below and there’s a Giveaway for a Kindle Paperwhite and 2 Signed Paperbacks by C J Azevedo.
Without Doubt ECOVER-Cj Azevedo-high‘Ava Sterling is tough and the most straight-laced girl you will ever meet. Her family and her past have managed to alter her future permanently and she has no desire to allow anyone else into her life or her heart for fear of rejection or further altering. Ava is alone in the world with the exception of the grandest responsibility she did not create on her own but on her own she will carry for the rest of her life.

Declan James is a MMA fighter, party all night kind of guy. Responsibility is nowhere to be found in his life or so he allows everyone around him to believe. Coming from wealth and a carefree lifestyle, Declan gets what he wants, always. And what he wants is Ava. In his pursuit of getting what he wants, Ava in his bed, his plan changes quickly without his consent. Against his plans of being the next hot bachelor to cross the tabloids as he makes his way to being the Ultimate Light Heavyweight Champion, Declan falls in love. He falls in love without hesitation and without doubt.

Neither Declan nor Ava are aware that fate has inconveniently intertwined their lives forever. Will they be able to survive the aftermath of the truth?’

My Review:

Without Doubt is the first book I have read by CJ Azevedo and I loved it. The second in ‘The Without Series’ it was an excellent stand alone read and I am eager to get my hands on ‘Without Boundaries’.
This is Ava and Declan’s story shown through their eyes.
They meet when Ava is working in a bar Declan frequents the attraction is mutual and instantaneous but neither act on it because Ava’s life is too complicated for dating and Declan a MMA fighter has no need or inclination to date. Women swarm round him like bees and he can sample their honey whenever he wants.
Ava is different and Declan can’t forget her even though she refuses to be more than casual friends with him. Time proves to be Ava’s enemy and when Declan is missing from the bar on his usual night she realises he is under her skin.
Without revealing her secret Ava agrees to meet and she quickly becomes immersed in his close family world which has always been absent from her life. When she confesses her secret to Declan he steps up to the mark and Ava sees a future for them.
Don’t be so sure. Conflict arrives from an unexpected quarter and although I wasn’t surprised by it. Its effect on Ava and Declan’s relationship is devastating. The barrier between them impenetrable unless Ava can overcome her inner doubts and take the love Declan is offering.
The plot is simple but effective and acts as a perfect foil to the characters which are real and easy to empathise with. The chemistry between Ava and Declan sizzles and is backed by heartfelt emotion.
I read this book late into the night and it was worth the loss of sleep. Definitely an author and series I want to read more of.
I received a copy of this e-book from the author in return for an honest review.

Interested here’s an excerpt:
‘I start restocking the beer fridge when I get the feeling someone is watching me. I turn slowly to take in the people in the bar and check for anything suspicious. When my sight reached the back of the room, I found the set of eyes that made me stir. Declan. Deep blue-green eyes set just below dark furrowed brows. The piercing in his right brow shone under the low overhead lighting above his table and made me want to take it between my teeth. Our gazes connect and he doesn’t look away. The girl is still sitting on his lap and running her skanky hand up and down his thigh. She has no idea that he’s been staring at me for at least the last thirty seconds. Not being able to handle the stare contest any longer, I smile at him. He doesn’t smile back and it really doesn’t bother me. It probably should, but I have a feeling that it’s not a negative emotion that makes him continue to stare blankly.’
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CJ has lived all over the state of California, Central, South, North and finally landing back somewhere in the middle. She married the boy she fell for when she was only eleven years old and together they have two beautiful heathens. CJ obviously loves to read and write. She can watch the Giant’s play baseball but hates football. She bakes when she’s sad, runs when she’s mad and dances when she’s happy (even if she can’t find a rhythm to save her life) If you’re looking for her and can’t seem to find her, look on the staircase, it’s her favorite spot to read.

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