Audiobook Review: Bite Me

Author: Louise Cypress

Narrators: Reba Buhr, Alexander Cendese

Length: 8 hours 2 minutes

Series: The Puritan Coven Series, Book 1

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Release date: Jan. 10, 2019

Genre: Paranormal Romance; Young Adult

A nerdy high school senior transforms into a vampire vixen who’s unaware that her hunky date for prom is the slayer sent to destroy her.

Morgan Taylor-Jackson can’t wait for high school to end. In six months she leaves for UCLA and says goodbye to La Jolla, California, and her parents’ messy divorce. But when Morgan is bitten by a four-year-old boy, she becomes infected with a mysterious condition. Fever, insomnia, and a new bustline are only the beginning; Morgan morphs from nerd to bombshell.

As far as Van Xander is concerned, all vampires are evil, even the ones who reject human sacrifice and call themselves Puritans. When Helsing Incorporated sends Van to La Jolla to investigate the local coven, Morgan is his prime target. Pretending to be interested in her, Van asks Morgan out and puts her through a series of tests to determine her killer nature.

Morgan is thrilled to be dating a hot guy like Van and falls for him hard. As Van strings Morgan along, he grows increasingly guilty. Morgan is kind, compassionate, and a gooey romantic. Just as Van’s mind begins to change, evil forces threaten everything. When prom night arrives, there are only two ways out of the ballroom: death or immortality.

Louise Cypress believes in friendship, true love, and the everlasting power of books. She has never met a vampire or a mermaid, but she has been to a Love Sucks concert on Valentine’s Day. She can often be found curled up with a romance novel on Saturday night, diet soda in hand, secretly wishing bustles were back in fashion. Louise is from San Diego, California, where the beach is crowded and summer is immortal.

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Reba Buhr grew up in the Pacific Northwest and now lives in Los Angeles, working in theater, film, and television. She has degrees from Occidental College in theater and classical voice. Reba began recording audiobooks in 2012 and has turned her love for performance into a passion for narrating characters that jump off the page. Reba is an accomplished voice actor and has lent her voice to many commercials, video games, and animated projects, including Popples and Knights of Sidonia for Netflix, Toonami’s Hunter x Hunter, and Zagtoon’s Zak Storm.

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Alexander Cendese is a New York–based actor/narrator whose credits include roles on and Off-Broadway, in films, and on popular television shows, including Law & Order: SVU and All My Children. He holds a BFA from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.

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Another refreshing story! I loved this first book so much I cannot wait to read the next ones in the series. This is something you would not expect. There are twists I did not see coming and there are so many things left to uncover. Suffice to say, I read it in one sitting, as I could not put it down, at all!

Morgan faces all the changes in her body on her own. She deals with her sickness all by herself, being oblivious to the virus spreading inside her body. Her life gets turned around once she gets bitten by a 4 year old.  The bite brings changes to her body that are quite obvious for her classmates, still she believes this is all because of her new diet.

Van gets close to her to asses her level of transformation. He has no intention of becoming attached. He knows all vampires are evil and need to be destroyed. However, life has other plans. He meets a family of puritans – vampires who do not feed on human blood and maybe, just maybe his opinion would change by the end of the book.

What I mostly liked about the book is that the plot is not 100% absorbed by the romance. Each character has a path to follow. We have a mix of teenage drama (guys asking girls to prom, looking for the perfect dress) with vampire related issues. This is what keeps this story so entertaining.

There is one thing that made me disappointed. One of them is how a family of puritans was not able to immediately detect that a human has been bitten under their nose.

The narration was almost perfect! I loved the voice acting. It was amazing and entertaining. Alexander Cendese’s parts felt a little shouted somehow. His voice acting was great, but when interpreting Van, he sounded like a news anchor almost. I did not dislike his part, not at all. It just felt off in the beginning, until I got used to it. Reba Buhr – impeccable!

All in all, I cannot wait to see what will happen next!  I love a vampire story, spiked with a touch of romance.  Let’s see what the series has to offer in the next books J Happy reading! (4 stars for now)

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Louise Cypress. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

 

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Book Review: Kiss from a Rose

Kiss From a Rose
by Bella Fontaine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 
Secrets that were meant to be hidden jump out of the closet in this hot,
sexy, enemies to lovers romance. From USA Today Bestselling Author
Khardine Gray writing as Bella Fontaine…
There are two things in this world that I’m certain of:
1.Money doesn’t grow on trees.
2.Caine Donoghue is the devil. He’s the kind of guy who’s sexy, knows it,
and uses his charm to fool you. It doesn’t help that he’s an
Ex-Navy man with all that hard muscle and a body built like a god.
He’s the devil.
It sounds harsh, but it’s true. I should know because I practically
grew up with him. I had to endure many summers of his evil. So
I
should know.
However, the day came when the man decided to go and shock me.
It only took a fifteen-year absence in each other’s lives, but…one
major act of kindness that saved the person I loved most dissolved
the barrier I placed up to keep him out.
I never saw it coming.
Me, trapped in the charm he oozed. Me, trapped in the temptation that
lured me to him just from his sinful sexy smile. Me, getting lost in
a man I thought was my worse nightmare.
Caine Donoghue sucked me into a sizzling hot, whirlwind romance that was so
scorching it would make hell feel like the artic.
He unlocked something inside me.
But…us being together unlocked something else.
We unlocked secrets from the past that should have stayed hidden.
Secrets that tangle the past with the present, and will affect the
future.
Secrets that could destroy us.
It’s only a matter of time.
Then it won’t matter what I think …
If you like hot, steamy, romance with gorgeous, drool-worthy ex-military
men that will make you melt, you will like this book. Scroll up and
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The name is to honor the strong, super talented, and courageous women in
her family who inspired her to write and do what she loves most.
As with her other books expect hot, steamy, contemporary romance and
romantic suspense. Expect drool-worthy heroes and sassy heroines.
People falling in love and the wild, sexy fun they have on their journey.
 
My Review

Oh, this is such an intense story! There are many elements to enjoy and enough hot scenes to make you blush. There is also the thriller element that makes it even more interesting.

Anya has always had a secret crush on the boy who made her childhood a nightmare. So when need comes and the said boy, now a full grown man, is her knight in shining armor, things are bound to intensify to maximum levels. Especially if our hero has always fancied her as well. When Anya’s aunt, the woman who raised Caine, falls ill, she is more than willing to care for her and her small business. Cane offers to cover their money issues and also help around, while Halle is in the hospital, recovering. Little did they expect to face loan sharks and schemes to obtain by any means necessary, Halle’s business.

 For me, the story was a bit predictable and it left me with unanswered questions. The reason why Cane was so awful to Anya in their childhood is still beyond me and as well how a mature woman was deceived in such a way by a loan shark is a little too much. I do have some small issues with the writing – some expressions were repetitive and childish for a man in the army, in his early thirties, for example. Also, I am not a big fan of the cover.

But setting this aside, I did enjoy the romance and how both characters were afraid to commit. Their relationship starts with the knowledge that it could end at any moment, but soon both will realize they have difficulties staying away. I loved how Cane took things into his own hands and did everything to protect the two women in his life. He is by far my favorite of the two.

All in all, I did enjoy my time with the story, regardless of my negative comments. I’s a story worth uncovering, with a good thriller element.  3.5 stars. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below J Happy reading!

 

 
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Audiobook Review: Werewolf Epidemic

Author: Taylor Haiden

Narrator: Hugh Bradley

Series: The Werewolf M.D. Series, Book 2

Publisher: Brian S. Ference

Released: Jan. 23, 2019

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Can their love survive this outbreak?

Nurse Isabella and Doctor Roman are kidnapped by the pack and the mysterious Jean-Luc. What will she do when she learns the depths of how the Alpha’s dark past intertwines with the man she loves?

Brought before the Alpha Council to answer for their crimes, they find the werewolf leadership in turmoil as a virus courses through their ranks. The lines between foes and friends blur as Roman tries to stop the emerging epidemic.

When an ancient enemy returns to take vengeance, the world is turned upside down and Roman and Isabella are separated. Does she have the medical knowledge and skill needed to keep Patient Zero alive on her own? While on the edge of finding a cure, the medical board revokes Dr. Roman’s medical license, leaving him no choice but to break into a CDC maximum security lab. Can he solve the biggest challenge of his career and survive long enough to save everyone he loves from a terrible death?

Filled with steamy scenes and and action-based violence, this gripping novel does not contain any cheating and has a happily ever after. Scroll up and one-click to buy this thrilling paranormal romance today.

TAYLOR HAIDEN has three beautiful children and an amazingly supportive spouse and lives with them in Arizona. Tylor’s days are spent enjoying the breathtaking blue skies and pink sunsets while writing a variety of genres. When not writing, Taylor enjoys traveling to new places, tasting new and exciting foods, binging on Netflix, and experiencing everything that life has to offer from barbecues to scuba diving. Taylor is author of the Werewolf M.D. series with more in the works.

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Audiobook narrator Hugh Bradley brings his distinctive voice to titles ranging from romance to history.
Hugh brings characters to life with a distinct voice, with a deep understanding of the character and their motivation. Mr. Bradley doesn’t just tell us the story, he brings us with him on the journey.

From Hugh: “I’m a classically trained actor, and have been on Broadway and toured all over the world in everything from musicals to Shakespearean productions. I still perform on stage from time to time, but most of the time these days I stick to recording, and producing and directing for the stage.”

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The second book in The Werewolf M.D. Series is a great surprise. I did like the first one, but “Werewolf Epidemic” is much more engaging and full of action. It kept me at the edge of my seat and I savored every word in each chapter.

This time, Isabella and Roman have to face stronger enemies – seen or unseen. The events challenge not only the supernatural abilities, but as well their knowledge as doctors. They fight against a virus and against others trying to hurt werewolves. Their love can withstand it all however. I loved their devotion in book 1 and I love it even more here.

As in case of the first book, I must mention that I do not like the cover – it doesn’t feel werewolf-y enough – and I have my small issues with the narration. Maybe it’s me not rezoning with the narrator’s voice. However, it was an intense experience and I must admit Hugh Bradley did a great job of transmitting the tension in every moment. I would have wanted a bit more voice acting, that’s all – changing the voice and all that.

All in all, I liked the series quite a lot and I did enjoy my time with the characters. There are fresh elements when it comes to werewolves, we have intense action and a lot of twists. I do recommend it – it’s short and very entertaining. 5 stars for the book, 3.5 for the narration = 4.25 stars = 4 stars. Happy reading!

 

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Book Review: Happiness Is All We Want

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Title: Happiness Is All We Want

Author: Ashutosh Mishra

Published: February 28th 2017 by Bloomsbury India

Source: Received from the author, via Booktasters

Format: e-copy

Blurb:

Today, we are leading our lives in mindless pursuit, unable even to articulate what we are pursuing. We are unhappy even after achieving what we desire. Happiness is all we want! suggests that the source of peace and happiness is within us, if we know the secret. The book’s objective is to help us unlock that secret and attain a high level of overall well-being in order to lead a happy and fulfilling life and be the healthiest we can be, mentally and physically. A wide variety of tools and techniques are explained in simple language. Many real life experiences of the author as well as other people are interspersed through the book.

Demystifying the spiritual aspect of wellbeing, this book integrates it with your life objectives. You can immensely improve not only the peace and happiness in your life but your beauty and appearance as well.

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I am not a big fan of self-help books. My first attempt at this genre was with a book so popular a few years ago! It was everywhere, in mass-media, on TV, literary everywhere. I read it and I ended up being so disappointed and even offended (what is the author doing? Manipulating?). So I stopped, until I started this blog and was lucky to discover one author from whose book I’ve learned a lot.

Now, reviewing my third one, I am so happy I have not given up because „Happiness Is All We Want” by  Ashutosh Mishra is extremely useful. It is a good book if you need something to pick you up and give you some direction, it has great advices, great examples and has the proper „voice” to give you an impulse.

The book is divided into three parts that are meant to cover all aspects of wellbeing: mental, physical and spiritual. All these parts are accompanied by stories and tips on how to accomplish happiness on these levels and also how to stick with the plan. For me, all these were very useful, especially because I am starting new things and I need to keep my spirits up. So I could not have come at a better moment!

Whether you are facing challenging times or a life altering decision, Ashutosh Mishra’s book is great to read. But even if this is not the case, „Happiness Is All We Want” is a great experience and will shed light on many items. There is always something to improve in our lives and in ourselves and this book is perfect for that as well. I do hope you will give it a try. Because of some formatting issues, I will go with 4 stars, but from a content point of view, I am all in! Enjoy 🙂

Book Review: Moonlight Scandals

Set in the heart of New Orleans MOONLIGHT SINS, the first book in the all-new de Vincent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, invites readers to enter the world the de Vincent family.

Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she had her heart and confidence shattered by her manipulative ex-husband. For the first time in her life, she’s making major changes– new job, new town and a new opportunity to forget the past. But starting over in the Louisiana bayou isn’t exactly what she thought it would be…

Lucien de Vincent – the wildest, most unpredictable brother – is having a bad week. His father has been found dead in the most suspicious circumstances. His older brother is bribing the police to avoid a scandal. And the more he spends time with, Julia the new nurse taking care of his troubled sister, the more he can’t imagine being without her. Lucien may be the unrepentant bachelor of the family but there’s something about Julia that makes him want to lay himself bare. But family secrets are starting to emerge. And the past could not only bring down a dynasty but destroy Julia in the process.

Julia knows better than to get wrapped up in Lucian. He’s from a world she can’t relate to. Plus, he’s her employer. But his wicked touch and sensual promises are too much to deny. What starts with a kiss ends with so much more.

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Moonlight Scandals
by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series
de Vincent Series #3

Genre
Adult
Contemporary Romance

Publisher
Avon Books

Publication Date
January 29, 2019

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Not liking Jennifer L. Armentrout would be the lie of a lifetime! I read the Lux series back when I was just discovering the immense sea of what we all know as Goodreads (I had no clue books can be reviewed on Amazon at the time, hell, I had no clue how to post reviews on Goodreads either). So I owe her books so much! (speaking of “Lux” – I need to reread that, I have no reviews posted for them) Now having the opportunity to read and review a book by this major author that changed me as a reader, being part of a blog tour promoting her book is such an honor!

“Moonlight Scandals” made me feel so much – pain, admiration, amusement, angst, confusion and many other emotions. I am as in love with the writing and with the characters as I would have expected. But it hurts me so bad to admit there were parts I did not like that much – plot related. Let me try and detail a little bit of something.

Our lady main character Rosie has had her life turned upside down in a blink. She has lost her husband to depression and is still dealing with his death, still unwilling to let go. At some point she meets Devlin – one of the most wanted, rich guys out there, soon to be married. Their attraction is instant, but their connection is not. He fights her on every opportunity, but she fights back. They are right there, at the same level. A romance filled with ghosts that teaches us to embrace the past and pain and take a leap of faith.

I loved so much the banter these two had. Their exchanges were so natural and full of amusement. It was a delight to read. I also loved Rosie’s determination to uncover ghosts haunting houses or places. She wears this “job” with pride, even though if you guys hear someone talking about haunted houses, you would think that person has some screws missing in the brain area. Devlin’s devotion for his family and his privacy is extreme. His protectiveness reaches the maximum levels, in a twisted way, but I liked it.

But (why do I have to mention a “but” ?!) I find the plot to be predictable to a level and some of the complications in the end seemed a little too much. I cannot detail on that because of spoilers, still it’s more than enough with that. I had an issue with Rosie not knowing what exactly triggered her husband’s suicide, but by the end of the story I understood we may never be able to fully grasp what happened in a situation like that. And one more item I need to comment is Devlin – he is presented as such a dangerous fellow, with a dark personality (the Devil, as they call him). But from his lines, he is not at all like that. He does not feel that dangerous – I wanted his lines to feel a little frightening sometimes.

With all these items, I am still in love with Jennifer L. Armentrout’s writing, with her books and characters. I have a little catching up to do with this series and I will get to that for sure. Until my next review, enjoy this amazing story by an incredible author J Happy Reading!

My Rating: 3.5 stars (rounded – 4 stars)

 

About Jennifer L. Armentrout

JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT is the #1 international and #1 New York Times bestselling author of over 40 books, including the Wait for You, Lux series, the Dark Elements series, and Til Death. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion, Harlequin Teen and writes steamy and fun New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. Jennifer is also the founder of Apollycon, a yearly reader event that brings in over 1400 readers and authors together each year. She currently lives in West Virginia with her husband and two dogs, Loki and Diesel.

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Book Review: Analiese Rising

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by Brenda Drake
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: January 8th 2019
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Summary:

When a stranger gives Analiese Jordan a list of names before he dies, the last thing she expects to see is her own on it. Not. Cool. Her search for answers leads to the man’s grandson, Marek, who has dangerous secrets of his own. Both are determined to unlock the mystery of the list.

But the truth is deadly. Analiese is a descendant of the God of Death, known as a Riser, with the power to raise the dead and control them. Finding out she has hidden powers? Cool. Finding out she turns corpses into killers? No, thank you.

Now the trail plants her and Marek in the middle of a war between gods who apparently want to raise an army of the Risen, and Analiese must figure out how to save the world—from herself.

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Woho! What a trip! Give me some Greek mythology, spice it up with a drash of my lovely Romance and I am hooked. „Analiese Rising” has an interesting story, an interesting character and a lot more to show.

The blurb just about sums all the idea of the plot. The last line is amazing J So that’s the idea and it sounds easier than in reality. Being a descended of the God of Death is not an easy thing, I mean… she has responsabilities… raising the dead and so on. How can one ignore such a thing ? Ha-ha! Comming to that realization is also not easy, but at least she is not alone. Marek is there with her, as interested to find out what is going on as she is.

The mystery and the relationship between the main characters is well built, the intesity grows slowly, until the great ending. The research is there, with al the mythology aspects and gods and all that. So what’s not to like ? What would you need more? Action, romance, gods, wars, dead people coming alive, or …trying to stay dead.

I wished the writing were a little more developed and the phrases to flow one into the next more easily. The tone of the story felt too abrupt for my taste and took away that natural feel, that normal course of words. I do believe the story is predictable to a point, but that didn’t bother me that much becose it’s more important how we get from point A to B.

But all in all, I liked it. It was a nice ride and I hope to see more of these characters. It’s my first book by Brenda Drake and I heard a lot of great things abouther other stories, so it definitely will not be my last. Enjoy 🙂

4 stars

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Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. With kids of all ages populating Brenda’s world, it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical for both younger readers and the young at heart. And because she married her prince charming, there’s always a romance warming the pages.

Her favorite books are The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Kings Row by Henry Bellamann, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. When she’s not writing, she hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. In her free time, Brenda enjoys hanging out with her family, haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or just reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

 

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Book Review: Wrong Bed, Right Roommate

Wrong Bed, Right Roommate
Rebecca Brooks
Published by: Entangled: Brazen
Publication date: January 14th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

It’s not every day you wake up to a stranger getting into your bed.

Only, he isn’t a stranger at all, he’s my best friend’s hot older brother…and apparently my new roommate.

Having him in my space, driving me crazy, isn’t a problem at all. Nope.

All I need to do is keep control of the situation…

But that’s easier said than done. Shawn Lassiter is the kind of distraction I don’t need. First he accidentally gets into my bed, half-naked, the night before my first day at my new job. Hello, muscles and tattoos! Then he’s there, in nothing but a towel, making me coffee in the morning. It’s more than any girl can resist. Right?

But Shawn is off-limits, even if his eyes are saying differently.

Years ago, back when I still had my crush, he destroyed friendships with his reckless playboy antics.  There’s no way I’m touching those perfectly formed abs now. I don’t care how nice and responsible he’s acting. I don’t want a boyfriend anyway. That’s what my trusty vibrator is for.

I’m the smart girl—the glasses-wearing, book-reading workaholic. I can totally do this. After all, it’s only for two and a half months. I’ll be on my best behavior…even if Shawn isn’t.

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Falling for the best friend’s brother may not be one of the most complicated tropes, but it may cause some issues and we will find out about some of them from Jessie and Shawn’s story. I liked them as a couple and I liked how each has to break some rules to be together. Somehow, they both get out of their comfort zone and find out it’s really great to do it.

Jessie has always been focused on anything she was doing, be that school, books or work. So having the opportunity to prove herself as an editor is a major thing. She must focus on her job, even though her roommate is… hard to ignore. Almost the same for Shawn – he realized he was good at something, he likes his bear and likes making it, he savors the process of creating that special aroma. And he also needs to prove his worth to his boss. Lust after his sister’s best friend has no place, especially since she is off limits (like: „been there, done that, but with another best friend of the sister. And then another…” ).

Sometimes, as much as you say „No”, it’s kind of visible you want to say „Yes” and when one (feel good) mistake happens, for sure the next will too. I liked how Shawn slowly started to break Jessie’s walls and how he managed to tempt her. There is another side of her, behind the glasses and the books.

There were some parts of the book where I had the impression that he did a lot for her, while in return she was not willing to do the same. I would have preferred to see them come together differently in the end. These are my only two negative comments.

All in all, this was one of those books that make you feel good and experience that first crush emotions. I read it in one sitting and I had a very fun time reading it. I hope you’ll enjoy it as well 🙂 4 stars! Happy reading!

 

 

 

Author Bio:

Rebecca Brooks lives in New York City in an apartment filled with books. She received a PhD in English but decided it was more fun to write books than write about them. She has backpacked alone through India and Brazil, traveled by cargo boat down the Amazon River, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored ice caves in Peru, trekked to the source of the Ganges, and sunbathed in Burma, but she always likes coming home to a cold beer and her hot husband in the Bronx. Her books are about independent women who leave their old lives behind to try something new–and find the passion, excitement and purpose they didn’t know they’d been missing. Learn more at http://rebeccabrooksromance.com. To sign-up for her newsletter, sign-up at http://rebeccabrooksromance.com/newsletter.

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