Review: Another Shot At Love by Niecey Roy

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Imogen Gorecki needs a date to her sister’s engagement party—especially since her cheating ex-boyfriend is on the guest list. But finding Mr. Perfect in a time crunch is proving impossible.

Just when she’s about to give up, she face-plants into the crotch of the sexiest guy she’s ever met.

Matt Sesnick is everything Imogen wants in a man, but he’s not looking for a relationship so soon after his recent divorce. Will Gen’s pregnant and hormonal older sister, her bridezilla twin, and all of her past Mr. Wrongs get in the way of their happily-ever-after, or can she convince Matt to take another shot at love?

BOOK LINKS: Amazon | Goodreads | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Smashwords

REVIEW: Imogen is the main character of this story and she rocks it with her blonde hair and pink highlights! The story begins with Gen’s memory rehashing the past three months of her pathetic life with Brent. She walks in to find him with another woman in their bed. Her response is to sprinkle his clothing over the shrubbery outside. What a kick-ass way to start a story right?! She thought that she had been in love; but, she didn’t know what love was…until she ran into Matt. She’s drawn to this new man in her life but doesn’t know if a serious relationship is something that she can consider or even commit to. As her sister’s engagement starts to unravel, Gen’s new lust picks up speed but is she ready? I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book which is the first in her What’s Love series. Gen and Matt’s relationship was so raw and irresistible; I found myself unable to put it down! I am a sucker for a good romance and this topped my expectations because it also had an insatiable amount of humor references as well. All characters really captivated my attention; however, my heart sunk with Lexie’s unhappiness. Since Lexie and Gen are twins, the author makes sure to incorporate her sister’s unhappiness with her frazzled engagement often. The author also captures Gen’s perfectly descriptive annoyance for Brent who becomes incredibly clingy and unreliable. The one sole characteristic that really hit home for me is the closeness of her family; she mentions them often during the story which really made me relate to the main character so much more. In my opinion, this story was well written and all descriptions were so vivid that I had a prevalent imagination of each character and each emotion experienced. I recommend this wonderful romance to all of the women in my club because it is told from Imogen’s perspective. She is tough and innocent which reminds me of myself when I first got married. She doesn’t want casual sex but strives to find that one person who will complete her in every way. I am giving this story fives stars because I could really relate which is one of the main things that a reader looks for when picking a book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Once upon a time, there was a young girl who wrote sappy poetry about every relationship gone wrong. She had her heart broken many times before the man of her dreams stepped off a big Navy ship and swept her off her feet, promising to never hold her shoe obsession against her.

From that day forward, she swore she’d never again write sappy poetry of unrequited love. Instead, a sucker for smooches and happily-ever-afters, Niecey Roy now writes contemporary romancer inspired by her sailor’s sexy brown eyes and charming sense of humor.

She is the author of the River Bend Series, the What’s Love series, and Fender Bender Blues, a single-title romance.

CONTACT NIECEY ROY: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

Review: Siren by Jennifer Melzer

24122608ABOUT THE BOOK: Siren Talbot’s life is plagued with storms. Her mother’s insanity was the first, though not the last. Called to the ocean, not even the shores of Edisto Island can calm the tempest inside her.

Though she’s settled into a life with Patrick, his promises of a happily ever after can’t still the foul weather of her past or the brewing squall on the horizon. She’s haunted by the disappearance of her first love, Carver, and the lack of answers.

A single clue unlocks mysteries she can’t explain. A murder cements the impossible as possible. The more magic she uncovers, the darker her suspicions become and the more the hurricane inside her starts to rage.

Patrick isn’t the Prince Charming he claims to be.

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REVIEW: And he knows exactly what happened to Carver.Siren Talbot is the main character of this story who has her memory temporarily erased when something terrible happens to the man that she is about to marry. For three years, Carver’s disappearance has been in her heart and on her mind. She does; however, finally allow herself to move on and marry Patrick, the man that moved in next door right after Carver’s disappearance. The majority of this story is about their lives together before her dark adventure starts to unravel before her eyes. Reading about Patrick and Siren really pulled me in and caught my attention. Their marriage along with every memory that they ever shared was positive; however, I knew that there was darkness in him. His way of always wanting to know what she was doing and his impatience would push that thought of unhappiness into her heart and make her think about Carver again. He also despised her cat. In my opinion, Carver sounded boring; yet, Patrick sounded so exciting and his way of showing his love for Siren was very appealing to me. I found myself saddened when she finally discovered that it was all a lie. Even though she truly loved Patrick in some way, and he loved her, she had always been in love with Carver. Patrick just helped her turn a blind eye, in a sense, to the feelings that engulfed her. With all of the paranormal and fluent activity throughout the story, I felt like this was an outstanding novel which kept me always wondering what was going to happen next. I thoroughly appreciated every character, especially the lovely and arrogant Mr. Pounce, Siren’s cat. The author really did a terrific job with capturing her characters emotions and I completely fell for the wrong guy, but the dangerous ones are always tempting. That is just how they are meant to be! Since this story is focused around Siren, I recommend this book for women who like to read romance and paranormal/fantasy. Jennifer Melzer also has some other books out that I will need to put on my to-read list because I really thought that her way of writing was truly impressive and compelling so I am giving her five-stars.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jennifer Melzer spent the majority of her life as a writer denying she actually liked to write romance, only to wake up one morning and discover that every single tale she’d ever written had somehow revolved around the heart. She has since given into the whim, spinning yarns of love and firmly believing that everyone deserves a happy ending.

She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter, but dreams nightly she is laying on the beach watching the stars fall over the Atlantic Ocean.

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Review: Slice of Life by Ellie Ann

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ABOUT THE BOOK: “This was no longer her world against the queen. It was the queen’s world against her.” 

The Queen wants to destroy the life force of earth and has destroyed the last being that can stop her. Or so she thinks . . .The last powerful mage in the world, Princess Aura, is the sole witness to the nefarious plot. The good news is she knows how to stop it. The bad news? She can’t do it alone.

Aura must summon someone she hoped never to see again. Saint George, her lover who left five years ago for another woman. And another. And another.

Can they work together long enough to defeat the queen and save the world?

Told collectively by a troupe of digital artists, Slice of Life employs every medium available: prose, pictures, poetry, illustration, audio scenes, and music, to provide an immersive and exciting reading experience.

BOOK LINKS: Amazon | Goodreads | Google Play

REVIEW: This story begins with Aura tied to a pyre by the Queen’s men. She has been asleep for an extended period of time; therefore, does not realize the dire situation at hand until it is upon her. Ki, the life force for good, has been taken and is also in danger. Before the final blow, Ki mentions to the queen that the life force is unable to be destroyed by emanate death. This triggers an automatic survival response from Aura; her need to escape is almost unbearable but detrimental. This is where Aura’s adventure begins. The tale unfolds with her struggles to find the other part of the life force before the Queen can destroy it. I really enjoy the author’s love of fictional and mythical characters. She makes this apparent by how many are portrayed in this book. Some of those appearances include Pan, Captain Hook, Frankenstein’s monster, Hermes and Merlin. The wide variety is a little difficult to keep track of since most of these characters correlate outside of each others worlds in different stories. I did find it exciting that they were all mentioned together in this tale; however, this may be due to the fact that I do have prior knowledge of all characters mentioned throughout the story. I do appreciate the adventure and the slight violence that the author reveals because it makes the characters human and susceptible to death. Some parts of the story were a little difficult to comprehend though. While reading the tale, there is an apparent change in pace among certain scenes. The pace of this tale is generally fast; yet, the author is still able to provide enough vivid description allowing you as the reader to see the scenes play out as they were meant to. After reading this tale, it reminded me of a graphic novel. I believe that I could actually see the context displayed in a multitude of pictures while reading. I recommend this book to my club members, both men and women, who like fairy tales, pirates, ogres, mermaids, Greek Mythology, and monsters in general. This tale does reveal a slight hint of romantic interest between the two main characters but the adventure is the primary motivation of this story. I am excited to read more from Ellie Ann and I exit here with providing four stars for this wonderful author and enthralling tale.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: I was born in the jungles of Thailand, was raised in a small farming village in Iowa, lived in the middle of a Texan desert, and now abide in the Ozarks. I get nerd points for being home schooled. I get nerd points revoked for being a basketball jock in high school. I get nerd points again for dressing as Aragorn for LOTR midnight showings.

I like writing fairy tales, science fiction, thrillers, and am seriously interested in interactive storytelling. I’m a NYT and USA Bestseller. I also wrote articles for the PACHE Homeschool Newsletter in the 7th grade. I don’t mean to brag, but my Mom totally LOVED my article about the Apple Orchard Field Trip and hung it up on our fridge.

Post-Apocalypse specialties (for when we’re choosing sides at the end of times): I’m specially qualified for the zombie apocalypse in that I know how to load and shoot guns and I’m a long-distance runner. I’m specially qualified for the energy-crisis apocalypse in that I can ride a horse. I’m specially qualified for the dinoapocalypse or monster apocalypse in that I’m a certified nurse. And I’m specially qualified for the nuclear apocalypse in that I’m not afraid of death or growing a third eye.

I’m a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of thrillers, science fiction, and comics.

I’m a creative editor for Stonehouse Ink and other bestselling clients. I’ve ghost written a series for a NYT bestseller. I write comics for Motionworks Entertainment. If you think I seem suitable for a freelance editing or writing project that is totally AWESOME. Hit me up with your info.

Come say ‘hi!’ I don’t bite. Unless I’ve been turned into a zombie.

CONTACT ELLIE ANN: Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

Review: Hope Over Fear by J.A. DeRouen

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About the Book: Today is the day – the day that the man I love marries someone else. I don’t deserve pity or sympathy. I’ve made my bed. I left Mason and ripped his heart to pieces as I ran away. The guilt and sorrow consume me, threatening to choke me everyday.

But today is a new beginning. Today is the day I will wake up with a renewed resolve and determination to do better … to be better … to be worthy. My name is Sara Preston, and this is my story about what happens after.

Book Links: Amazon | Goodreads | Barnes & Noble

Review: This story is about a woman named Sara who feels crippled by her insecurities upon finding love. She meets Adam under false pretenses and has to make the decision of right and wrong when everyone from her past labels her as a “cold heartless bitch” for what she did to her best friend, Mason. For one must love one’s self before another can be allowed in; this is essentially the motto of this wonderful web of emotions that the author has spun for us. While reading the story, the reader will be able to empathize with sadness, anger, fear, passion, and hope all throughout the context. This author completes this first novel with intricate detail leaving no room for misconceptions. The reader is also able to view every angle of the story because the author shifts from Sara’s point of view to Adam’s point of view. While you know what both characters are feeling, it is still so inspirational of how these two characters join together as one force of hope, but will it last? I am not one for giving the reader everything that they need to know so they don’t have to read it. Because this is such a fantastic story, I encourage and recommend my club members to read it! The special dinner events within the characters lives really made the story for me. In my opinion, this is such an interesting idea to prolong friendship among a large group of friends. I found that I enjoyed the story more because of these get-together events that they all shared. It is quite interesting how a minor detail within a story can provide a massive impact a great deal more for some readers than others. I am very excited for the author’s next in the series called ‘Wings Over Poppies’ about Alex, Sara’s friend.

About the Author: J.A. Derouen resides in South Louisiana with her husband, son (aptly nicknamed “The Professor”), and her furry friend, Scout. She has earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and nursing. When she’s not writing or inhaling romance novels by the stack, she works as a women’s health nurse. She’s been an avid reader and daydreamer since childhood, and she’s never stopped turning the page to get to the next happily ever after.

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Review: Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin

22351498ABOUT THE BOOK: Twenty-year-old Clementine Avery doesn’t mind being called bitchy and closed off. It’s safe, and after being burned by her high school sweetheart and stalked by a professor her freshman year of college, safe sounds pretty damn good.

Her number one rule for survival? No dating. That is until she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class and needs material for her latest assignment. Sexy RA Gavin Murphy is more than happy to play the part of book boyfriend to help Clem find some inspiration, even if that means making out…in the name of research, of course.

As Gavin and Clem grow closer, they get entangled in the mystery surrounding a missing Boston University student, and Clem unwittingly becomes a possible target. Gavin tries to show Clem she can handle falling in love again, but she knows she has to be careful because her heart’s at stake…and maybe even her life.

Recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content

BOOK LINKS: Amazon | Goodreads | Barnes & Noble | ITunes | Kobo

REVIEW: This story originally unfolds as a romance; however, you will soon find out that it has some serious convictions and situations that surround the characters lives. Lex Martin writes about a woman named Clementine who is a Best Selling Young Adult Author in college. Her mother treats her like she doesn’t exist, she becomes unintentionally distant from her brother, her Professor has a dark side, and her ex-boyfriend toys around with her best friend so I don’t blame her for having trust issues. Well…then she meets Gavin. Clementine realizes that Gavin is a very attractive man; yet, at first, she dismisses his subtle advances toward friendship because of her past hardships. What catches and holds my attention throughout the entire story are the characters. Clementine is beautiful to everyone, except she doesn’t see it when she looks in the mirror. She feels self conscious and keeps her distance with everyone that shows an interest in her. Her friends are total divas that love her and try to protect her even though they know her self damaging tendencies do more harm than anything else. Gavin is a reporter and a guitarist who played football in high school, so all of the women find him naturally irresistible, especially Angry Red. And then there is Jason Wheeler. I love the mystery that the author brings to the plot even though he is a monster which no one should care to sympathize with. This twist makes the other characters human and more likeable in my opinion. The pace was a little quicker than I am used to; however, this does not hamper your imagination because the author provides enough vivid description to allow you to see the point of the story. I was thoroughly engaged in Clementine’s life that I found myself wanting her to sleep with Gavin earlier in the story. The tension that builds between the two characters and the emotions expressed are so unnerving but the relationship does not continue until there is a solid foundation of trust which I can definitely appreciate. I recommend this story to my female club members since it is based on Clementine’s point of view. The story digs deep into her life to share with the reader what she is feeling and how she is learning to break free of the chains from her past that she has forged herself into. I really enjoyed reading about her struggles because I relate to them and I feel that some of the dilemmas that she faces will allow others to have empathy with Clementine’s thought process. I am very enthusiastic about reading Lex Martin’s next book called Finding Dandelion which will be about Clementine’s brother, Jax. WARNING: This is for a mature audience since it does contain language and sexual content.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lex is the USA Today bestselling author of Shameless and The Dearest Series. She writes contemporary romances, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she’s lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.

CONTACT LEX MARTIN: Facebook | Twitter | Website

 

Review: Angelo’s Journey: A Border Collie’s Quest for Home by Leland Dirks

10801893ABOUT THE BOOK: A Border Collie is brutally kidnapped. He escapes his captor and starts the long journey home, meeting a truck driver, a long-abused wife, a Marine, a cowboy and two grandmothers. Their lives will never be the same after meeting Angelo. Sometimes, all it takes to avert a disaster is the light touch of a canine paw.

A warning to friends who’ve enjoyed my other books: The Marine, the cowboy, and the truck driver in this book use some language that may not be suitable for younger readers.

BOOK LINKS: Amazon | Goodreads | Barnes & Noble

REVIEW: Angelo’s journey is so inspirational that I found myself being swept away by this tale of a Border Collie’s quest to find his way back home. The author makes his references toward this dog’s behavior in such a loving way that it makes the story seem very personal. Angelo is essentially kidnapped from home by a wild man and driven over two hundred miles away. His adventure begins when he escapes his captor and then makes his way back home affecting the lives of those he encounters along the way. I saw this cover and immediately thought to myself “I love Border Collies so I have to read this.” The cover sold the story for me already; however, the tale was truly touching. I have a tremendous love for animals so this really captured my attention. I love the way that the author defines Angelo’s behavior and personality; he describes the gentle way that Angelo takes food from others and the deep brown eyes of understanding. He also provides a wonderful pace for the story which allows his readers to picture every vivid detail being described and every situation conveyed during the characters interrupted lives. Overall, I would recommend this story to my club members that have a passion for animals. Border Collies are among the top five canine species that appeal to me. They are understanding, patient, smart, and very perceptive to emotion.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Leland lives in the middle of a beautiful nowhere that is Colorado’s San Luis Valley. Angelo, the world famous Border Collie, and Maggie, his black Lab philosopher mix, allow him to share their off-grid home.

Angelo and Leland’s first two collaborative efforts, Seven Dogs in Heaven and Angelo’s Journey, are now available in Kindle, Audible, and paperback formats.

Their most ambitious book yet, Jimmy Mender and His Miracle Dog, is available in both Kindle and paperback editions. A story of journeys, of losses, of gains, it illustrates that sometimes the only way to find out what’s important is to leave everything behind.

CONTACT LELAND DIRKS: Facebook

 

Review: He Saved Me by Whitney Barbetti

22350068About the Book: This is the second book in a two part series, and the conclusion to Andra and Julian’s story. 

Julian
I’ve come to understand that I’ll always find her. She’s my north star, my sense of direction. In her, I’ve found my home. She tells me I saved her. But the truth is, she saved me.

But nothing good can ever last. Andra’s keeping secrets. She’s holding something back. I’m trying, desperately, to anchor her. To let me in, to let me help.

But will all my efforts end up with a ghost of a girl I love?

Andra
I’m used to disappearing. Vanishing into thin air, without a trace of who I’ve been or where I’ve gone.

But it’s so much harder to do with a broken heart and no hope for a happy ending. Sometimes the only people who can put all the pieces of us back together are the ones we least expect to. That’s what Julian did for me.

Julian found me. But now, all Six wants is to keep me locked up, away from the world, away from the Monster. I can’t live like that. It’s not living at all. Because I still have unfinished business.

And I’m going to make sure the Monster gets what’s coming to him.

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Review: This book is the second of two out right now, He Found Me and He Saved Me. The story begins with Julian in the hospital with Andra and then reverts back to where first book, He Found Me, left off. I knew that by reading this story, I was going to be more emotionally involved and I was happy to be right. In this sequel, Andra has to make a choice of whether she wants to run again or if she wants to stay and fight the Monster AKA Hawthorne. She is with Julian now throughout this entire story so she seems to have a little more confidence in relinquishing her past and finding her freedom again. The emergence of a new character, Mira, comes into the picture so that the reader can formulate their own opinion about her and Six’s relationship. What I related to most in this story is the need for freedom. In He Found Me, my emotions were highly engaged every step of the way as if I were there in her world feeling her happiness, sadness, fear, grief, love, and hatred that battled within. But she wasn’t truly free because she knew that she would have to pack up and run at any given time. This time, I was challenged and intrigued by Julian and his feelings. Andra was still providing mostly her point of view but the reader is really able to catch all of the feelings that Julian shares with Andra. And yes, I cried like a baby until I read closer to the end and then cried some more because it had the perfect conclusion. The pace of the story was perfect and did not leave room for any confusion or loss of interest. In He Found Me, I fell in love with Julian’s character right away; Whitney couldn’t have portrayed a better image. However, in He Saved Me, I really empathized with Mira. She is this strong new character coming into Andra’s life because of her ties to Six. She has courage and attitude which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I am still interested in her story yet to come but my heart reached out for her the most in this book. My overall impression of He Saved Me is extremely positive. I was able to relate to all of the emotions and all of the truth behind the story and it’s core meaning. I absolutely recommend this to all of my club members because it is truly a book that engages your mind. He Found Me was wonderful but He Saved Me was mind-blowing. This is the best story that I have read this year and I am ecstatic about Six and Mira’s story in Ten Feet Under.

About the Author: Whitney Barbetti is really, truly awful at writing in the third person, so we’re just going to change this bio up a bit and write it as first person.

I am married with two boys. When I’m not changing diapers or cutting food into tiny bites, I escape to Starbucks for hours. My blood pressure actually drops the moment I walk in, hear the baristas call my name, and inhale the aroma of coffee beans. And I don’t even like coffee. I love music and have a playlist for everything. Queen is my very favorite. I like watching creepy shows when I am home alone but then I instantly regret them once my mind starts breeding irrational fears. I try to channel my fears into my books as a way to cope. I have about 20 bacon things in my fridge.

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Review: Finding Dandelion by Lex Martin

20630331ABOUT THE BOOK: New Adult Contemporary Romance – Recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content ***This is the second book in the Dearest Series and a stand-alone novel.***

When soccer all-star Jax Avery collides with Dani Hart on his twenty-first birthday, their connection is instantaneous and explosive. For the first time in years, Jax isn’t interested in his usual hit-it and quit-it approach. But Dani knows better. Allowing herself a night to be carefree and feel the intensity of their attraction won’t change anything when it comes to dealing with a player. So when Jax doesn’t recognize Dani the next time he sees her, it shouldn’t be a total shock. The fact that he’s her new roommate’s brother? That’s a shock. Dani doesn’t regret that night with Jax, just the need to lie about it. Since her roommate has made it clear what she thinks about her brother’s “type” of girl, the last thing Dani wants is to admit what happened. Jax knows he’s walking a fine line on the soccer team. One more misstep and he’s off the roster, his plans to go pro be damned. Except he can’t seem to care. About anything… except for the one girl who keeps invading his dreams. Despite Jax’s fuzzy memory of his hot hookup with his sister’s friend, he can’t stay away from her, even if that means breaking his own rules. But there are bigger forces at work–realities that can end Dani’s college career and lies that can tear them apart. Jax realizes what he’s losing if Dani walks away, but will he sacrifice his future to be with her? And will she let him if he does? ORDER OF BOOKS: Dearest Clementine, #1 Finding Dandelion, #2 Kissing Madeline, #3

BOOK LINKS: Amazon | Goodreads | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo

REVIEW: After reading Dearest Clementine (Book One), I was not only enthusiastic, but ultimately thrilled to start reading Finding Dandelion (Book Two). Dani and Jax are the main characters in this sequel, which the reader should be familiar with from book one. Jax is Clementine’s brother and his reputation with the ladies is very poor. Let’s just say that he is categorized as a “wam bam thank you ma’am” type of guy, but Dani doesn’t know this when she decides to check off her “one night stand” on her to-do list. The emotions run on high which is intriguingly seductive; however, the darkness that lingers with both characters compelled me to keep reading. I would have to say that Jax’s gentle nature towards the women in his life that he truly cherishes is what renders me speechless. He is not only aggressive when he needs to be but the author really catches that attractive and compassionate side that all women want to see from their men. Another aspect that engages my interest are the comical personalities that the minor characters have like Trevor, Dani’s best friend. A couple of the quotes that the author uses to describe feeling or emotions will make the reader laugh which is imperative in a good book. It is difficult to get through a book without a little amusement in between it’s pages so I liked that the author could find it in this story. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book tremendously . I laughed, I cried, I gawked, and I may have squealed a little bit during the read but that is what makes these the best. The stories that you can relate to are the most entertaining and fascinating to read. I recommend this to all of the women in following my club page. Since this is classified as New Adult Contemporary Romance, it has some steamy scenes which might not be so appealing to men but who knows, they may enjoy it too! I give Lex Martin an outstanding five stars for her creativeness and ability to exceed my expectations again and I look forward to the wonderful Daren and Madelaine romance next!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lex is the USA Today bestselling author of Shameless and The Dearest Series. She writes contemporary romances, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she’s lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.

CONTACT LEX MARTIN: Facebook | Twitter | Website