Full Tilt by Emma Scott

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Full Tilt
Emma Scott
6/28/2016
Duet book (can be standalone)

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I couldn’t wait to read this. Only my second Emma Scott book, but I knew I would love it. Only reservation going in, I am a heart failure patient, I knew I would be looking at this from a different angle than most. Not just that I can relate to Jonah, I am Jonah. Not sure who was more nervous on my take of the book myself or Emma. All I could get out after I read it was “Wow.” Rest assured it was a good Wow.

Kacey, up and coming rock star, train wreck, drunken Kacey is poured into the back of poor Jonah’s limo after a night of booze induced rioting after her concert. Just what Jonah needed at this hour at his second job. Kacey fueled by the need to numb herself and keep everyone at arm’s length with an Evian bottle of vodka wakes up on the stranger’s couch in a sparsely decorated apartment in the middle of Vegas. Kacey has the look, talent and personality to hit it big, but inside, Kacey is empty and craving love and affection something her father purposely denied her. Does she even want this rock star life? So here she sits on a strangers couch asking him to take her to breakfast before he returns her to her band life. Can Jonah afford this in his tight schedule? No.

“Thanks for being a good guy, Jonah. There’s a shortage in the world”

Jonah, working on a thesis for a Masters of Arts degree from the Carniee Mellon University is a glass blower by trade. He is working on an installation for the prestigious art gallery in the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas. He is on a “schedule”, keeps his circle small and is driven to leave behind a legacy. He doesn’t have the time or the energy for a Kacey type. 18 months ago, Jonah received a heart transplant. Heart failure at 25 that doesn’t happen right? It did to Jonah, a virus settled in his heart and caused heart failure. Jonah is now facing rejection leading to heart failure. His time is limited, he swallows the pills, lives the diet, keeps a routine and makes time for his 6 “people”. He can’t bring another person into this mess just to possibly destroy them and maybe even himself.
“I can’t stand it. I have my circle and that’s it. I don’t want to tell people outside the circle. I don’t want them to have to find out. I don’t let anyone in…”

“And yet,” I said, gulping air, getting a hold of myself. “Here I am.”

“Here you are…” He said, his eyes roaming my face. “Believe me, I didn’t want to let you in. But it was almost as if…”

“What?” I whispered.

“As if I didn’t have a choice,” He said. “I tried to keep [my] walls up, keep to my routine… But you got in anyway.” He gently swiped a tear from my chin. “You feel it too, right?”
I nodded. “Yes.”

Hard as they try to fight it and stick to the schedule and a friendship, it was there, the I already know/knew this person. It wasn’t overly angsty, they had a sweet relationship that developed naturally. I really loved what they both offered as far as being what the other needed and wanted. At the same time they pushed each other out of their bubbles.

“I love you,” I said. “God, I never thought this would happen to me.”

“But it did,” she whispered. “It happened and all we can do now is take care of each other. Live in the little moments, right? Just like we promised. The little moments. We have so many. Thousands upon thousands.”
If you are ready for a great and emotional read, then grab this up in a hurry. Along the lines of Me before you.

******As the heart failure patient, I truly appreciate how this was handled by Emma. It wasn’t overly medical but gave enough pertinent info regarding transplant rejection and heart failure to have an understanding of what Jonah was living, and dying, with each day. The thoughts of Jonah mirror mine. Those feelings in the Dr office, not the exam room. The I can’t bring you into this nightmare, but I need you here feelings. The anger that comes with the fact that life is not fucking fair at times. The desire to live the “moments”…. All of them. I understand the “why go to the Dr when my body will tell me when it’s time”, why waste those moments at a Dr or hospital. She did a remarkable job of capturing the medical side of heart failure as well as the emotional impact on the patient and their family. I appreciate the honest portrayal of CHF and rejection. I want to throw my flip flop at the tv when transplant and chf patients are running on a beach right after transplant… No pills…no wheezing. So thank you Emma you nailed it. ❤

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Decadent

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Book Info:
Beautifully Decadent by L.A. Fiore
Series: Beautifully Damaged #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Artist: Indie Solutions by Murphy Rae
Release: June 28, 2016
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BeautifullyDecadent_Amazon_iBooks.jpgAvery Collins has just landed her dream job, pastry chef for the posh-Manhattan restaurant, Clover. Her new boss, Trace Montgomery, even helped with securing her an affordable place to live: a beautifully restored carriage house owned by his friend, Rafe McKenzie—a man that makes her catch her breath and stirs her imagination. Trouble is, he’s involved with someone, his father is being released after 25 years in prison and Avery is just his tenant. Exploring the attraction that sizzles whenever they’re together would be the icing on the cake, but Avery knows all too well that you can’t have everything. Of course, what’s cake without icing?
Rafe McKenzie’s world shattered at nine when his father Liam—the only parent he knew—was arrested and convicted for armed robbery. Growing up in the system, Rafe managed to survive his childhood and now has a job he enjoys, a house he’s restoring and a tight circle of friends. He’s even working on reconciling with his dad, both eager to put the past in the past.
Happy for the income a tenant would bring, Rafe agrees to rent his carriage house to Clover’s new pastry chef. When Avery Collins pulls up his drive, she’s not at all what he’s expecting. Funny, sexy and as sweet as her desserts, it doesn’t take long for things between them to heat up. Just when it seems as if they’ll have their cake and eat it too, the past comes back with deadly intent leaving Rafe to figure out who’s pulling the strings before his world shatters again.

 

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L.A. Fiore is the author of several books including: Beautifully Damaged, Waiting for the One and A Glimpse of the Dream. She’s also the social secretary for her two children, a tamer of ill-mannered cats, the companion to one awesome dog and married to her best friend. She likes her wine red, her shrimp chilled and her social gatherings small and intimate.

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BEAUTIFULLY Decadent by L.A. Fiore

“I had the social skills of a goat”

Team Avery the goof.

Beautifully Decadent is the third book in the Beautifully Damaged series, but it can be read as a standalone. I was nervous going in as this is my first read of the series. Now I will be reading one and two! You can’t help but enjoy the whole crew.

in this third installment we get to know Rafe’s story. I understand everyone was lusting after Rafe’s alpha male story. I do have to say it was Avery, who sucked me into the book and had me reading with one eye open in the middle of the night when I should have been sleeping (even with an annoyed toddler trying to sleep with momma’s kindle light on.)

Avery is and always has been a baker. Fresh out of culinary school, she lands her dream job as a pastry chef spot at a NY hot spot! Her luck doesn’t end there when she lands a carriage house rental in the Bronx? Yes, the Bronx. When out steps her landlord who is heavily blessed by the fairy godmother beautiful wand. Avery had me laughing out loud and cheering for her throughout the story. She is adorable, kind, funny and sassy…. A goof to round it out.

Rafe likes his privacy. Growing up in orphanages from the age of 9 when his father was sent to prison. His family has become his brothers from the youth homes and orphanages. He is a wood smith building amazing furniture while breathing life back into his down on its luck home and carriage house in the Bronx. He is content to cruise through life keeping most at arm’s length, except his dog Loki. When he agrees to help his friend Trace but renting out his carriage house to his new pastry chef he is expecting a plump grandma type. Not at all prepared for what he sees when he walks out to see sexy unassuming Avery hugging his dog…. Let the sparks fly.

You root for Avery and Rafe as you enjoy the supporting cast and even a bit of mystery and thrills along the way. Some characters will make you want to poke their eyes out, but will make you feel for Avery and Rafe all the more. do not start this book if you plan on getting anything else done that day. I will now definitely be adding more Miss Fiore to my TBR.

5 stars

Bonus: Recipes to die for….

~Tiffany~

Hustler from Meghan Quinn and Jessica Prince

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Hustler from Meghan Quinn and Jessica Prince.

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This book is just another reason for me to love Meghan Quinn and an exciting discovery of Jessica Prince!

Meghan Quinn has always been my go-to author when I want romantic comedies with some embarrass yourself in public laughter. Jessica Prince is a new for me, so I was really curious to see how their co-written book worked out. I can say I love Meghan even more and will need to check out more from Jessica!

He’s a genius poker player, she’s a waitress wanting to be a gymnast. He’s a player, she’s not. From the start their relationship was combative and thrilling. Falling in love for this pair was not easy nor was trusting one another which made it far more entertaining to read.

I knew going into this book that Gavin was a hustler. I mean the name of the book is Hustler. What I didn’t know was how cocky and arrogant he was going to be. I love how sarcastic Nell is and I love how she didn’t give into Gavin like he wanted. She was a challenge for him and one he didn’t win easily. Nell is such a relateable character. She’s funny, smart, works her ass off just to make ends meet and would go to bat for everyone she loves and cares about.

Gavin and Nell together were not perfect but hell what relationship is perfect? They were good for each other and they fit. Nell didn’t put up with his BS. Gavin didn’t know what hit him until it was too late. But in the end, I loved it! It really is a funny, smoking hot book and if you love alpha males who are rich, arrogant at times, but know when to give in then you have to read Hustler!

 

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*Spoilers Ahead*

Beautiful sacrifice is the latest adventure of the Maddox boys. I love this series and Jamie. Hard not to fall for the rowdy bunch of men and the crazy woman that can rein them in. In this humorous, infuriating, emotional and I can’t but this book down installment we fall follow Taylor Maddox (one of the tattooed twins). What is not to love about Taylor? He’s a Maddox, so of course he’s hot, he’s tattooed, feisty and a firemen. A Hotshot crew member from Estes Park Colorado. But don’t tell dad, Jim, he thinks his twins sell insurance here in Colorado. Taylor, like all the brothers are drawn to “crazy” women. Enter Falyn Fairchild. Daughter to renowned Cardio Surgeons and political hopefuls in Colorado. Ever expected to keep up appearances. Falyn bucked it all and is a strong willed, albeit often annoying woman with a painful past she is determined to face and never relive. To say Falyn keeps everyone other then her bosses at a local hot spot cafe and place of residence at arms length is an understatement. If you know the Maddox men they find this challenging, emotional and driven type of a woman beyond attractive. Besides she tells Taylor No! He is ever persistent in friending Falyn and even he himself is not sure why.

Falyn and Taylor fall for each other and piss each other off immediately. What could go wrong!? I admit there were times were the commutation and trust issues were so high even I thought ok guys…. move on. Boy do Taylor and Falyn face many trials. But they face them together. In “beautiful” Jamie style we get a look back to the other books and brothers in the series and get a few small glimpses of what is still to come. We get to check in with all the boys and their crazy woman. Not to forget looking into the secrets that constantly haunt the family.

In typical Jamie fashion she will make you giggle, want to slap a character or two, cry, cheer and flat out at times say Wtf (excuse me but you do). This is the first book in this series since Travis that I read in one sitting and couldn’t but down. I HAD to follow their story. I do feel there are some situations and people that were important to our understanding of Falyn that needed more time dedicated to them. However, Jamie does usually answer those lingering questions eventually. I absolutely love hot shot Taylor. He may be surpassing Travis for me, but still have that soft spot for Travis and all the boys. If you follow this series you will not be disappointed.

~Tiffany

A Beautiful Funeral

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*Synopsis*
Losing has never been easy for a Maddox, but death always wins.
Eleven years to the day after eloping with Abby in Vegas, Special Agent Travis Maddox delivers his own brand of vigilante justice to mob boss Benny Carlisi. Vegas’s oldest crime family is now preparing for vengeance, and the entire Maddox family is in danger.
The secret Thomas and Travis have kept for a decade will be revealed to the rest of the family, and for the first time the Maddoxes will be at odds. While none of them are strangers to loss, the family has grown and the risk is higher than ever. With brothers against brothers and wives taking sides, each member will make a choice—let the fear tear them apart, or make them stronger.
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