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These are all the books I’ve reviewed either for pleasure or by request.

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Perfect Touch by Elizabeth Lowell

Perfect Touch by Elizabeth Lowell

Title: Perfect Touch
Author: Elizabeth Lowell
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: July 28, 2015
Edition: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0062328344
ISBN-13: 978-0062328342
Pages: 350
Price: $2699
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I’ve heard of Elizabeth Lowell and I’ve seen many of her novels when visiting Barnes and Nobles but I’ve never had the chance to read any of her novels until I was given this hardcover novel of her most recent release. Perfect Touch is a heart-racing tale in which a former soldier turned rancher and a beautiful designer race to stop a vicious killer—a battle for survival that threatens to explode in an intense and irresistible passion. The novel begins with the heroine who is an art dealer and owner of her own design studio, Perfect Touch. Sara Medina travels the world to find the ideal artwork for her clients and has a sophisticated comfortable life in San Francisco is light years away from the poverty of her family’s dairy farm. Sara will do whatever it takes to keep her business strong and as a dedicated urban career woman focused on her work, she doesn’t have time or energy for a family or distracting romantic entanglements.
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The Shadows by J.R. Ward

Title: The Shadows
Author: J.R. Ward
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication Date: March 31, 2014
Edition: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0451417070
ISBN-13: 978-0451417077
Pages: 576
Price: $1725
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I’m such a big fan of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series and so far there have 13 books published including the current release named The Shadows. We previously met the Shadow named Trez “Latimer” in previous books but he doesn’t really exist though it’s not just because his identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. His parents sold him to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, but Trez escaped the Territory. He has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years – all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on…except for his brother, iAm. It has been iAm’s sole goal for most his life to always keep his brother from self-destructing – and he knows he’s failed but it’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around…but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating. Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others – or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything because staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice…that will change both of their lives forever.
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See Bride Run! by Charlotte Hughes

See Bride Run! by Charlotte Hughes

Title: See Bride Run!
Author: Charlotte Hughes
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication Date: December 23, 2014
Edition: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1505711983
ISBN-13: 978-1505711981
Pages: 210
Price: $899
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In the book See Bride Run! By Charlotte Hughes you meet Atlanta’s Iron and Steel billionaire heiress Annie Hartford. She has no desire to marry a man she does not love, which is where the runaway bride part comes in. Annie’s very controlling father has been calling the shots her entire life but this time he has pushed her too far that she hijacks the family limo, only to have it break down in small town Pinckney, Georgia. Then Annie meets small town lawyer and restaurant owner Sam Ballard who has been unlucky in love as well with his own runaway bride. So the last thing he expects is Annie coming into town in a short waitress uniform and breaking every dish in his Dixieland Café since she only graduated high school and then finishing school. Still, he can’t very well fire her because she has won the hearts of everyone in town and he starts to fall in love with her but he doesn’t know if she will stay or go running back to her rich father.
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Fifty Shades Darker by EL James

Fifty Shades Darker by EL James

Today I’m reviewing the second book in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker. In the first book you met Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey the hero and heroine of this trilogy. They are completely different people who meet for the first time because Ana’s friend had an exclusive interview with the elusive entrepreneur Mr. Grey. The first book left off with Ana and Christian having made love for the first time in what some people call in straight vanilla way without her signing the contract that Christian had original given to her before they started their relationship. But as Ana got to know Christian she wanted to please him in the way that he likes and even though he knew that in some part of Ana that she wasn’t ready for it he gives in to her. Christian gives her a taste of the BDSM world he is a part of by spanking her and the experience leaves her both enticed and slightly confused. This confusion is worsened by Christian’s extravagant gifts, and the fact that he brings her to meet his family. After successfully landing a job with Seattle Independent Publishing, Ana further bristles under the restrictions of the non-disclosure agreement and the complex relationship with Christian.

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Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James

Today I’m reviewing a book that I know that everyone has read since it came out a few years ago. And though this book isn’t one that I just read recently but it’s one that I really loved reading when I first heard about it and just had to read in 2012. I first heard about the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy from my aunt who heard about it on the Z100 morning radio show. I decided to give the first book a try so I downloaded the entire trilogy on my NookColor. I read the description of each book so that I would get a feel for the trilogy and I thought it was really intriguing since I’ve never really read books about characters who practiced BDSM. Also I don’t read too many books that are written in the first person because I sometimes feel that they limit what the reader gets to understand about all the characters. So when I first started reading Fifty Shades of Grey I was hooked after getting thru the first few pages.

Anastasia Steele is a literature student who goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey because her roommate Kate was too sick to go though she didn’t want to miss her only opportunity to get an interview with Mr. Grey. She encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating when she is first escorted into Mr. Grey’s office and to read how they first meet was intriguing to read because Grey seems like a man who doesn’t talk about himself to anyone. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. This instant attraction somewhat reminded me of the Twilight characters Edward and Bella but with a non-paranormal twist. And it was fun to find out later that this series was actually James previously writing the trilogy as a Twilight fan fiction with BDSM mixed in. Though I like Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele much more than I ever liked Edward and Bella since Grey and Steele’s romance felt more real to me than Edward and Bella’s romance and it’s not because Edward was a vampire and there were werewolves mixed in. For me Ana and Grey have an instant attraction to each other but it’s not like Edward and Bella’s which I found was somewhat unhealthy because they were I feel obsessed with one another rather than in love with each other. Ana and Grey seem to have a somewhat healthier relationship but it’s just the first book in the series so we have only gotten to see how they start to fall in love with each other which may change as they get to know how to deal with each other’s emotions.

Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. I would also hesitate at such an intriguing proposition that Grey has given to her since she is a virgin without any type of experience now she has a man who has some erotic tastes that she doesn’t know if she will enjoy. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires. Without giving too much away Ana and Grey go thru a few ups and downs in the first book that had me flipping the pages of my eBook as fast as my eyes could read all the words on the page. As I read this first book in the trilogy I got to know Ana and Grey which I found that I could relate a bit with both of them since I am a little bit like Ana in the way that she hadn’t really experienced a relationship with a man like Grey who had so much more experience in certain areas than her. And I felt for Grey because on the outside he seemed so put together but on the inside there is so much more going on that he has not been able to share with anyone before until he meet Ana. After finishing the first book that left me wanting to immediately start reading the next book in the trilogy since Ana and Grey left me wondering how will their relationship go one from where it left off. The next book in the trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker, picks up where the first book left off and since I hate spoilers I won’t say how it ended but will tell you that Ana and Grey had an extremely emotional experience that will be explored in the next book. I give this book 4.5 Open Books:


This is a light blond me.
Can you tell the difference?
So I know that I have been a very bad girl and haven’t been a good blogger or book reviewer since I haven’t posted anything since October of 2010 and it’s now almost February 2011. Ever since I got my first job at Modell’s Sporting Goods store I have been very lazy about posting my reviews of the books I’ve read when I use to post them all the time previously. Also for the new year I dyed my hair a light blond color that most people say looks better on me than my natural dark brown hair did because this color makes me look like less pale so that it gives me a tanned look.

Now it’s 2011 and I want to get back to being the book blogger and reviewer that I use to be so though it going to take some time I will be posting my book reviews on all the books I’ve been recently reading. I recently got a NOOKcolor for myself as a Christmas present so I’ve been reading a lot of eBooks as well as the print books that I can’t help but still buy to read. I’ve also taken the 2011 Book Challenge that is going on Goodreads and I have set myself up to read a goal of 600 books this year.

I’ve recently found a lot of good authors that I’ve decided to add to my wishlist on my NOOKcolor for when I have enough extra cash to buy them. I hope to one day get all the books on my NOOKcolor wishlist but it going to take time since I’m paid minimum wage at my job and the hours they give me as a part-timer isn’t all that great with all the taxes taken out. I hope when I finally do my first taxes this year that I will be getting at least 10% of my gross pay which was about $4,000 though my mom tells me I’m only dreaming.

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Phoebe Jordan
Phoebe Jordan

Phoebe Jordan

I'm a part-time aspiring romance novelist, book reviewer and blogger. I've always wanted to travel the world and learn everything I can about other countries. Learning the Italian language is one way of trying to make that dream come true. Traveling will help me with my writing because I'll be learning about the history of the U.S., Latin America, England, Italy, and Ireland, the countries I find so fascinating while reading the romance genre. I read and review romance novels of almost every subgenre along with erotic romance, mystery, sci-fi/fantasy and young adult novels. You can find the reviews at my blogs, Talk About My Favorite Authors and Phoebe Jordan's Reviews. I’ve also started a live podcast show called TAMFA | Phoebe Jordan hosted on Blog Talk Radio. This show is dedicated to everything I love about romance and young adult novels. I love having romance and young adult authors live on my show to be interviewed and showcase their books. I plan to write contemporary romance, romantic suspense, erotic romance, paranormal romance and young adult when I get my writing career started with help from Keta. I'm not sure what genre I'll write to begin with since I love to read so many different romance genres.

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