Wednesday, September 25, 2013

#Review of Anything You Want by @MadisonSevier

Fantasy Turns into Reality with this Brand New Series

5 stars ♥♥♥♥♥

Cheers to Madison for the debut of this new series. Not only did she tackle the life changes of her heroine with class and style, she portrayed her as a strong, independent woman not afraid to show her vulnerable side. Too often in the world of romance we have heroines hell bent on being the top bitch instead of being REAL.  Sylvia is a real, modern woman full of lust and passion just aching for the chance to erupt.  And boy does she ever!

Madison tackles the topic of adultery with ease. Life isn't over when one partner breaks the vows. Portraying the real emotions of betrayal, denial, and then finally acceptance gets the little devil kudos. Where many other authors would let their heroine play the victim, this one makes her move on to bigger and better things. 

I can't WAIT for the next book in this series! I'm so looking forward to more adventures at the River Jewel Resort and for my reunion with the hero and heroine from this book. Nothing like leaving me begging for more! This couple is HAWT!

From the above extra rating icons, you can see I really enjoyed this book. It's a fast read and right from page one it doesn't disappoint. We're introduced to Sylvia Blake right after she's separated from her lying, cheating husband. Of course the slime ball tries to convince her it will never happen again but once a dirt bag, always a dirt bag.  Our poor Sylvia has the wind knocked right out of her.

Don't count her out so fast! Giving herself just a wee bit of time to mourn the loss of a marriage she realizes wasn't all that, she takes her best friend Lexi's advice and gets out of town to an exclusive—and very expensive resort catering to your every need.  And I do mean EVERY need.  hehehe  You'll have to read this and the next books to find out exactly how they do this but it's the manager of the resort that has his eye on our Sylvia. He caught mine as well!

Manager Mark Willburn is the perfect eye candy and sets Sylvia's blood a boiling and her panties a meltin'! As she takes Mark's challenge to give the resort a try, even just for one night, we're swept away by the beauty of the resort and how happy everyone is being there...including our heroine.  When Mark checks up on her extending a bit more of a, personal touch to the hotel amenities, sparks continue to fly. Of course they hit it off, but can Sylvia overcome her hesitation and let her guard down long enough to enjoy all the resort has to offer? 

Brava, Madison Sevier! You've grabbed my attention with the start of your series, now hurry up and write more stories set on this marvelous place. I wish I could visit there for just one weekend with Mr. Vixen! :)


Sydney Blake thought she had the ideal life. A dashing, successful husband and dream home were all she ever wanted. But everything wasn’t as perfect as she believed. When Sydney catches her husband, Roger, screwing another woman, Sydney files for divorce and falls into a deep depression.

Her only friend, Alexandra, does everything she can to cheer Sydney up. Lexi even suggests a weekend getaway and ‘sex with a random stranger’ to get over her slimy cheating husband’s ways. But Sydney has always believed in marriage and everything it stands for. Besides, she wasn’t even divorced yet and Sydney still hoped that Roger and she would reconcile.

It became apparent Roger would never change and Sydney needed to go somewhere far away from her small town for a little while. Little did she know, she was destined to be a guest at the extravagant River Jewel Resort. After meeting the charming manager of the beautiful hotel, Mark Willburn, Sydney might just learn to let down her guard and find more than she ever knew she needed.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

#Review of Amber Lea Easton's #Memoir Free Fall @mtnmoxiegirl

Heart-wrenching And Beautifully Written Memoir

5 Hearts ♥♥♥♥♥

Cheers to Amber for sharing such a personal story and her journey of finding life again after the death of her husband of ten years. The details within the pages brought me into a world I've never prepared myself to one ever has. She showed great courage reliving the most horrific moments in her life and that of her family. I just want to hug her!

The author tells a heart-wrenching, no holds barred story of how she and her children made it through the unimaginable--the loss of Easton's husband to suicide. It's all there: the questions, the anger, the denial, the despair, and finally the acceptance that life has to go on.

I cried through at least the first half of the book. I put myself in her shoes while reading her words and I just fell apart. I couldn't imagine losing my husband and have to pull myself together in order to take care of my children. If I had to deal with some of the unkind and uncaring things some of the people in her life said to her during the early stages of her grief, I wouldn't have been able to handle it with the grace she portrayed in the book.

The Easton family story is one that offers hope...there is a light at the end of the tunnel after the death of a core member of your family. It shows the grieving process is different for every individual and that's okay. It's as it should be.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has suffered such a loss or knows of anyone who has. If you didn't understand their grief before, you will after reading Free Fall.

If I could give it ten stars I would. Well done, Amber Lea Easton. Well done.  

You can find Amber's book on Amazon and Smashwords. Get your copy today and buy a few extra for those who you feel could use a bit of hope after losing someone they love.

~The Vixen

"Understanding suffering always helps the energy of compassion to be born." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh In an instant my husband stripped away my identity as wife, stay-at-home mom, and best friend. With his suicide, our world changed forever. He'd been the center of our universe, but then he was gone. Grief is a dark journey, one often tainted with judgment and false perceptions. Add the word 'suicide' to the mix and more complications arise. 

This memoir, Free Fall, is intended for those who may be facing their own tragedy and feeling alone, hopeless, confused, scared, and misunderstood. Free Fall is the journey of piecing our lives back together—overcoming children's anxiety as we traversed the brutal grief and trauma process, learning to say the words 'widow' and 'single mom' without cringing, surviving the fall out with friends and family who simply couldn't understand our healing process, triumphing over the stigma of 'suicide', forgiving my husband, and finding peace after chaos. 

Free Fall is for widows, widowers, parents, survivors of suicide, family members or friends of one who mourns. This story is for anyone who needs encouragement that there is another side to grief. There is. We're there now. We're looking back and holding our hands out to you saying, "hang in there, you're not alone, and you'll get here, too."