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Title: 
Penelope’s Paths 
Author: 
Isabelle Peterson 
Genre: Romance Series: 
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It’s deciding for yourself what’s best for the character and seeing how it unfolds…” – Patti Jean

Is there only one path to a Happily Ever After?

Is one choice, or path, better than another?

After a humiliating divorce, Penelope Pierce is about to try her luck in the dating world for the first time in years. Luckily, she has her two best friends to help her face the singles scene.

Laura, single and loving life, wants to bring Penelope to the club scene. Drink. Dance. Have fun. Nothing serious. Her married friend, Shannon, on the other hand, wants to set Penelope up with a guy from her husband’s legal firm insisting he’s “perfect” for Penelope.

Should Penelope go on the blind date? Or hit the clubs?

It’s up to YOU, the reader.

If you choose for Penelope to go on the blind date… When handsome, confident, British William makes a risqué and daring request, does Penelope rise to the challenge? Or does she retreat? And then what?

Or, If things get hot and heavy at the dance club with the full-lipped, floppy-haired musician, Mitch, will Penelope lean into her desires? Or does she run and not look back! And when she encounters a curious noise in the night…then what?

You, the reader, will make Penelope’s choices, and you will determine which kind of risks Penelope takes and what kinds of romances Penelope gets. Your choices will bring about a wide range of favorite romance tropes and adventures. Most are happy endings, however – as in life – things don’t always work out.

But one of the best parts about Penelope’s Paths… When you get to the end, you can go back, make different choices, and enjoy an entirely different story.

1 heroine… 9 potential heroes… 10 unique endings.
One-Click now and start choosing Penelope’s Paths.

So, I bought this book because I needed something new, something different. When I was younger I used to love the old adventure books where you decided the fate of the characters. So, this idea appealed to me greatly. However, I have read books in the past that have been on this similar theme and it just didn’t hold up to the expectations that I had in place.

This one, however, was not like that. The transitions were seamless and there were several options to choose from and different “paths” Penelope could take. The writing was engaging and I got involved with the story and invested in the characters.

Penelope is recently divorced (well recent to her) and she was terrified of that level of trust and vulnerability that comes with taking a chance like that again. After all when you find out the man you’d been with since high school was not faithful, it digs at your self-esteem a bit.

I loved her. She wasn’t whiny, which I love. Though she’s hurting (and you can see the damage the divorce left on her), she still went out and enjoyed time with her friends even if she wasn’t exactly looking to date. Her friends get her thinking though, one is happily married while the other is happily single. A great full dimensional look at the world through her friends.

But as she begins to question her decision to remain single, this is where the author decides it’s time for YOU to make the decision. I’ll admit, I’ve only done ONE path so far, but I just had to review the book based even on this single back, but believe me I plan to do more LOL.

I chose the path of meeting Shannon’s friends. HOLY CRAP! I never would have expected those turn of events. The way Shannon describes William… I didn’t see his true nature at all! It was very interesting. To be honest, I almost hesitated continuing on this path. It’s been played out so much. However, once again the author gave it a different spin. I truly fell into the worm hole so to speak and finished it out with William. And I’m glad I did.

This book, wow, I highly recommend! Give it a chance. Mrs. Peterson really handles things differently. The continuity of the story is not hindered when making the decisions on the path she should follow. That was important to me. Many of the other “choose your romance” books have not been able to succeed at that. Or they ask the questions at the wrong time and even the wrong questions. I did not feel that with this one. So, if you want to risk it and choose a path to romance, to become a character, this is definitely the book to do it on!

I can’t wait to read more!!!!

**Edited to add**

Okay, I wanted to make sure that I added this to my review. I have since posting this review read ALL 10 paths available for this “Choose Your Own Romance” (aka CYOR). I’m completely addicted to MOST of the characters. My fave beyond faves is Mitch. I didn’t want his part to finish. I wanted more and more. No amount would have been enough for this one for me. Below I will list the paths in the order in which I love them to not so much hahaha… Not saying the “not so much” ones are horrible. They’re beautifully written BUT they’re not “heroes” for Penelope let’s just say. You NEED to read them all to completely understand. Okay so ranking works as follows: One being my fave beyond faves. To Nine (cause one man has two paths) being “Let’s donkey kick him in the balls” LMAO!!!

The Men of CYOR Rankings:

  1. MITCH!!!!! (uh, DUH!! LMAO!!!)
  2. John (he melted my heart in the sweetest of ways)
  3. Ridge (The story of his name is freaking hilarious and he’s so freaking wonderful)
  4. Mike (He loves animals, need I say more!)
  5. Wiliam (Firm yet tender, shiver me timbers LMAO)
  6. Robert (Sweetly rewriting the past)
  7. Kristoff (Oi… I think all women fear this LMAO!!!)
  8. Ben (Captain of the douche canoe!)
  9. Alistair (Let’s donkey kick him in the balls!!!!)

I have seriously loved going through each of these paths. I love being part of the story in a way that makes me almost in control of the character’s destiny. Mrs. Peterson did am amazing job of creating an escape and building excitement for what the chosen paths would lead to.

This book is about showing that love, risk, and vulnerability all go hand and hand. And in order to change what you’re getting, you have to change what you’re doing.” – Patti Jean

 

Title: 
Everlong Author: 
R. Raeta Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Lily doesn’t remember her death, or even her reawakening, but she knows this: the sun is to be feared, words are her salvation, and—above all—the bench facing the playground is hers. She is the pin holding the hands of the clock, watching the world move and change around her while she remains fixed, lonely and unchanged… until a boy takes a seat beside her.

A slow burn, friends to lovers, contemporary paranormal romance.

Okay first let me say that I came across this author because I ran a silly game for authors/readers alike on Twitter to sell me a book and in support of #IndieApril I’d buy the ones that grab my attention. This was one of those winners. I began to read it right away simply based on the simplistic, straight to the point, and engaging blurb alone. Let’s getting into the review, shall we?

REVIEW

Let me start by pulling my quote from the top. Sometimes you just find a book that you know has become a part of who you are. One that you’ll remember for all the best reasons. This was one of those books for me. There are VERY few books that can I can say for certain that will stick with me. Don’t get me wrong, I have fallen in love with far more than I can count, but very few that my mind will pull up all on it’s own to remind me of the beauty of words.

As I began to read this book, I was a little concerned in the beginning with the time it was taking to get into the flow of the central story. However, that said concern didn’t stay long. Soon, you get so wrapped up in Lily and Sam that you find yourself holding your breath, waiting to find out what was happening next.

The book starts with Lily sitting at a bench in a park… writing. “I don’t write futures. I only write pasts.” (may not be verbatim. I just remember the line not looking at it.) Lily honored all things she could see by writing how they ended up where they are. She felt it was her purpose to this for all things in her park while sitting on her bench.

Of course her routine can’t stay uninterrupted for long. It has but everything changes. A concerned passerby stops worried for the young woman sitting in the middle of a part in the wee hours of the morning. Bars were closing drunks were falling out… He worried for her. Though the woman hadn’t seemed as concerned as he was.

I loved Sam instantly. He was everything I wanted to see in a hero. Caring but not overbearing. Kind, but not a pushover. Jaded, but not broken. Most of all, what I loved about him the most was his ability to see past what is different to see her heart instead.

Lily is strong. She has a demurred strength that you can sense and feel even in her confusion and beliefs. She’s also far more intelligent than she gives herself credit for.

The two of them blend so well together, you can’t wait for them to cross the line from friends to more… I know I found myself saying “Come on Sam, tell her!” or “Don’t be stupid Lily! You know you should!” I have to say, I love how the author chose to bring them together. The relationship between the built beautifully and then just overflowed leaving the two of them unable to push each other away any longer. No more excuses it was time to face the fact.

I will give ya a cry warning here too. I started bawling in chapter 5 all because of one scene that resonated with me deeply.

THIS ONE!!

It broke my heart and hit me square in my feelers! I can’t even explain but it was wonderful to read a book that pulled me in emotionally! Of course, I was cursing the author for making me cry BUT I loved it. Lily just breaks my heart so much throughout the book. The suffocating loneliness she feels is equal to the love Sam is offering her through both friendship and so much more.

Even as things began to hit the fan so to speak, his need to protect Lily screams through loudly in everything he does.

My heart, however, was then shattered as the resolution to the “fight” came to a conclusion and the story starts to wind down. I will not give away the ending but it just a unique way of ending a book. I’ve never read one that ends this way. That in and of itself is enough to read this book. I, however, wish there was more, but that’s because I didn’t want it to end. I loved all the characters. Not just the main characters but the supporting roles as well.

I cannot express enough how much everyone needs to read this book! I’m thrilled I took the chance and bought this book. This is one author that I will be keeping an eye on. (Side Note: This would make an awesome movie! Just saying!)

Title: He Saw Me First (An Age & Innocence Novel) 
Author: M Johnson 
Genre: Dark Age Gap Romance Warnings: Trigger warnings (There is half a scene where forced sex is implied but not written.) Violence. Shooting. Heat level is high (LOL)

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Across an empty laneway in Paris, through my hotel window,
He saw me first.
I stopped undressing . . . but only for a moment.
The next night, he was waiting for me.
He sat there in his expensive suit and watched.
No participation.
My only acknowledgement was the look of lust in his eyes.
It continued until the night before I left,
when I found a card under my door.
No words. Just a number.
So, I texted him.
I’d never done anything like it before.
It felt so dirty and wrong, but at the same time, I felt alive.
He was much older than me, so intimidating and sexy.
He made me feel things no man ever has.
I was under his spell.
The last thing I expected was to ever see him again.

One Line Review:The most emotionally intense read I’ve read in a long time.

Full Review:

I have the privilege of getting an early copy of this book by Missy Johnson writing as M Johnson. The last age gap romance I’d read was by Jane Harvey-Berrick. I’ve not really read anything in the dark area not because I don’t think they could be good stories but because I haven’t seen any that have grabbed my attention.

When I was approached by M Johnson for an honest review, I jumped on the chance. I have read her books under Missy Johnson and have loved them all. So, I figured, why not, right? LOL It’s taken me a few days to write a full review because I hadn’t expected that.

This had to be the most emotionally intense book I’ve read in a long time. Crazy how quick I connected with characters. Though the age between the two main characters is 20+ years, I couldn’t really feel it. The story more focused on the connection between Dominic and Lexi. Which I loved. I loved that the focus was not the age difference but that there were REAL feelings between them.

I’ll admit that there’s a rush at the two of them getting caught. I laughed when she came face to face with him a year later. Lexi had been obsessed with him over the year since their encounter in Paris. The turmoil she inflicts upon herself, measuring every man or potential relationship up to the moment she shared with a stranger in Paris.

When the two finally cross paths again, her shock is not only palpable but comical. She’s tripping over herself, hiding. She loses thred of the conversations. I loved it. It seemed like genuine emotions from someone that had obsessed over the other person for so long.

Through her struggles, we also get bits of Dom’s POV and his side of things. The importance Lexi unknowingly played for him when he needed her the most. Or a sign the most, maybe is a better phrase. You also get to see his heartbreak and struggle with knowing their age difference but needing/wanting her all the same. Even knowing the ‘monster’ he claimed himself of being.

There were several moments that I cried. My stomach was in knots A LOT and I was sitting on the edge of my seat. There was even a moment where I said “What the fu<k!” out loud and scared my dog LOL (She’s my reading/writing buddy most days LOL She recovered, don’t worry LOL.)

I needed a read like this. To read a book so filled with emotion that I could feel it as my own. I couldn’t put it down and will anxiously be awaiting the next installment in this series. Especially if this were any indication of what to expect in the next one.

It may be forbidden. Taboo, even. To think of love blooming in an age gap like theirs but damn was it an amazing journey as the author proved why love is not assigned to a certain age. This is HIGHLY recommended to read and devour. It’s hot and spicy and emotionally intense and suspenseful. It has all the feels. I can’t recommend this book enough. Grab it today! Buy it or get it on Kindle Unlimited

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