Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Guarding Hearts - Review

Guarding Hearts
Author LL Collins
Released May 23, 2014
Ellis Warner is a police officer, everyone’s friend and every girl’s fantasy- funny, dedicated, and too good looking for his own good. Thanks to a childhood he would rather forget and a young adulthood riddled with mistakes, he knows that no one can ever find out who he really is. He lives his life pretending to be the guy everyone sees on the outside. The one thing he knows for sure is that he can’t be serious with anyone. When he takes a second job as security for a new country star coming into town, he has no idea how that one decision will change his entire life and expose everything he has worked so hard to bury.
Samantha Kerrigan won a nationwide contest that immediately forces her into the spotlight. Her dreams of being a successful country singer have come true, but dreams always come with a price. While going out on her first tour, a stalker’s advances threaten her safety, forcing her team to hire more protection.
The second she meets Ellis, she knows there’s something about him and immediately makes him her private bodyguard. But he’s determined just to do his job, and she’s determined to make him open up. When her life is threatened and his secrets are exposed, will Ellis be able to guard Sam from danger, and his heart from her?
Review by Darcey Pickett
Engaging, thrilling, sexy and fun…

Samantha Kerrigan in thrust into the spotlight as all her dreams of becoming a country comes true.  But nothing comes without a price.   She is a beautiful young talent, who ends up needing the protection of Ellis.  

Ellis Warner, wow, what is hotter than a police man and one with a heart of gold as well.  Life for Ellis was never easy; he lives with a secret and tries to maintain an image.  He is brought into Samantha’s life as her body guard, a job he takes seriously, but Samantha has a way about her and she is determined to find out who the real Ellis truly is.

This emotional roller coaster we are riding with the characters was thrilling; I found myself complete “in” this story and never knew what was going to happened next.  Guarding Hearts is part of the Living Again series, you could read it as a stand-alone, but this book along with Living Again and Reaching Rachel are bound to be some of the best reading you have ever done!

Ms. Collins has proven herself again with this incredible story, mystery, intrigue, engaging characters and of course our much needed happy ending.  This book had me from page one and certainly kept me up well past my bed time.  She from her very first book of Living Again has made me a fan for life.  Ms. Collins, whatever you do, for the sake of your fans - keep on writing.
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About The Author
LL Collins is a teacher who loves spending her days in the Florida sun with her husband and boys, reading, and writing. Her love of writing has found a home in the self-publishing world. Living Again and Reaching Rachel are available on Amazon Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iBooks, in both eBook and paperback. LL has been writing since she was old enough to write. Always a story in her head, she finally decided to let the characters out and start writing and try to make her lifelong dreams of becoming an author come true. She has been a teacher for over ten years, a wife for 14, and a mom to two boys, 12 and 10.



Push Girl - Review & Giveaway

Review by Marlene Engel

Kara seems to have everything going for her.  She’s popular, has an amazing boyfriend and loves to dance.  One night, when she sees another girl flirting with her boyfriend, she storms out and goes for a drive.  But her life changes forever when a drunk driver slams into her.  The next thing she knows, she is laying in a hospital bed wondering why she can’t feel her legs.  Now paralyzed, she has to learn to deal with her disability.  With her life all planned out and focused around dance, she needs to figure out what she is going to do with her life now that dance is no longer an option.  Throughout the book, you will go on an emotional journey as Kara learns to deal with and accept her new life, the highs, the lows, the struggles and the triumphs. 

Although I don’t tend to read or review young adult books, I felt that the message this one portrays is one worthy of discussion.  As a mother to three young adults, something unfortunate as what happened to Kara, is something that’s always in the back of my mind.  No matter how responsible or careful one is, you have no control over others on the road.  It broke my heart that she had to go through such a struggle, but I found myself rooting for her emotional and physical acceptance and future success. 

Although this book is fictitious, it was inspired by the true story of co-author, Chelsie Hill.  She writes from the heart with such raw emotion and feelings that you feel like you’re living the story along with her.   This book isn’t just for those living with a disability, but anyone who can relate to having your life change in an instant. 
About the Authors:
CHELSIE HILL was a high school senior when she was driven home by a friend who had been drinking. Their SUV veered off the road and crashed into a tree, snapping Chelsie’s back and paralyzing her from the waist down. With her father, she went on to establish a nonprofit foundation, The Walk and Roll Foundation, to aid people with spinal cord injuries.

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JESSICA LOVE is a middle school English teacher who lives in Southern California with her husband and their two tiny dogs. She's working on her Master's Degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Spalding University, and her big love is contemporary YA romance. Jessica spends all of her free money on concerts, constantly tries to prove that blondes have more fun, and is pretty much always on the internet. 

Co-written with Chelsie Hill from Sundance Channel's reality TV show Push Girls, Jessica's debut novel PUSH GIRL is out June 3, 2014 from St. Martin's/Thomas Dunne. IN REAL LIFE, a story about online friendship and love, comes out in 2015. 

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