Thursday, May 8, 2014

One of the Most Amazing Authors I know! Leigh Ann Lunsford & The Parker Siblings Series




Not Enough
by Leigh Ann Lunsford




Blurb Courtesy of the Author:
Brielle Parker has her life in front of her, she just does not know how to live it. After years of not being enough for her parents, or the dreams she once had, how did one man Colby James show her she was actually more than enough?

Raised by her grandparents with her three siblings, Brielle was loved, no doubt. However, her grandparents were taken too soon, and she was left with her older sibling to try and raise her younger ones. She couldn't help but let the doubts take over her life. Would she ever be enough? Then Colby walked in and changed everything, and just when she facing her fears and falling in love for the first time, Colby ripped her heart out.



Will they be able to get past their mistakes to live the life they both want? Did Colby finally break Brielle when all he wanted to do was protect and love her? You can rebound from some mistakes, but some you just have to learn from and walk away. The love they have is true and pure, but will they finally be enough for each other?



***Due to strong language and sexual content this book is not suitable for under the age of 18***





My Review:

This book is beautifully written, Leigh Ann is an amazing author and I'm seriously upset I haven't found her before. She has definitely made her way to my Fave Top 5 Author's List! I've never read a book like this before. The personality she gives her characters, especially Brielle is Amazing! I am already waiting for her next book. I normally wait til the end of my blog post to rate a book, but this needs to be rated now. I give this book 10 STARS on a 5 STAR scale, and I've only done that once before with T.K. Leigh's Beautiful Mess Series, but this book is definitely deserving.

Brielle is smart, funny, beautiful and a spit ball of fire waiting to launch herself at the first person who messes with her family. All of her siblings are very close. Her and her older sister Addy, argue a lot but make up quickly. Her two younger siblings, Dustin and Cambree are going through the preteen hormones. They were left plenty of money when their grandparents passed away. Their parents even though they barely ever see them, regularly put allowances in their accounts. Brielle can't stand her parents, trying to force things on her that she never wanted. She finishes school early so she can return back home to their huge farm land and house to take care of mainly her younger brother Dustin, who has a serious peanut allergy and Brielle is his the one back and forth to the doctor's with him. Having almost died before she takes his allergy as serious as anyone should. The only things Brielle has ever asked of anyone is: Don't ask her a lot of questions that you already know she doesn't want to answer, and Do NOT under any Circumstances, bring peanuts into their house. After having a failed relationship with her parents and ex-boyfriend she feels as if she is not enough for anyone. She gave up having a relationship of her own and took taking care of the family as her main concern...Until Colby. I love how Leigh Ann Lunsford writes so that you can read everyone's POV, you know what everyone is feeling and when they are feeling it which I loved!

Colby James, is Tyler's (Addy's Boyfriend) cousin, he locks his eyes on Brielle and can't get her out of his head. He is determined to make this girl his and his only. He ignores Tyler, telling him how much of a FIRECRACKER, Brielle can be and makes it his mission to have her, not only in the bedroom, but for the rest of their life. The conversations between the two of them, and well between Brielle and anybody will have you laughing so hard you cry. She has her own personality and I fell in love with her. They find themselves in a relationship and Brielle has only one rule. That rule will break the relationship forever in her book if he ignores it. So when Colby does break that rule will Brielle ever be able to forgive him? You will have to read to find out. Go buy the book and you can thank me later.

The Author incorporates music into this book in such a wonderful way, it's the only way Brielle can really communicate her feelings. She picks a song that describes her feelings at that very moment and will take off for a long drive to relax and clear her head. The playlist of songs is wonderful, telling what a true country girl she is. Don't get in between her relationship with Blake Shelton LOL she loves him more than I do! Go buy this book, it's amazing! I loved it. I am ready to read the next book in this series, just as soon as it comes out.

This book is truly amazing, I've never felt so many emotions at once in reading a book and Leigh Ann Lunsford is definitely going places after this book! Watch out for her, don't miss anything she writes! I can't wait to see where her imagination takes me to next!











Not Leaving
by Leigh Ann Lunsford




Blurb Courtesy of Amazon:

Addison Parker has loved one boy all her life, Tyler James. She met him the first day of school after moving to Tennessee to live with her grandparents. Through death, raising her younger siblings, betrayal, and heartbreak, he has been there. She has forgiven him for many things, but this time when he leaves, she decides he is not her future anymore. 

Tyler James loves Addison Parker. He has made mistakes, but his love is always constant. He wants to be with her, but through lies and misunderstandings it doesn’t seem possible anymore. When a single moment changes his future, will he be able to come back and pick up the pieces of their relationship, or did he finally break all of her faith in him? 




**Due to strong language and sexual content this book is not suitable for under the age of 18***


My Review:
Well, let me just start by saying that Leigh Ann Lunsford has done it again! (Which I knew she would) First things first: Nicholas Sparks, Move Over, there's a new girl in town! I've said it before with her first book Not Enough, the personality she gives her characters is like no other book I've read. While reading this book I felt like I was a Parker Sibling myself. You get to know them so much more and you really feel what they feel. This book is about Addison and Tyler and let me tell you, O.M.G! She can be just as feisty as Brielle when she wants to be. I have loved Tyler since book 1, Not Enough, when I got a few chances to get to know him. I was so excited to find out that this book was coming out. I really connected with all the characters. I know I say that a lot but until you've picked up this book and started reading, you won't understand. Leigh Ann has a talent when it comes to writing and her characters. The personality they have is amazing. I loved LOVED loved the P.O.V she gives her characters. Being able to know what they are thinking and feeling and going through in life is awesome.

Addison and Tyler have been together for YEARS!!! They are perfect for each other. You can imagine the shock I was in to find out they had broken up and he'd just up and left! I mean really Tyler? The book is set in the very near future and skips dates a bit but I love that about it because I can find out all the information I need and I'm not left hanging, wondering when the hell that happened, like some books do when they attempt that. If you haven't read the books then SPOILER ALERT Ahead!!!


Tyler quickly finds out that Addison has twin baby girls. He got a text from someone (Who will not be named) that the kids are his and he's the biological father. But what about what Addison had told him? Could it really be? Okay,he's got to find this out for himself so he quickly loads up and heads back to his hometown. When he confronts Addison she lets him have it for everything he is worth. I mean backed-in-a-corner-let-him-have-it! Addison is with a new man now, and claiming he's the father of the twins. HIS twins. So what happens when you have Tyler on one hand, who loves Addison so much he'd lasso the moon just to prove it to her? And Addison on the other hand, who loves Tyler with all her being but hates to even look at him? Throw in some Brielle/Colby marital arguments (we love her sassy attitude)! Add a hormonal teenager who doesn't know where he belongs or why he doesn't fit in and a creepy very dangerous person from their past and that my friend is one hell of a story! You thought I was going to give you the juicy details and all the epic scenes? Ha! That's cute. Nope! You need to go #1Click this book right away! But definitely start with Not Enough first! That in itself is an amazing book! And I would feel truly at fault if you missed out on Brielle's sassy-tude and Colby's Hot-ness! You can thank me later! And then after you read them, be sure to go add Leigh Ann Lunsford as a friend on facebook and thank her for this amazing story!



Like I said, I've never read anything so well written. I felt every single emotion possible while reading this book as well as Not Enough. I even read some scenes to my husband, he loved them. I give this book a 10 Star Rating on a 5 Star Scale! This is a MUST READ! If you haven't already stopped reading this review and went to purchase it, Go... Now! Those Parker Siblings will be the death of us all!












Not Hiding 
by Leigh Ann Lunsford


Blurb Courtesy of Amazon: 

Cambree Parker has finally flown the nest and headed off to college in a different state, truly alone for the first time. Trying to escape from her sisters shadows, she runs from the lies and deceit that have plagued her family for years, and from the boy who stole her heart and shredded it in the process. Once there, she realizes her freedom is not all she hoped it would be. She misses her family, thinks of Max daily, and when she decides she wants to take control, she is attacked, leaving her family to fear for their safety. Can she protect her heart and remain safe when the source of her heartache has taken up permanent residence by her side? 

Max Baird knew he messed up. His guilt over Cambree being attacked makes him doubt if he is good enough for her. He just knows he can’t walk away. She has told him she hates the lies, but the one he is keeping can blow her family apart, and he doesn’t know if she will ever forgive him. He has seen his share of sorrow and heartbreak, but he refuses to allow Cambree to suffer at his hands anymore. He will prove to her they can work. Hopefully he isn’t too late. 
*****This is 3rd installment in Parker Siblings Series, and you need to read Not Enough and Not Leaving prior to this book****** 

***Due to strong language and sexual content not suitable for readers under 18***


My Review: 

Leigh Ann, you have done it again with this amazing story. Not Hiding is absolutely everything you hope it will be and more. If you've read Not Enough and Not Leaving, you will see that this is the third installment in the Parker Siblings books. This is Cambree's story. This book is so amazing in every aspect of the word. It will have you crying one minute and laughing out loud the next. There are some points where you will find yourself screaming at the characters and the next minute you're right back in love with them again. That is what a book is suppose to do to you. Draw you in. Capture you. Take you inside it's pages. Leigh Ann's books always do this. She has a way with her words and such an unbelievable talent for writing. I feel like I've been part of this family since the very first book. I get caught up in their drama and wrapped up in the love they have for each other. I find myself literally cheering for each one of the characters. Max and Cambree's story is an amazing one. I think this book was absolutely stunning from the very first page. And it kept my attention all the way to the last page. I couldn't put it down. I actually read it twice. It has everything I look for in a book. The passion, romance, suspense, drama, and of course humor. I have said this before and I will say it again...Leigh Ann Lunsford has a gift that I haven't seen in a very long time. She can capture your heart after just a couple pages. I really hope you pick up this book and while you're at it. Grab Not Enough (Brielle's Story) and then grab Not Leaving (Addison's Story) because I know you'll love it and you can thank Leigh Ann for the A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Job!

Oh and if you couldn't tell by this review, I give this book 5 Stars! Although all of her books deserve 10 Stars and a gold medal. Leigh Ann, you are an amazing person, a wonderful friend, and I love you to pieces. I look up to you and you teach me everyday, through the things you do and things you say, how to be a better person and I'm so thankful to have met someone like you. You're books give me that escape that I need every now and then. I can really start reading one of your books and close my eyes for a moment and I'm there. That is what makes you amazing!








Meet The Author:
Leigh Ann Lunsford
Leigh Ann Lunsford is stay at home mom turned author. She writes Romance/New Adult and loves her happily ever after in all books and movies. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs in Fleming Island, Florida. When she isn't writing or reading you can find her stuck in front of really bad reality shows or watching Sons of Anarchy. Leigh Ann has a filthy mouth and a huge amount of sarcasm that knows no end. She hopes to give the voices in her head an outlet with many more novels to come.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Wilde Riders by Savannah Young Blog Tour

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Title: Wilde Riders
Author: Savannah Young
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Audience: Adults
Formats: eBook and Paperback
Publisher: Short on Time Books
Cover By: Tony Bryson
Editor: Shirley Pearson
Pages: 190
ISBN-10: 978-1495442971
ISBN-13: 1495442977
ASIN: B00IDWDWJ8
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FOUR WILDE BROTHERS…ONE WILDE COUNTRY BAND
WILDE RIDERS is the first novel in a spicy new contemporary romance series about four sexy brothers, their small-town bar and their local country band. WILDE RIDERS can be read as a STAND ALONE NOVEL or as part of the SERIES.
Cooper Wilde spent his entire adolescence counting the days until he could escape rural northwest New Jersey. Now at 26, he can’t believe he’s coming back. But his late father’s bar, Haymakers, is in financial trouble and his older brother, Jake, has asked for Cooper’s help.
Riley Smith, 25, is fresh out of her Ivy League MBA program and wants to make an impression on her employer, H & C Bank. Her first solo assignment is a fraud investigation on a business loan they made to Haymakers.
Even though Old Town is less than 90 minutes from New York City, Riley feels like she’s stepped into another world in this remote, one-bar town. Riley can’t wait to do her business and get back to the city as quickly as her sports car will take her…until she meets Cooper Wilde. He’s not like the other guys in this rural town and Riley feels inexplicably attracted to him.

 
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Excerpt-
The drive into New Jersey is exhausting. My only saving grace is that most of the traffic is going into the city instead of out of the city like I am. You’ve got to love those bridge and tunnel guys. I wouldn’t date one but I have a little bit of respect for them. The commute into Manhattan turns a nine hour work day into an eleven hour one, if you’re lucky. I can feel my stomach start to knot as I get further away from the city and further away from civilization. Pretty soon I’ll be in the sticks surrounded by woods and farmland. I can almost smell the manure that will no doubt take days to completely rid from my nasal passages. I pray that I don’t run into any animals, especially cows, which are huge, smelly and completely freak me out. The only live animals I ever care to see have to fit comfortably in a handbag, like a Chihuahua or Teacup Poodle, for example.
I have an appointment with a man named Jake Wilde. He asked me to come early, before the place opens at noon, so he could give me his full attention. I try to imagine what someone named Jake Wilde would look like and all I can come up with is an old gunslinger like Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven.

As I pull into Old Town the place looks exactly like I thought it would. The buildings in the town square are old and I image the place hasn’t changed much in the last hundred years or so.
Haymakers is just past the town square, down the hill from the deli, next to the gas station. Those were the exact directions I was given, in those words. I take that to mean the town only has one gas station and one deli.

When I pull into the parking lot, there’s only one other vehicle sitting there. It’s an old beat-up Dodge Ram. Nothing like fitting the country bumpkin stereotype like a glove. I have a brief moment of panic and wonder if it’s safe to park my BMW in the dirt lot. Then I remind myself where I am. Who is going to mess with it in the middle of the day? A stray deer from the woods out back? The only thing I probably have to worry about is it getting dusty.

I take in a deep breath. I have to be thankful there’s no manure smell yet. The quicker you do this, I remind myself, the quicker you can get back to the lovely asphalt jungle you call home.
I’m hit with a gust of wind as soon as I get out of my car. How is it possible that Old Town is even windier than lower Manhattan? I didn’t think I’d ever find a place windier than Wall Street. Even the Windy City didn’t seem this windy when I had business in Chicago.

When I enter the bar, I try to smooth down my thick hair, which I know is probably a complete mess from the gust. I’m surprised by the homey feel of the place. How could someone like me possibly feel at home in a country bar? Even if I was wearing jeans and cowboy boots, if I even owned jeans and cowboy boots, I wouldn’t fit in at a place like this.

I hear someone clear his throat and I turn to see a guy about my age, mid-twenties, standing next to me. I can’t help my surprise when I see he’s wearing khakis and a polo shirt, like he just stepped off of a golf course. He looks as out of place in this country bar as I feel.
“Are you Jake Wilde?” I ask.
The guy gives me the faintest hint of a smile but it’s almost as if it pains him to give that much. His deep brown eyes look even more distressed and I can’t help but wonder what’s behind those sad eyes.
He rakes his fingers through his thick dark hair. “A little windy out, isn’t it?”
My hand automatically goes to my hair and I try to casually flatten it down again. I imagine I must look like I just stepped out of a wind tunnel.
“Your hair looks fine,” the guy tries to assure me. But he’s got that hint of a smile on his face again and it makes me wonder if he’s lying just to make me feel better.
“I’m Cooper Wilde,” the guy says as he offers a hand.
I don’t know why I suddenly feel nervous about shaking it. It’s a business meeting. That’s what people do. But the way this guy is looking at me gives me the feeling that he might be interested in more than just business.

But I’m not, I remind myself. Not only because I’ve all but sworn off men, I’m here to do a job. I’ve been working for H & C Bank for two years and this is my first solo assignment as a lead investigator. If I continue to do well, I’ll be well on my way to becoming a Vice President before I turn thirty. I don’t need a man to throw me off my career trajectory. And definitely not some guy in a country bar in rural New Jersey.
I take his hand and give it a quick shake but I can’t bring my-self to look into his smoldering eyes again. “I’m Riley Smith.”
“I figured that,” Cooper says.
“Why is that?”
That hint of a smile has returned to his face again. “We don’t often get women in business suits in the bar.”
I’m not sure why I’m suddenly overcome with the urge to get a real smile out of Cooper Wilde. I don’t know even know the guy but it somehow seems important. I get the feeling he hasn’t really smiled in a while and it’s long overdue.

Not that I’ve had much occasion for real smiles myself lately.
“My brother will be here in a minute or two. He’s just printing a few documents from the computer. Purchase orders and receipts.”
I nod and look around the place. From the outside, I thought it was going to be a dive but the place actually has character. I can tell the wooden bar is old, and it looks hand carved, as do the barstools. There’s a large stage area that looks new. That’s one of the expenses I was charged with investigating. I try to image what the place looks like filled with patrons watching a local band play on a Friday night.

“Ms. Smith?” I hear a deeper male voice say.

I look up to see another guy approaching. He also looks around my age, mid-twenties, but he looks more like what I’d expect inside a country bar. He’s wearing a white button down shirt with jeans and cowboy boots. His hair is lighter than Cooper’s and his face is rounder, more boyish, but there’s definitely a family resemblance between these two guys. They’re both about the same height, around six feet, with athletic builds, like they play sports.

“I’m Jake Wilde,” the lighter haired guy says.
I try not to laugh as I look at Jake. He’s young, attractive and nothing like Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven. So much for my speculation about his name.
I notice Jake has papers in his hands. “Maybe we should have a seat at one of the tables.” He motions to a table closest to us.
“Would you like something to drink?” he asks. Jake has one thing that Cooper doesn’t. An absolutely killer smile. It’s the kind of smile that can probably get any girl into bed in a matter of minutes. Well, any girl except me. I no longer fall for guys with smiles like that. It hurts too much the next morning when they say they’ll call you, and give you that smile, and you know they’re lying and you’ll never hear from them again.
“I’ll take some water,” I reply.
Jake actually winks at me before he turns to head towards the bar. The guy knows how to charm people I’ll give him credit for that.

I notice Cooper now has the papers in his hand. Without saying anything, he sits down and I follow.
“I think this is everything you’ll need as far as the fraud investigation is concerned. We’ve got purchase orders for all of the improvements as well as receipts for the completed work. You’re sitting at one of the new tables right now. And you can see the new stage from here. I’d be happy to take you up to the new roof, if you’d like to see it.”

Cooper pushes the stack of papers toward me. I quickly thumb through them. I’ll make a few phone calls when I get back into the city to verify everything and cover my butt. At first glance, though, everything looks clean. It doesn’t seem like a case of fraud, more likely poor bookkeeping.
“The loan hasn’t been paid in months,” I say even though that’s not really my department. I’m here only for the fraud investigation. They’ll be dealing with someone else regarding the default on the loan.
“I know,” Cooper says, and I can see more darkness over-shadow his already dark eyes. “I’m going to try and fix that.”
Jake comes back with three bottles of water. “Bottle okay or would you like a glass?” he asks.
“Bottle is fine,” I say.
Jake sets the bottles down on the table and takes the seat right next to me. I’m a little taken aback by how much space he commands. And not just because of his size. It’s his energy—his being—that’s so large.
“So what did I miss?” Jake asks.

Cooper eyes his brother and I can see there’s a little bit of animosity between them. Or at least there is on Cooper’s part. Jake seems kind of oblivious to it.
Cooper rubs his temple and says, “I was just telling Miss Smith that we’re willing to cooperate with her investigation in any way we can. I’ve given her all of the documents she’ll need.”
“Great,” Jake says. He gives me another one of his charming smiles then looks at me like he’s undressing me with his eyes.
I reflexively pull my suit jacket tighter even though I’m revealing nothing. I’m wearing a conservative button-down banker’s suit but I still feel like Jake can see through it somehow.
“I’ll look at the papers more closely when I get back to the city. I assume these are copies I can take with me?”
“Of course,” Cooper replies. The guy is all business. It’s in sharp contrast to his brother who seems more like a non-stop-party kind of guy.
“Did you decide if you want to see the roof?” Cooper asks.
When Jake laughs, Cooper glares at him.
“What?” Jake says. “If that’s supposed to be a pick up line, you’ve got a lot of work to do.”
“It’s not a pick-up line,” Cooper says through clenched teeth.
Still grinning, Jake asks, “You’re really going to show her the roof?”
“It’s not necessary,” I state. The last place I want to be is in the middle of these two guys’ drama. There’s obviously a lot more going on than just showing me the roof.
Jake leans close to me and I catch a whiff of his cologne. It’s a spicy and masculine. “Why don’t you let me show you the new stage we had built?”
I can feel the heat radiating from his muscular body and I’m quickly reminded by my body’s reaction that I haven’t had sex in over six months.
I gulp. “That’s not necessary.”
I can feel several beads of sweat roll down my forehead. I’m getting hot, and it’s not because of the temperature of the room has changed. It’s Jake’s closeness to me.
I jump from my chair. “I have everything I need.” I feel like waving the papers in front of my face like a fan but I refrain. I just need to get out of the bar and away from Jake. Then I’ll be fine.

That’s what I tell myself anyway.
Cooper rises from the table and gives me an odd look. I wish I could figure out what it would take to make the guy smile but I can’t stay next to Jake a minute longer. He’s like catnip and I’m the cat. I need to escape and get some fresh air.

“Thank you both for your cooperation,” I say.
“You’ll let us know if you need anything else?” Cooper asks.
“I will. It was a pleasure meeting you.” I put out my hand for Cooper to shake.
This time, when he touches me, I make a point of looking into his eyes. They seem to have gotten even darker and deeper in just the last few minutes and that makes me even more curious about him.
Business, I remind myself. You’re here for business and then it’s back to the city.
“It was nice meeting you, too,” Cooper says and once again, he only gives me the hint of a smile.
When Jake clears his throat, it breaks the moment between me and Cooper. I’m embarrassed that I lost control. I’m supposed to be a professional.

I noticed Jake has his hand out and I realize he wants me to shake it. The last thing I want is to do is touch Jake. I don’t want to get caught up in his charismatic web like a fly.
I give him a ridiculous wave instead and I feel like an idiot when he frowns.
“I’d better get going,” I say as I turn and make my way toward the door.
When I look back at the two brothers, they’re both staring at me. I don’t know why that makes me so nervous. I don’t plan on ever seeing either one of them again.
When I’m finally outside, I take in a deep breath of what I think will be fresh air and instead, I’m assaulted by the small of cow manure.

Great. Just great.

I hop into my car and turn the air conditioning up as high as it will go. I take in another deep breath and try to get the stench of cow dung out of my nasal passages. I can’t believe I’m shaking. I’m not sure if it’s because of Cooper or Jake. Maybe it’s a little of both. But I’m definitely rattled.
I just need to get out of Old Town and get back to the city, I tell myself. Then things will get back to normal.
As I put the car into reverse and begin to pull out of my parking space, I keep thinking: I just need to get out of here and get back to the city.

When I step on the accelerator to go forward, I drive right into an old Chevy pick-up truck that’s headed straight for me.


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Blog Tour Schedule - Wilde Riders by Savannah Young
April 1 to 30
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April 3
April 4
April 5
April 7
April 8
April 10
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April 14
- Spotlight with Excerpt and Review
April 15
April 16
April 18
April 20
April 21
April 23
April 24
April 25
April 26
April 27
April 30


Until Next Time,
Happy Reading!!!
Amanda