The Nashville Series by Inglath Cooper


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By Inglath Cooper

Published on December 17, 2014

Received for Review

450 Pages

Part One – Ready to Reach
Ever thought a dream might pass you by?

Nineteen-year old CeCe Mackenzie is determined to make her dreams come true. She heads for Nashville with not much more to her name than a guitar, a Walker Hound named Hank Junior and an old car she’d inherited from her grandma called Gertrude. But when Gertrude ends up on the side of I-40 in flames, Nashville has never seemed farther away. Help arrives in the form of two Georgia football players headed for the Nashville dream as well. When Holden Ashford and Thomas Franklin stop to offer CeCe and Hank Junior a ride, fate may just give a nod to serendipity and meant to be. Because while CeCe is chasing after her dream, she might find love as well.

Part Two – Hammer and a Song
CeCe McKenzie grew up dreaming of a life doing what she loves – singing in Nashville. When she and her Hound dog Hank Junior set out to make her dream come true, life takes some twists she hadn’t counted on. Like falling for Holden Ashford, a songwriter with a gift. And also a girlfriend. Can a country music star’s hunky son help her forget about Holden? Or is that even possible when her heart insists on writing the song?

Part Three – What We Feel
Hunky musicians Holden Ashford and Thomas Franklin rescue Nashville bound CeCe MacKenzie and her Walker Hound Hank Junior from the side of the road when her car catches on fire. A less determined girl might have let her dreams go up in smoke as well, but not CeCe. She’s been singing all her life, and she just wants a chance to do the thing she loves in a place where music is part of the fabric of life. As it turns out, Holden and Thomas want the same thing, and it isn’t long before they’re all chasing after the dream together.

Falling in love hasn’t figured in to CeCe’s plans, but the moment she sets eyes on Holden, her heart is asking why not? Holden is drawn to her as well, but he already has someone in his life, Sarah who still lives in Atlanta, Sarah who loves him. Who he thought he loved back until CeCe makes him realize he hadn’t really known that love could turn him inside out.

But an unexpected visit from Sarah brings to light a terrible truth and Holden is faced with a choice between doing the right thing or permanently defining himself as a guy he never thought he would be.

It is only in letting each other go that both Holden and CeCe will come to understand that in life and love, the part that’s real is what we feel.

Part Four – Pleasure in the Rain
Just as Barefoot Outlook begins to hit the big time, tragedy strikes when a rage-filled Nashville musician who hasn’t found the success he’s hoped for crashes an after-concert party and begins shooting. Among the victims are band members CeCe MacKenzie, Holden Ashford, Thomas Franklin, Beck Phillips and his country music star dad, Case.

With each of them gravely injured, one will not survive, forever changing the lives of everyone involved. Will one man’s hatred and contempt demolish all of their dreams, or will they eventually reach a place where they can even take pleasure in the rain?

My Thoughts

I cannot possibly review each part separately since I seriously just continued from one section to the next. I can say that this book was a really cute contemporary full of lots of emotions, drama and love.

The Writing….

I really enjoyed the story line and the character development. The writing just flowed and the end of each chapter left me with my mouth gaping and wanting more!

The Characters…..

I loved all of the characters. Cece MacKenzie is a great person and one that I could see as being a personal friend of mine. Thomas is also a very complex character and I am hoping that he will meet someone special of his very own soon. Holden is the brooding bad boy. I must say though that my favorite character would have to be Hank Junior, Cece’s hound dog:) I just loved every scene that he was included in and the fact that the author probably really hit the nail on the head when explaining his facial expressions or what he was thinking!

The Love Story…..

There was more love going on in this story than just that between a man and a woman. There was the love between man and dog, the love between Cece and Thomas which was like brother/sister. Then, of course, the love between Cece and Holden, which would happen to be my personal favorite! (hubba hubba)

The Author….

I was very excited to review this book for Ms. Cooper. Not only is she a wonderful Back Cameraauthor and you can bet that I will be hunting down the next installment of The Nashville Series, BUT, she is also VERY active with animal rights. I have read somewhere that she is very active amongst shelter dogs/rescues, which is something that I hold in very high regard! After all, our Harper was a rescue from Ohio during BSL. She is our Lab/Pit mix and also our baby! So, I would like to send a HUGE thank you to Ms. Cooper for all that she does for the animal community!!

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4 stars

H. Lee

Review & Guest Post: Broken Blood by Heather Hildenbrand


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Broken Blood by Heather Hildenbrand

Published March 7, 2015 by Elephantine Publishing

I thought watching my Werewolf boyfriend get arrested for murder was the worst experience of my life. But then I was knocked out and dragged off to a cell of my own by the very people who were supposed to protect me from danger.

I thought being held prisoner in solitary confinement for weeks on end was the worst experience of my life. But then a visitor came, and I realized I’d been wrong all along. There are worse things than torture and death. Much worse.

He wants my blood. More than that, he wants to get into my head. To use my bond to control his army, to wipe the world clean of anything with dirty blood. I can’t let that happen, but if I don’t he’ll kill every single person I’ve ever cared about—beginning with my Werewolf pack.

The prophecy said I would have to make an impossible choice, but I must be doing this wrong—so far every choice I’ve made has only led to more pain and danger and death. Hunters are pitted against Werewolves and I’m alone in my war against Gordon Steppe. I can’t fight him off anymore; all I can do is try to keep him out of the important places. And I’m failing at even that.

I thought the demons were out there, clearly marked and clinging to the shadows. But they’re not. The monsters are within the ranks of those sworn to protect. The enemy is among us.

Review

I have followed Ms. Hildenbrand from the beginning and I am one of her number 1 fans! I love this series and honestly cannot get enough of the characters!!

I cannot believe that this is the fifth book in this series! In my opinion, this is the best one yet! (I think I say that about each one! LOL) For those of you whom have not read a book written by Heather or just have not read this one yet, be prepared to not want to put it down! This installment is filled with lots of drama, action & suspense! We also get to see some characters that we thought had been gone but SURPRISE they are back!!!

At the beginning of the book Tara is trapped in a cage left wondering what had happened to the rest of her pack and Wes.  I really felt like this:

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I must start by saying that I am totally Team Alex. If you have not been introduced to Alex yet, then you need to start reading the first book in the series, Dirty Blood. Alex is awesome and I am always secretly hoping that Tara will give him a chance. It’s not that I dislike Wes but I just adore Alex more:)

Tara is definitely a kick ass heroine. I love to see how much stronger she gets in each book from the small, frail girl that we had seen from the beginning.

If you have read the rest of books in the series, then you will not want to miss out on this one! OR, if you love werewolf stories, then this series is definitely for you!! I highly recommend it!!

5-stars

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 I know, you are just as excited as I am! So here we go….

Alex’s POV for the morning after goodbye:

Alex stood on the roof of Griffin Hall for what would be the last time and looked out over the grounds of Wood Point. From here, all of the buildings were visible—and bustling with activity, even this early. Parents loading their cars with their student’s baggage. Kids horsing around or exchanging numbers. One last kiss with their latest beau.

He had done none of that. The few people he knew well enough to say goodbye to were going with him as part of Kane’s hunting party. Except for her. But he’d already said his goodbyes and he wasn’t up for doing it again.

Damn, but it’d been hard to walk away last night.

Especially after the way she’d thrown herself into his arms. Her dress bunched up around her thighs and tears streaking down her cheeks … he couldn’t get the image out of his head. He wouldn’t for a long time, he was sure.

In some ways, he hated the way she affected him. She was nothing like what he should want. But it’s not like he’d been able to control it.

Just then, the door to Lexington Hall opened and she walked out into the filtered sunlight of the courtyard. Cambria was beside her. He’d heard they were spending the summer together. His chest pinged with jealousy. Part of him wished it were him she would be spending time with this summer—but at least she had a friend. She deserved some fun, some down time after everything that’d happened the past few weeks.

From his perch on the roof, he watched them cross the courtyard, smiling and talking, as they headed for closing assembly. He knew the bus would be waiting on him by now but he couldn’t take his eyes off her. The cheap, black gown she wore did nothing to diminish her beauty. Her tanned skin gleamed smooth and fresh and her hair glistened in the sunlight. She looked untouchable.

Or at least, that’s how it felt as she passed through the doorway leading to the auditorium and disappeared from view.

It felt final. He hated the ache it left in his ribs.

From the other side of Griffin Hall, a horn sounded. He sighed and finally turned for the stairs.

H. Lee

Review & Release Blitz: Simple Beginnings by Janelle Stalder


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Simple Beginnings by Janelle Stalder

Published by March 10, 2015 via Smashwords

Ella Page planned to spend her summer before college like most girls her age – shopping, tanning, swimming, repeat. Instead she finds herself helping out on her grandma’s farm, where she is forced to work side by side with her ex-best friend, Gage Hunter. Despite her attempt to stay cool around the boy she no longer feels like she knows, the heat in the summer air just won’t stop rising. And with it, old feelings she’s not so sure were forgotten after all.

* 17+ Mature YA / New Adult. This book contains some strong language and sexual situations. For mature audiences.

Review

I have read many different books and a couple of different genres by Ms. Stalder and I can tell you that each time I finish one, I am surprised! I honestly do not know why since I enjoy every single story that she has written. I really should know by now that Janelle’s mind is a beautiful thing and can create works that are utter masterpieces!

The last place that Ella wants to spend her summer is on her grandma’s farm helping out, but she loves Nan and so she also loves the farm. The one thing that has kept her away is Gage Hunter, her long lost best friend from when they were kids. Gage has changed and Ella wants no part of him. Enter Gage…. He has always had a thing for his childhood best friend but can he win her heart???

This story was fantastic and I had a very hard time putting it down once I started. I loved Ella. She was your typical sweet girl next door and Gage was what she thought was your typical bad boy. But he ended up being so much more!

I highly recommend this read if you enjoy NA books. Janelle has a way with bending words to get them to flow precisely right. Each chapter was just as good as the next and I cannot wait to read what she has in store for us in the future!

5-stars

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My Thoughts on Fifty Shades of Grey: The Movie


For mature audiences only!!!

We all know & love the books but do we love the movie as well?

Here is my take along with my daughter’s on the movie. The video includes spoilers but don’t worry! We let you know prior to that point.

Please let me know your thoughts on the movie! I would love to hear if others felt the same way!

Enjoy!

H. Lee

Video Review: Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott


Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott

Published February 24, 2015 by Scholastic Press

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What would you do to save someone you love?

In Fire & Flood, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can’t quit–she has to win the race, save Cody, and then fight to make sure the race stops before it can claim any more lives. In the next legs of the race, across the ocean and over mountains, Tella will face frostbite, sharks, avalanche, and twisted new rules in the race.

But what if the danger is deeper than that? How do you know who to trust when everyone’s keeping secrets? What do you do when the person you’d relied on most suddenly isn’t there for support? How do you weigh one life against another?

The race is coming to an end, and Tella is running out of time, resources, and strength. At the start of the race there were one hundred twenty-two Contenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the final part of the race, just forty-one are left–and only one can win.

My Thoughts

Thanks to Scholastic Press for the review copy.

5-stars

H. Lee