Review of “Song of the Fireflies” by J. A. Redmerski

Bray and Elias meet when they are the mere ages of 8 and 9 respectively.  Bray is magnetic to Elias.  He can’t seem to break the trance that she has on him.  They become best friends “forever” and so the journey begins carrying them into adulthood. Elias is this strong, self-controlled yet fun loving young man.  He loves Bray but is afraid to move from friendship to intimacy because they might lose each other.  They begin this journey down the path of soul mates that turns them into a modern day Thelma and Louise for lack of a better analogy.

I liked this book.  I was so excited to be awarded an ARC by Netgalley that I stopped reading the book I had started so that I could read this one.  I read “Song of the Fireflies” in a little over a day.  I love J.A. Redmerski and her story of Andrew and Camryn so I had high hopes for this book too.  I expected to pull my ugly cry out for most of this book and had the kleenex at the ready.  Unfortunately though, I only had a few alligator tears at a singular moment in this book.

While I still liked the book and would still read it, I have to say that I think J.A. was trying too hard with this book.   I think she was trying to duplicate the intensity of her “The Edge of Never” book that it made this book too unbelievable.  There was just too much going on with this couple to believe in the ending that she wrote for them.  The love between Elias and Bray was wholeheartedly believable and I loved these two as a couple.  I still love the eloquence of writing in this book.  Jessica is a great story teller and even though I had a hard time believing in the ending, I switched my eReader off with a smile on my face and a sense of fortune that I spent the morning finishing the book.  I hope you will try “Song of the Fireflies” and like it, as I did.

Also, I loved the cameo appearance of Andrew and Camryn in the book and I have to say I am curious about Tate and Jen, Caleb and Cera, and Grace and Knox.  I hope to read about them in future books.  I also LOVED the title of this book and the Cover of the book…they are perfectly Bray and Elias.




Entranced by “Ruined” by Tracy Wolff


This is a story about two people with tortured pasts.  One is a young girl struggling to make something of herself despite her poor past and the horrific events that got her to an internship at Frost Industries.  The other is the CEO of Frost Industries who is immediately taken by the young intern, Chloe.

Ethan is HOT, beyond HOT.  WHOA, get a fan and cool yourself down hot.  He is vibrant and strong, gorgeous yet humbly so.  He cares about people and what happens to them.  He’s built one of the most successful companies that uses technology to help people, VA vets most profoundly.  He is very down to earth yet he is the CEO.  Oh, and he is GORGEOUS…did I mention how off the chart hot he is?  What is there NOT to love about this guy.

Chloe is beautiful and catches Ethan’s eye at a smoothy stand in the cafeteria of Frost industries on her first day of internship.  Obviously, her lack of knowledge about what the CEO looks like is her downfall as she doesn’t know that she is arguing about smoothies with the CEO, Ethan Frost.  But Chloe is not interested in dating; not interested in anything having to do with the opposite sex.  She is driven to her goal of being a great Intellectual Property Lawyer and this internship is her key.  She is not going to mess it up by getting involved with any guy and risk the distraction.  But can she resist the pull that Ethan has on her?

I loved this book!  Off the chart, Loved this book.  The secrets are endless and keep you intrigued.  I wish I had the second book RIGHT NOW cuz I just don’t want to wait.  I want to crawl in to Tracy Wolff’s head and find out what the next book will reveal…it was that good.
The sex scenes were INTENSE and the love blossoming between these two was encapsulating.  You couldn’t help but root for these two to finally find each other.  I recommend this book to anyone that loves romance with a healthy dose of sexy love scenes.

I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review…THANK YOU.

Not Regretting “Take this Regret” by A. L. Jackson



After reading the Novella that introduced this couple, there was no question that I would read the rest of the series.  “Take this Regret” begins as Christian and Elizabeth are in their last year of college having met and fell in love on their first year of college (Novella; “Lost to You.)  They’ve been together for the four years and have been happy.  Christian is still struggling with his demanding father but Elizabeth is his happiness.  Until she tells him that he is going to be a father.  The ultimatum he places at Elizabeth’s feet leaves her little choice as she walks out of his apartment and life to have this baby alone…heartbroken…afraid.

For five years, Christian struggles with the decision that he made years ago.  He finds himself heading up the San Diego law firm for his father’s company having realized his plan of being a lawyer while abandoning his child and love of his life.  Yet he wonders if she will be there, in the same city that she grew up in.  Will she be happy with Matthew as he assumed she was?  What about the child; is it a he or a she?  

The encounter is unexpected but profound.  In his heart, he knows it’s her; he can see through the eyes of this little child as she clings to this woman that Christian has never met.  This chance encounter is all that it takes to drive him to find her…them…his family.  But will Elizabeth be ready to embrace Christian in their lives…

Wow, this book was fantastic.  I loved it from page to page.  I read every chance I got just to find out what would happen next in the book and if happiness would finally find them.  It was a page turner and often made me late to do things I was suppose to do.  This is the kind of book where to want to read it cover to cover in one sitting and you don’t want anyone to disturb you until you close the book.  

A.L. Jackson, you really know how to write a book chocked full of angst and emotions that overwhelm your reader and sucks them in to the story from the first page.  I look forward to reading “If Forever Comes” as well and can’t wait to find out what other trials this couple has to go through before they find their happily ever after.

Not Regretting “Lost to You” by A.L. Jackson 0.5 Novella to “The Regret Series”



In this novella, we learn how Christian and Elizabeth lost their hearts to each other.  They started out as study buddies but the attraction was more than they could handle.  But the odds are against them simply because of their upbringing. 

Elizabeth is soft and kind, growing up in a loving single parent home with her mom and sisters.  She knew and felt love every day. Christian had both parents but they were cold and uncaring when it came to his emotions; his father only caring about his achievements rather than the mental and emotion health of his only son.  Christian’s mother accepted and complied with the coldness her husband had with is son showing the same indifference towards her son for years.

Christian is a player and sleeps around a lot but Elizabeth is different.  Sure, he wants her but there is more and soon studying with her and being her friend is no longer enough. 

I really liked this book and author.  In a very short novella, A.L. Jackson portrays loneliness and a desperate need to be loved.  She delivers angst over the connection these two have but are unwilling to act upon simply because they don’t want to ruin what they have.  She perfectly describes the doubt that Elizabeth has in Christian’s ability to love and be monogamous.  As a reader, I felt these emotions and couldn’t wait to see what happened with this couple.  I found myself rooting for them and hoping that Elizabeth would give Christian a chance. 

I would give this novella a 4.5 star review.  I encourage anyone who wants to read this series to start with this novella first as it really makes book one that much better having understood the situation better because of the novella.

I think I have to add A.L. Jackson to my favorite authors list.  GREAT story!

Loved this book; “Come to Me Quietly” by A. L. Jackson


She loved him from the start.  Her brother’s best friend.  She needed to be with him only if it was to tag along on their teenage adventures.  No one knew how she felt; it was her secret buried in sketches that were for her eyes only.  He left her though and broke her barely teenage heart.

Jared is riddled with guilt for all that he had done in his past.  He bares the weight of all that is wrong with his world on his shoulders and refuses to let good things in, including Aly.  He returns after being gone for years and it’s very clear that he is on a path of self-destruction and will not drag Aly down with him.  He fights his feelings because he believes he is not allowed any joy in his life.  He is convinced that Aly will be tainted and ruined if she cares about him and so he fights his feelings for her.  Until one day, he can’t

This was a fantastic read, I loved it so much that I caught myself trying to read a couple of paragraphs ahead because I just didn’t have the patience to get there eventually.  I would scold myself and get back to where I was because I just couldn’t stand that I might have missed a very important detail.

Every word on each page was seeping emotions.  A.L. Jackson writes with such an intensity that I found myself getting so wrapped up in the story so much that nothing else mattered but finishing this book.  Jared is such a tortured soul and the guilt that he feels radiates from each page and smacks you right in the heart.

Great book, I would easily give this 5 stars!   I can’t wait to read the next one!

Wanton for “Wanted” by J. Kenner


First of all, thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review!  I truly appreciate what you do to present great authors to the reading population and get the word out about how wonderful some of these books are!

This is a story about a young woman that is struggling with the death of her Uncle Jahn while trying to deal with her past and the brutal death of her sister long ago.  Angie was wild in her youth and she thinks that her being that way caused her sister’s death.  So, since her death, Angie has tread the path of a good girl doing everything expected of her and nothing naughty or bad….Until her uncle’s death and the overwhelming need for Evan Black reaches a the point of must have him.

Evan is a bad boy.  He’s done things in his past that he is not proud of but would happily do again.  Angie’s Uncle has made Evan promise to stay away from Angie for this reason but Evan is too far gone to follow his promise after Uncle Jahn’s death.

J. Kenner is an amazing author.  She writes with such intensity and her stories always keep me on the edge of my seat to discover what twist is going to be next.  She builds very strong and unique characters that have troubled pasts of some kinds and helps them to overcome those demons in the past to love and be loved.  J. Kenner writes some pretty intense love scenes in her book and “Wanted” is no different.  I would recommend this book to anyone that loves the power hungry man that is softened by the right woman.

Great book, J. Kenner, I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.


Swooning over “Forever My Girl” by Heidi McLaughin



Liam’s life is all spelled out for him.  He goes to college on a football scholarship.  He marries his high school sweetheart and they live happily in Beaumont.  Unfortunately, he has a personal dream that he must follow but he’s not sure that pursuing his dream will be understood and accepted by the love of his life, Josie.  So…he leaves her.  

Ten years later, he comes back to say goodbye to his best friend Mason who died in a car accident.  All his emotions are in turmoil.  He convinced himself 10 years ago that he had made the right decision for everyone but now he is not so sure after discovering all that he left behind in Beaumont which turns out to be far more than what he thought he left.

This is a story about a teenage love that was crippled by chance and fear. All it takes though is one look and JoJo is questioning her commitment to her fiance and the life she has lived for ten years. Will she stick with her life as it was after Liam left town or will she take a chance and admit her love for Liam has never diminished.

This was a great story; a solid 4 stars.  It moved at a good speed to keep me interested and had enough of a love triangle to make it intense enough to turn the next page.  Liam is kind of a calm rockstar though.  I would have liked to see a bit more hard core rocker and bad boy come out.  It was a sweet love story and I found it to be refreshing.

I also liked the way that the reader introduced the main characters of her next book and started the story line at the end of this book.  I off to read it now, can’t wait to share my thoughts with you on that one too.