Something Like Normal Series by Monica James

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Author: Monica James

Series: Something Like Normal #1




Mia Lee has a secret… A secret she’s kept hidden since she was eight years old, however, Mia will no longer allow that secret to define her. 
An irrevocable decision has left Mia Lee a fugitive and on the run—a circumstance that should leave her weak and scared, yet Mia has never felt so alive.

Under the pseudonym of Paige Cassidy, Mia is ready to live the life she’s never had, and she’s determined not to allow her tainted past dictate her promising future.

Paige is on a Greyhound bus heading from L.A. to South Boston, Virginia, to start a new life. A life that includes finding her mother, who abandoned her at age three. But what she finds, is four people, who will change her life forever. Yet no one can outrun their past… Especially one filled with bitter memories, which refuse to remain hidden.




Author: Monica James

Series: Something Like Normal #2




Some secrets are best left untold... 

Mia Lee escaped to the sleepy little town of South Boston, Virginia with the intent to be normal, and to find a place she could call home. 

Sadly for Mia, her past has come back with a vengeance, and forced her to flee yet again. 

This time, however, she’s not alone… 

Mia and Quinn are on the run, fleeing for their lives, while attempting to prove their innocence for a crime they did not commit. 

But with a tainted past like Mia’s, it was inevitable that one day, it was going to catch up to her in a way she never fathomed. 

One ill-fated decision leads to an explosion of unimaginable events, and now Mia and Quinn are not only running for their lives, but also, for their redemption.



Author: Monica James

Series: Something Like Normal #3




The secret’s out... 

Fate has never been kind to Mia Lee, but her misfortune has driven her to seek redemption from a past filled with regret.

Mia’s future depends on uncovering her past, but sadly, the answers lay with her mother, a mother who abandoned Mia when she was only a child. 
Now that Mia has finally found her kin, she’s determined to get the answers she so desperately seeks.

But those answers come with a price… 
Mia’s blossoming relationship with Quinn Berkeley is the sole reason she carries on. But Quinn has a secret of his own. Will his secret destroy the one stable foundation in Mia’s life? And more importantly, what will Quinn’s secret do to him once he confesses the sins of his past? 

Life for Mia and Quinn is about to explode in a way she never thought possible…



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Meet The Author

Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson.

When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two.

She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers, and her inspiration comes from every day life. She is an Amazon best selling author in both the US and UK.

Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals.
She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.

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Forged in Stone by Alyssa Rose Ivy


The son of darkness is all grown up...

James is a Guardian. He is tasked with protecting the most important person in his world. For eight years he has done his job without complaint, but he has grown tired of living under the shadow of a father who is responsible for the most unimaginable violence and destruction his world has ever known.

Ainsley is at a loss for what to do with her life. She hates her two dead end jobs and the family who betrayed her. She has resigned herself to living one day at a time, but she longs for an escape from her lonely life.

When Ainsley finds James in her bed, their two lives and worlds collide. They may have both found exactly what they need, but the darkness James has been running from his whole life has just caught up.

What I Think

What can i say about this book, i am a fan of the author and have been for some time now but she is getting better and better with each book and i cant get enough.

The way this story started out i wasn't sure of one of the characters Brad was a blind date that one of Ainsley friends set up for her and without her knowing. To me he was way to pushy and grab her and wouldn't let her go, just don't like that sort of guy and it nearly made me stop reading it.

But i didn't and i was glad that i kept on going, once i got past the Brad part i couldnt put it down. that is all im going to tell you but i do recommend this book and the author to everyone i know, i am giving this book a 5 reader rating as well as adding it to my must reads for 2015.

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The Ivy Lessons by S K Quinn


If you loved Fifty Shades of Grey (E.L. James), The Siren (Tiffany Reisz), or Bared to You (Sylvia Day) you'll love The Ivy Lessons ...

Teacher, plus student, equals a passion forbidden

When Sophia wins a post-graduate place at Ivy Drama College, she can't believe her luck. The college is owned by one of the most well-respected young actors in London, Marc Blackwell – who not only founded the college, but teaches the students.

Known for his strict classes and belief in discipline, Marc has a reputation for being arrogant and aloof, yet Sophia soon finds herself drawn to this cold, fascinating young man.

Soon, Sophia is embarking on a journey of sexual discovery that promises to explore all that is forbidden between teacher and student.

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My friend Haloangel has been telling me to read this book for ages when she first read it telling me that i wouldn't put it down once i started, I was thinking that no book could do that until i read this book (damn it she was right).

When i started it i was thinking that great another erotica book with no storyline and all it would be is graphic sex scene. but no it has a really good storyline before and after the sex scenes, i like the characters which makes it easier to read and to continue to read.

Marc Blackwell is the famous actor that is the owner and one of the lecturers at Ivy College, at the age of 27 he has done alot in his career that alot of actors would only wish to have done. 

Sophia Rose is the student from a little village who has been studying acting but never thought she would get into the Ivy College not when there was thousands of amazing up and coming actors that were trying to get into the same College. 

What they both didn't think would happen did and it is a great storyline once i started i couldn't put it down..........Happy Reading.......

Rating : 5.0
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Picture Perfect by Alessandra Thomas


 Fashion design major Cat Mitchell has a closet full of gorgeous clothes - and not a single thing fits. After two years of runway modeling for easy cash, an accident shattered her lower leg bone and her self-esteem in just one swift fall. Ten months of no exercise, prescription steroids, comfort eating and yoga pants meant returning to campus as a size twelve instead of her former size two.

When her gorgeous long-time friend with benefits sees her for the first time after her accident and snubs her in front of all her friends, Cat’s self-image hits rock bottom. Her sorority sisters all insist that she looks gorgeous, but all Cat sees is the roll of her stomach when she sits down, or the dimpling at the back of her thighs that wasn't there last year. Cat’s therapist prescribes something radical to stop the downward spiral - nude modeling for a nearby college's human form drawing classes.

When Cat faces her fears and bares it all for the class, she realizes that she's posing naked in front the most gorgeous, buffest guy she's ever seen in her life. He asks her out after the class, and after one steamy night together, Cat's absolutely smitten.

Nate’s pretty close to perfect – he takes Cat rock climbing when he discovers that it makes her feel strong and becomes a great chef after he learns that the perfect pesto sauce makes her swoon. Cat starts to feel like her old self again - confident and beautiful - as long as Nate's around. Even when he discourages her from entering the Real Woman Project, a design competition for plus-sized apparel, she reasons that he's just trying to prevent old body image wounds from splitting wide open again.

But when Cat goes home with Nate for Thanksgiving, she discovers something shocking from his recent past that proves that he hasn’t always been so encouraging of women of all shapes and sizes. Cat has no idea what to think, but she does know one thing - this might destroy their relationship before it's even had a chance to get off the ground.

Before Cat can figure out whether the real Nate is the sensitive, adoring guy she fell in love with, or an undercover asshole, she'll have to finally feel comfortable in her own skin - even if it means leaving him forever.

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I'm not sure about this book, i like it but there is things in it that rubs me the wrong way, from the start Cat is all about her weight and how she put it on while she was in rehab and has been able to get it off. if it was only said once or at most twice in the book that would of been enough but you get told it every couple of chapters.

I really like Nate sounds like a down to earth who cares what everyone else thinks kind of guy. ok he is the perfect looking guy but he has been the fatty guy that everyone took the piss out of as well so he knows where Cat is coming from. Yes he has a past that he doesnt like the way he was but he has told Cat that in the first couple of days of them starting their relationship.

I have had this book in my collection for a while now and have wanted to read it but now that i have i wish that some of the things in it werent written over and over again that is the only bad thing i have to say about it, i will be reading the rest of the series hoping it is going to be good.

Rating : 3.5
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Your Ex-Boyfriend Will Hate This By Blue Sullivan



Your Ex-Boyfriend Will Hate This, is a relationship advice book that differentiates itself mostly by not being about dating at all…

Instead, it’s about answering the four core questions in life:

1) Who are you?
2) Where are you?
3) Where are you going?
4) Who are you going with?

The book suggests that the last of these questions can only be satisfactorily resolved by answering the other three first.

You must know who you are before you can know where you are in life.
You must understand where you are in life before you can decide where your life is headed.
You must also know your destination before you can choose the right “travel” partner.

To address these essential questions, we invite the reader to contemplate the origins of:

Their ideas on love.
Their ideas of what constitutes the “perfect” mate.
Their ideas of their own personal “type”.
And most importantly, their ideas of themselves, including their own capacity to love and be loved.

Your Ex-Boyfriend Will Hate This isn’t a set of inflexible rules for who you should be, how you should behave, or who and what you should care about because life is messy, and people are not the same. This book helps you unearth the “rules” which best suit you. Often success in life isn’t about discovering concrete “answers,” it’s about asking the questions better.

What I Think 

I'm lucky enough to get to review this awesome book that the author asked me to do and of course i put my hand up to do it.

If i didnt silly me. The first page i read made me laugh and from then on i couldnt put it down, Thank you Blue for letting me read this amazing book and i will cherish the copy i got.

The way it is was written was like you were sitting down talking with your girlfriends having a few drinks which i liked  how that was set out, so really think that if you are looking for this kind of book, Blue's book is the way to go.

I recommend this book to all my followers, friends and family and also giving it a 5 reader rating and as you know lately when i give a book a 5 reader rating it goes up on to my must read list for 2015

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Feels Like Home by Lisa Ireland



Lisa Ireland, a brilliant new voice in rural romance, invites you to Linden Gully and the wedding of the year…

When celebrity novelist Johanna Morgan surprises everyone by arriving back in Linden Gully three weeks early for her best friend’s wedding, she’s shocked to find her ex-boyfriend Ryan Galloway is back too and well-integrated in the community as the local vet.
Jo’s maid-of-honour duties are not the only thing that’s brought her home. The family homestead of Yarrapinga is now her responsibility, and Jo needs to decide whether to keep it – and replace old memories with new ones – or sell it and cut off all ties to her childhood and her home.
Ryan has brought his young daughter home to Linden Gully to provide stability after the death of her mother. The last thing he needs is Jo’s return, and all of the emotional turmoil that she brings with her.
Thrown together as attendants at their best friends’ wedding, Jo and Ryan have no choice but to grin and bear all the tension. But it’s not only resentment lingering between them. The attraction is still there, and the heat and the memories.
They say you can’t come home again, but maybe, for Jo and Ryan, home is not just a place, but a state of the heart.

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I love being a book reviewer when you get a book like this in your hands and it bring mixed emotions out just from the words that are written. i hear this a lot from other bloggers/reviewers that they get a book hangover........Well i got one from this book i could not put it down i loved it.

Im not giving anything away you will have to read it and find out yourself what happens between Jo and Ryan but i will tell you that this book is going on to my must read book list and getting my top rating of 5 readers, i would love to read more from Lisa Ireland if this is how you feel after reading her books.

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Normal by Graeme Cameron



"The truth is I hurt people. It's what I do. It's all I do. It's all I've ever done."

He lives in your community, in a nice house with a well-tended garden. He shops in your grocery store, bumping shoulders with you and apologizing with a smile. He drives beside you on the highway, politely waving you into the lane ahead of him.

What you don't know is that he has an elaborate cage built into a secret basement under his garage. And the food that he's carefully shopping for is to feed a young woman he's holding there against her will—one in a string of many, unaware of the fate that awaits her.

This is how it's been for a long time. It's normal... and it works. Perfectly.

Then he meets the checkout girl from the 24-hour grocery. And now the plan, the hunts, the room... the others. He doesn't need any of them anymore. He needs only her. But just as he decides to go straight, the police start to close in. He might be able to cover his tracks, except for one small problem—he still has someone trapped in his garage.

Discovering his humanity couldn't have come at a worse time.


What I Think

What can i say about thins amazing book i could not put it down once i started it and this genre is new to me, i don't normally read (as you can see) this sort but i loved it from the start and cant wait to read something else from Graeme Cameron, As it says on the cover that if you love Dexter (as i do) you will love this story.

I'm not going to give much or anything away from the storyline but i am going to say that this is going straight onto my must read book list for this year and recommending it to everyone my followers,friend and family and even people i talk to out and about that it how much i like this book and I'm giving it a 5 reader rating.

Thank you Harlequin for allowing me to review this amazing book...

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Grey by E. L. James


See the world of Fifty Shades of Grey anew through the eyes of Christian Grey.

In Christian's own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world.

Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.

Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?

What I Think

Im writing this review as im reading It and im liking it more the more i get into it. Its a little weird as we already know whats going to happen but it answers alot of questions i had while reading Ana's POV.

Well what can i say i was a fan of the first three books and always wanted to know what Christian was thinking now we have it and i couldn't be more happier.

We get to see what he was dreaming, which to me shows why he is the way he is to a point and to see what he was thinking when Ana was doing lets just say naughty things that we all know he didn't approve with.

When reading FSOG i didn't realize that he really started falling for her straight away and was so pissed off at the start of the interview which as we see now that changed pretty quick.

This has to go on to my much reads for 2015 for sure without a a second thought and im giving this a five reader rating how could i not.

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