I cannot imagine not recommending this book. It intrigued me, made me sad, and had me cheering for the characters from the very beginning. I felt forI cannot imagine not recommending this book. It intrigued me, made me sad, and had me cheering for the characters from the very beginning. I felt for these characters, I needed them to find themselves and then find each other. While this is a love story, there is so much more to it than that. Ashes of Life start as a sad story. A wife, Alex, loses her husband while he is in a car with his ex-wife. This wife is also pregnant and left to care for her dead husband’s wild teenage daughter, Maddie. It may sound like a lot going on but Erica Lucke Dean and Laura M. Kolar tied it all together expertly and perfectly. I felt like it was an honest story told from a widow’s point of view and a daughter who loses both parents leaving her alone in the world.
When I pick up a book I find myself checking out the cover first. This is a beautiful cover. It grabbed me and made me want to check out what was on the pages inside. It didn’t take long to figure out who the gorgeous dancer on the cover was depicting. I love when I get a peek into the authors mind, seeing what they perceive the characters to look like.
While I have been fortunate enough to not lose my parents, I cannot imagine at sixteen losing them both in such a tragic accident. I have two teenage daughters and they rely on me and their dad (my husband) so much that for them to lose us would shatter their world. Maddie is left alone. No other stable family to raise her other than a step-mother that she never bonded with. I was so thankful for her friends. I could understand how she stumbled in her life yet her friends always seemed to have her back and guide her back onto the right path. I did feel bad for Alex but Maddie was the one that truly tugged at my heart.
Erica Lucke Dean and Laura M. Kolar wrote a great book. I have a feeling that this is one that will stay with me, tug at my heart each time I think of it, and one that I cannot wait to share with my friends. ...more
One of my favorite military, alpha man authors, Jessie Lane, recommended this series to me. I have to say that I didn’t know for sure what to expect aOne of my favorite military, alpha man authors, Jessie Lane, recommended this series to me. I have to say that I didn’t know for sure what to expect and was so happy that I could read this series in order, back-to-back.
M.J. Fields is an author that has it all together. She writes in a style that pulled me in, had me invested in the characters, and wanting to keep reading. Each book is part of an entire story. They have to be read in order and I recommend one after another. They do not end in a cliffhanger, you know how that part of the story ends for the most part, yet they each pick up exactly where the other left off. There were twists and turns that kept me guessing and hoping that the characters would head the direction that I was sure they needed to go.
With each book, I loved watching Frankie get her life back. She was lost in book 1, book 2 she knew where she wanted to go, and book 3 had her being a strong female that knew what she deserved and wanted in life. The confidence she gains has her becoming a great wife, mother (great twist), and daughter.
I do wish there would be more to come in this series, but I am ready for Shadow’s story.
**I was given an ARC of Iron 3 by the author for an honest review. ...more
Typical Jackie Collins. She brings Hollywood to the everyday person. The drama, the drugs, the paparazzi, the sex, and of course Lucky. I have read maTypical Jackie Collins. She brings Hollywood to the everyday person. The drama, the drugs, the paparazzi, the sex, and of course Lucky. I have read many of the Santangelo’s books. It was great to catch up with all the characters from the past and be brought up to speed on what is happening in their lives. Lucky is amazing, always has been and always will be. Then bring in her larger than life children and their escapades and you get a story that you won’t be able to put down.
Bobby, Lucky’s son, has a girlfriend that he thinks he wants to marry. Yet, his eyes are opened when he gets arrest for a crime he, of course, did not commit to how committed she is to him. All he wants is to rush to his mother’s side and be there for her when she needs him the most, yet he is held up and he must deal with his life first. At a huge family and friends function he runs into a long time friend of his mother’s and he realizes that maybe his ex isn’t all he thought she was.
Max is on her way to becoming a face and name that would be familiar in every household until she starts to realize all the drama that comes with climbing that ladder. As Max is rushing home to be with her family, her plans get derailed and tragedy strikes her. During this tragedy she finds what she has been missing and realizes that what she thought she wanted in life may not be what she really wants and needs.
Of course, I couldn’t write a review without talking about Lucky. Strong, sexy, racy Lucky. She is definitely a force of nature. While she would fight for a friend with all she has, I have no doubt that when you go against her there is no forgiveness. In this book she has a score to settle. She goes about finding out who is behind her pain and knows that it has to be at her hands that they pay for it. Settles it she does, Santangelo style.
This is a racy, sexy, soap opera like book. While the amount of pages may seem daunting, it was an incredible quick read. There is some vulgar parts, but if you have read other Santangelo books you know to expect it. The Santangelos is part of a series, but can definitely be read alone. ...more
Have you ever read a series then thought about what had happen with the other characters in the book? The friends of the main characters, the people wHave you ever read a series then thought about what had happen with the other characters in the book? The friends of the main characters, the people who were supportive of the other characters, or the ones that seemed sneaky. Dean’s List is the follow up to the Gone series by Stacy Claflin. You do not have to read the Gone series to enjoy Dean’s List, but of course more of the book will make sense and the characters will be more familiar.
Dean and Lydia’s marriage is on the rocks; actually they don’t even have a real marriage. I cannot imagine living Lydia’s life, even her life before she found those news clippings. Being scared of your husband, having to be the perfect wife, having the perfect house, it would be a nightmare. Even worse is the fear of leaving your husband and the fact that he would never let you leave. Lydia was someone I wanted to help. I wanted to go to her, take her away, save her from the life she was living. Then she found the clippings, it made her life even worse. She had to keep her life a secret, pretend that all was well. It had to be one of the toughest positions for a woman to be in.
This entire series of books is not easy. There are a lot of extremely tough subjects covered in their pages. Stacy Claflin is amazing. She handles the stories with care, grace, and white gloves. There is no candy coating the stories and characters, she lays it out there, telling it how it really is. These are stories that will stay with you, characters that you will not forget. I certainly recommend checking out this entire series, or start with Dean’s List and go from there. ...more