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Title: Ties that Bind
Author: Neeny Boucher
Series: Complicated Love (Book #2)

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*Recommended for audiences over the age of 18*

Forced to return to her hated hometown to work, Christina Martin, lawyer and ex resident bad girl, finds herself questioning her life choices. Reunited with her former husband, Nicholas Riley, their tenuous and complicated relationship is tested when secrets from the past and present are revealed.

Riley, a man with explosive secrets and penchant for psychological games, faces the dilemma of keeping the woman he loves through lies by omission or potentially losing her with the truth. This isn’t just their second chance for happiness, it’s their last chance and there may be some things that love can’t conquer at all.

Equal parts helped and hindered by a colorful cast of supporting characters, ‘Ties that Bind’, Book Two in the Complicated Love Series, continues the dysfunctional relationship of Riley and Dina introduced in ‘Lost in Flight’.
Warning: This book is not about bondage. I have nothing against books about bondage. Heck, I’ve been known to read a few works myself, but it’s just this book isn’t one of them. Unless, of course, you’re referring to the tangible and intangible bonds of human relationships, ties that bind and ties that can be broken. Then, this book is definitely about that.

‘Ties that Bind’ is not a standalone and forms part of a series. It is highly recommended that you read Book One, ‘Lost in Flight’ before this one. Also, this series is full of quirky, socially awkward, and badly behaved characters, underpinned with dark humor. It is not a traditional romance and there is no guarantee of happy ever afters.

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Author Bio

 

Neeny Boucher

 

Neeny Boucher is a nom de plume because my real name sounds like a 19th Century suffragette. Originally, I’m from New Zealand and am a long-time supporter of the All Blacks. Currently, I am living in Europe and a trailing spouse, following my husband all over the world for his work. This not only gives me the opportunity to write, but also, experience the world and indulge in one of my favourite past-times: people watching.

My own employment history is varied and ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous. All of those experiences and encounters, however, have allowed me to collect amazing stories, which now form the basis of my writings.

I have always loved the weird, the outcast and those on the margins of society because they see the world in a different way. These are the people my characters are based around.

I have a BA Hons (English and Pacific Studies) and a PhD in Sociology/Indigenous Studies.

Presently, I am working on the Complicated Love Series. Book One, Lost in Flight, was released in 2013. Book Two, Ties that Bind, is scheduled for release in 2014.

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Love a Little Sideways Book Review

Love a Little Sideways (Kowalski family #7)by Shannon Stacey

Publication Date: November 26, 2013

Publisher: Harlequin HQN

Source: Library

Synopsis: Liz Kowalski is heading home to Whitford, Maine—this time for good. Eager for her family, a fresh start and some fun, she doesn’t count on being rescued by the chief of police her very first night back in town. Drew is everything she’s not looking for…so why is she still so attracted to him?

After a brief, forbidden rendezvous at her brother’s wedding, Drew Miller expects Liz to return to New Mexico and stay there. He’s searching for someone to settle down with, not a casual fling with his best friend’s sister. But when they’re stuck together on the annual Kowalski camping trip, things start going a little sideways. Keeping their hands off each other proves just as impossible as keeping their secret from becoming public knowledge.

Amid family, mud and melted marshmallow, Liz and Drew try to fight what’s growing between them. But a little time alone, a lot of chemistry and too many opinions might be just what it takes to bring together two people so determined not to fall in love.

Personal Thoughts: This was a heartwarming story about how one Kowalski  was convinced that maybe the future is now.Liz Kowalski is moving back home and all she the belongings that she has are all in her car. What doesn’t help is when it goes right into the ditch when she hydroplanes and gets rescued by Drew Miller. He’s from her past and reminds her a lot about that one night stand they had a while back.

With a little help, she is back on the road to her new home. Before long, she and Drew are running into each other a lot and the sparks begin to fly even more than before. When they both get invited to a week long camping trip for a family reunion with all of the Kowalski’s both of them know that trouble is just around the corner.

Shannon Stacey knows exactly how to stir your heart, love the characters, laugh your heart out and enjoy their ride together. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. :) Keep up the great work!

Rating: 3/5 Stars

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Withering Hope by Layla Hagen
Publication date: January 19th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, RomanceSynopsis:

Aimee’s wedding is supposed to turn out perfect. Her dress, her fiancé, and the location—the idyllic holiday ranch in Brazil—are perfect.But all Aimee’s plans come crashing down when the private jet that’s taking her from the U.S. to the ranch—where her fiancé awaits—defects mid-flight and the pilot is forced to perform an emergency landing in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

With no way to reach civilization, being rescued is Aimee and Tristan’s—the pilot—only hope. A slim one that slowly withers away, desperation taking its place. Because death wanders in the jungle under many forms: starvation, diseases. Beasts.
As Aimee and Tristan fight to find ways to survive, they grow closer. Together they discover that facing old, inner agonies carved by painful pasts takes just as much courage, if not even more, than facing the rainforest.

Despite her devotion to her fiancé, Aimee can’t hide her feelings for Tristan—the man for whom she’s slowly becoming everything. You can hide many things in the rainforest. But not lies. Or love.

Withering Hope is the story of a man who desperately needs forgiveness and the woman who brings him hope. It is a story in which hope births wings and blooms into a love that is as beautiful and intense as it is forbidden.

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My name is Layla Hagen and I am a New Adult Contemporary Romance author.
I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.
I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.
And I drink coffee. Lots of it, in case the photo didn’t make it obvious enough
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Cheap airlines, worth the hassle?

Welcome to the first part of my ten part travel series! For the next two weeks, you’ll be able to read on my trials and tribulations as well as joys, of my trip to Europe and everything that I took away from it. Grab a seat and enjoy! :)

From mid September to early October, I embarked on a journey that was both for business and pleasure. I hopped from Toronto to England to Portugal to Barcelona to Rome, etc. You get the picture. One thing that I was struggling to pick was whether I should take trains or buses in between or if I should just take the budget friendly flights that Europeans love to take advantage. After everything was said and done, myself and the group of people that was traveling with me decided to go the airplane route. It seemed like it was a cheaper option and it would save us a lot of time in between stops. Some people decided to bring carry ons and some opted to bring regular sized luggage.

First one on the list was Easy Jet, which I took from London, England to Lisbon, Portugal. It was a short flight with no issues and went really smooth and fast. I was at my destination in no time.

Pro: Fast and efficient flight, friendly staff

Con: Restricted amount of baggage you can take with you. One carry on and it had to fit into their sizing box in order to get through. If you had a normal size baggage or if yours did not fit the specifications, you had to pay extra. How much? 30£ and by the time the currency exchange rate takes place, you have spent over $60. :( You had to buy their own food from the menu.

Book again? Not unless they change their baggage rules.

When I went from Lisbon, Portugal to Barcelona, Spain, we all took Vueling. It was pretty strict on their hand baggage allowance just like Easy Jet. They had a loyalty program so I signed up for it to get the most out of my two flights that I was going to have with them.

Pro: Cheap ticket, friendly staff

Con: 12€ to add additional baggage. Luckily it wasn’t as bad as the conversion from the pound, but it was still around $20 Canadian. Our flight ended up being delayed for over an hour and by the time that we arrived it was past midnight in Barcelona and it was pouring. You had to buy your own food from their menu.

Book again? If I was travelling with just a stand size carry on and just travelling to one destination and not hopping all over the place, then yes.

Ryanair was another budget friendly airline and it was pretty quick to buy the tickets. This airline took us from Barcelona, Spain to Rome, Italy.

Pro: Cheap flight, customer service was great and I was able to change my ticket without any issues. On the website I would have had to pay over $160CD but when I called customer service there was no fees associated with changing the ticket. That made this lady really happy. :)

Cons: The extra baggage fees were ridiculous, over $40 because it did not fit in their little box.

Book again?  It would depend on the destination, but most likely I would.

 

TAP Portugal was another cheap airline that we all took. Out of all of them, this one was my favorite.

Pro: This airline was amazing. It was a cheap ticket to get. There was no restrictions to the baggage( meaning you can have one carry on and one checked in baggage). They offered complimentary food and drinks on the air craft (soft drinks and alcoholic drinks).

Con: Nothing wrong with this airline

Book again? Yes! Yes! Next time I hop from place to place, I’ll be booking all flights with this airline :) It will def save me a lot of money.

Overall thoughts on the airlines:  This was my first trip to Europe and despite our research, there was a lot that we didn’t know. (You tend to pay more for extra luggage at the airport than online). Some airlines offer complimentary food and drinks while others you have to pay (even for water). Some are on time while others are really late, but there is nothing that you can do about it. In the end, for $40-$60 a flight, it is nothing to complain about and I would definitely do it all over again.

Have you ever taken a discount airline? Was it worth the discount or did you experience issues?

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Title: The Dark Hour
Author: J.F. Jenkins
Genre: New Adult, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: November 11
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing
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Becca Simpson is a not so average teenager, and she knows it. In fact, she embraces it. She was chosen to be a Keeper, one who keeps the gates sealed between the magic world and the “normal” world. The only time she isn’t safe from the dark creatures of the Other Side is the Dark Hour. Every night, at the same time, the gates between the two worlds open and Becca is left vulnerable until the gate closes and the minions disappear. But that’s why she has Erik Manchester. As her Guardian, Erik is in charge of making sure no one, or no thing, comes after her to take her away. Because waiting for her on the Other Side is a tyrannical emperor, looking to use her status to meld the two worlds into one.

With Erik, Becca feels safe, but suffocated. There are rules she has to follow in order to keep out of the hands of the emperor. Then Kyne walks into her life and challenges everything she knows. Not only does he know things about the Other Side, but he’s from there. And found a way to stay in the normal world without frying.

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J.F. Jenkins

J.F. Jenkins lives in Minneapolis Minnesota with her husband, son, and two cats. She graduated from Bethel University in 2006 with a degree in Media Communication with minors in both writing and film. When she is not busy writing, she spends her free time playing games, reading, and spending time with her family.

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Title: Unwilling
Author: K.D. Wood
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Release Date: November 11
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing
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Neely McIntire’s dreams warn her about the future but will not protect her from the danger hiding in plain sight. On graduation night, she plans to tell her best friend, Hayden Nelson, that she’s in love with him. Instead, they argue. Neely’s hurt feelings leave her vulnerable, giving her secret admirer, Andrew Huckley, the opportunity to put his mother’s monstrous plan into motion. When Neely gives into her broken heart and pushes him away, Hayden knows he must fight to recapture the spark he felt in their last kiss. But will he find her in time to reverse the damage or will she be changed forever?

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K.D. Wood lives in north Mississippi, a stone’s throw from Arkansas and Tennessee, with her family and a very spoiled White Waug. As a child, she could be found roaming the pastures around her parents’ farm in Jones County, MS talking to more imaginary friends than she could build fairy houses for which richly enhanced the uniqueness of every character and story she creates. When not in her office pounding the keys, she can be found under a snuggly blanket, cup of donut shop close by with her nose in a book. Follow her on Twitter at @KDWoodauthor, Like her on Facebook, you’ll find her neglecting her blog at K.D.Woodauthor.blogspot.com, or email her at K.D.Woodauthor@gmail.com

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