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Book Reviews, New Adult, Year of Reviews - 2020

Review – Savage by Tracy Lorraine

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Savage; Rosewood High #3 
(A standalone within a series)

by: Tracy Lorraine

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An authentically emotional book with two characters that are hurting over the huge changes in their lives and with no other outlet to express their emotions turn their coping mechanisms into anger and hate. Their story will touch you on every level and Rae will make you cheer for her courage and strength.

Savage is the third book in the Rosewood series and here we get to know Ethan Savage a whole lot better. He has always been a big party guy, but lately he’s taken it to a whole new destructive level. Showing up to school wasted and missing football practice isn’t quite like the Ethan his friends know and that is when they find out his parents are no longer together and his father has a new woman in his life, oh and by the way, she is moving into his home with a daughter in tow. Ethan doesn’t plan to like his new “ready made family” in fact he plans to make their lives hell.

Raelynn hasn’t had an easy life. Her mother has a new boyfriend as often as she changes underwear. Okay, maybe not quite that often, but often enough. The problem wouldn’t be that bad, except every time she switches boyfriends she also switches towns, which means Rae has switched schools a lot. Rae has been to more schools than she can count anymore which means she has stopped trying to make friends and her armor is pretty thick when it comes to teasing, taunting, or bullying. When she moves once again into Rosewood and meets Ethan she wasn’t exactly expecting open arms, but she wasn’t expecting the angry hostility either. However, she isn’t planning to stay long so she will make due, like she always does.

The one problem to both Ethan and Rae’s plan is the huge underlying attraction between them. As much as Ethan wants to make her life a living nightmare, he also can’t stop himself from wanting her in every possible way. Rae also can’t stop herself from ogling her new roommate, as much as she wants to detest him and his horrible manners. Neither can help the attraction even when they want to hate the other person. When the attraction finally sizzles to an all time high…will they be able to resist? Who will lose the battle? Will they still be able to look in the mirror when the war is won?

Raelynn is a really strong character and I admired her bravery and strength. She doesn’t let her guard down very often, but with her background, she doesn’t have a lot of guard to actually let down. She’s spent a ton of time growing up alone, basically raising her mother, and that changes a person, makes them leary and untrusting. She is the perfect dark horse for Ethan who normally gets whatever he wants.

Once I picked up this book I couldn’t put it down, it was that good. I everyone can relate to the emotions swirling in both characters whether you’ve been through what they have or not. Tracy did a fantastic job of relating that frustration you feel when things are out of your control and you truly feel helpless, but also so angry you lash out at whatever is in your proximity. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Savage can be read as a standalone, for better understanding of the world, you might want to read the previous books first. This is a high school bully romance with mature new adult content.

Synopsis:

The Rosewood boys are back!

Ethan has the perfect life, or so it seems but a shock revelation from his father results in his world crashing to his feet.

A new arrival sends his anger and need for justice spiraling out of control.

Can he accept his new reality and what he really wants or are his actions going to cause too much pain?

Savage is the third book in my angst-filled, emotional Rosewood High series.

I had the life most guys only dreamed about: the house, the parties, the girls… until one girl showed up and ruined it all.

She doesn’t belong here. Not in the bedroom across the hall. Not in my house. Not in my town. And certainly not in my life.

It wasn’t really her fault… or mine.

We were caught up in the sins of our parents.

She thinks she’s strong, but she doesn’t have a clue as to what I’m capable of.

My name is SAVAGE after all.

I will break her…

But uncovering her secrets just might destroy me.

SAVAGE is the third book in my Rosewood High series. It’s full of drama, angst and of course steam. Are you ready for a turbulent ride with Rosewood’s #89 Ethan Savage?

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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2020

Review – Beyond Just Us by Kimberly Kincaid

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Beyond Just Us; Remington Medical #4 
(A standalone within a series)

by: Kimberly Kincaid

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Like reading an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, Beyond Just Us is full of McDreamy men, smart women, and sexy drama.

Whether you’ve followed along with the Remington Medical series or not, you’ll love this book and have no trouble jumping into Declan and Tess’ story.

Declan Riley has been mentioned in past books, he’s a friend of Connor’s (who works at Remington and is also a very good friend of Tess’s). What we knew about Declan is that he’s been in the Air Force with Conner, but he’s now a cover model and he dons several romance covers that Conner loves to gift the ladies at Remington which he has no shame in telling Declan whenever they talk. That was the extent in which we knew his background….oh, except he’s also Irish…so the accent…hard swoon, sign me up for Declan please!!

We finally get Declan as he appears in Tess’ ER with no hope, no family, and a death sentence hanging over his head. (So not fair that Mr. McDreamy is finally here and he’s broken…but what a story).

Tess Michaelson has had a bumpy road through the Medical series and I’m really happy she is finally getting a good man. She has been a rock for all of her friends, coming through in their times of crisis. It helps being an ER doctor she knows what has to be done and how to accomplish it fast. Unfortunately, in her personal life she’s a new mom and a recent divorcée so she doesn’t look at love the same as her friends around her who are all happy and coupled up, she doesn’t believe it will ever happen for her again and she’s fine with that.

When Declan needs help and she has the power to save him she does the one thing that she feels she would do for anyone in his place (it doesn’t hurt that she’s fantasized about him while reading one of the books he’s been on the cover of), she offers herself up as “tribute”, or more like his wife, since she has great health insurance which will help get him in a medical trial and could hopefully save his life.

While neither Declan or Tess expect to fall in love, neither go out of their way to fight their attraction to the other. They both know what’s at stake and are both just truly caring people who want what’s best for the other. It’s really hard not to care for someone when they are genuinely a decent, good person.

This is a beautiful story about two caring people who really do need each other, but don’t really know how much they needed the right person in their lives until they were there. This might be one of my favorite books in the whole series.

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Remington’s most cynical doctor is about to get upended by two little words:
I DO.

Tess Michaleson runs her ER like she runs her life—
no pretenses, no exceptions.
As a single mother, she can’t afford anything less.
As a woman who’s been burned by love?
She can’t believe in anything more.
Her son and her job are the center of her world.
That’s all Tess needs.

Until Declan Riley falls into her arms…
literally.

His tattoos and his Irish accent are enough to melt her panties
His diagnosis? That’s enough to break her heart.
But Tess can help him get the care he needs…

All she has to do is marry him.

Declan knows he should keep Tess at arm’s length.
What they have is temporary. Necessary.
And he knows from experience just
how dangerous getting close can be.

But the longer he’s around the smart, sexy doctor and her son,
the more Declan realizes
close isn’t enough.

He wants Tess. He wants it all.

Even if he has to do the one thing he swore he never would to have her.

From USA Today best-seller Kimberly Kincaid comes an older woman/younger man marriage-of-convenience story full of sizzle and sass. This full-length romance features an Irish American Air Force veteran-turned-model and a take-no-crap attending physician finding out if fairy tales really do come true.

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