Friday, January 29, 2016

Reckless & Real Series


Series:  Reckless & Real
Author:  Lexi Ryan

My Rating:  4 Too Hot To Handle ♥'s...for each book

Reckless & Real is a series I recently picked up due to a friend's recommendation.  I needed a break from some of the longer, heavier books I read and felt like this just might do the trick!  I was right!  These books are not too long in length, however; don't mistake that to mean they aren't great reads.  I was sucked into the story immediately and ended up on a binge read of the series.  It's simple to say they are hot, erotic reads . . . but that doesn't tell you about the very intense, complicated story line playing out across these three books.  While I didn't have time to review each of the books individually, I did write a spoiler-free review of Book 3, Something Real.  It gives you the drift of the story line.  

Something Real Review:

You'll need to batten down the hatches & hold on to your hats to make it through Something Real.  A shot of whiskey & a cold shower may also help.  To say this book is a tangled web of lies, deceit, family trauma, and heartache is an understatement.  Sam & Lizzy have been through it all and found their way back to one another a few times.  They have explosive sexual chemistry - there's no denying that.  They ignite the bedroom and every other place imaginable.  It's the relationship part they can't seem to get right.  Throw in politics, family expectations, small town gossips, deceit, and a whole lot of unforeseen manipulation and a happy ever after is d*mn near impossible.  Something Real was a wild ride - erotic, intense, painful, heartbreaking and yet somehow, still managed to instill me with hope.  What a great ending to Sam & Lizzy's story!  A Page Burner!

My Rating:  4 sizzling & heart-touching 's . . . And that's the truth!

Cross My Heart . . . xxx

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

IWSG: Follow Through!

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a community of writers who love to share ideas and encourage others.  It's a great place to express doubts and concerns as well as offer and receive tribulations and guidance from other writers. IWSG posts the first Wednesday of every month.  I think you'll find it to be a great writer's resource that's well worth your time.  Be sure to stop by and visit with some of the other IWSG writers/bloggers at IWSG Members.

Many thanks to our awesome January IWSG Hosts:
L.G. Keltner

Follow Through:

Can you believe it?  It's January 6, 2016!  Time Flies whether you're having fun or not!  Realizing that 2015 is history makes my head spin.  Another year that came and went like a whirlwind.

January is a great time to reflect and also to regroup.  I've given some thought to the things I did and did not accomplish in 2015, along with the reasons why or why not.  There are some obvious reasons why I didn't accomplish all my goals (both writing & otherwise) . . . the continuing illness of a family member being one of the big reasons.  But rather than focus on the reasons why I can't check off on all my goals in 2015, I want to focus on what I can do - what comes next.  What can I do better in 2016?

While reading back through my December IWSG article, Exercising the Mind, Body, Soul . . . & Writing Muscle, I was suddenly struck with a simple thought - two words:  Follow Through! All I need to do to get where I want to be is follow through.  My goals are in place.  My plan and schedule are set.  I have a good support group.  I have all the things I need to achieve my goals if I just follow through with my plan.  Will there still be obstacles?  Yes.  Will life still throw curveballs?  Absolutely.  But for me, the bottom line remains the same . . . I need to work harder at Following Through in 2016.  I need to put my plan in action, push forward, dig a little deeper, and make it happen.  The decision is mine.  The ball is in my court.  I can either play it through or sit back and watch 2016 fly by without accomplishing my goals.  Let the game begin!  Put me in coach - I plan to Follow Through!

How about you?  Will you follow through with your plans and goals in 2016?  How will you make it happen for you?