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    Follow Me Back: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    Follow Me Back is A.L. Jackson's tour de force. An emotional triumph that is beyond exceptional. The one of a kind story that the author has so meticulously made brought me to my knees. It's not just simply the story of two troubled souls who test to search a method to be happy. It is much more than that. It is the hesitant journey to redemption and forgiveness and the promise and power of Kale Bryant and Harley Hope Masterson, the author has produced a couple filled with trepidation at the thought of putting both their hearts and their feelings on the line. These two have lived through tragedy and rejection and loss, in completely various ways, yet they somehow fit together as if their souls are one. Even in their hesitation to wish to feel again at the risk of losing both themselves and everything they keep dear, there is pull between them that is undeniable.I felt as if I had to walk on eggshells right along with Kale and Hope as they navigate the often treacherous paths to even the thought of finding happiness again. But with Kale's persistence that they give any kind of relationship a go, Hope was helpless to resist. And quite frankly who could blame her. Not only is Kale 'sex on a stick', as Hope's bestie proclaims more than once, he has the largest heart I have witnessed in a very long time. Whether it is uncle to Rex and Rynna's kids (from Present Me the Way) or when he is the sympathetic and compassionate doctor to the patients he cares for, Kale Bryant IS flawed excellence. The imperfect super character to so a lot of and at the same time, the reticent man who can't believe he deserves to feel joy. Not after a past that just won't allow go. I felt the frustration right along with Rex and Ollie, in particular, as a life so vibrant as Kale's could be held back with ere is more than one almost cruel twist of fate that the author has masterfully inserted into this book. I am being purposefully vague about the majority of this story because you need to be just as taken aback as I was. I wish you to gasp and to sigh and to say, OMG as this tale takes flight. Hope and Kale each have secrets and demons that continue to force them hold their guard up and at times it was like waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop. But to obtain to watch as their walls so hesitantly crumble brick by brick makes all the pain they have endured worth it.What I will say about Follow Me Back is that there is an abundance of love whether it is for the mates and family that have Kale and Hope's best interests at heart or for each other and believe me, they may not wish to admit it but there is decidedly a most attractive love between them. Whether or not they are brave enough to let it to take root is what you'll have to explore for yourself. It's not an insta-lust that is evident here. But rather a powerful spark that can only turn into a spectacular flame. It just takes the right amount of care to let it to re than once, I shed tears during my read of Follow Me Back. But know this: they were real tears of joy. And I found that the youngest members of this Gingham Lakes squad were often the ones who gave me pause reading through my tears as their innocent wisdom halted me in my llow Me Back is superb. In Hope and Kale, the author has taken the word selfless and has propelled it to the highest of levels. Yet never is that emotion gratuitous nor is it taken for granted. Instead it encompasses all that this couple is and will continue to be, no matter the consequence. My admiration for them is endless. And my awe at the masterful method A.L. Jackson continues to up her android game with each fresh book published is unlimited.I happily give Follow Me Back 5 magnificent stars!Bravo.

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    Follow Me Back: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    *SPOILER-FREE REVIEW*Welcome back to Gingham Lakes, where the men are hot and their women are a force to be reckoned with...It’s right there, in Gingham Lakes, where Dr. Kale Bryant resides, unwavering in his resolve to create a difference. And just a short distance from where he practices, A Drop of Hope owner—Harley Hope Masterson—serves up coffee with a side of sweet optimism and feisty dicated doctor by day, panty-melting sex god by night, Kale Bryant is the ideal embodiment of the excellent book boyfriend, owning the very definition of “swoon-worthy.” He’s both “pin you up versus a wall” sexy and “sweep you off your feet” charming. And if those qualities aren't already enough to seal the deal, Kale is also incredibly sweet and caring. Because as you'll soon discover—and as Hope’s best mate Jenna likes to point out—this sexy, charming doctor (aka, Sir Bryant) “bought All. The. Lollipops.” TWICE! :)Hope Masterson’s life is full of complications. And the very latest thing she needs is Kale Bryant—with his seductive smile and charismatic personality—complicating her life even further. Still, she can’t deny the energy that pulses through her every time he enters her shop. Easily drawn into his flirtatious banter, Hope clearly enjoys her playful sparring with Kale. So when Kale offers Hope a night free of all her “complications,” she hesitantly accepts, allowing herself the freedom to have fun “just one night.”For Kale, one night—one taste—had him craving a whole lot more. And for Hope, her one night with Kale had her wishing for things that just could never be. Still, neither he nor Hope could have foreseen the ensuing complications hovering on the horizon. But the pull towards something more, had this pair shoving all complications and worries aside. And their resulting union was nothing short of explosive.“Even hope needs a hero.” And Kale stepped easily into that role. Fueled by his strength of character, Kale resolved to save his princess from the evil villain out destroy her good. But even seemingly excellent heroes have their flaws. For Kale, it was the truth that became his kryptonite, weakening his efforts to save Hope and all that she holds this second installment to author AL Jackson’s War for Me series, “Follow Me Back” is a beautifully crafted, emotionally charged story that will touch your heart in ways you won’t soon forget. Written as a stand-alone, Kale and Hope’s compelling story also introduces fresh characters Evan and Jenna, who are warm, funny and utterly endearing. No doubt, they will create you smile, they will create you laugh, and they will most certainly create you cry. And as for Kale and Hope... their perfectly imperfect romance is EXACTLY what sexy, modern-day fairytales are created of!My thanks to AL Jackson for breathing life into Kale’s story in such a uniquely attractive method and for delivering a “swoon-worthy” hero that was once only a faceless, nameless fantasy residing inside my head. I can't wait to explore what this author has planned for Ollie. For it seems that with each book in this series, the men of Gingham Lakes just obtain hotter and more enticing.

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    Follow Me Back: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    Follow Me Back is brilliantly written and left me in awe! AL Jackson is truly a master of her craft. This love story is poignant, powerfully raw, incredibly emotional, extremely sexy and breathtakingly om their very first encounter Kale and Hope have an intense attraction on a soul-deep level that can’t be denied. Test as they may to war this attraction, they are powerless to resist the magnetic pull – the heart knows what is wants. Kale definitely met his match in Hope. He is a charismatic and complex alpha-male whose past haunts him and believes finding love is not in the cards for him. Hope is the excellent combination of sweet and strong. Life is complicated for her and she is very cautious who she lets in her life. Their chemistry is electric and undeniable. Watching their walls crumble brick by brick was incredibly moving. They become one another’s savior and seeing them take a possibility and war for one another created my heart soar. It was breathtaking to witness these two fall in love.I was deeply and emotionally impacted by this story! I cried so much reading this book. I could feel every emotion they experienced -- the butterfly moments, the heart-breaking moments, those moments that melted my heart and those that stole my breath. The emotions just bleed of the pages.I adored the secondary characters as well. The family moments and bond between these band of brothers stole my heart. I loved the powerful sense of unconditional love and help that is so beautifully woven throughout this wonderful story. Jackson creates an awesome framework of e storyline and twists and turns along the method are very well-written. The ending is so beautifully written; it is absolutely breathtaking! I simply did not wish this story to end. This I why I love to read AL Jackson’s books -- you don’t simply read them, you experience them. Her writing style is like no other. I begin her books, begin reading and instantly I’m immersed in that world. The characters and storyline literally come to life. She has a lyrical quality to her writing that is llow Me Back is beautifully inspiring and truly unforgettable! I would give it 10 stars if I could. This is the second book in the War For Me Series and can be read as a standalone. I highly recommend reading this book!!! I can’t wait for Ollie’s story!

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    Follow Me Back: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    This book was filled with so much HOPE, HEARTACHE and LOVE!!!!!!!!"OUR HOUSE IS L-O-V-E. YOU HAVE TO LOVE IF YOU LIVE THERE. THAT'S THE RULE."These are words that we all should live by. I LOVE A.L. Jackson's words. I obtain lost in them every time. She makes me laugh, angry, ugly cry, my heart hurt, gives me chills and butterflies, leaves me swooning, and always makes me lose sleep. But she always pieces my heart back together.A.L. Jackson is making it so hard to review her books. I just wish to shout at people to READ THE DANG BOOK!!!!!!!! This book had all the feels and left my heart soaring. Kale and Hope were excellent for each other they both had such broken souls. But behind all that pain and torment. They had a love that was aching to be shared. Hope didn't stand a possibility when she met the single sexy pediatrician Kale Bryant. OMG!!!! There is nothing sexier then a man who adores children and wants to care for them. And A.L. Jackson pulled it off so perfectly in this book. I wanted to climb into the pages and claim Kale for myself. LOL!! Have your Kleenex ready and be prepared for a sleepless night. Because once you begin you won't be able to place it down.

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    Follow Me Back: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    AL Jackson has been one of my favorite authors for some time, and this book just proves to me why, and cements the fact she won’t be dropping from that spot any time ter reading the first book in this series, I was left wondering about Kale Bryant and wanting to know more about him. He seemed this cocky man, always ready with a wide smile. And he was. He lived his life for his job and his mates who became his family, finding comfort in one bed or another when the need arose. That is, until he saw Hope Masterson.Kale and Hope were drawn to one another, their connection immediate and profound. Their story was wonderful, created even more so by the addition of Hope’s small boy, is kid. Gah! I wanted to wrap him up in my arms and keep him tight. He was joy, head to toe. A wide smile and pure innocence. I fell in love with him even faster than I did Kale and Hope. I have always loved the method Jackson writes kids, but Evan stole the cake. I was in tears over his story, and looked forward to reading about the child as much as I wanted to read the rest of the is house is LOVE ❤️Kale coming into their lives, and them into his, was fate. It was what they all needed, and the method it was told was devastatingly beautiful. If I could give this book 10 Stars, I would.

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    Follow Me Back: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    I have always loved the method that A.L Jackson writes. Her stories are real, emotional, and angsty! I have fun the build up, the simmer, the burn that she makes her readers feel. This one was no different. I am a total sucker for damaged characters. I feel their anguish and pain, it makes it more realistic to me.I was instantly intrigued by Kale Bryant when we met him in Present Me The Way. He piqued my interest, to say the least. He is passionate about his job, friends, and generally just helping others. He is an all around amazing guy, has no interest in a relationship, just the occasional one night stand. I instantly got the feeling that he was guarding his heart, and felt undeserving of finding love and happiness within a relationship."Potent. Powerful. Persuasive. That was what the man looked like. Persuasion and dominance. He looked like discord. Chaos with an easy, arrogant smile. A perfect, controlled disorder."Hope Masterson is the epitome of a hard working and loving mom. I was cheering so hard for her in my head. She has been burned badly, and trust does not come easily for her. Some of the problems that she had to overcome as a parent, was a lot for anyone to take on. She never lets this stand in the method of showing her son, Evan, how far she will go to be there for him, and love him unconditionally."This woman was a vision. The kind of face that hit me right in the gut. Because there was no question she was stunning. But it was the sheer goodness radiating from underneath that absolutely created her glow."The chemistry, a charged spark was instant between Kale and Hope. Neither one of them was expecting or looking for this. And neither of them felt deserving of the other. There was times, I want that I could have reached out and gave them both a amazing shaking, and say, just take a chance, go ahead and jump. But in real A.L Jackson form she created me wish to scream, before she finally pieced me back together."Fear never negates hope. It just means we wish something badly enough that we're terrified we might not obtain to hold it."She has a unbelievable ability to write kids so realistically, that you can't support but fall in love with them. And if I am completely honest, Hope's son-Evan stole my heart. I have never loved a kid in a book, like I did him.

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    Follow Me Back: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    It goes without saying that if I pick up an AL Jackson book to read, I'm going to love it. Saying that I loved this book just doesn't seem enough. This is the story of Hope and Kale. They met at Olive's, the local bar. The attraction is instant and so strong. Neither of them are quite ready for that yet, with Hope having a complicated life and Kale doesn't believe that he deserves love. That is so far from the truth! Kale is this awesome man, a doctor, who has so much love to give and is so fiercely protective. He is just who Hope needs. Hope, never has a name fit someone so perfectly, she is filled with so much hope. This book has so much....it has laughter and tears, heart felt moments and steamy sexy times. This is a book that will stick with you for a while after you finish.

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    Follow Me Back: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    *** Includes some spoilers ***I knew going into this book that it was going to be one of the ones to touch my heart and cause an impact. I've loved every book A.L. Jackson has ever written and this one is no exception. Kale and Hope's story is one that will cause all the emotional feels and leave you feeling love, happiness and Hope.I loved the description of Kale that we were given 'He looked like discord. Chaos with an easy, arrogant smile. A excellent controlled disorder' I mean...GAHHHH there could literally not be a more excellent method to describe Kale. A perfectly controlled disorder, a man who lived for every one else. Who molded himself into being the Doctor. It had to be his only identity, he couldn't let himself to be more or to loose sight of what he was tasked to do in life, save people. But, even the saviors of the world, need saving themselves steps Hope. The first time he see's her he knows it's something more than just seeing a attractive girl. 'Just looking at her felt like something profound' Hope is such an endearingly genuine character. I absolutely loved her. She was such a powerful mother, and her optimism, faith and hope that things would be ok one day was inspiring to read. Her love for Evan was unconditional, a mother willing to do whatever she had to do for her child. 'I'd never know a love greater. He'd been written on me. In me. For me.'This book is beautifully written with sweet, funny and charming moments as well as breathtakingly emotional ones. There's passion in this book and once the fire between Kale and Hope them ignites, it will take a whole lot of water to turn down the heat! But it isn't as simple as boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, they all live HEA. Because for Kale, there was so much more on the line. So much more at stake. 'The only f***ing thing I wanted was to be her hero' Oh this man. This not good broken man, always striving to save others and always working at redeeming himself for something in the past that was never in his control. I do believe that every once in a while, even the character needs a small saving, a small Hope.I highly recommend reading this book, it was one of those one's that will stick with me for a while. I've also now decided to use a attractive quote from this book for my own family, to place up on the walls at home."This house is L-O-V-E"

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    Follow Me Back: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    I’m going to be really honest right now and say I did NOT love Kale in Present Me the Way, I don’t know why, but he just seemed a small too aloof, too unaffected. Something about the method he always felt completely chill about everything was concerning. Now that I’ve read his book I understand so much more why his façade is built that way. Once we got a peek behind the ice wall he’d constructed he was a fascinating llow Me Back is the third book – 1 novella, two full-length novels – in AL Jackson’s War for Me series. Each book in this series can be read as a stand-alone, though the characters are all mates and you see a lot of the previous couples throughout the subsequent novels. Follow Me Back is written in dual first-person perspective, narrated by Hope and plicated was the theme of this book. Both Hope and Kale were upfront about how complicated their lives were, but I don’t think the word fully explained precisely how insane the things they had been through and were still going through were. It also didn’t touch the kinds of feelings they developed for one another and all the ways they’d go to the ends of the earth to hold the ones they loved safe and happy. Kale and Hope were complex characters, and each fresh layer of their personas that was uncovered created me love them llow Me Back was an emotional read, not that it was horribly sad – some moments were, though – but it ran me through the gamut of emotions. In a matter of paragraphs, things could go from deliriously happy, to heart-crushing desolation, to burn-the-world furious. It was a attractive ride, and those intense emotions created Hope and Kale’s story riveting and Jackson is a master of telling emotional stories, often with deep meaning. Follow Me Back was a excellent example of that. She crafts her words for maximum impact and continually pulls on her readers' heartstrings. I once again search myself in love with her prose and can’t wait to see what she has in shop for her readers in Ollie’s story.

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    Follow Me Back: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    OMFG! OMFG!Talk about sending me into a tailspin of emotions.Where you don’t know where the story starts and the story ends.Where you're consumed to the point of no return!Where your mind, body and every living quick it feels as though you're on the edge of losing it,So, lost in the hurricane of the emotions, that you need to take that min just to ere are no real words to describe Follow me Back, other than A.l. Jackson has single-handedly slain it with this soul, breaking, earthshaking, work of complete art!A tale of two tragically, broken souls thrown together by fate and destiny. Simply place a war of the heart, which will be thrumming through your vein and into your soul.

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    Follow Me Back (A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel Book 2) review [Book]  2018-2-4 18:0

    Follow Me Back is A.L. Jackson's tour de force. An emotional triumph that is beyond exceptional. The one of a kind story that the author has so meticulously made brought me to my knees. It's not just simply the story of two troubled souls who test to search a method to be happy. It is much more than that. It is the hesitant journey to redemption and forgiveness and the promise and power of Kale Bryant and Harley Hope Masterson, the author has produced a couple filled with trepidation at the thought of putting both their hearts and their feelings on the line. These two have lived through tragedy and rejection and loss, in completely various ways, yet they somehow fit together as if their souls are one. Even in their hesitation to wish to feel again at the risk of losing both themselves and everything they keep dear, there is pull between them that is undeniable.I felt as if I had to walk on eggshells right along with Kale and Hope as they navigate the often treacherous paths to even the thought of finding happiness again. But with Kale's persistence that they give any kind of relationship a go, Hope was helpless to resist. And quite frankly who could blame her. Not only is Kale 'sex on a stick', as Hope's bestie proclaims more than once, he has the largest heart I have witnessed in a very long time. Whether it is uncle to Rex and Rynna's kids (from Present Me the Way) or when he is the sympathetic and compassionate doctor to the patients he cares for, Kale Bryant IS flawed excellence. The imperfect super character to so a lot of and at the same time, the reticent man who can't believe he deserves to feel joy. Not after a past that just won't allow go. I felt the frustration right along with Rex and Ollie, in particular, as a life so vibrant as Kale's could be held back with ere is more than one almost cruel twist of fate that the author has masterfully inserted into this book. I am being purposefully vague about the majority of this story because you need to be just as taken aback as I was. I wish you to gasp and to sigh and to say, OMG as this tale takes flight. Hope and Kale each have secrets and demons that continue to force them hold their guard up and at times it was like waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop. But to obtain to watch as their walls so hesitantly crumble brick by brick makes all the pain they have endured worth it.What I will say about Follow Me Back is that there is an abundance of love whether it is for the mates and family that have Kale and Hope's best interests at heart or for each other and believe me, they may not wish to admit it but there is decidedly a most attractive love between them. Whether or not they are brave enough to let it to take root is what you'll have to explore for yourself. It's not an insta-lust that is evident here. But rather a powerful spark that can only turn into a spectacular flame. It just takes the right amount of care to let it to re than once, I shed tears during my read of Follow Me Back. But know this: they were real tears of joy. And I found that the youngest members of this Gingham Lakes squad were often the ones who gave me pause reading through my tears as their innocent wisdom halted me in my llow Me Back is superb. In Hope and Kale, the author has taken the word selfless and has propelled it to the highest of levels. Yet never is that emotion gratuitous nor is it taken for granted. Instead it encompasses all that this couple is and will continue to be, no matter the consequence. My admiration for them is endless. And my awe at the masterful method A.L. Jackson continues to up her android game with each fresh book published is unlimited.I happily give Follow Me Back 5 magnificent stars!Bravo.

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    Follow Me Back (A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel Book 2) review [Book]  2018-2-4 18:0

    *SPOILER-FREE REVIEW*Welcome back to Gingham Lakes, where the men are hot and their women are a force to be reckoned with...It’s right there, in Gingham Lakes, where Dr. Kale Bryant resides, unwavering in his resolve to create a difference. And just a short distance from where he practices, A Drop of Hope owner—Harley Hope Masterson—serves up coffee with a side of sweet optimism and feisty dicated doctor by day, panty-melting sex god by night, Kale Bryant is the ideal embodiment of the excellent book boyfriend, owning the very definition of “swoon-worthy.” He’s both “pin you up versus a wall” sexy and “sweep you off your feet” charming. And if those qualities aren't already enough to seal the deal, Kale is also incredibly sweet and caring. Because as you'll soon discover—and as Hope’s best mate Jenna likes to point out—this sexy, charming doctor (aka, Sir Bryant) “bought All. The. Lollipops.” TWICE! :)Hope Masterson’s life is full of complications. And the very latest thing she needs is Kale Bryant—with his seductive smile and charismatic personality—complicating her life even further. Still, she can’t deny the energy that pulses through her every time he enters her shop. Easily drawn into his flirtatious banter, Hope clearly enjoys her playful sparring with Kale. So when Kale offers Hope a night free of all her “complications,” she hesitantly accepts, allowing herself the freedom to have fun “just one night.”For Kale, one night—one taste—had him craving a whole lot more. And for Hope, her one night with Kale had her wishing for things that just could never be. Still, neither he nor Hope could have foreseen the ensuing complications hovering on the horizon. But the pull towards something more, had this pair shoving all complications and worries aside. And their resulting union was nothing short of explosive.“Even hope needs a hero.” And Kale stepped easily into that role. Fueled by his strength of character, Kale resolved to save his princess from the evil villain out destroy her good. But even seemingly excellent heroes have their flaws. For Kale, it was the truth that became his kryptonite, weakening his efforts to save Hope and all that she holds this second installment to author AL Jackson’s War for Me series, “Follow Me Back” is a beautifully crafted, emotionally charged story that will touch your heart in ways you won’t soon forget. Written as a stand-alone, Kale and Hope’s compelling story also introduces fresh characters Evan and Jenna, who are warm, funny and utterly endearing. No doubt, they will create you smile, they will create you laugh, and they will most certainly create you cry. And as for Kale and Hope... their perfectly imperfect romance is EXACTLY what sexy, modern-day fairytales are created of!My thanks to AL Jackson for breathing life into Kale’s story in such a uniquely attractive method and for delivering a “swoon-worthy” hero that was once only a faceless, nameless fantasy residing inside my head. I can't wait to explore what this author has planned for Ollie. For it seems that with each book in this series, the men of Gingham Lakes just obtain hotter and more enticing.

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    Follow Me Back (A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel Book 2) review [Book]  2018-2-4 18:0

    4.5 Stars! I should know by now that when I read an A.L. Jackson book, I should be prepared for my heart to be place through the wringer. This book did exactly that. She introduced us to two characters who have both suffered through a lot in their lives, but were somehow managing to search a method to create it through each day.Kale Bryant, dashing doctor who saves lives for a living. A guy who experienced a devastating loss in his life, one that he feels wholly responsible for. Since then, he's devoted all his energy to his job, doing everything he can to create sure what happened in his past never happens again. Not on his watch. Spending time with his closest mates and one-night stands the only thing he has time for outside of work. Until the night he sees Hope Masterson across a crowded bar.Hope Masterson, a single mother fighting her method through a nasty divorce, her only focus in life is her son, Evan. He is her light, her hope, her everything. Running her small coffee store called A Drop of Hope, she has no time or desire for anything in her life except her son and little circle of family. Until Kale Bryant sidles up next to her in a crowded y always does this to me, making me fall into the story and feel like I'm living and breathing next to these characters, a fly on the wall of their lives. My heart stretched painfully for Hope and Evan, I just wanted to wrap these two up in my arms and protect them from every poor thing that's ever happened to them. And Kale, I could feel the turmoil that roiled in his spirit. There were several times that I wanted to shake that man! But it's simple to sit on the periphery and say how one should feel or act. Kale struggles with so much in this book, his past colliding with his show in a method he never could have anticipated, feeling like he's in an impossible situation.I have so much to say about this story but once I begin discussing it, I'll babble something that will most likely end up being a spoiler and I don't wish to give anything away that would diminish the reading experience for someone else. All I will say is, Amy knows how to write passion, intense sexual chemistry, hot sexy times, but also describe the unconditional love a mother feels for a child. And how that kid changes the lives of everyone they come into contact with. Like I said, I just wish to wrap Hope and Evan up in my arms and take away every damage or poor thing they've ever had to experience, and prevent any fresh ones from happening.If you've already read Present Me The Way, you will love seeing the whole gang create an appearance, especially my favorite, Frankie Leigh!! If you haven't met her yet, you HAVE to, she is the most adorable thing ever!My one and only critique of this story is the ending wrapped up too quickly for me. But that's just me, I think I'm just too invested in these characters and everyone else may read it and declare it excellent so what do I know? Read it and decide for yourself! You won't regret it!

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    Follow Me Back (A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel Book 2) review [Book]  2018-2-4 18:0

    Follow Me Back is brilliantly written and left me in awe! AL Jackson is truly a master of her craft. This love story is poignant, powerfully raw, incredibly emotional, extremely sexy and breathtakingly om their very first encounter Kale and Hope have an intense attraction on a soul-deep level that can’t be denied. Test as they may to war this attraction, they are powerless to resist the magnetic pull – the heart knows what is wants. Kale definitely met his match in Hope. He is a charismatic and complex alpha-male whose past haunts him and believes finding love is not in the cards for him. Hope is the excellent combination of sweet and strong. Life is complicated for her and she is very cautious who she lets in her life. Their chemistry is electric and undeniable. Watching their walls crumble brick by brick was incredibly moving. They become one another’s savior and seeing them take a possibility and war for one another created my heart soar. It was breathtaking to witness these two fall in love.I was deeply and emotionally impacted by this story! I cried so much reading this book. I could feel every emotion they experienced -- the butterfly moments, the heart-breaking moments, those moments that melted my heart and those that stole my breath. The emotions just bleed of the pages.I adored the secondary characters as well. The family moments and bond between these band of brothers stole my heart. I loved the powerful sense of unconditional love and help that is so beautifully woven throughout this wonderful story. Jackson creates an awesome framework of e storyline and twists and turns along the method are very well-written. The ending is so beautifully written; it is absolutely breathtaking! I simply did not wish this story to end. This I why I love to read AL Jackson’s books -- you don’t simply read them, you experience them. Her writing style is like no other. I begin her books, begin reading and instantly I’m immersed in that world. The characters and storyline literally come to life. She has a lyrical quality to her writing that is llow Me Back is beautifully inspiring and truly unforgettable! I would give it 10 stars if I could. This is the second book in the War For Me Series and can be read as a standalone. I highly recommend reading this book!!! I can’t wait for Ollie’s story!

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    Follow Me Back (A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel Book 2) review [Book]  2018-2-4 18:0

    I have always loved the method that A.L Jackson writes. Her stories are real, emotional, and angsty! I have fun the build up, the simmer, the burn that she makes her readers feel. This one was no different. I am a total sucker for damaged characters. I feel their anguish and pain, it makes it more realistic to me.I was instantly intrigued by Kale Bryant when we met him in Present Me The Way. He piqued my interest, to say the least. He is passionate about his job, friends, and generally just helping others. He is an all around amazing guy, has no interest in a relationship, just the occasional one night stand. I instantly got the feeling that he was guarding his heart, and felt undeserving of finding love and happiness within a relationship."Potent. Powerful. Persuasive. That was what the man looked like. Persuasion and dominance. He looked like discord. Chaos with an easy, arrogant smile. A perfect, controlled disorder."Hope Masterson is the epitome of a hard working and loving mom. I was cheering so hard for her in my head. She has been burned badly, and trust does not come easily for her. Some of the problems that she had to overcome as a parent, was a lot for anyone to take on. She never lets this stand in the method of showing her son, Evan, how far she will go to be there for him, and love him unconditionally."This woman was a vision. The kind of face that hit me right in the gut. Because there was no question she was stunning. But it was the sheer goodness radiating from underneath that absolutely created her glow."The chemistry, a charged spark was instant between Kale and Hope. Neither one of them was expecting or looking for this. And neither of them felt deserving of the other. There was times, I want that I could have reached out and gave them both a amazing shaking, and say, just take a chance, go ahead and jump. But in real A.L Jackson form she created me wish to scream, before she finally pieced me back together."Fear never negates hope. It just means we wish something badly enough that we're terrified we might not obtain to hold it."She has a unbelievable ability to write kids so realistically, that you can't support but fall in love with them. And if I am completely honest, Hope's son-Evan stole my heart. I have never loved a kid in a book, like I did him.

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    Follow Me Back (A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel Book 2) review [Book]  2018-2-4 18:0

    AL Jackson has been one of my favorite authors for some time, and this book just proves to me why, and cements the fact she won’t be dropping from that spot any time ter reading the first book in this series, I was left wondering about Kale Bryant and wanting to know more about him. He seemed this cocky man, always ready with a wide smile. And he was. He lived his life for his job and his mates who became his family, finding comfort in one bed or another when the need arose. That is, until he saw Hope Masterson.Kale and Hope were drawn to one another, their connection immediate and profound. Their story was wonderful, created even more so by the addition of Hope’s small boy, is kid. Gah! I wanted to wrap him up in my arms and keep him tight. He was joy, head to toe. A wide smile and pure innocence. I fell in love with him even faster than I did Kale and Hope. I have always loved the method Jackson writes kids, but Evan stole the cake. I was in tears over his story, and looked forward to reading about the child as much as I wanted to read the rest of the is house is LOVE ❤️Kale coming into their lives, and them into his, was fate. It was what they all needed, and the method it was told was devastatingly beautiful. If I could give this book 10 Stars, I would.

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    Follow Me Back (A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel Book 2) review [Book]  2018-2-4 18:0

    This book was filled with so much HOPE, HEARTACHE and LOVE!!!!!!!!"OUR HOUSE IS L-O-V-E. YOU HAVE TO LOVE IF YOU LIVE THERE. THAT'S THE RULE."These are words that we all should live by. I LOVE A.L. Jackson's words. I obtain lost in them every time. She makes me laugh, angry, ugly cry, my heart hurt, gives me chills and butterflies, leaves me swooning, and always makes me lose sleep. But she always pieces my heart back together.A.L. Jackson is making it so hard to review her books. I just wish to shout at people to READ THE DANG BOOK!!!!!!!! This book had all the feels and left my heart soaring. Kale and Hope were excellent for each other they both had such broken souls. But behind all that pain and torment. They had a love that was aching to be shared. Hope didn't stand a possibility when she met the single sexy pediatrician Kale Bryant. OMG!!!! There is nothing sexier then a man who adores children and wants to care for them. And A.L. Jackson pulled it off so perfectly in this book. I wanted to climb into the pages and claim Kale for myself. LOL!! Have your Kleenex ready and be prepared for a sleepless night. Because once you begin you won't be able to place it down.

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    Follow Me Back (A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel Book 2) review [Book]  2018-2-4 18:0

    Where do I begin here. This book has bunches of emotions. Takes you on a wild ride. You’re feeling like you’re reading a nifty small obtain to know you book, with maybe the possibility of more (both story wise & the getting to know you part). Then there’s a twist and you’re like oh wait a minute, that’s interesting. Next you’re feeling all mushy gushy, smiles all over the place, totally loving this book (by the way, that part doesn’t ever change), then WHAM! You’re heart is kinda torn up, which is followed by it being completely crushed, which by now you need a box or two of tissues. But don’t despair, you’ll be place back together again. I loved this book. I loved Kale, with his cockiness, awesome heart and wonderful sexiness. Hope, who personifies her name in so a lot of ways, and is filled with strength and love. There’s another incredibly unique person, but I’ll allow you search out that one for yourself. Just completely loved this book, these characters, the whole thing

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    Follow Me Back (A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel Book 2) review [Book]  2018-2-4 18:0

    It goes without saying that if I pick up an AL Jackson book to read, I'm going to love it. Saying that I loved this book just doesn't seem enough. This is the story of Hope and Kale. They met at Olive's, the local bar. The attraction is instant and so strong. Neither of them are quite ready for that yet, with Hope having a complicated life and Kale doesn't believe that he deserves love. That is so far from the truth! Kale is this awesome man, a doctor, who has so much love to give and is so fiercely protective. He is just who Hope needs. Hope, never has a name fit someone so perfectly, she is filled with so much hope. This book has so much....it has laughter and tears, heart felt moments and steamy sexy times. This is a book that will stick with you for a while after you finish.

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    Follow Me Back (A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel Book 2) review [Book]  2018-2-4 18:0

    OMFG! OMFG!Talk about sending me into a tailspin of emotions.Where you don’t know where the story starts and the story ends.Where you're consumed to the point of no return!Where your mind, body and every living quick it feels as though you're on the edge of losing it,So, lost in the hurricane of the emotions, that you need to take that min just to ere are no real words to describe Follow me Back, other than A.l. Jackson has single-handedly slain it with this soul, breaking, earthshaking, work of complete art!A tale of two tragically, broken souls thrown together by fate and destiny. Simply place a war of the heart, which will be thrumming through your vein and into your soul.

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    Show Me the Way: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    A.L. Jackson has delivered again. I can't even properly describe how much I loved this fresh book. It has gone down as my top favorite book so far for 2017. I could not place it down even for a second. Her words spoke to me on a whole various level even from anything she has written before. I have to say that is an accomplishment because I have been obsessed with every single thing she has written so far.

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    Show Me the Way: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    It never fails to amaze me that Ms Jackson can hold spinning these wonderful, attractive stories full of lovable, characters. She has a unique method of pulling you in and letting you really know the characters. Rynna and Rex were so excellent for each other and throw Frankie in the mix? Well there’s your recipe for a bestseller... loved this one!

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    Show Me the Way: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    Sometimes following your heart and your gut instincts are the absolutely ridiculous obtain things to do and this was real for Rynna Dayne and Rex may have took them years of regret mistakes and heartbreak o obtain there but the pay off totally worth looking forward to the next books in this series.

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    Show Me the Way: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    I can not say enough about AL Jackson and her writing style. I love it and this attractive story about chances, forgiveness and love. You will fall in love with Rex, Rynna and Frankie Leigh. Their journey will melt your heart, create you swoon, break your heart and mend it back together. A must read!

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    Show Me the Way: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    A.L. Jackson has done it again! She is a magician at story telling, her words magically come together to grab you right from the begin and hold you hooked until the very end. This story is full of emotions from fear to love and everything in between. Certainly one of 2017's best reads!

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    Show Me the Way: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    I enjoyed reading this. The characters were well developed. As soon as I thought I knew what was going to happen, I found out I was wrong. Frankie was the cutest small girl ever. I gave this 4 stars because it had it's slow moments when I'd skip a page but otherwise, a very amazing read.

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    Show Me the Way: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    Okay so since Rex is taken..I may be a small inlove with Kale...I need more Ollie to know how I feel about him, but man oh man Frankie leigh. She stole my heart. I really loved this book. The characters just pull you in. I was so proud of Rynne..she really is so strong. Awesome book. Amazing job A.L.

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    Show Me the Way: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    Gah!!.... Present Me the Way!!! Everything I wanted it to be and more. I love a broody man that breaks free with the right women. I love seeing a man own his title of father and dad. Rex and Rynna’s story is full of feels and leaves you wanting more. A.L. Jackson is brilliant and I will say it every time. Loved this book.

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    Show Me the Way: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    Amazing! And the drama was just...Wow! All the twists and turns were so crazy. Rex and Rynna, both broken in their own way, are trying to search a method through life. Will the drama hold them from finding what they both need? Must read!

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    Show Me the Way: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:13

    I’m not sure I have words to do this book justice! Such a gorgeous story that pulls you in from the very first page. An awesome array of characters who you fall in love with immediately. Wow, just wow!!! Read this book, read it now!!!!

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    Lead Me Home: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-5-6 18:0

    I knew A.L. Jackson was going to bring me to my knees with this read........I have been patiently waiting for Ollie and Nikki's story since this series started. (ok maybe not patiently.) But I knew it was going to be and emotional heart wrenching read. But I didn't realize Jackson was going to place us through that much turmoil. When I first started reading I wanted to hang Ollie by his unmentionables for all heartache he had place Nikki through over the years. But as the story played out it all created excellent is book had a hard topic matter. But it was beautifully written and the connection/love between Ollie and Nikki was undeniable and even though it was painful at times. It was so beautiful. Another POWERFUL read by A.L. Jackson.

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    Lead Me Home: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-5-6 18:0

    Oh Ollie, Ollie, Ollie!! How I have been waiting for your story!! And A.L. Jackson delivered it in spades! From the moment we first met Ollie in the War For Me Series novella Hunt Me Down, I was intrigued by him. And I was doubly intrigued with the method that Nikki Walters would create eyes at Ollie and joke: "I'm going to flirt with Ollie over there and see if I can finally obtain that man to crack." which of course created me begin thinking that there has been something going on that we just haven't been created privy to yet.Well, whatever I thought might have been going on was not at all what we search out in Lead Me Home. Turns out Ollie and Nikki have known each other for a very long time. Have been integral parts of each others lives since childhood. Lives they thought they would spend together until the most horrific of happenings occurs that alters their lives forever. Ollie's sister, Nikki's best friend, disappears. Ollie was supposed to be watching over her, but in one little act of selfishness, he wasn't watching over her on that one fateful each of the previous books in the series, Nikki has always come across as a fun loving, self-proclaimed matchmaker who injects humor into every situation. But the smiles she keeps plastered on her face really are just a mask for the heartache she has been enduring for the past fourteen years. She not only suffered the loss of her best friend, she lost Ollie too when he closed himself off from her. Now she's just been going through life, watching Ollie from a distance, hoping versus hope that he'll search his method back to her one y injects Ollie and Nikki's story with so much emotion throughout, I had to hold tissues handy at all times. Told in dual points of view, as well as chapters told in the past, the reader gets the whole devastating story of what happened when Ollie's sister Sydney disappeared. And since then, Ollie has spent his life searching for any clue as to what happened to her, always holding out a little glimmer of hope that she might still be out there somewhere. It was his job to protect her, and he failed. Because of this, he doesn't feel like he deserves to ever be satisfied again, doesn't feel he is worthy of loving anyone. Especially Nikki. She is the only thing that brings him any glimmer of light, but he can never have her again. She deserves to search happiness and love, just not with him. Only, the thought of her finding happiness and love with another man rips his guts is story has a huge suspense element in it, with Ollie and Nikki discovering her trashed apartment. Ollie immediately goes into beast mode, demanding she come and stay with him so he can hold her safe. He may never be able to be with her again, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been watching over her all these years. Always keeping Nikki in his sights, keeping his promise to always protect her. He failed his sister, he isn't going to fail Nikki. And with the anniversary of his sister's disappearance quickly approaching, his feelings for Nikki come to the forefront and his resistance to her wears thin, especially with her right there in his house.I loved how complex and intertwined Amy created this story. Ollie's basic focus has been searching for any clues as to what happened to Sydney. But now someone is threatening Nikki, and the tangled web of characters and happenings - past and present, are slowly moving them in a direction they never anticipated. Just when Ollie finally gives in to the feelings he's always carried for Nikki and it looks like they may be finding a method to move forward together, devastating [email protected]#$%! them from both sides and I found myself reaching for those dang tissues once more! Gah!! Amy just about killed me with the suspense and anticipation of what was coming!Even though each of the books in this series are standalones, I strongly suggest reading them in order, starting with the novella, Hunt Me Down. I am not just saying that because I am OCD and need to read in order, but I say it because there are interconnected characters who were also heavily affected by Sydney's disappearance all those years ago. And while you will be perfectly fine whichever order you read the books, I think the impact you will feel when revelations come to light in this book will carry a heavier weight. Either way, you will feel the impact and the emotions one method or the other. Just for curiosity sake, I would love to obtain a reader's opinion of how the story impacted them by reading Lead Me Home prior to reading Present Me the was so unbelievable to see all of the characters I've fallen in love with through this series. And as the latest book, Amy brings everyone and everything full circle and gives her readers the happily ever afters that each and every couple we've met along the method deserve. Although, in my opinion, there's still SO much story that could be told!! If I had my way, Amy would be just hold writing stories about these awesome characters, keeping us updated on their lives, writing the next generation kid's stories.... I would read them all!!I really can't decide which story of the series I loved the most. Each one stole my heart in their own unique way. This is why I love Amy's books so much. She just writes amazing, heartfelt stories that totally captivate me and hold me thinking about the characters long after I've finished reading. I can't wait to see what she has in shop for us next!

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    Lead Me Home: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-5-6 18:0

    I'm not sure how my words could ever possibly do this book justice. More than that, though, I didn't wish the story to end. I loved this series more than any other I've read, and Ollie and Nikki's story was so heartbreakingly attractive and excellent that it will forever be at the top of my favorite-reads pile.I was intrigued by Ollie, the huge beast, since I met him earlier in the series. He was quiet and gruff and there was always a tip of some secret heartache that I was dying to know more about. Nikki was this fun-loving girl who was always fast with a joke, and I loved the method the author kept her jovial mood going even when times got tough.While Ollie's secret was touched upon in Present Me The Way, I never foresaw how deep into that story Nikki would actually be. Learning about who Nikki and Ollie had once been and what they had been through created my heart break for both of them. The suspense in this book was a deviation from what I'm used to with this author, but she did it so well I'd have thought she'd been doing it all along. Every small puzzle piece was revealed at just the right time, and I had fun trying to figure out what was going to happen before she unveiled e supporting cast of characters were fantastic, as they always are in Jackson's stories. Rex's admission just about broke me, and I loved seeing Hope, Kale, Rynna and Jenna come through for their friends. And those kids! I didn't think I could love Evan or Frankie Leigh anymore than I already did, but yeah - that happened too!I will forever love this series, and Ollie and Nikki and all the others will forever be in my heart.

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    Lead Me Home: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-5-6 18:0

    There is no method possible I can write a review that will do justice in how much I loved Lead Me Home. AL Jackson has once again written a masterpiece. This is Ollie's story. It is also Nikki's story. Ollie and Nikki were best friends, along with his sister Sydney, for most of their lives. They did everything together, they even took a blood oath "we are three. forever and ever. you and me". Until one fateful night when everything changed, Sydney went missing. Ollie has lived with such guilt and regrets in the 14 years that have gone by. One of his largest regrets? Pushing Nikki away in the aftermath of Sydney's disappearance. This author has such a method of writing that at times I really felt how these characters were feeling, she had me crying a few times. It wasn't all tears though. Mixed throughout were fun, satisfied times that had me laughing and some seriously hot AF sexy times. I can't recommend this book enough!!

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    Lead Me Home: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-5-6 18:0

    Ollie and Nikki’s story is one that I was anticipating and couldn’t wait to read. It was worth every second of the wait. Their story was not an simple story to read. It was filled with so much pain and heartbreak from their tragic past. I cried a lot of tears reading this book, but from that pain and heartbreak there is so much love and beauty. Lead Me Home was about love, friendship bonds, healing and forgiving yourself. A.L. Jackson did an awesome job bringing closure and answering all the unanswered questions in the War for Me Series in Lead Me Home. This was a excellent ending to an awesome series! Beyond 5 stars!!

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    Lead Me Home: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-5-6 18:0

    Oh my! I finished Lead Me Home and all I can say at this point is that the story is phenomenal. Amy has such an wonderful method of weaving a story together, her words are magical. It is a attractive story of love, hope and redemption. Thank you Amy (AL Jackson) for sharing your attractive words with the world! Your stories give me hours of entertainment and the whole time I feel like I am right in the middle of it. ❤️❤️❤️

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    Lead Me Home: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-5-6 18:0

    Lead Me Home is the 3rd and final book in A.L. Jackson’s War For Me Series. I had been looking forward to this book since Book Me the Way.I will say that Lead Me Home was the excellent ending to this series. It wrapped up the storyline perfectly. It answered all my questions and we finally found out what happened in the past.Each of these books are standalone novels but I would suggest reading them in order because I feel there would be spoilers if read out of order. Plus, I feel the storyline kind of continues from book to book. Now even though I say that, each book focuses on a fresh couple and their own problems that follow, but each book has a secondary storyline about something that happened in the past for these characters.Lead Me Home, I believe is the most angst filled book of the three. Nikki and Ollie did a lot of the push pull thing throughout the whole story. I have to be honest and say I did have fun this story and I was shocked at what is revealed in this book, but it wasn’t my favorite. I thought there was a small too much push/pull going on for my liking. I also thought there was too much inner monologuing going on. It felt more like some one was reading the story to me instead of me feeling what the characters were going through. I just thought Nikki and Ollie were in their heads too much in this story.I would label this book a romantic suspense but also a second possibility romance. I thought the mystery of the storyline was intriguing and kept me turning the pages. And like I said A.L. Jackson blew my mind with how this story ended and what was revealed. But this is also a second possibility at romance for Nikki and kki and Ollie have known each other since they were really young and beautiful much grew up together, along with Ollie’s sister Sydney (who went missing 14 years ago) Nikki and Ollie loved each other back in their teens but because of one tragic night, Ollie vowed to stay away from Nikki and kept turning her away. Now 14 years later…Nikki is faced with some danger herself and Ollie has sworn to always protect her, even if she doesn’t wish it. Will these two be able to move past the past and search their HEA?? Read this book to search out.I loved that we got to see the past couples in this story as well. I loved catching up with all of them. Each of the past couples play an necessary part in this story and Ollie’s past.I would recommend this book/series to all of A.L. Jackson’s fans out there. If you have read any of her books in the past you know what you will be getting when you pick up one of her books. You will obtain a romance novel that is filled with drama, angst and a lot of emotion. If you haven’t read her books yet, then all I have to say is….What Are You Waiting For????

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    Lead Me Home: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-5-6 18:0

    Wow! Just wow! Lead Me Home is such an outstanding novel! I had a feeling Ollie and Nikki’s story would be my favorite in the War for Me Series, but to deliver this level of poignant, heart-wrenching moments? I’m speechless! A.L. Jackson brings the emotions to a fresh high with this attractive damaged couple in this second possibility romance!The strong feelings between Oliver and Nikki are so palpable, you feel them hemorrhage through the pages. Ollie is denying them, trying to resist the pull he’s always felt for this girl, but he’s totally hooked on her. She’s the only sunshine in his life. Losing his sister Sydney years ago changed him. Broke him. Guilt, anger, sorrow and retribution are inside him! Haunting him every single day! All read long I was choked by this overflow of negative feelings he suffers with! Seriously, this book stole my breath constantly and I shed a lot of tears over the amount of grief affecting Ollie!Nikki is also the absolute selfless heroine. She’s so patient with her broken man; her only love. I was in awe of her perseverance through all the years of heartache she suffered waiting for him! She wants to save him from his demons and it brings some epic moments of intensity between them. I got chills and butterflies from their beauty. This couple’s strong love had me feeling all breathless! It’s so apparent the chemistry and unique connection between them! They’re desperate to be together, but with the loss of their past as the largest obstacle to their happiness, you see them war all book long!I loved discovering their story from their first meeting back when they were only little kids. The bond they made right away and never left them, even with all the years apart is stunning and very touching! They were the inseparable trio with Sydney and her loss really damaged them deeply, leaving permanent scars!Lead Me Home is really the culmination of this unbelievable series. We obtain the whole ugly, sad, heartbreaking truth about Sydney’s disappearance. The inevitable revelation of some secrets long kept only created some of those scenes utterly moving, heart-wrenching, but ultimately healing!A.L. Jackson flawlessly ended this memorable series! These characters and their stories are etched on my heart. I treasure this whole group of mates of Gingham Lakes and I’m bittersweet about letting them go! I had such a amazing time reading the War For Me Series! A top favorite series EVER without a doubt!**ARC received in exchange for an honest review **

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    Lead Me Home: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-5-6 18:0

    Lead Me Home is the third and final book in the War for Me Series and Al Jackson ended it off with a bang. I really enjoyed the other two books in this series and I was anxiously waiting Ollie and Nikki's story but OMG I really did not expect this.Heart-wrenching, gripping, and and highly engrossing, this novel was packed full of emotions from beginning to end, but the story itself took a twist I really did not see coming and it shocked the life out of e story was told in dual point of view and we are given glimpses of the past which helps to tie the entire series together and we learn so much about Sydney in this book. The tightly knitted group of mates were all show in the novel and they all provided help and balance to the main characters.While this was a romance and we obtain lots of steamy scenes and chemistry between the two main characters, there was also some angst and suspense though part of a series, Lead Me Home could be read as a standalone. It was a phenomenal read and the excellent ending to the series. I loved it and would highly recommend it.**I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.**

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    Lead Me Home: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-5-6 18:0

    ************MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS***********Ollie is a romantic sort in his own way, "....you create me insane. That mouth, and this body. I wish to eff you wild, Nikki. Tag you. Hold you.” Ollie was a very haunted man, he required some guidance from his woman, she was his light and just required to support present him the way. I was on the edge of my seat toward the end I was dying to knkw the outcome of a mystery, although the outcome wasn't what I wanted but I suspected it would come to a certain turnout. Overall I liked this book.

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    The Choices I've Made: A By The Bay Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-3-8 18:0

    The Choices I’ve Created was such a beautifully slow burn. GAH! I loved this book. Molly and Jake’s story tugged at my heartstrings, it bruised and damaged my heart in the most unbelievable way. It completely warmed the deepest, coldest corners of my heart as they created the journey from shattered souls to people who were whole and complete in is book drew me in from almost the very first page. After I read the prologue I NEEDED to know why Jake had created the decision he had, when obviously he was so very much in love with the girl he spoke of. From there each fresh revelation, each fresh devastation only served to further entice me into Molly and Jake’s was obvious Jake had suffered some beautiful devastating losses as a kid and Molly was terrified of putting herself in a position to lose everything again. It was also obvious neither of them realized just how damaged they were, it was an interesting dynamic. Once they each realized what was going on with the other, and eventually themselves, it warmed my very soul to see them each create the decision to work on healing themselves, for themselves, before they created any promises to one another. Too often we see characters fix their broken pieces for someone else when that type of healing needs to come from only want for this book would have been to see some of that healing journey they each went on in true time. It was nice to have the recap of what they’d realized and why, but I always hope to see those epiphanies in true time.JL Berg did a unbelievable job writing this book. Her words drew me in and created me care deeply for each character; well – there was one I just straight up hated, but evoking emotion is the goal here, right? I also appreciated how she built the story, particularly how she began Molly and Jake’s journey back toward one another in such an unexpected way. Stepping out of the typical romance structure box was a large victory for me, it created this book stand out in a sea of books where it can be difficult to search individuality.

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    The Choices I've Made: A By The Bay Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-3-8 18:0

    This story absolutely shredded me. It is not a “fairytale” romance. It is true and deep, angsty and gut-wrenching. And incredibly attractive in its was always Molly and Jake from the beginning even as children. They had their whole lives planned and it was perfect. However, when life turns dark, Jake makes a choice that leaves them both forward twelve years and he’s returning to the island. A put he never wanted to be again despite the woman he still carries in his heart has remained in its protective bubble. When tragedy strikes, Molly and Jake are forced together again, both of them trying to move forward as though their hearts do not beat for each other when they obviously do.I loved this couple and all their broken imperfections. Molly has never traveled the globe and refuses to accept any support in her professional or private life. Jake found a caricature of peace off the island and submerged in his medical practice. Together they again search the love they thought had been shelved years ago. But just because you love someone doesn’t mean you automatically search healing.I wanted to consume this book but found myself taking it slow so I could absorb every nuance in the words. It is not lighthearted and playful but it is true and showcases the struggles of making a relationship work when it is so obvious it cannot. I don’t have a single fingernail left after chewing them while being tormented throughout this story. I never chew my nails! Thank you J.L. Berg for that! *sarcasm*If you like true life romance with plenty of angst, tender heart rending emotions and a passion that has survived years, this is the book for is is an honest review of an advanced copy provided by the author.Dual POVSafety – both characters have relationships during their separation; no OW drama although there is just a tad of OM dramaNo apparent triggersHEA

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    The Choices I've Made: A By The Bay Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-3-8 18:0

    4.5 starsI braced myself for an angsty ride this second possibility romance sounded like it'll be one. I didn't realize it would be a compelling and complex story too. Set in a little island city of Ocracoke it what started as a childhood love story between Jake and Molly but eventually torn at tragic begin was unexpected and what seems like a turn of happenings that will either bring these two reluctant and damage twosome or drive them further apart. We slowly obtain a better picture of their past as well as the present. Jake is in city to settle odd ends after having to come back, facing his old demons. Molly has moved on or at least doing her best to, run an inn, and be independent do things her way.Jake left behind a lot when he set out to a fresh life. He rose in his career as a doctor having that focus. It felt like a lonely existence to be that driven yet losing the someone closest to you. Beyond initial anger and hurt, the old feelings still linger Their interactions speak loud what with all that bickering, poking and banter. I liked seeing how time has change them both and still required to. Rekindling that old flame will be hard, a lot of mending and healing what was lost will be a war and the choices they need to create once more.I found it simple to obtain submerged in this story despite all the heart break and sadness. JL Berg writing has always been emotional yet keeps you invested. What I like about this story the most is that the characters are daily real, the issues and struggles they face, how they deal. Second possibility romances can create one go through the wringer, I certainly felt that. I still loved it and look forward to Dean's story for sure!

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    The Choices I've Made: A By The Bay Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-3-8 18:0

    Jake Jameson is doing very well as a surgeon in the city. He's going home, Ocracoke Island, for his father's funeral and to deal with his father's medical practice. He has not been back since he left 12 years earlier. He also left behind Molly McIntyre, which devastated e's gone on with her life. She now runs her family inn that she has taken over from her parents. Which has the feel of a bed and breakfast. She's very independent and has a bit of a hard headed streak when it comes to asking for help. She's wants and thinks she has to do everything on her is book had my emotions all over the place. I felt the utter devastation with the explosions on the ferry. I could visualize the injured people and people panicking facing the reality that there was no escape. I could feel Jake's torment with faced with his memories. I could also feel Molly's struggle with opening herself back up to Jake with the chance of him leaving her doesn't take long for them to realize that the time is just not right for them. They go their separate ways to grown on their own. I wasn't very satisfied with that part but it turned out they were better because of it.I was very satisfied to read about the chance of a satisfied ending for Dean in the is the second chance, third possibility at love book I have ed by Tina for Joandisalovebooks Blog

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    The Choices I've Made: A By The Bay Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-3-8 18:0

    Although I received an ARC, I one clicked when it became live. I required a permanent copy on my Kindle. I wish it easily accessible at all times. I will be reading it again and again. This is a attractive second and third possibility romance. Love is powerful within the pages bring lots of tears as a shattered heart begins to mend. Every time I thought the HEA was within reach, the rug was pulled out crushing my heart, leaving me emotionally drained.I lost count of how a lot of times my heart shattered within the pages of The Choices of Made. Thankfully the heart surgeon would arrive just in time to place it back together again. I will admit that I looked at the percentage read a few times just to create sure I would be left devastated, crying for eternity.I fell in love with the characters. Jake and Molly were high school sweethearts. then Jake went away leaving his heart and Molly behind. Molly was ey got a second chance, but it wasn't enough. There was something missing. They weren't ready. The choices they make--torture for them and for me. I wanted love to defeat or all. I wanted them to see the error of their ways. I held on to hope for a better tomorrow. I think they did too.

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    The Choices I've Made: A By The Bay Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-3-8 18:0

    J.L. Berg is one of my faves right up there with Nora Roberts, L. B. Dunbar, Janet Evanovich and Sandra Brown. Ms Berg writes from the heart. In my humble opinion this book should be on every romance lovers list. This story is filled with emotion, so much so that you can actually feel the characters heartbreak and happiness. Completely a stand alone novel of Second and maybe third chances at getting it right. All the method to end you are asking why why why and maybe why not. I highly recommend this read, I couldn't place it down.

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    The Choices I've Made: A By The Bay Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-3-8 18:0

    I loved Jake and Molly! Jake is returning to Ocracoke Island, NC after years away. He is now a successful heart surgeon in Chicago and had vowed to never return. His father's death and the clinic he left behind must be dealt with. So he goes back. He runs into Dean who was his best mate along with Molly, who was his everything. He discovers Dean and Molly are engaged. But a tragic accident, leaves everyone reeling. Can Molly and Jake search their method to a second possibility or will their differences be too much to overcome? Loved Dean and cannot wait to read his story next! 5 stars

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    The Choices I've Made: A By The Bay Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-3-8 18:0

    Jake and Molly knew they were meant to be together but life had other ideas making the love they felt for each other obsolete that is until tragedy brings Jake back to Okracoke Island and back to Molly. Things aren't all flowers and candy at first but the chemistry between them hasn't faded but has too much time passed?I really enjoyed this story even when I wanted to strangle both Jake and Molly at times. I am looking forward to Deans story very much!

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    The Choices I've Made: A By The Bay Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-3-8 18:0

    I loved everything about this book and frankly Ms. Berg is an author I no longer read a book's description before I click "buy". I respect the books she publishes and the stories she has for us. They are essential and always of the highest quality. That the story was breathtakingly attractive was just a bonus. Amazing Job! denise bailey

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    The Choices I've Made: A By The Bay Stand-Alone Novel review [Book]  2018-3-8 18:0

    I couldnt place this book down. Living on the outer banks, she does Ocracoke justice and it is a travel intime when you go there like so a lot of other locations in the outer banks. Cant wait for the next book.

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    The Great Alone: A Novel review [Book]  2018-2-6 18:0

    The residents of Kaneq, Alaska, don’t understand why Leni’s mother doesn’t tell someone, doesn’t leave, doesn’t accept help, why she doesn’t stop loving her abusive husband. Some don’t understand why Leni doesn’t leave her parents and escape to college. But I obtain it; I had a somewhat related experience. It takes years to grow past the fear of telling people that one of your parents is hurting the other or hurting you and your siblings. Hiding becomes ingrained. Your family closes its ranks and stands alone versus the world. There’s a wall that must not be breached. Your abuser must be protected and shielded. Your family pretends that the bruises and broken bones came from falling out of a tree, off your horse, or tumbling down and smashing into the wall at the bottom of the stairs. They pretend that your mom carefully rotating between hospitals is a normal fear of the evil social services workers. And when you’re brave enough to test to tell an adult your parent’s idea of punishment, they laugh and pretend that they think you are joking. And through the years, it feels normal to love and fear your parent at the same time, believing that they’re capable of killing you in an inevitable future where you will face them alone and unprotected.I couldn’t sleep latest night, and The Amazing Alone caught my eye as I was perusing Kindle books and nomming on a Skor bar hoping to feel sleep sneaking up on me. So quickly was I caught by this book that half my Skor bar still remains stranded on my bureau, abandoned when I nabbed my smartphone and snuck to my recliner without waking the significant other. The story was so enthralling that I devoured it in one extended sitting broken only by puppy potty e Amazing Alone is a chilling, emotionally wrenching roller coaster ride. Kristin Hannah has made characters that are believable and realistically populate her vision of a kid caught between a parent she loves and cannot abandon and a parent who claims to love her. In the midst of becoming a fighter capable of surviving her family, Alaska, hard choices, and the tragedies that rock her world, Leni discovers the real families that love ’s hard to write about this book and not contain spoilers, so I’ll stop here and just say that there is a lot of sorrow (ask my Kleenex box about it), growth, and even joy in The Amazing Alone. For all its pain, this tale is unforgettably uplifting. Highly recommended.

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    The Great Alone: A Novel review [Book]  2018-2-6 18:0

    I was a bit out of my usual comfort location as far as reading genres when I came to this book. When I was about 5 percent into the book I was loving it, but as I got just a small bit further I thought to myself, "if I wasn't committed to reading this for NetGalley, I'd move onto something else." However, after taking a deep breath and persevering with the book, I came away with a healthy admiration for this author's writing.I've held the lifelong belief that while reading books I've travelled all over the globe in my mind. For this reason, I do not feel at all like I've missed out due to my anemic private travel log. One of the bonuses I received from this book was the very special experience of living "off the grid" in 's the early 1970s, and 13 year old Lenora (Leni) Allbright is living with the stress and uncertainty of her parents' volatile marriage. Her father Ernt is a Vietnam POW, never quite the same upon his discharge from the Armed Forces. His sleep is often disturbed by flashbacks and he's unable to control his jealously where his beautiful and dedicated wife Cora is concerned. Leni has too often seen her father's hair trigger violence towards her mother, as well as Cora's willingness to forgive without consequences. Cora and Ernt fell in love quite young, culminating in unexpected pregnancy and a rushed, easy wedding. Cora came from wealth and her parents disapproved of the marriage, but her love for Ernt was steadfast. Even though Ernt didn't come home from the battle the same man, Cora stoically dealt with the rollercoaster moods from her husband. As Leni witnesses her parents riding the wild emotions of their marriage, their sexual passions still intact... she's a young teenager with a secret to be embarrassed about. Her father [email protected]#$%!s her en a life-changing decision is suddenly made: Ernt receives a letter from the father of a fellow POW- one who didn't create it home alive. His comrade willed him some land and a home in Alaska. Ernt views this opportunity as a lifeline; a put where he can live in solitude off the land. A put to begin anew. With hope and some trepidation, Cora agrees to leave their Seattle home along with Leni and Ernt for an unknown future in Alaska.When the Allbrights arrive in this remote strip of Alaska, it's quite unsettling just how "off the grid" this fresh life will be. There is no running water or electricity, and their modest cabin is littered with dead bugs. There is no bathroom; those needs are met by an outhouse. The only means of communication with their fellow cove inhabitants is by ham radio. They are also warned by the locals how easily one can die during the cruel Alaska winters. The Allbrights must learn how to hunt and fish, can foods, tend to livestock and chop firewood... just to name a few life-saving skills. During the heart of an Alaskan winter, there are barely 8 hours of light in the day. Talk about cabin fever! This was where I hit critical mass in the book and felt so claustrophobic and disturbed that I wished to place aside the nt at first thrives with the simplicity and physicality of working the land, but does not do well when the unrelenting winter hits. I won't obtain into the nuts and bolts of the story. Suffice it to say, and I quote Leni, her parents were in a "sick, twisted love that bound her parents together." There are characters that you will grow to love in this book, and one will absolutely turn your stomach. This is a story that is rich, atmospheric and fraught with amazing emotions. I came away from this book with utter respect and appreciation for the people who homestead in Alaska, with all its beauty and challenges. For all the hard physical work to survive there, they seem to love it and would have it no other ank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for the bonus of a amazing read.

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    The Great Alone: A Novel review [Book]  2018-2-6 18:0

    Set during the tumultuous 1970s, The Amazing Alone by Kristin Hannah is an incredibly compelling novel about a Vietnam vet who moves his family to the Alaskan bush in an effort defeat his war-related irteen year old Leni Allbright remembers nothing of the father she had before Ernt was drafted during the Vietnam War. Since his return, the family has frequently moved in an effort to outrun their troubles. She and her mother, Cora, are incredibly close and Cora implores her daughter to forgive her father and remember that he was not always like this. When Ernt receives a letter from his battle buddy Bo Harlan’s father Earl letting him know Bo wanted him to inherit his land, Ernt once again uproots his family to move to the desolate, yet attractive Alaskan bush. However, Ernt, Cora and Leni are completely unprepared for the harsh life in an unforgiving, isolated put where one mistake could prove fatal and life revolves around preparing for the upcoming winter. Fortunately for them, their fresh neighbors in the little city of Kaneq pitch in to support them learn the much required skills to survive in the bush, but will Ernt search the peace he is desperately seeking?Leni is a resourceful, smart young woman who loves her mother but distrusts her father. She finds it surprisingly simple to adapt to her fresh life in Alaska and despite the hard work and harsh weather, she loves their fresh home. Despite the positive changes Leni sees in her father, she has grave misgivings about the result winter will have on his tenuous stability and volatile behavior. When the long summer days end and the long, dark winter begins, Leni’s fears quickly come to fruition. Her pleas to her mother fall on deaf ears as Cora refuses to give up hoping that Ernt will turn back into the loving husband he was before the Vietnam Battle took such large toll on his e city of Kaneq is filled with quirky residents who have a lot of various reasons for choosing to eke out a life in such an isolated and unforgiving yet incredibly attractive and majestic state. Marge Birdsall is a gregarious woman who is larger than life and more than willing to support the Allbrights navigate life in the bush. Tom Walker is from a prosperous family with deep roots in the community and he is the first to support his fellow Alaskans in time of trouble. Tom’s son Matthew and Leni strike a close friendship that withstands heartache and tragedy but Ernt’s animosity for Tom does not bode well for their relationship. The Harlan guild eagerly welcome Ernt and his family into their fold but when Ernt’s paranoia grabs hold, will they continue to help his radical and risky ideas?The Amazing Alone is a magnificent novel that incorporates real life happenings into the storyline. The characters are well developed with real to life strengths and human frailties that create them simple to relate to. Narrated for the most part by Leni, her observations are insightful and due to her life experiences, she is very mature. Cora and Ernt are both incredibly frustrating characters but it is Cora that readers will have the most difficult time relating to as she stubbornly puts herself and her daughter into danger with her not good decisions. Never downplaying its dangers or its dramatic beauty, Kristin Hannah brings Alaska vibrantly and realistically to life. As someone who lived in Alaska for a number of years, I can assure readers that she has faithfully and brilliantly highlighted this raw and untamed state in all of its wondrous splendor. I highly recommend this captivating yet bittersweet story of resilience, kindness, joy and sorrow that is heartbreaking yet ultimately, uplifting.I received a complimentary copy for review.

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    The Great Alone: A Novel review [Book]  2018-2-6 18:0

    Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam battle a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s latest real frontier. Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a fresh land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a put to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown. At first, Alaska seems to be the respond to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they search a fiercely independent community of powerful men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals create up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources. But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their little cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the not good truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but Thoughts: I love the setting and the era in which the story begins. It takes me back to what was event in my life in the 1970s. The Vietnam War, protesters, Nixon and Watergate…and a feeling of a country divided. Not that various from the globe nt Allbright is the MC, who, along with his wife Cora and daughter Leni, hopes to search a fresh life in Alaska. Ernt’s experiences as a POW in Vietnam have left him with nightmares, flashbacks, and rage. A lot of rage.Long winters in Alaska bring out his worst emotions…what will happen to his family in the isolated “great alone”?Leni’s third person narrative kept me thoroughly engaged, and I felt such empathy for her experiences, having grown up in a family with domestic violence and rage. A family that relished its “outsider” status.Leni’s fear that her father would eventually slay her mother held me by the throat, as I watched the intensity grow. Her friendship with Matthew opens up the globe for her, but her father’s hatred of his family enhances the danger. Will Leni search a method to escape? What will need to happen before she can search the peace she craves?A attractive saga of an unpredictable wilderness and the people who brought a sense of belonging to Leni, The Amazing Alone: A Novel spanned decades, and left me feeling the beauty of the land and the people who had found their put there. 5 stars.

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    The Great Alone: A Novel review [Book]  2018-2-6 18:0

    I’ve been meaning to read Kristan Hannah for some time. She’s been highly recommended to me by several friends. I can see why after reading THE GREAT is book hit all the feels for me. And how could it not? A veteran, broken, struggling, suffering from PTSD and the darkness that lurks deep in his soul, threatening to take over. A woman who loves him too much to leave, who lives on hope and faith and in fear. A young girl caught in the middle, struggling to create sense of it all, while falling in love for the first e book is set in the 1970s in Alaska and its one of the things that first caught my attention, as I lived in Alaska during that time. Kristan Hannah took me on a sweet, unbelievable trip to the past. Reading THE GREAT ALONE took me back to the summer of endless days and dark, cold winters. Her descriptions of the Kenai Peninsula didn’t so much paint a picture for me, as it transported me across time and space. Once again I was a young girl picking the largest and sweetest blueberries I’d ever had. And yes, those mosquitoes! The Alaskan state bird. ☺But it was more than the trip down memory lane that drew me in; it was the attractive writing, and the touching story of this dysfunctional family. While I wanted to rant and yell at Cora for staying with an abusive husband, my heart ached for her struggle. How do you give up on someone you love? For those of us lucky enough to never have experienced this kind of relationship, it might be hard to understand that walking away is not an simple option. However, the author did a unbelievable job of not only showing Cora’s struggle with her faith that things with obtain better versus her fear of staying and of for Ernt Allbright, I’m not sure there ever was a time he was good, happy, and “normal.” And while it was simple to hate him, we could see that he wasn’t all bad. He really struck me as a person who struggled with more than just PTSD. There seemed to be traces of bipolarism and definitely narcissistic personality disorder. Through Leni and Cora’s eyes we saw there was love fighting the darkness. Sadly, it didn’t e story is told mostly through Leni’s young eyes. We experience her own struggle to fit in, to adapt, and the heartbreak that comes with finding out your heroes are flawed. Despite the dysfunctional dynamics in this family, Leni is devoted to her mom and it’s this relationship that gives the two women the strength to hold going and to test to create this fresh life istan Hannah has written a beautiful, emotional story that is also devastatingly sad, yet full of hope. Her characters are complex, flawed and real. Her descriptions are full and vivid. This might have been my first Kristan Hannah book, but it will not be my latest and I have no doubt THE GREAT ALONE will stay with me. A lot of thanks to St. Martin’s Press for advanced copy.

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    The Great Alone: A Novel review [Book]  2018-2-6 18:0

    After having read five of Kristin Hannah's novels, I expected her most latest publication, The Amazing Alone, to be emotionally massive and beautifully written; it is most certainly both of those, yet I am left feeling rather the first half of the novel, those of us who have no knowledge of the history of Alaskan homesteaders are in for vividly explicit descriptions of the extreme winter conditions and endless summer days. Hannah does an wonderful job of harnessing her own private memories of Alaskan adventures and translating them into a captivating narrative, full of characters with potential for development."They lived on a piece of land that couldn’t be accessed by water at low tide, on a peninsula with only a handful of people and hundreds of wild animals, in a climate harsh enough to slay you. There was no police station, no telephone service, no one to hear you scream. For the first time, she really understood what her dad had been saying. Remote."By the half method mark, I began to create some predictions (several of which materialized by the end) and feel a small less enchanted with the Alaskan wilderness and the ongoing domestic violence; much of this is due to a transference of private beliefs/challenges on this topic, so readers should be aware of this trigger."Yelling was like a bomb in the corner; you saw it, watched the fuse burn, and you knew when it would explode and you required to run for cover. Not speaking was a assassin somewhere in your house with a gun when you were sleeping."This novel is dense: not only in page count, but also in characters, narrative and possibilities. There were times, while reading, when I could not imagine how this story would draw to a close; I sent a message, after completing the novel, to mates to say that I thought the 76% tag (I read an electronic copy) would have been the excellent opportunity for a conclusion.While there were elements about this novel that I enjoyed - the descriptive writing, the setting, most of the characters the dynamics of their relationships - I would have traded some of the extended story in the latest few chapters for a small more hero development and of Hannah's previous work will be happy with The Amazing Alone and I have already read several favorable reviews; it's not The Nightingale, but it's not supposed to be.

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    The Great Alone: A Novel review [Book]  2018-2-6 18:0

    This is the story of a young family, a Vietnam veteran and POW, his dreamer wife, and their practical kid Leni. When Leni’s father inherits land up in Alaska, his father views it as a new begin for the family. Before she knows it, they are on their method to Alaska in their fresh VW bus.Leni falls in love with the beauty of their small community and the unbelievable people living there, but when the dark winters start to press in, she sees a change in her father, and not a amazing one. Was moving here a not good mistake?For fans of Kristin Hannah, it’s been a long wait for a fresh book. After the intense popularity of The Nightingale, the next book was more anticipated. The Amazing Alone was absolutely worth the wait. Filled with hope, love, pain, and fear, this book grips you from the first page, and doesn’t allow go. I couldn’t place this book down and found myself reading method past my is book covers some very necessary topics: abuse, PTSD, and the method they affect more than just the victim. This story shows exactly how far out the effects reach. Lives are forever changed, and in the 1970’s, the laws and knowledge were definitely not up to where they required to be. Thankfully, times have changes and I hope a lot of this wouldn’t be able to happen now days.I found this incredibly well written, as all Kristin Hannah books are. The writing was vivid and well detailed. I could hear the water, see the mountains and lakes, feel the fear and pain, the love and joy. I felt as if I was truly there, fighting the winters and waiting for spring.I loved these characters. Leni was powerful and really smart, Matthew was loyal and caring, Mama was really trying the best she could, and I had love how protective Mr. Walker and Huge Marge were. The method everyone came together in this unbelievable community was heartwarming and is book was unbelievable from the first page to the very last; I loved every second of it. I would recommend this book to anyone. *I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

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    The Great Alone: A Novel review [Book]  2018-2-6 18:0

    I was totally immersed in Hannah's novel right from the start. A superb story of a young girl's childhood with two broken, dysfunctional parents played out in the depths of Alaska in the early 1970's.Leni Allbright is thirteen when her ex Vietnam Vet POW father decides to take them to heart bleeds for the whole family caught in the vortex of the hurt that battle plays on the survivors--if the emotional and mental anguish can even be called that. As Leni so eloquently and sadly states, 'One thing every kid of a POW knew was how easily people could be broken. Leni still wore the shiny silver POW bracelet in memory of a captain who hadn’t come home to his family.'Leni and her mother Cora are swept up into Ernt's recent grand plan. They will go to Alaska to take up the offer of a property in what surely must be the 'last frontier'--the wilderness of the far north where survival is not guaranteed and where life is a continual effort to stock up for the long winters broken by the vast awesome summers. The palate Hannah employs to paint the landscape is mesmerizing. The human state she portrays is relentless and stark, compassionate and revealing all at once. Ernt, Cora and Leni will come face to face with their own strengths and failings and the leaching away of Ernt's self control.Leni is forged into a person who is 'Alaska -tough'.The portrayal of the locals, a mixed bag of people, from the off-grid survivalists, to those who have been challenged by and met the demanding method of life, to those who have just plain fallen in love with this untamed wilderness, all ring true.A mesmerizing novel of survival, loss and harsh truths. The story surrounds you and absorbs you. It displays a raw and strong story force that has the pull of legend. A tale that eats into your heart and gives pause for reflection on a multiple of levels. To my mind the title, The Amazing Alone, plays on both the mental states of the central players and the challenge of the vastness and wildness of Alaska.A NetGalley ARC

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    The Great Alone: A Novel review [Book]  2018-2-6 18:0

    The Amazing Alone by Kristin HannahHave read other works by this author and have learned so much from them, looking forward to more of the same with this is one starts out with Leni and she's a teen and they are moving again. Her dad keeps losing his job, drinks a lot and beats up her mother then when he comes out of his PTSD he ey end up in Alaska, a cabin from one of his Nam buddies and they are welcomed into the community. What I like the best is how others support take care of them and prepare them for the winter months.Leni is able to go to school then come home to do chores-she also is into photography. Her school buddy Matthew shows an interest in her and her in him. They are able to spend some time not at school but her dad doesn't like the method Matthew's father pays attention to his wife, Cora.He has blowups and takes things out on his wife still. Love hearing of all their struggles and how they are able to create it all work. As Leni gets older she's able to learn more and experience more in nature to support hold them alive and much to this story, locations, colors, love all the nature, very detailed descriptions of the zone and problems surrounding the community, Northern Lights, school where this story goes and glad things went in the direction they did and how things go full circle. So much to look forward to. Love hearing the connection she has with him over the years and waits for his words to reach her-they are both so can always go home and you don't have to be how this story came about from true experiences. Went through so a lot of emotions as I read this book, had a hard time putting it down to create dinner.I received this review book from St. Martin's Press via Net Galley and this is my honest review.

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    The Great Alone: A Novel review [Book]  2018-2-6 18:0

    “This state, this place, is like no other. It is beauty and horror; savior, and destroyer. Here, where survival is a choice that must be created over and over., in the wildest put in America, on the edge of civilization, where water in all its forms can slay you, you learn who you are.” --LeniThe Amazing Alone is a truly mesmerizing tale of life in Alaska for Leni Allbright and her family. Leni is a young girl of 13 when her flighty, dependent mom, Cora, and her dad, Ernt, move to Alaska in 1974. Ernt suffers from post traumatic stress due to his time spent in a POW camp in Vietnam. As a result, he uproots their life e idea of life in Alaska begins when Ernt inherits a piece of land and a cabin in the wilds of Alaska from an old Vietnam buddy, Bo Harlan. The reality sets in when they depart on a 2400 mile journey to Kaneq, a little city on the Kenai Peninsula, in a beat up VW bus. The harsh realities of life in Alaska soon unfold and the Allbright family struggle to survive; not only from exterior hazards, but also from those lurking within the walls of their own is novel depicts the trials and hardships of life in Alaska for people unaccustomed to and unprepared for a life in the wilderness. The themes of survival, courage, and domestic abuse run throughout the story. The characters are vibrantly alive and dynamic. This book is hands down one of the best books I have read this year. A dark and riveting story that you will not wish to place down!This ARC copy was received from St. Martin’s Press and in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own

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    Animus - Stand Alone review [App]  2018-3-16 13:0

    I am stuck at a point in the android game due to a pink screen bug. Please fix. I am loving the android game so far.

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    Animus - Stand Alone review [App]  2018-3-16 13:0

    An absolute masterpiece! This and Ire Blood Memory are the best android games EVER. Works unbelievable on my Galaxy S7.

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    Animus - Stand Alone review [App]  2018-3-16 13:0

    This android game has one of the best atmosphere any android game could have.

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    Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:0

    Major Ernest Pettigrew is a lot of things: retired from Her Majesty’s Army; a somewhat reclusive widower; proud son of decorated Col. Pettigrew who served in colonial India; an only surviving son – having just lost his brother Bertie; and resident of a little coastal village that is steeped in traditional social layering and far from the pace and progressive nature of London where the Major’s son, Roger, leads a very various life. Ernest’s life is about to change, challenging his assumptions about his rightful put in genteel country society and the society itself, about his presumption of primogenitor rights, about the rigid cultural notions standing between him and the lovely Pakistani widow tea peddler whom he unexpectedly discovers to be a kindred soul, and the generational chasm between his son and the Major’s paternal expectations. At center, Major Pettigrew is a amazing soul, despite his very contained tradition bound demeanor. Through his challenges, Simonson leads us through frustration, shock, anger, ample humor, and at times an almost overwhelming desire to shake the living daylights out of some of these characters to support them see their own folly. I loved this book!

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    Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:0

    This is a completely delightful and entertaining novel entailing the life of Major Ernest Pettigrew (Ret.) as he navigates the globe around him. He is a staunch Brit who believes in family (he certainly does his best!), country (he spent a lot of years in Her Majesty's Service), amazing books (leather bound classics) and old friends. As the story progresses, he discovers his son has become someone he doesn't really recognize or approve of, he sees his mates as the arrogant, prejudiced people they are, he sees his city under attack by an aggressive developer and he discovers a fresh friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, a Pakistani shopkeeper. Throughout all of this, Major Pettigrew charges on with a marvelous dry wit, feels shame for those that are involved in belittling or being prejudicial, tries to be a peacemaker, tries to mentor younger men, knows when to laugh at himself, reaches out across multicultural lines and initiates relationships and desperately seeks to fall in love again. This is a unbelievable book!!

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    Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:0

    I would give this book 4 1/2 stars if possible. As other reviewers said, the story is a small slow going, but certainly lays the groundwork for the main characters and their lives in a little English village. I had the privilege of living in England for three years in the mid-1970s, and this book brought back so a lot of memories of the people and nearby villages. I'm sure a lot of things have changed since then, but the overall feeling of "being and acting English" shown by the characters seemed very true to me. The Major is going through a private crisis after losing his only sibling, even though they hadn't been very close. If you've ever lost a parent or sibling, you know that grief hits you at odd times and in ways you can't predict, so his feelings of suddenly being lost in his ordered life hit very close to home. And we saw the inderlying prejudice versus East Indians and Pakistanis in the '70s in how they were referred to. The village life and social hierarchy was very familiar, too. I remember a church fete one Sunday afternoon where the vicar's wife was very much in charge. This was a huge change from my more latest reading of sci-fi and fantasy, but i thoroughly enjoyed the slower pace as the characters developed and changed, even Roger. I've known more than one "young buck" who deviated greatly from his parents' ideas and values (isn't that what kids do when they are finding themselves?) and who eventually realized that their core values were beautiful closely similar to that of their parents. I would highly recommend this book if you don't mind reading a story that takes a small time and effort to develop. I'd say it's well worth your time and effort.

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    Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:0

    Major Ernest Pettigrew is a widower who loses his younger brother. In his grief and shock, he is befriended by Mrs. Ali, a Pakistani shopkeeper. An unlikely romance develops, much to the dismay and disapproval of both her family and the villagers who push a local woman into his path. Charming and sweet, the slow build of their attraction is the highlight of the book. There are intriguing issues along the way, but watching the crusty major prepare for an outing with Mrs. Ali, or worry about the weather for his impending date was delightful. The problem I had was with the assorted side players, there were too a lot of of them, from her unhappy nephew, the major's sister-in-law, niece, and his son. complicated too, by a war over inheritance created for distractions from the tender love story. I could have read about the courtship of the major and Mrs. Ali and been well satisfied.

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    Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:0

    This is the author's first novel, and she does a amazing job of painting a little English village in current times. Major Pettigrew is despondent over the loss of his wife, and then his brother. Life doesn't seem to keep out much more for him. Then he meets the Pakistani widow who runs a local shop. The two fall in love, but obstacles contains the families on both sides (who are all prejudiced in their own way), as well as the village's disapproval of a "mixed race" marriage. The book holds some amazing insights and ironies about their situation. Luckily, life comes to a satisfied conclusion. Well done!

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    Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:0

    The basic reader changes at Chapter 15. This was very disappointing and changes the tone and feel of the story. I was quite involved with the reader of Major Pettigrew for the first 14 chapters - he was excellent as an older British Major - the excellent delivery of all that is old-school British... such a let-down. I choose my audible books based on the reading sample - this should’ve been created known.

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    Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:0

    I admit that I am a speed reader, racing thru novels at a voracious pace. Then I discovered Major Pettigrew and the globe slowed. I savored every descriptive paragraph, every page, every person and every plot twist and turn. I only read it during my half hour lunch period, refusing to rush thru it at home later. I looked forward to it every day, and angsted over its inevitable conclusion. The different faces of humanity on display with the cold social mores of the time were exceptionally well done.

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    Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:0

    I read Simonson's second novel, The Summer Before The Battle and loved it. As a effect wanted to read this one as well as I think she's a terrific writer. I'm glad I read Summer before Pettigrew, as I'm not sure I would have sought Summer out after reading this one. It's amazing and the characters interesting, but I thought it was somewhat repetitive and drawn out. Also, unlike Summer, which held a surprise at the end and moved along at a quicker pace,,this was beautiful predictable and I just wanted it to end. While I really didn't wish Summer to end as I loved living among the characters. I know it was acclaimed as a first novel, but the second is a champion and I'll bet the third will be even better. I look forward to it.

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    Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:0

    Interesting characters. An abundance of dry humor. Engaging story line. Fun. I found the story charming; irritating at times, but then twisting back on itself in a pleasant manner.

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    Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel review [Book]  2018-3-13 18:0

    This is a charming story set in the little Sussex country city of Edgecombe St. Mary, and revolves around the eponymous major and Jasmina Ali. He is retired from the British Troops and is a former schoolteacher, she is a British-born Pakistani shopkeeper. Both lost their spouses in latest years and are trying to cope with the grief from that and with all the other grief that modern life throws at each of us. On top of that, there is a broad layer of comedy and petty manners that afflict and harass English village life, as they always have. There is a curiously cinematic quality to this book. Scenes are sparingly but very vividly described, and after one stage closes you feel you have seen it in a film. The dialogue is very finely etched and every utterance is as freighted with nuance, social meaning and the chance of kindness or meanness as any dialogue in a Jane Austen drawing room. The two main characters are drawn together by their unhealed grief for their lost spouses, by their intelligence and love of books, and most of all by their devotion to high standards of civility and innate e subtle and unsubtle ways the young miniaturize and marginalize the old is a broad secondary theme, represented by Pettigrew's son and Ali's extended family. They are watched sharply for signs of confusion or incompetence, and every moment of nostalgic reflection is seen as possible evidence of decline or dementia, and so on. The sly humor of Kingsley Amis is afoot here, along with delicious dollops of William Boyd and even at times P.G. Wodehouse. Repulsive characters afflict the character and heroine in unpleasant and ludicrous situations, all told in a soothing deadpan narrative that enhances the broadly comical effect. All the petty conventions and strictures of village life are explored and skewered mercilessly, until the reader cringes with sympathetic suffering for the main characters' social dissection from the little sharp knives of little city neighbors, oppressive gossip and polite convention. I thought the dramatic and comical climaxes of the book were a bit rushed and formulaic, but all in all the storytelling proceeds at a lovely pace and is very satisfying. A amazing deal of tea is drunk in this book, gallons of it, and much is created of the social and sensual drinking of tea, but this book is a bold a fragrant brew of stimulating goodness and is not to be missed for its lively, compassionate and smart portrait of two deeply conventional people struggling for happiness and versus oppressive convention.

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    InsCash - Cash Back for Instagram Followers, Likes review [App]  2017-11-28 13:9

    Dope!

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    Back Blast (A Gray Man Novel Book 5) review [Book]  2018-3-24 18:0

    In some of my other reviews, I generally reveal a bit about the books I'm reading. For the benefit of the reader, I'm going to be quite a bit more vague with "Back Blast". For Gray Man fans, fans of the genre, or for those that are perhaps discovering the series for the first time - this book deserves to be explored on its own, untainted by even a tip of plot creating "The Gray Man" series, Tag Greaney gave readers of the espionage and political/military thriller genre something special. The magic ingredients, so to speak, in the Gray Man series aren't a character name that you'd never hear outside of a fiction novel, or super-secret organizations run by either maniacal billionaires or heads of state bent on globe domination. Or, even worse, the recent "Middle East terrorist have evil plot to destroy the world, slay the President, etc." The genre is completely polluted with this kind of "fiction", for all the wrong reasons. What makes the Gray Man unique is that, to most people, he's just some guy with a somewhat complicated past, looking for answers. And, yet again, unlike most characters in the genre, he's not running from the Illuminati only to come back with some brilliant scheme at the end of the book and save the world. While he's certainly fighting to survive, Court Gentry is constantly running *toward* his enemies, sometimes with a plan, sometimes completely winging it. And the Gray Man doesn't always win. What he does do, however, is live to war another day. And every day gets him closer to the truth.Until the arrival of "Back Blast", the reader is generally kept in a state of suspense about who burned Court Gentry and why. This is trademark Greaney - he created us wait for 5.5 years and four books just to search out what happened in Kiev. And the payoff, so to speak, was totally worth it. In "Back Blast", all old scores are finally settled as Gentry finds out the truth about what happened to him. Was the wait worth 7 years and 5 novels? The respond is a resounding yes. And here's why:All of Greaney's "Gray Man" novels, until now, have had a savage intensity and a writing style that is lean, sparse and to the point. "Back Blast" is, in a sense, much more complex than his other books. There is much more of an emotional quotient to the writing, rather than the raw, in your face action we're used to seeing from the Gray Man (though, without exception, there is plenty of action in Back Blast as well), and there is a longer story line with a much greater level of detail. The reader is also exposed to dimensions of Court Gentry that they haven't encountered before. For those who have read the first four books, we know that Court is something of an anti-hero. And as tough and menacing as the Gray Man is, "Back Blast" reveals a very human and very vulnerable side to Court Gentry, something perhaps not seen since "Ballistic", and something that Greaney clearly paid attention to in this book. It's an investment that pays off. Inevitably, as Court finds the answers he's been looking for, the reader gets to discover Court Gentry for what he ultimately is: a flawed human being, like the rest of us, but ultimately a amazing person who is ready to face his demons, just wants answers and will either obtain them or obtain killed in the process. The story unfolds at a pace all its own, and as the "a-ha" moment is finally revealed, the reader is left with a sense of satisfaction, and a clear promise of more to me of the characters in "Back Blast" will be familiar. Some characters are new, and their development ranges from superficial to deep and complex. Greaney has a knack for not only bringing back the right characters at the right time, but giving characters that previously held little supporting roles, so to speak, a much bigger casting in subsequent novels: their possibility to shine in the spotlight and formulate subplots all their own. Most authors shy away from this, for a very easy reason: if done poorly, it ruins the book. Other than Lee Child's "Jack Reacher", Greaney is perhaps the only author in the genre who can interchange characters at will and not rely on massive recycling for continuity. The magic of the Gray Man series is that the books can be read out of order, and "Back Blast" is no exception. You can pick up the book without having read the previous novels, and it's still incredibly enjoyable. And as the characters and subplots twist and turn, the whole thing "just works". The pace and action don't feel pushed, or artificial. You search yourself yearning to turn another page and at the same time wish to go back to read a piece that stood out to create sure you didn't miss anything. As opposed to the previous books, there are multiple actors with multiple agendas, some that fully develop during this novel, and end one method or another, and some that set a tantalizing scene for the inevitable Gray Man book number six.With Gray Man 1-4, Greaney introduced us to a hero that is, in a sense, a wounded animal trying to survive through a series of heroic actions. In "Back Blast", the monster truly becomes cerebral, savvy, and tactical. The prey becomes the predator, and the hunters become the hunted. And in the end, perhaps the Gray Man finally gets the closure and vindication he's looking for. Or does he? You'll have to read the book to search out. As far as I'm concerned, this is the apex of Greaney's writing - a real 5 star novel that will be incredibly difficult to top.

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    Back Blast (A Gray Man Novel Book 5) review [Book]  2018-3-24 18:0

    I found the book overly long. The action was not believable with method too a lot of trick shots which were meant only to disable.And the premise which practically called for the overthrow of all intelligence agencies was simply insufficiently compelling. The wrong agent was killed,but amidst the carnage this seems trivial. I was bothered by some errors such as where at page 187 it is written that,"Too poor he would never see her again."Yet on page 229 he is having a conversation with her. After a huge shootout where 3 armed robbers were shot in the course of a robbery a supposedly experienced detective calls it a powerful armed robbery which is a robbery w/o guns.

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    Back Blast (A Gray Man Novel Book 5) review [Book]  2018-3-24 18:0

    I have read and enjoyed this entire series and there is no question that Tag Greaney is a terrific thriller writer—however, this book is a major e premise is that Court Gentry, who has been on the run from the CIA for years, has finally returned to U.S. soil to test and clear his name. This has been building of course for the entire series, and I was looking forward to reading Back Blast to obtain all the answers about why Gentry had been targeted by the ree things bothered me about this book:It’s length—at 500-plus pages there is method too much nonsensical filler that completely derailed the pace and flow. If the story had been 100 pages shorter then the writing would have been much stronger and more e action bordered on absurdity. In fairness it’s what you expect from a series in which the main hero is on the run from CIA killers in every book—but the method he evades his pursuers has become more and more ridiculous. In the past it’s been intelligent and the violence was in clever, tech-savvy ways. In Back Blast it did nothing but frustrate e latest and largest issue I have with the book is the actual respond as to why Gentry has been on the run all these years. I won’t reveal any spoilers, but suffice it to say the motivations and actions of the people pursuing Gentry and the final resolution were major letdowns after all the time invested in reading this series.I feel like most longtime fans of the series will wish to read it anyway—and I’ll definitely read the next installment because I am a huge fan of Tag Greaney—but I don’t think I would recommend Back Blast to anyone. Instead I would suggest the earlier books in the series. They’re much, much better.---I received a free digital edition from Penguin Random House First to Read in exchange for a honest/unbiased review.

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    Back Blast (A Gray Man Novel Book 5) review [Book]  2018-3-24 18:0

    Wow! I'm fresh to the Gray Man series and just finished reading all 5 books back to back. I am an avid reader of Thor, Flynn(Mills), Ben Coes, Marc Cameron and a lot of a lot of others in this genre. This author and series is by far the BEST. The action is non-stop at a break neck pace. The Gray Man, Court Gentry, is a "good guy" in a globe where he is constantly up versus nothing but bad. He's has been on the run from the CIA for 5 years, due to the "shoot on site" order the Director of NCS gets signed by the President. The thing is, he really DOES NOT know what he did to obtain into this situation. He followed orders, did his job well, actually was the best employee anyone could ask for. His reward? To have his own squad at the CIA sent to terminate him. So, he runs for his life, and in the process becomes the "Gray Man". Court's skills create him the best, highly paid killer in the business. He works all over the world, and along the way, he makes enemies, like the CIA, who wish to slay , he has opponents everywhere and he is constantly hiding, watching over his shoulder and can never rest.What makes him so special? He not only is the best killer in the world, he also only takes on jobs where he knows he is ridding the globe of truly poor people. He does the right thing. Even through 5 years of hell, hiding out in 3rd globe countries from everyone who's after him, he remains fiercely loyal to the United States. He is a patriot and really wants nothing more than to go "home" to the US AND to obtain answers as to why the CIA wants him dead. In this, the 5th book in the Gray Man series, he finally gets those ese books are so well written, the ideas that Tag Greaney come up, both that obtain Gentry into trouble, and the method he gets himself out, with are beyond heat pounding. Waiting for the next phase of what Court Gentry's life becomes is going to be like torture to this fan. Although, there is one thing that will create waiting for the next book bearable, the fresh book will be released on Feb. 21, 2017, my next birthday.

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    Back Blast (A Gray Man Novel Book 5) review [Book]  2018-3-24 18:0

    As the Director of Clandestine Services, Denny Carmichael is “the top spy at CIA.” He’s also the most strong person in the agency, more strong than his boss, or for that matter, anyone else in the intelligence community. That power gives him the ability to pursue his own intelligence agenda without worrying about the laws that should constrain his urt Gentry, a former asset who has been given the ridiculous code name “Violator” and the slightly less ridiculous nickname “Gray Man,” has an understandable grudge versus Carmichael. For years, the CIA has tried to slay him. Now he’s back in the United States to search out why.Everyone is petrified because they fear this “one man killing machine” is probably targeting Carmichael. Despite their panic, the CIA don’t wish to bring in the FBI or any of the thousands of the law enforcement agents who can legally act within the nation’s borders. But the CIA does bring in a dozen elite members of the military, allegedly with presidential authorization to engage in domestic law enforcement, because the Violator is a true [email protected]#$%. Unbeknownst to the rest of the intelligence community, Carmichael wants Gentry to be killed rather than captured, and so he covertly arranges for Saudi intelligence agents to go on a search-and-kill mission in downtown D.C. to terminate Gentry. It seems like Carmichael is the one who should be called the Violator, given all the laws he violates in the name of protecting the CIA (and his own career).The setup to Back Blast is so preposterous that I feared I would be unable to suspend my disbelief and have fun the story. That fear lasted about ten minutes. Preposterous setup or not, the novel is captivating. Carmichael wants Gentry dead, Gentry wants to know why, and the reader hangs in the middle, wondering what’s going on while watching the body count ill, when Gentry parachutes onto a roof, knocks out one guard with an uppercut, forces another to drop his weapon by shooting him in the arm, and uses his suppressed .22 handgun to shoot a gun out of a third guard’s hand, all while nursing a rib injury, I had to guffaw. The stage would be amazing in a movie, but a novel gives the reader a possibility to reflect upon how implausible Gentry’s heroics become. Gentry can hit any target while aiming on the fly, but squads of professional shooters can’t manage to hit Gentry. Seriously?The story mixes ordinary action scenes with a few that are more creative (I particularly liked one that takes put inside a McDonalds). Key characters contain a crime beat reporter and a national security reporter who start to connect the threads of all the D.C. killings, a CIA analyst whose job is to assess domestic threats versus the CIA, and a CIA killer who wants a possibility to take out Gentry despite his belief that Gentry is the amazing guy. None of the characters are deep but they are deep enough to carry an action e ending neatly resolves the mystery that plagues Gentry through the course of the novel. The ending is marred by the wholly wonderful notion that a Washington Post reporter would decline to write a story about the heavy crimes that Carmichael commits, including multiple domestic murders, because telling the truth might “harm the CIA.” Seriously? As if concealing the truth about governmental misconduct doesn’t hurt the nation? Reporters know that democracies depend on citizens knowing the truth about crimes committed by their government. Back Blast’s suggestion that a respected reporter would decline to report a Pulitzer-worthy story is beyond fantasy. Still, despite the number of times I had difficulty suspending my disbelief, Back Blast is a ton of fun and it earns my recommendation on that basis.

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    Back Blast (A Gray Man Novel Book 5) review [Book]  2018-3-24 18:0

    Book five in The Gray Man series will respond those nagging questions fans have had throughout the series about why Courtland Gentry has been on the SOS (shoot on sight) list for the CIA for the latest five years. An American operative with the CIA, you just couldn't support but wonder what it was that Gentry had done that created all his handlers and his squad members turn versus him. All through the first four books there have been little hints, but in this one author Tag Greaney recreates, through flash backs, the actual mission that got Gentry into problem with his bosses.If you are looking for a spy-thriller-espionage-action adventure, this will be just your ticket. If you expect only killer confrontations that can be imagined as fully factual.......don't even think about reading this book. It is, after all, fiction with amazing leeway given to the author's imagination. Greaney has made a globe of action and he gives readers a heaping helping of it in all his novels, never more so than in his Gray Man series. Can and does this kind of thing happen in true life? Gosh, I hope not, but is it ever fun to read about in fiction. I stayed up waaaay past my bedtime in order to finish this book and I don't begrudge one second of the is entry in the series is longer than the previous books, probably because we are given so much more insight into the person Court Gentry is. Layers of his past are revealed which lead to a more complete understanding of why he is so very amazing at the set of skills important to hold him alive in the hostile globe he lives in. Court has to deal with members of the international intelligence community who say one thing but most likely mean something entirely different. Who to trust? How much to believe? The twists and turns, plots and counter-plots come thick and quick in this novel and you sometimes search yourself wondering if there are any amazing people left in the intelligence community. I know from reading material I've found about this author that he does meticulous research into the locations and resources his characters use. Some of the weapons I can barely comprehend even existing but if they are available to be used in a fiction novel you can bet even more wonderful stuff are being tested and used by those with a "need to know" is was a totally absorbing reading experience for me and I'm very glad to see by the method it ended that this will not be the latest Gray Man novel. I like that it is so action filled, even if I also know some of the action might be just a tad on the wonderful side. Who cares? If you wish to read an action thriller, give this series a try. There is one final plot twist at the end that took me totally by surprise. I like that an author is so talented that he can fool me like that. You don't have to start here with the fifth book, but if you choose to do so, you will be given everything you need to understand this hero and what makes him , Mr. Greaney, how long until book six?I received an ARC of this novel through the publisher.

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    Back Blast (A Gray Man Novel Book 5) review [Book]  2018-3-24 18:0

    Back Blast by Tag Greaney is a action-packed, pulse pounding adventure starring ex-CIA black ops operative Court Gentry. In this sixth installment of The Gray Man series, Court returns to the United States to search out why a “shoot on sight” order was issued for him five years earlier.On the run for the past five years, Court just wants to come home. In order to create that happen, he has to search out why the director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, Denny Carmichael, issued the order. Relying on his finely honed instincts and exceptional ability to blend in anywhere, Court reaches out to a few of his former squad members in hopes of learning answers while at the same time evading Carmichael’s official (and unofficial) squad of highly skilled hit urt has been living on the run and doing freelance work ever since he was “burned” by the CIA. With the support of a grateful Israeli agent, he managed to slip back into DC undetected where he then methodically sets up a safe location and begins procuring the stuff important to start his find for answers. Most of his former associates are either deceased or unwilling to help him but CI Director of Unique Activities Division, Matthew Hanley does support fill the missing puzzle pieces for Court. Although adversaries for much of the novel, a couple of his former squad members eventually realize the accusations versus him are out of hero and they provide him with tactical urt’s largest foe is the all strong Denny Carmichael. Willing to go to any lengths to ensure that Court is not taken alive, Denny takes full advantage of his position as he manipulates his underlings into doing his dirty work. He also carefully spins the happenings to point to Court as the mastermind of heinous plot which effectively puts Court in the crosshairs of every agency possible. While not everyone blindly follows his directives, Denny effectively keeps the people working for him in dark by evoking “national security” whenever anyone dares to question him about inconsistencies in the unfolding happenings or his motives for hunting urt is clever and for a amazing part of the novel, he is one step ahead of Denny and the task force that is hunting for him. He is inventive and makes full use of his previous training to remain out of sight but his frustration grows as he continues running into dead ends. He is the first to admit he is not an investigator, but his experience as an operative and his analytical mind aid him as he tries to figure out what steps to take to obtain to the bottom of the shoot on sight order. Despite his profession, Court is a amazing guy who tries to minimize collateral hurt to the best of his ability and it does not take long for questions to arise when he becomes the fall guy for several murders. With a handful of allies now on his side, Court learns the truth behind the order, but will this newfound knowledge destroy him?With exciting, over the top feats and non-stop action, Back Blast by Tag Greaney is a riveting political thriller that is impossible to place down. The storyline is well-executed with plenty of twists and turns that will hold readers guessing whether or not amazing will triumph over evil until the novel’s dramatic conclusion. An entertaining, high-octane thrill ride that will appeal to fans of the genre, this fifth installment in The Gray Man series can easily be read as a standalone.

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    Back Blast (A Gray Man Novel Book 5) review [Book]  2018-3-24 18:0

    What A Blast!By Bob Gelms Tag Greaney’s Back Blast is a go-for-broke wild ride that any fan of thrillers and/or espionage will just love. Mr. Greaney is a very successful writer of this genre and has, in fact, co-written quite a few of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan novels. He is very amazing at what he does. The book features the infamous Grey Man. It is the fifth book in the series and the book that clears up all of the mystery behind the Grey Man himself. Courtland Gentry was the CIA’s best spy. There are black-ops spy groups in the government and Gentry’s group work in their shadow. He worked for the most secret group in the CIA. There are only a handful of people who even knew they exist. Five years ago Court had a "shoot to slay on sight” order levied versus him. He didn’t know why but in the process of the order being carried out he killed most of the members of his own group who were actually sent to eliminate him. That was the birth of the enigmatic Grey Man and he has been on the run and looking over his shoulder ever since. He has been taking intelligence jobs to create ends meet and the occasional assassination was not beyond his ken. The mystery has lasted through four Grey Man novels. It is the first one I have read and I can attest that you don’t need to read the previous four to obtain what is going on. Mr. Greaney catches you up very smartly without having to rely on countless flashbacks to do so. Gentry decides he has had enough of running so he sneaks back into the USA. He has been living all over the globe and that has become cumbersome. He is back in Washington DC to search out why the CIA is trying to slay him. Along the method he meets very nice people who turn out to be deadly opponents and he meets very poor people who test to support him. We are kept on our toes. Court Gentry is the best spy in the history of the CIA and that makes him exceedingly risky and hard to catch. Nevertheless, he IS almost caught a few times and barely escapes but not without a bunch of scrapes and bruises and a bullet wound. There is an all-out effort to end his life which is an endless source of confusion for him. What the heck did he do to force this action by the CIA? Well, one respond is that he is to be killed to protect a secret that could bring down the CIA and maybe the Administration with it. Court really doesn’t know and it’s a blast (excuse me) watching him trying to search out and stay alive at the same time. He does search out in a method that could be considered treasonous but there are men in the government (and a woman as well) who are in it up to their eyeballs. The next huge question is what to do with the information. The respond to that is clever and something that could happen in true life.I love the Tom Clancy Jack Ryan novels and Back Blast, a non Jack Ryan novel, does not disappoint one small bit. Just when Court thinks he is in the clear and all is well, Mr. Greaney throws a true twisteroo at the reader right at the end of the book. There will be another Grey Man novel in the future but all the poor guys have completely camouflaged themselves. Court Gentry is not out of the woods just yet. I should allow you know that I read the e-book as an advanced copy sent to me by the publisher. Back Blast will be published and available in bookstores on February 12th. Go wait in line. It will be well worth the wait.

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    Back Blast (A Gray Man Novel Book 5) review [Book]  2018-3-24 18:0

    Tag Greaney is well-known to readers of military and political suspense novels, as he has written or co-written several Jack Ryan books. On his own, his Gray Man series has also graced best-seller lists. Back Blast, the newest Gray Man novel, finds Court Gentry once again fleeing from his CIA cohorts, who have place a shoot-on-sight order on him. Of course, nothing is as easy as it might ry has returned to the belly of the beast, stalking CIA targets in the nation's capital, hoping to search answers to the question: Why is he a target? Of course, he is smarter and wilier than his hunters, and stays a step ahead of them. But behind him, a wake of destruction and death gets pinned on him. He learns that he has become a target because of an operation called BACK BLAST. For what it's worth, I got a kick out of this exchange between Gentry and his former squad leader, Hanley, as Gentry was trying to remember what BACK BLAST was. "That first thing we did in Jalalabad?" "No, man. That was BACKBEAT." "That's right. . . . The thing in Ankara?" "BRAINSTORM." "Sarajevo?" Hanley looked at his former operator with bewilderment. "Jesus, that one was called AARDVARK SANDSTORM. Were you even paying attention during the briefings?" Court shrugged. "Then what the hell was BACK BLAST?"Clearly, Gentry has been around the globe a few times and pulled off some big-time operations, too a lot of to remember. Readers who have not read the first four Gray Man books will definitely have their interest piqued and will wish to go back and read them, but, not to worry, Back Blast stands alone; readers will not be lost, wondering what's going of novels with lots of action, lots of info about weapons, and lots of narrow escapes by an out-gunned, out-manned character will have fun Back Blast. I'd like to think that the globe of espionage and national security isn't as full of backstabbers, double-dealers, and self-centered ego maniacs as the globe Greaney portrays. I'd also like to think that there are more heroic, selfless agents like Gentry. He's not perfect, but he's a character worth cheering for. Whether the nation is better or worse off as a effect of the actions of the actions of the CIA and black ops is a topic for another book. In any case, Back Blast is a fun, non-stop anks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!

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    Back Blast (A Gray Man Novel Book 5) review [Book]  2018-3-24 18:0

    I have a lot of issues with a hero who is supposed to be a stone cold killer yet winds up shooting a whole lot of poor guys 'in the leg' over and over again. That seems to be a small fantastical to me. If you are supposed to be the 'gray man', deadlier than any other operative on the face of the earth what are you doing moralizing by shooting poor guys in the legs? Cognitive dissonance?

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    Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    I've been staring at the computer screen for about 10 mins now, trying to begin this review, and having no idea how to do so. I just can't create the words come out, and writing the review terrifies me, and makes me feel a small ill. You see, I didn't buy, or read this book because I know the author or her work. I did both because the content sounded interesting, and because I required my next huge review. Yes, I read this book so I could review it, which is where the ill part enters. I started working toward being an Amazon Top 1000 reviewer about a year ago. Not because I really cared about the rank...it was just a goal. Something intangible I could work toward. And I chose it, because sad though it is, my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads are the latest put in this entire globe where I am willing to communicate, in any capacity, with other human beings. They're all I have left.I live a sad life. I have no mates and I'm lonely... So lonely that as I type this I feel like crying, even though I accepted this as my reality a long time ago. I cancelled fb two years ago. I lost my latest true mate three years ago. I struggle to call and create appointments because it requires talking to strangers, and for this reason I also can't go to the grocery store, or the gas station, or any other list of a hundred locations that normal people go to have normal see, I decided five years ago that I was done with fitting in, and that I'd rather be lonely and alone, than to continue immersing myself in a globe I found caustic.Everywhere I looked people seemed to be shouting, trying to create their voices heard. The most latest clever story on facebook. The most wittily stated opinion. I didn't see kindness, I saw intolerance and rudeness. I saw people ripping each other down through the medium of social media because they didn't have to look that person in the face, and see how their comments damage them. Then I watched as that attitude seemed to create people less tolerant in the true globe as well. I wanted no part of it anymore. From that point on I was standing alone, and that was that. It seemed like a amazing idea at the time, but as the years have passed, I've chop myself so far off from humanity that it feels like I'm the only person left in my world. It hurts, SO much, but I don't know how to undo it. I don't know how to go least...I didn't. I know this review is already too long, and all I've done is clumsily muddle my method through it—attempting to express something I don't even know if others will understand. This is frustrating for me, because I don't wish to talk about myself, and doing so is terrifying, particularly after so a lot of years of silence. But I didn't know how else to express the impact this book had on me, without first talking about how much pain I've been in, and how nefarious my reasons for reading it in the first place. I got the "standing alone" part down pat. I did that years ago. The part I couldn't find, that maybe I'd never have found on my own, is the part where I know how to belong to something again. Join the world. Feel a connection to life and humanity.I cried just about the entire duration of this book. I got it because it sounded "interesting", but I feel like it opened up a hole in the side of my sad small world. I didn't think it would apply to me, but it's changed my life. I expected to write an honest, clinical review discussing its contents from a dispassionate point of view. But instead, here I am, still clumsily attempting to convey my feelings in the hopes that some part of this review might encourage even one other person to read this book.Everyone should read this book. Everyone who wants to stand alone, but still belong. Everyone who already is alone, and wants to be a part of something again. Everyone who is tired of a humanity that is separated. Give it a shot. If nothing else, obtain the sample chapters, and see if there's something in it that might speak to you.And if my review is clumsy, I sincerely apologize. Please don't allow that turn you off from the book. It changed my life, and I think it can do as much for many.

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    Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    *****Like all of Brene Brown's books, this one is life-transforming. I would recommend that everyone--everyone--read each book of hers, in order, and this one last, as it is the culmination of all of the other books. But even better, buy this book, read it, go back and read the others and then read this again! This is the best of all of her books, as well as a prescription for being alive now, of being a citizen, a human being, a kind and caring and loving person--now--at this time in history. It is about how to be brave, kind, and good--no matter what your faith or lack of faith--and of dealing with the fractionalization of our country and of moving towards a re-humanizing (as opposed to dehumanizing) of our communities and families and other relationships, of transforming conflict in brave and real e book's theme is "true belonging", which the author defines as: "...the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the globe and search sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. Real belonging doesn't require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are." This might sound a bit unusual, but the book unfolds this idea in attractive ways that truly will appeal to every reader--no matter what your ideology (including religious and political), no matter what your race, gender, or this book; I cannot convey in a review how much it has the potential to change your life for the better. I read it yesterday and today in two sittings and am going back again and again to the writing, the ideas, and the inspiration to me to life more authentically and to be able to connect with others in deeper and braver ways.Highly recommended.*****

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    Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    I've only listened to the first chapter of the book so far and I've been in tears three times. This book has already opened my heart and squeezed it hard. I can't wait to listen to the rest - my dog is going to be getting some long walks.

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    Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    You only need to read this book if you are a is is the book that I required now.I required to be reminded that respect begins with respect to myself.I belong to is is the lesson that I wish to teach my e only method to teach is by ank you, Brene.

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    Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    Brené Brown has written three NY Times bestsellers. She also has one of the five most viewed TED talks with over 30 million views called “The Power of Vulnerability.”This book is about our yearning to belong and how having the courage to be ourselves, being authentic, and having the courage to stand alone can support us accomplish a sense of belonging. This sounds like quite a paradox, but Brené brings clarity to this conundrum by the end of the AVING is an acronym that Brené introduced in an earlier book called Rising Strong. It is about trusting others and self-trust. She calls this her wilderness checklist. Gaining this trust is about:• Boundaries. This is making sure that we’re clear on respecting boundaries, and when in doubt, we ask.• Reliability. We do what what we say we are going to do.• Accountability. We own our mistakes, apologize, and create things right.• Vault. Simply keeping things in confidence and sharing only the things that are ours to share.• Integrity. Practicing our values and always doing what is right even if it’s uncomfortable.• Non-judgment. We can differ in opinions and still respect each other.• Generosity. We extend the most generous interpretation possible to the intentions, words, and actions of others.Our globe is so polarized today. We tend to look at each other’s differences. We separate ourselves with regards to politics, religion, social class, etc., and tend to gravitate towards those who think the same as us. Our differences are magnified more so today than at any other time in our ené gives us four elements to support with the reality of today’s world. They are:1 - People Are Hard to Hate Close Up. Move In.2 - Speak Truth to BS. Be Civil.3 - Keep Hands. With Strangers.4 - Powerful Back. Soft Front. Wild is book helps us understand that our imperfections, uniqueness, our fears, etc., are what create us who we are. Brené says that once we embrace our humanness, our shortcomings, and we love ourselves for who we are, will we search our sence of is book was published September 12th, 2017 and already has 176 reviews on Amazon giving it a 4.6 rating. Goodreads gives it 4.32 stars after 2,433 ratings and 366 reviews. The timing of this book couldn’t be more apropos with the divisiveness of our globe today. I definitely recommend this one and I give it 4 stars.#FridaysFind #MIAGD #BrenéBrown #BRAVING #BravingTheWilderness #Authenticity #BeYou

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    Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    I search large benefit from Brene's work. I was introduced with her (then) fresh book, Rising Strong. As soon as I was done, not having realized she published before Rising Strong, that I had to quickly buy her earlier books. This fresh book is just as I would expect from Brene. I have been on a journey of self discovery and Brene is the single most valuable element of my making myself more true and true.

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    Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    Absolutely phenomenal and timely, I cried, laughed, got nailed, was deeply empowered, and have already sent five of my mates on the quest to read it. There are so a lot of necessary locations covered in this book, from how we dehumanize one another to how gossip is the toxic mimic of connection to how to be curious to being brave by being yourself. It should be needed reading for everyone.

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    Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    Brene's writing style always leaves me laughing, in tears, or contemplating how to create myself a better human being. Her ability to tell stories about herself that I can relate to and see myself in is one of her best gifts. Thanks Brene, for continuing to challenge the status quo!

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    Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    Absolutely essential reading for anyone who doesn't feel like they fit in and that the globe is crazy. We must "brave the wilderness". It's so necessary in healing our culture of divisiveness and hate. Thank you to Brene Brown for writing this book for all of us.

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    Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    Brene speaks from the heart from a put of truth delivering the notice that others have not! She inspires me to face my fears and move forward brave and powerful even if I'm alone!!!

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    Dirty Rich One Night Stand: a sexy standalone novel review [Book]  2017-10-19 18:0

    Reese is the arrogant, sexy lawyer who is trying to prove his client innocent of killing his mistress and unborn child. He has never lost a case and he thrives on control and power both in the courtroom and the is a reporter covering the trial and she has watched him work his magic day in and day out during the trial. She is very attracted to him but only for a one-night stand as she has been involved with someone like him before and it only ends in heartbreak and ter their steamy session Cat has her mind created up that although he fulfilled all her desires that he is not meant for her in the long term however Reese is not about to allow her go that easy. There is a reason that he has never lost a case before and her reluctances fires up his need to triumph and prove her wrong.I loved both these characters as Cat is independent, feisty and not about to just meekly give in while Reese is determined and focused in his pursuit to convince Cat that she is his. The author has managed to weave a terrific story that contains suspense and twists surrounding the trial as well as a connection and chemistry between Reese and Cat that is explosive.

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    Dirty Rich One Night Stand: a sexy standalone novel review [Book]  2017-10-19 18:0

    I must say first that I have LOVED all of Lisa Renee Jones’ Books. No matter when they come out I pre-order right away since ALL of her books are amazing and delicious!****I do not give out spoilers in any of my reviews ****Dirty Rich One Night Stand did NOT disappoint!!I have never read a book about two strong lawyers and especially a woman. Cat Maxwell and “Mr. Hotness” Reese has a rule of only having one night stands, but of course meeting Reese things change. They just don’t have intensity in the courtroom it just EVERYWHERE between e scenes between them are very hot and turns into something quick even though Cat tries to war it since it is versus her number 1 rule- ONLY ONE NIGHT STANDS!!If you have read any of Lisa Renee Jones’ book you will be satisfied to see that Walkers in this book. You will obtain to see an inside look into Royce and Laura’s WILL love this book as much as I have!You’ve done it again Lisa!Thank you.

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    Dirty Rich One Night Stand: a sexy standalone novel review [Book]  2017-10-19 18:0

    Dirty, Rich One Night Stand is Hot and Sexy standalone book. This Is Reese Summers (Mr. Hotness himself) and Cat Maxwell’s story. Both are criminal attorney’s. And, Reese is the defending attorney for the “Trial of the Century” Cat is a blogger/reporter/writer (no she isn’t working as an attorney but, why would she when she is also an author and commands $$$ for her books. Reese and Cat meet in a coffee store and Cat thinks that mister sex on a stick is an “arrogant a—hole”. She gives him a dressing down. And, as they say the rest is history or at least I don’t wish to say more at the risk of spoilers.I highly enjoyed their story! There was suspense, romance and a steamy sexy story! What more could you ask for? I love reading this authors books. They are quite entertaining.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. I give Dirty Rich One Night Stand 4.5 sexy stars. Plus, I bought this book

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    Dirty Rich One Night Stand: a sexy standalone novel review [Book]  2017-10-19 18:0

    There is a reason I love to read Lisa Renee Jones. Her words are magical. This standalone is brilliant.Dirty, Rich One Night Stand is Unbelievably hot. The book is about Mr. Hotness (Reese Summers) and Cat Maxwell. Both are passionate about the law. Seeing that Reese is Lawyer representing someone he believes is innocent and Cat is a lawyer turned reporter. In both of their fields of work research is a must. In Cat's case, she had heard of Mr. Hotness's reputation of "killer in court," only wins under is belt. What she didn't expect was for him to be the arrogant jerk that tried to chop in front of her at her go-to coffee shop. Her sharp tongue set this story into motion. The chemistry was unparalleled mixed with fast witted snark created me love this book. I definitely recommend this book.

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    Dirty Rich One Night Stand: a sexy standalone novel review [Book]  2017-10-19 18:0

    OMG! I devoured Dirty Rich One Night Stand in One Day, despite trying to read slow, and savor every word. I just couldn’t stop turning the pages, I couldn’t place this down from the first page to the last. Addicting, exhilarating, passionate, and wickedly sexy. This story sucked me in, melting my heart, making me breathless and on fire, for more, more, more. And Boy, does Lisa Renee Jones deliver! These characters are combustible with their sizzling chemistry and the passion, they have between them. But there is so much more to this story and to this Unbelievable Romance, but you will have to read it to search out. One of the Best books I’ve read in a while.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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    Dirty Rich One Night Stand: a sexy standalone novel review [Book]  2017-10-19 18:0

    Every time I read a book from Lisa Renee Jones is sucks me in and I'm in for a wild ride throughout the whole wish to connect with the character's as you read about them and that is the one thing that she does when she writes her and Reese has this chemistry that is off the charts and once you see to their life and with families that are missed up you can't support but to feel helpless but in the end will everything work out for Cat and Reese or will their family screw it up for them? To search out you need to read the book!!

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