Where I End by Michelle Dare – excerpt reveal with my little review

Title: Where I End
Author: Michelle Dare
Genre: NA Romance Standalone
Editor: Karen Hrdlicka
Proofreader: Tiffany Landers
Cover Designer: Amy Queau
Blurb:
Eve
Pretentious. Arrogant. Condescending. Cruel.
All words I’d used to label him. Exactly what I’d always believed he was. All that changed one spring morning when I realized I didn’t know the man behind the facade at all.
Angry. Desperate. Broken. Mine.
All words I’d use to define him after I interfered. Once our eyes locked, I was all in. There was no turning back. He tried to push me away, but I refused to let him go. I was determined to save him. What I didn’t expect was that he would save me, too.
Cy
I was so close to ending my misery. Mere seconds away. Then she stumbled upon our argument, and I changed my plans. She wasn’t supposed to be there. She knew too much. Even with my entire world burning down around me, she wouldn’t walk away.
I’ve always been on my own. No one had ever fought for me before. Why should anyone start now? But she did, no matter how much I tried to stop her. I knew I was nothing, unworthy of her, but she was persistent. Once she got under my skin, I couldn’t let her go, because where I end, she begins.
Michelle Dare is a romance author. Her stories range from sweet to sinful and from new adult to fantasy. There aren’t enough hours in the day for her to write all of the story ideas in her head. When not writing or reading, she’s a wife and mom living in eastern Pennsylvania. One day she hopes to be writing from a beach where she will never have to see snow or be cold again.
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We finally reach her apartment after what feels like a solid hour in the truck, though it’s only been a matter of minutes. I barely have the truck in park before she’s jumping out and walking to the stairs. I kill the engine and race after her, not giving any thought to what I’m going to say when I reach her. She’s fast as hell. I don’t catch her until she’s on the second flight, almost to her door.
“Evie, wait,” I say, as I grip her by the elbow to stop her.
She shakes me off. Her eyes narrow. “You don’t get to chase me. Not after the way you’ve made it crystal clear you don’t want anything to do with me.”
“It’s not that simple.”
“No? Then explain it to me, because I’m not understanding why one minute you want me to stay with you and the next you are running out of my apartment like you can’t bear to be in the same room as me.”
I rake my hand through my hair. “God dammit, Evie, why can’t you just leave things as they are?”
“As they are? Like how you completely stopped talking to me, then show up at dinner and expect me to be fine seeing you again?”
“It’s for the best that you’re not around me.”
She points her finger at my chest, mere inches from touching me. “You don’t get to decide what’s best for me.”
“I do when I’m involved.”
“Seriously? What about high school? Was all that shit you put me through best for me? Were you seeking me out, day after day, only to torment me, for the best? Because, as I remember it, those were far from the best days of my life. As a matter of fact, I’ve been living in a perpetual hell for quite some time now.”
My anger is rising to meet hers, but mixed with mine is also shame and regret for all I’d done to her in the past. “You’ve been living in hell? Fine. I’ll take credit for everything I dragged you through in high school. I was a grade A dick. I should never have done to you what I did, and for that I will always hate myself. You didn’t deserve any of it. But right now, as we stand at this moment, it’s better if I leave you alone.”
She throws her hands up in the air then back down to her sides. “Then why the hell did you follow me up here, Cy?”
“Because I can’t fucking walk away from you! Because every waking moment of every fucking day, I think about you!” I’m breathing heavy, my chest rising and falling. I can only imagine how feral I look.
Evie stumbles back until her ass hits the railing. “What?”
All my anger slowly leaves me. She’s right. I should never have followed her. I would have been better off staying in my truck. “Never mind.” I turn and walk down a few steps, but then she’s behind me, grabbing my arm, turning the tables.
“Oh, no you don’t. You don’t get to come after me, say all you did, and walk away like none of it ever happened.”
“Can’t you see, Evie? I’m no good for you. Every time I’m near you, shit gets out of hand. You’re better off without me in your life.”
“No, I’m not.”
“I only bring pain with me. Nothing more. I can’t offer you anything when I’m hollow inside.” I rub the center of my chest, feeling the familiar ache that resides there without Evie in my life. Yet, as she stands before me, looking so fucking beautiful, the ache is still there because she isn’t mine. I can’t and shouldn’t touch her. I should turn away and leave her, but I’m frozen in place.
She lays her hand over mine on my chest and peers up into my eyes. “You’re not hollow. You have good in you. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be here right now. There’s a part of you that wants to be near me. Just as there is a part of me that longs to be near you.”
I close my eyes for only a moment before gently removing her hand from mine. It’s sheer torture to do so, but I know I must. “I have to go.”
“Please, don’t.” She doesn’t understand how being this close to her is driving me crazy. I’ve got to get out of here. Distance needs to be put between us. I turn and start down the steps again.
“If you leave now, don’t you dare come back,” she says, causing me to stop in my tracks. “I mean it, Cy. You can’t keep toying with me. I want you here. With me.” I keep my back to her, unable to look into her eyes. If I do, I’ll give in. “I don’t care about what happened in high school,” she continues. “None of it matters. Only what is happening right here, right now. Stay with me. Please.” The pleading of her voice almost has me turning. Almost.
I shake my head and go down the remaining stairs; all the while telling myself it’s better this way. Sure, my heart feels like it’s being ripped from my chest. But she needs to find someone who will lift her up, be the man she needs. Not someone who is broken beyond repair and will only drag her down into the bleak abyss with him.
WHAT I THINK ABOUT IT!
This book was really hard for me to get a number of stars for it – there were so many emotions and feelings in it that it was spinning down my head/heart.
Eve is a woman that is strong and knows her value, even when other people don’t see it. Her high school life was a terrible nightmare due to one person Cy – his only goal was to torment her in front of his friends as he was the most popular guy there. No thanks to him Eve is tough and can deal with everything.
Add to is a man (Cy) who is not what he shows the world. He tries to seem unaffected by anything, cool. But what will happen when his attitude will be no longer manageable? That he would try to even kill himself?
Join them on their path to get everything right, fight old demons and what they feel to each other. Will they manage to figure it out? I almost cried in public reading it.
Recommended!

 

Can you find love when you don’t look for it? All the while by Gina Azzi

33114540Author: Gina Azzi

ASIN B01M8MGHMT

Published: January 2017

 

Description:

Consumed with grief for her twin brother Adrian’s death, Maura Rodriguez is spinning out of control. To cope with Adrian’s loss, she numbs her pain with bottles of vodka and sex with random men.
Harboring guilt over his best friend Adrian’s death, Zack Huntington is yearning for a past that no longer exists. Reaching out to the familiarity and comfort an ex-girlfriend offers, Zack aims to recreate what once was but can never be again.
When their worlds collide while running on the trails along Boathouse Row, Maura and Zack find comfort in each other and in the memory of their shared connection—Adrian.
An unlikely friendship brimming with undeniable attraction blossoms into an unexpected romance. While Maura and Zack struggle to heal, to forgive, to accept, they also learn how to let go and allow themselves to fall in love, a truth they’ve both known but resisted all the while.

Review:

This is a book about hurt people that struggle with their present after death of important person in their life.
The plot is so Vivid, that i needed to take a break during reading! As i mostly feel what characters feel. So miss Azzi did a great job!
Maura – a strong girl that lost her way, after her brother death. She’s senior, but all she can do is makeing herself numb. Her own struggling and trauma moments were so well described. (More in the book)
Zack – a guy that melt each girl heart, but not Maura in first place. What i can tell each of us would love to have someone like that by our sides. He did what guy shoud have done in that pary of girl life.
What i can tell? I loved that book and characters that and not artificial, but also do bad and don’t go over it in miraculus way!
Romance dane will love it for sure!

Book two in noir world – The queen of diamonds by Patricia Loofbourrow

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Author: Patricia Loofborrow

Published: October 2016

IBSN13: 9781944223038

Description:

NO ONE IS AS THEY SEEM …
While the villain Frank Pagliacci has been defeated, all is not well in Bridges. The Four Families accuse each other of spying while Red Dog attacks escalate. Aristocratic jewel merchant Dame Anastasia Louis, styling herself “The Queen of Diamonds,” hires her long-time friend, private eye Jacqueline Spadros, to collect from her debtors so she can leave the city.
But Jacqui can’t leave David Bryce’s kidnapping and the murders of her teenage informants unpunished. Convinced that her mortal enemy, the madman “Black Jack” Diamond, was complicit in the crimes, she pursues ways to prove it. The scoundrel and his crew, however, seem to be one step ahead: the terrifying man in white is seen outside David’s home, forged letters are appearing across the city, and merchants in the Spadros quadrant report threats from a man who fits his description.
Jacqui is warned of a plot against her life. Those who try to warn Jacqui are murdered, and evidence emerges that Jacqui’s mother is next on the list. With time running out, Jacqui is forced to make a horrifying choice.
Someone will surely die. Will it be Jacqui, or her mother?

Review:

Second book of the series, Patricia still know her work. The same level as first book. Super!
Cover is stunning! It doesn’t overwhelmed reader, and make you curious what is inside the book.
Here Jacqui has to deal with one of Diamond’s – get evidences for his deeds in the past. We follow Jacqui in her mission (like in first book).
Everything in this book has it’s place (nothing come like in blink without reason that were written earlier or further in te book). Events are well described that made me think i was in the middle of it!
I can tell i’m not a huge fan of these kind of books, but here I LOVE IT!
This book has a little slower pace then first one, but still twists were like in some old castles (i thought abut GoT n that parts).
I recommend this book to people who like: first person; independent women in mans world; fast paced story; elements of mistery.

I came from other world, the story of the teenager who found his heirtage – The Mark of Noba by G. L. Tomas

 

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Author: G. L. Tomas

ISBN: 1943773009

Published: August 2015

Description:

Sterling Wayfairer has one goal for his senior year: make his mark. He’s been slipping into the background his whole high school career—distracted by his mother’s mental health, unsettled by the vivid dreams that haunt him at night, and overshadowed by the athletic accomplishments of his popular best friends. But this year is going to be different. He’s going to break a few rules, have some fun, and maybe even work up the nerve to ask his crush out on a date.
But things don’t go exactly as planned. Students are disappearing, Sterling starts losing time, and it all seems to center around Tetra, a girl no one else seems to notice but him. When he finally tracks her down for answers, they aren’t what he expects: He and Tetra hail from a world called Noba, and they’re being hunted by a Naga, a malevolent shape shifter that’s marked them for destruction.
Tetra and Sterling have distinct abilities that can help them fight back, but their power depends heavily on the strength of their bond, a connection that transcends friendship, transcends romance. Years apart have left their bond weak. Jump starting it will require Sterling to open his heart and his mind and put his full trust in the mysterious Tetra.
If he doesn’t, neither of them will survive.

 

Review:

Where to begin (as all minds want to scream in one time)
For sure i LOVED it!!
The cover is, well… just accurate, not to much, not too little just perfect 🙂
This is a mix of young adult and fantasy genere. We have each of it in proportions that won’t make reader overwhelmed during reading.
Each character has place in this story, all of them has personality and different relationships with each other (which is sometimes very hard to write in good way) 🙂
This story its written in first person (mostly Sterling’s point of view and less Tetra’s). Sterling is a strange character i can’t say I loved him, but for sure i liked him. Tetra is totally different story – i loved her way of being so naive sometimes 🙂 Her dialogues with Sterling or Kip made me lough almost out loud 🙂
The plot goes rather smoothly, i didn’t have problems with understanding it 🙂
I recommend it to people who love Young Adult; interesting characters and very well written plot 🙂

Strange ability and love in space – Sail by Lindsey R. Loucks

31924378Author: Lindsey R. Loucks

ASIN: B01LK9XAYW

Published: October 2016
Description:
Nineteen-year-old Absidy Jones is a ghost magnet, a sensitive person spirits flock to when they can’t cross over. After her brutal past escaping the hordes of ghosts vying for her attention, she spends her reclusive existence melting down iron into bite-sized pieces. Whether alloy or wrought, ancient paper clips or nails, consuming iron is the only thing that keeps the ghosts away.
But when Absidy’s sister goes missing in deep space, a dangerous place brimming with rogue planets, ship-eating nebulas, and vicious aliens, Absidy vows to find her. She leaves her safe haven and boards the first ship she can that’s on a direct route to deep space—a ship that turns out to be haunted.
To keep the malicious ghosts from killing her, the alluring bad boy pilot gifts her a small bundle of all the iron on the ship. But their growing relationship is tested with the crew’s prying eyes and hidden secrets.
While the ship sails into deep space, it’s not just her sister’s life that Absidy fears for. It’s her own, as well. Especially since her stash of iron has shrunk to zero.
Review:
In this book we are in space (far far away). The concept of this book if you ask me is very unusual – it was the reason i stared reading it.
It was a good book just to read and then wait for the second (it had lots of twists, but unfortunately not that big in romance level).
A. Jones – girl with strange power that make her shiver. She was good, the way she behaved with ghosts around and about iron (i like it very much – realistic). She would do anything for her older sister 🙂
Mase – sometimes i loved him and then i another started almost hating him.
Aliens (Saelis) were very strange; but made hmm… i was sure what they are about sometimes.
I will wait for next book as it made me interesting how they will deal with aliens 🙂

Women detective in neo-Victorian time -The Jacq of Spades by Patricia Loofbourrow

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Author: Patricia Loofbourrow

IBSN: 1944223002

Publish: November 2015

Description:

The once-beautiful domed neo-Victorian city of Bridges is split between four crime families in an uneasy cease-fire. Social disparity increasing and its steam-driven infrastructure failing, a new faction is on the rise: the Red Dogs.
Jacqueline Spadros has a dream life: a wealthy husband, a powerful family. But her life is not what it seems. Kidnapped from her mother’s brothel and forced to marry, the murder of her best friend Air ten years before haunts her nightmares. She finds moments of freedom in a small-time private eye business, which she hides in fear of her sadistic father-in-law.
Air’s little brother disappears off his back porch and the Red Dogs are framed for it. With the help of a mysterious gentleman investigator hired by the Red Dogs to learn the truth, Jacqui pushes her abilities to their limits in hope of rescuing the child before the kidnapper disposes of him.

Review:

This is my first book written by Patricia Loofbourrow and i hope not the last one.
Book is in first person (Jacqueline Spadros) who is a main character in this series. I thought it would be an easy going book with not big surprises, but IT WAS NOT!!
Jaqui is a brilliant women, she wants to live fully in the world where mans are ruling everything. She try to deal with other people, to find her place and make everything well.
Each character has its own role and a way of behaving (like Roy or Tony), that made this book full, it has depth 🙂
The detective thing inside made book a good pace, action moved smoothly and wisely.

I recommend this book to people who like reading in first person, detective thing, women who can live/find her way in world dominated by mens.

Patricia it was brilliant, thank you!

Revenge/normal life – Two graves by Zoe Kalo

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Author: Zoe Kalo

ASIN: B01LDIXCR0

Published: August 2016

Description:

(TWO GRAVES is a short novella, about 70 pages. It is volume #1 in Zoe Kalo’s psychological suspense “Retribution” series.)
A Dante-ish descent through a sinister world of decadent shadows and woeful souls…
Seven years ago, he shattered her life. The town eventually forgot the headlines and the nightmares. But 23-year old music student Angelica hasn’t forgotten.
For the past seven years, she’s contemplated payback with as much intensity and unwavering faith as she puts into her violin playing. Finally, all the pieces are in place. Over the course of one night, disguised for a masquerade ball, Angelica orchestrates a journey of revenge.

Review:

A short novel with something that makes you want to read more😉
We have here women full of vengeance and hope to get her revenge. She lived with only that purpose for 7 years.
I liked the concept of mixing Dante Inferno here and two time line – 7 years ago and present.
I would love to read other books in the series as this one made my curious🙂