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Music plays a part of Geoducks Are For Lovers; old favourites of Maggie and gang, songs that mean the world to them and the adorable Betty and Al “You Can Call Me” nicknamesbetween Maggie and Gil (one of my personal favs, I’m a huge Paul Simon fan thanks to my dads old cassettes).
Food writer Maggie Marrion is just getting back on her feet after a horrible year, or two, or three. With their twentieth reunion approaching, she invites four of her closest friends from college for a weekend at her beach cabin. What she doesn’t expect is her best friends, artist Quinn Dayton and part-time erotica novelist, Selah Elmore, to play matchmaker. The two plot a surprise that will make the weekend, and her life, a lot more interesting.
Gil Morrow, former grunge musician turned history professor, joins them as Selah’s date for the weekend. After coming face to face with the one who got away, he decides he’s waited long enough to get the girl. With the support of old friends, a few wishing rocks, the world’s largest burrowing clam, and a hot lumberjack thrown into the mix, Gil reminds Maggie that forty-something isn’t too old for second chances.
Can we learn to love the life we have and let go of who we expected to be? What happens when the generation from The Breakfast Club and Reality Bites meets The Big Chill? Come spend a weekend with these Generation X-ers as they share laughter, tears, life’s ups and downs, old stories, and new beginnings.
Today is truly a sad day for supporters and fans of Michelle as well for the writing and publishing world.
With a heavy heart, Michelle Leighton has posted on her blog that Until I Break will be removed from publishing. Today will be the last day it will be available to purchase in any format from the respective outlets.
“When I wrote Until I Break, I could’ve watered down the story, made it more palatable, easier to accept. But as an artist, I didn’t want to cheat Sam and Alec out of their story. As I’ve said before, life isn’t always pretty, but I had hoped that the majority of people would be able to see beyond the ugly to the wonderful story of love and acceptance and healing that was embedded in Until I Break. Sadly, that hasn’t turned out to be the case.
So, rather than risking people misunderstanding Sam and Alec and, therefore, me as a person and author, I’m pulling the book from publication. It will no longer be available in any format from any source after tomorrow. Yes, I could leave it out there to earn money, but every cent would be bitter, knowing that there are some who not only don’t “get” the story, but who are misunderstanding it in a disheartening way.
I would like to say a big ol’ THANK YOU to everyone who read, loved and understood the twisted lives and beautiful love of Sam and Alec. You gave me so much happiness with your outpouring of amazingly supportive words. I’m truly, truly grateful.”
This is a great book from a phenomenally talanted author, who is so generous with her time and stories. I truly wish that you would show her your support if you haven’t already and get your very own copy of Until I Break. This book and these characters deserve to be read, enjoyed and loved.
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We are so happy and excited to share this exclusive short story today…please be warned it is smokin’ hot, Thank you Brei.
Mags is a single mother, running her own business trying to make ends meet. Drake is an A&R guy for a local indie record company who has been working nonstop for a year. When both finally take a vacation with family and friends, they are forced to finally admit, at least to themselves, that they have feelings for each other.
When they go home, they find it even more difficult to put the past in the past and maintain a relationship strong enough to face the challenges ahead. Follow along as they try to make a relationship work while fighting demons of their own, through circumstances not of their making, and with family and friends trying to help.
I loved My Misery Muse and Devi and Seth’s story and couldn’t wait to get my hands on Faith to delve into Drake and Mags story. Though I have to admit that I loved Seth and Devi more, Brei Betzold has not let us down with Faith.
Mags was kick ass in MMM and in Faith are times I wanted to kick her in the ass! I really wanted Devi to slap/talk some sense into her. She kept pushing away the man that loves her and wants to take care of her and her baby, forever. But Mags is broken in her own way and has the issues of her past and her childhood relationship with her own mother clouding her judgement. I think Professor Green’s version of the song Read All About It ft. Emeli Sande, speaks of the pain and fear Mags feels.
“I didn’t know why I was self-sabotaging the first real relationship in my life, other than I really didn’t think it would turn out well, and I couldn’t lose the closest thing to areal family I had over it. I glanced back at Quinn, no I couldn’t risk it. It wasn’t just about me anymore.”
Drake… where do I begin! As I have said before, “that is one damn fine example of a man!” In MMM we saw his dedication to Devi and Jaks, putting them first, being there for them, always. He is loyal, kind, loving, devoted to his family and that was all before Faith. Let me tell you, I loved him more and more the further I read. He is in for the long haul Mags and “his princess” Quinn, are it for him. He wants them as his family. I really wanted him to get the happiness he deserves and for him, he sees that Mags even if she needs to be convinced of it. He had his work cut out for him with Mags’ defences up, but as they say nothing that is worth it comes easy. And with all the desire, denial and pent up sexual frustration floating about, when they get down to it, the sex is HAWT!
“I know your favourite colour is pink, though you will never admit it and say green. I know your favourite band is Deathcab for Cutie; that you cry during the happy ending in movies; that you say you don’t believe in marriage but would have preferred having a kid after being married. I know that you had a fucked up childhood, would do anything thing for my sister and that we would be great together baby.”
“I love you, Mags,” I told her,” and you’re not fucking running. Get that pretty ass in bed, we’re not done yet.”
Devi is still her awesome straight talking self, never reneging on her promises (and threats). The gang are all still very much in each other’s business, but then again family always are. It was great to see another side to X (no spoilers promise) but I can’t wait to read his story. And there is definitely something up with Sam that still has me wondering what’s going on with him, now days later.
Let me just take a second and say one word… Jaks! How cute is he all grown up? Adorable is how, and well ok he’s only 5. He sees everything and hears everything, which sometimes is a bad theing when he repeats it. He is so protective of his little baby sister Cait, as he says himself
“I am going to take care of you, just like Uncle Drake takes care of Mommy. Shhh, honey you don’t need to cry.”
I mean seriously that little dude totally stole the show at times, for me! He’s going to be a heart breaker!! He adds such comedic effect to the story at times, somehow always getting X in trouble and I loved how his relationship with Drake has developed.
“X said all girls want is to make boys hurt, but sometimes in a good way”
I looked at my 5 year old nephew not knowing what to say to him, What the hell was X teaching him?
“Uhm maybe we shouldn’t really pay attention to what X says.”
He cocked his head to the side, “So then I shouldn’t call someone a MILF?”
Oh hell, he was a dead man, “What?” I sputtered.
“X said that my mom was a total MILF, and now Mags is one too.”
Yep he’s a dead man. “NO I don’t think you should use that term, just ignore what X says.”
He nodded, “Okay, Uncle Drake.”
Not only do Drake and Mags have their personal issues to overcome but unfortunately the turmoil for the members of My Misery Muse and their families doesn’t end there. There are one or two twists that effectively have an impact on the whole group, and lines get drawn in the sand between two characters. I’m not telling which but needless to say I can’t wait to see how it gets resolved in the next book.
Brei Betzold stayed true to herself and kept her writing style as in MMM. I love the alternating POV’s and she does it so effortlessly and with a constant flow of the story. Not only do we get Mags and Drake’s POV but there are a few sneaky bits from Eli, Sam, Seth and X, all of which just added to the complexity of the story.
Faith is about the struggles of life; the fight for love, the fear of repeating past mistakes, the battle to overcome the crap fate throws at us, the support and motivation of family, and ultimately that leap of faith we all need to take at one stage or another. Faith made me laugh out loud (one instance involving flamingos, gnomes and reindeers), fall for Drake all over again and I have to admit X too, clench my fists in annoyance and anger at the situations, shed a tear or two and made my heart flutter, for a few reasons.
Faith is a great book and well deserving of 4 stars!
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“I knew you were running the first time I saw you…”
Devon didn’t have a game plan when she decided to leave St. Louis on a Chicago-bound train for the summer. Just a reason. One she couldn’t share with anyone.
Not Hadley, her best friend from college, who lets her stay in the guest bedroom; no questions asked. Or Brennan, the bartender at the local restaurant they frequent, who she actively tries to avoid. Or Garrett, Hadley’s boyfriend, who befriends her when she has no one else to turn to.
“I just didn’t know what you were running from….”
Desperate to hide at all costs, Devon plunges into her new life in the city. Everyone around her starts to reveal sides of themselves Devon never expected. And just when she starts to get comfortable, her world flips upside down…
“…but I think all along you were running toward me.”
All with secrets that just keep following them.
Sweat beaded on Devon’s temple, and she wiped it off her forehead and out of her eyes. The party had been going all night, and it was nice to loosen up and get lost in the music and dancing. She hadn’t partied in so long, and she couldn’t resist when Amy had actually invited her out. Either she was getting over her hatred for the new girl, or Devon had just been there long enough that she wasn’t considered the new girl any longer.
People were packed into the club shoulder to shoulder, many even closer than that. The music was ear-splittingly loud. Crazy lights traversed the warehouse-sized room, and they alternated to strobes slowing everything down to slow motion. She hadn’t had much to drink, but she was dizzy with dehydration and the energy in the room. Her tank top was sticking to her back, and she had long since pulled her hair up off of her neck into a ponytail.
God, I need another drink, she thought.
Her eyes moved around the room taking in as much as she could from her vantage point. It really only ended up being the two feet encircling her. Amy had to be somewhere inside the building. How had she lost track of her?
Well, she knew how. There were too many damn people in the place. It was easy to lose track of one person, especially when that person was as short as Amy. Still, she should have done better. She didn’t like being alone in dark places. Whether she was surrounded by people or in a back alleyway at night, she was still alone.
She craned her head to look for her, but was having no luck. It felt like more and more people were being crushed into the space. How was this in line with fire code? Surely the place would be shut down soon.
Walking in the direction of the bar, Devon tried to find Amy in the crowd. Seriously it was getting harder and harder to maneuver through. She was literally having to elbow people out of the way. This wasn’t okay, and it wasn’t fun. They shouldn’t let any more people in. Things could get out of control.
Devon looked up over the heads of people in front of her and sighed. It felt like she was never going to reach the bar, and there was a huge line anyway. She thought maybe the bathroom would be a better alternative…at least there she would have some privacy.
She turned to walk the other direction and slammed right into a meaty guy in front of her, who glared at her as she lost her balance and tumbled to the floor. Someone stepped on her hand as she tried to get up. Devon swore and hissed pulling her hand away from the ground where someone else could do the same thing. She stood as best she could, cradling her aching hand. It wasn’t easy pushing through people with one hand pressed between her breasts to keep from someone else smashing into it. All it did was cause people to unknowingly smash into other parts of her. She hadn’t made it more than a few feet toward the bathroom, and she had already been elbowed in the arm, gotten her foot stepped on, and been drunkenly body slammed knocking the breath out of her. The club was getting dangerous.
A space opened in the crowd, and she took advantage, rushing forward through the throng of people. It took her closer to the bathroom but not close enough. Then she felt it. Eyes on the back of her head. She didn’t even know how it was possible. There were hundreds of people in the place. No one could be focusing that intently on her, but she could swear that someone was watching her.
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It. Goes. On
Lexie Todd knew these 3 simple words. They were her mantra. So, after dealing with years of abuse at the hands of her boyfriend and the father of her son, she knows what needs to be done. With help from her best friend Mollie, they go on the run.
After months of being on the run they finally find the perfect town to settle in. Unable to trust and always having her guard up, the last thing Lexie wants is to get involved with Lukas Gunn.
Persistent, annoying, bossy, over protective and extremely hot, Detective Lukas Gunn.
After an incident leaves her vulnerable, Lukas knows there’s something haunting her. He’s determined to find out, wanting to protect her and make her his. But Lexie is determined also. Not wanting to give up her past, she pushes him away. Repeatedly.
But when history repeats itself, will Lexie finally be able to trust those around her to keep her safe? Will Lukas be able to save her? Or will Lexie succumb to only knowing what it’s like to be Unbeautifully Loved? Continue reading «»