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The Last Breath
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The Boyfriend Swap
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Jamie’s Choice
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THE WEDDING CHARM (Magnolias and Moonshine #4)

THE WEDDING CHARM                    SUSAN HATLER


Maid of honor Sarah Carlton hasn’t failed at anything since her high school science project was sabotaged by a relentless competitor. So, she’ll do whatever it takes to make her best friend Jill’s wedding absolutely perfect. That includes taking the next flight out of Sacramento to retrieve the panicked bride’s cherished family wedding charm from her late grandmother’s attic in Atlanta Georgia. 

Unfortunately, someone else has offered to come to the bride’s rescue—best man Ben Atkins, the same man who destroyed Sarah’s high school science project all those years ago. Now he wants to one-up her by retrieving the charm first? Sarah refuses to let that happen. The race is on. 

When Sarah and Ben arrive in Atlanta, instead of finding the wedding charm there’s a letter from the bride’s grandmother directing the bride and groom to complete a series of tasks in order to prove their commitment to each other. With the wedding only two days away, Sarah and Ben must join forces by pretending to be the bride and groom in order to earn the wedding charm. Should be a cinch. After all, how hard can it be to fake true love for forty-eight hours?

MY REVIEW:
    I love the premise of this book.  The idea of what the wedding charm represented to Jill is intense.  And with her wedding just two days away time was running out.  The guests were already arriving and it was the night of the rehearsal.  When her mom springs on her that her something old the broach that her grandmother intended for her was not going to be coming.
     You see several months ago Jill’s grandma passed away and her aunt, who was to go to the home, which is Atlanta, Georgia before coming to the wedding in Sacramento, California just could make herself going into her mother’s home for the first time alone.  She understood but was distraught.
     Not bringing it as planned was putting her into a tizzy.  You see, Jill’s grandma believed with the of divorces in their family that Jill was the last hope for their family.  She had told her the importance of the broach.  The fact, that it was not with her, to wear at the wedding her marriage was doomed.  This was a broach of hope for a long marriage like her grandparents had of fifty-two-years.
     She was beside herself so Sarah Carlton her best friend and maid-of-honor volunteered to use her frequent flier miles to go to Atlanta.  Then, Ben Atkins, he is Ryan’s best friend and best man jumps and says no I can go I have use of my company’s private jet that I can use to go get it.  Well, Sarah was going to have none of that.  Ryan had spent his whole life beating, winning, and shortchanging her out of things and this time it just wants not going to work.  She was going to be the winner if it killed her.  This time it just might because she used all her frequent flyer miles to buy the dress she was wearing to impress Ben for the rehearsal and dinner.
     Yes, alright she does have a slight love-hate relationship with the man in question but it all started on the playground in elementary school when he pulled her ponytails.  Can she help it if the man looks like a guy off a GQ shoot?  Let’s not talk about what he looks like with his shirt off.  So, she needed to do this for her friend no matter what.
     Jill’s grandma wanted to make sure that Jill and her fiancĂ© were truly made for one another.  Therefore, they were
going to have to pass three tasks in which they must have as a couple throughout their marriage…
1.)          Love & Respect
2.)         Trust & Teamwork
3.)         Commitment
     But she had no clue this would be in the charm box when she sent her best friend to get it from her grandma’s attic.  Being that Ben was going she hitched a ride with him.  She tried being mad but he kept being charming which kind of pissed her off.  Made it had to hold on to the grudge she had been holding on ever since he messed up her science project in high school.
     While there in Atlanta they find a dog they call Moose who kinda bonds them as a team because these tasks have them working things out.  They are both instantly in love with this little dog.  Not to mention this dog keeps them on their toes.  What’s also funny is how many times Ben who is jaded and doesn’t believe in marriage cockblocks her the two times guys try to hit on her.
     So, the comedy of this book alone is worth the read.  It’s the magic of truth you find in the tasks they choose to complete, that is truly the heart of the story.  I give this: 5 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.

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HAVE MY BABY (Dirty DILFs #1)

HAVE MY BABY                         TARYN QUINN

Have my baby.

That was what my single dad best friend Seth said to me while I was waitressing at the diner.

His little girl wants a sibling. But Seth is a workaholic millionaire and doesn't have time to meet someone.

Someone who won't screw him over, like his kid's mother.

Only problem is this someone has secretly been in love with him since high school. I've been hiding it forever, not wanting to risk our friendship.

Sleeping with him is my biggest fantasy. And I've fantasized plenty, being a virgin. Another thing he doesn't know.

Now I have to make the biggest decision of my life.

Is having a no strings attached affair just to make a baby better than never having him at all?


Author’s note: this case of insta-love and insta-naked-time has been brewing for over a decade. Babymaking has never been so hot…or so funny…or so complicated.
 

MY REVIEW:
     This book was a sweet friend to lovers to more book.  At fifteen Seth Hamilton, the twin son of the wealthy real estate company owner of the sleepy lake town started public school.  He had been going to a prep school in Connecticut with his twin Oliver but hated it.  He only lasted one year.  Then he decided he wanted to try the tiny school in his hometown.
     He wasn’t too sure about it on the first day.  But on the second day, the girl who had been absent day one was there day two.  Which he thought Ally Lawrence badass for ditching.  But later found out that Ally’s mom was very ill and stayed home to keep her company.  Considering on the first day when he thought she was badass for ditching well knowing now why he thought she was even more badass for the reason she did it.  He has no mom she just walked out on the family so he liked that they were close because Ally was will to share her mom and he enjoyed spending time with her.
     Their friendship didn’t stop from that day forward it only grew.  Even when Seth dated, each time breaking Ally’s heart but she was always happy he was happy.  Then Seth got caught with hand in the cookie jar so to speak you see he got Marj pregnant and so being Seth, he had to make it right.  He married her.  He wanted to make sure that Ally knew that she would always be his best friend and that they would still be as close and hang out as they did.  She said no they couldn’t and wouldn’t for he had a wife now and she would be his best friend and he needed to spend time with her and his family he made.
     Before he could argue with her the day of the wedding she was gone.  Out to sit with guest in the church.  But not six months later Marj wanted a pay out and gave up all rights to Laurie their daughter she didn’t want their life or baby.  She didn’t like Ally or having her in the picture at all.
     So, they divorced.  Leaving Seth with a new born and that is when Ally stepped in to help her friend.  From that point on it was the two of them caring for Seth’s daughter.  Until Ally’s mom started to take a turn and she was needed home to care for her more.  She was doing all this while working at the diner too.  Even when Marj was around she was help care for Laurie because she had no mothering instincts and would only get pissed at the baby which would only make her more pissed because Ally was a round.  Catch twenty-two.
     Well, that baby was now getting ready to turn four and Seth was looking to extend his family.  A way to help Ally financially during a difficult time too.  So, he comes up with this cut and dry way for Ally to be a pod that, carries his baby but doesn’t think the scientific way no the good old-fashioned way of making babies is good for him of “I want you in my bed.”  Not only that he drew up a contract to go with it.
     Ally has a major freak out.  After all these years of fantasying about him and tampering it down then he flat out she he wants to “F” her she can’t think so she runs.  She won’t talk to him.  Now this is new to Seth they haven’t gone more than a couple of days without calling or texting and this is torture for him.
     Not to mention if they ever make it into bed Ally has a huge surprise for him.  She had hoped that years ago he would have noticed her and married her but the day he walked down the aisle with another woman dashed that dream.  So, now almost thirty makes her almost a freak.  Life is about to get exciting.  After years of being friends and trying to hide her feelings, also year’s of having Seth in her erotic dreams was mind blowing enough but now for them to be acting on them.  It’s overwhelming to her.  To the point that after each encounter she runs and he understands and wants to get closer freaking her out.

     I loved Laurie the daughter of Seth, she was written so cute into this story which binds them as a couple.  She also, humanizes Oliver into a loving character opposite of what everyone sees him.  I ended up liking him too.  Sage well she’s sage what a hoot.  I give this: 5 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

LET'S WELCOME LEIGH LENNON AUTHOR OF: UNFILTERED

LET’S WELCOME
AUTHOR 
OF:


LEIGH LENNON



Rad-Reader:  Where did the idea for the story come from?

Leigh:  I started with a first name of my character and from there, Justine morphed into this story. Once she became real on my pages, I realized I wanted to read about a woman my age having great sex and finding love. I basically wanted forty to look sexy, just not for women my age but for younger women who are nervous about growing older.

Rad-Reader:  Why tell this story?  What was it about this story that made you want to tell it?  Was there something special that touched you?

Leigh:  I want women who are forty to feel sexy! As we get older, we fear our age. Let’s embrace it!

Rad-Reader:  What is Justine afraid of she talks about fear and loss a lot?

Leigh:  She has trusted two men: her dad and ex-husband and both betrayed her. Loving and losing again would take too much out of her; something she is not sure she could survive again. 

Rad-Reader:  Rafe seems fearful of Justine yet she seems to fear him too during the marriage.  It sounded like during the marriage he was not nice.  True and if so why?

Leigh:  I can’t give much away without spoilers but Rafe didn’t know how to handle Justine and treasure her. She is a rare diamond, one that needs certain care. Rafe never fully understands the gem that Justine truly is.

Rad-Reader:  What happened to them and their marriage?  Besides Hildy?

Leigh:  Again, I can’t give much away. They were not happy and drifted away. Throughout the story, she tells Nick that she feels Hildy and Rafe had something on the side during their marriage and that finding out would make her sift through all the crap of her failed marriage. Rafe and Justine have a good relationship now (All things considered) and she is even friends with Hildy. It is time to move on and not look back.

Rad-Reader:  Why are she and her mom estranged?

Leigh:  Her mother and Justine are estranged because she tells her mom that she should leave her father. This adds more stress to her parent’s already strained relationship.

Rad-Reader:  Why are she and her best friend Lorelei estranged?

Leigh:  Justine has a hot mouth and tells it as it is and for that reason, she doesn’t ever miss telling Lore (her best friend) that her husband is a jack*%#. In her mind, she is trying to protect those she loves.

Rad-Reader:  What exactly is Nick’s deal?  Why didn’t he ever get married?

Leigh:  Again, it is a spoiler but he can’t commit until he can love without abandon and with Justine, he finds it.

Rad-Reader:  How did Nick’s parents die?  Was it traumatic or an illness?

Leigh:  Car Accident

Rad-Reader:  Nick’s attraction to Justine is quick has it ever been this way for him ever?

Leigh:  No, he never found a woman besides his child’s mother. When he sees Justine square of with Rafe he sees something different in her. He is amazed by her toughness and somehow, between that and their immediate chemistry, he is smitten.

Rad-Reader:  Nick’s seems older by his speech.  How much older is he than Justine?

Leigh:  Nick’s speech is just quirky, a little like him. I wrote it specifically that way. He is about four years older than Justine.

Rad-Reader:  Nick was downing that whiskEy that first meeting on the porch.  Does he have a drinking problem?

Leigh:  No. He just loves his whisky.

Rad-Reader:  His daughter Emma was going to going to show him a surprise before the water main broke at Justine’s.  What was it?

Leigh:  Emma wanted to make his house a little more feminine. In her eyes, he is lonely and she wants him to be happy but she also struggles with sharing her dad.

Rad-Reader:  Why has Nick allowed Emma to be bitchy and take such a lead with all his relationships?

Leigh:  He gives her a little bit of say in his life just because she is strong willed and it easier to appease her. But he is playfully stern with her when he knows she is wrong. He may be the reason she is a bit spoiled.

Rad-Reader:  Are the kids just trying to pit mom and dad against each other to get their way?  With dad falling for the trap with old anger issues he created?

Leigh:  Rose and Kai are using their dad to get their way but the problem they don’t expect is that of their stepmother won’t allow them to come into her house and manipulate their dad. Hildy and Justine see what the kids are doing yet, it takes Rafe a bit longer to catch on.

Rad-Reader:  So, was Rafe getting tired of being the full-time dad to teens is that the reason for the upsetting phone call to Justine before the kid’s morning surprise arrival at her house?

Leigh:  He likes to have the upper hand on Justine at times; which he never had in their marriage. He knows that her one weakness is their kids.

Rad-Reader:  Justine says that she went out and bought her own house for her and the kids, does that mean they had separate banking accounts all this time?

Leigh:  I don’t specify this. Though in her decision, Justine starts to separate their lives as she gathers the courage to leave her children’s dad. 

Rad-Reader:  It’s almost like Justine was afraid to find out the full extent of Nick’s anger that she always stopped his story.  Is that true?  If so, why?

Leigh:  Justine doesn’t believe his temper is as bad as he claims it to be. She really thinks he is exaggerating things.

Rad-Reader:  Rafe did not see Justine and Hildy being good enough friends that they would be a tag team when he tried to manipulate her about the kids moving home with her.  Right and if so why?

Leigh:  In Rafe’s mind, he didn’t expect Hildy and Justine to be united; however, all he thought about is how he’d now shine in the eyes of his children. He hasn’t always been the best to Rose and Kai and now he sees his chance.
In regards to Rafe, I wrote him in a way where, even as the author, I was conflicted when it came to him. In some areas of the book, he is great. In other parts, he comes off as a real jack#%*.  I intended it that way. 
I Loved this scene.  I don't know about this great part.  I think Hildy made him great.  Him as a father and a man, still debatable.  Ryan, on the other hand, surprised me and won a whole lot of brownie points and lovin'.

Rad-Reader:  Once again Nick’s temper flairs up when talking about moving in together after Lore and Ryan leave.  Why?  And wasn’t Justine fearful at all?

Leigh:  Justine would never allow herself to be with someone abusive. She gives him a warning when he gets loud and that is the extent and he knows it. Nick gets mad at her in the moment because he needs her to trust him. He has shown her in his eyes, that he can be trusted but with Justine, men leave her so why wouldn’t he?

Rad-Reader:  Ryan is so candid about what his relationship was really like with Lore.  Yes, she still keeps him around.  Yet, Nick who she said loved her he’s out.  Why?

Leigh:  Lore and Justine are such different people and it reflects in the way they accept their relationships with their individual men.
Rad-Reader: Ryan stayed...?

Rad-Reader:  What exactly did her dad do to her mom and her mom do to her dad?

Leigh:  There will be a prequel novella to address the relationship between her mom and dad. This story takes place in the late 1960’s when Jim Staudle (Justine’s Dad) is drafted into the war.

Rad-Reader:  What did go to college to get a degree in?  What is he doing now as a job?

Leigh:  Rafe is a CPA; Ryan is an auto mechanic. Lore’s occupation is never mentioned; nor is Hildy’s profession. Nick is a vet and Justine is an Air Traffic Controller. Ryan’s brother and sister-in-law are lawyers. (Heidi and Derrick)

Rad-Reader:  Does Ryan Remarry?

Leigh:  Ah, Ryan’s story will be told in the fourth installment of this stand-alone collection.

Rad-Reader:  If your book was made into a movie who would you want to play…

Justine:  AnnaLynne McCord
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/374643262729510507/

Nick:  Ryan Reynolds
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/376613587569611793/

Rose: Victoria Justice
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/388435536596023244/

Kai: Matt Cornett
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/337629303300752414/

Emma:  Nina Dobrev
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/571816483922764746/

Tylor:  Luke MacFarlane
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/496451558895269736/

Rafe: Eduardo Verastegui in his thirties
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/342555115378031789/

Hildy:  Candice Swanepoel
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/540994973961651937/

Lore:  Alexandra Daddario
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/5418462035226526/

Ryan:  Chris Hemsworth
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/86905467783022526/


Leigh:
Justine:  Reese Witherspoon
 (People see Reese Witherspoon as American’s Sweetheart but if you saw her on Big Little Lies, you would understand why I’d pick her for Justine.)



Kai:  Not sure
(This one stumps me. He must look like a surfer, blond hair, and green eyes)
Rad-Reader: Olive skinned, green-eyed, 16-year-olds were hard to find in pics. :D





Lore:  Melanie Paxson
(She was the first person I had in mind for any of the characters)



Rad-Reader:  What song best describes your couple or your book as a whole?
“I Choose You (Acoustic) – Kiana Lede”
Justine song for Nick before her loss.

“Empty Words – Christina Aguilera”
When Nick said he was leaving town after her loss.

“Try Again – Kip Moore”
When Nick is trying to win her back after he made the wrong step after Justine’s loss.




Leigh:   Kip Moore's "Try Again" 
          This song says it all! 



Rad-Reader:  What did you do after you graduated from high school?

Leigh:  I joined the Navy. I wasn’t ready to go to college and wanted to earn money to pay for my education. As of this very moment, I am two classes shy of my master’s degree.
Rad-Reader: Congrats!  With all your kids that is a large load and wife too.  You are a Super Woman Wonderful!

Rad-Reader:  What did you want to be when you were growing up?  Was it always a writer?

Leigh:  I wanted to be a writer, a lawyer, a teacher and a mom. Funny thing is I have my degree in education, I am a mother and now I consider myself a writer. Though I don’t see myself ever being a lawyer, I love writing about them!

Rad-Reader:  If you could tell the young Leigh anything, that you could, what would you tell her to tell the older Leigh? You know, that you could have used now.  What would that be?

Leigh:  Start writing earlier. I wish I would have tried this route earlier in my life.

Rad-Reader:  Are you an independent publisher or are you being published by a publishing company?

Leigh:  I am an indie author.

Rad-Reader:  Has getting your book out there to the public, been a hard process, or has it been easier than you thought?

Leigh:  It has been a lot harder than I thought. It was my first book so I have questioned every choice I have made.


Rad-Reader:  What is your next project and when is it coming out?

Leigh:  The next story will follow Rose.
This is the list in the stand-alone collection following Justine’s family.
-Rose
-Emma
-Ryan
-Kai
-Lila (Emma’s sister mentioned briefly in this book)
-Prequel Novella following Jim and Marcia Staudle.

Rad-Reader:  Where can our readers buy your book?

Rad-Reader:  Where can our readers find you on the Web?

Leigh:  Authorleighlennon@gmail.com

     This was a book I could relate to in a lot of ways.  Haha!  This had me from the first couple of pages.  There were some very intense scenes in this book I have to say.  But there was also some very funny laugh out loud moments too.  And sometimes I had to remember, 'Yeah I am holding my phone or tablet and cannot throw it,' because the character pissed me off.  
    So, thanks for answering my fangirl questions.  I know sometimes they can seem odd but these are usually questions I have really and truly as I am reading along I will stop and write them down.  Some I throw out but some I don't. Because I think someone else may be asking the same question.  I always told my kids to be that brave kid in class to ask the question that everyone else was afraid to because you may be helping someone else get clarity that was too afraid to be embarrassed or whatever the case may be.  
     Some authors may get offended by things I may ask about there characters if they are bitchy or mean or sugary it's not that it's to have it explained to our readers about conflict and why it is so important in our stories to them the author and their relationship to the character we write about.  
     So, thank you for being open and answering some of the questions that were touching on the spoilers I know it can be tough and I appreciate that you did your best and you did it justice if I may say.
     Oh! By the way, you did not outrun me either you are now a 1 Rad-Reader Misfit.  Thanks for your time and we will talk soon.
Char


FRATERNIZE (Players Game #1)

FRATERNIZE                                                          RACHEL VAN DYKEN

Emerson just made her dream come true as a professional cheerleader for her favorite pro football team. But even though the plus-size athlete is breaking down boundaries, she still has to contend with the massive rulebook. Carbs? Nope. Chocolate? Definitely not. Still, Emerson loves her curves, and she’ll rock the hell out of this job even if it kills her. Except for one mandate that is easier read than done…

No fraternizing with the players.

Problem one is Miller Quinton: Emerson’s first love, first sex, and the guy who still ignites her daydreams and R-rated fantasies. Thrown back together, Miller and Emerson feel the undeniable pull of passion again, even if the conflict that tore them apart seems insurmountable. Then there’s way-too-sexy Grant Sanchez. He has a serious reputation with the ladies, and when it comes to winning someone he wants, he doesn’t let anyone stand in his way.

Now Emerson is breaking every rule in the manual. But what she doesn’t know is that she’s part of a wicked little game—one that could steal both her dream and her heart.

MY REVIEW:


     What a wonderfully complicated intensely funny book.  The characters were each a tapestry of emotions and personalities.  They are all puzzle pieces that belong together in order to work yet very odd in shapes to create a work of art called friendship.
     This is a story of two best friends who had always been more.  Emerson Rodner was raised by her father who loved her very much but over time was slowly losing his memory.  Yet, during her growing up it was hard for her.  You see she had always been a plus size girl.
     When she was in junior high and high school she was a cheerleader but always talked about by her own teammates because she had larger breasts, hips, and ass.  But her BFF always came to her rescue to help her through it.  Miller Quinton the star of the football team will not take the field without his favorite cheerleader there to cheer him on.
     He doesn’t like the douche bag she is seeing because he is always cheating on her so he does things like kiss her in front of him to piss him off.  Both their feelings started to go toward more.  Then one day the worst possible news comes ever.  Miller’s mom passes away.  As if that wasn’t bad enough Miller is forced to move with his dad who is in the military to Louisiana.  So, they are moving within a day of the funeral.  Basically, the other side of the country. 
     Before he leaves though Miller professes he loves to Em and she to him and they kiss and they have each other as their “first.”  Em is angry, scared, devastated, and so much more than she will have to live without Miller in her life.  Because he is her everything.  He loves her flaws and all.
     Miller promised her he would never forget her and abandon her.  Their plan had always been for her to be a professional cheerleader like her mom who was built like her.  Miller would be in the NFL and there was never any question they would be on the same team the Washington Bucks’.  But a falling out due to none of their own doing causes a long rift to which causes pain, hurt feelings, and a loss of friendship.
     Do to hard work and determination.  Em made it to a cheer squad for the Bucks’ after her third try.  Miller was traded from the original team he was on to the Bucks’ in his second year in the NFL.  Both the same day.  After making the squad and at her car crying tears of joy.  Em is comforted by the most unlikely source.  It would be the foul mouth highly paid, (by rights), the new face of Armani, Casanova himself, and all too sexy Grant Sanchez.
     He sees if she’s okay finding out they are tears of joy and that not only does she have a slamming body but that they can be friends.  Why you ask?  Because she hates celery.  But she says, No, they aren’t friends because he has already given her a nickname, “Curves.”
     When all players arrive, they have a contest and pick a cheerleader and Sanchez picked him without batting an eye.  He picked “Curves.”  But she wants nothing to do with football players she had already been hurt by one not going there again.  Sanchez turns out to be more than she thought possible.

     See where this game changer takes you because there is a major plot twist for sure.  It was so not expecting it.  I was so not thinking it would end that was that was for sure but I was extremely excited that it did.  I can’t wait for the next installment to come out.  I want to see how the next couple fairs.  Sanchez is by far my favorite character in this book.  I give this: 5 ++++ Stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

Author: Here Friday 7 pm PST. New Guest Author : Sept. 29 – Terri Osburn Rising Star

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