RAVEL                          SHARI J. RYAN

At twenty-three, I’m left with a decision. The outcome could be life or death.

Trent hit me once, and I cried. Then he hit me again. And again. After a while, I got used to it, as I slept on the floor beside his bed, night after night.

Everyone told me to leave him, but I can't. He won't let me. 

The moment I wanted to give up on myself and any form of hope, Kemper—a tall, sexy Marine just home from Afghanistan walked into my bar. With one look in his eyes, I saw pain that mirrored my own.

At first, I thought maybe he would be my prince charming, riding in to save me, but all it took was one tragedy for me to remember…fairy tales don’t exist in real life.

*The content in this book discusses domestic violence and is suitable for readers over 18.*

This was a very powerful book about two people going through two emotional events or trials. Daphne works in a bar and for the most part that is her only time to herself. She is in a verbal and physical abusive relationship and at times wonders how she got into it in the first place by looking back on her life through her journal. Kemper is a Marine just back from another tour and dealing with the loss of his best friend. They shared an apartment together but now he can’t go there because all he does is think about him. Kemper meets Daphne at the bar and he is sitting by himself and not with the other Marines. When she asks him what is wrong and he tells her instead of saying sorry she lifts a mug and offers a toast or salute to his fallen friend, bother in arms. This touches him and a connection is made between them. He helps her the rest of the night and when they leave she is dreading going home more. Once there the nightmare begins and she ends up sleeping on the floor like every night. Wanting to leave but afraid. The next day Kemper is back and helps her with opening the bar and by the third day the guy she is with comes into the bar trying to get her to go home but the Marines Kempner’s friends step in to get rid of him. She goes outside to talk to him and he hits her and by the time Kemper gets out there he is in his car driving off. This begins the time when her life begins to change and she is drawing on the strength he has to leave. He is also wanting to be with her but goes AWOL for a couple of days for his friend’s funeral and dealing or not dealing with having to clean out the apartment they share. They both want to be together but he feels it is not right because he might get redeployed and he does not want to get her hopes up. He soon realizes that he needs her as much as she needs him, and they decide to become a couple and date. When no sooner he has to redeploy in 4 weeks. Now they don’t know what to do but what they come up with is good. This is a story of two people helping each other and being there for one another, and though they are always working on something they come together as a couple, and have found strength through each other. A good story with a lot of emotion and there are scenes of her being abused, and of him seeing how his buddy was killed, so be aware. A good book. I got this book from Netgalley. I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com



When Ethan Forrester’s hockey star brother begs him to take his place at a masquerade fundraiser due to illness, Ethan grudgingly agrees to help the cause. After all, he’ll be wearing a mask that covers the scar across his eye. No one will know his true identity. 

Sports journalist Carly Hughes will do whatever it takes to procure the interview no one else can get from the NHL Stanley cup winning captain. After a few drinks she confesses her need for an exclusive interview or she’ll be fired. Ethan knows his brother as well as he knows himself—spilling a few details should keep the man’s privacy intact—mostly. 

However, when their interview moves to the penthouse suite, Ethan tries to explain he’s not the Forrester brother she’s looking for, but Carly insists he keep his mask on. 
Daylight brings some harsh truths, and a serious hangover. Carly not only forgot to record her interview, but she wakes up with a stranger in her bed. Or was this case of mistaken identity the best thing that’s ever happened to her? 


Ethan does a favor for his hockey superstar bother by going to a fund raiser. That is also a masquerade party. He feels he only needs to make an appearance for a while then he can use the penthouse suite and go back to his life. Being a volunteer firefighter and working at the families lodge. His wife died in a car crash almost 5 years ago and during his attempt to rescue her he now has a scare on the side of his face that makes him feel worthless. When he sits to have a beer an angel sits down next to him. She is in a costume and her name is Carly and she works for an Alaskan magazine and she is wanting to get Dane Forester interview. The problem is she is not talking to Dane but his brother Ethan, but they are both attracted to one another and this takes both of them by surprise. The night goes along and he is making small talk and then agrees to do the interview when they end up in the penthouse and the interview does not take place, at least not the verbal type. In the morning he is feeling great and bad because he feels he tricked her into thinking that he was Dane, he now wants to come clean and when he does he does not listen to her when she says she is attracted to him. He thinks no one can be attracted to him and he cannot have someone else in his life. Now Carly must come up with ways to make him see that she wants to be with him and that she loves him and somehow that he can open up a little for her or he will die an old and lonely man. This was a good story and I like the characters but Carly was really a strong female and that was good to read. A very good book. I got this book from netgalley. I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com



Franny Thompson has owned a bed and breakfast in Lindsey Point for the last five years, ever since a family tragedy left her broken. Running The Hideaway has been good therapy, but this thirty-year old doesn’t have the slightest idea about dating, fashion, or men. When a lonely soldier comes to town in need of a place to live, she offers him an empty room to rent, never dreaming he’s about to change her world.

Heath Garrick has spent the last 17 years as an active duty solider, but when he retires from the Army, he finds himself plagued by PTSD and no place to call home, until he moves to Lindsey Point and Franny offers him a room. Franny is quirky and naive, everything he’s never wanted in a woman – and everything he might just need.

As Franny and Heath find comfort in each other’s friendship, a powerful attraction develops. But when a national magazine chooses The Hideaway for a makeover, they are thrust into the spotlight. For Franny, it’s a dream come true. For Heath, it’s the worst kind of trouble. Can two lonely souls help each other find love and hope again, or are some battle scars too deep ever to heal?

Franny Thompson owns a local bed and breakfast in fictional town Lindsey Point, she also is a baker and delivers her goods to a local bar, restaurant when she notices a man sitting by himself. A stranger, and engages him in a conversation. Heath Garrick, was in the Army for 17 years and just retired he is struggling with PTSD but is still surprised when Franny comes over and talks to him. She offers him a place to stay and once he moves in to the trailer in the back he works around her place they also become friends. After a while there attraction for each other cannot be dined and they both seem happy. Even when his daughter shows up who is 17, this still works. Everything is going good until she wins a makeover for her bed and breakfast along with herself. Heath is doing everything to keep their relationship together in supporting her but he does like when the main producer is hanging all over Franny especially after her make over. When they are at the celebration the producer makes a pass at her and after telling him no more than once, Heath hit the guy once. Franny gets mad at him and later when she thinks about it he was only protecting her, but she realizes that Heath is gone. He did leave a note saying bye and hoping she will be happy with the producer fellow. Not hearing from him for almost two months her friends even told her what he did was the right thing, she still does not know where he is, and neither does his daughter. He is living on the streets in Boston and thinking about going back to see if Franny is with that guy or not, and maybe she will take him back. He sees another vet he knows getting beat up by three men and goes in to help his friend only to be shot. Franny gets a call and he is the hospital, and she decides he is not leaving her again, but she does not know if he is alive or not. READ THE BOOK AND FIND OUT. A very good with good characters. I got this book from Netgalley. I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com



From award-winning fanfic phenomenon Sophie Jackson, the third novel in the sexy and emotionally intense blockbuster A Pound of Flesh series.

Life in New York for ex-con Riley Moore is pretty damn good, until a call from his mother shatters the calm: his father has suffered his second heart attack in two years and is in a critical condition. Leaving everything behind, Riley flies home to Michigan for the first time in five years to support his mother and do his best to make amends with his father. He also tries not to think about Lexie Pierce, the only girl he ever truly cared about, and who broke his heart.

When they inevitably meet, memories of their love make Riley yearn to reconnect, despite the pain they both suffered. Though she's wary, and has a secret she’s hidden from him for five years, Lexie has little willpower when it comes to Riley and she agrees. Besides, after all that has gone before, she owes it to both of them to find out if they can love each other again.

Can they both overcome their sorrow and secrets and finally share their life together?

A powerful new voice in modern romance, Sophie Jackson has crafted a passionate love story with unforgettable characters that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

This is a fantastic story about two people that have been friends since childhood and when things looked like they might have gotten them together Lexie has had problems since her father died right before they graduated from high school and she did not follow Riley to New York where he went to college. They both thought about each other and then after he graduates college he comes home for a little bit before opening his own shop in New York only to be arrested for having stolen auto parts in his shop and he ends up doing five years. Not having seeing each other in five years and he has not talked to his father either. He gets a phone call from his mother and finds out his dad had a heart attack. Meanwhile after a few days back he runs into Lexie and though she does not want to see him she needs to she has something to tell him. Also when they do see each the feelings they had for each other really never left but she is scared and he must win back her trust but she must also overcome her fears that started when her father died. A very good true to life love story that does not get settle right away, also emotional as well. A very good book. With good characters. I got this book from Netgalley. I gave it 5 stars. Follow us atwww.1rad-readerreviews.com



In Unbreakable, Thom Shea, a highly decorated Navy SEAL, shares his years of combat experiences in Afghanistan. His stories, while adventurous and entertaining, provide incredible insights, sure to shift your view of yourself and provoke life-altering change! Originally meant to be a memoir for his children in case he didn’t survive deployment and could not return home to them, Unbreakable has a powerful set of lessons for anyone striving to break through the barriers of human performance.

Unbreakable contains no hidden secrets; however, Shea’s painstaking study and experiences in striving for excellence offer traits and habits required for the effective and efficient pursuit of personal transformation. Do you want to perform above and beyond what humans think possible? Read this book!

Unbreakable is fresh, raw, engaging, and real. “All great accomplishments, all earned awards, start with our Internal Dialogue that needs to be fulfilled,” says Shea. “Don’t fear the need to achieve anything, and never give up . . . never.” Internal Dialogue controls everyone’s actions, and only a few people spend the time essential for mastery—maybe one in ten, or even fewer. For those who can master their Internal Dialogue, the possibilities are limitless.

Shea is our example, proving anyone can shift their chaos of battle into the calm of victory. He leads the way and shows us all how to be unbreakable.


This is a book that describes more than just his experiences in combat. He set down certain life skills or practices and he did it at first with the intention for his children to have something from him and life lessons that he had learned. There is also a dialogue between his wife and him that I thought was very helpful for not only going into combat but also police work, and lines where you put your life on the line and your whole desire is to come home and to feel the strength from your home, your wife especially is vital. The way described their relationship made sense. Thought the entire book was good I like the chapter that he wrote for his daughter giving her strength and not relying on a man and being strong. Those were key for a father telling his daughter. A very good book. I got this book from Netgalley.  I give this 5 stars.  Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com



He's a tough cop on a mission. 
She avoids cops like the plague. 
He'll take the challenge... 

Single mom Isabel Garcia's blood runs cold when an innocent dig in her garden unearths evidence of her late husband's criminal activity, one she knew nothing about! When she calls narcotics detective Linc Heller, she faces another shock-- her wild attraction to the hot detective.

Yet Linc's perilous profession makes him unsuitable as a potential husband and stepfather. Protecting her little daughter from further heartache, Isabel vows to avoid Linc. But the alpha lieutenant is determined to woo the elusive Latin beauty and show her some risks make life worth living.

This book opens with Isabella Garcia finding evidence that her ex-husband who is now dead was into illegal activities. She calls the detective Linc Heller who was the investigator and who is also attracted to her. Isabella likes him but his job does not make him an ideal stepfather for her daughter who has already lost her father and feels she could not handle another loss. On top of that she is trying to work on saving her families nursery business that took a loss the year before because of a freeze that hit there area. Linc does not give up on asking her out and when she finally agrees she does have a good time but she is still torn. When he meets the daughter she immediately likes him and wants to invite him to one of her school plays but her mother does not know. By then she has told him they need to break it off but he still goes to the play. He continues to hope for her to ease up and let him in but she is stubborn to the point where her own family is telling her to give him a chance. When he finally does something for her and the nursery that eases him into her heart she opens just a little. Will it be enough read the book and find out? A good story. I got this book from Netgalley. I gave it 3 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com 



What do you do when Mr. Right seems oh-so-wrong?

Holly Sinclair is ready to have it all. She's even found her Mr. Right--a steady, reliable guy who just needs a little convincing. Now all the former wild child has to do is free herself of her very inconvenient attraction to Jack Everett. Not only does the notorious playboy and tabloid king seduce her at her sister's wedding, he follows her to Paris! Suddenly, Holly is alone with Jack in the most romantic city in the world--and his family is leaping to the wrong conclusions…

The world's most infamous bachelor has finally met his match. If Jack was the type to settle down, Holly would be the woman of his dreams. There's just one hitch: Holly actually believes she wants to marry Mr. Oh-So-Boring. Intent on proving that she deserves someone better, Jack finds himself playing the role of the perfect boyfriend…a little too well. If he's not careful, he might just lose this game--and his heart.

     When Holly Sinclair was met with a life changing crisis it made her look at her lifestyle differently.  You see ever since she turned 18 she had been traveling all over the world having wonderful fulfilling experiences.  She did however go to college and got her teacher’s degree and did that in some of the place as means to help her live.  But she only did it for short term subbing jobs in all types of schools.
     Her family as well as her best friend not to mention her ex-boyfriend never approved of her lifestyle of jet setting.  They thought of it as her be a woman who could not settle down or commit.  They were always worried about her like she was a poor defenseless girl.  They saw her as irresponsible. 
     The thing was this crisis sent her home to try and to conform to everyone’s wishes to be this normal stay put woman.  You know the one?  A good teaching job, a husband (her BFF – Ben), a few children, and a home with a white picket fence and never traveling again.  There was just one huge glitch.  Benjamin her ex and BFF won’t get with the program.  He doesn’t believe she has changed so after months he won’t even date her.  But they hang out all the time.
     But when her sister Ivy married wealthy businessman Daniel and he happened to be business partners with the tabloid playboy she had a crush on for forever she almost died.  In fact, Jack Everett was Ivy’s best friend.  So, at the wedding in Tuscany, Italy, Holly got up close and personal with Jack.  Not going as far as doing the nasty but being that he was the tabloid hottie, she should have figured there would be photographers hiding in the bushes.  She never thought that her own mother would be the one to fire the first shot.  It wasn’t a damning shot it was just of her and Jack so she felt like she had to explain it to Benjamin but he didn’t even react.
     Then months later another one shows up.  This looks like they were kissing or at least getting ready too.  So she left the last day of school without clearing out her classroom to find Benjamin.  But when she did she didn’t get a chance to explain because when she walked in his house she sees his packed bags for a trip.  Now they either saw or talked to each other every night but he never said he was going anywhere so she was crushed but she was pissed too.  She worked hard to react asking when he planned on telling her he was going and planned on telling her he was going and when and where?  He said he planned on telling her that night at dinner.  He was leaving the next morning to Paris. 
     Now, then she almost lost it.  So rather than lose it she said it had been a long day.  She said to tired to go out and that he probably had things to do before his trip and she just left.  She left to go home and cry.  But then it came to her she could be the romantic one and follow him to Paris and booked a flight.
     When she arrives she calls her pregnant sister who after 9 months is ready to deliver and says she followed Ben to Paris to be romantic.  Ivy is not happy at all.  Holly is the only one that doesn’t know that Ben is not interested in a relationship with her he just wants to be friends.  Holly says to tell the family and that she will check in a few days.  She’ll be searching all of France and hangs up.  Ivy goes into a panic and goes to talk to Daniel, Jack and Brunelli and explain that Holly is on a wild goose chase in Paris.  She says she needs to go after her.  But Daniel says no because she is due at any time.  So he says he will go but Jack says no he will go that Jack needs to stay with Ivy.  So starts the chase because you see Ben went to Paris, Texas not Paris, France.  Plus, Jack says he is doing it for his BFF Ivy and Daniel his business partner but he has unfinished business with Holly he can only handle in person.
     I loved this story of two people who find their self-worth after allowing others to dictate it for so long.  In doing so find true love and a HEA.  I give this 5 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at: www.1rad-readerreviews.com.


Talkin’ Sports

With Pat

Today the report from Baylor University was not good at all.  The head football coach will be let go which is good.  The athletic director is placed on probation and president of the university Kenneth Starr was moved down to Chancellor.  Which I think both of those people should have been let go as well.  Starr is also still a professor at the law school how ironic.  These are all because of sexual misconduct charges filed against the school.  Also, because the football staff would try to talk women out of filing charges and there also is allegations of retaliation against the females who did file charges.  You also have a title 19 charge against the University.  That they were told to fix in 2011, but did not until 2014.  When they did they did not provide her a staff or funds to operate her office accordingly.  This is the same football program that had an athlete tried and put in prison for 20 years on some charges, not all.  This is supposed to be a Christian school, but their male leaders are not acting that way to their students, especially FEMALE!  How many more schools is this going on at and the University, football program is covering up the problem?  Hopefully more women will come forward.


THE DEBT                      TYLER KING

Hadley saved my life . . . and I ruined hers Hadley's my best friend. We share a house, our friends, a life. She knows all my secrets . . . except one. My desperate need for her is inked on my body, it's the best I can do. But Hadley needs to hear the words . . . Growing up as foster kids, Hadley made me feel whole-sane. And what did I do? I destroyed our chance to be together. I ran out on Hadley when I should have stayed, and something broke between us. Now I'll do anything to fix it. I'll never leave her again. I won't ever let her feel afraid again. But the more I try to protect her from my pain, the more I just make things worse. I'm terrified that if I tell her everything, she'll never forgive me. I'm even more terrified that it may be too late to make her mine. I have to try to give her what she needs . . . it's a debt I'm determined to repay.

     Abandonment anyway it is served up is still abandonment.  Then you add a tragic or an abusive event on to that and we are talking head cases for sure.  We become overloaded with fear, doubt, insecurities, hopelessness, and loneliness.  All inside our own heads all because we lose our ability to trust most of all ourselves and others.
     This is what is happening to Josh MacKay the storyteller.  You see he was left on a bus at five years old by his mom.  When she never came back at the end of the line the bus driver had to turn him over to the police where he ended up in foster care.
     At his third home, I believe it was, he was being sexually abused nightly by his foster father.  About six weeks in a new girl also five years old came in her name was Hadley Mitchell.  She had lost her parents in a car accident.  With no other relatives they put her in foster care while they searched for her godfather.  Every night after Josh’s attack he would go to her and lay on the floor and break into ore shattered pieces.  For by her side he felt comfort.
     When her godfather is found she is saved he’s happy for her yet sad for himself.  But it was Hadley that saved him.  You see she started throwing tantrums, trying to get to Josh.  Saying she has to save him.  She would run away and have panic attacks till finally Tom her godfather took her to see a doctor she could talk to which happened to be Simon MacKay.
     Once he started treating her and believed her he and his wife Carmen started the paperwork to adopt Josh and put his abuser in prison.  He and Hadley were reunited and remained friends.  And their hearts were truly meshing.  Until they lost their virginity together and the world came crashing down around them.
     You will love this story with all its harshness, true life, dysfunction, love, hope, laughter, joy, fear, pain, lots of tears, but most of all happiness.  This author very eloquently takes you on an emotional journey of healing for Josh and Hadley.
     I have to say I had to step away at times for it was emotionally draining at times but so worth the read.  You will for sure need tissues because when the tears hit they will hit hard and it will be a messy cry.  Not a lot of books get me there so this author is amazing in her style of writing and her choice of making it come from Josh’s eyes, WOW!

     I give this book gladly 5++++ stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at: www.1rad-readerreviews.com.



There are certain words that have always described Cam Brantley: Town bad boy. Soldier. Protector. But never, ever dad. Until he returns home from his latest military tour to discover the girl he had one smoking-hot night with is now mom to the adorable two-year-old Zoey. Who has his eyes.
Plenty of words could describe Emma Walker these days. Mom, dutiful granddaughter, budding designer, the town’s golden child. But when her longtime crush Cam Brantley comes back to town, she knows the perfect word to describe herself: screwed.
Cam and Emma are both shocked to discover he truly wants Zoey in his life. But Cam’s not sure he’s ready to be a dad, and Emma can’t gamble her daughter on maybes. As the long-simmering heat between Cam and Emma reaches a boiling point, he’ll have to work past his demons in order to be the man both girls need.
Each book in the Hope Springs series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Second Chance Ranch
Book #2 Crazy for the Competition
Book #3 The Bad Boy's Baby
     Sometimes our decisions can have a lasting effect on what our futures will hold.  Yet when our past has been so rocky and the tapes in our heads bring us nothing but heartache, fears and pain.  What hope does that really give us?  That our dreams and our decisions either well thought out or spur of the moment could ever work out?
     Well, those are the questions Emma Walker and Cam Brantley former classmates have asked themselves since leaving high school many times.  For totally different reasons.  Yet, three years ago soon after breaking up with a boyfriend of two years, who said she was just too boring and basically not good in bed too vanilla.  So to prove him wrong she dressed in a very short skirt, did her hair and makeup, and went to the Triple S bar & grill.   While sitting at the bar she sees the guy she crushed over all through high school Cam Brantley.
     Cam had joined the Army right out of high school and was home on leave before shipping out on another tour the next day.  He was talking to his brother, Heath, about their good for nothing drunk father.  And the fact that he had gotten a stripper pregnant and that they now had a 5-year-old brother.  Heath was saying that he would keep an eye on him the way Cam did for him.  Cam was telling Heath their father was the perfect reason why he was never getting married or having kids ever.
     When Cam looks over to the seats next to him he sees Emma and ask if she is that girl that had all the answers in school?  She rolls her eyes and says yes.  She scoots over and buys him a drink then he buys her one.  They leave together only getting as far as the parking lot and into his truck.  One thing leads to another…
     Fast forward three years Emma puts herself through architecture school getting her degree.  Although she has not been able to land a job with a firm she has been given more responsibility with the construction company that she is working with.  One of which is one the job at the newest B & B on the mountain where she used to go hiking all the time.  She designed the new cabins that will be the rooms that they will be renting out for the visitors.  This is the first job in fact that she is the architect on the job where she drew up the plans on her own.  Although to cover his ass her boss has the architect he usually uses checking off each step along the way to be sure.  What is the ironic part the job is it’s for her best friend Quinn and her boyfriend Heath.  Yeah, that’s right Cam’s brother.
     Now on this Monday like the past several she knocked on Quinn and Heath’s B & B’s front door so she could have morning coffee with them before her crew arrived.  Then she could talk to them about the progress of the cabins she had designed.  As she got ready to knock a second time the door opens she fell into a hard wall of none other than Cam.
     When Quinn comes to great her and brings her to the kitchen for coffee.  The air is filled with tension of all kinds of energy.  All day she avoids Cam.  Most of the next until he corners her.  He wants her to know that she doesn’t need to feel awkward around him for what happened between them three years ago.  They agree kind of when he turns to leave she blurts out that she has a child.  He secretly is attracted to her and wanes but not totally he asks how old?  She says two.  Nothing remotely clicks so she can tell so she has to say it.  She says something to the effect of we do great alone always have and always will.  So no worries and she knew he never wanted any kids because she remembered from that night because she heard him and Heath talking about never wanting to get married or have kids.  So she could, she could see the faint beginnings of understanding of what she said.   Then she said, “We have a daughter.”
     See how these two strangers work through the mind fields called their lives.  Not only that see how they have to plan for the future, but also lay the past to rest.  Can they do it for Zoey their daughter?

     I really enjoyed this story because it kept it on an upbeat note.  Especially, when you have two characters with dark past.  Yet, the upbeat was not that sugar sweet that was to unbelievable.  I give this 5 ++++ stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at: www.1rad-readerreviews.com.


LET’S WELCOME KATE CARLEY  AUTHOR OF: Rad-Reader:  Where did the idea for the storyline come from? Kate:   I love...