Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Behind the Bars Blog Tour!

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Behind the Bars, the first beautiful and emotional standalone in the all-new Music Street Series from Brittainy C. Cherry is available NOW!

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When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.


I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.

The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.


Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.

Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.


And in a flash, she was gone.


Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.

She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.


Caged.


Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.

Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.


When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

When we met again, she was the darkest storm.

Christy's Review: 

5+ stars!!!!

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“No woman can only fall in love with the music of jazz. She always quietly yearns for the musician behind the bars.”

Brittainy C. Cherry is a wordsmith. She is one of those people that is doing exactly what she was made for. Behind the Bars is another masterpiece. I can’t say enough good things about this book! It moved me and gave me the feels on an entirely different level! It was brilliant and a top favorite of mine this year!

Jasmine Greene is the daughter of a traveling musician and a mom-ager. Her dad, Ray, is fantastic, but her mom is always trying to get her to be someone she’s not. Jasmine loves music and soul is what speaks to her. According to her mother, Jasmine needs to sing pop to be successful. For the first time in a long time, Jasmine has a home. New Orleans becomes home for them, as Ray has a long-term gig. While in New Orleans, she meets Elliot.

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Elliot is a sweet, shy, and quiet boy. He’s one of those too skinny and a bit nerdy high schoolers. But when Jasmine hears him play his saxophone, he becomes someone else. His music is everything. Jasmine and Elliot forge an unlikely friendship that becomes more with time. Elliot holds the key to Jasmine’s heart and nothing could ever break them apart. Until Jasmine’s mother decides to uproot her entire life. While Jasmine is gone, the unthinkable happens to Elliot and they go years without seeing each other or speaking.

Finally, Jasmine comes home. Home to New Orleans, to Ray, and maybe even to that shy boy she’s been in love with since she was a teen.
 
Whenever I thought of home, I didn’t think of a place, I thought of people. The ones who shaped us into the people we were meant to become. The ones who loved us with our scars, and told us those scars were beautiful. The ones who allowed us to make mistakes, and still loved us fully.


Elliot and Jasmine are both so different as adults. I won’t get into their second chance love story, but gah! It’s stunning. I felt their pain, their struggle, and their love completely. I adore these characters so much. Elliot is one of the best characters Brittainy has ever written. He’s so complex. And, as always, there are a few side characters that completely steal the show. TJ is incredible, and Ray. Oh Ray. I can’t even tell you how much I loved this man!!!


Elliot and Jasmine’s love was strong. Strong enough to withstand the strongest of storms. Strong enough to fight the hardest of battles. And strong enough to conquer all the hardships they face along the way. It’s not without a fight, but these two are made to be. Their connection is that strong. You can feel it- it’s palpable.

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36 highlights. 36. I’m a reader who usually highlights a few of my favorite quotes while I’m reading, maybe 5-10, 15 if I really loved the book. But 36… that only happens with a Cherry book. There are so many quotes that spoke to my heart. So many moments filled with pain, hope, and love, that I needed to save on my kindle so I could go back and re-read them when I needed them. This story and these words are so special to me.
 
“One can’t truly heal if they pretend the cracks don’t exist.”

Behind the Bars is one of those books that will touch your heart and soul. It will make you feel, make you cry, and by the end, completely warm your heart. THIS is the reason Brittainy is my favorite author. She always makes me cry, but by the end, always always leaves my heart happy and healed. Read this book for the love, for the heart, and for the music. It’s a book that needs to be read and I give it all the stars!


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Excerpt:



By the way, what happened to Todd’s nose?” I asked.

“I broke it,” Elliott said matter-of-factly.

“What? How? Why?”

He shrugged before turning to look out the window. “He called you a bad name.”

“What was it?”

“It doesn’t matter.”

“Eli,” I started.

He turned my way and locked his hazel eyes with my browns. “Jazz…” He shook his head. “It wasn’t true.”

I swallowed hard, a big part of me certain Todd’s words held some form of truth.

Elliott saw it in me—my fear. He kept shaking his head and whispered, “I don’t feel sorry for you. Sometimes you look at me like you think I feel sorry for you, and I want you to know I don’t. I think you’re perfect the way you are.”

I quietly laughed at him repeating the words I’d told him earlier. A few tears rolled down my cheeks. “I’m a little messed up.”

“I know.” He nodded. “That’s why I like you.”

He went back to staring out the window, and I kept staring at him.

And there it was.

So small, so tiny, so real.

Love.

It wasn’t love, but it was the beginning of it.

I knew I was young, and I knew it was stupid, but in that moment, I began to fall in love with the quiet boy who quietly cared for me. The boy who was scared and still strong. The boy who stood up for me when he was surrounded by reasons not to do such a thing. I hadn’t known much about love. I hadn’t known how it looked, felt, or tasted. I hadn’t known how it moved, how it flowed, but I knew my heart was tight and currently skipping a few beats. I understood the goose bumps covering my arms. I knew this stuttering boy who was sometimes so scared was someone worth loving. He was worth being the first one I gave my heart to.

I knew Elliott Adams was love.

And I was falling into him so fast.
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Monday, December 11, 2017

Man Hands by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby is LIVE!


About MAN HANDS

BRYNN

At thirty-four, I’m reeling from a divorce. I don’t want to party or try to move on. I just want to stay home and post a new recipe on my blog: Brynn’s Dips and Balls.

But my friends aren’t having it. Get out there again, they say. It will be fun, they say. I’m still taking a hard pass. 

Free designer cocktails, they say. And that’s a game-changer. 

Too bad my ex shows up with his new arm candy. That’s when I lose my mind. But when my besties dare me to leap on the first single man I see, they don't expect me to actually go through with it.

TOM

All I need right now is some peace and quiet while my home renovation TV show is on hiatus. But when a curvy woman in a red wrap dress charges me like she’s a gymnast about to mount my high bar, all I can do is brace myself and catch her. What follows is the hottest experience of my adult life. 

I want a repeat, but my flying Cinderella disappears immediately afterward. She doesn’t leave a glass slipper, either—just a pair of panties with chocolate bunnies printed on them. 

But I will find her.



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Christy's Review:

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OMG. This book was one of the funniest books I’ve read in a while. I was in the mood to laugh when I started reading it, so it was perfect timing for me! Sarina Bowen is an author who never disappoints, and I’ve never read Tanya Eby, but together they did a great job with Man Hands. To be quite honest, I didn’t love the title or cover, but I still picked it up because HELLO- SARINA BOWEN! And I’m so glad I did! If you love funny books, don’t let the cover deter you.

Brynn is in her 30’s and recently divorced. Her friends decide she needs to go out and get some. The best way to get over someone is to get under someone else, right? But it has to be someone different from her normal type. Brynn doesn’t have the best picker, as you can tell by her ex.

    
“You need to do the nasty with someone who isn't your type. If your body is responding with all those whozits and whatsits, then you need to run away because your instinct is just plain wrong."
 
When Brynn first lays eyes on Tom, she knows he is far from her type. He’s a big burly manly man. So naturally, she attacks him. It works out in her favor because she has the best sex of her life with Tom. Then things get a little out of hand between the two…

This book made me laugh out loud so many times! It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that had me cracking up like this. I loved Brynn and Tom, but seriously TOM! Tom was so great! I adored him! This book is so much fun. It’s one of those laugh out loud rom-coms and I recommend it to all who love funny books. I can’t wait to read more from this duo!



Audiobook Review: Lucky Number Eleven



I’ve always been the person that does whatever someone tells me I can’t. 

Can’t graduate with a four-point-oh? Check.
Can’t win a modeling contract without trying? Did it. Check.
Can’t make it in the pro football league? Triple check with an MVP Award on top.

When my best friend told me to stay away from his little sister, Layla, it didn’t sound like a challenge. Then again, I’d never seen her before.

He obviously wasn’t thinking about who he was talking to if he believed I could ignore her. I obviously wasn’t thinking of him at all when I fell in love with her either. 

Fact of the matter is: I not only fell harder than a quarterback sack on a Sunday night game, but I did us one better. Kind of like that MVP award, only not so shiny. Sort of like my Player of the Year title, except the only thing I’m walking away with is an ex-best friend and a woman that hates my guts. 

It’s okay. Just tell me I can’t win her back. 

I’m Branch “Lucky” Best and today’s my lucky day. 

Lucky Number Eleven is a STANDALONE NOVEL.




Christy's Review:


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Sometimes that play that wins the game isn’t the safe one. It’s not the pass over the middle that will definitely get you ten yards. It’s the Hail Mary at the end that you toss up with nothing but a prayer.

Lucky Number Eleven is a feel good sports romance that is sweet, sexy, and a lot of fun!

Layla meets Branch Best after she’s just had a break-up with a football player. She’s promised to swear off athletes, but there is something about Branch… Branch and Layla’s brother, Finn, are teammates and close friends. Branch knows that Layla is completely off limits to him. Branch may have a bit of a reputation when it comes to women, and Finn warns him off of his little sister.


Branch and Layla’s chemistry is so strong, neither one of them can head to the ‘off-limits’ warning. I loved watching them together. Their playful banter, fun and sexy time, and of course a bit of a forbidden love story happening. Then this story takes a bit of a twist. I liked the direction it went, it gave the story a bit more depth and more of the feels.

What I enjoyed most about this book was all the different relationships. Not just Branch and Layla, but I loved the Poppy and Finn dynamic. Not just them together, but Finn and Branch’s friendship, as well as Poppy and Layla’s. I love a book with an array of fantastic characters!

I listened to the audiobook of Lucky Number Eleven and I feel like the narrators really brought the story to life. I’ve listened to other books narrated by Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott, and they make a great narration team. I’d definitely recommend the audiobook.

If you’re looking for a brother’s best friend/sports romance with just the right amount of fun, feels, sexy, and sweet- pick this one up!

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