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New Release & Review: Collared by Nicole Williams – FIVE Star Recommendation


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When a seventeen-year-old girl vanishes,
A community is shaken.
Parents turn desperate.
Friends hold vigils.
And the boy who loves her searches.

When a year goes by,
The community is recovering.
Parents feel hopeless.
Friends feel helpless.
And the boy who loves her continues his search.

When ten years go by,
The community has forgotten.
Parents cling to the past.
Friends move toward the future.
And the boy who loves her . . .
Brings her home.

Jade Childs spent ten years in captivity, but now that she’s back, the real battle for survival begins. The media shadows her. Flashbacks haunt her. Her old life evades her. Her so-called new life rejects her. She spent too many years in the dark to recognize the light. She spent too long repressing her feelings to remember how to express them. She spent a decade abandoning hope and cannot dare letting it back into her life. Jade’s not just defined by what happened to her—she’s collared to it.

When the twenty-seven-year-old woman is found,
A community wants to know the story,
Parents want to forget the story,
Friends want to be a part of the story,
And the man who still loves her faces the greatest challenge yet: letting her go.

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naughty mom review Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
POV: Hers / 1st person
Naughty Factor: 0 out of 5


WOW! So totally NOT what I expected.

I’ll be honest, I read the synopsis and had an idea in my head about what this book was going to be like. It seemed quite similar to some of my favorite dark reads, so I jumped at the chance to read it…little did I know, this is NOT a dark romance. This was no where near dark and I was extremely and pleasantly surprised at the direction this story took me. It was emotional and sad in some ways but had so much within the pages that actually uplifted me in a way.

Torrin is a boy that truly loved the girl next door. At seventeen years old he knows, without a shadow of a doubt, that he’s going to spend the rest of his life with her. Jude had her life ahead of her. With the cute and affectionate boy next door, a loving but protective family and college just around the corner, she’s living on cloud nine. But when she’s taken and ten years go by, she comes back to a life she doesn’t know and people she loves but are now strangers.

Jude finds it difficult to acclimate back into the life she once knew and that’s where I was pulled in and strapped to my seat. Jude’s strength was powerful. Sure she had her fears, confusion and bouts of despair… but with Torrin, her sweet love, she found the will to gather all the strength she could muster to fight for her way back. Torrin was her ultimate support and the only one that could reach her and help her to learn to live again, overcome the changes that occurred during the decade she was missing. I went through everything with her. I felt her every emotion. I understood when she was doling out forgiveness, I wanted to comfort her when she was feeling pain and I raged with her when she reached the anger stage of her recovery.

This story was so much more than I could have imagined and had an ending that was so perfect, I still can’t get it out of my mind. I’ve never read a Nicole Williams book before, but this book has made me a fan and I look forward to reading all of her past and future work.

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I feel something swirl at my ankle, then it grabs me. I’m sucked under instantly as the undercurrent slams me to the ocean bottom and tumbles me around. It’s happened before, so I don’t panic. I know that once it’s done with me, it will let me go. Once it’s twirled me around a few times, it will leave me alone.
I can feel it starting to lose momentum when two arms brace around me and break me free. When we pop through the surface, Torrin spins me around, terror drawing up his expression.
“Are you okay?” He holds me with one hand, inspecting me with the other like he’s going to find an elbow or organ missing.
I’m totally wet. I feel ocean water draining out of my ears and nose. My hair feels like a cyclone just had its way with it, and I know my skin’s red and blotchy from the sand exfoliation treatment I just received free of charge.
I laugh. This is what alive feels like. I remember.
It’s adrenaline pulsing so hard in my veins they feel about to burst. It’s feelings that twist my stomach into knots. It’s feeling so cold my body goes numb and so attracted to someone my body feels the opposite of numb.
This is it. Living. I can almost feel the blood warm in my veins as it starts to run again.
“Why are you laughing?” Torrin’s face flashes with relief when he sees I’m okay, but he doesn’t let go of me.
On the beach, my parents slowly make their way back to the beach blankets once they’ve seen I’m okay.
“That was fun.” I rub my stomach because it hurts. From the laughter. I’d forgotten stomachs could hurt from laughing.
“Fun? Not my idea of fun.”
I wipe the water from my face and find just as much sand pasted to it. “What’s your idea of fun then?”
Torrin’s still shaking his head when he suddenly shouts, “This!”
He pulls me under the water with him. He lets me go right away, but I don’t want him to. I don’t want him to ever let go.
I splash him when he resurfaces a few feet away. “Did you just dunk me?”
He splashes back. “I just did.”
“You’ve heard of payback, right?” I move a little closer, ignoring the way I can feel my parents watching us from the beach.
“I’ve heard of it. Not really a big fan though.”
When I lunge at him and try to knock him under, he’s clearly bracing for it because all I do is smash into him. My wet body against his, our arms tangled together, our faces too close to not be aware of where each other’s mouths are . . .
“What’s this payback thing again?” He’s practically gloating, so I come at it from a different angle.
My eyes drop to his mouth and stay there until his lips part from his breaths coming faster. When my hand curves against the side of his face, sweeping down the line of his jaw, I feel his chest moving hard against mine. His arms tangle tighter behind me because I’m slipping through them. When that doesn’t work, he hoists me higher, and his arms form a net beneath my backside.
I need to clear my head before I can’t remember what I’m doing.
My eyes lift to his and hold there. When he blinks, a drop of water rolls off his eyelashes. My hand slides lower until my thumb is touching the corner of his mouth.
“Torrin?” I whisper, my mouth lowering.
“Yeah?” His voice is rough, coming from low in his throat.
I move my mouth just outside his ear. “This . . . is . . .”—I burst free of his hold and slide his legs out from beneath him with my foot—“payback!”
He goes down with a surprised shout and an explosive splash. I’m laughing again, and so is he when he pops his head above the water.
“Well played, Childs.”
“Thank you very much,” I say with a bow, hoping he can’t see right through me the way I feel he can sometimes.
If he does, he’ll know. He’ll know I would have rather kissed him. I would rather still be kissing him. He’ll know that while I’m content to put most of the past behind me, there’s one part I want to pack and bring with me to the future.
I think he might see it though, because I think I might see it in him too.
The sun catches his eyes just right when he looks at me. “You always had a way of taking the ground right out from beneath me.”

Check out this Excerpt and Review of my FIRST #mustread of 2016!! TEN (My Brother’s Best Friend) by Ker Dukey

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Title: Ten (My Brother’s Best Friend)
Author: Ker Dukey
Released: December 20, 2015

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Ten Synopsis

Ten years old I fell in love
Ten years was the price of that love
Ten years later our world’s re-collide

My brother Jonah was possessive when it came to the things he owned; this unfortunately included the people in his life. The forbidden love between his best friend and me was just that… forbidden.

Our families were from different walks of life and as a sheriff’s daughter being with a Moore’s kid would never be tolerated. To my parents their son and Dalton Moore were on different paths and their friendship would end as soon as college began but it was my brother who had a craving for trouble. He was always looking for danger, committing petty crimes and getting away with it because Dalton would take the fall, blackening his already stained name.

When Jonah found out we broke the rules by loving each other, his consequences impacted us all with immeasurable suffering.
Betrayal comes with a debt and it would be paid by all of us.

One with their heart,
one with their mind
and one would pay in blood.

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Alexandria (Alex)

Soul mates, not everyone believes they exist, but that’s because they have never met theirs.

How can someone who has never felt a connection so fierce, that you feel the power of it in every molecule of your being, believe such an thing exists?

How can you explain to them that the jolt that ignites every nerve ending in your body is like the sky crackling and exploding with lightening before it joins with the earth for the briefest yet most magnificent of moments, displaying the true force of nature’s power?

When that one person you were created with, comes into your life, you know without any doubt that they’re yours and you are theirs. It’s nature in its truest form. There is nothing more natural then falling in love with your soul mate.

True love Is like an out of body experience, you transcend before crashing back into your body seeing life through new eyes.

You don’t just find your soul mate; you reunite with them with intensity so powerful nothing can stop it. A love so potent you feel it in the atmosphere, and you see it in their aura.

Dalton Moore was my soul mate and I lived to love him.

He was in my every childhood memory.

Every dream I conjured.

He was every good decision I made…

But for him…

review logoRating: 5 out of 5 Stars
POV: Hers & His / 1st person
Naughty Factor: 4 out of 5

This was my first “can’t put down” read for the year!! I started it in the wee hrs of the morning, thinking I would get started and then just pick back up after a few hrs of sleep. Nope! Once I started, there was no way I was setting it down.

I was instantly pulled into the story as Ker Dukey delivered a love story about finding your soul mate at an early age…and then seeing how time apart changed them and what they went through due to outside influences from their respective families. Ten is pretty close to a modern day Romeo and Juliet sort of love with the trademark dark twists that can only be expertly delivered by this author.

Dalton and Alex were amazing characters and I couldn’t help but be in their shoes as I read their from points of view. Each of them loving so strongly that it was undeniable and it was always present no matter what got in the way and no matter how much they wanted to deny it or even fight it.

The story was intense, but not over dramatic. All the feelings were relateable and so palpable that I could feel how the love, passion, desire, suspense and action affected the characters, through my own heart beat. It was like I was actually living their story.

This is, BY FAR, Ker Dukey’s BEST work!! I’m so looking forward to more of this series and reading Six’s story. He was only a supporting character in this book, but he was so important and likeable that you can’t help but instantly fall for him.

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I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bed time stories with my sisters. I wanted to be an actress growing up so I could live many roles but I learned early on that my mind was too active… I would want to change the script.I would watch films and think of ways they could have improved the story if they took another direction so i thought it best that i tell my own.

My mum would always have a book in her hand when I was young and passed on her love for reading, inspiring me to venture into writing my own. I tend to have a darker edge to my writing. Not all love stories are made from light, some are created in darkness but are just as powerful and worth telling.

When I’m not lost in the world of characters I love spending time with my family. I’m a mum and that comes first in my life but when I do get down time I love attending music concerts or reading events with my younger sister.

You can find me on Facebook where I love interacting with my readers.

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