Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Erica's Latest Recommendations: Fading by EK Blair, Rock Me by Cherrie Lynn, & Say the Word by Julie Johnson

Fading (Fading, #1)Can a guilty conscience keep wounds from healing?

Fine arts major, Candace Parker, grew up with a mother who thinks image is everything, and her daughter’s perfection will never be good enough. About to graduate college and pursue her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina, Candace decides it’s time to let go and have a little fun. But fun is short-lived when a brutal attack leaves her completely shattered.

The memories that consume and torment Candace are starting to destroy her when she meets Ryan Campbell, a successful bar owner. He feels instantly connected and tries to show her that hope is worth fighting for. But is Ryan harboring his own demons? As walls slowly begin to chip away, the secrets that are held within start to become painful burdens.

At what point do secrets become lies?

(17+) This book contains mature subject matter that is not suitable for those under the age of 17.


I just added a book to my favorites shelf!! Wow! It's been awhile. I have ZERO complaints. I loved this book from start to finish. It's incredibly emotional with A+ character development. I devoured it. It's kinda long but that wasn't a problem for me because I didn't want it to end. It's a heavy book so make sure you check that out if you're sensitive to certain subject matters.

Side note: I kept passing this book up because of the cover. After reading the book, I totally get it and love the cover, but I was expecting something "50ish"-- erotica -- and that IS NOT what this is. Far from it (thank goodness). So glad I finally picked it up because it was so good!


Rock Me (Ross Siblings, #2)Loving him couldn’t be worse than losing him. Could it?

Candace Andrews has had enough of pleasing others. In an act of birthday rebellion, she sets out to please herself—by walking into the tattoo parlor owned by her cousin’s ex-boyfriend. All she wants is a little ink, and Brian’s just the guy to give it to her.

As soon as she submits to his masterful hands, though, the forbidden attraction she’s always felt for him resurfaces…and she realizes the devilishly sexy artist could give her so much more.

Sweet, innocent Candace is the last person Brian expected to see again. She’s everything he’s not, and her family despises him. He doesn’t need the hassle, but he needs her, and this time no one is taking her away. Not even those who threaten to make his life a living hell.

Backed into a corner, Candace faces the worst kind of choice. Cave in to those who think Brian is a living nightmare…or hold her ground and risk it all for the one man who rocks her world.

Warning: This book contains explicit sex, naughty language, tattoos aplenty, family drama, a hot rock concert…and a bad boy hero who’s pierced in all the right places.


I don't want to give this book 4 stars, but I don't want to give it 5 either. I want to give it somewhere in between. Why isn't there an in between button?

I mean I really luuuurrrrvvved it! Like lurve! I had ZERO complaints until the end. And even in the end, I didn't have any serious complaints. I was just a little disappointed in Candace's reaction to a certain event (she drove me a little batty for a chapter). As a whole, the book was insanely good though. It was super hot. I'm not really a reader that goes for the "hot" factor either, but. this. was. hot. I couldn't put it down. Brian definitely made my male character favorite list.

It's a must read!!
"Not so bad, is it?"

Oh, but she wanted it bad, bad in the very best way.

4.5 Stars

Say the Word"The heart isn’t like the liver. It doesn’t regenerate, no matter how much time passes. Once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. I’d left mine with Sebastian when I walked away that day, and I hadn’t seen it in the seven years since." — Lux Kincaid

At eighteen, Lux is forced to make a choice. One that nearly destroys her.

She breaks a boy’s heart.

She breaks her own, too.

Seven years later, Lux never expects to see Sebastian again — especially not when her career as a journalist is hanging by a thread and she’s stumbled onto the story of a lifetime. As she chases down leads and explores the dark underbelly of Manhattan, Lux will put her life on the line. But after crossing paths with a still-unforgiving Sebastian, it’s her heart she’s most worried about.

Amidst the blame and the betrayal, the hurt and the heartbreak… can two lost lovers ever find their way back to one another?

Lines will be blurred. The past will be unearthed. And Lux will find out that some secrets aren’t meant to be kept…

**SAY THE WORD is a sassy, sexy, suspenseful contemporary romance intended for readers ages 17 and up.**


I REALLY liked this one. When I wasn't reading, I wanted to be. I almost went for 5 stars just because this book gave me that just-can't-stop-reading feeling. That feeling is so hard to come by these days. It wasn't perfect for me though. I think that's because I'm just not super crazy about suspense novels lately. I've watched enough SVU to last me a lifetime. The suspense was good, but I caught myself just twiddling my thumbs waiting for those romantic moments. Plus, I thought the action towards the end was a tad far out (just a little). I'm such a girl, I know.

The love aspect to the story was written so well though.I felt every bit of it. I was invested in the relationship from the first chapter and on. I thought the writing was great actually, and I'll definitely have this author on my radar from here on out! I absolutely recommend this one. It was a completely addicting read.
4+ Stars

1 comment:

  1. I think the cover for Fading is exquisite--it didn't say erotica to me at first but I see that now that you say that. Will add it! Great reviews.