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2015 fav reads

 

2015 was a difficult year for me personally.  Both of my parents suffered from health issues. Fortunately, they are healthy and doing remarkably well now.  I thank those of you who know me personally for your support and kind words during those rough times this past year.  Books also helped me and I have those amazing authors to thank for that.  Books are my escape and I did plenty of reading in plenty of different locations as well.  Thanks to all of my followers who support this hobby of mine.   

May “2016”  bring you all happiness, love, friendship, peace and health.

~Susi

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Here is my list of favorites read in 2015.

  I loved them all!


 

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Just One Lie by Kyra Davis

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A Gentleman’s Fate by AJ Linn

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There You Stand by Christina Lee

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Sustained by Emma Chase

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Overruled by Emma Chase

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Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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My Favorite Indie/New Author Book of 2015

Faith & Hope by T.J. Cooper

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My favorite M/M/F book of 2015

Veil of Scars by J.R. Gray

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My favorite feel good book of 2015

Perfectly Imperfect by Harper Sloan

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My favorite sexy online romance book of 2015

Spencer by Kerry Heavens

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My favorite Paranormal/Romance Books of 2015

The Prince by Sylvain Reynard

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My Favorite Series for 2015

Chasing Fire Series by Ann Marie Walker & Amy K. Rogers

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My favorite co-written book of 2015

A Lover’s Lament by KL Grayson and BT Urruela
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Wow! It was quite a task to narrow it down to these books.

 I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did.

Check out all of the other amazing books I read in 2015 on my blog.

Happy 2016!

Release Day Blitz – Review – Excerpt & Giveaway – There You Stand by Christina Lee @Christina_Lee04

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There You Stand

by Christina Lee
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Tattoo artist Cory Easton has worked long enough at Raw Ink to know, just by looking at a dude, what his body art reveals, what makes him tick, what even makes him scared. Until he meets the quiet and remote Jude York—so unreadable, so unreachable, and so unlike anyone else, he can’t help but arouse Cory’s curiosity.

As captivating and complex as his ink, Jude is a mystery—and Cory’s falling fast and hard under his spell. Against his better judgment to steer clear.

The rumors of Jude’s past overshadow him—whispers of prison and an unmentionable secret that’s kept him in the protective shadows of a local motorcycle club. As Cory probes deeper, he wonders how much he really wants to know. Especially since Jude has awakened something inside him that has been buried too long—and has him feeling completely alive for the first time in forever…

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Excerpt

Chopper, get your ass back here!”

While he was distracted, I silently moved toward him, hoping to grab hold of that leash. But just as I approached, he took off again, following that same squirrel who’d taken a leap to the next large maple.

I was out of breath and now beyond frustrated. I shoved my hand in my hoodie, my fingers closing on a sturdy dog cookie.

When I looked up again, Chopper was headed straight for the skate park. Shit.

“Chopper, goddamn it,” I called in some last-ditch effort. “You don’t listen for shit.”

Unexpectedly, Jude York neared the cement barrier at the entrance to the bowl. His board clenched in his fist, he seemed to be assessing the situation as the large dog charged nearer.

He left his skateboard on the concrete walkway and stepped into the lawn. He squatted down in the grass, made eye contact with Chopper, and the dog changed course to sail directly toward him. What the hell was that about?

Some type of deep whistle emitted from Jude’s lips and instead of slamming into his chest, Chopper came to a sudden halt beside him. Like Jude was a damn dog whisperer or something. His strong fingers grabbed hold of his collar and he reached down to mutter something in the dog’s ear. Chopper sat down in the grass. Actually fucking sat down—I had never been able to get him to do that.

I became motionless as I watched them, even though Ace was eager to inch closer. At least one animal heeded my command. I wondered what it was about Jude that compelled Chopper to run toward him. I mean, I got the appeal, so maybe it was just pure animal instinct.

The muscles in Jude’s forearm flexed as he stroked Chopper’s head and the dog’s tongue hung out in a happy pant. The little fucker.

As I walked closer to Chopper, Jude’s eyes lifted to mine. And for the first time I saw an array of other emotions alight in them. The most blatant being amusement, as if his irises contained a flicker of light. His lips tilted at the corners in an almost imperceptible smile and he looked so dazzling right then. As he held my gaze for the first time ever, something tightened like a fist inside my chest.

Shit, he was stunning. In that exotic kind of way. His hair was a mass of short blond dreadlocks, his skin inked mainly in black, and his eyes were the most gorgeous light green I’d ever seen—almost like cellophane. And now those same eyes locked on mine and held steady.

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 Susi’s Review

 

First of all I would like to begin my review with a congratulations to Christina Lee for writing this book.  It is wonderful to read stories about the real world around us.  Your m/m story brings out the real love that is shared by two people no matter what their gender is.  I began reading this book and wasn’t sure how the story would unfold but quickly realized that your story drew me in and hooked me in the same way that a heterosexual romance story would.  I truly loved your characters and watching them get to know each other was both tender and special.

Cory and Jude are truly a fantastic couple and you brought them to life in a well written story that not only made me smile, but cry happy tears for them. You also included dogs! 🙂 I am a dog lover and I enjoyed how they had special roles in this heartwarming story.

Cory is the talker and a tattoo artist. Jude is the skater and is more reserved.   It was wonderful to see each one of them coming out of their shells for each other.  Cory’s past is both emotionally and physically painful.  In contrast,  Jude’s past is mysterious just like him.  Their pasts make their day to day more difficult but ultimately not impossible.

Now as far as romance and sexually intimacy is concerned, Christina did a phenomenal job writing those scenes. Their lust and love was real and you described every emotion perfectly.

There You Stand is a book I have been recommending to my friends since I read it via NetGalley.  It it one of those books I know I will read again because Cory and Judes’s story is so special.

Around the time I read the ARC, a video emerged on social media and I thought this picture from that video was perfect to go along with this review.

“Two humans sharing love and that is all that should ever matter.”

 

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I gave this book 5 stars!

I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

5 stars

 

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 Christina Lee, Authorchristina lee pic

Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys.

She’s addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

Author of the Between Breaths series from Penguin. ALL OF YOU, BEFORE YOU BREAK, WHISPER TO ME and PROMISE ME THIS available now. Book five in the series, THERE YOU STAND, coming in April, 2015.

Also, her Adult Contemporary Romance, TWO OF HEARTS is releasing on May 5th, 2015.

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I’ve read so many amazing books this year that putting this list of favorites together was quite difficult to do.

  Here are my favorites. They are in no specific order.  Congrats to the Indie authors who made my top pics!

How many of these books have you read?

 

by JM Darhower

by JM Darhower

5 stars

by JM Darhower

by JM Darhower

5 stars

by JM Darhower

by JM Darhower

5 stars


by Christina Lee

by Christina Lee

5 stars


by Debra Anastasia

by Debra Anastasia

5 stars


 

by Marie Coulson

by Marie Coulson

5 stars


 

by Victoria Van Tiem

by Victoria Van Tiem

5 stars


 

 

by Mina Vaughn

by Mina Vaughn

5 stars

 


by Jennifer and Morgan Locklear

by Jennifer and Morgan Locklear

5 stars


 

by Christina Lauren

by Christina Lauren

5 stars


 

by Karina Halle

by Karina Hale

5 stars


 

by Nicky D. White

by Nicky D. White

5 stars


 

by Alice Clayton

by Alice Clayton

5 stars

by Alice Clayton

by Alice Clayton

5 stars

by Alice Clayton

by Alice Clayton

5 stars


 

by Helena Hunting

by Helena Hunting

5 stars

by Helena Hunting

by Helena Hunting

5 stars

by Helena Hunting

by Helena Hunting

5 stars

by Helena Hunting

by Helena Hunting

5 stars

by Helena Hunting

by Helena Hunting

5 stars

by Helena Hunting

by Helena Hunting

5 stars


 

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by Kat and Stone Bastion

 

5 stars

by Kat and Stone Bastion

by Kat and Stone Bastion

5 stars

by Kat and Stone Bastion

by Kat and Stone Bastion

5 stars

by Kat and Stone Bastion

by Kat and Stone Bastion

5 stars


 

by Christy Pastore

by Christy Pastore

5 stars


 

by Zoraida Córdova

by Zoraida Córdova

5 stars


 

by Fabiola Francisco

by Fabiola Francisco

5 stars


 

by Michelle Day

by Michelle Day

5 stars


 

by Emma Chase

by Emma Chase

5 stars

by Emma Chase

by Emma Chase

5 stars

by Emma Chase

by Emma Chase

5 stars


 

by Katy Evans

by Katy Evans

5 stars


by Sylvain Reynard

by Sylvain Reynard

5 stars

I hope you enjoy my selections!  I recommend each and every one of these books.  

Happy New Year’s and Happy Reading from Reading and Writing Between the Wines Blog!


Pre-Order Blitz – Promise Me This by Christina Lee @Christina_Lee04

Pre-Order Blitz – Promise Me This by Christina Lee

Have you Pre-Ordered Promise Me This?

It is out next week on 10/7/2014.

As a fan of Christina’s writing, it is a pleasure to share this post with you.  Enjoy!

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Nate has developed quite a playboy reputation around campus. It’s not that he doesn’t respect or trust women; he doesn’t trust himself. The men in Nate’s family are prone to abusive behavior—a dirty secret that Nate’s been running from his entire life—so Nate doesn’t do relationships. But he can’t help himself around one girl…

Jessie is strong, independent, and works at a tattoo parlor. Nate can’t resist getting close to her, even if it’s strictly a friendship. But it doesn’t take long for Nate to admit that what he wants with Jessie is more than just friendly.

With Jessie, he can be himself and explore what he’s always felt was a terrifying darkness inside him. Even when Nate begins to crave her in a way that both shocks and horrifies him, Jessie still wants to know every part of him. Testing their boundaries together will take a trust that could render them inseparable… or tear them apart.

 

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About Christina Leechristina lee pic

Once upon a time, I lived in New York City and was a fashion stylist. I spent my days shopping for photo shoots, getting into cabs, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at my favorite hangouts.

Now I live in the Midwest with my husband and son—my two favorite guys. I’ve always been an avid reader—reading was actually my favorite time of day when I taught second and third grade.

But it wasn’t until I became a local newspaper columnist that something clicked. I finally realized I could turn my love of words into my dream of writing fiction.I write Adult and New Adult steamy contemporary romance. I am represented by Sara Megibow of the Nelson Literary Agency.I also own a hand-stamped jewelry business called Tags-n-Stones, which requires me to stamp letters and/or words onto pieces of silver. They go hand-in-hand perfectly.

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Cover Reveal – Promise Me This by Christina Lee @Christina_Lee04

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Promise Me This by Christina Lee

 Available October 7, 2014

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Book blurb:

A new love will test the boundaries of passion between a privileged boy next door and the tattooed, blue-haired girl who helps him embrace his wild side…

Nate has developed quite a playboy reputation around campus. It’s not that he doesn’t respect or trust women; he doesn’t trust himself. The men in Nate’s family are prone to abusive behavior—a dirty secret that Nate’s been running from his entire life—so Nate doesn’t do relationships. But he can’t help himself around one girl…

Jessie is strong, independent, and works at a tattoo parlor. Nate can’t resist getting close to her, even if it’s strictly a friendship. But it doesn’t take long for Nate to admit that what he wants with Jessie is more than just friendly.

With Jessie, he can be himself and explore what he’s always felt was a terrifying darkness inside him. Even when Nate begins to crave her in a way that both shocks and horrifies him, Jessie still wants to know every part of him. Testing their boundaries together will take a trust that could render them inseparable… or tear them apart.

 

Christina Lee Author PhotoAuthor Bio:

 

Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys. She’s addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.
Author of the Between Breaths series from Penguin. ALL OF YOU, BEFORE YOU BREAK and WHISPER TO ME available now, PROMISE ME THIS on October 7th, 2014.

Also the creator of Tags-n-Stones (dot com) jewelry.

 

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Hot and consuming, this is a New Adult romance about a wayward musician and the one girl who keeps him grounded…

At college, Rachel has a reputation for being a sarcastic flirt with a thing for ripped athletes. No one at college knows her heart was ripped to shreds by her high school boyfriend, who’d driven them both off the side of the road on a borrowed motorcycle. And then subsequently abandoned her. No one really knows Rachel Mattson at all, with one exception…
Ever since he helped nurse his sister’s feisty best friend back to health, pierced bass player Kai Nakos has been head over heels in love. But the supposed bad boy can’t risk letting Rachel know the truth—especially now that the two of them are back in their hometown for the summer, together for the first time since the months following that horrible night. Never mind that Rachel’s ex is also back, groveling for her forgiveness.

Shaken by her ex’s return, Rachel finds herself turning to the one guy she knows she can trust. Now that Kai has had a taste of Rachel, he’s willing to do anything just to have her touch him again, even hiding his true feelings. After all, she only wants a temporary fling. Until it becomes something more. But perhaps it had been more all along.

 

My Review

 

Dear Christina,

I decided to write my review in the form of a letter to you.   I want to start off with these words.  “Kai is smoking hot!”  Seriously!    I am so glad that I went on to NetGalley and discovered your book.  I had never read any of your books until Whisper to Me.   I picked it out because I noticed that it could be read as a stand alone.  Well, you have a new fan.  I truly admire and enjoy your writing.  This story, my introduction to your writing was an amazing read.  I am now working my way back to the first two books because I loved your characters and want more of their stories.

As a fan of New Adult books, Whisper to Me  has now made it to the top of my faves list.  Your well written characters have found a place in my heart.  They are easy to relate to and easy to love.  From the moment I met Rachel, I instantly liked her.  She seemed real, friendly, and proved to be a pretty tough girl.  Her traumatic experience may have left her scarred but it also made her find love.

Then, I met Kai.  Swoon…… He is the epitome of hot!  What woman doesn’t love a sexy musician with piercings?  Oh… the piercings.   He was easy to love from the very beginning of the book.  His tender caregiver side makes him so perfect too.  Did I mention I love his “dirty talk?”  Oh, he can whisper into my ear any time.

I loved the way you created characters with such a significant similarity.  This similarity helped make them all the more compatible.  Their chemistry once reunited is totally undeniable. Their connection emotionally made their physical connection more intense.

Like I said, I had not read the previous books but this book was so well written and gave me enough background on the characters that I was able to follow and understand the story/plot with ease.

I am a true romantic.  I am also a fan of stories where the boy next door falls in love with his longtime friend.  Written in both Rachel and Kai’s POV allowed me to get into their heads and understand their emotions and their own internal struggles.  Thanks for making them such fantastic characters.

Finally, I cannot forget the sex, well, after all, Kai…. need I say more.  This dirty talker made his way into my heart.  You did an amazing job writing and bringing their intense sexual chemistry to life.

This is one of the books that truly made me smile when I got to the point where I understood the title.

As I mentioned before, you have a new fan.  I look forward to reading more of your writing.

I gave this book 5 sexy stars!

Sincerely,

~Susi

Reading and Writing Between The Wines Blog

 

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Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys. She’s addicted to lip gloss, salted caramel everything, and believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

 

 

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Teaser and Excerpt – Whisper To Me by Christina Lee

Check out this hot teaser for Whisper to Me by Christina Lee.
You will love Kai!  Trust me.
Available May 20, 2014
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Summary
A hot and consuming New Adult romance about a wayward musician and the one girl who keeps him grounded…At college, Rachel has a reputation for being a sarcastic flirt with a thing for star athletes. No one at school knows that she’d had her heart ripped to shreds by her high school sweetheart, who’d driven them both off the side of the road on a borrowed motorcycle, and then abandoned her. No one knows the real Rachel Mattson—except one person…Ever since he helped nurse his sister’s feisty best friend back to health, pierced bass player Kai Nakos has been head over heels in love. But the supposed bad boy can’t risk letting Rachel know the truth—especially now that the two of them are back in their hometown for the summer, together for the first time since the months following that fateful night. Never mind that Rachel’s ex is back, groveling for her forgiveness.Shaken by her ex’s return, Rachel finds herself turning to the one guy she knows she can trust. Kai is willing to hide his feelings for her, just to have Rachel touch him again. After all, this is only a temporary fling. Until it becomes something more. But maybe it had been more all along. 

Excerpt

 

I padded to the kitchen and reached for a glass, unsure if Kai was even awake. As I turned

the faucet on low, I heard it—the soft hum of his bass. My heart leapt in my chest. I didn’t know

what the hell I was so anxious about. But the anticipation of seeing him, just talking to him alone,

had revved my pulse to a feverish tempo.

But maybe he didn’t want any company tonight.

I wandered over to his door, unsure of what I’d say or even if I’d knock. Instead, I stood

motionless, listening to him play. It was a low and drowsy strum, and I swayed against the wall,

my senses dulled. During a longer pause, my knuckles tapped once and then twice against the

wood.

I heard the sounds of what could have been his returning his heavy bass to its stand and

papers rustling, and then the door slowly creaked open. Kai stood in front of me with his hair

hanging loose at his shoulders. He had on those obscenely tight gray skinny jeans from earlier

and nothing else.

My gaze followed the line of his neck, across his shoulder, to the muscular biceps propping

the door open. I spotted the set of free weights resting beneath the stand of his bass. He’d

definitely been working out in the three years since I’d last seen him. He wasn’t overly muscular

like some athletes I’d been with, just lean and fit.

My gaze tripped over to his sculpted pecs and landed on his nipples. His pierced nipples—

that seemed to harden at my perusal.

Fuck, that was hot. Since when did I think silver hoops dangling from a guy’s nipples were

sexy? But on Kai, they worked. Like fruit waiting to be plucked, they hung above the trunk of his

sculpted abdomen, while a smattering of fine hairs branched from beneath the button of his pants.

Hot damn.

“What’s up, Rachel?” He swallowed thickly. “Did I wake you?”

“I . . .” I finally met his eyes. “I couldn’t sleep and I heard you were up.”

“Yeah, me neither.” He moved aside to allow me to pass into the room. “I was trying to be

quiet.”

“Actually, most of the time your music lulls me to sleep.”

“Yeah?” he said in a low and gruff voice. “Is that why you’re here—so I can put you to

sleep?”

“No, you ass.” I grinned. “Well, maybe.”

When his eyes turned dark, I mumbled, “Just kidding.”

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About the Author:  Christina Lee


Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys.

She’s addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

Author of the Between Breaths series from Penguin/InterMix. ALL OF YOU and BEFORE YOU BREAK available now, WHISPER TO ME on May 20th, 2014.

Also the creator of Tags-n-Stones (dot com) jewelry.

Follow her on Twitter: @Christina_Lee04

Find her on Goodreads.