Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Book Reviews and Author Spotlight for Author J. Bailes

*My reviews for BOTH books are at the bottom of this post :-)

***Mature Audience Only
Allie Anderson has
encountered more heartache than any one person deserves. She's lost her father
to cancer, her brother to war, and the love of her life –Wyatt - took her most
prized possession and vanished without a trace. She’s left crushed and
Blake, Allie's best
friend, is everything she needs; he'd give her the moon if she asked for it,
but there's one problem - he wants Allie entirely. How can Allie give herself
to anyone when she's not sure there’s enough left of her heart to give away?
Allie's life begins to
fall into place. Her heart begins to heal. Being happy is no longer a foreign
emotion. That is until the man who broke her years ago returns, shattering her
fragile heart all over again.
Allie soon discovers that
hearts are like broken glass; you can put it back together again, but it will
never be the same.

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After all of Allie’s loss, my thought was only on her and
her happiness. On her love and need for her big brother. I was replaceable,
Kyle wasn’t. I wouldn’t allow him to crush her heart with his death. I knew I
had to follow him. I would throw myself on top of bombs, in front of bullets,
whatever it took to get him home to her, alive. There are two sides to every
story, and you’ve only heard one. Don’t be so quick to judge; I hate myself for
what I’ve done. But all that I did, it was all for Allie.

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 Meet J. Bailes
Born and raised in Nashville, TN. A mother of three, wife to one, and nursing student turned writer. Loves all things pink, glittery, and chocolate.

Review- Shattered and Shaken

5 out of 5 stars 

*This book is intended for ages 18+ 

Shattered and Shaken managed to bring out every single emotion. I cried, I laughed, I yelled, I even threw a pillow. It was an emotion packed roller coaster and I couldn't get enough!
My heart broke for Allie multiple times during this story. She still managed to get back up and dust herself off. Her spitfire personality is one that I enjoy and she made me laugh more than once.
Let's not forget the man candy Blake and Wyatt. I was rooting for Blake from the beginning. I wanted Allie to have a chance at happiness after all of the turmoil she had been through. She deserved to have joy in her life.... And then Wyatt comes back. I didn't want to like him because of what he put Allie through but, he grew on me. I became Team Wyatt. (I know there's just as many Team Blake's out there)
The hotness level in this book was sky high. Every emotion level was sky high but, the steamy scenes were H-O-T.
This book DOES have a cliff hanger. Julie is an evil genius who wrote the perfect cliffy. Seriously, read this book and find out. I was on the edge of my seat ready for more. If you don't like cliffhangers you might want to wait to read it until Shattered and Mended comes out in April.

Review- All For Allie

(5 out of 5 stars)

*This novel is part of the Shattered and Shaken series and I recommend reading Shattered and Shaken first.

Although this novella is a quick read it is just as jam packed with emotion as Shattered and Shaken. Especially the very end. Oh my goodness, I cried like a baby. Even though I knew exactly what was coming I still hoped it would change.
I was upset with Wyatt's reasoning for not telling Allie. But, the whole time I was thinking "this is such a guy thing to do". I'm not saying that every man would join the military without telling his girlfriend and just leave her high and dry. I'm talking about the decision making and feeling like his decision is what's best. That's a total guy thing
Overall, I loved this story! I can't wait for Shattered and Mended. Julie's writing is beautifully done and makes the world outside of her book fade away. Both books captured my attention from page one. Shattered and Mended can't come fast enough!

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