Review of Something Complicated (Dirty Southern Secrets #1) by J. L. Leslie

“In a town like Chapelwood, secrets are always exposed.”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 171 pages

POV: First Person

Description:

I thought I had it all. I lived in the perfect small town in Alabama. I married my high school sweetheart. We were expecting our first child together. Everything was falling into place.

Until it wasn’t.

Life gets complicated sometimes. You can be happily married one minute and divorced the next. You can become a single father to a newborn baby when that was never in your plans.

You can fall for your ex-wife’s best friend.

Yes, life gets complicated. Sometimes it takes something complicated to make everything else fall into place again.

**Something Complicated is book one in the Dirty Southern Secrets series. It is a standalone, full-length novel. It contains adult content, adult language, and sexual situations. It is intended for mature readers only.**

Mindy’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Kaler Holt married his highschool sweetheart, had a baby girl and is now a single father. Kaler feels that his ex wife left because she didn’t want a daughter that has special needs. Kaler has made Willow his number one priority. Now that she is starting kindergarten the real struggle begins.

Jenna Winston grew up in this small town. Now that she landed the new kindergarten teacher job she knows that she is going to love her new career. When she learns Willow is going to be in her class she wonders why her best friend would ever leave her daughter behind.

Let me tell you I fell so hard for these characters. Willow is my absolute favorite. She has a presence about her that just makes her shine and everyone that is around her. I felt so many emotions as I read this book. Kaler is an absolute wonderful father to Willow. When his ex wife tries to come back into Willow’s life he has his guard up and Willow’s best interest in mind.

The overall problem with being from a small town means that everyone knows everything about you. When Kaler and Jenna finally realize they are more than friends and falling in love with each other they have to take on the wrath of the town. Everyone now knows that Jenna is sleeping with her best friends ex husband.

Something Complained is the first book in the Dirty Southern Secrets series from this author. I have been so excited waiting for this new series. J L. did not let me down with this one! I am so in love and cannot wait to read more!

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Review of Part Of My Future by J. L. Leslie

“If my heart were broken, it wouldn’t be pounding in my chest right now.”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 116 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

We had one night together. One unforgettable night. But that was over two years ago and we haven’t spoken or seen each other since.

Cole Taylor is a part of my past. A part that I desperately want to move on from. To forget how he made me feel. To forget the way he touched me. To forget his voice. It’s easy to do that when he’s not around.

Only he hasn’t stayed gone like I hoped he would. He’s back and I can’t seem to keep my heart from pounding when I see him. I can’t seem to convince myself that he means nothing to me.

That he’s not part of my future.

*Part Of My Future is Raegan’s story from Demons From My Past. It is a standalone novel and it is not necessary to read Demons From My Past prior to reading this. It contains adult content, adult language and sexual situations. It is intended for mature readers only.*

Mindy’s Review:

**I received this ARC free from the author.**

Raegan wants to forget about her one night stand that she had. That is very hard to do when he happens to be a famous singer known all around the world.

Cole Taylor tries to forget about Raegan but his heart will not let him. She is the only person that he has ever been able to talk to. If he lets his secret out about his past and why he disappeared will she understand?

I love this story so much! This was a story written from the author on her Facebook page that we got snippets from and were able to leave comments while she was writing it. I was hooked from the beginning. I love that Cole and Raegan have a bond so deep that nothing can come between them. I highly recommend this book to anyone that just loves a great story!

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Review of Gravity (The Collective: Season Two) by JL Leslie

“I love her. Remy Cartwright blindsided the shit out of me.”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 149 Pages

POV:  Alternating First Person

Description:

Remy…
As a rehabilitation therapist for the California State Prison, I look for the best in people. Sometimes, it’s hard for me to find the best in myself though. I only wanted an escape. That’s all I have ever wanted. I walked into that bar and found my escape in a man I had no intentions of seeing again.

I didn’t have any expectations from the stranger from the bar. I didn’t expect him to save me from a riot that broke out in the city. I certainly didn’t expect to feel this unexplainable pull to him. But I do. And now I know who he is. He’s a member of the Iron Claw MC.

Riggers…
She was supposed to be a one-time thing. Neither of us wanted more. Instead, she turned my world upside down. I don’t know who I am when I’m with her. A good guy, or the guy I have always been? The guy who follows orders from my president. No matter the cost.

I can’t expect Remy to be part of my world. She’s heaven and I’m hell. It doesn’t matter that gravity continues to pull us to each other. I can’t drag her down with me, especially when the things I do for the club will forever change her life.

**This book contains adult content, graphic language, violence, and sexual situations. It is intended for mature readers only.**

Mindy’s Review:

*I received an ARC of this book free from the author.*

Riggers is a member of the Iron Claw MC. He has done a lot of bad things so when he finds himself drawn to a good girl he feels as though he does not deserve her. When he cannot shake her from his thoughts he actually feels he is losing his mind. Not to mention she just so happens to be the District Attorney’s daughter.

Remy Cartwright works as a Rehabilitation therapist for the California State Prison. She loves her job and she loves to find the good in people. Remy lets her inner bad girl out by having meaningless one night stands, The last thing she needs right now if a relationship.

I really enjoyed this book. I found myself drawn to every page and really cheering on the relationship they thought they didn’t need. I would love to see where these characters go in the future.

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Review of Griffins Choice (A Ravens MC Novel #4) by J. L. Leslie

“He lost control, and it was stunning. He was a masterpiece. Just like I knew he would be”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 128 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

I grew up near Verdana, California – the tourist town I now live in. It’s the perfect small town with beaches, shops, and beautiful people. Verdana has just one imperfection though – it’s a haven for motorcycle clubs.

I knew when I was younger that I wanted to save Verdana from them. Make it a better place. Make it the place I always loved. I became an attorney and started putting the criminals behind bars, including the infamous club members.

Somehow I lost my way. I can no longer decipher where the line I drew between right and wrong is – or if it even exists anymore. I’m muddling through a gray area, trying to figure out who I am and where I stand with the Ravens MC – the very same club I vowed to take down. Am I the same man I was when I started this vendetta or am I a few decisions away from becoming aligned with my enemy?

“She could be my final undoing. That darkness that pulls me completely into the gray.”

*Griffin’s Choice is book four in the Ravens MC Series, but can be read as a standalone novel. It has references to characters and events from the previous Ravens novels. It contains adult content, adult language, violence, and sexual situations. It is intended for mature readers only.*

Mindy’s Review:

**I received an ARC of this book free from the author**

Griffin was raised near the small town of Verdana that he now calls home. He is the District Attorney that has somehow lost his way. Is he the good guy or has he become the guy that he was trying to save the town from?

Spencer is currently an old lady to the Sinners MC President. She lost the one man that she truly loved. She just wants the truth on how he died. She knows that she does not have the entire truth. Spencer kind of plays all sides when it comes to the rival clubs and the DA. She is secretly giving information to the Griffin in hopes of finding the truth that she wants and staying loyal to the Sinners.

I will be honest that I have never been a fan of Griffin. I did not care for him in the other books and when a girl that he liked fell for someone else I cheered her on. (I know, I know its all because I have love for all of the Ravens). I was curious to see how I was going to feel when I found out he was getting his own book.

Well, let me tell you that J.L. made me go and fall in love with Griffin (I know, I know) and Spencer. I see now why Griffin was a big pain in the butt previously. I love how he truly wants what is best for Verdana. He has a huge heart for his town and his friends. I love how this story played out. And let me tell you Griffin and Spencer are freaking HOT together! I have to admit that this is the perfect ending to this series.

This is the forth book in the Ravens MC series. If you have not read the other three you are truly missing out on a great series. I would recommend you read the first three before this one since Griffin has been around in all of them. Although you can read this as a stand alone, you will want to go back and get the rest of them.

J.L. Leslie, Thank you so much for an incredible series, a book family to love and blowing me away with your stories!

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Review of Tangled In You (A short fairytale re-telling) by J.L. Leslie

“But I see someone that I will wind up destroying and I know that I shouldn’t…that I cant allow myself to get tangled in you”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 61 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Miles Princeton doesn’t believe in the fairytales he reads to his niece. His sister is sick. Her husband is deployed. Now to top it all off, he’s dealing with a stubborn property owner…a feisty, blue-eyed blonde…who is standing in the way of the job he was contracted to do.

When he starts digging into her family for some dirt, he finds out her secret…only he believes it was something meant to be kept hidden forever. Getting tangled in family lies isn’t something he wishes to do, but Rachelle Zellis is different. And maybe she doesn’t know who she truly is at all!

“I see you Rachelle, and I see someone so beautiful. But I see someone that I will wind up destroying.”

*Tangled In You is a short fairytale re-telling inspired by the fairytale Rapunzel. It includes mature language, adult content, and sexual situations. It is intended for mature readers only.*

Mindy’s Review:

**I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review**

Rachelle Zellis is you real life princess. She lives with her wicked controlling mother since her father died when she was younger. She works at her families wig company but all Rachelle really wants is her own freedom. She wants a place to call her own without her mother controlling every move she makes. But first she must get rid of this handsome man that is trying to take her mothers home.

Miles Princeton is trying to buy the home that Rachelle and her mother live in. He is getting no where with these ladies. Trying to dig up some dirt to hold over the mother gives him more than he ever asked for. The only thing that might be in jeopardy is his heart and his new relationship. All he is really trying to do is take care of his sick sister and his niece.

Tangled In You is a re-telling of a child’s fairy tale…….but way better! This is a very sweet, short story of secrets being revealed and finding love.

I am not used to a story like this from J.L. Leslie but I really enjoyed it. I was hooked on this from the time I started reading until I finished. I would highly recommend this to anyone that wants to read a fairy tale with a twist.

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Review of Branches of Healing (Tales of Unsung Heroes) by Autumn Sand, Amy Allen, Ava Lynn Wood, Bella Emy, J.L. Leslie, Lorah Jaiyn, Natalia Schellhaas and Valene Landon

Loss, Healing and Love!

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 337 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

A compilation of stories brought to you by eight of your favorite authors. These stories will focus on the people who serve in armed services and the people who love them. All proceeds to go to Healing Paws for Warriors.

Mindy’s Review:

**I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review**

Branches of healing is an anthology from many different authors. Majority of the stories focus around one event and how it effects people in different ways. I usually find myself not liking at least one of the stories when it comes to anthologies. I absolutely loved all of these stories. I am not going to lie to you, I cried for the majority of them. My family has military background and these stories hit me right in the heart.
You get to read about different aspects of loss, recovery and loving again while getting lost in these beautiful stories. I am in just absolute awe!
Go get this book. Read it, feel the joys, heartbreak and fall in love with all of the authors hard work!!

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Review of Me + You (A Summer Romance Anthology)

A Scorching Summer Romance Anthology!

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.):  649 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

17 Amazing Authors have come together to bring you these scorching tales of summer romance. Time to heat up your e-readers, dust off your sandals, and fall in love. Curl up in the sun or relax in the shade and let us bring the warmth of summer to you.

Caution: Stories not responsible for melted Ice cream, warm drinks, or burnt fingertips.

Mindy’s Review:

*I received this book free from an author in exchange for an honest review*

17 authors come together in Me + You with some great touching stories. Some found true love, some lost loves and some fulfilled their dreams.  Out of all of the stories there was only one that I could not seem to get past the first page (Could have been my mood for the day).

This anthology has something for everyone. I can see me reading all of these stories again sitting on a beach and getting lost with all of these characters.

I fell in love with all of the stories that I read. I highly recommend anyone that loves romance to pick this up and get lost in the pages as much as I did. Wow, what an amazing group of authors!

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