Thursday, August 17, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TARA!

 


Today my darling girl turns FOUR years old! My does time fly. She's no longer a toddler anymore, she's a little girl. She's getting a real personality and everything. She and her little brother play together more now. She and her cousin Chelsea who is about eight months older than her can play together all day with little drama. She can play with neighbor kids reliably and even play outside by herself sometimes. She will even ride her bike around the block by herself. The crazy thing to me is that she's even potty trained now! We're still working on nights, but that will come in time. She starts 5 day a week afternoon preschool in September. She's just growing up so fast.

She's a shining star in my little piece of this world. I love her more than my own life! Happy birthday to my baby girl <3

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

REVIEW: Savaged Vows by Jennifer Lyon

Summary:

How much will she risk for love?

Despite her dark past with a rock icon, Liza Glasner can’t walk away from the man she loves with a fiery passion—sexy rock star Justice Cade. A surprise pregnancy and marriage give Liza the family she’s craved since she was fourteen. But her love is tested when Liza’s worst nightmare—Gene Hayes—bursts onto the scene, spreading lies and smears to tear her and Justice apart. Can Liza trust Justice to choose her over fame?

How far will he go for fame?

Justice fiercely loves his beautiful and resilient wife Liza, and he’s determined to protect her from Gene Hayes. At the same time, he’s loyal to his band. The four other men in Savaged Illusions are his brothers, and together, they are battling hard to come back from a humiliating defeat. But just as the pinnacle of success is within their reach, Justice discovers a truth that will either decimate his band or destroy his wife.

Can their love survive?

Secrets and betrayals explode in a heartbreaking twist that threatens to rip Justice and Liza apart forever.

Title:  Savaged Vows
Series:  Savaged Illusions Trilogy
Book #: 2
Author:  Jennifer Lyon
Approximate Book Length:  276 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

While my overall feelings about this book are positive, there are a few mixed feelings. Time moved very quickly, though it's pretty easy to follow. It's just a little strange to jump several weeks at a time so often. Perhaps my biggest complaint is that the writing is on the wall regarding two very important things. I can't really divulge which things without giving away spoilers, but that was a little disappointing when Liza nor Justice seemed to have a clue.

That being said, while Liza and Justice's connection wasn't quite as palpable, it still shone through their struggles even over the long distance. I didn't always love Justice's behavior, but I felt so bad for them both throughout the book. They're often just pieces on a chess board constantly being manipulated for others' fame based agendas. The last few chapters were particularly brutal and I absolutely bawled.

On a side note, I appreciate how Jennifer Lyon demonstrates that rape is more about power than actual sex. Gene Hayes exercises his power in a multitude of ways and Liza is made a victim all over again without him ever touching her. This also shines light on how rape culture tends to blame the victim.

Bottom Line:

Savaged Vows left off at an utterly heartbreaking time. I don't just crave the next book, I NEED it. After everything, I need the resolution to these characters' journey: the band, Justice and Liza, and most especially I have to know that Gene Hayes gets what he deserves in one way or another.

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