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Thursday, 26 June 2014

PENUMBRA by Logan Patricks Release Day Blitz






                                             Penumbra 


Book Summary

In one night, I lost everything: my hopes and dreams, my best friend, and Shadow’s heart. He told me he loved me, but it was just a lie.
The Midnight Society has fallen, reduced to ashes by a monster--a person whom we all once trusted. The betrayal has shattered our lives forever and Shadow, Lord of the Midnight Society, finds himself at a crossroad.
One road leads him further down the path of vengeance, filled with unending violence and dead bodies. The other road leads to me. However, our path to happiness is paved with broken glass and razorblades, and at some point, one of us is going to fall.
Welcome to the world of the Midnight Society.

Logan Patricks Bio

Logan discovered both love and heartbreak at the tender age of seven, when the pretty little blue-eyed girl next door stole his Kit-Kat bar and shared it with the bad boy from across the street. Devastated, Logan found solace by escaping into imaginary worlds he forged with words, creating kingdoms where the chivalrous knight always got the princess.
Twenty three years later Logan spends his days in a suit and tie, working for the government on matters of network security. However his thoughts never strayed too far from the incendiary nature of love — the passionate fire that’s both scintillating and dangerous. Obsessed with exploring the steamy and mysterious side of human nature, Logan continues to create worlds filled with thrills, mystery, and of course, sex.
Find out more about his romance/thriller series: The Midnight Society

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Seeing Red By Olivia Howe


BOOK 2 IN THE DARK LOVE SERIES





Title: Seeing Red
Author: Olivia Howe
Genre: Fantasy/ Romance
Release Date: June 24, 2014







Book 2 in The Dark Love Series

2 sisters. 2 brothers. Love. Hope. War. Revenge.

Nina McKay is learning how to cope with depression and the disappearance of her younger sister, Caroline. Nina has finally found her happiness with Andrew. They're two people who are destined to be together, even with the constant obstacles they find themselves facing.
But, of course, misery loves company. The Sulivic Brothers are back and they're ready to retaliate for the loss of their Brother, Gavin. They want war and they will do whatever it takes to seek revenge.
Can Nina and Andrew get through this obstacle? Will love conquer the act of war? And most importantly, who is going to win this bloody war?

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TITLE: Dark Love
BOOK #: Book 1 in The Dark Love Series
AUTHOR: Olivia Howe
PUBLICATION DATE: February 14th, 2014
GENRE: Fantasy/ Romance


SYNOPSIS:

2 sisters. 2 brothers. Love. Fantasy. Destiny. Danger. Secrets. 

Nina Mckay is trying to cope with the loss of her father and depression. She feels as if she's at war with herself and the enemy side of her has complete control. 

Nina, her mother Ali, and her sister Caroline, live in a small town called Scarlett Hills. Nina soon meets Andrew Madsen. Caroline meets his brother William Madsen. 2 sisters fall in love with 2 brothers that have secrets that will change their perspectives of the world and of themselves. 

Nina soon finds herself standing in the rain, watching her life fall apart. Her outlook on the world will change drastically and soon she will be opened up to a whole different fantasy world that has always seemed impossible, that will change herself forever. 


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My name is Olivia Howe. I'm 20 years old. I was born in Florida and raised in Maine. I enjoy writing, blogging, reading, and sleeping. Music is my life! I write better when I'm listening to music. I mostly listen to rock music like Tesla, Led Zeppelin, The Cure, Nirvana, Audioslave, Metallica, Motley Crue, Matchbox Twenty, Evanescence, Linkin Park, Lynyrd Skynyrd, etc. I just love music in general.                        

Writing "The Dark Love Series" truly saved my life. In 2013, I was diagnosed with MDD (Major Depressive Disorder) and GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder). Depression and anxiety is the hardest things to live with. I'm not ashamed of it anymore, it's who I am. I'm beautifully broken. That's when I discovered I wanted to write, and Dark Love was born. I didn't want the story to end there, because I connected so much with all of these character, so Seeing Red was born.

Seeing Red has been a long journey, not only for me, but for my characters too.
I've dealt with writer's block on many occasions. Luckily, music cured that! My
characters have become my life. I feel like I live in their world sometimes, then I stop
writing and get snapped back into reality.

Without "Dark Love" and “Seeing Red” I would probably still be struggling with
severe depression and anxiety. I was lost for a while, but writing saved my life, it truly
did.

Being a published author is my dream in life. I'm dedicated to make my dream come true.










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Monday, 23 June 2014

Billionaire Unmasked COVER REVEAL


    The Billionaire's Obsession Series-Jason by Author J.S.Scott



Synopsis

Jason Sutherland is a billionaire investor who has it all: good looks, billions of dollars, and every expensive toy a man could ever want.  What he doesn’t have is the one thing he wants the most: Hope Sinclair.  Unfortunately Hope, the little sister of his best friend, was off limits. But when he finds out that she’s getting married, he decides that he’s staking his claim before it’s too late, and it will take more than a little deception and risk to accomplish his goal. Hope could end up hating his guts, but after spending one forbidden night with her that he can’t forget, he knows he has to try to make her his forever.  
Hope Sinclair was born into money, but being rich has never made her happy.  The one thing she wants is a man to care about her and not her bank account.  The closest thing she’s ever found to real happiness was the magical, passionate night she’d spent in the arms of Jason Sutherland…until that night turned into heartbreak.  So when he unexpectedly comes back into her life in the strangest of ways, Hope is determined to resist her attraction to him.  
Thrown together by Jason’s deception and with their passion still burning hot, can the two of them survive after the billionaire is unmasked?  

Find out in “Billionaire Unmasked,” the next book in The Billionaire’s Obsession series.
Mine For Tonight


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Down  on her luck, nursing student and full-time waitress Kara Foster gets a massive blow to her already desperate financial situation that will surely find her living on the streets. Needing nothing less than a miracle to save her, Kara gets rescue from an unknown, unlikely and overwhelming source. Billionaire Simon Hudson makes her an offer that is  impossible to refuse, but terrifying to accept from a man that she's never met. Will the handsome, alpha billionaire really be a solution to her problems, or will he end up being a major complication and a danger to her emotional sanity?

Reclusive billionaire Simon Hudson would  rather be behind a computer creating computer games than rubbing elbows  with the elite and he knows exactly what he wants...until he meets Kara  Foster. Something about Kara touches Simon in ways he's never experienced and definitely doesn't like. For over a year, Simon watches over Kara, but stubbornly refuses to admit his desire to possess her, not even to himself. But when she ends up in a situation that could very  well be her destruction, Simon steps up to help her, not realizing that  in saving Kara, he might very well be salvaging his own soul.

"Mine  For Tonight" is book one of "The Billionaire's Obsession" . Books in this trilogy do not stand alone and need to be read in order. They include: 

The Billionaire's Obsession (Complete Collection)



This complete collection of The Billionaire's Obsession includes:
Mine For Tonight
Mine For Now
Mine Forever
Mine Completely

Down  on her luck, nursing student and full-time waitress Kara Foster gets a massive blow to her already desperate financial situation that will surely find her living on the streets. Needing nothing less than a miracle to save her, Kara gets rescue from an unknown, unlikely and overwhelming source. Billionaire Simon Hudson makes her an offer that is  impossible to refuse, but terrifying to accept from a man that she's never met. Will the handsome, alpha billionaire really be a solution to her problems, or will he end up being a major complication and a danger to her emotional sanity?

Reclusive  billionaire Simon Hudson would rather be behind a computer creating computer games than rubbing elbows with the elite and he knows exactly what he wants...until he meets Kara Foster. Something about Kara touches  Simon in ways he's never experienced and definitely doesn't like. For over a year, Simon watches over Kara, but stubbornly refuses to admit his desire to possess her, not even to himself. But when she ends up in a  situation that could very well be her destruction, Simon steps up to help her, not realizing that in saving Kara, he might very well be salvaging his own soul.

18 + (This book contains graphic language, very steamy love scenes and lots of emotion.)

Heart Of The Billionaire (Book Two)



Author  Note: This novel is the complete story of Sam and Maddie, but reading The Billionaire’s Obsession – The Complete Collection (Simon and Kara’s story) first is highly recommended to enhance your reading pleasure.

Sam and Maddie are here! 

Billionaire  Sam Hudson has pretty much lived his life with no apologies because he tries never to do anything that he’s sorry about…except for what he had done in the past to Dr. Madeline Reynolds. Many years and regrets later,  Sam meets up with Maddie again by chance; his brother Simon is marrying  Maddie’s best friend and the two of them are forced to be civil. But Sam wants to be more than polite, and he wants another chance to make things right, so he offers Maddie a bold proposition, an offer he knows she’ll have a very hard time declining even though she hates him.

Dr.  Madeline Reynolds adores her best friend Kara and her fiancé Simon, but  being forced into the company of Sam Hudson, because they are both in Simon and Kara’s wedding, is pure torture. She’s hated Sam for years, but when he offers her a bargain, something near and dear to her heart, she’s torn between her dislike for the man and the offer of something she’s always desperately wanted. Once, Sam Hudson nearly destroyed her, but Maddie discovers that sometimes things aren’t always what they appear to be. Is Sam really a devious heartbreaker, or is there something more to him beneath the surface?

Can two people with so many years of hurt between them learn to trust each other again? 

Please  note: This is an erotic romance and not appropriate for YA readers.  The book contains graphic sex, language and situations not appropriate for YA readers.

The Billionaire Salvation (Book Three)


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Billionaire  Max Hamilton thought he was finally starting to find contentment, more than two years after losing his wife Mia in a tragic drowning accident.

He'd  been reunited with a sister he hadn’t realized existed. Finally he had family again, a reprieve from the pain and loneliness that had haunted him since his devastating loss. Yeah…he was as happy as a man could be, considering he had lost the other half of his soul and most of his heart  when fate had torn his wife away from him.

Or  so he believed…until the day he rescued a mysterious woman in the park,  a female who somehow had managed to reignite a part of him that he thought was long dead...
Suddenly,  Max's protective, dominant, possessive male instincts flare to life, leaving him at a loss as to how lightning could possibly strike twice in  one lifetime. Is he truly being given another chance at real happiness,  or would it be dangled in front of him, only to be taken away once again?

Find  out by reading The Billionaire’s Salvation, Book 3 in The New York Times Bestselling series, The Billionaire’s Obsession. This is a complete contemporary erotic romance novel with no cliffhangers!
      
 The Billionaire's Game (Book Four)


The Billionaire's Game - The Billionaire's Obsession ~ Kade

With  his professional football career over due to a tragic accident, billionaire Kade Harrison takes on the task of solving a mystery for his  brother-in-law and friend, Max Hamilton.  Without his former career to fill every minute of the day, Kade's looking for something to challenge him--now that he's lost the career that had meant everything to him.  But what starts out as a simple favor soon becomes a whole lot more than  he bargained for when the woman he's seeking slips away from him every time he gets close to finding her.  When Kade does finally corner her, things start to get even more complicated.  Asha Paritala is nothing like he expected, and the female he had tracked down as a favor for Max soon becomes a woman he wants for his very own, a woman who makes protective and highly predatory instincts he didn't know he had flare to  life inside him.  Kade soon discovers that he wants Asha's total surrender to the desire and passion that vibrates intensely between the two of them, but he also wants her trust, the one thing Asha's history makes it difficult for her to give.  Can Kade convince her that some things are worth risking it all? 

Caught  between two worlds, Asha Paritala is homeless, broke and damaged from a  life of abuse and neglect.  Born of an American mother and an Indian immigrant father, Asha was raised as an Indian woman by a foster family after the death of her natural parents when she was little more than a baby.  She's spent her entire life under the control of others until finally breaking free two years earlier, and she's determined to keep her freedom, even if it means she has to struggle to survive.  But when she meets Kade Harrison, her resolve is tested.  After Kade helps her through a bad situation, she finds herself beginning to trust Kade as she's never trusted a man before.   Kade is everything she always thought a man should be, but can she lose herself in him completely when  she knows she's damaged and confused.  And is it really possible that she could be a lost sibling to two people like Max Hamilton and Maddie Hudson?  Asha is tempted by the possibility of family, and the irresistible lure of a man like Kade Harrison.  Can a woman caught between two cultures, so flawed and so backward, really reach out and take what she wants, or will the instinct to run from the pain of her past destroy the hope of happiness for her future?   

Find out if two broken souls can heal each other in The Billionaire's Game, book 4 of The Billionaire's Obsession series!!  

This is a complete novel with no cliffhangers.  18+ due to sexual situations and graphic language.
    


After  four years of working for “the billionaire boss from hell” Ally Caldwell thinks she finally has her life on the right track. Her fiancé is out of dental school, ready to go to work at a thriving practice, and  it would finally be her turn to go back and finish her college degree. Unfortunately, her carefully planned future crumbles when she finds out that her fiancé, the man she’d nearly killed herself to help get through  school, has been cheating on her. With her wedding looming in the near future, Ally’s blindsided, realizing she’d never even knew the man she’d  been planning to marry. Suddenly, her carefully organized life is turned upside down, and not one single thing is turning out the way it was supposed to happen. Even her boss, Travis the Tyrant, is beginning to act differently, throwing Ally into an even more confused and chaotic  state of mind. Travis, the one man who she’d always counted on to be a jerk, was now the guy who actually steps up to try and help her straighten her life out again. Unfortunately, she doesn’t much care for his highhanded arrogance or his methods of “helping.” Ally wants to hate  Travis. It makes her life so much simpler to fight with him than to admit to the combustible chemistry growing between the two of them. But as she begins to see more and more of the real Travis beneath his dark façade, she can’t seem to resist the dangerous lure of their unlikely attraction.

Billionaire Travis Harrison does everything he possibly can to repair the Harrison name after a scandal nearly destroyed his family years ago. He makes sure he keeps himself and his actions in check, his emotions buried under a thick layer of ice. Only his secretary and assistant, Alison Caldwell, makes him come close to losing his carefully constructed image. The obstinate female keeps shoving him closer and closer to the edge of sanity every single day. But when he finds out about her fiancé’s betrayal, his protective instincts roar to life inside him, making him want to ensure she’s never  hurt again. The only problem is…Ally doesn’t want his help, and the infuriating woman does everything she can to push him away, even as the two of them are swept into an undeniable passion that neither of them can possibly ignore. Before long, Travis finds himself in ruthless pursuit of something much more important and elusive than just a business deal.
 Can these two very different, very stubborn people actually be meant to be together? Find out if Travis and Ally can  let down their defenses and surrender to a love so powerful it will rock them to the depths of their souls in Billionaire Undone, Book Five of The Billionaire’s Obsession series.
  

About The Author




J.S.  Scott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of steamy romance. She's an avid reader of all types of books and literature. Writing what she loves to read, J.S. Scott writes both contemporary erotic romance stories and paranormal romance erotics. They almost always feature an Alpha Male and have a happily ever after because she just can't seem to write them any other way!

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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Jake Malden Little Black Dress

Little Black Dress by Jake Malden 10405711_649163758510845_1805619046_n 


Synopsis Aaron and Carly are a model couple – young, loving, sexy and on the point of moving in together. But Carly harbours a secret – a single rash act at the fashion company for which she works. Her boss Miranda, ruthless and sexually voracious, has knowledge of Carly’s crime and has been biding her time. The trap she’s about to spring will put the couple through a crazy erotic ordeal which will shake their relationship to its foundations. A high price to pay, for a Little Black Dress.




10452682_1428770690733397_1014921002_o Excerpt She let him go and, still eyeing him, trailed her pointed tongue in a glistening path from the cleft of his balls to his erection’s tip. “Sorry,” she said with the sexiest penitence she could muster, “I’ve done it again. Taken advantage of your Saturday morning hard-on.” “I’ll forgive you completely if you sit on it,” he replied, assuming a generous tone. Her face displayed lip-chewing desire to make amends. Shrugging the duvet off her shoulders, she slinked her bare, lissom form over his thighs and straddled his pelvis. “That’d be my absolute pleasure,” she said huskily, as she drew up the tight-sprung length from his stomach and teased its head up and down her slit’s wet protrusion.
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Miranda glided up to him, more than matching his height in her stilettos. Her eyes, followed by her hands, roamed over his body. “My, my, Carly.” Her words arrested Carly’s downcast stare, making the girl look as Miranda pressed herself into Aaron’s side. She ran her palm over his lightly-haired chest and flat stomach down to his stiffening cock. “What a lovely boy you have here,” she said. Aaron flinched, trying not to enjoy the sensation as she tested his buttocks’ firmness with one hand, while massaging his enlarging member experimentally with the other. “Did you wake up with him like this, this morning? Has he put this pretty cock inside you today? Given you a nice fucking? God, sweetie, I hope you don’t mind me borrowing him for a while. He’s going to be so much fun to play with.” She stared deep into Carly’s petrified eyes as she gently molested the girl’s partner. “You both are.”
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About Jake Malden Jake Malden is a freelance journalist and writer based in London. He has been experimenting with erotica both on the page and off for some years and has a growing number of titles available. His interests, aside from the staringly obvious, are theatre, cinema, literature, fitness-training and travel (particularly back to his native Ireland). He is an enthusiast of juicing, in every possible sense.
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Thursday, 19 June 2014

In Love With A Master By Author Jason Luke

In Love with a Master (Interview with a Master, #2)In Love with a Master by Jason Luke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

They say good things come to an end and this is not the exception with Jason Luke's In Love With A Master book.
After months of speculation the fans and I were delighted to find out Jonah and Leticia were coming back for a second time in a sequel and what would be the final instalment of Interview With A Master.
Fans of the book would agree the story is an incredible and original one, Jason Luke has created the perfect Master and has given us a wonderful story.
In this second book, we begin right from where the first one ended and it is a painful and dark beginning for our beautiful leading man as he struggles with his illness and ultimately with the loss of Leticia, circumstances force the two characters to reunite, igniting the passion and desire that had once transpire, forcing Jonah to ultimately come to terms with his feelings and face the consequences of being together. For Leticia is a second chance to completely discover who she really is and to explore the lifestyle that is presented in front of her, to understand the man behind the Master and to ultimately conquer his heart. Secrets will be revealed, Lies will come to the surface changing the course of the story, choices will have to be made and these will come with devastating results.
I found this book to be in some parts overly descriptive, and I believe this to be a trademark in Jason's style of writing, by doing this he totally allows the reader the feeling of belonging and total grasping of the surroundings and feelings herein portrayed, you do feel at times like you are seeing everything through the character's eyes.
Jason has come full circle and I believe this book ending will divide the masses, I felt the conclusion is a reflexion of Jason's original and different approach and I admire his individuality and boldness.
Another wonderful book from a brilliant writer!
5 stars.

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

To Light The Dragon's Fire By Margaret Taylor



The fingers twisted tighter and her words were thick with emotion. “No!” she said firmly. “I am not leaving you!”
         Draven untangled her grip, splaying her palm over his hearts. “You never will.”
Independent and feisty Terra Heegan is on the verge of sacrificing everything to save her family’s struggling trucking company. But, she wants one last hoorah before settling into a loveless marriage. With her sister, Lanni, Terra takes a trip into the Mountains of Wyoming to explore one of the few places left on Earth where adrenaline and wit are the only things that can keep her out of trouble…

Dragon King, Draven Taraxus, never wanted the crown. Born to a dying breed of Rulers, Draven has sat on the throne for the last 100 years, thanks to his father's impeachment. Boredom and stagnation have left his kingdom, and his heart, ripe for the picking by a power hungry evil that has spent the same amount of time plotting and scheming to take over.

Everything is in place. The pieces have all been set and all Evil needs is one last ingredient to rule everything. The love of a human with fire-red hair and silvery eyes that will…Light The Dragon’s Fire

Sneak Peek

“Tell me more about this Nolan,” he whispered over his shoulder. “Now!” Terra murmured something he couldn’t make out and he added, “Quickly, it might be our only chance.”
“Fine,” she grumbled. “He’s tall, like you, but afraid to get his hands dirty, unlike you.”
That was a start, but his possessive nature needed more. “No! How do you really feel about him?”
She sighed and there was a roll of her eyes in the next words. “He’s a nice guy, ok? A decent sort. But he’s going to expect me to stay home, take care of any children we have and not run the company like I’ve been doing for the last five years…”
The mere thought she might have the child of another man was more than enough to send his emotions spiraling out of control. The once green flames morphed into a bright red and he used that, firing off ball after ball at the vines as they descended. Every hit was true and they shrieked in pain, recoiling back the way they’d come. Sadly, they were only replaced by new ones and before long, thick smoke from their burning tendrils hung in the air, hiding the upper edge of the pit from his sight.
It hadn’t been much of a plan, but maybe the smoke could aid them as well. When he could no longer see Golix and his minions, he spun, gripping Terra’s forearms.
“Do you trust me?”
Indecision twisted across her features. “Maybe?”
He tightened his grip. In order for this to work, there had to be no doubt on her part. “Do you trust me!?”
A muscle in her jaw ticked. “Yes! Fine! Whatever! I trust you!
About Margaret Taylor
Margaret Taylor currently lives in San Antonio, TX and is scratching post for her five cats. She is an avid writer, a novice photographer and enjoys all things paranormal and science fiction! Just ask her, she'll tell you!

Her list of books include:

Wolf's Paradox - Book 1 of The Layren Series (Paranormal Romance)

A First Love Never Dies - Book 1 of The Spi-Corp Series (Sci-Fi Romance)

Saving His Love - Book 2 of The Spi-Corp Series (Sci-Fi Romance)

The Seer - Book 1 of The Shadowcon Series (Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Romance)

All In The Name Of Love (Contemporary Romantic Suspense)

Love's Prophecy (Paranormal Romance)

I Saw Momma Shoot Santa Claus (Paranormal Holiday Romance)
To Light The Dragon's Fire - Book 1 of the Dragons, Griffons and Centaurs, Oh My! Series

With a little something for everyone, if you visit her blog and ask nicely, she might be persuaded to post some tasty excerpts for many of her other projects! *Bring Cookies as payment please!*
Feel free to connect with her below, she loves hearing from her fans!

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Nicholas Tanek The Coolest Way To Kill Yourself Blog Tour.







Okay, so no one actually kills themselves in this book.

The Coolest Way to Kill Yourself pulls you into the early 90's New York City rave scene, in all its chaotic, psychedelic glory. The narrator grabs you by your wrist and drags you behind two teenage lovers from New Jersey as they tumble through a whirlwind of reckless hedonism that eventually spirals into a dark, devastating world of drug addiction and heartbreak. As a teenager, Lynn cried, "No one is ever going to write something for me."

Nearly two decades later, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Nicholas did just that. The gesture came too late for our unlikely heroine, but his heart was in the right place. A broken heart... but a true love. Reunited after years apart, Lynn and Nicholas embraced their love and sexuality, and embraced each other, despite troubled pasts, despite illness, despite all of their imperfections and mistakes. They shared the kind of honest and shameless connection that few have had the honor of knowing, and most would never understand.

"We're not hurting anyone. We're just living life without caring what anyone thinks about us."

"It's the coolest way to kill ourselves," Lynn said.

So turn the page, and pull the trigger.


NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: 
I think that you will find my book very interesting. It is a very unconventional romance. The love of my life died at the age of 37. She passed away a little before Hurricane Sandy. With a generator to keep my laptop working, I wrote a book for the woman who thought no one would ever write something for her.










Nicholas Tanek is an American ghostwriter from New Brunswick, New Jersey. He graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelors in English. He has been a ghostwriter for over 15 years.












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The Coolest Way to Kill YourselfThe Coolest Way to Kill Yourself by Nicholas Tanek

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sometimes in our lives, amazing things happen to us, things that don't come often, things that stay with us forever, things that change us unexpectedly in an unexplainable way; for me it was reading The Coolest Way to Kill Yourself.

When I came across this book, I was obviously taken aback by its title, I thought, hold on a minute that can't be right, then I read the description and slowly things made sense, I immediately wanted to know more about this story, I was absolutely captivated so I purchased the book, however, nothing could have prepared me for the incredible journey which I was going to be transported into.

Nicholas Tanek has written this book for "Lynn", the love of his life who unfortunately passed away in 2012, but, in order to do that, he has to take us through a trip down memory lane from the first time they met, this may I add, is no easy task, Nicholas has to go back to the early 90's when he was only 16 years old, what starts as friendship soon develops into something else, in a time when drugs were an easy distraction and music was a vital ingredient the leads embark in a passionate love affair which would withstand the test of time, however, most of us readers have been through our teenage years, and we know that at this age every day represents a new adventure, external factors, and things beyond our control have an impact in our relationships, and at this time Nicholas and Lynn part ways.

I would like to think whereas Lynn's feelings towards Nicholas even as a young teenage girl were pretty much a given, for Nicholas at that time as a romantic, love came and went without consequence or true happiness, he is not afraid to share each and every one of his painful relationships for they each had an impact in the man he came to be, to each he gave his love but in reality not his heart, each lover is a stage, each is a learning curve, each is a piece in a puzzle forming a new identity that would kill his old self and replace him with a genuine personality, through it all he is not afraid to open up and talk about his insecurities, his addictions, his desires and his obsessions; For Lynn unfortunately, the journey wasn't without difficulty and Nicholas allows us to get a glimpse into her years as she fights a terrible illness, an abusive partner, a battle with addiction and ultimately the loss of her identity.

It's not common for destiny to offer us second chances, these very seldom come, very few of us have the opportunity to do things right, to correct mistakes and to love again, Nicholas and Lynn were given a precious gift by being able to find each other after many years apart, to love each other the honest and purest way, for Nicholas it was a realization of the greatest love he felt for Lynn and for her it was the satisfaction to finally being with her one true love, for both it was being with a person that knew and accepted the worst parts of each other, their darkest past but still loving each other with a ferocity few ever experience in a lifetime.

"Lynn and I felt thankful to have each other. The comfort was truly magical in the sense that we both felt that we would never be alone again. We felt that we would always feel the love of one another in our hearts. We were looking forward to our time together. We were looking forward to our lives together."

As I write this review listening to Roxy music playing "Mother of Pearl" in the background still feeling quite emotional, I am so thankful that life has given me the opportunity to have read this book, it has changed me in so many ways, it has taught me to live life to the fullest, and love with intensity, with purpose, I would like to say this story is of love lost and found only to lose it again, of many different types of love and passion, Nicholas wrote this story for a girl who once thought nobody would ever write about her, he does it with so much emotion and conviction, I am in awe of his accomplishment to overcome so many obstacles, to immortalize Lynn through the pages of this book and to do it in the coolest way.
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