Torture To Her Soul ( Monster In His Eyes #2) – J. M. Darhower

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Book Description

Don’t say it unless you mean it…

It’s a simple concept, one I’ve said time and again, but something people don’t seem to comprehend. You should choose every syllable carefully, because you never know when somebody will hold you to your word.

Somebody like me.

I’m not a good man. I’m not. I know. I have enough darkness inside of me to rid the world of every stitch of light. But there’s one I could never harm, one light I couldn’t bring myself to snuff out.

Karissa.

She thinks I’m a monster, and maybe I am. I taunt her with my touch, get a thrill out of torturing her soul. But I’m not the only one. The world is full of monsters, and I’m not the most dangerous one out there.

Not even close…

God help me, I love her.

I do.

And God help anyone who tries to take her from me.

Divas Thoughts

So God help us, we loved this book! Aaah. There´s hardly a day that goes by without thinking about Naz and Karissa. What a wonderful, 100% exciting story! And what´s best of all….it´s written from Naz´s POV * dramatic faint *

For those of you who read book #1, Monster In His Eyes, will find this story fulfilling in the best way ever.

This book starts off where book #1 ended- with Karissa hating Naz, and turned out to be an adventure of the two main characters trying desperately to win each others trust back, without trying to hurt each other along the way.

* sigh * we all know that´s not possible. Lol. Not with Naz, and certainly not with Karissa.

Much to our delight…Naz and Karissa gave us what we love in a good book. Angst ( lots of it), love & sex * drop-dead-fantastic *, and of course their struggle to keep each other and chose between right and wrong. And let us tell you- some scenes sent chills down our spines ( in a good and bad way)!!

An absolute MUST READ about love that shouldn´t have existed from the start.

( and we soooooo glad that love happened!)

Would we recommend this book?

  • Absolutely

Would we re-read this book?

  • most definitely. This book is worth going back to reread some scenes.

The Divas are giving Torture To Her Soul 5 out of 5 champagne glasses

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One Plus One – Jojo Moyes

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Book Description

One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act

in ages . . . maybe ever.

Divas Thoughts

We´ve been seeing Jojo Moyes´name all over the place. And yet, we took our precious time before actually reading one of her books. Was it worth it? Oh, it sure was.

This book definitely needs to be read.

This story is the perfect example of what real life does. It sometimes screws you over. And when things begin to look brighter again, life comes back and screws with you again.

And that´s what happened to the characters in this story.

The characters were a nice new breeze of fresh air. We loved the realistic issues these characters dealt with. There were alot of highs and lows and we loved it!

We can´t say we swooned over any character because it actually wasn´t THAT kind of story. We loved each figure for who they were. Normal people who went through their own struggles and somehow managed to stay normal despite what was happening to them.

All we´re going to say about this book is that you have to read it yourself to find out what´s so special about it. The story was a delightful, well written read.

We´re glad we chose this one.

Now all we need to do is start reading all Jojo Moyes´ books..:-)

The only thing we disliked was the cover. Those are some special colors. Lol

Would re recommend this book?

Yes, we would. This is a wonderful, charming story.

Would we re-read this book?

We sure will.

The Divas are giving One Plus One by Jojo Moyes 4 out of 5 champagne glasses

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Unmasked: Volume 2 ( Unmasked #2) – Cassia Leo

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Book Description

I left my former life – and my mask – behind.

Running from a past where I was born unloved. A past where I was betrayed by love.

Running from an organization with limitless power and stealth. Running for my life.

I never expected to find love on the run. Not in a tiny seaside town on an island in the middle of nowhere.

Not without my mask.

But it seems as if my sad story is being rewritten with someone else’s pen. But whose pen is it?

This question haunts me day and night. And I get my answer on a perfectly decadent evening. When I come home to find my bedroom perfumed with the scent of death.

He’s here.

Divas Thoughts

No. Cassia Leo did NOT do another masterpiece with this one. I´m not wanting to come across as rude or anything….I just can´t sum up the love I felt for the first Volume. There wasn´t anything cool about this one. This was just a story that was told. It was nothing I expected it to be. I was left wanting so much more after the first book.

Vol. 2 starts off where Vol. 1 ended. Alex ran away to an Island and started hiding. She gave herself a new identity and was ready to start a new life.

I don´t know. What started out great turned into non-interesting. Alex´s new life with all the new people…it felt like, after Alex and Daimon had their fatal stand-off, there was so much missing. What really threw me off was how Alex transformed from being dark, dangerous & mysterious to being open with her issues and having fun on the Island. And just like that….I started disliking Alex / Alyssa. What happened to the woman who hid her face?

Anyway: Alyssa starts dating her neighbor and gets involved with life. That´s until she gets this errie feeling that somethings not right. And she´s right!

( totally predictable story since Alex wasn´t so sure she really killed Daimon)

Things start to happen and Alyssa gets sloppy.

All of the sudden things pick up and get interesting again. It took a while…but the fun was back and my hope returned for this book to knock me off my socks. But who was I kidding ( I should really stop hoping so much) there was nothing that I didn´t see coming.

Not even the end tickled me. I´m not saying this book was God-awful…it was just a predictable. And somewhat far fetched. Being a hitman is a scary thing. And writing a story about it can be way cool. But to involve Monaco and the Grimaldi´s is way to far fetched. I live in Europe and I see alot of the actual Grimaldis on the news, etc. so I have a hard time picturing Alex being the princess of Monaco. Or being the daughter of the princess of Monaco. Either way….I couldn´t visualize that.

Let´s not forget about the 200 pages. I flew through that story in a night.+

Would I recommend this book?

Hmm….maybe.

Would I re-read this book?

Probably not.

The Divas are giving Unmasked: Volume 2 ( Unmasked #2) by Cassia Leo 3 out of 5 champagne glasses

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Promised ( One Night #1) – Jodi Ellen Malpas

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Book Description

Livy notices him the moment he walks into the coffee shop. He’s heart-stoppingly stunning, with a blue-eyed gaze so piercing she’s almost too distracted to take his order. When he walks out the door, she thinks she’ll never see him again. Then she finds the note he left on his napkin . . . signed M.

All he wants is one night to worship her. No feelings, no commitment, nothing but pleasure. Every defense mechanism Livy has adopted during her solitary life is at risk of being obliterated by this confounding man. He’s obnoxious but well-mannered. He’s a gentleman but aloof. He’s passionate but emotionless. Yet the fascination is so powerful, Livy can’t deny him… or herself.

M awakens something in Livy, something deep and addictive that she never knew existed — and that she fears only he can satisfy. But she senses that behind the fast cars, fancy suits, and posh apartment, he’s aching inside. To have him, body and soul, she’ll have to brave his dark secrets. Delving into his world and breaking down his defenses become her obsession – an obsession that could shatter her heart beyond repair..

Divas Thoughts

Bless Jodi Ellen Malpas for her fabulous stories! This book was one of a few all three of us has read ( that really says alot!). And we all agree that there´s practically nothing to bitch about. We absolutely loved One Night Promised. How could we not? We were stunned shitless.

We loved how we couldn´t predict where this story was heading. Everytime we thought we got it…BAM the story went in a different direction, shocking us more after each scene. OOOH yeah. We were sitting on the edge while reading about Livy and Miller´s relationship.

Livy´s character was grand. Whatever she did, or how she reacted was totally relatable. Everything she did….we couldn´t have done it better or worse.

M…or Miller was this mysterious guy at the beginning and turned into this sexy ass, drool worthy piece of flesh who even had manners! So…we got a guy who has the looks, money, AND who can use the right words at the right time * fanning faces* He had it…he nailed it ( or he rather nailed Livy..Lol….okay okay that was lame..but it had to be. Don´t judge. We´re putting our thoughts together on this one. ).

M is a gentleman? Oooooh yeah. M is passionate? Fuck us silly….he is. Miller has a way to him that make women want to drop to their knees and beg.

Not only the main characters were superb….the sub characters did their magic as well. Livy´s friend, her co-worker, her Granny….all made this story seem so warm and normal. But what wasn´t your everyday special was Livy´s past. Utterly devastating. And the worst of all….she actually put…Nope. We´re not going to spoil anything for you as we believe this is a book that needs to be read without us giving everything away.

The end chrushed our rotten hearts. Seriously….we were like:

„ Oh fuck no. Girl…you just did NOT do that.“

„ What the fuck is wrong with you?“

„ Jesus Christ…knock some fucking sense into these characters!!“

„ Who has time to hunt the author down?“

…and last but not least, our final word regarding the story was:

„ What?“ with pained expressions on our faces. Then….we fainted.

This book left alot of questions unanswered, which means we´ll hopefully get some answered in book 2.

What, in God´s name, made M do what he does?

What drove Livy to do what she did?

How does on woman come up with these things at all?

We´re in no mood to wait until November for book #2. That just sucks, big time!

Would we recommend this book?

We most certainly would.

Would we re-read this book?

Yes!!

The Divas are giving One Night Promised ( book #1) by Jodi Ellen Malpas 5 out of 5 champagne glasses

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Bright Side – Kim Holden

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Book Description

Secrets. 
Everyone has one. 
Some are bigger than others. 
And when secrets are revealed, 
Some will heal you … 
And some will end you. 

Kate Sedgwick’s life has been anything but typical. She’s endured hardship and tragedy, but throughout it all she remains happy and optimistic (there’s a reason her best friend Gus calls her Bright Side). Kate is strong-willed, funny, smart, and musically gifted. She’s also never believed in love. So when Kate leaves San Diego to attend college in the small town of Grant, Minnesota, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with Keller Banks. 

They both feel it. 
But they each have a reason to fight it. 
They each have a secret. 

And when secrets are revealed, 
Some will heal you … 
And some will end you. 

Divas Thoughts

If it weren´t for the sob worthy ending then the story would receive a lesser rating.

From the very beginning I was trying harder than hard to get into the story but my surroundings caught my attention more than this book. I bought this book because I adored the simple ( blinding orange) cover and thought, after reading the book description, I´d be getting something dramatic. Like….WOW dramatic. In a „knock me over“ fashion.

What did I get to read instead? A story that dragged on and on and then became utterly sad.

The first 60 somthing percent were ( excuse me for being so blunt ) boring. It took me a few times to really get into the story because there was nothing that grabbed me. The way it all started, the characters, the non existant build-up….all that made me wonder why I was putting myself through it all. I´m not saying the book was the worst I´ve read. It wasn´t. But it definitely wasn´t the best either. The last part of the book was actually picture perfect! 100% purely emotional. The end had me in an ugly crying fit for a few hours. How damn sad!

Bright Side is basically about a young woman who has been through the worst, but still finds a way to be optimistic. That´s why the heroine, Kate, is called Bright Side by her friend, Gus ( she also goes by Katherine). Anyways….life seems halfways fine ( your usual programm) until a reader hits the last part of the book and then BAM! Automatically, the crying begins. And I just couldn´t stop!

Now….I´m not sure if the highly emotional ending makes up for the rest of the book or not. And that´s what makes this one so hard to rate. If I were to rate the first 60% then I´d say it deserves a 2. But since I really love the cover and I cried so much I´m gonna go ahead and give it a 3 ( I don´t cry easy….so take my word for it…..it´s unbelievably sad)

Would I recommend this book?

No. I wouldn´t.

Would I re-read this book?

Nope. Not my cup of tea.

The Divas are giving Bright Side, by Kim Holden, 3 out of 5 champagne glasses

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Leo ( A Sign Of Love ) – Mia Sheridan

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Book Descripton

Evie and Leo met in foster care as children and formed a bond of friendship. As they grew, their bond turned to love, and they vowed to make a life together when they turned 18 and were no longer a part of the system.

When Leo unexpectedly gets adopted as a teen and he moves to another city, he promises Evie that he will contact her as soon as he gets there and come back for her in a few short years. She never hears from him again.

Now eight years later, in spite of the odds, Evie has made a life for herself. She has a job. She has friends. She’s content. Then a man shows up out of the blue, claiming that her long lost love, Leo, sent him to check up on her. The attraction between them is undeniable. But, should she trust this sexy stranger? Or is he keeping a secret about what his connection to Leo is really all about and why Leo disappeared all those years ago?

Divas Thoughts

Maybe I´m analyzing this book too much. But maybe not. But let me tell you that this story didn´t do it for me. After reading so many promising reviews I thought I´d hit the jackpot with Leo. Uuhm….the story wasn´t awful. It was predictable and at times cute. But where were those emotions I crave while reading a book? Puff! Vanished into thin air before I was able to feel them…that´s where they were.

I mean…it was kinda cute and sad to read about 2 orphans and their promise to stay with each other ( or better find each other again and live happily ever after). The story was, up until the main characters were torn apart, believable. After that…I just wasn´t convinced anymore. Call me a partypooper….but I just can´t seem to get my head around 22-23 year olds who´ve gone through more crap than I have with nearly 10 more years of experience on my back. It´s not realistic for me. As a romance reader I tend to watch out for ANYTHING that will tear at my heartstrings. Not here. Not with Leo. And the sex? Well, there was enough sex for 2 books in this one. I didn´t find it it any way sexy, sensual or even close to great. Besides…..oh, forget it. It´s not worth mentioning.

Let´s not forget the speed of Jake and Evie´s relationship. Evie found out Leo died in a car accident through Jake…then she cried a bit and it didn´t take her long to hop on the Jake train. I mean….COME ON! She waited for, what….8 years(??!!) for Leo and then Jake strolls along and then BAM! MY first thought was: „ Damn girl, are you on some time-limit? It´s okay to start having kids when you´re 30.“. And then the end…..I actually saw it coming.

BUT….despite my dislikes…I´m still giving this book a fairly good rating. Like I mentioned before….it wasn´t awful…I just expected a whole lot more of the important matters ( such as emotions, relatable characters, etc) and a whole lot less drama themes ( and there were plenty of them )

There was indeed one major plus point regarding this story. It was a stand-alone. I´m getting more and more fond of those lately.

Would I recommend this book?

Not sure. For hardcore romance fanatics, no. For anyone who likes an OK read for inbetween, sure.

Would I re-read this book?

Probably not.

The Divas are giving Leo ( A Sign Of Love ) by Mia Sheridan 3 out of 5 champagne glasses

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Ugly Love – Colleen Hoover

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Book Description

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

Divas Thoughts

There were three reasons why I wanted to read this book SOOO badly.

  1. The cover ( the cover alone should receive a 5 out of 5 rating!)
  2. the book description ( caught my attention )
  3. well, D´uh. It´s a Colleen Hoover novel. ( oh, do I love Colleen Hoover´s writing )

After reading her little novella, Finding Cinderella ( which was cute and all), I was more than happy to dive into something new from this author. Something awesome that would make me cry in a way only Colleen Hoover could make me.

I was ready. God, I couldn´t wait to get my hands on this one. I felt like I was standing in the cold, infront of some electronic store for hours, eager to be the first to get my hands on the newest Playstation. Well, I got the book. I read the book. Now, after reading Ugly Love I feel kind of unsatisfied.

After reading super, emotionally powerful books by the author before I thought there wasn´t a story she couldn´t write about.

Maybe I was wrong.

Ugly Love didn´t do anything for me. I tried. I really did. I can´t decide if it was the writing, the story in general, or the characters that ruined it for me….but I felt nothing. Tate and Miles ( main characters ) were charmless figures for me. I disliked both. Tate was this slouchy heroine who was weak. Throughout the story her behavior didn´t improve. Normally, a weak character grows slowly, or gains strength through small acts. Not this one. But what was worse for me was Miles took advantage of Tate.

And the drama in this book didn´t touch me either. Miles had a past. Okay. But I´m at a point where I´m thinking: „ Don´t we all have an ugly past?“ . There´s only so much ugly drama you can take in while reading a novel. I was far from impressed.

I´m not saying I hated this book. I didn´t. It just wasn´t what I was used too by this author. The story might be for others really good….just not so much for me. I´ll still rate this book with a fairly good rating because I adore the cover and the author. If it weren´t for those 2 facts then I´d definitely be giving this one less. And whats also great is that this book is a stand-alone. In my opinion…I´m glad that authors are going back to writing just a solid 1 book story. They´re so rare these days.

Would I recommend this book?

I´d recommend Ugly Love to any COHO fans. It wasn´t my cup of tea, but yeah. Why not.

Would I re-read this book?

Probably not.

The Divas are giving Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover 3 out of 5 champagne glasses

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Hardpressed ( The Hacker Series #2 ) – Meredith Wild

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Book Description

Despite Blake Landon’s controlling ways, the young and wealthy hacker finally won the trust of the woman he loves. Internet entrepreneur Erica Hathaway broke down the walls that kept her from opening her heart and her business to Blake.

Ready to start this new chapter in her life, Erica is determined not to let anything come between them, even if that means giving Blake back some of the control he craves in and out of the bedroom.

But when demons from her past threaten their future, Erica makes a decision that could change their lives forever

Divas Thoughts

Dear Lord. I kind of need a cooler filled with ice to stick my head in after finishing this book. And I thought the first book was good * sheesh *. Hardpressed ( #2 ) is actually just a simple continuation of Blake Landon and Erica Hathaway´s story. And yet here I am….dying to know more about these characters and wanting more insight on their lives. You can judge me all you want for being creepy. Go ahead…. But that still won´t change my feelings towards this story.

The story was unique. Easy for the mind, and exciting as hell. How do you handle a relationship with a guy (who has more money than he can spend ) who wants to take care of you 24/7? Some women might enjoy giving up a good portion of their independence and submit to a guy. Not Erica. Erica is fine with being dominated in the bedroom but she wants to keep business and pleasure as far apart as possible. Which is ( in my humble opinion ) totally acceptable. Erica worked hard and wasn´t about to let Blake roll on over and take care of things for her. The constant fight for keeping control over her own personal issues was exhausting for Erica….but not for me! I enjoyed every single moment she fought for her control. Then the issues her close friend dealt with affected her as well and then came Erica´s dirty past into the picture. To top everything else…Blake wanted her to emotionally open up to him and give him control over the one thing that meant so much to her. In short: Erica had a tough time dealing with everything.

Personally….I´m not fond of someone wanting total access in every area of my life. If my husband ever acted like Blake….I´d file for a divorce. But it worked for this story and the characters.

Blake is a very dominating man but he isn´t the Dom – overload type. He has his beliefs and dreams and what not. All in all he´s just a good guy with special need to control. Erica is a character I prefer to see in stories. Strong, emotional, ambitious and stubborn. So, what happens when two strong people cross each other?

Many mistakes and poor decisions are made by these characters. But the question is: Can Blake and Erica over come the problems they have together? Will their issues break them apart or will they master whatever life throws their way?

A wondeful creative story about love, loss, the future and the many possibilities that can happen if you make the wrong choice.

Loved Loved Loved this book. A must have for all romance, Alpha male lovers!

Would I recommend this book?

Yes. I most certainly would.

Would I re-read this book?

You can bet your ass I will. * giggle *

The Divas are giving Hardpressed ( #2 The Hacker Series ) by Meredith Wild 5 out of 5 champagne glasses

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Hardwired ( The Hacker Series #1 ) – Meredith Wild

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Book Description

Determined to overcome a difficult past, Erica Hathaway learns early on to make it on her own. Days after her college graduation, she finds herself face to face with a panel of investors who will make or break her fledgling startup. The only thing she didn’t prepare for was going weak in the knees over an arrogant and gorgeous investor who seems determined to derail her presentation.

Billionaire and rumored hacker Blake Landon has already made his fortune in software, and he’s used to getting what he wants. Captivated by Erica’s drive and unassuming beauty, he’s wanted nothing more than to possess her since she stepped into his boardroom. Determined to win her over, he breaks down her defenses and fights for her trust, even if it means sacrificing a level of control he’s grown accustomed to.

But when Blake uncovers a dark secret from Erica’s past, he threatens not just her trust, but the life she’s fought so hard to create

Divas Thoughts

I really, REALLY enjoyed this book. When I first saw the cover I didn´t know what to think. The title didn´t do much for me because when I read something like „ The Hacker Series“ I run for the hills. No matter how much romance a hacker story promises….I just know I´ll get confused because I DO NOT speak computer language ( I´m perfectly happy I know how to turn my computer on and off ).

Anyways…After seeing the series everywhere I went, I thought it wouldn´t hurt to try to read them.

I was right. It didn´t hurt..:-) In fact…..I absolutely loved the first book. The story was fab and easy, even if there was a hint of computer language in it.

The characters were more than I expected them to be. I loved how the romance slowly grew between Blake and Erica. It was intense….but oh so good. I loved how the other characters also played an important role in the story. Erica´s BFF, family and employees….all were fantastic. It was just a joy to finally get a story with lots of everything I love. Passion, angst, love, friendship, betrayal, an actual story line….the list is pretty long. There aren´t enough words to describe my love for this wonderful book.

Would I recommend this book?

I most certainly would.

Would I re-read this book?

Anytime! A fab story that will definitely stick with me for a long time.

The Divas are giving Hardwired ( The Hacker Series #1 ) by Meredith Wild 5 out of 5 champagne glasses!

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this book is available at Amazon

Lead ( Stage Dive #3) – Kylie Scott

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Book Description

As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, whether it’s booze, drugs, or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant to keep him out of trouble.   

Lena’s not willing to take any crap from the sexy rocker and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far and Lena leaves, he realizes that he may just have lost the best thing that ever happened to him.

Divas Thoughts

Lead ( nr. 3 ) by Kylie Scott was far better than Play ( nr, 2 ). Actually, this book is my favorite from the 3 that has been published so far.

This story had a wondeful build-up and I just adored the characters. Jimmy, the singer of the band Stage Dive was just the character I was looking for. Haven´t read about a well broke soul in a long time. Jimmy wasn´t some weirdo who did odd things. He was a someone who needed help.

And Lena….well, I enjoyed her character because she was ( for me ) the perfect Heroine. She was fab. I loved how she thought and how she handled every nasty situation. She helped Jimmy although she knew she wasn´t qualified to do so.

The way their relationship grew was really great.

All in all I found this to be a really great romance. The story tugged at my heartstrings. I´m just so sad I won´t be able to read more about Jimmy and Lena. The perfect couple with a perfect lovestory.

Would I recommend this book?

Definitely!

Would I re-read this book?

Absolutely.

The Divas are giving Lead ( Stage Dive #3) by Kylie Scott 5 out of 5 champagne glasses.

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This book is available at Amazon