MICHELLE: Well. It’s official. WhitG is a word goddess. She is amazing and wonderful and the indie romance world has missed her writing. I have missed her writing.
PEPPER: Me. Too. I flew through this book. This, as you know, is a rarity for me. She just knows how to tell a story.
MICHELLE: Thank God she’s back- and better than ever- with TURBULENCE. And lovers- this. book. is. everything.
PEPPER: Couldn’t agree more!! Again, I will just say – please note, I could not put this down.
MICHELLE: This is definitely one of my top reads for 2016 and about a billion stars.
PEPPER: Oh for sure one of the best of 2016. I just feel a little Katy Perry circa “Firework” thinking about it:
But perhaps we should stop gushing like assholes and discuss the book…
MICHELLE: Right, so I don’t even know where to start. There’s Jake. Jake is arrogant and an asshole and I love him.
PEPPER: OMG. The literal best part of this book is Jake and his mouth. And by this I mean he says EVERYTHING that EVERYONE ever wants to say in any situation but won’t because it’s just not socially OK. But Jake doesn’t give a fuck. He is such a dick to everyone – so honest and could not be bothered with ANY bullshit. And I loved every second of it.
MICHELLE: I. Know!!! Basically:
Also, let us not forget about Gillian. And Gillian is unapologetically Gillian.
PEPPER: Who is also a badass with her mouth and does not back down to Jake and his ornery ass. God these two were hilarious and perfect.
MICHELLE: They were. However, let me say- I don’t always relate to Gillian and there are times when I’m like girl- you gotta leave him cause he’s being an asshole (but I don’t mean it cause Jake is Jake and he’s amazing and you can’t really leave him) and some people might even find her annoying but for some reason this story works.
PEPPER: Yeah, I was SO done with her about 3/4 of the way through. I even texted you – like eff me just LEAVE. But also, it’s Jake, so I get it. However, I was a little frustrated with her at times.
MICHELLE: I think for me, I was just sucked into the story. I could not put it down. It didn’t matter to me that Gillian wasn’t perfect and that Jake was insanely flawed. The chemistry and the banter between these two was explosive. I mean the sex- Lord. Jesus.
PEPPER: Oh Dear God above. So. Hot. The stairwell? The bookcase? The mail room? I mean, could you die?!?
MICHELLE: I know!! But beyond that- I was just dying to know what was happening. They both had secrets and as pieces of them came out I was hooked. Absolutely obsessively hooked.
PEPPER: Totally. I had to know what was next. I had to know what they were both hiding. This book is addictive like no other that I have read in a long time. And I honestly attribute that to WhitG and her amazing writing and story telling.
MICHELLE: Yep, I was just going to say – that is what makes WhitG such an amazing writer. Jake is really kind of a dick but I loved him. And Gillian was sometimes all over the place but I was rooting for her. And along the way the book also addresses the perils of the indie world, and the haters and naysayers that come along with it and I think it is so brave that she did that.
PEPPER: I loved that part. The way she opened up about the struggles of writing was like getting inside her head and it was amazing!
MICHELLE: I have no idea if any of this makes sense but here’s the takeaway. We have loved WhitG since MID LIFE LOVE and we will love her forever because that woman is a damn good storyteller and her books are amazing.
PEPPER: Perfectly said after all our gushing and babbling!!
MICHELLE: So basically…read this book.
A self diagnosed candy addict, travel junkie, and hypochondriac, Whitney Gracia Williams LOVES to write about characters that make you laugh, cry, and want to (in the case of Selena Ross) reach through your Kindle and slap them.
She is the “imaginary bestselling” author of the Jilted Bride Series, Mid Life Love, Wasted Love, and Captain of My Soul.
When she’s not locked inside her room, feverishly typing away on her laptop, she can be found here.
She also loves getting emails from her readers, so if you want to tell her how much you loved (or hated) her stories, email her at whitgracia[at]gmail[dot]com
Welcome to Hartwell, a quiet seaside escape where uncovering old secrets could lead one woman to discover the meaning of a love that lasts…
While Doctor Jessica Huntington engages with the inmates at the women’s correctional facility where she works, she’s always careful to avoid emotional attachments in her personal life. Loss and betrayal taught her that lesson long ago. But when she comes across a set of old love letters in the prison’s library and visits the picturesque town of Hartwell to deliver them to their intended recipient, she finds herself unable to resist the town’s charm—and her attraction to the sexy owner of a local bar proves equally hard to deny.
Since his divorce from his unfaithful ex-wife, Cooper Lawson has focused on what really matters: his family and the boardwalk pub they’ve owned for generations. But the first time Jessica steps into his bar, Cooper is beyond tempted to risk his heart on her.
Yet as their attraction grows hotter and Jessica remains stubbornly closed off, he begins to realize it will take more than just passion to convince her there’s only one real thing in life worth fighting for…
MICHELLE: Well. Lovers. I’ve been once again reminded that Samantha Young is one of my top 5 authors. Hands down. As if I needed a reminder.
PEPPER: I. Know. I need to read more of her stuff. INTO THE DEEP is still one of my favorite books of all time. But back to this book…
MICHELLE: Well you know how I feel about the ON DUBLIN STREET series! And this time- I didn’t even have to travel to Scotland to meet another top rated book boyfriend.
PEPPER: OMG. Cooper. Lawson.
Is this real life? A random small town where you can just go and find the love of your life?
MICHELLE: Right?!? I was just typing – is Hartwell, Delaware a really place? Cause I need to go to there. For our readers to know, the setting for Sam’s new series is Hart’s Boardwalk this amazing seaside town right here on the east coast!
PEPPER: Give me 10 years to get my angel out the door and I’m headed right there. If it exists, there is no other place I want to go. SamYoung is phenomenal at making you actually FEEl like you are inside her books. It’s unreal.
MICHELLE: I agree 100%! Her writing is so damn good. Ok, so can we just say his name again? Cooper Lawson. He is the stuff my book boyfriends are made of. He’s alpha without you feeling like you need a restraining order. He’s a beast in bed but always makes sure to treat you with respect in the street. He’s smart and funny. He has a past but it doesn’t define him. And did I mention he’s like a total stud in bed????
PEPPER: Add all these together and you have sex with Cooper Lawson:
MICHELLE: Lol!! So, Jessica was at first- my bestie to be. I loved her in the beginning but as the story progressed-I was itching to find out what she was hiding. In my defense- any annoyance I had towards her was based on the fact that she had Cooper freakin’ Lawson chasing her down.
PEPPER: I also loved Jessica at first. And then I wanted to throttle her. I mean, I get it, her secret was intense. But god damn it took a long time for her to trust Cooper – and all the people she came to love in Hartwell. So, I have to say I spent a lot of time like:
MICHELLE: Right, but what I did like about her was that when she got her head out of her ass – she was smart and fun and a good person at the heart of it all.
PEPPER: She really was such a good person. Just wanting to help everyone and had such a philanthropic heart. My favorite part about her was that she didn’t just fall in love with Cooper. She fell in love with the town and the other people there and I felt that gave her so much more character.
MICHELLE: And, as always- Sam has written a supporting cast that draws you into the world created by the book. You feel like you’re living among the characters and that their lives are just intertwined with yours.
PEPPER: I loved every character in this book. I mean for the exception of assholes. Every character has a story to tell. I cannot wait for more from each of them. And we get Bailey’s next which was my favorite character in the whole book.
MICHELLE: Yep, I was just gonna say, I can’t wait for more from all of these characters and especially Bailey’s story next!
If you haven’t read Samantha Young before- I don’t even think I can talk to you. Get your priorities in order and buy all her books.
PEPPER: And get on the Hart’s Boardwalk train. You will want to move there, visit there, be transported there. Whatever, it will be your new dream life. It’s perfection.
Book #2 in the HART’S BOARDWALK SERIES – Coming March 7, 2017
Hartwell, Delaware—the perfect place to get away from it all, and find what you never knew you needed…
Bailey Hartwell has many reasons to feel content—her successful business, a close circle of friends, and her steady boyfriend…even if their romance feels staid after ten years without a serious commitment. The only challenge in her life comes in the form of sexy businessman Vaughn Tremaine. She thinks the ex-New Yorker acts superior and that he considers her a small-town nobody. But when Bailey’s blindsided by a betrayal, she’s shocked to discover Vaughn is actually a decent guy.
Vaughn admires Bailey’s free spirit, independence, and loyalty. As his passion for her has grown, his antagonism toward her has only worsened. Every little thing Bailey does seduces him. But when Vaughn’s painful emotional past makes him walk away in fear he will hurt her, it opens an old wound in Bailey, and she uncharacteristically retreats.
Once Vaughn begins to realize he’s made the biggest mistake of his life, he has no choice but to fight like he’s never fought before to convince Bailey that the love they’ve found together only comes around once in a lifetime.
Samantha Young is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series, including Moonlight on Nightingale Way, Echoes of Scotland Street, and Fall from India Place, as well as the standalone novel Hero. She resides in Scotland.
New York Times bestselling author Jasinda Wilder presents the conclusion to Madame X’s erotic saga of discovery.
My name is Madame X.
My heart is torn in two.
And now I have to choose…
Caleb is everything to her: lover, caretaker, the man who gave her life meaning when she had none. But as she seeks the truth about herself and her past, she discovers that unravelling Caleb’s web of lies might very well be impossible.
Logan is everything she never knew she wanted: freedom, joy, and a passion she couldn’t anticipate. But is Logan’s love enough to save her from herself, from Caleb, and from the tumultuous truth of her past?
Caught between two equally compelling and seductive men, X must make the ultimate choice. But there’s more at stake than just her heart…
***WARNING: Possible spoilers – this is the 3rd book in a trilogy***
MICHELLE: Freaking finally- we have the conclusion to Madame X’s story!
Now, I knew exactly who I wanted Isabelle to end up with.
PEPPER: Really? Throughout this series I have been torn, to be honest, on who Isabelle should end up with. I don’t know if it’s because I have stockholm syndrome from Caleb or because I always thought Logan was too good to be true and hiding something. I think the best part in this book is where Isabelle decides for herself and helps the reader see why she chooses the man she does.
MICHELLE: Agreed. I mean it took Caleb 3 damn books to tell her the truth. And I have to admit- I was even starting to feel a little conflicted as the truth came out. Realizing he loved her more than I thought, but his way of showing it was so freaking twisted!!!
PEPPER: I know!! I was fist pumping when she was yelling at him, like yeah you did all this stuff for me, saved me, stayed with me, etc – but you also abused me and treated me like a whore and that is not love. I think Jasinda did such an amazing job at taking us down that rabbit hole for a minute. Like Caleb explains where he came from (tears) and how he ended up with Isabelle and for a split second you’re like, OK, maybe they should be together. But then we are (thankfully) reminded that he was SO fucked up that he had no way of knowing how to love her properly. I had a strange sadness for Caleb. This is why Jasinda is so damn good. She was able to get me to actually care for this lunatic.
MICHELLE: Exactly. BUT I still was scared because we’re on the outside looking in. I couldn’t imagine what Isabelle was feeling when all the truths were revealed. Like maybe she made the wrong choice. And I sometimes worried she liked Logan but had so much guilt around him. I was happy to see their relationships continue to grow.
PEPPER: Now Logan. Dear God in heaven, where are the Logan’s in life? I don’t know why but I have this sexy lumbersexual guy in my head for Logan. Like…
perhaps it’s because of Logan aka Wolverine:
in any case, completely flawless sex god of lumbar in my mind. He really was all around amazing though. He had some serious shit happen to him and he just kept on saying life is ok, it’s what you make of it. He was such a perfect hero that I had suspicions of him for the longest time. It took that terrible accident for me to realize that he was in it for Isabelle. And he was utter perfection throughout this entire book.
MICHELLE: I felt the same way- up to very end. Like how can this man be so perfect. What is he hiding?? But he ultimately is a good guy. I still think he has his secrets- evident by that ending (OMG!!) but I think he really loves Isabelle for who she is.
PEPPER: I’m so glad that Isabelle finally got some footing in this book. Her back and forth drove me to drink in book 2 – however as I’ve noted I was back and forth as well. She finally decided who she was going to be with and it made her love story SO damn sweet and magical.
I absolutely loved this series. Jasinda Wilder is seriously amazing. I’m wowed by everything she writes because there’s so much diversity in her different series. I’m just in lesbians with her. And this series is a must read!! Top of 2016 for me!
MICHELLE: For sure. And now that all 3 books are out and the series is over- you have no excuse but to pick up all the books and dive into the world of Madame X!
Book #1 in the MADAME X series
Read Pepper & Michelle’s joint review HERE
Madame X invites you to test the limits of control in this provocative newnovel from New York Times bestselling author Jasinda Wilder. My name is Madame X.
I’m the best at what I do.
And you’d do well to follow my rules… Hired to transform the uncultured, inept sons of the wealthy and powerful into decisive, confident men, Madame X is a master of the art of control. With a single glance she can cut you down to nothing, or make you feel like a king. But there is only one man who can claim her body—and her soul. Undone time and again by his exquisite dominance, X craves and fears his desire in equal measure. And while she longs for a different path, X has never known anything or anyone else—until now…
Book #2 in the MADAME X series
Read Pepper & Michelle’s joint review HERE
New York Times bestselling author Jasinda Wilder presents the second darkly seductive novel starring the mysterious Madame X.
Everything Madame X has ever known is contained within the four walls of the penthouse owned by her lover, her keeper, the man who controls her every move and dominates her desires. While Caleb owns her body, someone else has touched her soul. X’s awakening at the hands of Logan’s raw, honest masculinity has led her down a new path, one that is as exciting as it is terrifying.
But Caleb’s need to own her completely knows no bounds, and he isn’t about to let her go. Not without a fight that could destroy them all…
NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY and WALL STREET JOURNAL bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. When she’s not writing, she’s probably shopping, baking, or reading.
You can often find Jasinda drinking sweet red wine with frozen berries and eating a cupcake.