By Author Erotica Kendall Grey Romance Series

“Strings” Hard Rock Harlots series by Kendall Grey

**Warning – This book is NOT for everyone! Hell, it’s probably not for most of you. However, I am standing by my promise of only posting books that I LOVE on Lisa’s Reads, and I LOVE this book! That being said, if you are averse to crude, rude, or graphic language, if you get upset by descriptive and lewd sex scenes, if you don’t like men degrading women in order to look cool, if you don’t like women using men for sex….well…you may want to stop reading here. Because “Strings” has all of these things! If you aren’t scared yet, please read on…you won’t be disappointed.”

Sometimes, I find my books based on word of mouth suggestions, other times, I find them by browsing on Amazon. I usually look at the book covers, or at the product description and then if I’m on the fence, I will look at the reviews. I love to look at the negative reviews as much as I do the positive, because sometimes, I can tell if I will like/love a book by what it was that another person hated about it. Does that make sense to you? Here is an example – I was once looking at reviews for an erotic romance novel, I read the positive reviews and the books sounded good, but it wasn’t the positive reviews that convinced me to click “buy” it was the negative review. It was the person who gave the erotic romance book 1 star because (and I am not making this up!!) the sex was too descriptive!!! Heeheehee!! I still laugh when I think about that. Seriously, who buys an erotic romance novel and then 1-stars it for descriptive sex? I found myself laughing out loud as I clicked on “buy” button. And to answer your question, yes, I loved the book.

To those of you who have been fans of Lisa’s Reads for a while, you have probably noticed that I have done a lot less posting over the past few months. Now, I could certainly list some pretty good excuses for my lack of blog time, one of which is that I had written my own book, but that isn’t necessarily the reason for the “dead” air on my page. The reason for my blog neglect, is that I have had difficulty finding books that inspire me to write to you. Sure, I have read the books that have topped the charts, but, just because they are selling doesn’t mean they are fabulous! (That is just my opinion, of course.) And, just because a story doesn’t hit the top doesn’t mean it isn’t wonderful. I feel like I have read the same story over and over again…so, in order to stay true to myself, and to you, the quantity has lessened but the quality hasn’t (once again, my opinion *wink). (more…)

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Bookclub By Author Fiction Heather Gunter Romance Romance/Series Young Adult (YA)

“Love Notes” by Heather Gunter

*Disclaimer – In the following post, I am going to use generalizations such as “we,” “us,” and “our” – please know that I DO realize, not EVERYBODY feels the same things and the same way. I do, however, have a feeling, that there are more of us that can relate than those who can’t. If you are one of the lucky people who cannot imagine what it feels like to share in any of the experiences below, count your blessings, baby – because you are one lucky girl! xo

Do you remember the first time you looked in the mirror and didn’t like the image staring back at you? What about the first time someone said something hurtful or unkind to you? Probably not. For a lot of us, that experience happened when we were far too young to even realize what was going on, so we put those feeling in our proverbial back pocket and let them stay there. We continue to go through life – experiencing ups and downs. For some of us, there may be more downs than ups, for others, we may just spend more time focusing on the downs then enjoying the ups and after a while, our pockets begin to droop and those feelings begin to find their way out, impacting each of us in various ways. For some of us, we use food (either in excess or in sparsity), for others – drugs/alcohol, for some, we become aggressive, while others completely introvert, some use our bodies for the attentions we felt we lacked, while others try to become invisible to the world around us. We look around and see our friends or our “not” friends, and they seem to be so happy and alive and content and we think to ourselves, why can’t I feel like they do?

The older we get, if we are lucky, smart, and touched (no not in a physical way) by the right people, we can learn to believe in ourselves, start listening to the positive more than the negative, and start to love who it is that we have become. We can also learn that if we don’t like where we are, we possess the strength to change and move on (more…)

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Bookclub By Author Fiction L.B. Simmons Romance

“Running on Empty” by L.B. Simmons

The only thing better than an author giving you exactly what you want is when what you want is also what you need. This weekend I wanted a story that would take me away from myself (being that myself was stuck in the hospital with a nasty stomach bug..and was disgusting and unhappy), I wanted a story that would stay with me after I finished reading it. I needed a story that wasn’t going to make me crazy with turmoil and angst (being that my body had enough angst of it own!!) Based on the beautiful cover and the fact that it was a debut novel, I chose to read, “Running on Empty” by L.B. Simmons. I couldn’t be happier with my choice.

You know that I am a huge fan of the Indy authors here at Lisa’s Reads, I know how hard they work to not only write their story but then publish and market it as well. It is a huge project and often times a lot of stories get lost in the shuffle. Not because the stories aren’t good/great/wonderful but because the market get saturated and stories get lost. That’s one of the reasons why I blog, to keep you informed of all the wonderful books you might miss out on if not for…well..me (Smile!!).

“Running on Empty” is a story that just needs to be read. It’s a story that grabs you by the heart from the first page and never lets it go. We are introduced to Alex, a widowed mother of three young daughters, she is flustered and tired but doing the best she can to figure out how to move on and raise her girls. Ms. Simmons brings her readers into the story during a typical morning routine that any parent has experienced some version of during their parental tenure. We are shown motherhood in all of its “glamor” which can only make you laugh if you have ever spent time around children. In fact, while there are so many amazing and wonderful things about “Running on Empty,” three of them are Alex’s daughters. They are precocious, silly, messy, mischievous, little devil-dolls and their presence is a guaranteed scene stealer. Alex’s best friend, Harlow, is the kind of friend we all wish we could have. She is loving, loyal and always there with sound advice or a swift kick in the ass (which ever is needed is what gets delivered). (more…)

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Adult Contemporary Romance/Series Series Suspense

“A Beautiful Lie (Playing with Fire, #1)” by T.E Sivec (Tara Sivec)

I was the funny one.  Yep, that was me.  What am I talking about?  I’m still the funny one and I love it…but when I was younger…say high school and college-aged, I didn’t want to be the funny one.  I wanted to be the hot one or the popular one.  I would have settled for the one who was taller than 5’1 but as we learn in pre-school…”you get what you get and you don’t get upset.”  So…I was the funny one that was my “role”and I got really freaking good at it!!

We all have things that help to define us.  For some, there are many things that when put together make up the person we see in the mirror each day.  While for others, it is one characteristic or one incident that sits on our shoulder and literally forces us to toe the line of whatever direction we are meant to go.  I, personally, don’t think there is a right/wrong school of thought.  All I DO know is for me…in the years since school…I have learned that I am so much MORE than just the funny one.  I have learned so much about myself (none of which I will bore you with) and while I still crack myself up daily…. there is more to me then meets the initial scan.  I love that about me.

“Lisa, why the hell are you rambling on about yourself in this book review?”  Ok, Ok, I’m getting there….

When I read the Chocolate Lover’s series by author Tara Sivec, I thought I had found my comedic soul-mate.  Here was a writer that was literally able to crawl into my mind and read my thoughts.  She then had the ability to write them even funnier than I had thought them in my head…AMAZING!  I spent the summer and the fall raving about Ms. Sivec’s hysterical books.  I used phrases like, “…this is the funniest book I have read in my entire life…” and “…absolutely hilarious…” Ms. Sivec is the ultimate FO (funny one). (more…)

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Adult Contemporary By Author Fiction J.A. Redmerski New Adult Romance

“The Edge of Never” by J. A. Redmerski

Hello my friends and welcome to my first post of 2013.  It has taken me five novels (in the past 8 days) for me to get here but I have finally found the ONE!  The one story that is special enough to start “our” year properly.  Let me re-state that.  I have found a story so beautiful…so special…so worthy of sharing with you that it practically begged to be the first post of 2013.

You’re dying to know aren’t you?  You’re so silly..just read the title of the post!  I’m talking about, “The Edge of Never” by J.A. Redmerski.

In a literary world full of roller-coaster ride books sometimes it feels like authors are writing their stories just to see how much they can torment or even torture their readers.  We read about love triangles, love quadrangles, abuse, cheating, drugs, alcohols, rock-stars, movie stars.  And guess what?  I have loved every heart breaking, soul tearing, mind-blowing, panty twisting minute of it.  How could I not?  Our writers have been burning up their keyboards and melting my Kindle for quite sometime.

But every so often a story comes along and it breaks the mold.  It quietly steps away from the crowd and walks over to the side.  It’s almost like a beautiful shy girl.  She’s there among the people but not quite engaged.  She is stunning to look at but her beauty runs so much deeper than her clothes, her hair, and her skin.  She glows with purity, strength and light.  She doesn’t need to call attention to herself but the attention WILL come to her because her inner goodness and inner beauty in almost impossible to ignore.  “The Edge of Never” by J.A. Redmerski is that beautiful girl. (more…)

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2012 Year in (Book) Review…heehee! By Lisa Paul

Hello my friends, I hope this post finds you all well.  I hope your holidays were happy and the year to come holds nothing but health and happiness for you and your loved ones.

I have received feedback from some of you requesting a top ten (or so) list of my favorite books from Lisa’s Reads this year.  After giving the requests a lot of thought I came to this conclusion….I CAN’T do it.  I just CAN’T.  Why, You ask?  I’ll tell you.  If you read the “About Me” section at the top of the page, or if you have been following this blog over the course of the year, you know that I only post books that I LOVE.  I don’t have a rating system…I don’t do negative reviews…I ONLY post books that have won my heart.  That being the case, how could I possibly choose ten books that I love more than the rest of the books I have claimed to love up until this point.  To me, it would be like asking a parent to choose which child she loves more.  I can’t do it.  As any good mom would say, while I do love all of the children (or in this case my books) the same amount, I love them for different reasons.  So what I thought I would do is list for you ALL of the books I reviewed or even mentioned in my blog this year.  However, I will break them into genres/categories to make it a little less overwhelming for you.  **Please understand, the books listed below are NOT listed in any particular order!** It is also important to note that while, for the purpose of this post, I have placed the books in one list or another, a lot of them can be in more then one genre.  When you click on each book, you will be taken directly to it’s original post, there you will be able to see if the book falls into another genre.  Have fun!

Non-Fiction:

Unbroken:A World War 11 Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand

Fiction/Book Club:

Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher

The Forgotten Garden” by Kate Morton

Raising Jake” by Charlie Carillo

Some Assembly Required” Lynn Kiele Bonasia

A Grown -Up Kind of Pretty” by Joshilyn Jackson (more…)

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