CRAVING RESURRECTION (Aces #4)
By Nicole Jacquelyn
Release Date: January 26, 2015
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Poet and Amy’s story…
Patrick Gallagher’s future was mapped out—and it didn’t include Amy Henderson or the IRA.
She was everything he’d never wanted. Too young. Too naïve.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t help but be fascinated by the girl who took refuge in his old bedroom, staying with his mum more often than not.
She looked like a Renaissance painting and argued like a solicitor. He couldn’t resist her, and before long, he didn’t even want to.
Instead, he loved her unreservedly… then he married her.
But he couldn’t have prepared for what happened after.
Actions, no matter how large or how small, have consequences—and when the IRA comes knocking, he’s sucked into a life that he’d never anticipated.
Choices were made.
Hearts were broken.
Trust was shattered.
Lives were lost.
Through it all, he loved her.
It was a love that spanned decades.
Nicole Jacquelyn bio:
Nicole Jacquelyn is the mom of two little girls and a full time college student. She hasn’t watched television in well over a year, she still does things that drive her mother crazy, and she loves to read. At eight years old, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she told people she wanted to be a mom. When she was twelve her answer changed- to author. By the time she was eighteen, when people asked her what she wanted to do with her life, she told them she really wanted to be a writer- but the odds of that happening were so slim that she’d get her business degree “just to be safe”. Her dreams stayed constant. First she became a mom, then she went to college, and during her senior year- with one daughter in first grade and the other in preschool, she sat down and wrote a story.
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BLP REVIEW ~ TRACY
OMFG……….. get your tissues ready.
This book bloody broke me – in the BEST way!!!
I have to say that my overall thoughts for Craving Resurrection are I LOVE IT… Jeez, I thought Craving Absolution, Farrah and Casper’s story, was a heart shredder and then I read this – I was destroyed, a red nosed, watery eyed, jibbering mess by the end…. and I LOVED IT!!!
It’s not often you come across a book that leave an indelible mark on you, or maybe that’s just me…. I had been (not so patiently) waiting for Craving Resurrection and it was more than worth the wait.
I loved (yep, you’re gonna get sick of that word right here!!) Poet and Amy’s story.
Amy was awesome. She had a pretty shitty upbringing and as an adult even shittier cards that were dealt her way, but she’s a fighter and regardless of what hit her she kept going. I had the feels for her so hard – at some points I felt like I was there, in the middle of the chaos with her and my heart and head hurt like hell.
Patrick…. Aahhh Trick, I loved him ’til I hated himm then I detested him and then, finally, finally he did something kinda right and I fell for him again!! Charming but bloody thoughtless, make your blood boil git that he is!!
We had met Poet way back in book #1 and he’s been pretty constant in the series, but we knew so very little about him. Talk about secrets, lies and skeletons in cupboards……
Christ, the book was such a rollercoaster of a ride that I could barely keep my emotions in check from one chapter to the next!
For half the time I was so fuckin’ annoyed at Patrick and hated what he’s done, how he’d acted and how oblivious to everything he seemed to be and the other half I was mentally shouting at Amy, “talk, tell him, for the love of the gods, open your mouth and speak woman”!!!…….. Hard headed, thick skulled bastards deserved each other – but that small point aside, were they really meant to be??
As with Craving Absolution, a lot of this book happens in the past. Getting the story of Poet and how he came to be an Ace. Finding out the answers to things hinted at in previous books and seeing where his future lies, it’s a wonderfully complete wee package!
We meet some of the MC in earlier times as well as in the present and we are introduced to some new characters.
Peg, I loved her (quite probably harder than Rose and I didn’t think that could be possible) She was a terrific character – but given were she’s from that was a given (then again, I’m biased!!)
Kevin….Yeah, got a lot of thoughts about him but nothing that I can say here and now!! You’ll get what mean when you read the book!
Robbie…. hell, still don’t really know how I feel about him!!
I hate that Nicole made me hurt so bad, but even though she took my heart, carved it up and left it looked like chopped liver, I’d happily go through it all again… She had me thinking about the book for days after I finished reading it. I couldn’t stop crying any time I thought about Amy & Patrick and I was unable to get over this story by starting to read another book, hell I was unable to THINK about reading another book for a while after Craving Resurrection…
Nicole has this outstanding gift and great ability when it come to writing – such an amazing way with words, of painting a picture and telling a story that feels real!!!! Through the series her talent has blossomed and grown and I can’t wait to see how she progresses further as an author going forward!!
THIS Book….. This one does it for me!!! It’s my fave book of the year so far, completely, totally and oh hell…. just bloody thinking about it – I’m gonna feckin cry again!!!!!!
Read it…. if you haven’t checked out the rest of The Aces books, grab them now and get stuck in, you’ll love them!!
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True darkness has only just begun …
She thought she could run, but there´s nowhere to hide. My bad side is coming out to claim what belongs to me. This hunter has found his prey, and he’s hungry for more. She’s mine now, and I’ll do everything in my power to keep her to myself.
You think I’m the monster?
When the choices you make decide your fate, the line between good and evil blurs. In order to live, I do what must be done. Freedom is the price she pays for her safety.
She wants the truth? I’ll give her the truth.
In order to play this game, sacrifices must be made.
I will start with her.
WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, strong language, drugs and alcohol, and graphic violence. Contains a cliffhanger.
Delirious, Book 2. 70000 words Full-length novel. Cannot be read as a standalone.
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USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Clarissa Wild brings you SNARE, the first book in the dark Romance suspense Delirious Series.
His secrets will destroy her.
With his smart mouth, dirty talking and possessive behavior, Sebastian Brand has me hooked in the most shameless way. I’m obsessed with him. However, now that I’ve escaped the mental hospital, he seeks to control my every move.
The overwhelming aloofness in his attitude and darkness in his mind tells me there is more to this man than sheer dominance. Depravity is his playground and pain is a necessary evil.
Keeping me away was his first instinct.
Capturing me was his second.
Claimed by a man with the exterior of an angel and the mind of a brute, I will do anything to unveil his secrets and face my own demons.
A body in exchange for freedom. A heart in exchange for truth.
Life is never a given. Only a certain death.
This is Volume 1 in the Delirious Series, which contains 3 volumes and a prequel. These books should be read in order.
WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, strong language, drugs and alcohol, and graphic violence. Contains a cliffhanger.
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Pushing the Boundaries Synopsis:
Living in the small town of Cloverleaf, watching her friends settle down one by one, all Lizzy wants is her own happily ever after. But with each failed date she starts to believe that finding the one man who will look at her like she’s his reason for living is practically impossible.
Trevor has had feelings for Lizzy since stepping foot into Cloverleaf, but despite their intense chemistry when they first met, the feisty little redhead friend-zoned him before he ever had a chance to make his move. After watching her date every loser in town he’s finally decided enough is enough. Thanks to a drunken weekend in Vegas, he finally has the one thing he’s always wanted…Lizzy as his wife.
But just because he caught her doesn’t mean he’ll get to keep her. Can Trevor and Lizzy push the boundaries of friendship and build a relationship that can truly last, or will they crash and burn before they ever get off the ground?
Jessica Prince Bio:
Born and raised around Houston Texas, Jessica spent most of her life complaining about the heat, humidity, and all around pain in the ass weather. It was only as an adult that she quickly realized the cost of living in Houston made up for not being able to breathe when she stepped outside. That’s why God created central air, after all.
Jessica is the mother of a perfect little boy–she refuses to accept that he inherited her attitude and sarcastic nature no matter what her husband says.
In addition to being a wife and mom, she’s also a wino, a coffee addict, and an avid lover of all types of books–romances still being her all time faves. Her husband likes to claim that reading is her obsession but she just says it’s a passion…there’s a difference. Not that she’d expect a boy to understand.
Jessica has been writing since she was a little girl, but thankfully grew out of drawing her own pictures for her stories before ever publishing her first book. Because an artist she is not.
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I have always had a love of books, from a teenager spending hours dreaming make believe at the library to a mom with a penchant for contemporary romance paperbacks to a woman in the age of the electronic gadget who devours paranormal, erotica, contemporary, new adult and any other romance I can download at a sinfully fast rate.
Whether they are my beloved tattered paperbacks or in my favourites on the kindle there are a few authors who I have reread many times through the years no matter my changing tastes – two of these are Jennifer Crusie and Rachel Gibson – Jessica Prince has the same characteristics that I so adore in these two authors and ‘The Picking Up the Pieces’ Series has all the ingredients that make the Crusie and Gibson books so popular – friends, family, humour, chemistry and sex. Real relationships, warts and all, written with sassy wit, a warmth and realness that sometimes, since FSOG, has been sadly lacking in favour of sex with little story and juvenile writing – it must just be that dash of luck missing because Jessica Prince is still a relatively unknown hidden gem and I have no idea why.
‘Pushing the Boundaries’ is the third outing for the Cloverleaf gang and is in my opinion her best work to date. I enjoyed the first (Picking Up the Pieces), loved the second (Rising From the Ashes) and was impatiently waiting for this one because I have loved Trevor as a character since the beginning.
From the very first page I was not only hooked, I was highlighting passages like a woman possessed, laughing out loud and receiving some very weird looks from the people around me! The pace and the laughs do not stop throughout the book, it’s funny, sexy, enjoyable and leaves you with a huge smile while renaming your battery operated boyfriend from Bob to Trevor!
Trevor and Lizzy had an initial attraction when he came to town but as he sowed his oats, the manwhore, Lizzy placed him in the friend category. However he decides this just won’t do as Lizzy is his One and so our story unfolds.
You all know I detest reviews telling me the whole bloody book so I don’t need to read it and while I will try not to do that I can’t help myself, I just have to give you a few teasers ……………………..
. Drunken Weddings
. Mr Bojangles
. Merle and the Manolos
. Trevor and Baby Oil with Romantic Intentions
. The Tattoo
. Social Media Apologies
. Internet Dates
All of the above with humour, sprinkled with sex and a warm soft gooey centre.
Ms Prince shows beautifully that even with a healthy lust involved it is a deeper friendship that sustains a relationship and allows it to have a HEA, soul mates can be total opposites as long as chemistry and friendship is in the mix.
A huge part of this series is the banter and interaction between the group of friends, that familiarity of old, the abuse, sarcasm, love and support only good friends and relationships can do. It’s what separates this author and series from so many others, the secondary cast are as integral to each book as the primaries and intersect at many points. I, as you can tell, adore the series and all I can say is if you miss those romances which were as much about the chemistry, tease and friendship as about the fast and furious pounding sex then this is for you, and having put the thought of Trevor pounding in my head again I may or may not be off to source more batteries………………………………
Before picking up Trevor & Lizzy’s book my faves were definitely Savannah & Jeremy….
In saying that, I’ve been looking forward to ‘Pushing the Boundaries‘ and I’m so happy that the book smashed my expectations…. This pair have taken top spot as my fave couple.
Trevor is awesome – hot, very funny and a complete darling at times. We didn’t know an awful lot about him even though we had met him in the first 2 books in the series – he’s a good, loyal friend but a bit of a man-whore was the feeling!! – However there’s a lot more to him than that!!
Lizzy, what a bloomin’ spitfire she is!!! Red headed with a personality and tongue to match! She is funny with it, and isn’t afraid to say it like it is… sometimes without censor!!!
Together they are funny, sarcastic, snarky and downright adorable – oh yeah, let’s not forget to add smokin’ hot to that wee list!!
I didn’t expect Trevor to be as engaging or endearing as he was. His determination and antics to try and ensure he held on to Lizzy were fantastic to read.
Lizzy surprised me a little, though I understood where her reservations came from and how important it was to her that she didn’t lose Trevor as a friend… but damn, at times that girl needed to take off the blinkers and LOOK at what was going on around her.
Unlike ‘Picking up the Pieces’ and ‘Rising from the Ashes’, this couple didn’t have a personal or romantic history – they’re best friends and get on so well, but there were no unsettled issues.
There were numerous laugh out loud moments and more than a couple of’ I could so smack you’ times.. but no angst or real ugly tears (and given that I cry really, really fugly, this was all good with me!!! )
The sense of family, friendship and belonging that we’ve come to expect from this series by Jessica was there and all of our fave characters were present throughout the book.
We’re introduced to a new character and I’m looking forward to finding out more about them!!
The interactions between the boys, especially early in the story had me sniggering and I received more than a few strange looks on the train to work!!
Lizzy’s family are fantastic. Merle & Mr Bojangles – watch out for that pair… comedy gold right there!!!
This is another hit from Jessica and for me, the best instalment of the series to date!
I love the Cloverleaf crew and can’t wait for the next book to catch up with them all again.
If you are a fan of great writing, books that feature family, friendship and a sense of belonging, that are fun reads with a healthy dose of attraction, sex and heat thrown in, then give the ‘Picking up the Pieces’ series a try. You won’t be disappointed!!!