The Broken

Sandy Grassini’s review Oct 28, 13
5 of 5 stars
Author: Ker Dukey

When River’s already broken life shattered further on her sixteenth birthday, she was forced to be with the wrong best friend of her brothers. She was meant for Sammy but circumstance and black mail forced her into a relationship with Danny, a troubled, abusive partner. Leaving the only boy she ever loved to flee. Now four years later he has returned. When her feelings and missing parts of herself that left with him return also, loyalty, restraint and love will be tested. Can she find a way to leave the threatening clutches of Danny, to finally be saved by her childhood love? Or will Danny’s hold on her tighten when more life shattering events consume their already troubled lives?

When Sammy returns home, after four years of being away from the girl that broke his heart, he’s not prepared for all his old feelings to force their way straight back into his heart. Questions that were left unasked when he left begin to plague him, when the sudden relationship between River and Danny all those years ago seems all the more confusing now. Secrets, mistrust and Danny’s possessive behaviour sends up red flags and Sammy begins doubting himself for leaving in the first place. When the spark between Sammy and river finally ignites it will leave explosive consequences for everyone.


This was an amazing book. First, it was written through both River and Sammy’s point of view. This book can be classified as a romance, but a very dark romance. This is not erotica by any means. There is a lot of love in this book, but there is also a lot of mind numbing events that happen to River. No girl should ever have to go through what she went through. Even though this is fiction, this is stuff that can happen in real life. It almost made me cry.

River shows so much courage throughout the book. She does whatever she has to do to protect her brother, even if it means risking her life. Not only has River suffered, but Blay has suffered as well at the hands of their father. He feels responsible for Rivers unhappiness.

She was forced to be with Danny through blackmail. Even though she was meant to be with Sammy. Sammy is her next door neighbor who has known River and Blay since they were kids. Sammy has always had feelings for River. On her 16th Birthday, he was going to be with her, but instead, she was with Danny. Sammy was heartbroken and went off to college. Four years later he comes back and River is still with Danny. He can’t deny his feelings for her. With Danny’s possessive behavior, he does what he can to get close to her. The chemistry between River and Sammy is phenomenal that you know they are meant to be together.

Throughout the book River continues to experience loss. She feels that this is her fault since Danny is apart of their lives. She is an empty shell.

Will River and Sammy find true happiness. How will things play out between her and Danny. Danny refuses to let anyone have her.

Watch how everything unfolds, you will be shocked by the ending.

I give this book a 5 star rating. I look forward to reading future books by this author.

By Between The Sheets Book Reviews Posted in Romance

Ripping Pages

Sandy Grassini’s review Oct 27, 13
5 of 5 stars
Author: Rachael Rae

Sweet, shy and a bit goofy, Tinley Michaels has it all: a great mother, a wonderful, sexy, loving boyfriend, and her whole life ahead of her. One day her world is turned upside down when the love of her life suddenly leaves her without reason. She is left broken and vulnerable and vows to never let a man destroy her again. Months later, she decides to dust herself off and finally realize her dream of being a Broadway star. With nothing holding her back, she leaves everything she’s ever known in Texas to start her new life in New York City. She moves in with her cousin, makes some great new friends, gets a steady job and an audition for a part in a small theater. Things are heading in the right direction.
Tinley isn’t looking for anyone. She is jaded but still hopelessly in love with her first love. That’s when, by chance, she meets Van Whitaker, the smooth talking sexy lead singer of the best-selling rock band, Ripping Pages. She labels him a man-whore/rock-n-roll douchebag immediately. Van tries to show her that he’s no longer that guy and that he sees something in Tinley worth trying to be better for. Even though he makes her feel things she’s only read about in the hundreds of romance novels she’s shamelessly addicted to, she is scared he will leave her even more broken than she already is. Should she give this gorgeous rock star the time of day? And what will she do when she comes face to face with her past and she must make a decision that will change her future and her forever?

What happens when the page you ripped from the book of your life suddenly tries to put itself back into the story?


Ripping pages is a must read for all of you romantics out there. I do believe Van is my current rock star book boyfriend. I’ve never had a book boyfriend before, because the books I’ve read were so typical. Boy meets girl, girl doesn’t want to get involved with boy because he’s so famous, girl fights feelings, then girl has to deal with the tabloids, and is just a jealous mess throughout the whole book. This book definitely was not like that at all. I’ve read a lot of rock star romances and I have to say this one of my favorites.
When Tinley’s boyfriend James leaves her for no reason, she is devastated. She doesn’t understand how he could just pick up and leave with no explanation. She does what she has to do and thats to follow her dream. Her cousin Tatum lives in New York. Its Tinley’s dream to go to New York, to perform on broadway. She decides that will be her main focus. Things start looking up for Tinley. She has her cousin, she’s meeting new friends, she’s got a job and now an audition at a small theatre.
One night at a party, she meets Van Whitaker, rock star to the band Ripping Pages. She has her own idea what he’s like, but yet she is drawn to him. He certainly knows he wants her. He wants to show her he could be different. He want to show her that everything around him is fake, and he wants something that is real. Van tries to show her that he’s no longer that guy, and that he sees something in Tinley worth trying to be better for.
She can’t possibly think this is real. This is only something she reads about in her romance novels that she’s hooked on. She doesn’t want to get hurt and he assures her he will never hurt her. Should she pursue this relationship?
What will happen when her past catches up to her?
Tinley shows so much courage in this book by picking herself up and moving to another state to pursue her dream. Would she have gone down the same road had James not left? Probably not. This book gives girls hope and I’m’ not just talking from a romantic point of view. This shows that no matter what life throws at you, you can always go for the gold.
I rate this book a 5 star based on my review. I am happy that I was given the opportunity to read the ARC for my honest review.

By Between The Sheets Book Reviews Posted in Romance

Our Purpose

Sandy’s review Oct 12, 13
5 of 5 stars
Author: L.D. Harmison

Contemporary Romance with an Erotic Twist
Adult Readers Only 18+

Everyone has a purpose in life. Some good, some bad.

As for Aria, she always thought her purpose in life was meaningless. As a kid, she was constantly abused by her parents, and when she got older, her husband Caleb treated her the same way. She believed it was the normal life-style.

Her best friend Piper’s purpose is to remove her from that environment.

Piper’s brother Liam’s purpose was to love her the right way.

So now, Aria must find her purpose in life.


I really loved this book. I definitely wish it wasn’t a short story. This story had so much more potential to be a complete novel. The author did a wonderful job at bringing the book full circle in only 28 pages.

Aria is such a strong person with everything she’s been through. All the things she had endured as a child has spilled over into what is happening to her as an adult. Piper is her best friend and she’s always trying to look out for her.

This book, although short, is an emotional roller coaster. There’s pain, love and loss all in one.

I give this book 5 stars because I find it amazing how you can get the complete picture in such a small amount of time.

Learning to Live (Learning #1)

Sandy’s review Oct 11, 13
5 of 5 stars
Author: R.D. Cole

Being alive and living are not always the same.

Trudy Love is used to being on her own and has rarely been shown affection. Between growing up in foster care and her abusive boyfriend she has no idea what life can be. At 19 she goes through something no one should ever experience and is left alone once again. Six months later she moves to Mobile, Alabama where she meets someone whose eyes bring back memories of the one person she misses everyday. Too late she finds herself caught in a storm of emotions that are unwanted, but she’s determined to fight them off.

Jaxon Coleman has a good life, and for him to attend one of the finest Med schools in the country and follow in his dad’s foot steps is a dream come true. However, dreams can change in life and when he meets Trudy he knows his will never be the same. Jax knows she has secrets she is unwilling to share, but he’s never given up on something he wants and he wants Tru.

Can Trudy stop resisting her feelings and welcome the chance to live a different life than she pictured or will her defiance and haunted past eventually take her out of Jax’s reach?

After tragedy living is not easy, but with the right person it can be learned.


The thing I loved about this book was the fact that the author used both characters point of view. With each chapter we get to see the complete picture. We get to see what both are thinking and feeling with every turn of the page. The prologue of this book is very intense so it may be hard to read for some people, I would suggest 18 yrs or older. Once you get past what, Trudy goes through in those pages, you begin to see her new life begin as she picks up the pieces and moves to start her new life. What she has undergone is definitely tragic and it would be very difficult to open up to new people. When she gets to school, she meets her bathroom mate Jazz. Jazz becomes fast friends with Trudy. I loved Jazz’s character. She looks over Trudy, she gets her out there to meet new people. She’s very bouncy and full of energy. Jazz treats Trudy like a sister.

Jax bumps into Trudy on campus. He knows right away that she’s the girl for him. He takes his time pursuing her. Once he finds out his sister is friends with her, it makes it easier for him to get to know more about her. I loved Jax’s character because even though he comes from a family of money, he is not cocky, he’s very kind, generous and giving. He wants Trudy to have everything she wants. You’ll also meet Ashton the ex-girlfriend. I’ll let you make your own assumption about her.

You’ll meet some of Jax’s frat brothers. David is a womanizer, looking for a new woman wherever he goes, and mason is a computer geek who is shy in social situations.

You will also get to meet Jax and Jazz’s family. They are open, warm and loving.

This is a book that keeps you going with every turn of the page. I can’t wait for book 2 Jazz’s story. I give this book a 5 star rating because this author shows us that during your most difficult times and it seems that it can’t get any worse, you can learn to live again.

By Between The Sheets Book Reviews Posted in Romance

Ground Zero


Aboard a freighter bound for Baltimore harbor, an Iranian terrorist prepares to unleash an unimaginable horror upon the United States. The ‘Wrath’ is an undead plague – an infection that consumes its victims with a maddening rage and turns them into mindless blood-thirsty killers.
Jack Cutter is just an ordinary guy dealing with a dreadful guilt when the virus tears through his home town. Before it’s too late, Cutter will have to find a way to survive, and find a reason to fight: HIS REDEMPTION.

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They came from the buildings. They came from the shadows into the glaring warm sunlight – and they came at a run.

The street suddenly filled with the demented wail of hundreds of undead voices, clamoring and screeching in hideous fury. Cutter turned back for the open doors of the building and ran.

More dark shapes came from his left, moving to intercept him. They spilled onto the sidewalk and burst towards him, their arms and legs flailing as they closed on their prey.

Cutter crashed back through the doors and leaped the barricade. He dropped to his knees and flicked the lighter, focusing all his attention on the task. It wouldn’t light.

He heard the sound, like a storm surging closer. He glanced up and the glass façade of the building was suddenly enveloped in shadow as the undead filled the sidewalk.


He flicked the lighter again – and a table and sofa erupted into flames with a sudden ‘whoosh!’

Cutter didn’t pause. He scrambled to his feet and threw himself at the stairs. Behind him he could hear the crackling sound of the fire as it leaped across the entrance. He could feel the intense heat on his back. And he could hear the sudden sounds of glass smashing and the shrieks of the zombies as they spilled into the foyer and were confronted with a solid wall of flame.

He snatched up the bottle of thinners and took the stairs two- at-a-time. The noise behind him rose to a crescendo. He reached the top of the stairwell and glanced over his shoulder.

The zombies were surging into the foyer, moving like a dark wave. The press of their momentum was impossible to stop, forcing the first ones through the doorway onto the wall of flames. Their clothes and hair caught alight and they spun and flailed their wretched burning bodies in wild confusion. Some fell into the barricade and became part of the erupting blaze. Other crashed through and staggered like fiery torches into the ransacked ground floor apartments. The whole foyer became filled with flame – and still the press of the demented filled the sidewalk beyond.

Then they saw Cutter through the fire and billowing smoke – and a hundred undead voices suddenly shrieked with malevolent fury. They hurled themselves at the flames, driven by insane madness, and the barricade blew apart in an explosion of shattering timbers and burning embers.

Cutter leaped the final steps onto the landing and splashed lighter fluid over the sofa that he and Samantha had prepared. The fabric burst into sudden flames and he heaved at it with his foot until it reached the point of balance, and began to slide down the stairwell.

He turned and ran.

The whole apartment block was going up in flames, and the heat rising up from the foyer was intense. Paint began to blister on the walls and he heard pounding footsteps behind him, sounding like the maddened beat of a thousand drums. He pushed himself on, driven by fear and panic. The footsteps came closer, became louder, and when he reached the second story landing he turned to see one of the undead staring up at him from the bottom of the stairs. The thing was hideously deformed. Once it had been a man, but now it was a disfigured wraith. It was naked, its body blackened and festering with running sores and open wounds. Its head was grotesquely swollen, and the fire had burned away its hair and eyelids and lips so that all that remained was smoldering melted skin. It hissed at Cutter, and then suddenly vomited thick black bile. Cutter stared in horror. The sickly sweet stench of burning flesh swept over him, mingled with the fetid odor of rotting corruption. Cutter drew the Glock and fired.

By Between The Sheets Book Reviews Posted in Sci-Fi


Sandy’s Review Oct 07, 13
5 of 5 stars
Author L. Chapman

Jenny has always wanted a fairytale life: the perfect house, her own Prince Charming and the wedding to go with it.

After a five year engagement Jenny and her fiance Rich are counting down to the “Big Day”…

And lets not forget one hell of a Hen Party For Jenny her life as the perfect wife is all she has ever wanted but secrets are never far away…

Will Jenny make it to her own fairytale wedding…

All will be revealed in “Veiled”


The thing I love about this author is that she doesn’t write the predictable story. There is a lot of “I can’t believe that” in her books.

The book started out fine in the beginning. Jenny is getting ready for her big day. Her soon to be husband starts to become distant and she wants to know why. Her best friend Megan thinks maybe its pre-wedding jitters. Jenny is really concerned about this, but she keeps it to herself. She continues on with the wedding plans, all the while thinking there is something not quite right.

One night Rich comes home one night angry. All of his secrets are about to be revealed. Finding out whats happening, she still wonders if they will still have their big day.

She figured with the stress from the wedding, she needed to have a night out with some friends. She ends up meeting Mr. James. As they dance together you can tell theirs chemistry between them. Does Jenny succumb to her urges??

After everything that has happened between Jenny and Rich, will they have their happily ever after, or will it all slip away.

By Between The Sheets Book Reviews Posted in Romance

Should’ve Known Better

Sandy’s review Oct 04, 13
4 of 5 stars
Author: Cassandra Carr

Sara Jenkins, a math geek and hockey fanatic, is thrilled when the NHL hires her as an advisor for the Buffalo Storm. She gets to marry her two loves in this perfect job.

Sebastian St. Amant is a young hockey player looking to make the jump from the minors to the big leagues. His lifelong dream is within reach, but he needs to convince the Storm’s management and coaches he’s ready.

When Sara and Sebastian meet, sparks immediately fly. Both want to succeed, but neither can ignore the growing attraction and a relationship is out of the question—Sara’s an influential staff member and Sebastian’s a player, not to mention over ten years her junior.

But the impossible becomes the necessary when they can no longer fight their attraction. As everything crashes around them, the strength of their relationship is tested. Will it weather the storm, or should they have known better?


The author gave me a copy of this book for an honest review.

Sarah has been hired as a competitive analysis consultant. At first none of the coaches took her seriously. She really had to prove herself. She had to prove that she was an asset to the team. She feels she is at a disadvantage because she is a woman. Some of the managers just aren’t buying it. After several hours working with Doug, going over previous video footage, they figure out how to line up the team. Once her work starts to pay off, the managers start to have more confidence in her. Her confidence grew and she really felt like she was contributing to the team and showing her worth.

Sebastian is a 24 y/o rookie just starting out his career. Once Sarah is hired, he immediately notices her. Once they are introduced they both feel that spark. After several attempts to ask her out, she continues to tell him it’s inappropriate because they work together. Sebastian does not give up.

Are they able to keep their attraction for each other at bay? Can they both keep things professional?

The thing I love most about this book is it has two components that I love.. One, Romance and two Hockey. Living in Chicago and watching the Blackhawks go through what they went through to win the Stanley Cup, gave me a new appreciation for the game. Not only did this book have romance, but forbidden romance, which is the best kind, in my opinion. Throw in some great looking hockey players and, “whew, wheres my fan”. Seriously, I actually sat in front of the fan reading this book. It was very well written. The story flowed smoothly. Every time I put the book down, I always wanted to go back to it, because the author keeps you wanting more.

This book seems to be the first of a series coming. I can’t wait for the second book to come out. I look forward to reading more work from this author.

By Between The Sheets Book Reviews Posted in Romance