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Elaine Watkins, Public Relations Advisor, is surprised when she receives a summons from the very attractive and enigmatic Dr. Xavier Vincent. She worships the talented physician and company icon responsible for developing the cure that saved her sister’s life and isn’t immune to his charm. Even though puzzled by his request, she is excited and eager to get started on his latest project.
But Dr. Vincent has other ideas. Instead of discussing cures, drugs and marketing strategies, he asks Elaine to join him in Paris to indulge his unique sexual appetites.
Torn between gratitude for saving her sister, her attraction for the powerful man and compromising her pre-conceived notions of sexuality, she must decide if it’s easier to feed his desires or walk away. Until she devises a plan of her own.
“Make no mistake, Elaine, I am a king. Kings command and conquer. They are brutal and uncompromising. You don’t want a king. Face it, you came here expecting a saint.” – Dr. Xavier Vincent Continue reading
I’m not sure how many have noticed my absence, but for those who have, I feel I owe an explanation. First off, I need you to understand, I LOVE Book Reads and Reviews. I love helping new authors succeed and experienced authors to continue to. I enjoy reading your books and I enjoy sharing my reviews. My goal is and always has been, to help the author AND readers alike. I accomplish this through my honesty and love for reading.
That all being said, Book Reads and Reviews has been the lowest of my priorities for the past year. To recap, on January 23, 2014, I had an emergency surgery to remove my appendix. It took me a VERY long time to heal. I was still having issues in July, so a CT Scan was performed. The Surgeon’s Secretary, called to tell me that no hernia was found and to follow up with my primary physician if I had any other problems.
I have Fibromyalgia, so in a desperate attempt to find some pain relief, I went to my Fibromyalgia specialist who thought my scar pain was being caused by my illness. So my medication was adjusted. This actually DID help for a couple months. Then I began to have pain that I assumed was from kidney stones. The time between them became shorter and shorter, until the pain was constant and in BOTH kidneys at the same time. I went to my primary doctor, assuming I had a kidney infection. During my appointment, I happen to mention my CT Scan in July. She read the notes and seen where the Radiologist had noted that my kidneys had an abnormal amount of cysts that were consistent with Polycystic Kidney Disease.
After seeing a specialist, I was officially diagnosed with it. Not only do I have the disease, but my kidneys are both filled with cysts, inside and out AND they are enlarged and my kidney function is already declining. Needless to say, my entire world stopped. I went through(and continue to go through) various stages of grief. My life, as I knew it, was no longer. I have a disease that is incurable, painful and in many cases will require a kidney transplant once kidney function is in the lower percentage.(Luckily my kidneys are still functioning at 90%)
I am in constant pain daily. Some days, it becomes excruciating. It will come on suddenly without warning. It can last anywhere from 1 day, to one week. Then it will let up and be the constant, but bearable pain. Even my job is hard to do. Thankfully what I do allows flexibility and my husband/kids can help me when I can’t do it alone. On the severe days, I can’t do it at all.
After consulting with my Urologist, he recommended I have surgery on both of my kidneys to “pop” the larger and most painful cysts. One of them on my right kidney is the size of a baseball. He figures when all is said and done, he will cut hundreds of cysts on EACH kidney. This will relieve me of my pain. It’s only temporary, since there is NO stopping the cysts from growing and the disease progressing. However there ARE some things I can do to help slow the growth and progression down. These changes will be a lifestyle choice, that I will begin in 2015. It consists of eating less meat and more fruits and vegetables. It also consists of drinking a LOT of water. I finally feel I have an ounce of control over this disease.
My first surgery will be on January 21, 2015. I am looking forward to it. I am SO ready to get my life back and this will be the day that starts me on the road to recovery. The second operation will be 6 weeks later. I will do my best to try and post more, but with this constant pain from my PKD and also from my Fibromyalgia, it is very hard to do, physically AND mentally. I hope you will all keep being loyal followers of Book Reads and Reviews. I look for it to be late March before I am well enough to pick back up where I left off. But when I’m able, I will come back with a vengeance! ♥
Until then, I will not be taking any review requests unless it is from an author I’ve reviewed for in the past. If in the meantime I can teach my amazing Co-blogger, Tamera, the ropes on how to create posts, then it might be sooner.
Thank you for taking the time to read this long post. It means so much to me. I hope 2015 brings each and every one of you, peace, love, happiness, health and prosperity. 2015 is a new year. A chance for changes and new beginnings. I love and appreciate you all!
Arden Simms—an average twenty-five-year-old med student—is headstrong, independent, and spends most of her time consumed by her studies. The last thing she wants is a romantic relationship that could cause her life to veer off track.
Slayde Price is gorgeous, kind, and well on his way to fame and fortune. But the shallow people he’s surrounded by in Paris have started to bore him, and he’s contemplating a way out of his contract so he can return home.
Their worlds collide when Arden flies to Paris to visit her sister—and finds that her selfish younger sister has struck again, leaving Arden alone in a strange city with no place to stay. When Slayde bumps into Arden, his ex-girlfriend’s sister, on a crowded street, he decides he may just want to stay in Paris a little longer.
Before long, Arden realizes that ignoring her feelings for Slayde isn’t as easy as she’d thought it would be. Continue reading
Alex wants her to be free.
Devin demands her obedience.
As Anna takes her first steps into the world, into love, into friendship, she wonders if she will ever understand either of them.
There is a subculture within our own world that you’ve only heard whispers of. The conspiracy theorists wish they knew Anna’s story. What the conspiracy theorists think they know is only put out there to keep them from the real story.
I received a copy of this book from the author, Marissa Honeycutt, in exchange for an honest review.
*Note: This is the second book to the “Life of Anna” series. It is NOT a standalone book and must be read in order(after Book 1, “Enslaved”(Read Review HERE) This book, as with the first, comes with one hell of a warning and it does NOT over exaggerate! Read the warning on the “Enslaved” Review post and take it literal.
That being said…don’t read this book if you can’t handle the content cited by the warning. It’s a disservice to you, the author and the book. I also want to note there is one comment/sentence made by Devin that pertains to under age sexual conduct. It’s a shock to read, however it is pertinent to painting the picture of how despicable Devin truly is and the lengths he has gone to claim Anna as his own.
****NOTE**** BOOK 1 SPOILERS AHEAD!!! TO LEAD UP TO MY OPINION, I MUST BEGIN WHERE BOOK 1 ENDED!
What does he have planned for her?
Is she just his mistress?
Or does he have darker designs in mind?
Anna’s story begins September 6.
Anna’s entire life was scripted out before she was born by Devin Andersen, a man who doesn’t have her best interests in mind. She is destined to be a tool in his hands to gain ultimate power in the USA. No, not as the President, but as the man who controls the President.
Raised by an extremely abusive guardian, Anna was molded into the perfect tool for Devin’s use. Devin will use Anna’s unique gifts to control everyone around him and eventually take her gifts for himself.
When Devin took her for himself at the age of sixteen, she had a vision of a man. A man who Devin was very interested in. But why? Why would Devin care about a young girl’s dreams? Continue reading
Last year this proved to be a very humbling, heartwarming and special Giveaway. We got a glimpse into each other’s lives by what we were each thankful for. I learned some were thankful for the giveaway, books, their families and jobs. I also learned some were thankful for their lives. They had survived Cancer, an abusive boyfriend and I personally was thankful my daughter was still alive after a horrible car crash on November 13th.
This Giveaway isn’t JUST about trying to win prizes. It’s about realizing the value of what you already have, no matter how big or small. THAT is why I hold this giveaway dear to my heart…and why I have a repeat of authors from last year, donating again. And why I have new ones wanting to be part of it!!
That being said…we have a lineup of AMAZING prizes to be won!! Not only from the main rafflecopter, but also from small ones being held in the event!
Thank you to the following Donators!! Without them, this giveaway wouldn’t be possible!!!♥
Joan Swan/Skye Jordan
Robin Malone(me) and Tamera McIntosh(my new co-blogger!)
“27 Days To Be Thankful Giveaway” Event (You must join to be eligible for prizes)
“27 Days To Be Thankful Giveaway” Rafflecopter (Check out those prizes!!)
“27 Days To Be Thankful” OFFICIAL Entry Post (This is where you post your “What are you thankful for” Entry comments)
If you would like to donate to the “27 Days To Be Thankful” Giveaway(or small ones being ran on the event page), please contact me via Book Reads and Reviews Facebook Page OR my Personal Page. It’s NEVER too late to join in the fun!
I hope you all come away from this giveaway with the same humble, thankful feeling I did/do. Please share this giveaway. Don’t see bringing others in as competition or to help them win a prize. See it as bringing others in to share in this wonderful experience.
Love and Hugs,
~Robin (Founder of Book Reads and Reviews)
PS….I’m thankful each day for every follower I have, every friendship I’ve made since I started this blog and those I had prior. My family, my friends, my pets, my job, my health and my happiness.
And Books! Seriously love those….and chocolate!!! lol
I’M JUST THANKFUL FOR EVERYTHING I HAVE. ♥