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Saving Beck by Courtney Cole – Review by Colleen Noyes

Saving BeckSaving Beck by Courtney Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Several years ago, I saw a cover of this book on Amazon and it wowed me so I bought the book without reading any of the reviews or the synopsis. The first couple of pages dropped my jaw and I went “WTF am I reading?” because I find it impossible to not finish a book I start, I continued reading and to this day it is in my top 5 best books ever. The entire series blew me away and I fell in love with that author, Courtney Cole.

Fast forward a little over 4 years later and I see she has written a new book called Saving Beck. If you have ever been touched by addiction especially as the loved one of an addict then this book will touch you in so many ways. The author takes a very serious epidemic and weaves it into a heart wrenching story on so many levels. This book will showcase how even when you think it can’t happen to your family, you can never predict. It shows that no matter who you are it can happen to you.

This book had me in tears from beginning to end because I could feel the hurt, the questions, the frustration, the pain, the self-questioning and most importantly the realization that no matter how much you love someone, no matter how much you love the addict, no matter how much you give, sacrifice, and try to mend them, only they can mend themselves. Only they can make the end choice to move forward. It reminds you, that it’s not your battle, that you can’t love them out of the addiction, you can’t anger them out of the addiction, you can’t guilt or beat them out of the addiction, and that sometimes all you can do is sit back, love, hope, and most of all pray that it all works out, knowing that not everyone can be saved.
Courtney Cole, writes this story with such truth and gusto. Her words grab you by the heart and squeeze. She brings you to tears and to your knees, and makes you “hear” all the things you don’t want to hear as the loved one.

Some of my favorite quotes were :

“ Doing drugs is easy. Doing life is hard. And sometimes, we have to hide from it in the best ways we can”

“ People like to carry their burdens with them, she said. We feel like if we punish ourselves long enough for everything that has gone wrong in life, we’ll somehow make it right again by our own misery.”

“They have him on medication to help the withdrawal, but it’s still a struggle for him. Beck is the one who has to do the heavy lifting. He’s the one who lives with the constant need to use. All I can do is be there for him.”

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Relationship Resuscitation by Jennifer Theriot – Review by Colleen Noyes

4 Stars

This series has been awesome! I can’t wait until I have time to read the all of them!

Liar by Lia Fairchild – Review by Colleen Noyes

Liar (Liar, #2)Liar by Lia Fairchild
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was the conclusion to Gray and Daniel’s story and it did not disappoint. The author does a wonderful job of making her characters be real people. I loved that she portrayed how two people who are overcoming their own demons can work together to overcome them, but that isn’t always with rainbows and butterflies. That a real relationship has ups, downs, and takes work. That sometimes each person has to be loving, kind, and understanding. Sometimes the other person has to be strong, disciplined, and the powerhouse and that those roles can often change in a true relationship. Such a warm book about those obstacles and how sometimes the things you think you are dealing with are not the true fight. I hope to see the author come back to these characters someday as they grow and expand.

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Compulsive by Lia Fairchild – Review by Colleen Noyes

Compulsive (Liar, #1)Compulsive by Lia Fairchild
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am SO glad that I read this book for a second time! Lia Fairchild not only does a great job of writing, but i appreciate that she doesn’t do a lot of “filler” stuff going into way too much detail about the sky, the moon, the sweat drips etc. It’s a very to the pint book of substance that focuses on the story, the characters, and what for me as a reader is the important stuff. I futhermore appreciate that her adult scenes are written beautifully, mature, and she doesn’t feel the need to be vile. Now finally after THREE years I get to dive in to book 2 <3 <3 <3

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The Girl Who Came Back: A totally gripping psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming by Kerry Wilkinson – Review by Colleen Noyes

The Girl Who Came BackThe Girl Who Came Back by Kerry Wilkinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A real thriller that kept me on my toes. This book had so many twists my head was spinning, but in a good way. I had many theories throughout and although I figured most of it out before the end I loved that the author kept it intriguing. He didn’t over describe things which made the story flow well. I would have liked a bit more backstory on the the Pittman brothers, but overall this was a great first read by this author.

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The 7: Greed by Geri Glenn – Review by Colleen Noyes

Greed (The Seven #2)Greed by Geri Glenn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bring on book 3

This was my first read by Geri Glenn and it was wonderful. She has a powerful way with words that bring up all kinds of emotions. I could actually feel the angst and fear through this short read. I look forward to more books.
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The 7: Pride by Scott Hildreth – Review by Colleen Noyes

Pride (The Seven, #1)Pride by Scott Hildreth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my first book by Scott Hildreth and my first MC book. I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. The characters were well written especially for a novella.

Fisher Knox is a man on a mission who has an unexpected twist when he meets Anna whose in the middle of her own journey. The comfort and compatibility expressed in the writing flowed smoothly. There was just the right amount of sexiness with out being vulgar and overdoing it.

I can’t wait to read other books by this author and the rest in this seven sins series.

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Where the Night Ends by Melissa Toppen – Review by Colleen Noyes

Where the Night EndsWhere the Night Ends by Melissa Toppen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Where the Night Ends by Melissa Toppen was my first book by this author and I can’t say that I was disappointed. Like all books I buy, once I saw the cover I had to have it. Sebastian and Tessa are start out as that couple that everyone knows in school the unattainable boy, the girl with a childish crush, but what they become is more than one could hope f or. The author had a way of weaving the words to make you feel everything they were going through. The story is about the ups, downs, pushes, and pulls that often occur in a real relationship and kept true to the fact that not every story is a fairytale.

There was also some humor in it and I loved this line “He makes me so happy I swear I feel like I’m going to burst open and rainbows are going to start flying out of me. ” I literally laughed out loud.

The only part I felt that was lacking is I would have liked a little more backstory and history on each character, a little more about what they endured that made them who they are currently. Having said that this was a wonderful story that warmed my heart and soul.

My favorite quote of the whole story was “I know it only takes one night – one moment, one choice – to change the entire direction of your life. To take everything you thought you wanted or knew and jumble it into something almost unrecognizable. ”

I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good love story with a little angst.

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Changing Fate (Endgame Series Book 5) by Leigh Ann Lunsford – Review by Colleen Noyes

Changing Fate (Endgame Series Book 5)Changing Fate by Leigh Ann Lunsford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Leigh Ann knocked it out of the ballpark as always. This was the perfect ending to the Endgame series and I’m so sad to see it “end”.
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Fighting Fate by Leigh Ann Lunsford – Review by Colleen Noyes

Fighting Fate (Endgame Series Book 4)Fighting Fate by Leigh Ann Lunsford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Leigh Ann Lunsford does not disappoint! This is another wonderful book and I have to admit I am sad that there is only one book left before the end.

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