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Moving Forward (Timing is Everything 1)
Synopsis
Jesika Reynolds’ heart was left broken one year ago when her husband died, leaving her and her son alone in this world. Slowly, she started putting the pieces back together of her life. Knowing that she may never open herself up to love again. That was until the day Derek came into the picture.
Why does this gorgeous stranger seem to care so much, so suddenly?
Derek Jordan’s charm drew her in with an instant connection, and familiarity that helps her feel at ease. Her heart is falling at his feet, but as their relationship grows, so does a secret from both of their pasts that neither saw coming. One by one, the threads slowly start to unravel.
Can their newly sought love stand up against the secrets that life is unlocking to their pasts? Or can they decide together that moving forward and forgetting the past is the only option for them to find true happiness?
**Intended for Mature Audiences**
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16250951-moving-forward?from_search=true
In “Moving Forward” we are introduced to Jesika.  She has suffered the loss of her spouse and is trying to move on with her life.  Enter Derek…fireman (I got a fire for you), drummer, single dad, all-around perfect man!  He’s been admiring Jesika from afar.  He knew she was married and was respectful, but she was on his radar.  The officially meet at their children’s school and have an instant attraction to one another that they tentatively explore.
I have to say, I loved Derek.  He’s literally one of the most perfect heroes I’ve ever been introduced to in a book.  He’s
caring, sweet and a really good person.  He and Jesika both have to move past their own insecurities and past experiences to move on with one another, and it’s a lovely story.  I will say that I felt in parts that it was a bit predictable, but overall, it was well written and engaging.  And the sex scenes…whoa, mamma!  I often judge this genre by the sex scenes, and these are panty-melters, people!

This story alternatives between Jesika and Derek’s POV, and I am a fan of this style.  Another thing that I liked was the fact that all the characters introduced through the course of the story seem to share an underlying connection, and I felt that added a lot of depth to the story.  Overall, I liked this book.  I give it 4 stars!
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No Going Back (Timing is Everything #2)
Synopsis
Life isn’t always about fairytales and happily ever-after’s according to Seth Jordan. After having his world shattered and heartbroken beyond repair, he had always sworn off the idea of love. He was perfectly content with continuing his life with worthless one night stands and no strings attached sex. That was until one blue-eyed blonde managed to seep into places he thought were cemented shut.
Like a jack hammer, Mallory Prentice came into Seth’s life and cracked the hard exterior that surrounded his heart. She’s the one woman he was starting to feel might be worth taking a chance on.
But life doesn’t always hand you the easy road. Sometimes you are constantly hit with the bad and have no hope of any good ever showing up.
Will Seth and Mallory realize that ultimately they are the ones who are in control of their life’s outcome? Will they embrace the future and fight for their own happiness, or will they keep lingering in past mistakes and let it keep them apart?
Life is all about forgiveness and second chances. Once you come to that conclusion and just go for it, there is…no going back.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17404608-no-going-back?from_search=true
Holy schnikes…”No Going Back” is quite the ride.  We meet Mallory and Seth in “Moving Forward”, and what a mess they have made for themselves!  I don’t want to spoil the plot here, but Mallory has something important that Seth needs to know, but just when she works up the courage to tell him, his sneaky ex, Allison, lies her way back into Seth’s life.  Oy.  What takes place after this is a tangled web…seriously.  So many lies are told, so many feelings are hurt and so many shocking things are revealed that it left my head spinning!

Now, Seth…oh, Seth.  Personally, I’m a fan of the bad-boy rocker, especially one with an APA piercing…oh yes.  But, there are definitely moments when I wanted to slap him upside the head while simultaneously kicking him in the junk.  One of his many saving graces though is that he is King in the sack.  Seriously…the man is the master.  Again, Erika Ashby manages to write some incredibly steamy sex scenes…good job!

I have to say, I enjoyed Mallory and Seth’s story even more than I enjoyed the previous book in this series.  It’s so
angsty, it just draws you in while concurrently flipping you around and shaking the crap out of you.  Great story.  It evoked pretty much the entire range of human emotions in me while reading, and for that, it deserves 4.5 stars!

 

 

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In the End (Timing is Everything #3)
Synopsis
*Novella-Prequel to Moving Forward*
Jake Reynolds’ life had always been perfectly mapped out for him as he was growing up. The only time he ever felt like he had any control over it was when he was inside the cage—the same cage that held no for sure outcome. In his twisted mind being inside that ring with his opponent was the most freeing feeling. In that moment alone he was able to let his perfected guard down and be who he wanted to be.
From the outside looking in, everything about Jake’s life looked perfect, but he knew that he wasn’t. His whole life had been set up for him before he was even born, and even though it’s not the life he wanted, he continued living it.
When you have everything you could ever want at your fingertips, why screw it up?
That was his mindset until the night Jesika showed up at his fight. He knew she was different from the get-go. He also knew he didn’t deserve her, but that didn’t mean he didn’t want to try. Jake had skills inside and out of the cage and he was known to always get what he wanted no matter the risk. But was he willing to change who he had always been in order to keep the one that he thought was worth the fight? Will it all be worth it in the end?
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17774353-in-the-end?from_search=true

 

I thought the way that Erika presented this prequel at the end of the series is a stroke of genius.  You find out some things about Jake during the course of the series that leave you with questions, and also leaves you with the intense urge to kick him in the family jewels.  But, Jake deserved a voice and for a chance for his own story to be told…and wow.
You find out in Moving Forward that Jake made a huge mistake that had significant consequences, but in this book you get an opportunity to see his true feelings and motivations for the things that happened.  I won’t lie, this book made me cry like a baby.  I went into it with a bad opinion of Jake, and I left it with an understanding of him that made me love him a little bit.  It’s honestly the perfect end to this entire book journey, so don’t miss it!  4.5 stars!

 

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Excerpts

~Moving Forward Excerpt~

My heart is pounding like it’s going to burst out of my chest. This woman has no freaking clue what she does to me. Gah, or how good she feels. It’s far better than I could have ever dreamt. This goes above and beyond getting laid, and getting mine. This is all about giving. They say giving is better than receiving and in this case, trying to show her without words how much I love her, it is. I can sense through the way her body responds to mine, the look in her eyes, and by the few words that have been spoken, that she’s trying to show me that she feels exactly what I do. This first time experience between us is filled with pure need. We are able to show each other things we feel with something as simple as touch.

I want to take her over the edge again, but I know I’m not going to last much longer because everything I’m feeling right now isn’t going to let me drag it out.

~No Going Back Excerpt~

“You know, spitters aren’t quitters, Mallory.” Seth says in a serious tone as he pulls his face away from mine.

“Okay,” I slowly drawl out, not sure where he’s going with this.

“As long as you keep the lid on the juicer, you’re a winner in my book.”

“What the hell is that supposed to mean?” I ask. He shrugs as his mouth starts to turn into that sly smile of his that I fine absolutely irresistible.

“You know, you don’t jump ship before it’s even docked. You keep the lava contained while it’s erupting.” The he sighs. “As long as you let me nut in your mouth, I don’t care what you do with the contents.”

I laugh. “Well, that’s good to know, but for a reason that I’m now sure you’re aware of, I’m still gonna taste your residual nut juice in my mouth whether I spit it or down it.”

~In The End Excerpt~

It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. I wasn’t supposed to wake up in the bed next to another woman…her of all people. I’m all too familiar with the likes of her kind and it isn’t just because we use to be fuck buddies…back when I was into snorting shit up my nose. Times when I’d rather be high than deal with reality. Before I ever found my true passion and release—the one that came from being in the ring.

“Get the fuck out of my bed!” I yell as I scurry to find my boxers through the slew of clothes thrown everywhere.

Fuck. I really fucking did it. The old me showed his fucking ass last night, and I have no damn recollection of it at all. Fucking brilliant.

 

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Being born an “Army Brat”, Erika Ashby has been residing in Oklahoma the last 10 years finally putting an end to the nomad tendencies she had grown accustomed to. She’s a happily married woman who has 5 kids between her and her husband. She has an insane passion for music and embraces her Inner Groupie any chance she has. It wasn’t until the age of 29 that she realized she also had a hidden passion for reading; before then she claimed to have hated it. Six months after unlocking that deep desire she never knew she held, she turned the key to another chapter of her life which has become the desire to write. And the rest is still history in the making.

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