Book Review: Pulled by A.L. Jackson

The Solitary Bookworm and Reading Addiction Blog Tour presents Pulled by A.L. Jackson

Title: Pulled
Author: A.L. Jackson
Pages: 388
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Source: Reading Addiction Blog Tour

Melanie Winters and Daniel Montgomery shared a love most only dream of, a love they believed bonded them together for life. When their world is shattered by the tragic loss of their daughter, overwhelming grief and misguided guilt distorts the truth, and their relationship ends in uncertainty and unanswered questions.

For nine years, they drift through life, each unable to forget the one who holds the strings to their heart. In an attempt to escape the pain of her past, Melanie finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage, while Daniel loses himself in a career that means nothing without Melanie by his side.

Now, when their lives again intersect, neither can deny the connection they felt so long ago.

But will the power that drew them together be enough to heal the wounds from their past, and will they have the courage to overcome the insecurities and fears that threaten to keep them apart?

Pulled is a story of attraction and separation, of destiny and duty, of a love so strong it refuses to give up even when all others have.


WOW! Just wow! I need to breath first before I can write a good review on this one. This was one heck of an emotional read – I can’t even think of how to start this review or what I should include or not to avoid giving out too much spoilers.

Okay so, Pulled is a story about Melanie and Daniel – two teenage lovers separated by circumstances they can’t stop themselves. Pulled is not just a story about hearts being broken and dreams being shattered, it is more. 9 years of being separated had its traumatic effects to both Methanie and Daniel as well as their families and everyone was never the same again. For such a young couple, what they went through was too much for them to bear for 9 years. Miserable is not even enough in this case. It makes me sad to read how their story progress and how much pain their situation gave them.

Feeling betrayed – and no I won’t tell you why (soo hard to not include spoilers gah!) – Melanie married Nicolas, a guy she just met, and they stayed married until fate decided to get in the mix and intercepted the events to allow Daniel to see Melanie again. There folks is where it gets too exciting to put down the book I tell you.

Granted that the attraction between Melanie and Daniel was quick but for unknown reasons, it somehow worked for me. I could not even categorize it as insta-love, their connection just felt so genuine and delicate that I really felt the love between them. Nicolas was a great addition to the mix as well. His character is so raw that he really adds drama and friction to the whole story. To summarize Pulled I’ll just have to say this: Read the book, enjoy the journey and be sure that you are prepared to hold your breath because Pulled is so exciting and romantic at the same time it will melt your heart.

SIDE NOTE: Watch out for the guest post and giveaway later today! You need to enter to win a copy of this book I swear! 😛

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A.L. Jackson first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three beautiful children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.


Book Review: Sophie’s Turn by Nicky Wells + Giveaway

The Solitary Bookworm and Reading Addiction Blog Tour presents Sophie’s Turn by Nicky Wells

Title: Sophie’s Turn
Author: Nicky Wells
Pages: 424
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
ISBN: 9781938404207
Source: Reading Addiction Blog Tour

Slapper. Slut. Adulteress. These are hardly words that Sophie Penhalligan would normally use to describe herself. Yet this is exactly how she is behaving, all things considered, even if she isn’t quite married to Tim yet. And it’s all happening because her past is coming to tempt her! Nine years ago, she met her teenage idol and rock star extraordinaire, Dan, up close and personal. Well, almost. Now Dan has crash-landed back in her life. How could Tim ever stand a chance against the charming, handsome singer? How could she?


Sophie’s Turn is a great beach read, it was a swift and easy story to follow and I think all romantic buff might enjoy. Sophie just wanted the good life – the nice boyfriend, a steady and productive job, great relationship with friends, and a nice little home as a married woman. Sophie’s plan is already in action as she has everything she wants and needs with a slight problem – Tim, her boyfriend. From the start of the story, you’ll really feel something different about Tim. He’s an ok partner but there are just things that can irk you about your partner and Sophie has a few on her mind. With her problems in tow, she accidentally bumped into Dan – the rock star from her younger years and then that’s the start of an emotional roller coster for Sophie.

What I love most about the story is the ending of how Sophie made a decision with her situation against the two men in her life. It was courageous of her and I believe it was the right thing to do. I can’t seem to write a better review of not including spoiler so I’ll give you a gist of Sophie’s Turn. It is a quick and enjoyable read with tons of twist and turn. The writing is so light you’ll be able to read it in no time. I have to admit that when I was reading Sophie’s Turn I kept on comparing it to Bridget Jones although they are so different. Maybe it’s an English thing. Anyhoo, who doesn’t love a quick romance story with an ending that will leave you wanting for more? Although the story ended with a hint of another book, I believe Sophie’s Turn can be read stand alone.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*


“What the hell is going on here?” I hissed, trying to prevent others from hearing our exchange.

“Oh, Sophie, Dan’s turned up. Isn’t it amazing?” she beamed at me.

“I can see that,” I kept hissing, “But what is he doing here?”

Rachel was quite drunk herself and looked at me with those bleary eyes that usually meant she was up to no good. “Sophie,” she declared solemnly and rather loudly, “you have broken the man’s heart. He has come to reclaim you.” She wobbled unsteadily and I gripped her arm. Usually one to hold her liquor, party-girl Rachel had clearly gone too far tonight.

“Shshshshshshshsh!” I admonished. “Will you keep your voice down? What are you talking about?”

“Dan is completely besotted with you, and he said he couldn’t bear the thought of you getting engaged to Tim so he had to…hic…come and check him out…hic!” Oh God, she had the hiccups. She would have to spend the night in the guest room. Once Rachel got the hiccups, she was beyond salvation. I gave her twenty minutes before she collapsed. I had to extract critical information fast.

“Why did you introduce him to Tim?” I continued my interrogation. “Couldn’t you have sent him away?”

“Oooh noo, Sophie. I couldn’t turn this lovely, heartbroken man away.” She looked at me with big, innocent, and totally unfocused eyes. “In fact, we were just looking for you. You seemed to have… hic… hic… hic…disapp-hic-eared.”

“What did you say to Tim about who Dan was?” I needed to know.

“That he was Dan, of course. Your boy-hic-friend from Tusk!” She dropped this bombshell completely nonchalantly.

“You what?” I squeaked. “Please tell me you’re joking.”

“Noooo, I’m s-hic-erious! Ti-hic-im thought it was very funny. Hic.”

I wrung my hands and barely prevented myself from tearing at my hair. If Tim had thought it was funny, he must have thought Rachel was being facetious or winding him up. He had seen her drunk before (and the experience hadn’t done anything to endear her to him in any way), so it was likely that he hadn’t paid the slightest bit of heed to the truth she was spouting. But I had to move, and fast.

“You,” I said to Rachel, grabbing her by the shoulders and steering her toward the stairs. “You have had enough to drink. You are going to bed.”

“I hic-am?” Rachel asked, surprised.

“Indeed,” I confirmed grimly and marched her up the stairs. “Right, here you are. Guest room. Bed. Now.” I propelled her forward and she flopped on the bed like a rag doll.

“Very ti-hic-hic-red,” she mumbled before passing out.

I, on the other hand, had sobered up dramatically and had only one thought left: damage limitation. I blundered back downstairs, racing quite unladylike in my high heels, and skidded to a halt in the lounge. There they were, companionably sitting in front of the stereo, playing DJ.

I clattered across the floor, grabbing a bottle of champers and three glasses off a table as I went. Tim looked up, and then sprang to his feet.

“And here she is,” he announced to Dan with no small measure of proprietary pride. “Doesn’t she look gorgeous?”

Dan rose to his feet, somewhat unsteadily, and looked me up and down. A sad smile played on his face for just the briefest of moments.

“She looks stunning, indeed. Congratulations to you both.” He walked over to me and planted a chaste kiss on my cheek. “Well done,” he said softly, and Tim beamed gratefully, completely unaware that the comment was aimed solely at me. In fact, he seemed completely besotted by Dan’s manly, famous presence.

“Dan here and I were just discussing rock music,” he informed me as though Dan were his new best friend.

I shuddered for a moment. God forbid.

“Dan has some very interesting views about the movement, you know?”

I winced and smiled a secret apologetic smile at Dan, but he was too drunk to notice anything patronizing in Tim’s comment. I had to separate the two before things got out of hand. Luckily, one of our other guests absolved me of thinking up more ruses by descending on Tim and whisking him away to the kitchen.

Dan and I regarded each other in silence.

“You do look beautiful,” Dan repeated, suddenly sounding a whole lot more sober.

I wanted to cry. “What are you doing here?” I whispered, not trusting my voice.

“I don’t really know,” he acknowledged. “I just felt…lonely. At a loose end. I had to see you and convince myself that…well, that it really is too late. You know?”

I was simultaneously touched and petrified. “I thought we’d agreed…,” I started, but Dan interrupted immediately.


Here’s another giveaway for everyone – a chance to win an eBook of Sophie’s Turn and all you have to do is fill out the form in TSBs Facebook page and that’s it. Good luck guys! 🙂

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Rock On! Nicky Wells writes fun and glamorous contemporary romance featuring a rock star and the girl next door. Her debut novel, Sophie’s Turn, is the first part in her Rock Star Romance Trilogy. Not unlike Sophie, her heroine, Nicky loves rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters. When she’s not writing, Nicky is a wife, mother, and teaching assistant. Nicky is also a featured author on the innovative reader/author project,

Originally born in Germany, Nicky moved to the United Kingdom in 1993, and currently lives in Bristol with her husband and two boys. In a previous professional life, Nicky worked as a researcher and project manager for an international Human Resources research firm based in London and Washington, D.C.

Visit Nicky on her blog where you can find articles, interviews, radio interviews and, of course, an ongoing update on her work in progress, the second and third parts of the Rock Star Romance Trilogy. You can also follow Nicky on Twitter and find her on Facebook.

Book Review: Fire On The Island by J.K. Hogan

The Solitary Bookworm and My Reading Addiction Blog Tours presents Fire on the Island by J.K Hogan

Title: Fire On The Island (Vigilati, #1)
Author: J.K. Hogan
Pages: 376
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Source: My Reading Addiction Blog Tours

“She who wields the mark is the barrier between man and monster. She is the daughter of gods, the mother of man, protector of all. Vigilati Usque Ad Mortem”

All Isla Macallen wanted was a simple existence on her little Scottish island, free from her mother’s insanity and the prying eyes of neighbors. What she got was embroiled in a war for the souls of mankind. A war of good versus evil, of witches versus demons, and Isla learns that she alone can end it.

Dr. Jeremiah Rousseau was a self-proclaimed nomad, traveling the world researching paranormal phenomena. He doesn’t expect his research to lead him to Scotland, and to the woman who will turn his world upside down.

Together with a facetious shapeshifting animal spirit guide, Jeremiah and Isla discover that she is part of an ancient bloodline bred to protect the gateways between the human world and the spirit world, to keep evil demons from destroying them. They must find the key to defeating Alastore, the demon king, and closing the gate before Samhain, when the veil between the worlds is lifted. As the war for their souls wages around them, Isla and Jeremiah will risk it all for love—a love neither had ever thought possible.


Fire on the Island was an amazing journey for me. The novel was a great mix of paranormal, love and humor. Humor was not the element that I was expecting but it was a great addition to the novel. Continue reading