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Increase Your AdSense Revenues In Five Easy Steps

You too can Profit from the Internet….by Increasing Your AdSense Revenue Starting Today

Have you enrolled for the AdSense program already? If you have, are you left wondering why others seem to be making a killing (and we’re talking about 5 digit earnings here) while your monthly revenues can’t even reach a dollar?

Making money from the AdSense program, you see, has developed into a science of sorts. One can’t simply join and expect a windfall of monetary gains to come his way. There are steps to follow and some work to be done.

But first, let’s discuss what this hoopla over AdSense is all about. By enrolling in the AdSense program, you are allowing their system to display contextually relevant advertisements in your pages. By “contextually relevant,” we mean advertisements that are related to the focus of your website. For example, your site is dedicated to dogs. AdSense would send advertisements that target the dog owners who will be visiting your site. Ads for dog grooming services, dog training items and the likes will be prominently displayed on your web pages.

So, what’s in it for you? Well, you get to earn a certain sum every time a visitor of yours would click on the ads. Granted that the earnings per click won’t even be able to buy you a chewing gum, you have to remember that the net is all about numbers. What if you have 15,000 visitors a day? What if 1% of them decide to click on the ads? What if each click is worth 10 cents? You’ll earn $775 a month!

If this still isn’t good enough for you, think of the possible earnings if you have 9 other enrolled sites that harness the same amount of cash each month.

So are you convinced now? The most difficult part about making money through the AdSense program is setting things up. Afterwards, when a consistent click through rate (CTR) has been established, you could rest your laurels and enjoy as your site becomes a cash cow that will earn you thousands of dollars a month after month after month.

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Here are some tried and tested steps to consider in setting up your AdSense-enrolled website.

Integrate them to your website design in a way that they would look like normal links. The common mistake that most webmasters make is that they segregate the ads so as not to hamper with the pages’ flow. Worse, some of them place the ads at the bottom of each page. Don’t do this. Place the ads somewhere prominent that they can be mistaken for regular links. Remember, you will be paid per click.

It is highly recommended that you use white as the background color for your web pages. Otherwise the AdSense ads would just look like a disjointed bundle that your visitors would simply ignore.

You could design your pages to have your links in vertical order, with your AdSense ads on top of them. This would give your visitors the impression that the AdSense ads are part of the links you have provided. This strategy has been proven as an effective means of increasing your CTR.

You could arrange your AdSense ads to be presented in a vertical fashion, contained in a rectangular box on the left or the right side of your pages. This way, your visitors would always see the ads as they scroll down each page.

Some profess that by changing their background color to be similar to their links color, their AdSense revenues doubled. The principle behind this method is that the ad links would be invisible to the visitor, thereby making it probable that he’ll inadvertently click on a link. There are ethical questions to consider of course, but you could always blame it on poor web design.

The AdSense program holds so much promise for the dedicated webmaster. All that you need is already there. All you have to do is to pick them up and watch them transform into gold.

Making money from the AdSense program has developed into a science of sorts. One can’t simply join and expect a windfall of monetary gains to come his way. There are steps to follow and some work to be done.

Conclusions and some practical tips.

There you have it! You too can Profit From AdSense Ad’s on your websites.
Simply play by the rules and your sure to come out a winner.

Posted in Bitcoin

Bitcoin Investments

There are a lot of sites that are promising really nice earnings just investing few btc..300% in one or two days? Dont trust them, probably they will stole your coins. Dont trust ALL sites you navigate in. The best way to invest your money and get a good return are the gambling and casino sites.

Other kind of sites (financials, mining etc..) are going to steal your money, or they will invest your coins in a risky way. Also remember that mining is not profitable anymore because you need to buy thousands of dollars in mining hardware and everyday the blocks difficulty is raising.

So, if you want to invest in a secure way your money try gambling sites. Usually they offers 10% to 50% return. In the section below i listed some tested bitcoin gambling sites.

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moneypot – here you can invest or start your own bitcoin casino!


Happy invest!

Posted in Monetize Website

Make money with pop-up ad!

If you have a website, of course you could like to earn some easy money!

What are POP-UPs?

Pop-up ads or pop-ups are often forms of online advertising on the World Wide Web intended to attract web traffic or capture email addresses. Pop-ups are generally new web browser windows to display advertisements. The pop-up window containing an advertisement is usually generated by JavaScript.

Remember that pop-ups are more invasive then a classic ad banner, but they are a great way to monetize low traffic sites.

You can earn up to 0.005 dollars per click!

Let’s list the best and high paying pop-up ad networks:

After you registered and added your website in the dashboard, you wil gett a short HTML code. Just paste it on your website pages and start earn!

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Words are funny things.
Their meaning, the pictures they paint in the minds of those that hear them: they’re not always the same and to me at least, that makes them meaningless.
Take for instance the phrase ‘black widow’. Those words conjure the image of a spider, an eight-legged creature with the red imprint of an hourglass on its abdomen.
However, instead of speaking of an arachnid, of the resident of a spindly and dew-laden web, the people who whisper those words are talking about something much different.
They’re talking about me.
From what I’m told, I’m called the Black Widow because no man I’ve ever loved has survived.
Yet, I have no memory of any of it.
My new home leads me to the definition of another vague and meaningless word.
It’s a place where I’m supposed to seek refuge.
A place of retreat and security.
It’s a place where I’m supposed to be kept safe because I’m sick.
But the definition for this place is wrong and the word becomes meaningless when you’re tucked away and made silent by drugs and pretty white jackets.
My name is Alexandra Sutton and this is the story of what happened when I was imprisoned inside an Asylum.

It’s no secret that I adore this author and her wickedly erotic, mindblowingly dark, and downright fascinating stories that keep me on my toes and leave me reeling with twist after turn. It never ceases to amaze me the things Lily White can come up with and the originality behind her stories is the main driving force of why her books are such a smashing success. Asylum in particular stood out to me as most, if not all, of the story would be taking place within a mental institution and with an alleged murderer as a heroine and an enigmatic doctor as the ‘hero,’ things were bound to get interesting. And while I was truly entertained by the psychotic events as well as the diverse cast of characters, I was also left somewhat underwhelmed.

Dubbed the ‘Black Widow,’ Alexandra Sutton is quarantined in a well-known mental institution for further evaluation after being considered as the prime suspect of a murder. A murder she doesn’t remember. In fact, certain key and traumatic events in her life she has absolutely no memory of. Sometimes she’s grounded in reality; sometimes she floats off in an illusion. The only thing she’s certain of is that she did not commit the murder she was accused of, but with no one who believes her, Alex is well and truly stuck in the asylum, surrounded by white jackets, white walls and quieted by the drugs running in her veins.Dr. Jeremy Hutchins is Alex’s newly assigned psychiatrist. Not much is known about him or his background but he seems to be dedicated in solving her case. Though it’s not instant, there is an underlying attraction between the two that’s only enhanced as the story goes on because of the taboo nature of their doctor/patient relationship. For once, Alex feels safe and like she can breathe whenever she’s close to Jeremy. And the opposite is true for Jeremy: he’s not repulsed by her mental instability or the crimes she may or may not have committed.

The premise of this story is an intriguing, original, and compelling one and overall I did like it. However, (and this is a personal preference of mine) when stories take liberties with any psychological issues, I usually cannot fully enjoy the book. I appreciate the author warning that liberties were taken with illness treatments and completely understand that a story is fictional and is for entertainment purposes only, but it’s just not something I can get accustomed to while reading and will always hinder my enjoyment of the book. Plus, there were so many mind games, crazy characters, and even crazier events going on I think I was just overwhelmed by it all instead of being blown away over any one revelation.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I have just been spoiled by all the usually amazing books Lily White puts out which is why I have such high expectations for each one. Regardless of my underwhelmed response to this book, it’s still a very well-written, well-researched, but batshit crazy story that you MUST be in the mood for.Asylum is a dark erotic standalone with mystery and thriller elements. It is not related to any other books from the author.

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Nova Reed used to have dreams-of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she’s getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next . . . until she meets Quinton Carter. His intense, honey brown eyes instantly draw her in, and he looks just about as broken as she feels inside.

Quinton once got a second chance at life-but he doesn’t want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he’s done, what he’s lost. He’s sworn to never allow happiness into his life . . . but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he’s too damaged to get close to her, yet she’s the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?

4 stars!!“People say that time heals all wounds, and maybe they’re right. But what if the wounds don’t heal correctly, like when cuts leave behind nasty scars or when broken bones mend together but aren’t as smooth anymore?”

I’ve read several books from Jessica Sorensen and I have to say, Breaking Nova is the most depressing one out of all of them. Drugs, suicide, accidents, and more are all packed in this book and it took a toll on me. Nevertheless, I couldn’t look away from the book once I started, and I do admire the author for not being afraid to portray the ugly side of things – she really dug in and went for it. And as usual, her writing style is fantastic so I had no problem getting into the story.

Innately sad and a loner with OCD, Nova Reed has never emotionally recovered after her father’s death and when her boyfriend Landon commits suicide, she completely shuts down and spirals into a bottomless pit. Constantly asking herself ‘why?’ when thinking of Landon’s suicide, Nova barely lives. She’s perpetually melancholy. On one of the rare days she hangs out with her friend Delilah, she meets Quinton and she sees something in him that reflects her own sorrow.

At the same time Nova loses her boyfriend, Quinton Carter loses his girlfriend in a tragic car accident. Having carried around her death for over a year, Quinton is the complete opposite of who he once was; now, he relies on drugs and meaningless sex to get him through the days, thinking he doesn’t deserve any better. Meeting Nova knocks him off his feet, because for once, he feels like he has a reason to live.*******************************This book was not a light read. It pretty much crushed me to see the baggage both Nova and Quinton carried and their reluctance to get to know each other. But at the same time, I understood. Both have been burned badly by their past experiences and guilt and immense pain have ruled over their lives for so long they don’t know how to experience anything else. Timing wise, I found their budding romance to be very realistic and liberating for the both of them.

My only reason for not rating this book 5 stars is because I didn’t love it, which I expected when I started it. Usually books like these where many sensitive topics like drugs, death, suicide and more are touched upon, it becomes hard for me as the reader to fall for the characters and romance when all my mind is focused on are the depressing moments. For books to get all five of my stars, I HAVE to be emotionally invested in these characters on top of a well-delivered story. So in short, I liked this one very much. It held my attention from start to finish and I liked both of the characters: Quinton with his damaged bad boy vibe and Nova with her tough-as-nails attitude. If you’re thinking about reading this book and worrying that you’ll drown in the depressing parts, don’t be. I promise there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

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Putting a woman on her knees before me is what really makes my cock hard. I fuck with dominant force and absolute control. I demand complete surrender from my conquests.

Savage man, loner, warrior… I am dangerous at my core. I have lived amidst the untamed wild of the rainforest, in a society that reveres me and where every woman falls before me in subjugation.

Now I’ve been discovered. Forced to return to a world that I have forgotten about and to a culture that is only vaguely familiar to my senses.

Dr. Moira Reed is an anthropologist who has been hired to help me transition back into modern society. It’s her job to smooth away my rough edges… to teach me how to navigate properly through this new life of mine. She wants to tame me.

She’ll never win.

I am wild, free and raw, and the only thing I want from the beautiful Moira Reed is to fuck her into submission.

Yes, very soon, I will become the teacher and she will become my student. And when I am finished showing her body pleasure like no other, she’ll know what it feels like to be claimed by an uncivilized man.

3 stars!

You know the feeling when you’re reading a book and you’re seeing the words and they register in your mind but they’re not making an impact? Stir zero emotions? Make you feel like there’s an invisible wall between you and the book? Uncivilized was that kind of book for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s scorching hot and probably is erotica at its finest but from a storyline standpoint, it was pretty unrealistic. Knowing me, I have to have more than just hot sex in a story to love it and that didn’t happen here. Thus, my feelings for this book are best summed up with this cliché statement: liked it, but in no way did I love it.*********************18 years ago, the hero Zacharias (at that time age 7) went on a mission trip with his parents and disappeared in the Amazon rainforest.Flipping back to present day, anthropologist Moira Reed accepts the task of finding Zach, bringing him back to his godfather, and helping him adjust to modernity. Zach is naturally unwilling and furious that he has to leave his tribe and the only family he remembers.Now here’s where the story started to go downhill for me. For someone who’s lived in the Amazon for 18 years, barely remembering anything about his past, and hardly using English as his language, I found it strange that his English was flawless as portrayed in his POV. He also learns about technology in a snap and what do you know…the first thing he looks up is sex. With the way the author introduces the social dichotomy between Zach’s tribe and the modern world, I expected a certain degree of cultural shock on his part but got none and that in itself, is shocking. However, he does recognize that he’s an oddball in society and is torn between the people he cares about – Moira or Paraila (his adoptive father in the Amazon)? Civilization or Caraican tribe?

I think I would’ve enjoyed this book a lot more if I warmed up to Zach’s character but sadly I never did. I found him to be too simplistic and the one main thing that dominates his mind is sex. It just got to the point where I was tapping my foot wondering if there was anything else to the story aside from sex and sex education. I also wasn’t a fan of the rushed and sort-of ridiculous ending.I would recommend this book to smut fanatics and erotica lovers but for those who are like me and aren’t fans of purely erotic stories, you might bump into some of the problems I had with the book. This definitely wasn’t a bad book by any means, just not a story I could fully enjoy based on its content.ARC provided by Season Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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A steamy Southern summer. A beautiful ex-con. A burned-out cop.

And a killer on the loose.

Wrongly convicted of her husband’s brutal murder, Kathryn McAllister has spent the last four years in a North Carolina prison for a crime she didn’t commit. When new evidence leads to the overturn of her conviction, Kathryn returns to the sleepy little town of Elba, North Carolina, determined to clear her name and find Michael McAllister’s killer.

Police chief Nick DiSalvo has come to Elba to bury himself someplace where he can forget his past and pretend he was born the day he drove into town. His plan is working until Kathryn McAllister walks through the door of his office, hell-bent on justice.

Drawn to each other by an irresistible heat, Nick and Kat are at cross-purposes. He wants her out of his hair; she wants to bag a killer. When the sizzling attraction between them explodes into full-blown passion, they discover that in this picturesque Southern town of many secrets, nothing is as it appears. As they draw nearer to discovering the identity of Michael McAllister’s killer, they unearth a secret so terrible that one individual would stop at nothing—including killing again—to keep them from uncovering it.

3.5 stars!

As a huge fan of this author’s Jackson Falls series, I was really curious to see how much I’d like her latest romantic suspense book. While I ended up enjoying it overall, I can’t help but be a little bit disappointed. I’ve come to know this author who takes the time and book space to give her stories depth, evoke emotion, and develop character relationships. Sadly, all three were missing in this book. Nevertheless, I did like the suspense aspect of the story; it’s just the romance part that completely fell flat for me.****************************The book starts off with a harrowing prologue that leads up to Michael McAllister’s murder and how his wife (the heroine) is accused of killing him. Fast forward 4 years and a hardened Kathryn McAllister walks free from prison after new evidence is presented that overturns her conviction. She heads back to town with one goal: nab Michael’s real killer and clear her name once and for all despite her lawyer encouraging her not to.

New police chief Nick DiSalvo is at a crossroads in both his personal and work life. Only a few days on the job and he runs into Kathryn who is intent on dragging out the old murder case for reinvestigation. It’s pretty much hate at first sight when they meet as Kathryn is cold and bitter from her years in prison while Nick recognizes her as the talked-about murderess. But after multiple break-ins and an attempt on her life, Kathryn starts to warm up to Nick as he seems to be one of the few people who genuinely wants to help her.****************************Let’s start with the positive – I adored the setting for this book. It’s contemporary but this small southern town still has the mores of people in the time of the Civil War where racial discrimination was blatant. I loved that this book explored this little blast from the past and it added a nice quality to the story. I also thought the suspense part was great. There were a few twists I didn’t see coming at all and I liked how the author tied in history with the final reveal.And now for the bad part – to be blunt, the romance sucked. A few rolls in the hay does not constitute as ‘romance’ in my book. Kathryn was such a tough, unbreakable, yet deeply hurt woman so it’s hard for me to accept that she’s spill all her secrets and details about her personal life to Nick, a guy she barely knows in such a short time frame. On the other side, Nick is divorced and has a teenage daughter and is practically married to his job. There was no relationship development whatsoever. I get that in romantic suspense books a lot of the romance is dropped to focus on the suspense but the ‘I-love-yous’ were too unbelievable in this book. An epilogue would’ve helped but sadly there wasn’t one. This book has one of the most rushed endings I’ve ever read.Despite my gripes with the romance part, this book was unputdownable. It was gripping and I finished it in 2 hours. If you’re okay with more suspense than romance and want a super fast-paced read, this book is a good choice.

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Thirty-year-old Daisy DiStefano has two people she holds dear: the grandmother who raised her, and her three-year-old son, Elliott. But when Daisy’s grandmother is killed in a seemingly random act of violence, Daisy must take steps to protect herself and her child. 

Despite a thriving career in San Francisco, thirty-six-year-old Brooks McClain has returned home to spend what little time his mother has left before she succumbs to the deadly disease that is ravaging her. The seasoned investigative reporter has taken a position with the local newspaper and been on the job less than twenty-four hours when he’s summoned to cover the death of Pauline Thorpe. 

Brooks is all business, but the more time he spends with Daisy DiStefano, the more invested he becomes; there’s something about a single mother, a defenseless child, and an unsolved crime that has stirred Brooks’s protective instincts like nothing ever has before. 

And when the unthinkable happens, Brooks will do whatever it takes to clear the name of the woman he’s fallen for and the child he’ll protect at any cost. 

Romantic and suspenseful, Every Time I Think of You shows how far two people will go to fight for the ones they love, and the life they’ve always imagined.

To say that I was highly anticipating this book would be an understatement. This author’s On the Island is one of my all-time favorites (re-read it multiple times) so I wanted to read this book as soon as I got my greedy hands on it. Did she disappoint? No. In the most realistic and relatable fashion, the author has delivered a heartwarming yet equally heartbreaking story about the magic of second chances, the strength of friendships, and the unity of family bonds. While I had some issues about a few things, I can definitely say that this is a book that will resonate with every reader on some level and helps put life into perspective. In one word, this book is real.****************************Single mother and nurse Daisy DiStefano juggles a full-time job and taking care of her three-year old son Elliott when she receives the news that her beloved grandmother Pauline was killed. Not knowing the reason why she was targeted and murdered, her death really becomes an eye-opener for Daisy as she navigates through the painful aftermath – from arranging the funeral to taking steps to protect Elliott to moving forward with their lives, never really getting closure.Around the same time, bright investigative reporter Brooks McClain returns to Daisy’s town to spend time with his terminally ill mother. His first case as a reporter in the town is to investigate Pauline’s death and starts to dig around, pitting him face to face with Daisy. At first, there is a firm witness-reporter boundary between them but as the investigation continues and the two of them really take the time to know each other, their relationship dynamic changes. For him, Daisy’s not a job anymore and for her, Brooks isn’t just a persistent reporter.

I think one aspect to consider before picking up this book is that it’s not just a romantic suspense story. While that book genre was the original premise, the story itself evolved into something different – instead of being suspenseful, the book was more romantic. More family and relationship-based. More women’s fiction. I didn’t like how bland the suspense was – it was pretty obvious who and why Pauline was killed. However, I did like how the author focused a lot of attention on family and friendships. That is perhaps the strongest part of this book and what really made the story resonate with me. The writing is also fantastic – this author has a way of making even the smallest things have an impact and so I felt like my heart was being squeezed while reading.As much as I liked this book, it just didn’t hit all my 5 star buttons. It’s really hard for me to read this book and not make comparisons to On the Island. I don’t think any other book of hers could ever surpass that one and while I cared about the two main characters in this book, I just wasn’t emotionally invested in them or their relationship like I was when I read about TJ & Anna. I think longtime fans will be pleased with this book and anyone in the mood for a slow-building romance that also has a side focus about family and friendships would enjoy this story.

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It was supposed to be the endless summer of sand, sea, and surf.

Supposed to be.

But Nick Andrews’ life is crashing out of control. His girlfriend and his best friend have declared war, his sister’s constant interference in his life is driving him insane, and there are money problems that won’t go away.

Being seventeen isn’t supposed to be this hard.

When cool surfer Marcus arrives in town, Nick sees that there are easier ways to live. But with his life falling to pieces around him, it’s hard to know who to trust.

As the scorching heat of summer grows, events begin to unravel, reaching a shattering conclusion—and a summer he’ll never forget.

This book…really impressed me. I don’t read much YA because often times, I find the characters shallow and story uninteresting, but this book was the complete opposite. Narrated by a strong male POV voice, Summer of Seventeen is refreshingly candid and every reader’s literary trip down memory lane. It’s a thought-provoking story with endearing main characters, an alluring setting, and the beautiful message that no matter what happens or how far one goes, hearts will always find their way home.****************************Seventeen is such a grand age: a year younger than full adult standards yet older and more mature than most adolescents. For Nick Andrews, being seventeen was supposed to be laidback and carefree. He was supposed to have the summer of a lifetime – hanging out with his girlfriend Anayansi Alfaro and his best friend Sean and enjoying his home life. Instead, he’s restricted from seeing Yansi and Sean, gets yelled at all the time by his older sister Julia, forced to find work and on top of that, his mother passes away from cancer. Life couldn’t get much worse for the seventeen year old kid. Through it all, his one constant and what grounds him is surfing. The beach and the ocean is his escape from reality and his passion.

Marcus is the new guy in town and ends up renting the extra room at Nick’s house. He’s a top-notch surfer and the person all guys want to be buddies with and all girls want to sleep with. His arrival ignites a restlessness in Nick and pitted against his sister’s role model guidance, Nick isn’t so sure who he is or what he wants in life.****************************To start with, I wasn’t really sure what the objective of this book was just from reading the blurb. I mean, was it romance, M/M, plain YA? I have to say, this book has a romance element but more than that, this is a life story. A story of how Nick, an unsettled young man who shoulders responsibilities most teenagers are lucky to not have, finds himself, finds closure, and finds a young but enduring love. Though a secondary element, the romance wasn’t overshadowed. I loved both Nick and Yansi’s characters and while both made some unwise choices that caused drama (they’re 17, they’re allowed to mess up), it never felt like contrived drama. Nick is outwardly prickly but has a heart of gold and despite her strict upbringing, Yansi was a staunch supporter of Nick’s through both the good and bad times. Together, they were a good match and complemented each other perfectly.

The only reason this book isn’t a 5 star winner for me is because of a certain event at the 36% mark. Instead of smoothing out this particular conflict quickly, I wished the author placed more focus on what happened to Nick. Instead, I felt like she glossed over what is a sensitive topic. This part really bothered me so no matter how much I enjoyed the book overall, I have to dock stars for this portion.Aside from that, this book was a YA gem. The writing was outstanding and I especially loved the setting of the story. I loved reading about Nick’s passion for surfing and those scenes were breathtaking. The emotional intensity slowly builds up and by the end of the book tears were falling down my face. This is one story that evoked a plethora of emotions. If you’re like me and don’t read much YA, don’t pass up this book because of that fact alone – this one’s really different.

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Gracelynn is drowning in an existence that fails to fulfill her. A ballerina by trade, she’s devoted her life to the stage, sacrificing adventure for discipline. When her boyfriend gives her permission to want what she’s not supposed to want, can she walk away? Or will she leap?

Jasper isn’t a man with many boundaries, and “sharing” a woman with his best friend is hardly a new endeavor. But the moment he meets Gracelynn he realizes she’s different. She leaves him feeling alive in a way he’s not used to, and for the first time in his life, he understands what it means to be wanted… Cherished… And he needs more…

But there are rules—rules that forbid Jasper from truly having her. As forbidden desire spirals out of control, Jasper has to decide if he’s willing to fight for something that doesn’t truly belong to him. His best friend doesn’t deserve her, but is Jasper strong enough to believe he does?

For me, reading this book took some balls. Angst, love triangle, cheating…did I scare you yet? 

 As a reader who loathes all three, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I did enjoy the book. It has a very interesting book premise and for the most part the story was sensual, erotic, and at times, deeply emotional. But at the same time, this book also didn’t work for me. I think the combination of high angst, extremely damaged and flawed characters, and a meddlesome, needs-to-die-already ‘best friend’ all together messed with my emotions in a bad way. For every positive I can come up with, there’s a negative to counter so that leaves me with the middle-number rating.***************************Gracelynn Ellis ‘Gray’ is a ballerina and has been dating the seemingly perfect guy – Ian – for the past 4 months. Her past experiences have left her with an extremely insecure and timid side, and so Gray accepts much of Ian’s verbal abuse without defense. On one of her rehearsal days, Ian brings his best friend and bar owner Jasper Drees over to meet Gray in hopes of spicing up their sex life by sharing her, something these two rakes have done many times in the past. What started out as an outright refusal turns into a tentative agreement as Gray is interested in exploring her sexuality and breaking out of her shell.

Though Ian has set up rules that serve as boundaries to how intimate Gray and Jasper can be, the heart knows no boundaries and Gray and Jasper connect on a deep and emotional level neither of them have ever had before with anyone else. The story then portrays them fighting and giving into their attraction along with their inner turmoil, guilt, lust and about a dozen other emotions.***************************It’s pretty obvious that the book is a romance between Jasper and Gray so the whole ‘love triangle’ aspect isn’t too bad. I think the author did a good job with showing how crucial it was that these two characters had to be together, whether it be through the explosive sex scenes or emotional moments. Without that kind of desperation and deep feelings, it would’ve been hard to convince me of the strength of their bond. I still thought the author threw their attraction in the reader’s faces too soon, almost bordering on insta-love but at the same time I understood. With a shitty boyfriend like Ian, Jasper’s sensitivity and attentiveness is definitely more appealing. I have to admit, I wasn’t too keen about their relationship in the beginning but once I saw how much they were willing to go through for each other, they won me over. I rooted for them, even when I wanted to slap them senseless. As unstable, dysfunctional, and lost these characters were, they belonged together. They were better people by being together, and helped each other fill the void in their hearts. That much is undeniable.

This book could’ve gotten at least 4 stars from me if it weren’t for the fact I had to suspend disbelief in order to somewhat enjoy the story. The crux of the issue is why didn’t Gray just break up with Ian already so she and Jasper could be together?? Honest to God, there is not a single reason provided why she couldn’t just break up with him. Ian’s no saint – calling him rude, abrasive, and a douchenugget is being nice. But hey, if she did break up him early on in the book, then there wouldn’t be this ‘forbidden’ aspect, which means no push-pull dynamic and high angst. Moral of this little paragraph is to not question the logistics of their relationship because it would be futile. Oh and while I’m on the topic of their relationship, I thought it was a bad move on the author’s part to add in a little revenge scene near the end of the book. While I did like the sentiment behind the idea, the actual execution was very childish and completely trivialized Gray and Jasper’s entire emotional journey, making it like a game of ‘who got the girl in the end.’ Not cool.In the end, maybe I’m just not cut out for these kinds of stories. It’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy this book at all because I did. I lived and craved for some of the one-on-one emotional scenes Jasper and Gray had where they actually worked out their problems and not let indecisiveness and insecurity take over. If you’re a fan of high and somewhat unnecessary angst, sizzling hot sex scenes with ménage, and a hard-earned, hard-fought, rewarding ending, this is the book for you.

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There is a place in modern day America with no electricity, no plumbing, and no modern conveniences. In this place, there is no room for dreams, no space for self-expression, and no tolerance for ambition.

In this place, there is a boy with the body of a God and the heart of a warrior. He is strong and faithful and serves his family honorably. But he dares to dream of more.

In this place, there is a girl with the face of an angel and a heart full of courage. To her family, she is the vision of obedient perfection. But she dares to want that which she has been told can never be hers. 

Becoming Calder is the story of good versus evil, fear versus bravery, and the truth that the light of love has always found its way into even the darkest of places… From the beginning of time, to the end of the world.

4.5 stars!

One quality I’m always on the lookout for in books is originality. And in a genre like NA contemporary where plots are rehashed and recycled, originality is harder and harder to find these days. But this one…this book oozed creativity and is truly a diamond of the first water. Add exquisite writing, charming main characters, and a captivating forbidden romance on top and it’s no wonder this book was a winner for me.*****************************The book begins with a heartbreaking prologue of a girl wandering through an unknown city with little possessions and nowhere to go. There are glimpses of her past in this chapter, leading the reader to wonder how she got to where she is today…and who and where the boy in her thoughts is at. With this little to go off of, the author dives into a flashback story.Like the blurb suggests, there is a place in present-day where people faithfully follow their chosen leader, worship their gods, and live with no modern conveniences. It is this kind of community where Calder lives, and where he meets Eden when they were both children. As the years pass, their connection grows more strong and intense. Every single moment they were together was precious and cherished but both knew that a relationship was forbidden because Eden was betrothed to another.

But no matter how much they tried to fortify their hearts and condition their minds into not falling in love with each other, it still happened. To want someone that can never be yours and only to be temporarily satisfied with stolen kisses and hidden moments seemed to magnify their love and intensify the insatiable craving for one another. But with both of them trapped in a suffocating community where the leader’s teachings were law, they could only dare to dream of a different life, one where they were free to express their feelings and build a life together.

*****************************This story was both tragic and hopeful. When I read romance books, I usually have a very keen sense of how things will end and what kind of ending is in store for the characters. But with this book, nothing is guaranteed or predictable. It’s the kind of story that has the emotional intensity to force you to realize every event, every action is unexpected and will make an impact. It will actually make you question whether or not love is enough to overcome obstacles and if these characters are strong enough to bear the consequences if it’s not.So why not a full 5 stars then? Well to be honest, I don’t have any real complaints. Really, I don’t. You know the feeling where everything in a book is going your way and you’re enjoying the story but it just doesn’t hit all your 5 star buttons? This book was like that. For some inexplicable reason, it lacked the final ‘oomph’ factor and since my 5 stars are reserved for books that completely blow my mind and wow me, I’m rating this one 4.5 stars.Becoming Calder is the first in a two book series. With this book ending in a very gripping and dramatic way, I can totally appreciate the fact that the author is releasing book 2 on the same day. Initially I had wished that this story could’ve been condensed into one, but it makes complete sense that there are two parts. In many ways, Becoming Calder is a reflection of Calder and Eden’s past and I presume that the follow up Finding Eden will be their story of fighting for their future.

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.