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Cover Reveal: Everything Changes by Melanie Hansen

Everything Changes | Melanie Hansen

Resiliant Love #1

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Cover Design: Natasha Snow

Release Date: September 14, 2020

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A childhood in foster care taught Carey Everett to hold tight to what he has. Enlisting in the Marines gave him purpose, but a life-threatening injury ended his career—and took his leg. Now fully recovered, Carey’s happier than he’s ever been. He has a fulfilling job, a chosen family and, best of all, a cherished friendship with Jase DeSantis, the platoon medic who saved his life.

Jase knows how to take care of the people he loves. As the oldest of seven, and then a Navy corpsman, it’s what he was born to do. Still, he’s haunted by his actions overseas. Playing music with his band keeps the demons at bay, but it’s a battle he’s starting to lose.

After a week of sun and fun in San Diego, Jase and Carey’s connection takes an unexpected turn. With change comes a new set of challenges. For Jase, it means letting someone else into his deepest pain. For Carey, it’s realizing love doesn’t always equal loss.

In order to make their relationship work, they’ll each have to come to terms with their pasts…

…or risk walking away from each other for good.

Previously published, this book has been rewritten with a new cover and blurb.

About The Author


Melanie Hansen has spent time in Texas and Florida prisons…for work. She’s been in a room with a 17-year-old mass murderer who was also one of the most soft-spoken and polite teenagers she’s ever met. After a 13-year career as a court reporter, she can tell many stories both hilarious and heartbreaking.

She grew up with an Air Force dad, and ended up marrying a Navy man. After living and working all over the country, she hopes to bring these rich and varied life experiences to her stories about people finding love amidst real-life struggles.

Melanie left the stressful world of the courtroom behind and now enjoys a rewarding career transcribing for a deaf student. She currently lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons.

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Website: http://melaniehansenbooks.com

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13505006.Melanie_Hansen

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Tensions abound in this peek at London life from Garrett Leigh

53904933._SY475_Redemption by Garrett Leigh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Garrett Leigh kept me awake until half one this morning with this book. I started reading it around 10pm, thought I’d just get a few chapters in and then could not actually put it down until I’d made sure that Paolo and Luis were going to be okay.

I mean, it’s a romance, so I knew they’d be okay eventually, but oh my gawd the tensions throughout this book were immense.

Not between them, they’re just utterly perfect for each other, the way they just meld together is a joy, fraught as it is with all the extra complications that come from who they are as individuals.

And this is why Garrett’s writing is my book drug of choice.

She crafts characters and settings which feel like you’re just sneaking a peak into real peoples’ lives who she knows and who just said yeah, go for it Garrett, write our story when she puts forth an idea for her next release.

Nothing is easy about this book, Luis spent six years in prison for a pretty shitty crime, he’s not an innocent man by any stretch. But he’s also not a bad man, family pressure gave him a life he wouldn’t have chosen and he was happy to do his time.

Now he’s out and life is confusing and oh how my heart hurt for Luis. He’s not the man his reputation painted him and his six years inside have markedly changed him, both mentally and physically.

Paolo’s grandfather Toni’s caff (because that’s how you pronounce a London greasy spoon 😉 ) gives him his first sense of peace in years and the man running it, his first spark of attraction in just as long.

I loved their relationship development. From wary work colleagues, through to friends, into intimacy and the wonderful emotionally vulnerability of falling in love, but with this overpowering sense of foreboding threatening everything.

Because Luis might have turned his back on his former life, but that’s not a decision he’s allowed to make on his own and my heart was racing so much as the narrative sped along to the eventual conclusion – hence why I was still reading at 1.30am.

The big major drama plot surprised me in one way, but – and there’ll be no spoilers here – also didn’t at all. Because this book’s main driving thread through everything is about family, about loyalty, about making decisions on the knife’s edge.

The Epilogue is just all ends up wonderful and I really, really wish that Toni’s Cafe did exist in a tucked away corner of a South London High Street, filled with builders and locals alike, passing hipsters with annoying mustaches wanting beans on toast with the smell of fried bacon and Italian tomato sauce on a Sunday.

I think I’d like to spend hours there just watching Paolo and Luis work together, seamlessly blending love and found-family into a Happy Ever After that feels utterly grounded in truth.

Now I can’t wait to see if there will be more, and who is the focus of the next Darkened Skies novel, because there’s one candidate here who I think would be a fascinating character to explore and a great redemption narrative to work.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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This Top Gun homage wraps up with an emotionally satisfying conclusion

Classified AMAZONClassified by Brooke Blaine & Ella Frank

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Full review tomorrow when I’m at the laptop.


This was a tension-packed final entry in the story of Panther and Solo and it delivered on both the emotional highs and the sensual.

There’s a relationship wobble which brings additional drama to the plot and it totally worked for me as a medium by which to introduce the level of doubt needed to create a stumbling block on the way to final happiness.

Panther and Solo, aka Grant and Mateo, are as scorchingly hot as they have been in the first two books, but there’s way more emotional investment in Classified and I loved how both men were allowed to be vulnerable.

As this is basically a Top Gun homage, there is loads of detailing on the final few weeks at the Elite pilot training centre and I liked where Brooke and Ella took that particular plot line, it was a satisfying conclusion.

But, as I’ve said in my other reviews of this series, I really don’t think it needed to be broken up into three books. Each individual part really was just a single chapter in the overall trilogy of story narrative.

That’s just a personal view though. Each individual book works, although there is a cliffhanger at the end of book one, and the release dates between them have been short enough to not lead to too much frustration.

#ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review

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