Looking for an awesome book? Deeper by Mellie George is here!!

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Synopsis:


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Every Bad Blooded Rebel fan knows that drummer Kris Engle has been madly in love with Jessie Monroe for years. What most don’t know is that their road to happiness and impending parenthood was full of heartache and despair…
Jessie Monroe had loved Kris Engle since the first time she saw him playing with his friends Ryder, Beau, and Jude when she was just five years old. After he’d stepped in and saved her from bullies on her first day of kindergarten, they quickly struck up a friendship and were inseparable from then on. Having both been raised in abusive homes, Kris was always Jessie’s escape from her nightmare of a mother.
Kris Engle had loved Jessie Monroe as a friend since he was seven years old, but after a simple brush of the hips backstage at one of Bad Blooded Rebel’s concerts everything changed. In an instant his entire world shifted off its axis and he suddenly found himself craving more than friendship from her. They instantly fall into a romantic relationship and things just seem to fall into place…until fate made their lives take a sharp left turn.
For the first time, go back and know what really happened in the early days of the band, the first moments in their relationship, and the tragic event that tore their lives completely apart.
True love can conquer all, but no one ever said the fight was easy.
THIS IS NOT A STAND ALONE NOVEL! YOU MUST READ BAD BLOODED REBEL: A ROCK & ROLL NOVELLA SERIES (BOOK 1) AND RECKLESS REDEMPTION: A BAD BLOODED REBEL NOVEL (BOOK 2) FIRST!

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My Review

Are you ready to feel something big? Deeper tells the story and fills in all the gaps of Jessie and Kris from the Bad Blooded Rebel series. This book hits all the highs and lows, and everything in between that you did not know you were looking for.
Jessie and the “boys” all grew up together but she and Kris always shared a special bond. Good friends from the start they both shared something no child should have to bear, the abuse from a parent. Kris and Jessie had always been each other’s safe haven, but when their relationship evolved it was sweet and so special.
When a tragedy struck, it hurt them both. Now it’s not a spoiler that they get back together, but their time apart was difficult on them both.
I loved this book, it pulls you along with their every emotion. I cried, I smiled, I laughed, and for good measure cried again for their happiness.
This is definitely a great book. I love the whole series, but Mellie George hit it out of the park with this book!

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I currently reside in Indiana and I am a wife, mother of 3, a hairstylist, and now, published author! I love to write, and I hope my book is the first of many!

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Review of Skating On Thin Ice by Jami Davenport

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Jami Davenport presents Game on in Seattle, a new series featuring Seattle sports teams, hot men, and strong women.

He trusts his gut, she trusts her numbers, and neither trusts the other, as a billionaire’s mission to bring hockey to Seattle clashes with his passion for the woman who holds his heart.

Ethan Parker, a billionaire determined to bring a professional hockey to Seattle, will stop at nothing to realize his dream. After signing an agreement to purchase another city’s team, Ethan is anxious to make the move to Seattle, but a gag order by the League forces him to keep the sale a secret until the season ends, leaving him no choice but to go undercover as a consultant to study his team during the playoffs.

Lauren Schneider, Assistant Director of Player Personnel for the Giants hockey team, gets no respect from the team’s testosterone-loaded staff. When Ethan bursts onto the scene, full of charm and genuinely interested in her opinions, she shares the team’s weaknesses and discovers a weakness of her own–for Ethan. But when his true identity is revealed, and he starts cleaning house based on her unwitting input, his betrayal cuts deeply on both a professional and personal level. Bound by an employment contract, Lauren reluctantly moves to Seattle to work for the newly christened Seattle Sockeyes and her sexy, infuriating boss.

Lauren and Ethan must come to terms with their passions–for the team, for hockey, and for each other. Will their situation build a frozen wall between them, or will their love burn hot enough to melt the ice shielding their hearts?



My Review

I am a fan of hockey romance. I do not play or watch hockey but for some reason I enjoy reading about it. I saw that this book was coming out and I was excited! I was not disapointed. Have you ever wanted something so bad in your life that you might agree to just about anything? Ethan has always wanted a professional hockey team to come to Seattle and he finally is able to buy one, the catch is a gag order that the league puts him under. So he decides to travel to FL (I find it amusing that FL would have a hockey team!) to meet the team and staff and use the gag order to his advantage. Once there he meets Lauren, who was raised around hockey, and loves everything hockey, not that her father sees that. In this male dominated world she has fought for her position, and Ethan happily finds that not only is she beautiful but she has more knowledge then most about the inner workings of the team. I enjoy seeing a female character that is sucessful in a male dominate job, and I liked Lauren very much.
As time goes on, Lauren and the team find out that they are being moved, which none of them really wanted, and that some big changes are going to happen in the way that the team is run. Ethan wants to build a sucessful team and wants the best so still under the guise of checking out the team he offers her a job. Of course by now they have started building a relationship and as soon as the gag order is lifted they all know that Ethan is not all he said he was.
The team and Lauren are disgruntled but they move, and Lauren and Ethan are eventually able to work around their differences and come together. Not only that but the move sets up the teams characters for some romance of their own! I can’t wait to get more of this series.

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An advocate of happy endings, Jami Davenport writes sexy contemporary and sports romances, including her two new indie endeavors: the Game On in Seattle Series and the Madrona Island Series. Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare. She works in computer support in her day job and juggles too many balls, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.



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Relase and Review of Resist Me by A.O. Peart

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Title: Resist Me (Change Me, #1)

Author: A.O. Peart

Release Date: August 30, 2014

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Synopsis

One fateful morning changes everything.

Lisbeth Anderson, the lone eyewitness of a shocking murder, believes the FBI witness protection program may be the only way for her to survive. But when a powerful explosion reduces the safe house to ashes, killing all of the FBI agents on duty, will she turn to a perfect stranger for help?

Ethan McCoy, an ex-Marine-turned-firefighter, has never really cared for any woman. He lives his life to the fullest, enjoying the bad boy stigma and cultivating a particular taste for dominant sex. Girls come and go, allowed to stay only long enough to satisfy Ethan’s wild appetite.

One morning at dawn, Ethan’s fire brigade is called to a fatal house explosion that levels the structure. When he pries open a trap door to the hidden panic room under the house, he finds a gorgeous, though disheveled brunette. Lisbeth instantly turns Ethan’s world upside down, and he’s overcome by the burning desire to protect her, no matter the consequences.

 

RESIST ME IS THE FIRST INSTALLMENT IN THE STEAMY CHANGE ME (McCoy Raven Boys) ROMANTIC THRILLER/SUSPENSE SERIES. ALL BOOKS IN THIS SERIES ARE STANDALONE AND CAN BE READ IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER.


Due to mature themes, strong language, and sexual situations, this series is intended for adult readers only.

My Review

So this book is a different one for the author but man I enjoyed it! I have to say that when I started it one night the next day I wish I did not have to work so I could just read!
Lisbeth (Gloria) witnesses a horrific crime against a friend and turns states witness. She is offered protection from the FBI and the witness protection program. Sadly there is no real protection and the safe house she is in is attacked and her watcher agents are killed. Ethan and his engine team are first on scene and his presence instantly calms Lisbeth’s panic attack. When Lisbeth realizes there is someone in the FBI who compromised her location she is terrified. Ethan her new rock, however offers a plan.
Their chemistry sizzles and this romantic suspense is awesome. I love that his family and his friends are there to support him and that he protects her. This is a book to pick up for sure!
I was given a copy to read and review but I liked it so much that I have bought my own copy to re-read, which is my sign of a good book!

 

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A.O. Peart is the author of the New Adult and Young Adult fiction novels. She writes in multiple YA and NA genres, including romance, paranormal, urban fantasy, and short stories.

She lives in the Seattle area with her family and a chronically curious cat. Angela describes herself as European born, American by choice.

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Review of Stripped by CA Harms

Stripped 

by C.A. Harms

Publisher: Limitless

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Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content.


At twenty years old Kylie finds herself in a situation she never could’ve imagined…


She was abandoned by her husband with their five month old baby and a mountain of debt.


She’s forced to look for a job, but as a high school drop-out her choices are limited.


Kylie had

no choice but to become a stripper…


While working one night, Kylie feels a connection with a handsome stranger.


When she runs into him the next day, he asks to take her out, but she knows she doesn’t belong in

his perfect world.


The problem is, Evan can’t seem to get the sexy stripper out of his mind.


He knows she doesn’t belong there and something about her makes him feel alive. But when her

past comes knocking, his trust issues cause him to run.


Will Kylies

past continue to sabotage her? Or will she be able to break free once and for all?


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I enjoyed this book, and it was a pretty easy read. I think that Kylie did what she felt she had to do when she started stripping. I liked that when she and Brad got pregnant that they got married. Her parents did not approve of her choices, and as such she felt she could not turn to them when the going got tough. So she did what she felt she could to support her daughter and herself. I hated that Brad left and did not just walk away, and that she did not at some point just file for abandonment of their marriage, but I also feel like she was young and without any guidance in her life she may not have known that might have been available to her.
She meets Evan one night while stripping. He is good looking, rich, and as they start dating is good to her daughter, which are all pluses in my book. I hated that she was not honest from the beginning about where she was at in her marriage. Evan and Kylie have some great chemistry and there are some hot scenes in the book. I liked where they were going until they started to fight about things. Every couple has misunderstandings and they fight. What drove me nuts about Kylie and Evan was that they would walk out on each other, and not resolve their issues. I had to remind myself several times that she is young, but Evan was a bit older. It stands to reason that she had a good home life as a child and probably did not witness all this push and pull, so I just did not understand it. There are plenty of other detractors for this couple – His family, Brad coming back, her marriage, that I felt them never being a strong united front was more damaging at times to their relationship.
Overall I like this book, and think that you will as well. I was given a copy to review, but also purchased it.


About the author:

C.A. Harms

C.A. Harms is like any other addicted reader. She enjoys happy endings and HEA love stories. She hasn’t

always been a lover of Romance and had once been addicted to a good Mystery. Just recently she has

taken on a new liking and now is a full blown Romance novel addict.

She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. You will always find her

with her kindle or paperback in hand as it is her favorite pass time.

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Review of Bee Helpful by J.W. Edwards

I am a mom first to two beautiful boys. I chose to review this book for my 3 year old.

Review:
My son and me really enjoyed this book. It is still a bit old for him but he liked the pictures and finding items I would ask him to look for in the page. I really liked the concept of this book. I thought it was very sweet of the bee to try to get water over long distances for his friend the sunflower even though they were “different” and bees don’t help flowers. I also enjoyed the end, where the bee went through many trials but was still able to help. Its a sweet story about being willing to help a friend no matter what. If you have little ones I highly recommend this book!

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BeeHelpfulBannerBee_Helpful_webFor Sunny Bee, being truly helpful means going anywhere and everywhere. When his beautiful sunflower friend Myah becomes very ill, Sunny travels to the “far side of the hills” seeking help. Faced with a series of challenges including a raging storm, large spiders, or even the intimidating Grandfather Oak, Sunny’s dedication never wavers! (ages 4 – 8)

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DSC_0107J.W. Edwards III was born in St. Louis, Missouri and spent the majority of his childhood there. Eventually he left St. Louis for engineering school and job opportunities. He has traveled across most the U.S. in search of a place to call home. He currently resides in northern California with his wife and three boys and works full-time as a software engineer while writing stories for his youngest son in his spare time.

J.W. Edwards is busy these days working on a variety of writing projects which includes the Sunny Bee Book Series. Book number three, Bee Helpful, was the first one to be published. Books 1, 2, and 4 will follow soon in 2014. Learn more about this series at www.sunnybeebooks.com.

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Review of Strings of the Heart by Katie Ashley

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96066-stringsoftheheartcoverI really love Katie Ashley’s work. The first book in the Runaway Train series, Music of the Heart, even inspired me to find a special way to say I love you to my oldest son, and later it inspired a tattoo that I love. I loved Jake’s reformed bad boy ways, and Abby is a sweet spitfire that changed his ways. In Beat of the Heart, AJ, ah AJ, is funny, crazy, and a player himself. He meets Mia though and its all over. That brings us to Rhys, in Strings of the Heart.

Rhys is not portrayed as much of a player as his buddies and band mates. I feel that because of his upbringing he is more restrained. Allison, Jake’s little sister has always loved him. When it happens that they both end up in Savannah they hang out. One night of drinking was all it took for them to turn to each other. Then they both end up on the tour and Rhys is a jerk. Eventually he figures it out but in doing so he hurts Allison over and over. Its no surprise really that he does, he never was loved by his family, the only love really in his life was his band mates, and men generally are not good at showing their feelings. Eventually he gets it together but its almost too late.

I liked that Allison, while having always been in love with Rhys, is willing to walk away. That takes strength and self perseverance. While I did not love Rhys as much a Jake (and really its not Rhys fault), I still really enjoyed this book. Loved seeing the other couples on the bus, and the kids too.

I highly recommend Strings of the Heart. You will enjoy it, of that I am sure!
4.5 stars from me! I was gifted an advance copy from the author but still bought a copy as well.

Title: Strings of the Heart

Author: Katie Ashley

Expected Release: May 12th

Twenty year old, Allison Slater has been in love with her brother’s bandmate, Rhys

McGowan, since she was fifteen years old. But to him, she’ll always be Jake’s little sister

and off limits. Now a college sophomore and licking her wounds from a bad breakup,

she sets her sights on making Rhys see her as someone he could date…maybe even love.

Her opportunity comes when Rhys visits his parents in Savannah where she is attending

college. But the night she’s dreamed of turns to heart-break, and she realizes she’ll never

be the one for Rhys.

For Rhys McGowan, his nightmare began when he woke up, naked and hung-over,

next to his bandmate’s little sister. Unable to remember a thing from the previous night,

he only makes matters worse by lying to Allison about not being interested in her. The

truth is he’s spent the last year to ignore his body’s reaction whenever Allison is around.

His resolve is tested when Allison comes on tour with Runaway Train, as both Jake and

Abby’s nanny and to fulfill her fashion design internship. The more time he spends with

her in the close quarters of the bus, the harder it is for him to resist.

Will Rhys realize that having a relationship with Allison is worth fighting for even if

it means that he has to fight his best friend for a chance?

Pulling away, I stared into her face. “God you’re so fucking beautiful,” I

murmured.

She fluttered her eyelashes prettily at me. “Do you really mean that?”

“I would say it was the tequila talking, but I think my wood would prove me

wrong.”

As her arms came to encircle my neck, she pressed herself against me. “I don’t want

it to be the tequila talking. I want it to be what you feel deep down inside.”

I stared into her eyes, which held such vulnerability. “You like me, don’t you?”

With a solemn expression, she nodded her head. “I always have, and I always will,”

she whispered.

 

Katie Ashley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author

of The Proposition. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her two very spoiled dogs

and one outnumbered cat. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls,

Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.

She spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS

English until she left to write full time in December 2012.

She also writes Young Adult fiction under the name Krista Ashe.

 

Review of Irreparable by Amanda Lanclos

Have you used the #oneclick button on Irreparable? If not you need too! Read on for my review of this debut novel by Amanda Lanclos.

Review of Irreparable by Amanda Lanclos

So I have to tell you, I really loved this book. I don’t even know where to start to tell you about it other then you need to buy it. It is a debut novel for the author and it’s so worth it for you to check her out! This book kept my attention and I did not want to stop reading it.

One of the things I really liked about this book is that it is written in Jameson’s POV. That does not happen often. Yes you will get a male POV book, after the first book was so successful, but not generally from the start. I also felt that the author did a good job with Jameson, and the story always felt like it was truly from a guys POV.

Jameson Carter was in the military when almost his whole team was killed and he lost his legs. He goes home to his fiancé to try and get back into the civilian world again, and adjust to learning how to walk again. PTSD is part of his every day now.

Sam was Jameson’s friend growing up. She had some very horrible things happen to her, and while it changed some aspects of her life, she still wants to help people. She of all people can understand Jameson’s PTSD, but what happened to her was in the past. Her dark times are generally behind her, and She has a kick ass personality, with strength and character. She and Jameson reconnect in his physical therapy, but he is still involved with his fiancé.

Some of the time I wanted to smack Jameson for his not wanting to deal with what happened while in the army or his home life once he got home. Other times I wanted to cry for all the things he was struggling with.

Jameson and Sam’s relationship once it started felt real – I laughed, cried and got pissed at them both. This book also has some twists and turns you will never see coming. I encourage you to check out this book, I honestly believe it will stay with you as a book to read over.

I was gifted a copy of this book from the author, but I liked it so much I bought a copy of my own!

 
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In one day your life
can go from awesome to total shit and for me it’s going to change forever.  Who am I? 
My name is PFC Jameson Carter, and I am a United States Marine, or I was
until a bomb detonated and took half of me with it.  The only thing that kept me alive was the
woman I had waiting back for me at home. 

How do you go from
being a complete person to being half of something?  For me, I have help, but how can I be
anything more than half of what I used to be? 
Then when the one person you count on, the person you lived for leaves
you how do you react? 

For Samantha Blalock
life is easy, she helps repair people like me, the people who lose limbs.  Something isn’t the same though, she’s
changed.  See I’ve known Samantha for
years.  She’s hiding something.  Can we help each other through these trying
times in our lives?  Or does the fact
remain that we are both irreparable?

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 20 Fun Facts
 
1. My nieces and nephews call me Aunt Birdie, after my nickname Bird.  Because I tried to fly off the trampoline when I was 3.
2.  I love animals! I want to save them all!
3.  I was adopted.
4. My family is the modern day Brady Bunch (kinda) I have 2 half brothers 1 brother and 1 sister and 2 step brothers!
5.  I love broccoli, it’s my favorite.
6.  I am a stay at home momma.
7. I have a license for cosmetology
8.  My favorite color is purple.
9.  There is nothing better than a Saturday night in Death Valley (LSU’s Stadium.)
10.  My favorite candy is sour gummy worms 🙂
11.  Writing 20 facts is kinda not that easy 😛
12. My mother passed away 7 years ago.
13.  I released this book on my 26th birthday.
14.  I love books! I want a whole room full of books
15.  My favorite Disney princess is Belle, because of her love of books
16.  I hate to sweat (funny since I live in Louisiana)
17.  I am also a blogger.  Crazy Cajun Book Addicts.
18.  I have a huge signed book collection.
19.  I love to sing (even though I can’t carry a tune in a bucket).
20.  I prefer music and books to movies and television.
 
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Jerking out of the bed
I gasp, my body drenched in sweat, it’s something that I’ve become accustomed
to.  Four months I’ve been in this hospital
reliving the pain of that night, and I still relive it every day I wake up and
look down at my lower half. 
Today is the day I get
to leave this hell hole I have been placed into by the VA.  I look around the room at all the high tech
equipment they have all around me.  There
is a heart monitor and it is beeping like crazy as my eyes land on Mary-Beth
sleeping peacefully on the pull out couch. 
It took two months to get me back to the States after the bombing; I had
to have extensive therapy for the burns I sustained.  Luckily for me I didn’t have any scarring,
but my legs couldn’t be saved. 
I can smell the
hospital smell, you know what I mean? 
The clean smell, the smell of alcohol wipes, and the smell of iodine as
it goes on to clean your skin.  That is a
smell I don’t believe I will ever be able to forget. It is etched into my brain
forever.
An honorable discharge
is what I got after having my legs blown apart and four of my best friends
stripped from me by Al-Qaida. I have been through three extensive surgeries,
and unfortunately by the end of them, I have lost both of my legs.  
            I
look over and smile as I notice Mary-Beth laying on the couch of my hospital
room, her brown hair covering her beautiful face. I laugh softly as I see the
drool running down her chin onto her pillow from her plump lips.  Three years she waited for me after high
school and I thank God every day because, let me be honest, I would have given
up a long fucking time ago if it weren’t for her. She stirs and sits up and
wipes the drool from her face and catches my eye.  Standing from her make shift bed she gets up
and comes to stand before me.
“Did you sleep well?” she
asks. Looking into those beautiful emerald green eyes I know she knows I had
the dream again, so I will not lie to her; she sees through them anyway.
“Eh, I had a rough
night but it will be fine. I’m just ready to get the hell out of this place.” I
smile and lean into her hand when she places it on my cheek, but a feeling of
dread washes over me as I look at the wheelchair I have been given.
            I hate that fucking thing. I am a man
and I shouldn’t have to rely on anything to help me get around. Well, except
for my midnight blue 2012 Mustang GT waiting at home for me.  I thought I had a reason to hate the men that
performed those acts of terrorism after 9/11, but after February 2013 my hate
has changed. If I could I would kill them all with my bare hands.
“Are you ready to get
out of here? I know a little girl who is going to be so excited to see you
again.” Mary-Beth smiles and when I shrug she lets out a sigh. “Jameson, I know
you’re dealing with a lot of loss baby, but you have to remember, you’re here and
you survived. You cannot leave; I need you here with me.” She lets out a little
sigh and looks me in the eye before she speaks again.
 “I think God kept you alive for me. He knew if
he took you away I would never be able to breathe again.  After losing Mom and Leila, I could never
imagine losing you. You’re the greatest part of me. Even if you feel you are
not whole, you are. You’re alive and you’re breathing. That’s got to be worth
something.” A tear runs down her cheek as she looks at me and my breathing
hitches. I am being selfish.  I am alive
while four of my brothers were laid to rest. Their families have that burden to
bear, while I just have to carry the thought of being half of what I once was.  
“You’re right Mary-Beth.
I am glad to still be breathing but it doesn’t mean it’s going to get easier. How
am I supposed to go on knowing it should have been me? It could have been me.”
I look down at the sheets and twist my hands into them so I don’t have to look
into her face. I know what’s in her eyes; pity mixed with agony and I want
neither of those emotions when I look at her. 
She huffs and walks
over to her bag and then into the bathroom, slamming the door shut.  I wait until I hear the water running and
lift my blanket slowly to look at the bandages on my now non-existent legs. I
let the air leave my lungs in a loud groan, thinking of what the future holds.
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I let out a loud groan as
the two nurses’ help me from the bed to the wheelchair.  “Man, you’re going to be walking in no time
with the physical therapist you got. 
Blalock is the best in the profession around here,” Kurt says as he
wheels me down to the front of the hospital. 
Mary-Beth is standing
beside her red Honda Accord and smiling. 
“You finally get to come home.”  I
laugh softly and reach my hands into the car. 
I put one hand on the console and one on the dashboard just like they
taught me to do in therapy in the hospital.
Kurt holds the
wheelchair as I pull myself into the seat. 
I guess that’s what I get for making fun of Lieutenant Dan in Forrest
Gump. Now I’m the real life version of him. 
“Thanks for everything Kurt,”  I
say and salute him before he shuts the door. 
Mary-Beth slides into the car and her shorts ride up her already exposed
thighs.  “Baby, you’re trying to kill me,”
I say with a grin and she laughs.
“No, I am trying to
keep you alive, thank you,” she replies and starts driving to the house.  We pull up to the house, which is a simple
townhouse covered in brick along with four others in the complex.  There is a white picket fence for Maggie, my
golden Labrador, in the back.  Man how I have  missed her! 
Mary-Beth gets the wheelchair out of the trunk and brings it over to my
door. 
“Thanks,” I grunt out
as I position my hands to move myself from the car to the chair.  I will be so glad when I don’t have to worry about
relying on someone else to help me. 
Mary-Beth stops at the
front door and walks around me.  “Wait
right here Jameson. I’m gonna go put Maggie in the back yard so she doesn’t
jump all over you before you can get situated.” She starts to walk in but I
stop her. 
“I want to see Maggie
now, please.”  I smile and push my chair
into the threshold and laugh when Maggie jumps into my lap like she weighs all
of ten pounds.  We wrestle a bit and she
jumps around licking all over my face. 
Well at least one of my girls was excited to see me. It wasn’t that Mary-Beth
wasn’t excited;  I was torn and mangled
when she first saw me.  I guess that
deserves a pass for not being enthusiastic. 
“She’s really been
missing you the last few years, but a lot more since you came back for a week
before your deployment.  She did a lot of
moping. I suppose we owe Tanner, the kid next door, for spending time with her..  He likes to play ball with Maggie. I think
the kids at school bully him and she seems to be therapeutic for him.”  Mary-Beth smiles and pushes me into the
living room and walks back into the kitchen. 
Maggie jumps down and
starts pawing at me to rub her head, so I rub the top of her head and scratch
her ear like I did when she was a puppy. I can’t believe how big Maggie is
getting. She has grown up into a big golden Labrador and she has one ear that
flops and one that sticks up in a funny way. 
Her long hair is all over the house, but it’s totally worth it.   It’s amazing how a dog will never forget a
person who cared for it. Well I’m sure they won’t forget the person who abuses
them either. 
“Here baby.”  I turn to see a beer sitting in front of my
face.  Thank the good Lord for this
woman, she knows me so well.  I haven’t
had a drink in six very long months.  I
take a sip and moan my approval. 
“I was gonna see if you
wanted to go to Hooter’s tonight. Mason and Luke wanted to see you, but if
you’re not up for it we can stay in and I’ll order some pizza.”  She smiles and I meet her green eyes. 
“I think I better wait
a few more days before I try to do the social thing. Hooters isn’t really the
place for me to go, not like this.”  I
point to the chair and Mary-Beth’s smile disappears.
“And why not?” Uh oh,
bitchy woman is out again.  “Mary-Beth,
I’m in a damn wheel chair and it’s always so packed in there. I wouldn’t be
able to get around,” I say and she puts her hand on her hip. 
“Jameson, they have to
be able to accommodate you. It’s against the law not to.”  Here goes momma bear Mary-Beth. It’s
something I have always loved about her and she never lets people get picked
on.  She has tried to be superwoman to
everyone when we were younger. Well, except to Luke’s sister Sam. It was like
they had a competition or something. 
Speaking of Sam, I need to check on her. I haven’t spoken to her since
the night I left for Afghanistan. 
“You’re right Mary-Beth,
but I’d rather not go for a few more weeks please.” I pet Maggie’s head again
and then turn on the flat screen to watch some LSU football.  Don’t judge me. Les Miles puts on a nail
biter and it’s not always easy to see my Tigers play where I’ve been. 
“Okay, I’ll just go
order us some pizza then.” With that she walks out of the room, and for once I
actually feel like a man again.  Pissed
off woman? Check.  Dog by my side? Check.
Beer in my hand? Check.  Step one on my
road to normalcy is complete. 
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I sit on the couch with
Mary-Beth and Maggie on both sides of me. Funny how they can come and go as
they want, but I have to move from one seated place to another.  I eat my pizza and groan; hospital food sucks
compared to this.  I grab Mary-Beth’s
hand and drink a sip of my beer.  She
squeezes my hand and lays her head down in my lap as I watch the game.   “It’s nice to have you back Jameson.” She
sighs and I smile.
            “It’s good to be back.  I have missed being all domesticated.” I let
out a light chuckle and she slaps my thigh. 
“Not funny. I know you
feel like you’re not enough anymore, but baby you’ll always be enough for
me.”  She locks our fingers and turns her
head to look up at me. 
“I know Mary-Beth. It’s
just hard to explain.”  I put the beer
down and run my fingers through her hair. 
I watch as she closes her almond shaped green eyes.   This is my Mary-Beth; the one I took to the
field behind old man Rayborn’s barn in town. 
She’s the reason why I spent hours with Luke catching fireflies in mason
jars. I wanted to light up the blanket where Mary-Beth and I made love the
first time.  I remember this look of
bliss on her face after that, and now I remember why I survived that bomb.  She needed me, and dammit I was going to be
everything she needed. Even if I was only half of the man I used to be.
 
About the Author 
 


Amanda Lanclos is from a small town right outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Most of the time you will find her with her nose in a book, or blogging on her blog.  She is an avid reader, and never expected to write a book.  One day she was inspired and her first novel was written.  She has been married to her amazing husband for three years.  Together they have a beautiful daughter, and two very bad fur-babies.  During College Football season you can find her screaming for her Tigers.