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ARC Review: Awaken Me by Alex Grayson

 
 

 

 
What do you do when you lose the single most important thing
in your life? You grieve. You sink so deep in a hole, you can no longer see the
top. All you see is dark. Your life becomes dull and dreary. You withdraw from
your friends, lash out at the ones your closest to, and become so absorbed in
your pain, you feel the only way out is to end it permanently. Your heart no
longer pumps properly and you can never get enough air in your lungs. You
drink, you neglect your health, and you rent dirty hotel rooms with the sole purpose
of ending your pain in them. Guilt eats at you for not being at the one place
you were needed the most. And you become angry because you were left behind.
Or at least, that’s what I did. Until she came along…
 
Chris, the bane of my existence. She’s always there in the
background, watching me, trying to ‘be there’ for me. But I don’t want her
help. I don’t need her to butt in where she’s not wanted. I just want to be
left alone in my grief. But she not giving up, even when I throw insult after
insult her way. Every time I turn around, there she is. And what’s worse, she’s
starting to make me want things. Things I never thought I could have again.
She’s making me forget the pain and bringing color back into my life with her
fiery red hair, bright green eyes, and the silly faces she makes at herself in
the mirror. But what happens if I let her in? Could I be brave enough to open
myself up, knowing the possibility of having it snatched away again. Once I
know the feeling of touching Chris, of having her heart and soul blend with
mine, I would never survive losing that.
 
Can I take the chance of her being my savior, even knowing
that she could also be the one that could push me other the edge of
self-destruction?
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

4.5 Stars

 

Heartbreaking and gut wrenching.  A fantastic read.

 

The fourth and final book of the Jaded Series may just be Alex Grayson’s best work.  Awaken Me is an emotional read that cuts raw and deep. Just when you think the heartbreak can’t get any deeper, it smacks you the face with more hurt and anguish.

 

Nick’s darkness and Chris’s willing light send readers on a blindfolded roller coaster ride of emotions of the lowest lows. Heartbreak and healing. Loss and love. Forgiveness and healing. So, I say take a few deep breaths, grab some tissues and your favorite alcoholic drink. Trust me you will need it.

 

Ms. Grayson has left a lasting impression on me with her writing. Deep, raw and detailed in a way you can’t stop reading. Not only will I be recommending Awaken Me, but the whole Jaded series for some time to come.

 

A digital copy was provided for an honest review.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Pain.
 
That’s a word Bailey Winsor knows well, having endured it since she was a child from the people that were supposed to protect her. Just when her life appears normal, something Bailey has never experienced, she meets a man and falls in love.
 
Love can be deceiving.
 
Bailey jumps from the frying pan that was her childhood and into the burning bowels of hell, which is her sick and twisted husband. It’s hopeless. Suffering more years of abuse, Bailey eventually realizes that she has no choice but to run. 
 
Forced to stop in a small town in Ohio, Bailey encounters a town full of people that welcome her with open arms, especially Jaxon Walker, the tattooed and pierced local bar owner. Bailey has secrets she’s unwilling to reveal. Jaxon senses her fear and refuses to give up trying to discover them.
 
Will Bailey be brave enough and learn to trust Jaxon with her deepest secrets? Will Jaxon be strong enough to protect Bailey when her past comes knocking at her door?


 
 
****WARNING! PLEASE READ!! This book contains content like rape, drugs, and hard situations that may trigger bad memories for those that has been in similar situations. Not suitable for anyone under 18. **** 
 
Enduring the ultimate betrayal on her eighteenth birthday by the one person she loves most in the world, Mia Walker is no longer the innocent, sweet, young woman she used to be. She is now cold and hard, letting no one get close to her heart, except family. 
 
Mackai (Mac) Weston sees the changes in Mia on a daily basis. He knows he is the reason Mia is now the way she is. Never given the chance to explain what really happened that night so long ago, Mac is determined to make Mia finally listen and reclaim what was always his. 
 
When the truth finally comes out, danger shows its ugly face. There are people in Jaded Hollow that do not want Mac and Mia together. They are willing to do what ever it takes to keep them apart. 
 
Will Mac be strong enough to overcome temptation, even when the odds are against him? Will Mia forgive Mac when she realizes things weren’t what they seemed ten years ago?


 
 
Andrew Donovan is the outrageous goofy guy that everyone loves. In any setting he’s in, he takes front stage and makes everyone laugh; from his ridiculously funny t-shirts, to his naughty jokes, to his shameless flirting with anything that walks, both men and women. But what you see on the outside can sometimes be deceiving. Andrew has a secret. A secret that’s slowly withering away the fun loving guy that everyone knows. A secret that even his closest friends know nothing about.
 
When he first sees Jase in a picture, he knows instantly that he’s found the one person who will be his forever. He’s just impatiently biding his time for him to get to Jaded Hollow. Andrew is torn. On one hand, he’s finally found the other half of his soul, while on the other hand, he’s slowly dying inside. Tragedy is on the horizon and there’s nothing he can do to stop it.
 
Jase Matthews comes to Jaded Hollow a dead man walking. He knows it’s only a matter of time before they find him. There is no way they’ll let him live. At his first sight of Andrew, he’s instantly drawn to him, but he refuses the connection, knowing his days are numbered. However, it’s not long before he realizes the pull Andrew has on him is something he can’t fight.
 
Can Andrew find the courage to reveal to his loved ones the secret he’s kept for years? Will Jase be the man to help him overcome the grief he feels inside? And what happens when Jase’s past catches up to him and threatens to take away the man Andrew’s waited forever to meet?
 

 
 
 
Alex Grayson is originally from the south, but has recently moved to Northern Ohio. Although she misses the warmth of Florida and often times detest the cold of Ohio, she absolutely loves living in the north. Her and her husband bought a house on two acres of land and live there with their daughter, son, one dogs, two cats, eight ducks, and three chickens. She hopes to eventually get a couple of goats to add to their country way of living. Besides her family and home, her next best passion is reading. She is often found with her nose obsessively stuck in a book, much to the frustration of her husband and daughter. On more than one occasion Alex found herself wanting a book to go a certain way, but it didn’t. With these thoughts in mind, she decided to start writing stories according to her own visions. Although this is a new endeavor for her, she hopes that readers find her concepts on romance intriguing and captivating. Alex welcomes and encourages feedback, of any kind. She can be contacted at alexgraysonauthor@gmail.com.
 
 

 
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ARC Review: Reclaim Me by Alex Grayson

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00010] Reclaim Me

Alex Grayson

Jaded Series, Book 2

Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Expected publication: May 18th 2015
Enduring the ultimate betrayal on her eighteenth birthday by the one person she loves most in the world, Mia Walker is no longer the innocent, sweet, young woman she used to be. She is now cold and hard, letting no one get close to her heart, except family.Mackai (Mac) Weston sees the changes in Mia on a daily basis. He knows he is the reason Mia is now the way she is. Never given the chance to explain what really happened that night so long ago, Mac is determined to make Mia finally listen and reclaim what was always his.

When the truth finally comes out, danger shows its ugly face. There are people in Jaded Hollow that do not want Mac and Mia together. They are willing to do what ever it takes to keep them apart.

Will Mac be strong enough to overcome temptation, even when the odds are against him? Will Mia forgive Mac when she realizes things weren’t what they seemed ten years ago?

review
4.5 Stars

Alex Grayson continues to captivate her readers with the emotional roller coaster and intense passion that is Reclaim Me.
A second chance love story laced with betrayal, unanswered questions and raw feelings that after 10 years still make their presence known.  Through the emotions of not the main characters, but the secondary as well, make an edge of your seat read. Ms. Grayson writing takes the reader on a journey that will make you laugh, cry and share the pain, and want to hope for love.
Love is never easy.  Reclaim Me by Alex Grayson, shows the battle that makes it all worth wild.  A great addition to Ms. Grayson’s Jaded series.
A complementary copy of this title was provided for an honest review.

deana

Reclaim Me by Alex Grayson: Release Blitz

Release Blitz for Reclaim Me by Alex Grayson

Synopsis

Enduring the ultimate
betrayal on her eighteenth birthday by the one person she loves most in
the world, Mia Walker is no longer the innocent, sweet, young woman she
used to be. She is now cold and hard, letting no one get close to her
heart, except family.

Mackai (Mac) Weston sees the changes in Mia
on a daily basis. He knows he is the reason Mia is now the way she is.
Never given the chance to explain what really happened that night so
long ago, Mac is determined to make Mia finally listen and reclaim what
was always his.

When the truth finally comes out, danger shows
its ugly face. There are people in Jaded Hollow that do not want Mac and
Mia together. They are willing to do what ever it takes to keep them
apart.

Will Mac be strong enough to overcome temptation, even
when the odds are against him? Will Mia forgive Mac when she realizes
things weren’t what they seemed ten years ago?

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      I step out into the hall and brace myself
to face him. It’s unavoidable. He’s damn sure made it so.

 

 

Bastard.

 

 

 

I release a sigh. “What do you want now,
Sheriff? I’m tired and don’t want to deal with this shit right now.”


 

 

“You can’t avoid me forever, Mia. There are
things you don’t know that you should. Things I’ve tried telling you before but
you haven’t allowed me to.” He moves away from the wall and takes a slow step
towards me. It takes everything I have not to take a step back for every
forward movement he makes.

 

 

 

“It doesn’t matter. It’s too late. Besides,
nothing you say would make a difference. What you did, the repercussions on
both our parts, is something that can’t ever be undone.”

 

 

 

“Pix…” He starts, but I don’t let him
finish.

 

 

 

I throw my hands up to my ears, squeeze my
eyes shut, and yell, “No! I can’t, Mac! I don’t want to hear it! And stop
fucking calling me that!”

 

 

 

All of a sudden, I feel hands at my wrists,
trying to bring them down. I jump at the touch and try to jerk away.

 

 

 

“Goddamn it, Mia!” I hear Mac’s muffled
baritone through my hands that are still over my ears. “Fuck, you are one
stubborn bitch, you know that?”

 

 

 

I drop my hands and sling my head up at his
words. How fucking dare he! He’s the one that caused this mess. Now he
wants to get mad because I don’t care to hear what he has to say.

 

 

 

Fuck that!

 

 

 

“You know what, Mac? You can kiss my ass.
You get pissed because I don’t want to hear what you want me to hear. Go fuck
yourself and leave me the hell alone.” My breathing is heavy because my
emotions are getting the best of me. Mac always seems to bring out all my
emotions.

 

 

 

Mac leans his head down so his face is
level with mine and grits out, “Mia, it’s been ten fucking years. I think
that’s long enough for you to finally give me a chance to explain.” When I go
to object again, he stops me before I get a chance. “Shut it! You listen to me
now.” I snap my mouth closed at his bluntness. “What I have to say may not
change anything, but fuck all if you’re going to continue to live in the dark
on what really happened that night.”

 

 

 

I glare up at him while he stares down at
me with his beautiful green eyes, eyes that I sometime still see at night.
They’re intense right now as they watch me. A low swirl starts in the pit of my
stomach at his closeness. I can smell his woodsy scent, and it’s causing dirty
thoughts to form in my head. Thoughts of him shoving me up against the wall and
taking me hard.

 

 

 

My chest is heaving for a whole other
reason now. As much as I hate him, I want him still. He notices my reaction,
and his eyes flare in response. He takes a step closer towards me so our bodies
are practically touching. I take a couple steps back until my body hits the
wall, and he advances forward again. With him this close, I have to tip my head
back to keep my eyes on his face. He cages me in with his arms on either side
of my head.

 

 

 

“What’s going in that head of yours, Pix?”
He murmurs. “Are you thinking the same things as me? Are you thinking about me
picking you up and wrapping your gorgeous legs around me so you can grind that
wet pussy against my cock? Or, how about me flipping you around and pulling
those tight ass pants down and feasting on your pussy? Or are you just skipping
all the foreplay and going straight to me sliding my dick in your tight cunt?”

 

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About Author 
Alex Grayson is originally
from the south but has recently moved to Northern Ohio. Although she
misses the warmth of Florida and often times detest the cold of Ohio she
absolutely loves living in the north. Her and her husband bought a
house on two acres of land and live there with their daughter, one dogs,
two cats, ten ducks, and five chickens. She hopes to eventually get a
couple of goats to add to their country way of living. 
 Besides her
family and home her next best passion is reading. She is often found
with her nose obsessively stuck in a book, much to the frustration of
her husband and daughter. On more than one occasion Alex found herself
wanting a book to go a certain way, but it didn’t. With these thoughts
in mind she decided to start writing stories according to her own
visions. Although this is a new endeavor for her she hopes that readers
find her concepts on romance intriguing and captivating. Alex welcomes
and encourages feedback, of any kind. She can be contacted at
alexgraysonauthor@gmail.com.

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