The Juniper Court Series
I will start with an example. When I hear someone whine about how nice he was to a woman but she rejected him, then he says, “Nice guys don’t win.” He goes on to now be mean to her and call her names instead. Uh… dude, you are not a nice guy. You were pretending to be nice to get what you wanted and when that did not work, you showed your true shitty colors. Read the rest of this entry »
Even at thirty seven, with a challenging but rewarding career as a paramedic, Bella Gomez is treated as the baby of the family. It’s made her allergic to anyone meddling, so she chooses to keep mostly to herself. Unfortunately that doesn’t stop her family from inserting themselves in her life. Nor does it deter the one man she knows she shouldn’t get close to from showing up on her doorstep.
This starts off with a scene, that felt very real, of a day in the life of a paramedic. Bella is one despite her tight knit family’s wishes. She is also dealing with a sexually harassing doctor, an overprotective brother, and her brother’s employee, Jasper Greene. The main problem with Jasper is his direct line to her brother and that means her family. She is fiercely independent as well as a smart, curvy Latina. I love that she is 37; Jasper is 41. I like a mature couple!
She has the huge family, but Jasper was a foster care kid. Their two different backgrounds adds dimension to this romantic suspense story. He does call her one of the least sexy nicknames ever: Squirt. It is what he called her when they were younger. However, when they do heat up the sheets, they sizzle!
Someone is killing cops, and Jasper and Damian are determined to find out why and how. This works as a suspense tale too. I was absorbed in finding out who was he cop killer and why. This kept me guessing and absorbed in the story.
And there is more about Damian (her brother) and Kerry from book 1 in this series, Keeping 6. I enjoyed that one a lot and recommend it. The books in this series are standalones with recurring characters. It is about Bella getting ready for Kerry and her brother’s wedding.
I would love to read Luna’s story next. She is a strong, independent cop who is reluctant to show her true feeling for a certain someone.
Freya Barker loves writing about ordinary people with extraordinary stories.
Driven to make her books about ‘real’ people; with characters who are perhaps less than perfect, but just as deserving of romance, thrills and chills, and some hot, sizzling sex in their lives.
A recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None”, and Finalist for the Kindle Book Award with “From Dust”, Freya has not slowed down.
She continues to add to her rapidly growing collection of published novels as she spins story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!
I got the invite to the Passionflix Driven series premiere on Wednesday, August 8th. I was thrilled to attend; this was my second Passionflix premiere. I knew this time to arrive early to get pics from the red carpet. I also knew some of the other founders who were there. And since I enjoyed The Matchmaker’s Playbook at the first premiere, I had high expectations for this one.
This is a romantic, intimate, absorbing, and sexy story brought to life. It was interesting to hear the audience laugh around me, when we held our breath in anticipation for what was going to happen next, and the collective sigh during the sexy scene.
Besides Driven being book 1 in the series and a romance, I did like that foster kids and the care for them is a part of the story. There is also the accident that Riley has yet to fully come to terms with as well as Colton being called Ace without any explanation of what it means… yet.
I enjoyed the first three episodes and cannot wait for the last three of Driven, book 1, to air on the Passionflix app. This is bingeworthy and terrific to watch again and again while waiting for episodes 4-6 on August 24th. Passionflix is just getting better and better, definitely worth subscribing to if you love romance novels.
I have not read Driven to completion, only about 25% done. I was curious if I could enjoy it without having read it all. I did! Now I need to read the rest of the book and series!
Riley played by Olivia Applegate attended the premiere and was wonderful and looked gorgeous in her red gown. Colton played by Casey Diedrick was on the set of a CW series and did not make it to the premiere. There were actors from previous Passionflix movies who also attended. It was fun to see them too. I was glad to get a pic of Olivia and Tosca Musk, the talented and gorgeous director. It was fun to see the author, K. Bromberg, at the premiere as well.
Full disclosure, I am a Passionflix “founder”, which means that I donated $100 to their crowdfunding and got some perks in exchange. I got a free 12 month subscription as well as the chance for some background roles when available and invited to the premiere.
I am facing the blank blog post that needs to be filled in weekly. It stares right back at me. I am beginning to understand to a very small extent what writer’s block is. I have so many things that I can write, yet so few make it to the page. How revealing do I want to be? How much do I wish to keep private? Read the rest of this entry »
4.25 stars! This mix of poetry and prose reveals how childhood sexual abuse affected her, and it overall works well in this non-fiction memoir. It is not the traditional memoir with a retelling of the times, but more of an exploration of what happened, how it affected her, her present life, as well as offering some insight on whether to forgive the abuser or not.
This was not an easy read as the topic is heartbreaking to me in its intensity and unfortunate regularity in occurring in our society as well as in many societies around the world. It can be inspirational because she has not only survived, but is showing that she is thriving.
Her story includes her testifying against her abuser and the unexpected fallout afterwards. How do you live after such a traumatic incident that jars your very foundation, ability to trust, and childhood innocence? Life would never be the same; the damage cannot be undone. However, healing is possible; love in many forms is also possible.
She has many “broken places”, but has found a way to wholeness, which is a journey not a destination.
Note: I received an ARC, and this is my honest opinion. The jump back and forth between the poetry and prose left me a bit unsure of certain things, things that were hinted at but not explicitly stated. I have not read Broken Pieces, book 1, so that may have caused me to not quite grasp this story as fully as I could.