Thursday, June 25, 2015

Book Review, Giveaway: Shelby by Kemmie Michaels

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Series: A Second Chance Novel 
Author: Kemmie Michaels
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
Cover Designer: Robin Ludwig Designs, Inc


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*Intended for an adult audience*

Shelby Keene has lost touch…with her friends, her job, and even herself. She is swept along by life happening around her, until danger forces her further into a wild current beyond her control.

Even in the most dire of circumstance, a chance at love may redeem past mistakes and protect her from the terrifying threats against her.


Well, there you have it. Shelby's in a corset. I simply shake my head, wondering what lies on the ladder-rung below this one. I've been watching her long before I needed to start surveillance, and I saw her step steadily down one tiny notch at a time since I was assigned her case those few months ago. Watching isn't stalking if I'm her assigned guardian angel, right? I shake my head at myself again. Since then, she's gone from sweet and almost virginal to coming to bars like a walking train wreck.

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My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

“I don’t understand why I can’t figure myself out.   Part of me thinks I’m full of anger.  Most of me thinks I’m full of sadness… which isn’t possible.  I’m not full.  I’m empty.”

“I’m so sick of everything, and this guy promises to be everything else, if only for a night.”

“And so you know, you did something to me the minute you walked in.  Your pain sings like… a haunting.  I heard every note.”

“She manages to find parts of me long dormant, and bring each to life.  My need to nurture shines brighter than any other in her damaged presence.”

“For Shelby, I would assign her the mantle of love bird.  They are astoundingly beautiful, but bereft on their own.”

My Review:

Shelby is a dark yet moving story that chronicled the downward spiral, self-destructive tendencies, and depression of unprocessed grief.  Ms. Michael’s has obviously done considerable research as she aptly captured Shelby’s pain, confusion, impatience, and anger.  The writing was melancholy, emotional, and heartbreaking.  But when poor Shelby finally made that life-affirming connection, it was glorious and incredibly steamy.  However, this respite only lasted for a short time… then it all went south yet again… which squeezed my heart most of all.  I was devastated for Shelby to have finally had a taste of happiness - only to have it cruelly yanked away.  No spoilers here but I found the ending to be extremely satisfying with a lovely HEA that put a radiant smile on my face.  Dade is my new BBF. 

Empress DJ 

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About The Author

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Mother of Two Boys...
My husband and I have been married for 17 years and are blessed with two amazing young men. They are 10 and 12 right now, and both are on very different parts of the autism spectrum. I’ve learned so much being their mom and I feel pretty lucky to have become part of a community of loving, understanding people.

If you’d like to meet my oldest son, watch Big Bang Theory and shake hands with Sheldon. Those two are so similar, straight down to the fake laugh when they recognize something is funny.

My youngest cannot be explained. He’s more of an experience, and a joyful one at that.

Romance Novelist...
I’ve always loved to write. I’ve written for newspapers and magazines, also a host of personal projects. Then in December of 2012 I was reading on my first Kindle, gobbling up romances left and right. That’s when I fell in love with Ethan Blackstone, by the way.

I was inspired to sit down and write. Less than one year later I’ve published three books, written another and its sequel novella, and started on two more. Another series popped into my head, as well. Now as of August of 2014, I’m on the verge of publishing book six, with at least five started or specifically planned. Since I’m sure I won’t update this bio for a long time, you’ll have to rely on my Facebook updates to know what’s going on with Kemmie Michaels romances. You can also subscribe to my newsletterfor releases, covers, sales, and other news.

...and I LOVE coffee.

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Other books in the series

Second Chance #1

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Second Chance #2

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Second Chance #2

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