Sunday, May 22, 2016

Book Review, Giveaway: Crossing the Line by Jacquelyn Ayres

Book: Crossing The Line

 (The GEG Series #3)

(standalone read)

Author: Jacquelyn Ayres

Genre: Erotic romance/humor



Psychotherapist, Madelyn St. Claire, has all the answers. At least, that’s what the plaques on her wall say. There isn’t a fear she’s met that she hasn’t helped a client blast through. So, why can’t she work through her own?

Oh, that’s right…

She’s been so busy helping everyone else through their challenges over the years, including her best friends—the GEGs—that she never even realized she had any of her own true fears. Then again, she didn’t have a reason to until he came along. Cellist, Declan Pierce, can hit all the right notes, as long as he’s hitting them on stage. When he’s off . . . well—he’s off. So, he keeps his head down and tries to stay focused on his career and his son, Hunter. They have shared in a trauma that would bring most closer. However, theirs has only weighted their bond down, slowly causing them to drift further and further apart.

That is until a beacon of light shines through. That beacon is about five-foot-nothing, all curves, heart, brains, and no BS. But that is only part of this story.

It’s a long road to Happily Ever After. Maddie and Declan learn that it takes more than just the two of them to get there, and it’s not a smooth stroll. It’s not meant to be, though, is it? Life can give you whiplash. Buckle in and hold tight to those closest to you because, honestly…

It takes a village to make love epic.

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

“I like to hand out my dose of crazy in small increments, build a person's tolerance up."

"A cactus?  Because nothing screams romance like a plant shaped like a phallus that has tiny needles all over to prick you with?"

"I like kisses on my neck.  Most importantly, though, I love Australian kisses... Oh, it's the same as a French kiss, only, it's down under,"

"Patience takes a lot of work; it's utterly exhausting at times.  There should be an acceptable cap for the amount of patience you give someone on certain matters.  This way, when you've finally had it and tell them to fuck off, people don't look at you as if you're some sort of monster."

"I want to turn the next page with you; I already like our story much better than the other one I was in."

"'I have to say, Jay, it's a real honor to be bringing it up the rear.'  I meant to say 'bringing up the rear' but my buzzed performance was better received, I believe, as Jay is in hysterics." 

"Because this is what happiness and love is about - holding onto the joy of the little moments inside the big ones; they're the glue that keeps it all together.  When you lose sight of these little moments, that's when you can no longer see the big picture." 

My Review:

I want to throw myself at the feet of Jacquelyn Ayres in worship, as well as erect a monument of computer parts (I seem to have a lot of those) to honor her skill. I am in total awe of her craft.  Crossing The Line was deftly written and brimming with naughty humor, heart squeezing insights, moving tenderness, clever sass, several sweet love stories, smoking hot sensuality, and smart and witty banter.  It was nothing short of perfection.  I smirked, snorted, and barked aloud, and in between said barking, I also had a bit of an ugly cry - damn it.  I also wish to issue a request for Ms. Ayres to award me honorary GEG status - as I do believe I qualify.  I have green eyes, I swear creatively, I can hold my wine, I can sing, I know how to wind my husband up, and I am rather spunky with a naughty sense of humor.  But alas, I am far too old to be a full-fledged member as I am well past the childbearing years - thank the goddess.   Hurry Ms. Ayres, I am already greedy for book four. 

Empress DJ

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Meet the Author

I am a domestic engineer (born and raised in NJ) whose sole responsibility is to guide three young, impressionable kids into becoming phenomenal adults. This challenging yet rewarding work requires a lot of love (coffee), patience (wine), and determination (periodic exorcisms). I work this magic from the beautiful state of New Hampshire.
Before becoming a domestic goddess (not really), I spent over a decade in the medical field, where I wore more hats than the Queen.
I have loved the written word and the great escape it provides since I was a little girl. When I wasn't reading about people and the places they lived, I was creating my own characters and adventures.
Finding myself again through my writing in The Lost & Found Series, The One, and The GEG Series has been nothing short of a dream come true. Also, it makes people feel better when I laugh randomly or talk to myself, knowing it's my characters and not "the voices" . . . that would be creepy.

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