Saturday, February 14, 2015

Independence Falls Series

Full Exposure (Independence Falls #1)
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Sara Jane Stone

No touching allowed . . .

After serving her country, Georgia Trulane craves adventure--and sex. She's set her sights on her brother's best friend--now her boss, since she took a temporary job as his nephew's live-in nanny. Only problem? Eric refuses to touch her. That doesn't stop Georgia from seducing him. But an earth-shattering encounter leaves her fully exposed, body and soul.

Eric has a long list of reasons to steer clear of the woman he has wanted for as long as he can remember. For one, he refuses to be her next thrill ride. When he claims her, it will be for good. But the attraction is undeniable, and the more they fight it, the stronger it pulls. But will it be enough to conquer their obstacles?

I've said it before, and I will say it again - the perks of being an Avon Addict are tremendous. I came across Sara Jane Stone in a conversation with a fellow addict, and knew I had to try the series. I have read books where the men are dealing with their demons from war, but never from a female's POV. An interesting take indeed. 
Meet Georgia Trulane. Sister to one Liam Trulane. Served in the Army and was deployed to Afghanistan. Home and unsure as to what she wants to do with her life as a civilian - she signs on to be a Nanny to long-time friend and her brother's BEST friend,Eric Moore's nephew. 
Meet Eric. Part businessman, part rough lumberjack - it was a potent combination. He is cautious with every stolen glance and interaction. A difficult task when his desire is down the hall in his home. The feeling is a mutual one. 
Georgia is all about feeling alive, and Eric refuses to be just a thrill or a challenge she needs to conquer. 
"This is more. Can't you see that? I've wanted you for so long it feels criminal."
Sara weaves a complex story of friends who have grown up together - know each other's weaknesses and flaws - but are seeing each other in a new light. You know these characters need to be together, but they each have "bears" they need to conquer before they can truly give themselves to their relationship. 
A wonderful start to what I am sure is going to be an amazing series featuring strong women and the men who love them. 


Caught in the Act (Independence Falls #2)
Sara Jane Stone

Falling for his rivals' little sister could cost him everything…

For Liam Trulane, failure is not an option. He is determined to win a place in Katie Summers' life before she leaves Independence Falls for good. But first, he needs to make amends for the last time they got down and dirty.

Only problem?

His professional success hinges on striking a deal to buy Katie's family business. And after Liam's relationship with their Katie went south years ago, the Summers brothers are more enemy than friend. If both parties agree to set the past aside, they can reach an understanding. But when Katie welcomes him back into her bed, Liam risks everything to make her his.

After Liam betrayed her trust, Katie Summers will do anything to keep him from walking away with the family business. She decides to seduce him, knowing that when her brothers find out, they will back off from the deal. And she'll finally have her revenge. But when her plan spirals out of control, Katie learns that payback may come at too high a price…

Meet Katie Summers. She has a long standing history with Liam Trulane. When he and Eric set their sights on buying her family's company - she is 100% against it. There wasn't much she and her brothers agreed on these days. But when it came to their long-standing grudge against Liam Trulane? She knew her brothers were on her side. 
You met Liam Trulane in the last installment of Independence Falls. Liam has recently acquired more responsibility in the company he runs with his best friend, Eric. First on his list - buy Summers Trucking. One problem? The family hates him. His questionable past with Katie has him listed an enemy number 1 on their radar. 
Too bad for them, Love is determined to win in this one. She paused, resting her forehead against the mare's smooth neck. "I have important life-changing decisions to make, choices that affect my family and future," she murmured. "And I'm thinking about dinner with a boy." 
This installment stole my heart. Something about 2nd chance loves hits me hard. Maybe it has to do with the back and front my husband and I went through before he tied me down...maybe it is all the history that goes with the story. Maybe I am just a sucker for all kinds of love. Katie and Liam could have given up, it would have been easier. With the buy-out of the company, the accident that left her brother in a coma and the unpleasant past that they share - they could have left bygones be bygones. "I'm not giving up on us. Not this time."

Hero by Night (Independence Falls #3)
Sara Jane Stone

He was nobody's hero until he landed in the wrong bed…

Armed with a golden retriever and a concealed weapons permit, Lena Clark is fighting for normal. She served her country, but the experience left her emotionally numb and estranged from her career-military family. Staying in Independence Falls seems like the first step to reclaiming her life until the town playboy stumbles into her bed…

Chad Summers is living his dream—helicopter logging by day and slipping between the sheets with Mrs. Right Now by night. Until his wild nights threaten his day job, leaving Chad with a choice: prove he can settle down or kiss his dream goodbye. But when he ends up in the wrong bed, the one woman in Independence Falls he can't touch offers a tempting proposition. Chad is ready and willing to give in to the primal desire to make Lena his at night—on one condition. By day, they pretend their relationship is real.

But their connection extends beyond the bedroom, threatening to turn their sham into reality if Chad can prove he's the hero Lena needs night and day… forever.
Sara Jane Stone hit gold with Chad and Lena. Chad is the playboy of Independence Falls and it is affecting his place at Moore Timber. As a favor to his boss he agrees to lay low and possibly look at settling down. Chad knows this won't happen, so what better than a "fake girlfriend" to get some heat off his back. 
Enter Lena Clark. Military brat and vet, she moved to Independence Falls to try to get back on her feet after her attempt at civilian life failed in her hometown of Portland. Lena and Georgia met in group therapy.  Two unlikely people partnering together to achieve two separate goals. 
"I don't like crowds. Or people touching me.  Except you, I guess." She let out a mirthless laugh. "It must be your charm."
Neither are looking for anything more than getting in the air and getting back to normal. Enter the feels. 
"I'd like to help you - "
"Why?" she demanded. 
"Because you're pretty."
The look in her blue eyes called bullshit.
Sara takes such a unique twist on a friends to lovers story. Chad and Lena have this connection that is undeniable - but, will it ever progress pass a friendship with benefits? The intensity of their relationship kept me on pins and needles. Lena's struggles are sincere and the emotion behind her PTSD is so real. Chad's need to fulfill his father's dream and his struggles with his own reservations about happiness and his future. A reader can't help but feel at home in Independence Falls with friends like Katie, Georgia and Lena. The bond between the men is a great addition to the cast of strong women. With the previous two books in this series being strong FOUR's... Sara hit the FIVE mark with 'Hero by Night.' I cannot wait to read more of this series when it is released. 

Let's show Sara Jane Stone some LOVE!

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