Book Talk Saturday: Four Books That Made Me Think and Cry

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Hey there, fair readers! Happy Saturday!

If you already don’t know, I’m Deanna Lynn and I own Okie Dreams Book Reviews. I’m also, at current, the lead and sole reviewer for the blog. But I’m hoping in the next few months to bring in a few additional reviewers so that whole sole reviewer thing will hopefully change in the coming months. Anyway…

Since we’ve been going pretty strong with a lot of reviews, blog tours, reveals, and promo spots this past year, I thought I’d start trying out a few new book discussion features on the blog. I’ve got a list of a few things I want to try over the next month or so, but I’m also open to suggestions from those of you who visit and want to see more. So, if you have something you’d like to see me start featuring on the blog here, feel free to email me and tell me your thoughts and ideas on it. For now though, I thought I would start with a Book Talk, where I discuss a few books that truly, deeply, emotionally affected me as I read them, in one way or another.

Each one of the books below took me on an incredible emotional journey, a few of which I’ve yet to recover from because I keep thinking about the book at random times. Which is how I know just how amazing I actually find these reads.

So, let’s get to it, shall we?

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Extreme Honor by Piper J Drake Blog Tour (Excerpt, Giveaway, Review, Buy Links)

EXTREME HONOR by Piper J. Drake

Hot military heroes, the women who love them, and the devoted dogs that always have their backs.  EXTREME HONOR is the first book in a high adrenaline contemporary suspense series from Piper J. Drake published by Forever Romance. Fans of Jill Shalvis’s Animal Attraction series and Cindy Gerard’s One Eyed Jacks, will love this brand new action packed romantic suspense series.

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Extreme Honor

True Heroes #1

Author: Piper J Drake
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Imprint: Forever
Genre: Romance | Romantic Suspense | Military Romance
Pages: 384
Characters: David Cruz & Evelyn Jones
Release Date: January 26th 2016
Find it at: Goodreads | Goodreads Series Page
Buy it at:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes

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Summary

HONOR, LOYALTY, LOVE

David Cruz is good at two things: war and training dogs. The ex-soldier’s toughest case is Atlas, a Belgian Malinois whose handler died in combat. Nobody at Hope’s Crossing kennel can break through the animal’s grief. That is, until dog whisperer Evelyn Jones walks into the facility . . . and into Atlas’s heart. David hates to admit that the curvy blonde’s mesmerizing effect isn’t limited to canines. But when Lyn’s work with Atlas puts her in danger, David will do anything to protect her.

Lyn realizes that David’s own battle scars make him uniquely qualified for his job as a trainer. Tough as nails yet gentle when it counts, he’s gotten closer to Atlas than anyone else—and he’s willing to put his hard-wired suspicion aside to let her do the same. But someone desperate enough to kill doesn’t want Lyn working with Atlas. Now only teamwork, trust, and courage can save two troubled hearts and the dog who loves them both . . .

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Cover Reveal: Us by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Good morning, everyone! Today on the blog we’ve got the cover reveal for US by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. I am ridiculously excited to read this next book in the HIM series as I loved the first book in the series so much.

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Him #2

Author: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Genre: New Adult | M/M Romance | Sports Romance
Characters: Ryan Wesley & Jamie Canning
Release Date: March 8th 2016
Find it at: Goodreads

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Summary

Can your favorite hockey players finish their first season together undefeated?

Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves–Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.

Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It’s not the life Jamie envisioned for himself, and the strain of keeping their secret is taking its toll. It doesn’t help that his new job isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped, but he knows he can power through it as long as he has Wes. At least apartment 10B is their retreat, where they can always be themselves.

Or can they? When Wes’s noisiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel. With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly?

Warning: contains sexual situations, a vibrating chair, long-distance sexytimes, and proof that hockey players look hot in any shade of green.

Want more?

Check out my review of book one in the HIM series, by clicking on the cover below:

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Blog Tour: I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne (Excerpt, Giveaway, Review & Buy Links)

Perfect for fans of Alice Clayton and Emma Chase, Lauren Layne’s Oxford series heats up in this story of forbidden desire as a brooding jock hoping for a comeback falls for a woman who’s strictly off-limits.

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I Wish You Were Mine

Oxford #2

Author: Lauren Layne
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Loveswept
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance
Pages: 260
Characters: Jackson Burke & Mollie Carrington
Release Date: February 2nd 2016
Find it at: Goodreads | Goodreads Series Page
Buy it at: Amazon | B & N | Google Play | iTunes | Kobo

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A year ago, Jackson Burke was married to the love of his life and playing quarterback for the Texas Redhawks. Now he’s retired, courtesy of the car accident that ruined his career—and single, after a nasty scandal torpedoed his marriage. Just as he’s starting to get used to his new life as a health and fitness columnist for Oxford magazine, his unpredictable ex shows up on his doorstep in Manhattan. Jackson should be thrilled. But he can’t stop thinking about the one person who’s always been there for him, the one girl he could never have: her younger sister.

Mollie Carrington can’t say no to Madison. After all, her older sister practically raised her. So when Madison begs for help in winning her ex-husband back, Mollie’s just glad she got over her own crush on Jackson ages ago—or so she thought. Because as Mollie reconnects with Jackson, she quickly forgets all her reasons to stay loyal to her sister. Tempted by Jackson’s mellow drawl and cowboy good looks, Mollie is sick and tired of coming in second place. But she can’t win if she doesn’t play the game.

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Money by Jillian Dodd is NOW LIVE!

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Fame. Power. Money. Sex. Love.

This continuation of The Keatyn Chronicles series follows the lives and loves of those who work at Captive Films.

MONEY by Jillian Dodd
AVAILABLE JANUARY 26TH

Fame. Power. Money. Sex. Love.

This continuation of USA Today bestselling The Keatyn Chronicles series follows the lives and loves of those who work at Captive Films.

Hot, successful, playboy Riley Johnson, whose business success far exceeds his success in love.

Movie star, Keatyn Douglas, whose epic love story has spawned a series of books and movies.

And Dawson Johnson, who joins Captive with a tragic past.
Expect lots of drama, sex, and tabloid-worthy events.

**Books 8-12 are contemporary adult novels
and can be read as a standalone** 

Blog Tour: Hallowed Ground by Rebecca Yarros (Excerpt, Giveaway, Teasers, Review, Buy Links)

New Military Romance!  

Hallowed Ground by Rebecca Yarros is

Now Available!

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Hallowed Ground

Flight & Glory #4

Author: Rebecca Yarros
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Imprint: Entangled Embrace
Genre: New Adult | Contemporary Romance | Military Romance
Pages: 410
Characters: Ember Howard & Josh Walker
Release Date: January 25th 2016
Find it at: Goodreads | Publisher
Buy it at: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes

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Summary

There are some debts you can’t repay.

Josh Walker is loyal, reckless, and every girl’s dream. But he only has eyes for December Howard, the girl he’s craved since his high school hockey days. Together they have survived grief, the military, distance, and time as they’ve fought for stolen weekends between his post at Ft. Rucker and her college at Vanderbilt. Now that Josh is a medevac pilot and Ember is headed toward graduation, they’re moving on—and in—together.

Ember never wanted the Army life, but loving Josh means accepting whatever the army dictates—even when that means saying goodbye as Josh heads to Afghanistan, a country that nearly killed him once before and that took her father. But filling their last days together with love, passion, and plans for their future doesn’t temper Ember’s fear, and if there’s one thing she’s learned from her father’s death, it’s that there are some obstacles even love can’t conquer.

Flight school is over.

This is war.

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Blog Tour: Her Secret Lover by Robin Covington (Excerpt, Giveaway, Review & Buy Links)

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Her Secret Lover

What Happens In Vegas #11

Author: Robin Covington
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Imprint: Entangled Lovestruck
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance | Series Romance
Pages: 169
Characters: Kelsey Kyle and Micah Holmes
Release Date: January 18th 2016
Find it at: Goodreads
Buy it at: Amazon | B&N

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Summary

Kelsey Kyle will do whatever it takes to get into the management trainee program at the casino where she works. So when she’s given the opportunity to get a VIP customer’s endorsement for the program, she jumps at the challenge. All she needs to do is arrange a one-on-one fan experience with the woman’s favorite author, tall-dark-and-intense Micah Holmes.

An entire week at a Vegas romance readers’ convention, surrounded by hundreds of people, is Micah Holmes’ idea of hell. But one look at Kelsey, his assigned hotel concierge, and the attraction is immediate. Maybe this week won’t be so bad after all…

Anything beyond a “strictly professional” relationship will get Kelsey fired, but she needs to get close to Micah to get the super fan experience her client wants. Hot sex in her apartment pool begins a game of “undercover lover” that quickly escalates to something more. But when Micah discovers her secret agenda, all bets are off.

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Release Blitz: Boiling Point by Tessa Bailey *Giveaway*

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BOILING POINT
by Tessa Bailey
Crossing the Line, #3
Publication Date:  January 25, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Purchase: Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | B&NKobo | iBooks

Synopsis: Falling for a con man is the most dangerous game of all…

Con artist Austin Shaw’s been in disguise so long he’s not sure where his fake identities end and he begins. Now that he’s been strong-armed into working for a specialized undercover unit working with the Chicago police—criminals with unique “skills”—the last thing he needs is to risk his iron control. Especially when it comes to a certain stunningly sexy hacker who tempts him with every look of disdain.

Polly Banks will never, ever trust a con man. On the trail of a ruthless crook who destroyed the only family she’s ever known, Polly is unnerved by the shadow who follows her every move. The one who makes her pulse pound and breath short with lust. Austin. He’s infuriating, enigmatic, and pure sex appeal, and she’s determined to resist him.

But an untrustworthy man of disguise can become anyone he wants…including a man that Polly must trust if she’s to escape their dangerous game alive.

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DON’T MISS THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE SIZZLING CROSSING THE LINE SERIES…


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Review: Beyond What Is Given by Rebecca Yarros

Beyond What Is Given

Flight & Glory #3

Author: Rebecca Yarros
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Imprint: Entangled Embrace
Genre: New Adult | Contemporary Romance | Military Romance
Pages: 469
Release Date: September 28th 2015
Characters: Grayson Masters & Samantha Fitzgerald
Find it at: Goodreads | Publisher
Buy it at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes

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Summary

Be careful what you wish for…

Lt. Grayson Masters is focused on graduating the Apache helicopter course, and the last thing he needs is his gorgeous new roommate Samantha Fitzgerald distracting him. While her smart mouth and free spirit are irresistibly irritating, he can’t deny their off-the-charts chemistry, no matter how hard he tries.

Having just been expelled from college, Sam has no business digging for Grayson’s secrets while she’s hiding her own, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to tear down his walls. Each barrier she busts through drops one of her own, though, and she’s not prepared for the truth: another woman laid claim to Grayson’s heart long ago.

Falling in love is something neither Grayson nor Sam can afford, and when that line is crossed and secrets are exposed, they’ll learn that sometimes it’s the answered prayers that will put you through hell.

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Review: Eyes Turned Skyward by Rebecca Yarros

Eyes Turned Skyward

Flight & Glory #2

Author: Rebecca Yarros
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Imprint: Entangled Embrace
Genre: New Adult | Contemporary Romance | Military Romance
Pages: 415
Characters: Paisley Donovan & Jagger Bateman
Release Date: December 8th 2014
Find it at: Goodreads | Publisher
Buy it at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes

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Summary

Life’s too short to play it safe…

Since her sister’s death, twenty-year-old Paisley Donovan, who shares her sister’s heart condition, is treated like delicate glass by her parents. But nothing will stop her from completing her Bucket List—even if it kills her. And it almost does, until Jagger Bateman pulls her from the ocean and breathes more than air into her lungs—he sets her soul on fire.

Jagger is enrolled in the country’s toughest flight school. He’s wickedly hot, reckless, and perfect for a girl looking to live life to the fullest. Except that Paisley is the commanding general’s daughter, and her boyfriend is Jagger’s biggest rival. Now Paisley must decide just how much to risk for a guy who makes her heart pound a little too hard.

They’re flying through dangerous territory—and one wrong move could make them crash and burn…
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Review: Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros

Full Measures 

Flight & Glory #1

Author: Rebecca Yarros
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Imprint: Entangled Embrace
Genre: New Adult | Contemporary Romance | Military Romance
Pages: 374
Characters: Ember Howard & Josh Walker
Release Date: February 10th 2014
Find it at: Goodreads | Publisher
Buy it at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes | Audible

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Summary

Three knocks can change everything…

“She knew. That’s why Mom hadn’t opened the door. She knew he was dead.”

Twenty years as an army brat and Ember Howard knew, too. The soldiers at the door meant her dad was never coming home. What she didn’t know was how she would find the strength to singlehandedly care for her crumbling family when her mom falls apart.

Then Josh Walker enters her life. Hockey star, her new next-door neighbor, and not to mention the most delicious hands that insist on saving her over and over again. He has a way of erasing the pain with a single look, a single touch. As much as she wants to turn off her feelings and endure the heartache on her own, she can’t deny their intense attraction.

Until Josh’s secret shatters their world. And Ember must decide if he’s worth the risk that comes with loving a man who could strip her bare.

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Excerpt Reveal: Boiling Point by Tessa Bailey

Okie Dreams Book Reviews, in conjunction with Entangled Publishing, proudly presents an exclusive excerpt reveal for the third book in New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey’s Crossing the Line series…

Boiling Point 

Author:  Tessa Bailey | Imprint: Entangled Select

Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance (Hot!)

Release Date: 1/26/16

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About BOILING POINT:

Con artist Austin Shaw’s been in disguise so long he’s not sure where his fake identities end and he begins. Now that he’s been strong-armed into working for a specialized undercover unit working with the Chicago police—criminals with unique “skills”—the last thing he needs is to risk his iron control. Especially when it comes to a certain stunningly sexy hacker who tempts him with every look of disdain.

Polly Banks will never, ever trust a con man. On the trail of a ruthless crook who destroyed the only family she’s ever known, Polly is unnerved by the shadow who follows her every move. The one who makes her pulse pound and breath short with lust. Austin. He’s infuriating, enigmatic, and pure sex appeal, and she’s determined to resist him.

But an untrustworthy man of disguise can become anyone he wants…including a man that Polly must trust if she’s to escape their dangerous game alive.

Find Boiling Point:

Goodreads | Entangled Publishing

Buy Boiling Point:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo

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Review: For Seven Nights Only by Sarah Ballance

For Seven Nights Only

Chase Brothers

Book Two

Author: Sarah Ballance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Imprint: Lovestruck
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance | Series Romance
Series: Chase Brothers
Pages: 195
Release Date: January 18th, 2016
Find it: Goodreads | Publisher
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes

Previous Books: Five Things I Love About You 
Find it: Goodreads | Publisher | My Review
Buy it: Amazon | B & N | Kobo | iTunes

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Summary

He’s made her an offer she can’t refuse…

Kelsie Reed is over bad luck and bad men. Newly dumped, she’s now the pathetically single maid of honor in her sister’s wedding—and her ex is the best man. Her bad luck continues when a plumbing meltdown in her apartment sends her sexy neighbor running to her rescue. He’s got “serial dater” written all over him, which is unfortunate because the man is hot.

Sawyer Chase loves women, but settling down? He’ll leave that to his brothers. But when Kelsie confesses she’s a dating disaster and is about to become the laughing stock of her family wedding, Sawyer takes control. He’s got one week to teach her how to land the man of her dreams, and he’ll do it on her terms: no touching, no kissing, and definitely nothing more.

But some rules need to be broken, especially when, for once, there’s something on the line worth fighting for…

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Review: Tied to Trouble by Megan Erickson

Tied To Trouble

Gamers #3

Author: Megan Erickson
Pages: 220
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Imprint: Entangled Brazen
Pairing: Chad Lake & Owen Hawkins
Series: Gamers
Previous Books: Changing His Game |  Playing For Her Heart
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance | Erotic Romance | M/M Romance
Release Date: January 4th, 2016
Source: Purchase (E-book Format)
Find It: Goodreads | Publisher
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes

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Summary

Between love and hate, there’s a whole lot of trouble…

Chad Lake only showed up at his sister’s party for the free food, but when he spots an uptight nerd at the edge of the crowd, he can’t resist trying to ruffle the guy’s perfect bow tie and impeccable hair. The hottie’s ready for him, though, and in the end, it’s Chad who’s left wide-eyed, his ears still ringing with the filthy things Bow Tie whispered in his ear. No one gets the upper hand on Chad. Ever.

Owen Hawkins has heard all about the cocky Adonis from Chad’s sister—the same sister who holds Owen’s career advancement in her hands. He has every intention of steering clear of the other man…until Chad’s sexy taunts push him too far. There’s something intriguing about Chad, and even though Owen knows that getting tangled up with the infuriating man is trouble, he can’t seem to stay away…

*This book is part of an M/F series but can be read as standalone *

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Excerpt Reveal: Hallowed Ground by Rebecca Yarros

Hallowed Ground

Flight & Glory Series

Book Four

Rebecca Yarros

410 Pages

Release Date: January 25th, 2016


Publisher: Entangled Publishing | Imprint: Embrace

Genre: New Adult | Romance | Series: Flight & Glory


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Excerpt from Hallowed Ground by Rebecca Yarros:

“I’ve never been able to hold back with you. It’s always been full measures or nothing. No halfway bullshit.”

She ran her fingers through my hair, and I groaned when she scratched her nails lightly over my scalp. God, it felt so damn good.

“I’ve always loved that about us. We’re all in. Always.”

“Yes.”

“But that’s not ugly. Nothing you’ve told me is ugly.”

My stomach dropped, and we passed through the station on route to Peak Eight. I looked up to the green mountains, their beauty overwhelming, their sheer size distorted because we were too close to accurately gauge their mass.

“Even knowing everything we have, this incredible love that we share, our beautiful life that we’re building…” I shook my head and looked down at her knees.

“Josh.” She tipped my chin. “I’m here. No matter what you’re about to say.”

“Medevacing the wounded… Ember, I’ve found my purpose. I’ll always go when they call. How many deployments can you wait through? How many times can I leave you?”

Fear streaked through her eyes, but she masked it before I could question her. “As many as it takes. I would rather sit home and wait for you, than spend a lifetime with anyone else.”

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New Military Romance from Rebecca Yarros in Hallowed Ground (Book Four) of the

 Flight & Glory Series releasing January 25th!

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