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Reviews from my jumbled perspective.
**Book lists are updated as time allows
******************** Coming this November: Felix COVER REVEAL
Felix: 5th Street Book Five
They say the only good thing about hitting rock bottom is that it can't get any worse . . . or can it?
World famous boxing champ, Felix Sanchez, had it all—the fame, the fortune, and all the women any man could ask for. When the hours of partying followed by hours spent in court and in rehab begin to outnumber the hours he spends training, losing his title comes as no surprise to everyone. The world assumes he deserved to lose it.
Only those closest to Felix know the real truth behind his sudden downward spiral. And if Felix has his way, no one else ever will. With an uncertain future ahead of him, he heads back to his roots—5th Street—the gym that started it all for him. It's where he meets the humble but mighty little Ms. Ella.
The only times Felix had ever decided to forgo the usual meaningless fling and try a real relationship he was burned badly. Now the adorable but tenacious self-defense instructor has him considering this love thing one more time.
Then just when he begins to worry that his past is letting his possessive and jaded heart get the best of him, he's blindsided in the most brutal way—he's brought to his knees—to what could be the one low in his life he may never recover from.
one thing about yourself that would shock readers if they knew.
Well I don't know about shock but this year (I plan on making a more formal announcement that explains it better later on in the year) but I plan on putting out some stories using a pen name. Not to hide the fact that I've written the stories but more of a warning that these stories may be a little different than what they're used to from me. Still romance, still my style and voice but a bit different.
not writing, what hobbies do you enjoy?
and gardening. My kids call me a tree nerd. I used to live in a house
that sat on almost an acre of mostly vacant land. I'd spend hours
online researching trees and wanted to plant every single kind of
tree out there! I also love cooking. I just don't do it as much these
days because my first passion (writing) takes up most of my time now.
you enjoy reading your own stories?
Yes, but only after I haven't revisted them in a while. Right now I'm currently reading through Desert Heat my upcoming book with Simon & Schuster. I wrote it last April and since then have only gone through some edits here and there so I decided to revisit it to get a refresher and I find myself getting all into it. lol
you laugh and cry while writing your books?
Yes OMG yes! But you'd be surprised at some of the places where I cried most. I won't give spoilers but that Jack scene toward the end of Gio had me bawling. Certain parts of Breaking Brandon I'm sure those who've read will know which ones. But yes. Short answer I cry sometimes I'm a MESS when I write. =/
you ever forget that the characters are not real?
Wait hold the phone! They're not? ;) Short answer they're real to me. *sigh*
you sad to end a series and leave the characters behind?
I was a mess when writing Making You Mine. I think it was because it was the first series I finished. I've since learned (Forever Yours is a perfect example) you never know if it's really over or if an idea or story will come to you and you'll be back in the series again. So now I don't get as sad. I actually start getting antsy once I'm done with a story. My head NEVER stops plotting so once I've tied up all the loose ends given my current WIP it's perfect ending. I'm ready to move onto the next story that's DYING to be written.
you write about places you have lived?
Yes mostly the areas I'm familiar with. I'm a research sloth. Unless of course I'm researching the "fun" stuff. lol But for the most part I like to make it easier on myself and because I just feel more comfortable writing about what I know. This is also why I mostly stick with Hispanic characters. So much of their family members, traits, experiences are very close to mine. =)
Angel Moreno and Sarah Fiero fell in love in Forever Mine, but for a couple of high school sweethearts, forever is a really long time...
Catch up with them and the whole gang in college as past insecurities resurface. As if dealing with her best friend Sydney wasn't enough, Angel now has two more men to deal with in Sarah's life. There's no shortage of edge-of-your-seat, angsty drama, tears, and laughter as Angel and Sarah's love is put to the ultimate test in this addition to the Moreno Brother series.
It's been three years since Angel and Sarah met. They are both in college and things are going smoothly. And then life veers off that smooth road and takes you down the bumpiest, potholed road around. Buckle your seat belts and hang on as Elizabeth Reyes takes the reader through the turmoil that is this young couples life.
Old friends and enemies and new ones as well come along for this emotional ride. After all these years of tolerating Sydney as Sarah's friend...it's still not easy for Angel. Add to that a few new characters who want to be a part of her life and you have one steamed up alpha boyfriend. And don't forget, pictures might be worth a thousand words, but those words aren't always saying what the person looking at them hears.
In Forever Mine the reader meets the Moreno's along with Eric, Romero and the uncles. Angel meets Sarah and falls in love. They have some good times and rough times. This book brings the reader back to the time after Forever Mine and before Always Been Mine. An exciting addition to the Moreno Series that takes you down memory lane. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going, it took another corner. A real page turner a couldn't put down until reaching those final words. The End.
Sarah was happy living in Flagstaff, Arizona. It was the longest she had a place that could be called home. She had always avoided friendships because she never stayed long but Sydney sat by her at lunch and befriended her. He became her best friend and was like a brother. They helped each other through tough times. With her mom working so much she became part of the Sydney's family. Right before Senior year Sarah's mom informs her she is going to jail and that Sarah will go to La Jolla, CA and stay with her Uncle, aunt, and cousin Valerie. Sarah is devastated. She decides she will work and come January first when she turns eighteen she will return to live with the Maricopa's in Flagstaff again.
Once in California Sarah starts babysitting to earn money to pay to live with Sydney's family and she determines once again not to make friends at school, besides Valerie.
Angel Moreno locks eyes with the lost looking girl across from him on that first day of school and Valerie makes sure Sarah knew who was staring at her. Sarah remembered Angel from her visit two years ago. She had seen him on the beach surrounded by a group. She had ended up walking with a guy named Jesse who has continued to try and contact her in Arizona the last few years but she wanted nothing to do with him. When he starts bothering her on the field where she is running, Angel comes to her rescue.
Angel and Sarah quickly find they are strongly attracted to each other. Valerie informs her how intense the Moreno's are and Sarah experiences quickly how protective and possessive Angel is. Being she never had a father she don't mind.
Angel assumes her best friend, Sydney, is a girl and Sarah has trouble correcting him. The time is never right. When Angel tells her there is no such thing as a friendship between a guy and girl she puts off telling him longer. Some secrets come back to bite you. As does this one.
Great story and there are side stories as well. Sofie Moreno and Eric as well as Valerie and Alex Moreno. Which those characters have their own books as well in Always Been Mine & Sweet Sofie.
**Language & subtle sexual situations
Para Mi... Por Siempre (Forever Mine Spanish Edition)
La vida de Sarah, una chica de diecisiete años, se pone de cabeza cuando su madre soltera va a dar a la cárcel. Ella tiene que mudarse, dejar atrás todo lo que hasta ahora ha sido su vida, incluyendo la mejor amistad que ha tenido, Sydney. Sintiéndose perdida y amargada en su nueva escuela, la única meta de Sarah es la de ahorrar dinero y regresar a casa. Entonces conoce a Ángel Moreno.
Enigmático pero espléndido, Ángel es casi demasiado bueno para ser verdad. Excepto por una cosa, su creencia arcaica de que los chicos y las chicas no pueden ser “solo amigos”. ¿El problema? Sydney, la amistad más grande de Sarah, no es una chica.
Con un romance inesperado, intensificándose a lugares nunca antes experimentados, ¿por cuánto tiempo podrá mantener Sarah a Ángel en la ignorancia sobre el chico que la está esperando de regreso en casa?
Moreno and Valerie Zuniga have had an off again on again relationship
from the time Valerie’s cousin Sarah introduced them. When they
were on...it was hot, hot and hotter. Valerie knew Alex was a bad
habit she needed to break. His disappearing and secret ways were
going to be the end of her. But one flash of those dimples and the
way he looked at her...and she was all his again. For however long he
would have her.
Alex had secrets. If not for his pride he’d tell Val what they were and then she wouldn’t be assuming the worst of him. Unfortunately his pride won and it looks like it may cost him. Big time. This book is the prequel novella to Always Been Mine.
In Forever Mine, the first Moreno book, we meet Sarah who lives with her cousin Valerie's family. When Sarah dates Angel Moreno and eventually become engaged after the ups and downs even out.
Sarah knows her cousin always had a thing for Angel's older brother Alex and so she introduces them.
Valerie and Alex go back and forth but neither wants a commitment, or that was how Valerie use to be.
In this book we find that Alex and Valerie have been going back and forth through the years. It is about four years since they graduated high school. Some have went to college. Valerie now has her Realtors license. She had grown tired of being with Alex just to have him disappear so she spies on him. After seeing a leggy young woman go into his home with an overnight bag she confronts him and ends it. He tries to tell her its not what it looks like but her heart can take no more.
A year has passed. The parties are starting for Angel and Sarah's wedding. Alex and Valerie definitely notice each other and after he kisses her Valerie has to work hard at reminding herself of how he broke her heart time and again with his womanizing. So she invents a boyfriend and he backs off.
Alex had a tough year. His folks travel to see family more in Mexico and have left him to run the restaurant, he still wants to finish his schooling and when he sees Valerie again he misses her. His pride kept him from telling her the truth of what had happened during college and when he saw her last. He still wanted her back. Now more than ever.
Valerie tries to move on after seeing Alex again and dates her office manager, Luke. And a date from the past reappears as well. A guy she met in a bar and dated a few weeks. He was suppose to be in jail but was out already and Bruce decided she owed him.
There is much going on in this story. Alex and his possessive and protective nature, Valerie and her stubbornness, Bruce the stalker, Luke who would not give up on Valerie, Isabel is Valerie's roommate and she is attracted to her total opposite when she meets Romero at the party. Looking forward to reading the third book Sweet Sofie, which is Sofie and Eric's story.
This time the Moreno is a sister. There are two more stories in the series that are not out yet. Romero's story, Angel's friend and then the story for the oldest brother Sal. I found this book to be the most emotional. Many of the conversations were in the previous books and now we see more in depth what happened from Sophie and Eric's view.
Sophie Moreno's story starts when she is ten. Angel, Eric Diego & Ramon Romero are eleven, Alex is twelve and Sal is fourteen. Even at that young age Eric is starting to feel protective of Sophie but not so much in a brotherly way. Eric is biding his time for Sophie as she won't be allowed to date until she is seventeen. By the time she is sixteen they have had time to spend together though. Eric is trusted to watch over her when the brothers are busy. When Alex catches him kissing her on New Year's Eve everything changes though. Alex don't believe it is a kiss that one would give a friends sister.
When she turns seventeen she goes from being protected by her brothers to being claimed by Eric, which is fine with her. They run into many pitfalls along the way though. Eric's dad sends him to LA for a summer internship to separate them. Later he sends him to Spain for a month for another internship.
Brandon is a neighbor who was always known as a bit odd and mean. He bullied Sophie in the neighborhood and at school. In high school he ends up sharing a table with Sophie and they become friends. He joins the marines after high school and while home on a visit he hits on Sophie. Eric is in LA at the time and Sophie is battling a jealousy over Eric meeting a girl from their school years who had a bad reputation, her name is Asia.
Can their love survive the separations, Asia, Brandon, and later when he is in Spain his dad brings his girlfriends sister with for over New Years and Jennifer is a hot looking girl who would not mind having Eric. Definitely an emotionally charged book. The books brings back most everyone you have met in the earlier books. It is one of those series that you are sad when you finish the book and have to leave the people you met behind.
How does one go about telling about Romero? In the earlier books we see him as the one always getting drunk early and only caring about what girls he can pick up at the parties. And his mouth, well the words that come out of it, not good. Be warned that Romero was raised by his two uncles and they are... well...Manny and Max are hilarious but pretty crude. They love their boy they raised and straightened out some of their activities to be a good example for him but they don't consider cursing to be bad, they don't do well with table manners and they own a bar that is a bit more than going out for a beer. Along with his drinking, cursing and womanizing...Romero also has a temper. It goes from cold to boiling in less than 10 seconds and it's pretty dangerous considering Romero's muscular well kept physique.
Isabel is not from a perfect family but it sure is opposite of Romero's. Her sister Pat is all about finding the perfect man for Izzy. And Romero is not it, according to Pat anyways. If she is not fixing her up with some fancy Navy man than it is dragging Izzy's high school sweetheart into the mix. A mix that turns into dynamite if Romero sees a man anywhere near his girl and even a bit more explosive if it's an ex-boyfriend and it might as well be like a nuclear bomb ready to blow when you add Pat into it, they hate each other.
This book is full of up and down emotions. You see all the sides of Romero, including the vulnerable one. He is as possessive as his friends the Moreno's but not even Alex has a temper that matches his. If your like me your emotions will take you from wanting to strangle Pat to struggle along with Romero when he is trying to hold his temper.
Elizabeth has added another great book in her series and she has a extra mystery in the story that adds to it as well. And than there is her humor! Be ready to laugh hard at the antics of Manny and Max, Romero's uncles. The last story is the oldest Moreno brother, Sal. Already looking forward to it.
Sal Moreno is the last single brother in his family. He takes care of the business end of the restaurants and has dreams of honoring his father, grandfather and the Moreno name by opening more Moreno restaurants. He is neat and most folks just say he's anal. When Graciela Zendejas comes in for an interview at Alex's restaurant, it don't take long for Sal to find three strikes against her. And something about her makes him a bit more anal than usual.
Grace had been turned down time and time again in her interviews. She decided to try and look older than her twenty-one years and she added a few extra on her application. She knew she could be a head chef with no problems but all anyone saw was her age. By the time she met with Sal Moreno, she was in a pretty nasty mood. Grace does get the job a few days later no thanks to Sal, Alex hires her. And she proves herself as a bartender and cook.
As Sal and Grace get past their first impressions and head towards starting over, one road block after another trips them up. Sal has to accept her best friends, Joey & Taylor. And the biggest problem is one of Sal's ex's who won't let go. It seems there is no such thing as a smooth sailing relationship when a Moreno is involved. And you will find out that what happens in Vegas does NOT stay in Vegas!
Once again we get to be with our friends from the previous stories and see how their lives are changing. Angel & Sarah now have their own restaurant, Alex & Valerie start their family, Sofia & Eric are engaged, Romero & Izzy...well Romero will always be Romero.
We get to meet a new relative as well. And like all Moreno men, he carries the handsome gene as well.
There is an epilogue that updates what is happening with the families and than there is a separate short story for Angel and Sarah. Can their love survive more tough times and suspicions?
**Sexual situations and language
Always in control, the meticulous and professional Salvador Moreno is thrown for a loop when the newly hired bartender Grace Zendejas suddenly invades his family's restaurant, and infuriatingly, his every thought. for the first time in his life, Sal is fumbling. But after recovering from a few blunders he discovers his feelings for Grace run much deeper.
Things begin to heat up between him and Grace, but then the ever-perfect Sal does something even his brothers never did--screws up royally. Now he's scrambling to cover up a mistake he knows could cost him dearly. As his relationship with Grace grows even more serious, Sal's secret is a ticking bomb, threatening to destroy the one thing he now lives and breathes for--his relationship with the love of his life--Grace.
has secrets, lots of them. Living in Vegas she’s doing all she can
to make money to help support her family and pay off some debts. She
has no clue that one night at a speed date will change her life.
Problem is she still has to keep her secrets and the closer she gets
to her new boyfriend, the harder it is to cover them up.
Santiago has not followed in the family business, he became a
detective instead. His skills come in handy for reading people and he
can see that his Bethany is hiding things, but eventually his heart
overrules his detective senses.
Reyes has done an excellent job of keeping the reader drawn into the
story. You know that Bethany has some secret she’s hiding from
Damian, but she keeps the reader guessing. As in all good stories,
the secret always comes out at the most inconvenient time and it
never goes well for the secret keeper.
book is definitely not lacking in fascinating people. Considering it
takes place in Vegas, you never know what colorful character may come
along. That and all the secrets and mystery surrounding them, this
reader just couldn’t put it down.
Vince’s knack for doing without thinking seemed to get him into quite a few messes. Even if it was a good thing he was doing….for him it ended up badly. Only this time being grounded and forced to attend his cousin’s baby shower ended up pretty well. He met Rose. Getting to know her caused him to want to be a better man, one worthy of this faultless beauty. Would fate step in and be for or against him this time?
Rose Zendejas didn’t have the easiest of lives. Her mother didn’t really care for her daughters but at least Rose had her sister Grace. Once Sal and Grace married they let Rose come and live with them. Life was better than ever before, a good neighborhood, better school and Vince. He had a rough history but promised her he was on the straight road. Only it seems that road had a pot hole in it.
takes up the romance of Vince and Rose that started in book 5 of the
Moreno Brothers Series, Making You Mine (Sal and Grace’s story).
The author took our young couple down a different path in this book
adding a bit of reality by bringing Vince into Iraq. A page turner as
always with all of her books. For Moreno fans….the guys and gals
have plenty of cameo appearances in Fate….including a quick stint
with Max, Manny and Aida. And even though Romero is not a Moreno….you
may find that he and Vince have something in common.
Billings was a cold young man. Growing up with an abusive unloving dad and
being rejected by the one girl he thought really cared for him, had Brandon
shutting down every emotion. He made a great drill instructor in the Marines.
His rule? No attachments. Ever. His plan had worked just fine for all these
years and then came her.
Regina Brady needed to start over and try to move on. Beginning with moving back to California and being near her family again. Of course, they thought she was tough and could handle everything thrown her way. If only they knew, but they never would. And wouldn't if figure that the first man that has caught her attention since the incident, looks at her with such great passion. Unfortunately that passion is pure hate.
you have read the Moreno Series, you would have met Brandon in Sweet Sofie. He
grabbed the heart of this reader back then already. The kid who seemed like a
bully, but was really just lonely and had a bad home life. It's great to see
Brandon get his own story after all. I really enjoyed Breaking Brandon,
Elizabeth Reyes has outdone herself once again. This book was full of surprises.
Veronica Cruz has been through hell and back. After disconnecting with the world two years ago to be at the side of her dying mother, she's left alone, unemployed, overweight, and feeling a decade older than her twenty-eight years. When her best friend coaxes her into joining the local gym to ditch her depression and rejuvenate her life, she meets Noah. Assigned to help Veronica lose weight, Noah is everything she expected a young trainer to be--perfectly chiseled, supportive and motivating. Add to that, he's incredibly sexy. He's everything she's ever looked for in a man. what she least expected was for him to fall for her, but he has. There's just one glaring problem: Noah is eight years younger.
Noah Quintanilla has his eye on a boxing title--someday. Down for a few months with an injury, his maintenance-boy pay at 5th Street Gym won't cut it. He's finally given the opportunity to train. The catch? His trainee is an out-of-shape woman with a free week pass. Taking on the challenge, Noah stumbles into one of the closest friendships he's ever known, and before he knows it, he's in love. But Veronica's not having it--the age difference is too much. Their platonic relationship means having to watch her date other men--something that would make him crazy. Believing he's the man for her, Noah sets out to prove that age is but an illusion, and there's more to him than just a number.
new series by Elizabeth takes place in Los Angeles. The 5th Street gym is where we find Noah, Gio, Abel and Hector. The guys are all training as boxers and they are all big handsome hunks! The Moreno Brother's Series was so good and the characters seemed so real I didn't know if a new series could compare. I was pleasantly surprised and can't wait until the next books are released. Once again she has created characters that you can laugh and cry with. Get mad at for their secrets or dumb decisions. And be happy for when they finally get it together.
has been working at the 5th Street Gym for years and is wanting to become a trainer. Jack, the owner of the gym, finally gives him that opportunity the day that Veronica and Nellie walk in the gym with their coupons for a free week. They look out of place but Noah decides to prove himself to Jack and whip these gals into shape. A decision that changes Noah's life.
Veronica has let herself go since her mother's death. She has put on too much weight and barely leaves the house. When Nellie drags her to what looks like a all male gym, she wants to run back home and hide. When their handsome and young trainer greets them the last thing she wants to do is get on a scale or work out, but for Nellie's sake she does. Noah is not only a great trainer but he soon becomes a good friend and roommate to Roni.
It's a long and bumpy road for these two as their friendship grows into more. Their pasts come between them and there is an age difference that Roni struggles with. Noah has a bigger fight on his hands then what he faces in the ring when he sets out to win this prize.
strikes in the ring, Giovanni Bravo falls into a deep depression,
walking away from his dream of boxing to train instead. He agrees to
a two month get-away, helping train Felix Sanchez, his high school
best friend and now welterweight champ of the world. Once at Felix's
lavish boxing complex, he's reunited with Bianca Rubio, someone he
remembers only as the girl with innocent doe eyes back in high
school. Her refreshing, cheerful demeanor not only takes Gio's mind
off his troubles conscience, he finds himself falling for her fast
and hard. The problem—Bianca is Felix's girlfriend.
Having a sexy, famous boyfriend has it's perks, but they come with a price. Bianca not only has to deal with the ongoing tabloid rumors about her boyfriend hooking up with other women, but also his constant absence when he is on the road. So now that Felix will be in town for two whole months to train for his next big bout, Bianca is thrilled. He's even asked her to move into his cabin while he's there. But when he leaves for days at at time to promote his fight, Bianca spends time getting to know Felix's gorgeous new trainer and good friend, Gio. Increasingly drawn to his sweet smile and smoldering green eyes, she finds herself saying and doing things she normally wouldn't.
As it becomes
more and more difficult for each to resist each other, Gio crosses
the line between them. He hopes that one kiss will alleviate the
overwhelming temptation and clear both their systems, but it does
just the opposite. Their temptation suddenly becomes an obsession—a
dangerous obsession that can only lead to heartache—for everyone. My Review:
Bravo's life has just taken a turn. After a tragedy, he has decided
to give up boxing. When his old friend, Felix Sanchez, offers Gio to
come up to his compound in Big Bear for two months, to train with
him, his friends urge him to go. Little does anyone know that this
decision will once again change Gio's life in both good ways and bad.
With these Alpha guys there always seems to be quite a bit of life
changing drama when you throw a beautiful girl into the mix.
Rubio felt so special. She was dating the famous and popular Felix
Sanchez. She had to learn not to read or believe what the tabloids
said about him and different women, that the paparazzi could take
pictures that didn't tell the real story and that Felix couldn't be
around for her too often. But she was squealing with delight because
he was going to be her's for two months while he trained at his
compound. What Bianca did not expect was seeing Gio, the boy from her
World History class who never noticed her at school, or so she
Neither Gio or Bianca had plans of being attracted to each other but that did not stop the sparks from flying...or prepare them for the
explosion of emotions that would touch all those around them,
due to that attraction.
well written book by Elizabeth Reyes, Gio will take your emotions for
a complete work out. There is a touch of suspense and adventure as
our characters have to be a bit clandestine, especially with hidden
camera's and paparazzi all around. The characters we met in Noah
(book 1) return in Gio; Noah and Roni, Abel, Hector, Jack and Roni's
friend Nellie. I always enjoy series books where you get to see
Hector Ayala had a few problems in life, getting girls was definitely not one of them. His school friends were kind of bullies, he may have laughed but didn’t join in. Nor did he stop him. After one incident in senior year, he was bothered and it weighed on him. When he came face to face with that very person he decided he would help him, now since he didn’t back then. Little did Hector realize that the guilt from the past would take so much from his future.
Charlee Brennan moves to California with her best friend, Drew. Charlee was running away from her life in the East. She’d been humiliated and needed a clean slate. Yet with everything wrong that happens she wants to run away again. Especially when the handsome chess player/boxer enters her life. He sends her such mixed messages that it drives her to the brink.
Elizabeth Reyes does it again when one of her tough alpha guys falls hard. The little brother of Abel is all grown up now and love sneaks up on him when he least expects it and with the last person he would choose. And sweet Charlee has a few naughty secrets of her own.
Abel Ayala is facing his biggest fight ever….in the boxing ring and out. Something has been simmering between him and Nellie for some time now and it’s about to turn into a full boil. This big bad alpha guy really thinks that they can just enjoy each others bodies and walk away, right.
Nellie Gamboa was hurt pretty bad. Not only did she have a lousy cheating ex-husband but she was betrayed by her sister as well. A no-strings attachment that comes with a mind blowing physical side sounds great, if she can really keep her heart out of it.
All the gang from 5th Street are back, Noah and Roni, Gio and Biannca, Hector and Charlee. Not all are so sure about what's happening with Abel and Nellie. If their no-strings don't work it will effect them all. And outside forces are adding to making their relationship a bit more difficult.