An absolutely wonderful series set in the bayou country of Louisiana, Hope Parish.  I love this series and couldn’t wait for A Perfect Dilemma.


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A Perfect Secret Series, #3

New Adult Contemporary Romance and Mystery

Released September 2014

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The one secret she can’t stand to keep is the one she can’t afford to tell.

The perfect little rich girl, River Pearl Sutton has always done what her family expected of her. She’d become the perfect little beauty queen, the perfect child model and now her global success locks her into a life she never really chose.

Coming home for the summer to prepare for the Founder’s Day Festival, a celebration of her lauded ancestor, she is tasked by her father to write a speech to be delivered at the end of the party.

Returning to Hope Parish brings her back into close proximity with sweet-talking, skirt-chasing Braxton Outlaw, the boy who always seemed immune to her charms in high school. But now he looks at her with those challenging blue eyes, both intimidating and seductive at the same time. Using research of her family lineage and his as way to get close to this bad boy, they fall into a hot, torrid affair.

She stumbles across a terrible secret that could bring to ruin not only her reputation, but the reputation and standing of her family. But when her infatuation with Brax grows into something that she can’t live without, she must decide what to do. Keep the secret and lose Brax or destroy her family and lose them.

It’s an awful, heartrending perfect dilemma.


My Review

A Perfect Dilemma was the perfect story to end the A Perfect Secret series.  Braxton Outlaw and River Pearl Sutton take us back to Hope Parish, Louisiana.  The bayou was the perfect setting for this suspense and secret filled read.

I loved that Brax and River Pearl see beneath the surface and more in each other.  The mystery solving, suspense and secrets kept me engaged in the story and needing to know what was going to happen.




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A Perfect Secret, Book #2

How can they have a future when their past is based on a lie?

The perfect preacher’s daughter, Verity Fairchild, has something that only she and God know about and she wants to keep it that way. Her mistake was easy to keep secret when she was out of town, but now that she’s come back to Hope Parish for the summer, she comes face-to-face with the guy responsible for it all. Boone Outlaw nearly ruined everything for her and despite the fact that he’s now working at her father’s church, she’s determined to stay as far away from him as possible.

Boone Outlaw doesn’t understand Verity’s anger towards him. He barely knows her. In high school she was Holy Mary Verity and she was off limits – except in his dreams where Verity seems way too real. Most of the time he was wasted in high school, not the type of boy Verity would ever look at twice, but he can’t shake the feeling that something might have happened between them. He’s going to break his own rules to get the answers he needs straight from Verity.

What will Verity do when she finds something in Boone that she never knew existed and her perfect mistake is the only thing that could stand between them and their happiness? Will she sacrifice Boone to keep her secret?


My Review

Back to the bayou and Hope Parish, Louisiana for Boone and Verity’s story.  This second book in the A Perfect Secret series, A Perfect Mistake, was an enjoyable read.  I couldn’t help but fall for Boone and Verity.

Zoe Dawson continues to give her readers strong characters living real life issues.  There is always something in the story that is relatable.  I’m looking forward to Braxton Outlaw’s story.





A Perfect Mess

A Perfect Secret, Book #1

I know what you did last summer.

Aubree Walker, the perfect girl most likely to succeed, is sure there’s only one person who knows what she did.

Booker Outlaw, one of the three Outlaw brothers—all identical, all gorgeous, all from the wrong side of the tracks, and all pure bad boys. He was always the unpredictable one, the one who would be brash enough to make it big self-publishing horror novels on the internet. He promised never to tell, but everyone knows you can never trust an Outlaw.

Then a year later, in the middle of the night, she receives a phone call at Tulane. Her aunt, who took her in after her mother’s death, is in a coma under suspicious circumstances. Now she has to face that one person who knows all about what she did that summer—sexy Booker.

Returning to Hope Parish to be with her aunt, stirs up all those ugly memories. When Aubree starts getting threats, she can’t help but wonder if what she did last summer was tied to her aunt’s “accident.” Afraid, she turns to the only person who knows the truth and Booker doesn’t hesitate to offer his broad shoulder for her to lean on. But Booker has a secret of his own that could crush their fledgling relationship.


My Review

I couldn’t wait to read A Perfect Mess…bad boys and Louisiana, two of my favorite things.  Of course I loved Booker Outlaw, the hot guy bad boy that has made a successful career writing horror novels.  And I really liked Aubree, the perfect girl that has secrets.

A Perfect Mess hooked me with the characters but kept me reading with the twists and secrets to be uncovered.  I couldn’t put this story down until the very end.  I loved that while I was reading it felt like I was right there in the bayou and seeing this story unfold.  I’m looking forward to the next in the series.



About the Author

Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic mystery, urban fantasy and paranormal novels. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart.

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A grin played across her lips. She wiggled a little, surprised by her own actions. Was this the old Pam coming out? Was Duncan bringing her back to herself again? 

– Duncan (#3 The Protectors) by Teresa Gabelman

The Series

The VC Warriors are an elite group of vampires who protect innocents, whether human or those of their own race. Each vampire, half-breed and human across The Protectors’ series, travel their own journey, finding love, building friendships and making sure they turn as many heads as possible doing it.
As the world of vampires and humans try to coexist, VC Warriors, Damon, Jared, Duncan, Sid and Adam, with Sloan and Slade not far behind, create an exciting new world filled with heat, humor and a whole heap of action.
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Reading Order

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Damon ~ Jared ~ Duncan ~ Sid ~ Adam

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Teresa Gabelman’s fabulous series kicks of with Damon. With 350 4 and 5 star reviews on Amazon, this is most definitely a book with bite to check out. 


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First Class Travels with WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT YOU by Julie Cross








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Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas is too young to remember her dad’s glory days as a pitcher for the Yankees. So when her father is offered a coaching position with the Kansas City Royals, Annie is intrigued to see the baseball side of her dad. Of course, knowing he’ll be a mentor to hot young rookie pitcher, Jason Brody, certainly makes it more enticing.

After an awkward first meeting with “Brody” involving very little clothing and a much-too-personal locker room interview, Annie’s convinced she knows Brody’s type: arrogant, self-involved, bossy. As her dad grows closer to the pitching phenom, the friction between Brody and Annie increases. But when opening day arrives and it looks like both her dad and Brody may lose their dream jobs, Annie steps up and offers support. She and Brody call a truce that grows into friendship—and beyond. Falling for a rising star who’s quickly reaching a level that involves rabid female fans is not what Annie would call smart, except suddenly she’s getting hints that maybe this crush isn’t one-sided after all. Could someone like Brody actually fall for a girl like her?


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My Review 

Whatever Life Throws at You is one of my favorite reads of 2014!  From the beginning I was hooked in with Annie’s narration.  I was intrigued with her family dynamic and couldn’t wait to know more.  I love that this story is character driven and highlights a multitude of relationships.

Annie, the pitching coach’s seventeen year old daughter, becomes friends with Jason Brody, the nineteen year old bad boy rookie pitcher.  The portrayal of their relationship feels realistic and I loved that we get to see their relationship develop.

The timing couldn’t be better with Major League Baseball playoffs occurring with the Kansas City Royals one of the teams trying to get to the World Series.  If I wasn’t a Baltimore  Orioles fan, I’d be cheering “Go Royals” this year just because of Whatever Life Throws at You.




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Julie Cross lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast and longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former gymnastics program WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT YOUctor with the YMCA. She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. Outside of her reading and writing credentials, Julie is a committed—but not talented—long-distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar-weather survivor, and expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym-shoe addict.

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