Friday, February 14, 2014


When I was a boy, I met a girl.

She didn’t know it then, but…

She changed me.

Now…..I am a man.

A man who is broken by the stories of the women who 

come to me.

They are my birds with broken wings.

I help them heal, help them to make them strong, so 

they can fly free.

Lark changed me. Loved Me. Made Me Strong.

With her, I am free.

I write…

To the girl of the past.

To the girl of my present.

And, the girl of my future.
Dear Dish….

**Although Nico is considered part of The Leaves 

Series, it can be read as a stand alone**

Why do I love Nico? Hmmm. Well. I love that it's all told from Nico's point of view. It seems rare that I read a book that is from one person's perspective...and especially a male person's perspective. If it is one POV I'm also a big fan of it being in the male perspective as well! Not many like that, so it's like a treat! 

I love the honesty in this novel; Nico is floundering for a while. He doesn't know why and he's just trying to figure it all out; he doesn't try to pretty it up or excuse his behavior. And, it's interesting to observe his journey from existing in a holding pattern of meaningless sex, alcohol, and tattoo-er of many (especially his special women) to where he ends up (which is something you will have to read about as I will not be telling you this part). He intrigues me because of who he is, how he was raised, and what he becomes. In so many ways he's an 'everyman' kind of character because his struggles, his feelings, his reactions are so normal and yet his bravery, generosity and kindness are beyond the norm. I so wanted him to be find the one to knock the air out of find Lark.

I agree. There are a few rather unsavory parts in this book that at first I was like, say what? He did not just do that. But he did. And now that I am thinking about it: it fit Nico. He is very unapologetic about pretty much everything, and as I reflect I do like this about him. He's just much in your face about it and it might rub you wrong, but he's a great character nonetheless.

Lark is a little bit more of a mystery to us because we only know her through Nico. What I know of her ...I love. She's creative and funny and easy going and really a good, a perfect fit for Nico. I agree. We love what we know. But since this story is very Nico-centric, I don't mind that her struggles were somewhat overshadowed by his. 

Yet another thing I love about this novel are the secondary characters: Teensie, Zack, Frodo, and the parents, and some acquaintances that become important too. Each of these characters show us a part of Nico that is unique to that particular relationship but important in the make-up of who he is. Love them all, but Frodo. Love Frodo! 

Only dislike? A character. I texted Courtney some very unfriendly things about this character. J.B. Hartnett wrote this character so well that it's nearly impossible not to hate him/her. @#$^$ @#%$# #$@# yeah. That's what I have to say about that. I agree. If it hadn't been two o'clock in the morning when I came to this person, I totally would have been screaming the house down in rage. Total rage boner for this. Gah. 

I really enjoyed this newest book in this series. Very different from Cole and Inky and very good! There were a couple of pace inconsistencies that I had to get used to, but really it is another story that is told like Nico is talking directly to you. That's how his thoughts work. Once I worked that out in my mind, I enjoyed it a lot more. There are also themes that hit so close to my heart I thought I wouldn't be able to get through it. But I did. And it was beautiful.

Shelley: 4 1/2 Stars
Courtney: 4 Stars


“Nico…” she begged.
“What is it, babe?” In that moment, I was a tease. I was going to make sure I took this bad fuckin’ day and turn it into something she would remember happily.
“You know what I want,” she moaned.
“Don’t move.” I walked away, into the kitchen and dug into one of the bags. The store fuckin’ got me, what could I say. I was gonna barbeque in style next summer. But one thing my kitchen needed was a new spatula. Nice rubber handle, strong, and wide, flat, heatproof silicon…perfect for what I wanted. I came back and rubbed over her left cheek, pulled away for that perfect first contact and…

Inky (Book One)

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Anika "Inky" Redding has it all: a great fiancé and a job that allows her to follow her passion of painting and considering her history, that's plenty. All is well until someone from her past sets events in motion that upend Inky's careful world. When a handsome customer comes to her rescue, will she take a risk with her whole heart?
Cole (Book Two)

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Cole Carlyle, successful hotelier, has lived his life on his own terms.
Burned by a gold digging ex-wife, he never expected to find his soul mate in Anika “Inky” Redding.
Anika Redding, talented artist, overcame her past to live her life free of shame.
Betrayed by people she thought she could trust, the last thing she expected was to find true love in Cole Carlyle.
Their love for each other has helped them overcome their demons before, but now faced with an unimaginable challenge, Cole must turn to the last person he wants involved in his life, and hope that those demons don’t once again try to swallow them whole.
Inky and Cole’s romance and passion ignite and in the sequel to “Inky” we follow their journey to overcome their pasts once and for all, while building their love into something everlasting.

About the Author

Julie is a Southern California native, a fan of a really good story (preferably romance with a happily ever after), really good pie (preferably pumpkin) and copious amounts of coffee (preferably Folgers).
She has always enjoyed writing and at one time thought she could be a singer songwriter...the 'writer' part is the one that stuck.
Julie is obsessed with pi...the equation(and the food). She's allergic to cats and cantaloupe and hates if you ever want to give her a gift, those are out for sure.She currently lives with her own romance hero husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia.

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