Release Day Review: Fate and Forever by Sophie Jackson

Fate and Forever by Sophie Jackson

Fate and Forever by Sophie Jackson
Series: A Pound of Flesh #2.5 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: April 18th 2016
Links: EbookAudible • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Sophie Jackson’s award-winning Pound of Flesh novels reignite “that feeling of sneaking risqué books under the bedcovers with a flashlight” (RT Book Reviews)! Join her millions of online fans with this irresistible enovella that takes the intimate relationship between a gutsy prison tutor and her sexy bad-boy student to the ultimate level.

When tutor Kat Lane met her brooding, dangerously tempting student Wesley Carter behind bars, she never dreamed of the day she would be excitedly planning for their wedding. It won’t be long before they’re man and wife, and neither Kat nor Carter can wait. But as they settle into the joyful haze of nearly-newlywed bliss, all their friends seem to be one step ahead. Everywhere they turn, couples are becoming parents, and the longing in Kat’s eyes worries Carter. What if she gets baby fever…and he’s not so sure? Carter’s childhood was rough, and his father was no example for how to be an upstanding man—or a good parent. Can Carter create a happy, safe, supportive home for his future children with Kat—the life he never had growing up? He had better figure it out soon…because Kat just told him she needs to take a pregnancy test.

I adored Kat and Carter from A Pound of Flesh, so getting a little more of their story was fantastic. Fate and Forever is super short and sweet – if you loved A Pound of Flesh, you’re sure to love this glimpse into Kat and Carter’s future. We get to see their marriage and honeymoon… overall, this novella is just a great way to catch up not only with these two characters, but the others in the series as well.

Carter and Kat are in newlywed bliss… or are they? They’re having the time of their lives on their honeymoon, but one late period for Kat causes all sorts of confusion and misunderstanding. I love the way Sophie Jackson handled this aspect of the story. The little angst and tension between this newly married couple isn’t ideal, but it’s real and honest and emotional. I couldn’t put this novella down!

Sophie Jackson’s writing is just as wonderful as ever, as was reading again about Carter and Kat, Max and Grace, and even Riley, who will star in the third A Pound of Flesh novel. Fate and Forever is definitely a tease for Riley’s book, and it’s made me even more excited for A Measure of Love!

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lacey


Reading Order: A Pound of Flesh series

A Pound of Flesh by Sophie Jackson Love and Always by Sophie Jackson
 Fate and Forever by Sophie Jackson A Measure of Love by Sophie Jackson

#1 ~ A Pound of Flesh: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#1.5 ~ Love and Always: My Review • Ebook • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ An Ounce of Hope: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2.5 ~ Fate and Forever: EbookAudible • Goodreads
#3 ~ A Measure of Love: EbookPaperback • Goodreads (June 21, 2016)


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Release Day Review + Giveaway: An Ounce of Hope by Sophie Jackson

An Ounce of Hope by Sophie Jackson

An Ounce of Hope by Sophie Jackson
Series: A Pound of Flesh #2 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: January 5th 2016
Links: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

From the fanfic phenom whose debut A Pound of Flesh had over 4.5 million reads, this sequel, An Ounce of Hope, tells the passionate love story of Carter’s best friend, Max.

Max O’Hare can’t seem to let go of his past: his drug habit, the end of his relationship with Lizzie Jordan, the woman he knows he’ll never get over, and the loss of their unborn son.

After successfully completing rehab and learning to explore his deepest fears and dreams through painting, Max meets Grace Brooks. With her innate optimism, and her love of art and photography, Grace appears to be the perfect girl. Yet no one knows where she came from, or why she keeps her past so closely guarded. Over time, Max and Grace gradually allow each other in—but will he ever be able to fully let go of his past? Or will his heart remain closed forever?

I absolutely loved Sophie Jackson’s A Pound of Flesh last year (my review here), so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on more of the series! An Ounce of Hope is Max’s story, Carter’s best friend and a cocaine addict. I wasn’t particularly a fan of his in APoF, but I found myself rooting for him and hurting for him so much in his book. An Ounce of Hope is an intense, emotional romance between two broken people as they struggle to heal and build a new life for themselves. It was a little slow at times, but overall, it’s another stunning read from Sophie Jackson.

“Do you know what I see when I look at you?”
Max shook his head fervently. “I’d rather not know—”
“I see a man who wants so much to be better, who regrets the decisions he made, who wants to make amends and move on with his life. I see a man terrified to take a chance, to trust, but desperate to do so. I see a man who’s fractured, but trying, I see hope.”

The death of his unborn baby and loss of his fiancé had Max spiraling down into a dangerous coke addiction, but with the help of his best friend, Max is finally entering rehab and on the way to recovery. And with his therapist and art, Max has found a way to curb his addiction and rebuild his life once more. His heart is still broken over Lizzie, but when he meets Grace after leaving rehab, she seems to breathe life into him, even if he won’t allow himself to go through such heartbreak again.

Grace had an abusive ex-husband who left her physically and emotionally scarred. She’s terrified of men, unsure of so many things in her life, but the one exception seems to be Max. With Max, Grace can open up her bruised heart and see herself creating a new, better life for herself. The two of them become close friends, but when their relationship crosses over into something sexual, feelings start to develop – but can Max reciprocate them and be the kind of man Grace needs?

An Ounce of Hope is an emotionally exhausting story. It’s a tough journey for both Max and Grace, but you have high hopes for the both of them, because these are the kind of characters who deserve something good in their lives. They’ve been through such difficult times, but they come out of it even stronger. I really enjoyed their romance – it wasn’t easy to read, and sometimes it dragged it bit, but Sophie Jackson has woven a fantastic story about loss, healing, and recovery that I really recommend.

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lacey

Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.


Reading Order: A Pound of Flesh series

A Pound of Flesh by Sophie Jackson Love and Always by Sophie Jackson
 Fate and Forever by Sophie Jackson A Measure of Love by Sophie Jackson

#1 ~ A Pound of Flesh: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#1.5 ~ Love and Always: My Review • Ebook • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ An Ounce of Hope: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2.5 ~ Fate and Forever: My Review • EbookAudible • Goodreads
#3 ~ A Measure of Love: EbookPaperback • Goodreads (June 21, 2016)


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Release Day Review: Love and Always by Sophie Jackson

Love and Always by Sophie Jackson

Love and Always by Sophie Jackson
Series: A Pound of Flesh #1.5 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: August 3rd 2015
Links: EbookAudible • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Orange Is the New Black meets Jennifer Probst’s New York Times bestselling Marriage to a Billionaire trilogy, in this e-novella of love and redemption in the sensational A Pound of Flesh series.

When prison tutor Kat Lane met arrogant inmate Wesley Carter in A Pound of Flesh, it was hate at first sight. Carter’s quick wit and reputation for being as dangerous as he was handsome kept her at a distance. But as they grew to know each other as teacher and student in the New York prison, Kat found there was much more to Carter than she thought.

In Love and Always, Kat and Carter’s story continues as they share the news of their engagement—which doesn’t go over well with Kat’s mother. On top of it all, Carter has a new role as CEO of WCS Communications, which adds more pressure to his new life outside prison. Trying to juggle family, a billion dollar business, and Carter’s best friend Max’s rehab stint doesn’t leave much time for the happy couple to enjoy each other. How will Kat and Carter handle the pressures of marriage, family, and work—and keep the passion alive through it all?

This is a quick, short, and super sweet novella following up on Kat and Carter from A Pound of Flesh. I adored these characters in their book (my review here), and I adored them once again in their novella.

“You’re everything to me.”
Kat nodded. “I know. That’s why I’m marrying you.”

Kat and Carter have just gotten engaged, but they’re not quite at their HEA yet. They need to break the news to Kat’s mother, who isn’t exactly supportive of their relationship. Plus, Carter’s dealing with his best friend Max, who’s been admitted into rehab. Still, despite these complications, Kat and Carter’s love is still unwavering and going strong. As long as they have each other, they can weather through anything.

I really enjoyed this novella. It’s a bit too short, and I really wish there was more, but I liked what I got. Carter is funny, sweet, and sexy as ever, and I loved seeing him and Kat together again. I really liked that this novella sort of leads us up to Max’s own book, An Ounce of Hope, which comes out early next year. I was incredibly excited for his book, and this novella only made me more excited.

Fans of A Pound of Flesh should definitely check out Love and Always. It’s not completely necessary to read it, but Kat and Carter are just too sweet for words in this novella. This was like getting a bonus glimpse at life after A Pound of Flesh for the two of them. I had a smile on my face the whole time I read it!

4 hearts
lacey

Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.


Reading Order: A Pound of Flesh series

A Pound of Flesh by Sophie Jackson Love and Always by Sophie Jackson
 Fate and Forever by Sophie Jackson A Measure of Love by Sophie Jackson

#1 ~ A Pound of Flesh: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#1.5 ~ Love and Always: Ebook • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ An Ounce of Hope: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2.5 ~ Fate and Forever: My Review • EbookAudible • Goodreads
#3 ~ A Measure of Love: EbookPaperback • Goodreads (June 21, 2016)


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ARC Review: A Pound of Flesh by Sophie Jackson

A Pound of Flesh by Sophie Jackson

A Pound of Flesh by Sophie Jackson
Series: A Pound of Flesh #1 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: June 9th 2015
Links: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Orange Is the New Black meets Jennifer Probst’s New York Times bestselling Marriage to a Billionaire trilogy, featuring a strong-minded prison tutor who discovers that her sexy bad-boy student is far more than he appears to be.

Haunted by nightmares of her father’s street murder fifteen years ago, Kat Lane decides to face her fears and uphold his legacy of helping others by teaching inmates at a New York prison. There she meets arrogant Wesley Carter, who’s as handsome as he is dangerous, as mysterious as he is quick-witted, and with a reputation that ensures people will keep their distance.

As teacher and student, Kat and Carter are forced to leave their animosities at the door and learn that one should never judge a book by its cover. As Carter’s barriers begin to crumble, Kat realizes there’s much more to her angry student than she thought, leaving them to face a new, perilous obstacle: their undeniable attraction to one another.

When Carter is released and Kat continues to tutor him on the outside, the obstacles mount. Can they fight the odds to make their relationship work? Will Kat’s family and friends ever accept her being with someone of his background? And will Kat’s discovery of Carter’s role on the night her father died force them apart forever…or unite them?

WOW!!! What an incredibly stunning book!

I’ll admit, the second I read the blurb for A Pound of Flesh, I wanted to read it ASAP. A teacher falling for her sexy prison student? HELL YES, sign me up!! I ended up absolutely adoring Kat and Carter’s story – I’m so glad I got to experience them and their profound love.

When Kat was young, she tragically witnessed her father’s murder, but vowed to follow through with what he wanted for her to do in life. She helps others by teaching a literature class at Arthur Kill Correctional Facility. She loves her job – it’s what she’s born to do, but a certain sexy, bad boy student tempts her in ways she’s never felt before. He’s her student, in prison, so he’s off-limits, but she can’t get him out of her head.

“You should be scared, Peaches,” he murmured. “I’ve done things that would make your pretty little head spin, and, you being this close”–he gestured with his chin between them–“well, let’s just say”–his eyes met hers–“it just makes me want to be bad all over again.”

Wesley Carter took the fall for a friend for a crime he didn’t commit and is nearing the end of his sentence in prison. He’s forced to take a literature class, where he meets the beautiful, caring Kat. He believes he’s not good enough but wants her anyway – there’s an undeniable chemistry between them that only amps up once he’s released and they have private lessons together. I absolutely LOVED the way the author was able to mesh the forbidden-ness of their relationship with how genuinely attracted Kat and Carter were to each other. The chemistry between them is a slow, sensual burn that soon ends up consuming them.

“Just one taste. Just one. That’s all I want.”
And then his lips pressed against hers.
Oh God.

Carter is so. damn. sweet. I was expecting this sexy bad boy, and while we get that (and he is HOT!), we also see such a beautiful, heartwarming side to him that he only shows Kat. He completely melted my heart every time he was sweet to Kat, his Peaches. He’s so protective of her, all the while exuding this aura of confidence and sexiness. There are just so many wonderful layers to this man, and as we get to see his vulnerable sides, it’s hard not to fall for him.

“You’re everything to me, Peaches. You always have been. Always. You’re the best thing I’ve ever had in my life.” He kissed her. “You’re my everything.”

Kat is a wonderful heroine. I may not have connected with her as much as I would have liked, but her story hooked me in from the start. She’s a gorgeous, independent woman who sees more in Carter than anyone ever has. She has a big heart, and I just really liked her character.

The thing is, while I never really connected with Kat or Carter, I truly enjoyed their story. It’s gorgeously written, and although the pacing was sometimes slow, I was able to get over that. The romance swept me away, and I loved that there was no unnecessary drama for Kat and Carter. A Pound of Flesh is simply a stunning story of them finding each other and falling deeply, passionately in love. It’s a beautifully written, emotional book, and I highly recommend it.

4.5 hearts
lacey

Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.


Reading Order: A Pound of Flesh series

A Pound of Flesh by Sophie Jackson Love and Always by Sophie Jackson
 Fate and Forever by Sophie Jackson A Measure of Love by Sophie Jackson

#1 ~ A Pound of Flesh: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#1.5 ~ Love and Always: My Review • Ebook • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ An Ounce of Hope: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2.5 ~ Fate and Forever: My Review • EbookAudible • Goodreads
#3 ~ A Measure of Love: EbookPaperback • Goodreads (June 21, 2016)


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