Review: Kingdom by A.M. Johnson

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*jumps up and down* OH MY GOD. I literally cannot with Johnson’s writing. I literally can’t. She’s one of those fairy tale type of writers I get entranced… I can just gush all day just about her writing. Seriously. SO GOOD.

That’s all you need. :)

This is the sequel to Possession which follows Declan’s older brother, Liam. Can be read as a standalone, but some parts about Declan’s story will be revealed and will spoil Possession for you. I recommend reading the first one!

This is such a quick, fast paced book. This will pull on some heart strings and may drive you crazy if you’re not into angst. But it’s not too bad. ;) I swear, seriously. The only thing you need from this review is her writing. That’s all I need to say. And Liam. Liam, definitely. :)

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Review: Still Surviving by A.M. Johnson

still survivingStill Surviving by A.M. Johnson
Series: Forever Still #3
Published by Self Published on January 7th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Pages: 253
Source: Finished copy from author
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Hate… Anger… Distrust… it fed the animal.
Status… Money… Power it’s all women want.
Never yield… Never give them a piece of who you are.
These were the ideals that Seth Montgomery had lived with since he was a child. After his mother abandoned their family for another man, the same man who took everything from Seth’s father, Seth’s life turned dark. He’d never give a woman all that control. He’d never give them the satisfaction of destroying his heart.
Tiffany Webster had been falling in love with one man for the past three years. Her boss’s best-friend. The day Seth walked into her bar, the day his steel blue eyes met hers, she was hooked. But, Seth Montgomery was unattainable, and only into one night hook-ups with a certain type of girl. A girl Tiffany was not.
Tiffany was the one girl Seth had ever considered breaking his rules for, but swore he’d never corrupt.
Until one night… when everything fell apart… and hidden truths surfaced.
When your past hurts so much it makes it hard to breathe and your heart ache, what else can you do? What path should you take to feel something, trust someone again?
Two hearts… two souls… align…
One shift… one break… and you’re falling.
Feel this… trust this…Survive this.

what i thoughtI received a finished copy in exchange for an honest review from the author. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I swear, this lady is too talented with writing it’s unbelievable. I loved Seth since he was introduced. He was such an interesting side character and very mysterious. I was so excited to read his story and of course learn more about Tiffany!

Seth doesn’t give women control; they just want the money and power anyway. His parents have destroyed him and still dealing with his father. Tiffany has been falling for a man everyday for the past 3 years but he doesn’t seem to notice. Neither Seth or Tiffany have great pasts – it’s destroyed the 2. Can Seth end his one-night stands for Tiffany? Can Tiffany let him in and fully trust him? Or will they let their pasts corrupt them completely from ever letting love in?

I loved their story and to say how excited I am for Colby and Cam (characters we meet in Still Life who continue to make appearances throughout the books) is an understatement. I have grown sooo incredibly close to these characters, I can’t believe after Cam and Colby’s novella, it will be over… All these characters hold a place in my heart.

Seth and Tiffany take on a new level of dark. Yes, Still Life and Still Water had their moments, but this takes on a new level of dark. Tiffany has lost all that she loved because of a mistake she made as a teenager. Seth never really had parents growing up and it has affected all his future relationships with girls. How these 2 tried to make it past these big bumps in their pasts completely broke me.

I know I probably say this a lot, but I’m serious. With Mrs. Johnson’s writing and understanding all these characters, I have completely fallen for all of them. Todd is still my favorite and he’s the one that surprised me the most. Loved Tiff and Seth. Loved this book. Love A.M. Johnson. Love this series. Love everything with this series! :)

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Review: Still Water by A.M. Johnson

still waterStill Water by A.M. Johnson
Series: Forever Still #2
Published by Self Published on October 13th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Pages: 263
Source: Finished copy from author
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five-stars

After being rejected by his childhood best friend, Todd Dixon turns his back on love and all its false promises. Three years later, he’s living in a new city, making a name for himself with his bar, record label, and one night stands.

Lily Spring knows nothing but the music that flows through her veins, but after one night of betrayal that ended in tragedy, her entire life falls from under her right along with her musical dreams. Now, she finds herself living in a new state with a sister she barely knows and a dream that she MUST fulfill.

He’s everything she doesn’t need.
Stubborn as hell, sexy as sin, with a reputation as wicked as his body. To make things worse, he’s her new boss and the ticket to what she’s always wanted.
When two fates collide and passions burn high, will the fire die or will it simmer into a slow burn becoming much more than either of them thought possible
This isn’t just a love story.
This is a story of hope, repentance and second chances.
Are you ready?

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I received a finished copy in exchange for an honest review from the author. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

If there’s one character who can completely redeem themselves and become a top book boyfriend, that’s King Todd Dixon.

Todd is trying to get over Elizabeth, his childhood love. Getting over her and what he did to her is something he is truly struggling with. If it wasn’t for Seth and he’s coaxing him to move away, he would have crumbled to his self-hatred for what he did.

Lily has music flowing her veins; always has. But when the most important thing in her life leaves her, she is forced to try and move on. She’s now living with her sister and is just moving along. When Todd becomes her boss, the two can’t ignore how strong their connection is.

After finishing Still Life, I was truly worried I wouldn’t like Todd’s character after what happened. Woah, was I wrong COMPLETELY! I fell very hard for Todd and I’m shocked at how much I do love his character. It did take a while for me to completely grow on him, but when a certain situation was thrown at him… The way he handled it? Stole my dang heart. There’s certain guys like Todd, who just have that winning touch over me. I don’t want to go into too much detail and spoil what happens. But when you read the book, you might catch on to where I was going with that.

Lily is just such an awesome character. Both of these characters, Lily and Todd, just blew my mind. How they handled the situations thrown at them blew me away. Yes, at times I wanted to just reach through my book and yell at them.

A.M. Johnson has easily become a favorite author for me. Her writing is seriously fantastic and I can’t get enough.

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Review: Still Life by A.M. Johnson

still lifeStill Life by A.M. Johnson
Series: Forever Still #1
Published by Self Published on April 15th 2015
Genres: Military, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 262
Source: Finished copy from author
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Loss… a word Elizabeth Haddington knows only too well. Despite the tragedies she’s endured, she’s been able to rise from the adversity she’s faced and begin her life again. Being a self-assured and strong woman, she knows she doesn’t need anyone to make her whole.

Hate, pain, and twisted memories are all Sawyer Bryant’s ever known. He’d slowly lost who he was and what he should’ve become. His only escape was the military… Eight years later, as an ex-Navy SEAL, he’s forced to confront his father and their disturbed and violent past.

Then one day, his life is turned upside down, when he glimpses a woman singing in her car at a set of traffic lights. Thinking he’d never see her again, amazingly he finds her performing with her band at the local bar. This chance encounter brings these two lost souls together. Once Sawyer gets a taste of her melodic voice, there’s no turning back.

For Elizabeth, when she meets Sawyer… she realizes she’s fallen hard. But is this really love she’s feeling or does love build slowly over time?

What happens when fate turns things around on you, creates flashes you can’t turn from… moments that will shape your life?
They are faced with the choice of darkness surrounding them or to rid themselves of the guilt and pain and move toward the light.

This story is about life’s moments. How they can make you or break you, and one man’s hope that… Love, won’t judge him.

what i thoughtI received a finished copy in exchange for an honest review from the author. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My sister always pointed this out in the Harry Potter movies. if you look at the intros, you can tell how darker they go. Sorcerer’s Stone is light and happy, then by Deathly Hallows it’s dark and dreary and you know something major is going to happen… This is basically Still Life. It starts fairly light, then as the book progresses you learn about Sawyer and Elizabeth with their pasts and I can’t help but make that little connection. That’s the best way to describe the progression of this book.

Elizabeth knows all to well what loss means. It has completely stripped her bare. The only person keeping her standing up is her best friend and life line, Todd. Todd’s roommate, Sawyer is an ex-Navy SEAL and he’s fighting his own battles too.

While driving one day, Sawyer stops at a stop light to look over to see a girl singing her heart out. Never did he think he would ever see this girl again. It was an instant attraction between the 2, but as they get to know each other’s past, can they keep each other standing or will they tumble?

I’m completely blown away from this book. I knew it wasn’t a light read, but this book definitely took me by surprise. By the last 100 pages, I LITERALLY could not put the book down. I was completely immersed in this story and had to know what was going to happen next. The way A.M. Johnson writes, it’s just so memorizing, you can’t get enough. You never want to put the book down and you can’t get enough of her writing.

Sawyer and Elizabeth both have pasts that are not pretty at all. The strength that Elizabeth had was unbelievable. To have what happened to her and come out the person she is now is inspiring.

The epilogue destroyed what was left of my already shattered heart. I got teary eyed and cried multiple times while reading. Did I say how beautiful A.M. Johnson writes? I’m serious… You guys need to pick this book up! Then the 2 sequels that are out now. Seriously. SO. GOOD.

I can’t recommend this book enough!

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My Reading Stack (#26)

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  • Saved by Kelly Elliott: I thankfully survived my mini anxiety and heart attacks while reading! I’m very shocked to be honest. the amount of stress and frustration I felt for this book was unreal. But that totally makes it sound like I hated this book, but really is actually the opposite. Yes, this book drove me absolute bonkers, but I FREAKING LOVED IT! I loved that we got 6 characters perspectives in one! Last book I’m pretty sure was only 4. I thought it was going to be the same for this one, nope! Added 2 more! … Well actually brought back 2 I should say. ;) Gunner is still my favorite and to be honest, it might stay that way. He has dug into my heart sooo deep, I can’t let him go or let anyone else in. He’s trapped with my other babes. ;) Ari and Jeff as you’ve probably already met if you’ve read the first have a rocky relationship from the beginning and OHH LORD is it even rockier (not even sure that’s a word but it is now) in this one! I’m at a loss for words. But I do need a mini break before I continue to the 3rd. I’m picking up a different book next. Once I finish that one, I’ll move onto the book that will honestly probably drive me into an anxiety attack.. or heart attack… whichever decides to get me first. That epilogue… Why. Just…. WHY.
    • FINAL RATING: ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Still Surviving by A.M. Johnson: I swear, this lady is too talented with writing it’s unbelievable. I loved Seth since he was introduced. He was such an interesting aide character and very mysterious. I was so excited to read his story and of course learn about Tiffany! I loved their story and to say how excited I am for Colby and Cam is an understatement. I have grown sooo incredibly close to these characters, I can’t believe after Cam and Colby’s novella, it will be over… All these characters hold a place in my heart. I know I probably say this alot, but I’m serious. With Mrs. Johnson’s writing and understanding all these characters, I have completely fallen for all of them. Todd is still my favorite and he’s the one that surprised me the most. Loved Tiff and Seth. Loved this book. Love A.M. Johnson. Love this series. Love everything with this series! :)
    • FINAL RATING: ☆☆☆☆☆

CURRENTLY READING:

making faces he will be my ruin

I have all intentions of finishing both of these today. I’m loving both books and I’m on the final stretch for both. :)

WHAT’S UP NEXT:

faithful believe a wanted christmas let me go

Hopefully I’ll get to all 3 this coming week, but we will see! :D

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My Reading Stack (#25)

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WHAT I FINISHED:

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  • Still Life by A.M. Johnson: My sister always pointed this out in the Harry Potter movies. if you look at the intros, you can tell how darker they go. Sorcerer’s Stone is light and happy, then by Deathly Hallows it’s dark and dreary and you know something major is going to happen… This is basically Still Life. It starts fairly light, then as the book progresses you learn about Sawyer and Elizabeth with their pasts and I can’t help but make that little connection. That’s the best way to describe the progression of this book. I’m completely blown away from this book. I knew it wasn’t a light read, but this book definitely took me by surprise. By the last 100 pages, I LITERALLY could not put the book down. I was completely immersed in this story and had to know what was going to happen next. Sawyer and Elizabeth both have pasts that are not pretty at all. The strength that Elizabeth had was unbelievable. To have what happened to her and come out the person she is now is aspiring. I seriously loved this book, but I definitely need some time to digest my thoughts. I’ll have more thoughts on my full review!
    • FINAL RATING: ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Still Water by A.M. Johnson: Love, love, LOVED this book. I definitely need time to gather my thoughts. Todd is definitely my favorite and before this book, I wasn’t a big fan of him because of something that happened in Still Life… OHHH did he make up for that!! I’ll have more thoughts later.
    • FINAL RATING: ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Wanted by Kelly Elliott: Absolutely loved this! Gunner and Ellie were so stinking cute together. I can’t help but giddy over these 2. I loved also having Ari and Jeff’s POV’s. I wasn’t expecting to see their prospectives. I am starting to see why everyone raves about Kelly’s books. I plan to binge this entire series. I’m the QUEEN at never continuing series and one of my goals this year is to stop that. We will see!
    Loved! One thing that bugged me, but don’t want to spoil anything. Kind of a silly thing, but felt it was excessive. Seemed like it happened quite a bit.
    Ugh, Gunner… seriously… Why can’t guys like him be real!?

    • FINAL RATING: ☆☆☆☆½

CURRENTLY READING:

saved making faces

I’m currently (trying) to binge the entire Wanted series by Kelly Elliott and I’m on the second book, Saved currently. One of my reading goals is to try keep up with series. I’m literally the QUEEN of uncompleted series. I’ll read the first book and more times than not, wait months or even a couple years to pick up the sequel… I want to try and stop this habit as best I can. Making Faces is my audiobook for the week. I haven’t been listening to audiobooks much in the last month. I started a new job, so I’m not driving hardly at all now. At the time, I was driving 7+ hours a week. But with classes back in session for me, I’ll be able to listen to more! :)

WHAT I PLAN TO READ AFTER:

still surviving faithful believe a wanted christmas let me go

This isn’t set and stone, but these are books I want to go after next. :)

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Release Day Launch & Giveaway: Still Surviving by A.M. Johnson

Today we have the release day launch for A.M. Johnson’s STILL SURVIVING. I am so excited to share this new contemporary romance with you! Check out the book details, and be sure to enter her giveaway!

 

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About Still Surviving:

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Hate… Anger… Distrust… it fed the animal.

Status… Money… Power it’s all women want.

Never yield… Never give them a piece of who you are.

These were the ideals that Seth Montgomery had lived with since he was a child. After his mother abandoned their family for another man, the same man who took everything from Seth’s father, Seth’s life turned dark. He’d never give a woman all that control. He’d never give them the satisfaction of destroying his heart.

Tiffany Webster had been falling in love with one man for the past three years. Her boss’s best-friend. The day Seth walked into her bar, the day his steel blue eyes met hers, she was hooked. But, Seth Montgomery was unattainable, and only into one night hook-ups with a certain type of girl. A girl Tiffany was not.

Tiffany was the one girl Seth had ever considered breaking his rules for, but swore he’d never corrupt.

Until one night… when everything fell apart… and hidden truths surfaced.

When your past hurts so much it makes it hard to breathe and your heart ache, what else can you do? What path should you take to feel something, trust someone again?

Two hearts… two souls… align…

One shift… one break… and you’re falling.

Feel this… trust this…

Survive this.

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About A.M. Johnson:

~HeadShotAmanda Marie Johnson was born and raised in Valrico, Florida. She’s now surrounded by mountains with her husband and three children in Ogden, Utah. She attended Webster State University and graduated with her A.S.N. She is a full-time registered nurse and works on the mother/newborn unit. Reading and writing have always been something she is passionate about. She loves to write about the human experience, love and happily ever afters.

Links:

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