Review – Come Closer by Brenda Rothert


****Please note….to avoid all spoilers and to avoid probably one of the most surprising plot twists I have ever read, this review will be short on detail so I can be very care not to ruin it for anyone.  It will, however, tell you exactly how it made me feel…****

OK…I have to be honest, I’ve been reading a slew of new-to-me authors and haven’t had much luck.  I truthfully had never heard of Brenda Rothert until she paired up to write a series with Chelle Bliss last year.  Holy smoking goodness!  Shame on ME!!!  What a hidden gem she is, one that shines brightly and flawlessly.  Come Closer so completely refreshing in both plot line and human emotional endurance.  The chemistry between our heroine and hero is palpable and scorching…but not in a way you expect at first.  It’s their emotional bond that is the focus of this book and it was so beautiful and pure, it took my breath away.  This book had such a different story line to it, I was sure there was  no way this would work for me, but this author has a talent with her words and the ability to sweep you to a new dimension in which time and distance and boundaries have no meaning.  The superbly written characters were brutally honest and it made their stories so gut-wrenching, I was moved to tears on more than one occasion.  It moved at a brisk pace that was easy to keep up with.  The moments between our hero and heroine were passionate and fierce, their devotion to each other complete and with no limits.  The plot twist was of epic proportions…normally plot twists can kill a story or make it and this one makes the story even more dynamic.  Surprisingly, there were more than one!!!  You can expect so much with this one book…love, danger, violence, sex (wow…when it happens, it is just magnificent), secondary characters who will leave you gasping and aching in both triumph and tragedy, and probably one of the most romantic and spectacular happy endings you will ever have the pleasure of reading.  Where this author has been hiding my whole life is beyond me but if this is just a taste of her work, I’m pretty sure her stories could become my new addiction.  Come Closer is so thought-provoking and real…there are no words to do it justice and it moved me on so many levels, I had to take a day to recover.  I rarely buy paperback books anymore but I’m buying this one.  It’s earned a place on my keeper shelves and is probably one of the best books I have ever read.  I recommend it to every reader, no matter the genre of your preference.  It’s guaranteed to touch you and stay with you for the rest of your life.  5 stars don’t do it justice…more like 10.



Come Closer by Brenda Rothert

An adult standalone, contemporary romance


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Book Blurb:

Sometimes appearances deceive. Take me, for instance. I look like a respectable doctor with his shit together, but the rural Montana mental hospital I work at is actually a sanctuary from my demons. At just thirty-five years old, I’ve already failed on an epic scale. Treating patients at Hawthorne Hill is part of my atonement.
I’ve found peace when a new patient turns me inside out. Allison Cole is a beautiful, haunted survivor who fell into silence after witnessing a murder. But even without words, I’m drawn to her. The closer we get, the more I’m tempted to cross my professional boundaries and give in to my desire.
Soon I find myself in a desperate race to put the pieces of Allison’s silence together. Her life becomes inextricably entwined with mine as I fight to save the second chance I never thought I’d have. I’ll break whatever rules I have to in order to protect this woman who’s been to hell and back. For her, I’ll do harm.



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Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.


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Blog Tour – Crush Me by Stasia Black

Title: Crush Me
Series: Crush Me, #1
Author: Stasia Black
Genre: Erotic Romance


From the very beginning, I suspected I was making a bargain with the devil. I accepted Bryce Gentry’s position as his personal assistant knowing there was more to the job than answering emails and taking meeting notes. I mean, so what if he likes to watch me do my office work without my shirt on? No big deal. All I care about is making ends meet and taking care of my son. But Gentry seems determined to make me a pawn in his personal vendettas and power plays.

And then there’s Gentry’s handsome former collaborator and current rival: Jackson Vale. Jackson makes me FEEL. He makes me feel alive. Feel sexy. Feel in control and out of control at the same time. He makes me want a future when I can barely manage the day to day.

For a girl like me, it’s dangerous to want. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this life, it’s to never put my heart on the line.

The stakes of these games are getting too high, too fast. It was just supposed to be a job. But now I’m stuck between two men intent on destroying one another. Will I make it out of this with my heart, soul, and body intact, or will this CRUSH ME?

Warning: Contains triggers and dark themes which may be distressing to some readers.

Book 1 of 2 Part Series. Second book releases on March 9th.

“Now THIS… THIS is how I like my dark reads. Fast paced, twisted plot, alpha males…” ~AfterthePages

“Crush Me was a wild ride! One I didn’t see coming. Hot, Raunchy, and down right dirty to the core.” ~Julie at The Romance Rebels

Stasia Black is an author who’s drawn to romantic stories that don’t take the easy way out. She wants to see beneath the people’s veneer and into their dark places, their twisted motives, and their deepest desires. She likes to toss her characters into the tempest and watch them hurt, fight, bleed, and then find out what, if anything, comes out the other side. Come along for the journey because it’s one helluva ride.