New Release + Review – THE SOUNDS OF SECRETS by Whitney Barbetti

Title: The Sounds of Secrets
Author: Whitney Barbetti
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 6, 2017

Blurb

I’ve been in love with him forever.

But to him, I’ve always been off-limits. Until the night that changed everything.

Maybe it was the alcohol. Maybe it was the secrets we shared. Maybe he finally opened his eyes and saw me.

By the time the sun rose, I’d lost him again, my heart shattering on his parting words: “It was a mistake.” So I ran. Ran until I was thousands of miles away, in a country I didn’t know, surrounded by people who only made me miss him more.

I never expected him to follow me … or to pry more secrets from my soul. In exchange, he gave me more of his secrets too.

The more he let me into his heart, the more I loved him, but I’m afraid that some secrets may be too big to overcome.

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the sounds of secrets

Four hundred five billion stars for my boo Lots and Sam!!!

Lotte has been in love with her brother-in-law’s best friend, Sam for most of her life. This unrequited love is one of the many secrets she keeps, secrets that define her and haunt her. She always knew that her love would go unfulfilled until one night which gave her hope. But this hope was short lived that her heart broke all over again.

Sam can’t reveal the depth of his feelings for Lotte. Keeping the fact aside that she is his best mate’s sister, Sam knows Lotte deserves someone who is much better than him, someone who has less secrets and is less broken.

But love always finds a way and for Lotte and Sam the way isn’t easy because the sound of their secrets is too loud to ignore.

I AM IN LOVE, Y’ALL!!! With Samson, with Lotte and with their broken, amazing, beautiful souls.

I cannot even begin to form proper words about this story because nothing can do it justice. I adore Whitney Barbetti’s writing with an intensity that is probably unhealthy. Do I care? Nope. Will I try to fix it? That’ll also be a big NOPE.

Lotte, my sweet summer child!!! I love this woman. She is broken and hurt but damn if it stops her from taking risks with her heart or in life. She is just a lone soul trying to find her way in life and her journey is ABSOLUTELY FUCKING BEAUTIFUL. I want Lots to be my bff so she and I can go on adventures and make fool out of ourselves.

Samson is my boo thang because WHAT MAN IS THAT AMAZING??? This poor man has all the weight of the World on his shoulders but he never complained. I am so happy that Whitney created a character like Sam’s. He is not perfect but he is kind, passionate and so so pure.

I can’t say it enough but Whitney is so beyond amazing, her stories always leave me breathless and contemplating the meaning of life. One day, I am going to sit down and devour every story she has written and then I am going to read them all over again.

5 Stars!

~Sonal


Excerpt

I was going to throw up from the nerves.
No, I told myself. No throwing up. Not when you’re expecting Sam to come into your room any second.
But the feeling was so strong. I popped a mint from my bedside table in my mouth, rolled it around my tongue a few times, but the urge was still there.
Oh, shit. Was this a mistake? Was inviting Sam into my room a big fat problem? I was leaving for America tomorrow.
The printed itinerary, neatly stacked on my chest of drawers laughed at me. What was I going to do? I couldn’t let Sam come up here.
My hands fisted in my hair as I berated myself for telling him to come. What was I thinking? I wasn’t some sexual nymph, skilled in the way Sam surely was. I wasn’t a virgin, but I hadn’t actually messed around with a bunch of guys.
I didn’t know what to do.
I walked to the door, pressed my palm flat to it. I’d lock it. Then he couldn’t come in. He’d walk away, and we’d forget this ever happened.
Look how well that happened the last time you kissed him, my memory taunted me. Three years later, and you’re still wondering ‘what if.’
There was no reasonable escape from this situation. And, if there was, there was no escape that would make me not obsess over the ‘what if.’
It’d be okay, I told myself. Of course it would. Sex was nothing, right?
But I didn’t even believe my own thoughts. My nerves battled with my own desire. I couldn’t process a single thing.
I ran my fingers over my eyebrows or, what was left of them that wasn’t colored in, at least. I’d pulled so many out in the days leading up to the trip, needing some control over this impending trip.
I trailed my fingers to the sides of my face, tugging on my earlobes to ground me, and then, in tandem, I pulled out a hair with each hand. The immediate relief was nearly as intoxicating as the alcohol I’d consume in how it numbed my fears.
It would be okay.
I took in a cleansing breath, looking around my room for anything potentially embarrassing.
The blinds were open, so I closed them, leaving my room in soft, muted grays aside from the yellow lamp that lit up my dressing table.
My hand was on the back of the lamp to turn it off when my door creaked open.
Sam stood in the threshold, nearly taking up the entire space.
I switched the light off.
It was only a few loud heartbeats before he said, “Turn it back on.”
I hesitated.
I couldn’t see him, but I heard the creak on the floor by the door. “Turn it on, Lotte.”
Swallowing hard, I did.
The room was illuminated again in soft light, casting shadows into the angles of Sam’s face—making him look exactly as he was: dangerous.

Author Bio

I am a wife to one and a mom to two humans and one cat. I have a deep and abiding love for nachos – especially the kind with the liquid cheese, like from Taco Bell (sorry). I run on less than four hours of sleep thanks to copious amounts of Diet Coke. (Note: this paragraph is not sponsored by anyone except my hungry stomach.)

As a Navy brat, I grew up all over the country, from California and up the east coast from Florida to New England and Colorado. I currently live in Idaho, where we have lots of potatoes and windmills.

I write character-driven contemporary romance novels, heavy on the emotional connection. I LOVE love. I love writing about broken characters who find their soul mates.

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Review: THE SOUNDS OF SECRETS by Whitney Barbetti

the sounds of secrets

The Sounds of Secrets by Whitney Barbetti
Genre: NA, contemporary romance
Publisher: self published
Publication Date: December 6, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★


Four hundred five billion stars for my boo Lots and Sam!!!

Lotte has been in love with her brother-in-law’s best friend, Sam for most of her life. This unrequited love is one of the many secrets she keeps, secrets that define her and haunt her. She always knew that her love would go unfulfilled until one night which gave her hope. But this hope was short lived that her heart broke all over again.

Sam can’t reveal the depth of his feelings for Lotte. Keeping the fact aside that she is his best mate’s sister, Sam knows Lotte deserves someone who is much better than him, someone who has less secrets and is less broken.

But love always finds a way and for Lotte and Sam the way isn’t easy because the sound of their secrets is too loud to ignore.

I AM IN LOVE, Y’ALL!!! With Samson, with Lotte and with their broken, amazing, beautiful souls.

I cannot even begin to form proper words about this story because nothing can do it justice. I adore Whitney Barbetti’s writing with an intensity that is probably unhealthy. Do I care? Nope. Will I try to fix it? That’ll also be a big NOPE.

Lotte, my sweet summer child!!! I love this woman. She is broken and hurt but damn if it stops her from taking risks with her heart or in life. She is just a lone soul trying to find her way in life and her journey is ABSOLUTELY FUCKING BEAUTIFUL. I want Lots to be my bff so she and I can go on adventures and make fool out of ourselves.

Samson is my boo thang because WHAT MAN IS THAT AMAZING??? This poor man has all the weight of the World on his shoulders but he never complained. I am so happy that Whitney created a character like Sam’s. He is not perfect but he is kind, passionate and so so pure.

I can’t say it enough but Whitney is so beyond amazing, her stories always leave me breathless and contemplating the meaning of life. One day, I am going to sit down and devour every story she has written and then I am going to read them all over again.

5 Stars!

~Sonal


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Synopsis:
I’ve been in love with him forever.

But to him, I’ve always been off-limits. Until the night that changed everything.

Maybe it was the alcohol. Maybe it was the secrets we shared. Maybe he finally opened his eyes and saw me.

By the time the sun rose, I’d lost him again, my heart shattering on his parting words: “It was a mistake.” So I ran. Ran until I was thousands of miles away, in a country I didn’t know, surrounded by people who only made me miss him more.

I never expected him to follow me … or to pry more secrets from my soul. In exchange, he gave me more of his secrets too.

The more he let me into his heart, the more I loved him, but I’m afraid that some secrets may be too big to overcome.


Cover Reveal – THE SOUNDS OF SECRETS by Whitney Barbetti

Title: The Sounds of Secrets
Author: Whitney Barbetti
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Photo: Braadyn Penrod
Release Date: December 6, 2017

Blurb

I’ve been in love with him forever.

But to him, I’ve always been off-limits. Until the night that changed everything.

Maybe it was the alcohol. Maybe it was the secrets we shared. Maybe he finally opened his eyes and saw me.

By the time the sun rose, I’d lost him again, my heart shattering on his parting words: “It was a mistake.” So I ran. Ran until I was thousands of miles away, in a country I didn’t know, surrounded by people who only made me miss him more.

I never expected him to follow me … or to pry more secrets from my soul. In exchange, he gave me more of his secrets too.

How was I to know it was the secrets we didn’t share, the words we didn’t dare utter, that would tear us apart?

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Author Bio

I am a wife to one and a mom to two humans and one cat. I have a deep and abiding love for nachos – especially the kind with the liquid cheese, like from Taco Bell (sorry). I run on less than four hours of sleep thanks to copious amounts of Diet Coke. (Note: this paragraph is not sponsored by anyone except my hungry stomach.)

As a Navy brat, I grew up all over the country, from California and up the east coast from Florida to New England and Colorado. I currently live in Idaho, where we have lots of potatoes and windmills.

I write character-driven contemporary romance novels, heavy on the emotional connection. I LOVE love. I love writing about broken characters who find their soul mates.

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New Release + Review – HOOKED by Whitney Barbetti & Karla Sorenson


Title: Hooked
Authors: Karla Sorensen & Whitney Barbetti
Genre: Dark Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 23, 2017

Blurb

X and I were probably doomed from the start.

That’s what happens when you meet in court-mandated group therapy and then try to steal from him to pay off your blackmailing drug dealer. Former drug dealer, thank you very much. I’m turning over a new leaf and all that.

Which is why I should leave him alone.

Except he tempts me to do things I swore I’d stop doing. It’s that whole gruff, grumbly, anti-social thing he has going on. Him, flame. Me, moth. Something about him calls to me, makes the blood hum in my body. And I don’t want that feeling to end.

Lucy Connors is straight-up insane.

She looks like a Disney princess and tries my patience in more ways than I thought possible. Besides the fact that I have to save her cute little ass from jail, I can’t quite figure out how to leave her alone. Even when she’s trying her hand at Breaking and Entering. Especially when it’s myhouse she’s burglarizing.

Yeah, we were probably doomed from the start.

But that’s the thing about being hooked on something so good, and so bad for you—you don’t walk away when you should.

Note from the authors:
This book deals with subject matter that is highly improbable, sometimes campy, and definitely illegal. Please don’t use it as a guideline for how to live your life, but enjoy nonetheless.

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hooked

HOLY MOTHER OF THIEVES!!!!

Lucy is in a dire predicament. To get rid of her ex drug dealer and lead a normal crime free life, she has to rob the rich guy in her therapy group. It’s the last thing she needs but desperate times call for desperate measures. Problem is, she is into the guy and every time she is close to him, she wants to rile him up and do bad things to him.

X knows Lucy is certifiable and that he should stay fifty feet away from her. But everything about her makes his pulse race. He craves her with an intensity that is foreign to him and he even can’t think of leaving her alone.

OMG THIS STORY!!!!!!! I was super hyped for this book when it was announced. I’ll be honest I’ve never read dark comedies and this was the PERFECT introduction to such an exciting genre. I knew Whitney and Karla would knock it out of the park and they did.

I absolutely fell in love with the story and the premise. It was like I was watching a thrilling movie. I was hooked from start to finish. The story was such a roller coaster of events and mishappenings, I am surprised I didn’t hyperventilate at all. *heh*

How freaking sexy was X? Like he has his issues and they only endear you to him but holy shizzles his growly alpha side had me fanning myself more than appropriate. And Lucy is inFREAKINGsane. I cannot believe that woman is real because I am both in awe and scared of her potential.

I really really want this brilliant duo to write more dark comedies because they are pros at this. SO GOOD!!!!!

4 Stars!

~Sonal

Karla Sorensen

Well, let’s see … I’m a wife and a mother. I’m a writer who wants to make people smile when they read my words. I own a dog that sheds roughly eighteen pounds of hair every day. I am obsessed with Outlander (both the books and the show). I’m almost exclusively a romance reader, which means some people will never consider me a literary snob. If I could meet one historical figure, it would be Jane Austen. I received my Bachelors in Public Relations and worked in health care marketing before I had my babies. I hate Twitter. I do it, but I hate it. Also, if you want to get on my good side, bring me wine and I’ll love you forever.

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Whitney Barbetti

I am a wife to one and a mom to two humans and one cat. I have a deep and abiding love for nachos – especially the kind with the liquid cheese, like from Taco Bell (sorry). I run on less than four hours of sleep thanks to copious amounts of Diet Coke. (Note: this paragraph is not sponsored by anyone except my hungry stomach.)

As a Navy brat, I grew up all over the country, from California and up the east coast from Florida to New England and Colorado. I currently live in Idaho, where we have lots of potatoes and windmills.

I write character-driven contemporary romance novels, heavy on the emotional
connection. I LOVE love. I love writing about broken characters who find their soul mates.

Website | Facebook | Twitter


Review: HOOKED by Whitney Barbetti & Karla Sorenson

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Hooked by Karla Sorensen & Whitney Barbetti
Genre: Dark, Romantic Comedy
Publisher: self published
Publication Date: August 23, 2017
Rating: ★★★★✰


HOLY MOTHER OF THIEVES!!!!

Lucy is in a dire predicament. To get rid of her ex drug dealer and lead a normal crime free life, she has to rob the rich guy in her therapy group. It’s the last thing she needs but desperate times call for desperate measures. Problem is, she is into the guy and every time she is close to him, she wants to rile him up and do bad things to him.

X knows Lucy is certifiable and that he should stay fifty feet away from her. But everything about her makes his pulse race. He craves her with an intensity that is foreign to him and he even can’t think of leaving her alone.

OMG THIS STORY!!!!!!! I was super hyped for this book when it was announced. I’ll be honest I’ve never read dark comedies and this was the PERFECT introduction to such an exciting genre. I knew Whitney and Karla would knock it out of the park and they did.

I absolutely fell in love with the story and the premise. It was like I was watching a thrilling movie. I was hooked from start to finish. The story was such a roller coaster of events and mishappenings, I am surprised I didn’t hyperventilate at all. *heh*

How freaking sexy was X? Like he has his issues and they only endear you to him but holy shizzles his growly alpha side had me fanning myself more than appropriate. And Lucy is inFREAKINGsane. I cannot believe that woman is real because I am both in awe and scared of her potential.

I really really want this brilliant duo to write more dark comedies because they are pros at this. SO GOOD!!!!!

4 Stars!

~Sonal


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Synopsis:
X and I were probably doomed from the start.

That’s what happens when you meet in court-mandated group therapy and then try to steal from him to pay off your blackmailing drug dealer. Former drug dealer, thank you very much. I’m turning over a new leaf and all that.

Which is why I should leave him alone.

Except he tempts me to do things I swore I’d stop doing. It’s that whole gruff, grumbly, anti-social thing he has going on. Him, flame. Me, moth. Something about him calls to me, makes the blood hum in my body. And I don’t want that feeling to end.

Lucy Connors is straight-up insane.

She looks like a Disney princess and tries my patience in more ways than I thought possible. Besides the fact that I have to save her cute little ass from jail, I can’t quite figure out how to leave her alone. Even when she’s trying her hand at Breaking and Entering. Especially when it’s myhouse she’s burglarizing.

Yeah, we were probably doomed from the start.

But that’s the thing about being hooked on something so good, and so bad for you—you don’t walk away when you should.


New Release + Review + Giveaway – THE WEIGHT OF LIFE by Whitney Barbetti

The Weight of Life by Whitney Barbetti is now available!

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Mila

“Don’t let go.” Those were my first words to him, as I hung over the side of a London bridge. The words I would soon say again, in a moment that didn’t involve bridges, but something much more fragile: my heart.

He held onto me for three weeks, in a time when I needed to be held. Needed to connect to someone who understood how loss tunneled unrepentantly through the fabric of your soul.

Although he said he’d stay, we both knew he wouldn’t. I had already survived one loss—I didn’t know if I’d survive another.

She spun into my life like a tornado of smiles and chatter and everything else I’d long avoided, with a persistence that I admired, albeit begrudgingly. She broke down each neat wall I’d constructed without even trying. Her presence alone caused me to remember what it felt like to smile, to look forward to what the day would bring.

But it was only supposed to last three weeks.

“Don’t let go,” she’d pleaded.

I’d promised her I wouldn’t—but I would. I didn’t have a choice.

the weight of life

How do you give a book 10 stars?!?!

I am in love with this book and want to shout it out from rooftops!!!!

After losing the love of her life, Mila decides to go to London to help her brother with his blog. Of all the things she didn’t anticipate being flung from the London Bridge hanging on to her life. She certainly wasn’t prepared for the handsome brooding that goes on to save her life. There is something about him that demands her attention and if she isn’t careful she might lose her heart to him. Not when she isn’t going to be in London forever and certainly not when he is the definition of unavailable.

Ames lives with the responsibilities that have been weighing him down slowly. He doesn’t complain, doesn’t let it show not when his family entirely depends on him. Every waking day the sadness follows him and he endures it. He really doesn’t need the bubbly woman smiling her face off. He needs to stay away from her but everything about her draws him in and makes him weak. Ames needs to find a way to look beyond his grief or else he can’t ever be with Mila.

I can’t even form sentences when it comes to this book. After reading it, I sat for five solid minutes contemplating life and wondering why hadn’t I picked up a Whitney Barbetti book before. This story was so pure and heartwarming. I LOVE LOVE the entire premise. I mean yes my heart broke for the pain they went through but God it was all worth it in the end.

Mila is my hero. She is always so positive and even though she is going through a tragedy she doesn’t let it take over her spirit. I was in awe of her ability to take everything head on and then hope for the best. I just really adore her.

MY BOO AMES!!! He is such a great broody intense hero and the fact that he has a mischievous that he saves for Mila made me swoon so hard. I want to hug him and just watch him go about his day in a totally non creepy way.

This is 100% without a doubt one of my favourite books this year and I’m just looking for the time to read it all over again.

5 Stars!

~Sonal

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About the Author

I like nachos and champagne and clean sheets. I spend far too much time at Starbucks. I wrote a couple books
He Found Me ~ Ten Below Zero ~ He Saved Me ~ Into the Tomorrows ~ Back to Yesterday

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Other books by Whitney!

He Found Me Series
(He Found Me & He Saved Me)

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Ten Below Zero

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Into the Tomorrows

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Back to Yesterday

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