About the Author
I am a wife and stay at home mom to two wonderful children. My family is my world and one of the reasons I started writing was so I could be home for them. I was born in raised in Massachusetts where I still live today with my amazing family.
After having my son fell in love with reading Contemporary Romance. As I started to read more, I started to notice things I really enjoyed in a book and things I didn’t and realizing what I didn’t enjoy really made me want to write more, so I literally woke up one morning and started writing.
I am so glad I started this writing journey and I hope you will stay with me for the ride. I will definitely be writing more in the future.
I have two books currently out and they are the first two in the Learning to Love series. Below you’ll find info about each book as well as a review for each of the two books. I am also giving you an inside sneak peek at the third book Found My Love which will be releasing in December.
Finding Love – Learning to Love 1- http://www.bookstrand.com/book/finding-love
Abbey felt like her life was torn upside down when she discovered her husband cheated on her and filed for divorce. After a yearlong pity party, her friends think she needs to get her life back in order, so she decides it’s time for some changes and that includes finding a job.
She is so proud of her son, Brian, for starting his first summer job as a camp coach for the local Parks and Rec department. Summer is going well until her ex-husband flips because Brian doesn’t want to see him. Luckily for her she has met Seth, former soldier and owner of S&C Security. He is gorgeous with a tall, muscular build and bright green eyes, but Abbey fears he will not accept her son.
Will Seth stick around and protect Abbey and Brian or will he run when he realizes just how crazy Abbey’s ex really is?
Review: Elizabeth Neal **4.5 out of 5 Hearts from Cariad Books.**
Finding Love is Alison’s debut novel. I really enjoyed the story. I admit that at first, I didn’t feel like I was fully “into it.” I was wrong. (Yes, I mentally said that in my Ron White voice. LOL) I had to put the book down so I could adult for awhile & realized I couldn’t stop thinking about the characters. I wanted to get back to it so I could see what happened next. I’d become fully invested in Seth, Abbey, & Brian. Maybe it’s just me, but I think sometimes the best stories are the ones that sneak up on you. They burrow inside your bookworm heart & stay with you until you’ve seen the story through.
This story is one of those. These characters grabbed onto me. I wanted to hug Abbey & throat punch her ex, Chris, for everything he put her & their son, Brian, through. Abbey suffered emotionally & mentally due to her ex-husband’s callousness & my heart broke for her. Thankfully, her son is a sweet young man & takes after his Mom. He adores her & detests what his Dad did to her, to them. (Yes, I changed it to just say HER son, because in all honesty, she raised him. She nurtured him, took care of him, taught him how to love, how to be a good kid, & how to treat others. His father was never around, he never took the time to be a Dad. In all honesty, they were better off without him & life was about to get a whole lot better for them.)
Enter Seth. Seth & Abbey lock eyes while she’s out shopping with a friend. Abbey has finally decided, with some urging from her friend, Sarah, that she needs to find herself again. She lost her way due to the actions of her ex & needs to start living. Neither Seth nor Abbey act on their obvious connection, but fate steps in & says, “Wait a minute here. You two are not following my plan for you. I will not be thwarted.” Later in the week, they’re both out with their respective friends & see each other again. This time fate gives Seth the push he needs to introduce himself and so it begins. *I can just picture the Foreigner song, “I’ve been waiting for a girl like you,” running through Seth’s head. Yes, I’ve aged myself with this song shout out, but I don’t care.😉 It’s a classic and so perfectly fits the situation.* Seth has also been unlucky in love & was deeply hurt in the past. Abbey is exactly who he needs & so is Brian. He needs them, just as they need him.
Seth runs a security company with his friend, Chase. Seth is a great guy. I have to say, I kept waiting for some flaw to appear like a bad pimple or there to be a huge misunderstanding that would separate them. There wasn’t & I was pleasantly surprised by that. The book didn’t need it. There was plenty going on with Seth & Abbey each finding a way to work through their own personal baggage, decide that they’re starting something special, make sure Brian was okay with the status change, & yeah, keep that jerk, Chris, away from them. It sounds like all this would be overwhelming, making the reader feel like too much is going on, but I never felt that way. In my opinion, everything flowed together nicely. The ending…it about killed me though. While it’s not a cliffhanger, per se, there is one big issue left unresolved. I actually breathed a huge sigh of relief because once I finished the book, I immediately did a search on the author, & then did a happy dance upon seeing that book two, Needing Your Love, will be released on November 5th. I have to know what happens with Sean (Seth’s friend) & Tracey (Abbey’s friend), because they got together in this book, but by the end, things weren’t all rainbows and sunshine with them anymore. Sean wanted more and Tracey feels unable to give it, regardless of how much she likes him. I will be jumping on that story as soon as it’s released. I have to know what happens next.
I’m eager to see Alison grow as an author, to find her voice, her style, and embrace it. I definitely plan on being along for the ride & hope to see you there. I have a feeling it’s going to be a fun journey.
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
Seth has started the movie. I am snuggling against him on the couch. Nuzzling against his chest I take in his musky scent. He looks down into my eyes, and slowly lowers his lips to mine. We start to kiss and it quickly turns into a much deeper kiss. A minute later, I find myself beneath him on my couch with his hand sliding up my leg to my ass. He stops kissing me and squeezes it. “You have an incredible ass,” he says while smiling down at me. Leaning back down he claims my mouth while his hand works its way up under my shirt lifting it up to palm my breast. He pops it out of its cup and looks down in appreciation. “God, woman, you fit perfectly in my hand.” His head lowers to take my nipple in his mouth, and I can no longer lie still. I am squirming as I fear I’m going to orgasm just from his assault on my nipple. I swear I have never felt so hot and bothered in all my life. I notice his erection pressing against my leg, as his amazing lips move back to my neck, then to my lips. He pauses a minute to gain some control, and his beautiful green eyes look into mine. “We should slow down,” he says as we both pant.
“Or we should move to my room,” I say with a smile as I bite my lip.
“Are you sure? I don’t want to rush you.”
I reach up to kiss him and rub my hips against his erection as an answer, and he pulls away to sit up. “You keep rubbing on me like that I am not going to make it upstairs.”
I laugh as I stand and grab him by the hand to lead him to my room, closing the door behind us. He pulls my shirt over my head and removes my bra. His lips are instantly back on mine kissing me hard and deep. His hand is in my hair pulling it slightly while his other hand is slipping into my pants to squeeze my ass.
I pull away panting as I yank his shirt off and toss it to the floor. As soon as I do he pushes me back on the bed, and I laugh at his playfulness. He is instantly on top of me kissing me just behind my ear and kissing and licking his way down my neck. He takes one nipple in his mouth and sucks it hard as he rolls the other with his fingers. His hand leaves my nipple to make its way down my stomach and into my leggings where he discovers just how ready I am for him. He starts kissing his way down my stomach until he reaches the top of my pants. He uses his muscular arm to lift me off the bed so his other hand can pull my panties and leggings down at one time.
I am so hot for him at this point I am soaked, but he’s not done as he kisses his way up my legs and buries his face in my pussy. He assaults my clit like he can’t live without it, and I am so worked up I can already feel my orgasm building, and I think he knows it because he pulls away and blows on me gently. “I have never tasted anything so sweet.” He says before he blows on me one more time.
“Please, Seth.” I beg for release. He inserts one finger, then another.
“God, baby, you are so tight I can’t wait to be buried balls-deep inside you.”
He uses his magical tongue once again, while he is using his fingers to stretch me, and within a second my orgasm is tearing me apart. He climbs back up my body and pauses for a second before he leans down to kiss me, and he tastes of Seth and my orgasm. I can say it is the first time I have allowed someone to kiss me after that and with him I don’t mind it. He looks me in the eye and says, “I was expecting a night of snuggling on the couch, so I am not really—”
I cut him off. “I am on the pill and completely clean. I have been with no one since my ex, and I got tested as soon as I found out he cheated on me.”
“Good girl! Sorry this was not how I expected this conversation to happen. I swear I am clean too.” Thank god because there is no way I can stop now.
Needing Your Love – Learning to Love 2 -www.bookstrand.com/book/needing-your-love
Tracey and Sean meet while hanging out with friends one night at a club. They start dancing and quickly discover they have this great electricity flowing between them, but Tracey’s fear of relationships has her leery. She finds herself reminding Sean that after years of working as a marriage counselor, she is not looking for a serious relationship but more of a friends with benefits type of thing.
Sean agrees to her arrangement until he discovers he really likes her and wants more than the benefits she is offering. Sean finally convinces her to give them a try when she discovers she has an ex-fling who has been watching her and wants her back.
Will her crazy ex win her back or will Sean protect her and show her what a real relationship is like? Her ex could just end up proving her point of why she felt a relationship was not a good idea in the first place.
This book is not stand-alone. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, we recommend reading the series in sequential order.
Review: Elizabeth Neal **4.5 out of 5 Hearts from Cariad Books.**
Sean and Tracey’s story is here. If you’ve read book 1, which you should because it’s good, then you’ll recognize this couple. Sean, Seth’s friend, and Tracey, Abbey’s friend, met the same night that Seth and Abbey saw each other again and Seth was finally able to make his move.
Sean and Tracey instantly hit it off and proceeded to enjoy some sexy time. Yes, they have some serious chemistry. But, that isn’t all they have. Feelings are developing between them and for Tracey that’s a scary thing. Oddly enough, Tracey doesn’t have any traumatic past relationship experience that made her this way. She’s just always been the “friends with benefits” type. No serious connections, it’s all about the pleasure and that’s it. You follow her terms or you’re done. I found it refreshing that the woman was the commitment phobe in this story. Sean wanted more and Tracey was scared. Now, in her defense, she did have legitimate reasons for this caution. She was a marriage counselor before starting her own practice and hearing what couples who had professed to always love each other, were capable of putting the love of their life through, has understandably left her somewhat jaded.
Sean knows they have something real between them, something that will lead to wedding bells, he just has to convince her of that. But first, they have to figure out who is bothering Tracey and keep her safe. Will Sean protect her from the danger? Will Tracey realize that Sean is the one for her and accept his place in her life?
On a side note, we get to visit with Seth and Abbey again. They’re still dealing with her ex-husband, on top of planning their wedding. Will justice be served, therefore keeping Abbey and her son, Brian, safe? Will Seth and Abbey’s wedding proceed as planned? What special announcement is made at the wedding? Read the book and find out the answers to all your questions. Plus, get a sneak peek at who the next couple may be. I have my suspicions on who it is and I hope I’m right.
I highly recommend this series. Both books one and two hooked me without my knowledge. Yes, that sounds weird, but it’s true. Just like with book one, whenever i had to put my book down (grrr), I would wonder what would happen next. That’s when you know the characters have snuck into your head and heart and you weren’t even aware of it. That’s a beautiful thing in my opinion.
There are two things that took some adjusting, but I feel they’ll eventually work itself out as the author grows professionally. The first being the lack of contractions. I noticed it in the first book as well, but didn’t think too much of it since it was her debut, but they’re also missing from this one as well. While this in no way reflects on the author, it’s more of my preference as a reader. In our daily lives, we use contractions. It’s just a way of speaking that seems to flow more naturally, whereas saying “I am,” “I have,” “I will,” etc., seems more formal. Now that being said, I have read other authors that also leave contractions out of their books. It may just very well be their preference, and as the author, that is certainly their prerogative, however, as the reader, it seems like a more stilted form of speech. Secondly, and again I think this will change as time goes on and she finds her niche, some of the information we’re given could be left out, insomuch as it would work just as well if we’re shown something, as opposed to being told it. Other than those two things, and they didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story at all because they’re just more of a personal preference, I am still just as enamored by this author as I was after finishing the first book. I’m looking forward to book three as I’m excited to see the journey Alison takes that couple on to find their HEA.
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**
He leans in and gently kisses me on the lips. I instantly melt because I love how his lips feel pressed against mine. His tongue pokes out to lick my lips, begging for entry, so I open to him and he tastes of Sean and beer and I absolutely love it. I climb over his lap to straddle him as I deepen the kiss. He pulls away and starts kissing my neck and nibbling on my ear as I grind into his cock. I can feel him growing hard as his hands rub my legs to my ass where they stay while I am grinding into him.
“Babe, if you keep rubbing on me like that I am going to have a mess,” he says as I am moaning at the feel of his hands running up my back under my shirt. He unclips my bra and rubs his hands up and down my back as we continue to kiss each other hard. He pulls my shirt over my head. “Fuck I love your tits, baby.” I put my hands behind me on his knees and arch my back so my large breasts are in his face. He leans forward grabbing one and putting my nipple in his mouth, he sucks on it biting it gently and I can’t help the moan that escapes me. He switches and plays with the other nipple until that one is hard as pebbles too. He starts kissing my cleavage as his hands glide up my back pulling me towards him, kissing his way up my neck and back to my mouth.
He pulls away panting and hard as a rock.
“Tracey, I have no control with you. I am sorry, do you want to slow down?”
“Sean, please just take me to bed, I don’t know if I can slow down either.”
“Are you sure?” he says with concern in his voice
I climb off his lap and try to pull him off the couch but he doesn’t budge. “Sean, I am so wet for you, please don’t make a girl beg.”
He smiles and stands up to follow me to bed. As soon as we are in my room, he closes the door and asks me, “Who’s in charge?”
I smile and bite my lip. “You are.”
“Damn straight!” he reminds me with his raspy authoritative tone.
He tells me he wants me naked by the time he has his boots off. Luckily that is easy because I only have leggings and a thong on, so I quickly peel them off and stand waiting for him.
He pushes me onto my bed and tells me to lay on my back, so I do. He climbs up on top of me and tells me he is going to eat my pussy until I come hard and then he is going to spank me and fuck me. I am so excited I smile and nod.
He starts at my breasts again and works his way down my stomach slowly kissing and biting as he goes. I start to squirm and he tells me if I don’t stay still he will tie me down and start all over again, so I instantly lay still, because I know he is dead serious. I have been waiting for this moment since our first night together. He continues down to my pussy to start teasing me. He licks my folds then moves his tongue to my clit licking it hard, after a moment he starts kissing my legs then going back to my clit again, I swear it is to torture me. “Please, Sean!”
“Please what, Tracey?”
“Please make me come.”
“Should I lick you like this?” He starts licking my clit hard and fast and I am so hot for him I am already on the verge of an orgasm and he knows it.
“Or should I finger fuck you like this?” He slams two fingers deep inside me and my god I want to explode, but again as my orgasm is about to tear through me he stops.
“I definitely enjoy licking your clit so I think I will go back to that and fuck you with my tongue until you explode all over it.”
He starts licking me hard and fast and all of a sudden his tongue is inside me and he fucks me with it. “My god, Sean, I am going to explode.” I can feel him smile against my pussy as he starts to lick my clit again and that is my undoing. My orgasm is tearing through me as my legs shake uncontrollably and then stiffen around his head. Once my orgasm has settled, he starts kissing his way back up my body to look me dead in the eyes. “That is mine, do you understand me?”
“Good now roll over.”
Found My Love – Learning to Love 3 – Scheduled for release in December! Stay tuned at www.facebook.com/alisonmelloauthor for more details
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Found My Love is the third book in the Learning to Love series and is Chase and Tracey’s story.
Theresa is a single mom afraid to love. She was never married her ex Kyle but he does pick up their daughter once in a while, so he is still in her life.
Chase and Theresa meet in book two when Theresa shows up to Abby’s engagement party late. Chase spots her and has this instant pull to her, so he walks up to her and introduces himself. They hit is off that night and exchange numbers, but Theresa is being shy and wants to take it slow. He is willing to go at her pace as long as she is committed to him.
Will Chase be able to stick it out when Kyle stops showing up to take Katie making it hard for them to have alone time? He says he wants to take care of them but she needs his help with Katie because her father falls ill will he step up to the plate or run out the door.
“I’m not going to fuck you tonight T. Not until I know you are ready, but I will take care of you.”
He kisses and bites at my hips and then moves back to my belly and up to my breasts, while his hand roams down into my panties. His fingers slide between my folds and he groans, “My god woman you are so wet for me.” He takes my juices and rubs them over my hardened nub. I swear I am going to combust. It is sensory overload, his lips on my body, his hands now buried deep inside me and his rock hard cock pressed into my hip. My hips are grinding into his hand and it feels so good, but I don’t know how to tell him I can’t come that way. I have never had a vaginal orgasm.
“Chase,” I moan, “stop a minute.”
“What’s wrong baby,” he looks at me full of concern.
“I don’t know how to say this,” I pause as my cheeks heat from embarrassment.
“What baby. No more hiding remember.” he says gently. “It’s just that I have never been able to, you know, come this way.”
He smiles at me and says “you have no need to be embarrassed baby. I will work on it with you, ok?” He winks at me, “I don’t want you to stress it ok?”
I nod as I bite my lip and he moves his hand back to my nub, I instantly start to feel the build of excitement as he rolls it around with his finger. I grind my hips and moan out in pleasure. He is nibbling my earlobe and whispers, “let it go baby!” After a few more moments he pinches it slightly and it sends me over.
“Oh Chase, that feels so good.” my legs have clamped shut on his hand as my entire body shakes. I must be louder than I realize because he covers my mouth with his to muffle the noise. He pulls away from kissing me removes his soaked fingers from my panties and sucks them clean.
I look at him wide eyed as he says, “you taste mighty fine, T.”