Everythingby Published 12 Jan 2019
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A shocking tale of romance and deception, N.B. Baker’s Everything is an impressive debut that proves no secret is ever really buried. Ella Stone is struggling to pick up the pieces of her life. Abandoned by her parents when she was an infant, both of the grandparents who raised her are now gone. Facing her future for the first time, Ella decides to move to Detroit in order to be near her two best friends. After a misguided relationship with a man she finds in bed with another woman, Ella begins doubting her life-changing move. That is, until she meets Chance St. John. When Chance fends off a brutal attack, he and Ella share an instant connection. As the two get to know each other, their passionate exploits both in and out of the bedroom make way for a deeper connection for which neither one was quite prepared. But despite their increasing closeness, Ella can’t shake the feeling that Chance is hiding something from her. His frequent nightmares and skittish responses point to a secret in his past that haunts him still. While Ella attempts to uncover Chance’s mysterious past, her own life takes a turn for the strange. As Everything builds to its explosive climax, Ella must discover the truth before Chance’s dark past consumes them both.
I loved this book beyond words.
Strong Alpha hero with a spunky heroine and a storyline that kept you guessing.
Book – Everything
Author – NB Baker
Publication Date – February 20, 2014
Type – Stand Alone
Genre – Romance
Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars
Book provided by Author in exchange for an honest review.
First thing about this book is the constant twist and turns the author writes about in this story. Ms. Baker also has the ability to make her characters realistic and come alive through her writing. These are characters who are easy to connect and fall in love with. I loved Chance and and Ella but Justin stole the show!
I still can’t get over this is a debut novel for the author. I loved how she was able to intertwine a mystery and romance along with angst, humor and love.
Ella has lost everyone in her family and makes the decision to move to the city to be close with her friends. She wants to start over and begin a new chapter in her book. Along with this, it’s time to kick the current boyfriend to the curb when she finds out that he is a cheat. Ella needs to take a chance…and that chance is with a man she meets in Detroit with the same name.
But there is something hidden behind Chance’s eyes – but Ella won’t push until it comes about that someone is gunning for her and wants her dead. Will Chance finally reveal the secrets he has been holding back?
Awesome book full of suspense and romance. Oh and the sex scenes are total build up getting the anticipation levels off the charts!
e he can land his fist against her face, Hunter all of a sudden is on the ground. What in the hell is going on with Hunter? Is he high on drugs?
When she opens her eyes, she finally realizes that she is now in the arms of Chance St. John. He has beat the crap out of Hunter and has become her knight in shining armour. Taking her back to her house, Ella invites he up for a drink and conversation. Completely amazed that this beautiful man is sitting on her couch, they start to do the awkward dance of flirting.
Things start to take off for Chance and Ella pretty fast from this point on. It's the "zing" that has pulled these two lost souls together. Finding comfort and love in one another has brough Ella to a new point in her life that she has never been too.
Chance is the dream guy that she has always wanted. He's caring, romantic, sexy as hell and the best lover that she has ever had. There's only one problem with Chance. he's hiding a deep dark secret that he's not willing to share. At times he seems to drift off into this dark dream like state, only to snap out of if just as fast. He has nightmares that he's trying to help someone, but when Ella tries to talk to him about it, he goes all quiet.
It's not until Ella starts having issues with an author that is due for a book signing, that things start to heat up in this story. Then Ella finds herself being the victim and stalked by some unknown person who is out to do her some severe physical harm. Questions start to surface about Chance and his past. Is all the problems Ella is having due to this? Will Ella and Chance be able to survive the problems that are starting to cause a rift in their relationship? Will their love for one another be strong enough to overcome all these obstacles?
I found "Everything" to be a pretty fast read. The book moves quickly though the relationships of Ella and Chance. You can't help yourself to be drawn into their world. They both are such engaging people who you feel like you want them as friends.
Now this book does have some graphic sex scenes in it, but it's nothing that I would really call erotic. To me it was just mind-blowing sex that wasn't embarrassing to read. It was hot and steamy, but nothing that I would categorize as erotic.
Not wanting to give away the ending, I can hint around that the author does throw you a curve ball that I wasn't suspecting. It was a nice little twist to such a great and loving story.
I really enjoyed this book, but the ending gave me chills. When I read the last sentence I would have bet money that my kindle had malfunctioned because I was trying like crazy to turn the next page but there wasn’t any more. It left me sitting there wondering what I even felt.
Ella isn’t a weak woman; she tackles life head on and goes full steam ahead, until she runs into the brick wall named Chance. Finding her boyfriend in a compromising situation she doesn’t crumble and fall apart, she cries and gets the heck out of that relationship so she can start over once again. With her grandparent’s ranch in Wyoming, she had started over in another city to be closer to her two best friends Sarah and Justin. Living on the ranch wasn’t in her plans, but she never wanted to let go of that connection she had from her childhood. Owning a book store with Sarah gives her the independence she wants plus the chance to take a few days for herself to really figure out what she is going to do. A second run into with Chance was the beginning of a new world for her.
Chance is harboring some deep painful secrets but one thing is for sure, he is a protector. Finding Ella in a dangerous situation he acts and asks questions later. When he takes her home that night he begins to feel something for her, but is interrupted before it could go any farther. After this they became a couple and he fit into her world with Sarah and Justin. The twist is Chance might think he is protecting Ella and saving her but it could be Ella is the one saving Chance and giving him a new start. It is going to take a lot for him to tell her what is causing his nightmares and why he can’t be with her any more, but thank goodness both Ella and Chance have Cory to drop enough hints to keep them both willing to fight for each other.
The only negatives I found with this book are the characters emotions tended to be up and down. They would be intense and full of emotion and then like flipping a switch they had calmed down and were back to being stable. This happen often but not so much that I would discourage anyone from reading. The other thing that I wasn’t fond of was there seem to be some major time lapse between scenes. In some places weeks went by, months went by, there were just several times I would have liked to of been told what they did in that time frame. Other than that I can’t think of anything I would change. The characters all played a major role in the story and all were so well developed it was easy to make a connection to them. The story was full of suspense, mystery and love and there is also some humor mixed in.
Ella Stone is looking for somewhere to lay her roots down. After losing everyone in her family and left financially stable for life, she decides to leave Wyoming where her grandparents raised her. She decides to move to Detroit, to be closer to her two best friends Sarah and Justin and start over.
Ella is returning home early from a recent trip back from Wyoming and decides to surprise her boyfriend early. What she was about to find out was the surprise is on her when she catches him in bed with another women! Ella leaves immediately and never looks back. She shortly recovers from her breakup and she finds it's odd how quickly she gets over him. Her best friend Sarah tells her she will know when the right one comes along because she will feel a "Zing" for them!:)
A couple of months pass and Ella is getting her life back in order. She is so grateful that her friends gave her a place to stay and always have her back. Ella is out one day doing some grocery shopping when she literally runs into the back of someone.
I look up to see where the deep,sexy male voice came from. My gaze traces long, lean legs covered in dark denim; a T-shirt that fits in just a way to emphasize each muscle under it without being too tight, a five o-clock shadow covering a strong jawline, ice-blue eyes, and dark brown hair. I know my mouth is hanging wide open, but I can't seem to close it as I look at this god standing before me.
That's just the first we see of Chance. Ella runs into him again and he ends up saving her from a horrible situation. Ella and Chance start seeing one another and instantly she feels the "Zing" with him. Chance is so different from any man she's met. He's romantic, caring, attentive, loving and affectionate.
He seemed to good to be true!
Ella and Chance are so amazing together! They can't get enough of each other! These two are hot and heavy in the sheets! They are flirty and playful and everyone around them sees how much these two are falling in love! Ella is waken one night to Chance having a horrible nightmare. When she ask Chance about it she can see the fear and hurt in his eyes.
"El, I don't want to lose you, I care about you, but there are things in my past...dark things.
Things happened that no one should ever have to experience, to have to live with the rest of their life. I don't have what it takes to share that right now. I don't want to taint you, to taint us. They are my demons, and I will work through them. Being with you, it helps me so much; you have no idea how much. I hope you understand. Please, baby, please understand."
Ella doesn't push him to tell her. She sees how it could tear him apart. So she decides she will show him he can trust her and she will be here for him when he's ready to share, if ever.
Shortly after, Ella's apartment is broken into and vandalized and she starts getting random phone calls from an unknown number. The phone calls turn into threatening voice mails that lead to someone attempting to kill Ella.
As the story starts turning I couldn't put my kindle down! I love a good romance story with suspense and I wanted to know who was doing this and why? I kept thinking I knew who it was, but I was way off!
I'm gonna warn you now that when you find out who it is and why, you better grab you a Kleenex because your heart will break!:(
Oh and the Epilogue!!! Gave me goosebumps and I shed some more tears there too!!
I'm gonna miss Ella and Chance and I loved her best friends Sarah and Justin too!
They had me cracking up! You will love that couple!
This book made me laugh, sad, happy, cry, shocked, surprised and just Wow!!!
I definitely recommend this book! You need to take a "Chance" on this book!:)