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Title: Snared
Author: L.L. Collins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: March 10, 2016


BEAU has never known a good life, only the torment that lives inside his head every day. The only way to block out the darkness that shrouds him is through the rhythmic beat of his drums. Knowing what happens when he opens up to anyone, Beau buries his pain deep inside, keeping it all to himself. APRIL has lived a life of wealth and privilege, full of love and support. Her only insight into what it's like to have a rough life is through her work with foster children. When she meets Beau, it starts as a challenge to get through to him but quickly turns into much more than either of them bargained for. 

TOGETHER, they are mismatched, ill-fated, and COMBUSTIBLE. But when their connection is challenged by the collision of past, present, and future, will they be snared by love...or circumstances?

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Tanner started his riff, Johnny and Bex coming in as Bex began to sing, effectively silencing the crowd. In between her notes I could hear shouts from exuberant fans. My head cleared and it was just me on this stage with the most amazing band I could have ever asked for.

It was my turn to come in and come in I did. I took it over, allowing the screams and shouts of my name to fuel me to drum harder, faster, longer. When my solo was over and Bex began singing again, the screams were still reverberating in my head.

Before I knew it, April and her dad were walking onto the stage as we finished up our tenth song. Sweat dripped off of my face and into my shirt, which looked like I’d taken a shower in it. Before I could stop myself, I stood up and met her halfway across the stage. I held up my drum sticks, which started a frenzy in the crowd. They knew what I was doing. They were seasoned groupies.

April’s eyes met mine as she realized I was walking up to her. That same charge traveled through my body. I handed her the drumsticks without saying a word. The crowd went insane. I could see many flashes as people took pictures, but it didn’t bother me. She beamed as she took the sticks from my hands, her fingers brushing mine. I almost jumped back at her touch but forced myself to take one step back instead.

“Did you see this?” April boomed into the microphone. “Beau just gave me his drumsticks! Who is jealous right now?” The crowd screamed, jumping up and down. She looked back over at me and beamed.

I was frozen behind her. I felt Bex, Johnny, and Tanner come up and stand behind us and I immediately relaxed.

“We wanted to take a moment to thank you for coming to this Jaded Regret concert to benefit Young Angels Children's Hospital, which you can see behind us. Because of all of your generosity, not only will we get to complete the next phase, but we will also get to help many foster kids that have aged out of the system but still need assistance. Thanks to Bexley Bryant-Gibbons, we’ll be assisting her in funding an assisted living facility here in Orlando for kids who have aged out of the system. It will help them with finding jobs, giving them life skills, and help them have a safe and low cost place to live.”

Bex stepped up next to April. “Thank you, Orlando,” she said, her voice gruff through her headset. “Most of you know that I have a special place in my heart for kids in the foster care system, especially those who never got to have families and aged out of the system. It’s my goal to help those that need it and get more kids families.” The crowd screamed and jumped up and down. Bex looked back at me for just a second, but I knew what the look meant. For kids like us who had no one. “Now who’s ready to rock?”

Bex nodded at us and we turned to go back to our respective places.

April put her hand on my arm before I could get too far from her. “Thank you,” she whispered into my ear. “I’ll keep them forever.” I allowed a small smile to play on my lips before turning away from her. I grabbed a new pair of drumsticks and watched as she exited the stage. She turned back and stood, watching me the entire time again.

I wasn’t sure what I was doing, but I could still feel where she’d touched me on my arm.

Author Bio

L.L. Collins loves spending her days in the Florida sun with her husband and two boys, reading, and writing. LL has been writing since she was old enough to write. Always a story in her head, she finally decided to let the characters out made her lifelong dream of becoming an author come true in the self-publishing world. She's the author of the Living Again Series and the Twisted Series, plus a new standalone, Back to the Drawing Board. Visit LL on her website, and on all social media. Look for more of her emotionally charged novels soon!

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Ok Ok.. First and foremost… L.L. Collins can I hug you and kick you all at the same time… lol! I mean really half the time I was reading, I was crying and taking my glasses on and off because I couldn’t see the words! I know I am a softy but you pulled at every one of my heart strings. (No I didn’t cry throughout it’s not that kind of book) That being said let’s get to the review shall we. 

I did not read book 1 and don’t even feel like I missed out. I feel like I NEED TO GET THAT BOOK ASAP. I totally feel like this book can be read as is without missing anything vital at all. 

Beau Oh Beau how I love thy, if you ask me right now who your favorite book boyfriend is I would tell you Beau Anderson and hey he even beat out Tatum Jackson, just saying.. He is my number one but nope Beau took that place in my heart. 

Not only is Beau a drummer for Jaded Regret, he is a brother, a friend and a lover .. even if he can’t see that last one. 

Beau is dealing with mental health issues throughout the book but that does not make him weak even though he thinks it does. He is strong, empathetic and compassionate. I love how none of his family treats him any differently, they accept him as is. I think this helps in the long run as the story progresses he needs that family strength behind him to fight his battle with himself.

Oh April how I love her she is kick ass in a subtle kind of way. She has quiet strength; I don’t think Beau really understood how strong she was until she had to show him. I love how she just knows him, when he is good and when he needs that little bit of understanding. 

This book is heavy in the emotional sense only because we are dealing with huge mental and emotional matters. I can’t stress enough of how much I loved this book maybe because I know a little something about depression and how it can not only affect you but the ones around you.

I don’t want this to be long winded because this story totally speaks for itself but watching these to find each other and find themselves is powerful and moving. 

Here are some of my most favorite quotes. 

“I don’t know you and you don’t know me. But I like you.” April said this I totally swooned for a girl! 

“Beau, you aren’t a disease. No one is perfect. Not a single damn person. Everyone deserves someone to look at them like they are their whole world. The reason I’m telling you this is because I didn’t think I deserved it, either. I was wrong. You’re wrong, too.” Oh Johnny I freaking <3 you

“I see it, right now. The doubt is taking you over. Don’t doubt that I want to know all of you. I do. The good, the bad, and the in-between.” I swear April I have a girl crush, no joke. 

One of my favorite lines by Beau here is half of it so I don’t give away anything 

“Not as beautiful as you. And I mean every word. Now, will you do me the honor of joining me as …..” 

Also can I just say Beau’s sister Natalie is the bomb I freaking <3 her.. She totally needs her own book just saying.. *Wink Wink*

5 Emotionaly Awesome Star’s