A Contemporary Romance Novel by USA Today Bestselling Author Priscilla West
“What are you doing?” Jax struggled.
My heart breaking for him, I raised his bruised hand to my mouth and kissed it tenderly. “Burning away the past.”
Beaten, bruised, and broken, I made a desperate move that would change our lives forever.
Just when I thought the worst was behind us, cracks appeared, secrets surfaced, and lies unraveled.
With threats closing in from all sides and our very lives hanging in the balance, I was faced with the most difficult decision of my life.
Series: Chronicles of Steele #1
Release date: October 2014
Publisher: AltWit Press
Purchase: Amazon | B&N
Synopsis via Goodreads:
This is the complete Steampunk Fantasy novel – all four parts of the serial in one volume! Also includes bonus features found in the episodes.
Human life has value.
The poor living in the gutter is as valuable as the rich living in a manor.
The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint.
Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.
Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in.
This steampunk fantasy takes you on a journey with Raven Steele. She is a reaper who happens to decide to stop being a reaper but when her time comes to be done, she is thrown into another battle. She goes to her true love and to tell him she is finally ready to settle down but finds out, he didn’t wait on her. This devastates her. Maybe he wasn’t her true love after all and it wasn’t meant to be? She quickly gets a job caring for a young Duke to save his life from his father. He is sickly and his father wants him dead but his brother hires Raven for the job to keep him save. This job has it’s ups and down from the beginning and more difficult than Raven expected. The king sends his top guards out to find Raven and the young Duke. Along the way, we find out that there is more to this story than meets the eye. Never to trust anyone because they maybe the one who you trust the lest. Does Raven keep her young Duke Safe? What is the real twist in this story? Does Raven even find true love in the end? Will she always be a reaper? So many questions to be answered and I am so happy that I read this awesome story. Loved it!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long. Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.
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Available December 20th, 2014
Sarah’s review Oct 11, 14
5 of 5 stars
Read from September 23 to 27, 2014
Ok, so if you don’t already know, The Life Gift is a Companion Novel to Last Heartbeat. Now that’s out of the way, I start off with a summary of the book and then give my review with my likes and dislikes.
Kristen wanted what her parents had, the perfect marriage. That was all until she left for college and they admitted the truth, they only stayed together to keep Kristen happy. So will Kristen be able to love when what she thought was perfect and what she longed for her whole life was all just a lie?
Kristen’s best friend and roommate Alexia, makes her realize there is true love once she sees Alexia & Phillip together. So maybe there is hope? Will she find “the one?” Something tragic happens to Alexia and Kristen soon realizes how precious life is and Kirsten knows she will make a decision that will not only affect her life, but also her friends. But will her decision be supported? Can she really do it?
The gift that Kristen offers her best friend Alexia is the most precious gift that can be given. Is 9 months something you would give up for your best friend?
So onto my review, I fell in love with Alexia & Phillip in Last Heartbeat when I first started author stalking TR Lykins. They have had a special place in my heart ever since. Both Phillip & Alexia had been through tragedy to get where they are today. If it wasn’t for Phillip’s brother Gabe, they would not be where they are. Alexia, Phillip, Jacob, Tyler & Kristen really do start their own family together.
The most precious gift is offered from Kristen and someone special to Alexia & Phillip. It will be loved for a lifetime. Will Alexia be able to accept this gift?
This is a clean romance that will make you laugh, cry, and appreciate the small things in life and how precious the gift of life is. I loved every minute of this story. The only thing I didn’t like is that all my favorite characters’ story has to come to an end. So I guess my only option is to reread it! Thanks TR Lykins for another awesome read!
**ARC given in exchange for honest review**
Ltmk Onbooks’s review Oct 10, 14
5 of 5 stars
Read in October, 2014
*Reviewed for HookedonBooksForever*
5 stars *hands down best books I have read in ages.*
In The Life Gift by TR Lykins we join Alexia’s best friend, Kristen on her journey of falling in love giving her best friends the ultimate gift of life.
I don’t even know how to summarize this amazingly touching story without giving it away. All I can is, after The Last Heartbeat (the first book) The Life Gift is an amazing continuation and closing of this story. Kirsten, Jacob, Phillip, Alexia, and Tyler, all college friends, become what can only be described as family. This is a clean, beautiful romance novel that much like the book from with it follows, will leave you inspired, touched and most of all thankful for the little things in life. TR Lykins you have created an amazing world of friends and family in this series and I must say it is one of the most beautiful stories I have read in a long time.
I was also given the last heartbeat to read, and felt this review was needed.
The Last Heartbeat
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Karen Tribble rated it 5 of 5 stars
Oh. My. Goodness! This book is SO good! I just love these characters—especially the men that Lykins writes about! They LOVE their women! They LOVE their women! Did I mention that they LOVE their women? Plus Lykins shows what true friends do for one another. This book is thought provoking and makes you want to be a better friend and person!
Keep up the great work! I want MORE!
Tenver Owens rated it 5 of 5 stars
After gritting my teeth with her character in Last Heartbeat, I found this story to triumph any conceptions I had formed of her. The Life Gift was inspirational from the first page to the last. You’ll love the events and the reasoning behind Kristen’s choices. An absolute joy to read. Have some tissue in close proximity.
**** This is a companion novel to Last Heartbeat ****
Kristen believed her parents were truly happy and wanted a marriage like theirs. She really didn’t know anything about their relationship until she was leaving for college. That’s when they dropped a heartbreaking bombshell on her.
They only stayed together to make her happy. Now, she thinks she is the reason for their unhappiness, can she trust love?
Does love even last anymore?
Her new college roommate, Alexia, changes her mind about love. Seeing how fast Alexia falls for her dreamy guy Phillip, and how fast that dreamy guy falls for Alexia, she then realizes that maybe love could happen in her life!
Now, Kristen has to change her ways and open her heart up for love. Can Kristen do that after watching her parents live a lie for so many years? Hoping she can find her true love and not get hurt, Kristen thinks she can find him out there somewhere, but where?
One tragic moment happens to her friend and it makes her realize that life could end in a blink of an eye. Kristen makes a life decision that affects her and her friends.
Can she go through it?
This gift is the greatest gift she can give to her best friend, Alexia. Nine months of her life is a long time to give up for your friend.
Will this sacrifice be truly appreciated and will Alexia be able to take care of her precious gift?
Cover Designer: Juliana Cabrera
Photographer: Donna Dailey Hunter
Cover Model: Shawna Hunter
Sarah’s review Apr 19, 14
5 of 5 stars
Read from March 25 to 29, 2014
This story is very special to me and really hits home. I gave it 5 stars. One of my friends/coworkers is a organ donor, Bonnie Flexon. She donated her kidney to her sister. Her sister was on dialysis for 1 year before receiving Bonnie’s kidney. The doctors said ideally it would’ve been 3 years before she received a cadaver kidney. Both are doing well and it has been 18 years since their surgery. I hope this story makes you realize how special being a organ donor can be and that you will take the time to consider becoming a donor if you aren’t already. You would be amazed how many lives you can save by allowing your organs to be donated upon your passing.
I knew what I wanted to happen from the very start of this book. I was very pleased with the way it turned out. I’m not going to give any spoilers. Alexia is literally on her last heartbeat when she receives a donor heart. She goes to college and falls hard for Phillip. Both of them think they are broken but will another accident make them closer or completely break them both?
Tenver Owens’s review Feb 15, 14
5 of 5 stars
This book was a gentle read of a love story that takes you to the days of first love and the power to get through anything. Well written and a phenomenal storyline.
Sandy Adams’s review Feb 15, 14
5 of 5 stars
The Last Heartbeat is well written, kept me interested from beginning to end, and the characters were well developed. Once I started reading, I could not put it down.
Jami Cole’s review Feb 28, 14
5 of 5 stars
Read from February 25 to 28, 2014
This story was amazing. It kept me glued from start to finish and I even cried at the end. Well written a true young love, love story. Amesome job to the author and thank you for allowing me a chance to read this book.
Karen Tribble’s review Apr 13, 14
5 of 5 stars
Started reading & didn’t get a thing done until it was finished! Loved it!
Nikki Hensley’s review Apr 15, 14
5 of 5 stars
Read from March 25 to 26, 2014
I was lucky enough to have a chance to read an advanced copy of Last Heartbeat. I really enjoyed the read. Alexia (Love this name!) and Philip each have a very special story and share an incredibly unique bond. Last Heartbeat is an emotion filled ride, and I enjoyed getting to see both characters points of view throughout the course of the book. I also enjoyed the side characters. Philip’s friends and Alexia’s roommate were great side characters as well. I loved the time that Alexia and Philip spent at the beach, it definitely left me eager to take a trip to the sand! Fantastic debut novel!
Denise Van plew’s review Mar 30, 14
5 of 5 stars
Little did I realize when I first started this book I would be grabbed ahold of by the author and not let go till the author was finished with me. The characters in this one have alot of depth given to them that brought them to life so vividly especially with the characters alternating with their first person narratives. This is a story that explores love when two people discover each other with all their obstacles how love conquers all. It takes those obstacles and redefines them if the two really want it and grows a relationship that defies time and warms you to the very bones while reading it. Drama begins it and you are whooshed away shortly after to later where you formerly meet Alexia and then also meet Phillip. They meet at school which both are lucky to be there to begin with so they are going for the gold. Icing on the cake for them is meeting each other when neither had any plans of hooking up with someone special. In fact some would say Phillip turns the eyes of many a girl but he will soon only have eyes for Alexia. Both have a secret that they are guarding though from most concerning themselves but both are survivors to say the very least. I would say they are even most fortunate given second chance at life to be lived and loved to the fullest. This author then does that very thing taking me the reader through it all the building of this wonderful relationship between this two. It has care and concern that two should have for each other but Phillip alittle more honest with Alexia about his state then she is. Secrets do have a tendency to surface at the most awful times to create havoc like a bad storm and that is what happens when Phillip learns Alexia has also something different about her but hits close to home thanks to a special gift from his dead brother. Your heart by then has constricted and holding your breath to see if and what will happen with these two who by now love each other dearly. They have the kind that should not be thrown away but could be choked due to fear. You also would like to give Phillip a nudge in the right direction as he drags us the reader through anxiety wondering what is he going to do and is there any hope for these two. That is the wonderful thing about love the kind that is true there is always hope and this author will give it the spectacular star studded ending this novel of these two special characters deserve.
Philomena Callan’s review Apr 03, 14
5 of 5 stars
Read from March 29 to April 01, 2014
I loved the description of this book. However the book was so much better. This book had my jaw dropping at parts that I wasn’t expecting.
I guessed early on what was happening. Usually this puts me off a book but with this book it didn’t. It actually made me sit and read this in one sitting.
Alexia and Philip are the two main characters. They’ve been through a lot but are they willing to go through more heartache to be together?
I’m not gonna give anything away in this review. I just want to say that this is a really great written love story that gave me goosebumps at the end!!!
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Alexia has fought hard to over come a tragic illness in her past. Barely getting on with her life, she finally leaves home to enter the real world. This first big step makes her appreciate all that she has struggled with. This next step in her life, also leads her to a possible heartbreak. How can Alexia keep up with all of her struggles and keep going on?
Phillip has lost someone close to him when he was younger. This person was the most important person in his life. He has struggled to get past this loss, and once he does, he finds out something about his favorite person that makes him feel the hurt all over again. Why can’t Phillip move on for good? Can he really forgive someone in the past, if they no longer live? A chance meeting has Alexia and Phillip spending hours talking. This sparks an attraction for each other. Every day, running into each other makes the attraction grow stronger until they finally give in to it. When another accident strikes, both of their pasts come barreling back to haunt them. Can they move forward knowing the secrets they now know about one another? How much more can two broken people endure? Will they find their way back into one another’s arms or have they finally come to a breaking point in life?