Friday, October 4, 2013


Release Date: September 21st 2013.  
Adult Contemporary Romance

Cole - Book Two in the Leaves Series. Adult Contemporary Romance


Cole Carlyle, successful hotelier, has lived his life on his own terms.
Burned by a gold digging ex-wife, he never expected to find his soul mate in Anika “Inky” Redding.

Anika Redding, talented artist, overcame her past to live her life free of shame.

Betrayed by people she thought she could trust, the last thing she expected was to find true love in Cole Carlyle.

Their love for each other has helped them overcome their demons before, but now faced with an unimaginable challenge, Cole must turn to the last person he wants involved in his life, and hope that those demons don’t once again try to swallow them whole. 

Inky and Cole’s romance and passion ignite and in the sequel to “Inky” we follow their journey to overcome their pasts once and for all, while building their love into something everlasting. 

4 star review by Jen Skewes

Cole is the sequel to Inky, so if you have not read Inky please note that this review may contain spoilers.  You also need to read Inky before reading Cole

Inky ended with that "OMG I cannot believe that just happened moment", followed by I cannot believe J.B. Hartnett left me hanging!  We were left wondering what will happen to Inky, will Cole find her before any more damage is done and how will she survive and move past it all?

Let me just say that Cole was just as emotional as Inky, if not more,  I honestly think I cried for the first 10% of this book.  Inky is gone and at first Cole has no idea why or what happened.  But once he finds out is when the emotions start coming.  Cole goes back and forth from Cole to Inky's POV.  So we see the emotions and anxiety that Inky goes through, not knowing what is going to happen to her next.  It was as if you were living the nightmare with her, scared for her and her safety as well as her emotional state.  Then you see Cole's POV and how much he loved this woman who entered his life not that long ago.  The fear and pain at the realization that he may lose her.  You see his family join forces to help find the woman he loves.  You go through those emotions with him and feel how deep his love for her really is.  And some people that you may not have cared for in the first book will completely surprise you and warm your heart.  
This is the emotional journey of Inky and Cole's quest to find happiness.  Because if there are two people who deserve it the most it is these two.  They are both so damaged and broken from their pasts that your heart completely breaks for them.  But they have a love that is so intense and so strong that they can honestly get through anything as long as they have each other.  I loved Cole.  He was such an amazing, caring, loving man who wanted to protect Inky in every way possible.  He understood her pain better than anyone ever could.  He knew when to push and when to back away. But Cole needed Inky just as much as she needed him.  He loved her so much that it was as if he needed her to breathe.  The love and devotion that they have for each other was just beautiful.

I don't want to go into too much detail of the book without giving away any spoilers.  I will just say that this was a wonderful conclusion to their story.  I loved watching Inky grow as a person and find herself.  She needed to let go of the past in order to heal.  Cole had his own healing to do as well.  Their relationship had its high and lows but they worked through it together.  Their journey was a very emotional one filled with laughter, tears, happiness and some very hot and sexy scenes.  There was just the right amount of drama and suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat.  Cole is a wonderful story of love, healing, strength, finding yourself and the happiness that you deserve.  

Cole and Inky will melt your heart.  They dealt with some deep issues in their life and I think that J.B. Hartnett did a wonderful job with those issues.  The way they dealt with them and the emotions that they went through were so genuine and real.  And as the reader you went through those emotions with them.  This series is a must read.  An amazing job by Ms. Hartnett.


“Don’t move, baby.” He said gently.
“I’m not going anywhere.” I sat Indian style on the bed and hugged my knees up to my chest letting my head rest against them. “You know what?”
“What?” I heard from the direction of the bathroom.
“I always called Evan ‘baby’. My Dad called me ‘baby’ and I wanted to save it for the man I would marry. I’m sorry I wasted it on him when I have you.” He was behind me, pulling my hair back when I felt a brush against my scalp…heaven. “That feels wonderful…what are you doing?”
“I’m getting you ready for bed.” I could hear his smile.
“You’re brushing my hair.” I sighed happily, stating the obvious. “Wouldn’t you rather be having hot-drunk-no holds barred-sex?”
“Does this feel good?”
“It feels incredible.”
“Then we can have hot-drunk- no holds barred-sex another night. But tonight, Christmas Eve, I want you to remember this. I want it to be special. Both of us in our cupcake pajama’s, me holding you, taking care of you…this is the beginning of our life together…baby.”

Book One in The Leaves Series
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Anika “Inky” Redding is passionate about two things; her love of painting and her fiancĂ© Evan. While working as a bartender to pay her bills, she meets Cole, a sexy divorcee. She denies their mutual attraction and tries to put him out of her mind.

When an abusive person from her childhood makes an unexpected visit, Inky’s world is turned upside down. Secrets are revealed and truths are exposed leaving Inky devastated and questioning what she thought was love. As she picks up the pieces and tries to move on, she finds her path crosses with Cole once again and this time, she cannot deny the passion between them.

Once she opens her heart again, will she be able to move forward or will her past find a way to stop her?


Julie is a Southern California native, a fan of a really good story (preferably romance with a happily ever after), really good pie (preferably pumpkin) and copious amounts of coffee (preferably Folgers).
She has always enjoyed writing and at one time thought she could be a singer songwriter...the 'writer' part is the one that stuck.
Julie is obsessed with pi...the equation(and the food). She's allergic to cats and cantaloupe and hates if you ever want to give her a gift, those are out for sure. She currently lives with her own romance hero husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia.

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