Friday, February 28, 2014

Book Review: Seduced By Fire (Submissive #4) by: Tara Sue Me

Release Date: March 4, 2014 from NAL Trade
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"Tara Sue Me became a worldwide phenomenon with the Submissive Trilogy. Now she presents a scorching tale about a risky passion too hot to ignore.…

Julie Masterson craves a taste of danger.

Despite being familiar with the different games people play in the bedroom, she’s never given in to her curiosity about putting her body in someone else’s power—until a chance meeting with Daniel Covington, the seductive Senior VP of Weston Bank, draws her into a titillating new world of sexual experience, one that she never knew she desperately needed.

Daniel is highly respected within his community, but he hasn’t had an exclusive relationship for over two years. Yet Julie’s eager innocence is driving him to the brink of ecstasy, making him rethink his feelings about commitment.

As their sizzling connection heats up, Daniel is ready to take Julie fully under his command. But when the dangerous side of their play rears its ugly head, Julie will have to decide if she trusts him enough to surrender completely—or if she should escape before she gets burned..."

My Thoughts:

This was a really quick and really fun read. I can honestly say that I could not put it down. It had a very addictive quality to it. One where from the moment I began, I just needed to know where the story was going and where the characters would end up. The characters are likable and they have great chemistry.

Julie and Daniel are great together and the connection is instantaneous. I really liked them together and I liked their relationship. Julie is looking to explore her submissive tendencies and Daniel is an experienced Domm. However, they meet each other without either one of them knowing those things and I liked that they gravitated toward each other naturally. Julie is a great character; she is strong and spunky and is finally giving in to something that she has always been curious about. Daniel is also a great guy. He is of course a dominant alpha male but he never crosses the line into cruel. He is a great guy and always has Julie’s best needs at heart. 

I think what I really enjoyed about this novel is that it was more than just Julie and Daniel’s relationship and the exploration of that. That is of course a huge part of the story and what it is centered on, but it’s also about Julie coming to terms with who she is as a person. Just as Julie is beginning to accept herself and her nature, she comes face to face with the dangerous side of this lifestyle. Her best friend is seriously injured in a scene gone wrong and it shakes Julie. It makes her question everything and she can’t seem to separate Daniel from what happened with her friend. It was interesting to see the flip side of things and see how it made Julie doubt everything. At the same time though, I felt like it enabled Julie to know exactly what she was doing and getting into and if she can trust trust Daniel knowing all that it may just make their relationship stronger. 

I also really liked the secondary characters, especially Dena and Cole. Dena becomes a great friend for Julie, and Cole just seems fun. I’m hoping they each get their own books because I’d love to see more of them.

Seduced By Fire was a really steamy and really engaging read. I loved how it was so easy to read and get lost in. It was a great escape for a few hours.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sloppy Seconds: Pushing The Limits (Pushing The Limits #1) by: Katie McGarry


Welcome to Sloppy Seconds which is monthly feature hosted by myself and Michele of A Belle's Tales. Sloppy Seconds is a feature in which Michele and I buddy re-read some of our very favorite books and then post our thoughts and feels. So sit back, relax, grab a glass of wine, and re-live some great reads with us!

Release Date: July 31, 2012
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"No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.


Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again."

OUR DISCUSSION
**spoilers ahead**

Teresa Mary Rose
So first I just want to start off by saying that I loved this book even more the second time around. I don't know what it was, but I somehow loved it even more. I had forgotten how much I truly loved Noah and Echo.

Michele

Agreed!  This was a great story to revisit!  Noah and Echo are such an amazing couple, and their stories hit me square in the FEELS!  I was surprised by how many little things I had forgotten, though!  I wonder if it's just a lot to take in that first time around combined with reading at a super speedy pace because you're dying to find out what happens.  This time we knew what was coming and were able to take our time and really absorb every detail the author gave us.

Teresa Mary Rose

Exactly! There was so much I had forgotten about this book. Even the second time around, I read it in one sitting because it was so addictive. Prime example of forgetting, though, is Grace. I forgot how much I HATE her. The more I think on it, the more I realize she is the worst of them all. She is so fake.

Michele

I could write a novel on Grace, but I'm going to try to restrain myself.  I think we've all been unfortunate to have had Graces in our lives... well, maybe not quite to that extent, but I'm at the point in my life where I could easily walk away from a fair-weather friend like her.  It wasn't that easy in school, and Echo wasn't strong enough to put her in her place.  That really broke my heart.  As much as I love Lila, I was disappointed in her for not letting Grace have it.  They allowed her to carry on for way too long.  That is not a friend... not by a longshot.

Teresa Mary Rose

And that is what I think is the best thing about Grace because everyone has had someone like her in their life, so you could relate to Echo's position. It was easy to feel for her and see how much it hurt. And really, Echo had enough going on -- she shouldn't have had to deal with Grace and her nonsense as well. And I love Lila, too; but I hated that she put up with Grace as well and, to an extent, even agreed with her. But other than that, I thought Lila was a wonderful friend; and Echo needed her. 

Michele

That's a good point -- and not only relate to but also hopefully learn a valuable lesson through Echo's experience with Grace. Lila didn't always react the way I wanted her to, but she truly loves Echo and has her best interest at heart.  I don't know what Echo would have done without her.  And since we're talking about how lucky Echo is to have Grace, can we talk about how lucky Noah is to have Isaiah?  Those two.  I absolutely adore them and their friendship -- which really is a brotherhood.  Bromances are the best, but those two guys really look out for one another.  They prove you don't have to share the same DNA to be family.

Teresa Mary Rose

Yes, there is definitely a lesson to be learned there with Grace and Lila. It's a true contrast in what a friend is and what a friend is not. Oh, I love Noah and Isaiah's friendship because it is a true friendship. They have each other’s backs no matter what, and I think their friendship is really special. Those two really needed someone to care about, and I love that they found that in each other.  Now you can't mention Noah and Isaiah without talking about Beth. I know we have unpopular opinions on Beth; but really I have such a hard time liking her, even though she comes around.

Michele

Hahaha -- I didn't think you'd let me get away with not mentioning Beth.  Beth is a tough character for me in that she's just that -- tough. Too tough. I admire a strong person, and I have tons of compassion for what Beth has been through; but sometimes she's cruel, and I can't get on board with that.  She's not the only one who has had a rough life, and it bothers me that she couldn't be sympathetic to anyone else’s plight. So many readers love Beth, but I'm just not one of them.  I admit I grew to like Beth, and it was things she said toward the end of this book that made me warm up to her enough to read her book; but Beth and I will never be besties.

Teresa Mary Rose

Yeah, I am completely on board with you about Beth. I do feel for her, and I understand that her life has been tough; but I can't fully agree with the way she handles things. She is horrible to Echo when it is abundantly clear that something horrid has happened to her. As someone who has had it tough, you think she would be able to sympathize. I find her very selfish in that regard. Like you, I do come to like her at the end when she starts to come around, but she isn't my favorite. Even in her own book, I had a tough time. Ryan was the one I truly loved there, but that is completely off-topic haha.

Michele

I do think once she became aware of what exactly happened to Echo, she felt differently; but it was almost too little, too late.  I struggled with her in her book also, but Ryan was wonderful... and you know how much I adored Crash Into You and Isaiah's story, so yeah... we'd better steer clear of that, or you might not get me back on topic. LOL.  Let's talk about Mrs. Collins.  I love that woman for so many reasons.  I wonder if she could have helped Beth?  I seriously admire a person who works with teenagers labeled as "problem kids."  It takes a very special kind of person to do that job, and I hope and pray that there are lots of people like Mrs. Collins in our world because I know there are lots of Noahs, Isaiahs, and Echos.

Teresa Mary Rose

Yeah, it was way too little, too late. I'm not even gonna touch Crash Into You because we will never get back on topic haha. I adore Mrs. Collins, and I love that Noah and Echo found her. She is a wonderful person who truly had their best interests at heart and didn't let outside interests interfere. I think she would have worked wonders for Beth. I love how Mrs. Collins didn't let Echo's idiotic parents interfere because of how it looked, and I also loved that she worked with Carrie and Joe. Because while I liked that Carrie and Joe came to their senses, I thought they were incredibly selfish when it came to Noah's brothers. They were his brothers, and he had every right to see them! 

Michele

She is so amazing!  I love how she handled Echo's dad.  He would probably make me cower, but Mrs. Collins never batted an eye at his nonsense.  Her working with Carrie and Joe was one of my favorite aspects of the story. I think a lot of readers share your assessment of that situation, but I never had a bad feeling about those two.  I always thought there was more to it; and once we got to the bottom of what that was, my heart really hurt for what they'd been through.  I agree he had every right to see them, but at times Noah did not help his cause. As hard as they made it on Noah, those are exactly the kind of people you'd want to love your children.  I felt Noah's pain over his brothers in my soul.  I cried so hard over those pages.  My poor daughter just had to let me hold her and bawl over her. LOL. That was probably the hardest portion for me to read about.  Speaking of bawling... the fountain.  There are two pivotal scenes that take place at the fountain, and I have so much love for both.  I love that one scene is such a romantic moment, while the other is so incredibly endearing and such a turning point for Noah.  I want that fountain BRONZED.

Teresa Mary Rose

There aren't many people who could have handled Echo’s dad, and Mrs. Collins did it wonderfully! He made me so mad -- and ugh, his wife. She makes me want to punch things. Self-centered pain in the ass. See, I never had a bad feeling about Carrie and Joe, and I thought they really cared for his brothers-- I just didn't like that they fought him every step of the way instead of trying to work with him. Because even though he may have been a "bad case," he was still their brother and deserved a chance to see them. I cried so much over that situation. Oh, my. The fountain. Such pivotal moments for both aspects of the story, and both are so well done.

Michele

That was something else that came full circle, too.  I still think Ashley is a ditz and Echo’s dad handled everything wrong; but when it all came out, at least I could understand his thought pattern a bit better.  Still, Echo's parents were a piece of work. But her mom takes the CAKE. I want to get a hold of that lady.  I have no doubt you could put her dad in his place just as well as Mrs. Collins did – so you take him, and I'll handle the mother.  Lol.
Yes, but we knew Noah... they didn't.  I kept trying to put myself in Carrie's shoes and think about how I would handle this big-ass, scary teenager who had been accused of all these things and was threatening to take away my chance of happiness... and yeah... I got it.  I'm just so happy they learned to see Noah for who he really was.  It was heart-wrenching to hear the horror stories of the system.  Noah went through things he never should have gone through. 

Teresa Mary Rose

Agreed. Ashley is a pain, and that situation was horrible; but I did understand it much better at the end. It still hurt, though, that after everything -- Echo was still second to her dad, and she shouldn't have been. Oh, gosh, her mom is the worst. Not only is she crazy, but she is just horrid. I just don't have the right words to explain her. Haha I'll take her dad, and you take her mom. I know, I know -- and I tried to look at it from Carrie's perspective. I really did. But it was hard because Noah loved his brothers so much. I'm so glad it worked out the way it did. And I also understood, though, why Noah worried about them in foster care because he had a horrible experience and he didn't want his brothers to deal with that. Personally I think the system separating them in the first place was just wrong. 

Michele

You're right -- even after everything was in the open, she was still second place and always will be to them.  It breaks my heart!  But Noah is healing her, and I wish we were flies on the walls of wherever they are right now.  Some of the things we read in CIY has me worried, though.
Hahaha! Deal. We got this.
But I love how we feel differently about this because it's exactly how we should feel given our own current situations.  You have siblings who you love and would go to the ends of the earth for.  I absolutely love your relationship with your sisters -- I completely get how that part of the story made you feel.  Meanwhile, I'm sibling-free but looking at my kiddo while I'm reading and seeing it from a totally different perspective.  I love that this book can span the ages and each reader gets a little something different out of it.  Katie is brilliant!
I definitely got his worry – it's what makes him such a wonderful brother and just a genuinely stand-up guy. I agree, they should not have been separated; but it happens so much with foster care.  I honestly can't imagine how horrific that would be for siblings.
Noah did one of the most unselfish things I've ever read about.  If a reader didn't get the depth of his love for his little brothers at the beginning, they were left with no doubts at the end.  It was painful to read, but it was beautiful.

Teresa Mary Rose

It's so heartbreaking that she always comes second. And even though her Dad did a lot to help her and her brother, he still doesn't treat her the way she deserves to be treated. And that fact that he helped hide her memories because he didn't want her to know his part in it appalled me. I'm so glad she found Noah, but you are right. Some of the events in CIY made me nervous.
You know, I didn't realize that until you just pointed it out, and you are so right. Of course we would think differently about this just because of where we are. I don't have kids, but I have my sisters -- and God forbid, but if something happened and I had to take care of them, I would and I wouldn't want anyone to take them away from me. And of course, you would see it from the mom perspective 'cause you are one. 
I know it happens, but it still makes me mad. And really no way to deny that Noah loves his brothers because he puts their needs before his own.

Michele

I can't imagine a parent doing that -- the whole thing was handled so poorly.  I wasn't sure if it was his part he was so afraid for her to know or just the overwhelming fear of her mind breaking for good once she knew the truth.  Still, no excuse for her to be second place.  I did enjoy his interactions with Noah -- those were awesome!
Yeah, a little something for everybody in this one.  Definitely one of those YA books that will appeal to all ages.  I love when we can bring different perspectives to the table, too.
He does -- a truly selfless act and one that gives me so much hope for a future family for him, too.
I've got quotes burning a hole in my quote book.  Are we ready to share our faves or is there a character we missed... Oh wait...  Yeah, there is.  How could we not mention Luke!!!!  I HATE LUKE!!

Teresa Mary Rose

I don't care what his reasons were because they were all wrong haha. I have no sympathy for him. But I did like his interactions with Noah. The scar-touching and the shaking of hands. Perfect. And I have so much hope for Noah and his brothers now. I think they will all be truly happy now.
I have quotes, too -- but OMG how could I forget to rant about Luke? Gosh, I hate him so much. He is such an ass and treats Echo like dirt. He is really just with her because it "makes sense" and just -- really, ugh, I dislike him so much. 

Michele

Bahaha!  And you are entitled to those feelings, Wifey!  Oh, the scar touching... that was one of those le sigh moments.
Right?  He's such a prick!  There's just no other word for him!!  Arggggggg!!  I think one of the worst things he did was taking her to see that particular movie.  What. An. Idiot.  How self-absorbed are you that you don't see how hurtful that would be?  Oh, I get mad just thinking about it!!  Of course, it was while he was enjoying his stupid movie that a lot of progress was made in the Noah and Echo department... soooo I guess I'm glad he's a self-absorbed prick.

Teresa Mary Rose

That movie was so stupid of him! I mean how, just how could you be so dumb! But you are once again right -- him being dumb allowed Noah and Echo to get closer, and I am a-okay with that. But still so stupid... just so, so stupid. Self-centered pain in the ass!
Okay, now I think we have fully ranted about everyone... I'm ready... hit me with those quotes!

Michele

Okay, here we go!  So many to choose from.  Have I mentioned how much I love Noah and Echo?

“What an odd combination of romantic gesture and horribly crude wording.” <--soooo Noah! 


“She took a deep breath after finishing her explanation of a derivative.  I’d understood a derivative five minutes ago, but I loved the sound of her sweet voice.  Part angel, part music.” 


“Touching Echo felt like home.” 


“‘I wrote about the person I love the most, my older brother, Noah.  We don’t live together so I wrote what I imagine he does when we’re not together…

He’s a superhero who saves people in danger… Noah is better than Batman.’
‘I love you, too, lil' bro.’” 

“My siren had sung to me for way too long, capturing my heart, tempting me with her body, driving me slowly insane.” 


“‘I love you enough to never make you choose.’” 


“The worst type of crying wasn’t the kind everyone could see—the wailing on street corners, the tearing at clothes.  No, the worst kind happened when your soul wept and no matter what you did, there was no way to comfort it.  A section withered and became a scar on the part of your soul that survived.  For people like me and Echo, our souls contained more scar tissue than life.” 


“'I want my mom and dad... I just want my family back.'” 


“'I may not always understand, but damn, baby, I’ll try.'” 


*sobs my face off*


Teresa Mary Rose

Ohh, Wifey... those quotes make my heart hurt... the brother one is just too perfect. Okay, here we go:

"We'd read about sirens in English this fall; Greek mythology bullshit about women so beautiful, their voices so enchanting, that men did anything for them. Turned out that mythology crap was real because every time I saw her, I lost my mind." 


"Luke used to give me butterflies. Noah spawned mutant pterodactyls." 


"'Echo, I can't tell you what's going to happen because I don't know. I don't hold hands in the hallway or sit at anyone else's lunch table. But I swear... on my brothers that you'll never be a joke to me and you'll be much more than a girl in the backseat of my car.'" 


"I added a fucked-up thought to another fucked-up thought and I created a pile of shit." 


Michele

Those are SO good!  The last one... I just had to laugh out loud... again.  
This was such a great buddy-read.  I enjoyed sharing our thoughts and feels so much!!

Teresa Mary Rose

Haha that last one just speaks to me...
Yes, this was fantastic! Let's start the next one ASAP, lol. 

Book Blast: Flawed by: JL Spelbring





In a world where Hitler won the The War, and perfection is constantly sought, Ellyssa has broken free from her austere life and has found another meaning for her existence.

Family, friendship, and love.

But her happiness is short lived. Ellyssa finds herself on the run, again. Her father's work didn't die with him, but lives on in her siblings, Aalexis and Xaver, and they are determined to complete his unfinished dream.




FLAWED BY J.L. Spelbring 
Book Two in the PERFECTION series.
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Expected publication: August 12th 2014 by Spencer Hill Press



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Swoon Thursday #86: Death Sworn by: Leah Cypess


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"That did it. Ileni launched herself forward, with more determination than grace, and kissed him. After a startled moment, he responded, his hands coming up hesitantly to her face, then fumbling to her shoulders. After another moment - or several -  Ileni leaned back and stared at him in disbelief. Sorin flushed to the roots of his hair and dropped his hands, a bit unsteadily, the first movement she had ever seen him make that was less than completely graceful. "I told you. You're the first girl I ever - um-" Ileni started to laugh. "You're one of the assassins, famed for their allure and irresistibility to women. And you've never kissed a girl?" "Who would I have kissed?" "I guess I assumed that would be part of your training. You know, how to seduce women to make it easier to kill their husbands. Or something like that." "Maybe it's an advanced class," Sorin said. The terseness in his voice didn't bother Ileni, but there was embarrassment there, too, so she made an effort to look less amused. Sorin leaned toward her, his cheeks still tinged red, and said, "Either way, I've had no prior training. You'll have to start from scratch" Upon consideration, that didn't seem like a bad idea at all.

This one was light on the swoons, but I really enjoyed this moment. This was a good read.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Book Blitz: Fifty First Times



"You always remember your first time...
Whether it's the couple who decides not to go through with it, the two boys who finally aren't ashamed, the newlyweds whose wedding night could very well be their last night together, the deaf pair who have no choice but to take body language to a new level--or, of course, the two young lovers fumbling and laughing, getting everything wrong. These are the memories that will never fade.
Join nineteen fantastic authors as they pull back the curtain and give you a peek inside that one intense moment in their characters' lives when everything changes and nothing will ever be the same again.

Featuring stories from some of the hottest names in New Adult, Young Adult, and Romance including New York Times Bestselling authors J.Lynn/Jennifer Armentrout, Molly McAdams, Sophie Jordan, and Carrie Ryan.
NOTE: These stories are works of fiction. If you want to know about our first times, you'll have to buy us a pet monkey first."
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Publication date: February 25th 2014
Genres: New Adult

My First Book Signing:
As part of this blitz we were encouraged to share one of our firsts in the spirit of the anthology. I decided to talk about my first book signing. My first signing was actually long before I started blogging and it was Stephenie Meyer. I went to the pre-launch concert in NYC for Breaking Dawn and it was amazing. Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October performed a few songs and then Stephenie Meyer answered some Q&A. It was a huge event and it was packed but I had a great time. I got to meet Stephenie Meyer, which was probably the highlight of my life up until that point. Twilight is a series that will always hold a special place in my heart and I love having a signed copy of Breaking Dawn on my shelf.


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Andrew Shaffer: The unnamed narrator is a booksmart English major who spends too much time studying and not enough time partying—at least according to his best friend Allen.

Julie Cross: Audrey appears quiet and timid on the outside, but inside she has gifted intuition when it comes to reading people and a fierce loyalty to those she loves.

Lisa Desrochers: Rene Vargas' army unit was blown up by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, and she's scarred in more ways than one. She's kickass is so many ways, but her whole life has changed, and now she's left to discover who she is...with some help from Rick Hamilton (Lexie's dirtbag ex from A LITTLE TOO FAR).

Mark Perini: Luke comes off a bit nerdy, but he’s got an inner Juno cool that he’s just now figuring out about himself. He wants that movie romance but doesn’t think it’s in the cards for him. Well not yet anyway.

Melissa West: Summer is strong and opinionated, and Blake is a classic guy's guy with a huge heart.

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Waiting On Wednesday #89: Gilded Ashes by: Rosamund Hodge

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, it spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

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"A romantic and fantastical reimagining of the classic Cinderella tale,Gilded Ashes is a novella by Rosamund Hodge set in the same world as the author's debut novel, Cruel Beauty.

Orphan Maia doesn't see the point of love when it only brings pain: Her dying mother made a bargain with the evil, all-powerful ruler of their world that anyone who hurt her beloved daughter would be punished; her new stepmother went mad with grief when Maia's father died; and her stepsisters are desperate for their mother's approval, yet she always spurns them. And though her family has turned her into a despised servant, Maia must always pretend to be happy, or else they'll all be struck dead by the curse.

Anax, heir to the Duke of Sardis, doesn't believe in love either—not since he discovered that his childhood sweetheart was only using him for his noble title. What's the point of pretending to fall in love with a girl just so she'll pretend to fall in love with him back? But when his father invites all the suitable girls in the kingdom to a masked ball, Anax must finally give in and select a wife.

As fate would have it, the preparations for the masquerade bring him Maia, who was asked by her eldest stepsister to deliver letters to Anax. Despite a prickly first encounter, he is charmed and intrigued by this mysterious girl who doesn't believe in love. Anax can't help wishing to see her again—and when he does, he can't help falling in love with her. Against her will, Maia starts to fall in love with him too. But how can she be with him when every moment his life is in danger from her mother's deadly bargain?"


It is not a sequel to Cruel Beauty, but it takes place in the same world and I will take what I can get. I adored Cruel Beauty and cannot wait to see what we get with this novella.

Gilded Ashes will be released on April 1, 2014.
What are you waiting on?


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Release Day Blast: White Hot Kiss by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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We are beyond excited to participate in the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout's WHITE HOT KISS! WHITE HOT KISS is a young adult paranormal romance being published by Harlequin Teen TODAY! This is the first full-length novel in The Dark Elements Series and one you'll want to grab as soon as you finish reading this post.

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    "One kiss could be the last. Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever. Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul. But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world."    


EXCERPT: 
 “I don’t think of Zayne that way!” She laughed. “What man-parts-loving female in this world doesn’t think of Zayne that way? I can barely keep myself breathing when I see him. All the guys in school have squishy waists. I can tell Zayne doesn’t. He’s the awesome sauce with extra sauce.” That he was and he so didn’t have a squishy waist, but I tuned Stacey out at that point. I really did need to cram for this test and I also didn’t want my fantasies involving Zayne to occupy my mind right now. Especially after I’d woken up this morning, carefully tucked under the covers. The bed had smelled like him: sandalwood and crisp linen. “Oh, sweet baby Jesus in a manger,” Stacey murmured. I clenched my jaw, cupping my hands over my ears. She jabbed me in the side with her elbow. At this rate I’d be covered in bruises before lunchtime. “Our bio class just got a billion times more interesting. And hotter, lots and lots hotter. Holy mother, I want to have his babies. Not now of course, but definitely later. But I’d like to start practicing soon.” The cell wall is a thick and rigid layer covering the plasma something, something plant cells… Stacey stiffened all of a sudden. “Oh my God, he’s coming—” Composed of fat and sugar— Something slender and shiny fell from who knew where, landing in the middle of Sam’s notes. Blinking tightly, it took me a couple of seconds to recognize the faded and half peeled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sticker covering the back of the silver cell phone. My heart slammed against my ribs. Gripping the edges of the notebook, I slowly lifted my gaze. Unnaturally beautiful golden eyes met mine. “You forgot this last night.” 



 Now that you have a taste for this fabulous new series, here are the details for the AMAZING international giveaway!!! 
Harlequin Teen is giving away a large Harlequin Teen Tote. 
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Author Photo About Jennifer L. Armentrout:
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.   She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.  Series Website | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads 



Cover Reveal: Desire by: P.T. Michelle


Release Date: 04/01/14

Now that Nara and Ethan are working together to uncover the Corvus’ secrets, they’re confident nothing can stop them.

But while they’ve learned to anticipate dark, outside forces gunning for them, neither is prepared for the insidious evil that slithers its way into their lives, nor the new challenges that surface so close to home.

Despite all the chaos and turmoil around them, the one constant they can depend on is their devotion and loyalty to each other. But as their relationship moves into deeper territory, sometimes the toughest battles are the ones waged within.

While the hunt for answers unravels more layers in the Corvus world, Ethan and Nara uncover new truths about themselves and their intricate connection to the powerful raven spirit.

When boundaries are suddenly redrawn and control shifts, Ethan and Nara will be forced to make choices that could bring them closer together or rip them apart forever.



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P.T. Michelle is the young adult and new adult pseudonym of Patrice Michelle, author of fifteen romance novels and novellas. When P.T. isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading or taking pictures
of landscapes, sunsets and anything beautiful or odd in nature.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Rewind: Good Beach Reads

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

This week is a rewind week where we can go back and choose any previously done topic. I decided to do Beach Reads because there is so much snow here and I really wish I was on a beach!


1. Waterfell by: Amalie Howard- This is such a quick and fun read. It also has sea creatures and the characters spend a good amount of time on the beach.

2.Don't Bite The Bridesmaid by: Tiffany Allee- This is a great beach read because it is light, quick, and fun. Also it takes place on a cruise.

3. My Life Next Door by: Huntley Fitzpatrick- This is such a sweet contemporary read and one that should be enjoyed while sitting in the sun.

4. Touch by: Jus Accardo- This one goes on the list because of personal reasons. I actually read this book in one sitting at the beach and got a really bad sunburn because I was so distracted by the book.

5. The Lightning Thief by: Rick Riordan- Percy is the son of Poseidon, therefore it should be read near water.

6. Castle Hill by: Samantha Young- Not sure why I feel like this is a beach read, I just do... probably me looking for an excuse to bring Braden everywhere.

7. Trust In Me by: J. Lynn- Cam belongs in all locations... beaches included.

8. Lost & Found by: Nicole Williams- This was such an addictive read and perfect for lounging on the beach with.

9. Madly by: M. Leighton- mermaids... beach... just makes sense.

10. Slammed by: Colleen Hoover- Because Will Cooper is amazing no matter where you read it. 

What made your list?

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