Monday, March 19, 2018

Book Review: The Prophecy (Titan #4) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: March 20, 2018
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Source: I received a copy of this book and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"History is on repeat…

Seth never thought he’d have a future. But now he’s on the brink of having it all with Josie: A tomorrow. A family. A forever. And all that's standing between him and that forever is the Titans. If he helps Josie entomb them -- without killing them, a nearly impossible task for him -- everything he could ever want will be in reach. But he soon realizes that as a god, every little choice he makes can reshape the world for the better… or worse. And in meddling with the Titans, Seth may have just set into motion catastrophic consequences that will force the Olympians to enter the mortal realm and reshape the delicate balance of power that keeps the world from total collapse.

A price must be paid…

Entombing the Titans is Josie’s top priority. After all, it was what she was born to do. But the plans her father put into play to help her are no longer an option, and the odds she and Seth face in forging their own path are grim. The escalating violence between halfs and pures only increases the danger closing in on them and their friends. Josie knows their chances of succeeding in their task are slim at best -- and if they fail, they might lose everything. But she also knows she's not fighting just for herself -- she's fighting for the man she loves, for their future, for the world. Together with the Army of Awesome, Josie and Seth will face the unthinkable. And to win this war, the ultimate sacrifice must be made.

For the end is here and the Prophecy will be fulfilled…."

My Thoughts:

Look it is no secret that I love pretty much everything from Jennifer L. Armentrout, but I will always hold a special place in my heart for her Covenant and Titan series, so I was really looking forward to this book. I have to say that this book delivered. I didn’t know how all of the crazy was going to get solved but somehow this book pulled everything together in ways I never expected the story to go.

I’ll admit that going into this series I was never sure if Seth would be able to fully win me over, but he really did. He has come such a long way and has really come to terms with everything he did and tried his best to make amends. At the end of the day he is a good guy who is trying to do the right thing and keep those he loves and cares about safe. At the same time though he is still the same Seth. He still has that witty banter and smart ass mouth and still tends to lose his shirt. I loved that Seth was able to grow as a character while still remaining himself in a lot of ways. Also have to talk about Josie because I love her so much. She is so so strong and does not know how to back down. She is always willing to do what is right and what needs to be done, even when it terrifies her. She too has grown so much over the course of this series. She got thrown into this new world and she adapted to it so well.

Along with Josie and Seth this book has such wonderful secondary characters. Of course I love Alex and Aiden and seeing them again is fantastic. Those two will always hold a special place in my heart and seeing them together and strong just makes me incredibly happy. Deacon is forever one of my all-time favorite characters. He somehow manages to steal every scene he is in and I love that. He brings some much needed laughter and lightness to some very bleak situations. And seeing Deacon with Luke makes me so happy.

The plot to The Prophecy was like a punch to the gut. There are a lot of ups and downs and it’s hard to see how everyone is going to make it out alive. This book broke me and I’m not ashamed to say I sobbed. The book moved at a great pace and it really kept me turning pages. And of course the romance between Josie and Seth was both sweet and sexy.

The Prophecy was a great conclusion to the Titan series and I am so sad to say goodbye to these characters. This series will always hold a special place in my heart.

Friday, March 16, 2018

On My Shelf: Crossing The Line by: Katie McGarry

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.

I love Katie Mcgarry and I bought this novella right when it released, but then I somehow never got around to it. I really need to circle back and read this one because McGarry never ever lets me down.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mini Review: On Hart's Boardwalk (On Dublin Street #6.7, Hart's Boardwalk #2.5) by: Samantha Young

Release Date: March 20, 2018
from Intermix
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"One of New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young’s most beloved couples returns for the
first time in a brand new novella set ten years after her blockbuster bestseller Before Jamaica Lane…

Nate and Liv have a great life together but they miss the spontaneity and freedom they enjoyed early on in their romance. Careers and their children have inevitably kept them busy, so when Nate discovers Liv is feeling disconnected from him, he plans an anniversary trip to the idyllic seaside town of Hartwell, Delaware. There he hopes they will have the opportunity they’ve been craving—a chance to reinvent themselves and fall in love all over again.

With each new day comes a new adventure, from wedding crashing at the five-star boardwalk hotel to pretending they are two strangers having a chance encounter at the boardwalk bar. In the midst of this daring, sexually charged game of romantic rediscovery, Nate and Liv discover the only constant they need is each other."

My Thoughts:

This is forever my favorite series from Samantha Young and it was so wonderful to catch up with Nate and Liv again. And even better that we got to do so in the lovely setting of Hartwell, Delaware. These two are still as fun as ever and it was nice to briefly catch up with the rest of the gang. I love this series because it always packs a punch and delivers a great romance and this novella did the same. It was a quick read, but it never felt as if it was too quick or rushed, it delivered a full story full of heartbreak and romance in a small package. Nate and Liv have come a long way from the couple we first met, but they are still the same in so many ways. Their chemistry is off the charts and I just love them both oh so much. And I will forever love their “would you rathers?”. It was so cute seeing them with their daughters and how they’ve grown and how in love they still are. And even though they hit a rough patch it was so great to see how they worked through it all. Relationship goals for reals. If you’re a fan of this series this is not a novella to miss.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday #255: A Court Of Frost And Starlight by: Sarah J. Maas

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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"Months after the explosive events in A Court of Wings and Ruin, Feyre, Rhys, and their companions are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated--scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

I am sure there are zero people surprised by this pick. I am obsessed with this series and I cannot wait to get my hands on this book.

A Court Of Frost And Starlight will be released on May 1, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Recent Reads: Magic and Angels and Romance

Recent Reads is feature here on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookout app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of magic, angels, and romance.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Book Review: Tess Of The Road (Tess Of The Road #1) by: Rachel Hartman

Release Date: February 27, 2018
from Random House Books for Young Readers
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can't make a scene at your sister's wedding and break a relative's nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.

Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it's a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl--a subspecies of dragon--who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she's tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one."

My Thoughts:

I have been deceived by that cover. A cover like that basically promises dragons. I mean the dragon is the most prominent part of the cover. Well… this book did not have a single dragon. There was a weird lizard thing and giant snakes… which are like sub-species of dragons maybe (idk tbh) but not one traditional dragon and that cover is false advertising. And look, I know covers are not always indicative of the books insides, but this book was SO not what I was expecting or what I got from the synopsis and it really fell flat for me.

To start, there really isn’t much plot. It’s really just Tess on her journey and she takes different side trips along the way. There isn’t one real destination and the story doesn’t build up to any one thing. The action is minimal and I never fully understood where the story was trying to go. The book is really just Tess’ journey and her journey of self-discovery and while that’s a worthy journey in and of itself, for the reader there’s no real central storyline or overarching plot. Also, Tess’ friend Pathka is also on his own journey and I’m not going to lie, I never came to fully understand what was going on there and I think that was a severe lack in the world building.

While I’m on the topic of world building, I feel like I was really missing something by not having read Seraphina. And I’m kind of miffed by that. I know this takes place in the same world as Seraphina, but from the blurb it seems to be its own series and because of that this book should have presented this world to a reader and not hoped that the reader had read Seraphina. I felt as if there were words and creatures and references that just went over my head and they took me out of the story and left me confused. I know you don’t want to rehash elements for returning readers, but at the same time one book should present the things you need to know and not confuse you. Maybe I would have enjoyed this more had I read Seraphina, but guess we’ll never know. Then again, there still wouldn’t have been much plot.

I’ll also say it was VERY hard to like any of the characters.  I did love Tess. She is strong and flawed and capable and many would deem her unlikable, which is why I loved her. But aside from her I struggled. Her friend Pathka (the weird lizard dragon thing – quitgul) was not at all likable and I wouldn’t even call him a friend. Jeanne (her sister) was the actual worst. She had no backbone and relied on Tess for everything and while everyone called Tess selfish, I'd argue the selfish one was Jeanne. Her mother and father are terrible people as well. The only ones I didn’t hate were Seraphina and Josquin.

What makes me so sad about all of this though is that I truly truly love the message this book tries to get across. It really parallels sexism and the double standards women face with the real world so well. Men are forgiven easily for mistakes that women are not forgiven ever for. Or women even bear all the blame for mistakes of the men. I truly did love that commentary and that message, which is why it breaks my heart that I didn’t love this book.

Tess Of The Road is a book that had so much potential and then just did not deliver for me. I’m forever mad about the lack of dragons and I’m so upset this book was not all I hoped.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

On My Shelf: Merrick by: Anne Rice

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.

I actually cannot believe I haven't read this yet! I love The Vampire Chronicles and I started this series back when I was in High School and was slowly making my way through the series. I've found a can't read too many in a row because they can get to be too much but gahh I still love them (especially Lestat). It's been a few years now since I've read The Vampire Armand so it's probably about time I get to the next novel in the series.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Blog Tour: Cake by: Carmen Jenner (Review, Excerpt, & Teaser)


Cake, an all-new romantic and hilarious standalone from USA Today bestselling author Carmen Jenner is available NOW!

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Poppy Porter's ex is getting married ... to her ex-best friend. To land her dream job of partner in the most prestigious firm on the Upper East Side, Poppy must now pull double shifts as their wedding planner and maid of honor. And the icing on a truly craptastic cake? Leo Nass. Handsome, infuriating, womanizer, and … the best man. Despite their longstanding loathing, Poppy doesn't see Leo coming. Literally.
One ruined cake.

One archnemesis.

One hour to save the wedding.

Can they put their hatred aside long enough to save Poppy’s job and Bridezilla's head from exploding?
Piece of cake, right?
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My Thoughts:

This was such a fun read! I devoured this book in one sitting. It’s a super quick read and fun from beginning to end.

Poppy is not having the best of luck lately. She gets to be the maid of honor for her ex best friend’s wedding to her ex fiancĂ©. I mean… that’s just not fun at all. And then comes the snowball effect, because when it rains it pours. Poppy is a much better person that I could ever be and that made me love her. She has every reason to be horrible and vindictive but she rises above it all. I couldn’t help but feel for her and love her.

Leo is a bit of a jerk… but he manages to be a lovable jerk. Leo and Poppy have been arguing since they were kids and that hasn’t stopped now that they are adults. It’s clear to everyone but them why they argue so much but love is clearly blind. I loved them and I loved their banter. You can’t help but laugh with the way they go back and forth.

I read this book at a lightening pace because it moves so quickly. I think that was my favorite thing about it. It never drags and it’s just enjoyable. It's laugh out loud funny and the characters get themselves into ridiculous situations. And yes there are times where it is over the top ridiculous and highly improbable but that is what makes it so enjoyable. It’s a bit cheesy and over the top and is exactly why it’s such a fun time. It’s a rom com through and through.

Cake is a really quick and really fun read. It’s the kind of read that is guaranteed to be a good time and not drown you in angst. It’s perfect for when you want something to escape into and put a smile on your face. Poppy and Leo will make you laugh and steal your heart.



I sneak closer to the bed, my heart pounding as I throw the pillow at him. The guy shifts in his sleep, and his breathing slows, but a beat later the snoring starts again and I have to resist the urge to scream. Instead, I raise my poker and jab the sheet covered body. It’s not hard, just a quick jab or two, but he still doesn’t stir. “Hey, asshole!” I shout, and whack him hard in the butt with my poker. The giant freak jumps up and seizes my hand. His grip forces me to drop my weapon. He yanks me toward him—on top of him—and this is how I find myself eye to eye with the beast. He breathes his heavy, stinking breath on my face, and I wince and wrinkle my nose. Leo’s eyes crinkle in the corners as he laughs. “Morning, Pop Tart.” “Get the hell out of my bed. And brush your goddamn teeth. What are you doing in my house, Nass?” “Ah, still feisty, huh? Is this like an all-day thing with you, or do you eventually turn from an angry sea witch into a person? Would coffee help?” “Fuck you, Leo.” “Darlin’, you wish.” “You’re disgusting. I wouldn’t touch you if—” “Yeah, yeah, if I were the last man on Earth. I’ve heard it all before, sweet cheeks, and I don’t buy it for a second.” He flips us so suddenly my head spins. I’m beneath him, my wrists pinioned to the bed above my head by just one of his strong hands. The other glides up my side. My sheets have twisted up around us, but from this angle it looks as if Leo Nass is very much naked in my bed. “Goddamn it,” I complain once I find my voice. “I’m going to need to burn these sheets after you leave.” His eyebrow quirks, and the grin he gives me is all-out salacious. He shifts his weight between my legs, then he drops his hips and grinds his erection against me. I’m stunned, speechless. I have no words. They’ve all left me because my brain has turned to mush and my vagina is the only one thinking, and I’m really not okay leaving her in charge. “Why burn them when we’re not done messing them up?” 


Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA Today and international bestselling author. Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU, 2015. A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore makeup addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child. A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture? Connect with Carmen: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest |  Instagram | SnapChat | Amazon | Mailing List | Website


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Recent Reads: Weddings and Journeys

Recent Reads is feature here on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookout app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of weddings and journeys.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Book Review: Menagerie (Menagerie #1) by: Rachel Vincent

Release Date: September 29, 2015
from MIRA
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"From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent comes a richly imagined, provocative new series set in the dark mythology of the Menagerie…

When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger's Menagerie, she is an ordinary woman in a not-quite-ordinary world. But under the macabre circus big-top, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah is stripped of her worldly possessions, including her own name, as she's forced to "perform" in town after town.

But there is breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival. Gallagher, her handler, is as kind as he is cryptic and strong. The other "attractions"—mermaids, minotaurs, gryphons and kelpies—are strange, yes, but they share a bond forged by the brutal realities of captivity. And as Delilah struggles for her freedom, and for her fellow menagerie, she'll discover a strength and a purpose she never knew existed.

Renowned author Rachel Vincent weaves an intoxicating blend of carnival magic and startling humanity in this intricately woven and powerful tale."

My Thoughts:

This book is like nothing I have ever read before and that makes it so fantastic. I’ve been a Rachel Vincent fan for a while now… her Soul Screamers series owns a special place in my heart… and Menagerie is joining those ranks. This book is dark and brutal and none of the characters have it easy, but it’s also wonderful.

Menagerie is truly a brutal read and it is not for the faint of heart. But it also carries an important message and a ton of parallels to our world. Humans have a great capacity for cruelty and this book shows that well. It was hard reading parts of this book, but I also knew that it wasn’t reaching and that people really can suck this much. I think that’s important. It’s not brutal just for shock value, it’s more than that.

What makes this book stand out though is the great cast of characters. I adored Delilah. Her strength and resilience and compassion is astounding. Eryx is my favorite. And Gallagher is so so so intriguing and you just need to meet him.

Menagerie took me by surprise on numerous occasions and that’s not always an easy thing to do. I loved being caught off guard and kept on my toes. This world is so vivid and the cryptids so enticing and that makes your heart break even more. That such horrible things are done to such amazing creatures.

Menagerie is a fantastic read and one of my favorite reads this year. I can’t wait to dive into the sequel.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Lucky Is Reading Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to my stop on the Lucky Is Reading Giveaway Hop hosted by Stuck In Books.
I am giving away a hardcover of A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck.

-one winner will win a hardcover of A Short History Of The Girl Next Door by Jared Reck
-giveaway is open to the US only
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On My Shelf: I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You by: Ally Carter

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.

I bought this book a few years ago when I went to an Ally Carter signing. I went because my sister loves this series and wanted to finally meet the author. I figured while I was there I would buy the first book. This sounds like such a cute and fun series, but we all know there are so many books and so little time. 

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Release Day Blitz: Ever After by: Riley Hart & Christina Lee (Review, Excerpt, & Teasers)

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RELEASE DATE: 02.28.18

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As next in line for the Evergreen crown, Prince Merrick Davendall’s future involves ruling, marriage, and producing an heir of his own. But he’s long been tormented by desires that are far from princely. Especially when the beautiful Cassius is promoted to be his new valet, and Merrick is struck by a longing like never before—a longing to know him far beyond royal and servant.
After his father’s passing, Cassius Havendale’s sole duty is to provide for his family. A promotion to serve a pampered prince is something he endures only for their sake. Surely Prince Merrick has no understanding of true suffering of the common people, nor could he possibly understand what it’s like to desperately desire something he cannot have.
Except the prince is not at all what Cassius imagined. Kind, humorous, and caring to those in need, he also shares Cassius’ affinity for the arts. In fact, Merrick understands his deepest vulnerabilities in a most remarkable way.
As their affection deepens, the underlying tension between them becomes unbearable and they’re unable to ignore it any longer. But when the queen prepares a lavish ball with all the eligible ladies in the land in attendance, Merrick must fulfill his obligations to his country, and Cassius has the needs of his family to consider. They’ve long known their stolen moments would have to come to an end, but are they ready to give up one another and the idea of a happily-ever-after?
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Source: I received a copy of this book as part of the RDB and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.

My Thoughts:

This book was so ridiculously sweet and swoony and is the kind of book that delivers all the feels. I was just so so happy as I read this book. I loved experiencing this fairy tale and going through all the trials and tribulations with these characters and watching them find their happily ever after.

Cassius and Merrick were both so darn fantastic. They may come from different worlds, but in so many ways they are the same. They related to one another in a way they hadn’t related to anyone before and they both broke my heart and mended it as they struggled to find their way. Merrick is faced with all the stress and pressure of being a Prince and Cassius needs to provide for his family and their relationship could risk all of that, but they have such a pull towards one another. They had great chemistry and I so loved the two of them together. They both made me feel every single emotion along with them. They made me smile and laugh and cry and I just wanted all the happiness in the world for them.

I would be remiss if I didn’t take some time to mention the wonderful cast of secondary characters. I adored Marjorie, Elizabeth, Emily and Valor. They were such a strong support for Cassius and Merrick and I loved that there were people who had their back. And all of these characters were fierce and strong in their own right and I loved them almost as much as I loved Merrick and Cas.

I could gush about this book forever, but I really just want everyone to read it. It’s lighthearted and sweet and delivers a wonderful fantasy and fairy tale. It’s swoony and romantic and makes you believe in happily ever afters. I haven’t read much from Riley Hart, but I have read a ton from Christina Lee and this book is by far my favorite from her. If you are looking for something that is just a feel good story, then look no further.

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They were quiet as their feet settled into the freshly fallen snow on the way to the barn. When they reached the building, which had already been vacated for the night, Prince Merrick pulled open the heavy barn door, making a sudden shot of worry dart through Cassius. “I’m sorry, Your Highness. I should have gotten the door for you. I’m…” He did not know how to continue, did not know what he felt, and even if he understood the thoughts plaguing him, he could not share those with the prince. “Please, don’t apologize. It is quite nice to do things for myself from time to time.” The corners of his eyes pinched, and his lips creased in a frown as though he shouldn’t have spoken as he had. The thought made Cassius’s stomach tumble in an unfamiliar way. He couldn’t imagine having servants do such simple tasks for him, but he wasn’t a prince. He couldn’t fathom how the other man would feel the same. “Shall we go?” the prince added, and Cassius felt his ears heat at the way he’d stood there like an idiot. Luckily, his hat covered them, so it wouldn’t be noticeable. It was strange the way he so often flushed in front of the prince. Cassius had never been one to blush, even in front of a man he found attractive, but he did so frequently with Prince Merrick. “Yes, sir.” Cassius stepped inside and waited. He noticed the prince move to close the barn door just before their gazes clashed together. As though he sensed Cas’s need to fill the role he was supposed to, the prince stepped aside, and Cas closed the door. “Do you enjoy horses?” he asked Cas as they walked toward Ursula, the mare Cas knew belonged to the prince. He felt his forehead wrinkle beneath his knitted hat as he continued his attempt to figure out what was happening. “Yes, Your Highness. I do. They’re…” Cas let his words trail off. The prince couldn’t want that much information from him, and he shouldn’t want to share. Cas found he did, though. Whether it was just to talk to someone or the prince specifically, he could not decide. “They’re what?” Prince Merrick prompted. “Nothing, sir. Just that I enjoy them tremendously.” “Please,” he replied. “Please tell me what you were going to say. You don’t have to. It is not a demand, but…but I’d like it if you did.” They stopped moving. Ursula neighed in front of them, but Cassius couldn’t make his feet move. The prince was looking at him…curiously. He had no doubt his eyes held the prince’s similarly, but obviously for different reasons. This time, it was Prince Merrick who flushed, a soft pink tinting his delicate cheekbones. It is because he’s cold. It has to be because he’s chilled. Still, Cas’s heart raced like Ursula’s hooves when she galloped. He needed to end this fascination, this seeing things that were not there, before he got himself into trouble. Before he lost his position and shamed his family. The prince added, “I’m sorry. It wasn’t fair of me to make such a request,” and it was those words that fueled Cas further because the truth was, it didn’t matter if it was fair or not. The prince had the right to request anything he desired; the whole family did, without apology. Yet the prince had apologized, a soft, earnest quality to his voice that spoke of his sincerity. He had meant his apology, and that…that meant something to Cassius. He cleared his throat and looked at the horse, petting her neck. “I was going to say they’re comforting. There is something about horses that soothes whatever ails you…makes you feel free when you’re anything but. Like you can ride anywhere and there are no walls to stop you, no places you cannot go. They do not ask for much, but they give much in return.” His fingers stilled on Ursula’s neck as his words replayed in his head. Christ, had he truly verbally assaulted the prince of Evergreen with such foolishness, such frivolous thoughts? “I apologize. I didn’t… That was…” “That was beautiful. You have a way with words, Cassius. It was as if…as if you experienced what you said.” Cas’s eyes snapped to the prince’s, which were firmly pointed to his face with an unfamiliar intensity Cassius didn’t understand. He turned away before the prince saw something in his gaze that he did not want him to see. “I worked on a farm once,” he replied. Prince Merrick nodded in response. “Can I tell you a secret?” he asked as he pulled a carrot from the bag and handed it to Cassius. “Yes, Your Highness. You can tell me anything you’d like.” Only Cassius did not understand why he would want to. “Sometimes I wish for exactly what you spoke of…to be able to go wherever I want, whenever I want.” The prince fed one of the carrots to his horse, who gobbled it up. “Even if only to explore town undetected. I know how that must sound, to long for such simple things, but…” “They are not simple,” Cassius found himself saying. “They are normal things to desire, something I must admit I’ve taken for granted.” He’d never considered what being a prince truly meant. Yes, Merrick would never hunger, would never require necessities Cassius struggled for, but he was bound by different hardships Cassius couldn’t understand and had never taken the time to attempt. “We are both bound, shackled by aspects of our lives that are out of our control.”

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Riley logo bannerRiley Hart is the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s a hopeless romantic, a lover of sexy stories, passionate men, and writing about all the trouble they can get into together.She loves reading, flawed characters, and hanging out with her husband and children, who she adores. She and her family live in Southern California, soaking up the sunshine while also missing seasons. Not a day goes by that she isn’t thankful she gets to wake up and do what she loves.
Life is good. Riley also writes young adult and new adult under the name Nyrae Dawn.
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Christina Lee LogoOnce upon a time, I lived in New York City and was a wardrobe stylist. I spent my days shopping for photo shoots, getting into cabs, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at my favorite hangouts.
Now I live in the Midwest with my husband and son—my two favorite guys. I've been a clinical social worker and a special education teacher. But it wasn't until I wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper that I realized I could turn the fairytales inside my head into the reality of writing fiction.
I write Adult, New Adult, and M/M Contemporary Romance. I'm addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. I believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

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