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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline

Title:Landline
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 310 pages
Publisher: St. Martins Press
Pub Date: July 8th 2014
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Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.
Maybe that was always beside the point.
Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn't expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her.
When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.
That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts...
Is that what she’s supposed to do?
Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?



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When anyone says Rainbow Rowell I instantly perk up. In  my eyes everything she writes is genius, even her twitter is gold (No seriously, do yourself a favor and go read it). Which is why I’ve owned this book for almost a year and I’ve been saving it up for a rainy day.

I knew that the story had to do with a magical phone and a chance at fixing her relationship by meddling in the past. So far the Rainbow Rowell books I’ve read have all been contemporary so I was wondering how she would fit the magical phone into this book and it was seamlessly done.
Georgie McCool is a working mom who has been neglecting her family. We start right on the fight that might end her marriage. Most romance books start at the beginning so it was refreshing to read a book that starts at the beginning of what might be end. Georgie realizes that her putting work first was straining her marriage but she didn’t do anything to stop it. As Georgie thinks of the past she realizes that love has been in her marriage for a quite a while and it might be too late to start over.
Neal sounds like a great husband on paper, as in he gave his dreams to make sure Georgie could follow hers. He would cook, clean, and take of their daughters and he was good at it. Yet when Georgie would describe him he didn’t seem like a catch. He was miserable, didn’t laugh, and didn’t have friends. His whole life revolved around Georgie. He seemed pretty pathetic to be awesome. I guess love is weird that way, you never know who you’re going to end up with
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There was Seth, her best friend and writing partner. They had been best friends since college and Seth was the kind of guy to flirt with everyone including her. He adds a twist to the story, if Neal and Georgie were so miserable, what would happen if she had ended up with Seth instead? Now she had the chance to find out. In between her trying to fix her relationship (or not) in the past we also get to meet Georgie’s family. Since she had been working she had a strained relationship with them as well.
The only thing I would change about this book is how gross Georgie is. She went almost a week wearing the same shirt and sweatpants and not taking a shower. What’s worse is that she makes it normal that she has a bra that’s falling apart just because she’s scared to go bra shopping. The only thing that made her go buy one was the fact the other one literally fell apart. Taking care of yourself is an important part of any marriage, which might be one of the themes of the book.

Overall it was a beautiful love story. What happens when you find the one but you don’t have your happily ever after?


Friday, November 20, 2015

Review: Popular by Lauren Urasek

Popular

Title: Popular
Author: Lauren Urasek
Pages:224
Publisher:Sterling
Pub Date: October 6th, 2015
Source: ARC from Publisher
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With more than 15,000 4- and 5-star ratings, an average of 35 messages per day, and hundreds of thousands of profile views from interested suitors, Lauren Urasek was dubbed "the most popular girl on OKCupid" by New York magazine. She then started a popular Tumblr detailing her experiences with Prince Charmings (and Not-So-Charmings), and now tells all in a series of frank, funny essays about the ups and downs of dating in the city that never sleeps. She's run the gamut of the nominally "single and ready to mingle" males of New York City, from dudes who went in for a kiss within the first ten minutes to one who conducted an impromptu “girlfriend job interview.” And in between the horror stories and dating disasters, Lauren shares some real talk about what works—and what doesn't. Her tales of wooing and woe will leave anyone who's ever tried online dating rolling in the aisles.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Review: A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

A Madness So DiscreetTitle: A Madness So Discreet
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Pages:384
Pub Date: October 6th 2015
Publisher:Kathrine Tegen books 
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Grace Mae knows madness.

She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us.


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First can we talk about how amazing this cover is! Its hauntingly beautiful and set up the story perfectly. Between the great title and that cover i forgot to read the synopsis, which means that whole story was a surprise for me. Grace could have had a first class life, she was pretty, rich, and young but life was not kind to her. She ended up in an unregulated mental asylum and sent to the gallows of the world. Luckily she runs into doctor who realizes just how smart she was and decides to use her as his assistant

Now for the first time ever, Grace has an escape to the darkness in her life. There she learns what true friendships are made of and that others have been through struggles as well. Grace is one of my favorite heroines, through every ordeal she stayed level headed. Although her moral compass strayed a bit she had Dr. Thornfellow. Together they make a Sherlock & Watson duo trying to figure out crime in a small-town. They solve crimes with no specific evidence other than observations which is cool because at times it mirrors an antique Criminal Minds. Now this is not a psychological thriller and it doesn’t dive into the world of mental illness but the last couple of chapters are worth staying for.

There were a couple of things that were annoying such as the way they talked. Even though it was getting on my nerves it was accurate to the time period so I can’t complain too much. The other thing that was overdone is the amount of times they called Grace beautiful, although we should’ve been focused on how smart she was, everyone who meet her just talked about her looks. It was constantly insinuated how she could be a prostitute if she wanted too.


Overall it was a great read full of drama and crime. It was more Precious than Girl, Interrupted  

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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Maxx Fragg, V.P.I.

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Genre: Young Adult / Sci-fi / Paranormal
Release Date:09/03/15

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Cover Designer: Macy Stom


When Maxx lost his brother in a car accident, his world fell apart.  It didn’t help he was driving the car when it happened.  Finding an escape inside the virtual world of Other Syde, Maxx runs the Maxx Fragg Virtual Paranormal Investigative Agency with his best friend, Tane. But in a world where dreams become reality, can nightmares be far behind?
      When a real ghost attacks Maxx inside the program, he’s saved by the last person he ever expected to see again, his brother. Risking everything for a chance to say he’s sorry, Maxx, Tane, and Maxx’s almost-girlfriend Emi, need to figure out why real ghosts are haunting a virtual world while on the run from a murderous cyber-geist, high-tech security guards, a corrupt corporation with their own plans for the technology, the recluse genius who created the program, and Maxx’s own demons.


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Tucked between the shadows and the night, standing in a darkened corner of the room, Maxx Fragg watched the young couple huddled on the couch. They had no idea what he had in store for them. He almost felt sorry. Almost. He watched as Travis stroked Debbie’s hand and whispered something in her ear. Maxx locked eyes with her as he moved across the apartment. He saw the desperation mixed with fear in her eyes and he grinned. He liked it that way. Pulling a pair of gloves from his belt, Maxx cinched them tight around his wrists. The rush of adrenaline rose up from his chest. This was far from his first job but he still got a thrill each time. He clicked off the lamp and the room went black.
         Debbie gasped. “Can’t we leave a few lights on?”
         “I prefer to work in the dark. It helps me concentrate,” Maxx said. It really didn’t matter but he felt it intensified the experience.
         “I think I’d rather see what’s coming.” Travis pulled a cushion on his lap, clutching the fabric.
         “Why? You expecting a pillow fight?” Maxx dropped the equipment bag slung over his shoulder.
         Debbie jumped. “What are you going to do with that?”
         “What I’m being paid to do. My job.” Maxx nodded across the room to his partner, who shook his head in disapproval. Bending next to the couch, Maxx slowly unzipped the bag. He was close enough to see the goose bumps on Debbie’s arm rise with each click.
         “I don’t care what it takes. Just get that thing out of my house,” Travis said.
         “Don’t worry. You’ll be ghost free in no time.” Maxx knew his clients needed to believe he could make it better, take away their fears. If only it was that simple. Everyone wanted to name the night, put a label on their personal horrors. He wished someone could shut the door to the monsters in his own closet.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Review: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler (Nemo)



The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

Sarah Ockler

ISBN:978-1481401272
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 403
Genre: YA, Contemporary Realistic, Romance, Fairytale Retelling, Magic Realism

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The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: an ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother, Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them…

Monday, July 13, 2015

Release Day: Unforgettable Love by Kelly Elliot






 Aaron "Dodge" Walker has been given the case that will prove his worth and secure his place within the family law firm. A place he's worked hard to avoid.

Sierra Jackson wants to put her past behind her and start living life.  To do that, she needs a lawyer that can help make her divorce a reality.

The moment Sierra meets her new lawyer, sparks fly.  Will it be the Dodge she already knows or the Aaron he feels he has to be that proves unforgettable?







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“Sierra, are you free this weekend?” Mr. Walker asked. 
Dodge began choking on his own spit. Good. I hoped he passed out and hit his head on something hard. “Dad, what are you doing?” 
Holding up his hand to quiet Dodge, I glanced over at him and gave him a smirk. “We are running out of time before the trial and I really want to go over some things with Sierra before next week,” Dodge’s father said. 
“No, sir. I’m totally open all weekend. No plans at all,” I said.
Turning back to Mr. Walker, he wore a huge grin. “Perfect. I’ll have my car pick you up at your house tomorrow morning around seven. You’ll be in Port Aransas just in time for lunch.” 
My smiled dropped as I stared at Dodge’s father. Swallowing hard, I whispered, “Excuse me?” 
Placing his hand on my shoulder, Mr. Walker gave me a wink. “Pack casual clothing and maybe one formal gown for dinner on Saturday night at the country club.” 
Wait. What? What the fuck just happened? 
Turning to Dodge, his back was faced toward us as he stared out the window. 
“Wait, um, Mr. Walker what do you mean?” 
Guiding me out the door, Mr. Walker started laughing. “You’re spending the weekend at my beach house, dear. We are having a family get together. It will be perfect for Aaron and me to prepare you for everything that Dr. Jackson’s lawyers are going to try to ask you while you’re on the stand.”
I glanced over my shoulder to see Dodge talking to Kyle. Looking straight ahead, I tried to concentrate on breathing. 
Oh my God. I’m spending the weekend with Dodge and his family. How did this happen? 
Oh Christ. 
I’m screwed.








Tristan Williams thought the path of his life was on the right journey. He had a successful career, good looks, and a carefree lifestyle. One conversation changed Tristan’s way of thinking forever as his father presented him with a bottle, representing his journey and forcing unwanted thoughts of a lasting relationship to the surface. Running from the fear of commitment, he pushed away the only woman he ever had feelings for and turned to the one girl he knew he didn’t love.

Ryn Webster was finally putting her past behind her. Moving to Texas and concentrating on the success of her own company, she had her life almost where she wanted it. One thing was missing though…love. She thought she had found love with Tristan until he casted her aside.

After being hurt by Tristan, Ryn does whatever she can to push him from her heart, even if it means being with a man she doesn’t love.

Regardless of the path one thinks they are on, the journey of life can cause unexpected turns, altering the planned course. Will Tristan and Ryn’s bottle be tossed about, lost in the rocky waves of life? Or will calm seas prevail to help Tristan and Ryn finally find their journey of love…together?



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Kelly Elliott is married to a wonderful Texas cowboy who has a knack for making her laugh almost daily and supports her crazy ideas and dreams for some unknown reason...he claims it's because he loves her!
She’s also a mom to an amazing daughter who is constantly asking for something to eat while her fingers move like mad on her cell phone sending out what is sure to be another very important text message.
In her spare time she loves to sit in her small corner overlooking the Texas hill country and write.

One of her favorite things to do is go for hikes around her property with Gus....her chocolate lab and the other man in her life, and Rose, her golden retriever. When Kelly is not outside helping the hubby haul brush, move rocks or whatever fun chore he has in store for her that day, you’ll find her inside reading, writing or watching HGTV.


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Aaron "Dodge" Walker has been given the case that will prove his worth and secure his place within the family law firm. A place he's worked hard to avoid.
Sierra Jackson wants to put her past behind her and start living life. To do that, she needs a lawyer that can help make her divorce a reality.
The moment Sierra meets her new lawyer, sparks fly. Will it be the Dodge she already knows or the Aaron he feels he has to be that proves unforgettable?
 
“Sierra, are you free this weekend?” Mr. Walker asked.
Dodge began choking on his own spit. Good. I hoped he passed out and hit his head on something hard. “Dad, what are you doing?”
Holding up his hand to quiet Dodge, I glanced over at him and gave him a smirk. “We are running out of time before the trial and I really want to go over some things with Sierra before next week,” Dodge’s father said.
“No, sir. I’m totally open all weekend. No plans at all,” I said.
Turning back to Mr. Walker, he wore a huge grin. “Perfect. I’ll have my car pick you up at your house tomorrow morning around seven. You’ll be in Port Aransas just in time for lunch.”
My smiled dropped as I stared at Dodge’s father. Swallowing hard, I whispered, “Excuse me?”
Placing his hand on my shoulder, Mr. Walker gave me a wink. “Pack casual clothing and maybe one formal gown for dinner on Saturday night at the country club.”
Wait. What? What the fuck just happened?
Turning to Dodge, his back was faced toward us as he stared out the window.
“Wait, um, Mr. Walker what do you mean?”
Guiding me out the door, Mr. Walker started laughing. “You’re spending the weekend at my beach house, dear. We are having a family get together. It will be perfect for Aaron and me to prepare you for everything that Dr. Jackson’s lawyers are going to try to ask you while you’re on the stand.”
I glanced over my shoulder to see Dodge talking to Kyle. Looking straight ahead, I tried to concentrate on breathing.
Oh my God. I’m spending the weekend with Dodge and his family. How did this happen?
Oh Christ.
I’m screwed.
 
 
Tristan Williams thought the path of his life was on the right journey. He had a successful career, good looks, and a carefree lifestyle. One conversation changed Tristan’s way of thinking forever as his father presented him with a bottle, representing his journey and forcing unwanted thoughts of a lasting relationship to the surface. Running from the fear of commitment, he pushed away the only woman he ever had feelings for and turned to the one girl he knew he didn’t love.
Ryn Webster was finally putting her past behind her. Moving to Texas and concentrating on the success of her own company, she had her life almost where she wanted it. One thing was missing though…love. She thought she had found love with Tristan until he casted her aside.
After being hurt by Tristan, Ryn does whatever she can to push him from her heart, even if it means being with a man she doesn’t love.
Regardless of the path one thinks they are on, the journey of life can cause unexpected turns, altering the planned course. Will Tristan and Ryn’s bottle be tossed about, lost in the rocky waves of life? Or will calm seas prevail to help Tristan and Ryn finally find their journey of love…together?
 
kellyelliottKelly Elliott is married to a wonderful Texas cowboy who has a knack for making her laugh almost daily and supports her crazy ideas and dreams for some unknown reason...he claims it's because he loves her! She’s also a mom to an amazing daughter who is constantly asking for something to eat while her fingers move like mad on her cell phone sending out what is sure to be another very important text message. In her spare time she loves to sit in her small corner overlooking the Texas hill country and write. One of her favorite things to do is go for hikes around her property with Gus....her chocolate lab and the other man in her life, and Rose, her golden retriever. When Kelly is not outside helping the hubby haul brush, move rocks or whatever fun chore he has in store for her that day, you’ll find her inside reading, writing or watching HGTV. FACEBOOK TWITTER WEBSITE GOODREADS AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE
 
 
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Monday, July 6, 2015

Review: Afterparty by Ann Redish Stampler

AfterpartyTitle: Afterparty
Author: Ann Redisch Stampler

Pages: 416
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pub Date: January 7th, 2014
Source: Borrowed 
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Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her mother -- whose name her dad won't even say out loud. That's why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her...and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she's everything Emma is not.

And it may be more than Emma can handle. 

Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It's more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop. 

This follow-up to Ann Redisch Stampler's Where It Began, reveals how those who know us best can hurt us most





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I knew this would be a hard read but the cover was just to entrancing and I just had to read it. It starts of amazing, that prologue immediately dragged me in and I thought I was in for a very dramatic read but unfortunately it started at its peak and just went downhill. I was hoping for a  mean girls-esque type story with betrayal, romance, and toxic friendships but it ended up being more Mean Girls 2. 



Emma is tired of being Emma the good, and after years of being the new kid and never making a mark she decides this move will be different. Now she’s in LA where temptation is everywhere, and if sins had a face it would be Siobhan. There’s nothing she hasn’t done and nothing she won’t. Here’s a warning sign, if someone calls you a best friend after only knowing you for an hour… RUN. Emma did not realize this which is why she ended up in a heap of trouble. In order to keep up with Siobhan, Emma starts lying to her father about everything, until she can barely keep up with them. All the lies are leading up to the party of the year, aptly known as "The Afterparty" and Emma is determined to get there and to not be a complete loser when she gets there.  

Emma’s backstory is one of my favorite things, even though it’s tragic, she is able to move past it. Even though it haunts her it doesn’t control her which is such a rare trait in YA stories. Apart from all the lying Emma is still trying to find love, which is where Dylan comes out. Dylan was one of the worst main guys I have ever seen. He’s whiny, pathetic, and a complete slacker. Instead of actually trying to be good or even have a personality, he just sits there all pissy that everyone loves his brother more. It gets very frustrating.

Then there’s Siobhan, in her head she was the IT girl and she saw Emma as the girl next door and wanted to convert her into a mini me, which goes great until Emma wants to be her own person. Her cool girl fa├žade starts to fade and slowly we see her unravel. It isn’t advertised as a psychological thriller but that’s what it reads like and it would've been so much better if it had focused on that instead of a relationship with whiny Dylan. 





Overall it’s a great book for fans of Means Girls with a dash of teenage angst


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Scorched Release Week Blitz!

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   SCORCHED Synopsis: Sometimes life leaves a mark… Most days, Andrea doesn’t know whether she wants to kiss Tanner or punch him in the gut. He is seriously hot, with legit bedroom eyes and that firefighter body of his, but he’s a major player, and they can’t get along for more than a handful of minutes. Until now. Tanner knows he and Andrea have had an epic love/hate relationship for as long as he can remember, but he wants more love than hate from her. He wants her. Now. Tomorrow. But the more he gets to know her, the more it becomes obvious that Andrea has a problem. She’s teetering on the edge and every time he tries to catch her, she slips through his fingers. Andrea’s life is spiraling out of control, and it doesn’t matter that Tanner wants to save her, because when everything falls apart and she’s speeding toward rock bottom, only she can save herself. Sometimes life makes you work for that happily ever after…   Praise for SCORCHED: “Armentrout’s latest new adult offering tackles substance abuse and mental illness — and, thankfully, the love of a good man is not going to be what heals this heroine.” – RT Book Reviews

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Andrea
              “You’ve been avoiding me all day.”
              “Have not.”
              He cocked his head to the side and raised both brows. “You practically hid in your room or attached yourself to Syd all day.”
              “I was…I was spending girl-time with her,” I said. “And napping.”
              “Andrea…”
              He’d been right. I had avoided him. Apparently, I wasn’t doing that great of a job of it.
              “The same with last night. You barely talked to me.”
              “What?” Dumbfounded, I felt like screaming that word. “I barely talked to youYou ignored me.”
              He stared at me. “Andy, I—“
              “This is stupid. This whole thing is stupid.” I lifted the bottle.
              A moment passed and he asked, “Do you really think you need another beer?”
              Annoyed, I slowly brought the bottle to my mouth and took a long drink. “Does that answer your question?”
              The hue of his blue eyes deepened. “Look, I’m not trying to be a dick—“
              “You might want to try harder. Just sayin’ Might just be my opinion, but thought I’d share.”
              He opened his mouth and then snapped it shut. Several seconds passed. “You know, I didn’t’ say that shit to you to piss you off.”
              I wanted to point out everything he’d done to piss me off, but…but shit on a brick. Anything that I told him would betray how I felt about him, and well, I was already embarrassing myself enough without going there. “You breathed,” I decided, nodding, and totally proud of myself. “How about that?”
              Shaking his head, he rested his elbows on the island. “You can usually do better than that.”
              “It’s not worth my time to do better.” I flounced past him. Well, I might have staggered past him, but in my head, I flounced like a Grade A Uppity Chick, and it was awesome.
              “I wish you wouldn’t drink so much.”
              My feet stopped. Dammit. My feet had a mind of their own, and they had stopped because he’d said that so quietly, not with an ounce of derision or scorn. Actually, it sounded like a plea. The alcohol churned in my stomach. All I could see was his look of pity.
              “Why do you drink like this?” he asked.
              To relax. To not act like a freak. To forget. To remember. To be funny. To have people like me. To not care if they do or don’t. To have fun. To just not care. A burning sensation rolled down my back as my head continued to shout out the answers. I just didn’t want to care.
              I didn’t say any of that. “You drink.”
              “I do. And sometimes I drink and I get drunk, but not every time.”
              Slowly, I faced him. He wasn’t looking at me. His eyes were on the island. “I don’t get drunk every time.”
              He shook his head again. “Andrea, you either get plastered or damn near close. Every time.”
              “That’s not…” I trailed off, and yeah, even I could see where he was right. I could probably count on one hand how many times I’d only had two beers or two shots and then stopped. Come to think of it, I wasn’t sure if I ever had.
              “My dad got shitfaced all the time,” he continued. “Never thought that I’d be interested in a girl who was the same way.”
              My brain registered two things at once. He was interested in me, which wasn’t a big duh. I mean, he’d had his hands in my pants more than once, so yeah, I should’ve known that. But he compared me to his dad, a man I’d recently discovered he pretty much loathed, which pretty much canceled out the first part. Hurt invaded every cell and festered under the skin. The back of my throat burned and I wanted to rush away.
              But I didn’t. “That kind of makes you twisted.”
              Another weak laugh came out of him. “I guess it kind of does.”

 

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  Scorched RDL Teaser 2   Author PhotoAbout 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.  

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Review: Just a little Crush by Renita Pizzitola

Just a Little Crush (Crush, #1)Title: Just a Little Crush
Author: Renita Pizzitola
Pages: 242
Publisher: Random House
Pub Date: October 21st, 2014
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Brinley Dawson doesn’t drink, she studies—and despite the accusations of her alcoholic mother, she’s still a virgin. But if Brinley’s life is so put together, why is she freaking out to be going to college with the gorgeous, green-eyed jerk she kissed on a stupid dare in high school? Ryder Briggs can have any girl he wants . . . and the rumors say that he does. So why, after publicly embarrassing Brinley four years ago, is he suddenly acting like he’s interested?
 
Ryder never forgot Brinley. In fact, those perfect seven minutes permanently raised the bar for what a kiss could be. The truth is, Ryder doesn’t dare get too close to anyone. He knows how that worked out for his parents. But when his roommate takes a shot at Brinley, Ryder can’t contain his jealousy. Now he must do the hardest thing he’s ever done: forget about sex and convince Brinley his feelings are real.
 
Brinley isn’t sure whether she believes Ryder, but for the first time, her body isn’t playing by the rules. Then she discovers that she’s an unwilling part of a cruel game, humiliating her all over again—and Ryder might be to blame. Has Brinley’s little crush turned into a huge mistake . . . or has she found the one guy worth trusting with her heart?