TITLE: Love Always,
Authors: Sonya Loveday & Candace Knoebel
COVER DESIGN: Najla Qamber Designs
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: August 25th, 2015
I’ve met boys like him before. Rich. Bored. Always wearing a silver-spooned smile. But there is something different about him that piques my curiosity. The way he looks at me, like he is staring through the bars of a gilded cage he’s never left. Like he is one breath away from suffocating beneath a mound of responsibilities. He is different from the rest because he doesn’t wear his money… his money wears him. I just don’t think he knows it yet.
She’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before. She’s everything I’ve never been able to be. Carefree. Whimsical. A dreamer. Her laugh is infectious. She is irresistible. I can’t help but be drawn to her with an intensity that steals my breath and muddles my senses. I want to know her, need to know her, but how can I allow myself that liberty when I don’t have the freedom to make my own choices?
Phillip and Maggie think they have it all. Even though they come from opposite backgrounds, they each have bright futures paved out, with no distractions holding them back.
Until the fateful day they meet each other.
After a brief, adventurous time together in The Hamptons, Maggie and Phillip find themselves saying goodbye just as the spark of love flashes intensely between them. Can their budding connection be enough to survive the pulling tides of change, or will they drift apart before they even have a chance to explore what could have been?
Charlie tossed back the rest of his fourth beer and asked for two more. He was going for a record tonight.
“Why don’t you just keep the cooler by you?” I asked, digging my hands through the ice again. My fingers felt like frozen popsicles by the time my hand wrapped around a can since we’d blown through the bottles he’d brought.
“Because the beer tastes better when you’re handing them to me.”
“Is that so?” I replied. A mischievous smirk crossed my lips. When he wasn’t looking, I shook his beers up and walked them over to him.
He leaned back to look up at me, a grin eating up the whole of his face. “Finally decided to succumb to me?” he jokingly asked.
“How can I resist?” I said, smiling as I cracked open the first beer, tilting it down at him, showering him in sudsy foam. He rolled out of his chair, curse words peppering the air as I cracked the second can and pointed it toward Hannah and Caleb.
“Maggie!” Hannah shrieked as she jumped out of her seat, beer covering the front of her shirt.
“Get up, you bunch of boring yuppies!” I shouted. “The night is young and the water’s warm!”
Without words, they were up on their feet, laughing and shucking out of their clothes as they headed down toward the water. I turned back to the fire, tossing the beer cans back into the cooler, when Phillip caught my eye.
He was standing up. Standing so still and so close to me that it made me draw in a sharp breath.
“Is this the part where you tell me you have some kind of superpower that allows you to move from one spot to the next without notice?” I joked, wiping my sticky hands down the front of my jeans.
There was a new look in his relaxed gaze. A look that made my heart somersault. A look of attraction and curiosity.
“Are you going with them?” he asked, his heavy eyes drifting over my face, down to my lips where they stayed.
I reflexively licked them, feeling the sun awaken beneath my skin. “Usually I do,” I replied, wondering why I suddenly felt like I had laid out in the sun all day. “How about you? Do you like to skinny dip?”
“Can’t say that I’ve tried it yet,” he said, still watching me so intensely that it made my feet want to squirm.
And my feet never squirmed.
I pushed at his shoulder, trying to dispel the heat growing between us. “Well, there’s a first time for everything, right?” I didn’t wait for his response. I just grabbed the hem of my shirt and pulled it over my head, dropping it to the sand below.
Modesty was a seven-letter word I had yet to comprehend.
I was thoroughly surprised when he didn’t look away. His gaze wasn’t even bashful like I’d assumed it would be when he roamed the length of my body, and it stirred something inside of me that had no business being stirred.
“Come on,” I said, putting my best laugh forward. “You can’t skinny dip with your clothes on.”
It was like my laugh woke him back up, because he smiled lazily, unbuttoned his shirt, and shrugged it from his shoulders, dropping it on top of mine.
“That’s better,” I said, fiddling with the button on my jeans. It took me more time than it should have, because I couldn’t keep my eyes from his perfectly tanned, perfectly chiseled abs.
I shimmied out of my jeans as quickly as I could, and then laughed when he nearly toppled over from his foot getting stuck in one of his pant legs. He grabbed onto my arms, using me to steady himself, and then we both laughed.
“My apologies,” he said, his smile reaching from ear to ear as he clung to me.
Why did I have to notice how good he smelled? Like sandalwood.
“No worries,” I said, setting him straight on his feet. Dropping down, I held his pants while he stepped out of them, trying not to think too much about how close we were. “I’ve fallen way more than I’d care to admit to anyone.”
“Come on, Maggie!” Hannah called. She was splashing and laughing as Charlie and the guys took turns shoving each other under the water.
“Are we taking off our underwear now?” Phillip asked as soon as I stood back up. I had to admit, I was momentarily shocked by his question. But he quickly recovered by adding, “Or do we do it right before we get in the water?”
I stared at him for a moment, enjoying the new sensation of shock that he brought out in me. It wasn’t often that someone thoroughly surprised me. It was fun. Enlightening.
Without answering him, I just smiled and then reached behind me, unclasping my bra and letting it fall onto the pile of clothes at my feet. A second later, I was out of my underwear, enjoying the feel of the breeze against my bare skin.
“Last person in has to clean up around the fire pit!” I shouted, turning from his wide-eyed stare and racing for the water.
Sonya Loveday, first and foremost is a reader, an avid one. It is of that love that brought her to purchasing her first laptop in 2009, and publishing her first novel, Casted, in 2013. In early 2014, Sonya expanded Casted and then went on to publish Spelled, the sequel to Casted in March, wrapping up the series, and her stint with Paranormal Romance. For now. Not long after the completion to the Casted Series, Sonya tried her hand at New Adult/Coming of Age, a sub-genre of Contemporary Romance. Thusly, the Six were born with The Summer I Fell, which released at the end of July 2014. The demand from readers was instantaneously, which brought about End Note, the second book of the series in December 2014, and book three, If Ever I Fall, in June 2015. To date, Sonya lives in Central Florida with her husband, and two kids, and is currently working on the fourth book of the Six Series. Be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming news on Sonya's website!
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Blog Tour - When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After #3) by Tessa Dare ~ Brianna's Review and Giveaway!
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.*
I have a severe weakness for marriage-of-convenience stories. It’s one of my favorite tropes in any kind of romance, and I can’t resist a book with even a flavor of it. Arranged, convenient, or even blackmailed marriage, such as this one. So yes. I was definitely interested in reading this book. Add to all this that the heroine had invented a Scottish beau in order to escape a London season, and a man with that named just happened to be real. I was most definitely hooked, and was happy that I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book from the publisher.
The heroine, Maddie, was really interesting. She was all my favorite things. A book lover who was not only imaginative, but also smart. I can never get enough of those types of female leads. It helped that Maddie was also a genuinely nice person. Plus, she had a debilitating fear of crowds, and it made her sympathetic. All this is to say, I was a big Maddie fan.
The hero, Logan, took me a bit longer to like. At first, I was convinced he was selfish. He wanted Maddie’s land, and would even stoop to blackmail to get it. However, he didn’t want it for himself. Instead, he wanted it for all of his men, in order to give them a home. Plus, Logan was a big reader, and in my opinion, we need more heroes in romance who are readers.
The relationship between Maddie and Logan was an interesting one. The story was all about Maddie having invented this Scottish sweetheart with the name Captain Logan MacKenzie, and then discovering that there actually WAS a Captain Logan MacKenzie. The romance took a bit to get going because of the blackmail issue, but once it did? I was all in. Maddie needed someone who would accept her brains and the fact that she had goals outside of marriage, and Logan just wanted a home for his men. Obviously, his goals in life began to change though, since he ended up really wanting Maddie for his wife. The thing I loved about these two together was that they always talked things out, even feelings. Too often, people are scared to reveal deep feelings like fear. This was not the case here, and I truly loved the fact that Logan and Maddie were so up-front with everything.
In the end, this is one of my favorite books of the year. I read it in practically one sitting, and when I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about this novel. Logan and Maddie were really great characters, and the plot never bored me. The only thing I have negative to say is that Maddie’s fear of crowds was never really solved, but that’s a minor issue. I highly, highly recommend this book to historical romance lovers. There was romance, a great set of main characters, and because it’s by Tessa Dare, there was just the right amount of humor. If you haven’t started the Castles Ever After series, go remedy that. It just gets better with each book.
Tessa Dare is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of more than a dozen historical romances. A librarian by training and a book-lover at heart, Tessa lives in Southern California with her husband, their two children, and a big brown dog.
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Blog Tour ~ Heart- Shaped Hack by @Tgarvisgraves Includes Derna' Review, Excerpt, The first five Chapters and a Giveaway
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I was so excited when the Arc of Heart-Shaped Hack by Tracey Garvis-Graves appeared on my Kindle. I’m such a fan of this author, and as most of my book friends know On The Island is one of my favorite books. So with my Kindle in one hand and a cup of green tea on the go I got comfy on my sofa and dived right in. And that is where I stay for the rest of the afternoon, as I couldn’t put it down. The more I read, the more intrigued I became and the more I wanted to find out what was going to happen. So it’s safe to say I loved it from start to finish Kate, and Ian’s story was a brilliant read.
“Always choose love. Always choose the adventure. You’ll never regret it”
Kate was strong, kind, and selfless. She was more understanding than I would have been when Ian gave her very little information about himself. But that was one of the reasons why I like her she gave Ian a chance and she didn’t let her head rule her heart. Sometimes you have to go with that gut feeling and hope it doesn’t steer you wrong.
“She wanted to do more than kiss him. Lots more. All of this with a man she knew very little about”
Ian was an enigma to me at first, and it wasn’t that I didn’t like him because I did. He was a little cocky, but I could tell his heart was in the right place. I was just cautious, as his behaviour at first glance seemed a little unethical to say the least. But I have to say like Kate it didn’t take long for Ian to win me over there was just something about him. There was so much more to this Robin Hood, who was charming, and confident than meets the eye.
“Come on over to the dark side Kate. I’ll save you a seat next to me”
I loved Kate and Ian together such sincere characters. I adore watching their relationship developed. It’s romantic, sexy, funny (basketball game) understanding, tender, and heartwarming. They made me laugh many times with the banter that they shared together. These two were perfect for each other.
“You made it so damn easy for me to love you and just as easy to like you.”
”I fell in love with him so hard, and never saw it coming”
I like the storyline it was such an interesting concept, I loved the premise of the story and it showed that Tracey did her research. It was certainly interesting learning about hackers who knew there were “black hat” hackers “gray hat” hackers and “white hat” hackers well not me but I do now. Oh, and so do two boys aged 13 & 16 who asked what book my review was about, and it was great as it not only were they surprised but it prompted an interesting conversation about hackers. I have to say I’m grateful for “white hat hackers” .
Overall, Heart-Shaped Hack was it was and sweet, funny, romantic, smart, emotional and an enlightening read. After reading it, my advice would be to don’t try to work out what is going to happen just go with it. Tracey knows what she is doing, and she likes to throw in a few twists to keep you on your toes to stop the story becoming boring. Don’t get me start on what Tracey did to my feelings at about 70% talk about emotional, but as Tracey knows I love her, so all is forgiven.
Tracey with her faultless and captivating writing pulled me in from the start and didn’t let me go. So much so that in between finishing this book and writing up my review I have gone on to read two more of her book Covet and Cherish as expected I just loved them.
I highly recommend that you one- click Heart-Shaped Hack today.
Kate was taking a break and having coffee and a muffin at Wilde Roast Café when Ian slid into the booth and sat across from her. He was wearing a lightweight cream-colored sweater with a tan-and-green-patterned shirt underneath, and he smelled good.
Confused, Kate looked around. “Where did you come from?”
“I walked in the door like everyone else.”
“Do you live nearby?” Kate lived in the St. Anthony Main neighborhood of Northeast Minneapolis. The food pantry was conveniently located on SE Main Street, which was a short three-block walk from her apartment. The quiet brick-paved street was lined with restaurants, shops, and a movie theater and included a stunning view of the Mississippi River and St. Anthony Falls. There were also bars that featured live music and plenty of green space in nearby parks.
He shook his head. “Not really.”
“Then why are you here?”
“I felt like talking to you again. You’re seated, so you probably won’t try to strangle me this time.”
“How did you know where to find me?” She was tucked away in a back booth instead of one of the tables near the windows that looked out over SE Main, so it wasn’t like he’d walked by and spotted her.
He held a steaming cup of coffee and blew on it to cool it. “I tracked your credit card activity. According to Capital One, you bought a cup of coffee and a muffin here twelve minutes ago.”
“You tracked my credit card?” Her voice sounded rather loud and shrieky.
He held a finger in front of his mouth. “Shh, Katie Long Legs. That information is for your ears only. How’s your coffee? Would you like a refill?”
Kate did not appreciate being shushed, but she lowered her voice. “Are you some kind of cyberthief?” she whispered. And since when were criminals so well-dressed and impeccably groomed?
“I did not steal your credit card number. I simply accessed your account to see where and when you’d used it last. Then I came here.”
“If you wanted to talk to me again, why didn’t you just go to the food pantry?”
He looked at her like it was obvious. “Because you’re not there. You’re here at this café.”
“If you’re not a cyberthief, then what are you?”
“I’m a hacker.”
“Is there a difference?”
“When you said you steal from the rich to give to the poor, I thought you were kidding. Is that how you get the money?”
“I don’t steal it. I appropriate it from people who shouldn’t have it in the first place. Then I give it to those who are more deserving.”
Kate twisted her napkin. “I can’t keep the money. I’ve already spent the first two donations, but if you come back to the food pantry with me, I can return the most recent one. It’s still locked in the safe because I wasn’t planning on going shopping until tomorrow.”
“No, Katie. I don’t want it back. It’s for you. It’s for the babies.”
“It’s wrong,” she said quietly.
“It’s against the law.”
“Trust me when I say the people I took it from don’t want the law involved any more than I do.”
“What are you saying? That you’re a thief who steals from other thieves?”
He wrinkled his nose, and it was adorable.
“It sounds so distasteful when you say it like that. I prefer master appropriator of ill-gotten funds. You can call me master for short.”
“I have lots of things I’d like to call you. Master is not one of them.”
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Title: Cocky Bastard
Authors: Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Category: New Adult
Release Date: 17th August 2015
Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, r.b.a designs
Model: Nick Ayler
He was someone who belonged in my wildest fantasies instead of a rest stop in the middle of Nebraska.
A sexy, cocky, Australian named Chance was the last person I expected to run into on my cross-country drive.
When my car broke down, we made a deal. Next thing I knew, we were traveling together, spending sexually-tense nights in hotels and taking unplanned detours.
My ordinary road trip turned into the adventure of a lifetime. It was all fun and games until things got intense.
I wanted him, but Chance wouldn’t make a move. I thought he wanted me too, but something was holding him back.
I wasn’t supposed to fall for the cocky bastard, especially when I knew we’d be going our separate ways.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.
I like this book, I did think after reading the first few chapters is Chance going to be cocky Bastard or more of an annoying bastard. But actually the more I continued to read I would agree he was a cocky bastard and one that I loved.
“Name’s Chance. “Chance Bateman. Some of my friends call me Cocky.”
While I can’t reveal too much of the storyline, I will say I loved the first part of the book more than the second part. Aubrey and Chance's road trip together was great fun. They both make me laugh many times with their back and forth banter. I liked the chemistry they had, and with Chance’s dirty mouth I can see why Aubrey fell for him.
“Attraction is way too tame for what happens when I look at you. I want to fucking conquer you.”
I did like the second half it was still funny, and it’s let you know the reason Chance was reluctant to get too close to Aubrey. The reason had crossed my mind but then was swiftly forgotten until I came to part two, and I said to myself... Ah ha! I liked you get to see a different side to Chance. He was persistent I will give him that. But I will say there were a few rolling my eyes and frustrating moments because of some the actions of both Aubrey and Chance.
However, with that being said, I enjoyed Cocky Bustard was an entertaining, fun, sexy read. One that I stayed up till early hours of the morning reading as I wanted to see how it was going to end. I’m big a fan of VI Keeland and I have not read anything by Penelope Ward before, but I will now.
I would one click this one and meet A sexy, cocky, Australian named Chance! Oh and a very funny goat.
With a huff, I got out of bed and stood on my tiptoes to look out the peephole. Why were those things always so high on the door anyway? I was surprised to find no one standing on the other side. Maybe I’d imagined it.
I flicked on the lights. The sound wasn’t coming from the entrance door. It was coming from an interior door I hadn’t even noticed before.
I unfastened the top lock and cracked it open just enough so I could see what he wanted. And there he stood.
Wearing only dark gray boxer briefs that hugged him like a second skin.
It took a minute to understand what he was doing there, even though he was holding up a toothbrush in question.
“I thought we had established I wasn’t a serial killer already.”
I opened the door wider.
Oh lord. Stop that. Right now.
“I must have left my toothpaste in my saddlebag in the car.”
I swallowed hard. “Uh huh.”
He cocked his head to the side, and his brows dipped in. “Can I borrow yours?”
“Oh. Yeah, sure.”
He walked past me and let himself into my bathroom. I waited at the door.
“You got an awful lot of girly crap in here for one night,” he said with a jumbled mouth full of toothpaste from the bathroom. “Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia.”
He was reading my Estee Lauder perfume bottle.
I heard him rinse and spit. Then there was a gargling sound. He used my mouthwash, too. Sure, help yourself.
He walked out and flicked off the bathroom light. “Is tuberose a rose?”
I shook my head, still confused by the whole situation going on.
“That’s why,” he murmured.
“I couldn’t figure out what you smelled like all day. Not sure I ever smelled a Tuberose before.” He shrugged and walked back into his room but not before turning back. “Even those little black lacy underwear smell like tuberose.”
My eyes bulged. I’d taken off my bra and panties and left them on the bathroom counter.
“Relax. I’m teasing. Do I look like an underwear sniffer to you?”
“Night, Aubrey.” He graced me with a dimple and disappeared.
AH-BREE. Damn him.
I locked the door and checked it twice, unclear if it was for my safety or his. His voice saying my name was on audio replay inside my head, getting softer and softer like a soothing lullaby with each breath as I drifted off to dreamland.
Until the knock came again.
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But what happens when you aren’t searching for love, and it shows up—way closer than you ever expected?
Two neighbors—strangers— with one thing in common—they share a fence.
But is that the only thing they share?
Nathan Fraser lives a solitary life, never letting anyone get too close. It’s safer that way.
Kourtney Whyte hides from the world and behind her work, too afraid to really live her life to the fullest. Rejection is what she knows best.
But one night, the sound of her soft voice and the tantalizing aroma of her evening meal, prove too enticing for Nathan to ignore.
So begins their unconventional relationship—talking, learning, texting, and gradually opening up to one another, all over the fence.
That is, until the day Nathan braves the high fence to protect Kourtney from her past, and changes everything forever.
Can they move forward together, without the buffer of the fence?
Or will their pasts prove to be too much of a barrier?
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Nathan Fraser lives a life of solitude. Because of his past, he prefers things that way. It means no hurting. Not again. Kourtney Whyte lives in the shadows. She wants to go through life unseen. One night, Kourtney offers Nathan a meal. Over the fence. And then a relationships develops. Every night, they share a conversation and a meal. It becomes the usual for them. They find that they enjoy each other's company. Suddenly, Nathan no longer wants to be alone. And Kourtney realizes she can’t live life hiding from the world.
As Nathan and Kourtney get to know each other, their past come to the surface. And everything about the way they have chosen to exist- alone, makes sense. Kourtney is broken. She has felt worthless her entire life. Nevertheless, she has always been a good person. Giving. Loving. She has THE biggest heart. Just no one to give it to. Until Nathan. And Nathan? Left scarred by his past, he doesn’t want to get close to anyone. Until he hears Courtney’s voice across the fence. And he knows his life will never be the same. He wants to protect HER. And he wants more. But what happens when they finally face each other? Can they learn to stop hiding and LIVE?
“I wish you could see...that you could...feel what I do when I look at you. How you make me feel when you’re close.”
What I really enjoyed about this story was that it’s about REAL people. There are so many times where authors create this unrealistic world of characters that are perfect. Too perfect. Perfect face and body. Perfect jobs and lifestyles. Sometimes, the reader just wants to read someone genuine. Relatable. And I found that in Nathan and Kourtney. They are people. And people have flaws. Some that are seen and unseen. And despite their insecurities at first, Nathan and Kourtney love SO hard.
“You’re enough for me. You’re everything I’ve ever wanted.”
Can we talk about that epilogue?! It was so different and creative. I found myself giggling through the whole thing. It was PERFECT for Nathan and Kourtney. I enjoyed the natural chemistry of these two main characters. I felt for them.I laughed with them. You watch two beautiful people fall for each other. They throw away their inhibitions, take down their walls, and they love. Fiercely. They let go. They live. This was my first book from this author and definitely not my last.
Known as the quiet one with the big laugh, Melanie works for the sporting teams of a local university. Her (box) office job, while demanding, is rewarding as she cheers on her team to victory.
While seriously addicted to coffee, and somewhat challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties and socialize, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.
Melanie delights in writing a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after. When her head isn’t buried in a book, it is bent over a keyboard, furiously typing away as her characters dictate their creative story lines to her even more inspired tales, for all to enjoy.
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For 21 days she held on.
But on Day 22, she would have given anything for the sweet slumber of death.
Because on Day 22, she realizes that her only way out means certain death for one of the two men she loves.
A haunting tale of passion, loss, and redemption, The Paper Swan is a darkly intense yet heartwarming love story, textured with grit, intrigue, and suspense. Please note: This is NOT a love triangle.
A full-length, standalone novel, intended for mature audiences due to violence, sex and language. Subject matter may be disturbing for some readers.
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I took one step back for each one he took forward, until I was jammed up between him and the wall.
God, he was intense. And deliberate. And he could say things with his eyes that made my knees tremble. One side of his face was bruised and distorted from where I’d hit him. He grasped both my wrists in one hand and pinned them above me. Every part of me felt flush with the heat emanating from his body, even though that was the only point of contact. He hooked a finger in the ‘V’ of my blouse, tracing the dangerously low cleavage. His touch was so soft, it was barely discernible.
“Skye?” He seemed hypnotized by the rapid rise and fall of my chest.
“Don’t play with scorpions unless you intend to get stung.” He yanked the neckline apart.
Round, glass buttons popped onto the floor and rolled around like eyeballs, astounded by the sight of my bare flesh.
“We’re harsh and predatory and full of venom.” He gnashed his teeth at me and ripped my blouse in two.
He tore off a strip and bound my wrists. Then he used the hanging trail like a leash and led me to bed.
“You’ve been trying to get a rise out of me for days. Now that you have my attention, what are you going to do?” He leaned forward, so close that I fell back onto the mattress, trying to get away from him. “Or is it that you want me to do all the work so your pampered pussy gets a taste of the other side, but you can tell yourself you didn’t have a choice?” He crawled up over me, slowly, until we were nose to nose.
I felt like hell was about to consume me. I could hear the men outside, gearing up to fill the tanks. Would they hear the sound of my screams?
“Would you like me to invite them in?” Damian secured my wrists to the bed post. “Do you really think you’d be safer with them instead of me?” He tore off another strip, giving me the chance to scream or yell or shout for help. When I didn’t, he tied it around my mouth.
He sank back on his heels, kneeling between my legs, and ran a finger from my neck to the front clasp of my bra. I stopped breathing. He moved on, trailing over my stomach, until he got to the band of my shorts. He toyed with the tab, enjoying the start-stop effect it had on my heart.
“Such a frightened little bird,” he said. Then he yanked my legs around his hips so I was flush with his rock hard arousal. “You should know better than to provoke me.”
Leylah Attar writes stories about love - shaken, stirred and served with a twist. When she's not writing, she can be found pursuing her other passions: photography, food, family and travel. Sometimes she disappears into the black hole of the internet, but can usually be enticed out with chocolate.
Like Candy by Debra Doxer
Publication date: July 28th 2015
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Young Adult
Revenge is sweet, just like candy.
Candy Seaborne knows she’s badass. She takes after her father, an assassin and possibly a spy, although he won’t admit to either. She idolizes him. Her dream is to follow in his footsteps. But first, she has to finish high school.
Biding her time, waiting for real life to begin, Candy craves drama and isn’t above manufacturing some. If you’re a classmate who wronged her or a boyfriend who cheated, watch your back. She’s no pushover, and revenge may be her favorite pastime.
Jonah Bryson is the senior class heartthrob who breaks all the stereotypes. He’s a jock, but he isn’t the typical player. He’s moody and antisocial. No girl has gotten anywhere with him since his last girlfriend broke his heart.
Candy sees Jonah as a challenge and the perfect distraction. But she may be in over her head because unlike everyone else, Jonah isn’t buying her tough act. He sees the lost, lonely girl inside. He sees too much. When he looks at her that way, she wants to let her guard down and be vulnerable. But that’s the last thing she should do because her father’s world is spilling over into hers, and life is about to get real much sooner than Candy expected.
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The moment we meet Candace (Candy) Seaborne we immediately know she is not the one to mess with. You break her heart? She will ensure karma finds you. And fast. And she never feels sorry about it. Candy decides to leave her aunt’s home the moment she turns eighteen to live with her father that gave her up after the death of her mother. Candy knows about her dad. And who he is. And she wants to do what he does. But he won’t ever admit it. When Candy enrolls in school she recognizes her friends that had before she left go live with her aunt. But then there’s Jonah. He’s new. He’s a jock. The kind Candy should stay away from. But she’s drawn to him. She later learns that Jonah is not the typical football player. He doesn’t play by the rules nor does he really pay any attention to her. Until he can’t help him self. And then? That’s where things get interesting!
“We act strong, and usually we are strong, but sometimes we’re just pretending.”
Candy sees Jonah as a challenge. He wants nothing to do with the girls at school, but she can't help but figure out why. The closer she gets to him, she realizes that Jonah SEES her. For the person she is. To others she is conceited, fits in, yet appears unbothered with what others think of her. Jonah sees beyond the outer shell she portrays. Candy is broken and lost. She has been through a lot and is determined to show her father she is just like him. But, does she have what it takes? With her past she is not ready to fall for a boy. But Jonah is not just any boy. He makes falling worth it. Even if it means she may have to pick up the pieces of her heart in the end.
“Jonah Bryson might be a boy worth falling for.”
Like Candy is unlike anything I’ve ever read. While it is YA, the mystery and suspense puts it in a class of itself. The character development was refreshing. Candy is not your average heroine. Not only is she full of sass, but she tells it like it is. And she has no problem going after what she wants. No matter the collateral damage. She is fun, stands up for herself, and loves harder than she would ever care to admit. She is loyal to those she loves and has THE biggest heart. She is true. Genuine. The author took a chance on a character like Candy and I am so glad she did. Who wants to read about the cookie cutter heroine? I would much rather read about the unexpected. And Candy? You never know what you’re gonna get with her. But it's real. And you can't help but connect with her on some level. Jonah is not your average jock. While he exudes confidence on the outside, on the inside he seems to be plagued by a sadness that only Candy can understand. So he lets her in. Slowly. The invisible thread that pulls Candy and Jonah together is never talked about within the book. It’s felt. And I have a feeling that this book only scratched the surface of the intense feelings between them.
“I wish I was the first guy you fell for. Then maybe the shadows in your eyes wouldn't be there...”
Like Candy is a story that simply unravels. When you get to the ending you realize the small things that you easily missed. The author is clever and creative in her writing. Can we talk about the ending? It was fast paced, heart stopping and I couldn’t turn the page fast enough. While reading the story, you definitely feel something is coming, but you don’t quite yet know. The synopsis gives nothing away. The plot of the story is original in its execution. There was a great balance of mystery, suspense, and romance. I know I am vague on the plot, but there are reasons. The reader is to immerse themselves in the story with the characters. To give anything away would be a complete disservice. I enjoyed every moment. If you’re like me, you will be refreshing the author’s Facebook page waiting on a release date for the next book, Sweet Liar. Well done.
I’ve enjoyed one of Debra’s previous books so when I read the synopsis of Like Candy I was intrigued and eager to dive in.
Candy was not your usual protagonist and I think you will either get her or you won’t. For me, I liked Candy. I could relate to her behaviour and yes she changed depending on whom she was talking to but that’s what teenagers do. High school in a minefield and all anyone wants is to fit in. It was because of Jonah that I truly liked Candy. He brought out her true character and it was due to this I wanted to turn the pages.
Jonah was an intriguing character and his air of mystery had my suspicious mind whirling. Like Candy is a mystery and my theory changed from chapter to chapter. I liked that this book was different from my usual reads, if I could only change one thing it would be the pace of the story. I did enjoy the blossoming relationship between Jonah and Candy and I felt the character building was well done but I felt the suspense element wasn’t as strong and it did have me wishing more would have happened or we could have had the whole story in one book.
Overall, I enjoyed Like Candy. Although I wasn’t on the edge of my seat I enjoyed Debra’s writing and the characters she created and of course now I need to read the second book to find out what happens!
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Title: Kick Push
Author: Jay McLean
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Category: Young Adult / New Adult
Release Date: 4th August 2015
There’s a single defining moment within every skater.
It lasts only a second. Two if you're good.
Three if you’re really good.
It’s the moment you’re in the air, your board somewhere beneath you, and nothing but wind surrounds you.
It’s the feeling of being airborne.
The sixteen-year-old version of me would’ve said it was the greatest feeling in the world.
Then at seventeen, I had my son.
And every single second became a defining moment. Even the ones that consisted of heartbreak when his mother left us.
Seventeen. Single. Dad.
That’s what my life became.
Yet, every day, I managed to find that feeling of being airborne.
Or at least I convinced myself I did.
But I lied—to myself and to everyone around me.
Until she showed up; Tanned skin, raven dark hair, and eyes the color of emeralds.
You know what sucks about being in the air?
Coming down from the high.
Sometimes you land on the board and nail the trick.
Then kick, push, and coast away.
Other times you fall.
You fall hard.
And those are the times when it’s not as easy to get back up, dust off your pads and try again.
Especially when the girl with the emerald eyes becomes your drug...
And you become her poison.
Kick Push by Jay McLean was one of those books that I started reading having preconceived ideas of how expecting the story to go. And the suddenly within the first few chapters I realise this is going to be different and much more that just your normal boy meets girl story. Single dad Joshua Warden’ story wow was emotional at times, and once I started, I couldn’t put it down.
“Sometimes the basic of moments become your most treasured memories”
I’m not going to go into the storyline as it one you need to read only knowing what Jay tell you in the synopsis. What I will tell you is that Kick Push is about second chances, family, sacrifices, friendship, falling in love, trust, and happiness.
“There’s a big difference between being happy and being selfish. Choose to be happy and Fire truck the rest”
It’s not just Josh that will have you reaching for the tissue as he tries to deal with all that come with being a single parent at such a young age. There is the girl with the emerald eyes who has stolen his heart she is an amazing character, and her story is heartbreaking. I love the connection and empathy between these two.
“His touch is safe”
“I’m addicted to her. To every single thing about her. And even though I know It’s bad, it feels so dam good”
The secondary characters added to the story and play an important part of it without taking the focus away from Josh and the girl with the emerald eyes. Okay, well maybe someone did, and that would be Tommy Josh’s son. He was just too cute. Loved Tommy’s relationship with his dad, and many of the other characters.
I loved Jay’s writing is beautiful, and you can feel the passion she has for these characters. If you love, emotional, heartwarming, heartbreaking reads, then this one is for you. Don’t get me wrong yes, it emotional but, Jay still in flicks her great sense of humour that made me smile and laugh to myself and I love that.
Push Kick is a must read that you won’t forget in a hurry, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.
“I see you Josh”
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her smile, make her hurt, and make her feel.
For publishing rights (Foreign & Domestic) Film, or television, please contact her agent, Erica Spellman-Silverman, at Trident Media Group.
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Away from home.
Away from friends.
Away from half her family.
Armed with her Summer from Hell playlist and a Kindle full of book boyfriends, Ashtyn prepares to face what she is sure will be the worst summer of her life. Or will it be?
Flynn James has one thing on his mindâthe success of his band Marlowe. Heâs focused and doesnât have time for any distractions, and that includes facing his past. But then a petite brunette comes walking into the pub where he works.
Neither Ashtyn or Flynn were looking for love but they canât deny their obvious attraction. Ashtynâs summer has been full of lies. The last thing she expects is for Flynn to be one of the liars too. Can she forgive his lies and turn her summer around? Can Flynn keep his secrets without losing everything? Or will this really be the Summer from Hell?
I lick my lips hoping to produce some saliva and ask, âAre there any drinking fountains nearby?â
Flynn gets a shit-eating grin and points to a giant statue with fountains on all sides. âOver there.â
I take a giant gulp that I immediately spit right back out. Unfortunately, Flynn is standing within shooting range and gets a mouthful of the nasty liquid, which tastes like coppery rotten eggs. Iâm not sure which one of us is more shocked but I canât hold in the laughter. The pain in my side is almost unbearable. I almost donât hear Flynn say, âYou think thatâs funny, do you?â
Not understanding his tone, I look up to a blazing green fire. I donât know whether to be scared or seriously turned on. I turn to run but he grabs me and flips me around. My body shakes with fear and desire as Flynn rubs his hands up and down my arms. I donât speak, too terrified of what I would say but even more terrified of ruining whatever is happening. I nervously gnaw on my bottom lip and he zones right in on it and licks his own.
Leaning forward, I run my hands through his silky hair. He lightly presses his lips to mine, stopping everything around us. Not satisfied with the featherlight kiss, I greedily run my tongue along his bottom lip and use my teeth to gently tug on his lip ring. A guttural groan escapes him, causing my entire body to tingle, right down to my toes. Suddenly I understand what all those girls are feeling in the romance novels I devour. This single kiss will ruin all future kisses for me.
Letting go of his piercing, I push my tongue against his mouth and he grants me access. The moment our tongues tangle, the air around us thickens and everything shifts. Flynnâs hands trail my body. Everywhere he touches, my body is on fire. My back hits cold stone, and I wrap my leg around his waist. Flynn lifts me and both legs hook around him. His hardness hits my sweet spot and I let out a husky moan, causing him to rock against me. My eyes roll back into my head and I throw it back, unable to control myself any longer.
A boy from the wrong side of the tracks, covered in ink and crooning in a bar is the last person a straight laced girl with a art major should fall for, but his rough edges made her jagged, alive, shaving away the coddled southern princess and revealing a soul wild and brilliant.
They fell in love, despite her family and his past and all the reasons why it wouldn't work--and with their best friends, they made a life. Everyone was supposed to live happily ever after.
They, more than anyone, knows that life doesn't go according to plan.
Rike and Peyton fell in love in college. A boy with a guitar, and a poet's heart, and a girl with freckles dusted over her nose, a perfect fucking fairy tale.
But what happens when the fairy tale doesn't fall apart--but is forgotten?
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