WISH YOU WERE HERE
By: Renee Carlino
Release Day: August 15, 2017
You know when you’re looking at someone and you can’t help but smile at how oblivious they are to their own charm? That’s what was happening to me, and it was making me feel…happy. Euphoric. Something indescribable. It was like we already knew each other, like we had met in a previous life. Memories that didn’t exist began exploding in my mind like fireworks.
Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, searching for a spark to jump-start her life and give her a sense of purpose. She’s had as many jobs as she’s had bad relationships, and now she’s feeling especially lost in her less-than-glamorous gig at a pie-and-fry joint in Los Angeles, where the uniforms are bad and the tips are even worse.
Then she collides—literally—with Adam, an intriguing, handsome, and mysterious painter. Their serendipitous meeting on the street turns into a whirlwind one-night stand that has Charlotte feeling enchanted by Adam’s spontaneity and joy for life. There’s promise in both his words and actions, but in the harsh light of morning, Adam’s tune changes, leaving Charlotte to wonder if her notorious bad luck with men is really just her own bad judgment.
Months later, a new relationship with Seth, a charming baseball player, is turning into something more meaningful, but Charlotte’s still having trouble moving past her one enthralling night with Adam. Why? When she searches for answers, she finds the situation with Adam is far more complicated than she ever imagined. Faced with the decision to write a new story with Seth or finish the one started with Adam, Charlotte embarks on a life-altering journey, one that takes her across the world and back again, bringing a lifetime’s worth of pain, joy, and wisdom.
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Charlotte Martin lives a messy life. Her love life needs help. She has the worst taste in men. Her job is a waste, but needs it to pay her bills. She hasn’t quite found her purpose. Or career. And her twenties are almost over. One night, her best friend Helen forces them to go out after she too had her heart broken. Again. They literally run into Adam Bramwell. Her soul catches fire at the sight of this man. He’s mysterious yet fascinating. They embark on a night together. The chemistry is crazy. Intense. Overwhelming. Magical. So when they wake up and Adam is confused and brushes Charlotte off. She is left bewildered. And even though they just met, she is shattered.
Months later she can’t shake Adam. Even after she meets someone. The way he made her heart soar with just one night. The way he made her want to live. Instead of simply existing coaxing through life. But Adam. Everything about her wants him, but the idea of Adam holds her back. This is NOT what you think. There is no love triangle. The secret literally hits you like a freight train. I sat there on the couch in tears. Shaking. From the very beginning, I felt that something was off. There are clues as the story unravels, but nothing prepares you for what comes to light. And for what comes after.
You lit up my night...my fucking life, Charlotte."
Riveting. Poignant. Absolutely earth shattering, this is a romance I’ve never read before. The author is a master is weaving together a love story no one could ever execute. The writing electrifies you. The prose keeps you engaged from beginning to end. The characters inspire you. The author challenges you to understand love in a way that only she can present to the reader. Exhilarating. Gripping. This story consumes you. I was left absolutely breathless.
"As long as there is love in this world, we will be a part of it."
My only qualm about this book is that everything happens SO fast. Charlotte. Adam. Him. But can’t love exist without thought? It’s about emotions. FEELINGS. Why do we have to think in love? Don’t we fall in love? And that right there is why I love this author so much. Even when I have issues regarding the storyline, it happens to be something I adore in her writing. Love isn’t forced. Love is fate. Love is happenstance. Predestined. Loves goes against time and circumstance. Unique and unforgettable, once again Renee Carlino pens a compelling love story that will leave a mark on my heart now and for a long time to come.
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“You’re making love sound tragic,” I said.
“No”—he shook his head—“I wouldn’t want it any other way. Tell me about us. What do we like to do?”
“Paint and sail and eat and drink. Just simple things.” “Don’t forget about sex,” he said.
“Yeah, lots of sex. Before the children were born we
"We were practically naked every second of the day.”
“I like that.”
“When they got older, we’d sneak away for weekends and leave them at my mom’s.”
“What are they like? Our children.”
“Happy. That’s all we wished for. We put our love first and it just spilled over into them and now they’re happy.”
Tears sprang from my eyes and ran down my cheeks. Isn’t that what we all hope for when it comes to our children?
His tone suddenly changed. “That’s beautiful, Char- lotte.” It was like he was waking up from the dream. I didn’t want to go back to reality yet, but I knew these fantasies were just to help Adam get his mind off things.
“I can imagine a long life with you,” he said. “I can imagine what a great wife you’d be."
I pulled my hand out of his. “The story is about you and me.” He didn’t say anything; he just nodded and then continued to stare out the window. I bent and kissed the top of his head again, and whispered, “It’s about us. Don’t take that away from me.”
About the Author
Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women's novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher's Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she's not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at www.reneecarlino.com
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A Little Bit Like Love, an all-new sexy STANDALONE MM romance from Brooke Blaine is LIVE!
A Little Bit Like Love by Brooke Blaine
Publication Date: July 27th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance/MM Romance
What if you had everything in the world you wanted…except the man you’d left behind?
Jackson Davenport, the charismatic, strait-laced heir to the Davenport fortune, has a secret. One he’s been hiding since he graduated from South Haven all-boys academy—and that secret’s name is Lucas.
When a work trip takes Jackson back to his old stomping grounds, memories of the year he shared with Lucas come crashing to the surface. With growing pressure from his father to settle down and take over the family business, Jackson knows he’s on borrowed time, and sets out to find the free-spirited daredevil he once knew.
But Lucas isn’t the same man he was eight years ago.
One night. A shattered heart. And an endless parade of nameless faces. Lucas Sullivan is South Haven’s ultimate playboy, a reputation he’s honed since the only boy he ever loved left without a trace. To the world, he’s brash and confident, an in-demand artist who spends his days designing one-of-a-kind pieces and his nights as king of the downtown scene.
Many have tried and failed to get past the barrier he’s carefully constructed, but it’s the shy, studious boy he once coaxed out of his shell who still haunts him.
Maybe it was a mistake. Maybe it was lust. Or maybe…it was a little bit like love.
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She is the author of Flash Point, a romantic suspense standalone, as well as the co-author of the erotic series, A Desperate Man, with Ella Frank. The latter has scarred her conservative southern family for life, bless their hearts. Licked, a romantic comedy, will be released November 11th, 2015 and is the first in the L.A. Liaisons series.
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I knew this book was going to rip me apart when I was already in tears before the prologue was even over. Just wow. This isn't just a second chance romance, this is an epic love story that takes you through 14 years of two people that were meant to be, but never quite got it right. These two go through some pretty crazy circumstances both together and apart, and it is truly a heady journey you go on while reading their story.
Damien Tate had a rough life, with both parents abandoning him, one physically the other emotionally and all he wanted to do was escape the evil that was his mother and let me tell you she is absolutely horrific. So, when Damien found Thea Ahern, the twin sister of his best friend, he finally found some peace in knowing that not all women were bad. Just seventeen years old when they first met, they had a first love romance that could never be forgotten, but once they turned 18 they knew they had a decision to make.
Thea was off to college at NYU and Damien enlisted in the Army for a long time, longer than expected considering he went into special forces. And when he finally came home for good, so many years later he was a different man shrouded in mystery and a broody temperament that Thea took on as a challenge. He was her theoretical onion that needed peeling.
This book goes way deeper than your typical love story. Thea's family is the heart and soul of this book, and Damien is and always has been a part of the Ahern family, so when the twists and turns come into play it really gives you a broader idea of what is going on. The character development is great, even with the side characters like Anton (Oh how I love Anton!!) and Thea's brother Cam. I really fell in love with those guys as the book progressed. The same goes for Kimber and Ryder, Thea's best friends. But things aren't always as they seem and when truths are revealed I was filled with all kinds of emotions. The angst was oh so present, because even though it wasn't glaringly obvious, the undertone of something big was always just below the surface. It's what drove me to keep going, because I was like ahhhhh what is going onnnnn, when will I find outttttt?!? Yes, if that sounds like whining it is. Because I was.
I loved the weird dynamic to Thea and Damien's relationship, and it cracked me up that the silliest things like pizza toppings or Thea's mindless rambling could bring Damien back to Earth, or that a simple rare smile from Damien would make his despondent and abrasive temperament irrelevant in Thea's eyes. I was really pulling for these two because after all those years I was ready for them just to be happy already!
This is really a great story that takes you on an unexpected journey of love and deceit and SO many other things, the writing was great and the author did a wonderful job of keeping me my interest piqued the whole time, I'm really excited to read more by this author. Great, GREAT read.
Before I could scan the crowd for Damian, a hand wrapped around mine...one with cuts and blood on the knuckles. It was Damian and he looked pissed.
“What the fuck are you doing here?”
My heart hurt seeing his face—a cut near his left eye, blood smeared down his cheek and a blooming bruise on his jaw. “I heard you and Cam talking. I was curious.”
He had been walking me toward the exit but those words stopped him. His feet sort of rooted themselves to the concrete floor as his head turned in my direction. “So you walked here alone?”
“It wasn’t far.”
That wasn’t the right answer apparently because he hissed between his teeth. It wasn’t an actual word, just a release of frustration.
He started toward the exit again. “What are you fighting when you are out there?”
We had just reached the stairs when he pulled me behind them and pressed me up against the wall. “Come again?”
“When you fight, what are you fighting?”
“Not who am I fighting?”
“No, your opponent isn’t what you’re fighting.”
He leaned in and lowered his head to look me right in the eyes. “How do you know that?”
I gently wiped the blood from his face. “I know you.”
He had the strangest reaction to that. He closed his eyes, like he was in pain, and lowered his forehead to my shoulder. “This can’t happen.”
Those words caused a chill to move right down my spine. He was wrong. It totally could and should happen. “Why not?”
He lifted his head and for the first time I saw so much more in those eyes. “Cam is a good friend and your parents are like my own.”
His lips brushed along my jaw and I had to lock my knees to keep from sliding down the wall. “And if I did to you all the things I wanted, I couldn’t sit at their table without them knowing that I claimed every part of you.”
L.A. Fiore is the author of several books including: Beautifully Damaged, Beautifully Forgotten, Beautifully Decadent, His Light in the Dark and A Glimpse of the Dream. She's also the social secretary for her two children, a tamer of ill-mannered cats, the companion to one awesome dog and married to her best friend. She likes her wine red, her shrimp chilled and her social gatherings small and intimate.
Title: After You
Author: Stephanie Rose
Release Date: Feb 21, 2017
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After You is the final STANDALONE novel in the Second Chances series.
I had the happily ever after . . . until it was gone.
Three became two. And I was alone.
Our time—my time—was over. Alone was the right way to be. The only way. Life was me, my son, and my memories. Until the day I met someone who turned my lonely existence upside down.
This man made me smile, made me laugh, made me ache for his touch.
But I couldn’t.
He shouldn’t awaken feelings I resolved to bury with my husband. But he did.
I couldn’t let his presence make my heart race. I couldn’t let him into our little world, where he fit so perfectly. I couldn’t want Nick.
But I did.
I rescued people. My family relied on me to lend a hand. Everyone thought of me as the fixer, but no one had the first clue how to fix me. Until Ellie.
The freckled beauty’s sorrow was like a well-worn shirt—easy and familiar, difficult to part with—and she wore it comfortably. And though I was hers from the moment our eyes first met, she’d never be mine. I loved her in the here and now, but how did I compete with a ghost?
How can there ever be anyone After You?
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Ellie Taylor knows loss. With only the strength given to her by her son Jack, she is determined to live. But to love again? That is out of the question. Until she meets Nick Garcia. Drop dead gorgeous. And a fire fighter! As she spends time around him, he becomes a spark of light in her dark. He makes her heart feel a little bit lighter. But what if it is still too soon? Nick is known to be there for everyone but himself. This is what he does. People love. And Nick loves harder. But what if he can’t fix this? He’s been down a similar road before and has been burned. Can he put his heart through this again? With Ellie, the answer is always yes.
“Are we doing this? You and me. No running away. I kiss you, I touch you. And you stay.”
I refuse to discuss the plot further as this is the type of book you get lost in. The author doesn’t tell you Nick and Ellie’s story. Their voices are what narrate the story. The exquisite prose and depths of emotions allows the reader into the hearts of the characters. You feel their pain and inner turmoil. Most importantly, you know their joy. And the longing that exists between Nick and Ellie. Nick. Your love for Ellie is unequivocal. Your love slays monsters. Your love persevered and endured doubt and darkness. You chose to love someone before you even knew if their heart was yours to have. Your love is strength and beauty. I don’t think I’ve ever felt a hero love so deeply, and with such intensity that you feel your heart flutter with every declaration of love that leaves his mouth. To be loved by him is to be adored. And for Ellie to love him? To choose him? That is the greatest honor of his life.
“You’re my favorite kind of trouble. And you’re worth every single bit of it.”
Whether you know Ellie’s story or this is your first Stephanie Rose book, you must know that Ellie’s heart has been through the greatest loss a person can ever go through. Her story demanded a sensitivity that only this author could truly deliver. The author executed this story with such grace and beauty. Losing the person you love more than anything in this world, changes the trajectory of your life. And with Ellie the author allowed us to see her anguish and her pain. But most importantly that part of her heart that wanted to believe in love. With Nick. She’s never wanted to risk her life before. But his love? It was worth all the risk in this world.
“You’re the love of my life, Ella-Jane.”
The writing was simply flawless and brilliant in it’s delivery. The emotions are palpable and a true testament to the talent of the author in her ability to give the reader a genuine and authentic take on love after loss. There is a push and pull between Nick and Ellie. Their story is not perfect, but what good love story is? They are up against so much. If you are a lover of a second chance romance, I implore you to pick this one up. You’ve never read this one before. Never felt this before. The sheer beauty of this story lies within the heart of the characters and all they overcame to find love. After You was a heartfelt and emotionally charged story that will stay with me for a long time to come.
“Nick, let’s sit here.” Jack yanked Nick by the hand down the movie theater aisle and pulled him into a seat. Jack plopped down in a seat next to him adjacent to the wall. So much for my son wanting to sit anywhere near me tonight.
“Perfectly good seat right here.” Nick patted the chair next to him. All the theaters had been renovated with leather recliners. Usually, since my son dragged me to the latest kid movie, it was a real fight to keep my eyes open and not drift off mid-movie. I was sure sitting next to Nick for the next couple of hours would keep me wide awake.
“I can’t wait to see Optimus Prime!” Jack exclaimed through a mouth full of popcorn.
“Me, too! He was my favorite when I was your age.” Nick took a handful from the bucket resting on Jack’s lap.
“And I used to drive a car like Bumble Bee.”
“You did?” I squinted at Nick as I took a slurp of diet soda.
“A yellow Camaro.” Nick’s mouth tipped in a sexy smirk as he pushed his seat back.
I bit my lip to hold in a laugh as the lights dimmed.
“You can wipe that smug look off your face. Chicks loved that car.” Nick whispered in my ear. The hot tickle of his breath against my cheek made goose bumps spread down my neck to my shoulder.
“Did you drive around blasting Metallica in your banana-colored Camaro?” I giggled back. “At least they saw you coming.”
He laughed as the opening credits started to roll. “Women loved my banana.”
I sputtered a cough as I choked on a piece of popcorn. Nick shrugged with a sly grin as he settled into the seat.
I leaned my elbow on the armrest between us, and it grazed Nick’s forearm. I jumped at the contact and jerked my hand into my lap, where it was safe. I was catapulted back to my teenage years when the slightest contact with a boy I liked sent shivers up my spine.
Nick wasn't a boy, though. He was a man—a gorgeous man with unforgettable lips that knew how to kiss a woman stupid. I wanted to touch more than just his elbow. Keeping a level head around him was damn near impossible with adolescent hormones ravaging through my thirty-something body.
Nick laughed at my hands, now frozen on my thigh.
I focused on the screen until Nick pulled my hand back on the armrest.
“We can share, Ella-Jane.” He smirked as he slid his hand against mine and laced our fingers together.
My palms were damp as he brought our joined hands to his lips. He pressed a long, wet kiss to the inside of my wrist.
The bristles of his beard scratched against my skin as goose bumps drifted down my arm. I felt the warmth of his mouth all the way to my toes. My body was enjoying the simple but intimate attention too much at that moment to move my hand.
Something felt wrong holding Nick’s hand around Jack. When I glanced at my son, he was munching on popcorn and oblivious to anything but the robots on the screen. I smiled at Nick, but he didn’t smile back. Illuminated by the soft flicker from the movie, the heat and yearning in his eyes burned brightly. My breathing quickened as his finger blazed a light caress back and forth over the top of my hand.
For five years, I never so much as glanced in another man’s direction. Now, Nick simply holding my hand melted me into a puddle. It was pathetic but spoke the volumes I couldn’t admit out loud.
Stephanie Rose was born and raised in the Bronx, New York and still lives there with her superhero-obsessed husband and son.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a day job in marketing, but she always has a story in her head. Her books are full of swoon-worthy men and feisty heroines.
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Ever Over After (The Over Duet #2)
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Release Date: January 9, 2017
SynopsisMarlo … wild-eyed, untamed, and every single thing I’ve ever wanted from this life. I wasn’t ready for her back then. I was a stupid boy with adult feelings and no idea what to do with them. I squandered away every chance she gave me. Yes, love like ours either burns white hot or crumbles under the pressure. And now I’m back to sift through the rubble. Questions and excuses are two things I have in spades. What I need now are answers. Answers and Low. Always Low. My name is Ever Montgomery, and this is my story of love resurrected.
Ever Montgomery has made so many mistakes in the past. He’s used to running from them. But this time around, years later, Ever only wants to run toward the love he’s never forgotten, Marlo Rivers. The problem is that Marlo isn’t the same doe eyed young girl he knew back then. Her past has shaped Marlo into the woman she is today. Her heart belongs to no one but her. She is determined to never give someone the power to destroy it again. With Ever back in her life, it almost seems impossible. It’s as if her heart knows nothing else but to love Ever. But nothing is that simple. Loving Ever was dangerous. There are still secrets between them that may keep them apart. Especially when things start to unravel. `
“I won’t survive this time. Some lessons you don’t just learn. Some lessons are tattooed on your soul.”
Their love story is tumultuous, but it’s theirs. It will break you. It will affect you on the most visceral level. How do they go back to what they once had? And can either survive if they don’t make it this time? This is a story of love unfiltered and raw. One that is told in honesty and grace. A love story of human resilience in the face of apprehension and despair. Out of fear comes fearlessness. And that is their love. Fearless. Inspiring. Absolute. Their love is permanent and steadfast. Even through all the darkness, their love endured. It persevered. It simply never stopped.
"How can we be anything different than what we've always been?"
"And what's that?"
Have you ever been so embedded deep inside a man’s heart that you can’t breathe? This is what the author does for her readers. She puts you THERE. Right deep within the heart of Ever Montgomery. You are overwhelmed by his grief, his regret, but most of all, the depth of his love for Marlo. His heart only knows hers. And you feel it with not only the conviction of his words but most of all the power in his actions.
"Love changes over time. The edges may fill, the butterflies hibernate...but some things, the best things, sharpen and flourish as years pass. Ever is the best thing."
The writing left me breathless. It was flawless in it’s delivery and remarkable in it’s execution. The author’s talent to truly capture such emotional complexities among her characters is unparalleled. The words of this book read like poetry. Deep, meaningful, and meticulous. The words will astound you with its eloquent and transcending prose.
"He's the creation and the rapture. Every good and bad thing all wrapped up into one. And now, after all these years, he may just be my resurrection."
Ever Over After is a story of choosing your forever over fear. Reminding us that love is the best risk we can take. It’s a story of the pursuit of love and forgiveness as well as hope for a second chance. Spellbinding and compelling, this was heartbreaking yet beautiful. There was light in darkness. This story was moving beyond words. To say this was one of the most poignant and heartfelt romance storylines I’ve ever read would be an understatement. Don’t read this book. Experience it. Love it. I know I did. I wholeheartedly, and without reservation recommend that every lover of romance reads this entire duet.
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Title: Bullies like Me
Author: Lindy Zart
If you can make it out of Enid High School alive, you can make it through anything.
Alexis is the new girl at school, and she’s ruthlessly bullied. Hopeless, and drowning in her present reality, she takes pills—lots of pills. She’s sent to a mental health facility, where she meets a boy. Only the boy can’t save her, and no one can save her from herself.
Nick has secrets. He wants to open up to Alexis, but there’s the dead boy who haunts him. In his dreams. While he’s awake. He wants to be brave, but he can’t tell her about his past, and he can’t leave the facility.
Melanie rules over the school, until a nobody named Lexie tries to disrupt her reign. She won’t allow that. She also can’t stop it. She plummets into notoriety, but she’s determined to take them all with her. The girl, the boy, and their secrets.
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New girl, Alexis is bullied relentlessly at school. It causes her to commit harm to herself and she ends up at a mental health facility. That’s when she meets Nick. Nick harbors some darkness of his own. He is forever haunted by his past But with Alexis, he can breathe a little more. The weight he carries seems to be lighter when she is around. When Alexis leaves the facility his only solace is he will see her when she comes by to see her doctor. Nick can’t leave and he can’t tell her why. As Alexis returns to school she is determined to see through that her bullies never bring her that low again. That they should feel everything she does. How far is she willing to go?
The synopsis barely touches the surface on just how deep this book is. There are twists and turns and secrets. There is revenge. Redemption. Retribution. Hope. Rather than give away the plot, I’d rather discuss just how much this book allowed me to feel. The author places you with her characters to allow you as a reader to understand their emotions from pain and despair to their hopes and dreams. This was unlike anything I’ve ever read. The refined prose will blow you away. The execution and development of the story was just brilliant. The writing is riveting, honest, and raw. The author holds nothing back.
To the forgotten, the ashamed, the hurt. This book? This book is your voice. The author wants us to hear you. And we do. Loud and clear. The author gives a voice to a very relevant and dangerous issue in our society. Her characters have so much buried deep inside of them. But the author never fails to remind you just how brave these souls are. Bullies Like Me is a poignant, thought provoking, and intense read. To say I was moved would be an understatement. This profound story was nothing short of phenomenal.
Nick’s arm brushes against mine as we cross the street, and he flinches.
I grit my teeth, holding in my irritation until we reach the beginning of the path. Then I slam my hands on my hips and glare at him. “Okay, what is your deal? If you really didn’t want to be with me today, why didn’t you just say it?”
He opens his mouth.
My glower deepens.
“I don’t like being out in public. I don’t…like being around people,” he says after a pause. “I like to be alone.”
I throw my arms up in frustration. “Then why did you agree to this?”
Nick steps closer. “But I like to be with you more than I like to be alone, and even though I don’t like to be around people, I like to be around you—probably more than I should. How could I say no to being with you, even if it’s in a setting I despise?”
“That’s messed up,” I say, shaking my head, even as a warm glow fills my insides.
“I’m messed up.”
“You’re not, not really.”
He lowers his head, taking my hands in his. Examining them. It feels like fire and ice when we touch. Sparks and frost. “You have no idea, Alexis.” Nick threads our fingers together, lifting our hands between us, and looks at me.
“Tell me,” I whisper, feeling like I can’t breathe. My air is caught somewhere within the magnetic pull of blue-green seas. Who needs to breathe anyway?
“Someday,” he promises, and then, with our hands still entwined, he leans forward and kisses me.
His lips are soft, firm. Magic. Tasting of dreams and hope. And grief too. I’m kissing not only Nick, but his soul as well. I feel his heartbeat with my lips. I taste the feelings he has for me, and they are overwhelming. Catastrophically beautiful. The kiss lasts long enough to rearrange everything inside me, to steal my breath, to give it back. To let me know Nick has the power to ruin me. To let me know I’d probably let him.
USA Today bestselling author Lindy Zart writes in a multitude of fictional genres because, well, her brain requires it so she stays somewhat sane. She has been writing since she was a child, but luckily for readers, her writing has improved since then.
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Samantha Towle has released her new book THE ENDING I WANT and we are so excited to share more info about the book with you - enjoy an excerpt below and a little note from Samantha. Make sure to enter the giveaway below too - Good luck!
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Taylor Shaw had the perfect life—until she was sixteen. That was when everything changed. From that moment on, life went from bad to worse…to the worst. After recovering from a brain tumor, months later, she suffers the tragic loss of her whole family. Since that fateful day, she’s been coasting through life.
Now, the brain tumor has returned, and Taylor decides she’s had enough. She’s going to take her fate into her own hands. No more hospitals. No more surgeries. No more anything. She’s going to join her family. It’s her decision. What she longs for. The ending she wants.
She just has a list of things to do before she goes. First, go to England. Second, kiss a stranger…
Only, Taylor didn’t expect Liam Hunter, the stranger—with his handsome face, his six-foot-three of gorgeousness, and his oh-so-hot English accent—to change things. To change her. To change the ending she wanted.
What is a girl, who is standing on the edge of nothing, to do when offered the chance of everything?
A Note from Samantha: Writing The Ending I Want has been a cathartic and exhausting process for me, but I have loved every second of writing it. I relate to this story more than any of the stories that I’ve written before. Maybe that’s because there’s a piece of me in this book. And not in Taylor having a brain tumor, because fortunately I’ve never had to endure anything like that. But for me, it was the need to feel free from something that has crippled me for many years, just like Taylor is crippled by her own pain. Taylor wanted to die to be free. I never wanted to die, but I did want to be free, in a way that’s hard to explain. But now, after years of feeling trapped by my demons, things that have held me back in life, I’ve found a way to get the freedom I needed. I’m still a work in progress, but I’m working better now than I ever did before - just saying this cryptic stuff out loud is a big step for me. So, writing Taylor in the way I did was a big deal for me. I really hope that you love this story, and see strength in Taylor's choices rather than weakness.
New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling author Samantha Towle began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn't stopped writing since.
She has written contemporary romances, THE MIGHTY STORM, WETHERING THE STORM, TAMING THE STORM, TROUBLE, REVVED and REVIVED.
She has also written paranormal romances, THE BRINGER and the ALEXANDRA JONES SERIES, all penned to tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, and more of her favourite musicians.
A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.
Title: The Summer Games: Settling the Score
Author: R.S. Grey
Genre: Sports Romance/Romantic Comedy
Release Date: May 2, 2016
As an Olympic rookie, Andie Foster has spent far more time in her cleats than between the sheets. For 21 years, her Fridaynights have consisted of blocking shots rather than taking them. But now that she's landed in Rio, she's ready to see for herself if the rumors about the Olympic Village are true:
The athletes are all sex-crazed maniacs...
The committee passes out condoms like candy...
The games continue long after the medals have been handed out...
As Andie walks the line between rumor and reality, she's forced into the path of Frederick Archibald, a decorated Olympic swimmer and owner of a sexy British accent—too bad he's unavailable in a way that "it's complicated" doesn't even begin to explain.
In other words: off limits.
It doesn't matter that he has abs that could bring peace to the Middle East and a smile that makes even the Queen blush; Andie fully intends on keeping her focus on the soccer field. But the Village is small. Suffocating. Everywhere Andie goes, Freddie happens to be there—shirtless, wet from the pool, and determined to show her a whole new meaning of the phrase "international affairs".
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Twenty-one-year-old, Andie Foster is in Rio for the Olympics as she competes for gold with her soccer team. She has lived her life dedicated to this sport, but while in Rio, she is determined to let loose and have a little fun. Little did she know her plans would involve meeting the drop dead gorgeous Frederick (Freddie) Archibald. There’s something that draws her to him. Their chemistry is off the charts. But they are both here to win gold. Not each other. But sometimes life doesn’t always go as planned.
“This smile. This is what unwound me. I’m powerless when it comes to this smile.”
Freddie can’t stay away from Andie. No matter how many times she insists, he just can’t listen. He is forbidden. Due to circumstances, he cannot belong to her. And she should be focused on winning, not his English accent, and his abs, and his gorgeous face, and yeah I can go on! The Olympic Village makes it impossible for them to avoid each other. And with every encounter its even more obvious that this thing between them isn’t going anywhere. But love? Love is stubborn and they are about to find out just how much!
“He basically knighted me and I’d tossed my panties at his face like a commoner. Jesus.”
So that line. Ha. This is no ordinary Sports romance. The author sets the bar high. The writing is witty, creative, and simply delightful. The story is fun, sexy, and downright addicting! The way Freddie and Andie meet is unconventional but SO them. The author has this innate ability to put a fresh spin on her romantic comedies and this was no different! Can we just talk about the writing again? It was on point, the storyline addicting, and the characters unforgettable. I laughed until I cried, I fell deeply in love, and I truly enjoyed every moment of reading Freddie and Andie’s story.
“This heart, Andie…” “I want this heart all for myself.”
Despite the amount of times I keeled over laughing (yes even in public—oops!), this story is also romantic. Freddie is seriously one of the most swoonworthy characters this author has ever written. His words, his actions, he simply breathes love and adoration for Andie. Through the highs and lows of this story, through the obstacles, and lies, one thing always remains. And that is love. Love is about risk. Giving someone the ability to hurt you, but expecting them not to. Their whirlwind romance was definitely worth that fall.
“His struggles were mine. My triumphs were his.”
The Summer Games: Settling The Score is a must read. Whether you enjoy sports romance or not, you WILL now. This fun, light hearted and sexy romance will leave you wanting to be besties with this group. I am excited for what’s to come as the series continues.
I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way, I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things... everyday.
I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors include Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I'm a comedy geek and love all things "funny". Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.
For the last ten years, I've roamed the globe, captivated by the world around me. I've seen the seven wonders and admired sunsets from every continent. I'd lived and loved and that was enough for me. It would have to be.
I was content, satisfied with my collection of experiences . . . until a phone call led me down a road less traveled.
If I'd known my fascination would pique and be forever quenched only a few hundred miles from where my curiosity had been born, I may have never set sail.
Stripped of the future I'd planned with the love of my life, my family and my career were now all that mattered. I'd lived and loved and that was enough. It would have to be.
I struggled to move forward, to discard the part of me that held out hope for my obliterated heart. But I was bred a romantic, so it was easier said than done.
The chances of being struck by lightning are 1 in 960,000.
The odds of being struck twice are 1 in 9 million.
I risked those odds every minute, often cursing the dark sky, praying for static and a rumble of thunder, but it never came.
No, that second bolt hit me on a clear day.
The Heart can be read as a stand alone but it is HIGHLY recommended you read the first two books in the series first.
The Reluctant Romantics Series
The Mind 1.5
Books that compliment the series (Room 212, Never Me.)
Explicit Sex and Strong Language
A native of Dallas, Kate Stewart now resides in beautiful Charleston, S.C. She lives with her husband of 9 years, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie.
Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring the city her creative muse. Since the move in 2010, Kate has written and published four novels including Room 212, Never Me, Loving the White Liar and The Fall.
Kate writes messy, sexy, angst filled romance books with 'hard to get' happy endings because it's what she loves as a reader. She has a scary addiction to chocolate milk and a deep love for rap music specifically the genius known as Marshall Mathers.
In addition to her addiction to romance, Kate also lets her alter ego take over on occasion and writes erotic suspense under the pen Angelica Chase.
Check out Kate's works as Angelica
Two souls intertwined. One epic love story.
Get swept away in the passionate romance between political opposites Caroline Gerard and Jack McIntyre in the first half of The Bellator Saga.
"If you only read one series in 2016, make it The Bellator Saga by Cecilia London!" - Irene, The Literary Gossip
"I can't recommend this series enough. It's one for any contemporary romance reader, any Hunger Games lover, any dystopian lover, any fans of erotica. I IMPLORE you to read this series. You don't want to miss it." - TeriLyn Reviews
"...One of the most unforgettable reads of my life. This riveting and compelling story gripped me. Stole my heart. And I don't think I will ever get it back." - Bianca, Biblio Belles
"This series is unique, poignant, and unforgettable. Readers will be irreversibly captivated by London's writing and intensely invested in the exquisite creativity that her mind has to offer." - Vivian, Beauté De Livres
"An unforgettable saga unlike anything I've ever read before...I can't recommend this series enough!" -Suzanne, Tied Up In Romance
Rising Democratic star Caroline Gerard is reluctant to fall in love again after losing her husband. Can Republican playboy Jack McIntyre break through her grief and capture her heart? Told mostly in flashback and set against a chilling fascist backdrop, Dissident is a rollercoaster ride of political intrigue, passionate romance, and undying love.
Caroline faces the biggest challenge of her life when confronted with the cruelty and sadism of her captors at The Fed. Hope fades quickly, even as she holds onto her one last bit of sanity and her unshakable belief that her husband will rescue her. But is that faith just a mirage?
Reeling from her experiences at The Fed, Caroline tries to forge ahead and create a new identity. But that’s hard to do with the ghosts of the past constantly whispering in her ear. She is determined to find the rebellion and move on with her life, but what will she find when she arrives there?
Cecilia London is the pen name of a native Illinoisan currently living in San Antonio, Texas. She's filled several roles over the course of her adult life - licensed attorney, wrangler of small children, and obsessed baseball fan, among others. An extroverted introvert with a serious social media addiction, she is the author of The Bellator Saga, an epic, genre-crossing romance series. You can catch all of her quirky updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or at her website.
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