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March 19, 2014

I’m so excited to announce that TOUCHED Die Macht der ewigen Liebe – the final installment in the Sense Thieves series is now available for German readers (US readers, IGNITED will be available May 27). I can’t wait for readers to get their hands on this book! Please be sure to leave a review on your favorite sites.


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German Description:


Remy zwischen Asher und Gabriel …, … für wen wird sie sich entscheiden? Remys Großvater, einer der wenigen männlichen Heiler, hält ihren Vater in Gefangenschaft. Von ihren Freunden unterstützt, versucht Remy, ihn zu befreien. Sie taucht dabei tief ein in die Geschichte der Heiler und Beschützer und erfährt, welche Rolle ihr zugedacht ist. Welche ganz besondere Rolle. Daraufhin bekämpft sie nicht länger ihre beiden zerrissenen inneren Hälften, sondern akzeptiert sie. In einem aufwühlenden Kampf besiegt sie ihren Großvater, ihr Vater kann befreit werden. Das alles verändert Remy und ihre Beziehung zu Asher sehr. Wie soll sie damit umgehen? Und mit ihrer zarten Liebe zu Gabriel? Aufwühlendes und gefühlvolles Finale der Romantasy-Trilogie.


Gebunden

448 Seiten

Ab 14 Jahren

ISBN: 978-3-522-20166-7

Preis: 16,99 €

Österreich: 17,50 €, Schweiz: 24,90 sFr

Erscheinungstermin: 19.03.2014


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Publisher: Thienemann Verlag

Facebook Fan Page - Remy und Asher

Website - www.remy-und-asher.de


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February 14, 2014

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Thanks for following along with my blog tour for the last two weeks! If you’ve missed any of the posts, you can check them out here. And thank you for helping surpass 3,000 followers on Twitter. I promised you all a sneak peek at IGNITED (Sense Thieves #3) if I met my goal, so here is a little preview of a scene with Gabe and Remy for all those people who begged to see more Gabe. (If you joined my Twitter party, you may have already had a sneak peek at this scene.) Without further ado…


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I took myself down two flights of stairs, happy to let my mental walls relax once I was away from the others. Keeping my defenses constantly up took energy I didn’t have. At the bottom of the stairs, I hesitated, unsure which way to go. With a shrug, I went toward the direction that faced the street. I passed through the family room Lottie had mentioned and ended up in the wine vault. Dozens of bottles were slotted into the wall in front of me and lined the wooden counters on both sides.


“This place is like the Met,” I muttered. I’d once gotten lost in the huge New York museum, and I felt the same way now.


“It’s easy once you know your way around.”


I whipped around to find Gabe standing in the doorway blocking my exit. He didn’t seem inclined to move aside, either, crossing his ankles and bracing a lean hip against the doorjamb. He watched me, his mouth quirked with another of those odd smiles he’d worn on the plane and at the airport. He reminded me of a cat who had found a mouse to toy with.


“Oh, I think you’re more the cat than the mouse,” he said in a silky voice. “Like a cat, you’re crafty and hard to pin down.”


I narrowed my eyes. “Very funny. Does that make you the mouse?”


“Catch me and find out,” he challenged, his green eyes darkening.


I sucked in a breath as unwanted awareness scorched through me. Embarrassment burned my cheeks. He couldn’t have meant that how it sounded. Because it sounded like the kind of thing a guy told a girl he liked.


“In case you’re confused, Remington, that was me flirting with you. And I more than like you.”


My systems went on red alert, shrieking warnings to my brain. My hands went damp with nerves, and my heart raced like I’d chased a Red Bull with a gallon of espresso.


“Uh, Gabe. I don’t think…” I stumbled to a stop as realization hit. Gabe was flirting with me. If Gabe was flirting with me, then he knew…


His full lips curled into a satisfied smile, making them look more sensuous than usual. “That you and Asher broke up? Hell, yes.”


And damn it if he didn’t look happy about it.


“How?” I said, reduced to a one-word response.


“Lucy. She let it slip on the plane. And before you get angry at her, she had no clue that I didn’t know.” Gabe straightened, taller and bigger than I’d remembered. More everything than I’d remembered. I took a quick step back and he matched it with one forward. “What I find really interesting, Remington, is that you didn’t tell me in all the times we’ve talked.”


It was ridiculous to feel stalked, right? I knew Gabe. He was my friend. And yet I glanced both ways, looking for a way to escape. “Don’t read into it. Asher’s reasons for breaking up with me are tied to what’s happening to him. I thought it wasn’t my place to tell you about that.”


“No,” Gabe answered emphatically, taking another sure step when I stumbled back. “That’s not it.”


Affronted, I came to an abrupt halt. “Excuse me? Are you calling me a liar?”


“About this?” He stopped, too, and tilted his head to one side like he was considering it. Then he said, “Yes.” I gathered myself up to yell at him, but he stalled me by pressing a finger to my lips. “Before you argue, let me add that I don’t think you’re doing it intentionally.”


“What are you talking about?” I mumbled against his skin.


He dropped his arm. “I think maybe you know that you and I could have something, and it scares the hell out of you. You didn’t tell me about Asher ending things because you’re afraid to give us a chance.”


I glared at him. “Nice theory, but I’ve told you that we’re just friends. It’s been two weeks since Asher and I broke up, and my feelings haven’t suddenly changed because we’re not together.”


I thought maybe I’d gone too far, that maybe I’d hurt his feelings, but Gabe raised one brow and leaned forward to say, “I agree. You’ve had feelings for me since San Francisco.”


Denial rose up fast and furious, and I shook my head. He was insane. He’d gone completely mental. I opened my mouth to tell him, and that’s when he took two giant steps forward, invading my space with all his muscles. I tripped away until my back hit the wall. I had nowhere to go, and Gabe was practically plastered to my front. I threw a panicked gaze his way and slid to one side to duck past him. He planted a hand on the wall by my shoulder, ending that plan. He did the same on the other side, before the thought occurred to me to change direction.


I was caught between his body and the wall. I stared up at him, helplessly confused. “Gabe…”


“Have I ever told you what it was like when my parents died?” I shook my head, thrown by the non sequitur. The last thing I’d expected him to talk about was his parents. “Asher was eighteen and Lottie sixteen. We had suddenly become immortal in a battle that we didn’t intend to fight. Our parents and older brother were dead. And I’d suddenly become responsible for keeping my family together.”


“I’m sorry,” I whispered, trying to concentrate on his words. It became more difficult when our breaths synchronized and our bodies brushed with each inhalation.


“We got by. Everything I’ve done since that day has been about keeping my family safe. All of my choices have been about them. Where we lived. How we lived. What was best for them, even when it meant giving up what I wanted. Because I was the oldest. And I was okay with that.”


I got that. Hadn’t my life changed when Lucy had become my responsibility? Gabe’s breath brushed my face, and I trembled. Duh, it’s cold in here, I told myself.


“And then you came along. Tradition and history say the Healer bonds to the oldest brother, but then you’re not like other Healers.” He shook his head ruefully. “No, you fall for my brother and bond to him. I wanted you for myself, but I stepped aside. Because I love Asher. And I hated watching you together, but I tried to be okay with that, too.”


He took an extra deep breath, touching me from chest to waist in an action I suspected was deliberate. I held my breath for all of two seconds and then gasped for air. Because I’m dying from lack of oxygen. Obviously.


“Why are you telling me this?” I asked, jumping when his hands landed on my shoulders.


“When you chose Asher in September, I left to give you both space. But now my brother has made his choice. I love him, but he had his chance, and I’m not leaving again.”


Gabe’s fingers traced my shoulders and stroked upward to cup my neck. His thumbs tipped my chin up. The heat in his eyes weakened my knees, and I would have fallen if my hands weren’t braced against the wall behind me.


“I’m rushing you, and I’m confusing the hell out of you. This isn’t the right time. I know that. But I heard your thoughts on that roof, Remington. You’re planning on leaving when we find your dad. I can’t let you go without giving us a try. This time I’m going after what I want.”


He bent his knees and leaned in to press his lips to my neck. His mouth kissed a damp path to my ear, and I shuddered at the steam, hotter than fire, curling under my skin. His words tickled my hair when he whispered, “This is me giving you fair warning that I’m going to chase you with everything I have, and when you decide to let me catch you, you’ll never doubt how much I love you. Even when I become a weak human and you can kick my ass six ways to Sunday.”


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February 13, 2014

I’m so proud to introduce you all to AC Gaughen, a talented author and an amazing critique partner. This Tuesday, her latest novel LADY THIEF released. I read its predecessor SCARLET (see review here) and found it to be a highly imaginative and unique retelling of Robin Hood. I was lucky to interview Annie to get a little background on the series. Check out what she had to say, plus read below the interview for information on LADY THIEF. I highly recommend this series!


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Q: Okay, so I read SCARLET, and I’ve already fangirled you (and I cannot wait to get my hands on LADY THIEF). You chose such an original approach to Robin Hood by making Scarlet, a traditionally male character, female. What inspired your creation of Scarlet, a strong female heroine in any time period?


A: I wanted to make a female character that was grumpy and angry and mean and spoke to a lot of the things that I was at that point struggling to accept in myself.  Can you still be loved and be angry and wrong and stubborn?  I’ve always thought YES, and I wanted to write that into existence.  A lot of writing feels like being a fortune teller, and if you write it, by the power of suggestion it will become true.  So yes, I wanted to show myself and a lot of other women that girls don’t have to be perfect to be loved.








Q: In LADY THIEF, you introduce Eleanor of Aquitaine. Can you tell us what it was like to write a historical figure?


A: THIS historical figure is everything to me!  She was so cool. She’s a rockstar of history–essentially a very talented PR maven, an incredibly tough mother, and a very passionate and manipulative wife.  She’s so complicated and utterly unapologetic.  Writing her–getting to empathize with her for a few brief moments–has been one of the highlights of the whole series.  She’s just so cool.  And then, that kind of excitement for a character makes researching her a total joy.  For example, a lot of people don’t know that the notion of “courtly love” came from her–she and her daughter would actually hold “courts of love” and “try” lovers for their light-hearted disputes.






Q: Let’s get down to the important question. Rob. Rob. Rob. He is one very hot thief. The tension between Scarlet and him burns the pages, but so far they haven’t acted on it. Please, please tell me that Scarlet is going to get some love from Rob in her future.


A: Yes.





Ha!  Ok, I’ll say a little more.  Scarlet and Rob–come on, they’re done for.  Their love is LEGENDARY and trying to live up to that in a series and still totally feeling every moment of it is definitely a challenge, but yes.  In LADY THIEF, they have their first kiss–one of my FAVORITE scenes!–and they definitely get to bask in the sweetness of loving each other–even if that love is constantly, if not tortuously, tested.

Q: At the end of SCARLET, things aren’t so great for Rob. Without giving too much away, can you talk about how you approached PTSD in a historical novel?

A: It was surprisingly easy.  Mostly because I think this term PTSD is new, but this scarring that occurs after warfare is so incredibly common when we look back into history.  Worse, when you’re living in a medieval society in which the everyday brutality of which closely mimics the brutality of war, there’s a lot of blurring going on–they even quite literally mimic war for the tournaments.It was easy because it felt very real to me how that would have manifested for Rob.  How strongly he would have felt that, and then been thrown into spirals of shame, guilt, pain and confusion.  And I think LADY THIEF suffers a lot of consequences for all of the characters–there is no easy way to run away from what Rob suffered in the Crusades, and there are no easy answers and certainly no easy choices for Scarlet.
I will say the part that wasn’t at all easy was trying to represent with dignity and accuracy how incredibly painful and complicated PTSD can be, and how many people around the one who is suffering it can effect.  Ultimately, the story is told from Scarlet’s perspective, and she has really difficult choices to make about how to support him and protect herself at the same time.  There’s no easy road there.

Q: In addition to the massive amount of research that you did for this series, you also introduced a unique dialect for Scarlet’s character. It was one of my favorite things about SCARLET, and something that is so difficult for an author to pull off. Can you share some words of advice on writing dialect?

A: Stick to rules.  Her dialect really came out of an intellectual curiosity on my part–how did people learn English with all its complicated rules without formal training?  I had her dipping in and out of all of these things, and my editor told me that–make rules, and stick to them.  The two rules I had were 1.  She uses “were” instead of “was”, and 2. She doesn’t use very many adverbs (there are some exceptions to this for clarity purposes) except “honestly”.  Because she’s dishonest.  Get it?


Q: And now for a quick round!





Favorite YA Author:  Can’t pick just one!  All time: Tamora Pierce.  Then Libba Bray.  Then Meg Cabot.


Favorite Writing Deadline Food:  Diet Coke.


Where You Write:  Panera!  Free refills on the diet coke!!


The question you never get asked but wished you would get asked:  I don’t know if it’s a question, but I always want the chance to explain more about John.  A) I never intended for him to be seen as a point in a love triangle–it always seemed obvious that when you come to the big twist in SCARLET, you know Rob and Scar are all-time.  B) People call him a creeper, or say Scar is a little shameless with him, but to me they hit that weird line that you sometimes hit with opposite sex friends, when you really can’t tell the difference between friend love and love love.  I think Scar just figures it out a lot faster.


 





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LADY THIEF (Scarlet #2) by AC Gaughen


Synopsis from Goodreads:


Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of. Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves. With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again.



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February 11, 2014

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Join me on Twitter (@Cory_Jackson) for a Twitter party to celebrate PUSHED (Sense Thieves #2) as I reveal behind-the-scenes PUSHED trivia, the PUSHED playlist, and character inspiration photos. There will be prizes! Use the hashtag #pushed to join in the fun. Here are the details:


Tonight, February 11, 6PM PST, on Twitter using hashtag #pushed


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February 3, 2014

Friends! There are so many things happening! In honor of Valentine’s Day, some fabulous bloggers and authors will be helping me share the love of PUSHED, the second book in the Sense Thieves trilogy.




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Here’s just a small sampling of what you’ll see in next two weeks:





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Blog tour extravaganza with behind-the-scene looks at PUSHED and reviews from bloggers you know and love
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Twitter Party
Giveaway
German paperback release of PUSHED (TOUCHED DIE SCHATTEN DER VERGANGENHEIT)
Giveaway
Books Inc. Event with authors Talia Vance and Katherine Longshore
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Valentine’s Day cards to share with your friends and loved ones
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Not one but TWO chances to get a sneak peek at IGNITED, the final book in the Sense Thieves trilogy



And did I mention that there will be a massive giveaway? You could win copies of PUSHED, and I’m even giving away a couple of coveted copies of IGNITED before it’s available in stores. How cool is that?




Be sure to check the official tour page to see all the upcoming posts, and remember to visit all of the tour stops for more chances to win!




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January 31, 2014

Today marks Day 31 of 31 Days of #BookLove – the final day. Rather than review all 323 books I read year, I decided to share one of my favorites. I meant to wrap this up in December, but I got hit with the plague. So…the #BookLove continues into 2014.


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OBSIDIAN (LUX #1) by Jennifer Armentrout

Genre: YA


Publisher: Entangled Teen


Synopsis (from Goodreads):


Starting over sucks.


When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.


And then he opened his mouth.


Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.


The hot alien living next door marks me.


You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.


If I don’t kill him first, that is.


 


What I Liked:


THIS SERIES. It’s like crack. Daemon is a jerk to start with, but you find out the boy has his reasons. And once he saves Katy’s life, that’s it – these two are stuck together. There’s a lot of heat between them and a TON of sexual tension. It’s great fun to read, though there were times I wanted to slap Daemon. Yes, he’s rejecting Katy to keep her safe and to keep his family safe. I liked that Katy had a backbone to her. Admittedly, I liked the first book enough to keep reading, but it wasn’t until the third book in the series that I solidly fell in love. And by the end of the fourth book? I wanted to throw my iPad across the room at that ending because it has left me yearning for the final book in the series, and I was bitter that I had to wait. Read all of them. This weekend.


Like the sound of the LUX SERIES? Give the author a little #BookLove. Jennifer Armentrout tweets @JLArmentrout.


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BONUS: First, let’s talk about these covers. The cover models are insanely hot. And how much do I love the ORIGIN cover where he looks like he’s about to burn down the world to get his girl back? Meep! I can honestly say that the books live up to the covers. And ORIGIN ended on a major cliffhanger, so I can’t wait to get the final book in the series. Why must we wait???? See the series here.


 


Buy:


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The 31 Days of #BookLove

Day 1: BULLY by Penelope Douglas

Day 2: THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay

Day 3: TANGLED by Emma Chase

Day 4: UNSPOKEN by Jen Frederick

Day 5: PLAYING FOR KEEPS by R.L. Mathewson

Day 6: ONE WEEK GIRLFRIEND by Monica Murphy

Day 7: WAIT FOR YOU by J. Lynn

Day 8: SIGNIFICANCE by Shelly Crane

Day 9: FALLEN CREST HIGH by Tijan

Day 10: HER BEST WORST MISTAKE by Sarah Mayberry

Day 11: CHARADE by Nyrae Dawn

Day 12: THE COINCIDENCE OF CALLIE AND KAYDEN by Jessica Sorensen

Day 13: HOPELESS by Colleen Hoover

Day 14: SEDUCING MR. KNIGHTLY by Maya Rodale

Day 15: MY UNEXPECTED FOREVER by Heidi McLaughlin

Day 16: BREAKING NOVA by Jessica Sorensen

Day 17: RULE by Jay Crownover

Day 18: DEEPER WE FALL by Chelsea M. Cameron

Day 19: THE BOY WHO SNEAKS IN MY BEDROOM WINDOW by Kirsty Moseley

Day 20: WIFE FOR A WEEK by Kelly Hunter

Day 21: REAL by Katy Evans

Day 22: CARTER REED by Tijan

Day 23: ON DUBLIN STREET by Samantha Young

Day 24: BREAKING BEAUTIFUL by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

Day 25: BROKEN AND SCREWED by Tijan

Day 26: WALLBANGER by Alice Clayton

Day 27: INTO THE DEEP by Samantha Young

Day 28: OFF COURSE by Sawyer Bennett

Day 29: FALLING INTO YOU by Jasinda Wilder

Day 30: REASON TO BREATHE by Rebecca Donovan

Day 31: LUX SERIES by Jennifer Armentrout

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January 30, 2014

Today marks Day 30 of 31 Days of #BookLove. Rather than review all 323 books I read year, I decided to share one of my favorites. I meant to wrap this up in December, but I got hit with the plague. So…the #BookLove continues into 2014.


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REASON TO BREATHE by Rebecca Donovan

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance


Publisher: Indie 


Synopsis (from Goodreads):


“No one tried to get involved with me, and I kept to myself. This was the place where everything was supposed to be safe and easy. How could Evan Mathews unravel my constant universe in just one day?”


In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection—pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth―at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.


One girl’s story of life-changing love, unspeakable cruelty, and her precarious grasp of hope: Reason to Breathe is the first installment of the acclaimed Breathing Series.


 


What I Liked:


This book – this entire series – will shred you. Emma hides the abuse and neglect she’s suffering at the hands of her aunt, which is progressively getting worse. She’s afraid, but counting the days until she’ll be free. In the meantime, she mostly keeps to herself, trying to avoid the questions people would ask if they saw her injuries. Then she meets a boy who makes her want more and puts her plan in danger when he begins to notice things. And that’s just the first book. Emma is such a strong girl trying to survive a terrible situation. You feel for her even if you wish she would tell someone what is happening. And seeing what she and Evan go through over the course of the series will gut you. Highly recommend this series.


Like the sound of REASON TO BREATHE? Give the author a little #BookLove. Rebecca Donovan tweets @BeccaDonovan.


BONUS: There are sequels to this story! BARELY BREATHING and OUT OF BREATH get progressively more heartbreaking. In fact, BARELY BREATHING leaves you more than a little depressed. But hang in there. There’s a lot of good in OUT OF BREATH that makes it all worth it, and I loved seeing how much the characters changed after everything they’ve experienced. See the series here.


 


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The 31 Days of #BookLove

Day 1: BULLY by Penelope Douglas

Day 2: THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay

Day 3: TANGLED by Emma Chase

Day 4: UNSPOKEN by Jen Frederick

Day 5: PLAYING FOR KEEPS by R.L. Mathewson

Day 6: ONE WEEK GIRLFRIEND by Monica Murphy

Day 7: WAIT FOR YOU by J. Lynn

Day 8: SIGNIFICANCE by Shelly Crane

Day 9: FALLEN CREST HIGH by Tijan

Day 10: HER BEST WORST MISTAKE by Sarah Mayberry

Day 11: CHARADE by Nyrae Dawn

Day 12: THE COINCIDENCE OF CALLIE AND KAYDEN by Jessica Sorensen

Day 13: HOPELESS by Colleen Hoover

Day 14: SEDUCING MR. KNIGHTLY by Maya Rodale

Day 15: MY UNEXPECTED FOREVER by Heidi McLaughlin

Day 16: BREAKING NOVA by Jessica Sorensen

Day 17: RULE by Jay Crownover

Day 18: DEEPER WE FALL by Chelsea M. Cameron

Day 19: THE BOY WHO SNEAKS IN MY BEDROOM WINDOW by Kirsty Moseley

Day 20: WIFE FOR A WEEK by Kelly Hunter

Day 21: REAL by Katy Evans

Day 22: CARTER REED by Tijan

Day 23: ON DUBLIN STREET by Samantha Young

Day 24: BREAKING BEAUTIFUL by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

Day 25: BROKEN AND SCREWED by Tijan

Day 26: WALLBANGER by Alice Clayton

Day 27: INTO THE DEEP by Samantha Young

Day 28: OFF COURSE by Sawyer Bennett

Day 29: FALLING INTO YOU by Jasinda Wilder

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January 29, 2014

Today marks Day 29 of 31 Days of #BookLove. Rather than review all 323 books I read year, I decided to share one of my favorites. I meant to wrap this up in December, but I got hit with the plague. So…the #BookLove continues into 2014.


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FALLING INTO YOU by Jasinda Wilder

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance


Publisher: Indie 


Synopsis (from Goodreads):


I wasn’t always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way.


Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him.


Colton didn’t teach me how to live. He didn’t heal the pain. He didn’t make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.


 


What I Liked:


This is another book that feels like two stories in one. I thought the story would pick up pretty close to Kyle’s death (it’s in the synopsis. Instead, the first half of the book unfolds slowly, showing teen friends Nell and Kyle falling in love over several years. It’s tragic and heartbreaking when he dies because we’ve gotten to know Kyle and fall for him to. Nell doesn’t think that she’s ever going to be okay. That’s when Kyle’s older brother Colton enters the picture. Where Kyle was the good boy, the one who always did the right thing, Colton is the one who left his family behind to make his own path in the world. He’s the opposite of Kyle, but I loved how Nell’s character changed and grew in the story, allowing for room for her to mature into a different kind of relationship. There is a lot of angst and drama in this story, so be prepared.


Like the sound of FALLING INTO YOU? Give the author a little #BookLove. Jasinda Wilder tweets @JasindaWilder.


 


Buy:


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The 31 Days of #BookLove

Day 1: BULLY by Penelope Douglas

Day 2: THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay

Day 3: TANGLED by Emma Chase

Day 4: UNSPOKEN by Jen Frederick

Day 5: PLAYING FOR KEEPS by R.L. Mathewson

Day 6: ONE WEEK GIRLFRIEND by Monica Murphy

Day 7: WAIT FOR YOU by J. Lynn

Day 8: SIGNIFICANCE by Shelly Crane

Day 9: FALLEN CREST HIGH by Tijan

Day 10: HER BEST WORST MISTAKE by Sarah Mayberry

Day 11: CHARADE by Nyrae Dawn

Day 12: THE COINCIDENCE OF CALLIE AND KAYDEN by Jessica Sorensen

Day 13: HOPELESS by Colleen Hoover

Day 14: SEDUCING MR. KNIGHTLY by Maya Rodale

Day 15: MY UNEXPECTED FOREVER by Heidi McLaughlin

Day 16: BREAKING NOVA by Jessica Sorensen

Day 17: RULE by Jay Crownover

Day 18: DEEPER WE FALL by Chelsea M. Cameron

Day 19: THE BOY WHO SNEAKS IN MY BEDROOM WINDOW by Kirsty Moseley

Day 20: WIFE FOR A WEEK by Kelly Hunter

Day 21: REAL by Katy Evans

Day 22: CARTER REED by Tijan

Day 23: ON DUBLIN STREET by Samantha Young

Day 24: BREAKING BEAUTIFUL by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

Day 25: BROKEN AND SCREWED by Tijan

Day 26: WALLBANGER by Alice Clayton

Day 27: INTO THE DEEP by Samantha Young

Day 28: OFF COURSE by Sawyer Bennett

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January 28, 2014

Today marks Day 28 of 31 Days of #BookLove. Rather than review all 323 books I read year, I decided to share one of my favorites. I meant to wrap this up in December, but I got hit with the plague. So…the #BookLove continues into 2014.


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Sensual couple in blue jeans
OFF COURSE by Sawyer Bennett

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance


Publisher: Indie 


Synopsis (from Goodreads):


Renner Caldwell has her life perfectly mapped out. She has the ideal relationship, the perfect job and all is right in her world. When a shameful turn of events happens, she boards the first plane bound for Ireland to lick her wounds and get her head back on straight.


Cillian O’Bradaigh is the sexy, front man to the Irish rock band, Over The Edge. His rising fame and sultry voice make him every woman’s fantasy come true. Not to mention his single-minded determination. To put it simply: what Cillian wants, Cillian always gets. And he wants Renner, because there’s just something about the flame-haired beauty he has to possess.


If their relationship was just about sex and rock n’ roll, it would be easy for them to get lost in their desires. Only their relationship is anything but a hook-up. Will lies, deceit and hidden tragedy get in the way, making the path to true love uncertain? Or will the girl whose been knocked Off Course, find her footing with the man who is teaching her it’s okay to lose control?


 


What I Liked:


Cillian, Cillian, Cillian. This is one hot boy. Admittedly, when I picked this up, I was getting worn out by the girl-next-door meets sexy-rocker trope I was seeing in New Adult novels. I can honestly say I bought this book because (a) he’s Irish and (b) the cover is hot. I’m happy to say the book exceeded my expectations. Renner is a strong character. She’s made mistakes, but she’s trying to find her way. Cillian is in a tough situation with one of his bandmates who begins to come between Renner and Cillian’s growing relationship. I loved how Renner was written. No drama just matter-of-fact about what she needed. There wasn’t a bunch of back and forth breakups and lack of maturity. I liked seeing Renner come into her own and believed Cillian would come to appreciate her for that. I’ll definitely reread this one.


Like the sound of OFF COURSE? Give the author a little #BookLove. Sawyer Bennett tweets @BennettBooks.


BONUS: There are companion books about the guys in Renner’s family. See the series here.


 


Buy:


Amazon | Goodreads


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The 31 Days of #BookLove

Day 1: BULLY by Penelope Douglas

Day 2: THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay

Day 3: TANGLED by Emma Chase

Day 4: UNSPOKEN by Jen Frederick

Day 5: PLAYING FOR KEEPS by R.L. Mathewson

Day 6: ONE WEEK GIRLFRIEND by Monica Murphy

Day 7: WAIT FOR YOU by J. Lynn

Day 8: SIGNIFICANCE by Shelly Crane

Day 9: FALLEN CREST HIGH by Tijan

Day 10: HER BEST WORST MISTAKE by Sarah Mayberry

Day 11: CHARADE by Nyrae Dawn

Day 12: THE COINCIDENCE OF CALLIE AND KAYDEN by Jessica Sorensen

Day 13: HOPELESS by Colleen Hoover

Day 14: SEDUCING MR. KNIGHTLY by Maya Rodale

Day 15: MY UNEXPECTED FOREVER by Heidi McLaughlin

Day 16: BREAKING NOVA by Jessica Sorensen

Day 17: RULE by Jay Crownover

Day 18: DEEPER WE FALL by Chelsea M. Cameron

Day 19: THE BOY WHO SNEAKS IN MY BEDROOM WINDOW by Kirsty Moseley

Day 20: WIFE FOR A WEEK by Kelly Hunter

Day 21: REAL by Katy Evans

Day 22: CARTER REED by Tijan

Day 23: ON DUBLIN STREET by Samantha Young

Day 24: BREAKING BEAUTIFUL by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

Day 25: BROKEN AND SCREWED by Tijan

Day 26: WALLBANGER by Alice Clayton

Day 27: INTO THE DEEP by Samantha Young

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