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Happy One Year Anniversary to ME!

I cannot believe it’s been ONE YEAR GUYS!!!

I have been off the grid for awhile but I just want to thank everyone who has supported and stayed with me through my fails and my hits… I hope you will continue on to grow with me.

In my first year I had a “to do” list of sorts and I thought it might be cool to share that now and see how I fared:

1. Reach 100 followers on my blog – BIG YES to this – thank you to everyone who follows my flog!

2. Get a Twitter Account and get 200 followers there (I thought this might be tough) – but happy to report I MADE IT! Thanks guys!!

3. Befriend one amazing author and help support their work. WOW Yes, I have so many people to thank here – Jessica Park, Emma Chase, Katie McGarry, Colleen Hoover, Lauren Oliver, and so many more! I have met via online more authors than I could ever dream – the authors I dream about taking time to talk to me on FB or Twitter has meant more than anything else, it’s why I wanted to become a blogger to support these wonderful people!

4. To get a chance to read books “before” they hit the market – so sue me, I wanted to be part of the cool kids club. and YES i have to say I don’t get every book I ask for, but I do get a good part, nothing to complain over for sure! I still buy my fare share, so Amazon never has to worry about losing me as a customer….

5. To get to know what Indie writing is all about. WOW have I really learned about this this year – some of my best reads for 2013-2014 have been the indies that were self pubslished and still stole my heart. I try to promote these as often as i can – these books and characters deserve as much love as the largest authors and stories out on the market. The indie writers have touched my heart, but more than that they have made me feel like maybe i have  a place in this world outside of blogging….

6. To evaluate my own life and what part reading plays into it. Well, like all things “me” i dove in head first and over did it. Then I had to put the breaks on, now I’m trying to work some balance into the picture – so we shall see how this goes. I still read a TON but I’m trying to be more selective of what I review and only review things I feel like I really want my readers to read and/or at least know about. No worries about my reading habits here though, I still read pretty much anything I can get my hands on…..haha…

7. To Become friends with other bloggers I can share my love of books with: Now to this I would say YES in some ways and NO in others. When I first came along I spent the time to troll other blogs and communicate. I was honestly hoping I would find a book BFF somewhere in the internet land.. No one I know shares my true love of books and especially the genres I love so much – so while I have been active on forums I haven’t found my “click” yet. The cloest thing I have to a blog I follow and would love to be a part of is the Aestas Blog – I follow them religiously and they seem like cool chicks – maybe one day I can be part of that, maybe not – for now i’m happy sharing thoughts and seeing their thoughts about my favorite subject.

8. Did I say 10 really?? Hmmm… #8 to really start looking outside of the YA genre. When I started thsi that was my main focus. If you read my blog at all, you will know that I have OVERLY achieved this. I have fallen in love with this new genre… New Adult (Iknow everyone has mixed feelings here) and I also love the adult world to a point (AKA Sylvia Day, Alice Clayton, E.L. James, and of course Emma Chase). I have been introduced to so many new authors and for that i’m thankful everyday! So keep it coming in this aspect!

9. I want to attend a BEA Conference. This is one of my biggest wishes – and I don’t know that it can happen this year…. but I want it to happen soon. All my dreams would come true here, to be part of the real blogging community and to meet some of my favorite authors – nothing would be better! It would be like Christmas and my birthday all rolled into one – are any of you guys going this year???

10. Last, but certainly, not least I would like to meet Stephanie Meyer. Without “Twilight” I don’t know that I would have gotten back into reading on this scale and fallen in love with this genre leading to my blog/etc. Meeting her would be…amazing.

11. I have to add one last one, I want to have a blurb – Yes a blurb on the back cover of a book or in a description of a book on amazo – i’m not picky, i’ll take what I can get but to see my writing helping show off soemone else’s would be amazing!

All Right guys that’s about it. I can tell you about one cool thing I did this year and why it was a “bookish” cool thing..

I was in NYC last month for Toy Fair (yes for my real job) and I had a minute, and i picked to site see the NYC Public Library – specifically the Rose Reading Room. Have you been? If not you are missing out big time! For readers, it’s like…heaven. THe smell of books, the quiet, the smell…ahhh I could have spent all day there. Most importantly i was picturing a scene from one of my favorite books there – If you have read “Beautiful Stranger” in the “Beautiful Bastard” series you know what I mean – and that scene is HOT. So, I flushed, sniffed the great smell, sat in a chair in the famous reading room and bid it a fond farewell – believe me I’ll be back. It was then I realized just how much books had become a part of my life. Here I was picking this of anywhere to sight see – and it was the best place i’ve been there in a long while. Just to enjoy the quiet for a few moments, to know all the words contained in all those books I can’t wait to read. The whole expanse of knowledge and stories I have yet to find… It’s humbling and amazing all at the same time.

So happy blog anniversary to me! And to you – thank you ALL for sticking around and making it worth my while!

Happy Thursday Everyone!

Your fellow Blogger –

Kell

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ARC Review of “Foreplay” by Sophie Jordan

Foreplay (The Ivy Chronicles, #1)

Book: “Foreplay”

Author: Sophie Jordan

Release Date: 11/5/2013

How I got a copy of the book: I was granted access through an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

Summary From GoodReads:

Before she goes after the life she’s always wanted, she’s about to find the one she needs.

Pepper has been hopelessly in love with her best friend’s brother, Hunter, for like ever. He’s the key to everything she’s always craved: security, stability, family. But she needs Hunter to notice her as more than just a friend. Even though she’s kissed exactly one guy, she has just the plan to go from novice to rock star in the bedroom—take a few pointers from someone who knows what he’s doing.

Her college roommates have the perfect teacher in mind. But bartender Reece is nothing like the player Pepper expects. Yes, he’s beyond gorgeous, but he’s also dangerous, deep—with a troubled past. Soon what started as lessons in attraction are turning both their worlds around, and showing just what can happen when you go past foreplay and get to what’s real…

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What Did I Think?

What did I think about this book? I actually read it amoung a week long spree of adult fiction (usually I try to alternate between YA and Adult when I read for reviews) – but this week in particular I had a spree of GREAT books – this being one of them.  I can admit when I first started reading it, I thought the idea Pepper had this crazy crush and that she was trying to use someone else to gain experience was a little….insane… But at the same time being a girl, I could in some way fathom how someone may think this is a good idea – and then we meet Reece. Reece is dark and haunted, and beautiful from Sophie Jordan’s awesome portrayl with words. Pepper just didn’t know what to do with a guy like this. The heat betweeen them even in the begining crackled off the page – always leaving me wanting more. I can hoenstly say the first time he took her to his room, I almost fainted just reading the hotness of it all. I know the story is similar, bad boy with bad reputation – good girl who doesn’t know better but wants a little taste of the bad boy world – but I still thought it took on it’s own twist. I like that Pepper really saw Reece even from the start, even though it scared her pants off. Then we throw Hunter into the story. I really wanted to like Hunter, but from the moment Reece came into the picture, in my heart that was the person for Pepper (no matter what Pepper wanted) – guess that would have made me a pretty crappy friend right?

Anyway, so here is the good girl with the bad boy – who commences to teach her all she needs to know to make the guy of her dreams want her – which is really kind of messed up, but again the moments are so HOT. All I can say about this is that Reece is smarter than he lets on throught out the entire book – he takes what she offers but I know he knew more from even the begining and being that he was willing to take her crappy offer – made my heart stutter even more.  I started to really worry about Recce’s feelings – especially after that scene in the pizza place. But woudln’t you know it, what guy doesn’t want what he can’t have (age old story here too, right?) and all of a sudden Peppper has everything she “wants” – and this is where the torture kind of started for me, I was utterlly decided that it was Reece not Hunter who deserved her – and I rooted ruthlessly for him, so you can mark me Team Reece here… and the rest is history since you will have to read the book – will Pepper choose the safe choice with Hunter or will she take the big leap and give Reece and happiness a chance?

The Characters

Starting with Pepper I’ll admit right out that she had it rough growing up and this really makes me understand her hesitancy with the opposite sex – in many ways. It also really explains her lure to the “safeness” of Hunter and his perfect family. It’s the only normal she ever knew. So when Reece comes screeching into her life full force and full of his own problems, of course she will run for the hills. While Pepper thinks she isn’t strong and her survival is only built on her taking the safe route, which she has built in her head with Hunter, I actually saw a lot of strength in her – I thought she was incredibly brave to continue with her life, although carefully, and not crumble from all she had been through. After reading her story you will understand more, but for me – the fact she was even walking and going through life (albeit a little unlively) showed how brave she really was. The fact that Reece understood where she was coming from and saw her braveness too just gave him another point in my book. Hunter, while he did care about her deeply, you could tell he never really  understood what was beneath the surface from her life before she knew him… I enjoyed seeing Pepper grow and learn to live in this book, not just exist.

Reece, oh Reece — what can I say?  Reece absoultely came from a rough situation – and one run in with his father showed exactly why. When he poured his heart and his story to Pepper, my heart hurt for him… This guy had been through so much and yet, just like Pepper – he kept going. He even went as far as to deny himself something that would make him happy because he felt he didn’t deserve it – now I know in any psychological sense this makes him…not so well – but for the story I think it showed how good of a person he was. Him letting Pepper in was amazing to watch – seeing him grow in this novel and accept that he deserved better made me root for him even more. He just like Pepper was so much stronger than he gave himself credit for.

Hunter, Mr. Perfect. I don’t dislike Hunter and he actually seemed like a totally stand up guy. I’m not completely sure why he had no interest in Pepper until he saw her with Reece since they knew each other for a long time, but who knows.. I do know from what I saw he was a gentleman and a good person – Unfortunately during his part of the book, we really only saw what Pepper ws thinking.. I am glad she got her chance to be with him, no matter what happens that I may or may not agree with – but this was part of her journey. In the end, the last scene or one of the last to be exact – he won my heart over too – he really is a stand up guy. I liked that Jordan didn’t write scummy guys in this book – what’s better than having 2 amazing but different guys in love with you?

The other characters –

Reece’s brother and Pepper’s best friend both played pretty significant roles in the book, and because this is the first in a series – I feel like we will see more of all of them as it continues, and I am personally super excited about that – hearing the other stories. I “think” the next story may be about Pepper’s room mate and I think that will be something interesting to read and it’s absolutely on my watch list –

Post Book Re-Cap

Overall I give this book a 4/5 stars. I really enjoyed the characters, the writing and the storyline. It’s the first in the series and I can honestly say that I will want to read the other parts of the series as they come out. I have not read anything by Sophie Jordan before but I will be checking more stuff out that she writes for sure.  The one thing I can say here is that I wish I could see things from Reece’s mind – i’m so spoiled seeing things from both sides in so many books, that now I miss out when I can’t understand what a guy or whomever is thinking that’s the other part of the story. In some points, the same goes for Hunter. I think this book for me is a re-read because I was so entranced with the story round number one I could have missed some of the better points, and I certianly wouldn’t mind going back over some of the steamier moments (HOT!). I really think I’m starting to enjoy this new new adult genre. So in the end, it’s an amazing story of growth for Reece and Pepper – and also about Hunter realizing what he wanted all along was right under his nose. Like I said before, what is better than having 2 amazing guys in totally different ways in love with you – well the only thing I can think of is that you have to choose – so what will Pepper do?

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I hope you enjoyed my review and will get the book – I’ll post the pre-order link above and don’t forget it hits shelves on 11/5 (not too far away). I want to thank Sophie Jordan for allowing me to review this early – it was my pelasure! And I hope to hear some of your comments too, espeically when you can read it for yourselves —

Happy Reading!

Kelley

 

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ARC Review of “Deeper” By Blue Ashcroft

Deeper

Title: “Deeper”

Author: Blue Ashcroft

Publish Date: 8/3/2013

How I Got a Copy: From NetGalley in exhcange for an honest review

Link To Purchase On Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Deeper-ebook/dp/B00EA1YDLM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1378386971&sr=1-1&keywords=deeper

Summary From GoodReads:

Rain Wilson isn’t ever going to love again.

It’s a promise she made the day her boyfriend died in a water park accident, one she still blames herself for.  Now she’s a senior lifeguard in a new town with a new pool and she’s just going to keep her head down and everyone safe.

Until a mysterious guy follows her into the waves at the pre-season bonfire and kisses her senseless.  It’s just one mistake, and Rain is determined to put it behind her, until the dark haired, blue eyed hottie turns out to be her new co-supervisor Knight Mcallister. 

Knight is hot, tatted, and carrying baggage of his own.  He’s not happy about having Rain for a co-supervisor, and he’s even less happy about his attraction to her.  

But between lifeguard drama, hot underwater kisses, and a growing attraction between them that can’t be stopped, Knight and Rain are being pulled deeper into their pasts, and realizing that sometimes too much broken can make a relationship impossible.

Then again sometimes it’s the broken parts of us that fit together best.

My Overall Thoughts:

First Of all I have to say that Rain and Knight are awesome character names and had me interested from page one. The way the author started the story really was..hot..and catching – it 100% had me wanting to read more of that – and so I kept reading….

I absolutely have never wanted to be a life guard more in my life, it made it a HOT profession for sure. But I really liked how honest the story was and how real it was about what can happen – that all life guards do deal with serious things, not just looking hot and swimming around in the pool. Blue and Knight both had really tragic things happen to them and it left them both so hesitant to be vulnerable with other people.

So to the story. When I first started reading it, to be honest, the first chapter was catching, but in reality who does that? It was a pretty intimate moment to have with someone you don’t know at a work party who may work under you when the season starts – maybe even a little in appropriate. But all that being said, it kept me turning the pages. When they did discover who they were in relation to the job, I caught myself already silently cheering for them to continue despite the fact they shouldn’t because of their job titles. The interesting thing I think is the fact they they were both so scarred and didn’t want to trust anyone allowed them to have the intimacy with a stranger that night in the water, but it’s also that same tragedy that kept them from wanting anything more when they fully realized who the other person was. The story from there on out was sort of like a yo-yo and I will admit frustrating at some points. I think that some of the back and forth could have been eliminated, but overall I kept rooting for Knight and Rain! I really wanted them to work out, to both get over their demons. The author did a great job throwing in some plot action, while still making it believeable based on the storyline and the context of the story. So, overall I thought it was a fresh and different storyline – it had points that were frustrating but overall I thought all the moments of the book added up to a great overall story.

As far as the life guard portion of the book, I thought it was done really well. The descriptions of events that could happen, of how to save someone, and of actual job duties seemed pretty realistic to me. It’s also a great summer read – being that  it’s based in a summer setting with a water background and with YA working their summer job, so it screams summer beach read to me. It also has a “coined” summer romance.

The Romance – I really enjoyed the romance in this book. It’s hard to find a story that i haven’t seen before in some form or fashion and I haven’t seen one in awhile where both the boy and girl were fighting demons in their own ways. I rooted for them both to overcome those demons in a serious way – and I”ll get more into the characters next but I thought they were written very well. Knight – what a HOT name and Rain is refreshing – like rain.. It definetly says something about the story and not using the cliche story or names. I found that the back story for both characters was real and although intense as to what they experienced, gave the story some meat. Knight is so swoon worthy, he was absolutely my book boyfriend for the time I was reading this – and the understanding he had for Rain and her situation was beyond amazing. I also thought it pointed out that the coping was not healthy and I liked that they both ended up in therapy which is what needed to happen after what they experienced.

The Characters:

Knight —

Knight is just like his name sake, a knight in shining armor – or a shining bathing suit in this case. He was real and wasn’t afraid to admit his fears. I like that the novel was narrated by both characters so you could see what was going on in both of their minds, I think that was really key here to understanding the back story and how it affects them both now. That being said, what Knight experienced was horrific to say the least and while it was different than what Rain experienced, they both had issues being trustworhty or putting their feelings out there for someone else for fear of being hurt. The one thing I did not like about Knight was the way he acted during their small “interval” where they were not together. The whole scene with the two girls in the hot tub seemed kind of… unrealisitic, I mean really? You are single for one day and two girls maul you in a hot tub and offer to basically go all the way – that is not reality. But other than that, I have to say I thought he had layers, was honest, was genuine, and fought for what he wanted – even though it may have taken awhile to realize it. There are some serious swoon worthy quotes from Knight but we will get to those later…

Rain—

I liked Rain’s character. I thought in the begining being inside of her head that she may be a little crazy for not allowing herself to have fun, but that’s really just before i knew why she was not allowing herself that pleasure. Once I knew the whole story, my heart literally broke for her and what she had endured. I mean, seriously — that is one of the worst things I have read happening to a character in a good and long time – and the description – I mean WOW..it gave her serious issues and a real reason to have them. I was frustrated with her at the back and forth with Knight and how she kept denying what she wanted even though he was fighting so hard for her — but in the end I love the way it played out. I love that she realized what she wanted and I really love that they both did what they needed to do to get healthy.

The Other Characters—

While there were other back story characters and some played a role in the story that was important, the two most important characters I think were the exes who you never even really got to meet, but I think these are crucial characters because they made the lead characters who they are today – seeing Knight’s girlfriend’s pain over what happened and hearing how adored Rain was by her crush made me feel something for these characters, even though they were not directly in the storyline. I think the author did a great job with all the characters and blending them to make a real story.

My Take-Away:

Read it. I give this story 4/5 stars. It was one I requested, and then was not sure about, but I’m super glad I did pick it up and read it. It was different, and real – and although dark at some points, it was a great read. Again, even though it’s dark I think it’s a great beach read.

Romance and love obviously are the overall themes and what girl does not love that! I also loved how the story was narrated by both main characters so you got to see into both of their brains, as they were thinking and worrying over what was happening. Seeing this insight made a huge difference for me, and really helped me to understand both characters. The storyline and back story was realistic and believeable. I wouldn’t say this is a re-reader, but I would say check it out for sure! Right now it’s only $2.99 on Kindle – so check my link above and get it today – great story for a great price! Get it today while it’s still warm, and enjoy what may be your last summer read for this year — Or wait until the winter and enjoy while it’s freezing outside thinking of next summer already! Most importantly enjoy it – the characters and story and characters will lure you in so be prepared to do some reading, I read it cover to cover in 3 days so be ready for a true page turner here!

The Quotes:

“I’m a lifeguard.  A head lifeguard, and if he thinks I’m going to fall for the superhero act he probably lays out for most women he’s wrong.  I know the water like I know air.  I can’t be hurt here, and I can’t be saved here either.” ~ Rain

“I want to make her burn forever.  I want to stay here with her until the sun sets over us, painting the world in dramatic, beautiful colors.  I want everything, and I want it from a girl who has already told me her limits.” ~Knight

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I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll end there, but I can tell you there are more swoon worthy quotes from Knight and from Rain for that matter – so check it out!

Happy Reading!

Kelley

 

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Friday Finds – August 16th

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS

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Happy Friday!

I have missed you guys this week! I’ve taken a short hiatus while I was a little under the weather, but now I’m as good as new! Check out my finds for this week – what have you found? Any great finds – I’d love to hear – share your links or a book you found! TGIF!

Say When (Something More #1) “Say When” by Tara West

Kissing Under The Mistletoe (The Sullivans, #10)“Kissing Under the Mistletoe: A Sullivan Christmas” by Bella Andre

*Love this series, and I love Christmas — cannot wait to read!

Selling Scarlett (Love Inc., #1) “Selling Scarlett” by Ella James

 

Share yours now — Love to see what everyone has found!

Happy Reading!

Kelley

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ARC Review of “Wild Cards” By Simone Elkeles

Wild Cards (Wild Cards, #1)“Wild Cards” by Simone Elkeles

Published by:

Publish Date: 10/1/2013

How I got the book: I got this book from an ARC Tour Site – Around the World ARC Tours in exchange for an honest review

What It’s About:

*Courtesy of GoodReads

After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain–people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?

What I thought:

When I saw this book, I knew instantly I wanted to get it asap and read and review for my blog.  I have never read anything by this author, but I’ve seen so many good reviews on her previous work so I was excited to check it out for myself and I always love firsts in a series because I know there is more to tell!  When I started this book, it did start out a little slow – but i really enjoyed seeing the story in “360” – so from both sides. I loved seeing the different interactions and what plays out inbetween for both of the characters. The story was based on amazing characters and it absolutely sucked me in once I got going.  The story was smart, flirty, and fun. I was really drawn to this book specifically  because I really enjoy strong female characters. While both characters had their own flaws, I really loved that Ashtyn was a strong female and how cool was it that she was the kicker for her highschool football team – and captain – and girly – and talented – Can you say awesome?? Not that Derek wasn’t smart, hot, and talented himself but we will get more into that in the character review. I thought the storyline was genuine and not unrealistic — I hate nothing more than a story that is so much of a story i can’t even imagine in my mind this in real life, and this book was very real to me – I thought the story was natural and flowed well – nothing forced or…inconsistent. Basically, I thought the story rocked. Let’s talk about the characters and the romance that sizzed off the page from the first time they met!

The Characters:

Ashtyn is the bada** girl captain of her awesome football team. She’s an amazing kicker, girly, fun, and strong minded – Eckeles definetly knew what she was doing when she wrote this character. Derek is also without exception – deep. He is smart, funny, hot, talented, loyal, and has a good heart. This guy gave up football because he thought he let his Mom down – a teenage guy who loved it more than anything – to punish himself – SWOON! Both characters absolutely suffered from trust issues and honestly struggled with allowing themselves to be happy to some extent. Derek and Ashtyn both refused to allow themselves happiness because they blamed themselves for something out of their control. I loved watching them both work through the trust and just general relationship “learning” as they grew in the story. I loved that Derek was loyal to Ashtyn from day one (even though he might not want to admit that). One of my favorite scenes is the begining where he gets the FB photo of the guys who TP’d Ashtyn’s house in the first few chapters (if you read you will know what I’m talking about) – to me this was both funny and showed his big heart and loyalty – even to someone who was basically –a jerk to hiim.  To say that these two had some romance would be an understatment – I’m surprised the book didn’t combust while I was reading it – it was sizzing! One thing I will praise Eckeles for is writing the romance to be hot/steamy – but still appropriate and not “erotic”. Her kissing scenes and the make out moments were amazing! I love a story that makes you reminiss back to your life at that point – and this did that for me. I loved football games on Friday nights and those “make out” sessions when you could steal a moment alone. I really loved their road trip too – just them getting to know each other. Now, I did have some frustrating moments witht the book, at times i did want to tell Derek to “man up!”. But I digress – and I don’t really want to spoil anything so I’ll get to my overall review now!

My Take-Away Thoughts:

Read this – get it – read it maybe again – and wait for the sequel to come out. I haven’t read anything by Eckeles, as I said before, but I will be reading her work now. I am alreaday looking forward to checking out some of her other stuff now and cannot wait to read this sequel too – when can we expect that?? If you know – share!  The story linked both narrators in a cool way allowing you to see the full story. The main characters and support characters for that point had depth and were full. The story was as funny and real as it was hot and steamy! Overall, I give this a 5/5 review – so I highly reccommend it! If you like steamy, hot, sweet, real romances – check it out. And I also think that it’s a great summer read, while it’s not “deep” with issues, it does have depth to it, a perfect mix (if you know what I mean..).

Overall, I really enjoyed – so get out there and give it a try. Mark your calenders for October 1st and check this out – or pre-order now on Amazon!

Before I go, I have one last thing – AWESOME quotes!! Check them out below and let me know what you think – are you excited to read?? Love feedback!

Awesome Quotes:

“I never believed in love at first sight, until I met Derek. Its all consuming and delicious and wonderful and exciting.  At the same time, it makes me nervous and self-conscious and emotional.  Love exists.  I know it does, because I’m madly, deeply, hopelessly, in love.”

*Swoon – right?? So sweet.. the Love Exists — wow.. Sometimes you get profound stuff from the strangest places and this fun teen romance really hit home for me with that..

“I look at my grandmother and for the first time since my mom died I realize what I want.  I want to be there for Julian and Brandi, the family I never knew I wanted.  I want to be close to my grandmother even though she drives me nuts.  I want to show Ashtyn what it means to be loved unconditionally- because she’s the only girl I want to be with and I don’t ever want her to feel alone again.” – *Again – SWOON!

“Ashtyn Parker, I’d do anything for you.” He cups my head in his hands and leans in close.  “I love you.”

Well that’s it for me folks – hope you enjoyed and love to hear feedback!

Happy Tuesday!

Kelley

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Tuesday Teaser – August 6th

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Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers

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Hey Everyone! Here is my Tuesday Teaser:

This week I’m reading —

“Just Like Fate” by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young

Just Like Fate

Teaser:

“There’s a flutter in my stomach, and I look down into my lap to hide the blush on my cheeks.  “Are you always this charming?”

“Absolutely.”

Excited about reading and reviewing this book – check back later for my full review!

Kelley

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Would LOVE to Read a Sequel To!

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I LOVE standalone books. But every once in awhile you come across a story, a new world or characters you want to get to know better and you need MORE insight into their world. This is my list of books I wish would have continued just a little longer – So here is my list of the Top 10 Books I wish Had Sequels!

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Top Ten Books I Would LOVE To Read a Sequel To!

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight“The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight” by Jennifer E. Smith

I loved this story and really would have loved to see more of the “after” !

Requiem (Delirium, #3)“Requiem” By Lauren Oliver

While I am not one of the “I hate the ending of this book” bloggers – I would love to see the story continue – basically I just want more Alex! Swoon! And I would love to see Julien happy too.. I would read more about these characters any day!

Complete Me (Stark Trilogy, #3)“Complete Me” by J. Kenner

I feel like this story is one of the undiscovered awesome love stories! There is so much hype into this genre right now and while the Bared To You and 50 Shades are amazing series, I really fell in love with this one – this is the last in the series for “now” and I am really hoping the author doesn’t end here – I want more Anna and Damien!!

Tangled (Tangled, #1)“Tangled” By Emma Chase

If you read my blog at all, you will know I am hopelessly in love with this book and the characters – I did like there was a small flash forward at the end, but I want MORE – Drew is one of the funniest narrators I’ve ever had and I would love to hear more from him and this story!

The Infinite Moment of Us“The Infinite Moment of Us” by Lauren Myracle

I know this isn’t out “yet” and I don’t want to give any spoilers away – but I could absolutely use a sequel to this book – More Wren and Charlie Please!!

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)“Lola and the Boy Next Door” by Stephanie Perkins

I loved “Anna and the French Kiss” and I could use more of Anna and Etienne – but I LOVED Lola and Cricket – and I want more of their story — what happened after the dance, did she go to college where he did? Did they live happily ever after?? I need MORE from this story! (I understand this probably will not happen – but this list is about want not reality right?)

Rule (Marked Men, #1)Jet (Marked Men, #2)“Rule” and “Jet” by Jay Crownover

These Marked Men books are HOT! And I love the characters in them – I devoured both of these books. I do love that in each sequel you get to see more of the characters you are already know and love but I would love a sequel just about these two couples or one for each of them – Shaw and Rule especially – that story is not done.. They aren’t even married yet! More Please!!

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)“Beautiful Disaster” by Jamie McGuire

This book is on auto-repeat on my Audible account. I cannot get enough of their story. I loved that “Walking Disaster” showed Travis’s POV and also showed a little more into the story, but I still want more – I am greedy today, huh?? Seriously Travis – more?!!

Left Drowning“Left Drowning” By Jessica Park

I loved, Loved, loved this story! With “Flat Out Love” we got “Flat Out Matt” for some type of sequel and I’d love to see one here too – the story ended awsesomely – don’t get me wrong, but there is more to tell – I know it —

Tumble & Fall“Tumble & Fall” by Alexandra Coutts

This is another book not out yet officially – but I am just saying there is more to tell – the ending left me wanting way more! SO I would love to see a sequel here!

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Well that’s it ladies and gentlemen – my Top 10 I want more list!

What came in on your list -what characters would you love to see more – Let’s talk about this — what a great Top Ten Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday!

Kelley

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