Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Cover Reveal: More Than Forever by Jay McLean



Blurb:
-LUCY-
There is a love so fierce it cannot be measured. 
A heart so strong it will never slow. 
There is a promise so sure it can never lie.
He promised me that love forever.
Even when it wasn't enough.

-CAMERON-
Forever. Everlasting. Eternal.
There is no measure of time. 
No sounds of the ticking of a clock. 
Just the rising and falling of the sun.
And our own sense of forever. 

But our forever isn't always.

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Author Bio:
Jay Mclean is the author of the successful, mature YA and new adult contemporary novels in the More Series which include More Than This, More Than Her, and More Than Him, as well as, the upcoming standalone novel The Road. Her goal is to write books that make you FEEL, whether it’s swooning over a book boyfriend, laughing, crying or throwing your kindle across the room, her goal is to take you on an emotional journey that will leave you craving MORE. When she isn’t locked away in her cave writing, she can be found spending time with her two adorable little boys, reading, and getting to know her readers. She has a love for red gummy bears and a hatred of creepy moths. She attempts to avoid housework at all cost…often by distracting herself with an old school One Tree Hill marathon.

 You can visit Jay online for new releases, updates and teasers at www.jaymcleanauthor.com or stalk her at facebook.com/jaymcleanauthor or twitter.com/JayMcLeanAuthor

Entangled Teen Release Day Blast (2)

 Today is the release day for two amazing Entangled Teen titles. There's a little something for everyone this month so read on to find out more about them. All the digital books are on sale for just $.99 for a limited time so be sure to pick up your copy today before they go back to full price!


 
About the Book
Title: The Rising King
Author: Shea Berkley
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub. Date: April 28, 2014
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The summer before Dylan Kennedy’s senior year in high school is turning out to be anything but boring. Ridiculously hot girlfriend? Check. Killing evil Dark Souls who suddenly have aspirations of taking over the magical realm of Teag because its protective spell is gone? Check. Not even Teag’s King, Dylan’s father, Baun, can stop them. People are dying, and a dark magic that his girlfriend, Kera, received from Baun is growing stronger. Dylan wants to believe Kera is suppressing the darkness that’s in her, but every day he sees that control slip just a little more.

Baun sends Dylan to find a powerful magic that stop the Dark Souls, a magic so strong that Baun hid it so no one else could use it. When Dylan doesn’t expect to find along with it, are consequences that could end the lives of those closest to him.


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About the Book
Title: Creators
Author: Tiffany Truitt
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub. Date: April 28, 2014
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Heartbroken but more determined than ever after a tense showdown in the woods, sixteen-year-old Tess once again returns to the safety of her community of Isolationists. Bolstered by new alliances and desperate to protect those she loves, this time she knows she can return stronger and more powerful than ever to take back what is hers.

As she trains in combat and grows more confident, Tess receives beautiful letters penned by her forbidden love, the chosen one James, from his prison in Templeton. He is now serving as a bodyguard to the creators—the team of scientists who created artificial life in the first place. And what he has discovered about the true origin of the illness that halted natural life could change everything. Enemy will become ally and death will bring new hope in this stunning conclusion to Tiffany Truitt’s epic Lost Souls trilogy.
  
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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Horses and Healing: Breaking the Reins Review

*I received a copy of this from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I think this is my favorite Juliana Haygert book so far. :) The chemistry between the two main characters was sizzling, the abuse and trauma aspects well-done, and the journey of healing and strength will leave you with a warm feeling by the end of the novel.

Rating: 4.5 Healing Stars!

I was a little wary going into this novel, mostly because it had domestic violence in it. Now, I am not opposed to reading books about abuse; in fact, they are some of my favorites. But it's always a little nerve-wracking to try them, because sometimes authors just don't do them justice. Or they don't make you feel like it was anything different from what you've read before. But I thought the author told this story in such a way that I was cheering for Hannah and wanting her to fight for herself and for her future. It was wonderfully done, and I loved the ending. :)

The main character, Hannah, has been living on her late grandmother's ranch and trying to heal after losing her beloved family member and her horse. People keep telling her to sell the ranch, but she's not budging. She needs this place. It's her safety zone, but sometimes lines are crossed and people get hurt. I thought Hannah handled everything with such strength and heart, even though she made some choices that I don't think I'd necessarily agree with. Then again, I'm not Hannah. She's strong-willed, smart, and just trying to move on from her past. But life has a way of catching up to you, and events happen that send Hannah spiraling and feeling like there's no way out.

It all starts when she meets Leonardo. Leo was such an endearing character, and I absolutely loved him! He was gorgeous and kind, but beneath his confident facade is a man who's just trying to make a better life for himself. He loves polo, his family, and he grows to love Hannah just as fiercely. He's protective and sweet, and I was so glad he was there for her when no one else even knew. 

Their romance was sizzling hot! Seriously, they had such great chemistry, and I melted when Leo called her morena. Their dialogue was witty and charming, and the forbidden aspect wonderfully done. I didn't think I would enjoy what happens between them, just for the sake of my morals. But then again, they both understood that to take it a step further would be wrong. Even though I didn't care once certain events happen in the book (if that was too cryptic, I'm sorry. I'm trying not to spoil anything). 

There were quite a few secondary characters, and I enjoyed having them all in the story. Even though the relationship between Leo and Hannah takes center stage, the author does not forget about the rest of the people in their lives. I loved Jimmy, her grandma's right-hand man, and I loved Leo's crazy Brazilian family. I would so love to read more books featuring these characters again. :)

The plot was centered around Leo and Hannah's "romance, "as well as what's happening to this abused horse named Argus and the ever-growing violent relationship between her and her boyfriend, Eric. I was never really bored, but it took me a long time to finish this book. Well, long in my terms. Also, the mysteries behind certain events were kind of easy to guess, and I was not surprised by the revelations near the end. There was a bit of drama, but it wasn't overdone, which I liked. It all led up to the ending of the story, which I absolutely loved. 

Breaking the Reins was a wonderful journey of a character who is only trying to find her footing in a life that's slowly unraveling around her. It was about healing and love, and I adored the chemistry between Hannah and Leo. I can't wait to read Breaking Fences, especially now that I know Bia is the main character of the story. Because once I finished this, I just wanted more with these characters and their stories. I feel like there's so much to tell, and I'm really hoping there will be more in this series. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cover Reveal: Descent by Kallie Ross

Descent Cover

DESCENT Synopsis: Seventeen year old Ollie Miller is ready to leave all of her hurt feelings behind, but moving on seems impossible while living next door to her ex-best friend, Mateo. When curious earthquakes begin to shake and rip open the foundation of her small town, the ground becomes as unsteady as her feelings for him. When they fall, they fall hard… Ollie’s disastrous attempt to save Mateo’s brother from falling into a curious chasm results in their descent into a cavernous wonderland. Ollie, Mateo, Jesse, and Alexis search for a way back home, and encounter a mysterious tribe of natives. Gabriel, the next in line to lead his people, is granted permission to guide them to the surface. On their treacherous journey, an overzealous elder threatens all of their lives, because he can’t risk them exposing his people, or the power he wields. The group discovers ancient secrets, unexpected truths, and uncharted feelings. Ollie must find a way out or risk being stuck in the caves forever—or worse, dead.



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ABOUT KALLIE ROSS: 
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Over time my love for learning gravitated toward studying conspiracy theories and contradictions in our culture. My conclusions have ignited a passion to write compelling young adult fiction that incorporates legend, conjecture, fantasy, and conviction. I love being a wife, mother, friend, writer, and teacher. I began teaching high school English in 2002 and started blogging and podcasting in 2008. I have a brilliant husband, two redheads, and never imagined my life would ever be this fun!

LINKS: 
KallieRoss.com 
Kallie Ross Facebook 
@KallieRoss Twitter 
KallieRossWrites Tumblr 
Descent: A Lost Tribe Facebook 
Kallie Ross Goodreads

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Make It a Double by Sawyer Bennett Release Event and Review


Last Call, #2
Adult Contemporary Romance 
Released April 21, 2014
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Brody Markham has endured a nightmare, spending the last five years in prison and losing everything that was dear to him. Now he’s back home, trying to survive in a world he doesn’t recognize anymore. While his family and friends desperately try to reach through to him, he shelters himself further and further away from their love.

Alyssa Myers has worked her entire life to distance herself from the luxurious and privileged lifestyle in which she was raised. Running her non-profit agency, The Haven, she is content to spend her days helping abused animals find sanctuary, which fulfills her in a way that money just can’t buy.

Maybe it’s that she recognizes in Brody some of the same characteristics she sees in her homeless wards, but Alyssa is powerless to stop her personal quest to make Brody whole again.

While Brody struggles to surface from the darkness, Alyssa tries to protect her heart in case he’s not willing to accept the light that she offers him.

*MAKE IT A DOUBLE can be read as a stand-alone*


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My Review!

*I received an eARC of this from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

I don’t know why I didn’t like the first book in this series so much. Actually, I do. I was disappointed with how it turned out. Both of the MCs were childish and dramatic, and the plot was incredibly boring. But there was one character who had my attention from the beginning, one character that I wanted to understand better. And that was Brody. I wanted to know his story, and I wanted him to find true peace and happiness.

Rating: 4 stars!

Like I said, I was interested in Brody’s story from the very beginning, ever since he stepped onto the pages of On the Rocks. And let me tell you, Brody did not disappoint me! I knew he had layers, knew that there was more to the brooding ex-con than he let everyone see. This guy was damaged, harsh, and not able to find one ounce of peace in his life. But he never complained about what happened to him and accepted full responsibility for being sent to prison. He was jaded about life and love, about happiness and peace. He never thought he’d be able to let go of it all and open up to love. But he was able to with the caring and sweet Alyssa. She taught him the beauty of life and what it means to love someone so much that you’d sacrifice everything for them. Brody had to learn to let go of the past to be able to move on with his life, and I loved his development. He slowly went from a masochist and jaded character to a man who’s finally found peace and love after all he’s been through.

Alyssa was the perfect match for the dark and silent Brody. After being on the receiving end of Brody’s harshness, she’s not so sure she can be around him. But when he wants to help out at her no-kill animal shelter, she can’t say no because she needs the help. She also knows that there’s more to this man, more to his story. And she can’t help herself—she wants to know everything. But she’d never push him, because Alyssa is one of the sweetest and kindest characters. She’s spent her whole life trying to prove that she’s more than just a label, more than just her money. And she’s dealing with a jealous and possessive ex on top of it all. But through all of that, Alyssa stays strong. And she understands Brody like no other person, not even his twin, can.

The love that developed between them was slow and simmering with passion. It was clear, even in On the Rocks, that they had chemistry. And that chemistry didn't feel forced at all. I loved watching them go from hate to love in a believable timeframe. It was sexy and sweet.  

In the first book, I felt that the secondary characters were underdeveloped. But even when Alyssa and Brody start a relationship, the other characters still stayed a vital part of the story, with even more of them. I actually liked Gabby and Hunter this time around (not that I had hated them, per se). Maybe it was because they weren't the stars of the story anymore. Anyway, I was happy to see them again, as well as Casey and Savannah. One character, though he’d been in On the Rocks, was a complete mystery. And that was Wyatt. And oh boy, I want him to have his own story! Whether it’s with Casey or someone completely different, I don’t care. But I want more of that sexy cop. ;)

The plot of the story focused mostly on Brody and his attempts to find peace. Of course, Alyssa had her own POV and a stalker ex to deal with. And that never seemed out of place in the story, the deal with her ex. It didn't seem placed there to create drama or to halt the progressing of Alyssa’s and Brody’s relationship. If anything, it made them stronger together and it showed how much Brody cared about her (even if he wouldn't admit it). I never really found myself bored with the plot, and it had just enough romance, relationships with secondary characters, and even a little drama to keep me interested until the end.

I really love Sawyer Bennett’s writing style, and she’s always able to pull me into her stories and make me love her characters with their sass and strength. So, even though I thought On the Rocks was a disappointment, it didn't lesson my love for this author’s books. If anything, I’m even more excited for the rest of this series!

Make It a Double was a fantastic second book in the Last Call series. And I’m starting to see similarities to the Off series. Romantic love, strong family and friendship bonds, and a great setting; it all makes for a perfect combination. 


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About the Author
USA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Release Day Review and Giveaway: My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris

*I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

It’s no secret that I absolutely love Rachel Harris’ books! From YA fantasy to Adult contemporary, she sure knows how to tell a story. I loved the first two books in the My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century series, and I was really excited for this one! I couldn't wait to be back in these characters’ world.

Rating: 4.5 stars!
You see, after I finished A Tale of Two Centuries, I felt discontent. I didn't feel like the story was finished. Well, Alessandra’s story was finished. But I never felt like Cat’s was over. I knew there was so much more to tell, and I wanted to know it all.

I loved Alessandra, with her quiet innocence. I loved Austin, with his sexy confidence. And I loved Lucas, with his gentle nature. But it was Cat who first stole my heart in My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, with her sass and openness to love and adventure. She was so very easily relatable, a girl who got thrown in a different century but who made the most out of it. But she still doesn't feel whole. In My Not So Super Sweet Life, we follow Cat’s life in the here and now where she learns what it means to truly heal and let people in.

Cat has trust issues, and it’s hard for her to open up to people. And it’s all because of one person—Caterina Angeli, Cat’s mother. Let me tell you, this woman is a piece of work! No wonder Cat has a hard time letting people into her life. But even though Caterina hasn't been a good mother, Cat still holds out hope that things could change between them. It is a hope born of a need for answers and an innocent expectation that her mother might actually want a relationship with her. I thought Cat dealt with her mother (and a huge surprise) in the best way possible. I understood her reasoning, why she gave her mother a chance. Cat felt like a piece of her heart was missing, like she wasn't whole. And she thought the key to healing would be through her mother. But it wasn't. It was in the love of her father, Less, Jenna (the mother she never got). And it was through the love of Lucas that Cat finally realizes that she has so many people in her corner, who love her unconditionally and who will never leave her.

And oh my, that boy! Lucas is one swoon-worthy guy who will do anything for Cat, because he loves her so much. Lucas is so gentle and sweet, so protective and strong. His love for her was beautiful and romantic. He understands Cat in a way that no one else does, and all he wants is for her to not get hurt again by her mother. But he doesn't stand in her way, because that’s not who he is. He gives her unconditional courage and strength, lending his arms when she needs safety and his shoulder when she needs comfort. But he’s also going through his own torment with family. He doesn't want to be a replacement for anyone, and it takes him a long time to realize that he’s good enough.

Oh, and I just cannot leave out how much I love the secondary characters! I've always loved Less and Austin, and I was so glad to see cameos of them in here, with Less’ quiet wisdom and Austin’s trademark joking. I also loved seeing more of Jenna, now that Cat has realized how wonderful of a person she is. It was great that Cat could have a mother/daughter relationship with her, even though she’d never felt like she was missing something with an amazing father. I also enjoyed the addition of Ransom (and I’d like to read his story).

Throughout this novel, we see wonderful change. Whether it’s Cat finally opening up and letting people in to understanding that she’s truly loved by many or Lucas having the courage to face his grief and his father, there is much growth throughout the story. But that ending was cryptic as hell, and it makes me wonder. It makes me think that maybe there will be more books in this series. And I wouldn't be opposed to that at all. ;)

I love Rachel Harris’ writing style and how she is always able to draw me into the story immediately. The dialogue is fantastic, the settings so detailed, and the characters are always so well-written. And I was glad it was told in dual POVs, because I loved having Lucas’ voice too. Also, giving Rachel a shout-out for the cameo of my name and for the sweet acknowledgement! I so love being a part of the Flirt Squad. <3

My Not So Super Sweet Life was a beautiful ending to Cat’s story that started in Renaissance Italy. I loved her journey, and I will miss these characters dearly.

BUT WAIT.

Because I loved this book so much, I want to give away a Kindle copy of it to ONE lucky winner! Just comment below with your email address and you're entered to win! Contest will end and winner will be chosen at 2 p.m. EST on Tuesday April 22nd! :)

Cover Reveal: Unwritten by Chelsea M. Cameron

BOOK SUMMARY (Not the official blurb): 
Blair Walton isn't your average tattooed children's librarian. She's also one half of bestselling romance author, Scarlet Rose. Along with her bff Raine, she spends her nights writing books so steamy, she's afraid they would shock her Southern conservative grandmother to death, if she knew about them. Blair and Raine keep their smut peddling ways a secret from everyone, including family. 
On deadline for their latest book and out of ideas, Raine suggests (demands) that Blair find a guy and "do some research." It just so happens that Blair has a guy that's ready and willing. Declan Bennet has all the qualifications: He's British, looks fabulous in a suit and gets bonus points for being a single dad. But what started out as a research project quickly turns into something much more. Someone else is writing this love story and Blair has completely lost control. But will Declan still feel the same way when he finds out the truth about Blair and her secret motives?
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Excerpt!

“You’re kidding,” Raine said that night as I gave a dramatic reenactment of meeting Drake’s father that afternoon.
“Would I make something like this up?” I said, realizing too late that yes, I definitely could.
“Dude, you’re a writer. I’m a writer. We make things up for a living.” She gestured to make her point. Raine always had to gesture when she was talking. Even when her hands were full. She always had a tendency to spill things.
“Yes, good point, but still. No, I am not making this up. He was completely real. And gorgeous and that accent.” I had that tingle again just remembering.
“You’re talking about the dad, right?” It took me a second to realize what she said.
I smacked her on the arm. “Ew, pervert. Yes, the dad. I wish I could have gotten his name. If only the stupid nanny hadn’t filled out the form. Then he would have had to print his name and I would know what it is.”
“Well, another part of our job as writers is to know things. And if we don’t know them, how to find them.” She ran to her computer and started typing like a madwoman.
“No, Raine. No. We swore we would only use your powers in extreme emergencies.”
She didn’t look up at me.
“There’s a cute guy involved. That qualifies this as an emergency.” 

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Entangled Teen Release Day Blast

Today is release day for two amazing Entangled Teen titles and we are excited to share them all with you.  There's a little something for everyone this month so read on to find out more about them. All the digital books are on sale for just $.99 for a limited time so be sure to pick up your copy today before they go back to full price!

About the Book
Title: My Not So Super Sweet Life
Author: Rachel Harris
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub. Date: April 21, 2014
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, B&N

Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy.

Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he’s worked hard to win her over once and for all. Unfortunately, Lucas has his own issues to deal with, including a scandal that could take him away from the first place he’s truly belonged.

As secrets are revealed, rumors explode, and the world watches, Cat and Lucas discover it’s not fate they have to fight if they want to stay together…this time, it’s their own insecurities.
Well, and the stalkerazzi.

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About the Book
Title: Fragile Line
Author: Brooklyn Skye
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub. Date: April 21, 2014
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, B&N

It can happen in a flash. One minute she’s kissing her boyfriend, the next she’s lost in the woods. Sixteen-year-old Ellie Cox is losing time. It started out small…forgetting a drive home or a conversation with a friend. But her blackouts are getting worse, more difficult to disguise as forgetfulness. When Ellie goes missing for three days, waking up in the apartment of a mysterious guy—a guy who is definitely not her boyfriend, her life starts to spiral out of control.


Perched on the edge of insanity, with horrific memories of her childhood leaking in, Ellie struggles to put together the pieces of what she’s lost—starting with the name haunting her, Gwen. Heartbreakingly beautiful, this poignant story follows one girl’s harrowing journey to finding out who she really is.
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Cover Reveal of Toxic: Logan's Story by K.A. Robinson


Synopsis:
True love is forever. After years of chasing his best friend, Chloe, Logan finally managed to win her heart—or so he thought. His world crashes down around him when she confesses to cheating on him with a local rock star, Drake. Unable to let her go completely from his life, Logan reassumes his role of best friend while he watches Chloe find her happily ever after with another man. Each day, he sinks further and further into his depression, and the kind, caring Logan he once was dies. When Jade, a member of Drake’s band, inserts herself into his life, Logan never expects to fall for her. He’s too broken, too damaged.

Jade ran away from home when she was seventeen, desperate to escape her abusive stepfather and her controlling boyfriend, Mikey. The only regret she has is that she left behind her little sister, Bethaney. When Jade’s band, Breaking the Hunger, hits it big, she vows to go back to her hometown not only to reconnect with her little sister, but also to show her stepfather that she’s not worthless like he said.

The moment Jade saw Logan, she knew she wanted him. Unfortunately, he was with Chloe at the time. After his world falls apart, Jade steps in to comfort him, determined to bring back the Logan she once knew.

Sometimes, you find true love with the person you never least expect. Can Logan and Jade heal each other? Or will they forever be changed by their toxic pasts?

Toxic: Logan's Story is Book Four of the Torn Series, but it can be read as a standalone if desired.

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Readers can view the first chapter here:

For information on the Torn Series:
http://authorkarobinson.blogspot.com/p/the-torn-series.html

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Bio:
Author K.A. Robinson is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of the Torn Series, Ties Series, and Breaking Alexandria. She lives in West Virginia with her toddler son and husband. Her addictions include Starbucks, Caribou Coffee, reading, and rock music.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Search by Alyssa Rose Ivy RDL and Review



SEARCH Synopsis:
*New Adult Paranormal Romance*

Casey isn't human. The revelation should terrify her, but it doesn't. Instead it excites her. Too bad not everyone is as excited as she is.

Torn between two lives, the only one she's ever known and her life as a paranormal princess, Casey has to decide whether she can trust the man she loves.

Sometimes being a princess isn't all it's cracked up to be.








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My Review!

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Alyssa Rose Ivy's Pterons. I loved the first book in this series, and I was excited for more. But I liked this less than Soar, mainly because of the "love triangle" and the fact that there wasn't enough suspense and danger. 


Rating: 4 stars!

I don't know why I really disliked the romance in this book, but maybe because it was so strongly focused on in the beginning. Casey took a few steps back and had to think about the consequences of her choices. She spent so much time thinking about Jared and Toby, about how she regretted sleeping with Jared, and how she wanted a second chance with Toby. I was kind of disappointed a little bit. I was already biased going into this series because of my love for Jared. But it wasn't even just because of that; I was tired of the back and forth. I can understand it, because Casey's whole life has just turned upside down and she doesn't know how to deal with it. She made a mistake, and she wants to rectify it. I was still a little annoyed with the love triangle, probably because I was still a little weary of Toby as a "good" character and I didn't know who Casey really wanted until later on. But by the end of this novel, I was okay with her choice regarding the two boys. It made perfect sense for her and him.

The characters developed even further in this book; some going forward, some going backward. Casey was more bold and confident in herself and her life. Toby was so sweet, so caring; you could truly see that he loved Casey. Jared, though, was portrayed as a huge jerk. I kind of hated him for the things he said to Casey. But, he did grow as a character, one who is starting to see that shutting off his emotions isn't always the best and that he should let people in. There are so many different characters in these books! From Levi and Allie to Owen and Hailey, from Eric and Cade to Casey's grandmother and her father. I liked how they all played a part in this story.

The plot itself was a little dragging, and I felt it wasn't as suspenseful as it could have been. I never had this sense of urgency that something bad would happen until near the end (when everything bad happened!) and I never felt the danger. Throughout the book, Jared and Toby are both trying to figure things out and not talking to each other about their discoveries. There are still secrets, and the book ended on a FREAKING cliffhanger. Seriously horrible cliffhanger! 

Overall, I still really liked this book! I just didn't love it as much as the first. 



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EXCERPT:
“Don’t take this the wrong way, but my place or yours?”
He got a twinkle in his eyes. “What way would I take that, Casey?”
I shut my eyes tight. I wasn’t supposed to get that shiver when he said my name. Not after what Nelly told me. Not after Jared. Not after finding out the truth. But I did. I reluctantly opened my eyes again.
“Let’s go with mine. It’s more spacious.” His eyes studied me, waiting for my reaction.
We had memories at his place. Recent memories I’d been trying to forget.
“All right.” I tore my eyes from his face. He’d gotten a far off look, and I knew he was thinking about the first kiss. The one that felt more like perfection than any other kiss before or since.
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Alyssa Rose Ivy Bio:
Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

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