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Fri
Aug 28 2015 11:00am

No Judgment: New Adult Romance Best Bets for August 2015

Souls Unfractured by Tillie Cole

The New Adult August favorites that burned up my kindle were fast-paced reads that gave me a lot to think about. These heroes and heroines are much more than what they appear to be. From opposites, to hiding behind stereotypes, they prove the age-old saying, don’t judge a book by its cover.

Souls Unfractured by Tillie Cole is the story of Maddie and Flame. I’ve been waiting for this book and it was so worth the wait! Flame is part of the “psycho-trio” and he’s extremely twisted. Maddie is part of the original Cursed ones from her cult and has been slow to integrate into the outside world. Maddie and Flame need and help each other in forming better relationships with others and themselves. Their story is beautiful, poignant but extremely dark. Flame might seem like a twisted individual on the outside but he hides many mysteries that Maddie can only bring to light.

Better When He’s Brave by Jay Crownover is the story of good (and hot) cop Titus matched with Reeve, a girl who has lived on the wild side. Titus has always thought the world was black and white but Reeve destroys this manner of thinking. On the surface, Reeve is a criminal —she’s made these bad choices to avenge her sister. When Titus needs help bringing down the newest threat to the Point, Reeve is the last person he wants to depend on. However, Reeve is the key to stopping the threat and close quarters might prove there’s more than a spark there.

[Apologize for nothing. You are still young...]

Tue
Aug 11 2015 11:15am

Beyond the Brawn: 5 Things to Love About John Cena, Beyond His Muscles

John Cena from WWE

I’m not afraid to say it, but I had no clue who John Cena was before Total Divas.

I know, I know, I mean I don’t completely live under a rock. I had noticed him on the occasional WWE commercial but he really captured my attention on Total Divas, a WWE reality TV show that features many of the women. With his muscles stacked on muscles and his ability to pile drive wrestlers through tables, I figured he was a bro’s bro. However, much to my pleasant surprise he’s so much more than that!

John Cena and Beer gif
Via bellatwins

Allow me to explain myself. He has a different side that’s hilarious, charming and pretty awesome.   He’s been branching off into other projects outside of wrestling, such as different movie roles, fitness plans that he’s heading, appearing on Total Divas which has assisted in garnering attention and attracting a new fan base. For those of you were just as ill informed as I was, here are some reasons why John Cena is more than just muscles (and some moments when he really cracked me up).

[Who knew the WWE turned out great hot commodity...]

Sun
Aug 9 2015 10:00am

First Look: Bella Jewel’s Hard to Fight (August 11, 2015)

Hard to Fight by Bella Jewel

Bella Jewel
Hard to Fight (Alpha's Heart #1)
St. Martin's Press / August 11, 2015 / $3.99 digital

Grace is a bounty hunter who wants to be taken seriously, but her boss refuses to believe that a woman can bring down a dangerous criminal. She finally gets a chance to prove herself when she's given the case of a lifetime: capture Raide Knox and bring him to justice.

Raide is a dangerous fugitive on the run...and the sexiest man Grace has ever met. Catching Raide won't be easy. He's not the kind of man to go down without a fight. Raide is more intense and frustrating than any man she's ever had to deal with, and the instantaneous attraction that sparks between them is undeniable. One thing is for sure...it's going to be a case they will never forget.

**Hard To Fight is a full-length standalone romance with a HEA**

Hard to Fight by Bella Jewel is the start of a new series, Alpha’s Heart. Raide Knox, our main character has previously appeared in some of Bella’s other books but no worries this can be read as a complete standalone. He was always described as a dark, gorgeous character that is on the run. He’s jumped bail and always has to stay ahead of the game. Jokingly, it was said that a woman would be the one to bring him down and what a woman Grace is.

[She's out to capture his heart with her bounty hunter skills...]

Tue
Jul 28 2015 11:00am

Out of the Zone: New Adult Best Bets for July 2015

When You’re Back by Abbi Glines

This month’s round up includes some pretty hot badasses of new adult that can break down barriers whether it be emotional or even, the friend zone. Being stuck in the proverbial friend zone can be the absolutely worst but, these men show that you can be nice and friendly while maintaining their alpha selves.

When You’re Back by Abbi Glines is the second in the Mase and Reese story but the 12th Rosemary Beach novel. I can’t believe there’s so many and I’ve read them all — think the OC meets the South in this series, as it heats up. What happens when Mase and Reese reunite and there’s a lot more obstacles in their path than they originally thought? Will their fairy tale romance come to an end?

Fighting Shadows by Aly Martinez is a fight to the finish. Ash Mabie shines throughout the story with her resilience, and pure joy at experiencing life. Flint is drowning in his bitterness over his condition, lost love and struggling to keep it together. When they meet, sparks fly but is it enough to bring Flint out of the darkness?

[A different kind of love...]

Fri
Jul 24 2015 2:00pm

Second Chances in a Small Town: Laura Trentham’s Caught Up in the Touch

Caught Up in the Touch by Laura Trentham

“Unlike his cousin, he’d never fought the ties that bound him to Falcon. He’d gone away to college, but his heart ached for home like a tree cut off from its nourishing roots.”

Small town reads are one of my favorite tropes. It’s the sense of community and family in each one that can make this “setting”, into an actual character that lives and breathes. This can be said of the town of Falcon, the setting of Laura Trentham's Caught Up In the Touch.

The premise of Caught Up In the Touch is one of second chances, at love and remaking their lives on their terms, for both characters. Jessica Montgomery heads to Falcon to try to recruit Logan Wilde for her father’s company. When she lands in Falcon, a series of events unfold that forces her to stay longer than expected, and she’s charmed by the magic of the town. Jessica has been struggling under her father’s thumb and the people, especially Logan, fill her with a peace that she has been missing.

[Taking some time away helps to open the heart...]

Mon
Jul 6 2015 2:00pm

Show Me, Don’t Tell Me!: Kristen Ashley’s Eddie Says “I Love You” His Way

Rock Chick Rescue by Kristen Ashley

After a post on Heroes and Heartbreakers on not saying “I love you” in romance novels, I got to thinking about one of my favorite series, Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley. It’s a series of standalone novels with strong heroines and alpha heroes, all interconnected and all have incredible stories. If you haven’t read Kristen Ashley, a) what are you waiting for b) start here, as you’ll see these characters pop up in many of her other books.

Rock Chick Rescue, the second book in the series, had that nonverbal “I love you,” but, surprisingly, I didn’t even notice. Rock Chick Rescue is the story of Jet and Eddie—he’s as alpha as they come, as are most of Ashley's heroes. He’s not verbose, nor does he play games, he gives it to you straight. So when Jet catches Eddie’s attention, he does it in a typical hot bunch fashion. He’s a man of action.

He pushed me against the truck, his body came up against mine and he kissed, full on tongue. When he lifted his head, he had an arm wrapped around the middle of my back, his fingertips resting nearly at the side of my breasts and the other hand resting on my hip.

“What was that?” Dammit, I was breathy again.

“Just wanted to say I like what you’re wearing.”

“You could have just said it.”

“Preferred to show it.”

I had to admit, I preferred it too.

[Sometimes “I love you” is all you need...]

Mon
Jun 29 2015 11:30am

The Summer’s Gonna Blaze: New Adult Best Bets for June 2015

Burn by Allie Juliette Mousseau

New Adult June is the start of summer! This month’s picks are sure to raise the temperature. Whether it’s a second chance story or characters that hit you right in the gut, these picks make you want to stretch right out and read away.

Burn by Allie Juliette Mousseau is a second chance romance story that brings on the feels. The second book in a standalone series, the premise is around men who forged a strong brotherhood, after extremely painful pasts. Liam and Quinn fell in love when they were teenagers, one night tears it all apart, and circumstances bring them together again, years later. Can the years they were apart wipe away the memories of that one devastating night? My emotions were all over the place and I couldn’t put it down!

Beautiful Sacrifice by Jamie McGuire is the third book in the Maddox Brothers series. Taylor Maddox knows what he wants and goes after it. Using that familiar Maddox charm, this hotshot firefighter uses his skills to befriend Falyn, the girl who keeps him at arm’s length. What ensues is a slow burn that erupts into a blaze.

[More New Adult Best Bets for June 2015...]

Fri
Jun 26 2015 9:30am

First Look: Kristen Ashley’s Ride Steady (June 30, 2015)

Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley
Ride Steady (Chaos #3)
Grand Central Publishing / June 30, 2015 / $8.00 print, $3.99 digital

The ride of her life . . .
Once upon a time, Carissa Teodoro believed in happy endings. Money, marriage, motherhood: everything came easy—-until she woke up to the ugly truth about her Prince Charming. Now a struggling, single mom and stranded by a flat tire, Carissa's pondering her mistakes when a vaguely familiar knight rides to her rescue on a ton of horsepower.

Climb on and hold tight . . .
In high school, Carson Steele was a bad boy loner who put Carissa on a pedestal where she stayed far beyond his reach. Today, he's the hard-bodied biker known only as Joker, and from the way Carissa's acting, it's clear she's falling fast. While catching her is irresistible, knowing what to do with her is a different story. A good girl like Carissa is the least likely fit with the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Too bad holding back is so damned hard. Now, as Joker's secrets are revealed and an outside threat endangers the club, Joker must decide whether to ride steady with Carissa—-or ride away forever . . .

“My take is, she lost a sister, a mother, her ex is a fucking with her head, and she still puts on a pretty dress, walks right into a biker compound with a homemade pie and looks at Joker not like he rides astride a Harley but does it on a white horse.”

[He is a biker and she was homecoming queen...]

Mon
Jun 15 2015 2:15pm

Game of Thrones 5x10 Heart-to-Heart: Blood on the Snow

GOT 5x10 Jon and Samwell

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Game of Thrones' season finale, including last night's Season 5, Episode 10, “Mother's Mercy.” Enjoy!

GOT 5x10 Jon and Samwell Captain's Log

Show/Episode: Game of Thrones Season 5, Episode 10, “Mother's Mercy”

Ship(s): Jon Snow/Samwell Tarly

This week’s season finale promised a punch and a lot of WTF’s. I felt like this season was an endless labyrinth with no end in sight and with that ending, it doesn’t looke we’re getting any answers soon. The theories have been running amok, especially as we’re separating from the books.

After last week’s horrific sacrifice, Stannis is ready to reap from the results, but that’s not what happens. Half of his army has deserted him and his wife commits suicide. It appears as though the snow is melting, but this can’t make a positive dent in the deterioration of his army. However, he’s still not giving up on Winterfell and is taking the men he has and marching on. Melisandre promises she’s seen the Bolton flags burning. Brienne of Tarth and Podrick make their return when they spy the Bolton flags.  They rush to Sansa’s aid, but Brienne has a mission first.

Stannis’ desire for an easy siege is waylaid when he sees the man power the Bolton’s army has. Regardless, Stannis has lost everything and is more than willing to go down in the fight. Moral of the story: don’t put all your eggs on one fiery pyre. Brienne finally gets her revenge for Renly and beheads Stannis.

[Oh my! Things are heating up...]

Mon
Jun 1 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Katie Ashley’s Vicious Cycle (June 2, 2015)

Vicious Cycle by Katie Ashley

Katie Ashley
Vicious Cycle (Vicious Cycle #1)
Signet / June 2, 2015 / $15.00 print, $5.99 digital

New York Times bestselling author Katie Ashley revs up the danger and sexual tension in her brand-new Vicious Cycle romance series.

Deacon Malloy’s life is dedicated to the Hells Raiders motorcycle club. Tough, hard, and fast with his fists, he serves the group as sergeant at arms. But his devil-may-care approach to life is thrown for a loop when the five-year-old daughter he never knew existed lands on the club steps.

Alexandra Evans is devoted to all her students—but there’s always been something about Willow Malloy that tugs at her heart. There’s an aura of sadness about her, a girl in need of all the love Alexandra can give. When Willow stops coming to school, Alexandra’s search leads to a clubhouse full of bikers…and a father hell-bent on keeping his daughter always within sight.

The moment Deacon sees Alexandra, he has to have her in his bed—and he’s never met a woman yet who couldn’t be persuaded. No matter how attracted she is to Deacon, Alexandra refuses to be just another conquest. But it’s Deacon himself who could be seduced—into a brighter future for himself, his daughter, and the woman he’s falling for against all odds.

The first in a new series by Katie Ashley shows a new side to her writing. This is a high octane, intense, gritty view into the heart of an MC set in a small town. The story opens with Willow, a little girl. Willow is the young daughter of the Hell’s Raiders MC sergeant at arms, who has no idea she’s his. When shit hits the fan, the truth is revealed.

Deacon isn’t ready for a kid, much less a precocious, young daughter. When danger lands at their door again, he pulls her from school. However, Alexandra, her teacher, took a special interest in Willow and ends up looking for her. This leads her right to Deacon, a sexy alpha male that rocks her quiet lifestyle.

[A tearjerker for fans...]

Mon
Jun 1 2015 11:22am

Game of Thrones 5x08 Heart-to-Heart: White Flag

Jon Snow and Tormund in Game of Thrones 5x08

Show/Episode: Game of Thrones Season 5, Episode 8, “Hardhome”
Ship(s): Tormund/Jon Snow (bromance), with mentions to Jorah/Daenarys

Tormund and Jon Snow Captain's Log for Game of Thrones 5x08

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Game of Thrones, including last night's Season 5, Episode 8, “Hardhome.” Enjoy!

Last week’s episode set up a lot of major changes for the final three episodes of the season. With Cersei imprisoned, Daenerys and Tyrion finally meeting in the fighting pit, the last episodes were sure to rock the GoT boat. I’m also loving what Daenerys is wearing, that white dress!

The episode opens with Tyrion making his case as to why Daenerys needs him on her side. As always, Tyrion’s suave way with words proves to be his selling point. Daenerys' first order of business, what to do with Ser Jorah.  As matter of fact as he can, Tyrion states she cannot have him by her side as he’s a living example of treason, but Jorah does worship and love her. So instead of fulfilling her promise to kill him, she banishes him from the city. As he walks away, the greyscale has made his mark on his arm, surely this won’t be the last we see of him. Of course, Jorah loves Daenerys and will do whatever he needs to do to be by her side.

[We have that hunch too...]

Fri
May 29 2015 11:00am

Thrill Me, Shock Me, Jock Me: New Adult Best Bets for May 2015

Kissing Madeline by Lex Martin

This month rocks the jocks with a plethora of sports-themed books. However, not to be outdone action-packed romances with fast-paced plots are also rounding out the May reads.  These books are sure to be a hit on any book shelf.

Kissing Madeline by Lex Martin was a fun, great read. Madeline has recently broken up with her cheating boyfriend—she vows to never date a jock again. But when her new neighbor, Daren recently drafted, keeps crossing her path, this is easier said than done. Their chemistry is white-hot and when they agree to a no-strings relationship, will they able to keep their feelings under wraps?

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy is the second in the Off Campus series. Filled with her trademark snark and humor, Kennedy tells the story of Grace and Logan, an addictive couple to read. Be prepared to get nothing done while reading this book.

All Played Out by Cora Carmack teams Torres and Nell. When Nell decides to enlist the help of partying expert, Torres to help her experience normal college living, she gets more than she bargained for. This experimental list might just lead her to a new journey and relationship.

[More New Adult Best Best for May 2015...]

Mon
May 18 2015 2:00pm

Game of Thrones 5x06 Heart-to-Heart: Game of Faces

Game of Thrones 5x06 Jamie and Bronn

This post contains SPOILERS and speculation from all aired episodes of Game of Thrones, including last night’s Season 5, Episode 6, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.” Enjoy!

Game of Thrones 5x06 Jaime/Bronn Captain's Log

Show/Episode: Game of Thrones Season 5, Episode 6, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”

Ship: Jaime/Bronn

Game of Thrones open with the story of Arya. Due to the length of her hair and her new height, it looks like some time has passed with her at the Black annd White Hall. She’s beginning to question her training. Why is she still cleaning corpses and why is she sleeping on a bed of stone—okay, that’s actually my question because that looks like it hurts? She’s desperate to begin the game of faces. The young girl, Waif—who is so annoying—asks her who are you, in response to Arya’s inquiry. Waif gives her back-story and asks is it a lie, am I lying? Which gives Arya food for thought. Jaqen wakes Arya in the middle of the night and asks who are you? She attempts the girl’s tactic and states her life story. Jaqen lashes her with the whip for her wrong answer. She’s over this game and her patience is wearing thin. Cut to Arya cleaning in the hall, this training so far is composed of a lot of cleaning. A young, ill girl is brought in by her father; she suffers everyday and the father has no idea who else to do with her. Arya lies to her and in a cold, calculating move tells the girl that she was also sick and drank from the water to heal. When the young girl dies, Jaqen watches silently. Jaqen leads Arya to a hall filled with many faces. This is what they do to the corpses. They keep the faces. Arya is no ready to be no one but, is now ready to become someone else. And isn’t that what GoT has been about. Playing the game and becoming who you need to be in order to win?

Tyrion and Jorah are still on their own journey together. Tyrion delivers the sad news that Jorah’s father died at the wall and their small moment of bonding is immediately ended. Jorah moves on and appears to be stoic in the wake of the news. As they continue their pace, they’re captured by a ragtime group of misfits who, want to sell Tyrion’s penis. It seems that a dwarf’s penis has magic and I’m pretty Tyrion could have used that in a line or two, lol. Jorah and Tyrion convince them they’re better as fighters and instead will be taken to the pits.

[Could things get any worse?]

Mon
May 4 2015 3:00pm

Game of Thrones 5x04 Heart-to-Heart: Killing Me Softly

Jamie and Bronn in Game of ThronesThis post contains SPOILERS and speculation from all aired episodes of Game of Thrones, including last night’s Season 5, Episode 4, “Sons of the Harpy.” Enjoy!

Game of Thrones 5x04 Captain's LogShow/Episode: Game of Thrones 5x04, “Sons of the Harpy”
Ship(s): Bronn and Jaime (bromance), with mentions to Jon/Ygritte

Warning! This episode is one of the most Game of Thrones-y epsiodes we’ve had in a while, lots of blood, lots of gore, and, of course, the death of a beloved character (at least by me). Beware Spoilers follow.

Opening with the return of Jorah Mormont, it appears he’s captured our favorite imp, Tyrion. As typical Tyrion, he won’t be quiet even when gagged. As he pieces together Jorah’s plan to hand him over to the true queen Daenerys. Jorah realizes there’s only one way to keep him quiet and knocks him unconscious. While it gave me a bit of jolt to see Jorah back I’m glad to see he’s still trying to fight his way back to Daenerys, you can’t find that time of loyalty these days. He’s semi-creepy, but you can’t help but love him for it.

Jaime is headed to the Sapphire Isle on a merchant ship. THE bromance is back, Jaime and Bronn discuss his plans to rescue to the princess. Bronn doesn’t understand why he has to rescue the princess—obviously he hasn’t put the puzzle pieces together. When he brings up Tyrion, Bronn asks him to pass on a greeting from him. Unexpectedly, Jaime replies he’ll split him in two if he sees him and then will pass on his greeting.  Which makes me sad, I was all for these two repairing their relationship but that’s obviously not happening.

[There's always trouble...]

Thu
Apr 30 2015 12:15pm

Endings Bring New Beginnings: New Adult Best Bets for April 2015

Spark by Erin Noelle

A lot of series endings are included in this list but that only leaves room for brand new ones! With endings also come new beginnings and these books herald how what you think is an ending could really just be the start of something amazing.

Spark by Erin Noelle has a unique premise. Forced to look for alternative medicine in order to combat his brother’s severe epilepsy, Crew and his family journey to Colorado. While on the search for new treatment for Caleb, Crew meets a Hudson, a free spirit with a green thumb. When tragedy forces them apart will their new relationship be able to see past the heartbreak?

Until July by Aurora Rose Reynolds continues the saga of the Mayson family from her Until series with the next generation. July Mayson is a feisty heroine that meets her match in the biker Wes. With one of the best meet-cutes I’ve read involving a Taser, you’re in for a fast ride with these two.

Sweet Hope by Tillie Cole is the conclusion to the Sweet Home series. Ally and Elpidio meet when she lands her dream job, as curator of his statues. As the elusive artist begins to get closer to Ally, they both realize their connection is more than just work. Their burning chemistry might go up in flames if the past catches up to them. A great end, it brings everyone together in a spellbinding way.

[More New Adult Best Bets...]

Fri
Apr 24 2015 9:30am

First Look: Leisa Rayven’s Broken Juliet (April 28, 2015)

Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven

Leisa Rayven
Broken Juliet (Bad Romeo #2)
St. Martin's Press / April 28, 2015 / $14.99 print, $7.99 digital

Some loves never let you go…

Cassie swore she'd never forgive Ethan for breaking her heart when they were in acting school years ago. He was her one great love, and when he refused to love her back, a part of her died forever…or so she thought. Now she and Ethan are sharing a Broadway stage, and he's determined to win her back. Finally he's able to say all the things she needed to hear years ago…but can she believe him? Has he really changed, and what makes this time different from all his other broken promises?

The answer lies somewhere in the past, and now the truth will come to light. Will Cassie rediscover what it's like to be trusting and open again—the way she was before Ethan? Or is it too late for these star-crossed lovers?

Don't miss this mesmerizing final chapter in the Bad Romeo duet, the unforgettable love story that captured the hearts of over two million fans online.

Just as the title suggests, Broken Juliet explains how Cassie became so broken. The follow up to Bad Romeo, we finally get the answers we desperately wanted. It starts off right where we left off, Cassie on the edge of making a major decision regarding Ethan. The first book chronicled the beginning of their relationship and their present questionable status. Broken Juliet shows you all the pieces that were broken by Ethan and how it occurred. There are no hidden pieces, Ethan and Cassie embrace purging themselves of all these hurts. Leisa Rayven’s writing shines through in this edition. Gripping, witty, and articulate, Broken Juliet is an uphill battle that leaves you looking for something to brace on while also soothing your hurts.

[The journey is worth it...]

Thu
Apr 23 2015 2:15pm

First Look: Cheris Hodges’s Rumor Has It (April 28, 2015)

Rumor Has It by Cheris Hodges

Cheris Hodges
Rumor Has It
Kensington / April 28, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Liza Palmer couldn't be happier when her best friend and sorority sister, Chante Britt, and her closest guy friend, Robert Montgomery, hit it off. And she's beyond thrilled when they announce their engagement. Robert is an up-and-comer running for the North Carolina senate. Chante is a partner at a prestigious law firm. They're a power couple made in heaven—until Liza discovers Robert in a compromising position—with another woman. . .

Liza can't possibly continue to support Robert's campaign, much less let him marry Chante. But when she tries to reveal the truth, Robert pulls out every corrupt trick in the book—including turning Chante against her. Her only choice is to seek out his opponent, Jackson Franklin, and help him take Robert down. But to Liza's great surprise, Jackson won't play dirty—and Liza finds him irresistible. As sparks fly, personally and politically, Liza and Jackson may become a winning team in more ways than one. . .

Cheris Hodges Rumor Has It is a political romance novel rife with scandal. Set in the middle of a tight race for Senate, the heat will be raised by two opponents. Liza is a social media queen. She can twist anyone’s bad decisions into positives using twitter. Jackson is a veteran who has battled his demons; he now gives back to the community at the veteran center. When the center is set to be shut down, he does the only thing he an think of to keep it going. He enters the race for Senate chair of North Carolina. He doesn’t realize the crazy, manipulate world he’s entering and Liza might just be his calming force.

Liza is a campaign manager for Jackson’s rival, Robert. They’ve been best friends since college and she would do anything to help him. This becomes quite a problem when she starts falling for Jackson. Can they keep their political ties out of their relationship?

[Politics and love are always a little messy...]

Tue
Apr 21 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Penelope Douglas’s Aflame (April 21, 2015)

Aflame by Penelope Douglas

Penelope Douglas
Aflame (Fall Away #4)
Penguin Intermix / April 21, 2015 / $2.99 digital

The tables have turned. Now I have the power—and it’s his turn to beg…

Everyone wants to be me.

Maybe it’s the sway of my skirt or the way I flip my hair, but I don’t care. Even though their attention is the last thing I crave, I just can’t stop. I dominate the track, the speed rattles my bones, and the wind and the crowd screams my name.

I’m her. The girl driver. The queen of the race. And I’m surviving—something he thought I’d never do.

They all talk about him. Did you see Jared Trent on T.V? What did you think of his last race, Tate? When is he coming back to town, Tate?

But I refuse to care too much. Because when Jared does come home, I won’t be here.

Tatum Brandt is gone. I’m someone new.

This was one of my most anticipated books of the year! Penelope Douglas isn’t afraid to take chances. After the cliffhanger from Falling Away I couldn’t wait to see what happens to Tate and Jared. Pulling the rug out on Tate and Jared’s relationship might have seemed like a cruel move but after Aflame you’ll see why it made their journey so much more authentic.

[A heartfelt journey that leads...]

Mon
Apr 20 2015 1:15pm

Game of Thrones 5x02 Heart-to-Heart: Nothing’s Ever Black and White

Arya in Game of Thrones 5x02This post contains SPOILERS and speculation from all aired episodes of Game of Thrones, including last night’s Season 5, Episode 2, “The House of Black and White.” Enjoy!

Game of Thrones 5x02 Captain's LogShow/Episode: Game of Thrones 5x02 “The House of Black and White”
Ship(s): Daenerys and Daario, Jon Snow and ME (kidding, but not really), Bronn and Jamie (bromance)

 It begins with a new location. Arya has finally reached her destination and she’s enraptured with the sights. The city is mostly water and you can see the people trading. I’m not sure where they filmed but it looks a lot like Venice. She arrives at the House of Black and White, where she asks for help and shows the coin Jaquen gave to her. The mysterious man tells her they have no one by that name there. As night falls and Arya has nowhere to go she repeats her “kill list” to herself to keep her company and give her strength. She has no where to go. She wanders the streets practicing her skills on unsuspecting pigeons. I felt horrible for those birds when she sliced their heads off. When she’s cornered in the village, the attackers are scared off by the man who refused her entry. She follows him and demands to know why they were scared of him and his face contort to Jaquen, he was testing her. I definitely didn’t see that coming and as Arya disappears into the house I’m wondering what she’s gotten herself into.

[A whole lot of trouble, we're guessing...]

Fri
Apr 17 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Jay Crownover’s Asa (April 21, 2015)

Asa by Jay CrownoverJay Crownover
Asa (Marked Men #6)
William Morrow / April 21, 2015 / $13.99 print, $5.99 digital

You never know which moment might lead to forever . . .

Asa Cross struggles with being the man everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn't change its spots, and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn't want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one luscious arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it's easy to hit bottom when it's the place you know best.

Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but also her partner's life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends, she's trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation alone. Except she can't stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs, but his allure is too strong to resist. And she knows chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak.

A longtime criminal and a cop just seem so wrong together . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.

I binge read this series in a weekend. I started Jet, I read Rule a while ago,  thought I would read one at a time and take a break. Well I blew through the entire series in a weekend. I couldn’t put it down and taking a break didn’t exist. Jay Crownover has the ability to immerse you in a colorful world filled with intriguing, complicated characters. I loved each and everyone one of these characters for various reasons, but Asa always stood out to me.

[OTP worthy?]