Review & Excerpt! Fall (VIP #3) by Kristen Callihan

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Fall (VIP #3) by Kristen Callihan – 5 Stars!

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Ok, I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again (and again and again and again):

Kristen Callihan writes some of the BEST heroes.

“There is no more talking, no more waiting. We’re kissing each other, and it isn’t demanding or frantic; it’s consuming, a fall right into the deep end of the ocean. John comes after my mouth like it’s his right, his pleasure. I’ve never been kissed this way. I am the banquet and he is the hunger.”

She writes some of the MOST SCORCHING sex scenes you will ever read.

“What do you think about?” she asks in the dark. “When you do it?”
“You.” I’m stroking faster now, getting into a rhythm. “Since that first night, it’s only been you.”

I lick my lips. “Truth?”
Her answer is a husk of sound. “Always.”
“I think of watching myself slide into you. Imagine sinking into your heat.” My voice goes rougher, my balls drawing up tight and sweet. “That first push when I take you, knowing that you’re letting me. That’s it. I think of having you. Finally, fucking having you. That’s the moment I dream about.”

She writes some of the most beautiful lines.

“There isn’t anyone I want to be around more than you. You occupy my thoughts, haunt my dreams. I can no more stay away from you than I can try to keep my heart from beating.”

She writes characters that are so unabashedly truthful, you can’t help but connect with them. And especially with this book focusing on Jax, who suffers from depression and anxiety, being in his mind was sometimes hard. But I really admire the empathetic way the author depicts his struggles, and the realistic way his ups and downs are shown. Because yes, some days are awful, and some days are great. And anyone who suffers as Jax does knows how isolating being in your own head can be. How tiring it is when your mind just won’t shut off.

“…You endure. You keep moving forward. But some days, Stella … Some days I get so fucking tired.”
“Then rest,” I whisper. “Rest with me. Let me be where you lay your head for a while.”

^ that gave me goosebumps. Because the way Stella tries to understand Jax is a damn beautiful thing.

This series is turning out to be a top favorite of mine and I pray and hope Kristen continues with the series and the rest of the band members get their own books. I LOVE the friendship they all have and the sometimes sweet / sometimes hysterical way they interact with one another.

***While I guess this can technically be read as a standalone, I’d recommend reading the other 2 books first. Not only because the story will just make more sense, but they are freaking fantastic too!

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*Keep scrolling for an excerpt, author info, and additional buy links*

The first time I met Jax Blackwood things went a little sideways.

In my defense, I didn’t know he was Jax Blackwood—who expects a legendary rock star to be shopping for groceries? More importantly, a blizzard was coming and he was about to grab the last carton of mint-chocolate chip.

Still, I might have walked away, but then he smugly dared me to try and take the coveted ice cream. So I kissed him. And distracted that mint-chip right out of his hands.

Okay, it was a dirty move, but desperate times and all that. Besides, I never expected he’d be my new neighbor.

An annoying neighbor who takes great pleasure in reminding me that I owe him ice cream but would happily accept more kisses as payment. An irresistible neighbor who keeps me up while playing guitar naked–spectacularly naked–in his living room.

Clearly, avoidance is key. Except nothing about Jax is easy to ignore—not the way he makes me laugh, or that his particular brand of darkness matches mine, or how one look from him melts me faster than butter under a hot sun.

Neither of us believes in love or forever. Yet we’re quickly becoming each other’s addiction. But we could be more. We could be everything.

All we have to do is trust enough to fall.

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The air between us shifts. I’m filled with a strange giddiness, wanting to laugh for the fun of it, but I’m also too warm, my limbs oddly heavy as if simple movements might be too much for me.

His tone turns soft and cajoling, teasing the truth out of me. “Are you going to tell me what you do?” When I say nothing, the corners of his eyes crinkle. “I see. You’re going to torture me a bit.”

The warm, fuzzy feeling grows as I shrug. “Torture feels apropos in this scenario.”

He hums again, taking another step toward me. “What makes you think I won’t like being tortured by you?”

The heat of his body and the scent of his skin makes my head light and my pulse pound. How did it get to this point where the highlight of my day is flirting with Jax Blackwood? Despite the thrill, I know I’m in over my head. I haven’t gone out on a date in months because I form attachments, I get emotional, and then I hurt when they inevitably leave. And this man will leave. He is as bright and fleeting as a camera flash. I’ll be left with the image of him seared into my memory and nothing more.

I tell myself all of this, the voice in my head as stern as possible. But it doesn’t make me back away. It doesn’t stop my body from somehow straining toward his without even moving. Because it might be stupid of me, but I want to feel something that isn’t planned. Something, for however briefly, that’s real.

He’s too attuned to me not to notice. John’s lids lower as his attention slides down my body before easing back up to my face. Slowly, he rests his forearm on the wall beside my head. “Tell me, Stella,” he murmurs.

“No,” I whisper back, flirting, even though I shouldn’t.

His biceps bunch as he leans in, a smile dancing on his lips. “Tell.”

My breasts graze his chest, and I feel it in my toes.

“You’re crowding me.” I hate how breathy I sound.

“Can’t help it.” His voice is a rumble, the heat of his breath playing over my skin. He ducks his head, drawing close until our lips nearly brush, and when he speaks again, his tone is almost conversational, except for the husky quality that touches deep within my core. “You smell like strawberries. Fucking delicious.”

My lids flutter, and I swallow hard. “Ordinarily, I’d call you out on that cliché but since I’ve been eating strawberries, you aren’t exactly wrong.”

His chuckle is slow and easy, as he eases back and his gaze slowly travels over my face. “Were they sweet, Stella Button?”

He’s looking at my mouth like he might try to find out. My lips tremble in response, and John tracks the movement, his breathing getting deeper, faster. “You have two freckles on your lips. One on the top lip and one on the bottom corner.”

Those damn freckles. They were the bane of my adolescence. I hid them with lipstick and silently cursed whenever someone mentioned them.

Freckles don’t have any feelings, but I swear it’s as if he’s touching them.

“You’re just noticing this?” I try to make it sound like a joke, but it comes out weak and thready.

His own lips quirk. “Oh, I noticed. It’s distracting as hell. They’re like two little dots of butter toffee. Makes me want to lick them, get a taste.”

Oh, God. Lick them, please. I can almost feel it. I want to feel it.

No. Bad Stella. Behave.

John’s lips part a fraction like he just might take that taste.

“Back off,” I whisper. And yet somehow my traitorous hands find their way to his sides, running over the waistband of his jeans, holding him there.

John makes a sound deep in his throat and tilts his hips, pressing them against mine. A distinctly thick bulge nudges my belly. Both of us lose a breath, and then he’s closer, his cheek touching my temple. “You’ll have to let me go first.”

My thumbs slide under the edge of his shirt and find smooth, taut skin. A tremor goes through his body. I try to think, search for what the hell we’ve been talking about.

His lips brush the crest of my cheek as he murmurs against my skin. “Tell me what you do, Stella. You know you want to.”

My smile feels illicit. Somehow the action is directly tied to all my happy parts, making them draw hot and tight. “I don’t think I do.”

Another hum. “Liar. You’re dying to.”

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading. WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / TWITTER / AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

 

Review: Melt for You (Slow Burn, #2) by J.T. Geissinger

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Melt for You (Slow Burn, #2) by J.T. Geissinger – 4 Stars

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If The Hating Game and the movie The Ugly Truth had a baby, it would be this book.

Joellen the sharp-tongued homebody who has always looked at herself as less than
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a famous Rugby player that offers her lessons on seduction so she can finally snag the attention of her long pined-over boss
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hilarious situations and sexual tension GALORE.

Snarky banter is my kryptonite. And this baby was chock full of it:

I suddenly understand how otherwise rational people can lose their minds and commit murder in a fit of rage. “It’s been real, McGregor.” I swing the door closed. It slams shut in his face with a loud, satisfying thud.
Through the door, he says, “I’ll make you a deal, Joellen.”
“If it involves you swallowing a vial of poison, you’re on.”

Seriously, a smile never left my face while reading this:

“Just make it easier on yourself, darlin’, and admit you’re wild for me and are dyin’ to bring a few dozen little McGregors into the world.”
“You’re delusional.”
“You’re massively in love with me.”
“I’m massively in dislike with you.”
“You’ve finally figured out I’m the real man of your dreams.”
“I’ve finally figured out how you got here. Someone left your cage door open.”
We grin at each other while the stupid rap music blares into the hallway, eroding my hearing another few percent.
“You look awful cheery, lass. Did your lingerie store have a sale on beige granny panties?”

But put aside all the hilarity, there were some jewels and beautiful moments of writing that really stood out to me:

“But sometimes what you think is love is just a beautiful form of self-destruction. The worst thing in life is to give yourself away in exchange for nothing.”

BITCH^, yes.

And this next passage is a little long but shut up and just read it because I promise it’s so good and if it doesn’t convince you to read this book, we can’t be friends.

A kiss again, dangerous, like standing at the edge of a cliff and looking over, shifting dirt and rocks tumbling beneath your feet. My fingers twist in his hair. His hands move my head, left or right, however he wants it, a throbbing pulse like drumbeats in my ears. I’m so turned on I feel frantic, unstable, like I might break out of my own skin. Caterpillar becoming butterfly. Chrysalis shed, wings outstretched, wind beneath my belly. Caught on an updraft. Beating, beating, flying free.
He breaks the kiss, suddenly, shatteringly, the separation like breaking glass. Dizzy, I whimper at the loss of his mouth.
“Fuck. Joellen. Fuck.”
He’s panting, his voice a desperate rasp. He radiates heat like a furnace. Even his hands on my head are hot, burning right through my skull. With his scent in my nose and his heat wrapped around me and his heart pounding against mine, I’m somewhere else. I’m someone else. A gypsy, casting spells. A sloe-eyed singer in a smoky jazz club. A femme fatale in a film noir, all knowing smiles and long legs and a throaty voice with an edge like a purr.
“Don’t stop,” I say in my new voice. “You taste so good.”
He stares right at me, his eyes intensely aglow. Tiger eyes. Wolf eyes. The eyes of a predator about to pounce on his meal.

Me, after reading this ^ scene:

All in all, I adored this book and anyone who loves rom-coms needs to try this one out! Bless my book buddy Hollis for recommending this one! I can never get enough slowburn deliciousness in my life. Fans of Sally Thorne and Mariana Zapata will no doubt enjoy this gem.

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COVER REVEAL! The Legacy by Dylan Allen

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He’s the king of all he surveys.

Except her.

The Legacy, an all-new steamy contemporary romance standalone from Dylan Allen is coming October 25th!

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Exiled for 15 years, Hayes Rivers has finally assumed his place as head of Houston’s oldest and most powerful family.

Now, they call him King.

A legacy of wealth and prestige are his to claim.

As age-old rivalries, long-buried secrets, and generations of betrayal threaten his birthright, he finds himself in a battle for control of his family’s future.

When he meets Confidence, she’s a sweet distraction.

Everything he shouldn’t want.

But after a weekend of passion and surprising intimacy,

he realizes she’s everything he needs.

He holds the keys to a kingdom,

But he covets the key to her heart.

And he’ll stop at nothing to claim his queen.

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Dylan Allen is a Texas girl with a serious case of wanderlust.

A self-proclaimed happily ever junkie, she loves creating stories where her characters chase their own happy endings.

When she isn’t writing or reading, eating or cooking, she and her family are planning their next adventure.
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Unpopular Opinion Alert: Review of Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan

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Block Shot (Hoops #2) By Kennedy Ryan – 2.5 Stars

While Kennedy can write some INSANELY beautiful prose, I hate to admit this was not my favorite from her and I think the story was a bit all over the place. The overall theme is something I think many will relate to and the steamy scenes were great. I am most definitely looking forward to the books she has to come. But there were a few things that kept me from fully enjoying this.

For one, a BIG pet peeve of mine with dialogue is when a character reiterates a fact or tidbit the person they are speaking to would already know, but it’s added in the conversation for the sake of the reader’s knowledge or to serve as a reminder of something that happened in a past book. It made the dialogue in many cases seem stilted, stiff, and unnatural.

There was a lot of repeated information / thoughts throughout the story and within inner monologues that I feel should have been weeded out.

The drama in this felt overdone and contrived. One of the last “dramatic incidents” was completely unnecessary and served as a plot device to add tension, but for me just did not work.

Also adding some other things below that are slight spoilers (in red):

For one, we did not get enough back story on Banner and Jared to elicit the feelings and eventually the decision for her to cheat on an otherwise great man. I wish the author spent a little more time on these two together in the past. I think that would have really SHOWED the reader what a connection they had, and why it’s lasted over ten years with them barely speaking or even seeing each other.

It also seems a little unbelievable to me that Jared was THAT obsessed with Banner, but within 10 years of them being apart, he barely tried to reach out to her or make amends? Yes, it’s mentioned they saw each other a “few times” and she made it clear she didn’t want to speak to him. But to have feelings THAT strong, to being the go-getting guy he claims to be, I would think he would have tried a bit harder to reach out and speak to her, and not leave it to fate to bring them back to the same area.

I also didn’t quite believe Jared to be the ‘heartless, cocky’ guy he was being depicted as. Yes, he repeated these sentiments in about every other inner monologue so the reader could believe it, but most of his actions just didn’t show us this. For some reason (and maybe this was because there weren’t enough situations to hone in on this and it was mainly just talked about), his persona did not come across as all that genuine to me. I will say I REALLY adored his unwavering love for Banner, though.

Block Shot didn’t turn out to be a favorite for me but I’m still very excited to read Kennan and Lo’s book!

 

Cover & blurb reveal! Royally Yours by Emma Chase

Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco.

It’s a big deal.

When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning.

What she isn’t…is married.

It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want.

Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty.

Even Queens. Especially them.

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Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home.

And a sacred promise keeps him there.

To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure.

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Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever.

Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story.

This is theirs.

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Happy Release to Kennedy Ryan – Block Shot is LIVE (and a giveaway)!

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Block Shot, Kennedy Ryan’s enemies-to-lovers, second-chance standalone romance is LIVE and FREE in Kindle Unlimited!

**will be posting my review for this tomorrow!**

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JARED

If I had a dollar for every time Banner Morales made my heart skip a beat…

The heart everyone assumes is frozen over.

Her anger is…arousing.

Every glare from those fire-spitting eyes, every time she grits her teeth,

gets me…well, you know.

If I had a dollar for every time she’s put me in my place, I’d be an even richer man.

I’m a successful sports agent because I assume “no” means you’ll think about it.

I’m sure what you meant to say is “Coming right up.”

They say even rich men don’t always get what they want,

but those men don’t know how to play the game. The trick is to keep them guessing.

Take Banner. She assumes she’s winning, but this game?

She doesn’t even know how to play.

BANNER

If I had a dollar for every time Jared Foster broke my heart, I’d have exactly one dollar.

One night. One epic fail. One dollar…and I’m out.

I’ve moved on.

I’ve found success in a field ruled by men.

Anything they can do, I have done better.

They can keep the field while I call the shots, blocking them when I have to.

And Jared has the nerve to think he gets a second chance?

Boy, please. Go sit down. Have several seats.

I’ll just be over here ignoring the man carved from my fantasies with a lust-tipped chisel.

Oh, I didn’t say the struggle wasn’t real.

But I’ve got that one dollar, and Jared won’t have me.

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A Top 30 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes about women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine and Frolic, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta Autism families, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.

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Feast Your Eyes On This gorgeous Cover of ‘FALL’ by Kristen Callihan!

 

LOVE this cover. LOVE this series! (read my reviews for book 1 and book 2) And I can’t wait for the next installment! 

 

The first time I met Jax Blackwood things went a little sideways.

In my defense, I didn’t know he was Jax Blackwood—who expects a legendary rock star to be shopping for groceries? More importantly, a blizzard was coming and he was about to grab the last carton of mint-chocolate chip.

Still, I might have walked away, but then he smugly dared me to try and take the coveted ice cream. So I kissed him. And distracted that mint-chip right out of his hands.

Okay, it was a dirty move, but desperate times and all that. Besides, I never expected he’d be my new neighbor.

An annoying neighbor who takes great pleasure in reminding me that I owe him ice cream but would happily accept more kisses as payment. An irresistible neighbor who keeps me up while playing guitar naked–spectacularly naked–in his living room.

Clearly, avoidance is key. Except nothing about Jax is easy to ignore—not the way he makes me laugh, or that his particular brand of darkness matches mine, or how one look from him melts me faster than butter under a hot sun.

Neither of us believes in love or forever. Yet we’re quickly becoming each other’s addiction. But we could be more. We could be everything.

All we have to do is trust enough to fall.

 

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Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading. WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / TWITTER / AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

 

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren is just THE CUTEST!

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Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating – 4.5 Stars!

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Are you looking for a rom-com?
Are you looking for a book that makes your face hurt from smiling?
Are you look for completely unique yet relatable characters?
Then Christina Lauren are your gals.

In this ridiculously funny opposites attract story, Hazel and Josh are friends turned sometimes lovers who think it’s a great idea to set each other up on blind/double dates, all the while not realizing their scorching attraction to one another.

“I always thought I caught you in . . . a phase.” His left eyebrow makes a fancy arch. “Apparently you’re just like this.”
“I feel like I have a lot to apologize for,” I admit, “but I can’t be sure I won’t be constantly exasperating you, so maybe I’ll just wait until we’re elderly.”
Half of his mouth turns up. “I can say without question I’ve honestly never known anyone else like you.”
“So completely undatable?”
“Something like that.”

^^^ hahahhahAHAH if they only knew what was to come…

Josh and Hazel quickly gain what Hazel calls “besthip” status. And as they go out on these disastrous double dates, they slowly start to realize maybe what they really want isn’t to find someone the other will like, but maybe they’re perfect for each other.

“I think what I liked was being someone’s person.” Hazel’s fingers come to rest on my wrist, and I blink up again to catch her reaction. She doesn’t meet my eyes but a flush of color deepens along the tops of her cheeks. “You’re my person,” she says. “Thanks for sticking up for me tonight.” She gives these vulnerable words so freely it makes fondness clench at something in my chest. Taking her hand, I bring it to my mouth and press a quick kiss to the backs of her knuckles.
“I like being your person.”

ARE THEY NOT THE CUTEST?!>!

And can I just stop here to say the first time their attraction collides and they hook up? BECAUSE HOLY HELL.

Josh is the type of hero I want to see more of. Strong, confident, never cruel, speaks his mind and goes for what he wants (in this case our girl, Crazy Hazie). I love when a hero is all in. When he doesn’t give a single shit about any other circumstance and just wants to be with the heroine.

She kisses my lips, pulling the bottom one into her mouth. “Do you think it feels good?”
I suck in a breath, lightheaded. “I think you feel better than anything.”

Just kill me now.

When I push up onto my hands to see what I’m feeling, her hands make a circuit of my front: my shoulders, collarbones, chest, stomach, and down to where I’m moving in and out of her. Her fingers come away wet and before I can think about it I pull them up and into my mouth before bending to kiss her. It’s such a rare filthy thought but I want her to feel what we’re doing with every one of her senses. If she wants to memorize it, I want to tattoo it into her thoughts.
Look at this, I think. We’re making something right now.

Really though, I… need to like, lie..down…

Can you tell I LOVED them together?

But what I loved most: This is simply a story about a girl who is unapologetically her. Who doesn’t let anyone dim her fire. And the guy who loves her for exactly who she is. They’re total opposites, sure. But that doesn’t matter one bit. When you love yourself first and when you find the right one, they’ll love every inch of you, quirks and all.

When I went back to re-read the quotes I highlighted and wanted to use in this review, I had SUCH a hard time picking. There were SO many I wanted to share, SO many I want the book world to read to show how hysterical Hazel could be, how sweet these two are together, how beautiful their slow blossoming love is.

But I guess you’ll just have to get this book to see for yourself. 😉

💜💋💗Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is out Tuesday, September  4th! https://amzn.to/2LL9uuV 💜💋💗

Ravensong by TJ Klune – so. damn. good.

“Once, there was a boy.
Once, there was a wolf.
He had sat with his back against a tree.
His bare feet were in the grass.
The boy leaned forward and kissed the wolf.
And knew then that nothing would ever be the same.”

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Ravensong (Green Creek, #2) by TJ Klune – 5 MASSIVE STARS!

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Green Creek Series – Recommended for: i GUESS ANYONE WHO ENJOYS HYPERVENTILATING aND SCREAMING At ALL TIMES AND DROWNING IN UTTER LONGING AND DESPAIR

I knew this would happen. I did. I’d read Ravensong KNOWING TJ was going to rip my heart to shreds, yet I was excited for it. And what a weird thing to appreciate about an author – I knew the slaughter was coming, but I happily paid for him to break my heart. I literally pre-ordered pain.

All joking aside though —

Magic. This book is magic. The series is magic. TJ Klune is magic. And however he came up with this story is magic, too.

And the atypical way it’s told, the a-linear, disjointed way it all unfolds that’s somehow reminiscent of Gordo’s life, that connects past to present, that shows how history has repeated itself, that forces the reader to pay such close attention to the prose — just BRILLIANT.

But guys, it’s too much. The feelings this story pulled are too much. All that’s happened is too much. I still can’t process all that occurred and my mind is REELING with all that’s to come because of that bomb of an ending!

I stated in my review of Wolfsong that I knew from chapter 1 that was going to be a 5 star read. That it was going to be the best thing I’ve read in a while. Or maybe even one of the best books I’ve read, EVER. Same goes for Ravensong. TJ has outdone himself with this.

“I’d hated him then, and I hated him now. But the funny thing about hate is the razor-thin line that separates it from something else entirely. Because I loved him too, no matter how hard I tried to convince myself I didn’t. I always had. Even when I’d wanted to kill him, even when I felt the most betrayed, I couldn’t stop. It was a twisted thing, the roots buried deep in my chest, tangled and thick. I had thought it would rot and fester, become something dark that I couldn’t control, but it just stayed as it was, and I hated him for it. For making me feel this way after all he’d done to me and I’d done to him. I wanted him gone. I never wanted to see him again. I wanted him to hurt like I’d hurt. To burn. To bleed. I wanted to keep my hands on him, to feel the animal underneath. I wanted to lean forward and bite him, leaving my mark against his skin, tattooed so that he would never be without me on him, so that everyone would know I’d been there, and I’d been there first. I wanted to kill him. I wanted to fuck him. I wanted him to tear me apart.”

“He turned his arm over. He gripped my wrist, thumb brushing against my pulse point. “I wasn’t your first.”
Goddamn him for knowing what I was thinking. “Damn right you weren’t.”
“And you weren’t mine.”
I wanted a name. Tell me who the fuck it was. I’d find them. I’d fucking kill them. I said, “I don’t care.”
His eyes flickered orange. “But I swear I’m going to be your last. Fight me. Hit me. Fucking light me up. Hate me all you want—”
I bristled at that. “Get the fuck out of my head,” because I could hear him whispering gordo gordo gordo along that thread that stretched between us. It bounced around my skull until all I could do was hear him saying my name again and again and again. He was consuming me, and I wanted him to. I couldn’t stand the thought.
“—but it’s going to happen. You hear me? I will hunt you down if that’s what it takes. You can run from me, Gordo. But I will always find you. I let you go once. I’m not going to make that mistake again.”

TJ DiD ^ THaT!

Anyway, that’s all!! If any of you guys need me, I’ll be down here on the floor, dying and slowly fading away to a land where all my favorite characters are well and content and Heartsong is already out and I don’t have to wait an entire year to read it.

“This isn’t how it ends,” I told him as he watched the empty doorway, the house filling with shadows as it shook on its foundation. “I know it feels like it, but this isn’t our ending. We find our way back to each other. No matter how long it takes, we find our way back again. It’s how we always are. It’s how we’ll always be.”

**And if I wasn’t clear from the re-posted Wolfsong review, this review, the tweets, or the 184 Instagram story updates and Facebook posts, this series is ridiculously good (like, it has no business being this good) and I’m gonna need everyone to read these, stat.**

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Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan – Cover Reveal & Signed PB/GF Giveaway!

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Block Shot, a standalone enemies-to-lovers, second-chance romance from Kennedy Ryan is coming September 10th!

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Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: September 10th, 2018

Cover Designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs

Photographer: Nikki Ormerod

Model: Arsenii Savitckii

JARED

If I had a dollar for every time Banner Morales made my heart skip a beat…

The heart everyone assumes is frozen over.

Her anger is…arousing.

Every glare from those fire-spitting eyes, every time she grits her teeth,

gets me…well, you know.

If I had a dollar for every time she’s put me in my place, I’d be an even richer man.

I’m a successful sports agent because I assume “no” means you’ll think about it.

I’m sure what you meant to say is “Coming right up.”

They say even rich men don’t always get what they want,

but those men don’t know how to play the game. The trick is to keep them guessing.

Take Banner. She assumes she’s winning, but this game?

She doesn’t even know how to play.

BANNER

If I had a dollar for every time Jared Foster broke my heart, I’d have exactly one dollar.

One night. One epic fail. One dollar…and I’m out.

I’ve moved on.

I’ve found success in a field ruled by men.

Anything they can do, I have done better.

They can keep the field while I call the shots, blocking them when I have to.

And Jared has the nerve to think he gets a second chance?

Boy, please. Go sit down. Have several seats.

I’ll just be over here ignoring the man carved from my fantasies with a lust-tipped chisel.

Oh, I didn’t say the struggle wasn’t real.

But I’ve got that one dollar, and Jared won’t have me.


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A Top 30 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes about women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine and Frolic, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta Autism families, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.

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