Review: Mayhem by Jamie Shaw

Today I am excited to share a really hot rock star romance.  Jamie Shaw writes a steamy rock romance that makes you want to run out and be a groupie.  If you’re looking for a fresh new writer you need to pick up this book.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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When college freshman Rowan Michaels meets gorgeous, up-and-coming rock star Adam Everest, she knows a player like him is the last thing she needs after her ex-boyfriend shattered her heart. But she can’t stop thinking about the kiss they shared on his tour bus.

On the first day of school, Rowan is stunned when Adam saunters into her French class. He’s soon failing miserably, and, on a whim, she offers to tutor him. But Adam doesn’t recognize her as a makeup-free, glasses-clad college student—a far cry from the beautiful, mysterious “Peach” he met at his concert.

During a wild weekend on tour with the band, Rowan can’t help falling for the sweet guy buried beneath Adam’s rocker persona. Yet she knows she could never compete with the girls constantly throwing themselves at his feet. She’d just end up hurt … again.

Peach is all Adam thinks about, though, and when Rowan realizes this, she has a decision to make: stay just friends to protect her fragile heart … or reveal the truth about the night they met and admit she’s fallen completely, hopelessly in love with him.

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Rowan is definitely not looking or feeling like herself in the short skirt and killer heels her best friend Dee made her wear to this concert.  When she stops a guy trying to but in line it is her first contact with the very hot lead singer, Adam Everest.  After she tries to get past her embarrassment she settles in to enjoy the concert when she sees her boyfriend with another woman.  Rowan runs out of the club to try to put herself back together.  Soon a very sexy lead singer is sitting next to her trying to comfort her.  Before she knows what she’s doing she is in his tour bus making out with him.  Soon this wild diversion from her normal life ends all too soon and Rowan is back to her normal life.  But that doesn’t last long.  Adam Everest re-enters her life in her french class.   He doesn’t recognize her and she hides behind that.  Not long she volunteers to tutor the failing rock star and its that one crazy weekend with him on a tour bus that changes everything.  But can she let herself fall for a known heart breaker or will she wall up her heart so she won’t get hurt again?

I fell for this story.  I was so taken in that I stayed  up way past my bedtime because I just couldn’t stop at the next chapter.  I am a big fan of rock star romances.  This one definitely ranks up there with some of may faves.  Rowan and Adam’s love affair is one that is very enviable.   It wasn’t just Rowan and Adam, the rest of Adam’s band and Rowan’s friends make for such a comical addition.  I did laugh out loud may times throughout the entire book.  The story and dialogue is so relatable and fun.  If you are looking for memorable characters, a hot rock star, romance, comedy and so much more than you need to grab this book.  I guarantee you won’t want to put it down til you finish ever last word.

Review: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Happy Monday!  To start off your week I am going to share with you the third book in the Throne of Glass series.  It was a fantastic addition to this series.  I really can’t say enough about this series and Sarah Maas.  Both a fantastic story told by a phenomenal storyteller.  I will be waiting with bated breath for the next book in the series.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Hope this week starts off well for you.  My week will be a short one thank goodness.

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She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

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Celaena has survived so much heartbreak.  Her world has been tipped and turned inside out many times in her short life.  So, this errand for the king shouldn’t be much different.  She must seek out her aunt, Queen Maeve of the Fae.  It doesn’t take long for the Fae to seek her out and bring her to Maeve.  Upon meeting her they strike a bargain.  Celaena must find her magic and then she will get the answers that she seeks from Maeve.  While Celaena is training with a Fae prince, Choal and her cousin, Aedion, strike many deals for information.  With the information they glean they are in peril constantly.  While Choal and Aedion are working with rebels, Dorian is learning to control his still new powers.   It seems that all in this world are facing dangers untold and as the King uses more of his power it is only encouraging those in danger to risk more.  Will Celaena finally rise up to claim what is hers?  Will Choal finally choose a side?  Will Dorian learn control and use the power that is so volatile?  All will be answered even if those answers cause more pain.

I have total girl crush on Celaena.  She has grown to be one of my favorite heroines.  She is fearless, powerful and passionate in all she does.  I think this book illustrates that more than anything.  She must face her past horrors and through that she becomes who she must be.  It isn’t just Celaena who really develops in this book.  Choal and Dorian really come into their own.  I’ve always felt Choal was torn on what is right and what is loyal.  He finally chooses and when he does it is in a dramatic way.  A way that you don’t really expect from Choal.  We also get to know Aedion, Celaena’s cousin.  He is everything you would think Celaena’s cousin would be.  Arrogant, fearless and loyal even though many don’t know that he is.  Overall, this book really propelled the story.  It was hard for me to put it down.  I tried really hard to read this slow knowing that the next book isn’t out til September but I couldn’t help it.  These books draw me and never let me go.  I am such a Sarah Maas fan now that I am recommending this series to all who ask.  I hope if you haven’t picked up the first one yet that you are definitely running out and picking it up to start ASAP.

Review: Losing It by Cora Carmack

Happy almost weekend to you!  Today I am bringing to you a wonder of a book.  This novel has a wonderful humor and truth that I think any woman who has been awkward even once in her life will relate to.  Losing It will have you laughing out loud, cringing and swooning all within pages of each other.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, Bliss Edwards decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible – a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren’t embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She’d left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.

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Bliss decides tonight is the night.  She let’s her friend, Kelsey, talk her into losing her virginity.  She just has to find the right guy.  The guy who makes her feel like she wants to have sex.  After entering the bar, she realizes it is going to be much harder than she thinks.  That is until an unassuming guy reading Shakespeare catches her eye.  When she meets Garrick she knows he is going to be the one she loses it to.  But, after a comedy of awkward errors she finds herself running out of her own apartment, half-dressed, picking up an imaginary cat she doesn’t own and leaving a naked man in her apartment.  After waiting an eternity for him to leave she goes back home and hopes she can wipe the night and her fiasco out of her mind.  Unfortunately, that is easier said than done when she shows up to her class to find that the man she just saw naked only a few hours in her apartment is now standing in front of her class as her new professor.  Both are astonished but still find themselves drawn to each other.  Though it’s a dangerous situation and both try to move on it proves to be more challenging than either expects.  Can they avoid each other or will they finally accept that no matter what their hearts are drawn to each other and there is no way to avoid it?

I adored this book.  Bliss is completely relatable and honest.  Her feelings for Garrick are so strong you feel them jump right off the page and effect every word you read.  This story really brought me back to my college days.  The crazy things we did and the hilarious things that happen when you do dumb things.  The feeling of college love and how your heart gets broken even when you desperately try to protect it.  Yes, this story makes you feel all of this and you will fall completely in love with Cora Carmack’s characters.  Especially the sexy guys and those with British accents included.  Cora Carmack has such a talent for making the reader really enter her story.  I fell in this story and didn’t want to leave.  I eventually reluctantly put the book down only after reading every last word.  Overall, any romcom lover will adore this book and quickly become a fan of Cora Carmack.  I know she has now gotten a new fan to her fan club in me!

Review: Burned (Fever #7) by Karen Marie Moning

Happy Wednesday!  I am ecstatic to bring this book to you today.  It is part of one of my favorite series and written by one of my favorite authors.  I was able to finish this as birthday present to myself and am happy to bring it to you.  Burned by Karen Marie Moning is a continuation of her fever series.  This book has been burning a hole on my bookshelf for months (pun intended).  The action, steaminess and intrigue continue with this newest addition, but like all the books so far they leave us with lots of questions and only a countdown for the next book.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Happy Hump Day!  Have a great rest of your week.

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It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed.

Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

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Mac is back baby!  That’s right.  Mac is back and has even more challenges than before.  Mac begins by trying to reconcile with Dani.  The problem is Dani thinks Mac is going to kill her.  Which Mac is actually contemplating.  But, before any of that can happen Dani gets lost in faery.  Mac must now balance her personal search for getting the Sinsar Dubh out of her and finding Dani.  Unfortunately, this very quickly becomes more complicated.  Ryodan and the Nine get invaded by a new problem and only Mac can help.  While helping them she, in her own Mac fashion, causes trouble and encourages some things to go a little sideways.  When things finally start coming together and the nine, Mac, Jada (read to know more) and the Kelters come together for one mission. But as all things go in this upside down faery mash-up of a world things don’t go as planned and losses occur and questions are still left hanging on the tip of Mac’s tongue.

I loved this installment of the series.  Hallelujah! Mac is back.  I knew going into this that it was going to be a whirlwind ride.  I was not disappointed.  I loved the twists and turns with this book.  Just when we think we are going to get answers we get little teasers.  My favorite part in the entire book is what happens to make when she is backed into the corner.  I am only going to only vaguely describe it but it’s so Mac I’m surprised it hasn’t happened before.  But the best part is what she does with it.  With this book Mac has sealed herself as a total badass, among other things.  Barrons as always is sex on a stick along with Ryodan, Lor and all the others.  We really discover more of their world and the world of Chester’s.  Honestly, so much happens in this book it will truly be difficult for me to put it all into words except go and read it.  If you haven’t heard of this series then you need to pick it up ASAP.  The first book in the series is Darkfever.  I guarantee you won’t want to put it down until you have finished Burned.  Then, sadly, you will be like me and be waiting anxiously for next January.  I can’t say enough good this about this book or Karen Marie Moning.  Overall, it is another triumph in the Fever world and it is an enthralling and exciting read.

Review: The Closer You Come (The Original Heartbreakers #1) by Gena Showalter

Today I have a wonderful beach read for you.  Though it takes no place near a beach, it does have all the elements of a great beach read.  You have a hot guy, a steamy romance, some drama and excitement thrown in there to boot.  Gena Showalter is such a talent that I never seem to get enough of any series I read of hers.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Just released from prison, Jase Hollister has a dark and twisted past. And now, he has only one goal: stay out of trouble. Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma, sounds like the perfect place for him and his two brothers-by-circumstance to settle down and live a nice, simple life. But model citizen isn’t exactly this rugged bachelor’s default setting—especially when it comes to a certain hot-blooded Southern beauty…

Brook Lynn Dillon has always been responsible. Not that it’s done her much good. The down-on-her-luck waitress is broke, single and fun-deprived. Until Jase comes along. He is dangerous, stunningly protective, breathtakingly sexy and as tempting as sin, and the passion sizzling between them is undeniable. But can it melt her resistance? After all, the right kind of trouble might be just what they both need.

Review:

Brook Lynn is always on the perpetual chase of keeping up with her sister.  After pulling a double shift thanks to the no-show of her sister she finds herself at a party searching for her sister.  She finally finds her in a bedroom with a guy that Brook Lynn can’t take her eyes off.  Unfortunately, she doesn’t have time to admire the fine specimen that is Jase.  Jase immediately sees the trouble that he got himself into.  He never planned on falling for anyone because of his background.  Who could possibly want to be with an ex-con?  When he meets Brook Lynn he realizes he both wants and needs to stay away from her.  Easier said than done for both of them.  Though they pretend to hate each other it is just their ways of trying to push themselves apart.   The more they pull apart the hotter things get.  But, when secrets are finally revealed can their walls be torn down or will it just be another brick in the wall?

I am totally in love with these guys.  Jase is definitely a heartbreaker even when he doesn’t want to be.  Brook Lynn was the perfect girl for him.  She didn’t take any of his crap and she was sassy to boot.  Their love story practically burns through the book.  Steamy scenes abound alongside emotionally charged events.  The more you learn about Jase the more any woman would fall for him.  Though he is tough he has a big heart that burns only for Brook Lynn.  I really liked the little bit of intrigue also.  It really propelled the story is a unique direction that made you love the characters even more.  Overall, I loved this book and this heartbreaker just as much as the introducing novella I have reviewed earlier.  I would recommend this for all the romance lovers out there.  I know I can’t wait for the next book.  Bring on Beck!

Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Happy Friday!  I hope all of you have been having a great week and have enjoyed all of the wonderful reads I’ve gotten to share with you.  Today is book two in my new obsession The Throne of Glass series.  Crown of Midnight takes this series a step farther.  It answers some questions and definitely makes you ask some more too.  You get to see all your favorite characters and experience heartbreak, anger, rage and sadness among other emotions.  For my full review keep reading after the book blog.  I would be remiss that you may get spoilers just for the mear fact that it is book two.  I will try my best but you have been warned.  :)  Have an awesome weekend and Friday!

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From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Review:

Leaving off from Celaena’s win, Crown of Midnight drives you into Celaena’s new job as Champion.  Back to being a fearless killer Celaena does what she must in hopes of possibly winning her freedom.  What she doesn’t anticipate is how things are different now from a year before.  Though she struggles with her new moral compass she must put on an act that no one can discover.  She can’t confide in the Crown Prince, the Captain of the Guard or even her best friend a foreign princess.  As she gets further into her secrets and intrigue she can’t help but to begin to trust those around her.  That is until a tragic night that turns her world upside down and shreds her to pieces.  Calaena will be changed forever from that night.  Nothing and no one will ever be the same and with that secrets will come to light that are dangerous to all who know them.

This series has gotten me hook, line and sinker.  It has taken all of my will not to sit down and read this entire series.  I have been a good girl and am trying to spread it out.  That being said, Crown of Midnight is one of the best second books in a series I have read. Celaena’s story continues to be spellbinding and page turning.  The suspense, intrigue and romance all flow seamlessly and naturally.  I love all of the new things we discover in this book.  This book made me realize how big this story is going to get.  The emotions are so raw with this story.  Its terribly difficult for me to keep this review spoiler free.  So, I will just tell you if you haven’t started this series after my two reviews then you need to pick it up now.  I guarantee you won’t regret it.

Review: Confess by Colleen Hoover

Another Colleen Hoover and another book I couldn’t put down.  This woman really knows how to write.  Confess is another great addition to all of the Colleen Hoover books I own.  This love story between two people who have too many secrets will have you believing in fate and the ability to love more than one person.  If you love Colleen Hoover like I do you will definitely not be disappointed.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

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Auburn is new to Dallas and feels she is in a bit deep when she sees a help wanted sign at an art studio.  Once she hears about the artist, the pay and what she has to do she knows she can’t pass up this opportunity.  Owen remembers Auburn the moment she asks about the job.  Though they never talked he knew her when he heard her speak.  He had always hoped she would walk into his world.  When Auburn spends more time with Owen she realizes that he is a lot more than he seems and that he has lots of secrets.  Thats ok with her because she has her own share.  Secrets have the ability to tear you apart, but the confessions can break your heart.  Can Owen and Auburn overcome their secrets or will it destroy everything they love?

I adored Auburn and Owen.  I found myself really drawn into their intricate stories.  As the layers were peeled back you really saw the heart of their story and that you knew if they didn’t end up together you would be as heartbroken as they would be.  But, I am not one to give away an ending so you will just have to read the book to find out.  I thought the use of the confessions for the themes of Owen’s paintings very clever and really made it a unique theme throughout the book.  I don’t Auburn truly got the idea of an anonymous confession though.  Its ok I still loved her.  I will say this there are a few predictable parts of this story but just when I felt I had everything nailed down then came a twist I wasn’t fully expecting.  Overall, it is another great win for Colleen Hoover.  I never regret picking up her books but I am always sad when I finish them and have to put them down.

Review: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Today I am bringing to you a series I just started reading and truly have fallen in love with.  Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is a phenomenal young adult series that feels like a blend of Hunger Games, Game of Thrones and Divergent.  A mix of assassins, royal intrigue, a love triangle, magic and much more will draw you in and have you flipping the pages faster and faster.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have an awesome Hump Day!

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In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

Review:

Celaena Sardothien is the most infamous assassin.  Though when she is retrieved out of the mines where she has spent her last year she is a mere shadow of herself.  She is given a proposition by the Crown Prince to compete to be the King’s Champion.  Given the option of going back to her torture or possibly working for a King she despises she chooses to go into the competition.  Once she arrives to a place she only remembers from a year ago before her capture she realizes things may be more challenging than she anticipated.  She is forced to train with the Captain of the Guard and fend off the advances of a very attractive Crown Prince.  But, these aren’t her only worries.  Once the competition begins other competitors begin being killed off.  She must figure out who is behind the killings and maintain her standing in the competition.  Though Celaena came for a chance at her freedom she doesn’t anticipate gaining a friend and two admirers vying for her heart.  Will the best assassin win or will the shadows and her past catch up with her?

I was blown away by this book.  This book opened up a new world, new adventure and a phenomenal heroine.  Celaena is tough, strong and yet has a gentle and intelligent side.  You truly find yourself forgetting that she is well-known for killing people for money.  I adored the imagery within the story.  The glass castle and her opinions of it and its ruler felt natural and honest for the character.  It wasn’t just the pretty imagery that really paints a grand picture.  The descriptions of the mines and dungeons would make anyone fear being a rebel in this story.  I would also be remiss if I didn’t at least address the love triangle between the Crown Prince, Celaena and the Captain of the Guard.  It’s technically not a standard triangle but there are definitely three hearts and love in the air.  Overall, this book has drawn me in hook line and sinker.  Sarah Maas has just got a huge fan in me and I will be finishing this series in no time.  I have truly fallen for Celaena and her world.  I need more!

Review: Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire

Happy Tuesday!   I know I have been absent for a bit but watch out!  I am coming back to you guys full force.  My first of many reviews is Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire.  This is the second book in her Maddox Brother’s spinoff series.  This has everything you want in a Jamie McGuire novel.  You have a hot guy with issues and a tough chick who won’t take his crap.  It’s wonderful.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Be sure to come back through out the week to see all the great books I’ve read lately.

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If A Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever. But what if he didn’t love you, first?

No-nonsense Liis Lindy is an agent of the FBI. Deciding she is married only to her job, she breaks off her engagement and transfers from Chicago to the field office in San Diego. She loves her desk. She is committed to her laptop. She dreams of promotions and shaking hands with the director after cracking an impossible case.

Special Agent in Charge Thomas Maddox is arrogant, unforgiving, and ruthless. He is tasked with putting away some of the world’s toughest criminals, and he is one of the best the Bureau has to offer. Though, as many lives as he’s saved, there is one that is beyond his reach. Younger brother Travis is faced with prison time for his involvement in a basement fire that killed dozens of college students, and the media want a conviction. Travis’s only savior is his unusual tie to the mob. In a deal that will spare his brother, Thomas has agreed to recruit Travis into the FBI.

Liis is stubborn, defiant, and yet somehow softens Thomas’s rough edges, making her the perfect agent to accompany him to the ceremony. Posing as a couple, they must travel to Travis & Abby’s beach vow renewal and give him the news, but when the pretending ends, she finds herself wondering if they were pretending at all.

Review:

Liis Lindy is new to San Diego.  She just moved to the FBI office there and is happy to start anew and away from her former flame.  On her first night there she hooks up with this incredibly handsome guy.  Knowing she doesn’t want to be in a relationship she chalks this encounter up to a one night stand.  That is until she realizes her one night stand is her boss with the bad reputation, Thomas Maddox.  Though Thomas has a rough reputation that doesn’t stop Liis from standing up to him regarding her work and her reputation.  This is just the type of person Thomas has wanted as a supervisor under him.  Unfortunately, as they work together and push each others buttons and boundaries they realize that there is much more to them then a one night stand.  But with this realization comes all the walls that they both have.  Thomas still loves another and Liis is afraid to let anyone in.  Can these two stubborn and passionate people break down their barriers or will love elude even the most clever Special Agent?

Thomas Maddox has always been the elusive Maddox brother.  We never really knew anything about him and now we finally understand why.   With not knowing much about him I came into this book not knowing what to get.  He is definitely the typical Maddox just without the cursing and with a lot more secrets.  Liis is the perfect woman for him.  She fits in with a lot of the other Maddox women and yet makes herself unique because of the shared secrets her and Thomas must share.  I adored their love story.  It was also surprisingly fun.  My favorite of the Maddox brothers is Trent but I found myself falling for Thomas in a whole different way.  I loved how Jamie McGuire ties and overlaps timelines of her books.  This really gives the book a familial feel even if you haven’t read the one prior.  Overall, this was a book I read in one day and that is truly how I read all of her books.  This is definitely another win and I can’t wait to pick up Beautiful Sacrifice next.

Celebrate the release of Katie McGarry’s Nowhere but Here

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Katie McGarry’s NOWHERE BUT HERE! NOWHERE BUT HERE is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance and is a part of Katie McGarry’sThunder Road Series, published by Harlequin Teen. Grab your copy today!!

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About NOWHERE BUT HERE:

An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

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From Emily’s Point of View. Set up: Emily is riding a motorcycle for the very first time and she’s riding it with Oz.

THE MOTORCYCLE ACCELERATES AND THE FEW inches I had established between me and Oz: gone. My body slides forward, colliding into his, and we click together like two puzzle pieces. Heat rushes up my neck and onto my cheeks. My thighs are too close to his, too tight against his body and this is way more intimate than I have been before with a guy.

Even when the two of us kissed.

Oz veers left, away from Olivia’s, away from the main road, and the entire motorcycle pitches to the side. My heart thun­ders and my fingers clutch not only at Oz’s belt loop, but at the material of his jeans, and his hips.

Oz glances at me over his shoulder as the bike straightens out. “Lean with it, Emily.”

Right. Lean with Oz and the bike. Got it. The narrow road curves ahead and this time when Oz and the bike tilt, I move along with it. Oz releases one of the amazingly high handlebars and massages my knee before returning his hand to the grip. Whether in reassurance or to affirm I mastered the curve I don’t know, but either way, I sit higher.

The wind whips through my hair and onto my face and I shut my eyes for a brief second and pretend that I’m flying. There’s something energizing, something hypnotic, something inside me that begs to burst out of a cage in search of freedom.

The motorcycle kicks forward and our speed increases. Beams of sunlight filter through the towering trees and green foliage blurs together as we fly over the road. From head to toe, my body vibrates with the loud growling of the power­ful machine.

My knee still tingles from where Oz laid his fingers on me and I’ve never been more aware of my hands in my life. I should let go of Oz’s body, but I can’t. Belt loops weren’t enough and my fingers have somehow edged up and onto his sides. Oz is solid. Yes, definitely solid. Every inch of him that I touch is tight muscle.

Oz is a year older than me, but somehow he seems older, wiser and hotter than any other guy I’ve known. Just the way he rides his bike creates this overabundance of confidence.

Warm sensations I’ve never experienced before blossom through me. We enter another curve and I lean with him. I like how in sync I’ve become with Oz and the motorcycle. Like we’ve merged into one.

The purr of the engine deepens and Oz eases the bike to a stop. His feet hit the ground and he turns the machine off. It’s as if all sound in the world ceased, or maybe I’ve gone deaf because there’s no way anything can be this still or silent.

The wind picks up and the silence is frightened away with the roar of the trees bending. Both Oz and I shift with the flow of air and Oz doesn’t move the bike until the breeze gentles.

Oz kicks down the stand and the bike tilts, but not too much. He sets a hand over the fingers that I laced together across his stomach. Oh, hell, I’m plastic wrapped to him. I drop my head onto his shoulder and it places me closer, and closer is not what I need.

I go to unglue myself, but Oz squeezes my fingers, send­ing a jolt of electricity up my arms. “You okay?”

I have to clear my throat to speak and that just sucks. “Yes.”

Oz slides his fingers against mine and a fluttering occurs in my stomach. It’s a light fluttering. Ticklish even, and my survival instincts scream at me to get off this motorcycle.

Hand rider on handlebars, close-up

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Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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