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**Review Post** UNTAMED – Jessica Sorensen

Untamed is book 2 in the Unbeautiful Series following the story of Emery and Ryler. 

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Synopsis

Emery
No matter how hard I try, I never seem to be able to escape my family’s world. Their madness controls my life, just like insanity consumes my mind.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s real.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell who I really am. The person everyone sees? Or the one I keep trapped inside?
I wonder which person Ryler sees. Just like I wonder who I can trust.
Wonder. Wonder. Wonder.
I wonder too much.
I wish I could just find a way to escape it all and finally be free.

Ryler
I live a double life and sometimes I hate myself for it. Watching Emery fall apart—pretending I don’t care—is killing me inside.
I want to tell her the truth, but I also want a new life.
Want. Want. Want.
I want too much. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what I really desire.
I wish I could be free from the confusion, free from this life.

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REVIEW:

Emery and Ryler have the kind of story that makes you want to read it over and over again. Untamed is an excellent addition and end to the Unbeautiful Series (a spin-off of Luke & Violet’s story). The way it’s written is in a sense, poetic. These two characters who have spent their lives silenced manage to connect through word in a way that is completely beautiful.

Emery has found out that Ryler works for her father. She no longer trusts him, but she wants to. She’s still drawn to him in a way that she can’t explain and she hates, because now, she views him as the enemy.
Ryler is as indescribably drawn to Emery as she is to him. He can’t stand that she sees him as the enemy, as one of her fathers lackies, but he can’t reveal the truth. That could ruin everything.

Secrets are revealed, mysteries are uncovered and all hell breaks loose in Untamed. You won’t be able to set this novel down as the need for the truth has you turning page after page well after dark. And when you finally reach the end, you’ll find yourself at once content and hollow as these character have managed to enter your life and wrap around your heart… and now you have to let them go.

Excerpt

“If you want to dance, dance. There’s no judgment at these things, which makes them pretty awesome.”

She smiles, and then threads her fingers through mine. “Okay, let’s dance, then.”

I don’t bother mentioning that dancing can be extremely sexy when done under the right circumstances—circumstances that usually include alcohol and sexual tension.

At first, Emery is cautious, keeping her distance from me as she rocks her hips to the music. I move with her. I’ve never really been into dancing, but I can rock out to a little garage rock any day. The longer the song goes on, the more into it she gets, until she finally spins around and presses her back against my chest. That’s when the two of us decide to start playing a dangerous game of Want But Can’t Have. A very, very dangerous game that is really fucking tortuous to play yet impossible to give up.

Emery starts grinding her hips to the sultry beat of the song. With each movement, her ass brushes against my cock, making me go rock hard. I grip the curves of her hips and my hands unnecessarily slip underneath the bottom of her shirt. My fingers delve into her soft flesh, and I bite back a moan. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve forgotten just how soft her skin is, how amazing she smells, how incredible she feels against me.

She shivers from my touch and presses closer, rolling her hips and driving my body absolutely mad. She repeats the movement over and over again, until finally, I damn near lose my mind.

Gripping her waist, I spin her around to face me. “I thought you didn’t know how to dance?”

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SEA OF STARS – Amy A Bartol

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The long awaited sequel to the fabulous Kricket Series by Amy A. Bartol is here! If you haven’t read it yet, my goodness, are you missing out!

Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Kricket Hollowell was looking for her place in the world when she discovered that the universe was bigger—and more dangerous—than she had ever dreamed. Now, whisked across space to the planet Ethar, Kricket learns that her genetic ability to see the future makes her a sought-after commodity…and the catalyst for war between her star-crossed parents’ clans. According to Alameedan prophecy, one house will rise to power and the other will be completely wiped out, and Kricket’s precognition is believed to be the weapon that will tip the scales.

A target of both the Rafe and the Alameeda houses, Kricket finds protection—and a home—in the arms of Trey, her Etharian bodyguard-turned-boyfriend. But her visions of what’s to come disturb her deeply, especially since she must discover whether the gift of foresight will allow her to rewrite the future, or if her fate is as immovable as the stars.

Review:

Amy A. Bartol does not let us down with this second novel of the Kricket Series. It’s funny because I say that like it might be possible for her to let us down and I think we all know darn well that Amy A. Bartol is not in the business of writing anything less than absolutely stellar. In Under Different Stars we met and fell in love with Kricket, Trey, Jax, and Wayra. And we fell in hate (or at least really, really, really dislike) with Kyon and his Alameeda brethren. Everything we learned to love or hate in the first is really driven home in Sea of Stars.

Kricket is one of my all time favorite characters. She’s tough and little rough around the edges in a way that we don’t often see from today’s lead heroines. But at heart, she’s a big softie. She cares about other’s before herself, despite having lived by the rule of looking out for number one, she is constantly looking out for everyone but herself. Her relationship with Trey develops beautifully throughout this novel and it is clear (if it weren’t already) that they are kindred souls, destined for one another.

I don’t want to say anything else, because I don’t want to give away even the tiniest of amazing plot points, twists, and turns because they’re all so amazing to read for the first time and I wouldn’t want to take that away from anyone. But know to expect anything! When you think you’re safe… maybe you’re not and when you think it’s time to throw in the towel and shed tears… dry your eyes because you’re wrong there too. Sea of Stars will have you on the edge of your seat both anxious and terrified to turn the page and read what happens next. It’ll have you swooning one minute, laughing the next, and still near tears in the next. And at the end, you’ll feel heartbreak and cry out because it ended all to quickly and now you must wait impatiently for the next novel in the series. But it’s worth it… so, so worth it!

SEA OF STARS is one for the bookshelf. You will not be disappointed! Get your copy now!

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**Review** Ruin Me – Jessica Sorensen

 

Ruin Me is book 5 in the Nova Series and can be read as a standalone. 

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A part time student, CNA, and caretaker for her slightly deranged mother, Clara McKiney doesn’t have time for a relationship. That’s why her friends with benefits arrangement with sexy and ridiculously charming Jax Hensley works perfectly.

But Jax has other ideas.

The moment Jax met Clara he was instantly drawn to her wittiness, confidence, and gorgeous smile. Even though he agreed to the friends with benefits arrangement, he secretly hopes for more than their weekend hook ups.

When Jax’s estranged mother mysteriously disappears, he sees an opportunity to spend more time with Clara. After convincing her to return home with him, a new agreement is made. One road trip and week together to find out why his mom vanished into thin air.

Things are about to get complicated.

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Ruin Me was unique in terms of the rest of the Nova series, but to be loved and cherished all the same! When it was revealed that Ruin Me would be Jax’s story, I couldn’t contain my excitement. Wreck Me quickly became one of my favorite Jessica Sorensen novels of all time and I grew attached to Jax in the pages and yearned for more of him. Thankfully, we got it!

Jax is the definition of a good guy. Despite a rough and frankly awful upbringing, he’s risen above. He’s working on his college degree and instead of partying and going out a bunch, he puts off his own life to help out his sister and her son. He doesn’t have a girlfriend, but he has Clara, who he wants.

The two begin as friends and progress to friends who hook up. While Jax wants more from their relationship Clara is hesitant. Her own life hasn’t been the easiest. Up until a few years ago it might have been picture perfect, but all that changed and now she has too many responsibilities to add a boyfriend into the mix.

Lucky for Clara, Jax is relentless. He gives her the space she thinks she needs while also being there for her if she wants. Clara doesn’t want a boyfriend. She can’t fit one into her life. But that doesn’t stop her from being attracted to Jax. She can’t seem to stay away from him even if she thinks she should.

When Jax gets a phone call that worries him, he sets out on a drive home to make sure his mom is ok, and still alive. Clara, whose responsibilities are getting the best of her, joins in on this road trip.

A road trip is the perfect setting to watch a friendship turn to more. Despite the serious nature of this novel, Jax will have you laughing and sighing in exasperation alongside Clara. The two balance each other out nicely and their relationship is exciting and fun to watch grow with each page. In typical Jessica Sorensen fashion you will fall in love with these two characters just as I’m sure you have in the past. – This novel is of course part of the Nova series, but it can be read as a standalone, though if you read Wreck Me first, you get more Jax (and another amazing story!)

 

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“You’re right. I think we should stay.” I lace our fingers together and head for the car again. “But on one condition.”
She’s staring down at our interlocked hands, looking puzzled as hell. “And what’s that?”
“That when we get back to the motel, you’ll let me help you with your body inspection.”
She looks up at me and rolls her eyes, but doesn’t comment or try to swat me. In fact, she seems like she briefly considers letting me.
I bite back a smile. “If I didn’t know any better, I’d think you might want that to happen.”
Now she moves in for the swat, but I capture her hand and jerk her against my body. I’ve had such a shitty night and all I want to do is not feel shitty. Being with Clara does that for me. I want her, even though it’s not Friday. I want her in my car, in the motel room, everywhere. All the time. Every day.
Even though I know she’ll get upset, I lean down and let my mouth linger on hers, waiting for her to pull back and end the kiss. Instead, she parts her lips. I don’t know why she does it. Perhaps she feels bad for me. I don’t care what the reason is.
I slide my arms around her, press her body against mine, and kiss her deeply. Our mouths move slowly and I savor each breathless whimper she makes. She tastes like tequila with a hint of French fries and the feel of her body heat nearly smothers me in the best way possible. I don’t come up for air until she moans out my name and I have to stop; otherwise, I’m going to rip off her clothes right here in the parking lot.

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Release Day & Review SET IN STONE

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Holy crow! I am so excited to bring you the Release Day launch for Rachel Robinson’s SET IN STONE! SET IN STONE is a Contemporary Romance and a companion novel to Rachel’s bestselling novel CRAZY GOOD. Warning! This book has some hot passages within. Check out the steamy excerpt below, enter to win, then grab your copy of SET IN STONE!

 

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SET IN STONE Synopsis:

There is something all too vague about second chances. What happens when your utterly perfect first chance never really ends? What if it’s stolen?

Bull-nosed attorney Morganna Sterns knows what she wants. Self assured, powerful, and independent, she finds herself struggling to find balance between honoring what has been stolen, and deciding if her second chance is going to end just as tragically.

Steven Warner is a Navy SEAL with nothing to lose. His overt humor and charm paired with his lethal skill set make him a perfect catch–for the right type of woman. His world is littered with relationships, but only one stands the test of time. Competing with a ghost is hard. Especially when that ghost is a teammate: his brother at arms.

It’s not, “it is what it is.” It’s what you make it. What you, and only you decide it should be. Navy SEALs never make the same mistake twice.

Will Morganna?

Review:

Set In Stone is about second chances at true love and as such, it is not without heartache. Funny, knows-what-he-wants, man’s man, Navy SEAL Steven has no qualms letting fiery, yet reserved Morganna know exactly what he wants from her. The two have been best friends for years, and it’s painfully obvious both want more, but Morganna’s fears get the best of her. She, rightfully so, doesn’t want to risk a second round of the heartbreak she felt when her husband, Stone died.
Morganna hasn’t really been living life since her husband Stone died several years back. She’s focused on work, work, and more work. Despite that, she’s managed to stay close with all of Stone’s SEAL brothers. She’s a fierce character and definitely the lawyer I’d like working my case, but her refusal to give into her desires are a little annoying, especially when it seems like she has little regard to what her actions mean to Steven. He’s a wonderful hero to the story and someone that has been there for Morganna since they met and certainly since Stone’s death. He’s outgoing and funny, always making jokes that he sometimes uses as a shield, but he’s entertaining nonetheless.
The steamy scenes seemed a little lacking to me. The two characters are some of the most passionate characters I’ve come across, but the way the heated scenes were written was a little lackluster to me.
Otherwise is a solid read that I enjoyed and found myself rooting for the characters and enjoying their every conversation and banter – it was all excellent and realistic.

 

Excerpt:

*Due to sexual content and graphic language this book is intended for readers 18+*
With her rapt, I say, “Sex is primal. Its mouths, hands, sweat, and skin. It’s uncontrollable reactions. It’s tongues, asses, delicious wetness, unbearable connection…it’s absolute and irrefutable fire.” She wets her lips. Shaking my head I say, “You don’t plan sex. Not you. Definitely not me.” I let my hand fall away, stroking her neck before I pull away. She leans into my hand, craving connection.

Ignoring my advance, she says, “Why are you doing this now?” Her normally clear voice falters. “It’s not fair. I of all people know fair when I see it. You…” She waves her hand at my body and face and then perches it on her hip. “Are not fair. You’re not playing by the rules. You come at me with your sex appeal wafting like a Yankee candle and confuse me to no end. I don’t get confused, Steven. You are my friend. Friend.” Her accent punctuates every word she speaks.

I motion to her body, mirroring her. “I have no need to play by the rules anymore. I did for far too long. There is nothing confusing about what I’m proposing. I’m only wafting the vibes because it’s you.” I smile.

Morganna throws her hands up in the air, defeated. “Great. Now you’re proposing things. I need to get out of here. I need some air, I need to breathe. I’ll return a few phone calls.” I see her eyes darting for the exit.

I’m losing my grasp. “Only sex,” I growl.

“What?” Her head whips to face me, her black hair swinging around one shoulder.

“I get it, M. Stone. I get it. We’re similar and you’re trying to push me away because of it. It’s best to stick with the brand of crazy you’re accustomed to. If you weren’t so busy repelling that notion, you’d understand how perfect we’d be together. But if you can’t then please, at the very least, have insanely, amazing sex with me. Don’t have sex with that guy just because you planned to–because you think it will be different. I broke up with Chloe and Sasha as a peace offering…as a way to show you that I want to give us a legitimate try. As fucked up as that would sound to a stranger, I know you get it. You’ll be the only one. I swear. How long have you known me? You know I’m serious.” I thump my fist over my heart. “No one has to know about what we do except you and I and whatever surface we mutually decide we want to fuck on.”

 

Don’t miss CRAZY GOOD, the book that started it all…

 

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Before there were bikers, or fighters, or even good old-fashioned jerks, there were Navy SEALs. They put the bad in badass because, well…it’s their job.

Navy SEAL Maverick Hart has everything. Women want him. Grown men idolize him. Little boys want to grow up and be like him. The job, the glory—it’s all his. Not because it’s handed to him…because he works hard for it. The second his sights lock on something, he owns it—or destroys it. Unfortunately he does both at the same time.

Windsor Forbes only takes calculated risks in her profession and in her personal life. After being left at the altar by the only person she’s ever loved, the very last thing she’s looking for is a relationship—especially the insane brand an arrogant Navy SEAL is offering. Hesitant, yet trusting to a fault, she gives in.

She knew she shouldn’t take the chance, especially a second time, but love is irrational and their love is perfect, infallible. Or so she thought…

The downfall to having everything is you have that much more to lose. A man like Maverick can’t have it all without something slipping out of grasp.

Crazy people perish for love.

Good people live for it.

Love doesn’t die. No matter how many bullets you put in it.

*Due to sexual content and graphic language this book is intended for readers 18+*

 

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Rachel Robinson grew up in a small, quiet town full of loud talkers. Her words were always only loud on paper. She has been writing stories and creating characters for as long as she can remember. After living on the west coast for many years she recently moved to Virginia Beach, VA.

Crazy Good, her contemporary romance novel, is an International Amazon bestseller.

 

 

 

 

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**COVER REVEAL** EVERY LAST BREATH – Jennifer L Armentrout

I am so excited to bring you the Cover Reveal for EVERY LAST BREATH, the hotly anticipated conclusion to the Dark Elements trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout!! EVERY LAST BREATH is a Young Adult Paranormal being published by Harlequin Teen and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s The Dark Elements Series. It is being released on July 28th, 2015. Pre-order EVERY LAST BREATH and then be sure to read the first books in this amazing series before its release!

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EVERY LAST BREATH Synopsis:

Some loves will last ’til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

“Armentrout is a major talent…I just can’t stop reading!”

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter

“Armentrout works her magic with swoon-worthy guys and a twist you never see coming.”

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And we have a surprise for you! The first books in the series have been given a new look too!!

Don’t miss the previous titles in The Dark Elements Series-now with new covers! Readers interested in downloading the new cover jackets for their previously purchased Dark Elements Series titles, can download them HERE!

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WHITE HOT KISS synopsis:

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

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STONE COLD TOUCH Synopsis:

Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

“Constantly entertaining…the narrative sizzles with as much tension as romance.”

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And the Prequel Novella, BITTER SWEET LOVE…

 

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BITTER SWEET LOVE Synopsis:

In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series The Dark Elements, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.

Dez wasn’t just Jasmine’s crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn’t help that Jas’s father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he’s back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn’t taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…

“With her signature flare for combining humor, romance and action, Armentrout weaves a fast-paced read that will have readers’ hearts racing in more ways than one. Like Armentrout’s previous heroines, Jasmine is fun and full of attitude, while Dez is as snarky as he is sexy. This is a must read for new and old fans alike!” –RT Book Reviews

 

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Jennifer L. Armentrout/J.Lynn Bio:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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**COVER REVEAL** DEFEND – Kallie Ross

We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Cover Reveal for Kallie Ross’s DEFEND! DEFEND is a Young Adult Fantasy Adventure and the second book in her A Lost Tribe Series. DEFEND releases on May 21st!! Add DEFEND to your TBR pile now and be sure to (re)read DESCENT while you wait!

 

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After emerging from her Descent into an uncharted underground world, Ollie Miller is sure of three things. First, her feelings for her best friend, Mateo, are far from platonic. She can’t even look at Mateo without blushing at the memory of his lips on hers. Second, an evil man named Zadok is plotting to destroy the civilization above the surface. Third, there is no way to save the earth without returning underground. At least this time, she will have her mother along with Mateo and her friends to help guide her.

On their journey, noor, a mystical blessing guides them, but only if they’re willing to follow. Ollie’s determined to save the tribe from their evil leader, even if it means facing off with her long-lost grandfather. As Zadok comes face to face with his runaway daughter and his granddaughter, his plan starts to unravel, but is it too late to stop the destruction that he put into motion? Can the tribe survive and the surface be saved? Will Ollie learn to trust her own heart before it is too late?

Defend is the conclusion to Ollie’s discovery of a lost tribe in Descent. Don’t miss this adventure, brimming with ancient secrets and a thrilling underworld.

Don’t forget to grab the first book in this amazing series, DESCENT…

 

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




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Kallie Ross has a love for learning that has gravitated toward studying conspiracy theories and contradictions in our culture. Her creative conclusions have ignited a passion to write compelling young adult fiction that incorporates legend, conjecture, fantasy, and conviction. Kallie’s first novel Descent: A Lost Tribe Book 1, was released last year.

Kallie Ross loves being a wife, mother, friend, writer, and teacher. She began teaching high school English in 2002 and started blogging and podcasting in 2008. She has a brilliant husband, two redheads, and never imagined her life would ever be this fun!

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**Review Post** Awakening You – Jessica Sorensen

 

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Lately, life has been going well for Ayden. His relationship with Lyric is starting to heat up and his career in music is taking off. But the disappearance of his sister still weighs heavily on his mind.

Desperate to find out where his sister is, Ayden decides to take drastic measures. But his dangerous risk leads to the unraveling of secrets, and he’s left facing a darker past then he ever could have imagined.

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Lyric and Ayden continue to steal my heart in this next chapter of their story. Ayden starts off the story in therapy, still trying to remember something… anything that might help with his sister’s kidnapping case. He is, reasonably, becoming more and more frustrated with each attempt that doesn’t end in the way he desires. But Ayden is stronger than ever. He has his past to deal with and sometimes it gets the best of him, but he’s working through it and doing well. I’m really impressed in this story with how much Ayden’s character has grown and I think some of it has to do a little with the girl next door.

Lyric is who I want to be my best friend. The deeper we get to know her, the more thrilled I am we do. Lyric, who seems to be all the best parts of her mother and father, continues to be there for Ayden in the way he needs – and the way he desires. Because, thank goodness, their relationship starts to get a little steamier!

Awakening You is a roller coaster of emotion (yes, I’m aware of the cheesy, cliché statement, but that doesn’t make it any less true). There are moments you’ll want to laugh, cry, throw something – but try to refrain as this may result in broken kindles everywhere. We get amazing news and experience heartbreaking realizations. All in all, if you’ve kept up with Lyric and Ayden’s tale so far, you’ll need to read this one because their story is only getting better.

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Excerpt“And don’t ever forget that, my friend.” I remove the dipstick, glance at the oil level, then put the stick back in. Wiping my hand off with a rag, I step back from the car. “It looks like it might—” My back bumps into Ayden.
He hardly ever instigates contact first, expect on rare, amazing, wonder-filled occasions, so I allow myself to enjoy the earth-shattering moment and breathe in the feel of his body heat.
I smile stupidly when he doesn’t move away. “Whatcha doing?”
“Nothing.” His voice is uneven, revealing his nerves. “I was just…” He releases a breath then places his hands on my hips. Surprisingly, his fingers are steady. “I just wanted to touch you.” He rests his forehead against the back of my head and inhales deeply. “And to make sure you’re okay.”
“Okay about what?” My eyelids drift shut as I lean into his touch.
His simple touches are better than light.
They awaken my body and bring it to life.
More. More. More, my body is craving.
The addiction is potent, consuming, aching.
Leaves my body wanting, pleading, shaking.
Sometimes I feel like I’m withering, fading.
Fading. Fading. Fading.
Into him.
“About … about what happened the other day … when I sleepwalked.” His fingers grasp onto me, and his chest crashes against my back as his shallow breaths turn ragged. “I know I probably freaked you out. I’ve been meaning to ask you about it, but I didn’t want to upset you, so I decide to wait until stuff cooled off.”
“I’m not upset about what happened.” And not surprised one little bit that my theory about him was right. I turn around and loop my arms around him. “I’m just worried about you and how you’re handling it.”
“I’m fine,” he swears, searching my eyes for my true feelings. He forgets, though, that I’m like an open book.

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Jessica Sorensen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.

SERIES READING ORDER

Book 1 – Unraveling You

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Book 2 – Raveling You

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Book 3 – Awakening You

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