Cover Reveal: My Not So Super Sweet Life (My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #3) - Rachel Harris

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

My Not So Super Sweet Life (My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #3) - Rachel Harris
PUB DATE: April 21st, 2014
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Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy.

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

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

Well, and the stalkerazzi.


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TEAM LUCAS:

Author Bio:
Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Emotion, vibrant settings, and strong families are a staple in each of her books...and kissing. Lots of kissing.

A Cajun cowgirl now living in Houston, she firmly believes life's problems can be solved with a hot, sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations. She homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches way too much Food Network with her amazing husband.

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and losing herself in story. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!

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-     Jassie

Cover Reveal: Fragile Line - Brooklyn Skye

Friday, March 21, 2014

I just fell in love with the cover. OMG. THIS COVER IS SO COOL! <3


Fragile Line
Release Date: 04/21/14
Entangled Teen

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

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


About the Author
Brooklyn Skye grew up in a small town where she quickly realized writing was an escape from small town life. Really, she’s just your average awkward girl who’s obsessed with words. Her Best-Selling New Adult debut, STRIPPED, is out NOW! Represented by Bree Ogden of D4EO Literary Agency.
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Let The Sky Fall - Shannon Messenger

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Let The Sky Fall - Shannon Messenger
Vane Weston should have died in the category-five tornado that killed his parents. Instead, he woke up in a pile of rubble with no memories of his past - except one: a beautiful, dark-haired girl standing in the wrinds. She swept through his dreams ever since, and he clings to the hope that she's real.

Audra is real, but she isn't human. She's a sylph, an air elemental who can walk on the wind, translate its alluring songs, even twist it into a weapon. She's also a guardian - Vane's guardian - and has sworn an oath to protect him at all costs.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both their families, Audra has just days to help Vane unlock his memories. And as the storm winds gather, Audra and Vane start to realize that the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them, but the forbidden romance growing between them.




My Thoughts:
I had been in a reading slump for weeks and I terribly missed reading Young Adult. I was skimming my book pile when I saw “Let The Sky Fall”, I went out the patio and read. I was so immersed into the story itself that I couldn’t put it away. The story had captured the normality and the paranormal aspect in it that made the story just flowing and I enjoyed every moment of it!

First things first, I fell in love with the cover and the title. Plus the summary won me over! I loved how the cover was parallel to the story. That ‘pose’ of Vane and Audra was really in the book. That sky was part of the book. The unearthly feel was really in the cover and the story made a spot on captivating plot. The story never lost its flow and how it should be focused, also the details were easy to imagine. I already said I was out in the patio while reading it and since my spot was near the plants and trees of my Mom, it was very refreshing while reading this book as this was about ‘winds’. I must confess that I felt like I was a part of the book itself, as the winds were coursing through and around me while I was reading (nothing like the Northerlies though). Then the summary really gave a background about the story, just referring to that a reader already has a clue on what it would be – though the twist and the flow of the story might come with a shock of unexpectedness. Another thing, the book was in dual POV! The essence was not lost, if not it just made more ‘oomph’ since a reader could delve into another character’s mind!

The idea of the book was what made me enticed by the story. The characters were both a part and were winds themselves (this would make more sense if you would read the book). It was like watching Avatar: The Last Airbender, anyone watched that? It was about Aang and to be an avatar, he must master the four elements: wind, water, earth and fire. The story was similar but the focus was only about the ‘wind’ element – no water, earth or fire element. Like Aang, Vane which was the protagonist in the book needed to master the four things too, but in this case the four winds: Northerly, Easterly, Southerly and Westerly; and another similarity was that, Vane was the last Westerly – this type of wind was also the most indignant, as they never taught anyone of the language their winds spoke of. I just pointed the similarity because it made me familiar with the book more and it also showed that it was different in its way. It showed the pressure to master the elements because you were a ‘hope’ to everyone to fight off the tyrants in the story. It made me understand what Vane would be in store for. It was a lot for Vane to be the normal guy, always having awkward dates then shifted to ‘savior’ to beat the powerful Raiden, the villain, in mastering the winds. As I had written awhile ago, there were four winds each with their own language: Northerly, the strongest and most powerful winds (wherein Raiden now resides); Southerly, the calm and warm winds; Easterly, which was like a neutral wind (Audra’s wind); and Westerly, almost-vanished wind and sort of the outcast of the winds (Vane’s heritage); the mastery of the four winds leads to the most desired power a tyrant covets – which Raiden wanted. Vane must master the four winds first to be able to defeat the growing power of Raiden and his soldiers, the Stormers.

The story still had its normality in it but a six year old Vane was called a ‘miracle child’ as he survived a type-five tornado which left him with minor scrap and injuries but left his parents dead. Ten years later, he saw the girl whom he only saw on his dreams, as she was real. In the course of meeting, it was only days before Vane must be able to have his breakthrough (in which the language of the winds would trigger to talk to him). Vane was the last Westerly and was protected by the family of Audra but what happened ten years ago left Vane’s parents and Audra’s father be killed. Audra now had the task to be Vane’s guardian and when time comes help Vane to have his breakthrough and help the Gales to defeat Raiden and revived the stolen kingdom. Vane was the normal seventeen-year-old kid having his summer break, has his own life – adoptive family, best friend, hormonal-and-funny-self and videogames; also, he was handsome – yes, tall-dark (on tan-side, really)-and-handsome plus like imagine teen wolf abs (haha, am I going overboard?). Audra was gorgeous and strong; she lost her guardian father with the same fate as Vane’s parents and left her with a cold-I-blame-you-why-you’re-father-was-killed mother and now with the task to protect Vane and trained to be able to fight. Then the other characters that must be pointed out: Raiden was once a part of the Gales (the ones who protects the groundlings – humans – and controls the winds) but later on rebelled as he deemed they, the sylphs (windwalkers and air-elemental), were powerful and must not need to protect the groundlings, which led him to force the other winds to be subservient to him and teach him the language of the other winds. And the other one, Arella, this one I could not spoil about but it she was an ‘evil mom’ and a two-faced very powerful (put super emphasis on ‘very powerful’ because she really was) sylph. And to be honest, the characters were very air-elemental, inside and wind-form. They could be lost, shallow and empty or they could be invincible and dangerous.

Then my favorite in the book, I love a good book that could portray the paranormal part but with a romance that was not borderline cheesy and this book gave me that. The story revolved as much as Vane’s need to know his past and to master the winds with Audra’s help but also with the romance brewing within them. There was a connection between them – I meant, when they both have their flash backs – then of course because they had been together as the days went by because Audra was training Vane, it was getting stronger. It was not an insta-love, thank goodness, and there was this I’m-trying-not-to-fall-for-you part because Audra was bound by an oath not to. Like star-crossed lovers, weren’t they? However, they were like bound to fall for each other. It was not forced, it was like, Vane just wanted Audra from the first time he met her and dreamed about her; though Audra’s another case but she was feeling something and she was fighting it. Though I couldn’t help but feel that Audra would be the one stronger or they would be much better together (this, we’ll see). Last thing, I love when Audra got a tad jealous, Vane enjoyed it as much as I did. Oh, Vane *shakes head*

On the other hand, I couldn’t point out if this book ended as a cliffhanger or anything. I would like to say the ending was the beginning of something about ‘Vane’ or ‘Audra’ or both. That the ending will be the charge they would need to face what would be in store for them. Nonetheless, I am ecstatic for “Let The Storm Break”, I would have my copy by Friday this week, a little late for my liking but I can’t help but indulge the book as much as possible!

“Let The Storm Break” ranting aside, “Let The Sky Fall” was a promising first book that kept me engrossed throughout the story. It held that potential to be something more and I hope the sequel lives up to the expectation. I had enjoyed the humor, stubbornness, strength, perseverance and of course, romance that it carried. It was, no pun intended, like the wind itself. The book was more than I could give credit to as it really focused on ‘winds’ and how the author connected it with the characters, it made the characters had more personality and more whimsical effect on them. I loved how “Let The Sky Fall” was a mixture of something calming and something reverberating like the winds itself: it can be invincible – both in a good and bad way.


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.


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Fan art courtesy of my bookish friend, Nicole Lim of The Twins Read:
This was a gift from my friend dated April 12, 2013 (it will have it's anniversary next month, yay!)



The story continues in:
Let The Storm Break - Shannon Messenger
Whirlwind romance and breathtaking action continues in the sequel to Let the Sky Fall, which Becca Fitzpatrick called “charged and romantic.” 

Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he’s told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own.

But Audra’s still running. From her past. From the Gales. Even from Vane, who she doesn’t believe she deserves. And the farther she flees, the more danger she finds. She possesses the secret power her enemy craves, and protecting it might be more than she can handle—especially when she discovers Raiden’s newest weapon.

With the Gale Force weakened by recent attacks, and the power of four collapsing, Vane and Audra are forced to make a choice: keep trusting the failing winds, or turn to the people who’ve betrayed them before. But even if they survive the storms sent to destroy them, will they have anything left to hold on to?




Author Bio:
Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned--among other things--that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She also regularly eats cupcakes for breakfast, sleeps with a bright blue stuffed elephant named Ella, and occasionally gets caught talking to imaginary people. So it was only natural for her to write stories for children. She's the author of the middle grade series, KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES, and LET THE SKY FALL, a trilogy for young adults. She lives in Southern California with her husband and an embarrassing number of cats. Find her online at shannonmessenger.com.

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-     Jassie

Release Day Launch: Reclaiming the Sand - A. Meredith Walters

Monday, March 17, 2014


Reclaiming the Sand - A. Meredith Walters
Bully and victim. 
Tormenter and tormented. 
Villain and hero. 

Ellie Mccallum was the bully. The Tormenter. The Villain. Taking what she wanted, stomping over anyone that got in her way. Feelings, futures, and relationships be damned. She felt no emotional connection to anyone or anything. A sad and lonely existence for a young woman who had come to expect nothing more for herself. Her only happiness coming from making others miserable. 

Particularly Freaky Flynn. 

Growing up, Flynn Hendrick was known only as “Freaky Flynn.” He lived a life completely disconnected even as he struggled to become something more than that boy with Asperger's. He was taunted and teased, bearing the brunt of systematic and calculated cruelty, ultimately culminating in a catastrophic turn of events that brought Ellie and Flynn’s worlds crashing down.

But then Flynn and Ellie grew up. 

And moved on.

Until years later when their paths unexpectedly cross again and the bully and the freak are face to face once more.

When labels come to define you, finding yourself feels impossible. Particularly for two people disconnected from the world who inexplicably find a connection in each other. 

And out of the wreckage of their tragic beginnings, an unlikely love story unfolds.

But a painful past doesn’t always want to let go. And old wounds are never truly healed…and sometimes the farther you try to run from yourself the closer you come to who you really are.


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Author Bio:
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well as the upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series for Gallery Books.

A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.

When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.

A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.

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-     Jassie

Cover Reveal: Paradisal Tragedy - Ada Marie

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Paradisal Tragedy - Ada Marie
What do you do when a single turn of events takes your life and flips it upside down? 

After a dark and cold night leaves her life changed forever, eighteen-year-old Annabella Adams is left to pick up the broken pieces of her life. Living the past year with a horrible secret, she closes herself off to the world and the people that she loves most. Despite trying to bury the past and move on with her life, everything becomes so much more painful.

Travis Braxton has known nothing but pain. Growing up with a mother who always worked to give him what he needed and a father who abandoned him at the age of seven, he never really knew what it felt like to be a part of a happy home.

When Travis and Annabella meet, the sparks between them are undeniable. Love is the last thing that Annabella needs, but how to you deny something that feels so right? Realizing just how much they are drawn to each other, they set the world on fire. But when Travis learns the secrets of Annabella’s past, things start to unravel. Will they survive the ugliness that the world brought upon them or decide to go their separate ways?




-     Jassie

Take A Chance - Abbi Glines

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Because it wasn't enough that Grant would always be in the sidelines.
There is more from our young man.
Will Nan's poison consume him?
Or will Harlow's purity enrapture him
to take a chance to fight Nan's venom?

Take A Chance - Abbi Glines
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the story of Grant, the sexy playboy who first captured readers hearts in Fallen Too Far

When Harlow Manning's rocker father goes on tour, he sends her to Rosemary Beach, Florida, to live with her half-sister, Nan. The problem: Nan despises her. Harlow has to keep her head down if she wants to get through the next nine months, which seems easy enough. Until gorgeous Grant Carter walks out of Nan's room in nothing but his boxer briefs.

Grant made a huge mistake getting involved with a girl with venom in her veins. He'd known about Nan's reputation, but still he couldn't resist her. Nothing makes him regret the fling more than meeting Harlow, who sends his pulse racing. Yet Harlow wants nothing to do with a guy who could fall for her wicked half-sister; even if there are no strings between Grant and Nan. Grant is desperate to redeem himself in Harlow's eyes, but did he ruin his chances before he even met her?




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My Thoughts:
Take A Chance was THE story of Grant and Harlow, 'together' and separately. I would say that I had been intrigued with Grant since 'Fallen Too Far', I really wanted to know him since he was Blaire's knight-and-shining armor the first time I met him. For me, story-wise, 'Take A Chance kept' on lagging, especially when the 'secret' about Harlow was being dragged. I just wanted to know what it was and to be honest, I didn't expect that. The book itself had a lot in store. The side of Grant and why he kept on helping Nan yet he was enamored by the innocent Harlow. As for Harlow, she needed an adventure, something that she would not regret, she was always well-protected. She kept on avoiding her internal battle against her attraction with Grant. Both characters had their dilemma against each other but such powerful attraction and intense tension was sitting between them. Would they take the risk and give themselves a chance?

This book made me understand Grant's view about his feeling and the emotions that he couldn't comprehend. In Harlow's case, this book was her revelation, her freedom and her whirlwind.

I would say, Grant was a mixture of my excess and lack of expectation... Both good and bad. Grant was sort of a good guy when he was introduced, his bad shot? Nan. I would say, I'd agree with Harlow and immediately dislike (or hate) Grant because he associated himself with Nan (don't get me wrong, I understood Nan but she was too much to handle, she had an unfortunate childhood but she made IT as an excuse, every-freaking-time). Grant was still the good guy though in 'Take A Chance', it made me really look into Grant. Who 'thought' he loved Nan, I'd say 'care'. There were parts, in Woods and Rush's books, that made me cringe at Grant because he kept on being with Nan. Not just a shoulder to lean on but also Nan's personal 'you-know-what'. Yes, he wanted to help Nan. He had this craving to be wanted and to be needed. Nan justified that for him. Nan wanted and needed him but there would be a time wherein he would soon realize things and boy, did Grant had a wake-up call!

A wake-up call in a form of a beautiful, wonderful, Ms. Goody-two shoes, daughter of a rock star, Harlow. An epitome of goodness yet an enigma of sorts. I had nothing wrong to say about this heroine. Her actions were understandable, when she was caught with uncontrollable pleasure, distancing from Grant, expecting from Grant and all other things -- especially that part where she withheld her 'secret'. She also had a fear, to trust, she had thought more than once to share it with Grant but she was just a little too late. Another was her past, she was overwhelmed by the betrayal and of course her belief just went crashing down onto her. She was so lost and confused.

I loved the parts where Grant was perusing Harlow. He was proving that Harlow was different and he would do anything for her. When Harlow felt her rug pulled under her feet, Grant was there for her. Grant who was craving 'want' and 'need', had his moment yet Harlow's past crushed him and like Harlow when her life made her feel lost, that happened to Grant. Again, his fear riveted back and he didn't know what to do.

It ended once again like our typical Rosemary books that awaits a sequel, in angst. It wasn't a cliffhanger per se but it showed that we needed to read the installment soon. I wonder what Grant and Harlow would do.

Was 'a chance' already enough?
What will happen to Harlow?
How would Harlow face a world she was protected from?
Will his fear once again consume him?
What will Harlow's secret mean to Grant?
What's next for Harlow and Grant?

P.S. I'm just wishing that Grant wouldn't ran after his old ways, worst of all? Nan.



Teaser:
Three days after Grant had disappeared, I was outside swimming.  Today I had successfully managed to push all thoughts of Grant to the back of my mind. So when my head broke the water to find Grant Carter standing there, looking down at me, I wasn’t sure if I was imagining things or if he was really there.
I pushed my wet hair back and wiped the water from my eyes. Then I opened them again, and there he stood. Still there.
“Hey,” he said with his sexy grin. I wanted to hurl something at him to make that smile go away. It needed a warning label, too.
I wasn’t in the mood to talk to him. “Nan isn’t here,” I replied. She hadn’t been back since she’d left for Rosemary the last time. I was sure that was where Grant had run off to as well. He had gone to find her. Like he always did.
“Yeah, I know,” he replied.
I really should’ve gone back to swimming and ignored him. It was the smart thing to do. But then he could possibly take that as an invitation to join me. “What do you need?” I asked, in the most annoyed tone I could muster.
“I came to see you. It seems once a guy kisses you, you’re hard to forget,” he replied.
Not what I had been expecting. I swallowed the nervous knot in my throat.  I would cave and forgive him too easily if he started saying things like that. Where had my backbone gone? I used to be stronger than this.
“You’re mad because I left,” he said.
I thought about retorting and changed my mind. That would only give him more power. He didn’t need to know he affected me at all.
“It was a jackass thing to do. But you scared me. I like to flirt with beautiful girls, but I don’t handle it well when one simple kiss makes my fucking head spin. You make me want things and feel a certain way. I’m not ready for that.”
I was expecting a lame I’m sorry; not that. “Oh,” was the only thing I could come up with. What did it mean, exactly, that our kiss made his head spin? Was that a good thing? It sounded like it… maybe.
Grant ran a hand through his long, unruly hair and let out a frustrated sigh. “I shouldn’t have left you without an explanation. It was unfair and I was only thinking of myself. I’m good at that. I just… what can I do to get you to forgive me?”
He still wasn’t asking for forgiveness. He was asking how to get forgiveness. Had anyone ever asked me how to get forgiveness before? How… unique.
Warning signs were going off in my head loudly, but somehow I ignored that. Because my heart wanted to forgive him. I didn’t want to push him away. No one ever took this much time to get to know me. Being lonely was something I had grown used to. Having someone here who wanted to get to know me bad enough to admit he was wrong, someone who cared to ask me how he could fix it, meant more than he realized.
“Don’t do it again,” I replied.
Grant’s eyes went wide and then a slow smile slid across his handsome face. “I won’t.”
I stepped back as he started tugging his shirt over his head. He threw it aside and slipped off his shoes, and then his eyes lifted to meet mine. “I’m not leaving this time. When you get tired of me, you’ll have to force me out.”
I couldn’t keep the silly smile off my face.



Author Bio:
Since publishing her first novel Breathe in May of 2011, Abbi has also released The New York Times bestselling Seabreeze Series which includes Breathe, Because of Low, While It Lasts, Just For Now and Sometimes It Last, The Existence Trilogy that includes the USA Today Bestseller Ceaseless. New York Times and USA TODAY bestsellers The Vincent Boys and The Vincent Brothers. Last but not least her most popular series to date, Rosemary Beach which includes The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers Fallen Too Far, Never Too Far, Forever Too Far, Twisted Perfection and Simple Perfection. Her newest book scheduled to be released on December 17th, 2013 is Misbehaving (Seabreeze).

When Abbi isn’t locked away in her office typing away she is hauling her kids to and from their many social activities. You could say her second job is the Glines Kids personal chauffeur. It’s a rather illustrious job.

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-     Jassie

Release Day Launch: Best Kind of Broken - Chelsea Fine

Tuesday, March 4, 2014



"By turns humorous and heartbreaking, Best Kind Of Broken has become one of my favorites!" 

--- CORA CARMACK,
New York Times bestselling author of Losing It.



"You'll fall for Pixie and Levi, just like I did!"
--- JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT (J. Lynn),
#1 New York Times bestselling author of Wait For You



"Tangled with friendship, history and heartbreak--not to mention a huge dose of
humor--Chelsea Fine's New Adult novel is not to be missed! Beyond an
incredibly HOT read, Pixie and Levi's longing for each other will have
you rooting for them till the very end."
--- JAY CROWNOVER,
New York Times bestselling author of Rule



"This book destroyed me. Tore me into little tiny pieces. But somehow with
lots of laughs and some very steamy times, Chelsea put me back together
again! Chelsea Fine's style is witty, visceral and fresh. All I wanted
to do was crawl inside this book and live with the characters. And now
all I want is MORE."
--- CHELSEA M. CAMERON,
New York Times bestselling author of My Favorite Mistake



"Sandwiched between laugh out loud moments and some serious heat, Best Kind of Broken is an unforgettable story of loss and forgiveness that will leave your heart aching."
--- LISA DESROCHERS,
USA Today bestselling author of A Little Too Far


Best Kind of Broken - Chelsea Fine
SOMETIMES MOVING ON MEANS MOVING IN

Pixie Marshall wishes every day she could turn back time and fix the past. But she can't. And the damage is done. She's hoping that a summer of free room and board working with her aunt at the Willow Inn will help her forget. Except there's a problem: the resident handyman is none other than Levi Andrews. The handsome quarterback was once her friend-and maybe more--until everything changed in a life-shattering instant. She was hoping to avoid him, possibly forever. Now he's right down the hall and stirring up feelings Pixie thought she'd long buried . . .

Levi can't believe he's living with the one person who holds all his painful memories. More than anything he wants to make things right, but a simple "sorry" won't suffice--not when the tragedy that scarred them was his fault. Levi knows Pixie's better off without him, but every part of him screams to touch her, protect her, wrap her in his arms, and kiss away the pain. Yet even though she's so close, Pixie's heart seems more unreachable than ever. Seeing those stunning green eyes again has made one thing perfectly clear--he can't live without her.


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Teasers:



Excerpt:
Levi is so distracting. His arms are all raised, and his shoulders are all broad, and he’s fixing crap, and it’s just…it’s just…annoying.
With a huff and a puff and some choice words in my head, I grab my sliced bell peppers and force my feet to the stove. I throw the vegetables into a frying pan, grab a wooden spoon, and ignore Levi’s close proximity.
My body hums.
I ignore that too.
I steal a glance in his direction and watch as the corded muscles in his forearm flex as he unscrews something on the fire alarm box. Why does he have so many muscles in his forearm? That can’t be healthy.
I drop my eyes to the frying pan and focus on bell peppers, because bell peppers are interesting and they don’t have backs the size of Alaska or copious amounts of forearm muscles.
The forearm muscles that I’m not thinking about lightly brush my shoulder and the humming inside my body knots together and zips around like a bumblebee on crack.
I casually turn down the heat on the stove, like that’s the reason I’m suddenly a human vibrator, and go back to stirring. Levi goes back to screwing.
Bell peppers.
I’m thinking about bell peppers.
He brushes against me again, except this time his forearm grazes my breast and my body immediately goes wild like I’m some love-starved teenager and the humming dives low in my belly and the stove gets hotter and my breaths get shallow and suddenly bell peppers are the sexiest vegetable on earth.
From the corner of my eye, I catch his Adam’s apple bobbing with a nervous swallow, which can only mean one thing. The boob brush was an accident.
Well crap.
If he had been trying to cop a feel with his Hulkish forearm, I could have responded with some kind of snarky “you’re a pervert” comment. But it wasn’t on purpose and somehow that makes it sexier and now the cracked-out bumblebee is buzzing in my nether regions and my hands are starting to tingle and why the HELL is this stove so hot?
I turn the burner down another notch and take a slow, deep breath. I have a boyfriend. A great boyfriend. So this sexual frustration I feel around Levi is nothing to get my bee-loving panties in a bunch about. I just need to calm down.
Levi lowers his arm for a moment, his eyes still on the alarm, and stretches his neck.
Ah, the neck stretch. The universal sign of stress. Well at least I’m not alone in my frustration. My hot, distracting, pants-are-so-inconvenient frustration.
Wait, what?
Who said anything about pants? I am NOT thinking about pants—or lack thereof. Damn you, bell peppers!
I toss the wooden spoon to the side and move back to the counter where the threat of being turned on by a handyman or, you know, a sautéed vegetable is much less severe.
I bite back a groan. What was I thinking, living under the same roof as Levi? There’s no way I’ll survive the summer.
Hell, I can barely survive breakfast.
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Chelsea lives in Phoenix, Arizona where she spends most of her time writing stories, painting murals, and avoiding housework at all costs. She’s ridiculously bad at doing dishes and claims to be allergic to laundry. Her obsessions include: superheroes, coffee, sleeping-in, and crazy socks. She lives with her husband and two children, who graciously tolerate her inability to resist teenage drama on TV and her complete lack of skill in the kitchen.

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