Sunday, May 31, 2015

Indiscretion: Volume Four by Elisabeth Grace


Indiscretion: Volume Four

Synopsis:

The image was seared into my mind. Imprinted. Emblazoned. Etched.

Did I blame him for what I saw? Or myself, for allowing him the ability to cause the pain coursing through me?

Betrayal was a weapon that cut to the core—the ‘what ifs’ the infection that festered in the wound.

I’d thought we’d had roadblocks thrown in front of us before. Damn. Those would have seemed like mere speed bumps if I’d seen what was coming…

Little did I know that what was headed our way would prove to be the biggest test of all—putting impossible choices in front of us. None of which seemed to lead to a happy ending in which the two of us were together.


****This is the FINAL volume in Max & Chloe's story!****

Review:

Wow so I was hoping this series would end on a high note and boy did it. Indiscretion: Volume 4 was definitely the best in the series. I felt all the feels. It was so much better than everything else. I wish this level of story, this writing, everything that this section was would have been present in all the sections. So much better than the first three it was crazy.

Chloe and Max have some issues to overcome right away, and they do. There is a lot of drama in this section, but it didn't feel as unnecessary as the last section. Things happen, feelings are realized, and there are some super heartbreaking scenes. Man it was great. I finally saw the connection between these two besides just hot sex. I finally saw how much they cared for each other, how they were in love. It was heartbreaking at times and the ending was just perfect. Loved it. Seeing what Max does for Chloe, what happens between them, oh it almost brought me to tears. There are some really sad moments, but they make the happy moments that much happier. Really a heartbreaking final chapter to their story.

There was one little unbelievable part and that was who was behind the odd things happening to Chloe and why. That didn't make a lot of sense to me, but oh well. It was one small moment in a story of amazing moments so it was fine. You learn Max's secrets and man you can't help but feel for him. Chloe is wonderful though not perfect with was nice. She is so sweet and kind, but she does make some mistakes in the way she handles things. It was refreshing as it was more like she was a normal person who doesn't always know the right thing to say or do but figures it out. Really a great read. If you have read the other volumes you really need to read this one as well. The ending is just perfect.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Indiscretion: Volume Three by Elisabeth Grace


Indiscretion: Volume Three

Synopsis:

A summer of f*ck buddies? Something to take the edge off? I was down.

But when Chloe shows up at my hotel door, wanting to rip my head off, rather than give me head—I cared. A lot. Too much, in fact.

This is turning into more. And I can’t do more.

Like the ink under my skin she’s becoming permanent. Enduring. Immovable. 

Was I ready to let her go though?

Not a f*cking chance.

Review:

I enjoyed the first two volumes of this series well enough, but Indiscretion:Volume 3 just added drama for no good reason. This section starts off right where the last ended, with what Chloe sees in the newspaper. Yeah it was not very good, but it is easily fixed. The more pressing issue is that Chloe's boss seems to be able to dictate who she can and cannot see outside of working hours. I don't like that, I wish Chloe could stand up to him for herself. He really shouldn't be able to fire her for having a relationship with Max just because he and Max's father have issues.

So this chapter didn't feel like it really added much to the story. Chloe and Max have to sneak around to be together so she doesn't lose her job, they have hot sex, someone is doing strange things that scare Chloe (another incident besides the breaking into her house from the end of the last section) and that is about it. Really most of the book is them sneaking around and having hot sex. Not much development between them, or development I believed. They had a few moments, but I honestly don't see the two of them falling in love like the author wants us to believe. Or I didn't see the relationship really progressing from the last section. Oh there was some drama at the end so this can end in a bit of a cliffhanger as well, but it was just not that believable. I mean it is obvious what happened. Why Chloe would believe anything else especially when she witnessed everything else prior to it? Why wouldn't she stay and see what happens or fight or anything is beyond me. I just didn't get it. It felt like drama just for the sake of drama which I do not like. I hope it doesn't drag out too long in the next section as well...it would be annoying if it did. Hopefully it is quickly cleared up, but come on Chloe. If you believe this for a second you are a fool. We shall see. So not the best section, but hopefully it will end on a high note.

Rating: ★ ★1/2

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Indiscretion: Volume Two by Elisabeth Grace


Indiscretion: Volume Two

Synopsis:

Fraternizing with the competition? Check.

Risking everything I’d worked so hard for? Check.

Mind-shattering orgasms? Double check.

Max Richfield made me forget myself. Forget all the reasons why I'd chosen to be alone for so long. I had goals. I needed stability. He brought chaos. I’d taken years erecting my walls. And with good reason, I would soon discover.


Now my inability to see beyond Max’s charm could cost me everything.

Review:

Indiscretion:Volume 2 is a continuation of Max and Chloe's story. Max is in town for a few months for construction of a building for his fathers company. Chloe is working at the competition, but neither of them seems to care that the other is trying to sell places just like they are. They definitely can keep their work and personal lives separate.

Max and Chloe agreed to just have a sumer fling. They both want each other, both want the hot sexy time, but it will be nothing more. They continue getting closer and closer and it is obvious they both are starting to see this as not just a fling. They are good together, but when Chloe has to decide between her job and Max what will she do? This section ends on a bit of a cliffhanger just like the last. I can't wait to see what was so upsetting, what Chloe saw to make her storm right over to Max's. We shall see what happens in the next section.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Indiscretion: Volume One by Elisabeth Grace


Indiscretion: Volume One

Synopsis:

F*ck and chuck. Pump and dump. Hit it and quit it. One night stand. Didn’t matter how I branded it—that’s all she had wanted it to be. That much was clear when she left me with my pants down and my dick still out.

What she hadn’t counted on was fate intervening and our worlds colliding—again.

The day I showed back up in the life of Chloe Griffins, I knew I had to have her again. My body was hungry for another taste. Like an addict, I’d been craving another hit for months, and there she was—flesh and bone, tits and ass.

The fact that she worked for the competition should’ve been reason enough for me to leave her alone. I had a job to do that summer and f*cking Chloe wasn’t part of it. But I was like a man possessed.

I’d do whatever it took to have her again.

Review:

Indiscretion: Volume 1 is the first part of Chloe and Max's story. Chloe has spent the last ten years taking care of her sister. She doesn't want or have time for a relationship. After all it has never worked for her in the past. Everything she seems to lose everything she cares about. When she is in New York City one night for her friends bachelorette party said friend tries to get her to loosen up some. After all her sister will be heading across the country for college soon and she should get out there. She should start living for herself for once.

Max is at the same club and in intrigued by Chloe. She is beautiful and he wants to get to know her a little more. When Chloe sees Max across the room she thinks he is incredibly hot, but way out of her league. She is game to let off some steam, to step outside her box a bit, but she doesn't plan on doing anything with Mr. Sex on Legs until they literally run into each other.

After loosening up a lot, Chloe crashes back down to earth. She runs out on Max and expects to never see him again. Only he shows up in her town a few months later. Both are surprised to see the other and Max wants nothing more than to take Chloe out and have some fun. Only she is too afraid. It was fun watching the two of them together. There is definitely something there so it will be fun to watch the rest of their story unfold.

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Winter's Heat (Titan #1) by Cristin Harber


Winters Heat (Titan Book 1)

Synopsis:

After putting her life on the line to protect classified intelligence, military psychologist Mia Kensington is on a cross-country road trip from hell with an intrusive save-the-day hero. Uninterested in his white knight act, she’d rather take her chances without the ruggedly handsome, cold-blooded operative who boasts an alpha complex and too many guns. 

Colby Winters, an elite member of The Titan Group, has a single objective on his black ops mission: recover a document important to national security. It was supposed to be an easy in-and-out operation. But now, by any means necessary becomes a survival mantra when he faces off with a stunning woman he can’t leave behind. 

When Titan’s safe houses are compromised, Colby stashes Mia at his home, exposing his secret—he’s the adoptive father of an orphaned baby girl. Too soon, danger arrives and Mia lands in the hands of a sadistic cartel king with a taste for torture. As hours bleed into fear-drenched days, Colby races across the globe and through a firestorm of bullets to save the woman he can’t live without.

Review:

Wow I thought I loved the second book in this series, but Winter's Heat...wow is it good. This is the first in the series and it starts off so good!

Colby Winters is a member of The Titan Group. He is tough and strong and so sexy. When Mia gets mixed up in his mission he could have just let her be and have the cops handle it, but he doesn't. There is something about her that gets to him. Plus he wants to know why she was there to pick up the package he was supposed to get. The package that gets complicated since there was another extraction team there at the same time.

Mia is not some secret spy. At least Colby doesn't think so. She sure acts like a normal citizen, but then how did she get mixed up in all of this. Mia is just trying to do what she thinks is right, but being kidnapped by this big scary guy wasn't on her to do list for the day. He says he is the good guys, but can she trust him? Why does she even want to after he kidnapped her? Only there is something about him that draws her to him.

When things start getting crazy, when it is obvious someone is after Mia, Colby will do whatever it takes to keep her safe. This story is hot and exciting and fun and such oh so good. Every time I think okay they just have to get through this one thing, get out of this one bad situation, then happily ever after it doesn't happen.  Something else pops up that just makes things worse. Things don't go as planned or a new situation occurs. I loved it! Lots of action, more that most books I have read, but also super hot and sexy. Mia and Colby are obvious meant to be! Really when you find out all of Colby's secrets...he is just too cute! Mia has her own issues, both don't know what is going on between them, but in the end it all works out. There was some heartache to get there but it was worth it. Oh I loved this story!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Garrison's Creed(Titan #2) by Cristin Harber


Garrison's Creed (Titan Book 2)

Synopsis:

A SCORCHING HOT LOVE THAT STARTED SO MANY YEARS AGO... 

A SPY RUNNING FOR HER LIFE
Nicola is an injured CIA agent on the run from a failed undercover operation. Her escape plan shatters when she slams into the man who buried her a decade ago. Cash Garrison. Her first and only love. Now, sexier than her best memory and cradling a sniper's rifle, he has questions she can't answer. Why was she alive? And armed?

AND THE MAN SHE COULD NEVER SEE AGAIN
Cash is an elite member of a black ops organization, The Titan Group. He thought Nicola died his senior year of college and swore off love to focus on a decade of military missions. But when she shows up behind enemy lines, bleeding out and wielding a weapon, his heart and mind are unsure how to proceed.

BATTLE BETRAYAL TO SAVE THEMSELVES

Titan and the CIA join forces to uncover a mole hidden in a network of international terrorists and homegrown mobsters, teaming Cash and Nicola again. They fight old wounds and re-ignite sparks while closing in on a double agent. When disaster strikes, Nicola's hidden past makes her the hunted target and Cash's best kill shot may not be enough to save them.

Review:

Phew Garrison's Creed was just hot hot hot! This story takes place a decade after Sweet Girl and man the character are even more amazing now! Nic is a CIA agent who can take care of herself and Cash...Cash is a super hot sniper guy. Oh the two of them back together? Amazing. Spoilers for Sweet Girl ahead.

Nic left her family and friends way back when when she had to fake her own death to save them. She got in trouble with her job, the mob was after her and was going to kill everyone she loved. She couldn't let that happen and she broke Cash's heart (and her own). She hasn't seen him or her family since. Not until they both are at the same place at the same time doing separate missions.

Cash loved Nic deeply. He wanted to be with her forever. On the day he got the ring he also got the news that she died in a car crash. Since then he joined the military and has been turning into this hardened badass. He works with her brother, his best friend, for the Titan Group and never wants a relationship like that again. If he can't be with Nic he doesn't really want to be with anyone.

Then Nic shows up on one of his missions and things get interesting. Oh it was so much fun. Cash is obviously angry, he has spent years thinking she was dead, years mourning the loss of her, and she has been alive and well this whole time. When they get put together in a mission, oh there is no stopping the inevitable. Nic was a bit annoying at times with her what does Cash want thing. She is so insecure still, so convinced everyone will hate her, that is why she never reached out to anyone when she could. Even when Cash shows her how much she still means to him she is still oh does he still like me? I was just like get over it girl. Of course he still loves you! You still love him! But it was fun. Lots of action, lots of hotness, lots of fun. Really a great read.

I loved watching Nic and Cash get back to where they were. I loved seeing them come together. Cash was so sweet with Nic. You can just see how much he cares once he gets over his hurt feelings. There is just something there between the two of them that cannot be denied. Of course there are issues, Cash is the type of guy who wants to protect those he loves. Nic wants to continue doing her job she loves so much that sometimes puts her in danger. They have a lot to work out, compromises to be made, but they were amazing together. Loved this story, loved these characters.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Sweet Girl (Titan #1.5) by Cristin Harber


Sweet Girl (Titan series)

Synopsis:

Sometimes falling in love means going through hell...

She's a sweet girl. 
Nicola Hart grew up under the heels of her older brother and his sexy best friend, Cash Garrison. Years of ignoring her spark with Cash has transformed their friendship into a slow burning sizzle. One night with him could ruin everything. Or it could be more than she ever dreamed. They play. They flirt. But they haven't crossed the line because too much is at stake. Family. Friendship. And the deepest kind of love that she'd have to be crazy to walk away from. 

He can't stay away from. 
She's his best friend's little sister. The definition of hands off. Cash has tried to ignore her for years. Those innocent eyes and her smile that screams kiss-me-if-you-dare... Instead, he's looked at every pretty little thing who's crossed his path, all to ignore the girl he seems destined to want. But when his hard partying ways get old and everyone at school is interested in Nicola, it's time to stake a claim. To make Nicola his girl, no matter the risks, and hold the hand of the one he really loves. 

Sweet Girl is the full length prequel to bestselling Garrison's Creed. Before Cash and Nicola can fall in love forever, they have to suffer through their first love.

Review:

Darn you Cristin Harber! I finished your Only series and saw the note that Sweet Girl was free on amazon. So I downloaded it to see what a full length book by you would be like, if it was as good as your novella series, and now I suspect I will be up late into the night reading Garrison's Creed. I need to see how Cash and Nic get their happily ever after! Good thing I don't have to be up early tomorrow....

So Sweet Girl. Phew. It ends with a bit of heartache. Or a lot. This is the story of Cash and Nic. Best friends forever who both want more. Nic is Roman's sister, Roman who is also Cash's best friend. The three of them are always together and the two guys try to fend off the boys who are not good enough for Nic.

Nic has always had a crush on Cash. Too bad he is a player who sleeps with lots of girls. Too bad nothing will ever come of it as he doesn't see her that way.

Cash has always had a crush on Nic, but could never do anything about it. He only ever hooked up with other girls as he couldn't have the one he really wanted. After all she is Roman's sister. Nothing can happen there. Until it does. Man was it hot. These two...phew. Cash is all kinds of hot and when he is in he is all in. He wants Nic and once he crosses that line that is it for him. He was so sweet and cute and just amazing.

Nic knows Cash is it for her too, though she is unsure of his feelings at times. Watching her try and figure out if he really likes her or if she should do something about it could have been really annoying but it worked. She is kind of insecure with the whole thing which made me just want to give her a big hug and tell her everything will obviously work out. He is so smitten with her. Cash is obviously head over heels for her and she shouldn't be so afraid of what will happen with them. She is also a bit naive with her work and trying to figure things out the way she does. I don't really know why her work hired an intern in the first place, but Nic is not the brightest at times in that regards. Or she is, but not really careful enough. There were times when I was just yelling at her in my head as I didn't want anything bad to happen to her. Then we have the super heartbreaking ending and I need to go read Garrison's Creed so I can see what happens!! I just loved Cash and Nic and can't wait to see how everything turns out!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Secret Wish (Wish #1) by Barbara Freethy


A Secret Wish (Wish Series #1)

Synopsis:

Three women, three birthdays and one unforgettable night that will change their lives forever.

One night in San Francisco, three women make a birthday wish believing it can’t possibly come true. Liz is turning thirty. A successful nurse, she has a good career, but no man to share her life. All her friends are married, and she’s alone, still trying to outrun a tragedy from her past. Then she meets a handsome stranger.

Angela, a member of a large, loving Italian family, is facing thirty-five with no baby in the nursery. Eight years of infertility treatments have put a strain on her marriage. Will she have to choose between her husband and having a child? When she is mugged by an unexpected assailant, her life takes a new turn.

Carole, a corporate wife, is staring down forty candles. Having grown up poor, she worked hard to get ahead, but when her kids bail on her birthday, and she discovers her husband with another woman, she realizes that she may have nothing at all. She goes back to where it all began, the mother she left behind, and the man whose heart she once broke.

Review:

A Secret Wish is the story of three different ladies who all have the same birthday. It follows that one day for each of them and was honestly not as good as I would have liked. Everything was too coincidental and easy to fix and wasn't very realistic. Some slight spoilers ahead.

First we have Liz who is turning thirty and just wants to find love like all her friends. As she is sitting on the roof by herself having a little party of one a guy walks out. A guy who then takes her out for the night on a great adventure. He gets Liz to open up some and try new things. Of course they instantly fall in love, but he has some secrets that she doesn't find out until the next morning when he leaves while she is sleeping. Everything works out though, but really I never felt the connection between the two of them. It didn't seem like Liz would be so head over heels for this guy in this short amount of time. I didn't buy it.

Then we have Angela who desperately wants a baby. I don't really know what that is like as I have never wanted a child, but the way she was written just didn't seem believable. I know it can be devastating when you try and try and nothing workings, but she seemed too over the top. She has just turned thirty five and her window for having a baby is closing. They have tried in vitro and it hasn't worked. They spent their life savings on it and when her husband gets a bonus she assumes they will try again. Only he doesn't want to. He can't go through that again. Apparently she won't consider adopting or anything like that - she has to actually carry the baby. Then everything changes when a young girl tries to rob her to get money for medicine for her younger sister. Angela ends up going back to their house and taking them home since their mom is no where to be found. She falls in love and that is it. They will foster some kids and she will be happy. Done and done. That easy to get over having a baby yourself. Too easy. Again not at all believable the way it was written.

And finally we have Carole. She grew up poor and has made it her life's goal to have everything she ever wanted. She married well and had some kids, but the kids always came second to her husband. On her fortieth birthday she realizes she doesn't have a relationship with her kids and her husband may be cheating on her. She runs off to her mom, the mother she has not spoken to for ten years because her husband didn't want her to. Sure the mom did embarrass them once, but it seems a bit harsh to just cut her off like that. Especially when they were so close growing up. So she goes to visit memory lane and discovers that maybe she doesn't have everything, she is not happy, and maybe she needs to change that. Add in a kiss from the guy she has always loved and she is a changed woman. Yep, again way too easy to change and have everything be sunshine and roses.

The last chapter is a year later and all three women are happy. Everything worked out for all of them. And most of them remember the other ladies from brief run ins with them the year prior. It was all just too convenient and simple. The writing didn't make me believe anything that happened. It just was not as good as I had expected from this author. 

Rating: ★ ★

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed


Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Synopsis:

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER, SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE.
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone.


Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wildpowerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

Review:

Wild. It finally came in at the library so I read it this past week on vacation. I've been getting more and more people asking me what my thoughts were on this book since they have either read it or watched the movie recently. My husband and I thru hiked the PCT in 2008 so my friends wanted to know since we had experienced some of what Cheryl did what my thoughts were. I have to say I loved it and hated it at times. At times it was annoying to me, I would lean over and make a comment to my husband about what was happening, and at times I was just like yes! I remember that! I felt that same way too! Overall it just made me wish I was out hiking the trail again this year. I think that might be partly why I haven't read any books from others who have hiked the PCT.  It makes me miss it too much. It was the most amazing experience of my life and if I could I would repeat it every year. Well maybe I would hike the CDT and AT first, but definitely the PCT again and again.

So maybe I will start with the things I disliked? Well for one Cheryl seemed like someone I would really not get along with pre-hike. The whole back story, her before the hike stuff, there was too much of it for me. It did get to be a bit tedious to read again and again and again how her mother died 4 years ago and was never coming back. I get that it was a huge, massive, terrible event in her life. With that one thing she pretty much lost her family, and I got that. But the repetitive going on and on about it, how she has not dealt with it and has been self destructing, knowing she is doing this herself, yet somehow seeming to want others to feel for her, I just got tired of it after a while. She says it herself best:

"I had been an arrogant asshole and, in the midst of that, my mother died."

Yes, that is kind of how I saw her, and there was a bit too much of the backstory for me. Not someone I would want to be friends with based on what she has written about herself. And when it would start to go back into her backstory I found myself wishing she would just get back to telling me about her hike. That is really what I cared about as her pre-hike self seemed like she needed help, but wouldn't get it (or didn't think it would actually help).

There was also how she didn't really know what she was doing, didn't know simple wilderness skills, didn't think to look at weather conditions and such, just didn't seem to think a lot about a lot of things before starting the trail. When I would read something that is not good, something I really feel you shouldn't do when taking on a wilderness situation, I would get annoyed and tell my husband all about it. To me the book seemed to make it seem like it wasn't as big a deal as I feel it should be. It made me think that other people could think well Cheryl did this and nothing bad happened to her so I don't have to worry about that either. Not good. Like not knowing how to use a compass. At all. Not knowing how to find your place on a map. Not being able to locate where you are. That is basic stuff you should know before heading out into the wilderness. Maps are useless if you cannot use them. We carried a GPS, but I also know how to triangulate my position so we would know where we were if we somehow got lost, the GPS stopped working, and we needed to get back on track. She says throughout the book how at various times she was a big fat idiot and I agreed every time. But it was said in a lighthearted way and most of the time I just thought man, you are incredibly lucky you did not get seriously injured or kill yourself out there. It is not always that easy to find civilization along the trail. In the high Sierras some of those places are really remote. Like 19 miles hike out to get to a parking lot kind of remote. If it would have been a normal snow year and she would have been able to go through there this might be a very different book. Admittedly I think that is the most physically demanding section, and also the most remote. Even after being on the trail a while, being broken in, it was still so physically exhausting. She was really lucky in a lot of ways and in a lot of situations. I just hope people who read this story take from it to not do what she did and be a big fat idiot again and again. Learn from her mistakes and don't put your life in danger unnecessarily. You might not have the same positive results. That is not to say you need a lot of experience,just use your head and gain some knowledge. Neither my husband nor I had ever been backpacking before our hike, but we tried to make sure we had everything we needed and were knowledgeable enough to be safe. Sure sometimes things happen that are out of your control, but to not be prepared, to not know how to find where you are especially in the desert...that can get you killed. I just kept saying well at least she carried a lot of water with her. She wasn't an idiot about that when she started out thank goodness.

Now what did I enjoy? Everything else. When she wasn't making stupid mistakes I really enjoyed her story of her hike. As I said above I didn't care for the before hike stuff, but her story of her trip on the PCT? It was great. There were so many moments where I was just like oh I remember that! I remember thinking about all the amazing, super cold places I could go, all the cold things, just thinking about ice, while hiking in the desert heat. I remember Hat Creek Rim and how terribly hot it was and having to carry so much water once again. I remember the generosity of people we met along the trail. How people would pay for our meals, or cook us food, or give us rides, or let us stay with them, or anything that was just amazingly generous of them. The guys she hiked with said that they didn't get any of that, but in 2008 we had such an amazing adventure. We had such generosity from strangers it was unbelievable. When she was hungry at the beginning in the camp by Kennedy Meadows and Ed made her food without even asking I was just like yep, that is how it is on the trail. All the little things just made me wish I were out there again. How you get songs stuck in your head and then you can't get them out. How you think of all the things you will eat or drink once you get to town.  Just all the little things made me smile and remember my own hike.

It was also interesting to read Cheryl's thoughts on her hike. I would say she is very different from me and my hiking ways which I enjoyed. She brought deodorant along with her to start, something I didn't even consider. She seemed to like clean clothes and showers and such while I was find staying dirty and not caring. I wore the same shirt and pants for over 5 months while she had new shirts in some of her supply boxes. She is just very different from me in a lot of ways so it was interesting to read her story. She never really seemed to love hiking all day every day like I did. Even once she got used to it she said she would be enjoying it, but then every day there would come a point where she no longer loved it. She said at one point how she got bored of the trail and walking by the end of the day. It was interesting to read since that is so different from my thoughts and feelings while hiking this. Yes, there were bad days, days where I hated it and just wanted it to be over, but mostly I loved every minute of it. Yes I was exhausted and drained by the end of the day, especially in the beginning, but that is what was awesome about it. I loved being able to wake up every day and the only thing I have to do is walk. So I enjoyed getting her perspective in everything since it was so different from mine. It was fun comparing what her hike and mine were like over a decade apart. It ended and I just had to pull out my photos and reminisce a bit about my own hike. So there were parts I loved and parts I hated, but overall an alright book.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Geoducks Are for Lovers(Modern Lover Story #1) by Daisy Prescott


Geoducks Are for Lovers (Modern Love Stories Book 1)

Synopsis:

"... I think life is better when you have love. Not a friendly neighbor or old friends kind of love either, but a love that causes your heart to race and your toes to curl." 

Maggie Marrion is just getting back on her feet after a horrible year, or two, or three. With their twentieth reunion approaching, she invites four of her closest friends from college for a mini-reunion at her beach cabin on Whidbey Island. What she doesn't expect is her best friends Selah and Quinn to play matchmaker. Will Maggie risk her heart and her quiet life for another chance at romance? 

Gil Morrow, former grunge musician turned history professor, joins them as Selah's date for the weekend. With the support of old friends, a few wishing rocks, the world's largest burrowing clam, and a hot lumberjack thrown into the mix, Gil reminds Maggie she isn't too old to fall in love. 

Reality Bites becomes The Big Chill when a group of Gen-X friends spend a summer weekend together sharing laughter, tears, life's ups and downs, old stories, second chances, and new beginnings in this humorous contemporary adult romance. 

Geoducks Are for Lovers is Daisy Prescott's debut novel and the first book in the Modern Love Stories series.

Review:

Geoducks Are for Lovers is my second Daisy Prescott novel I have read. When I saw this book was free on Amazon I thought I would give her another try. The first book I read, Ready to Fall, I didn't understand how it was classified as a humorous book. This one was similar. There are a few light hearted moments, but I would not say that it is a humorous book. I don't really understand where the humorous aspects of it are supposed to be. I often times don't like comedies as they are not my sense of humor, but this I just didn't see where the humor was. Very strange. Am I the only one?

In this book we have Maggie hiding away on Whidbey Island for some reason and her friends come to visit for the weekend to catch up before the big reunion. Unexpectedly the love of her life also comes, Gil, who used to be her best friend but then something happened to ruin that. Now I did enjoy reading this book much more so than the other Prescott book I read, but I didn't love it. One of the main reasons?  I didn't understand Maggie at all. She is the main character and I never got her. Why is she hiding out on the island? Why can't she get together with Gil? Why did she/does she run away from that? I just didn't understand. She seemed perfectly fine, but then was just kind of skittish and afraid of having a relationship with a guy who obviously adores her. I didn't understand. Why is she like this? What happened? I need something or it just doesn't make sense.

The rest of the friends were all one dimensional stereotypes of who they were supposed to represent. You have the cougar, the gay bff, the republican workaholic, the stay at home mom, none of them were really developed enough for me to enjoy them. They were a bit too set in their roles that I didn't believe they were real people.

Gil was the only other slightly developed character. He and Maggie were the main focus of the book so it makes sense, but I still don't understand why they never really got together all those years ago. I see what happened, but it seems like everything could have been resolved with a phone call or something. Then again maybe not as Maggie seems like she still would have run for some reason. When you find out what happened it didn't make a lot of sense to me. There wasn't a misunderstanding or someone didn't do something to really hurt the other or anything. It is just like things drifted then changed and they never spoke to each other again. Strange.

Overall though an okay book, but not great. The characters didn't really make me want to keep reading and I didn't understand Maggie and the way she was. Alright, but not amazing.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

After Math (Off the Subject #1) by Denise Grover Swank


After Math (Off the Subject Book 1)

Synopsis:


Scarlett Goodwin’s world is divided into Before and After.

Before she agreed to tutor Tucker Price, college junior Scarlett was introvert, struggling with her social anxiety and determined to not end up living in a trailer park like her mother and her younger sister. A mathematics major, she goes to her classes, to her job in the tutoring lab, and then hides in the apartment she shares with her friend, Caroline.

After junior Tucker Price, Southern University’s star soccer player enters the equation, her carefully plotted life is thrown off its axis. Tucker’s failing his required College Algebra class. With his eligibility is at risk, the university chancellor dangles an expensive piece of computer software for the math department if Scarlett agrees to privately tutor him.Tucker’s bad boy, womanizer reputation makes Scarlett wary of any contact, let alone spending several hours a week in close proximity.


But from her first encounter, she realizes Tucker isn’t the person everyone else sees. He carries a mountain of secrets which she suspects hold the reason to his self-destructive behavior. But the deeper she delves into the cause of his pain, the deeper she gets sucked into his chaos. Will Scarlett find the happiness she’s looking for, or will she be caught in Tucker’s aftermath?

Review:

Oh I knew I would love Scarlett and Tucker's story and I did. When I read Redesigned, the second book in this series, and saw how they were in that I just had to read After Math and get the whole story. It was so good. I loved Scarlett and Tucker so much!

Scarlett and Tucker are both broken. They both hide from others in their own way. Tucker hides his true self behind this bad boy player facade, and Scarlett keeps herself tucked away from everyone. I really liked that this wasn't a story of Scarlett always kind of liking Tucker from afar then when they get put together it just works kind of thing. This is really a Scarlett never really paid much attention to Tucker, but when she literally runs into him then has to tutor him in math everything changes.

Right from when they met there is something there between the two of them. They can both actually be themselves with each other. Tucker actually lets Scarlett see him, not the persona he usually wears. They both are so similar in so many ways even though they deal with their issues differently. I loved how they became friends before anything else. I loved the two of them together even if no one else seems to get it.

Scarlett has always been afraid of really living. She doesn't want to end up in the trailer park like her mom and sister. She wants more from her life and so she tries to keep her head down and just get it done. She has some social anxiety and Tucker helps her so much, without him even knowing it. He helps her open up and really start living. He knows her, knows what she is thinking and feeling, without her ever telling him. He just gets her because they are so similar. He knows what she needs without her saying. He is so sweet with her, but he is one of those people that doesn't think he is good enough for her. He doesn't want to hurt her, and because of his past and how broken he is he knows he will just mess this up.

Scarlett is the first person to really see Tucker for who he is. She actually wants whatever will make him happy, not whatever everyone else wants for him regardless of that. She wants things for him just for him. She doesn't have her own reasons for wanting him to do things like everyone else. She just wants him to be happy. She sees him in pain and knows what that is like. She tries to help him, tries to get him to see he can do what he wants. He doesn't have to continue doing what others want him to if it is not what he wants even if he is good at it. She was amazing and just like he helped her she helped him. They were so great together and I loved them. Such a great read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Blog Tour: Only Forever (Only #4) by Cristin Harber - Review & Giveaway



 

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Synopsis:

The fourth and final installment of the Only series. Must be read in order.

There comes a time when Emma must face the secret she kept from Grayson. But she never thought it would be while she stood on stage at Emerald’s. The seconds she has to convey that her life is in danger are lost in the devastation that she sees rip through him.

She pinches her eyes closed. “Don’t leave me. No matter how mad you are, please, please don’t leave me here alone.”

But there’s more on the line than just Emma’s safety. There’s the danger that brought Titan’s Delta team in to the strip club in the first place. A threat that’s too close to home, too close to the family, the daughter and woman Grayson plans to claim.

I push away the sudden spring of fear. Life’s too unknown, with hidden enemies and unseen terrors. The idea that I could lose her again… it’s unbearable.

A love story like Grayson and Emma needs a forever love, and somehow they’ll find their way to her fairytale.


Review:

**Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

Only Forever is the last book in this novella series and it was just a really great read. I really enjoyed all the parts, and after reading this last section it just made me want to go back and read them all over again.

When I started reading I had forgotten where the last book had ended, but was quickly caught up. These stories move very quickly so there is not a lot of time spent on frivolous things. Grayson is at the strip club on a job with his new coworkers, the same strip club Emma has been working at while he was gone. Only things get a bit crazy right away when she goes to try and quit. Things escalate, everyone finds out she was working there and really their reactions were great. I loved how her brother and Greyson both dealt with what was happening and finally make up with each other.  It seemed realistic to me so it worked

Of course things quickly move on and you get to see more of Greyson, Emma, and Cally, their daughter, really becoming a family. It was so cute watching Greyson be a dad. He is so great with Cally and Emma and it was just nice being able to see them both be so happy. Really a great final chapter for their story. I just loved them both! Now I think I need to try reading one of the authors full length books to see how it is. I bet amazing.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Grown Ups by Robin Antalek - Summer Reading Challenge


The Grown Ups

Synopsis:

From the author of The Summer We Fell Apart, an evocative and emotionally resonant coming-of-age novel involving three friends that explores what it means to be happy, what it means to grow up, and how difficult it is to do both together

The summer he’s fifteen, Sam enjoys, for a few secret months, the unexpected attention of Suzie Epstein. For reasons Sam doesn’t entirely understand, he and Suzie keep their budding relationship hidden from their close knit group of friends. But as the summer ends, Sam’s world unexpectedly shatters twice: Suzie’s parents are moving to a new city to save their marriage, and his own mother has suddenly left the house, leaving Sam’s father alone to raise two sons.

Watching as her parents’ marital troubles escalate, Suzie takes on the responsibility of raising her two younger brothers and plans an early escape to college and independence. Though she thinks of Sam, she deeply misses her closest friend Bella, but makes no attempt to reconnect, embarrassed by the destructive wake of her parents as they left the only place Suzie called home. Years later, a chance meeting with Sam’s older brother will reunite her with both Sam and Bella - and force her to confront her past and her friends.

After losing Suzie, Bella finds her first real love in Sam. But Sam’s inability to commit to her or even his own future eventually drives them apart. In contrast, Bella’s old friend Suzie—and Sam’s older brother, Michael—seem to have worked it all out, leaving Bella to wonder where she went wrong.

Spanning over a decade, told in alternating voices, The Grown Ups explores the indelible bonds between friends and family and the challenges that threaten to divide them.

Review:

The Grown Ups was not quite what I expected based on the synopsis. Sure everything in it happened, but it made it seem like some of the events were more than they were. Like the summer of Sam and Suzie. That felt like two pages and not really that big of a deal. Sam and Bella seemed much different than what I expected. It was interesting, just not what I thought it would be.

For me this book seems to be about Sam. He is an odd one, not really sure of his thoughts or feelings are. He fooled around with Suzie for a few days before she left. He got with Bella, but then didn't know what he wanted with his life and just kind of left. He just meanders through life with no real purpose for a long time. Finally, towards the end, he gets himself together and really figures things out and I loved seeing that. This story could have just been about him with everyone else as secondary characters and I would have really enjoyed it.

Suzie, on the other hand, I never really got a good feel for. She has chapters from her point of view, but I never really connected with her. Her and Michael? I didn't see it. I just kept waiting for that to be over as it didn't make a lot of sense to me. Just based on what Suzie thought and felt it didn't seem to be some great love or anything, but it just kept going. I never really understood her and her chapters didn't add a lot for me.

Bella is sweet, and while I liked her more than Suzie, understood her more, she felt like more of a secondary character than the rest. She felt like she was just there sometimes, but not really a focus. You do know of her relationships and what happens as she grows up, but I wish it would have been more. I wish I would have been able to get to know her better.

Through this story we watch these three people grow into grown ups. We watch them deal with things that could affect us all. Really their parents growing older and what happens to them is a big part of this book. I did enjoy it even though the writing kept it at a light level and I didn't really connect with all of the characters.

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Redesigned (Off the Subject #2) by Denise Grover Swank


Redesigned (Off the Subject Book 2)

Synopsis:

While fashion design major Caroline Hunter may have been born economically unlucky, in college, she’s been lucky in love. Until her senior year at Southern University. She’s gone from a serious long term boyfriend to a string of crappy dates.

Then she meets mathematics grad student Reed Pendergraft.

Reed is everything she’s not looking for. Serious. Headed for a low paying university job. Boring. Caroline spent the first eighteen years of her life wondering where her next meal was coming from. She sure wasn’t getting trapped in that life again with a man living on a professor’s salary.

An encounter with Reed in a club proves she might have pegged him wrong. He brings out a lusty side she never knew she had. But just when she’s about to give in to her hormones, Reed makes a fool out of her. 


When she shows up for the first committee meeting for Southern University’s Fall fashion show, a fundraiser for underprivileged kids, Caroline’s horrified to discover the insufferable Reed is the committee chairman. While she refuses to tolerate his totalitarian rule of the committee, she’s not sure she’ll survive the month with her heart—and her pride—intact. Just when she thinks she has everything figured out, she finds that her entire life has been redesigned, thanks to Reed Pendergraft.

Review:

Redesigned was an alright read for me. I loved Reed right from the start, but Caroline I had issues with. She didn't seem believable to me. I get that she could be super worried about money after growing up so poor, but her whole backstory and need to be with someone with earning potential because of it didn't ring true to me. I didn't believe that she really had these issues from her childhood. I was told she did, but what I was shown, how she acted and thought and such, didn't back it up for me. So since I never really believed that she needed to date someone who will make a lot of money in the future because she doesn't want the same childhood she had for her kids I didn't really care for her that much. She supposedly will have panic attacks and such if she thinks about being with someone without a high earning degree, but again I just didn't believe it.

On the flip side I loved Reed right from the start. He was so cute and kind and just wonderful. Sure he was angry with Caroline, especially after their first meeting and she says some pretty mean things to him, but the way they pushed each others buttons was fun. I did feel bad for Reed and he seemed like an adult, whereas Caroline came off as very young, immature, and insecure. She was always assuming the worst about Reed right from the start and it was a bit ridiculous. She would never let him explain, she would just run off all poor me and cry when really it should be poor Reed. He definitely wants to be with Caroline, but knows she will never accept him because of his degree. Or at least he knew she said that about him. I felt bad for him as he was so amazing and I just loved him!

So of course things do work out in the end. Throughout the story you watch Reed and Caroline grow closer, watch them come together, and by the end I was happy enough. I just wish Caroline would have been written in a more believable way for me. Oh well, it was an alright read and this book did make me want to go back and read the first book in the series. I need to see Scarlett and Tucker's story.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner - Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

 


As I Lay Dying

Synopsis:

As I Lay Dying is Faulkner's harrowing account of the Bundren family's odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Told in turns by each of the family members—including Addie herself—the novel ranges in mood from dark comedy to the deepest pathos.

Review:

As I Lay Dying is the first Faulkner I have read. While reading this book I kept telling my husband about the plot and really while doing so it sounded amazing. While reading, however, I just found it kind of boring. I understand it, I get what is going on and whatnot, and like I said when I talk or think about what happens I really enjoy it. It just wasn't enjoyable to read which is odd.

This is the story of a family and their journey to bury Addie, their mom and wife. You have lots of points of view, each chapter changes who is telling the story, but for me most of them blended into one. Without each chapter being labeled who was speaking I am not sure I would have been able to differentiate them. As it was I had to keep going back and looking to see who was narrating the chapter. The exceptions were Anse and Vardaman, my favorite character in the book. I really liked Vardaman and the way he thought about things. His were the most entertaining chapters of the book and I found myself looking forward to when we would get to read him again.

Anse is just...I didn't care for him. He never seemed to care for anyone else throughout the story. As I said everyone else pretty much blended together into one for me and I found them just boring. I don't know how that happened as a lot of things that happened were entertaining (like "fixing" the one guys leg), but while reading I just kept going to get through it.

There is a lot of repetition in this story, but not because of the different narrators. People just repeat themselves a lot and some of the writing just seems nonsensical (my husband was reading over my shoulder at one particularly ridiculous part and was just like how are you reading this?). I didn't mind it, it was interesting since I hadn't read anything like it, but again overall it just came across as boring to me. I get it, I understand it, I just didn't really enjoy reading it. Overall it was an alright read, but it is not something that will stick with me.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Run (Charlotte Marshall Mysteries #1) by Becky Johnson


Run (Charlotte Marshall Mysteries Book 1)

Synopsis:

A decades old mystery and a deadly game of cat and mouse will change Charlotte Marshall forever.
Charlotte has a good life: friends, family, a successful career. Her perfect life is destroyed when research for a book and a connection from her past plunges her into the middle of her worst nightmare. 


On the run, with no one to trust, Charlotte begins to unravel the work of a sadistic murderer. Afraid and alone, she will learn the meaning of trust and just when to run.

Review:

Run had an interesting idea, but the execution wasn't my favorite. It was entertaining, but could have been much better. I am not quite sure exactly why but the writing was just off for me. It didn't really make me as involved with the story as I should have, though I did enjoy it well enough.

Charlotte remembers seeing a news story when she was younger, and is reminded of that when she starts doing some research for a new book. She stumbles upon what looks like a serial killer that no one has noticed yet. Over the years girls have been abducted and killed and no one has made the connection between them until Charlotte.

When Charlotte gets all her information in order she goes to the FBI to turn it over to them. She expects that to be the end of her involvement, only that is only the beginning. Shortly thereafter someone tries to get her and she is forced to run.

I did enjoy reading about her on the run. I loved how she tried to be smart about it, moving around and trying to make it so no one could find her. She isn't sure who to trust so she doesn't trust anyone until she has to. She can only go so far by herself, and really some of the info she acquires I find hard to believe would be that easy to access. Some of it was a bit unrealistic, but it was still fun. I just wish the writing wouldn't have been so stagnant for me so I would have really gotten into the story.

The ending was a bit too easy in a way, but eh. That was fine as it was just a light read for me. There is an obvious glaring problem that they don't address, but I think that is being left for the second book. It was just odd that it didn't come up after everything went down. One thing I did like **slight spoiler ahead** was that Charlotte and Jack, the FBI agent she works with, don't end up in love at the end. A lot of times author will throw people together like this, but I was pleasantly surprised when this one did not. It wouldn't have made a lot of sense if they would have gotten together so I enjoyed that. So it was an alright read, not as amazing as it could have been, but fun.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Blog Tour: All Played Out (Rusk University #3) by Cora Carmack - Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway





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Synopsis:

First person in her family to go to college? CHECK.
Straight A’s? CHECK.
On track to graduate early? CHECK.
Social life? …..yeah, about that….

With just a few weeks until she graduates, Antonella DeLuca’s beginning to worry that maybe she hasn’t had the full college experience. (Okay... Scratch that. She knows she hasn't had the full college experience). 

So Nell does what a smart, dedicated girl like herself does best. She makes a "to do" list of normal college activities.

Item #1? Hook up with a jock.

Rusk University wide receiver Mateo Torres practically wrote the playbook for normal college living. When he’s not on the field, he excels at partying, girls, and more partying. As long as he keeps things light and easy, it's impossible to get hurt... again. But something about the quiet, shy, sexy-as-hell Nell gets under his skin, and when he learns about her list, he makes it his mission to help her complete it.

Torres is the definition of confident (And sexy. And wild), and he opens up a side of Nell that she's never known. But as they begin to check off each crazy, exciting, normal item, Nell finds that her frivolous list leads to something more serious than she bargained for. And while Torres is used to taking risks on the field, he has to decide if he's willing to take the chance when it's more than just a game.

Together they will have to decide if what they have is just part of the experiment or a chance at something real.

Review:

I don't know what it is about Cora Carmack's Rusk University series that I love quite so much. Well, wait, that is not quite true. It is that they are well written stories with amazing characters that I can't help but fall in love with. All Played Out might just be my favorite thus far. I loved Nell so much, and Torres, Mateo...he is just so amazing! Loved them both so much throughout this story and loved watching them come together and figure everything out. 

Nell is the kind of female character that I just love. She is quirky and super smart and a little socially awkward and I just loved her. She has always turned to her studies as she has never really fit in. She thinks she is happy alone with her school work and will be with her career. She doesn't think she feels things the way others do. She just doesn't think she is meant to be with someone like other people are. Then when her roommate says something about her not actually having the college experience, how she has just studied or worked all the time to graduate early. This sticks with Nell so she decides to do an experiment. She makes a list of normal collage activities to try and once she is done well then she will know that she is just not like everyone. Then there will be no second guessing herself. She will just be happy. Only she doesn't factor meeting Torres into her plan. Torres who changes everything.

Mateo is so sweet and kind and fun and I just loved him so much! He is so perfect for Nell. Sure she reminds him of some things from his past in the beginning, but it is obvious how much he cares about Nell herself even if he doesn't want to admit it right away. He just gets her and wants to help her with her list and get her to really experience life. He loves how smart and strong she is. I loved how he is just so perfect for her! There is just something there between them and it was so much fun watching them figure everything out.

Nell and Mateo might not seem like they go together at first, but they just fit together perfectly. They both help each other be better, be happier. Mateo turned into this light hearted joking all the time guy due to some things that happened in his past. He likes being that person, but you can also see the amazing guy underneath. Oh he was great. I loved seeing him grow and change and be just oh so amazing. Watching him be so incredibly sweet with Nell...just loved it. Watching him help her grow and be more outgoing, more comfortable with other people? So much fun. And hot. And just amazing. Really a great read and a great addition to this series.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2


Excerpt:

The door opens, and my stomach dips at the sight of Nell’s bleary eyes and rumpled hair. She squints at me, and then winces at the sunlight, instinctively taking a step back into the house.

I step in after her without waiting for an invitation, and shut the door firmly behind me.

“I brought coffee,” I say, lifting the tray up into her line of sight.

“Shhh!” She holds one hand up to me and the other to her forehead.

“I think,” she says, her voice raspy, “there’s a herd of elephants in my head.”

“Welcome to the world of hangovers, sweetheart.”

She blinks at me, then says matter-of-factly, “I’m going back to bed.”

She shuffles down the hallway, and I follow her, still holding the coffee carrier and resisting the urge to laugh. Then she swings her bedroom door wide, and doesn’t bother to close it before tumbling headlong into her bed. Again, I take that as permission, closing the door in case Dylan comes home unexpectedly.

Before Nell can slip back into sleep, I force the coffee into her hand.

“Drink a little of this,” I tell her. “It’ll help clear up the headache and nausea.” She doesn’t look like she believes me, but she takes a sip anyway. “Aspirin will help, too, if you have some.”

“Bathroom,” she says, and I go out to the hallway bathroom. I find a bottle in the second cabinet I open.

When I return to her room, she asks, “You find it?”

“I did. Right next to your box of tampons. The things I endure for you, woman.” She rolls her eyes and takes the aspirin, and she drinks about half the coffee before placing the cup on the nightstand and sinking back against her pillows. She must be feeling better because she finally asks the question I’d expected to hear the second she opened the door. “What are you doing here?"

I shrug, toe off my sneakers, and throw myself down on the covers on the other side of her bed. She groans when the mattress bounces, but other than that doesn’t complain.

“I knew you’d be miserable this morning ...”

“And you decided that was something you needed to see?”

“I decided I could be of some help. I’ve had more than my fair share of hangovers. When that coffee kicks in all the way, we’ll get you showered and dressed, and then we’ll go out for some greasy breakfast. You’ll be good as new in no time.”

“You’ve done this more than once? Are you crazy? I never want to drink again.”

“Everybody says that. If you don’t, you’re not doing it right.”

“I don’t feel like I did anything right.”

“You checked another thing off your list, didn’t you?”

She throws an arm over her eyes in lieu of an answer, and after a minute or so of silence, she asks, “Why are you really here?”

“I told you, I—”

“If you feel sorry for me because of what happened last night or what I said, don’t. Please. I’d really rather you just leave.”

“I can’t do that. Sorry.”

“Why?”

“Because last time I let you get away from me, you called some giant ginger-bearded monster to get you drunk, and look how well that turned out. Face it. You need me.”

She makes a groan that sounds vaguely laughlike. “Matt is not a monster.”

“We’ll agree to disagree.”

She sighs, and rolls on her side to face me. I suck in a breath because even hungover, she’s beautiful. And that fiery, challenging look in her eyes always goes straight to my cock.

“And if I had wanted to call you?” she asks. “I don’t have your number.”

“You could have just thought of me. I would have known and come running. I’m practically a superhero in that regard.”

“Riiight.”

“Why so disbelieving? Unless you thought of me, and it didn’t work? Were you thinking of me last night, girl genius?”

“Not even a little bit.”

“I thought about you. Even during the game last night when I should have been concentrating on not getting my ass kicked, you kept popping up. I think I might be addicted to you, Antonella De Luca.” 

“How do you know my full name?” 

“I might have done a little snooping last night while you were out of it. So you were valedictorian in high school, huh?”

“Just how much snooping did you do?”

“Relax. Your list is safe. I promised I wouldn’t read it, and I didn’t.” My eyes drop to her lips, which she keeps pressing together in what I assume is nervousness. “It was tempting, though.” 

All of her is tempting, and I should probably get out of this bed right now before I drag her beneath me and remind myself just what her skin tastes like. 

Regretfully, I pull myself up to a sitting position and say, “All right, sweetheart. Go shower so we can get breakfast. Unless you need assistance, then I’d be happy to—” 

She cuts me off. “No. No, I think I can handle that alone.”

“Pity,” I say. “Well, I’ll be here waiting in your bed in case you change your mind.” 

She stands up and faces me, still all cute and rumpled from sleep. “You are so ...” She trails off, and shakes her head, turning for the door instead. 

As she heads for the bathroom, I call out, “I’m so what? Charming? Devastatingly handsome?”

“You so better be in the living room by the time I’m done with my shower.” 

Damn. I’d been looking forward to seeing her in a towel. 

Next time.

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About the Author:

HeadshotCora Carmack is a twenty-something New York Times bestselling author who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She now splits her time between Austin, TX and New York City and spends her days writing, traveling, and spending way too much time on the internet. In her books, you can expect to find humor, heart, and a whole lot of awkward. Because let’s face it . . . awkward people need love, too.      

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