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Review + Excerpt: THE DARKEST TOUCH

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Title & Series: THE DARKEST TOUCH (Lords of the Underworld #11)
Author: Gena Showalter
Release date: November 25, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Pages: 496
Formats: Mass Market Paperback, audio eBook

Description…

From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter comes the long-awaited story of Torin, the most dangerous Lord of the Underworld yet…

Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin’s every touch causes sickness and death—and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.

She is Keeley Cael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean the end for her, but resisting her is the hardest battle he’s ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can’t win.

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Note: An ARC was provided by the publisher for the review tour in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


The Review

THE DARKEST TOUCH is an absolutely delicious addition to Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld. When the fiercest of heroines, the Red Queen, meets one of the most feared Lords of the Underworld, the keeper of Disease, sparks fly, as do vows of vengeance. Theirs promises to be a relationship that is tumultuous, fraught with danger, and filled with the most exquisite temptation.

Imprisoned for centuries and having her power muted due to having put her trust in the wrong man, Keeleycael is primed for revenge. Almost fully restored to the powerful being she once was, the death of her friend Mari nearly undoes her. So, before seeking out the man who betrayed her, she will make Mari’s killer pay for what he did.

Even if the circumstances that put Mari in his path weren’t his doing. Even if he didn’t want her to die. Even if the guilt he feels for what he did is enough to cause him to tear his own heart out. And even if he’s proved himself to be strong enough to challenge her, bloodthirsty enough to excite her, and handsome enough to entice her, Torin will suffer for destroying the only person who’d shown her kindness, who kept her from turning dark, who bonded with her.

Having chosen battle before romance, always thinking there would be time, never imagining he’d be forced to host a demon that would prevent him from ever coming into physical contact with anyone, Torin was resigned to the fact that he would never know what it was like to be touched by a woman, be with a woman, be loved by a woman.

But when he set eyes on Keeley, The Red Queen, his hatred for his demon and his wish for a different fate was reignited. His desire for her was stronger than it had been for any woman. He could not imagine anyone more beautiful or more tempting. And he was not sure he would be able to resist the temptation to touch her, do more than touch her. Even if she currently wanted to kill him. And even if it was likely that his touch would kill her.

Filled with page after page of sexual tension, sizzling chemistry, the deadliest of touches, ferocious battles, witty and cutting and flirty and seductive banter, steamy romance and a building anticipation for even more heat to come, Gena Showalter has delivered yet another installment in this series that will keep readers riveted. And with a smoking hot, ruthless yet guilt-ridden and indecisive, and incredibly protective warrior and a fierce but fragile, temperamental, and wickedly vicious temptress of a queen, the author has created characters who readers will love getting to know.

THE DARKEST TOUCH is a stormy, sexy and utterly delectable romance that will put readers on one heck of an emotional roller-coaster. It has a lightning-fast pace that will make the nearly five hundred pages fly in an instant. It teases and tantalizes, leaving readers breathless with anticipation. It’s a wildly entertaining read, set in a world that is dark and dangerous and totally addictive.

It’s a must read addition to this series that can be enjoyed whether or not any or all of the previous installments have been read.

The Rating

05


About Gena Showalter

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Gena Showalter is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author whose books have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines, as well as Entertainment Weekly. Her novel Red Handed has been optioned by Sony Television. Critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories,” while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise.” Her mix of humor, danger and wickedly hot sex provides wildly sensual page-turners sure to enthrall.

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The Excerpts

Excerpt One

They would be a couple, she decided. Touch— pleasure—had been denied her for far too long. A fact his presence had never allowed her to forget. He’d had other girlfriends so he knew how to handle a romantic relationship. They could do this, could make this work. And they would be vigilant, cautious, never courting danger.

All she had to do was get him to agree.

There was no better time to try. “I’m dirty,” she announced. “Absolutely filthy, and I’m going to take a bath.”

“Good for you.”

So mocking.

So unaware of his coming fall.

“Be a dear and help me remove my dress,” she said.

A strangled sound left him. “It has no ties, no zipper. You tug it on and off.”

“Well, good news, then. As strong as you are, you shouldn’t have any problems.”

His gaze swept over her and heated. He licked his lips, as if he could already taste her. “What game are you playing, princess?”

“Does it matter?”

“Yes. And why the hell are you looking at me like that?”

“Like what?”

“Like I’m a hero. I’m not a hero. I’m a villain.”

Did he not realize that only made her want him more? “Well, be a good little villain and help me out of my dress.

“No.” His tone dovetailed into guttural as he added, “I’m not going near you.”

He’s definitely tempted. How thin was his control?

“Very well. I’ll near you.” Hips swaying, she closed the distance between them. She reached out.

He jerked away only to return—closer.

She wrapped her fingers around his wrists and guided his hands to her hips.

He resisted. At first.

“Relax, warrior. We’re protected by our clothes.”

His fingers clenched around her and held on tight. Did he think she would f loat away like a forgotten balloon?

“What’s…next?” he gritted.

Not exactly surrender, but close enough.

She leaned forward, careful as her breath fanned over his ear. “All you need to do is feel good.”

“I can do that.” He tugged her against him. Suddenly they were f lush, the softest parts of her cradling the hard- est parts of him. A growl rose from low in his chest as if, in this stolen moment, he’d regressed into little more than an animal. “I’m doing it right now.”

The pleasure…thoughts of being careful evaporated like mist. “Would you like to do more?”

“More. Yes.” His lips parted as he fought for breath. Eyes glazing with a wildness she’d never seen from any- one other than condemned prisoners, he squeezed her hard enough to bruise. “I’m going to take more, and you’re going to like it.”

Excerpt Two

She appeared in front of him, displaying more tanned skin than she concealed, her hair falling around her face in lush, golden waves. Her eyes glittered with remnants of her anger. Her lips were slightly swollen and pinker than usual.

“Temper much?” she quipped.

His relief was palpable. She hadn’t forgotten him! But the relief was quickly replaced by concern. “Are you all right? Did someone hit you?”

She blinked with confusion. “No. Why?”

“Your lips are swollen.”

She rubbed them, color heating her cheeks. “Someone didn’t hit me, but someone sure did hit on me.”

Hit on her. As in kissed her.

Already on edge, Torin. Utterly. Erupted.

He forgot everything he’d planned to do and say and got in Keeley’s face, snarling, “Who was it?”

Her eyes widened. “Hades. Why?”

“You dare ask why? You belong to me! We agreed. You do not kiss other men, Keeley. Ever. Have you for- gotten my rules?”

Her jaw dropped, and she gasped out a few unintelligible words as if she couldn’t quite figure out what to say to him.

He stood in place, breathing too quickly, too heavily, his throat and lungs burning. He reached for her, but as so many times before, fisted his hands and dropped them just before contact. This is crazy. I’m crazy. I have to leave.

“Are you…thinking about touching me?” she asked, her eyes widening again.

No, she had to leave. He could not be in public right now. “Go shopping. Buy yourself something pretty. My treat.” He basically tossed his credit card at her. He should be calm by the time she finished. “Come back in an hour. Maybe two. Actually, we’ll reconvene to- morrow.”

“You are,” she said. “You’re thinking… Even craving me. You don’t like the thought of another man’s hands on me, and you want to replace the memory with your hands.”

That. Yes. Hades would die, and Torin…Torin would touch this woman and never stop.

He gnashed his molars. “Last chance, Keeley. I sug-gest you take it and leave.” Soon. His control was almost completely shredded.

“No way. You’re the big bad warrior, yet I’ve had to come on to you time and time again. I’ve had to battle within myself—worth the price or not worth it. Well, it’s your turn.”

“There is no damn way you just suggested I haven’t done the same. I’ve battled.”

“When have you ever caved without prompting from me? You’ve resisted me so easily, always walking away. Sure, you’ve snarled while you’ve done the walking, but still you left me behind. So, tell me. When did you ever—”

“So easily?” he roared. Had she just said so easily? She had no clue about the intensity of his need—but he would teach her better.

Torin cupped her by the nape, yanked her close and smashed his mouth against hers. The kiss was a brutal assault meant to silence her, to dominate and possess. He held her still, making her take it, take everything. But the moment she softened against him, welcomed him inside her mouth, the darkness churning inside him switched gears. From the need to punish and master to the need to seduce and please.

This was Keeley. His princess. She deserved his best. He gentled the pressure, rolling his tongue inside her mouth, learning her all over again, tasting her. Summer berries and melted honey. So sweet. And mine. All mine. He framed her cheeks, angled her head and rolled his tongue just a little deeper. This time, she met him with a roll of her own.

That was his undoing.

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The Raven Cycle Tarot Tour: The World Card + Giveaway

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I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the celebration for the release of Maggie Stiefvater’s BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE with a Tarot Reading of The Raven Cycle series – past, present and future.

The Raven Cycle Tarot Tour began on November 1st and ends today, November 22nd, here at Fiktshun. If you’d like to check out each of the 22 Tarot cards that were revealed, be sure to visit all the stops on the tour – direct links can be found in the schedule below or on the This Is Teen Pinterest page.

Each stop offers the opportunity for a chance to win a Limited Edition The Raven Cycle Tarot Deck designed by Author Maggie Stiefvater.

If you haven’t yet heard about this absolutely amazing series, you can find out more on The Raven Cycle’s Official Website or on Maggie Stiefvater’s Website. Or just scroll down for more information about the author and each of the first three books in this series.

And if you’d like the chance to win THE RAVEN BOYS, THE DREAM THIEVES and BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE along with a Limited Edition Maggie Stiefvater Major Arcana Tarot deck, enter in the Rafflecopter at the end of the post.

But first, here’s some information about The Tarot, The World Card, and how it connects with the series.

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The Reading

Before I give my reading of the past, present and future of The Raven Cycle, here’s some information about the Tarot:

The tarot is a divination system that uses a deck of cards to gain insight. Most decks are comprised of 78 cards divided into the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana, with each card being symbolic of an energy or spiritual truth. The Major Arcana are known as the “trump cards” because they impart messages of greater weight and significance than the Minor Arcana.

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The World is card number 21 and represents completion, integration and accomplishment.

Upright, the World represents completion. However when the card is reversed, it represents lack of completion, lack of closure. (Source)

The World is the final gateway…. The cycle is complete…. All the lessons learned have been put to use. All the tasks accomplished have born fruit and brought prosperity. Every cause has had its effects and all of the diverse threads of effects have been woven into a tapestry of your life as you have lived it…. A new beginning is found in the end, the pieces are in place for a new journey to start, and after that one is completed, another will surely commence…. The cycle of the Major Arcana begins where it ends and ends where it begins; start and finish are no longer the ends of straight line, but coincident points on the circumference of a circle that encapsulates your life. The present is now. The future is now. Eternity is now. (Source)

Past

Only parts of the journey have come full circle for Blue and the Raven Boys in the past. The search for Glendower is still very much underway. The visions they had in Cabeswater have yet to be fulfilled. A complete understanding of how time moves, folds, circles, connects eludes them. Neeve and Maura’s whereabouts are still unknown. Blue and Gansey’s interaction on the Corpse Road has yet to be averted. Blue’s maybe-potential ability is not yet realized. On these, and other, matters the World card has been reversed.

But not all is unfulfilled. The card has been dealt upright. There has been integration as well as accomplishment. Blue’s addition to the group that was Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah set things in motion. Ronan was able to find answers about his father’s life and death, about his mother, about the Barns, about his dreams, and about who he is and what he is capable of. And he was able to save the Pig – no small feat. The truth about Noah was uncovered and he was able to return to the group and stay present often, thanks to Blue. Adam’s sacrifice was both an end and a beginning, one that gave him a purpose and a stronger connection with Cabeswater but forever changed him. The repercussions of that sacrifice are still unclear.

Present

The draw is the same. In the present, the World card has shown itself both upright and in reverse. The quest for Glendower has not yet reached its conclusion. The price of Adam’s sacrifice has not yet been paid. Blue’s “curse” has yet to be proven true or false. And Gansey’s fate has yet to be determined.

But Adam and Ronan, working together, completed the dangerous task they set out to accomplish. A sleeper – or possibly two – was awoken. A power was realized. The missing are no longer missing. Blue, Adam and Ronan are all becoming more aware of their roles.

And while the journey has not yet come to an end for Blue and her Raven Boys, it has for one of the residents of 300 Fox Way.

Future

What does the World card reveal about the future of The Raven Cycle? That the quest will come to an end and Gansey’s years-long efforts will be fruitful. Ronan’s dreams will come true. Adam will have done what he needed to in order to fulfill what was required by his sacrifice. Blue will finally be satisfied with the powers she has. And they will all come together to find a solution for Noah.

But just because things will have come full cycle does not mean the ending will be a happy one for all. There is still the matter of the prediction that Blue Sargent will kill her true love. And the events that lead to the meeting on the Corpse Road. The World card speaks of achievement and fulfillment. But it also speaks of endings and beginnings.

Accomplishment does not always guarantee happiness. So we’ll just have to wait and see how the future unfolds – if predictions come true, if dreams resemble nightmares, if a quest completed was everything it promised to be.


About The Raven Cycle

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Mystery, Romance and the supernatural combine in this series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.


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Book 1: The Raven Boys

Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Release date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

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The Dream Thieves

Book 2: The Dream Thieves

Series: The Raven Cycle #2
Release date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after….

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Book 3: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Series: The Raven Cycle #3
Release date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

Description…

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

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Praise for the Series

“Equal parts thriller and mystery, with a measured dash of romance sprinkled on top…Maggie has woven such a unique, intriguing narrative that I struggled for comparisons..”— MTV.com

“[A] well-paced neo-Gothic thriller about a teenage fivesome’s search for the supernatural . . .”— New York Times Book Review

“Simultaneously complex and simple, compulsively readable, marvelously wrought.”— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Stiefvater’s can’t-put-it-down paranormal adventure will leave you clamoring for book 2.” Entertainment Weekly 

“[A]  tour de force of characterization, and while there is no lack of event or mystery, it is the way Stiefvater’s people live in the reader’s imagination that makes this such a memorable read.”— Publishers Weekly, starred review


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About Maggie Stiefvater

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Entertainment Weekly has called Maggie Stiefvater, “one of the finest YA novelists writing today.”

Maggie Stiefvater is a writer, artist, and musician and the New York Times bestselling author of Shiver, hailed by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as, “a lyrical tale,” and by BookPage as, “beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages.” There are more than 1.8 million copies of the Shiver trilogy in print. Since publication, rights to thirty-six foreign editions of Shiver have been licensed. Linger, the second book in the Shiver trilogy, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

The Scorpio Races (2011) was named to the following best of the year lists for 2011: Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, The Horn Book and Kirkus Reviews. In addition, The Scorpio Races was named a 2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association and a New York Times Notable Children’s Book.

Time Magazine called, The Raven Boys, Book #1 in Stiefvater’s latest New York Times bestselling series The Raven Cycle, “A flirtier kind of horror-fantasy, aimed at teens clutching tattered Twilight and Sandman paperbacks….Stiefvater’s quirky prose has ample nerdy pleasures.” Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her family.

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The Giveaway

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One (1) winner receives THE RAVEN BOYS, THE DREAM THIEVES, BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE PLUS a Limited Edition Maggie Stiefvater Major Arcana Tarot deck. (Prizing & samples courtesy of Scholastic.)

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Cover Reveal: REBOUND by Noelle August

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I am super excited to be able to reveal the cover for REBOUND, the second book in the Boomerang series by Noelle August. I absolutely loved the cover for BOOMERANG and I love the cover for this book just as much. It’s fun and flirty and modern and pretty. It’s another perfect cover for this contemporary New Adult series with its understated fonts and it’s whimsical hand-drawn graphic – this time of lips.

It makes me that much more excited for the upcoming release of REBOUND and I can’t wait for February 10th to arrive so that I can add this one to my collection.

But that’s what I think. What do you think?

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The Cover Revealed

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Series: Boomerang #2
Release date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 288
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

At Boomerang, one night can change everything…

Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of his game in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and threatens to knock the tech wunderkind down and throw his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.

Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. After nearly flunking out in her senior year of college, she has one chance to redeem herself to her father by proving that she deserves a place in his corporate empire. That means spearheading her father’s plan to sink big money into Adam’s company and launch it into the stratosphere—provided Adam has no skeletons in his closet.

When the two meet, their sizzling chemistry makes it tough to keep things strictly professional. But when Alison discovers Adam’s secret, she knows she should bring it right to her father, who’ll leverage it for his own gain and use it to ruin Adam. The only problem: she’s falling for Adam—hard.

Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? Or can Adam and Alison leave behind past mistakes and conquer the world—together?

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About the Author

Noelle August

Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes?

Answer: Noelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind Boomerang

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About BOOMERANG

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Series: Boomerang #1
Release date: July 8, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 336
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

The first book in a sensational New Adult trilogy from Noelle August

Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up

Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.

Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.

What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer.

As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?

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DEFY Trailer Reveal + Giveaway

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I am super stoked to be able to take part in this awesome reveal for the book trailer for DEFY by Sara B. Larson. I loved DEFY and have been absolutely dying to read IGNITE and not just because of the way things ended in book one.

DEFY was released in January, but the paperback edition will be releasing this month on the 25th and then, on December 30th, the wait will finally be over for IGNITE. And I just so happen to think that it will be the perfect final read for 2014.

In addition to the fab trailer, in case you haven’t yet become acquainted with DEFY or IGNITE, I’ve included some information about them and the author below.

And if you’d like the chance to win a copy of DEFY in its soon-to-be-released paperback format, just scroll down to the giveaway a bit further down in the post.

Anyway…

I happen to love this trailer and can’t wait for you to check it out. So, without any further ado, here is…


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About DEFY

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Series: Defy #1
Author: Sara B. Larson
Release date: January 7, 2014 | Paperback edition to be released November 25, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and heart-racing romance.

Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?

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About IGNITE

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Series: Defy #2
Author: Sara B. Larson
Release date: December 30, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 304
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

Description…

Murder, kidnapping, and forbidden romance abound in this thrilling sequel to Sara B. Larson’s acclaimed YA debut, DEFY.

Alexa continues to harbor a secret love for the newly crowned King Damian, yet she remains by his side as his guard and ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion’s people. However, when a new threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on the once friendly nation of Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. Once again the fate of her country hangs in the balance. Will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy — before it’s too late?

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About Sara B. Larson

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Sara’s debut YA fantasy novel, DEFY, released in January of 2014 from Scholastic. The sequel will come out in early 2015–stay tuned for announcements about the title, cover, and synopsis! Sara lives in Utah with her husband and three young children. She writes during naptime and the hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” On occasion you will find her hiding in a bubble bath with a book and some Swedish Fish or some mint chocolate truffles. She is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.

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This reveal includes an awesome giveaway courtesy of Mundie Moms and Scholastic for…

A paperback copy of DEFY to THREE winners – US ONLY

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WILD Blog Tour: Review, Excerpt + Giveaway

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I am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Sophie Jordan’s WILD. I loved each of the books in The Ivy Chronicles and while I can’t choose a favorite among Pepper, Emerson and Georgia’s stories because they were all so awesome, I loved getting to know Georgia and Logan in this third and final book in the series.

For my stop, I am sharing my thoughts about WILD, which, if I had only three words to use, would either be “buy this book” or “love, love, loved.” But as I am not limited to just three words I may have gone on a bit longer, though I think both those sentiments say it better. This is a must buy book and I had major love for it each of the two times I read it. I also have a couple of excerpts to share and there’s an awesome giveaway, too. So if you’d like to check out my review, the short excerpt or longer excerpt of Chapter One, or enter the giveaway, just scroll down.

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About Wild

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Series: The Ivy Chronicles #3
Release date: November 18, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 288
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

A good girl goes fabulously bad in the final book in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s sexy New Adult romance series, in which three Ivy League suite-mates seek higher knowledge of just how far they can go.

Months after her boyfriend dumped her, Georgia can still hear the insults he hurled at her. Boring. Predictable. Tame. Tired of feeling bad, she’s ready to change her image, and go a little wild. What better way to prove her ex wrong than a hot night of sexual adventure at the secret campus kink club?

In the shadowy den of the kink club, she unexpectedly runs into Logan Mulvaney, her friend’s little brother. A player extraordinaire too hot for his own good, he may be younger, but the guy is light years ahead when it comes to sexual experience. Now he’s telling her to go home—“good girls” don’t belong here!

Georgia is tired of having others define her. She’s going to teach Logan a lesson he won’t forget—one white hot, mind-wrecking kiss . . . that leads to another . . . and another . . . and. . . . Realizing she’s way in over her head, Georgia runs.

Only Logan won’t let her go. Everywhere she goes he’s there, making her want every inch of him. Making her forget who she is. Who he is. And just how wrong they are for each other.

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The Review

WILD is an absolute must read third installment in Sophie Jordan’s Ivy Chronicles. It’s incredibly sexy and totally romantic. The chemistry between Georgia and Logan sizzles. The tension between them is palpable. Theirs is a love story that readers will be hoping ends happily from the very first kiss. It’s an addictive story that they won’t be able to get enough of.

Georgia was always willing to play by the rules, be the person her mother wanted her to be, pursue the dream her mom wanted for her, and never be the disappointment that her father was. But when her boyfriend cheats on her, dumps her and calls her boring, she’s desperate to prove him wrong. And she figures the perfect way to show him just how wild she can be is to let loose at the kink club.

But when her one night of abandon leads to an unforgettable kiss with Logan, her best friend’s boyfriend’s younger brother, she starts to wonder if maybe Harris was right. Because even though she can’t stop thinking about that kiss and can’t stop wanting more of what Logan has to offer, she isn’t willing to take the risk that he poses and gamble on someone she has no hope of a future with. Someone who is as big of a player as Logan is said to be.

Sophie Jordan penned yet another story in this series that is utterly delectable. She adds all the right ingredients – a lovable and relatable and completely conflicted heroine, a drool-worthy, deliciously masculine protagonist, just enough friction between the two to keep things interesting and enough heat to make readers swoon – and she mixes them together to create a story that is tantalizing, exciting and all-consuming.

While reading the first two books in the series is recommended in order to get to know more about Pepper, Reece, Emerson and Shaw and not have any of their stories spoiled, it is not required. WILD can be read and thoroughly enjoyed without having to have met them, or Georgia and Logan, in the previous books.

Readers looking for great writing, characters they can connect to, a romance that is more bumpy than smooth, and a read they can devour in one sitting will fall madly in love with WILD and each of the books in Sophie Jordan’s The Ivy Chronicles.

The Rating

05


The Excerpts

Chapter One

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Excerpt #2

“I gotta go,” I said hurriedly, turning to walk around the Jeep, ready to climb in the backseat, not even caring how obvious I was in trying to put distance between us by unnecessarily circling around the vehicle.

I felt him move behind me before I felt his hands on my arms. “No, you don’t,” he growled. “You don’t get to run away again.”

I squeaked as he hauled me back against his chest. My spine stiffened iron-rod straight against the wall of his broad chest. I felt my eyes go huge in my face. He was touching me. Again.And I was freaking out on the inside. I sucked in a deep breath, determined that my freak-out stayed internal only.

“Let me go. They’re coming.” My heart hammered violently in my chest and I didn’t know if it was because we were about to get busted by my friends or because his body felt so unbelievable against mine. Okay, fine. It was both.

His mouth brushed my ear as he spoke, spiking sensation to every nerve in my body. “Are you embarrassed, Georgia? You don’t want them to see me with you? Don’t want Pepper and Reece to know about us?”

“There is no ‘us.’ ”

“Oh, but there will be. We both know why you came tonight.” His fingers flexed, each digit a burning imprint on my forearms.

“Yeah?” Was that breathy croak my voice? “Why?”

“Because you haven’t been able to forget what it felt like to kiss me, and you want to know if the rest of it will be that good, too.” He bit down on my earlobe and a whimper escaped my lips. “It will be.”

An invisible band squeezed around my chest. I swallowed against my constricting throat. “Arrogant much?”

“It’s okay. I haven’t been able to forget either. I can still remember the way you taste.”

Oh. My. God.

I swallowed a moan and lurched free from him. Swinging around, I faced him and felt my knees go weak at the look in his eyes. Heavy-lidded and deep, his blue eyes looked almost indigo as they stared down at me.

“I know you probably think it’d be some great joke to bang one of your brother’s friends, but I’m not going to be another notch on your bedpost . . . some girl you screw once and forget about the next—”

He moved fast then, closing the space that I had established between us. Oh, yeah. He was a jock with ninja-fast reflexes. I needed to remember that.

I gasped as his hand slid around my neck, fingers burying in the hair at the base of my scalp. He lowered his head, dropping his forehead against mine until our breaths clashed and mingled. His fingers pressed and massaged the back of my head, shooting sensation straight to the core of me. Holy hell. Was that some kind of secret pressure point?

His words gusted over my mouth. “You think we’d fuck just once?”

My stomach plummeted at his blunt words.

He took my hand and dragged it between us, pressing my palm to his crotch—against the outline of his cock in his tight baseball pants. It hardened, growing beneath my touch and I felt an answering ache clench between my thighs. God, it had been so long.

“This doesn’t feel like a joke to me. You don’t,” he growled in a tight voice. “I want to do things to you . . . things a clean, vanilla girl like you never dreamed of. Things that tool boyfriend of yours never came close to doing to you.”

“Ex-boyfriend,” I replied automatically.

At my response, Logan pushed my palm harder against him, rubbing the hard ridge of him. A tiny moan escaped me as the ache squeezed between my legs.

He angled his head. “I think you want me to do dirty things to you, Georgia.”


About Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she’s also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family.

When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows.

Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.

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Other Books in the series

ForeplayTitle: FOREPLAY (The Ivy Chronicles #1)
Release date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 304
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

Before she goes after the life she’s always wanted, she’s about to find the one she needs.

Pepper has been hopelessly in love with her best friend’s brother, Hunter, for like ever. He’s the key to everything she’s always craved: security, stability, family. But she needs Hunter to notice her as more than just a friend. Even though she’s kissed exactly one guy, she has just the plan to go from novice to rock star in the bedroom—take a few pointers from someone who knows what he’s doing.

Her college roommates have the perfect teacher in mind. But bartender Reece is nothing like the player Pepper expects. Yes, he’s beyond gorgeous, but he’s also dangerous, deep—with a troubled past. Soon what started as lessons in attraction are turning both their worlds around, and showing just what can happen when you go past foreplay and get to what’s real…

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TeaseTitle: TEASE (The Ivy Chronicles #2)
Release date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 320
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

A born flirt and good-time party girl, Emerson has never had a problem finding a willing guy. She’s always chosen her hook-ups carefully, and she’s never broken her three cardinal rules:

· Never let them see the real you.

· Never fall in love.

· Always leave them begging for more.

Then comes Shaw. A hottie from the wrong side of the tracks, he’s immune to her flirtatious banter and come-hither smile. After rescuing her from a disastrous night at a biker bar, he doesn’t even try to take her to bed-he calls her a tease and sends her home instead. Unable to resist a challenge, or forget the sexy dark-eyed bad-boy biker, she vows to bring him to his knees.

But instead of making Shaw beg, she finds herself craving him. For the first time in her life, she’s throwing out her rulebook. Suddenly, she’s the one panting for a guy she can’t control. A guy who won’t settle for anything less than the real Emerson, who forces her to do things she’s never imagined, including facing a past she thought she’d buried.

A guy who just might leave her wanting more . . .

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The Giveaway

The tour includes an awesome giveaway for print copies of FOREPLAY and TEASE – the first two books in The Ivy Chronicles – and a $50 gift card to the e-tailer of the winner’s choice.

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Get Lit: The Seven Elements of Voice

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I was absolutely thrilled to be invited to help spread the word about Paper Lantern Lit’s new video series, which is being launched just in time for NaNoWriMo. Get Lit is “a collection of videos aimed at writers that contain [their] secrets of the trade. Everything from plotting advice, character development, marketing, and more are covered in these videos….”

To learn more about them, check out this intro video on YouTube from Lauren Oliver – HERE.

I think this is a fantastic resource for aspiring and seasoned writers alike. I know I’ll be checking out all of PLL’s videos for tips and advice.

And I especially love that I get to share this video from Lexa Hillyer on voice. It is one of the most important elements in writing, I believe. It is what distinguishes one book from the next and turns what might otherwise be a similar storyline into an idea and story that feel rather unique.

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Hello from Paper Lantern Lit, the “story architects!”

NaNoWriMo is underway, so if you’re in need of some writing advice, look no further than Get Lit! Every Get Lit video will explore the blueprints to each of PLL’s secrets of the storytelling trade.

In this video, watch PLL Co-Founder Lexa Hillyer walk readers through the elements that will help make your voice strong and distinct.


The Seven Elements of Voice

Check out the previous Get Lit videos here, and remember to subscribe so you never miss an update!

If you want more content like Get Lit, check out PLL’s Blog! We post lots of info for writers in our Toolbox series, which breaks down different parts of the storytelling craft.

And visit PLL’s Blog tomorrow for the final Get Lit video!


 

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