Book Watch: Releasing This Week #160

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Below are the YA books releasing this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

These are books for the week of January 21st-January 27th that I have pre-ordered.

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Avalon

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AVALON by Mindee Arnett was released in the U.S. on January 21, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 432 pages.

AVALON is the first book in a new series by Author Mindee Arnett. The second and final full-length book in the series is entitled MERIDIAN. A prequel novella, PROXY, was released in December.

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I love the sci-fi trend in YA as it’s allowed me to try different types of reads that I might have been hesitant to try in the past. Books like AVALON, which I decided to pre-order after I heard such amazing things about it.

While this is not my typical genre and space is not a typical setting in books I usually gravitate toward, the idea of mercenaries, corruption and a conspiracy piqued my interest. I can’t wait to meet Jeth Seagrave and learn more about what life is like for those in the star systems in the Confederation.

I am curious as to just what information he finds that is worth killing for. And I’m hopeful he will be able to gain his freedom.

AVALON now lives happily on my Kindle and I am hopeful of diving into this first book in the duology some time next month.

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A ragtag group of teenage mercenaries who crew the spaceship Avalon stumble upon a conspiracy that could threaten the entire galaxy in this fascinating and fast-paced sci-fi adventure from author Mindee Arnett.

Of the various star systems that make up the Confederation, most lie thousands of light-years from First Earth-and out here, no one is free. The agencies that govern the Confederation are as corrupt as the crime bosses who patrol it, and power is held by anyone with enough greed and ruthlessness to claim it. That power is derived from one thing: metatech, the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light.

Jeth Seagrave and his crew of teenage mercenaries have survived in this world by stealing unsecured metatech, and they’re damn good at it. Jeth doesn’t care about the politics or the law; all he cares about is earning enough money to buy back his parents’ ship, Avalon, from his crime-boss employer and getting himself and his sister, Lizzie, the heck out of Dodge. But when Jeth finds himself in possession of information that both the crime bosses and the government are willing to kill for, he is going to have to ask himself how far he’ll go to get the freedom he’s wanted for so long.

Avalon is the perfect fit for teens new to sci-fi as well as seasoned sci-fi readers looking for more books in the YA space-and a great match for fans of Joss Whedon’s cult hit show Firefly.

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Evertrue

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EVERTRUE by Brodi Ashton was released in the U.S. on January 21, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 368 pages.

EVERTRUE is the third and final full-length book in Brodi Ashton’s Everneath series.

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I already read EVERTRUE, but I’ve had it pre-ordered since long before then. And regardless of the fact that I have read it, have discovered how everything ends, I still had to add this final book in the series to my collection.

As I have read it and have very definite opinions on just how things ended, I don’t want to ramble on here for very long. Because I will let some key piece of information slip and that would not be at all good.

I loved the characters and world the author created in this series. Throughout the entire series there were many tears, angst-filled moments, and quite a few swoon-worthy ones, too. But the fact that this series had to come to an end after just only three books was the thing that devastated me the most.

While I won’t be reading EVERTRUE in the next few weeks, I do plan on reading the entire series again some day. I already miss Cole and Nikki… and Jack. So I’m thinking that “someday” will be someday soon.

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Now that Nikki has rescued Jack, all she wants is to be with him and graduate high school. But Cole tricked Nikki into feeding off him, and she’s begun the process of turning into an Everliving herself… which means she must feed on a Forfeit soon — or die.

Terrified for her survival, Nikki and Jack begin a desperate attempt to reverse the process using any means possible. Even Cole, who they expected to fight them at every turn, has become an unlikely ally — but how long can it last? Nikki needs to feed on Cole to survive, Cole needs Nikki to gain the throne in the Everneath, Jack needs Nikki because she is everything to him — and together, they must travel back to the Underworld to undo Nikki’s fate and make her mortal once more. But Cole isn’t the only one with plans for Nikki: the Queen has not forgotten Nikki’s treachery, and she wants her destroyed for good. Will Nikki be forced to spend eternity in the Underworld, or does she have what it takes to bring down the Everneath once and for all?

In this stunning conclusion to the Everneath trilogy, Brodi Ashton evokes the resiliency of the human spirit and the indomitable power of true love.

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The Rule of Three

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THE RULE OF THREE by Eric Walters was released in the U.S. on January 21, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), the print edition is 416 pages.

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When I first took a peek at the description for THE RULE OF THREE I immediately added it to my list of pre-orders. It sounded kind of awesome. Absolutely chaotic, but definitely awesome.

I am just so curious as to how having a police captain as a parent and having a spy living next door will help Adam survive. I can’t wait to get submerged into this world where a viral catastrophe has taken out most, or all, electronics. And I am dying to find out just what happened to make everything shut down.

While I know I won’t get the chance to read THE RULE OF THREE this month, I am hopeful that at some point in early February I’ll get to add it to the pile.

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One shocking afternoon, computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At sixteen-year-old Adam Daley’s high school, the problem first seems to be a typical electrical outage, until students discover that cell phones are down, municipal utilities are failing, and a few computer-free cars like Adam’s are the only vehicles that function. Driving home, Adam encounters a storm tide of anger and fear as the region becomes paralyzed. Soon—as resources dwindle, crises mount, and chaos descends—he will see his suburban neighborhood band together for protection. And Adam will understand that having a police captain for a mother and a retired government spy living next door are not just the facts of his life but the keys to his survival, in The Rule of Three by Eric Walters.

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FRAGILE SPIRITS by Mary Lindsey will be released in the U.S. on January 23, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Philomel, the print edition is 320 pages.

FRAGILE SPIRITS is the second book in Author Mary Lindsey’s Souls series.

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I am so excited for the upcoming release of Mary Lindsey’s FRAGILE SPIRITS. I’ve been just dying to get back to this world the author created what feels like forever ago.

As I already spotlighted it for my Book Watch post the other week and talked about quite a few of the reasons why I can’t wait for this book, I am going to try to keep things short.

But I can say that I am so glad the wait is just about over. And I will say that while this second book in the series isn’t about Lenzi and Alden, I am just as thrilled for its release and for the chance to meet Paul and Vivienne. This sequel sounds every bit as amazing as the first.

And if all goes as planned I’ll be able to devour it this weekend.

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Paul has always known he was a Protector, fated to serve a Speaker who could hear the voices of spirits lingering after death and help those souls find peace.

Vivienne ignores the voices of the dead.

Paul has always followed the Protector’s rule book, preparing diligently for the day when he’d be matched with his Speaker and fulfill his destiny.

Vivienne never does what she’s told.

So when Paul is matched with Vivienne, they both find the pairing less than satisfactory. But a kidnapping, a malevolent spirit and power stronger than both of them may just prove that they are two halves of the same whole.

In a stunning story about the beauty of fate and the power of secrets, Mary Lindsey returns to the world of Shattered Souls with a breathtaking thrill-ride of a novel.

**Note from author: This book begins one month after Shattered Souls leaves off. Lenzi and Alden are featured in this book, but reading Shattered Souls is not a prerequisite.

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The Witch is Back

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THE WITCH IS BACK by Brittany Geragotelis was released in the U.S. on January 21, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 352 pages.

THE WITCH IS BACK is the third and final book in Author Brittany Geragotelis’ Life’s a Witch series.

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I am a little bit behind on this series but I just had to pre-order THE WITCH IS BACK, the third and final installment. I loved the first book, I own the second and now can’t wait to read these final two back-to-back. As both the second and the third books are from Hadley’s POV, it will be the perfect two-book read.

I did end up taking a peek at the spoiler-y description, but even with spoilers I can’t wait to read both books. I’m excited that this final story will have Hadley and Brooklyn clash and I’m super curious if it is because of Asher. But what I am most curious about is the price Hadley is going to have to pay for love.

As my reading schedule is a bit crowded at the moment, I am hoping to be able to dive into this series-ending book in mid-February for my Don’t Let It End Reading Challenge. But I plan on reading LIFE’S A WITCH just a few days sooner than that.

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When two gorgeous, popular witches clash over a man, it’s magical mayhem in this conclusion to the Life’s a Witch trilogy!

It’s been a trying year for teen witch Hadley Bishop—she led her coven into battle against the Parrishables and lost her mother in a surprise attack. Now that the Parrishables and their leader, Samuel Parris, have been defeated, Hadley is looking forward to a relaxing, love-filled summer with boyfriend Asher Astley.

Hadley’s summer plans take an unexpected turn though when she and her coven head off to a witchy summer intensive. Once there, Hadley immediately finds herself in a power struggle with Brooklyn Sparks. Like Hadley, Brooklyn is gorgeous and popular, but she’s also…Asher’s ex-girlfriend?!

As if this news isn’t enough to rattle Hadley, there are rumors of a rogue witch in the woods, and someone is playing dangerous pranks around camp. Hadley suspects that Brooklyn is behind the pranks, but is she willing to risk losing her friends and Asher to prove it? In this electrifying conclusion to the Life’s a Witch series, Hadley will discover that love is more powerful than any spell—but it comes with a price.

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ALittleTooHot

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A LITTLE TOO HOT by Lisa Desrochers was released in the U.S. on January 21, 2014 in eBook format. A paperback edition will be released on February 25, 2014 and an audiobook will be releasing on March 11th. It is currently available to order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by William Morrow Impulse, the print edition is 416 pages.

A LITTLE TOO HOT is the third book in Author Lisa Desrochers A Little Too Far series.

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I am so excited that A LITTLE TOO HOT released this week. I got the chance to read it early and it is my favorite book in the series. It was the perfect mix of sexy, nerve-wracking, heartbreaking and exciting and I’m so glad that the finished version has joined the previous two books in my Kindle collection.

As I have read it there is nothing to guess about. It’s awesome. And revealing anything more than what the description mentions is dangerous. But I am so glad that Sam got her own story/love story. I love, love, loved meeting the super sexy Harrison. I absolutely adored Sam’s friends, especially Jonathan.

And I will just say that I did not see that coming. What “that” is, however, I shall not reveal.

As I have already read and loved A LITTLE TOO HOT I will not be adding it to the reading pile in the coming weeks. But I definitely think this one deserves a re-read, so hopefully I’ll get a chance to do that some time this spring.

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This book is a stand-alone A LITTLE TOO FAR novel.

If you play with fire…

Tossed out of college and cut off by her parents, Samantha West is in pretty dire straits. So when her rocker best friend hooks her up with a job dancing at a gentlemen’s club, who is she to turn it down? Plus, there are rules to dancing at Benny’s: No touching, keep your clothes on at all times, and never get closer than three feet. Unfortunately for Sam, her first private client makes her want to break every single one of them.

Harrison Yates is scorching hot, but he’s got a past that involves being left at the altar not too long ago. Sam is determined to make him forget about his ex, but when she makes her move, it flings her life into a spiral of chaos she never saw coming.

Because Harrison Yates isn’t who he seems to be. And his secret will probably get her killed.

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Other Books of Note

A Mad Wicked FollyA MAD, WICKED FOLLY by Robin Benway

Pub. Date: January 23, 2014

Publisher: Viking Juvenile

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl.

After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?

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***This is an ADULT title and not a YA title***


The Professional Part 3THE PROFESSIONAL Part 3 
by Kresley Cole

Pub. Date: January 20, 2014

Publisher: Pocket Star

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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Are you ready to play?

Yet all is not as it seems. To remove Natalie from an enemy’s reach, Sevastyan spirits her into hiding. From an opulent palace in Russia to the decadent playgrounds of the mega-wealthy in Paris, the two lovers will discover that even their darkest – and most forbidden – fantasies can come true…

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Other Releases

FAKE ID by Lamar Giles

THE GOSPEL OF WINTER by Brendan Kiely

HIDDEN GIRL: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave by Shyima Hall and Lisa Wysocky

THE SCAR BOYS by Len Vlahos

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I can’t believe I forgot to list the first episode’s release of THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: FINAL ACT last week. I was so caught up with its tour that it seems I did not include it on my list of books I’d pre-ordered. Since I did miss posting about it and as it is releasing in serial format first, I think I’ll wait until it’s released in full before giving it my full ramble.

But I don’t think I missed anything else last week, and I don’t think I missed anything else releasing this week. Though, because I’m posting this a bit later than usual, I do have the benefit of having most of my pre-orders downloaded for confirmation.

Anyway… I can’t wait to check out AVALON, which will be a completely different sort of read for me. I’m excited by the fact that I have read two of the books I have on order so that I don’t have too many new additions to the TBR pile. And I am still anxiously awaiting the release of FRAGILE SPIRITS because I love Mary Lindsey’s writing and her Souls series.

But enough about me and what I’m excited about. I hope that there are a few titles you’re excited about that are releasing this week. And if there are, or if I have missed one or two “must adds” then leave a comment and let me know!

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As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!

A Little Too Hot Blog Tour: Alternate POV Scene + Giveaway

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I am absolutely thrilled to be today’s stop on the A LITTLE TOO HOT Blog Tour. I absolutely love this series by Author Lisa Desrochers and A LITTLE TOO HOT just happens to be my favorite of the series. Sam and Harrison’s story is all kinds of sexy, romantic, heartbreaking and incredibly exciting.

It’s the perfect addition to the series.

While I would love to go into just why things get a little too hot, talk about just what kind of surprises this story has to offer, and share my thoughts on all that happens with Sam and Harrison, there is no way I can do so without revealing a little too much.

What I can say is that I was immediately pulled into the story. I fell madly in love with the characters. It kept me riveted and anxious to see how things ended. There was no shortage of heat. I was completely surprised. And I was totally curious about just what Harrison thought at various points in the story.

Which is why I am so completely ecstatic to have gotten the chance to read one of those scenes that sizzle from Harrison’s point of view. And I’m just as excited to be able to share it for my stop today.

As it is all sorts of HOT and SEXY, I thought I’d post the book details first, just to make you wait a little bit longer. Of course if you have read A LITTLE TOO HOT or you just don’t want to wait, the scene from chapter six follows immediately below that.

If for some reason you haven’t yet heard of this series or “met” the author, I’ve included details on the other two books in this series and some brief information about the author and places where you can find them all online.

I’ve also included the full tour schedule which I’ll be updating with direct links to all the posts in case you want to check them out.

And, the author is offering up a seriously awesome Grand Prize Pack for giveaway. To enter for a chance to win, just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter.

A LITTLE TOO HOT releases today in eBook format – the paperback releases on February 25th – and I can’t wait until everyone gets the chance to read it and see what happens with Sam and Harrison. I’m just dying to know what everyone thinks.

Even if you haven’t read the first two books in this series, you can skip right to A LITTLE TOO HOT and read it first. While Sam was introduced in A LITTLE TOO FAR, you don’t have to read it to read and love this book. Though it’s very easy to devour all three books in a row if you love to read in sequence.

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About A Little Too Hot

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From USA Today bestselling author Lisa Desrochers, comes the third book in her sizzling New Adult series.

If you play with fire…

Tossed out of college and cut off by her parents, Samantha West is in pretty dire straits. So when her rocker best friend hooks her up with a job dancing at a gentlemen’s club, who is she to turn it down? Plus, there are rules to dancing at Benny’s: No touching, keep your clothes on at all times, and never get closer than three feet. Unfortunately for Sam, her first private client makes her want to break every single one of them.

Harrison Yates is scorching hot, but he’s got a past that involves being left at the altar not too long ago. Sam is determined to make him forget about his ex, but when she makes her move, it flings her life into a spiral of chaos she never saw coming.

Because Harrison Yates isn’t who he seems to be. And his secret will probably get her killed.

Author: Lisa Desrochers
Series: A Little Too Far #3
Publication Date: January 21, 2014 (eBook), February 25, 2014 (print)
Pages: 416
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse
Formats: Paperback, eBook

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Praise

“Every page is deliciously breathtaking, wickedly sexy and sensational. A LITTLE TOO HOT is wonderfully unique and a LOT HOT! I am a HUGE Lisa Desrochers fan.”
— Katy Evans, New York Times bestselling author of REAL, MINE, and REMY

“Lisa is brilliant at creating sizzling sexual tension and impossible circumstances that make the reader hold their breath all the way to happy ever after. Sam and Harrison are more than A Little Too Hot, they are scorching!”
— Jay Crownover, New York Times bestselling author of RULE, JET, and ROME

“Lisa Desrochers’ best yet! A LITTLE TOO HOT is hotter than hot with all the emotional punch to back it up!”
— Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author

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Guest Post

Scene from Harrison’s POV

Chapter 6

I pace the dim, dank VIP room, unable to explain why my palms are sweating. I feel like a fifteen-year-old, waiting at the movies for his first date to show up. But it’s not our first meeting. I’ve paid for her. She has to show. So, why am I nervous?

I sit on the sagging couch to force myself to stop pacing. The whirring ceiling fan does nothing to dispel the weight of the air, so heavy it near chokes me.

There’s a commotion in the hallway, and I hear a guy shout, “Hey, Nora! Anyone in the VIP room? Red and I need the couch and a thermometer for a science experiment. How hot is backstage sex between a rocker and an exotic dancer? Will spontaneous combustion occur? Inquiring minds want to know.”

Just as the door flings open, a woman’s voice shrieks, “Put her down, you Neanderthal! She’s got work to do!”

I stand as Sam comes into the room, but she’s ass-first, over the shoulder of a good-looking guy a few years younger than me, with ink up his arms and neck and a chiseled and very pierced face.

He lifts a hand off her legs and holds it up to me. “Sorry, man. Didn’t know anyone was in here.”

Sam kicks free of his grasp and slides off his shoulder to the floor. She wobbles for a second on those high-heeled boots before gaining her balance. “You moron,” she mutters shoving the guy.

An older woman lunges through the open door and grabs the kid by the back of his T-shirt, dragging him backward toward the door.

“Inquiring minds want to know!” he calls, just as it snaps shut.

“Your boyfriend?” I ask, my eyes flicking to the door, where my possible competition just vanished.

Her eyes fly wide. “Hell, no!”

I tip my head at the couch. “So you were donating your body to science, so to speak.”

“He’s just a friend.” The irritated expression on her face as she says it causes the knot in my stomach to soften. “A really stupid friend.”

I rake my eyes down the front of her, over the skimpy black satin vest and shorts and the laced thigh high boots, and something hot and hungry flares in my gut. As my gaze scans its way back up her body, I see through the thin satin vest that her nipples have hardened. A certain part of my anatomy responds in kind.

I move closer as my gaze reaches her face. “You were amazing out there tonight. The way you move is just so…” …fucking incredible. But I trail off without saying it as her eyes flare. There’s no mistaking the look in her smoldering gaze, and my jeans tighten around my stiffening dick.

I sit again to hide the evidence as she moves to the stereo and cranks the music louder. She steps away from the stereo and lifts her arms overhead, and her body starts to sway, the tiny costume she’s wearing is doing nothing to keep me from imagining her totally nude. Watching her move—the roll of her hips and the thrust of her tits as her body undulates with the slow rhythm; the way her hands glide over her curves and don’t shy away from her most sensitive places; and the way her smoldering gaze holds mine the whole time, fire to ice—all I know is, she makes me want to forget who I am and why I’m here and just bury myself inside her and live there. She makes me want to map every inch of her body with my tongue. She makes me want to ride her hard and put her away wet. Because there’s not much question this girl would be dynamite in the sack.

I can take her right now and cement this deal—and something tells me she’d let me. Something in her look tells me she’d even enjoy it.

But there’s also something about her that makes me want to protect her, and the thing she most needs protection from at this exact moment is me. Because even though she’s oblivious, I’m her worst nightmare.

And she’s mine.

I tip my head back and let out an animal growl, then stand and yank on my jeans, trying to make my enormous erection fit inside them.

“Dance with me,” she purrs, all sex and desire, and it’s my total undoing.

I swallow and move closer, stopping a foot away. “I thought there was a three foot rule.”

Her eyes flare red heat. “I’m modifying it to one foot.”

I reach for her waist, needing to feel her body under my hands, but she backs away and shakes her head. “Still no touching. Sorry.”

God, this girl is going to be the death of me. One of us is leaving this room a totally ruined person, and, despite the plan, I’m starting to doubt it’s going to be her.

She lifts her arms overhead again and starts to circle her hips, and it’s like her body blends with the music, turning hot and molten and fluid. But she never breaks eye contact, and I feel her flowing through my veins.

At first, I can’t move, but finally, her scorching lava melts the ice inside and I start to sway to the rhythm.

The hint of a smile pulls at those full, red, blow-me lips, and her eyes flutter closed for a second as she moans a little. I close my eyes, forcing myself back under control.

But then she turns, and the motion brings us closer. She rolls her hips with the steady beat, and her ass brushes against where my dick is trying to rip through the denim of my jeans.

I suck in a breath. “Jesus, Sam,” I groan, my voice thick and strangled as I try to hold myself together. “Are you sure I can’t touch you?”

“Yes,” she whispers with a slight turn of her head.

And, God, she smells amazing. Like spice and sex.

I lean closer, my lips nearly touching her ear. “Yes, I can touch you? Or yes, you’re sure I can’t.”

“I’m sure you can’t.” Her voice comes out rough, and I can’t stop the groan as I come unglued.

I need this. Not only because it’s what I came for, but also because I can’t remember every being so drawn to one girl. I can’t remember every feeling this desperate to be inside anyone—and that includes my ex-fiancée. But with Sam, it’s base and it’s raw. Desire at its purest. And watching her move, I make my decision.

“I’m not sure I’m going to be able to stop myself,” I say in a rare moment of honesty. My lips brush her ear, and I swear she stops breathing. “Sam? I coax, shifting so I’m just touching her. “Please say I can.”

She leans her back against my chest, and a throaty moan rolls up from deep inside her. Her moan turns into a low, hissing gasp when I close my hands over my hips and I grind myself against her. She tips her head back into my shoulder and I skim my nose over the tender skin of her neck, inhaling the sweet, hot scent of sex oozing from her pores. It goes straight to my groin, and I almost come on the spot with the rush.

As we move together to the slow beat, our hips rolling in unison, I imagine I’m inside her. I pulse for her, my hard-on becoming painful. My hand glides around her bare midriff, and I know I’m not going to be able to contain myself for much longer. There’s fire under my skin and every nerve ending throbs with want.

She doesn’t stop me when I trace my fingertips over the soft, bare skin along the dangerously low waistband of her tiny shorts, then slip them underneath. And when my other hand glides under the lapel of her vest and cups the swell of her breast, skin on skin, she gasps. She tries to pull away, but I hold her tight against me, rolling her hardened nipple under my thumb. She collapses against my body and moans again, deep and desperate, the sound of pure longing. Her moan shatters any shred of self-control I might have been clinging to. I am so far over the uncrossable line that I’m putting everything I’ve worked for at risk. But in this instant, I don’t care.

She rocks her hips, encouraging my fingertips under her waistband lower. But just as I slip under the elastic of her thong, there’s a bang from the hallway outside.

I’m so stunned that I don’t stop her from pulling away. But the next second, Sam escapes through the door into the hall without a word.

I stand here for a full minute, trying to will my heartbeat out of the stratosphere and tame the beast inside my pants.

Tomorrow. Tomorrow I get what I came for.

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To get a peek at this scene from Sam’s POV, check out Books Over Boys tour stop on January 23rd.

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About Lisa Desrochers

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Lisa Desrochers is the USA Today bestselling author of A LITTLE TOO FAR , courtesy of HarperCollins, and companions, A LITTLE TOO MUCH (Nov 12, 2013), and A LITTLE TOO HOT (Jan 21, 2014). Also in stores is her YA PERSONAL DEMONS trilogy (Macmillan).

She lives in central California with her husband and two very busy daughters. There is never a time that she can be found without a book in her hand, and she adores stories that take her to new places, and then take her by surprise.

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Other Books in the Series

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Title: A LITTLE TOO FAR (A Little Too Far #1)
Pub. Date: September 17, 2013/October 1, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 336
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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Lexie Banks has.

Yep. She just had mind-blowing sex with her stepbrother. In her defense, she was on the rebound, and it’s more of a my-dad-happened-to-marry-a-woman-with-a-super-hot-son situation. But still, he’s been her best friend and confidant for the better part of the last few years … and is so off limits. It’s a good thing she’s leaving in two days for a year abroad in Rome.

But even thousands of miles away, Lexie can’t seem to escape trouble. Raised Catholic, she goes to confession in hopes of alleviating some of her guilt … and maybe not burning in hell. Instead, she stumbles out of the confessional and right into Alessandro Moretti, a young and very easy-on-the-eyes deacon … only eight months away from becoming a priest. Lexie and Alessandro grow closer, and when Alessandro’s signals start changing despite his vow of celibacy, she doesn’t know what to think. She’s torn between falling in love with the man she shouldn’t want and the man she can’t have. And she isn’t sure how she can live with herself either way.

To read an excerpt on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

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A-LITTLE-TOO-MUCH-CoverTitle: A LITTLE TOO MUCH (A Little Too Far #2)
Pub. Date: November 12, 2013/December 10, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 416
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description…

In the follow-up to Lisa Desrochers’ explosive New Adult novel A Little too Far, Alessandro Moretti must face the life he escaped and the girl he loved and left behind.

Twenty-two year old Hilary McIntyre would like nothing more than to forget her past. As a teenager abandoned to the system, she faced some pretty dark times. But now that’s all behind her. Hilary has her life on track, and there’s no way she’ll head back down that road again.

Until Alessandro Moretti—the one person who can make her remember—shows up on her doorstep. He’s even more devastatingly gorgeous than before, and he’s much too close for comfort. Worse, he sees right through the walls she’s built over these last eight years, right into her heart and the secrets she’s guarding.

As Hilary finds herself falling back into love with the man who, as a boy both saved and destroyed her, she must decide. Past or future? Truth or lies?

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The Giveaway

The author has offered up an awesome Grand Prize Pack for giveaway.

The GRAND PRIZE is a blurb pack of all three REAL series books signed by Katy Evans, all three Marked Men series books signed by Jay Crownover and FOREPLAY signed by Sophie Jordan, plus signed swag.

Giveaway is International.

Giveaway is hosted by the author.

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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The Tour Schedule

Week One: Day One

Jan. 20th – Page Turners Blog – Review + Excerpt
Jan. 20th – Lost in Literature – Review
Jan. 20th – The Reading Cafe – Review + Guest Post
Jan. 20th – City of Books – Review
Jan. 20th – Sun Mountain Reviews – Review

Week One: Day Two 

Jan. 21st – Fiktshun – ALT Scene from Harrison’s POV
Jan. 21st – Step Into Fiction – Review + Deleted Scene
Jan. 21st – Lovin’ Los Libros – Review
Jan. 21st – The Autumn Review – Review
Jan. 21st – A Love Affair With Books – Review
Jan. 21st – Alii’s Book Jungle – Review
Jan. 21st – Book Labyrinth – Review + Character Interview

Week One: Day Three 

Jan. 22nd – Books Complete Me – Review + Excerpt
Jan. 22nd – In the Best Worlds – Review
Jan. 22nd – Globug and Hootie Need A Book – Review
Jan. 22nd – My Favorite Things – Playlist Post
Jan. 22nd – Ginger-read Reviews – Review
Jan. 22nd – Book Angel Booktopia – Review

Week One: Day Four 

Jan. 23rd – Ramblings From This Chick – Review
Jan. 23rd – The Demon Librarian – Review
Jan. 23rd – Books Over Boys – Excerpt or Deleted Scene
Jan. 23rd – Keepin’ It Real Book Blog – Review
Jan. 23rd – No Bent Spines – Author Interview

Week One: Day Five 

Jan. 24th – Seeing Night Reviews – Guest Post
Jan. 24th – Bookhounds YA – Guest Post
Jan. 24th – The Book Swarm – Review
Jan. 24th – The Book Review – Review
Jan. 24th – bookaholics anonymousonline – Guest Post
Jan. 24th – Little Bookworm Reviews – Review

Week Two: Day Six

Jan. 27th – Owl Always Be Reading – Review
Jan. 27th – BookChic – Review
Jan. 27th – The Book Whore-der’s Delights – Review
Jan. 27th – Paranormal Book Club – Guest Post
Jan. 27th – Ticket to Anywhere – Deleted Scene
Jan. 27th – Nocturne Romance Reads – Review + Author Interview

Week Two: Day Seven 

Jan. 28th – The Busy Bibliophile – Review
Jan. 28th – The Cover Contessa – Guest Post
Jan. 28th – Book Crushin – Review
Jan. 28th – Rumpled Sheets Blog – Review

Week Two: Day Eight 

Jan. 29th – Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks – Review + Character Interview
Jan. 29th – Waiting For Wentworth – Review
Jan. 29th – Nestled in a Book – Review
Jan. 29th – The Scarlet Siren – Review
Jan. 29th – Allodoxophobia: The Fear of Opinions – Review
Jan. 29th – Good Books & Good Coffee – Guest Post

Week Two: Day Nine 

Jan. 30th – The Irish Banana Review – Review + Guest Post
Jan. 30th – Stuck In YA Books – Review + Excerpt
Jan. 30th – adventures-in-word – Review
Jan. 30th – The Bookmark Blog – Review
Jan. 30th – All in a Book – Review
Jan. 30th – Booklovers LaceyCat – Deleted Scene or Excerpt

Week Two: Day Ten 

Jan. 31st – Fade Into Fantasy – Guest Post
Jan. 31st – Hot Stuff Book Reviews – Review
Jan. 31st – Kimberlyfaye Reads – Review
Jan. 31st – Sugar and Spice Book Reviews – Excerpt
Jan. 31st – Polished Readers – Review
Jan. 31st – A Bookish Escape – Review
Jan. 31st – Nerd Alert Book Love – Review

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Excerpt Reveal: A LITTLE TOO HOT

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I am so excited to be able to help out with this excerpt reveal for the upcoming third installment in Lisa Desrochers’ awesome A Little Too Far series, A LITTLE TOO HOT.

It is one of the two books I’m currently reading and I am already in love with Sam’s story. Though I kind of already was after having checked out the sneak peek at the back of A LITTLE TOO MUCH.

I was so excited to learn that Sam did get a story as I felt so bad for her after what happened in A LITTLE TOO FAR. So I’m totally thrilled that she gets her own sexy, steamy love story, which so far lives up to it’s name. It is totally HOT.

While I happened to have devoured the previous two books in this series, you don’t have to have read those in order to meet Samantha and read her story. You can – not that you’d want to – skip both those books and dive right into A LITTLE TOO HOT when it releases in just over two weeks.

The excerpt included is of the first chapter and it’s the perfect tease for the rest of the book. A book that I want to get back to reading, so I’m going to stop rambling so I can get back to it and so you can see just how awesome it is for yourself.

First, though, here are the book details in case you want just a hint of what’s in store for Sam.

About A Little Too Hot

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Coming January 21, 2014

Description…

From USA Today bestselling author Lisa Desrochers, comes the third book in her sizzling New Adult series.

If you play with fire…

Tossed out of college and cut off by her parents, Samantha West is in pretty dire straits. So when her rocker best friend hooks her up with a job dancing at a gentlemen’s club, who is she to turn it down? Plus, there are rules to dancing at Benny’s: No touching, keep your clothes on at all times, and never get closer than three feet. Unfortunately for Sam, her first private client makes her want to break every single one of them.

Harrison Yates is scorching hot, but he’s got a past that involves being left at the altar not too long ago. Sam is determined to make him forget about his ex, but when she makes her move, it flings her life into a spiral of chaos she never saw coming.

Because Harrison Yates isn’t who he seems to be. And his secret will probably get her killed.

Author: Lisa Desrochers
Series: A Little Too Far #3
Publication Date: January 21, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | GOOGLE PLAY

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The Excerpt

Exclusive Excerpt of A LITTLE TOO HOT by Lisa Desrochers by WilliamMorrowBooks

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About Lisa Desrochers

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Lisa Desrochers is the USA Today bestselling author of A LITTLE TOO FAR , courtesy of HarperCollins, and companions, A LITTLE TOO MUCH (Nov 12, 2013), and A LITTLE TOO HOT (Jan 21, 2014). Also in stores is her YA PERSONAL DEMONS trilogy (Macmillan).

She lives in central California with her husband and two very busy daughters. There is never a time that she can be found without a book in her hand, and she adores stories that take her to new places, and then take her by surprise.

WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS

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Other Books in the Series

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Title: A LITTLE TOO FAR (A Little Too Far #1)
Pub. Date: September 17, 2013/October 1, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 336
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description…

Lexie Banks has.

Yep. She just had mind-blowing sex with her stepbrother. In her defense, she was on the rebound, and it’s more of a my-dad-happened-to-marry-a-woman-with-a-super-hot-son situation. But still, he’s been her best friend and confidant for the better part of the last few years … and is so off limits. It’s a good thing she’s leaving in two days for a year abroad in Rome.

But even thousands of miles away, Lexie can’t seem to escape trouble. Raised Catholic, she goes to confession in hopes of alleviating some of her guilt … and maybe not burning in hell. Instead, she stumbles out of the confessional and right into Alessandro Moretti, a young and very easy-on-the-eyes deacon … only eight months away from becoming a priest. Lexie and Alessandro grow closer, and when Alessandro’s signals start changing despite his vow of celibacy, she doesn’t know what to think. She’s torn between falling in love with the man she shouldn’t want and the man she can’t have. And she isn’t sure how she can live with herself either way.

To read an excerpt on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

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A-LITTLE-TOO-MUCH-CoverTitle: A LITTLE TOO MUCH (A Little Too Far #2)
Pub. Date: November 12, 2013/December 10, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 416
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description…

In the follow-up to Lisa Desrochers’ explosive New Adult novel A Little too Far, Alessandro Moretti must face the life he escaped and the girl he loved and left behind.

Twenty-two year old Hilary McIntyre would like nothing more than to forget her past. As a teenager abandoned to the system, she faced some pretty dark times. But now that’s all behind her. Hilary has her life on track, and there’s no way she’ll head back down that road again.

Until Alessandro Moretti—the one person who can make her remember—shows up on her doorstep. He’s even more devastatingly gorgeous than before, and he’s much too close for comfort. Worse, he sees right through the walls she’s built over these last eight years, right into her heart and the secrets she’s guarding.

As Hilary finds herself falling back into love with the man who, as a boy both saved and destroyed her, she must decide. Past or future? Truth or lies?

Cover Reveal: A Little Too Hot + Giveaway

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Coming January 21, 2014

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About A Little Too Hot

Author: Lisa Desrochers
Series: A Little Too Far #3
Publication Date: January 21, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse

Description…

From USA Today bestselling author Lisa Desrochers, comes the third book in her sizzling New Adult series.

If you play with fire…

Tossed out of college and cut off by her parents, Samantha West is in pretty dire straits. So when her rocker best friend hooks her up with a job dancing at a gentlemen’s club, who is she to turn it down? Plus, there are rules to dancing at Benny’s: No touching, keep your clothes on at all times, and never get closer than three feet. Unfortunately for Sam, her first private client makes her want to break every single one of them.

Harrison Yates is scorching hot, but he’s got a past that involves being left at the altar not too long ago. Sam is determined to make him forget about his ex, but when she makes her move, it flings her life into a spiral of chaos she never saw coming.

Because Harrison Yates isn’t who he seems to be. And his secret will probably get her killed.

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | GOOGLE PLAY

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My Thoughts

I love all the covers in this series. And until I saw the cover for A LITTLE TOO HOT I didn’t think I could love any cover in this series more than the cover for A LITTLE TOO MUCH. I thought it was gorgeous, sexy and mysterious.

Well this one is just as gorgeous, even sexier and while not as mysterious, it suits its name because it is totally HOT.

Just like with all the covers I love the title font. And I love, love, love that this one is in pink, which is so striking against the black.

I love that the cover models are still silhouetted but that there is just a bit more light so that more is revealed and you can see their faces, their expressions.

I love that once again the title follows the curve of the female model. And for this cover I love that all the words are contained within the shadowed bodies just like on the first book’s cover.

The almost-kiss is the perfect tease and I find myself staring at their lips just waiting for them to come together.

I read the sneak peek of this third book in the series which made me desperately anxious to read it. Now that I’ve seen the cover I’m DYING to get my hands on it. Two months is too far away.

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About Lisa Desrochers

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Lisa Desrochers is the USA Today bestselling author of A LITTLE TOO FAR , courtesy of HarperCollins, and companions, A LITTLE TOO MUCH (Nov 12, 2013), and A LITTLE TOO HOT (Jan 21, 2014). Also in stores is her YA PERSONAL DEMONS trilogy (Macmillan).

She lives in central California with her husband and two very busy daughters. There is never a time that she can be found without a book in her hand, and she adores stories that take her to new places, and then take her by surprise.

WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS

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Other Books in the Series

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Title: A LITTLE TOO FAR (A Little Too Far #1)
Pub. Date: September 17, 2013/October 1, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 336
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description…

Lexie Banks has.

Yep. She just had mind-blowing sex with her stepbrother. In her defense, she was on the rebound, and it’s more of a my-dad-happened-to-marry-a-woman-with-a-super-hot-son situation. But still, he’s been her best friend and confidant for the better part of the last few years … and is so off limits. It’s a good thing she’s leaving in two days for a year abroad in Rome.

But even thousands of miles away, Lexie can’t seem to escape trouble. Raised Catholic, she goes to confession in hopes of alleviating some of her guilt … and maybe not burning in hell. Instead, she stumbles out of the confessional and right into Alessandro Moretti, a young and very easy-on-the-eyes deacon … only eight months away from becoming a priest. Lexie and Alessandro grow closer, and when Alessandro’s signals start changing despite his vow of celibacy, she doesn’t know what to think. She’s torn between falling in love with the man she shouldn’t want and the man she can’t have. And she isn’t sure how she can live with herself either way.

To read an excerpt on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

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A-LITTLE-TOO-MUCH-CoverTitle: A LITTLE TOO MUCH (A Little Too Far #2)
Pub. Date: November 12, 2013/December 10, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 416
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description…

In the follow-up to Lisa Desrochers’ explosive New Adult novel A Little too Far, Alessandro Moretti must face the life he escaped and the girl he loved and left behind.

Twenty-two year old Hilary McIntyre would like nothing more than to forget her past. As a teenager abandoned to the system, she faced some pretty dark times. But now that’s all behind her. Hilary has her life on track, and there’s no way she’ll head back down that road again.

Until Alessandro Moretti—the one person who can make her remember—shows up on her doorstep. He’s even more devastatingly gorgeous than before, and he’s much too close for comfort. Worse, he sees right through the walls she’s built over these last eight years, right into her heart and the secrets she’s guarding.

As Hilary finds herself falling back into love with the man who, as a boy both saved and destroyed her, she must decide. Past or future? Truth or lies?

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 The Giveaway

As part of this reveal the author and publisher have shared the Rafflecopter for an amazing Young Adult and New Adult SIGNED book + swag giveaway being hosted by Lisa Desrochers. It ends in just a few days so if you haven’t yet entered just follow the instructions in the form.

I am soooo tempted to enter and I never enter giveaways. Because I love these books – and they’re signed – and the swag looks yummy.

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Quickie Review: A Little Too Much

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A LITTLE TOO MUCH by Lisa Desrochers was released in the U.S. on November 12, 2013 in eBook format and will release on December 10, 2013 in paperback format. It is currently available to order – and pre-order – online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by William Morrow, the print edition is 416 pages.

A LITTLE TOO MUCH is the second book in author Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Far series. The third book in the series, A LITTLE TOO MUCH, releases on January 21, 2014.

NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

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In the follow-up to Lisa Desrochers’ explosive New Adult novel A Little Too Far, Alessandro Moretti must face the life he escaped and the girl he loved and left behind.

Twenty-two year old Hilary McIntyre would like nothing more than to forget her past. As a teenager abandoned to the system, she faced some pretty dark times. But now that’s all behind her. Hilary has her life on track, and there’s no way she’ll head back down that road again.

Until Alessandro Moretti—the one person who can make her remember—shows up on her doorstep. He’s even more devastatingly gorgeous than before, and he’s much too close for comfort. Worse, he sees right through the walls she’s built over these last eight years, right into her heart and the secrets she’s guarding.

As Hilary finds herself falling back into love with the man who, as a boy both saved and destroyed her, she must decide. Past or future? Truth or lies?

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I was thrilled to be able to pick up A LITTLE TOO MUCH immediately following my read of the first book in the series. I couldn’t wait to meet Hilary and discover more about Alessandro’s past. I was hopeful that this time Alessandro would find his happily ever after.

A LITTLE TOO MUCH was quite a bit different from its predecessor. Instead of scandal, the characters shared a dark, troubled and complicated past. Hilary and Alessandro were battling both their own demons and ones they shared, which made for a story that was at times dark and at others heartbreaking. There was a love story and there was definitely heat, but it was intertwined with a story that had a weightiness to it.

Hilary was not an easy character to love. Her past shaped her into someone who was prickly, guarded and self-destructive. And she didn’t always bring out the best in Alessandro. I found her to be incredibly sympathetic, but she was flawed and not always easy to relate to.

I loved that once again the author allowed readers to explore the city along with its characters – this time New York was the backdrop. But in keeping with the darker tone of this story, the characters visited and paid tribute to the 9/11 memorial, which was an incredibly emotional scene for me as a reader. The author treated the scene with the respect it deserved but it was no less tough to read.

What was wonderful was getting to see Hilary evolve, to come out of her shell and to risk making that connection with Alessandro. And I loved seeing how her evolution helped Alessandro overcome his guilt. Theirs was a heartrending yet beautiful love story.

It was such a surprise to discover that this story did not follow a formulaic approach as is fairly common in series with shared characters. While it approached the setting in similar fashion, everything else – from character development, to storyline, to tone – was very different. I loved it for its individuality, I just wasn’t expecting it.

Had I gone into this story with different expectations I might have made more of a connection with Hilary at the outset, I might have been able to fall as madly in love with it as I did the first. I know I would have approached the read in a way that was completely opposite from how I did.

I loved this story. It was tough. It was heart-wrenching. It was emotional. And it’s one I think is definitely worth reading again. Hopefully without as many tears.

Reviewer gives this book…

4

Loved it!

Favorite Passage

Of all the awesome passages in this story – and there were quite a few – this is my absolute favorite. It says everything about who Hilary is and it does so in a way that is beautiful and heartbreaking.

But now Alessandro’s here, and I feel the dead parts of me coming back to life. Being with him again might gain me back my soul, but at what cost?

Too much has happened. There are too many secrets. I have so much to gain, but more to lose.

I have everything to lose.

Quickie Review: A Little Too Far

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A LITTLE TOO FAR by Lisa Desrochers was released in the U.S. on September 17, 2013 in eBook format and on October 1, 2013 in paperback format. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by William Morrow, the print edition is 336 pages.

A LITTLE TOO FAR is the first book in a series of the same name by Lisa Desrochers. The second book in the series, A LITTLE TOO MUCH, released on November 12th and the third book in the series, A LITTLE TOO HOT, releases on January 21, 2014.

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Have you ever gone just a little too far?

Lexie Banks has.

Yep. She just had mind-blowing sex with her stepbrother. In her defense, she was on the rebound, and it’s more of a my-dad-happened-to-marry-a-woman-with-a-super-hot-son situation. But still, he’s been her best friend and confidant for the better part of the last few years … and is so off limits. It’s a good thing she’s leaving in two days for a year abroad in Rome.

But even thousands of miles away, Lexie can’t seem to escape trouble. Raised Catholic, she goes to confession in hopes of alleviating some of her guilt … and maybe not burning in hell. Instead, she stumbles out of the confessional and right into Alessandro Moretti, a young and very easy-on-the-eyes deacon … only eight months away from becoming a priest. Lexie and Alessandro grow closer, and when Alessandro’s signals start changing despite his vow of celibacy, she doesn’t know what to think. She’s torn between falling in love with the man she shouldn’t want and the man she can’t have. And she isn’t sure how she can live with herself either way.

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I fell instantly in love with Lisa Desrochers’ A LITTLE TOO FAR. It was exciting, scandalous and sexy and with Italy as its backdrop I couldn’t have been more captivated than I was.

When I first learned about the potentially taboo nature of the relationships I wasn’t sure it would be a book for me, but nothing about the connections that Lexie Banks made with her stepbrother Trent or the soon-to-be priest Alessandro felt too over the top, too wrong. The author navigated through this delicate subject with finesse. She gave it sex appeal and avoided the “ick” factor.

This story had heat aplenty but it was the emotional turmoil Lexie was going through that made this story something more than just a quick bit of fun. Her struggle with what was right and wrong and her worry that her feelings were one-sided were what I connected most with as a reader.

I also loved exploring Italy with Lexie and Alessandro. Seeing things through her eyes made me feel as if I was right there with her. And seeing her passion for art gave her more dimension as a character. She was not just the girl who lusted after inappropriate men, a girl who was wholly defined by them. She had her own interests and goals, which was a nice surprise as it was something I didn’t expect from reading the book’s description.

While there are two men in this story, this was not a story with a love triangle. The tension came from who Trent and Alessandro were and not from which man would Lexie choose. But that doesn’t mean that there weren’t sizzling scenes that involved each of the men.

Lisa Desrochers created a story that I wasn’t able to put down. There was no long build before things started to heat up and conflict was introduced. She took her readers on the same rollercoaster ride she put her characters on. It was exciting. It was nerve-wracking. It was deliciously, wickedly tantalizing. And it was a fantastic start to this series.

Reviewer gives this book…

5

Favorite Passage

I would love to tease with something sexy here. But one of my favorite moments in this story was one that makes me grin. Wickedly. And snicker. It follows right after two paragraphs that make me swoon and sigh. It couldn’t have been more perfectly placed. It couldn’t have been more perfectly written.

Julie sniffles, and when I glance at her, she’s  dabbing a tissue to her face. “When your father and I met, we hoped you kids would never feel like ‘steps’ to one another, but you two are closer than we ever could have hoped.”

I fight the wince, and I can’t even look at Trent.

Book Watch: Releasing This Week #150

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Below are the YA books releasing this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

These are books for the week of November 12th-November 18th that I have pre-ordered.

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Afterglow

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AFTERGLOW by Karsten Knight will be released in the U.S. on November 12, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 336 pages.

AFTERGLOW is the third and final book in author Karsten Knight’s Wildefire trilogy.

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I cannot believe that AFTERGLOW is releasing this week and I will officially have to say goodbye to Ashline Wilde. I have both the eBook and the print edition pre-ordered so I can’t wait until they both show up on Tuesday.

As I mentioned in my Book Watch post, I read AFTERGLOW ages ago. But I’m actually re-reading it – and just about finished – so that I can talk about it with anyone and everyone and not be fuzzy on any of the small details.

This series was amazing and unique and the author is insanely talented and this final book in the series was more than I could have hoped for. It was exciting and shocking and absolutely riveting. The only way I could have been happier with it is if it weren’t the last book in the series and I didn’t have to say goodbye.

As I already read this, and will be finished with it a second time before its release, I won’t be adding the finished version to the pile this week. But I definitely plan on re-reading this series in its entirety some time early next year. And I cannot wait.

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The action thrills and the passion burns in this red-hot conclusion to the Wildefire trilogy.

Teenage volcano goddess Ashline Wilde discovers that her former love, Colt Halliday, has an evil plan to kill the Cloak, the benevolent beings that oversee the gods. And that’s not all—he also wants to merge Ash and her two sisters back into a single, too-powerful goddess, Pele. Ash must stop her trickster-god ex-boyfriend once and for all…and to do it, she’s going to have to feed a few flames.

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This Wicked Game

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THIS WICKED GAME by Michelle Zink will be released in the U.S. on November 14, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Dial, the print edition is 368 pages.

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I am so excited that THIS WICKED GAME is releasing this week. I’ve had it pre-ordered ever since I first heard about it and it was available in Kindle format. I love Michelle Zink’s writing and this new book of hers sounds awesome. So I’m so totally stoked to finally be getting a copy so I can check it out.

I was so tempted to enter the giveaway for an ARC of THIS WICKED GAME when the author stopped by the blog for the Authors Are Rockstars Tour and shared a scene from her character Claire’s perspective about the first time she practiced voodoo. But as I decided it wasn’t appropriate to enter a giveaway I was hosting, I’ve just had to pine for it for the past few months.

This story and setting sound amazing. I’ve never read a YA story that centered on voodoo and am totally intrigued about how the author will approach this, how much detail she’ll go into, and how scary it will be.

And I’m just so glad that the wait is almost over and that I’ll be able to find out more about Claire, the Guild, Xander Toussaint, and, of course, voodoo. Something I hope to be able to do next week.

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Claire Kincaid’s family has been in business for over fifty years.

The voodoo business.

Part of the International Guild of High Priests and Priestesses, a secret society that have practiced voodoo for generations, the Kincaid’s run an underground supply house for authentic voodoo supplies. Claire plays along, filling orders for powders, oils and other bizarre ingredients in the family store, but she has a secret.

She doesn’t believe.

Struggling to reconcile her modern sensibilities with a completely unscientific craft based on suspicion, Claire can’t wait to escape New Orleans – and voodoo – when she goes to college, a desire that creates almost constant conflict in her secret affair with Xander Toussaint, son of the Guild’s powerful founding family.

But when a mysterious customer places an order for a deadly ingredient, Claire begins to realize that there’s more to voodoo – and the families that make up the Guild – than meets the eye.

Including her own.

As she bands together with the other firstborns of the Guild, she comes face to face with a deadly enemy – and the disbelief that may very well kill her.

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***A New Adult Title***

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A LITTLE TOO MUCH by Lisa Desrochers will be released in the U.S. on November 12, 2013 in eBook format and in paperback format on December 10th. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by William Morrorw, the print edition is 416 pages.

A LITTLE TOO MUCH is the second book in Author Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Far series. The third book in the series, A LITTLE TOO HOT, releases on January 21, 2014.

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I love Lisa Desrochers’ writing and loved getting the chance to read A LITTLE TOO MUCH just a bit early. I have the eBook pre-ordered so I can add it to my permanent collection, even though I have an eARC, because finished copies are always better. As I own a print copy of the first book in the series I’m also tempted to purchase the print copy of this sequel, but as it isn’t coming out until December, I have a bit of a wait.

After reading about Alessandro and Lexie in the first book in this series, I couldn’t wait to see whether Alessandro got his happily ever after. And when I learned that this sequel was going to involve a girl from his past, I couldn’t wait to dive in.

As I have read it I don’t want to reveal too much, and I won’t be adding it to the pile this week. But I am excited for everyone else to meet Hilary and find out what secrets she’s been keeping, whether their past will be too much for them to overcome and whether happiness is even possible for both of them.

Of course, now I’m dying to read the next book in this series – Sam’s story. Especially after reading that way-too-short peek.

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In the follow-up to Lisa Desrochers’ explosive New Adult novel A Little Too Far, Alessandro Moretti must face the life he escaped and the girl he loved and left behind.

Twenty-two year old Hilary McIntyre would like nothing more than to forget her past. As a teenager abandoned to the system, she faced some pretty dark times. But now that’s all behind her. Hilary has her life on track, and there’s no way she’ll head back down that road again.

Until Alessandro Moretti—the one person who can make her remember—shows up on her doorstep. He’s even more devastatingly gorgeous than before, and he’s much too close for comfort. Worse, he sees right through the walls she’s built over these last eight years, right into her heart and the secrets she’s guarding.

As Hilary finds herself falling back into love with the man who, as a boy both saved and destroyed her, she must decide. Past or future? Truth or lies?

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Other Books of Note

***NEW ADULT***

Ink My HeartINK MY HEART (Luminescent Juliet #2) by Jean Haus

Pub. Date: November 12, 2013

Publisher: Skyscape

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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Even if he weren’t the lead singer of the popular college band, Luminescent Juliet, Justin Noel would have his pick of women. And he does pick. Nightly. Tattooed, blonde, and green eyed, he flashes his dimples and females swoon.

Except for one.

Tattoo artist, Allie Landon, rarely dates, and especially not men like Justin. Though he’s hot enough to melt off permanent ink, she’s done with the bad boy type. But when the ex who broke her heart wants to reunite, desperation has Allie introducing her latest client as her boyfriend. Justin’s more than happy to play the part. He’s completely intrigued by the sexy artist and college student.

However, Allie’s life isn’t what it seems. There’s little room in it or her shattered and confused heart for Justin. But as Justin remains persistent, ignoring the growing attraction—both physical and emotionally—between them becomes more difficult than tattoo removal.

*New Adult. Recommended for mature readers due to language, drug references, and sexual situations.

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ExtractedEXTRACTED (The Lost Imperials #1) by Sherry Ficklin and Tyler Jolley

Pub. Date: November 12, 2013

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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Welcome to the war.

The Tesla Institute is a premier academy that trains young time travelers called Rifters. Created by Nicola Tesla, the Institute seeks special individuals who can help preserve the time stream against those who try to alter it.

The Hollows is a rogue band of Rifters who tear through time with little care for the consequences. Armed with their own group of lost teens–their only desire to find Tesla and put an end to his corruption of the time stream.

Torn between them are Lex and Ember, two Rifters with no memories of their life before joining the time war.

When Lex’s girlfriend dies during a mission, the only way he can save her is to retrieve the Dox, a piece of tech which allows Rifters to re-enter their own timeline without collapsing the time stream. But the Dox is hidden deep within the Telsa Institute, which means Lex must go into the enemy camp. It’s there he meets Ember, and the past that was stolen from them both comes flooding back.

Now armed with the truth of who they are, Lex and Ember must work together to save the future before the battle for time destroys them both…again.

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UnspokenUNSPOKEN (The Vampire Diaries: The Salvation #2) by L.J. Smith and Aubrey Clark

Pub. Date: November 12, 2013

Publisher: 47North

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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Death is only the beginning…

Elena Gilbert’s entire world has shattered in a single moment. Her true love, Stefan, is dead, staked through the heart by their so-called friend Jack. Now the only thing Elena cares about is destroying Jack and his race of scientifically created vampires.

But Jack’s creations are impossible to kill—immune to sunlight, stakes, and every traditional weapon against vampires. Elena and Damon set out to uncover the mystery of Jack’s dark past in hopes of finding his weakness. As they spend more time together, Elena and Damon can’t deny that their connection is stronger than ever. Can she face her feelings for him without betraying Stefan’s memory, or are some things better left unspoken?

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Missed Last Week – NEW ADULT

ForeplayFOREPLAY (The Ivy Chronicles #1) by Sophie Jordan

Pub. Date: November 5, 2013

Publisher: William Morrow

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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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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I can’t believe I didn’t have FOREPLAY by Sophie Jordan in my post last week. While I typically only post about YA releases, because I read it and loved it and had it pre-ordered I had every intention of listing it. But November’s been a little hectic and so I completely spaced. And while I have included it with the “Other Books of Note” it is a book I read and love, love, loved, it is a book I have in my permanent collection and it is a series I can’t wait to continue.

I am also super surprised by how quiet a week it is for new releases. Of the three books releasing that I have on order I’ve already read two of them, so there is just one new book for the pile, a book I’ve been dying to read for months. But they are three books on my “must have” list, so fewer isn’t a bad thing.

Of course it’s entirely possible I’m missing a number of new releases, in which case I’ll have to add them to next week’s post once I discover them after they’ve landed on my Kindle tomorrow. But I’m pretty sure I’m not missing many, if I am missing any. And I think next week is fairly quiet too. Which is a really, really good thing for my TBR pile and for my wallet.

But I hope at least one or two of this week’s releases are ones you’ve been anxious to read, that this slower week for YA releases is a good thing for your TBR pile and that you have a little space on your shelf to accommodate any new acquisitions.

Happy bookish acquiring!

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As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!