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    Top 10 of 2016: Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2017

    Welcome to Day Five of the Top 10 of 2016

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    As mentioned previously…

    I can’t believe that I’ve been co-hosting this event for six years with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and three years with Nancy of Tales of the Ravenous Reader! And while I’m so sad that Mindy won’t be joining us this year, I’m thrilled that Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales has joined the team, as has Nancy’s blog partner, Christy.

    I haven’t read a ton of books this year, or blogged very much, so I almost decided not to participate. But this event is so much fun that I just couldn’t miss out.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2016 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Yet again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – We’re taking Day One off, Dark Faerie Tales is hosting Day Two’s giveaway, I am hosting Day Three’s giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting Day Four’s giveaway, and Tales of the Ravenous Reader is hosting Day Five’s giveaway. So be sure to visit each of our blogs this week to share your post links and enter the giveaways!

    The Book I’m Looking Forward to in 2017

    There are SO many books I can’t wait to meet in 2017 – some I don’t even yet know I want to meet – and even more books in series that I want to continue reading. But I had to choose just ten.

    However, for this post it doesn’t matter how few books I read this year, so I am totally listing a few honorable mentions.

    I just wish I knew whether certain series were continuing in 2017 or at all…. like Leah Clifford’s Resurrectionist seriesJenna Black’s Gifted series or Sara Shepard’s The Amateurs.

    And I WISH I hadn’t read a few books in 2016 that I totally would have listed as books I’m looking forward to in 2017 – 100 HOURS by Rachel Vincent, ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard, FLICKER AND MIST by Mary G. Thompson, and WAYFARER by Alexandra Bracken.

    #1

    SPECTACLE (Menagerie #2) by Rachel Vincent

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    #2

    THE DARK CALLING (The Arcana Chronicles #5) by Kresley Cole

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    #3

    STRANGE THE DREAMER (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor

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    #4

    BLACKSOULS (Blackhearts #2) by Nicole Castroman

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    #5

    NOW I RISE (The Conqueror’s Saga #2) by Kiersten White

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    #6

    THE VALIANT by Lesley Livingston

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    #7

    WARCROSS (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu

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    #8

    BLACKLIST (Beautiful Idols #2) by Alyson Noël

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    #9

    RISE OF FIRE (Reign of Shadows #2) by Sophie Jordan

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    #10

    PERFECT (Flawed #2) by Cecelia Ahern

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    The Honorable Mentions

    I could list dozens, but to be fair I’m only choosing ten. And they are…


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    Top 10 of 2016: Best Book Boyfriends of 2016

    Welcome to Day Four of the Top 10 of 2016

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    As mentioned previously…

    I can’t believe that I’ve been co-hosting this event for six years with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and three years with Nancy of Tales of the Ravenous Reader! And while I’m so sad that Mindy won’t be joining us this year, I’m thrilled that Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales has joined the team, as has Nancy’s blog partner, Christy.

    I haven’t read a ton of books this year, or blogged very much, so I almost decided not to participate. But this event is so much fun that I just couldn’t miss out.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2016 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Yet again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – We’re taking Day One off, Dark Faerie Tales is hosting Day Two’s giveaway, I am hosting Day Three’s giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting Day Four’s giveaway, and Tales of the Ravenous Reader is hosting Day Five’s giveaway. So be sure to visit each of our blogs this week to share your post links and enter the giveaways!

    The Best Book Boyfriends of 2016

    It wasn’t easy picking bookish boyfriends for this year’s post. I read quite a few YA contemporaries this year and my bookish boyfriends almost always come from non-contemporary stories unless they’re NA. Also, I wasn’t able to catch up on all series with my forever bookish boyfriends so I had to put a bit more thought into my selections. And, for a couple books I was torn between two characters, which made choosing that much harder. But I finally decided, and here they are…


    #1

    ARIC

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    Title & Series: ARCANA RISING (The Arcana Chronicles #4)
    Author: Kresley Cole
    Release date: August 15, 2016
    Publisher: Valkyrie Press
    Pages: 280
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Losses mount and deadly new threats converge in this next action-packed tale of the Arcana Chronicles by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole.

    When the battle is done . . . 
    The Emperor unleashes hell and annihilates an army, jeopardizing the future of mankind–but Circe strikes back. The epic clash between them devastates the Arcana world and nearly kills Evie, separating her from her allies.

    And all hope is lost . . . 
    With Aric missing and no sign that Jack and Selena escaped Richter’s reach, Evie turns more and more to the darkness lurking inside her. Two Arcana emerge as game changers: one who could be her salvation, the other her worst nightmare.

    Vengeance becomes everything.
    To take on Richter, Evie must reunite with Death and mend their broken bond. But as she learns more about her role in the future–and her chilling past–will she become a monster like the Emperor? Or can Evie and her allies rise up from Richter’s ashes, stronger than ever before?

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    #2

    DIMITRI

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    Title: VAMPIRE ACADEMY (10th Anniversary Edition)
    Author: Richelle Mead
    Release date: November 29, 2016
    Publisher: Razorbill
    Pages: 512
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .

    Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

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    #3

    ELIAS

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    Title & Series: A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT (An Ember in the Ashes #2)
    Author: Sabaa Tahir
    Release date: August 30, 2016
    Publisher: Razorbill
    Pages: 464
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Elias and Laia are running for their lives.

    After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

    Laia is determined to break into Kauf – the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison – to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

    But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene – Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

    Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own – one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape… and kill them both.

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    #4

    PAUL

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    Title & Series: A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU (Firebird #3)
    Author: Claudia Gray
    Release date: November 1, 2016
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite’s hands in the final installment of the Firebird trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

    Ever since she used the Firebird, her parent’s invention, to cross through alternate dimensions, Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud. Now she has learned that the evil Triad Corporation plans to destroy hundreds of universes, using their ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite who is wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

    Even though her boyfriend Paul has always been at Marguerite’s side, the Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man, and he may never be the same again. Marguerite alone must stop Triad and prevent the destruction of the multiverse. It’s a battle of the Marguerites . . . and only one can win.

    In the epic conclusion to the sweeping series that kicked off with A Thousand Pieces of You, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed.

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    #5

    MATHER

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    Title & Series: FROST LIKE NIGHT (Snow Like Ashes #3)
    Author: Sara Raasch
    Release date: September 20, 2016
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 496
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe.

    Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.

    Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.

    Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.

    As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.

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    #6

    TEACH

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    Title & Series: BLACKHEARTS (Blackhearts #1)
    Author: Nicole Castroman
    Release date: February 9, 2016
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

    Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

    Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

    From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

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    #7

    PLOY

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    Title & Series: VIAL THINGS (Resurrectionist #1)
    Author: Leah Clifford
    Release date: August 9, 2016
    Publisher: Self-published
    Pages: 221
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    When the resurrectionists of Fissure’s Whipp begin disappearing, eighteen-year-old Allie knows someone is after their blood—or, more accurately, the genetic mutation that allows their blood to heal wounds, save lives and even bring back the recently deceased.

    Raised by her aunt after her parents’ deaths, Allie knows staying vigilant means staying alive. She’s trained her whole life to protect herself by any means necessary, from self defense classes to extensive weapons training in knives. Now, she’s gone so far as to befriend a homeless boy named Ploy who unknowingly trades a few nights a week on her couch in exchange for being a human tripwire to those hunting her.

    But as Allie and Ploy’s feelings for each other grow, Allie realizes this time, she’ll need more than fighting skills and a sharp blade to beat a villain literally out for blood.

    Protecting a girl he shouldn’t love, from a threat he understands too well, Ploy must face his past to save his future in Allie’s world—a world where bringing back the dead can cost you your life.

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    #8

    KHALID

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    Title & Series: THE ROSE & THE DAGGER (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)
    Author: Renée Ahdieh
    Release date: April 26, 2016
    Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

    In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

    Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

    The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.

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    #9

    LORD THORNTON

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    Title & Series: THE ARCHITECT OF SONG (Haunted Hearts Legacy #1)
    Author: A.G. Howard
    Release date: August 15, 2016
    Publisher: A.G. Howard
    Pages: 425
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower – intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.

    For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.

    To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.

    International and NYT bestselling author, A.G. Howard, brings her darkly magical and visual/visceral storytelling to Victorian England. The Architect of Song is the first installment in her lush and romantic Haunted Hearts Legacy series, a four book gothic saga following the generations of one family as – haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts – they search for self-acceptance, love, and happiness.

    New Adult: Recommended for ages 17+.

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    #10

    FOWLER

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    Title & Series: REIGN OF SHADOWS (Reign of Shadows #1)
    Author: Sophie Jordan
    Release date: February 9, 2016
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

    But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

    With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

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    I opted not to officially choose any honorable mention bookish boyfriends, though I was so tempted to list a few of my favorite not-so-boyfriend-material villains as book boyfriends like Enzo Valenciano (wrong for so many reasons) or King Maven to name just two…


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    Top 10 of 2016: Best Books I’ve Read in 2016

    Welcome to Day One of the Top 10 of 2016

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    I can’t believe that I’ve been co-hosting this event for six years with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and three years with Nancy of Tales of the Ravenous Reader! And while I’m so sad that Mindy won’t be joining us this year, I’m thrilled that Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales has joined the team, as has Nancy’s blog partner, Christy.

    I haven’t read a ton of books this year, or blogged very much, so I almost decided not to participate. But this event is so much fun that I just couldn’t miss out.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2016 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Yet again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – We’re taking Day One off, Dark Faerie Tales is hosting Day Two’s giveaway, I’ll be hosting Day Three’s giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting Day Four’s giveaway, and Tales of the Ravenous Reader is hosting Day Five’s giveaway. So be sure to visit each of our blogs this week to share your post links and enter the giveaways!

    The Best Books I’ve Read in 2016

    While I haven’t read nearly as many books this year as last year – I still have so many, many must read books to read – I have read some pretty amazing books. And while choosing just ten was not at all easy, it was even harder figuring out the order…

    #1

    An ending that will kill you….

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    Title & Series: ARCANA RISING (The Arcana Chronicles #4)
    Author: Kresley Cole
    Release date: August 15, 2016
    Publisher: Valkyrie Press
    Pages: 280
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Losses mount and deadly new threats converge in this next action-packed tale of the Arcana Chronicles by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole.

    When the battle is done . . . 
    The Emperor unleashes hell and annihilates an army, jeopardizing the future of mankind–but Circe strikes back. The epic clash between them devastates the Arcana world and nearly kills Evie, separating her from her allies.

    And all hope is lost . . . 
    With Aric missing and no sign that Jack and Selena escaped Richter’s reach, Evie turns more and more to the darkness lurking inside her. Two Arcana emerge as game changers: one who could be her salvation, the other her worst nightmare.

    Vengeance becomes everything.
    To take on Richter, Evie must reunite with Death and mend their broken bond. But as she learns more about her role in the future–and her chilling past–will she become a monster like the Emperor? Or can Evie and her allies rise up from Richter’s ashes, stronger than ever before?

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    #2

    A kick-a** read with an amazing quest…

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    Title: NIGHTINGALE, SING
    Author: Karsten Knight
    Release date: February 23, 2016
    Publisher: CreateSpace
    Pages: 288
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    To cure her dying sister, Sabra Tides must race to solve a web of riddles and find a mythical flower, while a ruthless gangster will stop at nothing to get there first. This powerful YA thriller is perfect for fans of The Raven Boys, Six of Crows, and The Conspiracy of Us.
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    A STREETWISE VIGILANTE
    who will do anything to cure her dying sister

    A RUTHLESS GANGSTER
    on a grisly quest to attain immortality

    A DESPERATE FATHER
    who crossed oceans to free his enslaved son

    A TRAIL OF RIDDLES
    and the mythical treasure they all seek:

    THE SERENGETI SAPPHIRE

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    #3

    An awesome, nail-biting, fast-paced and unputdownable sequel…

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    Title & Series: THE FLAME NEVER DIES (The Stars Never Rise #2)
    Author: Rachel Vincent
    Release date: August 16, 2016
    Publisher: Delacorte Press
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    One spark will rise.

    Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth—that the war against demons is far from over—seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant younger sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go.

    In the badlands, Nina, Mellie, and Finn, the fugitive and rogue exorcist who saved her life, find allies in a group of freedom fighters. They also face a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. But this fresh new hell is the least of Nina’s worries. The well of souls ran dry more than a century ago, drained by the demons secretly living among humans, and without a donor soul, Mellie’s child will die within hours of its birth.

    Nina isn’t about to let that happen…even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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    #4

    An original, dark and bloody good first installment…

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    Title & Series: VIAL THINGS (Resurrectionist #1)
    Author: Leah Clifford
    Release date: August 9, 2016
    Publisher: Self-published
    Pages: 221
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    When the resurrectionists of Fissure’s Whipp begin disappearing, eighteen-year-old Allie knows someone is after their blood—or, more accurately, the genetic mutation that allows their blood to heal wounds, save lives and even bring back the recently deceased.

    Raised by her aunt after her parents’ deaths, Allie knows staying vigilant means staying alive. She’s trained her whole life to protect herself by any means necessary, from self defense classes to extensive weapons training in knives. Now, she’s gone so far as to befriend a homeless boy named Ploy who unknowingly trades a few nights a week on her couch in exchange for being a human tripwire to those hunting her.

    But as Allie and Ploy’s feelings for each other grow, Allie realizes this time, she’ll need more than fighting skills and a sharp blade to beat a villain literally out for blood.

    Protecting a girl he shouldn’t love, from a threat he understands too well, Ploy must face his past to save his future in Allie’s world—a world where bringing back the dead can cost you your life.

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    #5

    An enchanting and magical read…

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    Title & Series: REIGN OF SHADOWS (Reign of Shadows #1)
    Author: Sophie Jordan
    Release date: February 9, 2016
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

    But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

    With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

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    #6

    A heartbreaking and epic adventure…

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    Title: HEARTLESS
    Author: Marissa Meyer
    Release date: November 8, 2016
    Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
    Pages: 464
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

    At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

    Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

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    #7

    An emotional, heartbreaking and intense read…

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    Title & Series: THE WAY I USED TO BE
    Author: Amber Smith
    Release date: March 22, 2016
    Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles to find strength in the aftermath of an assault.

    Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

    What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.

    Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year—this provocative debut reveals the deep cuts of trauma. But it also demonstrates one young woman’s strength as she navigates the disappointment and unbearable pains of adolescence, of first love and first heartbreak, of friendships broken and rebuilt, and while learning to embrace a power of survival she never knew she had hidden within her heart.

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    #8

    An imaginative, beautifully told and heartbreaking tale…

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    Title & Series: ROSEBLOOD
    Author: A.G. Howard
    Release date: January 10, 2017
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

    At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

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    #9

    A breathtaking and emotional rollercoaster…

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    Title & Series: THE ROSE & THE DAGGER (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)
    Author: Renée Ahdieh
    Release date: April 26, 2016
    Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

    In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

    Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

    The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.

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    #10

    A spellbinding, romantic, pirate-in-the-making story…

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    Title & Series: BLACKHEARTS (Blackhearts #1)
    Author: Nicole Castroman
    Release date: February 9, 2016
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

    Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

    Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

    From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

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    And as I haven’t read all that many books in 2016 I’ve decided for the first time ever not to do an honorable mentions list… though there are so many that deserve it.


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    REIGN OF SHADOWS Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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    If you haven’t yet gotten your copy of REIGN OF SHADOWS by Sophie Jordan then you must do so now! This book is so unbelievably awesome you will devour it, you won’t be able to set it down, and you’ll be desperately awaiting the sequel.

    I’m usually of the belief that not every book is to everyone’s taste, but I can’t imagine the reader who wouldn’t love this book. It’s a fairytale, it’s an adventure, it… okay so maybe I should stop gushing and rambling as my stop on the REIGN OF SHADOWS Blog Tour today is a review, which follows a bit further down in the post.

    But this has to be my FAVORITE book of 2016. And while I might not have read that many books this year, this will hold up as one of my top favorites of the year. No question.

    If you haven’t yet heard about REIGN OF SHADOWS check out the book’s description below. If you’d like to know what I thought in a less blather-y way, feel free to peek at my review. And if you’d like the chance to win some awesome prizes, including a SIGNED copy of this phenomenal book, enter in the Rafflecopter.

    REIGN OF SHADOWS is a book (and series) not to be missed. Just check out some of the other tour reviews if you’d like to see what other bloggers thought. And if you really want a peek inside REIGN OF SHADOWS visit the excerpt stops – though be warned, one of them has a possible spoiler that might come as more of a surprise were you to discover it while reading.

    Today may be the final stop on the tour, but you can catch up on any missed stops by scrolling down to the schedule at the bottom of this post which has direct links to all previous stops.


    About REIGN OF SHADOWS

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    Title & Series: REIGN OF SHADOWS (Reign of Shadows #1)
    Author: Sophie Jordan
    Release date: February 9, 2016
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    A world of darkness. A love that shines.

    Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness, and in the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, the kingdom’s lost princess, has been locked away in a tower in the cursed Black Woods ever since. Luna’s survival depends entirely on the world believing she is dead…

    But that doesn’t stop Luna from longing for a life beyond the stifling tower walls. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer who has braved the Black Woods in search of a land where the sun still shines, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk.

    When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is far more treacherous than Luna ever realized. Hideous, flesh-hungry creatures lurk behind every corner and each stranger they encounter has frightening ulterior motives.

    With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

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


    The Review

    Sophie Jordan’s REIGN OF SHADOWS is magical and unexpected and enchanting and breathtaking. Its first lines will transport you into an intriguing and terrifying world that has been plunged into darkness. It is a fairytale that begins with a princess trapped in a tower. It is an epic adventure filled with many obstacles and dangers and deadly foes. It is riveting and nerve-wracking and heartbreaking and amazing and absolutely unforgettable.

    All Luna wanted was her freedom. Confined to the tower she’d lived in for most of her life, she wished for the chance to explore the world beyond its doors. Even the threat of danger wasn’t enough to dissuade her from wanting to leave behind the safety of the tower.

    So when the opportunity to sneak out arose she took it. When her decision put her in a position to choose between her own safety and that of someone else, she chose to help. When her choices compromised the security of the tower and put her loved ones at risk she would have her freedom, even if she she didn’t truly want it.

    Author Sophie Jordan introduces a main character who is heroic, kind-hearted, stubborn, and selfless. Luna is willing to do whatever it takes to protect those she loves, even if it means leaving them behind. And even if it means putting her trust in a boy she barely knows, who has made it abundantly clear he wants nothing to do with her.

    Fowler is a reluctant hero. He’s brave, a skilled fighter, and has the potential to be exactly who Luna needs him to be. But his past has forced him to keep secrets, to harden his heart, and to keep her at arm’s length for as long as he possibly can. Although with a harrowing journey ahead for them both, working together, learning from each other, becoming friends, becoming more than friends may be unavoidable.

    REIGN OF SHADOWS invites you into a world where its ruler is a tyrant and a madman, where its citizens live in fear of what lurks in the almost constant darkness, and where only the strongest and bravest have a hope of surviving. It is a world where things do more than go bump in the night, and nearly every moment is night. It is a world that has evolved and adapted to its strange new inhabitants and to a ruthless existence for all.

    Readers looking for a story that is imaginative and exciting and completely and utterly captivating, with gorgeous writing, romance, thrills and chills, hold-your-breath suspense, and a killer cliffhanger ending, will fall madly in love with this phenomenal first book in the series.

    The Rating

    06

    Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.


    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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    The Giveaway

    There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

    • ONE (1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card + SIGNED copies of REIGN OF SHADOWS, FIRELIGHT & UNINVITED – US only

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    Top 10 of 2015: Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2016

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    Welcome to Day Five of the Top 10 of 2105

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    As I mentioned previously…

    This is my fifth year co-hosting this event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, my fourth year co-hosting with Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and my second year co-hosting with Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader. Wow that’s a lot of years. But this event is so much fun, that I’m thrilled to be able to do it again in 2015.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2015 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Once again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – I’m hosting Day One’s giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting Day Two’s giveaway, Tales of a Ravenous Reading is hosting Day Three’s giveaway, and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads is hosting today’s Day Four giveaway. So be sure to check in with each of our blogs this week.


    Books I Can’t Wait For

    Today’s topic is…

    Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2016

    I am looking forward to so many books in the coming year – so many continuing series and so many new releases. And so, as to be fair to all those new releases (as I tend to favor continuing series because I’m already invested), I’m doing two top 10 lists – one for continuing series and one for new standalones and series books.

    And of course I couldn’t resist including a few honorable mentions for some of the many continuing series I am desperately eager to read in 2016.


    Top Ten Continuing Series Books

    #1

    TheFlameNeverDiesTHE FLAME NEVER DIES (The Stars Never Rise #2) by Rachel Vincent

    Release date: August 16, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    ONE SPARK WILL RISE. Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth—that the war against demons is far from over—seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant younger sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go.

    In the badlands, Nina, Mellie, and Finn, the fugitive and rogue exorcist who saved her life, find allies in a group of freedom fighters. They also face a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. But this fresh new hell is the least of Nina’s worries. The well of souls ran dry more than a century ago, drained by the demons secretly living among humans, and without a donor soul, Mellie’s child will die within hours of its birth.

    Nina isn’t about to let that happen . . . even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.


    #2

    UNTITLED (The Arcana Chronicles #4) by Kresley Cole

    Release date: May 31, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads


    #3

    MASQUERADE (Menagerie #2) by Rachel Vincent

    Release date: Fall 2016

    Find it: Goodreads


    #4

    A Tourch Against the NightA TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir

    Release date: August 30, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

    In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.


    #5

    TheWinnersKissTHE WINNER’S KISS (The Winner’s Trilogy #3) by Marie Rutkoski

    Release date: March 29, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He’s finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can’t quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that’s what he thinks.

    But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?


    #6

    The King SlayerTHE KING SLAYER (The Witch Hunter #2) by Virginia Boecker

    Release date: June 14, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Magic, suspense, and political intrigue collide in this sequel to The Witch Hunter, perfect for fans of Graceling and the Grisha Trilogy.

    Former witch hunter Elizabeth Grey is hiding within the magically protected village of Harrow, evading the price put on her head by Lord Blackwell, the usurper king of Anglia. Their last encounter left Blackwell ruined, but his thirst for power grows stronger every day. He’s readying for a war against those who would resist his rule–namely Elizabeth and the witches, wizards, pirates, and healers she now calls her friends.

    Having lost her stigma, a magical source of protection and healing, Elizabeth’s strength is tested both physically and emotionally. War always means sacrifice, and as the lines between good and evil blur once more, Elizabeth must decide just how far she’ll go to save those she loves.

    In this sequel to The Witch Hunter, Virginia Boecker delivers a powerful story full of action, suspense, camaraderie, and romance.


    #7

    Glass SwordGLASS SWORD (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard

    Release date: February 9, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

    The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

    Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

    But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

    Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?


    #8

    UNTITLED (Firebird #3) by Claudia Gray

    Release date: 2016

    Find it: Goodreads


    #9

    CROOKED KINGDOM (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo

    Release date: September 22, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads


    #10

    TRAITOR’S PYRE (The Worldwalker Trilogy #3) by Josephine Angelini

    Release date:

    Find it: Goodreads


    The Honorable Mentions
    • FROST LIKE NIGHT (Snow Like Ashes #3) by Sara Raasch – Goodreads
    • ENDURE (Defy #3) by Sara B. Larson – Goodreads
    • UNTITLED (The Young Elites #3) by Marie Lu – Goodreads
    • THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) by Renee Ahdieh – Goodreads
    • THE RULE OF MIRRORS (The Vault of Dreamers #2) by Caragh M. O’Brien – Goodreads
    • CLANLESS (Nameless #2) by Jennifer Jenkins – Goodreads

    Top Ten New Releases

    #1

    BlackheartsCoverBLACKHEARTS by Nicole Castroman

    Release date: February 9, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

    Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

    Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

    From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.


    #2

    And I DarkenAND I DARKEN (The Conquerors Saga #1) by Kiersten White

    Release date: June 28, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

    Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

    But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.


    #3

    PassengerCoverPASSENGER (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken

    Release date: January 5, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    passage, n.
    i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
    ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
    iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

    In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

    Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

    Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.


    #4

    Salt to the SeaSALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys

    Release date: February 2, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    The author of Between Shades of Gray returns to WWII in this epic novel that shines a light on one of the war’s most devastating—yet unknown—tragedies.

    In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.

    Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.


    #5

    Reign of Shadows CoverREIGN OF SHADOWS (Reign of Shadows #1) by Sophie Jordan

    Release date: February 9, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

    But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

    With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.


    #6

    Sword and Verse CoverSWORD AND VERSE by Kathy MacMillan

    Release date: January 19, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What’s more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods. So when the tutor-in-training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death.

    Keeping her secret is hard enough, but the romance that’s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slave rebels—to help liberate Arnath slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.


    #7

    Assassin's HeartASSASSIN’S HEART by Sarah Ahiers

    Release date: February 2, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

    Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

    With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.


    #8

    Burning GlassBURNING GLASS by Kathryn Purdie

    Release date: March 1, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

    Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

    But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

    As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

    BURNING GLASS is debut author Kathryn Purdie’s stunning tale of dangerous magic, heart-rending romance, and the hard-won courage it takes to let go.


    #9

    The Crown's GameTHE CROWN’S GAME (The Crown’s Game #1) by Evelyn Skye

    Release date: May 17, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

    And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

    Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

    For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

    And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

    As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.


    #10

    The Way I Used to BeTHE WAY I USED TO BE by Amber Smith

    Release date: March 22, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles to find strength in the aftermath of an assault.

    Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

    What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.

    Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year—this provocative debut reveals the deep cuts of trauma. But it also demonstrates one young woman’s strength as she navigates the disappointment and unbearable pains of adolescence, of first love and first heartbreak, of friendships broken and rebuilt, and while learning to embrace a power of survival she never knew she had hidden within her heart.


    So, those are the books I’m most looking forward to in 2016. What are yours?

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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…

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    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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    Cover Reveal: WILD by Sophie Jordan

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    I am super thrilled to be participating in the Cover Reveal for WILD, the next book in Sophie Jordan’s The Ivy Chronicles. I love this series and I love each of the covers. So I am stoked to be able to share it here on the blog today.

    I love how each cover in the series is just a little bit different. I love that WILD’s cover is a bit more flirty, a bit more wicked. I love that both models face forward on this cover, versus just the female model on TEASE and neither model on FOREPLAY.

    I also love their similarities. I love how each book has a pink element, though I especially love the bright pink font used for WILD’s title. And I love that for this book, and for TEASE, the fonts and title, series and author placement are consistent.

    I think this cover is pretty and modern and and sexy and fits perfectly with the book’s description. But that’s what I think.

    What do you think?


    The Cover Revealed

    Wild

    Coming November 18, 2014

    Series: The Ivy Chronicles #3
    Publisher: William Morrow
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    About WILD

    A good girl goes bad in the third and final book in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s sexy New Adult romance series—where three Ivy League suite-mates testing their boundaries as they 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 adventure at the secret campus kink club?

    In the shadowy den of the 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 the opposite sex. 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.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND | BOOKS-A-MILLION | iTUNES | GOODREADS


    About Sophie Jordan

    Sophie Jordan

    Sophie Jordan is an international and New York Times bestselling author whose books include historical romances and the Firelight series. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-television shows. She lives in Houston.

    WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS


    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…

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    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 . . .

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


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