on Cam Girl by Elliot Wake (FKA Leah Reader).

Oh Elliot Wake. Check out my previous review of Unteachable  if you’ve never read anything by him. And then read Black Iris that left me so speechless I couldn’t even review. Enjoy!

Synopsis: 

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Vada Bergen is broke, the black sheep of her family, and moving a thousand miles away from home for grad school, but she’s got the two things she loves most: her art and her best friend—and sometimes more—Ellis Carraway. Ellis and Vada have a friendship so consuming it’s hard to tell where one girl ends and the other begins. It’s intense. It’s a little codependent. And nothing can tear them apart.

Until an accident on an icy winter road changes everything.

Vada is left deeply scarred, both emotionally and physically. Her once-promising art career is cut short. And Ellis pulls away, unwilling to talk about that night. Everything Vada loved is gone.

She’s got nothing left to lose.

So when she meets some smooth-talking entrepreneurs who offer to set her up as a cam girl, she can’t say no. All Vada has to do is spend a couple hours each night stripping on webcam, and the “tips” come pouring in.

It’s just a kinky escape from reality until a client gets serious. “Blue” is mysterious, alluring, and more interested in Vada’s life than her body. Online, they chat intimately. Blue helps her heal. And he pays well, but he wants her all to himself. No more cam shows. It’s an easy decision: she’s starting to fall for him. But the steamier it gets, the more she craves the real man behind the keyboard. So Vada pops the question:

Can we meet IRL?

Blue agrees, on one condition. A condition that brings back a ghost from her past. Now Vada must confront the devastating secrets she’s been running from—those of others, and those she’s been keeping from herself…

Review:

How can I POSSIBLY review Cam Girl? If it was up to me, I would create extra stars on GR because this book deserves them all. You need to read this book whoever you are. This book is a MUST.

Recently, I’ve just went through a rough patch of bad books (the last good one was Black Iris also by Elliot Wake LOL) and Cam Girl was just perfect. It had the amazingly colourful writing, gritty storyline and flawed characters. OMG and even disabled representation and people of colour!!!!! Thank you Elliot Wake. So what’s not to love?

Cam Girl had the ultimate mysteries that kept you wondering throughout this book (just check my status updates!). The most important parts of the mysteries however wasn’t who or what but how and why. The book uncovered piece by piece and at the it came together in a most beautiful way. Not gonna lie – I shed some tears. Everything just made sense.

So why do I think you should read this book? It deals with internalised homophobia. This book brought up some questions that I didn’t even know I had – that’s why it’s going on close-to-my-heart-shelf. Beside that Cam Girl dealt with stuff like non-binary. Fluidity. Masculinity. Femininity. It makes you think. But don’t think it’s like an encyclopedia of queerness. Vada, the main character, brings you on journey of self-discovery (in the non-cheesiest way possible) and while she is flawed and you want to shake her sometimes, you can’t help but root and sympathise with her. Cam Girl is full of kickass, interesting characters like Ellis (Vada’s BFF and maybe more?) and Frankie (Vada’s badass cam boss). However the most exciting thing for me was seeing characters from Black Iris and finding out how they are connected to Cam Girl characters!

Basically, read this book. It’s much better than my review because how can you review something so uniquely beautiful? So many beautiful quotes. Truly.

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P.S. It pisses me off when something like this can get 1* on GR. Tbh, some reasons I could understands – this book might not be for everyone. But seriously though, I saw a review that said Cam Girl was over the top with portraying homophobia and it was not a thing because gay people at their high school were popular. Uhm…………. Well what do you have to say about Orlando shooting?

P.P.S. Follow Elliot Wake on social media so we can fangirl together over his coolness and hotness.

Rating: 5 out of 5 (AND MORE) 

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on Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik.

Hello there.

Today I bring you a retelling of Pride an Prejudice. I should have known that my favourite romances will be love/hate relationships, since this is my absolute favourite classic. I am a sucker for Mr Darcy and witty Elizabeth. Anyway, Epic Fail is set in high school in the USA (unexpected, right?) and it was quite a pleasant read.

Synopsis:

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Will Elise’s love life be an epic win or an epic fail?

At Coral Tree Prep in Los Angeles, who your parents are can make or break you. Case in point:

As the son of Hollywood royalty, Derek Edwards is pretty much prince of the school—not that he deigns to acknowledge many of his loyal subjects.

As the daughter of the new principal, Elise Benton isn’t exactly on everyone’s must-sit-next-to-at-lunch list.

When Elise’s beautiful sister catches the eye of the prince’s best friend, Elise gets to spend a lot of time with Derek, making her the envy of every girl on campus. Except she refuses to fall for any of his rare smiles and instead warms up to his enemy, the surprisingly charming social outcast Webster Grant. But in this hilarious tale of fitting in and flirting, not all snubs are undeserved, not all celebrity brats are bratty, and pride and prejudice can get in the way of true love for only so long.

Review:

Epic Fail is the light-hearted retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Pick up this book if you want to relax, giggle and tiny little bit swoon. I’ve picked it up fully prepared that this is not going to be “the best book I have ever read” and enjoyed it.

It is way shorter and simpler than the original story and in some parts didn’t really seem realistic because it did copy Pride and Prejudice’s main plot. The characters were a bit of a cartoon of Elizabeth and Mr Darcy, but it didn’t bother me too much – except for the occasional nosiness and a bit of ignorance from Elise. Derek, the incarnation of Mr Darcy, wasn’t described more than brooding, handsome and rich, but at the end I kind of really liked the guy. Other characters seem a bit ridiculous e.g. incarnation of Lydia or of Mr Bennett (I don’t even remember their names in this book anymore). These flaws however did not distract me too much and I could happily carry on reading about sixteen/seventeen-year-olds that seem to have much more exciting life than I do at twenty.

I’m not gonna get too deep into the plot, but I kind of appreciated the not-so-much-drama approach and especially loved the next level cuteness at the end. I did think it ended kind of abruptly, just because the original didn’t say too much about the future, this book could have deal with the issues  of choosing colleges etc., considering it was mentioned in passing. It was a nice break from the emotional distress that Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock gave me few weeks ago!

Rating: 3 out of 5

Yours only,

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BLOG TOUR: Corrupt by Penelope Douglas (review, giveaway, character post!)

Hello,

it’s me. Obviously this is not funny anymore. Is it too late to say sorry? I’ll stop now though. AGHHHHH. Corrupt blog tour, can you BELIEVE this??? Not only am I going to give you a review, but I got a chance to ask Kai for his insight into Rika and Micheal’s relationship, YAAAS! I’m not gonna prolong this anymore… CORRUPT, HERE WE GO.

Yours,

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Title: Corrupt
Author: Penelope Douglas
Genre: Dark | Erotica | Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Tour Hosted by: As the Pages Turn

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Erika

I was told that dreams were our heart’s desires. My nightmares, however, became my obsession.

His name is Michael Crist.

My boyfriend’s older brother is like that scary movie that you peek through your hand to watch. He is handsome, strong, and completely terrifying. The star of his college’s basketball team and now gone pro, he’s more concerned with the dirt on his shoe than me.

But I noticed him.

I saw him. I heard him. The things that he did, and the deeds that he hid…For years, I bit my nails, unable to look away.

Now, I’ve graduated high school and moved on to college, but I haven’t stopped watching Michael. He’s bad, and the dirt I’ve seen isn’t content to stay in my head anymore.

Because he’s finally noticed me.

Michael

Her name is Erika Fane, but everyone calls her Rika.

My brother’s girlfriend grew up hanging around my house and is always at our dinner table. She looks down when I enter a room and stills when I am close. I can always feel the fear rolling off of her, and while I haven’t had her body, I know that I have her mind. That’s all I really want anyway.

Until my brother leaves for the military, and I find Rika alone at college.

In my city.

Unprotected.

The opportunity is too good to be true as well as the timing. Because you see, three years ago she put a few of my high school friends in prison, and now they’re out.

We’ve waited. We’ve been patient. And now every last one of her nightmares will come true.

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Michael

• • • Corrupt ~ Excerpt • • •

I fell back to my feet and crept through my apartment as I listened to the pounding that had now become a steady attack. My feet followed the sound, stepping absently closer to it, and I finally pressed my ear against the wall leading to my hallway, my heart racing as the vibrations touched my skin.

Resting my cheek against the surface, I swallowed the tight lump in my throat as the thumping against the wall grew faster and faster.

There was someone over there. In the empty apartment.

Holding up my phone, I dialed the office downstairs but got no answer. I knew there was a night manager named Simon Something-Or-Other, but I didn’t think many people were on duty at night. He must be away from his desk.

I continued listening, wondering if I could ignore it and just wait until morning to ask the manager about it, but the further down the hall I travelled, the louder it got until I was standing next to the rear entrance.

Opening up the door, I peeked my head into the hallway, holding the heavy steel exit open just enough to inspect.

Glancing to my right, I saw a door just like mine. And then I heard a woman’s high-pitched cry ring out around me, and I started breathing harder.

And then there was another cry. And another, and another, and…

Was she having sex? My mouth fell open as I tried not to laugh.

Oh, my God.

But I thought the place was supposed to be empty.

I stepped out, knife in hand—just in case—and walked quietly down to the other door, glancing up and seeing small security cameras along the wall, probably installed when the apartments were built.

Pressing my ear to the door, I listened, still hearing the thump, thump, thump of something hitting the wall, and the girl’s breathy cries over and over again.

I folded my lips between my teeth, covering my smile with my free hand.

But then the woman cried out. “No! Ah, oh, God! Please!”

And my face fell, hearing the fear in her voice. The short, shrill screams were now different. Panicked and scared, and her cries sounded struggled. My mouth suddenly went dry as I stood there listening.

“Ah!” she cried out again. “No, please stop!”

I backed away from the door, not finding it funny anymore.

But then something hit the door from the other side, making a loud thud, and I scurried backward. “Oh, shit,” I gritted out under my breath.

I shot my head up to the cameras, now wondering if they fed to Security downstairs or to whoever was inside the apartment. Did they know I was out here?

I spun around and dashed for my door, grabbing the handle and trying to twist it.

But it was locked. “Dammit!” I mouthed. Fucking thing must lock automatically.

Another thud hit the door, mere feet away from me—so close—and I darted my eyes over to it, my breathing turning fast and painful.

I pulled on the door handle again, twisting and yanking, but it didn’t budge.

Another thud hit the door, and I jerked upright, dropping the knife.

“Shit.”

I dived down to pick it up, but just then I heard the other door swing open, so I bolted down the stairwell, hiding behind the wall and forgetting about the knife.

Fuck!

Screw this. Whoever was coming out of the vacant apartment was definitely someone I didn’t want to meet. I dashed down flight after flight, a cry lodged in my throat as fear gripped my chest.

A pounding echoed above me, and I spared a quick glance upward, seeing a hand sliding down the railings as whoever it was jumped flights of stairs.

Oh, my God. I raced down, one flight after the other, a drop of sweat gliding down my neck. The pounding was getting closer and closer, my legs about to give out as my exhausted muscles worked as fast as they could. I gasped, seeing the door labeled LOBBY. I yanked it open and burst through, looking behind me once again to see if he—or she—was behind me.

But then I slammed into a wall, and I let out a small cry as hands gripped my upper arms.

I looked up and exhaled a breath, seeing Michael Crist towering over me, his eyes narrowed.

“Michael?” I breathed out, frozen in confusion.

“What the hell are you doing?” He arched a brow and set me back, away from him, and let go of my arm. “It’s after one a.m.”

I opened my mouth, but nothing came out. Why was he here?

He stood in front of an elevator, a different one than I had taken this morning, dressed in a black suit, looking like he’d just been at a club or something. A young brunette stood next to him, beautiful in a tight, navy-blue cocktail dress that fell mid-thigh.

I suddenly felt exposed, dressed in my silk sleep shorts and black tank top, my hair hanging about, probably in tangles.

“I…” I looked over my shoulder again, noticing that whoever had followed me down the stairs hadn’t come out the door yet.

I twisted my head back, looking up at Michael. “I heard something up on my floor,” I told him.

And then I shook my head, still confused. “What are you doing here?”

“I live here,” he shot back, and I immediately recognized that ever-present intolerant tone that he always used with me.

“Live here?” I questioned. “I thought you lived in your family’s building.”

He slid a hand into his pocket and cocked his head, looking at me point-blank like I was stupid.

I closed my eyes, expelling a sigh. “Of course,” I breathed out, realization hitting. “Of course. You’re the one who lives on the twenty-second floor.”

• • • Review • • •

WOW! I was left absolutely speechless. This is a must read! While I knew that Corrupt was darker than Fall Away series, or Misconduct for that matter, I was not ready for this hot, gritty, mysterious, empowering, deep story. Penelope Douglas pushed boundaries – in a good way. I’m not gonna lie, there were parts where I thought this was too much for me, but Corrupt was just absolutely amazing.

What I loved the most about this book? The characters and the message of “owning who you are no matter what”. I loved the dynamics of the each Horsemen with Rika. I loved the romance of Michael and Rika. And most of all, I loved Alex and Rika. These women were so empowering, so strong… Especially Alex, who did not apologise for who she is. Own it. I completely identify with this message and found it incredibly powerful. Can I gush anymore? Yes, I can. My favourite quote from the book must be “Toughen up. You’re not a victim and i’m not your saviour.” – Micheal to Rika. Can I just say YAAAAAS and SLAAAAY?!

All of the Corrupt characters were so real, people with pasts, secrets, insecurities – not just one-dimensional puppets. I was always on edge while reading Corrupt, nothing was predictable (especially the steam room, am I right? 😉 )! I could see the hard work, the details that Penelope Douglas put into this book and that’s why I love her.

Do you have any doubts about me giving Corrupt 5 stars? Obviously not, because the message that this book carries is so me and everything I stand for. EMPOWERMENT!

I can’t wait for new Peneope Douglas stories, I am obsessed if that was not clear from before!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 (obviously!)

• • • Character post: Kai • • •

Would love Kai’s POV/thoughts about Erika and Michael’s relationship if possible, or generally his thoughts about romantic relationships.

You want my thoughts on Michael and Rika’s relationship?

It’s…interesting, isn’t it? 🙂

No, I think they have a bond no one will ever understand but them. And that’s how it should be. Their love, their connection, their power overeach other is something that’s always been there, and I’ve seen Michael with enough girls to know that they don’t even compare to the pedestal he puts her on. She’s his best friend.

Even in the steam room, you could see it. His eyes were on her the entire time.

Not that I wanted them on me. Yeah, no.

But he wanted to see everything that she was feeling. Every emotion that crossed her face. He was living through her.

And now, it’s not me or Will he turns to when he needs to hash something out or on the rare occasion he needs direction. It’s her. It’s her he looks to when he’s making a difficult decision, and it’s her he seeks out when something’s bothering him.

Of course, not every day is sunshine and roses. He’s still a dick from time to time, and she still pushes back, but she’s also the one he trusts the most, and he’s still the one she can’t get enough of.

Parenting will be interesting, I think.

Thank you so much doing this Kai, hopefully we’ll see each other soon! 😉

• • • About Penelope Douglas • • •

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Penelope Douglas is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Fall Away series.

She dresses for autumn year round, loves anything lemon flavored, and believes there is too much blood in her Coca Cola stream. Or too much Coca Cola in her blood stream. Or…

You know what? It doesn’t matter. She loves Coke. Now you know.

She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and daughter.

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Release Blitz and Review: Misconduct by Penelope Douglas

Hi!

If you know me, I am a massive Penelope Douglas fan. Reminder here. So can you imagine all-excited me getting an eARC of Misconduct? I definitely screamed and danced a little lot. I’m not going to drag this out, there’s a review from me after the excerpt.

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Title: Misconduct
Author: Penelope Douglas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 1, 2015
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Former tennis player Easton Bradbury is trying to be the best teacher she can be, trying to reach her bored students and trying to forget her past. What brought her to this stage in her life isn’t important. She can’t let it be. But now one parent-teacher meeting may be her undoing…

Meeting Tyler Marek for the first time makes it easy for Easton to see why his son is having trouble in school. The man knows how to manage businesses and wealth, not a teenage boy. Or a young teacher, for that matter, though he tries to. And yet…there is something about him that draws Easton in—a hint of vulnerability, a flash of attraction, a spark that might burn.

Wanting him is taboo. Needing him is undeniable. And his long-awaited touch will weaken Easton’s resolve—and reveal what should stay hidden…

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Misconduct – Excerpt

“Good morning. Tyler Marek’s office,” a woman’s pleasant voice chirped. “How can I help you?”

My heart pounded in my ears, and I could feel the pulse in my neck throb. I held back, almost wishing he wasn’t in his office after all.

I needed time to calm down.

But I swallowed and pushed forward anyway. “Yes, hello,” I rushed out.

“Easton, keep your cool,” I heard my brother warn from my side.

I bit my lip to keep the anger out of my voice. “I’m Easton Bradbury calling for Mr. Marek,” I told her. “I’m sure he’s not in today, but—”

“Just a moment, please,” she interrupted, and disappeared.

I sucked in a breath, realizing that he was in after all.

“Marek?” my brother asked. “Tyler Marek?”

I glanced at him, arching an eyebrow in annoyance.

“Easton, get off the call,” Jack ordered.

His arm shot out, trying to grab the phone, but I slapped his hand away.

“Watch the road!” I barked, pointing at the street ahead.

“Easton, I’m serious,” he growled. “Tyler Marek has a workforce of more than ten thousand people. He may be a senator, for crying out loud. It isn’t your place to argue with him.”

I shot him a look. My place?

My brother was worried about his career, but I didn’t care who Marek was. He was still a man.

Nothing but a man.

“Ms. Bradbury.”

I turned my head away from my brother, suddenly hearing Marek’s voice in my ear.

Thick anticipation filled my chest, and I dropped my eyes, disappointed that I was actually excited.

“Mr. Marek,” I replied curtly, remembering why I had called. “I received your e-mail, and I’d love to . . .” I trailed off, wiping the sweat off my hairline. “I’d love to schedule a meeting to sit down and work out a plan for Christian.”

“We’ve already met,” he pointed out, his voice clipped. “And it was not a productive use of my time, Ms. Bradbury.”

I tried reasoning. “Mr. Marek, we both want what’s best for your son. If we work together—”

“Ms. Bradbury.” He cut me off, and I could hear people talking in the background. “Apparently I wasn’t clear enough in my e-mail, so let me save us both some time. My son has no problems with any other teacher, so it goes without saying that you’re the problem.” His stern voice cut me, and I felt like shrinking. “You suffer from an overindulged sense of entitlement, and you forget that your job is on a yearly contract.”

My eyes widened, taking in his threat that my job this year could belong to someone else next year. I fisted the hem of the skirt at my thigh.

“Now, I’m a busy man,” he continued, sounding condescending, “and I don’t have time for silly young women who don’t know their place.”

My skin stung from where my fingernail dug in. His son didn’t have problems with me. Perhaps I graded harder than other teachers, and I might have had unorthodox methods, but most of the students enjoyed my class, including Christian. When he participated. If he ever challenged me, it was because his father wouldn’t allow him the freedom to have the tools to participate like all the other students.

“Now, can I get on with my day and consider this issue settled?” he sniped.

Heat spread over my skin, and I bared my teeth. “You can go to hell,” I shot back, raging. “No wonder he can’t stand you.”

“Easton!” Jack burst out next me.

But it was too late. My eyes widened, and my hand tingled, nearly losing grip on the phone.

What the hell did I just say?

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Review:

When I received Misconduct, I wanted to pull an all-nighter and just dive in, without any interruptions! Where are the days of first year college/university students? *crying face* But this was a new Penelope Douglas book, I still had to prioritise it over sleep, LOL.

Misconduct hooked me right away. With its funny dialogue, some mystery and steamy scenes, I couldn’t help myself and just loved it! Easton, was so my type of gal. Funny, empowered and intelligent. What a package. Tyler is a an incredibly driven guy and I can’t help but admire that, despite some of his flaws – like his lack of relationship with Christian. While we’re talking about Christian, he was probably one of my favourite parts of Misconduct. His rebellion, charm and boyishness reminded me a bit of my ultimate book babe Jared (Bully, Until You, Aflame by Penelope Douglas of course!). In my opinion, Tyler’s and Christian’s relationship with each other was just as important as Tyler’s and Easton’s and that’s why I loved this book so much. It didn’t just talk about the romantic love but family love!

Tyler and Easton. HOT. HOT. HOT. (Although, wait for Corrupt review :D) They bickered a lot, going forth and back and that is my type of dialogue. There’s a charm to “love-hate” relationship, it’s that much hotter when the two in question finally blow up and give into their attraction!

The storyline itself was so well written, Misconduct had everything – love, family, mystery with a plot twist that even I did not expect. Wow. It was a great ride and I would not be against Christian having his own book and maybe meeting some Fall Away series character – just an idea to consider! 😉

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

About Penelope Douglas

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Penelope Douglas is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Fall Away series.

She dresses for autumn year round, loves anything lemon flavored, and believes there is too much blood in her Coca Cola stream. Or too much Coca Cola in her blood stream. Or…

You know what? It doesn’t matter. She loves Coke. Now you know.

She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and daughter.

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aflame by Penelope Douglas. RELEASE BLITZ.

By the time you’re reading it, I have probably finished AFLAME!!! And I’m probably melting, crying or laughing. Anyway, GO AND BUY AFLAME!

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Title: Aflame (Falling Away #4)
Author: Penelope Douglas
Genre: NA | Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 21, 2015
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The tables have turned. Now I have the power—and it’s his turn to beg…

Everyone wants to be me.

Maybe it’s the sway of my skirt or the way I flip my hair, but I don’t care. Even though their attention is the last thing I crave, I just can’t stop. I dominate the track, the speed rattles my bones, and the wind and the crowd screams my name.

I’m her. The girl driver. The queen of the race. And I’m surviving—something he thought I’d never do.

They all talk about him. Did you see Jared Trent on T.V? What did you think of his last race, Tate? When is he coming back to town, Tate?

But I refuse to care too much. Because when Jared does come home, I won’t be here.

Tatum Brandt is gone. I’m someone new.

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Penelope Douglas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Fall Away series. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master of Science in Education from Loyola University in New Orleans. Penelope lives in Las Vegas with her family.

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on Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward.

So while I’ve been waiting impatiently for Aflame, (IT’S COMING OUT ON TUESDAY PEOPLE, BRACE YOURSELF BECAUSE MY “SUBTLE” FANGIRL IS GOING TO MAKE AN APPEARANCE.) I had to find something to calm be down a bit. I read Love Surfacedwhich didn’t disappoint so I figured I’d give the NA romances another try. Stepbrother Dearest was recommended, because the male protagonist is very similar to one of my ultimate book babes – Jared Trent (whom I can’t wait see on Tuesday in Aflame!!!!!) Anyway, I gave it a try and here’s what I thought!

Synopsis:

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You’re not supposed to want the one who torments you.

When my stepbrother, Elec, came to live with us my senior year, I wasn’t prepared for how much of a jerk he’d be.

I hated that he took it out on me because he didn’t want to be here.
I hated that he brought girls from our high school back to his room.
But what I hated the most was the unwanted way my body reacted to him.

At first, I thought all he had going for him were his rock-hard tattooed abs and chiseled face. Then, things started changing between us, and it all came to a head one night.

Just as quickly as he’d come into my life, he was gone back to California.

It had been years since I’d seen Elec.

When tragedy struck our family, I’d have to face him again.

And holy hell, the teenager who made me crazy was now a man that drove me insane.

I had a feeling my heart was about to get broken again.

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on Love Surfaced by Michelle Lynn.

Hi there.

I haven’t posted a normal review in a while, so I brought you a light new adult romance called Love Surfaced. I have a long list to-read books waiting for me, but I thought a bit of cheese wouldn’t be so bad! So here it is.

Synopsis:

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The equations are simple.

Piper Ashby + Brad Ashby = Twin Siblings
Brad Ashby + Tanner McCain = Best Friends
Piper Ashby + Tanner McCain = Off limits

Tanner and I abided by the rules. We stayed on our designated sides of the relationship circle.

Ignoring swarming butterflies.
Brushing off skipped heartbeats.
Settling on lingering stares.

Here’s the secret … a hand extended over that invisible line once, exponentially changing the equation. I was convinced we could make our relationship work until Tanner broke the trust he embedded in me from the age of seven.

One deceit of mega proportions and the relationship we built for that short month vanished. I swore never to speak to him again and it’s worked. Until now—two years later, when my brother’s wedding places me face-to-face with the best man—Tanner McCain.

Leaving one equation to be solved. Can love surface twice?

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