on Next To Never (Fall Away 4.5) by Penelope Douglas.

I have finished – free like a bird until May. I am obsessed with anything Penelope Douglas writes, so obviously I had to read Next To Never as soon as possible!

Also….I am going to RARE 17 in Berlin in June and guess who’s gonna be there? YES! Penelope Douglas!!!!!!

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New York Times bestseller Penelope Douglas introduces Quinn, younger sister to Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon, in the latest novella in the series that began with Jared and Tate in Bully….

Quinn Caruthers has several problems.

Her father, Jason, and her three older brothers, Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon.

Under the close watch of the men in her family, Quinn has found it nearly impossible to spread her wings—or even date—without them jumping in to hover. And when a family friend—several years older—from her childhood captures her heart, she knows they’re going to be a problem. Lucas Morrow is a man—experienced, sophisticated, and important. And knowing her brothers, he may as well be forbidden.

But Lucas left town years ago and shows no signs of returning. Quinn knows she shouldn’t wait for him anymore.

But then a package turns up on her doorstep with no return address and its contents reveal family secrets that threaten to turn Quinn’s world upside down. She’s never asked about the tumultuous path of her parents’ romantic history, but she soon learns their happy marriage had a very rocky and passionate start.

As she begins to see things around her with new eyes, Quinn will have to make tough choices about whether she’ll keep waiting…or finally go after what she really wants.

Review:

Can we just take a moment and appreciate the US cover? While you should not judge a book by its cover, the UK one is probably my least favourite in the series! Anyway, the content is important and no matter how much I dislike the UK cover, I LOVED Next To Never.

It is a novella, so I will keep it short. Quinn – Jared, Jax and Madoc’s sister is definitely an interesting character that needs to be more in depth. I’m so glad she is gonna have a full-length novel. She seems a bit lost and I think a lot of people could relate. That’s one of the charms of Penelope Douglas’ writing. Her characters are unapologetically real. We are caught up with my favourites – Jared and Tate, Madoc and Fallon and of course, Jax and Juliet. It is a bit strange how grown up yet still the same they are. I’m finding myself craving a Fall Away series re-read!

So what is Next to Never actually about? It gets a bit meta! One day, Quinn receives a book that goes into detail about her parents’ love story, as well as her brothers’. Reading snippets of how Jason and Katherine got together was a real treat, as heartbreaking as it was sometimes. Personally, I did not complain about some sex scenes between Jason and Katherine because let’s be real, it’s part of every relationship, but I could not help myself and cringe a little if I was Quinn. If I ever got a book like that (about my parents), I would probably burn it and scratch my eyes out! 😀

Next To Never is a perfect novella to get us all excited about the next generation – I know I am! Dylan (Jared and Tate’s daughter) is already my fave and I am BEYOND READY to read her love story!!!!!!!!!!

Basically, I AM READY.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Love,

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Release Blitz: Next To Never by Penelope Douglas.

YES, YES, YES, million times YES. Or at least less yes…if this was a full novel it would probably be billion times YES!

 

 

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Title: Next to Never 

Genre: New Adult 

Author: Penelope Douglas 

Release Date: January 17th, 2017 

 

Synopsis:
New York Times bestseller Penelope Douglas introduces Quinn, younger sister to Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon, in the latest novella in the series that began with Jared and Tate in Bully…

Quinn Caruthers has several problems.

Her father, Jason, and her three older brothers, Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon.

Under the close watch of the men in her family, Quinn has found it nearly impossible to spread her wings—or even date—without them jumping in to hover. And when a family friend—several years older—from her childhood captures her heart, she knows they’re going to be a problem. Lucas Morrow is a man—experienced, sophisticated, and important. And knowing her brothers, he may as well be forbidden.

But Lucas left town years ago and shows no signs of returning. Quinn knows she shouldn’t wait for him anymore.

But then a package turns up on her doorstep with no return address and its contents reveal family secrets that threaten to turn Quinn’s world upside down. She’s never asked about the tumultuous path of her parents’ romantic history, but she soon learns their happy marriage had a very rocky and passionate start.

As she begins to see things around her with new eyes, Quinn will have to make tough choices about whether she’ll keep waiting…or finally go after what she really wants.

Prologue:
There’s a prologue that Penelope had to delete from the book and she was kind enough to share it with all of us on her website. If you want to read it, and I highly recommend that that you do, you can check it out here.

 

About The Author:
Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into ten languages and include the Fall Away Series (Bully, Until You, Rival, Falling Away, and Aflame), as well as Corrupt, Misconduct, and Punk 57. Next to Never (A Fall Away Novella) is coming in January 2017.

She dresses for autumn year round, loves anything lemon flavored, and shops at Target almost daily. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.

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on PUNK 57 by Penelope Douglas.

By now I could just be a Penelope Douglas personal fangirl. I’m not even joking anymore. THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING!!!!! You need this book in your life. And I even waited to review just a few hours before PUNK 57 goes live just in case you weren’t hyped up for it yet.

*ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis:

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“We were perfect together. Until we met.”

Misha

I can’t help but smile at the words in her letter. She misses me.

In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.

It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever…

And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.

Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.

We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?

Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances?

F*ck it. I need to meet her.

I just don’t expect to hate what I find.

Ryen

He hasn’t written in three months. Something’s wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.

Without him around, I’m going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten his number or picture or something.

He could be gone forever.
Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.

Review:

*spoiler free*

Have you ever read a book and you just thought “This is it.”? Well THIS IS IT. This is THE book that has EVERYTHING I have ever wanted. Basically, if PUNK 57 was a guy, we would be married. This book is THAT good.

How do I start? PENELOPE DOUGLAS’ BEST WORK. From the first page, I knew I was in trouble. PUNK 57 is not just an ordinary romance. It has angst, mystery, peer pressure, MUSIC (!!!!!!!!!!!), sex, REAL CHARACTERS, growth… the list goes on. Honestly, I have never read a romance book (non-LGBT+) that has so much substance and the plot is so well thought out. There are romance books that deal with things that only unlucky people can relate to. I believe everyone can relate to the topic/theme that PUNK 57 deals with. As much as I love all of Penelope Douglas’ work, I don’t think any of her other work can measure with this gem. I hate when I can predict the plot and I could not have guessed PUNK 57. I read it in a one go, straight away until 3.40 am. Best night in a while, LOL.

The reason why this book is on a whole another level are the characters. Ryen. Oh Ryen. What can I say? She is the star of this book. She is not what you expect. Perfect. Flawed. I hated her. I loved her. Penelope Douglas, never have I felt so strongly about a character in my life. This character is real. And you will understand exactly what I mean when you read PUNK 57. And then there’s Misha. I always said Jared Trent (from Bully and Until You) will always be my favourite. I think Jared might have some serious competition in Misha. He is bad. He has issues. He is so bloody hot. Definitely got my blood going.  Ryen and Misha are incredibly written characters. You will no doubt recognise yourself in them. I am so happy that this book came out now when I am 21 – still growing, but definitely in a position of self-reflection on my high school years.

PUNK 57 is more than worthy of your time. You need this book in your life. I hope and wish this book will get the recognition it deserves because I am judgemental. I read books that I hate with passion. But PUNK 57 just makes me so happy, so proud that I got to chance to read it, I can’t stress enough how much I want you to go and buy this book and fall in love with it as much as I did. This book doesn’t fuck around. It doesn’t drag and doesn’t feel forced. PUNK 57 is so organic and just amazing.

This book went on my close-to-my-heart shelf. And I have been described as cold bitch so this is a big deal. So there you have it. Go buy this book. NOW.

Shout out to the Corrupt characters! When book “cross-overs” happen, I get way too excited.

PUNK 57 IS MUST READ ROMANCE OF 2016. NO DOUBT.

Rating: 6 million out of 5

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on You Against Me by Jenny Downham.

Hello.

This book is everything.

Synopsis:

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If someone hurts your sister and you’re any kind of man, you seek revenge, right?

If your brother’s accused of a terrible crime but says he didn’t do it, you defend him, don’t you?

When Mikey’s sister claims a boy assaulted her, his world begins to fall apart.

When Ellie’s brother is charged with the offence, her world begins to unravel.

When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide.

This is a brave and unflinching novel from the bestselling author of Before I Die. It’s a book about loyalty and the choices that come with it. But above all it’s a book about love.

Review:

Wow. I have no words. Completely in love with this story and I will forever hold it close to my heart.

“What happened to me happens to loads of girls. Loads and loads.” – Mikey’s sister

It’s not just a story about a rape victim. It’s about a story of two different families where they would do anything for their loved ones. I identified myself with both Mikey and Ellie. They love their family unconditionally and that comes with protecting it. But where’s the line? Is there one? Is it betrayal if you do or don’t speak up? Is it morally right? What about slut-shaming? And consent? Those are the questions that You Against Me subtly deals with while giving us a moving love story.

I can’t recommend this book enough. Read it and you will understand. This book is incredibly real, heart-breaking and pure beautiful. One of the best thing I have read this year. Maybe ever.

Rating: 5 meaningful stars

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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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cover reveal: Hideaway by Penelope Douglas

OMG, Kai’s book. If you haven’t read Corrupt go read it right now!!!!

 

Title: Hideaway 

Series: Devil’s Night Series 

Genre: Erotic Suspense 

Author: Penelope Douglas 

Release Date: TBD – 2017 

 

Synopsis:
COMING in 2017, HIDEAWAY is the second installment in the Devil’s Night Series! If you’ve read CORRUPT, this is Kai’s story.

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You don’t even see me, do you, Kai Mori? No one does.

I’m the kid in the back, the one everyone dismisses, the no-life street punk with dirty finger nails and ripped jeans.

But I’m quiet, and I do my job. I can hang tough and no one does me any favors. I’ve always been on my own.

But then I see you…

Your perfect black suits. Your clean hands. The way you charge into the room, not afraid of the man I work for, and all of a sudden, I feel different.

Like maybe I want to know what you’re like with a woman.

As quickly as the urge comes, though, it disappears. You see, my boss has an agenda. He’s decided to put me in your path, but what he doesn’t realize is, I have plans of my own. A score to settle.

And you won’t know who I really am until it’s too late.

So sit tight. I’m coming to you.

Kai

You’re wrong. I’ve seen you before.

You’re the girl who looks like a fourteen year old boy and pretends everyone around her is public enemy #1. Yeah, I remember you.

Thunder Bay. Devil’s Night. Four years ago.

But the thing was…when your hat fell off that night, you looked nothing like a boy. And when I put my hands on you, you didn’t feel like one, either.

Now, after all this time, you’re in Meridian City, and while I don’t know who you are or want you want, I can’t wait to find out.

So come on. Door’s unlocked.

Just be warned, though…Devil’s Night is coming again, and I’m not alone this time.

My friends like to play, too.

Note from the Author: HIDEAWAY still has no definite release date. Erotic suspense takes longer for me to write, and while I hate to keep anyone waiting, I know you’d rather have a good book than a quick one. Bear with me. Getting this book to you is a priority. xoxo.

 

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About The Author:
Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She dresses for autumn year round, loves anything lemon flavored, and shops at Target almost daily.

Her books include the Fall Away Series (Bully, Until You, Rival, Falling Away, and Aflame), as well as, Corrupt and Misconduct. Please look for Punk 57, coming September 2016 and Next to Never (A Fall Away Novella), coming January 2017.

She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.

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cover reveal: Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas.

 

 

Title: Punk 57 

Genre: New Adult 

Author: Penelope Douglas 

Release Date: September 20, 2016 

 

Synopsis:
“We were perfect together. Until we met.”

Misha

I can’t help but smile at the words in her letter. She misses me.

In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.

It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever…

And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.

Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.

We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?

Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances?

F*ck it. I need to meet her.

I just don’t expect to hate what I find.

Ryen

He hasn’t written in three months. Something’s wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.

Without him around, I’m going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten his number or picture or something.

He could be gone forever.

Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.

 

About The Author:
Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She dresses for autumn year round, loves anything lemon flavored, and shops at Target almost daily.

Her books include the Fall Away Series (Bully, Until You, Rival, Falling Away, and Aflame), as well as, Corrupt and Misconduct. Please look for Punk 57, coming September 2016 and Next to Never (A Fall Away Novella), coming January 2017.

She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.

Follow Her Here:  

Website,
Facebook,
Twitter,
Goodreads,
Instagram,
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