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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Young Adult Beach Reads

May 31, 2016 Features 14

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature from the lovely people over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, there’s a different theme that we make lists revolving around, and then we share it with each other. It’s an awesome feature that I love being apart of whenever I get the time! This week, the theme focuses on the best beach reads. I decided to make mine all about Young Adult books, since that’s the genre that I personally read the most. Beach reads are a totally subjective thing, but for me, it means light and somewhat fluffy books that make me feel really happy. Most of these do take place during the summer, but some of them actually don’t. Hope you enjoy my list!

1. Wanderlost

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So this book comes out today and I can’t wait for everyone to read it! You definitely need to buy a copy so you can read it while at the beach or just while you’re out enjoying the hot summer weather in general. It’s such a fabulous book with a wonderful summer setting.

2. My Life Next Door

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This is a classic YA book that I just couldn’t leave off my list. Sam and Jase will forever be one of my favorite couples of all time. I can’t recommend this book enough! If you somehow missed it, you need to read it ASAP. If you have read it, you should reread it.

3. Things I Can’t Forget

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I’m a huge fan of anything by Miranda Kenneally. I chose this book specifically because it takes place at a summer camp and it just has that total summer vibe to it. Matt is such a swoony book boyfriend, and I love him so much.

4. The Unexpected Everything

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All of Morgan Matson’s books take place during the summer, but I chose this one in particular because it’s the most recent one of hers. It’s also the one that’s the most fresh in my mind. I felt like Matson has honestly mastered the whole summer setting. However, this book is a bit long, so maybe only take it on the beach if you’re a fast reader. Nevertheless, this book should definitely go on your list for summer reading, it’s a must read for sure!

5. Open Road Summer

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Truthfully, this isn’t my favorite book by Emery Lord. I personally prefer The Start of You and Me. But I feel like Lord was still able to write a beautiful summer contemporary romance with this one, though I wasn’t a fan of the main character. It’s still a really great book to read anyway.

6. This Lullaby

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There are several different Sarah Dessen books that I could recommend to you guys. Though I love so many of them, like The Truth About Forever and Along for the Ride, I went with this one. This is my all time favorite Dessen book for tons of different reasons. I think it’s the best beach read because it has a fast paced romance that you truly cheer for, a hot awkward love interest, and a fabulous music theme that’s shown throughout the story. It’s also a great book to start with if you’ve never read this author before!

7. Twenty Boy Summer

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If I’m being completely honest, this isn’t my all time favorite book by any means. However, it’s a very short read that you could easily devour when laying out on the beach for a day or two.

8. The Season of You and Me

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Another recent release that I really enjoyed reading. This one also takes place at a summer camp where the two are camp counselors and they meet and naturally fall in love. I liked this one because it had a relatively unique twist: the love interest is in a wheelchair after a recent freak accident. It was heartbreaking to read about his struggles, but I still liked this book a lot.

9. Anna and the French Kiss

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This doesn’t take place during the summer, but I love this book anyway. It takes place in Paris, as you can probably guess by the cover. I’d be surprised if you haven’t at least heard of this book. It’s definitely a classic YA contemporary romance book, and one of my all time favorites. I can’t say enough good things about Anna and the French Kiss!

10. The Summer I Turned Pretty

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This is a trilogy but I promise that each books are seriously addicting and fun to read. I’m not a fan of love triangles at all, but I did enjoy this trilogy just because I became so invested in all the characters and their lives in general. Belly is one of my favorite YA protagonists and I love her story!

So there’s my list for this week. I haven’t posted one of these in over a month, but I’m glad to get back to posting these fun lists! Don’t forget to share your lists in the comments. Hope you guys have an awesome rest of the week! 🙂

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Spinning Out Review

May 28, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★½

Spinning Out ReviewSpinning Out (The Blackhawk Boys, #1) by Lexi Ryan
on May 3rd 2016
Source: Netgalley
Reading Challenges: Contemporary Romance Challenge
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two-half-stars
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I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Once, the only thing that mattered to me was football—training, playing, and earning my place on the best team at every level. I had it all, and I threw it away with a semester of drugs, alcohol, and pissing off anyone who tried to stop me. Now I’m suspended from the team, on house arrest, and forced to spend a semester at home to get my shit together. The cherry on my fuckup sundae? Sleeping in the room next to mine is my best friend’s girl, Mia Mendez—the only woman I’ve ever loved and a reminder of everything I regret.
I’m not sure if having Mia so close will be heaven or hell. She’s off-limits—and not just because she’s working for my dad. Her heart belongs to someone else. But since the accident that killed her brother and changed everything, she walks around like a zombie, shutting out her friends and ignoring her dreams. We’re both broken, numb, and stuck in limbo.
Until I break my own rules and touch her. Until she saves me from my nightmares by climbing into my bed. Until the only thing I want more than having Mia for myself is to protect her from the truth.
I can’t rewrite the past, but I refuse to leave her heart in the hands of fate. For this girl, I’d climb into the sky and rearrange the stars.
SPINNING OUT is a sexy, emotional novel of 100,000 words. It is first in the Blackhawk Boys, a series of standalone novels.---THE BLACKHAWK BOYS. Football. Secrets. Lies. Passion. These boys don’t play fair. Which Blackhawk Boy will steal your heart?Book 1 - SPINNING OUT - Coming May 3rd (Arrow's story)Book 2 - RUSHING IN - Coming Summer 2016 (Christopher's story)Book 3 - GOING UNDER - Coming late 2016 (Sebastian's story)

I’ve never read anything from Lexi Ryan before, but I’ve heard that her books have TONS of drama. Most of the time, I’m not a fan of a lot of drama, and do my best not to read books that contain it. Anyway, I thought I’d give this author a chance since I’ve heard mostly positive things about her romances. I think I might give her another shot, especially with the next book in this series. But I’m going to stay clear of any of her books that come close to being a love triangle. I just wasn’t a fan of how this love story went down. Spinning Out comes down to what you like as a reader. The blurb promises plenty of angst and it definitely delivers on that front. So if angsty romances, sexual tension, football players, guy falling for his best friend’s girl, death, drugs, and plenty of regret, are your thing, then I’m sure you’ll love this book.

The plot of this book is difficult to describe. Basically, we meet Arrow and Mia – two people who clearly have a past, which we gradually learn more and more about as the chapters role on. Arrow is now on house arrest because of dumb drug related thing that he did. He had a promising future and was potentially going to be drafted into the NFL. Mia is staying at his house as a nanny for his new baby half sister, which turns out to be a problem due to tension and unsolved problems between them. It takes quite a long time for us to know EVERYTHING that happened, but it’s definitely interesting to follow it all as it slowly unravels before us. The best way I can sum it up is to say that there is SO much that happens. Honestly, it’s a bit like a car crash, I just couldn’t look away from this book. It’s not a bad thing, there’s just so much drama going on that I just had to keep reading in order to discover what went down between all of these characters that we’re introduced to.

I liked Mia, but I didn’t love her. A problem that I’ve found recently with NA books that I’ve read is that the female isn’t all that memorable. Your main character says a lot about the book as a whole, so it always bothers me a bit when I just can’t relate to the character. I didn’t agree with some of her choices in the slightest. I did feel bad for her at some points, especially when she was forced to deal with her alcoholic father and bail him out of whatever shenanigans he’s found himself in. So I didn’t actively dislike her, I just didn’t find her all that substantial. I won’t be remembering her character for much longer after reading it.

I really liked Arrow, though you definitely feel somewhat conflicted about him during some parts. However, he’s still a pretty cool guy, and I loved his flashback chapters. You get to see how early on he fell for Mia, and how much it sucked for him when she chose his best friend over him in the end. In the present tense, he’s acting out because of everything that happened to Mia’s brother and his best friend/her boyfriend. I wasn’t a fan of how he treated Mia once he came home to find her working as a nanny at his house. But then once we learn more about their history, we get to see exactly why it’s just so painful for him to be near her again. Arrow being a football player definitely made him a better book boyfriend in my book. Who doesn’t love a hot athlete?

Ultimately, this wasn’t my favorite book. I will be looking for Chris’s book, but I will be pissed if it has any form of a love triangle! So yeah, this book probably wasn’t for me overall. The main reason why I picked it up in the first place is because I love football romances. This one certainly has very little to no football in it. The main references are to Arrow blowing his chances at the NFL draft and to all his university football friends (like Chris) who come visit him at his house. As I said earlier, I only recommend this if you love your romances with plenty of angst.

two-half-stars

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Shuffle, Repeat Review

May 26, 2016 Reviews, Young Adult 0 ★★★

Shuffle, Repeat ReviewShuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on May 3rd 2016
Pages: 336
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three-stars
When Harry Met Sally for YA romance readers. This opposites-attract love story is perfect for fans of Huntley Fitzpatrick, Stephanie Perkins, and Jenny Han.  June wants high school to end and real life to begin. Oliver is soaking up senior year’s glory days. They could have coasted through high school, knowing about—but not really knowing—each other.   Except that their moms have arranged for Oliver to drive June to school. Every. Single. Day.   Suddenly these two opposites are fighting about music, life . . . pretty much everything. But love is unpredictable. When promises—and hearts—get broken, Oliver and June must figure out what really matters. And then fight for it.

So I had high hopes for this contemporary going in. Maybe I shouldn’t have had such high expectations, but I still found myself a little disappointed by this one. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fairly quick read that I was able to devour in just one sitting. However, I still had some problems with the characters and parts of the plot. I feel like Jen Klein did a rather solid job at portraying an accurate high school experience and I really was able to relate with June’s feelings about high school, but other points just fell short for me. For example, I couldn’t stand all of the drama, that was definitely not anything that I or anyone that I know was forced to deal with. I think some people may be able to relate with this story better than I did, but all in all, it was a satisfying read. I actually don’t have all that much to say about this book, so I’m just going to present a list of some specific things that I liked and disliked about Shuffle, Repeat.

Positives:

  • The car pooling plot was cute and unique. I liked that June and Oliver were “stuck together” in that way. They came from different social groups, but were still forced to bond.
  • I loved both June and Oliver’s taste in music, though they hated each others personal taste.
  • Sex positive
  • Diversity – June’s close friend Shaun is gay and another one of her friends is bisexual.
  • June and Oliver’s unlikely but strong friendship.
  • The family dynamics that the book focuses on.
  • The writing was really well done and I loved how incredible and real the characters all felt.
  • Oliver and June’s first kiss gets its own bullet point because it was so steamy, adorable, and just my favorite in general. I have to say that it may just take the award for one of my all time favorite YA book kisses.
  • I LOVED Oliver’s personality. I especially liked that he was so much more than just a jock. Back when I was in high school, I personally was friends with a few total jocks, but I was so glad that I didn’t judge them based on that and came to see that there is a lot more to them than simply being a jock. So basically, labels can be misleading and I’m glad that Oliver was able to prove June that the one she placed on him was totally off base.
  • The banter between June and Oliver throughout the book is pretty amazing in general.

Negatives:

  • Drama, drama, drama. I’m fine with a reasonable amount because I get that high school is filled with it, but some of it felt excessive and unnecessary to me.
  • I REALLY disliked June for like over half the book. She’s so judgmental. She also is just so mean for no reason at times. I really didn’t get what in the world was running through her mind at times.
  • Her boyfriend Itch, like what kind of name is that anyway?
  • Oliver’s girlfriend, who starts out as seeming to be more than just a ditzy popular cheerleader but turns out not to be.
  • Slut shaming.
  • Unresolved issues with her family and Oliver and his family. I mean, I guess it was solved, but it still didn’t feel like much of a resolution considering how big of a deal some of the characters made about these events that happened.
  • The dumb fights that June picked with Oliver.
  • June, June, and June again.
  • Oliver’s friend Theo clearly had Dyslexia, and I really wanted this to be explored more. Instead his story ended with him just being a dick again.

Though I technically have more positives than negatives on this list, the negatives were ones that I felt a bit more strongly about. However, I will say that I did enjoy this book. I just wasn’t a fan of all the nonsense that it seemed to have. I recommend it if you’re looking for a quick read that has some seriously swoony scenes in it.

three-stars

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Summer Days & Summer Nights Review

May 25, 2016 Reviews, Young Adult 1 ★★★

Summer Days & Summer Nights ReviewSummer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins, Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, Jennifer E. Smith
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on May 17th 2016
Pages: 400
Source: Purchased
Also by this author: Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1), Flying Lessons & Other Stories, The Great American Whatever, You Know Me Well, We Are Okay, Windfall
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three-stars
Maybe it's the long, lazy days, or maybe it's the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.
Featuring stories by Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith.

I didn’t read the holiday anthology My True Love Gave to Me, which was also put together by Stephanie Perkins. However, I wanted to read this one because I was in the mood for some sweet summer stories to get me in the mood for this incredible season. Though I was expecting some light fluffy romances, what I really got was actually something much more deeper. Some of these stories are surprisingly sad and deal with some tough topics, but all of them are extremely realistic. If you read only one story, I highly recommend it being A Thousand Way This Could All Go Wrong by Jennifer E. Smith. Anyway, this was a fabulously diverse collection that featured a lot of different genres like: contemporary, science fiction, and fantasy. Unsurprisingly, I personally preferred the contemporary stories, but I’m sure that it will please fans of those genres that they were included here.

Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail by Leigh Bardugo – 3 Stars

I feel like I’m one of the only people on the PLANET who haven’t read anything by Leigh Bardugo yet. I’ve meant to, but I’m just not a huge fan of that genre and haven’t gotten around to reading anything by her yet. This story had solid writing, I personally didn’t connect too much to the characters like some reviewers seem to have connected to it. I thought that the romance was really adorable, but the twist kind of threw me for a loop and I liked it a little less because of that.

The End of Love by Nina LaCour – 4 Stars

This was an adorable story about a budding romance between two girls. Flora is going through a rough time with her parents divorce and so she decides to escape to a summer geometry class that she had already taken. There she runs into Mimi, a girl from another school who she always had a secret crush on but never pursued anything with. As you might anticipate, Flora finds a romance that she’d be dreaming about for a long time. I liked this one because of the diversity but also because of how well developed it was for a short story.

Last Stand at the Cinegore by Libba Bray – 2.5 Stars

So this one started out rather promising, but then it just got weird and I was ridiculously confused about the direction that it went in. I thought that the main character was funny and a bit charming, but then the plot changed. Besides, I wasn’t feeling the romance in the slightest. It all fell helplessly short, in my opinion.

Sick Pleasure by Francesca Lia Block – 2 Stars

This one was totally off to me. I’ve never read anything by this author before, so maybe that’s why I wasn’t used to some of the quirkiness of it all. The first really strange thing about it was that all the characters were only known by letters like M, J, L, and I. Did anyone else who read this find that straight up odd or was it only me? Aside from that, I absolutely couldn’t stand the ending. With that being said, the ending was the reason why I disliked the romance. The ending of it all was far from satisfying and just made me angry.

In Ninety Minutes, Turn North by Stephanie Perkins – 3.5 Stars

As I already said earlier, I didn’t read the Holiday collection, and Perkins features the same characters in both. I was told that it was okay to go ahead and read this story anyway. They pretty much recap all the events that already happened in the other story. I don’t think it’s possible for Stephanie to write a BAD story, I just didn’t feel all that connected to her characters as a whole. The story was rather predictable, but I did appreciate that the drama was kept at a minimal level. I enjoyed the story, it just wasn’t my favorite. I think fans of Perkins will be pleased though.

Souvenirs by Tim Federle – 4 Stars

Wow, I was surprised by how much I liked this one! It surprised me because this is a breakup story and I hate those, but somehow, Federale made this work. I felt very connected to the main character, Matt. He reminded me a little of Simon from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, due to how witty and hilarious he is. I loved that he worked at an amusement park, and I loved even more that it took place in Pittsburgh. So Matt works in the souvenir shop at the amusement park, and his summer boyfriend Kieth works as an actor in the show that they put on. They have a breakup date because Kieth is moving away for school and doesn’t want to lead him on. This worked for me because it resembled a real high school relationship, it wasn’t a fairy tale, and I liked that more than I thought that I would.

Inertia by Veronica Roth – 4.5 Stars

Well, this story was definitely something else! In a way, it definitely reminded me of Four and Tris from the Divergent series. But I feel like Roth was still able to create two unique characters and build something real and memorable within these thirty some pages that she had to work with. I feel like some readers might feel differently about the story, but I personally enjoyed every second of it.

Love is the Last Resort by Jon Skorvon – 2.5 Stars

Some parts of this book seemed to have quite a bit of potential, but others seemed to be lacking. The narration style was one of the most unique ones that I’ve ever read before, and I did enjoy that, but some of the stories ended up running together. Meaning, the author tries to follow three different couples in this small amount of space. For me, it didn’t end up working so well. I did think some of the lines were rather clever though. All in all, I think that you might be able to skip this one.

Good Luck and Farewell by Brandy Colbert – 4 Stars

I thought this was a lovely story! It seems to be the theme here, but I haven’t read anything by Colbert yet. I was totally impressed by this one. The main character Rashida, is dealing with her cousin (who is like a mother to her) moving across the country to be with her girlfriend. She ends up meeting her girlfriend’s brother Pierre at the going away party and finds sparks fly between them. I loved how openly the two were able to discuss mental illness and their past experiences with it and also with grief. Both of them had experiences major losses in different ways. It was such a heavy but real thing, and I’m glad that Colbert portrayed this in such a classy way.

Brand New Attraction by Cassandra Clare – 2 Stars

Clare is an author who I’ve never read before, but her books are very popular. So I say that if you are a fan, you will likely enjoy this story because I’ve read from the reviews that it seems to have similar themes to her other works. If this isn’t your genre or an author you think you’d like, I say that you skip it. It’s basically about a terrifying carnival filled with demons. It wasn’t all that boring or anything, it just didn’t turn out to be my thing personally. The romance wasn’t for me either. It was basically about a slightly awkward yet pretty and cool girl who falls for the broody bad boy, who is her uncle’s stepson.

A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong by Jennifer E. Smith – 5 Stars

This is definitely my favorite of the stories. It could be that I’m a huge fan of the author’s, but this story just clicked with me on every level. If you’re not a major contemporary romance fan, this might not totally be your thing, but I loved it from the first page. It has the most adorable romance ever. Seriously, the last scene will likely make you melt. I want to read it over again for the first time, it was that cute. The main character, Annie, is a camp counselor to little kids, and one of them has autism and she isn’t sure exactly how to make him feel comfortable at the camp. She has an interest in a boy named Griffin, who turns out to know exactly how to handle the child. It’s difficult to describe, but just trust me, this story will make you feel so many things.

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things by Lev Grossman – 2 Stars

Sorry, but this book was pretty boring to me. It just seemed to drag on and on. The premise was like Groundhog Day, the main character lives the same day over and over again. About a month in, he ends up seeing a girl who is out of place and finds out that she’s in the same boat as him. Naturally, he ends up falling in love with her and carrying less about having to live the same day on repeat. This whole time thing just wasn’t for me at all.

 

three-stars

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Some Kind of Perfect Review

May 24, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

Some Kind of Perfect ReviewSome Kind of Perfect (Calloway Sisters) by Krista Ritchie
on May 20th 2016
Source: Purchased
Also by this author: Addicted to You (Addicted, #1), Kiss the Sky (Calloway Sisters, #1; Addicted, #2.1), Hothouse Flower (Calloway Sisters, #2; Addicted, #2.2), Thrive (Addicted, #2.5), Addicted After All (Addicted, #3), Fuel the Fire, Long Way Down
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five-stars
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Falling in love was just the beginning

The conclusion to the epic ten-book series about the unbreakable strength of family, friendship, and love.
Lily & Lo are back one final time. Childhood best friends and soul mates.
Ryke & Daisy are back one final time. Wild risk-takers and flirty adventurers.
Connor & Rose are back one final time. Genius rivals and intellectual teammates.
Ten years of laughter. Of heartache. And love.
***Authors' Note***Some Kind of Perfect is a full-length epilogue novel. It is highly recommended to read this book after Long Way Down. Otherwise, it will spoil the entire series. Some Kind of Perfect is meant to be the 10th book in the series.

So this is the final book in the Addicted series! If you don’t know already, this is a huge ten book series that initially follows the relationship between a sex addict and an alcoholic, but the series extends to the main character’s sisters and their love stories as well. It’s a whirlwind of a series that I never want to end. In a way, I do feel like the ending to the last book, Long Way Down was pretty perfect. But I’m still grateful that Krista and Becca granted their fans one final book to say goodbye to these characters that we’ve come to know and love so much. I can’t wait for the next generation books, which are going to revolve around their children once they are in their 20’s. This is a ridiculously large book, but I loved every page of it. I recommend it to the readers who also loved this series.

This book is narrated by all six of the main characters from the series. This is: Daisy, Ryke, Lily, Lo, Connor, and Rose, and I loved that the twins included all six of their perspectives. I couldn’t imagine it written any other way. Though the previous books lacked so many voices at once, I feel like the authors still managed to write true to the characters, and it definitely managed to work. If you’ve read Long Way Down (which you definitely should before reading this one) then you know that they jump ten years in the epilogue. The authors fill in the blanks of those ten years and the final scene is the same one we already saw, except it’s in a different POV this time around. The plot is pretty simple compared to the other books, meaning it more focuses on characters than specific plots. But I feel like this truly worked to the author’s advantage.

It’s hard to write much about the characters since it follows the lives of six of them. Besides, I think I’ve already talked enough about my feelings on the individual characters as it is. However, I will talk about how much I loved seeing the characters interact with their children. Each of these main characters have their own unique parenting styles that they use with their significant other. The gang decided to do a documentary series where they had the chance to tell their side of things that the media often twisted. At one point, they have to make a decision whether or not it’s time to show some of their older children that series. They want them to be exposed to that instead of having to hear all the lies that are printed about them. Anyway, the group ends up differing in opinions about what they want to show their children. In the end, they all end up respecting the decisions that the couples believe best fit their individual child. My point is, I loved seeing them have respect for their friends, but still doing what they want parenting wise. It shows a lot of personal growth for these characters, especially for Connor, who was a totally selfish character in the beginning. Now, he’s learned to put his children first, and that’s made a huge difference in his life.

So I honestly didn’t think I was going to have so much to say about the children, but I totally do. It was amazing getting to see how they interacted with their children as well. There were so many scenes that made me tear up because it was so adorable and real. Most of my favorite scenes involved Maximoff Hale, Lily and Lo’s oldest son. He’s so freaking adorable and I can’t wait to read his book. He ends up asking Lily about sex when he’s only about 8 years old. She’s freaked out about what to say to him at first, but she decides to just be as upfront and forthcoming as possible about it. Moffy is seriously the sweetest kid in the world because one of his biggest concerns about sex was whether or not it hurt his mom, and if it’d hurt his sisters and cousins. It just showed how selfless this kid is. In a similar scene, Lo tells him about his mother’s sex addiction, and Lo is worried that he’ll think differently about his mom. Instead, Moffy is worried about his mom and if she hurts and struggles with it. Lo says that his son is such a Hufflepuff and I love that because I’m a Hufflepuff too. Frankly, it’s definitely the best house to be in!

I know I haven’t talked much about the couples, but I feel like there honestly isn’t that much new to say about them. I will say that I’m glad that they stayed strong. There were certainly some steamy scenes between all three of the couples, and none of them let us down. Connor and Rose were particularly frisky as ever, I mean, they end up having seven kids so you know that they have to be fairly active. I’m not sure who my favorite couple is, there’s so much to love about each one of them. I think I’m probably going to miss Ryke the most, his consistent cussing and Connor’s banter about his small vocabulary never fail to make me laugh. Yes, he continues dropping F bombs around his nieces, nephews, and children, that’s what you have to love about him though, he is who he is. I fell in love with all of these characters, just like so many of you probably have as well. The Fizzle Force is a fandom that I’ve only recently joined, but I still feel lucky to be apart of it. I can’t wait for future books from these two authors. However, it’s seriously tough to say goodbye to these incredible characters.

five-stars

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Long Way Down Review

May 22, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

Long Way Down ReviewLong Way Down by Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
Published by K.B. Ritchie on November 20th 2015
Pages: 640
Also by this author: Addicted to You (Addicted, #1), Kiss the Sky (Calloway Sisters, #1; Addicted, #2.1), Hothouse Flower (Calloway Sisters, #2; Addicted, #2.2), Thrive (Addicted, #2.5), Addicted After All (Addicted, #3), Fuel the Fire, Some Kind of Perfect (Calloway Sisters), Addicted to You (Addicted, #1), Kiss the Sky (Calloway Sisters, #1; Addicted, #2.1), Hothouse Flower (Calloway Sisters, #2; Addicted, #2.2), Thrive (Addicted, #2.5), Addicted After All (Addicted, #3), Fuel the Fire
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With a seven-year age difference, Ryke & Daisy have faced an uphill battle in the eyes of the world and their families. Known as the most adventurous, fast-paced couple - their next step has always been elusive to the rabid media. Behind the scenes, heartbreaking troubles continue to test Ryke & Daisy's resilience and shape their future together. They promise: To never slow down. To never compromise who they are. To never abandon their love for each other. But preserving their happiness also means adding more risks. Ones that Connor Cobalt wouldn't even take. As a professional free-solo climber, Ryke is no stranger to risk, but his next step with Daisy wagers more than just his health. With their lives on the line, Ryke & Daisy head towards the vast, wild unknown in this epic final conclusion to the Addicted series.

So this is the last official book in this series. It was supposed to be the very end, but the authors decided to write an epilogue book. I’m sure you know this by now since I’ve mentioned it in basically all of my recent reviews of these books. Some Kind of Perfect just came out on Friday, and I was hoping to finish and post my review of Long Way Down by then, but that didn’t end up happening. This was an emotional roller coaster ride of a book. I laughed and cried so many times while reading it. I couldn’t have imagined a better ending for Ryke and Daisy, this was an amazing read for sure.

In Long Way Down, Raisy (this is obviously Daisy and Ryke’s ship name) finds themselves being tested in a number of ways. However, they learn that they make the perfect team and can face anything as long as they stick together. Ryke continues to help Daisy with her ongoing struggle with PTSD and depression. She’s going to Connor’s therapist to help her cope with everything going on in her life. Ryke faces his own obstacles involving his one true passion besides Daisy: climbing. With a little help from their family and close friends, they learn that nothing is too difficult for them.

Daisy is a character that I really understood and sympathized with. She’s a beautiful girl who has been through so much in her short life. She’s such an old soul, mostly due to the fact that she had to grow up so quickly. Anyway, I hate all of the horrible things that happened to her while she was still in high school. Her former friends made her life a living hell when she wouldn’t do this disturbing thing that they asked her to do. So yeah, she’s still living with that awful memory, and that’s partly why she has PTSD. Though I love all the Calloway sisters, I probably identify with her the most on some levels. We’re different in the respect that she lives for dangerous adventures, I’m a lot more like Lily here, preferring fandoms and being indoors more so than going outdoors and exploring the world. Daisy is such a cool character and I love her so much.

Ryke is a fascinating character to say the least. His love for Daisy is so obvious and I definitely ship it. Ryke is the funniest character, mostly because he’s not trying to be funny, it’s just the way that he is. He’s unapologetic for his personality and that’s what makes him stand out. It cracks me up how much he cusses. The best part of it is that he’s a seriously intelligent guy, but he tries to hide that in some ways. Basically, he understands all the languages (or most anyway) that Connor and Rose speak to each other, but he didn’t tell them that he knew it for such a long time. This may just be me, but we tend to automatically assume that people cuss must have a small vocabulary. Ryke is proof that this isn’t true, he just says what he wants to say and does what he wants. My heart bled for Ryke at certain points in this book, if you’ve read it than you know exactly what I mean. He’s such a likable guy and I love how he cares so deeply for every single person in his life.

Ryke and Daisy have an incredible love story, which isn’t all that surprising in this series since all the couples work well together. I do believe that what they have is unbelievably special and memorable in so many ways. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I love that they were friends before they had a relationship. It’s no secret that the age gap between Daisy and Ryke is a very real thing. They are seven years apart, and that meant that so many people, including his own brother and her parents, were against them from the start. They ended up fighting the odds and forming this unbreakable love on a foundation of passion and trust that neither of them had ever experienced before.

This is a ridiculously long book. Surprisingly, it didn’t take me as long as I was expecting it to take. I did want to take longer to read it so I could just treasure these fabulous words for a bit longer. The epilogue to the novel was awesome, and while I’m glad that the authors decided to continue the series with one more book, it would’ve been a fine place to end it anyway. This is totally one of my favorite books in the series. Every book does hold a special place in my heart, and I will continue to miss these characters, especially once I complete Some Kind of Perfect.

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Fuel the Fire Review

May 21, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Fuel the Fire ReviewFuel the Fire by Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
Published by K.B. Ritchie on April 21st 2015
Pages: 558
Source: Purchased
Also by this author: Addicted to You (Addicted, #1), Kiss the Sky (Calloway Sisters, #1; Addicted, #2.1), Hothouse Flower (Calloway Sisters, #2; Addicted, #2.2), Thrive (Addicted, #2.5), Addicted After All (Addicted, #3), Long Way Down, Some Kind of Perfect (Calloway Sisters), Addicted to You (Addicted, #1), Kiss the Sky (Calloway Sisters, #1; Addicted, #2.1), Hothouse Flower (Calloway Sisters, #2; Addicted, #2.2), Thrive (Addicted, #2.5), Addicted After All (Addicted, #3), Long Way Down
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Protect your family. At all costs.
It’d take the impossible to hurt Connor Cobalt, even for a moment.
Protect your family. At all costs.
At twenty-six, his narcissistic tendencies have made room for the people he loves.
Protect your family. At all costs.
And he loves Rose. But when his love is threatened, when his greatest dreams with her are compromised — what is the cost then?
Protect your family. At all costs.
Love will guide his choices. For the first time in his life.
***Authors' Note***It's possible to only read the Calloway Sisters spin-off series without reading the Addicted series, but you MUST read Hothouse Flower (Calloway Sisters #2) before reading Fuel the Fire (Calloway Sisters #3).
It's highly recommended to read the books in the recommended reading order, which is in tangent with the Addicted series. If you choose not to read Addicted After All before Fuel the Fire, there will be a time jump.
Fuel the Fire picks up in the Addicted Timeline where Addicted After All ended. FTF will not retell past events from Addicted After All in Rose & Connor's POV. All new material.

I’m honestly not sure who my favorite couple is from the Addicted series. I think I love all three of the main ones in their own special ways. I love how nerdy and adorable Lo and Lily are, how daring and loving Ryke and Daisy are, and I love how passionate and intelligent Rose and Connor are. In Fuel the Fire, we get the last part of Rose and Connor’s love story. There’s A LOT that’s happened to them since we last received their POV’s in Kiss the Sky. We got to see the birth of their daughter Jane in Addicted After All. Anyway, I did love getting inside this intense couple’s heads once more. While definitely not my favorite book in the series, this was still a great conclusion to this couple and I just love them so much.

The plot is pretty interesting right off the bat. We learn that Connor and Rose are doing some crazy things in public so they can divert the media away from stories about Lily and Lo that will affect their son Moffy later on in his life. This is completely selfless of this power couple, and they continue doing these weird out of character things without the rest of the group knowing the reasoning behind it all. Though it does start off pretty good, things do get kind of boring after awhile. I figured that Connor’s past involving being in relationships with men would be leaked in the media after a conversation that he had with Lo in Addicted After All. I felt like that part was handled well, I just felt like we didn’t need all the drama with Scott on top of all that. It was just a fairly long book, and I feel like some parts would have been better left out.

In Kiss the Sky, Rose started out being this twenty something virgin who was avoiding sex because she was afraid to give up control. She’s come a long long way since then, and is totally far from being a virgin now. I love how confident Rose is. Yes, some of her actions and the way she carries herself may make you think that she’s a bitch, but to me, she’s far from being that way. She’s a successful mom and businesswoman who knows what she wants and goes after it. Though she isn’t warm, bubbly, and loving, she still makes an amazing mom to her sweet little girl. I love Rose’s stance on Jane’s style. My favorite thing about Rose is that she’ll do absolutely anything to keep the people that she loves happy and safe.

Connor isn’t your typical book boyfriend. In the past, he would only associate himself with people that could give him something. He didn’t see the point in being around someone who couldn’t do anything to boast his own name. His upbringing with his single mother was often cold considering that she didn’t believe in love. Therefore, Connor always believed that love had no point to him. I’m sure I’ve pointed this all out before, but it’s still a big deal that he now loves quite a few people at this point. He’s a fabulous father who loves his daughter way more than he ever anticipated. I hated how the media reacted when it was discovered that he had slept with men in the past. They immediately released stories about how the whole marriage with Rose was a major scam and complied “evidence” that supported that claim. But I loved how he responded to these claims. It really made me love and respect Connor even more than I already do. Though his arrogance can be a bit much at times, it’s still pretty difficult not to love this guy.

Connor and Rose’s relationship is rather fabulous. At the beginning of the book, we get to flashback to when they first met when the pair’s respective schools faced off during Model UN. They butted heads right away since they are both the smartest in their class. I just loved that the banter between them is just as alive in present day, with them being married, as it was back in high school. Connor and Rose have some love-hate going on at times, but it’s mostly just love. Like I said, Rose just isn’t a loving person in general so she expresses herself differently, even towards her husband. I love how they always quiz each other and complete crossword puzzles together. Some other unique things that they do as a team: text each other random kill, fuck, marry scenarios. They also speak in mostly French, sometimes other languages that Ryke can’t pick up on. There is no other couple out there like these two, that’s for sure.

I can’t specifically pinpoint what it is that I love so much about this series. I think that it must be that it’s as much about family as it is about love. The Ritchie twins put so much focus on friendship and family in every single one of these books. It’s such a fabulous and rather unique spin to add to a NA book. In my opinion, you can never have too much of either of those things. Of course though, the love stories included are just as memorable and detailed as the rest of it all. I can’t stress to you guys enough how much I enjoy this series. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a one of a kind romance that will stick with you for a long time afterwards.

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a riveting new story about friendship, survival, and finding your voice.

For some people, silence is a weapon.

For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield.

Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

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“The intensity between Mouse and Rider is palpably sizzling… romance aficionados [will] lose themselves in Mouse and Rider’s smoldering glances and steamy kisses.” –Kirkus

“Armentrout’s effort to gradually coax her protagonist from her shell via a supportive, loving community succeeds, and readers looking for an inspirational comeback story will find Mallory’s to be satisfying and hopeful” –Publishers Weekly

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The expression on her face said he gave great full frontal, and when he laughed, her pink lips split into a wide smile. Her smile transformed her from pretty to beautiful, but my attention swung away from her as tiny hairs rose all over my body. That laugh…it was deep, rich and somehow familiar. A shiver crept over my shoulders. That laugh…

He was walking backward, and I was rather amazed that he didn’t trip over anything, actually somewhat envious of that fact. And then I realized he was heading toward the last half circle. Toward me. I glanced around. There were only a few seats open, two on my left. The girl was following him. Not just following him. Touching him.

Touching him like she’d done it a lot.

Her slim arm was extended, her hand planted in the center of his stomach, just below his chest. She bit down on her lower lip as her hand drifted farther south. Golden bangles dangling from her wrist got awful close to the worn leather belt. My cheeks heated as the boy stepped out of her reach. There was something playful about his movements, as if this dance was a daily routine for them both.

He turned at the end of the desks, stepping behind the occupied chair, and my gaze tracked up narrow hips, over the stomach the girl had touched, up and up, and then I saw his face.

I stopped breathing.

My brain couldn’t perceive what I was seeing. It did not compute. I stared up at him, really saw him, saw a face that was familiar yet new to me, more mature than I remembered but still achingly beautiful. I knew him. Oh my God, I would know him anywhere, even if it had been four years and the last time I’d seen him, that last night that had been so horrible, had changed my life forever.

It was too surreal.

Now the reason why he’d popped in my head this morning made sense, because I’d seen him, but hadn’t realized it was him.

I couldn’t move, couldn’t get enough air into my lungs and couldn’t believe this was happening. My hands slipped off the desk, falling limply into my lap as he dipped into the seat next to me. His gaze was on the girl who took the seat next to him, and his profile, the strong jaw that had only been hinted at the last time I’d seen him, tilted as his eyes moved over the front of the room, across the wall-length chalkboard. He looked like he had back then, but bigger and with everything more…more defined. From the eyebrows darker than the mix of brown and black hair and thick lashes to the broad cheekbones and the slight scruff covering the curve of his jaw.

Goodness, he’d grown up in the way I’d thought he would when I was twelve and started to really look at him, to see him as a boy.

I couldn’t believe he was here. My heart was trying to claw itself out of my chest as lips—lips fuller that I remembered—tilted up, and a knot formed in my belly as the dimple formed in his right cheek. The only dimple he had. No matching set. Just one. My mind raced back through the years, and I could only think of a handful of times I’d seen him relaxed. Leaning back in the chair that seemed too small for him, he slowly turned his head toward me. Eyes that were brown with tiny flecks of gold met mine.

Eyes I’d never forgotten.

The easy, almost lazy smile I’d never seen on his face before froze. His lips parted and a paleness seeped under his tawny skin. Those eyes widened, the gold flecks seeming to expand. He recognized me; I had changed a lot since then, but still, recognition dawned in his features. He was moving again, leaning forward on his seat toward me. Four words roared out of the past and echoed in my head.

Don’t make a sound.

“Mouse?” he breathed.

 

Author Photo--JLA_J. LynnAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

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The Spiral Down Review

May 18, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★★

The Spiral Down ReviewThe Spiral Down (The Fall Up, #2) by Aly Martinez
on May 17th, 2016
Pages: 242
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Standalone M/M romance.
I was afraid to fly.He made me soar.
After years of climbing the ladder of success in the music industry, I finally had everything I could want. Yet I still found myself wandering through life alone.
Captain Evan Roth was the one man I never saw coming. Tall, dark, mysterious… Straight.
We were both damaged beyond repair and searching for something so elusive we weren’t sure it even existed.
But, when two broken souls collide in midair, falling is a given.
I just never expected to crave the spiral down.

This was a really awesome and fascinating story. I’ve never read anything from Aly Martinez before, but I was pretty impressed by this work. It features a supporting character from her book The Fall Up. However, I had no problem with skipping straight to this one. It does reveal spoilers (in a way) about the main characters from that one, so that might bother some people. Anyway, I’m looking forward to reading more from this author. The Spiral Down is a fabulous romance that features wonderful sexual tension, two incredibly memorable heroes, and an emotional journey that will draw you in from the very first page.

Henry Alexander is an openly gay famous singer who only goes for straight guys. On the other hand, we have Evan Roth, a pilot who doesn’t like labels when it comes to his sexuality. At the beginning of the book, he gets dumped by his latest girlfriend because he didn’t love her like she loved him. He meets Henry when he’s called in to fly his plane when his current pilot has chest pains. Henry is a guy who can’t stand flying after a bad experience that he had. Seriously, the guy has a total panic attack that can only be contained with physical force. But then Evan comes along and helps him by patiently talking him through it. These two totally different men somehow find love when they were least expecting it to happen.

I absolutely adored pretty much everything about our boy Henry. He has a heartbreaking past that consisted of foster care throughout all of his adolescence. His obsession with going after only straight guys was something that I didn’t get at first. But at the book goes on, you begin to understand exactly why he does what he does. I was just a big fan of reading his POV. Martinez did a great job at really building his character. He goes through a major change throughout the book, and it was refreshing to see.

I’m not sure if I actually had a favorite guy out of the two of them. I will say that Evan was a pretty rad guy that I seriously enjoyed. Henry was probably a little bit more memorable, but Henry was just as great. Evan was certainly the broody one to say the least. As I said earlier, he had a girlfriend at the start of the book. He still didn’t identify as straight. Some of the things that we learn about his past are somewhat surprising at times, but it adds a new twist to the romance between the two men. Henry is truly passionate about flying planes. I enjoyed reading about his love for flying, it was something that brought something new to the table.

The romance between Henry and Evan was an amazing one. Henry initially goes after Evan because he thinks that he’s straight and that it’ll be a typical challenge that he loves when it comes to relationships. As you might guess, things don’t go according to plan. The pair ends up feeling things for one another that neither of them wanted or expected to happen. My favorite part of the relationship is all the sexual tension that’s built up between them. Seriously, the tension just builds and builds until you’re left dying for something to finally go down with them.

So to sum it all up, I’m glad that I read this novel. It had a unique plot that drew me in from the very first page. Henry and Evan are two guys that had so much individual history and baggage, but they were able to overcome it together in the end. This was a book that I couldn’t stop reading, I just wanted to make sure that these awesome guys got the happy ending that they desperately deserved. I can’t wait to read more from this author soon, I hope that we get Carter and Robin’s story next!

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Smut AMAZON - CopyWhat happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets?

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also might find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there.

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership together using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot but at least there’s make-up sex now.

But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?

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She holds my gaze for a moment and something passes over her. Regret, maybe. Then she nods. “Sit down. Let’s work.”
And so we do. And for the first time in a long time, it’s strained. I’m about to suggest maybe we need the Estonian vodka anyway when she lets out an exasperated sigh over something she’s reading.
It happens to be something I wrote.
“What?” I ask, wondering what I did wrong.
She gives me the the ‘are you kidding me?’look. “Okay, I was ignoring it earlier but I think you need to get a grip on some of this shit. This simply does not happen.”
“Explain, please.”
“I just think it’s unrealistic for there to be so much talking, let alone the fact that the first time they do it it’s in a public place.”
“Too much talking?”
“Yeah.” she scans over the document. “You know, give me your cock, oh you feel so good, harder, harder, you’re so big, fuck me harder big boy.”
“Have you even had good sex?” I ask incredulously.
She flinches. “Of course I have. And it’s none of your business.”
“We’re writing about sex. It’s completely my business. I’m not letting you interject your edits based on your personal experiences about sex because believe me, if the sex is good, you’re moaning my name.”
She raises her chin. “Maybe all those girls were faking it.”
Oh, brilliant.
“Excuse me?” I say, hands pressed against the table, nearly getting out of my chair. “You have no idea. I pride myself in giving a girl as many bloody orgasms as she can handle.”
“Bloody orgasms don’t sound like fun,” she jokes softly.
“They can be if you’re into knife play,” I tell her, even though that’s not exactly what I meant. Still, she scrunches up her nose. “Don’t knock it until you try it, but that’s neither here nor there. When you were with Alan, he must have made you come at least a few times.”
If he didn’t, I feel like finding the guy and showing him a thing or two for wasting four years of her life.
“Yeah,” she says flatly.
“And in the middle of that orgasm, didn’t you want to yell a few things?”
“Sometimes.”
“And why didn’t you?”
She looks at her nails as if they’re suddenly fascinating. “It didn’t seem right. It was…too intimate. I would have felt dumb. He didn’t like any of that stuff.”
The plot thickens. “Any of what stuff?”
“Sex that didn’t involve the missionary position or the bed.”
My mouth drops open. My brain and penis can’t compute this. “I feel so sorry for you.”
We must remedy this.
She glares at me. “It’s not like I didn’t want to do it. I did. And he did try it. Most of it. But it always went back to the same old.”
I knew it. She’s a nerd on the streets and a freak in the sheets.
“I don’t mean to brag,” I tell her in all seriousness. “But you do realize that I could give you an orgasm in thirty seconds.”
Her eyes widen. I can’t tell if she’s horrified or intrigued. “I don’t believe you and I don’t want you to try.”
She’s not getting it. I frown, trying to explain. “If you’re having good sex and it’s with someone you’re comfortable with, you won’t worry about holding back. You’ll cry out all the nonsense you want, you’ll make noises like a pig and scream like you’re on fire because you truly can’t have a good orgasm unless you’re letting go on all accounts.” I lean back in my chair and study her, running my fingers along my jaw. “I would venture that every time you came with your ex, you were only experiencing half of what you should have been. How is it with your vibrators?”
I expect her to tell me to fuck off, that I’m getting too personal but to my surprise she gives me a small smile. “It’s better. But I do have a roommate with exceptionally good hearing.” She clears her throat. “Anyway, so I guess I’m wrong. The heroine can make all the noise she wants.”
“And have first time sex in public.”
“I don’t know…”
“Believe me, when you finally get a chance to fuck, you don’t care where it is. That’s why I always have a condom in my pocket. And the more public the sex, the sneakier you have to be, the hotter it is.”
“But in the book you would never get caught.”
“You don’t always get caught in real life too.”
I can see she wants to ask me where I’ve done it but she loses her nerve. “Okay.” She looks back to the document. “I accept defeat.”
But I don’t want her to. I want to prove to her I’m right and not have her take my word.
Is there a non-creepy way to show her just how amazing good sex can feel? I’m thinking not.
Or…maybe there is.

 

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Halle HeadshotKarina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

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