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Bout of Books 19

May 9, 2017 Features 0

Bout of Books

If you’d like to know what this event is all about, please read this official blurb that can be found on their website!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I’m really, really late to signing up for this event. I’ve participated a few times in this event before, and thought that I’d do my best to participate this time as well. I’m going out of town on Thursday until late Saturday so I’m not sure how realistic it is that I’ll get to read a ton of books. I wanted to join because I have a lot of books that I want to read and I thought this would be a good opportunity to get as many knocked out as possible. I’m only planning on reading 3-5 books total. Though this might change, here are some of my options:

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This one has been on my radar for quite awhile now. The cover is absolutely gorgeous. I also think it’s pretty awesome that it sort of is a Cinderella retelling. I can’t wait to dive into this!

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I’m actually pretty deep into this one, and will likely finish it by tomorrow. How beautiful is this new cover though? This book has been out for nearly two years now, but for whatever reason I’m just now getting around to reading it. This book is so freaking good so far. I can’t stress enough how much I adore Simon and Baz.

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This is a May release that I have on my Kindle currently that I can’t wait to read. It looks like such an amazing read, and it isn’t all that long either. So I’m hoping that I’ll be able to read this one within the next couple of days.

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This is yet another May release that I have on my Kindle but haven’t had the opportunity to read yet. The concept sounds extremely interesting and I can’t wait to read it. Hopefully I’ll be able to get around to reading it.

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I’m honestly not sure if this book is totally my thing. The only reason that I’m including this is that I’ve heard positive things about it and it was optioned to become a TV show. It’s also rather short, so I think I’ll be able to read it rather quickly which is exactly the type of books that I need right now.

So this is my sign up post and my list of goals and books that I want to read. Hopefully next time around, I’ll remember to sign up earlier so I’ll be able to have a little more time. Anyway, my list consisted of a lot of May eARCS. I also might have to take a couple of physical books with me on my trip but I’m not sure what those will be yet. I plan on updating my progress and final results in another post.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Things That Make Me Instantly NOT Want to Read a Book

April 25, 2017 Features 4

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This is a place where you can share all of your lists with other list lovers out there. There’s a new theme every week to center your list around. This week, the theme is all about certain things that make you instantly NOT want to read a book. So it’s basically the complete opposite of last week’s topic, which I think is awesome. This was a difficult topic for me, because there a lot of things that bug me, but I have found some books in that genre or trope that I DID like. Anyway, this was still an interesting topic with a lot of possibilities to talk about. I hope you guys enjoy my list and I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

1. Angels

Angels don’t really appeal to me in books. This is mostly because in a lot of them, there are love triangles. Like in Hush, Hush or some other ones. For whatever reason, they simply don’t appeal to me in the slightest.

2. Love triangles

This a pretty obvious one since most of my TTT posts have worked this in somehow. There have been very few books that I liked that included a love triangle. Sometimes I feel like the authors just throw it in there for literally no reason and it makes zero sense to me why it was needed. For more often than not, we know from the very beginning who the main character is going to end up with, so why try to mess that up?

3. Slut shaming heroines

Sadly there are a lot of YA books out there with a super special heroine who is ridiculously pure. She can’t stand any of the girls around her because they are such “sluts” and the love interest keeps pointing how much better she is than these girls that he’s had sex with. Okay, that was pretty specific. That’s exactly what happened in Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines and it was the WORST. I also hate it when the girl gets jealous and says that these girls are so desperate to get his attention when she’s doing the exact same thing. Slut shaming is unfortunately very real in YA and most definitely in NA. It makes me cringe each time I see it.

4. Aggressive alpha males

I’ll never be a fan of alpha males. I definitely prefer the sweet and sensitive guy over the dominant alpha male any day. Seeing a love interest be aggressive and overly jealous of any male that gets within twenty feet of the heroine is not cool to me.

5. Problematic books

Look, I know people have their own opinions about this, but for me if I hear that a book is problematic, I’m not going to read it. Once I read the discussion posts and reviews from people that I trust, I decide not to read it. In my opinion, as a white person, it’s important to listen and learn from what POC say about controversial books. I did enjoy the first two books in the Divergent series, but I’m not touching her series due to the problematic issues that it’s brought up.

6. No food

Okay, this is a weird one, but it bothers me when there’s no mention of food at all in books. Like do the characters not eat at all? Where is the mention of food at all?

7. Certain genres

I’m pretty picky about certain genres. I hardly pick up any paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, or historical books unless I hear ridiculously positive things about them. Even then I can be rather selective about what I choose to read. Sometimes I might like the first book in the series, but then I struggle with the second book.

8. Totally bleak subject matter

I do enjoy reading about serious issues in YA since I believe that they are incredibly important and relevant for teenagers. However, some books are just simply too bogged down in all the darkness that it can be hard for me to read it.

9. Death of sibling

This is just a personal thing for me that I’m not super picky about, but it definitely bothers me. I have a brother, so I hate reading books where the brother dies just because I can’t imagine something like that happening to him. I guess you could say the same thing about parental deaths, but for whatever reason, this one hits even closer to home for me.

10. Really low Goodreads rating or from a friend

If a book is just getting all around awful reviews on Goodreads, I might really consider what people are saying about it before I pick it up for myself. If a blogger that I trust says that a book is bad, I might not read it based on what they disliked about it. Sometimes, I’ve really enjoyed a book that my friends enjoyed since it’s ultimately a personal preference, but I do take into consideration what exactly they are saying about it.

So there’s my list for the week. I hope you enjoyed reading it! This was a lot of fun to come up with all of the things about a book that makes me steer clear of it entirely. I look forward  to seeing what everyone else chose for the topic. I hope you guys have a great rest of the week!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things That Make Me Instantly Want to Read a Book

April 18, 2017 Features 10

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This is a place where you can share all of your lists with other list lovers out there. There’s a new theme every week to center your list around. This week, the theme is all about certain things that make you instantly want to read a book. Like you see in a review or a book synopsis that this book is about a certain thing or set at a certain place, and you pick up the book right away based on that alone. This was an interesting topic with a lot of possibilities to talk about. I hope you guys enjoy my list and I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

1. No love triangle

Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether or not it has one based on the synopsis alone, but typically other reviews help me discover if it has one or not. A lack of a love triangle is definitely an automatic plus for me right off the bat.

2. Female friendship

I love all types of friendship, but I’m instantly drawn towards books that have positive female friendships. There’s a lot of books out there that have girls fighting or hating other girls, so it’s always so nice to see ones that have wonderful relationships that aren’t like that.

3. Summer/beach

I always think a book is great if it takes place on a beach during the summer. To me, it just screams that it’s probably going to be a light and cute book. Sometimes the books turn out to be a lot deeper, but I still enjoy the majority of them. I’m mostly thinking of Sarah Dessen books with this one, but I like others as well!

4. Brother’s best friend

I’ve found that this trope pretty much always work for me. I’ve found it more in NA or adult romances, but there are a few decent YA books that touch on it as well, I just can’t think of any at the moment. This just always works out extremely well for me.

5. Coming of age/contemporary

This is very very broad and not all of these books typically work for me, but I’m more likely to read a book if it’s about growing up or just contemporary in general. I think these books are much easier to relate to on a personal level. Some of my all time favorite books fit in this category. I feel like I’m always going to be reading these types of books.

6. Friends to lovers

I’m a fan of platonic friendships for sure, but I’m also a major sucker for friends to lovers. I think there’s something special about a couple having a history together before they ultimately get together. It seems as if all the decent relationships out there are initially built on friendship, which is probably why I love these books so much. The books aren’t always perfect and there are a few that I haven’t been able to finish, but they are still mostly fun and interesting.

7. Sports

I love sports, specifically baseball, basketball, and football, but I love reading about any of them. I think it’s always great when the heroine does some sport, but I’m also a sucker for a love interest who plays a sport as well. As long as it includes somebody doing a sport, I’ll probably pick it up. Miranda Kenneally books are the first ones that come to mind with this one.

8. Music

Though I recently read a book about a band that didn’t work for me, a lot of these do. I’ll always enjoy books that have teens in a band or all over the world touring or something along those lines. I feel like the ones that I’ve enjoy recently have been more NA or Adult though, like Idol and Managed by Kristen Callihan.

9. Hate to love

I thought that The Hating Game was absolutely awesome. Another one that I really enjoyed was Act Like It by Lucy Parker. Sometimes these don’t always work, but when it’s done right, I find that I truly enjoy it. It does seem like it works better for me with NA and Adult romance instead of YA for whatever reason.

10. College

I can be picky with these at times, but there are a lot of these that I like since this is where I am in life right now. Of course I love YA, but books that take place at colleges are fitting to me right now. Though some of them rightfully get criticized for awful behavior like slut shaming or general douchebag behavior from the love interests, there’s also plenty of decent stories out there.

So there’s my list. I hope you enjoyed discovering what some of my favorite things are when I’m deciding what books to read next. This was a fun list to make and I enjoyed doing it. I can’t wait to see what everyone else came up with since it’s a pretty broad category. I hope you guys have a great rest of the week.

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Pop Culture Recommendations

April 13, 2017 Features 4

I haven’t been reading all that much because I’ve been distracted by so many other pop culture related things here recently. I wanted to share with you guys the podcasts and TV shows that I’ve been obsessed with. I highly recommend all of these, and want to talk in more detail about them.

Podcasts:
S-Town

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So this is a podcast that is already receiving tremendous hype and it hasn’t really been out that long yet. I’m not going to lie, I have conflicted feelings about it, but I can’t deny the fact that it’s seriously addicting. I started listening to it and then wasn’t able to stop. Seven hours later and I was finished. It wasn’t the best podcast I’ve ever listened to. Since it’s labeled as being a true crime podcast, I was expecting something completely different. It was obviously pretty good since I spent the majority of my day listening to it. You definitely get wrapped up into these people and their lives. You just need to go into it knowing that it isn’t anything like Serial.

This American Life

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This podcast has been around for forever. I started listening to it probably about two or three years ago. I used to just casually listen to episodes every now and then. I’ve started loving it more and more as I listen to it on a regular basis. With every episode, I feel like I’m learning so much about humans and unique stories. A lot of these stories should be adapted into a movie or a book. I highly recommend listening to this if you just love stories.

TV Shows:
13 Reasons Why

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This is a show that basically everyone has been talking about for the last couple of weeks now. I really enjoyed reading the book back in middle school, so I was happy that someone finally adapted it. It was ridiculous hard to watch at times, but it was pretty good as a whole. Not going to lie, I think the kid who played Clay wasn’t a very good actor. But Katherine, who played Hannah, is absolutely amazing. Anyway, this is one of those extremely emotional heavy shows that you need to mentally prepare yourself for. I wasn’t able to binge it just because I could only take so many episodes of it at once before I needed to switch to something happier. I recommend it especially if you were a fan of the book or just want to see what all the current hype is about!

Riverdale

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This is a fabulous show! It took me a little while to start watching it, but I’m happy that I did and that I’m all caught up now. I’ve always been a fan of teen dramas and this one doesn’t disappoint. It has pretty much everything that I want in a show: friendship, relationships, diversity, and it also just so happens to have a mystery on top of all that other stuff. I recommend it if you’re looking for a show that’s kind of like Gossip Girl or One Tree Hill, but with an added murder mystery twist.

The Missing

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I’d never heard of this show before. I just randomly came across it last week. Xfinity has this thing for a whole week every year where you can watch premium shows on demand for free. This is on Starz, so I figured I’d better take advantage of it while I can. Wow, this show was INTENSE. Clearly I’m not a huge fan of uplifting shows. It revolves around a little boy who went missing eight years ago. His dad has dedicated his entire life to finding him and has just now found a big clue that might be enough to open the case back up. With help from a retired detective, he gets closer to finding out the truth about his son. This is a great show and I recommend that more people watch it, but it’s definitely depressing as hell.

Big Little Lies

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I finished this book then immediately began watching the show. I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t totally blown away by the book. It was okay, but not my favorite by any means. I found the twist to be pretty disappointing. Anyway, the show is actually rather awesome. I thought the casting couldn’t have been more perfect. Nicole Kidman absolutely blows me away with her performance of Celeste. All eight episodes of the show are beautifully well done. I also loved the music so much. I don’t think that there should be a second season of the show, but I still really enjoyed watching it.

Life in Pieces

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Now that I’ve gotten all of these depressing shows out of the way, here’s the only one on my list that is a full blown comedy. This show is so freaking funny. They recently put the entire first season on Netflix and it’s been fun catching up on a lot of the episodes that I missed. I didn’t think I’d like it when it first aired, so then I started watching sporadic reruns once the first season was over. I love how unique the format is. Each episode has four different stories that follow various family members throughout. It’s a clever show that never fails to put me in a good mood.

There’s some other shows that I’ve been randomly watching since I finished all of these other shows, but I think these recommendations are enough for now. I’m always up for TV show or podcast recommendations if you have any!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I’m Dying to Meet

March 27, 2017 Features 12

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This is a place where you can share all of your lists with other list lovers out there. There’s a new theme every week to center your list around. This week, the theme is all about authors that you REALLY want to meet or authors that you’ve already met. I’ve only met two popular authors, so there’s no way I could make this about authors that I have already met. Anyway, this topic is a lot of fun and I can’t wait to share my picks! I look forward to seeing what everyone else comes up with for this topic.

1. Sarah Dessen

It’s no secret that she’s been my all time favorite author since middle school. I’ve read all of her books (besides the one that hasn’t been released yet) and can never get enough of her words. Not to mention the fact that she just seems like such a cool human being in general. I love her so much! It would be a dream come true to finally get the chance to meet her. Thankfully, my brother lives in North Carolina now so hopefully I can visit one of her events if it’s a local one.

2. Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson is one of absolute favorite authors. She also is so witty and hilarious in her books and on Twitter. I would totally freak out if I ever met her!

3. Kasie West

She’s another one of my favorite authors. You can probably sense a theme already, these authors all write mostly contemporary. I’m just such a huge fan of all of her works, especially P.S. I Like You. Kasie West can do no wrong in my opinion.

4. Becky Albertalli

I love Becky! Though she’s only written two books so far, she’s an amazing author who I adore. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is one of my all time favorite books, and I push it on people all of the time. The Upside of Unrequited hasn’t been released yet, but get it on your radar if you haven’t picked it up yet because it’s SO amazing. She’s also another one of those authors who just seems like such a humble and wonderful human being.

5. Heather Demetrios

I’ve only read her contemporary novels, but both of those are two of my all time favorites. Heather is just an absolutely incredible author. Everything that she writes is so compelling, unique, and beautiful. I love everything about I’ll Meet You There and Something Real. I can’t wait for Bad Romance to come out! I would just love to tell her how powerful and one of a kind her books are.

6. Rainbow Rowell

So you should know by now just how awesome Rainbow and her books are. I haven’t read Carry On yet, but it’s still on my list. Anyway, her books and the characters that she creates somehow stick with you long after you close her books. She also seems like such a fun person to meet and talk to!

7. Stephanie Perkins

Who doesn’t like Stephanie Perkins? Though it seems like its be forever since she’s released a book (the anthology doesn’t totally count) she’s still one of my favorites. She’s also so much fun to talk to on Twitter. She seems like such a chill and down to earth person. I would love to meet her one of these days.

8. David Levithan

Every Day was one of the most unique and compelling books that I’ve had the pleasure of reading. I also really loved his book The Lover’s Dictionary. David has such a brilliant mind, and you know that whatever he writes is going to be something completely different from the last book that he wrote. It would be so great to have the chance to meet him.

9. Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Even though we’re actually from the same state, I’ve never gotten the chance to meet her. It sucks, but it seems like she doesn’t have many events in West Virginia since she goes to so many awesome places like Las Vegas. Hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to meet her sooner rather than later!

10. Adam Silvera

Seriously though, Adam seems like the coolest guy ever. Even though both of his books (and it looks the third one will be too) are depressing as hell, he always seems so friendly on Twitter and in pictures that I’ve seen of him with fans at book signings. I also respect him so much for being vocal and honest about his personal struggles with depression. I’d be thrilled if I ever got to go to one of his events!

I could honestly keep going and going with my list of authors that I would love to meet. I think I’m going to stop there though, so I don’t bore you guys with all of my ramblings. Hope you liked my picks! I hope you guys have a great rest of the week.

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Cover Reveal: The Hot Shot

March 17, 2017 Features 0

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TheHotShot Amazon-2First we were friends. Then we were roommates. Now I want more…

What can I say about Chess Copper? The woman is capable of bringing me to my knees. I know this about five minutes after getting naked for her.

No one is more surprised than me. The prickly photographer my team hired to shoot our annual charity calendar isn’t my usual type. She’s defense to my offense, a challenge at every turn. But when I’m with her, all the regrets and darkness goes away. She makes life fun.

I want to know Chess, be close to her. Which is a bad idea.

Chess is looking for a relationship. I’ve never given a woman more than one night. But when fate leaves Chess without a home, I step up and offer her mine. We’re roommates now. Friends without benefits. But it’s getting harder to keep our hands off each other. And the longer we live together the more I realize she’s becoming my everything.

Trick is… Now that I’ve made her believe I’m a bad bet, how do I convince her to give this player a true shot at forever?

 

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Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal , best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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The Hot One Release Day Launch

February 27, 2017 Features 0

From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes a hot new standalone second chance romance…

THE HOT ONE!

Want a slow burn, sexy-as-sin second chance romance filled with wit, humor and so much heart? Dive in, and get ready to swoon and fan yourself from the heat!

 

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A sexy, feel-good romance that makes you feel good all over, THE HOT ONE is a hot, second chance standalone romance and the story of confident, charming and cocky attorney Tyler Nichols who is determined to win back his college sweetheart when he runs into her in NYC eight years later. He’ll do anything to win her heart… including stripping naked for her at her office. Can she move on from the hurt and give love a brand new chance? Find out in this sexy, fun, and sizzling romance full of heart, charm and heat! Told in dual POV, THE HOT ONE is being called over-the-top hot and utterly addictive. Grab your copy of THE HOT ONE and get ready to laugh, swoon, and fan yourself from the heat!

The Hot One is love, laugh-out-loud humor, and lust all wrapped up in the perfect package…PURE PLEASURE!!!” ~ Bookalicious Babes Blog

 

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“Lauren Blakely is the QUEEN of sweet, fun, and steamy reads… Her books are utterly addictive.” ~ Angie’s Dreamy Reads

 

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A sexy new standalone romance from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely…

Ever notice that sometimes a guy will do something really stupid, like let the love of his life slip through his fingers?

Yeah. I’m that guy. But the instant I run into her again I’ve got one goal and one goal only—a second chance. The plan? Go big or go home.

Fine, at first glance, stripping naked at my ex-girlfriend’s place of work might not seem like the brightest way to win her heart again. But trust me on this count—she always liked me best without any clothes on. And sometimes you’ve got to play to your strengths when you’re fighting an uphill battle. As a lawyer, I know how to fight, and I’m prepared to fight hard for her. Because sometimes you need a second chance at first love.

He’s the one who got away . . .

The nerve of Tyler Nichols to reappear like that at my job, showing off his rock-hard body that drove me wild far too many nights. That man with his knowing grin and mischievous eyes is nothing but a cocky jerk to saunter back into my life. Except, what if he’s not . . .? I’ve tried like hell to forget him, but maybe I’m cursed to remember the guy I fell madly in love with eight years ago. Lord knows I’m not over him, so what’s the harm in giving him a week to prove he’s changed in the ways that matter?

After all, how do you resist the hot one . . .?

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Technically, I didn’t drop my drawers the first time I saw her again. Just my balls.

The ones in my hands. Juggling balls.

Here’s how it went down. Picture a Sunday morning in Central Park. A perfect summer day. The grass was green, the breeze was warm, and I’d just spent the last few hours getting acquainted with turtles and frogs at the children’s zoo because I’m an awesome uncle. And Carly’s one cool seven-year-old.

The kid loves all creatures, but especially the ones that jump and crawl, so I took her to the enchanted forest part of the zoo. When we finished, she tugged on my shirt sleeve, batted her hazel eyes, and asked ever so sweetly for an ice cream cone.

Like I stood a chance at resisting her. C’mon. She’s my cousin’s kid, and clearly she gets her charm from our side of the family.

With her hand in mine, we strolled across the grass near the running path, hunting for the nearest ice cream dealer.

And then Carly did that thing little kids do.

She shrieked for what seemed like absolutely no reason. Next, she pointed to an impossibly tall dude wearing a beret while juggling two Rubik’s Cubes, two orange balls, and a small green beanbag.

“He can do five, Uncle Tyler!” Carly shouted, her eyes going wide.

“Five isn’t too shabby,” I said with a shrug.

She turned to me with a questioning stare. “I’ve never seen you do five.”

“That’s because I haven’t shown you all my tricks yet.”

“Can you really juggle five balls?”

I scoffed. “Please, I can do that with my eyes closed.”

I didn’t put myself through law school juggling for nothing.

Just kidding.

You can’t put yourself through law school juggling anything but insane class schedules and lack of sleep.

Carly arched an eyebrow. So did the juggler, as he kept up the cascade of his quintet. Show-off.

“I want to see. Show me,” Carly urged.

Yeah, Carly’s a chip off the old block. She’s all about challenging me, and I’m all about rising to the challenge.

The stick-thin guy with the beret raised his chin. “Have at it, man.”

With clockwork precision, he let the balls fall out of orbit and into his palm. Next, the Rubik’s Cubes. Then the beanbag. He stepped closer, handed me the objects, and flashed a crooked, put-your-money-where-your-mouth-is grin.

Game on.

Packs of runners jogged along, cyclists wheeled over the black asphalt, and rollerbladers whizzed by on the concrete. With my feet parked hip’s width apart, I stood at the edge of the grass getting a feel for the items, weighing them, and then one, two, three, four, five, I whisked each one up into the air in a high oval arc. Round and round, in a perfect five-ball cascade.

Carly clapped, then demanded more. “Yes, now close your eyes!”

I groaned. What was I thinking? Juggling with eyes closed is fucking hard. But I could pull it off for a couple seconds. My special skill. I obliged my niece’s request, pulling off a few quick blind ovals. Five seconds later, after I’d shown off that particular party trick, I opened my eyes.

And I saw a vision from my past.

A blond beauty, with long legs, a lovely round ass, and a high ponytail swishing back and forth across her shoulders. She ran along the path in tiny orange let-me-peel-them-off-with-my-teeth-pretty-please running shorts. And that face. Dear Lord, the stunning face of an angel. High cheekbones. Deep brown eyes that saw me like no one ever had. Those red lips, shaped like a bow. Fuck me, the things she could do with those lips. The things I taught her to do with that sinful mouth.

Delaney sure as hell knew how to use it, and I don’t just mean in the bedroom. We used to talk about anything and everything when we were together in college. Days with her. Nights with her. Best time of my life. That woman was full of spark. Full of fire. So damn passionate. And look at her now.

Jesus Christ.

It had to be illegal to be that smoking hot.

 

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Tyler Nichols. Oh. My. God. The title is definitely apropos. This man is over the top HOT in oh so many ways. The Hot One is a read-in-one-sitting kind of story.” ~ Naughty Girls and Their Books

 

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A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than seventy-five times, and she’s sold more than 1.5 million books. In February she’ll release THE HOT ONE, a standalone contemporary romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

 

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2017 Love-a-Thon: Sweethearts Candy Messages

February 18, 2017 Features 0

Hey guys! I’m excited to be participating in the Love-a-Thon for the second year in the row. This is a prompt that I’ve never done before, so I’m happy to try it out.

● LOVE WINS: A couple you didn’t think would get together, but against all odds, they did

Olly and Maddy from Everything, Everything.

● I DO: A character you’d marry

Four from Divergent and Jonah from Jellicoe Road.

● DREAM BIG: A character whose dreams you want to come true

Starr from The Hate U Give.

● CRAZY 4 U: A character you’re crazy about

Joe from The Sky is Everywhere.

● TRUE LOVE: Your ultimate OTP

Dexter and Remy from This Lullaby.

● TE AMO: A language you’d want to be wooed in

Spanish or French.

● BFF: A character you want to be your best friend

Willowdean from Dumplin.

● WINK WINK: A character you’d want to wink at you

Daemon from the Lux series.

● SWEET TALK: A character who knows how to sweet talk/flirt

Razor from Walk the Edge.

● BEST DAY: A moment from a book you wish happened to you or your IRL best day

In Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda when they go to the supermarket together.

● OOH LA LA: A character you want to slow dance with

Tucker from The Goal.

● LOVE YOU: The character that gets your undying love

Taylor from Jellicoe Road.

So my list was fun to make! I thought this was a creative prompt. I look forward to seeing what other people were able to come up with.

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2017 Love-a-Thon: Book Spine Poetry

February 18, 2017 Features 2

Hey guys! As you guys know, the Love-a-Thon is happening right now. Up next is one of my favorite challenges, book spine poetry. This was so much to do last year and I’m happy to do it again.

The Museum of Heartbreak /

Every Exquisite Thing /

You Know Me Well

When We Collided /

The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You /

P.S. I Like You

Whisper to Me /

Just Listen /

Shuffle Repeat

So here are my answers for the love spine poetry challenge! It was fun to do as usual. I hope that you guys had a good time doing it as well. I look forward to seeing what you came up with.

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2017 Love-a-Thon: Mad Libs

February 18, 2017 Features 2

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Hey guys! I’m excited to be participating in my second Love-a-Thon. The first mini-challenge that we have is to make mad libs but it’s fairy tale edition. I felt like this was a lot of fun to do. I’ve decided to include the code here just so you have the same key that was used right in front of you in case you forget.

1.    LOCATION
2.    CHARACTER (example: assassin)
3.    TYPE OF STORE
4.    BODY PART (plural)
5.    ITEM
6.    ROYALTY (any title you can think of)
7.    REPEAT ITEM FROM #5.
8.    ACTIVE VERB (example: running)
9.    ANOTHER LOCATION
10.    AN EMOTION
11.    MUSICAL INSTRUMENT
12.    PIECE OF FOOD
13.    NUMBER
14.    TYPE OF HOUSE
15.    VOICE ADJECTIVE
16.    DESCRIBE A SOUND (ending with –ing)
17.    ROOM IN A HOUSE
18.    OBJECTS
19.    DESCRIBE AN OUTFIT
20.     INFINITIVE VERB, activity
21.    REPEAT MUSICAL INSTRUMENT from #11
22.    A JOB

Once upon a time, in a far away (1) forest, there lived a smart (2) dragon. She lived alone in a (3) tree stump, where she had grown up with the deceased owner. She had beautiful (4) arms, and she was known for her shiny red (5) earrings, the only thing she had left of its parents.

Alas, the (6) Duchess of the country became jealous and wanted to own these (7) earrings. So, she became a wanted person and had to flee into an unknown forest to find a place to hide. After (8) hopping around for hours, hungry and tired, it stumbled upon a (9) pond. An old lady appeared, offering it shelter from the bitter cold.  She looked at it with (10) pity and said: “I will protect you, but I need your help first. Years ago I lost something precious and I want it back. You need to climb into the sky and get my (11) tuba back. Here is magical (12) bread, throw it into the earth, sprinkle with water and it will sprout a beanstalk. You have (13) three days to return before the stalk withers.”

She followed the instructions given to her, and lo and behold, a beanstalk grew and grew and grew all the way up to the clouds. After an exhausting climb, she saw a huge (14) cabin. She walked to the door and knocked. A (15) obnoxious voice said: ‘Fee-fi-fo-fum, who dares to come and enter my house?” She was not afraid and said: “My name is Jamie and I’ve come to collect an item.”

The door made a (15) squeaking sound when it opened and revealed a large (17) bathroom filled with golden (18) eggs.  She stepped inside and walked towards the spiraling staircase, where a figure moved, cloaked in darkness.

“Who are you? Step in to the light, so I can see your face.”
The beast growled angry. “Why did you come here? I just want to be left alone.” Still, the dragon moved and stood in front of it. There were three horns on his head, and hair all over his face and his mouth was filled with large teeth. He wore (19) a sweater.

“What happened to you?” She reached out to touch one of the horns, but the beast flinched. “Many years ago I was cursed by a witch. I have one year left (20) to love so I can break the spell, but I’m not brave enough.”

“If you give me the (21) tuba, I will help you.”

In keeping its promise, the beast and the dragon worked for a few hours and that afternoon, the beast transformed into an ordinary older guy. “I can’t wait to return to my job as (22) a lawyer in the normal world. Can I come with you?” Together they climbed down the beanstalk, carrying the instrument for the old lady. The moment she saw the guy and her beloved instrument, she started to weep.

“My husband, you have returned!” They hugged and looked at it.

“We have to tell you something,” the old lady said. “You are our child. We were separated after the curse, but now we are reunited!” From that day, the three of them lived together in the forest, happily ever after.

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