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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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The Problem with Forever: Release Week Blitz

May 19, 2016 Features 0

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER – a young adult title about friendship, survival, and finding your voice. This incredible book is available now! You can read my thoughts on it here. Read more about this stunning new novel below and be sure to order your copy today to receive an amazing FREE fan pack while supplies last!

 

 

 

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About THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER:

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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Praise for THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER:

“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

EXCERPT:

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.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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Smut Release Day Blitz

May 16, 2016 Features 0

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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.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit www.authorkarinahalle.com and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.

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Lauren Blakely Surprise Announcement

May 16, 2016 Features 0

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Lauren’s sexiest couple ever, Julia and Clay, are back!

That’s right! Fans asked and Lauren is delivering!

 

The one question Lauren has received regularly in the last two years since the publication of ONE MORE NIGHT, the final novel in the Julia and Clay story in the Seductive Nights series, is “Can you please tell us what Julia and Clay are up to now?”

 

A WILDLY SEDUCTIVE NIGHT is the answer to that reader request!

 

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Lauren’s hottest and most passionate couple ever, Julia and Clay, return in this brand new novella! Set a few years after the end of ONE MORE NIGHT, this new novella answers the question of what if your fantasy becomes your reality?

What if all your nights were seductive?

What if your life with that sexy, handsome man turned into one deliciously dirty fairytale?

Cocktails, dirty talk and one fantastically filthy fairytale in a brand new novella for Lauren Blakely’s sexiest couple ever, Julia and Clay, in A Wildly Seductive Night.

 

Come inside the world of Seductive Nights for a glimpse at a dirty, naughty, seductive happily ever after in A WILDLY SEDUCTIVE NIGHT on June 14th!

 

 

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Once upon a time there was a very happy couple who had wild, hot, passionate, seductive nights every day, and every night. But that’s not all they had between them. They had love, and trust, and respect. He adored her and treated her like a queen, and he also f*&ked her like a porn star. She was so very good to him, and made his life complete. Their sexy marriage was the stuff dirty fairytales were made of. But there was one thing they didn’t have. One thing they both secretly wanted. One thing better than pearls…

 

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A WILDLY SEDUCTIVE NIGHT is 99 cents to preorder across all retailers, but this price WILL GO UP to $2.99 on release day, June 14th!

So snap up this sexy novella on preorder everywhere now!

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And be sure to check out the new look for the Julia and Clay books in the NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SEDUCTIVE NIGHTS SERIES…

 

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 If you’re new to the Julia and Clay books, you can find NIGHT AFTER NIGHT, AFTER THIS NIGHT, and ONE MORE NIGHT here.

 

Author pic - Lauren BlakelyABOUT LAUREN BLAKELY:

Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that’s full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With ten New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than forty times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone romantic comedies like BIG ROCK and MISTER O, which were both instant New York Times Bestsellers. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter at laurenblakely.com/newsletter.

 

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Bout of Books 16: Goals & TBR

May 9, 2016 Features 0

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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

So my goal is to read 5-7 books this week. There’s also a few books that I’ve already started, but haven’t completed yet. I’m aiming pretty high for how the books I’ll be able to read since it’s officially summer for me and I have tons of time on my hands. This will probably change depending on my mood, but these are some of my main book options.

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I purchased this one when it was released last week. A few of the other books that I also purchased that day had to be read first, like The Crown and The Unexpected Everything, but I can’t wait to read this one as well.

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So for reasons that I’m not even going to question, this book was delivered from Amazon nearly two weeks before its release date. This is one of my most anticipated books of the year so I can’t wait!

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I started this one on Friday, but it’s ridiculously long. I also read the ending and some certain scenes that I skipped through half the pages to get to. Anyway, I think I better actually read the entire book as well, so I plan on completing this at some point this week.

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I’d been waiting for this one for months, but I still haven’t gotten around to reading it though it arrived weeks ago. It’s definitely near the top of my list here!

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I’m halfway through the Addicted series and am dying to finish it up before the epilogue book is released towards the end of the month!

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I need to read this for a blog tour coming up in June, so I might as well try it out now! I’m really nervous about this one because I haven’t heard great things so far, but there’s not that many reviews out yet so we’ll see how it goes.

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Yet another May 3rd release that I bought and can’t wait to read. This one also seems pretty short, especially compared to some of the other ones (I’m looking at you, A Court of Mist and Fury) so I think I’ll read it here soon!

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Oops, I’ve had this one for two months and still haven’t read it. Hopefully I’ll have enough time to get around to reading it at some point during the week.

Monday:

Started: None

Continued: A Court of Mist & Fury

Completed: N/A

Tuesday:

Started: Out on Good Behavior

The Problem with Forever

Continued: None

Completed: Settling the Score

Wednesday:

Started: Addicted After All

Continued: None

Completed: Thrive

Thursday:

Started: None

Continued: None

Completed: Addicted After All

Friday:

Started: None

Continued: The Problem With Forever

Out On Good Behavior

Completed: N/A

Saturday:

Started:

Continued: Out On Good Behavior

Completed: The Problem With Forever

Sunday:

Started:

Continued:

Completed:

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Listen to Me Release Day Blitz

April 12, 2016 Features 0

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Kristen Proby is known for writing heartfelt characters with deep connections and sizzling passion. In her brand new series from William Morrow Paperbacks, Fusion, she will seduce readers’ senses with the sexy, contemporary romance, LISTEN TO ME, in which five best friends open a hot new restaurant together. Today, we are thrilled to bring you this first book in the Fusion Series. Available now, LISTEN TO ME finds a hot former rock star looking for a steady gig at the restaurant, but he’ll have to convince the prickly front-of-house manager to take a chance on him—with her business and her heart.

 

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“Listen to Me is a phenomenal start to a new series
that will hook the readers to the point of no return.”

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About LISTEN TO ME:

In New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby’s brand new series, five best friends open a hot new restaurant, but one of them gets much more than she bargained for when a sexy former rock star walks through the doors—and into her heart.

Seduction is quickly becoming the hottest new restaurant in Portland, and Addison Wade is proud to claim 1/5 of the credit. She’s determined to make it a success and can’t think of a better way to bring in new customers than live music. But when former rock star Jake Keller swaggers through the doors to apply for the weekend gig, she knows she’s in trouble. Addie instantly recognizes him—his posters were plastered all over her bedroom walls in high school—he’s all bad boy…exactly her type and exactly what she doesn’t need.

Jake Keller walked away from the limelight five years ago and yearns to return to what’s always driven him: the music. If he gets to work for a smart-mouthed, funny-as-hell bombshell, all the better. But talking Addie into giving him the job is far easier than persuading her that he wants more than a romp in her bed. Just when she begins to drop her walls, Jake’s past finally catches up with him.

Will Addie be torn apart once again or will Jake be able to convince her to drown out her doubts and listen to her heart?

 

“The story is fresh, the characters are hot, the chemistry between
Jake and Addison is through the roof, and the picture that
Ms. Proby paints is vivid and energetic.”
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“‘In summary,’” Cami, one of my very best friends, and a business partner, reads from the* Portland Tribune*, “‘Seduction is a restaurant unlike any other I’ve experienced. The food is delicious, the wine bar impressive, and the ambiance so sexy, it will take your breath away. I highly recommend this restaurant for your next date night.’”

“I want to send that reviewer flowers,” Mia says with a wide smile. “Who would have thought that just six months after opening this place, we’d already have a review like this?”

“Well, it’s a no-brainer that they’d love the food,” I reply, and reach for the paper so I can read it again for the fifteenth time. “You’re a genius in the kitchen, Mia. We’ve known that since we were in high school.”

“I still get nervous, especially now that I never know who the customers are going to be. We didn’t even get a heads-up that this guy was going to be here.” Mia bites the cuticle on her thumb and frowns. “Maybe I should add to the menu.”

“The menu is perfect,” Cami replies with a shake of her blond head.

“He loved us.”

We smile at each other, and finally I do a little happy dance in my seat. We haven’t opened for the day yet. Kat and Riley, the final two business partners in our fivesome, haven’t arrived. But Mia, Cami, and I have read this article over and over again, smiling and dancing.

Rejoicing.

Because damn it, we’ve worked our asses off since we opened the doors six months ago. All of our eggs are in this basket. We can’t fail.

And we won’t.

We hear the front door open and close, and I expect to see either Riley or Kat, but instead Jeremy saunters into the dining room, looking all rumpled and messy from sleep. His eyelids are still heavy. His chin is scruffy. His blond hair is standing on end, still in chaos from my fingers last night.

Jesus, this man makes my hormones work overtime.

He grins and kisses my head, then picks up my coffee and sits next to me.

“Why are you here?” Cami asks with a frown. “I’m in too good of a mood to have to pretend to like you.”

I glare at my best friend, but she just shrugs.

“My girlfriend is here,” Jeremy replies and sips my coffee. “I missed her.”

“Please,” Mia whispers with a roll of the eyes. My friends used to like Jeremy, in the beginning, but now they make it no secret that they don’t care for him. But they are just overprotective. They don’t want to see me get hurt. Sure, he’s a musician. Not a particularly gifted one at that, but he does well, booking gigs for his band, Hells Roses, regularly.

And, oh my God, what the man can do in the bedroom should be a felony. He makes me laugh, and despite his arrogant persona around everyone else, he has moments of real vulnerability and sweetness when we’re alone.

Is he *the one*? Probably not, but I’m pretty much convinced that *the one* was invented by romance novelists and Disney. “Be nice,” I snap and continue to read the paper. “We got a kick-ass review in the *Tribune*,” I inform Jeremy with a grin.

“Of course you did,” he replies and kisses my cheek. “Are the music reviews in there too?” He snatches the paper and shifts through the pages, then reads through the reviews of the music and club scene in Portland. “Not one fucking mention?”

Cami catches my gaze, then crosses her eyes in annoyance. I simply shrug. He’s not in the restaurant business. He wouldn’t understand what a big deal this is for us.

“I’ve been thinking,” I begin, and lean my elbows on the table. “Now that business is picking up, I think we should add live music on the weekends.”

“Sorry, cupcake,” Jeremy says with a sigh. “We’re booked.”

*Thank God.* Jeremy’s band isn’t the one I’d want for my place. But rather than jab at his ego, I simply smile and kiss his shoulder.

“I know, babe. But I’d still like to bring in someone. Maybe just a one-person act, just a microphone and a stool, you know?”

“We can afford it,” Cami replies with a thoughtful frown. Cami is our chief financial officer. She handles all things money, and she’s a wizard at adding up figures in her head. “Who are you thinking?”

“I don’t know.” I reach for my coffee mug and frown when I see that Jeremy has sucked down every last drop. “Babe, will you please run over to Starbucks and get us more coffee?”

“I forgot my wallet,” he replies with a scowl. I reach into my bag and pass him a twenty. “You got it.”

“Thank you.”

“Oh, and one place you might look for a musician,” he adds as he steps away from the table, “is the open-mic night at Crush this Saturday. There are usually some good acts there. I’d bet you’d find what you’re looking for.”

I grin at my sexy boyfriend and blow him a kiss. “Thank you.”

He winks and saunters out of the restaurant. When the door closes behind him, Mia shakes her head at me. “Seriously?”

“Open mic night is a brilliant idea,” I inform her.

“That’s not what she’s talking about,” Cami says. “Jeremy is a douche bag.”

“He is not.” I roll my eyes and sit back in my chair. Okay, maybe he has douchey moments.

“He’s sweet. And sexy.”

“And mooching off of you. His wallet was in his back pocket,” Mia argues.

“And I’ll bet all of this month’s chocolate budget that he’s staying with you too.”

“His roommate moved out, and he couldn’t afford his place alone.”

“Addie.” Cami reaches for my hand. “You are not a doormat.”

“He doesn’t treat me like a doormat.”

“Yes. He does.” Mia sighs and takes my other hand. “You deserve so much better.”

“I love you both,” I begin, my stomach heaving. “I know you just want to protect me. Jeremy is a good guy. I like him.”

“Okay.” Cami sips her coffee, then shrugs one slim shoulder. “But when he breaks your heart, we’ll be here.”

“Let’s talk about this open-mic night. Who’s going with me?”

Mia and Cami exchange glances.

“I’ll be working,” Mia says. “I have some new Saturday night specials I want to try.”

“I don’t want to,” Cami says honestly. “I trust you to find exactly what we need.”

“I’ll take Kat.” I chew my lip, ideas already swirling in my head. “She’s a good judge of these things.”

“Good idea.”

The door opens again.

“Oh good. Mr. Wonderful is back,” Cami mutters.

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Bookish People to Follow on Twitter

April 5, 2016 Features 10

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme/feature from the awesome list loving people at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week focuses on a different theme. For this week, the theme is top bookish related people that you should follow on Twitter. I’ve picked some authors and bloggers who I can always count on for really great and entertaining tweets about books and life in general. Hope you enjoy my list and find some interesting people to follow!

1. Emery Lord

Emery is one of my favorite authors. Her tweets are just as flawless as her books. From Emery, you can expect to see some fabulous tweets about feminism, pop culture, Kanye West, and anything else you can possibly think of. She has the perfect combination of tweets that will make you laugh and also some really thought provoking ones that make you think.

 

2. Miranda Kenneally

Yet another author who I am seriously on board with whatever she writes. Naturally, her tweets are just as great and memorable as you may hope that it would be. Many of her tweets are about her cat, husband, writing process, and more. Practically every tweet is filled with relevant pop culture references that will make you laugh extremely hard to say the least.

3. Dahlia Adler

Dahlia is not only a fantastic author, but she also blogs for Barnes & Noble Teen and she keeps her own blog as well. What can you expect from following her? A lot of well thought out discussions about sexuality and diversity. She also has a tons of recommendations for any YA and some NA subjects that you can possibly think of. This includes books that have different sports, f/f, disabilities, and so much more. I recommend following/friending her on Goodreads as well.

4. Victoria Aveyard

Victoria’s tweets are always ridiculously hilarious. Specifically, I love the ones about Hamilton and other awesome pop culture references of the like. You just need to follow her to fully understand what I’m talking about. Look at some of these tweets to see exactly what I mean.

5. Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie is just so sweet and down to earth. One major perk to following her is for those that have read all her books, she tweets about what happens to her characters in present tense. It’s pretty unique and awesome to see an author who knows exactly what her characters would be doing right now if they were real people. I also love talking to her about Making of a Murderer and reading her views on other pop culture related topics.

6. Cait from Paper Fury

Cait is a fabulous blogger that you should definitely have heard of by now. Her tweets are always really hilarious and I love them all. She tweets about books, writing, and more!

7. Brittany’s Book Rambles

You should follow Brittany because she hosts BBTC chats every (I think) Saturday. So if you’re a fan of bookish related Twitter chats, she’s one of the main people behind them. Each chat also provides participants with chances to win prizes. It’s a lot of fun and Brittany is a great host! I don’t have any specific examples of these tweets, but you can go ahead and check her Twitter out for yourself to see if she’s someone that you’d like to follow.

8. Brooding YA Hero

These tweets make me laugh so hard. If you’ve never seen them before, the account is basically filled with tweets that make fun of the typical YA male characters. Are all of them completely accurate? No, there are some books that go against it totally. But it is fitting for a great deal of them as well.

9. New Adult Hero

Okay, this one is a lot like the last one. I’m not sure if it’s run by the same people or not, but it’s also filled with humor and some very accurate stereotypes. I included this one anyway because this account is a bit more mature than the first one, it also deals more with college life, while the YA one naturally deals with high school. The best thing about this is that it’s no lie that NA books have a habit of using the same tropes/themes over and over again. Like the jock/tough manwhore who is always scary protective of the perfect and innocent female protagonist. These tweets make light of those things in a really memorable and laugh out loud type of way.

10. Rachel from YA Perfectionist

If you follow Rachel’s blog or keep up with her on Twitter, you know that she’s a huge advocate for any and all debut books. So if you follow her, you can expect tons of incredible pitches for upcoming books that you may have never heard of before. Expect to add countless books to your Goodreads after following her recommendations. Trust me, it’s all totally worth it. Her recommendations are always pretty spot on, depending on what genres you enjoy reading. Seriously, you NEED to follow this girl! Again, I don’t have any specific tweets to point out, but you’ll know what I mean if you visit her Twitter.

Thank you all for reading this! I hope you find a few bookish people that you can follow on Twitter. Who did you all include in your lists? I look forward to reading them. Hope you guys have a great rest of the week! 🙂

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When I’m With You – Excerpt & Release Day Reveal

April 4, 2016 Features 0

We are very excited to announce the release date of When I’m With You by Harper Sloan. The release for the third book in the Hope Town series will be April 26. Personally, I can’t wait! I’ve pretty much been waiting for Nate’s story since we were introduced to him when he was just a baby in the Corps Security books.

Enjoy this sexy excerpt while you wait, but keep in mind that this is definitely NSFW!

 

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It’s nearly impossible to be surrounded by love but not understand it. My parents, my sister, and just about everyone around us has no trouble accepting that love. To give your trust to someone else and believe they would die before hurting you. I’ve witnessed it—I’ve seen the power of it—but I’ve also seen the pain. Because for me, I’ve only loved someone I could never have, and my biggest fear is that by giving her my love, all I would do is ruin her. I should have tried harder, but I’m not sure I can because I only feel complete when I’m with her.

Emberlyn:

The only time I feel like I belong is when he’s near. His infectious smile warms me straight to my bones. Any insecurities I have vanish with just a wink from him. A sliver of his attention makes me feel invincible. But all it took was one drunken night of truths for me to lose everything I had begun to crave. Now, I’m not sure how to move on because I only feel complete when I’m with him.

 

He said I was too young. I said he was perfect. He said our families wouldn’t understand. I said we could weather any storm. He said he would ruin me. And he was right.

 

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“I want you so bad,” I mumble through the arousal rushing and flowing over every inch of my body, tingling up every nerve and swimming around inside me in overdrive. “I’ve dreamed of this for so long,” I continue, my words coming out in a pant as I rock my hips.

“Ember,” he warns when I jerk my hips out of his unforgiving hold, giving us both the friction we’re in the need of when my wet and swollen lips slide against his erection. “Stop,” he barks in a deep rumble, his neck straining as he takes my hips again between his hands.

“Never.” I let my head roll back and start to pick up my movements, each thrust up getting the attention to my clit that has the burn in my core starting to fire up my spine, wrapping around me as it climbs through my body, gearing up to explode.

“Fuck!” he roars.

Before I realize what’s happening, he’s flipping us. My head lands in my pillows, just a breath away from the headboard in the center of my bed. It takes me a second, still clinging to the climax that had been just seconds away from taking over, and I push my hair off my face with both hands. When I look down my body, I almost retreat when I see the feral expression on the man kneeling between my spread legs.

He takes huge body rocking gulps of air, his chest heaving with their power. His hair is a loose mess hanging free to dance at his shoulders, a few pieces falling into his face that he either doesn’t notice or just doesn’t care about.

And his eyes are focused downward.

If I didn’t believe he was fighting the same all-consuming feelings as I was, I would have thought that his downcast gaze was for another reason, but seeing those brilliant emerald eyes locked on my very exposed and wet sex, I know that I’m the reason he’s being slammed with a hungered need.

The power I feel seeing his reaction to my excitement is a high I never want to live without. Something that I will wake up thinking about and fantasize every second we’re apart, trying to think of new ways to make him come alive like this. That uncontrollable, feverishly strong emotion he’s wearing can only be an aftereffect of our chemistry. Until it burns so bright that it’s exploding around us like a brilliantly beautiful display of fireworks.

And with that thought, he makes a sound low in his throat, pushing forward in the next breath to cover my body with his as his mouth takes mine in a deep, bruising kiss. His underwear still keeping him from me completely, but that doesn’t stop him from thrusting against my body as if he was already inside me. Each time he slams against me, the headboard slaps against the wall and my eyes roll back in my head.

It was foolish of me to think I would ever be able to control this man once I saw the fierceness burning in his scrutiny break free of his careful control. When I try to push my hands into his hair, he breaks our kiss with a hiss and narrows his eyes at me.

“You’re not to touch me, Ember. Not at all. I’m so worked up right now because of you. I’m about to fucking come all over myself and the only place that’s going to feel my fucking come will be the inside of your pussy. Do not test me by putting those wicked little hands on my body until I can take my time to show you what it’s really like to take while giving.

“Please,” I rasp past my dry throat, needing that so desperately.

“No, not please. From this point on, the only word I want to hear from your lips is my name. Moan, groan, scream out your pleasure, but you say no other word than my name. I want to hear you scream that, Ember,” he stresses with a hard thrust. “You don’t come until I tell you to,” he rumbles deep in his throat. I lose his eyes as he bends to trace my ear with the tip of his tongue before whispering against it. “And when you do, you had better do it loud enough to feel pain in your throat from the pleasure I’ll give your pussy.”

“Take me,” I beg, trying to rock against him, but his weight on me restricts my movements.

“Nate,” he grunts in my ear. “No more fucking words but my name. Know who is claiming you. Let the whole fucking world hear who is taking you and making you his.”

He runs his hands up each of my arms, stretching them out until I can almost feel the edge of my mattress and his hands are curling around my fingers.

“Hold on,” he commands with a wink.

 

harperphotoHarper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn’t writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads

March 29, 2016 Features 12

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme/feature hosted by the awesome people at The Broke and the Bookish. This is where you can share all of your bookish related lists with other list loving people! I always look forward to the different themes that are chosen each week. The topic today is ten of your most recent 5 star reads. I’ve been so excited about sharing this list because I love to talk about those books that hit me on such an insane level. I may not be as picky as some when it comes to giving out 5 stars, but I still believe that I am rather selective. I feel like a lot of the following books are ones that I seem to talk about a lot and mention in my lists here. I figured I’d go ahead and share them again anyway! One last thing: some of these haven’t been published yet, so look out for them in the next couple months or so.

1. Girl Against the Universe

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This book doesn’t come out until May, but you need to keep an eye out for it! Honestly though, I understand that it might not be everyone’s cup of tea since it tackles the issue of mental illness. Going into it, I was expecting the book to be a lot darker than it actually was. The mental illness side of things was handled with sensitivity and it’s clear that Paula did careful research on the topic.

Why should you read it?

Sports, swoony book boyfriend, strong female friendships, awesome MC, nice parental figures, and a positive representation of therapy.

2. Undecided

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The first thing I have to mention is that despite the cover, there is NO love triangle in this book. I almost was scared off by the cover and didn’t read it, but I’m so glad that I gave it a shot anyway. This is hands down one of my favorite New Adult books. I think that it’s a great book to start with if this isn’t a genre that you normally read. It comes out in a few weeks so make sure to get a copy then!

Why should you read it?

Real protagonist, athletic love interest that is much more than just a jock, entertaining supporting characters, and a refreshing story that sends the message that it’s totally okay to be in college and not know what the hell you’re doing. I know it sounds like a simple concept that’s been done before, but trust me, it’ll likely blow you away. At least I hope it will!

3. Walk the Edge

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I have never disliked any of Katie McGarry’s books. I’ve found that every single one of them has stuck with me in some way. However, I’ve only ever given them three and four stars. Walk the Edge is the first book of hers that I’ve given out five stars to, and obviously, I highly recommend it. It’s not all that different from her others, but I really am enjoying her new Thunder Road series so far. I think what really stuck with me is my own personal connection to the MC, Breanna. Besides, I honestly think Razor might just be my all time favorite McGarry boy. And if you’ve read any of her previous books, you know how tough of an honor that ultimately is. It’s out today, and you should definitely buy it!

4. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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I haven’t stopped mentioning this book in these lists and just on my blog in general since I read it for the first time over a month ago. It was a huge reason why I couldn’t give any five stars out for a good month after I read it. It just took quite awhile for me to stop comparing every book I read to this incredible one. I don’t need to provide any reasons to read this because I feel like you should have totally read it by now!

5. The Revenge Playbook

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I’ve talked about this one a lot, but I still feel like it’s a bit underrated. It’s such an amazing book that totally slays with great female friendships, it’s sex positive, and it also takes on the topic of slut shaming in a beautiful and well written way.

6. Wanderlost

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This doesn’t come out until the end of May, but I couldn’t resist reading it long before then. I love the strong summer vibe that the book clearly has. In real life, I’m not sure how well this plot would actually work out. But it’s just such a fun book that it really didn’t bother me at all. Basically, Aubree’s sister Elizabeth gets arrested and can’t go to this huge summer job of leading a senior citizen’s tour bus across Europe. So she has Aubree pretend to be her and guide the seniors. It’s a feel good book that is a quick and engaging read.

Why should you read it?

MC who doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life, incredibly swoony romance, cute and memorable old people, and it’s a book that takes place during the summer, need I say more?

7. The Distance from A to Z

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I’ve talked about this one enough, so I’ll just say that you need to buy it. The ebook is only $1.99, and it’s not a novella, this is a full length book. The romance between Abby and Zeke is ridiculously adorable, prepare to swoon.

8. The Score

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While I do recommend reading the first two books in the Off Campus series first, this is easily my favorite of them. Dean might be portrayed as a manwhore, but we get to see a whole different side to him in this one, and I absolutely love it! I also don’t think I’ve ever read any other book that has easy and natural banter like this one does with Dean and his teammates.

9. Just Visiting

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Dahlia Adler is an author that I’ve been mentioning like crazy here recently. Just Visiting is such a lovely book that deserves even more attention than it’s been receiving. I know many of the books I’ve listed have had incredible female friendships, but this one easily takes the top spot hands down!

10. Something Real

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I was beyond late to the party with this one. I have no excuse as to why it took me so long to get around to reading this book. I had heard nothing but good things about it. I had already read Demetrios’s most recent novel, I’ll Meet You There, and I was completely blown away by it. So yeah, this one is such as amazing as everyone has said that it is. Patrick is such an amazing book boyfriend, I’m not over how great he was with Chloe throughout the book.

So there is my list for the week. What was on your list? I look forward to reading them and hopefully discovering some new recs. I hope you guys have a great rest of the week! 🙂

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Get Up Offa That Slump: My Dream Easter Basket

March 28, 2016 Features 0

Hey guys! It’s hard to believe that it’s already day nine of this blogging extravaganza! If you haven’t yet heard, it’s hosted by Rachel from Beauty and the Bookshelf. This is a three week event to get us back into blogging, and it’s been so much fun. For today, the topic that I chose is what you would include in your dream Easter basket. In my real life Easter basket, I received tons of candy and an Amazon gift card, which I actually wasn’t expecting at all! Obviously, I’m going to buy as many books as I possibly can with it. Though I did love the basket that I got, I still enjoy dreaming big so this was a fun topic to tackle. Like Rachel though, I didn’t want to go too overboard because I’m still a fairly simple person and spending too much money makes me nervous.

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Just an FYI: if you click on the pictures, it’ll take you straight to the products. Just thought I’d leave the links there for you guys just in case you wanted to check some of them out for yourselves. So yes, that’s my dream Easter basket. I thought it was simple enough, but it’s still pretty expensive. Oh well, I’m sadly not actually getting these products right now anyways. I know that the J.J. Watt Funko Pop was beyond random considering all of the other items are book related, but I couldn’t help myself. J.J. Watt is seriously my man, and I knew that I needed this in my life as soon as I saw that such an item really existed. What did you put on your list? Or did you do the other topic for today?

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