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Thanks – Dawn & Abby
Brooke Wright has only two goals her senior year at Charity Run High School: stay out of trouble and learn to forgive herself for the past. Forgiveness proves elusive, and trouble finds her anyway when she discovers a secret club at school connected to the death of her best friend. She learns that swim team members participate in a “Fantasy Slut League,” scoring points for their sexual acts with unsuspecting girls.
Brooke, wracked with guilt over her friend’s death, decides to infiltrate the league by becoming one of the “unsuspecting girls,” and exact revenge on the boys who stole away her best friend. An unexpected romance complicates her plans, and her dogged pursuit of justice turns her reckless as she underestimates just how far the boys will go to keep their sex club a secret.
(Please take the content warning seriously: This is a New Adult fiction book with mature themes. It contains graphic sex and language and an explicit description of sexual violence.)
Dawn’s Review 4 stars
Seriously, I don’t even know where to begin with this. This is a story of finding forgiveness, of yourself and of others. I was immediately drawn in when Brooke is grieving for her friend, Beth, and her guilt weighs heavy.
Then I found myself sinking into the story as the drama of it slowly built up. I kept getting nervous the further along it went. It was as if I was constantly peeking around a corner wondering when something awful would happen. And then, bam, I was in one of those scary movies where I wanted to yell at my tablet ‘no, no, no!! Don’t you see?! Don’t do that! Gah!!!” It was all I could do to not throw up and not throw my tablet all at the same time! Probably wouldn’t have been wise as I was in the middle of the airport so I just found myself closing up my tablet for a few minutes to collect myself and then continued on. And although it wasn’t easy to continue, I’m glad I did and saw it through to the aspects of forgiveness and healing. I could have used more in the end as the wrap-up was very fast.
Along with the aspect of the story related to Brooke’s discovery of the sex club, I loved the sweet, loving, romantic element between Brooke and Ryan. I was immediately caught up in Ryan – his sweetness, his vulnerability, and his humor. Even though I really wanted her to confide more in Ryan, I also felt I understood Brooke’s need to keep their relationship untouched by all that she was facing with the guys from the sex club. I would have loved to read more of their relationship throughout the book.
I respect S. Walden’s decision to include a controversial aspect into the story. Stories that stick with me are ones like Going Under that open my mind up to thinking about a situation from a less-than-typical point of view and generate discussion points in my mind.
There are some challenging topics in Going Under but there is also a strong undercurrent of hope, forgiveness, peacefulness, and love. Those might be hard fought to achieve, but they are there.
Abby’s Review 3.75 stars
Whoa, This one is unique. Brooklyn is racked with guilt over loosing her best friend. She lost Beth in more than one way. Part of this story is about how you seek forgiveness when the person who could give you forgiveness isn’t there anymore to give it. How does one deal with regret and redemption? Brooklyn decides she is going to avenge her best friend, in doing so she discovers the Fantasy Slut League.
At first she is so guilt ridden she is going to do something really stupid. Then she falls for Ryan. She keeps all the ugly away from Ryan and she has a sweet love with him.
The love story here is a sweet one but there are also some very dark and twisted things going on. This story surprised me because of how dark it got. There was a few times that I thought the pace could pick up a bit. I also got a bit frustrated with Brooke because I thought she was not being that smart about things.
Overall I enjoyed this story. It had a uniqueness that was refreshing.
ARC provided by author for honest review
Let’s Meet Ryan
Full name: Ryan James Foster
Ryan’s POV – Ryan Meets Gretchen
Ryan followed Brooke into Chili’s. He wouldn’t lie and say he wasn’t nervous to meet Gretchen. He thought that maybe meeting the friends was even harder than meeting the parents. Wait a minute. That’s not right at all. The first time he met Brooke’s dad, Mr. Wright was holding a gun. Still, girlfriends are tricky, and he knew he was in for a thorough scrutinizing. Brooke told him a bit about what to expect from Gretchen, and frankly he was scared of her.
“You two are late,” Gretchen said when they reached the table.
“Traffic, Gretchen,” Brooke replied, then cut her eyes at her friend.
“Well, I just about ate all these chips like a fat ass, so if I do, in fact, get a fat ass, it’s totally on you,” she replied.
Ryan’s heartbeat sped up. All he could think was, I hope she doesn’t get a fat ass. What will she do to me if she gets a fat ass? He waited for Brooke to slide into the booth before joining her. Gretchen watched him the entire time. He tried to ignore her piercing eyes. He knew she had a trillion thoughts flying through her head as she stared at him, sizing him up, taking mental notes about all the things she was going to say about him to Brooke when they were alone.
“Hi, Gretchen,” he said when he was settled.
“Hello, Ryan. Now, you’ve been dating my best friend for how long now? And I’m only just meeting you today?” she replied.
Ryan shook his head. “It’s shameful but true.”
“I don’t like being left out of things,” Gretchen explained.
“Ease up, Gretchy,” Brooke said.
“Do not call me that,” she snapped, then looked back at Ryan. “We’re gonna be here for awhile. I hope you know that. So get comfortable.”
“I’ll tell you anything you want to know,” Ryan said pleasantly. This chick was a little crazy, but he was starting to see that most of it was for show. And he liked it. He thought it might be like a game. She had her guard up, and it was his job to take it down.
“How old are you?” Gretchen asked.
“Do you think that gives you free license to do whatever you want?”
“I don’t even understand what that means,” Ryan confessed.
“Do you have siblings?”
“A younger sister.”
“Do you watch over her the way an older brother should?”
“That sounds weird. Just a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ will suffice,” Gretchen replied.
“You got it. And yes.”
“What music do you listen to?”
“Well, I like older stuff. The Smashing Pumpkins. Linkin Park.”
“So what? Are you, like, all up in your head all the time?”
“I try to be.”
Ryan saw the slight grin forming at the corners of Gretchen’s lips.
“Do you play sports?”
“So are you one of those kids who causes trouble in neighborhoods where you’re not allowed to skateboard?”
“I try not to tear anything up,” Ryan said.
“Do you vandalize things? Like with spray paint and stuff?”
Ryan grinned. “I’m not sure I understand what that has to do with skateboarding, but no. I don’t vandalize anything.”
“Are you a good student? Because I can’t have my best friend dating a moron.”
“I always get my homework done first before we make out,” Ryan said.
Gretchen’s eyes went wide. And then she burst out laughing. She looked over at Brooke who was laughing, too.
“Okay okay. He can keep up,” she said to Brooke, then turned to Ryan. “I guess you’re all right.”
“Good to hear,” he replied.
The waitress approached the table and took Ryan’s and Brooke’s drink orders. Actually there was only one order. A Cherry Coke to be shared. The waitress rolled her eyes and left the table.
“That is so disgustingly cute,” Gretchen said, then stuck out her tongue like she was gagging.
“How did you two become friends?” Ryan asked.
“Oh no no. This is so not about us right now. I’m not finished drilling you,” Gretchen said.
“Really? Okay,” Ryan replied.
“Gretchen, can you just stop being so intense? I mean, a question here, a question there. That’s okay. But you’re freaking me out,” Brooke said.
“It’s fine,” was Gretchen’s response accompanied by a dismissive wave of her hand.
The waitress returned with one Cherry Coke and two straws. She took their dinner orders and disappeared right before Gretchen’s next statement.
“So Brooke tells me you two play video games together. Particularly Call of Duty.”
Poor Ryan. It really wasn’t fair. He was in the middle of sucking down some Coke when he choked and spit it all over his girlfriend.
“Gretchen!” Brooke cried, patting Ryan’s back as he continued coughing and spluttering all over the table.
“I’m so sorry, Brooke,” he wheezed, catching sight of the spots on her shirt.
“Not your fault,” she replied. “It is, however, my friend’s fault for being totally inappropriate. What is wrong with you?”
“Oh, whatever Brooke. You couldn’t wait to tell me about the Gamers Embrace.” She directed her next comment to Ryan. “I wanna know how you came up with that.”
“Gamers Embrace?” he asked.
“Uh, yeah,” Gretchen replied.
“Oh my God. I’m so embarrassed,” Brooke mumbled, hanging her head.
“Is this what you girls do? You talk about these intimate things with one another?” Ryan asked. “I mean. I know you talk. But about everything?”
“Ryan, you’ve got a lot to learn,” Gretchen said. The tone in her voice was both patient and condescending.
“Can you move on to something else?” Brooke asked Gretchen. Ryan glanced at his girlfriend and handed her another napkin.
“There’s a few spots you missed.”
“Doesn’t matter,” she said. “And this is Gretchen’s shirt anyway.”
Brooke giggled. “You didn’t even recognize your own shirt?”
“No, you bitch. Why haven’t you given it back?” She studied the top. “Wait a hot sec. Is that my White House Black Market top?”
“That’s it. I’m tired of Coke being spilled on my nice shirts because of you, Ryan,” she said.
“This has happened before?” Ryan asked. “Because I’m pretty sure I don’t remember.”
“That time!” Gretchen cried. “In the diner when you were making eyes at Brooke and she was all googley over you. She spilled Coke on me.”
“Two spots, Gretchen. Two spots,” Brooke said.
“Whatever. You two are buying me dinner,” Gretchen said.
“I’m buying dinner,” Ryan replied.
Gretchen’s face lit up. “Oh, so he’s a gentleman, too.”
“That’s how I was raised.” He smiled at Gretchen then at Brooke. He let his eyes linger on her face, watching as she popped another salsa-loaded chip in her mouth. She looked content, and it made him warm inside.
He noticed how quiet she was around Gretchen. It was an interesting dynamic between the two. Brooke was so forward with him when they were alone, but she seemed to let Gretchen take the lead when they were together. She became the level-headed one. Gretchen was loud and silly and all over the place. He really had no idea how much he’d learn about Brooke from just listening to Gretchen and the way she and Brooke bantered.
He leaned over and kissed Brooke’s cheek, feeling the smile spread across her face. And then he looked at Gretchen.
“God, you two make me sick,” Gretchen said, but the look on her face told otherwise. She was grinning from ear to ear, and Ryan thought he’d won the game. Her guard was down, and she seemed to really like him. Approval from the best friend was crucial, and he was positive he’d gotten it.
“So who are you dating, Gretchen?” Ryan asked as the waitress placed their meals carefully on the table.
“Oh, anyone and everyone,” Gretchen replied.
“Gretchen likes my friend Terry. Remember I told you about him?” Brooke said.
“I do not. He’s a freaking old man,” Gretchen argued.
“Whatever. You like him.” Brooke turned to Ryan. “And he’s thirty-six!”
“Wow, that’s ancient,” he teased, watching Gretchen’s face.
“I don’t like him! And thirty-six is not ancient! And how did this discussion become about me? We’re supposed to be discussing you!” she cried, pointing at Ryan.
Brooke laughed. “Fine. You don’t like him. But you sure as hell like flirting with him.”
“I’ll flirt with anything that’s got two legs,” Gretchen said.
“Isn’t that the truth,” Brooke mumbled.
Gretchen narrowed her eyes at Brooke.
“Okay then. Let’s talk about how much you were in love with Ryan after your first make-out session.”
It could have gone very badly for Ryan since he was in the middle of biting into his burger, but from the short amount of time he’d spent with Gretchen, he’d come to expect another shocking comment. He chewed his burger and swallowed without any incidents.
“Gretchen,” Brooke warned.
“Please do tell, Brooke,” Ryan said. He nudged her, and she pushed back.
“No way,” Ryan replied. “Tell me what this is all about.”
“Your first make-out session. And then Brooke couldn’t believe you hadn’t kissed a girl in a year, and you were all embarrassed and stuff,” Gretchen explained.
Ryan scrunched his nose. “Oh yeah. I remember that.”
“Gretchen, shut up,” Brooke said.
Gretchen ignored her. “And she ended up getting drunk at my house and wanted to call you and tell you she loved you.”
“I’m not speaking to you for, like, a century,” Brooke snapped.
Ryan turned to Brooke and grinned. “You could have called me. That would have been okay.”
Brooke’s face blushed crimson. “I didn’t have your number,” she said softly. “And anyway, Gretchen took my phone away.”
“I wish I could have been there to see that,” Ryan said.
“No you don’t,” Brooke replied, hiding her face. She was shy all over again, just like the first night they made love. He had an overwhelming urge to throw some money on the table, grab Brooke, and tell Gretchen he’d catch her later.
“I think I would,” Ryan went on.
“She was adorable,” Gretchen said, and Brooke looked at Ryan, rolling her eyes.
“I’m glad I met you, Gretchen,” Ryan said. “I hope you share more of these stories with me in the future.”
“Oh, I plan to,” Gretchen replied. “You passed the test which means you’re BFF material.”
“Can guys be BFFs?” Ryan asked.
“Sure they can,” Gretchen said.
Ryan nodded and thought for a moment. “Okay. So we’re all BFFs now?”
Brooke and Gretchen giggled in unison. He thought it was funny. He thought girls were funny.
“Totally,” Gretchen said.
“Totally,” Brooke echoed.
S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. Her dreams include raising chickens and owning and operating a beachside inn on the Gulf Coast (chickens included). When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about it.
She loves her fans and loves to hear from them. Email her at email@example.com and follow her blog at http://swaldenauthor.blogspot.com where you can get up-to-date information on her current projects.
Expected Release Date: August 5, 2013
Genre: New Adult Romance
A New Adult Romance from New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Kendall Ryan.
Straight-laced Emmy Clarke’s assistant job at the modeling agency provides her with one distinct perk – getting to watch pretty mancandy parade around all day. But having to work under the ultra-bitchy, ultra-British Fiona Stone barely makes it worth it. Emmy enjoys looking, but she’s not stupid enough to fall for one of the tempting specimens. Especially not rising star Ben Shaw.
Ben is everything Emmy’s not: well-traveled, highly paid and exquisitely gorgeous. He’s also got more issues than Vogue. Against her better judgment to get involved, Emmy’s southern roots kick in, and whenever he’s on set, she makes sure he’s treated well and looked after. But she refuses to become one of the pathetic groupies lusting after him, and soon Ben’s drawn toward her refreshingly real attitude.
Against the backdrop of fashion shows in NYC, Paris and Milan, their casual flirting turns into more, and they embark on a journey of sexual discovery. But when Ben’s twisted past is uncovered, it threatens both their relationship and careers as the bitter Fiona digs her claws in, unwilling to let her golden boy go without a catfight.
Filled with passion, jealousy and heart-thumping sex, Working It is the tale of falling for a supermodel.
Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the contemporary romance novels HARD TO LOVE, UNRAVEL ME, MAKE ME YOURS and RESISTING HER. She’s a sassy, yet polite Midwestern gal with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss.
PINNED UP by C. Michelle
NA Contemporary Romance
Readers in search of something fresh in the adult contemporary romance department will celebrate the arrival of C. Michelle’s vibrant debut novel, Pinned Up. Full of snappy dialogue, edgy humor, and a lot of heart, this fun look into the world of a modern-day pin-up model is one interesting journey. Are you ready to embark on a wild ride?
Twenty-five-year-old Nina Moretti lives a double life of sorts. She’s a victim advocate during the day and as a side gig, lives out her 1940s fetish as a pin-up model. This arrangement suits her well, as does never having a steady boyfriend. Trust is an issue that was ruined for Nina at a young age and has yet to be recovered. While she may not “do” serious relationships, she has found fulfillment in her work and hanging out with her best friend, Kade—the greatest sidekick any woman could possibly want. All is well in Nina’s hectic, but satisfying life…
That is, until she meets Josh, a stunningly handsome man who has a notorious reputation as a ladies’ man. Living in San Francisco, California, Nina has met her fair share of eligible bachelors. But there is something different about Josh, something that compels her to try and get to know him better. For his part, Josh has always been reluctant to commit to any woman, largely as a way to spite his well-meaning, but rather overbearing mother. Nina, however, sparks his interest in a way that no other woman has before. What are two people, both scared of commitment, supposed to do?
Readers will feel an array of emotions as Nina and Josh do the unthinkable—embark on a relationship together. As they navigate the pitfalls of romantic entanglement, both come to realize that their pasts are intertwined in ways that they could never imagine. Perhaps they have more in common than just their fear of relationships.
A heartfelt novel depicting modern love with a refreshing twist, Pinned Up is a must-read.
A Girl, a Guy, a Tournament and a Challenge
The Girl: At a time when most girls obsess about homecoming and high school prom, Rainy Dey spent her senior year caring for her dying mother. So when her father drops her off at college to start her freshman year, his words of advice to his bookish daughter are to start acting like a young person and finally have some fun.
The Guy: College senior, Aaron Donavan, aka Mr. Hot-and-Knows-It, is President of the Clubhouse, a social club for the college’s most wealthy and popular guys. Aaron can have any girl on campus except the one who challenges and excites him the most—Rainy Dey.
The Tournament: Every year, the senior members of The Clubhouse engage in a golf-inspired tournament to see who can sleep with the most freshman girls. When Rainy finds out about the tournament, she believes Aaron’s only interest in her is to score points by taking her V-Card.
The Challenge: Can Aaron convince Rainy that his feelings for her are true and that she won’t be just another notch on his tournament scorecard?
Find the book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Matchplay-ebook/dp/B00BW9LKQG/
When I initially read the synopsis for Matchplay, I was ready for an angst-filled, drama-filled story that would make me want to throw my e-reader across the room a few times. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel that was entirely the case. Instead, I found myself reading a sweet, romantic story between Rainy and Aaron. Yes, the Tournament that Aaron is involved in factors into the challenges in their relationship. Overall though, I felt that the biggest challenge was Aaron’s inability to stand up for their relationship with friends and family. This is what made me want to reach in and shake Rainy a few times for letting him do that to her! Repeatedly! Argh!
With that said, I felt the dialogue flowed easily and there were many tender moments in the building of their relationship. The secondary characters like Rainy’s roomie, the roomie’s brother, Aaron’s friend, and a few others added nicely to the story without taking over. I had a very good mental picture of Aaron but I didn’t ever get a very clear image of Rainy other than height and weight. That mental image is very important for me as I’m reading.
Overall, this was a read that left me wanting more. The end wrapped up a little too quickly and neatly for my drama-loving mind. It was a light, sweet read that I wanted to finish to see if Aaron was going to eff it up or pull it together and realize what he could have with Rainy.
ARC provided by Author for honest review
About the Author
Dakota Madison has been writing since she learned to read and fell in love with books. When she’s not at her computer creating spicy new romances, Dakota is traveling to exotic locales or spending time with her husband and their bloodhounds.
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Navigating the world alone is all Josephine Geroux has ever known. Life altering tragedy struck early on for her. She endured an admirable struggle through her youth and learned the hard way how to adapt and survive. She managed to arrive at adulthood in one piece in spite of it all.
After such chaos, maintaining a life free of complications is a priority for her.
Everything changed when a man with amber eyes came through her door and claimed her heart. She fell hard in more ways than one. The pull between Jo and Damon seemed like fate bringing things full circle.
With another devastating loss looming, Jo fights to hold on to the very thing that brought her to her knees. She finds herself torn between a promising future and clinging to a devastating past.
But that’s not the most worrisome problem on her hands.
She must convince more than just herself to let the past stay in the past, where it belongs, but on her journey to find closure and resolution, she does the exact opposite. An old wound caused by a heinous act becomes exposed for what it is. The truth is catastrophic and Jo is helpless, watching as the ruins of her fragile world endure more turmoil.
Can something conceived from tragedy and malice end well? Can something so completely poisoned conquer adversity? Jo is left to make a decision; accept the circumstances she finds herself in or fight with unwavering ferocity to restore what has been damaged.
*Restore Me is the second book in the Wrecked series*
Our Interview with Brian
Today we are very excited to bring you our interview with Brian, Damon’s assistant and Jo’s friend!
Hey Brian! Thanks so much for joining us on Up All Night Book Blog! We are excited to talk with you. We thought we would start off with a few lighter topics today, including fashion. You ready?
Of course I am! I’m young, gorgeous and gaymous. Famous and gay for those who don’t speak my language.
When you first met Jo, what did you think of her?
Excuse me while I dig my own grave? Seriously? Gah! Okay fine. I thought that maybe that man whore boss of mine had lost his mind. Don’t get me wrong. She’s smokin’ hot but she’s not the usual for him. I guess there was a reason. I love my girl, Jo.
If you could dress Jo in any particular designer or style, what would you choose for her?
Oh she is definitely a skinny jean model! I’ve only seen her in them twice but she can make a person cry with envy. If I could play dress up with Jo, I’d love to put her in a pair of designer skinny jeans paired with a flowing scoop neck blouse and a pair of those sinful wedges she loves wearing. Trust me!
How did you know what to pick out for her the first time you shopped for her?
Well I just went based on her hair, skin, and eye color to choose the perfect color pallet for her. She has these deep green eyes that kinda glow in the light, and medium wavy brown hair. Vibrant blues and purples make her eyes and hair even more gorgeous.
If there is one fashion ‘Oh hell No!’ that you could eliminate from the world what would it be?
Oh sweet baby Jesus! Oh please there are so many can I choose three? At least three? 1. Mullet hair styles are like fashion suicide. Seriously a forbidden thing. 2. The camel toe is NOT a fashion choice. It’s a fashion FARCE! Don’t do it! 3. The muffin boob! Never under any circumstances is the muffin boob cute. Ladies with boobage to spare… get the right size bra for the love of lace!
For the love, people!
How do you feel about Damon’s wardrobe? Do you shop for him?
Um.. Damon’s wardrobe is impeccable. I shop for him mostly because he knows I love it but he has done his fair amount of his own shopping and he does quite well. That man can wear a suit like none other.
(We would agree! *sigh*) Speaking of Damon, he seems quite intense and demanding. What’s it like to work for him?
He is actually the easiest person to work for. He’s pretty predictable so my job is far easier that way. He’s a creature of habit. He’s 99% testosterone so that makes him even more predictable. I know what to expect from him and he of me.
Just between the three of us, do you have a secret crush on him? (We do!!)
I’ve cursed the Gods since the day I saw him that he doesn’t have a homosexual hair on his head. *sigh*
Does Damon act different now that Jo is in his life?
Very! He’s all over the place. But Jo is his match. There’s no doubt about it.
Okay we are going to get a bit more serious on you. What was it like when Jo called you from the hospital and told you about Damon?
I was in shock. I drove to the hospital in a haze. And then when I saw how destroyed Jo was, it hit home. I was scared out of my mind that he wouldn’t make it.
That was gut-wrenching!
What did Damon say to you when he kicked Jo out of the room and wanted to talk to just you when he got home from the hospital?
He went into bossy mode and spouted off a dozen things for me to get done. He wanted to make sure that the cover story I planted was holding up okay and it did. He asked how Jo has been and I was honest. I told him that she has been trying to keep it together but that he better work hard to get his head straight because she’s the one. He said “I know.”
What do you think about Jo writing the letter…you know, THE letter?
I think she’s got balls! I don’t know how the hell this is going to play out. Last I asked her about it, she told me she hasn’t heard back but I am 90% sure that I know my Jo well enough to know that she was lying right out of that pouty mouth of hers. I’ll force it out of her. You watch!
Oh, we believe if anyone can do that, it will be you!
So before we wrap up our time together, anything you would like to share about Jo or Damon?
Just that I love them both and I’m super excited to see what life deals them! If they have babies I hope I’m the God-father… wait… God-mother? How about Gay-uardian? That works.
We can’t wait to see what life deals them! And we think you’d make an outstanding Gay-uardian!!
Thanks so much for your time, Brian! We enjoyed spending it with you!
Abby’s Review 4.5 stars
Whoa, Okay I was laying in bed last night balling. Big fat tears, have to take a break from reading and go blow my runny nose tears. Yep be prepared, this is a tear jerker, well for me at least.
I really enjoyed Wreck Me and Restore me was a great second book. You do have to read Wreck Me first. Restore Me picks up where Wreck Me ends. Wreck Me ends with incredible heartache and Restore Me sure doesn’t disappoint with total despair.
Okay the whole book is not devastating. There is plenty of steam. And wow is it hot ehhemm can I say Strawberries for dessert.
This story is a quick read filled with passion, pain and an underlining amount of love.
Dawn’s Review 4.5 Stars
As Abby mentions in her review, it is a must that you read Wreck Me before Restore Me. Without doing so, it would be difficult to jump straight in as this picks up essentially right where book 1 leaves off.
Holy crap! Talk about my heart being in my throat from the beginning! This book took my breath away and threw me into a very painful place for a while. My heart hurt so hard for Jo.
Familiar hopelessness swallows me up and I let it. Fuck it. There’s no running from this, so I might as well not fight it. It’s better to embrace the hurt than to struggle against it.”
JL Mac had my emotions on a tightrope almost the entire book! I felt all of Jo’s anguish and her determination. It may have been the circumstances at the beginning, but I missed some of her spark that was in Wreck Me which did end up reasserting itself later in the story.
There was also an intense passion, love, and a need for giving and receiving acceptance.
My heart beats for you. Let me save you.”
Restore Me was a quick read that packed an emotional punch. Highly recommended!
*ARC provided by author for honest review
USA Today Best Selling Author,J.L. Mac is twenty-six years old and currently resides in El Paso, Texas, where she enjoys living near her family. She was born and raised in Galveston, Texas, until she married her husband in July of 2005. She has two young children and is married to a soldier in the United States Army. J.L. and her family have lived all over the United States and have enjoyed each new experience in each new place. J.L. admittedly has had a long and sordid love affair with the written word and has loved every minute of it. She drinks too many glasses of wine on occasion,and says way too many swear words to be considered “lady-like.” J.L. spends her free time reading, writing, and playing with her children.
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Expected publication date: June, 2013
Kendall Hartley first kissed Logan Jordan when she was eighteen. As an up-and-coming player at her father’s tennis academy, his explosive talent on court and sexy blue eyes were like fireworks to her soul. But when their love for each other met its first test, it crashed and burned. Devastated, Kendall fled to college, vowing to forget the boy who once set her heart ablaze.
Four years later, Kendall returns home to find her father’s academy in the process of foreclosure. Unless he can find a way to pay off his debts, he will lose everything he’s worked for. Kendall would do anything to save her father’s dream – even if it means breaking her promise and seeing Logan again. For Logan is now an international tennis icon – and the only person with enough starpower to raise funds for the academy.
But Logan is no longer the boy Kendall fell in love with. He’s hot, he’s arrogant and he’s used to getting what he wants. And when Kendall walks back into his life, it’s clear he wants one thing.
He wants Kendall.
And he’ll do anything to reclaim her.
ABOUT LAUREN MELINDA
Lauren Melinda lives in sunny California with her boyfriend. She loves romantic plots, scorching sexual tension, gorgeous first kisses and smexy love interests.
“I knew you were running the first time I saw you…”
Devon didn’t have a game plan when she decided to leave St. Louis on a Chicago-bound train for the summer. Just a reason. One she couldn’t share with anyone.
Not Hadley, her best friend from college, who lets her stay in the guest bedroom; no questions asked. Or Brennan, the bartender at the local restaurant they frequent, who she actively tries to avoid. Or Garrett, Hadley’s boyfriend, who befriends her when she has no one else to turn to.
“I just didn’t know what you were running from….”
Desperate to hide at all costs, Devon plunges into her new life in the city. Everyone around her starts to reveal sides of themselves Devon never expected. And just when she starts to get comfortable, her world flips upside down…
“…but I think all along you were running toward me.”
All with secrets that just keep following them.
Sweat beaded on Devon’s temple, and she wiped it off her forehead and out of her eyes. The party had been going all night, and it was nice to loosen up and get lost in the music and dancing. She hadn’t partied in so long, and she couldn’t resist when Amy had actually invited her out. Either she was getting over her hatred for the new girl, or Devon had just been there long enough that she wasn’t considered the new girl any longer.
People were packed into the club shoulder to shoulder, many even closer than that. The music was ear-splittingly loud. Crazy lights traversed the warehouse-sized room, and they alternated to strobes slowing everything down to slow motion. She hadn’t had much to drink, but she was dizzy with dehydration and the energy in the room. Her tank top was sticking to her back, and she had long since pulled her hair up off of her neck into a ponytail.
God, I need another drink, she thought.
Her eyes moved around the room taking in as much as she could from her vantage point. It really only ended up being the two feet encircling her. Amy had to be somewhere inside the building. How had she lost track of her?
Well, she knew how. There were too many damn people in the place. It was easy to lose track of one person, especially when that person was as short as Amy. Still, she should have done better. She didn’t like being alone in dark places. Whether she was surrounded by people or in a back alleyway at night, she was still alone.
She craned her head to look for her, but was having no luck. It felt like more and more people were being crushed into the space. How was this in line with fire code? Surely the place would be shut down soon.
Walking in the direction of the bar, Devon tried to find Amy in the crowd. Seriously it was getting harder and harder to maneuver through. She was literally having to elbow people out of the way. This wasn’t okay, and it wasn’t fun. They shouldn’t let any more people in. Things could get out of control.
Devon looked up over the heads of people in front of her and sighed. It felt like she was never going to reach the bar, and there was a huge line anyway. She thought maybe the bathroom would be a better alternative…at least there she would have some privacy.
She turned to walk the other direction and slammed right into a meaty guy in front of her, who glared at her as she lost her balance and tumbled to the floor. Someone stepped on her hand as she tried to get up. Devon swore and hissed pulling her hand away from the ground where someone else could do the same thing. She stood as best she could, cradling her aching hand. It wasn’t easy pushing through people with one hand pressed between her breasts to keep from someone else smashing into it. All it did was cause people to unknowingly smash into other parts of her. She hadn’t made it more than a few feet toward the bathroom, and she had already been elbowed in the arm, gotten her foot stepped on, and been drunkenly body slammed knocking the breath out of her. The club was getting dangerous.
A space opened in the crowd, and she took advantage, rushing forward through the throng of people. It took her closer to the bathroom but not close enough. Then she felt it. Eyes on the back of her head. She didn’t even know how it was possible. There were hundreds of people in the place. No one could be focusing that intently on her, but she could swear that someone was watching her.
K.A. Linde graduated with her Masters in political science from the University of Georgia in 2012. She also has a bachelors in political science and philosophy. She wrote the Avoiding Series while struggling through advanced statistical modeling and writing her thesis. She enjoys dancing and writing novels that keep you guessing until the very end. She currently resides in Georgia with her boyfriend and two puppies, Lucy and Riker.
About the Author
Thanks to authors like J. K. Rawling, Stephanie Meyer and E. L. James, Maureen has rediscovered her love for reading. When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in bed with her kindle, diving into a steamy romance novel. She is currently working on her first new adult novel and hopes to self-publish it late this summer.