Divine Vices by Melissa Parkin

 
 
Release Date: November 2nd, 2013
 
 
Summary from Goodreads:
Danger seldom leaves its victims unscathed in the ways of seduction, and this lesson is one that sixteen-year-old Cassie Foster now knows all too well.

Nine months following the traumatic accident that claimed the life of her mother and sister, this high school junior has at last found a fresh start in the quiet town of New Haven, Maine. In the company of her best friends, Ian and Gwen, she’s bracing the usual turmoil of adolescence and taking all in stride… until the new transfer student, Jackson Matthews, comes walking into her life. He’s arrogant, sarcastic, roguish, devastatingly sexy, and the very last thing Cassie wants to entertain. But when circumstances drive these two together, she finds herself a bit too close for comfort as their bond intensifies. Plagued by unexplainable events, a sudden string of disappearances, and even a cult-related murder, Cassie begins to fear for her life. Is it all just a coincidence that these happenings began when this Casanova strolled into town, or has she in fact fallen for a real lady-killer, or worse?

Review:

*I was provided an eCopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I liked Dive Vices. It was witty with an edge of mystery that kept me guessing from beginning to end. Divine Vices picks up with Cassie starting over, new life, new town, new friends, new beginning. Or so Cassie thinks, until Jackson “Jack” Matthews finds his way into town and a string of strange murders begin.

I liked Cassie a lot. I loved her intelligence, big vocabulary, and off-beat fashion sense. I enjoyed her wit and gentle banter with her two best friends Gwen and Ian. Gwen was a spit-fire and a mini-detective. I loved that she always had her nose stuck where it didn’t necessarily belong. Like Cassie’s love life and a murder case…It was entertaining to see her work her magic and it was even better when she went into battle mode against mean girl Stacy. As for Ian, I LOVED him. He was a doll. He was the kind of best friend every girl needs. I was actually really hoping for a romance to blossom between him and Cassie, even though there was obvious chemistry between her and Jack. As for Jack, I was never really certain of him. He was always very contradictory. Sometimes he was sweet and other times he seemed downright devious. I was never sure what to expect from him and thus I had a hard time imagining him with Cassie. I definitely saw the attraction between them but beyond that I thought he was a bit controlling.

As for the story line, I enjoyed it. I will say that I didn’t find the story particularly enthralling until about a third of the way through. I honestly think it was due to the lack of action in the first part of the book and a bit of confusion on my part. There was a lot of background given that I think might have been a bit superfluous. I also didn’t really understand the role of the supernatural elements until the end of the book. However, the murder mystery elements really drove the plot and I found myself trying to play Sherlock and figure out who was behind the gruesome murders.

Overall, I enjoyed Divine Vices despite our bumpy start. Full of pop culture references including a newfound favorite of mine, Supernatural, Divine Vices will appeal to those who enjoy paranormal mixed in with their mysteries. I think readers will connect with and enjoy the characters, especially Cassie. To wrap up this review I have to say I couldn’t believe the book ended the way it did and I’m a bit anxious to see what happens next!

 

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Soul Promise (The Soul Mate Series Book 2) Blog Tour – Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway

Release Date: July 20th, 2014
Summary from Goodreads:
“Broken is finding the light and the healing you crave,
and knowing you can never have it.”
After the attack on his sister and his newfound abilities forming, Henry Williams is struggling to keep it all together. His wolf does not allow him to sleep, and he is beginning to hear voices, torturing him mercilessly.
Henry feels as though there is a war brewing inside of him and he is unable to control it. As a protector, he must find a way to fight his inner demons before he is left vulnerable to the real ones.
But an unexpected love finds Henry and he tries hard to resist it. Will Henry be able to overcome his inner demons? Will he be able to protect his mate? 

 

This is book number 2 in this series. Please note that it is suggested to read the series in sequential order. 
*Warning* This novel is intended for mature YA readers. 15 + for language and mild violence.

Review:

*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed True Connection so when I was offered the chance to read and review Soul Promise I was really excited! Soul Promise picks up right where TC left off but tells Henry’s story this time around.  I liked the fact that I could easily slip inside his head and fall back into his world. Henry is going through a lot. He’s just found out he can shape shift into a wolf, that his biological father is a murderer, and his head is filled with the whispers of something dark. Henry struggles knowing that even though something is after him, he doesn’t know how to protect himself or his family.

My favorite things about this series are the bonds between the characters. Henry’s relationship with his family and his pack are extremely evident throughout both books. It’s nice to see an emphasis placed on familial bonds and I love that Henry actually has a parent who knows what’s going on with him. It’s awesome when parents actually take part in a  YA novel, rather than being sidelined or absent. I also just love his relationships with Jazzy and Barry. I love the comedic relief their teasing each other brings to the story but when things are rough they’re always there for each other. I also loved his relationship with Skeeter/Delilah. Delilah has just enough spunk to go head to head with Henry and keep him grounded. I was definitey cheering for them (since book 1, actually!) and there were definitely some moments where I  “squeed.”

I can’t say enough about the supernatural elements of this series, the different beings are definitely unique and fresh. I think my favorite beings might just be the Firebirds. So hopefully we’ll get to see more from them, or perhaps a book focused on Tristan?

As for the overall story, I felt that it was well-paced, there were a few places I felt the story was a little rushed. I definitely couldn’t put this book down and was so happy it lived up to book 1! I can’t wait to read what’s in store for these crazy characters! I would definitely recommend this series to readers who love a great cast of characters and unique supernatural elements!

 Excerpt:

Finding Dad and Sophie’s graves, I shift back to my human form and slip the elastic belt loose to release my shorts. I put them on and walk between the stones to sit right in front of Dad’s headstone. Seeing his name, Curtis James Williams, I nearly lose myself. I break my stillness by wiping away some dirt from the face of the stone.

“Hey, Dad,” I whisper. Taking a seat in the grass, I begin pulling weeds, my usual routine. “Things have been…well, pretty insane.”

I think back over the last few weeks since the last time I visited. Between finals in school, working out, pack duties, learning things of this world that I never knew possible, fighting and not fighting with Skeeter, things have been intense and nonstop crazy.

“Football will start in August. I don’t think I’m doing the playbook boot camp again this year. I know it’s important, but I’ve got a lot on my plate now. I won’t give up football,” I promise my dad.

With a hard swallow, I decide to move into updating him on the family. “Mom is trying to be Mom,” I say, yanking a weed from in front of his headstone. “She’s okay, I think. I know it’s harder on her than she lets on, but she’s trying to live for us, which is more than she did a few months ago. She has days where the tears just won’t stop, but they’re not as constant now. She seems angrier than usual.” I wince as memories zoom around me. Mom got angry at me for throwing my wet towel in the hamper, ripped into Leland over a brand of peanut butter he bought, and has been suspicious of Jaz and Seth for no reason. I’d rather not rehash all that again, so I continue on with the family updates.

“Alex is talking more. Sometimes we can understand him. He just started calling me Heywe the other day,” I say proudly. Alex is Leland’s son and is a little over a year old. He only says “dada” and “Heywe.” Mom and Jaz were a bit upset about that and are still trying to teach him new words.

“He’s getting a lot better with walking, too. He’s not tottering as much and doesn’t need help all the time. Mom fusses when he falls down, but I know she’s enjoying watching him walk and try to reach different milestones. Leland had to baby proof the living room and kitchen, too, because Alex thought his gold fish crackers belonged in the VCR and DVD player. That was a mess. Leland just tossed it after attempting to shake out all the crackers.” I snort.

I don’t tell him about the time Alex put his teddy in the cabinet next to the oven. None of us could find it and he had no way of letting us know where it was, even if he could remember. I can laugh now, but that was a rough two days. He screamed almost non-stop for that thing. Jazzy finally found it when she went to make waffles, and he conked out as soon as he got his little hands on it. Dad had picked out that teddy bear just for Alex the day Psycho Sammy, Leland’s ex, dropped him off, calling him freak spawn. That teddy is Alex’s best friend now.

I grab a few more weeds and pile them off to the side. It’s not many, and the landscapers usually get them all, but they don’t come out often.

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Author Bio:

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Rachel is a wife and mother from Central Pennsylvania. Her favorite season is fall, for hockey, changing leaves, pumpkin everything, and bonfires often. She’s also a coffeenista with an insomnia problem. When Rachel isn’t playing with the people inside her head, making her family believe she belongs in the loony bin, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, species confused cat (he believes he’s part dog, love him), and finding new books and music.

Regarding writing, her first love is Young Adult Paranormal, but she’s venturing outside of her comfort zone and opening up to writing more genres. Be on the look out!

    

Wild Temptation by Emma Hart Cover Reveal – Excerpt & Giveaway

I’m really excited to get Tyler’s story! Today I have the cover reveal, an excerpt, and giveaway.

*The excerpt contains language that is not suitable for young audiences*

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Title: Wild Temptation (Wild, #1)

Release Date: August 18th, 2014

Author: Emma Hart

Book Description:

In this sexy new CALL series spin-off series by New York Times bestseller Emma Hart, enter the intense world of a no strings relationship and experience addiction like you never expected…

The moment I walked in to find Mr. Tall, Dark, Handsome, and Oh So British–my mind-blowing one night stand–as my photographer for the shoot that could change it all, I knew life was throwing me a curveball.
The moment he, Tyler Stone, walked into my best friend’s apartment, I knew that curveball was heading straight for my gut.
The hit comes in the form of a no-strings proposition… One that gives him utter control over my body.
If I surrender, that curveball is steadily en-route for a collision course with my heart.

He’s a sex addict. I’m a love addict.
This is temptation.

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Excerpt:

(Unedited and subject to change or removal before publication.)

Tyler grabs my arm and tugs me into what looks like an office. He closes the door behind us and spins me into him. “You really are a feisty little thing, aren’t you?”

“Fuck you, asshole.” I glare up at him, shaking his hand from my arm and stepping back.

“Damn, Liv, why don’t you tell me how you really feel?” he says with a smirk.

“Why? So it can go right over your egotistically enlarged head?”

“I might consider it for a moment… Actually, on second thought, you’re right. I won’t pay any attention.”

“You are the most arrogant, self-entitled, patronizing bastard I’ve ever had the displeasure of meeting in my life,” I hiss anyway. “And before you mention the pleasure, because you inevitably will, you should know the displeasure far outweighs the measly amount of pleasure you’ve given me.”

Tyler’s eyes darken and he closes in on me, grabbing the back of my head and pulling me into him. His fingers thread through my hair and tug my head back so I’m looking at him, and, “Measly bit of pleasure? Didn’t seem so small when you were screaming my name and begging for more.”

“Clearly you’ve never watched When Harry Met Sally. That movie taught a woman everything she needs to know about faking it.”

He presses his lips to mine in a crash of teeth and a tangle of tongue. He grips my hip and pulls me toward him forcefully, his grasp on my hair never easing as he sweeps his tongue through my mouth. The zinging tension of earlier is back, except this time it’s worse and it’s swirling around us and holding us together. Holding his mouth against mine, our bodies flush together.

My anger swiftly changes to desire at the feel of his teeth nibbling my bottom lip, and a whimper leaves me involuntarily when he pulls away.

“I don’t believe for a second you fake it, Liv.” He ghosts his nose along my jawline. “I can feel the realness of your reaction in your body. I saw it earlier—I felt it earlier. My fingers barely brushed your gorgeous arse and you moved away as if I’d run them along your pussy. Your body responds to me whether you want it to or not, and it does it so clearly. So obviously.”

“My body is a liar,” I breathe when he sucks on my earlobe lightly.

“Much like you.” His words are spoken again my skin with a gentle brush of his lips.

“My dislike of you is no lie, Tyler.”

“Well, your body didn’t get the memo, babe. Your body likes me. A fucking lot.”

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Four Seconds to Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths #3) by K. A. Tucker Audiobook Review

Release Date: November 4th, 2013
Summary from Goodreads:
When a gorgeous young dancer walks through his door, a strip club owner must decide whether to follow his rules or his heart in the third novel by the author of One Tiny Lie and Ten Tiny Breaths.Owning a strip club isn’t the fantasy most guys expect it to be. With long hours, a staff with enough issues to keep a psych ward in business, and the police regularly on his case, twenty-nine-year-old Cain is starting to second guess his unspoken mission to save the women he employs. And then blond, brown-eyed Charlie Rourke walks through his door, and things get really complicated. Cain abides by a strict “no sleeping with the staff” rule. But being around Charlie challenges Cain’s self-control…and it’s been a long time since any woman has done that.

Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Rourke needs a lot of money, really fast, in order to vanish before it’s too late. Taking her clothes off for men makes her stomach curl but Charlie tells herself that at least she’s putting her acting and dancing skills to good use. And though her fellow dancers seem eager to nab their sexy, sophisticated, and genuinely caring boss, she’s not interested. After all, Charlie Rourke doesn’t really exist—and the girl pretending to be her can’t get distracted by romance.

Unfortunately, Charlie soon discovers that developing feelings for Cain is inevitable, and that those feelings may not be unrequited—but losing him when he finds out what she’s involved with will be more painful than any other sentence awaiting her.

 

Review:

I listened to Four Seconds to Lose via the audiobook so I will first speak to the writing and then the narration.

I think the Ten Tiny Breaths series is such a great example of the New Adult genre. K. A. Tucker is fantastic at creating interesting and complex characters and stories. I honestly wasn’t sure I would like Four Seconds to Lose since it was Cain’s story. He just hasn’t been a huge player in either Ten Tiny Breaths or One Tiny Lie and what small role he did play made me think he’d be an incredibly dull character. I was, thankfully, one-hundred percent wrong.
Four Seconds to Lose is told in dual POV, switching between Charlie and Cain. The story starts out with a bang, giving the reader a glimpse inside Cain’s life before Miami and Penny’s. It’s rare that I find a prologue that hooks me so completely but I was instantly more intrigued by Cain’s story and realized there was probably a lot more to him than I thought.

Both Charlie and Cain are a bit of mystery to everyone around them. Cain runs his strip clubs with strict policies put in place to protect his employees, his end goal to help each and every one of them get out of the sex-industry. Charlie is just looking for a job that will make her enough money to get allow her to run far away from her illusive past.

This book is full of enough deception to make your head spin. I was so completely absorbed by the twists and turns and revealing Charlie’s secrets that I’d sit in the parking lot when I got home from work and sneak in a few more minutes of listening time. There were times I was so shocked and appalled by the things both Cain and Charlie endured throughout their lives at the hands of the people who should have loved and protected them.

My favorite part of this story was the slow build-up between Charlie and Cain. It is immediately obvious that they are attracted to each other but both are governed by strict rules, Cain doesn’t get involved romantically or physically with his staff and Charlie doesn’t get emotionally attached. I loved watching them get to know and push each other. I thought the chemistry was really well done and although their attraction was instantaneous I never felt that their relationship was rushed. In fact, there was so much tension mounting between them when it hit the boiling point I wanted to scream “about time!”

As for Charlie and Cain as characters, I really liked them both. I have no complaints about Cain; he was a really great guy. He was fiercely protective of the people he loved and although he had his skeletons and indiscretions he wasn’t a bad person. I just loved how quiet he was but when he had something to say, he was definitely heard. His sarcasm and abruptness made me giggle on quite a few occasions, especially his interactions with Ben. Charlie definitely wasn’t the most rational character ever but she had a lot going on and I thought she handled it in the best way she was prepared for. Of course there were times where I wish she would have just spilled all her secrets but understandably she didn’t in order to protect her friends. So I was able to look past some of her decisions and show some empathy for her situation.

I loved that we got to see some familiar faces with extended interaction rather than just cameos. I loved getting a glimpse into the lives of the previous books’ characters. I also think if you wanted to read this as a standalone you could. Although it would spoil aspects of the previous books, there is enough character background given that I think readers would be able to keep up.
Overall this book was really good. I enjoyed that although it was part of a series it was new and fresh and didn’t recycle the other storylines. It was suspenseful and romantic and K. A. Tucker’s writing will have you desperate to keep turning the pages.

The Narration:
I LOVE Sebastian York. He was the perfect Cain with his deep voice and range of emotions. I’ve listened to a few books he’s narrated and each time he gives the character their own respective voice. As for Elizabeth Louise, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to separate Livie from Charlie since she narrates both but she was able to capture Charlie’s attitude so well! I also enjoyed that they sounded like 20-somethings and not teenagers or elderly. It annoys me when a book has a teenage or adult character but the narrator sounds much younger/older. I was definitely impressed with the narration choices and their ability to bring Cain and Charlie to life.

Between the Stars and Sky by David James – Cover Reveal

I am  pretty in love with David James’ books so needless to say I am ECSTATIC about the release of this book. Look at how beautiful the cover is!

Available this September, BETWEEN THE STARS AND SKY is a vivid contemporary novel from Young Adult author David James.  Lyrical and romantic, BETWEEN THE STARS AND SKY is a heart-stopping, contemporary read for fans of Maggie Stiefvater and David Levithan.
SYNOPSIS:
“In the small, lakeside town of Huntington, the Firelight Festival marks the end of summer. A time to laugh, to live, to love. And for Jackson Grant, it is a chance to begin again.
 But there is a darker side to the Firelight Festival, a deadly tradition known as the Firelight Fall. A secret game. A legendary lie. A test of bravery. Those who fall risk everything, and Jackson is on the edge. Until he meets a girl who pushes him over.
 For Jackson, falling for Sarah Blake might be as dangerous as jumping in the Firelight Fall. As summer burns away, Jackson and Sarah ignite an unstoppable love game. For her, his heart is on fire. And soon, Sarah shows him life, saves him from loss, and opens his heart to an infinite and wild love found between the stars and sky.”
SEPTEMBER 2014
FIND THE PLACE WHERE LOVE IS INFINITE
 
 

David James writes books about stars and kisses and curses. He is the author of the YA novel, LIGHT OF THE MOON, the first book in the Legend of the Dreamer duet, as well as the companion novellas, THE WITCH’S CURSE and THE WARRIOR’S CODE. A Legend of the Dreamer anthology, SHADES OF THE STARS, was released July 2013, and includes the exclusive novella, THE ENCHANTER’S FIRE. The final book in the duet, SHADOW OF THE SUN, will be released in 2015. Living in Michigan, he is addicted to coffee, gummy things, and sarcastic comments. David enjoys bad movies, goofy moments, and shivery nights. Visit David’s blog at djamesauthor.blogspot.com and facebook at facebook.com/djamesauthor to learn more about his novels.

 

 

London Falling (International School #2) by Chanel Cleeton – Review

Release Date: July 7th, 2014
by Harlequin HQN (Digital First)
Summary from Goodreads:

We weren’t a relationship, we were a ticking time bomb…Maggie Carpenter walked away from the hottest encounter of her life when she left the seductive glitz of England for summer break in her South Carolina hometown. Now that she’s returned to the International School in London—and sexy, privileged Samir Khouri is once again close enough to touch—she can’t help but remember the attraction, the drama … the heartbreak.She can’t help but want him even more.

Samir can’t afford to fall for someone so far removed from his world, not when his time in London is running out. It’s his senior year—his last chance at freedom before he returns home to Lebanon. There, he’ll be expected to follow in his father’s footsteps—not follow his heart to Maggie. But when a scorching secret hookup becomes a temptation neither can resist, they’ll both have to fight to survive the consequences … and find a future together.

Don’t miss this explosive sequel to I See London, and the riveting conclusion to Maggie and Samir’s story. This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers

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Review:

*I was provided an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

So I find the best stories are the ones I can immediately immerse myself in despite the fact that I read the the previous book months prior. I really liked I See London (read my review here) but I loved London Falling.

London Falling picks up with Maggie back in the states and Samir back in Lebanon with his girlfriend. Other than a couple of text messages, Maggie hasn’t heard from Samir. Maggie’s spent the summer lamenting about her non-relationship with Samir to her best friend Jo. Little does Maggie know, she isn’t the only one affected.

London Falling is told from both Maggie and Samir’s POV which I really enjoyed. In the first book we only got to see Samir through Maggie’s eyes and he came off a bit like a pompous jerk at times. This time around we get to see that he really is a bit pompous, but very loveable, and also extremely vulnerable. Growing up in Lebanon within a powerful political family is not without its pressures. The pressure to succeed, to make the family proud, to marry the right person… Samir must choose between who he wants to be and what his parents, specifically his father, expect of him.

As Maggie and Samir attempt to navigate their ever-evolving feelings for each other, they aren’t without company. Fleur, Mya, Michael, and a few other alum make for a thrilling year at the International School. I must say Fleur is still my favorite. With her often conflicting personality, “The Ice Queen” really has a heart of gold and will do just about anything to make sure her friends are happy. I love that she grows exponentially as a character throughout the series and let’s be honest, I’d be okay with a Fleur spin-off.

One of my only issues with book one was Maggie. She came off as a bit immature and hypocritical (as most of us are at 19) . Don’t get me wrong, I still found her endearing but I was hoping for some sort of character growth after the ending of book one. Although she started off a bit shaky, making a few poor decisions, she did slowly begin to transform into a much more rational adult. It was nice to see her evolve and begin to challenge some of her previous insecurities.

Going back to Samir, I was worried he would be very two–dimensional but I was glad to see he was given a voice and that we got to see his doubts and what he was thinking and feeling. It made the relationship and chemistry between them become something more than physical attraction. I loved the tension and burn between Maggie and Samir.

I have to admit, I was pretty dazzled, much like Maggie,with the lives many of the students at the International School lead. It amazed me that Samir could just jump on a private jet and zip back home to Lebanon. Not to mention the exclusive clubs and endless supply of the best of everything. I enjoyed living vicariously through them, 😉

With London as a backdrop and enough drama (friends, school, family, and otherwise) London Falling was a fantastic follow-up to I See London. It was everything I could want and more!

Be My December by Rachel Brookes Cover Reveal – Excerpt & Giveaway!

Today I’m excited to share the cover of Be My December by Rachel Brookes with you! I really enjoyed her Breathe Series and can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

 

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Title: Be My December

Author: Rachel Brookes

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 31, 2014

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Synopsis

I knew the exact moment I’d become a ‘yes’ girl.
December 16th, a cold winter’s night, four years ago.
The night my innocence was stolen, the night I made the mistake of saying no—a mistake I’d never make again.
The dream of a ‘happily ever after’ was now a locked away myth. I promised myself that I’d never return to the place of my worst nightmare, that I’d never let anyone get close, but then again, I never thought I’d meet someone like him.
The intense, confident and beautiful Ky Crawford.

I had no plans to become someone’s Prince Charming.
I couldn’t be. I refused to be. My plan was simple—do whatever it takes to correct my biggest mistake, my one regret that now controlled my life.
I was on track. I had plans, but then everything changed when I saw her—the girl in the red jacket, the girl who I was told couldn’t say no.
The reserved yet stunning Eden Rivers.

A girl who can’t say no.
A guy who craves redemption.
A chance encounter?

It all comes down to this.
One question.
One month.

Be My December?

Excerpt

Everything happened so quickly. My hand encased hers, entwining our fingers in a protective move I couldn’t put into words. I didn’t stick around to hear anything else Nick decided to spit. I tugged on our joined hands and she, without question, followed me though the crowd towards the far corner of the bar where we were still close enough to the action yet able to be hidden from the fuckwit likes of Nick Edwards. My mind raced about what I could possibly say to explain my irrational actions. Since when had I become some knight in shining armor?

When we reached our refuge, I halted and dropped her hand. The moment I stepped back, I collided with a hard wall of Josh’s body, and over my shoulder, I found Josh staring at me with wide eyes. I tore my eyes from Josh and turned to find Eden, her friend, and Ashlyn awaiting my next move.

“Do something, dickhead. All eyes are on you after that little performance. You don’t go caveman and grab your woman and then just stand beside her like she’s a stranger.”

Josh was right. I looked back towards the corner of the bar and wasn’t surprised to find Nick and his crew watching with knowing smirks on their faces. Fuck. I had two choices. I could walk away right now, leave the bar knowing that I had done a good deed, and hope to Christ that she could take care of herself, or I could man the fuck up and finish what I’d started.

I pulled Eden firmly against me, wrapping my arms tightly around her waist so her back was flush with my chest. Resting my chin on her shoulder, I couldn’t help but notice how well her body molded to mine. She still hadn’t said a word. Her body was rigid in my arms, and after I heard her inhale sharply, she now held her breath.

“You’ve got to breathe,” I whispered into her ear.

Once again, she simply nodded. She trembled like a leaf in a hurricane against me. Her hands finally clutched my bare forearms, which were resting over her stomach. Her nails dug into my flesh, sending a shot of pain up through my arms, but I didn’t say a thing.

Her body wouldn’t stop trembling, and without hesitation, my grip tightened, trying desperately to pull her body closer to mine. She was completely breaking down in my arms and I didn’t know what the fuck to do, so I did what I hoped would calm her down.

I held on to her for dear life.

 

About The Author

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Rachel Brookes is from a coastal town on the east coast of Australia where beaches, kangaroos and surfers roam free. She writes angsty love stories with a pinch of craziness, a dash of drama, a cup of romance and a spoonful of sexiness… oh and the main ingredient hot guys.
Rachel sometimes forgets to eat, sometimes forgets to sleep and sometimes can’t remember the last time she cleaned her apartment but that’s because she is in a long term relationship with her laptop and is constantly writing.
When she does step away from her laptop she can be found taking too many photos, making scrumptious cocktails, laughing at Adam Sandler movies and spending her time with her amazing family and friends.
With her first novel, Just Breathe, due to be released in July 2013, her dream of releasing a book will become reality. With another three books already taking up her mind, she cannot wait to start this crazy ride.

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