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New Adult

Release Date: September 23, 2014

5 out of 5 Stars

Reviewed by Yesi

SYNOPSIS

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You and Be with Me comes a daring tale that pushes boundaries . . .

At 21, Calla hasn’t done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should.   She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.

But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she’d left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.

Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn’t give them her mom.

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REVIEW

There is something so special about a man who sees the girl’s inner and outer beauty equally. A man who can make her feel secure, make her feel loved, and make her see what he sees. That is a good, good man and in this book Jackson “Jax” James is that man. He made this story go from really good to phenomenal simply by being himself. He stole my heart and he made me fall hard for him. Stay With Me is the latest installment in one of my favorite series and it absolutely did not disappoint. So far, as much as I liked the other books in the series,  none of them have made as much of an impact as Wait For You, until now. I can honestly say that this is the best one yet. Cam has always been my #1 in the “Hot Guy Brigade” but Jax has come in crashing the party with a bang! This is Jax and Calla’s story and it has everything that I love in a New Adult Contemporary Romance.

Calla has spent years trying to escape her past, trying to do something good with her life. She is a student at Shepherd University and has a great set of friends who know nothing about her past, as far as they know, she’s a local and her mom is dead. We met her briefly in Be With Me and I remember her because she was described as a sweet, beautiful girl but had a scar running down the side of her face. Summer is approaching and as all of her friends are making plans, Calla’s world is turned upside down when she learns that her mom, who is definitely not dead, has stolen money from her and pretty much has ruined her. She is forced to go back home and figure out a way to get everything sorted it. When she gets there she realizes that the situation is much, much worse than she could have ever imagined.

The first place she goes to is the bar that her parents own, her dad is gone, her mom is missing, and the only person that she could ever trust is still there sort of running things is Clyde, or Uncle Clyde as she calls him. The other person that is there is a sexy, new bartender named Jax. He absolutely takes her breath away and with good reason. He is hot, he is flirty, and he is truly the one who has the bar back to being what it once was. Instantly the sparks fly BUT, Calla, bless her heart, she has a pretty low self-esteem. Remember scar? Well her inner demons go way beyond just that visible scar and she can’t for the life of her, understand why Jax is flirting with her. As she starts to get an idea of how bad her situation really is, she realizes that she is going to have to stay and start making some money one way or another. Her only option is working at the bar alongside the very sexy bartender. And this is where the story takes off.

“And I think about how these fucking scars shaped your life. How they’ve beaten you down when you still are one of the most beautiful girls I’ve ever seen and these scars don’t even touch that. They are nothing compared to your smile or your pretty eyes or that sweet ass.”

Jax sees Calla, really sees her. He is drawn to her, he thinks she is beautiful, but instantly knows that she sees herself as anything but. He does nothing to hide his attraction to her and she does everything in her power not to fall for him. My favorite thing about Jax is that not only is he a really great guy, he is persistent. He is determined to bring her out of her shell, to make her believe that she is worthy and beautiful. He is also a protector and as the story unfolds, we learn that Calla is in real danger. They are forced together mainly because Jax is unwilling to let her be out there on her own, but also because he cares about her deeply. What starts out as a friendship quickly turns into something that Calla never imagined she could have. Everyone has secrets and as we learn what those are, as a reader, I was absolutely captivated by every twist and turn.

Stay With Me is a wonderful story. It is full of hope, learning to trust, and about believing in yourself. It is also oh so very sexy with some smoking hot scenes that made my heart race. It is beautifully written with the right blend of drama and angst, it has humor and laugh out loud moments, as well as the excitement of new love and friendship. I loved everything about Jax and Calla’s story and I didn’t want it to end. The appearances by all of the previous couples only added to the awesomeness of this book and reminded me of why I have been so drawn to this series. Stay With Me is definitely making it into my very short list of New Adult Favorites.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Jennifer L. Armentrout/J.Lynn Bio:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY 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, working out, 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.

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

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Cover Reveal * The REDEMPTION by S.L. Scott

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SYNOPSIS
He was everything she never wanted. Yet, she
couldn’t stop thinking about him.
Soulful, amber eyes
A sex, drugs, and rock n’roll reputation
A body that beckoned for sin
Three years ago Rochelle Floros was living her dream come true… then
lost it all.
On the worst day of her life, the last person she
expected to be there for her was a rock star and tabloid favorite. Now, she’s
trying to rebuild her life after the tragedy that destroyed her fairytale.
Slowly, she found herself captivated by a sexy, bad boy drummer she had known
for years.
Rochelle was caught between the grief that shrouded her heart and
the charismatic man that made it race. What she didn’t know is if he was being
sincere or toying with her heart. The Redemption is about finding the pulse of
your soul in the most unlikely places and giving love a chance to grow.
Can what she wants really be what she needs? With
his rhythm and her passion, can they make music together? Or will their harmony
be lost forever?
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S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures.

Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies.

Scott lives in the beautiful Texas hill country of Austin with her husband, two young sons, two Papillons and a bowl full of Sea Monkeys.

Her novels include Naturally, Charlie, Good Vibrations, and A Prior Engagement.

 

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Release Day Launch * RIGHT KIND OF WRONG by Chelsea Fine * GIVEAWAY

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Chelsea Fine’s RIGHT KIND OF WRONG! Published by Grand Central Forever, RIGHT KIND OF WRONG is the third novel Chelsea’s Finding Fate Series and is a New Adult Contemporary Romance.

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Right Kind of Wrong

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EXCERPT:

Padding my bare feet back into Jack’s bedroom, I start riffling through his drawers like a wet raccoon, searching for something that can pass as pajamas. I try on four pairs of basketball shorts and two shirts before finding items small enough to fit me without being obscene.

I’m not a small person—not at all. I’m average height, average weight. It’s just that Jack’s a giant who, apparently, wears size 100 in everything. Twisting the shirt around my middle so it hangs properly, I absently inhale and smile when I catch Jack’s scent.

What? No. Don’t smile about that, you idiot.

I unclench my fists from his shirt and smooth out the wrinkles I created clutching it to my nose. I’m not like a wet raccoon at all. I’m worse. Raccoons would be ashamed of me.

My inner dialogue—I’ve just accepted that I’m certifiable, at this point—comes to a halt when I hear an engine in the front yard.

Jack.

My first instinct is to run outside and smack him—you know, violent tendencies and all—but I regain my composure and choose a more mature tactic.

I stand perfectly still in the dark living room and wait for him with a scowl.

Through the window, I watch his dark figure stumble out of the car and slowly climb the front steps all hunched over. What did he do, go get drunk? Great.

I cross my arms, scowl still poised to kill, and wait as he opens the door and quietly steps inside. He flicks on the living room light and I ready myself for the shit storm I’m about to rain all over his ass. But my words, my anger, my bitter intentions fall away the instant I see his face.

“Jack.” It’s more of a gasp than a word as it leaves my mouth.

He pulls his eyes up from his bloody and torn hand, and sets them on me. “Jenna. What the hell?” Several emotions cross his eyes. Anger. Fear. Relief. Anger.

I pull a face. “Don’t ‘what the hell’ me. You’re the one who stole my car and drove off into the night.”

He screws his face up. “So you waited up to yell at me?”

“Well…” I pause.

Is that why I waited up? Well, crap.

“Yeah,” I finally say, not particularly proud of my answer.

“Typical,” he mutters. “Listen. I’m not in the mood to bicker with you right now so if you don’t mind rescheduling this bitch-out for tomorrow, that would be great.”

He brushes past me, his shoulder lightly sweeping mine, and halts at the touch. Facing me, he softens his husky voice. “I’m sorry.”

Long eyelashes lower over his storm-gray eyes as he searches my face, and the wicked wildfire inside me instantly reignites as his gaze drops to my mouth.

The thick frustration that filled the room just moments ago thins into a sweet trepidation, curling around us with a daring charge. So delicious. But so dangerous.

I carefully step back and clear my throat. Jack does the same. We’re masters of avoidance.

Without another word, he moves past me and marches down the hall. That’s when I spy the blood running down the back of his shirt from a large gash between his shoulder blades.

My heart stops.

“Jack?” I say, staring with wide eyes. “What happened to your back?”

He looks over his shoulder and frowns. “Oh. That.” Turning back around, he continues striding down the hallway. “Knife wound.”

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RIGHT KIND OF WRONG Synopsis:

Sometimes wrong can feel oh so right . . .

Jenna Lacombe needs complete control, whether it’s in the streets . . . or between the sheets. So when she sets out on a solo road trip to visit her family in New Orleans, she’s beyond annoyed that the infuriatingly sexy Jack Oliver wants to hitch a ride with her. Ever since they shared a wild night together last year, he’s been trying to strip away her defenses one by one. He claims he’s just coming along to keep her safe-but what’s not safe for her is prolonged exposure to the tattooed hottie.

Jack can’t get Jenna out from under his skin. She makes him feel alive again after his old life nearly destroyed him-and losing her is not an option. Now Jack’s troubles are catching up to him, and he’s forced to return to his hometown in Louisiana. But when his secrets put them both in harm’s way, Jenna will have to figure out how far she’s willing to let love in . . . and how much she already has.

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Author PhotoABOUT CHELSEA FINE:

Chelsea lives in Phoenix, Arizona where she spends most of her time writing stories, painting murals, and avoiding housework at all costs. She’s ridiculously bad at doing dishes and claims to be allergic to laundry. Her obsessions include: superheroes, coffee, sleeping-in, and crazy socks. She lives with her husband and two children, who graciously tolerate her inability to resist teenage drama on TV and her complete lack of skill in the kitchen.

 

 

 

 

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Empathy by Ker Dukey

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Author: Ker Dukey
Genre: Dark Romance Thriller
Rating: 4.75/5 Stars
Publish Date: August 27, 2014

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Synopsis

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I am a brother
I am a police detective
I am a contract killer
I don’t want to love
I don’t want to feel
I don’t want … EMPATHY.

They say some people are born with decreased activity in the front central lobe causing them a deficiency in empathy. Maybe that’s true about me but whether I was born this way or created in a moment of evil, empathy was something I didn’t possess until her green eyes met mine in the mirror and I couldn’t take her life.
I didn’t want to feel, didn’t want this woman in my life complicating how I lived but she was there at every turn. Sent to haunt me for my sins. Her light so bright she provoked a shadow from everyone she touched. When a job turns bad quickly altering my life forever I’m forced to feel. When nothing is making sense I’m forced to face truths I never would recover from. When life drowns you in its cruelty you don’t know which way the current will drag you or who you’ll become once you re-surface.

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I was a daughter
I was a student
I was a victim
Did I have his love?
Did I make him feel?
Did I have his empathy?
When the actions of a soulless killer forces sorrow into my veins I never dreamed the man healing my wounds would be the one to leave the worst scar. His love would scar my soul. Scars are permanent; I will never feel the relief from them. Will I learn to live with them, remember why I have them and learn never to let him close enough to inflict more? Will I eventually cover them… like tattoos coating them with new memories, new love and new starts? I didn’t know these answers because the pain was too suffocating, the only thing I knew was they will always be under the surface lingering. He had scars too, from his sins. There is nothing that can cover them, they were too deep, too ugly, too dark and they marked us both forever.

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~ OMG WHAT DID I JUST READ!!! ~

You can ask any of my blog mates and they will tell you I not easily shook by books I read. But this book shook me, to my foundation. There were parts in this book that made me very uncomfortable and it challenged me as a reader, as I am one of those who imagines herself in the book.  Is this book for everyone? NO.  Instead of telling you, you should read this, or it is a must read, or it is an awesome book… I am going to tell you not to read this book if you have a young college age girl just starting her freshman year at any of the number of colleges around the good ole U.S. of A., cause you will never ever sleep again.  Period. DO NOT READ THIS BOOK!!!

Now if you love dark, gritty, twisted books that will leave you shaking and wondering what you just read, then this is the book for you.   This book decimates all the other dark romances on the market, as it left me gasping for air, wondering if my brain will ever function like it did prior to this read.  I swear Ker Dukey, who I never read prior to today, is some evil genius rubbing her hands together chuckling an evil little laugh.  Take that my book readers, and try to sleep in you soft little bed, since I have messed with your brain.  I honestly may need therapy after this book.  I know you are wondering what the book is about. Well honestly, even if I told you the framework of the plot, I would ruin this book for you. The book is like an onion with so many layers but you know how those onion skins rip apart so easily, that is what happens to the characters worlds, they freaking rip apart.   This book is filled with so much darkness, that you may wonder why I am recommending it. I am recommending it because it is brilliantly written and it is a book that ripped the fabric of my psyche to shreds.  Dukey has written characters that are not easy to forget and there is a love story that does shine through.  Dukey grabbed me figuratively by the throat and would not let me breathe until I finished the book.  She mesmerized me by the way she weaved the plot of the book and I am stunned by the impact that I felt as I finished it. I kept thinking after I closed the case on my kindle ‘What is the price of love?’ HOLY CRAP!

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About the Author

I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bed time stories with my sisters. I wanted to be an actress growing up so I could live many roles but I learned early on that my mind was too active, I would want to change the script haha! I would watch films and think of ways they could of improved the story if they took another direction.

My mum would always have a book in her hand when I was young and passed on her love for reading, inspiring me to venture into writing my own. I tend to have a darker edge to my writing. Not all love stories are made from light, some are created in darkness but are just as powerful and worth telling too 

When I’m not lost in the world of characters I love spending time with my family. I’m a mum and that comes first in my life but when I do get down time I love attending music concerts with my younger sister, who shares my soul, we are two peas in a pod.

 

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Cover Reveal ~ UNTIL WE FLY by Courtney Cole

Are you ready to Get BRANDed?

Get ready because Brand is getting his book! That’s right! Courtney Cole is writing a fourth novel in her Beautifully Broken Series, and it’s coming out July 7th. Today, we have the amazing and beautiful cover to share with you. So, without further ado… we introduce you to…

UNTIL WE FLY
(Beautifully Broken #4)

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ABOUT UNTIL WE FLY:

Ex-Army Ranger, Brand Killien, has always been good.

A good friend, a good soldier, a good everything. .

The problem is, good hasn’t gotten him anything but a crushed heart.

So after licking his wounds, he decides to move on. And moving on doesn’t include being good anymore.

Bad sounds so much better.

Jaded and detached, Brand is determined to never open himself up to anyone again. It’s not worth the pain. Instead, he becomes closed, hardened, aloof.

But then he’s called back home for a family emergency… a family that he is estranged from. A family that he put out of his mind a long time ago for very good reasons…reasons that involve secrets and pain. Reasons he tried hard to forget.

But home is where the heart is, and it just might be where Brand finds his again.

Why? Because home is where Nora Greene is. A fiery, red-headed spitfire, Nora is a thing from his past. A beautiful, feisty thing. When Brand left, she was away at boarding school.

But she’s back now.

And she wants Brand, scars and all.

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And don’t miss the other Beautifully Broken, now available:

IF YOU STAY

IF YOU LEAVE

BEFORE WE FALL

Praise for the Beautifully Broken Series:

“I loved If You Stay. Like, really really loved it. The kind of love that kept me reading until 2:40 am and left me crying, smiling, devastated, and elated. The best kind of book love.” – Andrea, The Bookish Babe

“Beautiful, raw, gritty, emotional and breath-taking are just a few of the words I can find to describe this book…reading this book was one of the best experiences I have had.” -Amanda, Globug and Hootie Need a Book

“In If You Leave, we continue the wild ride Courtney Cole started us on in If You Stay. This raw story of heartbreak and hope solidifies Cole’s standing as a rising star in hot contemporary romance.”New York Times Bestselling author of Down to You, M. Leighton

“Another raw, gritty masterpiece with a sexy-as-hell Army Ranger to swoon over.” — K.A. Tucker, author of Ten Tiny Breaths

courtney coleABOUT COURTNEY COLE:

Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.

Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.

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ALL LINED UP by Cora Carmack ~ Feature Tour, 5 Star Review, Author Interview & Giveaway

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

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YESI’ REVIEW 

*** 5 TEXAS SIZED STARS ***

There are some things I really, really LOVE…reading a good romance novel, college football, and my great state of Texas to name a few.  So can you already guess that this book was absolutely, freaking perfect for me!?!?! To say that I love to read, that I love football, and that I love living in Texas is a huge understatement. All Lined Up by Cora Carmack has everything that I love rolled into one big book of awesome!

“In Texas, two things are cherished above all else — football and gossip.”

Just from reading the synopsis paired with by Cora Carmack, I knew that this was going to be oh so very, very good and I can happily say that it did not disappoint. From the moment we meet Dallas and her friend Stella I knew these two were going to be fun to get to know. They are starting college and about to hit their first party…good times for all! Or so we think. Stella is all carefree and fun while Dallas is more reserved and less willing to jump in headfirst.  Dallas is the gorgeous daughter of the head football coach at Rusk University. She has her hang-ups about football and the cocky boys that play the sport. She doesn’t trust easily but with the help of her best friend Stella she cautiously starts to let loose a little.  She is a serious dancer and has hopes and dreams; one being a life far away from football.

“We’re in college now. Bad ideas are the goal.”

Carson McClain wants to be the starting quarterback, unfortunately, for him the spot is taken by Levi Abrams, who just happens to be Dallas’ ex-boyfriend. In my head I got giddy with the idea that Carson was not only going to get the girl but he was also going to stick it to Levi by taking the starting job! Levi is a jerk and that is evident in the very first moment we meet him so of course my excitement wasn’t contained. Carson is that hero that you root for from day one. He is also the guy that can make you forget your own name.

“I swallow and stare and swallow again, because dear, sweet Jesus riding a unicorn, he’s perfect.”

Carson and Dallas finally meet at this party and it has got to me one of the best first encounters ever. I loved their easy banter and the instant chemistry between the two.  I liked that Carson, while being a typical college boy, still showed composure and respect towards the beautiful girl who landed on his lap. He doesn’t hide the fact that he is attracted to her but he is a good guy trying really hard not to put the moves on the girl. Well I won’t spoil the rest but let me just say that, WOW, Carson stole my heart from the very beginning. He is this hot and sexy football player who is neither cocky nor a jerk. He has a goal and he knows that distractions, like that from a certain redhead, can’t be good for what he is trying to achieve.

“I can deny myself all I want, but one thing I cannot deny is just how fucking gorgeous this girl is. And exactly the kind of distraction I’m supposed to be staying away from. “

What happens when he can’t stay away and she wants to finally let go? Well, this is a new adult romance, so we  think we know how things are going to go…boy meets girl, they fall in love, there is a period of bliss, there is conflict, there is angst, then all is happy again. Well let me tell you…this new adult romance is different and it offers so much more.  Cora Carmack allows us to get to know these characters, to make a connection with them, to invest our hearts in the story. Dallas and Carson’s attraction is instant but what happens when she finds out he is a football player on her father’s team? How are they affected by the lives they lead? I think what made me love this book so much was that a friendship was born first and there was a sense of innocence in the developing romance. Yes, the sexual chemistry is insane, but do they jump in the sack right away? No, and it is awesome. The build up, the tender yet sexy time between them, is just magnificent and it made me feel those butterflies.  These characters are very well developed and the story is so special that I couldn’t help but become immersed in it all and feel like I was at Rusk University myself. I mean come on, the coach’s daughter and one of his players? That is good stuff right there! All Lined Up has it all… there is depth, there is sweetness, there is romance, there is humor, there is definitely angst, but best of all, there is a story worth spending hours getting lost in. Dallas, Carson, Stella, Ryan, Silas, and even Coach Cole will become like family and you will root for all of them in end. So I’ll ask this again, a college romance and football??? YES, PLEASE!!!

 “Toto, we’re not in high school anymore. “

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INTERVIEW WITH CORA CARMACK

When did you decide you wanted to be a writer? Did it just happen one day or was it something you always aspired to be?

The first time I ever said I wanted to be a writer I was five, I think? So it’s always been part of the dream. Granted, at that same time, I also said I wanted to be an actor, teacher, ballerina, archaeologist, and the President of the United States. So… there’s that. I’ve always been curious and adventurous. Being a writer allows me to live dozens of different lives, so in a way, I can be all the things I want to be.

Do you ever put some of yourself into your characters? If you do, who is the most like you of your characters?

Absolutely. I’d actually say that there’s a little piece of me in almost every character. It’s hard to say which one is the most similar. Bliss has my awkwardness, Max has my sense of humor and parts of her backstory are drawn heavily from my own life. Dallas in All Lined Up is very similar to me during my early college years. And Cade is a lot like me too. We’re both people pleasers. So really, they’re all a little bit of me and a little bit of imagination.

Losing It seemed to be an instant success, what was your inspiration behind writing that book? Were you surprised by the response it got?

Honestly, I just wanted to have fun. I was a couple years out of college, and I missed my friends. I missed the easy, fun college life. And I wanted to write about what college had been like for me… not angsty or troubled, but fun and silly and full of laughter. So, that’s what I did. And I got lucky that other people enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

You’ve come a long way since Losing It. Now that you are a published author, what gets your juices flowing creatively? Has much changed?

Gosh. Anything and everything. I’m constantly thinking about writing. Something will pop into my head at dinner or out with friends, and I’ll start writing it on my phone. That’s just how I am. My brain never really turns off.

Your love for football really comes through in All Lined Up. What is it that makes it so special to you? Or are you that good and really don’t like football? LOL!

Like Dallas, I actually have a love/hate relationship with football. I grew up in Texas, and my dad was a coach. And there were days when I loathed football and would have given anything to get away from it. And I can also remember sitting in the bleachers, freezing my but off as fall turned to winter, cheering so loud that I lost my voice. Regardless of the times that football drove me crazy, I have always and will always love the way football brings people together. It’s capable of fostering such great hope and community and camaraderie.

When you are not writing, how do you like to spend your time?

I watch a lot of television. I love binge-watching stuff on Netflix. Beyond that, I love anything creative. Going to plays, concerts, museums, etc. But I also love to just relax and hang out with friends (you know… real people. Not just the fake ones in my head).

What do you want your readers to feel when they finish one of your novels?

I want them to be entertained—whether that’s through the humor or the romance or the story in general. And I hope that people can see a little bit of themselves in one or more of my characters.

Tell us about Cora Carmack with 5 words or less…

Awkward. Loud. Sarcastic. Creative. Obsessive.

Finally, do you miss living in Texas? If so, what you miss the most?

I do, but luckily I go back to visit a lot. It’s a cop-out, but mostly I miss my family. I also miss having a car. Don’t have one of those in NYC. And I miss the sky. Everything in Texas feels so big and open and wild, so every time I go back, I like to just spend time outside looking at the stars.

*** RAPID FIRE ROUND ~ GO!

Football or Baseball: Football

Spain or London: London

Beach or Mountains: Beach

Staying in or Going Out: Staying In

Dog or Cat: Cat

Salty or Sweet: Salty

Coffee or Hot Chocolate: Hot chocolate

Movies or TV: TV

’80s or ’90s: 90’s

Ink or Jewelry: Ink

Dallas or Stella: Dallas

Carson or Silas: (This is so evil…) Carson :) :) :)

THANK YOU CORA!!!!!!

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Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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RUSH TOO FAR by Abbi Glines ~ Release Day Blitz, Review, & Excerpt

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Rush Too Far by Abbi Glines

New Adult Romance

  5 Deliciously Sexy & Addictive Stars

Reviewed by Yesi

SYNOPSIS

Everyone in Rosemary Beach thinks they know how Rush Finlay and Blaire Wynn fell in love. But Rush is back to tell his side of the story…

Rush has earned every bit of his bad-boy reputation. The three-story beach house, luxury car, and line of girls begging for time between his sheets are the envy of every guy in Rosemary Beach, and Rush handles it all with the laid-back cool of a rock star’s son. All he needs are his best friend, Grant, and his sister, Nan.

Until Blaire Wynn drives into town in her beat-up pickup truck with a pistol under her seat. The Alabama farm girl instantly captures Rush’s attention once he discovers that the angelic beauty is his new stepsister, but he vows to keep his distance. Even if she needs his help. Even if he craves her.

Because Rush knows why Blaire is all alone in the world, forced to ask for help from the father who abandoned her three years ago. And he knows if he gets too close it will destroy Nan, who has a secret connection to Blaire.

He has every reason in the world to stay away from her. Find out why he doesn’t.

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REVIEW

I’ve said this before and I will say it again…if there is one place in the world I want to be it is on Rosemary Beach! From the very first book, Fallen Too Far, this series became an instant favorite. We have come a long way from that very first book, two more books in the Too Far series followed, and two spin-offs were born as well. One thing that that has remained a constant is my love for Rush Finlay. His character was that of a deliciously sexy bad boy turned sweet and loving throughout the series. In Fallen Too Far we see Rush and Blaire’s story unfold; it was angsty and heartbreaking, but beautiful and sexy as well. When a story captures my heart, like this one did, I want to know all sides, and Rush Too Far gives us that and so much more. It is not just a re-telling, it is the story of Rush Finlay and how his life is transformed when a certain gun-toting, Southern beauty steps into his life.

“Blaire’s natural beauty was startling. I would have to remind myself that she was nothing but trouble. That and keep my fucking distance. “

If you are choosing to read Rush Too Far that means that you have more than likely read Fallen Too Far, so there will be spoilers, lots of them, and they are oh so very good in Rush’s POV. Since this is his side of the story, the book picks up right from the moment Blaire shows up in Rosemary Beach. We get to finally know all that Rush was feeling when they first meet. Was the attraction instant? Why did he choose to help her? Why put her under the stairs?  The pantry, every time I thought about it before it was sort of amusing that Rush could be such a jerk, now though? I see he entire situation in a whole new way.

“You’re gonna keep her under the stairs like Harry fucking Potter?” Grant asked as he plopped down onto the sofa across from me.

“She’s safer under the stairs.” I replied, cutting my eyes in his direction “Far away from me.”

Oh Rush, from the very beginning he knew he was in trouble. I won’t go into all of the details of this book, you’ve read Fallen Too Far, you know how the story goes, but I will tell you how much I loved the way Rush’s story unfolds. All of those questions we had are addressed, answered, and oh my God do they cause all sorts of emotions. Rush’s voice is heartfelt, it is addictive, it is sexy, it is frustrating, and it is absolute perfection. His relationship with Grant, Nan, Woods, his dad, his mom, Blaire’s dad, and his other friends all make us see things in a new light. His jerk move in bringing girls back to his house knowing he may get caught by Blaire is forgiven. Finally, seeing his building attraction to Blaire, his struggle with staying away, falling in love, and giving in, is just magnificent. He made me fall in love with HIM all over again if not more so this time around.

She had shown up and stolen a piece of my heart without opening her mouth. Then, she’d consumed me.

Rush Too Far is a must read for all fans of the Rosemary Beach Series. This is where it all began and the second time around, in the voice of the sexiest man around, is so much better. It makes the story feel new, fresh, and it is once again all consuming. Abbi Glines has given her readers what they asked for but she went beyond what we could have ever hoped for. Read it, devour it, live it, and LOVE it!!! #RushCrush #NanHater #RosemaryBeachSeries

“Blaire Wynn had changed me. She had shown me that I could love with an all-comsuming love and get nothing in return. I would never love again. She was the one.”

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They say that children have the purest hearts. That children don’t truly hate because they don’t fully understand the emotion. They forgive and forget easily.

They say a lot of bullshit like that because it helps them sleep at night. Such sayings make for good, heart-warming clichés to hang on the walls, to bring out a smile in people passing by.

I know differently. Children love like no other. They have the capacity to love more fiercely than anyone else. That much is true. That much I know. Because I lived it. By the age of ten I knew hate and I knew love. Both all-consuming. Both life-altering. And both completely blinding.

Looking back now I wish someone had been there to see how my mother had sown the seed of hate inside of me. Inside of my sister. If someone had been there to save us from the lies and bitterness she allowed to fester within us, then maybe things would have been different. For everyone involved.

I never would have acted so foolishly. It wouldn’t have been my fault that a girl was left alone to take care of her ailing mother. It wouldn’t have been my fault that the same girl stood at her mother’s graveside, believing that the last person on earth who loved her was dead. It wouldn’t have been my fault that a man destroyed himself after his life became a broken, hollow shell.

But no one saved me.

No one saved us.

We believed the lies. We held onto our hate, and I alone destroyed an innocent girl’s life.

They say you reap what you sow. That’s bullshit, too. Because I should be burning in hell for my sins. I shouldn’t be allowed to wake up every morning with this beautiful woman in my arms, who loves me unconditionally. I shouldn’t get to hold my son and know such a pure joy.

But I do.

Because, eventually, someone did save me. I didn’t deserve it. Hell, more than anyone it was my sister who needed saving. She hadn’t acted on her hate. She hadn’t manipulated the lives of our family members, not caring about the outcome. But her bitterness still controlled her while I had been delivered. By a girl…

No, she wasn’t just a girl. She was an angel. My angel. A beautiful, strong, fierce, loyal angel who had entered my life in a pick-up truck, carrying a gun.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted booklover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at facebook.com/AbbiGlinesAuthor and AbbiGlines.com.

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