It’s All About YOU →

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Today I get to hold YOU.  Feel YOU.  I need YOU.

I’m obsessed with YOU.

YOU: The debut novel by Caroline Kepnes, a novel so dark and twisted, you can’t look away.  And worst of all: you don’t want to.  It’s available today, and I dare you to not be fascinated by it, not to talk about it, not to be consumed by it.  This is the type of novel that comes around once in a decade, the one that’s being compared to Gone Girl by PopSugar and Harper’s Bazaar and likened to “Lolita, if [Stephen] King wrote it”.  The kind of book that keeps people up until 2 AM reading it and ’til dawn thinking about it.  A plot so fascinatingly twisted that the book “isn’t even out yet, but it has already been compared to Bret Easton Ellis’ magnum opus ‘American Psycho’” (Salon).

Show your favorite bookstore that you love them to death.  Stalk a copy of the book in your local bookstore or online retailer and tweet it with #WhosReadingYou and/or #StalkYourLocalBookstore!  Atria will be watching you.  (Too creepy?  Nah.)

Read this excerpt, I dare YOU:

See the buzz about YOU: http://bit.ly/WhosReadingYouBuzz

Hardcover, e-book, and audio plus more information and reviews available at WhosReadingYou.com

YOU by Caroline Kepnes is on sale now!

CAROLINE KEPNES: Twitter | Facebook
Caroline Kepnes is the author of many short stories and a journalist, having covered pop culture for Entertainment Weekly, Tiger Beat, Teen Machine, E! Online, and Yahoo! TV.  She has also written for television shows, including 7th Heaven and The Secret Life of the American Teenager.  She resides in Los Angeles in the same building that the Hillside Strangler once called home.  She spends a lot of time on Cape Cod.
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COVER REVEAL – FALLING: A 7-Novel New Adult Anthology →

We are so excited to reveal the gorgeous cover for a new 7-novel NA anthology titled FALLING ♥

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Title: Falling: A 7-Novel New Adult Anthology
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Cover Design by  Najla Qamber Designs
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23197819-falling

Falling never felt so good . . . Seven best-selling stories of love, heartbreak, and redemption. 

Grab your copy of this limited-time anthology featuring a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, along with some of the hottest debuts of 2014 for ONLY 99 cents!

***These full-length novels are either stand-alones or the first in a series.***
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SPIN MY LOVE by Chantal Fernando, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author
World renowned DJ Tane Miller returns to his hometown after leaving when he was eighteen and never looking back. When he runs into his beloved childhood friend Giselle, his life takes a turn he could never have anticipated.
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authorchantalfernando
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7056719.Chantal_Fernando
Website http://www.authorchantalfernando.com

DEAREST CLEMENTINE by Lex Martin (check out our review for this book HERE)
Clementine Avery doesn’t date. Not after her ex cheated and a professor stalked her. But when she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class, she has a hard time resisting hot RA Gavin Murphy, who volunteers to help her find a little “inspiration.”
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lex-Martin-Author/245957815565870
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7792877.Lex_Martin
Website http://lexmartinwrites.com

DEEP BLUE by Jules Barnard
Recent college grad Cali Morgan thinks she has her life all figured out, until she returns to Lake Tahoe and runs into an old crush she barely recognizes. A serious accident pushes Jaeger’s life in a new direction, but he’s hotter than ever, his presence rocking the foundation Cali staked her future on.
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/julesbarnardauthor
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7828723.Jules_Barnard
Website http://www.julesbarnard.com

DAZZLED by Jane Harvey-Berrick
Young London actor Miles Stephens gets a chance to star in a big-time Hollywood movie, but when the dream of a lifetime doesn’t match reality he turns to Clare, lifelong friend and girl next door. Clare knows two important facts: when you break chocolate, the calories fall out; and that she’s totally in love with clueless Miles.
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jane-Harvey-Berrick-Author/517114018417279
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6458246.Jane_Harvey_Berrick
Website http://janeharveyberrick.com

HE FOUND ME by Whitney Barbetti
Andra disappeared from an abusive environment when she was seventeen, choosing to build a new life, full of secrets. But when she met Julian, everything changed. And the moment she let her guard down, a threat from her past caught up to her.
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/whitney.barbetti
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8106490.Whitney_Barbetti
Website http://www.whitneybarbetti.com

THE RIGHT KIND OF WRONG by Jade Eby
Kara Pierce and Vince Gage have a tumultuous past. As in – he almost ruined Kara’s life. When they’re forced to work together on a final college project, Kara must learn how to do the hardest thing she’s ever done: forgive.
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authorjade.eby
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7105479.Jade_Eby
Website http://www.jadeeby.com

THE YEAR WE FELL DOWN by Sarina Bowen
Corey Callahan thought she’d start college playing varsity ice hockey. But she’ll start it in a wheelchair instead. The only perk? Her too-delicious-to-be-real neighbor, Adam Hartley. They’re just friends, until one crazy night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authorsarinabowen
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7737308.Sarina_Bowen
Website http://www.sarinabowen.com

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Golden Boy →

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Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:
Max Walker is a golden boy. Attractive, intelligent, and athletic, he’s the perfect son, the perfect friend, and the perfect crush for the girls in his school. He’s even really nice to his little brother. Karen, Max’s mother, is determined to maintain the façade of effortless excellence she has constructed through the years, but now that the boys are getting older, she worries that the façade might soon begin to crumble. Adding to the tension, her husband Steve has chosen this moment to stand for election to Parliament. The spotlight of the media is about to encircle their lives.

The Walkers are hiding something, you see. Max is special. Max is different. Max is intersex. When an enigmatic childhood friend named Hunter steps out of his past and abuses his trust in the worst possible way, Max is forced to consider the nature of his well-kept secret. Why won’t his parents talk about it? What else are they hiding from Max about his condition and from each other? The deeper Max goes, the more questions emerge about where it all leaves him and what his future holds, especially now that he’s starting to fall head over heels for someone for the first time in his life. Will his friends accept him if he is no longer the Golden Boy? Will anyone ever want him—desire him—once they know? And the biggest one of all, the question he has to look inside himself to answer: Who is Max Walker, really?

Written by twenty-six-year-old rising star Abigail Tarttelin, Golden Boy is a novel you’ll read in one sitting but will never forget; at once a riveting tale of a family in crisis, a fascinating exploration of identity, and a coming-of-age story like no other.

Natasha’s Experience:
GOLDEN BOY is easily one of the greatest books I’ve ever read.

I don’t think anything I write will give this book justice, but I genuinely loved this book and its characters and overall message. This isn’t just a love story. It’s a story about life.

I think the most important thing I took out of reading this was the fact that this was such a real story, besides it being technically fiction. The feelings were real. The inner turmoil that Max faced throughout the story was real. The events that took place were as real as they could get. That’s probably what scared me the most.

I’m fairly ignorant when it comes to gender binary and people who are intersex so GOLDEN BOY was definitely educational and left me thinking that people may not always identify with the gender they were born with and that’s okay. So long as they remember that they are a living person, their gender is not needed to classify who they are. We are all human in the end, regardless of what our gender may be.

I don’t want to give too much away, so I will leave you with this: GOLDEN BOY is an eye-opening, intense, and eloquently written story about Max and the problems he faces being intersex.  I cried, I laughed, but more importantly, I felt empathy. I needed this story more than I thought I did. If a book can move me the way GOLDEN BOY did, it will more than likely stay with me long after I have finished it.

Abigial Tarttelin is an incredibly talented writer and is now one of my favorite authors. Thank you so much for wrecking me completely and for this story.

If you haven’t already read this book, please find the time to do so. I’m so genuinely grateful that I did.

Black Lies →

blackliesRating: 5 Cups of Coffee 

Goodreads’ Book Description:
Brant:
Became a tech billionaire by his twentieth birthday. Has been in a relationship with me for 3 years.
Has proposed 4 times. Been rejected 4 times.
Lee:
Cuts grass when he’s not banging housewives. Good with his hands, his mouth, and his cock. Has been pursued relentlessly by me for almost 2 years, whether he knows it or not.
Go ahead. Judge me. You have no idea what my love entails.
If you think you’ve heard this story before, trust me – you haven’t.

Natasha’s Experience:
#WhatDidIJustRead

How do I even start this experience without giving anything away? It’s going to be so tricky.

I went into this book with a sort of judgmental mind set because I’m not a huge fan of stories that involve love triangles or cheating instances. Just reading the blurb was enough to slightly put me off.

The beginning was rocky for me because I was so clueless. In hindsight, I can see how naïve I was. I knew nothing and I was angrily reading this book, just waiting for shit to hit the fan. Then when it did, I was not prepared in the slightest. Like, at all. I put the book down so many times just to say “WTF is going here,” and “OMG plot twist!” My head was SPINNING.

This book really grabbed me and did not let go until the final page. I loved that.

If you want to read about a crazy-intense love story, be torn in two when you can’t see what the right thing to do is, and fall in love with Brant, Lana & Lee, do not hesitate. Buy this book now and be prepared to lose your mind (and heart!).

This is now definitely one of my favorite reads in 2014.

I compiled a list of songs that I thought fit the story well. Have a listen if you’d like!

Ignite →

igniteRating: 4.5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:
After her father’s untimely demise in a mining accident and her mother’s abandonment, Lauren Lindsay is no stranger to loss. She’s used to living life for one person: herself. That is, until another family tragedy thrusts three children into her care and uproots her life in ways she could never imagine.

Lauren’s first instinct is to run, until she meets their striking, mysterious neighbor Dean Powell. Their immediate chemistry and his connection with her late father just might be enough to keep her in town long enough to uncover pieces of her past that she never had answers to. Dean’s shady past and her reluctance to trust him could cost her the life she’s always been searching for, but will she run back to her old life?

Or will she choose to stay and live the life her father always imagined for her?

Natasha’s Experience:
AWWW. I loved this book. I genuinely enjoyed reading this book. Here’s why:
I think I spent the entire time smiling or just giddy over all the characters in IGNITE.
It was definitely more along the lines of a YA book than an NA book, but I can never have enough YA novels in my life.

Dean—DEAN—is perfect. He is everything you want and need in your life. He can be moody, and sometimes cheesy, but wow, he is as genuine as they come. His rugged sexuality is a plus 😉

Lauren Annabelle Lindsay is so many things, but overall, she is courageous and so selfless. If I were ever put in her position, I have absolutely no idea how I would handle it, but I can guarantee it would not go as smoothly as Lauren handled it, even if she thinks otherwise.

I love books that let me fall in love gradually (instant love will probably never work for me). IGNITE was slow, which I learned to completely appreciate as the story progressed, and gave me time to really invest myself in Lauren’s life.

I fell completely in love with Emma, Callie, Chase, Kenzie, and Jenny. Secondary characters can either be a hit or miss and this bunch was a perfect hit.

I can’t rave enough about this feel-good book, and I cannot wait to read the second book ARCLIGHT, Dean’s side of the story told in his POV.

Gabrielle’s Experience:
“He leaned in close one more time.
“I like you.”
His words made my breath catch, but I tried not to let him notice.
“So? I like you too”, I said casually as I glanced over at him and narrowed my eyes. “Sometimes.”
He chuckled softly.
“No, I don’t think you get it. I like you.”

WOW.
W.O.W.
WOOOOW.

I fell in love with Dean Powell in the first chapter of Ignite, literally. In this review I will list why Dean Powell will set up all my future boyfriends for failure. No other guy can compare to him. If you think I’m exaggerating, read Ignite and fall in love with him for yourself. But remember, he’s mine 😉

OK, so reasons why I, Gabrielle Alexis, am in love with Dean Powell:

  1. He’s Henry Cavill’s look alike.
  1. He’s Henry Cavill’s look alike!!!!
  1. He’s genuinely swoon material. The slightest gesture done by Dean has butterflies trying to get out of my tummy!
  1. His relationship with Emma, Lauren’s little sister, is absolutely adorable. Can I be her?  My middle name is Emma, does that count?
  1. The way he knows he’s attractive without being cocky about it. I hate cocky boys (realistic and fictional).
  1. He’s mysterious and has every right to be.
  1. He’s forward, but not in the creepy loser way. (Ladies, don’t you hate the creepers?)
  1. You can tell he’s totally into me. From the moment he met me. Oops, I meant Lauren, not me 😉
  1. I love love love the way Dean cares about everyone, but himself. Lauren and her family are his priority and that’s the way it should be.
  1. Dean Powell will have you swooning, laughing, crying and swooning some more. He possesses every quality a girl deserves to have in a guy.

Ignite had me hooked from the first page. Lily Paradis has a way with words that will capture your heart from the start.

Ignite started a fire in my heart that will never burn out.

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Rival →

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Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee *added to the Ultimate Cups of Coffee page!*

Goodreads’ Book Description:
Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war…
She’s back.
For the two years she’s been away at boarding school, there was no word from her. Back when we lived in the same house, she used to cut me down during the day and then leave her door open for me at night.
I was stupid then, but now I’m ready to beat her at her own game…

I’m back.
Two years and I can tell he still wants me, even if he acts like he’s better than me.
But I won’t be scared away. Or pushed down. I’ll call his bluff and fight back. That’s what he wants, right? As long as I keep my guard up, he’ll never know how much he affects me….

Natasha’s Experience:
The Fall Away Series never fails to test me.  I get so conflicted when reading  because on one hand, hello bullying is a major no-no for me, but on the other, I’m so far gone for this person that I’m kind of allowing it??? Do you see my dilemma?

BULLY did that to me the entire time and I managed to fall head over heels in love with it. Completely adored every single word that Penelope Douglas put together to form that story.

Now RIVAL? I’m a goner. Utterly lost my mind somewhere between Madoc’s antics and Fallon’s crazy-intense love/hate relationship with him.

The story progresses perfectly and I really liked how the timing wasn’t rushed at all. This really gave me a chance to get connected to Fallon and Madoc and let me feel like I was actually in the book. I loved that Jared and Tate, the two main characters from BULLY, were more than just secondary characters in Madoc and Fallon’s story. They added so much to this book and I loved seeing them from a different POV.

Fallon is incredible. I love her character. She’s strong as hell and fights back just enough. I also love how vulnerable she is and how even she knows her limits and eventually does what’s best for herself.

Madoc pisses me off and I’m probably 110% in love with him. How is that possible? You’ll have to read RIVAL and see for yourself 😉

My heart is already hurting and can’t wait to read FALLING AWAY, the third book in this series. I’ve got to mentally prepare myself for that one, I can tell.

Maybe Someday →

maybesomedayRating: 5 Cups of Coffee 

Goodreads’ Book Description:
At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.

Gabrielle’s Experience:

“Our hands mold together perfectly, just like the two of us. Sydney and me.”

Let me start this review by saying Maybe Someday I’ll be lucky enough to find a Ridge Lawson.
Scratch that. Realistically, no man comes close to Ridge. He’s pure perfection. When I first started Maybe Someday, my heart belonged to Will Cooper, the leading man in SLAMMED (also another Colleen Hoover heart-wrenching novel.) Now? My heart is torn. Will Cooper will always be my number one book boyfriend, but Ridge Lawson has found his way straight into my heart.
There’s a war going on in my heart.
Sydney Blake doesn’t have luck on her side. Her boyfriend of two years cheats on her with her best friend/roommate. (Ugh, people suck don’t they?)
Then she unluckily moves into Ridge Lawson’s apartment. In my opinion, that’s a whole lot of luck.
Sydney is talented, but doesn’t know it. Ridge brings out a side of Sydney she doesn’t believe she has.
Ridge is talented, but struggling. Sydney brings Ridge the inspiration he is searching for.
Together, friendships are formed, relationships are ended, music is made and love is awakened.
Colleen Hoover can make you cry, and laugh all at the same time through her beautiful words. Her talent is shown through her creativity and the way she can move a person with a simple story.
Maybe Someday is a must read. Every part of this book is wonderfully written.

P.S. There is even a soundtrack performed by a very good looking/talented Griffin Peterson. He can definitely be confused with Ridge Lawson 😉

Make It Count →

makeitcountRating: 3.5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:
Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new MATH TUTOR. Who knew nerd was so hot?

Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends—both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.

Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…

But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn MESSY human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.

Natasha’s Experience:
SO. DARN. CUTE.

This book was, in one word, adorable. I loved the characters, especially Alec Stone. Him and his golden heart have me slightly stalking any hot nerds on campus now. Seriously, athletic body, brains and black framed glasses? I’m 100% here for that.

Kat Caruso is so quirky and cute and completely oblivious when it comes to the effect she has on Alec. I love that about her. I don’t necessarily like how she lets some people treat her, but she has her reasons.

Dani was the coolest friend Alec could have had. She adds so much liveliness to the story and I am totally girl-crushing on her. Her confidence and friendliness was exactly what Kat and Alec needed during certain parts of the book.

Kat and Alec together? Sparks everywhere. They were a hot mess, the best combination of sexy and hilarious. I wanted to jump into the story and become Kat more times than probably normal. I mean seriously, she had the best kind of guy rooting for her. He was her friend when she needed him, her tutor who genuinely wanted her to succeed, and her #1 fan. The support that Alec showed Kat was beautiful to read about and has now set some serious standards for any and all college boys out there.

If you want to read a feel-good story about love and everything that comes with it, definitely check out MAKE IT COUNT

Now I can’t wait to read MAKE IT RIGHT, coming out September 9th.