Beautiful Redemption →

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Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:
If A Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever. But what if he didn’t love you, first? 

No-nonsense Liis Lindy is an agent of the FBI. Deciding she is married only to her job, she breaks off her engagement and transfers from Chicago to the field office in San Diego. She loves her desk. She is committed to her laptop. She dreams of promotions and shaking hands with the director after cracking an impossible case.

Special Agent in Charge Thomas Maddox is arrogant, unforgiving, and ruthless. He is tasked with putting away some of the world’s toughest criminals, and he is one of the best the Bureau has to offer. Though, as many lives as he’s saved, there is one that is beyond his reach. Younger brother Travis is faced with prison time for his involvement in a basement fire that killed dozens of college students, and the media want a conviction. Travis’s only savior is his unusual tie to the mob. In a deal that will spare his brother, Thomas has agreed to recruit Travis into the FBI.

Liis is stubborn, defiant, and yet somehow softens Thomas’s rough edges, making her the perfect agent to accompany him to the ceremony. Posing as a couple, they must travel to Travis & Abby’s beach vow renewal and give him the news, but when the pretending ends, she finds herself wondering if they were pretending at all.

In the second installment of the Maddox Brothers books, experience firsthand the mysterious world of the elusive Thomas Maddox, and how good love can be when you’re not the first, but the last

Natasha’s Experience:
Jamie, one of my absolute New Adult queens, has done it again.

I thought I would never be the same after Travis Maddox, and that’s still half-true. But Thomas Maddox?????? I was not expecting him.
Goodbye heart, there is no more space left for any other fictional loves. (Who am I kidding, that space is unlimited.)

Beautiful Redemption has it all. Suspense, the chemistry that only a Maddox brother can bring to the table, a strong female lead (Liis, I think I love you), and a real, heartbreaking story.

“It’s somewhere in the unforeseen when the best, most important moments of our lives seem to happen.”

Liis is having a really rough time. She just broke off an engagement to her boyfriend of seven years and leaves her hometown to start fresh in San Diego. That woman means business. She’s fierce and snarky and managed to intimidate me quite a bit (even though it was first person and I was her for the whole book, LOL.)

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Like any other female on the planet, she can’t possibly resist a Maddox brother. I don’t blame her. But what sucks for her is that she knows she’s not the only one in Thomas’ heart.

“No one had ever made me feel so right about being so wrong.”

I felt SO bad for Liis at times because she only had two goals to achieve: do her job–perfectly—and protect her scared heart at all costs. Her internal conflict throughout the entire book was so real to me and I don’t blame her for being weary of Thomas and his intentions. No one wants to be second best, not even to a Maddox brother.

If you loved the other Maddox brothers’ stories like I did, then definitely dive into Thomas’ world because his story is an absolutely thrilling ride.

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COVER REVEAL: All Played Out by Cora Carmack →

This series right here is a must-read series. Check out the gorgeous cover for the third book, ALL PLAYED OUT. *heart eyes for days*

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Goodreads’ Book Description:
First person in her family to go to college? CHECK.
Straight A’s? CHECK.
On track to graduate early? CHECK.
Social life? …..yeah, about that….

With just a few weeks until she graduates, Antonella DeLuca’s beginning to worry that maybe she hasn’t had the full college experience. (Okay… Scratch that. She knows she hasn’t had the full college experience).

So Nell does what a smart, dedicated girl like herself does best. She makes a “to do” list of normal college activities.

Item #1? Hook up with a jock.

Rusk University wide receiver Mateo Torres practically wrote the playbook for normal college living. When he’s not on the field, he excels at partying, girls, and more partying. As long as he keeps things light and easy, it’s impossible to get hurt… again. But something about the quiet, shy, sexy-as-hell Nell gets under his skin, and when he learns about her list, he makes it his mission to help her complete it.

Torres is the definition of confident (And sexy. And wild), and he opens up a side of Nell that she’s never known. But as they begin to check off each crazy, exciting, normal item, Nell finds that her frivolous list leads to something more serious than she bargained for. And while Torres is used to taking risks on the field, he has to decide if he’s willing to take the chance when it’s more than just a game.

Together they will have to decide if what they have is just part of the experiment or a chance at something real.

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And don’t miss the first two books in the Rusk University Series…

All Lined UpBook 1: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iTunes

All Broke Down
Book 2: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iTunes

About Cora Carmack:
Headshot 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, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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Volition →

Volition Amazon (1)Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:
You know that feeling in the pit of your stomach that stays with you, then tears you apart slowly at first, and all at once shreds every fiber of your being?

It’s because you’re contradicting the universe.

Everything lines up so perfectly that you couldn’t have imagined it to work out better, but then you have to go and do everything humanly possible to ruin it because you can’t stand to have it go right?

That’s what I did.

I did it because there’s a darkness that surrounds me, and I think I want it there.

My name is Tate McKenna, and my soul is blacker than my heart.

Natasha’s Experience:
This book was a privilege to have read.

If you plan on immersing yourself in Volition with high hopes of really enjoying the story, you need to go in with an open mind. Remember that perception is everything. In addition to having an open mind, I would highly recommend you read the foreword, seeing as it is vital to understanding everything that Volition stands for.

That being said, I wholeheartedly recommend this story to anyone willing to reflect on everything that they think they know about themselves.

Everyone has a dark side to their persona. Tate McKenna is the dark side. She is completely enveloped by her darkness and does not mind dwelling in it. She’s not the normal, likeable heroine present in a lot of books today. She embodies everything that people like to ignore about themselves.

Tate is selfish, spiteful, and vengeful. But at her core, Tate is hurting. She is roaming around, confused with herself and desperately seeking for more than what she is given.

I feel like the main reason behind all of Tate’s characteristics is that she is entirely in tune with her soul. More so than any other character I have ever read about.

“My body is fine. It’s my soul that aches. It’s always been my soul.”

I empathized a lot with Tate because I could easily see a lot of myself in her. She was honest and real from the beginning, even if her honesty was cruel and her reality was tough to accept.

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“Absence doesn’t make the heart grow fonder. It makes you forget.”

There is a reason you go into this book knowing next to nothing about the story. I won’t be the one to tell you much about the insides of the story, so I apologize for this lack of a book description. I can’t take that away from you, especially if you do find yourself wanting to read this book.

I will tell you that this book is a work of art. It is something to be appreciated. It voices a lot of ideas that not many people want to think about. That’s why I loved it. It humbles you.

Something I want to bring to the reader’s attention is that books don’t belong to us. They belong entirely to the writer. The words, the story, the ideas, they are the writer’s to claim. What we take out of the story, that is what we get to keep. I feel like people forget to respect that aspect of reading. Authors don’t owe us anything.

I live by three important R’s: Read, respect, and review.

I will end on this note: Volition gave me a lot more than just a story. It was a learning experience about myself. I hope I never stop reading books like this; books that leave you feeling more insightful than you were before you started.

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at www.lilyparadis.com.

***Reading Playlist***

This is the kind of book that reads even better with an accompanying playlist. I thought these songs fit the story really well, almost perfectly at times. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Never Never →

neverRating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:
Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen. Complete strangers since this morning.
He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.

Natasha’s Experience:
Sometimes I sit down to write a review and I have absolutely no words because all I can think is, “Wow, that book was so f****** fantastic and everyone needs to read it so I won’t have to gush alone.”

If that would be an acceptable response for a review, I would leave this one at that because what else can I say without getting tongue-tied?!

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Never Never was quite the ride. Exciting, confusing, hauntingly romantic, thrilling and so beautifully executed. I’m actually so happy that it is going to be a part of a series because I don’t want to finish it just yet. I loved the twists and turns and the overall thrill of knowing absolutely nothing and possibly everything.

“She’s lost in thought. I’m lost in her.”

I love that you go into this book completely blind because you almost don’t want to know too much. You want the story to keep going, keep giving you tiny, suspenseful hints along the way. It’s addicting as it is frustrating. I loved it.

Colleen and Tarryn created magic with this story. Definitely experience this for yourself!

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COVER REVEAL + excerpt: Black Iris by Leah Raeder →

We cannot wait to read this book. Just looking at this cover is giving us all the impatient feels. All of them. This cover is so aesthetically pleasing, we probably won’t survive the actual story. And we are a-okay with this. Let the waiting begin.

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Book Details:
Atria Books | 384 pages | ISBN: 9781476786421 | On sale: April 28, 2015 | List price: $15.00 | eBook ISBN:9781476786438 | eBook list price: $5.99

Book Description:
It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn’t worth sticking around for.

If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College is her chance to start with a clean slate.

She’s not looking for new friends, but they find her: charming, handsome Armin, the only guy patient enough to work through her thorny defenses—and fiery, filterless Blythe, the bad girl and partner in crime who has thorns of her own.

But Laney knows nothing good ever lasts. When a ghost from her past resurfaces—the bully who broke her down completely—she decides it’s time to live up to her own legend. And Armin and Blythe are going to help.

Which was the plan all along.

Because the rumors are true. Every single one. And Laney is going to show them just how true.

She’s going to show them all.

About the Author:
Leah Raeder is a writer and unabashed nerd. Aside from reading her brains out, she enjoys graphic design, video games, fine whiskey, and the art of self-deprecation. She lives with her very own manic pixie dream boy in Chicago. Visit her at LeahRaeder.com.
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Want more? Check out this excerpt from Chapter 1!

April is the cruelest month, T.S. Eliot said, and that’s because it kills. It’s the month with the highest suicide rate. You’d think December, or even January—the holidays and all that forced cheer and agonized smiling pushing fragile people to the edge—but actually it’s spring, when the world wakes from frostbound sleep and something cruel and final stirs inside those of us who are broken. Like Eliot said:mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain. In the deepest throes of depression, when sunlight is anguish and the sky throbs like one big raw migraine and you just want to sleep until you or everything else dies, you’re less likely to commit suicide than someone coming out of a depressive episode. Drug companies know this. That’s why antidepressants have to be marked with the warning MAY CAUSE SUICIDAL THOUGHTS.

Because what brings you back to life also gives you the means to destroy yourself.

The Pact →

the pactRating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:
It all started with a pinky swear…

Linden McGregor is tall, rugged, and gunslinger handsome; a helicopter pilot with a Scottish brogue and charm to spare. He’s also one of Stephanie Robson’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as she’s known him.

Beautiful, funny and an ambitious businesswoman (with one hell of an ass), Stephanie Robson is one of Linden McGregor’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as he’s known her.

But some relationships can’t be boxed, can’t be classified, can’t be tamed.

Back in their mid-twenties and tired of the competitive hit-or-miss dating scene of San Francisco, Steph and Linden made a pact to marry each other if neither one of them are in a serious relationship by the time they hit thirty.

It sounds like fun and games but as the years to thirty tick past and lovers come and go out of their lives, the pact becomes larger than life.
Sex is inevitable. Friendships are tested. Hearts are on the line.

The pact is about to change everything.

Natasha’s Experience:
Sweet, sexy and full of laughs, this book did it for me. It was the best kind of weekend read filled with love, angst, tested friendships, sassy women and one crazy promise between two best friends. I love Halle’s writing style because her words reel you in and leave you in a daze when it’s over. Let the book hangover commence!

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Linden McGregor is all kinds of perfect. He’s rugged and funny and absolutely adores Steph, or Baby Blue *sigh*. Sign me up for a pact to marry that man any day of the week, I will pinky swear the hell out of it.

“If it’s wrong to occasionally ogle your best friend, I don’t want to be right.”

Steph Robson is fierce and not afraid to say what’s on her mind or go after what she wants. She is ambitious and truly inspirational. I love her attitude and I love that she isn’t a passive personality. She doesn’t let anyone walk all over her and she takes what she wants.

If you like edgy stories with intense connections and friends-to-lovers romances, pick this book up, ASAP. The Pact delivers an intriguing situation where being friends reaches a limit and falling in love with your best friend might be the best consequence.

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About the Authorkarina

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and the USA TODAY bestselling author of Love, in English, the Artists trilogy, and other wild and romantic reads. She lives in a 1920s farmhouse on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails, and devours a lot of books.

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