Falling Away →

falling awayRating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:
Jaxon is the guy she’s supposed to avoid.

K.C. is the girl he won’t let get away….

K.C. Carter has always followed the rules—until this year, when a mistake leaves her the talk of her college campus and her carefully arranged life comes crashing to a halt. Now she’s stuck in her small hometown for the summer to complete her court-ordered community service, and to make matters worse, trouble is living right next door.

Jaxon Trent is the worst kind of temptation and exactly what K.C. was supposed to stay away from in high school. But he never forgot her. She was the one girl who wouldn’t give him the time of day and the only one to ever say no. Fate has brought K.C. back into his life—except what he thought was a great twist of luck turns out to be too close for comfort. As the bond between them grows, he discovers that convincing K.C. to get out from her mother’s shadow is hard, but revealing the darkest parts of his soul is nearly impossible.…

Lindsay’s Experience:
Just when I thought I could not possibly fall even more in love with Penelope Douglas’ writing, she has managed to prove me wrong… again. FALLING AWAY has now earned its rightful place as my favorite book in The Fall Away Series and for a number of reasons. The darkest past of all four books lies in this story, and it just so happens to belong to her most swoon-worthy character yet.

Shelburne Falls is the last place K.C. Carter expected to find herself in after venturing off to college with her scumbag boyfriend, but maybe returning home as a felon and newly single has its perks—especially when the mysterious boy who clouded her thoughts a few years ago still lives in the same house. It also might help that K.C. is staying next door to him for the summer.

Jax Trent, now a few inches taller and more ripped than ever, manages to sneak his way back into K.C.’s life, but neither of them expect the baggage that comes with it. The previous books of The Fall Away Series do a good job of depicting K.C. as a both a lost soul and naïve teenage girl who lets a boy interfere with her future, but she comes back in this story stronger than before.

K.C. proves herself in this story after her betrayal in Douglas’ previous works, and so does Jax as he overcomes his hidden past full of disturbing abuse. After living in the background of The Fall Away Series, they steal the spotlight in this edition as they unite in an effort to mend each other’s broken pieces.

This book is filled with steamy scenes that will make your heart break but come back together time and time again. No longer a quiet voice under her mom’s request or a girl living in her friend’s shadows, pride is the only feeling I have towards K.C. as she overcomes the misinterpreted perfection in her life. The same can be said for Jax, as he defeats the few shadows that still stand to see him fall. Douglas does a phenomenal job of character development in this one, making it a must-read.

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Before reading FALLING AWAY, don’t forget to read the first three books in The Fall Away series!

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After FALLING AWAY, go and grab the final installment in this series, AFLAME!

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The Mistake →

the mistkaeRating: 4.5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:
He’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.

Natasha’s Experience:
In the highly anticipated second installment in the Off-Campus series, we finally get a good (amazing) look into John Logan, Garrett’s best friend from THE DEAL.

John Logan = A++++

He’s a big-time hockey player with the brightest and probably most successful future ahead of him, but he has his reserves about pursing a hockey career. Instead, he pursues a lovely gal named Grace Ivers, and he’s absolutely relentless (for good reason).

Meet Grace Ivers. She’s gorgeous, a bit tentative and completely apprehensive over her newfound friendship with John Logan. He kind of stumbles into her life and tilts it completely upside down. I love that she’s not even a fan of hockey because it’s a hilarious blow to Logan’s precious ego. Don’t worry, Logan. I’m completely hockey illiterate, but I’ll brush up with the sport for you 😉

Side note: the cameos with Hannah & Garrett make my life complete. I miss them daily; I should probably reread THE DEAL.

A lot goes down in the first half of the story so when Logan decides to pursue Grace, she stands her ground and doesn’t let Logan get what he wants without a healthy chase.

Their friendship was so fun to be a part of; I loved the silliness that was always brewing beneath the surface of their conversations. Add in a crazy amount of chemistry and you’ve got hilarious, yet completely steamy scenes between Logan and Grace.

Getting inside John Logan’s head comes with some family complications. His relationship with his father is extremely strained because of his father’s alcoholism. This also leads him to be in constant need of supervision.

Logan sacrifices his wants for his family’s needs. He’s loyal to a fault. Grace is his crutch, his number one confidant. Watching their relationship grow was honestly the best kind of reading experience. If you love funny banter, hockey players, and perfectly flawed heroes that you can’t help but fall in love with, pick up THE MISTAKE. I guarantee it is anything but.

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Release Day Review + Giveaway: Kissing Madeline →

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Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Title: Kissing Madeline (Dearest, #3)
Author: Lex Martin
Release Date: April 27, 2015
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Cover Design by: Krista Ritchie

Goodreads’ Book Description:
What’s the worst thing about wanting a sexy NFL football player? Everyone else wants him, too.

After catching my boyfriend getting deep-throated by a skanky cage girl, I’ve learned my lesson – never date a professional athlete. Never. Besides, I have more important things to worry about, like not blowing my shot to make it as a broadcast reporter. I won’t let anything get in my way, not even the new “it boy” of the NFL and my hot-as-hell neighbor.

What’s the worst thing about getting death glares from his new neighbor? It doesn’t make him want her any less.

I’ve worked my ass off to make it to the pros. The last thing I need is the complication of a relationship, especially since my last one was a total train wreck. But I can’t stop thinking about the feisty girl next door with the smart mouth. And I’d love nothing more than to show her what to do with that mouth.

Friends with benefits might be the best idea he’s ever had. Or the worst.

Kissing Madeline is a companion novel to DEAREST CLEMENTINE and FINDING DANDELION. Each book is a stand-alone.

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Natasha’s Experience:
DAREN SLOAN. Bless Daren Sloan.

I’m a huge fan of this NA series, and I honestly thought I could say that Clem and Gavin’s story would always be my #1, probably because they were my originals. But now? After Daren Sloan? HA! He has taken over and swiped that number #1 spot.

“Her smiles do something crazy to my chest. Like they’re drawing out air I haven’t breathed yet.”

Do you see that? Sloan is a hot-shot footballer who spouts of these absolutely perfect thoughts that leave me in a disarray of tears and feels. He’s got the greatest sense of humor, and he genuinely cares for Madeline McDermott.

“It was like I was addicted to him, to how safe he made me feel.”

Maddie is a journalist trying to pave a way for herself, but somehow finds that she is in charge of filming segments with one gorgeous Daren Sloan (who also happens to be her new neighbor wink wink I’m dying here). She and Daren have an insane amount of chemistry and feed off each other whenever they are near.

“It’s a sick disease, this thing with Daren. He infiltrates my every thought, dances through my dreams at night, and fills my head with flights of fancy.”

Starting a friends-with-benefits arrangement was the craziest and the greatest thing Daren and Maddie could have done. They are explosive together, but my favorite part about their relationship is their incredible friendship.

“Because when I allow myself to think about my future, I want one with him so badly my heart hurts with longing.”

Maddie and Daren’s story is all kinds of steamy, hilarious, crazy and overall, fan-freaking-tastic. I can’t even pinpoint why this book is now my favorite in the series; it’s just the whole story wrapped up in a bow for me. It was so well-written, as per usual, and was just the best way I could have spent 4.5 hours of my life. I loved this story, the characters, the dialogue and the way it made me feel.

If you’re a fan of this series, obviously you need KISSING MADELINE in your life. If you haven’t started this series, 1)  why????????? 2) Grab the first book, DEAREST CLEMENTINE, which is free right now and make no further plans for your day. You’ve got a new NA series to get through 😉 You’re welcome.

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DEAREST CLEMENTINE (#1 – Clementine & Gavin): <<< THIS IS FREE RIGHT NOW!
Twenty-year-old Clementine Avery doesn’t mind being called bitchy and closed off. It’s safe, and after being burned by her high school sweetheart and stalked by a professor her freshman year of college, safe sounds pretty damn good.

Her number one rule for survival? No dating. That is until she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class and needs material for her latest assignment. Sexy RA Gavin Murphy is more than happy to play the part of book boyfriend to help Clem find some inspiration, even if that means making out…in the name of research, of course.

As Gavin and Clem grow closer, they get entangled in the mystery surrounding a missing Boston University student, and Clem unwittingly becomes a possible target. Gavin tries to show Clem she can handle falling in love again, but she knows she has to be careful because her heart’s at stake…and maybe even her life.

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FINDING DANDELION (#2 – Jax and Dani):
When soccer all-star Jax Avery collides with Dani Hart on his twenty-first birthday, their connection is instantaneous and explosive. For the first time in years, Jax isn’t interested in his usual hit-it and quit-it approach.

But Dani knows better. Allowing herself a night to be carefree and feel the intensity of their attraction won’t change anything when it comes to dealing with a player. So when Jax doesn’t recognize Dani the next time he sees her, it shouldn’t be a total shock. The fact that he’s her new roommate’s brother? That’s a shock.

Dani doesn’t regret that night with Jax, just the need to lie about it. Since her roommate has made it clear what she thinks about her brother’s “type” of girl, the last thing Dani wants is to admit what happened.

Jax knows he’s walking a fine line on the soccer team. One more misstep and he’s off the roster, his plans to go pro be damned. Except he can’t seem to care. About anything… except for the one girl who keeps invading his dreams.

Despite Jax’s fuzzy memory of his hot hookup with his sister’s friend, he can’t stay away from her, even if it means breaking his own rules. But there are bigger forces at work–realities that can end Dani’s college career and lies that can tear them apart.

Jax realizes what he’s losing if Dani walks away, but will he sacrifice his future to be with her? And will she let him if he does?

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About the Author
Lex Martin writes new adult novels, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she’s lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.
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#5ReasonsFriday: The Good Girls →

goodgirlsRating: 4 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:
My life was meticulously planned and I refused to deviate from that path. While my peers were partying, I prepared for the future. Then a tragic event destroyed everything and I learned that while I was looking ahead, I forgot to live in the moment.
Starting over seemed impossible until I met Cara McCarthy, who lived every day like it was her last. She opened my eyes to a world of chaos and disorder. I loved every minute of it. She was also dating Tristan Adams, one of the most gorgeous men I’d ever seen.
The three of us became inseparable. Our parents were oblivious and soon lines became blurred, feelings began to grow, and someone’s heart was going to get broken. I hoped it wasn’t mine.

Natasha’s Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Read This Book:
I’ve recently been in this f/f phase where I just need to read any and every single f/f new adult read, now. I’m so happy to have picked this one up because it was such an incredible story about two beautiful girls who couldn’t be more different, but they can’t seem to stop gravitating towards each other.

  1. I loved Ellie so much, probably because I feel like I could relate to her the most. She’s really focused on getting out of where she is to finally get to where she wants to be. However, her being so goal-oriented keeps her from living in the here-and-now.
  2. Cara is exuberant and breathes life into Ellie’s somewhat jaded world. Cara becomes her safe haven, her best friend and the only person she truly trusts.
  3. “She was like gravity, and my head was constantly in the clouds. I needed her to keep me grounded.”
  4. Somewhere along the lines their friendship becomes more. It was so incredible seeing this relationship evolve and how absolutely difficult it is to make something so complex work out.
  5. Cara and Ellie’s story was beautiful, frustrating (as any story where prejudice characters reside can be), passionate and so very real. Their story is one that I can imagine happens every day in the real world. And that is both terrifying and beautiful for different reasons. Sexuality should not breed hostility because it should not be judged. Every person deserves to feel love and give love just the same.

THE GOOD GIRLS is a story that needs to be read because everyone needs this kind of education in their life. Teresa Mummert nailed this one. Her phenomenal writing should be incentive enough to pick up this story and get lost in Cara and Ellie’s world.

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Under a Painted Sky →

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Goodreads’ Book Description:
Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.

This beautifully written debut is an exciting adventure and heart-wrenching survival tale. But above all else, it’s a story about perseverance and trust that will restore your faith in the power of friendship.

Alex’s Experience:
“I never heard anyone call the sky painted before, but it’s the perfect word. Clouds outlined in gold streak across the firmament, casting uneven shadows over the landscape.”

When I read the description of this novel, I was both excited and hesitant to read it. I was excited because the story is driven by two women characters – a Chinese girl named Samantha and a black girl named Annamae. Representation of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, etc. in all forms of media is something very important to me, so this was right up my alley. I was hesitant because I generally don’t like Westerns. I sucked it up and read it anyway, and I’m so glad I did. Samantha and Annamae’s story of survival on the Oregon Trail in 1849 is compelling, suspenseful and even whimsical at times.

Fifteen-year-old Samantha is cultured, intelligent and talented. She dreams of opening up a music conservatory with her father, but after a tragic accident and horrible crime, she is forced to flee west to California with a runaway slave, Annamae. They disguise themselves as boys – Sammy and Andy – and embark on a journey that will test their strengths, both physically and emotionally. On their journey they join forces with three cowboys, and together they explore themes of race, sexuality, friendship, family and what it means to survive.

The fierce friendship that forms between Samantha and Annamae was definitely my favorite aspect of this novel. There are other things I really enjoyed too, like the near-death experiences that made my eyes go wide with panic and the slowly brewing romances that made my heart ache, but Samantha and Annamae’s refusal to surrender to the wild west was what made me love this story. These two vastly different girls – one cautious and a bit timid, one quick-witted and tough as nails – somehow come together and form a friendship that feels like family, and it’s so refreshing to read about. These two women of different cultures and lifestyles help each other survive despite their differences while also commenting on issues like the racial climate of the era, gender expression and sexuality. Can you hear me screaming about how important this is from where you are?

Another thing I liked about this novel is how well researched it is and how Stacey Lee made even the historical details of the era sound interesting. The Oregon Trail was harsh and unforgiving, and Lee definitely makes sure to remind you of that. The only reason I didn’t give this novel a full five cups of coffee was because I felt at some points the exposition and historical background information dragged out, but I’m not really a history buff, so that’s just a matter of personal opinion. I tend to want to get into the action right away without taking in the details and background. I should work on that.

If you’re looking for a diverse, honest novel that will inform and excite you, UNDER A PAINTED SKY is it. It has just the right amounts of candid social commentary, heart-stopping action and tender romance. Samantha and Annamae’s story will remind you that “maybe what matters is not so much the path as who walks beside you.”

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Blog Tour + Giveaway: When I’m Gone →

whenimgoneRating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description: 
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next new adult novel in the Rosemary Beach series, in which we meet Mase, a Texas heartthrob first introduced in Take a Chance who comes to Rosemary Beach to stir things up.

I had an urge to fix all her problems. Which was stupid. She was doing fine without me. But something about those big eyes…

Mase Colt-Manning has always preferred his humble life as a Texas rancher to his birthright as the son of a legendary rock star. In fact, he rarely visits his father’s rarefied world in Rosemary Beach, especially if it means bunking at his vile half-sister Nan’s house—until one visit leads to a chance encounter with a young, gorgeous house maid who awakens him with her off-key but spirited imitation of a country music star…

Reese Ellis finally has her freedom. After escaping a lifetime of abuse from her parents and classmates for an undiagnosed learning disorder, she seizes the opportunity to be a house maid to some of the richest families in Rosemary Beach. But her job is in jeopardy when she causes an accident at the home of her most important client, Nan Dillon. When a hot, half-naked stranger with a cowboy’s swagger comes to her rescue, she’s intrigued—then afraid once he shows his own interest. Reese has never met a trustworthy man in her life. Will Mase be any different?

Natasha’s Experience:
This is my favorite story from the Rosemary Beach series by far. It might have something to do with a perfect cowboy named Mase Colt-Manning. Seriously, #MaseIsMyMan is the most legitimate hashtag there is right now.

“When I’m gone, you can call me, and I’ll be there to listen.”

He embodies everything that you would want in a guy. He was a safe haven for Reese Ellis, a scarred woman who flees to Rosemary Beach in the hopes of building a new life for herself. Reese was this adorable, beautiful soul who captured Mase’s attention after a rather awkward/hilarious first impression.

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Mase was an attentive and generous friend to Reese when she so desperately needed someone on her side. He was an even better confidant and lover when she needed that from him, too.

 “I never want to make her do anything. Even love me. She has to love me all on her own.”

What I absolutely loved about Mase was how transparent he was about his feelings toward Reese. He wore his heart on his sleeve and wouldn’t hesitate dropping everything to come to her aid. It was refreshing seeing this gorgeous, grown man do everything he could in his power to make this insecure woman feel cherished.

“Mase had faith in me. I just needed more faith in myself.”

This story had me laughing, crying, holding my breath way more times than I had expected, and more importantly, loving the connection between Reese and Mase. Without trying to sound redundant or just insanely cliché, I felt that they were completely made for each other.

 “I had never known anything could feel this complete.”

If you love this series (why wouldn’t you?), don’t miss out on Mase and Reese’s story. Expect it to become one of your newest favorites.

Atria Books | Paperback | On-Sale: 04/07/15 | 272 pages
Paperback ISBN: 9781476776095, $15.00 | eBook ISBN: 9781476776101, $7.99 | Audio ISBN: 9781442376670, $17.99

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About the Author
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Abbi Glines is the New York TimesUSA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Field Party, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted book lover, 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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COVER REVEAL: Kissing Madeline by Lex Martin →

I have been DYING to post this cover of the last installment in the Dearest series by Lex Martin!! I can’t tell you how much I love it! It’s perfect and I love how gorgeous it looks next to it’s companion books 😉 Check out the blurb and get excited to read Maddie & Daren’s story April 27th ♥

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Title: Kissing Madeline (Dearest, #3)
Author: Lex Martin
Release Date: April 27, 2015
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Cover Design by: Krista Ritchie
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Blurb:

What’s the worst thing about wanting a sexy NFL football player? Everyone else wants him, too.
After catching my boyfriend getting deep-throated by a skanky cage girl, I’ve learned my lesson – never date a professional athlete. Never. Besides, I have more important things to worry about, like not blowing my shot to make it as a broadcast reporter. I won’t let anything get in my way, not even the new “it boy” of the NFL and my hot-as-hell neighbor.

What’s the worst thing about getting death glares from his new neighbor? It doesn’t make him want her any less.
I’ve worked my ass off to make it to the pros. The last thing I need is the complication of a relationship, especially since my last one was a total train wreck. But I can’t stop thinking about the feisty girl next door with the smart mouth. And I’d love nothing more than to show her what to do with that mouth.

Friends with benefits might be the best idea he’s ever had. Or the worst.

Kissing Madeline is a companion novel to DEAREST CLEMENTINE and FINDING DANDELION. Each book is a stand-alone.

** Lex Martin is giving away an ARC A DAY in her fan group until Kissing Madeline releases on April 27. You can join here: http://on.fb.me/1oJN3mZ **

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Don’t miss out on the first two books in this incredible series!

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DEAREST CLEMENTINE (#1 – Clementine & Gavin):
Twenty-year-old Clementine Avery doesn’t mind being called bitchy and closed off. It’s safe, and after being burned by her high school sweetheart and stalked by a professor her freshman year of college, safe sounds pretty damn good.

Her number one rule for survival? No dating. That is until she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class and needs material for her latest assignment. Sexy RA Gavin Murphy is more than happy to play the part of book boyfriend to help Clem find some inspiration, even if that means making out…in the name of research, of course.

As Gavin and Clem grow closer, they get entangled in the mystery surrounding a missing Boston University student, and Clem unwittingly becomes a possible target. Gavin tries to show Clem she can handle falling in love again, but she knows she has to be careful because her heart’s at stake…and maybe even her life.

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FINDING DANDELION (#2 – Jax and Dani):
When soccer all-star Jax Avery collides with Dani Hart on his twenty-first birthday, their connection is instantaneous and explosive. For the first time in years, Jax isn’t interested in his usual hit-it and quit-it approach.

But Dani knows better. Allowing herself a night to be carefree and feel the intensity of their attraction won’t change anything when it comes to dealing with a player. So when Jax doesn’t recognize Dani the next time he sees her, it shouldn’t be a total shock. The fact that he’s her new roommate’s brother? That’s a shock.

Dani doesn’t regret that night with Jax, just the need to lie about it. Since her roommate has made it clear what she thinks about her brother’s “type” of girl, the last thing Dani wants is to admit what happened.

Jax knows he’s walking a fine line on the soccer team. One more misstep and he’s off the roster, his plans to go pro be damned. Except he can’t seem to care. About anything… except for the one girl who keeps invading his dreams.

Despite Jax’s fuzzy memory of his hot hookup with his sister’s friend, he can’t stay away from her, even if it means breaking his own rules. But there are bigger forces at work–realities that can end Dani’s college career and lies that can tear them apart.

Jax realizes what he’s losing if Dani walks away, but will he sacrifice his future to be with her? And will she let him if he does?

Links: Amazon | Nook | Kobo | Paperback

About the Author
Lex Martin writes new adult novels, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she’s lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.
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aflameRating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:
The tables have turned. Now I have the power—and it’s his turn to beg…

Everyone wants to be me.

Maybe it’s the sway of my skirt or the way I flip my hair, but I don’t care. Even though their attention is the last thing I crave, I just can’t stop. I dominate the track, the speed rattles my bones, and the wind and the crowd screams my name.

I’m her. The girl driver. The queen of the race. And I’m surviving—something he thought I’d never do.

They all still talk about him. Did you see Jared Trent on T.V? What did you think of his last race, Tate? When is he coming back to town, Tate?

But I refuse to care too much. Because when Jared does come home, I won’t be here.

Tatum Brandt is gone. I’m someone new.

Natasha’s Experience:
Writing this review/experience is incredibly bittersweet. I love this series to pieces, so seeing it come to an end is heartbreaking. I will say that this book was the perfect end to phenomenal series filled with authentic voices and extraordinary romance.

This time around, Jared decides that he needs to venture out of Shelburne Falls and find some sort of purpose in his life. I wholeheartedly understand why Jared was feeling the need to escape; his entire life up until that point had revolved around Tatum Brandt.

Tate knew what she wanted out of life and she knew how she was going to get there. What she didn’t realize was that having Jared by her side might not be a part of that process.

“I didn’t understand why he needed to leave me to feel whole.”

I both hated and loved Jared for going off to do his own thing. You could feel how much anguish he felt over leaving Tate, but Jared needed to have some of his own space where he could grow without bringing her down.

 “I don’t want a life without Tate. I don’t want anything without her.”

Jared comes back to Shelburne Falls, but what he doesn’t expect is a newer version of Tate. She’s fearless, in control, and won’t take shit from anyone. I could tell her heart had hardened from Jared’s departure.

What AFLAME gives you is an inside look on how these characters—and all of my favorite secondary characters—matured over the years. They aren’t the same people they were in high school and I love that they all played a huge role in tying the end of this story together.

The moral of this ending—or at least what I believe you take from AFLAME—is said perfectly by Oscar Wilde: “I think it’s very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person.”

Penelope Douglas nailed it. She delivered an exceptional story about second chances, redemption, growing up and learning how to navigate the scary parts of being in love.

Links: Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Before reading AFLAME, get the first four books in the Fall Away series!

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BULLY: Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Goodreads
UNTIL YOU: Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Goodreads
RIVAL: Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Goodreads
FALLING AWAY: Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Goodreads

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ICYMI: #BookBaristasMug + #BBandAbbyT Giveaways →

Happy Thursday!

This week we launched two new giveaways to win a custom Book Baristas mug by HeyShabbyMe or two copies of books by Abigail Tarttelin. If you’d like to enter either of these giveaways, here are the details:

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Up for grabs: One copy of GOLDEN BOY or an ARC copy of FLICK to 1 lucky winner! (U.S. only)
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Up for grabs: Three custom Book Baristas’ mugs! Two will be given away on Instagram and it is open international. The last mug will be given on Twitter, open US only.
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#5ReasonsFriday: The Alabama Summer Series →

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Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Where I Belong | Goodreads’ Book Description:
When Mia Corelli returns to Alabama for a summer of fun with her childhood best friend, Tessa, there’s only one thing keeping her on edge. One person that she’d do anything to avoid.
Benjamin Kelly. World’s biggest dickhead.
Mia hates him with a fury and has no desire to ever see him again. When she decides to start her summer off with a bang and finally give away her v-card, she unknowingly hands it over to the one guy that excelled at making her life miserable, learning a valuable lesson in the process.
Always get the name of the guy you’re going home with.
Ben can’t get the girl he spent one night with out of his head. When she leaves him the next morning, he thinks he’ll never see her again. Until he sees her lounging by the pool with his sister.
Mia is determined to hate Ben, even though she can’t forget him.
Ben is determined to prove he’s not the same guy he used to be.
What happens when the one person you wish never existed becomes the one person you can’t imagine being without?

All I Want | Goodreads’ Book Description:
Luke Evans is a heartbreaker.
I didn’t want to give mine to him. Not when he kept me out.
He gave me enough, just enough to make me fall in love with him. I say this to convince myself. But I know the truth.
I would’ve fallen in love with him at a distance.
Handing my heart over to Luke was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. I was naive when I wished for more, when I hoped he wanted the same things I did.
I try to hate him. I try to forget him.
But it’s not that easy.
Love is a ruthless bitch, and I’m her latest victim.

Tessa Kelly is a man-eater.
When she sets her sights on you, she doesn’t just consume your heart, she goes for your soul.
What we had was perfect, real, and all I would ever want.
But she destroyed it.
She destroyed us.
I try to hate her. I try to forget her.
But it’s not that easy.
Love is for people who have hope, and I have none. 

When I Fall | Goodreads’ Book Description:
For the past nine years, I’ve kept my heart as far away from my dick as possible.
Those two can’t be anywhere near each other. They don’t play nice, and one of them undoubtedly winds up getting hurt.
Not my dick. My dick is good.
The women I take home know exactly what they’re getting from me—sex. Nothing more. At least, that’s what’s supposed to happen. The sweet brunette from Kentucky I set my sights on tonight shouldn’t have been any different. I had her right where I wanted her. Where I needed her. But when my past comes walking into McGill’s pub, the woman in my arms decides to take things to a whole new level, putting me into a situation I never saw coming.
My heart is about to get fucked. My dick can sit this one out.

Natasha’s Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Read This Series:
I’d like to point out that although these books are considered standalones, I would highly recommend reading them in order!

  1. Mia and Ben. These two are my number one reason why you should get into this series, ASAP. I absolutely loved their story, their angst and their turmoil. These two were completely chaotic and bursting with chemistry. Ben was a terrible kid growing up and Mia knows how to hold a grudge, especially for someone who caused her so much pain during her tween years. I understand why Mia is apprehensive, but seeing Ben again doesn’t prepare her for the craziness that ensues between the two of them. Ben’s all grown up and can’t seem to stay away from the girl he used to not want to be around.
    “I wanted to risk everything for something so unpredictable. Something I didn’t quite understand. Loving her was wild and I wanted more of it. I wanted all of it.”
  2. Luke and Tessa. The two of them together are insane! (Think more crazy-in-love rather than clinically) Tessa wants more than what Luke is willing to give, but he’s got his reasons. He cares about Tessa, truly, but he’s just always on the edge, not ready to throw himself over for the girl who he can’t get enough of.
    “It’s possible to hate someone, to look at them and wish you weren’t aware of their every move, and to want them more than you’ve ever wanted anything in your life.”
  3. Reed and Beth. Okay, this guy, Reed? I’m 1000% here for that. I’m going to need him to become a real-life human being and take me away. Reed is fine with having zero emotional connections with women and doing whatever he wants. He’s gone through the hell of loving someone and getting burned, so he’s over it. Beth comes into his life, rather unexpectedly, and knocks him right on his ass. Seriously, she’s the sweetest, most stubborn girl he’s ever met. She’s so very real with him (save for a couple of secrets, but hello, that’s why you’ve got to keep reading!) Reed just kills me though. Damn, that guy is h-o-t, not to mention so sweet and witty.
    “This is the Reed I want. The one who brings out the happiest version of myself.”
  4. These books are so steamy, hilarious and sure to take over your weekend. (Seriously, plan for the most unproductive weekend of your life #NoRegrets)
  5. The Alabama Summer series will make you feel like lying out by the pool with a refreshing margarita. It’s got everything you want in a New Adult series and the characters will feel like your own friends by the end of it. I definitely recommend getting to know Ben, Mia, Luke, Tessa, Beth and REED. Lol, am I showing favoritism? Oops 😉

Buy Links
Where I Belong:
Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
All I Want: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
When I Fall: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

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