#5ReasonsFriday: Fair Game →

fair gameRating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:
Bad enough Jade Frost’s boyfriend drags her to a boring poker game. Even worse that he actually threw her into the betting pot during an intense round…and lost. Talk about the perfect excuse for Jade to make him her ex-boyfriend.

Now she supposedly belongs to the ultra rich, extremely gorgeous Shep Prescott. He could have anything he wants yet he seems to be in hot pursuit of her. No matter how rude, how snarky, how impossible she acts, it doesn’t stop him. More like her horrible behavior seems to make him want her more.

When she finds herself starting to fall for him, Jade’s confused. There’s more to Shep than the carefree rich charmer he portrays. No way could he want a serious relationship with her…or could he?

Natasha’s Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Read This Book:

  1. I stayed up past 5 a.m. reading this, even when my eyelids were begging to close and my body was dying to shut down for the night. Shep & Jade would not let me go, so I couldn’t just put the book down. I had to keep going until I couldn’t hold up my kindle any longer.
  2. SHEP. He is reason enough to read this story. He is cocky, so entirely arrogant and is 1000% responsible for my kindle almost lighting on fire. He is that damn hot. (I’m also irrevocably in love with him so my opinions are utterly biased.)
  3. I liked Jade a whole lot more than I thought I would. At times she wasn’t my favorite character, but I could get passed that when she owned up to her mistakes. She’s young, sassy, and becomes just as infatuated with Shep as I did. Because she knows Shep is a notorious player, her insecurities over why he shows an interest in her come out, but not for long. She holds her own and I loved seeing her grow more and more confident with Shep.
  4. The banter, the completely witty and clever lines, that these two share is incredibly entertaining and will keep you laughing, sighing, and gasping for air when it gets to an all-time high on the steamy scale.
  5. Finally, definitely consider reading FAIR GAME if you want an NA read that doesn’t throw too much drama on you, makes you laugh out loud and has you fanning your face because it is seriously too hot. Monica Murphy’s writing will transform you and take you on such a ride. I already can’t wait to read this again!

P.S. I ♥ this cover to pieces!!!!

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Call Sign Karma →

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:
Love in the no-fly zone…

Distraught over the loss of her brother in a fighter jet accident, Tinklee Pinkerton decides to follow in his footsteps and prove the tragedy wasn’t his fault. But when she’s chosen as the first woman to fly the Air Force’s F-35, her plan for a life that revolves around work is thrown off course by a handsome, mysterious stranger…

Thanks to Locke’s seductive British accent, sweet nature, and one too many beers, Tink is soon inspired to throw caution to the wind and herself into his arms. She thinks maybe love can heal after all—until she discovers Locke is her superior officer. Tink has no problem risking her life in the air, but with everything on the line, is she brave enough to risk her heart on the ground?

Natasha’s Experience:

“Karma is how you choose to deal with life, and the energy you put back into the world.”

I finished this book late at night with actual tears in my eyes (not counting the tears I shed throughout the story). My poor heart was racing a mile a minute in the last half of the story because this isn’t your regular NA read. This is an action-packed, heart-wrenching, and steamy read about a female fighter pilot named Tinklee Pinkerton who is a fighter, through and through. Tink loses her brother to the one thing that she lives for—flying a fighter jet. The anguish that she feels over her brother’s death is so profound, my heart couldn’t bear it. She’s got so much guilt over her brother’s death that she refuses to take the time to heal.

Meeting Locke, this gorgeous, British (bless) man stirs up her world. She begins to feel, even after she swore she could never–would never—feel again.

“Falling in love with Locke wasn’t an option. I couldn’t feel that way for him. I would never get close to anyone or set myself up to feel that pain ever again.”

I loved the idea of Tink losing her control when it came to Locke. Here you had the feistiest, most badass, female MC, who goes to work with the intention of clearing her brother’s name and finally getting the blame for his death put on the jet that destroyed Tink’s life. Enter Locke and Tink is a downright mess on the inside. The fact that he is her superior officer really puts a damper on her love life, but it also puts a “forbidden” romance feel to the story.

“It was like my heart had forgotten to beat without him and every part of me needed him.”

Reading this story on true heroes really opened my eyes to all of the fighters out there putting themselves in danger for us. It’s incredibly humbling to read a story that puts you right into the action. I can’t imagine the pain and suffering these men and women go through, but I am eternally grateful for their strength. That’s one of the reasons why I loved this story. It’s not just about a girl being stubborn and refusing to accept love. It’s about a fighter who has to let go of her demons that are slowly killing  her to see that she deserves more love, more friendship, more family support and more time to understand herself.

“The will to live comes from having something to live for.”

I’m in love with Jamie’s writing style. She puts you right into the heart of the story and makes you believe you are actually flying a fighter jet (which was terrifying for me, oh god) and has you feel every single emotion that Tink goes through. The pain and suffering, the feeling of real-life heartbreak, I went through it all. Thank you, Jamie Rae, for getting me through this emotional, as well as uplifting, read. I’m so grateful for Tink’s story and can’t wait to read anything you write next!

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Carry Me Home →

carrymehomeRating: 4 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:
Love doesn’t have to be perfect to be true…

Years ago, Tanner Green loved Sunny Letman. She was meant to be his first kiss, first love, first everything. Then their world spun upside-down and out of control.

Free-spirited Sunny doesn’t do commitment. Sure, guys are great for a night or a week, but she always leaves first. That is, until professional skateboarder and town golden boy, Tanner Green, unexpectedly walks back into her life.

Despite their broken history, a fragile and undeniably electric connection still holds them together. Now Tanner has to convince Sunny that even though love isn’t always perfect, it’s worth sticking around for. . .

Natasha’s Experience:
This sweet novella was such a fun read. It had the perfect amount of steamy romance and back story for Sunny and Tanner. I was nervous about reading Tanner’s story, only because he isn’t really seen as a fantastic, stand-up guy in the Off the Map series. I’m so happy I got the chance to really get inside his head because he definitely changed my mind and had me head-over-heels in love with him!

“I’m not single, just in a committed relationship with personal freedom.”

Sunny is hilarious and quirky and kind of all over the place. She’s got this thing about her freedom and hates the idea of being tied down to someone or something. She’s an incredibly talented artist and an honest-to-god free spirit. Connecting with Tanner Green is obviously terrifying for her, but she’s not afraid to risk a little in order to get a lot.

“How can my heart be chained to this guy and still feel free?”

I loved reading into their history and seeing exactly how connected they really are. Seeing them tread lightly around each other to finally crash together was so beautiful. I loved reading about their love.

“Sunny is like her name. You can’t hope to hold sunshine. You can only bask in it for as long as it’s here.”

Lia Riley is a magician with her words. She seriously works magic every single time. If you loved the Off the Map series, don’t miss out on CARRY ME HOME.

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About Lia: 

liaLia Riley writes offbeat New Adult Romance. After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, she scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling XXXX with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments. When not torturing heroes (because c’mon, who doesn’t love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about as-of-yet unwritten books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. She and her family live in Northern California.

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RELEASE DAY: Flick by Abigail Tarttelin →


Happy release day to the incredibly talented Abigail Tarttelin and FLICK!! I can’t wait to read this one!

More about the book:
FLICK (Atria Books; May 19, 2015) is funny, raw and sexy with a side of that Romeo & Juliet-like romance sure to remind readers of the excitement and angst of those gloriously messy years of young adulthood life.

After blowing critics away in 2013 with Golden Boy -an unconventional novel about the turbulent life of an intersex teen- 27-year old Abigail Tarttelin returns with her debut novel FLICK, written when she was just 19.

William Flicker or Flick is fifteen, smart, witty and trapped in a small, depressed town in Northern England. Him and his friends spend most of their days pondering the artistry behind being a stoner, or whether Pepsi is better than Coke. But the slaying monotony of a predictable future is catching up and Flick starts to wonder if there is something else out there waiting for him.

His answer comes in the form of the new girl in town, Rainbow. She doesn’t just offer a flick of hope. She hands him a full spectrum. Will she help him escape the whirlwind of drugs and violence surrounding them? Or will Flick’s loyalty to his old life make him turn his back on his shot at freedom.

Told with humor and raw honesty, in a voice “both authentic and compelling” (GQ, UK), FLICK captures an unforgettable moment in the life of a young man at the crossroads of greatness and oblivion.

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COVER REVEAL: The Allure of Julian Lefray by R.S. Grey →


GET READY! THIS BOOK IS COMING! Seriously, I’m in love with R.S. Grey, and I’m in love with her words. This cover is a killer; my heart eyes are all over it! Now I just need to get my hands on this story 😉

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Title: The Allure of Julian Lefray
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: June 29, 2015


From: JosephineKeller@LLDesigns.com
To: LilyNBlack@gmail.com

Subject: Justin Timberlake Nudes!

Lily, you predictable perv. I knew you’d open this email faster if I tempted you with a glimpse of JT’s “PP”. Well, put your pants back on and grab some bubbly because I have much better news to share.


As of tomorrow, I’ll be the new executive assistant at Lorena Lefray Designs. I am SO excited, but there’s one itty bitty problem: I won’t be Lorena’s assistant. I’ll be working for her older brother, Julian.

I know what you’re thinking- “But Jo, what’s the problem?”

Google him. Now. He’s the man in the fitted navy suit whose face reminds you that there’s hope yet for this cruel, ugly world. Keep scrolling…Do you see those dimples? Yup. That’s the Julian Lefray I will be reporting to tomorrow morning.

Lord, help us all.



About R.S. Grey:
I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way, I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors include Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

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Beautiful Secret →

22431039Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:
New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Christina Lauren’s Beautiful and Wild Seasons series hook up in Beautiful Secretfor an erotic intercontinental romp that celebrates the best of both worlds!

When Ruby Miller’s boss announces he’s sending her on an extended business trip to New York City, she’s shocked. As one of the best and brightest young engineers in London, she knows she’s professionally up to the task. The part that’s throwing her is where she’ll be spending a month up close and personal working alongside—and staying in a hotel with—Niall Stella, her firm’s top urban planning executive and The Hottest Man Alive. Despite her ongoing crush, Ruby is certain Niall barely knows she’s alive…until their flirty overnight flight makes him sit up and take notice.

Not one for letting loose and breaking rules, recently divorced Niall would describe himself as hopeless when it comes to women. But even he knows outgoing California-girl Ruby is a breath of fresh air. Once she makes it her mission to help the sexy Brit loosen his tie, there’s no turning back. Thousands of miles from London, it’s easy for the lovers to play pretend. But when the trip is over, will the relationship they’ve built up fall down?

Lindsay’s Experience:
Christina Lauren’s BEAUTIFUL SECRET is by far the biggest breath of fresh air in a long time when it comes to mixing adorably awkward with pure, unadulterated lust. You might as well forget the regular storyline of a damsel in distress overcoming her emotional baggage with the help of a knight in shining armor. This book instead tells the tale of a knight battling his own past with the help of a young, quirky… intern? Oh, and did I mention this knight is British?

“There was something about Niall Stella that made you want to watch him. Not because he was boisterous or loud, but because he wasn’t. there was a quiet confidence about him, a way he carried himself that demanded attention and respect, and a feeling that while he wasn’t talking, he was watching everything, noticing everyone.”

Ruby Miller has spent the last six months lusting from afar over Niall Stella, a man with a high position in the office she is currently interning for, and her dreams of intimacy soon become realistic as the two travel to New York together for business matters. Over the course of just a few days, Niall finally starts to notice Ruby for the energetic, youthful spirit she is, and boy, will his cute internal monologues have you swooning!

“I wanted to trust this tumbling sensation I had near her not because the feeling was familiar, but because it wasn’t.”

Their constant subtle touches and giddiness with each other is enough to make your heart melt, but Niall comes with a past that includes divorce and no experience with passion whatsoever. This entire story is a rollercoaster of emotions as Ruby tries to help Niall open up both emotionally and sexually, but is he really ready? If you want to experience a romance full of what is possibly the most adorable shyness between two lovers that transforms into the steamiest of scenes, BEAUTIFUL SECRET is the way to go.

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The Walls Around Us →

twauRating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:
On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement.

On the inside, within the walls of the Aurora Hills juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom.

Tying their two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries…

What really happened on the night Orianna stepped between Violet and her tormentors? What really happened on two strange nights at Aurora Hills? Will Amber and Violet and Orianna ever get the justice they deserve—in this life or in another one?

In prose that sings from line to line, Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and of innocence, and of what happens when one is mistaken for the other.

Alex’s Experience:
This novel was so much more than what I expected. I thought it was going to be a mysterious and suspenseful story of murder and betrayal and nothing more. I was so wrong. Along with the murder and betrayal, there’s a glimpse into the supernatural that’s written so fluidly I often had to go back a few pages to truly understand it. To be honest, I still don’t fully understand this novel, but I love that about it. It’s a story that is dark from start to finish with just the right amount of humanity woven in. The suspense teases you just enough so that you feel almost obligated to soak in every detail. Trust me, you’ll want to know all that you can before you find out what really happened between Violet Dumont and Orianna Speerling that night in the smokers’ tunnel behind the stage they once shared.

The word I would use to describe Violet and Orianna’s relationship is interesting. It’s obvious to the reader that these girls were once best friends – closer than sisters – but it’s also obvious that there is something awry. When Orianna is sent to the Aurora Hills juvenile detention center for murder, Violet turns her back on her. She testifies against her in court. She never visits or writes. She continues to pursue her dream of becoming a prima ballerina and scores a spot at Julliard. Yet it’s clear through her narration that she misses Orianna and that the memory of her conviction has haunted her ever since the guilty verdict was read three years ago. Their relationship keeps you guessing right up until their secret is revealed.

And then there’s Amber. Locked away in Aurora Hills long before the murder that sent Orianna there, she is the last remaining link between Violet and Orianna. The story alternates between her and Violet’s points of view, and hers is the one I enjoyed most. Amber gives the novel the supernatural element that sets it apart from other mystery novels. Her recollection of the events that transpired at Aurora Hills before and after Orianna’s arrival will make you go, “Wait, what?” in the best way possible. It’s confusing at times, and a lot is left up to interpretation, but that’s something I really enjoyed. I can see how some people may not, however. This novel will leave you with questions you wish you had definite answers to, and that can be frustrating.

When I wasn’t freaking out about the twists and turns of the murder story, I was appreciating and reflecting on Nova Ren Suma’s beautiful portrayal of the inmates at Aurora Hills and her commentary on the criminal justice system. These parts of the books gave me an “Orange is the New Black” kind of vibe, so if you love that show and its message, you’ll love this aspect of “The Walls Around Us.” I think it’s always good to be reminded that people who have been incarcerated are still human. Some acts are unforgivable, of course, but I think it’s useful to look at the world the way Orianna Speerling does – with your eyes focused on the good that others often can’t see.

If you love a good mystery, this novel is for you. Nova Ren Suma’s beautiful writing will grab you from the first page and won’t let you go until your mouth is hanging open, your eyes are wide, and you’re thinking, “What did I just read?”

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COVER REVEAL: Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker →

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you  the Cover Reveal for K.A. Tucker’s SURVIVING ICE!! SURVIVING ICE is a New Adult Romantic Suspense novel, and the fourth novel in K.A. Tucker’s Burying Water Series, published by Atria books, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster. SURVIVING ICE is set to be released October 13, 2015!


Ivy Lee, a talented tattoo artist who spent the early part of her twenties on the move, is looking for a place to call home. She thinks she might have finally found it working in her uncle’s tattoo shop in San Francisco. But all that changes when a robbery turns deadly, compelling her to pack up her things yet again.

When they need the best, they call him. That’s why Sebastian Riker is back in California, cleaning up the mess made after a tattoo shop owner with a penchant for blackmail got himself shot. But it’s impossible to get the answers he needs from a dead body, leaving him to look elsewhere. Namely, to the twenty-something-year-old niece who believes this was a random attack. Who needs to keep believing that until Sebastian finds what he’s searching for.

Ivy has one foot out of San Francisco when a chance encounter with a stranger stalls her departure. She’s always been drawn to intense men, so it’s no wonder that she now finds a reason to stay after all, quickly intoxicated by his dark smile, his intimidating strength, and his quiet control.

That is, until Ivy discovers that their encounter was no accident—and that their attraction could be her undoing.

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And don’t forget BURYING WATER, BECOMING RAIN and CHASING RIVER, the first three books in this thrilling series…

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The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.

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Luke Boone doesn’t know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it—the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he’s finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set—one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it’s not exactly legal, Luke’s never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain.

Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game—at only twenty-six years old, she’s one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington, DC, major crime unit, and she’s just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the West coast’s most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she’ll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year-old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle’s footsteps.

As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she’ll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she’ll even want to. ​

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Armed with two years’ worth of savings and the need to experience life outside the bubble of her Oregon small town, twenty-five-year old Amber Welles is prepared for anything. Except dying in Dublin.  Had it not been for the bravery of a stranger, she might have. But he takes off before she has the chance to offer her gratitude.

Twenty-four-year-old River Delaney is rattled. No one was supposed to get hurt. But then that American tourist showed up. He couldn’t let her die, but he also couldn’t risk being identified at the scene—so, he ran. Back to his everyday life of running his family’s pub.  Only, everyday life is getting more and more complicated, thanks to his brother, Aengus, and his criminal associations. When the American girl tracks River down, he quickly realizes how much he likes her, how wrong she is for him.  And how dangerous it is to have her around. Chasing her off would be the smart move.

Maybe it’s because he saved her life, or maybe it’s because he’s completely different from everything she’s left behind, but Amber finds herself chasing after River Delaney. Amber isn’t the kind of girl to chase after anyone.

And River isn’t the kind of guy she’d want to catch.

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About K.A. Tucker

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Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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The Friend Zone →

TFZ+AmazonRating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:
Gray doesn’t make friends with women. He has sex with them. Until Ivy.

The last thing star tight-end Gray Grayson wants to do is drive his agent’s daughter’s bubblegum pink car. But he needs the wheels and she’s studying abroad. Something he explains when she sends him an irate text to let him know exactly how much pain she’ll put him in if he crashes her beloved ride. Before he knows it, Ivy Mackenzie has become his best texting bud. But then Ivy comes home and everything goes haywire. Because the only thing Gray can think of is being with Ivy.

Ivy doesn’t have sex with friends. Especially not with a certain football player. No matter how hot he makes her…

Gray drives Ivy crazy. He’s irreverent, sex on a stick, and completely off limits. Because, Ivy has one golden rule: never get involved with one of her father’s clients. A rule that’s proving harder to keep now that Gray is doing his best to seduce her. Her best friend is fast becoming the most irresistible guy she’s ever met.

Which means Gray is going to have to use all his skills to get himself out of the friend zone and into Ivy’s heart. Game on.

Natasha’s Experience:
OMG. I have been dying to get Gray Grayson’s story ever since I read THE HOOKUP and completely fell in love with Drew BAElor and Kristen Callihan’s writing.

Gray Grayson is an enigma. You meet him thinking he’s just a womanizer who enjoys the game more than anything else in the world. Both of these statements are slightly true, but he is so much more than that. He’s an actual genius and incredibly hung up on a beautiful girl named Ivy Mackenzie.

“I’m so gone on her, I don’t know my left from right anymore. She’s my center line.”

They “meet” when Gray gets to loan out Ivy’s car (golf cart?) and begins texting her about said car. Their texts eventually become addicting and a friendship ensues. Ivy is spending time with her mom in Paris, baking her days away and learning what it takes to run a successful Parisian bakery. When she comes back to the states, she’s already crushing on Gray (I feel you, Ivy) and their actual meet-up was so glorious, I almost want to reread it right now.

“I’ve just officially met Ivy Mackenzie, and I realize I’ve missed her for what seems like years.”

This whole friends-to-lovers situation was so intense; as you read along, you obviously want their connection to go somewhere, but you are so nervous about them changing their incredible dynamic as friends.

“We’re getting too close. The danger of my heart being annihilated is real.”

Callihan has knocked me off my feet with THE FRIEND ZONE. Gray Grayson stole my heart, Ivy made me cry (thanks for that!) and together their story unfolds beautifully, making you wonder if the ‘friend zone’ is actually the best thing that could have happened to them.

“The fact is, Ivy, for me, there is one absolute truth. The sum of my existence equals you.”

I loved every inch of this story and can’t wait to see what comes next in the Game On series. Kristen Callihan, keep doing you because I’m all for it.

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#NewAdultIRL →

Hello, readers! I’ve come up with a fun and new hashtag, #NewAdultIRL. This will be an interactive chat on Twitter and Facebook where YOU can tweet/post about your own New Adult moments in real life 😉

If you’ve had a time in your day-to-day life where you thought, “Wow, this would go so well in a New Adult book!” or “Okay…am I in an NA read or is this really my life right now?” then I want you to share it with me!

I’ve teamed up with Hopeless Book Lovers and Teacups & Book Love to help host this chat on Wednesdays (subject to change) from 9-10 p.m. EST.  Each week will be themed, so one week can be NA sports romance, and the next week can be NA rock star romance.


The best story/tweet will win either an eBook under $2.99 or an eBook donated by any author who wants to participate in this chat!
Authors: feel free to email me at bookbaristas@gmail.com if you’d like to join in on this!

You’ve got 140 characters or less to bring your A-game! Tell us your funniest/steamiest/awkward/amazing New Adult moments for a chance to win eBooks every week! I’ll even choose three of my favorite tweets/stories to showcase on my Instagram each week!

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