[Release Day Promo & Excerpt] The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen

Accidentals by Sarina Bowen is out today!! 

SUMMARY

 A YA novel from USA Today bestselling author Sarina Bowen.

Never ask a question unless you’re sure you want the truth.

I’ve been listening to my father sing for my whole life. I carry him in my pocket on my mp3 player. It’s just that we’ve never met face to face.

My mother would never tell me how I came to be, or why my rock star father and I have never met. I thought it was her only secret. I was wrong.

When she dies, he finally appears. Suddenly I have a first class ticket into my father’s exclusive world. A world I don’t want any part of – not at this cost.

Only three things keep me going: my a cappella singing group, a swoony blue-eyed boy named Jake, and the burning questions in my soul.
There’s a secret shame that comes from being an unwanted child. It drags me down, and puts distance between me and the boy I love.

My father is the only one alive who knows my history. I need the truth, even if it scares me.

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Excerpt

After the last course—chocolate mousse—the three of us go tripping back across the cold lawn in the dark, Aurora in the lead. I’m the tiniest bit tipsy and wearing heels. So naturally I stumble on a frozen clod of snow and nearly fall. But Jake catches my hand to steady me. “Thanks,” I breathe.

Curiously, his warm fingers remain curled around mine until we reached the door of Habernacker.

I try not to feel ridiculously excited about it.

He lets go when we all reach the third floor. When Aurora opens the door, he follows us inside until we all collapse on the S.L.O., with me in the center.

“Oh! I forgot to steal my plate,” I realize.

“Me too.” Aurora sighs.

Jake reaches into his jacket and pulls out a plate.

“Well done, Mr. Jake!” Aurora laughs. “The party in the annex starts in fifteen minutes.” She heaves herself off the squishy couch. “I have time to redo my makeup.”

I watch her walk over to the stereo, where my phone is already ensconced, and turn on our Christmas playlist. Then she grabs her makeup bag off her desk and leaves the room.

When the door clicks shut, neither Jake nor I speak for a moment. The low chords of a Straight No Chaser song play through our little speakers.

Suddenly, it’s awkward. We’ve been circling each other for a while now—since the night he was trying to be nice and I wrecked it.

“You’re probably sick of a cappella by now,” I say, just to find something to talk about.

But Jake turns slowly toward me and says something unexpected. “Rachel, I need to ask you a question.”

My stomach does a little flip flop, and I turn to face those blue eyes I love so much. “What?” I whisper.

“Well…” He clears his throat. There is a very long pause, during which I hold my breath. “Will you come skiing some time?”

I exhale. “I guess so?” Another beat of silence passes. “That was your big question?” I ask, feeling like I’ve missed something.

His color deepens. “Well, no. I just…” His brow furrows, as if he’s trying to explain some point of astronomy. I love his look of concentration. I’ve missed it.

Jake’s blue eyes lock on mine, and I see how our own orbits might finally collide. This time, I will not send the moment winging back into space. Instead, I lean an almost imperceptible degree in his direction.

And that’s all it takes.

Reaching up, Jake cups his hand to the side of my face. I’m still processing the sweet touch of his fingers when he leans in farther, his lips brushing the sensitive corner of my mouth. His eyes are tentative, seeking permission. My heart thuds with expectation.

And then—finally—Jake kisses me for real. We come together the way a well-timed drummer kicks into the chorus of a song—swiftly, and without hesitation.

We broke apart a moment later, eyeing each other while I try not to smile. “Can I do that again?” he asks, his voice rough. “That was my real question.”

“Well, since you asked so nicely…”

Jake makes a low noise of approval, then draws me closer. I reach up for the back of his neck, my fingers grazing that golden patch of skin I’ve always wanted to touch. He kisses me again, his arm finding the velvet waist of my dress and encircling me.

My heart flutters, but not from fear. Warm lips tease mine gently apart. And when his tongue tangles with mine, I lose myself.

He tastes like champagne. Everything is wild and sweet, until the moment Aurora’s voice rings out. “Ay, caramba!”

I feel an unwelcome rush of cool air between us as Jake retreats.

“Ididsay I was going into the bathroom, right? And not on a trip to Fiji?”

Neither of us says a word; we only look sheepishly at Aurora.

“Just to be clear, now I’m ducking into the bedroom for my coat, which only takes a second.” She steps into the bedroom, and I hear the rustling of fabric. Then she peers dramatically around the door frame. “Good listening! Now I’m going to the party. Will I see you both there? Don’t answer that. We’ll speak later.”

Jake laughs. “Sorry, Aurora.”

“I’ve seen worse.” She departs, the door closing behind her.

And now I’m self-conscious. Rising, I decide to fiddle with the music playlist. “Do you want to go to the party?”

“I’ll go. But I’m not great at parties. It’s all shouting over the music, drinking warm beer out of a plastic cup.”

“Then let’s not.” My fingers shake as I adjust the volume. I go back over to the sofa and sit down.

“So.” He clears his throat. “Where are you going for break?” As he asks, he takes one of my hands in his, massaging my palm with his thumb.

His light touch is so distracting that I almost forget to answer. “Kansas City,” I manage. “To meet my grandfather for the very first time.”

“Um, what?” He squeezes my hand.

So I tell Jake the embarrassing highlights of my weird story—that I hadn’t met Frederick until this past summer.

“Wow. I’m sorry,” he says.

“Don’t be.”

“I guess I’m not that offended now that you wouldn’t introduce me. If the normal waiting period is seventeen years.”

My laugh begins with an unladylike snort. Ah, well. “With me it’s just all soap opera, all the time. Believe it or not, a year ago I was really a boring person.”

“I don’t see how.” He regards me with darting eyes. “You look beautiful tonight.”

“It’s Aurora’s dress,” I whisper.

But Jake doesn’t seem to care. He slips his arms around my waist. Scooting closer, he slides his lips from my forehead, down my nose and onto my mouth. And we begin again.

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[COVER REVEAL] Boy Toy by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

 

Today I’m very excited to bring you the cover reveal of Boy Toy by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby! I’m really excited about this one, here is the fab cover:

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BOY TOY IS OUT ON 14 AUGUST 2018.


Syn

A new romantic comedy from your favorite snort-laughing duo!

Liam
The moment Sadie Matthews walks through the daycare center door, I feel my world tilt in her direction. Again. I fell for her when I was fourteen, and I’m still not over her. Problem: she still thinks of me as a teen she used to babysit. But I’ve learned a few things about pleasing a woman in the last fifteen years. I can’t wait to show her how good it could be. I need to move quickly before I lose her again. This is more than a game to me, but I still plan to win.

Sadie
I’ve just survived the worst year of my life. As a single mom of twin toddlers, I don’t have time for a man. I barely have time to finish a thought. Who knew that Liam McAllister would grow up to be so devastating? He’s everything my husband was not: tall, built, and willing to have a tea party with my girls.

I can’t possibly get involved with him. He’s too young for me. Too handsome. But he’s so persuasive…

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[Blog Tour] Book Review: A Cowboy’s Sweetheart by Crista Mchugh

Syn

Pampered New York Socialite and dressage rider, Kensington Pope, has been exiled by her jet-setting parents to her aunt’s Rodeo Academy in Wyoming. She wants nothing to do with the rough and tumble students there, especially one particularly handsome cowboy, Javier. But she won’t be there for long. She has a plan in place to break out after her next international competition.

Javier Cruz takes one look at the spoiled city girl and instantly dismisses her. The school of tough knocks has already educated him on what the important things in life are, and he has bigger things on his plate. He’s counting down the days until his eighteenth birthday when he can pull his younger siblings from the foster care program and reunite his family. But as he gets to know Kensi, he sees a kindred spirit and discovers there’s more to her than meets the eye.

Kensi begins to question her desire to flee the ranch as her relationship to Javier deepens and she learns the importance of family. But when he discovers her escape plan, will he be able to trust her again? And when tragedy comes to the ranch, will Kensi be able to step up and take her place in the family?


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Pub. Date: June 25, 2018
Pages: 164
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Review

I’m not really sure how I feel about this story, I mean I liked it ok but it didn’t really give me any particular feelings. 

Kensi is your stereotypical spoilt rich girl who ends up at Aunt and Uncles ranch for the summer because of her attention seeking behavior but its really because her parents can’t be bothered to deal with her. I did feel a little bad for her because of the lack of attention and love that is shown by her parents. 

I feel like the meat of the story really comes with Javier, it’s his story and influence that changes Kensi for the best. Slowly her snottiness falls away and she is just a lonely vulnerable girl who just wants her parents to love her. Also, Javier’s story is really tragic, its what really gave this story its depth and its strength. 

Overall I did like the story, I liked the cowboy spin this YA book has and it makes great Summer reading.  

My Rating 3/5 🌟🌟🌟


Author Bio

headshotsmall-579x640Crista McHugh is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING author of fantasy and romance with heroines who are smart, sexy, and anything but ordinary. She also writes fantasy with a little less kissing and bit more action (outside the bedroom) as C. A. McHugh.

Growing up in small town Alabama, Crista relied on story-telling as a natural way for her to pass the time and keep her two younger sisters entertained.

She currently lives in the Tesla-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician on the occassional weekend.

Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she’s had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant.

And she’s also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days)

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Monthly Round-Up: June 2018

June in my humble opinion is the best month of the year although I might be biased since it’s my birthday month! Seriously though I’m loving that Summer is finally here, we are getting some real nice weather here in Blighty, I’m actually sat out in the sun writing this post which makes a nice change anyway, on to books, this month I’ve read another 16 books and they were:

  1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  2. Just Friends by Monica Murphy
  3. Did I Mention I Love You
  4. Did I Mention I Need You
  5. Did I Mention I Miss You
  6. One Small Thing by Erin Watt
  7. Cowboy Most Wanted – Stina LindenBlatt
  8. Clipped Wings – Helena Hunting
  9. A Cowboy’s Sweetheart by Crista Mchugh
  10. Save the Date by Carrie Aarons
  11. The Plus One by Sophie Money-Coutts
  12. My Lullaby of You – Alia Rose
  13. Roommates with Benefits by Nicola Williams
  14. The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen
  15. Want You by Jen Frederick
  16. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

 


Beat the Backlist Update

This month is a new record because 7 of these books count to towards my Beat the Backlist challenge which brings my total to 25!

📖 Currently Reading: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

📆 Pre-orders for July: Catwomen by Sarah. J Maas. 

That’s all for this month, hope you are all having a fab summer!

Happy Reading! ✌🏼

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[Blog Tour] Book Review: My Lullaby of You by Alia Rose

Syn

AMY

It’s the summer after high school. Amy can’t wait to leave her small hometown in North Carolina for the vibrant city of Chicago, where she plans to go to her dream college and hopes to build a stronger relationship with her father.
But as she deals with her mother’s resentment over her leaving and an intriguing yet provoking college student, Amy’s reminded of things she’s tried to forget and forced to face emotions she never expected.
SETH

It’s the summer before the last year of music school. Seth would rather be anywhere else than a small beach town in North Carolina, reopening wounds he thought he’d patched long ago and facing the father he hasn’t seen since his mother’s death.
While on his mission for answers, Seth is drawn to an observant and driven local he can’t seem to figure out.


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Pub. Date: June 16, 2018
Page Length: 287
Characters: Seth, Amy


Review

I started out really liking this story, no that’s not right I liked 98% of this book. The story was really engaging. I liked both Seth and Amy, both are struggling with issues around their parents. I liked how they slowly bonded, there was definitely no insta love so that was great. 

Seth’s story is a bit more chaotic than Amy’s and think I probably liked his character more, he just seemed to have a little more depth and maturity then she did, however, he is by no means perfect and he keeps a fairly large secret from Amy for far too long. 

Now the 2% of this book that irked me… and this I’m afraid was the ending. I really felt like nothing was fully resolved, which made the ending a little wishy-washy and that’s it really. 

Although I didn’t like how the story ended I did enjoy it, its a fab little beach read. 

My Rating 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

 


Author Bio

AliaI’ve been writing since I fell in love with reading and now the characters in my head refuse to leave me alone. My debut novel, My Lullaby of You comes out in June 2018!

When I’m not writing, I work full time as an architectural designer and enjoy drinking too much coffee, making to-do lists, and traveling.

You can find me rambling about all of the above on Instagram and Twitter.

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[Book Review + Excerpt!] Cowboy Most Wanted by Stina Lindenblatt

Syn

A sexy romantic comedy about a hot cowboy, some racy photos, and an accidental hook up—or three—with his best friend’s sister…

Sexy cowboy TJ Daniels loves Norse mythology, Marvel comics, horses, and dirty talk. Not necessarily in that order. When his brother signs him up for a new Bachelorette-Style reality show centered around a female star looking for love with a cowboy, TJ reluctantly agrees to do it, knowing that it will be great publicity for the ranch.

What he didn’t figure on is the show’s photographer being Violet Brooks. Violet is TJ’s gun-toting best friend’s little sister. She’s the same woman who left the small Montana town ten years ago and never looked back. And yep, she’s the same woman he lusted after when he shouldn’t have. And still does.

So when the pre-show marketing photo shoot involves channeling his inner underwear model—with Violet as the photographer—TJ ends up losing his shirt. His pants. And, if he’s willing to risk everything—including his place on the show that could save his struggling ranch—his heart could be on the line as well.


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Publication Date: 12th June 2018
Characters: TJ, Violet


Review

*I recieved an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

This was one of those cutesy laid romances, I loved the Southern vibes and the scenery sounded amazing.  There is just something sexy about a cowboy protagonist – this book is told is entirely from TJ’s perspective which I thought was a nice change, you don’t find many romances written that way.

I thought TJ was very likable, he never really came across as a jerk and his feelings for Violet were pretty obvious. I liked the storyline of the forbidden romance, the sneaking around was very entertaining.

There were a few things that irritated me though, the whole reality TV thing was a bit blah, not really my thing and the Violet having a secret child was a bit strange – I’m still confused why this would be a big deal in this day and age…

Overall this was an ok read if you’re looking for a light and fluffy then give it a whirl.

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My Rating: 3/5 🌟🌟🌟


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I’ve never done drugs.

Okay, let me change that to, I’ve never done illegal drugs—the kinds of drugs that alter your perception of reality. I’ve never felt the need to.

But at this moment, my first thought is that God has rolled a massive joint and is blowing smoke in my face.

That’s the only explanation for why Violet is standing there, wearing cowboy boots and a lacy white dress that reveals mouthwatering long legs. Long legs that when I was a teen caused many a morning wood.

It’s all a delusion.

And since it is just a delusion, why shouldn’t I get to enjoy it some more?

I go back to checking out the view.

Violet’s shiny brown hair brushes against her bare shoulders. The hair I long to run my fingers through, to see if it feels as soft as it looks. The shoulders I crave to kiss, to lick, to taste.

Around her waist is the gift I gave her for her seventeenth birthday: a western leather belt with a horse’s head engraved on the buckle. In retrospect, the gift might not have been a good idea—if Austin’s comments back then were any indication. After he witnessed her innocently kissing my cheek, he pulled me aside and interrogated me. Interrogated me as to why I gave her the present. Interrogated me as to my intentions when it came to his sister—only he didn’t state it quite so nicely.

And then he made it clear what he would do to me if my thoughts about her were less than brotherly.

That was before he spent eight years in the military.

I’m sure he has since added to the list. Added newly acquired torture techniques. All with the Navy SEALs’ stamp of approval.

Let the fun times commence.

“This should be interesting,” Jake says, low enough so only I hear him. His tone is sitting on the fence. Cracking up is on one side, concern on the other. And right now, his tone is tottering more on the laughter side of things. “And by the way, you might want to close your mouth before it fills up with horseflies.”

I snap my mouth shut.

Guess that clarifies some stuff. I’m not suffering from a delusion.

I wished that Violet would return to Copper Creek and bam!My wish came true.

Except…I also prayed that the show would be canceled. So maybe my guardian angel or fairy godmother—or whatever the heck it is—is only a rookie. She could only finagle the first wish.

Oh, well.One out of two ain’t half-bad.

“What should be interesting?” I ask, unable to take my eyes off Violet, even though my brain is screeching, Mayday, mayday, maydayand demanding I look away.

“TJ,” Camilla says before Jake can reply. “This is Violet Brooks, our super talented photographer. Violet, this is our cowboy, TJ Daniels, and his brothers, Jake and Noah.” She points to each of them in turn.

That explains why Aubrey is here. She and Violet have been best friends as long as Austin and I have been the same. She knew Violet was part of the TV crew.

“We actually know each other,” Violet says. “TJ has been my brother’s best friend since we were kids.” Her gorgeous brown eyes, alive with flecks of amber, slide to me—and just like that, my knees have trouble remembering their function.

She smiles. Christ, how could I have forgotten what her smile does to me? Between that and those eyes, I’m surprised I remember how to speak.

Wait—I do remember how to speak, right?

“It’s great seeing you again.” Yes!I can still form a coherent sentence.

“You too.” She steps in for a hug and wraps her arms around my shoulders. Her breasts press against my chest, and I inwardly groan. Luckily, Austin isn’t here to witness this, or else the reality show would have some serious entertainment for its viewers.

My arms loop around her and threaten to never let go.

“I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last saw you,” she says so only I can hear her. Her arms remain around my neck. “I’ve missed you.”

“I’ve missed you, too. I was beginning to think the only way I’d ever see you again would be if I went to LA.”

The feel of her soft body against mine and the smell of her vanilla and rose perfume sparks a memory I’ve kept close all these years.

I had gone to her house to hang out with Austin. He was held up at his grandfather’s ranch, where he was working that summer. I was nineteen; Violet was seventeen.

She was dating a guy at the time. Some loser, if memory serves me correct. They were supposed to go out that night, but the dumbass forgot and stood her up for his buddies.

Violet was sitting on the porch steps, her shoulders slouched forward, her heart in her hand. I sat next to her, and she told me what happened.

“What’s wrong with me?” she whispered once she was finished.

My heart pinched at her words. How could she even believe for a second that something was wrong with her? Everything about her was right. The way she smelled like vanilla and roses. The way the world seemed a thousand times brighter whenever she smiled. The way she made mesmile even when I was having a crappy day.

But I couldn’t tell her any of this.

Not if I valued my life and my friendship with Austin.

So I did the second best thing: I hugged her.

It only lasted a few seconds, but the memory of it has clung to me all these years like well-chewed gum on the bottom of your boot.

I reluctantly release Violet, who goes on to hug Jake and Noah.

Camilla’s face lights up. “You must have some juicy stories about TJ growing up,” she says to Violet. “What was he like?”

Amusement flares briefly in Violet’s eyes. But it’s gone too quickly for Camilla to notice. I only recognize it because I’m more than familiar with those juicy stories. Stories my old teacher Miss Truby would be delighted to share—if she was still with us.

Although now that I think about it, Miss H isstill around. She was my high school English teacher.

Jake’s warning from earlier comes back for an encore.

Note to self: Make sure Camilla doesn’t track down Miss H. If my old teacher is given the chance to talk about my mischief-making days, I’m sure I’ll be painted as the villain on the TV show. While that would be a great way to avoid advancing to the next round, it won’t help us promote the ranch.

For a moment, Violet seems to consider Camilla’s question. “I’m assuming he hasn’t changed much since back then.” Her gaze sweeps over my body, much like Camilla’s did earlier. Except when her eyes land on my face, there’s a heat in them that wasn’t in Camilla’s.

But then it flickers away faster than a flame in a blizzard, and I can’t be a hundred percent certain I didn’t imagine it. I mean, we’re talking about Violet. I’ve never been anything but a big brother to her.

I brush the heat in her eyes off as nothing more than a hallucination—a hallucination brought on by seeing her again after she’s been away for so long.

Sounds like a reasonable explanation, right?


Author Bio

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Born in Brighton England, Stina Lindenblatt has lived in a number of countries, including England, the U.S, Finland, and Canada. This would explain her mixed up accent. In addition to writing fiction, she loves photography, especially the close-up variety, and currently lives in Calgary, Canada, with her husband and three kids.

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[Book Review] The Billionaire’s Claim: Redemption – Nadia Lee

Syn

Elizabeth Pryce-Reed.

An angel. A virgin. My first love.

She was my life until she betrayed me ten years ago. So I built an empire and came after her, intent on vengeance.

Instead of giving me the nasty fight I expected, she gazed at me with tragedy in her eyes…then made an unexpected, gut-wrenching move that left me reeling…and vanished.

Elizabeth might’ve cut me out of her life, but I haven’t cut her out of mine.

Nothing’s over until I say it’s over.

The epic conclusion to Elizabeth Pryce-Reed & Dominic King’s romance, which started in The Billionaire’s Claim: Obsession.


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Publication Date: 12th June 2018
Page Length: 300
Characters: Elizabeth, Dominic


Review

*I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this book. Dominic goes on a mission to find Elizabeth which leads him to a tropical Island and recusing Elizabeth from the clutches of her stalker. From that point forward the story went in a direction that I was not expecting which is where my mixed feelings come from. Don’t get me wrong I did enjoy the book but I was expecting a little bit more. 

As this book picks straight up from where the last one left off, there’s no real character development as such. Dominic is more understanding now that he knows the truth about what happened in the path and Elizabeth is able to relax in a way that she wasn’t able to in the first book. 

I did like the ending I thought it was a great way to finish off Elizabeth and Dominic’s Story. 

My Rating 3/5 🌟🌟🌟

[Blog Tour] Book Review: Where the Sea Takes Me By Heidi R. Kling

Synopsis

Two years later might as well be two lifetimes.

Sienna’s in college, working hard to achieve her dreams, and trying to love another boy—and halfway succeeding. She’d be totally happy with her life if she could just stop dreaming about him. Deni. The boy she left behind on the shores of Banda Aceh.

When she gets word Deni’s coming to America, Sea’s world shifts. And when he arrives on her doorstep, she’s shaken to the core.

Sparks don’t just fly, they soar—and threaten to burn down the new life she’s so patiently, persistently, built.

When they’re both invited to join a relief mission in Cambodia, they jump at the chance to help…and be together. As the time and distance between them melts away in the sticky Cambodian heat, Sienna knows her heart can’t take losing him again.

And that’s exactly what might happen.  


Books Facts

Where the Sea Takes Me (Sea #2)
by 
Heidi R. Kling
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: June 4th, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen

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Excerpt

In less than two hours, Deni would be in a car with me.

I was going to be sick.

“Sienna.” His right eye twitched. He didn’t wear glasses anymore. After laser surgery (Vera’s idea) he didn’t need them. I still wasn’t used to his eyes without the glass cover. “I honestly don’t know about his wife. I assume she’s still around. Let’s just focus on the fact he’s coming to visit, okay? It’ll only be for a few days. And then, we’re off to Cambodia.” He patted my hand. “This means you won’t get much of a break after finals, but you don’t mind showing Deni around a bit, right?”

Did I mind? It was only what I’d dreamed of for the two years since I tore myself out of his arms on the broken shores of Banda Aceh, no matter how hard I tried to keep the memory of Deni in my past.

“No, it’s okay.” I didn’t want to show him my range of emotion. How torn I felt. How huge this was for me to see Deni again after finally getting ready to move on with Spider. I wouldn’t want him putting Deni in a hotel.

I felt like Dad and I should be on the same page about this summer, though. About what Spider asked.

“Want to hear another thing making this summer interesting?”

“Sure.”

“Spider asked me to move in with him.”

Dad choked on a popcorn kernel. “What?” he asked, sputtering. “First Deni is coming, and now a boy wants my daughter to move in with him? Your old dad is going to have a heart attack.”

“Believe me,” I said. “None of this was my idea.”

“Are you and Spider dating? I thought you were just good friends.”

“Well, we aren’t dating, but… He said he wants it to be more.”

It felt weird to talk about this with my dad, but we’d bonded in Indonesia. Things had been a lot better between us since then.

“How do you feel?”

I got up and started to pace. “I like Spider. I always have. But why now? Why did this have to happen the same morning we find out Deni is on his way? I mean, obviously Deni is married but still…having him here will be weird.”

Dad considered me. “Sometimes life presents you with the perfect storm, and it’s up to you to figure out how to navigate your way through it.”

Perfect storm? More like a tsunami.

And I wasn’t ready.

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“Sea?” came the whispered voice. “Sea?”
Light slipped through the drapes in my dorm. Harsh, punishing, Californian morning light. Ugh.

Someone touched my cheek. My hair. “Sea? You awake?”

“No,” I grumbled at the cruel, whispering person. I was utterly exhausted from finals and felt like I’d shoved my head in the sand, eyes open and brain exposed. Everything felt dry and gritty and heavy. Groaning, I rolled over in the narrow, uncomfortable bed—

—and came face to face with my best friend, Spider.

He grinned, and his blue eyes sparkled like the sea at sunrise. “Morning, sunshine.”

I felt myself smiling despite all the sand.

Wait. Spider was already here? He’d planned to drive over the hill to help me move out of my dorm for the summer, but I hadn’t expected him until later. Like, during normal human hours. I squinted at the clock. “You’re reallyearly.”

I shouldn’t have been surprised. Used to popping up at dawn to ride the waves, Spider was ready to roll, his lanky body sporting his usual shirt and shorts and hoodie. He had more energy in his pinky finger than I did in my entire body; had ever since we were kids chasing each other around the cove into the wild blue sea. He was always hard to keep up with, but this morning, I knew it’d be impossible.

He tugged on a strand of my hair. “Yeah, well. I wanted to see you.”

Terima Kasih, Sienna. I have found you.

Waves of warmth washed over me, quickly replaced by guilt. Blinking, I looked away. “That’s…thanks, Spider. It’s good to see you, too.”

The last thing I wanted was for Spider to know what—or most importantly, who—I’d been dreaming about. He knew whatever had happened two years ago changed me, changed us, but I didn’t talk about it. Hell, I tried not to even think about it.

Apparently, my subconscious had other ideas.

Lately I’d been a little stir crazy. Maybe it was my first year of college wrapping up, maybe it was the dreams, or maybe it was something else. Something more. I couldn’t shake this feeling that something huge lurked on the horizon.

I needed to focus on that horizon. Not on the time I spent in Indonesia helping orphans. Or the fact that I fell in love with one.

Deni


Review

This is the follow up to Where I Found You but it can be read as a stand-alone.

2 years have passed since Sienna said goodbye to Deni. Now she is just about to finish up college for the summer and getting ready for a trip to Cambodia to help traumatized girls who have been sex trafficked. But she is in for the shock of a like when Deni makes a surprise appearance in her life – could this mean a second chance for them?

Ah… this book was just as actioned pack and full of adventure as the first. I thought for a second I could smell a love triangle in the works but thankfully this didn’t happen. On a side note, I would like a book about Spider.

It was great to see that Sienna had matured and grown p a bit, she has finally accepted her father’s relationship with Val and she has a little brother now. I felt like she was emotionally in a better place in this book.

The tension and happiness when she is reunited with Dani is just tangible. I loved it, it certainly hits you in all the feels. Deni is still the chill free spirited guy he was in the first book. I can’t tell you how much I was rooting for these two to sort through thier shit and be together, it was so obvious that they still have very strong feelings for one another.

Finally, the ending was just so perfect!

My Rating 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟


About the Author

heidi klingHeidi R. Kling writes books about normal girls in fantastic situations.

Her debut novel SEA (Penguin/Putnam) was a finalist for Northern California Book of the Year,” an IndieNext Summer Pick, Goodreads “Mover and Shaker,” Scholastic Reading Pick, and Gateway Reader’s Award Finalist among other generous accolades. SEA, which launched June, 2010, is a bittersweet love story set in the aftermath of the devastating 2004 Indonesian tsunami, and is set to relaunch with Entangled Teen December 4 as WHERE I FOUND YOU (Sea series #1) with its sequel WHERE THE SEA TAKES ME out April, 2018!

After earning her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School in New York, Heidi returned to the Bay Area where she lives with her family in a tiny seaside village like the towns in her books.

She’s also the author of the acclaimed PAINT MY BODY RED (for fans of Speak and 13 Reasons Why), bestselling romantic comedy NOT OKAY, CUPID and the Spellspinners of Melas County series about feuding witches and warlocks.

Please visit her on twitter (Heidi R. Kling) where she loves to live-tweet TV shows, overuse gifs and chat with her readers about books, love and travel. She’s very fortunate to write stories for a living and is grateful to you for reading them!

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[Book Review] Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Syn

A forbidden romance.

A deadly plague.

Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .

CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget


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Publication Date: 2012
Page Length: 400
Characters: Linh Cinder, Queen Levana, Emperor Kai, Iko


Review

This was one of those books that had been on my tbr for longer than I can remember. I came across on my Kindle again last week thought it was high time I gave it ago. To be honest I wasn’t expecting great things from it and then boom! All it took was 2 pages and I was hooked, I think it might the fastest a book a sucked me in for ages… even ACOTOR took a few chapters for me to get into so I was very pleasantly surprised.

This is a Cinderella retelling with a twist and I loved it!!! I think it’s my favorite retelling of Cinderella because it’s just so unique. Cyborgs, Lunar people, a deadly plague and a forbidden love I don’t think I could have asked for more! Cinder herself was really likable and I felt a lot of empathy for her. I am shipping her and Prince Kai so hard!! 

I thought the cyborg element to this story was just the best, it was so intriguing and it really captured my imagination. I just felt so swept up in the story it was amazing, I got to the end without even realizing it. 

Overall I really liked this book and I’m looking forward to reading the next books! 

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My Rating 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Monthly Round Up – May 2018

Jeez, how is it June on Friday?? This year seems to be flying by at an alarming rate. I am glad Summer is finally here though.  Anyway, let’s look back over May. This past month I’ve somehow read a whopping 16 Books! I know! I had a quick look back over the last few months and I usually read about 8/9 books so this is a bit of a record for me. The books I read where:

  1. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Arrogant Devil by R.S. Grey
  3. Olympian Challenger by Astrid Ardins
  4. Moonlight Seduction by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  5. Getting Down by Helena Hunting
  6. Boarded by Love by Aleo Toni
  7. Where I Found You by Heidi R. Kling
  8. Where The Sea Takes Me by Heidi R. Kling
  9. Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen
  10. Billionaires Claim: Redemption by Nadia Lee
  11. No Pants Required by Kim Karr
  12. Hooking Up by Helena Hunting
  13. Chasing Spring by R.S. Grey
  14. I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting
  15. Man Candy by Melanie Harlow
  16. #Jerk by Kat T. Masen

It’s wayyy to hard for me to pick just one favorite book for this month because I just love so many of them! Also, I read a lot of romance, I’m going to try my best to mix up a bit next month, I have a couple of fantasy books that I’m hoping to sink my teeth into.

Beat the Backlist Update

If I’ve added it right, 4 of these counted to towards my Beat the Backlist challenge which brings my total to… 18!

📖 Currently Reading: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

📆 Pre-orders for June: One Small Thing by Erin Watt

That’s it for this month! May has been a fantastic reading month, I have read so many great books! Here’s hoping the rest of the summer is just as good!

See ya’ll next time ✌🏼

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