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Review: Origin Exposed by Jen Crane

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(Descended of Dragons #2)
By: Jen Crane
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: Oct. 6, 2015
Genre: New Adult Fantasy Romance
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A Dangerous Secret
In fiery redhead Stella Stonewall’s new world magic and shape-shifters are everyday life. Scales, sorcery, shifters—no big. Stella has learned she’s not only descended of dragons, but of something more, too. She struggles to keep this rare form a secret, even from her closest friends.

A Bitter Betrayal
Stella turns to her mentor Rowan Gresham for help. The charming but enigmatic Gresham forms a plan to improve her troublesome public image. The problem? The plan revolves around betraying the only family she has left.

A Potential for Something Real
When Gresham’s motives come into question Stella must rely on the new friends she’s made at a college for magical shifters. The feral bunch helps set Stella’s inner beast free. As these friendships flourish, so does the magnetism she’s always felt toward fierce and noble Ewan Bristol. But it’s so strong it threatens to overwhelm her.

Can Stella afford to open her heart now, when her entire future’s at stake, or is it bolted shut for eternity?

 

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Audiobook Review: Faking It by Cora Carmack

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(Losing It, #2)
By: Cora Carmack
Narrated by: Emma Galvin & Dan Bittner
Publisher: William Marrow & Co
Published: June 4, 2013
Genre: New Adult Romance
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Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.

 

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Review: Idol by Kristen Callihan

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(VIP, #1)
By: Kristen Callihan
Publisher: Self-published
Published: June 7, 2016
Genre: Romance
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Libby

I found Killian drunk and sprawled out on my lawn like some lost prince. With the face of a god and the arrogance to match, the pest won’t leave. Sexy, charming, and just a little bit dirty, he’s slowly wearing me down, making me crave more.

He could be mine if I dare to claim him. Problem is, the world thinks he’s theirs. How do you keep an idol when everyone is intent on taking him away?

Killian

As lead singer for the biggest rock band in the world, I lived a life of dreams. It all fell apart with one fateful decision. Now everything is in shambles.

Until Liberty. She’s grouchy, a recluse—and kind of cute. Scratch that. When I get my hands on her, she is scorching hot and more addictive than all the fans who’ve screamed my name.

The world is clamoring for me to get back on stage, but I’m not willing to leave her. I’ve got to find a way to coax the hermit from her shell and keep her with me. Because, with Libby, everything has changed. Everything.

 

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Review: Rare Form by Jen Crane

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(Descended of Dragons, #1)
By: Jen Crane
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: Oct. 6, 2015
Genre: New Adult Fantasy Romance
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A Secret Past
Fiery redhead Stella Stonewall can’t decide between a margarita and a manhattan.
The rest of her life? Please. Stella has never really fit in, and her pretty world comes crashing down when she learns it was never her world at all.
Rowan Gresham is domineering, brooding, and as sexy as chocolate-dipped sin. When he transports Stella to the magical realm of her parents she recognizes her rightful place immediately. Gresham’s motivations are less clear.

A Scorching Chemistry
The enigmatic Gresham aids in Stella’s metamorphosis and their chemistry ignites, though a long-time girlfriend and a significant age difference stand in the way.

A Battle for the Rest of Her Life
Stella’s life fast-tracks to extraordinary when she enrolls at Radix Citadel for Supernatural Learning, an enchanted college whose students turn furry on the regular. As Stella learns to navigate the magical new world of Thayer she must also find her animal form, a task as elusive as her ancestry. Stella soon faces an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn to manipulate an animal form she never knew she possessed.

 

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Review: Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren

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(Wild Seasons, #1)
By: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Published: May 13, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance
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One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him.

But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation—and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out—Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume—her sweet, filthy fling—to France for the summer and just…play.

When feelings begin to develop behind the provocative roles they take on, and their temporary masquerade adventures begin to feel real, Mia will have to decide if she belongs in the life she left because it was all wrong, or in the strange new one that seems worlds away.

 

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Excerpt: Painting Sky by Rita Branches [Giveaway]

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By: Rita Branches
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: April 25, 2016
Genre: New Adult Romance

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Nobody ever said life was easy…

People pleaser, Jane Skylar wants nothing more than to earn her art degree, start her life, and bask in the bliss of living with her boyfriend.

But things don’t always go as planned…

Struggling with her creative side, Jane finds herself in turmoil, often confiding in her roommate – another, more talented art student, Keith Hale. Keith just so happens to be her boyfriend’s older, brooding brother. After a devastating breakup, Jane turns to Keith for comfort. But when the lines blur between roommate and lover, Jane’s life becomes more complicated than ever before.

When Keith’s past comes back to haunt him, their lives all get turned upside down, forcing the truth to surface. Now Jane must fight for what she wants–even if it hurts everyone she loves.

 

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Review: Out of Play by Nyrae Dawn, Jolene Perry

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By: Nyrae Dawn, Jolene Perry
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published: Aug. 6, 2013
Genre: New Adult Romance
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Rock star drummer Bishop Riley just needs a few months to relax and detox before his band’s next tour. But the last place he expected to do it is in Seldon, Alaska. And the last person he wants to do it with is Penny Jones.

Fiery, headstrong Penny has zero in common with the cocky, too-hot-for-his-own-good Bishop, and she’d like to keep it that way. But the more Bishop gets under her skin, the more she wants to let him in. And the more Penny lets him see, the more Bishop wants to know this stubborn girl with the killer body and soulful eyes.

The simmering heat between them won’t go away, no matter how hard either of them tries. Their time together in Alaska may be running out—but so is their resolve for not taking a chance on love.

 

 

1thoughtsOut of Play is a book about Bishopa drummer for a well-known bandwho has a problem with pills. In order to get clean, he’s sent to a cabin in Alaska with his bodyguard. While there, he meets the cabin owner’s daughter, Penny. Penny is in her last year of high school and is looking to hopefully get a scholarship to play on a boys hockey team. There’s something about Penny that helps quiet the noise in his head and makes him realize that maybe he does have a problem with pills. However, nothing is as easy as that. Penny’s father was killed by someone who was high on pills and the fact that she has no idea who he is or why he’s really renting out their cabins has Bishop regretting his addiction and wanting to change for her.

Out of Play sounded like a really interesting story. I was ready to dive in and fall in love with these characters. However, while I enjoyed the story, there was just something holding me back from really enjoying it and I don’t know what that was.

What I liked:
Penny’s a female hokey player on an all-boy team.
Penny is by far the coolest chick ever and someone that I’d love to be friends with. She’s your typical tom-boy.
Gramps (Penny’s grandfather). That dude was pretty freaking cool and I loved every scene with him in it.
Bishop’s struggle with his drug addiction.
It’s written by two authors. So, you get two completely mindsets in the same story.

What didn’t work for me:
The story itself fell flat for me and I don’t know why.
I didn’t find anything original to set it apart from other new adult romances I’ve read.
You knew how everything was going to go down shortly after meeting the characters.

 

1favequote“I was a druggie and screwed-up. Screwed-up a lot, but it doesn’t define me, and I’m not the only one.”

 

 

Review: This Sky by Autumn Doughton

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By: Autumn Doughton
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: Aug. 12, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance
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When he touches me, the sky and the earth switch places

Gemma Sayers has spent the last six days rotting in a hotel room, wallowing in a noxious combination of gin, junk food and self-pity. She’s no stranger to disappointment but nothing could have prepared her for the chaos that unfolded when her celebrity boyfriend publicly humiliated her. Now the fairytale is officially over and Gemma is determined to put the past behind her and strike out to find a new dream. Just a few teeny-tiny details to work out: she’s currently broke, homeless and unemployed.

Landon Young has his own worries. Surfer by day and bartender by night, he doesn’t have the interest or the time to be anyone’s happily-ever-after. Weighed down by the memory of what happened two years ago, Landon can barely keep his head above water.

 

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Review: Fly by Molly McLain

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(Velocity, #1)
By: Molly McLain
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: March 14, 2016
Genre: New Adult Romance
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Meet Colton Wade, FMX rider…

I’m just a small town guy who caught a lucky break. Now I’m living the dream, on the brink of high-flying super-stardom. But something’s missing.

That something is Taylor.

She’s my best friend. The one who makes me want to push harder and higher. The one I fall back on when shit gets tough. The one I’d give it all up for.

I’d do anything to protect her. To make her dreams come true too.

But a single night changes everything.

And now the one she needs protection from…is me.

 

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Review: Until You by Penelope Douglas

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(Fall Away, #1.5)
By: Penelope Douglas
Publisher: Penguin Intermix
Published: Feb. 18, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance
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Have you ever been so angry that hitting things felt good? Or so numb that you actually felt high? The past few years have been like that for me. Traveling between fury and indifference with no stops in between.

Some people hate me for it, while others are scared of me. But none of them can hurt me, because I don’t care about anything or anyone.

Except Tatum.

I love her so much that I hate her. We used to be friends, but I found out that I couldn’t trust her or anyone else.

So I hurt her. I pushed her away.

But I still need her. The sight of her centers me, and I can pool all of my anger into her. Engaging her, challenging her, bullying her…they are my food, my air, and the last part of me that feels anything human.

But she left. She went to France for a year, and came back a different girl.

Now, when I push, she pushes back.

 

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