Pictures of You (’90s Coming of Age #1) by Leta Blake

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Title: Pictures of You by: Leta Blake
Series: ’90s Coming of Age, #1
Release Date:Sept. 19, 2016
Pages: 316 • Format: eARC
Published By: Leta Blake Books
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Growing up gay isn’t easy. Growing up gay in Knoxville, Tennessee is even harder.

Eighteen-year-old Peter Mandel, a private school senior—class of 1990—is passionate about photography. Peter doesn’t have many friends preferring to shoot pictures from behind the scenes to keep his homosexuality secret.

Enter Adam Algedi, a charming, worldly new guy who doesn’t do labels, but does want to do Peter. Hardly able to believe gorgeous Adam would want geeky, skinny him of all people, Peter’s swept away on a journey of first love and sexual discovery. But as their mutual web of lies spins tighter and tighter, can Peter find the confidence he needs to make the right choices?

Join Peter, in the first of a four-part coming of age series, on his search to love and be loved, and, most of all, how to grow into a gay man worthy of his own respect.

four-stars

The main thing I would tell readers!!!

Pictures of You is about heartbreak, sadness, love, and understanding. It’s about two young men falling in love in the early 90’s in Knoxville, Tennessee in their senior year of High School.

I am so shocked at myself, it was emotional at many different of times, but I didn’t cry as much as I thought I would. I’m also a fan of Adam!!! Don’t throw anything at me. I think I understand Adam so much, and his reasoning. He made me what to kidnap him and take him somewhere where he can be free. He also made me want to eviscerate him time and time again. **Big Sighs**, Oh Peter, Peter the Eater! I love you. I don’t know if I was this smart at 18. Peter was smart, but stupidly in love. I really enjoyed this story. The first time I picked it up, I cried at the beginning. I decided to pick it up at a later date, and now that I decided to give it a second chance, I was just blown away at the level of writing. Leta Blake is a definite auto-buy author for me. I love how her characters resonates with her readers. We might not be able to personalize with each character, but I guarantee you that we will be able to point out a detail on why they are just like me.

There was so many moments that I wanted Peter to open your eyes hun, he isn’t going to choose you moments. I don’t know if it was a relief when Peter came to that conclusion himself, because in doing so Peter excepted anything that was thrown at him. I loved Peter’s thought process. I thought he was such a splendid character. I really loved the time that he was around his Dad. Oh, that was super emotional for me as well. I’m one of the few people in romance that is okay with Cheating. Yeah, I know some people get ragey crazy mad, but cheating is normal. It happens daily, and in this story it was no better. Peter accepted the cheating and that hit me in the throat. Being in love with Adam had to be to hard. I know what its like to be in the love for the very first time. Its like sunshine, daisies and hearts galore. Its like feeling on top of the world. Adam!!!! **Grr**, I have to grr when I speak his name. I don’t want to say he was leading Peter on, but I do want to say he didn’t have to give up anything. Let me be clear, I understand Adam. His background, home life is as acceptable as Peter’s is. I don’t think Adam got the guise that he can end up leaving Knoxville at any time, and Peter is left broken and hurt. Sure Adam is going to be hurt, but I do think he was selfish enough to be in love with two people. That part hurt-ed me the most.

This is a 4 part series, and I can only imagine the level of emotions that I’m going to go through from each book. I will do this because Leta Blake proves to be amazing, and I love her writing. Sure this books leaves us with no HEA. I am happy with that, but I am so scared of whats to come. I only hope that Peter decided to put himself as a priority this go around. College is on the horizon, and both guys will be experiencing new things. Bravo, Mrs. Blake.

About Leta Blake

Author of the bestselling book Smoky Mountain Dreams and the fan

favorite Training Season, Leta Blake's educational and professional background is in psychology

and finance, respectively. However, her passion has always been for writing. She enjoys crafting

romance stories and exploring the psyches of made up people. At home in the Southern U.S.,

Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.

A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole

Narrator: Katie Schorr, P. J. Ochlan
two-stars
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Tillie Cole
Romance; New Adult
March 15th, 2016
audiobook
316 pages

One kiss lasts a moment. But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.One boy. One girl. A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade. A bond that neither time nor distance can break. A bond that will last forever. Or so they believe.When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?Rune's heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.

A stand-alone young adult tearjerker romance, recommended for ages fourteen and up.

This book is up as a finalist for the Best Young Adult Fiction in 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards. So I decided to listen to it as I already bought it a few months ago.
This was NOT a feel good story. Nor was it a happy ending in my opinion. It definitely a tear jerker for those who love a good messy cry.

From the beginning, this story was was overly dramatic and their actions didn’t feel like that of young children. Honestly, I didn’t shed a single tear. I felt bad because I know I should feel bad for the characters. But I didn’t truly connect or engage with this story. From the beginning, this story was overly dramatic and their actions didn’t feel like that of young children. I didn’t enjoy any aspects of this story unlike the other Tillie Cole books I’ve read.

First of all, the narration was just terrible. I often wondered if I would enjoy the book better if I had just read the kindle edition. Second, the character’s dialogues felt strange and weird for kids. Imagine a five-year-old Poppy talking about Norway and Vikings to eight-year-old Rune talking about infinity love. It felt odd that they wanted to spend every waking moment with each other and never with a single other friend even when they were teenager. Something about their interactions didn’t feel like normal and genuine representation of little kids. Kids often have a best friend, but not to where no one, nor family existed outside this person.

Second, I never felt like I knew the Poppy nor Rune. The author Tillie Cole didn’t develop the character and thus it didn’t allow me to really connect with them individually nor as a couple. Instead, we were told how thy just were so mushy about themselves without us seeing them evolve.

Third, Rune’s treatment of his parents, specifically his father was over the top and disrespectful. It showed such a spoiled and thoughtless young teenager and I never witnessed a remedial action towards his father for those behaviors. Also, Poppy’s secrecy was surprising considering the infinity connection she claimed she had with Rune. It also was just too contrived for me.

The big twist didn’t feel so twisty because I suspected it having read other YA books with similar twists. It didn’t endear the couple to me either but I do suspect touched all the readers that rates the book so high. Personally, the Fault in our Stars struck those emotional chords much stronger for me. It was definitely the writing in this story and that’s why I am glad I have read her other series and know that Tillie Cole can deliver compelling stories.

The Shameless Hour (The Ivy Years #4) by Sarina Bowen

Series:
Narrator: Nick Podehl, Saskia Maarleveld
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The Ivy Years #4
Sarina Bowen
Contemporary Romance
Rennie Road Books
April 12th 2015
audibook
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The girl who’s had everyone meets the boy who has no one.

For Bella, the sweet-talking, free-loving, hip-checking student manager of the Harkness men’s hockey team, sex is a second language. She’s used to being fluent where others stutter, and the things people say behind her back don’t (often) bother her. So she can’t understand why her smoking hot downstairs neighbor has so much trouble staying friends after their spontaneous night together. She knows better than to worry about it, but there’s something in those espresso eyes that makes her second guess herself.

Rafe is appalled with himself for losing his virginity in a drunken hookup. His strict Catholic upbringing always emphasized loving thy neighbor—but not with a bottle of wine and a box of condoms. The result is an Ivy League bout of awkwardness. But when Bella is leveled by a little bad luck and a downright sinister fraternity stunt, it’s Rafe who is there to pick up the pieces.

Bella doesn’t want Rafe's help, and she’s through with men. Too bad the undeniable spark that crackles between the two of them just can't be extinguished.

I really enjoyed this book. It challenged some stereotypes and prejudices I have about women. I do want to be less judgmental of women and more respectful even if the choices aren’t ones that I’d make for myself.

Bella (before): Just a common groupie. Everyone has a turn on that ride.

Bella (now): Independent, confident, unafraid.

I was entertained with drama between Rafe and Bella because it was cool having the guy be the clumsy and inexperienced one. Rafe was very sweet and sure about what he wanted. It was always something monogamous and committed. I don’t think Bella and Rafe grew that much as characters, but they certainly gave each other strength to go for what they wanted and eschew fear.

I think the author dealt with a very sensitive subject without trivalizing it. I was comfortable with how it played out and I am happy that Bella learned more about herself in this book. I didn’t really care for Bella in the prior books, but I grew to appreciate her more in her own book. She has a certain inner strength that can be overlooked because of her cavalier attitude towards sex. Rafe was a really great guy from a good mother and he really helped Bella see herself in a different light.

Sarina Bowen really creates an interesting college environment that is fun but has real life issues. I look forward to the roommate’s chance at love.

About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont’s Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

Blog Tour & Review: The Sententia Series by Cara Bertrand

This event takes place August 22 – 29, 2016

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Welcome to another exciting tour with Novel Publicity. This time with author Cara Bertrand and her series The Sententia & the release of the third book in the series, Tangled Thoughts!

This tour is classic Novel Publicity event, featuring a rafflecopter with special swag, paperbacks from the author and an Amazon gift card as well as spotlight posts, reviews from bloggers and more! Since this book is a series, we’ve recruited bloggers and readers from around the web to read and review all the Sententia books & help the author celebrate the release of Book 3, Tangled Thoughts!

My Review of Lost in Thought 

I liked this first book. I found the premise interesting but I think the story can be developed better, faster paced and with a little more paranormal activity. It’s a good beginning as the author Cara Bertrand set up the universe.

Lainey Young was a typical heroine, mild-mannered, intelligent and likeable. She knew enough about her abilities that she kept quiet about it until she got to the Northbrook academy. She had characteristic teenage issues and I appreciate that the author didn’t try to make her the “Strong” heroine you normally see in these types of young adult books. I did like the slow burner romance the author created with Carter Penrose. I hope to see Carter and Lainey’s relationship convey more chemistry and intensity in the next book. I do like Carter and Lainey together and liked the author didn’t inundate us with characters having sex though they talked about it.

The story was bogged down in the middle with explaining about the Sententia, the gifts and the Legacy. But it is clear that this series has potential. It has a couple of common teen tropes such as a gifted teen going to gifted school like Harry Potter or Vampire Academy. So for those readers who love that “naïve” heroine discovering her true identity and the extent of her powers, this book will appeal to you.

Book 1: Lost in Thought

lost in thoughtLainey Young has a secret: she’s going crazy. Everyone else thinks she has severe migraines from stress and exhaustion. What she really has are visions of how people died—or are going to die. Not that she tells anyone that. At age 16, she prefers keeping her crazy to herself. When doctors insist she needs a new and stable environment to recover, Lainey’s game to spend two years at a private New England boarding school. She doesn’t really think it will cure her problem, and she’s half right. There is no cure, but as she discovers, she’s not actually crazy. Almost everyone at Northbrook Academy has a secret too. Half the students and nearly all the staff are members of the Sententia, a hidden society of the psychically gifted. A vision of another student’s impending death confirms Lainey is one of them. She’d like to return the crappy gift of divining deaths with only a touch, but enjoys spending time with Carter Penrose—recent Academy graduate and resident school crush—while learning to control it. Lainey’s finally getting comfortable with her ability, and with Carter, when they uncover her true Sententia heritage. Now she has a real secret. Once it’s spilled, she’ll be forced to forget protecting secrets and start protecting herself.

Book 2: Second Thoughts

second thoughtsThe continuing adventures of an ordinary teenage girl with extraordinary mental abilities, perfect for readers who love books and series such as Vampire Academy, Spellbound, and Sweet Peril.

Secrets, lies, and looming deaths—all things Lainey Young deals with in a typical day of high school. In her senior year at Northbrook Academy—a New England boarding school where the majority of the students and nearly all the staff are members of the Sententia, a hidden society of the psychically gifted—Lainey has even more to worry about. Things like classes, college, her boyfriend, and, of course, the vision she glimpsed of her impending death. But to her surprise, Lainey finds one worry she can cross off her list, namely Senator Daniel Astor, the leader of the Sententia. After a shocking discovery when they finally meet, Lainey realizes maybe she was wrong to distrust the Senator. She relaxes even further when he seems to accept her refusal to work for him after graduation. But with her secrets mounting and the time to solve them running out, there’s a final enigma Lainey hasn’t yet encountered: Daniel Astor doesn’t take no for an answer. Ever.

Book 3: Tangled Thoughts

tangled thoughtsHigh school graduation is a time for goodbyes, new beginnings, and if you’re Lainey Young, narrowly escaping with your life. Forced to leave behind both Northbrook Academy and Carter Penrose, Lainey believes she’s earned her freedom—from the eyes of the Perceptum and Daniel Astor’s schemes. Meeting handsome and very persistent Teaching Assistant Jack Kensington the first week of college complicates everything, including her feelings.

College and flirtations with Jack help Lainey put all things Sententia behind her. But when her aunt arrives for a visit, with an unexpected guest and even more unexpected news, Lainey’s tenuous control over her life snaps. Once again, she’s linked to everything she thought she left behind. And this time, there’s no escape.

Growing up, Carter Penrose thought he knew a thing or two about heartbreak—namely that it sucks—but he never knew exactly how much until losing Lainey. His life moves in a totally unplanned direction and he finds himself with a new home, new job, and even a surprising new girlfriend, all thanks to Daniel Astor. But just when Carter feels settled in the DC world of politics, a visit home to Northbrook brings up unexpected questions—about what happened at graduation and everything he believed about his Uncle Dan.

When tragedy brings Lainey and Carter face to face for the first time since summer, their lives have never felt more separate. Lies drove them apart. Will the truth bring them together?

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CB headshotCara is a former middle school literacy teacher who now lives in the woods outside Boston with: one awesome husband, two large dogs, one small daughter and lots of words. Lost in Thought is her first novel and was one of three finalists for the 2011 Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough Novel Award in the Young Adult category.

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Blurred Lines (Love Unexpectedly #1) by Lauren Layne

Blurred Lines (Love Unexpectedly #1) by Lauren LayneSeries: Love Unexpectedly #1
on 2015-12-10
Pages: 256
AmazonNarrator: Allison Pike, Mason Lloyd
When Parker Blanton meets Ben Olsen during her freshman year of college, the connection is immediate - and platonic. Six years later, they're still best friends, sharing an apartment in Portland's trendy Northwest District as they happily settle into adult life. But when Parker's boyfriend dumps her out of the blue, she starts to wonder about Ben's no-strings-attached approach to dating. The trouble is, even with Ben as her wingman, Parker can't seem to get the hang of casual sex - until she tries it with him.The arrangement works perfectly...at first. The sex is mind-blowing, and their friendship remains as solid as ever, without any of the usual messy romantic entanglements. But when Parker's ex decides he wants her back, Ben is shocked by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ben starts seeing a girl from work, Parker finds herself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy. With their friendship on the rocks for the first time, Parker and Ben face an alarming truth: Maybe they can't go back. And maybe, deep down, they never want to.Fancy some fun, fresh, flirty and very sexy rom-com? Check out the titles in Lauren Layne's Oxford series: Irresistibly Yours, Playing For Keeps and Someone Like You.
three-stars

This book plot tackles a very familiar subject: Friends to Lovers.
Can a man and woman be best friends, hook up and nothing more? Can they have a friends with benefits arrangement and move on?
In this story, Parker Blanton and Ben Olsen were friends from college and became roommates for 4 years. When Parker’s boyfriend Lance breaks up with her after 4 years, she decides instead of bar hopping for hook ups, she will hook up with her roommate Ben but they agreed no strings attached.

Of course, the sex is amazing and the earth spins double time etc. Then the ex boyfriend Lance reappears. Where does Parker go from here?

This is my first book by this author. It was okay. While the narrators were really good, the book was predictable and cliche. I also don’t like manufactured drama. It’s baffling to believe that such good friends who live together couldn’t clear up simple misunderstandings. There was clearly a good friendship and chemistry between Ben and Parker. The thing with Lance lacked passion and even Parker said she missed sex more than she missed Lance the person. I liked Ben because he seemed more in tune with what he wanted and what he was about than Parker. I just wanted more depth to the characters than i got here. It was okay for a simple audiobook with minor angst.

*Special Thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook given in exchange for an honest review.

Bright Blaze of Magic (Black Blade #3) by Jennifer Estep @Jennifer_Estep @KensingtonBooks @NetGalley

Bright Blaze of Magic (Black Blade #3) by Jennifer Estep @Jennifer_Estep @KensingtonBooks @NetGalleySeries: Black Blade #3
on 2016-04-26
Pages: 368
AmazonB&NNarrator: Brittany Pressley
Bad Things Always Come In Threes…

As a thief, I'm good at three things: hiding in the shadows, getting in and out unseen, and uncovering secrets. I put these skills to work for the Sinclair Family, one of the magical mobs that run the tourist town of Cloudburst Falls.

Everyone knows Victor Draconi wants to take over all the other Families--and kill every last Sinclair. What they don't know is that I'm on to him, and no way will I let the man who murdered my mom get away with hurting all the other people I care about. Especially when I've got places to break into, stuff to steal, and Devon Sinclair fighting right by my side…
five-stars

Well Done Jennifer Estep! Well Done! This final book in the trilogy did what many YA trilogies failed to deliver: A Thrilling and Satisfying Conclusion.

This third book started with the head of the Family, Claudia Sinclair and her son Devon, the family Bruiser working with the family bodyguard Lila Merriweather, and Lila’s cousin Deah to foil Victor Draconi’s plot to control the town of Cloudburst Falls. If you read books 1 & 2, you know the significance of this alliance and how it came to be. *Hint* Read this series in order to fully comprehend the minutiae.

The action and power struggle began immediately as the line in the sand was drawn between the Sinclair Family and the Draconi Family with the other families trying to pick the winning side. What I loved most in this story was that Lila and Devon’s romance to a back seat to the family business as it rightfully should have. The Sinclair family was united and focused on the preparation for the Draconi family move, whatever it maybe. While love young love as blossoming, the priority was saving lives.

Lila is one of my favorite YA heroines. She is tough, resilient, smart, noble and resourceful. Now that she found a new home with the Sinclair family, she was putting her life on the line to protect them from the Draconi threat. Devon was brave as was all the supporting casts fighting on the side of good. The author did a fantastic job keeping the story adrenaline-charged and interesting. This was a quick paced story with an engaging plot that flowed and was congruous to the theme started in book 1.

The world building was complex enough without being too dense and boring. The supernatural creatures were different from the norm and there wasn’t too many of them to overwhelm the story. The final showdown allowed Lila to address a wrong committed against her family both from the past and in their current situation. Then ending was well thought out and satisfying.

I highly recommend this series to those readers looking for an entertaining YA urban fantasy with a light romance.

*Special Thanks to Kensington via Netgalley for the advance reading copy given in exchange for an honest review

Undecided by Julianna Keyes @TastyBookTours @JuliannaKeyes

Undecided by Julianna Keyes @TastyBookTours @JuliannaKeyeson April 4th 2016
Pages: 300
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Nora Kincaid has one goal for her second year of college: be invisible. Last year’s all-party-no-study strategy resulted in three failed classes and two criminal charges, and if she messes up again she’ll lose her scholarship. But there’s one problem with her plan for invisibility, and his name is Crosbie Lucas: infamous party king, general hellraiser…and her new roommate’s best friend.

Crosbie’s reckless reputation and well-known sexcapades aren’t part of Nora’s studious new strategy, but as she’s quickly learning, her new plan is also really boring. When Crosbie’s unexpected gestures of friendship pull her head out of her books long enough to see past his cocky veneer, she’s surprised to find a flawed and funny guy beneath it all. The muscles don’t hurt, either.

But as Nora starts to fall for Crosbie, the weight of one of last year’s bad decisions grows even heavier. Because three failing grades and two misdemeanors are nothing compared to the one big secret she’s hiding…
five-stars

One of the best books I have read all year. I loved this book and the characters. It was just a pure delight to read. The feelings I experienced as I took the journey with Nora Kincaid is exactly how I want to feel whenever I read a book: excitement, exhilaration, anxious, sadness, but most of all hopeful. This book hit the spot!

I want to first say that this book is NOT a true love triangle. This book was really more about self-discipline, growth and then young love. What I loved most about this book was the character development and growth. Nora Kincaid is a college sophomore who partied hard as a freshman and thus began the 2nd school year on academic probation. She was determined to do all things opposite from the prior year. The plot then takes us on this journey as Nora attempts to reinvent herself as well as regain her self-respect. Along the way, Nora learns that being on the extreme of any spectrum isn’t the best approach to living a fulfilling life. She also learns the value of “seeing” and “being seen” because sometimes the thing you want most is right in front of you.
Crosbie is everything I would want in a college guy. He partied hard with his fraternity but he learned to treat others with more care as he matured the second year. His friendship with Kellan and his attention to Nora was such a treat to relish.  He was hard working, determined and understanding. Crosbie was also really sweet and forgiving, so that is why he is one of my favorite heroes of 2016.

I really wish that more new adult authors would write such beautiful stories where the plot focused on their characters development as people and less of those contrived disagreements. The dialogue, the writing style and the whole story flowed together so well. I will admit that I like angst in my story and there was some mild angst. I felt like I knew the ending but the ride to the finish line was worth the time. The lessons they all learned made them better people. I loved that Nora and Crosbie didn’t see each other until they were ready to SEE each other. I loved Crosbie’s willingness to empathize and forgive past mistakes. My heart was full. If you want a story with some meat and really likable characters, then this story is for you. I hope there is a sequel to this book.

*Special Thanks to Tasty Book Tours for the ebook given in exchange for an honest review.

The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy Spaulding

The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy Spauldingon 2016-04-05
Pages: 320
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A ridiculously cute, formerly-famous new guy dropping into your life? It's practically every girl's dream. But not Jules McCallister-Morgan's. I realize that on paper I look like your standard type-A, neurotic, overachiever. And maybe I am. But I didn't get to be the editor of my school's long-revered newspaper by just showing up*. I have one main goal for my senior year-early acceptance into my first choice Ivy League college-and I will not be deterred by best friends, moms who think I could stand to
three-stars

Jules McAllister-Morgan was a senior at Eagle Vista Academy when a former teen heartthrob named Alex Powell enrolled at her school. While Jules has a crush on Alex as every teenager has on boy band members, Jules is very determined to attend Brown University. In her pursuit of academy excellence, Jules becomes slightly fixated on certain extra-curricular activities such as the school paper.

As Jules and Alex began spending time together, the newspaper faltered and a rival started to disseminate school news via other avenues such as using email or school televisions. Jules became obsessed with beating her rival. It began exposing Jules relationship with others, more specifically how she never really spend time getting to know others and what was important to others.

I get that the author was trying to portray a flawed young senior, but I found Jules to be self-centered and difficult to connect with. I could tell that the writing was supposed to be humorous but it felt lost in translation. I would have liked more attention focused on how Alex brought out the better side of Jules instead of the super competitive self-absorbed Jules that was prevalent in the book. This teen romance fell flat for me as I never quite warmed up to Jules. I was looking for a book with more depth to the characters and this book didn’t deliver that.

*Special Thanks to  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers via Netgalley for the e-book.

Blog Tour ~Review: The Natural History of Us by Rachel Harris @RachelHarrisBks @InkSlingerPR

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One class assignment. One second chance at love. The school player is all in. Now he needs to win back the sweet commitment girl who’s forever owned his heart.

Justin Carter has a secret. He’s not the total player Fairfield Academy believes him to be. Not really. In fact, he used to be a one-woman guy…and his feelings for her never went away. Too bad he broke her heart three years ago and made sure to ruin any chance she’d ever forgive him.

Peyton Williams is a liar. She pretends to be whole, counting down the days until graduation and helping her parents at the family ranch. But the truth is, she’s done everything she can to get over Justin, and salvation is just around the corner. With graduation one short month away, she’ll soon break free from the painful memories and start her life fresh. Of course, she has to get through working with him on one last assignment first.

For Justin, nothing ever felt as right as being with Peyton, and now that fate’s given him a shot at redemption, he’s determined to make the most of it. And for Peyton…well, Justin Carter has always been her kryptonite.

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New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing.

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!

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Krickett Series (Books 1-3) by Amy A. Bartol

on 2015-09-08
AmazonB&NNarrator: Kate Rudd

Kricket Books 1-3:

Kricket Hollowell never wished upon stars. She was too busy hiding in plain sight, eluding Chicago’s foster care system. As her eighteenth birthday approaches, she now eagerly anticipates the day she’ll stop running and finally find her place in the world.

That day comes when she meets a young Etharian soldier named Trey Allairis, who has been charged with coming to Earth to find Kricket and transport her to her true home. As danger draws close, he must protect her until she can wield the powers she cannot use on Earth…and he soon realizes that counting a galaxy of stars would be easier than losing this extraordinary girl.

Kyon knows the powerful depths of Kricket’s gifts—gifts he’ll control when he takes her for his tribe and leads the forces that will claim Ethar and destroy his enemies, starting with Trey Allairis. Now, Kricket faces the most difficult choice of her life: whether to wage a battle for survival or a fight for love.

 
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Krickett Hallowell was a 17 yr old foster kid runaway trying to stay out of sight until she is 18 and out of the system. When two different groups show up claiming she’s from another planet, and insisting they were here to escort her back. Krickett ends up leaving with Trey Allairis and his companions because he was honest with her.

Krickett had a special gift to discern truth and now she was a pawn for two political factions claiming her as kin. Krickett was mixed because her mother was an Alemeeda priestess and her father is Rafe,  both groups are at war. Where would she decided to belong to?

Krickett and Trey Allaris were an immediate draw for the romantic in me. I love young love especially of the forbidden kind. I also liked the world the author created outside of earth. It was intriguing, and I found myself engaged the whole time. But at the same time, Kyon from Alemeeda was convinced that she was meant to be his. In fact, he was emphatic about his claim as it appears they were promised when they born. Now Krickett has two factions and two men vying for her for two different reasons. Politics and love are intermingled in this YA fantasy. I know people hate love triangles, but I find them entertaining when done right.

After listening to the trilogy, I enjoyed book 3 the best. I get why others didn’t but I really liked the twists. I started out hating Kyon but in the final book, the author humanized him. He was still a feral animal but he chose Krickett in a way no one, not even Trey had. Maybe Kyon had nothing of worth to lose like Trey had (his family) but Kyon never wavered on his desire for Krickett above all things and he would sacrifice her for the good of others. That’s what ultimately made me switch to Team Kyon.

I hope Krickett’s family mainly the sperm donor who begot her (he’s not worthy of honored title “father”) gets eaten by those worm things. Astrid too. They all got what they wanted by working together towards this common goal. Krickett had to make her own way. I just wished that we got a glimpse into Krickett’s world, 5 years later. Perhaps we will because it felt like this story isn’t over!