Friday, July 21, 2017

REVIEW: Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker


Our Review

Shel: KA Tucker can write anything. Right? Aren't we all in agreement? I mean seriously everything she writes has me glued to my kindle and completely absorbed--so absorbed that when I reach the ending I'm always trying to tap for the next pages and am sad when there aren't any. Until It Fades had me sneak reading at work, staying up way later than I should, and rushing home before the girls got off their buses so that I could fit more reading time in. Court: AMEN. I have officially loved this woman since Ten Tiny Breaths captivated our hearts, and I will keep right on with this book. This book was absolutely amazing and enthralling and kept my heart racing until the very last page.

Shel: I'm sure as you scroll through the reviews of this novel on Goodreads or Amazon you'll see lots of reasons why readers love this novel and the pairing of Catherine and Brett and most likely I'd agree with most (if not all) of the reasons but for me I think the thing that really worked for me was the various family dynamics. Whether it was the flashbacks to her nightmarish teen experience or what was happening 7 years later, I liked the moments of honesty and love that were a constant and that the families involved weren't just the biological ones but the ones we make on our own-our friends and our loves. The contrasts of then and now, of her family and his, of her work family and the people of her town made for a rich reading experience. Court: Uhhhh! YES! A thousand times yes. The secondary characters in this book really almost stole the show. Between Brenna, Keith, Lou, Leroy and especially Jack...I really enjoyed how much dialogue and character development is in this book. It really speeds along and is exciting in so many different way from start to finish. Nothing went as I expected (and yeah, I am still trying to guess what's gonna happen...and that is probably something that is never gonna happen with K.A. Tucker...but I can't help it!) I really enjoyed the premise, and really just enjoyed every second of Brett and Catherine. 

Shel: I'd be remiss if I didn't say that I appreciated that Tucker tried to keep Catherine's experiences as a single, poor mom were as real as possible and yet never felt grim--just real. I also liked that as much as Brett helped her, she helped him which feels like the only way they could work. Court: We love single parent stories for how much heart and grit they have to keep on keeping on every day, and when an author does it justice...perfecto! Their meeting is unlikely, but once they do...I felt their path to being friends is a genuine one that wasn't fast, or insta, or contrived. I REALLY appreciated that, and I REALLY appreciated how insightful Brenna is. She might just be the smartest character we have! She loves her momma and really wants her to be happy and it was beautiful. 

Shel: As with all of Tucker's books I can't help but see what she'll do next and hold out hope that we might see the characters again some day. Court: She opened the door! We'll be waiting to see if she walks through it! (Read: Hoping! Waiting! Excitedly!) 


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Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?





Wednesday, July 19, 2017

GRAB IT TODAY: The Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent




Title: The Unrequited
Author: Saffron A. Kent
Genre: Contemporary/Erotic Romance
Release Date: July 13, 2017



Blurb

Layla Robinson is not crazy. She is suffering from unrequited love. But it’s time to move on. No more stalking, no more obsessive calling.

What she needs is a distraction. The blue-eyed guy she keeps seeing around campus could be a great one—only he is the new poetry professor—the married poetry professor.

Thomas Abrams is a stereotypical artist—rude, arrogant, and broody—but his glares and taunts don’t scare Layla. She might be bad at poetry, but she is good at reading between the lines. Beneath his prickly façade, Thomas is lonely, and Layla wants to know why. Obsessively.

Sometimes you do get what you want. Sometimes you end up in the storage room of a bar with your professor and you kiss him. Sometimes he kisses you back like the world is ending and he will never get to kiss you again. He kisses you until you forget the years of unrequited love; you forget all the rules, and you dare to reach for something that is not yours.

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Excerpt

I’m hit by a storm of desire to kiss him better. It’s a tornado, an avalanche in my body, and in one breathless moment, I decide to go for it. It’s okay. I can take the blame for it later.
I break the rules and reach up and kiss him. A feathery peck on his plump lips, it’s a kiss of solidarity, a kiss that intends to tell him I understand—but one isn’t enough. It only manages to ratchet up my lust. So I give him another, this time on the corner of his mouth, and then another one on his jaw.
It’s not enough, these small, barely-there touches. I want more, but I won’t take it. I’ll be good; I’ll only give.
Abruptly, he fists my curls and stops me. I look at him fearfully, ready to apologize—not for the kiss, but for being the kisser. His gaze reflects passion, stark, raving need, and I shiver, despite wearing layers and sweating with his heat.
“Are you trying to kiss me, Layla?” he rasps, flexing his fingers on my makeshift ponytail.
He couldn’t tell? Blush rises to the surface and I know I’m glowing like a neon sign. Swallowing, I nod. “Yes.”
He inches closer to me, still not touching—as impossible as that is—but infinitely closer. “You want to kiss me, Miss Robinson, you do it right.”
Oh God, does he have to call me that? Now, here? My spine arches on its own and my heavy tits graze the contours of his shuddering chest.
“H-How?” I ask innocently, belying the daring action of my body. His stern, professor-y voice is doing things to me, making me wild, uncontrolled.
For a second, he’s silent, just watching. I’m afraid he’ll back out from whatever this is, whatever insanity we’re about to commit—but then I sense the shift in the liquor-laced air as he opens his mouth and growls, “Like this.”






Author Bio

Writer of bad romances. Coffee Addict. White Russian Drinker. Imaginary Ballet Dancer and poetess. Aspiring Lana Del Ray of the book world.

I'm a big believer in love (obviously). I believe in happily ever after, the butterflies and the tingling. But I also believe in edgy, rough and gutsy kind of love. I believe in pushing the boundaries, darker (sometimes morally ambiguous) emotions and imperfections.

The kind of love I write about is flawed just like my characters. And I hope by the end of it, you'll come to root for them just as much as me. Because love, no matter where it comes from, is always pure and beautiful. 




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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

REVIEW: Wrecked by J.B. Salsbury


Title: WRECKED
Author: JB Salsbury
On Sale:  July 18, 2017
Publisher: Forever

OUR REVIEW:
Shel: Have you ever read a book whose character makes a really poor choice early on and you just know that things aren't going to go well for this character? Well, without spoiling things, let me tell you that Sawyer (our heroine) makes a choice, from a place of love, and that choice was the cause of my angst and face palming during many scenes. There was a lot of nononononooooo and shaking my head. And then when her choice was taken to a certain point, all I could do was brace myself for the fall out that would come. I will say, to Sawyer's credit, that she struggled with all the responsibility that came with the choices she made and while I hated her struggle, it made her sympathetic. I definitely couldn't do what she did and do it successfully...at least I don't think I could. Love makes us do strange things sometimes. Court: I could see why she was so committed to her path and was sympathetic to her plight as well. The story line was fascinating, and kept me right in there up until the wee hours of the night. I couldn't put it down. Secondary characters like her sister, and her parents and Jenkins really made this novel a fun time, I laughed...and yet I cried. And angsted. And wanted to just smack all of them at the same time. And we loved that. Lol! 

Shel: Aden, Sawyer's love interest, also made a choice that devastated him and it's one that impacted his daily existence. All I could think about was how awful it must be to feel all the things he did and not have (or feel like he had) adequate ways to cope and live with what he carried in his memory and in his heart. My heart was heavy for him and so when he saw Sawyer as a way to alleviate some of his burden, even if I knew it probably wasn't the healthiest option, I wanted that for him so badly. I wanted both of them to have the respite they found in each other--but the struggle to get that was huge. Court: Ugh. He is complex isn't he! He's a enjoyable character as well. He is funny, and kind and beautiful in my mind...but he is heavily flawed so therein lies our plot struggles. These two are really dealt heavy things and finding their way together is going to be a challenge. I loved the setting and as always JB Salsbury's writing really makes my life complete because it is SO good! She makes great characters with well researched problems, their struggles and story make them feel like my friends and I just want to help them with their problems but they just won't listen! 

Shel: That struggle, though, is what makes the ending so extra special. The feeling of happiness and warmth that exuded from the pages of the epilogue were like a balm; it's one of my favorite epilogues I've read in a while. Wrecked may have the potential to wreck you, but the ending will leave you smiling. Court: I was wrecked for a while, and then put back together because this story is realistic and heartfelt and really just a great addition to your reading life if you decide to pick it up! 




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When you can't trust yourself, how can you ask anyone else to?

It's been months since Aden Colt left the Army, and still the memories haunt him. When he moved into a tiny boat off the California coast, he thought he'd found the perfect place to escape life. Then Sawyer shows up and turns his simple life upside down. Beautiful and sophisticated, she seems out of place in this laid-back beach town. Something is pushing her to experience everything she can—including Aden. But as much as he wants her, starting a relationship with Sawyer puts them both at risk. For Aden, the past doesn't stay there; it shows up unexpectedly, uncontrollably, and doesn't care whose life it wrecks.

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New York Times bestselling author JB Salsbury spends her days lost in a world of budding romance and impossible obstacles. Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. Since 2013 she has published six bestselling novels in The Fighting Series and won a RONE Award. JB Salsbury lives with her husband and two kids in Phoenix, Arizona


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Sunday, July 16, 2017

REVIEW: The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez


Welcome to our blog tour stop for The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez. It is the first book in a contemporary romance duet, and is it available to read for FREE on KindleUnlimited.

OUR REVIEW:

I really, really, really should know better than to choose a week day evening to start any duet that Aly Martinez writes. SERIOUSLY. I mean, hellooo, it's not my first time in Aly Martinez world and I know that I'm going to have to read until my eyes won't stay open or I finish it, whichever comes first. Of course I have absolutely no impulse control when it comes to her novels and jumped right into The Darkest Sunrise early last night. By the end of the prologue I knew two things: 

1) Aly Martinez was not going to take it easy on us when it came to the hearts of Charlotte and Porter.

2) I would be reading until my eyes shut or I finished the novel.

Why? Well, the emotional distress of both Charlotte and Porter was compelling; they both were living lives that should've felt full and vibrant and yet they both were these shells--seemingly empty behind the eyes, if you were really looking. The thing is, until they 'found' each other, people had quit looking or were willing to give up the fight of trying to bring them back to life; but once they recognized their own pain reflected in the eyes of the other, somehow, someway their empty spaces started to fill up. What they were starting...this very delicate balancing act of a relationship, was complicated and not easy and yet you couldn't help but want it so badly for them. 

As compelling as the emotional part of this novel was, the 'mystery' behind each of their stories is as compelling, if not more so. I have SO MANY QUESTIONS, most of which have yet to be answered which is why I am currently whining on all of our social media accounts about how badly I need book 2!! Luckily it's out in just a few weeks so I won't have to wait long. 

Grab this novel--it's a great summer read: it'll have you feeling heavy and angsty and light and laughing and then you'll suck in your breath on the last page..and then you'll be reaching for book 2, just like we are.

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The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #1)

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Synopsis:

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me. Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience. “You’re pregnant.” “It’s a boy.” “Your son needs a heart transplant.” Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me. Lies. Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun. Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky. “He’s gone.” For ten years, the darkness consumed me. In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise. “Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”
   
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Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person. She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.    
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Friday, July 14, 2017

NEW + GIVEAWAY: Atheists Who Kneel And Pray by Tarryn Fisher

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Yara Phillips is a wandering muse.
She dates men who need her, but always moves on to something new, never staying in one place for very long.
David Lisey is in need of a muse.
A talented musician lacking lyrical inspiration. When he first sees her, he knows he's found what he's been looking for.
Yara believes she can give David exactly what he needs to reach his full potential:
A broken heart.
David’s religion is love.
Yara’s religion is heartache.
Neither is willing to surrender, but religion always requires sacrifice.
 
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  [video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="http://www.tarrynfisher.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/AWKAP-Fin.mp4"][/video] Dear Yara, The bands in London, November 12th. Want to catch up? David So casual. So nonchalant. You’d think we were only acquaintances, that we’d once sipped a couple of beers together instead of tattooing love on our skin and reciting marriage vows. I read the e-mail again and analyze the shit out of it. How can I not? I count out the words: thirteen. The punctuation: four. His name, my name. A flippant, casual turn of phrase: catch up. In the end, there’s only so much psychoanalyzing you can do to a thirteen-word e-mail. I move on with my life, feeling rather pathetic. But not before I e-mail him back. And okay, sure, I don’t move on with my life. What does that even entail? Forgetting? Forgiving? Being happy? Besides, I know what he wants to talk about. I know why he’s coming. Hi David, Yeah, sounds good. Let me know when and where. Yara My e-mail is a word shorter. I’m that petty.   Tarryn was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. She immigrated to America with her parents when she was thirteen, and spent the next eighteen years in South Florida where she earned her degree in Psychology, wrote her first novel, and had two children. In 2012, on a whim, she moved her family to Seattle, Washington where she currently makes her home safely away from the sun. Tarryn is the founder of Guise of the Villain, a fashion blog, and has written eleven published novels. Tarryn is a Slytherin.
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REVIEW: Trust by Kylie Scott





OUR REVIEW:

Shel: Over the last year or so we've enjoyed having some of our favorite contemporary romance writers venturing into the YA world which is the world you'll enter in Trust--a mature YA world. It starts off in tragedy involving our heroine, Edie, and follows her as she tries to work through all of the trauma and stress of that night. Edie's reactions--from closing herself off from the people who hurt her, lashing out and standing up for herself, to finding friends who could be worthy and protective of her, and feeling both apathy, restlessness, stress, and a desire to explore and push boundaries--seemed exactly how many teenagers and adults would cycle after such an event. What makes this novel so readable, though, is that those harder emotional moments are balanced out with a lot of humor and vulnerability and awkwardness and I think that, especially, is something that teens will relate to. It's that jumble of all sorts of emotions that may not always seem to go together (and they way she expresses them) that makes Edie so fun to read. 

Court: I declare this to be the best young adult novel that I have read in at least 5 years. It is a top favorite because of all of the things Shelley listed, but to expound on that a little bit...it is the epitome of the teenage experience...especially as you're transitioning into adulthood. The trauma she experienced and how she dealt with it...and just learned to be okay in her skin as she is bullied and having to make new friends and be betrayed by people she trusted....it is just the most well rounded, well written book I have read this year, as well. Kylie Scott is an exceptionally talented author and I feel like I have been made better by her words. 

Shel: The secondary characters--Hang, Anders, and especially John--also provide great comic relief and a way for Edie to learn how to live and trust after living through such a horrific event. I loved the friend group Kylie Scott created for Edie and all of the parties and places she invented; they had this great blend of reality and fiction that gave it a John Hughes film quality to the story arc and now that I'm thinking about it, this would make a great teen film: tons of humor, sarcasm, angst, and trauma with an underlying pathos that makes it so relatable. Trust is a book I would love to add to my classroom bookshelf; I know I'd have a lot of students who'd love it. Court:  Right! I am going to get this one on my bookshelf so I can lend it far and wide...It has all of the flair of a teen drama, with a traumatic event that will keep you guessing...as well as a beautiful coming of age story that really explores the relationship with John and Edie as they go from survivors to friends to maybe something more...John is a great character. He's honest. He communicates. He really grows as a character in this book and helps Edie grow and I loved the two of them together. Another late night caused by Kylie Scott and you definitely will not hear me complain.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

REVIEW: The Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent



Title: The Unrequited
Author: Saffron A. Kent
Genre: Contemporary/Erotic Romance
Release Date: July 13, 2017

OUR REVIEW:


Shel: A little while I ago Saffron A. Kent appeared all over the blogs I follow with her release of A War Like Ours. Unfortunately, I haven't read it yet so I can't speak to anything about it other than it sparked reactions and, to me, when people are talking about the inner turmoil and emotion caused by a book, I can't help but be intrigued. Knowing what I knew about her first book, when we had a chance to review The Unrequited I immediately made (*forced*) room in our reading schedule to check it out. Court: yes, and exactly as she says...this book too highlights the inner turmoil and emotion in me...the characters...and oh my what a roller coaster ride it was! 

Shel: So here's what happened with my reading: the ARC showed up and I immediately downloaded it and stared at it knowing I couldn't get to it until I finished reviewing two other books. The curiosity and anticipation were at peak levels when I finally got to start it a few days later....at 7 pm. Starting The Unrequited at 7 pm probably wasn't my smartest idea ever because once I started it I had to finish it. There was no way I was going to sleep without knowing how Kent was going to end this story. Having never read anything by her, I wasn't entirely convinced there would be a HEA...maybe a HFN but HEA? I wasn't sure. And you know what, because of the way Layla and Thomas were written, I was really going to be okay with however it ended with them because I believed the characters could handle it.  So I read all evening and early morning until I finished, which was about 3 am and holy hot hell, Layla and Thomas are some fucked up characters (and I mean that in the nicest way possible, I think). Court: I think so too. There is so much against them that makes this an unlikely story but how Kent really pushes boundaries between them, blurs the lines of what is taboo and right or wrong, and has the most beautiful descriptions of poetry and writing and emotion and how to tap into that deep, dark part of ourselves that I could not stop reading until the early morning hours either. Blew my mind.

Shel: I don't want to rehash the synopsis (scroll down to read it) and we're not going to spoil things, so here are some unrelated, rambling thoughts on this morning after my 3 am read (where I'm now going on 1 cup of coffee):

  • Layla and Thomas, as initially introduced, are hard to like. She's got a history that makes her appear to be pretty hard and manipulative; he's broody and sarcastic and cold. Then they meet. They talk. They clash. They spark. They flame. They burn. We burn. Their relationship is tumultuous, to say the least.  (Court: It really is, he is sometimes bordering on more than I can handle. I kept hoping we wouldn't cross a certain line, but was really relying on Saffron A. Kent to hold my hand through it!)
  • If I were a gambler, I'd bet that there are some people who just cannot with these two. They do things that are NOT OKAY and yet even as I shook my head at them and what they were doing, somehow the more I got to know them and try to understand them, the less those things mattered (which is where the conflict comes in because those things were so very wrong but ..ugh...it's fiction, so....).  (Court: I think the writing helped so much with that, as well as the moments of "normal" we get with her finally making friends with Emma and going out to the poetry nights and slams, and as things get a little off the road, those things really keep our story in reality, at least to me!)
  • On the other hand, I bet so many readers will love how deliciously horrible these two are; and will love that they have this taboo relationship and that the forbidden nature of it amps up everything (especially the sex scenes--they're scorchingly hot hot hottt). Many readers will be able to forgive many things about Thomas and Layla's relationship, especially the closer to the end they get. (Court: Ugh. And that is the part that makes me hate myself just a little bit, but love the book more.)
  • POETRY. Omg. There's a poet as a love interest. *dies* Anyone who knows me knows that I have a thing for poetry and poets. I write it, I read it, I process it, I research it. Even though this novel isn't actually filled with poems, there are entire sections that are written in this staccato- like poetical fashion. The first section with "The Bard" had me grasping for something to write with just to write verses of response to him. (Court: Sigh, right? I knew Shelley would be just dying for this, and while I'm not as good as her...I love it too. Writing it is so cathartic, and the way that Thomas is and embodies his writing like it is a living part of him that he cannot escape gives a high for his character as we read that even I couldn't escape. He's someone who draws people in for being aloof and on another emotional plane and it was very exciting.) 
  • The writing and pacing are two things that I've been thinking about. As I was reading, I kept thinking about how austere the wording was -- not in a bad or good way, just that it was. The wording isn't overly pretty or overdone; it wasn't always the way something was worded that would have me stop and think, it was what was happening with the action or in a scene that had my mind going. I think the reason this stands out to me is because I bet many readers would expect a poet to be this wordy, emotive person and that simply wasn't the case. I think the lack of prose for prose's sake gave space for the actions of the story to speak to us rather than a bunch of empty, pretty sounding words. I think the stripped down descriptions and pacing of the dialogue also helped bring out the personalities and experiences of Layla and Thomas. The only thing that I had a little bit of a hang up with was the span of time this covered. It felt like, sometimes, that what was happening covered the span of weeks and months, instead of days, and even though the time span would be mentioned, it felt so crazy and intense for such a short period of time. (Court: I agree on that, sometimes it would feel like they were doing things while the world was going on around them and they ceased to exist in it. Like...certain scenes i can't mention to not spoil but wouldn't people notice them at some point? 
Shel: After reading Unrequited, I can definitely see why so many people are buzzing about Saffron A. Kent and I'm hoping to find some time to try her first novel now that I know. If you're looking for a taboo romance--one that isn't a "dark" romance--that is hotter than hot, this novel is the one for you. Court: It is all of these things! And if I haven't elaborated enough already: the writing is stellar. I was engaged, enthralled and could not get enough even when the characters were really trying to push me over the edge. 



Blurb

Layla Robinson is not crazy. She is suffering from unrequited love. But it’s time to move on. No more stalking, no more obsessive calling.

What she needs is a distraction. The blue-eyed guy she keeps seeing around campus could be a great one—only he is the new poetry professor—the married poetry professor.

Thomas Abrams is a stereotypical artist—rude, arrogant, and broody—but his glares and taunts don’t scare Layla. She might be bad at poetry, but she is good at reading between the lines. Beneath his prickly façade, Thomas is lonely, and Layla wants to know why. Obsessively.

Sometimes you do get what you want. Sometimes you end up in the storage room of a bar with your professor and you kiss him. Sometimes he kisses you back like the world is ending and he will never get to kiss you again. He kisses you until you forget the years of unrequited love; you forget all the rules, and you dare to reach for something that is not yours.

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I’m hit by a storm of desire to kiss him better. It’s a tornado, an avalanche in my body, and in one breathless moment, I decide to go for it. It’s okay. I can take the blame for it later.
I break the rules and reach up and kiss him. A feathery peck on his plump lips, it’s a kiss of solidarity, a kiss that intends to tell him I understand—but one isn’t enough. It only manages to ratchet up my lust. So I give him another, this time on the corner of his mouth, and then another one on his jaw.
It’s not enough, these small, barely-there touches. I want more, but I won’t take it. I’ll be good; I’ll only give.
Abruptly, he fists my curls and stops me. I look at him fearfully, ready to apologize—not for the kiss, but for being the kisser. His gaze reflects passion, stark, raving need, and I shiver, despite wearing layers and sweating with his heat.
“Are you trying to kiss me, Layla?” he rasps, flexing his fingers on my makeshift ponytail.
He couldn’t tell? Blush rises to the surface and I know I’m glowing like a neon sign. Swallowing, I nod. “Yes.”
He inches closer to me, still not touching—as impossible as that is—but infinitely closer. “You want to kiss me, Miss Robinson, you do it right.”
Oh God, does he have to call me that? Now, here? My spine arches on its own and my heavy tits graze the contours of his shuddering chest.
“H-How?” I ask innocently, belying the daring action of my body. His stern, professor-y voice is doing things to me, making me wild, uncontrolled.
For a second, he’s silent, just watching. I’m afraid he’ll back out from whatever this is, whatever insanity we’re about to commit—but then I sense the shift in the liquor-laced air as he opens his mouth and growls, “Like this.”






Author Bio

Writer of bad romances. Coffee Addict. White Russian Drinker. Imaginary Ballet Dancer and poetess. Aspiring Lana Del Ray of the book world.

I'm a big believer in love (obviously). I believe in happily ever after, the butterflies and the tingling. But I also believe in edgy, rough and gutsy kind of love. I believe in pushing the boundaries, darker (sometimes morally ambiguous) emotions and imperfections.

The kind of love I write about is flawed just like my characters. And I hope by the end of it, you'll come to root for them just as much as me. Because love, no matter where it comes from, is always pure and beautiful. 




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