YA Tropes Episode One: The Love Triangle, Square, and other Geometrical Conundrums


As a YA blogger, I spend a lot of time networking with other bloggers, checking out websites, perusing Facebook pages, and of course, scouting upcoming authors. Lately, I’ve seen several bloggers pose a question about whether or not readers actually enjoy love triangles, squares, etc. Here’s the thing: the love triangle is a delicate, fairly predictable, and beloved trope that can be entirely satisfying and wonderfully written. It’s when the love triangle doesn’t add to the plot or seems like a random filler that things start to go downhill.

The love triangle can be artistic and presented in several forms but typically it awakens something in the protagonist, is a source of temptation and risk, and yeah, all sorts of swoon-inducing feels. Like in film, the pairings are generally opposites. The good boy/bad boy, jaded musician/nerd, sarcastic yet passionate hottie/ the openly nice and there for her best friend; there are thousands of possible pairings and that’s what makes the love triangle so compelling.

The problem with YA more recently is likely one of repetition or similar love triangles, and it’s easy to see how the reader can get bored and find the plot too predictable at that point. Another issue is when there are far too many love interests and you want to slap the protagonist in the head and say come on, make up your mind already when suddenly the triangle morphs into an octagon. It’s not pretty and frankly, it’s irritating. Readers aren’t looking for a love triangle that feels like a plot line inserted just for the sake of some drama, they want some serious build up, internal dialogue, and to see a transformation in the main character as she/he discovers what sort of love they yearn for and the person they should be with. All of this, things were perfect with their boyfriend/girlfriend and then love at first sight to spice up the plot nonsense needs to stop. If the relationship is already in turmoil, sparks at first sight are okay and even encouraged but definitely NOT instalove. Please, turn that off.

That being said, when does a love triangle work? There are many answers to this question but the first that comes to mind is a fleeting love triangle. A fleeting love triangle is one where the initial attraction is arbitrary, it’s normally based on physical attraction and then the third member of the trio is introduced and turns the protagonist’s feelings on their axis. Slowly but surely, the protagonist builds an emotional connection to the other character and loses interest in the first.

Another triangle I find works well is the sarcastic, mystery boy and the best friend. As long as he’s oozing innuendo, sexual tension, and has hilarious lines, he’s a keeper. The best friend is a great parallel because he’s a source of comfort, stability, and what’s known, as opposed to the uncertainty of the other love interest. Balance, purpose, and colorful interactions between the characters in the triangle are a must.

What would I like to see more of? Male POV love triangles. I would thoroughly enjoy seeing this from a masculine perspective. So often in YA, love triangles deal with one girl and two totally different guys. Give me a guy struggling between two girls, I can’t even remember the last time I encountered that. Give me a choice that isn’t obvious. I loathe when one of the triangle suitors has so many flaws that it’s a duh moment when you reach the conclusion. An evenly balanced, weighing of pros and cons with attraction and compatibility as debated by the protagonist is what I yearn for. Give me a choice from the heart that works and doesn’t come about randomly.


Are love triangles needed in YA? No. A story can work perfectly fine without a love triangle and even flourish. Some YA books don’t feature romantic love at all and do well without it. Sometimes the story calls for something more, for self discovery without a romantic entanglement, for saving the world with friends by your side, or learning to love oneself before venturing out into the dating world.

Regardless, the love triangle has its pros and cons but flat out hatred and avoidance will severely limit your reading in YA. Not all love triangles are bad. Not all love triangles are created equal. Not all love triangles will turn you off of YA. There’s fantastic opportunity for love and laughter through a cleverly crafted love triangle, keep reading, go out and find your perfect triangle, square, or octagon if that’s what calls to you.

Happy reading, let me know your thoughts!

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Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Life’s What You Make It-Theresa Troutman

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Author: Theresa Troutman

Genre: Mature Young Adult Romance +16

Publication Date: April 12, 2014

Publisher: Indie Published

Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.

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Sebastian Irons life is spiraling out of control. Over the course of one week: Sebastian witnesses death, runs away with his best friends girl, gets kicked out of his English prep school, and is banished to America by his domineering mother to repeat his senior year of high school.

In America, Sebastian struggles to find self-discipline and a purpose to turn his life around. He meets Tess Hamilton, the only person to show him any kindness in his new school. Little does he know, she is the savior tutor hired by his mother to help him improve his grades. The two slowly begin to build a friendship.

As their friendship blossoms, Sebastian begins to have romantic feelings for Tess. She claims to only wants a plutonic relationship, but Sebastian feels the undeniable spark that sizzles between them every time they are together.

Forces beyond their control will either bring Sebastian and Tess closer together or tear them apart.

Will Sebastian return to his old habits or find the strength to be the person worthy of Tess love

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4/5 Stars 

Life’s What You Make It is Breakfast at Tiffany’s meets The Prince and Me. Set in the 80s it’s the perfect blend of bad decisions, reckless abandon, mounting passion, and perfect love. Sebastian Irons and the Libertines, his posse of arrogant upper-class nobility  with a live life hard and fast with no regrets attitude, could care less about consequences. They live life in the now, partying hard, getting into trouble, and hooking up with abandon. Things like love, fidelity, and caution are for the poor and a waste of time that could be spent getting high or waking up in the arms of the latest conquest. Everything is going swell for these social elites until a horrible accident shakes them to the core. They never thought that a little fun could go too far and that a situation couldn’t be fixed with their unlimited funds. Sebastian feels lost. Sometimes, even in the height of his high, he’d crash, consumed by melancholy, getting trashed just to cope with his mundane lifestyle. After the incident, Sebastian is more depressed than ever, takes a serious look at his life and feels like everything has been a sham. Forced into a future that he loathes, stuck with a mother he doesn’t love and who bribes him with her money, and a slave to the whims of his friends, Sebastian is resigned to a life left unfulfilled. The moment that changed everything leaves a lasting impression, Sebastian doesn’t know how to cope and slips further into dangerous behavior that he can’t come back from. When he’s approached by his mother with an ultimatum, Sebastian is faced with a shocking reality, banishment to Pennsylvania and into the hands of a tutor. America is nothing like Sebastian expected and the students are not too friendly. Sebastian finds kindness in the eyes of a average looking brunette and becomes more curious by the second. Tess isn’t anything at all like the girls he’s normally attracted to but something about her draws him in and it’s with absolute shock that he comes to find out that this enigma of a girl is his dreaded tutor. Tess isn’t looking for love or even a date, her days are dictated by a strict schedule and she has no room for alteration. NYU is her dream and she has to maintain her spot as valedictorian to get there. Sebastian is a distraction she doesn’t need but at $15/hr and with tuition to pay, she can’t say no. Will Tess be able to wrangle Sebastian’s frisky behavior, get him to buckle down and focus on her grades or will he drag her down with him?


  • That nonchalant, careless attitude that the Libertines are made of is wonderfully written. They’re haughty in an upper class, passive way that is very Holly Golightly and Daisy Buchanan. They’re sophisticated, polished, and thirsting for danger, uninhibited and almost vapid. Their reckless and half-hearted attempts at caring bring the disenchantment with their A-list lifestyle. The fame and fortune can’t give the Libertines a golden or happy life and their disillusionment is so profound it’s almost sad.
  • The relationship between Nanny Jones and Sebastian is heartwarming. It’s that glowing warmth of kindness, genuine care and unfaltering love. The way Sebastian clings to memories of Nanny, the teddy bear story, and the endearing way he tells her he loves her will melt your heart and make you fall a little more in love with him.
  • Beneath Sebastian’s roguish, playboy attitude is a heart yearning to love and be loved. Sebastian has spent his life in one night stands and pointless flings, hunkering to sate his passions but unable to build any real connections. Sebastian’s feelings are an incredible insight into his psyche, a glimpse into the reasons behind his actions, and his deepest desires. He’s insanely complex, almost broken in his inability to truly love those who it should have been natural to. Sebastian will make you ache with pity. Although he’s spoiled and sometimes a sarcastic, flirty jerk, he has some serious issues that cannot be easily overcome and take a lot to work through.
  • Sebastian’s transformation is huge. Away from the Libertines, it’s as if he is a whole different person and will the help of Tess, he grows rapidly into a compassionate, thoughtful, and complicated man with goals that rival even Tess’.
  • Tess is confident is who she is and knows what she wants. She has clearly defined goals and plans for her life and is so mature that it’s admirable and you’ll feel a teensy bit envious. I know I did. Everything is black and white for Tess, clear yes or no choices that can be made with conviction. She rarely strays from her comfort zone and works hard constantly. When Tess starts to make mistakes, it’s as if she wakes to a whole new world, where things are so much more real and raw than she imagined. When she opens herself up to love, it’s beautiful and giving, she becomes more than just a headstrong girl and learns to live and let live.
  • Sebastian and Tess compliment each other. They balance and test each other, pushing and pulling in an epic game of give and take. As their feelings grow, something magic happens and suddenly both characters are faced with a truth that they never expected.
  • The ending is totally open for a sequel.
  • If you’re searching for a feel good love story without too much drama and with a lot of heart, check this one out.


  • Some of the scenes are too short, they’re cut awkwardly going from one moment and skipping several days. For example, the Thanksgiving scene, I was dying to know what happened and it didn’t.
  • Tess can be infuriating at times, she is very determined and stubborn, her bull-headed nature gets in the way of some of the romance.
  • The secondary characters, like Tess’ two best friend’s Jordan and Courtney are like an afterthought. At first they have a pretty strong presence but as the story develops they’re left in the background and don’t really function well in the plot.

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Theresa Troutman is a Young Adult/New Adult Romance author who lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their crazy dog, Niko. She loves reading, theatre, traveling and is an active member of the SCBWI. My Secret Summer is her first published work. Her latest release is A Special Connection and her first full length novel, Life’s What You Make It will be available in April 2014.

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The rest of the day dragged on as Sebastian made his way through his class schedule. There were sideways glances, stares, and muttered comments since his arrival at school, but he ignored them the best he could and went about his business. When the last bell chimed at 2:45, signaling the end of the school day, Sebastian navigated his way to the study hall. He was there to meet the genius tutor his mother had arranged for him. He wasn’t in the mood to study and all he really wanted was a cigarette, but he was mindful of Nanny’s instruction to blend in and buckle down, so he dutifully awaited the arrival of his savior.

Tess Hamilton promptly entered the study hall at 2:50 and walked up to him, laying her textbooks on his table.

“You?” Sebastian blurted out, slightly startled, but with a broad grin on his face.

“They didn’t tell you I was your tutor?”


“Well, at least you look pleased—that’s half the battle. Why didn’t you ask who your tutor was in the dean’s office? Weren’t you curious?”

“I don’t care who is doing the tutoring. My job is to listen and learn. I’m not interested in your body, just your mind.”

Tess did have a nice body, he observed, finally able to get a full view of her standing next to him. She was petite, about five-feet two inches, with an hourglass figure.

“Gee, way to make a girl feel wanted,” she teased.

“If you’re looking for sex, I’d be happy to oblige. This table looks sturdy, and I like a girl who doesn’t have an aversion to public displays of attraction.”

“Public displays of affection,” Tess corrected, not missing a beat.

“I hardly think carnal desire has anything to do with affection,” Sebastian countered.

“Then it’s a good thing you’re not interested in my body.” She placed her hands on her hips and shook her head. “What did I get myself into?”

Sebastian didn’t reply, but stood up and pulled out a chair for Tess to sit.

“You’re charming,” she commented.

“Yes,” he merely agreed, with no sense of false modesty.

“And arrogant.”

“I prefer aloof,” he corrected her.

“Well, with a vocabulary like that, you should have no problem with the English portion of your SATs.”

He smiled to himself. He liked her straightforward attitude. Tess was not one of those polite socialite types he was so used to, who smiled demurely then quickly gossiped behind your back. She was a breath of fresh air.

“I printed out a schedule for you. We’ll meet on Tuesdays and Fridays. I have yearbook and the school paper on Mondays and Wednesdays. I can probably squeeze you in if you need a few SAT prep sessions before you take the exam in October. What was your last score?”

“What score are you referring to?”

“Your SAT score.”

“I haven’t taken it yet.”

She didn’t hide the surprise from her face. “What universities are you planning to apply to?”

At least he could answer this question. “NYU and Princeton.”


“Why did you just ‘hmm?’ It is absurd to think that I could attend either one of these schools?” Sebastian spat back, slightly annoyed.

“I didn’t say that. I just find it curious that I’m tutoring you this late in the game and you have such lofty aspirations. You’ll have to work hard to get into these schools. What type of extracurricular activities have you been involved in?”

Again, she was speaking a different language he didn’t quite understand. He was sure she was not talking about parties, drugs, and sex. These were the only extracurricular activities he knew. “I’m sorry,” he apologized. “I don’t quite understand.”

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Cover Reveal: Crane-Stacey Rourke


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Title: Crane

Series: Legends Saga Book 1

Author: Stacey Rourke

Genre: NA paranormal

Audience: Older teens and up

Formats: eBook and print

Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing

Cover By: Najla Qamber Designs

Editor: There for You Editing

Expected Date of Publishing: May 26, 2014

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The Horseman is unending,
his presence shan’t lessen.
If you break the curse,
you become the legend.
Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle had no choice but to cover up the deadly truth behind Ichabod Crane’s disappearance. Centuries later, a Crane returns to Sleepy Hollow awakening macabre secrets once believed to be buried deep.
What if the monster that spawned the legend lived within you?
Now, Ireland Crane, reeling from a break-up and seeking a fresh start, must rely on the newly awakened Rip Van Winkle to discover the key to channeling the darkness swirling within her. Bodies are piling high and Ireland is the only one that can save Sleepy Hollow by embracing her own damning curse.
But is anyone truly safe when the Horseman rides?



authorgifThe Gryphon Series is written by Stacey Rourke. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, drooly dogs. Stacey loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this series as well as other literary projects. The Gryphon Series is available wherever fine books are sold.

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Cover Reveal & Party: Gray’s Domain-Eva Pohler


Are you familiar with Stanley Milgram’s shock experiment? If not, here’s a two-minute video that will tell you the haunting results:

Stanley Milgram Experiment Video

The major antagonist of The Purgatorium Series, Dr. Hortense Gray, was adopted by a psychologist and a contemporary of Stanley Milgram, Philip Zimbardo, and other psychologists in the wake of World War II who wanted to know how good people can commit horrible atrocities against others.

Purgatorium CoverDr. Hortense Gray, also a psychologist with an impeccable record of curing troubled patients, has a different question: If we force suicidal people to fight for their lives, will the survival instinct overpower the suicidal tendency?

She has created a compound called The Purgatorium on an island off the coast of California where she uses experimental therapy on unknowing patients. Sent to the island by her parents, seventeen-year-old Daphne Janus, who feels responsible for her sister’s death and her brother’s mental illness, is Dr. Gray’s newest patient.

Does Dr. Gray go too far? Or, do the ends justify the means? Read the series, and tell us what you think!

Additionally, here is the Goodreads blurb:

Seventeen year-old Daphne Janus is floored when her parents agree to let her accompany her best friend to a getaway resort on an island off the coast of California. She doesn’t know her parents have sent her to the Purgatorium as a last-ditch effort to save their child.

Her best friend and life-long neighbor takes her to a mostly uninhabited island with a wildlife preserve on one side and Chumash Indian ruins on the “haunted” side. The resort might be beautiful, the beach pristine, and the views from the headland amazing, but strange things begin to happen that soon have Daphne running for her life. At first she finds the therapeutic games thrilling: the ghosts that visit her room, the dropping elevator, and the kayak incident are actually kind of fun once she recovers from them. But when her horse bucks her off during a trail ride and she becomes lost on the haunted side of the island, it’s not fun anymore, and she wonders if her parents have sent her there to help her or to punish her.

Today (Sunday, April 27th) we are celebrating the cover reveal of the second book in the series, Gray’s Domain, with a huge Facebook event. We would love for you to join us for fun games and prizes.

First a word about the title. If you’ve read The Purgatorium (and if you haven’t, click on the pic above to see purchase links), you know that Dr. Gray refers to herself as Prospero, a character from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and she refers to the island as her domain. So there you go: the reason for the title. (Btw, the third and final book in the series is called The Calibans.)

Therese's Silver BraceletExpect fun games and fantastic prizes. One prize will be the silver bracelet seventeen-year-old Daphne is given in the first book to represent both the bonds (of fear and guilt) she must overcome and the new bonds of friendship she fosters with the other characters.

Although this novel is not based on Greek mythology like The Gatekeeper’s Saga, because it’s so popular, Athena will give away one of her lockets. She’s relevant to this series because her words of wisdom in the locket are as Athena Locket with Keyimportant to Daphne as they are to Therese: “The most common way people give up their power is by believing they have none.” Inspired by Alice Walker (author of The Color Purple), this inscription motivates Therese to keep fighting against all odds.

There will be other prizes, too, including a cool beach towel and bright yellow beach tote (the story takes place in the summer on a beautiful island). And, because the book is about therapy (albeit a very frightening experimental sort) you can also win a box of chocolate therapy (Russel Stover’s French Chocolate Mints), and a bottle of aromatherapy (Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint).

To join the party, click here or on the image below:Gray's Domain Cover Reveal

Pleasant reading all, do check out the party, and have fun!

As always,

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WWW Wednesdays: April 23rd


WWW Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading and consists of three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

To play along just answer the questions 🙂

Currently Reading:


“She’s everything I’m not and everything I want to be.”

Sebastian Iron’s life is spiraling out of control. Over the course of one week Sebastian witnesses death, runs away with his best friend’s girl, gets kicked out of his English prep school and is banished to America by his domineering mother to repeat his senior year of high school.

In America, Sebastian struggles to find self-discipline and a purpose to turn his life around. He meets Tess Hamilton, the only person to show him any kindness in his new school. Little does he know, she is the savior tutor hired by his mother to help him improve his grades. The two slowly begin to build a friendship.

As their friendship blossoms, Sebastian begins to have romantic feelings for Tess. She claims to only want a platonic relationship, but Sebastian feels the undeniable spark that sizzles between them every time they are together.

Forces beyond their control will either bring Sebastian and Tess closer together or tear them apart.

Will Sebastian return to his old habits or find the strength to be the person worthy of Tess’ love?

+++This is part of a blog tour and will be reviewed on the 28th. 

Recently Finished: 


In this highly anticipated follow-up to White Trash Damaged, Cass and Tucker have finally found their happily ever after, but can Eric, the band’s brooding drummer, ever let go of his past and find love?

From a small-town boy with fantasies of superstardom to rock star on tour with the suddenly famous band Damaged, Eric’s life has not been an easy journey. Now he struggles to let go of his past of physical abuse, a past that still haunts him. His anger is causing him to spiral out of control and he risks losing everything he has worked so hard for.

Only one person has ever gotten him to open up about his past: Sarah, the lead singer of Filth, the opening act on their first national tour—a fellow rocker with a confident façade that masks her own painful secrets. But their bands’ rocky past and Sarah’s tumultuous relationship with her bandmate and boyfriend Derek force her to keep Eric at a distance. As their friendship begins to grow into something more, Eric has to find a way to let go of his tortured past, or it could jeopardize his only chance for a happy future…

+++Read and rated 4 stars. Review pending.

 Reading Next:


The dramatic conclusion to the Lost Souls trilogy, which answers readers’ questions and finally pits natural Tess against the true enemies of Templeton, the creators

Heartbroken but more determined than ever after a tense showdown in the woods, sixteen-year-old Tess once again returns to the safety of her community of Isolationists. Bolstered by new alliances and desperate to protect those she loves, this time she knows she can return stronger and more powerful than ever to take back what is hers. As she trains in combat and grows more confident, Tess receives beautiful letters penned by her forbidden love, the chosen one James, from his prison in Templeton. He is now serving as a bodyguard to the creators-the team of scientists who created artificial life in the first place. And what he has discovered about the true origin of the illness that halted natural life could change everything. Enemy will become ally and death will bring new hope in this stunning conclusion to Tiffany Truitt’s epic Lost Souls trilogy.

+++Creators releases on April 28th. Review on or around that date. 

Between the end of the semester and my NetGalley deadlines on top of previously scheduled tour dates, my TBR pile has gotten way beyond control. I have so many amazing books that I’m dying to read but unfortunately am forced (er) to read foreign policy documents instead. I have a 20pg research paper due on Friday, a 15 pg historiography and 2 smaller 5-7 pg papers due Monday and a 20-25 pg research paper due next Wedsnesday. After that the semester is over and hopefully, I can quickly get back on track! 

What are you reading?

Pleasant reading,

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Cover Reveal: Tempting the Bodyguard-J. Lynn

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A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

He can protect her from everyone except himself.

Alana Gore is in danger. A take-no-prisoners publicist, her way with people has made her more than a few enemies over the years, but a creepy stalker is an entirely different matter. She needs a bodyguard, and the only man she can ask is not only ridiculously hot, but reputed to have taste for women that goes beyond adventurous.

Chandler Gamble has one rule: don’t protect anyone you want to screw. But with Alana, he’s caught between his job and his increasingly hard libido. On one hand, Alana needs his help. On the other, Chandler wants nothing more than to take the hot volcano of a woman in hand. To make her writhe in pleasure, until she’s at his complete mercy.

She needs protection. He needs satisfaction. And the moment the line is crossed, all hell will break loose…

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

***Additional info: Tempting the Bodyguard is the THIRD book in the Gamble Brothers series. For information on the other books in the series here are the Goodreads links: Tempting the Best Man (Gamble Brothers, #1) + Tempting the Player (Gamble Brothers, #2).

Pleasant reading,

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Cover Reveal: Missing Pieces-Tiffany Flowers

For my YA crowd, this post contains explicit excerpts, so please 18+.

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Gabby survives her ex-boyfriend’s brutal attack, only to be ripped away
from her life by a complete stranger. She is thrown into the world of
Immortals, where every nightmare out there exists and walks free. She can’t
deny her attraction to this stranger, Neeko, but he must earn her trust before
she will ever let him into her heart. Can she learn to love again? Will love be
enough, or will everything come crashing down?
Neeko sees Gabby and immediately knows she is someone
special. He makes a rash decision to kidnap her, because he can’t stop thinking
about her. Now he must somehow prove to her that she is his mate and his soul’s
other half. How can he have a human for a mate? Can he keep her safe from
Demons? Or is he her biggest threat?
When the missing pieces fall into place to reveal all
their secrets, will they stand together or apart?
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 “Just sit on the bed and watch.”
He grins but doesn’t get up. I quickly run into the bathroom and strip of my shirt and pants. I have on a black and purple lace corset and a black thong with a garter belt attached to fish nets. And to set it off with a bang 6 inch spiked high heels. The purple goes great with my tattoo. I lean forward head bent and brush my hair to give it the full volume look. You know the just fucked look. I take a deep breath I have never done anything like this before. I slowly open the bathroom door and step out. I hear him take a sharp breath. His eyes have turned dark with desire and are watching my every step. His muscles become rigid and hands gripping the edge of the bed. I let him take in the outfit and then walk to the iPod and hit play. Giving him a nice view of my ass.  Shush by Rachele Royal starts up. I walk right in front of him and start singing the words while dancing erotically.
She’s singing about giving it to her good. I walk up to him and place my hand on his shoulder and lean in to whisper while my knee is placed on his erection. I put a little pressure on his bulge and she says something about 3 in a row. I hold up three fingers and then rub them on top of my panties. Then place them on his lips. He nips at my fingers. He slowly takes one of my fingers in his mouth and sucks.  I turn and bend over and rub my ass on his jeans, right over his dick. His body stills and he growls. He reaches his hand from behind and rubs on my clit ,with a finger, through my thong. I twist back around and grab his hand and stick that finger in my mouth and gently suck down to his knuckle then back up to the top swirling my tongue around his finger.  She sings about shushing and making no noises so I hold his finger to my mouth shushing. I turn and sit on his lap and I grind on him.
I feel his breath on my neck right before he leans in and kisses it. Nibbling and sucking. He is driving me wild. I have to stand up before I loose myself in him. I want to drive him wild not the other way around. I turn and have my back to him I bend down and touch my ankles to give him a nice view of my ass and slowly start to slide my hands up my legs and begin to stand. I hear him growl and the next thing I know I’m lying face down on the bed with him on top of me. He leans down and whispers in my ear. “You drive me wild.” His hot breath on my neck and his erection pressing into my ass is almost too much. He rips my thong right off my ass. Well he did buy them. He leans down and bites my ass and slaps right where he just bites.
“Fuck Neeko.”
“That’s right say my name baby.”

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Cover Reveal & International Giveaway: The Deeper We Get-Jessica Gibson

The Deeper We Get
( The Harder We Fall #2 ) by Jessica Gibson

***Release Day July 8th***

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Chad Langer was always running. Running from his past, afraid of letting himself be happy and free. College was going to be his new start. New city, new school, new people.

Scarlett would be his undoing. He knew it the moment he saw her. Something in her eyes called to him. She was just as broken as he was.

Sometimes the past doesn’t stay in the past. Will they be able to overcome the obstacles set in their path?

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jessicaJessica Gibson is a recovering bookaholic, she’s down from four books a week to a more reasonable one. It was that love of words and creativity that made her dream about writing her first book. That dream was hidden for years, always put on the back burner, filed away in the “someday” section, until her husband Matt gave her the kick in the pants she needed to actually get off her butt and write.

Jessica and Matt live in Southern California and have a serious addiction to reality tv shows like Pawn Stars and American Restoration. They have one son and hope to add to the family in the near future.
Aside from writing, she runs an online event planning business called the Release Day Diva. In addition to novels, Jessica writes and maintains the blog Book on the Bright Side. Keep up with Jessica and her latest releases and events on her blog.

For my review of the first book in this series, The Harder I Fall click here –> The Harder I Fall Review

Happy reading all, I marking the date on my calendar. I can’t wait to see what happens when Chad falls in love.


Release Day Blitz: I Know Lucy-Melissa Pearl

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Genre: YA Romantic Suspense

Lucy Tate is on the run. After witnessing the brutal murder of her parents, she’s spent five years in hiding — taking on different personas and faking her way through life. The authorities can’t be trusted, so she remains in the shadows, always one beat ahead of the man who is forever hunting her. That is, until she meets Zach Schultz, a senior at Monte Vista High and the one guy she can’t bear to leave. Suddenly her natural instincts to lie, steal, and run are overshadowed by something else…the desire to stay. It’s her one shot at a normal life.

Curious by nature, Zach is immediately drawn to the new girl at school. How can a person look both confident and vulnerable all in the same moment? Determined to learn more about her, he tries to get close, but is thrown into a world of lies and confusion. The only thing that becomes apparent is that discovering the truth may get him killed.




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“This is different, you guys.” I shook my head. “I mean yes, she is gorgeous. And yes, I’m attracted to her, but it’s not just her looks. There’s something about her. She’s intriguing. It’s like she’s not all she appears to be or something.”

“You can tell that after two minutes of interacting with her? Give me a break.” Elliot balled up his napkin and threw it on the table. “I know I don’t know her at all yet, but I can tell there’s something more there.” I rubbed my bottom lip.

“She looks normal to me.” AJ shrugged.

“I think she’s pretty. She looks sweet, but…” Liesl turned to spy her quickly. “AJ’s right. She looks like any other transfer student. What makes her so different?”

“It’s something about her eyes. There’s a story in them. I can’t even explain why I think that. I just feel like she’s got a lot of layers and I want to peel back every single one of them.”

“I bet you do.” Elliot raised his eyebrows.

“Not like that.” I threw him a droll look. “I just want to solve the mystery that is Danielle Harrison.”

“Dude, there is no mystery.” Elliot slapped his hand lightly on the table.

“Yes there is. I can feel it.”

“Careful, Zachy, your Nancy Drew is showing.” Jaeda’s green eyes were large and round as she gave me a playful look.

“I don’t care.” I shrugged, confident in the truth that I really didn’t.

“That girl over there has secrets and I’m gonna figure out what they are.”

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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

For my 4 star review of Melissa Pearl’s YA True Colors see this link: True Colors Review

Pleasant reading all,




As you can see, I’ve been playing around with the layout of the blog. I don’t think it’s drastically different but I would love your opinions on what you like or dislike, what you wish was on the blog, any features that are missing, etc.

This is the final 2 weeks of the semester for me and I am swamped. 5 research papers and a presentation to write all within the next 10 days before I’m done and move on to my FINAL semester of graduate school. Yay. In light of this hectic and stressful time, I don’t think I’ll have the mental capacity or time to read or review for the blog apart for any posts that are already scheduled or have cut off dates. That being said, I do have 4 posts scheduled for the next few days and must review A Song for Us by Teresa Mummert (adult contemporary, rock bands, deals with serious issues such as physical abuse, self mutilation, and sexual abuse) and Playing With Matches by Lee Strauss (YA historic fiction, Hitler youth). Keep your eyes out for those. I do have The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant, Creators, and In the Shadows upcoming, along with several others. I’m a little behind but determined to catch up.

Additionally, I am struggling with my Camp NaNoWriMo because of all this school work. I’ve only written a couple thousand words, nowhere near what I wanted so I’m hoping to make next month another camp month.

As always thank you guys for reading, I love interacting with all of you and sharing new books.