Cover Reveals: Daring the Bad Boy & Keeping Her Secret by Monica Murphy and Sarah Nicolas (Respectively)

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Let us know what you think of the covers for Daring the Bad Boy and Keeping Her Secret (Endless Summer Series) by Monica Murphy and Sarah Nicolas (respectively)!

Daring the Bad Boy & Keeping Her Secret both release on August 22, 2016

This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled TEEN, YA Books Central & LGBTQ Reads!

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Release Date: August 22, 2016

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Truth or Dare was never this much fun…

Annie McFarland is sick of being a shy nobody. A session at summer camp seems like the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself—gain some confidence, kiss a boy, be whoever she wants to be. A few days in, she’s already set her sights on über-hottie Kyle. Too bad her fear of water keeps her away from the lake, where Kyle is always hanging out.

Jacob Fazio is at Camp Pine Ridge after one too many screw-ups. Junior counseling seems like punishment enough, but the rigid no-fraternizing-with-campers rules harsh his chill. When a night of Truth or Dare gets him roped into teaching Annie how to swim, she begs him to also teach her how to snag Kyle.

Late-night swim sessions turn into late-night kissing sessions…but there’s more on the line than just their hearts. If they get caught, Jake’s headed straight to juvie, but Annie’s more than ready to dare him to reveal the truth.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains references to drinking, sexual situations, adult language, and an intense bad boy hero who will melt your heart.

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Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is a traditionally published author, as well as an independently published author. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance. She is also USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson.

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Release Date: August 22, 2016

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All’s fair in love and summertime prank wars

The last person Riya Johnson expected to run into at her new summer camp is Courtney Chastain—her childhood best friend and the girl who broke her heart after a secret, mind-blowing, life-altering kiss. She definitely didn’t expect to be sharing a bunk bed with her for four long weeks.

Courtney has what every girl wants—she’s beautiful, rich, and the object of every boy’s desire at Camp Pine Ridge. Too bad none of them make her feel an iota of what Riya’s kiss did all those years ago. But Courtney needs to uphold appearances at all costs—even if it means instigating an all-out prank war with Riya as her main target.

Neither girl can stop thinking about the other…but that doesn’t mean they can give up past hurts and take a chance on a future together.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains drinking, sexual situations, and a fairy-tale romance sure to make your heart melt.

 

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Sarah Nicolas is a recovering mechanical engineer, library event planner, and author. She lives in Orlando with a 60-lb mutt who thinks he’s a chihuahua. Sarah writes YA novels as Sarah Nicolas and romance under the name Aria Kane. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing volleyball or drinking wine. She is a contributor for Book Riot and at YAtopia.

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Romantic reading, 

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Book Blitz: My Secret Summer-Theresa Troutman

MY SECRET SUMMER by Theresa Troutman
Genre(s): Mature Young Adult Contemporary Romance Novella
Published: October 26th 2013
Caitlin Conners is a loner; shy and artistic. Her only friend is her sister, Carly. When Carly dies in a car accident, Caitlin has never felt more alone. An overbearing mother makes her life impossible when she meets the boy next door, Dylan Rodgers. Dylan doesn’t fit in with the popular crowd either. He prefers skateboarding to football and is viewed by his fellow students as a pot head. 
 
Dylan helps Caitlin deal with her grief and awakens her sexuality. Somehow these two misfits strike up a friendship and fall in love, while trying to keep their relationship a secret from Caitlin’s parents. Caitlin resorts to various methods to sneak out of the house and be with Dylan. As the stakes increase, emotions run high and passion ignites. The thrill of ‘getting away with it’ is so addictive and makes Caitlin feel invincible. How long can she get away with the lies before she is found out?
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A beautifully written insight into the development and challenges that confront love for young adults. I look forward to more. Perhaps a sequel.
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The thorn of the delicate pink rose pricked my finger with a burst of pain. I watched with great fascination as the drop of crimson blood formed on my skin. It was so much easier to focus on this tiny detail than to look up and deal with reality. Mom pulled me forward and I had to look up. She was leading me toward a glossy white coffin hovering over six feet of freshly dug earth. The smell of moist dirt and cut grass filled my nostrils. Respectfully, I laid the single rose on the coffin. Fellow mourners followed my lead. The minister said a final prayer and then I watched as the coffin was lowered into the ground. My parents and I left before they poured the dirt back over my eighteen-year-old sister’s grave.
 
We rode to the luncheon in silence. My dad’s hand covered my mom’s hand as it trembled uncontrollably. I’d watched my dad cry for the first time in my life today. What the hell was wrong with me? I hadn’t shed a tear. I loved my older sister, Carly. I really did. She was the perfect daughter; straight-A student, athletic, popular. She was always there for me, giving me advice or introducing me to her friends so I could be popular too. I was never comfortable playing that part. I’m more of the loner type. I prefer painting gothic angels in the comfort of my room while listening to Muse. At least I didn’t have to listen to my mom complain that I was wearing black today. ‘You have such a pretty face. You should wear more color, honey,’ she would always say.
 
An endless line of well wishers passed by me at a mind numbing pace. I didn’t hear a thing they had to say. I simply nodded and said, “Thank you.” I felt bad for them, their sorry, grief-ridden faces desperately wanting to bring comfort. I don’t think there was any comfort to be had. Carly died in a car accident. Her drunk boyfriend was behind the wheel and they were coming home after a friend’s graduation party. So young, so tragic, her life was just beginning. I think those were some of the things that were said. Thankfully it was June. At least I didn’t have to go back to school the next day and be the topic of pity, gossip and grief counseling.
 
There were pictures of Carly on one of the tables at the luncheon. In one she was prom queen, dressed in a pale blue gown with her beautiful long blonde hair cascading over her shoulders, a small rhinestone tiara on top of her head. In another, she was in her lacrosse uniform posing for the team photo that was used in the yearbook. Everything about Carly was perfect; her skin, hair, body and teeth. 
 
I, on the other hand…I got the leftovers;  straight stringy brown hair, the occasional pimple and gap between my front teeth. My mom always encouraged me to let Carly give me a makeover. It had never happened. At least I wouldn’t have to worry about that anymore. Or would I? Would my mom try to make me more like Carly? My brain was about to explode and I just had to get outside and away from all these people.
 
Theresa Troutman lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their crazy dog, Niko. She loves reading, theatre and traveling. 
 
Her books include: My Secret Summer, A Special Connection and the Love’s Great Adventure Series: Life’s What You Make It and Love This Life and London Loves. She is currently working on contemporary romance called, By My Side, which will be released in early 2015.
 
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ARC Review: Rewind to You-Laura Johnston

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***I received this book in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley and Kensington Publishing.

cooltext1638450297 copy“A rapturous, beautiful debut with a romance that seeps into you like a sizzling Georgia summer.” —Amber Hart, author of Before You

Wish You Were Here

One last summer before college on beautiful Tybee Island is supposed to help Sienna forget. But how can she? This is where her family spent every summer before everything changed, before the world as she knew it was ripped away.

But the past isn’t easily left behind. Especially when Sienna keeps having episodes that take her back to the night she wants to forget. Even when she meets the mysterious Austin Dobbs, the guy with the intense blue eyes, athlete’s body, and weakness for pralines who scooped her out of trouble when she blacked out on River Street.

When she’s with Austin, Sienna feels a whole new world opening up to her. Austin has secrets, and she has history. But caught between the past and the future, Sienna can still choose what happens now…

“A fabulous, fresh new voice in YA.” —Kay Lynn Mangum, author of The Secret Journal of Brett Colton

“Laura Johnston scores a touchdown with this coming-of-age love story.” —Kelly Nelson, author of The Keeper’s Saga

“This poignant, sweet romance gripped my heart from beginning to end.” —Jennette Green, author of The Commander’s Desire

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4/5 Stars

Rewind to You is a sweet summer love story that evolves into so much more. It’s passionate and full of the sort of soul-searing emotional trauma that breaks and rebuilds characters and opens the reader’s heart.

PROS:

  • The city, River Street is a quaint and magical little town. It radiates southern charm and serendipity, there’s an enchanting feeling that anything can happen on this street. The people are friendly, eclectic, and all have these micro-stories that add authenticity to the setting. You easily feel like you could stumble upon this tiny vacation spot and fall in love with its simple atmosphere. 
  • The candy shop scene might be one of the most romantic and playful dates I’ve ever read. It was perfect. Sienna is bursting with light and laughter, she’s absolutely dazzled by the chocolate fantasy land, it’s like she’s at Disney World for the first time. Her happiness is infectious and real, I challenge you not to smile during this scene. Seriously, it’s impossible. Ditto for the pier rainstorm scene.
  • Sienna is incredible. The guilt she feels over her father’s horrible death is crippling. Every ounce of hurt is magnified by the tension in her household and this feeling of being trapped. Sienna wants to make her father proud, has to walk on eggshells around her fragile, moody mother, and deal with the pressures of family expectations. All of her life, Sienna has been pushed into things, desperate to make everyone happy and has sacrificed who she is along the way. Sienna no longer knows what she wants and her confusion is understandable. Trying to live with the memories of the gruesome car crash is a psychological war that takes over her life physically. Her fainting spells at memories of the night her father died put her in precarious and potentially deadly situations. The opening scene with the pervs hassling her and the anxiety that makes her vulnerable to their advances was extremely scary. The fact that her anxiety, the visions or rewinding she suffers during her fainting spells could kill her because she loses control is far more terrifying than the fainting itself. Sienna is far from perfect, she ignores her heart and forgives easily and that sets her up for pain and lies. Yet, Sienna has had to live with so much agony and guilt that it’s amazing she can smile at all. She’s truly an uplifting character.
  • Rewind to You is not only a love story but tackles many issues that should be discussed but haven’t really, like PTSD, ADHD, and bipolar disorder. Mental illness is a dominant part of the lives of those who suffer and it’s hard to understand from an outsider’s perspective. Johnston did a wonderful job really getting at the energy, randomness, and whirlwind of emotions and reactions in Spenser’s character. That he can be a rowdy, loving child one moment and not grasp reality from Batman in the next is startling to read and grants the reader not only insight but understanding.
  • Grab your tissues. Trust me. There are tears of happiness, sadness, fear, and anger that just pour from this book. 
  • The concept of forgiveness is sometimes overlooked and taken for granted. It was front and center in this book and made the characters that much more admirable. If I was in Sienna’s shoes, I don’t know that I would have had the strength or capacity to let it go.
  • Austin is an all around great guy. He’s nice to everyone, be it penniless musicians on the street or rich jerks he just met. Austin is open, honest, and tells it like it is. He doesn’t back down but voices his opinions and tries to view the world from many perspectives. When Austin falls for Sienna, it’s a rush of elation. His attraction to her is more than just physical, it’s to everything about her. His sections, the way he describes her just begs for a chorus of awwws and pleasant sighs. Austin is persistent and slightly cocky but doesn’t let it go to his head, if anything he’s oddly humble. Austin comes up with the most enchanting, creative dates. I would LOVE to see this as a film.

CONS:

  • The cover is a little off-putting. It’s zoomed in so close and while I love the color scheme and how it seems to brighten the contrast with their skin, it’s like they’re under a microscope. The photo would have been just as intimate, if not more, zoomed out. 
  • The beginning of the book, especially the scenes with Austin and his friends in the car read really immature and the word choice felt forced and unrealistic. That some drugged up, party boys would use such babyish words didn’t make sense and had me staring at the page puzzled. 
  • Kyle is such a piece of garbage, he’s a disgusting human being and that Sienna can even let him put his hands on her is just perplexing. The dog. Speechless.

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Book Blast, Guest Post & Giveaway: Love, Lucy-April Lindner

I am so excited to be able to help spread the word that LOVE, LUCY by April Lindner is now available to pre-order at Amazon and The Book Depository. LOVE, LUCY releases in January 2015, but until then I am thrilled to share an awesome guest post from Lucy Sommersworth on the Top Ten Things she loves about Italy. It sounds like she had an amazing time and I can’t wait to hear all about it in January. If you haven’t yet heard about this amazing-sounding book, there’s some information and places to find it online below. And if you haven’t yet met April Lindner, her details are also below. This blast also includes a giveaway for an Amazon eGiftcard, so if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About LOVE, LUCY

Title: LOVE, LUCY

Author: April Lindner

Publisher: Poppy

Release date: January 27, 2015

Available to pre-order now at Amazon and The Book Depository

cooltext1552738522 copy While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, 17-year-old Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food…and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her “vacation flirtation.” But just because summer is over doesn’t mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.

 


The Guest Post

The Top Ten Things I Love About Italy
By Lucy Sommersworth

10. Train stations. They make my heart beat a little bit faster. I especially love the departure signs lit up with the names of exotic cities. They make me want to pick a destination at random—Venice or Milan or Naples, basically any place I’ve never been before—and just jump on, trusting that some kind of wonderful adventure will be waiting for me when I hop off. I would do it too except for the fact that Charlene, the friend I’m traveling with, likes schedules and order. I could never talk her into doing something that reckless.

9. The language. Italian is so lush and musical. Not that I can speak it, exactly. I took Italian in high school, and I can remember just enough to say basic things like excuse me and I would like the Spaghetti Bolognese, please. But even just reading the street signs out loud makes me feel like a different version of myself—more worldly and glamorous. And even the most ordinary words, the ones that mean ATM or supermarket—sound glorious in Italian.

8. Italian men. What can I say? I’ve always had a thing for dark brown eyes.

7. Window shopping. I could do it all day long. Window displays are different in Italy, quirkier and more colorful. I especially love the sparkling little jewelry stores on the Ponte Vecchio, the funky clothing store displays, and store windows full of colorful, exotic treats—marzipan fruit, and candied rose and violet petals.

6. Sidewalk cafes. Nobody minds if you linger forever over a single cappuccino, just soaking in the atmosphere and watching the people pass by.

5. Gelato. After a few hours, walking around Florence can make a person exhausted. Luckily, wherever you turn, there’s a glass storefront gleaming with refreshing gelato—a miniature rainbow-colored mountain range of it: raspberry, mango, lemon, dark chocolate, hazelnut, pistachio—and all of it amazing.

4. Street Performers. Though Charlene insists they’re just begging and we shouldn’t give them our money, I can’t help myself. I love them all: street musicians, the people who draw chalk masterpieces in the street, the folks who dress up as statues and pose for tourists. I’ve even got a soft spot for mimes!

3. Riding on a Vespa. Please don’t tell my mom, okay? She would have a panic attack if she knew.

2. Pretending I’m Audrey Hepburn. Roman Holiday is one of my all-time favorite movies, and the reason I wanted to go to Italy in the first place. Audrey Hepburn plays Princess Ann, who has grown deathly bored with having to give speeches and act stiff and regal. On a stop in Rome she runs away, and wanders through the city pretending to be a commoner. Of course she falls in love with Gregory Peck. Like her, he’s pretending, acting like a nice, ordinary guy who just wants to show her around Rome, when really he’s a reporter with ulterior motives. He recognizes her, and plans to write a tell-all story about her for his newspaper.

I won’t spoil the ending. I’ll just add that if you’re planning a trip to Rome, you need to see Roman Holiday first. And then, if you happen to meet a gorgeous, dark-eyed stranger, maybe you can get him take you on a Roman Holiday tour, and you can pretend to be Audrey Hepburn the way I did.

1. The amazing people I met along the way. Swapping stories with other backpackers about our travels and misadventures. Vacation flirtations with dark-eyed strangers. And, just maybe, experiencing a real summer romance.


About April Lindner

April Lindner is the author of three novels: Catherine, a modernization of Wuthering Heights; Jane, an update of Jane Eyre; and Love, Lucy, due out in January, 2015. She also has published two poetry collections, Skin and This Bed Our Bodies Shaped. She plays acoustic guitar badly, sees more rock concerts than she’d care to admit, travels whenever she can, cooks Italian food, and lavishes attention on her pets—two Labrador retriever mixes and two excitable guinea pigs. A professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, April lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.

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I don’t know about you but those pictures have given me the urge to go traveling again. I’ve never been to Italy but it looks amazing and I can’t wait to read Lucy’s story.

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Review: Unsettled-Alisa Mullen

3.5/5 Stars

Unsettled (Chosen, #1)-Alisa Mullen

Publication Date: February 7, 2014

***I received this as a gift from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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I was in way too deep. I was cut in so many places that I felt like I was bleeding out from every part of my body. Being outside and watching people live their normal lives took me out of my head, but the minute I stepped back into the apartment, I was muted inside. No words, no actions, no me.

For my YA crowd this is a NA (New Adult) book. There are 17+ scenes and serious topics of abortion and drunk driving. That being said, Unsettled is a realistic portrait of summer love, unexpected consequences, and warring expectations. The harsh reality and the bittersweet aftermath of a no strings, friends with benefits relationship that turns into something more is honest, raw, and fueled by a flurry of conflicting emotions. Mullen gets at the heart of temporary love and rips it open, challenging the fairytale and showing the reader that the real picture may be dark but that there’s always an opportunity to discover inner strength. 

Plot: Picking up the pieces of her life after the end of a 5 year long relationship, Lizzie O’Malley has moved back home at 23 and wants nothing more than to focus on getting her life in order. One night, while celebrating her brother’s girlfriend Darcy’s birthday, Lizzie is thrust by a rowdy, drunken crowd into the arms of a tall, gorgeous man with a delectable accent. When he asks her if she needs helping getting a pint, she’s speechless and has already kind of forgotten about being Darcy’s DD (designated driver). Cian leads her over to a table full of sexy, presumable Irish men and Lizzie is lost to their boisterous gaiety, shouting about hurling and things she knows absolutely about. Sipping on her beer, while Lizzie is mildly interested in Cian she knows that a relationship is the last thing she needs and makes her move to leave when she is stopped dead in her tracks by the icy gaze of one of the guys. Teagan invites her to stay and drink with him as his boys make their way across the bar. Lizzie knows she shouldn’t, that Darcy’s safety is in her hands but something about Teagan compels her to stay and figure out what he wants from her. So begins the blissful freedom of summer romance with the solid promise that their relationship is just for fun. But can a relationship of several months be casual and what happens when one party starts to have serious feelings for the other? Unsettled is an exploration of the rocky territory of time constrained romance and its after effects but more importantly it’s about a girl coming to terms with who she wants to be and the roadblocks she must surpass to get there.

Additionally, here is the Goodreads blurb:

Lizzie O’Malley, a twenty three year old free spirited young woman, is on the run to find her purpose in life. In the summer of 2000, she returns home to Boston, Massachusetts to begin a life that she can be proud of. On her first night out on the town with a friend, tragedy strikes and she finds herself the cause of emotional wreckage. Instead of dealing, she concentrates on the man she met that first night. Teagan Gallagher, a twenty two year old college student from Ireland, spends the summer of 2000 in Boston, Massachusetts, working towards his degree and partying his way through the city. One night he finds a beautiful American girl that he is desperate to spend the summer with. Together, Teagan and Lizzie learn the ins and outs of an unconventional relationship. It isn’t until their relationship is in so deep that it becomes impossible for one or the other to run away.

PROS:

  • Lizzie has several flaws but it’s her imperfections that make her a great protagonist. She’s not perfect, she screws up, she makes bad choices, and she doesn’t always trust her heart. Lizzie tries so hard to make things right, to get her life together and it’s this striving towards independence and sustainability as a powerful, successful adult that make her so easy to identify with. Lizzie is inspiring because she doesn’t break; she’s had many hardships and consequences that could have made her extremely jaded and downtrodden, and although at some points she does succumb to depression, she works towards a brighter future. There’s always hope and the resolve to push forward.
  • Lizzie’s personality is fun, headstrong, and she’s a force to be reckoned with when she has an opinion to express.
  • Abortion is always a difficult subject to discuss and I think that one of the most powerful and heartbreaking aspects of this book is in the debilitating fear, conflicting morals, and emotional pain that come from facing such a life altering choice. Mullen tackles the stages of decision-making, the combating emotions, the rough, raw edge of fear, the promise of rejection, being disowned, the internal moral struggle, the various angles and perspectives, and the absolute terror and sacrifice. The voice is so astounding real.
  • Teagan and Lizzie’s chemistry is hot. They move together in perfect sync, they just fit. They have an easy, fluid series of interactions and Teagan’s way of just holding her, soothing her, is lovable and endearing.
  • Teagan is caring, attentive, and always by Lizzie’s side. He’s understanding, tries to lift Lizzie’s spirits and give her the affection she so desperately needs. Occasionally, he has some of the most feisty, erotic lines. Teagan’s only drawback is that he doesn’t offer up much about his past, he’s always in the present.
  • Some of the secondary characters like Freddie and Sean were highlights to the story. They’re colorful, interesting, and bring out a lightness in Lizzie when she’s so clouded by dark thoughts.

CONS:

  • The topic of drunk driving and the potentially disastrous results are discussed but when the horrific event does happen it’s no where near as dramatic or traumatizing as it should have been. It felt muted, kind of glossed over even though Lizzie gets a lot of backlash from this incident she doesn’t deal. Lizzie is a runner, she likes to hide from her problems until it overwhelms her and she blows up, choosing to make rash decisions. The shortness of the actual time spent on this plot point took away from the importance of the issue and left some loose ends.
  • (Spoilerish…I’ll try to be as vague as possible but still get at what I mean) Lizzie towards the end of the book is on a rollercoaster ride of unstable and volatile emotions. One thing that really bugged me was that she got a little whinny and self-deprecating. Her yearning for something so toxic was infuriating. Despite the fact that Lizzie doesn’t like to deal and it would be easier to have help, she pushes people away and wants the kind of aid that is bad for her, especially after she makes some huge discoveries.
  • The love triangle/square-ish was a distraction from the plot. It didn’t add another dimension to the storyline because there weren’t any real consequences.

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Pleasant reading,

-BB