ARC Review: Furyborn by Claire Legrand

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Release Date: May 22, 2018

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire 

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Follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.

review3/5 Stars 

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via Sourcebooks Fire & NetGalley 

One of the things that drives me crazy about epic fantasy is when the world building feels unnatural. Furyborn has an interesting premise. From that first line, it invites you into the story but immediately starts bombarding with information. So much so that it felt like, “oh by the way” after every new detail, almost like an afterthought. We live in a kingdom, the queen is evil, she murdered her husband, angels and humans are walking a thin red line of friendship, human and angel hybrids are killed for their magic, oh, angels can talk in your head, there’s a prophecy, we must escape before the wicked queen or angels uncover our secret…all within 3 pages. Normally, all of this is good and well, but the way it was presented was overwhelming and confusing. It felt like being slammed in several directions at once. Granted, the scene itself is supposed to be suspenseful and full of anxiety, but I can’t help but wonder if some of these things could have been explained after the fact. Cue a queen giving birth, a doctor and son with a secret, and angel threatening the child, people escaping by following threads in the sky. That’s it, no explanation-it might have kept the mystery up and the reader wanting the know more. 

There’s also the fact that angels can talk in the character’s head at any given moment. Because we already hear internal dialogue, random people suddenly appearing takes some adjustment. 

The transition from that introductory chapter into 2 years earlier is rough. It takes a good few pages to realize what is going on and from that point on, it swings into two POVs and in different times. 

The characters were interesting and complex. The girl who was supposed to be a villain, (I always love a good villain), was by far my favorite. The journey from who she was and who she became was full of hard choices and self-discovery, causing the reader to question the nature of evil and whether it is learned or inherent. 

This is absolutely upper YA with lots of sexual activity and sex positivity. There is subtle bisexual relationships, really just a mention. Romance is heavy and sometimes….supernatural? 

 

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Lost Review: Throwaway Girl by Kristine Scarrow

 

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“We are ‘throwaway girls,’ kids that are too old to be cute and cuddled, too set in our ways, and too old to be saved because the damage has already been done. But to each other we are sponges, soaking up every bit of love and praise we can find. We’re warriors of our pasts, searching for the part of ourselves that want to grow into something more than we’ve been told we’ll ever be. We long to be accepted and loved so we create the only family we’ve got.”

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“I run the shard up and down my arms, making my body as broken as my spirit. I imagine myself dead, lying in a pool of blood in the dark, damp stairwell and cry even harder.” 

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Andy Burton knows a thing or two about survival. Since she was removed from her mother’s home and placed in foster care when she was nine, she’s had to deal with abuse, hunger, and homelessness.

But now that she’s eighteen, she’s about to leave Haywood House, the group home for girls where she’s lived for the past four years, and the closest thing to a real home she’s ever known.

Will Andy be able to carve out a better life for herself and find the happiness she is searching for?

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3.5/5 Stars

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

***Contains graphic scenes of abuse, mutilation, and rape. May not be appropriate for some readers. Upper YA.

Throwaway Girl is an incredibly raw and piercing emotional journey into the psyche of a beautiful young girl, broken but undefeated, recovering from the scars of her past. A collision of the past and the present, Throwaway Girl reads almost like a diary, full of poignant memories of loss, abuse, and the struggle of the human spirit to overcome life’s horrors. An achingly brutal and realistic look into child abuse, self-mutilation, and dangerous coping mechanisms, Throwaway Girl empowers the and awakens a sense bittersweet sorrow and admiration for Andy.

Throwaway Girl is a gritty, dark, and introspective journey into the heart of the most twisted and prevalent injustices in our society. The things we look away from because they seem too overwhelming, like we can’t make a difference, that it’s too much, these are the very things that we need to stand up for. Those children who are beaten and broken by their loved ones, who live on the streets, who have no one and are shown “love” in the most violent, horrific, and sickening ways, they’re everywhere and they’re growing in number. Throwaway Girl is harsh and eye-opening. It shows a reality that is mean and cruel and threatens to destroy so many people. 

There are many subjects and scenes in this story that are graphic, violent, and mature. For a YA audience, this may be too adult for some readers. However, these subjects are a part of our world and happen every single day. The number of people who have been sexually assaulted is 1 in 4 in the United States. AND that’s the number reported. Awareness is crucial. 

Andy is strength embodied, though she doesn’t know it. She fights hard against her circumstances. No matter how hard she’s hit, how many people take from her things that are precious and steal her sense of safety, she bounces back and comes out stronger and more determined. Sometimes, Andy doesn’t know how to cope and she lives in pain, anguish, and distancing herself from reality-much like an out of body experience. Her world is devoid of happiness, it’s bleak and brutal, and made of those who want to damage her for their own selfish reasons. Andy may have her downs, she may feel suicidal, broken, and defeated, but she never ever gives up on her dreams. The moment she discovers the therapeutic value of writing is like a revelation-it’s absolutely beautiful and written so well. 

Emotions are off the chart. You’ll feel everything. Love, elation, despair, depression, betrayal, and a need for safety so poignant that it feels as if you’re living the emotions as they happen. It’s powerful.

The love story was a serendipitous event that’s sudden and becomes a little like a plot filler. It’s glossed over and while the build up is talked about, it’s summarized, without any true scenes.

The discovery of her mother after ten years have passed is not traumatic or even psychologically explored. It’s just there, from one scene to the next with no effect on Andy’s character growth. It’s there and then gone, this should have been a pivotal moment for Andy, one that spiraled into deep emotional reflection and processing and it’s disregarded. The transition from this scene to the next is abrupt and feels as through an entire plot point was completely forgotten or even ignored.

Andy’s healing process is mentioned but barely. How Andy made such a dramatic change and recovered emotionally is left out altogether except for a fleeting mention of therapy at the Haywood House. By not including this it takes away from Andy’s character growth and makes it seem as though magically she’s okay after everything she went through.

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Compelling reading, 

Jordan

ARC Review: Rules of Survival-Jus Accardo

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5/5 Stars

Release Date: June 2, 2014

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley and Entangled Embrace.

FYRP: Rules of Survival is only $.99 on Amazon right now. 

I bent down and kissed him. The smell of the forest, mixed with the scent of him, was intoxicating. Like a jolt to the body. Alive. That same feeling I’d gotten in the trailer, but ten times stronger, because this time, I wasn’t standing in my own way. I knew what I wanted and I had every intention of taking it. 

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Mom’s rules. They carried me through almost every bad situation and tight spot in my life. Why the hell was I disregarding them now? When I needed them the most? Never give up. I made a decision. 

Rules of Survival is a gritty, non-stop thrill ride, jam-packed with enough suspense, thrills, and uncertainty to keep you on the edge of your seat, hoping for a miracle. Between the danger, blistering chemistry, and poignant honesty of the narrator, Rules of Survival is a gripping contemporary that’s addictive and hard to put down.

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Mikayla (Kayla) Morgan has broken the rules and this mistake might cost her. Her mother told her never go to back to the scene of a crime but just this once, Kayla got permission and let her guard down. Tearing apart the cabin, a place of shadowed memory and her mother’s dying breaths, Kayla is on the hunt for something her mother promised was hidden there. Kayla just knows that whatever it is will hold the clues to catching and condemning the person that murdered her mother. Kayla should have known better, just when she realizes she’s taken too long she has an epiphany. A letter filled with her mother’s familiar loopy handwriting clutched in her hand, Kayla speed reads or at least tries to when she’s assaulted by someone she didn’t expect, Patrick, a guy that’s been mercilessly hunting her and her mother for years. What’s surprising is that Patrick has a swoonworthy sidekick who looks to be around her age. Frustrated and not in the mood, Kayla moves to leave with her letter when they corner her. Turns out, not only is she wanted for her mother’s murder but she has a hefty bounty on her head. Scanning the cabin, she assesses her options, looking for a quick escape when all hell breaks loose. Bullets slam through the walls, apparently Patrick wasn’t the only one hot on her tail.

Still holding her hostage, this bounty hunters round up their resources and flee but they hardly make it out before string after string of cronies are after them eager to take Kayla and reap the rewards from her high bounty. It quickly becomes obviously after the bullet incident that this isn’t only bounty hunters but something more sinister, someone wants her and doesn’t care if she’s alive or dead. Separated from Patrick, Shaun must keep Kayla in check but the girl is a wildcard, he does the only thing he can think of, chains them together.

As the chase heats up, Shaun and Kayla make a shaky pact to help each other out and scramble for their lives. Will Kayla survive to see her mom’s killer brought to justice? Will she ever be free from the criminal way of life? Will she succumb to her desires and make nice with the enemy? Rules ingrained in her mind, Kayla and Shaun make an unlikely team and together they may just make it out alive.

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If you want to survive, you have to follow the rules…

Mikayla Morgan is wanted for her mother’s murder. She’s been on the run for almost a year now, avoiding not only the police but the real killer. Tired of running and desperate to clear her name, she breaks one of the most sacred rules: never return to the scene of the crime.

Every bounty hunter on the Eastern Seaboard is after the Morgan girl—but Shaun Denver and his partner snagged her. She’s a piece of work, and Shaun can’t decide if he wants to kiss her or kill her. When things take a sharp turn south, Shaun does the only thing he can think of to keep her close—he handcuffs them together.

As the danger mounts and the killer closes in, the chemistry between them threatens to explode. Shaun and Kayla will need to break all the rules if they hope to get out of this alive.

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  • Kayla is a control freak, she always needs a plan and lives by the sacred rules her mother taught her. Kayla is feisty, full of snarky comments, and a lot of talk, always trying to barter herself out of terrible situations. Kayla has spent her life running and was defined by her mother, without her she is lost and doesn’t quite know who she is anymore. All Kayla wants is a break, to find peace and feel alive, to be normal. This yearning is agony and so sad. Her heart is dying to trust, to open to someone who will listen but she’s never had the chance. As the story progresses, Kayla comes into her own, she’s brilliant, weirdly innocent given her lifestyle and a dominant, passionate protagonist. She fights her feelings and takes punches but when she gives in it’s beautiful and a bittersweet moment of self discovery and raw feeling.
  • Shaun is a complex, real, and incredible character. He breathes confidence and life, exuding a cocky, sarcastic swagger that is as compelling as it is devastatingly sexy. He’s got so much depth, beneath his tough and arrogant visage is someone who has lived a hard life, full of memories that haunt him and staggering strength. Shaun’s trauma is heartbreaking, his scars are worn without shame or even pride but a fierce acceptance that is beyond admirable, it’s inspiring. Shaun is far from perfect, he has impulse control issues and a nasty temper but his heart is always in the right place. The tattoos that highlight his toned body are symbolic and powerful, not only emphasizing that mysterious bad boy vibe but suggesting a deeper, compassionate soul that uses the tattoos as a reminder and pledge to himself. Completely loyal and understanding, Shaun doesn’t try to sugarcoat the situation, he tells it like it is and doesn’t come up with inane pacifying comments. He’s bold, flirtatious, and ever eager to embarrass and tease Kayla. It’s charming and infuriating in that wonderfully attractive way that marks the best book boyfriends. 
  • The chemistry between Kayla and Shaun is hot. The pause in your reading and catch your breath kind of scorching.The descriptions are full of that not so patient yearning and angst that borders on insanity. It’s a heated battle of sexual banter and loaded gazes. The trailer scene.
  • Rules of Survival is a murder mystery meets contemporary. With graphic violence, ingenuity, quick thinking, and sticky situations, Shaun and Kayla end up in the most dire and precarious situations. Every moment is fueled with paranoia and looking over their shoulders. The hunted feeling and sense of urgency make this read a heart-stopping, fast-paced adventure.
  • Deeds and Mick are disgusting, vile men that make skin crawl and nausea imminent. Their hatred and grotesque wandering eyes create real fear and panic for Kayla and Shaun in a way that simply knowing a killer is out there doesn’t. No one can be trusted and this duo must learn from their mistakes fast or end up dead.
  • The puzzle pieces and hints at what was in the letter Kayla’s mom left her are subtle but there. The clues are a lesson in logic games, all of its there if you can just sort it out.
  • The plot twist and climax scene will send you in a frenzy of hysteria. The utter chaos, vileness, and insanity of the whole incident will leave you breathless and terrified, unsure of what will happen.

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  • I’m slightly disappointed that Shaun is on the cover. The story is told from Kayla’s perspective and she’s a kick ass heroine that definitely would have rocked the cover as a sassy, jaded-looking brunette. 
  • It was a tad unbelievable that out of all the cities they travel too and the vast changing areas they run through that not once could they find a bolt cutter or hardware store. While it was a hilarious, albeit endearing and fun plot element sometimes it stretched the realism of the overall story.

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: A Beauty So Beastly-RaShelle Workman

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Genre: Fractured Fairy Tale

Book 1 in the Beastly Series

Release date: July 3, 2014

Special Note: A BEAUTY SO BEASLTY will be available for 99 cents until its release date on July 3rd! Then it’ll go up to $2.99. So pre-order now!

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“For your vanity, your cruelty, and your cold unfeeling heart, a curse I leave upon you . . .”

What happens if the beauty is also the beast?

The stunning Beatrice Cavanaugh is considered American royalty. She has everything except the ability to love. Cursed on her eighteenth birthday, she becomes more beastly than ever, having a newfound craving for raw meat, and an undeniable yearning for the night. Bitterness is her only companion.

After accusing a maid of stealing, a disgustingly kind and exquisitely handsome guy named Adam shows up asking Beatrice to drop the charges against his mother.

Infuriated by his goodness, Beatrice vows to break him. Destroy him. Make him hurt the way she hurts. So she agrees. On one condition: Adam must take his mother’s place as a servant in the mansion. 

Because Beatrice won’t stop until he’s more beastly than she is.

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RaShelle Workman is an international bestselling author. She writes fractured fairytales with bite and young adult science fiction that’s out of this world. RaShelle likes cherry pie, movies, family adventures, and chocolate. If you want to get on her good side, send chocolate. RaShelle’s sold more than 500,000 copies of her books worldwide. Sleeping Roses, Exiled, Beguiled, and Dovetailed have foreign rights contracts with a Turkish publisher. 

Her books include:

Sleeping Roses

Exiled
Beguiled
Dovetailed
Blood and Snow (1-12)

The Cindy Chronicles

Vampire Lies (Blood and Snow Season 2)

Short stories:

Rose, Undercover

Cindy Witch

The Hunter’s Tale

Gabriel
After the Kiss
Zaren’s Travels

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I love this cover. The colors are stunning.

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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?

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  • 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.

CONS:

  • 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?”

“No.”

“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.”

“Hmm.”

“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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