Friday, 28 February 2014

Excerpt Blast: Recklessly Royal by Nichole Chase


Recklessly Royal is the second book in Nichole Chase's awesome New Adult series, and today I have an excerpt to share with you! Read it below, and add the book to your Goodreads TBR if you haven't already.



Catherine has spent her life being the perfect princess. She’s kept her hands clean, her head down, and most importantly—men at arm’s length. After all, most men are after only one thing, and for Cathy there’s a lot more at stake than her bed; she has to worry about the fate of an entire nation. But at the rate she’s going, Cathy is afraid she’ll give the Virgin Queen a run for her money. She is tired of waiting for someone good enough to come along. She has a plan, and it all hinges on seducing the one man who seems utterly unimpressed by all things royal. The one man she is tempted by more than any other . . . 


When David arrives at the royal wedding of his friend, the newly ordained Duchess Samantha Rousseau, he expected to feel uncomfortable and out of his element, but he wasn’t prepared to be targeted by Prince Alex’s gorgeous younger sister. With Cathy’s giant blue eyes, killer figure, and sense of humor, it won’t take long before he gives in. But when he finds out just how innocent the crown princess really is, will he play the part of knight in shining armor or the dashing rogue?


Release date: March 25th 2014
Publisher: Avon
Purchase links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble




About the author:

Nichole Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Suddenly Royal, Flukes, The Dark Betrayal Trilogy, and several short stories. She is also the instructor of Say What? a dialogue class at the Romance Academy. 

Nichole lives in Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, superhero dog, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not writing, you may find her reading, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises. 


Find Nichole on:

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Review: Sworn to Secrecy by Terah Edun

Title: Sworn to Secrecy (Courtlight #4)
Author: Terah Edun
Release date: February 28th 2014
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: eARC
Pages: 212
Source: Author

In the heart of the Imperial Courts, Ciardis Weathervane knows that death is coming for the empire. With her friends by her side and the new triad of Weathervanes, she's in a race against time to convince the courts of the same.

She must do her best to unite kith, mages, nobles and merchants under one cause - the fight to prevent a war. Soon she is forced to keep a secret that could exonerate her mother of the Empress's death, and is always one move away from stepping into diplomatic chaos.

Throw in a daemoni prince who is showing interest in the youngest Weathervane, a jealous prince heir, and a irritated dragon with her own designs on Ciardis, and you have an imperial court in turmoil.



Sworn to Secrecy is the fourth book in the Courtlight series. I'm not entirely sure how to write this review, because I have both a lot to say and also practically nothing to say, so the juxtaposition kind of confuses me. I enjoyed this installment, but I was a little disappointed with it as well.

The book starts off a little while after the end of Sworn to Conflict. Ciardis is at the Imperial Court with her mother and twin brother - the three Weathervanes all together. But when her mother is put on trial, Ciardis is given an ultimatum by the Emperor, with a fast-approaching deadline. With help from Sebastian, Thanar, Vana and a few others, Ciardis needs to figure out a way to stop the trial from going forward as well as keep herself alive long enough to do so.

Ciardis is glad to have her mother back, despite everything. So she'll do whatever it takes to make sure her family stays united. But her mother has been keeping a lot of secrets from her, and a lot of them are revealed here. Ciardis is still as stubborn and hotheaded as ever, which is the best part about her. But there are things regarding her in this book that I didn't particularly like, regarding a certain love triangle.

The major problem I had with this book is that there's too much planning, not enough action. The previous books have all had an awesome amount of action in them, and I loved that. But in this one, politics really takes over. And I'm not a huge fan of politics in YA books. There was a couple of intense action scenes that I liked, but they didn't really satiate me.

I also had a couple of issues with the characters. This book basically belongs to Ciardis, her mother, Thanar, and Sebastian to an extent. The rest of the characters are mostly in the shadows. Caemon, for example. He's present throughout the novel, but doesn't do anything at all. Honestly, the book probably would've been the same without him. I also really missed Inga and Kane, who were there for a bit in the beginning, and then completely disappeared off the grid.

I did like that we get to see a lot more of Thanar in this one. He's intrigued me since the previous book, and I hope we get to find out even more about him in the next one. But though I love his character, I don't like that a love triangle develops between him, Ciardis and Sebastian. I love both guys and obviously one of them will end up on the losing side. And I'm pretty sure that one will be Thanar. I still adore Sebastian, and his jealousy is well-founded, so that didn't bother me. I just hope he and Ciardis patch up their relationship fully in the next book.

We also see more dragons in this one! And a couple of new kith as well. There are also some really cool twists that I never saw coming, which were great. They definitely set up for an intense next book. So even though this book didn't totally live up to my expectations, I'm really looking forward to Sworn to Defiance.

*Thank you to Terah Edun for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 3/5

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Release Day Launch Review + Giveaway: The Hazards of a One Night Stand by Alyssa Rose Ivy

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We're so excited that Alyssa Rose Ivy's THE HAZARDS OF A ONE NIGHT STAND is finally here! THE HAZARDS OF A ONE NIGHT STAND is a New Adult contemporary romance and is a part of Alyssa Rose Ivy’s Hazards series. It is priced at just $.99 right now. This will last for a limited time only to celebrate the release!


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Title: The Hazards of a One Night Stand (Hazards #2)
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Release date: February 27th 2014
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 246
Source: Inkslinger PR
Purchase links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

One small town boy, one girl who wants more, one roll in the hay...

Hooking up with your high school crush is a bad idea, a really bad idea. It was only supposed to be one night, one brief departure from my real life, but nothing ever works out exactly the way you plan.

Colton Waters was everything from my past that didn't fit into my present, so why did he have to show up at my college and pledge the one frat I couldn't avoid?

Because nothing is ever meant to happen just once. At least not the life changing things that mean the difference between falling apart and falling in love.



The Hazards of a One Night Stand is a companion novel to The Hazards of Skinny Dipping, which I loved. I had no idea this was going to be a series, so I was ecstatic when I found out! This book follows one of Juliet’s best friends and sorority sister, Mallory. But though I did enjoy reading this, it didn’t come close to how much I loved the first book.

When Mallory goes back to her hometown the summer after freshman year in college, she attends a party and then does something she never thought she’d do. She ends the night sleeping with one of her best friends, Colton. In a barn. The next morning, Mallory does everything she can to forget it, despite how amazing it was. But trouble can’t help following her. When she returns to college, she’s shocked to find out that Colton’s not only a freshman there but pledging at the one fraternity that Mallory spends most of her time with, the Kappas. Tension builds between the two, and Mallory isn’t sure how long she can stay away from Colton.

I really loved Mallory in the previous book, but in this one she’s quite different. Even Juliet and Cara noticed. It’s probably because of her confusion over Colton. Mallory spends most of the book arguing with him, and the rest of the time trying to make herself like this senior Kappa called Tanner. Her main concern is that Colton is a pledge, so she can’t date him. Which I find a bit silly, because Colt is only three months younger than her; it’s not like she’d be dating someone two years her junior. Mallory denies her feelings for Colton just because he’s younger and he’s not an active Kappa. And I really missed the badass Mallory we met in the first book.

It was awesome seeing Juliet and Cara again, and even Reed! He’s pretty damn amazing as usual, and I was really happy we got to meet them again. Cara and Aaron seem to be having some issues, but thankfully Juliet and Reed are as happy as ever. Juliet’s still snarky and hilarious, and it’s amazing to see the friendship and sisterhood between the three girls. We get to see more of the Greek system in college, and like I mentioned in my review of the previous book, it seems like a lot of fun, though tiring at times.

I really liked Colton – mostly his confidence and perseverance in getting Mallory to admit her feelings for him. He came off as a bit clingy in the beginning, but as I got to know him, things became better. Colt is actually hilarious, and provides a lot of comic relief in this book. I think he’s really good for Mallory, especially because she’s kind of uptight here.

The ending is as you’d expect, of course, but I was surprised that a couple of plot threads weren’t fully resolved, particularly the one about Tanner. But overall I did enjoy this book, and I’d definitely recommend it to those who have read The Hazards of Skinny Dipping or if you like New Adult contemporary in general.

*Thank you to Kelly Simmon at InkSlinger PR for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 3/5



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Colt wrapped an arm around my waist and pulled me closer. “No. I’d rather bother you.”

There was something kind of sexy about the motion, something more confident than his usual goofy flirting. His hand felt nice resting on my hip, so I let it stay. Was this really the same Colt? Since when did his touch have that kind of effect on me? “When did you get back to town?”


“About two hours ago.”


“You didn’t wait long to come out.” I took a big sip of the drink. It was starting to taste a lot better.


“I took time for a shower.”


“That was thoughtful of you.”


“Planning on getting close to me tonight?” He watched me intently.


“Maybe.” The flirtatious word flew out of my mouth without me realizing it. The alcohol and that smile of his was making me forget where I was. “Sorry.”


“Why are you sorry?” He moved his hand, turning me and wrapping his other arm around me so my body was pressed against his.


“Colton…”


“Mallory…”


I laughed. “What are you doing?”


“What am I doing? You’re the one telling me you might be getting close to me tonight.” His hand slid down slightly, settling below my hip. His touch felt so good.


“Your birthday passed, right? You’re nineteen now?”


He laughed that deep, throaty laugh of his. “I’m going to take it as a good sign that you’re checking to make sure I’m old enough.”


“I’m not supposed to be into younger guys.”


“I’m three months younger than you. I can’t help that my parents held me back a grade.” He leaned back against an old oak tree, pulling me along with him. The motion had me leaning into his chest.


“You’ve gotten hotter.” I couldn’t believe I’d said the words out loud. I also couldn’t believe I was thinking about Colton that way again.


He laughed once more. “So have you, although I wouldn’t have thought it was possible.”


I took another sip of my drink. “When did you get this cute?”


“Are you implying you haven’t been ready to jump me for the last five years?”


“I’ve never thought about it before tonight.” The words weren’t exactly true, but I hadn’t thought about it in a while.


“But you are thinking about it now?” He grinned, moving his hands even lower so they cradled my ass.


“Maybe.” His hands sent a thrill through me, reminding me of just how long it had been since a guy had touched me that way.


“That’s the second maybe you’ve given me. How am I supposed to make that into a yes?” He took the bottle from my hand and dropped it down on the ground next to his empty cup. The remaining liquid seeped out onto the dirt.


“I don’t know. It’s your job to figure that out.” I ran my now free hand down his chest. It was firmer and more muscular than I expected.


“My job, huh? I like the sound of that.” His lips tickled my ear. “I like the sound of anything involving you.” He took my hand and led me further into the grouping of trees. It wasn’t a dense forest or anything, but I knew he was looking for privacy. I didn’t object when he gently leaned me back into another tree.


I closed my eyes, ready to feel his lips and hands on my body. I was horrible at knowing what to do in those situations. I needed the guy to take control.


His lips brushed against mine as he rested his hand on my stomach. He slipped a few fingers underneath my shirt. “Am I earning a yes, or do I have more work to do?” he whispered with his lips right next to mine.


“You have more work.” I kept my eyes closed, taking in a breath as his hand moved further up my shirt.





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About the author:


Alyssa Rose Ivy- Author PhotoAlyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

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Review: Recklessly Royal by Nichole Chase

Title: Recklessly Royal (Suddenly #2)
Author: Nichole Chase
Release date: March 25th 2014
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 215
Source: Edelweiss

Catherine has spent her life being the perfect princess. She’s kept her hands clean, her head down, and most importantly—men at arm’s length. After all, most men are after only one thing, and for Cathy there’s a lot more at stake than her bed; she has to worry about the fate of an entire nation. But at the rate she’s going, Cathy is afraid she’ll give the Virgin Queen a run for her money. She is tired of waiting for someone good enough to come along. She has a plan, and it all hinges on seducing the one man who seems utterly unimpressed by all things royal. The one man she is tempted by more than any other . . .

When David arrives at the royal wedding of his friend, the newly ordained Duchess Samantha Rousseau, he expected to feel uncomfortable and out of his element, but he wasn’t prepared to be targeted by Prince Alex’s gorgeous younger sister. With Cathy’s giant blue eyes, killer figure, and sense of humor, it won’t take long before he gives in. But when he finds out just how innocent the crown princess really is, will he play the part of knight in shining armor or the dashing rogue?

I adored Suddenly Royal, and since then I've been dying to read this one. I did enjoy Cathy and David's story, though not as much as its predecessor. The book is a little on the short side, but it's definitely just as cute as Suddenly Royal.

In Recklessly Royal, we first get to see a glimpse of Sam and Alex's wedding. Yes, that's right! It was pretty awesome to read about that, since they got engaged at the end of their book. This book follows Alex's sister Catherine and Sam's best friend David. Cathy believes she'll never find a guy who'll love her for who she is instead of her status and wealth. Until she meets David, of course. He's like a breath of fresh air - different from anyone Cathy's come across. But being with a royal is all kinds of complicated. The last thing they want is to hurt each other, though they definitely can't fight the growing attraction.

Cathy's character isn't as compelling as Sam's, but I really liked her regardless. She's always been the good girl, managing to stay out of bad press unlike her brother Alex. But she's sick of it. I felt really sorry for Cathy at times, since even though she's got everything she could possibly want, she can never be completely free. She's still in line for the throne, and that comes with a lot of responsibilities. Cathy's attempts to seduce David provided a lot of comic relief to the novel. It really was amusing to see that! Especially since David, being such a good guy, wouldn't succumb to her. Not at first, anyway.

I really couldn't helping loving David. He's a lot like Sam - not at all into the whole royal thing. But Sam has had to change since she really is royal. David, on the other hand, doesn't. He's helping out with the birds while Sam's on her honeymoon, and that gives him and Cathy a lot of chances to meet. Not to mention, Chadwick (Sam's personal assistant from the previous book whom I totally loved) is helping David sort stuff out. And he does whatever he can to bring those two together. I loved David's chivalrous nature, and he's such a good guy. He really sees Cathy, not just Princess Catherine.

It was awesome meeting Max, Cathy's other older brother. He really intrigued me, because he doesn't seem to like being royal at all. He doesn't usually handle any of the responsibilities, and he has no interest in anything regarding the throne. He's an introvert, kind of like David. But I loved seeing how much he cares about his sister. He's very protective of Cathy, and would do anything (even talk to the press instead of her) to make sure she's okay. I'm so very excited to read his story in Reluctantly Royal!

I wish this book had been longer, because I didn't feel like much happened in it. Some plot threads, regarding Tabitha for example, weren't tied up completely, and the end felt a little rushed to me. But on the whole I liked the novel, especially Cathy and David's interaction. I'm definitely looking forward to the next one!

*Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Title: Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Release date: February 4th 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 408
Source: Bought

Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she'll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew-about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam-was wrong.

In Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi created a captivating and original story that combined the best of dystopian and paranormal and was praised by Publishers Weekly as "a gripping read from an author who's not afraid to take risks." The sequel, Unravel Me, blew readers away with heart-racing twists and turns, and New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia said it was "dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense." Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and climactic end.


Wow. Okay. So right after I finished this book, I actually had no words at all. I read this all in one go without stopping because I honestly couldn't put it down. Ignite Me has got to be one of my favourite conclusions ever. Hell, it's one of my favourite YA books ever, hands down. I had extremely high expectations for this and I'm ecstatic to say that Ignite Me surpassed all of them.

Juliette is safe now at The Reestablishment with Warner, but she knows she has to do something about his terror of a father. Anderson almost killed her. Would have killed her, if not for Warner. And Juliette is now ready to fight back and win her freedom, with Warner by her side. But she needs her old friends too, and though Omega Point has been destroyed, some of the inhabitants escaped - Adam, Kenji, James and Castle among them. As Juliette trains for the fight of her life, she grows closer to Warner, but further away from Adam. But though they're important to her, she's fighting for herself, not for anyone else. And no one will stand in her way.

I loved seeing how much Juliette has changed in this book. Gone is the meek and unconfident girl we remember from Shatter Me. In her place is a tough fighter, practically invincible and with a fire burning in her eyes. Juliette's character has grown so much, and she's learnt so much about herself and her powers. She's comfortable with them, and she's accepted them. She's also fiercely independent and shows that she doesn't need anyone to keep protecting her. I'm definitely going to miss Juliette, because though I could never connect with her too much, I really admired her in this book.

Warner. I don't even know what to say but I'll try to be coherent! Warner is one of my favourite YA characters of all time. No doubt. I didn't think it was possible to love a fictional character so much, but that's what happened in this book. We get to know so much about him, and I empathized with him throughout. I understand him - his actions, his attitude, and I'm so glad that Juliette does too. We get to see a side of Warner that we only saw briefly in Unravel Me, and I loved that there's so much of him in this book. I desperately want to post some of my favourite Warner quotes but there are too many to look through so I guess I won't. I admit I was definitely squealing internally at some Warner and Juliette scenes. They're so amazing together. I've mentioned this in my Unravel Me review I think, but I just have to reiterate it. Warner brings out the best side of Juliette. He gets her, and he knows exactly what she needs even before she does. It's because of Warner that Juliette grew into her powers and became more confident in her abilities. Warner gives her the strength to face her fears. Warner shows her that he's not the monster she thought he was, and my heart totally melted when we see his vulnerable side. Who would've thought that cold and calculating leader in Shatter Me would turn out to be this kind, passionate and misunderstood guy? Warner is the one I'll miss most from this series.

The biggest surprise I had in Ignite Me was Kenji. He's a lot more prominent in this one, and very close to Juliette. Don't worry, they're just best friends. Kenji is so freaking hilarious! Literally every scene with him in it had me laughing. He's so goofy and sarcastic, but he can be serious too. And Kenji can diffuse the tension in any situation, which comes in quite handy. This guy is a total gem, and Juliette's insanely lucky to be best friends with him.

Now you might be wondering what happened to Adam. Well, he's still there but he's a complete dickhead. And so immature. I hated his guts pretty much throughout this book. After reading his novella, Fracture Me, I knew Adam wasn't the sweet guy we met in Shatter Me. There was this one point in this book where he tells Juliette that he would've been happier if she were dead, and he really meant it. At that point I had so much hatred for him. He treats Juliette like crap and wouldn't listen to reason at all. It's sad to see what's happened to him, because I really did like him in the first book.

I won't say much more about this, but the plot is very intense and there's tension throughout, with sprinkles of humour and romance. You remember Chapter 62 from Unravel Me? Well, all I have to say is that Chapter 55 of Ignite Me knocks it right off the boat. There's also loads of action, obviously, and we get to see some wicked awesome shows of power. Very X-Men like.

The ending, I think, was perfect. It's quite open, a little like the ending of Requiem by Lauren Oliver. But not as unfinished. It left me wanting more, but the major plot threads have been resolved. The climax felt a bit too abrupt to me, but I loved it regardless. It'll have you clutching the book in fear and anticipation. I'm very happy with the way this ended, and Shatter Me is now among my top concluded YA series. Tahereh Mafi has done such a great job with these very 3D characters and the premise. Her writing is beautiful as usual, and I hope we get more books from her soon, because she's one of my favourite authors ever. To those of you who're anticipating this one - I hope you'll adore it as much as I did! And to those who haven't read this series yet - have you been living under a rock? Get to it ASAP. I seriously want to re-read this already. Warner ❤ 

Rating: 5/5

Waiting on Wednesday #61: Deliverance

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick for this week's WoW is...


Deliverance by C.J. Redwine


Title: Deliverance (Defiance #3)
Author: C.J. Redwine
Release date: August 26th 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

Everything hangs in the balance, and nothing is certain: Rachel has been kidnapped by enemy forces and is being taken to Rowansmark while Logan, imprisoned and awaiting trial, is unable to leave Lankenshire. Separated from each other and their Baalboden comrades, each must find a way to achieve what they desperately want: to rid their world once and for all of the Commander and the tech that controls the deadly Cursed One.

Fighting through her pain and embracing the warrior she’s become, Rachel will do whatever it takes to escape her enemies’ clutches and join Logan in his fight. But when she learns a secret that changes everything, she realizes that escaping Ian and his tracker friends is no longer an option if she wants to save the people she loves. Instead, she’ll have to destroy Rowansmark from the inside out—if she can survive the journey through the Wasteland.

Logan needs allies if he wants to thwart Rowansmark’s power grab and rescue Rachel. But securing allies will mean betraying his beliefs and enlisting the help of the man he hates more than anyone: Commander Jason Chase. Driven by his fierce love for Rachel and his determination to make their world safe, Logan may be just the weapon the city-states need to defeat the Cursed One.

But as Rowansmark bears down and uneasy alliances are tested, will Rachel and Logan’s love for each other be enough to surmount the unbelievable odds against them?

I love the cover of this one! And I can't wait to read the conclusion to this trilogy, especially for more of Rachel and Logan. They're adorable! This is such an intense and action-packed series, and I just know it's going to end with a bang.


Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Review: Fifty First Times: A New Adult Anthology

Title: Fifty First Times: A New Adult Anthology
Authors: Gennifer Albin, Julie Cross, Lisa Desrochers, Cole Gibsen, Sophie Jordan, Melissa Landers, Lauren Layne, Roni Loren, J. Lynn, Molly McAdams, Myra McEntire, Hannah Moskowitz, Lyla Payne, Mark Perini, Carrie Ryan, Andrew Shaffer, Alessandra Thomas, Melissa West, Tracy Wolff
Release date: February 25th 2014
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 375
Source: Edelweiss

You always remember your first time...

Whether it's the couple who decides not to go through with it, the two boys who finally aren't ashamed, the newlyweds whose wedding night could very well be their last night together, the deaf pair who have no choice but to take body language to a new level--or, of course, the two young lovers fumbling and laughing, getting everything wrong. These are the memories that will never fade.

Join nineteen fantastic authors as they pull back the curtain and give you a peek inside that one intense moment in their characters' lives when everything changes and nothing will ever be the same again.

Featuring stories from some of the hottest names in New Adult, Young Adult, and Romance including New York Times Bestselling authors J.Lynn/Jennifer Armentrout, Molly McAdams, Sophie Jordan, and Carrie Ryan.

Fifty First Times is a New Adult anthology of nineteen different stories, all featuring a first time of some kind. It doesn't have to be a literal first time, just a first experience of a sort. There are some great authors in the line-up, and I was particularly excited for a few of these stories.

Since there's no chronology, I decided to start with the stories written by authors familiar to me. Of course my first one was Believe in Me by J. Lynn - Ollie and Brit's story, if you've read the Wait for You series. It was awesome to finally satiate my curiosity about them, and I loved every part of it. The other story I read featuring known characters is A Little Too Scarred by Lisa Desrochers, featuring Lexie's ex-boyfriend from A Little Too Far. Rick was surprisingly sweet in this one!

In terms of romance, this anthology has got it all - best-friend love, slow-burning love, insta-love, gay love, and a love triangle. The same goes for the structures - there's first-person, third-person, single narration, dual narration, and even a story written in verse! Hard to connect with that one, but I think the author did a great job with it.

Some stories really surprised me with their depth, considering the stories are pretty short. After all, there are nineteen of them squished into one book. Others, however, were a bit lacking. I had too many unanswered questions, and I hate that. All of them wrap up nicely, though. Most of the characters had amazing chemistry together, and their personalities were incredibly likeable too. There were very few exceptions to this.

I have to warn you, though, remember that this anthology consists entirely of NA romance stories. It got a bit too much for me at times, and that's why it took me about three days to get through it. Which is a lot, considering I almost always finish a book within hours of starting it. It's particularly hard after a story I loved, because I have to let go of those characters and bring in new ones.

Overall, I think this was an enjoyable anthology, the first time I've read a complete one, in fact. Some stories still stay with me, while others I have pretty much forgotten. The writing throughout was awesome, and now I really need to pick up some of the authors' other works! If you're a big New Adult fan, Fifty First Times is definitely for you.

*Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 3/5

Book Blitz: Fifty First Times: A New Adult Anthology


Fifty First Times is out today! It's a New Adult anthology consisting of nineteen stories, and there are some pretty great ones in here. Check back later today for my review! This post includes an interview with the contributing authors as well as an awesome giveaway :)



You always remember your first time...

Whether it's the couple who decides not to go through with it, the two boys who finally aren't ashamed, the newlyweds whose wedding night could very well be their last night together, the deaf pair who have no choice but to take body language to a new level--or, of course, the two young lovers fumbling and laughing, getting everything wrong. These are the memories that will never fade.

Join nineteen fantastic authors as they pull back the curtain and give you a peek inside that one intense moment in their characters' lives when everything changes and nothing will ever be the same again.

Featuring stories from some of the hottest names in New Adult, Young Adult, and Romance including New York Times Bestselling authors J.Lynn/Jennifer Armentrout, Molly McAdams, Sophie Jordan, and Carrie Ryan.


Release date: February 25th 2014
Publisher: Avon Impulse


Interview


Finish this sentence, "Fans of ____ book, author, TV/movie might enjoy your story."

Julie Cross (DAYLIGHT): The Notebook or another soul mates separated, timeless type story

Hannah Moskowitz (THIS IS MY SIGN): The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan

Mark Perini (FOR THE SAKE OF SCIENCE): Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, or An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Myra McEntire (STRIKE OUT): Summer Catch, Trouble With the Curve

Tell us about your story’s main character(s).

Andrew Shaffer: The unnamed narrator is a booksmart English major who spends too much time studying and not enough time partying—at least according to his best friend Allen.

Julie Cross: Audrey appears quiet and timid on the outside, but inside she has gifted intuition when it comes to reading people and a fierce loyalty to those she loves.

Lisa Desrochers: Rene Vargas' army unit was blown up by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, and she's scarred in more ways than one. She's kickass is so many ways, but her whole life has changed, and now she's left to discover who she is...with some help from Rick Hamilton (Lexie's dirtbag ex from A LITTLE TOO FAR).

Mark Perini: Luke comes off a bit nerdy, but he’s got an inner Juno cool that he’s just now figuring out about himself. He wants that movie romance but doesn’t think it’s in the cards for him. Well not yet anyway.

Melissa West: Summer is strong and opinionated, and Blake is a classic guy's guy with a huge heart.

Myra McEntire: Ben is not your typical jock, but he is an amazing athlete. Liza is a go getter with a crunchy shell and a smooth center.

What motivated you to join up with other authors for this project? Do you like collaborating with writing peers?

“Well, I started this insane projected and was hit over the head with the idea during the Romantic Times convention last year. Luckily, I was in the presence of some amazing authors and able to walk right up and pitch the idea to them. Which is literally what I did, "Fifty First Times, A New Adult Anthology...are you in?" And to my complete surprise, it totally worked. I still can't believe the authors we have onboard. And I can tell you, the stories are just fabulous. I loved every minute of reading them!” – Julie Cross, International Bestselling author of the Tempest Series and creator of Fifty First Times

“I thought the concept for the general story was so fun, and definitely something I would normally love to write anyway. The fact that it would be with a bunch of other authors sharing their stories as well just made it that much more fun. I do [enjoy collaborating with peers]! It's not something I'd ever done before this, and it was such a fun experience.” –Molly McAdams, New York Times Bestselling author

“A huge motivation was being a part of an awesome group. Plus I was able to give readers a story with Brit and Ollie.” –J. Lynn, #1 New York Times Bestselling author 

“I saw "Fifty First Times" as a unique opportunity to tell a different type of story than the fiction I'm accustomed to writing. Julie was very encouraging and helped me push the story in some interesting directions I hadn't anticipated.” –Andrew Shaffer, author of Fifty Shames of Earl Grey

“I love a challenge, and once the story idea came to me, there was no turning back. Writing it was an absolute blast!” –Melissa Landers, author of Alienated

“Anthologies are just so fun; I love the variation you see in stories all around one theme. It's a great way to highlight the strengths of individual authors. And I love collaborating! I have a co-write book coming out in 2016.” –Hannah Moskowitz, award winning author of Gone, Gone, Gone

“I was really excited to join this project because I loved the concept from the first moment I heard it. First times. Firsts are so full of intense emotions--angst and joy and fear and excitement--whether it’s someone’s first time ever or the first time with that special person. So I knew it would be a blast to write a story about—in the case of my story, “Two in the Morning"—two guys who have been best friends forever but who may be developing feelings beyond that. As for writing with this group of talented authors, what’s not to love? There are so many fresh perspectives and original concepts in this anthology that I can’t wait to read all of the other stories!” –Roni Loren, bestselling author of the Loving on the Edge series

Well, that were some really cool answers! And I definitely agree with a lot of them. You really don't want to miss out on this anthology if you love NA.

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ABOUT WHITE HOT KISS:

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Release date: February 25th 2014
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
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EXCERPT

“I don’t think of Zayne that way!”

She laughed. “What man-parts-loving female in this world doesn’t think of Zayne that way? I can barely keep myself breathing when I see him. All the guys in school have squishy waists. I can tell Zayne doesn’t. He’s the awesome sauce with extra sauce.”

That he was and he so didn’t have a squishy waist, but I tuned Stacey out at that point. I really did need to cram for this test and I also didn’t want my fantasies involving Zayne to occupy my mind right now. Especially after I’d woken up this morning, carefully tucked under the covers. The bed had smelled like him: sandalwood and crisp linen.

“Oh, sweet baby Jesus in a manger,” Stacey murmured.

I clenched my jaw, cupping my hands over my ears.

She jabbed me in the side with her elbow. At this rate I’d be covered in bruises before lunchtime. “Our bio class just got a billion times more interesting. And hotter, lots and lots hotter. Holy mother, I want to have his babies. Not now of course, but definitely later. But I’d like to start practicing soon.”

The cell wall is a thick and rigid layer covering the plasma something, something plant cells…

Stacey stiffened all of a sudden. “Oh my God, he’s coming—”

Composed of fat and sugar—

Something slender and shiny fell from who knew where, landing in the middle of Sam’s notes. Blinking tightly, it took me a couple of seconds to recognize the faded and half peeled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sticker covering the back of the silver cell phone.

My heart slammed against my ribs. Gripping the edges of the notebook, I slowly lifted my gaze. Unnaturally beautiful golden eyes met mine.

“You forgot this last night.”


Check out my 5-star review of White Hot Kiss HERE!

About the author:

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer 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. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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