Against the Odds – Book Review

Title: Against the Odds

Author: N. L. Taylor

Publisher: Alan and Lane Media, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)

Publication Date: August 7, 2018

Pages: 372

Rating: 5 stars

Series: Redline Series

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: Nikki Elliot is running out of money and time. After her year-and-a-half struggle of trying to rebuild her racing career from a near-fatal accident, Nikki is faced with some hard facts and hardships. Her family doesn’t want to support her, even though it’s her dream, and they fire her from their business. Nicki also needs money to rebuild her car and gets the help from Jake Masercotti. Even though he’s just her mechanic, they both become something more to each other. Secrets are uncovered, will they be able to live with some of their dead family members choices or will they let their choices control them?

Thoughts: The suspense and Mafia aspect of this book threw me for a loop, which I absolutely loved. Nikki is such an inspiration, going after what she wants and believes in. Jake is such a great character! I loved him so much, I loved everything he did and he stands for. The way that he treated Nikki was so refreshing and I love the author because of that. One of my favorite aspects was how Nikki was the race car driver and Jake was more of an artist who loved photography. Normally those rules will be reversed. Overall this was a fantastic read and I can’t wait to continue the series.

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Only a Breath Away – Cover Reveal

Would you dare to defy destiny? Are our destinies written in stone? Do we become nothing more than the self-fulfilling prophesies of other people’s opinions? Or can we dare to become who we believe we were born to be?

“A gorgeous, heartfelt journey of redemption and love” (Wendy Higgins), ONLY A BREATH APART is a young adult contemporary novel from critically acclaimed Katie McGarry. “Haunting, authentic, and ultimately hopeful” (Tammara Webber), ONLY A BREATH APART will be available on all retailers on January 22, 2019!

About ONLY A BREATH APART:

Jesse dreams of working the land that’s been in his family forever. But he’s cursed to lose everything he loves most.

Scarlett is desperate to escape her “charmed” life. But leaving a small town is easier said than done.

Despite their history of heartbreak, when Jesse sees a way they can work together to each get what they want, Scarlett can’t say no.Each midnight meeting between Jesse and Scarlett will push them to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other.

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Gritty and real, Only a Breath Apart is a story of hope conjured from pain, strength drawn from innocence, and love earned from self-respect. Beautiful, poignant, and fierce.”
―Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series


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Katie McGarry Bio:

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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A Cowboy’s Sweetheart – Book Review

Title: A Cowboy’s Sweetheart

Author: Crista McHugh

Publisher: Victory Editing NetGalley Co-Op

Publication Date: June 25, 2018

Pages: 164

Rating: 5 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: Rich, spoiled, Kensi is being forced to move to her aunts Rodeo Academy. She is disgusted that she has to go to stay and do chores. She is trying to find a way to get home, that is until she meets Javier Cruz.

Javier has been struggling to get custody of his brothers, well the process of struggling to avoid “princess” Kensi, he realizes some of her good qualities.

With the time that Kenzie has left on the ranch will her and Xavier be able to move from more than just a friendship? Or will the two different sides of class ruin their chances?

Thoughts: This was such a cute and fluffy breed with some serious situations. I love Javier and his will to fight for his family. I also really enjoyed the playfulness with Javier and Kensi. I love that he was the only person to see beyond Kensi’s mask. Overall this was such a cute and easy read! I would highly recommend.

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In Harmony – Book Review

Title: In Harmony

Author: Emma Scott

Publisher: Trillian

Publication Date: February 13, 2018

Pages: 380

Rating: 5 stars

**Thanks to Net Galley for sending me a copy to review**

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Willow suffer through it nobody should have to go through. She has been living with the effects even after this happened. Her parents are rich snobs and only care about appearances. Halfway through her senior year, she has to move to Harmony, Indiana, from New York. She loves the new changes and takes an interest in a fellow classmate, Isaac.

Isaac has his own store with his own problems. His mother died when he was young, and his father is the town drunk. Issac turns to act, and it became an outlet for him to express the words he didn’t want to say. When he performs, he gets to embody other characters so that he doesn’t have to face the world through himself but as other people.

The to bond over Hamlet and the theater. The each lean on each other and learn new things and how to become with the other needs. Will they be able to become a couple when her dad threatens to end Isaac’s career and have them move to Canada?

Thoughts: The story was heartbreaking. I was so captivated the entire time I was reading. Willow story is a heart-wrenching one. I felt so sorry, and I wanted to offer help and guidance to her. Isaac was so sweet to Willow and I am so happy for his successes in life. The way that the two stories collide is so cute but bittersweet. I loved reading and getting to know the characters in In Harmony. I would highly recommend as a year-round read!

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Blood Oath – Cover Love

Cover Love

Like the cover of Blood Road, the first book of the duology, Blood Oath’s cover is bold and eye-catching, and I appreciate the way the designer, Monika MacFarlane, made sure the cover reflected the “Roman” feel of Torien’s world while giving it its own unique flair. I also like the way the laurel wreath motif continues in the interior design, at section breaks and chapter headings.

It’s always tricky to put a character on the cover, and although the model isn’t exactly how I picture Torien, I certainly think Torien could be pictured this way! All in all, I very much appreciate Monika’s thoughtful work in bringing all these elements together to create a striking cover.

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Blood Oath (Blood Oath #2)

by Amanda McCrina

Release Date: June 19, 2018

Publisher: Month9Books

The aftermath of what happened in the capital has shaken Torien to the core. Battling self-doubt and bitterness, he must find his resolve as he is sent back to Tasso to quell a violent uprising on the Road.

But Torien will need more than resolve to navigate the deadly path before him. His troops are inexperienced and his new adjutant untrustworthy. A series of murder attempts leaves the whole camp on edge. As the threat of mutiny builds, the mission seems doomed before they even reach Tasso—and Torien is beginning to suspect it was meant that way. He and his men are being set up to fail.

With his best friend in the hands of the rebels, his commanding officer refusing to negotiate a peace treaty, and his own men ready to turn on him at any moment, Torien must decide once and for all how much he’s willing to sacrifice for an empire he no longer believes in.

About the Author

Amanda McCrina has studied in Italy, taught English in Japan, and currently tutors Latin in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BA in History from the University of West Georgia, and is now pursuing her MA. She writes stories that incorporate her love of history, languages, and world travel. She drinks far too much coffee and dreams of one day having a winning fantasy-hockey season.

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Burning Bright – Excerpt

Burning Bright by Chris Cannon Excerpts

Excerpt #1

“I think we are at the no-news-is-good-news stage,” Jaxon said.

“That works for me.” Bryn said. “I’m hoping my chaos magnet days are over. I’d love an uneventful holiday season.” “The Christmas Ball should be safer this year. Your grandfather has hired extra guards and installed more surveillance cameras around the estate.”
“That’s comforting, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to relax and believe an event is safe.”

“I feel compelled to point out that the common denominator among all the recent chaos has been you.”

“And you get to spend the rest of your life with me,” Bryn shot back. “You lucky duck.”

“I can barely contain my joy.”

They drove back to the Institute for Excellence trading comments and laughing. It was nice. On the way to her room, he said, “Do you still have the present I asked you to keep for me?”

Way to put a damper on the day. “I do.” Where is he going with this?

“Can I have it back?” he asked.

“Of course.” She unlocked her door, letting him into the living room and then went to retrieve the bracelet from underneath her sweaters. Should she admit she’d looked at it? No.

Jaxon accepted the box from her and held it in his palm like he was testing its weight. “I finally figured out what I should do with it.” He slid it into his coat pocket and then said, “I almost forgot.” He pulled a small white cardboard box from his pocket and handed it to her.

“What’s this?” She opened the box and looked inside to find brownies dotted with green Christmas tree-shaped sprinkles.

“I stopped in a bakery to order something for my mother, and I saw those.”

That was oddly thoughtful of him.

“I know normal girls wouldn’t want to eat brownies after baking cookies all day, but I figured that didn’t apply to you.”

“It’s not like I can argue that statement, so thank you.”

“Good night, Bryn.”

“Good night.” She locked the door behind him before taking a bite of brownie. It was chocolatey fudgey heaven. A small voice in her head whispered that he must actually care about her. The smarter part of her brain said to shut up and enjoy the brownie. No reason to read anything even remotely romantic into the nice gesture.

Bryn stopped mid chew. Wait. What? Did she just think of romance and Jaxon in the same sentence? Sure, he was funny, and smart, and handsome when he wasn’t being an asshat, but that didn’t mean there would ever be any real feelings between them. Right?

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He stood. “Let’s go for a walk.”

“Okay.” She set her mug on the bench and let him pull her to her feet. Should she tell her grandparents where they were going? That would kind of ruin the moment she and Jaxon might be having, so she shelved the idea.

Hand in hand, they walked down one of the slate paths back into the trees with the fairy lights. “This place is amazing.”

“This has always been my favorite part of the house. I used to spend a lot of time out here.”

“Doing what?”

They walked down a path and into a stand of trees. Several single swings and a double swing where two people could sit, like a porch swing, were suspended from the trees. There was also a staircase that spiraled around a tree and led up to a walkway suspended between the trees, high up in the branches.

“Can we go up?” Bryn asked.
“Sure.”
The spiral steps were easy to climb, but the walkway was higher up in the trees than it appeared from below. “What do you think?” Jaxon asked.
“I think it’s the perfect place to hide from the world.”

Wait a minute. “You made fun of me last year when I said I wanted a treehouse.”

“This isn’t a treehouse, it’s a far superior tree bridge.”

“Right,” Bryn mocked. “That makes sense.”

Jaxon tugged her back toward the platform of the first tree. “There’s more.” Around the back side of the tree there was a bench. “If you don’t feel like walking, you can sit.”

“As one does when one is tired from adventures on their tree bridge.” She sat and relaxed back against the trunk of the tree, very aware of Jaxon’s proximity and the heat coming off his body.

“Exactly,” he said.

She laughed. From inside the tree the fairy lights seemed even more magical. “You know this is basically a tree house without walls.”

“No. That doesn’t work for me,” he said.
Bryn rolled her eyes but didn’t comment.
“I saw that,” Jaxon said.
“You were meant to.” Joking around with him felt comfortable. “This is nice.”
“The tree?” he asked.
“No.” She pointed back and forth between them. “This. Us. No pretenses or small talk…just us.”
“Speaking of us.” He leaned in, slowly, like he was giving her a chance to move away. She met him halfway and pressed her mouth against his. Time seemed to slow down as his hand touched her cheek and then cradled the back of her head. Heat thrummed between them, burning bright as the kiss grew, which was strange yet somehow right.

Excerpt #3

I guess I should say thank you for coming to look for me.”

“You’re welcome, though you seemed to have the situation taken care of by the time we got there.”

“Mostly,” he said. “But it’s nice to know that someone notices when I’m not where I’m supposed to be.”

And now this felt awkward and a little too serious. “I guess it really is our job to look out for each other now, isn’t it?”

He grinned. “I’d like to point out that I’m normally a lot less trouble than you are, so you’re getting the better end of this deal.”

She rolled her eyes. “Yes, I’m one lucky girl.”

He acknowledged her joke with a grin and then pushed to his feet. “Do try to remember that.” He walked to the door and let himself out.

She locked the door behind him. Weird how she felt closer to him now. Shared drama probably had that effect on a relationship. Whatever kind of relationship she had with Jaxon, it seemed to be shifting…which was natural given their strange circumstances. Nothing to worry about. Nothing at all.

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Burning Bright (Going Down in Flames #5)

by Chris Cannon
Publication Date: June 4, 2018

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Bryn is back for her senior year at the Institute for Excellence, also known as shape-shifting dragon school. She isn’t sure which is scarier, the life-force sucking dragons stalking campus or the fact that she’s officially betrothed to Jaxon, a guy who will never love her. Not that she could ever love him, either… That’s just ridiculous.

Senior year should be fun. Her parents are alive, she’s finally fitting in, and she’s learning how to be a Medic. But what’s with Jaxon giving her strange looks? He runs hot and cold, and he doesn’t even have the excuse of being a hybrid fire-and-ice-breathing dragon like her. One minute they’re having a great time and the next, she wants to blast a fireball at his head. The marriage contract of doom looms over them–unless this match not made in heaven kindles a flame…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series and the Boyfriend Chronicles. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies. You can find her online at http://www.chriscannonauthor.com.

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The Other Woman – Book Review

Title: The Other Woman

Author: Sandie Jones

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Publication Date: August 21, 2018

Pages: 304

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 5 stars

*Thanks to Minotaur Books for sending me an arc*

Synopsis: Beware of Pammie. She’s going to be waiting for you.

Adam and Pammie have started dating and are getting married and are happily married. The biggest set back for Emily is Adams’ mother, Pammie. She has made it clear to Emily that she is not wanted or that she is good enough for her son. She tries to scare Emily away.

Secrets are unveiled and the truth is uncovered, but remember to Beware of Pammie.

Thoughts: I’m not one to read thriller’s but I really enjoyed reading this a lot more than I expected to! The ending was so shocking and I didn’t expect and I loved that about reading it.  I was so hooked and captivated that I couldn’t put it down. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and I really enjoyed that about reading this. I loved everything about The Other Woman. I haven’t enjoyed this genre before but this book has changed my mind. Now I need to pick up more from Sandie Jones and other thrillers.

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My Summer TBR !

This summer I plan to read quite a few books! I will not be able to include any arcs I receive on this list, but I plan to read a few of those too. I want to read sixteen physical books that are in my possession now and any that I can get my hands on. The stack of books isn’t in any particular order.

Now here’s my summer reading list:

all or nothing at all – Jennifer Probst

A TV series of Property Brothers and The Marriage Bargain come together to create a heart-wrenching contemporary romance in Jennifer Probst’s Billionaire Builders series.

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STARGIRL – Jerry Spinelli

At Mica High, Stargirl is told be normal as are all the other kids that learn there. They are not supposed to break the usual trends and cliches of schools.

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Ruin and Rule – Pepper Winters

A woman has her past, present, and future twisted with lies that she has been taught to know. She is desperate to find the truth but uncovering it might bring more threats and enemies than expected.

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Made You Up –  Francesca Zappia

Alex is starting over with her life at a new school and starts to make friends and fall in love, but what happens when she can’t decipher what’s real and what’s not?

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Has to be Love – Jolene Perry

Clara isn’t ready for the rest of her life to begin, after being in a tragedy from her childhood. She has gotten used to the sympathetic looks she receives. Clara meeting strangers is a different thing, that is until a new student teacher arrives.

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Let me in – Erin McCarthy

Aubrey just fled from an abusive relationship and hides on a remote island and finds out she’s pregnant. She meets Riker an ex-assassin who is willing to do anything to protect Aubrey.

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Play the Man -Jaymee Jacobs

Jenna is super excited to be getting married after eight years of dating Ryan, but he is in no rush to get to the altar. As the two continue to work out their problems Ryan’s teammate gets an infatuation with Jenna. They all have to decide what is best.

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False Start – Jaymee Jacobs

Christopher is starting out a new life with the Dallas Comets, being on the top, but then gets a text message that makes his high come crashing down.

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Untouchable – Isabel Love

Monica Morgan is off limits and is Max might not be able to stay away.

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Losing It – Cora Carmack

Bliss is about to graduate and hasn’t done It yet. She is ready to lose it and she tries a one night stand but leaves the guy, later to know that he is her new teacher.

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Leah On the Offbeat – Becky Alberatlli

Leah doesn’t know what to do with the upcoming things in her life like prom and college. She has a great group of friends and a gay best friend Simon but is afraid to share with them that she is bi.

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When It’s Real – Erin Watt

Oakley is a pop star and Vaughn is a waitress. An unlikely pair that will only be found if unexpected circumstances hadn’t come up.

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Wonder Woman Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo

Daughter of Immortal and Daughter of Death will come together and they both will face an army.

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Because You Love to Hate Me – Edited by Ameriie

Thirteen short stories about villains.

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A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J. Maas

The fourth book in A Court of Thorns and Roses.

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Tower of Dawn – Sarah J. Maas

The seventh book in Throne of Glass.

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I hope you share your Summer TBR’s with me in the comments or on my Instagram!

 

Want You – Cover Reveal

WANT YOU

By

New York Times Bestselling Author Jen Frederick

This will be exclusive to Kindle Unlimited – On Sale July 1st

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Summary:

Bitsy

I might be only nineteen, but I know what I want. It’s Leka Moore. I don’t care that he took me in when he was barely more than a kid himself. I don’t care that he raised me. I don’t care everyone thinks being with him is wrong. I know we belong together, and the only person I need to convince is him.

Leka

I found her in the corner of a dark alley. If I hadn’t taken her with me, she would’ve died that night—or maybe worse. Before I knew it, she became the light in my dark life, the haven from the madness. I watched her grow up. I tried to teach her right from wrong. Now that she’s an adult, I’m feeling things that no good man should ever feel. But then…I’ve never been a good man. I have a chance at redemption by saving her from the greatest danger of all—me.

May Wrap Up – 2018

I wasn’t really in a reading mood this past month. But I did enjoy most of the books I read and I thank all the publishers for sending me a review copy.

Title: Toxic Side Effect The Other Woman Just One of the Royals
The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid
Author: Sandy Magner Sandie Jones Leah Rooper and Kate Rooper Gary Robinson  Total:
Pages: X 304 197 396  897
Rating: 3 5 5 2  ~ 3.75 stars

I hope all of you had a good reading month! I should be able to read more now that school is out!

Where the Sea Takes Me – Release Information and Review

Where the Sea Takes Me by Heidi R. Kling is out today! Get your copy and fall in love today!
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Sienna’s in college, working hard to achieve her dreams, and trying to love another boy—and halfway succeeding. She’d be totally happy with her life if she could just stop dreaming about him. Deni. The boy she left behind on the shores of Banda Aceh.

When she gets word Deni’s coming to America, Sea’s world shifts. And when he arrives on her doorstep, she’s shaken to the core.

Sparks don’t just fly, they soar—and threaten to burn down the new life she’s so patiently, persistently, built.

When they’re both invited to join a relief mission in Cambodia, they jump at the chance to help…and be together. As the time and distance between them melts away in the sticky Cambodian heat, Sienna knows her heart can’t take losing him again.

And that’s exactly what might happen.

Review

I really loved this continuation of this series! I hope that there is going to be more books later on and we get to find out what happens to the characters a few years down the line. Sea is such a sweet character, that I loved getting to see grow up and become a better person. Deni is still just as cute as ever and I am happy to see him come to America. Overall this was a great read that I flew through in a matter of hours! I would highly recommend this be at the top of your summer reading TBR!

Roar – Paperback Release Day!

From New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack comes her debut young adult fantasy, ROAR! Now available in paperback, ROAR takes readers on an adventure filled with charismatic characters in an enthralling world sure to keep them turning the pages. Grab your copy today!

About ROAR (Stormheart #1):

New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack’s young adult debut: Roar.

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

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“This life is not glamorous,” Duke told her. “We travel constantly. We sleep on the ground most nights. When we’re not in danger from storms, we’re in danger in cities where we are considered criminals. This life is not for the faint of heart.”

“There are things I do not know, things I will have to learn. But I am capable. I am familiar with sacrifice. I know what it is to make hard choices.”

“Tell me you’re not considering this,” Locke said to Duke.

The old man was silent for a long moment, both Locke and Roar looking to him for support. Duke rubbed at his mustache, a habit of his when he was thinking deeply. “Let’s think about this, Locke. She’s smart. And determined.”

“She’s a child.”

Roar’s shoulders hunched in Locke’s peripheral vision, and he swallowed back the guilt. He could apologize later. For now, it was imperative that he won this argument.

You were a child when I brought you into the fold,” Duke said. “She’s a young woman with a good head on her shoulders. And if this is what she wants, I’m inclined to at least hear her out.”

Just like that, Roar’s shoulders straightened, and Locke turned to watch a devastating smile bloom across her mouth. His weakness when it came to her only made him more cross.

“What skills do you have?” he snapped at Roar.

“Skills?”

“Yes, skills. What can you do? Or do you just plan to tag along for the ride?”

A flush spread over her cheeks, and her voice was tentative when she answered, “I’m good on a horse. Very good.”

Where in the world would she have learned to ride? He quickly hardened his expression. “Horses are fine for travel, but they don’t do well in storms. They, unlike you, have good survival instincts.”

As soon as the words were out of his mouth, Locke could have sworn he felt an updraft—the first sign that bad weather could occur—and he knew that this time he had pushed too far.

Roar marched toward him, spearing a finger into his chest and said, “I can read and write. I can speak Taraanese, Finlaghi, and Odilarian. I can read maps. I know enough about grassland vegetation and wildlife to survive without a market to buy food and drink. I’m good with knives and a bow. I learn quickly, and I’m not afraid of hard work. And I’ve spent my entire life reading as much about storms as I could get my hands on.” For a moment, her voice cracked under the weight of her anger, but she took a huffing breath and continued: “I’m good with numbers. It’s been a while, but I think I can probably still draw the constellations from memory, which should make me decent at navigation. I can—“

“Enough.” Locke’s voice came out in a deep rasp. He captured her long, delicate finger in his fist before she could continue poking him. He felt short of breath at the sight of her—livid and lovely. “Enough.”

The old Locke might have kept arguing, and Roar would have met him toe-to-toe. But if becoming a storm hunter had taught him anything, it was that fighting head-on wasn’t always the way to win. Sometimes strategy was required. He met Duke’s eyes over her shoulder, and if he had thought Roar looked smug before, she had nothing on his mentor. The man raised his eyebrows in a challenge and asked, “You?”

He hated the idea of bringing someone into this dangerous life, but if it was going to happen regardless, he sure as hell wouldn’t hand her safety over to anyone else, not even Ransom. And at the very least, it would give him the opportunity to change her mind. He gritted his teeth and nodded his acceptance.


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About Cora Carmack:

Cora Carmack is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Since she was a teenager, her favorite genre to read has been fantasy, and now she’s thrilled to bring her usual compelling characters and swoon-worthy romance into worlds of magic and intrigue with her debut YA fantasy, Roar. Her previous adult romance titles include the Losing It, Rusk University, and Muse series. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages around the world. Cora splits her time between Austin, TX and New York City, and on any given day you might find her typing away at her computer, flying to various cities around the world, or just watching Netflix with her kitty Katniss. But she can always be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and her website www.coracarmack.com.

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Just One of the Royals – Book Review

Happy Book Birthday to Just One of the Royals! *Thanks to NetGalley for giving me a review copy*

Title: Just One of the Royals

Author: Leah Rooper and Kate Rooper

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Publication Date: June 4, 2018

Series: The Chicago Falcons #2

Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis: Super Star Hockey player Daniel Sacachelli only wants two things in life; have the Falcons win and to never have to leave him home, Chicago, for his secret. If Daniel ignores his secret, which is that he is the Prince of Eldonia. If he chooses to not go to Eldonia to take over the crown, his family line will have to give it up to the next family.

Madison Myong is best friends with Daniel and she can not believe he is a real prince. Although he seems to be less royal and more rebel. Daniel needs to step up to the plate and go to Eldonia and take the throne. He has the help of his friends and step-sister to become prepared to run Eldonia, even though he doesn’t want to. Madison becomes Daniels “fake” boyfriend. Also, they both wish to become more.

Madison wished to help Daniel, but will trying to change him end their friendship and possibly more?

Thoughts: A great continuation to the series The Chicago Falcons! You get to reflect on the past story and to experience a new one. The characters were so adorable, and friendship was the number one factor in all decisions. Daniel was so freaking cute, I loved his personality and pretty much his whole self-representation. Madison is very determined and cares for her friends and always wants the best for them. This was such a great feel-good summer romance that will make you rethink family, friendships, and relationships!

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