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Books I’ve Read: Bad For You by Abbi Glines

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Title: Bad For You
Series: Sea Breeze #7
Author: Abbi Glines
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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Source: Bought
Rating: 4/5

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Innocence isn’t meant for the addictive…The next sultry affair in the New York Times bestselling Sea Breeze Collection by Abbi Glines is unstoppably steamy.

Addiction is part of Krit Corbin’s nature—and women have always been his favorite obsession. But that’s the life of a lead singer in a band. He can have any woman he wants—anywhere, anytime. Well, except for one.

Blythe Denton is used to being alone. The minister’s family who raised her never accepted her as their own, and the cruel minister’s wife made sure Blythe understood just how unworthy she was of love. So when she finally gets the chance to live by herself, Blythe takes it and moves into an apartment building with a loud upstairs neighbor who keeps throwing parties all night long.

It’s during one such party when Krit opens the door to find his new neighbor standing there. Blythe wants him to turn down the music, but he convinces her to stay. She’s nothing like the women who parade in and out of his apartment, but Krit can’t resist her—her brown hair, cute glasses, and sexy innocence is too much for him to ignore.

Determined to win Blythe over, Krit Corbin may have just found his biggest addiction yet.

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Let’s be honest here, I can’t say I was overly excited to have Krit’s story. GASP!! Seeing his previous behavior with Jess and all the groupies did nothing to endear him to me. Although I did question whether his behavior was a form of protection due to his interactions with his sister, Trisha.

The start of Bad for You did nothing to alter my perception of Krit, in fact I probably disliked him more because of his actions YET there is no denying the underlying vulnerability that occasionally makes an appearance.

Blythe on the other hand quickly became one of my favorite female main characters. The emotional and verbal abuse she suffered growing up made my heartache for her. With everything she has suffered she is still one of the most compassionate non-judgmental people you could ever wish to encounter. With her distorted view of herself it was easy to understand the way in which words can so quickly be misinterpreted.

Seeing Krit through the eyes of his friends and witnessing him with Blythe slowly thawed my opinion of him. Finding the right person to fill the void created by neglect in formative years, provided quite a revelation where personalities and actions were concerned. That person providing the positivity required to negate all the negativity built up over the years. Exasperated by trying to fill that void with all the wrong things (in Krit’s case).

As Krit altered due to Blythe so did my opinion of him, something I did not think would happen. Both Krit and Blythe are able to overcome their cruel, loveless upbringings and develop a truly heart-warming relationship.

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FOREVER FOUND by Nazarea Andrews
Coming December 30th, 2014
Contemporary Romance Novella
Neverland Lost, #2

SYNOPSIS

Losing Gwen was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to survive. I’ve never loved anyone the way I love her.

But finding her was never about that. And now that I have found her–now that she knows the truth about me and the Island, I have to trust her to believe. Because her leaving me didn’t just destroy me–its killing Neverland.

I need her to love me. But we all need her to believe again.

Peter Pan has grown up and found the girl who left–but the stakes are higher than ever in this romantic conclusion to the story begun in Girl Lost.

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Author Information

Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.

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AUTHOR’S NOTE

This past summer I traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland for a book signing. It was my first trip outside of the US and I was nervous as hell. While I was on the plane and begging for my motion sickness medication to kick in, I started thinking about a character I didn’t “know” yet. Every now and then I will get a character’s voice in my head and not have a story for them. More often than not, my books start with just one character. I don’t know where the story is going, or what they’re going to do. I only have their voice guiding me. I told myself I wasn’t going to work on anything new on my trip, since I already had existing deadlines. But of course the voice ignored me. He kept talking to me. I couldn’t resist, so I started working on his story in my gorgeous hotel room with its view of Edinburgh castle. I wrote some more words at the Elephant House, which is where J. K. Rowling started writing the first Harry Potter book. Over vegetable lasagna and jasmine tea, a story started to develop. It was different than anything I’d ever written. Told completely from a male point of view. It was also a romantic suspense, something I’d been dying to try writing, but didn’t think I had the ability to do. I called my mother in my excitement and her words were “that’s completely different than anything you’ve ever written.” This is that story. And since this story is so completely different, I’m doing something different when I release it. In February (date to be determined), you will not only get the first book on that day, Behind Your Back, you will also be able to buy the sequel, Back To Back! No weeks or months of waiting to find out what happens. You can read the two books in one day if you want. Instant gratification. I hope you fall in love with these books as much as I have while writing them.

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THE SHAPE OF MY HEART Synopsis

Some people wait decades to meet their soul mate. Courtney Kaufman suspects she met hers in high school—only to lose him at seventeen. Since then, Courtney’s social life has been a series of meaningless encounters, though she’s made a few close friends along the way. Especially her roommate, Max Cooper, who oozes damaged bad-boy vibes from every pore.

Max knows about feeling lost and trying to move beyond the pain—he’s been on his own since he was sixteen. Now it’s time to find out if he can ever go home again, and Courtney’s the only one he trusts to go with him. But the trip to Providence could change everything…because the more time he spends with Courtney, the harder it is to reconcile what he wants and what he thinks he deserves.

It started out so simple. One misfit helping another. Now Max will do anything to show Courtney that for every heart that’s ever been broken, there’s another that can make it complete.

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About Ann Aguirre

Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.

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Books I’ve Read: Leo Maddox by Sarah Darlington

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Title: Leo Maddox
Series: He Belongs With Me
Author: Sarah Darlington
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 25 Nov 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

The one. The only. Leo Maddox.

Leo’s cocky. He’s mean. He’s gorgeous. He’s never learned the meaning of the word no. He’s the twenty-one-year-old, billionaire grandson of a hotel mogul. He has vacation homes he’s never been to and cars he doesn’t drive. Women. Fashion. Alcohol. There’s nothing he can’t get. Well…almost nothing.

He can’t have her. The girl he loves. The girl he’s loved his entire life. She hates him. Until one morning when Leo wakes up and decides enough is enough. He’s going to get the only girl he’s ever wanted. So what if she has a new boyfriend. So what if she loathes his very existence. Clara belongs with him and he’s going to prove it to her by winning her heart.

This New Adult Romance is told entirely from Leo Maddox’s POV. It can be read before, after, or in place of He Belongs With Me. Recommended for readers 18+ due to strong language and sexy scenes.

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This is probably going to be a very short ramble regarding this book :) While I loved seeing the events of He Belongs With Me from Leo’s point of view, I really, really, really needed there to be MORE.

I desperately need to know what happens when real life starts to kick back in for Clara and Leo. How are they going to cope when Clara goes back to college and Leo has to go back to work?????????

The depth of understanding provided from being able to see the events from Leo’s perspective was priceless. His thoughts about himself and the way he views Clara were equally poignant and emotional to witness. I even understood his friendship with Maggie a little better, although I can’t say I liked it any better.

While insight is gained into Leo’s thoughts, actions and emotions the narrative also provide more depth to Clara and the origin of her issues and barriers. It was also surprising how perceptive Dean was, aiding Leo in understanding the complexity of Clara’s emotional triggers.

So all in all I enjoyed Leo Maddox BUT I NEED MORE :)