Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Happy Release Day - Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry + Excerpt


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 is now available!



They say your destiny is carved in stone. But some destinies are meant to be broken.

The only curse Jesse Lachlin believes in is his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year.

A fortuneteller tells Scarlett she's psychic, but what is real is Scarlett’s father’s controlling attitude and the dark secrets at home. She may be able to escape, but only if she can rely on the one boy who broke her heart.

Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings, but as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…


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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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~SCARLETT~ A scraping of a chair, a tray full of food and I glance over with my practiced smile in welcome. It’s not Camila, Evangeline, or anyone else from the group. It’s green eyes, red hair, a familiar mischievous smile that used to be reserved only for me, and my blood pounds with excitement as if someone lit a sparkler in my chest. Then I frown because I’m not supposed to feel this way. Not with him. Not with anyone. 

Jesse Lachlin winks at me as he sits across from me like no time has passed from when we climbed trees together. “What’s up, Tink?” 

Another thrill runs through me but then my muscles tighten. Stupid, antiquated reaction belonging to a dead past. “What are you doing here?” 

Jesse pops a fry into his mouth, chews, then picks up another as if he has no intention of answering. I scan the cafeteria. Several people are watching us, curious as to why Jesse Lachlin is sitting with me, or is event at lunch, or even at school. 

From the lunch line, Camila’s and Evangeline’s eyes are bugging out of their heads. 

What is going on? Camila mouths. 

I raise my eyebrows to inform her I have no idea. Jesse digs into his corn with his fork and that’s crossing a line. “Maybe you didn’t hear me, but I asked what you’re doing here.” 

He lifts his eyes to meet mine and there’s a glimmer in them that causes my lips to flatten. Fantastic. He’s here to make my life a living hell. 

“It seems obvious,” he says. 

If he remembers anything about me, he should recall I was never known for my patience and that he should be speaking, and speaking soon. “Just answer the question.” 

“I’m eating lunch.” 

I honest to God groan in frustration. “There’s no room at the inn.” 

He surveys the table, takes in the empty seats, my books, and then gives me a good look. A slow look. As if he’s trying to memorize every inch he’s drinking in. My cheeks redden because that somehow feels a little too intimate for lunch. Feels a little too intimate for someone I’m no longer friends with. It feels too intimate if we were friends. 

I glance away, but I sense him still staring at me. God help me, I want to stare back.   



Katie McGarry Bio: Katie is the author of the PUSHING THE LIMITS series, THUNDER ROAD series, SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME, and the upcoming YA novel, ONLY A BREATH APART. Her novels have received starred reviews, critical acclaim and have won multiple awards including being a multiple Goodreads Choice Award Finalist for YA Fiction, multiple RT Magazine's Reviewer's Choice Award Finalist for Best YA Fiction, including a win in the category, and she was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick.      

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Monday, January 21, 2019

My Same - My Review of Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis

Title: Playing for Keeps
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 1/22/2019
Source: ARC from Publisher

If you’re planning on falling in love… 

When it comes to the confident, charismatic Caleb Parker, Sadie Lane feels the spark—the kind that comes from rubbing each other the wrong way. She’s a tattoo artist, he’s a straight-laced mogul. But after they accidentally co-rescue an abandoned dog from a storm, Sadie sees a vulnerable side to the seemingly invincible hottie.

you’d better be sure… 

Caleb doesn’t do emotions. Growing up the underdog, he’s learned the hard way to build up an impenetrable wall. Perfect for business. Disastrous for relationships. He’s never worried about it before—not until he finally gets behind Sadie’s armor and begins to fall.

… someone is there to catch you. 

Both guarded and vulnerable, Sadie and Caleb are complete opposites. Or are they? Shocked at their undeniable connection, can they ever admit to wanting more? That all depends on what they’re each willing to risk.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis writes warm, funny, sexy contemporary romances and women’s fiction. An Amazon, BN & iBooks bestseller, she’s also a two-time RITA winner and has more than 10 million copies of her books sold worldwide.
Jill lives with her family in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters (Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is mostly coincidental). She does most of her writing on her deck surrounded by more animals than humans. Which is quite astonishing considering she’s a city girl who was plucked from the wilds of L.A. to the wilds of the Sierra’s. Most of her books come from a combination of hard work, cookies, and hot guy pics, and not necessarily in that order.
Jill often travels to reader weekends & conventions where she LOVES getting to meet and hang-out with readers. The only problem being she tends to get lost in her hotels. So if you ever see NYTimes Bestselling author Jill Shalvis roaming the halls, someone please return her immediately. 

Caleb Parker and Sadie Lane are two sides of the same coin. On the surface they look completely opposite, but at their core, where it counts, it turns out they are very much alike.

A stray dog brings them together, but it's their attraction that has them coming back for more. They have a bit of a love/hate relationship at first, but that is mainly due to the fact that neither one wants be vulnerable and open themselves to possible heartache. Caleb seems more eager to put that behind him and pursue a relationship with Sadie, but they soon they both give in and jump headfirst into romance.

Both Sadie and Caleb have a past to work through, but they are tailor-made to help the other. They challenge each other and push one another and ultimately become stronger together.

Shalvis does it again, continuing her long-standing tradition of swoon-worthy romance that heats the blood and warms the heart. I love that this series is still going strong. It's great to check in with the group and see how couples from past stories have grown and come together even more. I cannot imagine a world in which I won't be first in line for anything Jill Shalvis writes.

***talk and past scenes of cutting and being institutionalized.***

4 out of 5 stars

My Same - Adele

Sunday, January 20, 2019

A Peek at the Week 1/21/2019

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I'm in the middle of reading an ARC of Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry (out tomorrow 1/22/2019). McGarry never fails to deliver a fantastic YA novel filled with angst and heartbreak. She's exceptionally adept at tearing you apart and putting you back together again. 

I'm loving this series. So much intrigue with completely irregular characters. Charlotte Holmes is unquestioningly my favorite detective and the question of will she and Lord Ingram end up together keeps me flying through these books.

My last 5-star read was Be the Girl by K.A. Tucker. Check out my review HERE.

Up next for me will be to go back finish the Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle. I had to take a break to finish up some reading for blog tours. I'm about 30% in and it's pretty cute so far.


I Am - My Review of Be the Girl by K.A. Tucker

Title: Be the Girl
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publisher: K.A. Tucker
Publication Date: 1/21/2019
Source: ARC from the author

From the national bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths series and The Simple Wild comes a poignant story about a girl trying to change her future while evading her past.

Almost sixteen-year-old Aria Jones is starting over. New postal code, new last name, new rules. But she doesn’t mind, because it means she can leave her painful regrets behind. In the bustling town of Eastmonte, she can become someone else. Someone better.

With the Hartford family living next door, it seems she will succeed. Sure, Cassie Hartford may be the epitome of social awkwardness thanks to her autism, but she also offers an innocent and sincere friendship that Aria learns to appreciate. And Cassie’s older brother, Emmett—a popular Junior A hockey player with a bright future—well … Aria wishes that friendship could lead to something more. If he didn’t already have a girlfriend, maybe it would.

But Aria soon finds herself in a dicey moral predicament that could derail her attempt at a fresh start. It is her loyalty to Cassie and her growing crush on Emmett that leads her to make a risky move, one that earns her a vindictive enemy who is determined to splinter her happy new world.

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. 

She is the USA Today bestselling author of 18 books, including the Causal Enchantment, Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, The Simple Wild, and Be the Girl. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, First for Women, and Publisher's Weekly. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance 2013 for TEN TINY BREATHS and Best Romance 2018 for THE SIMPLE WILD. Her novels have been translated into 16 languages.

K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her family

I'm going to do my best to write a review while not spoiling the story for you. I will say that this is a very necessary story. It's message is super important and one that I wish I'd had in my pre-teen years.

Aria Jones has just moved across the country with her mom, moving in with an uncle in a house she has never before visited. Normally in Young Adult books, this is where we read the angst and bitterness from the teen who has been forced to leave a life she loves for the unknown. For Aria, however, the unknown is exactly what she is looking for; a clean slate, a new start.

As Aria meets her neighbors, she notices right away that their daughter, Cassie, while friendly, is definitely different. Their son, the attractive hockey-playing Emmett, makes an equally strong impression on Aria. Even the knowledge of Emmett's beautiful girlfriend doesn't calm the raging in the Aria's blood anytime he is around.

School is tricky but Aria quickly finds herself befriending a couple of social outcasts rather than finding a place in the spotlight. One of her new friends has appalling taste in fashion and the other barely speaks, but Aria is content with her new place and her new life except for the longing she feels toward her gorgeous neighbor.

The more Aria is around Emmett, the harder she falls for him. He is so much more than just a pretty face. He is an incredible person. His girlfriend, Holly, while practically perfect on the outside is definitely hiding something underneath. As much as Aria would love to be the one to break them up, she has promised to keep her head down and stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, her attempts to help Emmett celebrate his and Holly's anniversary lead Aria to have to face a decision that could threaten to undo all of the plans so carefully laid by herself and her mother.

That's all of the summarizing I am capable of doing without spoiling the story, so I will leave it at that. I do want to address Cassie, though. As I mentioned above, Cassie is different. Cassie has autism. I was thoroughly impressed with the author's handling of this disorder. Cassie's effect of those around her is apparent and never failed to make me smile. I loved the way Tucker showed the 'realness' in the way the family both championed Cassie and was frustrated by her. Aria's friendship with Cassie is a really special thing separate and apart from anything having to do with Emmett and I am utterly grateful to the author for that. For while this is a young adult love story, it is so much more than that. It showcases friendships as well as the way families can come together to make each other stronger. It was, overall, an excellent read.

5 out of 5 Stars

I Am - Christina Aguilera