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Monday's Book Spotlight

Two weeks in a row? I'm on a roll! :) Let's get right to it.

This week's book is by one of my favorite authors. It just released last week and I can't wait to read it. I'm sharing because I'm super excited about it and the cover is just gorgeous. Be sure to add it to Goodreads.

Whether you were charmed by Celeste in Flat-Out Love or are meeting her for the first time, this book is a joyous celebration of differences, about battling private wars that rage in our heads and in our hearts, and—very much so— this is a story about first love.

For high-school senior Celeste Watkins, every day is a brutal test of bravery. And Celeste is scared. Alienated because she’s too smart, her speech too affected, her social skills too far outside the norm, she seems to have no choice but to retreat into isolation.

But college could set her free, right? If she can make it through this grueling senior year, then maybe. If she can just find that one person to throw her a lifeline, then maybe, just maybe.

Justin Milano, a college sophomore with his own set of quirks, could be that person to pull her from a world of solitude. To rescue her—that is, if she’ll let him.

Together, they may work. Together, they may save each other. And together they may also save another couple—two people Celeste knows are absolutely, positively flat-out in love.

Monday's Book Spotlight

This week's book spotlight is a book that I read last week and I mentioned in my January newsletter as the book I was most excited to read this month. It has two beautiful covers and I need both editions on my bookshelf ASAP. I have also added something new to this feature. At the end, I've shared what I highlighted while reading. Without further ado, here is this week's book spotlight.

Left DrowningLeft Drowning
What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?

Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

*This book is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content.

My Thoughts As Seen On Goodreads:
Good lord. What has this book done to me? 


Jessica Park is amazing. 

Wow. I need a good cry now. I don't think any of my words are going to do this book, the writing, and how much I loved it justice. Just go read it. You'll see.

What I Highlighted While Reading:
"…while I am painful aware of my feelings and symptoms, I'm unable to shake them and move forward."

"It’s a constant struggle to stay near the surface. I have just enough air to stop me from totally going under, but not enough to thrive."

"I got myself out of hell. I dealt with it and moved on."

"I know too much not to be affected by his presence."

"My heart is a stupid asshole."

Check Out This Cover!

In case you didn't know, I'm a huge fan of fellow NC author Sawyer Bennett and her Off Series. The fourth book, Off Course, is set to release August 4th and I'm so excited!!!

Today, the cover of Off Course was revealed and whew. *fans self* I just had to share because I'm in love!

Renner Caldwell has her life perfectly mapped out. She has the ideal relationship, the perfect job and all is right in her world. When a shameful turn of events happens, she boards the first plane bound for Ireland to lick her wounds and get her head back on straight. 

Cillian O’Braidagh is the sexy, front man to the Irish rock band, Over The Edge. His rising fame and sultry voice make him every woman’s fantasy come true. Not to mention his single-minded determination. To put it simply: what Cillian wants, Cillian always gets. And he wants Renner, because there’s just something about the flame-haired beauty he has to possess. 

If their relationship was just about sex and rock n’ roll, it would be easy for them to get lost in their desires. Only their relationship is anything but a hook-up. Will lies, deceit and hidden tragedy get in the way, making the path to true love uncertain? Or will the girl whose been knocked Off Course, find her footing with the man who is teaching her it’s okay to lose control?

Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.

Monday's Book Spotlight

Last week, I read a book that has become a favorite. I mentioned on the blog last week and talked about it on Facebook and Twitter a little. This book has earned the place to be this week's spotlight. I was so happy to read a book featuring a hockey player and this doesn't disappoint in the least. Go on over to Amazon and order a copy!

Delayed Penalty (Crossing the Line, #1)

A minor penalty that is not called until the offending team gains control of the puck. As long as the non-offending team maintains possession, the referee allows play to continue and signals a delayed penalty by raising his arm.

I’m Evan Mason, an NHL hockey player for the Chicago Blackhawks. I spend my nights roughing up two hundred pound defensemen and, at times, spend more time in the penalty box than I do on the ice.

That’s my job. 

One night changed everything I thought I once knew about my life on, and off, the ice.

A girl. 

A brutally beaten girl left to die in an alley.
I don’t know why or how but something made me stay that night after taking her to the hospital. I didn’t know her, nor did I have an obligation to stay but something inside of me rooted me there telling me I should stay. Saving a life is worth something. At least I thought so. And I wouldn’t have been me if I just simply left her there. 

Any man who put his heart and soul into a game of hockey couldn’t just walk away when someone needed them. She had no one else right now. The same guy who saw determination where there was desire, now saw hope where there was once despair.

I couldn’t leave. That wouldn’t be me. No, not a man that put all he had into something some called just a game. I couldn’t walk away from her holding onto life, weak and powerless to something she had no control over.

So I stayed. In a room full of family members praying for their loved ones to pull through, I prayed for a girl I didn’t know and had never met before, to have a beating heart. While others’ sorrows turned to grieving pain, I sat waiting on the words of the unknown.

No bond is stronger than the ones you’ll bleed for.

My Thoughts as Seen on Goodreads:
I completely enjoyed this book! I was hooked from the beginning and couldn't put it down all day. (Well, until I had to leave the house and that was horrible because I didn't want to stop.) There wasn't anything I didn't like about the book and there's nothing I would change about it either. This is going on my I Need A Signed Paperback list. 

I love hockey players to start with and Stahl definitely enhanced that feeling even more. Honestly, it made me want to go out and find a hockey player (Evan preferably) right that second. I also ended up cussing more than usual today. I think the players got to me, haha! This is one of those books that makes you happy and sets the mood to where you'll have a good day because you read it.

I can not wait to read the next one and more by Stahl!

Monday's Book Spotlight

This week, I'm shining the light on Broken Pieces by B.E. Laine for two reasons.

1. I really like the cover.
2. It sounds like a good read.

Broken Pieces has an expected publication date of May 15. Go ahead and add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads and keep an eye out for it! I'm excited to read this one. Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below:

Broken Pieces (Broken, #1) Karaline Brooks has accepted her past and who she has become because of it. She has worked hard to put on a façade as she strides to accomplish her goals in life. When her last semester of college rolls around, everything changes. Andrew Evans comes into her life. After she has accepted that no man would ever want her again, he does.

Kara falls into Drew’s simple life he has made for himself, after the difficult childhood he endured. He finds that he is determined to keep her, no matter what it takes. His goal is to stand by her and prove to her that she is worthy.

They could never imagine what else life has to throw their way. Is their connection strong enough to handle reality?

Monday's Book Spotlight

It's been at least a week since I first saw this cover. I love the colors and it's been in my head ever since my eyes landed on it. I figured, what better way to start off the week than to share a pretty cover with everyone I know! 

After I saw it, I just had to hop over to Goodreads to see what it was about. Let me tell you, I am excited about this book! Be sure to check out the book and Nichele Reese.

What upcoming releases are you excited about?

From Goodreads:
This is a twisting story of young love torn in two. 

Abigail McCall has been accepted into Juilliard for Ballet. Being nineteen, she’s ready to move out of her tight shell at her parent’s house and in with her new roommates. Abigail finds herself distracted with things she never saw herself doing.

'Hey, I’m Tucker.
That’s all it took. His own name rolling off his tongue.'

With no job and coming from a broken home with a mother who doesn’t care what happens to him, could you blame Tucker for being so secretive? The dark and mysterious Tucker has his sights set on the prim and proper ballerina. So he knows he has to change his self destructive ways in order to keep Abigail in his life. Which means, betraying his closest friends.

Obstacles are thrown at them. 
They don’t approve of the ballerina and the poor boy.

The world won’t let Abigail and Tucker be together. What do they have to sacrifice to stay together...

Can the good come out in the bad? Or does someone always end up hurt and alone?

Tucker has nothing, but Abigail has everything to lose...

New Adult Novel. Contains adult situations, sexuality, some violence, and is suited for ages 18 and up. 

Coming May 13th 2013