Blog Tour & Review: Wicked Ride by Sawyer Bennett

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Wicked Ride
(The Wicked Horse Series Book #4)
Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: June 28, 2016

Synopsis:

I think this woman may be the death of me. A dire prediction, but probably true. Probably true because she’s not mine to have and I’ll probably take her, even at the risk to my own safety. So many men slobbering to get a taste of her and only one, sweet, virginal girl to go around. That’s right. She’s a virgin. Looking like a porcelain china doll that would break if not handled carefully. But I also know she’s stronger than she looks. She’s a contradiction. She’s most likely my downfall. Like I said, she’ll probably be the death of me, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take.

**Warning: this book has sex in it. Lots of sex. Dirty sex. The Wicked Horse Series is a bit different than what Sawyer Bennett normally writes. While you’ll still enjoy fabulous characters, a suspenseful story, some witty banter and an epic romance, there’s just… a lot of sex. You’ve been warned.

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Review:

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Wicked Ride is the fourth book in The Wicked Horse series, but it was the first book I read in the series. Even though characters from the previous books were mentioned, Wicked Ride was easily read as a standalone erotic romance.

And it was very erotic. Honestly, I didn’t really have any idea what was to come when I started this book. I knew what the blurb told me. There was going to be a man who desperately wanted this strong but virginal young woman. What I didn’t expect was The Silo. What is The Silo, you ask? Well, it’s an exhibitionist sex club that our hero, Logan belongs to.

Logan is a man running from his demons. He’s found relief in fly fishing and a kinky sex club in a rural town. His relief comes to an end when a virginal beauty shows up at The Silo. He desperately wants her, but he knows she’s not his. Still, he can’t seem to get her out of his mind.

Auralie’s “owner” happily parades her around The Silo each night trying to catch the attention of the high rollers who will pay for innocent Auralie’s virginity. She may be a willing participant in the sale, but that doesn’t mean she’s happy about it. The one small light in the whole arrangement is the connection Auralie feels with a member of the private club. She knows he can see her feelings, but she also knows he wouldn’t be able to afford what she’s peddling.

Logan knows he should stay far away from the sweet Auralie, but he can’t help but get involved in her situation. The closer he gets to her, the more their lives may be at risk.

Wicked Ride was way more intense than I imagined it would be. Auralie’s situation was more dire than I expected and it kept me on edge the entire time. She was a strong woman with a desire to be better than her past. I admired her determination to make the best of her situation her determination, but I worried for both her and Logan.

Logan was a great character. He was involved in some kinky stuff, but he was looking for something to fulfill his losses. I loved how his feelings for Auralie helped him move forward. His self-discovery was slow, but kind of sweet.

Readers who enjoy intense, kinky romances filled with suspense will love Wicked Ride. There’s a lot of fun twists and turns to experience. It definitely enticed me to go back and read more of this erotic contemporary romance series.

**I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

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About the Author: Bennett_photo_2014 Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions. A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone. Sawyer likes her Bloody Mary’s strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.

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Excerpt Blitz: A Fine Mess by Kelly Siskind

 

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I’m super excited to share with you an excerpt from Kelly Siskind’s upcoming novel A Fine Mess! I loved the first book in The Over the Top Series, My Perfect Mistake, and can’t wait for the release of this next book! I’d highly recommend this series!

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Author: Kelly Siskind
Series: Over The Top, #2
On Sale: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Format: eBook
Price: $3.99 USD

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SYNOPSIS:

Some guys should come with a warning label…

Sawyer West is Mr. One-Night Stand. He doesn’t do relationships or promises or feelings. He’s never cared enough to get involved. Until Lily Roberts. She’s sweet and shy and sexy as sin, and resisting her is testing his self-control. She believes Sawyer can be a better man, and for the first time in his life, he wants to be. But change isn’t easy, and Sawyer would do anything to protect Lily from his past self. Even break his own heart…

EXCERPT:

Sawyer steps close and waits for me to make eye contact. Slowly, I lift my gaze to his gold-flecked brown eyes, but I can’t find my voice. It’s like I don’t know how to talk to him anymore.

He grins. “Hi.”

From my angle it’s easy to see the scar running down his neck, the remnant of a fall he took through a coffee table while wrestling with his brother. I’ve always wanted to touch it, feel the puckered skin under my fingers. I drop my gaze, but it doesn’t help. The cuffs of his gray button-down are rolled to his elbows, roped muscle exposed below. Something else I’d like to touch.

I blink hard. “Hi,” I say to my feet.

“Look at me, Lil.” I rock on my heels, then do as asked. He raises an eyebrow. “How fucking weird is this?”

My giggle surprises me, and I loosen my grip on my wineglass. “Totally weird.”

Thank God for Sawyer’s candid nature.

He sips his drink, probably Scotch, and a sheen of liquid clings to his bottom lip.

Touch that arm. Kiss that scar. Taste those lips. None of these urges are new, but they’re heightened. Magnified. He watches me watching him, his gaze as probing as mine. What is he thinking?

Then the music changes.

A remix of Madonna’s “Holiday” plays, and Sawyer does Sawyer. He tips his head to the right, his shoulders following, then he pushes out his hip and rolls his torso through. The guy does body waves, alternating from side to side, like he’s in an eighties music video.

People stop. People look. People laugh.

I snort, an unattractive sound I make when my laughter takes over. Sawyer says it sounds like a hyena with sleep apnea. When I snort a second time, he dances harder, and I crack up. My belly aches as he gets into it, the entire room watching now.

I suck in a breath, place my empty glass on the table behind me, then clasp his shoulders. “What are you doing?”

He stops dancing. “Making things less weird.”

“Less? What about you channeling Paula Abdul is less weird?”

“Did you laugh?”

I grin.

Then he says, “I’m sorry.”

The music vibrates in my chest, or maybe it’s his proximity. “Sorry about what?”

“Last week, when you called, I was a dick. You caught me by surprise, and I didn’t handle it well. So, I’m sorry.”

His admission pumps through my core like helium, my body nearly weightless. The confession shouldn’t be surprising, not with how he speaks his mind, but it’s been a week of silence. I was losing hope things could return to the way they were, or progress past it. I step closer, so he can hear me over the noise. “Apology accepted, but do I get an explanation?”

He drags his gaze down my body. It’s a thorough perusal—intimate, penetrating—flames sparking along my skin. His eyes linger on me, but he doesn’t speak. He rolls the pinky ring on his left hand the way he does when he’s puzzling something out. An ache travels up my thighs, heat expanding below my ribs. The longer he stays quiet, the more my skin tingles.

Finally, he releases his ring and slides his hand over my lower back. He leans forward and whispers, “I’ve wanted to do very dirty things to you and with you since Aspen, but I care about you too much to act on it. Hence my dickishness and the weirdness.”

 

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A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in Northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head.

She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings-Gummy Bears heal all. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.

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WWW Wednesday: June 29, 2015

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Welcome to the last WWW Wednesday of June! I can’t believe how fast this month has gone by. This meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So here we go…


Currently reading:

I am currently buddy reading The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon. It’s not my normal romance, but is a fantasy! Gasp! But it’s written by one of my favorite authors, so…


Recently finished:

I got a lot of reading in this week. 🙂

More Than A Feeling
The Way to Game the Walk of Shame
Dear Heart, I Hate You
Valentina: A Hauntingly Intelligent Psychological Thriller
His Darling Bride (Echoes of the Heart, #2)

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Reading Next:

My plan is to read Goldfish next. But I also found out that A Gift of Time (Nine Minutes, #3) is coming out July 19th, so I’m going to do what I never do and re-read the first 2 books. I CAN’T WAIT!!!!

Review: More Than A Feeling by Sara Richardson

More Than A Feeling
Series: Heart of the Rockies, #3
Author: Sara Richardson
Publication Date: March 29, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: I received this book from Forever via Goodreads in exchange for an unbiased review.

Synopsis:

STOP RUNNING . . .AND START FALLING

For Ruby James the Walker Mountain Ranch is her safe haven. Here in Aspen, Colorado, she can finally build a quiet life for herself without fear of her old one rearing its ugly head. Or so Ruby thinks. Any single woman would be happy to indulge a tall, dark, and curious cop-but the closer Ruby gets to him, the closer she gets to losing her newfound peace.

Police officer Sawyer Hawkins is no stranger to secrets. He’s ready to leave town for good until a security threat brings him back to Walker Ranch, and Ruby’s gorgeous green eyes soon have him second-guessing his decision to go. Her kindness and quiet strength awaken feelings he’d thought long buried, even as her reluctance to talk about her past worries him. The cop in Sawyer only wants the truth-but the man in him wants Ruby in his arms forever. . .


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More Than A Feeling is the third book in the Heart of the Rockies series, but is easily read as a standalone romance. It was the first book I’ve read by Sara Richardson and I was impressed with her writing style. I would put it in the same category as some of my favorite contemporary romance authors (Shalvis, Higgins, Kantra — to name a few).

This story was filled with interesting and engaging characters. Ruby was a woman struggling to leave her past behind. She was running from an abusive relationship and feared she would never be able to live her life the way she dreamed.

Sawyer was a man who protected those he loved. His job as a cop overflowed into his life and he was always trying to solve the problems around him. He was a genuinely nice guy who deserved to find love and family.

Ruby and Sawyer’s relationship was a slow burn romance. With Ruby’s fears of being discovered, she was reluctant to begin a relationship with Sawyer. Sawyer was always full speed ahead when it came to Ruby. It took a while for them to get on the same path, but it was so sweet watching them figure things out. I loved how their problems were resolved in the end.

There were also a ton of great supporting characters in this story. The foster kids visiting the ranch for a week were cute and well thought out. I also loved getting a glimpse of the characters from the other books in the series. It would to go back and read their stories.

More Than A Feeling was a sweet, timeless contemporary romance. It had everything I would expect in an adult contemporary romance. Readers who want a slow and steady relationship build up are sure to love this book.

Book Blitz & REVIEW: That First Kiss by J.C. Valentine

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That First Kiss

by J.C. Valentine
Night Calls #2
Publication Date: June 18, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Erotic, Romance

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Synopsis: Mercurial and charming, Tate Larson is a rising author and playboy who has a different woman on his arm every night of the week. Focused on his work, Tate has no plans to settle down any time soon. That is until he meets his pretty new assistant, Piper Donovan.

Desperate to escape the promise of backwater living, Piper ditched her Alabama hometown and never looked back. That was almost two years ago. Now that she is out of a job and her bank account is running on fumes, she’s desperate to find a job, fast. She finds the break she is searching for when she lands a position at Bookish Temptations. A little dancing and a lot of drinks with the girls seem the perfect way to celebrate. After a brief but explosive encounter with a man she was never supposed to see again turns out to be the same man she will be bending over backwards to please, her every instinct tells her to run. But when running means leaving the life she has struggled so hard to create, Piper decides her only option is to continue working for the devastatingly sexy Tate Larson…even if it kills her.

Unable to deny their growing attraction, they struggle to keep their distance in a relationship that requires anything but.

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★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Piper has a lot to celebrate. She just landed the job that is going to keep her from returning to Alabama. And what would be a better way to celebrate than a fun night out with her friends? A fun night out and an amazing hookup! She gets just that when she has a quickie with an extremely hot and mysterious man at a dance club. Piper can’t get him out of her mind. Too bad she didn’t get name or number.

After horrible breakup with his ex, Tate has kept his relationships with women to one night only sexual encounters. When a sudden, passionate experience leaves him lusting after one of his one night stands, Tate is perplexed. He never thinks about the women he screws afterwards.

When Piper shows up to her new job to find out Tate is the man she’ll be working closely with, she knows she has to make this situation work. She doesn’t want to give up her dream. Tate, on the other hand, is doing everything he can to scare Piper away. He doesn’t like what she makes him feel.

I knew That First Kiss was going to be a scorching read before I started it, but what I didn’t expect was such an amazing storyline to go along with it. That First Kiss was almost an enemies to lovers story. There was amazing frustration and sexual tension between the characters. The impact of Tate and Piper’s sexual connection on their work relationship was so much fun to read!

Piper was such a strong female character. She repeatedly stood up for herself and did her best to make the right decisions. I don’t think I could have put up with Tate the way she did. She was a freakin’ angel when it came to him!

Tate was a jackass. He was mean and ruthless towards Piper on purpose. I felt so bad for her. Deep down, he was just a man hurting. I enjoyed it when Tate realized the mess he had created.

When Tate and Piper weren’t locked in battle with each other, their sexual escapades were explosive! I was constantly fanning myself. They also had some amazingly sweet moments. I especially loved the ones involving Tate’s family.

What I loved most about this erotic romance novel was the amount of amazing story I got. It wasn’t overrun by sexual encounters. They were spread out nicely throughout a fun and interesting story. I would highly recommend this book to Contemporary Romance readers.

**I received this book from IndieSage PR in exchange for an unbiased review.

EXCERPT- THAT FIRST KISS

Where was his goddamn assistant? For the hundredth time, Tate Larson glanced to the door watching another suit enter and approach the counter to place his order.

Checking his watch again, Tate gritted his teeth and dropped his eyes back to the screen before him. So help him God. Felix promised he had found a good one this time. He swore this was the one. Foolishly, Tate had believed the man, though why he did was beyond him. The last dozen or so certainly hadn’t worked out, so why should this one? Was it too much to ask for a person to be on time these days? Well, Felix was going to be pissed to hear that he fired this one on the spot. He didn’t tolerate incompetence well.

The bell over the door chimed again, announcing another arrival. Pausing mid-sentence, his fingers hovering over the keys, Tate lifted his eyes to the door once more, pausing on the pretty little thing that stepped inside.

Dressed as a professional in a nice buttercream blouse and fitted pencil skirt, he was unable to keep his eyes from wandering over her luscious curves. She wasn’t as tall or slim as the women he normally chose, but there was just something about her that drew the eye. Maybe it had something to do with the woman he had hooked up with at the club over the weekend—lush lips, curvy body and bedroom eyes. Exactly the type of woman he went for and actively avoided.

He was still reliving that moment nightly, hell, daily.

He never should have kissed her. It went against his personal code of never kissing a one-night stand. But kiss her he had and now he was suffering the memory of that kiss and the way the woman tasted endlessly.

Glancing around, he noticed that half the men in the shop had paused what they were doing to take notice of the woman, too.

He watched curiously, studying her form, the way the morning sunlight created a total body halo making her look positively heavenly, the way her eyes darted around the room nervously, landing on each man only long enough to disregard them and move on. Hmm, why only the men, he wondered as those innocent brown eyes snagged on him.

Oh, hell no.

Tate straightened from his slouched position and dropped his feet from the chair in front of him to the floor with a dull thud.

It couldn’t be.

This had to be some kind of trick. Some sick twist of fate. Two things occurred to him at once: He was looking at the object of his current fantasies—the woman he had screwed in a women’s bathroom and hadn’t been able to shake from his memory since—and he was pretty damn sure she was his new assistant.

He knew she recognized him by the way her mouth dropped open in a small O and her brown eyes widened. She started toward him, her steps faltering only slightly before she visibly pulled herself together. His eyes narrowed as the woman stopped in front of his table and peered down at him.

“Hey, fancy meeting you again.” She smiled, showing off pretty white teeth that weren’t exactly perfect but still managed to set off her smile. His gaze lingered on her full, pouty bottom lip, remembering how it had tasted against his tongue.

“Yes, fancy that,” Tate replied tightly. “Piper was it?”

Dressed the way she was, looking the way she did, he never would have figured her for the business type. Judging from their first encounter, he pegged her as easy, just some bimbo, good for taking to bed and not much more.

Okay, that wasn’t entirely true. She seemed different from the women he normally screwed. Compelling him to kiss her was proof enough of that. Not that he would have minded taking this woman to bed, though. Hell, he already had her once bent over a bathroom sink, but he needed an assistant just now. What he didn’t need was the aggravation of working with a woman who he’d already slept with. Sitting back, he folded his arms over his chest and propped his foot up on the chair across from him.

“Ah, you remembered.”

“What can I say? I’m good with names, and I never forget a pretty face,” he replied smoothly.

She blushed, which oddly pleased him. Too bad he was going to have to wipe that pretty look off her face. “So, what are you doing here?”

“I’m supposed to be meeting my new assistant,” he said, looking up at her meaningfully, “but they’re late.”

Brows pinching, Piper frowned at him. He knew the exact moment that she put two and two together. “You’re Tate Larson?” she screeched.

He pursed his lips. “I am. Are you the assistant?”

She swallowed, her hands twisting nervously in front of her. “Yes, that’s me.”

“Good. You’re fired.”

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Synopsis: Burned, Felix Sinclair has all but vowed never to get seriously involved with another woman as long as he lives. After a long day’s work, Felix Sinclair is looking forward to getting back to his luxury apartment in the city. When he detours onto a road less traveled in order to shave off some travel time, the last thing he expects is to wind up stranded in a roadside ditch in the middle of a downpour–or to fall into the arms of a beautiful woman.

Recently divorced, jobless, friendless and utterly alone, Poppy Montgomery is struggling to convince herself that single life is what she wants–needs. Then a handsome stranger staggers into her life and sparks fly. Riding out the storm together is bound to stir up heat, but once it passes, will they be able to walk away?

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J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Series. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry.

J.C. earned her own happily ever after when she married her high school sweetheart. Living in the Northwest, they have three amazing children and far too many pets and spend much of their free time together enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.

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Review: Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis

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Series: Heartbreaker Bay, #1

Author: Jill Shalvis

Publication Date: June 28, 2016

Publisher: Avon

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

Choose the one guy you can’t have . . .

As captain of a San Francisco Bay tour boat, Pru can handle rough seas—the hard part is life on dry land. Pru loves her new apartment and her neighbors; problem is, she’s in danger of stumbling into love with Mr. Right for Anybody But Her.

Fall for him—hard . . .

Pub owner Finn O’Riley is six-foot-plus of hard-working hottie who always makes time for his friends. When Pru becomes one of them, she discovers how amazing it feels to be on the receiving end of that deep green gaze. But when a freak accident involving darts (don’t ask) leads to shirtless first aid, things rush way past the friend zone. Fast.

And then tell him the truth.

Pru only wants Finn to be happy; it’s what she wishes for at the historic fountain that’s supposed to grant her heart’s desire. But wanting him for herself is a different story—because Pru’s been keeping a secret that could change everything. . . .


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4.5 Stars!

Fans of Jill Shalvis are going to love her new Heartbreaker Bay series. Sweet Little Lies, the first book in the series, is filled with fun, quirky characters. They’re all friends and take care of each other. The friends who are the focus of Sweet Little Lies are Pru and Finn.

Pru is the newest member of the group. She’s recently moved into their apartment building. Pru’s made it her mission to put some fun back into Finn’s life. Finn spends all his time keeping his family bar afloat. All Pru wants for him is to step out of his comfort zone and find love. She’s going to do everything she can to make it happen — including throwing a coin into a fountain to wish for love for him.

Pru’s plan seems to be working, with one exception. Finn seems to be falling for her…and she’s falling for him. Except she can’t do that…Pru’s keeping a really big secret from Finn.

I had a blast reading this book. It was filled with Jill Shalvis’ trademark humor and a very sweet love story. It was just so much fun to read! My only little complaint about Sweet Little Lies was the predictability of the story. It was all laid out for the reader, so there weren’t any surprises. Besides being able to foresee what was going to  happen, it was still a great contemporary romance read. I loved it! I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

**I received an ARC from HarperCollins and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Top Ten Tuesday: (FREEBIE!) Top Ten Books That Broke My Heart A Little

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is FREEBIE WEEK — topic of your choice or go back and do one you missed! I’m going to do a theme from back in 2012 that I didn’t get to participate: Top Ten Books That Broke My Heart A Little  Lot.


1. Bright Side by Kim Holden

22669832 Secrets.
Everyone has one.
Some are bigger than others.
And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you …
And some will end you.

Kate Sedgwick’s life has been anything but typical. She’s endured hardship and tragedy, but throughout it all she remains happy and optimistic (there’s a reason her best friend Gus calls her Bright Side). Kate is strong-willed, funny, smart, and musically gifted. She’s also never believed in love. So when Kate leaves San Diego to attend college in the small town of Grant, Minnesota, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with Keller Banks.

They both feel it.
But they each have a reason to fight it.
They each have a secret.

And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you …
And some will end you.


2. When It Rains by Lisa De Jong

 One night changed my life forever.

Beau Bennett has been my best friend since I can remember. He was my first crush before everything came crashing down, and now he wants more, but it’s more than I can give him. Things are different now. I wish I could tell him why, but I can’t.

I haven’t told anyone.

I never knew how much I really needed him until the day he left for college, and I was completely alone.

Then one day, Asher Hunt rides into town with his dark, captivating eyes and cocky grin. He doesn’t care who I used to be, he’s simply breathing life into what’s left. People warn me to stay away from him, but he helps me forget the pain that has held me hostage for so long; something I thought was impossible before he walked into my life.

I’ve been hurt.

I’ve been saved.

And I’ve found hope.

I thought my story was written that night, but now I know it was only a new beginning. Until one secret turns my world upside down…


3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

 Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.


4. So Much More by Kim Holden

 Love is strange. It comes out of nowhere. There’s no logic to it. It’s not methodical. It’s not scientific. It’s pure emotion and passion. And emotion and passion can be dangerous because they fuel love…and hate.

I’m now a reluctant connoisseur of both—an expert through immersion. I know them intimately.

When I fell in love with Miranda, it was swift and blind. She was the person I’d elevated to mythical status in my head, in my dreams.

Here’s the thing about dreams, they’re smoke.

They’re spun as thoughts until they become something we think we want. Something we think we need.

That was Miranda. She was smoke.

I thought I wanted her. I thought I needed her.

Over time reality crept in and slowly dissected and disemboweled my dreams like a predator, leaving behind a rotting carcass.

Reality can be a fierce bitch.

So can Miranda.

And I can be a fool…

who believes in dreams.

And people.

And love.

Note from the author: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is recommended for mature audiences only.


5. Left Drowning by Jessica Park

 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.
Note: due to mature content recommended for Ages 17+


6. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

 When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.


7. Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

 Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.

Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.

But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.


8. The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

 Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.

Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year.


9. The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin

 Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hook-up, and officially became the black sheep of her family. But her worst mistake was destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan.

Now, after two semesters of silence, Declan is home from boarding school for the summer. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger…more handsome. Harper has changed, too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis.

While Declan wants nothing to do with Harper, he’s still Declan, her Declan, and the only person she wants to talk to about what’s really going on. But he’s also the one person she’s lost the right to seek comfort from.

As their mutual friends and shared histories draw them together again, Harper and Declan must decide which parts of their past are still salvageable, and which parts they’ll have to let go of once and for all.


10. A Child Called It by David Pelzer

 This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games–games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother’s games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an “it.” Dave’s bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing or no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive–dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.