Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Cover Reveal - Lonely Souls by Karice Bolton

Available June 2012 

Cover designed by Phatpuppy Art

Book Description:

It's two weeks before Triss turns 18, and her world is about to change into the most magical one imaginable as she readies herself to enter The Witch Avenue Order... that is until her mother's disappearance. Instead of celebrating her transformation, she finds herself spreading rose petals into her mother's empty grave.

When Logan, her best friend from junior high, moves back to town for college, he vows to help her find the answers she so desperately seeks surrounding her mother's disappearance. As they begin uncovering clues, it becomes apparent that the life of white magic they both grew up loving, is not what the majority practices, and their lives are in danger.

With a haunting feeling that her mother may still be alive, she begins to hear a call to the wilderness. Triss realizes that in order to find the answers she needs, she must learn the ways of her ancestors and become the hunter, not the hunted before it's too late, and she becomes part of the lonely souls.

So this book is part of the genre New Adult.  A little edgier than YA.  The cover certainly looks a little darker than most YA.  I love it though!  The webbing is so interesting and makes me really wonder about the book.  The description has me thinking this is gonna be a great series.

What about you - what do you think?

And the winner is...

Rachel B.


The winner has been emailed and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Thanks everyone for entering!

Make sure you enter my Leap into Books Giveaway going on NOW.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Leap into Books Giveaway Hop

Thought I'd giveaway the winner's choice of one of these hot new releases.

Follow StuckInBooks and fill out the rafflecopter below.  Make sure that if you are clicking for extra entries that you leave a link.  ALL entries without one will be deleted.

Teaser Tueday 2-28-12

This is a weekly bookish meme is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

To participate you:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
(Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can     add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This weeks teaser comes from 

"Confused, I glanced in the rear view mirror and saw a figure standing in the middle of the road, a dark-haired boy around my age wearing a black coat that fluttered in the breeze. I frowned, twisting around to try and get a proper look out the back window, but he was gone." Page 15

So I'm playing catch-up on this series to get ready for the release of book 2.  I've actually finished it - didn't take me long to read at all.  The review is coming soon.  I'm a huge Greek Myth's fan and these Gods were fun, different. 

Tell me what you think of my teaser and leave me your teaser or a link to a teaser in the comments. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Source: Bought audiobook (approximately 13 hours)

My summary:

Accused of a murder she didn't commit, Rose struggles to deal with being left out of the fight to clear her name and just hang out in a jail cell.  Forced to leave the work to her friends, she looks for a way to contribute.  Given an opportunity to help Lissa, Rose jumps at the change despite the risk to her own life.  But that opportunity has her spending a lot of time with Dimitri, who claims their love has faded.  Can Rose wait patiently for her friends to save her this time, or will she go stir crazy hanging out with the man she still loves?  And who did commit that murder?  Are they willing to kill again?  What about the royal politics that are reeling from the death?  Can Lissa use her influence to help?  How far is Lissa willing to go to help Rose? 

My thoughts:

5 stars - a fabulous finish to a amazing series

The narrator for this audiobook was Emily Shaffer, back from books four and five.  Again, I enjoyed her voices/accents.  She did an amazing job.  I still wasn't a fan of the music that was added but I didn't let it get in the way of enjoying the book.  Really there wasn't a lot but it still seemed strange to me.

What can I say about this book that I haven't said in the previous five reviews for this series?  I love the characters.  Rose is amazingly strong yet she makes mistakes, grows from them, and becomes a better person for it.  Dimitri is back like never before.  I had missed his strong presence that was just not there when he was a strigoi and/or recovering from it.  But he is in full guardian mode in this book.   I loved it.  Adrian was his normal fun boy toy for most of the book but my heart broke for him.  I knew it was coming but I hope there is something better for him in the next series.  He deserves something better than he got.  Christian was a little less snarky in this book, which I missed, but it wasn't needed since his role was different.  He did do a fabulous job of helping the author with some misdirection.  Nice job Christian.  Lissa is Lissa.  I love her.

The story is brilliantly woven with action and passion told from Rose's point of view in her location, in Lissa's mind back at court and in a variety of dreams.  I was surprised how well all the little details from so much of the series just came together to create the perfect ending for a very turbulent series.  As for the murderer?  I didn't see it coming.  High praise from me, really; I am very good at figuring things out ahead of time.  But Richelle does an amazing job of misdirection while leaving the clues like bread crumbs in the pages.  What things I did guess were never done in quite the way I expected either.

This book takes approximately 13 hours to listen to and that's about how much time it took me to get through this book.  Once I started it, I couldn't stop.  If YA is your thing, then this series is a must read.  Get on it!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Cover Reveal - Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas

Available September 11, 2012

"My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was
immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At
the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings.
And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t
been the same since.

The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the
Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from
everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us

all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.

But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling
in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I
think I’ve already helped them win."

So my first thought when seeing this cover was that it was very different.  I like the colors and the city in the background.  I'm intrigued by the raven wings (I think) near her eyes.  I like her in profile, the closed eyes and her looking up.  I wonder about how her neck is positioned.  It looks a little unnatural to me and I'm not sure what's up with it.  

What really interests me in the book description.  I  really like the idea of Him coming to her in her dreams.  That sounds different than a lot of what I've seen recently.  So I'm for sure adding it to my TBR list.

What do you think?

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Pure by Julianna Baggott + GIVEAWAY

Source:  Received hardcover from publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

My Summary:

The before was years ago.  Pressia can't be sure if the memories she has of the before are her own or the combination of others memories she's heard.  She knows the now very well.  The death spree, the fused bodies, the lack of food, and the requirement that she turn herself in when she turns sixteen.  There's no point, of course.  If she does, they will kill her as a live target.  So she might as well run.

Partridge remembers the before well.  He remembers his mother taking him to the beach and the song she sings to him.  But that was before and now his mother is gone - lost outside the Dome trying to save others.  But when a comment makes him think she may be still alive, he must find her.  But how?  Once Partridge meets Pressia everything changes.

My Thoughts:

4 stars - a great read

This book is a puzzle - a masterful puzzle.  Nothing is as it seems.  What it seems is very disturbing.   A dystopia society that is far worse then most I've read, this book creates an incredible class war between those who were protected and those who have suffered through the devastation.  The characters are strong and emotionally compelling.  The story is twisting and turning. 

I became friends with Pressia and Partridge.  On opposite sides of the class war, they are real and caring despite the cruelty all around them.  I found myself routing for them and hoping that they would be successful even as I wondered what success would look like.  Who should they trust?  Is there a master plan being followed?  It's the kind of story where you can look for the clues and piece them together.  I like those kind of stories.  I like to discover the truth of it and this one was one surprise after another.  Nice.

If dystopia is your genre, then this is a must read.  If you like a little mystery though in, then this is a must read.  A masterfully brilliant story that will have you turning the pages quickly to figure out what is really going on. 

I'm so excited to have a hardback copy of Pure by Julianna Baggott to give away.  This one is US & Canada only.  Fill out the rafflecopter to enter.  Giveaway ends February 29th at 12PM EST.  Make sure and leave a comment about the review to qualify.  (Tweet entries require a LINK to qualify.  I will DELETE any tweet entries that don't include a valid link to spreading the word). 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Cover reveal - Streamline by Jennifer Lane

Available March 27th 

Book Description:

Seems like Leo Scott has it all: looks, brains, and athletic talent. He’s captain of his high school swim team with a bright future in college and beyond. But Leo has secrets. His mother’s crippling car accident has devastated his family and left Leo to deal with his father’s abuse, battered and alone.

Leo’s girlfriend Audrey Rose is poised for her own share of success. As one of Florida’s top high school swimmers, Audrey dreams of college swimming stardom. But there’s an obstacle to her glorious rise to the top. Her number-one supporter--her father--is in prison for murder.

Part murder mystery, part tale of young love in a military family, this gripping story takes readers on a journey from Pensacola to Annapolis. Leo and Audrey must band together to rise above the adversity they encounter and find their true selves in the process. When everything’s on the line . . . streamline.

So what do you think of this cover and description?  It looks interesting to me. I like the idea of being on the swim team for the main characters.  I'm also hoping there's at least part of the book from Leo's POV.  Seems like that might be true.  I hope so.  The cover intrigues me. There're in a pool but with regular clothes on.  Is it symbolic or actual?  Guess we'll see in  March.

What do you think? 

And the winner is....


She won



Thanks to everyone who entered and for following

Thursday, February 23, 2012

YA Paranormal Activity GIVEAWAY

So maybe you have noticed that YA Paranormal is my favorite genre.  HeeHee.  So HOW am I supposed to choose ONE to giveaway?  Or even a list of choices?  So hard.  When I started sorting through the possibilities it turned into a pretty long list.   So I narrowed it down as best I could and as you can see, there are still a lot of choices.

One person will get their choice of one book from the ones show below.  International as long as Book Depository ships to you.  (INT winners can only choose a book from this list that is available through Book Depository).

Follow StuckInBooks and fill out the rafflecopter below.  Extra entries available for spreading the word.

Any entry that requires a link (tweets, spreading the word) and a link is not left will be deleted.

Cover reveal - My Heart be Damned by Chanelle Gray

If you're a Hunter, there are only three things you must know about the Damned. The Damned can't lie, can't live without a body, and can't leave you alone.

Amerie Carter has the blood of a Hunter, unfortunately. She is one of a rare line of women who, upon her sixteenth birthday, will come into extraordinary powers used to hunt the Damned; escaped souls from Hell who take up residence in human bodies. It's supposed to be her sweet sixteen, but Amerie has never dreaded a day more, and her worst fears are confirmed as the celebration turns tragic when her mother is killed.

Grief-stricken, Amerie vows to never hunt a day in her life. She's determined to hide behind normalcy, attending school, hanging out with her friends and working an after-school job at The Hut. All Amerie wants is to be left alone. But try telling the Damned that. The harder Amerie tries to ignore her powers, the more the Damned come looking for her.

When an attack leaves one of Amerie's friends in the hospital, and endangers the lives of her fellow students, she knows she has no choice: Hunt or Be Hunted. Thankfully, the gorgeous, secretive, and so-off-limits Marshall offers to train Amerie to take out her supernatural enemies. But training with Marshall means leading lying to her friends, her family, and confronting the mysterious circumstances surrounding her mother’s death.

Amerie soon discovers she’s not the only one with something to hide, Marshalls’ secrets might kill her before the Damned get the chance.
So what do you think?  This one looks interesting to me and the cover is interesting.  The knife is an different touch to the pretty dress.  What's your opinion?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

And the winnier is....


She wins the eBook version of 

This winner is confirmed.

Thanks to everyone who entered and commented away on the tour.

Didn't win?  You should so check out this book.

I am not compensated for the links in this post.

Dawson from Shadows + GIVEAWAY

I am so excited to be talking to Dawson from Shadows today!

Hey Dawson.  Thanks for talking to me today.  You know I talked to your brother here at this same lake.  You guys have similar taste?

Wow. Daemon actually did an interview. Interesting. Ah, other than looking alike, we really don't have the same tastes.

Oh course Daemon did an interview, I’m very persuasive.  Speaking of your brother.  Tell us something only a brother would know about Daemon.

He eats the cookie crumbs first. Plus, he's actually a big softie when it really comes down to it.

Really?  I can’t wait to talk to him again. 

What about Dee, any insight about her?

Hmm. Dee is kind of an open book. What you see is what you get. She's one of the nicest people you'll meet. I don't think anything would ever change the little butt.

What's it like being a triplet?


LOL – you’re cracking me up here!

Tell me where were you the first time you met Bethany?

English class. She walked in. Life changer right there.

What's Bethany like?  Or what is it that you like about her?

She's amazing. There's not one thing I can say about her. The girl is perfection.

Hmm.  Perfection, huh?  I’ll get back to you on that one.
Describe the perfect date with Bethany.  Where would you go, what would
you do?

Either watching her paint or going hiking. Honestly, anything we do together is perfect. I'm not picky as long as it includes her.

Awe how sweet.  Are you sure you’re related to Daeman?  Never mind.  Heehee.

If you could have one wish, no questions, what would it be?

To say goodbye.

That so sad.  I’m really worried about reading your story.  Let’s talk about some fun stuff and not think about that right now.


M&M or Skittles? Skittles.
Coffee or Soda? Soda.
Steak or Burger? Burgers and steaks at the same time. A steak burger.
Blond or Brunette? Brunette.
Brown eyes or Blue? Brown.
Ocean or Mountains? Mountains.
Day or Night? Night.

I’m guessing Bethany has brown eyes and is brunette.

Is there anything else you'd like to share with my readers?

Live and love to the fullest. Life is short. You never know when your times up.

Thanks Dawson, can't wait to read your story, though I am worried about you now.

Thank you for having me, pretty lady.

I'm so excited for Shadows to come out.  It's the prequel to Obsidian, the perfect book to tie me over until Onyx comes out.  Make sure you check it out.  

If you'd like to read Daemon's interview, you can find it here. 

Jennifer L Armentrout | Goodreads | Amazon | B&N  
I am not compensated for any of the links in this post. 

Don't forget that I'm giving away an eBook copy of Shadows.  See below.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Shadows by Jennifer L Armentrout + GIVEAWAY

Happy Book Birthday Shadows!

So yesterday afternoon, I got my hands on the ARC of Shadows.  Needless to say, that determined the rest of the day's activities.  You may have seen me on twitter all excited about it.  It took me about 3 hours total to read it.  I took a dinner break but that's it.  Make sure you pick this one up ASAP cause it's that good.  Here's my review.

Source:  ARC from publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

My Summary:

Dawson is a triplet.  His older (by minutes) bother, Daemon,  looks identical to him.  Daemon is overprotective and a little antisocial at times - at least with the humans.  His sister, Dee, is hyper and very social with anyone - human or luxon.  Oh and all three of them are aliens.  They're supposed to stay low key, living with the human but not being discovered.  The DOD looks poorly on too much involvement with humans.  Still they go to school and talk to the humans but that's it.  Until Bethany moves to town and Dawson can't seem to leave her alone.  If the luxon's don't do him in for it the DOD's gonna find out.  What future is there for a human and a luxon anyway?  None at all.  

My Thoughts:

5 stars - READ IT NOW if not sooner

Yes I love Jennifer's writing, her characters and her storyline.   I have yet to read anything from her that I didn't love but WOW I loved this book.

Dawson is this strong, fierce, determine guy that reminds me so much of Daemon without the sucky attitude.  I fell fast and hard.  He's attracted to Bethany from the start but it takes time for them to fall hard, which I appreciated.  What I really, really enjoyed was how Dawson was bold and confident with their relationship.  I loved how they spend time together.  I LOVED their first kiss, which.... oh just read it.  The point is we didn't spend 95% of the book waiting for them to figure out that they liked each other and then 2 pages of a great relationship followed by something breaking them up only to have it fixed at the last second.  NO, we enjoyed a fabulous building of a strong happy relationship.  (Lots and lots of sighing, fanning and awing happening here).  Of course, if you've read Obsidian, you know the ending is sad but what a ride until then.

It was so fabulous getting to know Daemon better.  It opens up a whole new understanding of why he has such sucky social skills with the humans anyway.  I think I understand Dee better too.  Seeing the three together made it clear what their relationship is really like.  Bethany got to see that too.  We saw them through her eyes.  So fun.

Speaking of seeing through different eyes, this novella was from three points of view (POV).  Dawson, Bethany and Daemon.  I have really taken to reading from the male POV lately.  Love knowing what's going on inside their heads and Jennifer does a great job with that.

If you read Obsidian, then this is one you're gonna want to read ASAP.  If you haven't read Obsidian, then start with this one.  It's fabulous.

I am not compensated for the links in this post.


I loved this book so much that I want to share the love.  I'm so happy that Entangled Publishing let me read this book early.  So I'm giving away an eBook to pass that love along.  Follow StuckInBooks and fill out the rafflecopter below.  Make sure if you're gonna spread the word for extra entries that you leave me a valid link or I'll have to delete that entry. 

Teaser Tuesday 2/21/12

This is a weekly bookish meme is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

To participate you:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
(Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can     add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This weeks teaser from from
Shadows by Jennifer L Armentrout. 
It releases today!  Happy Book Birthday.

"But then her gaze found his again and she smiled. The pen slipped from his suddenly limp fingers, rolled across the desk, and clattered off the floor. Heat swept across his cheeks, but his own lips responded, and there was nothing fake or forced about his reaction." Chapter 1

Way excited about this novella and I can't wait to read it all. I read the excerpt that Jennifer posted early to find this teaser but then I got the ARC and my review will post later today.  Make sure you check back for it cause I'm gonna give away an eBook with it.

What do you think? Leave me your teaser/link in the comments.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Source:  Bought audiobook (approximately 13 hours)

My Summary:

The pain of failing to kill Dimitri is haunting Rose, literally.  Or rather, Dimitri is hunting her.  If she won't join him as a strigoi then she can't live at all.  Dodging Dimitri, Rose is trying to be the respectable guardian graduate while piecing together the rumors of magic that might bring Dimitri back.  But even if she can pull off the impossible, what does that mean for their love?  And what about Adrian, Lissa and the rest of her life?  The choices she makes will have far reaching consequences for everyone Rose loves.  Will she choose right and can her heart stand the choice?

My Thoughts:

5 stars - a must read

Let me start with the narrator,  Emily Shaffer, since I listened to this book.  Emily read book four as well and I was glad she was back for this installment.  I enjoyed her voices/accents, especially for Dimitri.  She had me totally engrossed in the story.  I will say that the music that was added to was odd.  I really prefer to have no sound effects when listening to a book.  It didn't stop me from enjoying the story though.

This series has just gotten better and better.  Book four had me sad but this one had me riding an emotional roller coaster.  I was very impressed at how Richelle crafted such a amazing storyline.  Somethings were expected but done in ways that were totally surprising.  Rose continues to be a fabulous fighter with strong feelings for protecting Lissa and loving the men in her life.  But she has grown a lot over the course of this series.  She thinks a lot more before she jumps in now.  She still jumps in though, which I love about her.

I love Adrian.  He is so in love with Rose it's not funny.  I worry for him, though.  She doesn't feel for him what he does for her.  No her love will always be for Dimitri and boy was that heartbreaking in this book.  I will admit to be confused by Dimitri in this book.  I guess a big piece of who is was is gone or hasn't yet healed.  I cried though.  It was hard.

Christian was a bit perplexing as well.  Boys!  Sometimes they just don't do what you expect from them.  I was happy with were Christian landed in this book though.  He has a such a fun snarky personality.  Love the boy.

So this one was a fast read for me even though it was an audio book.  I found every opportunity to listen to it and even stayed up late to finish it.  Can you say double speed?  This is a must read series for all YA fans.  If you haven't started it, you need to get to it.  It's for sure worth the time.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Cover Reveal - Inbetween by Tara Fuller + Excerpt

INBETWEEN (Kissed by Death, #1) by Tara Fuller (August 7, 2012)

Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s
life has been a freaky—and unending—lesson in caution. Surviving
“accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so
Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling
in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who
makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.

It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate
has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him
hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn't let her die before,
and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves
from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the
only thing he has left…his soul.

I'm thinking this one looks like a great read!  Love the cover too.

What do you think?

Guess what else I have for you?  An excerpt!  

Check out chapter 1 below and then you will really want to read the whole thing!

Chapter 1
Sometimes Emma made me feel so alive, I almost forgot I was dead.
I sank down onto the side of her bed, amazed by the blazing wildfire that swept through me whenever Emma was near enough to touch. I took a deep, unneeded breath, and settled down on my side next to her. The mattress didn’t sink. The springs didn’t groan with the weight of an extra body. The distance between us was an impossible void. Inches that might as well have been miles. Miles that left me wanting in so many ways that I ached.
Even the sun couldn’t resist her. Its glowing rays caressed her skin, and stained her hair the satiny color of summer wheat. Before I knew what was happening, my hand followed their lead. Cells ignited. My skin burned, screaming with the agonizing need to touch—
“What do you think you’re doing?”
I jerked my hand away just as Easton melted up from the polished hardwood floor beneath the window. Like an oil slick coming to life, he unfolded his long, shadowy legs until he was just an ink blot against the square of tangerine sunrise behind him. His violet eyes pinned me like a kid caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
Which, I kind of was.
“Nothing,” I lied.
“Yeah, looked like nothing.” He strolled across the room accompanied by a wave of sulfur and smoke, the black serpent tattoo on his neck glinting. “What were you planning to do, recite her poem? I swear to God, if you were still alive I’d confiscate your man card.”
I ignored the barb and scrunched up my nose. “Jesus, Easton. Don’t they have a shower somewhere between here and the afterlife?”
“Screw you. You didn’t just have to tow somebody’s grandpa to Hell.” He brushed something chalky and grey off of his cloak and a shudder worked its way down my spine. God only knows who or what it belonged to. “Besides I wasn’t the one about to feel up a sleeping human.”
“I wasn’t—”
“Save it.” He waved his hand. “We have work to do. I don’t have time for your useless obsession with the human today.”
 “Will you please stop calling her that?”
“What?” Easton glanced up from Emma’s vanity, where he’d been inspecting the various lotions and bottles like he was on some alien planet. Then again, Easton had been dead for something like four hundred years, so all of her stuff probably was sort of alien to him.
The human. You make me sound like a freak. It’s not like we’re a different species for God’s sake. We were humans, too, or don’t you remember that far back?”
Were. Past tense.”
We could have gone back and forth like that for hours, but the call came. It always did. It started in my bones—a cold so cutting that it sliced through me like a machete. When I looked up, Easton’s jaw was clenched, his muscles taut and ready. He slowly closed his hand around the handle of his scythe that burned black and softly smoked at his side. I flexed my fingers as the icy ribbons of death worked their way through each one of my limbs.
“Can you take this one for me?” I asked. “You’re already going to be there, and I just got back—”
“No,” Easton said. “Hell no. I have my own job to do. I can’t keep covering for your sorry ass. Besides, you’re already on thin ice with Balthazar. Don’t push your luck, Finn. Just keep your nose down, collect your souls, and thank the Almighty that you don’t have my job. Now let’s go.”
“Yeah, but…” My eyes returned to Emma. Sleeping. Perfect. Safe.
“For the love of God. She’ll be fine, you pansy.” Easton clamped a hand over my shoulder and dragged me from the bed.
“How do you know?”
He shrugged. “I don’t.”
 With that he vanished, consumed in a flash by the keening wails of the damned. The screams beckoned. Clawed at me from the inside out.
Rule one as a seeker: Death doesn’t wait for anyone.
And it sure as hell wasn’t waiting for me now.

Because of Low by Abbi Glines & GIVEAWAY

Source: Received eBook from author in exchange for a fair and hones review. 

Note of caution:  Because of Low is not really a YA book.  The setting is college and the book has adult themes.  Strong language and sexual content are both prevalent.  

My Summary:

Marcus left for college hoping to get away from the pain of loving Sadie while she loved Jax.  But now he is forced to return home to help his mother and sister deal with his fathers choices.  Staying with a friend of a friend, Marcus buries himself in online classes.  Left alone in the apartment he shares with Cage, who is off chasing every beautiful girl he can find, Marcus opens the door to find a girl in tears, holding a suitcase, and asking for Cage.  From what he knows of his new roommate, this can't be good.   Marcus wants to help Low.  He's interested.  That's strange.  But the even bigger problem is that when Cage gets home from his date, Low goes to his bedroom.  This cannot be happening again.  He cannot fall for the girl that already loves someone else.  Surely Low knows what a womanizer Cage is.  Marcus should stay out of it; he has enough personal problems dealing with his family.  But he can't seem to leave Low alone.

My Thoughts:

4 stars - a great read

Abbi knows love stories.  She just gets them. The plot of this story had me swooning, sighing, fanning  and stressing.  The passion was strong and fast but the story was also full of twists and turns that had the characters reeling.  And while I guessed a few things before they happened, it was only just before they happened that I figured it out.  The characters had difficult real problems that got in the way of their happiness a lot.  So much so that I found myself needing a support group as I stressed about the characters I loved. 

I LOVE that this book is from a guy's POV.  It's not very common but I really really love to read from a male POV.  I love to know what's going on in that male mind and Abbi did a fabulous job getting Marcus right.  He isn't perfect but he's a great guy.  I fell in love with him in BREATHE and was so happy he got his own book.  Of course we get to read from Low's POV too and that was also fabulous.

As for the characters, of course I love Marcus but Low is pretty special too.  She comes from a difficult upbringing that has caused her to have more than her fair share of pain.  I love how strong she is.  I love how forgiving she is.  I love how independent she tries to be.  I love that she's willing to go to Cage for help.  She finds ways to make it work.  Speaking of Cage, at first I didn't like him.  Well who could like a guy that was sleeping with a different girl every night but claimed to want to marry Low eventually.  But there's a whole lot more to Cage than that.  As I got to know him, I fell for him too.  Abbi just creates guys that I love.  So excited that Cage will be getting his own book too. YAY!

Let me also say a word about the characters I didn't like.  I really don't like Marcus's dad or Low's sister.  That of course is as it should be.  No one could like them.  Another thing Abbi does well is get those evil characters right.  And yes Low's sister is evil!  Read the book and you'll think so too.

This is a great contemporary read.  If that's your genre that for sure pick this one up immediately.  If you haven't read contemporary in a while, then this is the one to rediscover it with.  Check it out.

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