Book Blast: Change of Heart by S.E Edwards & Giveaway

Persevere.

That’s how I’ve gotten through nineteen years of life. It’s what I do every single day—no matter how badly the odds are stacked against me.

Persevere, and survive.

Those are my two guiding words. I never knew either of my parents. I have no family and no home. The only person I could ever rely on was myself. In this cruel world, that’s about as much as I could ask for.

Love? Hah. Don’t talk to me about love. I stopped believing in it the day my first boyfriend ripped out my heart three years ago.

That’s why love is the last thing on my mind when I leave a packed college bar with a captivating stranger. Yet everything changes when I’m awakened in the middle of the night by a pounding at the door. Suddenly, an arrangement meant for just one night threatens to become something much deeper.

All expectations are thrown to the wind as I’m tangled in a dangerous world unlike anything I can believe. The man I met has secrets swirling around him like a dark cape. I’m about to become his biggest one…

Together, we stumble toward the elevator. Rich breaks away for a second to hit the button. The light doesn’t come on.“Damn,” he growls, “it’s busted again.”I’m one step ahead of him. I’d spotted the stairs when we entered. I grab his hand and pull him after me with no hesitation. I start up the cement stairwell, determined to get to his room as fast as possible.

“Penny, wait.”

I look back, confused. “What?”

A devilish smile plays on his lips. “Only this.” Without warning his hands wrap around my waist, and I’m being lifted up as easily as if I were a doll. He turns to the side and presses my body against the wall, suspending me between him and the concrete.

His mouth crashes down on mine again. I curl my legs around his torso, locking my ankles together, and kiss him back with the passion reserved for a lover after ten long years apart. I didn’t think it was possible, but I’m getting even more turned on. Rich’s hands move down to grasp the outside of my thighs, and I moan into his kiss as the muscles of my core clench in sinful fashion. I want him so
badly. If we don’t get somewhere private soon, I won’t be wholly opposed to jumping him in public.

I gasp as he steps away, freeing me from the wall. I start to fall, but one of his hands darts down to catch me just beneath the knees. The other one cradles my shoulders. Before I know it, I’m slung across his arms like a bride on her wedding night.

“I’ve always wanted to carry a girl up these stairs,” Rich admits.

I laugh, and wrap my arm around his neck. “Oh, you are just the best type of romantic.”

Four flights of stairs later, Rich pushes open the fire door to a dimly-lit hallway. He carries me down the hall and stops in front of an entrance on the right. He sets me down, then fishes around in his jeans for the key. When the door creaks open, he sweeps a hand out in front of him. “Welcome to my humble abode.”

I walk in, curious about his apartment. I tend to side with the camp of people who believe that a person’s living arrangements can reveal a lot about his personality. But, I don’t find much to work with here.

The apartment is sparse and dark. Pale moonlight filters in through the balcony window, shining down on the only piece of furniture present: a queen size mattress lying on the floor of the living room. The red brick walls are totally empty—no girly posters or other things I might expect in a bachelor’s apartment. There are no lamps, no chairs, no couches.

After a moment, I notice a second piece of furniture: a small, old-school CRT TV camped in one corner of the studio apartment.

Rich switches on the light. “So?” he asks, “what do you think?”

I walk past the entrance. There’s one hall leading away from the room. It is filled with brown cardboard boxes. Lots and lots of boxes. “Did you just move in or something?”

Rich laughs behind me. “Yeah, something like that. You want a drink?”

“A drink?” I say. “No, I—”

The words catch in my throat as he grabs my hips and spins me around. I had no idea he’d come so close. He’d moved from the door to me without making a sound. His fingers lock together against my lower back, and he tugs me into him, pressing my belly to his waist. I feel his growing erection right away, and a diabolical excitement builds inside me.

Nothing happens.

For a long moment, Richard just holds me like that, staring into my eyes as I’m left dangling off his arms. His irises are the color of sea mist. I’m hypnotized by the deep intensity I see brewing just beneath the surface. I have no doubt that that type of intensity is mirrored in my eyes.

Then, moving slowly, as if restraining himself, Richard lowers his mouth to cover mine. This time, his kiss is sweet and gentle. Subtle and caring. He explores my upper lip first, then traces the line going to the corner of my mouth. His lips form a perfect mold over mine.

I was wrong before. This is the kiss reserved for a lover you haven’t seen in ten years.

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I’m Scarlett Edwards. I’m a full-time student (2nd year, undergrad) and part-time writer. I hope to switch those around soon!

I’m kind of old fashioned. I write all my stories using paper and ink. At the end of the day, I transcribe them on my laptop. It takes a bit longer, but writing in a notebook really focuses my thoughts.

I love vintage photography. I have an old-school film camera that was my mom’s from before I was born. I use it to take pictures almost every day.
Yours to Savor is the first full book I worked on. It went through six drafts, and took me ten months to complete. In the two months since getting it done, I finished two drafts of brand new stories. I’m getting faster!

I love hearing from my readers. I love getting feedback about my books. I’m just getting started, and plan on doing this writing gig for a long, long time.
I take inspiration from all the indie romance authors. Addison Moore, Samantha Young, Colleen Hoover, Jessica Sorensen, and everyone else…. you girls rock!

I love hearing from readers! If you read my book and want to share your thoughts, good or bad, email me! Scarlett@ScarlettEdwards.com. I’ll be sure to reply!!

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Review: The Modeliser by Havana Adams

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Author: Havana Adams 
Published: May 26, 2013

Blurb from Goodreads:

When Hollywood bad-boy and legendary womanizer Alex Golden’s beloved grandfather dies he returns to London, and is thrown into the path of the women from his past. There is ex-lover Tamara, a super-bitch actress who never lets anything get in her way: until she falls head over heels in love with a Russian billionaire, that is. Then we have Alex’s sister, Helena, who dreams of stepping out from her family’s shadow and carving out a 
career as a photographer. And finally there is Talia, Helena’s best friend, whose hopes for a career writing for the big screen are dashed when she is unfairly fired from her job in the script department on a successful soap. 

Alex’s fate is caught up with these three women as ambition, lust and love collide against the drama-fuelled backdrop of the film world. . .

Review:
I won this ARC in a giveaway and I must say it was very different then I am used to. Of course it’s a love story and a good one written at that, but I just ate up the Hollywood-ness, the stardom, everything around it. It really read more like a movie if I have to be honest.
The blurb from Goodreads says it all, but I liked the style how it was written. You did not only see one story, but a few. The writer was not afraid to show the flaws of the character and I liked that. The “backdrop” of the story was also very nice. A magazine editor, a screenwriter, an actor, actress, even a billionaire was thrown into the mix! But they still compliment the storyline.

I do have to point out that I did receive it as an ARC, so I read over the mistakes made, but as it is published the moment I am writing this, I think the kinks are worked out. Also want to point out that I was not asked to do a review, but because I really liked the book, I decided to review it. I am keeping an eye on this author and her next book!

Rating:
3 star  I think this is a book you can try. Light reading and well thought out

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Waiting on Wednesday – May 29

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“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine , that spotlights book releases that we can’t wait for. This is the one I’m waiting for!

EntwinedThe worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts, and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires… 

From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside–so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat.

No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession…

Release Date: June 4, 2013
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Review: The Quiver of a Kiss: The Seduction of Helen of Troy by Sarah Daltry

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Title: The Quiver of a Kiss: The Seduction of Helen of Troy 
Author: Sarah Daltry
Published: April 03, 2013

Blurb via goodreads

A retelling of the passions of Helen of Troy, the face that launched a thousand ships. Denied love by her father, brothers, and the gods, Helen found that she could not resist her desire any longer when she met a young man from a city across the sea.

Helen of Troy is renowned in history as the face that launched a thousand ships, but who was she really? Did she truly choose to bring a city to its knees out of selfish lust? Was it more complicated than that?

Helen is the bargaining tool of her brothers and her father. She learns of lust but is denied love until she is drawn to one of her suitors, a man named Odysseus. When her father decides, however, that she will marry Menelaus, Helen becomes a pawn for both her new husband and the gods. She manages to survive, however, until a young man from Troy, a city across the sea, ignites in her a passion that will be the destruction of empires.

* This is an erotic historical romance that is intended for adult readers.

Review:

I have to admit this was the first historical romance I have ever read in my life. I have always had something for the greek/mythical type of movies/tv shows and now I think I love the books too. This novella was well written and I had moments where I never even wanted to put the book down. The steamy love scenes added to this book as well. What I really loved about the book was the use of the language, it wasn’t too classical or old, but still written with the right sense of the time of when the book was taking place (Am I making any sense?)

Helen was definitely a woman with a mind of her own and would not bow down to all the male dominance of her time. Everything was done on her terms. I loved her character very much and even hated how cruel the men were in that time. I imagined myself living back then and knew that it was not something I would be cut out for. If you are looking for a happy ending that is something that this book does not have, but if you have heard the story of Helen of Troy you already know that.

Rating: 5 star

 

 

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Teaser Tuesday – May 28

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What is Teaser Tuesday?

It’s a meme hosted by Should Be Reading and here are the rules: Grab your current read…
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on the page
  • Don’t include spoilers.

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Teaser:

“Is it different for the women you bed?” I ask. I do not understand how men can demand these pleasures from women but then be surprised when women are not innocent to perpetuity. ~ page 16 –  The Quiver of a Kiss (The Seduction of Helen of Troy) by Sarah Daltry

ARC Review: Unbreak Me by Lexi Ryan

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Title: Unbreak Me

Author: Lexi Ryan

Release date: May 27, 2013

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age Group: New Adult

Publisher: Lexi Ryan/Ever After, LLC

Excerpt:

“If you’re broken, I’ll fix you…

I’m only twenty-one and already damaged goods. A slut. A failure. A disappointment to my picture-perfect family as long as I can remember. I called off my wedding to William Bailey, the only man who thought I was worth fixing. A year later and he’s marrying my sister. Unless I ask him not to…

“If you shatter, I’ll find you…”

But now there’s Asher Logan, a broken man who sees the fractures in my façade and doesn’t want to fix me at all. Asher wants me to stop hiding, to stop pretending. Asher wants to break down my walls. But that means letting him see my ugly secrets and forgiving him for his. 

With my past weighing down on me, do I want the man who holds me together or the man who gives me permission to break?

lexiryanAbout the Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Ryan writes romances with humor, heat, and heart. Her books are described as fun, flirty, and wickedly sexy. A lover of learning, Lexi has been in the classroom all her life and currently holds the title of assistant professor of English at her local community college. Lexi is a proud member of Romance Writers of America. She lives in rural Indiana with her husband and two children.

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Review:

I received this book as an ARC via AtomR Tours. First of all I was attracted to the cover, yes I am that type of person, I need a nice cover to make me believe the book is good. This book was above what I expected it to be and definitely a must read for anyone who enjoys this genre of books.

Maggie is broken in so many ways and has a past she is ashamed of  until she meets Asher. Asher is an ex-rocker, tall, largely built with dark messy hair. Then there is William, who is about marry Maggie’s sister and is also Maggie’s ex-fiance, but still has feelings for Maggie. William and Asher are definite opposites of each other. Asher is the bad boy and William is the nice guy. The one thing they have in common is their love for Maggie. Maggie shares her deepest secrets with Asher, only to find out that they have met before in Maggie’s past. After everything she shares with him, he never ever judges her for the choices and things she has made in her life. Can she find herself worthy of Asher’s love? Do her feelings for William get in the way?

Lexi did a wonderful job with writing this book. I felt an instant attraction to Asher and also felt deeply for everything Maggie had gone through as a teenager. If you love books with love triangles and a set of characters to fall in love with, this is a must read for you! RUN and grab this book fast!!

Rating:  5 star

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Review: One True Love by Lori Wilde

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Title: One True Love: A Cupid, Texas Novella

Author: Lori Wilde

Publisher: Avon Impulse

Release Date May 21st, 2013

Blurb: 

In Cupid, Texas, they say everyone has one true love. And if you write a letter to Cupid, you will get an answer in return . . .

 Now, from New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde, read how the legend of Cupid began . . . All it took was one great love story! Too bad for pretty young housemaid Millie Greenwood that her one true love is John Fant, the handsomest, wealthiest man in town. But in 1924, a maid—no matter how lovely—isn’t about to marry into the town’s foremost family, and John is on the verge of becoming betrothed to another. Everything seems hopeless until Millie writes a desperate letter to Cupid, and the most romantic legend of all is born …

Review:

I was able to review this book through Tasty Book Tours and was happy I made the last minute decision to sign up for this book. It was a novella and the prequel to Lori’s upcoming books “Love at First Sight” and “All Out of Love”. They are all part of the Cupid, Texas Series.

Millie is just your average everyday girl, when he father dies in a mining accident, which is owned by the wealthy John Fant, she is offered a job as a maid in a family home. She knew that common girls like her would never ever stand a chance with a wealthy, handsome man like John, but she couldn’t help but be intrigued by him. One day after church when she goes out exploring with Rosalie, they end up in in Cupid’s Cavern. Rosalie tells her the tale about the cavern and how Mingus and Louisa came to find love.

I loved the setting of this book and that it took place years and years ago, which made my imagination run free to the days when things were so simple, but love could still become complicated. There is definitely an instant connection between the handsome John and the simple Millie. Until the day that Millie finds out that John was betrothed to a young woman from another wealthy family. Millie understands she must fight her feelings and go back to her everyday life. Millie then decides to take fate into her own hands a write cupid a little letter of her own, but does cupid answer her letter? Though the outcome was a little predictable this short read was a fun Sunday afternoon read, which I did not want to put down until I reached the last page. The only negative thing I have to say about this book, is that I don’t think the cover fit the scenes that were described in the book. The cover seems to be too modern for a book set in 1924.

Rating: 4 star

 

 

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Book Blast: Overexposed by Adrianne James (& Giveaway!)

Young Adult
May 24th 2013 by Star Bound Books

In the tiny town of Willowspring, just about nothing ever happens except for layoffs, hockey games, and your average melodramatic teenage angst.

But that was before.

Vi, Ashley, and Macy are just trying to make it through the school year without one more humiliation when they team up for a simple photography assignment: create a story through a series of photographs. Can’t be too much trouble, right?

Wrong.

The shutterbugs happen upon Willowspring High School’s darkest secret. When everything around them starts to crumble after trying to do the right thing, their only hope is to stick together.

When the door opened to the alley behind the rink, I realized two things. One, it was freaking colder outside than it was in the bleachers by the ice, and two, Brianna Jones (A.K.A Bra stuffer) was already out there.The three of us walked out as if it was perfectly normal to be there but Brianna didn’t even notice us. We walked to the opposite side of the alley and huddled together. We hoped it would look like we were keeping warm, but we were trying to hide both the cameras.

Watching Brianna was rather dull. She was just standing there, talking on her cell phone and it wasn’t even anything remotely interesting. We took pictures anyway, because like Mr. Bennett said, you need the before, during, and after to tell a story with photographs.

“Look! She is checking that car’s doors! That isn’t her car, is it?” The quiet clicking of the shutters on our cameras was almost deafening to me. I swore each click was louder and louder as we watched Brianna try to break into a car.

Finally, the last door she tried, the back passenger side, was open. She slipped in and a second later, the dark car had a red glow inside. She climbed back out, shut the door, and walked over to the wall, smoking a stolen cigarette.

“She just broke into someone’s car for a cigarette? Seriously?” Ashley was just as flabbergasted as the rest of us. Why would anyone risk committing a crime for a smoke? “Oh! She is moving again!”

Click, click, click. I took more and more pictures. I hated that they were all from the same angle, but spys have to do what they have to do to keep from being caught, all the while still getting the images.

Brianna walked back to the car and put the cigarette out on the hood. Lucky for whoever owned it there was a layer of snow to put it out before it could burn the paint. Then she leaned over and used the mirror. She pursed her lips, showed her teeth to check those, then she lifted her head slightly.

“What is she doing?” I whispered.

“I’m not sure.” Macy said breaking away from the group. “I am going over there, different angle.” Before I could stop her, she had gone back across the alley to the other side. She was braver than I was. Ashley watched her closely before turning back to me.

“Let me take some. I promise I won’t hurt Jilly.” I knew I had to hand it over. I promised her she could use it. Even knowing that, it didn’t make it any easier.

“Okay. Here.” I took the strap from around my neck and quickly placed it around hers. The minute the fabric was firmly against her skin, she took off, too. “Ash, what are you doing?” I whisper yelled to her.

She just put a finger over her mouth to shush me and she got even closer to the car than Macy had. I figured that made me look out so I opened my eyes and ears and tried to make sure my best friends didn’t get caught.

I looked over my shoulder to check the door to make sure we were still alone when all of a sudden I heard a scream.

“YOU LITTLE BITCH! GIVE ME THAT CAMERA NOW!” When I turned back to see what was going on (although I was pretty sure that either Macy or Ashley had been caught by Brianna) I saw my girls running towards me, with Brianna not far behind.

“Run!” Ash and Macy yelled through giggles. I turned and headed to the door and held it open for them. As soon as they passed through I closed it and the three of us went straight out the front door and to Macy’s truck.

“What on earth just happened?” I asked when I caught my breath. Ashley handed Jilly back to me and I flipped it on. The minute I pressed the play images button I began to laugh. The first one was of Brianna screaming at the camera. I pressed the next button and then it was a picture of her finger in her mouth. The next one was a picture of her finger in her nose.

I died laughing. Brianna Jones was a booger eater. I bet her boyfriend would love to know that.

“Oh, Ashley, you are amazing!” Then the truck erupted in laughter and because Macy’s dad had given her a twenty to get food at the overly expensive rink, we headed to the diner for some hot cocoa and French fries for half the cost. Who said teenagers were irresponsible with money?

Growing up, Adrianne couldn’t get her hands on enough books to satisfy her need for the make believe. If she finished a novel and didn’t have a new one ready and waiting for her, she began to create her own tales of magic and wonder. Now, as an adult, books still make up majority of her free time, and now her tales get written down to be shared with the world.

During the day, Adrianne uses her camera to capture life’s stories for clients of all ages and at night, after her two children are tucked in bed; she devotes herself to her written work. Adrianne is living the life she always wanted, surrounded by art and beauty, the written word and a loving family.

As a young adult and new adult author, Adrianne James has plans to bring stories of growing characters, a little romance, and perhaps a little magic and mythology down the line for her readers to enjoy.

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Cover Reveal: Becoming A Legend by B. Kristin McMichael

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BOOK AND AUTHOR INFO:
Becoming a Legend by B. Kristin McMichael
Publication date: June 6th, 2013
Series: The Blue Eyes Trilogy, #2
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Synopsis:

Arianna Grace is about to turn seventeen and her life has been very complicated lately. She is the leader of four clans of night humans: dearg-dul, baku, tengu, and lycan. While the four clans seem to get along better with each other, there is internal conflict on both sides of her family, not to mention the three boys vying for her attention.

Edward Lucan is making a chase for the power to lead the baku clans and is playing his cards by using his nephew Andrew to lure Arianna into a trap. Unfortunately for Lucan, Andrew has his own plans. He has spent the last year waiting for Arianna to see him as more than a friend, and he now finds it necessary to make a move for her affection, despite his uncle.

In the dearg-dul estate, Arianna discovers that the ambitious Lord Seeger has been laying his own strategies for power and is slowly poisoning her. After getting away with her grandfather’s murder, he is setting his sights on her. Luckily for Arianna, her team is on to all of the plans and is making some plans of their own. Will it be enough to keep Arianna safe? Several people close to Arianna have been keeping secrets. If Arianna is to take power and control of the night, she will need to know the truth. Will someone finally tell her what it truly means to become the legend everyone is waiting for, before it is too late to turn back?

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Originally from Wisconsin, B. Kristin currently resides in Ohio with her husband, two small children, and three cats. When not doing the mom thing of chasing kids, baking cookies, and playing outside, she is using her PhD in Biology working as a scientist. In her free time she is hard at work on multiple novels; as each day passes, she has more ideas for both current and future novels.

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Review: Remembering Love by Nadine Christian

Banyan Tree in Thomas Edison Garden at Fort Myers Florida USARemembering Love by Nadine Christian | Published February 1st 2013 by Eternal Press

Blurb from Goodreads:

When her beloved foster parents pass away, Holly discovers a past both shocking and heartbreaking: the murder/suicide of her biological parents on the South Pacific island of Pitcairn, famous for the HMAV Bounty mutineers. Travelling to a home she does not remember, Holly reconnects with long-lost childhood friend Jack. An old friendship quickly becomes more…until a dark secret is uncovered.

Will joyous love remembered become heartbreak? Can she find out the truth before someone else is hurt?

Review:
Before I start, I want to do a shout out to every author out there: Please, keep on writing and keep on trying to amaze us. You might not amaze everyone of course, but never ever give up!

Next I want to thank Nadine Christian for sending us this book. I was totally amazed! But more than that, I was touched. She opened up a new world for me. Really, I did not even know a place like Pitcairn Island (pron.: /ˈpɪtkɛərn/; Pitkern: Pitkern Ailen) existed. They say write what you know and that is exactly what she did. I could almost reach for that little island with the amazing view and the town so small the offices don’t have to open every day. It even sounds romantic that there is no electricity sometimes haha! But I bet the stars are amazing at night, aren’t they? Please answer me this dear author?

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Ok let me stop gushing before you all might think I am in love with the author! But I did love her book. Except for the amazing new place I just got introduced to, it was a really good story. It was a story about love. What it can bring forth, good and bad. Sadly bad is there too.
I loved the main characters and their love story was unique and still familiar at the same time. It could’ve been cliche, but the story made sure it wasn’t. It also was about something that happens way too often in real life and I hope this story will encourage you to never close your eyes if you see this happening or worse, add to the misery. And if you are in this situation yourself, please, you are worth so much more than that! Know that!
Miss Christian managed to touch a lot of bases in her book and I loved it. It started out  a little slow, but not too much. But when it takes off, it grips you like an eagle and makes you soar up high and take those dives that bring tears to your eyes and that feeling in your stomach? Yeah, that is the author dragging you through the feelings of the characters.
When I started this book I had so many obligations that I could not start the right way, picking at a page here and there – wait, maybe that’s why it seemed slow? – but just about two hours ago, I took to my bed for a nap, thinking I would read a few pages and I just devoured it! And I had to get up and write this review, because it was worth it. It needed to be written.

Well that’s all I can say without giving away too much of the story.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

What are you still sitting around for? Go buy the book and get to know this place and these people!!

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