Friday, November 29, 2013

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The Little Drummer Boy by Sydney Logan

Happy Release Day!!!




The Little Drummer Boy
by Sydney Logan

A holiday short story by Amazon bestselling author Sydney Logan.

It’s Christmas Eve, and Justin Banks is on the hunt for a last-minute gift for his wife, Megan. With the help of a homeless man and the beat of a drum, Justin stumbles upon the one thing Megan has always wanted. The one thing money can’t buy.

It's amazing what we can hear if we just take a moment and really listen.








Kathie's Review:

The Little Drummer Boy has always been one of my favorite Christmas songs. Then just look at this cover...wow, the colors look so rich.

Oh my gosh, Ms. Logan had me in tears, and then smiling, then more tears...then there was a touch of magic in her words and her story. I was blessed to be able to read it.

I loved it. 

Yes, it's short, but this has all the things that I want in a novella. It has a beginning, a middle and an end. I easily came to care about the characters, and while MORE of them would be great, this left me in a very nice place.

In my opinion, it's never too early to get into the Christmas spirit, and The Little Drummer Boy is a lovely way to get into that mood.

FIVE BOOKMARKS

*Thank you, Ms. Logan, for the opportunity to read The Little Drummer Boy.
Full disclosure: I was one of the editors for this lovely, little story!





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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hard as it Gets by Laura Kaye



I've enjoyed Laura Kaye's words for years. 
She tells a story, adds some steam...and makes me want more!
Start this new series today:



Is out TODAY!



Tall, dark, and lethal...

Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey's tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome--pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He's left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander's daughter. Loyalty won't let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.

With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn't expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees.

Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge...






"Edgy, sexy and full of suspense!  A great read from a great new author!" ~ #1 NYT Bestselling Author J.R. Ward

"Sizzling romance... The intriguing tattoo parlor and military background will appeal to fans of Suzanne Brockmann and Lindsay McKenna." ~Publishers Weekly Review

"TOP PICK! A suspenseful and electrifying new series. The collision of Becca and Nick's lives makes for sizzling danger with a spicy edge! Kaye is one to watch!" ~RT Book Reviews Magazine

"Kaye's depiction of sexual tension and her sex scenes are masterful and this will appeal to fans of Maya Banks' KGI and Julia Ann Walker's Black Knight's series." ~Booklist

"TOP PICK! Laura Kaye had me hyperventilating from the beginning with the thrilling, alpha heroes of her Hard Ink Series! This novel is hot! I loved every minute of it!" ~Night Owl Reviews

"Hard As It Gets was a fantastic read that made me start counting down to the next Hark Ink novel. Holy freaking hotness! Nick and Becca were a great couple! I'm stalking Hard Ink #2! That is all!" ~The Geeky Blogger's Book Blog

"Darkly delicious and very sexy...very well done scenes between Becca and Nick that were hot and showed off their chemistry beautifully. I'm very much hooked on this series and will be anxiously awaiting the next book!" ~Cocktails and Books





Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Laura's hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura grew up amidst family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Guardians by T.M. Franklin

The Guardians

By T.M. Franklin


Ava’s life is . . . complicated.

After all, it’s not every day a girl learns she’s not entirely human, or unlocks hidden powers strong enough to make even the First Race sit up and take notice. After surviving an attempted kidnapping and standing up to the Race’s Ruling Council, Ava Michaels returns to college and what she hopes is a normal life. But Ava quickly realizes that for her, normal may not even exist anymore.

In fact, the Council wants her under their control, and they’re not the only ones. The mysterious Rogues have a plan of their own, and it turns out Ava’s a big part of it, whether she wants to be or not.

On top of that, her new relationship is tested in ways she never expected. Her boyfriend, Caleb Foster, has disappeared—accused of betraying the Race—and Ava herself stands implicated in a crime she didn’t commit.

Clearing their names will mean uncovering a web of deceit and intrigue with Ava woven right in the center. To unravel the strands, she joins forces with some unlikely allies; a Protector who once haunted her nightmares, a young girl with secrets as unexpected as Ava’s, and a group of rebel Guardians who have their own fight against the Council.

Together they stand in a battle to find the truth, bring Caleb home, and secure Ava’s freedom—not to mention save her life.


Excerpt:


That evening, Caleb waited at the rendezvous point, a nondescript coffee shop on a street corner in Milwaukee. He checked his watch again, impatient to get this assignment over and done with. He’d pushed himself, shifting rapidly and wolfing down R-cubes so he could get where he was going and back home again.

Of course, he hadn’t taken into account having to wait for the Half-Breed. All he could think about was getting back to Witteville and to Ava. He didn’t like leaving her alone, both for personal and professional reasons. Despite his reassurances to her that she would be looked out for, he felt a lot more comfortable when he was the one doing the looking.

He felt a telltale prickle up the back of his neck, indicating a Race presence nearby, and turned to watch the door to the coffee shop, sipping a cappuccino as he waited for Balaam and the Half-Br—Evan, he corrected—to appear.

After a few minutes, the two men walked in, Balaam raising a hand in greeting as soon as they were through the door. They joined Caleb at his table and took a seat as Evan looked around nervously.

Caleb smiled and held out a hand. “You must be Evan. I’m Caleb, your ride north.”

Evan looked at him in confusion, and Caleb was forced to reevaluate his initial impression. He wasn’t a man, but a boy—a teenager, at most—all spiky blond hair and wide, innocent eyes, with a sprinkling of freckles across his nose.

Caleb glanced at Balaam, raising an eyebrow in question.

Balaam, however, turned to the boy, resting a comforting hand on his shoulder. Despite the man’s large and rather intimidating frame, thick black dreadlocks, and curling tattoos around his muscular, dark-skinned arms, he had a way of soothing frightened Half-Breeds. “Caleb is going to make sure you get to the Colony safely,” he said, his voice a low rumble. “I’ll lead anyone following us away.” His dark eyes were intent, reassuring.

Evan nodded and turned to Caleb smiling hesitantly. “It’s nice to meet you. Thanks . . . for helping me.”

“That’s my job,” Caleb said lightly, offering his hand again.

This time, Evan shook it.

 “You two should get going,” Balaam said, getting to his feet. “I think we have Protectors about half an hour away. Luckily, no shifters, as far as I can tell, so I should be able to keep them busy long enough for you to get away.” He reached out to touch Evan again, closing his eyes and breathing deeply for a moment.

Caleb knew it was how the man focused in on Evan’s unique signature so he could mimic it, and he waited patiently until Balaam stepped back with a nod.

“Good luck,” he said before stepping out the door without another word.

Caleb got to his feet and tossed his empty cup into the trash. “Come on,” he said to Evan. “We need to find someplace less . . . busy.”

They left the coffee shop, and Caleb led him down the street and into a dim alley he’d scouted when he first arrived in Milwaukee. “Did Balaam tell you how this works?” he asked.

Evan swallowed, his Adam’s apple bobbing as his gaze darted toward the slimy walls and down to the littered ground. He finally focused on Caleb and seemed to square his shoulders. “He said you could . . . teleport us?”

He’d said it more as a question than a statement, and Caleb grinned. It wasn’t the first time he’d had such a reaction. “Yeah. We’re going to have to get close, I’m afraid.” He waved the boy over and turned him around. Men generally tended to be more comfortable if they weren’t face-to-face. “Cross your hands over your chest,” he said, folding his arms over Evan’s firmly. “This will be quick, only a few seconds, but take a deep breath and close your eyes. It can be a little disorienting.”

Evan nodded.

Caleb could feel his heart racing under his arm. “It’s okay,” he said. “Try and relax and it will be over before—” Caleb stiffened at the familiar tingle of a Race presence nearby. He cursed under his breath.

“What is it?” Evan asked.

“Someone’s coming,” he whispered, his hold on Evan tightening in urgency. “Brace yourself; we’ve got to go now.”

They shifted, reappearing in an empty field. Evan staggered as Caleb’s knees buckled and he leaned into him.

“Sorry,” Caleb said, his voice cracking as he reached into his pocket for some R-cubes. “That was a long one. I need a minute.”

“Are you okay?”

Caleb chewed and swallowed with a nod. “Yeah. You?”

Evan nodded, still looking a bit stunned. He turned around in a circle. “Where are we?”

“About fifty miles north of—damn.” Caleb shot to his feet. “They’re here.”

“Who?” Evan paled. “How?”

“I don’t know. Balaam was wrong. They must have a shifter . . . and a tracker of some kind.” He reached for Evan. “I won’t be able to get us far, but we need to shake them. I’m going to try several short shifts instead of a long one.” He popped another cube. “Ready?”

Evan closed his eyes, his hands trembling under Caleb’s. “Ready.”

Caleb took a deep breath and shifted, beginning to wonder if this was one mission he would fail.

--The Guardians, Chapter 2

Kathie's Review:

WHAT A RIDE! I read this in one day. Kept wondering why I thought it was a good idea to make bread when all I wanted to do was sit and read! Had to tear myself away from the book to make the rolls!

Ms. Franklin's skill with words is amazing. I was on the edge of my seat wondering who the bad guys are, wondering how Ava was going to save Caleb, and whether she was going to need saving. 

I can SEE this as a movie. Truly. A really great movie.

Caleb has issues here. He's doubting his way of life. He's snapping at Ava, then wondering why. And she's wondering, too.

Ava has had a hard, and eye-opening, couple months. Her Race gifts are strong, but she herself isn't. She's learning to control her gift, but she can't run at speed. Why not?  

And the Council is keeping her in their sights with a Race member always having their eyes on her. It can be trying! Especially when she wants to spend some quality time with her beau, Caleb. I want her to spend quality time with Caleb. 

Ms. Franklin has given us a few twists, a few turns, some new friends...and she has me salivating for the next installment. I want MORE, now! 


FIVE BOOKMARKS!
(although I should have taken one away since we have to WAIT so long for the third book...JK!!!)
*Thank you, T.M. Franklin and TWCS, for the opportunity to read The Guardians.


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Author Bio:
T.M. Franklin started out her career writing non-fiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a B.A. in Communications specializing in broadcast journalism and production, she worked for nine years as a major market television news producer, and garnered two regional Emmy Awards, before she resigned to be a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer. After writing and unsuccessfully querying a novel that she now admits, “is not that great,” she decided to follow the advice of one of the agents who turned her down—write some more and get better at it. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Mike, is mom to two boys, Justin and Ryan, and has an enormous black dog named Rocky who’s always lying nearby while she’s writing. Whether he’s soothed by the clicking of the computer keys or just waiting for someone to rub his belly is up for debate.

In addition to MORE and The Guardians, Franklin penned the Amazon best-selling short story, Window, as well as another short story, A Piece of Cake, which appears in the Romantic Interludes anthology.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Kathie's Corner - Dealing with Edits via Write Divas

Kathie’s Corner: Dealing with Edits (via http://writedivas.com)
Dealing with Edits   You’re so excited! You’ve just received your manuscript back from your editor. Feeling dizzy with anticipation, you open the document . . . and gasp. Your once pristine manuscript is covered with lines and scribbles:      …

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Rush Me by Allison Parr


RUSH ME 

BY ALLISON PARR

Goodreads Blurb

When post-grad Rachael Hamilton accidentally gatecrashes a pro-athlete party, she ends up face-to-face with Ryan Carter, the NFL’s most beloved quarterback.
While most girls would be thrilled to meet the attractive young millionaire, Rachael would rather spend time with books than at sporting events, and she has more important things to worry about than romance. Like her parents pressuring her to leave her unpaid publishing internship for law school. Or her brother, who’s obliviously dating Rachael’s high school bully. Or that same high school’s upcoming reunion.  
Still, when Ryan’s rookie teammate attaches himself to Rachael, she ends up co-hosting Friday night dinners for half a dozen football players.
Over pancake brunches, charity galas, and Alexander the Great Rachael realizes all the judgments she’d made about Ryan are wrong. But how can a Midwestern Irish-Catholic jock with commitment problems and an artsy, gun-shy Jewish New Englander ever forge a partnership? Rachael must let down her barriers if she wants real love–even if that opens her up to pain that could send her back into her emotional shell forever.
This story of average girl meets famous boy has been told before, but not quite like this.  After accidentally stumbling upon Ryan Carter, quarterback extraordinaire, in an intimate moment with a fan, Rachael Hamilton makes assumptions and hurls insults that eventually come back to haunt her.  Ryan and Rachael do not have an instant connection.  As a matter of fact, they both jump to conclusions about the other and only tolerate each other for the sake of Ryan's teammates.

Rachael is adopted as a big sister by the team's rookie player, Abe, and Ryan, assuming she is a lying gold-digger, makes it a point to be present whenever Rachael and Abe get together.  As they spend more time together, Rachael and Ryan begin to see that they have many things in common and (surprise) they actually enjoy each other's company.

A series of stops and starts follows, culminating in one large, possibly unforgivable display or machismo and feminine histrionics.

The book started out stronger than it finished for me.  I loved how real and believable the beginning is.  I could really believe that Rachael stumbled into this party and also into the family of NFL players.  The way the guys befriend her and reach out to her is sweet and ... perfect, actually.

Ryan and Rachael's feelings follow a natural progression.  There was no insta-love or disproportionate feelings on one side or the other.  Their attraction grows from spending time with each other and a genuine respect for the other person.

The story begins to lose its appeal a little for me once the sex takes over.  I know its just a personal preference, but I am not fond of the way Ryan begins to treat Rachael.  He expects things from her that he isn't willing to give.  He also gets snap-ish an a little mean.  But Rachael isn't much better.  She flies off the handle and accuses and defends at all the wrong places.  She becomes unreasonable at times.

And I really want to point out that my problem is NOT with the writing here, just that this type of relationship does not appeal to me.  It was the surrounding characters and stories that propelled me forward and had me reading on to find the ending of Rachael and Ryan's story.

It's a good read and enjoyable story.  Definitely worth your time.


I give it a 3.5 Bookmark


Book Two is out right now!



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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Vampire's Christmas Carol by Cynthia Eden


A Vampire's Christmas Carol

by Cynthia Eden

This holiday season has bite.

Ben Prescott hates Christmas—he’s a vampire, and to him, there’s certainly nothing jolly about the holiday season. While the humans are running around being merry, he’s hunting in the shadows. Ben plans to spend the holidays his way…by stalking deadly prey. 

But fate has other plans for Ben.

Three visitors are coming Ben’s way…A demon who will force Ben to face his past, a ghost who will show Ben the present he could have, and a shifter who will reveal the darkness that waits in Ben’s future. Unless Ben can change his ways, he may just turn into a real monster, one who can’t be saved by anyone or anything.

’Tis the season…to be undead.

Ben’s redemption rests in the hands of the one woman he loved and lost—Simone Laurent. If Ben is going to have a chance at being more than just the beast in the darkness, he has to prove himself to the lovely Simone. A very hard task, considering that, once upon a Christmas Eve, Simone died in Ben’s arms… 
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Warning: This book features one very tortured vampire, a sexy ghost from his past, and hot scenes designed to melt the winter snow. Plenty of action, adult situations, and steamy times are ahead. Happy holidays!

Approximately 23,000 words



This novella is based on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" but it has a twist. The Scrooge character is a vampire and he's visited by a panther shifter, a demon, and an angel.

Ben has suffered a great loss and has gone dark. He's decided to be judge and jury to evil people. He's pretty much just drifted along since his change, brooding, sad, and getting darker by the day. But his day of reckoning is at hand. He only gets one chance to make the right decision. Simone, the holder of his heart, pays a huge price to give him that chance.

It was interesting to read the Dickens' story with vampires at its heart. The story kept me clicking through my kindle at a rapid clip.

I took some rating off for the repetition in the narrative and for the similarities to Twilight. Ben seems to be a clone of Edward Cullen, from his vigilante ways right down to his eye color. Now, I'm fond of Edward, so I didn't take as much off as I might have.

I'd definitely read more from this author.


*Thank you, NetGalley and Cynthia Eden, for the opportunity to read A Vampire's Christmas Carol.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Bound by Wish and Mistletoe by Kat Bastion


Bound by Wish and Mistletoe
by Kat Bastion

The holiday novella, Book 1.5, following the award-winning debut of Forged in Dreams and Magick in the Highland Legends Series:

Desperate to honor a life-long promise, Susanna MacEalan escapes her abusive clan with the fierce determination of never falling under the power of a man. Ever.

Aggravated by shallow-hearted pursuing lasses, Robert Brodie, commander of his clan’s elite guard, has foresworn scheming women. Forever.

When magick transforms Brodie Castle into a Christmas wonderland, the two despondent souls find solace in a most unexpected place . . . each other’s arms.

Amid a whirlwind of escalating events, Susanna’s traumatic past threatens Robert’s ability to protect the one woman meant for him. In a harrowing moment, as her fears and demons coalesce, will hope, faith, and love be enough to save them?


I think the best part of this book was the fact that it really made me want to read the FIRST one in the series! This was great, but left me with question regarding the "magick" and the guy with WINGS, and just HOW that castle moved!

Yes, I enjoyed this a lot.

There was an instant attraction between Susanna and Robert, an attraction that they acted upon quickly. I don't have a problem with that when it's in this time frame. That's pretty much how things happened way back when. I was a little surprised that Susanna fell into a relationship with Robert considering how she had been raised. Finally decided to not over-think that because they both felt the pull toward each other. The magick, if you will. They were meant to be together, so why fight it, you know?

Although Susanna, after the fact, did decide to run, at least for a short time. I want to know about the horse she rode!

There are two "bad guys" in this story. They needed some just rewards. I enjoyed seeing them get theirs.

I wouldn't have minded reading less of the repetitive narrative about Susanna's back story. I got it the first time and repeating it over and over again didn't build the suspense. I found myself skimming those portions and dropped my rating a little.

Seeing their first Christmas at the castle, via the traveler from the future, was totally enjoyable.

The magick of Brodie Castle. Yes, indeed. This book piqued my interest and I will be checking out the first book in the series, and Book Two when it makes an appearance.
*Thank you, NetGalley and Kat Bastion, for the opportunity to read Bound by Wish and Mistletoe.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Cobweb Bride and Cobweb Empire by Vera Nazarian

Cobweb Bride (Book I) and Cobweb Empire (Book II): Vera Nazarian

      
     
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Today (11/16/2013) Cobweb Bride is Free at Amazon.

Review by Jess Molly Brown http://jessmollybrownauthor.com

If you’re looking for an adult-oriented fairy tale, this is it.
As a child, I was enamoured of the Brothers Grimm. As a teen, Ursula K. LeGuin owned me, along with Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. This epic trilogy-in-progress has that sort of feel, with some excellently-drawn characters thrown in. I adore this freshly-twisted Persephone myth; it’s not what you might expect in regards to the original tale. Bits and pieces come out at unexpected times and in unexpected ways, but you don’t need to know the original myth to enjoy this.
The story is set in an alternate universe Renaissance-era country in Europe. There’s a lot of rich detail here and I lost myself in this world for several solid hours. It is, at times, gruesome there, yet there’s a Gothic beauty to it. It’s not without romance, either. There’s a kiss in Cobweb Empire that… whew! The writing is impeccable and spellbinding.
Before even opening these books, I fell in love with the covers, which are the author’s own artwork. All I can say is, WOW. She is an extremely visual thinker and I love it when I can read a book and ‘see’ it in my head. I really hope these are made into movies someday. This is one case where the content lives up to a beautiful cover.
I was fascinated by every character. Percy is a strong female protagonist and a great role model. The reader will ponder some pretty big questions about mortality, morality and human nature. It’s a natural flow, though; not preachy. Vera Nazarian spins wonderful webs.
The third book in the trilogy is set to come out on December 25th, 2013. I’ll be waiting for it. My thanks to NetGalley, Vera Nazarian and Norilana Books for allowing me access to the ARC of Cobweb Bride and to Vera Nazarian for an ebook of Cobweb Empire. Five stars.
Please connect with Vera on her website http://veranazarian.com
Today, I’ll be interviewing Vera on my website at http://jessmollybrownauthor.com. I could ask her a million questions, but I had to ask the ones that don’t spoil the books. Don’t miss this one!




Vera Nazarian immigrated to the USA from the former USSR as a kid, sold her first story at the age of 17, and since then has published numerous works in anthologies and magazines, and has been translated into eight languages.
She is a two-time Nebula Award Nominee, an award-wining artist, member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and the author of critically acclaimed novels Dreams of the Compass Rose, Lords of Rainbow, humorous parodies Mansfield Park and Mummies and more, in her Supernatural Jane Austen Series, and most recently, Cobweb Bride.
After many years in Los Angeles, Vera lives in a small town in Vermont, and uses her Armenian sense of humor and her Russian sense of suffering to bake conflicted pirozhki and make art.





GUEST REVIEW:

Jess Molly Brown (a.k.a. jmolly)

Don’t be fooled by the seeming tranquility, Jess is scheming. She’ll soon be querying her first manuscript (a contemporary romance with the working title Moms on Missions), is currently working on two others in the same series, and there’s another work in progress: a sci fi romance.

She edits for four professional authors, betas some hobby writers and tutors a bunch of newbies. She got her start four years ago, in fan fiction, and is proud of it.

Four great kids, one husband *coughbiggestkidofallcough* and two dogs ensure that the house is always messy. The garden’s overflowing with blooms, but weedy. The grass always needs cutting, provided it’s not buried beneath snow. She lives in Canada, eh? The dogs are walked, the kids get fed, the hubbs hasn’t killed anybody yet, the books Jess reads she reviews, and somehow, the people in her head manage to make it into stories. Occasionally, she embarrasses her kids by doing Zumba in front of their friends. It’s just how she rolls.

Come join her quest for world domination at http://www.jessmollybrownauthor.com

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Part One in my Query Series written for the Write Divas

Part One in my Query Series written for the Write Divas.


Kathie’s Corner: Queries Part One (via http://writedivas.com)
Let me say that I don’t know how all publishing houses accept queries and submissions. I can only speak from my experience. I cannot tell you how many queries I’ve read that had nothing to do with the sort of books the house published. Diva Shay…

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Not That Kind of Girl by Siobahn Vivian


Not That Kind of Girl

by Siobhan Vivian


                 On Goodreads:  Not That Kind of Girl


On Amazon:  Not That Kind of Girl

(Goodreads Blurb)

Natalie Sterling wants to be in control. She wants her friends to be loyal. She wants her classmates to elect her student council president. She wants to find the right guy, not the usual jerk her school has to offer. She wants a good reputation, because she believes that will lead to good things.
But life is messy, and it's very hard to be in control of it. Not when there are freshman girls running around in a pack, trying to get senior guys to sleep with them. Not when your friends have secrets they're no longer comfortable sharing. Not when the boy you once dismissed ends up being the boy you want to sleep with yourself - but only in secret, with nobody ever finding out.
Slut or saint? Winner or loser? Natalie is getting tired of these forced choices - and is now going to find a way to live life in the sometimes messy, sometimes wonderful in-between.
While I could definitely relate to Natalie, she infuriated me beyond belief.  I loved her level-headed reasoning, at the same time I wanted to knock some sense into her.  Mostly, I think, because she reminded me so much of myself as a teenager.

Natalie Sterling seems to have it all together.  She has her best friend, good grades, she just won the election for Class President, and she is on her way to getting a college recommendation from her favorite teacher.  Senior year was set up to be a breeze.  Too bad that fate has a way of making a joke of your best laid plans.

Connor Hughes is a jock and a jerk by association.  Natalie has never liked Connor's football friends and after a dirty fight against football player, Mike Domski, for class president, she dislikes the lot of them even more. So why can she not get Connor out of her head.

Natalie's tight grip on her life is causing it to unravel.  Her best friend is looking elsewhere for friendship.  Her young protege is not playing by Natalie's rules.  Her late night rendezvous with a certain gorgeous football player seems to be taking over her life.

It takes a lot of mistakes, a big mess, and many tears for Natalie to come to the realization that she doesn't have to be in control of everything. 

It didn't matter if I was the kind of girl who had sex, or the kind of girl who had her photo on the wall in the library, or the kind of girl who got into the best college, or the kind of girl who didn't tell her parents everything, or the kind of girl who teachers loved.
I just needed to be okay with all  the kinds of girl I was.
Natalie learned to accept herself and her friends.  Most importantly, she learned that change is not something to fear. 

This was a solid 4 out of 5 stars for me. 





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My name is Lori and I started blogging in January 2013.  My goal is to spread the word about books and authors that have affected me in some way. When I love a book I just want everyone to read it and love it with me.  

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Legend of the Highland Dragon by Isabel Cooper

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Legend of the Highland Dragon



I'm quite fond of dragons, and I think one of the best parts of this book was when we got to be in the dragon's mind. He's so elemental. He knows what he wants. Now, if only Stephen could come to terms with that!

Mina is a strong, intelligent woman, and I enjoyed seeing her and Stephen working together to solve the mystery of who the bad guy is, and how to rid themselves of him. Stephen keeps being surprised at how bright Mina is, but then he comes to depend upon that quality in her. Yes, very enjoyable.



This is my first Isabel Cooper book, but it won't be my last.




*Thank you, NetGalley and Sourcebooks, for the opportunity to read Legend of the Highland Dragon.
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