ARC August 2014!



ARC August is run by Octavia @ Read.Sleep.Repeat. and it is a full month dedicated to reading and catching up on your ARCs, especially if you're drowning in them like I am!

I'm joining ARC August! I wasn't originally planning on joining, but then I decided to log into Edelweiss, and saw that I got approved for some e-ARCs that I requested ages ago. I thought that they sent out emails like NetGalley, but clearly I was wrong! Thank goodness they don't come out until September/October. Anyways, since I've seemed to amass a large number of ARCs I need to read, I've decided to join this readathon!

Goals:

My Goals are pretty simple. To read all the ARCs on my list at the moment. I know some come out in September/October, but I start University in September and I'm a little wary of the workload, so I want to finish all these and review them before Uni starts. 

Here are the books that I want to read: 
  • The Empress Chronicles - Suzy Vitello
  • Frozen - Melissa De La Cruz & Michael Johnston
  • The Walled City - Ryan Graudin
  • The Gateway Through Which They Came - Heather Marie
  • The Last Thing - Briana Gaitan
  • Summer at Stone Castle - Lynn Marie Hulsman
  • Falls The Shadow - Stefanie Gaither
  • Winterspell - Claire LeGrand 
  • Snow Like Ashes - Sara Raasch
  • Don't Touch - Rachel M. Wilson
  • The Young World - Chris Weitz 
  • The Winter People - Rebekah L. Purdy 
  • Frostbitten - Heather Beck 
  • Rewind To You - Laura Johnston
So that's about 17 books on this list and it seems just a tiny bit ambitious, but oh well. It needs to be done. Also, during this, I have about six library books that I need to read before August 13th, because that's when they're do. Ah. Fun stuff. That makes this 23 books. Hahahahaha. I'm a little crazy. This list may change and be longer depending on if I end up getting approved for more things. 

Happy Reading!
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[Giffin' It] Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper


This is what's going to happen when I decide to read a book that's still far from it's release date and I NEED TO SHARE MY FEELS.

I recently(ish, depending on when I decide to post this) read SALT & STORM by Kendall Kulper and Oh. My. God. THE FEELS. And since I read this in July and it releases in September, I'm not going to be posting the review for a while, BUT I NEED TO SHARE MY FEELS. so here it is, in GIF form.

If you don't know what SALT & STORM is about, here's some info:


A sweeping historical romance about a witch who foresees her own murder--and the one boy who can help change her future.

Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island's whalers safe at sea, but her mother has forced her into a magic-free world of proper manners and respectability. When Avery dreams she's to be murdered, she knows time is running out to unlock her magic and save herself.

Avery finds an unexpected ally in a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane--a sailor with magic of his own, who moves Avery in ways she never expected. Becoming a witch might stop her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers her magic requires a sacrifice she never prepared for.


Here is a sum up and kind of a timeline of me reading SALT & STORM.


Because whales.















SALT & STORM releases September 23rd 2014!!!!!!

Happy Reading!
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[Waiting on Wednesday] #14: Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

ABOUT

Title: Messenger of Fear

Author: Michael Grant

Series: Messenger of Fear #1

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)

Release Date: September 23rd 2014

GoodReads Page
Synopsis:
Michael Grant, author of the New York Times bestselling Gone series, has created a powerful and brilliant narrative that examines the nature of good and evil in every human.

Mara wakes in a field of dead grass, a heavy mist pressing down on her. She is terrified, afraid that she is dead. Then a beautiful young man dressed in black appears. He calls himself Messenger of Fear.

This boy is able to move effortlessly through space and time. He also sees the darkness in human hearts. He sees the evils done: the destructive lies, the cruelty, the bullying, the violence. And if the world does not bring justice to those who do evil, he will. He offers the wicked a game. If they win, they go free. If they lose, they will live their greatest fear. Either way, their sanity will be challenged.

It is a world of fair but harsh justice. Of retribution and redemption. And mystery. Why was Mara chosen to be the Messenger’s apprentice? What has she done to deserve this terrible fate? She won’t find out until three of the wicked receive justice. And when she does, she will be shattered.

This book sounds incredible and so dark! I have a thing for books with dark tones and Michael Grant is a master at it, especially with BZRK. It reminds me slightly of some of the darker mangas that I have read like LIFE IS MONEY or LIAR GAME. Those mangas are also considered psychological, so I suppose that this one is as well.

Happy Reading!
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[Review] The Good Girl by Mary Kubica


ABOUT

Title: The Good Girl

Author: Mary Kubica

Series: N/A

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA

Release Date: July 29th 2014

Get it Here: Indigo Amazon BookDepository

GoodReads page

Source: ARC provided by GoodReads
Synopsis:"I've been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don't know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she's scared. But I will."

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, at first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

Colin's job was to abduct Mia as part of a wild extortion plot and deliver her to his employers. But the plan takes an unexpected turn when Colin suddenly decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota, evading the police and his deadly superiors. Mia's mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them, but no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family's world to shatter.

An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a compulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems….

[Keepin' It Real] Kim Culbertson's Top 10 Book Vacations!



Keepin' It Real is a celebration of contemporary YA fiction hosted by Kaitlin @ Reading is My Treasure and Eli @ Reality Lapse!

You can check out the posts by the other bloggers here, and join in all the festivities as we celebrate some fantastic YA contemporary fiction!

I had the wonderful chance to ask Kim Culbertson a Top 10 topic and I chose: TOP 10 BOOK VACATIONS! What is a book vacation you may ask? It's a book that takes you to a place in the world that you may want to go, may have already been or just generally super cool places. And so, I had over this post to her to tell you all about her book vacations!



I just had knee surgery so right now my primary view is the fluttering green maple leaves I can spy out my window. Not bad when laid up with a bum knee. Still, it’s an optimal time to talk about book vacations – those wonderfully drawn “place” novels that make for great escape, even when you’re weighted to a chair by an enormous bag of ice. Here are ten of my favorites, some YA and some adult reads, but all will send you somewhere rich in place and character. As you can see, I have a soft spot for the UK, islands, and coastlines.


THE LIST

  1.  We Were Liars by E. Lockhart - An island off the coast of Massachusetts 
  2. Moonglass by Jessi Kirby - California
  3. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith - London, England


  4. The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean  - The Antarctic
  5. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff - London, England
  6. The Anne of Green Gables series by LM Montgomery - Prince Edward Island, Canada


  7. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling - all over the United Kingdom 
  8. A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy - Ireland


  9. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan - Maine
  10. Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead - New England


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sourcebooks Fire published Kim’s award winning first YA novelSongs for a Teenage Nomad (2010, originally Hip Pocket Press, 2007) and her second YA novelInstructions for a Broken Heart (2011) which was named a Booklist 2011 Top Ten Romance Title for Youth and won the 2012 Northern California Book Award for YA Fiction. Her third YA novel Catch a Falling Star will be published by Scholastic on April 29, 2014. When she’s not writing for teens, she’s teaching them. She’s a college advisor and teaches creative writing at Forest Charter School. Kim wrote her eBook novella The Liberation of Max McTrue for her students who, over the years, have taught her much more than she has taught them. Kim lives in the Northern California foothills with her husband and daughter.
(Bio taken from her website)



ABOUT THE BOOK

A deliciously charming novel about finding true love . . . and yourself.

Nothing ever happens in Little, CA. Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned PR mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Carter's town becomes a giant glittery set and, much to her annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself to get a glimpse of him. Which apparently makes her perfect for the secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam's girlfriend while he's in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Her family really needs the money and so Carters agrees. But it turns out Adam isn't at all who she thought he was. As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what's real and what's fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds - her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life AND get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?


***GIVEAWAY*** 


Thank you so much to Kim Culbertson for providing a copy of her book and signing it to giveaway to you guys! This giveaway is US/CAN ONLY. 

[Dear Diary] #2: July 21 - July 27th, 2014



Date: July 21st - July 27th

THE BOOKS



So. I paid a visit to the library again. It helps to tame my book buying tendencies a little bit. It's like being a vampire and drinking animal blood. It sates the thirst, but you need self control to not buy anything. Also, two books that I won earlier in the month came in! Thank you, Indigo Green Room and also M.D. Waters! As I write this, I've started The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. I also received a review copy of REWIND TO YOU by Laura Johnston and SUMMER AT CASTLE STONE by Lynn Marie Hulsman on NetGalley. I have no self control. I have no self control.

Also, I read 4 books this week:

  • JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta
  • THE TAKING by Kimberly Derting
  • DARKNESS FALLS by Cate Tiernan
  • SALT & STORM by Kendall Kulper

THE ENTRIES

So. I haven't done much this week, besides doing some blog stuff and going to the library. All my friends have left me to go on vacation, while I'm here. All by my lonesomeeeee. My best friend is in summer school and she's obvi super busy with doing well in the course. I did go to the dentist this week and hated everything because I didn't eat before my teeth cleaning and was starving afterwards. I was so hungry. I did have coffee before that and probably wasn't a great idea. 

I did go shopping on Friday, which was a lot of fun. I somehow managed to exercise self control and not buy any books even as I held KISS OF DECEPTION in my hands. I did a lot of official-y, uni stuff too, and that just makes me want to scream with anxiety. 

One of the things that I'm proud of this week is that my parents got Lemon cake and Apple cake from the local farm and it's so freaking delish. That is all. 

THE MUSIC

I've been listening a lot to the playlist that somebody made for WE WERE LIARS and it's fantastic. I've discovered some songs that I haven't heard before. Here's a link to that playlist: here. 

I've also been listening a lot to the Solo Day mini album by B1A4. The music video is absolutely hilarious and Solo Day is a very summery song and I really love listening to that song on really beautiful days. 

Happy Reading!
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[Character Love] Percy Jackson from the PJO series!


Character Love is a feature that I created to share the characters that I love every Saturday!

So this week's character love is my ever beloved Percy from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and his major roles in the Heroes of Olympus series.

I started reading this series when I was in the fourth grade or so and I grew up with Percy, though he is much cooler and badass than I am.

My fancast of Percy is David Henrie. He definitely has the look going for him and I can see him as my beloved Percy Jackson.


I feel a little weird calling him my beloved Percy Jackson only because in the beginning of the series, he's twelve years old. However, apparently Percy was born in '93 according to the Camp Halfblood Wikia, which makes him older than me.

I absolutely adore his character and his story will remain in my favourites forever, even when I'm middle aged (which will be even weirder than it is now.)
"Don't feel bad, I'm usually about to die."

"We're staying together. You're not getting away from me. Never again." (*swoon*)

"Hercules, huh? That guy was like the Starbucks of Ancient Greece. Everywhere you turn -- there he is."

"Behold! The god's chosen beverage. Tremble before the horror of Diet Coke!"

"The wind blowing through my ripped clothes was so cold that I felt like a Percysicle."

"I hoped I wasn't blushing. It was bad enough I had to depend on my mom to drive me to my battles." 
The Percy Jackson in the Heroes of Olympus series seriously makes me swoon. It feels much less weird to be swoony about Percy in the HoO series rather than the PJO series. But seriously, I love Percy. I hope you guys love him too.

And if you haven't read the Percy Jackson series (have you been living under a rock?) , here's the very first book, The Lightning Thief.



Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.



Happy Reading!
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[Book Blitz!] Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid + Guest Post on Airports





ABOUT

Title: Let's Get Lost

Author: Adi Alsaid

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Release Date: July 29th 2014

GoodReads page
Synopsis:
Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.

There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love.

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.

Pre-Order Today!


Early Praise

“Reminiscent of John Green’s Paper Towns and road trip novels that feature a teen paving the way to adulthood, Alsaid’s debut is a gem among contemporary YA novels.” – School Library Journal

“Five love stories, beautifully woven together by a special girl in search of adventure, hope, and full appreciation of life’s simple pleasures. A do-not-miss. ” – Justine Magazine

“Moving and poignant.” - Glitter Magazine

“An entertaining and romantic road-trip debut.” – Kirkus

"Leila's quest to find the Northern Lights takes readers on a captivating cross-country journey, where four strangers' adventures collide into one riveting tale of finding yourself." ―YABooksCentral.com

“This will likely be a popular summer hit, especially for older teen about to embark on their own journeys of self-discovery.” –Booklist


Guest Post: Why Airports are Great for Writers 

by Adi Alsaid


One of my ultimate go-tos for inspiration is people-watching, and there’s no greater place than an airport to people watch. The sheer mass and diversity of people, the potential for imagined stories. I could sit at an airport and watch for hours even if I didn’t have a flight. I have done that, actually. When I lived in Vegas, sometimes I’d go to the airport baggage claim with a friend and some coffee and we’d try to guess where everyone was coming from, try to decipher airport codes we weren’t familiar with.

Airports offer the freedom to observe. You have a few hours before your flight boards to do nothing but see all sorts of people gathered together, to imagine whatever you want about them, even if you are wildly wrong. Grab some coffee and sit at your gate, take a seat at the overpriced bar or at a restaurant that faces out at the terminal, put a book in front of you in case traffic slows down, a notebook next to that, keep an ear perked for eavesdropping some conversation. Watch the material come to you.

And if you’re the type of writer that gets inspiration from other people’s lives, stealing away their details for later creative use (aren’t we all that kind of writer?), just start talking to someone. Even with the walking-on-eggshells feeling that airports sometimes have these days, where your bags must be with you at all times and suspicious behavior might be defined as not getting any cream cheese with your bagel, people are still extremely open to each other at airports. The fact that everyone is just passing through opens people up to conversation, I’ve found. Seatmates in particular, but at bookstores and restaurants and anywhere else you might find yourself sitting next to someone at an airport. If they find you annoying and don’t want to talk, they’ll let you know by answering only in grunts and continuing to read their magazine. But sometimes they’ll unload their stories on you, like the flight attendant for Air Force Two whom I met and had traveled the world (something like 87 countries?). Or the poor diplomat from Ecuador whose flight from New York to Mexico to Ecuador turned into a five-stop 24-hour+ nightmare.

Attractive people you’ll never see again, groups of teens dreaming of adventures, escapes, reunions, dreading the leaving of them. So many little scenes from daily life, on display for a much larger audience. Mothers trying to place a fast food order for a family of six, a couple already reminiscing about their trip, siblings ignoring each other with headphones. Businessmen on phone calls, working on their computers with a cup of coffee in hand, unwinding at the corner seat of the bar.

Where there are people there are stories, simply put.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City, then studied at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in class, he mostly read fiction and continuously failed to fill out crossword puzzles, so it's no surprise that after graduating, he did not go into business world but rather packed up his apartment into his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer. He's now back in his hometown, where he writes, coaches high school and elementary basketball, and has perfected the art of making every dish he eats or cooks as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he's lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas, and Monterey, California. A tingly feeling in his feet tells him more places will eventually be added to the list. Let's Get Lost is his YA debut.



***GIVEAWAY***


1 signed hard cover copy of Let’s Get Lost
1 Let’s Get Lost luggage tag
1 Harlequin TEEN notebook
1 Let’s Get Lost sachel
1 Harlequin TEEN tote bag

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[Moodboard Review] This is Sarah by Ally Malinenko


ABOUT

Title: This is Sarah

Author: Ally Malinenko

Series: N/A 

Publisher: Bookfish Books

Release Date: July 4th 2014

Get it Here: Amazon

Source: e-ARC provided by the author
Synopsis:
When Colin Leventhal leaned out his bedroom window on the night of May 12th and said goodbye to his girlfriend, he never expected it would be forever. But when Sarah Evans goes missing that night, Colin's world unravels as he transforms from the boyfriend next door to the main police suspect. Then one year later, at her memorial service, Colin makes a phone call that changes everything. Is it possible that Sarah is still alive? And if so how can he bring her back?

As Colin struggles with this possibility, across the street, Sarah’s little sister, Claire learns how to navigate the strange new landscape of life without her sister. While her parents fall apart, Claire remains determined to keep going even if it kills her.

THIS IS SARAH serves as a meditation on loss, love and what it means to say goodbye.

[Waiting On Wednesday] #13: Lailah by Nikki Kelly



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


ABOUT

Title: Lailah

Author: Nikki Kelly

Series: The Styclar Saga #1

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends (A Macmillan Imprint)

Release Date: October 7th 2014

GoodReads Page
Synopsis:
The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.
Um. Yes? Vampires and angels? Yes please. Also, I have heard nothing but great things about this book and this really sounds like exactly my cup of tea. (or perhaps coffee. I don't drink tea all that much.) ANYWAYS, take a look at that cover. Is that not creepy enough to intrigue you? The atmosphere and the arms remind me of the promo posters for The Walking Dead. And I love The Walking Dead. The synopsis is super intriguing as well. I'm too curious for my own good sometimes.

I'm so incredibly excited for this book! I've really heard nothing but good things and also I am under the impression that there is going to be a lot of feels for this one. If I manage to get approved for an ARC of this, I will be live-tweeting my reading of this one with GIFs of my feels at the request of the ever lovely Nikki Kelly herself. And probably compiling all these feels into a post of course. If I am denied, I'll still do GIF reactions when it releases. :)

Also, Nikki Kelly is super cool and one of my new favourite people <3


Happy Reading! 
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[Review] Extraction by Stephanie Diaz


ABOUT

Title: Extraction

Author: Stephanie Diaz

Series: Extraction #1

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Release Date: July 22nd 2014

GoodReads page

Source: e-ARC via NetGalley
Synopsis:
"Welcome to Extraction testing."

Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life.

What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon's lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet's leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means Logan, too.

Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don't want her running—they want her subdued.

With intense action scenes and a cast of unforgettable characters,Extraction is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers ofHunger Games and Ender's Game and leave them breathless for more.

[Release Day Book Blitz] Uninhibited by Melody Grace + GIVEAWAY!





ABOUT

Title: Uninhibited

Author: Melody Grace

Series: Beachwood Bay #4

Genre: New Adult

Release Date: July 21, 2014

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Get it Here: Amazon iBooks
Synopsis:
He’ll teach her a pleasure beyond her wildest dreams…

Alicia Wright isn’t the kind of girl to make out with a stranger in a dark alley. She’s spent years playing it safe, pining after the perfect man – who’s about to marry someone else. She doesn’t know how to move on, until a sexy stranger turns her world upside down with a wickedly tempting proposition…

She’ll rescue him from the edge of oblivion…

Rock star Dex Callahan swore his days of fame and debauchery were behind him, but the spotlight keeps calling his name. Determined not to fall into his old life, he goes looking for distraction -- and finds an intoxicating red-head with a mouth made for sin. One kiss could never be enough, so Dex offers her a deal: spend one week with him, and she’ll forget her old flame ever existed.

Together, they’ll ignite a passion that will change them forever…


No rules. No limits. As the whirlwind week of pleasure unfolds, Alicia discovers a desire she never knew existed – and the tortured heart Dex hides behind his charming smile. But can old loves so easily be replaced? And when the week is over, will their bond be strong enough to weather the storm?

Melody Grace returns with her sexiest book yet!

*This book contains adult situations and explicit content. 17+*

UNINHIBITED is part of the Beachwood Bay series, but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.





ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Book-lover and author of USA Today & international bestselling Beachwood Bay series. I'm 28, a SoCal transplant, and sexy new adult romance junkie ;)








***GIVEAWAY***


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