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The Crimson Heirlooms by Hunter Dennis - Book Review

Book Description:
The Crimson Heirlooms. One tangible – a priceless necklace called the Cross of Nantes. The other ephemeral – a secret hidden within the lyrics of a song. Each holds the power to change the course of history. But together, the price of ownership is death or salvation.
1832, Paris. Jake Loring is an American student living in the city during the turbulent march to revolution. Torn between the safety of going home to America and the passionate adventure of joining the Resistance, Jake foolhardily follows Paris into violent madness and soon finds himself being blackmailed by the Sphinx-like Monsieur Tyran to search for the Crimson Heirlooms… or die trying.
1776, France. The Heirlooms are born out of the drama unfolding in and around the dying manor of the Traversier Family and the Guerriers of Saint-Domingue. Furious betrayal, religious passion, illicit love and faltering honor between the men and women of both clans forge the Heirlooms and determine the fate of each family.
Past and present intersect as Jake outruns the dangerous forces trying to stop him while sifting through the rubble of this half-century-old drama in order to find the clues that will lead him to the current location of the Heirlooms and to freedom.
But at what cost to France? And his soul?

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Author Bio:
Hunter Dennis was a scriptwriter in Hollywood starting with his first sale to the studios in 1998. He has been credited on several films, one of which was distributed internationally and made over 160 million dollars. Since the completion of his first novel, "The Crimson Heirlooms", he has wholly converted to writing prose.
Hunter comes from a distinguished military family, has lived in three countries and across America. He was accepted into the University of Southern California Film School in the Production major as an undergraduate. Before optioning his first screenplay, he worked on a road slurry crew, cleaned a restaurant, and learned how to box.
​He currently lives in Thousand Oaks, California, and looks forward to starting a family somewhere far more green, wet and cold.

Book Review by Carmen:
Though the story-line of this novel was intriguing, there were the tiny odd occasion where there the descriptive detail was a little bit much. There were quite a few characters I enjoyed reading about. I gave this book a four star rating and got a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

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Sam's Theory by Sarah Mendival - Book Review

Book Description:
After a final act of horrendous abuse threatens her life, fifteen-year-old Sam runs away from home and into the Olympic Mountains of Washington State. Physically and emotionally exhausted, she happens upon a mysterious tree house in the woods which shelters an old woman named Theory. Through elements of magic and sage advice, Theory takes Sam on an unforgettable healing journey. Sam begins to discover that she, too, has powers. But her process is interrupted by the nervous reality that her abusers will soon go after her younger sister, Nova, unless she can get to her first.
With the help of Sam’s friend, Dodger, and two other spirited kids from foster care, the group sets up a hidden camp in the wilderness and forms “The Orphan’s Collective.” While struggling to create their own concept of “family,” Dodger and Sam also work to navigate their budding feelings for one another. As the group formulates a plan to reach the masses of kids left behind by adults who never wanted them, they naturally begin to rewrite the fate that has seemingly already been decided for them.

Sam’s Theory is a story of immeasurable grit and re-empowerment after trauma. With embedded real-world advice, it is the recognition of our tremendous capacity as human beings to withstand darkness and summon resiliency, simply by learning how to use our voices and reconnect with those around us.

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Author Bio: 
As a Masters-level pediatric milieu therapist on the inpatient psychiatric unit, Sarah has worked with hundreds of children and teens burdened by trauma. She was the founder and editor-in-chief of Light Spinner Quarterly, a publication that advocated for children exposed to medical trauma and her story 150 Real-Life Stories of Resilience, Joy, and Hope was published in Reader’s Digest. These roles offered the opportunity to advocate for children by speaking nationally at conferences, colleges, and in the media.

Book Review by Carmen:
I quite enjoyed Sam's point of view, though there were times where the story was a little bit too dragged out. I found Theory's explanations quite enlightening, and really enjoyed the description of the house Theory stayed in. I gave this book a four star rating and got a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

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Ingress by Meghan McDonnell - Book Review

Book Description: 
Ingress: Volume Nine includes Meghan McDonnell’s move back to her hometown of Seattle, an elusive search for satisfying work, feeling adrift in her marriage, acting classes, and contending with fractious friendships.
For over 30 years, McDonnell has intimately chronicled her life beginning at age eight through present day. With searing candor and tenderness, her musings on daily experiences and observations of family, social and romantic relationships, and the interior life coalesce in a commentary on facing passion and fear, embracing the light and dark, and American life in the 21st century. Wide in scope and vivid and provocative in detail, her journals are her confessional love letter to the world. Join her on a fearless, vulnerable, profoundly surprising, sometimes painful and quixotic, but always honest journey, also known as the human experience. Readers who love Joan Didion or Cheryl Strayed will enjoy this author.

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Author Bio:
Meghan McDonnell was born and raised in Seattle, majored in English at Western Washington University, and lived in Los Angeles for four years. She has held countless day jobs and recorded her experiences in her journals. When she’s not writing or reading, she spends time outdoors, solves crossword puzzles, cleans her house, does yoga, skis, watches vapid and extraordinary TV and movies, pretends to garden, obsesses over true crime podcasts, and imagines what it would be like to be an FBI agent. She lives in Walla Walla with her husband and two cats.

Book Review by Carmen:
Meghan was up and down with progress in this novel, I also like how she makes a note of books that she reads. I'm thrilled that she now has a website - if you want to keep up to date with her, be sure to check out the link above. I ended up giving this book a four star rating and got a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

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Adam & Evie by Marisa Concetta - Book Review

Book Description:

What could happen when the nerd of Roosevelt High becomes Hollywood’s next superstar? Answer: Anything. 
Before she became Evie Chase, Hollywood's Golden Girl, Evie was a nobody at the bottom of the high school food chain with only a handful of friends. Her best friend - Adam Fields - was a popular jock who always had her back. Until one day, he stopped, and they never spoke again. Fast forward three years, and everything has changed. Evie is out in LA living the dream as a seventeen year old popstar, Adam’s at home finishing off high school, and they are both trying their best to forget the past. They are living separate lives and everything is running smoothly. Until...Evie’s back. 
To avoid paparazzi, the young starlet returns to school in disguise. As the teenagers get to know each other again, Adam unaware that the new girl is his former best friend, they are both left wondering - did the past actually happen the way they remember it? And could their revived friendship turn out to be something more?

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Author Bio:
Marisa Concetta is a Massachusetts native and graduated from Merrimack College with her Bachelors degree in Biology. 
She began writing her debut novel Adam and Evie when she was only sixteen, and since then, the novel has gained nearly five million readers on both Wattpad and Inkitt where she has nearly nine thousand followers. 

When Marisa isn’t writing - or studying - she enjoys binge watching shows on Netflix, watching baseball (particularly the Red Sox), running, traveling, and really, anything involving Disney or Disney World.

Book Review by Carmen:
There were times where I enjoyed reading Evelyn Chase's narrative; and would have been really interested if the story had carried on with Evelyn and Adam fields relationship in the limelight. I gave this book a four star rating and got a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

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Sojourn by Meghan McDonnell - Book Review

Book Description:
In Sojourn: Volume Eight of this existential and addictive real-life series, Meghan McDonnell travels to Western Europe for two months, loses a close family friend, and grapples with the meaning of creativity and life purpose. This is a deep dive in to the nature of existence, physicality, addiction, and redemption.
For 30 years, McDonnell has intimately chronicled her life beginning at age eight through present day. With searing candor and tenderness, her musings on daily experiences and observations of family, social and romantic relationships, and the interior life coalesce in a commentary on facing passion and fear, embracing the light and dark, and American life in the 21st century. Wide in scope and vivid and provocative in detail, her journals are her confessional love letter to the world. Join her on a fearless, vulnerable, profoundly surprising, sometimes painful and quixotic, but always honest journey, also known as the human experience. Readers who love Joan Didion or Cheryl Strayed will enjoy this author.

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Author Bio:
Meghan McDonnell was born and raised in Seattle, majored in English at Western Washington University, and lived in Los Angeles for four years. She has held countless day jobs and recorded her experiences in her journals. When she’s not writing or reading, she spends time outdoors, solves crossword puzzles, cleans her house, does yoga, skis, watches vapid and extraordinary TV and movies, pretends to garden, obsesses over true crime podcasts, and imagines what it would be like to be an FBI agent. She lives in Walla Walla with her husband and two cats.

Book Review by Carmen:
I quite enjoyed reading about all the trips that Meghan went on in this book; and that she appeared to be more involved with her friends. I ended up giving this book a four star rating and got a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

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The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson ~ Book Review

Book Description:

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookseller comes a gripping literary suspense novel set in the 1960s about a deeply troubled family and three women who will reveal its dark truths.

In the autumn of 1960, Angie Glass is living an idyllic life in her Wisconsin hometown. At twenty-one, she’s married to charming, handsome Paul, and has just given birth to a baby boy. But one phone call changes her life forever.

When Paul’s niece, Ruby, reports that her father, Henry, has committed suicide, and that her mother, Silja, is missing, Angie and Paul drop everything and fly to the small upstate town of Stonekill, New York to be by Ruby’s side.

Angie thinks they’re coming to the rescue of Paul’s grief-stricken young niece, but Ruby is a composed and enigmatic seventeen-year-old who resists Angie’s attempts to nurture her. As Angie learns more about the complicated Glass family, staying in Henry and Silja’s eerie and ultra-modern house on the edge of the woods, she begins to question the very fabric of her own marriage.

Through Silja’s flashbacks, Angie’s discovery of astonishing truths, and Ruby’s strategic dissection of her parents’ state of affairs, a story of love, secrets, and ultimate betrayal is revealed.

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About the Author:

Cynthia Swanson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Bookseller, which is soon to be a motion picture starring Julia Roberts. An Indie Next selection and the winner of the 2016 WILLA Award for Historical Fiction, The Bookseller is being translated into over a dozen languages. Cynthia's second novel, The Glass Forest, released from Touchstone / Simon & Schuster in February 2018. She lives with her family in Denver, Colorado.

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Review:

This is a great novel. I don't usually read stories set back in time or history, I am trying to read more. This one put me through one heck of a roller coaster with my emotions. There really should be a trigger warning with this one. If you have been in a relationship with a narcissist, emotional abuser, controller you may have a tough time reading it. That being said I would sometimes find myself in tears and other times the hatred would be about to boil over. I just kept on reading as I needed to know what was going to happen to Silja and Ruby. The story did have a slow start but once you get into it you will feel like you are right there with the characters. It isn't an action packed novel but a literary fiction. 

I absolutely loved how the author would flip back and forth from characters (Silja, Ruby and Angie) also going back in time to have the reader learn about Silja and Henry's relationship. Suspense dripped from the pages as I read on. Would Henry give Silja what see wanted? What really happened to Henry and where did Silja go? Did Ruby have anything to do with this? You will need to read this novel if you love physiological thrillers. It was a great literary fiction that I would totally read again. I can't wait to read more from Cynthia Swanson. The novel was beautifully pieced together.

I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.     


~*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book. All opinions and thoughts are my own.*~

Reading Quote March 7, 2018


The Second Wife by Kishan Paul ~ Book Review

Book Description:

If you want to live, you must let go of the past...

Twenty-eight-year-old Psychologist, Alisha Dimarchi, is abducted by an obsessed client and imprisoned in his Pakistani compound for over two years. Forced to change her name and live as his second wife, her life is filled with trauma and heartbreak. Thrust into a world of violence and oppression, Ally must fight not only to keep herself alive but to protect the lives of the people she now considers family. At night, she retreats into her memories of the only man she has ever loved – a man she believes no longer loves her.

Thirty-four-year-old handsome surgeon, David Dimarchi, has spent the last two years mourning the disappearance of his wife. After a painful and isolated existence, he begins the process of healing. It is then that he is visited by a stranger, who informs him that Ally is very much alive and needs his help. In a desperate attempt to save her, David enlists the help of a mercenary. Together they find themselves in the center of more than just a rescue mission. Will he be able to reach her in time and if he does, will she still want him?

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About the Author:

From daring escapes by tough women to chivalrous men swooping in to save the day, the creativity switch to Kishan Paul’s brain is always in the ‘on’ position. If daydreaming stories were a college course, Kish would graduate with honors.

Mother of two beautiful children, she has been married to her best friend for over 16 years. With the help of supportive family and friends, she balances her family, a thriving counseling practice, and writing without sinking into insanity.

Contemporary romance - Blind Love, Romantic suspense - The Second Wife, Contemporary romance novelette - Taking the Plunge

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Review:


This is a quick read as I feel the author jumps right into the story and hooks the reader. With it being such a hard story line it can be hard to read sometimes without giving into feels of anger, pain and waiting to help the main character get away and get back home to her real husband. This is a story of love, courage, inner strength to do what it takes to survive to get home. I found myself sitting at the end of my chair, praying that Ally can get through one more day, one more nasty encounter to get out and get home. 
The author switches back and forth between Ally & Derek's perspective and we also go back and forth in time. I found it flowed easy and I never wondered where the story was. 

I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars and hope to read more from this author. 

~*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book. All opinions and thoughts are my own.*~

The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum (book #1) by Kirsten Weiss ~ Book Review

Book Description:

When Maddie Kosloski’s career flatlines, she retreats to her wine-country hometown for solace and cheap rent. Railroaded into managing the local paranormal museum, she’s certain the rumors of its haunting are greatly exaggerated. But a new ghost may be on the loose. A fresh corpse in the museum embroils Maddie in murders past and present.

With her high school bully as one of the officers in charge, Maddie doubts justice will be served. When one of her best friends is arrested, she’s certain it won’t be.

Maddie grapples with ghost hunters, obsessed taxidermists, and the sexy motorcyclist next door as outside forces threaten. And as she juggles spectral shenanigans with the hunt for a killer, she discovers there truly is no place like home.

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About the Author:

Weiss worked overseas for nearly twenty years in the fringes of the former USSR, Africa, and deep in the Afghan war zone. Her experiences abroad not only gave Kirsten glimpses into the darkness and light of human nature, but also sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives.

Now based in San Mateo, CA, she write genre-blending novels: urban fantasy/mystery, steampunk/suspense, and cozy mysteries with a touch of paranormal. The mix just makes things more fun!

Weiss believes that life is as magical as you want to make it. Weiss never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer reruns and drinking red wine.

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Review:

This is definitely a cozy mystery. Three friends that have grown up together are still there for each other even when a murder takes place in one of their business. Is Maddie's best friend a killer or is there something weird going on at the Paranormal Museum? Maddie isn't sure what she really wants to do with her life and has the opportunity to take over the Paranormal Museum and fix it up. 
I fell in love with all the characters, wondering who was involved with whom and if they could possibly a murderer. Right from the beginning I knew Maddie would love the Paranormal Museum but to try and solve the murder on her own without the police help? This is a fun cozy murder mystery with a back drop in wine country along with a fun paranormal feel. Do you believe in ghosts? This isn't a scary book or really much into spirit world. There is a few things that happen that could make one think there is a ghost in the museum. 

I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed this book, it was a quick, easy, fun read that would be great for anyone that wants something they can read on vacation or when you need something you can put down whenever, just picking up where you left off without worrying about forgetting what is happening. 

~*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*~

Where I Lost Her by T. Greenwood ~ Book Review

Book Description:

In her page-turning new novel, T. Greenwood follows one woman's journey through heartbreak and loss to courage and resolve, as she searches for the truth about a missing child.

Eight years ago, Tess and Jake were considered a power couple of the New York publishing world--happy, in love, planning a family. Failed fertility treatments and a heartbreaking attempt at adoption have fractured their marriage and left Tess edgy and adrift. A visit to friends in rural Vermont throws Tess's world into further chaos when she sees a young, half-dressed child in the middle of the road, who then runs into the woods like a frightened deer.

The entire town begins searching for the little girl. But there are no sightings, no other witnesses, no reports of missing children. As local police and Jake point out, Tess's imagination has played her false before. And yet Tess is compelled to keep looking, not only to save the little girl she can't forget but to salvage her broken heart as well.

Blending her trademark lyrical prose with a superbly crafted and suspenseful narrative, Where I Lost Her is a gripping, haunting novel from a remarkable storyteller.

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About the Author:

T. Greenwood is the author of twelve novels. She has received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and, most recently, the Maryland State Arts Council. She has won three San Diego Book Awards. Five of her novels have been BookSense76/IndieBound picks. BODIES OF WATER was finalist for a Lambda Foundation award. Her twelfth novel, RUST & STARDUST, will be published in August 2018.

She teaches creative writing for San Diego Writer's Ink and online for The Writer's Center. She and her husband, Patrick, live in San Diego, CA with their two daughters. She is also a photographer.

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Review:

T. Greenwood jumps right into the story with this book called Where I lost her. We follow Tess as she spots a little girl who was all alone late at night on the back road near where Tess is visiting her friends. I did find the first half of the book a little slow for my liking but it did pick up and I was really interested in finding out if what Tess saw was true or is she was having a mental breakdown. The author does a great job weaving in back history of Tess and Jake keeping us on our toes wondering if the stress of not having a child of their own has spun this tale. I was hooked. Gripping to the story and wondering what was truly happening, who is actually involved and did what and if they would really find this little girl in time.

I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 just because I found that the first half was slow but I do look forward to reading more from this author.

~*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book. All opinions are my own.*~

2018 Reading Challenge Update


I have been thinking about doing a reading challenge update for awhile. I have been thinking about updating at the end of each month with which books I have read and which ones are on my next to be read list. It will be a quick post and I hope you will follow along and also let me know where you are at with your 2018 Reading Challenge by commenting below. 

Let's get caught up from January to today. I am trying to not read too many books before reviewing each of them. Sometimes I get too caught up with wanting to read more than, my bad. 

Here are the books I read in the last two months and the ones you can look forward to a review on very soon.

Twerp by Mark Goldblatt - review  
Facade by Nyrae Dawn - review
Just One of the Boys by Leah Rooper - review 
The Other Twin by L.V. Hay - review  
Where I Lost Her by T. Greenwood - review
Wicked Charm by Amber Hart - review 
The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum by Kirsten Weiss - review
The Glass Forest bu Cynthia Swanson - review 
The Second Wife by Kishan Paul - review 
Marked by P.C. Cast & Kristen Cast - review 

First two months are off to a great start! I have been aiming for 4 or 5 books a month to try and lower my ever growing to be read list. This is hard especially with all the new books coming out. I also recently picked up 14 of 18 of the House of Night books by P.C. & Kristen Cast. I am hooked from book one. This series is something I am going to add to my reading list this year. Keep an eye out for those reviews. 

For the month of March I am going to aim for 7 or 8 books because I will have some more reading time. 

The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco
Not That Easy by Radhika Sanghani
Chewish: 36 Recipes of Love with Stories by Sandra Goldberg Wendel
Betrayed (House of Night book #2) by P.C. Cast & Kristen Cast
Cheat Day Rules by Josephine Fitzpatrick 
Dead Inside by Cyndy Etler 
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewel 
Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns


Update: (March 9th) 
Perfected books 1-3 by Kate Jarvik Birch
Plus I will beta reading a novel called Star Racers by Martin Felando

Two of the above are health &/or recipe books, the rest are novels. I look forward to reading them all. Have you read any of the above or do you intend to read them? 

Until next time,
Jennifer

Memphis by Ginger Scott ~ Release Day!

We're celebrating the release of Memphis by Ginger Scott! Check out the excerpt below!

Memphis by Ginger Scott
A Contemporary New Adult Romance
Release day: February 23
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Blurb:
My mom always said it was just something about the way he moved.
The same swagger Archie Valentine wore in the ring when he took his opponents down followed him like a halo everywhere he went. But make no mistake about it— he was no angel. He was like a drug. My mother was his addict.

I never understood it...how love could make you blind and convince you to drink the poison. Not until I met Memphis Delaney.

At first, it was the familiar form. He’s a fighter, built like a god from the past, the kind of man the universe doesn’t make anymore. His eyes hide a story, and every time I’m in his presence I want to keep reading him until I get to the end. And then...there’s the way he moves. His boxing is violent but beautiful, and his body is a seductive weapon. When he’s in the ring, he wears the stare of a man committed to the battle until his very last breath.

He could end me; turn me into her. Too much of him will leave me as a shadow, and I’ve lost so much of myself already.

But I have discipline. It came the hard way. Lessons learned, scars left behind, and trust stripped away from life.

I will breathe his air, but I won’t fall for a man like him. The only boxer who’s ever going to break my heart is the one who gave me my name.

EXCERPT:
I turn so our feet are squared and glance at his home that I think he probably knows I went through while he was gone. Somehow the money he paid for it seems not enough and too much all at once. My gaze shifts back to his, and he steps forward until the toe of his left shoe rests against the right side of mine.

“That’s a nice story, Memphis. I’m glad you found the bike, but I’m not sure what that has to do with me,” I say, my breath catching as his fingertips trace along my jaw, his touch so faint I find myself leaning my head to encourage his palm to rest along my cheek more boldly.

He brings his other hand up with more confidence, and I’m caught. The other option I had, to walk away, is gone. I never really wanted it, though.

Memphis dips his chin, hunching slightly to bring his eyes in line with mine. We’re so close that I can feel the tickle of his breath against my lips, and they tingle at the familiar. Each experience with him weaves itself into my heart in this way that terrifies me. This is how people lose themselves.

But I let it in—each breath, each sound, the smells and words. His story. I am surviving on the very being of him, and I think I have been for a while now.

“I was eighteen when I tracked down that bike. I knew it was mine...”

“I don’t belong to you, Memphis,” I cut in, my heart pounding.

His mouth forms a crooked smile. He holds my eyes hostage in silence for few long seconds. “Maybe it works the other way,” he says, his eyes moving over my face with a softness that feels intimate and vulnerable. His forehead falls forward until it rests gently on my own, and I let go of the grip I have on myself, exchanging it for fistfuls of his T-shirt. My knuckles run along his chest as I gather the material and close my eyes, his muscles hard from discipline.

“I can’t watch you get hurt. I can’t...”

His hand moves to my chin, and he lifts it until our eyes meet. Suddenly, breathing just got a lot harder to do.

“I won’t lose, Liv. I work too hard, and I study too much, and I will never be in a ring I’m not supposed to be in,” he says, and I breathe out what sounds like a laugh but feels like hurt.

“My fifty-year-old uncle kicked your ass in some display of alpha-male, teacher- student bullshit. I couldn’t watch that...how am I supposed to watch you step in with some guy who really wants to kill you? How am I supposed to kiss you knowing that your lips might never be the same after a fight. How...”

Memphis’s mouth takes mine before I can protest anymore, nothing like our stolen moment from earlier. His hands cup my face and his mouth moves possessively over my bottom lip, sucking it in and letting it slide loose through a graze of his teeth. He turns my head with a gentle nudge and kisses me deeper, and his hands fall from my face in long, possessive drags down my shoulders to my waist, stopping with his thumbs just above my hips and his fingers splayed out around my sides.

My hands roam up his chest and neck until my thumbs run along the roughness of his chin, and my touch seems to somehow make him hungrier.

“My god.” He breathes the words against my lips, restraint giving way...





About the Author:


Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, A Boy Like You and A Girl Like Me.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard...the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

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