Release Day blitz & Review: Move the Stars by Jessica Hawkins!




It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken…no matter how hard we tried.
I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.




The highly anticipated conclusion to the Something in the Way series, a forbidden love saga.
It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. If I’d known then what I do now, would I have kept on walking? Manning was older, darker, experienced—and I’d trusted him when he said the story would only ever be about us. I’d held those words close and challenged fate, but I had lost.

A part of me is still that sixteen-year-old girl squinting up at Manning, but no matter how far I fall or high I soar, I’ll always be a bird without her bear and nothing without him.
When I close my eyes, I can no longer see her. The decisions I made were to push Lake in the right direction—away from me. But now that she’s gone, would I have made those same choices?
I’d walked away like I was supposed to. I’d kept my distance. I’d bent over backward to keep Lake pure, but she’s no longer that girl, and I don’t know if I can stay away anymore. I only know I don’t want to. She’s still everything I want and nothing I should ever have, but if anyone can move the stars, it’s her great bear in the sky.


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“My instinct to love him was as strong as my instincts to cower from him. To cover my heart anticipating the next blow.”
This takes place about 4 years after the last one and it broke my heart but it also made it soar. Because of this, I wasn’t too mad at Jessica… Who am I kidding, I can never be mad at the woman who single-handedly gave me the book I’ve been waiting to read for years.
My heart has been overtaken by this series before the release of book 1 and I can’t believe this series has come to an end. As soon as I got word that early copies had hit Kindles, I dropped everything I was doing and started the book I knew would open old wounds; Just like its predecessors have done without fail. This was one of my most anticipated releases for October and I was already crying my eyes out not even 1% into it. (No regrets)
“Did he understand the agony of knowing I’d never call him mine.”
I loved Lake since the very beginning and it only multiplied after each turn of the page. The fact that I experienced eerily similar situations as her, made my protectiveness go off the wall. I wanted to shelter her and heal her heart as much as I could. But, she proved to not need me since she turned out way better than I had anticipated. She’s come so far since the 16 year old I met a few months ago. I am incredibly proud of the woman she’s become and appreciated riding the roller coaster that was her life along with her. It was an agonizing ride but it wasn’t long enough. every one of her thoughts seemed to reflect my own at one point in my life, so in my mind, she’s as real as me. She’s just the better version of me.
“I had only one option left, tilt the universe until she fell into my arms.”
I was surprised to have loved Manning so much. (Manning without a filter is my new favorite thing, HOLY GODS.)… I was a strong advocate in the ‘I don’t want Manning to end up with Lake’ club but he managed to prove himself worthy after part 2 of this novel. I still can’t forgive him for most of the things he has done but none of that got in the way of my enjoyment of this book for what it was, thankfully. He had a lot to atone for in this novel but he still didn’t deserve the stuff that happened to him or the people around him along the way. I was absolutely thrilled to witness his character development as much as Lake’s. Jessica handled these characters with an expertise I hope to match someday.
I wanted nothing but happiness for these two and I got my wish so it’s more than I could ask for.
“I was in too deep with a man who’d ruined my life without ever touching me.”
This novel was full of heartbreak but it was perfectly balanced by epic reconciliation scenes. (*cough*And steamy ones *cough*.) I think that this is Jessica’s best series yet and I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us all.
I do have to mention really quick that my hatred for Tiffany knows no bounds and from now on, will forever cringe at the mention of her name. I also noticed that there were a lot of loose ends at then end of this novel… SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS….which means…. I am 100% sure there will be more coming our way from these characters…. Right, Jessica????
This is one of the steamiest romance novels I’ve ever read so if you’re not 18, please turn away!

5/5 stars!



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Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State Universityand has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.



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Release Day Blitz, Giveaway, & Review: Detour by Kacey Shea!

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Title: Detour

Series: Off Track Records #1

Author: Kacey Shea

Cover Design & Photography: Marisa Shor, Cover Me Darling

Cover Model: Haley Loan

Release Date: June 1, 2017



Trent Donavan is the golden boy of the rock world. As lead singer of Three Ugly Guys, he’s every fangirl’s dream, and with his newfound fame the women flow as readily as alcohol and drugs. There’s no doubt women are Trent’s preferred indulgence after a successful show.

That is, until the feisty little blonde joins the tour.

Lexi Marx loves music. It runs in her blood and flows through her soul. As the -illegitimate daughter of a rock legend, she’s determined to make it in the music industry on talent alone. So when her agent scores her the opening act gig for the next 3UG tour it seems her hard work, hopes, and dreams have finally come to fruition.

Until she spends time with the band. More accurately, Trent Donovan. She’d feel better if that arrogant manwhore of a lead singer would stop hitting on her with his dreamy eyes, witty comebacks, and voice that melts the most jagged of hearts.

But Trent is determined to prove to Lexi he’s not such a bad guy, and as music binds their friendship, Lexi’s left with the most confusing of emotions. Could this be love or an uninvited distraction? She can still have it all, if only her heart doesn’t lead her off track.


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“She’s my world your, my greatest award, better than any bestselling album or performance.”
This was my 4th book by Kacey and I loved it just as much as every other one of hers. I have to admit, I thought this was going to be completely separate from the Uncovering Love series but I was super excited to find out that I was dead wrong! I couldn’t contain my excitement when I found out that this book follows a hunk that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in the other books. I didn’t want to let the characters from UL go and now I don’t have to. This new series is giving me so much hope! Kacey has given me something I didn’t know I was yearning for and hopefully that shows just how much I love her work.
This is a rock star romance and it was like none other I’ve ever read. It’s a dual POV so it also follows Lexi, an up and coming singer/songwriter. These two meet right before they go on tour together and they both stole my heart right away. As individuals, they are hilarious and as real as you and me. But as a duo, they are that plus so much more. I loved how Trent showed his fierce, caring side right from the start. He was so perfect for Lexi and vice versa. They both tell it how it is and the way they worked through their problems was nothing short than awe-mazing. I wish I meet my own Trent soon because this book gave me all the feels that I didn’t want to stop experiencing.. I’m a bit obsessed with Trent, in case it isn’t obvious.
The only criticism I have for this book was that a few things were more than a bit predictable. I saw some things coming and yes, it put a bit of a damper on my mood, but I just shrugged it off and kept going.
Kacey is a mastermind when it comes to writing. Her novels always feel lighthearted and epic until you get slapped by a sudden depth that you can’t crawl out of. The rawness that Kacey includes in her books brings you to the ground while at the same time, everything else keeps you soaring. This is exactly what this novel was and I loved it even more because of it.
The ending was beyond beautiful and it had me bawling like a baby. I can’t tell you how many times I went back to reread it because I didn’t want to let go. I can’t wait for Sean’s story next!
“When life gets off track, sometimes a little detour is all it takes to set things right.”
Not recommended for readers under 18.

4/5 stars!


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When she’s not writing you will find her playing taxi cab to her children while belting out her favorite tunes, meeting friends or family for food and to share some laughs, or sweating it out in the gym. Kacey finds that picking up heavy weights repeatedly is good for her mental health as much as it is for the physical.

She has an unhealthy obsession with firefighters. It could be the pants. It could be the fire. It’s just hot. On occasion she has been known to include them, without their knowledge, in her selfies outside the grocery store.

Kacey one day aspires to be a woman hand model in a sexy photo shoot. You know, the woman’s hand raking across the muscular back or six pack stomach of the male fitness model. Yep, that hand.

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Enjoy this excerpt from lead singer of Three Ugly Guys, Trent Donavan from Kacey Shea’s rock star romance, Detour:

The dive is actually charming inside, with its retro fifties décor and twenty-four-seven breakfast menu. The crowd is popping for a weekday lunch, and with its location in the heart of downtown I take that as a sign the food will be good.

A no-nonsense waitress leads us to an empty booth near the back.

“This okay?” Her tone dares us to suggest it’s not . . . and end up with spit in our meal.

“Perfect. Thanks.” Lexi slides into the seat across from me. The waitress points to where the menus are nestled between the table and a dish of creamer, sugar packs, and other condiments.

“What can I get you to drink?”

“I’ll have a glass of orange juice,” Lexi says and then glances at me. “And I don’t need to see the menu. I’m ready to order. If you are?”

“Yeah.” I’m surprised, since most people scan the menu before deciding on their meal.

“A stack of plain pancakes. Please,” she says.

“You want the half or the full?” our server asks without looking up from her notepad.

“Full, please.” Lexi smiles.

The waitress pauses to glance at Lexi and raise her brows. “Mmm’kay. And for you?” She nods my direction more than asks.

“Same. Except coffee for me.”

“’Kay.” She turns and leaves without a backward glance.

“I don’t know how you do that,” I say.

“What? I can eat a lot of food. Especially pancakes. Don’t judge me by my size.”

I grin. “Not that. I’m talking about ordering orange juice.”

“You don’t like OJ?” she asks as if I’m the crazy one.

“I do. But you have no idea the pulp situation. Does it have none, or extra? How can you order a glass without knowing the level of pulp?”

She laughs and at that moment our server comes back to set down our drinks. “Pancakes’ll be up shortly.”

“I take it you’re not a fan of pulp.” Lexi observes and takes a sip from her drink.

I eye her from over the brim of my mug. “That obvious?”

She laughs and sets down her glass. “You’ll be happy to know there’s a low pulp situation going on. We’re safe here.”

“Thank God!” I bug my eyes and delight in the way her lips lift in a comfortable smile. Not forced or guarded. I like this Lexi. “Hey, there’s something I’ve been wanting to ask you since we met.”

Her shoulders straighten just the slightest and I can’t help but kick myself for chasing away some of her ease. “You don’t have to answer, if you don’t want. Just call me curious.”

“Fine.” She rolls her eyes but her lips twitch up with the trace of a smile. “Shoot.”

“Why Marx?” The words leave my mouth and I instantly regret the question.

Her eyes drop and her jaw hardens with her frown. She studies the patterned Formica table and traces her fingertips along the silver plated fork and spoon atop her paper napkin. Fuck. She was just starting to open up. Talk to me. Now she’s like ice. I should apologize. Or make a joke. An inappropriate one about her luscious breasts. Yes, then she’ll get angry. Angry I can do.

“Don’t laugh,” she warns.

My gaze snaps up to watch her still playing with the silverware. “Okay.”

“Swear it.”

I reach my hand across the table and set my fingers next to the napkin. “Pinky promise.” I wiggle my finger and her lips soften as though she wants to smile. “I won’t tell a soul.”

Her pinky slides along mine, and the soft brush of her tiny finger against my much bigger one kicks up my pulse. Her hands are so delicate and skilled, and fuck if my dick isn’t already making my tight jeans irritably uncomfortable. She squeezes her finger and I barely lock mine with hers before she pulls her hands back into her lap.

“I was a child. I can’t be held responsible.” She glances around the room before her gaze settles back to me. “But I had a major crush on Richard Marx.”

“The singer?” I press my lips together because I’m certain there’s a smile stretching across my face.

Lexi’s glare confirms my suspicion. “Not a word. You promised.”

“I won’t. It’s cute. What were you, like five?”

“More like twelve.”

“But you’re only twenty-three, right? Wasn’t Marx big in the late eighties, early nineties?”

“Yeah, well, my mom loved his music so we listened to it a lot.”

“You’re telling me your stage name is a shout out to the guy who romanced millions of women with his piano and soft rock ballads, all from a little childhood crush?”

“Don’t judge, okay. I was a kid.” Even she can’t hold back a laugh.

“Not judging, just finding the connection rather shallow for a woman who does everything with great meaning.”

Her eyes narrow. “I’m not sure if you’re trying to compliment or insult me.”

I wink. “Compliment. Go with the positive.”

“You’re delusional.” She throws up her hands.

“Says the Marx diehard fan!”

“Look. It’s more than that,” she grumbles and when I tilt my head she shakes hers, her next words leaving her lips in a rush. “God, I can’t believe I’m telling you this . . . When I was a young girl I had this ridiculously famous rock star dad. One who was a horrible father. One who never remembered to call or visit, and who made my mom cry herself to sleep. One who made her waste her entire youth devoted to a man who didn’t give two shits about us.

When I listened to “Right Here Waiting,” I used to pretend that my dad wasn’t Richie Sands. That my mom had gotten it all wrong. I imagined my father was Richard Marx and he was singing that song to us—my mom and me. That he loved us.” She gave a short pause. “So as soon as I turned eighteen, I legally changed my last name to Marx.”

“Two big stacks.” Our server interrupts by setting down our plates with a clatter. “Refills?”

“Yes, please,” Lexi answers. However, I can’t seem to move my gaze from her eyes. The green shines a little too brightly under the florescent lights while she pours way too much syrup on her pancakes. She continues with her meal as if she hadn’t just shared something completely intimate and personal.

“Syrup?” Lexi holds the jug over my stack and I quickly grab it from her hands.

“I’ve got it, Sugar Tits! You’ll give me diabetes if I let you pour.”

“What? I like syrup with my pancakes!”

“I can see that.” I grin and douse my stack with a conservative amount before cutting a few bites with the side of my fork. “So, when you’re not basking in pancake griddle heaven, what other food do you enjoy this much?”

“Chinese, Thai, Sushi. I love them all. But there’s nothing like a stack of pancakes.” Lexi shovels in another mouthful. A groan of pleasure escapes from where her lips lock around the fork. Fork me. What I wouldn’t give to be a piece of cutlery.

“And don’t think I didn’t notice the sugar tits comment, either. That nickname ends here.” She points the fork in my direction before taking another bite.

My lips pull up with a big ass grin. “I don’t know . . . ’Cause that I didn’t promise.” I pop in a mouthful of pancakes.

She shakes her head, rolls those eyes, and takes a sip of juice. “Hey, Trent.” She glances down at her plate, using her fork to push around the sopping mess she’s made of a perfectly delicious breakfast.


“I never said thank you.” She lifts her gaze and those eyes pierce me with their sincerity. “Thank you.”

I lick my lips and take a big gulp of coffee. “You’re welcome. For what exactly?”

She smiles and taps her fork against the plate. “Why did you bring me on your bus in Oklahoma?”

That night fills me with sadness and I rub my hands through my hair. “To keep you safe.”

“That’s it? No ulterior motives?”

“Lexi, that night, I . . . There was no way I was letting you sleep in Big Betty. Not after what happened. What could have happened. No. I just needed to keep you safe. The best way to do that was in our bus. Simple.”

She scoops up her drenched pancake and brings it to her lips. Oh, those damn lips. “Well, then, thank you,” she whispers before the food goes inside her mouth and she does the groan again.

It’s all I can do to not pounce over the table, claim those lips, and join her in the sound.

“And thanks for not trying to get in my pants.” She grins, wider now, and I feel as though she’s playing some kind of mindfuck game. She’s gotta be on to me, inside my head, knowing I’ve been thinking unprofessional thoughts throughout this entire breakfast.

“Who says I’m not trying to do that?” I go with humor, always my best defense, and it works when she laughs aloud.

“You’re such a manwhore.”

“You got me.” I join in her laugher and pray my little obsession with her mouth dissipates the further into this tour we go. Lexi is a cool chick, more down to earth than I ever imagined, and she deserves the best. More than I could ever give, that much is true.

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Release Day Blitz & Review: To Nurture & Kill by E.M. Markoff!


Title: To Nurture & Kill

Series: Ellderet Tale, #1

Author: E.M. Markoff

Audience: Adult

Genre: Epic Dark Fantasy

Formarts: E-Book and Paperback

Cover Artwork: [Pink Pigeon Studio]

Release Date: April 22, 2017

To Nurture & Kill Synopsis:


Eutau Vidal owed nothing to anyone and lived his life as he wanted. But then his sister died, leaving her newborn son Kira in his care, and everything changed. The Purging sweeps on, spreading misery across the Land of Moenda as the Ascendancy wages its war of extermination against the Deadbringers. Now, torn between a promise to his dying sister and the desire to regain his freedom, Eutau struggles to care for his young nephew even as the babe begins to manifest dark powers of the most dangerous kind.

To Nurture & Kill is a tale of love and loss, the story of one man’s search for meaning amid the ashes of war. It is a standalone prequel to The Deadbringer, the first book in The Ellderet Series.



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This was my second read by Markoff and I just can’t believe such a short thing made as much damage to my being as it did. It was captivating from the very first page and it managed to do the unthinkable: It made me forget about ACOTAR/ACOMAF as I read it. (I haven’t been able to read anything due to the release of ACOWAR that has me thinking about nothing else.) Markoff has what feels like an effortless ability to help you immerse yourself in her words, and nothing else. It also made me realize just how much I missed Markoff’s ruthless world and incredibly badass characters.
This novella follows Kira’s uncle, Eutau, who I’ve grown to love even more (and hate at times) thanks to this. We see a character development in him that had me tearing up at so many places from the overwhelming pride that invaded every part of me. There were a bunch of times where I just wanted to hug him and let him know he was not alone.
I always love a guy’s POV, especially when there is a baby in the mix. Because of that, this plot line made me super happy to explore. I also can’t praise Markoff enough for the subtle diversity she incorporated into it. It wasn’t shouting at my face at every turn, it was just a fact, and we easily moved on with the plot. In my opinion, this is EXACTLY what all authors should do when it comes to diversity, instead of having it be the main focus. It should be treated as a normality, because that’s what it is… I am forever grateful for this, Eileen!
Anyway, back to a lighter topic: I can’t believe Kira’s power still manages to amaze me with every glance I get of it. I want it all for myself but I guess I can live vicariously through him. I grew even more protective of these two than I already was from The Deadbringer.
This novella is divided into three parts and I was crying like an inconsolable baby as soon as that third one slapped me in the face.
This title is, by far, one of my absolute favorites! Markoff can do no wrong and I will recommend her words forever! (I’ll just have Kira bring me back from the dead so I can fulfill my promise.) I can’t wait for the next installment of this amazing world!

5/5 stars!


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(A note from the author) Music is dear to me. Just like I can’t imagine a life without books, I can’t imagine a life without music. It motivates me in so many ways, and it is vital to my writing since it helps set the mood and excites the writing muse. The songs chosen for the To Nurture & Kill playlist were what I listened to over and over again as I wrote. The songs are in order and can be played while reading. Or read the book first and then listen to the playlist and have fun assigning the song to the story 😉

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E.M. Markoff is a Latina writer who was raised on a steady diet of Mexican folklore, anime, Roger Corman’s Edgar Allan Poe films, and unrestricted access to comics and books. Growing up, she spent many days exploring her hometown cemetery, where her love of all things dark began.

Upon coming of age, she decided to pursue a career as a microbiologist, where she spent a few years channeling her inner mad scientist. Despite enjoying her time in a lab coat, she always had a love of writing short stories and so, one day, she set the first word to paper and never looked back.

Currently, with the aid of her feline companion, she is working on the second novel in The Ellderet Series.

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Review & Giveaway: Under the Bleachers by K.K. Allen!



One kiss can change everything.

Fun and flirty Monica Stevens lives for chocolate, fashion, and boys … in that order. And she doesn’t take life too seriously, especially when it comes to dating. When a night of innocent banter with Seattle’s hottest NFL quarterback turns passionate, she fears that everything she once managed to protect will soon be destroyed.

Seattle’s most eligible bachelor, Zachary Ryan, is a workaholic by nature, an undercover entrepreneur, and passionate about the organizations he supports. He’s also addicted to Monica, the curvy brunette with a sassy mouth—and not just because she tastes like strawberries and chocolate. She’s as challenging as she is decadent, as witty as she is charming, and she’s the perfect distraction from the daily grind.

While Monica comes to a crossroads in her life, Zachary becomes an unavoidable obstacle, forcing her to stop hiding under the bleachers and confront the demons of her past. But as their connection grows stronger, she knows it only brings them closer to their end.

It’s time to let go.

To have a future, we must first deal with our pasts. But what if the two are connected?




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“What I’m looking for is a way to accept my past, because until I do, I won’t be able to accept my future.”
This was my second read by K.K. Allen and I loved it! I was super excited to dive back into the world of these characters especially since a few of my all time favorite characters, Chloe and Gavin, made appearances from ‘Up in the Treehouse.’
This book is told in dual POV and it follows Monica, Chloe’s friend, and Zachary, an NFL Quarterback. I really enjoyed Monica’s humor and flirtatious ways. I loved how she was different than other main characters. She’s actively NOT looking for a relationship and won’t be easily thrown into one. I admired her independence and unapologetic attitude. I also loved witnessing her at her worst because it proved to me just how well rounded of a character she was. She kept so many secrets about her past that I couldn’t sympathize with her until they were forced into the spotlight. She may have been an adult when we met her but she did a lot of growing throughout the chapters.
And Zachary, oh man. What can I say about him that I haven’t already said about every other male character? He stole my heart, as I knew he would. His sensitivity and resilience astounded me to no end. I absolutely loathed how he was treated at various stages of his life, but the fact that his heart of gold remained intact throughout it all, had me drooling with pride. He kept bringing tears to my eyes whenever his feelings would get hurt since I took every blow personally. In my mind, he deserved to be treated with adoration, respect, and everything nice. So much so, that at some points, I didn’t think Monica was right for him.
One of the things I love about Allen, is that her characters are always so… full. They feel so real that they always leave me with a sense of fulfillment that is rare to find in other books. As a reviewer, I try to purposely figure out things I don’t like about characters, but it’s the most difficult thing to do when reading Allen’s books. For example, I thought I disliked Monica, but as it turns out, I was only fooling myself. As soon as I witnessed the reasons behind the actions that pissed me off, my respect for her only grew. Also, as a reviewer, I love to be proven wrong about my initial reactions and Allen has that down to a T.
Monica’s and Zach’s worlds collide in the most obvious of ways and also, in the most unexpected of ways. Allen had some phenomenal plot twists up her sleeve and they hit me hard. I was in denial for a bit, until I actually saw the aftermath of the explosion that was ‘the whole truth.’ K.K. wove this story so beautifully that I can’t wait until the next installment! I have a slight idea of what characters it will follow next and I am so excited! There are still some loose ends that need to be tied up and I can’t wait to witness them.

4/5 stars!



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Review + $150 Giveaway: Something in the Way by Jessica Hawkins!


Title: Something in the Way

Author: Jessica Hawkins

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Forbidden

Cover Design: RBA Designs : Romantic Book Affairs
Photography: Perrywinkle Photography

Release Date: February 27, 2017



It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken…no matter how hard we tried.


I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.



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“My world had been so dark before her. It worried me how far I’d go to keep that light in my life.”
As soon as I had this ARC in my possession, I dropped everything I was doing in order to start it. It had already overtaken my entire being as soon as the synopsis dropped. Who cares if I was dealing with a headache and needed to go to sleep in order to go to work in a few hours. My heart and mind didn’t care, so I started it immediately and it was the best decision I ever made… for the most part. Since I cried myself to sleep after the last page it was a bittersweet decision more than anything.
This story is a dual POV that follows Lake at age 16, and Manning at age 23. Lake has become one of the most adorable characters I’ve ever read about. She had me laughing so hard and admiring her mind from the very first few pages and that opinion never went away. Her humor alone made me fall in love with her right off the bat and had me invested in her feelings 100%.
Manning stole my heart from the first moment I saw him as well. His tragic background tore at me with all its might and I just wanted to take his pain away so he could smile his sexy smile, and laugh his sexy laugh more often. Their souls were just so beautiful and perfect for each other that I was rooting for them to get together at every turn of the page.
Also, I hate Lake’s sister. I won’t even name her because she doesn’t deserve it. So these sentences are all she’s getting in my review.
I had an immense disliking for myself throughout this story since as I kept reading, I was getting myself that much closer to the end… but I just couldn’t stop. The way Jessica brought their emotions and thoughts to life was staggering. Her writing is so addicting, it pulls at every fiber of your being until you’re entirely consumed and turned into a puppet. The characters have invaded my mind and soul and they’will never get out; They’ve made their home in there and I don’t have the strength to kick them out. I had an anxious, turning-of-the-stomach feeling for the most part of the story. Even though I was giddy with excitement in some moments, the bad feeling never went away. I was completely terrified of whatever Jessica threw their way and it was more than justified. I was NOT ready for that ending and every word kept ripping me apart until I couldn’t take it anymore. I am still in denial about it all. HOW COULD THAT HAVE HAPPENED!?!?! My mind is reeling with theories when usually a book just has it on pause until the second book releases. The theories I have in my mind are killing me and I need to know if they’ll come to light!!
This story was not only a masterpiece because of the flawless execution but because it resonated with me in the most personal way. I grew up in love with an older man and I was transported to the past from the very first word. I was 15 when I started to fall for the guy and that was only a year younger than Lake. Because of our similar experiences, I just wanted to step into the pages and give Lake some advice. I saw that her age and innocence poured into her every action and I wanted to help her grasp the situation more firmly. With that said, she also showed a maturity that’s to be admired.
This is going to be a trilogy and as I am already dying with the first one, I’m immensely terrified of what the other 2 have in store for me. But at the same time, I want them in my hands asap! Jessica has rocked my world and I can’t wait until May 22 for ‘Somebody Else’s Sky’ to come out. That title alone has me shaking my head at all the pain that it is to come my way.
“You can’t move the stars. Manning and I were inevitable.”

6/5 stars!






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Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.



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Release Day Blitz: Ex-Con serial by Katana Collins!


~BOOK 1~


Worse than bad. Hotter than hot. These are the bad boys of the Harrison Street Crew, and they answer to no one. They take what they want. And what they want is you.

Ex-convict Shane McGill is as rugged and wild as they come. Bad to the bone and back on the streets, he’ll do anything and say anything to survive. Even if that something means joining the one car club he had worked so hard to avoid. But there’s one person out there who can match him toe-to-toe…the hot mechanic pin-up doll of a woman with the body of a goddess and tomboy attitude would even give him a chance.



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~BOOK 2~


Charlize “Charlie” Wakeman fixes cars and doesn’t suffer fools. But when the hot as hell ex-convict Shane McGill enters her mechanic shop, she can’t resist one wild night with him. It was just meant to be a fling…the wildest, most thrilling fling of her life. But Shane’s too ruthless, too bad to ignore, and Charlie can’t stop herself from coming back for more.



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~BOOK 3~


Shane McGill learned one thing from prison—if you get a second chance, don’t screw it up. Shane doesn’t regret a single second of his life once he’s found Charlie. She’s the happiest, hottest, most important thing to happen to him. But as tensions rise in the Harrison Street Crew, his relationship with Charlie takes on a new level of heat, and danger…



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Katana Collins grew up in a lot of different places. She has called PA, NC, GA, FL and NY all her home. Pretty much in that order, too. Her dream was to always be an author. A photographer. A teacher. A veterinarian. A dolphin trainer. A ballerina. And an actress. She’s proud to say that a few of these even came true.

Katana attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where she took only one writing class–but it was the class that changed the course of her life forever. One amazing professor and one semester later, she emerged with a new set of skills and was finally able to develop what was always a passion into that of a career. Or in Katana’s case, one of many careers. She showed up her first day of undergrad in overalls and flip flops…and graduated in a strapless silk dress and a pair of Manolos. She has never since worn overalls. Though, she does admit to the occasional flip flop.

Katana’s “double life” entails photographing portraits (boudoir and glamour portraits, pet portraits and baby/kids/family photographs). Katana currently lives in Brooklyn, NY as a newlywed with her husband and two rescue dogs…one mastiff and one chihuahua.

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Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Obsidian Sky by Amy Braun!