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Triplicity : Review + Giveaway!

One thing that I love is mystery and romance. (Wow. Shocker.) So when I see a book that offers both of them, I jump on it. Triplicity by J. Mercer is a good example. The description of it immediately drew me in, which you can read below. 

J. Mercer
Publication date: January 6th 2019
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Young Adult

One week on an Alaskan cruise, three teens, and an endless trail of lies.

Enter a series of thefts on board and they all fall under scrutiny. Though Navy acts a proper preacher’s daughter, she did end up with someone else’s purse in her hands, and Jesse knows way more than he should about what’s gone missing. Isaiah, however, is the one with motive—enough money and he could get back to his ranch. Each holds a piece of the truth, but exposing the thief could damn them all. They must navigate through the lies they’ve told, choose between standing together or saving themselves, and decide if innocence is worth facing their ugliest secrets.

*For readers of Kasie West and Jenny Han.*

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            Interesting, right? It gave me high hopes for the book. But, did it meet it’s expectations? Not 100%. While a good book, It definitely didn’t make it onto my favorite reads list. 

          The book swims around three point of views – Navy, Jesse, and Isaiah. And out of those characters, only one of them were truly likeable (to me, at least.) And that was Jesse! While he wasn’t perfect, like most people, I truly did feel for him. Oh be still my beating heart. Neither Navy nor Isaiah deserved to be around him. (#TeamJesseDeservesBetter.) 

          Despite all of that, the plot itself was definitely interesting. Though I tried my hardest while reading, I wasn’t able to figure out who the thief was until the end reveal. (And I pride myself on things like this, smh.) And one thing I can say about that is this – it frustrated me to no end. It wasn’t the thief themselves that frustrated me, but rather the circumstances around it. I know I just said I didn’t like Navy, but #NavyDeservesBetter.

         And the final thing. The thing that I was excited for the most : the Romance. The romance in this book is in summary a weirdly complicated love triangle. And might I say, kind of annoying. Jesse and Isaiah “battle it out” for Navy’s affections (and the chance to take her first kiss) and instead of loving it, I rolled my eyes instead. It was all very predictable. When I read Navy’s point of view I wanted to hear about Jesse, when I read Isaiah’s point of view I wanted to hear about Jesse, and when I read Jesse’s point of view I wanted him to stay very far away from everyone and *gasp* be happy. 

       Overall, I did enjoy the book and it wasn’t a chore to pick it up and read.

                     My Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

              Keep reading to learn about the author and enter a *giveaway*!


Author Bio:

J. Mercer grew up in Wisconsin where she walked home from school with her head in a book, filled notebooks with stories in junior high, then went to college for accounting and psychology only to open a dog daycare. She wishes she were an expert linguist, is pretty much a professional with regards to competitive dance hair (bunhawk, anyone?), and enjoys exploring with her husband–though as much as she loves to travel, she’s also an accomplished hermit. Perfect days include cancelled plans, rain, and endless hours to do with what she pleases. Find her on Facebook @jmercerbooks or online at


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2018 Year In Review

Hi there! Long time no see! I know I haven’t posted a lot lately (that’s an understatement.) But now I’m here, in the new year, ready to change that!

In my last reading update, I told you guys that I was going to change my reading goal to something larger. And I did that! My final reading goal for 2018 was 90 books! Even better, I beat that! In 2018, I read 100 whole books!
While a few were comics and not actual “books” I decided to keep them. Because I don’t care what anybody says, comics actually have a lot of words. And of course I only counted full volumes, not individual issues.

Anyways, one thing I love about New Years is tracking my firsts.From the first song I listened to (New Year’s Day by Taylor Swift), to the first movie I watched (Crazy Rich Asians) I love tracking them all! And while I haven’t read my first book for 2019 yet, I can definitely tell you my first read of 2018! And that book was … Brooding YA Hero by Carrie Ann DiRisio! This book I had actually started in 2017, and continued into the new year. Brooding YA Hero is based off of twitter account @broodingYAhero, a fun satire of classic YA. A three out of five star read, it’s definitely full of laughs!

And since you know my first book of 2018, I guess that means you have to learn my last! My final read of 2018 was Aquaman, Volume 2: Black Manta Rises by Dan Abnett. Another three star read, it wasn’t too shabby. I enjoyed the AquaMera content. (Also known as one of DC’s best couples.) And the storyline was definitely interesting. With certain ridiculous plot points that were simply there to cause drama/tension taken out (I’m looking at you, Mera/Prophecy!) this definitely could’ve been a four star read! But alas, it just wasn’t meant to be. But on to more interesting things …

My end of year reading challenge/tag thing. I’m never sure what to call it, honestly.

  1. Best Book You Read in 2018

Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi! Though this spot is technically supposed to go to “solo book” I don’t care. A wonderful series written by a wonderful author filled with wonderful characters! Do you ever check out a book from the library, open the book to the first page, and immediately place a hold on the next book in the series because you know it’s going to be amazing and you don’t want to wait for the second book? That was me when I read this. There’s something so enchanting about Taherah’s writing that you can’t help and stop everything to keep reading it. While The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer almost got this spot, I had to give it to Shatter Me if not all because of Kenji Kishimoto (I love you, Kenji.)

                2. Book You Can’t Believe You Waited Until 2018 To Read

The Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin! While quite a number of books could be given this spot, I gave it to Mara Dyer just because I love it so much. This series is … amazing, heartbreaking, romantic, and angsty. With a definite emphasis on angsty. As I read the final page of the final book, with tears rolling down my face (i’m not exaggerating) I thought to myself “This is one of my new favorite series of all time.” There was just something so addicting about the feeling of sadness I had in my heart while I read those books. I don’t care if you don’t like angst. I don’t care if you don’t like crying. I don’t care if you don’t like YA. Read this.

                3. Best 2018 Debut You Read

Your Destination Is On The Left by Lauren Spieller! While this wasn’t one of my favorite reads of 2018, it was definitely my favorite Debut! It was cute, and certainly enjoyable. With a main focus on family instead of romance (a nice change for once) the book isn’t set … anywhere. The main character lives with her family in an RV travelling around the states. I wasn’t exactly able to relate to a lot of what Dessa, the main character, was going through but I still liked it!

             4.  Worst Book You Read in 2018

Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar. I certainly expected a lot from this book, from it being adapted into one of the most iconic CW shows ever, but it didn’t deliver. At all. Honestly, I don’t remember much but some bits where Serena and Blair both act equally annoying. If you want to read this book because you love the TV show so much and want more, I suggest you don’t. It simply isn’t worth it. Though the book does remain on my bookshelf, but out of loyalty to the TV show – not the book.

            5. Best Comic You Read in 2018

Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More. By Kelly Sue DeConnick. With Captain Marvel being my favorite superhero, it really isn’t a big surprise that I chose this volume for this slot. Showing the attitude, strength, and humor of the Carol Danvers that we all learned to love – this is a definite must read for anyone who wants to get into Captain Marvel .

…. And that’s 2018! Happy New Years and here to a (hopefully) happy, well read 2019!


Tainted Blog Tour + Giveaway


Amanda Cowen
(Wyatt #1)
Publication date: June 22nd 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Rhys Wyatt is as arrogant as he is beautiful, and Ivy Bishop has been infatuated with him forever. The night Ivy makes her move, it ends horribly, leaving her utterly heartbroken.

Three years later, Ivy is dating Blaine Wyatt; Rhys’s loving and tender younger brother. With Rhys and their past somewhat out of her mind, everything about her relationship with Blaine seems perfect. But when Blaine leaves Ivy alone all summer; neither of them anticipated Rhys to return, or him and Ivy to be stuck living under the same roof…

Rhys never believed Ivy would be all grown up and everything he’s ever wanted – gorgeous, perfectly alluring, and an infuriatingly tempting beauty he has to keep his hands off of. But the more they try to resist each other, the more intense their urges become, until one night changes everything, and Wyatt brothers will never be the same.

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Author Bio:

Amanda Cowen can be found eating cupcakes, singing off-key, or watching a good RomCom when she isn’t trapped on her computer writing stories. She is an “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” fanatic, a hater of roller-coasters and a country music junkie. She lives in Thunder Bay, ON where the summers are short and the winters are long.

Amanda would love to hear from her readers. Become a fan on Facebook, follow her on Instagram @authoramandacowen, or follow her on Goodreads.

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Ten Fun Facts with Katy Regnery + Fragments of Ash Giveaway


Fragments of Ash
Katy Regnery
(A Modern Fairytale #7)
Publication date: October 1st 2018
Genres: Fairy Tales, Romance, Adult

From New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery comes a dark and twisted retelling of the beloved fairytale, Cinderella!My name is Ashley Ellis…I was thirteen years old when my mother – retired supermodel, Tig – married Mosier Răumann, who was twice her age and the head of the Răumann crime family. When I turned eighteen, my mother mysteriously died. Only then did I discover the dark plans my stepfather had in store for me all along; the debauched “work” he expected me to do.With the help of my godfather, Gus, I have escaped from Mosier’s clutches, but his twin sons and henchmen have been tasked with hunting me down. And they will stop at nothing to return my virgin body to their father…dead or alive.

** Contemporary Romance. Due to profanity and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.**

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥Fragments of Ash is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection: contemporary, standalone romances inspired by beloved fairy tales.The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) – available now

Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) – available now Ginger’s Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) – available now Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) – available now Don’t Speak (The Little Mermaid) – available now Sheer Heaven (Rapunzel) – available now Fragments of Ash (Cinderella) – coming October 1, 2018 Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) – coming soon

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Sounds interesting! But we’ve always got to remember – the books we read wouldn’t be a reality without the writers. Keep reading to learn 10 Fun Facts and more about the talented writer of Fragments of Ash, Katy Regnery!

If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?

For my children to live long, healthy, happy lives.

Name your favorite fruit.


Coffee or tea?


Favorite season?


How about favorite time of the day?


Favorite food for breakfast?

Peanut butter and jelly on an English muffin.

What is the latest book you’ve bought and read?

I have a lot of ARCs on my Kindle, but I didn’t buy them. Hmm. The last book I bought and read for myself was The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata. AND. I> LOVED. IT.

Do you have a favorite quote or personal motto?

Be kinder than necessary.

Cats or dogs?


Favorite Swear Word?

Fuck. Definitely. Fuck.

Author Bio:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract, and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013. Forty books later, Katy claims authorship of the multititled New York Times and USA Today bestselling Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other stand-alone novels and novellas, including the critically-acclaimed, 2018 RITA© nominated, USA Today bestselling contemporary romance, Unloved, a love story.Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, became a New York Times e-book bestseller. Katy’s books are available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Turkish. Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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Love You S’more Review + Giveaway

                   WARNING: The following book is apart of a series, and since the review will obviously contain spoilers (I can’t help myself), I suggest you read that series first.

 ** This Review May Contain Spoilers **
       I honestly wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. I thought it was going to be really cheesy and just dull but it was actually quite interesting. I mean Gigi – AMAZING character development. She went through serious issues after being accused of separating one of the royal family members with Perry Gilman. Despite it being untrue, it destroyed the beginning of the most significant point of her fashion career and hurt her friendship with Jamie. Now almost six months later, Gigi is engaged to a Count in England named Gideon, which is completely shocking.
     Perry is busy with broadway and has a hit musical. I was surprised to find that they weren’t together! In this book, Gigi realizes she doesn’t want to give up her fashion side. This leads to the opportunity of a lifetime! Being in charge of the design for the Met Ball this year. With Perry and Gigi both finally at the height of their careers – will they realize that they still want to be together?
     I’m not trying to spoil this book completely – so you’re gonna have to read the end yourself. A pretty good read!
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This Is What Happy Looks Like (Sort of?)

YA Romance books could be considered one of my favorite things in the world. I read them, I absorb them, I cry over them, and then I move to the next one. And repeat. The most recent YA Romance book in my never ending cycle happened to be This is What Happy Looks Like, by Jennifer E. Smith.

At first, I wasn’t there for this book. The description seemed promising, but as I read the first few chapters it didn’t seem like it would live up to my hopes. The characters, Graham and Ellie, meet after an accidental email, and continue to email each other. The description calls the following correspondence “witty and unforgettable”. That may be true for the characters, but not for any reader. They hype up the emails and the fact that they don’t know each other – but that part is quickly resolved. They sort of skip over it all, doing a time jump when the first actual scene happens. And not long after that first scene happens, do they meet and find out who each other are.

 But despite the initial fast paced events, I continued to read and I liked it. As a romantic and entertaining novel it didn’t have to work that hard to keep my attention. One disappointment I do have though is the lack of Quinn, Ellie’s best friend. Despite this being a romance book, I expected more than a brush over of Quinn and Ellie’s relationship. It was made up for though, with development in family themes. In short, if you’re looking for a cheesy YA romance book, this one’s for you.

  My Rating: Three Stars

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Check out the cover for this intriguing up and coming book!

Christina Bauer
(Dimension Drift Worlds #2)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: January 29th, 2019
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult

“I have not found an author that I adore the writing style of this much since Jennifer L. Armentrout. The world that this author created was amazing.”Brittany’s Book Reviews 

A prequel novella to the new series from USA Today’s ‘must read YA paranormal romance’ author, Christina Bauer.

One day, eighteen-year-old Thorne will be the Emperor of the Omniverse, the single being who rules countless worlds. Trouble is, his father Cole–who’s also the current Emperor–is a sadistic freak.In fact, Cole won’t even keep his promises to the very humans who got him his throne.Thorne won’t stand for it. He decides to travel to the human world and make good on his father’s promises. What he doesn’t count on is falling in love….“I love how Bauer manages to add some awesome new world building to each of her books.”Woven Magic This new series is perfect for: fans of urban fantasy, action & adventure, cool science, evil corporations, forbidden romance and hot new classmates who may or may not be aliens.Dimension Drift Worlds1. Dimension Drift (April 2018)2. Umbra (Winter 2019)Dimension Drift1.Alien Minds (Spring 2019)2. ECHO Academy (Spring 2020)More series from author Christina Bauer: Beholder (YA Dark Fantasy), Angelbound (YA Urban Fantasy) and Fairy Tales of the Magicorum (YA Urban Fantasy)

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                 Sounds interesting! What do you guys think? I really like the cover, honestly. It reminds me of the fantasy books I used to be so obsessed with. (Used to? Honestly, still am.) Anyways, check out the bad-ass author who wrote this! And below this, there may or may not be a giveaway…

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes.Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.Website / Facebook / Twitter / Blog / Instagram / LinkedIn


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Christina Bauer
(Angelbound Origins, #1.5)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: January 30th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

***An action-packed novella from Prince Lincoln’s point of view***

When it comes to fighting demons, Prince Lincoln is the greatest warrior in the history of his people, the thrax. Now Lincoln faces his hardest fight yet…and it’snot on a traditional battlefield.

Lincoln wants nothing more than to marry Myla Lewis, the part-demon girl who has captured his heart. However, an evil thrax noble—the powerful Earl of Acca—is prepared to do anything to stop Lincoln and Myla from having a future.

But Lincoln won’t give up on his Myla. Ever.

To fight Aldred, Lincoln works to create a different kind of marriage—an Alliance of the lesser thrax houses against Acca. Sadly, just as Lincoln starts to makes some progress, the nobles who’ve joined his Alliance begin to vanish. Is Aldred behind the disappearances, or is someone else vying for power? When Lincoln discovers the truth, it upends his entire world, threatening his future with Myla in ways no one could ever have imagined.

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Author Bio:

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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BOOK BLITZ! The Dociles by Valerie Puri

The Dociles
Valerie Puri
Publication date: July 12th 2018
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult

Walls are meant to keep the monsters out…

Deep in the forest there is a wall where no wall should be. Behind it live the people of the Commune, the last remnant of human kind.

Jennie Caraway has lived behind the wall her entire life, certain that it protects her and her brother from the lemerons, ravenous undead monsters whose only desire is to kill – and feed.

Jennie’s peaceful existence is shattered when she uncovers a secret organization whose purpose threatens to destroy not only Jennie, but her entire world. The Order has a deadly mission, and they will stop at nothing to see it completed.

Jennie and those closest to her must expose the evil truth before they are killed – or worse.

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The ranger had feared he might risk encountering a lemeron that night; anyone who came too close to one rarely lived to tell the tale. The torrential rains and the intense darkness had made it nearly impossible for him to see. As he ventured through the blackness, finding his way with his outstretched hands, he couldn’t shake the feeling something bad was about to happen.

That’s when the lightning began, giving him intermittent visibility. He saw the skeletal figure stagger forward becoming visible through the heavy rain. The blotchy-grey flesh of the lemeron sagged from its bones and hung like ill-fitting clothing. It released a guttural moan causing the ranger to go rigid.

When he saw the lemeron approaching him, the ranger turned and hurried in a new direction, one perpendicular to his previous course. After putting some distance between himself and the monster, the ranger took care to disguise himself in the underbrush growing beneath a tall tree. He gazed in the direction he had just come from to see if the lemeron followed him. The loud pounding of his heart in his ears made him aware of its rapid pace. He tried to slow his heart rate if only to hear better, but it was to no avail.

He was startled by a crack behind him, the sound of a stick breaking underfoot. His fear turned to terror as he felt a boney hand seize his left arm. As the ranger spun around, the firm grip tightened, and sharp fingernails pierced his skin. The blood drained from his face at the sight. He was staring into the grey, sagging face of a lemeron.

He struggled and tried to pull away from the monster, but the action only made it clench tighter, its fingernails digging deeper and deeper into his arm. The cloudy, yellow eyes of the lemeron were wide and hungry. Its green lips parted, exposing blackened teeth. It lunged at him with its fully bared teeth.

The ranger was certain he would die in that moment. He frantically grabbed for the dagger hanging from his belt, his trembling fingers wrapped around the cold handle. He drew the blade from its sheath and instinctively swung it upward. His attack cut diagonally through the lemeron’s chest, sending it stumbling backward, but it was not enough for the monster to release him. Brown, congealed blood oozed from the rotting flesh. The ranger raised his dagger high above his head, and with all his strength, brought the blade down. His aim was good, and the small blade sliced through the monster’s wrist, severing the hand, thus releasing the ranger from its grasp. A crackling groan escaped from its throat, not from pain – lemerons feel no pain – but from anger.

The ranger ran mindlessly through the darkness, stumbling over the tangle of slippery roots covering the forest floor. He had to put as much distance between himself and the lemeron as possible. He smashed into a tree, not noticing it was in his path. Searing pain exploded through his left shoulder, and a rush of warm liquid ran down his arm. It must be my blood, he thought. His arm felt like it was on fire, but he could not stop to tend to it. He could hear the beast crashing through the underbrush behind him.

His head pounded, his heart raced, adrenalin surged through his veins, and his muscles begged him to stop running. Suddenly he slammed into something massive. The force of the impact knocked him on his back and the air rushed from his lungs. Dazed, he lay on the soaked ground while the freezing raindrops battered his face. He remained horizontal and motionless until he was able to recover his breath and regain control of his limbs.

The ranger stood up and reached his hand out in front of him to feel what had stopped him. The oppressive night was growing ever darker as the storm raged; he could barely see his hand in front of his face. He touched something smooth and hard – it felt like stone. Lightning ripped across the sky in a spider web of brilliant streaks. In the prolonged flash, the ranger saw a stone wall extending as far as he could see in either direction.

He was trapped. His only options were to go backward or to go forward. Behind him was the lemeron, and in front of him was a wall four times the height of a man. Frantically, he felt the surface with his hands and discovered crevices large enough to use as footholds where the large stones met. Quickly making his decision, he climbed the wall not knowing what he would find on the other side.

Author Bio:

Valerie Puri has always had a lifelong interest in all forms of artistic expression. She has tried her hand at many things, yet she always found her way back to reading and writing. With inspiration everywhere, she finally put pen to paper (or rather, fingers to keyboard) with the intent of publishing her stories.

Writing has always come naturally to Valerie, and for a time she even worked as a technical writer. She continues to hone her skills by having at least one writing project in the works at any given time. Her true passion lies in the freedom that comes with writing the stories that pour from her imagination and real life inspiration.

Valerie believes that the experiences we have in life are just stories waiting to be written.

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BOOK BLITZ! The Boyfriend Whisperer by Linda Budzinski


The Boyfriend Whisperer
Linda Budzinski
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: November 15th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

As President and CEO of Boyfriend Whisperer Enterprises, Lexi Malloy is Grand View High School’s undercover Cupid. One problem: She’s stuck in the friend zone when it comes to her own crush, Chris Broder. She and Chris have been best friends since the third grade, and he doesn’t even seem to realize she’s is a member of the opposite sex.

When pretty and popular cheerleader Lindsay LaRouche hires Lexi to whisper Chris, she has to decide whether to place her commitment to her company—and Chris’s happiness—before herself.

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I crank up Mumford & Sons on my iPod and pull up the Boyfriend Whisperer Enterprises files on my tablet. With Valentine’s ten days away, I need to plot out some big moves for my clients.

I start with Jolene. I watched Brendon staring at her this afternoon during the pep rally. He’s falling hard. No need to play it subtle. He likes spicy food, so Red Hots are an obvious choice, in a heart-shaped tin. What should the card say? Something super flirty. “Let’s heat it up on Valentine’s.” No … “spice it up.” I jot that down and move on to my next client.

Just as I’m picking out a sweet YouTube link I want her to send her BF-to-be, Coach Reilly pulls my earbud out and scares me half to death.

“Malloy! I’m talking to you. What are you working on?”

I slam my tablet shut. “What? Homework. Sorry. What do you need?”

She shoves my backpack to the floor and plops down beside me. “Let’s talk about tomorrow. We’re expecting scouts from all over. Rumor has it someone from U Conn might even turn up.”

She pauses as if to gauge my reaction, so I force a smile. “U Conn? Wow. That’s great.”

She leans in. “There’ll be a lot of buzz in that arena. Parents, coaches, other players. They’ll all be talking about the scouts and about you and your future. Here’s the thing: You need to ignore them.”

“Ignore them.”

“Exactly. You have one job tomorrow, and that’s to play the best game Alexis Malloy knows how to play. Run, pass, shoot, rebound. That’s it. The rest is static. Ignore the static.”

“Got it. Static.”

Coach furrows her brow. “You nervous?”

“Maybe a little.”

She pats my arm as she stands. “A little nervousness is good. You’ve got this, Malloy. You can do it.”

I smile and slump back into my seat. The fact is, I’m not at all nervous. I only said that so she wouldn’t launch into a lecture about being too cocky. She’s forever vacillating between warning me not to be too nervous and not to be too cocky, when in reality, I’m neither. The truth is, when it comes to college scouts, I just wish they’d leave me alone.


Author Bio:

My young adult novels, EM & EM (2015) and THE FUNERAL SINGER (2013), were both published by Swoon Romance YA. My upcoming novel, THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER, scheduled for publication in fall of 2016 by Swoon, received the Romance Writers of America Young Adult Chapter’s 2015 Rosemary Award and the Virginia Chapter’s 2015 Fool for Love Award.

I live in Northern Virginia with my husband, Joe, and our feisty chihuahua, Demitria (also known as Dee Dee, The Puppy, and Killer). I’m a sucker for romance and reality TV and have been known to turn off my phone’s ringer when watching “The Bachelor.”

My favorite flower is the daisy, my favorite food is chocolate, and my favorite song is “Amazing Grace.”

When I’m not writing, I work in nonprofit management. I’m represented by the amazing Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger Inc.

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