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Giving Up the Ghost, by S.A. Price

Giving Up the Ghost, by S.A. Price
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Hot and tantalizing, Giving up the Ghost serves up steamy romance and a vengeful twist that made me shudder. –Trisha Wolfe, author of Fireblood

Rhys Bellamy is the front man for the wildly successful 13 Shades of Red, a band hailing from New Orleans that is just a bit more then they appear. He’s sexy, caustic and on a path of self destruction that has everything to do with the fact that he can speak to the dead. A man hounded by the death of his fiancée, Rhys is a lothario of the highest caliber. His life, his band, and his agony celebrates his lost love, Phaedra, and it has made him a very popular man with the ladies, even if they will never mean anything to him. Too bad Phaedra has never and will never contact him.

When the band’s first US tour meets with some unforeseen management issues, Saffron Richards is brought in to take care of it. A veteran of the business, Saffron knows all about Rhys and his reputation and doesn’t want to become another notch on his belt. Too bad fate has it in for the both of them, and gives them an attraction neither can deny.

But life on the road with an up and coming band has its problems, from bosses to groupies to just plain old flat tires. And Phaedra, who has been watching from the mists and reveling in the misery of her lost lover doesn’t want to see him happy. Being together is harder than it sounds, especially when Phaedra crosses the veils on All Hallows Eve to reignite the love that Saffron has set to ash in Rhys. And Phaedra is not giving him up without a fight. Not because she loves him, but because she doesn’t ever want him to forget.

WARNING: This book contains an egotistical rockstar, a tough as nails tour manager, magic, mayhem, a witchy boss and her demon of a boyfriend and a ghost that cant let go. It is intended for reader 17 and over.

Giving Up the Ghost, by S.A. Price
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Finding Never (Never say Never), by C.M. Stunich

Finding Never (Never say Never), by C.M. Stunich
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Never say Never Trilogy: Book Two. Book One, Tasting Never, is available now!
*****SALE: To celebrate the release of book three on March 2nd, this book and its sequel will be on sale for 99 cents this week only!”Tell me, Never, do you still love him?”Never Ross and Ty McCabe have come a long way – but they can’t stop now. Their pasts are still there, ready to sweep over and consume them if they don’t confront them. A visit to Never’s family seems like the first logical step, but will it make things better or worse? And what about Noah Scott? Ty is Never’s tortured other half, but can he also be the healing balm that she so desperately needs? With McCabe’s past still a virtual unknown, Never is going to have to make more than one decision capable of breaking both their hearts.

“Ty has changed; I have changed, and things are not always what they seem.”

***Enjoy adult contemporary romance? Look for C.M. Stunich’s new release, Broken Pasts, available now. “You can’t escape your past by running from it.”

FINDING NEVER EXCERPT:

“Before you say whatever it is that you’re going to say, can I show you something?” he asks as the fog of his breath tangles and dances with mine in the crisp winter air.
“Ty, you don’t – ”
He cuts me off.
“Please.” He says the word like it’s a question, but it’s not. He’s not asking my permission. Ty is telling me that he’s going to show me whether I like it or not, so I better be ready for it. “I need to show you how much you rock my f*cking world.” And then Ty is kissing me hot and hungry, down my neck and back up again. He’s biting my lip and making me bleed, brushing his lips across the beating pulse in my neck, the one that throbs like crazy when he’s around.
“Ty, stop,” I say because we’re on a playground for God’s sake, but he doesn’t. He doesn’t stop. He adjusts my wrists so that he’s holding them with one hand, and although I probably could fight him if I wanted to, I don’t. I don’t want him to stop, not now, not ever.

Finding Never (Never say Never), by C.M. Stunich
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Never Too Far, by Abbi Glines

Never Too Far, by Abbi Glines
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The story that started with the New York Times Bestseller FALLEN TOO FAR continues…

Rush withheld a secret that had destroyed her world.

Her entire life had all been a lie.

Blaire couldn’t stop loving him but she knew she could never forgive him.

Now, she was back home and learning to live again. Moving on with life… until something happened to send her world spinning once again.

What do you do when the one person you can never trust again is the one that you need to trust so desperately?

You lie, hide, avoid, and pray that your sins never find you out.

Never Too Far, by Abbi Glines
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To Know You Is To Love You (If I Never Knew You), by Aubrey Bailey

To Know You Is To Love You (If I Never Knew You), by Aubrey Bailey
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Flash forward twenty years after the Madison is rescued from her abusive boyfriend by Orion, they now have a twenty-year-old son, Noah, and a sixteen-year-old daughter, Riley. Now it is Riley’s turn to deal with her own problems at Kennewa High School. With the help from her friends and family, will she be able to balance her time between her successful band, The Valentinas, and the school play she is writing? Will she be able to choose between her current boyfriend, Preston, and her long-time friend, Landon?
When shady figures from her parents’ past re-emerge, Riley’s life is thrown into a tailspin of danger and emotion. The pressure from her record company and writing her school’s play begin to weigh her down, badly. Will her family and friends be able to help her along the way, or will she have to save herself?
Or will she make it safely out of high school at all?

To Know You Is To Love You (If I Never Knew You), by Aubrey Bailey
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The Cirque, by Ryann Kerekes

The Cirque, by Ryann Kerekes
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A good girl trying to find herself.
A troubled boy running from his past.
The seductive allure of the cirque.
One summer that will change them both forever …

Eighteen-year-old ballerina Ariel is determined to experience life outside the dance studio. She auditions for the cirque on a whim, and though ballet training didn’t prepare her for dodging knives, she refuses to flinch and wins the spot of target girl alongside Gabriel, the mysterious knife-thrower. There’s something unmistakably dangerous yet tempting about Gabriel’s crystal blue eyes and tattoos. She’s determined to solve the mystery of his past after learning he’s on the run from the law. Especially since the distraction is just what she needs to avoid admitting to her parents she was dismissed from her ballet contract.

The more she learns about Gabriel, the scars on his body, the foster homes he grew up in, and his fascination with knives, she knows she should run the other way, but that boy’s like crack, oh so bad for you, yet addicting as hell. When he’s arrested and forced to deal with his past, she has to choose between putting her own life back together and dealing with her parents, or taking a chance on Gabriel, as no one else has.

The Cirque, by Ryann Kerekes
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Sometimes Never, by Cheryl McIntyre

Sometimes Never, by Cheryl McIntyre
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Hope didn’t have the best role model when it came to relationships. She’s content with her current no-strings-attached extracurricular activity with the lead singer of her band. She’s never believed in love and commitment.

Mason starts his eighth school in five years anticipating nothing more than the usual—boring classes, fighting more than making friends, and girls happily willing to succumb to his easy smile. He’s never put much stock into love at first sight—until he sees her.

Regardless of their painful pasts, Hope and Mason discover that sometimes never can become forever.

This is a mature young adult romance. Recommended for 17+ due to sensitive subject material, harsh language, and sexual situations.

Sometimes Never, by Cheryl McIntyre
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True Love Story, by Willow Aster

True Love Story, by Willow Aster
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Sparrow Fisher is transforming. No longer dressed up in antiquated clothes and ideals, she is finally trying on her freedom.

Before she moves to New York City, she meets Ian Sterling, a musician Sparrow has dreamed about since she first saw him. The attraction is instant, but their relationship isn’t so simple.

Over a five year span, Sparrow and Ian run into each other in unusual places. Each time, Sparrow has to decide if she can trust him, if he feels the same for her, and finally, if love is really enough.

True Love Story, by Willow Aster
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A Terrible Love, by Marata Eros

A Terrible Love, by Marata Eros
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Jess Mackey is living a meticulously fabricated lie of necessity. She’s left the secret tragedy of her past behind along with who she was and is forging ahead with a clean slate. Jess soon discovers that passion can’t be left behind; her own and that of the one man that sees who she really is. Whose presence caresses her soul in a way that may breach the peaceful life Jess has made for herself.

Devin Castile sees a young woman that is the missing puzzle piece to his existence and who is also the victim to a heinous crime. Devin convinces himself that he can remain emotionally distant even while indulging his physical desire for her. When the lies that Jess has made crumble before their attraction and the truth is revealed, one of them might pay with their life… or their very being.

Due to sexual content, language and violence, this book is recommended for 17+ – New Adult -Contemporary Women’s Fiction.

A Terrible Love, by Marata Eros
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If You Stay (Beautifully Broken), by Courtney Cole

If You Stay (Beautifully Broken), by Courtney Cole
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24-year old Pax Tate is an asshole.

Seriously.

He’s a tattooed, rock-hard bad-boy with a bad attitude to match.
But he’s got his reasons.

His mother died when Pax was seven, leaving a hole in his heart filled with guilt although he doesn’t understand why. What he does know is that he and his dad are left alone and with more issues than they can count.

As Pax grew up, he tried to be the kid his father always wanted; the perfect golden boy, but it didn’t work. His dad couldn’t overcome his grief long enough to notice and Pax couldn’t keep up the impossible perfect façade.
So he slipped far, far from it.

Now, he uses drugs and women to cope with the ugliness, the black void that he doesn’t want to deal with. If he pretends that the emptiness isn’t there, then it isn’t, right?
Wrong.

And it’s never more apparent than when he meets Mila.

Sweet, beautiful Mila Hill is the fresh air to his hardened frown, the beauty to his ugly heart. He doesn’t know how to not hurt her, but he quickly realizes that he’d better figure it out because he needs her to breathe.

When memories of his mother’s death resurface from where he’s repressed them for so long, Mila is there to catch him when the guilt starts making sense. Mila is the one…the one who can save him from his broken troubled heart; from his issues, from the emptiness.

But only if he can stop being an asshole long enough to allow it.

He knows that. And he’s working on it.

But is that enough to make her stay?

**Please note: If You Stay contains mature subject matter such as drug use and sexual situations. It is intended for mature audiences.**

If You Stay (Beautifully Broken), by Courtney Cole
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Tear (A Seaside Novel), by Rachel Van Dyken


Tear (A Seaside Novel), by Rachel Van Dyken
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Life as a teenager is never easy. But for Natalee Murray, things have just gotten way more difficult. Bored with life, she can’t wait to graduate high school and get out of town, especially considering the famous band members from AD2 suddenly start attending her school, making her once boring life, absolutely insane.

It starts with a pen. A single brush of fingers, and she is captivated.

But Alec and Demetri have a dark secret, one that could shatter their reputations and Natalee’s heart. What do you do when one guy paints your life with color while the other infuses your soul with passion? How do you choose when your heart is divided?

*This is a New Adult/Mature YA. Minor swearing and drug usage.

Review (from Amazon):

Five stars – (link here) from “jewels”:
I just finished reading Tear this afternoon. I started it last night and stayed up until 1am because I couldn’t put it down – if I could have kept my eyes open I would have stayed up to finish it. This is definitely a change from all the Regency novels Rachel has put out, but she’s just as good at contemporary. I really enjoyed how she slowly drew out details about Demetri and Alec’s lives and personalities throughout the book. That suspense, not knowing why the boys were truly in Seaside & what was in their past, kept me, as a reader, compelled to keep reading. I really enjoyed the depth of the brothers’ characters, they weren’t just shallow, “bad boy” rockstars. The “love triangle” was definitely reminiscent of other YA series, but she does it with class and even jokes about it within the novel. I did think that the resolution of Natalee’s “parent issues” was too quick and easy. It would have been nice for that sub-plot to have been slowly woven throughout the novel instead of having it all dealt with quickly and easily towards the end of the book. Also, I felt that given Natalee hadn’t even kissed a boy before she met Alec & Demitri – the way their physical relationships quickly progressed seemed perhaps a bit unrealistic, but maybe it was the whole “rockstar” thing. Anyhow, who am I to criticize? I loved reading the book – it was a fun escape for me and I am definitely looking forward to the release of the sequel “Pull”.


Tear (A Seaside Novel), by Rachel Van Dyken
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