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Smoke Drink F*#k by Esme Oliver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screw Eat, Pray Love!

Esme Oliver vows to Smoke, Drink, and Fuck her way to happiness.

Newly-dumped, staring headlong into the barrel of 40, and veering towards a nervous breakdown, Esme heads to Italy for two weeks of carnal excess aimed at distracting from a life that is crumbling all around her.

 

It is there that she meets the much younger Fernando, an Italian stallion who appears to be just the diversion Esme’s looking for. Only problem is they fall in love. Or so Esme thinks.

Based on a true story, Smoke, Drink, Fuck, winner, Best Memoir, of the Southwest Writer’s Competition is the hilarious, outlandish and inspiring story of one fed-up woman’s journey from desperation to liberation.

 

As she finds and loses love, uncovers what it really means to be independent, and discovers why no amount of praying does the trick of one great fuck.

 

 

 

 

 

Smoke Drink F*#K is an interesting exploration of a woman wanting to get lost in life but wanting to escape her current realities only to find that sometimes the escape isn't as great as you would think it is and the way it seems when you first take part of it.

Sometimes it takes hitting bottom to see what's really being buried inside before swimming your way back to the surface.

Smoke Drink F*#k is an interesting well written read.

 

Esme Oliver

 

 

 

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Story Time: Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard

 





 

 

 

 

 

The kids in Room 207 were misbehaving again. Spitballs stuck to the ceiling. Paper planes whizzing through the air. They were the worst-behaved class in the whole school.

So begins this quirky classic, first published in 1977 and still relevant today as a lighthearted reminder to show our appreciation to those we value. The students don’t proffer a shred of respect for their good-natured teacher Miss Nelson, but when the witchy substitute Miss Viola Swamp appears on the scene, they start to regret their own wicked ways. James Marshall’s scritchy, cartoonish full-color ink and wash illustrations are hilarious. A back-to-school perennial!

 

 


 

 

Harry Allard

 

 




 








 

 

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God: A Physical Explanation by Jon Stuen-Parker: The first book to gather supporting evidence for the physical explanation of God. Charles Darwin used golden finch variations as evidence for natural selection. This book uses golden light variations as evidence for the “higher power.”

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Daughter of Nothing: The Scion Chronicles (Book 1) on Kindle

Daughter of Nothing: The Scion Chronicles (Book 1) by Eric Kent Edstrom: The rich and powerful transfer their minds into young clones to achieve immortality. But one clone learns the truth of her fate and leads her friends in a revolt.

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Shaken on Kindle

Shaken by Susan Hatler: In high school, it’s tough enough reading Steinbeck and Shakespeare… now Kylie has to read minds.

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Embrace on Kindle

Embrace by Stacey Rourke: One girl, chosen to be the savior the world needs. But, as malicious forces close in and new threats reveal themselves, Celeste Garrett finds herself asking who she can trust when the darkness surrounds.

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Today Is Too Late on Kindle

Today Is Too Late by Burke Fitzpatrick: Do you like your fantasy a little dark? Enter a new epic series filled with errant knights, dark sorcerers, and monstrous beasts of war. When the heir of a dark empire is born, and destined to die, a reluctant villain will risk everything to save her life.

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Past Tense on Kindle

Past Tense by Malcolm McDonald: Twelve Monkeys’ meets 24. The leaders of four countries, tired of what they see as America’s unchecked bullying of the rest of the world, band together to put a stop to it. Each leader has been personally and tangibly affected by the United States. They form a shadowy cabal whose sole purpose is the destruction of the United States. Their attempt goes horribly wrong.

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Wizzy Wig on Kindle

Wizzy Wig by Tiffany Pitts: Even though they’re friends now, Jake Denny still can’t figure out how to talk to Kix, the intimidatingly hot delivery driver from Pizza Joe’s. When she finds the key to an experiment Jake is planning, he seizes the opportunity to impress her. The experiment works, but the resulting twist in reality puts Kix in the path of a dangerous stalker and Jake in the center of a hellish web. Can they survive long enough to escape?

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A Pink Pearl on Kindle

A Pink Pearl by Ann Jacobson: The romantic adventures of a deviant Hasidic woman. Anne is sent away to an all girls boarding school after a forbidden, steamy encounter. Erotic affairs mark a great story in which a young woman discovers her sexuality.

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Vittoria on Kindle

Vittoria by Dafna Vitale Ben Bassat: A swiping historical drama about the unforgettable Vittoria and her Jewish family in face of WWII. The story of the Italian Jewish community in face of the Holocaust, the drama of loss and despair, survival, and human triumph.

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Mail Order Brides Anthology: Leah and Tess on Kindle

Mail Order Brides Anthology: Leah and Tess by Rose Jenster: This is an anthology of the first two books by Rose Jenster. In Mail Order Bride Leah, we meet a teacher fearful that she will never be able to leave the home of her protective brother and find love. Tess, the heroine of the second book, feels stuck in her life as a seamstress in upstate New York. They each answer a mail order bride advertisement. Can they find happiness?

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For Bear or For Worse on Kindle

For Bear or For Worse by Meredith Clarke: When bear shifter Cole Maddox meets Avery Rodger, something in him changes. The only problem is that she isn’t a shifter, and he doesn’t know that until it’s too late.

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Stranded with the Cyborg on Kindle

Stranded with the Cyborg by Cara Bristol: She wronged him once. Now they’re marooned on a hostile planet, and she needs his help. Can she count on her enemy to keep her safe?

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The Lost Centurion on Kindle

The Lost Centurion by Monica La Porta: Marcus, a former Roman centurion turned immortal, never thought he would fall in love with a vampire. In fact, he has spent two thousand years looking for the one who murdered his wife. One night, while following an informant among the ancient ruins of the Roman Empire, Marcus meets Diana, an escort with a troubled youth and a bleak future, and his life is changed forever…

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True Alpha: Shifters in Seattle (Book 1) on Kindle

True Alpha: Shifters in Seattle (Book 1) by Alisa Woods: Mia is just a college girl trying to earn her degree—being a shifter is something she hides, hoping her secret won’t sabotage her dreams. Shifters live in the shadows, dangerous and criminal. At least, that’s what she thinks until a wolf saves her from an attack in an alleyway… and then turns up as the hot boss at her new dot-com internship.

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Make Me Forget on Kindle

Make Me Forget by Anna Brooks: He only had one summer with her, but his life was changed by her in those few short months. Years later, he gets a second chance with his true love when she comes back home.

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Fierce on Kindle

Fierce by Nina Levine: Biker romance. Good girl meets dirty talking biker and sparks fly. If you love a filthy-mouthed alpha, a sassy chick who gives as good as she gets, and some great banter, you’ll probably love Fierce!

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One Taste on Kindle

One Taste by Cari Quinn & Taryn Elliott: From best friends to lovers, to stepsiblings who are strangers, to a workplace crush, to a daily flirtation that becomes so much more, these four seductive standalone romances from two USA Today bestselling authors will whet your appetite and make you hunger for more…

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A Thousand Starry Nights on Kindle

A Thousand Starry Nights by Addison Moore: Steamy and addicting! *Can be a STANDALONE.* Carter wants Aspen back in the worst way. Aspen is looking to escape her current life and going back to her old life with Carter isn’t an option. But will her head win out? Or will her heart? Old flames burn brighter than A THOUSAND STARRY NIGHTS.

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Bad Neighbor on Kindle

Bad Neighbor by Molly O’Keefe: By a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. He’s hot. He’s dangerous. He’s right next door. I gave up everything to save my sister from a monster, and now I’m lying low in this rundown apartment so I can stay out of danger. Hiding from everyone. Except for the guy in apartment 1A. He’s rude. Silent. Muscled, mysterious, and hot as hell. I don’t know if he likes me or hates me, but the more time I spend with him, the less it matters. I want him.

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Tainted Love: A Totally '80s Romance on Kindle

Tainted Love: A Totally ’80s Romance by Addison Moore: If you love ’80s nostalgia, then this book is a MUST READ! Leg warmers, big hair, unforgettable music in an unforgettable era. Melt With You is like, totally awesome! It’s September 1985 and Heather Knowles’ senior year is really shaping up to be something. As if being falsely accused of shoplifting in front of her high school crush wasn’t mortifying enough, how about finding out your mother is his family’s new maid?

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Innocent in Las Vegas on Kindle

Innocent in Las Vegas by A.R. Winters: Cupcake-loving croupier Tiffany Black embarks on her first case: who killed casino owner Ethan Becker? Corrupt casino henchmen, her wacky family, and a mysterious bodyguard do their best to throw her off course, but Tiffany must persist and find the killer – before he gets to her first.

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The House on Kindle

The House by A. O’Connor: Three generations in the Armstrong family face betrayal, revenge, and loss in this epic tale that traces the inhabitants of one house from the 1840s to the present day.

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Stiletto on Kindle

Stiletto by Caddy Rowland: Never underestimate the value of a kick-ass pair of heels. Sexy shoes can make a woman feel beautiful. They can also bring a man to his knees—or worse. John Mickelson has taken everything: Jasmine’s husband, money, home, and child. However, one thing is very clear: John Mickelson is going to pay, and she’s going to be the one doing the collecting. Karma really can be a bitch—especially when it scores a willing partner.

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Edwina on Kindle

Edwina by Willow Rose: A horrifying psychological thriller: Marie-Therese is about to take in another child in foster care. But Edwina is no ordinary girl, as Marie-Therese is about to discover. Stories of death and destruction follow her trail and soon events in the small Danish town will take a decidedly macabre turn on one horrifying and endless night.

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Paytime For A Good Man on Kindle

Paytime For A Good Man by Joseph McGraw: A suspenseful and thrilling Western, Paytime For A Good Man is a classic tale of money, greed, and paranoia.

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The Wolf Fey on Kindle

The Wolf Fey by Kailin Gow: From the popular fantasy FROST Series, comes Logan’s story in The Wolf Fey. Logan is The Wolf Prince, and is one of the shifter fairies. This is a novelette introducing a new werewolf mythology based on the concept that werewolves have fairy blood in them in order to help them shift. This is their magic.

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Spindle Fire Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king's headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day.

Despite their differences, the sisters have always been close. And then everything changes with a single drop of Aurora's blood—and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.

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Winter seemed to come early in 1313, the year Aurora was born. For days that July, a mass of damp white flakes clung to treetops and roofs like snow.

Some thought perhaps it was the North Faerie’s doing. They were wrong.

In her day—which was a very long time ago indeed—the North Faerie had been known for wreaking havoc on the skies whenever she lost one of her infamous chess games. But she had died many decades before our story begins, mysteriously murdered in her own home. That’s why the White Throne, carved entirely from the tusks of narwhals, is now called the Red Throne; it’s covered in her blood.

Aurora knows the stories well—she’s read the entire 313-book collection of faerie histories in her grand library. Princesses have a great deal of time on their hands, after all. Especially princesses like Aurora, who have no sense of touch and no voice. These were tithed from her just months after her birth.

But it wasn’t snow that came down that summer, for it didn’t melt. And it wasn’t any faerie’s doing either. As everyone who was alive then and remains alive today remembers vividly, the ashes that rained over heads and homes and whole towns across the kingdom of Deluce had one very distinct quality: the acrid scent of spindle fire.

Wet wool.

Wood smoke.

Burning hair.

 

 

Bound Together (Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart #6) by Christine Feehan

Bound Together (A Sea Haven Novel) - Christine Feehan

 

 

The Sea Haven series comes to a climactic end as the mysterious man from Blythe Daniels’ past re-enters her life. Don’t miss the final Sea Haven novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling “queen of paranormal romance” (J. R. Ward).

For five years, Viktor Prakenskii has put his life on hold in order to take down the world’s most feared motorcycle club from the inside. But carrying out the insane violence and seeing the club’s exploitation of the innocent has brought his traumatic past roaring back. And there’s only one cure: to see the wife he left behind...

Blythe Daniels thought she’d never see Viktor again after he murdered her stepfather and left without a word. She rebuilt her life without him, becoming a personal trainer and physical therapist...becoming strong enough for others to lean on. But when Viktor comes back to Sea Haven, he’ll make Blythe question everything she thought she knew about good and evil—and the dark desires of the heart.

 

 

 

 

 

Why have Feehan's male characters turned into A- class A-holes? I mean really, after all the crap Blythe was left alone to deal with regardless of his reasons I didn't appreciate the whole throwing his weight around barging back into her life and giving her the whole 'you're going to forgive me, that's the end of it' kind of speech instead of earning his way back into her life and the forgiveness I didn't particularly feel he deserved at this point in the game.

While Bound Together was the finale of the SH series I have a feeling its just going to be a jumping off point to start a new series with the MC's. Will we get one? I don't know but we spent enough time with them for the ground work to be laid.

After finishing Bound Together I still felt like Blythe could have used a better ending and probably would have been better off on her own or possibly with someone who deserved her love and earned it rather than having her roll over and heeling to Vik's domineering insistence.

Yet I'm not all that surprised. Lately Feehan's females no longer have a mind of their own and the men mostly control them regardless of what series you read. Its not bad but I would have liked seeing Blythe be stronger and have a stronger presence than she did. I favored her so much that I felt she deserved a much stronger foothold on how things went down.

 

Christine Feehan

 

 

 

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Brighter Than the Sun (KGI #11) by Maya Banks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run business.
Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background.
Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering.
Handling jobs the U.S. government can’t...


As the last unattached member of the Kelly clan, Joe is more than ready to risk life and limb on any mission he’s assigned to, but when it comes to love, he’ll keep his distance.

 

He’s content to watch his brothers become thoroughly domesticated.

Zoe’s had nothing but heartbreak in her life, and she’s determined to start over with a completely new identity, thanks to her college friend, Rusty Kelly.

 

But it’s the gorgeous smile and tender words of Joe Kelly that begin to weaken her resolve to never risk her heart again. And Joe will have to put everything on the line to save Zoe, when secrets of her past resurface—and threaten to tear them apart.

 

 

 

 

I have no idea what I just read.... or why.

While I enjoyed getting a visit with the previous cast (because I'm a van of reunions and cameos etc) this was just ridiculous.

The story was ridiculous, the h&h were ridiculous... this whole thing was filler, filled by more filler, followed by filler and flowery powder on a level I can't begin to describe.

Obviously Banks is bored with the series, now readers are bored with it, now its time to end it. Its gotten too long and it no longer excites. This sucks. I am so bummed.

 

Maya Banks

 

 

 

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Her True Match (X-Ops #6) by Paige Tyler

Her True Match - Paige Tyler

 

 

After a long game of cat-and-mouse

Feline shifter Dreya Clark picks the wrong penthouse to rob and ends up arrested by sexy detective Braden Hayes. But Braden isn’t the only one who’s been watching the cat burglar. Agents from the Department of Covert Operations swoop in to offer her a deal. If she wants to stay out of jail, she’ll have to work with them—and pair up with the hot cop. Great.

Danger throws this unlikely pair together

Braden isn’t thrilled about the DCO meddling in his investigation. He’s been chasing Dreya for years. Thrown together on a dangerous covert mission, fur flies and temperatures flare. But when danger closes in on them, their game of cat and mouse turns deadly-serious, and they’ll have to rely on each other to make it out alive.

 

 

 

 

I know it probably shouldn't matter but why did the cover artist have to make the male model look so bizarre? The weird oil glow didn't do him any favors when standing beside the female who looks perfectly normal. That being said don't let the cover deter you from picking up this installment of the X Ops series, Tyler went all out for her readers. We get some crossing over with multiple leads and plots intersecting that become important to the final half of the book.

B&D play well off one another despite all the head butting, the clashing of personalities and the insta-flirtations. Although I wasn't surprised by the instant attraction formula between our h&h I was surprised that one of them didn't slap the other at some point with all the bickering and back and forth going on at the beginning.

I did like that we moved along the plot because I would have been frustrated to have a stall out this far in at this point to have it just simmer on pause. I hate when authors do that it wastes an opportunity to really bring the readers in. Tyler has no issue focusing on both her h&h and the story line to keep readers fully involved and invested. Thank you Tyler.

However I am a tad concerned on the twist and the current lines of goodies verses baddies and who really is good and who isn't. The black and white lines are starting to gray around the edges and its complicating both reader and character alliances.

I have to admit I'm a little worried. I look forward to seeing what Paige has planned with her devious genius.

 

 

Paige Tyler

 

 

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Riot (Scarred Souls #4) by Tillie Cole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stolen by the Arziani Georgian crime mob as a child, 152 was raised and conditioned to be a Mona—the most subservient of the Arziani Blood Pit slaves.

Gorgeous and kind, she has been and under the imprisoning influence of the Type B drug and under the command of the Blood Pit Master’s sister, Mistress Arziani, for most of her life, until the Master calls her back home to Georgia.

He wants her under his total control, and Master always gets what he wants.

But when 152 is gifted to the Blood Pit’s fearsome champion death match fighter as a prize, 152 suddenly finds out that the men who appear most brutal, may just own the kindest hearts. And love may be found, even when living in hell.

Freedom, family, love, 152 will have to fight for what she wants and ultimately make an impossible choice.

 

 

 

So there were some things I loved and some things that I didn't and there was something that nagged me through most of the book. One being that Riot sounded like something I'd already read. The previous books. It was too similar in the fact that I felt as if you could almost take the previous ones and fill in the blank and get the same story. The characters (or their personalities rather) didn't stand out as much as I wanted them to even though if I'm honest they were my favorite in this installment of the Scarred Souls series.

I felt as if there could have been more on the line more anticipation and more individuality to increase the stakes this far in and was hoping for the increase of build up but it only seemed like more of the same monotone leveling.

Another note that I had issue with is that the characters were so young, I wanted more maturity more wisdom out of them after all they'd been through yet I felt at that stage they didn't have as much a grasp on it as I was hoping they would. I don't know if that fault lays on me or the characters but I wasn't feeling it this time around.

I did like that 901 had so much more going on and so much more on the line yet I wish that we (myself or the readers) had gotten a more serious exploration on that front. The pit bull was putting up and risking his hand yet I felt like he wasn't really given his due.

In the end Riot was good and its still worth the read but it just didn't quite amp it up to meet the level of my expectations which had been building for quite awhile.

 

 

 

 

Tillie Cole

 

 

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Golden Riders on Kindle

Golden Riders by E. H. Everdene: The tale of the golden land. At Westmoore Hospital, something mysterious happens. Sick children disappear, and strange lights flicker through Leah’s room. In Room 369 hangs the magic painting, The Golden Moon. What secret hides on the other side?

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Archangel Down: Archangel Project (Book 1) on Kindle

Archangel Down: Archangel Project (Book 1) by C. Gockel: Commander Noa Sato doesn’t believe in aliens. She’s wrong. A military officer from the new colonies, she must work with a civilian from Old Earth to save the lives of millions—and her own. Every step of the way she is haunted by the final words of a secret transmission: The archangel is down.

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Mail Order Bride: Westward Winds on Kindle

Mail Order Bride: Westward Winds by Linda Bridey: Tessa O’Connor craves adventure. Her doting parents want her to make a good match with a worthy gentleman and live a respectable life, but she has other plans! Will she find love under the Montana skies?

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Tekkin on Kindle

Tekkin by C.J. Scarlett: In a time of political turmoil when peaceful shifters and extremists are seen as one, a rebel group is planning to take control of a California university. Alessia finds herself trapped in the middle of political warfare and a forbidden love affair with a brilliant minded professor carrying a secret.

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Promise Me on Kindle

Promise Me by Willow Winters & Vivian Wood: A heart-wrenching second chance romance of two high school sweethearts. Four years after their love is shattered, life brings Hunter back to their small town. It only takes one look at his lost love to know he wants her back. He won’t stop until he’s convinced her that she belongs with him and to finally forgive him for leaving her all those years ago.

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Dirty Filthy Rich Boys on Kindle

Dirty Filthy Rich Boys by Laurelin Paige: From NYT Bestselling author Laurelin Paige, discover a whole new world filled with power, romance, and dirty, filthy rich men. When I met Donovan Kincaid, I knew he was rich. I didn’t know he was filthy. And when he plays, he plays for keeps.

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Nashville Heat on Kindle

Nashville Heat by Bethany Michaels: When aspiring song writer Sydney meets bad boy Dex, she can’t deny their chemistry… A searing tale with “some of the most arousing sex scenes you’ll ever read” (RT Book Reviews).

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34 Erotic Short Stories on Kindle

34 Erotic Short Stories by Kathleen Hope: 34 erotic short stories, all in one convenient collection!

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The Space Between on Kindle

The Space Between by Victoria H Smith: A contemporary romance about two people from opposite walks of life, and the love they fight the world around them to keep.

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Burning Through Gravity: Billionaire Boys Boxed Set (Books 1-3) on Kindle

Burning Through Gravity: Billionaire Boys Boxed Set (Books 1-3) by Addison Moore: Steamy and addicting! Two souls. Two innocent deceptions. Stevie and Ford detonate once they meet with lust hotter than a July moon. Ford is in control and assertive until Stevie reduces him to his knees. The things Stevie has planned for Ford, he will never see coming. *With a twist so big—you won’t see it coming either.

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Sun & Moon on Kindle

Sun & Moon by Hope Franke Strauss: In this sweet and inspirational romance, a street musician is saved by a handsome, generous stranger with a crushing secret.

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Red Light Terror on Kindle

Red Light Terror by Marty Matthews: What has happened to their parents? And what is the nightmare of the red light? Three sisters seek help in finding their parents who have disappeared overnight and have no idea what they face when the red light is upon them.

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Catching Justice on Kindle

Catching Justice by Mila Mirna: Justice is an arsonist. Revenge is on Justice’s fingertips. Ten years of preparations… Six people will be punished for their sins… Waking to news of a terrorist attack in the financial district in New York City, NYC lead detective Russell Kane soon realizes that not all is what it seems.

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Deluge on Kindle

Deluge by John Russell Fearn: Deluge is the story of one man’s life-and-death struggle. A dramatic tale of justice that will grip readers from the first page until the final, unexpected conclusion.

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Troubleshooter on Kindle

Troubleshooter by Alan David: Tensions are high in the American West. The race is on to see which company can be the first to reach the Apache Pass with their iron rail tracks. S & W and Pacific West are neck and neck. But this is a dangerous game. High stakes mean ambushes and gun fights are all part of the competition.

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Shots Fired in the Melting Pot on Kindle

Shots Fired in the Melting Pot by Travis Adams Irish: This romantic thriller details the adventures of six natural enemies living in a New York City loft together. Tensions rise between 3 men and 3 women who are: a cop and criminal; a celebrity and paparazzi; and a conservative and liberal.

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Dark & Broken Souls on Kindle

Dark & Broken Souls by E.J. King: Kaylie Hart was born into a Hunter family. She grew up in a world filled with monsters and supernatural beings. As Kaylie learns to accept that she can’t run from her destiny, she is tormented by an enemy that will stop at nothing and a love that will risk everything.

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Face the Flames (Sugarland Blue #6) by Jo Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The author of "Bring the Heat "returns to Sugarland, where a firefighter from Station Five will face the dangers in risking his heart...


A near-fatal accident left firefighter/paramedic Clay Montana with devastating injuries. Now, after a year-long recovery, Clay is focused on one thing: getting his body back to form, so he can return to the job he loves.

 

And then a chance meeting with a fiery redhead changes his life...


Detective Melissa Ryan may be the new cop on the block, but she s no stranger to Sugarland.

It s where she lived with her violent, criminal uncle a man she needs to see behind bars.

 

But when she meets Clay at a crime scene, the down-but-far-from-out firefighter makes her rethink her priorities.


Getting close to Clay is intoxicating, but Melissa must keep her wits about her if she s to protect them from a man with deadly intentions

 

 

 

 

 

I'm going to blame the rating on myself... between this book and what was going on in my life at the time I was reading it, the book wound up falling by the way side. Apologies to the author but it just couldn't hold my attention.

 

 

Jo Davis

 

 

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Smoky Mountain Raine, (Smoky Mountain Escapes #3) by Madison Sevier

Smoky Mountain Raine (Smoky Mountain Escapes Book 3) - Madison Sevier

 

 

 

 

 

Kallie and Hank are all set and ready to have their baby in a few weeks.

However, Hank needs to go on a research trip with their longtime friend and firefighter, Mitch Larke.

While Hank is higher up in the mountains with Mitch, the unthinkable happens-- A fierce storm with gusty winds reignites the smoldering embers at the Chimney Tops.

Kallie is stuck at home alone with no way to escape the fires roaring across the Smokies.
Will he and Mitch get away from the Chimney Tops in time?
Will Hank make it home to save his wife and unborn child from the fires roaring through their mountain home?
It'll take more than a miracle to save them this time.

 

 

 

 

Readers find out why the title is so appropriate, and I absolutely love it.

I want to thank Madison for the beautiful acknowledgment. I love it.

 

 

I felt Madison's depiction of becoming a mother was rather insightful, emotional and quite hilarious at times. An experience she so well creates lending on her personal life as a mother I am sure.

Smoky Mountain Raine is one of Sevier's best developed and detailed books. She has really expanded her range both in the world and cast she has created capturing and bringing to life her characters better and more vivid than ever.

I have to mention Penelope the PG - I could not stop laughing. I swear one of the things I love most about her writing is how honestly comical she is. I love her sense of humor its fabulous.

In connection with this I would totally love if Madison wrote a novella tied to this book. "Kallies Guide For Other Unicorns." Seriously. I think it would be great. What mother to be wouldn't love an honest realistic view of pregnancy from her perspective? I would.

I really enjoyed seeing Kallie as a mother to be. She speaks to so many women in her position or those who have been. Its worth the read whether you are a parent or not as a woman this really tugs the heart strings.

Also needs mentioning is her marriage with Hank. Coming into this stage of their lives experiencing the good and the bad together, the happy and the scary. Makes it all the more wonderful for me as a reader.

 Smoky Mountain Raine has it all. Love, hope, comedy, romance, steam, fear, excitement. A full tornado of emotions.

I would like to see Madison exploring a romance series with a team of firemen at the head. How hot would that be? Pardon the pun but I know she'd blaze the pages.

Back to Smoky Mountain though I enjoyed getting a back seat as it were on Hanks research - in a strange way it made me feel closer to Madison as a writer which I enjoyed.

Smoky Mountain Raine will call to all women from all walks of life.

I loved that Madison was realistic about her characters struggles in life, both in work, marriage, and personal lives and feelings. It makes her cast so much more real and relatable because even in romance nothing is always perfect all the time and I like that.

Leaning on current tragedy with the forest fires going on its sad how a moment of forgetfulness, humans or nature, ignorance or vindictiveness can devastate so many others lives and do so much damage. However Madison also speaks to the resilience of human nature that they can overcome anything.

I felt so bad for Mitch and Rin on so many levels.

Life and relationships aren't easy. It can bring you love and it can bring you heartache, but even love can be overwhelming even with the burdens of everyday life accompanying it.

Sometimes you can lose yourself and find it hard to find your way back so you lose touch with the one you love as well.

I was really glad that we got a final scene with them at the end because it made it all feel complete once it was said and done.

In the end I lived with Kallie, I journeyed with her, worried with her, celebrated, loved and cheered for her.

Smoky Mountain Raine is Madison's best!

 

 

 

 

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Undiscovered (Amoveo Rising #1) by Sara Humphreys

Undiscovered - Sara  Humphreys

 

 

 

He's the man of her dreams
A long time ago, Zander Lorens was cursed to walk the earth stripped of his Dragon Clan powers. Every night, trapped in a recurring nightmare, Zander relives his darkest moment. He can hardly believe it when the dream changes and a beautiful young woman appears. Zander believes she's the key to ending his torment. Finding her in the real world is one thing, but how will he convince her of who-and what-she really is?

She's the end to his nightmare
Rena McHale uses her unique sensitivity as a private investigator, touting herself as a "human divining rod" and finder of the lost. By day she struggles with sensory overload, and by night her sleep is haunted by a fiery dragon shifter. Nothing in her life makes sense, until the man from her dreams shows up at her door with a proposition...

 

 

 

Cursed brothers redemption begins. First runner up: Zander.

It took awhile for any of the cast members to grow on me and its hard to explain but mostly the automatic you got no choice condition irked me more than once through the book. Both in Zanders case and in Rena's.

Zander knows what its like to have something put upon him without his say so, so when he constantly uses the same tactics on Rena it had a tendency to get on my nerves because really - hypocrite.

Despite that I did like Zander and Rena together as a couple and I did like the world building that Humphreys has created in this book.

I hit a snag at one point though because I thought this was the first book to the A- Rising series - which it is but it felt as if it were attached to another series I hadn't read yet. I'm not sure where it ties in however the author does not leave you lacking in information as its well detailed in what's going on. So regardless of whether you've read her previous books shouldn't matter. Although I would like to note I do plan on catching up on them because I have a feeling it matters in some form.

I'd like to note that dragon- shifters are hard to write on paper and bring to life so the fact that Humphreys really goes for it gains some level of respect in my book. I'd also like to note that she handles it well enough even though we don't get the whole dragon thing as much as I'd like I am keeping in mind this is the intro so I'm being patient.

I did appreciate Zander as a character because he has a lot of family devotion loyalty going on and that's endearing so I'm totally clinging to that. Plus he's sexy so points for him anyway.

Undiscovered is a fascinating read that I fully enjoyed. I highly recommend.

 

Sara Humphreys

 

 

 

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Someone to Hold (Westcott #2) by Mary Balogh

Someone to Hold (A Westcott Novel) - Mary Balogh

 

 

 

 

 

With her parents’ marriage declared bigamous, Camille Westcott is now illegitimate and without a title. Looking to eschew the trappings of her old life, she leaves London to teach at the Bath orphanage where her newly discovered half-sister lived. But even as she settles in, she must sit for a portrait commissioned by her grandmother and endure an artist who riles her every nerve.

An art teacher at the orphanage that was once his home, Joel Cunningham has been hired to paint the portrait of the haughty new teacher. But as Camille poses for Joel, their mutual contempt soon turns to desire. And it is only the bond between them that will allow them to weather the rough storm that lies ahead.

 

 

 

 

The blurb on Someone to Hold doesn't really do justice to what this book is really about and whats more is that the book doesn't really hold weight to what the blurb describes.

I'm willing to take some of the credit for not liking this installment so much in comparison to the last book but I couldn't seem to slip into Camille's headspace other than her life seemed to be a set of circumstances set by the decisions made by the others in her life. Camille was neither hot nor cold and never really stepped into the spot light despite being a little too self absorbed. However I couldn't really blame her for that considering what had been done to her. At the same time I felt like she really kind of needed to grow up which I don't really feel she did at any point in the book.

I still think Someone to Hold is worth the read just to be in and a part of the Westcott series which to my relief was much lighter on the family dynasty thing that got a little too long in the tooth the first time.

Mary Balogh

 

 

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Etched in Bone (The Others #5) by Anne Bishop

Etched in Bone  - Anne Bishop

 

 

 

 

After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders—a primitive and lethal form of the Others—the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no-man’s-land beyond their borders—and the darkness…

As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace. But all their efforts are threatened when Lieutenant Montgomery’s shady brother arrives, looking for a free ride and easy pickings.

With the humans on guard against one of their own, tensions rise, drawing the attention of the Elders, who are curious about the effect such an insignificant predator can have on a pack. But Meg knows the dangers, for she has seen in the cards how it will all end—with her standing beside a grave.

 

 

 

Etched in Bone wasn't great, it wasn't bad but it wasn't what I was expecting it to be. After the last book I think I was hoping for ... more. And not in the way that Bishop continually repeated the same information a hundred different ways from a hundred different angles but more with the cast and the plot.

The fact that she repeated so much information so many times created so many stall outs that I found myself completely bored because we'd already heard it already.

I don't need to know the various angles to extend chapter space when you run out of ideas. You established the trade food issues move on to the next thing or find a better plot.

I couldn't even invest in our characters love angle because I was already too withdrawn from the over all story as whole.

Etched in Bone could have been better served if the repetitious information had been removed and it had been written as a novella instead of a full novel. The pacing would have been more fluid and the interactions more organic instead of forced.

In the end Etched in Bone was okay but it definitely wasn't my favorite by any means. 

 

Anne Bishop

 

 

 

 

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Story Time: Jump, Frog, Jump! by Robert Kalan

 


 

 

 

 

"This is the turtle that slid into the pond and ate the snake that dropped from a branch and swallowed the fish that swam after the frog -- JUMP, FROG, JUMP!" This infectious cumulative tale will soon have the young frogs you know jumping and chanting with joy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Hate U Give
Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends.

The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil by a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon, his death is national news. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name.

Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

 
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I shouldn't have come to this party.

I'm not even sure I belong at this party. That's not on some bougie shit, either. There are just some places where it's not enough to be me. Either version of me. Big D's spring break party is one of those places.

I squeeze through sweaty bodies and follow Kenya, her curls bouncing past her shoulders. A haze lingers over the room, smelling like weed, and music rattles the floor. Some rapper calls out for everybody to Nae-Nae, followed by a bunch of "Heys" as people launch into their own versions. Kenya holds up her cup and dances her way through the crowd. Between the headache from the loud-ass music and the nausea from the weed odor, I'll be amazed if I cross the room without spilling my drink.

We break out the crowd. Big D's house is packed wall-to-wall. I've always heard that everybody and their momma comes to his spring break parties—well, everybody except me—but damn, I didn't know it would be this many people. Girls wear their hair colored, curled, laid, and slayed. Got me feeling basic as hell with my ponytail. Guys in their freshest kicks and sagging pants grind so close to girls they just about need condoms. My nana likes to say that spring brings love. Spring in Garden Heights doesn't always bring love, but it promises babies in the winter. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of them are conceived the night of Big D's party. He always has it on the Friday of spring break because you need Saturday to recover and Sunday to repent.

"Stop following me and go dance, Starr," Kenya says. "People already say you think you all that."

"I didn't know so many mind readers lived in Garden Heights." Or that people know me as anything other than "Big Mav's daughter who works in the store." I sip my drink and spit it back out. I knew there would be more than Hawaiian Punch in it, but this is way stronger than I'm used to. They shouldn't even call it punch. Just straight-up liquor. I put it on the coffee table and say, "Folks kill me, thinking they know what I think."

"Hey, I'm just saying. You act like you don't know nobody'cause you go to that school."

I've been hearing that for six years, ever since my parents put me in Williamson Prep. "Whatever," I mumble.

"And it wouldn't kill you to not dress like . . ." She turns up her nose as she looks from my sneakers to my oversized hoodie. "That. Ain't that my brother's hoodie? "

Our brother's hoodie. Kenya and I share an older brother, Seven. But she and I aren't related. Her momma is Seven's momma, and my dad is Seven's dad. Crazy, I know. "Yeah, it's his."

"Figures. You know what else people saying too. Got folks thinking you're my girlfriend."

"Do I look like I care what people think?"

"No! And that's the problem!"

"Whatever." If I'd known following her to this party meant she'd be on some Extreme Makeover: Starr Edition mess, I would've stayed home and watched Fresh Prince reruns. My Jordans are comfortable, and damn, they're new. That's more than some people can say. The hoodie's way too big, but I like it that way. Plus, if I pull it over my nose, I can't smell the weed.

"Well, I ain't babysitting you all night, so you better do something," Kenya says, and scopes the room. Kenya could be a model, if I'm completely honest. She's got flawless dark-brown skin—I don't think she ever gets a pimple—slanted brown eyes, and long eyelashes that aren't store-bought. She's the perfect height for modeling too, but a little thicker than those toothpicks on the runway. She never wears the same outfit twice. Her daddy, King, makes sure of that.

Kenya is about the only person I hang out with in Garden Heights—it's hard to make friends when you go to a school that's forty-five minutes away and you're a latchkey kid who's only seen at her family's store. It's easy to hang out with Kenya because of our connection to Seven. She's messy as hell sometimes, though. Always fighting somebody and quick to say her daddy will whoop somebody's ass. Yeah, it's true, but I wish she'd stop picking fights so she can use her trump card. Hell, I could use mine too. Everybody knows you don't mess with my dad, Big Mav, and you definitely don't mess with his kids. Still, you don't see me going around starting shit.

Like at Big D's party, Kenya is giving Denasia Allen some serious stank-eye. I don't remember much about Denasia, but I remember that she and Kenya haven't liked each other since fourth grade. Tonight, Denasia's dancing with some guy halfway across the room and paying no attention to Kenya. But no matter where we move, Kenya spots Denasia and glares at her. And the thing about the stank-eye is at some point you feel it on you, inviting you to kick some ass or have your ass kicked.

"Ooh! I can't stand her," Kenya seethes. "The other day, we were in line in the cafeteria, right? And she behind me, talking out the side of her neck. She didn't use my name, but I know she was talking 'bout me, saying I tried to get with DeVante."

"For real? " I say what I'm supposed to.

"Uh-huh. I don't want him."

"I know." Honestly? I don't know who DeVante is. "So what did you do? "

"What you think I did? I turned around and asked if she had a problem with me. Ol' trick, gon' say, 'I wasn't even talking about you,' knowing she was! You're so lucky you go to that white-people school and don't have to deal with hoes like that."

Ain't this some shit? Not even five minutes ago, I was stuck-up because I go to Williamson. Now I'm lucky? "Trust me, my school has hoes too. Hoedom is universal."

"Watch, we gon' handle her tonight." Kenya's stank-eye reaches its highest level of stank. Denasia feels its sting and looks right at Kenya. "Uh-huh," Kenya confirms, like Denasia hears her. "Watch."

"Hold up. We? That's why you begged me to come to this party? So you can have a tag team partner? "

She has the nerve to look offended. "It ain't like you had nothing else to do! Or anybody else to hang out with. I'm doing your ass a favor."

"Really, Kenya? You do know I have friends, right? "

She rolls her eyes. Hard. Only the whites are visible for a few seconds. "Them li'l bougie girls from your school don't count."

"They're not bougie, and they do count." I think. Maya and I are cool. Not sure what's up with me and Hailey lately. "And honestly? If pulling me into a fight is your way of helping my social life, I'm good. Goddamn, it's always some drama with you."

"Please, Starr? " She stretches the please extra long. Too long. "This what I'm thinking. We wait until she get away from DeVante, right? And then we . . ."

My phone vibrates against my thigh, and I glance at the screen. Since I've ignored his calls, Chris texts me instead.

Can we talk?

I didn't mean for it to go like that.

Of course he didn't. He meant for it to go a whole different way yesterday, which is the problem. I slip the phone in my pocket. I'm not sure what I wanna say, but I'd rather deal with him later.

"Kenya!" somebody shouts.

This big, light-skinned girl with bone-straight hair moves through the crowd toward us. A tall boy with a black-and-blond Fro-hawk follows her. They both give Kenya hugs and talk about how cute she looks. I'm not even here.

"Why you ain't tell me you was coming? " the girl says, and sticks her thumb in her mouth. She's got an overbite from doing that too. "You could've rode with us."

"Nah, girl. I had to go get Starr," Kenya says. "We walked here together."

That's when they notice me, standing not even half a foot from Kenya.

The guy squints as he gives me a quick once-over. He frowns for a hot second, but I notice it. "Ain't you Big Mav's daughter who work in the store?"

See? People act like that's the name on my birth certificate. "Yeah, that's me."

"Ohhh!" the girl says. "I knew you looked familiar. We were in third grade together. Ms. Bridges's class. I sat behind you."

"Oh." I know this is the moment I'm supposed to remember her, but I don't. I guess Kenya was right—I really don't know anybody. Their faces are familiar, but you don't get names and life stories when you're bagging folks' groceries.

I can lie though. "Yeah, I remember you."

"Girl, quit lying," the guy says. "You know you don't know her ass."

"'Why you always lying? '" Kenya and the girl sing together. The guy joins in, and they all bust out laughing.

"Bianca and Chance, be nice," Kenya says. "This Starr's first party. Her folks don't let her go nowhere."

I cut her a side-eye. "I go to parties, Kenya."

"Have y'all seen her at any parties 'round here? " Kenya asks them.

"Nope!"

"Point made. And before you say it, li'l lame white-kid suburb parties don't count."

Chance and Bianca snicker. Damn, I wish this hoodie could swallow me up somehow.

"I bet they be doing Molly and shit, don't they? " Chance asks me. "White kids love popping pills."

"And listening to Taylor Swift," Bianca adds, talking around her thumb.

Okay, that's somewhat true, but I'm not telling them that. "Nah, actually their parties are pretty dope," I say. "One time, this boy had J. Cole perform at his birthday party."

"Damn. For real? " Chance asks. "Shiiit. Bitch, next time invite me. I'll party with them white kids."

"Anyway," Kenya says loudly. "We were talking 'bout running up on Denasia. Bitch over there dancing with DeVante."

"Ol' trick," Bianca says. "You know she been running her mouth 'bout you, right? I was in Mr. Donald's class last week when Aaliyah told me—"

Chance rolls his eyes. "Ugh! Mr. Donald."

"You just mad he threw you out," Kenya says.

"Hell yes!"

"Anyway, Aaliyah told me—" Bianca begins.

I get lost again as classmates and teachers that I don't know are discussed. I can't say anything. Doesn't matter though. I'm invisible.

I feel like that a lot around here.

In the middle of them complaining about Denasia and their teachers, Kenya says something about getting another drink, and the three of them walk off without me.

Suddenly I'm Eve in the Garden after she ate the fruit—it's like I realize I'm naked. I'm by myself at a party I'm not even supposed to be at, where I barely know anybody. And the person I do know just left me hanging.

Kenya begged me to come to this party for weeks. I knew I'd be uncomfortable as hell, but every time I told Kenya no she said I act like I'm "too good for a Garden party." I got tired of hearing that shit and decided to prove her wrong. Problem is it would've taken Black Jesus to convince my parents to let me come. Now Black Jesus will have to save me if they find out I'm here.

People glance over at me with that "who is this chick, standing against the wall by herself like an idiot? " look. I slip my hands into my pockets. As long as I play it cool and keep to myself, I should be fine. The ironic thing is though, at Williamson I don't have to "play it cool"—I'm cool by default because I'm one of the only black kids there. I have to earn coolness in Garden Heights, and that's more difficult than buying retro Jordans on release day.

Funny how it works with white kids though. It's dope to be black until it's hard to be black.

"Starr!" a familiar voice says.

The sea of people parts for him like he's a brown-skinned Moses. Guys give him daps, and girls crane their necks to look at him. He smiles at me, and his dimples ruin any G persona he has.

Khalil is fine, no other way of putting it. And I used to take baths with him. Not like that, but way back in the day when we would giggle because he had a wee-wee and I had what his grandma called a wee-ha. I swear it wasn't perverted though.

He hugs me, smelling like soap and baby powder. "What's up, girl? Ain't seen you in a minute." He lets me go. "You don't text nobody, nothing. Where you been? "

"School and the basketball team keep me busy," I say. "But I'm always at the store. You're the one nobody sees anymore."

His dimples disappear. He wipes his nose like he always does before a lie. "I been busy."

Obviously. The brand-new Jordans, the crisp white tee, the diamonds in his ears. When you grow up in Garden Heights, you know what "busy" really means.

Fuck. I wish he wasn't that kinda busy though. I don't know if I wanna tear up or smack him.

But the way Khalil looks at me with those hazel eyes makes it hard to be upset. I feel like I'm ten again, standing in the basement of Christ Temple Church, having my first kiss with him at Vacation Bible School. Suddenly I remember I'm in a hoodie, looking a straight-up mess . . . and that I actually have a boyfriend. I might not be answering Chris's calls or texts right now, but he's still mine and I wanna keep it that way.

"How's your grandma? " I ask. "And Cameron? "

"They a'ight. Grandma's sick though." Khalil sips from his cup. "Doctors say she got cancer or whatever."

"Damn. Sorry, K."

"Yeah, she taking chemo. She only worried 'bout getting a wig though." He gives a weak laugh that doesn't show his dimples. "She'll be a'ight."

It's a prayer more than a prophecy. "Is your momma helping with Cameron? "

"Good ol' Starr. Always looking for the best in people. You know she ain't helping."

"Hey, it was just a question. She came in the store the other day. She looks better."

"For now," says Khalil. "She claim she trying to get clean, but it's the usual. She'll go clean a few weeks, decide she wants one more hit, then be back at it. But like I said, I'm good, Cameron's good, Grandma's good." He shrugs. "That's all that matters."

"Yeah," I say, but I remember the nights I spent with Khalil on his porch, waiting for his momma to come home. Whether he likes it or not, she matters to him too.

The music changes, and Drake raps from the speakers. I nod to the beat and rap along under my breath. Everybody on the dance floor yells out the "started from the bottom, now we're here" part. Some days, we are at the bottom in Garden Heights, but we still share the feeling that damn, it could be worse.

Khalil is watching me. A smile tries to form on his lips, but he shakes his head. "Can't believe you still love whiny-ass Drake."

I gape at him. "Leave my husband alone!"

"Your corny husband. 'Baby, you my everything, you all I
ever wanted,'" Khalil sings in a whiny voice. I push him with my shoulder, and he laughs, his drink splashing over the sides of the cup. "You know that's what he sounds like!"

I flip him off. He puckers his lips and makes a kissing sound. All these months apart, and we've fallen back into normal like it's nothing.

Khalil grabs a napkin from the coffee table and wipes drink off his Jordans—the Three Retros. They came out a few years ago, but I swear those things are so fresh. They cost about three hundred dollars, and that's if you find somebody on eBay who goes easy. Chris did. I got mine for a steal at one-fifty, but I wear kid sizes. Thanks to my small feet, Chris and I can match our sneakers. Yes, we're that couple. Shit, we're fly though. If he can stop doing stupid stuff, we'll really be good.

"I like the kicks," I tell Khalil.

"Thanks." He scrubs the shoes with his napkin. I cringe. With each hard rub, the shoes cry for my help. No lie, every time a sneaker is cleaned improperly, a kitten dies.

"Khalil," I say, one second away from snatching that napkin. "Either wipe gently back and forth or dab. Don't scrub. For real."

He looks up at me, smirking. "Okay, Ms. Sneakerhead." And thank Black Jesus, he dabs. "Since you made me spill my drink on them, I oughta make you clean them."

"It'll cost you sixty dollars."

"Sixty? " he shouts, straightening up.

"Hell, yeah. And it would be eighty if they had icy soles." Clear bottoms are a bitch to clean. "Cleaning kits aren't cheap. Besides, you're obviously making big money if you can buy those."

Khalil sips his drink like I didn't say anything, mutters, "Damn, this shit strong," and sets the cup on the coffee table. "Ay, tell your pops I need to holla at him soon. Some stuff going down that I need to talk to him 'bout."

"What kinda stuff?"

"Grown folks business."

"Yeah, 'cause you're so grown."

"Five months, two weeks, and three days older than you." He winks. "I ain't forgot."

A commotion stirs in the middle of the dance floor. Voices argue louder than the music. Cuss words fly left and right.

My first thought? Kenya walked up on Denasia like she promised. But the voices are deeper than theirs.

Pop! A shot rings out. I duck.

Pop! A second shot. The crowd stampedes toward the door, which leads to more cussing and fighting since it's impossible for everybody to get out at once.

Khalil grabs my hand. "C'mon."

There are way too many people and way too much curly hair for me to catch a glimpse of Kenya. "But Kenya—"

"Forget her, let's go!"

He pulls me through the crowd, shoving people out our way and stepping on shoes. That alone could get us some bullets. I look for Kenya among the panicked faces, but still no sign of her. I don't try to see who got shot or who did it. You can't snitch if you don't know anything.

Cars speed away outside, and people run into the night in any direction where shots aren't firing off. Khalil leads me to a Chevy Impala parked under a dim streetlight. He pushes me in through the driver's side, and I climb into the passenger seat. We screech off, leaving chaos in the rearview mirror.

"Always some shit," he mumbles. "Can't have a party without somebody getting shot."

He sounds like my parents. That's exactly why they don't let me "go nowhere," as Kenya puts it. At least not around Garden Heights.

I send Kenya a text, hoping she's all right. Doubt those bullets were meant for her, but bullets go where they wanna go.

Kenya texts back kinda quick.

I'm fine.

I see that bitch tho. Bout to handle her ass.

Where u at?

Is this chick for real? We just ran for our lives, and she's ready to fight? I don't even answer that dumb shit.

Khalil's Impala is nice. Not all flashy like some guys' cars. I didn't see any rims before I got in, and the front seat has cracks in the leather. But the interior is a tacky lime green, so it's been customized at some point.

I pick at a crack in the seat. "Who you think got shot? "

Khalil gets his hairbrush out the compartment on the door.

"Probably a King Lord," he says, brushing the sides of his fade.

"Some Garden Disciples came in when I got there. Something was bound to pop off."

I nod. Garden Heights has been a battlefield for the past two months over some stupid territory wars. I was born a "queen"'cause Daddy used to be a King Lord. But when he left the game, my street royalty status ended. But even if I'd grown up in it, I wouldn't understand fighting over streets nobody owns.

Khalil drops the brush in the door and cranks up his stereo, blasting an old rap song Daddy has played a million times. I frown. "Why you always listening to that old stuff?"

"Man, get outta here! Tupac was the truth."

"Yeah, twenty years ago."

"Nah, even now. Like, check this." He points at me, which means he's about to go into one of his Khalil philosophical moments. "'Pac said Thug Life stood for 'The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody.'"

I raise my eyebrows. "What?"

"Listen! The Hate U—the letter U—Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody. T-H-U-G L-I-F-E. Meaning what society give us as youth, it bites them in the ass when we wild out. Get it? "

"Damn. Yeah."

"See? Told you he was relevant." He nods to the beat and raps along. But now I'm wondering what he's doing to "fuck everybody." As much as I think I know, I hope I'm wrong. I need to hear it from him.

"So why have you really been busy? " I ask. "A few months ago Daddy said you quit the store. I haven't seen you since."

He scoots closer to the steering wheel. "Where you want me to take you, your house or the store?"

"Khalil—"

"Your house or the store?"

"If you're selling that stuff—"

"Mind your business, Starr! Don't worry 'bout me. I'm doing what I gotta do."

"Bullshit. You know my dad would help you out."

He wipes his nose before his lie. "I don't need help from nobody, okay? And that li'l minimum-wage job your pops gave me didn't make nothing happen. I got tired of choosing between lights and food."

"I thought your grandma was working."

"She was. When she got sick, them clowns at the hospital claimed they'd work with her. Two months later, she wasn't pulling her load on the job, 'cause when you're going through chemo, you can't pull big-ass garbage bins around. They fired her." He shakes his head. "Funny, huh? The hospital fired her 'cause she was sick."

It's silent in the Impala except for Tupac asking who do you believe in? I don't know.

My phone vibrates again, probably either Chris asking for forgiveness or Kenya asking for backup against Denasia. Instead, my big brother's all-caps texts appear on the screen. I don't know why he does that. He probably thinks it intimidates me. Really, it annoys the hell out of me.

WHERE R U?

U AND KENYA BETTER NOT BE @ THAT PARTY.

I HEARD SOMEBODY GOT SHOT.

The only thing worse than protective parents is protective older brothers. Even Black Jesus can't save me from Seven.

Khalil glances over at me. "Seven, huh?"

"How'd you know? "

"'Cause you always look like you wanna punch something when he talks to you. Remember that time at your birthday party when he kept telling you what to wish for? "

"And I popped him in his mouth."

"Then Natasha got mad at you for telling her 'boyfriend' to shut up," Khalil says, laughing.

I roll my eyes. "She got on my nerves with her crush on Seven. Half the time, I thought she came over just to see him."

"Nah, it was because you had the Harry Potter movies. What we used to call ourselves? The Hood Trio. Tighter than—"

"The inside of Voldemort's nose. We were so silly for that."

"I know, right?" he says.

We laugh, but something's missing from it. Someone's missing from it. Natasha.

Khalil looks at the road. "Crazy it's been six years, you know?"

A whoop-whoop sound startles us, and blue lights flash in the rearview mirror.

 

Krissy's bookshelf: read

Reaper's Stand
Archangel's Shadows
To Love a King
Touch a Dark Wolf
Gray Bishop
The Viscount's Christmas Temptation
The Second Chance Hero
Loving Him Off the Field
Only Enchanting
Final Lap
Hunt the Jackal
Linger
Before You Break
Priestess Dreaming
Scandal And The Duchess
Hunters
Rival
Sci-Fi Nights: Alpha Bad Boys & Wild Girls of Futuristic Romance
Frayed
Love Bites


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