Review: "A Court of Frost and Starlight" (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.5) by Sarah J. Maas


A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Hope warms the coldest night.

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. 

Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated--scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.






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REVIEW

I know that this review is way delayed since I had already finished the book in May, but exams and lots of sleepless time took my reviewing spirit away. But now I have returned!



In this bridging novella, connecting the first three books with the upcoming ones, we get to read multiple POVs from Feyre, Rhysand, Nesta, Cassian, and Mor. In my opinion, the POVs are an indication of the order the next books will appear.



But mostly, through their eyes, I got to see how everyone try to cope after the end of the war, the shifting balances of the courts and even the dangers which lurk in the horizon. The Illyrians are blockheads with backward thinking, the humans have formed quite an alliance around Jurian and Vassa with a surprising ally and Tamlin is left alone in the Spring Court, in a state of decline.

And while I enjoyed Feyre and Rhys and they will always be a favorite couple, I really felt the need to move on. Take Nesta and Cassian for instance. They have a connection you can see that, but Nesta has far more to deal with than her mourning and self-destructing living. And if you have read the book and final extra scene, You know how anticipating this new installment to the series will be!



Mor, on the other hand, also will take a leap of faith and travel to the Winter Court. While her story will take some time to form, I believe that this also will be a story of self-exploration and identity crisis.

Amren was the delightful surprise; she is total dom or something close to that and she has Varian wrapped around her tiny pinky finger. Her scenes were funny and delightful!

For Elain, I have to admit that I truly prefer her with Azriel; there are many scenes in the book, where they both try to be closer to each other, they help with their chores and even Elain's gift to Azriel was downright sweet. SHE MADE HIM LAUGH OUT LOUD! Lucien for all his attempts was a poor performer and didn't have much to do. Even his gift to Elain gave me the impression that he didn't actually try to get to know her. I am shipping Azriel and Elain and honestly, I'll be disappointed if this will change in the future. Also, try and consider Vassa with Lucien. This thought has been nagging me for a while after reading the book.



In Tamlin's case, I pitied him and while I haven't forgiven him, I want a good ending to his story, a way to redeem himself for everything he did.

Finally, Rhysand's and Feyre's POV was marvelous and hopeful. Both with scars and both with infinite love for each other and the family they have built and hope to have.

A lovely novella with teasing moments, which of course will leave you begging for more! Now, I dread to read Kingdom of Ash and Aelin's final story!





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About the author:

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.


Cover Reveal: "Only A Breath Apart" by Katie McGarry

 

Would you dare to defy destiny? Are our destinies written in stone? Do we become nothing more than the self-fulfilling prophesies of other people's opinions? Or can we dare to become who we believe we were born to be?

“A gorgeous, heartfelt journey of redemption and love” (Wendy Higgins), ONLY A BREATH APART is a young adult contemporary novel from critically acclaimed Katie McGarry. 

“Haunting, authentic, and ultimately hopeful” (Tammara Webber), ONLY A BREATH APART will be available on all retailers on January 22, 2019!

                       

About ONLY A BREATH APART:

Jesse dreams of working the land that’s been in his family forever. But he’s cursed to lose everything he loves most.

Scarlett is desperate to escape her “charmed” life. But leaving a small town is easier said than done.

Despite their history of heartbreak, when Jesse sees a way they can work together to each get what they want, Scarlett can’t say no. Each midnight meeting between Jesse and Scarlett will push them to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other.

 

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Gritty and real, Only a Breath Apart is a story of hope conjured from pain, strength drawn from innocence, and love earned from self-respect. Beautiful, poignant, and fierce.” ―Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series


 

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    Katie McGarry Bio: Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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Cover Reveal: "Circle of Shadows" by Evelyn Skye



Welcome to the cover reveal of the new novel by Evelyn Skye! I am so excited to read this book! The premise is amazing and the characters seem to be awesome!





Summary from Goodreads


Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied behind his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona.

As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging to the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark. So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group.Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.

Love, spies, and adventure abound as Sora and Daemon unravel a complex web of magic and secrets that might tear them—and the entire kingdom—apart.






Advance praise for "Circle of Shadows"

“Heart-stopping action and breath-stealing twists kept me up late into the night, but the fierce camaraderie between the characters is what cemented my love for Circle of Shadows. Work hard, mischief harder—and read this book as soon as you can!” 
(Sara Raasch, New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes series and These Rebel Waves)

“I was captivated by this lush and beautifully written story of courage, treachery, and deceit.” 

(Jennifer A. Nielsen, New York Times bestselling author of The False Prince series and The Traitor's Game)

“Epic in scale, immersive and imaginative, Circle of Shadows will reel you in and refuse to let you go. Evelyn Skye weaves extraordinary worlds, with a magic any taiga would envy–I never wanted to leave Kichona.” 

(Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling co-author of the Illuminae series)





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Blog Tour+ARC Review: "Rock King" (Nothing but Trouble #1) by Tara Leigh

Today we are taking part in the promo tour for ROCK KING by Tara Leigh! ROCK KING is available now, and the second book in the Nothing but Trouble series, ROCK LEGEND, is available for pre-order and will release on July 17! Check out some teasers for both titles below.






ROCK KING by Tara Leigh - available now!

Blurb: Fans of Kristen Callihan and Kylie Scott will scream for this sizzling bad boy rock star romance!

  I'm not who you think I am. Shane Hawthorne has it all. At least, that's what the headlines say about me. I have millions of fans, awards, more money - and women - than I know what to do with. But what you don't see is the wreckage I've caused. The memories and pain I can't escape, even when I pour them into music and spin them into gold. I tried to forget. To lose myself in booze and groupies. It didn't work. It hurt me and - worse - it hurt my band. That's the last thing I want to do, so I'm cleaning up my act... starting with Delaney Fraser. Gorgeous, smart, drama-free, and even nice - Delaney is the perfect "girlfriend." When I'm with her I don't have to pretend. It's like she sees the real me. And I can see a future with her. But that's dangerous. Because the truth is, Shane Hawthorne doesn't actually exist. He's a shield to hide who I really am. Fraud. Runaway. Addict. Murderer. And it's impossible to love a lie, right? The Nothing but Trouble series: Rock King Rock Legend Rock Rebel

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REVIEW

I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The lies and the angst in this book is too palpable for both characters. Yet, they try to find love with each other despite all the public image and the complications being famous have caused for Shane. Delaney also harbors a secret of her own which can bring both of them into trouble, but overall the book was very good written and it's worth reading.

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AUTHOR BIO:
Tara Leigh writes steamy contemporary romance featuring tortured heroes worth lusting after and the women they didn't know they needed. She attended Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia Business School in New York, and worked on Wall Street and Main Street before “retiring” to become a wife and mother. When the people in her head became just as real as the people in her life, she decided to put their stories on paper. Tara currently lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children and fur-baby, Pixie.

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Release Day+ARC Review: "Double Down" (All In Duet #2) by Alessandra Torre

Double Down
By Alessandra Torre
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs

Synopsis


In Vegas, there was one man who was off limits. One man... and I fell for him. I knew there were risks. Still, I played the game. When Dario Capece called, I answered. When he beckoned, I came. When he broke all my rules, I looked the other way. I knew there were risks. I just never realized they included death.


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REVIEW

I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

An explosive ending to this duology! Bell and Dario were an amazing couple who had to overcome their problems both emotional and with the enemies around them. I really won't spoil but I can't help but become emersed in Torre's writing!


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About Alessandra Torre


Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

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Promo Boost+Book Playlist+Excerpt+ARC Review+Giveaway: "Survival of the Richest" (Survival of the Richest #1) by Skye Warren




Title: Survival of the Richest
Series: Trust Fund Duet #1
Author: Skye Warren
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 12, 2018



Blurb

An heiress without a cause.
Two billionaires determined to claim her.
And a war fought on the most dangerous battlefield--the heart.


"What an incredible book! Survival of the Richest has everything -- Skye Warren's beautiful writing, a sexy, compelling story; intricate characters, and a provocative love triangle that will captivate you until the very end." ~ New York Times bestselling author Nina Lane

My story starts with a plunge into the cold water of Manhattan's harbor.

A strong hand hauls me back onto the deck of the luxury yacht. Christopher was supposed to be my enemy. Instead he protects me with fierce determination.

That should have been my happily ever after, but then Sutton appeared--ruthless and seductive. He doesn't care that my heart belongs to someone else, because he's determined to win. No matter the cost.

It's an impossible choice, but I can't have them both.







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Playlist

1.  Seven Devils by Florence + the Machine
2.  Million Dollar Man by Lana Del Rey
3.  Back to You by Selena Gomez
4.  High by Zella Day
5.  Endgame by Taylor Swift
6.  Renée Elise Goldsberry, Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton
7.  Love is Madness by Thirty Seconds to Mars (feat Halsey)
8.  Hard Love by NEEDTOBREATHE
9.  Can’t Help Falling in Love by Andrea Bocelli and Katherine McPhee
10. Let Me Fall by Josh Groban



REVIEW

I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Although I really enjoy novels with angst and the proper HEA, I did feel that this book could have easily be turned into a menage relationship. Ok, that's quite smutty for some but it was obvious that both loved Harper. And the plot is quite intriguing itself. 

There are also cameo appearances from other series by Skye Warren which I enjoyed seeing and I would definitely want more to know about Blue.
Overall, it was a good read and I hope to see what will happen in the final book.


Excerpt

My body heats at the words, at the remembered pleasure of Sutton’s mouth on my sex. Christopher looks down at me, as if he can feel the heat emanating from between my legs. His expression turns stark, as if he’s in pain. That’s only fair, because I’m in pain too.
“You deserve better than that,” Christopher says, but there’s no way to pretend he’s talking about Sutton. He’s talking about himself and we both know it.
“He gives me what I want, which is something you might try next time you like a girl.”
“It wasn’t that,” he says, harsh again.
“No?” I step forward and place a hand on his chest, feeling the way his heart beats strong and fast. He may want to be unaffected by me, but he isn’t. I tilt my face up toward him. “You didn’t imagine me naked in the cabin later?”
He sucks in a breath. “You were too young then.”
My words come out as a whisper. “What about now? Will you do what Sutton said—imagine me in this dress when you go home after this?”
“It’s not fucking decent,” he says, even though the silk covers every part of me. It’s a perfectly respectable dress, when it’s not hitched up around my waist.
“You can thank Sutton for this,” I say, because it’s true. He’s the only reason I lean forward and place my lips against Christopher’s, touching them in some terrible attempt to show him what he gave up, to prove to myself that I don’t care about either of them.
Christopher sucks in a breath. For a second I think he’s going to pull away. He stiffens and grasps my hair with his fist. Easy enough for him to stop the kiss. Instead he dips my head back and deepens it, exploring my mouth with his teeth, his tongue. Opening me wider until I whimper. Pulling me close until I can feel how hard he is beneath his slacks.
His other hand fists in the gauze of my dress, and I realize he’s holding me with both hands clenched—one in my hair and one in my clothes. I don’t know whether he’s doing it so he doesn’t have to touch me or because it’s a way to control me without bruising me. He uses both hands to tug me closer; I’m pressed so tightly I can’t imagine getting away.
Where Sutton had been raw sensuality and playfulness, Christopher is pure determination. He kisses me like he’s a conquering army, like I’m made of gold he has to grasp—or lose forever.



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Author Bio

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance such as the Chicago Underground series. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, two sweet dogs, and one evil cat. 



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ARC Review: "The Faceless Woman" (Otherworld #4) by Emma Hamm


The Faceless Woman by Emma Hamm
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads

Once upon a time… 

A town will only suffer the presence of a witch for as long as she is useful. Aisling watches the flames lick her thighs and prays for a quick death. But when an Unseelie prince appears through the smoke, she does what any self respecting witch would do. 

She curses him. 

Bran should never have traveled to the human realm, and is shocked when a witch binds them together. His life is hers and he refuses to die. He saves her from the fires, casts a hex on the townsfolk for good measure, then whisks her away to safety. His only stipulation? She has to remove the binding curse. 

Unfortunately for them both, she can’t. Witch and Unseelie must travel across the Otherworld to break the ties that bind them. Secrets and lies stand between them, but both will stop at nothing to save themselves.





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REVIEW


I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Following closely Emma's writing has been a delight in the past months. Having discovered her books accidentally, after scouting Goodreads for a good "Beauty and the Beast" retelling, I fell in love with her pose and writing style, not to mention the seamless way, she weaves Celtic mythology with classic fairy tales!

Her upcoming book, part of the Otherworld series, features the Swan Princess as it blends with the Celtic mythology. While the books can be read as stand-alones, I truly recommend you to read them from the beginning. The stories interconnect with each other and very smartly the author laces clues for the next books in the series within the existing novels.



Aisling is a witch who has a curse on her; no Fae can see her face and she has magic within her that could make her coveted in the Otherworld or hunted in the human one. Bran is the Unseelie Prince who searches for a cure. Yet, when accidentally Aisling curses him, binding them together, they will form a tentative alliance, in order to search for the solution to the binding curse.



Their trip will be an adventure, a mystery, laced with dreams, creatures both beautiful and scary, sleeping old gods and tragedy. And a slow-burning romance, which I really want to have more of it. You can see the outline of the Swan Princess here, yet Emma Hamm succeeds in creating a unique blend of magic and monstrous beauty which encaptures the reader, begging for more.

At least, I want more! Because the ending could be this! And while some parts left me questioning the whys I am positive that Emma will give this pair a wonderful ending. Don't miss this one; the cover is stunning, there are clues everywhere and this hidden gem deserves more attention!







The Otherworld series. Featuring retellings of "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid"











About the author:

I am from a very small rural town in Maine. I grew up amid blueberry fields, a farm full of animals, and surrounded by family. It was one of the best ways for a child to grow up. Horses blew puffs of sweet smelling breath in my hair, goats teased me until I giggled, and someone who loved me was always there to pick me up when I fell. I am truly blessed to have grown up in such a fashion.

The love of creative story telling started when I was very young. I used to “act out” the way a story should have gone and argued with my mother constantly about the endings of movies. I wrote a little bit, and eventually found myself in the online writing community. My love of characters blossomed and grew thanks to the ever vigilant parents who convinced me that imagination was one of the greatest gifts of the human mind. I wrote, I created, I read as many books as I could next to the fireplace.

I am inspired by the works of authors like Clive Barker, Mark Danielewski, Patricia Briggs, Clare B. Dunkle, and so many more. 

Thank you all for your support, love, and kindness.



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ARC Review: Iron and Magic (The Iron Covenant #1) by Ilona Andrews


Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads

No day is ordinary in a world where Technology and Magic compete for supremacy…But no matter which force is winning, in the apocalypse, a sword will always work. 

Hugh d’Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast. 

Elara Harper is a creature who should not exist. Her enemies call her Abomination; her people call her White Lady. Tasked with their protection, she's trapped between the magical heavyweights about to collide and plunge the state of Kentucky into a war that humans have no power to stop. Desperate to shield her people and their simple way of life, she would accept help from the devil himself—and Hugh d’Ambray might qualify. 

Hugh needs a base, Elara needs soldiers. Both are infamous for betraying their allies, so how can they create a believable alliance to meet the challenge of their enemies? 

As the prophet says: “It is better to marry than to burn.” 

Hugh and Elara may do both.




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REVIEW


I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 


This was my first time reviewing an ERC from my favorite duo of writers! And boy, not only did I loved everything about this book, but also I devoured it within almost two days! The authors mentioned trigger warnings, so that's great and I have to warn you that the book is bloody, gory but still amazing! (I'm fearing for myself right now!)

The story takes place after Hugh's fall from Roland's grace and moved between Kate Daniels and her story. Hugh and his close allies must find a place to settle and hide from Nez, the leader of the Vampire Golden Legion, who want Hugh dead. And lo and behold there's this small coven-settlement of people who are led by Elara, a mysterious witch(?), who also are in desperate need of protection.

What happens, evolves into a marriage of convenience, which leads into lots and lots and lots of banter between Elara and Hugh, while a new danger arises on the horizon. And it's not just Nez.

First, there is a secondary character who uses ASL and some of Hugh's troops can do it too; yes Stoyan I know you like her! We have many supporting characters who are a close-knit family around Elara who despite her nature and her fears, becomes a shield to them and tries to protect everyone she loves. She is very admirable as a leader and deadly.

Hugh, on the other hand, has a rocky road to cross as he comes to terms with his mortality, his loss of Roland's magic and every decision he took in between. Despite being the bad guy in the previous novels I liked reading his thoughts and slowly becoming an anti-hero.

And the best part? The relationship between Elara and Hugh grows slowly; you don't see a rushed romance, but both take their time to get to know each other, which of course will surely span the rest of the books. There were also some really enjoyable cameo appearances, which I will not spoil!

In the end, if you enjoy the world of Kate Daniels and want more before the final book, just read this damn bloody amazing spin-off!





About the authors:

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge


Release Day Blitz+Excerpt: Survival of the Richest by Skye Warren






Title: Survival of the Richest
Series: Trust Fund Duet #1
Author: Skye Warren
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 12, 2018




Blurb


An heiress without a cause.
Two billionaires determined to claim her.
And a war fought on the most dangerous battlefield--the heart.


"What an incredible book! Survival of the Richest has everything -- Skye Warren's beautiful writing, a sexy, compelling story; intricate characters, and a provocative love triangle that will captivate you until the very end." ~ New York Times bestselling author Nina Lane

My story starts with a plunge into the cold water of Manhattan's harbor.

A strong hand hauls me back onto the deck of the luxury yacht. Christopher was supposed to be my enemy. Instead he protects me with fierce determination.

That should have been my happily ever after, but then Sutton appeared--ruthless and seductive. He doesn't care that my heart belongs to someone else, because he's determined to win. No matter the cost.

It's an impossible choice, but I can't have them both.








Purchase Links

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU






Playlist

1.  Seven Devils by Florence + the Machine
2.  Million Dollar Man by Lana Del Rey
3.  Back to You by Selena Gomez
4.  High by Zella Day
5.  Endgame by Taylor Swift
6.  Renée Elise Goldsberry, Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton
7.  Love is Madness by Thirty Seconds to Mars (feat Halsey)
8.  Hard Love by NEEDTOBREATHE
9.  Can’t Help Falling in Love by Andrea Bocelli and Katherine McPhee
10. Let Me Fall by Josh Groban



Excerpt

My body heats at the words, at the remembered pleasure of Sutton’s mouth on my sex. Christopher looks down at me, as if he can feel the heat emanating from between my legs. His expression turns stark, as if he’s in pain. That’s only fair, because I’m in pain too.
“You deserve better than that,” Christopher says, but there’s no way to pretend he’s talking about Sutton. He’s talking about himself and we both know it.
“He gives me what I want, which is something you might try next time you like a girl.”
“It wasn’t that,” he says, harsh again.
“No?” I step forward and place a hand on his chest, feeling the way his heart beats strong and fast. He may want to be unaffected by me, but he isn’t. I tilt my face up toward him. “You didn’t imagine me naked in the cabin later?”
He sucks in a breath. “You were too young then.”
My words come out as a whisper. “What about now? Will you do what Sutton said—imagine me in this dress when you go home after this?”
“It’s not fucking decent,” he says, even though the silk covers every part of me. It’s a perfectly respectable dress, when it’s not hitched up around my waist.
“You can thank Sutton for this,” I say, because it’s true. He’s the only reason I lean forward and place my lips against Christopher’s, touching them in some terrible attempt to show him what he gave up, to prove to myself that I don’t care about either of them.
Christopher sucks in a breath. For a second I think he’s going to pull away. He stiffens and grasps my hair with his fist. Easy enough for him to stop the kiss. Instead he dips my head back and deepens it, exploring my mouth with his teeth, his tongue. Opening me wider until I whimper. Pulling me close until I can feel how hard he is beneath his slacks.
His other hand fists in the gauze of my dress, and I realize he’s holding me with both hands clenched—one in my hair and one in my clothes. I don’t know whether he’s doing it so he doesn’t have to touch me or because it’s a way to control me without bruising me. He uses both hands to tug me closer; I’m pressed so tightly I can’t imagine getting away.
Where Sutton had been raw sensuality and playfulness, Christopher is pure determination. He kisses me like he’s a conquering army, like I’m made of gold he has to grasp—or lose forever.



Also Available


FREE prologue to Survival of the Richest

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU



Author Bio

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance such as the Chicago Underground series. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, two sweet dogs, and one evil cat. 



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