Nunca Digas Siempre (The Problem With Forever) de Jennifer L. Armentrout

SINOPSIS

Ella aprendió que el silencio era su mejor arma. Él juró que siempre la protegería. Ambos comparten un terrible pasado, que los llevó a forjar un vínculo indestructible. O eso creían ellos. Porque sus caminos se separaron abruptamente hace cuatro años. Mallory y Rider llevan todo ese tiempo tratando de superar las terribles experiencias vividas en un hogar de acogida. Intentando construir un futuro. Tratando de olvidar. Pero ahora, justo cuando creían estar dejando el pasado atrás, Mallory y Rider acaban de reencontrarse en el instituto y descubren que el intenso vínculo de infancia sigue ahí… al igual que la heridas. Enfrentados a la fuerza de sus sentimientos, Mallory y Rider deben decidir si seguir aferrados a las mismas armas que les ayudaron en el pasado o arriesgarse a construir algo nuevo en un futuro incierto. Un relato luminoso sobre una joven valiente que lucha por expresar su verdad desde un refugio de silencio . Quédate a escuchar la voz de Mallory. No te arrepentirás.

RESEÑA

La historia de Mallory y Rider es hermosa, perfecta para un libro de jovenes adultos (Y.A), leí la versión en inglés así que no estoy segura que tan buena sea la traducida. Armentrout es una de mis autoras favoritas pero este libro me habría encantdo aunque no conociera su trabajo anterior, está escrito y desarrollado de manera que al terminar fue inevitable leer de nuevo varias partes, solo por el gusto de conectar con el sentimiento que me produjo, porque lo más hermoso no es la trama en sí, aunque es muy buena sino el desarrollo de los personajes, y la forma de conectarlos a través del tiempo aun cuano han cambiado y pasado por distintos tramos de la historia.

Por una u otra razón tuve la oportunidad de conocer un par de niños con un problema similar al de Mallory y no pude más que desear que sus historias estuvieran completas algun día, no pude evitar imaginar que el desarrollo de sus historias sería hermoso como el de estos personajes; y desear que como lo hicieron estos personajes entendieran que aunque  la dureza del mundo, y la frialdad de los sistemas que diregen las situaciones que les afectan sean rígidos, esto no los haga quedarse estancados o  limitados en sus planes y sueños, que logren ver el panorama general y tener una mejor prepectiva sobre la vida, tal como lo hacen nuestros queridos protagonistas.

Este es el privilegio de leer, imaginar y conectar con lo que conocemos, reconectar con los sentimientos que las mecánicas de un día común nos hacen subestimar u olvidar, lo recomiendo 100%.

Jennifer Lynn Armentrout es una escritora estadounidense de romance contemporáneo, paranormal y ciencia ficción. Algunas de sus obras han estado en la lista de libros más vendidos del New York Times. Su novela para adultos jóvenes Obsidian ha sido seleccionada por Sierra Pictures para hacer una película recientemente.

SAGA THE PAPER MAGICIAN de Charlie N. Holmberg

SINOPSIS
Una desconsolada Ceony Twill, de 19 años, llega al mago Emery Thane, luego de graduarse como la mejor de su clase en la importante escuela Tagis Praff, pero se ve obligada a abrazar la magia del papel, aunque ella soñaba con trabajar con el metal; y una vez que hace su juramento de magia con el papel, material que desprecia, sabe que es para el resto de su vida.
Desde el comienzo de su aprendizaje con el excéntrico pero encantador Emery, Ceony descubre un mundo maravilloso que no sospechaba: anima a las criaturas de papel, da vida a las historias a través de imágenes que ilustran, predicen el futuro … Pero su felicidad se ve empañada cuando se enfrenta a los peligros de la magia prohibida.
Un Excisor, que practica magia negra atada al elemento humano, ataca al mago y le arranca el corazón antes de huir con su precioso botín. Para salvarlo, Ceony se enfrentará a la horrible bruja sedienta de sangre y se embarcará en un peligroso viaje que la llevará a través de los meandros del corazón de su mentor donde descubrirá los pesados ​​secretos.

RESEÑA
Este es un excelente libro para iniciarse en la lectura pero también para los lectores frecuentes, es una historia muy original, llena de imaginación, giros, una buena trama y personajes intrigantes, conflictos increíbles y soluciones aún más estrafalarias, desarrollado de forma tan limpia que es muy difícil abandonar la lectura una vez que se empieza.
Ceony es la super heroina, jamás una damisela en peligro, una protagonista proactiva y quien resuelve cualquier situación sacando el provecho máximo de todo cuanto tiene a mano. El maestro Emery es quizá de los personajes más excentricos que he leído y me apegué a él como el 5 segundos, me encantó desde el comienzo porque es muy trasparente en su sentir y comunicar y al mismo tiempo concreto cada vez que habla, cada palabra medida con exactitud, e inmediatamente comienza la carrera por conocer todos los secretos que lo hicieron el mejor y más joven Mago de Papel que existe.
El primer libro lleva la historia en su momento mas rápido, pero el segundo y tercero desarrollan los personajes secundarios, como la familia de Ceony, los aprendices de Emery, los profesores y enemigos de Tagis Praff, y por supuesto la historia entre los dos protagonistas, y la evolución del gran secreto de Ceony, y cómo Emery toma desisciones para que su aprendiz gane el respeto de todos, pero este camino devela más dudas, peligros y complicaciones que me tuvieron al borde del asiento en cada capítulo, como debe ser.
Lo recomiendo totalmente para cualquier edad y cualquier momento.

Charlie N. Holmberg

Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie N. Holmberg was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog. Her fantasy Paper Magician series, which includes The Paper MagicianThe Glass Magician, and The Master Magician, has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company. Her stand-alone novel, Followed by Frost, was nominated for a 2016 RITA Award for Best Young Adult Romance, and her novel The Fifth Doll won the 2018 Whitney for Speculative Fiction. She is a board member for Deep Magic Ezine and lives with her family in Utah.

THE UNHONEYMOONERS por Christina Lauren

Sinopsis:

Olive siempre tiene mala suerte: en su carrera, en el amor, en … bueno, todo.  Su hermana gemela idéntica, Amy, por otro lado, es probablemente la persona más afortunada del mundo.  Su encuentro con su prometido es algo sacado de una comedia romántica y ha logrado financiar toda su boda al ganar una serie de concursos en Internet. Lo peor de todo es que ahora Olive está obliganda a pasar el día con su enemigo jurado, Ethan, quien resulta ser el padrino de la boda.
 Olive se prepara para pasar 24 horas infernales en la boda antes de poder regresar a su vida cómoda y desafortunada.  Pero cuando la vida da un giro inesperado, Olive e Ethan quienes siempre están decididos a evitarse a toda costa, estarán dispuestos a dejar su odio mutuo de lado durante unos días para aprovechar la situación que la hizo sentir un poco afortunada.

Reseña:

Pasé mucho tiempo sin leer una comedia romántica y esta me vino de maravilla, Olive es el tipo de personaje que me encanta leer, asertiva pero infaliblemente equivocada, fuerte aunque con una gran cantidad de problemas internos con los cuales lidiar y lo hace, es un personaje bastante real y se hace sentir constantemente porque la historia está escrita casi por completo desde su punto de vista. Ethan fue una gran sorpresa tras otra, evoluciona sumamente rápido, tanto que no sabía cuáles eran las parte ciertas de su trasformación y cuáles de las situaciones no eran muy fiables, al final parece CASI el hombre perfecto. Lentamente entre una y otra discusión entré en la historia con ellos.
No necesariamente es una historia realista, ni impactante, pero es muy ligera para leer, perfecta para relajarse y reír y dejarte pensando sobre lo beneficiosas o nocivas que pueden ser las acciones que tomamos cuando estas nacen de los sentimientos con los que estamos lidiando a nivel inconsciente.
No pude evitar la sensación de haber visto antes ciertas partes de esta novela en otra historia pero la parte que considero genial es que durante la lectura no lo pensé, no me di cuenta porque la historia te arrastra rápidamente.

Comedia Romántica 5 estrellas

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Fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Jenny Han will delight as the fireworks spark and the secrets fly in this delicious summer romance from a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.

When Jade decided to spend the summer with her aunt in California, she thought she knew what she was getting into. But nothing could have prepared her for Quentin. Jade hasn’t been in suburbia long and even she knows her annoying (and annoyingly cute) next-door neighbor spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E.

And when Quentin learns Jade plans to spend her first American summer hiding out reading books, he refuses to be ignored. Sneaking out, staying up, and even a midnight swim, Quentin is determined to give Jade days–and nights–worth remembering.

But despite their storybook-perfect romance, every time Jade moves closer, Quentin pulls away. And when rumors of a jilted ex-girlfriend come to light, Jade knows Quentin is hiding a secret–and she’s determined to find out what it is.

 

 

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Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.

 

 

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The Billionaires Secrets By J.S. Scott

A Brand New Release from NY Times,  USA Today AND Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author J.S. Scott
A Wall Street Journal bestselling series.
Former
rock star Xander Sinclair may be out of rehab, but he’s not out of the
woods. Still haunted by his parents’ murders, he has secluded himself in
his Amesport mansion and dodges any attempted contact from his two
brothers. Struggling not to fall into relapse, he believes he’s battling
his demons alone.
That is, until Samantha arrives to work as his
live-in housekeeper. Effortlessly charming and cheerful and wickedly
sexy, she challenges Xander to abandon his isolation. The two embark on a
fiery relationship—one that could change them both forever.
Just
when Xander is on the verge of reclaiming his life, he discovers that
Samantha has been hiding things from him…things that could shatter the
fragile future they’ve begun to build together. For Xander, escaping the
past is no longer an option. It’s time to face it—even when some
secrets seem too heavy for the heart to bear.

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J.S.
Scott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of steamy
romance. She’s an avid reader of all types of books and literature.
Writing what she loves to read, J.S. Scott writes both contemporary
steamy romance stories and paranormal romance erotics. They almost
always feature an Alpha Male and have a happily ever after because she
just can’t seem to write them any other way! 

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EXES WITH BENEFITS RELEASE DAY!!

MY REVIEW:

I read this book because I love this author, and she never disappoint me, but above all things this book is one of my favorites now, is sweet, sexy, slight angsty and very emotional, the writing is wonderful, obviously that’s why I always read her books, because every time I finish one of her books I feel that I grew up a little more.

I loved the heroine Maggie, and even more the hero Canaan. I was completely immersed in the story, is very original plus, the love scenes were always so unexpected and full of conflicted feelings.
It was so interesting to see how this book begins after this point where other stories ends.

It’s all  about second chances, Maggie leaves her husband because he’s a walking disaster, but after years away from him she’s forced to come back to the town but just for her grandmother’s funeral and now she’s face to face with her past,  except that the former husband is nothing like the one she remembers. Canaan is not just as stunning as he used to be but now he’s quite a role model to anyone and Maggie couldn’t be more confused. She’s having a hard time accepting the fact that Canaan is so different, and she’s in absolutely denial that he’s truly the love of her life, despite every signal, gesture and everything surrounding their relationship , Maggie keeps stretching things out needlessly to protect herself an her new life, fighting against her feelings and instincts, she’s completely closed to him, the only thing she wants is for him to sign the divorce papers.

Terrible things had happened to Canaan in the past, but he hits bottom when she left him years ago, since then he gives to his life a 180° turn, without any doubt that he can get her back because they belong together. There’s a couple of things that really had an impact on Canaan but nothing moves him as deeply as the will to get back together with his wife, and you can feel it every time he’s present, in how every glance, words, movements, the tension between them for the way is written.

Maggie was always on an on about how she changed and she would never see Canaan with love again, but she never was indifferent to him, she does reject him but I felt that as half-heartedly rejection, the love is always present.
Canaan is a mystery, a mystery that unfolds beautifully! He loves Maggie, he wants to show her the new and improved Canaan and be with her for good this time, his flaw comes off  from a very traumatic past, but he’s strong enough to rebuild everything in their lives, but his biggest issue is to make her see how much he has changed.

Things got really interesting when Maggie’s current boyfriend shows up to get Maggie back, I even gasped when I read this scene, but you know I would never give you a spoiler so, just let me tell you that I loved the book, the display and transformation of this characters is something I highly recommend, specially is you are looking for a HEA or a second chance story.

 

 

 

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***He wants a second chance. I want a divorce. To get what I want, I’ll have to give him what he does.***

From New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Nicole Williams:

The only benefit I want from my ex is a divorce.

We got married for all the wrong reasons. The one thing we got right was our separation. I should have known better than to think I could bet on forever with a guy like Canaan Ford. Everything about him screamed impermanent, from his wild eyes to his restless soul.

When I left him and the small town I’d spent my whole life in, I swore I’d never go back. Never only turned out to be five years. Canaan claims he’s changed, but he hasn’t—same knowing smile, same rough demeanor, same body crafted from sin and sinew. And yet, something is different. He thinks this is his chance for redemption. My disagreement comes in the form of divorce papers dropped in his lap. He refuses to sign them. Unless . . .

He wants a month to prove himself to me—that’s his offer. One month to make me fall in love with him again and if I don’t, he’ll sign the papers. As much as I want to say no, I agree. I can suffer my ex for a short amount of time if that’s what it takes to be free of him once and for all. I fell for him once; I won’t make that same mistake twice.

He says we’re not over. I say we were over before we got started. Only one of us can be right, and I can’t let it be him.

 

“Canaan—”
Before I could attempt to figure out how to follow that, he lifted his hands. “I’m here to help. That’s all. No hidden agenda. I swear,” he added when I eyed the stack of packing supplies like there was a secret code I was meant to decipher.
“I don’t want to fight. Or argue. Or debate. Or anything else you and I could never stop going on and on about.”
“I don’t either.” He kept his hands raised for another moment before dropping them at his sides. “We didn’t always used to be like that, you know?”
“I remember. And then we turned thirteen and hormones got the better of us and we couldn’t seem to stop fighting.”
“I remember times we weren’t fighting. Lots of times.”
“The only times we weren’t fighting was when we were making out or making something.” I closed the door and cleared my throat.
“Fighting and fucking. We were damn great at both.”
If it wasn’t for the boyish grin he gave me right then, he would have gotten more than a grumble from me.
“We should have just stayed friends. That was the only relationship we were good at.”
“We never could have just stayed friends.”
“Why not?” I glanced around for a sweater to throw on, since that was the second time he’d looked at me like he had to convince himself not to misbehave.
“Chemistry. You and I had it.” He started folding the first box, his hands working with all of his attention directed at me. “You and I still have it.”
The warm jolt that shot through my veins whenever he came close confirmed his theory. However . . .
“You need a lot more than chemistry to make a marriage work. To make any relationship work.”
His shoulder lifted as he taped the box. “Of course you do. But a hell of a lot of chemistry sure doesn’t go bad with all of that other love, trust, and respect stuff. Does it?”
Grabbing a box, I put a good distance between us before starting to make it. “I wouldn’t know.”
Canaan stopped in the middle of yanking a strip of tape. “I felt like we had those things. Maybe not in the amount we should have, but I always loved and trusted you. And I respected the shit out of you too.”
I thought back to all of those nights I stayed awake, waiting for him to come home. My hand cupped around my telephone, whispering silent prayers to whatever god was listening at the time. I thought about the empty bottles and mornings of him not being able to recall anything of the night before. The scents of other women on him. I remembered tending to wounds and mending injuries.
Although the real ones that needed fixed I was never able to heal.
My eyes met his and lingered there. “You had a funny way of showing it.”
His mouth opened instantly, but it closed just as fast. He took a full breath. “I know.”

 

 

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Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.
Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.

 

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TOP 10 BOOKS ON MY TBR FOR THIS SEASON

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
In Colleen Hoover’s gripping novel, reminiscent of the bestselling works of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes, a young woman decides to reveal the dark secrets of her seemingly-happy family before she leaves them behind, but when her escape plan fails, she must deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth.

 

 

Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino
Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, floating from interest to interest, job to job, and guy to guy, searching for a spark but never quite finding it. All she knows is that she won’t discover it working as a waitress at a pies-and-fries joint in Los Angeles or living with her fun but aimless best friend in a tiny apartment in the Arts District.
Then Charlotte collides with Adam, a gorgeous and soulful painter who seems just as lost as she feels. Their instant connection turns into a midnight drink… and a whirlwind night of champagne, Chinese food, and the kind of conversation that only happens in romantic comedies. But the next morning, Adam gives Charlotte the cold shoulder, leaving her confused and hurt—and wondering if the few odd moments between them the night before were red flags in disguise.
Months later, Charlotte hasn’t been able to shake Adam, so she decides to find out what happened the morning after their magical night together. This fateful decision rewrites their wild love story, but what Charlotte doesn’t know yet is that the ending has already been written.

 

If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.
Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.
Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.
For what she let happen.
With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?

 

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous: Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin. Her social existence is confined to the middle school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father.

Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus: her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable. Motivated by her first experience with real friendship and a teenage crush, Turtle starts to imagine escape, using the very survival skills her father devoted himself to teaching her. What follows is a harrowing story of bravery and redemption. With Turtle’s escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, the reader watches, heart in throat, as this teenage girl struggles to become her own hero—and in the process, becomes ours as well

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Chasing Red by Isabelle Ronin (RED # 1)

They said she was going to be my ruin…
Then let her ruin me.
Caleb Lockhart has everything—wealth, adoration, a brilliant future. Until a chance encounter with a siren in a red dress changes everything. Until he meets the woman he dubs Red.
Veronica Strafford’s past makes it hard for her to trust anyone. Now, kicked out of her apartment, she reluctantly accepts Caleb’s offer for a place to stay.
Caleb feels intensely drawn to Veronica. And, for the first time in his life, he really wants something—someone. Too bad Veronica’s heart might just be the one thing Caleb can’t win.

 

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman (The Book of Dust #1)

Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them, a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua . . .

 

Exes with Benefits by Nicole Williams
We got married for all the wrong reasons. The one thing we got right was our separation. I should have known better than to think I could bet on forever with a guy like Canaan Ford. Everything about him screamed impermanent, from his wild eyes to his restless soul.
When I left him and the small town I’d spent my whole life in, I swore I’d never go back. Never only turned out to be five years. Canaan claims he’s changed, but he hasn’t—same knowing smile, same rough demeanor, same body crafted from sin and sinew. And yet, something is different. He thinks this is his chance for redemption. My disagreement comes in the form of divorce papers dropped in his lap. He refuses to sign them. Unless…
He wants a month to prove himself to me—that’s his offer. One month to make me fall in love with him again and if I don’t, he’ll sign the papers. As much as I want to say no, I agree. I can suffer my ex for a short amount of time if that’s what it takes to be free of him once and for all. I fell for him once; I won’t make that same mistake twice.

The Black Tides of Heaven (BOOK # 1) by J.Y. Yang
The Black Tides of Heaven is one of a pair of unique, standalone introductions to JY Yang’s Tensorate Series, which Kate Elliott calls «effortlessly fascinating.» For more of the story you can read its twin novella The Red Threads of Fortune, available now.
Mokoya and Akeha, the twin children of the Protector, were sold to the Grand Monastery as children. While Mokoya developed her strange prophetic gift, Akeha was always the one who could see the strings that moved adults to action. While his sister received visions of what would be, Akeha realized what could be. What’s more, he saw the sickness at the heart of his mother’s Protectorate.
A rebellion is growing. The Machinists discover new levers to move the world every day, while the Tensors fight to put them down and preserve the power of the state. Unwilling to continue to play a pawn in his mother’s twisted schemes, Akeha leaves the Tensorate behind and falls in with the rebels. But every step Akeha takes towards the Machinists is a step away from his sister Mokoya. Can Akeha find peace without shattering the bond he shares with his twin sister?

The Book of Whispers by Kimberley Starr
Tuscany, 1096 AD. Luca, young heir to the title of Conte de Falconi, sees demons. Since no one else can see them, Luca must keep quiet about what he sees.
Luca also has dreams—dreams that sometimes predict the future. Luca sees his father murdered in one such dream and vows to stop it coming true. Even if he has to go against his father’s wishes and follow him on the great pilgrimage to capture the Holy Lands.
When Luca is given an ancient book that holds some inscrutable power, he knows he’s been thrown into an adventure that will lead to places beyond his understanding. But with the help of Suzan, the beautiful girl he rescues from the desert, he will realise his true quest: to defeat the forces of man and demon that wish to destroy the world.

Exes with Benefits Chapter Reveal today!!!!

Coming September 18th

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He wants a second chance. I want a divorce. To get what I want, I’ll have to give him what he does.


From New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Nicole Williams, comes a new standalone romance in the same vein as Roommates with Benefits.

PROLOGUE


Goodbye.
It was the one relationship guarantee we could all expect. Whether it was death or circumstance, tragedy or choice, it was the only promise we were assured. Goodbye. It had been coming since the day we met, and now it was here. Sooner than I’d hoped. Even sooner than the sensible segment of me had predicted.
Still, it was later than maybe I should have expected out of a relationship with Canaan Ford.
I’d been waiting all night for his truck to rumble up the driveway when it finally did just past two a.m.. Before his footsteps echoed up the stairs, I shouldered the couple of bags I’d packed and waited in the shadows of the hallway. My paintbrushes were sticking out of one of my oversized totes, tickling the underside of my arm. I’d packed everything that seemed important at the time, but now, I wasn’t sure that what I’d stuffed in my bags mattered at all.
It was late, dark, and Canaan would be coming home exhausted, hurting, and some degree of drunk. He wouldn’t see me, and I could just slip away without him knowing.
Maybe I should have left before he made it back, but whenever I tried, my feet froze to the floor before I could make it to the door. I needed to wait for him to get home first—to make sure he was okay before I left him. That might have been a messed up model of morality, but most of Canaan’s and my relationship was messed up, from the beginning to now, the ending.
He struggled with the key in the lock before shoving the door open and clomping straight toward the couch. He’d stopped crawling into bed beside me after a night of fighting and drinking months ago, like he thought it would spare me the pain of seeing him bloodied and plastered. It never had. The black eyes, the swollen lips, the bruised ribs; they were that much worse in the light of morning.
Canaan had barely crashed onto the sofa before his breathing evened out. Still, I waited another minute in the hallway before moving into the living room.
Don’t look, Maggie. Don’t let yourself look at him.
I looked. Of course I looked. I never listened to what was best for me—if I had, my life would have wound up so much differently.
He was already passed out, sprawled across the couch we’d bought at a yard sale the summer before . . .
Before all of this.
One arm and one leg were hanging off the end, his face tipped far enough toward me I could gauge the type of fight he’d been in tonight. A good one by Canaan’s definition—the best kind. The type where his opponent got in as many hits as he did. The type of fight that made him almost question if it would be the first one he’d lose. Canaan loved the challenge, the fight. He thrived off of chaos, seeming to wilt when life was simple. I used to admire that about him, and maybe I still did. It just wasn’t the life for me. I couldn’t live life like it was a battle—not anymore.
He was passed out hard, but I still crept slowly toward the front door, my heart thundering as the boards creaked below me. Even though I was moving toward the door, my eyes stayed on him.
Look away.
I couldn’t. Canaan was the best part of my life. And the worst. The best memories. And the worst. He was the high and the low and I was so damn tired of the sick cycle I thought would kill me one day.
As my hand cupped around the cool doorknob, my eyes burned. This was it. As resolved as I’d felt in the weeks leading up to this, I felt like I was being torn in half by walking away. I knew if I stayed, this relationship would be the end of me. But at the moment, leaving felt like the same.
Lying on that couch, he looked so vulnerable. Almost like he needed someone to protect him. From the world. From his demons. From himself. I’d tried. God, I’d been trying for what felt like forever, but the only thing I had to show for my efforts was scars and pain.
One of his eyes was swollen shut, his bottom lip three times its normal size, and he’d split the same eyebrow open again. It was going to need stiches. Six, I guessed. I’d gotten really good as estimating the number of stiches needed to seal a wound.
A sob rose from my chest, but I managed to swallow it back down. He was the only boy I’d ever loved—the only one I’d ever come close to loving. In some ways, he was perfect for me. But in more ways, especially lately, he was entirely wrong for me.
That was why I needed to leave. We might have been good together, but we weren’t good for each other. I knew that now.
I opened the door slowly, so it wouldn’t make a sound, then I let myself take one last look at the life I was leaving behind before I forced myself to walk away.
Now that I wasn’t looking at him, moving was easier. Each step down from our little apartment above the garage came quicker, so by the time I reached the ground, I was jogging.
Canaan’s truck was parked right beside my old car. Ancient was maybe a better description of how “mature” my car was. It was almost like he’d known I was going to leave tonight, because he’d parked his truck so close I could barely crack my door open half a foot. Getting my bags tossed into the backseat and managing to wiggle in through the door was a tight fit, but I made it work.
The moment I was inside, I jammed the key in the ignition and turned it over. I didn’t pause. I didn’t flinch. The hardest part was behind me, and now I needed to keep moving.
Easing my car around the truck, I noticed the one light burning inside the big house in my rearview mirror. Grandma knew what was happening tonight and was keeping her light on for me as her unique way of expressing that no matter what, she was here for me. She’d keep the light on—even when it felt like there was nothing but darkness around me.
My throat constricted as I kept backing down the long driveway. I’d tried saving him, but it had cost me almost everything. I was taking what I had left and saving myself.
As I rolled past Grandma’s front porch, my gaze shifted from the rearview mirror to that little garage apartment I’d lived the last eleven months in. The door was open, light was streaming from inside, and a dark, towering shadow loomed in the doorway.
My foot instinctively moved toward the brake. Canaan was too far away for me to determine the look on his face, but I could imagine it. It came easy since I’d known him as long as I had. Knowing his face was like second nature.
He stayed unmoving in that doorway for a moment, my car doing the same. It wasn’t until he started moving down the stairs that my foot flew back to the gas. If he got to me before I made it out of this driveway, I wouldn’t leave. I knew it. Walking away from someone I loved was hard enough, but Canaan wasn’t just someone I loved—he was someone I’d shared everything with. He’d walked with me through the hardest part of my life, and I’d walked with him through his. We’d been each other’s beacon, shelter, and compass through all of life’s shit . . .
So how had we gotten here? To this hopeless, dead end of a place?
He was charging down the stairs now, taking them two at a time. How was he able to move that nimbly when he’d just been comatose on the couch?
“Maggie!”
The windows were rolled up, but his shout broke through the glass, sounding so close it was almost like he was pressed against me, whispering it into my ear.
He sprinted the moment his feet touched the ground, his long arms pumping hard at his sides.
“Canaan, don’t,” I whispered inside the car, my lower lip trembling as I focused on the driveway behind me. “Please don’t.”
I didn’t miss the shadow that had appeared in that lit window. Grandma was watching me leave, witnessing Canaan trying to convince me to stay. Before, his attempts had been successful, but not this time. I couldn’t stay for him one more time—I had to leave for me.
“Maggie! Please!”
Canaan’s shouts were so loud, they were going to wake up the neighbors a few acres over. Each word emanated like a blast inside the car.
“Let me go,” I whispered as I swung the car onto the street.
Right before I could punch it into drive and hit the gas, Canaan swooped in front of the car. His chest was moving hard from the exertion, his snug white tee stained with fresh and dried blood. His face was so messed up it was practically unrecognizable, but I couldn’t help seeing the young boy with a clip-on tie walk up to me when I was frozen on a porch step, appraising me with those wild gold eyes before holding out a tiny box. How had that boy, who’d saved me back then, become the ruin of me now?
When I revved the engine, he didn’t move. Instead, he slid closer so his legs were pushing against the bumper. He raised his arms like he was surrendering, his unswollen eye landing on me. “I’m not letting you leave. Not without a fight.”
A breath rolled past my lips—a fight. Everything was a fight with him. He couldn’t land enough hits or take enough. His guilt wouldn’t let him.
Cranking down the window, I made myself glare at him. It was harder to achieve than it should have been. “I’m not something you win or lose in a fight.”
His jaw moved as he pressed his hands into the hood of the car. “You fight for what’s important. That’s the way life is. And you are worth every fight I have in me.”
“You’re too busy fighting everyone else—including yourself—to fight for me.” My sight blurred as I stared at him. So little of the person I’d fallen in love with remained. So little of who he’d fallen in love with remained in me as well. “I can’t wait around, watching you kill yourself one fight and drink at a time.”
He wiped at his split-open brow, leaving a streak of blood on his forearm. “I can change.”
My fingers tightened around the steering wheel. How many times had I heard those words come from his lips? Those same lips that claimed ownership of my first kiss?
“Yeah, you can.” I steeled myself against him a little more. “That’s not your problem. Your problem is that you won’t change.”
“This time I will.” His head whipped side to side. “It’s taken this, you trying to leave me, to slap some sense into me.”
I’d tried leaving so many times. This was just the furthest I’d ever made it. “I’m not trying to leave you. I am leaving you.” I made myself look at him. I made myself appear strong when I felt so very opposite. “This is it.”
He slowly came around the side of the car toward me. I rolled up the window halfway, aiming my eyes at the road in front of me.
“One more chance.” Even from a few feet back, I could smell the alcohol on his breath. I could smell the sweat and blood on him mixed with it, the trace of perfume that didn’t belong to me.
“You’ve had a thousand one more chances.” I studied him from the corners of my eyes, knowing better than to let them lock on his when he was this close. “This was your last one.”
“Maggie . . .” His hands formed around the lip of the window. His knuckles were split open and swollen, dried blood covering them. Still, I wasn’t sure I’d ever craved having them reach for me more. I wasn’t sure I’d ever needed him to pull me to his broken body and soul more than I did right then.
In that moment, I might have needed him more than I needed air, but I couldn’t give in. Kicking the habit was the only way to cure myself.
“Let me go, Canaan.” My legs were trembling as my foot moved back to the gas.
His head lowered so it was in line with mine. “You’re my wife.”
My left hand curled farther around the steering wheel, until I couldn’t see the gold band circling my finger. “No. I was your wife.”
His head dropped for half a second, his eyes flashing with defeat right before. “I love you.”
​My chest ached. The man was the boy again, and I wanted to save him the way he’d saved me. But I couldn’t. The only person who could save Canaan Ford was Canaan Ford.
“I promised to love you forever, and I will.” My foot touched the accelerator. “But I can’t spend forever with you.”
His hands braced around the window harder when I rolled forward. “I made a promise. To you, and to myself. A promise to love you forever. To look after you as long.”
When I found my mind drifting to that overcast afternoon eleven months ago, my heart wringing when I remembered the way he’d stared at me as we repeated those phrases in the courthouse, I shook my head. Good memories weren’t enough. Hope wasn’t enough. Empty promises weren’t even close to enough.
“We exchanged vows.” My eyes focused on the road in front of me, letting go of the dead end beside me. “There’s a difference between saying them and meaning them.”
When my foot pushed down on the gas, Canaan moved with the car. “I’m not letting you go. I’m not giving up.” The car moved faster, his feet pounding the asphalt as he struggled to keep up.
“I know. But I’m giving in.” Breaking my own rule, I let my eyes meet his before punching the gas pedal as far down as it would go. “Goodbye.”
That was enough. Hearing that word shocked him just enough to still him. For one second. I didn’t ease up on the gas, not even when I heard his fists pounding the trunk as he struggled to keep up.
“I can change!” His footsteps were thundering after the car. “I will change.”
With him behind me, I let the tears I’d been fighting fall. Everything I’d ever known—my whole life—was getting smaller and smaller behind me. With every tick of the odometer.
“MAGGIE!!!” His voice pierced the air one last time before I was too far away to hear whatever came next.
It was morning by the time I stopped seeing his reflection in the rearview mirror, still chasing me into my new life.

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Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.
Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.

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Coming September 18th

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He wants a second chance. I want a divorce. To get what I want, I’ll have to give him what he does.


From New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Nicole Williams, comes a new standalone romance in the same vein as Roommates with Benefits.

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Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.
Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.

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TRUSTING YOU & OTHER LIES by Nicole Williams

My # 1 Summer Reads!

Phoenix can’t imagine anything worse than being shipped off to family summer camp. Her parents have been fighting for the past two years–do they seriously think being crammed in a cabin with Phoenix and her little brother, Harry, will make things better?
On top of that, Phoenix is stuck training with Callum–the head counselor who is seriously cute but a complete know-it-all. His hot-cold attitude means he’s impossible to figure out–and even harder to rely on. But despite her better judgment, Phoenix is attracted to Callum. And he’s promising Phoenix a summer she’ll never forget. Can she trust him? Or is this just another lie?
  
 
My Review
My number 1 choice for this summer!
This book is the perfect summer’s choice for young adults, it is a romance that unfolds during a difficult family situation with all the elements to enjoy an exciting and intriguing reading.
Phoenix is ​​a teenage girl, one of the most focused,she has a serious family problem and is willing to do what is necessary to ensure the least possible trauma for herself and her brother Harry, the question with it is… Will she knows how far her limits are.
Callum is a beautiful and mysterious character, he has had a very hard life and has matured precociously, forming a life directed to the good decisions and he has a firm moral code and that is where Phoenix enters his life to rock it …
 The characters are very realistic in the way of thinking and acting, I have always liked a good YA reading, and this is one of their best expressions.
As always the author develops an excellent story and leaves us wanting to know more about the characters, I would love to know what happens with the characters after this book, although it is a standalone and is perfectly concluded, I never have enough of the characters of this author.
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Roommates With Benefits Release Day

 

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Soren Decker. He’s the epitome of the “bad boy, good man” persona. The best of both worlds. The worst of them too. He’s the type of guy most girls would not mind sharing a confined space with, except my new roommate isn’t all swagger and chiseled abs.

He’s bossy. Messy. Cocky. Infuriating. Doesn’t believe in personal space. Has no qualms about roaming the apartment with a loincloth-sized towel cinched around his waist. Seems under the delusion he’s my personal protector (refer back to infuriating). He plays college baseball and holds down a part-time job—I don’t know where he finds the time to get on my nerves.


We’re got nothing in common . . . except for one thing. Our attraction to one another. And in six hundred square feet of shared space, the tension only has so much room to grow before one of us gives in to temptation. But really, what chance do a couple of young kids chasing their dreams in the big city have of making it?

Since Soren claims I know squat about sports (he might have a semi-point), here’s a stat for him—one in a million. That’s our odds.



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Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.
Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.
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MY REVIEW:
It gives me a wonderful feeling to read a book and suddenly realize that I am at 64% into it without having even noticed it, that’s how good it is. I’ve loved every book written by this author, the great deal for me is this process of waiting something that I know for sure will fulfill my expectations beyond belief, every one of her characters are always so different from each other that I look forward to their new books just to feel the excitement and rewarding sensation that I felt with Roommates with Benefits. I do not know why this time I expected to find a hero like Jude Ryder, but it is perhaps his complete opposite, and nevertheless I’m completely in love with Soren!!! I had never read a character like him, never, he went directly to my heart and also to my list of eternal book boyfriend, absolutely handsome, intelligent, tireless worker, chasing ceaselessly for his dream, focus and always with his feet well planted on the ground, he is young but wise in a way, we should have many more guys like Soren in real life, we need them.
Hayden is fabulous in every way, this is a book that would recommend to a daughter or niece so they can identify with a character like that, within her innocence she is completely strong, capable, is someone loyal and a real fighter, she’s always growing and developing through it all, that is inspiring. I can not remember just one favorite part because this reading had me from start to end with a permanent smile on my face and the best part is that I was not expecting many of the things that happened. I highly recommend it, it is about difficult beginnings, loyalty, ties, love, will, values ​​and a good people finding their ways.