NEW RELEASE & GIVEAWAY: The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young

In case you missed my review yesterday, you can read it here! No spoilers as always. I loved it and  hope you enjoy it, too!

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

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“I know how to watch my back. I’m the only one that ever has.”

India Maxwell hasn’t just moved across the country—she’s plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. It’s taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. Now she’s living in one of Boston’s wealthiest neighborhoods with her mom’s fiancé and his daughter, Eloise. Thanks to her soon-to-be stepsister’s clique of friends, including Eloise’s gorgeous, arrogant boyfriend Finn, India feels like the one thing she hoped never to be seen as again: trash.

But India’s not alone in struggling to control the secrets of her past. Eloise and Finn, the school’s golden couple, aren’t all they seem to be. In fact, everyone’s life is infinitely more complex than it first appears. And as India grows closer to Finn and befriends Eloise, threatening the facades that hold them together, what’s left are truths that are brutal, beautiful, and big enough to change them forever…

 

♦EXCERPT♦

“India, I’m not using her. I mean, I am, but it’s not like that. Eloise is getting what she wants out of this relationship, as well.”

“Like what?”

“I can’t tell you.”

“You are using her.”

“I’m not.” His chair screeched as he pulled it closer so our knees touched. His dark eyes moved over my face and I sucked in my breath at the open appreciation I saw there. “I’m not using her…but we are in a relationship together. I guess it just never occurred to me that I might actually meet someone in high school. Someone I…”

That feeling in my chest, that thick, hot feeling, threatened to overwhelm me at all the things he wasn’t saying. “Finn, Eloise is going to be my family.”

He looked so forlorn it took everything within me not to reach for him.

“What is it you’re hiding?”

“I can’t tell you. Please, just trust me.”

Hurt and frustration swept through me in equal measure but I tamped it down. It wasn’t my place to demand his secrets.

My frustration was suddenly mirrored in his eyes as he looked up at me. “I wish things were different.”

But they weren’t different. And yet they were the same, history repeating itself. I cared about someone and they didn’t care enough about me back to be honest about what was really going on.

I didn’t know if I was angry at Finn or just angry that nothing ever seemed to be easy for me. Everything was always a fight.

It felt like I lived in a constant clusterfuck.

I gave a huff of laughter. “Story of my life.” I shook my head, grabbed up my bag and, unable to look at him, said, “Thank you for your help tonight.”

“You’re not leaving without me.”

His protectiveness confused and pissed me off even more. “I’m not? Funny, it looks like that’s exactly what I’m doing.”

His familiar scowl was back in place at my sarcasm. “You’re also not going home alone after what happened here. I’ll give you a ride.”

“Finn.” I slumped, suddenly feeling exhausted. “I don’t think that’s a good idea.”

Sadness flittered through his eyes before he managed a carefully blank expression. “I think I can handle driving you home.”

Still a trembling mess after everything that had happened, I gave in and followed Finn out to his car.

The tension that we’d shared before was nothing compared to how it was now. Now that Finn had in a roundabout way admitted he liked me and I’d realized that what I was feeling for him was attraction, the tension could not be mistaken for anything else but sexual.

I’d never felt anything like it before—it was the most frustrating, scary and exhilarating feeling in the world.

When we eventually pulled up outside the house, the guilt washed over me. I shouldn’t be feeling this way about Eloise’s boyfriend and he certainly shouldn’t be feeling this way about me.

I felt like we were to blame for the whole thing but I didn’t know why.

I hadn’t asked the universe to make Finn like me.

And I had definitely not intended to like him in return.

“India,” he said just as I moved to get out of his car. “I’ve never really cared what anybody thought of me before…but I really don’t want you to think I’m a bad person.”

I stared into his beautiful eyes. “I can’t imagine ever thinking you’re a bad person. I meant it earlier…thank you for coming for me tonight. I’ll never forget it.”

“This feels weirdly like a goodbye,” he said with a bitter twist to his gorgeous lips.

“Maybe it is. I guess we’re both just a complication the other doesn’t need.”

Slowly, so slowly my heart had time to increase in hard, steady thumps, Finn slid his hand over the center console between us and stroked his thumb along the side of my hand. I felt that simple touch in every nerve, my body reacting to it in a way it never had to the touches and deep kisses that had come before it.

I stared at our hands for a moment, wondering how different my life could be if Finn wasn’t Eloise’s boyfriend, if we’d just met as strangers at school, felt the inexplicable bond between us and were free to do something about it.

Suddenly very aware of how long I’d been sitting outside the house in his car, I fumbled for the door handle. “See you around, Finn.”

 

 

♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

Samantha Young is the New York Times,  USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows.  Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us will be published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook & hardback June 2017.

Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for HeroOn Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015.

Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.

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NEW RELEASE & REVIEW: Raw Need by Cherrie Lynn

Larson Brothers Book Two; Interconnected Standalone

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Zane Larson has done everything he set out to do: conquered past demons, saved lives through his music, and toured the world as the frontman for one of the most popular rock bands in the world. This life—and an escape through music—was supposed to be everything he’s ever wanted, but after meeting Rowan, Zane’s no longer sure…

Soon after her husband’s death, Rowan Dugas learned she was pregnant. With grief and uncertainty her only companions, Rowan was only able to find an escape through music; specifically Zane Larson’s hypnotic voice. But after meeting the sexy lead singer of her favorite band, Rowan can hardly believe he’s interested in her. But Zane also has a painful connection to her unborn child – Zane’s brother is responsible for her husband’s death.

Torn between the only family she has left, and a life with Zane unlike anything she’s dared to dream about, Rowan’s decision will change her fate forever.

 

♦4-STAR REVIEW♦

In the second book in a series about forbidden romances, Raw Need takes us into the very taboo romance of two people with everything possible pushing them apart.  With a pregnant widow and the man of the brother who killed her husband, Lynn set up the story with as much angst and tension working against them as possible, but tempered it with the perfect amount of emotional care.

Rowan was difficult to grasp as a reader; at times it was easy to connect with her and become one with her, but other times she was quick to act out-of-character or without thought. Her position and predicament probably had a lot to do with that, one where she could not win no matter what she did, and I carried that frustration with me throughout the book. The animosity surrounding her in-laws became really difficult to read, but I felt it as I were her, wanting to fight through her and become her champion if she wouldn’t be her own. Difficult as it was, it was easy to understand how well Lynn wrote the dynamic between a grieving family, all tied together because of one lost soul. Rowan’s battle of grief warred with her needs and I craved that resolution, but the battle was half the fun (I mean, Zane <heart eyes>).

The connection between Zane and Rowan, though, was rife with delicious sexual tension. His gentlemanly ways lent well to his wild sex god demeanor. His sweet, caring nature made him a stand-out male character, one that you can easily swoon and pine over. His kind of affection can tear up the inside of your chest easily, and I adored him and his want of her.

Lynn always writes fantastically sexy books with great, well-developed characters and this was no different. Raw Need lived up to its name, building a great resistance and inner struggle with two people whose raw attraction to each other overpowered all logical thought. While there were random moments throughout the book that felt off or a bit cliche, almost as if Lynn was trying a bit too hard at certain angles, I still loved this unique love story and thoroughly enjoyed the stomach-dipping need that surrounded these two. It was a truly beautiful and inspirational love story with a connection that defied the odds against them.

 

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Larson Brothers Book One; Interconnected Standalone

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♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

Cherrie

Cherrie Lynn has been a CPS caseworker and a juvenile probation officer, but now that she has come to her senses, she writes contemporary and paranormal romance on the steamy side. It’s *much* more fun. She’s also an unabashed rock music enthusiast, and loves letting her passion for romance and metal collide on the page.

When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, listening to music or playing with her favorite gadget of the moment. She’s also fond of hitting the road with her husband to catch their favorite bands live.

Cherrie lives in East Texas with said husband and their two kids, all of whom are the source of much merriment, mischief and mayhem.

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NEW RELEASE & REVIEW: Until it Fades by K.A. Tucker

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Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania (population three thousand outside of tourist season).

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed date, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has rescued: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works. For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. There’s an immediate connection, and it’s more electric than the bond of two people who endured a traumatic event. It’s something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something she is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?

 

♦5-STAR REVIEW♦

Until it Fades was a different side to K.A. Tucker than we’re used to, employing a fairytale kind of love story in place of her typical romantic suspense, but it still had her deeply vivid characters and a self-assured heroine we’re used to having from her. Both a romance and Women’s Fiction novel, this story delved deep into the small-town life, the far-reaching echoes of bad choices, and the reverberations of a selfless deed.

It beautifully and painfully captured the true upheaval and heartbreak of a family torn apart, a community involved, and the consequences from those actions years later on both sides of the fence. Catherine’s palpable strength, both as a woman and a mother, spoke volumes with each action. I don’t know that I’ve loved one of her heroines as much as I did her; there was such purity to her even with her muddied reputation. Tucker wrote her with a light hand, insisting we fall for her swiftly and easily by simple presence alone without interference. Everything Catherine was, mixed with Brett’s unbelievably sweet and caring self, created an unputdownable story with the ability to push and pull at your heart.

With one of the best slow-burn romances I’ve experienced in a long while, Until it Fades was deeply romantic and uplifting. The swirling angst of a sweet romance that built as the story turned gave me a constant swarm of butterflies. I was charmed by a strong, defined heroine that was selfless as well as self-aware, and the love that she deserved to have in return. Tucker’s skilled storytelling shone again, showing us both a different side to her writing as well as the power of love, within and outside of us. It was a truly fascinating story that lifted me up and gave me characters worth rooting for.

 

♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

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Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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