ARC Review: Chasing River by K.A. Tucker

Chasing River by K.A. Tucker

Chasing River by K.A. Tucker
Series: Burying Water #3 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: July 7th 2015
Links: EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Armed with two years’ worth of savings and the need to experience life outside the bubble of her Oregon small town, twenty-five-year old Amber Welles is prepared for anything. Except dying in Dublin.  Had it not been for the bravery of a stranger, she might have. But he takes off before she has the chance to offer her gratitude.

Twenty-four-year-old River Delaney is rattled. No one was supposed to get hurt. But then that American tourist showed up. He couldn’t let her die, but he also couldn’t risk being identified at the scene—so, he ran. Back to his everyday life of running his family’s pub.  Only, everyday life is getting more and more complicated, thanks to his brother, Aengus, and his criminal associations. When the American girl tracks River down, he quickly realizes how much he likes her, how wrong she is for him. And how dangerous it is to have her around. Chasing her off would be the smart move.

Maybe it’s because he saved her life, or maybe it’s because he’s completely different from everything she’s left behind, but Amber finds herself chasing after River Delaney. Amber isn’t the kind of girl to chase after anyone.

And River isn’t the kind of guy she’d want to catch.

This third novel in the Burying Water series is about Amber Welles, Jesse’s younger sister (from Burying Water). This was a really sweet, heartfelt romance that was easily enjoyable. I liked this book quite a bit – maybe not as much as Burying Water, but Chasing River is definitely a book that fans of the series shouldn’t miss. K.A. Tucker’s writing swept me away to the gorgeous country of Ireland (which I swear I will visit one day!), Amber’s latest stop on her trip around the world.

1. Have a torrid affair with a foreigner. Country: TBD.

Amber has lived her whole life in the small town of Sisters, Oregon, but after a broken relationship, nothing’s holding her back from traveling the world. Amber has always been the ‘good girl’, the proper daughter of the town sheriff, but her friend Alex, Jesse’s girlfriend, makes Amber a list of things to do while traveling to bring Amber out of her shell and experience a more exciting and fulfilling life. I really enjoyed Amber’s character – she felt real and I easily connected with her character. And I really liked the way K.A. Tucker brought her and River together – River saves Amber’s life from a terrorist organization bomb.

“So . . . Where’d you meet this guy?”
“At the park one day. He kind of . . . ran into me.” I toy with a coaster to avoid her gaze.
“Sounds romantic.”
“It was, in a way.” If pipe bombs could be called romantic.

River Delaney is somewhat of a bad boy, but with a sweet side and a heart that’s loyal to the people he cares about. He saves Amber from a bomb his older brother plants, not expecting to see the pretty American girl again. But when she appears at the bar his family owns, he knows he wants a chance with her, despite believing that he’s not good enough for her. River shows Amber around Ireland, showing her how important his country means to him. I couldn’t help but fall a little in love with River – he’s Amber’s knight in shining armor, and he’s so sweet and tender towards her. The feelings between River and Amber grow slowly but genuinely. But how can they have a life together when Amber is bound to leave, and they live thousands of miles away?

I want to spend tonight with her, and tomorrow. I want to spend every second with Amber until she leaves.
I don’t want her to leave.
Do I tell her that, though?

There is a lot of political mumbo-jumbo going on within Ireland. River’s brother is part of the IRA, an Irish terrorist organization, and Amber, River, and his family unfortunately get pulled into the political drama. The beginning was a bit confusing when the IRA was introduced, but eventually I got the hang of what was going on. K.A. Tucker includes a note in the beginning of the novel that helped understand Ireland’s politics.

As much as I liked both Amber and River, I just wasn’t as invested in their characters as much as I wanted to be. Everything in this book goes by slowly, including their romance, and sometimes I got bored while reading. This doesn’t mean I didn’t like Chasing River, because I did – it’s a sweet read with fantastic storytelling. I’m definitely a fan of K.A. Tucker’s writing. But I just didn’t connect with the story as much as I wanted to. Still, it’s a satisfying, enjoyable read with likable characters and strong writing. Fans of the series won’t be disappointed with River and Amber’s story.

3.5 hearts

Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.

Reading Order: Burying Water series

Burying Water by K.A. Tucker Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker Chasing River by K.A. Tucker Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker

#1 ~ Burying Water: My Review • EbookPaperback • AudibleGoodreads
#2 ~ Becoming Rain: EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Chasing River: EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads
#4 ~ Surviving Ice: My Review • EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads


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Review: Confess by Colleen Hoover

Confess by Colleen Hoover

Confess by Colleen Hoover
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: March 10th 2015
Links: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

Colleen Hoover is, without a doubt, my top favorite author of all time. I’ve loved every book she’s ever published. She just has this way of writing these unique, heartfelt, romantic, utterly captivating novels that rip your heart out and stomp on it and then mend it back together. So yeah, her books aren’t exactly easy on the heart to read, but that’s why I love them. She creates characters that are so achingly flawed but real, who you can’t help but love and adore. Her writing is impeccable as always. And I’m happy to say Confess is another win from Colleen Hoover! I honestly don’t think there’s a book she can write that I won’t love. Confess is a beautiful, heartwarming, magical book I wholeheartedly enjoyed.

“They’re all confessions,” I say in awe. “Are these from actual people? People you know?”
He shakes his head and motions toward the front door. “They’re all anonymous. People leave their confessions in the slot over there, and I use some of them as inspiration for my art.”

Okay, first off, I am just so in awe of how Colleen Hoover is able to think up such unique, mind-blowing, twist-y storylines. Every time I pick up a CoHo book, I finish thinking, “This is why she’s the author and I’m the reader.” With Confess, we have a hero who creates art based on confessions. The confessions themselves take a life of their own in this book. Some are gut-wrenching, others are heartwarming, but each and every one of them is painstakingly real, because they ARE real. Right before the prologue, the author notes that the confessions are “true confessions, submitted anonymously by readers.” Basically, before the book even starts, Colleen Hoover already has me intrigued, and she manages to keep me hooked throughout the rest of the book.

I could tell her how I know her. Make her realize why I have this overwhelming urge to protect her. But some secrets I’ll take to my grave, and this is definitely one of them.

Auburn Reed has just moved to Texas and is in desperate need of a job. Coincidently, she sees a “Help Wanted” sign at a place called Confess. It’s there she meets Confess’s owner Owen Mason Gentry (OMG – is that not the cutest thing ever?) for the first time, though we know from Owen’s POV that it’s not the first time Owen has met Auburn. I loved how multi-faceted Auburn and Owen are. On the surface, Auburn is the kind of girl who is introverted and doesn’t open up to people. Owen is funny, sweet, and a little boyish and charming. But as we read more, we also delve deeper into their characters, and they become all the more interesting. Both are holding secrets, Owen more so than Auburn, and I was absolutely riveted to this book as they open up and their secrets are slowly revealed.

Some secrets should never turn into confessions. I know that better than anyone.

There’s a fierce, undeniable connection Auburn and Owen both feel and can’t deny, but as much as they want a relationship, it’s too complicated as they get caught up in between the truth and lies. Hearts get broken and it gets even more difficult for them to be together, no matter how PERFECT they are for each other. And they really are meant to be together. This book was a roller coaster of emotions – I was giggly and so happy for Owen and Auburn when they’re together, because they make the sweetest and most adorable couple ever; and then I was so heartbroken over the unfavorable circumstances they were in. God, Colleen Hoover really made my heart hurt for the both of them.

“Sometimes we don’t get second chances, Owen. Sometime things just end.”

I confess (hehe) that this isn’t my new favorite of Colleen Hoover’s – the plot does drag on for a bit in the middle of the book, which was frustrating – but nonetheless, it was an absolute delight to read. It is gorgeously written, and the characters are portrayed so honestly and endearingly. And as many heartbreaking moments there are in this book, there are also so many beautiful, tender moments between Owen and Auburn that make you sigh and go Aawwww. I freaking adored this book! Reading Confess has only cemented my love for Colleen Hoover – she really can write anything and I won’t hesitate to read it. Everyone needs to read Confess!

My mother says there are people you meet and get to know, and then there are people you meet and already know. I feel like Owen is the latter.

4.5 (OMG I love this book) hearts!

4.5 hearts

Also by Colleen Hoover

Slammed by Colleen Hoover Hopeless by Colleen Hoover Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover November Nine by Colleen Hoover It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Slammed: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
Hopeless: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
Maybe Someday: My ReviewEbook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
Ugly Love: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
November 9: My Review • EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads
It Ends with Us: My Review • EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads


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Review: Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover

Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover

Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover
Series: Maybe #1.5
Publication Date: November 24th 2014
Purchase: Ebook

Colleen Hoover, the New York Times bestselling author of Maybe Someday, brilliantly brings to life the story of the wonderfully hilarious and charismatic Warren in a new novella, Maybe Not.

When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.

Or maybe not.

Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.

Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?


Maybe not.

Siiigh. I needed this book. For me, reading a book by Colleen Hoover is a bit… therapeutic, in a way. Her books take me out of any book funk I’m in and I always have the time of my life reading them, no matter how long or how short those books are. And the 129 pages of Maybe Not were pretty much absolute perfection. I haven’t laughed so hard because of a book as I have for Maybe Not in ages. I loved every page and every word of this book! Colleen Hoover never disappoints, and this surprise novella only cements her as my all-time favorite author.

Okay, first off, can I just say how HAPPY I am that we didn’t have to wait for a whole three and a half months to get a new book from Colleen Hoover!? Maybe Not is a novella, but still. I’m just so happy and thankful to have something new from this amazeballs author. And what’s better than something new from Colleen Hoover? Something new ABOUT WARREN from Maybe Someday!!! Maybe Someday was easily one of my favorite reads of the year, and I absolutely loved Warren in it. But now, after reading his novella in his POV? I fell even more in love with him. I want him to be my best friend AND I want to steal him away from Bridgette. Colleen Hoover’s heroes will be the death of me, I swear.

Maybe Not starts prior to the beginning of Maybe Someday, when Warren and Ridge get a new roommate who’s not exactly the nicest of people. Bridgette is mean and gives no fucks whatsoever, and Warren is reluctantly attracted and intrigued.

I look away from her. I hate that she’s hot. I hate that she’s a brunette, because I really like her long, light brown hair and the way it’s pulled back, all messy and shit.

All Warren and Bridgette do is fight, prank, and insult each other, which makes for some lovely sexual tension.

She licks her bottom lip, and I have to grip the couch cushion to keep myself from attacking that mouth. Her eyes are focused intensely on mine, and we’re both breathing so heavily from our verbal attacks, I can taste her breath on my lips.
“I hate you,” she says through clenched teeth.
“I hated you first,” I hiss back.

So yeah, their fights aren’t exactly the most mature of things, but I loved every single one of their interactions. Warren is already a funny guy (oh my god, I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I think Warren might even be funnier than Daniel from Finding Cinderella…), but Bridgette and Warren are HILARIOUS together! I laughed so, so hard because of these two and how much they hate how much they want each other.

Warren and Bridgette end up falling into bed with each other. Over and over and over again. And slowly, those sexual intimacies lead to other, deeper kinds of intimacies that Bridgette is very unwilling to give Warren. But Warren sees Bridgette for more than the bitchy front she puts up, and he breaks down those walls around her heart.

She’s so confusing. She’s so frustrating. She’s so damn unpredictable.
She’s nothing I’ve ever wanted in a girl. And absolutely everything I need.

I loved this book. Colleen Hoover has a way of creating characters that latch right on to your heart. I smiled so much because of Warren and Bridgette – and also because we also get to see Ridge, Sydney, Maggie, and Brennan. So Colleen Hoover fans, Maybe Someday fans, you definitely do NOT want to miss this special novella. It’ll have you laughing until you cry, and smiling until you just can’t stop.

5 perfect darn hearts!



Maybe Not is a companion novella to Maybe Someday, but can still be read as a standalone. I would still recommend reading Maybe Someday, because it’s where all the characters are first introduced – and also, it’s just plain awesome book.

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Soundtrack • Goodreads

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance.

At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter’s cheating on her–and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

Release Day Review: Burying Water by K.A. Tucker

Burying Water by K.A. Tucker

Burying Water by K.A. Tucker
Series: Burying Water #1 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: October 7th 2014
Links: EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.

The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

And River isn’t the kind of guy she’d want to catch.

The mind, it can be a deceitful thing.
But it is no match for the heart.

WOW!! I am so impressed with Burying Water! K.A. Tucker’s masterful storytelling in this book is filled with suspense and intrigue. Burying Water had me hooked onto every page – it was unputdownable! I was first intrigued by the genre. It’s not often I read new adult romantic suspense, so of course I had to give Burying Water a try, especially since I really liked K.A. Tucker’s Ten Tiny Breaths. I’m so glad I read this – it’s a must read for fans of romance and suspense.

I am lost and yet somehow found.
I am afraid and yet somehow comforted.
I am drifting and yet somehow . . . home.

The heroine wakes up in the hospital with no recollection of who she is or how she got admitted to the hospital. She renames herself ‘Water’ and tries to piece back the memories of her past life while trying to move on with her new one. Her next-door neighbor, Jesse Welles, is dark, sexy, and intriguing – but she feels like she knows him. Did she know him in her past life?

What I loved most about Burying Water was the fantastic storytelling. The plot is a mystery that slowly unravels in such a unique way. We have alternating chapters between Water and Jesse’s POVs, except Water’s POV is set in the present while Jesse’s is set in the past. We have two interconnecting storylines, and I loved being able to see how they would come together. K.A. Tucker does a wonderful job of seamlessly alternating both POVs and balancing the past and present. As the reader, we get to see Jesse and Water fall in love twice, all the while piecing together the hows and whys of Water’s amnesia. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away. The joy in reading Burying Water is reading and unfolding everything for yourself.

I really admired Water’s character. She’s been through so much, but she’s a survivor. I loved how she was able to make a new life for herself despite her amnesia. Jesse was a wonderful hero as well. He’s a bit of the dark and brooding type of hero, but I love those kinds so I was definitely a fan of Jesse’s. I loved the way he cared for Water and how tender he is with her when he’s usually closed off with others.

“He said the truth is like that water: it doesn’t matter how hard you try to bury it; it’ll always find some way back to the surface. It’s resilient.”
I feel her body relax into my chest. “I really like that story. I want to be like water, too. I want to be resilient, to go where I’m meant to go.”

Captivating and deeply romantic, Burying Water is a fantastic first book in a new suspense series. I highly enjoyed this one, and definitely recommend it. I can’t wait for more from this series!

4 hearts

Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.

Reading Order: Burying Water series

Burying Water by K.A. Tucker Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker Chasing River by K.A. Tucker Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker

#1 ~ Burying Water: EbookPaperback • AudibleGoodreads
#2 ~ Becoming Rain: EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Chasing River: My Review • EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads
#4 ~ Surviving Ice: My Review • EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads


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Joint Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Series: Maybe #1 (can be read as a standalone)
Publication Date: March 18th 2014
Purchase: Ebook • Paperback • Soundtrack

At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.

Alrighty, well the first thing I should say is that I finally have time to post more reviews, and what better way to start than with MAYBE freaking SOMEDAY? *fangirling commences*

So. Colleen Hoover. Is it ever possible for you to write a book that I won’t fall in love with? That my entire heart and soul won’t be invested in? That won’t take me, like, 3-4 days to recover from? No? Okay. Well, that’s fine. I’m totally okay with that. You know why? BECAUSE I FREAKING LOVE YOU, COLLEEN.

In case you couldn’t tell, I loooooooved Maybe Someday. It was probably the worst book Colleen Hoover has written so far, in terms of the amount of heartbreak and anguish. This book nearly killed me. And I loved every second of it. I honestly had no idea how much pain and heartbreak Maybe Someday would put me through. I mean, my first impression of this book was that it was freaking hilarious. Laugh-out-loud funny, and in my opinion, Colleen’s funniest book yet. But… as we get more into the story, more involved in the lives of Sydney, Ridge, Warren, and everyone else, all these layers come peeling away. We get such an in-depth look at all the characters that it felt like I knew them, like I connected with their souls. It was perfect.

As the book progressed, I loved that we slowly got know the very hearts of the characters. Sydney isn’t just a girl whose boyfriend has been hooking up with someone else–she’s a kickass girl who writes awesome lyrics to songs. She incredibly relatable–she’s funny, compassionate, and all around a good person. And Ridge is so much more than Sydney’s neighbor who’s talented at playing the guitar. He’s got to be one of the sweetest characters I’ve ever read. Ridge truly has a heart of gold and I fell in love with him over and over in Maybe Someday.

One thing I should highlight is that you absolutely MUST listen to the Maybe Someday soundtrack while reading this book! It makes an already fantastic experience so much better when you actually listen to the songs as they appear in the book. And can I just say–Griffin Peterson is incredible! I am so, so impressed with the songs he and Colleen created.

Maybe Someday is like nothing I’ve ever read. I don’t want to spoil anything about the book, because it’s just so much better to get the full experience without knowing anything, but the direction Colleen Hoover took the story is so unexpected, but so real, raw, honest, and pretty much… perfect. I couldn’t imagine a better story for Sydney and Ridge.

And don’t even get me started on what Maybe Someday did to my emotions. Jesus H. Christ, it was like a freaking roller coaster. But you know what? I love roller coasters. My heart was going crazy for Sydney and Ridge and everyone, because one second it would be full to bursting from love for everything about this book, but then my emotions would shoot straight down to where tears were in my eyes and my heart was aching so badly. Maybe Someday is far from a simple, easy read. It has so much heart–from the characters to the writing, everything comes off the pages so clearly and with so much emotion.

I’m listening to the songs on the soundtrack right now (Hold On to You is my favorite one, though Maybe Someday is a close second) and I still can’t over the beauty of this book and these characters and these words and these songs and these lyrics. And I probably never will. 5+ hearts!



Hey guys!

I know I haven’t been on this blog for a while now (but look at how successful it’s gotten! so proud of Lacey (‘:  ) but I decided to write a post for this book.

I will always come back for Colleen Hoover.

Ahh yes, once again, Hoover has lived up to our expectations, if not exceeded them, with Maybe Someday. My feelings throughout the book? Heartbreak, awe, loneliness, happiness, and of course, sadness because of the 1/billion chance of meeting a guy like Ridge. I read this entire book in one sitting, and honestly it was probably the best 3 hours of my life.

When Colleen said that this book would be accompanied with a playlist, I was so excited to see how it would turn out! Since the main characters are both musicians and end up writing songs together, it feels so much more realistic when we actually get to hear the music. Griffin Peterson sounds amazing as well! The lyrics and his voice go together so well, and he sings with so much emotion that completely fits the songs. Not going to lie though, when I heard the first song, i was a bit skeptical because…well, Peterson didn’t sound like what I thought Ridge would. I grew used to it though, and I’ve actually had the entire soundtrack on repeat for the last week. Yep.

Ridge and Sydney’s situation was a mess. It made me cringe, smile, cry, laugh, and shake my head “no” repeatedly. ALSO- can I just say that Warren (Ridge’s best friend) was absolutely HILARIOUS? One of my favorite moments was when Sydney found out that Ridge was part of a band that was pretty well-known, and she started fangirling wow i COULD TOTALLY RELATE (that actually gave me hope that one day I will meet my favorite band member and we will begin our wonderful relationship and have a happily ever after). Their relationship was so cute and so funny, and I JUST LOVE IT. There was so much meaning in everything that they did, and every lyric that they wrote. This was a book that went from lust to heartbreak to even more heartbreak to love to heartbreak and then to full-on love.

It’s actually really amazing how Colleen Hoover is one of the very few authors that has never written a book that I was disappointed in.
Translation: Go read her books.

Until next time! (6 hearts because why would Colleen Hoover deserve anything less)


Update: Colleen Hoover released a novella about Warren!!

Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover
Review • Ebook • Goodreads