Review: Trust in Me by J. Lynn

Trust in Me by J. Lynn

Trust in Me by J. Lynn
Series: Wait for You #1.5 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: October 22nd 2013
Purchase: Ebook • Paperback

It’s Wait for You as you’ve never seen it. Trust in Me lets you in on Cam’s side of the #1 New York Times Bestselling story.Cameron Hamilton is used to getting what he wants, especially when it comes to women. But when Avery Morgansten comes crashing into his life – literally – he finally meets the one person who can resist his soulful baby blues. But Cam’s not ready to give up. He can’t get the feisty and intriguing girl out of his head.

Avery has secrets, secrets that keep her from admitting the feelings Cam knows she has for him. Will persistence (and some delicious homemade cookies) help him break down her barriers and gain her trust? Or will he be shut out of Avery’s life, losing his first real shot at the kind of love that lasts forever?

I. LOVE. CAM. I absolutely adored him in Wait for You, and he’s even more perfect in Trust in Me. I mean, come on, a hot guy who bakes?? Be still, my heart. I really liked Wait for You, but I really really liked Trust in Me. It didn’t make me go fangirl crazy (although Cam certainly did), but it was still a heart-warming, entertaining read. I loved reading from Cam’s POV. He’s such a guy, and at the same time, so gosh darn SWEET. I fell even more in love with him after reading his book.

Trust in Me is Wait for You told in Cam’s POV. We get to read all of Cam and Avery’s interactions now from his POV, plus a little extra with Cam’s friends, his family, and more after the end of Wait for You. I didn’t expect to love Cam’s friends, Jase and Ollie, but I did! They added so much good humor to the story, and plus, they’ll be getting their own books soon too. 😉

Cam is such a sweetheart. And he calls Avery sweetheart too! *swoon* I’m pretty sure he’s the only main male character I’ve read who calls the heroine “sweetheart” and it’s just too cute. I swear, my heart melted every time Cam called Avery “sweetheart.” And apparently, ever since Avery came crashing–quite literally–into Cam’s life, he always refers to her as “Shortcake” in his head. GAH the amount of cuteness in this book is off the charts!

“I could stare at you for a lifetime. It would never grow old.”
“Even when I’m old?”
“Even then.”

Cam is a bit of a ladies man. Maybe not as bad as his friend Ollie, but he enjoys spending time with women. Then Avery comes into his life, and he can’t stop thinking about her. He goes out of his way to see her, he bakes her COOKIES, and he wants to know her, he wants her. He doesn’t want other women, and he can’t really explain why he’s so fixated on Avery. So he tries to ask her out. Repeatedly. Again and again, and he is shot down every time. It’s cute and sweet and funny how many times he asks Avery out, and he does it all in good humor. And along the way, Cam and Avery become friends, and they care for each other so much.

Cam can sense pain inside Avery, but she shuts him out. Gradually though, Cam works his way into her heart (and my heart too *sigh*). There’s so much heart in Cam, and when he loves, his heart just overflows. And he falls so hard for Avery. Reading his POV, I kept smiling and giggling, because Cam is just the best. When he falls in love, he gives it everything he’s got. He doesn’t fight what he feels for Avery, and when he finally gets to show her how he feels it’s just… *fans self* You’ll want to read this book, for sure.

“I’m going to marry that girl one day,” I heard myself say.

I could not stop reading Trust in Me. I read it straight through in one sitting. Cam captured and stole my heart–again–and for all I care, he can keep it. He’s protective, sweet, kind, and compassionate, a good guy through and through. Trust in Me was such a wonderful, heartwarming read. I honestly wish that Cam were real. But alas, this gorgeous boy who owns a pet turtle named Raphael is devastatingly not real. *cries* I want a beautiful boy who will bake me things and make me eggs!

4.5 hearts! Highly recommend!
4.5-hearts

lacey

Reading Order: Wait for You series

Wait For You by Jennifer L. Armentrout Trust in Me by J. Lynn Be With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Stay with Me by J. Lynn Fall With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout Dream Of You by Jennifer L. Armentrout Forever with You by Jennifer L. Armentrout

#1 ~ Wait for You: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#1.5 ~ Trust in Me: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Be with Me: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ Stay with Me: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#4 ~ Fall with Me: EbookPaperback • Goodreads
#4.5 ~ Dream of You: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads (June 23, 2015)
#5 ~ Forever with You: EbookPaperback • Goodreads (Sept. 29, 2015)
#6 ~ Fire in You: Goodreads (2016)

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Book News, Weekly Recap & Upcoming Releases! {9}

Cover Reveals!!

★ The third and final book of the Something Strange and Deadly series by Susan Dennard, Strange and Ever After, has a cover!

Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard

In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus…all before it’s too late.

He took her brother, he took her mother, and now, Marcus has taken her good friend Jie. With more determination than ever to bring this sinister man to justice, Eleanor heads to the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt in hopes of ending this nightmare. But in addition to her increasingly tense relationships with Daniel, Joseph, and her demon, Oliver, Eleanor must also deal with her former friend, Allison, who has curiously entangled herself in Eleanor’s mission.

With the rising dead chomping at her every move and Jie’s life hanging in the balance, Eleanor is convinced that her black magic will see her through to the bitter end. But there will be a price. Though she and the Spirit Hunters have weathered every battle thus far, there will be consequences to suffer this time—the effects of which will be irreversible. And when it’s over, only some will be able to live a strange and ever after.

Susan Dennard will leave readers breathless and forever changed in the concluding pages of this riveting ride.

★ It’s the cover for The Destiny of Violet and Luke by Jessica Sorensen! This is the third book in The Coincidence series.

The Destiny of Violet and Luke by Jessica Sorensen

Luke Price’s life has always been about order, control, and acting tough on the outside. He uses meaningless relationships as a distraction and a way to tune out the twisted memories of his childhood. He secretly wishes that one day he could find that one perfect person, but deep down he doesn’t believe that perfection really exists.

Violet Hayes has had a rough life, surrounded by drugs, neglect, and irresponsible parents. She thought she could escape that kind of life when she went to college, but her past catches up with her. To protect herself from getting hurt, she acts tough and keeps her distance from everyone. But then she meets Luke. The two of them clash, yet they can’t seem to stay away from each other. The more they get to know one another, the more they realize just how similar their lives are, and that maybe the perfection they’ve always been looking for lies in each other.

★ Amy Plum (author of Die for Me) is has a new book coming out May 6th 2014 called After the End! You can read about what she says about her new book here.

After the End by Amy Plum

“She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future.”

World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They’ve survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.

At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.

When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.

Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she’s trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.

★ Here’s the back cover of The Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2) by Julie Kagawa! This is another great book from Julie, and you can read my review of it here.

Iron Traitor back copy

In the Fields by Willow Aster has a new cover!

In the Fields by Willow Aster

1971 — In the tiny, backward town of Tulma, Tennessee, optimistic, bookish Caroline Carson unwittingly finds herself in the middle of a forbidden romance. Severely neglected by her family and forced to flee Tulma to protect her secrets, Caroline’s young life comes crashing down around her. She finds refuge in a new town, but the past always has a way of stretching around time and stirring up trouble.

When a new love comes into her life, she has to decide if she can give her heart to someone else, or if she will always be tied to someone she can’t have.

Snippets!!

★ It’s a Wild Child (The Wild Ones #1.5) snippet from M. Leighton!

Wild Child teaser4

★ A Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7) snippet from Ilona Andrews’ blog:

“A vampire!” Derek shouted.The window above us and to the left broke. Shards of glass and wood cascaded to the floor.  A vampire fell into the room, its mind a hot spark in front of me.  It landed on all fours, old, gaunt, and inhuman.  A sharp bone crest protruded from its back.  Another one.

The vamp shot forward and stopped.

“I’m still… a Master of the Dead,” Ghastek said from a blanket on the floor.  “Kill it before I lose consciousness.”

★ Abbi Glines put up a teaser for Take A Chance, which is Harlow and Grant’s book! You can read it here. I’m SO excited to read it, because I think they’ll be the best couple yet in the Rosemary Beach series 🙂

★ Another Trust in Me (Wait for You #1.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout teaser from her blog:

I let go as she shook her head and was in the process of heading upstairs to wake up Jase’s lazy ass when Teresa came in the front door.

“Cam!” She let out a high-pitched squeal when she saw me in the foyer and dropped her book bag. The pint-sized terror took one step and launched herself at me.

Laughing, I caught her before she knocked me down. “Well, hello to you.”

“When did you get here?” she asked once I sat her down.

“This morning.”

She smacked my arm. “You should’ve texted me! I would’ve skipped my afternoon classes and come home early.”

“I heard that!” yelled Mom from the kitchen.

Teresa rolled her eyes, and I laughed. Somewhere in the last two years or so, she’d grown up from a gangly child into a stunning young woman. And every time I saw her, I wanted to pull a paper sack over her head. Everywhere she went, guys looked, and they really looked.

She had inherited the dark hair and blue eyes from Dad, but she had Mom’s delicate features. Her beauty and small frame were really misleading, because she had also developed mom’s snappy, quick wit. When she and Mom got going, no one was safe.

“I’m going to skip dance tonight,” she said, tugging the tie from her hair. It seemed to have grown overnight, falling well past her shoulders.

“You don’t have to do that,” I told her. “I’ll be here all weekend.”

“Yeah, but I never get to see you!” She pouted, giving me the look that probably got her a lot of things. “You’re too busy and too cool to hang out with your sister anymore.”

“Exactly,” I said, grinning.

She smacked my arm hard. “Jerk.”

Facing the stairs, I saw Jase come down before Teresa did. He was as quiet as a freaking ninja and he came to a stop at the bottom, his hair damp and clothing unwrinkled. He hadn’t made a sound, but Teresa stiffened in front of me. Her eyes, so like mine, widened a fraction of an inch.

My gaze narrowed on her.

Teresa whipped around with the elegance of a dancer, and I cringed when she shrieked, “Jase!”

The pensive look that had been on Jase’s face from the moment I picked him up vanished like a bad nightmare. He came down on the landing a second before my sister threw herself at the guy, greeting him in the same way she’d done with me. His eyes were only on her, and while I completely trusted Jase, even he wasn’t immune to her.

I also didn’t like it when he wrapped his arms around her, keeping them both from tumbling backward.

“Cam didn’t tell me you were here!” she cried, clinging to him like a little monkey. “You’re staying here the whole weekend, too?”

Jase smiled down at the top of Teresa’s head—the head that was currently plastered against his chest. “Yeah, I’m here until Cam heads back.”

I knew in that exact moment, Teresa would be bowing out on dance not only tonight, but also the rest of the weekend. I sighed.

Teresa said something that only Jase could hear and his smile spread in a way that had me taking deep, even breaths. Then he looked up, his gaze meeting mine. He shot me a helpless look, and I rolled my eyes, strolling forward.

“Okay.” I grabbed her arms, physically lifting her away from Jase. “I think you can let him go now. He probably wants to breathe at some point.”

Jase laughed as Teresa shot me a look that promised death and dismemberment and yanked her arms free. I stepped back, just in case she was going to try to hit me again. My sister had muscles.

★ REAL by Katy Evans fans! Are you excited for the release of MINE? You can read some excerpts of it here and here!

★ Samantha Towle has a teaser on her blog of her upcoming new adult book, Trouble!

“Men you knew, Mia,” he says. “Not me. And surprisingly, I can compromise. Not all the time, so don’t go getting used to it.” He grins. “But I just don’t want to spend the next however long disagreeing with you over this when I know I’m gonna end up giving into you anyway.”

“Because?”

Taking a step back, his arms fold over his broad chest. “Because you’re a hard girl to say no to.”

Oh. Okay then.

I suddenly feel lightheaded.

And light-hearted.

“So are you going to take this win and get back in the car?” He sweeps a hand in the direction of the Mustang. “Or are you going to stand here all day chewing over it?”

I bite the smile that’s forcing its way onto my lips. “Well, I’m not one to gloat.” I throw him a smug grin as I walk past him, destination Mustang.

He’s quiet behind me. I only know he’s following from the crunch of the gravel under his feet.

“Did you know you swing your ass when you walk?”

What?

I stop, shocked that he’s just said that about my ass. And also a little turned on hearing him talk about my ass.

Turned on. Again.

Jesus.

I didn’t actually know that I swing my ass when I walk, but that’s beside the point. I scowl at him over my shoulder. “And your point is?”

“No point. Just an observation.” He holds his hands up in surrender, and his eyes crinkle from the smile on his face. “It’s kinda cute is all.”

“Cute?” I frown, ignoring the pull I feel for him in my lower half. “I’m not cute.”

“I never said you were cute. I said your ass-swinging was cute.”

★ Plus, a teaser from Jessica Sorensen for The Temptation of Lila and Ethan (The Secret #3).

Lila and Ethan teaser3

Other News!!

Finding Cinderella (Hopeless #2.5) by Colleen Hoover is FREE and LIVE NOW! Read my review of it here. It’s absolutely beautiful, and if you haven’t read it yet, YOU SHOULD RIGHT NOW!

★ CALLING ALL COLLEEN HOOVER FANS! If you HAVE read Finding Cinderella, do you wish there could be more Daniel and Six? Well, Colleen said she MIGHT write more, but only if Atria Indie Authors can get 15,000 likes by Monday. So go and like!!

From Colleen’s Facebook:

WANT MORE????
I can honestly say I’ve never been this flooded with requests for more story as I have been for Daniel and Six. And honestly, it was so much fun writing them. So…I have a deal I’d like to make with you.
Because I love Atria so much and they were so awesome to publish FINDING CINDERELLA for free, I’d like to show them the support they deserve. If we can get their page to 15,000 likes before this tour kicks off on Monday, I’ll give you more Daniel and Six later in 2014. Can’t say how much I’ll promise, because until I get to them again I don’t really know if their story will call for a few free chapters or another novella or a whole book. So if you want more Daniel and Six (With some Sky and Holder) in whatever form I can get it to you, go here and like Atria Indie Authors. Then tell your friends to like it. And your enemies. And share this status.

Here’s the post she wrote, and you can like Atria Indie Authors here!

★ So Katy Evans (author of Real) was working on writing the sequel Raw, but had to change the series order, and here’s what she said:

Dear Readers,

Melanie’s hero, in RAW, turned out a very jealous alpha who did not appreciate the love triangle I had set up for his and Melanie’s book – at all. He wants a redo. Therefore, while I have no choice but to succumb to his wishes (he’s a handful, alright), Gallery Books and I have switched the dates so that RIPPED releases after REMY, and I have time to work on RAW – which will close the series in the Underground, with a sexy as hell financier who makes all the fights happen, and Melanie – who’s a little more than he bargained for when she goes visit Brooke and Remy. I can’t wait to share both RIPPED and RAW with you!!! I am as in love with both of these stories as I am with all 3 of THE Brooke and Remy ones. I love sharing this series with you!

Love,

Katy

Castle Hill (On Dublin Street #2.5) by Samantha Young has a blurb!

Castle Hill by Samantha Young

Braden Carmichael never imagined he’d fall as hard and as fast as he did for Jocelyn Butler. He also could not have anticipated how difficult it would be to convince her to give in to love. But now that he has her, he’s never letting go. He’s got it all planned—the passionate proposal, the dream wedding, the sexy Hawaiian honeymoon—even the perfect family they’ll start.

After trying to flee from her painful past, Joss is finally allowing herself to embrace the future. But when things start moving faster than she anticipated, she finds herself panicking over something Braden can’t understand. After everything they’ve been through, Joss is sure that their love can survive even her worst fears. But, this time, she may push Braden too far—and risk losing everything all over again…

★ Jessica Sorensen is writing a new book! It’s called Forget Me Not and comes out in 2014.

Forget Me Not by Jessica Sorensen

***Official blurb coming soon***
***Coming in 2014, a dark thriller***

My name is London Asherford. I know what I look like. I know what I’m supposed to do everyday. Just like I know where I live and who my family is. What I don’t know is who I am. I lost my memories and my identity five years ago and I can’t remember anything before that.
Sometimes I wish I could. Remember who I used to be. What I liked. What I didn’t like.

But sometimes I’m glad I can’t remember. Especially late at night when I’m lost in my dreams because it feels like I might have done something terrible. Like hurt somebody.

Or maybe even taken a life.

★ Nalini Singh fans! She has a new story up on her blog called Christmas in the Kitchen, and you can read it here! It’s an adorable short story about the DarkRiver leopards, and takes place before Bonds of Justice.

Weekly Recap

Reviewed on the blog this week:

Posts on the blog:

Don’t forget to check out the giveaways listed on the blog on the right!

Cover Reveals on the blog:

Upcoming New Releases:

Allegiant by Veronica Roth The Temptation of Lila and Ethan by Jessica Sorensen Trust in Me by J. Lynn Wild Child by M. Leighton Making Faces by Amy Harmon Off Chance by Sawyer Bennett Theirs to Keep by Maya Banks Running in Place by L.B. Simmons Black and Blue by Gena Showalter

Book News, Weekly Recap & Upcoming Releases! {7}

Cover Reveals!!

★ The cover for Soul Screamers Vol. 4 by Rachel Vincent is here! Isn’t it gorgeous?? AND it has a never-before-seen novella called LAST REQUEST!

Soul Screamers Volume 4 by Rachel Vincent

★ Here’s the cover for Castle Hill (On Dublin Street #2.5) by Samantha Young! SO excited for it! This series is one of my favorites 🙂

Castle Hill by Samantha Young

★ Jennifer L. Armentrout has a new book coming out April 15th 2014! It’s called Don’t Look Back.

Dont Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

★ Have you seen the cover reveal for Ashes to Ashes (Experiment in Terror #8) by Karina Halle?

Ashes to Ashes by Karina Halle

It’s been two months since Perry Palomino and Dex Foray’s relationship reached a new turning point, two months since Perry started a new life in Seattle, and two months since their Experiment in Terror show took on a new partner, ex-Wine Babe Rebecca Sims, and found a new level of success. But whenever there is light in their lives, the madness still has a way of coming back in.

When the team is sent back to the stormy Oregon coast to investigate a haunted school, Perry wants to use the opportunity to reconnect with her family and reintroduce Dex into their lives. Only Perry’s not the only one who’s reaching out – her grandmother Pippa has started appearing to her with disturbing warnings and Perry’s presence at the school has ignited a chilling new wave of supernatural phenomenon. Once used a century ago as a sanatorium to house children dying of tuberculosis, the school’s past residents are slowly coming back to life and with one thing on their mind. They want someone to play with, someone to join them. Forever.

Even when dead, some children get whatever they want.

And they want Perry.

Snippets!!

★ OH MY GOD it’s a City of Heavenly Fire snippet!

“Clary,” Jocelyn said. “I want you to meet Tessa Gray.”

Clary and Tessa MEET!! AHHHH!!!

Plus, something funny from Cassandra Clare’s tumblr:

“I love you,” Will said. “I love you desperately. I have never felt for another the way I feel for you. My love for you is as eternal as the sea, and like the rocks against which the waves are dashed, again and again, it shall remain unyielding. In you I have found my own heart’s heart, which I had thought previously only to find in dreams. Never could I have encompassed a better partner, a finer friend, a more beauteous companion. Allow me just once to kiss your sweet lips.”

Jem looked up from the fire, where he was petting Church. Church had fallen asleep and all his fur was sticking up. “I do wish you would cease reading to me from Gothic novels,” he said. “They give me the pip.”

“Love is a noble emotion!” Will cried, waving his arms about with such energy that the book he was reading slid from his lap. His hair was sticking up like Church’s fur, or a bit as if he had been electrocuted.

“Quite,” said Jem, and rolled over onto his back, smiling up at Will from his place by the fire. Church twitched and snuffled, curling up against his shoulder. “Now read me something with a fight scene in it, won’t you?”

★ Snippets from Jennifer L. Armentrout!

Sentinel (Covenant #5) from her Facebook:

“Don’t make a pass at Hera,” Hades remarked, moving along. “Zeus doesn’t take kindly to another man making a move on his wife.”

That was absolutely ridiculous if you took into consideration the fact Zeus couldn’t keep it in his pants.

“Stop staring,” Aiden murmured in my ear, and when I still didn’t look away, he reached around and turned my cheek. “I thought Ixion was located in the lowest part of Tartarus?”

I made a face. Only he would know who Ixion was. Aiden had to have been such a goody two shoes in school—the kind of kid who’d raised his hand with the answer to every question. Dork. I loved him.

“We took a shortcut, so we’re several levels down.” Hades stopped his horse and swung on large leg down. We’d hit a dead end consisting of dark, slick-looking boulders. “There is another portion of Tartarus that isn’t spoken of in myths.”

Seth dismounted with the grace of a feline. “And that’s where we’re heading?”

“Yes. We’re going into the Tombs of Tartarus.”

“The Tombs of Tartarus?” Aiden repeated, sliding his arm off my waist.

Ha! Something he didn’t know. I cast him a look over my shoulder, and then slid off the horse. I stumbled a step when my feet landed. The ground was oddly… soft and buoyant.

Hades snorted. “It amazes me that you’re an Apollyon with all your agility.”

My mouth opened to fire back, but I squinted. Something was up with the ground. I took a step and my feet sank about an inch in. Aware that Aiden had landed behind me, I bent down and ran my hand over the pale pink ground. It felt like…

I jerked my hand back and looked up, horrified. “The ground feels like skin!”

A slow smile crept onto Hades’ face. “Zeus got bored with the whole rock and eagle bit.”

Rock and eagle bit…? Then it hit me. “Prometheus?”

“You’re standing on him,” Hades remarked.

My stomach turned. “Oh gods, I think I’m going to vomit.”

“Perfect,” the god said.

Trust in Me (Wait for You #1.5) from her blog:

“Tomorrow night? Oh! The astronomy assignment. Yeah, it works for me.”

“Good.” I backed away, knowing I needed to get my ass to class. “See you then.”

Shortcake turned and then pivoted back to me. “Cam?”

The knot pulsed in my chest. “Yeah?”

She fiddled with her bracelet as her gaze flicked away before settling back on me. “What were you doing in the Den? Don’t you normally have class, like right now?”

I smiled as I held her gaze. “Yeah, I normally have class right now, but I wanted to see you.”

Shock splashed over her face, and then I saw the smile light up her eyes before it even hit her lips. Feeling that knot do a funny, twisting thing, I pivoted around before I grabbed her and kissed her.

Because I was really close to doing that.

I made it across the street before a low whistle caught my attention. Looking toward the left, I saw Jase standing under a tree, cell phone in hand. Damn. He must’ve hightailed his ass from West Campus.

“Skipping class without me?” he asked as I made my way over to him, his eyes obscured by the aviator shades he was wearing. Very few people could pull off those sunglasses without looking like a douche. I was not one of them.

I shrugged as my attention drifted beyond Jase’s shoulder, across the street, catching one last glimpse of Shortcake disappearing through the doors of Knutti Hall.

Jase sighed. “You’re obsessed.”

“Huh?”

He nodded toward Knutti. “I don’t think you’ve ever skipped a class to hang out with a girl before.”

I frowned. “How do you know I skipped a class to hang out with Avery?”

His brows rose above the sunglasses. “I’m not stupid.”

“That’s up for debate.”

Jase flipped me off. “Well, let’s see. Class let out early, so I came over here just in time to see you walking along like a good little boy. I called your name. You waved at me and kept going—or staring at her.”

My brows lifted as I wheeled around, heading for the doors. “That was you yelling my name?”

“Exactly,” he said, sighing. He looked at me, and all I saw was my face in his sunglasses. “Has she agreed to go out with you yet?”

“Nope.”

Jase shook his head. “Man, you are so fucked when it comes to this girl.

★ You can read a short excerpt of Reviving Izabel (In the Company of Killers #2) by J.A. Redmerski here.

★ This isn’t a snippet, but a deleted scene from Ilona Andrews! You can read it here. LOVE Kate and Curran!

Other News!!

★ OH MY LORD. It’s NALINI SINGH!! And we finally have the title and blurb for Psy/Changeling #13! I’m DYING to read it! AH Vasic!

SHIELD OF WINTER by Nalini Singh

Coming June 2014

“The alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) draws us back into her extraordinary Psy-Changeling world, a world torn between violence and peace, passion and ice…

Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life.

For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake…

Having rebuilt her life after medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to stifle her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should. Now, she’ll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness…

★ Julie Kagawa (one of my favorite authors ever!) has a new series coming out about DRAGONS!

INTRODUCING TALON—A NEW DRAGON SERIES FROM
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR JULIE KAGAWA

Dragons and Warriors Face Off in a Modern-Day Battle

New York, NY, October 2, 2013New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Julie Kagawa today unveiled TALON, her new highly anticipated series from Harlequin TEEN. The Young Adult series, which has already been picked up by Universal Pictures, features dragons battling an ancient order of dragon slayers in a contemporary setting. TALON, the first book in the similarly named series, will be published on October 28, 2014.

The series revolves around dragons with the ability to disguise themselves as humans and an order of warriors sworn to eradicate them. The dragons of TALON and the Order of St. George have been at war with each other for centuries. The fabled creatures, whose existence is unknown by the general public, are determined to rule the world. Their foes, a legendary society of dragon slayers, are equally bent on driving the fabled beasts into extinction. However, when a young dragon and a hardened slayer unknowingly befriend each other, it has severe repercussions for both organizations.

★ Cora Carmack (author of Losing It) is writing a new series! It’s called the Rusk University series, and the first book is called All Lined Up. Read all about it on her blog. Here’s a little tease:

Two things in Texas are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

★ Some info from Katy Evans, author of Real (I’ll be posting my review of it soon!), about the Real, Raw & Ripped series:

In REAL, we meet Brooke and Remington, and we watch them fall in love.

In MINE, we watch them struggle to be together, despite everything. This is the book where I peeled back the layers, and where Brooke really steps up to fight as hard as Remington does.

In REMY, we watch a lot of it from Remington’s POV, and we also pick up where MINE leaves off, and we get to see Remy and Brooke like never before.  This is the perfect and total and complete glimpse into the mystery that is Remington – and to the life ahead of them.

Weekly Recap

Reviewed on the blog this week:

Posts on the blog:

Don’t forget to check out the giveaways listed on the blog on the right!

Cover Reveals on the blog:

Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

Upcoming New Releases:

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier House of Hades by Rick Riordan Convicted by Aleatha Romig Death, and the Girl He Loves (Darklight #3) by Darynda Jones Close to You by Stacia Kane Resist by Sarah Crossan Just One Year by Gayle Forman The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney The Eye of Minds by James Dashner Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone

Book News, Weekly Recap & Upcoming Releases! {6}

★ Abbi Glines news! Here’s what she said about her upcoming books:

– Y’all have questions… so here are some answers

– YES Tripp is getting two books next year. I didn’t add Bethy’s POV for fun. There was a reason.

– Woods and Della will be in other books just like Rush and Blaire still show up. I can’t wrap their story up yet because it isn’t over. After I’ve written all the characters of Rosemary a book that I intend to write and it is complete I will give you all a novella wrapping everything up tight. I promise. But right now… the story continues with more couples.

– Grant and Harlow will be getting their first book in February. I’ve already written it. So that is coming. I promise.

– Thanks for reading Simple Perfection! Y’all have made its release day amazing.

Rosemary Beach series:

Too Far series (Blair and Rush):
★ Fallen Too Far (#1)
★ Never Too Far (#2)
★ Forever Too Far (#3)

Perfection series (Della and Woods):
★ Twisted Perfection (#1)
★ Simple Perfection (#2)

Chance series (Harlow and Grant):
★ Take A Chance (#1)
★ This One Chance (#2)

★ The Temptation of Lila and Ethan (The Secret #3) teaser! Read it on Jessica Sorensen’s blog here!

Here is a list of her series reading orders and release dates:

The Coincidence Series:
★ The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (#1)
★ The Redemption of Callie and Kayden (#2)
★ The Destiny of Violet and Luke (#3) Releases Jan. 7, 2014
★ The Resolution of Callie and Kayden (#4) Release date TBD

The Destiny of Violet and Luke by Jessica Sorensen

The Secret series:
★ The Secret of Ella and Micha (#1)
★ The Forever of Ella and Micha (#2)
★ The Temptation of Lila and Ethan (#3) Releases Oct. 22, 2013
★ The Ever After of Ella and Micha (#3.5) Releases Dec 3, 2013

The Ever After of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen

Breaking Nova series:
★ Breaking Nova (#1) My review
★ Title TBD (#2) Releases Feb. 4, 2014
★ Title TBD (#3) Releases March 25, 2014

★ There’s a blurb for Samantha Towle’s upcoming NA book, Trouble! Release date: 2013 (tba).

Trouble by Samantha Towle

Mia Monroe is running. Running from a person she doesn’t ever want to find her. Running from a past she doesn’t ever want anyone to know. Desperate to find a future, that yesterday, she could only dream of having.Jordan Matthews likes easy. Easy women. Easy life.

Then he meets Mia.

She’s damaged, troubled and has more baggage than any person can carry. But the more Jordan gets to know Mia-for the first time in his life-he finds himself wanting to try hard for something… for someone… for her.

And then life isn’t so easy anymore.

Jordan is everything Mia shouldn’t want. A whole bunch of dirty hotness, tattooed, cocky bad boy, who made his money at poker tables and picked his women up in bars. Yet, Mia finds herself falling for him. Then the past Mia was running from, quickly starts to catch up with her. Because that’s the problem with running… you have to stop sometime.

And when you stop, you get caught.

★ If you’re a HUGE fan of Sarah Rees Brennan’s The Lynburn Legacy series (like me!!) then you have to read a new free short story called The Night After I Lost You! You can read it here.

The Night After I Lost You by Sarah Rees Brennan

★ Teaser for Trust in Me (Wait for You #1.5) by J. Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout!

Sharp need punched right through me as her body slid down my front. My hands tightened on her hips and she tipped her head back. Her eyes darkened to a deep chocolate brown, and my brain clicked off as I somehow tugged her closer. I knew she had to feel my arousal, and considering we hadn’t even kissed, something about that seemed wrong, but I couldn’t let her go.Her hands pressed against my chest, and I thought she was going to push me away, and swore to God right then and there, no matter how hard it would be, I would let her go if she did.

But she didn’t.

Avery’s hands flattened against my chest, above my pounding heart, and she had to have felt it.

My hand moved on its own accord, curving up her waist and then over her arm, to her throat and then her cheek. She gasped when my fingertips grazed her cheeks, catching the hair stuck to her temples. I tucked the strands back behind her ears, my hand lingering.

“You’re soaked.”

“So are you.”

I smoothed my thumb over the slant of her cheek. “I guess we’re going to have to try this another night.”

“Yeah,” she whispered as her eyes flickered shut and then swept back open.

“Maybe we should’ve checked the weather first.” When she smiled, I shifted my hips in response. Her body shuddered in such a mind-blowing way and her lashes lowered. Her lips parted even further, and I didn’t want to let her go. She felt too good this close.

Her chest rose in short, deep breaths as I lowered my head, wanting and needing to kiss her. Just once. That’s all I wanted. My eyes started to drift closed.

Avery suddenly jerked back, pressing a hand between her breasts. “I think we … we should call it a night.”

For a moment I couldn’t move and then leaned back, tipping my head against the wall. It took a couple of moments before I could speak. “Yeah, we should.”

The trip out of the building and back to the apartment wasn’t easy. I was still strung tight as a bow. Nothing seemed to make the raw edge go away. I tried reciting the alphabet backwards, tried thinking about the old lady who lived in the building nearby, who sometimes walked her dog in a white nightgown. The sight was not pretty, but it still didn’t work.

The rain was still coming down as we dashed across the parking lot and under the awning. I shook my head, spraying water everywhere. Avery stopped at the base of the stairwell leading up to our apartments, and I thought it was all the rain I’d just pelted her with. I opened my mouth to apologize, but she turned sideways, her face pale as she peered up at me.

A very different kind of ache sliced through my chest, stirring up that knot in there, at the stark confusion and fear in her eyes. Fear. I didn’t get it. Had I done that to her? No. I couldn’t believe that. Not the way she had reacted to me. I saw it in her eyes. She had wanted me to kiss her, probably even as badly as I wanted to kiss her, but she had pulled away because … I honestly didn’t know.

I thrust my hand through my hair, pulling it off my forehead. “Go out with me.”

“No,” she whispered.

I grinned slightly, and her chest fell, her shoulders relaxed, as if she needed to hear this. “There’s always tomorrow.”

She followed me up the stairs. “Tomorrow’s not going to change anything.”

“We’ll see.”

“There’s nothing to see. You’re wasting your time.”

“When it concerns you, it’s never a waste of my time.”

And that was the damn truth.

★ New cover reveals:

Be With Me (Wait for You #2) by J. Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout

Be With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.

Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.

As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not…

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare (Not the final cover, just the placeholder.)

City of Heavenly Fire cover

ERCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HAD SAID.

I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series!

★ In celebration of 20,000 likes on Facebook, Kristen Ashley has given us a little extra from the Rock Chick series! Read Rock Chick Redux here.

★ Movie news! Tracey Garvis-Graves’s On the Island has been optioned by MGM! Read the article about it here!

★ Colleen Hoover has a teaser for Finding Cinderella, which is Daniel’s (Holder’s best friend in Losing Hope) novella! Read it on her Facebook here.

★ Larissa Ione (whose books I ADORE) is writing a new book, well, novella, titled Azagoth! The ebook has no release date yet, but she said it would be around “late spring/early summer.” But in the meantime, look forward to Reaver (Lords of Deliverance #5) which releases Dec. 17, 2013!

★ The first chapter of Bold Tricks (The Artists Trilogy #3) by Karina Halle is up on her blog! Read it here!

★ The first chapter of Torn (Connections #2) by Kim Karr can be read here!

★ You can now read the first FIVE chapters of Finding It (Losing It #3) by Cora Carmack here!

Finding it by Cora Carmack

Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong…

Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She’s having the time of her life . . . or that’s what she keeps telling herself.

It’s a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you’re afraid you won’t like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey’s loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey’s mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.

★ Josephine Angelini (author of the Starcrossed series) is writing a new series called Crucible!

★ Oh my goodness! Jeaniene Frost, author of the amazing Night Huntress series, is writing a new series, tentatively called the Realmwalker series. The first book in this new adult series is called The Beautiful Ashes and will be released September 2014.

★ Marissa Meyer also has a new book deal! It’s called Heartless and will be released in the fall of 2015 (which is after Winter releases!).

A prequel to “Alice in Wonderland,” HEARTLESS will tell the tale of how a marquis’s teenage daughter became the infamous Queen of Hearts. It will be a story of whimsy and madness, passion and tragedy, ravens and writing desks.

You can read all about her new book on her blog here.

Reviews this week (I didn’t have time to read much this week 😦 ):

Make sure to check out the giveaways on the right sidebar!

Cover reveals this week:

Wild Child by M. Leighton

This past week’s events:

Upcoming new releases:

How to Love by Katie Cotugno Kami Garcia/Unbreakable Red Hill by Jamie McGuire Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart Drawn Together by Lauren Dane Darkness Fades by Jessica Sorensen Found in You by Laurelin Paige Carter Reed by Tijan Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles Torn by Kim Karr Possession by J.R. Ward Wicked and Dangerous by Shayla Black Beautiful Illusion by Jacquie Underdown My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster The Wager by Rachel Van Dyken

Waiting on Wednesday {8}

Waiting on WednesdayWaiting on Wednesday, hosted by Breaking the Spine, is a weekly meme where we showcase upcoming new releases we’re excited to get our hands on!

Trust in Me by J. Lynn

Trust in Me (Wait for You #1.5) by J. Lynn
Publication Date: October 22nd 2013

It’s Wait for You as you’ve never seen it. Trust in Me lets you in on Cam’s side of the #1 New York Times Bestselling story.

Cameron Hamilton is used to getting what he wants, especially when it comes to women. But when Avery Morgansten comes crashing into his life – literally – he finally meets the one person who can resist his soulful baby blues. But Cam’s not ready to give up. He can’t get the feisty and intriguing girl out of his head.

Avery has secrets, secrets that keep her from admitting the feelings Cam knows she has for him. Will persistence (and some delicious homemade cookies) help him break down her barriers and gain her trust? Or will he be shut out of Avery’s life, losing his first real shot at the kind of love that lasts forever?

lacey

United We Spy by Ally Carter

United We Spy (Gallagher Girls #6) by Ally Carter
Publication Date: September 17th 2013

Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever.

Shirley