SCANDALOUS BOOK BLOG #CausingAScandal: July 2013

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

BLOG TOUR STOP~THE FAB LIFE by Mercy Amare














Blurb
It’s the life I was born to live: billionaire’s daughters, living amongst the rich & famous. But my mom kept me a secret from my dad. Until now.


I am so out of my league. Fancy parties, expensive cars, and a private school for the elite… It sounds like a dream. But everything is not as perfect as it seems on the outside. Here, the secrets are dirty, and the lies comes easy.


Welcome to my fab life.






Excerpt 
“You look amazing,” I hear Gabe’s voice. I turn around, and see him standing inches from me. I take a step back.
“Thanks.” I take a good look at him. He looks good in his designer suit. He even fixed his hair. I have to admit, Gabriel is very gorgeous. If he wasn’t so overbearing I think I could like him. Maybe.
“Where is your date?” He asks.
I shrug. “Your guess is as good as mine. He disappeared about ten minutes ago with Jason and Emmett.”
“His loss is my gain.” Gabriel holds out his hand for me. “May I have this dance?”
I start to say no. I should say no. But, instead, I say “Yes.” What could it hurt? It’s not even a slow song. Once he sees how bad of a dancer I am, he will gladly ditch me.
Gabe takes my hand in his and leads me out to the dance floor. I hate the butterflies that appear in my stomach when he is touching me. But I also love them. No matter how much I want to deny it, Gabriel has a part of my heart. But he can’t keep it.
Just as we step on the dance floor, the song changes.
To a slow song.
Really?
Gabe smiles mischeviously, and pulls me close to him. I put a couple of inches between us, but he pulls me closer. I should pull away, but I don’t. Our stomachs are touching, and my chest is against his.
“I don’t think you realize how beautiful you look tonight,” Gabe says. “I bet every guy in this place is envious of me right now.”
Gabe’s words are sweet. Ty has said similar things to be, but it feels different coming from Gabe. Maybe more genuine? I don’t know, but I like it.
I am in trouble.
“I’m here with Ty,” I remind him.
My words don’t affect him at all. “You say that, but where is your date? Right now, you’re mine. I intend to enjoy this moment very thoroughly.” He slides he hand down to my lower back, right above my butt. He’s teasing me, and I pretend like it isn’t effecting me. I like his hand there. Part of me wishes he would slide it further down.
I lay my head against Gabe’s chest, and listen to the steady sound of his heart. I smell his cologne, and it smells good. Though I suspect he would smell good no matter what.
Gabe leans down, kisses my cheek, and then whispers in my ear. “One day, you will be mine.”
His words should make me mad, but they don’t. Instead, my heart beats faster. My stomach feels like I’m free falling, only I’m not scared. I’m excited. Whatever this is between us feels so real.
Your boyfriend is Ty, I remind myself.
I choose not to reply to Gabe’s comment. I just let him hold me close as we dance. I try not to think. I just want to feel. I know it’s wrong, but after this dance I will go find Ty. I will forget this ever happened. I can’t fall for Gabe. As bad as Ty thinks he is for me, Gabriel is that much worse. He not only has the ability to break my heart, but to rip it into so many shreds that I may never find all the pieces.
“I wish I would have went after you first,” he whispers again. “You should be mine. It isn’t fair.”
“We don’t always get what we want.” I say it more for me than for him.
“I know that you don’t want him,” he replies. “I see the way you look at me, and I see the way you look at him. You belong with me, Kihanna.”
“Maybe so, but I am with him. Not you.”
“You could be.”
I take a step back. “I’m sorry, I have to go.”

REVIEW

Talk about a rollercoaster!!!
Kehanna's life has officially been rocked! After 17 years, Kehanna finds out that the father she thought did not care about her actually never knew she existed. It was just her mother's way to protect her child from being a rich, snobby brat. She did not blame her mother for that, but why would her mom force her to live with her dad, well-known billionaire she never met, all of a sudden?

Now Kehanna must learn how to blend in with the rich and privileged. She is as innocent as they come, so there is no way she can be prepared for what is to come. Boys, alcohol, drugs, and tons of peer pressure. Will she fall in with the ranks, or fight to maintain who she really is? What will happwn when there are some that do not want her there? Will she be able to persevere or will she throw in the towel?

Wow! I was afraid this book would be to juvenile for me at first, but let me say the main character, Kehanna is so easy to relate to. The character draws you into the story. The book is written in Kehanna's point of view and is written in a timeline style instead of just having it like chapters. Kehanna is a smart ass, loving, innocent, amazing character. I just could not get enough of her! I am so glad that Mercy Amare made this a series because I need more Kehanna and cannot wait for her next release!!!
5 fabulous stars from Alyssa


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Author Bio
I am a YA/ NA author, with an addiction to NOS & Red Bull energy drinks. My guilty pleasure is the TV series The Lying Game and The Vampire Diaries. I'm 23 years old. I currently live in St Louis, with my husband of 2 years.
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BLOG TOUR STOP~IVY LEAGUE by Christopher Waltz



Blurb
“Within a few months, everything changed for me, and as anyone could probably guess already, not for the better. Life, itself, began to fall apart...

But I guess that’s what happens when you become a teenage drug-dealer.”


Jamie Brewer has just gotten the one piece of mail he’s been waiting for his whole life: his college acceptance letter. But when a series of unfortunate events makes paying tuition to one of the most prestigious universities in the country practically impossible, Jamie makes a decision that will not only provide him with the cash he needs, but may also get him killed in the process…


Selling drugs starts out well for Jamie, but things quickly begin to spiral out of control: his best friend and girlfriend are weary of his career choice, a local police officer is determined to catch him in the act, and worst, his partner in crime, Gabe, may be more dangerous than anyone ever imagined.

What begins as fun and games is about to become much more serious, causing Jamie to question just how far he will go and who’s lives he will risk in order to become Ivy League


REVIEW

Jameson Brewer, also known as James, is finishing up his senior year of high school. Unfortunately for him, he cannot have a normal senior year.
 He gets accepted to his school of choice and thinks everything is going to be great, but before he can tell his parents they decide it is perfect timing to tell James and his brother they are getting a divorce.
 Everything was still okay because he got into his top school, except James forgot to apply for scholarships and grants. Now he must find a way to get some money, and quick so he can attend college. Ideas were thrown around at school, but it wasn't until his friend made a joke that he took an idea seriously.
"He smiled and  let out asarcastic laugh, one i was all-too used to hearing."And look,if all else fails, you can always sell drugs."
He did not think much about it at first, but as the day went on he realized how much of a demand there was for weed.
"He had been kidding, this I know, but maybe he was onto something..."
This led to his drug dealing adventure. He gets mixed up with a grower and decides this will be the perfect way for him to make money. 
Unfortunately, drug dealing is more complicated than it first seems. His best friend says he will be there when he needs him but not be involved, he gets a girlfriend that ends up concerned, and a brother that wants to be involved. 
To add to it all this is an extremely dangerous way to earn money. 
He will see things he never thought his eyes would see and experience things he never even imagined. What happens when he is into deep? Will he get out, or is it too late? When the cops get involved, what will happen to him?
Ivy leagueis written in Jameson's point of view. It is definitely an intriguing story. Jameson struggles with right and wrong, protecting those he loves and risking his own life. He goes from being an innocent bystander to a cocky S.O.B. He will learn quickly that his decisions will affect more than just him.
4.5 stars


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Author Bio
Christopher Waltz was born in Indiana in 1987 and promptly began writing once leaving the womb. While this is a complete lie, Christopher did begin writing around age eight at which point he penned and illustrated a sequel to the film "Jumanji."


Since that time, Christopher has continued writing and obtained a degree in secondary education from Indiana University's School of Education. He currently works with a non-profit organization and writes, hoping to one day be a famous and influential author.



He has recently published his first novella, "Come as you are" on the Amazon Kindle Store and lulu.com.

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SPOTLIGHT~STEAL MY HEART by Lisa Eugene

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Maggie Lawson is an OR nurse, a certified germaphobe! She likes to keep things clean and orderly. When she meets Ex-Navy SEAL, Gabe Masters, on the New York City subway, he’s disguised as a dingy, dirty hobo. She cringes as she’s forced to use her nursing skills to revive him. 
Gabe Masters narrowly escaped his latest assignment, but concerned about the data he's stolen, he slips it into the pocket of the nurse who came to his aide. 
  Attempting to retrieve it, he breaks into her apartment. 
What he finds is that his angelic savior is not as compliant as he’d hoped. And Maggie finds that her hobo patient is a ‘dirty boy’ in more ways than one! 
After being forced to do his bidding, she unwittingly gets entangled in a dangerous, fast-paced, sexy adventure that tests the boundaries of her spirit and the capacity of her heart. 
Gabe’s passion spirals her to unimaginable heights. She soon starts to wonder if he is the real danger. 
They learn to trust each other as they try to figure out who is after them. As the mystery unfolds they also realize the significance of the research data that was stolen and its monumental importance. 
Will Maggie be able to convince this professional thief to do the right thing? Will she succumb to this ‘dirty boy’ who’s keeping secrets about his past, or will she chose to keep things clean? Gabe Masters has always walked away. 
That’s how he’s lived his life. No commitments. No ties. He’s lived years with pain and guilt. 
Will he be able to give his heart to this woman who finally brings him peace, or will he do what he does best and walk away?

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  Lisa Eugene lives on Long Island, NY with her husband an three rambunctious kids. Between juggling a full time job and being a soccer mom, she enjoys a good romance. Mrs. Eugene has been in the medical field for over twenty years. Her books also have a medical suspense theme. Her first book, Strictly Business, a contemporary erotic romance, is a finalist in the Readers’ Favorite Annual International Award Contest.

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SPOTLIGHT~IF I FALL by Anna Cruize

Book Info-
Title-If I Fall
By-Anna Cruise
Publication Date- April 6, 2013
Published by-Mission Bay Publishing
Genre- Young Adult

Blurb-

Meg Calloway is at the edge.

Reeling from her parents' sudden divorce, fifteen-year old Meg has never felt more alone. Her father is about to marry a woman she can't stand and her mother's only companion is an endless supply of alcohol. When Aidan Westwood, an older boy at school, shows interest in her, she grabs on and doesn't let go, thinking he's exactly what she needs to help stem her loneliness and despair. She quickly learns that Aidan lives a darker, more dangerous life than she does and the more isolated she feels from her family, the more willing she is to step into Aidan's world.

As Meg drifts further from her friends, she tries to find comfort with a boy who is opening her eyes up to new things, none of them good. Will she listen to those around her who are warning her that she's headed down a path of self-destruction?

Or will she fall too far...too fast...too deep?



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Anna Cruise has been writing -- and drooling over boys -- since middle school. Lots of years have passed but some things never change...
Her books include the best-seller IT WAS YOU (New Adult), IF I FALL (Mature YA) and MAVERICK (New Adult). Additional titles releasing in 2013 will include a follow-up to Abby and West's story from IT WAS YOU.
Anna loves to hear from readers and authors. Email her at authorannacruise@gmail.com. You can also like her Facebook page, find her on Twitter @AnnaCruiseBooks or friend her on Goodreads.

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COVER REVEAL~SHATTERED AND SHAKEN by J.Bailes


Synopsis:
Allie Anderson has encountered more heartache than any one person deserves to experience. She's lost her father to cancer, her brother to war, and the love of her life-Wyatt, took her most prized possession and vanished without notice. Wyatt once held Allie's heart in the palm of his hand-he crushed it.
Blake, Allie's best friend turned lover is everything she needs; he'd give her the moon if she asked for it, but there's one problem-he wants Allie entirely. How can Allie give herself to Blake when she's not sure there's a her to give away? Allie's heart is like a puzzle that's unfinished and missing pieces-it's impossible to put together.
After being MIA the last four years, Wyatt returns home. Allie's forced to make a decision on who she wants or who she believes she needs. No matter who she chooses
someone will be devastated.
Allie's life begins to fall into place, her heart begins to heal, and happy is no longer a foreign emotion-until she's betrayed by the two people she trusted most.
Her heart's left shattered into a million pieces, how much pain can one person tolerate? Is her heart permanently damaged? Hearts are like broken glass; you can put it back together again, but it will never be the same.




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COVER REVEAL~DEREK by Dawn Marens


Derek (Resisting Love 4) by Dawn Martens

Publication date - Fall 2013

Rylie Sullivan hasn’t had an easy life. She is broken, so broken she doesn’t think she will ever be fixed. When she meets Derek, he barges into her life and tries to break down the walls she has so carefully construed to keep what’s left of her safe. When Rylie’s past mixes with her present, will Derek stand by her and help her survive? Or will he bail for the next pretty thing?

Derek Tremaine has had it easy. Coming from a wealthy family and blessed with good looks, Derek has breezed through life. After years of one night stands, and a few half ass attempts at relationships, Derek has almost given up on ever finding the woman for him. When he sees Rylie however, he can’t help but be drawn to her. Rylie is different, more so than any other person Derek has met. Rylie’s beauty- her tattoos, piercings and beautiful blonde dreads drew him in, but it’s her sweet, kind nature that makes him want to stay around and protect her. Winning Rylie’s heart will be his greatest challenge yet, but Derek knows the reward will be more than worth it. 
Which is why Derek has no intentions of letting her go.






Author Bio 

Julie Walker thought she found true love with Jase. Until he betrayed her in the worst way, with one of he
 I'm Dawn. I co-wrote a two books (Chase and Kade) with fellow author Chantal Fernando, in the Resisting Love. We went solo on three of the books, she wrote Ryder, and she is writing James, and I'm writing Derek.

Also working on a book currently with my friend Isabella Bearden, called A Second Chance!
AND I'm currently writing a book with good friend Emily Minton called Whiskey Lullaby. 

I drink too much, Swear too much, and Read too much. Yes I read too much. I don't have a filter, and I tend to speak before I think.
I'm a beta reader for many authors, I'm on a few authors ARC list, because apparently I'm THAT awesome. ;) And I also Edit. Not a professional, but I do help a few with that.
I have two children, 5&2, and have another on the way. They bug the shit outta me, but hey, that's what kids are supposed to do. ;) Married since 2007. He's amazing, but he's also a bigger pain in my ass than my kids are.
I love to read. and I love being able to write stories that *I* want to read!
I couldn't do this without the help of some very special friends!

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Tuesday, 30 July 2013

BLOG TOUR STOP~MIKLO'S FATE by Syndra K. Shaw


MIKALO’S FATE
by Syndra K. Shaw
Expected release July 26th

BLURB:

"The dream is coming true in this, Mikalo's Fate, the third installment in Syndra K. Shaw's story of Ronan and Mikalo.

After escaping the memory of her failed first marriage and allowing herself to love again, Ronan is finally walking down the aisle with Mikalo Delis, her Greek god in grey wool. But once in Greece, Ronan discovers that not all is as it appears to be with the Delis clan, their judgement and mistrust of her surrounding her every move. Then disaster strikes, an event so shocking it rips Mikalo's family apart, Ronan's dream quickly dying.

Her life with her beloved hanging in the balance, Ronan learns the only thing standing between her and "I do" is a surprise visit from a love lost long ago. But will it be enough? Or will she return to the States alone, her heart once again breaking as yet another love dies?"


CHARACTER BIO'S


Ronan Grace -- 
Not skinny, not jaw-droppingly gorgeous, and doing her best on a daily basis to bury the past, resigned to never find that mythical thing called True Love, Ronan is all of us.  But when she meets this almost too good to be true Greek stranger, everything changes.  Despite logic, she finds herself hoping.  Despite fear, she finds herself trusting.  And despite past disasters, she finds herself in love.  And now with her "I do"s to Mikalo only days away, Ronan finds herself believing, hoping against hope, that there could really be a Happily Ever After.

Mikalo Delis -- 
Ronan's "Greek god in grey wool", Mikalo Delis is deliciously gorgeous, unfailingly polite, ruthlessly honest, and ridiculously rich.  Tall and lean, muscular and sexy, his dark hair thick with a bit of a curl, his eyes even darker, he stole Ronan's heart the moment she saw him.  And he is absolutely besotted with her, eager to make her his, but insisting whatever love they have be done with honesty and full-disclosure, open to her secrets even though he's hiding a few of his own, and willing to fight for her, even if it's against a family he loves.

Deni Dollisandro --
 Blonde, gorgeous, married to an incredibly successful man and living at a coveted address on Park Avenue, Deni is Ronan's best friend.  More like family, they've known, trusted, and loved each other too many years to count.  Marking time in a marriage that stopped working long ago, Deni is, without doubt, Ronan's chief supporter and #1 B.S. checker, always willing to call Ronan on her sh*t and bring her back to reality.  But now suddenly facing an unexpected divorce, the possibility that she could lose everything she's been surrounded by for years, Deni finds herself taking the first steps to discovering who she really is and creating a life that brings her true happiness.

Nona -- 
Very Greek, very tied to tradition, the undisputed, powerful matriarch of the vast Delis clan, Nona Delis is Mikalo's grandmother.  To call her formidable is an understatement.  And she is most definitely against Mikalo marrying this American he met only months ago.  But is her reluctance based on just that?  Or is there more to the story, her own past driving her unwillingness to allow Mikalo and Ronan their wedding bliss?


Damen Katsaros -- 
Dark-haired, sapphire blue eyes, a square jaw, and a disarming smile, Damen is Mikalo's lifelong best friend.  And between his naturally sweet disposition and chiseled muscles -- muscles earned under a broiling sun and in clouds of dust --, he's quite a catch.  An alpha male if there ever was one, he's driven, impatient, passionate, curious, not afraid to disagree, and more than a little afraid to truly fall in love.  But by the time Ronan and Mikalo say their "I do"s, he'll be wrestling with the impossible, his heart no longer his own as he stumbles into the emotional mess called True Love.

REVIEW


Ronan is in love with Mikalo. Mikalo is ready to marry her, but first they must deal with his family. Ronan hopes his family will become her family also, unfortunately, they are not so open to her. She is ganged up on upon first meeting and continually put down when she has time alone with each.

In the midst of this all, Mikalo's ex is trying to buy his companies, in order to have some sort of hold to him. Mikalo refuses to let this attempt of buyout or his families behavior to change his mind about marrying Ronan. When tragedy strikes though can they still hold it together? Will their wedding still be able to happen?

Mikalo's fate was written from Ronan's point of view. It is very well written and the author, Syndra K Shaw, knows how to keep the readers engaged. The secrets kept are what really makes this story amazing. I am very excited to read more books by Syndra.
4.5 stars



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Author Profile:

Would you guess the quiet girl sitting in the corner of the cafe would write steamy romance?  That behind her rather conservative skirts and jackets and the no-fuss-wash-and-wear haircut is someone who’s creating true love and heartbreak, earth shattering orgasms and heartache?
Well, that’d be me.  Mikalo’s Grace was my first book, Mikalo’s Flame my second.  Mikalo’s Fate is coming up soon (Summer 2013) and, after that, I’ll be releasing a companion series.  More books will follow, I’m sure.
And, still, I’ll do what I do and let the world pass me by, completely unaware of the smoldering volcano of lust bubbling in their midst.
Born in France, educated in England, Syndra K. Shaw now lives very quietly in Paris and New York.
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COVER REVEAL~EXCEPTION by Patty Maximini

  Title: Exception 
  Author: Patty Maximini 
  Expected release: October 24, 2013 
  Genre: Contemporary Romance 
  Age Group: Adult 
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  With her life packed in boxes in the back of a U-Haul truck and a promise to her sister, Charlotte, that she’d find a way to let go and be happy, Emily crossed the country to escape the haunting memories of her past. As she settles into her new life, Emily holds true to her promise and begins to open her walls to those around her and overtime, she selectively begins to trust again. However, some wounds are too great to overcome, and between her recurring nightmares and her fear of even the slightest physical contact, she wonders if she will ever heal completely. In walks Taylor, a handsome out of towner, with his own past to overcome. Against all odds, an undeniable special friendship forms almost instantly between the two. Not minding his company or touch, Emily is jolted into realization that he is her healing, her strength, her protection and her escape from her daunting past. He is her exception.

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  About the Author

I’m Patty, and words have always been a passion of mine. I’ve always loved to read them, write them and learn them in other languages. Last year, I’ve decided to take that passion and turn it into a book, the result was Exception, my very first novel due this October. Whenever I’m not sitting behind my computer, I’m either enjoying the company of my dear hubby, Alex, and our four four-legged babies or reading. I’m a firm believer in long hand written letters, love of any kind and good stories.

COVER REVEAL~A PERFECT MESS by Zoe Dawson



 Title: A Perfect Mess (A Perfect Secret, #1) 
  Author: Zoe Dawson 
  Expected release: June 17, 2013 
  Genre: Mystery 
  Age Group: New Adult/Adult 
  Cover designed by: Okay Creations   

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  I know what you did last summer.
Aubree Walker, the perfect girl most likely to succeed, is sure there’s only one person who knows what she did. Booker Outlaw, one of the three Outlaw brothers—all identical, all gorgeous, all from the wrong side of the tracks, and all pure bad boys. He was always the unpredictable one, the one who would be brash enough to make it big self-publishing horror novels on the internet. He promised never to tell, but everyone knows you can never trust an Outlaw. Then a year later, in the middle of the night, she receives a phone call at Tulane. Her aunt, who took her in after her mother’s death, has passed away under suspicious circumstances. Now she has to face that one person who knows all about what she did that summer—sexy Booker. Returning to Hope Parish to lay her beloved aunt to rest, stirs up all those ugly memories. When Aubree starts getting threats, she can’t help but wonder if what she did last summer was tied to her aunt’s death. Afraid, she turns to the only person who knows the truth and Booker doesn’t hesitate to offer his broad shoulder for her to lean on. But Booker has a secret of his own that could crush their fledgling relationship. As the hot, sultry summer days move on, she finds that even a perfectly smart girl can lose her heart to a perfectly bad boy. What is she going to do when someone starts asking questions Aubree doesn’t want to answer? She’s knee deep into a terribly dangerous, wholly life changing, who-can-she-really-depend-on perfect mess. 
 A Perfect Secret Series: 
Three perfect girls, three perfect secrets, one unholy trinity.

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About the Author 
 Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic comedy/mystery, new adult, and urban fantasy. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart.  
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COVER REVEAL~ONLY FOR YOU by Marquita Valentine

   
  Title: Only For You (Boys of the South, #2) 
  Author: Marquita Valentine 
  Expected release: September 2, 2013
  Genre: Contemporary 
  Age Group: New Adult
  Cover designed by: Marquita Valentine

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  Loose ends left loose for too long tend to strangle. Cole and Violet knew it wouldn’t be easy. They knew their relationship would take work. But when the press finds out about Violet Lynn’s newest boyfriend, they start digging. And when his past come to light, exposing all of his family’s secrets, their relationship begins to fray. Country Music’s Golden Boy, Jaxon Hunter, has it all, except the girl that got away. What she saw, she really didn’t. What she thought happened, he allowed her to believe for reasons so insane that no one would ever have believed him if he had confessed. But now that everything’s out in the open, he’s going to do his damndest to convince her that he’s the only one for her. Now Violet must choose between Jaxon— her first love and the guy she thought had cheated on her—and Cole—the guy who helped her heal and love again. Or will one of them make the decision for her?
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About the Author 

 New York Times Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes sexy heroes that make you swoon and sassy heroines that make you laugh. She’s the author of the bestselling contemporary romance series, Holland Springs, and the new adult romance series, Boys of the South. Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man—and if that doesn't work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.

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