Saturday, August 31, 2013

TIES by Steph Campbell & Liz Reinhardt Review and Excerpt

Ties by Steph Campbell & Liz Reinhardt
Series: Lengths #4
225 Pages
Publish Date: August 26, 2013
Find It: Goodreads / Amazon / B&N

When a shiny new convertible arrives for her twenty-first birthday, Hattie Beckett has had enough of her absent dad trying to buy a place in her life. It’s time for him to face her--or get out of her life forever. 

She tosses some clothes in a bag, looks up her father’s last known address, and sets her GPS for Silver Stand, California.

When she arrives at a beach-bum paradise that’s totally foreign to her New England upbringing and finds nothing but an empty lot where her dad maybe once lived, her immediate instinct is to pack up her car and head right back to Connecticut.

But she also finds... Deo. The half-brother she never knew she had. He and his hippy-dippy mom insist that Hattie stick around—at least for the summer. And with all of her friends spending the summer abroad, what else does she have to do? 

Her ideas about family are blown wide open as Deo and Marigold pull her in with their charm and love. But there’s still a huge question mark where her dad is concerned, and that question mark definitely looms over her ideas about love and relationships. 

When Hattie meets Ryan, the college dropout turned competitive sailor, her perspective flips with her heart. Like it or not, Hattie is falling fast and hard for Ryan... even if it’s the last thing that she expected - and the last thing her newly found brother wants for her. 


My Thoughts:  This is not my first book by the duo writing-team Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt. I have found that I enjoy their books because they're beach-y and fun, and they take me away while I'm reading. Isn't that what we all want? Some of us, YES. 

Ties is part of the Length series - which I am enjoying as I am reading through the series slowly - but while it is part of the series, it is meant to be a standalone. So you all can get this one and read it first if you want to! Or last. Or at any point during the series. I wasn't sure how that would work when I started the book but I have to admit that it is a really neat thing and I love it, and I love being able to pass this information along to you guys.  

Okay, so moving on...we have Hattie Beckett. Hattie is the daughter of a single mother and has attended all girls' academies throughout her life. She's used to being the shoulder that the other girls cry on and has just one serious boyfriend in all of her life. Why? Because while she really liked the guy - he played guitar, was gorgeous, spoke multiple languages, etc - he just didn't have his act together. He was constantly late for dates, making lame excuses, and never returning calls - things like that. Hattie can't deal with things like that - she prefers order or nothing at all. I'm sure that part of this stems from her mother being completely the opposite - she fell in love with a man that obviously didn't love her back - he never was there for her, never showed up. Hattie's father never acknowledged the two of them except when he lavished extravagant gifts on Hattie for her events like her birthday. Hattie seriously wishes he would just leave her alone. 

Daddy dearest really outdoes himself when Hattie ends up with a brand new car for her 21st birthday, which enrages her. While most people would be jumping for joy at the super-cute baby blue Beetle, Hattie wastes almost no time hopping in that car and driving across the country to to track down for her father and dump the car back in his lap. She wants to tell him to his face to leave her alone. When she arrives at her destination - miles and miles away from home, what she finds instead throws her for a loop. 

Hattie doesn't find her father; no shock there! Instead, she finds a family. A family she never knew she had. A family that opens their arms and welcomes her in just as she is, without hesitation and with instant love. When Hattie decides to stay with them for a while, she kind of falls in love with them. Hard. I mean, HELLO! she has a brother? A grandfather? How could she have lived her life without knowing this? And they are SO GREAT. 

What Hattie also finds is a boy, but this is something that she wasn't looking for. See, Hattie doesn't have time for a no-nonsense relationship in her life. Romance is something that you can't depend on, she thinks, so she doesn't want it. And that's that. 


Ties by Campbell and Reinhardt is a fun and easy read that was perfect for this warm part of the year that isn't quite summer still but isn't yet fall either. It's beach-y and warm and there is sand and an ocean. There is a girl that is on a quest to find herself and ends up finding so much more, which is delightful to read. And there is a boy that is trying to shake his bad-boy past and doing a pretty great job of it. I can see where this is a great standalone, but there is certainly plenty of the Lengths series in this book for fans of the previous books that have been released - characters that you have grown to know and love make plenty of appearances. I am particularly partial to Deo Beckett from the first book, as he ends up being Hattie's brother, and his wife Whit. 

Hattie is one of those girls that has a chip on her shoulder when we meet her - she's sailing through life on her own terms - so fiercely independent! It's obvious that her father's non-existent presence in her life has left a void that causes a bit attitude? a drive for success? ambition? But at times, this is also something that causes Hattie to need to relax a little bit. She drives across the country and ends up meeting these incredible people that love her instantly and even a great guy that could/would/might love her, but she is a master at holding almost all of these people at a distance. And for what? Read on, readers. Read on for some growth in Hattie's character. 

Ryan Byrne is the boy. Now, Ryan appeared in earlier books, but I have to admit that I like him more in this book! Ryan is working to shed his bad-boy image (this is something that I always love about a male character). He has a steady job but also a steady passion/hobby, which is racing boats. He's love to be able to race boats for a living - being on the water, being in control even for a second of something that could totally swallow him whole - and this is something that he's working toward. It's one day when Ryan is working on his own boat that he meets Hattie for the first time, and that poor boy is a goner. Instant attraction (but not instant love).

Hattie makes Ryan work so hard for everything - taking her for something as small as a smoothie, taking her out for dinner, taking her out to watch the sun set over the ocean - everything. It isn't long before Hattie's "new" brother finds out exactly who Ryan is (based on his past - not realizing that "bad boy" Ryan is long-gone) and things get a little interesting. 

There are a ton of things in to love in Ties, you guys:
  • I loved the setting, of course - a small town West Coast beach setting. 
  • I loved the alternating points-of-view between Hattie and Ryan - these two are complete opposites to it is wonderful to see the differences in perspectives in almost everything - careers, love, everything. Plus it is nice to see each perspective as events in the story unfold. I love this type of story structure, particularly in stories like this one. It worked. 
  • This is part of a series but it is also a standalone - works both ways! Plus the recurring characters that I love. Win, win, win! This means anyone can read this one and it isn't spoiled or difficult to follow.  
  • Bad-boy turned good! Holla if you hear me. 
  • Character growth in the main character, Hattie. If you hang in there with her, you win. So does she. 
  • (I think Ryan Byrne may have been the shining star in this story! Loved him.)
I recommend Ties by Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt to readers that enjoy New Adult Contemporary Romance, books with great settings (hello, ocean), summer-y/beach reads, fun characters, and one of my personal favorites: great sibling/family relationsips. I've said it already more than once, even though I've labeled this as a "#4" in this series up at the top of this post, ANYONE can read this one because it is a standalone within the scope of this series, and you will not be spoiled or lost. The Lengths series is one that I have enjoyed as far as I've read and I am continuing to enjoy and I will read as long as these gals decide to carry it. 


I'm excited to share an excerpt from the book for you today! 
This is an excerpt from Hattie's point-of-view, not long after she is meeting and learning about her new family. 

“I can’t believe that old asshole is puttin on this whole song and dance for you,” Deo laughs, pulling up at Grandpa’s house. “He’s a cranky, decaying, mannerless bastard trying to play like a cuddly old grandpa bear. You know this is because you’re a girl, right?” There’s more than a hint of affection in his voice.
“I thought you and Grandpa got along,” I say as we crunch up the gravel driveway.
Deo looks at me, mouth hanging open, hand splayed over his heart. “Get along? Me and that old fart?” He rumples my hair like I’m six and grins. “I want to be him when I grow up.”
“You have weird goals,” I mutter.
“Not everyone can be a brainiac scientific mathemagician like you are, sis.” He holds the door open for me.
“Um, I think you mean ‘mathematician.’” I walk into the small home and breathe deep, loving the mingling scents of pipe tobacco and lemon Pledge.
“I said what I meant. You have gone beyond the simple human study of math with your crazy skills. You’ve moved into supernatural math dorkiness. Hence, mathemagician.”
“Sometimes I think we really should get that DNA test after all. How is it possible you’re my brother?” I attempt a frown, but frowning at Deo is like trying to lick your own elbow.
“Oh, I’ve got magic. Just a different kind. Whit knows all about it.” He waggles his eyebrows at Whit, who’s checking a dish of something that smells cheesy and homey in the oven.
She blushes and shakes her head. “Hattie, have I told you lately how much I appreciate your attempts to take his ego down a peg? Don’t be sad if it never works. This boy’s head is--”
“As big as my--”
“You’re here!” Grandpa interrupts just in the nick of time. While I embrace him in a warm hug, Deo goes over and nuzzles Whit’s neck and teases her about her cooking attempts. I guess she wasn’t much for cooking before she met him, and he’s ridiculously proud of how her cooking skills are coming along under his tutelage. Master chef tutelage if you ask him, of course.


Ties will appeal to fans of:

New Adult Contemporary Romance
Romance: No Triangle. 
Great Setting: West Coast, Small-Town Beach Setting.
Alternating POV
Great Family/Sibling Relationships
Standalone within a Series! 

Ties by Steph Campbell & Liz Reinhardt
is currently available for purchase. 


Steph Campbell grew up in Southern California, but now calls Southwest Louisiana home. She has one husband, four children and a serious nail polish obsession.

Steph's works include DelicateGrounding Quinn and Beautiful Things Never LastMy Heart for Yours and My Fate for Yours (with Jolene Perry); A Toast to the Good Times (with Liz Reinhardt) and the bestselling new adultLENGTHS series with Liz Reinhardt: LengthsDepthsLimitsTies & Riptides.

Follow Steph Campbell:  Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter /  Website 


Liz Reinhardt was born and raised in the idyllic beauty of northwest NJ. A move to the subtropics of coastal Georgia with her daughter and husband left her with a newly realized taste for the beach and a bloated sunscreen budget. Right alongside these new loves is her old, steadfast affection and longing for bagels and the fast-talking foul mouths of her youth.

She loves Raisinettes, even if they aren't really candy, the Oxford comma, movies that are hilarious or feature zombies, any and all books, but especially romance (the smarter and hotter, the better), the sound of her daughter's incessantly wise and entertaining chatter, and watching her husband work on cars in the driveway.

She is the author of the Brenna Blixen series (Double ClutchJunk MilesSlow Twitch), the Youngblood series (Fall GuyPerfectly Unmatched), and co-writes with the awesome Steph Campbell in the Lengths series (

Follow Liz Reinhardt:  Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter /  Website 
Has anyone read any of the books in the Lengths series? 
They're so much fun! 
Don't forget this is a standalone! 

And it's 99 cents right for ereaders 
now at Amazon and B&N
What are you waiting for?? 

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Adult Fic Pick! Letters From Skye by Jessica Brockmole Review

Letters From Skye by Jessica Brockmole
Published by Ballantine Books
Publish Date: July 9, 2013
304 Pages
Source: NetGalley
Find it here:  Goodreads / Amazon / B&N

March 1912: Twenty-four-year-old Elspeth Dunn, a published poet, has never seen the world beyond her home on Scotland’s remote Isle of Skye. So she is astonished when her first fan letter arrives, from a college student, David Graham, in far-away America. As the two strike up a correspondence—sharing their favorite books, wildest hopes, and deepest secrets—their exchanges blossom into friendship, and eventually into love. But as World War I engulfs Europe and David volunteers as an ambulance driver on the Western front, Elspeth can only wait for him on Skye, hoping he’ll survive.
June 1940: At the start of World War II, Elspeth’s daughter, Margaret, has fallen for a pilot in the Royal Air Force. Her mother warns her against seeking love in wartime, an admonition Margaret doesn’t understand. Then, after a bomb rocks Elspeth’s house, and letters that were hidden in a wall come raining down, Elspeth disappears. Only a single letter remains as a clue to Elspeth’s whereabouts. As Margaret sets out to discover where her mother has gone, she must also face the truth of what happened to her family long ago.

Letters From Skye by Jessica Brockmole 

My Thoughts:  Sometimes I get so caught up in a book that I lose track of time and myself and the world around me. Sometimes I'm able to find parts of present day life in a book that is set so far in the past that it seems impossible. Sometimes I can go through through the ringer with the characters in a book and be absolutely, utterly exhausted only to come out on the other side absolutely better for it. This is one of those books. Letters From Skye by Jessica Brockmole wrecked in me in the best way possible, and I mean that in the best way possible. From the second I closed it, I have barely stopped thinking about it and I've wanted needed to read it again. 

I need to read this book again. 


It all started with a letter. 

Elspeth Dunn could barely believe she had gotten a piece of actual fan mail, and when she read it she couldn't wait to reply. FAN MAIL? Somehow her little book of published poetry had made its way to a college student in the United States, David Graham. When she wrote back, she didn't really expect to receive another letter from David, so she replied again. And here is the beginning of the correspondence that lasted the length of several years. 

SEVERAL YEARS, you guys. Let that soak in a minute. See, this is back in 1912 when it is for-real letter writing, actual correspondence. So these people would walk to the post office, send their letter, and have to wait weeks for a reply - if one comes at all. Throughout the course of this 'pen-pal relationship' David exchanges these fun letters with small-town poet Elspeth, and they grow from exchanging pleasantries to hanging on every word that each letter says. They ask each other small questions that have big meanings and give guarded replies also maybe filled with meaning. They become friends, sharing things with one another that other people do not know. The funny thing about all of this is for the longest time, they don't actually meet. And they don't actually hear the voice of the other one. David has no idea what Elspeth looks like, but he does send Elspeth a picture of himself. When David decides that join the war effort in WWI, among a flurry of things happening, two things stand out: 1) Elspeth is frightened to pieces for his safety, as I would imagine. She's grown quite close to him over the past few years. 2) To join his particular assignment, he'll travel and be making a stop not too far from Skye. He asks Elspeth if she would come to meet him - he'd love to lay eyes on his friend, his pen pal. 

Well, Elspeth has a raging, deathly fear of leaving the island, so she misses him the first time he comes ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE OCEAN, so close to her. They don't get to meet and are devastated but alas! the letters continue. David starts his job in the war, driving ambulances to the front lines and back, which is pretty exciting and also scary and dangerous. Elspeth never stops worrying for a second about him - the letters she sends take even longer to reach him, and likewise his responses take almost forever to reach her. Still, throughout the war, they maintain their letter-writing, the keep their chins up, they remain friends and hopeful that David will remain safe and that one day they can meet. 

There is also the growing "elephant in the room" - feelings that have developed between the two. Before long, one of the two becomes the braver one and is the first to admit what they are both actually feeling. In writing. In letters. Because this is how they communicate, you see. 


I can't even believe this book, how it gripped my heart and still does. Letters From Skye by Jessica Brockmole makes me hug my Kindle tightly on days when I am not even reading the book. There is so much packed into this book and it is done so smartly, you guys. And honestly, I think you'll either fall in love with it, or you won't. 

Letters From Skye is epistolary, so we get the entire story in letters. There are the letters between Elspeth and David, which are like a peak into their relationship and oh-so-wonderful. This is a relationship that begins as purely a fan reaching out to someone he sees as the equivalent of a rockstar, and then the rockstar-type person writing back - only she isn't quite well-versed in the ways of writing fan mail and perhaps reveals a little too much about herself. This basically invites David to continue writing - which is what he does. Back and forth, these two write, over and over. It is so charming and before I knew it, I was caught up in their fun friendship, I was watching it grow, I was reeling at how Elspeth couldn't leave the island and how that must've destroyed David's hopeful heart, I was scared for him at the front line, and I was feeling tons of other things too. See, Elspeth has some things going on in her life already when she receives this letter - she has this whole life on the island of Skye. And David is a college student. The world is his for the taking, really, and he's able to do anything he wants to do. And he wants to write to Elspeth. They are in two different places in life when they begin this thing they're doing. 

There is a little bit of inner turmoil on Elspeth's part about whether or not she should become so involved with David via his letters - but I think it is very short-lived because she genuinely grows to enjoy them, and then him. And it is fairly obvious from the beginning that this guy is starstruck with her. He asks her these fun questions and then the questions become more serious, and as a reader I could see this thing blossoming into something that I wasn't sure if the two of them were aware of yet or not. 

Oh! But then they were. They became aware of their own feelings and tip-toed around them, being very careful with their words and phrases and OH HOW MY HEART just danced and also did flip-flops. Because of things - war, distance, things. It was like from this point on, I held my breath and my heart pounded. 

Intermingled with the letters of Elspeth and David were letters between Elspeth and her daughter Margaret from the time period of WWII along with letters between Margaret and her fiance. See, WWII is now being fought and comes a bit too close to home when a nearby bomb blast shakes the walls of Elspeth's home. When this happens, ALL of the letters between Elspeth and David fall out of their hidden place - Margaret and Elspeth need to run to the bomb shelter and Elspeth sends her daughter on, but she takes the time to gather her precious letters, but she never makes it to the shelter. Where did she go? 

ALSO things happened to tear Elspeth's family apart so many years ago. I mean, tore them apart to the point that some of them won't even speak anymore. 

OH MY GOODNESS. OH MY GOODNESS. Right now, writing this, I keep making fists and wanting to keyboard smash and cry and discuss this with somebody. I KNOW WHERE SHE WENT. But you all have to read it to find out. It completely freaks her daughter Margaret out because she doesn't tell anyone where she goes, and it's during a pretty dangerous time outside in the aftermath of the bomb scare, and there are some other things. 

Yes, I think I need to re-read this book again pretty much in the next few days or I'll combust. 

Letters From Skye by Jessica Brockmore is a beautifully written debut about finding friendship in an unexpected place and how it turns into so much more than the two expected. I fell hard and fast for these two characters that had so much physical distance between them but were able to make something out of a relationship on paper. I do believe so wholeheartedly in this story and that it is possible - the fact that the story both wrecked my heart and sits in it is pure evidence of this. The way Brockmole used the setting of Skye as the backdrop for this tale only made it better - and the other settings, too, which I won't spoil - and oh my goodness, I just fell so hard for this story because I believe in love like this. 

Letters From Skye by Jessica Brockmore is basically the perfect book for me and it could have actually been penned with me in mind. I recommend this book to fans of historical fiction, fans of great settings, readers that enjoy epistolary novels, and readers that enjoy an epic love story. This book took my breath away and is still doing that right this second. I said I'd probably read this one again soon but I'll probably just start it again today. 


Letters From Skye will appeal to fans of:

Historical Fiction
Fantastic Setting: Isle of Skye, Scotland
Guy-Girl Friendship turned relationsip
(that begins with letters!) 
Epistolary Structure 
Alternating Time Periods 

Letters From Skye by Jessica Brockmole
is currently available for purchase.


This is another favorite of mine for the year. 

That is all. 

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Unafraid by Melody Grace Review + Giveaway

Unafraid by Melody Grace
Series: Beachwood Bay #2
Publish Date: August 27, 2013
Source: Author for Review - Thank you!
Find It: Goodreads / Amazon / B&N

"The first time I saw her, I knew this girl was wilder than any stallion I’d ever trained. She was headstrong, wounded, passionate and free. And I had to have her…"

Brittany Ray doesn’t care about her bad reputation. Growing up in a sleepy beach town with a junkie mom and a runaway dad, Brit’s learned the hard way that the people you love will only let you down. It’s no use hoping for love or happiness. Some dreams aren’t meant for girls like her.

Hunter Covington is one of those dreams.

Gorgeous, charming Hunter is damn near perfect—and it’s killing him. Son of Charleston royalty, he’s been trapped in a gilded cage since the day he was born. Now he’s breaking free. He’s quit law school to restore his grandpa’s old horse ranch, trying to soothe the demons in his soul. But Beachwood Bay is full of old ghosts, like the mysterious girl who spent an unforgettable night with him—and then slipped away before dawn. Brit. 

Everything about her screams danger, but Hunter doesn’t care: he’s never felt a connection so deep. And try as she may, Brit can’t resist the desire consuming her —or the safety she finds in Hunter’s arms.

A reckless passion. An undeniable bond. Scarred by their pasts, Brit and Hunter fight to heal old wounds. But will dark secrets tear apart their new beginning? And when love is the biggest risk of all, can they find the courage to face the future unafraid?

My Thoughts:  Okay, so even though I haven't blogged about Melody Grace's first two books in this series yet (Untouched and Unbroken), I have read them and you guys, I kind of like this series a lot. I mean, I've really gotten into summer-y beach reads this year and also I'm a mad, mad supporter of North Carolina settings, be they fictional or real. 

Well, hello, Beachwood Bay Series! You fit this criteria quite well. 

Where Untouched and Unbroken feature Juliet MacKenzie and Emerson Ray as their main characters in both books, Unafraid is a companion book that features Emerson's younger sister Brittany Ray and introduces a new male lead, Hunter Covington


Brittany Ray is used to living on her own, or she has been for the past little while. As a child, she was raised by a mother that was constantly back-and-forth between sobering up and being doped up. Because of her mother's inability to care for her and sometimes not even coming home, Brit's older brother Emerson basically raised her. Recently, however, Emerson became engaged to a really great girl and moved to Charlotte, leaving Brit in the tiny coastal town. Brit has dreams of a career in fashion design - she has an eye for fashion and talent at making her own clothes - but she hasn't had any luck so far in landing a job or an internship and school is out of the question due to lack of money. She's perfectly content working at Jimmy's, a local restaurant/hangout/bar and maintaining the reputation of the girl-about-the-town that she grew up with. (She's actually not content with this life, but she'll keep telling herself that because it's much easier that way.) 

Hunter Covington is happy to finally be taking over his grandfather's ranch in Beachwood Bay. He's so glad to be out from under his parents, living his own life, making his own decisions. He hated the way they planned out his life for him - everything, everything - where he'd go to school, what classes he would take, where he'd work after school. He never wanted the life they chose for him so he walked away and hasn't looked back. He's happy - happy that he's living in the same town as Brittany Ray. 

After living in Beachwood Bay secretly for a few weeks while restoring the ranch, Hunter shows up at Jimmy's during one of Brittany's shifts. Ready to start his life his own way, Hunter wants a chance with Brittany. It just so happens that the second Hunter walks up to Brittany - literally the second he steps up to her - she is also thinking about him. See, they only spent a brief time together three years ago, but it was apparently enough to make a lasting impression on the both of them. 

And then POW! BAM! BOOM! Sparks fly everywhere...

...kind of. Because Brittany just has to give Hunter the cold shoulder and play hard to get for a little while. OH BUT HUNTER IS SMARTER THAN SHE IS, YOU SEE. He proves that he's worthy and that she's worthy and it's just really romantic and, yes, sparks fly everywhere. 


Okay, so there's the quick romantic Unafraid by Melody Grace rundown. It seems like it's one of those quick, indulgent romances that is perfect for summer and YAY so much fun - and it is. It really is. I enjoyed the heck out of it and read it quickly like it was lemonade on a hot, summer day. But oh-don't-ya-know there is also some meat to the story, that FRIENDS THAT IS WHAT MAKES IT EVEN BETTER. 

See, Brittany stayed behind after her older brother Emerson left, working that dead-end job and maintaining her reputation as a slut (I hate that word. I hate even using it.) because she's always been that way. For Brittany, she almost feels more comfortable in that skin than she would feel if she tried to change, which is really sad and almost pathetic. BUT part of the reason for this is when she spent that brief time in the past with Hunter Covington - he was a real gentleman to her. He treated her like a lady despite what he knew about her, despite her reputation, and despite the fact that he came from a wealthy family and she didn't. Brittany knew then and she knows now that nobody will ever live up to Hunter in her mind, so she doesn't even try to find anyone better than the low-life, disgusting creeps that approach her with one thing on their minds. 

When Hunter walks up to her during her shift at work, it completely throws Brittany for a loop and I LOVED IT. Hunter challenged Brittany in every single part of her life and I LOVED IT. He forced her to look at herself in a different way, in a better way, in a positive way. He was encouraging to her. He said nice things to her. He was still - three years later - a gentleman, but now he was even more of a gentleman. Hunter was the catalyst for positive growth in Brittany - he helped inspire her to be a better person. THIS IS GOOD, you guys. For self esteem, self worth, all of that - and also for her dreams and hopes for her future. Still, stubborn Brittany does the holds-great-guy-at-arm's-length routine we see so often because she thinks he's "perfect" and she's "broken" and she doesn't deserve a guy like him. 

It's true that Hunter Covington has the appearance of the perfect person - handsome, wealthy, and confidant. The truth is, he has his own secrets, his own issues. Don't we all? There is a point in the story when Brittany gets angry at Hunter for being so "perfect" and then he shares a bit of himself, the part of himself that isn't perfect. The realization the he is just like everyone else (for Brittany) means that perhaps a relationship is possible for the two of them, two broken, regular people. 

BUT BUT then Hunter has some big decisions to make, actually. And DON'T YOU KNOW they'll threaten this lovely romance that has come at just the right time for Brittany and helped her grow as a person so much. OH, CAN THEY OVERCOME THESE OBSTACLES?? I just love these issues. I love them. 

What a story! It's fun and romantic and indulgent - perfect for summer, as I mentioned above. The setting is fun - right off the shore of a bay, which I love (see, on the cover?). I also love Hunter's horse ranch. 

This is a fun one, you guys. Quick pacing. Fun characters. Character growth. The romance is steamy and quite passionate. I wish Juliet and Emerson had been more present in this book because I absolutely LOVED their story and want to know more about what they're up to, but their names do come up a few times. 

I recommend Unafraid by Melody Grace for fans of New Adult Contemporary Romance. It's a companion book that is not the start of a series, but in my opinion, it can be read at any point in the series - I think it would be perfectly fine to read this one before reading the other two books. If this series continues, I will keep reading it because IT IS FUN and I like it. 


Unafraid will appeal to fans of:

New Adult Contemporary Romance
Romance: No Triangle. 
Coastal Setting.
Alternating POV

Be smart, younger readers! 

This book is for the older-YA and adult reading crowd!

Unafraid by Melody Grace
is currently available for purchase. 


Melody Grace is the USA Today bestselling author of UNBROKEN and UNTOUCHED. A small-town girl turned SoCal beach-lover, she spent years with her nose in a book before deciding it was time to write them for herself. She loves bad boys, good books, and pistachio-flavored ice-cream.

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Introducing...BEAUTIFUL BROKEN by Nazarea Andrews with an Excerpt and a Giveaway!

Back in June of this year, 
on the blog and absolutely loved it. Here's what I had to say about it in my review: 
This Love by Nazarea Andrews is...the perfect summer read. It is oozing, dripping, completely filled with romantic tension, with swoony moments, with a bit of steam, and with some falling in love. - taken from my review HERE

I fell hard for Andrews' talents at using setting - THIS LOVE had two amazing settings! - and fantastic characters that I absolutely loved. The first book in the University of Branton Series was a hit with me and I've been eagerly anticipating what this author would bring to the table for her next installment with the series. 

Well, you guys, we have a little longer to go on the story...
but today I can share the cover! 

BEAUTIFUL BROKEN by Nazarea Andrews 
Publish Date: October 2013
Find It: Goodreads 

She's been broken by her past. He's been breaking for as long as he can remember. Together, they can make each other whole--or destroy each other.

When his best friend asks for something, Dane rarely says no. But babysitting a newly sober Scout Grimes for three weeks isn't exactly a normal request. And with their history, it's a recipe for disaster. Not to mention, she's drop dead gorgeous and he can't touch her.

There are few people Scout trusts as much as Dane Guillot. He's always been her safe place, where nothing can hurt her. He's also been the only man she's never let herself want--screwing up their friendship isn't worth one amazing night together.

They have too much history, and too much personal baggage to ever work. But if they are willing to take a chance on love--it might be worth the risk.


I also have an excerpt from Beautiful Broken
I'm so excited about this! 

I can hear her crying, her sobs shredding through me like sharp knives. I don't even know what to do with her quiet words. You keep the nightmares away. 

I'm not good at this. I've been broken and breaking things for years. The best—smartest—thing to do would be to call Atti and have him come take care of her. 

But I want to be strong for her. 

That's the thing—I know I can't be, but it doesn't stop the want to be better for Scout. I shake my head and open the door, dropping clothes on the counter. In the foggy mirror, I can see the shape of her, huddled on the floor of the big shower. "Are you okay?" I ask. 

She sniffles. "I'll be out in a minute."

It's a clear request for space, so I back away, reluctantly giving it to her. Pull on a pair of faded flannel pants that I wear when Dad comes to town, and sit on her bed. 

Scout comes in a few minutes later, wrapped in the scent of oranges and soap and wearing a shirt three sizes too big.

My shirt looks amazing on her. 

"Do you want to sleep here or my room?" I ask.

Her eyes widen.  She might ask—almost opens her mouth to ask—but then she shakes her head and says, "Yours."

I nod and switch off her lamp, leading the way down the hall. I let her crawl into bed, tucking the blankets around her when she shivers, then slip in on my side and hit the lights. "Dane?" she whispers in the dark.

"We'll talk in the morning, Scout. Go to sleep." 

There aren't any more nightmares. For either of us.


Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.

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Don't they look great beside one another? 
A great summer read and now, a great fall read coming soon. 
I love how the covers reflect the seasons. 

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