9/02/2014

Need To Read September 2014


We've waited for these books, drooled over their covers, and added them to our TBR lists. Now, they're here. Need To Read is a monthly meme, posted on the first Tuesday of each month, to highlight the books that we just need to read and can because they release this month! Want to join us? Grab the button, post your Need To Read list, and leave the link in the comments.

Here are my Need To Read books of September 2014:
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Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago... and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting.

Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon learns of a legacy she is bound to--one that is drenched in fear, witchcraft and murder--a birthright that stretches beyond the grave to the trees where Rune is no longer safe.


(Witches! Yeah, I'm in.)

Expected publication date: September 9 (Spencer Hill Press)


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According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you're friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player.

With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from “funny friend” to “tempting vixen” is only a matter of time.

But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want.

(I'm reading this now.)

Expected publication date: September 30 (Spencer Hill Contemporary)

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The truck should have turned Libbi Piper into a Libbi Pancake -- and it would have, too, if Aaron hadn't shown up and saved her life. The problem? Aaron's the local Grim Reaper... and he only saved Libbi's life because he needs someone to take over his job. Now, Libbi has two days to choose between dying like she was supposed to, or living a lonely life as Death Incarnate. Talk about a rock and a hard place.

And the choice goes from hard to sucktastic when her best friend shows up marked: condemned as a future murderer. Libbi could have an extra week to stop the murder and fix the mark... but only if she accepts Aaron's job as Reaper, trapping herself in her crappy town forever, invisible and inaudible to everyone except the newly dead. But, if she refuses? Her best friend is headed straight for Hell.

(I've wanted to read this since I first saw the cover.)

Expected publication date: September 9 (Month9Books)

Okay, these next two are very special to me because they're my new releases!
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Seventeen-year-old Meg Flannigan isn’t very self-confident, but what girl would be after her sophomore-year boyfriend dumped her by making out with another girl in front of her locker? 

Now a senior, Meg catches the eye of not one, but two gorgeous guys at school. Sounds good, right? What girl wouldn't want to be in Meg's shoes? One cute boy happens to be her boyfriend, and the other? Well, he wants to be. And Meg? She't torn between Ash, the boy she's been with for nearly five months, and Noah who is pretty irresistible. 

But Meg is playing with fire. Pitting two boys against one another, even if she doesn't intend to, could end badly if she isn't careful.

Expected publication date: September 9 (Swoon Romance)

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Seventeen-year-old Cara Tillman’s life is a perfectly normal one until Logan Schmidt moves to Ashlan Falls. Cara is inexplicably drawn to him, but she’s not exactly complaining. Logan’s like no boy she’s ever met, and he brings out a side of Cara that she isn’t used to. As the two get closer, everything is nearly perfect, and Cara looks forward to the future.

But Cara isn’t a normal girl. She’s a member of a small group of people descended from the mythical phoenix bird, and her time is running out. Rebirth is nearing, which means she’ll forget her life up to this point—she’ll forget Logan and everything they mean to one another.. But that may be the least of Cara’s problems.

A phoenix hunter is on the loose, and he’s determined to put an end to the lives of people like Cara and her family, once and for all.

Expected publication date: September 9 (Month9Books)





What do you Need To Read this month?

8/28/2014

Swoon Thursday (152): Just a Kiss




It's that time again! We created a HOT meme, and if you're new to the game, here's how to join in the fun:

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the steamy button above and share it on your blog. We want to know! 

Hey y'all!  Ashley here.  This week's post title comes from all three of the new swoons.  They're just kisses (mostly)...but they are still OH so swoony! :D

Enjoy!

Happy Thursday, y'all!


KELLY: Swooning over FINDING WILLOW by Michelle K. Pickett:

I grazed my lips across hers. Barely a touch but enough to make her suck in a breath. The next kiss was a little harder, longer. Annabelle sighed, wrapping her hand around my bicep, and I nearly came undone.

KELSEY: Swooning over PERFECTED by Kate Jarvik Birch:


Our lips moved together. Gently at first, then desperate. Greedy for one another. This was what it meant to be kissed, only this time I didn't need to be taught. Kissing him felt natural, as essential as air. I breathed him in, filled my mouth with the taste of him.



JESSICA:  Swooning over TAKING CHANCES by Molly McAdams:
         I crawled higher on the bed to press my lips first to his head, then temple, making my way to his lips. He crushed his mouth to mine when I got closer and I sucked in a startled breath. He held my body close to his, the weight of him as he rolled slightly on top of me was exhilarating and I found myself trying to pull him even closer. Parting my legs with one of his knees, heat instantly pooled low in my belly when his knee pressed high up against the inside of my thighs. I shuddered when Brandon made a trail to the base of my neck.
"Harper," he groaned into my skin, "you can't do that."
I froze, "What did I do?"
He blew out a long breath before rolling back to his side and curling me into his arms. "You can't shiver like that when I kiss you. It drives me crazy."



Delicious Repeats:

ASHLEY:  Swooning over Michele Vail's UNCHOSEN:


     "Now we go to Las Vegas.  Where to?  Your house or the Zomporium?"
     "Ally said to meet her at the Zomporium."
     "You got it."  Rath pulled me closer.  "Oh, and one more thing."
     He brought me fully into his embrace, dipped his head down, and kissed me.  At first, it was a gentle exploration of lips.  That was enough to get my heart thumping. Then he split the seam of my mouth with his tongue.
     My stomach squeezed, and I latched onto his shoulders, and followed his lead.  I wasn't an experienced kisser, but Rath didn't seem to mind.
     After a long moment of our mouths meeting and parting and going back for more, Rath finally pulled back--just a little.
     I blinked up at him, feeling dazed.  Actually, I felt as though I were floating, just like the fog drifting around us.  "Wow."
     One corner of his mouth curled upward.  "I want you to know how I feel about you, Molly."
     "I like you too."  It seemed like such an inadequate thing to say, but Rath broke into a full smile.
     "I'm glad we got that cleared up"
     "Ditto."



NEREYDA:  Swooning over I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre
In his shirt, my legs were bare as I straddled him, still kissing.  He trailed his lips away from my mouth, over my jaw and down my throat, counterpoint of teeth and tongue to make me moan.  He took each sound, each gasp, with quick lunge back to my lips.  He stroked a path down my back, pausing at my hips then sliding lower.  A shudder went through both of us when he grazed my bare thighs.



TRISHA:  Swooning over WHERE I BELONG by J Daniels:

She grabs my hand and I give her the other one so that both our hands are linked together. I'm kneeling between her legs, staring down into those chocolate eyes that hold me by the balls and could make me do practically anything right now.



SO NOW IT'S YOUR TURN! On your blog (and be sure to leave us a link), and/or on Twitter... SWOON us!

And PS! Make sure to tweet with the #YABound hashtag so we can RT you!


8/21/2014

Swoon Thursday (151): I Want You to Know...



It's that time again! We created a HOT meme, and if you're new to the game, here's how to join in the fun:

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the steamy button above and share it on your blog. We want to know! 

Hey y'all!  Ashley here.  This week's post title comes from my swoon.  It's amazing that someone can communicate something they want another person to know through a simple (or not-so-simple) touch, a kiss, an embrace...Sometimes when we can't find the words to express how we feel, we can still say "I want you to know this" through our actions.  :)  

Enjoy!

Happy Thursday, y'all!


KELLY: Swooning over HEREAFTER by Tara Hudson:

The kiss crashed over me, wave upon wave of fire. The ache exploded across my chest like an atom bomb, incinerating everything in its path. I let it burn me; I let it consume me.
As Joshua parted his lips and moved them against mine, I felt his lips--the soft, warm skin of them.


ASHLEY:  Swooning over Michele Vail's UNCHOSEN:
     "Now we go to Las Vegas.  Where to?  Your house or the Zomporium?"
     "Ally said to meet her at the Zomporium."
     "You got it."  Rath pulled me closer.  "Oh, and one more thing."
     He brought me fully into his embrace, dipped his head down, and kissed me.  At first, it was a gentle exploration of lips.  That was enough to get my heart thumping. Then he split the seam of my mouth with his tongue.
     My stomach squeezed, and I latched onto his shoulders, and followed his lead.  I wasn't an experienced kisser, but Rath didn't seem to mind.
     After a long moment of our mouths meeting and parting and going back for more, Rath finally pulled back--just a little.
     I blinked up at him, feeling dazed.  Actually, I felt as though I were floating, just like the fog drifting around us.  "Wow."
     One corner of his mouth curled upward.  "I want you to know how I feel about you, Molly."
     "I like you too."  It seemed like such an inadequate thing to say, but Rath broke into a full smile.
     "I'm glad we got that cleared up"
     "Ditto."


JESSICA:  Swooning over TAKING SHOTS by Toni Aleo:
"I had a great afternoon with you, Elli," he said. Was he whispering? Was his voice husky? 
Oh, God. 
"Me too, one of the best ever." She cringed at her nervous babble. God, she was an idiot. Shea gave her a sexy grin that she was starting to think he was born doing, and leaned closer to her. Her breath caught audibly, and he smiled again.
"Can I kiss you?" he whispered in a husky, manly, yummy voice. Elli could do nothing but nod and his lips were over hers within seconds. His lips were so warm, so strong, as his hand came up to her cheek, caressing her face softly.
She had never been kissed like this. When Justin would kiss her, it was quick and rushed, but Shea took his time, tasting her mouth as she did the same to him. When he pulled back, he smiled down at her.
"I'll call you later?"



Delicious Repeats:



NEREYDA:  Swooning over I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre
In his shirt, my legs were bare as I straddled him, still kissing.  He trailed his lips away from my mouth, over my jaw and down my throat, counterpoint of teeth and tongue to make me moan.  He took each sound, each gasp, with quick lunge back to my lips.  He stroked a path down my back, pausing at my hips then sliding lower.  A shudder went through both of us when he grazed my bare thighs.

KELSEY: Swooning over THE MONSTER WITHIN by Kelly Hashway:

I whirled around and kissed him, right in the middle of the hallway. I ran my fingers through his hair and pulled him to me. Kids cheered and yelled comments all around us, but I ignored them. I wasn't letting go of Ethan. I wasn't wasting a single moment with him.



TRISHA:  Swooning over WHERE I BELONG by J Daniels:

She grabs my hand and I give her the other one so that both our hands are linked together. I'm kneeling between her legs, staring down into those chocolate eyes that hold me by the balls and could make me do practically anything right now.



SO NOW IT'S YOUR TURN! On your blog (and be sure to leave us a link), and/or on Twitter... SWOON us!

And PS! Make sure to tweet with the #YABound hashtag so we can RT you!