Jane’s Harmony (Jane’s Melody #2) by Ryan Winfield

jane's harmonyTitle: Jane’s Harmony
Author: Ryan Winfield
Series: Jane’s Melody
Publisher: Atria (Simon & Schuster)
Published: August 5, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Synopsis: Starting over is hard to do.

That’s what forty-year-old Jane McKinney learns when she quits her job, sells her home, and leaves Seattle behind to start a new life and pursue the man she loves in Austin. After the death of her daughter, Melody, Jane never thought she would find happiness again – until she met Caleb Cummings. Sensitive, loving, and mature beyond his years, Caleb is a handsome young musician struggling to make ends meet. But when his fortunes take an unexpected and drastic turn for the better, Jane is left wondering where exactly she fits in.

Can you ever leave the past behind? Jane must now decide if she really is willing to commit to a new beginning with Caleb – or if some wounds are just too deep to ever truly mend.

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**I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher,
but that did not influence the review**

4 stars Oh, hold my heart this made me so happy. I LOVED Jane’s Melody and while it ended in a great place I was thrilled there was going to be more of Jane and Caleb’s story.

Jane and Caleb fell in love in book 1, but this story put that love to the test. In this installment we got to see Jane go through the emotions wondering if she made the right choice, even though she knew she didn’t belong anywhere else.  She loved Caleb, she wanted to be with him, she wanted to support him, but she hadn’t yet figured out how she fit in. It turned out that just being with him was the way they were made to be together. I was worried with the plot line that Caleb might get a wandering eye, but was thrilled he stayed devoted to Jane.

2nd ShelfWas the story a roller coaster? No. Were there twists and turns? No. Was it perfect? YES. If you’re looking for a book that will get your heart racing and give you anxiety, this isn’t it. It is however, a great conclusion to a love story.

I should probably mention the smexy times. They were still hot in this installment, and while I thought they were meaningful before, they were even more special this time around. The author can write a love scene that makes you feel like you know the characters are soul mates. It was pretty amazing that he could generate a connection so intense and deep with words. [Continue reading & get hooked!]

Release Day Celebration! Before You by Amber Hart

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We’re so excited to celebrate the release of

BEFORE YOU by Amber Hart

from Kensington Teen!

This multicultural romance has us swooning!

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 Before You revisedSynopsis:  Some say love is deadly. Some say love is beautiful. I say it is both.

Faith Watters spent her junior year traveling the world, studying in exquisite places, before returning to Oviedo High School. From the outside her life is picture-perfect. Captain of the dance team. Popular. Happy. Too bad it’s all a lie.

It will haunt me. It will claim me. It will shatter me. And I don’t care.

Eighteen-year-old Diego Alvarez hates his new life in the States, but staying in Cuba is not an option. Covered in tattoos and scars, Diego doesn’t stand a chance of fitting in. Nor does he want to. His only concern is staying hidden from his past—a past, which if it were to surface, would cost him everything. Including his life.

At Oviedo High School, it seems that Faith Watters and Diego Alvarez do not belong together. But fate is as tricky as it is lovely. Freedom with no restraint is what they long for. What they get is something different entirely.

Love—it will ruin you and save you, both.

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“Hi, I’m Faith Watters.”

Those are the first words I speak to the new Cuban guy in the front office. He grimaces. He’ll be a tough one. I can handle it, though. He’s not the first.

I can’t help but notice that he looks a lot like a model from the neck up—eyes the color of oak, strong bone structure. Everywhere else, he looks a lot like a criminal. Chiseled, scarred body … I wonder for a second about the meaning behind the tattoos scratched into his arms.

One thing’s clear. He’s dangerous.

And he’s beautiful.

“I’ll show you to your classes,” I announce.

I’m one of the peer helpers at our school. It’s not my favorite thing to do, but it counts as a class. Basically I spend the first two days with new students, introducing them around and answering their questions. Some parents with kids new to the school voluntarily sign their students up, but it’s only mandatory for the international students, of which we have a lot. Mostly Latinos.

This Cuban guy towers over me. I’m five six. Not tall. Not short. Just average. Average is good.

This guy’s not average. Not even a little bit. He must be over six feet.

I glance up at him, kind of like I do when I’m searching for the moon in a sea of darkness.

“Looks like you have math first. I’ll walk you there,” I offer.

“No thanks, chica. I can handle it.”

“It’s no problem,” I say, leading the way.

He tries to snatch his schedule from my hands, but I move too fast.

“Why don’t we start with your name?” I suggest.

I already know his name. Plus some. Diego Alvarez. Eighteen years old. Moved from Cuba two weeks ago. Only child. No previous school records. I read it in his bio. I want to hear him say it.

“You got some kinda control issues or somethin’?” he asks harshly, voice slightly accented.

“You got some kind of social issues or somethin’?” I fire back, holding my stance. I won’t let him intimidate me, though I’ll admit, he’s hot. Too bad he has a nasty attitude.

The side of his lip twitches. “No. I just don’t mix with your type,” he answers.

“My type?”

“That’s what I said.”

“You don’t even know my type.” No one does. Well, except Melissa.

He chuckles humorlessly. “Sure I do. Head cheerleader? Date the football player? Daddy’s little girl who gets everything she wants?” He leans closer to whisper. “Probably a virgin.”

My cheeks burn hot. “I’m not a cheerleader,” I say through clamped teeth.

“Whatever,” he says. “Are you gonna give me my schedule or not?”

“Not,” I answer. “But you can feel free to follow me to your first class.”

He steps in front of me, intimately close. “Listen, chica, nobody tells me what to do.”

I shrug. “Fine, suit yourself. It’s your life. But if you want to attend this school, it’s mandatory for me to show you to your classes for two days.”

His eyes narrow. “Who says I want to attend this school?”

I take the last step toward him, closing the gap between us. When we were little, Melissa and I used to collect glass bottles. Whenever we accumulated twenty, we’d break them on the concrete. When the glass shattered, the slivered pieces made a breathtaking prism of light.

I cut myself on the glass by accident once. It was painful, but worth it. The beauty was worth it. It’s funny how the bottle was never as beautiful as when it was broken.

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About the Author: Amber Hart grew up in Orlando, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. She now resides on the Florida coastline with family. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand. She’s the author of BEFORE YOU, AFTER US, UNTIL YOU FIND ME, and sequel to UNTIL YOU FIND ME (untitled as of yet). Represented by Beth Miller of Writers House.

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Midnight Thief (Midnight Thief #1) by Livia Blackburne

Midnight Thief

 

Title: Midnight Thief

Series: Midnight Thief,
Book One

Author: Livia Blackburne  @lkblackburne

Expected Publication:
July 8, 2014

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Genre(s): Young Adult  Fantasy  Paranormal

Source: NetGalley/publisher

Summary from Goodreads: Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.

But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.

Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.

Average Goodreads Rating (as of 07/27/2014): 3.83

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  • Christina thought this title was intriguing. It goes on her 3rd shelf. To find out why…

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Carnage (Carnage #1) by Lesley Jones

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Title: Carnage Author: Lesley Jones Series: Carnage Publisher: self-published Published: February 14, 2014 Genre: New Adult Contemporary, Coming of Age Synopsis: I love him, from the instant I set eyes on him when I was just 11 years old I have loved him and nothing will ever change that, he owns me, he owns my heart and he owns my body and no matter how many lies are told, no matter how … [Continue reading & get hooked!]

Rout of the Dem-Shyr (Ascendant #2) by Raine Thomas

Title:  Rout of the Dem-Shyr Series:  Ascendant Author:  Raine Thomas Published:  July 2014 Touted as the future ruler and savior of worlds, Ascendant KyrVawn is ready to put her growing power to good use. She intends to begin with her home planet of Alametria, where hints of corruption have infiltrated the highest levels of the palace. It’s a monumental task, but one she won’t … [Continue reading & get hooked!]

Jane’s Melody (Jane’s Melody #1) by Ryan Winfield

Title: Jane's Melody Author: Ryan Winfield Series: Jane's Melody Publisher: Atria (Simon & Schuster) Published: October 7, 2013 Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance Synopsis: -New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller-- What boundaries would you cross for true love? That's the question a grieving mother must answer when she takes in a young street … [Continue reading & get hooked!]

Unbreakable (Unbreakable #1) by Rebecca Shea

Title: Unbreakable Author: Rebecca Shea Series: Unbreakable Publisher: self-published Published: July 23, 2013 Genre: New Adult Contemporary Synopsis: Jessica Harper is the epitome of perfection. She’s a good daughter, makes excellent grades, and always strays on the safe side of life. The last thing she thought would ever happen was falling in love with her best friend’s brother. But … [Continue reading & get hooked!]

3 Year Blogiversary! Author Interview (+ a giveaway!) with Emery Lord

The Start of Me and You

Well, it's the last day of our blogiversary celebration, but we have another very special guest visiting us today. If you've been paying attention to Christina either on here, Goodreads, or Twitter (especially on Twitter), then you've seen her raving time and time again about one particular book. It's been one of her favorite reads of the year and joined the ranks among her all time favorites. … [Continue reading & get hooked!]

Release Day Blitz – Trailer, Excerpt and Giveaway – Rout of the Dem-Shyr (Ascendant #2) by Raine Thomas

NEW RELEASE! Title: Rout of the Dem-Shyr Series: Ascendant Series #2 Author: Raine Thomas Genre: New Adult Sci-Fi Romance Audience: Ages 17+   Cover Design by MaeiDesign About the Book: Touted as the future ruler and savior of worlds, Ascendant KyrVawn is ready to put her growing power to good use. She intends to begin with her home planet of Alametria, where hints of … [Continue reading & get hooked!]

3 Year Blogiversary! Signed Sarah J. Maas Giveaway!

Sarah J Maas

Sorry, no character interview today, but the blogiversary celebration does continue... Christina is a huge fan of the Throne of Glass series (You can find her reviews of them here: ToG & CoM.) by Sarah J. Maas and when she stumbled across the UK Paperback Covers, she knew that she'd have to spread the love to The Book Hookup readers because they're so very pretty. Luckily for her, her friend, … [Continue reading & get hooked!]