Sunday Fun Day: New Book Purchases

HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY!

In honor of #worldbookday, I thought I would share a couple of books I purchased this morning. The first one, I’ve heard a lot about and since I’ve always loved and enjoyed books by Carly Phillips, I decided to get it. The book? Faking it. The second book, Sinfully Mine, by Kendall Ryan, is a book I hadn’t heard of but the cover and title caught my eye while browsing on Amazon, so much so I read the blurb and the Amazon teaser and then found it impossible not to one-click the book.

For #worldbookday, I decided to go with two self-published titles, both by authors I’m familiar with and whose work I know I will enjoy.

FAKING IT 

Title: Faking It
Authors: Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde
Series: Book Boyfriend #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 288
Publisher: CP Publishing
Release Date: April 11th, 2017

Book Summary: Confirmed bachelor Max Sterling isn’t into rescuing damsels in distress, but when the very tempting Hailey Ellison needs his help, there’s only one thing for him to do. Step in and pose as her loving fiancé. Except there is nothing fake about his attraction to her, or how much he wants her beneath him in his bed, moaning his name. But what starts as a sexy, flirty, temporary engagement, quickly becomes something more serious that neither one ever anticipated.

Purchase FAKING IT: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Why I One-Clicked: I love stories that start out with confirmed bachelors and another favorite is the pretend/fake relationship trope. The stories are always fun and Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde are too good of a combination to pass up. I’ve loved them both since their Harlequin writing days and continue to enjoy their work now.

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SINFULLY MINE

Title: Sinfully Mine
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: Lessons with the Dom #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 355
Publisher: Kendall Ryan Books
Release Date: July 14th 2015

Book Summary: She was forbidden. I didn’t care.

As my best friend’s little sister, Macey Hale was off-limits. Tempting as sin, and forbidden as fuck. I wish I could say that stopped me. I wish I could tell you I behaved like a gentleman.

I didn’t.

When she waltzes back into my life with that same spark I fell for, looking every bit the beautiful woman I knew she’d grow into, I have to force myself to remember I’m different from the man she once knew. I’m colder. Harder. And for good reason.

With my heart on lockdown, and my hands aching to touch her, I set out to prove that I can keep myself in check this time.

No strings. No attachments.

And definitely no falling for her again.

SINFULLY MINE is a standalone contemporary romance novel from New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kendall Ryan.

If you like steamy love stories, you won’t want to miss this older brother’s best friend romance.

This is book two in the Lessons with the Dom series, following The Gentleman Mentor. Both are complete standalone novels featuring sexy Dominant men you’re sure to fall in love with. Enjoy!

 Purchase SINFULLY MINE: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Why I one-clicked: I love a good forbidden romance love story, and this one promises to be hot as hell to boot. And the look inside Amazon teaser got me good. 

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What about you guys? What are you buying or reading on World Book Day?

Tell us in the comments so we can search out a few more books to buy today.

Saturday On The Shelf: Print Book Haul (January – April 2017)

Hey everyone! Happy Saturday!

For those of you who don’t follow me (Deanna Lynn) on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, I thought I’d post a few photos of my recent print book hauls. The largest majority of these books were purchased by me, whether online through Amazon or at a local or semi-local brick and mortar store (Wal-mart, Barnes & Noble, Independent Bookstore), but some of these books are ARCs I received for upcoming reviews or book wins from a couple of online contests (Publisher, Author, Facebook). I have four times this print book haul for e-book purchases and ARCs for review (which some are e-book duplicates for the ones here) but for now, I’ll focus on the print books.

This is a long post, so bear with me please. Also, if I’ve read and reviewed the book here on the blog, I included my link to it.

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And The Story Begins October Unboxing (2016)

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Hey guys! I’m here to do my first subscription box unboxing. This one is for the October 2016 And the Story Begins subscription box that I ordered. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised with the books I received because both books are ones I would buy myself and read. By the time I signed up for this particular service, I only had three genre’s to choose from because all the others were sold out: Mystery, Romance, and Surprise. I chose Romance since it seemed like the safest bet and I’m so glad I did!

If you’ve never heard of the And The Story Begins box, it’s a subscription box service that sends two books to your door on the 26th of every month for $9.99. Because of the low price, I wasn’t quite sure what type of books I would receive, but it turned out okay for me. Both books were gorgeous trade paperbacks…that I didn’t already own!

Subscription Box Arrival

What’s Inside the Box

This is the packaging…and it is so, so well done.

The cute wrapping style made me smile.

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Weekend Reads

Hey guys! I thought I’d start a new weekend feature about what I’m reading. I’d also love to know about what you’re reading, so if you’re so inclined, be sure to comment with your current/past/future reads. I’m always looking for new books and authors so I’d love to hear about books you’ve enjoyed and loved, or even ones you didn’t particularly enjoy. 

So here goes…

th-weekendreadsmeme-currentreadsThe Blind Astronomer’s Daughter

John Pipkin

Bloomsbury USA

480 Pages

Released: October 11th 2016

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Book Summary: In late-eighteenth-century Ireland, accidental stargazer Caroline Ainsworth learns that her life is not what it seems when her father, Arthur, throws himself from his rooftop observatory. He has chosen death over a darkened life, gone blind from staring at the sun in his obsessive hunt for an unknown planet near Mercury. Caroline had often assisted her father with his observations; when astronomer William Herschel discovered Uranus in 1781, she watched helplessly as unremitting jealousy drove Arthur to madness.

Grief-stricken, Caroline at first abandons the vain search, leaves Ireland for London, and tries to forget her love for Finnegan O’Siodha, the tinkering blacksmith who was helping her father build a massive telescope larger than Herschel’s own. But she later discovers that her father has left her more than the wreck of an unfinished telescope: his cryptic atlas holds the secret to finding a new world at the edge of the sky. As Caroline reluctantly resumes the search and confronts her longing for Finnegan, Ireland is swept into rebellion, and the lovers are plunged into its violence.

This is a novel of the obsessions of the age—scientific inquiry, geographic discovery, political reformation—but above all astronomy, the mapping of the solar system, and beyond. It is a novel of the quest for knowledge and also—just as importantly—for human connection. The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter is rich, far-reaching, and unforgettable.

Format/Source: ARC received by Publisher

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

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Remember Yesterday

Pintip Dunn

Forget Tomorrow #2

Entangled Publishing | Entangled Teen

Released:  October 4th 2016

400 Pages

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Book Summary: Seventeen-year-old Jessa Stone is the most valuable citizen in Eden City. Her psychic abilities could lead to significant scientific discoveries — if only she’d let TechRA study her. But after they kidnapped and experimented on her as a child, cooperating with the scientists is the last thing Jessa would do.

But when she discovers the past isn’t what she assumed, Jessa must join forces with budding scientist Tanner Callahan to rectify a fatal mistake made ten years ago. She’ll do anything to change her past — even if it means aligning herself with the enemy she swore to defeat.

This is the second book in author Pintip Dunn’s Forget Tomorrow series.

I’ll be posting my review for this book on the blog on Wednesday, October 19th, on a blog tour stop.

Be sure to stop back by and check it out!

Format/Source: ARC received by Publisher

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

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The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Releasing October 18th 2016 | Sourcebooks Landmark

304 Pages | Format/Source: ARC received by Publisher

Book Summary: A vivid and mesmerizing novel about the extraordinary woman who married and worked with one of the greatest scientists in history.

What secrets may have lurked in the shadows of Albert Einstein’s fame? His first wife, Mileva “Mitza” Marić, was more than the devoted mother of their three children—she was also a brilliant physicist in her own right, and her contributions to the special theory of relativity have been hotly debated for more than a century.

In 1896, the extraordinarily gifted Mileva is the only woman studying physics at an elite school in Zürich. There, she falls for charismatic fellow student Albert Einstein, who promises to treat her as an equal in both love and science. But as Albert’s fame grows, so too does Mileva’s worry that her light will be lost in her husband’s shadow forever.

A literary historical in the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. Poe,The Other Einstein reveals a complicated partnership that is as fascinating as it is troubling.

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

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The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa

Releasing October 18th 2016 | Atria Books

368 Pages | Format/Source: ARC received by Publisher

Book Summary: A stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel, perfect for fans of The Nightingale, Schindler’s List, and All the Light We Cannot See, about twelve-year-old Hannah Rosenthal’s harrowing experience fleeing Nazi-occupied Germany with her family and best friend, only to discover that the overseas asylum they had been promised is an illusion.

Before everything changed, young Hannah Rosenthal lived a charmed life. But now, in 1939, the streets of Berlin are draped with red, white, and black flags; her family’s fine possessions are hauled away; and they are no longer welcome in the places that once felt like home. Hannah and her best friend, Leo Martin, make a pact: whatever the future has in store for them, they’ll meet it together.

Hope appears in the form of the SS St. Louis, a transatlantic liner offering Jews safe passage out of Germany. After a frantic search to obtain visas, the Rosenthals and the Martins depart on the luxurious ship bound for Havana. Life on board the St. Louis is like a surreal holiday for the refugees, with masquerade balls, exquisite meals, and polite, respectful service. But soon ominous rumors from Cuba undermine the passengers’ fragile sense of safety. From one day to the next, impossible choices are offered, unthinkable sacrifices are made, and the ship that once was their salvation seems likely to become their doom.

Seven decades later in New York City, on her twelfth birthday, Anna Rosen receives a strange package from an unknown relative in Cuba, her great-aunt Hannah. Its contents will inspire Anna and her mother to travel to Havana to learn the truth about their family’s mysterious and tragic past, a quest that will help Anna understand her place and her purpose in the world.

The German Girl sweeps from Berlin at the brink of the Second World War to Cuba on the cusp of revolution, to New York in the wake of September 11, before reaching its deeply moving conclusion in the tumult of present-day Havana. Based on a true story, this masterful novel gives voice to the joys and sorrows of generations of exiles, forever seeking a place called home.

Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

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Kill Shot by Vince Flynn

Mitch Rapp #2

Released February 7th 2012 | Atria | Pocket Books

385 Pages | Format/Source: Print Purchase via Hastings

I am addicted to this series and have been purchasing them all to read in order. If I hadn’t been intrigued by Dylan O’Brien’s casting as Mitch Rapp in the movie version of American Assassin, along with Michael Keaton as Stan Hurley, I might not have found the books, and that would be a shame as I am thoroughly enamored with the characters, Mitch Rapp and Stan Hurley in particular, and the series thus far.

Book Summary:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn is back with another nail-biting political thriller that follows the young Mitch Rapp on a deadly mission to hunt down the men responsible for the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack.

For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard.

Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes. The door to the hotel room is kicked open and gunfire erupts all around Rapp. In an instant the hunter has become the hunted. Rapp is left wounded and must flee for his life.

The next morning, the news breaks in Washington that Libya’s Oil Minister has been killed along with three innocent civilians and four unidentified men. The French authorities are certain that the gunman is wounded and on the loose in Paris. As the finger pointing begins, Rapp’s handlers have only one choice—deny any responsibility for the incident and pray that their newest secret weapon stays that way, avoiding capture and dying quietly. One person in the group, however, is not prone to leaving things to chance. Rapp has become a liability, and he absolutely cannot be allowed to be taken alive by the French authorities. But it will soon become clear that nothing is more dangerous than a wounded and cornered Mitch Rapp.

Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

The idea for this post came from a  WWW Wednesdays meme post that I saw over at RiverMoose-Reads and that originated with Taking On A World of Words. Instead of doing a WWW Wednesdays post, though, I’m doing my own version of it on Saturdays.

Book Talk Saturday: Book Haul Part Two

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Happy Saturday, readers! I’m back as promised to continue my book haul post from Sunday. This time I’ve got some recent ARC copies to talk about and some series I’ve loved and bought in print (already read the ARC or owned the e-book, or both).

I received some of these ARCs a few weeks back, but due to other commitments (prior books accepted, photo shoots and subsequent editing scheduled, etc), I haven’t been able to dive into them yet. My April was busy with senior photo shoots and editing and my May is busy with lots of photo editing going on as I just photographed a wedding last weekend, so I’m fitting in book reading in between all of that. Thankfully, things will slow back down for me toward the end of the month.

For now, here’s a few books I’ve received for review or purchased to read myself.


Print ARCs and Books Received

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The Darkest Lie by Pintip Dunn

I received an early copy of this YA book from Kensington for review and am so excited to read it now. My full review will be posted on the blog closer to it’s June 28th release date, but from the pages I’ve read thus far, my initial impression is that the book is fast-paced, well-written, intriguing, and engrossing. I loved Pintip Dunn’s debut book from Entangled Teen, Forget Tomorrow (currently up for a 2016 RWA Rita Award), so I’m over the moon to finish my read of The Darkest Lie.

Find it online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo


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Nookietown by V.C Chickering

I received a copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press for review. It’s very different from what I normally read, and not something I would’ve sought out on my own, but I’m looking forward to diving in and giving it a shot. From the few pages I peeked at, I thought it was intriguing, funny, and sure to be a lesson in be careful what you wish for. Look for my review of this one on the blog soon.

Find it online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo


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Primal Instinct by Tara Wyatt

Hot Cowboy Nights by Carolyn Brown

I received these books for review from Grand Central Publishing Forever and will be posting reviews of both books on their May 31st release date. Needless to say, I’m excited to read these and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on them.

Find Primal Instinct online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo

Find Hot Cowboy Nights online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo


A few Digital ARCs I’ve Received

*Click on the covers to go each book’s Goodreads page*

The Billionaire Bachelor (Billionaire Bad Boys #1) Too Hot to Handle (Romancing the Clarksons, #1) The Angel Wore Fangs (Deadly Angels, #7) Unbreak My Heart The Real Mrs. Price


Purchased Books

Jessica Lemmon Second Chance Series

Bringing Home the Bad Boy, Rescuing The Bad Boy, and A Bad Boy For Christmas

by Jessica Lemmon

I read and loved ARCs of Rescuing the Bad Boy and A Bad Boy For Christmas so I knew I wanted to own this series in print, and now I do.

Find Bringing Home The Bad Boy online at:

Goodreads |  Amazon | B & N

Find Rescuing the Bad Boy online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo

Find A Bad Boy for Christmas online at:

GoodreadsAmazon | B & N | Kobo 


Heart of the Rockies Series

No Better Man, Something Like Love, and More Than A Feeling

by Sara Richardson

This is another series I was lucky enough to read ARCs of and loved.  I bought them in print because I loved the series so much I wanted to own physical copies of them all. No Better Man is nominated for an 2016 RWA Rita Award, too.

Find No Better Man online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo

Find Something Like Love online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo

Find More Than A Feeling online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N Kobo


New York's Finest Series

Frisk Me, Steal Me, and Cuff Me by Lauren Layne

I’ve talked a few times about these books and I bought them all in digital after reading the ARCs for review, but I also recently purchased them in print, too, because they are too good not to own physical copies of each one of them. One of my favorite series I’ve read in the past year for sure.

Find Frisk Me online at:

GoodreadsAmazon | B & N | Kobo

Find Steal Me online at:

GoodreadsAmazon | B & N | Kobo

Find Cuff Me online at:

 Goodreads |  Amazon | B & N | Kobo

Book Talk Saturday: Sunday Edition (Book Hauls)

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Sunday Edition

Happy Sunday, readers (and Happy Mother’s Day for all the moms out there)!

So, I meant to get this post up yesterday, but time got away from me. I had the extreme pleasure of photographing a wedding all day yesterday and between preparing for that and editing senior photos for a half dozen upcoming graduates, I’ve been a wee bit swamped as of late. But I spent my morning photographing some of the recent books I’ve recently bought or received that I think you might be interested in…

Bookstore Finds

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Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis (Cedar Ridge #3)

I had the opportunity to read an advance reader’s copy (ARC) of this book and after reading it for review, I knew when release day came, I had to buy a print copy for my keeper shelf. So I did.

You can read my full review of Nobody But You here and my reviews Second Chance Summer and My Kind of Wonderful, books one and two in the Cedar Ridge series, here and here.

Find Nobody But You online at:

 Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | IndieBound | iTunes | GooglePlay | Kobo


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All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan (Devil’s Rock #1)

This is a book I picked up because some of my favorite authors were recommending it on Facebook. I’ve yet to read it, but it sounds fantastic and I’m seriously looking forward to diving in and learning about the men of Devil’s Rock.

Find it online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo


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Fighting Dirty by Lori Foster (Ultimate #4)

This is another recent purchase that I haven’t had time to read just yet. Lori Foster is one of my favorite authors and I love this series, so I’m hoping to be able to dive into this one in the next couple of weeks.

You can read my review of Tough Love, the third book in the Ultimate series here

Find it online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo


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The Harder You Fall by Gena Showalter (Original Heartbreakers #3)

Yet another book I’ve recently purchased and haven’t been able to read yet. I actually have this entire series in my TBR pile. I’m looking forward to reading these when I get the chance. I’ve heard a lot good things about this series.

Find it online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo


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Take Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates (Copper Ridge: Desire #1)

I’m a huge Maisey Yates fan, so it’s no surprise to me at all that I loved Take Me, Cowboy, the first book in the  author’s HQ Desire Copper Ridge series. I need to write my full review for this book still, so look for that to appear on the blog sometime soon.

Find Take Me, Cowboy online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo

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One Night Charmer by Maisey Yates (Copper Ridge #4)

I won a signed copy of this one in a contest on Maisey Yates’ Copper Ridge Facebook group, but I also purchased a copy to read on my Kindle as well. My review of this book will be up by the 25th of this month.

Find One Night Charmer online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo


Online Purchases

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Chance of a Lifetime by Marissa Clarke (Anderson Brothers #3)

*2016 RITA Nominee for Best Short Contemporary Romance*

I had the pleasure of reading and helping edit the first draft of this book and loved it, and then I read the final copy and loved it even more. This was an incredibly fun series to read, and this third book made the series all the more special thanks to an incredible cast of lead characters, Gen Richards and Chance Anderson. If you haven’t read this series, and especially this book yet, you really should give it a shot. Excellent characterization and some fantastic storytelling.

You can read my full review of Chance of a Lifetime here

Find Chance of a Lifetime online at:

GoodreadsAmazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo


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Rough Rhythm by Tessa Bailey (Made in Jersey #1.5)

As part of the 1,001 Dark Nights collection, this book is not for the faint of heart. It’s much darker and kinkier than the other books in Tessa Bailey’s Made in Jersey series, as it deals with dark themes some people may not be comfortable with reading. I personally enjoyed the book, as I have with all of this author’s works thus far, and I will be writing my full review for Rough Rhythm at some point soon.

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Thrown Down by Tessa Bailey (Made in Jersey #2)

Seriously loved this book. I was able to read an ARC for review and loved it so much I ordered a print copy for my keeper shelf. This is one of my all time favorite series for Entangled’s Brazen line. Absolutely stellar writing, phenomenal characterization, and HOT AS HELL love scenes.

You can read my full review of Thrown Down here and my full review of the first book in the Made in Jersey series, Crashed Out, here

Find Thrown Down online at:

Goodreads | Amazon B&N


Be sure to check back on Saturday, May 14th, for another post about my recent book hauls. I had too many books to post about this time to fit them all in one post for you. So, I’ll be back next weekend with the second half of my bookstore finds, purchases, and recently acquired review books.


What about you? What are you reading? What are some recent books you’ve purchased or received, or that you are excited to purchase in the next few weeks?

Book Talk Saturday: Book Haul

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Happy Saturday, folks! Today on the blog, I thought I’d talk about my latest book hauls.

Bookstore Finds

For the past two weekends, my local bookstore has had some awesome sales going on and I couldn’t just let that go without going to check it out. I’m a book girl, after all, and at the end of the day, I’m kind of addicted to the stores that sell them. 🙂

So, last Friday after I got off work from my day job, I stopped by my local store to see what I could find. I came away with five books. Each one of them sound so interesting and I know the authors are really popular so I’m looking forward to diving into their books when I can and finding out what I think about them.

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Fly Away by Kristin Hannah (Firefly Lane #2)

This book is an autographed hardback find and has an absolutely gorgeous cover.

Find it online at:  

Goodreads | Amazon | B&N


Every Day by David Levithan (Every Day #1)

Find it online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B&N


Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Find it online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B&N


Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols

This book sounds super interesting and I’m really excited to read it.

Find it online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B&N


Anything But Ordinary by Lara Avery

Find it online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B&N


Keep reading for more bookstore finds…

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