Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Negotiator by Avery Flynn

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Wanted: Personal Buffer

Often snarly, workaholic executive seeks “buffer” from annoying outside distractions AKA people. Free spirits with personal boundary issues, excessive quirks, or general squeamishness need not apply. Salary negotiable. Confidentiality required.

Workaholic billionaire Sawyer Carlyle may have joked he needed a “buffer” from their marriage-obsessed mom, but he didn’t need a waiting room filled with “candidates” to further distract him. (Thanks, bro.) But when a sexy job applicant shooes his mom and the socialite in tow out of his office, Sawyer sees the genius of the plan. And the woman. In fact, Miss Clover Lee might just get the fastest promotion in history, from buffer to fake fiancĂ©…

This “free-spirit” might look like hot sunshine and lickable rainbows, but she negotiates like a pitbull. Before Sawyer knows what hit him, he’s agreed to give up Friday nights for reality tv, his Saturdays for flea markets (why buy junk still baffles him), his Tuesdays and Thursdays for “date nights” (aka panty-losing opportunities if he plays his cards right). And now she wants lavender bath salts and tulips delivered every Monday? 

Yup, she’s just screwing with him. Good thing she’s got this non-negotiatable six-weeks-and-she’s-gone rule or Sawyer may have just met this match…

Confession: I had never listened to an audiobook until now and The Negotiator was the perfect book to break me in! 

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Right from the beginning I knew this was going to be good. Clover is a fun, sassy, headstrong woman who seems to make the most out of situations. An ad for a "personal buffer" might scare some people away but not her. She has as resume littered with jobs of all sorts. Never keen to stay in one place for long, Clover is all about the adventure. Being a personal buffer sounds like a good way for her to make some quick cash before she heads off on her next adventure: Australia. Sawyer, is a gruff workaholic who has no time for games. But his mother's insistence that he find a wife - and she keeps parading wife candidates in front of him - are making him crazy.  His brother, Hudson concocts this plan for a buffer as a joke and a way to get their mother off of Sawyer's back. When Sawyer sees how Clover doesn't wilt in his mother's presence but instead stands up to her, he thinks this cocamamy scheme just might work. He offers her the job and she accepts.

Yes, this is a ludicrous idea but I loved it! From the cover and the title one might think that Sawyer takes the lead in all matters here but one would be oh so wrong. Clover is equally adept at that and her negotiating skills sometimes put him to shame. Seriously, the guy has met his match and no other woman, not even his mother, could get him to do some of the things Clover has encouraged him to do. I think this is what I enjoyed most about their pairing, that they were always trying to one up each other and it was all in good-natured fun. But even a fun thing can get tricky as their made up relationship gets more complicated and the list of lies grow longer. Clover struggles with her duplicity and eventually it's all too much. Sawyer who is always about the big picture and keeps missing the tiny details, has a lot of growing to do but he'll have to do it in time before Clover slips through his fingers.

I love how Flynn playfully phrases things which had me laughing as I was walking my dog. (yeah, that didn't look funny at all to passers by.) Clover is lovable for all her spunkiness, and Sawyer, well, I loved him despite his grumpiness and general cluelessness with feelings. What got me about him is that he doesn't fall into the aggressive alpha male, you know, the guy beating on his chest declaring that everything including the girl belong to him and only him. Sure, he gets a little jealous and perplexed by why his heart is acting strangely but he's not a jackass. Clover and Sawyer together generate a lot of heat and I did delight in how they'd mess with his mother when she was trying to set him up with her pre-approved snooty socialites. In front of Clover! But the best thing about The Negotiator is how when I thought I had the characters pegged, they ALL surprised me! It's all about their shifting perspectives and I enjoyed how makes that happen.

I was lucky enough to meet Avery Flynn at RT17. In person she is so outgoing and friendly and I sensed that in her writing, too. I'm so happy I finally got around to "reading" The Negotiator, especially now that I know The Charmer, about Saywer's brother, Hudson is coming out later this month. I am beyond excited for that!

~ Bel

Available 9/25/17

Monday, September 18, 2017

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

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On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There's an app for that. It's called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.  

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Imagine if you knew exactly when you were going to die. How would you react? Would you whip out your bucket list to fulfill every wish possible or would you try to fight the inevitable? Those are the questions Mateo and Rufus suddenly have to answer with when they're unexpectedly faced with their own mortality.

Folks, I was fully prepared for waterworks because it's Adam Silvera and his books tend to make me weepy. I didn't this time but that doesn't mean this book is any less gripping than his others. It's simply that the tone of this book is such that it seems crying is wasting valuable minutes and seconds. Once these two guys receive that dreaded phone call informing them of their fate, it's time to get down to business and settle matters. Matteo and Rufus are two different personalities: where Matteo is deliberate and thoughtful and nervous about rocking the boat, Rufus is somewhat fearless. Not wanting to be alone in their final hours, they find each other on the social app Last Friend, the idea of which is all sorts of creepy by the way, but also no more creepy than DeathCast informing you of your impending death, but I digress. They meet up and after the first couple of hours of that getting to know you awkwardness, they do get on well and even encourage each other to push outside their limits, to make the most of what precious time they have left. 

There are supporting characters who have short chapters within the story who help deliver some context to both Matteo and Rufus' narratives, and also this strange world where DeathCast exists. Truth be told, I was hoping for some explanation as to how that entity came about but that doesn't happen and ultimately, it's not the focus of the story (though I still wonder if they merely predict the course of events or set them in motion by their phone call). The point is how you live the remainder of your life knowing that that's it. In Matteo's case, it could mean he finally becomes the person he's always wanted to be. For Rufus it could mean that he finally addresses his emotions. Even with the sadness surrounding them there are moments of pure joy and that sense of freedom.

They Both Die At The End is a wonder of a book. Silvera is such a creative and out-of-the-box writer, and how he executes his ideas is what blows my mind. He's a genuine storyteller, pulling you in so that you're a part of it not just a mere spectator. Crazy thing is that while I knew the eventual outcome here, I still wasn't ready for the ending. It left me speechless. 

~ Bel

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Wolf Like Me (Thomas Spell #1) by Andy Fitz

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A midnight ritual by a secret society in the English Countryside nearly costs Thomas Spell his life. He returns home to Chicago to find that he carries within himself something unspeakable - a condition for which he believes there is no cure, until he meets Penelope, a beautiful and brilliant pre-med student determined to heal him. But The Brotherhood searches for him still, convinced that he holds the key to an unimaginable power. As his life begins to spiral out of control, Thomas is forced to confront his own past, as well as the dark forces closing in on him and everything he holds dear.

While travelling through France, eighteen year old Thomas awakens from a bad dream one fateful night go walking through the quiet streets in Paris. He happens across a man and a young lady engaged in a conversation that looks slightly odd to him. Through his haze he thinks he sees something unnatural but can't trust himself to know whether it's real or not. Celeste, the beguiling young lady he noticed and couldn't take his eyes off of, introduces herself to him and the two embark on a crazy alcohol and lust-filled jaunt for the next few weeks which is great for a horny teenager. Things are going seemingly well when out of nowhere, her attitude shifts and she insists that they must travel to England. Little could Thomas know that his life would forever be changed by the events to come. Whatever happened that night did its damage and left its mark on him. Five years later and back in America, Thomas who now goes by Ben is staying under the radar. Too bad those weirdos he encountered didn't get that memo, and things seem to be getting worse. Whatever happened that changed him seems to be growing stronger and he feels his control slipping away. He does have two friends - Penelope and Eric - who are in on his secret and doing everything they can to find a cure and protect him. Unfortunately, he attracts trouble and he doesn't have an inkling why people are after him which leads him into a spiral, battling demons on many fronts: guilt, his nightmarish relationship with his father and the fact that the monster within him wants out.

A Wolf Like Me is suspenseful and loaded with action. It's even funny despite its overall dark premise thanks to some whimsical elements that lighten the mood. Thomas is a self-deprecating, reluctant hero constantly in turmoil, 
at odds with himself and the entire world it seems like, but by the end he comes to the conclusion that embracing everything about himself - the good, the bad the monster - is what will save what means anything to him. AWLM takes place mostly in Chicago where we see a different side of the city that goes unnoticed. It's a gritty backdrop against which Thomas battles it out. I don't get around to reading paranormal too often but with a title that reminds me of the song by TV On The Radio (look it up, it's awesome) and the Chicago connection, I couldn't resist and I wound up thoroughly enjoying myself!

~ Bel

I'm so happy to introduce debut author, Andy Fitz, who has kindly taken time out to answer a few questions about the book and writing in general. 

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Hi Andy! Let me start by congratulating you on your debut. How did it feel to finally hit “publish”? Did you celebrate?
Thank you, and yes it did! To quote Richard Bach, “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” I wrote the first scene for A Wolf Like Me in a Chicago coffee shop over 8 years ago, and in no conceivable universe did I envision that the entire process would take this long. That said, I don’t think it could have happened any other way, because I had to grow and develop as a writer and there are no shortcuts on that path – at least not for me.
I read that the idea for A WOLF LIKE ME came to you while you were in a creative writing class. I’m sure you have plenty of ideas so please share with us how this one stuck and became what it is.
My wife deserves all the credit for this, as she signed me up for a class at the Writer’s Loft in the City. Once a week I would sit with a dozen other hopeful writers in the finished attic of a 3-story Victorian in the Lakeview neighborhood and just write and drink coffee and talk about books. It was wonderful. We were encouraged to write about anything and everything, and on a couple of occasions I found myself writing a short scene with a werewolf. Each scene had an authentic energy to it and it just seemed to spill onto the paper. So, I suppose the general idea for my book arose from the ease and pure creative pleasure that I got from writing about it.
Your hero, Ben Ramsey is a bit of a mess – aside from the whole being a werewolf thing. He seems to have a knack for getting himself into trouble but also his history with his father is something that still affects him deeply. What was it like creating his character?
To go back to the creative writing class, one of the most important things that the teacher, Jerry Cleaver, taught me is that having a likable main character is not important. What matters ultimately, is whether the reader identifies with him or her. As a reader, I prefer flawed characters as I find them to be more relatable and less predictable. As a writer, it also affords me greater artistic license to develop their various hang-ups and shortcomings, and to reveal to my readers what makes them human. Ben is deeply flawed, but he is a decent person in spite of it, and I think as human beings, we can all relate to that, either within ourselves or with someone we care about.
One of the things I enjoyed about AWLM is that it’s set in Chicago and I got to learn of some areas that I didn’t know existed e.g. Hegewisch Marsh.  Were there any other details you discovered about Chicago that surprised you?
I love Chicago and called it home for 17 years. I am an urban planner by trade and I’ve always been especially fascinated with cities and urban environments. The Marsh was fun to incorporate into the story, because it is so un-urban, and speaks to Chicago’s primordial origins as a vast swampy expanse. I am continually amazed at the City’s capacity to surprise me – to reveal something that I hadn’t discovered before, even when it’s been there right in front me the whole time. Like the tiny overgrown lawn of a bungalow that I passed everyday on my way to the coffee shop to write. One day I glanced over and saw that it held an old crumbling stone gargoyle, which gave me the idea for Ben’s ability to converse with spirits.
How is your experience with your first book helping you as you write your sequel? And are you working on any other books as well?
It’s a completely different experience now that the first book is written. I feel as though I am reuniting with old friends to begin another grand adventure. The creative process is addictive and it frees you to just get as much as you can from your imagination onto the paper. The editing and rewriting is where the hard, unglamorous work of writing happens – but that comes later! I also have the skeleton of a more traditional epic fantasy novel sketched out, but that will likely be a side project for another day as I work on the sequel to A Wolf Like Me.
Okay, “rapid fire” questions here:
Favorite book as a kid.
Tough one, but the first chapter book that hooked me was Abel’s Island by William Steig. I love that book.
Book you disliked in high school that you’d try as an adult.
I’m terrible with the Classics: probably Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky
Author with whom you’d love to have a beer.
Ian Fleming
Thanks Andy!
Thank you!!

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Temporary by Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry

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The most beautiful man I've ever seen is the one who can ruin everything...

The first time I lay eyes on Callan Walker, I know he’ll be trouble. With his smug grin, hot Aussie accent and thousand dollar shoes, he’s just the kind of rich guy who always gets what he wants. 

And he wants two things: a night of sin, and my cooperation as he outmaneuvers his powerful mother to take control of his uncle’s estate.

I can’t afford either one. I’m the only thing standing between my little sister and the foster care system. He may have money and charm on his side, but I have something even more powerful -- pure desperation. This temp job at his mother’s company can become a full time job for me. It has to. 

But when Callan’s eyes rake over my body, sometimes I forget my obligations. His piercing gaze finds the fun, optimistic girl I used to be and not the tired person I’ve become.

And it works--if only for a moment. Our night together was a mistake. I can't afford to get sucked into his high-powered family’s treachery. But the closer I get to Callan, the more layers I find beneath those expensive clothes. Though I can’t forget this is temporary. He’s temporary. I have too much to lose. 

Too bad my foolish heart didn’t get the memo...

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I'd been so distracted this summer that this latest title from Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry kind of snuck up on me. All of a sudden here's this book and not going to lie, it made my day because it's no secret that I'll read anything that Sarina Bowen writes.

Told from alternating POVs, Temporary is about two people - Callan and Grace - who both have uncertain futures ahead of them that are tied to the company that Callan's mother runs. Grace, who's been raising her teenage sister on her own desperately needs for this temp job to become permanent so that she can continue to provide for the two of them. Callan has the opposite problem. He walked away from the family business years ago because he and his mother don't see eye-to-eye on many things. He took his disillusionment and drowned them in a playboy lifestyle that he's enjoyed so far though it's become less satisfying these day. Callan and Grace are thrown together upon the death of his beloved uncle whose property and holdings in the company are now up for grabs. Grace is assigned the task of inventorying those belongings, preparing them for auctioning, and also uncovering anything of interest and reporting directly to Callan's mother. Callan is certain that the plans his mother has for his late uncle's things are not what he would have wanted. He's now motivated to make sure that his uncle's legacy is fulfilled knowing full well that it goes against his mother's plans. That part he doesn't mind. In fact, it's a bonus to piss her off. What he's not keen on is that it means possibly undermining Grace's work and the job stability that she's hoping the completion of this assignment will bring. 

I liked this idea of two individuals with vastly different end goals who are forced to work side by side. It makes for an interesting and complicated scenario as they unexpectedly become friends and give in to their attraction. I was nervous about how it would end being that it's inevitable there'd be some fallout and one of them would be burned. I like to see characters grow and Callan does just that by shedding his playboy persona and taking on more responsibility. For someone who's been content drifting through life he becomes more focused and gains purpose. As for Grace, as much as you root for her as the underdog you still shake your head at some of her foolish decision. Yet it's hard to fault her too much because she's taken so much upon herself that it's nice when she does something that's just for her.

Temporary has been a fun pairing of an author I love with one who's new to me. It's a lovely frenemy-to-lovers romance that comes with the bonus of a sexy Australian accent and some sexy magic time. I mean, seriously, who's going to say no to that?

~ Bel

Friday, September 8, 2017

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They were best friends until they became roommates.

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They were best friends until they became roommates.

Booker Harris has spent the last several years pushing himself to become the best goalkeeper in the Championship League. Tired of living in the shadows of his headline-splashing brothers, he has finally carved a path of his own.

As a child, Poppy McAdams was content in her own little make-believe world, until the boy next door with dimples and pained eyes came barreling into her makeshift fort demanding all her attention.

Best friends for most of their lives, everything changes when Poppy abruptly leaves London for University.

Now she is back, and gone is the awkward girl from Booker's youth. She has been replaced by a stunning woman with secrets.

Secrets that Booker is desperate to know.

Sharing a bedroom wall with your best friend from childhood quickly turns to anything but sweet and innocent.

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“Did you go out a lot in Frankfurt?” I ask because I’m still curious to hear more about her time over there. “Did those German blokes you flirted with for tips show you a nice time?”
She twists her head to frown up at me, puzzling her brows at my random question. “Are we really going to talk about this?”
I shrug because, well, now that I’ve opened the can, I don’t really want to stuff it all back in. “Did you leave anyone behind broken hearted?”
“No,” she murmurs and a tense silence stretches out before us. “What about you? You have a girlfriend I should know about?”
I roll my eyes. “I wouldn’t have invited you to stay if I had a girlfriend.”
“Why’s that?”
“Because…look at you,” I scoff.
That tense silence returns, but this time I can hear her breathing. I can feel the rise and fall of her shoulders as she leans against me.
Her voice is soft when she asks, “What do you mean, look at you?”
I tug on my earlobe, feeling a stirring in my stomach that doesn’t have anything to do with the massive amounts of whiskey I consumed tonight. “I think it’s quite obvious, Poppy. You’re not merely a girl anymore. You’re…a woman. And that haircut. I don’t know. It just…suits you.”
She turns her head up and looks at me curiously. I return her gaze, noting the light dusting of freckles across the bridge of her nose. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed those before. She draws my eyes downward as she licks her lips and a warmth spreads between us.
All of the sudden, she sits up, pulling me out of the trance I have on her lips as she situates herself crisscross to face me. I inhale deeply as her hand slides into my hair right above my ear. “Looks like you could use a cut,” she croaks, combing through the thick locks. I expect her to pull away, but she lingers, her scent wafting over me. My eyes fall closed as she slices through every strand and traces her fingertips along the nerve endings on my scalp, massaging in slow, languid movements.
God, that feels good.
My head nods to the side as I slur, “I’ve missed you, Poppy.”
She exhales. “I’ve missed you, too, Booker.”
“No, I mean, I’ve seriously missed you.” Groaning from her touch, I add, “I put one of my lamps in your room. I know how you hate the dark.”
Silence ensues, so my eyes lazily open and find she’s watching me.
“I don’t know why I said that just now,” I husk.
Her hand falls away from my head, but I catch it with mine because, well, I’m not ready for her to stop touching me yet. I want to be close to her like we always used to be.
I slide my fingers between hers, loving the softness of her hands against the hardness of mine, the smallness of hers against the largeness of mine. She feels so good against my skin. I never want to lose Poppy again. I’ve missed having her near me like this.
Aching for more, I pull her to me. Her legs unfold as she tucks into my chest, one hand over my heart, the other still entwined with mine. She nestles into me like she did when we were kids and she’d been crying about one of the many animals that died at her dad’s clinic.
Pressing her nose into my chest, her shoulders rise as she inhales deeply. I can feel her warm breath through the fabric of my shirt and it feels good. Really good. I want her mouth to open so her breath goes from warm to hot. I want her lips to part, and I want to feel her tongue on my body. On me. Flesh against flesh.
I crook my finger beneath her chin and lift her face to mine. She looks beautiful. Familiar and comfortable, like a memory that I once lost. I lower my head so we’re eye-to-eye and softly brush her lips with mine. It’s a kiss of friendship. Of history. Of knowing someone so completely that you assume you know what their lips will taste like before you even touch them.
But I didn’t know.
I had no fucking idea.

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I'm not exaggerating when I say that discovering Amy Daws' Harris Brothers series has been one of the highlights of the year for me. The first two books, Challenge and Endurance based on the twins Camden and Tanner, were full of English humour and wit that I knew I'd found my author soul mate in Daws. She's had her devoted fans eagerly waiting for the next brother, Booker and wouldn't you know it, she's surprised us!

Where Camden and Tanner are attention-seeking loudmouths with an endless supply of potty humour, Booker is the one who likes to hang back whilst soaking it all in. He's the "forever boy" who's all about family and loyalty and is unbelievably close to them. There's really no one else outside of that except for his childhood best friend, Poppy. She has always been the one who understood him and was his salvation during their younger years. Hearing that she's returning to London after a six year absence is the best news he can receive. They were always a tight little duo but it's shocking for her to see Booker again in person after all this time. So much has happened and she's changed. At least she thinks she has until she comes face to face with him and realizes without a doubt that she still has feelings for him, something that he's unaware of. The excitement of seeing each other again is compounded by the fact that they're no longer the young kids they remember. They're full grown adults now and it's hard not to notice or appreciate those physical changes which makes being roomies a little more challenging. There are hiccups, embarrassing moments, miscommunication, laughter and tears as they clumsily work their way towards each other.

Keeper didn't have me laughing out loud quite as much as the previous two books though there is plenty of awkwardness and shenanigans to have you chuckling. A couple of incidents even seemed like slapstick comedy. Booker is more on the serious side and honestly, caught up in his own crazy spin of what love and commitment are about. Poppy vacillates between wanting to move on and wanting what she's always wanted - him. Reading Keeper is definitely more of an emotional ride as Booker confronts his own misguided views and Poppy heals from past wounds. One of the best parts of the book is how much Gareth, the eldest Harris brother is in it. Until now he's been this mysterious, brooding person we've only seen snippets of but Daws is certainly setting us up for his story.

I can only guess that assigning each main character their unmistakable personality, especially when they're related has to be a tad tricky but I think Daws nailed it. She gave Booker and Poppy their own traits, hang ups and views that I truly felt I was reading something different. And that's what any reader wants is to feel these characters come alive and add to the story. Booker and Poppy are the adorably sweet couple that you need to meet right now and you will love!

~ Bel

*Source: an advance e-galley was provided in exchange for an honest review

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Chasing Red (Chasing Red #1) by Isabelle Ronin

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They said she was going to be my ruin...
Then let her ruin me.
Caleb Lockhart has everything—wealth, adoration, a brilliant future. Until a chance encounter with a siren in a red dress changes everything.  Until he meets the woman he dubs Red.
Veronica Strafford's past makes it hard for her to trust anyone. Now, kicked out of her apartment, she reluctantly accepts Caleb's offer for a place to stay.
Caleb feels intensely drawn to Veronica. And, for the first time in his life, he really wants something—someone. Too bad Veronica's heart might just be the one thing Caleb can't win.
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Apparently I'm one of the last few people to catch on to Chasing Red, a Wattpad sensation with a very tantalizing title. But late is better than never and I have such a crush on this book it's ridiculous.
Our two main characters meet under unusual circumstances. They're at a club when Caleb, who's known around campus for having his fair share of dalliances notices Veronica dancing on the floor. There's something about her movements, her face, that red dress that captures his attention. Next thing you know she sidles up to him but when she perceives that he's just throwing out his typical lines, she walks away. He's baffled by what just happened and leaves only to find her outside drunk and being propositioned by a very sketchy guy. Hesitant to leave her a dangerous situation, Caleb takes her home with him where she can sleep it off and be on her merry way the next day. Only he finds out that she has nowhere to go and so offers to let her move in with him rent-free. The rest of the story is them dancing around each other as Caleb is obvious in his attraction towards her and Veronica is always skirts around it.
So yes, it's all unusual and requires some suspension of disbelief but Caleb is a genuine-hearted person who finds himself in front of a person who has faced more disappointment than she can bear. The easiest solution is simply to cut herself off from people and not get attached. But he makes that difficult because he's so incredibly kind and funny.
Honestly, I enjoyed this story more than I expected I would. I was hooked on it right away and thank goodness, too because I was in danger of falling into another reading slump. While I don't relate directly to either of these characters there were some basic emotions that spoke to me such as Veronica's sense of self-preservation and the immense leap of faith that's required in order to trust anyone, or Caleb's innate need to take care of people and have love reciprocated. I did like the inclusion of POVs from two of Caleb's friends, both of which are surprising and their presence adds drama to an already unorthodox and vulnerable relationship. 

I so wish I had the second book handy as soon as Chasing Red was over. It's been a while since I've been left longing for the next installment as I have been with this one. I hope you feel Chasing Red is as captivating a read as I did so that we can all look forward to Always Red together!
~ Bel

Friday, September 1, 2017

Scorpio Hates Virgo by Anyta Sunday Release Day Blitz, Giveaway, and Review

This year is all about healing the heart, Scorpio. It’s time to leave negative attitudes and stoic facades at the door and let others see the real, more vulnerable you.

Percy Freedman is not grieving. Absolutely not, take that back at once. No, he’s entirely sure that selling his dead aunt’s home and leaving the neighbors he’s known for years is the sane thing to do. Who in their right mind would keep the house that smells like all the hugs he’ll never have again?

Nobody, that’s who.

Well, except his cul-de-sac neighbors. They all seem to think some paint and new furniture will clean the emotional slate. They all want him to stay.

Even his old nemesis, Callaghan Glover.

Especially his old nemesis, Callaghan Glover.

Lured into a game of Sherlock Gnomes, Percy finds himself hanging out with his neighbors more than might be considered healthy. Along with juggling new and surprising verbal grenades from Cal, and his burgeoning friendship with Gnomber9, Percy is starting to wonder if selling might have been the grief talking after all . . .

That’s right, Scorpio. With a little patience, heartbreak might be a thing of the past . . .

“Scorpio Hates Virgo” contains sarcasm, sexual content, a slightly sappy HEA, and an unhealthy obsession with dinosaurs.

It can be read as a standalone.


Cal rocked up to his Jeep all business-casual, in form-fitting jeans, polished leather shoes and matching brown satchel, and a dark jacket that covered a beige T-shirt.
“You got a meeting or something?” Percy asked, slipping his sunglasses on.
Cal opened the passenger door and looked at him over the roof. “No.”
Sunlight did very striking things to Cal’s hair. Made it look positively copper. Not as red as his cheeks were getting, though.
A cheerful cry startled Percy and he ripped his gaze away from Cal. Crystal was waving at them from her opened kitchen window.
“Good morning,” she called.
After another restless night, he could hardly call it good, but . . . “Morning.”
She leaned further out the window, her dressing gown gaping a little too much down the front. “Are you out for the day?”
“A couple of hours. Taking Callaghan here to work, then nipping past the Home Depot.” To get the home ready to market, he needed to spruce up the place. Paint the living room and bathroom, put in a new vanity, replace the door handles of the kitchen cupboards, change the faucets and showerhead and put in a new toilet seat.
“You at the Home Depot?” Cal murmured. “Sure you’d even know what to buy?”
Percy gestured for him to get in the car. “High time I get you to work.”
As he slipped into the driver’s seat, Crystal called out after them. “Good to see water and earth spending time together!”
Over his sunglasses that had slipped down his nose, Percy looked at Cal. “See, this is why we’ll always be nemeses.”
Cal hitched his brow, and Percy turned the ignition and peeled out from the curb.
“Together we’re mud.”


Scorpio is book 2 in the Signs of Love Series.  I loved the first book, Leo Loves Ares, so I had high expectations for Scorpio.  I wasn't disappointed.  Cal and Percy are sarcastic idiots and I love them.  The only place you will find two more clueless men are in Leo Loves Ares and luckily you get to see Theo and Jamie in Scorpio being their idiot selves, so all is right in the world.

This series is definitely slllooooowww burn, but the sarcasm and wit before you get there keeps you incredibly entertained.  The geeky movie, book, and dinosaur references were amazing.  I have so much love for the geekiness!  

I thoroughly enjoyed these boys blustering about and trying to find their way.  The cul-de-sac crew are hilarious supporting characters, but it's really Cal and Percy that make this book such a delight to read.  I couldn't put Scorpio down (which was bad when I was reading it during lunch at work...) and it was over too soon.  I can't wait to see what's next in the Signs of Love series.  I hope you love it as much as I do!  

Author Bio:

Slow burn romance that quickens the heart.

Anyta is a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. She loves to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.

Some of her favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.

Anyta writes a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy. Her books have been translated into German, Italian and French.

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