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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October/Birthday Book Haul:




October was a great month. It was my birthday and I celebrated turning twenty-four by buying a lot of books. Shocker, I know. And in all seriousness, my hauls will not be this big anymore. I'm going to have a limit of buying five books a month. I just have way too many books on my TBR and I just keep adding to that list.

What books did you buy this month? Which new releases were your favorite? Leave your answers in the comments below!


The Immortal Crown
By Richelle Mead
Published By: Dutton Adult on May 29th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 432
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

Gameboard of the Gods introduced religious investigator Justin March and Mae Koskinen, the beautiful supersoldier assigned to protect him. Together they have been charged with investigating reports of the supernatural and the return of the gods, both inside the Republic of United North America and out. With this highly classified knowledge comes a shocking revelation: Not only are the gods vying for human control, but the elect—special humans marked by the divine—are turning against one another in bloody fashion.

Their mission takes a new twist when they are assigned to a diplomatic delegation headed by Lucian Darling, Justin’s old friend and rival, going into Arcadia, the RUNA’s dangerous neighboring country. Here, in a society where women are commodities and religion is intertwined with government, Justin discovers powerful forces at work, even as he struggles to come to terms with his own reluctantly acquired deity.

Meanwhile, Mae—grudgingly posing as Justin’s concubine—has a secret mission of her own: finding the illegitimate niece her family smuggled away years ago. But with Justin and Mae resisting the resurgence of the gods in Arcadia, a reporter’s connection with someone close to Justin back home threatens to expose their mission—and with it the divine forces the government is determined to keep secret.


Sunset Ranch
By A. Destiny
Published By: Simon Pulse on July 1st 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 175
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

First crush, first love, first kiss—in this addition to the sweet and clean Flirt series, Chloe finds that there’s more than just horses waiting for her at the ranch this summer.

Chloe can hardly believe it when she lands a summer job mucking stalls at one of the best dude ranches in Colorado. The summer only gets better when she meets Stephen. He’s funny, friendly, and hardworking—a welcome antidote to Chloe’s daily doses of Zach, the cocky, self-satisfied fellow ranch hand.

When a trailer full of new colts arrives for training, Chloe is given the job of caring for them. She’s looking forward to seeing Stephen all the time, but then Zach is assigned to help with the training and Chloe’s plans for moonlight rides and watching sunsets are squashed.

But as the summer continues and Chloe starts to see a different side of Zach as he works with the horses, she starts to wonder if maybe she judged him too harshly at first. Could there be something between them after all?


See How She Dies
By Lisa Jackson
Published By: Kensington Publishing Corporation on September 26th 2017
Genres: Romance, Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 430
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

London Danvers disappeared almost twenty years ago. The youngest child of hotel tycoon Witt Danvers--and the only child with his second wife, Kat--London hasn't been seen since. Over time, many women have claimed to be the long-lost heiress. Adria Nash is the latest. But from the moment Zachary Danvers sees her, he believes Adria is different. For one thing, Adria looks just like Zachary's former stepmother. For another, Adria knows personal details only London could have known.

Just four years old at the time of the kidnapping, Adria can't be sure if what she feels in her gut, and what she's been told, is true. She has no memory of the abduction, and confronting Zach is the only way to get answers. Yet she feels a deep sense of dread. London's nanny also vanished that terrible night. And Kat Danvers fell to her death under suspicious circumstances soon after. If Adria really is London, she stands to inherit a fortune--but will she also become a target?

Adria is right to be afraid. Become someone does believe her. Someone who has killed before and is watching her every move, waiting for the right moment to see how she runs . . . see how she screams . . . see how she dies . . .


Sweet Dreams
By Kristen Ashley
Published By: Forever on June 20th 2017
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 656
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

When you lose everything, anything is possible. Lauren Grahame needs a whole new life. A simpler life. After leaving her cheating husband, she moves to Carnal, Colorado, takes a job as a waitress, and realizes she might have finally found the hometown she'd been searching for. Except things are about to get a lot more complicated . . . Lauren's fresh start does not include her growing feelings for her boss, Tate Jackson. She'll take the new friends, the new job, not to mention the incredible banana bread from the local coffee shop, but love is not on the agenda. However, the people of Carnal know chemistry when they see it, and they're not about to let Tate and Lauren miss their chance.


Without Merit
By Colleen Hoover
Published By: Atria Books on October 3rd 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.


How To Disappear
By Ann Redisch Stampler
Published By: Simon Pulse on June 13th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary
Pages: 414
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed?—and the boy who’s sent to kill her.

Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she’s pretty sure she can get away with anything...until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette’s house. Which is why she has to disappear.

Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A’s and athletic trophies can’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price.

As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and lies.


Paper Weight
By Meg Haston
Published By: HarperTeen on March 7th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mental Health
Pages: 320
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Stevie is trapped. In her life. In her body. And now in an eating-disorder treatment center on the dusty outskirts of the New Mexico desert.

Life in the center is regimented and intrusive, a nightmare come true. Nurses and therapists watch Stevie at meal time, accompany her to the bathroom, and challenge her to eat the foods she’s worked so hard to avoid.

Her dad has signed her up for sixty days of treatment. But what no one knows is that Stevie doesn’t plan to stay that long. There are only twenty-seven days until the anniversary of her brother Josh’s death—the death she caused. And if Stevie gets her way, there are only twenty-seven days until she, too, will end her life.


Close Enough To Touch
By Colleen Oakley
Published By: Gallery Books on August 15th 2017
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 352
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

Can you miss something you never had?

Jubilee Jenkins is no ordinary librarian. With a rare allergy to human touch, any skin-to-skin contact could literally kill her. But after retreating into solitude for nearly ten years, Jubilee’s decided to brave the world again, despite the risks. Armed with a pair of gloves, long sleeves, and her trusty bicycle, she finally ventures out the front door—and into her future.

Eric Keegan has troubles of his own. With his daughter from a failed marriage no longer speaking to him, and his brilliant, if psychologically troubled, adopted son attempting telekinesis, Eric’s struggling to figure out how his life got so off course, and how to be the dad—and man—he wants so desperately to be. So when an encounter over the check-out desk at the local library entangles his life with that of a beautiful—albeit eccentric—woman, he finds himself wanting nothing more than to be near her.


Born Of Deception
By Teri Brown
Published By: Balzer + Bray on June 9th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 352
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

After scoring a spot on a European vaudeville tour, Anna Van Housen is moving to London to chase her dream and to join an underground society for people like her with psychic abilities. But when Anna arrives, she finds the group in turmoil--one of its members has been kidnapped, and members of the society are starting to turn on one another. Her life in danger and her relationship with her boyfriend, Cole, fizzling, can Anna track down the kidnapper before he makes her his next victim--or will she be forced to pay the ultimate price for her powers?

Lovers of historical fiction and stories filled with romance and intrigue will fall for Born of Deception and its world of magic set in Jazz Age London.


Rock And A Hard Place
By Angie Stanton
Published By: HarperTeen on September 24th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 304
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

In an instant, Libby's life went from picture-perfect to a nightmare. After surviving a terrible car accident, Libby is abandoned by her father and left with her controlling aunt. A new town, a new school, no friends--Libby is utterly alone. But then she meets Peter.

The lead singer in a rock band with his brothers, Peter hates that his parents overly manage his life. Constantly surrounded by family, Peter just wants to get away. And when he meets Libby, he's finally found the one person who just wants to be with him, not the rock star.

But while Peter battles his family's growing interference in both his music and personal life, Libby struggles with her aunt, who turns nastier each day. And even though Libby and Peter desperately want to be together, their drastically different lives threaten to keep them apart forever.


Fates And Furies
By Lauren Groff
Published By: Riverhead Books on September 13th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary
Pages: 400
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

Every story has two sides.
Every relationship has two perspectives.
And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets.

At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but behind closed doors, things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed.


The Divorce Express
By Paula Danziger
Published By: Dell on August 1st 1983
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction
Pages: 148
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

No one wants to ride The Divorce Express. Especially not Phoebe. It means she has to leave her New York City apartment and her boyfriend every Sunday night to spend the week in the country with her dad.

It means she has to start at a new school, make new friends and watch her father go on dates. Now neither place feels like home. And then her mother makes an announcement.

Can Phoebe cope with any more changes?


All Good Things
By Sarah Turnbull
Published By: Avery on September 12th 2013
Genres: Autobiography, Memoir
Pages: 336
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

Having shared her story in her bestselling memoir, Almost French, Australian writer Sarah Turnbull seemed to have had more than her fair share of dreams come true. While Sarah went on to carve out an idyllic life in Paris with her husband, Frederic, there was still one dream she was beginning to fear might be impossible—starting a family. Then out of the blue an opportunity to embark on another adventure offered a new beginning—and new hope. Leaving behind life in the world’s most romantic and beautiful city was never going to be easy. But it helps when your destination is another paradise on earth: Tahiti.


A Better Man
By Leah McLaren
Published By: Grand Central Publishing on July 7th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance
Pages: 320
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

Every couple has a wish list.

Maya wants
Nick to come home earlier
To engage with their children
To engage with her

Nick wants . . .
A divorce

Having decided that their marriage is over, Nick is determined to leave quickly and with dignity. But when he looks into the financial realities of splitting up, he realizes that more of his hard-earned income than he can handle will go to Maya.

Then a mutual friend proposes that Nick improve the marriage in order to end it amicably, because the better father and husband he is, the more self-sufficient Maya becomes and the cheaper his pay-out will be at the end.

But as Nick sets out to be a better man, he starts to feel like one. Time with his kids, dinners with his wife, fewer hours in the office has the strange effect of making him happier. As Maya starts to feel appreciated by her husband again, she starts to blossom, to unclench her fists from the parenting reins and start to do things for herself.

Nick and Maya feel like they are falling back in love. How odd, how funny, how serendipitous. But if Maya knew what had promoted this marital metamorphosis? Then it would be war.


Inheritance
By Malinda Lo
Published By: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on September 16th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, LGBTQ+
Pages: 480
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

Reese and David are not normal teens-not since they were adapted with alien DNA by the Imria, an extraterrestrial race that has been secretly visiting Earth for decades. Now everyone is trying to get to them: the government, the Imria, and a mysterious corporation that would do anything for the upper hand against the aliens.

Beyond the web of conspiracies, Reese can't reconcile her love for David with her feelings for her ex-girlfriend, Amber, an Imrian. But Reese's choice between two worlds will play a critical role in determining the future of humanity, the Imria's place in it, and the inheritance she and David will bring to the universe.


Don't Turn Around
By Michelle Gagnon
Published By: HarperCollins on July 9th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 336
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been a victim of the system ever since her parents died. Now living off the grid and trusting no one, she uses her hacking skills to stay anonymous and alone. But when she wakes up on a table in a warehouse with an IV in her arm and no memory of how she got there, Noa starts to wish she had someone on her side.

Enter Peter Gregory. A rich kid and the leader of a hacker alliance, Peter needs people with Noa’s talents on his team. Especially after a shady corporation threatens his life in no uncertain terms. But what Noa and Peter don’t realize is that Noa holds the key to a terrible secret, and there are those who’d stop at nothing to silence her for good.


Notes From The Internet Apocalypse
By Wayne Gladstone
Published By:
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction
Pages: 216
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

When the Internet suddenly stops working, society reels from the loss of flowing data, instant messages, and streaming entertainment. Addicts wander the streets, talking to themselves in 140 characters or forcing cats to perform tricks for their amusement, while the truly desperate pin their requests for casual encounters on public bulletin boards. The economy tumbles further and the government passes the draconian NET Recovery Act.

For Gladstone, the Net's disappearance comes particularly hard following the loss of his wife, leaving his flask of Jamesons and grandfather’s fedora as the only comforts in his Brooklyn apartment. But there are rumors that someone in New York is still online. Someone set apart from this new world where Facebook flirters "poke" each other in real life and members of Anonymous trade memes at secret parties. Where a former librarian can sell information as a human search engine, and the perverted fulfill their secret fetishes at the blossoming Rule 34 club. With the help of his friends, a blogger and a webcam girl both now out of work, Gladstone sets off to find the Internet. But is he the right man to save humanity from this Apocalypse?


Hausfrau
By Jill Alexander Essbaum
Published By: Random House on March 17th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary
Pages: 324
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

Anna was a good wife, mostly.

Anna Benz, an American in her late thirties, lives with her Swiss husband, Bruno - a banker - and their three young children in a postcard-perfect suburb of Zürich. Though she leads a comfortable, well-appointed life, Anna is falling apart inside. Adrift and increasingly unable to connect with the emotionally unavailable Bruno or even with her own thoughts and feelings, Anna tries to rouse herself with new experiences: German language classes, Jungian analysis, and a series of sexual affairs she enters with an ease that surprises even her.

But Anna can't easily extract herself from these affairs. When she wants to end them, she finds it's difficult. Tensions escalate, and her lies start to spin out of control. Having crossed a moral threshold, Anna will discover where a woman goes when there is no going back.

Intimate, intense, and written with the precision of a Swiss Army knife, Jill Alexander Essbaum's debut novel is an unforgettable story of marriage, fidelity, sex, morality, and most especially self. Navigating the lines between lust and love, guilt and shame, excuses and reasons, Anna Benz is an electrifying heroine whose passions and choices readers will debate with recognition and fury. Her story reveals, with honesty and great beauty, how we create ourselves and how we lose ourselves and the sometimes disastrous choices we make to find ourselves.


Rebel Belle
By Rachel Hawkins
Published By: Putnam Juvenile on April 8th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 345
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him—and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y'all beg for more.


Opening Up
By Lauren Dane
Published By: Forever on June 16th 2015
Genres: Romance, Adult Fiction
Pages: 313
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

The men of the Twisted Steel custom motorcycle shop are great with their hands... and they're not afraid to get dirty.

PJ is exactly the kind of woman Twisted Steel owner Asa Barrons doesn't need. The last thing he wants to do is mix business with pleasure, and PJ has some of the best custom detailing he's ever seen. But the chemistry between them won't be denied, and soon he's introducing her to a whole new world in the bedroom, pushing her far beyond anything she's ever experienced. PJ finds she can't get enough, but how far is too far before he consumes her completely?


Catherine
By April Lindner
Published By: Poppy on August 19th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 336
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

Catherine is tired of struggling musicians befriending her just so they can get a gig at her Dad's famous Manhattan club, The Underground. Then she meets mysterious Hence, an unbelievably passionate and talented musician on the brink of success. As their relationship grows, both are swept away in a fiery romance. But when their love is tested by a cruel whim of fate, will pride keep them apart?

Chelsea has always believed that her mom died of a sudden illness, until she finds a letter her dad has kept from her for years -- a letter from her mom, Catherine, who didn't die: She disappeared. Driven by unanswered questions, Chelsea sets out to look for her -- starting with the return address on the letter: The Underground.


They Both Die At The End
By Adam Silvera
Published By: HarperTeen on September 5th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+
Pages: 384
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

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.


Parallel
By Lauren Miller
Published By: HarperTeen on May 14th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Pages: 423
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

Your plan changes. Your destiny doesn't.

Abby Barnes had a plan. The Plan. She'd go to Northwestern, major in journalism, and land a job at a national newspaper, all before she turned twenty-two. But one tiny choice—taking a drama class her senior year of high school—changed all that. Now, on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Abby is stuck on a Hollywood movie set, miles from where she wants to be, wishing she could rewind her life. The next morning, she's in a dorm room at Yale, with no memory of how she got there. Overnight, it's as if her past has been rewritten.

With the help of Caitlin, her science-savvy BFF, Abby discovers that this new reality is the result of a cosmic collision of parallel universes that has Abby living an alternate version of her life. And not only that: Abby's life changes every time her parallel self makes a new choice. Meanwhile, her parallel is living out Abby's senior year of high school and falling for someone Abby's never even met.

As she struggles to navigate her ever-shifting existence, Abby must let go of the Plan and learn to focus on the present, without losing sight of who she is, the boy who might just be her soul mate, and the destiny that's finally within reach.


Paradox Bound
By Peter Clines
Published By: Crown on September 26th 2017
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 384
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

Eli’s willing to admit it: he’s a little obsessed with the mysterious woman he met years ago. Okay, maybe a lot obsessed. But come on, how often do you meet someone who’s driving a hundred-year-old car, clad in Revolutionary-War era clothes, wielding an oddly modified flintlock rifle—someone who pauses just long enough to reveal strange things about you and your world before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires?

So when the traveler finally reappears in his life, Eli is determined that this time he’s not going to let her go without getting some answers. But his determination soon leads him into a strange, dangerous world and a chase not just across the country but through a hundred years of history—with nothing less than America’s past, present, and future at stake.


Turtles All The Way Down
By John Green
Published By: Dutton Books for Young Readers on October 10th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mental Health
Pages: 286
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.


Now I Rise
By Kiersten White
Published By: Delacorte Press on June 27th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Pages: 471
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

She has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself.

After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won…and souls will be lost.


Crooked Kingdom
By Leigh Bardugo
Published By: Henry Holt and Company on September 20th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 546
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

When you can't beat the odds, change the game.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.


The Coincidence Of Callie And Kayden
By Jessica Sorensen
Published By: Forever on August 6th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 353
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

For Kayden, suffering in silence was the only way to survive. If he was lucky, he could keep his head down, do as he was told, and make it through the day. But one night it seemed like his luck-and his life-might finally end... until an angel named Callie appeared just in time to rescue him.

Callie has never believed in luck. Not since her twelfth birthday when everything was taken from her. After the worst was over, she locked up her feelings and vowed never to tell anyone what happened. Now, six years later, she continues to struggle with the painful secret that threatens to consume her.

When fate lands Kayden and Callie at the same college, Kayden is determined to get to know the beautiful girl who changed his destiny. Quiet and reserved, Callie still fears letting anyone else into her world. But Kayden is certain that Callie has come back into his life for a reason. And the more he tries to be a part of her life, the more he realizes that, this time, it's Callie who needs to be saved...


Contradictions
By Tiffany King
Published By: Berkley on January 6th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 304
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

When everything starts spinning out of control . . .

Three years into college, Tressa Oliver’s life is a nonstop party. She’s skating by in her classes, and there’s no shortage of drinking, dancing, and general hell-raising. The only aspect that hasn’t been much fun: She can’t shake the toxic jerks that always seem to gravitate toward her.

It will take someone totally wrong . . .

Trent Lawson is the classic anti-bad boy: smart, boring, and way too serious. To a wild girl like Tressa, there’s no way in hell they’re compatible—especially since Trent seems to see straight through her defenses.

To set her right.

When a college prank goes terribly wrong, Tressa starts to suspect that her partying ways are leading nowhere fast. Now she has to turn to the last person she ever thought she’d ask for help—and quickly discovers that there’s more to Trent than meets the eye . . .


The Night Circus
By Erin Morgenstern
Published By: Anchor on July 3rd 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 512
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love - a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.


The One Memory Of Flora Banks
By Emily Barr
Published By: Philomel Books on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Pages: 291
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

It’s not a lie if you can’t remember the truth.

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.

With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway—the land of the midnight sun—determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the Arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.


Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
By Becky Albertalli
Published By: Penguin on April 7th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+
Pages: 303
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Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.


The Memory Book
By Lara Avery
Published By: Poppy on May 9th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
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Synopsis:

They tell me that my memory will never be the same, that I'll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I'm writing to remember.

Sammie was always a girl with a plan: graduate at the top of her class and get out of her small town as soon as humanly possible. Nothing will stand in her way--not even a rare genetic disorder the doctors say will slowly start to steal her memories and then her health. What she needs is a new plan.

So the Memory Book is born: Sammie's notes to her future self, a document of moments great and small. It's where she'll record every perfect detail of her first date with longtime crush, Stuart--a brilliant young writer who is home for the summer. And where she'll admit how much she's missed her childhood best friend, Cooper, and even take some of the blame for the fight that ended their friendship.

Through a mix of heartfelt journal entries, mementos, and guest posts from friends and family, readers will fall in love with Sammie, a brave and remarkable girl who learns to live and love life fully, even though it's not the life she planned.


If I Fix You
By Abigail Johnson
Published By: Harlequin Teen on September 6th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 291
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Synopsis:

Some things are easy to fix...but are some meant to stay broken?

When sixteen-year-old Jill Whitaker's mom walks out--with a sticky note as a goodbye--only Jill knows the real reason she's gone. But how can she tell her father? Jill can hardly believe the truth herself. Suddenly, the girl who likes to fix things--cars, relationships, romances, people--is all broken up. It used to be that her best friend/secret crush, Sean Addison, could make her smile in seconds. But not anymore. They don't even talk. With nothing making sense, Jill tries to pick up the pieces of her life. When a new guy moves in next door--intense, seriously cute, but with scars that he thinks don't show--Jill finds herself trying to make things better for Daniel. But over one long, hot Arizona summer, she realizes she can't fix anyone's life until she fixes her own. And she knows just where to start...


Saint Anything
By Sarah Dessen
Published By: Penguin on May 5th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 448
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Synopsis:

Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.


The Gentleman's Guide To Vice And Virtue
By Mackenzi Lee
Published By: Katherine Tegen Books on June 27th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ+
Pages: 513
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Synopsis:

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.


If There's No Tomorrow
By Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published By: Harlequin Teen on September 5th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 376
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Synopsis:

A single choice can change everything.

Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications, and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when she and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?


Wayfarer
By Alexandra Bracken
Published By: Disney-Hyperion on January 3rd 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Time Travel
Pages: 532
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Synopsis:

All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.

Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.

As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them.


Something Like Happy
By Eva Woods
Published By: Graydon House on September 5th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 384
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Synopsis:

“It's simple, really. You're just meant to do one thing every day that makes you happy. Could be little things. Could be big. In fact, we're doing one right now…”

Annie Hebden is stuck. Stuck in her boring job, with her irritating roommate, in a life no thirty-five-year-old would want. But deep down, Annie is still mourning the terrible loss that tore a hole through the perfect existence she'd once taken for granted—and hiding away is safer than remembering what used to be. Until she meets the eccentric Polly Leonard.

Bright, bubbly, intrusive Polly is everything Annie doesn't want in a friend. But Polly is determined to finally wake Annie up to life. Because if recent events have taught Polly anything, it's that your time is too short to waste a single day—which is why she wants Annie to join her on a mission…

One hundred days. One hundred new ways to be happy. Annie's convinced it's impossible, but so is saying no to Polly. And on an unforgettable journey that will force her to open herself to new experiences—and perhaps even new love with the unlikeliest of men—Annie will slowly begin to realize that maybe, just maybe, there's still joy to be found in the world. But then it becomes clear that Polly's about to need her new friend more than ever…and Annie will have to decide once and for all whether letting others in is a risk worth taking.


The Billionaires: The Bosses
By Calista Fox
Published By: St. Martin's Griffin on September 5th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Erotica
Pages: 302
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Synopsis:

What do you do when you have not just one hot boss, but two? And they both want you?

What will it take to make her theirs?

Bayli Styles leaves California wine country behind for the bright lights of New York City, in search of fame and fortune. However, fame and fortune are a little further out of reach than she had hoped, so to supplement her meager modeling income, she seeks a hostess position at Manhattan's hottest new venue, owned by billionaires Rory St. James and Christian Davila. Bayli gets much more than she bargained for when both devastatingly handsome and magnetic men make her blood sizzle...and offer her the guiltiest of all pleasures--themselves.

Bayli is the perfect solution to the two problems currently plaguing entrepreneurs Rory and Christian, professionally and sexually. She'd make the ultimate -face- for their current joint venture, but both men are thinking beyond business and waste no time seducing Bayli into their brand of double pleasure. In the end, the threesome will put it all on the line--their bodies, their hearts, their souls--either destined for failure, or for the redefinition of true love.


The Billionaires
By Calista Fox
Published By: St. Martin's Griffin on April 4th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Erotica
Pages: 336
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Synopsis:

Jewel Catalano, Rogen Angelini, and Vin D'Angelo had been childhood best friends, spending every possible moment with one another. Rogen became her first love, the first one to show her what pleasure could be. Until a volatile feud erupted between their powerful California wine country families and she and Rogen were torn apart from each other. What she didn't expect was to find comfort and passion like she had never known in Vin's arms and bed. But when that too ended in disaster, Jewel moved to San Francisco to work for the Catalano empire. Years later, a series of daring acquisitions brings Jewel back to River Cross, the hometown where Rogen and Vin have recently returned as well. Jewel has the curves, the smarts, and the success to bring any man to his knees—especially the two men who remained best friends and still burn to possess her.

Mixing family business with erotic pleasure ignites a smoldering love triangle. But in order to pull off the bold deal that will build the trios’ own legacy and to stay in their heady, sensual paradise, they must discover what true love really is—or lose everything their hearts' desire, in The Billionaires by Calista Fox.


A Gathering Of Shadows
By V.E. Schwab
Published By: Tor Books on January 17th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Magic
Pages: 512
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Synopsis:

Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell's possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland's dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games-an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries-a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again-and so to keep magic's balance, another London must fall...in V.E. Schwab's "A Gathering of Shadows."


Schizo
By Nic Sheff
Published By: Speak on September 8th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Mental Heath, Contemporary
Pages: 272
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Synopsis:

Miles is the ultimate unreliable narrator—a teen recovering from a schizophrenic breakdown who believes he is getting better . . . when in reality he is growing worse.

Driven to the point of obsession to find his missing younger brother, Teddy, and wrapped up in a romance that may or may not be the real thing, Miles is forever chasing shadows. As Miles feels his world closing around him, he struggles to keep it open, but what you think you know about his world is actually a blur of gray, and the sharp focus of reality proves startling.


The Evolution Of Mara Dyer
By Michelle Hodkin
Published By: Simon & Schuster UK on February 28th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 527
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Synopsis:

Mara Dyer knows she isn't crazy. She knows that she can kill with her mind, and that Noah can heal with his. Mara also knows that somehow, Jude is not a hallucination. He is alive. Unfortunately, convincing her family and doctors that she's not unstable and doesn't need to be hospitalised isn't easy. The only person who actually believes her is Noah. But being with Noah is dangerous and Mara is in constant fear that she might hurt him. She needs to learn how to control her power, and fast! Together, Mara and Noah must try and figure out exactly how Jude survived when the asylum collapsed, and how he knows so much about her strange ability...before anyone else ends up dead!


Immortally Yours
By Lynsay Sands
Published By: Avon on September 26th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Adult
Pages: 367
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Synopsis:

One hundred and twenty-five years is a long time to nurse a crush. That’s how long it’s been since Beth Argenis first met Cullen “Scotty” MacDonald, and he instantly became the star of her most X-rated dreams. Back then, he was rescuing her from a Rogue Immortal. Now Beth’s a Rogue Hunter—a damn good one. She doesn’t need saving anymore, despite what Scotty thinks. What she does need is the fierce, wild desire that finally erupts between them.

Scotty has hesitated to claim Beth as his own. But one explosive kiss confirms what he’s long suspected: She’s his life mate. But Beth is tough, fearless, beautiful…and in immortal danger. Unless he wants to lose her forever, he’ll have to rethink everything he once believed about love and destiny as well as confront an enemy who’s terrifyingly close.


Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
By J.K. Rowling
Published By: Arthur A. Levine Books on November 18th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 293
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Synopsis:

J.K. Rowling's screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay.

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt's fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.

Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader's bookshelf.


Black Obsidian
By Victoria Quinn
Published By: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on March 7th 2017
Genres: Romance, Adult Fiction, BDSM
Pages: 426
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Synopsis:

I was standing at the bar and waiting for a friend when it happened.

When my life changed forever.

She strutted inside with her head held high with grace, not pretentiousness. With legs that reached her neck, and an hourglass frame perfect for gripping, she got me hard instantly.

And those green eyes got the rest of my body hard too.

Mistaking me for the man who cheated on her friend, she walked up to me, those green eyes burning with fire, and she slapped me so hard my skin bubbled.

And damn, it felt good.

She slapped me two more times, using her petite size to gain momentum as her palm crushed into my skin.

I never wanted it to end.

I'd never met a woman who made pain feel so good. I'd never met a woman as strong as myself. I'd never met a woman I wanted to dominate more.

I'd never met a woman like her.

Rome Moretti.

My next submissive.


Buttons & Shame
By Penelope Sky
Published By: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on July 17th 2017
Genres: Romance, Dark Romance, Erotica
Pages: 364
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Synopsis:

Tristan is one of my biggest clients. He always pays on time, and he always keeps his word.

But this time, he's short on cash.

He needs the shipment now, so he offers me collateral.

He loans me his slave.

Adelina.

Now that pearl and I are so close, I can't condone this type of exchange. It's wrong.

Inhumane.

But she wants me. I can tell.

And I definitely want her.

Buttons & Pain
By Penelope Sky
Published By: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on May 15th 2017
Genres: Romance, Dark Romance, Erotica
Pages: 391
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Synopsis:

When I saw my escape, I took it. Now I'm in New York City and trying to get my life back on track. Despite the tracker in my ankle, Crow hasn't come for me. He hasn't even called me. I told him the depth of my feelings but he cruelly rejected them.

Maybe he's forgotten about me.

One day, I walk into my apartment and spot the pile of buttons on the counter. I never left them there, and there's only one explanation for their presence.

Maybe Crow hasn't forgotten me after all.


Buttons & Hate
By Penelope Sky
Published By: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on February 4th 2017
Genres: Dark, Romance, Erotica
Pages: 340
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Synopsis:

I'm working off my buttons.

But I'm also giving them away.

The more I fall for Crow, the more I want him to do the things that I want. Dinners, dates, and evenings at the beach.

Everything comes at a price, and quickly the hoard of buttons I worked hard to earn are depleted.

Will this go back and forth forever? Or will someone run out of their buttons first?


Buttons & Lace
By Penelope Sky
Published By: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on November 11th 2016
Genres: Dark, Romance, Erotica
Pages: 361
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Synopsis:

I owe him a debt.

A big one.

The payment can't be settled with money or favors.

He only wants one thing.

Me.

Every action gets a reward. A button. Once I fill his jar with three hundred and sixty-five buttons, he'll let me go.

He'll let me walk away.

But I have to earn every single one.

By submitting to the darkest, cruelest, and most beautiful man I've ever known.


Wish You Were Here
By Renee Carlino
Published By: Atria Books on August 15th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 320
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Synopsis:

Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, floating from interest to interest, job to job, and guy to guy, searching for a spark but never quite finding it. All she knows is that she won’t discover it working as a waitress at a pies-and-fries joint in Los Angeles or living with her fun but aimless best friend in a tiny apartment in the Arts District.

Then Charlotte collides with Adam, a gorgeous and soulful painter who seems just as lost as she feels. Their instant connection turns into a midnight drink… and a whirlwind night of champagne, Chinese food, and the kind of conversation that only happens in romantic comedies. But the next morning, Adam gives Charlotte the cold shoulder, leaving her confused and hurt—and wondering if the few odd moments between them the night before were red flags in disguise.

Months later, Charlotte hasn’t been able to shake Adam, so she decides to find out what happened the morning after their magical night together. This fateful decision rewrites their wild love story, but what Charlotte doesn’t know yet is that the ending has already been written.


Arousing Consequences
By Cam Johns
Published By: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on September 4th 2016
Genres: Romance
Pages: 333
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Synopsis:

Exposing the truth…giving into salacious desire…finding love.

If you’re a fan of authors Zane or E.L. James, then Arousing Consequences is definitely for you! Book One introduces Karisma Washington who has just graduated college and looking forward to moving on with her life following the untimely murder of her father Blair Washington. If it weren't for the constant support of her boyfriend, Kevin Matthews, there's no telling how deep her depression would have taken her. Support she thought she couldn't live without, which carried their relationship regardless of the discontent building between them.

Here it is a few years later, and she's now ready to start her career at the top Rehabilitation Center of Seattle. The place where characters come into play compelling desires, elation and internal struggles in her life to come into focus. Karisma is finally impelled to realize her life is worth more than Mr. Right Now. But was it really for the better? Lies told, truths withheld, and sexual thoughts arise. Where all choices are forced to face consequences


Fangirl
By Rainbow Rowell
Published By: St. Martin's Griffin on May 12th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 455
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Synopsis:

In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life-and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go. She doesn't want to.

Now that they're going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn't want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She's got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?


Copycat
By Alex Lake
Published By: HarperCollins on September 5th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
Pages: 416
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Synopsis:

Sarah Havenant discovers–when an old friend points it out–that there are two Facebook profiles in her name.

One, she recognizes: it is hers. The other, she has never seen. But everything in it is accurate. Recent photos of her and her friends, her and her husband, her and her kids. Even of her new kitchen. A photo taken inside her house.

She is bemused, angry, and worried. Who was able to do this? Any why?

But this, it soon turns out, is just the beginning. It is only now–almost as though someone has been watching, waiting for her to find the profile–that her problems really start…


All Or Nothing At All
By Jennifer Probst
Published By: Gallery Books on July 25th 2017
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 375
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Synopsis:

Tristan Pierce left the family business to carve out a life of his own, but never forgot his passionate affair with the much younger, inexperienced Sydney Green, or the hurtful break-up that tore him apart. When he’s forced to return home and face his past, will he be able to carve out a future, or will lies ruin his second chance at love?

Sydney Green loved Tristan her entire life, but when he left, he took not only her heart, but her trust with him. Now that they’re together again, it’s time they both face the biggest secret of all….


Astonishing Splashes Of Colour
By Clare Morrall
Published By: Sceptre on October 31st 2013
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Mental Health
Pages: 327
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Synopsis:

Caught in an over-vivid world, Kitty feels haunted by her 'child that never was'. As children all around become emblems of hope, longing and grief, she begins to understand the reasons for her shaky sense of self.


Expelled
By James Patterson & Emily Raymond
Published By: Little, Brown and Company on October 23rd 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Pages: 304
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Synopsis:

Will Foster's Twitter account used to be anonymous--until someone posted The Photo that got him and three other students expelled, their futures ruined forever. But who took the picture, and why are they being targeted?

To uncover the truth, Will gets close to the suspects: the hacker, the quarterback, the bad girl, the class clown, the vice principal, and...his own best friend. What secrets are they hiding, and even worse--what do they know about each other? The terrible truth will haunt them forever.

New York Times bestselling author James Patterson brings us another fast-moving tale of suspense, with danger, romance, and twists and turns that will keep you guessing to the very last page.


Black Forever
By Victoria Quinn
Published By: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on June 13th 2017
Genres: Romance, Erotica
Pages: 352
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Synopsis:

The second the whip was placed in my hand, I snapped.

I couldn't turn away.

I needed this.

The man I fought for so long has returned, more feral than before.

Will Rome still love me?

Or will she leave?


The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer
By Michelle Hodkin
Published By: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers on October 23rd 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 452
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Synopsis:

Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.

There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.

She's wrong.


The Retribution Of Mara Dyer
By Michelle Hodkin
Published By: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books on November 6th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 470
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Synopsis:

Mara Dyer had no idea that it would end like this. She desperately wants to believe that there's more to the lies she’s been told and doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.

She never gave much thought before to how far she would go for vengeance, but with loyalties betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and when fate and chance collide it seems the time for retribution has arrived.


Black Promise
By Victoria Quinn
Published By: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on June 6th 2017
Genres: Romance, Erotica
Pages: 300
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Synopsis:

I gave up everything for Rome. The one woman I couldn't live without. But could I keep my promise and turn my back on everything? Could I really forsake being a Dom? Or will I pull her into the darkness with me anyway?


Too Late
By Colleen Hoover
Published By: Hoover Ink on November 19th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Abuse
Pages: 394
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Synopsis:

Sloan will go through hell and back for her little brother. And she does, every single night.

Forced to remain in a relationship with the dangerous and corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to make sure her brother has what he needs.

Nothing will get in her way.

Nothing except Carter.

Sloan is the only good thing to ever happen to Asa. He knows this and he never plans on letting her go; even if she doesn't approve of his lifestyle. But despite Sloan's disapproval, Asa knows what it takes to get what he wants. He knows what he needs to do to remain on top.

Nothing will get in his way.

Nothing except Carter.


Black Diamond
By Victoria Quinn
Published By: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on June 6th 2017
Genres: Romance, Erotica
Pages: 306
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Synopsis:

I know I'm never going to change. I was born in the darkness, and that's exactly where I'll remain. Rome is sweet, gentle, and vanilla. But I'll change all of that. I'll show her who I really am. And slip that black diamond onto her finger.


Letters To The Lost
By Brigid Kemmerer
Published By: Bloomsbury USA Childrens on April 4th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 400
Purchase: Amazon - Kindle
Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

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