6.30.2014

Review: Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal

Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal 
Expected Publication: July 3, 2014
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Format: via publisher
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis
When Ibby Bell’s father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father’s urn for good measure. Fannie’s New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been—and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum—is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie’s black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.

For Fannie’s own family history is fraught with tragedy, hidden behind the closed rooms in her ornate Uptown mansion. It will take Ibby’s arrival to begin to unlock the mysteries there. And it will take Queenie and Dollbaby’s hard-won wisdom to show Ibby that family can sometimes be found in the least expected places.

My Thoughts
This was way more fantastic than I could never have imagined. Dollbaby has everything that I want in a really great book. There is family, a bit of a mystery as far as buried family secrets and a great coming of age storyline. Plus I am a bit obsessed with the 60’s so this made it way more interesting in my eyes I had to read it, not to mention it’s set in the South… a PLUS in my book!
We start off when Ibby was a young girl and her mom drops her off at her grandmother’s house after the death of her father. Ibby has never met her grandmother so she doesn’t know what’s in store for her. Soon Ibby is left to wonder if her mother will ever return, in the meantime she is set to get to know her grandmother. Ibby is just a girl coming of age and trying to deal with the fact that all she has in her life is Fannie, although she claims she doesn’t care about her mother she does. She struggles with growing up and making friends and not to mention trying to learn who her grandmother really is and why she acts the way she does sometimes.
Fannie has some buried secrets that no one knows except her confidant cook Queenie. Queenie is indeed the keeper to Fannie’s secrets and both care for each other like family. Fannie hasn’t always had the best life. She ran away when she was young and had to do things she didn’t like to survive. She soon meets her soon to be husband and together they have two sons. One dies very young and Fannie never recovers from it. She has these “episodes” and is sent off from time to time to recover. When Ibby comes into her life they soon bond and she doesn’t want to let her go. We slowly learn of Fannie’s backstory and it is one of hardship and pain. The supporting characters are Queenie and her daughter Dollbaby. While they bring some comical laughs to this book their family story also brought me to tears. Once secrets are revealed you can’t help but cry and realized all the pain they have endured in their lives.

I loved how this book spanned some years and we see Ibby grown up. We see a once shy and timid girl grow up and become a strong young lady. She was determined to know the truth about her family and not to continue burying family secrets. She is proud of her family…all of them. This is by far one of my favorite books this year. It sheds a light on growing up in a time when the world was radically changing but its main focus is family. It will make you laugh and cry…honestly the end had me sobbing…but most importantly it’s just an honest to god awesome read. If you read any book this year read this one it’s definitely worth it.

June Wrap-Up

This month was amazing book wise. I read 11 books this month, which is the most I’ve read in a while. That was due to some really amazing book I couldn’t put down. It was also a great month in the books I received, physical and eBook wise. Now it’s about that time to share what I’ve read, bought, and received from publishers and of course a little music thrown in for good measure.

What I’ve read this month…
Nantucket Sisters by Nancy Thayer  
Making Waves by Ophelia London
*The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee
The Witch of Belladonna Bay by Suzanne Palmeiri
The Summer Wind by Mary Alice Monroe
Thirty Sunsets by Christine Hurley Deriso
*The Stories We Tell by Patti Callahan Henry
*On the Fence by Kasie West
*Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeil
Don’t Try to Find Me by Holly Brown
*Landline by Rainbow Rowell

*- my super faves = BUY IT!


Received from publishers [physical books]…

13 Hangmen by Art Corriveau
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
The Wimpy Kid School Planner
The Wishing Tide by Barbara Davis
House of Wonder by Sarah Healy
The Stories We Tell by Patti Callahan Henry
Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews
Queen Bee Goes Home Again by Haywood Smith
A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray
The Dog Park by Laura Caldwell
Riding the Wave by Lorelie Brown
The Red Bikini by Lauren Christopher
The Longest Time by Kendra Leigh Castle
Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand
It Comes in Waves by Erika Marks
How to Fall by Jane Casey
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
To See the Moon Again by Jamie Langston Turner
Goodies: Tote/journal/chocolate via Steena Holmes

Special THANKS to St. Martin's Press, Penguin Books, Steena Holmes and Little Brown & Co for everything ya'll have done!

Received via NetGalley/Edelweiss…

Remember Me by Romily Bernard
Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas
Making Waves by Ophelia London     
Since you’ve Been Gone by Anouska Knight
The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons
The Life You Left by Carmel Harrington
Tape by Steven Camden
All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
The Revealed by Jessica Hickam
The Seventh Mother by Sherri Wood Emmons
The Good Sister by Jamie Kain
Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber
Sway by Kat Spears
Night Blindness by Susan Strecker
Dear Lizzie by Annie Lyons
This Summer by Katlyn Duncan
Elly in Love by Colleen Oakes
All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant

What I’ve purchased [physical]…
Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
Beach Season by Lisa Jackson
Summer Breeze by Nancy Thayer

                          Purchased [Kindle]…
Third Date by Kylie Keene
     Elly in Bloom by Colleen Oakes


Since it’s officially summer…

6.29.2014

Mini Review: Sealed with a Kiss by Rachael Lucas

Sealed with a Kiss by Rachael Lucas 
Published: May 8, 2014
Publisher: Pan
Format: via NetGalley
Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis
Kate is dumped on her best friend's wedding day by the world's most boring boyfriend, Ian. She's mostly cross because he got in first - until she remembers she's now homeless as well as jobless. Rather than move back home to her ultra-bossy mother, Kate takes a job on the remote Scottish island of Auchenmor as an all-round Girl Friday. Her first day is pretty much a disaster: she falls over, smack bang at the feet of her grouchy new boss, Roddy, Laird of the Island. Unimpressed with her townie ways, he makes it clear she's got a lot to prove.

Island life has no room for secrets, but prickly Roddy's keeping something to himself. When his demanding ex-girlfriend appears back on the island, Kate's budding friendship with her new boss comes to an abrupt end. What is Fiona planning - and can she be stopped before it's too late?

My Thoughts
First off I really enjoyed this book. I had this sitting in my Kindle for a while now and decided to finally read it. It’s a quick and cute read and filled with just enough romance.
I feel like this was a real book that people could identify with, sometimes in romance novels the characters are so out of touch that they don’t feel real…this one isn’t one of them. I also fully enjoyed that this book was set in Scotland; I haven’t read any books set there before so that was a refreshing and interesting thing for me. Anyone can relate to breaking up and starting over again. I loved how she found herself and started a new life and also found some great friends in the process.

This book is for anyone who wants a light and refreshing read. This is definitely one that you could read in one afternoon.

Mini Review: Love in Straight Sets by Rebecca Crowley

Love in Straight Sets by Rebecca Crowley 
Published: April 14, 2014
Publisher: Carina Press
Format: via NetGalley
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis
Regan Hunter came to tennis late in life, but she's worked hard to become one of the world's top players. Beating the odds has made her unstoppable on the court and neurotically controlling off of it. So when her manager hires a new coach, a has-been who left the sport after a scandal, Regan wants him gone, fast.

Ben Percy, a former Grand Slam winner, is well aware of Regan's reputation for driving coaches away—usually screaming. But working with the notoriously mercurial Regan could be just the break he needs to take his career to the next level, and he's never been one to scare easily. He must stick to only one rule: hands off Regan.

Keeping his distance from Regan is more difficult than Ben ever imagined. Behind her tough, sexy exterior is a woman he wants to get to know better. And Regan feels a connection with her patient, easy-on-the-eyes coach that's hard to ignore. But with the biggest championship of all on the line, romance may be completely out of bounds.

My Thoughts
I was really into reading this book since I’m a huge tennis fan. While the tennis aspect was okay the romance is what takes center stage. I loved the chemistry between Ben and Regan. You know these two will no doubt end up together but it’s still fun reading how and the banter between this two.
I love how Regan evolves as a character and how she starts out one way and in the end we see the real Regan. While this is a short read there is a full story here and you never feel short changed. This is one for anyone who wants a quick, fun and romantic read.

6.28.2014

Review: You Make Me by Erin McCarthy

You Make Me by Erin McCarthy
Published: April 17, 2014
Rating: 2.5/5

Synopsis
The guy she wants…

Growing up on the coast of Maine with a revolving door of foster siblings, Caitlyn Michaud spent one intense and passionate year falling in love with her foster brother, Heath. Then he left without a word. The betrayal devastated Caitlyn and made her vow to forget the compelling bad boy. But forgetting his sensual touch and their deep all-consuming friendship is easier said than done.

Isn’t the guy she needs…

Determined to move on, in college Caitlyn has risen above her small town impoverished roots and has joined a sorority, reinvented her appearance, and landed the right boyfriend. Pre-law major and frat president, Ethan, is thoughtful and always laughing, and he makes her feel happy, calm. He also gives her the social acceptance she craves.

But the perfect world she tried so hard to attain is ripped apart when Heath appears one night out of nowhere. Caitlyn remembers all the reasons why she loves him, even if they don’t make sense to anyone but her. Out of the military, Heath is as brooding and intense as ever, and he is determined not only to win her back, but to exact revenge on everyone who kept him from her…

And when one love allows her to breathe, but the other feels as essential to her life as air, how does she choose between them?

My Thoughts
This book was okay for me. I mean it was kind of predictable but a so so read nevertheless. Caitlyn was living a good life in school; she has a great boyfriend and recently got engaged when her past comes back and threatens to change everything she has worked hard for. Heath her “foster brother” comes back after years away and decides he wants back in her life. You see they had something briefly but he left without a word and now wants to be a part of her life again.

Personally I didn’t get them as a couple. The whole foster brother thing threw me off, it was just weird. I didn’t get the chemistry at all, maybe it was just me but this wasn’t what I thought it would be.

The storyline is alright but maybe others will like it more than I did. It is a quick read so if anyone wants to check it out it won’t take up much time.

6.27.2014

Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

On the Fence by Kasie West 
Expected Publication: July 1, 2014
Publisher: HaperTeen
Format: Edelweiss
Challenge: NetGalley/Edelweiss
Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis
She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door…
Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she's got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she's falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.
Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.

My Thoughts
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yep I said it. What can I say this book is cute, funny, and relatable with a ton of feels. I could relate with it for a bunch of reasons. I myself am a tad tomboyish. I am by far not a girly girl so I could identify with Charlie as far as being one of the guys and not into the whole makeup and clothes thing.

This is the story of Charlie who is being raised by her dad and three brothers; she has always been see as one of guys and doesn’t know anything about being a girl. One summer her father tells her she has to get a job to pay for some speeding tickets and it’s a summer she will never forget. She soon gets a job in retail and soon after that becomes a model for a makeup artist. She feels that she must hide this side of her because she doesn’t want her brothers making fun of her. In addition to her brothers her next door neighbor Braden is also protective of her since they’ve know each other forever.

Charlie begins having these nightmares and can’t sleep so one night she goes outside and Braden is outside also, they soon begin having these fence chats. It starts out innocent enough but soon the talks become deep and personal. Braden is having family problems and Charlie is wondering why she keeps having dreams of her mom who died years ago in a car accident. These talks soon start to make Charlie see Braden in a different light, in a more romantic light. However like all things, this of course doesn’t just go as planned. Signals are crossed and misunderstood and that whole element of will they or won’t they happens. I loved Braden! I loved him and Charlie as a couple. I so rooted for them.

I loved that this read had the whole romantic thing of course but it also has them dealing with some serious issues. It really struck the right cord and balance. This book was literally a breath of fresh air; it was something I really needed to read. This is definitely for anyone who loves a good contemporary YA read. I couldn’t get enough of this book yet I didn’t want it to end. This is by far one of faves so far this year and thanks to Kasie West for writing an amazing tale that shows us that you can find love where you least expect it.

Book Blitz + Giveway: Third Date by Kylie Keene

Third Date by Kylie Keene
Published: June 20, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Buy: Amazon


Synopsis:
At 23, Morgan is a little behind other women her age when it comes to dating and relationships. More specifically, she’s a virgin. Dating wasn’t a priority in high school and college, but now that Morgan has a job and her own apartment, she’s ready to jump back into the dating scene.
When Morgan’s friends at work inform her that most men expect sex on the third date, she panics. She’s convinced her lack of experience will be a total turn-off for guys and make for a really awkward third date. Her friends tell her to just do it with a random guy to get it over with, but Morgan isn’t sure that’s what she wants.
When she meets a guy she’s certain is her dream man, she’s ready to lose it on their third date. But doing so isn’t as easy as she thought. And then there’s the fact that she can’t get another guy out of her head.
Through a series of mishaps and misunderstandings, Morgan eventually finds herself at a place she wasn’t expecting, but the place she wanted to be all along.


Excerpt
“Okay, here’s the deal. I’m ready to date but I’m kind of lacking in experience.” I wait for their response but they say nothing, so I continue. “What I mean is that I haven’t done the things that you’re claiming men expect on a date.”
“Wait a minute.” Kayla sets her wine glass down. “Are you saying you’re a virgin?”
“Yes.” I sit up straighter, the wine boosting my confidence. “I’m a 23-year-old virgin.”
“Hold on.” Kayla puts her hand up like she’s stopping traffic. “How is that possible? I mean, I know you haven’t dated much but—”
“Don’t listen to her,” Paige says. “I think it’s sweet. And romantic. You’re saving yourself for marriage. A lot of people do that. Good for you, Morgan.” She raises her glass as if we should toast to my virginity.
I ignore her raised glass. “No, I’m not saving myself for anything. In fact I really just want to get the whole sex thing over with, especially now that I know men are expecting it by the third date.” 
“That’s not true for all men,” Paige assures me.
“It’s all men.” Kayla pours herself another glass of wine. “So how could this not happen in college?”
“I don’t know. I didn’t go to many parties and I didn’t live in the dorms. I lived at home with my dad, so it just didn’t happen. Plus, I never made it past the first couple dates with a guy. I wasn’t interested enough in any of them to . . . you know.”
“If you can’t even say the word, you’re not going to be able to do it.” Kayla jumps up and starts pacing the floor. “Okay, we can fix this. I can find you a guy who would be more than happy to take care of this for you.”
“She’s not getting her car fixed here.” Paige shoots a dirty look at Kayla, then turns back to me. “You need to find someone who cares about you. Someone who will make this memorable for you.”
“I don’t know if I want it to be memorable. I think I might just want to forget it after it happens and move on.”
“Yes, that’s exactly what you should do,” Kayla says. “My first time was prom night junior year with this guy I was dating. I made it into this huge deal and then it was over in like a minute. And he dumped me the next week. So trust me, the first time sucks. You just want to get it over with.
“You should really think about this some more.” Paige uses her mom-tone, soft-spoken and concerned. “You’ve waited this long. What’s the rush?”
“I’m not in a rush. And I’m not saying I need to race out and have sex. I just need to start dating. But if this third-date rule is a real thing, or even if it’s four or five dates, then I don’t know what to do. I’m completely inexperienced.”
Kayla takes some cheese from the tray and plops down on the couch. “Just have sex and get it over with. I’ve already got someone in mind for you. I’ll see if he’s free Friday night.”
“Friday night? As in this Friday night? That’s so soon. I don’t think I can do that.”
Kayla gets up, grabbing her purse. “You can do it. I’ve gotta go.”
“Morgan, don’t listen to her. You’re not going to have sex with a guy just to get it over with. And you’re not doing it with some random guy.”
“Paige is right, Kayla. That’s just not me. I at least need to know the guy.”
“That’s why you’ll go to dinner first.” Kayla’s at the door, but she turns back and says, “Show me your underwear drawer.”
“What? Why?” 
She races to my bedroom. I run to catch up with her, Paige following behind.
Kayla opens my top drawer and pulls out one of my bras. She holds it up. “What is this? Polyester? Beige? It doesn’t even have wires in the cups. No wonder you always look so saggy. Where do you even buy something like this?”
“They come in a two-pack,” I mumble. “You can get them anywhere.”
Paige stares at my beige bra, dangling in the air. “Um, maybe you could get one or two new ones. I could go shopping with you if you want.”
I snatch my bra from Kayla. “But these are really comfortable. And I don’t need that much support. I’m not exactly large-chested.”
Kayla takes it back and checks the size. “34C? That’s not small. You need new bras. Just throw this one out.” She tosses it on the floor and reaches in my drawer again. “Paige, look at this. It gets worse.” Kayla holds up a pair of my underwear. Pink cotton high-cut briefs.
“What’s wrong with those?” I try to grab them but she holds them high in the air. “They’re cut high up on the hip. They’re sexy.”
“You tell her.” Kayla says to Paige. “You’re better at saying things nicely.”  
Paige looks at the underwear, then back at me. “Well, I kind of wore ones like that back in middle school. Not that you can’t wear them. I mean, you could work out in them, I guess. But maybe it wouldn’t hurt if you got something a little more, um, appealing to the opposite sex. Maybe something that doesn’t come in a pack of six.”
“What do you wear?” I ask her. “You’re married. You shouldn’t care what your underwear looks like.”
“I’m married, but I still want to look sexy.” She unzips the side of her skirt to reveal her silky black bikinis. “These are my weekday ones. I have better ones for the weekend.”
Kayla keeps snooping in my drawer. “That’s all you have in here? You don’t even have one decent pair of underwear? There isn’t even any variety. They’re all the same style.”
“I stock up every year during the back-to-school sales.” My voice trails off as I realize how pathetic that sounds. I’ve been buying back-to-school underwear! The kind meant for tweens! The kind that’s sold in six packs! “All right. Maybe I could use some new ones.”
Kayla tosses my underwear back in the drawer and closes it up. “I’ve gotta go. But we’ve got some work to do.”


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6.26.2014

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Bloomsbury Spark’s Six Month Sparkiversary + Giveaway!!

Bloomsbury Spark is a one-of-a-kind, global, digital imprint from Bloomsbury Publishing dedicated to publishing a wide array of exciting fiction eBooks to teen, YA, and new adult readers.


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A Kindle Paperwhite loaded with all of these titles:


1) The Sound of Us by Ashley Poston Bloomsbury / Amazon / BN /Kobo / iTunes
2) The Art of Falling by Jenny Kaczorowski   Bloomsbury / Amazon / BN / Kobo / iTunes
3) The Secret of Isobel Key by Jen McConnel + sequel Bloomsbury / Amazon / BN / Kobo / iTunes
4) Her Secret Inheritance Bloomsbury / Amazon / BN / Kobo / iTunes
5) Positively Mine by Christine Duval   Bloomsbury / Amazon / BN / Kobo / iTunes
6) Deliver Me by Kate Jarvik Birch Bloomsbury / Amazon / BN / Kobo / iTunes
7) Pride’s Run by Cat Kalen Bloomsbury / Amazon / BN / Kobo / iTunes
8) Road to Somewhere by Jenny S. Morris & Kelley Lynn Bloomsbury / Amazon / BN / Kobo
9) Beyond Our Stars by Marie Langager Bloomsbury / Amazon / BN / Kobo /
10) The Mapmaker’s Daughter by Caroline Dunford Bloomsbury / Amazon / BN
11) Until We End by Frankie Brown Bloomsbury / Amazon / BN / Kobo / iTunes
12) An ARC of My Soon-To-Be Sex Life by Judith Tewes Bloomsbury / BN / Kobo / iTunes


THE SOUND OF US EXCERPT
Despite my best friend being a Roman Holiday aficionado, I only know three things about Roman Montgomery.
One, he has honey brown hair that’s usually gelled up in a wave.
Two, he doesn’t have any visible tattoos—although there were rumors he had a song quote below the belt.
And three, Roman Montgomery would never, ever be seen shopping at a cruddy old Stop-N-Shop in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Apparently, I don’t know anything about Roman Montgomery after all.
The longer he holds my gaze, the more I can’t write him off as a good look-alike—it’s the angle of his nose, the sharpness of his cheekbones, the way one eyebrow is always a little higher than the other. He’s gained a little weight since his last interview with GQ, or maybe it’s more muscle, I don’t know, but it’s definitely him.
Suddenly, I jerk my eyes away from his gaze. Oh, God, I have underwear with his face on them. I am beyond mortified. The blush on my cheeks is so hot, it probably matches my hair. And he seems entertained by it.
“I should be flattered, meeting you here again,” he goes on. “Last night we got off on the wrong foot.”
I quickly turn my back to him. Last night I even touted that I hated his band. See, this is why I shouldn’t talk to strangers. “It’s fine. I don’t care.”
“Let’s try again?”
“Uh—no, no thanks.”
But apparently “no” is not in his vocabulary. He slips around in front of me so smoothly, it could be a dance move. He juts out his tattooed hand. “Hi, it’s nice to meet you.”
Is this a joke?

6.25.2014

Mini Review: Making Waves by Ophelia London

Making Waves: A Perfect Kisses Novella by Ophelia London
Published: June 16, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Format: via NetGalley
Challenges: NetGalley/Edelweiss
Rating 3.5/5

Synopsis
She’s in over her head and he’s in hot water…

Visiting her friends Ellie and Charlie in Hawaii was supposed to be a much-needed vacation for journalist Justine Simms. But when she learns the notoriously reclusive pro-surfer Chase Ryder is coming out of retirement for a competition, she knows she’s found the perfect exclusive to save her career. Of course, then she learns he’s the gorgeous, secretly nerdy guy who broke her heart a year ago.

Will Davenport—aka Chase Ryder—doesn't do interviews. He keeps his real name out of the papers and doesn’t mix his public life with his private. That is, until the still-heartbroken Justine blackmails him into giving her an exclusive. Seeing Justine, stunningly beautiful as ever, brings back all the feelings he had before. But despite their smoldering attraction, nothing has changed since he had to leave her the first time.

My Thoughts
When I started this I wasn’t aware that this was a part of a series, but believe me although this is a novella it totally reads fine as a standalone. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything by not reading the other books but it does make me curious to some of the backstory.

Justine escapes to Hawaii to get away from everything and especially Will. It’s been awhile since they have talked, she thought there was something there but after not hearing from him she thinks maybe it was all one sided. While there she tries to get a scoop for her paper about a local surfer Chase. Well little does she know Will is Chase, and now this story has a more personal connection than she ever predicated. Not only does she want to know what’s with the dual personas she also wants to know why he left her. Was the connection real or just her imagination?

This is a quick cute and ideal beach read. It has just enough romance and the chemistry between the characters is so real you can’t help but root for them. This is definitely the read for an afternoon at the beach or by the pool.

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First, There Was Forever by Juliana Romano 
Expected Publication: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Dial

Synopsis...
Juliana Romano's expressive debut is an absorbing and bittersweet story about first love, first loss,and the friends that carry us through it all.

Lima and Hailey have always been best friends: Lima shy and sensitive, Hailey funny and free-spirited. But Hailey abandons Lima to party with the popular kids and pursue Nate, her disinterested crush. As their friendship falters, Lima and Nate begin spending more time together. And before Lima knows what she’s feeling, she and Nate do something irreversible. Something that would hurt Hailey....if she knew it happened.

Lima thinks she’s saving her friendship by lying, but she’s only buying time. As the secrets stack up, Lima is forced to make a choice: between her best friend forever, and the boy who wasn’t meant to be hers.

Why I Can’t Wait…
Love the plotline and the cover…come on…it really makes me wanna read this ASAP!


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