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Top Ten Tuesday #15: How to Hook a Harpy

I almost skipped today’s TTT post. I know, blasphemy, but they are the only types of posts that I am doing lately… which kinda makes the blog look meh, and it also makes me feel like a cheater that only uses others’ ideas to talk about books. Which is stupid because 1) my TTT posts rock and 2) I have a list of ideas all jotted down and ready to fly. Some of them even were outlined on my brain BEFORE being noted down…which also means that I forgot around 80% of the outline, but I digress…

This week’s topic is “Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book, aka an impossible topic to skip by the Broke and the Bookish. Well done ladies, well done!

So… time to grab the popcorn and find out what makes me call books my precious before I even read them, or, as I like to put it, How to Hook a Harpy:

1. Steven Says ReadIt!

Because a deal is a deal, and I promised Steven I would read whatever he chose for me. And I’m totally planning to. Even if it doesn’t like it. Or it takes me a whole year (or a decade) to pick them up.

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2. Paper Fury’s Seal of Approval

I love all of Cait’s posts. Her pretty pictures, the way she writes, what she writes, her obsession with cake or other baked delicacies… I love baking, so I can relate, and I’m biased to all things chocolate so… But when she talks books, people listen (read(?) ), and her reviews usually have me checking online stores (and bank account). I don’t even check the book on goodreads… because she’s that good.

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3. Ilona Andrews

Read. Rea-read. Buy. Borrow. Trade internal organs for. Make an altar on bookshelves. Anything that duo writes has one (sometimes all) of the reactions.

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4. Drool worthy book

Yes, we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. And want another cliche? Size DOES matter. Sure, hardcovers have their qualities. Me? I love paperbacks. If they have the right feel. The right size. The right font. It makes me want to grab them and never let go. If they are unique.. I’m drawn to them and I’m lost. I have to have them. I have to read them. I have to love them… Want one example? UK’s paperback edition of Wintersong. It is perfect. And magic. (And I need to pass the 160 page mark soon). Another example is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (also UK’s paperback edition).. the books look so perfect on my hands that I have to read them and have them… even when I like the movie adaptation better, but it is okay… I’ll survive.

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5. Shapeshifters, vampires and magic

What can I say, I’m a sucker for urban fantasy books. And if it has an unique take on any of the above, I’m doomed.

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6. Kick-ass/sass/foul mouth

Rose Hathaway, Kate Daniels, Mercy Thompson, Ty Grady… you get the drill.

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7. Angst

And I mean, rip your heart out and make you cry so much that your soul feels sore for days angst… You better give me a hint of an HEA though… I don’t like my characters to suffer for no reason… I like their pain to be worth it. Think Touch & Geaux (Cut & Run, #7) and you’ll know what I mean.

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8. Tease and Banter

I also like cheesy romances where main characters will tease each other, have hot banter, and moments so hilarious that make you laugh so hard that your cheeks hurt and you’ll need to wipe tears. Like with Wallbanger (Cocktail, #1).

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The Harpie Wants To Know

Anything on my list that strikes your fancy?
What’s your TTT?

 

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Top Ten Tuesday #14: Weird reinvents by authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Readand I basically am going to interpret it a bit too freely and discuss WEIRD REINVENTS BY AUTHORS

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1. Sparkling Vampires

Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer

Vampires that walk in the sun are… rare.. but not unheard of. Bran Stoker’s Dracula was said to be able to be out during light time, although weaker. Also, Louie from Interview with the Vampire fed from animals to avoid losing his humanity. Now, Stephanie Meyer decided that combining the two wasn’t enough. Nope, she made them go into the sun, feed from animal blood, and then took their fangs out (word emasculate comes to mind) plus the worse insult of all: made them sparkle like diamonds in the sun. Why? How? I just…. have no words. It makes no sense to me… however… It helped the book. Because those who weren’t caught in the twilight fandom were bash trashing it… and one of the reasons was the sparkling skin.

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2. Zombie Reversing

Warm Bodies by saac Marion

I’m going to be completely biased here. First, I don’t like zombies, they creep me out. Unless they’re the voodoo kind, controlled by a necromancer or witch. And second, I DNFed Warm Bodies.  But I couldn’t.. it didn’t make any sense. I had to let it go. Okay, so… eating brains works on the I Zombie TV show or in the White Trash novels as a holy cure. In the Revivalist series, she had to take some shots, otherwise she would start to rot and liquefy… but in Warm Bodies… it was so… weird… because it wasn’t eating brains.. it was THAT particular brain… and it was contagious? The part that makes me sad is that I was enjoying the book, with the strange zombie base, and the marriage, and the zombie kids and school…. but then we had dry humping zombie sex and a human girl hiding in plain zombieland and then a brain that refuses to let go, so the zombie that ate it has weird memories and starts looking… less dead…. It was just too much for me.

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3. Lucrezia Borgia as Evil Queen

Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire

Nobody can accuse Gregory Maguire of lack of imagination. No sir. Think with me: Lucrezia Borgia as Snow White’s stepmom/guardian.. should I repeat? Yeah, probably not. Having it said once was too much already. BUT, if you think that is the weird thing we have on that book… think again. We have Snow White’s dad going into a holy graalish quest, the dwarfs are a mix between rocks/dogs/living beings that are hard to understand, and Snow White has to be taken away because Lucrezia’s brother was having a special interest for the child. Yes, child, she was TEN… I think. Maybe younger. And then she turns into sleeping beauty, because when she finds the dwarfs she falls into a sleep that makes them turn back into rock and mute life around them till she wakes up. I kid you not, this one gets the cup of Weird Reinvent.

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4. Zeus Talking Like a Teenager

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

Well, the concept is interesting. It really is. The whole book is about the greek myths told by Percy Jackson. But the teen speech Is. Just. Overwhelming. First you may think is refreshing and new… after 100 pages you want to bash Percy’s head against a column till he starts talking like a normal person. Not to mention he messes with one of my favorite myths of all time. But again, I may be a little biased because the first Percy movie already had a go at it (And I will never forgive them… how dare they to make Hades look like a wimp and turn Persephone into a male eater?)

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5. Bi Curious Marines

Sidewinder Series by Abigail Roux

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love me some GFY novel, with lots of doubts and It can be rights, because angsty feelings and awesome banter and teaser. And I love my Cut&Run boys to pieces. But somehow, the spin-off doesn’t work as well as the original sounds. Maybe because we never saw the bi-curious side of Kelly… and so the easiness he goes into a catcher role without being a pitcher first… it sounds a bit… forced. I still buy them and devour them, of course… it’s Abi Roux.

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Of course, there are some crazy ideas that work. And they work perfectly. For example:

 

6. Is Not Killing If Life Doesn’t End

Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman

Neil Shusterman gives us a chilling and amazing story, that has as starting point the consequences of the second civil rights war. Abortion is a crime, and life is untouchable from the conception till the age of 13. Then, all bets are off and teenagers can be set to be unwound: the harvest of all organs and cells to be transplanted to those in need of donors… which technically means life never ens, hence no crime. The whole concept… the character’s mindset, the worlbuilding… as I said.. chilling and amazing. Not for everybody, though.

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7. Marilyn Monroe and Katrina

Jane Yellowrock by Faith Hunter

Vampires, Shapeshifters, Witches and more in this amazing Urban Fantasy series. Vampires come out of their coffin when Marilyn Monroe was staked on the oval room when caught trying to turn JFK. Witches are victims of prejudice since popular belief think that Katrina was either their fault, or the result of their failure. Those are just some samples of Faith Hunter popular series, and if you are an urban fantasy fan, make yourself a favor and pick it up. I know I have Steven to thank to make me read it, because those books are great!

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The Harpie Wants To Know

Any weird reinvents I should have here?
What’s your TTT?

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FanGirling: Ilona Andrews

Yesterday I was watching some mindless TV with my sister – no reading mood, remember? – when out of the blue she says “Ask Ilona a question”. It was the goodreads marketing message due to a new release coming soon. I commented something about White Hot being released in May, and subject died.

Early today I finally checked on goodreads, and there it was the same message. Being that Kate Daniels is just my favorite series of all times and forever, makes sense. What also makes sense is that the question I have is “How on Earth will I survive in a world without a new Kate release?”. Because next Kate, will also be the last….Excuse me while I sit in a dark corner wailing in despair.

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Ahem… Good thing that everything Gordon and Ilona write is pure gold, and I have a couple of series to look for. Even if their Hidden Legacy series is supposed to be a trilogy only… which leaves me with only the Inkeeper Chronicles and maybe some Grey Wolf shorties… and… what is the world coming to?????

Anyway, that made me think I had no clue what was happening in Ilona’s world, since I have been away of all things online lately. But first thing first, time to turn computer on to pre-order white hot. After some hard and short internal debate of physical versus digital copy, the latest won. Not only due to the waiting period but also because I’m not that big of a fan of the Hidden Legacy covers. They kind of remind me a Harlequin romance cover. Okay, I get the why, specially being published by Avon, but they’re more than that. They’re so much more than romance. The plot, the worldbuilding and the characters are so rich, that discarding this books as romance is a CRIME. They’re so, so good.

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As a result, I ended up pre-ordering both White Hot and Wildfire, and buying Burn for Me and Origins: Alphas. No, I don’t need an intervention. One does not need an intervention when it relates to favorite author.

I also applied to a Blog Tour for White Hot. My first blog tour try, so chances are very slim, but I’m trying anyway. And it’s not even for the chance of getting a free ARC since I applied for dates after the release date to ensure I had a copy available.

After stalking Ilona’s website (and spend a while reading freebies and excerpts) here are the news:

  • There’s going to be a Hugh novella and it may be in serial format!!! *happy & deranged fan dance* . And here are some snippets.
  • Gordon is going to write some Rogan’s POV’s
  • White Hot has a Kirkus review
  • Kate #10 is going to be released in May 2018 – Bittersweet news, because it’s going to be worth the wait, but it also means a LOOOOOOONG wait.
  • Inkeeper Chronicles has a special edition signed and limited (and also a little expensive, hence not being ordered as we speak)

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And that’s all for now… time to curl on the nest and cope with the reading of White Hot Excerpt and having to wait two months to know the rest

 

The Harpie Wants To Know

Is there an author you’re totally obsessed with? Am I the only one?

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The Harpie’s Reading Madness March Plan

So… due to real life I manage to read…. ONE book in January and ONE book in February.

This.

Stops.

Now.

Well I managed to finish a book already this month – And I read almost 70% yesterday – so yey me! Maybe this last sentence will be more than wishful thinking.

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I’ll present to you…

The Harpie’s Reading Madness March Plan:

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Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10) by Patricia Briggs Magic for Nothing (InCryptid, #6) by Seanan McGuire

UF Wednesdays
Mercy Blade (Jane Yellowrock, #3) by Faith Hunter Raven Cursed (Jane Yellowrock, #4) by Faith Hunter Death's Rival (Jane Yellowrock, #5) by Faith Hunter Blood Trade (Jane Yellowrock, #6) by Faith Hunter Black Arts (Jane Yellowrock, #7) by Faith Hunter Broken Soul (Jane Yellowrock, #8) by Faith Hunter

yes, I’m well aware that there’s more books in there than Wednesdays in March… remember the ONE book read in February? That’s the result.

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Caraval (Caraval, #1) by Stephanie Garber The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

And because there’s not such thing as too many books in the reading plan
Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1) by Neal Shusterman Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1) by Laini Taylor Final Girls by Mira Grant

I think I’m forgetting something… I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting something… oh well…

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The Harpie Wants To Know

So.. Anything on your March Reading Plan you want to share?

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UF Wednesday #2: Continuing with the InCryptid Saga

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UF Wednesday is a stolen borrowed idea from the Time Lord Extraordinaire turned into a Weekly feature by the Book Wielding Harpie

Basically, is about sharing which UF/Paranormal book we’re starting to read that day.

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Chaos Choreography (InCryptid #5) by Seanan McGuire

Fifth book in Seanan McGuire’s funny and fast-paced urban fantasy InCryptid series featuring ballroom dancer and monster expert Verity Price.

Verity Price is back on the West Coast and getting back into the swing of the family business: cryptozoology. She’s rescuing cryptids from bad situations, protecting them from monster-hunters, and generally risking life and limb for the greater good, with her ex-Covenant partner/husband, Dominic, by her side. Her ballroom dance career is behind her—or so she thinks. When Verity gets the call from the producers of Dance or Die, the reality show she almost won several years before, she finds the lure impossible to resist, and she and Dominic are off to L.A. for one last shot at the big time.

Of course, nothing is that simple. When two contestants turn up dead, Verity will need every ally she can find with the investigation, without blowing her cover…

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After a week off (Christmas and Holidays and whatnots), the UF readings are back to normal. With a slight problem… We’re back to Verity’s voice. Well.. is not really a problem, but I enjoyed last book so much and love Alex so much that changing back to his sister is almost painful. Of course, Seanan McGuire knows best, meaning, after this one I’m pretty sure I want to stay with Verity instead of switching to Antimony’s POV. Which I actually can do immediately after reading Chaos Choreography BECAUSE THE NETGALLEY GODS APPROVED ME FOR THE EARC!!!!! Ahem… bragging rights used, back to the point.

Things I’m dying to see on this book:

(if you have not read Verity’s & Dominic’s short stories, better to skip this part)

1)Dominic meeting the Price clan. After hearing Alex being called “Covenant Boy” the entire book – totally undeserved, since that branch of the family left the dark side of the force generations ago – I’m curious to know how the Prices will react to a true covenant (or ex-covenant) boy

2)Verity informing her parents that they have eloped. I’m pretty sure that will make for some funny moments

3)And since we’re on wishing mode, can I have Alex & Shelby on this one too?

Oh oh… and the mice, of course. *covers Simba’s ears* I need me some Aeslin Mice. I adore them. It broke my heart what happened to them in Australia. No amount of feathers and bones and stones will compensate their lost.  I like them SO freaking much that I spent a whole hour speaking like them and saying random things and then adding a lots of “HAIL TO THE GOD OF SNAKES OF SILENCE!” … even my little niece asked *politely* for me to stop. Everybody is a critic.

The Harpie Wants to Know

What are you reading this Wednesday? Do you adopt a favorite character’s speech?

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On The Harpie’s Nest #1: I’m Baaaaaack!

December is a weird month on tiny Portugal. And not just because the whole country seems to get nuts during Christmas time. For starters, and since we finally got our holidays back, it’s a month full of holidays. Then, it’s the Christmas parties, and dinners and whatnots, plus the end of the first period of classes. Which allows for either to be awful busy at times, or pretty let go at others. I also added a week off on the mix, because I was in dire need of rest.

Anyway, so, what did December bring to the Harpie’s Nest? Sit comfortable because I’m going to share it all… Ermmm… I mean… the shareable parts… nobody wants to know about my poor ordering skills that cause for books to be misplaced or the failed attempts on the kitchen.

Last Book Arrival

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And I mean arrival, not order, because this one was supposed to arrive in time for November’s BOMs. However, due to the mentioned poor ordering skills it didn’t. It’s all good now, and my pretty is finally home, and I even got a pretty Christmas themed picture for #bookstagram.

Christmas Treats

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The main reason of the week off – apart from me being exhausted – was to be able to attend to my little niece’s kindergarten Christmas party. Which implies we have to cook/bake/bring some delicious treats for the after-party gathering. This year, luck decided we were to bring “sonhos de natal” (Christmas Dreams) – they’re some fluffy clouds of fried batter sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon that just melt in the mouth when we take a bite.

Back to Reading

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I am finally and officially out of my reading slump! This month I’ve read 4 short stories, 4 full novels and I’m well into the 5th. It’s so good to be back. I really, really missed it. I even have a new book obsession – the Incryptid series by Seanan McGuire. Only thing bad about it is that I’m all ready to start book #4 and there are only 5 published. Good thing that it has a TON of short stories to keep me from drowning in despair while I wait for new book to be out.

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What to do when you want to do some anti-stress coloring and noisy family is all around you? You get one of your Most Wanted in audio format plug in your earphones, grab your pencils and the world just. stops. #bestideaever.

It all started with my summer book order. Bookdepository sent an assortment of to color bookmarks. From that to checking adult coloring books and youtube tutorials and some unhealthy addiction to coloring pencils was a quick step. And it got me back to reading, so it’s a two for the price of one. Four, if we consider that I’m using the audios to listen whilst I’ll knit the last minute Christmas presents, which in turn shuts down the part of the brain that is constantly under stress which also causes my customary headaches to vanish.

The Harpie Wants to Know

What are you up to?
Latest book news, new hobbies, unshareable secrets we are dying to know!

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Series Review: Crossroads by Riley Hart

Sooo… I read a book. It was just a 29,000 words novella with 97 pages. BUT, considering my current state of reading slump, the correct expression should be: Omigosh I read a book last night. Actually, I stayed up till 1:30 reading a book last night, which means I should go screaming it from the deep of my lungs, with some fireworks, confetti rain and a band playing on the background. A Mardi Gras parade seems apropos too… or maybe that’s taking it a little bit too far.

Anyway… dear Ezi – apart from naming me and being an awesome goodreads companion- has been a source of great books and great ideas for the past years… a long long time ago, she also recommended me Collide, saying that Riley Hart was the Colleen Hoover of the M/M romance. Now, at the time, I hadn’t read anything by Colleen Hoover (not that I have read much by now, but that’s not the point), but for me, she was/is synonym of new adult romance, angst, some hot scenes, and beautiful writing, all of which I love, so I tried it. AND I SIMPLY ADORED COLLIDE – even if her writing style threw me off a bit… she had this annoying habit of using the characters names instead of pronouns… fortunately she gets better. A lot better.

Since then, Riley Hart become one of my favorite romance authors. I’ve read pretty much anything she wrote, and as soon as I realize she has a new book out, I have to have it. So, when around midnight I felt like reading something naughty, she seemed like the perfect choice. Why? Well… she had a book out that I haven’t read yet… and it was a short one, in case I decided I couldn’t put it down. And also, being from her, I knew I would enjoy the ride. And it proved a wise decision, because I couldn’t put it down and I loved the story. Beckett and Christian were some pleasurable main characters and we got to see the old crew.

Five Things I love About the Crossroads Series

The covers are smoking hot – what? half naked men, I HAD TO START WITH THIS. There’s plenty of good things to mention about the covers. The black&white&grey tones. The poses are beautiful. The way the couples are always embraced and the poses are very tasteful. Not too much explicit, nothing too exposed – we get to see hard back muscles and that’s it – but hot and droolworthy at same time.

The motorcycle theme – A bad boy in leather jacket riding a cool motorcycle… Really, who doesn’t love that? Well.. we get a little bit of it here, but not exactly that. Bryce is a motorcycle mechanic that loves to ride. Same as Landon. The passion is there but apart from last book bikes are not the main cataclysm… they’re like support characters. And the titles are so well put… Even if I’m still defending that shifting gears would be more appropriated to Nick and Bryce. They’re the ones that did a 180 with their lives.

Very solid support cast – I fell in love with the support cast. Christy & Shanen specially. One of my complains is that we don’t get to see much of Christy as long as the series progress, which makes sense till a point… she is Bryce’s best friend, and his story is the first to be told.

The character that gets to be promoted to MC – is not obvious. Their role on the previous books is so brief, that is refreshing to have them bloom in their own. Ron is the clerk at an adult store, Justin is Landon’s half brother that arrives almost at the end of the book, and Beckett is Bryce’s hero and Landon’s friend that is only mentioned. I’m wondering if that means Quinn will have his story… Or maybe he’s too important a piece in Christians life for that. But the “it’s not my story to tell” had me curious and wanting more. Basically I pretty much love this series and I’m not ready for it to end.

The teasing, the bantering and the funny moments – There are plenty of there. From book one till the very end. And I loved every. single. one. Embarrassing moments, innuendos, put your foot in your mouth, cute shyness.. everything. It’s my favorite series from Riley Hart and all those little quirks helped with that.

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Crossroads: First of the series and still my favorite. I loved Nick’s and Bryce’s story. For several reasons: It is a GFY with both characters experiencing the attraction for the first time. Nick was the good catholic boy, that only had one lover in his life – his wife. And already had broken all his family’s rules by getting a divorce. Bryce was the pampered younger child, that always wanted some fun and never settled much and that was always looked like he was in search of the next flavor of the month on pretty much what he did apart from motorcycles. Seeing their friendship turning into bromance turning into HEA was one of the best rides I ever read.

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Shifting Gears: Ron passed from a naughty store clerk to a naughty store owner. And then he met sexy client Landon. It was so much fun. Landon is back to town, starting over… with no intentions of getting into a relationship – he much prefers one night stands with no commitments and heartbreak. Ron wears eyeliner, has no filter and is as exuberant as it cans. He also uses all this as a mask to protect himself. After getting Landon a job with his friend Bryce, their lives will never be the same. Seeing them shifting gears about relationships and what matters most in life was a very enjoyable reading.

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Test Drive: Probably my least favorite of the story, BUT, I still loved it. Drew is all kinds of awesome and Justin was Drew’s perfect test drive. Why is my least favorite? Because I felt manipulated to feel sorry for Justin. And there was no need for that manipulation. His situation was a crappy one, and I don’t envy him in the least… Seeing his struggle was one thing… being reminded of the why every other paragraph not cool. That little tidbit apart, Drew & Justin are a great addition to the story and Drew has a hell of a test drive!

30830789Jumpstart: Beckett Monroe, motorcycle champion, is experiencing a lack of motivation to stay in the game. When the news of him being gay hits the news, he decides to take a much needed break. Enter Christian, a long lost friend, the one that got away, the one that he didn’t fight enough for. I have only ONE complain about Jumpstart: when they get an invitation to Justin’s and Drew’s pool party, Shanen and Jacob are not there. Which is a shame. And it makes sense taking their connection to the group. Oh well, they’re not supposed to be the star of the novella. And it was a VERY GOOD ONE.

Series Rating: ✪✪✪✪