Friday, December 15, 2017

Team Player Anthology Release and Review


Eleven authors. Eleven Novellas. This is one thick . . . book.

Christmas just became a whole lot merrier...

TEAM PLAYER, A Christmas Anthology featuring titles by LJ Shen, Kennedy Ryan, Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Emma Scott, Charleigh Rose, Ella Fox, Sara Ney, Meghan Quinn, Kate Stewart and Rochelle Paige is LIVE!


Publication Date: December 14th, 2017 Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance

Hot jocks. We love them all.
Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score!
The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick…book.
The bad news? The men in these novellas don’t actually exist.
*This anthology does not contain calories, just eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. We aren’t responsible for melted devices.

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LJ Shen
L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat. Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets people’s birthdays and never sends Christmas cards. She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.
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Kennedy Ryan:
Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who find a way to thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them. She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Georgia families living with Autism, Kennedy has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other outlets as a voice for families living with autism.
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Adriana Locke:
A contemporary romance author running on coffee and sticky kisses from my rowdy four little boys. From Indiana, I’m a true Mid-Westerner. Life, for me, is about family, faith, and food. When I’m not running my kiddos around or having a lunch date of fajitas with my husband (and high school sweetheart), you can find me outside. I love a good sunny day almost as much as I love candy, random quotes, and steamy bad boys in fantastic books. I’m on nearly every social media platform. Please find me on the ones you frequent – I love chatting with readers.
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Mandi Beck:
Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer. A nursing student, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met.
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Emma Scott:
I write romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. I love to write book lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we do in real life. I like realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. I love to write about enduring love, soul-deep love, in as real a setting as I can make, but with big smooshy HEAs. I believe in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. I like sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope. Love always wins.
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Charleigh Rose:
We are a duo of an international best-selling author and a blogger who teamed up to write the taboo, thought-provoking stories we want our audience to have--without filters. Both Charleigh and Rose are committed to giving you witty, sexy, intelligent novels that will leave you wanting more.
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When she’s not writing, Ella indulges the gypsy in her blood and travels the country. Ella loves reading, movies, music, buying make-up, reading Tmz, Twitter and pedicures… not necessarily in that order. She has a wild sense of humor and loves to laugh. Her favorite thing in the world is hanging out with her family and watching comedy movies.
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Sara Ney:
Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.
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Meghan Quinn:
A BLONDE AT HEART Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped. Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking. Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!
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Kate Stewart:
Kate Stewart lives in Charleston, S.C. with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. A native of Dallas, Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring it her creative muse. Kate pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it's what she loves as a reader. A lover of all things '80s and '90s, especially John Hughes films and rap, she dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity only and does a horrible job of playing the ukulele. Aside from running a mile without collapsing, traveling is the only other must on her bucket list. On occasion, she does very well at vodka.
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Rochelle Paige:
Rochelle Paige is the Amazon bestselling author of nineteen books. She absolutely adores reading and her friends growing up used to tease her when she trailed after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. She loves stories with alpha males, sassy heroines, hot sex and happily ever afters. She is a bit of a genre hopper in both her reading and her writing. So far she's written books in several romance sub-genres including new adult, contemporary, paranormal and romantic suspense. She is the mother of two wonderful sons who inspired her to chase her dream of being an author. She wants them to learn from her that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.
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Team Player

Elizabeth's Review

My rating: 4 of 5 stars - Would Recommend to a Friend

Review Copy Provided by Authors

I haven't had a chance to read to whole anthology yet, but here are my thoughts on the novellas I've read so far!

Cross -

This is a prequel of sorts to Ms. Locke's most recent full length novel, Crank. It's a cute second chance romance featuring the drool worthy Gibson boys as secondary characters.
Cross and Kallie were high school sweethearts, but he needed to grow up, so she left. This is a quick, sweet story about 2 people being the right one for each other, but needing to wait for the right time as well.
If you have read Crank, you will enjoy seeing everyone. If the Linton world is new to you, then this is a great place to get started.

The End Zone-

This was a super cute friends to lovers/college romance. Jolie and Sage were awesome together from the get go and the author did an awesome job of getting them on the same page romantically. I especially love the outing of the “bad girl!”

Slapped Into Love -

Super cute story about a pro hockey player who meets his match! Both Ryan and Tamara are super cute. This story made me want to invest in the other books of the series.

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Hidden Seams ~ Alessandra Torre ~ Cover Reveal

Hidden Seams
By Alessandra Torre
Genre: Erotic Romance
Cover Designer: Perfect Pear Creations
A billion-dollar fashion empire, and it’s about to be mine…
I've worked a decade for this. I've sold my soul and my reputation. I've lived a lie, smiled for the cameras, and hated myself, all for this inheritance.
And then … she pops up. A mysterious heir with a rap sheet, combat boots, and a mouth that I want to pin shut with my—
It doesn’t matter. I’ve played this game for a decade. I can continue the charade a little longer, keep my hands to myself and her body out of my mind. I can keep my secret until the ink dries and everything is mine.
Or not.
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Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Man Flu ~ Shari J Ryan ~ Cover Reveal

Cover Designer: MadHat Books
Release Date: January 17, 2018


I was trying to live every woman's dream, except my reality has been nothing but a nightmare job and a divorce at the age of thirty-two. Just when I thought things couldn't get any worse, my ex-husband, Rick, moved in next door with his life-size Barbie doll. So, that's been fun. Then, life pitched me a curve-ball in the form of a retired major-league baseball player, Logan Grier. With his panty-dropping smile, he’s like an expertly photoshopped version of David Beckham, and he's single. Could life be perfect after all? Of course not. As always, there had to be a catch. Logan had a secret, and I couldn’t help feeling like the truth was dangling right in front of my face. With Rick’s daily agenda of torturing me, Logan has been an enticing distraction, despite the little fact that he’s my temporary employee. Plus, I didn’t exactly care that his flirty behavior may have been a plan to get in good with the boss. In any case, I was willing to toss a few balls with him, seeing as my playing field hadn’t had any action in over a year. That’s when it happened…my two worlds collided. Hot temp met the ex, and a full-on bromance was born, but that’s only the beginning. The “man flu” has come out of nowhere and hit both Logan and Rick with a virus they’re claiming to be worse than childbirth. In fact, they’re pretty sure their end is near. Will the “man flu” be the kiss of death, or will it be my window for an opportunistic change?  




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About the Author

Shari J. Ryan is an International Bestselling Author of heartbreakers and mind-benders. Shari was once told she tends to exaggerate often and sometimes talks too much, which would make a great foundation for fictional books. Four years later, Shari has written eleven novels that often leave readers either in tears from laughing, or crying. With her loud Boston girl attitude, Shari isn't shy about her love for writing or the publishing industry. Along with writing several International bestsellers, Shari has split her time between writing and her longstanding passion for graphic design. In 2014, she started an indie-publishing resource company, MadHat Books, to help fellow authors with their book cover designs, as well as assistance in the self-publishing process. While Shari may not find many hours to sleep, she still manages to make time for her family. She is a devoted wife to a great guy, and a mother to two little boys who remind her daily why she was put on this earth.  

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Mr Dirty ~ Nana Malone ~ New Release and Review

Cover Design: Amy Daws
Release Date: December 13, 2017


I have a dirty mouth. That’s the truth. Women love it. And I have no plans on changing. Why would I? I like my life. The women, the partying, the fun. Until I meet my new neighbour. She’s messing with my good thing. She’s annoying, and persistent, and a pain in the…well you get the idea. She’s also gorgeous, and smart…and completely immune to me. And now she needs my help with a little Ex payback and I’m more than happy to lend my expertise. Now all I have to do is keep from falling for her in the process. How hard can that be?  


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Elizabeth's Review

My rating: 4 of 5 stars - Would Recommend to a Friend

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A fun quick read in the London Billionaire series.
This is definitely a character driven story with Nathan and Sophie being two that you want to get to know.
On the surface, Nathan is a typical playboy and that behavior (along with him not recognizing her) fuel Sophie’s idea that they are adversaries as well as neighbors. Until the fateful night Sophie catches her “dependable” boyfriend being anything but....
It was sweet watching these two fall in Love - especially since neither of them expected that to happen.
I think my favorite part of Mr. Dirty was that while Sophie and Nathan were busy being “casual” with each other, they also helped each other tackle and issues that were lurking and needed to be dealt with. Ms. Malone does an excellent job of tucking semi-weighty emotional issues into an interesting and sexy story.


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USA Today Best Seller, Nana Malone's love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she "borrowed" from her cousin. It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She's been in love with kick butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters. While she waits for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, in the meantime Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.  

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Catch Up Time...

It's that time again... I am catching up on reviews from all over the place.

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RoomiesRoomies by Christina Lauren

My rating: 4 of 5 stars - Would Recommend to a Friend

Review Copy Provided by Publisher via Net Galley

This was definitely a fun and unexpected read. Holland has been drifting through life for the last 2 years and had a crush on Calvin from afar for the last 6 months.
Several unexpected events come together and lead to them progressing from a brief meeting to a marriage of convenience within a span of weeks and that’s when the story take on a life of its own.
I liked both Calvin and Holland. I found them both to be entertaining and interesting characters. I especially appreciated how their time together spurred on Holland’s much needed period of self discovery. I think she came out of the experience a much stronger person than when she went in.
The strong supporting cast helped shape this well written book. If I didn’t know that a duo was behind the Ms. Lauren pen name, I never would have guessed. The partnership is seamless and I would love to see what the future holds for Calvin and Lauren.


Lilac Lane (Chesapeake Shores #14)Lilac Lane by Sherryl Woods

My rating: 2 of 5 stars - Below Average Read

Review copy provided by publisher via Net Galley

This is a case of I REALLY wanted to like a book, but just could not connect with it. I actually came very close to marking this book as DNF and moving on, but I hate doing that, so I plugged away.
Please don't take it to mean this is a bad book, it's not, it really is just a matter of me not connecting with the characters or the story. This is just a case of this not being the right book for me.

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Desperate for a Duke (Desperate and Daring, #1)Desperate for a Duke by Ella J. Quince

My rating: 4 of 5 stars - Worth a Reader's Time

Take away the slightly corny title and you have a really fun and engaging book!
Heather and Fallon are a true love match in a time when that doesn’t happen for the noble class very often. Add in a destitute family, a case of mistaken identity, and a dose of intrigue and you have the makings for a good story.
I definitely enjoyed both characters and the supporting cast. This was a quick read and a little on the spicier side for a historical, but not over the top.
There was a slight bit of set up for book two in the series between supporting cast members and I am curious to see what happens next. I hope we will at least get glimpses of Heather and Fallon.

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Forever a Soldier (Always a Cowboy, Book One)Forever a Soldier by Genevieve Turner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars - Average Read

I enjoyed Hank, Lale, and their story. It was a bit of a take of Beauty and the Beast - with Hank and his anxiety attacks playing the part of Beast.
The main thing that kept this from being a higher rated read was the zero to 100 mph on the physical relationship- the first truly intimate encounter these two had kind of came out of left field for me.
My other issue was the conclusion - it was a “wham, bam, thank you ma’am” here is everything is a pretty bow type that seemed as if the author suddenly realized she only had a certain number of pages left to wrap everything up.
Overall, an okay free read. I was entertained, but I don’t know if I want to read more of the series.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

2017 Reader Favorites

We asked our readers to nominate their favorite reads of 2017. Then we took to our Facebook page and asked people to vote. This process was not scientific at all..... We started with over 80 nominations for 25 "Favorite" spots. The books are listed in Alphabetical order by title.

Absolution by Avelyn Paige
Goodreads ~ Amazon

Accidental Witness by Sam Mariano
Goodreads ~ Amazon

Acquisition by Chelle Bliss
Goodreads ~ Amazon

Athica Lane by Brynne Asher
Goodreads ~ Amazon (Kindle Unlimited)

Battle of the Sexes by Adriana Locke
Goodreads ~ Amazon

Beard in Mind by Penny Reid
Goodreads ~ Amazon

Beyond Reckless by Autumn Jones Lake
Goodreads ~ Amazon

Birthquake by BL Berry
Goodreads ~ Amazon (Kindle Unlimited)

Coming Home by Sam Mariano
Goodreads ~ Amazon (Kindle Unlimited)

Complicated by Kristen Ashley
Goodreads ~ Amazon

Crimelord Trilogy by Mia Knight
Goodreads ~ Amazon (kindle Unlimited)

Grip by Kennedy Ryan
Goodreads ~ Amazon (Kindle Unlimited)

Hard Truth About Sunshine by Sawyer Bennett
Goodreads ~ Amazon

The Last Boss' Daughter by Sam Mariano
Goodreads ~ Amazon

My Image Of You by Melanie Moreland
Goodreads ~ Amazon

Nate by Celia Aaron
Goodreads ~ Amazon (Kindle Unlimited)

Overflow by Brynne Asher
Goodreads ~ Amazon

Pucked Off by Helena Hunting
Goodreads ~ Amazon

Resisting Mateo by Sam Mariano
Goodreds ~ Amazon

Rock Chick Revolution by Kristen Ashley (Published 2013)
Goodreads ~ Amazon

Still by Kennedy Ryan
Goodreads ~ Amazon (Kindle Unlimited)

Switch by Adriana Locke
Goodreads ~ Amazon (Kindle Unlimited)

Vicious by L.J.Shen
Goodreads ~ Amazon (Kindle Prime)

We Own Tonight by Corinne Michaels

When Life Happened by Jewel E Ann
Goodreads ~ Amazon

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Everest ~ S.L. Scott ~ Release Blitz

Title: Everest

Author: S.L. Scott

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Release Date: December 7, 2017






From New York Times Bestselling Author, S.L. Scott, comes a ROMANTIC SUSPENSE STANDALONE that will have you on the edge of your seat and swooning over this ALPHA BILLIONAIRE.
Six foot three. Dynamic green eyes. Utterly irresistible.
Ethan Everest stole my breath the first time I saw him. He romanced me with skill, dazzled me with his charisma, and proceeded to steal my heart right after.
I might have fallen for his easy going smile the first time we met, but I fell for him the second time.
Honey-colored hair. Cherry-kissed lips. Captivatingly gorgeous.
Singer Davis was the first, and only, woman to ever intimidate me. She spoke to my heart with her wit, seduced me with her eyes, and became the only thing that made sense in a world that made none.
I let her slip through my fingers once. I won’t make that mistake twice.
Secrets broke us apart. Can a second chance bring us back together?








Slipping off my shoes, I dim the lights on the wall panel. I take my clothes off and hang them on a hook near the door before returning to the tub.
   The tub, warm and inviting as I step in, eases my aching feet from my high heels and the tension in my shoulders. I pour some of the bubble suds and giggle. That was so cute and showed me a whole new side to Ethan—the at-home Texan who relates to his roots—instead of the strong, quieter, broodier man I see sometimes.
   While the suds foam and the tub fills, I look out the window. The sky is clear up here. The buildings are far enough apart to avoid spying on neighbors. It’s like floating in heaven.
   I hear his knock on the door, so I call, “Come in,” while making sure the bubbles cover all the important parts.
   Ethan walks in with two glasses of champagne in one hand and the bottle in the other.
   “You came prepared,” I note, leaning back on one side of the tub.
   “I thought I might join you.” He waggles his eyebrows.
   I giggle and reach for a glass. “Come on in,” I reply and wonder if he will really take me up on my dare.
   He sets the bottle and his glass down on the side of the tub. His tie was removed before he came in and I notice his shoes are long gone, along with his jacket. When he starts on the buttons of his shirt, I sit up, scooping suds over me. “Wait, for real?”
   “Yep. I think that tub’s big enough for the two of us.”
   “But you said you don’t take baths.”
   “I also said I’ve never used this one. Seems like an opportune time.”
   “But I’m naked,” I say, worried about everything—his body naked next to mine, not shaving my legs before I went out tonight. My mind flickers through my flaws. Ugh. No. Just no. Not like that. That stuff should be shared in the dark of a bedroom under the influence of alcohol and desperate sex. We’re too sober for this. I’m too sober for this. What does he possibly see in me when he has women like Nicolina waiting?
   He’s more than I’ve imagined, and in some senses, it scares me. He’s the sort of man women like Nicolina land. For once though, it was as if she saw me as competition. The feeling is exhilarating.
   “Like I said, seems like an opportune time.”
   His shirt is dropped, his undershirt following quickly behind. Good God Almighty. What does a guy who looks like that see in me? “I see you like to work out.” I clear my throat and want to bonk my head on the side of the tub for saying it out loud.
   Chuckling, he says, “I have a gym down the hall. It’s how I relieve stress.”
   “I thought that’s what sex was for.” I gasp and cover my mouth, wishing I could keep my crazy thoughts in my head where they belong instead of on my tongue. His eyes are heavy, a smirky smirk restraining a laugh. “God, you cannot let me talk when I’m nervous.”
   “If this is what happens when you’re nervous, I’ll make you nervous more often.” His pants come down and my curiosity is answered. Tonight he’s in boxers. When he catches my eyes on his package, I’m thankful I’m wearing waterproof mascara because I immediately go underwater. Screw my makeup. It’s really the only way to keep my mouth in check at this point. I count to five and then pop back up. With my hands covering my boobs, I ask, “You’re really coming in?”
   “Yes, scoot over.”
   Good God Almighty.


Living in the capital of Texas with her family, Scott loves traveling and avocados, beaches, and cooking with her kids. She's obsessed with epic romances and loves a good plot twist. Her favorite color is blue, but she likens it more toward the sky than the emotion. Her home is filled with the welcoming symbol of the pineapple and finds surfing a challenge though she likes to think she's a pro.
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Title: Everest

Author: S.L. Scott

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Release Date: December 7, 2017

Cover Design: RBA Designs

Cover Image: Scott Hoover Photography


Elizabeth's Review

My rating: 4 of 5 stars - Would Recommend to a Friend

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Everest is definitely one of the more unique books of 2017! It’s a second chance story with a major twist!
Ethan and Singer meet and almost kiss at a party... one year and several run ins later he finally makes a move and begins one of the most unusual courtships I’ve ever seen...
Ms Scott does an excellent job of weaving in the intrigue of Ethan’s last year into his budding friendship/relationship with Singer. I appreciated the effort he put into be “normal” when his circumstances were anything but that. I liked the way she handled his dramatic history - it added the character quirks that made Ethan who he was without going overboard and overshadowing his story with Singer.
I enjoyed these two together and how they seemed to make each other better than they were in their own. Add in a great secondary cast and a tragic test and the whole is a well written and enjoyable book. Ethan and Singer are characters that I’d love to see more of in the future.

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