(Scandalous Boys #1)
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: February 23rd 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Bryce Matthews doesn’t do the whole nice boyfriend thing. Chocolates and flowers—girls can forget all that. And he certainly doesn’t care about the gossip and rumors that follow him at school and around town. If anything, the talk amuses him. Bryce isn’t lacking in confidence. He knows himself and he knows his limits.
One of those hard limits is Madison Issac. Bryce can never have her, and he’s perfectly fine with that. Sometimes the fantasy is better than the reality anyway.
Madison Issac thought she was a pretty good judge of character. But she’s surprised at how gentle and comforting resident bad-boy and next-door neighbor Bryce Matthews is when we finds her crying in the park.
Maybe there’s more to Bryce than people think? So Madison begins to wonder.
Can a guy like Bryce ever change his ways?
Can a girl like Madison really be into a guy like Bryce?
With hearts and reputations on the line, this kind of love can be scandalous.
A yellow cab pulls up to our home, and Kyle walks out to greet the driver. My parents are hugging the little blond, blue-eyed monster. I stare from my window for a second or two, and then I turn my attention to my room. My queen bed is disassembled and up in the attic. Before me now, a twin bunk bed. The brat is going to want the top, and of course I’ll have to oblige because she’s going through a rough time.
What about me? What about my rough time? This girl tortures me. She takes and takes and has never once given back. If you ask me, all that’s happening to her? It’s called justice. Okay, maybe that’s a little harsh. Maybe she’s changed some since she lost her big house with the pool, her rich friends, and her glamorous lifestyle. Maybe she’s a little kinder.
Sucking in a breath and feeling a little guilty for being a snot, I go downstairs and greet Sarah. She enters the house as I reach the bottom step of the stairs. Dark shades mask her eyes, and they match her black sun hat and her black dress. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say she was dressed for a funeral.
She moves her shades down her nose a little and sneers at me. “I see you haven’t changed much, Madison. Didn’t like the highlights?”
She knows I didn’t like them. The evil troll! At Easter, she said she wanted to do my hair. I thought she was being nice. She said we could make it pretty, and I agreed. Stupid me. She said red tints would give my dark brown hair a summery glow. She didn’t put red tints in. She made my hair pink. She claimed she picked up the wrong box. I had to go to school with bubblegum-pink highlights in my hair for almost a week before someone could fix it. A hundred and fifty dollars down the tube.
I smile. “Guess it wasn’t really my thing.”
She rolls her eyes. “Yeah, being cool never has been.”
I knew it! I knew the evil monster did it on purpose. She mocks my clothes, says I dress like a hobo, and all that stuff. My clothes are nice; sure, I didn’t spend $200 for any summer dresses in my closet, but who cares? I’m certainly not going to spend $800 on a stupid purse. Um, hell to the no!
But my cousin has—excuse me, had—over $2,000 to spend per week. I barely have $200 in my bank account. Working five to twelve hours a week for eight bucks an hour is nothing to brag about.
“Where’s my room?” She shoves her sunglasses up her nose and makes her way to the stairs.
“You’re sharing with me. Come on.” I head up to my room, not waiting for her.
She gasps. “Sharing? I’m … Never mind. Apparently, that will have to do. We’ll just redecorate your room.”
I stop and turn on the last step to look back at her. “What do you mean ‘redecorate’?”
“Maddy,” my mom bites out as she follows us up the stairs. “Change can be a good thing.” She walks past me and mumbles, “Remember what the therapist said.”
That quack told us we had to make sure we didn’t try to force Little Miss Unwanted Guest to conform to our ways. He said we should try to appease her as much as possible and ease her into the change. But right now, I wish she was on a boat to China or some other faraway place.
Gritting my teeth, I say, “You know what? My room could probably use a makeover.”
Sarah smiles and enters my room. She looks around, instantly frowning. “I’m getting top bunk.” My mom carries in a few boxes, and Sarah smiles at her. “Thanks, Auntie Heather. Where are the boxes I had shipped here?”
“Oh, I’ll have the guys carry them in.” My mom hugs Sarah. “I know this is a hard time for you, but we’re glad you’re here.”
Pffft! She might be glad, but I’m not, so she can drop the whole “we” business.
As soon as my mom leaves, Sarah removes her sunglasses and hat. She looks around the room and shakes her head. “Well, it’s clear you’re in need of some decorating tips, that’s for sure.” She runs her hands over the matching comforters my mom bought for the bunk beds and laughs. “Seriously, this floral motif is so out.”
I nod like I care. I really don’t. It’s a blanket. It keeps me warm. That’s all that matters. I’m not the homeless one. She is. I’m not the one with parents going to jail. She is. But, hey, maybe this is her way of coping with all that, so I will bite my tongue and not say a word.
“Maddy! Graham and Bryce are here!” my mom calls to me.
I instantly smile, feeling better. My heart is humming to see Graham. As if in another world, I leave my cousin and race down to the two boys. I’m not really keen on Bryce, but that’s because my whole life, he’s been in and out of juvie more times than I can count. He’s a bad boy with a temper. I don’t know why Graham is friends with him.
Graham smiles before I reach the bottom step. “Hey, Maddy! We were … oh, um … Hi.” His attention goes from me to the stairs. I look back and see Sarah. I turn back to Graham and realize he’s looking at her as if she’s the whole moon and stars.
Natalie Decker is the author of RIVAL LOVE series. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn’t her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She’s a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she’s not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she’s off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!
Title: Through The Veil (The Aisling Chronicles, #1)
Author: Colleen Halverson
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: February 22, 2016
Elizabeth Tanner is no Tinkerbell, and her life is no fairy tale. Broke and drowning in student loans, the one thing she wants more than anything is a scholarship from the Trinity Foundation. But after the ancient Irish text she’s studying turns out to be more than just a book, she becomes their prisoner instead. And when Trinity reveals Elizabeth is half-Fae, she finds herself at the center of a plot to save the magical races of Ireland from a brutal civil war.
As Commander of Trinity’s elite warriors, Finn O’Connell isn’t used to having his authority challenged. He doesn’t know whether to punish or protect the infuriating young woman in his custody. When he discovers the Dark Fae want to use Elizabeth’s abilities to control the source of all power in the universe, he’ll risk everything to help her.
At the mercy of Trinity and enslaved to the Dark Fae, Elizabeth finds herself alone on the wrong side of an Irish myth thousands of years in the making. Refusing to be a pawn in their game, Elizabeth has to fight her way back to the man she loves, but to do so, she must wage her own war against the magic that binds her.
THROUGH THE VEIL will be available February 22nd 2016 through Entangled Publishing.
Book 1 of the Aisling Chronicles Series
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I turned the corner and took in the large man towering over Candace’s shiny blond head. Tapping his foot and muttering something about being “late for another meeting,” he shot her a menacing scowl. He clutched the edge of the desk as if he might overturn it and swallow our intern whole like a mini eggroll.
Candace bit her lip, her big brown manga eyes wide with bubbling anxiety as she fumbled with some files.
I hated a bully. Being an army brat with a new school almost every year, I could spot one a mile away.
“Can I help you?” I threw back my shoulders and tried to make myself appear taller.
The man puffed his linebacker chest. “Finn O’Connell. I’m with the Trinity Foundation. I have an appointment with Dr. Kevin Forrester.” He had a crisp Irish accent, his consonants cutting through the shafts of afternoon light spilling into the room.
“I’m sorry, but Dr. Forrester is out.”
Where are you, old man?
I stepped forward, pasting a confident smile on my face. “Is there something I could help you with?”
Mr. O’Connell stalked over to me, and I fought the urge to step back. Six foot five and no problems with invading personal space, the man from Trinity emitted waves of heat, and his body hummed like a pulsing engine shrouded in gleaming black chrome.
My heart raced as I tilted my head up and up to meet a pair of intense gray eyes that made me forget my last name. Gritting my teeth, I steeled myself, crossing my arms. Never show fear: rule number one for managing the bullies in your life.
“Dr. Forrester recently acquired a new manuscript—”
“The Book of Arranmore!”
Finn tilted his head, trying to make sense of the jumble of consonants I had just vomited. “Excuse me?”
“Um, yes. The Book of Arranmore. Sorry.” I twisted my mouth into some semblance of a smile, but inside my stomach knotted, thinking of the changing pictures, the shifting text. “It’s a wonderful new addition to our collection.”
Finn glanced down the hallway toward the archives. “Would you mind if I take a look?”
“Um…” I curled my fingers into my palm. “I think it might be best if we wait for Dr. Forrester. If you would like to come back later—”
“No, I would not like to come back later. My time is precious, Miss…?”
I raised my eyebrows, bristling at the Miss. “Tanner. Elizabeth Tanner.”
“Miss Tanner,” he said. “As a contributing member to this institution, I think I am entitled to a small preview.”
Entitled. Only certain kinds of men could throw that word around. Men in Burberry leather trench coats, dry-cleaned, pressed shirts so white they glistened like morning snow. Men with large checkbooks. Men, who, with the flick of a lazy, indecipherable signature could decide the destiny of my academic career.
“Of course, Mr. O’Connell,” I said. “We have it in the back here, if you would like to follow me. I was just working on it.”
Finn rode my heels, and I hurried to keep some distance between us. Opening the door and crossing the reading room, I darted to my workspace, leaning against the desk to establish my territory. I raised my chin, but inside my stomach fluttered as Finn took in the mountains of scattered notes I had amassed over the past few weeks. A messy desk is the sign of a true genius, right? Judging from the scowl on the Irishman’s face, he didn’t seem to think so.
I took a deep breath and was about to open my mouth to wax intellectual on The Book of Arranmore when my hand slipped over the computer mouse. AC/DC screeched across the wood-paneled walls, elaborating on the calamitous effects of American thighs.
I let out a squeak, whirling around and fumbling to press pause, my hands shaking violently. The music stopped mid-scream, and then silence.
“Interesting taste in music, Miss Tanner.”
His words burned hot against the side of my neck, and I gasped. Finn stood a mere inch behind me. He stared down at the computer screen, the blue light flashing on the teasing smile spread across his face. Heat bloomed in my cheeks, and I clicked on the tiny X to close out the program.
“Oh, that wasn’t mine!” I brushed my hair out of my eyes. “These dang undergrads. I mean, who listens to AC/DC, right?”
Finn’s smile faded, his dark stare replacing the brief lightness in his features. I chewed on my lip, arrested for a moment by the impossible length of his eyelashes.
“Is this it?” Finn turned and planted his fists on the table, caging the manuscript with his arms.
“Yes.” Closing in on Finn, I breathed in the clean, leather smell emanating from his long coat. Warm and intoxicating, he smelled like a mix of fresh laundry and badass.
*The author provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
Okay, guys, I’ll be honest. I’m a sucker for fantasy. So, yeah, I loved this. Of course I did. There was no way I couldn’t have.
The story is fast paced, well written and completely engaging. It has you down on your toes till the end. There’s never a dull moment. That’s what I love most about this. In many stories, the build up to the actual conflict is long and tedious. It somewhat reduces the essence of the book. But not this one. No sir!
Through The Veil is intriguing from the get go. There’s new characters, a new plot, new twist or turn at every point which continues to engage you. Yes, at times this can be a little overwhelming, but it works out great in this one. Also, Irish folklore isn’t something that I’m familiar with, so that element makes the story even more interesting as far as I’m concerned.
The characters are smart, receptive and always on the lookout. They’re all complex characters who feel a ton of emotions at any given point of time. Their conflict is has been portrayed amazingly throughout the story, especially Finn’s. All characters are amazingly written and I love how their personalities unveil through the course of the story.
Liz, the heroine, is content working on her thesis on an ancient Irish folklore that her professor bought home after a vacation. However, things start to go down south when the words start to rearrange themselves and form new sentences each day. Add to that, the day Finn O’Neil, their financier visits them, the book kills her professor. She wakes up in an unfamiliar place with Finn the only person she can trust. However, they’re soon kidnapped by someone who claims to be the king of a kingdom which forms part of the Trinity and he tortures her to get answers as to how she let the Dark tyrant, Thornton into their safe haven. Unsure of how she did it herself, Liz does everything in her power to convince them she didn’t mean to do ti but nobody apart from Finn believes her. Her life turns from bad to worse when she finds out that she’s a Fairie princess and that her grandparents have pledged her to the evil king Bres in order to save their kingdom. All through the trials in her life, Liz faces them head strong. She never falters in her path. She gets scared at times, but that doesn’t stop her from fighting for what’s right. That is what I love about her. She never gives up, even in the face of failure. She’s ready to go to any length to protect herself and those she loves.
Finn, our hero, is the commander of the army at Trinity Chicago. He’s tasked with the protection of Liz. He’s great at his job, but things get bad when he finds himself falling in love with her. When he finds out that his affections are returned, there’s no stopping him. Liz and Finn fall into a sort of dysfunctional relationship. They care for each other and always have the other’s back. They’re ready to kill and die for each other. He’s a tad bit overprotective and possessive when it comes to Liz and can to do anything to keep her safe. He’s out for blood when someone so much as hurts a hair on Liz’s head. In short, he’s totally head over heels for his girl. But, he’s been hiding a secret. A secret that means the end of their relationship. And for good. So, what happens when this secret is brought out in the open?
Through The Veil is an amazing read. One that I would recommend to everyone out there, especially if you’re into hardcore fantasy!
As a child, Colleen Halverson used to play in the woods imagining worlds and telling stories to herself. Growing up on military bases, she found solace in her local library and later decided to make a living sharing the wonders of literature to poor, unsuspecting college freshman. After backpacking through Ireland and singing in a traditional Irish music band, she earned a PhD in English with a specialization in Irish literature. When she’s not making up stories or teaching, she can be found hiking the rolling hills of the Driftless area of Wisconsin with her husband and two children.
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EDGE: A Young Adult/New Adult Paranormal Collection
Publication date: April 5th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Young Adult
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Pretty Little Wherewolf
“Whatever, Di. Help if you must, but don’t baby me.”
If Di heard her, she didn’t respond. Not that Giselle needed verbal confirmation; she turned back around and slammed her locker shut without looking, and then stumbled straight into something… someone… hard.
“Oh, sorry,” Giselle mumbled, trying to steady herself. She hadn’t caught the scent until after she looked up and saw who she’d almost knocked down – or, well, collided with. She couldn’t have knocked him down if she’d tried.
He was magnificent. Was every guy in this school a male model? Towering over her at well above six foot, with muscles that went on for days, he was built like a statue with a hard jaw and stone-cold eyes to match. Though his looks were definitely worth paying attention to, it was his smell that had her standing dumbfounded. In all the years since she’d first experienced the change, she had never run into anyone like her. Now, standing here right in front of her was yet another wolf. She’d thought the lingering scent of wet earth might have been left in Di’s wake, but the longer he stood here, looking down at her, the stronger the smell got.
“Do you have a problem?” he asked with a voice that complemented that spectacular body of his. Smooth and deep. Seriously… what a package. Her wolf was definitely at attention and begging for a second to come to the surface for a closer inspection. It was all she could do not to wolf out right there in the hallway, with all the students around to see. Yeah. That would make for a great first impression.
Hiya, everyone… I’m the new girl, and… oh, yeah, and I’m a wolf, too. She might as well tape an old “Kick me” sign on her back; it would be less conspicuous.
While she was practically drooling where she stood, the strange boy, wolf, man –whatever he was – looked positively murderous. “Are you going to stand here all day, or can I get to my locker?”
So much for making a good first impression on him. “Sorry.” Giselle cleared her throat, wanting to say something smart, but for once, she didn’t have the words. She sidestepped sheepishly, and enjoyed the back view of him as he brushed past her to his own locker.
Damn. Nice butt.
Her wolf agreed, too. Wonder what his wolf looks like. I’ll show you mine if you show me yours! She couldn’t help but stare. How often did she run into other wolves? Male wolves.
Other Side of Forever
“Allie, why do you hate me so much?” he asked softly as he stared into the sky.
His question took me by surprise. Did he really think that?
“I…I don’t hate you, Ethan.” I stumbled over my words. “I barely know you.”
“Then why do you try so hard to avoid me?”
“I don’t,” I lied, knowing that I did, but not in a mean type of way. I closed my eyes and sighed, wishing he didn’t have to ask so many questions. Couldn’t he just go back to saying nothing at all?
“You do,” he argued. I could hear the change in his voice. He was smiling.
“No. I don’t,” I answered sarcastically. His persistence was pinching my nerves.
“Then look at me,” he challenged.
Without thinking, I turned my head and looked at him. His warm, sweet breath blew against my face as he exhaled. The scent of peppermint. His dark eyes snatched me up and whisked me away. I was lost and unprepared as he drew me deeper and deeper inside him. The walls he created around me were getting higher and harder to climb. Like I had slipped into a trench and I was sinking into the earth.
Ethan pressed forward, attempting to close the gap between us. His lips were so close to mine I could feel the heat emanating from them. And just as our lips were about to brush, the voice in my head begged and pleaded and screamed for me to stop.
Then I turned away.
If anyone had told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.
Her father was right. The monsters are real.
To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.
Okay, so Alice in Zombieland, yeah? One word to sum it up – Ah – maze – ing! It’s so freakin’ awesome! I love this. Absolutely, totally, completely, wholly. So much so that I finished all four books in the series in like 2 days. Yeah. And, I had class and work in between. So, yes, I read every waking second of the day because I loved it so much!
All the books in the series are greatly written. There’s drama, there’s action, there’s betrayal, there’s romance and of course, there’s zombies. So very many selling points, eh? How do you say no to that?
I love the story, I love the characters and I love the setting. The story flows amazingly with new situations popping in every so often. The characters have amazing personalities. They’re funny, sexy and awesome. All their emotions are portrayed amazingly. Love, grief, helplessness, jealousy, anger. Everything. Yeah, you get all these emotions and so many more in the story.
Also, Alice, the heroine has a few tricks up her sleeve. And, she’s got kickass powers. So, there’s that to look forward to. She’s cute and feisty. She’s smart, funny, loving and adorable. I can very well see why Cole would fall for her. She’s a great female lead and the way her character develops in the story is phenomenal. From being a non – believer to being in denial and then acceptance and finally a zombie hunter, her journey is worth reading. She’s been through a lot in her short sixteen years of life, but she take every challenge head on and never gives up. That, I absolutely respect about her. Despite of all this, she’s just a teenage girl and has teenage reactions to stuff. She gets jealous easily, she’s frustrated at times and there’s moments that she’s absolutely helpless. So, she’s not completely perfect. Which is great.
And then, there’s Cole. *sighs*
How am I supposed to begin talking about Cole? He’s sexy, handsome, has a ton of tattoos and a complete bad boy vibe emanating out of him. But, he’s the bad boy with a heart of gold. He’s cute and downright adorable at times. He’s sweet and thoughtful and funny. And, he loves his Ali Bell more than anything. He’s insanely protective about her and would literally die for her. He’s got her name tattooed on his chest. Yeah, right on his chest for the entire world to see when he’s shirtless, which is often. (Where can I find my own Cole, Gena?)
This story is absolutely beautiful and lovely. It keeps you on edge the entire time you read it and leaves you wanting more. It’s absolutely, totally amazing!
Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.
Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories”, while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”
Fumbled Your Heart
By Mya Kay
Genre: Christian Romance
Jezzy Watson, a fiery, sports agent from Philadelphia, rose to the top of her game in just four years. She has an inkling for getting some of the best deals in the business and this earns her an Agent of the Year honor at New York Fashion Week’s charity event.
It’s been ten years since she’s seen her high school sweetheart, Trent Rucker, who now plays for the New York Giants. As soon as she lays eyes on him at the event, the memories and pain come flooding back. When Trent broke up with her on prom night, he not only broke her heart, but his promise to go to college in New York with like her so they could conquer the sports world together.
Upon reconnecting, Jezzy makes it clear she’s very much in love with her fiancé, Marcus. When Trent pays her a visit at her office bearing flowers as a peace offering, she immediately shuts him down, revealing a secret that leaves Trent speechless.
With the truth out, Trent is more determined than ever to make things right with Jezzy, at least to maintain a friendship. But his actions to do so show not only him, but his fiancée Kelli that a friendship is not the only thing he wants from Jezzy. Over the next eight months, Trent goes to the ends of the earth to get Jezzy back.
Will Jezzy tell Trent the truth about having never stopped loving him and forgive him for hurting her or will she move forward in her courtship with Marcus, knowing her heart isn’t really in it?
Love and pain resurface in this Christian romance novel where Trent will soon learn that he may have completely fouled out.
Born and raised in North Philadelphia, PA, Mya attended the prestigious Philadelphia High School for Girls’, Jill Scott’s Alma Mater. After graduating in 2002, she attended Community College of Philadelphia and enrolled into the dual-degree program, catapulting her straight into Temple University where she completed her Bachelor’s in Magazine Journalism. She received her Master’s in English from Arcadia University in 2010. She relocated to Atlanta, Georgia in November 2011 and spent a year teaching English overseas in South Korea from August 2012 to August 2013. She self-published her first book, Speechless: Short Stories on June 6, 2012. In addition to novels, Mya writes screenplays and owns a nail polish line and writer’s coaching agency in Philadelphia, PA. She’s also currently working on her second Master’s, an MBA from Philadelphia University.
To celebrate the release of the spine-chilling YA psychological thriller ASLEEP by Krystal Wade, we have a full blog tour and exciting giveaways ahead! ASLEEP is the debut novel from Blaze Publishing, and answers the question of what happens when Sleeping Beauty meets Freddy Krueger. If you want to see more of ASLEEP, you can still find the Ten Weeks of Teasers and other great content on the Blaze Publishing blog. Order your copy now!
Published by: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: February 16th 2016
Genres: Horror, Young Adult
“To cure fear, you must use fear.”
Rose Briar claims no responsibility for the act that led to her imprisonment in an asylum. She wants to escape, until terrifying nightmares make her question her sanity and reach out to her doctor. He’s understanding and caring in ways her parents never have been, but as her walls tumble down and Rose admits fault, a fellow patient warns her to stop the medications. Phillip believes the doctor is evil and they’ll never make it out of the facility alive. Trusting him might be just the thing to save her. Or it might prove the asylum is exactly where she needs to be.
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Krystal Wade can be found in the sluglines outside Washington D.C. every morning, Monday through Friday. With coffee in hand, iPod plugged in, and strangers-who sometimes snore, smell, or have incredibly bad gas-sitting next to her, she zones out and thinks of fantastical worlds for you and me to read. How else can she cope with a fifty mile commute?
Good thing she has her husband and three kids to go home to. They keep her sane.
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Holly’s new teacher is young and handsome, and he has a dark past. She soon finds herself charmed by Mr. Heywood’s ways and her life gets thrown into chaos. Who knew having an ex-gangster for a teacher could be so troublesome?
The closer they get to each other, the more danger finds them. Holly knows Mr. Heywood is hiding something from his past, but why is it so bad? And more importantly, if she falls for him, could their relationship survive? After all… it would be a proscriptive relationship.
How am I supposed to put into words how much I love this book? It’s damn near impossible. I’ve loved this story for a long time now. So much so, that after all this time it’s like second nature to love this story. I know it like the back of my hand and I’ve read it more times than I can tell you without embarrassing myself.
Yeah, I really, really love this story. It’s a very significant story in my life. It’s the first ever story that I read on Wattpad. So, this story opened the doors of Wattpad in my life. And all the credit goes that one little friend who knew that it was the best thing in the world that I absolutely had to read. So, thank you, Jo. You made this possible. And I owe you. Huge. :*
Not only did this story introduce me to Wattpad, it’s also the story I recommended to my now best friend. In fact, in the early days of our friendship, we only talked because I suggested her this story and she came back to me with reviews aka to tell me how much she loved it.
So, yeah. This story means a hella lot to me. And I can never ever thank Jordan enough for this beautiful story. The fact that she’s just the absolute best and always makes time for her fans goes a long way in cementing the fact that she is one of the best people around. You just hit her up on Twitter any damn time and she always reverts to your tweets. I know this because most of our interaction has been on Twitter and every time, she has been just amazing. 😀
Okay, so yeah, I think that’s enough gushing about the story and the author. I think we should move on to the fact as to why I love this.
Now, there’s a ton of student – teacher relationship stories out there, but what makes this one different? Well, the biggest difference is that it doesn’t follow the cliche story where the couple meet in summer, fall in love and then school starts and they find out one of them is the teacher. Yeah, not happening here. Holly’s first real, honest to God interaction with Chris happens on her first day of her senior year. So, she already knows he’s her teacher and he knows she’s his student, but they still fall for each other.
Also, Chris isn’t the golden boy from college who kick starts his career as a high school teacher. He has a shady past. And when I say shady, I mean gang wars and prison shady. So, yeah. There’s a lot of back story to Chris’ character. His transformation from a gang leader to a teacher and then finally to Holly’s boyfriend is amazing. It’s so much fun to read.
I believe that these are the two points that hugely distinguish APR from any other Student – Teacher story out there. Also, it’s action packed and has a ton of fights. And, it’s downright hilarious at times. So, yeah, complete package, anyone?
I bet you already love this and I haven’t even gotten to the good part yet. Yes, it does get better. Shut your mouth, you’ll catch flies!
What I love best about this story is the relationship that Chris and Holly aka Hollywood share. It’s absolutely sensational. They’re freakin’ perfect together. Like, totally the best. They laugh and joke around. They’re honest and open with each other, kind of. And they always have each other’s backs. Plus, they’re downright cute and mushy when they want to be. ❤
Talking about the characters individually, I really adore Chris. He’s smart and funny. He’s really handsome and dashing. He’s the world’s best cook (according to Holly, anyway). He’s sweet when he wants to be and he’s insanely protective and possessive. He gets jealous easily. And, yeah, he’s a tad too arrogant. But, I would be too, I guess if I were him. So, yeah. But, he can be total jerk at times. And, he sucks at the cheesy, romantic stuff. So, he’s not perfect, but he is amazing.
Holly, I believe is just your average 17 year old high school student. She’s got best friends and school and homework and the world’s awesomest mom ever. Seriously guys, I heart Lynn Evers. She is ah – mazing. But, talking about Holly, she’s cute, I guess. She blushes at every tiny thing. She’s never been kissed in her life. And of course, she’s never, ever had a boyfriend. But, she isn’t Miss Goody – Two – Shoes by any means. She’s sarcastic and hilarious, if a but sensitive. Also, she’s got a mean right hook (she gets once Chris and Jeremy teach her how to use one :P)
And, then, there’s Jeremy. Who I might add is an absolute sweetheart. He’s Chris’ best friend. He’s amazingly funny and hilarious and cracks the best jokes ever. He’s basically a child in a man’s body. And I adore him! ❤
Apart from him, there’s Casey and Lance, who are Holly’s best friends. They’re also a bunch of high schoolers who hang out together all the time and have a weird obsession with Lord Voldemort. (Yes, Casey, we’re talking about you.)
All in all, I absolutely adore this. And recommend it to everyone!
“I’ll make you drunk off my love.” – Chris Heywood
“As cheesy as it sounds, I want us to be that stupid old couple who sits on their deck every night watching the sunset.” – Chris Heywood
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