Release Day Blitz with Review: Point of No Return by Olivia Luck #Giveaway

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Book Title: Point of No Return (The Point Series)
Author: Olivia Luck
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: June 23, 2015
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I had it all: an adoring husband, supportive friends, thriving career, a homey condo in the city.

Amend that.

I had it all except for love from my family. But life was good because I had him. Max was everything I dreamed a husband could be and somehow he loved me just as wildly as I loved him.

Until one cruel night he was stolen from me.

Then I had nothing but a vicious battle ahead of me. It’s a struggle so treacherous, I’m not sure if I’ll make it out with my heart in tact. But on the other side of that brutal war waits the most wondrous prize.

Will I allow myself to move forward?

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Prologue – Hers

When my husband works overnights at the fire station, I sleep on his side of the bed. Max doesn’t know that. Even though he spends more nights in our bed than out of it, I miss him enough to burrow in the sheets that emanate the remnants of his aftershave. I feel cocooned in his arms even when he’s not around. Sleep comes easier over here.

That’s where I am, tucked underneath the down cover, safe in a dreamless slumber, when a pounding rouses me. My heart leaps in surprise and I launch into a seated position, hand hovering over my chest. With a blind hand, I feel along the bedside table to find my glasses and jam them onto my nose. Knuckle pounding against wood doesn’t cease when I capture the time.

Nothing good can come of someone knocking on your door at one in the morning.

I scoot off the bed and shrug into the lightweight robe that lies on my husband’s suit valet.

He hates it when I leave my things there, I think numbly. Somehow, my body’s moving forward, even though every nerve ending screams for me to crawl back into bed and pretend this is a dream. It’s almost as if I know the Grim Reaper lurks on the other side of that door. I imagine a black hooded robe and bony skeletal fingers clutching a scythe waiting for me.

If there were enough time, I’d bargain with him. Beg to replace my life for his. Give up everything I have on God’s green earth for the man who gave me the gift of a full, flourishing life.

A knock on the door means it’s too late for brokering. If a ringing phone yanked me from sleep, it wouldn’t be this daunting. The fear wouldn’t be overpowering all of my other senses.

With a quivering hand, I flip on a light switch and unlatch the lock on our front door.

Their faces are grim, solemn. Hot tears blur my vision before I can identify who has come to deliver the news. Even before they speak, a strangled cry rips from my throat and my knees buckle. Like a puppet cut from its strings, I collapse to the floor. Strong arms catch me, encircling my waist, squeezing me tight.

The pressure of this man’s arms around me is the only thing reminding me that I’m still alive and not thrust into the depths of hell.

“Violet.”

“Don’t say it,” I shriek. A feral cat stole my voice box, the howls ripping from my body completely unlike any other sound I’ve ever made.

“Violet.” This time the stern voice fights through the tornado of emotion and I blink hazily upward.

“Felix,” I whisper through a dry, cracked throat. Soot and ash still mar his cheeks, hair disheveled in every which way. Weariness seeps off him—from the slump in his shoulders to the exhaustion in his eyes.

“We lost him. I’m so sorry. We lost him.”

I don’t remember much of anything after that.

 

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First off wow!! I loved the way the story started, just so perfect and just meant to be! Fate!

I also loved how the story is told, Either Violet or Cameron is telling their story and how they feel. It is so heartwarming to read both sides, I am use to reading from her side most of the time and it is nice to read the male side and Cameron is so awesome and so perfect for Violet. I feel this story is well written and worth the time to read. I could feel the emotions and totally loved Rocky.

Violet’s background I can’t relate to but I can relate to losing someone and the loss is hard to build back up. I feel she is really strong and is very inspiring and so human.

I highly recommend this book, it is one that I didn’t want to put down till finished!!

 

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Olivia Luck lives in the middle of the US with her husband and pooch. She loves writing, reading, pizza, dogs, good TV, cooking and spending time with her family. But not necessarily in that order. Olivia writes New Adult Romance.

Get in touch with Olivia, she adores emails: olivialuckauthor@gmail.com

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Release Day Blitz: Desire by K. French

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Book Title: Desire
Author: K. French
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 20, 2015
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Returning home from Verona on cloud nine, Ava Hart is ready to share her secret with the world. She feels that nothing and no one can stand in the way of her happiness with Gabriel Edwards, that is until tragedy strikes again, bringing with it an unexpected visitor. Once more Ava is thrown into emotional turmoil, not helped by Gabriel having to move back to London. And with everyone seemingly intent on trying to tear them apart, Ava will need to search deep within her soul to discover what it is her heart truly desires.

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“Ava, men are attracted to you like moths to a flame. A beautiful, hypnotic flame. They willingly throw themselves onto the fire, hoping to get nearer, beating themselves up in the process…”

“When you kiss me, I want you to be thinking of me only, no one else. Do you hear?” He sounded hurt. I nodded as best I could. Tears stung my eyes at his harsh words. “I want you Ava, make no mistake about that, but not like this, when you’re drunk and still thinking of him. When I kiss you, it will be me and only me who occupies that beautiful mind of yours.”

“I have watched you Ava. You are strong, don’t ever doubt that. And although right now you are at your lowest point and you feel that there is no way out, believe an old man when he says, no matter what your situation, life has a wonderful habit of turning out good in the end. Look at Bridget and me. Who would have guessed it? But, if right now it is not good and your heart still aches, then my dear sweet girl, it is not quite the end. Life goes on. The world doesn’t stop turning. You have to continue to live your life. Don’t give up, keep trying and believe in yourself.” He kissed my cheek and let me go. I didn’t know what to say. “Keep smiling beautiful girl.” Tears ran down my cheeks.

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K French is married with two small children and lives in Hertfordshire, England. She grew up in the North of England where Muse and Desire are set.

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Book Review: A Timeless Romance Anthology: California Dreamin’ collection.

 

 

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Six brand new contemporary romance novellas with bestselling and award winning authors.

In the sweet novella TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE by Heather B. Moore, Gwen uses her wedding photography business to keep her life simple and focus on something other than her own broken heart. When Jack, a guy too handsome for his own good, helps her clean up after a photoshoot, then asks her out, she doesn’t know if she can handle dating again. But Jack’s charm wins her over, and she agrees to meet him for dinner. The more she gets to know Jack, the more she likes him, but everything about him seems too good to be true.

GONE FISHING, a charming novella by Kaylee Baldwin, follows Claire as she tries to convince her dad to leave his start-up company as a boat guide and come back home to Colorado. He’s the only one who can defend Claire against her domineering mother. But when she arrives at the San Diego harbor, she’s met with more than one surprise. First, that her dad is truly living his dream and has never been happier, and second, she’s unexpectedly attracted to his business partner, Miguel.

In THE PIER CHANGES EVERYTHING, an enchanting novella by Annette Lyon, Alexandria has one last task to perform for her late husband, who died much too young: scatter his ashes in the Pacific Ocean. She goes to the Santa Monica Pier to do just that, but her plans get sidetracked after meeting Michael and feeling an immediate connection to him. They grab lunch, and the more time they spend together, the more they discover that they have in common—including past romantic hardships. As the day wears on, Alexandria begins learn that her heart just might be able to find love again.

In Jennifer Moore’s captivating novella A HERO’S SONG, AnneMarie’s career as a romance novelist is skyrocketing and her agent books her on a late night talk show. The host gets her to admit that she was in love once, with a guitar player. Moments after her segment, Lance Holden appears on the same stage, to perform his newest song. Is it a terrible coincidence? AnneMarie hasn’t seen Lance ever since he broke her heart ten years ago, and she has refused to think about him again. Their lives are worlds apart, but as Lance tries to reconcile with AnneMarie, she finds herself taking a second chance.

In STAY WITH ME, an endearing novella by Shannon Guymon, Jolie moves to L.A. to take on a nanny position for the summer, since apparently having a degree in art doesn’t translate to getting a job as a graphic designer. When Fitz, the family’s chauffeur, picks her up at the airport, she wonders if every man in LA is model-gorgeous. When Jolie meets her two charges, she finds them adorable and needy. But it’s harder to hold onto her job than she thought with a hostile Mrs. James and her spoiled brother. Fitz becomes both the silver lining of her job and the man who just might convince her to stay in L.A.

In the delightful novella, A PLACE TO CALL HOME, by Sarah M. Eden, Ada is the best realtor around. The best. She prides herself in matching each client with the house that will fit all of their needs. She hasn’t failed yet. So when Craig hires her to find him the perfect condo for him and his son, Ada is up for the challenge. What she may not be prepared for is her unforeseen attraction to Craig, her immediate attachment to his nine-year-old son, and her heart telling her that it’s okay to take another chance.

 

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A Timeless Romance Anthology: California Dreamin’ collection.
By Heather B. Moore, Sarah M. Eden, Shannon Guymon, Kalee Baldwin, Annette Lyon, Jennifer Moore.

I will have to say these stories make me just want to move to California and enjoy life by the beach.
All the writers did a great job on each story, I really enjoyed them all. I loved reading all these short story’s they are all positive and happy ever after type books. Which is something I love to read.
1) Too Good To Be True By Heather B. Moore:
I love this story as Gwen is trying to keep her life simple and working on her wedding photography business. She isn’t looking for love, just wants to do her own thing.
Jack, is a busy man, no time for women, but meets Gwen, Jacks family is not happy about it.
I liked it because it is sweet and romantic, so worth reading this story.

2) Gone Fishing by Kaylee Baldwin:
When Claire’s Parents divorced her father moved to the beach and Claire and her sister where stuck living with their mother. Her Dad started his life dream being a boat guide, Claire wants her dad back home where she thinks he belongs. Loved this story, loved how Claire learned about her dad and want makes him happy and what works for him and you can read how she learns how as well. I love how this story went, the characters and all the fun action. The choices Claire has to make and how her mom reacted so worth reading this story.

3) The Pier Changes Everything by Annette Lyon:
This is a really touching story. It is a sad story to start with Alexandria goes to the Santa Monica Pier to scatter her young husband’s ashes. She gets sidetracked and meets Michael. She goes to lunch with him, and there is an immediate connection. This story reminds me of being at the right place at the right time and not knowing why. Like there is something in the universe having them meet. So a wonderful story, one that you will be happy you read.

4) A Hero’s Song by Jennifer Moore:
AnneMarie is a romance writer who hasn’t really have any romance. Her novel is skyrocketing and her agent books her on a late night talk show. The host gets her to admit that she was once in love with a guitar player and missed out. She really told all and then guess what? The schedule music for that show was the guy she was talking about, wow she was really upset that he was there and she told all to a TV audience. Possible could be anyone’s worse nightmare.
How could they have possible been schedule to be on the same show? What happens next, you will need to read this one. I loved it.

5) Stay With Me by Shannon Guymon.
Jolie takes on a job as a nanny position for the summer. She totally falls for the kids, she really cares for the kids and enjoys their time together. Of course there are issues, like the kids mom, she doesn’t really have time for the kids and she expects the nanny to also take care of her adult brother. Of course there is a cute man in the picture who helps with life. Loved this story, was really fun to read.

6) A Place To Call Home by Sarah M. Eden:
Ada who is single is the best realtor around, she really wants to make sure that her clients find the right home to live in. So when Craig hires her, it is a challenge and the challenge is so worth it. Craig a single dad and with one son who also needs to have the perfect condo. I felt this was a very touching story and really enjoy how it unfolded.

These short stories are great to read anytime but the summer is best.

I received this book from the authors for an honest review.

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“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

Book Blitz: California Sunrise by Casey Dawes #Giveaway

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Book Title: California Sunrise
Author: Casey Dawes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 15, 2015
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Alicia’s son, Luis, may be suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome, but he’s too young for a definitive answer. She’s struggling with his care, holding down a job, and going to school. All she wants is a chance to stand on her own two feet.

Dr. Raul Mendez lost everything at sixteen when the rest of his non-US-citizen family was deported. In spite of depression that has dogged his life, he’s managed to become a pediatrician with a specialty in childhood development. Alicia brings something special into his life, but their opposing points of view may keep them from ever finding love.

 

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I have to say I loved this story from the start!! Some books take a little longer to get into, but this one I loved from the beginning. Alicia Fuentes is a young mother, 18 years old, her young son who is 12 months is a difficult toddler, she was recommend to see Dr Raul Mendez, a Pediatric Doctor and also is learning about autism. Dr Raul wants to help Alicia and her son, he also seems to take a special interest in her and her son.
Of course the Doctor has his own problems, and that makes things difficult. He doesn’t want to burden Alicia with his problems and he wants to help her, she doesn’t understand.

I love the way the Hispanic culture was told in this story and about the difficulties as well as trying to live.
They both had a difficult background and both are trying to do there best.
I also thought it was right on with the issues that face many Hispanics or others who come to the USA.
This is just an awesome love story, I could feel the love from the start. The love with everyone involved in the story, not just one couple but all involved.

 

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Raúl pushed open the door to the examining room.

The petite woman standing by the child on the examining table turned.

The strong bones of her face, full lips, and dark eyes matched the structure of her body. Attractive. Not that he was looking for anyone right now.

“Are you Dr. Mendez?” she asked.

Sí. And you are”—he checked the chart—“Alicia Fuentes.”

The boy on the table squirmed and let out a howl.

Raúl glanced back at the chart. No medical problem stood out, but the young woman had been to several doctors, including specialists at Stanford. Was it some type of Munchausen syndrome, or was there a legitimate illness?

“What seems to be the problem?” he asked.

“Luis is difficult.”

He was tempted to tell her all children were difficult, but the set of her jaw stopped him short. “In what way?” He leaned back against the counter, his interest piqued by what she might have to say. If the child wasn’t simply a fussy baby, it might be a chance to increase his behavioral development experience.

“He mixes up his days—sleeps during the day and wants to be up all night. He’s a fussy eater. I practically have to hand-feed him. He doesn’t seem to sit up well. And temper tantrums! I know all children have them, but his seem worse than other kids’. My grandmother says she’s never seen anything like it.” Snapping her mouth shut, she stared at him, as if defying him to tell her there was nothing wrong, that her child was normal.

In that instant, he knew there wasn’t anything normal about Luis.

Although he hadn’t seen a wedding ring, he asked the question anyway. “How is he with his father?”

“I’m a single mom.” Her chin went up. “He never sees his father.”

A too common answer. His heart crinkled with sadness for her and anger at the boy’s father. “He has no contact with his son?”

“No.”

The finality in her voice warned him not to pursue the subject.

He ignored the warning.

“It must be very difficult for you, especially so young.”

“I’m eighteen.” She made her age sound as if she were in her mid-thirties.

He hid a smile. “The baby is twelve months, correct? What have the other doctors told you?”

“They don’t know what’s wrong. He’s too young for certain tests. They can’t help me.” Defeat crept into her words, and her shoulders slumped, but then she rallied and looked him straight in the eye. “I’m told you can.”

He hoped her confidence wasn’t misplaced. “Why don’t you take a seat, and I’ll take a look at your son?”

“Do you have children, Dr. Mendez?” She moved toward the chair but didn’t sit.

“Me? No. I’ve never been married.”

“Brothers and sisters?”

“Yes. Older brothers. Why do you ask?”

“It seems odd for a single man to be a pediatrician.”

“Like many of us, I come from a large, extended family. Lots of cousins. Lots of different problems—some the normal hazards of being a kid, some brought on by poverty. Giving kids a healthy start is a way to help our people.” He looked down at Luis and put his stethoscope in his ears. “Now let’s see what’s up with you, little man.”

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Casey Dawes has lived a varied life–some by choice, some by circumstance. Her master’s degree in theater didn’t prepare her for anything practical, so she’s been a teacher, stage hand, secretary, database guru, manager in Corporate America, business coach, and writer.

With a few marriages, two sons, and three step-children, her personal life was a challenge when she met and married her current husband who has proved to be the love of her life. They reside in Montana where she quilts, writes, and coaches on the banks of the Clark Fork River. The couple has been adopted by two gently used cats.

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Blog Tour: The Good Father by Tara Taylor Quinn #Giveaway

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(Where Secrets Are Safe #6)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
June 1st 2015 by Harlequin

Starting over…again

It seems a lifetime ago that Brett Ackerman wanted to share his life with Ella Wales. He really believed he could put his abusive family history behind him…until he realized it would always be part of him. Then he pushed her away. Hard.

Now Ella’s back as part of the High Risk Team at The Lemonade Stand, the unique women’s shelter Brett founded. And she needs his help with a family crisis. But even now, Brett can’t admit he still loves her. Until one night of passion with Ella turns Brett into the one thing he fears the most—a father.

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The Good Father (Where the Secrets are safe #6)

This is the sixth book in the series and the first one I have read.

Brett had sold his dot com business and was working/ overseeing many charity organizations. His work kept him very busy. One of the organizations he is on the board with is The Lemonade Stand for abusive women.

Ella was working as a Head nurse in a neo natal unit for high risk infants. She was also part of a high risk team at the Lemonade Stand. One day a grandmother dropped off an infant in need of help. The mother finally came in, Ella of course wanted to help.

Ella and Brett use to be married and the break up was done harshly, abrupt. But because of their work interest they end of back in the same town doing work that brings them together.

I really loved this story, I loved that it shows there are help for women out there and there is also love out there, even when it is hard to realize.

I can’t wait to read the other stories in this series.

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

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The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. She is known for delivering deeply emotional and psychologically astute novels of suspense and romance. Tara is a recipient of the Reader’s Choice Award, a five time finalist for the RWA Rita Award, the Reviewer’s Choice Award, the Bookseller’s Best Award and appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists. Tara is the past-president of Romance Writers of America and served eight years on that board of directors. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning and is a frequent guest speaker. In her spare time Tara likes to travel, climb Arizona mountains, and inline skate.

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Book Review: Sight Words by L.B. Dunbar #Giveaway

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Author: LB Dunbar
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Release Date: June 2, 2015
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I’ve been waiting for love. I’ve watched my closest family find their perfect match, and it’s made me realize my current boyfriend is not mine. When a stranger comes to town, I’m intrigues, but not ready to give up my newfound freedom. A whirlwind of events throws us into each other’s path where I eventually discover I’m the teacher of his youngest sister. Concerned about her reading, I take on the role to mentor her. Soon, I learn a lesson or two from big brother, Leon Ramirez. In a push and pull, we struggle as we each have demons in our past. A smart girl would never stay in a bad relationshiop, right? A gang member could never want more from this life. Stereotypes remain false words. As I learn to fight for love, I find that words do matter. Sometimes they can hurt more than sticks and stones.

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My first thought when I started reading Sight Words was complicated, yes the relationship between Tricia Carter and Leon Ramirez is complicated.

This is the end of a series, I have not read any of the other books, I plan on reading them but I had no problems understanding this book.

Tricia lives in a small Michigan town, a school teacher. She has an ex-boyfriend, who definitely isn’t good enough for her.

Her classroom overlooks the basketball court, were lately a tall good looking man plays every morning. Tricia really enjoyed watching him play.

Leon Ramirez moves from Chicago to a small town in Michigan. He brought with him his two younger sisters. His parents are in Mexico, and he is there hiding out and taking care of his sisters, or try to take care of his sisters. He plays basketball every morning after dropping his sister off at school.

Well I personally think it is fate that Tricia and Leon meet, not in the best of circumstances but so perfect and complicated.

There is so much in this story, why is Leon there and why is he hiding out there? And what is Tricia story? I mean everyone has one. And this one is complicated but so worth reading. I really hope you enjoy reading this book as I did.

I would say I loved this complicated romantic series. This book is great and I can’t wait to read the previous stories.

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My head was starting to throb, which made me feel sick to my stomach. I’d forgotten my glasses and the morning was dragging on. It wasn’t even eight a.m. yet. Thoughts of Leon Ramirez had me tied up in knots. I couldn’t think straight and I felt the onset of a major migraine coming.

“What’s wrong with you?” Mia whispered next to me at the morning faculty meeting. We were in the library and we sat at the table farthest to the back, as usual.

“Nothing.”

“Bullshit. How’s the hot daddy-brother turned janitor-basketball coach?”

“What?” I choked. My friend made no sense.

“Oh, you know what I mean. How’s the Latin Lover?” she rolled the last two words to sound exotic and I choked on a giggle.

“Oh. My. God. You’ve lost your mind,” I whispered as I shifted my eyes to see if others were watching us. I reached for the post-it notes in front of me.

“By the looks of it, you have. What’s he done to you?” I glanced at Mia to see her squinting at me.

“Nothing.” I nervously began to doodle on the bright green pad of paper before me. The principal was droning on about state testing. I couldn’t concentrate. I aimlessly drew an L.

“Oh…I get it. That’s the point, isn’t it?” Her face broke into a large grin.

“Mia!

“No really, what is going on? I think you stay late just to see him, but you said he’s been ignoring you. I don’t know why you’re interested. You said you told him off the other night.” She paused and I continued to creatively draw on E next on the green square. Mia didn’t know what actually happened. How once again I’d hoped he’d kiss me. And once again he didn’t. I was making a fool of myself. I was acting like a middle-schooler with a crush.

“He’s too young for you, you say? Hello. Have you seen his body? With a body like that I’d overlook the age difference.”

“Mia, please,” I sighed. I didn’t even know why we were having this conversation. “Besides his age, he’s also leaving. He’s practically counting the days until he can go home.” The pen I held had a mind of its own. I gracefully made a circle: an O.

“So? That sounds perfect. Look, you don’t need another long-term serious relationship. You need a little fun. Excitement.” She shimmied in her seat when she said the last word and lifted one red eyebrow, then the other, in a dance. I giggled, but it made the slow ache in my head pinch.

“Mia,” I groaned softly.

“I’m serious. Give in to him. Or go after him. Or whatever you want to call it, with him.”

“I’m not going to anything with him. You should have seen Amaryllis that other night. It was like she caught Santa Claus making out with her mom.” I finished my artwork with an N.

“Did you kiss him? How could you not tell me?” Mia’s tone was mock horror, but she was also serious. “I bet he was good. Those lips. Mmmm. He was delicious, wasn’t he?”

“Mia,” I shushed her. “We almost did. I think. I don’t know. He leaned in, and I…oh never mind. Anyway, Amaryllis interrupted us. Or stopped it… or whatever… Her face was horrified. It would be too weird to date someone related to a student.” My voice was raspy as I tried to keep it low. The thought of Leon’s lips on mine was too much. Mia was right, they did look delicious. I wanted a dangerous taste of him. I had switched to doodling hearts and arrows around the letters I had scrolled on the post-it note before me.

“We aren’t talking about dating. We’re talking about…” Mia giggled.

“Okay. I get it!” I said too loudly. Mia placed her hand over mine to still the pen. She took it from me and drew arrows to rearrange the letters of L E O N. I looked at her in question.

“You don’t see it? And you call yourself a language arts teacher. I’ll use my math handwriting.” She wrote under the name. L O N E, then added an A before it.

I took the pen back and scribbled out the A. I traced heavily over the second two lines in the N, forcing it to look like a V.

L O V E.

I sighed as I realized what I’d done. Yep, definitely a schoolgirl crush. I yanked the paper off the pad and crumpled it into a small ball. Mia laughed softly next to me as the principal called for everyone’s attention to his PowerPoint. I definitely wasn’t going to make it through the day.

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Playlist for Sight Words – Tricia Carter and Leon Ramirez

“The One That Got Away” – The Civil Wars

“Not Afraid” – Eminem

“Sail (The Voice Performance)” – Kat Robichaud

“Lose Yourself” – Eminem

“XO” – Beyonce

“Sex On Fire” – Kings of Leon

“The Monster (feat. Rihanna)” – Eminem

“Made to Love” – John Legend

“Reasons to Love You” – Meiko

“Love Is Blind” – Alicia Keys

“Pumped Up Kicks” – Foster the People

“Retrograge” – James Blake

“The Great Escape” – P!NK

“#Beautiful” – Mariah Carey

Meet the Author

LB Dunbar_author picL.B. Dunbar loves to read to the point it might be classified as an addiction. The past few years especially she has relished the many fabulous YA authors, the new genre of New Adult, traditional romances, and historical romances. A romantic at heart, she’s been accused of having an overactive imagination, as if that was a bad thing. Author of the Sensations Collection, Sound Advice, Taste Test, Fragrance Free, Touch Screen, and the upcoming Sight Words, she is also author of the Legendary Rock Star series, beginning with The Legend of Arturo King. She grew up in Michigan, but has lived in Chicago for longer, calling it home with her husband and four children.

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