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EXCERPT REVEAL: RoomHate by Penelope Ward

Posted on Monday, February 8, 2016 12:13 PM

RoomHate Excerpt

Copyright © 2016 by Penelope Ward

My heart felt like it was pounding out of my chest. Watching this whole thing unfold had made me totally lose sense of reality. I felt like I’d been experiencing every movement, every feeling right along with him, except I wasn’t allowed to come. It was as if I’d seriously lost my mind in the process. That was the only thing that could possibly explain why my body decided to betray me, letting out an involuntary sigh….moan? I wasn’t sure and couldn’t even tell you what it was except to say whatever sound I made caused Justin to jump back. His head whipped toward me, and his shocked eyes met mine for a brief second before I ran back down the stairs.



My heart felt like it was in my mouth. Escaping out the front door and down to the water, I continued to run aimlessly on the sand. At one point, about a mile down the beach, it became necessary to stop and catch my breath, even though I wanted to keep running. I’d gotten so wrapped up in Justin that I’d forgotten how sick I was this afternoon. It was all hitting me again as I stumbled over to the shoreline and vomited into the ocean.

I collapsed into the sand and must have sat there for over an hour. The sun was starting to go down, and the tide was coming in. It felt like everything was closing in on me. I knew I couldn’t avoid going home forever.

What if he told Jade what I’d done?

That I was watching him.

Oh God.

He was going to crucify me for this.

What excuse could I possibly give him that would explain why I was hiding behind his door, watching him ejaculate like it was a Fourth of July fireworks performance?

I decided that I needed to get home before Jade did. Maybe I could convince him not to say anything. Brushing the sand off my thighs, I made my way back over to the house.

My heart nearly stopped upon finding Justin standing in the kitchen, drinking out of a half-gallon of orange juice. I stood silently behind him and watched as he put the container back.

Justin turned around and finally noticed me standing there. His hair was wet, making it appear brown instead of blonde. He must have taken a shower to wash away the awkwardness of our encounter. Looking painfully handsome in a brown distressed t-shirt that fit his chest like a glove, he just stared me down.

Here it comes.

I braced myself for his humiliating words. My heart was beating out of my chest as he just continued to look at me blankly without saying anything. He slowly walked toward me, and all of the muscles in my body tightened. He was going to get in my face and do it.

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From New York Times Bestselling Author, Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.
Sharing a summer house with a hot-as-hell roommate should be a dream come true, right?
Not when it’s Justin…the only person I’d ever loved…who now hates me.
When my grandmother died and left me half of the house on Aquidneck Island, there was a catch: the other half would go to the boy she helped raise.
The same boy who turned into the teenager whose heart I broke years ago.
The same teenager who’s now a man with a hard body and a hardass personality to match.
I hadn’t seen him in years, and now we’re living together because neither one of us is willing to give up the house.
The worst part? He didn’t come alone.
I’d soon realize there’s a thin line between love and hate. I could see through that smug smile. Beneath it all…the boy is still there. So is our connection.
The problem is…now that I can’t have Justin, I’ve never wanted him more.
Author's note – RoomHate is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
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About the Author:

Penelope Ward
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island. 

Other books from Penelope Ward

Sins of Sevin

Cocky Bastard

Stepbrother Dearest


Jake Undone (Jake #1)

My Skylar

Jake Understood (Jake #2)

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Sofia T.

Review: Hunted by Darkness (Darkness #4) by Katie Reus

Posted on 12:03 PM
Title: Hunted by Darkness
Author: Katie Reus
Series: Darkness #4

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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From two different worlds…

Now that she’s escaped her oppressive family, Nyx is enjoying her new life and friends—even if most of her friends don’t know who or what she is. As a rare demigod, she’s just learning how powerful she truly is, but family drama turns her world upside down, throwing the one man she cares about into danger.

He wasn’t supposed to fall for her…

Nyx is nothing like the females half-demon Bo Broussard has been with. Sweet and innocent, she’s not even remotely his type. But the moment she walks into his bar, he knows he’s not letting her go. Unfortunately someone from her past thinks they can force her into an arranged marriage.

He’s not letting her go…

Someone is targeting one of them, and Bo doesn’t know why. When they’re thrown into a hell realm together, he and Nyx will need to band together if they want to survive the perils of that world. No matter who was behind the attack, his choice is clear. Defend Nyx at all cost and make her his forever.
I’m in love with the Darkness series by Katie Reus!

The fourth book in the series tells the story of Bo Broussard, a half demon who we may have known from the first book in the series but it wasn’t until Beyond the Darkness that we really got to know him. Needless to say, he’s also abso-f*cking-lutely incredible. Bo might be the badass demon in the town but he just found his weak spot.

Nyx us one of Bo’s employees in his bar. Nobody knows what she really is but her secrets are about to be revealed for Nyx is a demigoddess who owns a favor to the Goddess of Chaos, her mother. When her mother comes to collect on her favor, Bo steps in. If Nyx’s mother wants to send her on a mission so be it, but he will go with her and that isn’t negotiable. The mission is supposed to be an easy one and with Bo at her side, what can go wrong?!

This book was so amazing! I loved how protective Bo and Nyx were of each other though it killed them not to act on their feelings, they still held back just to ensure that nothing happens to each other. I really liked Bo! There were so many surprises and twists in the book and not just minor stuff but major, game changing important surprises. I was surprised about how little I knew about Bo and Nyx until their past was revealed. The chemistry between them was off the charts which was super awesome for me!!!

Hunted by darkness was incredible. For me, this was that book in a series where you know that huge changes are ahead and I can’t wait for them or for Cynara or Rory or Ian’s stories!

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*
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Sofia T.


Posted on Saturday, February 6, 2016 5:02 PM

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It gives us a chance to share with readers what we bought, borrowed, swapped, won or got for review each week.

This week I read:

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Books I read for uni:


Although I read quite a few books this week I only loved The Road! I hated Captive in the dark which I almost DNF-ed but decided to read just to see what happens in the end. The rest of the books I just liked! 

What did you read this week?
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Favorites Giveaway Hop INT

Posted on Friday, February 5, 2016 4:08 PM

Welcome to the Favorites Giveaway Hop hosted by the lovely Valerie at Stuck in Books

Here are some of my recent favorite reads


The winner will get a book of choice up to 15$ from BookDepository (al long as it ships to you)!
You do not have to choose one of the above books!

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book tour, Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Fighting Solitude (On the Ropes #3) by Aly Martinez

Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2016 9:30 PM
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Fighting Solitude is Book Three in the On The Ropes Series by Aly Martinez and is Quarry’s highly anticipated story.

Now Available!

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**Each book in the series can be read as a standalone**

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I was born a fighter. Abandoned by my parents, I spent my life forging my own path—one guided by my fists and paved with pain.

Untouchable in the ring, I destroyed everyone who faced me, but that’s where my victories ended. Outside the ropes, I repeatedly failed the few people who loved me. Including my best friend, Liv James—the one person I’d die to protect.

Even though I didn’t deserve her, Liv never stopped believing in me. Never gave up. Never let go. After all, she understood what I’d lost, because she’d lost it too.

Liv was everything to me, but she was never truly mine.

That was going to change.

I lost my first love, but I refused to lose my soulmate.

Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.

Fighting to be the man she deserves.

Fighting the solitude of our pasts.

Fighting for her.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fighting Solitude is the third book in Aly Martinez’s On the Ropes series. After delivering two amazing stories about the older Page brothers, Martinez gives us Quarry’s story, the youngest Page brother.

I wasn’t so sure I wanted to read Fighting Solitude after Fighting Shadows heartbreaking ending. I really liked Mia and if you’ve read Fighting Shadows then you probably already know what happens to her. Quarry’s life has been hard but he always had his brothers with him to help him through every hardship he faced. With their help and guidance, he is living his dream, making his way into the boxing world but he is still fighting the demons of his past. Liv James isn’t that different from him. She’s tormented by the memories of her past and the scars she carries. Liv and Quarry aren’t only best friends but they are soon to discover the depth of their bond.

This is the journey of two hurt souls and their way to getting what they deserve, a HEA. Fighting Solitude was an amazing emotional roller coaster of a journey. I love the stories Martinez weaves and this was no different. I think that the whole series was preparing us for this book and its heartbreaking story. I loved how the author wrote this book to be more than just a romance. Liv and Quarry weren’t just two book characters but two people deeply wounded by their past.

The book was so worth the wait. I was definitely not disappointed. I can’t believe this the end of this amazing series. I highly recommend it! Prepare to be blown away!

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*


Fighting Solitude 


“Mia!” I shouted. 

It was worthless. She’d been deaf since the day I met her. 

She’d never once heard my voice.

She’d never heard the deep rumble of my laugh when she was excited, signing so fast I could barely keep up. 

She’d never heard my content sigh when she barged into the locker room after a fight—just her presence soothed the lingering madness brewing within me. 

She’d never heard me whispering my deepest fears into her ear as she fell asleep on top of me.

She’d never heard the reverence in which I cried her name each and every time I took her body.

And she’d never once heard the ease in which the words I love you tumbled from my lips as I stared into her deep, jade green eyes. 

But as I screamed her name while watching her petite body seizing in the passenger seat beside me, I’d never needed her to hear me more. 

“Mia. Oh God. I’ve got you, baby.”

She was still thrashing violently as I made my way around to her door, yanking it open while pleading with whatever god was willing to help. 

When she stilled, a whole new level of silence filled the air around us. It wasn’t the absence of sound.

It was the absence of life.

“Mia, breathe!” I roared as her chest remained agonizingly still. “Help me!” I screamed at the closed emergency room doors, but no medical savior rushed out with the miracle I so desperately needed.

My hands shook wildly as I released her lifeless body from the seatbelt. 

“I’ve got you, just hang on. Please just hang on, Mia,” I whispered lifting her into my arms and sprinting through the sliding doors. “I need a doctor! She’s not breathing!” 

Nurses rushed towards me in slow motion as the seconds without air in her lungs passed at a terrifying speed.


A doctor appeared with a gurney and quickly took her from my arms. 

The immediate loss was staggering. 

Hope became my only solace.

She needed help that I wasn’t capable of giving her, but that didn’t stop me from following close behind as they rolled her away. I was on the verge of self-destructing; letting her out of my sight wasn’t an option. 

I stood motionless in the doorway while doctors and nurses swarmed around her. Their mouths moved frantically, but without my hearing aids I was worthless to make out the words their faint voices carried. 

I never wore my hearing aids when I was with Mia. There was no point. She rarely spoke with her voice. 

We’d spent four years building a relationship with our hands. 

Those hands had told me animated stories that made me laugh until my face hurt from smiling. 

They’d fought with me relentlessly, but always ended the night raking down my back in silent ecstasy.

Her fingers had fluidly signed I love you more times than I could ever count—or forget. 

But as I felt the nurse attempting to physically remove me from the room, my eyes became fixated on her limp hand dangling off the side of the bed. It was the only sight more frightening than watching her flail mid-seizure. 

It ripped the heart straight from my chest. 

That hand was supposed to be full of life. 

It was the very essence of Mia. 




Oh God. 

Sucking in a deep breath, I held it until the room began to spin. 

It provided me no relief even as it forced me to my knees. 

There would be no distraction from this. 

I was going to lose her.

Yet another woman I couldn’t save.

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About the Author
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Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.

After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. Five books later, she shows no signs of slowing. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.

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Sofia T.

RELEASE BLITZ: Distraction (Underground Kings #3) by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Posted on 9:21 PM
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Fall in love with Maggie & Sven in Distraction by 

Aurora Rose Reynolds


Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1JTCS0A

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Distraction: The great intensity, novelty, or attractiveness of something other than the object of attention.
Sven is a man who takes pride in his ability to separate himself from his emotions. He's a man who knows who he is and where he’s going in life, a man who needs no one, because needing someone, anyone, is a weakness.
His past taught him love isn’t enough.
Maggie wants the happily ever after, but has never picked the right men, or stuck around long enough, to build a forever. It’s always been easier to get out early, before emotions make things messy.
When Maggie wakes up naked in Sven’s bed, with no memory of the night before, these two must be honest about their feelings and face their fears, so they can build a future together.
Will love be enough for them to get their happy ending together, or will a threat from outside strike them down before they ever have a chance?
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Additional Books in the Underground Kings Series

Assumption (Book 1)

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Obligation (Book 2)

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About the Author:
aurora rose reynolds.jpgAurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who's husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She's married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it's beauty.
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Sofia T.

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY #78 Walk the Edge (Thunder Road #2) by Katie McGarry

Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 2:59 PM
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released.

Title: Walk the Edge
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Thunder Road #2

Expected publication: March 29th 2016

One moment of recklessness will change their worlds

Smart. Responsible. That's seventeen-year-old Breanna's role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully's line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas "Razor" Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don't belong. But when he learns she's being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it's time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he'll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she'll help him seek answers to the mystery that's haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they're both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they're going from here.
What are you waiting on Wednesday??? 
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Sofia T.
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