Saturday, May 31, 2014

Book Nerd's Dozen: Dakota Cassidy

  • Today we welcome Dakota Cassidy to the Book Nerd's Dozen! I adored my 1st book by her, I just couldn't wait for a release to share all this ladies FUN!!!
  • On to the Book Nerd's Dozen...

1) Waiting in line at Starbucks, what are you ordering? What name do you give?

Dakota: I'm ordering a white chocolate mocha (none of that sissy skinny latte,lowfat, half-caf, decaf, no whipped cream crap. I want it ALL!) and Stephen King. :)

2) Who was your first book boyfriend?

Dakota: Um, I think it was Ponyboy Curtis from the outsiders. But it's been a long time. Like a really long time, and i can't remember if he was the one of his brother was. Either way, they were all mine anyway. *twirls hair, pops gum.*

Last song you couldn't get enough of?

Dakota: It's a tie. Happy and Talk Dirty To Me.

4) At this very moment, do your socks match?

Dakota: I don't have on any socks because I'm a rebel like that. Kinky, right? :)

5)Dog-earring: Okay or unforgivable?

Dakota: Do you mean like jewelry on my dog? Unforgivable. I get all the jewelry. End of story. :)

6) What is your super power?

Dakota: I can hear a song once and almost always know the lyrics the next time. Which means -- I. Am. Batman.

7)Dog person or cat person? (When we sent out this it said CAR and not CAT, Dakota was the only person to respond to it reading CAR, we did mean CAT)

Dakota: I'm not sure I understand the question. Are they opposing forces: dogs and cars? Is car the new arch nemesis of dog? I guess it could be, right? Dogs chase cars... Is this a trick question?

8) Nickname?

Dakota: I don't have one. Maybe you all could give me one?

9) If you had to leave one piece of advice for the next generation, what would it be?

Dakota: Buy stock in Botox because pretty soon you'll be able to hit the drive thru on your lunch hour for an injection.

10) Tell us about your best author fangirl moment! (Either one you had or someone had with you?

Dakota: Someone once heard me laugh in a bathroom stall while I was talking to another friend and instantly knew it was me. She handed me toilet paper under the stall to sign. I don't care what anybody tells you, that's when you know you've made it. Golden stuff. No pun intended.

11) Are the men in your stories your ideal? Do you write them based off of someone?

Dakota: Not always, though they all have one trait I can't live without -- a sense of humor. :) Mostly, they have my husband's core qualities like integrity, loyalty. But I just can't get with dating a werewolf. Likely, he'd have better hair than me, and that just won't work. :) 
12) Now this one is important... do you return your buggy to its proper location after grocery shopping?

Dakota: OMG, people, return those carts! How mean is it for those poor kids to have to chase those things down all over the parking lot because you shoved yours up on the sidewalk. Those high schoolers are our future. We need experts in finance and environmental issues, not sprinters!

And for the final question...

13) Can you leave us fans with a juicy tidbit? A secret? (WE WON'T TELL!) A pet peeve?

Dakota: There is nothing juicy left in me. I'm old and not so juicy anymore. But if it helps, I really, really hate bending at the waist these days. That's definitely a new-ish pet peeve. :)

Friday, May 30, 2014

Book Nerd's Dozen: Tors & Jins Style

Hello Victoria & Jinsey!!! Thanks for allowing us to be EARLY READERS!!! and for taking a moment from your WILDE lives to participate in the Book Nerd's Dozen!!!

1) Waiting in line at Starbucks, what are you ordering? What name do you give?

V:Iced Coffee
J: Latte
Both: We both give our real names. But can you guys give us suggestions for funny names to give next time?

Cat & Kris: You should alternate names from your books! Or you could be Kandy, Kandy with a K. :)

2) Who was your first book boyfriend?

V: My friends and I went through a brief Edward period.
J: Mr. Darcy

3) Last song you couldn't get enough of?

V: All of Me by John Legend (It's my "ESCAPED ARTIST" writing theme song.)
J: May I by Trading Yesterday

4) At this very moment, do your socks match?

V: I'm wearing panda socks, and each one makes half of the face. I even have them on the right feet!
J: Why would anyone wear matching socks?

5) Dog-earring: okay or unforgivable?

V: A SIN. Pretty bookmarks exist for a reason.
J: Totally unforgivable.

6) What is your super power?

V: Writing hot guys.
J: I make great cookies!

7) Dog person or cat person?

V: I have two pups! And I want a pot-bellied big named Bacon.
J: Totally dog.

8) Nickame?

V: Tors
J: Jins

9) If you had to leave one piece of advice for the next generation, what would it be?

BOTH: Read. Read. Read.

Cat & Kris: AMEN!

10) Tell me about your best author fangirl moment! (Either one you had or one someone had with you!)

BOTH: Getting to work with each other. <3

11) Are the men in your stories your ideal? Do you write them based off of someone?

BOTH: They are our ideal in a way, but they're not perfect people. And we definitely use traits from people we know, but no character is based on one singular person from our lives.

12) Now, this one is important... Do you return your buggy to it's proper location after grocery shopping?

V: My fiance does the grocery shopping. :)
J: My kids race it back to the proper place.

And finally, for the last and final question in your Book Nerd's Dozen:

13) Can you leave us fans with some juicy tidbit? A secret? (WE WON'T TELL!) A pet peeve?

BOTH: We might be considering spin-off novels for the members of No Man's Land. :)

Cat & Kris: SQUEAL!!!!

Thank you two SOOO much for taking the time to hang with us!!! Can't wait to chat again in the NEAR future when we get more Dare & Ree!!!

Talk This Way

Meet Dakota Cassidy. Her goals in life are simple, (like really simple): banish the color yellow forever, create world peace via hot rollers and Aqua Net; and finally, nab every tiara in the land by competing in the Miss USA, Miss Universe, and Miss World pageants, then sweeping them in a stunning trifecta of much duct tape and Vaseline usage, all in just under one week. Oh, and write really fun books!

I read my first book from Dakota, and my first thought was: 

Talk This Way is the beginning of the Plum Orchard Series. (Or the Call Girl Series) I can give you THREE great reasons to read this book:

1) She named the lead female after me! (Okay...okay, maybe Catherine wasn't named after me... BUT, I bet if Dakota knew me when she wrote it, she would have named her after me!)

2) It is about a friggin PHONE SEX COMPANY! So you know the characters are going to be a riot!

3) There is talk of succubi, vampires, doppelgangers and ladies of the evening!!!

OH, and #4... this bad boy is FREE right now on Amazon!!! I'll wait for you to ONE-CLICK...

***waits patiently***

Welcome back and YOU ARE WELCOME! You will not regret this book! And now to my non-spoiler review, which basically means a little nonsense, a LOT of quotes and you reading the book! Works well for everyone involved.

Meet "Cat Butler, former balloon-animal maker, yoga instructor, tae-kwon-do assistant, file clerk, dog walker, plant sitter, bathroom attendant, nanny and, just recently, barista. Companionating was one thing I didn't do, but I'm an almost stripper. I say almost because that pole and me? We'll just never for along."

Enter Flynn McGrady who wins the ladies with lines like, "Just so you know, you're the air that I breathe. And you know that's true because I'm not a vampire and I really have lungs."

Told you! You need this book in your life. Small town feel romance that will have you laughing and swooning all at the same time. That is one amazing talent Dakota has. You also may or may not meet Cat's doppelganger. "It was my doppelganger. Or maybe my evil twin. If you're doin' your duty, and readin' those romance novels, you should know all about evil twins by now."

You know you get the HEA when you crack open a Romance Novel, it's how you get there. It's the grand gestures. The swoon-worthy moments that keep us reading!!! This particular grand gesture comes from a man whose mother's first post-stroke words might (or might not have been) "SPANK ME HARDER!" 

"Does this mean we're goin' together, Flynn McGrady? Anyone who knits a hat as fine as that beauty right there must mean business."
"Just wait until I show you the afghan I started. You'll be crazy about me in no time."

Now let's show the BEAUTIFUL Ms. Dakota Cassidy some LOVE

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Book Nerd's Dozen: Kaitlyn Stone

While we celebrate the COVER REVEAL of Walk With Me, Kaitlyn Stone graced us with a new edition of the Book Nerd's Dozen!!!  

1) Waiting in line at Starbucks, what are you ordering? What name do you give?

 I don’t drink coffee, so my standard order is a large (I refuse to learn the Starbucks lingo – I guess the hipster in me) China tips green tea. I don’t have to give my name for that order.

2) Who was your first book boyfriend? 

That would have to be from Scott Spencer’s book, Endless Love. They just remade the movie.

3) Last song you couldn't get enough of? 

Lorde’s Royals. I can’t get enough.

4) At this very moment, do your socks match? 

Barefoot. I hate shoes and go barefoot every chance I get. 

5) Dog-earing: okay or unforgivable? (The folding of book pages... NOT earrings on dogs)

 I used to dog-ear, but when I started reading books two, three, four, or even more times, I learned to use a marker. 

6) What is your super power? 

I had to choose this on a Facebook quiz once. My super power would be able to heal 
myself and someone else; that way I can do all the crazy adventures I crave without the fear of getting hurt and I can take someone with me.

7) Dog person or cat person? 

I was a cat person growing up. I loved their independent attitude and anti-social 
behavior. But now, as an adult, I’ve become a dog person. They’re just part of the family, loyal, fun, social, and an excuse to go to the dog park and chat up other owners. You meet the most interesting people/characters at a dog park. 

8) Nickname? 

Too naughty to say. They’re all special, pet names between me and my husband. 

9) If you had to leave one piece of advice for the next generation, what would it be? 

Take care of your skin. Sun damage is irreversible. Seriously, use sun screen.

10) Tell me about your best author fangirl moment! (Either one you had or one someone had with you!) 

Don’t have one. 

11) Are the men in your stories your ideal? Do you write them based off of someone?

 I write my characters based on a certain personality type – usually Alphas, but I borrow character traits from a few different people, combine that with specific quirks or strengths I think a person with his specific background/backstory would have, and then finally mix in 
what I find attractive in a man. I fall in love with my leading man while I’m writing his story. If they don’t make my heart thud, I couldn’t expect them to do the same for my readers

12) Now, this one is important... Do you return your buggy to its proper location after grocery shopping? 

Buggy? Y’all must be from the south. We call it a cart on the west coast. Yes, I’m a total dork. After my husband and I go to Costco and load our goods, I push the cart to the cart corral and he drives the car over to pick me up. 

And finally, for the last and final question in your Book Nerd's Dozen: 
13) Can you leave us fans with some juicy tidbit? A secret? (WE WON'T TELL!) A pet peeve? 

Ooo, a secret? How about this…My book WALK WITH ME was inspired by my own fairytale romance with my husband and about half of this book was based on true events in my own life. When people say, “I could write a book about my life…” That’s exactly what I did, but fictionalized it, created characters to speak the dialogue I wanted and project the message 
I wanted to spread about true love. Once my characters had life, though, they started saying and doing things that I didn’t intend. In my sequel, TURN TO ME, my characters are acting in a way that I’m not completely comfortable with, but really reflects the personality I’ve created and in line with their backstory. I’ve already written the ending, but the path for my characters to take to get there has been a little bit of a struggle for me. I know what their personality 
would want or do, but as an author you’re like a parent, and want them to behave properly and they just don’t want to. 

Thanks a million for taking the time to talk with us! I know our followers (and US) appreciate the glimpse into the life you live! :) 

Thanks for having me. I look forward to speaking with you gals next time. Cheers.


What dictates the path in life we take and who we choose to walk with?

After escaping her abusive parents, nineteen-year-old Kenna Sloane is determined to create an independent life, free of emotional distraction. The last thing this focused college student wants is a relationship, especially with a hot rookie cop popular with the badge bunnies. When Kenna reluctantly agrees to a double date with Santa Monica cop Donovan Alexander, she’s launched on an exciting and dangerous journey. With time, she discovers some souls are instinctively drawn together to quiet the pain of their traumatic pasts. But even after the revelation of Donovan’s own secret burden, Kenna continues to battle the fear she may be too broken for her modern day knight in blue. 

Can Kenna open her heart to the healing light of true love before peril strikes?

Excerpt from the upcoming release!!! 

"There is no denying the raw sexual attraction to Donovan. And this is one area I can tell he isn’t passive about—sex. In public he is the perfect gentleman, so polite and respectful. But behind closed doors I bet an alter ego exists. He is commanding, passionate, and insatiable. I don’t know what makes me think this with my limited experience, but something tells me he is going to be the same in bed and I don’t know if I can wait any longer to test my theory. My self-control is waning after a delicious dinner with this perfect man and his perfect TV family. If he wanted to take me right here and now, it would be the dream ending to the evening. I shift my body to face Donovan squarely. My eyes soften in sadness. He scans my face with tightness in his troubled eyes and a turned-down mouth. “I was worried you would lose respect for me once you learned of my secret and maybe even decide to move on,” Donovan admits. How could he think I would move on because of this secret? If anyone should be running, it’s him. I’m damaged goods. I’ve built walls around me so high I’m starting to wither from the constant shadow cast on my being. But Donovan has already helped me break through some of my walls and I’m being drawn toward the sliver of steady light streaming in that is him. We are both injured souls from our pasts. Maybe together we can help heal each other and walk hand in hand toward the happiness that we both deserve."

About Kaitlyn Stone

Since childhood, Kaitlyn Stone has gravitated toward fairy tales and happily-ever-after's,
forever chasing the first love dragon. She is a self-professed adventure junkie, constantly talking her husband and family into some new life adventure, where they’ve learned to just buckle up for the exciting ride. When they do stay home, it’s in sunny Southern California located along the Pacific Ocean.

Let's show Kaitlyn some LOVE

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Mark of the Tala

"The tales tell of three sisters, daughters of the High King. The eldest: a valiant warrior-woman, heir to the kingdom. The youngest: the sweet beauty with her Prince Charming. No one says much about the middle princess, Andromeda. Andi, the other one. Andi doesn't mind being invisible. She enjoys the company of her horse more than court, and she has a way of blending into the shadows. Until the say she meets a strange man while out riding. A man who keeps company with wolves and ravens, who rules a land of shapeshifters and demons. A land she'd thought was no more than legend - until he claims her as its queen."
I came upon the wonderful Jeffe Kennedy through her friend (and fellow ROCKIN' author) Darynda Jones. Jeffe sent me an ARC of this book, and I started to read it on my way to RT Booklovers Convention. I was sucked into the story immediately with the first sentence. Something about the way she penned this story, it just oozed mystery filled fantasy. Instantly, I needed to know more about the story. You are introduced to 3 sisters who couldn't be more different from one another. This book is told from Andromeda, the middle sister. Better known as Andi, she desires to be away from the day to day politics of being a princess. She does not desire marriage like her younger sister, Amelia or does she desire to be the heir of the throne like her older sister Ursula. While there are traits within both of her sisters that she envies, she is content with her horse and riding beyond where she was allowed. 

Andi's mischievous ways lead her right into the arms of Rayfe. "Tala are drawn to one another in the outside world, I understand like a kind of deep, irresistible attraction." She smiled then, as the blush heated my cheeks. "Ah, yes - you felt it with my son. That's all to the good. You two will have enough to face together. You deserve to at least enjoy each other." Rayfe knew his place and his purpose at a young age. Their connection was instant. The pull towards one another was too strong; even for a stubborn, hard-headed princess of the High King. The blooming, and sometimes awkward, romance between these two is Hot with a capital H. And while that was an incredible part of the story, I couldn't help but put the "LOVE" on the back burner for the world that Jeffe created in this story. I want to walk barefoot through the grass in Annfwn and ride Fiona alongside the beaches. I found myself jealous of Dafne and all the scrolls and hidden texts she had access to. Jeffe created a world so vivid that I desired to learn all the history of the Twelve Kingdoms and Tala. I found myself re-reading the informational portions just to ensure that I absorbed every last word.
If I could pick a favorite thing about the story, it would be the broad range of readers it could reach. (This also lead to a problem of categorizing the book) This book set in a FANTASY world with a strong REGENCY presence with the kings and my ladies. Add a dash of PARANORMAL with the Tala, some MYSTERY of the 5 W's and top it off with a little ROMANCE and you have a book that doesn't fall under one heading. With the turn of every page, I wasn't sure what I was getting.
I adored the snarky banter between Andi & Rayfe. It lead to several dog-eared pages (SORRY, Jeffe... I know that is unforgivable) and a lot of highlighting... which wouldn't be a bad thing - except I was not reading an e-book. Since I don't write spoiler reviews, I will leave you with this before I share my favorite quotes of the book:
I felt different after reading this book. The lines of my imagination were tested, and I LOVED IT. Jeffe writes with a paintbrush of a talented artist. Her words are filled with beauty and pain all at the same time. I found that this story was so well written, that even the simplest line, "And there was Rayfe. Waiting for me," overflowed with emotion. You could feel what she was feeling as she wrote the words. It was an amazing feeling to be so tuned into the author just by reading her words. Now for my quotes!!! 

"You can't just waltz into Ordnung, Rayfe!"
"You don't say." He grinned at me, but stern resolve was carried under the words. "Besides, a waltz is too circular. I prefer a more direct approach."

"I fly over the walls, meet up with Rayfe. He sends the prisoners back. And I - I guess I marry him and go back to his castle or his tree house in the wild forests of Annfwn or whatever. Happily ever after."

He kissed me, slow and tender, and dropped his forehead against mine. "This may hurt."
"I ride a lot of horses," I whispered. 

"Thank you. It comes as a comfort to me that you wish me warm."
"I wish far more than that for you, my wife, but this will do for a start."
"I'm not your wife yet."
"Then we shall remedy that immediately."

I craved for more about Amelia and Ursula, and almost squealed with joy with I read that the second in the trilogy would be Amelia's story. I feel each sister has a part to tell in a larger story that has not fully been revealed and I cannot wait to have the big picture revealed to me. Thank you Jeffe for this INCREDIBLE book, and for being such a sweet person! 

Let's show our gal some LOVE: 


Book Nerd's Dozen: Jeffe Kennedy Style!

Today, we welcome Jeffe Kennedy! (JEFF-EEE) And we would first like to say "HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY!" 'The Mark of the Tala' releases today, and we couldn't be more thrilled for her and for y'all to finally get the chance to read this book. Jeffe took a minute to answer a few questions for us today! So, let's get the Book Nerd's Dozen rolling....

1) Waiting in line at Starbucks, what are you ordering? What name do you give?
Jeffe: Venti soy latte with sugar-free caramel. And I say Jennifer, because no one hears “Jeffe” right.
2) Who was your first book boyfriend?
Jeffe: Probably Anne McCaffrey’s F’Lar, if we pick chronologically. But the first one I *really* obsessed over (and still do) was J.D. Robb’s Roarke. ~dreamy sigh~
3) Last song you couldn't get enough of?
Jeffe: Lorde’s Royals
4) At this very moment, do your socks match?
Jeffe: Hee! Yes.
5) Dog-earring: okay or unforgivable?
Jeffe: UNFORGIVABLE (catalogs and magazines are okay though)
6) What is your super power?
Jeffe: I can open any wine bottle, with any implement. Seriously.
7) Dog person or cat person?
Jeffe: Cat person! Though I love all animals.
8) Nickname?
Jeffe: Jeffe! The man calls me “My Dear” and my mother calls me “Poohsies” (for Winnie the Pooh)
9) If you had to leave one piece of advice for the next generation, what would it be?
Jeffe: Stay away from the Borg!
(Special nerd joke there )
10) Tell me about your best author fangirl moment! (Either one you had or one someone had withyou!)

Jeffe: Had to be dancing next to Nora Roberts at the Harlequin Ball. She even gave my shoes an approving nod! Total squee moment.
11) Are the men in your stories your ideal? Do you write them based off of someone?
Jeffe: Interesting question. Yes, because I write fiction, the men are ideals. Very often romance heroes are not men we’d want to live with every day in real life. I might love Roarke as a book boyfriend, but he’d no doubt drive me crazy as an actual person. That said, I do base the way my fictional men operate in relationships on my real-life man of 23 years. He’s an amazing partner to me and source of love and support. To me that’s true love.
12) Now, this one is important... Do you return your buggy to its proper location after grocery shopping?
Jeffe: Um… no. Sometimes I’ll stick it in the cart corral. But if there’s a convenient place to stow it where it won’t roll away, I’ll do that. Do you hate me now?
And finally, for the last and final question in your Book Nerd's Dozen: 
13) Can you leave us fans with some juicy tidbit? A secret? (WE WON'T TELL!) A pet peeve?
Jeffe: Hmm…This one is on my mind today, with the shootings at UCSB and all the attendant talk. I’m a sorority girl. I loved my soror and some of my sorority sisters are still good friends today. They are surgeons, lawyers, business owners. I get really tired of talk that bashes sorority girls as sluts and bimbos. Worse – people act *shocked* when I reveal my “secret.” Go Gamma Phi Beta!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Spider by Jennifer Estep

For the first time, the origins of Gin Blanco’s career as the deadly assassin “the Spider” are revealed in full. In a story that pre-dates the other nine books in the series, Gin Blanco goes through her paces to become the most feared assassin in the Ashland.

This book got some mixed reviews. I for one really enjoyed it. I love Gin. She is one of my top five kick ass female leads. she had such a horrible past and this book went back years to tell  story of how one event probably changed her whole life and helped her to become the person she is today.

I loved that we got to see her training. We got to see Fletcher again. We got to see her be a kid who makes mistakes that she would never make in the presence. We got to see her learn to have the patience that her spider name is supposed to represent. What I loved the most is meeting the people that are in her life now for the very first time. 

"Her?" Finn asked, his voice taking on an offended, incredulous note. "She looks like she's fifteen at most. That's way too young for me, Gin. I do have some standards, moral and otherwise." He paused and glanced at the girl again. "Maybe in ten years or so. When she's all grown up."

We got to see Finn how he was before as well. Just an intern at a bank but still a huge flirt. I love him.

"You know, one day, you're going to meet a girl who won't automatically fall in love with you or be immediately seduced by your so-called charm," I snipped. "I just hope that I'm around to see it happen, when the ego of the mighty Finnegan Lane gets the bruising and beat-down that it so richly deserves."

"Take care," Owen finally said.
"Yeah. You too."
He waved at me. "Until we meet again."

I nodded my head politely at Roslyn. "Ms. Phillips, so nice to meet you."
She tipped her head back at me. "And you too Gin. I'm sure we'll meet again."

What I hated the most is that I knew what was going to happen. I was hoping with everything I had that I would be wrong. It hurt me on her behalf. I was heartbroken. I felt like a person in her life watching it all unravel but not saying anything because she wouldn't have listened anyway. You hope you are wrong but know you are not. Bad things are what make you stronger and mold you to who you are meant to be and I saw that in this book. I saw the connections to who she was and how this made her who she is.

A great book, in my definition, makes you feel. Really feel. Like the characters are your friends and when they are upset, you are upset. When they are nervous, you are super nervous for them. When they are in a tight spot, you are on the edge of your seat crossing your fingers and praying that they and everyone that they and you both love, get out okay. This book delivered on all fronts.



Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Reasonable Doubt: Volume 2

She lied to me... 
She betrayed the one rule that I'm most adamant about: Honesty. Complete and utter fucking honesty. 
I really wish she was someone else—someone who didn't have the ability to make me feel, someone I could easily discard like the hundreds of women before her. 
She isn't. 
I'm drawn to her like I've never been drawn to a woman before—completely captivated by the very sight of her. But unfortunately, with my past slowly re-surfacing for all of the world to see, I'll have to find a way to let her go. 
She can never be mine. 

Initial Thoughts when you first finished it?
Catherine: Who knew 67 pages could hurt so much? Could leave me NEEDING so much more? Did I forget to breathe during those 67 pages? Yep! Sure did! And I knew better. The first volume (which I fucking LOVED!) left me emotional scarred and in dire need of therapy. Andrew and Aubrey left us dying for some more of this story with the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers in the first volume. This middle book let us learn a lot more about my dear Andrew. I know I might not be the norm with this thought, but I love chapters or books that inform us more about the characters we love and are rooting for. 

Kristyn: oh my gosh!! I thought the first book had a cliff hanger! This woman needs to win an award for seriously killing me and giving me palpitations! This book is so good. 

If you could choose one supporting character to know more about (with NO explanation in case of spoilers) who would it be?
Catherine: Emma Henderson. 

Kristyn: I agree with Catherine on this one. 

Favorite part of the book?
Catherine: I am sure Kris will say the same thing, but I adored the banter between the two via email or text. It was light, fun and sexy. And then I loved getting the visual of his home. Really able to get a glimpse, albeit a very controlled by Andrew glimpse, into the man behind the filthy mouth that we love so much. 

Kristyn: I did say the same thing! I sent Catherine a message halfway through the book saying how much I loved the playfulness between them. The silly, fun emails. I loved how they seemed to get along so well outside of sex. They really had chemistry and I imagined them a happy playful couple. 

Favorite Quotes:
"No. I settled down first, then I started fucking."

"In the interest of your future short-lived and mediocre law career, I'm going to do two huge favors for you: One, I'm going to apologize for fucking you a second time and let you know it will never happen again. Two, I'm going to pretend like you didn't just assault me with some g*****n coffee."

"So, you don't love me anymore?"
"I don't answer rhetorical questions,"I said."

"I would run my car over you."

"Andrew was the epitome of what it meant to be an asshole, a shining example of what that word stood for, but no matter how pissed I was, I hadn't been able to stop thinking about him."

"Get your hands off of me..."
"Say it more convincingly and I will." He wait for my request, raising his eyebrow, but I couldn't bring myself to say those words."

"I never said I was a gentleman."

"So, the white roses and the 'He's just yelling at you because he knows you're the best/Don't let him get to you' note that was on the hood of my car today weren't from you?" I hung up."


"Are you happy?" He whispered.
"Are you sure? Is there anything else outside of my comfort zone you'd like me to do for you tonight?"
"Not tonight, but you could make me breakfast in the morning."
"You're pushing it..."

"I don't do pillow talk."
"It's not pillow talk." I scoffed. "It's part of being a gentleman."
"I never said I was a gentleman..."

Final Thoughts: 
Catherine: These are characters I am invested in, and while the storyteller has decided to serve the story in appetizer portions doesn't make the meal any less delicious. I just loved it. This 2nd time around I was emotionally prepared for a cliffhanger. (if you expected otherwise after the whopper in the 1st volume, I don't even know what to say) Even with all  my preparation, my heart still ached with each bump in the road. Small (to the strangers eye) gestures made by both parties made my heart melt with anticipation of some positive progress. My heart goes out to those who are weak hearted and read this series before it is complete. And to the ever talented Whitney, you did it again. I am patiently waiting for Andrew to return to me. 

Kristyn: I love these books. I have to admit, out of all the books I have read in this genre, I love them as a couple the most. They fit together so well. They just seem like they have the potential to live happily ever after. I cannot wait to read the rest. They are officially my favorite "couple" if only he would let them be a couple.


Show our girl Whitney some serious I.F.L.Y type love and affection: