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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Book Review: Taking What's His (Shillings Agency #4) by Diane Alberts

Taking What's His

Shillings Agency #4

Diane Alberts

Release Date:
April 28, 2015

Entangled Brazen

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GR's Summary:

A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint... 

Some lines are meant to be crossed... 

One explosive device was all it took to turn Holt Cunningham from ass-kicking Marine to IT technician. Hell, he's still not over it. So when the cute little strawberry blonde at the bar asks him to kiss her, Holt can't resist the temptation of a sexy distraction. Before he knows it, she's blown his mind...and then skipped out the next morning. 

Lydia Thomas never expected things with Holt to go quite that far, but oh, it was worth it. After being far too good for way too long, she was ready to be bad. Except that there's that tiny detail that Lydia kept to herself-Holt just spent the night doing naughty things...with his best friend's little sister. 

One night isn't nearly enough. But with his friendship on the line, how far will Holt go in order to claim what's his?

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My Thoughts:

Taking What's His, by Diane Alberts, was such a fun, flirty, and fantabulous read!  Not to mention steamy, sexy, and downright drool worthy!  If you are in the mood for a fast-paced, erotic, and sizzling, sensual, and swoon-worthy escape, this is the perfect read for you!

A year ago Holt Cunningham was a marine in the midst of battle with the rest of his platoon, when an IED explosion killed everyone, leaving him the sole survivor.  Now he is back home, suffering from long-term physical effects, as well as PTSD.  He works as an IT guy along with his best friend, Steven, a former Seal, at Shillings Agency.  

One night when Lydia is out at a bar, she see's her ex-boyfriend, a man that cheated on her.  She does something she normally wouldn't do and approaches the gorgeous, hunky looking nerd at the bar and asks him to kiss her.  She thinks the man looks familiar, and when he introduces himself as Holt, she quickly realizes that she recognizes him from her brother's Facebook photos.  

After they share an explosive kiss that leaves Lydia weak in the knees, Holt asks her if she wants to go home with him.  He doesn't know that she is Steven's little sister, and she decides one night of hot sex won't hurt anyone.  He doesn't have to know who she is.  They both agree to one night with no attachments, and they will go their separate ways in the morning.  However, nothing goes according to plan...

Whew!  This story was H-O-T, Sexy, Sweet, and Romantic!  I loved the main characters, Lydia and Holt.  Lydia was really sweet, adventurous, enthusiastic, caring, and compassionate.  She was the salve for Holt's wounded soul.  Holt was a great guy!  He felt broken, unworthy, unhappy, and lonely.  Despite all of his challenges, he was a really special guy.  He had two sides to him; the alpha-male, dirty talker, sexy pleaser, and the sweet, romantic, caring and giving lover.

My Rating:

I give, Taking What's His, by Diane Alberts, 4 Tantalizing Temptation, Frenzy Filled, Heated Stars!!!  If you enjoy the Entangled Brazen Line, and really sexy reads, I highly recommend this one!

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"Holt Cunningham"

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About Diane Alberts:

Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling contemporary romance author with Entangled Publishing. She also writes New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling new adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. She’s hit the Top 100 lists on Amazon and Barnes and Noble numerous times with numerous titles. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Book Review: The Consequence of Loving Colton (Consequence #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

The Consequence of Loving Colton
by Rachel Van Dyken

Release Date:

April 21st, 2015


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It’s all fun and games…until someone’s heart is broken. 

They’re not kids anymore, but Milo Caro is certain that Colton Mathews will only see her as his best friend’s little sister for the rest of their lives. After all, he made that clear the night before she left for college. But four years later, her brother is getting married and Colt’s the best man—and guess who is the best man’s last-minute date? 

Milo vows to use the wedding to either claim the smoldering firefighter’s heart or douse this torch for good. When Max—her best friend from college, who may be carrying a torch of his own—crashes the party, they devise a plan to make Colt see what he’s missing. But after Colt catches on, he decides to cook up his own revenge. 

Now it’s personal. Colt and Milo are at war, and between Max’s questionable acting methods, an unfortunate trip to jail, and a maniacal fiancée, what could possibly go right? 

Lindy's Thoughts:

The Consequence of Loving Colton, by Rachel Van Dyken, was vastly different from what I was anticipating. Initially, when I saw the book cover and read the synopsis, I came to expect a very serious, sweet, tender, passionate, and sexy romance. I enjoy the whole forbidden romance trope, as well as the fake boyfriend theme. However, as I began to turn the pages, I quickly realized that this story was a romantic comedy full of tomfoolery and an entertaining comedy of errors. 

Milo has been madly in love with her older brother, Jason's best friend, Colton, for many years. However, he treats her like she is his younger sister, and doesn't appear to notice that she is all grown up now. When Jason and his fiancee' Jayne are about to tie the knot, Milo comes home for the weekend. Milo hasn't seen Colton for eighteen months (because she's been avoiding him,) and when she see's him, she realizes that her feelings for him are stronger than ever. Milo and Colton end up sharing a kiss that goes wrong, when he acts like it was a big mistake. Milo breaks down in tears, and to hide her embarrassment, makes up a story about feeling bad for cheating on her boyfriend. 

Here's where Milo's fake boyfriend comes in. She has her best friend, a good-looking player, by the name of Max, come down for the weekend. Max plans on helping Milo make Colton jealous, so that she will finally get the guy of her dreams. Needless to say, the wedding weekend turns out to deliver plenty of surprises, chaos, melodrama, and interesting situations.... 

This story was entertaining, fun, and offbeat. It was quirky, and melodramatic. Shenanigans ensued and the main character, Milo, came off as a bit of a ding bat. I could see this book being turned in to a play or movie, and marketed as a romantic comedy. If you are looking for a more serious story, with down-to-earth characters, then this would not be a good fit. However, if you are looking for laughs, "slipping and falling on a banana peel type of comedy," with a touch of romance and a huge HEA, then this is the book for you. 

My Rating:

I give, The Consequences of Loving Colton, by Rachel Van Dyken, 3 Whacky Mishap, Lifelong Crush, Slap Stick Comedy Filled Stars!

Mikki's Review:

I am a big fan of Rachel Van Dyken. I fell in love with her Ruin and Eagle Elite series. Those series have made me feel all kinds of emotions while reading them. When I read the synopsis for The Consequence of Loving Colton, I knew that it would not leave me emotionally drained. I was expecting a fun and light novel and, it's exactly what it was. Falling for your brother's best friend has never been this hilarious!

Milo has been in love with Colton since she was thirteen. Colton always treated her like a little sister and, that's the last thing she wants. She loves him deeply, but when she tried to get close to him and reveal her feelings she was burned. Four years later, she's back for her brother's wedding and she knows that there is no running away from Colton. She will be spending every single moment with him. When Colton comes face-to-face with Milo, he can't deny that his feelings for her are strong and sincere. When Milo's best friend, Max, shows up as Milo's ''boyfriend'' Colton sees red. Milo and Max have the perfect plan to make Colton realize his girl won't be waiting forever. Will Colton fight for Milo or will he let another precious moment go by?

TCoLC was very different from what I'm used to from Rachel Van Dyken. I think it's very similar to her Bet series. I have heard that those book are very funny. I really liked Milo and Colton, but I have to admit that they drove me nuts in many occasions!!! Their cat and mouse game was funny, but I wanted a bit more from them. I can't deny that their chemistry was good, but I felt like the moments that they shared together were spent fighting about silly things instead of revealing the way the felt about each other. This book was playing out like a movie while I was reading it. It made me think a bit of The Hangover ... lol!!! There is an event in this book that is a total fiasco!!! I could not stop laughing. There was a lot of LOL moments, but a few WTH moments as well.

There were a few supporting characters that stole the show in this book. Max was my favorite one. He was seriously funny and I think that if Milo and Colton finally took a step forward with their relationship it's because of him. Milo's grandmother was all kinds of cray-cray!!! She's a wild one! lol!! The rest of the supporting characters all brought something fun to the story and it made me enjoy it even more.

Overall, I was expecting a bit more of romance, but it still was an enjoyable reading escape. Max, Milo's best friend, his getting his book next. I'm looking forward to it. I really liked him in TCoLC. I'm sure there will be many hilarious moments in his book as well.

My Rating:

I give The Consequence of Loving Colton, by Rachel Van Dyken, 3.5 fun, enjoyable, entertaining, be-the-doughnut stars!

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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at 

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Book Review: Meant for You (The Montgomery Brothers #5) by Samantha Chase

Meant for You
The Montgomery Brothers #5

Samantha Chase

April 7, 2015

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GR's Summary:

She dares to dream... 

Summer Montgomery wants to be taken seriously almost as much as she wants her brother's best friend, Ethan. But with a long resume of seemingly random career choices and a protective brother on watch, those things are nothing more than pipe dreams... 

Does he dare to try?

Ethan Reed would like nothing more than to live by his own rules. Not wanting to disappoint his best friend Zach, or any of the Montgomerys, Ethan's had to push his long-denied feelings for Summer aside. But it only takes one night away from watchful eyes to make impossible dreams come true...

My Thoughts:

Meant for You by Samantha Chase was a slow read for me.  Initially, I was really excited to read it, because I enjoy the whole friend falling in love with his best friend's younger sister trope.  Not to mention, that the summary sounded interesting and I liked the book cover as well.

However, I was disappointed with this story.  The main reason being that I had a huge difficulty when it came to caring about and connecting with the main characters, Summer and Ethan.  I really wanted to love this story, but I just didn't buy into the love and passion between Summer and Ethan.  I need to feel the emotion in a romance in order to be drawn in, and care about what happens to the main characters.  I didn't get the case of the "feels" like I wanted.  

Supposedly, Ethan has had feelings for Summer for a long time, but not acted on them.  In the story, his character came across as cowardly and whinny.  He's always thinking about how much he wants to be with Summer, but doesn't do anything to prove it until the very end of the story.  Summer is the one initiating the relationship, while he enjoys it behind closed doors, because he is too scared of what her family will think.  He came across as not having a backbone, and I wanted him to make more of an effort.

Also, the secondary male character's, Summer's father and brothers didn't take her seriously, because she was a female.  They constantly belittled her previous job choices, didn't respect her opinions, were overbearing, and acted like she was a child.  For the most part Summer allowed this treatment, even though she was frustrated by it.  Unfortunately, I was bored by the story for the most part.  

My favorite aspects of the story were Summer's Uncle William, because he was a mastermind matchmaker.  I found his character enjoyable and entertaining, although he played a very small part in the story.  I also enjoyed, secondary character, Gabriella.  She was strong, independent, intelligent, loyal.

My Rating:

I give, Meant for You, by Samantha Chase, 2.5 Falling In Love With Her Brother's Best Friend Filled Stars!

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About Samantha Chase:
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well. 

With twenty-three titles currently to her name, she has no plans to slow down. The success of the Montgomery Brothers series has her working on six new titles in that collection as well as two new exciting series set to start popping up on bookshelves in 2015. You won't find her books with the erotica or paranormal titles, all of her works are pure contemporary romances. 

When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, blogging, playing way too many games of Scrabble on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

Friday, April 24, 2015

4 Paws For Piper: Charity Book Auction

Dear Reading and Blogging Community, 

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Unfortunately, training for service dogs is a lengthy and expensive proposition, but with your help, we hope to raise enough funds not only to get Piper her service dog, but to help a few other families get the assistance they so desperately need too. This event has taken on a life of its own and we are already making tremendous strides toward reaching financial goals. Just think how many other children we can help. 

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Book Review: Captive (The Blackcoat Rebellion #2) by Aimee Carter


(The Blackcoat Rebellion #2) 
Aimee Carter 
November 25th 2014 
Harlequin Teen 
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For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister's niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever.

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?

Those Closest Can Be the Deadliest

This is going to be a tough one for me because if I’m perfectly honest Captive fell a little short of my expectations. Pick up your jaw, it’s okay Captive was still a good read. I just enjoyed the first one so much more. There is nothing wrong with a little sophomore slump especially if it leads to the most amazing ending ever!! What happened? The beginning was a little slow and there was like none to minimal back story. For about 25% there was some confusion because it picks just after the MEGA cliffhanger ending from the first. Not a big deal if you read them back to back but I read Pawn like at least 100 books ago that’s a boat load of information so I tend to need a bit of a recap off the bat. BUT DAYUM!!!! As soon as the action starts…it does NOT stop. Like BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! and just when you thought you knew up from down…BAM! oh and don’t forget about the END?! YIKES Feelers EXPLOSION!!! I am so excited to see what happens next!! 

C-ircle, Kitty has always been kept in the dark. Attempting to make a stand for herself results in a worse off situation. 
A-pprehensive, Knox has supposedly had her best interest at heart. After an intense confrontation Kitty will find herself completely alone.
P-romise, things are not what they seem but Kitty’s life hangs by a thread. She will be introduced to unimaginable horrors.
T-rust, during an incredibly dark hour powerful allies will emerge providing Kitty with the surge she desperately needed.  
I-nnocent, everyone has played a crucial role those closest can be the deadliest. War on the precipice it was only a matter of time before everyone’s card was reviled.  
V-indication, Kitty has sat idly by avoiding her fate but with a new resolve she will set out to right her wrongs. 
E-ntwined, the face of the nation now has two…One on each side Kitty will prepare to prove who she really is.   

Eureka folks…Ugh Kitty has a lot of character development left in her. Like seriously I wanted to murder her myself. A. Lot. then at the end there is a light switch that goes off!! I was relieved to say the least. OMG Benjy who is the love of her life…all she’s ever known…Only person she trusts…Blah, blah, blah, BORING!! I feel like she’s dating her brother I’m waiting for a miracle I guess because anytime Knox gets close some serious ish goes down and Kitty hates him. UGH why do I always pick the wrong guy? I love Knox and I think he may care for Kitty more than he lets on. Benjy? He is like all american do gooder and Kitty is such a firecracker she needs someone like Knox. 

Get ready to have your socks knocked off though cause this installment will have you picking up your jaw the surprises and punches just keep on rolling. Even though this hasn’t been my favorite I’m looking forward to Queen!!! Eeeeeep! I can’t wait!! 

My Rating
3.25 Party, Faint, Gross, Gun, Meeting, Lock, Files, Death, Elsewhere, Red, Cage, Manor, Visitor, X, Eyes, Codes, Chopper, Fire, Tunnel, Announcement, Lila, Kitty, Harts…Queen holy cannoli whats going to happen next crazy intense filled stars!

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Cover Reveal: Fury (The Seven Deadly #3) by Fisher Amelie

FURY, the much anticipated third standalone of The Seven Deadly Series by Fisher Amelie, releases May 4th, 2015! As we count down the days, Fisher is teasing us yet again! Here is the highly awaited cover!!

And now, without further ado...

  EXCERPT from FURY, Coming May 4, 2015: 

We start where we left off from Fisher’s last excerpt. If you’d like to read it, you can go here!

FURY, Excerpt Two 

Ethan?” she asked. “Is that you?” 

“Hello, Finley,” I answered. 

“How are you?” she asked, somehow devoid of the pity I’d often heard in so many greetings since Cricket. I was grateful to her for this. 

“I’m fine,” I slurred, lifting my head a bit to meet her eyes. 

A grin met her lips. “You were always a terrible liar.” Her smile fell a little. “What are you doing here?” 

“I’m drinking.” 

She narrowed her eyes. 

“You hate drinking.” 

“I learned to love it,” I said, downing the remaining contents of my glass, letting it burn. 

She looked me up and down, making me feel self-conscious. “But apparently it doesn’t love you.” 

“Thanks,” I snorted, acting like I didn’t care. But I did. 

“You look terrible,” she said, ignoring me. “Are you even eating?”

“I’m consuming the daily recommended calorie intake,” I hedged. 

“Ah,” she answered, examining my empty glass. 

I shook my head and signaled to Vi for another. 

Finley narrowed her eyes once more. “Can I get a basket of chicken tenders too, Vi?” she added. 

“Sure thing,” she said, ringing up Finley’s food before grabbing the bottle of Jack and filling me to the top. 

Finley examined my glass but didn’t say a word. 

 “What?” I asked, feeling defensive. 

 “Nothing,” she answered, looking at her hands. 

 “Judging me?”

 “Not at all,” she said sincerely and looked me dead in the eye. 

 This look froze me, and the glass slipped from my fingers and back onto the bar top, spilling a little from the rim. 

“I’ve done that very thing,” she said, gesturing toward my glass. 

“Drink ’til you’re numb?” 

“No,” she said, “succumb to a vice in order to forget.” 

 I leaned forward, stunned by this admission, and my eyes found hers. “What, Finley?” 

She hesitated, started to open her mouth, but someone called her name and she turned around. It was an ex-classmate of ours, couldn’t remember her name, the one she’d been dancing with, and I found myself feeling anxious all of a sudden. I hadn’t felt anxious in a long time. Hadn’t felt anything, really, other than severe pain and shame, in a very long time. Huh

“Finley, Chris is gonna give me a ride back home. You cool?” the girl asked, eyeing me. She knew. The whole town knew about my tumble down the rabbit hole. 

“Yeah, Holly Raye. I’ll see you tomorrow,” she answered, her brows scrunched in confusion. 

Finley was surprised by Holly Raye’s apparent worry which I found odd. 

“Okay,” Holly Raye said, kissing Finley’s cheek. 

Chris was waiting by the door for her, and we both watched them leave, afraid to speak, our earlier moment gone. 

Vi walked up with Finley’s chicken tenders and set them in front of her. Her fingers found one but lifted up quickly with a tiny gasp.

“Hot,” she whispered, resting her fingers against the side of her water glass. 

She let them cool for a few moments and we sat in awkward silence. I wasn’t sure what she was still doing there. I didn’t have any clue why she had even started to talk to me either. I mean, I knew in high school she’d had a crush on me, but I figured it was long gone. She used to stare at me a little doe eyed, and I had always done my best to be kind to her but not too kind. I’d considered her a friend but nothing more, even if I did take solace in my conversations with her. I’d never admitted that out loud to anyone then, though, not that I was ashamed or anything. It’s just, I was in love with Cricket. 


The ache in my chest burned deep, a restless reminder of all I’d lost. And suddenly I felt guilty for finding Finley attractive even when I thought she was a stranger. Even after Cricket left me for Spencer. 

“You should probably leave,” I told her. 

She looked at me like I was crazy. “I’ll do whatever I want,” she said, sitting taller, pitching me that confident Finley attitude I remembered from high school. 

“Whatever,” I said, then called out to Vi for another round, which she served up quickly. 

Finley tore apart a few tenders then handed me half of one. 

“Uh, no,” I said, downing my glass. 

“Uh, yes,” she mocked, shoving the piece in my face. 

“Stop,” I said, swiping it away. 

“Eat, damn it,” she said. 

I looked at her and the expression on her face told me she wouldn’t quit, so I roughly took it from her and took a large bite. She bit into her own piece, a smug look on her face. She practically hand fed me every piece in the damn basket, but I didn’t care. I knew what she was doing, but it wouldn’t work because the liquor resting in my belly was too substantial to be worked against. 

“What have you done with your summer?” she asked me. 

“This,” I said, gesturing to my glass. 

 “What the hell, Ethan?” 

 “What, are you my mother?” I asked, immediately regretting those choice of words. I closed my eyes. 

Mom. My heart dropped into my throat. Must remedy that

 “Vi,” I said loudly to her at the other end of the bar. “One more.” 

Vi walked the length of the bar and filled my glass again, much to Finley’s obvious horror. 

“Vi, can I get some mozzarella sticks?” she asked. 

“Of course, darlin’.” 

Finley smiled at me. 

“I’m not eating those,” I told her. 

“Oh, you’ll eat them.” 

“I won’t.” 

“You will.” 

“I sure as hell will not, Finley Dyer.” 

She leaned closer and my head began to swim. Her signature scent of apples and wild daisies swarmed around me, making my heart race. It’d never bothered me before. It’s the liquor, I told myself. 

“You will or I’m taking your ass home right now.”

“You can just kiss that ass, Fin.” 

“That’s the Jack talking.” 

“No, that’s me. I don’t want to play anymore. I want to be left alone now.” 

“You see,” she said, settling her elbows on the bar top, “I think- No, I know you’re lying. Like I said before, you’re a terrible liar. I think you’ve lied so often about wanting to be left alone, though, that you’ve convinced your head it’s the truth, but you can’t convince the heart, Ethan. You know why? Because the heart can’t ever be lied to, and yours beats the loneliest I’ve ever heard.”

I didn’t answer her. Couldn’t answer her. 

“What have you done this summer?” I asked, ignoring her spot-on observation. 

She played along. “I’ve had a temp job here in Kalispell answering phones for Smith Travel, trying to earn cash for my trip.” 

My brows furrowed. “What trip?” 

“I’m heading over to Vietnam for a year.” 

 This shocked me. “What in the world would you go to Vietnam for?” 

“Charity work,” she answered, making me laugh. 

“Why?” I asked. 

“Don’t be an asshole,” she replied. 

“No, really, why?” 

“I’ve wanted to do this for close to five years now.” 

“How come I don’t ever remember you talking about this at school?” 

 “Ethan,” she said softly, “let’s not pretend we ever really talked in high school deeper than filler conversation.” 

This wounded me a little, though I’m not sure why. “What the hell, Finley? You and I were friends.” 

Now it was her turn to laugh. “We were most definitely not friends. I may know everything about you and you may know everything about me because we grew up together, but we were not friends. You had a constant bodyguard in Cricket.” 

I sat up at the mention of her name. “Don’t ever say her name again,” I gritted. 

She raised her hands in concession. “Fine.” There was a pregnant pause as she let me calm myself down.

“I talked to you a lot in the classes we had,” I offered. 

“We talked a lot about the upcoming football games or class assignments. Once or twice, we took the seventy-year-old route and discussed the weather.” 

I fought my grin. “Okay, so it was always surface observation, but we were kids.” 

“No, Ethan, that’s not what it was.” 

“Well, you were in love with me,” I bravely spit. “I couldn’t take it further than just below the shoal.” Thank you, Mr. Daniels. 

“Full of yourself, are we?” she asked. “Listen,” she continued, “I had a crush on you in high school. So what? Lots of girls did. But I was, am, a human being. You didn’t have to treat me like some leper. Trust me, Ethan, we all know who you belonged to,” she said. 

She stood to leave, but I grabbed her arm. The heated warmth of her skin shot straight to my heart. We looked at one another, wide eyed, our chests panting. I shook my head to recompose myself. “I’m sorry,” I told her, encouraging her to sit back down. “I’m- I know you deserved better.” 

She hesitated but sat back in her seat. I stared at her, a little too intently thanks to the Jack. She nodded once and we sat in a comfortable silence as I had five more shots. 

The whiskey made my body heavy as hell, the weight of its honeyed venom deadened the ache inside me pleasantly. 

I sighed and smiled to myself. 

“What’s so funny?” she asked. I looked up at her though it felt unusually burdensome and leaned toward her. “I’m going to get them back,” I admitted to her. 

She narrowed her eyes. Who, Ethan?” 

Them,” I said, bringing a tired finger to my lips. “Don’t tell anyone.”

I fell back into my chair. I brought my fingers to my empty glass and tilted it, balancing it on one finger. She was quiet for a moment. 

“Ethan,” she began, whispering, “that’s not like you.” 

I smiled. “I’m not who I used to be, Finley.” 

“That’s a shame,” she said, “because you used to be wonderful.” I narrowed my eyes at her. 

Do you know what they did to me?” 

“She left you for him,” she said matter-of-factly. 

I let the glass tip over onto its side at her bluntness. “Exactly. After all I did for her. After all I was to her. She left me for him.” 

“She wasn’t meant for you, Ethan.” 

My skin burned with hatred at that statement. “No one is meant for anyone, Finley. You choose someone and then you make a commitment.” 

She shook her head at me. “You have no idea what you’re talking about.“ 

“She chose me, convinced me that she was all in, and I was willing to die for her because of it. She convinced me she actually loved me. I thought she loved me.” 

“She did love you. I believe she, you both really, would have been somewhat happy if Spencer had never shown up.” 


“You’re not hearing me. You both would have been somewhat happy. Neither of you would have been utterly happy.”

This infuriated me. 

“I could have made her happy!” I yelled, earning a few glances from around the bar. 

“Yes, you could have made her happy, but not as happy as Spencer does.” 

My blood simmered in my veins. “You are cruel,” I bit. 

She leaned forward. “I’m being honest with you. Someone has to since you’re not being honest with yourself. I saw them together, Ethan, and she never looked at you like that.” 

 “Stop,” I said, gritting my teeth. “Stop.” 

 “Ethan,” she said, resting her hand on mine. I yanked it from her. “Don’t you want the same thing for yourself? Don’t you want forever with someone who burns for you the way you burn for her? You deserve that just as much as she does.” 

 “Shut up,” I said, bringing my hands to my hair and fisting it at my ears. I didn’t want to hear it. 

 “Fine,” she said, sitting up. She looked around her and asked Vi for two cups of coffee. 

I couldn’t breathe. Finley voiced everything I’d worked so hard to drown out, I’d attempted to numb. I hated her for ruining the struggle to suppress it. I just wanted to pretend. I wanted my hate, wanted it to live close to me. It was the only thing I felt could keep me alive. I couldn’t let her go. I didn’t want her to be loved by anyone but me. I didn’t want to be reminded that someone else really did love her better than I did, that someone else made her happier. Because I had watched them too. I saw what Finley saw, and my God did I hate Spencer Blackwell for it. 

 I wanted bitter. 

 I wanted sadness. 

 I wanted revenge.   


 About FURY: 

Revenge is an euphoric thing. Trust me on this. Nothing compares to the release you get when you ruin someone’s life. When they’ve stolen important things. Things that didn’t belong to them. Things I revel in making them pay for. What? Have I offended you? I’m not here to appeal to your delicate senses. I have no intention of placating your wishes or living within your personal belief system nor do I care if you hate me. And you will hate me. Because I’m a brutal, savage, cold-blooded murderer and I’m here for my revenge. I’m Ethan Moonsong...And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most sacrificing man to the most feared and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. 

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  About Fisher Amelie: 

Fisher Amelie resides in the South with her kick ace husband slash soul mate. She earned her first ‘mama’ patch in 2009. She also lives with her Weim, Jonah, and her Beta, Whale. All these living creatures keep the belly of her life full, sometimes to the point of gluttony, but she doesn’t mind all that much because life isn’t worth living if it isn’t entertaining, right? Fisher is the author of The Seven Deadly Series, The Sleepless Series, and The Leaving Series, and was a semi-finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award.    

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