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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Blog Tour: Rescuing the Bad Boy (Second Chance #2) by Jessica Lemmon

Rescuing The Bad Boy
Second Chance #2

Jessica Lemmon

May 26, 2015

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Book Summary:


For Donovan Pate, the lake town of Evergreen Cove is a minefield of tough memories—including the day he had to let go of Sofie Martin. Years later, he still can’t forget the taste of her lips and the feel of her killer curves. He knows he’s too damaged, that he should stay away for her own good. But what the head says and the heart wants are two very different things… 

Seven years ago, Donovan broke Sofie’s heart. Now her career depends on playing nice in order to pull off the charity fundraiser of the decade. She vows to keep things professional…yet working by his side every day doesn’t make it easy to fight temptation, and it isn’t long before she finds herself falling for this bad boy all over again. But loving Donovan means helping him face his past–so they can fight for a future together. 

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My Thoughts:

I was really happy and excited to return to Evergreen Cove, a small town in Ohio, where close friendships have evolved, and a sense of community exists.  Rescuing the Bad Boy is the sequel in the Second Chance Series.  I am a hopeless romantic at heart, and believe in second chances at love, so this series has been perfect for the optimist in me.

In Rescuing the Bad Boy, we get Donovan Pate and Sofie Martin's love story told from their dual perspectives.  When Sofie was twenty one, she lost her virginity to Donavan, and he broke her heart when he treated her poorly, and left town.  Seven years later, Donavan leaves his current home in New York to return to Evergreen Cove.  His grandmother passed, and left him her mansion.  He has plans of settling the estate promptly, and returning home.

However, Donavan's plans are thwarted when he learns that his grandmother signed a contract to host a fundraising dinner at the mansion for "Open Arms," a community service that helps abused children.  Sofie is in charge of organizing the event.  Therefore, with Donavan stuck in Evergreen Cove for three months, he plans to stay away from Sofie, and she him.  Yet, the allure and chemistry between them makes it impossible to stay away.  How will things end when the three months are up.  Will Sofie be left with a broken heart again?

While I enjoyed, Bringing Home the Bad Boy, I absolutely adored, Rescuing the Bad Boy.  My heart broke for Donavan's character.  He was a man with so many scars, that resulted in him not really living a full and happy life. He had never known love, caring, and compassion, until he meet Sofie.  He felt unworthy and damaged.  My heart cried for him, and made me think of how children are so vulnerable, and the abuse and scars forced upon them in childhood, have horrible lasting effects.  I loved Sofie's character.  She taught Donavan what love and genuine affection felt like.  Sofie was patient, fun loving, and I loved the teasing and flirty dynamic between her and Donavan.

Secondary characters from the first book in the series have returned, and what a reunion!  We get more Charlie and Evan, Glo, and Asher, as well as Colton, and Faith.  I can't wait to continue this series.  The love affairs, close friendships, and "Second Chance" theme all make for a wonderful reading experience.

My Rating:

I give, Rescuing the Bad Boy, by Jessica Lemmon, 4 Sexy Flirting, Exciting Bad Boy Kisses, Romantic Love Filled Stars!

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Her soft touch landed on Donovan’s arm, and the anger shuddering inside him shifted into an ache. She stepped closer, the warmth between them radiating enough heat to set him on fire. But like the fireplaces he built, he could handle it. He could handle the heat from her, not because he was impervious, but because he was strong enough to soak her in and not burn to ash. 
     She turned his arm where paint was drying. She swiped at it with her sleeve. “I made a mess.” 
     He’d forgotten about the paint. “Don’t… I can… There is a shower in the…” He lost his train of thought when she turned those emerald green eyes up to him. He watched her delicate throat work as she swallowed. His eyes traveled up her neck and landed on her mouth. Needing her mouth, he lowered his face, watched her eyes grow dark and wide, watched her lift her chin to meet him. 
     Heat. He wanted more. If only to test his own strength.   
     He moved his lips gently against hers, but resisted holding her to him. She held onto him though, grasping his forearms with both hands, her fingers wrapped around his elbows. Pressing her body against his, pressing her tits against his ribs. 
     Hell, sounded like an invitation to him. Deepening their connection, he thrust his tongue into her mouth, reached around, and grabbed her ass with both palms. When he squeezed, she sucked in a breath. 
     “Told you,” he rumbled. 
     “Told me?” 
     “Not a complaint, Scampi.” He squeezed again. “Perfect.” 
     A choked laugh left her throat. “Big.” 
     Still moving his hands over her backside, he said, “First thing I noticed about you at the Wharf.” He’d been plating up a chicken scaloppini when the manager walked in to show around a few new servers. Two he couldn’t remember, and Sofie. Bent over the plate, he’d peeked between the metal shelves framing that perfect ass . He’d stood to get a better look, and she’d pegged him with those moss-greens. 
     “Second thing I noticed was your eyes.” 
     Her lips parted slightly. “And the third thing?” 
     He kissed her. She tasted incredible. “The first time you talked to me.” 
     She rolled her eyes. “And what did I say?” 
     She didn’t think he remembered. She was wrong. “‘Can I get a side of cock?’” 
     Laughing, she shook her head. 
     He smiled back at her, unable to help himself. “Then you cleared your throat and said, ‘cocktail sauce’.” 
     Shaking her head, she said, “Worst abbreviation ever.” 
     “Kitchen guys are immature.” 
     She blinked up at him, studying him, like she was trying to piece him together. He didn't want her to. Once she pieced him together and had the whole picture, she wouldn’t like what she saw. 
     He kissed her again, keeping his hands on her body. 
     “Are you testing my boundaries?” she asked, her tone teasing. He recognized that comment from the night he rescued her from Torsett. 
     “Mine,” he corrected. 
     Sofie bit her lip. “I don’t date much.” 
     “Me either.” At all, actually. 
     She shook her head, more in thought than in argument. “I don’t think I have any boundaries with you.”  
     He was beginning to think he had none with her, either.

About Jessica Lemmon:

A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she's not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Book Review: The Moment We Began (Fairhope #2) by Sarra Cannon

The Moment We Began 

(Fairhope #2) 

Sarra Cannon 
Pub September 15th 2013 
by Dead River Books 
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The moment they both believe all hope is lost is the moment something real finally begins.

I have loved Mason Trent for years, but I've only been sleeping with him for one.

None of my friends know about our secret passion. He's in my bed one night and in the arms of someone else the next. And it's tearing me apart.

I've done everything I can think of to make him mine, but the more I cling to him, the harder he pushes me away. I'm spiraling out of control, not sure how much more of this I can take. A girl can only bend so far until she breaks. And when I do, I break completely. I'm talking about one night of bad decisions, all leading to a my-world-will-never-be-the-same kind of moment. A moment where I need Mason more than ever. True to form, though, he's running.

But I intend to go with him this time. I'm willing to leave my money, my family, my friends behind for this one last chance to see if he could ever really love me the way I deserve to be loved. I'm willing to sacrifice forever if it means one real moment with him.

Each book in the Fairhope series can stand-alone, but you'll see updates on your favorite characters throughout each book, so read them in order to get the most out of the series!

The Moment We Began

When I first started reading this book I was like *face palm* what the heck is Pen thinking?! Man these characters were crazy! Somewhere along the way I started caring for Pen and wanting her happiness. This is a friends to lovers story that I found really entertaining. Although I didn’t agree with Pen and I wanted to murder Mason I’m glad I gave it a shot. This is book 2 of the Fairhope series where the main focus is Penny and Mason. All of the characters that were in the first come back in the second and that is always nice. It’s one of the reasons I enjoy contemporary series that can be read as stand alone. Revisiting with past characters and getting glimpses of their current life situations and happiness is always a plus!

ired, Pen has loved the same boy since she can remember but the feeling is not reciprocated.
umiliation, for the past year Penny has been in a one way romantic relationship. The fact that Mason parades girls in front of her is devastating.
ndless, another party another night to get completely blitzed. Penny has not been making very smart decisions lately but she is too twisted up to care.

eaningless, all of the time Penny has spent with Mason has felt so wonderful but at the end of each encounter he manages to break her heart.
ptimistic, each time Penny gives in she hopes for something to change. Each time Mason crushes her. This time he is leaving and Penny has a secret that will change everyone’s life, she refuses to let him go without a fight.
anipulating, being smart charming and cunning are things both Mason and Penny excel at together away from everyone’s expectations these two will discover just how pure their love can be.
scape, though both Mason and Penny have had privileged lives it’s as though they have never fully lived. Mason has a lot to atone for but with Fairhope behind them he will try.
aïve, not knowing what to expect Penny shelters her secret but her heart has always belonged to the same boy. Life is unimaginable without him.
ruth, there are so many missed opportunities with Pen and Mason he is tired of missing out. He will brave this new way of life if it means keeping Pen forever.

ishing, Penny took a great risk coming with Mason but she can feel the switch in him and hope has blossomed where she thought none could exist.
ntrust, learning about each other has been a wonderful experience. Knowing that Mason loves Pen brings her more joy than she could ever imagine.

roken, soon the truths must come out and though they planned on doing it soon fate has stepped in the way. The result is another wave of heart break and betrayal.
legance, being back home with new eyes shows Penny just how wrong everyone is. So much has happened Pen can no longer stand and comes dangerously close to losing everything.
uttural, there is a need so deep for Pen that Mason cannot believe he ever let Pen walk away. Not anymore, fists up and shoulders out Mason will fight for what is his.
tone, so much has changed in such a short period of time. Penny will show her family what is truly important and they will learn to let her live.
urturing, Pen and Mason can’t wait for the next chapter in their lives. Both have grown so much. Living humbly these two do what they can for their community in honor of those they love.

What a wonderful read this turned out to be. I am so glad I kept going Mason and Pen had some serious growing to do and they sure did. Both of these characters showed glimpses of their potential in the beginning i have to admit that I doubted their progress but they found out what life is really about. The most important thing is they found it together. The love and the passion was all their. No one was without fault but by the end the love was so powerful forgiveness was the only choice. Bravo Cannon another success, I just love this authors writing so much!! I absolutely recommend this series for those contemporary fans out there it is sure to move ya.

My Rating 
4.0 Bikini, Yacht Party, Mimosa, Brunch, Blind Date, Poser, Usual Drag, Bar, Best Pals, Shots, Sucking Face, Key Debacle, Accident, Test, Trip, Lake, Slut, Rain, Dottie, Pier, Texas, Song, Promise, Jet, Announcement, Hospital, Blood, Heartbeat, Trust Fund, Charity, Love, Acceptance and fortifying love filled stars!!

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An Amazon Top 100 Best Selling Author!  

Sarra Cannon writes contemporary and paranormal fiction with both teen and college age characters. Her novels often stem from her own experiences growing up in the small town of Hawkinsville, Georgia, where she learned that being popular always comes at a price and relationships are rarely as simple as they seem. Her bestselling Young Adult paranormal series, Peachville High Demons, has sold over 140,000 copies and been featured on Amazon's Top 100 eBooks for Children & Teens. The first book in the series, Beautiful Demons, will be adapted into a graphic novel by Sea Lion Books later this year, and a spin-off series will begin in 2014. She is a devoted (obsessed) fan of Hello Kitty and has an extensive collection that decorates her desk as she writes. She currently lives in North Carolina with her amazingly supportive husband and her adorable son.

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Book Review: Letting Go by Jessica Ruddick

Letting Go

Jessica Ruddick

May 26, 2015

Entangled Embrace

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How long do you hold on? 

Cori Elliott likes order. Her schedule, her social life...even her GPA is perfect. Then she finds out her high school boyfriend's death wasn't an accident—it was suicide. The devastating revelation is enough to fracture her perfectly structured life, sending Cori in a downward spiral of self-doubt and impulsive decisions. 

And right into the arms of Luke Evans. 

But Cori's life isn't perfect anymore. In fact, it's all coming apart. The only way she can save herself is to let go of everything—including the girl she used to be. Even if it means losing the one guy who might just be perfect for her in the process... 

My Thoughts:

Letting Go by Jessica Ruddick was a story about grief from loss, being stuck in limbo, and struggling to heal and move forward.  Cori is in her second year of college.  She is the perfect student, needs to have everything in its proper order and place, and excels in academics.  She is in a sorority, and shares a room with her best friend, Amber.

Cori has been grieving over the passing of her high-school sweetheart Tyler.  She carries a lot of guilt due to the fact that the last conversation that they had ended badly.  In order to avoid thinking about Tyler she is constantly studying and doing schoolwork.  However, Cori ends up getting a call that causes her emotional distress when she learns that Tyler's death wasn't an accident, but a suicide.  

That night, she can't focus on anything, and finally agree's to go out with Amber to a fraternity/sorority mixer.  While there she meets gorgeous and sweet fraternity brother, Luke.  They hit it off, share an attraction and connect.  Pretty soon Cori is seeing Luke all the time on campus, in class, and at his fraternity house.  Moving forward with her life makes her feel guilty.  Will Cori be able to heal enough to move forward with Luke, or will she lose him?

I have mixed feelings about Letting Go.  I enjoyed the college setting in the story.  It took me back to my college days, and to a certain extent Cori reminded me of my self.  She was dedicated, organized, and determined to be the best she could be.  I enjoyed reading about the fraternity and sorority life, college parties, and Cori's emotional journey.

A few things that did not work for me were that I felt like the story didn't move until the very end.  Cori was stuck in her pain for most of the story, and didn't confide in Luke.  This gave the story a feeling of being stuck, and I wanted it to move forward.  Also, while I understood Luke needing Cori to confide in him, I still thought that he came across as not very forgiving or compassionate towards what Cori was experiencing, which really bothered me.  He needed to have more patience with her.

Overall, I enjoyed this story.  I liked Cori's character, and I enjoyed when Luke was sweet, fun, and caring with Cori.  The intimate scenes were fade to black, so they weren't explicit for those readers who prefer that type of romance.  I really enjoyed getting to know a few of the secondary characters.  Amber, was the type of best friend that I'd want by my side, and Josh, one of the fraternity brothers, was pretty funny and likable!

My Rating:

I give, Letting Go, by Jessica Ruddick, 3.5 Grieving, Healing, Second Chance at Love, New Beginning Filled Stars!

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I am a 2014 Golden Heart® finalist for my new adult novel, Letting Go, which was inspired by my own college experiences. I’m married to my college sweetheart—our first date was a fraternity toga party. (And nothing inspires love like a toga, right?) These days I’m a high school English teacher by day and young adult/new adult writer by night, lunch break, soccer practice, basically whenever I can squeeze in a minute to write. I live with my husband and two sons in Virginia and am represented by Sarah E. Younger of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cover Reveal and Scavenger Hunt‏ : Dare to Run (The Sons of Steel Row, #1) by Jen Mc Laughlin

Today we are celebrating the release of the DARE TO RUN cover! DARE TO RUN is a gritty, super sexy, adult title coming out on February 2, 2016 from Jen McLaughlin and published by Penguin (NAL Signet). To celebrate, we are having a scavenger hunt! There are 8 clues scattered around groups of bloggers hosting this feature. All you have to do is find all 8 clues and figure out the scrambled word.

To make it easy for you, we will tell you where you can find Clue #1.

Just go to this article on DARE TO RUN, found at USA Today HEA!

In order to find the groups of bloggers posting, go to Jen McLaughlin's blog and she will have the lists so you can check out each group and find the remaining 7 clues.

For this site, the clue is listed below, along with the rafflecopter.

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DARE TO RUN Summary:

The New York times bestselling author of the Out of Line Novels takes readers to Boston where one gang of criminals knows how being bad can be so good…

She knows what he’s like on Boston’s mean streets. Now she’s going to find out if he’s got some heart.

Lucas Donahue is not ashamed of his criminal past, but after a brief stint in prison, he’s ready to go legit and live a normal life. The problem is, no one leaves the gang without permission—even if he is one of the boss’s top men. Plus someone’s placed a hit on him. And then there’s that feisty little bartender who’s going to cause him even more trouble.

Heidi Greene knows to keep her distance from a ladies’ man like Lucas—even if she can’t keep her eyes off him. When he rescues her from an attack in the alley outside her bar, she’s forced to stay by his side for safety. But the longer she spends time with him, the greater her chances are for getting hurt in more ways than one.

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Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy New Adult books. Under her pen name Diane Alberts, she is a multi-published, bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, released September 6 2013, and hit the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and a cat. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cover Reveal: Dark Embrace & Dark Paradise by Angie Sandro

Dark Embrace

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Reader favorite Angie Sandro returns to the bayou with a bewitching paranormal romance perfect for fans of Beautiful Creatures . . . 

Rescued from the brink of death by her cousin Mala, Dena Acker returns to the land of the living with a terrifying gift. Still connected to the darkness that almost claimed her, she can tell when someone’s about to die—but there’s nothing she can do to save them. Desperate to rid herself of this cursed ability, Dena has only one chance at peace . . . and it comes from an otherworldly stranger. For centuries, Ashmael has seen more souls than he can count but he’s never been drawn to anyone the way he is to fragile, beautiful Dena. She fills the dark void of his days with light, and he would do anything to ease her suffering. Even if it means sacrificing his only chance at a flesh-and-blood existence to truly be with her.

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Dark Paradise

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Is this love affair their destiny? Or is it doomed? 

Paradise, Louisiana, is far from idyllic for Mala LaCroix and Landry Prince. Haunted by strange visions, the pair are drawn together by a mystery concealed beneath the polite facades and the murky swamps of the Deep South. Landry had a crush on Mala all through high school and was her greatest defender, but now-up close and personal-he is starting to suspect that the rumors of witchcraft and voodoo are true. But he can't let his doubts tear them apart because a day of reckoning is coming. As Mala struggles to conceal her powers and avoid the curse that has struck generations of LaCroix women, Landry will have no choice but to face his own demons. Both of them will soon be caught up in a web of deceit that reveals the dark side of Paradise.

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Angie Sandro was born at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Within six weeks, she began the first of eleven relocations throughout the United States, Spain, and Guam before the age of eighteen. Friends were left behind. The only constants in her life were her family and the books she shipped wherever she went. Traveling the world inspired her imagination and allowed her to create her own imaginary friends. Visits to her father's family in Louisiana inspired this story. Angie now lives in Northern California with her husband, two children, and an overweight Labrador.

Book Review : Under the Lights ( Boys of Fall, #1) by Shannon Stacey

Under the Lights
Boys of Fall, #1
by Shannon Stacey

Release Date:
May 26th, 2015

Berkley Jove


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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Kowalski Family novels, a sweet, sexy new series about taking hits, making second chances, and finding love… 

They were the golden boys of fall: Stewart Mills High School’s legendary championship winning football team. Fourteen years later, they’re back to relive their glory, save the team—and find themselves again… 

Chase Sanders’s life has taken a lot of crazy turns lately. But returning to his hometown to help his old coach keep his high school football team afloat might be the craziest thing to happen to him yet. That is, until he starts falling for the last person he should—Coach’s gorgeous daughter… 

Kelly McDonnell learned the hard way that cocky, charming men are nothing but trouble, so she knows Chase is bad news. Still, she can’t resist his smile—or the rest of him. But when his loyalty to her father conflicts with their growing attraction, any hope for a relationship might be blocked before it can even begin…

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Under the Lights, by Shannon Stacey, was such a sweet and romantic reading escape! This was my first time reading a book written by this author. I have heard many great things about her Kowalski Family series so I was really excited to read the first book in the Boys of Fall series. I love small town romance novels. They always bring a huge smile to my face and make me happy!

In Under the Lights, we follow Kelly McDonnell and Chase Sanders. When Chase receives a call from Stewart Mills, on the worst day of his life, the last person he expects to hear from was Kelly McDonnell. When she explains the reason of her call it takes him no time to pack up his bags and leave behind the mess that is his life. Fourteen years have come and gone, but going back to Stewart Mills brings back good memories for Chase. Reuniting with Coach McDonnell and his high school friends is exactly what he needed. What he did not expect was for Kelly to steal his breath away. 

Kelly McDonnell always had a secret crush on Chase Sanders. He was close with her family when he was a teenager and because her dad was the coach of the football team she kept her feelings to herself. Now that Chase is back in her life, she's ready to take a walk on the wild side. The more time they spend together, the more they can't control the intense chemistry between them. Will Chase be able to go back home and never look back or will Kelly give him a reason to come back to Stewart Mills?

This was such a great reading journey! Kelly and Chase were amazing, fun and lovable characters to follow. I connected with them from the beginning of the story. They had a slow building romance, but their chemistry was instant. I had so much fun reading about their story. It was romantic, fun, sexy and even heartbreaking sometimes. I have to admit that Chase broke my heart on one occasion. I was ready to jump in the book and go slap some sense into him!! lol!!! I honestly loved both these characters and the author did a phenomenal job with both of them. I appreciated all the little details she included in the story. It was easy to relate to their story and I was cheering for them to find their HEA together.

I love how the author wrote this story! Each of these individuals had one goal, which was to save the football team. Even if this is Kelly and Chase's story, I was blown away by how this little town came together to save the football team. All the supporting characters were great and they all brought their little touch of awesomeness to the story. My favorites were coach McDonnell and his wife. I absolutely loved them!!!

The Boys of Fall series is off to a fantastic start! The next book in the series will be Defending Hearts, which will be Gretchen and Alex's book. I can't freakin' wait!!! I loved Gretchen and Alex to pieces in Under the Lights!! I read a little sneak peek of Defending Hearts at the end of Under the lights and I already know that I will absolutely love it! I have no doubt that Gretchen's grandmother will steal my heart in this book! Teehee!! 


I give Under the Lights, by Shannon Stacey, 4 page-turning, charming, lovable, heartwarming stars!

About the Author:
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and riding her four-wheeler. From May to November, the Stacey family spends their weekends on their ATVs, making loads of muddy laundry to keep Shannon busy when she’s not at her computer. She prefers writing to laundry, however, and considers herself lucky she got to be an author when she grew up.