The Swedish Prince (Karina Halle)

A swoon-worthy, sexy & utterly charming STANDALONE romance inspired by the classic film Roman Holiday, from the New York Times bestselling author of Bad at Love and The Pact 

I never believed in fairy-tales.

Never held out for Prince Charming.

Growing up poor in small-town California as the oldest of six siblings, I knew I would never ride off into the sunset with anyone. That was even more apparent when a senseless tragedy took the lives of my parents, forcing me to become the sole guardian of our dysfunctional household at the mere age of twenty-three.

Then a fateful encounter literally brought Prince Charming to my doorstep.

At first I thought Viktor was just your average businessman passing through, albeit obscenely handsome, six-foot-five, blue-eyed, and mysteriously rich.

But soon I discovered the truth behind Viktor’s façade.

Beneath his quiet, enigmatic gaze and cocky charm, is a man who is running away from who he really is. A role he’d rather not fulfill.

He is Viktor of House Nordin, His Royal Highness, The Crown Prince of Sweden.

Yet uncovering Viktor’s secret was only the first step.

I didn’t expect to fall in love with him.

I didn’t expect to have my whole life turned upside down.

When you’re from two different worlds, can your hearts meet somewhere in the middle?

Or do happily-ever-afters only exist in fairy-tales?

WARNING: The Swedish Prince is oh-so sweet, enchanting and funny, but it does contain foul language (lots of the F word) and graphic sexual scenes (lots of dirty talk). Reader discretion is advised for those who are sensitive.


I’ve read a lot of Karina Halle’s books, and I always loved them. She has a way of writing that is appealing to me, and I always find humour and great writing within her books, as well as very well constructed stories and plotlines. I don’t know what happened here, but The Swedish Prince didn’t work for me in any way.

I’m going to drop a few SPOILERS, because there were specific situations that made the book less enjoyable for me, and I feel like I want to talk about them. I don’t wanna be mean or anything. I still love Karina and her books, but THIS ONE FRUSTRATED ME TO NO END.

Let me start by saying that the book started out strong. Maggie ‘s parents died and she becomes responsible for her 5 siblings. Viktor’s brother dies and he becomes the heir apparent, with all the responsibility that comes with it. Viktor’s mom decides that he should take some time for himself, so he can go full into his role as future kind when he returns. Viktor ends up in Maggie’s small town, they meet and so the story starts. I liked the initial attraction between the 2 main characters, but then my issues started:

  • Maggie finds out Viktor is actually the prince of Sweden, she actually decides to record him during their date, with the intent of selling her story afterwards.
  • She know what she did was absolutely appalling, but still, she still gets upset that he doesn’t believe her when she says she never intended to sell the story… yeah…
  • Maggie’s 14 yo sister is dating a 19 yo guy, to the point that the girl sleeps at his house. They eventually split up, but this issue is never brought up between the sisters and Maggie never does anything about it.

  • Actually, it’s Pike, her 18 yo brother who takes action. Like most things, Pike is actually the one who takes care of the situations like an adult.
  • Maggie and Viktor fall fast, and when he invites her to go to LA with him for the weekend, she jumps at the opportunity, leaving Pike (18yo) in charge of their siblings again.
  • Then there’s the fact that they have sex without a condom right from the start, without truly thinking about it much. He’s a freaking Prince. She thought about sellings their story. And he risks having sex without any protection?! WTF?

  • And let me talk about the sex (without protection). So, Viktor is rough, as in ROUGH, and I’m okay with it, as long as both parties are in agreement with it, and there is a conversation about it. There isn’t. He kind of chokes her on their first time, they never discuss it. Like most things in this book, it’s just swept under the rug.
  • Of course, by then they’re IN LOVE WITH EACH OTHER. They’ve known each other for a grand total of 1 week.
  • Let me also mention their trip to Disneyland. Out of the blue, Viktor is just smoking weed outside of the park, without a care in the world, like it’s the most normal thing in the world. But the thing is, Viktor’s tendencies to alcohol, pills and drugs are never really discussed. It just comes out of nowhere each and every time, and it didn’t bring anything to the story, it didn’t even make sense in some situations.

  • Then let’s get to part 2. Viktor comes back for Maggie, and she just decides to leave for 2 weeks, and leave her siblings with her 18 yo brother again, while she goes to Sweden. At this point I felt like it was a bit ridiculous. Viktor wanted her there forever, and the way they set it up is for her (and then her siblings) to go there on vacation.
  • So, the whole time she’s there, she’s saying how she could never a princess, and how his life is not for her, and all the while I’m thinking “WTF MAGGIE?! WHY DO YOU THINK HE BROUGHT YOU THERE?!“.

  • Then she blew up when she realised that there was an article about her gossiping about her life?! What the hell was she expecting? She agreed to date the prince, go with him to Sweden, and she was one of the people reading the trashy magazines before, did she think she was not going to be affected by it? Why throw a tantrum?
  • Also… I’m sorry… Did Viktor give whiskey to a 14 yo?! Yeah, yeah he did! Okay then…

Throughout the whole book there are several situations and issues that are raised, and are never truly resolved or even discussed. The communication is pretty terrible. And for the life of me, I couldn’t understand the connection between the 2 characters and how or why they were so in love with each other. I just didn’t feel it.

I didn’t like the storyline, I didn’t like the characters, and I felt like the writing was half-assed. This surprised me a lot, because I usually love Karina Halle’s writing, but this book just didn’t feel right to me. The writing felt rushed and incomplete to me, the characters are not fully developed, and though there is some character development in the book, it’s not nearly enough to make up for it. And all the things that go unanswered and unresolved is just too much.

Unfortunately, this book was a huge no for me, and I’m honestly flabbergasted when I go on goodreads and I see so many 5 stars reviews. I get it, we all have different tastes, but there are some serious issues in this book that I can’t just overlook.

So yeah, if you’re intrigued by the title and the blurb, go for it, but I cannot recommend it.

Blog Tour: Hot Shot (Karina Halle)

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Review:

Delilah Gordon has a secret.

She’s been in love with her best friend and the boy next door, Fox Nelson, since she was six years old.

And while most of her friends and family know about her unrequited crush, the one person who remains oblivious is Fox himself. To Delilah, it’s better this way. She’d rather pretend that they’re just friends, even though her feelings for the moody rugged mountain man are anything but tame.

Fox Nelson has a secret too.

As a wildland firefighter or “hot shot,” Fox parachutes into danger every day he’s on the job, risking all to fight wildfires that threaten ranches, forests and thousands of lives. But while Fox’s job is only for the brave, inside he feels anything but. The more he grapples with his raging demons, the more he realizes Delilah is the only one who can put out the flames.

As the two friends grow closer – and more intimate – than ever before, the more complicated their relationship becomes.

And Delilah has one more secret to reveal.

A secret that will change both their lives…forever.

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A couple of months ago, I read Maverick and I fell in love with the Nelson family, so I was beyond excited when Hot Shot finally made it to my kindle. And Fox and Delilah didn’t disappoint.

I loved loved loved the writing on this one, I thought it was an extremely profound way of writing, and it messed with my heart. I really liked Delilah and Fox, and I loved their connection. They were both such strong and good people, but both a little (or a lot) broken. Delilah was convinced that she wasn’t enough and was never going to be loved back by her best friend, and Fox didn’t even know what love was to begin with

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The story deals with a lot of complicated and difficult subjects, and while I thought the development of those subjects was super well done, I thought the resolution was a bit hasty. I kind of wanted a couple of chapters of Fox seriously dealing with his shit. I wanted the raw and gritty, and I felt like that step was a little glossed over.

Still, the story is FANTASTIC, and my little issue above is the only reason I’m not able to give it 5 stars. There was also another little thing that didn’t make it into my favorite list, but, you know, SPOILERS.

This was not an easy romance, but it’s very worth it. So do yourself a favor, and pick up this series ASAP.


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Excerpt:

It’s dark now and quiet except for the crickets. In the distance, the town of North Ridge glows, the lights giving way to the dark mountain ranges behind it and beyond that, a clear, starry sky.

I immediately feel better but it’s not enough. I need to walk, to get my head on straight, to get my heart to stop caving in.

I head down the slope to the barn. It’s second nature to want to come here during hard times. Growing up, if anyone in the house was fighting — and it was usually Shane and Fox — this was where you’d find them afterwards, licking their wounds.

Right now the barn is empty, all the horses are either in their paddocks or the pastures. I glance up at the hayloft and contemplate going up there when I hear footsteps behind me.

I immediately stiffen. It’s funny how you can feel someone’s specific presence without seeing them.

“What’s wrong with you?” Fox asks gruffly from behind me. Typical. Even if he’s concerned, sometimes he comes across like it annoys him to be concerned.

I take in a deep breath and turn around. “I don’t know,” I say, my voice measured. “Just felt a bit nauseous.”

He studies my face intently, so intently that I look away, my eyes drifting over the empty stalls. “I thought maybe I’d pissed you off somehow,” he says.

Is he baiting me?

I meet his eyes. “Why would you think that?”

“You could barely look at me during dinner,” he says, taking a step toward me until he’s a foot away. “Was it something I did? Is this about Conan?”

He’s so damn earnest in that last question that I have to laugh. I fold my arms across my chest. “No, Fox. This isn’t about your squirrel. It’s not about anything. I’m just…tired.”

I can tell he doesn’t believe me and the intensity has changed in his eyes. They’ve become more focused on me, like he’s seeing me for the first time and nothing else around us matters.

“I like this,” he says, his voice sounding thick. He takes a strand of my hair between his fingers and runs them down. “Your hair is so long. You should wear it down more often.”

I roll my eyes and hope I’m not blushing. “You guys are all the same. A girl wears her hair down and puts on some makeup and suddenly you realize that she’s actually hot. It’s like She’s All That come to life.”

Oh shit. I probably shouldn’t have said that last bit out loud since it’s a whole bunch of assumptions and I’m not one to flatter myself like that.

But he just grins. One of those cheeky, warm smiles that makes his eyes crinkle at the corners, the dimples appear in his scruff. He doesn’t smile like that very often and every time he does for me, it makes me feel…invincible.

“Del, I’ve always thought you were hot,” he says, still smiling. No awkwardness or hesitation. He just comes out and says it.

And now I am blushing. “Yeah right.”

“What?” he asks, tucking my hair behind my ear and — hell — his touch causes warm shivers to wash down my back. “It’s true. I mean, look at you.”

Don’t read into it. Don’t read into it.

“Do you remember that birthday party where we played spin the bottle?” I ask him, my voice sounding broken.

He nods. “Kind of.” But he doesn’t remove his hand, keeps playing with my hair.

I don’t know why I’m feeling brave all of a sudden but I am. “Well you spun the bottle and it stopped right at me. No mistake about it. And you got up and said it was stupid and left. Fox, we were good friends and you acted like kissing me was the worst thing on earth.”

His dark brows knit together but his eyes stay warm. “You remember that?”

“Fox. I’m a woman. I’m always going to remember when a boy rejects me, especially my best friend and especially at a young age.”

“But we were young. And I was pretty stupid back then.”

“You thought I was gross.”

He lets out a soft laugh. “I can promise you I did not think you were gross.” His hand then leaves my hair and trails down my arm to my hand. Sometimes Fox holds it and I know I shouldn’t think anything of it but every time he does I wonder if he realizes what it does to me. Then again, I’m starting to think he’s oblivious to absolutely everything.

“I didn’t kiss you,” he goes on, “not because I didn’t want to. I did.” He swallows, shrugs. “I just didn’t want our first kiss to be from spin the bottle.”

Hold up…what?

“What do you mean? Our first kiss?” I repeat, my pulse quickening.

“I don’t know, Del. Back then, I kind of assumed that we would end up together at some point. You know all through high school I had just been waiting to make my move and ask you out. At least figure out if you liked me or not. But then you started going out with that guy with the big ears, what was his name, Ryan McGee? And that’s when I realized that it was probably all in my head. You were just a friend. A sister, even. And I was just a brother to you.”

Holy. Fucking. Shit.

This is way too much to process.

Fox thought we’d end up together.

He actually liked me back in high school!

“You look shocked,” he says, raising a brow. “I thought it was pretty obvious.”

“Obvious?” I blurt out. “No. No it wasn’t.”

He lets go of my hand and shrugs with one shoulder. “It’s funny how life goes, isn’t it? It was probably for the best anyway. Could you have imagined us dating? Being a couple.”

Yes, fucking yes.


MEET KARINA:

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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Cover Reveal: Hot Shot by Karina Halle

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Hot Shot by Karina Halle
Release Date: January 2nd, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:

Delilah Gordon has a secret.

She’s been in love with her best friend and the boy next door, Fox Nelson, since she was six years old.

And while most of her friends and family know about her unrequited crush, the one person who remains oblivious is Fox himself. To Delilah, it’s better this way. She’d rather pretend that they’re just friends, even though her feelings for the moody rugged mountain man are anything but tame.

Fox Nelson has a secret too.

As a wildland firefighter or “hot shot,” Fox parachutes into danger every day he’s on the job, risking all to fight wildfires that threaten ranches, forests and thousands of lives. But while Fox’s job is only for the brave, inside he feels anything but. The more he grapples with his raging demons, the more he realizes Delilah is the only one who can put out the flames.

As the two friends grow closer – and more intimate – than ever before, the more complicated their relationship becomes.

And Delilah has one more secret to reveal.

A secret that will change both their lives…forever.

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MEET KARINA:

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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Blog Tour: Maverick (Karina Halle)

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Release Date: October 17th
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Hang Le

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Maverick, an all-new contemporary STANDALONE by New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle is LIVE!!!


Review:

Maverick is a complete standalone novel and the second book about the rough and rugged Nelson brothers. Get ready for one wild alpha mountain man – Canada’s never felt so hot!

Forget playing it safe.

John “Maverick” Nelson likes to live his life on the edge – literally. A crucial member of the search and rescue team in the mountainous British Columbian town of North Ridge, Maverick’s brash and bold attitude means he’s the first one to ascend into danger, no matter the risk.

When it comes to women, though, Maverick errs on the side of caution. For all his cocky charm, rugged good looks and sexual swagger, he remains as unreachable as the surrounding peaks. Hot, wild sex? He’ll tell you there’s no better way to spend a cold, wintry night. Relationships? He’d rather freeze.

That is until he lays his eyes on American Riley Clarke. Trading in the crippling expenses of Aspen for BC, Riley is North Ridge’s newest member of their search and rescue team and the only woman on the job, which means spending a lot of time with Mav in adrenaline-pumping situations.

With the chemistry between them hot enough to melt snow, keeping their hands off each other is detriment to the success of their team. Besides, Maverick’s her boss and she didn’t work her ass off in Colorado just to throw it all away for some mind-blowing sex.

But when the worst winter in years sweeps in, Riley and Maverick will have to battle the elements along with their attraction for each other. And if either of them slip up, both of them will be in for a deep freeze.

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I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this book, given that I haven’t read the first book of the North Ridge series, but it’s Karina Halle, and I usually love her writing, so I decided to request it. And I’m so very glad I did.

The writing is awesome! This book is told in dual POV, through Riley and Mav’s perspectives, and I couldn’t ask for anything more. The voices were distinct, and I really enjoyed their narrations.

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I loved Riley right away, she’s such a strong woman, but she’s aware of her limitations and fears, and she tries to confront them, even if she sometimes does the wrong thing. And she’s so forward and direct, and goes after what she wants. I love her. I really really liked Maverick too, I liked that he tried to resist the inevitable, and how he always put everyone in front of himself.

These two together were explosive. This book is definitly not to be read while in public, with other people, lounging by the pool… it was a serious mistake on my part…

The plot kind of surprised me, because I was expecting the problems to come from somewhere else entirely. If I’m being honest, I think the ending was quite fast, and it needed something more to tie everything up. The whole book deserved a little bit more effort on the resolution part, especially after the dramatic events unfolding.

But overall, I loved loved loved this book, and I can’t wait to get my hands on book 1 and 3, because these brothers sure are something… well done Karina Halle.

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MEET KARINA:

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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Maverick by Karina Halle
Release Date: October 10th
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Hang Le

Maverick, an all-new contemporary STANDALONE by New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle is coming October 10th!!!

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Maverick is a complete standalone novel and the second book about the rough and rugged Nelson brothers. Get ready for one wild alpha mountain man – Canada’s never felt so hot!

Forget playing it safe.

John “Maverick” Nelson likes to live his life on the edge – literally. A crucial member of the search and rescue team in the mountainous British Columbian town of North Ridge, Maverick’s brash and bold attitude means he’s the first one to ascend into danger, no matter the risk.

When it comes to women, though, Maverick errs on the side of caution. For all his cocky charm, rugged good looks and sexual swagger, he remains as unreachable as the surrounding peaks. Hot, wild sex? He’ll tell you there’s no better way to spend a cold, wintry night. Relationships? He’d rather freeze.

That is until he lays his eyes on American Riley Clarke. Trading in the crippling expenses of Aspen for BC, Riley is North Ridge’s newest member of their search and rescue team and the only woman on the job, which means spending a lot of time with Mav in adrenaline-pumping situations.

With the chemistry between them hot enough to melt snow, keeping their hands off each other is detriment to the success of their team. Besides, Maverick’s her boss and she didn’t work her ass off in Colorado just to throw it all away for some mind-blowing sex.

But when the worst winter in years sweeps in, Riley and Maverick will have to battle the elements along with their attraction for each other. And if either of them slip up, both of them will be in for a deep freeze.

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Meet Karina:

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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The Debt (Karina Halle)

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Her life changed in an instant.

And he’s the only one who could have prevented it.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Pact and The Lie comes a new standalone contemporary romance about those McGregor men.

Jessica Charles shouldn’t have even been in London when the unthinkable happened.

She should have been back at home in Edinburgh, perhaps hanging with her boyfriend, having drinks with her sister or doing yoga with her group of friends. She should have been going on in her normal, dependable life as always.

But on that fateful day in August, when a mentally-ill ex-soldier opened fire in public, Jessica’s world changed forever.

Now single and crippled from the gunshot wounds, Jessica finds herself scared and alone, losing faith in herself and humanity with each agonizing moment that passes.

That is until a stranger enters her life. A stranger who makes her live again.

Keir McGregor has always been the strong, silent type. Throw in tall, dark, and handsome and you’ve got pretty much the perfect Scotsman.

Except Keir is anything but perfect. He’s got a past he’s running away from and a guilty conscience he can’t seem to shed. But the more time he spends with Jessica, the more he falls in love with her.

And the more his secret threatens to tear them apart.

He may have been a stranger to her.

But she’s never been a stranger to him.

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Hey guys! I was supposed to have done this review about a month ago, but life got in the way, and I just now had the time to read it and review it properly.

First of all, this book is dark! Oh boy… I had no idea what was coming until I really got into it, and then my heart was breaking  for a lot of reasons… heavy and ugly reasons.

The story is told in a dual POV, Jessica’s and Kier’s, which is awesome, because otherwise we would have been pretty clueless about everything here.

I liked both main characters and how strong and supportive they both were of each other, even after everything that went on in their lives. Again, the themes are heavy, and the book starts with a mass shooting in the middle of London, with Jessica ending up being shot.

The connection between the two main characters is powerful and raw, and I really love how well they connect and understood each other. The romance was good, though I thought it was a bit of instalove for my liking, but it was ok in the end, so that kind of made up for all the insta in the beginning.

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This book surely made me want to take a road trip around Scotland! I really loved the setting :D.

I think the themes it dealt with are super important and relevant, such as PTSD, survivor’s guilt, the lack of support for mental health in the army, and its dire consequences.

I do recommend this book, but be warned that this one is not an easy peasy romance. It has some dark spots throughout.


About the Author:

halle-headshotKarina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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EXCERPT:

“You’re not going anywhere,” he says. “Sit. I’ll get you another drink.”

“It’s getting late,” I say feebly but I sit down anyway, my leg giving a protest of pain.

“You need something for that?” he says, noticing my wince.

“The scotch will do fine,” I tell him quickly, not wanting him to make a fuss. “But really, I should go.”

“Why?” he asks from the kitchen. I hear the top pop off the bottle, the slosh of liquid in the glass. “Where do you have to be?”

I have to think about that for a moment. He comes over and holds out the glass. “I won’t keep you here if you don’t want to be here. But if you do want to be here, you don’t need to make any excuses.”

I take the glass from him, holding it delicately in my fingers. He stands over me, a massive wall, waiting for some kind of response.

“I just…” I begin. “I…” I take a sip for bravery. Swallow. “I’m not very good at this.”

“Good at what?”

“At…this. Being with a man.”

When he doesn’t say anything to that, I look up at him. He’s got a peculiar smile on his face, his brows raised. “You call this being with a man?”

I clear my throat, feeling my cheeks grow hot. “I mean. I’ve told you before –”

“Yes, how you don’t do relationships, how you don’t do sex.”

“I never said I don’t do sex,” I remind him quickly.

His eyes never stop searching my face. “Then what is it? What are you afraid to say?”

I have the sudden urge to flee and I know it must show because he suddenly points at me and says, “Don’t you dare say you have to go again. I want you to go back to what you said, that you’re not good at this. What is this? Us? You and me? There’s nothing mystifying about you and me, Jessica. You know quite well how I feel.”

I stare at him in shock. I do? “How?”

He looks off with an air of impatience. “I invited you to dinner, you turned me down.”

“But then you said just as friends.”

“And I meant it. But there are different types of friends. It’s up to you to decide what kind we are.”

I put my drink down with a clunk. “Holy pressure.” And now it’s not just my face going hot but my entire body, flushed from head to toe.

“You’re on fire, little red,” he says, his gaze skirting over my limbs in such a hungry way I can almost feel them on my skin. “I have to say, I like this look on you. Hot and bothered.”

“Back with the innuendos again,” I comment but my voice is weak.

“No, no innuendos this time. You came looking for me tonight not because you wanted to confess but because you want something from me. What is it? What do you want from me? What do you think I can give you?”

Jesus. This is so utterly unnerving. His words slice right through me, his eyes still peeling under the layers, trying to get at something I’m not even sure of myself.

If I lie, he’ll know. I can only be honest with him.

“I want…” I take in a deep breath, my eyes breaking away. “I want…company.”

“Company?” He sounds surprised.

I nod. “That’s the truth. I’m lonely. And I’m afraid. And I’m tired of being both those things. I want to be with someone who makes me forget who I am. You make me feel fearless in a way I didn’t think possible.”

There. That’s the truth. Most of it. It hangs in the air, thickening the tension like flour to stock.

He sits down next to me, has a mouthful of Scotch. “Wow,” he says, running his hand over the beard on his jaw. “And here I was thinking you wanted my cock.”

I burst out laughing. So does he, a big wonderful bellow. The tension in the room eases up a notch. 

“Sorry,” I tell him when I catch my breath. “I guess they can both mean the same thing.”

He sucks in his lip briefly, his eyes taking a lustful turn. “If you want it to.” We stare at each other for a few heavy beats. Then his focus trails back to my gaze and he says, “Why don’t you stay over?” 

And there I have it. The chance to know what those full lips would feel like on mine, what his skin would taste like. I swallow hard.


InkSlinger Blogger Final

Mid-Year Freak Out Tag (2016 Edition)

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Hey guys! We’re halfway through the year, which means it’s time for the Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag, and Deanna @A Novel Glimpse was awesome and tagged me to do it 😀 . Thank you Deanna!!!


BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ YET IN 2016

Without a doubt, my favorite book of this year so far was A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. It was bonkers and amazing and I want and need more. I don’t know how Sarah J. Maas keeps doing it, but I love her books more and more.


BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2016

So many!!! But I’ll settle with another of my favorites of this year, and that is Us (Him #2) by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. This book stole my heart completely. I love Jamie and Wes and I miss my boys dearly.

   


NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

Looking around my room, I’ll say The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker, that has been sitting on my shelf since March totally untouched, and I really really want to read it.

*shame on me*


MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

Probably Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. I love the Throne of Glass series, and I have high hopes for book 5, because I’m one of those loving the direction she’s been giving to the series. I’m curious to see if it will take the place of favorite read of the year away from ACOMAF


BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

I had high hopes for South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf, because I’m a huge fan of LGBT contemporaries, and I was in the need to read more F/F romances. Unfortunately this book didn’t match my expectations, and didn’t deal with important issues like the way I thought it should


BIGGEST SURPRISE

One of my biggest surprises this year so far was Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach. This book blew me away, and I know a lot of people didn’t quite like it, but I thought it was an amazing book, and I would like to shove it in everyone’s face!


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Can I name 2?! I need to say Elle Kennedy, who wrote my favorite two NA series (Off Campus and Him), because she’s amazing! And then Kelly Siskind, because each time I read one of her books, it makes me so so happy (and she’s also super nice).


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Confession time: I have a lot of new crushed this year, and I’ll chose this one because I really want to use a pic of the actor playing the role. So I’m going for Miles from Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover, because REASONS!

And that guy is hottie Nick Bateman, who’s set to play Miles in the Ugly Love movie!!! And that’s his cutie dog Joey 😀 .


NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER

Julian Blackthorn stole my heart in Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I love him! I love him so much that he might have stolen Jem’s place as my favorite shadowhunter (and book boyfriend). Julian is strong, loving, mysterious. He would do ANYTHING for the people he loves. There’s still so much more to know about him, and I can’t wait.


BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

Oh my god… I cried so much when I finished Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. This book is so heartbreaking… so good, but so heartbreaking.

And I have no clue as to how I’m going to review it, because my heart is breaking just thinking about it.


BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

Smut by Karina Halle was a book that made me happy because it put a huge smile on my face. This book had an awesome plot, and awesome romance and it was funny as hell.

Also, so damn sexy!


FAVORITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION

I don’t think I’ve seen adaptations this year, besides Captain America: Civil War, so I’m gonna say that one. I loved this movie, and it’s Marvel, which is always good on my book.

   


FAVORITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR

Are you kidding?! Do you know how much I posted this year already?! LOL. I really liked to do this TTT post though, about first kisses. Also, check how I was doing with my challenges 3 months ago here, but know that I’m way ahead now!


MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR

One of the most beautiful books I’ve got this year so far was Night Owls (or The Anatomical Shape of a Heartby Jenn Bennett .

I love this cover so much. I fell in love with it the minute I locked eyes with this book at Waterstones.


WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR

There are 2 contemporaries that I’m dying to read, and they are Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn and Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway. I’m thinking that maybe September will be their month (because August will be NA month).


I tag EVERYONE who wants to do this tag, because I need to know how you are all doing so far this reading year 🙂 .

May Book Haul

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Hey guys. Here we are, at the end of another month, and I’m bringing you another book haul. This month I didn’t haul as much books as last month, but it was still a pretty good one 🙂 .


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This month I bought The Rose and the Dagger and A Court of Mist and Fury. I still haven’t read any of them, but I will soon, and I just had to have them as soon as they were out. I’m a little sad about TRATD‘s colour, the blue on the paperback is not the best, but ACOMAF is gorgeous. I finally received my paperback signed copy of More Than Music by Elizabeth Briggs, which was sent to me by Elodie Nowodazkij after I won a giveaway she was hosting.

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Once again, most of these books I got at Kindle deals, for nothing!


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Don’t forget that my giveaway is still running until June 18th…

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Smut (Karina Halle)

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What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets? 

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s a brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also may find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there. 

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot, but at least there’s make-up sex now. 

But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed? Or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?


A little while ago I was part of the release blitz for this book, and I’ve been meaning to set my hands on it since then. Then I did! And GOD! This book was funny!

The book is told in dual POV, and both voices, Amanda and Blake’s, are super different and funny as hell. The author did an amazing job distinguishing the voices of the two main characters. Have I mention how funny this book is?!

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I really liked the characters. It was funny to see both Amanda and Blake grow, personally and professionally. They’re also both complex characters, with lot of baggage and layers… especially Blake.

I LOVED the romance, because it evolved slowly and even with the sex being a huge element of their relationship at some point, they had become friends by then and actually knew each other. They were also always themselves around one another, and that was fantastic, as well as the fact that they were so supportive of each other’s goals. Also, Amanda has my idea of romance down!

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The plot was so unique. It was hilarious to see them poke fun at all the tropes used in the erotic romances, and dissect what works and what doesn’t, and then see how it applies to some points of their own romance. So well done. Also, this book gave me such a better understanding for all the indie publishing process… 🙂 . Also, the nerdiness and popular references were beyond amazing!

Overall, this was a great NA romantic comedy, with a good story and great character development, and good dialog and amazing sex scenes. I want to read more of Karina Halle now :D.

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