The Hidden Life, by Erin Noelle

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Hi, there! Welcome to another gay book review! And I have another one scheduled for later, mwahaha mwahaha! *evil laughs* I think I should change my blog’s name to The Gay Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange, haha! Just kidding, not going to happen, but I’d do this name a lot of justice.

ANYWAYS, let’s talk about the star of this review? I received The Hidden Life, by Erin Noelle, from Love Affair With Fiction in exchange for an honest review and to do my blog stop today 🙂 The Hidden Life is a spin-off novella of The Perfect Life, but I didn’t need to read The Perfect Life to understand and love The Hidden Life 🙂 Erin advises us readers not to do that; she says you should read The Perfect Life first, so I apologize by being a rebel and ignoring her warnings, haha!

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the story

Seth and Colin are the best of childhood friends. They are that kind of duo that does everything together and is on that intimacy level in which they can read each other’s minds just by standing near each other.

Perfect? Perfect.

However, Colin has a secret. Something he thought he hid well enough and that absolutely no one knew. Colin is a gay boy in the middle of a feverish Catholic family and is the quarterback of their high school team – aka, the most popular guy ever.

What Colin didn’t know was that Seth had two secrets. First, he knew about Colin. Second, he wished to be with Colin. After whoring his way on Colin’s rejected girls for years, Seth realized that the only bed he truly wanted to be in was Colin’s.

And that was the begging of two things: their romance and their hidden life.

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the analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG I HAVE NEVER READ ANYTHING LIKE THE HIDDEN LIFE OMG!

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Seriously, this book was so intense, so realistic, full of feelings and unusual that I read it all in one sitting! When I blinked, it was all over and I was left DESPERATLY NEEDING MORE! Not enough to actually take an interest in The Perfect Life (we’ll talk more about this later), but enough to wish that this book was a full novel instead of a shy spin off!! Due frustration over its size and thinking that three key scenes on Colin and Seth’s amorous life were missing on this novella, I give it 4 proud stars!!

The narrative style was first person from Seth’s point of view. We get a Colin glimpse on the Epilogue, but I wish I could have seen more of him telling the story, haha! I loved Seth since page one, he is just brilliant AND HE IS A FREAKING JOURNALIST JUST LIKE ME OMG!

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Noelle’s writing style is a work of art on its own. Simple, delicate and strong, she grabs your heart and twist during the whole novella, making you grab your seat and the paper bag of the nervousness to accompany you on this adventure. Often enough you could find me like this last night:

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AND IT FELT SO GOOD! *–*

The plot was simple and complex at the same time. I quoted Frank Herbert a couple of times already, but once again, his words are true here: “There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story”. Being in a gay relationship on a scenario that makes it even more socially harder than it sadly is only increases the stress and problems of the couple. I wish Noelle had took her time to develop more their history together, their romance, and not just knitted together some of the major turning events of Colin and Seth’s lives. Noelle had such a wonderful idea for The Perfect Life, why couldn’t she fully tell this story again from another perspective? I doubt her fans would mind and she would win bores like me as additions to her fan base.

You may argue back: “oh Annelise, but the author already wrote the book, why don’t you get your ass out of this computer and go reading it?” Well, because I’m a true bore with my straight contemporary romances 😦 I don’t feel I could finish a book from Monroe’s point of view, as I didn’t like her enough for that. Especially a first person narrated book. I’m almost positive that I would end up being mad at Monroe and this would ruin the rest. The only case scenario that I can see myself reading The Perfect Life is if someone showed up and gave me a paperback copy of it, haha! See why I wished The Hidden Life was more complete?

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Also, I felt that three key scenes were missing on this novel, being it told from Seth’s point of view. I can’t say which those are due spoilers, but I can tell you that there is no sex in this book, just a bit of foreplay. And surprisingly so, the sex was one of the key pieces here.

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But moving on to good aspects: characters! I may have not cared much for Monroe, but I can’t say a thing against her construction. All characters were awesome and I felt their identities as I read the novella. Noelle is that kind of writer that makes the reader feel like they always knew how the characters are, as if we all are great childhood friends. HOW DOES SHE DO IT?!

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Obviously Seth made it to My Bookish Boyfriends list, being awesome, hot and a journalist 😉 I didn’t add Colin because while he is all hot and perfect, he is also a big egocentric type. Only Seth can throw Colin out of his pedestal, so no Colin for me, haha!

Overall, if you like contemporary romance, quick reads, jaw-dropping twists, hot journalists and unusual marriage arrangements, you should grab The Hidden Life 🙂

4star

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Thanks for reading my review! I’ve done a big book blitz post for The Hidden Life earlier this week, so I’ll ask you to read it here for info on The Perfect Life, where to purchase both books, about the author and regarding the amazing giveaway that is being hosted for this tour 😀

Also, a big thanks to Love Affair With Fiction for my review copy! The Hidden Life blew my mind away 😀

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BOOK BLITZ: The Hidden Life, by Erin Noelle

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Hi, there! Welcome to a book blitz full of love and fangirling!! *–* It’s the book birthday of The Hidden Life, by Erin Noelle AND IT IS A GAY ROMANCE! I AM DYING ❤

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The Hidden Life
by Erin Noelle
Genre: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance

summary

I had a hidden life.

To everyone on the outside, I was Seth Andrews, an easy-going, fun-loving rowing coach, best friend to Colin Cassidy – the superstar quarterback of the New England Patriots, and infamous playboy.

To anyone looking in, my life was what others only dreamed of. I had the posh apartment, luxury car, and designer threads to prove it.

But what happens when the life you lead isn’t the life your heart wants? What it needs?

How long can you live your public life when the one that really makes you happy is the hidden one?

***NOTE TO READER: This is a supplemental novella to the full-length novel, The Perfect Life, and should not be read as a standalone.***

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Keith Milano Memorial Fund to help raise awareness for mental health illnesses. For more information visit here.

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Just wanted to say that I’m totally reading this as a standalone, as I didn’t get interested in the other book, a straight romance 🙂

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purchase links

You can find The Hidden Life in ebook format and read it for free at Kindle Unlimited 😀

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excerpt

It was close to one o’clock when I pulled up at the mid-century bungalow that Colin rented, happy to see his car already in the driveway. I bounded out of the car and hurried inside, dropping my bag just inside the door as I catapulted myself toward him on the couch, where he sat playing video games, wearing only a pair of basketball shorts.

“Ugh!” he grunted, when I landed on top of him, a teasing smile playing at the corners of his mouth while he wrapped his long, brawny arms around me. “What’ve you been eating, dude? You trying to bulk up like my linemen?”

“Gotta keep up with your growing ass so you don’t crush me,” I countered, my eyes fixed on his sexy mouth, dying to taste it.

Colin smirked roguishly then rolled us to the side so I was laid out on the couch and he was suspended over me, licking his lips like a lion who’d caught his prey. My cock stirred to life.

“Crush you like this?” He released a little of his weight from his arms onto me, pressing our thick bulges together.

I nodded, anticipation blazing through my veins. “Yeah, like that.”

Lowering his face down to mine, the tips of our noses touching as our gazes locked on each other, he rasped, “I thought you liked it when I pin you down and take what I want.”

My entire body clenched at his words, desire radiating inside me from head to toe. Throbbing, pressing against my zipper, my cock was instantly rock-fucking-hard.

“Maybe,” I panted, not wanting to submit to him quite yet as I used every last ounce of willpower I had not to shamelessly roll my hips against his. “Maybe not.”

A feral growl emanated from his broad, shirtless chest as he pushed to his feet, taking me along with him, thrown effortlessly over his shoulder. Stomping his bare feet full-steam ahead across the old hardwood floors, Colin carried me to his bedroom, slammed the door behind us, and tossed me onto the bed.

“I’ll show you what maybe is like,” he warned, while stalking toward me, lust clouding the green in his eyes.

I was in heaven. I loved playful Colin.

“Maybe you will,” I goaded him, as I pulled my hoodie and undershirt over my head together and tossed them onto his floor. “Maybe you won’t.”

His shorts were off in a matter of seconds, and as soon as he reached me on the bed, my jeans and boxers were too. He crawled on top of me, forcing my head back onto the pillows, and caged me in with his perfectly chiseled, enormous naked body. I sucked in a sharp breath as our cocks met, the heat from his flesh searing mine.

“It seems like the longer we go without seeing each other, the cockier this sweet little mouth gets,” he rumbled, nibbling at my bottom lip. “Seems we may need to do something about that.”

My pulse spiked. I forgot how to breathe. My vision glossed over.

When I was with this Colin, I was on top of the world. No matter how much everyone else thought they knew him, no matter how many articles and newscasts had been centered around him, no one else knew the Colin I knew. Not his teammates. Not his coaches. Not his parents. Not even Monroe, who I knew he loved without question.

I was the only one who got to experience his passion. His intense craving to please and to be pleased. His overwhelming love. The refuge I found in the strength and security of his arms was empowering. Life-changing.

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Available on Amazon and FREE at Kindle Unlimited!

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the author

Erin NoelleErin Noelle is a Texas native, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. While earning her degree in History at the University of Houston, she rediscovered her love for reading that was first instilled by her grandmother when she was a young child.

A lover of happily-ever-afters, both historical and current, Erin is an avid reader of all romance novels.

Her titles published include the Book Boyfriend Series, the Dusk ‘Til Dawn Series, the Luminous Duet, Conspire — co-authored with SE Hall, Surviving Us, MILF: Wrong Kind of Love, Spark and Flame.

Her books have been a part of the USA Today Bestselling list and the Amazon and Barnes & Noble overall Top 100.

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One lucky winer will take home a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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BOOK BLITZ + GIVEAWAY: Frozen, by L. A. Casey

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Hello, there! You know those books that you like instantly? Well, it was my case when I saw the cover for Frozen, by L. A. Casey! I knew I had to participate in the book birthday that Love Affair With Fiction had arranged and here we are ❤Frozen Front Cover Jpeg

Title: Frozen
Author: L.A. Casey
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult, Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Montlake Romance

summary

There’s one must-have toy this Christmas, and Neala Clarke has told her niece Charli she’ll get it for her. Never mind that she’s got less than a week and it looks like everywhere is sold out. She’s promised Charli a Fire Princess doll—and Neala is a woman of her word.

Darcy Hart is a people-pleaser. So when his adorable six-year-old nephew, Dustin, asks for a particular doll at the last minute, he says yes. Luckily for Darcy, there’s one left in stock at the local toy store. Unluckily for Darcy, he’s not the only person who wants it—and his rival is the one woman who’s immune to his charms.

Neala and Darcy have loved to hate each other since they were kids, and they’re both willing to do whatever it takes to get that doll. This can’t possibly end well for both of them…can it?

***Revised edition: This edition of Frozen includes editorial revisions.***

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purchase links

Frozen is available at Amazon only, but in all formats your heart shall desire: ebook, paperback and audiobook! 😀 Also, you can read it on Kindle Unlimited!

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excerpt

I narrowed my eyes to slits because he was merely feet away from me.

Darcy Hart.

My betrayer.

“Excuse me, are you blind? I’m standing right here, and I was talking to this fella before you were,” I sneered.

Darcy leaned to the left and looked around the lad to see who was speaking to him, and when his eyes landed on mine they instantly narrowed.

“Neala Clarke.”

He always spat out my name like it left a bad taste in his mouth.

I smirked at him. “The one and only.”

Few things sound better in a book than a love born out of hate ❤

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the author

LA Casey

L.A. Casey is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who juggles her time with her mini-me and writing. She was born, raised and currently resides in Dublin, Ireland. She enjoys chatting with her readers, who love her humor and Irish accent as much as her books.

Casey’s first book Dominic, was independently published in 2014 and became an instant success on Amazon. She is both traditionally and independently published and is represented by Mark Gottlieb from Trident Media Group.

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One lucky winner will take home a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

To join me on that shot, just click the Rafflecopter link bellow and good luck!

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The Way Home, from Linda Oaks (The Chasing Series #3)

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Hi, there! The moment finally arrived and here we have my review for the third book in The Chasing Series by Linda Oaks: The Way Home! My copy was sent to me by Love Affair With Fiction team in exchange for an honest review ❤ As if I would pass on a Linda Oaks book! She’s, like, a goddess or something! ❤

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the story

Nate Lucas knows first-handed how much life can suck. How hard life quick’s your ass when you’re already down. His existence wasn’t ever something easy or full of love and laughter, but he was happy once. He was happy with Natalie, his high-school sweetheart.

After losing her and their unborn child to a stupid car accident, Nate lost himself. He didn’t care about anything anymore; his heart froze in the pain and grief. The only thing that kept him alive was the desire of punish himself for allowing Natalie to drive alone to school on that fateful morning. Nate swore he would never go back to Crawley, to the place that once held his world and his happiness.

But life always kicks you when you’re down.

Nate is forcefully back in town and soon enough everyone in the little place has already recognized him and the gossip are back in its fullest. Nate couldn’t care less about all this shit.

Until he met Miley, one of the waitresses of his new restaurant/bar.

Will Nate be able to let go of Natalie and allow Miley in or will the past and lies be stronger and pull Nate back to his grieving hole?

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the analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

Leave behind all hopes for an impartial review. I love Linda Oaks to the core, I love her writing style, I love her soul and I’m very proud of calling her a personal friend. I helped Linda with The Way Home as a beta reader and it is so beautiful to see it alive and ready to be loved! ❤ I fell for Nate since his mysterious small appearance in Finding Forever – all books in The Chasing Series can be read as standalones, as one story doesn’t impact the other 🙂 – and just knew his book would be awesome. And guess what: IT WAS! And the funniest thing is that Linda’s romances have spicy scenes, are all first person narratives and contemporary romances. Yes, all things I usually don’t like. AND YET I LOVE THEM ALL! That’s why I said she was a goddess: she makes me love all the things I usually don’t. It’s black magic!

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Without further ado, I can’t give this book any less than five big proud stars and a voucher to a free hug for Linda *–*

As mentioned, the narrative style is first person from Nate’s point of view during the whole book and that was a change of scenery; both Chasing Rainbows and Finding Forever had female narrators (Addie and Kara, respectively). It’s like Linda innovates with each book and I really like that about her! Chasing Rainbows was a YA contemporary, Finding Forever was a New Adult contemporary and now The Way Home follows the New Adult contemporary with a male main character 😀

The plot was simple and complex in its simplicity. A couple trying to work pass their ghosts to be together is never something simple, yet there is no big mystery involved in the book. I really like Linda’s writing style, as it is fluid, involving, heart-warming and has that refined humor to it, as we are always on the main character’s heads ❤

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The characters are always the best part on Linda’s works. Nate and Miley are both broken before they meet (or should I say re-meet? Hmmm) and their relationship makes them stronger without being needy and lovey-dovey with each other ❤ Okay, maybe a little, but Nate is not the lovey-dovey 100% of the time type when in love, so that helps. It’s a healthy lovey-dovey deal. I’ll stop saying lovey-dovey now.

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The hardest thing about being a fangirl is that you tend to overlook flaws and have nothing bad to say about the things you love or to love it so much that you criticize every single detail that you don’t like. The Way Home falls in the first category with me: I HAVE NOTHING BAD TO SAY ABOUT IT, OMG! I simply can’t see it, sorry guys. You’ll have to read the book and tell me the flaws that I overlooked, haha!

Overall, if you like lovely contemporary romances, really hot and dangerous guys, funny and smart girls and a heart-warming book, I’d say you need to read ALL Linda’s books and not just The Way Home

5star

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Thanks so much for reading my review! As I already did a huge book birthday for The Way Home on this post – you can check there info about where to buy The Way Home, Finding Forever and Chasing Rainbows, meet Linda Oaks and participate in a lovely giveaway. The prize? A signed paperback copy of Chasing Rainbows! Hurry up and enter it, it is worth it!!

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ps: Here you can check my reviews for Chasing Rainbows and Finding Forever!

*OAKS, LindaChasing Rainbows, The Chasing Series #1 (review here!)

*OAKS, LindaFinding Forever, The Chasing Series #2 (review here!)

BOOK BLITZ: The Way Home, by Linda Oaks (The Chasing Series #3)

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Hi, there! Welcome to the book birthday of The Way Home, third book in the standalones series The Chasing Series, by Linda Oaks, a beautiful and tallented soul! ❤ This birthday blitz is hosted by Love Affair With Fiction 😀

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The Way Home
The Chasing Series #3
Linda Oaks
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing
summary

“Not everyone you love is going to leave you…but what if they do?”

For Nate Lucas, this was his reality.

When he lost her, he was left with no choice. Life was impossible in Crawley without her. He couldn’t live with all of the memories or her ghost.

He vowed to never return again.

It was business that brought him back and the chance to right a wrong, but then she needed him; his best friend’s little sister. Her life and her child’s were in danger.

It was an arrangement until it became more.

He vowed to never love again; to never allow the past a chance to repeat itself, but sometimes you’re left with no choice.

When the walls around your heart are finally breached, do you run and save yourself or stay and fight for the chance to love again?

When you lose your way, how do you find the way home?

**The Way Home is an Interconnected Standalone in The Chasing Series. Each book features a different couple.**

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purchase links

At the moment, you can find The Way Home [haha] in ebook format only, but I’ll update this detail on my review – YES, THERE WILL BE A REVIEW ON THURSDAY!! *–*

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Yes, we have an excerpt of one of the hottest scenes in the book ❤ How do I know? I was one of the proud beta-readers in Linda’s team! So this book is beyond special to me ❤ But enough chit chat and here’s the excerpt:

“You didn’t get too hot, did you?” she asked, her expression filled with concern.

“Nah, I’m fine,” I muttered, scratching my beard. I turned away and slammed the car’s hood down, and then I took a deep breath to try to gain control of myself.

I would not touch her.

I would not.

A soft hand landed on my shoulder at the same time a splatter of rain loudly plopped against the car’s hood. A few drops landed on my skin. It was cold, but I could have sworn I heard them sizzle since her touch had set me on fire. Need coursed through my body overriding my senses. Overhead, the clouds were heavy and dark. In the air there was the overwhelming scent of rain mixed with the sweet scent of the woman standing behind me.

I couldn’t fucking take it.

Pushed beyond my control, I spun around to face her. For the rest of my life whenever I smelled the scent of honeysuckle, I would always think of her. When her pink tongue darted out to briefly skim her lower lip, I lost all train of thought. She was teasing me. My body automatically gravitated to hers. Sultry eyes full of want stared back at me with a heat that matched my own. I reached out a hand and cupped her jaw, then slid my hand along her neck where I was able to tangle my fingers in her thick hair in order to draw her closer. My other arm encircled her waist, and I pulled her flush against me. All of that softness and those curves melding into mine turned my brain to mush.

She felt like fucking  heaven and the answer to all of my prayers.

“Nate,” she whispered, and the tortured sound of my name slipping past her lips was downright unbearable.

Somewhere in the back of my mind, there was a split second where sanity tried to return. Maybe, I should let her go. The sky chose that exact moment to open up. A torrent of summer rain washed all of that damn nonsense straight from my head. My lips crashed down onto hers, sinking into all of that sweetness. I devoured her whole. Never had anything tasted as good as the woman in my arms. She was fucking addictive.

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Linda was such a sweetheart – which is no surprise, as she always is a sweetheart – and put together the perfect playlist for The Way Home! Have an account on Spotfy? Then grab my hand and come with me to the dancefloor!

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Chasing RainbowsThe Chasing Series #1

Review here!

Chasing Rainbows is available in both paperback and ebook formats 😀

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Finding ForeverThe Chasing Series #2

Review here!

Finding Forever is available in both paperback and ebook formats 😀

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the author

Linda Oaks

 

Linda Oaks has always had a passion for books.  At the age of five, she was a book of the month club member.  Her love for books eventually led her to a love of writing. She resides in Eastern Kentucky with her husband, two children, three dogs and a pet rabbit named Dozer. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad and Instagram.  She can be also be reached by mail at authorlindaoaks [@] gmail.com.  She loves connecting with her readers.

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One lucky winner will take home a SIGNED paperback copy of Chasing Rainbows! 😀

To join this awesome giveaway and have a beautiful book in the inside and out, just click here and good luck: GIVEAWAY!

I’m just not competing this time because I already have my beautiful signed copy winking at me on my shelf ❤ If you follow me on Instagram, you know just how much I show it off, haha! ;D

That’s it! Once again, happy book birthday to Linda and thank you for reading my post!

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BOOK BLITZ: The Glass Coffin, by Kelly Martin (A Shattered Fairy Tale #3)

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Hi, there! Welcome to the other bookish news post, haha! This one, courtesy of Love Affair With Fiction, is a book blitz to celebrate The Glass Goffin‘s release! It’s the third book in the A Shattered Fairy Tale series, from Kelly Martin! ❤

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The Glass Coffin
Kelly Martin
A Shattered Fairy Tale #3
Genre: Regency, Romance, Fairy Tale
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing

Synopsis

Gertrude “Trudy” Dodsworth wants nothing more than to be with the love of her life, William Haddington, Earl of Waverly. Her father, the evil “sin collector” Frederick Dodsworth, forbids the union and sends Trudy and her mother far away to a town called Everdale. While there, Trudy catches the eye of the roguishly handsome and very controlling, Lawson Stockwell–also an earl. He asks for her hand in marriage. Trudy reluctantly agrees for the sake of her mother who has fallen suddenly ill.

William Haddington has hit a new low. Once thought of as a virtuous man, William has fallen from grace. Laden heavy with guilt, he trudges through life carrying the burden that is his to bear. He set the fire that disfigured Nicholas Wellington, The Beast of Ravenston. William goes to Everdale to start over, become himself again, try to move on, but when he sees the love of his life, Trudy, arm in arm with another man, he falls back into the bottle.

When the “gifts” begin appearing on his doorstep, William has no doubt they are from Lord Ravenston, who is known to get revenge on those who hurt him.

With time running out and his love for Trudy tearing him apart, William must decide if he will give into his feelings for her or force her to hate him forever.

Because The Beast is coming to Everdale.

And he’s coming to make William suffer.

Based on Sleeping Beauty.

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I recently read a lovely Sleeping Beauty inspired book [Slumber, review here!], so I had to check this one out too, haha! I don’t know if I ever commented it in here, but Aurora is one of my favorite princesses ever. I mean, her life is so goals. You have tons of problems and all you have to do to solve your life out IS TO TAKE A NAP!

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Anyway, you can already find The Glass Coffin on our usual book buying places 🙂

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And yes, we have an excerpt! ❤

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Only stalkers and men of ill-repute watched women from behind street corners and lampposts and carriages. William felt like both, but he could not keep her out of his sight.

He’d only just arrived in Everdale an hour before, and, to his surprise, he saw her immediately, Trudy, not fifteen paces away. He should have talked to her. Instead, he’d hidden.

William was a coward. He felt like a coward. He did cowardly things out of fear. Fear, his biggest weakness.

Fear made men do strange and peculiar things.

Fear made men travel hundreds of miles away from home to stay alive. Fear made men drink more than they should to forget the past — though William hadn’t drank in over five days, since he’d first left Darenset. And he felt it too. Every bit of him begged for a drink, only one, to take the edge off. Only one to chase the nightmares away.

Without the alcohol, William dreamed. In his dreams, he remembered everything. The fire. Lord Ravenston’s face. Losing Trudy. Blackmail by Mr. Dodsworth — a man even more evil than himself. Mr. Dodsworth was a ‘sin collector’, a man who collected the misdeeds of both the titled and commoners and used them against anyone he wished when the time suited him. Though William knew he shouldn’t judge. He had no way of being saved. What he’d done… He would never be forgiven. He didn’t deserve it.

He hadn’t meant to set the fire. No, that was a lie. He’d meant exactly to set the fire. Revenge and all. He’d just never meant for anyone to get hurt.

The fact that someone had, Nicholas Wellington — the Beast — well, it was fitting. William knew he’d never be forgiven. Not for the fire or what he’d done to his best friend, Vaughan, Earl of Brighton.

But, even with all that, even with the fact that he knew he’d spend his eternity in hell, William made the conscious decision to not drink — to try, try, to do good. He might never, in his mind, make it to the Pearly Gates, but he would do his damnedest to never hurt another living soul.

He never should have chosen Everdale; he knew that now. Not after he saw her. He should have hopped right back on the first carriage out of town and headed… somewhere. Anywhere. This was supposed to be a place to start over, refresh, and move on.

How could he move on with her beautiful face taunting him?

So, he crouched behind carriages and behind corners, watching, waiting, and gawking.

The first time his gaze had slid passed her, he hadn’t recognized her.

Gertrude — Trudy — Dodsworth had become more of a lady since that fateful night six months ago. Her long red hair that had always lain in unruly curls, the tresses he wanted so much to run his fingers through, to pull her toward him and take her lips on his, was piled atop her head like all the proper ladies. William understood pomp and circumstance. He understood the ways of the world, more than most. However, he missed seeing those wild locks. The girl who, though wealthy and well-brought-up, always had a wildness about her. But not around her father. No, she was too smart for that. Frederick Dodsworth would have scared the devil. He sure as hell scared William.

Around her father, Trudy was the perfect lady. Around William, it was completely different.

In Darenset, their encounters had come about unintentionally at first. They’d run into each other, literally, as he rounded a street corner on the way to Vaughan’s residence, and she’d come bounding around the other direction. She’d ended up on her bottom. William had wound up red-faced and apologetic.

Then, the most wonderful thing had happened.

She’d laughed.

A proper young lady, laughed at him — not at him. Not like he’d done something wrong, but a light-hearted chuckle. People around them had stopped and stared, but the girl hadn’t seemed to mind. She’d taken William’s extended hand, and he’d pulled her upright.

He’d found out later that she’d escaped her chaperone because she’d only wanted a few minutes to herself. Her father wouldn’t allow it. Trudy had always assumed he’d been afraid someone would hurt her. William figured it was because he had to control every single situation. Even his daughter.

Especially his daughter.

Time went on, and they continued to run into each other. William found that he looked forward to those meetings most in the world. Not the ones with the important folks that he had to attend. No, he daydreamed about Trudy, about pulling her into his arms, about things he knew he should not even consider.

Then came her ball, her coming-out party. And William had never felt more alive… and more scared. He’d known it meant that she’d start courting. Other men would be able to meet her, unless he asked her father for her hand. William had a title, a good title, anybody — well, most people — would love their daughter to marry above her station.

Not Mr. Dodsworth.

The answer had sullied William’s spirit, and he’d done something he never in his life imagined he’d do; he had set a blaze to Dodsworth’s textile factory.

He’d stood there and watched it burn.

Then he’d heard the screams.

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Seriously.

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I need this book, haha! And I thought that you might enjoy meeting the other previous two books in the series 😀

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And sorry, but I really love the pretty book quotes and promos with beautiful pictures ❤

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Anyway, fetiches aside, bellow you can read more about the author, Kelly Martin!

Author Bio

Kelly MartinKelly Martin writes paranormal, contemporary, historical, and YA fiction. She has been married for over ten years and has three rowdy, angelic daughters. When she’s not writing, she loves taking picture of abandoned houses, watching horror gamers on YouTube– even though she’s a huge wimp– and drinking decaf white chocolate mochas. She’s a total fangirl, loves the 80s and 90s, and has a sad addiction to paranormal TV shows. {Basically, she likes creepy stuff.} Her favorite characters are the very flawed ‘good guys’–and ‘bad guys’ who don’t know they are evil. She loves giving her readers books with unexpected twists and turns, but (here’s a hint) most of her books have the ending spelled out in the first chapter. See if you can figure it out.

If you ever have a question or comment, feel free to email her at kellymartin215 @ yahoo . com ♥ You can follow her writing adventure at http://www.kellymartinbooks.blogspot.com

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BOOK TOUR + GIVEAWAY: Fire & Ice, from Jessica Prince

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Hello, darlings! Happy Easter ~once again~ and I hope everyone’s having a nice Sunday! Once again, I’m talking about a book that I’m dying to read, brought on blog tour to you by Love Affair With Fiction: Fire & Ice, from Jessica Prince!
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Fire & Ice
The Locklaine Boys (Book #1)
Jessica Prince
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy

Synopsis

Pepper O’Malley isn’t one to be toyed with. Fool her once, shame on you. Fool her twice and they’ll have trouble finding your body. She used to dream of white picket fences and happily-ever-afters, but now she lives in the real world. As the saying goes, Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, especially when that woman is a redheaded spitfire.

Griffin Locklaine always viewed commitment as a four letter word. He was clear about what he wanted from the start and made no apologies for it. He didn’t care if he came off cold as ice. He lived for his job, his family, and his friends. He had no desire for a relationship. That was, until he saw the once-young-and-scrawny Pepper all grown up.

They’re like oil and water, fire and ice. A volatile combination that should never work together. Unfortunately fate has other ideas. A spark like theirs left ignored has a tendency to burn out of control, leaving everyone to wonder who will be left standing when it finally explodes. Only one thing is certain. When they finally come together it’s going to be epic.

**Fire & Ice is Griffin and Pepper’s story. It is book 1 in a spin off series for characters introduced in Love Hate Relationship. It is recommended you read Love Hate Relationship first**

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You can find Fire & Ice both on paperback and ebook versions only on Amazon for now, but I’m sure it will be available on other places soon!

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Excerpt

A sudden bang from the direction of my kitchen caused me to freeze instantly. Sheer panic filled my veins like ice.

Someone was in my apartment.

Holy shit! Someone was in my apartment!

Now, a rational person would have grabbed the phone and called 911. Or at the very least, found a safe hiding spot so as not to get hacked to pieces by a potential ax murderer. But I’d never been described as rational, and my hungover state only made that worse.

Bypassing my cellphone completely, I quietly pulled my nightstand drawer open and reached for my Taser. That’s right. I was a single woman living on her own in New York City. Fuck pepper spray. If someone was going to screw with me I was hitting them with fifty thousand volts. I didn’t mess around.

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You can also check out Love Hate Relationship, the book that formally introduces us to the main characters of Fire & Ice 🙂

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Bellow, you can learn more about Jessica Prince 🙂

About The Author

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Born and raised around Houston Texas, Jessica spent most of her life complaining about the heat, humidity, and all around pain in the ass weather. It was only as an adult that she quickly realized the cost of living in Houston made up for not being able to breathe when she stepped outside. That’s why God created central air, after all.

Jessica is the mother of a perfect little boy–she refuses to accept that he inherited her attitude and sarcastic nature no matter what her husband says.

In addition to being a wife and mom, she’s also a wino, a coffee addict, and an avid lover of all types of books–romances still being her all time favs. Her husband likes to claim that reading is her obsession but she just says it’s a passion…there’s a difference. Not that she’d expect a boy to understand.

Jessica has been writing since she was a little girl, but thankfully grew out of drawing her own pictures for her stories before ever publishing her first book. Because an artist she is not.

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COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY: The Way Home, from Linda Oaks (The Chasing Series #3)

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Hello, there! It’s with the highest pleasure that I present to you today, along with Love Affair With Fiction, the final cover for The Way Home, third book in The Chasing Series, from wonderful Linda Oaks ❤

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Title: The Way Home
Author: Linda Oaks
Series: The Chasing Series
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing

Releasing: April 12th, 2016

And here we have the paperback version:

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“Not everyone you love is going to leave you…but what if they do?”

For Nate Lucas, this was his reality.

When he lost her, he was left with no choice. Life was impossible in Crawley without her. He couldn’t live with all of the memories or her ghost.

He vowed to never return again.

It was business that brought him back and the chance to right a wrong, but then she needed him; his best friend’s little sister. Her life and her child’s were in danger.

It was an arrangement until it became more.

He vowed to never love again; to never allow the past a chance to repeat itself, but sometimes you’re left with no choice.

When the walls around your heart are finally breached, do you run and save yourself or stay and fight for the chance to love again?

When you lose your way, how do you find the way home?

**The Way Home is an Interconnected Standalone in The Chasing Series. Each book features a different couple.**

3821d-goodreadsThis is a very special book for me, as I was a beta reader for it! I can’t wait to read the final version of the story, omg! I’m a huge fan of Linda’s work since Chasing Rainbows, book one, and it’s so awesome to see her being recognized for being awesome ❤

You can already pre-order The Way Home at our usual book buying places!

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Calm down, you can have a sneaky peek bigger than this one, haha!

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We’d spent Sunday celebrating with her family never even managing to have a moment alone until the end of the night when she’d walked me out to my truck to say goodnight. The sky had been splattered with stars, thousands of them piercing the darkness above us. The tiny pinpoints of light were not nearly as captivating as Natalie; nothing was. We walked with her tucked against my side, gazing up at the sky. Her face had been radiant as she pointed out the constellations. In her excitement, she’d stumbled, dragging my attention away from Orion’s Belt and back to her. I’d only looked away because she’d insisted. I’d much rather have looked at her. I’d gripped her close. Both of us laughing. I could still recall the expression on her face. Her smile had shined brighter than any star I had ever seen.

The promise ring I’d saved six months for had been sitting proudly on the fourth finger of her dainty left hand. My birthday gift to her, and I hadn’t given two shits if her parents had liked it or not. Natalie was mine. She’d smiled at me, peeking up shyly through her lashes before sliding her hands into my hair and tugging my head closer to hers. My girl had loved to tease me. So in tune, I’d known exactly what she’d wanted and had fitted my mouth against hers while pulling her body close to mine. She’d fit me perfect.

That had been our last kiss. Thinking back on that day, I’d wished I’d held her a little tighter and had kissed her a little longer. Instead, I’d taken it all for granted; thinking we’d have tomorrow, our whole lives ahead of us. I wished I’d taken the opportunity to memorize every single fucking detail no matter how small. Now, my last memory of her was measured in a single moment in time, and selfishly, I wanted every second, every minute, and every hour of it back just to spend it with her all over again.

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If you’ve been around for a while, you know how I usually am not a contemporary reader, but Linda Oaks does art with her words. I’ve fallen in love with both Chasing Rainbows and Finding Forever, the previous books on The Chasing Series, so it was only natural for me to fall hard again for The Way Home ❤ You need to read these books, haha!

Don’t believe me.  There’s a beautiful book trailer for it to prove my point:

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Bellow, you can get to know more about this wonderful author that also happens to be a very good and close friend and one of the most lovely human beings that I’ve ever met ❤

TWH About The AuthorLinda Oaks

Linda Oaks has always had a passion for books. At the age of five, she was a book of the month club member. Her love for books eventually led her to a love of writing. She resides in Eastern Kentucky with her husband, two children, three dogs and a pet rabbit named Dozer. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad and Instagram. She can be also be reached by mail at authorlindaoaks@gmail.com. She loves connecting with her readers.

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TWH GiveawayAnd yes, we have a giveaway! Five lucky people will win an Advanced Reader’s Copy of The Way Home!! Just click the link bellow to enter 😀

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That’s it! Thanks you so much for reading ❤ I can’t freaking wait to put my hands on this book!!! Oh, and thanks to Love Affair With Fiction team for this awesome cover reveal! (yes, I’m looking at you, Jill! <3)

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BOOK BLITZ: Fire & Ice, from Jessica Prince (The Locklaine Boys #1)

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Hello, again! Welcome to my second book blitz of the day! It’s my pleasure to bring you the trailer of Fire & Ice, from Jessica Prince, along Love Affair With Fiction

Title: Fire & Ice
Series: The Locklaine Boys (Book #1)
Author: Jessica Prince
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Release Date: March 21

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Pepper O’Malley isn’t one to be toyed with. Fool her once, shame on you. Fool her twice and they’ll have trouble finding your body. She used to dream of white picket fences and happily-ever-afters, but now she lives in the real world. As the saying goes, Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, especially when that woman is a redheaded spitfire.

Griffin Locklaine always viewed commitment as a four letter word. He was clear about what he wanted from the start and made no apologies for it. He didn’t care if he came off cold as ice. He lived for his job, his family, and his friends. He had no desire for a relationship. That was, until he saw the once-young-and-scrawny Pepper all grown up.

They’re like oil and water, fire and ice. A volatile combination that should never work together. Unfortunately fate has other ideas. A spark like theirs left ignored has a tendency to burn out of control, leaving everyone to wonder who will be left standing when it finally explodes. Only one thing is certain. When they finally come together it’s going to be epic.

**Fire & Ice is Griffin and Pepper’s story. It is book 1 in a spin off series for characters introduced in Love Hate Relationship. It is recommended you read Love Hate Relationship first**

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You may remember this book  from my Book Cover Reveal post for it 😀 You can already pre-order Fire & Ice at Amazon!

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Meet Pep & Grif InPepper and Griffin, the main characters of Fire & Ice, already made an appearance on Love Hate Relationship and the book is on sale! Don’t miss out this opportunity 😀

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About The Author

JessicaPrince

Here you can learn more about Jessica Prince!

Born and raised around Houston Texas, Jessica spent most of her life complaining about the heat, humidity, and all around pain in the ass weather. It was only as an adult that she quickly realized the cost of living in Houston made up for not being able to breathe when she stepped outside. That’s why God created central air, after all.

Jessica is the mother of a perfect little boy–she refuses to accept that he inherited her attitude and sarcastic nature no matter what her husband says.

In addition to being a wife and mom, she’s also a wino, a coffee addict, and an avid lover of all types of books–romances still being her all time favs. Her husband likes to claim that reading is her obsession but she just says it’s a passion…there’s a difference. Not that she’d expect a boy to understand.

Jessica has been writing since she was a little girl, but thankfully grew out of drawing her own pictures for her stories before ever publishing her first book. Because an artist she is not.

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Wonderful, right?! Oh boy, I can’t wait for this book and I hope you’re as excited as I am! Thank you for reading and thanks to Love Affair With Fiction for hosting this marvelous blitz!

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COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY: Fire & Ice, from Jessica Prince

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Hello, there! Welcome to the first book cover reveal of the day 😀 Along with Love Affair With Fiction, it’s my pleasure to introduce you guys to the very hot cover for Fire & Ice, from Jessica Prince! 😀

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Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs

Wonderful, right?! *–* Here’s all you need to know about this new beauty in town:

Title: Fire & Ice
Series: The Locklaine Boys (Book #1)
Author: Jessica Prince
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Release Date: March 21

Synopsis

Pepper O’Malley isn’t one to be toyed with. Fool her once, shame on you. Fool her twice and they’ll have trouble finding your body. She used to dream of white picket fences and happily-ever-afters, but now she lives in the real world. As the saying goes, Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, especially when that woman is a redheaded spitfire.

Griffin Locklaine always viewed commitment as a four letter word. He was clear about what he wanted from the start and made no apologies for it. He didn’t care if he came off cold as ice. He lived for his job, his family, and his friends. He had no desire for a relationship. That was, until he saw the once-young-and-scrawny Pepper all grown up.

They’re like oil and water, fire and ice. A volatile combination that should never work together. Unfortunately fate has other ideas. A spark like theirs left ignored has a tendency to burn out of control, leaving everyone to wonder who will be left standing when it finally explodes. Only one thing is certain. When they finally come together it’s going to be epic.

**Fire & Ice is Griffin and Pepper’s story. It is book 1 in a spin off series for characters introduced in Love Hate Relationship. It is recommended you read Love Hate Relationship first**

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Interested? Never worry! You can already pre-order Fire & Ice at our usual suspects-I mean, buying places lol

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Meet Pep & Grif In

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About The Author

JessicaPrinceBorn and raised around Houston Texas, Jessica spent most of her life complaining about the heat, humidity, and all around pain in the ass weather. It was only as an adult that she quickly realized the cost of living in Houston made up for not being able to breathe when she stepped outside. That’s why God created central air, after all.

Jessica is the mother of a perfect little boy–she refuses to accept that he inherited her attitude and sarcastic nature no matter what her husband says.

In addition to being a wife and mom, she’s also a wino, a coffee addict, and an avid lover of all types of books–romances still being her all time favs. Her husband likes to claim that reading is her obsession but she just says it’s a passion…there’s a difference. Not that she’d expect a boy to understand.

Jessica has been writing since she was a little girl, but thankfully grew out of drawing her own pictures for her stories before ever publishing her first book. Because an artist she is not.

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Oh, and if you, like me, are a book collector, I highly recommend you buying the paperback version because look at this beauty! 😀

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Or maybe you should wait up. I mean, this is a seriously cool reveal in which you get the chance of winning and ARC (advanced reading copy) of Fire & Ice to call yours! 😀 All details are bellow ❤

Giveaway

Enter to win one of 3 ARCs of Fire & Ice!

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You can bet that I’m already participating, haha!

That’s it, thanks for reading 😀 Hope you are as excited as I am for this book ❤ Also, thanks again to Love Affair With Fiction team for including me on this reveal 😀

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