Spotlight + Giveaway: Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Posted by Dianne on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Filed under: , ,
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I loved Laurie Boyle Crompton's previous books, Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) and The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High, as seen in my reviews. I just love the voice of her characters and the unique plots. So, I'm pretty pumped for Adrenaline Crush and I can't wait to read it myself. Check it out below and join the giveaway!

Adrenaline Crush
Title: Adrenaline Crush
Author: Laurie Boyle Crompton
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Date of Publication: September 23, 2014

When a daredevil teen pushes herself too far, she must choose between two boys: the one who wants to keep her safe, and the one who dares her to return to her old self.

Seventeen-year-old Dyna comes from a family of risk takers and is an avid thrill-seeker herself, until the day she splinters her ankle in a terrible fall. Her whole life goes from mountain biking and rock climbing to sitting at home and attending group sessions at the bizarre alternative healing center that her hippie mother found. The boy who witnessed Dyna’s accident believes her injury is a wakeup call and he encourages her mild new lifestyle, but a young Afghanistan War veteran she meets at the healing center pushes her to start taking chances again. Forced to face the consequences of her daredevil impulses, Dyna finds herself in danger of risking the one thing she’s always treated with caution—her heart.

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About Laurie Boyle Crompton

Laurie Boyle Crompton is the YA author of BLAZE (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) and THE REAL PROM QUEENS OF WESTFIELD HIGH (Sourcebooks, 2013 & 2014) as well as the upcoming ADRENALINE CRUSH from Farrar Straus Giroux. Laurie graduated first in her class from St. John’s University with a major in English and minor in Journalism. She’s written for national magazines like ALLURE as well as numerous trade publications and has appeared on Good Day New York several times as a Toy Expert. Yes, that is an actual thing that people sometimes get to be.

When she’s not writing Laurie enjoys hiking, cycling, reading, cross-country skiing, running, going to the movies and drinking tea by the gallon. She lives near NYC, but loves to escape to the mountains in New Paltz, NY where she and her family can often be found climbing over rocks or tromping through the forest. She is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Agency.


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Stacking the Shelves (40)

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Yay for spooky reads this month that I never got to read because I was busy spazzing on all the other books. So these are the books I got this October. Do share yours in the comments section!





For Review

Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
Breakdown by Sarah Mussi
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (ARC)
The Only Thing to Fear by Caroline T. Richmond (ARC)





Gifted

Marriage Matters by Cynthia Ellingsen (ARC)
*signed* The Paradox of Vertical Flight by Emil Ostrovski









Bought

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
The Rivals by Daisy Whitney
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
Every You, Every Me by David Levithan
Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney
*signed* A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
*signed* Asylum by Madeleine Roux
*signed* Sanctum by Madeleine Roux
The Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney


I also got my previously bought Fateful by Claudia Gray signed! Thank you to Quirk Books, Hot Key Books, Scholastic Philippines, Wendy McCurdy and Emil Ostrovski! And of course, infinite thanks to National Book Store, for bringing Claudia Gray and Madeleine Roux here in the Philippines. Wee!

Month9Books Turns Two! (Guest Post from Dorothy Dreyer + Giveaway)

Posted by Dianne on Friday, October 31, 2014. Filed under: , ,
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Month9Books is turning two! Wee! And to celebrate, they have a HUGE (and I mean, a Kindle, anyone?) giveaway for everyone who has supported their titles for the past years. And of course, for those who haven't read any titles of theirs, now is the perfect time to start! To kick off the celebrations, here's a message from Georgia McBride, owner of Month9Books!

“Month9Books is turning 2 this year and I could not be happier. We are living proof that if you have a dream to write, create and inspire, you should follow that dream and let nothing keep you from realizing it. Thank you to all the readers, writers, agents, partners and friends who have made this possible. We write for you.

--Georgia McBride, Publisher and Owner of Month9Books”

But the fun doesn't end there! I am also hosting a Month9Books author and I am so flippin' excited for this. I really rallied to feature her because Filipino pride! She's born in the Philippines and I've always wanted to spotlight her in here and now is that time.

Let's all welcome DOROTHY DREYER!

First, let's get to know her!

About Dorothy Dreyer

Dorothy Dreyer has always believed in magic. Born in Angeles City, Philippines, to a Filipino mother and American Father, Dorothy grew up a military brat, living in Massachusetts, South Dakota, Guam, New Jersey, and New York. She now lives in Frankfurt, Germany, with her husband, two teens, and two Siberian huskies. Dorothy not only writes books with some element of magic in them, but has a fondness for reading those kinds of books as well. She also enjoys movies, chocolate, take-out, and spending time with family and friends. She’s known to make a pretty sweet cupcake when she has the time. She also tends to sing sometimes, so keep her away from your Karaoke bars.


And here are her books!

My Sister's Reaper (Reaper's Rite, #1)
Title: My Sister's Reaper (Reaper Rite #1)
Author: Dorothy Dreyer
Publisher: Month9Books
Date of Publication: May 29, 2013

Sixteen-year-old Zadie’s first mistake was telling the boy she liked she could bring her dead sister back to life. Her second mistake was actually doing it.

When Zadie accidentally messes with the Reaper’s Rite that should have claimed her sister Mara, things go horribly wrong. Mara isn’t the same anymore—Zadie isn’t even sure she’s completely human, and to top it off, a Reaper is determined to collect Mara’s soul no matter what. Now Zadie must figure out how to defeat her sister’s Reaper, or let Mara die … this time for good.

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My Tethered Soul
Title: My Tethered Soul (Reaper Rite #2)
Author: Dorothy Dreyer
Publisher: Month9Books
Date of Publication: August 19, 2014

Months have passed since Zadie faced her sister’s Reaper, during which time she's been under her mentor's magical protection. But now that she's turning 17, that protection is about to run out. When dark forces lure Zadie to wander at night, she's manipulated into committing unspeakable acts. With her friends and family at risk, Zadie must try to use her powers to break free from the Reaper's grasp, or surrender to the Reaper's Rite, which can only lead to death.

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Eeeekkk, Dorothy even dropped by for a guest post! She talks about her writing inspirations and go check it out!

Guest Post

My Writing Inspirations
by Dorothy Dreyer

I’ve been interesting in weaving tales for as long as I can remember. And throughout the years I’ve found many inspirations for developing my craft. I’m still molding my technique—and honestly, the map of a writer’s technique should be an ever-climbing upward curve, in my opinion.

My first writing inspiration was Judy Blume. She showed me that it was possible to hook a young reader and make them care about a protagonist and her story.

I was shown the importance of clear-cut writing by Michael Crichton. He never used overly complex descriptions or overwhelming prose which would weigh a story down to the point the reader would lose track of the plot. He kept it simple, and readers would fly through the pages of his books.

John Grisham showed me how having a clever plot added massive appeal to a book. I learned to love plot twists and big reveals and protagonists finding a way to squeeze out of tight spots.

Nora Roberts showed me that thrilling books could still hold intense romance and emotional depth, and how rich that element made a storyline.

JK Rowling is probably one of my most influential writers, in my mind. She reminded me of how much readers could invest themselves in characters and keep them in their hearts. And she showed me how cool it is to bring magic into books. And bring readers into magical worlds.

Two last inspirations are Hugh Laurie and Christopher Moore: both excellent storytellers who showed me how to weave laugh-out-loud humor into a tale.

I’m sure I’ll find more inspirations down the line, and I look forward to it. Maybe one day, I’ll be an inspiration to an aspiring writer out there. Along with self-indulgent vindication that would bring, it would definitely be cool.

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Thank you so much for dropping by, Dorothy! Guys, go buy her books and I'm so excited to read them this weekend!

The year is ending but Month9Books already have books planned for 2015! Take a look at their upcoming titles!


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I said it's a huge giveaway, right? Because it is! Here are the prizes and you will want to win.

(1) New Kindle with touchscreen (US only) loaded with all our Month9Books titles. US Only.
(1) Paperback prize pack of 5 Month9Books Titles. US ONLY.
(2) eBook Prize Packs of 5 Month9Books titles. International

Good luck! I hope the winner is a reader of mine!


Now, to meet more Month9Books, check out these amazing blogs!

Jessica Arnold will be hosted by Read for your Future
Vanessa Barger will be hosted by Pretty Little Pages
Lisa M. Basso will be hosted by In Vogue with Books
Sarah Bromley will be hosted by A Book and A Latte
Steve Bryant will be hosted by Jump Into Books
Brynn Chapman will be hosted by A Backwards Story
Nicole Conway will be hosted by Two Chicks on Books
Scott Craven will be hosted by Books and Ashes
Ty Drago will be hosted by The A P Book Club
Dorothy Dreyer will be hosted by Her Book Thoughts!
Jennifer M. Eaton will be hosted by Book Briefs
Kit Forbes will be hosted by Book Lovers Life
Janice Gable Bashman will be hosted by All Things Urban Fantasy
Amanda Gray will be hosted by Aspiring Joy
Kelly Hashway/Ashelyn Drake will be hosted by Book Geek Review
Elizabeth Holloway will be hosted by Tales of a Ravenous Reader
Missy Kalicicki and Abi Ketner will be hosted by Once Upon A Twilight
Nicola Marsh will be hosted by ReadWriteLove28
Georgia McBride will be hosted by YA Sisterhood
Jen McConnel will be hosted by A Dream Within A Dream
Jackie Morse Kessler will be hosted by Dark Faerie Tales
Beck Nicholas will be hosted by The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club
Michelle E. Reed will be hosted by Doodle's Book Reviews
Heather Reid will be hosted by Bookish Things & More
A. Lynden Rolland will be hosted by Fiction State of Mind
Kristal Shaff will be hosted by Chicklit vs Fantasy
Pab Sungenis will be hosted by Classy Cat Books
Rachel Tafoya will be hosted by Jessabella Reads
Vicki L. Weavil will be hosted by Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

Spotlight + Giveaway: The Elementalists by C. Sharp

Posted by Dianne on Thursday, October 30, 2014. Filed under: , , ,
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C. Sharp's THE ELEMENTALISTS is out now from Diversion Books! To celebrate, I'm sharing an excerpt from its first chapter and a giveaway!

The Elementalists
Title: The Elementalists (Tipping Point Prophecy #1)
Author: C. Sharp
Publisher: Diversion Books
Date of Publication: October 28, 2014

Rising sea levels, droughts, earthquakes, tornadoes. Far below the earth’s crust, imprisoned in ancient slumber, the elemental powers of the land grow restless…

Meanwhile, in small town Virginia, Chloe McClellan’s first day of sophomore year was an epic fail. After she becomes the target of the fiery queen of the It-Girls in gym, she gains instant notoriety when she’s struck by lightning. That’s when things start to get weird.

There are disconcerting gaps in her memory, and freaky weather seems to follow her everywhere. She comes to believe that either she’s going insane, or her accident has awoken a terrifying creature from mythology, triggering the final countdown to the extinction of humankind.

Chloe finds unlikely help from a trio of male classmates: the grounded captain of the football team, the flighty stoner with a secret, and the enigmatic transfer student who longs for the sea. All the while, she struggles with the growing realization that dragons exist, and she, and her friends, may be the only ones who can stop them.

In the first book in the epic new Tipping Point Prophecy series, global dragon mythology is reimagined against a backdrop of ecological disaster, high school angst, and the power of the human spirit when working in accord with the elements.

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About C. Sharp

Chris Sharp grew up in the suburban wonderland of Alexandria, VA, where he cut his nerd teeth playing role-playing games and making gore movies with his friends.

He studied English Literature and Anthropology at Brown University, and Mayan Archaeology at the Harvard Field School in Honduras. He then spent sixteen years in Brooklyn, NY, where he worked in film and commercial production by day, and was yet another wannabe novelist by night.

His first book was a 900 page epic fantasy novel that waits in the depths of a dark box. The Elementalists is his second novel, and he really hopes you like it. His third novel is a pulp fantasy/crime fiction hybrid and is coming soon one way or another...

Some of the films he made with his childhood friends have gained international distribution and won numerous awards at festivals around the world. Chris now lives in Concord, MA, with his wife, daughter and an insufferable cat named Goblin.


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Spotlight + Giveaway: More Than Exes by Elizabeth Briggs

Posted by Dianne on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. Filed under: , , ,
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I loved MORE THAN MUSIC so much that I can't even review it (FAIL) and now, its prequel novella centering on Kyle, Jared's brother, is finally out! KYLE EEEEEKKKK!!! No need to have read More Than Music for this novella but come on, you should definitely get on the train with this series because it's all sorts of !!!!!

More Than Exes (Chasing The Dream, #0.5)
Title: More Than Exes (Chasing the Dream #0.5)
Author: Elizabeth Briggs
Date of Publication: October 28, 2014

Keyboardist Kyle Cross may look like a bad boy with his tattoos and piercings, but he’s really the good guy who’s always stuck fixing his band’s problems and never gets the girl. His band is competing in a college Battle of the Bands, but when their bassist doesn't show, Kyle must track her down with the help of the person he least expects: his ex-girlfriend Alexis Monroe.

Kyle hasn’t seen Alexis since she dumped him in high school, and she’s dropped her preppy image for fiery red hair and a bold new attitude to match. With only hours before his band goes on stage, Kyle has to be a little bad if he wants to win both the Battle and the girl he's never gotten over. But when their old problems resurface, the good guy might just get his heart broken all over again.

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“My car’s over here,” Alexis said, leading me to the other side of the parking lot.

“The same one as before?” We’d spent so much time in that old Mercedes back in high school. Truth be told, I was kind of excited to see it again.

“No, that one died a year ago. I have a MINI now.”

“Too bad. We had some good memories in that car.”

“We did.” She gave me a sly smile. “Some very good memories in the backseat.”

I coughed and tried to steer the conversation back to something less dangerous, but all I could think about was when we’d been together. “Remember that time we got lost on our way home from a concert in Pomona? And we ran out of gas in a shady part of LA and had to wait for Jared to come get us?”

“I remember. I was scared we were going to get carjacked, so you helped…distract me.” She met my eyes. “You were so very good at distracting me.”

Suddenly, all I could think about was how I’d like to distract her now. First, I’d tangle my fingers in that long, thick hair, getting a good hold of it. Then I’d tilt her head back so I could press my lips to her neck, to that spot just below her ear. She’d moan my name, and I’d work my way down, lower and lower, dipping inside the V of her shirt to taste every inch of skin I’d seen earlier. She’d reach for the front of my jeans and—

Whoa there. None of those things could happen. I could not get involved with Alexis again, and the only way I’d get through the night was to banish those thoughts entirely. Why was she even bringing all of that up again? Earlier she’d mentioned wanting to catch up, and now she was flat-out hitting on me. Did she want to get back together or something?

We stopped at a black MINI Cooper with white racing stripes across the hood. Not a car I’d ever picture her driving. Hmm, maybe she had changed.

“Nice car,” I said. “Not much room in the backseat, though.” Wait, why had I said that? It’s like I couldn’t stop myself from flirting with her, either.

“I bet we could still fit.”

Her eyes swept over me again, and it took all my energy not to press her back against the side of the car and devour her. I was so, so tempted to make a move, even though it was a terrible idea. Being around Alexis was causing my brain to not function properly. I wanted to blame my growing hard-on for rendering me stupid, but that wasn’t the entire reason. All the memories of being with Alexis, combined with seeing her again, were turning me into a sentimental fool.

I cleared my throat and tore my gaze away. “Let’s just find Becca, okay?”

“Sure,” she said, but she sounded disappointed. Hell, I was, too. I wished I was more like Jared and could do random, meaningless hook-ups, but that wasn’t me. If I got a taste of Alexis, I would only want more and more. I had to stop this now before it went any further.

About Elizabeth Briggs

Elizabeth Briggs is a full-time geek who writes books for teens and adults. She plays the guitar, mentors at-risk teens, and volunteers with a dog rescue group. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a pack of small, fluffy dogs.


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Review + Giveaway: All Broke Down by Cora Carmack

Posted by Dianne on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Filed under: , , ,
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I've been waiting for ALL BROKE DOWN ever since I loved and worshipped ALL LINED UP, the first book in Cora Carmack's new adult Rusk University series. And I mean, bowed down and gave all my love. You can read my review and see for yourself. If you haven't read ALU, seriously, WHY? You need to read it, stat! But no worries if you haven't, the books in this series can be read as a standalone so you can read them in any order.

Anyway, my point is, ALL BROKE DOWN IS OUT TODAY!!! To celebrate, here's my review and a lovely giveaway where you can win the books in the series. Woo to the hoo!


All Broke Down (Rusk University, #2)
Title: All Broke Down (Rusk University #2)
Author: Cora Carmack
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Date of Publication: October 28, 2014

In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can't only fight for what you believe in... sometimes you have to fight for what you love.

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians you name it, she's probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He's in for a different kind of fighting. And though he's arrogant and infuriating, she can't help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it's trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He's met girls like her before fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn't think he's broken, and he definitely doesn't need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about: his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Jessie of HarperCollins and Edelweiss for the review copy! Having received one did not affect my views of the novel in any way.

Like I said, I've been impatiently waiting for ALL BROKE DOWN for months because SILAS. MOORE. If you've read All Lined Up, I'm sure you're also like me who wanted to get to know Silas more. Sure, he could be a cocky jock (and sometimes an asshole) but he's a decent person. He just likes to joke around and take things lightly, never being serious unless it's a game. You also saw a glimpse of the depth of his character and I'm sure you wished for the next book to be focused on him. And yes, Cora Carmack answers prayers because here it is! I practically begged Jessie for an eARC of All Broke Down because I would have cried if I didn't get to read it early. SILAS MOOOOORE.

And lord, does Cora Carmack deliver all the goods! I read ABD during a cold, stormy night and it was as if it wasn't even raining because All Broke Down is steaming! I seriously got hot and bothered with the scenes because they will make you fan yourself and look away and blush like a schoolgirl. I don't suggest reading this in public unless getting turned on in public is your thing. So for the sizzling factor, All Broke Down definitely got it in spades.

Okay, forgive me for tackling the steaminess first. I just had to get that out and now, as I remember those scenes, my face is heating up again. Now, let's get to the characters. I was correct. Silas Moore is definitely deeper and more dimensional than what we read of him in ALU. Then we also have Dylan, who couldn't have been more different than Silas. However, as we get to know both of them and as they get to know each other, we see that they have lots in common. Both have pasts they wish weren't a part of who they are and which they absolutely want to get away from. They're looking for the other to fix them. I usually hate this kind of set-up because I always think that another person doesn't fix or complete you. Only you can do that. But give it to Cora Carmack to make me not roll my eyes. Because you see it. Silas and Dylan are so good for each other. They just click and fit.

Some people loved ALU more than ABD and some found ABD even better than ALU. I'm of the former, in that, I still love ALU more. I hate to compare but I can't help it because I was so ready for All Broke Down to be another five-star read. Knowing Cora, that's not a long shot. Still, I kept my expectations low for this book but for me, it didn't live up to All Lined Up. I guess I'm just a fan of the slow-burning romance and the delayed gratification for the sexy scenes like in ALU. Silas and Dylan got intimate quite fast and while I dig that too, you could blame that bit why this isn't a five-star read. Moreover, I didn't connect with Dylan as much as I wanted to but no worries because I was so on Silas's side all the way. I wanted him to succeed and get the girl and manage his anger issues. Silas Moore <3

But please, don't think All Broke Down isn't great. It is! I love it too and I love this series so so much. Cora just knows how to write sexy scenes without being THAT graphic and lewd. But not only is she a pro in the steam, she can also pull on the heartstrings and make you feel for the characters. The emotions felt by the characters and their issues and problems really came across to me as a reader.

For those who enjoyed All Lined Up, our favorite Rusk University Wildcats and all the other amazing characters also appear in here. It was such a joy to read about Dallas and Carson because hello, I SHIP AND LOVE THEM SO MUCH. Really, everything was such a blast to read.

All in all, yet another fantastic new adult novel from Cora Carmack! With All Broke Down, Cora Carmack is cementing her as one of THE new adult authors you have to follow and read. I highly recommend All Broke Down for new adult fans, romance fans and fans of books infused with sports!

About Cora Carmack

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.


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Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Leaving Amarillo by Caisey Quinn

Posted by Dianne on Sunday, October 26, 2014. Filed under: , ,
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Title: Leaving Amarillo (Neon Dreams #1)
Author: Caisey Quinn
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Date of Publication: March 17, 2015


Nashville meets New Adult in Neon Dreams, a dramatic, sexy series from bestselling author Caisey Quinn, about a country band’s rocky road to fame—and the ambition, dreams, and love of the people who make the music.

Dixie Lark hasn’t had it easy. She lost her parents in an accident when she was young and grew up in a ramshackle house on a dirt road in Amarillo with her ailing grandparents and overprotective older brother. Thanks to her grandfather, Dixie learned to play a mean fiddle, inspired by the sounds of the greats—Johnny and June, Waylon, and Hank. Her grandfather’s fiddle changed Dixie’s life forever, giving her an outlet for the turmoil of her broken heart and inspiring a daring dream.

Ten years later, Dixie and her brother Dallas are creating the music they love and chasing fame with their hot band, Leaving Amarillo. But Dixie isn’t enjoying the ride. All she can think about is Gavin, the band’s tattooed, tortured drummer who she’s loved since they were kids. She knows he feels the connection between them, but he refuses see her as more than his best friend’s little sister.

Convinced that one night with Gavin will get him out of her system, Dixie devises a plan. She doesn’t know that her brother has forbidden Gavin from making a move on her-a promise he swore he’d always keep . . . a promise that once broken will unexpectedly change the future for Dixie, Gavin and the band.

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