Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Release Day Blitz & Review: Pam Godwin's "Booted (Trails of Sin #3)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Release Blitz for Pam Godwin's "Booted (Trails of Sin #3)."

Amazon.com: https://amzn.to/2penQuQ
Amazon UK:  https://amzn.to/2xddxf9

Synopsis: 

The night I’m released from prison, she’s in my bed.
It’s been eight years since I touched a woman, and the Native American beauty is half-dressed, beaten, bruised, and devastatingly exquisite.

We’re toxic together, but we want the same things. Blood. Vengeance.
Violent relief in a warm body.

Beneath her touch, I’m alive.
Against her skin, I’m redeemed.
Buried inside her, I forget the past.
Until the past takes her from me.

Prison made me cold, but losing Raina makes me cruel. Ruthless. Unforgiving.
I killed before. For her, I’ll kill again.
I’ll end this once and for all or die in my boots.

TRAILS OF SIN series (HEAs with no cliffhangers - must be read in order):
Knotted #1 - Jake and Conor
Buckled #2 - Jarret and Maybe
Booted #3 - Lorne and Raina 



Review: Jo 

"In that suspended moment between stillness and movement, 
our souls lace together." 

This was a brilliant finale to what has been a fantastic series. "Booted" was jam packed with non-stop drama, action, and of course romance. From the moment Raina and Lorne began their story there was an immediate connection, a kind of intense chemistry that I could feel growing between the couple. Starting out as a bit of hate/love relationship, filled with angsty banter, but with a whole lot of lust underneath the surface. I was enjoying every minute of watching Raina and Lorne together. 

"He's my battle scar in the war of love." 

As well as seeing a heap of sexiness and love, this story also saw the continuation of a sub-plot that's been unfolding since book one. It was a plot that intensified with each new chapter and had me on the edge of my seat. Just as things were going well for Lorne and Raina, I started to fear that danger was lurking just around the corner. I loved getting to know Lorne and Raina and I loved how good they were together. Each of the characters had interesting back stories, carrying the scars of their past with them. But they also had a chance of helping one other to heal. I was hopeful for their future and I wasn't disappointed. Raina and Lorne were both steamy and swoon-worthy together. Their story really was the total package. 

"He smashed my heart against my ribs to make room for his. 
Now we beat side by side, stretching and growing together in the shared space." 

I absolutely love Pam Godwin's style of writing. She has delivered another gripping story that was sprinkled with a little bit of darkness and was full of wonderful quotes that I could read again and again. I was spoilt for choice when it came to selecting quotes for my review. There was also a gorgeous epilogue that I absolutely adored. It gave this fantastic series the perfect ending it deserved. If you love sexy cowboy romance, I recommend starting this series as soon as possible. You won't regret it. 

"She pleasures me with passion. I love her with fire. 
Together, we reduce the night to ashes." 

"Booted" gets 4.5 ❤️'s from me. 



Author Bio:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band. Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.

Author links:

Email → pamgodwinauthor@gmail.com
Website → www.pamgodwin.com
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Thursday, 13 September 2018

Release Blitz & Review: Brittainy C. Cherry & Kandi Steiner's "A Love Letter from the Girls Who Feel Everything."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Release Blitz for Brittainy C. Cherry & Kandi Steiner's "A Love Letter from the Girls Who Feel Everything."

Amazon UK:    https://amzn.to/2OgSyP0

Synopsis: 

Bestselling authors Brittainy C. Cherry and Kandi Steiner come together for the first time in an emotional compilation of poetry and prose. Written and collected over the course of more than two years, A Love Letter from the Girls Who Feel Everything is an intimate, honest, and raw assemblage of two women’s feelings in a modern world that often quiets any kind of emotion past indifference. 

Discussing themes of love, worth, loss and hope, A Love Letter from the Girls Who Feel Everything is a journey of discovery and healing. 

“We are the girls who feel everything.

And this is our love letter. To you, to them, to us, to the world, to no one at all. Whether it’s the brightest, sunniest day where everything is perfect, or the darkest, dreariest night of rain where life seems unbearable — we have lived it, we have survived it, and we have felt every, blissful, aching second.

Here’s to embracing the feels, to the brave souls that listen to the way their hearts beat and aren’t afraid to ask someone else if they feel those same beats, too. Here’s to the girls, the boys, the love we sometimes share and the love we all-too-often conceal.

And more than anything, Reader — here’s to you.”

Review: Jo 

I'm not usually a reader of poetry, however knowing that one of my favourite authors was involved, I knew that this book was going to be something special and I was right. As expected the poetry and prose was something beautiful, thought provoking and heartfelt.

 "Yesterday it didn't exist. Tomorrow it may be gone. 
Yet in this moment, we loved." 

From the moment I read the introduction, I became swept away by the beauty of the words. There wasn't one piece that I didn't enjoy. As I read each poem, I felt every word and each sentence captured my heart. I also found myself being able to resonate with a lot of the emotions and subject matter that were being written about. It would be impossible for me to pick a favourite, because there were so many that stole my breath and melted my heart. I highly recommend one clicking this book and spending an evening in a big comfy chair getting lost in these gorgeous words. 

"A Love Letter from the Girls Who Feel Everything" gets 4.5 ❤️'s from me.




About the Authors: 

Brittainy C. Cherry: 

Hi! I'm Brittainy! Join me as we travel through my mind as a Romance Author. This includes such things as my random thoughts, tricks, tips, things I'm learning, things I'm re-learning, things I'm forgetting, and my weird ways of crafting stories.


Connect with Brittainy: 

Stay up to date with Brittainy by signing up for her mailing list: https://goo.gl/VOg4l8

Kandi Steiner: 

Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.

An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a diehard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.

When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.

Connect with Kandi:

Facebook reader group (Kandiland): http://bit.ly/2wKSDnq


Thursday, 6 September 2018

Review: Nicola Rendell's "Shimmy Bang Sparkle."


Synopsis:

To catch a thief…or fall for one?

All Nick Norton wants is to stay on the straight and narrow…and never get caught stealing again. Then he lays eyes on her: Stella Peretti—100 percent sexy and absolutely irresistible. Especially when he sees her smooth moves lifting a two-karat diamond. Nick realizes he’s found the sparkling woman of his dreams—one so perfect for him it’s almost criminal.

The Shimmy Shimmy Bangs are master jewel thieves who are planning the heist of the century. And Shimmy leader, Stella, isn’t about to let anyone—even if he is a hunky, tatted-up studmuffin—get in her way. But when two of her girls are put out of commission, Stella realizes that Nick isn’t just a red-hot distraction. He might be the answer to her pilfering prayers.

Now, Nick and Stella are putting everything on the line for one last job. But when two thieves have this much chemistry, it’s only a matter of time before somebody’s heart gets stolen.

Review: Jo 

"I'm fucking falling for you. I need to fall for you. I need this. I need you." 

What a fantastic read this book was. A story that was sexy, swoony and full of fun. I loved every single second of "Shimmy, Bang, Sparkle." 

"This man was, minute by minute, inching his way into my heart.
 And making me feel more beautiful, special, 
and safe than I ever had before." 

I adored the characters from this novel. Stella, the heroine of the story gave me so much enjoyment. I loved getting to know this gutsy, super cool girl with a huge heart. To be honest, I think I had a bit of a girl crush on her. Nick was a hero to swoon over. He was a tattooed bad boy who was insanely hot and had a heart of gold, especially when it came to Stella. He would do anything for her and the pair quickly fell crazy in love. They truly were made for one another. Think of a modern version of Bonnie and Clyde and that was the kinda couple they were. I loved everything about them. 

"He was my dream that would never end. 
He had stolen my heart, and I never wanted it back."

The story that unfolded saw Stella and Nik going on an adventure that could end two totally different ways and I hoped and prayed that all would go in their favour, even if it was highly illegal. I couldn't help but root for the pair and wanted so much for them to drive off into the sunset together for a happy ever after. I was gripped throughout every single chapter, in some parts I felt that my heart stopped at what played out before me. This couple's story had my stomach in knots, but thankfully by the time I turned the final page, I had the biggest smile on my face. This book truly was well worth the read. I am certain that every time I think of Stella and Nick, I will get big heart emoji eyes and a big smile on my face. 

"She was every diamond. She was every star. She was my eternal sure thing." 

"Shimmy, Bang, Sparkle" gets 4.5 ❤️'s from me.


Friday, 31 August 2018

Blog Tour: Monica Murphy's "You Promised Me Forever (Forever Yours #1)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for Monica Murphy's "You Promised Me Forever (Forever Yours #1)."


Synopsis: 

I’ve got it all, they say. I’m the starting quarterback for the best NFL team in the league. I’m rich. I’m famous. I can have any woman I want, any time I want.

Yeah, I’ve got everything—except for the one who got away. How do you move on from loving the same girl since you were in the seventh grade? She promised me forever until forever got too hard and at nineteen, she dumped me.

By text message.

Now she’s walked back into my life. Just as beautiful. Just as sweet. Just as smart. More grown up and incredibly sexy…

We’re older now. Supposedly wiser. This time, I’m going to fight for what I want, no matter how hard it gets.

This time, I’m going to make her mine.

Forever. 

Review: Jo 

I loved everything about this book. I was so happy with all that happened between Jordan and Amanda and I am so pleased that Monica Murphy decided to give us more from this adorable couple. If you have been following Tuttle and Mandy's romance, don't miss out on the start of this brand new series. It's a must! It also can be read as a standalone, however I recommend reading the "Friends" series first to experience the early days of the relationship. 

"We didn't know what we had until we didn't have it any longer." 

When I first discovered that Monica was writing a new story involving Jordan and Amanda, I was equal parts excited and apprehensive. I have always been team Tuttle so I couldn't wait to catch up with one of my favourite couples, but I was also nervous about seeing Tuttle heartbroken after the pairs relationship didn't quite have the HEA I'd imagined. Turns out that my concern was short lived as this novel was all about second chance love and Jordan and Amanda finally grabbing the fairytale ending that I so desperately wanted for them. 

"You didn't lose me. You never really did."

This novel really didn't disappoint. It was the perfect combination of swoon-worthy romance and scorching hot sex as Jordan and Amanda made up for lost time. This pair were insatiable and I just loved how Tuttle wore his heart on his sleeve from the very beginning. There was no way he was going to let Mandy go second time around. I also loved seeing the beginnings of Cannon and Susanna's new relationship. I have a feeling that theirs is going to be a fun story, which I'm hoping will be played out in the next instalment. 

"I love you, Mandy. I will always love you. Till the end of fucking time." 

I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this book. It was everything that I had hoped for and it gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️  from me.


Excerpt:

Jordan

Of course, I’m not going to shake Amanda’s hand.

Instead I grab hold of it, that unmistakable jolt of electricity sparking when our skin connects, just like every other time we’ve touched. I pull her to me and wrap her up in my arms because I can. I’m the one who offered up the tickets so I could…what? Show off? Let her know exactly how great my life is?

I can’t lie. My life is pretty damn great. I have everything I could ever want—except for one thing.

“Hi Jordan,” she breathes against my neck, and I swear she melts into me a little. Like she can’t help herself. Like we somehow still fit together even after all these years.

Either she got smaller or I grew bigger since the last time I touched her, and I’m guessing it’s the latter. She smells familiar, yet different. Better. I recognize the scent of her shampoo, but nothing else. Her hair is longer. Thick. Dark and wavy, up in a ponytail and a little disheveled, like she’s had a long day. Her body is curvier, something teenaged Amanda would’ve never believed could happen. She still has those sexy long legs, though.

Finally, she pulls away from me, her lips curled, her eyes sparkling, nervousness written all over her face, and I watch her carefully in return, my expression as neutral as I can make it. Honestly, I’m still a little pissed over that garbage game we just played, and I’m tense like I usually am after. Her understanding gaze meets mine and I know she knows what I’m feeling. We’ve always been in tune with each other…

She’s my Mandy, all grown up. But not my Mandy anymore.



Meet Monica:

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she's not writing, she's reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She's a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Review: JA Huss & Johnathan McClain's "The Sexpert."

Amazon.com:    https://amzn.to/2OK28K7
Amazon UK:     https://amzn.to/2vXqk4B

Synopsis:

A new standalone romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author, JA Huss, and Actor/Screenwriter, Johnathan McClain.

EDEN

I’m just a simple girl who likes dessert. And sexy men. And social media. So starting an anonymous video channel called The Sexpert as a side hustle to make up for my low-paying marketing job at Le Man Magazine seemed like a perfectly sensible career decision. Until we went viral, my boss accused my anonymous personality of stealing his idea, and now my super sexy new boyfriend, Andrew, is out to get me.

Her. Me. Whatever.

ANDREW

I don’t want it to be her. I do not want this… sweet, delicious, shy social media nerd working at my best friend’s magazine to be the face behind those perky cupcakes on the Sexpert channel. I don’t want it to be her… because I like her. A lot. She’s funny, and quirky, and smart, and creative… and… I really, really like her. It just can’t be her.

But it is.
And now I have to choose. 
My best friend? 
Or… The Sexpert?

Review: Surj

"The Sexpert" is the fifth addition to the collaborative works of JAHuss and Johnathan McClain and really does reflect that there is no stopping this duo when it comes to giving us readers fresh story lines that we just eat up!!! "The Sexpert" was a standalone romantic comedy that was fast paced and laugh out loud hilarious. We've seen JA Huss's humour come out in most of her solo books and often in the darkest of moments, she has made us grin like cheshire cats!!! Then there is Johnathan McClain who gave us a taster of his wit when he wrote Tyler Morgan's POV in the "Original Sin" series. Put these two together and give them a romcom to write and they took on the challenge and gave us a story that was entertaining from the first page to the last. Eden and Andrew's story was light hearted for the most part and was jam packed full of mischief, mayhem, situational humour and banter that made my cheeks hurt from all the laughing I did.

Andrew and Eden were two characters who (at first glance) couldn't have been more opposite. However, the more I got to know them, (I discovered), the more alike they were. It became very apparent that these two really struggled with their identity and really struggled in terms of trying to fit in and be (what others would perceive as) normal. I (however) was completely enamoured by the couple. They were cute and clever and completely dorkish and so funny all at the same time and for me, they were a perfect match. They were so well suited it was untrue. 

This was the first book in what I'm hoping will become a series based around the "Tall, Dark and Handsome" neighbourhood of Denver. Trust me there are some real hotties about that deserve to have their stories told. Two secondary characters who played petty big roles in this book were Pierce and of course Myrtle and if you're anything like me, you'll at least want to see this pair get a book. They have truly piqued my interest and I really want to delve deeper into their dynamics and hopefully see love blossom!!!

Anyhow, that's it from me. If you're looking for a cute, funny read with adorable characters, then give "The Sexpert" a go!! This one gets 4 ❤️ 's from me. 

Monday, 27 August 2018

Blog Tour: L.H. Cosway's "Fauxmance (Showmance #2)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog is pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for L.H. Cosway's "Fauxmance (Showmance #2)."


Synopsis:

In this era of social media, we all pretend. 

We pretend to be prettier, happier, more confident versions of ourselves, but not Ellen Grant. She takes it to a whole other level and pretends to be someone else entirely. Adopting the persona of a woman far more interesting is the only way she can break free of the socially awkward, romantically inept girl she really is.

And it’s all going swimmingly until she catches the eye of a man at her local coffee shop. Julian Fairchild has been noticing her for a while and he’s fascinated. Little does he know, the woman he thinks he’s obsessed with is a fake.

It’s not long before the jig is up, and Julian discovers Ellen’s true identity. However, he has a proposition. If she really wants to pretend, he can introduce her to a world where she can be anyone she wants. Ellen is intrigued by the prospect, and, blind to the nature of Julian’s profession as a male escort, closes her eyes and lets him lead the way.

Can Ellen keep her feelings in check while discovering a new world of thrills and excitement? And will Julian let it show that he isn’t entertaining Ellen purely out of the goodness of his heart?

Fauxmance is a standalone contemporary romance featuring characters first seen in L.H. Cosway’s Showmance.

Review: Jo 

I've always loved LH Cosway's work and this book was no exception. Brilliant characters, a slow burn romance with a ton of chemistry and an ending that left me with a big smile on my face. This was another win for a fabulous author.

"A lifetime with just one person wouldn't feel like
a life sentence if I got to spend it with you."

What I've come to learn from this author is that she always manages to create such larger than life characters. Characters with big personalities that keep your interest with every turn of the page. Julian was one of these characters. I loved getting to know this male escort with a heart of gold. He truly was a unique kind of hero to the story. Ellen was the heroine of the tale. A girl who lacked confidence and self assurance. My heart went out to Ellen and the lengths she would go to to mask her insecurities. 

"...Julian somehow managed to break past the mask. He was a chink to my armour." 

Ellen and Julian formed an unlikely friendship early on into the book, Two people who were both so different but at the same time they were the kind of people that could help one another out. Julian was the perfect guy to help Ellen with her lack of confidence and in turn, as time went on, Ellen gave Julian the opportunity to love, something that he had always thought he wasn't capable of. In Ellen and Julian's situation, opposites attract really did happen and feelings soon developed between the pair. 

"I was breaking all my rules for this woman, but I couldn't stop now even if I tried."

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel about learning to accept and love your true self. Ellen and Julian's romance was well worth the read. 

"Fauxmance" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me. 



About the author:

L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books. She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories. L.H. is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.



Social Media Links:FB: www.facebook.com/LHCosway



Friday, 24 August 2018

Review Tour: Emma Scott's "Bring Down the Stars (Beautiful Hearts Duet #1)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Review Tour for Emma Scott's "Bring Down the Stars (Beautiful Hearts Duet #1)."


Synopsis: 

I fell for Connor Drake. I didn’t want to; I fought against it, but I fell in love with him anyway. With his words. With his poetry. With him. The gentleness and beauty of his soul that speaks directly to mine. He writes as if he can feel my heart, hear its cadence and compose the exact right lyrics to accompany every beat and flow. 

I’m in love with Connor…so why do I feel an inexplicable pull to his best friend, Weston? Grouchy, sullen, brooding Weston Turner, who could cut you down with a look. Fiercely intelligent with a razor sharp wit and acid tongue, he’s the exact opposite of Connor in every way, and yet there’s electricity in the air between us. The thorny barbs Weston wraps around himself can’t keep me away. 

But the more time I spend with these men, the more tangled and confused my emotions become. When they both sign up for the Army Reserves during a time of increasing strife in the Middle East, I fear I’ll never unravel my own heart that sometimes feels as if it will tear straight down the middle…for both of them. 

**********
Bring Down the Stars is an emotional, angst-filled novel of unrequited love by bestselling author, Emma Scott, and is inspired by the classic tale, Cyrano de Bergerac. (Roxanne) It is Book I in the Beautiful Hearts Duet, coming this summer. Book II, Long Live the Beautiful Hearts, to be released a few weeks later. THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL LOVE TRIANGLE #confusedhearts #notamenage

Review: Jo 

One boy, One girl and one beautiful, loyal and selfless best friend. The amazing Emma Scott delivers another gripping and emotional story that captured my heart. This book is one not to be missed and with a heart-stopping final chapter, I cannot wait for the concluding part of this fantastic duet. 

"I'm in love with her. 
The truth was bold and stark on the blank page of my heart." 

Firstly, I have to say once again how beautiful Emma Scott's words are. This author has the ability to create magic with the way in which she weaves words together. Each book that I've read has been consistently beautifully written. I have fallen in love with each and every novel that Emma has written and this book was no exception. 

"He smiled and it was like the sun coming out on a cloudy day." 

"Bring Down the Stars" was the story of a gorgeous man, Weston who carried the scars of his childhood into adulthood, resulting in a man who to some seemed cold and arrogant, but with his childhood best friend, Connor, Weston had formed an unbreakable bond. Nothing could come between Connor and Weston, not even when they both fell in love with the same girl. The story that unfolded was one that made me feel so sad, yet at the same time I also felt hopeful. Hopeful for Weston, for the love that he felt to be reciprocated. I felt Weston's pain as he stepped aside to let his friend get the girl and his torture as he stood on the sidelines and watched love bloom for Connor and Autumn. It was a story that pulled at my heart and made me fall deeper and deeper in love with Weston with every turn of the page. 

"I would bring down the stars for her....." 

I wholeheartedly recommend picking this novel up. For me, it's a firm favourite of the year and I couldn't give it anything less than ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️. 



EXCERPT:

I took the cement stairs into the library and entered the cool, hushed confines of the main reading room. None of the long mahogany desks with green-shaded lamps were empty. One of the university clubs had taken over two-thirds of the space. The rest of the tables were filled with students like me, trying to get a head start their course load.

I finally found an empty seat at the end of a table, opposite a blond guy engrossed in reading. His open backpack spilled books and papers into what I hoped could be my table territory.

“Excuse me,” I whispered. “Can I…?”

He looked up, his expression vaguely hostile. Piercing blue-green eyes set in a stunningly handsome, if angular, face met mine. High cheekbones, sharp chin and long straight nose. He looked chiseled out of smooth stone at first glance, then his features softened for a moment as his gaze swept over me. Something like recognition lit up his eyes, and I could see the gears of his brain turning as he studied, analyzed, and then came to a conclusion. Not a good one, I guessed, because his expression hardened again.

“Yeah, sure,” he muttered. He stood up, leaning his tall, slender frame over the table to corral the books back into his pack.

“Thanks,” I said, thinking if he wasn’t a basketball player or a runner, he was a model.

All right, girl, get a grip.

I sat, cracked my textbook and settled in to read. I wasn’t through two pages when the words blurred to nonsensical gibberish and my skin prickled with the sensation of being watched.

I glanced up, straight into the ocean eyes of the guy across from me. A million thoughts swirled in their soft depths before they quickly glanced down. He slouched lower in his chair, disappearing behind his book—the collected poems of Walt Whitman. Part of me wanted to melt. Good lord, a hot guy reading poetry? I was only human.

And this is how you wound up with a broken heart in the first place.

I must’ve been frowning at the book because the guy held it up and said, “Not a fan?” 

I blinked back to reality. “No,” I said. “I mean, yes. I love Whitman. And poetry in general. I just... Never mind.”

He regarded me a long moment, then slowly closed Whitman and picked up Atlas Shrugged from his short stack of books.

“Ugh, that’s even worse,” I muttered without thinking, and then shook my head. “God, sorry, I left my filter at home. Don’t listen to me.”

His lip curled. “Is there anything in my collection you approve of?”

A hot, smart asshole, I thought. Game on. 

“Sorry,” I said. “I’m not in a good mood today and it’s making me forget my manners. I’ll leave you to read your capitalist propaganda in peace.”

The guy’s eyebrows shot up, disappearing under the blond hair that fell across his brow. “Not a fan of Rand either?” He smirked knowingly. “No, of course you aren’t.”

My blood heated at his flippant tone. “What’s that supposed to mean?”

The guy nodded at my textbook—Global Responsibility and the Third-World Hunger Epidemic—and shrugged, as if that answered everything.

“Oh.” I frowned. “Well… yes. I mean, Rand’s point of view is purely capitalist and mine isn’t. Not by a long shot.”

The student sitting to my right exchanged glances with the girl sitting across from him. Then both packed up their books and left.

“We’re being disruptive,” I said to my across-table neighbor. “We need to stop talking now.”

He leaned back in his chair, his eyes intent on me. “So what’s your point of view?”

“My what?”

“You said your point of view isn’t capitalist.” He raised a brow. “So what is it?”

“Humanist, I suppose. Since you asked. I think everyone, regardless of race, creed, income-level, or sex should be granted the same shot as anyone else.” I raised a brow at him. “But you don’t?”

“Are you asking me or telling me?” he said with a slight chuckle. “Since we’re tossing labels around, I’m a realist.” He held up his book. “And not a fan of Rand either.”

“You’re not?” I leaned back too, crossing my arms. “Are you just messing with me or what?”

“Maybe,” he said. “What do you care what I think anyway?”

My mouth fell slack. “I don’t. Thanks for reminding me.”

“No problem.”

“Wow, you’re rude.”

“That’s the word on the street.”

“I can see why.” I lifted my own book up to signal conversation over, but my eyes wouldn’t focus. I could feel the hum of his presence like a field of electrical wires, getting under my skin and infiltrating my thoughts. The buzz went beyond distraction. It felt like a challenge had been laid down.

And I never walked away from a challenge.

I lowered my book to see the guy’s glance hide behind his book again.

“Well?” I demanded.

“Well what?”

Why are you watching me? 

“Why are you reading Ayn Rand if you don’t like her either?”

“Required reading for an English Lit minor.”

“And your major? Let me guess, pre-law.”

“God, no,” he said.

I raised my eyebrows but he offered nothing more. “Are you going to make me run through Amherst’s list of majors until I guess which one is yours?”

“Yes,” he said. “Alphabetically, please.”

A laugh burst out of me against my will, and the guy almost smiled. Every one of his hard angles softened.

“Economics,” he said. “But I don’t know what I’m doing with it.”

“That feels like the most honest thing you’ve said to me so far,” I said.

“And that’s important to you?”

“Yes,” I said, my laughter dying away as I remembered Mark and that girl, naked in the bed I’d slept in just the night before. “Honesty is very important.”

He lifted one shoulder.

“You don’t agree?” I asked.

“Being honest is sometimes mistaken for being rude.”

“You must be really honest,” I said.

Again, he almost smiled. “Must be.”

Satisfied that I’d held my own against this beautiful but hostile member of the opposite sex, I went back to my book…for eight entire seconds before my skin started prickling again. The electric hum of his attention was impossible to ignore. 

When I looked up this time, he didn’t look away but cleared his throat. 

“I’m Weston Turner.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Emma Scott is a bestselling author of emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy thoughtful, realistic stories with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy my novels.

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