Things Liars Fake by Sara Ney

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Author: Sara Ney

Rating: 5 stars

Release Date: February 2nd, 2016

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb:

What if…

Someone you barely knew asked you for a favor.

What if…

They needed you to be something you weren’t, in exchange for nothing. Unless you count a mouth full of lies and a half-broken heart. Faker. Pretender. Liar. There are worse things to be called.

So would you do it? Would you?

Daphne Winthrop did.

And you’re about to find out what happens in the end.


Things Liars Fake is the final book in the #ThreeLittleLies novella series, and wow, talk about going out with a bang. This book is charming, nerdy, and sexy- with a build up that defines what sexual tension is all about. Things Liars Fake pulled me in from the moment I started, and I think I looked away from my kindle three times the entire time I was reading it. It’s that captivating- there is no skipping a head with this book. This fast, flirty read will keep you warm on these cold nights.

I have to admit, sometimes I don’t connect well with characters in a novella.  It has to due with the shorter length of the book, and how much the author is trying to make happen. Sometimes the characters just don’t come to life. That isn’t the case with this series and definitely didn’t happen with this book. Sara Ney’s writing was so good, so on point, that from the very first chapter I was looking through the eyes of Daphne and Dexter. Daphne is beautiful, outgoing, intelligent and has this inner dorky side that she isn’t afraid to let shine through.

Then there is Dexter. Lately in books, the male leads tend to be cocky, charming player types. Don’t get me wrong- I admittingly love those characters, but sometimes I want a nice guy. One you can love from the start, before they overcome their playboy ways. Good guys have this rep of being boring, safe even. Yeah, that isn’t the case with Dexter. Okay, so he is nice, thoughtful and nerdy- but there is nothing about this guy that is boring. There are a few scenes that prove this, and trust me when I say they will make your temperature rise a few degrees. In fact, Dexter is so swoon worthy, I feel that Sara Ney will be single handily providing this big let down in the female population when they start to compare Dexter to guys in real life.

Even though Daphne and Dexter start things off with a lie, there is nothing fake about how perfect they are for each other. It’s not insta-love but they do have a case of serious insta-attraction. Of course, it’s never that easy, and it is a bit of a slow burn, but it’s SO good. I could feel their sexual tension radiating off the page. Er, screen? I love all the little things that Dexter says and does that shows how considerate he is of Daphne. I can’t even lie, it tugged at my heart strings. You also get to meet Dex’s family- they are loud, step over boundaries and meddle in his business- and I love them. Well, most of them. Of course you see some familiar faces in the form of Greyson and Calvin (Things Liars Say) and Tabitha and Collin (Things Liars Hide). I loved being able to see what they are up to!

One of my favorite things about this book is how strongly the voices of Daphne and Dexter came through. You can tell Sara Ney was having a good time writing this, because it shows in the work. There has never been a time while reading any of the books in this series where I stopped and thought about how they remind me of another book. They all have such fresh, witty story-lines to them.

So if you’re looking for a book where nerdy is oh so sexy- read this book. If you’re looking for a book with a swoony guy and steamy scenes- read this book. If you want a book that will make you laugh and smile- yep, read this book. The only thing I didn’t like about this book was it was the last one in the series. I’m sorry to see it end, but I’m looking forward to what Sara releases next. Which won’t be soon enough!

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Cover Reveal- US by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

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(I LOVE this cover SOOO much!!!)

 

Blurb:

Can your favorite hockey players finish their first season together undefeated?

Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves–Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.

Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It’s not the life Jamie envisioned for himself, and the strain of keeping their secret is taking its toll. It doesn’t help that his new job isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped, but he knows he can power through it as long as he has Wes. At least apartment 10B is their retreat, where they can always be themselves.

Or can they? When Wes’s noisiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel. With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly?

Warning: contains sexual situations, a vibrating chair, long-distance sexytimes, and proof that hockey players look hot in any shade of green.

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US will be released March 8th, 2016

Anatomy of a Player by Cindi Madsen

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Author: Cindi Madsen

Release Date: January 25th, 2016

Blurb:

This bad boy is about to get played…

After getting her heart broken by a player again, Whitney Porter is done with men. She’s focusing on her future career and her first assignment at the college newspaper: Posing as a sports writer for an exposé on the extra perks jocks receive. But Hudson Decker, the bad boy of the hockey team, is about to test her resolve. To keep herself from breaking her no-sex rule with the temptingly tattooed athlete, she decides to use him for a side project: Anatomy of a Player, to help Whitney—and women everywhere—spot a player, learn what makes him tick, and how to avoid falling for one.

With his life spiraling out of control, Hudson Decker’s looking for a distraction. When his teammates bet him that he can’t land the gorgeous but prickly new reporter, he accepts the challenge, boasting he’ll have her in bed by the end of the semester. But Whitney is so much more than Hudson expected, and soon enough, he’s in too deep. The last thing he needs is another complication, but staying away isn’t an option. One thing’s for certain: this girl totally throws him off his game.


Let me just start off by saying you need to go ahead and do yourself a favor and 1-click Anatomy of a Player. Trust me, you won’t regret it. This book delivers all the feels, is laugh out loud funny and is filled with so much sexual tension. I am a huge fan of plots where the characters start off kind of hating each other, and while in this case it’s more one sided, I think this may be one of the best enemies to lovers books I have ever read. Cindi Madsen created something special with this one- romantic, unexpectedly touching, and has a very swoon worthy hero.

First of all, I adored Whitney. Sure, she is beautiful, but she is also intelligent (and not shy from showing it), passionate, caring and has cases of self-doubt from time to time. As so many of us do. She feels real and I was able to connect to her right away. Cindi has this way of creating female characters that display both beauty and brains, which is so, SO refreshing. When you first meet Whitney Porter, she is catering to a broken heart and has decided to give up on men and solely focus on her dreams of being a reporter. Which might be easier said than done, if her first job wasn’t to be around a bunch of male hockey players.

One of those hockey players happens to be Hudson Decker. Sigh, Hudson. I didn’t think it was possible for Cindi to create a character that was more adorable than Beck, but she *might* have done that. Hudson is the typical player type: non -committal, unfairly gorgeous, charming and cocky. He also has a much bigger heart than he gives himself create for and is a better person than most people think. But truthfully, he is exactly the kind of guy that Whitney knows she should stay away from.

I love Whitney and Hudson’s relationship. At first, Whitney can’t stand Hudson. She knows his type, and isn’t going to go down that road again. And Hudson, well for some reason he can’t leave her alone. Cue in some witty banter that is hilarious and flirty. As they spend more time together, the become friends, and oh my gosh, they have so much chemistry. I seriously could almost feel the air sizzling between the two of them. They still have their banter, but it has some sexual tension added to it. Ah, it’s so perfect! They are so perfect together.

The best thing between them is how natural and real the progression of their relationship feels. It’s not forced or rushed. They both have deep backstories, and I love how they are able to help each other grow and get past their issues.

In addition to their relationship, I loved seeing Whitney’s friendship with Lyla. Yes, you do get to see Lyla and Beck from Getting Lucky Number Seven. It was also heartwarming to see the sweet interactions between Lyla and Beck again. A new character that I really liked was Dane, the best friend/brother figure to Hudson.

I could sincerely rave about this book forever, but I’m leaving some things for you to see for yourself. Be prepare to laugh, swoon and maybe get teary eyed.

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Series Spotlight- The Ivy Years

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The Ivy Years is one of my favorite series-the books have everything you could possible be looking for in a good read. Swoon worthy guys? It has them. Strong, realistically flawed heroines? It has them. Tough topics and character struggles? It has them. Hilarious moments and sweet romances? Check and check. Touching friendships and relationships? Definitely. It’s impossible not to fall in love with this wonderful world that Sarina Bowen has created, and the characters in these books are ones you do not forget. Even though this is a companion series, each one is a standalone, and they can be read in any order. I do recommend starting from the beginning though. 🙂 Also note, there will be a spin-off to this series, out this fall!


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The Year We Fell Down- Book One

Blurb:

The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else.

What now?

She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.

Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.

Also, he’s taken.

Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands.

They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.

But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back.

“He was almost the hottest hockey player I could name. The hottest one was sitting beside me on the sofa.”
― Sarina Bowen, The Year We Fell Down

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The Year We Hid Away- Book Two

Blurb:

She’s hiding something big. He’s hiding someone small.

Scarlet Crowley’s life was torn apart the day father was arrested for unspeakable crimes. Now the shock has worn off, but not the horror.

It’s a safe bet that Scarlet is the only first year at Harkness College who had to sneak past TV news trucks parked on her front lawn just to leave town. But college will be Scarlet’s fresh start. Clutching a shiny new student ID — with a newly minted name on it — she leaves it all behind. Even if it means lying to the boy she’s falling for.

Bridger McCaulley is a varsity hockey star known for being a player both on and off the ice. But a sobering family crisis takes that all away. Protecting his sister means a precarious living arrangement and constant deception. The only bright spot in his week is the few stolen hours he spends with Scarlet.

The two form a tentative relationship based on the understanding that some things must always be held back. But when grim developments threaten them both, going it alone just won’t work anymore. And if they can’t learn to trust one another now, the families who let them down will take everything they’ve struggled to keep.

“Thank you, Scarlet”.
“For what? For being your Tuesday and Thursday girl?”
“For all seven days. Because I think of you on all of them”.”
― Sarina Bowen, The Year We Hid Away

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Blond Date- Book 2.5 (Novella)

Blurb:

A blind date. A nervous sorority girl. A mean-spirited fraternity prank. What could possibly go wrong?

As a sorority pledge, there are commandments that Katie Vickery must live by. One: thou shalt not show up for the party without a date. Two: the guy shall be an athlete, preferably an upperclassman.

Unfortunately, Katie just broke up with her jerkface football player boyfriend. Even worse, her last encounter with him resulted in utter humiliation. She’d rather hide under the bed than attend a party where he’ll be.

Yet staying home would mean letting him win.

Enjoying herself tonight was out of the question. She could only hope to get through the evening without her blind date noticing that he was spending the evening with a crazy person.

Andrew Baschnagel is living proof that nice guys don’t finish first. He’s had his eye on Katie since the moment her long legs waltzed into his art history class. So when her roommate sets Andy up to be Katie’s date, he’d be crazy to say no. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a lot of practice with either girls or parties. Yet.

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The Understatement Of The Year- Book 3

Blurb:

What happened in high school stayed in high school. Until now.

Five years ago, Michael Graham betrayed the only person who ever really knew him. Since then, he’s made an art of hiding his sexuality from everyone. Including himself.

So it’s a shock when his past strolls right into the Harkness College locker room, sporting a bag of hockey gear and the same slow smile that had always rendered Graham defenseless. For Graham, there is only one possible reaction: total, debilitating panic. With one loose word, the team’s new left wing could destroy Graham’s life as he knows it.

John Rikker is stuck being the new guy. Again. And it’s worse than usual, because the media has latched onto the story of the only “out” player in Division One hockey. As the satellite trucks line the sidewalk outside the rink, his new teammates are not amused.

And one player in particular looks sick every time he enters the room.

Rikker didn’t exactly expect a warm welcome from Graham. But the guy won’t even meet his eyes. From the looks of it, his former… best friend / boyfriend / whatever isn’t doing so well. He drinks too much and can’t focus during practice.

Either the two loneliest guys on the team will self destruct from all the new pressures in their lives, or they can navigate the pain to find a way back to one another. To say that it won’t be easy is the Understatement of the Year.

“We’d been so close all those years ago. My subconscious just couldn’t get over the idea that we weren’t anymore.”
― Sarina Bowen, The Understatement of the Year

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The Shameless Hour- Book Four

Blurb:

The girl who’s had everyone meets the boy who has no one.

For Bella, the sweet-talking, free-loving, hip-checking student manager of the Harkness men’s hockey team, sex is a second language. She’s used to being fluent where others stutter, and the things people say behind her back don’t (often) bother her. So she can’t understand why her smoking hot downstairs neighbor has so much trouble staying friends after their spontaneous night together. She knows better than to worry about it, but there’s something in those espresso eyes that makes her second guess herself.

Rafe is appalled with himself for losing his virginity in a drunken hookup. His strict Catholic upbringing always emphasized loving thy neighbor—but not with a bottle of wine and a box of condoms. The result is an Ivy League bout of awkwardness. But when Bella is leveled by a little bad luck and a downright sinister fraternity stunt, it’s Rafe who is there to pick up the pieces.

Bella doesn’t want Rafe’s help, and she’s through with men. Too bad the undeniable spark that crackles between the two of them just can’t be extinguished.

“It’s hard to admit you’re just in someone’s periphery when you imagined you were closer to the center of their world.”
― Sarina Bowen, The Shameless Hour

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The Fifteenth Minute- Book Five

Blurb:

Freshman Lianne Challice is known to millions of fans as Princess Vindi. But sometimes a silver screen sorceress just wants to hang up her wand, tell her manager to shove it, and become a normal college student. Too bad that’s harder than it looks.

She’s never lived a normal life. She hasn’t been to school since kindergarten. And getting close to anyone is just too risky — the last boy she kissed sold the story to a British tabloid.

But she can’t resist trying to get close to Daniel “DJ” Trevi, the hot, broody guy who spins tunes for hockey games in the arena. Something’s haunting his dark eyes, and she needs to know more.

DJ’s genius is for expressing the mood of the crowd with a ten second song snippet. With just a click and a fade, he can spread hope, pathos or elation among six thousand screaming fans.

Too bad his college career is about to experience the same quick fade-out as one of his songs. He can’t get close to Lianne, and he can’t tell her why. And the fact that she seems to like him at all? Incredible.

“I need you in my life, smalls,” he says in a whisper. “No matter what happens tomorrow, that won’t change.”
― Sarina Bowen, The Fifteenth Minute

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Waiting on it Wednesday- Things Liars Fake

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Author: Sara Ney

Release Date: February 1st, 2016

Blurb:

What if…

Someone you barely knew asked you for a favor.

What if…

They needed you to be something you weren’t, in exchange for nothing. Unless you count a mouth full of lies and a half-broken heart. Faker. Pretender. Liar. There are worse things to be called.

So would you do it? Would you?

Daphne Winthrop did.

And you’re about to find out what happens in the end.

5 Authors You Need To Be Reading In 2016

It’s a new year, and if you’re like me then you’re always looking for some new authors to add to your 1-Click addition. Because there is no such thing as too many books, right? 😉 Luckily for you, I have some suggestions.

 

 

 

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Miranda Kenneally

Friends to Lovers. Enemies to Lovers. Opposites attracting. Love again after heartbreak. Family issues and internal conflict. You will find that and so much more in Miranda’s books. Miranda is one of my favorite YA authors, and her books are some of my ultimate feel good reads. Her books are a companion series, though each one can be read as a standalone. Strong female leads, swoony guys, fun banter and humor is included.

What’s next for Miranda: Defending Taylor will be out July 2016. I can’t wait!


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Huntley Fitzpatrick

Huntley is another YA author, but if you are thinking that means her books are light and fluffy, think again. Dysfunctional families, being disappointed by the ones you love, and struggling to figure out who you really are/ who you want to be are some of the things you will find in her books. The characters are flawed, and that makes them so lovable and real. Then there is the romance, which is truly ‘aww’ worthy. All are standalones, though My Life Next Door and The Boy Most Likely To are connected.

What’s next for Huntely: I don’t see any upcoming new releases, but hopefully there is news soon!

 


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Sara Ney

If you haven’t read anything by Sara Ney, you need to change that, stat! Her fresh, original NA books are filled with flirty fun, steamy scenes and characters that steal a little piece of your heart. Oh, and humor. Did I mention how hilarious they are? I’m not talking about the occasional chuckle out loud, I mean laugh so hard that I’m holding my stomach as tears fill my eyes. Sara’s books are all standalones, though her Kiss and Make Up series are companions and the same with the Three Little Liars novella series.

What’s next for Sara: Things Liars Fake will be out in February, as well as the novella companion to FriendTrip, written with M.E. Carter.


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Shirl Rickman

Shirl Rickman is a new author, but her debut novel, When Destinies Collide, was absolutely fabulous. The book was a page turner, filled with twists and turns and characters that you can’t help but root for, and connect with. It made me laugh and tear up. It also made me realize that Shirl is something special, and is one to keep an eye on.

What’s next for Shirl: Her next novel, Somewhere In Between, will be out April 2016.


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M.E. Carter

Gripping. Touching. Bittersweet. Romantic. Real. Funny. Those are all words I would use to describe M.E. Carter’s writing. Books that make you think- and make you feel deeply- are my favorite kind, and her books do just that.  M.E.’s books have characters with real voices, so they end up dragging you into this wonderful world she’s made. A world you can’t get enough of and don’t want to ever leave.

What’s next for M.E.: The novella companion to FriendTrip, written by Sara Ney, will be out in February.