BY: Mary Whitney

LIVE: JUNE 17,2013




Late one night Nicki Johnson plays with emotional fire and Googles her high school love, only to find his name splashed across the British gossip columns. Back in his native England, Adam Kincaid is successful and dating a woman from an aristocratic family like his own. With a career in politics, Nicki’s no slouch, but she knows Adam is living a world away from her life. Yet there was a time he was no farther than the next locker. Nicki will never forget their year together in high school—the year of her sister’s death, the year her mother checked out. Adam helped Nicki through suffocating grief, and she led him through a coming of age. Was it just high school, or was it something more?

Beside Your Heart Excerpt:
“No British literature. Isn’t this supposed to be an English class?” Adam asked.
“Uh.” My ancestors would’ve been proud of the jolt of American patriotism that hit me.  “There was a revolution two hundred years ago. We write our own books now.”
He leaned back in his seat with a smile. “I think I heard about that.”
“We still share the same language.”
“Sometimes I’m not too sure.”
“I bet not.” I could imagine what he thought of a Texas accent.
He picked up the list of books again. “What about Catcher in the Rye?”
“I read it a long time ago when I was, like, eleven.” I laughed a little as I remembered how I’d first come to read it.
“Is there something funny about that?”
“Yeah. My father had suggested I read it then. The book is the classic coming-of-age story. Clearly, he wasn’t really thinking about whether or not it was appropriate for an eleven-year-old.”
“Really? Why?”
“Well, for one thing, the main character is a guy who swears a lot.”
“I suppose I swear a lot.” He cracked a sly smile. “At least compared to you Yankees.”
“Yankees? You’re in the South.” I laughed.
“What else is inappropriate about the book? Now I’m interested. It can’t only be a few swear words.”
“No, it’s not just that. It’s…” I hesitated for a moment as I realized I was about to bring up the topic of sex with Adam Kincaid. What the hell, I thought. I should be matter-of-fact about it. He had a girlfriend and would never want anything with me. I could hide I thought he was hot, so I shrugged. “Holden, the main character…he’s a little sexually frustrated.”
His eyes twinkled, and it felt as if my words hung in the air. I wanted to squirm in my seat. ‘Sexually frustrated’—like me checking out Adam Kincaid.
His proper upbringing showed again as he sidestepped the issue, yet he smirked. “That sounds like an adventurous book to be on an American high school syllabus.”
“Like I said—it’s considered an American classic.” I laughed. “I guess some things are sacred.”
“But of course.” The gleam appeared in his eye again, and he turned toward me in his seat. “Teenage sexual frustration is sort of a rite of passage, if you will.”
There went the good-English-boy manners out the window. His tone, the look in his eye, his body language—was he flirting with or taunting me? I decided the former was impossible, and if the latter, I wasn’t going to back down. With two parents who were lawyers, debate was a family routine.
“A rite of passage? More like a biological fact, isn’t it?” I asked, casually clicking my pen. I raised a brow. “Especially for guys.”
“You’re right about that,” he said with a grin.
His eyes shifted downward, and I could feel him give me a once-over. I wondered what he thought. I was no Meredith, but I had enough self-confidence to know I wasn’t butt-ugly either—even with my scars. I couldn’t tell, but he’d distracted me so much, I jumped when I heard Mrs. Anderson ask, “Your name, dear?”

Author Bio
Even before she graduated from law school, Mary knew she wasn’t cut out to be a real lawyer. Drawn to politics, she’s spent her career as an organizer, lobbyist, and nonprofit executive. Nothing piques her interest more than a good political scandal or romance, and when she stumbled upon writing, she put the two together. A born Midwesterner, naturalized Texan, and transient resident of Washington, D.C., Mary now lives in Northern California with her two daughters and real lawyer husband.
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One Week Girlfriend, A Novel by Monica Murphy

One Week Girlfriend: A Novel

Breakout sensation Monica Murphy takes the New Adult genre by storm with the deeply emotional, completely addicting story of Drew and Fable.
Temporary. That’s the word I’d use to describe my life right now. I’m temporarily working double shifts—at least until I can break free. I’m temporarily raising my little brother—since apparently our actual mother doesn’t give a crap about either of us. And I always end up as nothing but the temporary girlfriend—the flavor of the week for every guy who’s heard the rumor that I give it up so easily.

At least Drew Callahan, college football legend and local golden boy, is upfront about it. He needs someone to play the part of his girlfriend for one week. In exchange for cash. As if that’s not weird enough, ever since he brought me into his world, nothing really makes sense. Everyone hates me. Everyone wants something from him. And yet the only thing Drew seems to want is . . . me.

I don’t know what to believe anymore. Drew is sweet, sexy, and hiding way more secrets than I am. All I know is, I want to be there for him—permanently.

Monica Murphy is a writer, a wife and a mom. She drinks too much coffee and spends too much time in front of her computer. She likes to read, she watches bad reality TV and she sometimes acts younger than she really is. Though most of the time she’s sure her kids think she’s a complete buzz kill.
One Week Girlfriend, a new adult/contemporary romance, is Monica’s first book. Second Chance Boyfriend Is available April 9th.

Fable: Beautiful, Smart, not so popular townie AKA slut, poor, mama drama, just plain old issues
Drew: hot,quarterback,rich,charming,more issues, with a lot of secrets!
What does two issues represent-disaster. I picked this one up just as a recommend from another junkie, and it looked good with good reviews- I started last night, and finished last night. I truly thought this story was written well, my opinion of course. The author builds the “secret” thru out the story giving away hints that it was almost like a Lifetime TV story.
Local townie- hmm..Who could of seen that coming, with the drop dead gorgeous football star..
Drew has to go back home, back to hell! Takes the chance to “hire” Fable to become his pretend girlfriend for the holiday and 2 year reunion of his sisters death. She agrees. Once arrived the gross eye-f*cking of Daddy, and the dirty-creepy touchy feely of step-mommy, the story goes to another level. Secrets that Drew wont share, and Fable wants to help.
No guard up, no pretends. This is exceptional love– with baggage of course.
Days go on- even if its only for 1 week-but the days that lead up to the strange ending, that even you *gasp*, in disbelief and you almost feel like you know the ending, but really cant really believe it had happened.!! Shocker!
I wonder if this Marshmallow loving couple with continue- even with …the strange circle of drama…
I think this had a 4.5 star review- my opinion of course… and I cant wait to start Second Chance Boyfriend.
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Translation of Love by Alice Montalvo-Tribue

~~Translation of Love~~~
by: Alice Montalvo-Tribue

Translation of Love (Of Love, #1)

Ellie Brooks has spent the past two years of her life building barriers around herself that are guaranteed to keep people out and her demons in. She doesn’t want to get close to anyone for fear of being hurt again. When she meets Latin superstar Victor Garza, she is shocked at how quickly he is able to penetrate her armor. She doesn’t want to let him in but can’t deny the chemistry they have. He has the potential to heal her wounds and open her heart but she isn’t sure she can let him.

Will love be enough to keep them together or will Ellie’s past prove to be too much for the pair to overcome?

My review:

Ok- Lets just say this story took a direction that I didn’t expect- but in a good way of course..it was a typical girl meets “MAN”, the dreamy irresistible, charming,sex god, billionaire .. but the way that the Alice put Victor made him to good to be true!!.. Well, that’s the moral of the story at least, Elizabeth “Ellie” thought the same way as I did, to good to be true, but thru out the story, Victor
made Ellie feel like the most important girl in the world!! Who wouldn’t fall head over heels for a romantic.

Latino goddess himself comes with a “mother”.. Ellie didn’t expect the turn of events with the packaged deal, long and behold it works out in the end, but with a unforeseen outcome that turned good.

I’m hoping that maybe Jordan has a book that maybe connects her to Alex, because that’s face it who wouldn’t want two Latino gorgeous men swooning for them!!

I gave this awesome book a 4.5 stars.. and I think it was a fabulous read!!

* this review is my personal opinion about the book-others may feel different and that’s okay …

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Beautiful Broken Rules, A Novel by Kimberly Lauren

Beautiful Broken Rules
by: Kimberly Lauren

WOW!!- What can I say about Beautiful Broken Rules!!…


What happens when you create rules to keep others out?

One thing Emerson Moore has come to terms with is that she is the school slut. She knows her way around a frat house and how to get what she wants. She doesn’t make any excuses for her actions and she doesn’t pretend to be anything different. She is who she is and with that she knows how to have a good time. She’s made rules to keep relationships at bay and avoid the demons of her past.

When her best friend, Cole has his two friends from back home move in with him she begins to think she has met her match with Jaxon Riley. Jax is the perfect mixture of tattooed muscle and a sweet-talking mouth. With “hand” written notes, a voice that exudes sex and knowing just how to get under her skin, Jaxon learns how to break all the rules. But will he just end up breaking her heart anyway?

New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance – recommended for ages 18 and up.

~~~My 5 star review~~~
Kimberly Lauren knocked it out of the park with her debute novel!!.. She really caught your attention with even the very first line :”One thing I know for sure and have come to terms with- I’m the school slut.” When I first read this I was like OMG- this is has gotta be good, and guess what it was!! I fell in love with Emmy and Jax, I actually really fell for Jax from the moment he was sitting on his motorcycle. For someone to write about a girl that sleeps around in college and falls, even with her perfect hair,body,personality and of course her Double D’s.. that is reality. Emmy has rules..she will follow/must follow them, and Jax well.. Jax is so dramatic/hot and … imperfect.  He is tattooed, possessive, romantic, rides a motorcycle, drives a muscle car, has jealousy issues, and anger management issues and the kick is he has identical twin brother Jace.. OMG-how can it get any better than that..a carbon copy!  
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The Last Boyfriend by J.S. Cooper

The Last Boyfriend!!!!
by: J.S. Cooper


So I grabbed this book “The last boyfriend” by chance of a recommend by another book junkie- Hey the cover alone, I would have found it!! I started it last night and finished it this morning. I never read this authors books before, but I thought this one turned out very cute!. J.S.Cooper wrote this book out perfect, well I loved it at least. The characters in Zane and Lucky- were so dramatic but cute. First to write a book and name the girl “Lucky” is just cute in itself. I think the book ended okay- but I wish there was more to the story about Braydon and what happens with him..maybe it will be in the next sequel…but other than that Bravo!! Loved it!.