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Always Second Best by Release Day Blitz + #Giveaway

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Always Second Best

Broken Dreams
Book #2

Elodie Nowodazkij

Genre: Young Adult Romance
Release Date: October 13, 2015

Synopsis:

Sometimes being first isn’t what you expected.

Seventeen-year-old ballerina Emilia Moretti is tired of always being second best. And she’s going to prove the world she deserves to be first. In her upcoming School of the Performing Arts showcase. In the eyes of her birth parents. And in the heart of the guy she loves. She spends hours rehearsing, hours dreaming about becoming number one, hours imagining how her entire life is about to change. But when nothing goes the way she planned, she’ll need to realize what it really means to be first.


Eighteen-year-old Nick Grawski doesn’t want to follow Daddy Dearest’s rules any longer. He’s going to prove he’s meant to be a dancer—not a lawyer—and he is not going to stay away from Em just because his father demands it. He needs to show Em that—this time around—he’s there to stay and that he won’t break her heart again. Even when her world goes down to shit, even when he finds out his dad may have been trying to protect him all along, even if being there for one another is harder than falling in love.

ALWAYS SECOND BEST is a novel of hope and heartbreak and broken dreams. It’s a novel about falling in love and discovering that being first isn’t always what matters.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26252475-always-second-best
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Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. Now she lives in Maryland with her husband, their dog and their cat.

She’s also a serial smiley user.

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The Finn Factor by Rachel Bailey Review + #Giveaway

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The Finn Factor
Rachel Bailey

 
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 28, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
 
ISBN: 978-1633753600
ASIN: B0140NXXAG
Pages: 228
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.85
My Rating: 5.0

Book Description:

Sometimes all a girl needs is a little practice…

It’s been twelve months, three days, and eleven hours since accounting student Scarlett Logan made it past a second date. A pitcher of mojitos in hand, she employs her supreme graphing skills to narrow things down to one horrifying explanation. Kissing. Clearly someone needs to teach her how to kiss properly. Like, say, her best friend and roomie, Finn Mackenzie. He’s safe, he’s convenient, and yeah, maybe just a little gorgeous.

Finn knows exactly why Scarlett’s boyfriends are disappearing quickly. Him. Not a single guy she’s brought home is nearly good enough. And he’ll be damned if he lets some loser give her “kissing lessons.” No. He’ll do the honors, thank you very much. The moment their lips touch, though, everything turns upside down. But Scarlett deserves the one thing Finn can’t give her. And if he doesn’t put an end to the sexy little shenanigans, he’ll teach Scarlett the hardest lesson of all…heartbreak.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26114681-the-finn-factor?ac=1

My Take:

 
was a really cute story full of lots of laughs! I found myself really invested in the story and characters and genuinely rooting for them. I loved the synopsis when I first got the tour invite via email. It felt like the perfect chick-lit read, light and flirty and full of laughs. The fact that it is an HEA title doesn’t hurt either!

I literally got all that and more while reading this book. There was just so much to love about these broken and flawed characters that come together so beautifully. They really do bring out the best in each other and they are so full of scorching  chemistry with a great friendship one can’t help but be in awe of.
 
Finn is so thoroughly rounded that when he’s clueless at times its adorable and he honestly is a sweet male lead that I just wanted to see happy. The way he interacts with not only Scarlett but his sisters and his friends is so endearing. On the flipside, Scarlett seems to be in a perpetual clueless state so when she shows that she has more substance that her beautiful appearance I found myself loving her character as a lead. She’s a loyal character with great traits and a perfect match for Finn.

 4.5 Quills

 
10/10 I would read this again when I need a sweet romantic fix! You get relatable characters with great chemistry and scorching love scenes so its no surprise that you have a win with this title.

About The Author

As a teenager, I was a voracious reader of science fiction, until one day when I was 16, I saw Pride and Prejudice on television. The old version with Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson. I adored it. I’d seen it in the TV guide and, since I had a crush on Laurence Olivier after seeing him in Henry V, I’d taped it.

I watched that tape so often I can still recite most of the dialogue by heart. I sought out the book, devoured it, then found every other Jane Austen book and read and reread them frequently. I only discovered romance as a genre as an adult. Imagine my delight when I first read modern versions of Jane Austen!
 
Now I read most subgenres of romance, from category to historical to romantic comedy. Such a banquet!
 
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Poetry Volumes: Memories May Fade

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If heart break is the path to freedom
Then surely my heart can rest
If hating you is easy
This test I cannot pass
If hating me is easy
Then this game should surely end
I don’t want the memories
You can take them all back
You’ve changed, I’ve changed
All I feel is your hate
Your anger stifling the air
My dreams will always be
Of a kinder you,
And a different me
If heartbreak is the path to freedom
I’m surely on my way
Because these memories may fade

Poetry Volumes: Untitled (Changed)

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You’re changing again; to a stranger I’ve never met. A stranger I’d like to forget.
Your changing again, your selfishness is stifling me, your words infuriating me.
I’m changing; to a stranger I wish I’d never met.
A lost soul wandering and hoping for a reprieve, hoping for the day to start a new.
My anger attacking you….
We’ve changed
Lies, surrounding me.
Your ignorance is blinding me.

Do you care? Can you notice your lies swirling thick in the air?
I can’t breathe; I can’t bring myself to move not until I hear the truth.

Your words, your actions cut worse than knives, burn worse than the hottest flame.
Your cigarette stained lips.
Deception in the air, your promise ringing in my ears.

Do you even realize you’re doing, you’ve done the one thing you swore you’d never do…
You’re hurting me because it’s convenient for you.

So keep grasping that handful of sand, and let the only solid things you had go…
All for your precious little thrills.

The weather’s changed, and we’ve changed.
It matches the chill in your heart and the ice now in mine….

Just tell me this, was it truly worth it.