Wednesday, April 25, 2018

BOOK REVIEW Jewel E. Ann's THE TRANSCEND DUET

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TRANSCEND  
Jewel E. Ann
Release date: March 25, 2018
EPOCH
Release date: April 9, 2018
Both are currently available in Kindle Unlimited


🌠🌠🌠🌠GUEST REVIEW by Michelle Rodriguez🌠🌠🌠🌠


Hello Angels, so since Robyn is taking a mini hiatus from reviewing and her reasons are valid because school is tough, but I know it’s for the greater good and she will be back in full force.  When she said in her live Facebook video if anyone wanted to add reviews, I jumped right in.  As most of you may or may not know, I was a reviewer/blogger, but I had to take a huge step back due to family obligations.  When a friend, such as Robyn whom I know is passionate of the reading world and books in general and knowing she is has to take a step back herself, I didn’t want her blog to go away.  I offered two of my reviews that I did on Goodreads for the two books above.  So without further ado, here are my reviews for Transcend and Epoch.

Transcend 5 Stars

Jewel is a special kind of author, let me tell your why.  She has been sharing chapters of Transcend for over a year to her readers via her newsletter.  Although I am a subscriber to her newsletter, I knew eventually, she would make Transcend into a full length and share it with everyone.  I waited until this book was out in the wild.  I was a trooper and I didn’t read the Chapters Jewel shared in her newsletter.  I have been a fan of Jewel’s since the Holding Series.  Most of you who have followed my reviews before, will know that I am truly a fan of her writing.  

If you are a fan of Jewel’s other books, well let me just say Transcend (and what I am sure Epoch will be) is a totally different read.  You still get the sarcasm, sense of humor, strong female lead,  But what you will also get is bit of mystery a bit suspense.  See … different..   Swayze Samuels is your female lead, and how can you not love someone with the name of Swayze, even though she hates it.  The story has Swayze, Griffin (her hot, sexy AF boyfriend) and Nate her employer. Swayze is hired to take care of his newborn baby girl, Morgan.

I am going to be pretty vague with this review.  What I will say is this: it isn’t a love triangle, and for those of you who read the blurb and think it’s one genre for example, PNR.  I am not a PNR reader, but for me this is NOT PNR and I will leave it at that.  You have to read with an open mind.  

I read this book in a day and a half.  I started diving into Epoch as soon as I was done with Transcend.  

Epoch  5 Stars 

Just when I think Jewel E. Ann cannot make me love her anymore than I do, she writes a duet that will probably live in my heart for years to come.  

I’m an emotional person by nature, like I cry at commercials.  I’ve cried reading books before, but not as much as I did reading Epoch.  Before you continue reading this review, if you haven’t read Transcend, you really should not be reading this review or Epoch.  

How Transcend set the storyline and all the pieces, Epoch will eviscerate you, will question everything, when you think you know, you really don’t know shit.  Even now as I am trying to formulate a coherent review, my tears are still flowing down my face.  

I started Epoch late on a late Thursday night, I was at 40% the next day, when I was told I should really be at home to read the rest.  The first 40% was pretty difficult so I heeded the warning.  Since that Friday in question happened to be Good Friday, I decided to give my heart and eyes a rest.  Saturday came, and I decided to read a rom/com before I would pick up Epoch.  I started reading and kept finding myself putting it down everytime tears started to flow.  I was so upset.  Again, picked up my Ipad read a few more chapters, again, tears were flowing.  Wash, rinse, repeat.  At 70% I couldn’t read anymore, my heart and my emotions truly could not handle the words.  They were just so powerful, haunting, heartbreaking, you name it, I felt them. 

On Easter Sunday at 6 a.m. in the morning, I told myself I was going to finish Epoch even if it killed me emotionally.  As mentioned above, I’m a crier, I big enough to admit that I wear my emotions.  I do NOT have a poker face.  Jewel E. Ann has officially broken me in the best possible way.  I want to shout through the rooftops about her stellar writing.  If you have read a Jewel E. Ann book, you know she has a way to bring lots of funny, yet thought provoking moments, sexy times galore.  While Transcend was the WTH, Epoch was the WTF and Holy Shit what is she doing to me?  If you love angst and having your heart ripped out of you, then please read this duet because it will do all of that and then some.

You see how vague this review is becoming?  I have to keep it vague, you need to experience it for yourself and read both books with an open mind because I am sure there will be some people that won’t get it and that’s fine.  We all don’t read the same thing or get the same message. 

Sometimes reading is duet can be a slippery slope for some, like one book is better than the other.  Not this duet.  You get everything in both books.  That’s a true testament of great writing.

Thank you Jewel for doing it yet again lady.  I am in awe of you.  You pulled off an epic duet with Transcend and Epoch (you see what I did there?).  What I will advise to anyone wanting to read this is that you do it at the comfort of your home.  I don’t want you to blame me when you’re at work or commuting home and you start the ugly cry.  




 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

AUDIO REVIEW Stephanie Rose's REWRITE

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REWRITE
Stephanie Rose
Original release: October 19, 2017
Audio release: April 17, 2018
Currently available in Kindle Unlimited


Ever feel like life is overwhelming? Like, one day all is manageable and the next you’re so busy you forget your glasses on top of your head and squint like an idiot all day. Not that I would know anything about that. But life happens as quickly as a cat meows and the best you can do is hang on.

That’s my life. I’m suddenly back to school, working on a major project, working, running a small business and trying to blog. It’s not easy, and I’m barely hanging on. After much thought and prayer, I’ve decided to step back from reviewing for a bit. At least through most of the summer. This was not an easy decision, but one I think is the right one.

How grateful am I that my last book reviewed before going on temporary hiatus is Stephanie Rose’s REWRITE! I’m not sure how to start talking about this incredible story, well-crafted characters, and the most phenomenal narrators! I mean, how do I describe how much my weekend of running errands, washing dogs, doing laundry, and finishing homework was made SO MUCH BETTER thanks to this book? I’ll do my best.

I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!

Ahem, for those new to Stephanie Rose, let me say you need, NEED, to start reading her now. She writes some of the most honest, well developed, genuine characters in contemporary romance. REWRITE is everything I consider modern romance should be: a beautiful story based on reality that shows imperfect people deserve love and second chances. The writing is flawless, the characters feel like people I know, and the struggles they face are completely relatable.

Josh and Brianna are life-long friends who separate because life happens. Being young and making mistakes leads to a pen pal friendship over a ten-year span. Destiny reunites them again, only to hand out shocking truths and devastating blows. Josh and Brianna have to figure out how strong their love is, how to fight through and rewrite the story they began when they were five-years-old.

I opted to experience REWRITE in audio form, and it’s FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC! Read in dual narration, Tristan Wright and Devra Woodward are absolute magic in this story. Their ability to capture the fun, frustration, and chemistry between Josh and Brianna is sheer perfection. They brought to life an incredibly beautiful love story with ease, grace, and sensitivity. They add the cherry to the top of Stephanie Rose’s perfect sundae of a book. REWRITE is truly the sweetest gift.   

 

Monday, March 26, 2018

NEWS: TYPESETTER




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I'm lazy. I mean, yes I work a lot between a big girl desk job at a major university and running a small local business, but I'm a lazy girl. If I had my way, I would sit around all day, watching Netflix, reading books, playing with my dogs, rubbing a kitty belly or nine. The only thing missing from this fantasy is the 20-something, built, man candy feeding me grapes, one at a time.

Let's take a moment, close our eyes, and picture that.

So freaking good.

Life, however, is a jerk. As of now, the universe is in cahoots with life to make sure the dream is not yet realized. BUT that doesn't mean I can't give life, and the universe, the middle finger. Shortcuts are all about the middle finger. Crockpots (they ARE safe), deli-made meals, microwavable popcorn, margaritas in a bottle, and Typesetter. All things that make life much, much better.

Typesetter? What the he...

Oh, yeah, I created a shortcut for myself and, hopefully, many others! Typesetter is a brand new group for authors, bloggers, personal assistants, and public relations folks. The goal is to have a one-stop shop where new release sign-ups, upcoming sales, teasers, author takeovers requests, and anything else related to supporting authors can be easily and quickly found! No more missed emails or overly clogged newsfeeds preventing us from seeing the important information!

Typesetter is also my way of creating an area of positivity in a community that goes through too many ups and downs of negativity. Maybe if we get to know each other, support each other, and stop seeing competition in one another, we can join together to strengthen the romance book community. Together we can make our community truly about love, friendship, diversity, and acceptance.

Right, acceptance. I know, how can we come together if readers are excluded? No worries...I'm working on a one-stop shop for readers too!

For now, authors, bloggers, PAs and PR folks, head over to Facebook and join! Did I mention this FREE of charge? C'mon, aren't you spending enough to promote your work? Word of mouth does more to bring in sales than anything! Use the tools available to you!

Monday, March 19, 2018

BOOK REVIEW Julia Wolf's CUT SHORT

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CUT SHORT
Julia Wolf
Release: March 22, 2018

Taking chances. I'm not a risk taker, so as much as I would love to write the next great American romance novel, my fear is still too intense. I admire writers today for following their need to tell a story, their passion for writing, and their willingness to take a chance. When I was given an opportunity to read the debut novel from Julia Wolf, I jumped! I'm a sucker for second chance romances, and this sounded perfect!

Cut Short is the story of Rachel and Joe, teenage friends after a night of great music and bonding over soundtracks. When the 16-year-old Rachel admitted to having feelings for the 19-year-old Joe, things didn't go quite as planned. Fast forward 14 years, a few failed relationships, and a whole bunch of insecurity, the older and wiser Rachel reunites with the older and wiser Joe. They resume their old friendship and take a chance on becoming so much more.

Ms. Wolf created a lovely and relatable character with Rachel. She's a smart, dedicated to her craft, creative lady who can give Tabatha Coffey a run for her money with hair styling. For all her sensibility and intelligence, Rachel has made bad decisions when it comes to love. Ms. Wolf also gave us one of the best female friendships I've read in a long time. Eliza and Frannie are the gal pals we all want. I'm hoping we'll get more in-depth stories for them!

As much as I love the unique story and the character development, there were times when I felt the dialogue remained a bit juvenile. The interaction between Rachel and Joe was sweet, and their sexy times were steamy, but the conversations between them at 30 and 33, respectively, felt too similar to their conversations at 16 and 19. I do think aging dialogue as characters age can be difficult for any author. However, minor dialogue issues should not be the reason to prevent a reader from taking a chance on Cut Short. It's worth the risk!


BOOK TOUR and EXCERPT Sierra Simone's SINNER


SINNER is NOW AVAILABLE! 

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Designer: Letitia Hasser from RBA Designs

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Blurb

I’m not a good man, and I’ve never pretended to be. I don’t believe in goodness or God or any happy ending that isn’t paid for in advance. 

What do I believe in? Money. Sex. Macallan 18. 

They have words for men like me—playboy. Womanizer. Skirt chaser. 

My brother used to be a priest, and he only has one word for me. 

Sinner

EXCERPT 

“Zenny,” I mumble against her lips, some valiant part of me recognizing that this is far, far beyond the kiss she asked for, and also recognizing that I’m going to come all over the inside of my Hugo Boss suit pants if she keeps it up. Even through the clothes, I can feel her heat, her shameless rolls hinting at where she goes soft and wet between her legs. 

Fuck, I want to see it. I want to see her pussy. It’s suddenly all I can think about, all I can want or crave, just one glimpse, just a peek. 

“I want to see your cunt,” I say hoarsely, lifting my head. 

“My…cunt?” She says the word like she’s never said it out loud before. 

“Yeah.” My voice is so ragged right now, so desperate, and fuck, I’ve never felt this frantic before. Like I’ll actually combust if I don’t get this one thing, this one small sight of her secret place. 

She lets out a shaky breath, her hand dropping from my lapel to her skirt, which she slowly rucks up to her waist as I devour her lips once more, as I bury my face in her neck and kiss every sliver of skin exposed above her collar. I bite at her ear, at her jaw, my hand finding hers as it pulls her skirt up, so that I’m helping her do it, that we’re doing it together, this forbidden act, this forbidden revelation. 

Her forbidden body. 

That word, forbidden, spikes through my mind, bringing with it equal spikes of lust and fear. Because yes, it’s fucking hot that I shouldn’t be kissing her, I shouldn’t be begging to see her most secret place, my hand shouldn’t be covering hers as it slides up her thigh—but it’s also bad. Bad even for Sean Bell. 

Bad, bad, bad. 



About the Author
Sierra Simone is a USA Today Bestselling former librarian (who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk.) She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.

Connect with Sierra Simone
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Thursday, March 15, 2018

BOOK REVIEW Christina Lauren's LOVE AND OTHER WORDS

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Christina Lauren
Release date: April 10, 2018
Available on audio on day of release


How is it the middle of March already? This year is going by so quickly, and there's so much I want to accomplish! At least I'm on target to make my reading goal this year (and maybe surpass that number), so that's one thing to be happy about! One thing I've finally done that makes me happy is reading a book by the incredible team of Christina Lauren! They've been on my "to be read" list for so long!

Love and Other Words is the second-chance romance story of Macy and Elliot. They met as young children shortly after Macy's life was turned upside down. Elliot quickly became her safe space, the one person with whom she could always be honest about her thoughts and feelings. As they grow, their friendship grows stronger and develops into so much more. But one night of misunderstandings and betrayals rips them apart. Love, if it's meant to be, always finds a way of reuniting those separated. Now as adults, Macy and Elliot must learn how to reconcile the past to find a future together.

I admit to being surprised at the innocence of this story. I've heard from many friends who are fans of Christina Lauren how sexy and steamy their books are. So while I hadn't previously read their stories, I had, unfairly, expectations. Love and Other Words is listed as Women's Fiction, but I think it would be better categorized as Young Adult. Fans of slow burn romance will enjoy the story!

Since reading Love and Other Words, I've read the books in their Wild Seasons series. While I prefer the naughtier sexy side of Christina Lauren, I'm thrilled my introduction to them was this sweet story.



Wednesday, March 14, 2018

NEWS Release Blitz for Adriana Locke’s CRAFT


Craft (The Gibson Boys #2)
Adriana Locke
Release Date: March 14, 2018
 
Available in Kindle Unlimited

BLURB
They’re not quite enemies. Not really friends. More like frustrated balls of sexual tension and neither
will give in.

Lance Gibson drives Mariah Malarkey absolutely crazy. He uses her office like a phone booth, takes
cupcakes from the corner of her desk like she baked them just for him. She didn’t. Maybe she knew
the history teacher happened to love peanut butter icing, but that was purely a coincidence. All
sixteen times.

Mariah has a way of getting under Lance’s skin too. She calls him out on his crap, spoils him even if
inadvertently, and seeing the librarian in skirts drives him wild. She won’t give in. It’s for the best,
really, considering there’s no way he could lie to a woman like that and he’s not about to tell her the
truth about himself. Not in a million years.

These two don’t hate each other. They don’t really like each other. But for this to be a friends-to-
lovers story, they have to start somewhere, right?

Note: This can be read as a standalone novel.



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AUTHOR BIO

USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather's nice and there's always a piece of candy in her pocket.

For sneak peeks, giveaways, and more, please join Adriana's Facebook Group, Books by Adriana Locke, or her Goodreads group, All Locked Up.


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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

BOOK REVIEW Sierra Simone's SINNER

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SINNER
Sierra Simone
Release date: March 15, 2018

Forgive me, for I have SINNED....

What is it about a man of deep faith trying to reconcile his free will, moral code, with that faith that is so deeply attractive? Maybe there's something wrong with me that I find that struggle so alluring and sexy. Or maybe it's incredible authors like Tiffany Reisz and Sierra Simone who unapologetically tackle such a complex issue with immense grace and insight while keeping the feelings of uncertainty in fictional characters so beautifully grounded in reality?

Sierra Simone's SINNER is the story of Sean Bell and Zenobia "Zenny" Iverson, friends from childhood who once walked a similar path of faith until tragedy pulled them apart. As they've grown, Sean turned away from his Catholic faith while Zenny sought refuge in hers. But one night reunites their paths, and they suddenly find themselves questioning what they believe.

Ms. Simone, without question, masterfully confronts contemporary societal issues with so much sensitivity and honesty. Sean and Zenny are an interracial couple at different stages of their lives. Although our society is multi-cultural and becoming more of a blend of races, prejudices, assumptions, stereotypes still exist based on skin color. The conversation between Sean and Zenny after one particularly uncomfortable event was so perfect, so real, and so right. Ms. Simone succeeds in just a few brilliant chapters to show that open dialogue and a willingness to hear and understand the other person's perspective is the first step toward making ourselves and communities better.

At times heartbreaking, Ms. Simone ultimately leaves the reader with the hope that love can conquer all. She brilliantly shows that love and faith go hand-in-hand. And she reminds us to find our joy, wherever it may be.

SINNER is book three in her Priest series but reads as a standalone. I HIGHLY recommend books one and two, Priest and Midnight Mass though. They are a great way of meeting the Bell family. Readers will also have a stronger idea of why Sean struggles with his faith.

It may only be March, but I feel comfortable in announcing SINNER will be included on my list of top reads of 2018! 




Tuesday, February 27, 2018

COVER REVEAL Erin Watt’s CRACKED KINGDOM



CRACKED KINGDOM
Erin Watt
Releasing March 1, 2018

Purchase links coming soon! CRACKED KINGDOM will be available at a reduced price for the first week across all platforms!



These Royals will ruin you.

Ever since Hartley Wright met Easton Royal, her life hasn’t been the same. There are enemies behind every corner and dangers beyond each door. When tragedy strikes and steals her memories, she can’t trust anyone, not even the blue-eyed boy who promises her that everything will be all right.

Because while Hartley’s memory is full of gaps, her instincts tell her Easton is dangerous. She doesn’t know if he’s the snake in the garden or her chance at salvation. The chaos he brings wherever he goes is too much to handle, the intense feelings he evokes are too confusing to unravel.

Easton wants her to remember. Hartley thinks it’s better to forget.

She might be right.

Tragedy. Treachery. Trust. Hartley has to face the facts—in this world, you can’t escape the Royals.
Either you live by their rules or you die by them.

BLOG TOUR and EXCERPT Corinne Michael's ONE LAST TIME


From New York Times bestselling author, Corinne Michaels, comes a new heartwarming standalone romance.


I’m getting really good at cutting my losses.
First, the husband. Divorcing him was the best decision I ever made. But between single-parenting and job-hunting, I can’t catch my breath. When a celebrity blogging position falls into my lap, I’m determined to succeed.
That is, until I get my first assignment and actually see Noah Frazier for the first time . . . practically naked and dripping wet. My heart races and I forget how to form complete sentences. His chiseled abs, irresistible smirk, and crystal blue eyes are too perfect to be real. So, what do I do? Get drunk and humiliate myself, of course.
I’m ready to forget the awkward night, yet Noah has no intention of allowing me to move on. Instead, he arranges for me to write a feature on him, ensuring a lot more time together. One embarrassing moment after another, one kiss after another, and before I can stop myself, I realize—I’m falling in love with him.
But when the unthinkable happens, can I even blame him for cutting his losses?
What I wouldn’t give for just one last time . . .


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Excerpt

Before I can make a move either way, the glass door slides open and Noah walks through the threshold.
My legs start to quiver as his eyes meet mine. All I can think about is how I’d like to climb him like a tree and shake his coconuts. I thought he was hot in the photo, then he was better through the window, but up close, he’s otherworldly.
“Hi.” Noah’s throaty voice floats around me. “You must be Kristin.”
Instead of speaking, I stand here with my mouth hanging open. Some small sounds that could be words escape, but they aren’t coherent.
Kill me now.
“Noah, this is my best friend, Kristin. Who we told you about.” Heather elbows me.
“Yes. Me. Hi. Kristin. I. You. Hi.”
Smooth. Someone should video this because I’m sure it’s highly entertaining.
“Right.” Noah flashes a blinding smile. “I hear you’re a reporter?”
Okay, Kristin, you have to speak in more than one-word increments or grunting noises.
I grab Heather’s glass she just poured and hope it’ll act as a talisman. “Yes, for a small blog, but I’m that. A reporter. For a blog. I write.”
And a bumbling idiot.
Noah’s green eyes are filled with humor. He moves a little closer and places his hand on top of mine. “Eli filled me in a little. I’m happy I came.”
I’m pretty sure I just came. At least we’re all coming.
“Me, too.”
His lips turn up as his eyes rake my body. “See you out there.” He winks and walks back out.
My ovaries have officially disintegrated.
I turn back to Heather, who bursts out into a fit of laughter. “Oh, that was epic. You all said I was starstruck when I met Eli? You should’ve seen that!” Heather continues to laugh at my expense. “Yes. Me. Um. Blog. Er—” She mocks.
“Shut up.” I laugh—because, really, what else can I do—and bump her hip before moving around the bar and grabbing a glass. “Now, pour me a shot before I drink straight from the bottle.”
There’s only one way to get through tonight.
Alcohol.
Lots of Alcohol.





Meet Corinne
New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Corinne Michaels is the author of nine romance novels. She’s an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. Corinne is happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife.

After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness. She enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak and finding a way to heal them through their struggles. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love.




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Monday, February 26, 2018

EXCERPT CD Reiss' WHITE KNIGHT



White Knight an All-new romantic standalone from New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss is coming March 6th


Catherine's long-lost love is found. 
Catherine Barrington is a rich girl. Chris Cartwright is a poor boy. 
He left her to make something of himself. A man she could be proud of. A man she could bring home to her parents. A man she could marry. 
On the trading floor he became the man he knew he could be. Now, it’s time to return. 
Rich girl. 
Poor boy. 
She didn’t care about his money, but he didn’t believe her. Soon after he left, all the money was gone. 
Her life is hell. 
Now he’s back, and he’s different. Pristine. Gorgeous. Rich. 
Rich boy. 
Poor girl. 
Money was never the barrier, until now. 

White Knight is a standalone in the same world as King of Code, with its own beginning, middle, and end. You don't need to read anything else to read White Knight.



Leaning on the bleachers, Chris cracked peanuts between his teeth and spit the shells. I hadn’t seen him in days and it seemed like years. Every time I saw the kick of his hips and the way his lips stretched across his teeth when he smiled, it seemed like the first time.
I watched him.
He watched me.
School started the next day. We’d go back into our different worlds. Would we meet again? Would we see each other at all? We’d grappled with the question by avoiding it.
A waft of smoke from the grills came between us.
We were alone. Surrounded by people, we were alone.
He pitched his peanut bag in the trash and washed it back with a bottle of off-brand cola. When he finished, he sucked in his bottom lip to catch an errant drop.
He tossed the bottle up. It spun in the air, and with a tap of his knuckle on its way down, he sent it into the trash.
I stepped toward him, and he stepped back. Not away. He stepped back toward something, flicking his finger that I should follow.
Easiest decision I’d ever made. It was barely even a decision.
I glanced around for Mom and Dad. They were in the gazebo with Badger, the new mayor, and his staff. Harper and the kids played with the puppies while Johnny and his wife watched. Lance jaunted around the perimeter, peeing on poles whenever he could, nipping back any sibling who got too big for their britches, ever the alpha.
I tilted directions slightly toward the bathrooms, then once past the bleachers, I saw Chris peeking from an alley between the hardware store and the library. I picked up my skirt and ran toward him, cutting the corner so hard I lost my balance. Out of nowhere, his hand was on my arm, keeping me from falling over.
Finger to lips, he led me to a black iron door. He clinked through his keys and opened it, stepping out of the way so I could pass through. We were in an office.
He closed the door with a loud clap, leaving the window as the only light.
“Chris?”
I barely got out the S before his lips kissed his name away. He put his hands on my jaw, keeping it still so he could invade my mouth. It felt good to give it to him. My body lost all its strength, held up only by the electrical currents between us.
“Catherine,” he said in a breath, keeping his lips an inch from my face as he spoke.
“Where are we?”
“Back of the hardware store. I open on Thursdays.”
“What are we going to do? I’m scared.”
“Of me?”
“Of not seeing you anymore.”
“I’ll find you.”
I clutched his shirt as if I’d be swept away without him. “I don’t fit in anywhere. Harper is so smart she tolerates me. The only time I feel right, like I’m part of something, like I belong, is when I’m with you.”
“One more year. Then you can go to college and I’ll come after. We’ll be so far away, we’ll forget our names. When people ask where we’re from, we won’t even know.”
“I don’t know if we’ll make it a year. I feel like they see us. Even now.”
I must have been shaking, because he put his arms around me so tightly it hurt. I loved the pain of his attention. It was the pain of safety, of care, of being broken just enough for release.
“Harder,” I said into his shoulder.
He squeezed me so tightly I could just barely breathe, and the tension rolled off me like water.
He let his arms go slack enough to look me in the face. “We’ll make it. Then I’ll follow you anywhere. I’ll be your puppy dog.”
“Oh, Chris, don’t be silly.”
“Don’t deny me. I’m yours.” He said the last word with a gusto I’d never associated with myself. As if life was something to grab with both hands and free like a bird that could carry us into the sky.
Together, we were freedom.
The bird launched from my chest and flew to my lips when we kissed again. Not a kiss of relief this time, but a kiss of passion. Ours was a kiss that began a string of thoughtless acts.
His hands slid down my body, grazing my breasts, landing at my waist. I felt the hardness under his jeans. I should have been scared, or freaked out, or ashamed, but I wasn’t. I was free.
He broke the kiss and stroked my bottom lip with his thumb. “Should we go back?”
“No.” I took his wrist and put his hand on the triangle below my belly.
He gasped and his lashes fluttered. Seeing that he liked it sent my body to the edge of common sense. This was crazy and I didn’t care. Being the good girl hurt, and this felt good.
“My parents have to stay at the barbecue,” I said. “That’s their job.”
He hesitated. Swallowed hard. Pinched a bit of my skirt fabric.
I nodded.




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CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn't pick up she's at the well hauling buckets. 
Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master's degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels. 
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