Sunday, March 29, 2015

Blog Tour ~ The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend by Alyssa Rose Ivy ~ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway!



Welcome to my stop on the Hazards Blog Tour!
I love this author and this series!



The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend (Hazards, #5)
The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend (Hazards #5) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Release Date: March 26, 2015
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 204
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon
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Warning: Sleeping with a friend might change your life forever.

Sleeping with Kyle was never in the plans. Pretending to be his girlfriend was one thing, but letting our relationship become anything but platonic was another. The problem with mixing friendship with sex is that inevitably feelings get involved, and when that happens there's no turning back.

When Kyle's life fell apart around him, I needed to help, but doing that meant opening myself up to the most terrifying thing in the world—falling in love.


This can be read as a standalone but I like reading them in order because you do get a little extra back story that way. Kyle and Jade were mentioned previously in the series. I was actually super excited for this book because I really really liked Kyle in the first book and third book. He was mentioned briefly only but he seemed like a nice guy that deserved a happy ending. I also love friends to lovers stories.

Jade and Kyle are friends and work at a radio show together. They both also like each other. We get both POVs which I always love in romance books so we know truly where their heads and hearts are. Kyle's family believes he has a girlfriend so he asks Jade to join him on a family trip and pretend to be his girlfriend. I for some reason always love stories with this kind of outrageous plot line. Like I should really just find a guy I like and tell him I need him to pretend to be my boyfriend and then we will end up together! LOL That happens in books and movies and I really wonder if it ever worked in real life. While a little out there I thought it worked well for this story. Kyle didn't want his mom setting him up so he lied and said he had a girlfriend and asking a friend to pretend makes sense.

Time together is just what they need to bring feelings to the surface. But like so many romances past feelings and lack of communication does get in the way. Tragedy strikes and I was surprised yet also kind of expecting it. I was hoping for a little more detail and resolve with it though. I kind of wanted to know if Kyle talked more to his parents about what was going on and if they ever found out for sure what happened. The story does stay on the more simple and less detailed side. It works though. Whenever I pick up a book in this series I know I'm going to have a fun and sexy romance. A very enjoyable and quick read.




"I'm here for as long as you need me."
"Even if that means forever?"
"Even if it means forever."

Rating: 4/5




Excerpt


I didn’t rush to turn the light off. I wasn’t sure if either of us were ready to go back to darkness again. If she was feeling even remotely like me, then sleep was the last thing on her mind.
If a kiss could make me feel that way, the sex was going to be incredible. That thought ran through my head on repeat as I tried to keep my eyes anywhere but on her. Eventually my willpower gave out, and I turned to look at her lying under the sheets next to me with a soft smile on her lips. I wanted to taste those lips again so bad I could barely take it.
She read my mind. “You officially have permission to kiss me anytime.”
“That’s great permission to have.” I rolled over on to my side next to her. I wasn’t giving up any opening she was willing to give.
“Do I have it too?”
“On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.” I ran my hand down her bare arm.    
“But today is Sunday.”
“I guess I can make an exception.” I grinned, loving how she’d moved us back to the teasing that came so naturally.
“Can you?” She sat up and looked down at me.
Something snapped. I needed her, and it wasn’t going to wait. I pulled her on top of me.
She giggled. “Wow, and I didn’t even say please.”
“I guess you didn’t.” I rolled her off me, and instead hovered above her.
She looked up at me through her unbelievably long eyelashes. “Would you please make an exception?”
“You have full permission to kiss me.”
She reached up and pulled my head down to hers. Her lips crashed into mine aggressively, and that only made me want her more. I didn’t wait for her to open up this time, I pushed my way into her mouth, determined to get every taste of her I could.
She slipped her hand underneath my t-shirt, and I needed more of her touch. I broke the kiss long enough to pull off my t-shirt.
“If we’re playing fair tonight, you can take mine off too.” Her words sent a thrill through me, but also an alarm. Taking off her shirt was entering new territory. Much more dangerous territory.
“You sure you want me to?” I ran my fingers over the strip of skin exposed by her tank top riding up.

“Yes. Positive.” She sat up and pulled off the tank top herself. 



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~ The Hazards Series ~

The Hazards of Skinny Dipping (Hazards, #1)    The Hazards of a One Night Stand (Hazards, #2)   The Hazards of Sex on the Beach (Hazards, #3)   The Hazards of Mistletoe (Hazards, #4)   The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend (Hazards, #5)




Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.




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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Release Day Launch ~ The Hazards of Sleeping With a Friend by Alyssa Rose Ivy ~ Excerpt & Giveaway!



Today we are celebrating the release of The Hazards of Sleeping With A Friend! A fun and sexy friends to lovers romance. My review will be up on Saturday for the review tour! Check out the excerpt and giveaway.



The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend (Hazards, #5)
Warning: Sleeping with a friend might change your life forever.

Sleeping with Kyle was never in the plans. Pretending to be his girlfriend was one thing, but letting our relationship become anything but platonic was another. The problem with mixing friendship with sex is that inevitably feelings get involved, and when that happens there's no turning back.

When Kyle's life fell apart around him, I needed to help, but doing that meant opening myself up to the most terrifying thing in the world—falling in love.







Excerpt


He stopped right out front. “This is going to sound absolutely crazy, but I need you to agree anyway.”
“Okay.” I watched him with interest. Kyle wasn’t the type to call any of his ideas crazy. He was more likely to proclaim them as wonderful.
“If you’re ever going to seriously consider trying out the random sex thing, call me first.”
My mouth fell open. “Uh, you didn’t just say that.”
“I’m just saying I’d rather my best host not die or get badly hurt after she decides to hook up with a random guy.”
“Oh yeah? Worried about your radio station?”
“And a friend.”
“Haven’t you heard about the hazards of sleeping with a friend?” My heart was beating a mile a minute. Had Kyle offered to have sex with me? He must have had more to drink than I thought.
“They’re no worse than hooking up with a random psychopath. Or a drummer,” he mumbled.
“Wait. What?”
“Nothing.” He looked down.
“Nuh uh, I heard you. You think I was talking about having sex with Len?” Kyle made no secret of his distaste of the guy.
“He does flirt with you every chance he gets, even when he’s across the country.”
“And that means I want to sleep with him?” Admittedly I’d had a mega crush on Len Denton, drummer of Chance of a Lifetime, but if my friendship with him had taught me anything, it was that I definitely didn’t want to sleep with him. I’d have chosen Kyle for that role ten times over.
Kyle shrugged. “Just saying, I think I’d be a better choice.”
“So what am I supposed to be agreeing to then? I’ll call you if I get horny next time instead of hooking up with someone random?”
“It sounds so much worse when you say it that way.”
“Because it is that bad.” I still didn’t know if he was actually serious. The offer was so unlike Kyle I doubted it could be.
“Fine. I was just offering.” He shoved his hands in his pockets.
“You were offering your sexual services. Got it.” I smiled. Joke or not, I had to give him a hard time about it.
“That sounds even worse.”
I put a hand on my hip. “Shall we say goodnight before it gets any worse?”
“Forget I said anything.”
“I will. After I tell all my friends.” I grinned. Teasing Kyle came so naturally.




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Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.




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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

WOW #112




I'm waiting on

 Last Year's Mistake

Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca
Release Date June 9th 2015


Before:
Kelsey and David became best friends the summer before freshman year and were inseparable ever after. Until the night a misunderstanding turned Kelsey into the school joke, and everything around her crumbled—including her friendship with David. So when Kelsey's parents decided to move away, she couldn't wait to start over and leave the past behind. Except, David wasn't ready to let her go...

After:
Now it's senior year and Kelsey has a new group of friends, genuine popularity, and a hot boyfriend. Her life is perfect. That is, until David's family moves to town and he shakes up everything. Soon old feelings bubble to the surface and threaten to destroy Kelsey's second chance at happiness. The more time she spends with David, the more she realizes she never truly let him go. And maybe she never wants to.

Told in alternating sections, LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE is a charming and romantic debut about loving, leaving, and letting go.

Why I'm Waiting?
I'm always drawn to anything with a best friends romance. Curious as to what happened to Kelsey and why they lost touch. Hoping they reunite!






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Friday, February 27, 2015

Cover Reveal ~ The Hazards of Sleeping With A Friend by Alyssa Rose Ivy + Giveaway!



I'm excited to reveal cover for the new Hazards book by Alyssa Rose Ivy! I've really liked Kyle since the first book so I'm excited that he is finally getting his own story. 



The Hazards of Sleeping With A Friend (Hazards #5) by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Releasing March 26th 2015



Warning: Sleeping with a friend might change your life forever.

 Sleeping with Kyle was never in the plans. Pretending to be his girlfriend was one thing, but letting our relationship become anything but platonic was another. The problem with mixing friendship with sex is that inevitably feelings get involved, and when that happens there's no turning back.

 When Kyle's life fell apart around him, I needed to help, but doing that meant opening myself up to the most terrifying thing in the world—falling in love.





Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.




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Monday, February 16, 2015

Release Day Launch ~ Lure by Alyssa Rose Ivy ~ Excerpt & Giveaway!






Lure (The Allure Chronicles, #1)
There's danger in the beauty...

Two years, six months, and twenty-five days. That's how long it had been since I'd seen my winged hero— not that I'd been counting. I'd suffered through years of counseling just to convince my friends and family that I wasn't crazy and knew he didn't exist.

But he did. And I was done waiting.

Days after college graduation I headed back down to New Orleans to retrace my steps and find Owen again only to find my life was about to get even crazier... thanks to the most beautiful and dangerous of all paranormal creatures, the Allures.











Excerpt


We stood awkwardly for another moment before I had to break the silence. “It’s been a while.”
“Two and a half years.”
“I thought about you the past few Halloweens.”
“I thought about you more than that. It’s actually pretty humiliating now that I’m standing in the same room with you. I don’t know what I was thinking.” She looked away.
“I lied.”
“About?”
I walked toward her. I had to wipe that regret off her face. “I thought about you a lot more than just Halloween.”
“Yeah?”
“Yeah.” I stopped right in front of her. “You were very memorable.”
“So were you.” She licked her lips. Again with the lips.
“I probably should ask you a million questions right now, but would it be okay if we put those off and did something else?”
“I guess that depends on what else you want to do?” Her eyes widened slightly.
“I want to kiss you.”
“I’m okay with that.” Her eyes seemed to sparkle.
“Yeah?”
“Yeah.”
I didn’t wait for her to change her mind. I brushed my lips against hers gently. I was going to keep it short, but I had to know if I was glorifying the last kiss.
She moved her lips against mine, and any thoughts of keeping it short disappeared. I wrapped my arms around her as I deepened the kiss, greedily pushing for access beyond those irresistible lips of hers. She opened up, welcoming me in with the same intoxicating taste as she had the last time. 
She moaned, encouraging me to continue the kiss. I didn’t need the encouragement. I lifted her up and carried her over to the couch. I sat down, settling her on my lap. I needed her close, closer than standing would allow.
Her fingers tangled in my hair as she let me explore her mouth. My hands ached to explore more, but I didn’t want to rush it. I’d waited over two years to taste her lips again, and I was going to enjoy every second of it.



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Seduction's Kiss (The Allure Chronicles #0.5)
*Prequel novella to Lure (The Allure Chronicles #1)*

Never agree to a road trip to New Orleans with your roommate. At least not when your roommate is dragging you along while she reconnects with an ex-boyfriend. Possible consequences of failing to take my advice:

1) Unknowingly going out with a vampire stripper
2) Getting kidnapped by said vampire's nest mates
3) Falling head over heels for your winged hero

Believe it or not number 3 is the worst one, especially when no one believes you that he exists.




Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.




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Friday, February 13, 2015

Stacking The Shelves #83

Hosted By Tynga's Reviews


Richelle Mead Signing

The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6) 





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Very exciting to meet the creator of Adrian! I got my entire Bloodlines series signed. We were only allowed 3 books to be signed but others in line that didn't have 3 books were nice enough to get my other 3 signed! Plus I got this awesome t-shirt!



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CLEAR: A Death Trippers Novel   Lure (The Allure Chronicles, #1) 




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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Blog Tour ~ Greta and the Glass Kingdom by Chloe Jacobs ~ Review & Giveaway!


Greta and the Glass Kingdom Blog Tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours! 
Follow the full tour HERE
You can see my review of the first book HERE


Greta and the Glass Kingdom (Mylena Chronicles, #2)
Greta and the Glass Kingdom (Mylena Chronicles #2) by Chloe Jacobs

Release Date: February 9, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: eARC from author
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Once upon a dark time… Greta the human bounty hunter never quite fit into the shadowed, icy world of Mylena. Yet she's managed to defeat the demon Agramon and win the love of the darkly intense Goblin King, Isaac. Now Isaac wants her to rule by his side—a human queen. And the very announcement is enough to incite rebellion… To make matters worse, defeating Agramon left Greta tainted with a dark magick. Its unclean power threatens to destroy her and everything she loves. With the Goblin King's life and the very peace of Mylena at stake, Greta must find a cure and fast. Her only hope lies with the strange, elusive faeries in the Glass Kingdom…if she can get there before the evil within her destroys everything.

I absolutely loved the first book, Greta and the Goblin King! I have been dying for this book and I'm so happy it didn't disappoint. My major worry was that there wouldn't be enough Isaac. LOL I mean I'm not sure there can ever really be enough but I was still happy that even though this story has Greta making a journey on her own Isaac is never far from her thoughts or dreams. If you have not read the first book and met this sexy and sweet Goblin King then you really must!

I love the fantasy setting. I'm not a big fantasy reader but this world doesn't confuse and I just love it. Greta beat the big bad from the first book, Agramon, but sadly her troubles are not over. First she has to face discrimination. Isaac wants her to be his queen (insert dreamy sigh here) but the people of Mylena will not be letting a human queen take over so easily. Plus something isn't quite right with her ever since she defeated Agramon. The fairies claim they can help so she ventures to the Glass Kingdom for answers.

In Mylena no journey is easy and no one is trustworthy. I could never guess what would happen next. Lots of surprises and twists and turns and unexpected betrayals. Unexpected heartbreak. Wyatt also hasn't completely left the picture. He was a sweet guy but I wasn't a huge fan of him in the first book. I definitely saw more of his loyalty, bravery, and carrying nature in this book. While he wasn't quite over Greta I didn't feel like the love triangle was dragging on. I really didn't feel like it was ever actually a triangle. Greta's heart and mine as well belong to the Goblin King! The ending was great although left quite a few things hanging. I'm just dying to see where the gang will go next and how they will react to this new development! I really hope the wait for the third book isn't quite as long as the wait for this one but either way I'm sure it will be worth it!




"Visiting the provinces has made me realize it's far past time I make it clear to one and all that my heart is claimed and my commitment to you is true."


"Come on, you know you want to get some alone time with me."
"I know how fond you are of ravishing me in closets," he whispered with a grin.
She shook her head. "One time...and you're never going to let me forget it, are you?"
"But when I do get you alone again, I don't want to be rushed."
The Great Mother save her, that sounded hot.


"Please, Isaac. I just want..."
"What wishes do you make of me now?" His voice was a low murmur that teased the wispy strands at her temple until she felt the hesitant press of his lips. "I'll grant every one."


"I'd prefer that you never let me go," he said, suddenly serious. "But if you must, know that because of you I will never truly be Lost. You can always call me back."

Rating: 5/5





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Greta and the Goblin King (Mylena Chronicles, #1)
While trying to save her brother from a witch’s fire four years ago, Greta was thrown in herself, falling through a portal to Mylena, a dangerous world where humans are the enemy and every ogre, ghoul, and goblin has a dark side that comes out with the eclipse. 

To survive, Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young goblin king, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her will to escape. 

But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. An ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal, and with the next eclipse mere days away, every bloodthirsty creature in the realm is after her—including Isaac. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back...





Chloe Jacobs is a native of nowhere and everywhere, having jumped around to practically every Province of Canada before finally settling in Ontario where she has now been living for a respectable number of years. Her husband and son are the two best people in the entire world, but they also make her wish she'd at least gotten a female cat. No such luck. And although the day job keeps her busy, she carves out as much time as possible to write. Bringing new characters to life and finding out what makes them tick and how badly she can make them suffer is one of her greatest pleasures, almost better than chocolate and fuzzy pink bunny slippers.




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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

WOW #111




I'm waiting on

 P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Release Date May 26th 2015


Lara Jean didn't expect to really fall for Peter.

She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.

When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing.

Why I'm Waiting?
I really loved To All The Boys I've Loved Before and look forward to seeing what happens next. I really want her to get with Peter! Although I'm sure John will come in and mess things up!





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Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Night Circus Read-A-Long


Jude (from In Between) and I are having a Read-A-Long of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern in February! We will be discussing the book on both our blogs at the end of each week during February.

Reading schedule:
Week 1
February 1 - 7
Part 1 from Page 0 - 90

Week 2
February 8 - 14
Part 2 from Page 91- 222

Week 3
February 15 - 21
Part 3 from Page 223 - 296

Week 4
February 22 - 28 
Part 4 & 5 from Page 297 - 384


Feel free to join us and comment on our posts or tweet us, as well as to grab the button for your blog (: 

Jennifer @Beesha1
Jude @Judehnd

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Release Day Launch ~ Seduction's Kiss by Alyssa Rose Ivy ~ Excerpt & Giveaway!


Seduction's Kiss is now available FREE!
It is the prequel novella to a new series set in the Pteron world.
It was a great start to the series! I can't wait to get to know Owen better!


Seduction's Kiss (The Allure Chronicles #0.5)
*Prequel novella to Lure (The Allure Chronicles #1)*

Never agree to a road trip to New Orleans with your roommate. At least not when your roommate is dragging you along while she reconnects with an ex-boyfriend. Possible consequences of failing to take my advice:

1) Unknowingly going out with a vampire stripper
2) Getting kidnapped by said vampire's nest mates
3) Falling head over heels for your winged hero

Believe it or not number 3 is the worst one, especially when no one believes you that he exists.

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Excerpt


We wove our way through the crowds. I glanced into the rows of bars and clubs teeming with people dressed in various degrees of costumes. Despite my apprehension of hanging out with someone I barely knew, the excitement seemed to be rubbing off on me. I found myself moving along to the music spilling out of one club when we were momentarily stopped.
“Duncan!” A girl with long blond hair yelled and proceeded to wrap her arms around Duncan’s neck. She was dressed as a pumpkin, if a pumpkin was just a skimpy piece of orange fabric. “Come dancing with us.” She was visibly drunk.
“Oh, hi.” He gave me an apologetic look.
I shrugged. It wasn’t like we were on a date.
“Why aren’t you dressed up? It’s Halloween. You’re supposed to be dressed up.”
He shoved a hand into his back pocket. “How do you know that I’m not dressed up?”
“Laurie!” The girl yelled. “It’s Duncan, the stripper who did Debbie’s party last week.”
Wait. What? Did he strip? Wow, that was pretty surprising. He wasn’t bad looking, but I hadn’t met a male stripper before.
Another girl ran over. This one was appropriately attired. She had an awesome lollipop costume on. She also gave Duncan a hug, so I decided to people watch while I waited. That’s when I saw him. The gorgeous guy from the bar. All six plus feet of his perfectness. This time he was wearing one of those sleeveless white t-shirts that showed off his muscular arms. But it wasn’t his muscles that jumped out the most. It was his beautiful set of black wings. Now that was a costume.
He glanced up just as he passed, and my chest tightened. He looked at me with curiosity for a second before continuing on. Maybe he vaguely remembered my face but didn’t know why. I wasn’t sure what would be worse, if he remembered the humiliating moment, or if he didn’t.
I suddenly felt embarrassed of my cat costume. Were the whiskers too much?
“Daisy?” Duncan called my name and snapped me out of my daze. “Ready?” The girls must have walked off while I was distracted because Duncan was alone watching me. I wondered how obvious my ogling was.
“Yeah, sure.”
Duncan towed me along until he turned into a dark and completely unappealing dive. This was his favorite place? I kept my mouth shut. I didn’t want to offend him. Maybe this was one of those hidden gems you always hear about. Just to be safe I texted Reyna the name of the place as inconspicuously as possible, Grounddiggers.
“Who are you texting?” Duncan asked as we walked through the entrance.
Evidently I wasn’t as inconspicuous as I thought. “Just a friend.” I’m not sure why I didn’t just tell him who it was. I just felt like it was safer not to.
He nodded at a bouncer, who like Duncan was dressed all in black. The bouncer grunted something unintelligible to Duncan. Duncan must have taken the grunt to mean enter because he pulled me further inside.


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Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.




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