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Fun young adult romance novel. Game of gnomes….who’s taking Grandma’s gnomes? Why is the hottest guy in school such a jerk? These are the questions Alyssa will answer this fall.

Alyssa’s a dancer who loves choreography. She’s new to town and she’s done with mean dance teams, and dance instructors who insult to motivate. She’s out to prove that an appreciative, supportive choreographer can win the Willow Dance Championship. When handsome, witty Thayer asks her out, the lights of New York shine even brighter. She doesn’t know he’s lying about his last name, thinks she’s a poor scholarship girl, and is on a date with her as an experiment. And when she finds out…

Thayer’s sick of dating the girls at Shay Prep who use his family’s influence to get ahead in society. He decides to date a girl from the prep school across town. That’s when his best friend offers him a challenge, “Stop with the prep school girls. Go out with a regular girl, not someone paying 100K a year in tuition.” It’s one of those ideas that hits him as right. Thayer musses his perfect hair, ditches his Shay Prep blazer and accepts the challenge. Twelve dollars will buy him a bit of truth – will a Manhattan girl go out with a guy who only has twelve dollars to spend on their date? He finds Alyssa, the pretty scholarship dancer.

Love and payback collide in this standalone fun YA romance. Standalone, Happily Ever After, single female point of view, upper YA.

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I "accidentally" found another book of Emily Evans called Accidental Cinderella last week and really enjoyed it. That led me to look for more books from the author. I found this book and liked the sound of the story. Alyssa is new in town and wants to make the most of it. Thayer is the poor little rich kid. He always is super suspicious because he is forever being taken advantage of.

She ends up on a date with him without know who he really is. He thinks she's a poor kid with a scholarship and wants to know how they would ever gel. Of course there are sparks and more than a few dances along the way. Not to mention Alyssa's grandmother's gnomes making life more exciting than needed.

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Hannah Winchester is down on her luck and disillusioned with love, but her fortunes are about to change. When Hannah inherits a defunct bakery in East Tennessee, her first thought is to sell it and settle her substantial debt. Then the townsfolk welcome her warmly and she's taken with the joyful spirit of the place, where stores employ holiday themes and residents have surnames like Christmas and Claus. After a handsome lawman comes to her aid dressed as Santa, Hannah learns he's more than a hot guy in a red suit and shiny black boots. 

Sheriff Carter Livingston has joined in the cause of rejuvenating the town, and he's encouraging her to do her part. Hannah's great-grandmother, Lena, sold special holiday cookies that brought hope and renewal to the people of Christmas Town. Yet Hannah has plans elsewhere and isn't looking to stay. Can she possibly reopen the shop known for kindling romance--without sacrificing her heart?

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Hannah inherits a Christmas Cookie Shop from her great grandmother Lena. Ironically she can't cook to save her life. She even manages to burn microwave popcorn. She has plans to sell the shop and go on to college. Then she comes to Christmas Town. The place is over the top Christmasy. The locals most welcoming and friendly. She begins to have second thoughts about the shop and staying in town.

Carter is the local sheriff. He's literally Santa in a red pickup where Hannah is concerned. He's got commitment issues but Hannah interests him enough to warn off his best friend and town doctor Kurt from asking her out. He's not sure if he should go ahead and try to get into a relationship with Hannah, especially when she has plans to leave in a couple of months.

Enter the Virginia Cookies from Lena's recipe. The magical properties of these cookies are supposed to work wonders, but when Hannah bakes them for Carter why won't he eat them? I'm sure if you enjoy Christmas stories you will love this one.

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A ball…a gown…a pumpkin…and a happily ever…this standalone, contemporary YA romance has them all. When Ella receives an exciting invitation to attend an exclusive boarding school, she knows she won’t fit it. These kids are elite, wealthy, and driven. She’s ‘average Ella’ on a scholarship…at least, that’s what she wants everyone to believe. A lost shoe…a lost shirt…oh my…When events push her to need a boyfriend, Ella asks hot senior Hale.

His response? “No.”
Yep. That’s her fairytale. 

Hale’s driven, and he needs an A on the fall project. He doesn’t need the sweet but average scholarship girl screwing up his grade – not after last year. Tanking science will ruin his entry into a top pre-med program. He’s focused. School. Homework. Rowing. No girl’s going to mess up his plan. Not even one as intriguing as Ella.
These two meet in ashes, sparks fly, and their lives light up. 

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Thoroughly enjoyed this rewriting of the fairy tale. Makes for good clean fun as a young adult novel. Enjoyed the way Ella goes from never letting her light shine to outsmarting everyone! Of course the handsome prince Hale is watching out for her, even as he claims he never dates. Why then is he so disappointed when she refuses to go to the Apple Ball. And why doe she make the invitation to the Pumpkin Ball so irresistible. Especially enjoyed the way Ella ends up coaching the entire rowing team.
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Fifteen-year-old Zoe has managed to turn her crush into a boyfriend without using any magic at all. But can it really work with Jake when Zoe’s father is dating Jake’s mother? Talk about a dysfunctional family.

After the Frog Fiasco, the Council is watching Zoe’s every move but studying under renowned Potions Master, Martin Finnegan, fulfills a lifelong dream of Zoe’s, even if the ninety-five-year-old man looks like a teenager. Zoe can’t juggle friends, school, potions, and dating without letting something slide, and Trouble’s Brewing as her tutor is forced to reveal deeply hidden truths about her experiments and those of her ancestors.


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The chaos in Zoe's life continues in this second book of the series. Now she has her witch friend in on the Halloween celebration at Jake's home, causing the world's frog population to explode. She almost looses her magic, but her brilliance in finding potion substitutes allows the council to give her a second chance. Now she has a legendary potions teacher, who unfortunately looks like he's a teenager thanks to a bit of self serving magic! She also has a jealous boyfriend and a whole lot more happening.

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Zoe Miller is a 15-year-old witch with a talent for potions. She's working hard to find a substitute for toad slime. Since fat-free margarine has been found to be a substitute for dead man's toe, she's hopeful that she'll find one. 

Then there's all the so-called normal stuff. Like high school, her annoyingly selfish "friend" Anya, and her crush on Anya's ex-boyfriend Jake.

Now, Zoe's dad is dating Jake's mom, and things are getting more and more complicated. If only Zoe could brew a potion or two and set everything straight. Zoe can't. If she brews a self-serving potion, bad things will happen to her appearance. Like a crooked nose, giant wart, green skin, rotting teeth--the whole ugly witch stereotype. 

Zoe's tired of fate interfering so cruelly in her life. Can you really blame her for putting her potions to not-so-good use and stirring up trouble?


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Witches are real. They brew potions and do magic. They may also attend your high school. Zoe is a talented witch who loves working on her potions besides doing well in school. Her love life is a little chaotic considering that she's got a crush on her best friend's ex boyfriend. It gets worse when said ex boyfriend's mother starts dating her divorced father. The story runs through the ups and downs of Zoe's angst as she tries to figure out a way to deal with the emotional roller coaster that her life has become. Needless to say, there is also magical trouble brewing!

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Ram Rajya. The Perfect Land. But perfection has a price. He paid that price.
3400 BCE. INDIA
Ayodhya is weakened by divisions. A terrible war has taken its toll. The damage runs deep. The demon King of Lanka, Raavan, does not impose his rule on the defeated. He, instead, imposes his trade. Money is sucked out of the empire. The Sapt Sindhu people descend into poverty, despondency and corruption. They cry for a leader to lead them out of the morass. Little do they appreciate that the leader is among them. One whom they know. A tortured and ostracised prince. A prince they tried to break. A prince called Ram.
He loves his country, even when his countrymen torment him. He stands alone for the law. His band of brothers, his Sita, and he, against the darkness of chaos.
Will Ram rise above the taint that others heap on him? Will his love for Sita sustain him through his struggle? Will he defeat the demon Lord Raavan who destroyed his childhood? Will he fulfil the destiny of the Vishnu?

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As incredible as it is, the story of Ram told and retold by countless story tellers over the centuries has only added to the richness of the tale. I enjoyed reading Amish Tripathi's take on the greatest story ever written/sung/enacted or narrated. He has done a great job with the Shiva Triology and you find traces of that world to come in this book as conversations between Ram and Sita.

I liked the little changes he made to the characters like making Manthara a rich merchant rather than Kaikeyi's maid servant. Also the rakhi angle and violence against the physician was a different and effective trigger. I'm not sure people who are fond of the regular tale will understand the addition of this twist. However as far as I was concerned it added a definite difference and allowed the author to make the tale his.

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There are a few things Parnell Stillman is dead certain he will never do: He'll never fall in love. He'll never have kids. He'll never be a hero. Boy! Is he ever in for a rude awakening. His first and only love is flying. The struggle to keep his air cargo business solvent is challenge enough. Rebecca Hollis believes caring for others is the road to happiness. Tasked to shepherd five orphans on a flight to a conclave to meet prospective adoptive parents, she learns it takes much more. 

The plane is caught helpless in the grip of a storm that sends it plunging into a frozen wilderness. Rebecca determines she and the disagreeable pilot must work together to insure the survival and rescue of the orphans. Parnell Stillman has other ideas. So do the orphans. Rescue means a return to foster homes and an uncaring welfare system. Or maybe not.

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I always look forward to reading Jackie's books because they combine interesting characters with adverse, sometimes humorous situations. This book is no exception. You have the confirmed bachelor who is happy operating his cargo plane. Then you have the do-good girl who wants to make a difference in the lives of the orphans she cares for. Now that includes getting them to an event where they could be adopted. Of course getting there as cheaply as possible involves flying in said reluctant confirmed bachelor's plane.

The fireworks are inevitable between the two characters and the dialogue is a whole lot of fun. Of course it is anything but fun for the entire gang when the plane has to make a forced landing on a frozen lake and actually manages to crash through it. Thankfully all lives are spared, but with the terrible weather how long will they survive?! Fantastic read.

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CHRISTMAS TEARS - current day.
Elena's got a lot on her mind. The holidays are approaching and with them all kinds of cheerfulness…for everyone but her. The entire holiday season just highlights past pain. Loss. And depression. A river rafting trip down the Colorado River is the perfect anti-Christmas gift to herself. Nothing about the Grand Canyon in December resembles snow and cheer. And it’s actually working until the raft overturns, sending her toward a watery grave...

IRISH CHEER - 1790.
His luck just might be changing. Morrigan is leading a salvage mission. Out on the ocean, fighting the elements, the men row toward a Spanish galleon. The big ship hit a reef. It's sinking fast. Chances of finding a survivor are slim. Odds of pulling treasure from the wreck even slimmer. And then he pulls a woman from the sea...
And finds both. 

FIRE AMID THE SNOW
Elena hadn’t believed in Christmas magic. Until it happened to her.

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Elena is going through a hellish life when she decides to escape Christmas with an adventure vacation. What she did not expect is the holiday to change her life by throwing her back into the past. She definitely did not expect Morrigan and she's still debating if she's watching a historical play enactment while he's literally fighting to keep her alive.

Morrigan needs no baggage. He's got plenty on his mind, but he is too much of a good soul to leave Elena out at sea to die. Sure her fortune will bring him back his lost home, but does he really want to loot her and leave her? Not if he can marry her and have her! Of course she may just be a bit crazy given the way she speaks about being in the past, but he can live with that.

I got an advance copy of the ebook from the author for my review.
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A jaded billionaire
Gets transported to 1803
And stuck wearing a kilt...

A RIP IN THE FABRIC OF TIME

1803.
Scotland.
Ainslee MacAffrey has a second daughter's place in her clan. Unseen. Unnoticed. Unappreciated. She has a level of freedom her older sister can only dream of. But to save her sister, there's one thing she needs to gain - the new Duke of Straithcairn's proposal for marriage. He's under legal pressure to wed with one of them. Why should he care which one?

A HEARTLESS MAN
Present Day
Neal Straithmore's got one primary goal in life: Financial success. Everything else is secondary. He's got plans in place. Vehicles of action. Save the planet. Stop global warming. Reduce the carbon footprint. He's a workaholic. Driven. He doesn't have time for anything but domination.
...but he's running out of time.

THE PAST ISN'T READY
Neal's plan doesn't cover all the angles. Every person he knows wants something. He's tired of dealing with other's agendas. He's suffering a series of mini-strokes. And then his private jet enters a vortex in the Bermuda Triangle, and nobody is prepared for what occurs...

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For nearly six months now I have been reading Jackie's VAL series, which I am totally in love with. Vampire assassins with heart make so much fun for reading. Then I got my hands on this book. It's very different from the paranormal stuff she usually writes, but it's got an intriguing time travel plot. Neal goes from being nearly fifty and one of the most powerful businessmen on the planet to being in the body of a new Duke a couple of centuries ago. 

Guess what? He's got to do the one thing he's sworn never to do in his previous life, get married! Of course when he sees the lovely Ainslee MacAffrey he's pretty sure he doesn't mind getting engaged. Then he discovers how she is mistreated by her father and the protective urge surges through him getting them married posthaste! What follows is a really adorable story of a couple of strangers coming together to care for one another through the shared challenges they face.

The book reminded me of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. The way Neal goes about dealing with the shortages of the past is actually quite amusing. Totally waiting to read the next book in the series!

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I hate. I thought I hated before the letter, before the werewolves, but now I understand that was nothing more than a chip on my shoulder. The Urbat took what was mine. And, they will pay.

Isabelle leads a very normal life...for an emotional syphon. If not for Ethan and his bar, she would have lost her sanity long ago. But everything changes with the crash of her fighting cage and a man who transforms into a wolf. There’s something about Carlos—when he’s not growling at her—that makes her do things she wouldn’t normally do, like sigh and daydream.

Attraction aside, she is faced the very real evidence that werewolves and urbat exist, and the urbat are after her. And the only way she can keep Ethan safe is to join with the werewolves and Carlos. It’s a race against time to stop a war, fight for love, and find the last Judgement.

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Life was all about EZ (Ethan and Isabelle) but then the letter intervened. Now the peace of the Judgments has lost the only family she ever had. She is out for war with the Urbat. What she did not expect is Carlos.

Carlos knows his mate is in love with another man, a human. He knows she will not accept the mate bond even when she feels the pull. He is a patient man. He knows she will need his strength to get over her loss.

The Urbat are now really coming after the Judgements. Will the sisters survive the cycle? It's getting to the nail biting finish of the series. Can't wait to read the last book in the story.

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Ten days in Sydney, Australia with my first boyfriend! My Spring Break couldn’t be better. Sure, it’s a mission for GASI, but we lucked out with our cover story. We are boyfriend and girlfriend traveling with a group of American high school students. 

I mean, sure, we have some terrorists to stop. And some of the teens on the trip aren’t the nicest. Then there’s this guy, Aaron, who seems to be watching us. With Grandma, Nic, Christie, and some help from the Australians, how can we lose? Except some of our help is actually a hindrance and we’re down to the wire on stopping the terrorists from blowing up the Sydney Tower. The brutal truth is that missions fail, but can we live with ourselves if we don’t succeed?

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Life is much better on this assignment during Spring Break for Amanda and Will. This book in the series has them actually playing in love, a huge improvement from the last time they were forced to play siblings.

What's not so cool is the fact that there are terrorists out there targeting a number of Australian landmarks. Now they need to figure out who the bad guys are, and what the plan is before the strike.

Nic and Christie are still denying their relationship, but the affection is peeking through at the oddest of times. Now Amanda needs to figure out just why Aaron seems to be on their case, coz she is definitely not comfortable with him around.

Can the spy kids do the impossible and catch the terrorist? Of course they can, it's an action packed thriller.
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I left home because I didn’t want to end up in a cage like a lab rat. Hitching rides, begging for cash, and sleeping on the ground got old fast. That was the only reason I braved an overgrown path to a group of buildings. I’d hoped to find a bed and a decent night’s sleep. However, what I found was a place overrun by werewolves.

While on the run, Charlene finds herself surrounded by werewolves, creatures she can’t control with her mind like she can humans. Their existence has her believing she’s found a safe place to stay, a place where secrets are okay. However, she soon discovers she’s anything but safe. Charlene must learn how to use her abilities to influence the strange new species because if she can’t, the next bite she suffers might just kill her.

Read how the cycle begins, and have no doubt. Charlene’s past will shape the future of the Judgements.

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We've been reading about the Compound since book 1 of this series. In this book, which is mostly a flashback, we find out how it came into existence. How Charlene ended up with Thomas. It's got a number of answers to questions that were bothering me about how things came into being they way they did.

Of course we also get to see how the werewolves learned about the human having to claim them, rather than the other way round. We meet a young Mary  from Book 2 and see how she became friends with Charlene as well. Looking forward to what happens next with peace!

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The dreams start, and Bethi’s very normal life goes down the toilet. She soon realizes the dreams are actually memories from past lives…and not just hers. She sees the lives of other women like her.

The recalled memories follow the same terrifying pattern: Dog-men chase her, and she sees her eventual tormented death. Learning from the past, Bethi sets out to find a way to live this time around. The dreams hint at an answer.
She needs to be strong enough to find it or die…again.

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Bethany and Luke's tale actually starts when Gabby sends Luke off with an address to find who she believes is Luke's mate. Luke recognizes the truth about Bethi right away, but she's not even 18. How is he supposed to get her to the compound?
Bethi is struggling not to sleep. Each time she does she has nightmares. Soon she realizes that it's not just dreams, but past lives that she is seeing. She needs to protect her family and she needs to get the hell out of town.
Unfortunately Luke is on her tail. Can she trust him to keep her safe, or is he just like the wolves from her dreams looking to kill her? It's a decision that may save her life, if only she would hurry up and make it!
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The spring Gabby meets Clay, Michelle, another girl like Gabby, discovers the truth. A truth she'll need to share with Gabby and the other four like them.

Michelle...
They kept me prisoner for four years, using me for my predictions. They thought they had me subdued, meekly following orders, but they were wrong. I was waiting for a chance to run. I had to be careful, though. They had my brothers, and the leader wasn't exactly human.

The sudden death of her stepfather gives Michelle the only chance she may ever have to escape, and she takes it. She needs a place to hide and someone to listen to her predictions so her head doesn't explode. Yet, there's nowhere she can hide and no one to protect her from the monsters pursuing her.

Then, she meets Emmitt. He's calm, kind, caring...and a werewolf. If she can find a way to trust him, he might be able to do more than just keep her safe. He might be the one who can help her fight for answers about her gift and the other women like her.

Book 2, (Mis)fortune, introduces another leading character whose story, like Gabby's, will continue with the series.

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Gabby and Clay are just about getting their relationship under control when another of her "Sisters" is discovered on the run by Emmitt. Emmitt is pack leader Thomas' son, an alpha werewolf, who was in the military. Now he's out and wondering what he is going to do.
That's when he get's stuck playing knight in shining armour to Michelle and her baby brothers. It's a role he's happy to take on, given that she is his mate. However she is a human and has no idea what she means to him.
Compound that with the problems of having being abused and held prisoner Michelle is on a flight or fight response all the time. Can she take the step to trust Emmitt to keep her and her baby brothers safe? Fantastic read. Love this series so far.
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Amanda and Will are back! This time, they're heading to New York City the day after Christmas. The mission: stop an assassination plot against the UN Secretary General. Aunt Christie and her partner Nic, are back as well, and playing the role of the parents on the undercover operation. 

As for Amanda and Will, they're still adjusting to the boyfriend-girlfriend thing, but while in the Big Apple, they are pretending to be brother and sister. Oh, and don't forget Grandma. She's on the team as well. Can Will and Amanda convince the New York teens that they're twins? Can they track down the bad guys before the ball drops in Times Square? Because if they fail, lives will be lost and the UN and the US may never be the same.

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Fall break saw Amanda gain a boyfriend. A long distance, secret boyfriend. So when she gets's a chance to pair up with him for a mission over the Christmas holidays, she's over the moon. Till her aunt tells her that she's going to pretend to be Will's sister.
Will has trouble treating her like a sibling, Amanda has trouble stopping mooning over him. Can the two of them keep the secret and prove themselves spy material? Or is the mission going to be a disaster?
It's fun to have Grandma in on the team and needless to say Nic and Christie are still in denial about having feelings for each other. I really want Amanda and Will to catch them in a tender moment. Maybe Nic will ease up on them then!  Can't wait to read the next book in the series.

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Peterson. Amanda Peterson. When my life suddenly turns into the Princess Diaries meets Mission Impossible, can I do in a week what I haven’t managed to do in all my fifteen years—reel in a hottie?
When Amanda spends a week with her aunt, Christie, she learns that her aunt is a spy. Christie admits that Amanda has security clearance and has already started her training. When her aunt asks her to investigate a teenage hacker, Amanda thinks that spending time with a nerd should be doable despite her social ineptitude. Unfortunately for Amanda, the hacker is a hottie.


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Amanda considers herself to be a shy, socially inept, teenager who can not speak to hot high school guys. Then she discovers that she's actually the niece of a spy with GASI (love the flatulence) and now she needs to get up close and personal with a hacker who is likely to cause a major problem online.

She's got no hangups about getting close to a nerd, but how is she going to handle getting with the hottie! Feature in some high tech gadgets in rather uncomfortable place, an aunt who flirts with her spy partner and pretends to hate him, the partner who is overprotective of Amanda, and its fun all the way.

Will has a secret, and he's not so sure he wants to let Amanda know. Soon he may have no choice but to let her in. What happens next surprised me alright! Superb Young Adult read.

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