Blog Tour: Self Destruct (Destroy #1) by K.D. Carillo

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Title: Self Destruct (Destroy #1)

Author: K.D Carrillo

Release Date: November 1, 2013

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis

Becca Scott spent years burying her traumatic past under alcohol and boys. With the help of her best friend she struggled to accept herself and let go of the pain. She thought she had her life under control for once, until she met Aiden.

Aiden Ryan lives with constant self-hatred. He allowed those close to him to manipulate his life for their own gain, because he felt he deserved it. He was resigned to marry a woman he didn’t love, until he met Becca.

Becca and Aiden try and let go of their painful pasts to be together, but will their pasts let go of them?

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Excerpt 

Becca’s POV

I’ve missed this.  Losing myself in action.  Finding closeness without actual intimacy.  The emotional pain and physical pleasure push away all other feelings.  It’s oblivion and I love it. If he wasn’t hooking up with my best friend for the last week I wouldn’t even be trying to be grossed out.

“Make her do one,” Toni demanded.  She saw what he did and she isn’t pissed.  I cocked my eyebrow at her examining her expression, and she smirked at me.  “Coming right up,” Nick agreed.  I’ve had a few beers already.  Enough that some guy licking me doesn’t seem offensive, but not so much that I felt that meat head on the porch was entitled to anything.  Maybe I’m just pissed off and feeling the urge to tear apart my carefully lived boring life a bit. 

Toni leaned toward my ear, swaying a lot.  “It isn’t serious with Nick and I.  I talked to Miguel today, so…” she whispered really loud.  Ah, Miguel her on again off again first love, her first everything.  And, if they are on-again, she wants me to fix this Nick mess by distracting him. 

Even in her inebriated state she still had the scary ability to read my mind, “He says he wants to try again.  I don’t want him coming here and getting jealous about a non-existent thing with Nick.  Look Becca you need a distraction, and I saw you checking out Aiden. But, Nick says Aiden has a really serious girlfriend.  He also says she is a bitch who is screwing every guy at NYU, but if he is going to stay with her he is not available.  Have some fun tonight, and please keep Nick off me.”

As if on cue, Nick returned with a shot glass filled with tequila.  The burn was followed by sweet numbness.  I’m not sure why Toni was encouraging me to return to my former ways.  Maybe she was right.  Maybe I’d gone too far the other way.  In that case, why the hell not? 

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About the Author

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K. D. Carrillo is a graduate of Central Washington University, the setting of Self Destruct.  This is her second self-published title.  Fighting Destiny (Central Coven 1) was released in May 2013. 

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New Release Review: Nova and Quinton: No Regrets (Nova #3) by Jessica Sorensen

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Title: No Regrets (Nova #3)

Author: Jessica Sorensen

Genre: New Adult Romance

Release Date: April 15, 2014

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Synopsis

Today is the first day of Quinton Carter’s new life. The toxic guilt of his past left him in pieces-but one girl unexpectedly put him back together. Thanks to Nova Reed, Quinton can finally see the world with clear eyes. She’s the reason his heart is still kicking behind the jagged scar on his chest. And he would love to have her in his arms every minute of the day . . . but he’s not ready yet.

Playing drums in a band and living with her best friends are just some of the highlights of Nova’s life. But the best new development? Talking to Quinton on the phone each night. She wishes she could touch him, kiss him, though she knows he needs time to heal. Yet shocking news is on the way-a reminder of life’s dark side-and Nova will need Quinton like he once needed her. Is he strong enough to take the final leap out of his broken past . . . and into Nova’s heart?

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“I have to tell you something else, but it’s not good—it’s bad.” Before I can chicken out, I hurry and sputter, “Someone gave me a bag of meth today and I have it underneath my mattress.” As soon as I say it, I wonder why the hell I thought this was a good idea, throwing this on her. I need to stop relying on her so much—need to stand on my own two feet.

I’m about to hang up, because really it’s the only choice, but then she says,

“Did you do any of it?”

“No.” My voice shakes as I grip the side of the mattress and battle to breathe evenly.

“Do you want to?” she asks calmly.

“Yes.” My voice is full of desperation.

“Are you… are you going to?” There’s a hint of worry in her tone.

“I’m not sure,” I admit. “I want to, but I also want to throw it away.”

“Then throw it away,” she says, as if it’s the easiest thing in the world to do.

“I don’t think I can.” My hands quiver just at the thought of it and I rest my forehead on the mattress, still on my knees “It feels fucking impossible.”

“Yes, you can.” She sounds so certain and I have no idea how she’s doing it—managing to sound so calm when I know she can’t be. “Just take it and dump it down the toilet. You can do this. I know you can.”

“You have too much faith in me,” I say, slipping my fingers between the bed and the mattress, fighting the urge to hang up on her and turn to what’s only inches away from my fingertips.

“No, I have the right amount,” she replies. “Now let me know when you have it and you’re headed to the bathroom. And don’t hang up on me.” It’s like she can read my mind.

I sit there forever, going back and forth with what I want and need to do. At one point I grab the bag of crystal and put it back. Then pull it out again and open it, staring at the white crystals so close I can almost taste them. But I can also hear Nova breathing on the other end. Soft and full of concern. Acting calm, when I’m sure she’s freaking out. I want to throw them away just for her, but I have to wonder if it’s possible to care for someone so much that I’d give this up. Do I care for her that much?

After a lot of deliberating, I come to one simple answer.

Yes. I care about her that much.

I get to my feet and make my way to the bathroom, not speaking. Then I lift up the toilet seat and, shutting my eyes, I tip the bag over, pour the contents into the water, and flush them down.

“Did you do it?” Nova asks at the sound of the flushing.

I press my lips together, resting back against the bathroom wall, realizing how sweaty I am and how much I’m gasping for air. “I did.”

“See, I knew you could do it,” she says with relief in her voice. “I knew you’d do the right thing.”

The right thing? Is that what I just did? Sometimes it feels like it is, but there are other times when it feels like what I’m doing is so wrong and disrespectful to Lexi. But through the right and wrong, there’s always one thing that gives me hope and that’s Nova. She’s what keeps me going.

 

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Julie’s Review – 4 Stars

Life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows and neither are books. This book wasn’t your typical love story of young and carefree lovers. It was a story of real life sadness and pain. It was a story about letting go, moving forward, and allowing love in to your life. Sometimes it was depressing, but then again, sometimes that’s life.

Quinton is a recovering drug addict. He harbors a lot of guilt about his life before rehab. He was involved in a car accident that claimed two lives, well, three if you count his dying and being brought back. He has a lot of those “why me” feelings and survivors guilt. His guilt also stems from the fact that rehab and therapy suggest he move on. He wants to see a future for himself but will moving on mean leaving those lost behind?

Nova is recovering too. She was also an addict and also suffered a great loss that she feels guilty about. Her boyfriend committed suicide. She should have seen the signs, should have done more, and should have asked more questions. At least that is what she tells herself at her lowest moments of regret. Nova wants to move forward and help others in the process. Can she help Quinton and in turn find someone who just might be able to help her?

Nova and Quinton each have baggage, some relating to one another, and things that hold them back from embracing how they feel about each other. With long distance between them they are getting to know each other again as friends. The problem is that their feelings are scary and they may not be ready to embrace them.

“…I’m in love with her, something I realized in Vegas. But I can’t admit it out loud because then it would mean I was accepting it- accepting that my feelings for Lexi have changed. That I’ve broken my promise to her.  Let go. Replaced her.”

When Nova needs a friend she goes to Quinton and the two realize their feelings for one another. The only problem is that just because you find love doesn’t mean everything will be wonderful. Nova finds that out too soon as tragedy strikes again and Nova has to fight to feel responsible for the loss of another life.

“Life does suck, but it’s worth living, especially for the moments like the one I just experienced a few hours ago with Quinton. But it’s moments like these, the ones when you have to feel the loss of life, that make it so hard to want to keep breathing.”

Can Nova and Quinton leave their regrets behind to be together? Their lives have been anything but easy. They both have scars and fears and demons. Their pain is real and the invisible third party in their relationship. Their successes and failures are equally heavy and burdensome. But they have each other and they both want to move forward and have happy lives. Will their futures give them the happiness that they have both worked so hard to strive for? One can hope.

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About the Author

Jessica Sorensen

Jessica Sorensen is a #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives with her husband and three kids in Idaho. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family. 

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Review – Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie

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Title: Hothouse Flower (Calloway Sisters #2)

Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie

Release Date: March 28, 2014

Genre: New Adult Romance: recommended for readers 18+ for mature content

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Ryke Meadows, meet Daisy Calloway … she’s all grown up. 

Twenty-five-year-old Ryke Meadows knows he’s hard to love. With a billion-dollar inheritance, a track-star resume, and an alpha-male personality—he redefines the term likable asshole. But he’s not living to make friends. Or enemies. He just wants to free climb three of the toughest mountains in Yosemite without drama or interruption.

And then he receives a distressed call from a girl in Paris—a girl that he has never been allowed to have.

Daisy Calloway is eighteen. Finally. With her newfound independence, she can say goodbye to her overbearing mother and continue her modeling career. Next stop, Paris. Fashion Week begins with a bang, and Daisy uncovers the ugly reality of the industry. She wants to prove to her family that she can live on her own, but when everything spirals out of control, she turns to Ryke to keep her secrets. 

As Daisy struggles to make sense of this new world and her freedom, she pushes the limits and fearlessly rides the edge. Ryke knows there’s deep hurt beneath every impulsive action. He must keep up with Daisy, and if he lets her go, her favorite motto—“live as if you’ll die today”—may just come true.

***Authors’ Note***
Hothouse Flower is a spin-off of the Addicted series. Kiss the Sky is required before reading, and we strongly recommend reading the Addicted series before this spin-off.

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Meagan’s Review – 5 Stars

If you are a fan of The Addicted Series and have not been holding your breath for Hothouse Flower to arrive well, . . . you sir, are a liar. There have been four, count them, four books all leading up to this, the relationship of Daisy Callowy and Ryke Meadows. Talk about anticipation. We have watched them jump off cliffs in Mexico, live together while taping a reality show, and perform some of the hottest foreplay without ever removing their clothes. The chemistry between Ryke and Daisy is more than explosive, there is no word for how intensely hot and combustive their attraction to each other is. From the moment they met, I knew there was no stopping the chaotic and passionate relationship that was inevitable.

Ryke Meadows is crass and unapologetic. Daisy Callowy is a ball of sunshine dipped in energy and trapped in a gilded cage. The two have been drawn together since they first met. At the time Daisy was underage, although that was the least of their problems. Loren Hale wants Ryke to have nothing to do with Daisy, the girl he thinks of as his little sister. After finally getting to be a part of his brother’s life, Ryke refuses to do anything to rock the boat. Even if that means denying the one thing he wants the most, Daisy.

Daisy has allowed her mother to dictate her every move since she was a child. While Rose moved on and Lily was forgotten, their mother put all her effort into Daisy and her modeling career. While the group (Lo, Lily, Connor & Rose) all know how much Daisy dislikes modeling, what they don’t know is that for months Daisy has been fighting demons beyond their wildest dreams. After being attacked by the cameraman in her bedroom, as well as . . . well I won’t spoil it, Daisy can no longer sleep without Ryke by her side. Her anxiety and fears have taken hold so deep inside her that Ryke is scared for her well-being. But in typical Daisy fashion, she doesn’t want to dwell on the bad and refuses to let the darkness bring her down.

I expected this novel to be hot. I expected their relationship to be wild. And I expected almost non-stop adventure. What I did not expect was the depth of these characters. Ryke is so much more than a bad-ass with a foul mouth. The fears he had about his relationship with his brother broke my heart. The way he struggled to work through what his parents had done to him. His deep and unapologetic way he loved Daisy. Each bit of information came together to create a new picture of Ryke, one I love even more.

Daisy matured so much in this novel. I saw her grow from a rebellious young model to a woman searching for purpose in life. Hearing her thoughts on how she was treated by her mother as well as her sisters brought light to some of her previous dangerous actions. With Ryke by her side she was able find the courage to give voice to her own wants and needs. It was a beautiful thing to watch, this young woman finding herself.

What I enjoyed most of all is that what you think where this novel will end is just the beginning. With Rose, Connor, Lilly, and Lo as part of the story never slows. Just when one battle has been won another arises. The end of Hothouse Flower brought a huge new challenge to the group, one that I honestly never saw coming. Which is one of the reasons I love this series. It changes course constantly, keeping me totally immersed in each novel. Whether it be the dangerous addictions of Lo and Lily, the constant battle for control with Connor and Rose, or the adrenaline filled antics of Ryke and Daisy, each couple draws me into their world, keeping me captive long after I’ve finished their story. 

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Cindy’s Review – 5 Stars

What happens when all the cameras are gone? Well to tell you the truth the bickering and bantering between all these characters continues. We may be left with are Ryke and Daisy in Hothouse Flower but we still get to see the other couples too!

The moment that Ryke met Daisy it was like he knew that she was meant to be his. At the time of their introduction the age difference was so wrong but a friendship continued between them for three years. Ryke was known as the jackass in Kiss the Sky but in this story we see he’s loyalty towards his loved ones. Ryke is not well liked by Daisy’s mother but he could care less of what she thinks of him. Ryke may not be like Lo but I love his don’t give shit attitude. I also love his sense of humor and who knew this sexy man was multilingual? I think he even puts Connor to shame. :D

Daisy’s the youngest and wildest of the Calloway sisters. She’s so carefree in so many ways that her sisters never seem to take her serious. She may be eighteen now but she’s so wise for her age. Daisy may have her freedom from her controlling mother but during this time she’s been keeping a secret that has her losing her mind. The only one she can turn to is Ryke.

Ryke being the man that he is will not let Daisy go through it alone. He’s committed to her in every way possible. He’d do anything for Daisy whether to see her smile or to save her life again like he did three years ago. During this time they both began to realize that they can’t hide what they feel for each other. So they began to test the waters and wait for the outcome.

Ryke and Daisy may think they’re the only ones with a problem but the other couples also have some issues that will be surprising for the rest of them.

I love this book! I’m so happy to see the outcome of Ryke and Daisy’s relationship. I can’t seem to get enough of all these characters. Now I’ll be patiently waiting to read Thrive and Addicted After All in the near future. J

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Recommended Series Reading Order

Series order

Addicted to You (Addicted #1)
Ricochet (Addicted #1.5) <— The main characters meet here.
Addicted for Now (Addicted #2)
Kiss the Sky (Spin-Off)(Calloway Sisters #1)
Hothouse Flower (Spin-Off)(Calloway Sisters #2)
Thrive (Addicted #2.5)
Addicted After All (Addicted #3)

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About the Authors

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Krista Ritchie has a clone…or someone who looks exactly like her. If she’s not writing books with her twin sister, she’s pouring over entertainment news and ingesting copious amounts of pop culture. She likes tennis, that thing called the TV, and beating Becca (her clone) on Sega Genesis. She created YA Book Exchange to combat her book buying addiction and started Nawanda Files, a YA Book Blog that features books into movies news, to share her love for all things bookish. Oh, and she does something called science. Whatever that is.

Krista & Becca Ritchie write New Adult books that make you cringe, gasp, and go ooh-la-la. (If you do that sort of thing.) They are currently working on the spin-offs and final books in the Addicted series.

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New Release: A Broken Forever by Megan Noelle

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Title: A Broken Forever

Author: Megan Noelle

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: April 16, 2014

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 Grey and Stefan knew from the moment they met that they were destined for one another. Despite the none-too-quiet protests from his family they married straight out of high school. Their love was strong and only grew when a year later they welcomed their baby girl into the world. 

Life was perfect…until one night changed everything. 

A horrendous accident destroyed them; stripping them of everything they knew, taking away their happiness and their daughter. While mourning the loss of their little girl they were also suffering the loss of each other. Stefan blamed himself for their daughter’s death, drowning away the guilt in liquor. 

Grey had never been so alone. Stefan had died inside the day their child did. Doing the only thing she could to save herself, she ended their marriage. 

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Seven Years Later

Stefan Harrison is the most eligible bachelor with a wallet and company that continues to grow. Every night he has a different woman on his arm with the next not far behind. Grey Desmond is the lead stylist and co-owner of a reputable salon with the perfect fiancé and a beautiful wedding in her future. 

But one chance meeting between Grey and Stefan is all that is needed to reawaken the feelings from the past.

She tries to avoid him but he won’t let her. Losing Grey was Stefan’s biggest mistake and he won’t stop until he wins her back. But Grey doesn’t know if she could ever trust him again. Leaving her heart to decide between the perfect future…or the past she never let go

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Excerpt

Deciding that my overactive hormones were under control, I turned back toward the rest of the room but gasped as soon as I did. Stefan stood directly behind me, eyes looked up from hooded lids. The slight tension from before was almost out of control as he closed the distance between us. With each foot in my direction, I responded with a step backwards, until finally the wall stopped me. His tongue slid out over his lips making them glisten in an exceptionally tantalizing way.

Not that I noticed of course, but someone might.

“Is something wrong, Greyson Rose?” My name rolled off his tongue as he annunciated every syllable.

“No, wh…” Deep Breath. “Why do you ask?”

He took one more step closer. “You suddenly got very…” His face leaned down toward my chest, as he listened to the rapid beat against my ribs. “Jumpy.”

The scent that covered every square inch of him took my senses hostage. Shivers raced up and down my spine and I tried to clear the intoxicating haze from my awareness.

“I’m not.” I choked out.

A mischievous grin touched his eyes and as much as I wanted to hate him for getting some sick pleasure out of what he was doing—I couldn’t. The urge to shove him back and pull him closer raged a war deep in my psyche. Stefan slowly lifted his arms and pinned the wall on either side of my shoulders. His feet stayed firmly planted but he lowered his upper body within an inch of mine.

“So, last night you got me to promise I would shut down my work, at a time much earlier than I anticipated leaving. Do you remember?”

“Yes,” I stuttered out.

Stefan nodded, keeping his intense gaze trained on me. “Now I have something I want you to do for me.”

My heart leapt into my throat and a sudden rush of heat swirled low in my belly. The heaves of my chest brushed faintly against his and each touch made my breath catch.

“Wh…what’s that?” The shake of my voice became unbearable as I struggled to remain vigilant.

“I just want you to answer one simple question for me.” His right hand left the wall, he held up one finger an inch from my nose.

“Okay?”

“You need to answer me with complete and absolute honesty. I’ll know when you’re lying to me, Greyson Rose. Will you promise to answer truthfully?”

At this point I couldn’t filter my answers even if it was the difference between life and death. My tongue licked out onto my incredibly dry lips. For the first time Stefan’s eyes left mine as they focused onto my mouth. I forced down a rising groan.

“I promise.”

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About Megan

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I am Megan Noelle! I have been writing for many years and currently have two books out that are part of a series. My For You series were the first novels I published but I had to stop everything to write Stefan and Grey’s story in, A Broken Forever. I have been writing since I was old enough to hold a pen and finally pursued my dream of becoming a novelist.  Writing is my passion and I am all for following one’s passions! One of my other passions is being a mom of my adorable daughter Peyton. When I’m not writing I’m a stay at home mom and a full time student. I’m getting close to finishing my 2-year degree and I am more than ready for a break.  There are many things I want to do in life, but if I can write, be with my daughter and my family—I will be happy!

5 *NEW* Random Things You Don’t Know About Me!

1. I have recently retired my love for Diet Coke and focused solely on Diet Pepsi. And yes, I know all about aspartame, and all that bad stuff. But, it’s delicious.

2. I would someday love to write a book that Tim Burton wants to make into a movie!

3. I have an unfailing love for many movies I watched growing up (not just Disney) and it is very difficult for me to like anything new. Some of my favorites set the bar too high apparently! (When Harry Met Sally, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Father of the Bride Part I & II, & many more!)

4. I have a horrible wonderful addiction to book covers!

5. I have more story ideas in my head than I will ever be able to write.

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Blog Tour- Scare Crow by Julie Hockley

Title:  Scare Crow

Author: Julie Hockley

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: April 11, 2014

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Nineteen-year-old Emily Sheppard is losing her sanity. Ever since her mob king boyfriend, Cameron Hillard, abandoned her for her own good, Emmy has been attempting to move on with her charmed college student life as if nothing happened.Now rejected from the underworld and left grieving over Cameron’s alleged death, Emmy realizes she belongs nowhere.Worse yet, she is now keeping a dangerous secret.After just a short time with Emily, Cameron has lost control over his world.

As he miserably attempts to return to what is left of his life and unravel the mess he has made of the underworld, Emily’s hate turns to desperation. She needs to kill the kingpins responsible for Cameron’s death before they come looking for her.

As Cameron secretly observes Emily, he has no idea of the danger he has placed her in—or that it may already be too late for him to save her.

Scare Crow is a tale of revenge, terror, and love as Emmy and Cameron embark on separate journeys to face enemies, correct past mistakes, and find their way to their destinies.

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Mary’s Review – 4.5 Stars

Scare Crow is the very much-anticipated follow-up to Crow’s Row.  Which happens to be one of my favorite reads ever.  I like so many others have been patiently waiting for this book.   If I was going to read one book this year Scare Crow would definitely have been it.  It was way beyond my expectations and had so much depth and  hope that I was  glued to it from beginning to end.  To say I loved it would be an understatement because it felt like way much more.  Julie wrote one heck of a book.  It was  raw, unpredictable, and one emotional ride.  What I thought would be a book about forgiveness was just the opposite.  Scare Crow is the continuation of Cameron and Emmy’s story.  You will need to read the first book to understand the second.  My review will contain spoilers from the first book so I would suggest stopping here if you haven’t had the pleasure of reading it.

Scare Crow picks up pretty much where Crow’s Row left us.  It had an explosive ending and I was left feeling lost and wounded.  Emmy is left alone well except for Meatball and if it wasn’t for that wonderful dog she probably wouldn’t be able to get out of bed.   She is beyond distraught and Cameron still is the center of her world.  She eventually moves on to the next stage of her grief to anger.  She is now determined to get revenge.  She is willing to do anything to make that happen.  Everything seems to be consuming her.  Then Griff some how finds her and becomes her rock.  He helps her see that she is still alive.  That she is worth what the world has to offer.  We see the sweet and caring side of Griff one that makes you question if there is any way possible that she could ever be happy.   Then we find Cameron trying to live his life without her.  He is sure that letting her believe the worst is what’s best.  But in the end revenge, heartache, misery, and pain will be the one thing holding them to each other.  Although both separate they remain a part of each other.  In the end will they find their way or just remain in the dark?

Emmy and Cameron broke my heart.   They pulled at it and then put it back together again.  I wanted a quick reunion.  I wanted Cameron to show up at her door and end their misery.  That would be too easy and actually very boring.  The path the book took us was amazing.  Two hearts that needed to find their way.  The mystery and danger were just an added bonus.

This book was very well versed and so interesting to read.  Was it worth the long wait?  Absolutely, Positively, Yes!!!!  I would recommend you dive into Cameron and Emmy’s love story. It is a true, and passionate one that should not be missed.

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Meagan’s Review – 4.5 Stars

Anyone who has read Crows Row knows the wait for Scare Crow has been long and sometimes painful. When the book finally fell into my hands, I could hardly stand my excitement. I nervously opened to the first page while thoughts flew through my head, “Would Emmy find Cameron? Could Cameron truly leave Emmy? Would Emmy find her revenge? Could Scare Crow even begin to live up to it’s predecessor?” As I delved deeper into the novel, I found for each question that was answered, a new one arose.

The story begins with a prologue that left my jaw hanging. Could this be a precursor to the end or a dream of what could never be? I dare anyone to read the prologue and not have to collect themselves for a moment before moving on. After the mind-bomb beginning we find ourselves back with Emmy. We start almost exactly where Crows Row left off. Emmy is in her shared home with Meatball, her body bruised as well as her heart. As her roommates begin to gather for college, Emmy is just trying to survive. She’s lost her job at the library and no longer cares about school. Around every corner is the ghost of Cameron. But Cameron isn’t the only one from her past that won’t let her go. On a cold fall night she finds another old friend who has tracked her down, Griff.

While Emmy is struggling to survive and plan her retaliation, Cameron is dealing with the repercussions of leaving Emmy. Cameron starts a bloody quest to right the wrongs of the past. He begins to pick off those who hurt Emmy or Rocco. Knowing that Spider wouldn’t agree with his methods, he begins to alienate his friends. Fierce in his determination to keep Emmy safe, Cameron argues with Carly constantly. Carly thinks fooling Emmy into thinking he was dead was a mistake. But Cameron can’t be swayed in his fear that if Emmy were to be a part of his world it would only be a matter of time before she was hurt.

The alternating point-of-view was a nice addition to Scare Crow. As Emmy and Cameron are in different places as the book begins, it was helpful to see the reasoning behind their actions. Julie Hockley did a beautiful job of building up to an explosive ending. While some readers may wish the novel progressed more quickly, I believe the slow build up was the only way to show how each minute decision, every wrong turn, and mistake created a storm of bloody chaos that will be dealt with in Crows Row #3.

I absolutely adored this book. The relationship between Griff and Emily was strange, yet comfortable. Cameron’s destruction of himself as well as his business was like anticipating a car wreck, knowing there’s nothing you can do but screaming for him to stop all the same. The end of Scare Crow, much like the end of Crows Row, leaves me with more questions than answers. It seems Julie Hockley is a master at leaving us wanting more. I can only hope that this time we won’t have to wait so long for our resolution.

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About The Author

Julie Hockley

A former germaphobe and clean-freak turned mother of two, Julie collects enough tears and snot in a month to recreate Slimer Monster from Ghostbusters. Other than playing devoted wife and mama, Julie is the funniest person in the room (according to the 3 year-old and 2 year-old in said room) and can build the most awesome Lego rocket ship you’ve ever set your eyes on (according to her). Oh, and she has a full time career and has also written a bestselling novel. Superhero, or just downright insane.

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