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Antonia Nicole Home Fragrance Wax Melts.

Some #happypost arrived from Antonia Nicole Home Fragrance today!

Oooh the excitement!
Look at the pretty!

Some gorgeous wax melts in scents:

๐Ÿ’™ Zoblue

Natural light.
With flash to show off the sparkly glitter.

โ€œInspired by a popular cleaning scent.

A fresh clean scent with citrus notes of bergamot and orange, followed by a heart of pine, rose and lilac, resting on a base of cedarwood and amber.โ€

๐Ÿ’› Enchanted Ale

Natural light.
With flash to show off the sparkly glitter.

โ€œInspired by a drink from a well known film series.

A sweet, sugary scent with sticky toffee, caramel and soft fluffy vanilla.โ€

๐Ÿ’— Peony and Blush Suede

Natural light.
With flash to show off the sparkly glitter.

โ€œA fruity, floral fragrance with peony and red apple, followed by hearty notes of rose, jasmine and carnation. The fragrance is completed with soft notes of violet and plum and rich notes of musks and dry amber. This is truly stunning.โ€

They all smell absolutely amazing! And thatโ€™s before Iโ€™ve even melted them! I canโ€™t wait to get them burning tomorrow whilst Willow is at nursery!

Purchase link for my fellow wax melt lovers: https://antonianicole.co.uk

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Release Blitz – The Only Exception by L. J. Stock and Victoria L. James.


The Only Exception (A Road to Wonderland Story)

by L.J. Stock and Victoria L. James


Add The Only Exception to Goodreads here: 

https://www.goodreads.com/โ€ฆ/show/50362097-the-only-exception


Buy The Book: 

mybook.to/theonlyexception

BLURB:
๐™Š๐™ช๐™ง ๐™›๐™ž๐™ง๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™จ ๐™– ๐™™๐™ž๐™จ๐™–๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง, ๐™—๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™„ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ช๐™ก๐™™๐™ฃโ€™๐™ฉ ๐™ก๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™๐™ž๐™ข ๐™œ๐™ค.

I’d been pining for her for more than a decade, and thought I’d messed up.
๐™Š๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™˜๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™จ ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ค๐™  ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ข๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ฉ ๐™๐™ž๐™ข ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™™๐™ค๐™ค๐™ง๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฅ.

I went to her, faster than lightning, desperate to taste her kiss.
๐™„ ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™๐™ž๐™ข ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™—๐™š ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™š๐™ญ๐™˜๐™š๐™ฅ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ, ๐™™๐™š๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™›๐™š๐™–๐™ง ๐™„ ๐™›๐™š๐™ก๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ž๐™™๐™š.

She offered me her trust, and I took it in my hands, desperate to hold on tight.
๐™ƒ๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™˜๐™–๐™ข๐™š ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ.

Iโ€™d do anything for her.
๐™ƒ๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™˜๐™–๐™ข๐™š ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™™๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ข.

I wanted to be in all her fantasies.
๐™ˆ๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ช๐™—๐™ก๐™š๐™™ ๐™˜๐™๐™ž๐™ก๐™™๐™๐™ค๐™ค๐™™ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™ข๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ ๐™š๐™จ ๐™จ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™™ ๐™–๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™—๐™š๐™˜๐™–๐™ช๐™จ๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™๐™ž๐™ข.

I was born again with her, no longer the recovering addict. No longer a mistake.
๐™๐™ค๐™œ๐™š๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง, ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™˜๐™–๐™ข๐™š ๐™–๐™ก๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š.

Together, we learned how to live.
๐™„โ€™๐™™ ๐™˜๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ ๐™’๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™™๐™š๐™ง๐™ก๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™ค ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ฌ ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ก๐™™.

She made me believe in our story. She made me want to rewrite my own.
๐˜ฝ๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ’๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š…

We forgot to keep our eyes open to the things around us.
๐™’๐™š ๐™œ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™จ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ฎ.

We made mistakes.
๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ข๐™š ๐™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™˜๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ, ๐™™๐™š๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™—๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ช๐™จ ๐™—๐™–๐™˜๐™  ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™€๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™.

Just when I thought I was winning, I was forced to fight again.
๐™๐™๐™ค๐™จ๐™š ๐™œ๐™๐™ค๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™๐™–๐™™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค ๐™ž๐™™๐™š๐™– ๐™ฌ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™„โ€™๐™™ ๐™™๐™ค ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™€๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™’๐™–๐™ก๐™ ๐™š๐™ง.

Those ghosts underestimated my love for Izzy Moffit.
๐™๐™ค๐™œ๐™š๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง, ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™๐™–๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ง๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ฌ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™จ. ๐™๐™ค๐™œ๐™š๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง, ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™๐™–๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™จ๐™ช๐™ง๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ.
She had no idea what I was willing to do, who I used to be, and what I was capable of when it came to protecting those I loved. She had no idea the lengths Iโ€™d go to to give her a happy ever after. My girl had no idea at all.
Authors’ Bios

Victoria L. James is a teenage girl stuck inside a thirty-something-year-oldโ€™s body. A Corona and nacho appreciator with a ridiculous obsession for all things Rocky Balboa, she currently lives in Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two baby boys. Having had a strong passion for words and stories going as far back as she can remember, she credits her love of literature to her Grandma Bess who taught her that you donโ€™t need a lot of money to travel to different worlds, experience new places, and live a thousand lives.

L.J. Stock has always lived in a world of her own, continuously lost in her imagination. Whether in the forests that backed up to her home in Aberdeen when she was only six years old, the unique landscape of Singapore she discovered at eight, or the rolling woodlands that rolled up to Dartmoor during her teen years, there have always been new worlds to explore.
Now an adult living in Houston, Texas, there’s more concrete in the jungle surrounding her, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t stories to tell. She now has too many. When she’s not writing, Louise can be found hanging out with her family, crazy pup, or at the computer lost in her creativity of her successful graphic design business, L.J. Designs.
The Playlist!
The Only Exception could be read as a standalone, but in order to fully understand their history and backstory, we strongly, strongly advise reading The Trouble with Izzy and/or A Fight for Ethan first, both of which are available for #FREE in Kindle Unlimited.
Read The Trouble With Izzy โ‡ข mybook.to/IzzyMoffit
Read A Fight for Ethan โ‡ข mybook.to/EthanWalker
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Book Review – The Big Ohhh by Nikki Ashton.

Book Review!

The Big Ohhh by Nikki Ashton

Before I get on with the review, can I just say how much I ADORE this book cover! Itโ€™s so gorgeous and eye catching! I can just imagine it being front and centre in Waterstones and everyone just snatching it off the shelves!

Moving on to the review…

The Big Ohhh by Nikki Ashton is absolutely amazing, brilliant and hilarious! Such a funny read and one of the funniest books Iโ€™ve read in 2019! It had me laughing out loud at so many parts. There were also times when Iโ€™d be reading in bed and Iโ€™d have to stifle my laugh so I didnโ€™t wake my fiancรฉ! To balance it out, there were also more serious parts and angsty moments. Willow, the protagonist, is such a fun and quirky character. I loved her! I also loved the relationship she has with her family. Everyone was so down to earth and open about everything. They all really cracked me up! I loved seeing her new found relationship unravel with Charlie and see what disastrous sexscapades theyโ€™d get up to next. Amongst my laughing, my heart really went out to them though! That zipper moment! Oh my god! That had me howling even though I probably shouldnโ€™t have been hahaha. They eventually got their happy ending though (pun definitely intended!) and I was so thrilled for them!

If you love a romance with laugh out loud comedy in it then this one is for you! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

#barenakedwords #bookreview #bookblog #bookblogger #romcomreads #romancebooks #bookpromo #goodreads #tbrlist

Book Review – Down Fall by Abigail Davies.

Blurb:

“Life was chaotic and unpredictable; made up of a series of eventsโ€”a collection of firsts.
First crush.
First kiss.
First love.

Between the murky waters, Iโ€™d found salvation. And it was all because of himโ€”the broody alpha who appeared at the time I needed him most.
He promised me things, and showed me the life I could have.
But all it took was one moment to destroy everything.

Nothing else mattered.
No one else mattered.
It was him and me against the world.
Until it wasnโ€™t.

I hadnโ€™t known just how forbidden our love was.
I hadnโ€™t known Iโ€™d been tutoring his son.
I hadnโ€™t known about the family he had hidden away. 
I hadnโ€™t known he was cheatingโ€”with me.

I wish I could say I wanted to take it all back, but itโ€™d be a lie.
A blatant lie. 

He was my biggest downfall, but Iโ€™d never regret it.
Choosing him was never an option, the question was whether heโ€™d risk it all.”

This is the second part in the Fallen Duet series and boy is it as equally amazing as the first!

Once again youโ€™re sucked into the lives of Lola and Brody and taken on an incredible emotional rollercoaster of a ride! Abigail Davies really knows how to make you feel exactly the way her characters do and has a way of bringing her characters to life. Another beautifully written book that had me on the edge of my seat most of the time; be that either because I was fanning myself over the steaminess between Lola and Brody (psst! Thereโ€™s a lot more in the first book, by the way! You should go check that out!), the heartfelt scenes where I didnโ€™t know how Brody was gonna react to Lolaโ€™s life changing news, or feeling crap scared for their lives! Like I said: emotional rollercoaster! Jesus, my heart was definitely in my mouth at least twice thatโ€™s for sure! So if you like angsty, edge of your seat, finger nail biting contemporary romance mixed in with some crime fighting DEA agents, then this is for you!

You can purchase Down Fall from the links below:

Amazon Universal ~ https://geni.us/ziAoF

Amazon US ~ https://amzn.to/2LGkQDY

Amazon UK ~ https://amzn.to/2GgP7Gf

Amazon CA ~ https://amzn.to/2LHt277

Amazon AU ~ https://amzn.to/2JzrXvl

Down Fall Release Blitz & Giveaway!

Release Date: July 10, 2019

Cover Design: Pink Elephant Designs

Models: Daniel Rengering & Emily L’Nae

Photographer: Jean Maureen Woodfin at JW Photography and Covers

Synopsis

Life was chaotic and unpredictable; made up of a series of eventsโ€”a collection of firsts.
First crush.
First kiss.
First love.

Between the murky waters, Iโ€™d found salvation. And it was all because of himโ€”the broody alpha who appeared at the time I needed him most.
He promised me things, and showed me the life I could have.
But all it took was one moment to destroy everything.

Nothing else mattered.
No one else mattered.
It was him and me against the world.
Until it wasnโ€™t.

I hadnโ€™t known just how forbidden our love was.
I hadnโ€™t known Iโ€™d been tutoring his son.
I hadnโ€™t known about the family he had hidden away. 
I hadnโ€™t known he was cheatingโ€”with me.

I wish I could say I wanted to take it all back, but itโ€™d be a lie.
A blatant lie. 

He was my biggest downfall, but Iโ€™d never regret it.
Choosing him was never an option, the question was whether heโ€™d risk it all.

Goodreads

Purchase Links

Amazon Universal: https://geni.us/Srpk

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2RYn8Q6

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2Jw58sm

Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2FSHIMS

Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2JvWsm6

Available Now

Free Fall (Fallen Duet – Book 1)

Amazon Universal: https://geni.us/xX4Y4sn

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2Na7NNM

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2N0p6kf

Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2IQ0l4E

Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2N0m9jC

Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card

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Direct Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b1257f8d498/?

About the Author

Abigail Davies grew up with a passion for words, storytelling, maths, and anything pink. Dreaming up characters–quite literally–and talking to them out loud is a daily occurrence for her. She finds it fascinating how a whole world can be built with words alone, and how everyone reads and interprets a story differently. Now following her dreams of writing, Abigail has found the passion that she always knew was there. When she’s not writing: she’s a mother to two daughters who she encourages to use their imagination as she believes that it’s a magical thing, or getting lost in a good book. If she’s doing neither of those things, you can be sure she’s surfing the web buying new makeup, clothes, or binge watching another show as she becomes one with her sofa.

Connect with Abigail

Newsletter: http://bit.ly/2wNorb9

Facebook Author Page: http://bit.ly/2oHTocn

Facebook Reader Group: http://bit.ly/2Nj66fr

Goodreads Author Page: http://bit.ly/2wTNuJV

Twitter: http://bit.ly/2PHhFLe

Instagram: http://bit.ly/2NlBSZi

Amazon Author Page: https://amzn.to/2LZFc7K

BookBub Author Page: http://bit.ly/2Ci99QS

Beginning the Game Release Blitz & Review.

Title: Beginning the Game 
Series: Playing the Game #0.5 
Author: Olivia Rose & Raven Moore 
Genre: Contemporary / Sports
Cover Design: Vixen Designs 
Release Date July 2 
Beginning the Game is LIVE!!!!
Blurb:

A broken British girl. 

A godlike alphahole football king. 

One night to forget. 

Whats the worst that could happen?

Add to your TBR:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46638808-beginning-the-game

Purchase here:
Review.

This is a short story which is a prequel to End Game whose release date has been postponed until next year.

*fans self* Ooft now this little story will definitely get you hot under the collar and wanting more! Though short, it was brilliantly written. It gave us a nice little intro into why Indie had to leave London for the US and what her life is like when she begins her first semester at Harbor View. It made a nice change to read a short but oh gosh it’s definitely left me wanting more! Which is a good thing! I neeeed to find out what happens between Indie and Clay! Boy were there sparks flying! I thought both Indie and Clay were great characters; their personalities were oozing off the page. I also loved the introduction of Indieโ€™s step brother, Ryan and her room mate, Ally – both seem like great characters and Iโ€™m hoping for more from them in End Game. Bring on End Game!

#OliviaRose #RavenMoore #BeginningtheGame #NewRelease 

Book Buy – The Girl In Red.

I was having a nose in my local book store the other day when I came across this little retelling of Little Red Riding Hood; The Girl in Red by Christina Henry. I love a good retelling, donโ€™t you? Do you know what I particularly love about this one, though? What makes this special and meaningful to me? Is that little old Red is an amputee just like me! She, too, has a prosthetic leg! Itโ€™s not often – if ever! – that Iโ€™ll come along a book where the protagonist is disabled in some way so I think this is pretty amazing that the author is breaking down those stigma walls and giving us a bad ass female protagonist thatโ€™s an amputee! Way to go Christina and Titan Books! Thank you SO much! Now I must go get swept away in this book!

#retelling #thegirlinred #christinahenry #littleredridinghood #redridinghood #books #amreading #currentlyreading #tbrlist #mustread #amputee #amputeelife #stigma #breakingthestigma #bookstagram #bookcover #shelfie #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreviewer #ukbookblog #ukbookblogger #ukblogger #ukblog #beautyblog #lifestyleblogger

Book Review – Free Fall By Abigail Davies.

Blurb:

โ€œWe were never meant to meet; our paths shouldnโ€™t have crossed.

And yet they did.

As an undercover DEA agent, I always thought things through. I didnโ€™t take chances, because I knew one misstep could have disastrous consequences.

Until I met her.

The little sister of my next target.

Lola was a feisty young woman trying to claw her way out of a bad neighborhood.

She was forbidden in every sense of the word, and not just because of the sixteen year age gap.

We were taught to expect the unexpected, but nothing could have prepared me for what was about to happen.

I fell hard.

I fell fast.

I freefalled heart first.

But there was a secret I was keeping, and if revealed, itโ€™d destroy the lives of those Iโ€™d vowed to protect.

One wrong move and everything could erupt in our faces.

All that remained was one question…

Was she worth it?โ€

*Free Fall is book one in the Fallen Duet. A two-part, angst-fuelled, gripping tale of forbidden love, complete with a jaw-dropping twist youโ€™ll never see coming.*

One of the things that I love about this book is that the readers were kept in the dark! OMG wow I did not see that ending coming! I was 97% done when I figured it out! I canโ€™t believe it took me so long! But wow! I. Am. Shocked! I knew Brody had a past and a life away from his undercover job but wow I wasnโ€™t expecting that! Ahhh jeeeez! Whatโ€™s gonna happen now?!

As you can tell from my rambling above, I really, really enjoyed this book! It was written so well and, for a change, I didnโ€™t find myself getting antzy everytime I came across a spelling mistake/grammatical error (itโ€™s the proofreader in me; she never sleeps) and why? Because it was pretty much spot on and very well edited!

The story flowed so easily, the characters were likeable and unlikeable depending on who weโ€™re talking about. Iโ€™m a fan of first person perspective, which this is written in, and I love that we get to see the story unfold through both Lola and Brodyโ€™s eyes. Ahhh Iโ€™m so routing for them! I want them to drive off into the sunset and have their happy ever after! I definitely suggest you go buy this like, right now!

Free Fall and Down Fall Dual Cover Reveal and Excerpt!

Release Date: June 24, 2019

Cover Design: Pink Elephant Designs

Models: Daniel Rengering & Emily L’Nae

Photographer: Jean Maureen Woodfin at JW Photography and Covers

Synopsis

We were never meant to meet; our paths shouldnโ€™t have crossed. 
And yet they did.

As an undercover DEA agent, I always thought things through. I didnโ€™t take chances, because I knew one misstep could have disastrous consequences. 

Until I met her. 
The little sister of my next target.

Lola was a feisty young woman trying to claw her way out of a bad neighborhood.
She was forbidden in every sense of the word, and not just because of the sixteen year age gap.

We were taught to expect the unexpected, but nothing could have prepared me for what was about to happen.

I fell hard.
I fell fast.
I freefalled heart first.

But there was a secret I was keeping, and if revealed, itโ€™d destroy the lives of those Iโ€™d vowed to protect. 

One wrong move and everything could erupt in our faces. 
All that remained was one question…
Was she worth it?

Goodreads

Excerpt

We had a tradition every spring that we never forgot about, no matter how bad things got. On the first day of April, we cleared out the small backyard, scrubbed the grill, and had a cookout. Friends from the neighborhood were invited, and we ate and drank, and had a good time.

This wasnโ€™t the normal party that Hut threwโ€”this was different. It was about friendship and having a good time without getting absolutely shit-faced. Of course, drugs were in the house and consumed, but people put a limit on themselvesโ€”the only time they ever did.

I wondered whether it would happen this year, but when I woke up, and Hut was scrubbing the grill outside, I nearly broke my face with my grin. There were many memories I remembered, both good and bad, but this one was always good. I could even remember my dad being sober one year, and that was a miracle in itself.  

Hut gave me money and Ford drove me to the store where I got all our usual food along with some extras to try something new. We were back at the house prepping meat before I knew it.

โ€œGrillโ€™s all set,โ€ Hut announced, walking into the kitchen with his arms caked in dirt. โ€œI cleaned off the chairs and table out there too.โ€

โ€œAwesome.โ€ I looked back at the meat I was mixing for the burger patties and glanced back up at him. โ€œYou should get a shower before people start getting here.โ€His lips quirked, reminding me so much of the fun-loving teenager that he used to be. โ€œThat right?โ€ He stepped forward. โ€œMaybe I wanna stay dirty.โ€

My smile dropped, my hands stilling in the meat. To anyone else, it would have been a few innocent words, but that wasnโ€™t how he meant them, and I knew it. I used to play pretend and act like I didnโ€™t know what he meant, but I couldnโ€™t do that anymore. Not after last year.The breath whooshed out of me in a rush as I stared at his hazel eyes. What I thought would be a day to forget everything and just be the way we used to, was vanishing before my very eyes.

โ€œIโ€™m joking, Lola.โ€I chuckled, but it was forced, and he knew it. โ€œI know.โ€ I lifted my fingers out of the meat and moved to the sink.

โ€œYou knowโ€”โ€

โ€œHey, Hut?โ€ Ford called from the living room. โ€œWe need some more beer.โ€

Hut huffed and stomped into the other room, leaving me on my own to prep the food. I didnโ€™t mind doing it, and if it meant being away from him for a while, then Iโ€™d stay in this kitchen for as long as possible. Anything to keep me from remembering that night and what heโ€™d tried to do.

The time flew by as soon as people started arriving, and Hut set about starting the grill up. The house was a hub of activity as I cut chicken breast and pushed them onto skewers with some vegetables.

โ€œLooks like youโ€™re having fun there, kid.โ€I rolled my eyes at the name and twirled around to face Brody. His jaw was covered in light stubble, showcasing his infectious grin. โ€œSo much fun that I canโ€™t even contain myself.โ€ I held up the skewers in front of me. โ€œIโ€™d ask you to help, but I know youโ€™d rather go drink beer with the guys.โ€

He tilted his head, his dark eyes watching me the same way they did when we were at the pancake house over a week ago. I hadnโ€™t seen him since then, at least not enough to talk to. Heโ€™d been in the house when I left yesterday morning, but I was running late and didnโ€™t have time to say hi. Plus, I didnโ€™t want Hut to think that we were talking behind his back. He was paranoid, and it would only set off his alarms. That was the last thing I needed. โ€œI can help,โ€ Brody announced, pulling his leather jacket off and placing it over the back of one of the kitchen chairs.

โ€œOh, no.โ€ I chuckled, nerves flowing through me at being so close to him again. โ€œI was just joking.โ€

Brody shrugged, causing his muscles to dance from the move, and dammit, I was mesmerized by it. How the hell did he walk around looking like that and not know it? Or maybe he did know it and used it to his advantage. Maybe I was becoming one of those girls.

โ€œWhere do you want me?โ€ he asked, moving to stand next to me. It was a loaded question, one that I wasnโ€™t sure I could answer. โ€œYou cut, and Iโ€™ll skewer?โ€

All I could do was nod and pick the knife back up. I was back in seventh grade when my crush said hi to me for the first time in the hallway. My voice had disappeared, and my movements were jerky, something that really wasnโ€™t good when handling a sharp object.

Brody washed his hands, and then he placed two vegetables on the skewer followed by a piece of marinated chicken. โ€œSo howโ€™s classes?โ€

I halted in my movements, the knife halfway through a chicken breast. โ€œClasses? How do you know I go to class?โ€

โ€œBecause you told me.โ€

I tilted my head to make eye contact and blew out a breath. โ€œRight. Sorry.โ€ I was too on edge and needed to calm the hell down. โ€œClasses are good.โ€ I smiled wide and placed some cut-up pieces of chicken on the edge of the board. โ€œI spoke to an advisor on Friday about what classes I needed to take to become a teacher.โ€

โ€œYeah?โ€ His hand reached over to my board, and I couldnโ€™t look away from his long fingers. His nails were cut short, his knuckles scarred.

โ€œYeah.โ€ I shuffled on the spot and cut the last pieces of chicken. โ€œI started tutoring recently andโ€ฆโ€ I bit down on my bottom lip and flicked my gaze up to him. His attention was fully focused on me. My skin buzzed, liking the way he stared. โ€œI realized thatโ€™s what I want to do. I want to help kids learn and be there when they struggle. I want to help them work it out on their own, and have a positive impact in their lives.โ€

He blinked several times. โ€œWell, shit, Lola, thatโ€™s as good a reason as any.โ€

My shoulders slumped, and my face broke out into a smile. A smile that only seemed to break free when it was meant for Brody.

โ€œI thought so too.โ€ I picked up my board and knife and moved over to the sink. โ€œI just want to be more thanโ€โ€”I waved my hand in the air, signaling the houseโ€”โ€œthis.โ€ I turned the tap on, waiting for the warm water to replace the cold. โ€œI want to be more than Hutโ€™s stepsister. I want to be Lola Martin. Only Lola Martin.โ€

โ€œI get it,โ€ Brody said, his voice rougher than usual. โ€œYou want to create your own path. Ainโ€™t nothin’ wrong with that, darlin’.โ€

Butterflies swarmed in my stomach at his words, and I glanced up at him, finding his gaze glued to me. There was something behind his dark-brown eyes that I couldnโ€™t place, but I was witnessing it more and more. Maybe I was imagining it, but my gut told me I wasnโ€™t. Something was fizzling between us, a spark wanting to come alight.

โ€œBrodyโ€ฆโ€ I turned the tap off and turned to face him fully, those butterflies becoming even stronger now. โ€œIโ€”โ€

โ€œLola?โ€ Hut shouted, his footsteps stomping into the kitchen. โ€œWe ready to start grilling yet, or what?โ€

The butterflies disappeared, seeking refuge from the one person they hated the most. โ€œYeah.โ€ I cleared my throat. โ€œBurgers are on the table.โ€

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Abigail Davies grew up with a passion for words, storytelling, maths, and anything pink. Dreaming up characters–quite literally–and talking to them out loud is a daily occurrence for her. She finds it fascinating how a whole world can be built with words alone, and how everyone reads and interprets a story differently. Now following her dreams of writing, Abigail has found the passion that she always knew was there. When she’s not writing: she’s a mother to two daughters who she encourages to use their imagination as she believes that it’s a magical thing, or getting lost in a good book. If she’s doing neither of those things, you can be sure she’s surfing the web buying new makeup, clothes, or binge watching another show as she becomes one with her sofa.

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After the devastation of her senior year, Indie Everstone wants nothing more than to move on and forget what her life was like before. She’s going to study for her degree, and her number one rule now is… no distractions.
Clayton Stirling has just one goal. The NFL, baby. With his hometown rooting for him and the pressure mounting, his only focus is football, and his prize possession, his throwing arm. Until he runs into a girl so intent on hiding from him, he can’t forget her.
With Indie trying to keep Clayton at arm’s length, and him wanting nothing but to know her better, will she be able to overcome her distraught past and finally move forward? Or will she push away the one person who could help her let it all go?
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Olivia Rose is an author of contemporary romance ranging from YA to adult.

She lives in Peterborough, England, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for cheesy YA Films, cupcakes and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much hot chocolate, and watches an ungodly amount of Netflix. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the world with her husband and chocolate Labrador.

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