Saturday, August 31, 2013

Book Boyfriend of the Week #5

This is a meme created by Reading and Things for bloggers to talk about their book boyfriends and tease the readers with things they've said.

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Then all you have to do is:

1) Pick a book boyfriend, it can be from the book your currently reading or from one you've already read.

2) Write what kind of boyfriend he is, and if you want, say why you think that.

3) Pick a quote from his book, long or short, that proves he is the kind of boyfriend you said he is.

4) Make sure the quote, and the explanation DO NOT give away anything from the book (we want all of the twists and plot surprises to remain surprises).

5) Share it! And shout it out using the #Reading and Things.

My pick for my Book Boyfriend of the Week Emane from the Solus Trilogy by Devri Walls  WIngs of Arian, Wings of Tavea and Wings of Nestor, though there is a 4th book, so not sure why its still called a trilogy, lol. Below are some teasers from the first book, Wings of Arian. Its a great series, its a fantasy book (paranormal romance, its YA age category)  

You can go to my post for the series review (non-spoiler) and for the first chapter of book one if you want. Check out the others in the series, and the amazing covers for them, especially book fours cover. Go Here for that post

If you want to participate in this, and need the button and banners, I made them, and have 4 versions of them, I have them the last post HERE, so grab the one you want.

Teaser 1 (jerk/arrogant)
“Do you remember when we first met?” she asked, folding her arms in front of her. “You mistook me for a servant, handed me your laundry, and then was angry with me for not agreeing to do it anyway.”
He smothered a smile, “Most girls would have done the laundry.”
Her mouth twisted ruefully. Shaking her head, she said, “I knew that was the problem.”
“That you wouldn’t do my laundry? Please, Kiora, I have more than one...”
“No, you aren’t used to anyone standing up to you.”
“That’s ridiculous,” he scoffed.
“Really? You still seem to have problems with me standing up to you; or at least failing to grovel at your feet.” Like all the other girls, she thought.

Teaser 2 (sweet)
Emane put his hand behind her neck and pulled her into him. He kissed her, hard. It was desperate and strong and so much different from the first time he had kissed her. He softened his grip on her neck and kissed her again.
“Emane,” she whispered, “I don’t want to hurt you.”
“You won’t hurt me, Kiora.”

Teaser 3 (romantic)
“Kiora,” he said, leaning in as if he wanted to move forward but was riveted in place, “I love you.”
Tears rose to her eyes and guilt stabbed her heart, “Emane,” she pleaded, gripping her head, “don’t, please, I don’t deserve it.”
“Why?” he demanded, lurching forward, “Why don’t you deserve it?”
“Because, I can’t…I mean, I’m not ready to…” she stopped and buried her head into her knees.
He knelt beside her, “Because you can’t tell me that you love me?” A sob racked her body. “It’s okay, Kiora.” She felt his hand tentative on her back. “I am willing to wait until you are ready.”
Kiora squeezed her eyes even tighter, “Why?” Her voice was muffled from being shoved into her knees.
“Because,” he spoke with gut wrenching intensity, “you are worth waiting for.”

Wings of Arian
by Devri Walls
Series: Solus #1
Published: April 24th 2012 


Kiora thought she had never heard a lie until she was sixteen. But she was wrong. Her entire existence was based on nothing but. She thought that evil did not exist. Lie. That magic was not real. Lie. And that the land of Meros was all there was. One more lie.

With Aleric telling her that evil is knocking on the door and that she is the only one who can stop them she has a choice to make. Refuse, or start the wildest most painful ride of her life.
She reluctantly dips her toe into her new existence of magic and threads, dragons and shapeshifters, and the person who wants to take control of it all: the evil Dralazar.

However, this journey was never meant to be hers alone. She will be accompanied by a Protector. To her disbelief, and utter irritation they name the hotheaded, stubborn, non -magical, (albeit gorgeous) Prince Emane. They will have to trust each other with their lives, but right now Kiora would settle for a non hostile conversation.

And now it comes down to this, If you had never heard a lie, would you know when you heard one? Is knowing good from evil innate? Kiora finds herself having to decide who lives and who dies on those very questions.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

#Giveaway ~ Book Tour for Linked by Judy Serrano ~ Read my #Review and Excerpt

Linked Series Book One
Judy Serrano

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Date of Publication: July 18th, 2013

Number of pages: 263
Word Count: 81,403

Cover Artist: Danielle Barnard

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Book Description:

Daphne Foster is a substitute teacher stuck in an English class, waiting for that dreaded parent-teacher conference. With much preparation and anxiety, she encounters the unforgettable Charlie Cross. His charm and good looks, win her over but rumors of his involvement with organized crime make his continued disappearances disturbing.

In walks Heathcliff Vanderpool, creating a love triangle of unusual sorts. Unknown to Daphne, Heathcliff and Charlie are old friends: Older than she could have imagined. With Charlie away on business, Daphne and Heathcliff discover a passion between them lying beneath the surface. As their souls link, pulling away from Charlie becomes next to impossible. Will his involvement in organized crime consume them both before she’s able to get free? When you become “linked,” the choice may not be your own.

This book has some great details and is a suspense/thriller/paranormal book, which I truly enjoyed. It has a great paranormal twist that I have not read before. Where a human can be Linked to a vampire (their souls link), then that vampire starts to gain their humanity back. That is a cool concept and not one I had read about before.
The story was written very well, and the ending was pretty unexpected for me, had my jaw hanging open, lol. There are a few parts that could have done with some fewer details, but that’s still better than not enough.

The whole gangsters are vampires is also a new one for me, but very interesting, and the plot was fast paced and had lots of suspense, so you didn’t want to stop reading. I liked the characters and really liked how the author brought them to life for me.

I do not want to spoil anything, so won’t go into any real details, so do not worry, lol.
I think most the ladies out there will really like Charlie Cross, he has that Bad boy vibe and is a vampire too. Yeah, it’s a thrill to read.

If you would like to read a vampire tale that is different, and you like suspense and thrillers, with some paranormal romance too, you will love this.

I highly recommend it, and give it 4 ½ out of 5 stars .

I was provided a copy of this book for my honest review.

You can find this review at Goodreads , here, and Amazon , here.

“Mr. Cross,” I started, leaning into him so that no one else could hear me. “What are you doing here?”
“It’s nice to see you too, Miss Foster.”
“I think we’re passed the formalities now, don’t you?” I asked.
“Daphne, then.” My name played so softly on his lips that I shuddered, and embarrassingly so. He smiled. “Then you must call me Charlie.” He kissed the backs of my hands. “I see I already have a positive effect on you.”
“Don’t read too much into it,” I told him. “It’s just a chill.”
“Or maybe a warm sensation,” he whispered, putting his finger on my face and tracing it down to my lips. I swallowed hard and I know my face was yet again bright red.
I looked over at Janice who was having a pleasant conversation with his brother. Then I looked back at him. “Does your wife know you frequent schools to pick up teachers?” I asked.
“You mean substitute teachers,” he answered. I stuck my tongue out at him. “I like when you do that.”
“Stop it,” I whispered harshly. “Look. I’m sure I’m not the type of woman that you’re used to. Especially since I know first hand that you’re married, and I think I already mentioned that I don’t date married men.”
The waitress showed up with four shots of tequila. I looked at him in amazement. “Really?” I asked.
“Come on, Daphne, let go a little,” Janice added, shining like a brand new diamond.
We downed the shots and Charlie got a little too close. “I find you irresistible, Daphne.” He leaned in so that he was almost whispering in my ear. “I don’t know what it is about you, but I must have you.” He took my hand and brought it to his cheek.
“What is it that you do, Mr. Cross?” I asked.
“I thought we were past formalities.”
“Charlie,” I corrected. “Sorry. What do you do for a living?”
“I’m a businessman,” he answered. “Acquisitions are my specialty.”
“And what exactly do you acquire?” I asked. “And please do not say women.”
“I do not buy and sell women,” he answered, his voice getting suddenly harsh. “But when I see something I want, I go after it until it yields to me.”
I pulled my hand away from his face and looked at him. He was most unsettling. “You think I’m just going to fall right into your arms, don’t you, Charlie.”
“Not into my arms, necessarily,” he answered. “but certainly into my bed.”

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About the Author:

Judy Serrano graduated from Texas A&M University, Commerce with a BA in English. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Dallas Area Romance Authors.

She is a substitute teacher at the local school district and writes for various on-line publications. She is the author of Easter's Lilly, Brother Number Three, Relatively Close and Memoirs of a Mobster, which are romantic thrillers and part of The Easter’s Lilly Series.
Judy currently resides in Texas with her husband, four children (all boys) and five dogs. She is also a singer/songwriter in her spare time.


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#Giveaway ~ DiSemblance by Shanae Branham PROMO

By Shanae Branham

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 Jason Tanner’s life has always been different from the ordinary citizen’s. It started when he was an infant and his parents were only teenagers. A computer science prodigy, Lloyd attended MIT but left a pariah in the eyes of the school’s dean—but a computer physics genius in the eyes of his primary investor. Then his theories and ideas created a holographic machine and their world shrunk as contact with the outside world became less and less frequent. A computer prodigy now himself, Jason is about to learn that the world never waits for you if you have the ability to change it: it will come for you. 

Detective Bruce Durante has been handed the case of the Comfort Killer, a serial killer so named because he appears to abduct terminally ill patients before returning their corpses to their families in refrigerated coffins. When he picks up the trail, it leads straight to the home of Lloyd Tanner. 

 Jason has been living life through the world of Lloyd’s invention and wishing he could carry on a relationship with Boston, the beautiful girl next door. When his father is murdered and framed as the Comfort Killer, he is brought back to reality in a hurry. He is forced to destroy all of the planted evidence—and finds he is being targeted as the killer’s new fall guy. But the secrets of his father’s invention run deep and Jason, his brother Isaac,Boston, the Comfort Killer, and Detective Durante hurtle towards one another on a deadly collision course that leaves everyone’s life hanging in the balance.

ShanaeAuthor Shanae Branham 

I am a professional writer with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a minor in grammar. I have also attended several years of classes and workshops in screenplay writing at the Los Angeles Screenplay writer’s Expo. I love suspense thrillers and am a master at plot and character development. I enjoy stories with happy endings. I promise all my readers that when they put one of my books down or walk away from one of my movies, they will be enthused with excitement and joy. This does not mean there will not be some sad parts, because you have to feel the bitter in order to understand the sweet. In fact, I have struggled with Dyslexia my whole life, so you can imagine how overjoyed I was when DiSemblance won a Silver metal in the fantasy/science fiction category at the eLit awards in 2012.  

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

#Giveaway ~ Wings of Nestor (Solus Book #3) by Devri Walls Book Tour ~ 5 Star #Review ~ Excerpt

Wings of Arian
by Devri Walls
Series: Solus #1
Published: April 24th 2012 


Kiora thought she had never heard a lie until she was sixteen. But she was wrong. Her entire existence was based on nothing but. She thought that evil did not exist. Lie. That magic was not real. Lie. And that the land of Meros was all there was. One more lie.

With Aleric telling her that evil is knocking on the door and that she is the only one who can stop them she has a choice to make. Refuse, or start the wildest most painful ride of her life.
She reluctantly dips her toe into her new existence of magic and threads, dragons and shapeshifters, and the person who wants to take control of it all: the evil Dralazar.

However, this journey was never meant to be hers alone. She will be accompanied by a Protector. To her disbelief, and utter irritation they name the hotheaded, stubborn, non -magical, (albeit gorgeous) Prince Emane. They will have to trust each other with their lives, but right now Kiora would settle for a non hostile conversation.

And now it comes down to this, If you had never heard a lie, would you know when you heard one? Is knowing good from evil innate? Kiora finds herself having to decide who lives and who dies on those very questions.

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Wings of Tavea
by Devri Walls
Series: Solus #2
Published: November, 2012


Kiora is rapidly learning that evil and lies come in shades of black and white and swirling greys, but nothing could have prepared her for the shock of leaving Meros.

Kiora and her protector Emane step through the pass into a world they never knew existed but were always meant to save, only to find it far worse than they could have ever imagined. Good has been forced into hiding for its own survival, while the rest of the land bows to the Shadow, a force that pushes any remaining thoughts of Dralazar from Kiora’s mind. This land is full of new creatures, each more dangerous than the last. Her visions have taken on a deadly twist, and magic, or what comes of it, was never so real. And then there is Alcander: a Tavean, their guide, and an entirely different kind of trouble.

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Wings of Nestor
Devri Walls
Series: Solus #3
Publication date: June 24th 2013

Kiora needs answers. Who is the Shadow? Who is Jasmine? Are they connected? And even more pressing: how can she stop Shadow from using Kiora’s dreams as a map to find them? They have escaped three times, but are living on borrowed time—and everybody knows it.

Her search for help will push her closer to Alcander, send her to the dragon mountain of Toopai, and straight back to Meros—where magic will finally return to the land of no magic. Answers will be uncovered and plans unearthed that have been waiting for thousands of years.

But with the Shadow’s forces gathering, it looks like the land’s path is hurtling towards one outcome: war with the Shadow and death to all rebels. Armed with knowledge and hope, Kiora is determined to change that path. But will fate allow it? Or will it deal her a hard lesson about following ones own destiny?

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Devri Walls lives in Kuna Idaho with her husband and two kids. She has worked as a music teacher and currently, a preschool teacher. She majored in theater and her love of a story still drives her today. Thankfully, she has finally found an outlet for all the voices in her head. Her first novel, Wings of Arian, is available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and Apple. The second book in the Solus trilogy, Wings of Tavea is scheduled for release Nov 2012.

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Ok, so I had to at least share the beautiful cover for book 4 in this series. You can go to Goodreads to read about it.

Wings of Lomay
Devri Walls
Series: Solus #4

This is a series review, so I will give my opinion of them all as a whole. I will not mentions details of the 2nd and 3rd books, that way, anyone who hasn't read any of them will not read spoilers here.

So, overall for the 3 books so far, this series is amazing. I really fell in love with Emane and Kiora. I really connected with Kiora, she is a sweet but strong girl. Emane in the first book was a little arrogant in the start, but sure changed a lot, and showed some real feelings for Kiora. I really loved the blossoming romance between them.

The story just escalates from the first. As I said I wont do any spoilers, but wanted to say it just gets better and better as the series goes one.

I also love the covers of the books, except book one does not fit, the cover hints that it is Emane on the cover, but he has blond hair and blue eyes, so showing a guy with short brown/black hair doesn't fit. The thing on his arm is right out of the book, so its why I think its him.

The other covers are great too.

So, if you like Fantasy books with some cool magic, then pick this series up. You won’t be sorry. It’s amazing, I could not read it fast enough. Now I want to read book 4. I did originally think it was a trilogy, but seen there is a 4th book.

5 out of 5 stars for all 3 books. (I will put separate reviews of each book up at Goodreads and Amazon as soon as I get them written individually for those who would like to know more on each of them)

I was provided copies of all 3 books from the author for my honest reviews.

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Excerpt of book one only to avoid spoilers, you can read the Prologue and chapter one of Wings of Arian. 

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Cover Reveal ~ After the Fall (Broken Angel #2) By L.G. Castillo and Cover by Mae I Design!

After the Fall by L.G. Castillo
(Broken Angel #2)
Publication date: September 15th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Cover Design by Mae I Design


There’s a Spanish proverb that says, “From the thorn and the pain, a flower is born.” Naomi Duran never really understood what that meant until she became an archangel.

Finally reunited with the love of her life, Naomi thought she had everlasting love and happiness in Heaven. Even with the rebellious Lash by her side, she learns that life as an archangel isn’t easy.

When secrets of the past are finally revealed, tempers flare, brother is pitted against brother, and Naomi and Lash face the greatest threat to their relationship: choosing among love, family, or duty.

In the end, can this family of broken angels forgive past mistakes, or will they carry the thorn in their hearts forever, ripping their family apart?


L.G. (Linda) Castillo wrote her first story when she was ten and has been writing ever since. She took a break from writing fiction and poetry to focus on obtaining her Ph.D. in counseling psychology. She is now a licensed psychologist and currently works as a professor at a Texas university. Although she has published her psychological research in several professional journals and books, her dream has always been to publish a novel. Lash is her debut novel and was written during the 2012 National Novel Writing Month event.

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The First book in this series is 
Lash and you can find it at Goodreads

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Stacking the Shelves 8/24

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks.
Hosted by Tyngas Reviews, visit her site to get all the guidelines, and to add to the linky list if you want to participate.

In the Shadows of Eden

by Rebekah Armusik

This copy is signed by both the author, and her husband Eric who did the oil painting of the book cover. Isn’t it gorgeous? I love that all the covers will be unique to this series, not re-use of models for covers like you see all over the place. I also was so honored that on the back cover there is a piece of my review from previous books, how exciting!!
I also received a ebook version for review, now I can keep the signed one in mint shape by reading the ebook instead.

In the fifth novel of the epic Gothic tale, Nadija and Alexei are given back their memories and graces by Saint Michael. During their voyage into the past, they remember all the secrets buried deep within the shadows of Eden that bolstered the epic fall. Armed with this new knowledge, they are more prepared for battle as they discover even more disquieting revelations, sickening deceit and hidden treasures.



Andromeda Rising (Signed Paperback!)

by James Ramsey 

Won the print book signed in a giveaway, I already had the ebook for a book tour, you can read my review, here if you want, with an excerpt too.

I should have been paying attention. Growing up on the run from religious fanatics gave me more than a few good reasons to be careful, but I was just too tired to be as vigilant as I should have been. My mind was occupied with my latest case—a missing nine year old girl. I was usually good at my job, but sometimes I needed a little extra help from magick. I always managed to track down a cheating spouse or the occasional runaway, but now it seemed more children were missing from the streets of Seattle and nothing I did worked.

A cat jumped on my shoulder and jerked me from my exhaustion induced stupor. I spun into a defensive crouch only to see the cat had landed on the sidewalk behind me.

Time seemed to stop for a moment when the cat spoke.


My name is Jocelyn Matthews and if I live through tonight, I’ll tell you all about my life as a witch.

Chronicle: Before the Books of Eva (Books of Eva 0.5)

by Heather Terrell

Received Free from authors website, here

This is our second—and last—chance. Thanks to the Gods, and thanks to the Testing.

Each year, the finest Gallants in New North embark on the Testing, a harrowing rite of passage through the frozen wastelands to recover Relics, artifacts from the evil time before the Healing. About these Relics the Testors construct their Chronicles, illustrating mankind’s depravity, his Vanity, his love of Tech, his sins too numerous to count. All true Chronicles are collected and made part of the Lex’s Holy Truths, year by year.

The Chronicle. Nothing is more vital to the resolve of the inhabitants of the New North, the last inhabitants of an Earth flooded by the Healing. But not all Chronicles are deemed True. And not all Testors are Gallants. One year there was a Maiden, Madeline, the first but not the last. Braving the perils of the Testing, she discovered a Relic that, if Chronicled, would be the New North’s downfall..

Darkness Haunts (The Sensor #1)

by Susan Illene 

Received for the book tour , my stop Sept 9

Book one of The Sensor Series.

Melena Sanders faced her fair share of danger with insurgents and terrorists when she served in the U.S. Army, but now she is about to go up against a new threat. Her best friend, Aniya, has disappeared while on a trip to Fairbanks, Alaska—a supernatural haven. Most humans have no idea darker races lurk amongst them. Mel knows better. If she wants to get her friend back, she’s going to have to go in alone—but not unarmed.

Melena has a few special skills the Army didn’t provide, but the odds are still against her. She’s got to come up with a plan fast that doesn’t involve her, or her friend, dying. But danger likes to play it rough. A war for power is about to rise in Fairbanks and if she wants to get Aniya back, she’s going to have to step right into the middle of it.

Darkness Taunts (The Sensor #2)

by Susan Illene

Received for book tour, my stop Sept 9

Melena Sanders has managed to avoid all things inhuman for most of her life, but after coming to Fairbanks, Alaska to rescue her best friend from supernaturals she hasn’t been allowed to leave. That is, until her long-time nemesis comes to collect a favor she owes him. Lucas might be half angel, but he’s all bad as far as she’s concerned. 

Paying him back might get her out of town for a while, but her new destination will be anything but enjoyable. Mel’s got to help the nephilim take care of a demon possession outbreak in Juneau. Although something like this hasn't happened for thousands of years, Lucas is certain Melena’s rare abilities are the key to solving the problem.

With violence in the capital city growing, she’s going to have to figure out how to stop it fast before the trouble spreads to other places. Not only that, but working closely with Lucas is changing the dynamics of their hate-hate relationship—worrying her more than the demons. Getting back to her captivity in Fairbanks never looked so good.

Wind and Shadow (The Talbot Trilogy, Book 1)

by Tori L. Ridgewood

I received this book from the author for my honest review.

Rayvin Woods, photographer and natural witch. She just wanted to start her life over again after a series of misadventures. She didn't count on rekindling a lost love when she came home to Talbot...or battling a malevolent vampire and his coven for her life.

Grant Michaels, police officer. He thought Rayvin was a murderer. He will do whatever it takes to protect the community he loves from danger...but will he learn to trust his heart, and the word of a witch, before it's too late?

Malcolm de Sade, cunning vampire, imprisoned underground for a year by Charlotte Fanning and Pike Mahonen ("Mist and Midnight", Midnight Thirsts). His accidental release unleashes his hunger and ambition on a small, sleepy town…


Facing the past can be a nightmare. It's worse when a vampire is stalking you.


Into the Deep (Into the Deep #1)

by Lauryn April 

I received this book from the author for my honest review.

Ivy Daniels is a high school junior still learning who she is. After an accident, Ivy finds herself with an ability she doesn’t want, an ability to uncover secrets which quickly begins to redefine what she thinks about the people around her as well as herself. Because of this ability, Ivy becomes the one thing that stands between an angry teen and the death of every student on campus. The only problem is she doesn’t know who wants everyone dead. Will she figure out who has this dark secret, or will she fail to find him in time?

Through her search to do the right thing, Ivy discovers that knowing the thoughts and secrets of those around her may just tear her apart.

The Liberator (Dante Walker #2)
by Victoria Scott 

I received this book from the Publisher for review, I received an ARC, More of a ARC giveaway for reviewers I believe. I am happy, been wanting to read this, so will get to is asap.

Bad boy, meet bad girl.

Dante has a shiny new cuff wrapped around his ankle, and he doesn't like that mess one bit. His new accessory comes straight from Big Guy himself and marks the former demon as a liberator. Despite his gritty past and bad boy ways, Dante Walker has been granted a second chance.

When Dante is given his first mission as a liberator to save the soul of seventeen-year-old Aspen, he knows he’s got this. But Aspen reminds him of the rebellious life he used to live and is making it difficult to resist sinful temptations. Though Dante is committed to living clean for his girlfriend Charlie, this dude’s been a playboy for far too long…and old demons die hard. 

With Charlie becoming the girl she was never able to be pre-makeover and Aspen showing him how delicious it feels to embrace his inner beast, Dante will have to go somewhere he never thought he’d return to in order to accomplish the impossible: save the girl he’s been assigned to, and keep the girl he loves.

Have more questions about the romance in THE LIBERATOR? Read a note from the author about Aspen's involvement in the story: