Friday, October 30, 2015

Robin Talley's All-Time Favorite QUILTBAG Characters (What We Left Behind Tour)

Hello! Welcome to my stop of the What We Left Behind blog tour, which is hosted by the lovely Hannah @ The Irish Banana. (This is my first time participating in one of her tours, and I've had such a great experience so far! The emails are so fun to read. Just sayin.') I'm about a quarter of the way into the book and I'm liking the story!

I get to share a top 10 list by Robin Talley, and from the looks of it, I gave her a challenging topic. :D I love this list! Out of everyone on it, I've only met Santana and Patrick (movie version) and I love them! I'm really interested in reading George and The Miseducation of Cameron Post, and maybe watching the movie Milk. Those are my thoughts on this post! Feel free to leave your own thoughts in a comment or tweet.☺

Happy reading!


This list was really hard to make. But here are my top 10 LGBTQIA+ fictional characters across media ― TV, movies, and books.

(One qualifier: I am terrible about keeping up with TV and movies, and often haven’t seen recent stuff even if I’ve heard it has excellent representation (e.g. I haven’t yet watched Orange Is the New Black, Faking It, The Fosters, etc.) So this isn’t representative of the best stuff out there, just the stuff I’ve managed to encounter.)

  1. Rickie Vasquez from My So-Called Life. I was a high school sophomore the year this show, about a bunch of high school sophomores, aired for the first time. Rickie, played by actor and activist Wilson Cruz, was the first gay fictional character I encountered. He made an enormous impression on me without my even realizing it at the time.
  2. Harvey Milk in Milk. The 2008 movie of Harvey Milk’s life was how I was introduced to his story and to this era of queer politics. So much awe.
  3. Idgie from Friend Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop CafĂ© by Fannie Flagg. If you’ve only seen the movie adaptation, which centered around two best buddies played by Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker, you’ve missed out. In the book, the two are explicitly described as a couple ― a couple who were wholly accepted by their tiny, Depression-era Alabama town. Idgie is the best ever.
  4. Cam from The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth. Cam is fierce, you guys. When she wants something ― whether it’s a girl, or to piss off her conservative aunt who sent her off to full-time ex-gay school ― she freaking goes for it. I wish Cam were real so we could hang out.
  5. Patrick in The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Wow, do I ever wish I’d had this book, and this character, when I was a kid. Patrick is openly and unapologetically gay and shows no sign of caring one whit what anyone thinks of it ― even though it’s clear that people think plenty. Charlie is the real hero of this YA classic, but Patrick’s my hero, too.
  6. Melissa from George by Alex Gino. Melissa made me cry I don’t even know how many times. It’s just that to 10-year-old her, the world looks so simple. She’s a girl ― why won’t other people just see her the same way she sees herself? Viewing the world through Melissa’s eyes for the length of this book was an incredibly experience.
  7. Corky from Bound. Another incredible experience: watching this movie in high school. Wowsers. Corky is a force of nature, and when she and Violet team up, they aren’t just ready to take on the mob ― they could take over the whole world if they wanted to. But they don’t want to. They just want each other.
  8. Santana from Glee. Santana would be higher up in this list if it weren’t for that terrible coming out episode where she danced around to Katy Perry’s deeply offensive song “I Kissed a Girl” like it’s some kind of pro-queer anthem, but anyway. Her journey from so-closeted-she-regularly-bangs-dudes to out-and-proud-and-marrying-her-high-school-girlfriend was fascinating. And man, was she ever cute.
  9. Nate from Better Nate Than Ever and Five Six Seven Nate by Tim Federle. The would-be star of E.T.: The Musical made me laugh so hard I kind of couldn’t deal. I recommend this middle-grade series to YA readers all the time. It’s basically a YA book. It has more jokes and slightly less kissing, but there’s more than enough theater drama to more than make up for it. 
  10. Carmen from The L Word. Speaking of cute… The L Word was terrible TV, with generally bad writing, bad acting, the works. But I had a ginormous crush on Carmen for the duration of her way-too-short arc on the show, so she gets a spot in my top 10. 

Here are some other characters I considered for the list but who didn’t make the cut for the top 10:
  • Joyce from Mad Men
  • Jack from Kings (played by Sebastian Stan!)
  • Prior Walter from Angels in America
  • Kennedy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Luce from Imagine Me & You
  • Maureen Johnson from Rent
  • Helen from Kissing Jessica Stein
  • Matthew from Four Weddings and a Funeral
Series: standalone
Genre: YA contemporary
Publication Date: October 27th, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Goodreads Description: 
Toni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. They've been together forever. They never fight. They're deeply, hopelessly in love. When they separate for their first year at college—Toni to Harvard and Gretchen to NYU—they're sure they'll be fine. Where other long-distance relationships have fallen apart, their relationship will surely thrive.

The reality of being apart, however, is a lot different than they expected. As Toni, who identifies as genderqueer, falls in with a group of transgender upperclassmen and immediately finds a sense of belonging that has always been missing, Gretchen struggles to remember who she is outside their relationship.

While Toni worries that Gretchen, who is not trans, just won't understand what is going on, Gretchen begins to wonder where she fits in Toni's life. As distance and Toni's shifting gender identity begins to wear on their relationship, the couple must decide—have they grown apart for good, or is love enough to keep them together?
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I grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, and escaped to Washington, D.C., at the first opportunity. I now live with my wife, our antisocial cat, and our goofy hound dog on Capitol Hill and work for a progressive nonprofit organization. I spend my nights and weekends writing young adult fiction about queer characters, reading books, and having in-depth conversations with friends and family about things like whether Jasmine's character motivation was sufficiently established in Aladdin.

My first novel, Lies We Tell Ourselves, was released in September 2014 by Harlequin Teen. It's set in 1959 Virginia, and it's about a black girl who's one of the first to integrate an all-white high school, and the white girl with whom she ultimately falls in love. My next book, What We Left Behind, follows a high school couple -- Gretchen, who identifies as a lesbian, and Toni, who identifies as genderqueer -- whose relationship is tested when they're separated for their first year of college. It's coming out in November 2015.

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Week 1:
Oct. 26: No BS Book Reviews - Q&A
Oct. 27: Addicted 2 Novels - Review
Oct. 28: One Way Or An Author - Fan Art
Oct. 29: Emily Reads Everything - Review
Oct. 30: Reading Is My Treasure: Top 10

Week 2:Nov. 2: The Cover Contessa - Guest Post
Nov. 3: Good Books & Good Wine - Review
Nov. 4: A Book & A Latte - How I Write
Nov. 5: Kelly Vision - Review
Nov. 6: Reading Is Better With Cupcakes - Review

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

List Love ~ If I Only Got Seven More Books This Year

I'm not in the book buying mood lately, so this list was way easier to put together than it would've been a few months ago. The title actually started out to say eight book instead of seven, but I could only come up with seven that could fit this list. :D

Without further ado, here are the books I would get if I could only receive seven new books for the rest of 2015! (The order from top to bottom--top being what I'm most interested in--feels accurate.)

Air Awakens by Elise Kova
EVERYONE LOVES THIS BOOK. I see this one everywhere and so, SO curious to see what all the excitement is all about.

Caged in Winter by Brighton Walsh
I need to read a Brighton Walsh book already. *sighs* I'm really interested in her books, especially Caged in Winter.

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
I can't get a finished copy this year, but it's available for me to download from Edelweiss! If I could only download one Harper winter 2016 title, it would probably be this one. Not only does it sound AMAZING and has been receiving high ratings, the author is a pretty awesome person. 

Winter by Marissa Meyer
This list wouldn't be complete without Winter! I love the Lunar Chronicles!

The Rose Society by Marie Lu
I loved The Young Elites!! I was impressed by it so much more than I was expecting and I need to know what happens next!

Sound by Alexandra Duncan
Salvage was really good! When I heard that there was going to be a companion, I was SO EXCITED. I want to read Miyole's story and to dive back into the series' world.

A Colleen Hoover Book
I'm interested in November 9 the most, but I'd be just as happy with getting Slammed or Ugly Love! I read Losing Hope and Confess in the last month or so and now I really want to get to Colleen Hoover's other books. 

Have you read any of these? What books would you get if you could only receive a limited number for the rest of the year? 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (85) ~ First Haul in Three Weeks

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we share what books we have recently added to our physical or virtual shelves. I like to use the meme to also give a recap of the week's posts.
EBOOKS

For Review: Something in the Air, The Revenge Artist, What We Left Behind, Etiquette with the Devil, and Come Back to Me (Thank you Jessica Sankiewicz, Philip Siegel, Hannah, Harlequin Teen, Rebecca Paula, Simon Pulse, and FFBC Tours for these titles!)


Posts

Reading
I finished Confess this week! I also read a lot of Something in the Air and should be finished with it soon. :)

Life
It was a decent week! I came back from a conference on Sunday, then the next day was my birthday. I received a #OTSPSecretSister gift from Stephanie @ Reading is Better with Cupcakes. (Thank you again!!) Wednesday and Thursday were pretty uneventful, but I hung out with friends yesterday. I was convinced to try anime! So far, I've seen two episodes each of Ouran High School Host Club and Clannad.☺

OH. And I listened to Adele's new single a couple times! I love it! Who else is a fan of her?

That's it for me this week! How about you? How did your week go?

Monday, October 19, 2015

S.F.D. Open Letter to Erin L. Schneider

Hello! It's time to share a fun mission the Sassy's Fangirl Debuts (hosted by Talina @ Sassy & Dangerous) have been working on: letters to debut authors! All of the agents are writing to different SFD authors today, so be sure to check out #SassyDebutAgents on Twitter to check out links for those posts. You can also go to my intro post for a list of participating bloggers. (If you aren't familiar with what Sassy's Fangirl Debuts is, you can check out the post to learn more about it as well.)

Hi Erin,

I hope you are doing well! We haven't talked much, but I've been keeping an eye out for news on your debut. The first thing that drew me to it was the genre. YA contemporary is my favorite and romance is always something I look out for in books, so that helped pull my attention to Summer of Sloane.

I've never been to Hawaii (maybe someday), and I'm excited to experience it through your book. I'm also excited to meet Sloane! It sounds like she has a lot of learning to do, which makes me love characters so much more. It makes them so much more relatable. I can learn from characters like Sloane. I can feel satisfied while reading when I see them grow. 

Finn sounds great too! I know I don't know much about him as Sloane yet, but I love love LOVE it when a romance goes from a more casual thing to something bigger. It's fun! I'm looking forward to meeting him and seeing if he's as much of a rulebreaker as he sounds. (Hopefully he and Sloane have a lot of fun.☺)

Aside from reading your book next year, I'm hoping to get to talk to you more and to help spread the news about your debut. Less than seven months to go!

Happy reading,

Kaitlin @ Reading is My Treasure

P.S. I actually wrote this letter within a couple hours of returning from a trip to Seattle--my first time there, and hopefully not my last. I think it's cool that I'm writing to someone from a place I was just in. :D

P.P.S. Your Halloween-ified Twitter name and profile pic are awesome!

Erin L. Schneider is native to the Pacific Northwest, attended college in Honolulu - and although Hawaiian - should never be allowed on a surfboard. With more than twenty years in corporate merchandising, she’s now a full-time writer living in Seattle with her husband, Neal; their baby boy, Kellan; a rowdy German shepherd named Ronin; and two crazy cats, Ono and Poke. She’s a member of both the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and SCBWI, and is also co-founder of the YA Buccaneers

SUMMER OF SLOANE is her debut novel, out May 3, 2016 from Disney-Hyperion. Visit Erin online at Erin L Schneider or on Twitter: @ErinLSchneider1.

Erin is represented by literary agent Lisa Grubka of Fletcher & Company.

Goodreads Description: 
Warm Hawaiian sun. Lazy beach days. Flirty texts with her boyfriend back in Seattle.

These are the things seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre pictured when she imagined the summer she’d be spending at her mom’s home in Hawaii with her twin brother, Penn. Instead, after learning an unthinkable secret about her boyfriend, Tyler, and best friend, Mick, all she has is a fractured hand and a completely shattered heart.

Once she arrives in Honolulu, though, Sloane hopes that Hawaii might just be the escape she needs. With beach bonfires, old friends, exotic food, and the wonders of a waterproof cast, there’s no reason Sloane shouldn’t enjoy her summer. And when she meets Finn McAllister, the handsome son of a hotel magnate who doesn’t always play by the rules, she knows he’s the perfect distraction from everything that’s so wrong back home.

But it turns out a measly ocean isn’t nearly enough to stop all the emails, texts, and voicemails from her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, desperate to explain away their betrayal. And as her casual connection with Finn grows deeper, Sloane’s carefree summer might not be as easy to find as she’d hoped. Weighing years of history with Mick and Tyler against their deception, and the delicate possibility of new love, Sloane must decide when to forgive, and when to live for herself.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Agent Kaitlin, Reporting for Duty for Sassy's Fangirl Debuts

I'm excited to bring to you my intro post for Sassy's Fangirl Debuts, which Talina @ Sassy & Dangerous is running! She has some pretty awesome things in store for everyone. ;) I know you may be thinking, "what in the world is this?" Well, here's some info for it:
Hello and welcome to Sassy's Fangirl Debuts a feature that was created by Talina over at Sassy & Dangerous! The S.F.D is a top secret organization (AKA a debut author street team!) that helps authors dominate the book world and succeed in brainwashing their readers…(just kidding…but who knows…)

Over the past few weeks, Talina has put together a team of highly trained professional debut supporters and the S.F.D team has been planning a way to destroy reader’s TBRs and we believe, after careful planning and years of training, we have finally come to a conclusion: Sassy’s Fangirl Debuts.
Although there was a slight delay due to a giant, angry green problem, (TOP SECRET clearance needed for more details!) everything is now back on course. With the help of a few other agents, our plans are finally being launched.

Sassy’s Fangirl Debuts (S.F.D. for short) is a fun, unique way in helping readers to keep track of all the debut authors and their new books that are coming out, and it is also a way for authors to promote their books and get readers interested. The feature, which Agent T has decided to make it into a debut author street team, will include author interrogations, (interviews), confidential file exposures (guest posts) and the radioactive surprises (giveaways) which will all be posted on her blog, Sassy & Dangerous.

Agent T's highly skilled team of agents will be going on special missions that will include fun, awesome posts to feature these lovely debut authors and their books. Tomorrow will be the agents first mission, so don't forget to stop by tomorrow and to also check out the list of rest of the agents blogs below!
Thank you so much to Talina for organizing this wonderful street team!! I'm excited to be one of the agents and to support the debut authors.

The Agent List

My Badge
Now, here's some explanation about the professions listed on my badge. 


Book Blogger
Okay, this one's obvious, so . . . we can move on to the next one.

Proud Book Crier
I guess this can be interpreted in two different ways. It can mean I'm like a town crier, but for books. That actually sounds pretty cool, but the real meaning is that it's not hard for a great book to make me cry. Intense breakups, grief, character deaths, happy endings, immense character growth . . . I tear up at a lot of things. I tend to love books that make me feel that much. They may make me hurt, but that hurt is so worth it.

Book Hoarder
Talina actually put this on there! I don't know if it was random or if she knows how much of a book hoarder I really am. My room is taken over by them! I have a bookshelf for my TBR books, which has overflowed to some boxes and a few extra piles. Then I have a bunch of boxes spread throughout my room and a second "shelf" of sorts (it's my dresser) for books I've read. I actually have a post featuring pictures of these shelves and boxes.

That's it for now! Come back tomorrow to see what the first mission is.☺

Review ~ Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith

Sunday Street Team is organized by Nori @ ReadWriteLove28. SST is a like a cross between a blog tour and street team for a couple different titles each month. As the title suggests, the posts go up on Sundays!

Go here to learn more about SST.

One of the featured authors this month is Lindsay Smith! I'm sharing my review of her latest book today.☺

Series: ??
Genre: YA fantasy
Publication Date: October 6th, 2015
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Goodreads Description: 
A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.

Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject's body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighborhing kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.

A richly conceived world full of political intrigue and fantastical dream sequences, at its heart Dreamstrider is about a girl who is struggling to live up to the potential before her. 
Books with large focuses on dreaming are fascinating! This one sounded like a really good book. Plus, Lindsay wrote a great guest post for my Sophomore Spotlight event, and it made me even more excited to read Dreamstrider.
Source: I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was super excited for Dreamstrider, but when I got to reading it, it took me a long time to warm up to it. I did end up liking what I read!


Let's get the not-so-good things out of the way . . .

Dreamstrider confused me pretty often! It was tough to connect to--to find something to latch onto and fully be immersed in the story. I wasn't 100 percent into the story, which kinda felt like dreamstriding. I was reading the words, but my mind wandered quite often and I started thinking of other things. That made me lose track of things, so I read several sections twice. The characters were also a little tough for me to connect to (probably because I wasn't into the story enough), but near the end, I found them to be pretty good ones. 

Now, for the parts I liked about Dreamstrider (and therefore made me glad I read it):

This book is very creative. I loved the concept of dreamstriding. Livia was basically in two places at once, and it made certain scenes very weird. It was easy to get lost, but I really liked how she would be in another person's body, but dealing with things in the dream world at the same time. That combined with the struggle with Nightmare made this book's world interesting.

I got much more into the book in the last quarter. Things started to make more sense and it was a little easier to connect to what was happening. I loved the conflict and the messages and themes that resulted from it. I saw several in this book, like making your own path and being more capable of so much more than you think. There was a strong theme surrounding hope and dreaming that was apparent near the end, which was one of the reasons the conclusion was so great. The book had a beautiful, touching ending.

As I got more into the story, I started liking Livia more. I really liked her struggle with not being her own person, with doubting her capabilities. She grew a lot by the end of the book, and it made me pretty happy to see! 

Overall, Dreamstrider didn't blow me away, but I was impressed. I'm so glad that I got more into the last quarter and became more invested in what was going on in the story. If you like a creative world with a lot going on in it, as well as a great focus on dreaming, then I suggest reading this book!
2015 challenges this book counts towards:
Netgalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge
Dive into Diversity
Flights into Fantasy

Author of YA historical thrillers SEKRET and SKANDAL and the forthcoming YA fantasy DREAMSTRIDER (all from Macmillan Children's). Russophile, foreign affairs junkie, nerd.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (68) ~ It's All About That Title

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

What am I waiting on?

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
January 26th, 2016 from Razorbill

Goodreads description:

Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start... until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.
Why am I waiting on it?
It's the title. I mean, the description is pretty good. The story sounds really interesting a little thought provoking. But that TITLE. It says so much! It makes me want to know more about that love. I want to know the character (or characters) that are feeling such an intense sounding emotion. I just plain want to know MORE. 

That's my WoW this week! What's yours?

Sunday, October 11, 2015

A Shot of Reckless Blog Tour ~ Review & Giveaway

I'm so excited to be on the blog tour for A Shot of Reckless! I was very impressed with this one and I'm hoping my fellow NA fans will check it out. It releases on the 14th.☺

Thank you to Me, My Shelf and I for hosting this tour!


A Shot Of Reckless
Author: Maddie Paige
Release Date: October 14th, 2015
Publisher: Elephantine Publishing
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Goodreads Description: 
Art major, Roxy Thompson, is a ball of fun—but she's also careful to keep her walls intact when it comes to men. She likes relationships just like her coffee: light and sweet. After having her heart shattered once before, she’s determined not to ever feel that broken again. 

College senior, Lake Foster, is just tempting enough to make Roxy rethink her rules of engagement. Suddenly, high-dollar shots and a no-strings night out aren't enough anymore. But Lake isn't looking for long-term. His future is set, and in four months, he intends to graduate and leave Georgia—and everything in it—behind. Luckily, short-term fun is Roxy’s specialty, and Lake can’t resist what he promises will be a fleeting taste. 

Will Roxy and Lake really walk away when their time is up? They only have one shot to find out.
I discovered this book on Twitter the day before the cover was released. I saw a tweet from one of the authors asking if any bloggers wanted to review A Shot of Reckless. I contemplated raising my hand then, but decided to wait for more information (because I'm trying to be more selective with my review copies). Then I received a blog tour email not too long afterward and it felt like the book was following me. And it sounded great, so I gave it a try.☺
Source: I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I'm so happy with how A Shot of Reckless turned out! It had a set up that I usually LOVE (just benefits turned into something more) as well as some nice (and sometimes ugly) surprises. It kicked off with a fun, sexy scene and ended in the most fitting way. I enjoyed reading this book so much! 

I felt disconnected for first three quarters, which prevented me from being blown away from the book. The emotions just didn't feel as intense as they were made out to be. The last quarter was like a wake up call, though! I went from angry to weepy to smiley in a short amount of time. It left me with a very strong last impression. 

The characters have so many flaws, and I loved it! I love flawed characters because they tend to grow (but not become perfect). A lot. They grow in leaps and bounds and it makes me so happy to see. That's what happened in A Shot of Reckless. I saw characters battle with each other, battle with themselves, battle with their decisions. They made so many mistakes along the way, but came out better because of it.

Taylor (Roxy's best friend) was one of the characters I was the most proud of at the end. She grew so much. I'm crossing my fingers for a companion book focusing on her. She deserves her own story! My other favorite supporting character was Abigail. She was the sweetest, most understanding person. She didn't have a messy relationship with any of the other characters, which was a breath of fresh air. Abigail was a stable part of the book.

Roxy was an awesome (and seriously artistic) character. I could immediately sense her direct and blunt attitude when I started reading. Her character was fiercely protective of her best friend, but didn't trust other people. She wouldn't completely move on from events from her past. It affected her relationship with Lake since she so stubbornly would not open up to him. She skirted her feelings for him often. Lake did the same thing, which just made certain bumps in their relationship more infuriating. But they both grew so much!

Their relationship was HOT. This description doesn't fit naturally into my vocabulary (I don't know why, really--I just rarely ever call things or people "hot"), so when I do use it in reviews, it means a lot. Roxy and Lake's chemistry was automatically on and there was a lot of sexual tension. It made it really easy to root them on. It also helps that they fell for each other slowly. The lust was immediate, but deeper feelings came step by step. I loved watching this happen with them and being on their journey with them. It sure was a bumpy one, but well worthwhile.

A Shot of Reckless is an impressively sexy story about making mistakes and moving past them and becoming a better person. We all make them. We can all make things work again if we try. If you want to read an NA with characters you'll feel proud of at the end, you should definitely give this one a try.



Writing duo Maddie Paige bonded over books, shirtless boys and Step Up movies. One lives for her coffee while the other prefers hot chocolate. Both lovers of romance, they tag teamed a manuscript over late nights at Steak 'n Shake. They live in Atlanta, GA and A Shot of Reckless is their debut.

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