10/16/2014

Swoon Thursday (159): Testing the Waters




It's that time again! We created a HOT meme, and if you're new to the game, here's how to join in the fun:

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the steamy button above and share it on your blog. We want to know!

Hey, y'all! Ashley here.  This week's title comes from my swoon.  These are some of my favorite moments...in a second chance romance, where one person decides to test the waters, to see if that spark is still there between them.  :)  And boy is it ever still there!

Enjoy!

Happy Thursday, y'all!




KELLY: Swooning over JAMES GAMES by L.A. Rose:

He kisses me hard, pushing me up against the wall. The flyer slips off the wall and flutters to the floor, but I don't notice because I'm kissing him back, moaning into his mouth and burying my hands in his hair as his lips furiously claim mine.

ASHLEY:  Swooning over JJ Knight's FIGHT FOR HER #1:

She hasn't moved.  I grasp her wrists, then slide my hands up the silky sleeves of the shirt.  I cross her shoulders and let my fingers trace her collarbone.  Then I cup her chin.   
Maddie is still looking into my face.  I'm not going to let up, not as long as she's right here, her body pressed against me.  I bend down and flutter a soft kiss against her lips, just to test the waters.   
She relents, and the moment I feel her relax, I take no prisoners.  My mouth captures her, and my hands move to the back of her head, pushing her against me. 




Delicious Repeats:


KELSEY: Swooning over FIRE by Ashelyn Drake:

Logan leans forward, keeping his eyes locked on mine. He inches toward my face, giving me the chance to back away, but I don't want to. His hand cups my cheek and gently pulls me toward him. His lips touch mine, softly at first, and then with more intensity. I melt into him, giving in to the imprint. Giving in to the longing I can't deny. I deepen the kiss, pulling him closer to me. I'm on his lap now. I want to lose myself in him, but I can't let go or I'll start burning up again.
My feet are still in the water, and the idea hits me. I pull away just long enough to bring us both tumbling into the pool. In my mind, I know it's wrong to throw myself at Logan like this, but my mind has nothing on my heart.



TRISHA:  Swooning over INTO THE FIRE by Kelly Hashway writing as Ashelyn Drake:

He inches toward me face, giving me the chance to back away, but I don't want to. His hand cups my cheek and gently pulls me toward him. His lips touch mine, softly at first, and then with more intensity. I melt in to him, giving in to the imprint. Giving in to the longing I can't deny. I deepen the kiss, pulling him closer to me. I'm on his lap now. I want to lose myself in him, but I can't let go or I'll start burning up again.



JESSICA:  Swooning over LETTING GO by Molly McAdams:
(Jess note: Awww, Jagger. I am so loving him!)

"You know what I want. Tell me what you want from me. Whether it's everything or nothing, I'll always be here for you." 
I swallowed past the tightness in my throat and brought my hand up to cover the one he was still holding on my cheek. Slowly letting my fingers glide down his arm until I was gripping the top of his forearm, I whispered, "I want you to kiss me again." 
That lopsided smile crossed his face for a brief second before his lips were pressed against mine again. My hands dropped to his waist when he tilted my head back, and his tongue lightly teased my lips. My body sagged into his when I opened my mouth to him, want and need for him surging through my body as the tips of his fingers barely brushed down my neck. 
"Grey," he whispered into my mouth, and a shiver worked through my body. 



HEATHER:  Swooning over LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins:


I kiss him like I've never kissed anyone before.
He doesn't move. His lips aren't moving.
My head jerks back in alarm. I've acted rashly, I've pushed him too quickly---
He collapses to his knees and yanks me back to his lips. 
His kiss isn't even remotely innocent. There's passion, but there's also an urgency verging on panic. He pulls me close, as close as my dress and chair will allow, and he's gripping me so tightly that I feel his fingers press through the back of my stays.



NEREYDA:  Swooning (TWICE!) over THE HOOKUP by Kristen Callahan:
"I want to kiss you, Anna."
My breath hitches.  I'm all the way under the covers now, in a dark heated world.  And there's nothing but his voice.  "I think about it all the time.  How soft your lips will be?  What will they taste like?  Will you make those sweet little noises like you do when we make love?"

and:

“Why won’t you let me kiss you, Anna?”
I can’t breathe.
“Why, Anna?”
“It’s too much,” I rasp.
“Not when I want everything.” He says it so deep and strong, a staking of a claim. “And I want everything with you, Anna.”



SO NOW IT'S YOUR TURN! On your blog (and be sure to leave us a link), and/or on Twitter... SWOON us!

And PS! Make sure to tweet with the #YABound hashtag so we can RT you!


10/09/2014

Swoon Thursday (158): Give me a kiss to build a dream on...



It's that time again! We created a HOT meme, and if you're new to the game, here's how to join in the fun:

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the steamy button above and share it on your blog. We want to know!

Hey, y'all! Ashley here.  This week's title comes from my swoon (plus, the other new swoons are all about kissing too!).  When I read this part, Louis Armstrong immediately started singing in my brain. :)

Enjoy!

Happy Thursday, y'all!




KELLY: Swooning over UNTRACABLE by S.R. Johannes:

As his lips encircle mine, I hold the back of his neck tightly, forbidding even an inch of space to come between us. Don't want to give him enough room to pull away. His warm tongue sweeps across mine, teasing me to play. Mo's breathing quickens, and he wraps his fingers through my hair, tugging me closer. His heart pounds against my chest as our kiss intensifies.


ASHLEY:  Swooning over Bethany Neal's MY LAST KISS:

He tilted his head toward mine and a slow rush of heat spread through me.  When his lips touched mine they weren't dry; they were soft and warm and the kiss was everything I'd never thought to dream a kiss should be.  It only lasted a moment, but the tingling in my toes and low in my stomach lingered.


KELSEY: Swooning over FIRE by Ashelyn Drake:

Logan leans forward, keeping his eyes locked on mine. He inches toward my face, giving me the chance to back away, but I don't want to. His hand cups my cheek and gently pulls me toward him. His lips touch mine, softly at first, and then with more intensity. I melt into him, giving in to the imprint. Giving in to the longing I can't deny. I deepen the kiss, pulling him closer to me. I'm on his lap now. I want to lose myself in him, but I can't let go or I'll start burning up again.
My feet are still in the water, and the idea hits me. I pull away just long enough to bring us both tumbling into the pool. In my mind, I know it's wrong to throw myself at Logan like this, but my mind has nothing on my heart.



TRISHA:  Swooning over INTO THE FIRE by Kelly Hashway writing as Ashelyn Drake:

He inches toward me face, giving me the chance to back away, but I don't want to. His hand cups my cheek and gently pulls me toward him. His lips touch mine, softly at first, and then with more intensity. I melt in to him, giving in to the imprint. Giving in to the longing I can't deny. I deepen the kiss, pulling him closer to me. I'm on his lap now. I want to lose myself in him, but I can't let go or I'll start burning up again.


JESSICA:  Swooning over LETTING GO by Molly McAdams:
(Jess note: Awww, Jagger. I am so loving him!)

"You know what I want. Tell me what you want from me. Whether it's everything or nothing, I'll always be here for you." 
I swallowed past the tightness in my throat and brought my hand up to cover the one he was still holding on my cheek. Slowly letting my fingers glide down his arm until I was gripping the top of his forearm, I whispered, "I want you to kiss me again." 
That lopsided smile crossed his face for a brief second before his lips were pressed against mine again. My hands dropped to his waist when he tilted my head back, and his tongue lightly teased my lips. My body sagged into his when I opened my mouth to him, want and need for him surging through my body as the tips of his fingers barely brushed down my neck. 
"Grey," he whispered into my mouth, and a shiver worked through my body. 

Delicious Repeats:



HEATHER:  Swooning over LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins:


I kiss him like I've never kissed anyone before.
He doesn't move. His lips aren't moving.
My head jerks back in alarm. I've acted rashly, I've pushed him too quickly---
He collapses to his knees and yanks me back to his lips. 
His kiss isn't even remotely innocent. There's passion, but there's also an urgency verging on panic. He pulls me close, as close as my dress and chair will allow, and he's gripping me so tightly that I feel his fingers press through the back of my stays.



NEREYDA:  Swooning (TWICE!) over THE HOOKUP by Kristen Callahan:
"I want to kiss you, Anna."
My breath hitches.  I'm all the way under the covers now, in a dark heated world.  And there's nothing but his voice.  "I think about it all the time.  How soft your lips will be?  What will they taste like?  Will you make those sweet little noises like you do when we make love?"

and:

“Why won’t you let me kiss you, Anna?”
I can’t breathe.
“Why, Anna?”
“It’s too much,” I rasp.
“Not when I want everything.” He says it so deep and strong, a staking of a claim. “And I want everything with you, Anna.”




TRISHA:  Swooning over WHERE I BELONG by J Daniels:

She grabs my hand and I give her the other one so that both our hands are linked together. I'm kneeling between her legs, staring down into those chocolate eyes that hold me by the balls and could make me do practically anything right now.



SO NOW IT'S YOUR TURN! On your blog (and be sure to leave us a link), and/or on Twitter... SWOON us!

And PS! Make sure to tweet with the #YABound hashtag so we can RT you!


10/07/2014

Need To Read: October 2014


We've waited for these books, drooled over their covers, and added them to our TBR lists. Now, they're here. Need To Read is a monthly meme, posted on the first Tuesday of each month, to highlight the books that we just need to read and can because they release this month! Want to join us? Grab the button, post your Need To Read list, and leave the link in the comments.

Here are my Need To Read books of October 2014:


Playing it safe and fitting in may have rocketed Kayla West into the “In” crowd at Camp Juniper Point, but it’s left her lonely. The only person she’s ever been herself with was her former best friend, Nick, an outsider that pushed her to join the most popular girls cabin two years ago. Too bad being a Diva meant pressure to break up with Nick. Of course, Kayla had her reasons, but Nick can never know the real one.

She always thought she'd forget him one day and move on. Until he returns to camp a super-hot Olympian snowboarder. Now, every girl wants him and Nick seems determined to show her what a mistake she made. Or at least, she thought that's what he wanted. But when Nick starts sending her private notes--just like he used to--she wonders what kind of game he's playing. Nick's attention is making it tougher to stay in the background and play in safe, forcing Kayla to make a decision--stay on the sidelines and get overlooked? Or take a chance on trusting Nick and, maybe... herself.


(I love this series by JK Rock. Definitely looking forward to this one.)

Expected publication date: October 7 (Spencer Hill Press)


Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late. 

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage. 

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target. 

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally? 


(Okay, I've actually already read this one, but it's good so I had to include it.)

Expected publication date: October 7 (Simon and Schuster)



Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

(Can't go wrong with Jennifer Armentrout.)

Expected publication date: October 28 (Harlequin Teen)


Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.

But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.

(This sounds amazing! I need it now!)

Expected publication date: October 14 (Delacorte Press)







What do you Need To Read this month?