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Carol’s Favorite Books of 2016

 

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Hello, hello, hello, book lovers!!!

 

As you can see (and as usual) I’m late in the “Favorite books of 2016” party! LOL

 

Last year I planned to post my favorites each month, but the year completely swalled me, specially the second semester!

 

But I’m back, again!!! I have some projects for this year and a second blog (in Portuguese) coming! I’m also still IN LOVE with “bookstagramming” (if you’re on Instagram, follow me there! @beautyandthebeastlybooks)!!

 

I have 30 favorite books, which may seem a lot for a list of favorites, but I ended up reading 401 books in 2016 ( the goal for this year is officially 450, but I’ll try for 500). So my number of favorites is less than 10% of what I read, so it’s not that many!!

 

Here they are in the order I read them:

 

  • Unhinge by Calia Read4.5 stars: I loved loved this book! I loved Unravel (the first book – also a standalone) and Victoria and her story really intrigued me when she was mentioned in it Her story though…We have hints of what it be through Unhinge, but in the end there are a LOT of surprises coming our way! Victoria’s story might not be as dark as the one in Unravel, but the twists and turns will definitely keep you on your toes! Calia is a GREAT writer!

 

  • Dirty Ugly Toy by K. Webster5 stars: I was completely HOOKED on this book from page 1. I couldn’t stop reading it for anything and it was an AMAZING story! K. Webster definitely impressed me and won a ticket to my auto-clicks. Her writing is so good and even though we might have seen so many stories in that corner of the dark sub-genre, her story is so unique and fresh! I absolutely LOVED reading this book and recommended it to all my friends and every one of them who has read it agreed with me!

 

  • Dawn of Forever by Jewel E. Ann5 stars: This book was so amazing! It was the PEFECT conclusion to Jessica and her brother’s story. It was packed with action and so enlightining! This series were my first books by Jewel E. Ann and she definitely impressed me! All of them featured my lists of favorites. Dawn of Forever is a story so original, so emotional and so well written! A fresh story by an author I’m definitely keeping my eyes on!!

 

 

  • This is War, Baby by K. Webster5 stars: For me this book a perfect story of second chances. Not really a second chance love, but how a character (or more than one) has a second chance at happiness. I absolutley LOVED this books. It’s a dark, mind f*** story with some twists I didn’t see coming and I could feel myself falling more and more in love with the story and with War, of course. I definitely didn’t see that coming!

 

  • Sparrow by L.J. Shen5 stars: I LOVED Sparrow! It’s the first book by L.J. Shen I’ve read and it won’t be the last. I don’t consider it a dark book, but it is a mafia one, which isn’t a genre I’m particularly interested in, but in this case I’m really glad I read it!!

 

  • Undeniably You by Jewel E. Ann 5 stars: I have a feeling Jewel will be one of the most featured authors in my favorites list this year! I was so surprised (positively) by this book! I wasn’t expecting the level of tension, ansgt and all the feels it gave me! It’s one of those book you simply HAVE to read to understand how much it makes you feel! Absolutely LOVED it!!

 

  • Unseen Messages by Pepper Winters4.5 stars: This book is so different than Pepper’s previous books, yet it is still a Pepper Winters book. Filled with her talented way to tell a story. This book was real, different and absolutely beautiful. It made me cry and smile. It’s an incredible story! Stelle and Galloway’s beautiful journey will transport you inside the pages of this book and you won’t want to leave!! Beautifully written and captivating from the start to the end!

 

  • Sweetest Venom (Virtue #2) by Mia Asher5 stars: Mia Asher was brilliant writing this book! We waited a long time for the sequel to Easy Virtue, but it did not disappoint! Mia gave us what her book and characters needed. It was real, honest and it left me with a big smile on my face when I finished reading it just a few hours after starting it. Mia writes angst like no one and she gets the right ammount the story needs and doesn’t overdo it! It was perfect. The perfect ending to Blaire’s story! It was truly her story and I loved seeing her maturing through the story. It was bittersweet and beautiful to read this book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Turbulence by Whitney G.5 stars:  This book was AMAZING! It was definitely worth the wait and I’m really happy Whitney went back to writing! 5% in I knew I would love this book, I just never knew how much! I adored every page of it and every plot twist (specially the ones I didn’t see coming). I wish this story never ended because I want to read more of it!

 

  • Brotherhood in Death (In Death #42)by J.D. Robb5 stars: This has got to be one of my favorite books in the In Death series. I always love when they show us Eve and Roarke’s day-to-day lives and their routine and how they are apart from Eve’s investigations. This time it focused a lot on one of my favorite characters, Mr. Mira and I loved it! Roarke as usual is amazing. But what I love the most about this book is how Eve doesn’t even realise how much she’s changed and that she lets herself care for people, her officers, her detectives and her friends. I feel like a weight has been lifted from her shoulders in every book and it’s been a pleasure to see it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa5 stars –  This book was my find of the year! I found it in a picture on Instagram and I just HAD to read it. The cover is BEAUTIFUL. In the photo I saw it, the person compared the hero of Rhapsodic, Desmond, to Rhysand from ACOMAF and I love that book. And boy, does Des give Rhys a run for his money! I think Rhapsodic is more mature and the story is very original. The author’s writing style is SO GOOD! I really liked the way the story was built and written, it spans from the past (7/8 years before) to the present in a perfect way. To understand the main characters, Des and Callie, we need to know how they met and what happened 7 years before. I kept falling in love with Des (and this book) in every chapter, from present to past. This is a book you simply cannot pass, you HAVE TO READ IT!!!

 

  • Yours to Bare by Jessica Hawkins5 stars – This is a PHENOMENAL book! Yours to Bare is one of those rare books that make us think that if we had to choose only one more book to read, it would have to be it. It has the right amount of angst and the story flows so perfectly! The only flaw in this book is that it had to end! I believe it’s Jessica Hawkin’s best work so far ande I’m so happy I got to read it! Yours to Bare is provocative, romantic, tantalizing, angsty and so much more, you simply won[‘t be able to forget about it after  you read it!

 

  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne5 stars – I LOVED this book! This is the kind of book that will for sure get you out of a “book funk”. It’s funny and light, but it’s also got substance. The story, just like the characters, is more than what it seems at first.

 

 

 

Have you read any of those books?
Tell me in the comments! Also let me know how many books you red in 2016 and how many favorites you had!

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

 

Carol

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A Jameson Kane Holiday Special from The Kane Trilogy by Stylo Fantôme

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Heeeeeey Book Lovers!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

 

I hope you had a FANTASTIC Christmas!!! And that you had a good start on 2017!!

 

Holiday time was a bit caotic to me with some final exams close to Christmas and then me having to buy 20+ gifts and to top it all I had an Internet problem. I had to change my provider and I missed a post on my 25 Days of Beastly Christmas, but here I am.

 

By now you know I absolutely LOVE Jameson Kane from the Kane trilogy by Stylo Fantôme and I planned to end my Christmas posts with him, but with the internet issue that plan was shot down. But at least I’m stating the year with him on the blog! So if you’re like me and you wonder what your favorite characters do in their daily life or what they did for holidays, now you know how Christmas was for Jameson!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Jameson Kane Christmas Special

 

 

Kraven Brokerage Firm
12183 State Street * Boston, Ma 02109
Phone (617) 555-6486 * Fax (617) 555-6488 *
http://www.kravenbrokerage.com

From: The Offices of Jameson Kane, CEO and Founder, kane.jameson@kane.net

To: Sanders Dashkevich, dash.sanders@kane.net

Time Stamp: December 23rd, 2016 12:44

RE: Christmas Shopping List

I need you to drive into New York. I forgot to get Tate a Christmas gift, so I called my jeweler and he has something waiting for her.

Let me know when you’re on your way home.

– Kane

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Kraven Brokerage Firm
12183 State Street * Boston, Ma 02109
Phone (617) 555-6486 * Fax (617) 555-6488 *
http://www.kravenbrokerage.com

From: Sanders Dashkevich, dash.sanders@kane.net

To: The Offices of Jameson Kane, CEO and Founder, kane.jameson@kane.net

Time Stamp: December 24th, 2016 12:48

RE: Christmas Shopping List

Forgive me if I’m wrong – but you expect me to drive into Manhattan, on Christmas Eve, in holiday traffic, and pick up a random piece of jewelry you purchased over the phone for Tatum, and to bring it home in time for Christmas morning?

This is, at best, impossible. Also, I have sent you a reminder every day that Christmas was almost upon us.

– Sanders

p/s – may I also remind you that I am on vacation, not here as a personal assistant.

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Kraven Brokerage Firm
12183 State Street * Boston, Ma 02109
Phone (617) 555-6486 * Fax (617) 555-6488 *
http://www.kravenbrokerage.com

From: The Offices of Jameson Kane, CEO and Founder, kane.jameson@kane.net

To: Sanders Dashkevich, dash.sanders@kane.net

Time Stamp: December 23rd, 2016 12:52

RE: Christmas Shopping List

As long as that box is under the tree by six in the morning, I don’t give a fuck how long it takes you – it can’t possibly take 18 hours, and if it does, you’re just wasting time arguing with me.

They’ll come down whenever you get into the city and let you in the store. If you think the ring isn’t appropriate, pick something else out.

And I paid for your “vacation”, so you can at least help me out. A little gratitude wouldn’t kill you.

– Kane

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Kraven Brokerage Firm
12183 State Street * Boston, Ma 02109
Phone (617) 555-6486 * Fax (617) 555-6488 * http://www.kravenbrokerage.com

From: Sanders Dashkevich, dash.sanders@kane.net

To: The Offices of Jameson Kane, CEO and Founder, kane.jameson@kane.net

Time Stamp: December 24th, 2016 12:54

RE: Christmas Shopping List

I have decorated your entire house, organized the catering for your office party, driven Tatum all over Boston for her own shopping needs, had the Bentley detailed, your suits dry cleaned, and the baseboards refinished.

But of course, if that is not enough gratitude, that let me know what else I can do for you. I’m sure a six hour trek to Manhattan and back is not enough.

Tatum has enough rings. Might I suggest a necklace? From a local jeweler?

– Sanders

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Kraven Brokerage Firm
12183 State Street * Boston, Ma 02109
Phone (617) 555-6486 * Fax (617) 555-6488 *
http://www.kravenbrokerage.com

From: The Offices of Jameson Kane, CEO and Founder, kane.jameson@kane.net

To: Sanders Dashkevich, dash.sanders@kane.net

Time Stamp: December 23rd, 2016 13:02

RE: Christmas Shopping List

You are getting entirely too bitchy – I blame Tate. I already paid for the ring, so SOMEONE had better go get it.

And since I’ve been dicking around on the computer dealing with your bullshit, I’ve looked up a couple other items, and now you have even more stops to make.

– Kane

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Kraven Brokerage Firm
12183 State Street * Boston, Ma 02109
Phone (617) 555-6486 * Fax (617) 555-6488 *
http://www.kravenbrokerage.com

From: Sanders Dashkevich, dash.sanders@kane.net

To: The Offices of Jameson Kane, CEO and Founder, kane.jameson@kane.net

Time Stamp: December 24th, 2016 13:05

RE: Christmas Shopping List

I dread to even ask. Alright, I will go to New York, but only because there’s a security deposit box I forgot to empty before I moved. I can kill two birds with one stone. If you’ll please call the bank and ensure they stay open for me, then I’ll be more than happy to do your chores.

Please send me the addresses of the shops I will be stopping at and the cell phone numbers of the people I will be dealing with, I would like for this to be as smooth as possible.

– Sanders

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Kraven Brokerage Firm
12183 State Street * Boston, Ma 02109
Phone (617) 555-6486 * Fax (617) 555-6488 *
http://www.kravenbrokerage.com

From: The Offices of Jameson Kane, CEO and Founder, kane.jameson@kane.net

To: Sanders Dashkevich, dash.sanders@kane.net

Time Stamp: December 23rd, 2016 13:15

Goddamn, was that so difficult? I’ll make the calls, you just get there. Here’s your list:

Cartier Central Park
767 5th Ave.
(212) 555-4486
– call that number if someone isn’t waiting for you. Fernando will come down and let you in.

Agent Provocateur
611 5th Ave
(212) 555 – 3890
– it’s underwear, don’t faint when you walk in. Janelle will meet you there and have a selection to choose from. Pick what you know I’ll like best.

Kings County Distillery
299 Sands Street, Bldg 121
(347) 555-0117
– it’s in Brooklyn. I know, I know, deal with it – they’re custom making a batch for Tate, with a special bottle and label.

SHAG Brooklyn
108 Roebling Street
(347) 555-7213
– I’ll let you figure this one out on your own. Ask for Rodolfo, he’s got an entire display of items set up for you to peruse. I trust your instincts implicitly, just remember – this is for Tate.

CALL ME WHEN YOU’RE DONE. And I don’t mean on the road, I mean when you walk out of the last store. I want to make sure you got it all done right.

– Kane

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Kraven Brokerage Firm
12183 State Street * Boston, Ma 02109
Phone (617) 555-6486 * Fax (617) 555-6488 *
http://www.kravenbrokerage.com

From: Sanders Dashkevich, dash.sanders@kane.net

To: The Offices of Jameson Kane, CEO and Founder, kane.jameson@kane.net

Time Stamp: December 24th, 2016 13:22

RE: Christmas Shopping List

I have google, and I am not going into SHAG Brooklyn, and that is final. I’m leaving for New York right now, I won’t be able to message you back.

– Sanders

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Kraven Brokerage Firm
12183 State Street * Boston, Ma 02109
Phone (617) 555-6486 * Fax (617) 555-6488 *
http://www.kravenbrokerage.com

From: The Offices of Jameson Kane, CEO and Founder, kane.jameson@kane.net

To: Sanders Dashkevich, dash.sanders@kane.net

Time Stamp: December 23rd, 2016 13:23

You are going into that store, and THAT is final. If you fucking call me and that list isn’t complete, I will be pissed. Worse – you will have to deal with Tate.

Don’t forget to call me when you’re done.

– Kane

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Kraven Brokerage Firm
12183 State Street * Boston, Ma 02109
Phone (617) 555-6486 * Fax (617) 555-6488 *
http://www.kravenbrokerage.com

From: Sanders Dashkevich, dash.sanders@kane.net

To: The Offices of Jameson Kane, CEO and Founder, kane.jameson@kane.net

Time Stamp: December 24th, 2016 20:36

RE: Christmas Shopping List

Rodolfo was surprisingly educated and well spoken. I feel I learned a lot from him and made adequate choices. I have picked up all the items you requested. I tried to call you, but was sent straight to voicemail. I’m contacting you per your request. If I don’t hear from you in 15 minutes, I will return home.

– Sanders

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Kraven Brokerage Firm
12183 State Street * Boston, Ma 02109
Phone (617) 555-6486 * Fax (617) 555-6488 * http://www.kravenbrokerage.com

From: The Offices of Jameson Kane, CEO and Founder, kane.jameson@kane.net

To: Sanders Dashkevich, dash.sanders@kane.net

Time Stamp: December 23rd, 2016 20:40

RE: Christmas Shopping List

Good. One last stop. Go here. Just walk in, they’ll be waiting for you.

33 W 37th St
– head to the 21st floor. If you have any issues, just give my name, they’ll know where to take you.

– Kane

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Kraven Brokerage Firm
12183 State Street * Boston, Ma 02109
Phone (617) 555-6486 * Fax (617) 555-6488 *
http://www.kravenbrokerage.com

From: Sanders Dashkevich, dash.sanders@kane.net

To: The Offices of Jameson Kane, CEO and Founder, kane.jameson@kane.net

Time Stamp: December 24th, 2016 20:44

RE: Christmas Shopping List

What am I supposed to be picking up there, and shall I call you after I’m done, or should I just head home?

– Sanders

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Kraven Brokerage Firm
12183 State Street * Boston, Ma 02109
Phone (617) 555-6486 * Fax (617) 555-6488 *
http://www.kravenbrokerage.com

From: The Offices of Jameson Kane, CEO and Founder, kane.jameson@kane.net

To: Sanders Dashkevich, dash.sanders@kane.net

Time Stamp: December 23rd, 2016 20:45

RE: Automated Response Delivery System

This is an automated response. JAMESON KANE is currently not accepting anymore messages at this address. You may try to send your message again after:

December 25th, 2016, 06:00

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Kraven Brokerage Firm
12183 State Street * Boston, Ma 02109
Phone (617) 555-6486 * Fax (617) 555-6488 *
http://www.kravenbrokerage.com

From: Sanders Dashkevich, dash.sanders@kane.net

To: The Offices of Jameson Kane, CEO and Founder, kane.jameson@kane.net

Time Stamp: December 25th, 2016 09:15

RE: Christmas Shopping List

While I was quite annoyed at having to drive into the city on Christmas Eve, and the places you made me go to were beyond ridiculous, I must say … a surprise Christmas party at Top of the Strand, in my honor, was a very pleasant and welcome surprise.

You never cease to amaze me. Just when I think you’ve reached new levels of devilishness, you always manage to redeem yourself.

Merry Christmas, sir – there are no two people I would rather spend my holidays with than you and Tatum.

Thank you for everything.

– Sanders

 

 

And again, if you’re my kind of fangirl you already called Kraven Brokerage Firm to try talking to Jameson! LOL Beware though, he is MINE!!!!!

 

If you haven’t seen it yet, I have some interviews with Jameson and Tate here on the blog (one of them was featured in the end of book 3.5, Completion). Here they are with some other Spotlights from Jameson and Tate:

 

 

 

 

 

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DEGRADATION | SEPARATION | REPARATION | COMPLETION

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

Carol

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25 Days of Beastly Christmas: A Christmas Song from The Monday Girl by Julie Johnson

 

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Hey bookies!!!

 

 

Last post of the day! I still have one more Christmas post, but it’ll be posted tomorrow!

 

Julie Johnson, the author of The Monday Girl, prepared a version of the song “12 Days of Christmas” based on her book and its heroine, Kat Firestone. I LOVED Kat! The Monday Girl is a great book and I can’t wait for the sequel!!!

 

 

 

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THE MONDAY GIRL 

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

Carol

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25 Days of Beastly Christmas: Christmas Excerpt from Yours to Bare by Jessica Hawkins

 

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He again, everyone!!!

 

 

Before I start with the special Christmas post, let’s talk about the book it’s from. I’m OBSESSED with Yours to Bare by Jessica Hawkins.

 

It’s DEFINITELY one of my Favorite Reads of 2016. Yours to Bare is a PHENOMENAL book!!!

 

It is one of those rare books that makes us think that if we had to choose only one more book to read in the year it would have to be it!

 

It has the right amount of angst and the story flows so perfectly! The only flaw in this book is that it had to end!I believe it’s Jessica Hawkins best work so far and I’m so happy I got to read it!!

 

Yours to Bare is provocative, romantic, tantalizing, angsty and so much more, you simply won’t be able to forget about it after you read it!!

 

Finn is going to STEAL your heart. He is a pretty big character in Slip of the Tongue, but you can read Yours to Bare without reading it, it’s a standalone. It’s great seeing how Finn grew though. And even though he may not have acted in the most perfect way in the past, his actions were pretty reproachable, you can’t help but stay on his side this time! He’s amazing that way!

 

Here is a Christmas snippet from the book. It shouldn’t spoil anything for you, but you REALLY need to read this book! Finn is going to STEAL your heart. He is a pretty big character in Slip of the Tongue, but you can read Yours to Bare without reading it, it’s a standalone. It’s great seeing how Finn grew though. And even though he may not have acted in the most perfect way in the past, his actions were pretty reproachable, you can’t help but stay on his side this time! He’s amazing that way!

 

 

Finn and I eat breakfast at the kitchen table with my feet in his lap. A few inches to the left, and I’d wake the beast—then I’d be Finn’s breakfast. But I’m already pushing it. I have to be at work soon, and I still haven’t showered.

 

Finn massages the arch of my foot with one hand and shovels eggs into his mouth with the other. “I’ll miss you,” he says.

 

I melt a little knowing I’ll be away from him for a few days, but I can’t get out of spending Christmas with my dad. “Think you can go a few days without sex?” I tease him.

 

“Me? Weren’t you the one all over me last night?” he asks. “Sitting on my cock while the neighbors watched . . .”

 

My heart skips with his sudden dirty talk. It feels extra filthy in the daylight over eggs and bacon. Lying by his side last night had been like floating on a cloud. Sheets so soft, my body calm and sated. Heaven. “Amen.”

 

“Hmm?” he asks.

 

“Nothing.” I arch my foot in his hand. “You’ll text me, right?”

 

“All day long.”

 

“Will you post any of the pictures we took to Instagram?”

 

He nods as he chews. “I have some great ones from earlier this week.” He winks. “And the one with the red bow.”

 

I blush. We had fun with that ribbon, tying it on all sort of body parts.

 

Finn looked at me from the foot of the bed, camera in hand. “Spread out. Arms above your head.”

 

I did as he said, my insides clenching at his command. I was naked and turned on enough not to worry how my tits or stomach looked. He was in work mode and fully clothed, but once he got his shot, he’d fuck me.

 

When I was in position, he traded his camera for a fat, satin, cranberry-red ribbon we’d purchased at a giftwrapping kiosk. His eyebrows cinched as he secured my wrists together, tightening the bow just enough to pinch. “I wouldn’t mind finding you like this under my tree,” he said, getting onto the mattress.

 

I bit my bottom lip. “Maybe you will.”
He took the photo, the bow vibrantly red against my pale forearms, the ghost-white sheet.

 

Posing for him is an unrivaled sort of foreplay.

 

 

 

 

 

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YOURS TO BARE

 

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

Carol

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25 Days of Beastly Christmas: Archer’s Christmas Letter to Bree

 

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Merry Christmas, bookworms!!!!!!

 

I hope you all had an amazing day!!! I spent the day eating. We all had our Christmas party last night (here we usually have Christmas dinner at midnight from thr 24th to the 25th and then we open presents). Santa was very generous, but the best present for me was being able to spend another Christmas with my family! ❤

 

I’m catching up on lots of missed posts tonight, so please bare with me.

 

The first post tonight is from Archer Hale, one of my favorite heroes, from one of my favorite books, Archer’s Voice, by the amazing and incomparable Mia Sheridan!!! If you haven’t read this book yet, you’re missing on one of the most touching (and beautiful) love stories you’ll ever read!

 

Archer wrote a Christmas letter to Bree, so here it is:

 

 

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Archer, Archer…as usual making us SWOON!!!! I think a re-read of Archer’s Voice is in order!!

 

 

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 ARCHER’S VOICE

 

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

Carol

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25 Days of Beastly Christmas: Jo and Rafe’s letters to Santa

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Hey book people!!!

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE!!! Today is my favorite day of the whole year!!! We always host a Christmas party for friends and family and at midnight we open presents! 🙂

Today’s first special post is about the main characters from Tempting Jo by the lovely Nancee Cain! I discovered Nancee last year, but her friendship this year is one of my early gifts from Santa!! ❤

 

These doesn’t spoil the book for you, and if you haven’t read it, hope

 

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And here is Rafe’s letter:

 

 

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SAVING EVANGELINE | TEMPTING JO 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

Carol

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25 Days of Beastly Christmas: Jack Fckn’ Carter’s Letter to Santa

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Hey bookies!!!

 

I’m FINALLY free of classes and tests and on vacation! Yesterday was the first day of Summer here in Brazil and I’m so excited! Even though I won’t travel, I LOOOOVE Summer!!!!

Today’s first special post is courtesy of Jack Carter from the Game series by J. Sterling! I LOVE Jack and I met Jenn this year and she’s such a sweetheart! I LOVED meeting her. She is not only beautiful on the outside, she has a beautiful soul too!!!

 

Jack wrote a letter to Santa and let us have a peek! 🙂 Thank you Jenn and Jack for sharing it with us!!!

 

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And here is me with Jenn when I met her here in Brazil:

 

 

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THE PERFECT GAME | THE GAME CHANGER | THE SWEETEST GAME |

THE OTHER GAME: A DEAN CARTER NOVEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

Carol

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25 Days of Beastly Christmas: A (original) Christmas short story from the Virtue series by Mia Asher

 

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Hey bookies!!!

 

I only have one more test to go, but I’ll have such a busy week!  I have some Christmas parties to go and I still have 27 books to read this year to finish my 400 books challenge!!! I hope you’re all enjoying the Festive Season. It’s my favorite time or the year and I wait the whole year for it, but as soon as December comes, it passes SO FAST!!!!

 

Anyways, today’s post is SUPER special!! It’s an original short story Mia Asher, one of my favorite authors and the queen of angst, wrote for my Christmas blog feature!! I’m so thrilled for you all to read it!!! But first a WARNING!! DANGER! DANGER! This short story contain spoilers, so if you haven’t read the series, specially Sweetest Venon, the second and last book, don’t proceed (WHY HAVEN’T YOU READ IT YET, ANYWAYS????! LOL)!

 

Be prepared to swoon, because…RONAN *-* !!! I do miss my Law now! Maybe Mia could write him a Valentine’s Day one? Feature me??? *wink wink*

 

 

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Wish Upon a Star

 

“Daddy! Daddy!”

 

I put down the book in my hands and turn in the direction of my five-year old daughter Annabelle as pride, love, and amusement fill my chest. She takes small steps that are firm and full of purpose. The kind that says, get out of my way or I’ll trample you in my twinkle-toes while wearing a ballerina tutu and my older brother’s Darth Vader cape. A pout on her face that one day a man—a very lucky man who I might deem worthy of her—will take one look at and know that he’s in big trouble. I chuckle because when she pouts like that, she reminds me so much of Blaire when things aren’t going her way.

 

“What’s up, princess?”

 

She comes to stand next to me, frowning. I reach out and touch her dark hair, the exact same color as her mother’s. She’s a small replica of Blaire with her wise blue eyes and pale skin. She crosses her arms trying to appear solemn even though the traces of chocolate ice cream in the corners of her mouth ruin the effect.
“What did Miles do this time?” I ask, trying my best to appear serious as my daughter when all I want to do is smile and pull her in for a hug.

 

“I was playing with my bahbies and Coco was making a wish upon a star when Miles—”

 

“Who is Coco?”

 

Annabelle rolls her eyes as though the answer were blatantly obvious. “My favorite bahbie, Daddy. You know, the one that Nana gave me for my birfday.”

 

“Oh yes, of course, how silly of me to have forgotten Miss Coco. Do you think she’ll forgive me for forgetting about her?”

 

She smiles a dimpled smile as she moves to sit on my lap, and kisses my cheek as though I am a lost cause. “It depends.”

 

“Really?” I raise an eyebrow and wrap my arms around her little body. “And may I ask on what?”

 

She pauses, appearing to think of her answer. Then Annabelle grins, her eyes filling with a light full of mischief. “Maybe if you get Mommy to give Coco and me more ice cream.”

 

I laugh, tickling her. “You do not play fair Miss Annabelle Fleur Geraghty. I wonder where you get that from.”

 

“From Mommy, of course,” she says, giggling some more.

 

I think of my wife and the man I was before I went to Paris to get her back—to get my girl back. I wasn’t a man, not even the shadow of one. There was nothing inside me but empty spaces, darkness, and regrets. But one day Jackie confessed the truth to me, and I could dream again. I dared to dream again.

 

I stare at my daughter, and realize it’s Blaire’s love and faith in me that has made me a man worthy of my family. Pulling Annabelle in for a hug, I drop a kiss on top of her hair. “But tell me, princess, what did Miles do?”

 

“Miles said that wishes upon stars,” she shakes her head and makes a face full of girlish disgust and not a little hurt, “are for babies. He also said that my wishes won’t come true because stars are just balls of farts.”

 

I have to cough to hide my laughter. That boy. “Hmm,” I tap my chin, pretending to be lost in thought. “May I tell you a secret?”

 

She nods animatedly, her expectant blue eyes widening. She frowns. “You won’t even tell Miles?”

 

“Of course not, princess.”

 

“Good, because he’s a boy. And he smells. And he doesn’t let me play with his Legos.”

 

“It will be our little secret. You have my word.”

 

She raises her chin proudly in the air just like her mother, nodding only once. “You can tell me now, Daddy.”

 

My God, I wish the man who falls in love with my daughter good luck because she will certainly lead him a merry dance. Poor fellow.

 

At that moment, I hear Blaire’s laughter coming from the other room. I pick up Annabelle, holding her in my arms as I stand and go in search of Blaire. I find her in the living room dancing jauntily with Miles to the rhythm of Here Comes Santa Claus by Elvis Presley as it plays in the background, the Christmas tree lights bouncing on them like stars. With a smile on her lips, she’s holding onto Miles’ hand as she twirls him over and over again, making him giggle like the seven-year old boy that he is. And as I watch my wife and son dancing to the holiday tune, I fall in love with her all over again.

 

Blaire must sense my gaze on her because she looks up, her eyes connecting with mine. And in that second I see our past, our present, and our future pass by. All the hurt and pain we went through to get to this point not forgotten but conquered. And the present and future are all the more beautiful—sweeter—because of it. Some battles, they say, are worth fighting for. I’d be willing to go to war every day of my life for Blaire and our children until there was nothing left of me to give.

 

She smiles then, and I forget how to breathe. Christ, this woman is mine. Thank you, Jesus.

 

“What are you guys doing over there? You’re missing all the fun.” She looks at Miles, and asks teasingly, “Should we let them join us in our little dance, handsome?”

 

Miles who a minute ago appeared to want to be anywhere else but dancing with his mom, now puffs out his chest, appearing to have grown at least ten inches. “Only if you want, Mommy.”

 

Blaire and I both laugh.

 

“Very well said, my boy,” I say as I turn to look at Annabelle, her Darth Vader cape sliding down her shoulders. “What do you think, princess? Shall we show your mom and brother how it’s done?”

 

Annabelle giggles and claps her hands. “Yes, Daddy!”

 

As Annabelle and I near Blaire and Miles, I lean down and whisper in her ear, “You know how I know dreams really do come true?”

 

“How, Daddy?”

 

“Because I once wished upon a star.”

 

“And what happened, Daddy? Did it come true?”

 

I stare at my daughter in my arms, at my wife standing with our son, and I know the answer. “Yes, my princess, it did.”

 

 

 

 

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EASY VIRTUE | SWEETEST VENON

 

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

Carol

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25 Days of Beastly Christmas: Gabriel’s Holidays Plans with Julianne from the Gabriel’s Inferno series by Sylvain Reynard

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Heeeeey again!!!

 

 

I have another special post for you! Professor Gabriel Emerson from thr Gabriel’s Inferno series agreed to share with us his Holidays plans with his Julianne.

 

 

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GABRIEL’S INFERNO | GABRIEL’S RAPTURE | GABRIEL’S REDEMPTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

Carol

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25 Days of Beastly Christmas: A Christmas letter from Tony to Claire by Aleatha Romig

 

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Heeeeey guys!!!

 

So, as usual I’m apologizing here. I’ ve had a very intense two weeks of finals and I ended up not being able to focus on the blog. But now I’m baaaack!

 

Today’s post features the main characters of one of my favorite series, Tony and Claire from Consequences by Aleatha Romig!!! Tony wrote a letter to Claire and allowed me to let you see it! 🙂

 

Thank you Tony and Aleatha!!! ❤

 

 

 Tony’s Christmas Letter to Claire:

 

 

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Consequences, book 1 in the series, is now PERMANENTLY FREE! If you haven’t read it yet now it’s your chance to start the series! If you like dark and mind-f*** books,mthis series is FOR YOU!

 

CONSEQUENCES |TRUTH |CONVICTED | REVEALED | BEYOND THE CONSEQUENCES

 

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

Carol

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