New Release and Giveaway! OBSESSION by Vivian Wood (Addicted to You #2)

Obsession
Vivian Wood
(Addicted To You, #2)
Publication date: October 9th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance

From Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling Author Vivian Wood

Secrets can kill.

Harper wanted Sean to dominate her, to degrade her… and she loved every second of it. Every hot, gasping-for-breath, clenching-the-sheets moment. She loved to have him looming over her, dictating her every move. She got off on it.

But now it’s too real. Their relationship has gotten complicated and dark, fast.

For Sean, Harper is more than just a good f*ck. She’s quickly becoming an obsession. When she pulls him from the fire yet again, he can’t pretend that she’s not the center of his world.

But Harper’s got secrets too, and hers are twice as deadly. When she finally starts to unravel, they will both have to find a way to save themselves — and each other — if they want to stay together.

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EXCERPT:

Sean woke up late, aware from the way the sun poured through the window that it was close to mid-day. Sean groaned and checked his phone. Almost eleven.

He hadn’t heard Harper at all. Normally, he was woken up by her grinding of smoothies in the morning for her pre-gym protein. Sean pulled himself out of bed and adjusted his morning erection. Already, dreams of the previous night escaped him, but he knew they were all Harper. They always were.

“Hey,” he said as he opened his bedroom door. She was curled up on the couch. A book rested on her knees.

“Hi,” she said. For once, the smile that spread across her face was easy and natural. It was the first time since they’d moved in together.

“You haven’t eaten?” he asked.

She shook her head. “Not in the mood for a smoothie,” she said. “How about brunch?”

“Okay,” she said.

He made his way to the kitchen. Yesterday, when she asked him to cook for her, it was a sign. That was his way back to her. Sean pulled out the half-dozen eggs from the fridge and the packet of English muffins. He cracked the shells and started to whisk egg yolks with lemon juice in a stainless steel bowl for the hollandaise sauce.

He heated a saucepan with a thin layer of water. As he drizzled in butter and watched the sauce thicken and double in size, he sensed Harper behind him. Afraid to say anything, worried that it might scare her away, he reached for the salt and cayenne. “Are you making eggs benedict?” she asked.

“Yeah.”

“I didn’t know people actually made that.”

He laughed as he started to brown the bacon in a skillet. “Did you think they just appeared?”

“I don’t know!” she said. He handed her two English muffins to toast. “I thought they were really hard. Like, only chefs made them.”

“They’re not hard,” he said. He broke another egg into the water and reduced the heat to a simmer.

“How do you know when they’re done?” she asked. Harper peered into the pan. “Practice,” he said.

“Thanks.”

“About three and a half minutes,” he said. “Watch for the egg white to set but the yolk should still be soft.”He removed one of the eggs with a slotted spoon and let it drain over a paper towel. As he carefully assembled the benedict and spooned the poached egg on top of the bacon, he seasoned both plates with salt and pepper. Finally, with the hollandaise poured over them and a garnish of chopped parsley, he handed Harper her place.

She looked at it like it was a science experiment. Sean could see numbers and calculations flying across her face. “Just try it,” he said gently. “It’s good for you.”

He ushered her towards a seat at the kitchen island and kept an eye on her while he put more bacon into the pan and pulled out the pancake mix. “You’re making more?” she asked, her eyes wide.

“You haven’t had breakfast or lunch, have you?”

She didn’t answer, but when he pushed the freshly cooked bacon onto her plate, she made a face and started blotting at them. “How many calories are in bacon?” she asked. “Does it really matter? Just enjoy it.”

She gave him a look like a surly teenager. He watched her as she nibbled on everything, going at the egg whites with more gusto than anything else. When the first batch of pancakes were done, he started to check on a dry piece with his hands and forked two onto her plate, but Harper shook her head vehemently. “No more,” she said.

He sighed and looked at her plate. For her, she’d ate a decent amount, though it still wasn’t nearly enough to count as sustenance.
“You interested in working out together again?” she asked.

“I don’t know. Maybe,” he said. “It’s Sunday. I thought maybe we could lounge on the couch and watch a movie first. We can decide if we want to work out later.”

“Okay,” she said reluctantly.

“Hey. How about you choose the movie?”

“Really?” she asked, brightening.

“Go on, I’ll clean up.”

Harper rushed to the living room while he rinsed the dishes and loaded the dishwasher. By the time he made it to the living room, she had Mean Girls queued up on Netflix. “Seriously?” he asked.

“You said I could choose.” She pulled a face that dared him to disagree.

They sat on opposite ends of the couch like armies readying for battle. Eventually, Harper propped her feet up on the couch, taking up two-thirds of it. “You want a foot rub?” Sean asked.

She looked startled, but bit her lip and nodded.

He started at her perfectly white feet, cold to the touch. Sean warmed them, surprised at the softness—especially with all the working out and those insanely high heels she wore. When he worked his way to her bare calves, she didn’t react. The rolled-up boxers she wore as pajama bottoms had hiked up so high that his hands had miles of flesh to explore.

Sean reached her thigh and she squirmed. When he raised his eyes to hers, there was a hunger in there he hadn’t seen in weeks. She lunged at him. Her lips met his as her arms snaked around his neck.

Without thinking, he kissed her back. Harper’s hand twisted around the front of his tee-shirt and she pulled him closer. That kind of desire, that dominance, was new in her. Any other time, he’d despise it, but something about it being her made him harden instantly.

 

Author Bio:

Vivian likes to write about troubled, deeply flawed alpha males and the fiery, kick-ass

women who bring them to their knees.

Vivian’s lasting motto in romance is a quote from a favorite song: “Soulmates never die.”

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New Release Review and Giveaway! MADE FOR YOU by Melissa Marr

Deliciously creepy! I know I’ll never look at cicadas the same way again…
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Made for You
by Melissa Marr
Published by: HarperCollins
Publication date: September 16th 2014
Genres: Southern Gothic, Young Adult
Synopsis:
 
Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.

 

Review:

This was didn’t-want-to-put-it-down-even-to-scoop-up-a-bowl-of-ice-cream good!

Made for You is a creepy look into the mind of a killer, but its look into life in the Good Ol’ South is just as chilling.

Eva Tilling is the top of the heap at Jessup High, due in large part to the fact that her family is practically local royalty. It certainly doesn’t hurt that she’s pretty either. She doesn’t dislike her life, exactly–in fact there’s parts she likes a whole lot–but she can’t help but feel as if other parts of it just don’t live up to the hype. Her best friend Grace is the truest friend she has had since her childhood bestie, Nate, publicly snubbed her a few years before. With Grace, an outspoken girl who just doesn’t care what Jessup thinks of her, Eva feels more herself than with any of the rest of the crowd she runs with. Even her boyfriend Robert feels more like a sort-of-friend-with-benefits than a guy she’s truly close to.

When Eva wakes up in the hospital, it never occurs to her that she might be the victim of a hit-and-run with intent. Who could want to hurt her? Almost as disturbing are the vivid visions she’s having when people touch her–visions of their death. Is it side effects of her brain injury, or something else?

As the body count increases, though–and Eva realizes that a few words to her friends will subtly change the visions she sees of their deaths–Eva discovers that her visions are real, and so is her stalker. Can she stop people she cares about from being killed? Will she uncover the stalker before it’s too late?

The different POVs in this novel were nicely done. We see events from Eva’s, Grace’s, and Eva’s stalker’s (AKA “Judge”, his “soul name”) point of view. Marr is very careful not to give away Judge’s identity in his scenes–by the time you have enough to figure it out, it’s being revealed. (I had it narrowed down to the group of people he was a part of, but guessed the wrong one up until just before the reveal, darn it!) Things move pretty quickly once the killer reveals himself, and the reader just has to hang on and keep turning the pages.

Up until that point, we see him justify his actions (“I would never drug a girl to get her naked. That’s wrong.” But supposedly-divinely-sanctioned murder is okay) and send Eva a series of “messages” just for her. Some are subtle–the meanings of flowers a laHamlet, for example, and a dead cicada–and others, not so much. They all are aimed at showing Eva that she and Judge are MFEO, to quote one of my favorite movies (made for each other).

Through Eva and Judge’s POV, we see that the social structure of Jessup High closely mirrors that of the town itself. Eva struggles with the burden of being “that Cooper-Tilling girl” and contemplates what will happen if she steps outside their rigid rules. Judge, on the other hand, appears to have been created in large part because of society’s rules and norms. An avid churchgoer, he believes that God is sending him messages and approves of his actions toward and “for” Eva. He reflects on things told to him by his grandmother (“failures don’t deserve happiness”) and father (“there are girls you **ck, and girls you marry, and it’s best not to confuse the two”) that clearly helped shape him into the (truly terrifying) guy he is today.

Eva’s romance with an old friend is a nice component of the story, as is his ability to make her see her beauty beyond the scars from the accident. Watching Eva and her parents become closer as the Judge drama continues was also a satisfying side plot.

All together this was a thoroughly enjoyable read. The pacing was good, the suspense taut, and the characters were believable. Sign me up for Ms. Marr’s next book, please!

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A-

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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AUTHOR BIO:Melissa
Hmm, I’m never good at the bio bit. I used to teach college & bartend, now I write novels. I love to meet new people, to hear their stories, to walk through new streets and see new vistas. I enjoy art in all its guises–graffiti, surrealist paintings, classic sculptures, tattoos, interesting buildings, Renoir, photography . . . Art & nature, they feed my soul & thus my muse.