Friday, January 19, 2018

Thrive by Aly Martinez

THRIVE by Aly Martinez

When I was nineteen years old, I was faced with a choice that changed my life.
Keep the safety of what I already knew or risk losing everything with the young, hotheaded soldier who stole my heart.

I chose the wrong man, and for seventeen years, I paid in tears, blood, and shattered dreams for that decision.

Now, there’s a man in my house, holding a gun to my head on the order of my ex-husband—given from his prison cell. 

That hotheaded soldier I was too afraid to choose? He’s now a six-foot-three wall of muscle who works at the country’s most premier bodyguard agency. I’ve always wanted him, but now, I’ve never needed him more.

It’s the call I’m terrified to make. 
I’m sure he still hates me… Even though I’ve never stopped loving him.

4.5 Stars
Review by Jen Hagen

I remember reading Ms. Martinez’s very first book, and she settled into my mind as an author to always keep an eye out for.  Fifteen books later and I still have my eye on her.  She continues to write story after story that is full of depth and emotion.  She leaves no aspect of the story untouched and fills it in with detail and character development.  She has become one of my favorite authors.

I knew I would like this book from just the description—a cheating relationship is my go-to angst.  What I didn’t expect was the raw emotion I would be able to experience strictly through words.  Plus there was suspense! 

We first meet Mira, Lark and Kurt when they are young adults.  Kurt and Mira are the actual couple, but Lark and Mira are the soul mates who steal the secret times together.  Lark is so certain that when it comes down to the choice that Mira will choose him…. WRONG!  Seventeen years later we meet up with the damage incurred from that one decision that changed 3 lives.  Okay, really only 2 because one is a scum bag who doesn’t care about anybody but himself and was set on the road to destruction already.

Lark is now 40 years old and a divorced parent who works for the Guardian Protection Agency which was founded by a character from the author’s previous books. It’s always fun to sneak a peek into characters that you have learned so much about, but yet at the same time if you have never read the previous books you won’t be lost.  

Mira is in trouble.  Her dirt bag husband has managed to steal everything from her and she has nothing, but a gun-wielding kidnapper barging into her house.   She is forced to call Lark for protection.  He is not very happy to hear her voice, but yet he still can’t deny the pull between them.   He tries his hardest to push her away, but after 17 years the chemistry between them is as strong as ever.

With Mira, gravity seemed lighter.  Smiles came faster.  Every breath was easier than the last.

Lark has so many questions, but the greatest and most complicated is “why didn’t you choose me?”
My heart broke every time he would think about the choice that left him out of the happy life he wanted for them 17 years ago. 

“Baby, I withered for you.  I burned at the stake day after day, knowing he didn’t love you.  Knowing you’d chosen him.  Knowing there was not one god***n thing I could do to make you change your mind.  Hating you was the only way I survived.”

The story is told in dual points of view, but it was Lark’s that had me highlighting every thought and word.  His emotion is palpable.

“I’m really struggling with all of this.  I have hated you for so long.  For choosing him.  For breaking me.”

The story continues with Lark fighting his feelings for Mira…oh who am I kidding…there was no fight.  Maybe just a little struggle.  But there’s just so much baggage with Mira.…actually there isn’t because she has NOTHING!  Her douche bag husband took it all!  But in actuality she is weighed down by her husband’s deceit that is just coming to light and with the deceit, comes the suspense that made this story a complete package.



Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.


Sky's the Limit by Elle Aycart

Tired of waiting for her big break in the fashion industry, Sky Gonzalez, eternal part-time student and overworked retail drone, quits her job, sublets her New York apartment, and embarks on a semester abroad study program in Paris. Paris! Time to throw caution to the winds and jump-start her dreams. What’s the worst that could happen?

How about getting sent to the wrong Paris? As in Paris-frigging-Minnesota?

Bye-bye career dreams. Bye-bye glamour and haute couture. Hello flannel shirts, mind-numbing cold, zero bars on the cell phone, and socially challenged mountain men with tons of unruly facial hair.

So yeah, let the truck barreling her way hit her, please. Less painful.

Logan should have dodged the little lost waif and kept on driving. Who in their right mind walked in the middle of the road, dressed in white from head to high heels, during a snowstorm? Clueless city girls, that's who. Sky is all that Logan has gladly left behind: stylish, cosmopolitan, and a massive pain in the butt. He wouldn’t trade a single day in his quirky little corner of the woods for all the high-maintenance beauties the city can offer.

Too bad this beauty has been deemed a health hazard and quarantined in his house. Damn his doomsday-prepper neighbors and their paranoid emergency protocols. Now he has to keep Sky in and the pandemic squad out until the roads are clear. The question is, will that happen before or after Sky realizes she's under house arrest?

Ah, the best-laid plans...

Logan addressed the pandemic squad up on the platform. “Sorry to break it to you. This is a free country. You can’t go quarantining people at will.”
“Wrong. Exactly because this is a free country, we can.”
There were some mumbles of agreement from the crowd, “That’s right” and “You got it” and “Try to stop us.”
“We live in a democracy. Let’s take a vote,” Carol suggested. “All in favor of quarantining Patient Zero, please raise your hands.”
Everyone, including a smirking Ty, raised their hands.
“Oh, come on,” Logan grumbled. “Really? You serious?”
“Motion accepted,” Carol said, wrestling the gavel from the mayor and banging it on the podium. “Besides, Patient Zero doesn’t have to know she’s been quarantined. Just keep her indoors by any means necessary until she gets better.”
“Or she kicks the bucket,” somebody chimed in.
Nuts. The whole bunch of them. Down to the very last one.
“She’s not Patient Zero, people. Her name is Sky and she’s got the flu, damn it. Not Ebola. Just a common, garden-variety flu.”
“By our calculations, Patient Zero has been here almost twenty-four hours. We’re late on containment,” Carol said.
Logan shook his head in dismay. Man, like talking to a wall.
“You had her hidden away for a whole day?” Ty asked impishly.
“She was just sleeping on my sofa.” Logan realized his mistake right away and turned to Carol and the rest. “You are not burning my sofa. Are we clear?”
Whether it was clear or not, Logan didn’t know, because Carol ignored his words. “And we’ll be monitoring you,” she added while the rest nodded. “At the slightest indication you’re sick—”
“Yeah, yeah, you’ll quarantine me too, and if I don’t get better fast enough, you’ll shoot me and cremate my remains.” Along with the damn couch, of course.
Carol rolled her eyes. “Don’t be silly.”
“Yeah, don’t be silly,” someone interjected. “We’ll autopsy you before that. Dissect you into tiny pieces.”
Jesus fucking Christ. Why couldn’t his neighbors have been the gearheads prepping for solar flares that would fry the grid? More kumbaya. Less ready to dissect.
“This is all your fault, Megan,” he said to his sister, who was sitting two rows behind him. “Couldn’t you have moved somewhere else? A normal fucking place?”
She just laughed. “You heard the lady. Keep Patient Zero indoors—by any means necessary.”
“Ha. Ha.”
“What? Skills too rusty to keep a woman indoors?” she asked.
“I can help,” Ty added. “Is she pretty?”
Gorgeous, actually. Big, dark eyes. Olive-colored skin. Delicate features. But that was beside the point too.
“Fuck off, both of you,” Logan muttered. Raising his voice, he addressed the crowd again. “You’re certifiable. All of you.”
“I totally agree,” Carol said. “We give you far too much leeway. Look at how flexible we’ve been about your toxic contaminants.”

After a colorful array of jobs all over Europe ranging from translator to chocolatier to travel agent to sushi chef to flight dispatcher, Elle Aycart is certain of one thing and one thing only: aside from writing romances, she has abso-frigging-lutely no clue what she wants to do when she grows up. Not that it stops her from trying all sorts of crazy stuff. While she is probably now thinking of a new profession, her head never stops churning new plots for her romances. She lives currently in Barcelona, Spain, with her husband and two daughters, although who knows, in no time she could be living at the Arctic Circle in Finland, breeding reindeer.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Release Blitz: Scoring Mr. Romeo by A.M. Madden and Joanne Schwehm

Scoring Mr. Romeo
by A.M. Madden and Joanne Schwehm
Release Date: January 15th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Here’s a tip: never underestimate romance.
Falling in love was the furthest thing from my mind. I’m a single mother raising a strong little boy, and he is my one and only priority.
The universe felt otherwise, sending me―actually, my son’s soccer ball―hurdling toward a stunningly handsome, perfect man, who said all the right things. He made it hard to ignore how much I missed romance.
In the past, when I met a man, they ran as soon as they heard I was a widow with a child. Not this guy. No, he fell in love with my son, and in turn my son fell in love with him. But, it was hard to believe he felt the same about me. My job was to be the strong one―to protect our hearts from sweet dreams that never lasted.
Women told me I was a master of romance. They were right. I knew how to sweep a woman off her feet, to make her feel special, and good in all the right places. I wasn’t a saint. I’ve had my share of one-night stands. They served their purpose, giving me a steady diet of romance without the hassle of commitment.
Then one day at the park, a soccer ball came careening toward my head, and my life changed in an instant. I never imagined that true love would come in the form of a five-year-old little boy. And then I got to know his mother: She was strong, independent, drop-dead gorgeous, and someone I desired - I just needed to prove it to her.
She called me Mr. Romeo, and that was fine with me.
Lesson learned: Love always trumps everything.

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Meet the Authors:
A.M. Madden:
A.M. Madden is a USA Today bestselling published author with Loveswept/Random House as well as Ever After Romance.
A.M. is a wife, a mother, an avid reader of romance novels, and now an author.
“It’s all about the HEA.”
A.M. Madden is the author of the popular Back-Up Series, as well as several other contemporary romances. She is also a published author with Loveswept/Random House.
Her debut novel was Back-up, the first in The Back-Up Series. In Back-Up, A.M.’s main character Jack Lair caused readers to swoon. They call themselves #LairLovers, and have been faithful supporters to Jack, as well to the rest of his band, Devil’s Lair.
A.M. truly believes that true love knows no bounds. In her books, she aspires to create fun, sexy, realistic romances that will stay with you after the last page has been turned. She strives to create characters that the reader can relate to and feel as if they know personally.
A self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, she loves getting lost in a good book. She also uses every free moment of her time writing, while spending quality time with her three handsome men. A.M. is a Gemini and an Italian Jersey girl, but despite her Zodiac sign, nationality, or home state, she is very easy going.
She loves the beach, loves to laugh, and loves the idea of love.
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Joanne Schwehm:
Joanne is a mother and wife and loves spending time with her family. She’s an avid sports watcher and enjoys the occasional round of golf.
Joanne loves to write and read romance. She believes everyone should have romance in their lives and hopes her books bring joy and happiness to readers who enjoy modern day fairy tales and breathless moments.
She is an independent romance author and has written several contemporary romance novels, including The Prescott Series, Ryker, A Heart’s Forgiveness, The Critic and The Chance series.
Joanne looks forward to sharing more love stories in her future novels.
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Cover Reveal: Gentleman Nine by Penelope Ward

We are thrilled to bring you the cover from New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward. Gentleman Nine releases on February 19th!

Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA designs
Cover Model: Lucas Garcez
Cover Photography: Sven Jacobsen

From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.

Growing up, the three of us were friends.

He was the nerd.

I was the playboy.

She was the beauty.

Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits.

He lied.

I went off to college, and he got the girl.

Amber never knew how I felt.

They were together for years—before he broke her heart.

Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch.

When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room.

Still reeling from her breakup, she’d sworn off men.

One night, I opened her computer to find the shock of my life. She’d hesitantly contacted a male escort company. Afraid to date and get her heart broken again, she was looking for sex with no strings.

Every emotion imaginable ran through me: protectiveness, jealousy—curiosity.

Amber had chosen Gentleman Number Nine and sent him a message.

She opened up to him, confessing, among other things, her physical attraction to her friend—the real me. But she considered me off-limits—and she thought I was a manwhore. (Ironic, considering the circumstances.)

Eventually, she set up a date to meet Gentleman Nine at a hotel.

When she showed up several nights later to meet him, she got the surprise of her life to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.


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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a seventeen-time New York Times bestseller. Her novels are published in over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world. Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 13-year-old girl with autism and a 12-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

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Other standalones from Penelope Ward:

Drunk Dial:

Mack Daddy:

Stepbrother Dearest:

Neighbor Dearest:


Dear Bridget, I Want You: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Mister Moneybags: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Playboy Pilot: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Stuck-Up Suit: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Cocky Bastard: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Sins of Sevin:

Jake Undone (Jake #1):

Jake Understood (Jake #2):

My Skylar


Monday, January 15, 2018

Release Blitz: Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland


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My relationship with Hunter Delucia started backwards.
We met at a wedding—him sitting on the groom’s side, me sitting on the bride’s. Stealing glances at each other throughout the night, there was no denying an intense, mutual attraction.
I caught the bouquet; he caught the garter. Hunter held me tightly while we danced and suggested we explore the chemistry sparking between us. His blunt, dirty mouth should’ve turned me off. But for some crazy reason, it had the opposite effect on me.
We ended up back in my hotel room. The next morning, I headed home to New York leaving him behind in California with the wrong number.
I thought about him often, but after my last relationship, I’d sworn off of charming, cocky, gorgeous-as-sin men. A year later, Hunter and I met again at the birth of our friends’ baby. Our attraction hadn't dulled one bit. After a whirlwind trip, he demanded a real phone number this time. So I left him with my mother’s—she could scare away any man with her talks of babies and marriage—and flew back home.
I’d thought it was funny, until the following week when he rang the bell at Mom’s house for Sunday night dinner. The crazy, gorgeous man had won over my mother and taken an eight-week assignment in my city. He proposed we spend that time screwing each other out of our systems.
Eight weeks of mind-blowing sex with no strings attached? What did I have to lose?
Nothing, I thought.
It’s just sex, not love.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans…


5 stars
Review by Lisa Kane

Writing reviews for Vi Keeland's books always make me feel like some Hemingway wannabe typing away. The words flow and I my limited typing skills have to catch up with my thoughts. Her books contain tons of witty banter, sexy lickable scenes and smoldering, delicious angst.

Natalia Rossi is a behavioral therapist helping her best friend get ready for her wedding. Her life is complicated-her ex got himself into some news worthy trouble and Nat is paying the price for his screw ups. She's in a dry spell-hasn't had sex for two years and is determined that she's going to dip into the sex pool again with Adam, a boring but nice groomsman for the wedding. She's voicing her intentions to her bestie, Anna the bride, when she's overheard by Hunter Delucia. Sex on legs. Worthy of being a replacement for one of the Roman gods. He gives her butterflies. Oh that's not good. She doesn't need anymore complications in her life.

"Nat Rossi," I said, giving him my hand.
"Nat? Is that short for something?"
"Natalia. But no one calls me that."
He smiled again. "Very nice to meet you, Natalia."

Oh he's a naughty one. Does his best to thwart Nat's plans for a romp between the sheets with boring Adam. Hunter is rich, charismatic and wants Nat. Cat meet mouse.

"I don't want that type of relationship."
He studied me carefully. "I like you. You're beautiful and smart. We enjoy each other. But I'm not looking for anything serious."

So....he's looking for sex, not love. And Nat's looking for sex not love. This will work, right?

But the best of intentions often lead to messy sticky situations and feelings. Nasty unwanted feelings that make one break their promises to themselves that they won't let themselves get off course. They won't fall hard for anyone.

It's just sex and since both Hunter and Nat know there's an expiration date on their non committal relationship that should be okay. Right? Anybody falling for this load of BS??

Of course there's a cauldron of angst about to come to a full boil in this story. Lots of thuds. That's the sound of your heart and your kindle as it's free falling.

"My two month assignment will be done. I'll be home in California."

Damn you Vi. I swore this time it would be different and I wouldn't get taken in by your evil writing. Nope, my heart will be safely enshrouded in ice, where you and your nefarious words can't touch it. Yep, epic fail on my part.

Natalia-she's my one. 

Somebody reach for the defibrillator. Get those paddles ready. I'm thinking my heart may just be ready to be jumpstarted again.

I feel in love long before I was willing to accept what it was.

Hunter is nothing if not a determined guy who knows what he wants-he just may need a little shove-or a massive push off a cliff to make him see how to make all the jigsaw puzzle pieces fit.

I loved Nat-she's generous and kind and her beauty isn't just on the outside, she has a heart and spirit that she shares with everyone she loves. But she is no pushover. Life beat up her tired heart and once burnt, it's not going to be easy for her to let someone back in again.

Ah...the feels for Sex, Not Love. But I'm telling you Ms. Keeland. I'm not gonna let you suck me in again. Nope, not going to happen. I'm going to read your next book without participating in the Hunger Games you want to play with my heart. I won't fall for your evil plotting ways again.

Sure I won't... Just sign me up to review your next book. Sight unseen. This tribute willingly volunteers.

How could I have thought I was living before?

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in nineteen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.
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Other books from Vi Keeland:
Standalone novels
Beautiful Mistake
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The Baller
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Left Behind (A Young Adult Novel)
Life on Stage series (2 standalone books)
MMA Fighter series (3 standalone books)
Worth the Fight
Worth the Chance
Worth Forgiving
The Cole Series (2 book serial)
Belong to You
Made for You
Co-written novels
Cocky Bastard
Stuck-Up Suit
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Playboy Pilot
Mister Moneybags
Barnes & Noble
Dear Bridget, I Want You
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Review: Keep Her Safe by KA Tucker

Making a Murderer meets Scandal in this story of police corruption, family secrets, and illicit affairs from bestselling author K.A. Tucker, celebrated for her “propulsive plot twists and searing seduction” (USA TODAY).

Noah Marshall has known a privileged and comfortable life thanks to his mother, the highly decorated chief of the Austin Police Department. But all that changes the night she reveals a skeleton that's been rattling in her closet for years, and succumbs to the guilt of destroying an innocent family's life. Reeling with grief, Noah is forced to carry the burden of this shocking secret.

Gracie Richards wasn't born in a trailer park, but after fourteen years of learning how to survive in The Hollow, it's all she knows anymore. At least here people don't care that her dad was a corrupt Austin cop, murdered in a drug deal gone wrong. Here, she and her mother are just another family struggling to survive...until a man who clearly doesn't belong shows up on her doorstep.

Despite their differences, Noah and Gracie are searching for answers to the same questions, and together, they set out to uncover the truth about the Austin Police Department's dark and messy past. But the scandal that emerges is bigger than they bargained for, and goes far higher up than they ever imagined.

Complex, gritty, sexy, and thrilling, Keep Her Safe solidifies K.A. Tucker's reputation as one of today's most talented new voices in romantic suspense.

4 stars
Review by Trinette Dungee

Noah Marshall’s sheltered life has been turned upside down.  What he thought he knew he is no longer sure of. The bad guys might be good and the good guys might be bad. He’s now questioning everything and everyone including his Chief of Police mother and District Attorney Uncle.  Why would his mother feel she didn’t deserve to be Police Chief? Who did she wrong? And why does she have a duffle bag full of cash that should go to someone neither of them has seen in years. These questions lead him to childhood friend Grace Wilkens and unlock doors full of secrets. 
Grace Richards, formally Gracie Wilkens, lives day by day. That’s all she can do when her mother is an addict and they barely know where their next meal will come from. Gracie’s life wasn’t always so rough, but she barely remembers the days she and her mom lived in the suburbs with her police officer father or that they had a really good life before he was murdered and labeled and “dirty cop”.  These days it’s a rundown trailer park that she and her mother call home with a future not so bright. 
When Noah Marshall shows up on her doorstep she is suddenly thrust back into the past to a life she barely remembers to help clear her father’s name. She and Noah must piece together cryptic messages and clues from his mother to uncover a major scandal that a lot of high powered people in Austin, Texas have worked very hard to keep hidden.
 My first introduction to K.A. Tucker was “Until it Fades” which was romantic so I naturally assumed she was a romance writer, uh, not so much. While there was a romantic aspect to this storyline, this was most definitely a mystery/suspense book.  A suspenseful “who-done-it” with a touch of romance is what this was. For as long as I can remember I’ve been reading and I read just about anything but lately I seem to read more Love/romance/erotica; this book however, took me back to my Mary Higgins Clark, James Patterson and John Grisham days and it was a pleasant departure. This was definitely a page turner and kept me guessing the entire time. The flashback scenes sometimes made me move momentum but in the end they definitely helped develop the storyline. I liked all of the characters in this book, even the sleazy cops.

I catalogue this as a cuddle-up-by-the-fireplace type of read. Add it to your Kindle Wish List.

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA TODAY, The Globe and Mail, Suspense Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. She currently resides in a quaint town outside Toronto with her husband and two beautiful girls.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Cover Reveal: Midnight Blue by LJ Shen


Midnight Blue, an all-new sexy standalone from LJ Shen is coming January 21st!

Midnight Blue
Author: LJ Shen
Release Date: January 21st
Designer: Letitia Hasser at RBA Designs.
Model: Nolan Zarlin

It should have been easy.
I needed the money. He needed a babysitter to keep him from snorting himself to death.
I was cherry-picked especially for him. Responsible. Optimistic. Warm. Innocent.
The worst part is that I should have known better.
Alex Winslow. British rock star. Serial heartbreaker. Casanova with whiskey eyes.
“Don’t get near the devil in a leather jacket. He’ll chew you up and spit you out.”
Sounds familiar? That’s because it was a headline in a tabloid the second time he got arrested.
Guess what? I didn’t listen.
I signed the contract.
World tour. Three months. Four Continents. One hundred shows.
My name is Indigo Bellamy, and I sold my soul to a tattooed god.
Problem was, my soul wasn’t enough for Alex Winslow. He ended up taking my body, too.
Then he took my heart.
Then he took my all.

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About LJ Shen:
L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.
Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.
She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.
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