The Good Girls by Teresa Mummert ~ Review & Quote-tastic

The Good Girls was a great read, but different from what I thought it would be. Have you read anything by Teresa Mummert before?
Title: The Good Girls
Author: Teresa Mummert
Genre: NA F/F Romance
Published: April 6th 2015

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My life was meticulously planned and I refused to deviate from that path. While my peers were partying, I prepared for the future. Then a tragic event destroyed everything and I learned that while I was looking ahead, I forgot to live in the moment.

Starting over seemed impossible until I met Cara McCarthy, who lived every day like it was her last. She opened my eyes to a world of chaos and disorder. I loved every minute of it. She was also dating Tristan Adams, one of the most gorgeous men I’d ever seen.

The three of us became inseparable. Our parents were oblivious and soon lines became blurred, feelings began to grow, and someone’s heart was going to get broken. I hoped it wasn’t mine.

I’ve had my eye on The Good Girls for a while, and decided to snap it up when it was on sale. I finally made time to read it but I thought it to be a little different from what the blurb portrayed. Don’t get me wrong, it was still a good read, but I expected it to be a lighter kind of read with some sizzling scenes to get me blushing. The Good Girls was about two girls who are a little unsure about their sexuality, and how they deal with the feelings of their families and the attitudes of people in a small town. It was emotional, gut-wrenching and intense.

Ellie was raised by her single mother, and after a tragic accident was sent to live with her father. She has to start over in a new town with no friends and a father she doesn’t know. She seems lost, but soon strikes up a friendship with Cara, the girl who lives with her father and his girlfriend Dawn. Soon, they are sneaking out with Cara’s boyfriend Tristan and his friends.

I enjoyed the alternating perspectives in this book, so I could see the struggles that both girls were going through. The friendship between Ellie and Cara developed quickly and lines were blurred early on. They were both attracted to one another, but they both felt very alone and neither of them had anyone to support them. Their families and the community shied upon same sex relationships, and so they both struggled with their feelings. They both made decisions to keep the peace, and to prevent heartbreak down the road.

I loved Brody! He was a good guy and he became close friends with Ellie. He initially harboured feelings for Ellie, but they ended up forming a strong friendship where he supported Ellie and eventually Cara with anything they needed.

The Good Girls was a difficult and emotional journey. My heart broke numerous times at what the girls had to deal with. Teresa Mummert knows how to write a story that will impact you and leave you emotionally wrecked. This was a fantastic read that will stay with me for a long time.

This was a sweet moment between Ellie and Cara.

“I want to know you.” My eyes searched hers as her lips parted and a small sigh escaped her. Her soft lips pressed against mine, unmoving. My fingers slid into her hair, tangling in the long strands as I held her against me.

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Teresa MummertI was a Russian spy at the ripe age of thirteen, given my uncanny ability to tell if someone was lying ( I also read fortunes on the weekends). By sixteen, I had become too much of a handful for the Lethal Intelligence Ensemble (L.I.E.). I was quickly exiled to the south of France where I worked with wayward elephants in the Circus of Roaming Animals and People (C.R.A.P.). I was able to make ends meet by selling my organs on the black market for pocket change and beer money. At the age of twenty-three I decided to expand my horizons and become a blackjack dealer in Ireland. I loved the family atmosphere at Barney's Underground Liquor Lounge (B.U.L.L.). People couldn't resist the allure of Liquor up front and poker in the rear. Eventually, I became tired of the rear and headed off to the United States to try my hand at tall tales. That is what brings us here today. If you have a moment, I'd like to tell you a story.
(This bio is not to be taken seriously under any circumstance.)

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the White Trash Trilogy, The Note, Perfect Lie, Pretty Little Things, Honor series, Safe Word, Rellik, The Good Girls, and Something Wicked.

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The Lover's Surrender by J.C. Reed ~ Teasers & Giveaway

The Lover's Surrender, the forth book in the No Exceptions series has now been released. I'm a couple of books behind in this series, but super excited to catch up! 
Title: The Lover's Surrender
Author: J.C. Reed
Series: No Exceptions #4
Genre: Mature New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: November 25th, 2015

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LOVE…sometimes it’s good. Sometimes it’s bad. And sometimes it’s dangerous.

Brooke Stewart, a realtor in New York, is sure of one of thing. She should never fully trust someone who has secrets. Especially when said bad boy is the sexiest man walking on earth. She is running away and has no intention of ever returning to him. But when a friend is killed and the one man she thought she would never meet again is accused of murder, she knows the story doesn’t add up.

Dangerously sexy and arrogant millionaire Jett Mayfield knows his secrets are not doing him any favors. However, when they serve to save Brooke’s life, he has no intention of revealing them. When problems spiral out of control and his life is turned upside down, he knows he needs her more than ever. He needs her more than he knows. But will he be strong enough to do what needs to be done?

In a world where truth shatters and danger is closing in on them, where love is their only sanctuary, will they be able to find each other or is it time to let each other go?

J.C. Reed is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of SURRENDER YOUR LOVE and CONQUER YOUR LOVE. She writes steamy contemporary fiction with a touch of mystery. When she's not typing away on her keyboard, forgetting the world around her, she dreams of returning to the beautiful mountains of Wyoming. You can also find her chatting on Facebook with her readers or spending time with her three children.

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Naomi’s Weekly Wrap Up 165

This week was pretty quiet... The hubby went away, and the kids were at school. I bummed out at home, ran on the treadmill, took a quick trip to the shops, that's about it!
Paradise Road by C.J. Duggan ~ Review & Quote-tastic
Accelerate by Tracy Wolff ~ Release Day Review & Teaser Tuesday
Eighteen (18) by J.A. Huss ~ Review & Giveaway
Waiting On Wednesday #168 – Lawless / Forbidden
Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines ~ Review & Quote-tastic
Nashville Nights by Stacey Mosteller ~ Release Day, Excerpt & Giveaway
The Lover's Surrender by J.C. Reed ~ Teasers & Giveaway
The Good Girls by Teresa Mummert ~ Review & Quote-tastic
The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday
Waiting On Wednesday #169
Zero Hour by Lili St. Germain ~ Review & Giveaway
Play With Me by Piper Shelly ~ Review & Swoon Thursday
Anarchy Found by J.A. Huss ~ Review
Next Door to a Star by Krysten Lindsay Hager ~ Blitz

I pre-ordered this for just 99c!
Vegas Love
Vegas Love by Jillian Dodd

I won these from a giveaway at Itching for Books.
 Thanks Shane and Ginger Scott!
Wild Reckless (Harper Boys, #1)Wicked Restless (Harper Boys, #2)
Wild Reckless (Harper Boys #1)
Wicked Restless (Harper Boys #2)
by Ginger Scott

Sin & Suffer (Pure Corruption MC, #2)
Sin & Suffer (Pure Corruption MC #2)
by Pepper Winters

Anarchy Found (SuperAlpha Series)
Anarchy Found (SuperAlpha Series)
by J.A. Huss

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Nashville Nights Boxed Set by Stacey Mosteller ~ Release Day, Excerpt & Giveaway

Ok... so after reading the excerpt, you know I pre-ordered this! Couldn't help it! It was just 99c! 
Title: Nashville Nights Boxed Set
Author: Stacey Mosteller
Series: Nashville Nights #1-4
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Published: November 27th 2015
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Save Me From Myself (Nashville Nights Book 1)
Tragedy and betrayal sent her running…
And now she’s starting over far away from the person she used to be.

Lyric Hayes tried to be the perfect daughter and the perfect girlfriend, but those days are over. She’s ready to begin again with a vow to herself: no relationships, no complications, and no turning back.

Easier said than done…

Confident, successful, and charming David Pearson makes her vow nearly impossible. He has it all, and David knows better than anyone not to judge someone by what’s on the surface. Wanting to own her heart, he’ll do anything to gain her trust and save her from herself. But David’s family could have secrets and baggage of their own, which could send Lyric packing and on the run once again. Is his past just another version of a song Lyric has heard before?

Never Wanted More (Nashville Nights 1.5)
Originally part of the Southern Seduction Box Set
Never Wanted More is book 1.5 in the Nashville Nights series
Peyton Williams is spoiled, entitled and a little too stuck up. The daughter of an influential Mayor and a socialite mother, she’s trying to get through college and make her own path. She’s perfectly happy being a loner until Spring semester when she gets not only a roommate, but a math tutor.

Wyatt Parker is the boy from the wrong side of town. Known as the son of the town tramp, he jumps at the scholarship to play basketball in Nashville where no one knows his roots. Spending this semester tutoring a friend’s snobby roommate wasn’t what he envisioned, but Peyton quickly gets under his skin.

Peyton never wanted more until she met Wyatt, but is she willing to be what he needs?

Everything I Shouldn’t: Jeremy & SarahBeth #1 (Nashville Nights Book 2)
It’s been eight days, sixteen hours and forty-seven minutes since life as I know it ended. I know, it sounds so melodramatic and teen-soap worthy, but it’s the truth. Eight days, sixteen hours and forty-seven minutes since David found out. Since he kicked Jeremy out, ended their friendship and told me I could never see him again.

I didn’t plan on David getting suspicious, and I definitely didn’t plan on getting caught. My selfishness has cost Jeremy everything, my brother won’t even look at me, Lyric must hate me for practically blackmailing her to keep silent and my best friend is barely speaking to me.

Now my life is full of secrets and lies. The people around me have been affected by the choices I’ve made and the lies I’ve told. But what will they do when they discover the biggest secret of them all?

Jeremy is everything I shouldn’t want, and the person I can’t live without.

Everything I Need: Jeremy & SarahBeth #2 (Nashville Nights Book 3)
SarahBeth Pearson has made mistakes, and I might just be the biggest one of them all. After spending months keeping secrets and lying to everyone close to us, it’s all fallen apart and we are each left alone to pick up the pieces.

I’ve loved SarahBeth in one form or another her entire life. The steps that brought us closer together weren’t easy for me to take. After letting her dictate our relationship, I’ve found myself practically homeless and estranged from my closest friends.

Now I’m left trying to move on, finding a new place to live and getting everything I need in order, while she’s trying to mend her broken heart. There’s just one problem…SarahBeth’s still keeping secrets – and her secret just might change everything.

Pretending He’s You (Nashville Nights Book 4)
Part One of Two

Olivia Barrett’s always had a weakness for bad boys and Tyler Chamberlain is no exception. His tattoos, his piercings, and even the fact that he has a girlfriend doesn’t keep her away.

Interested in Tyler since she first saw him pick up a guitar, she’s been trying to find ways to be with him for years. He’s the one Livvie runs to when she needs a friend, the one who makes her laugh and holds her when she needs to cry. Unfortunately, they are never single at the same time and sneaking around is getting old.

Now, tired of making bad decisions, Livvie’s making changes. Her friends are all starting to grow up and she doesn’t want to be left behind. Terrified her friends are moving on without her, she’s determined to make things work with Emmett, her on-again off-again boyfriend since high school.

The only problem? Tyler isn’t ready to let her go. Despite her boyfriend and his girlfriend, these two are drawn together like magnets. When she’s with Emmett she wishes she was with Tyler and vice versa.

Will Livvie ever get tired of pretending and pick one guy? Or will she keep bouncing back and forth between the two of them indefinitely?

Note: This book contains themes of infidelity which may be a trigger for some readers
*This book contains adult situations and is recommended for 18+

Pretending He’s You Excerpt

Tyler’s angry now too. I can see it in his eyes when he stands. “Drop it Olivia.” His voice is low and full of menace, but I don’t care.
“No. You owe me Tyler. Tell me why.”
He stalks over, not stopping until we’re standing toe to toe, and he has to bend a little to look me in the eyes. “You don’t want me to tell you why. Trust me on that.”
“I do. Tell. Me. Why.” I cross my arms over my chest, refusing to budge. What’s the worst he can say?
Narrowing his eyes, he says, “Fine. You want to know why?” Duh. I just said I did…twice. “Because Livvie. You’re a good fuck. Don’t mistake it for love. It’s just shagging.”
“You asshole!” My voice is rising, and I’m trembling. I can’t tell where the anger ends, and the pain begins, and I know later I’m going to crash and crash hard. Right now though? Right now, I just want to punch him. I want to do him bodily harm. I want him to feel the pain I’m feeling. “Fuck you.” I turn my back on him, leaving him standing in the middle of his room.
Just before I slam the door; he laughs. “Already did love. Don’t pretend you didn’t like it. Your screams said otherwise.” I know my face is bright red now. I can feel the blush spreading. It feels like my entire body has caught fire from embarrassment. He’s such a jerk. Jensen’s in the kitchen when I walk into the open living area, giving me a look that says he heard the whole thing.
“Do you need a ride?” I nod, not trusting my voice. If I attempt to talk, I will lose it. He gives me a sympathetic smile before he grabs his keys and ushers me out of the house. “I’m sorry he hurt you,” Jensen mutters. I don’t say anything. I just want to forget tonight happened. He doesn’t talk anymore, and the ride to my house is silent except for the music playing low on the radio. Thankfully it’s on punk rock and not country because I can’t take anything sad. If I have to hear a song about a dead dog or a broken relationship, I’ll completely lose my shit.
When he pulls up in front of my house, I practically jump out of the car. “Thanks Jensen.” I shut the door quickly and run inside. I don’t want to see Chris, I don’t want him to know I’m upset because if he sees me, he’ll figure out what’s going on and then he’ll spend the rest of the night pounding Tyler. I don’t know why I’m protecting him because he sure as hell doesn’t deserve it, but I don’t want to be responsible for them fighting either. Once I’m in the safety of my bedroom with my door locked, I strip off the clothes that smell like Tyler and head for the shower. I’m determined to wash the memory of him off. I sit on the floor of my shower; my knees against my chest, and my arms wrapped around them, sobbing until I have no tears left. I’m stronger than this. I’m better than what he tried to make me. My daddy always told me I was a prize, but I let a dude treat me like a throwaway. Fuck Tyler Chamberlain.
Stacey is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author of Second Chances and Shadows of the Past (co-authored with H.M. Ward), the Nashville Nights, Two Sisters and Nashville U series (coming late 2015 from Swoon Romance).

She is also a wife, mother, writer and self-professed bookwhore – not necessarily in that order! As the mother of three growing boys, her Kindle has become her temporary escape from the insanity of boys, dogs and her husband. Stacey can usually be found curled up with her iPad when she’s supposed to be writing or creating endless Spotify playlists!

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Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines ~ Review & Swoon Thursday

I've finally found time to read this little beauty... now I want more! I loved the characters and the world Abbi has created. I hope we don't have to wait too long!
Title: Until Friday Night
Author: Abbi Glines
Series: The Field Party #1
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Published: August 25th 2015

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To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god. But on the inside he's grief-stricken - his father is dying and he hasn't told anyone because he can't face the truth.

Now, as his pain grows unbearable, West finally decides he needs to talk to someone about his dad. So in the dark shadows of a party, he tells the one girl who doesn't speak everything he can't tell anyone else. West expected to feel relief, a flood of emotions - but what he didn't expect was for Maggie Carleton to reply. For her to reveal a pain even deeper than his own. And, for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn't ever let her go.

Until Friday Night was a deeper read than what I expected. I love reads that involve sports like football, and expected there to be a lot of flirting and normal jock behaviour. But once you read the blurb, you can see it will be a difficult read; it was more about growing up in a small town and how to deal with loss. It was heartbreaking, but these difficult times brought two people close together.

Maggie doesn’t speak to people, and I wasn’t sure why to begin with, but slowly details come to light and I knew it was due to a graphic and intense situation that anyone would struggle with. Her story was already tugging at my heart, but she could see something in West that no one else could see and she was determined to help him through his sadness.

West was living in his own hell, seeing his father – his idol – slowly die, that gutted me. The tears sprang forth and I was so glad he was able to build a stable friendship with Maggie to help him get through it. He appeared to be confident and arrogant in front of his friends, but inside he was struggling on what to do to help his mother. His relationship with Maggie and the advice she gave him made him a stronger and better person, which I was glad to see.

There were a few secondary characters introduced that I am dying to see more of. Maggie’s cousin and best friend, Brady, is one of them. I could see him struggling with how to deal with Maggie. He would take her to school and everywhere his mother suggested, but Maggie told him that she would be fine on her own. But he showed how protective he was of her numerous times. Brady and West’s close friends from the team, Nash, Gunner, Asa and Ryker were great support too. They stepped up when needed and even had Maggie’s interest at heart.

Abbi Glines blew me away with the emotion she dragged out of me while reading Until Friday Night. West wasn’t nice in the beginning, but I could see the turmoil he was going through. I saw how difficult it was for Maggie to start over at a new school, being different and wanting to do everything on her own so she didn’t burden her cousin. Then the heartbreak of losing someone you love, and how to deal with strong feelings toward your friend. I laughed, swooned and cried, and hoped that both West and Maggie would be able to draw strength from their loss and from each other. I loved seeing the change in both of them; Maggie became a stronger, more confident girl and West was more open about his feelings. If you haven’t tried a book by Abbi before... start here, you won’t regret it!

Complimentary copy provided by Simon & Schuster Australia in exchange for an honest review.

I have two swoons again today (I can't help myself!) One amusing, one sweet!

When I walked out of the locker room, Maggie was standing there waiting on me. Her smile when our eyes locked eased the sadness I’d felt when I walked out and my dad wasn’t there.
“You were amazing. . . . I think. I don’t know much about it. But you look really good in those pants,” she said in a whisper when I got close enough to hold her.
Chuckling, I kissed her forehead, then her nose, and finally her mouth.

Paperback Page 254

I reached up and cupped his face this time. “Before you, I never smiled. I never laughed. I’d forgotten how. I was alone, and I didn’t know any other way. But you saved me. You make me feel appreciated, needed, wanted. You brought me out, and you gave me reasons to laugh again. Just seeing you makes me smile. No one could ever mean to me what you mean to me.”

Paperback Page 262

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Abbi GlinesAbbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. She has a new YA series coming out in the fall of 2015 titled The Field Party Series . She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.

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Eighteen (18) by J.A. Huss ~ Review & Giveaway

Hold onto your panties ladies! J.A. Huss has released a sizzling new read that you need to grab and devout now, for just 99c!! 
Title: Eighteen (18)
Author: J.A. Huss
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: November 18th 2015

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Eighteen is hard.
And so is Mateo Alesci.
He’s hard to read, hard to predict, hard in every way that counts. He wants things from me.
Dirty things, nasty things, forbidden things.
And I have to give in.
His attention is completely inappropriate, but I can’t say no. The way he looks at me… the way he watches me through my bedroom window… the way he drags me deeper and deeper into his completely forbidden fantasy world just… turns me on.
He knows it turns me on.
He holds all the power. He holds all the cards.
He holds my entire future in his hands.
And I have to give in.
Because Mr. Alesci is my teacher.
And I need everything he’s offering.

I’m a fan of reading about forbidden romances... And J.A. Huss decided to write one, so of course I had to devour it! It was everything that I hoped for… It was hot, sexy, with sizzling sex scenes, and just like I expect from Huss, there’s a few twists to add some intensity! Once I started to read this book, I found it hard to put down, I tell you!

Shannon was such a great character to read about. She was feisty, willing to stand up for herself when cornered, and didn’t hold back on what she was thinking. In the first chapter, she goes on the defensive and argues with the guidance councillor because of stupid rules that the school has. She dropped the f-bomb multiple times, and he didn’t blink an eye. Although she was coasting through school, the added pressure drew out her emotions and she broke down a little and my heart ached for her. Then I learned more about her, what she has been through, the people that she’d lost and what she was fighting to live for. She was a good person and was doing all she could for her remaining family.

Mateo… he was intense, direct and incredibly sexy! I loved the way he spoke to Shannon, and left no room for argument; his words were dirty, his instructions were naughty, but geez it was hot! Shannon would do anything he asked, and most of the time it came back to sex and the connection they had. Shannon seemed to trust him immediately, despite what they were doing was wrong. He came across a bit stalkerish in the beginning, but it was because he knew Shannon was it for him!

Another character introduced was Sunday (Danny). I really liked him and loved his approach when it came to Shannon. He was upfront with her and looked out for her when he could. He did the sweetest things and they remained friends despite Mateo warning her to keep away from him. I hope we get to see more of him in the future… he deserves a HEA too!

I loved every moment of reading Eighteen. It was raunchy, it was intense and the characters had great chemistry. I loved watching the relationship between Shannon and Mateo grow. Shannon learned a lot about herself and what she could achieve, and Mateo helped her with that. Mateo knew what he wanted, and planned on convincing Shannon to be his, but his ways weren’t always the best. I loved meeting his family, especially his mother and what it meant for Shannon. I could see that he was holding back though, which put a little doubt into Shannon’s mind. I love the way J.A. Huss writes her books; she creates passionate characters that anyone can relate to in some way. That’s why she remains one of my favourite authors! Bring on your next project girl, I cannot wait!

JA Huss is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.

You can chat with her on Facebook (, Twitter (@jahuss), and her kick-ass romance blog, New Adult Addiction (

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