Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Review— The Bookworm's Guide to Faking It (The Bookworm's Guide #2) by Emma Hart

 



Publisher: Emma Hart
Published: December 2, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: E-ARC
Rating: 4 stars

THE BOOKWORM’S GUIDE TO FAKING IT,an all-new, side-splittingly hilarious second chanceromcom from New York Times bestselling author, Emma Hart is LIVE!!!

 

BLURB 

What I expected on Saturday morning: Books.

What I got on Saturday morning: my ex-best friend and first crush in front of me.

 

Let it be known that I, Holley Stuart, do not give a single rat's behind about pro baseball's star pitcher Sebastian Stone.

I definitely don't care that he's standing in my bookstore.

Nor do I care that he seems to have forgotten about the last time we saw each other--senior prom, when he both humiliated me and broke my heart, albeit unknowingly.

Now, he needs a date to his sister's wedding.

Don't ask me how I ended up being it, because I have no idea. But that's the least of my problems.

His grandfather is adamant we're dating, and Seb isn't in a hurry to convince him otherwise, so I have no choice but to go along with it.

The problem? The only thing I've ever faked is... well, you know.

I've definitely never faked my feelings for someone.

And judging by the way I feel whenever Seb looks at me, it doesn't look like I'm starting now...


Review:


“But it wasn’t real.
 And it wasn’t a dream. 
This right here was a nightmare.”

Let me start off by saying that I liked this and thought it was both entertaining and fun to read. I have to get something off my chest though! 

I liked Saylor (I’m just going to get that out of the way) because she was the only one I felt called Holley out on her shit. Holley agrees to go as a date to a wedding with Sebastian, her ex best friend/heartbreaker, and if I truly believed she didn’t want to go with him then that’s one thing. But all she ever did was whine and complain even though she’s clearly not over him or what happened at prom all those years ago. It got old fast. 


 Don’t even get me started on the fact that Holley acted like a bitch to Sebastion from something he did almost a decade ago!! Again, Saylor saved the day by telling her to get over it and get over herself. Thank you! To be pissed from something that happened so long ago is just dumb. I could understand a year or two going by and still being mad. Any more than that, then you’re just a bitter, salty bitch. No other way to put it! 

You may think I hated the book based on that little rant but rest assured I liked it. It was funny and yes, romantic. I loved the fact that I felt a connection to Holley when it came to being a bookworm. Once we got passed the prickly stage that I didn’t like, I definitely felt an appreciation for her that I didn’t have in the beginning of the book. 

Especially when it came to finally opening up. Sebastion and Holley as a couple was magical to see. I may have a slight weakness when it comes to baseball players and booknerds. So maybe I’m also a little bit biased. 

Overall, if you’re looking for something light and romantic,  then this is the one for you. It has the fake dating trope I love so much and the hero could be pretty swoony. 


 

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About the author:

Emma Hart is the New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author of over twenty novels and has been translated into several different languages. She first put fingers to keys at the age of eighteen after her husband told her she read too much and should write her own. 

Four years later, she's still figuring out what he meant when he said she 'read too much.'

She prides herself on writing smart smut that's filled with dry wit, snappy, sarcastic comebacks, but lots of heart... And sex. Sometimes, she kills people. (Disclaimer: In books. But if you bug her, she'll use your name for the victims.)


 

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Review— Ten Things I Hate About the Duke (Difficult Dukes #2) by Loretta Chase

 


Publisher: Avon Books
Published: December 1, 2020
Genre: Histical Romance
Source: E-ARC
Rating: 4 stars


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Blurb:

USA Today bestselling author Loretta Chase continues her Difficult Dukes series with this delightful spin on Shakespeare's classic, The Taming of the Shrew.

This time, who’s taming whom…


Cassandra Pomfret holds strong opinions she isn’t shy about voicing. But her extremely plain speaking has caused an uproar, and her exasperated father, hoping a husband will rein her in, has ruled that her beloved sister can’t marry until Cassandra does. 

Now, thanks to a certain wild-living nobleman, the last shreds of Cassandra’s reputation are about to disintegrate, taking her sister’s future and her family’s good name along with them. 

The Duke of Ashmont’s looks make women swoon. His character flaws are beyond counting. He’s lost a perfectly good bride through his own carelessness. He nearly killed one of his two best friends. Still, troublemaker that he is, he knows that damaging a lady’s good name isn’t sporting. 

The only way to right the wrong is to marry her…and hope she doesn’t smother him in his sleep on their wedding night.

Review:
There’s something about reading a book about a naughty Duke that just gives me butterflies in my stomach! The Duke of Ashmont is everything I want in a hero and more. Cassandra is the perfect heroine that I immediately loved! Their chemistry and banter is everything I wished for and more. 

My only hang up was that I wished there was a tad bit more romance. Don’t get me wrong, what we got was great! But I’m one that lives and breathes romance and I was just left with feeling that I wanted more. 

Overall, it was a fast and easy read. The characters made it so fun! I look forward to more books in the Difficult Dukes series. 

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a free copy for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are subjective but my own. 

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About the Author:
Loretta Lynda Chekani was born in 1949, of Albanian ancestry. For her, the trouble started when she learned to write in first grade. Before then, she had been making up her own stories but now she knew how to write them down to share. In her teenage years, she continue to write letters, keep a journal, write poetry and even attempt the Great American Novel (still unfinished). She attended New England public schools, before she went off to college and earned an English degree from Clark University.

After graduation, she worked a variety of jobs at Clark including a part-time teaching post. She was also moonlighting as a video scriptwriter. It was there that she met a video producer who inspired her to write novels and marry him. Under her married name, Loretta Chase, has been publishing historical romance novels since 1987. Her books have won many awards, including the Romance Writers of America RITA.


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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Blog Tour—Pretending by


Blurb: In PRETENDING, April struggles to move on after a traumatic relationship. She’s kind, pretty, and relatively normal, but she can’t seem to get past the fifth date.  Every time she thinks she’s found someone she can trust, they reveal their awful selves to her and leave her heartbroken. Until April realizes that what men really want is Gretel.

Gretel is perfect - beautiful but low maintenance, sweet but never clingy, sexy but not a slut. She's a Regular Everyday Manic Pixie Dream Girl Next Door With No Problems. And when April pretends to be Gretel, dating becomes so much more fun—especially when she reels in the unexpecting Joshua. Finally, April is the one in control, but it’s her own feelings that she can’t seem to manage. And as she and Joshua grow closer, how long will she be able to keep pretending?

Perfect for fans of “Fleabag,” with winking narration and bitingly observant humor, PRETENDING is an emotionally authentic take on #MeToo narratives and explores the pain and frustration of dating men in an era when stories about assault are a daily occurrence. In PRETENDING, April struggles to move on after a traumatic relationship. She’s kind, pretty, and relatively normal, but she can’t seem to get past the fifth date.  Every time she thinks she’s found someone she can trust, they reveal their awful selves to her and leave her heartbroken. Until April realizes that what men really want is Gretel.

Review:

This has the best firstliner in a book I’ve ever read. “I hate men.” I just KNEW that once I read that short little line, that Pretending was going to be my type of book. April is my gal—beautiful, kind, and just so happens to have terrible luck in the lurveeee department. Don’t we all, April?

Bottom line, always be yourself. If you find yourself needing to lie to impress someone, you’re not only doing them a disservice, you’re doing yourself a disservice as well. April is 100% of herself but men just don’t like her. That’s when she comes up with a plan to act not like herself. She meets Joshua and the two start a relationship based on April’s one little lie. 

That one little lie turns into something quite big though. April and Joshua are a good pair. I liked them both a lot. While I loved April a lot, there were times where I got a teensy bit annoyed with her. She’s very...unique and obsessed with falling in love. Sometimes less is more. 

Overall, I had a ton of fun reading this! It’s romantic and funny. The message about always being yourself bares repeating. BE YOURSELF!

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are subjective but my own. 


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About the Author:

Holly started her writing career as a news journalist, where she was nominated for Best Print Journalist of the Year. She then spent six years working as an editor, a relationship advisor, and general ‘agony aunt’ for a youth charity – helping young people with their relationships and mental health. 

Inspired by what she saw, she started writing teen fiction, including the best-selling, award-winning ‘Spinster Club’ series which helps educate teenagers about feminism. When she turned thirty, Holly wrote her first adult novel, 'How Do You Like Me Now?', examining the intensified pressures on women once they hit that landmark.

Alongside her writing, Holly has a keen interest in women’s rights and is an advocate for reducing the stigma of mental health problems. She’s helped create online apps that teach young people about sexual consent, works with Women’s Aid to spread awareness of abusive relationships, and runs Rethink’s mental health book club.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Review: These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights #1) by Chloe Gong

 


Publisher:  Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published: November 17, 2020
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Print ARC
Rating: 4.5 stars

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Blurb:
Perfect for fans of The Last Magician and Descendant of the Crane, this heart-stopping debut is an imaginative Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, with rival gangs and a monster in the depths of the Huangpu River.

The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.

A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.

But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.

Review:

Wow! That was absolutely gorgeous. From the very first page until the very end, I was invested in Juliette and Roma's story. It was romantic and so deliciously forbidden. Gong takes a classic tale and makes it all her own. The best thing about These Violent Delights is that it takes place in 1926 Shanghai.  

Juliette is the heroine you've longed for-she's strong and fiercely independent. I loved her immediately. I think readers will love this because it has a hot trope, enemies-to-lovers! The best kind, in my humble opinion.

Honestly, I wasn't a fan of the original play of Romeo & Juliet. Gasp...I know! I'm terrible. For some odd reason, I always end up loving the retelling of the classic tale. However, Gong's version is by far my favorite. I'm in love with it. I can't wait for the second book to come.

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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About the author:

Chloe Gong is an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, studying English and International Relations. During her breaks, she’s either at home in New Zealand or visiting her many relatives in Shanghai. Chloe has been known to mysteriously appear by chanting “Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s best plays and doesn’t deserve its slander in pop culture” into a mirror three times. You can find her on Twitter @thechloegong, check out her website at thechloegong.com or email her at chloegongwrites@gmail.com.

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Monday, November 16, 2020

Review: Love & Olives (Love & Gelato #3) by Jenna Evans Welch


Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: November 10, 2020
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Print ARC
Rating: 4 stars


 Blurb:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Love & Gelato comes a Mamma Mia–inspired tale about a teen girl finding romance while trying to connect with her absent father in beautiful Santorini, Greece.


Liv Varanakis doesn’t have a lot of fond memories of her father, which makes sense—he fled to Greece when she was only eight. What Liv does remember, though, is their shared love for Greek myths and the lost city of Atlantis. So when Liv suddenly receives a postcard from her father explaining that National Geographic is funding a documentary about his theories on Atlantis—and will she fly out to Greece and help?—Liv jumps at the opportunity.

But when she arrives to gorgeous Santorini, things are a little…awkward. There are so many questions, so many emotions that flood to the surface after seeing her father for the first time in years. And yet Liv doesn’t want their past to get in the way of a possible reconciliation. She also definitely doesn’t want Theo—her father’s charismatic so-called “protégé”—to witness her struggle.

And that means diving into all that Santorini has to offer—the beautiful sunsets, the turquoise water, the hidden caves, and the delicious cuisine. But not everything on the Greek island is as perfect as it seems. Because as Liv slowly begins to discover, her father may not have invited her to Greece for Atlantis, but for something much more important.

Review:
When reading a Welch book, I always know I’m going to feel good by the end of it. The stories are all meaningful, romantic, and have a good blend of heavy and light. Love & Olives immediately pulled at my heartstrings because I felt connected to Liv on a whole other level. 

I loved that the story’s central theme was Atlantis but with an underlining meaning of family and forgiveness. Liv has some deep hurt from a father who left her when she was very young. Fast-forward to her senior year in high school when her father contacts her about something major happening. 

When Liv was young, she and her father bonded over their love and belief of the City of Alantis. Now that she’s older, those dreams have been put on the back burner. That is until her dad contacts her about an amazing opportunity courtesy of National Geographic. 

Next thing she knows, Liv is on her way to Greece. Where she comes face to face with her father and her own fears and disappointments. She also learns a lot about herself. Of course, there’s a sweet romance brewing with her dad’s protégé, Theo. 

I fell in love with everything about this book. It was so descriptive and beautiful. Liv is the type of heroine you can’t help but root for. She isn’t perfect, but it’s her imperfections that make her all the more loveable. Perfect ending for a perfect story. 

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are subjective but my own. 

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About the Author:
Jenna Evans Welch was the kind of insatiable child reader who had no choice but to grow up to become a writer. She is the New York Times Bestselling author of LOVE & GELATO and the upcoming LOVE & LUCK. When she isn’t writing girl abroad stories, Jenna can be found chasing her children or making elaborate messes in the kitchen. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and two young children.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Review: Ship-Wrecked by Cassie Cross

Book Information: 

Title:  Ship-Wrecked

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:  

 Skye McLane is Hollywood’s newest It Girl. Between the film offers flying in and the ever-present awards buzz around her, Skye seems to have everything, until pictures of her heartthrob boyfriend cheating on her are splashed all over the internet. Heartbroken, Skye just wants to focus on her work and lick her wounds in private, but her publicist has another plan. 

 

His name is River Holloway. 

 

River’s a rising star with a penchant for finding trouble wherever he goes. He has a new movie coming out and some career-making deals in the works, but River’s getting the wrong kind of attention after a couple of fights captured by the paparazzi. What he needs is an image rehab, and his publicist thinks Skye is just the girl who can give it to him. 

 

America’s newest sweetheart and a bad boy in need of a little TLC seems like the perfect recipe for some positive press. It’s strictly a showmance with a pre-determined expiration date, until a trip to a tropical paradise leaves them shipwrecked, and their time alone together makes them realize that their feelings might not be for show after all…


Review:

Short and sweet. Ship-Wrecked tells the story about Skye and how her life changed the moment she met River Holloway. The two instantly hit it off when their publicists come up with a plan for them to be in positive light. Namely, dating each other.


It couldn't come at a better time since poor Skye was cheated on by her boyfriend. Enter River. Dreamy and sexy River. They never stood a chance of "just faking. With incredible chemistry and love growing between them every day, these two celebrities will bring each other down to their knees!


*Thank you to the author for providing a copy for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Buy Links:  

 Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08J444WKN/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0

 

Series LInks: 

The Sweet Spot 

Let’s Get Physical 

The Plus-One Proposal 

The Breakup Bucket List

The Layover

Author Information:  

Author Name:  Cassie Cross 

Author Bio:  

 Cassie Cross is a Maryland native and a romantic at heart, who lives outside of Baltimore with her two dogs and a closet full of shoes. Cassie’s fondness for swoon-worthy men and strong women are the inspiration for most of her stories, and when she’s not busy writing a book, you’ll probably find her eating takeout and indulging in her love of 80’s sitcoms.

 

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Brittainy Cherry’s Newest Release: The Wreckage of Us





 About the Book

Title - The Wreckage of Us
Author - Brittainy Cherry
Release Date - September 8, 2020
Publisher - Montlake

Summary

I know I should stay away from Ian Parker.

But when my drug-dealing stepdad kicks me out, I have nowhere to go. Squatting in an abandoned shed on Ian’s grandpa’s farm seems like as good a plan as any.

Ian finds me there, of course, and he insists on me moving into his spare room. I should say no, but the appeal of a roof and a warm bed is too much. Not to mention Ian’s brown eyes and strong arms.

We’re nothing alike, but the spark between us is undeniable. My life is finally looking up.

Until I call the cops on my stepdad and unintentionally get my pregnant mom arrested.

Now I have to sacrifice my dreams to take care of my mom’s baby. She’s the only family I have left. Meanwhile, Ian’s band is taking off; his dreams are coming true.

Ian is my one chance at love. I just hope he doesn’t become the one chance that got away.

The Wreckage of Us takes place in the inauspicious town of Eres, Nebraska. Not exactly a place where happily-ever-afters are made. What made you choose this setting?

I wanted to tell a story about a small town that was overlooked by the world as a whole. Most people would overlook a town like Eres, Nebraska, but there are still people who are living, who are loving, and who are struggling in these small towns. I wanted to show their stories, and how even though the rest of the world may not see them, that they still matter. They deserve their happily ever afters just as much as the rest of the world.

Hazel, your heroine, is newly eighteen when her criminal step-father throws her out of the house. She literally has nothing when the story begins—not even her mother’s support. What choices does Hazel make? Do you agree with them?

Hazel chooses to find a job in order to help her mother from a distance. I think she acts on impulse, not exactly thinking things through. She doesn’t get the opportunity to think far into the future, she only has right in that moment. Second by second. I do agree with her choices in a way, since she isn't harming anyone with these choices. She is just doing her best to make it to the next day.

Forget about healing, Hazel is in survival mode. What keeps her going?

Her twisted love and care for her mother is keeping her going—along with her unborn sister. She knew what it was like to grow up in her household, and she wouldn’t want her little sister to go through those same kind of struggles. So, that pushes Hazel to keep moving forward and fighting for her family.

Your hero is a very interesting mix of both the town’s “golden boy” as well as the town’s “bad boy”. Ian is…complicated. How did you get to know him? How does Hazel get to know him?

I believe Hazel and I both got to know Ian the same way—piece by piece. He has a wall of protection up from the world due to the trauma he experienced as a child. Being abandoned by his parents really did a number on Ian’s trust. Yet, the beautiful thing about Ian is when he loves, he loves fully. He does everything he can to make sure those he loves are taken care of. Once his pieces are discovered, he makes a beautiful complete puzzle.

Music is Ian’s whole life. He sees it as his escape, a way out of the stifling Eres, Nebraska. However, he struggles with his emotions and allowing himself to really feel the music he is making. What needs to change for him? 

He needs to tap into his darkest struggles. He has to go to the edge of his anger, his hurts, and express those feelings on the page in front of him. Ian holds so much in that it becomes a creative block in a way. Once he starts breaking those walls down—with the help of Hazel—he discovers his real creativity. He finds his voice, he finds his songs. He finds himself.

Hazel and Ian are an unlikely pair. They really get on each other’s nerves and they want different things out of life. Yet despite their differences, they find a connection. What is the spark that brings them together?

I think it’s loneliness. They grew up without having the true love of their parents. And in the town of Eres, drugs are a big issue. Those drugs affected both of their parents lives in different ways, but it’s a connecting factor for them both. They are able to connect with one another because they both know what it’s like to hurt so deeply and dream of a parent’s love.

The theme of “impossible love” runs through your novels. Two people that can’t possibly make it work realize that they don’t want anyone else but each other. What excites you about these types of stories.

I think there’s something so exciting about a love worth fighting for. When the passion is given from not only one side of the equation, but both the hero and heroine know the feelings they have run deep. Sure, there are struggles, like there are in everyday life, but they know they wouldn’t want to struggle with anyone else in the world. They fight for their happily ever after, no matter what. And that, in my mind, is what makes the impossible love become possible and true. That’s what gives us the happily ever afters that we as readers crave.

Currently our country and the world are going through unprecedented crisis. The arts have become so important for people to feel a sense of normalcy. As a writer, how do you hope your story affects your readers?

I hope my stories give my readers hope. I hope it reminds them that even throughout the storms, the sun will always shine once the clouds move to the side. There’s beauty in the storms, too, if you are willing to look hard enough. There are lessons of self that can be learned, and I think my characters discover that from time to time. I just hope to showcase that this is still a time to believe in happily ever afters, and that the world’s story as a whole, is far from over. We still have so much beauty to still discover. We still have so much light to find. And those facts alone, give me hope, and I hope my stories do the same for readers. I hope I give them light.

How has our current situation affected projects you are working on now? (Any spoilers you can tell us about what is up next for you?)

I’m finding myself more forgiving of my writing pace! I fell off for a while, and found it hard to be creative, but now that I am in a groove, I am finding writing fun again. It’s my great escape from the issues around me. Words save me day in and day out, and I’m thankful for that. Up next for me is my second book in my Compass series, which is entitled Eastern Lights. It’s my first ever romantic comedy, that is filled with so much heart. I think readers are going to love getting to know Connor and Aaliyah’s story!

***

The Wreckage of Us Excerpt

A typical Eres Saturday night.

I wandered the ranch with a notebook and pen in my hand. I kept scribbling down lyrics and crossing them out before trying again to create something better, stronger—realer. I kept drumming my fingers against each other, trying to unlock the pieces that I was missing. As I paced back and forth, a voice broke me away from my mind.

“It’s the words.”

I looked up to see Hazel sitting in the rocking chair that Big Paw built for my mother years ago. I used to sit in Mom’s lap as she’d read me stories before bedtime all those years back.

There’d been times I thought about getting rid of the chair in order to forget that memory, but I hadn’t found the strength to let go just yet.

“What do you mean it’s the words?” I asked, walking up the steps of the porch. I leaned against the railing facing her.

She blinked and tilted her head in my direction. “Your words are trash.”

“What?”

“The lyrics to your songs, they are complete garbage, filled with clichés and bubblegum. Don’t get me wrong, the music style and tempos are brilliant. And even though it pains me to admit, your voice is so solid and soulful that you could be a star in a heartbeat. But your lyrics? They are pig shit.”

“I think the saying is horseshit.”

“After spending weeks in a pig pen, pig shit seems to truly sum up my feelings about your music. But my gosh, your voice. It’s a good voice.”

I tried to push off her insult, and tried to ignore her compliment, too. But it was hard. I had an ego that was easy to bruise, and Hazel was swinging her punches while also speaking words of praise. It was as if every bruise she made, she quickly covered with a Bandaid.

Insult, compliment, insult, compliment. Wash, rinse, repeat.

“Everyone else seemed to enjoy it,” I replied, tense with my words.

“Yeah, well, everyone else are morons who are drunk off their minds.”

“Oh? And you think you could do better?”

She laughed. “Without a doubt.” “Okay, Hazel Stone, master of lyrics, give me something to go with.”

She gestured toward the other rocker beside her—the one Dad used to sit in.

I sat down.

She pressed her lips together. “Okay. Give me one of your songs. One that you know is crap but are pretending isn’t crap.”

“They aren’t—”

“Lying isn’t going to get us far tonight, Ian.” 

I narrowed my eyes and murmured a curse word before I began flipping through my notebook to find a song for Hazel to magically make better. “Fine. We can do Possibilities.”

“Hmm… What is it about?”

“A new relationship forming. I want to showcase those beginning feelings, you know? The fears and excitements. The nerves. The unknown. The—”

“First chapters of love,” she finished my thoughts.

“Yes, that.”

She took the pencil from behind my ear and took the notebook from my grip. “May I?”

“Please. Go for it.”

She began scribbling, crossing things out, adding things in, doing whatever came to her mind. She worked like a manwoman, falling into a world of creativity that I didn’t think she’d held inside of her. The only thing I knew about Hazel Stone was where she came from, and the clothes she wore. I hadn’t known anything else, but now she was pouring herself out on the page, and I couldn’t wait to see what the hell she was scribbling.

She took a breath and handed the notebook back to me. “If you hate it, no harm, no foul,” she said.

My eyes darted over the words. “It’s possible this is forever ours. It’s possible we’ll reach the stars. We’ll fight for this, we’ll make it real. Is it possible, possible, to show you how I feel?

“Shit.” I blew out a breath of air. “Hazel…that’s... It’s like you crawled into my head and read the thoughts I couldn’t decipher. That’s the chorus. That’s it.”

***
About the Author

Brittainy Cherry has been in love with words since she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a bachelor’s degree in theater arts and a minor in creative writing. She loves to take part in writing screenplays, acting, and dancing—poorly, of course. Coffee, chai tea, and wine are three things that she thinks every person should partake in. Cherry lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her family. When she’s not running a million errands and crafting stories, she’s probably playing with her adorable pets.
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