Friday, July 31, 2015

It's a Beach Reads Blog Hop and Giveaway!


Welcome to my stop in the Beach Reads in August Hop.  If you aren't familiar with blog hops, it's basically a way to visit different blogs and enter the giveaways each blog is hosting.  So depending on how many people are participating in the hop is the chances you'll have at entering and winning a prize =) fun right? Another perk of blog hops is blogs get new readers! It's a win-win.  For this hop the theme is "books you couldn't put down."  That's a tough one for me so I'm only going to go back one month for this.

Hmmm...I book that I've recently read that I could not put down, one that I finished in one day would be The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho.  It was intelligent, captivating and well written with a unique voice.  If you enjoy literary fiction I would suggest picking this one up.  You'll be sure to devour it.   I mean, even the cover is cool!

Now on to the giveaway

Since it's beach themed, I decided to giveaway a book with a beach setting as one of the prizes.  This author is one of my favorites, she always satisfies me with her stories and sexy alpha males.  That author is M. Leighton but I'll let you enter the giveaway to find out which book I'm gifting =)  Good Luck! 




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Excerpt & Giveaway! for Before & After by Nazarea Andrews

Before & After 

Nazarea Andrews
Contemporary Romance
Published July 30, 2015 by A & A Literary
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Rike and Peyton fell in love in college.
A boy from the wrong side of the tracks, covered in ink and crooning in a bar is the last person a straight laced girl with a art major should fall for, but his rough edges made her jagged, alive, shaving away the coddled southern princess and revealing a soul wild and brilliant.

They fell in love, despite her family and his past and all the reasons why it wouldn't work--and with their best friends, they made a life. Everyone was supposed to live happily ever after.

They, more than anyone, knows that life doesn't go according to plan.
Rike and Peyton fell in love in college. A boy with a guitar, and a poet's heart, and a girl with freckles dusted over her nose, a perfect fucking fairy tale.
But what happens when the fairy tale doesn't fall apart--but is forgotten?

EXCERPT

It's raining buckets and I don't want to go out in that. I stare at it from under the awning of the club and feel Lindsay sway into me. For a second, we both wobble and another one of the girls bangs against my side and I shriek, sure we were going down.
Lindsay rights me, pulls me close. I lean my head on her shoulder and puff out a petulant, "Bitch."
Her grip tightens just a touch and she laughs.
I haven't been this drunk since senior year of college, when we did Christmas at her parent's beach house in Key West. I wouldn't be this drunk now except she begged.
Hung over and washed out won't do for the wedding, and even after that insane night on the beach with Jell-O shots and beer funnels and tequila body shots, I woke up without a hangover.
And that's what you do, when your best friend begs the night before her wedding. You do her shots while the rest of the bridal party screams at the strippers and you slip her watered down beer that smells like piss.
You take the holy-fuck-never-again drunk, because tomorrow, no one will be looking at me while she prances down the aisle in white.
Well.
One person will. And he'd think this shit was hilarious. I giggle against Linds' shoulder and she bumps me gently. "You good?" she murmurs as we wait for the cab.
I smirk up at her, the world spinning unsteadily. "I'm fucking wasted."
She laughs softly and kisses my forehead.
"Lindsay, get in," one of the other girls calls. Lindsay leans past me and peers at the cab. It won't hold all of us, and I can feel a new tension settle over my best friend.
Lindsay doesn't have a lot of close friends. Partly because we came here, to this city neither of us knows, because of the boys. So we both started over.
And because when we have each other, and the boys, well, we don't need much else. But she's more social than I am. And she works at a small ad agency, where she's gotten close to the other girls.
So when she needed bridesmaids, of course she asked them.
I smirk as Lindsay shakes her head. "Yall go. Peyton and I will grab the next."
There's a moment of rain-splattered quiet and then the girlI forget but I think she's one of the Jennifersshrugs and slides into the little cab, slamming the door behind her.
"What a bitch," I mutter.
She laughs, that real noise that I know like breathing. Not the fake shit she's been shoveling at the other girls all night.
"Stop it," she orders and I blink up at her. "Youre thinking too much. Youre drunk, Pey. Let go and enjoy it."
I lean into her, and murmur, "Wanna help?"
She laughs again, shoving my shoulder, and I giggle. "You are such a slut when you drink, she mutters.
I nod agreeably, and a cab pulls up. It's dingy and the driver is frowning at his phone even as it he pulls to a stop. He gives us a distracted look as we spill in and the world sways. Lindsay tugs me against her as I whimper and she pushes my hair back, studying me. "The Embassy Suites," she says and he nods, jerking into motion.
Linds mutters under her breath and reaches for her seatbelt. "Sit up, honey. Belt. The rain is awful."
"Freaking mother hen," I grumble and she shrugs, implacable. I huff and shift to sit up and my phone goes off, the ringtone that only Rike has. I squeal and Lindsay reaches for me as I scramble for my purse, abandoned on the dark, dirty floorboard. I close my hand over it and hear her scream, my name a twisted noise that is almost unrecognizable. 

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

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Today we are celebrating the release of BEFORE & AFTER by Nazarea Andrews. This book is a New Adult contemporary romance. Be sure to check out the giveaway below for a beautiful necklace and signed copy.

 

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Rike and Peyton fell in love in college. A boy from the wrong side of the tracks, covered in ink and crooning in a bar is the last person a straight laced girl with a art major should fall for, but his rough edges made her jagged, alive, shaving away the coddled southern princess and revealing a soul wild and brilliant. They fell in love, despite her family and his past and all the reasons why it wouldn't work--and with their best friends, they made a life. Everyone was supposed to live happily ever after. They, more than anyone, knows that life doesn't go according to plan. Rike and Peyton fell in love in college. A boy with a guitar, and a poet's heart, and a girl with freckles dusted over her nose, a perfect fucking fairy tale. But what happens when the fairy tale doesn't fall apart--but is forgotten?

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3486225Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Review: The Perfect Son by Barbara Claypole White

The Perfect Son
Barbara Claypole White
Lake Union Publishing, 386 Pages
Source: Kindle Unlimited
*** Stars
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From a distance, Felix Fitzwilliam, the son of an old English family, is a good husband and father. But, obsessed with order and routine, he’s a prisoner to perfection. Disengaged from the emotional life of his North Carolina family, Felix has let his wife, Ella, deal with their special-needs son by herself.

A talented jewelry designer turned full-time mother, Ella is the family rock…until her heart attack shatters their carefully structured existence. Now Harry, a gifted teen grappling with the chaos of Tourette’s, confronts a world outside his parents’ control, one that tests his desire for independence.

As Harry searches for his future, and Ella adapts to the limits of her failing health, Felix struggles with his past and present roles. To prevent the family from being ripped apart, they must each bend with the inevitability of change and reinforce the ties that bind.



My Review

The Perfect Son proved to be a quick and heartfelt read. It was an accurate depiction of family life and dealing with behavioral issues. I very much related to all characters, even Harry's.    As the story starts out you get a sense of detachment and maybe even a hint of resentment from Ella towards her husband Felix.  Well, I did anyways.  However,I was pleasantly surprised when the story took a turn in a direction that I didn't see coming.   

Harry is the perfectly imperfect son of Felix and Ella.  He suffers from tourettes as well as ADHD and anxiety. When Harry was a small child and his neurological condition came to light, there was this sort of unspoken arrangement between mom and dad; Felix would be the bread winner while Ella would manage their son's condition and day to day living.  To say the relationship between father and son was strained would be a small understatement.  Not because dad didn't want a relationship rather it was hard to connect with him given the circumstances. However, I liked Harry's character, he tried to be independent, had good insight into his condition while managing himself and his emotions well. Despite his challenges he manages to have a relatively normal life with friends and the all too familiar teenage angst.  

Ella is doting, loving, fierce, strong and determined as a mother.  It's very evident how hard she works with Harry and how much she loves him. She's always anxious to be away from Harry but she must travel to take care of her father who has injured himself.  Ella is on her way home from her father's when tragedy strikes.  And it throws everyone's life into a tailspin. 

In the beginning of the story we don't get much of Felix.  The picture that is painted of him is that of a cold and uncaring man who's only concerned with money and work.  Once Ella's tragedy strikes it throws Felix into this situation with his son that really leaves them no choice but to learn to live with each other.   And  this is when the warm and fuzzy feelings come about and you witness a father and son grow into their relationship.   It was so heartwarming and satisfying! 

While I enjoyed the story and the writing, there were a few things I felt could have been better explained.  For instance, there wasn't too much backstory on Ella's jewelry making although it's mentioned a few times throughout the book.  While there were hints of genetics from dad's side contributing to Harry's condition, it's merely brushed over.  it left me questioning how/if  Felix's upbringing contributed to Harry's condition at all or if dad had any inkling of his own quirks?  These were some of the questions I had while reading the novel however it didn't stop me from liking this book at all. 

Overall, The Perfect Son is a heartfelt and heartwarming story about family and over coming obstacles.  It highlighted choosing family over circumstance and the love parents have for their children and the love children have for their parents.   I really enjoyed the writing and will be looking into more works by this author. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: The Ambassador's Wife by Jennifer Steil

The Ambassador's Wife

Jennifer Steil
Publisher: Doubleday 400 pages, July 28 2015
Source: ARC
*** Stars
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When bohemian artist Miranda falls in love with Finn, the British ambassador to an Arab country, she finds herself thrust into a life for which she has no preparation. The couple and their toddler daughter live in a stately mansion with a staff to meet their every need, but for Miranda even this luxury comes at a price: the loss of freedom. Trailed everywhere by bodyguards to protect her from the dangers of a country wracked by civil war and forced to give up work she loves, she finds her world shattered when she is taken hostage, an act of terror with wide-reaching consequences.

Diplomatic life is a far cry from Miranda’s first years in Mazrooq, which were spent painting and mentoring a group of young Muslim women, teaching them to draw in ways forbidden in their culture. As the novel weaves together past and present, we come to see how Finn and Miranda’s idealism and secrets they have each sought to hide have placed them and those who trust them in peril. And when Miranda grows close to a child who shares her captivity, it is not clear that even being set free would restore the simple happiness that once was hers and Finn’s. Suspenseful and moving, The Ambassador’s Wife is a story of love, marriage, and friendship tested by impossible choices

MY REVIEW

The Ambassador's Wife is a story about a young idealistic woman named Miranda living in a country that frowns upon freedom.  Freedom of speech, freedom of thought and the freedom to live without the constraints of religious beliefs.   Her idealism and liberal western ways is a contradiction to the culture in which she is immersed.  Despite that fact, she has fallen in love with the country and while she humors their cultural laws, in her private space she lives as she wants.  As you can assume, this can be displeasing as well as dangerous.  And that, is the crux of this story.  While it's a love story, I also realized Miranda was quite disrespectful to the culture, thus putting herself  in danger. 
There were times Miranda upset me and I would say to myself "doesn't she know where she is?!" "Why is she pushing so hard to live in a way that isn't culturally accepted there?"  Apart from her being head strong, I felt she was  stubborn and insensitive. If you want to live as you please and do what you want, then go to a place where you won't die if you're caught!!  However, it isn't until she falls in love with a political figure when her life gets exponentially dangerous, shedding light on her behaviors. Again, with the stubbornness from Mira.  Continuing to live as she pleased while living in a certain type of "lime light" was outright stupid.  Someone is always watching.  

As I said, the pincher of the story, the glue of which the plot is held together is Mira's inability to have insight into her one sided point of view. Falling in love with Finn made her much more susceptible to being discovered.   Finn was a sweet man, very honorable and professional and had a good grasp on his position within the country and the role he has to play.  But when he is thrown into the reality of having someone you love taken away from you, he became a bit more dimensional. The love between Finn and Mira was evident.  I got a clear picture of their attraction, respect and admiration for each other.  The fact that this man could tie down this free spirited woman say a lot about said man's character. 

While the author is an actual wife of an ambassador, this novel isn't an autobiography.  It's a love story and one of survival and healing.   Overall, an intense novel with a good plot. It caused me to have pause, to reflect on my personal freedoms and allowed me to realize how lucky I am. It enticed feelings of nervousness, irritation and joy; you know it's good when you experience more than one emotion while reading!  If you enjoy political reads, I would pick this one up.  

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MY WORST PICK-UP LINE EXPERIENCE

by Sarah Castille

Once upon a time, there was a Canadian girl who lived in London. One fine summer day, she put on her riding leathers and hopped on the back of her boyfriend’s motorcycle and they took a drive through the city to a quaint pub in the East End of London. While her boyfriend tended to the motorcycle, she went into the pub to buy a couple of pints.

The pub was unlike anything the Canadian girl had ever seen. Dark and dank, with a low ceiling, crooked floors, dark wooden beams, a roaring fire in a massive stone fireplace and a worn, polished bar at least fifteen feet long. A lazy hound with gastric problems lay on a braided rug in the middle of the pub, adding a distinctive aroma to the already pungent scent of yeast and stale beer.

Several grizzled old men played cards at a table in one corner. An elderly couple dozed in front of the fire. And a group of guys sat at the bar chatting up the female bartender who sported multiple facial piercings and two full sleeves of tattoos.

The Canadian girl slid onto the last seat at the bar and asked the bartender for a pint. Almost immediately, one of the guys broke away from the group. Tall and broad, with a chiselled jaw, shaved head and a pillowy abdomen, he approached her with slow, measured steps. His piercing blue eyes slid over her leather-clad body like a soft caress, lingering over the swell of her breasts crushed beneath her tight leather jacket. He leaned into her, his voice low and husky.

“Ya're so Peas in a Pot I could Tu'penny Post me meat on ya, Basin Of Gravy.”

Very eloquently, and in her best Canadian, she said, “Eh?’

With a sympathetic smile, he drew closer, his fetid breath a whisper in her ear. “You don’t have any Cockney in ya, luv?”

“No.”

“Do you want some?”

“Sorry,” she said, inwardly cringing at the worst pick-up line ever. “I only ride Canadian.”

My latest release is Beyond the Cut, the second standalone book in the Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club series. It was inspired by my motorcycle adventures across Europe, and it’s got all the hard riding, fierce loving, outlaw bikers you could want, plus a feisty heroine, a villainous villain and two little kids who can melt an outlaw hero’s heart.





SHE'S HOLDING ON TIGHT.

As a teen, Dawn ran from a life on the streets straight into the arms of Jimmy "Mad Dog" Sanchez, a biker who promised to be her knight in shining armor. But his love was just another cage. Years later, Dawn's former life still has its hooks in her and she'll do whatever it takes to break free. When Cade "Raider" Tyson, a member of a rival club, makes her an offer, Dawn finds herself in a different, hotter kind of trouble with one irresistible Sinner...
 
WILL HE GIVE HER THE RIDE OF HER LIFE?

Cade is an outlaw biker with allegiance to one thing and one thing only: The Sinner's Tribe Motorcycle Club. But when it comes to the stunningly sexy, fiercely independent Dawn Delgado, Cade finds himself...hungrier for more. Trouble is on Dawn's heels and he wants to be the answer to her prayers, whether she wants him to be or not. What can't be denied is the red-hot attraction between them. However, as they fall deeper, the danger rises and Cade may have to sacrifice it all...

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Sarah Castille, worked and traveled abroad before trading her briefcase and stilettos for a handful of magic beans and a home near the Canadian Rockies. She writes erotic contemporary romance and romantic suspense featuring blazingly hot alpha heroes and the women who tame them.



 


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Hello! I’m Patty Blount, author of young adult and contemporary romance novels. But I also have a fulltime job in IT in addition to my writing career. IT stands for Information Technology. It used to be the computer department, but as technology advanced, so did the term. My job is to write the instruction guides people need in order to correctly use their computer systems. I’ve been doing this work for about twenty years now, so in a very real sense, I’ve watched the industry grow up.

When I was just starting out, Windows hadn’t been born yet and the internet was still reserved for government or scientific use. It was also a man’s world – still is, to a large extent – but most of these guys were Big Bang Theory characters and not exactly the stuff of romance novels.
Until now.
In A Match Made at Christmas, my first contemporary romance, I thought it would be cool to make geekiness a hot and heroic character trait, so I gave my heroine my day job and made the hero an executive in the same field. Here is a passage from the story based on actual pickup lines once used on me. In this scene, hero Lucas is quite attracted to heroine Elena, but trying to play it cool. Except his friends, Al and Debbie, won’t leave him alone.
 
"Oh, you're in IT, too?" Al's grin got wide and just a little bit wicked. "Luke's head of development at Burke & Kirk. Lucas, you have to try out some of those software developer pick-up lines on someone who gets them."

"No."

Elena's lips twitched and she groaned just for form. Inside, she was grateful for the change of subject. "Okay. Gimme one. Let's see what you got."

"No."

"Come on, Luke! Don't be such a dick." Al elbowed him.

"No. And don't call me a dick."

"Please? I want to hear these, too." Debbie patted the table between them.

"Okay, okay. You asked for it." Luke rubbed his hands together and gave Elena a smoldering look, dropped his voice down an octave. "I hope you're broadband, baby, because I really want high-speed access." He wiggled his eyebrows.

Elena rolled her eyes. "That's terrible."

"Yeah, man, that was awful," Al agreed.

"I warned you."

"Come on, do another one," Debbie said.

Elena put out a hand. "Please don't use the obvious puns on RAM or motherboards."

Lucas looked at her sideways. "Please. This isn't my first program."

She snorted and let him continue. Luke took her hand and leaned in real close. "Baby, you overclock my processor but trust me, there's no part of my body that's micro or soft." He delivered the final words with his eyes locked on hers.

Elena stared into his dark eyes and felt herself melting, weakening, and might have leaned over the table to fuse her mouth to his…

What do you think? Is this a hot geek? I will admit these lines made me giggle but, no – they did not work on me!

The sequel to A Match Made at Christmas was released on June 30th. It’s called His Touch and is about Elena’s sister, Kara, and her second chance at love. I also have a new young adult novel coming out in August called NOTHING LEFT TO BURN. It’s about a boy named Reece who joins the fire department’s junior squad to win his father’s respect. Pre-order today.


 
Dear Dad, 
I promised Matt I'd do this-become a Junior Cadet. That I wouldn't let you break me down. I know you hate me. Blame me for everything you lost. But that day I lost my brother and my dad. You could never be proud of me, could you? I was too "different." So, just in case you haven't figured it out yet, I'm saying goodbye. Maybe someday, you'll miss me.
Reece

Reece's words make her ache. Amanda understands wanting to belong. As a foster kid, the firehouse where she volunteers is the only place that feels like home. She wants to help Reece, but his dad is her boss. And she won't risk her place as a Junior Cadet-it's all that she has. But when a string of arsons suddenly point to Amanda, her whole world is about to go up in flames. And the only way to save themselves is to risk getting burned.
 
Patty Blount is the award-winning author of Some Boys, TMI, and SEND, plus contemporary romances from Tule Group. She lives on Long Island with her family and lots of books. Tweet her @pattyblount or visit her website pattyblount.com to read book excerpts.
 
 
 
 

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Betrayed, Book 3 in the Chianti Kisses series, is now available!

BETRAYED, is the third and final installment in the CHIANTI KISSES saga that follows the Lombardi and DiBeedetto families through their trials and tribulations. Dom and Vincenza, ( or"Baby V" as he likes to call her)'s, family have been joined since before they were born. Loyalty runs deep... so deep in fact that the two were betrothed- unbeknownst to V, who fell in love with her prince charming before learning the truth about just how "perfect" they were for each other. Dom has proven his love for his Baby V time and time again. In BOSS, the second book in the series, he risked everything to keep her safe and honor the vows he made to her. The decisions and choices he made in order to provide that safety had cost him... cost him dearly. Dom was thrust back into the life and legacy he swore he would never be a part of. Now boss of one of the most powerful crime families on the East Coast, Dom faces a whole new set of challenges. But... this new power comes with a world of danger. When Dom uncovers a long held secret that has the power to destroy his family, his marriage, his business... everything that matters to him, what can he do? Their love has been tested and survived what most wouldn't be able to overcome. Now, with this very real threat fuming over him Dom must find a way to do the impossible... to make the difficult choices and uncover the truth behind the ultimate BETRAYAL. You know what they say... It ain't easy being BOSS. 

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Tara is a thirty something newbie author from Long Island, New York. She's a voracious reader, a passionate writer and obsessive junk T.V. aficionado. When she's not doing one of those three things she is attempting to garden, hanging with her hubby or partaking in some retail therapy. She enjoys connecting with her readers and is having a blast entering into this new world of publishing.
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Chapter Reveal! Before & After by Nazarea Andrews

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Today we are having a chapter reveal for BEFORE & AFTER by author Nazarea Andrews. This book will be released next Thursday, July 30th and it is a New Adult contemporary romance.

 

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BEFORE & AFTER BOOK BLURB: Rike and Peyton fell in love in college. A boy from the wrong side of the tracks, covered in ink and crooning in a bar is the last person a straight laced girl with a art major should fall for, but his rough edges made her jagged, alive, shaving away the coddled southern princess and revealing a soul wild and brilliant. They fell in love, despite her family and his past and all the reasons why it wouldn't work--and with their best friends, they made a life. Everyone was supposed to live happily ever after. They, more than anyone, knows that life doesn't go according to plan. Rike and Peyton fell in love in college. A boy with a guitar, and a poet's heart, and a girl with freckles dusted over her nose, a perfect fucking fairy tale. But what happens when the fairy tale doesn't fall apart--but is forgotten?

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Chapter One:

Prologue Now It's raining buckets and I don't want to go out in that. I stared at it from under the awning of the club and felt Lindsay sway into me. For a second, we both wobbled and another one of the girls banged against my side and I shrieked, sure we were going down. Lindsay rights me, pulls me close. I lean my head on her shoulder and puff out a petulant, "Bitch." Her grip tightens just a touch and she laughs. I haven't been this drunk since senior year of college, when we did Christmas at her parent's beach house in Key West. I wouldn't be this drunk now except she begged. Hung over and washed out wouldn't do for the wedding, and even after that insane night on the beach with jello shots and beer funnels and tequila body shots, I had woken up without a hang over. And that's what you do, when your best friend begs the night before her wedding--you do her shots while the rest of the bridal party screams at the strippers and you slip her watered down beer that smells like piss. You take the holy fuck never again drunk, because tomorrow, no one will be looking at me while she prances down the aisle in white. Well. One person will. And he'd think this shit was hilarious. I giggle against Linds' shoulder and she bumps me gently. "You good?" She murmurs as we wait for the cab. I smirk up at her, the world spinning unsteadily. "I'm fucking wasted." She laughs softly and kisses my forehead. "Lindsay, get in," one of the other girls calls and she peers at the cab. It won't hold all of us, and I can feel a new tension settle over my best friend. Lindsay doesn't have a lot of close friends. Partly because we came here, to this city neither of us knows, because of the boys. So we both started over. And because when we have each other, and the boys, well. We don't need much else. But she's more social than I am. And she works at a small ad agency, where she's gotten close to the other girls. So when she needed bridesmaids, of course she asked them. I smirk as Lindsay shakes her head. "Y’all go. Peyton and I will grab the next." There's a moment of rain splattered quiet and then the girl--I forget but I think she's one of the Jennifers--shrugs and slides into the little cab, slamming the door behind her. "What a bitch," I mutter. She laughs, that real noise that I know like breathing. Not the fake shit she's been shoveling at the other girls all night. "Stop it," she orders and I blink up at her. "You’re thinking too much. Your drunk, Pey. Let go and enjoy it." I lean into her, and murmur, "Wanna help?" She laughs again, shoving my shoulder, and I giggle. "You are such a slut when you drink." She mutters. I nod agreeably, and a cab pulls up. It's dingy and the driver is frowning at his phone even as it he pulls to a stop. He gives us a distracted look as we spill in and the world sways, dizzy for a long moment. Lindsay tugs me against her as I whimper and pushes my hair back, studying me. "The Embassy Suites," she says and he nods, jerking into motion. Linds mutters under her breath and reaches for her seatbelt. "Sit up, honey. Belt. The rain is awful." "Freaking mother hen," I grumble and she shrugs, implacable. I huff and shift to sit up and my phone goes off, the ringtone that only Rike has. I squeal and Lindsay reaches for me as I scramble for my purse, abandoned on the dark, dirty floorboard. I close my hand over it and hear her scream, my name a twisted noise that is almost unrecognizable. It's the last thing I can't remember.

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