Review: ‘Fire in You’ by Jennifer Armentrout – story about how not letting guilt control you

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Format: e-book, paperback
Format read: e-book
Series: book 6 in Wait for You series
Rating: 18+ sexual content, language
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20980797-fire-in-you

Guilt is something that we have all experienced at some point in our life. It’s a poison that can not only consume you, but everyone around you. That is the case in this book. Brock, who we met in Jax and Calla’s book, is so consumed by a mistake that he made when he was younger that it has in some way shaped the man that he became.

It is now time to make amends for that choice.

Jillian has survived Hell and is trying to find her way back. Easier said then done. As time went on, she has slowly gained confidence but that gets shaken when she sees Brock again and he reminds her of the night that has scared her in more ways then one. Without wanting to, she falls into her old ways of obsessing over Brock and slowly she sees that with him he gives her more confidence then without him.

The book covers not only the trouble and the pain of letting guilt consume our lives, because more often than that that is what happens. The story shows you what can guilt can do to you if you let it win out. I love how Armentrout can touch on so many different problems in the world and not really make it obvious. One of my favorite scenes in the book is the one where Jillian stands up for herself with Paul because for someone who isn’t confident, I know how hard it is to not let fear stop you from standing up for yourself.

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Now there is more to the story than just guilt. There is the whole young love thing and whether or not it really is something that you can get over. As we can see with Jillian, it’s not something that she did get over, despite what happened with her. There are some that say that young, puppy love fades, but in reality, you don’t ever forget your first love. It stays with you because it gives you hope. It shows you that there are things in life that are worth fighting for and I think that is what helps Jillian with Brock.

Fire in You is yet another installment into the world where love always wins out and we get to see that happen again in this book. While it’s not my favorite of the series, it is a good book that I think will not only fit in well with the other books but help set up the next book in the series.

Rating: A-

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Jennifer Armentrout

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Book of the week – ‘Fire in You’ by Jennifer Armentrout

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From the # 1 New York Times and International bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout writing as J.Lynn, comes a richly moving story about heartbreak and guilt, second chances and hope. Full of familiar, fan-favorite characters and no two people more deserving of a happy ending, Fire In You will burn bright beyond the last page…

Jillian Lima’s whole world was destroyed in a span of a few hours. The same night her childhood love, Brock ‘the Beast’ Mitchell, broke her heart, her life was irrevocably altered by the hand of a stranger with a gun. It takes six years to slowly glue together the shattered pieces of her life, but Jillian is finally ready to stop existing in a past full of pain and regret. She takes a job at her father’s martial arts Academy and she’s going out on her first date since a failed relationship that was more yuck than yum. Jillian is determined to start living.

She just never expected Brock to be a part of her life again. But he’s firmly back in her life before she knows it, and not only is he older, he’s impossibly more handsome, more teasing and more everything. And when he sees Jillian, he’s no longer capable of thinking of her as the little girl who was his shadow growing up or the daughter of the man who gave him a second chance at life. He sees the woman who’d always been there for him, the one person who believed in him no matter what.

Brock knows she’s the one he should’ve made his, and what begins as a tentative friendship quickly turns to red-hot chemistry that sparks a flame that burns brighter than lust. Falling for Brock again risks more than her heart, because when the past sorrow-filled and guilt-ridden past resurfaces, and a web of lies threatens to rip them apart, the fallout could lay waste to everything they’ve fought to build together, and destroy the dreams of those they care most about.

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Release Day Blitz “Dream of You” by Jennifer Armentrout

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In this novella of sorts we meet up with Colten Anders (Reece’s brother from Fall With Me) as he meets Abby and she shakes the foudation of his life.


 Blurb

Abby Erickson isn’t looking for a one-night stand, a relationship, or anything that involves any one-on-one time, but when she witnesses a shocking crime, she’s thrust into the hands of the sexiest man she’s ever seen – Colton Anders. His job is to protect her, but with every look, every touch, and every simmering kiss, she’s in danger of not only losing her life but her heart also.


 

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Excerpt

Detective Hart asked a few more questions. Did I notice if they had gotten in a car? No. Was a name even spoken? Not that I recalled. Did they say anything to the man they shot? I wasn’t sure. Eventually, he got up and left the room to retrieve some photos they wanted me to look at.

I was alone with Colton.

Any other time I probably would’ve been beside myself with nervousness, but at this point, I barely registered his presence. All I wanted to do was go home and forget this night.

“Abby?”

My gaze slowly lifted at the sound of my name. His voice was deep and gruff—a morning voice.

He leaned toward me, placing his arms on the table. Short dark hairs dusted powerful forearms. The few times I’d seen him over the years, I hadn’t been in close proximity to him, but now I could see the tiny differences between the Colton I’d admired from afar in high school and the one sitting in front of me, some ten years later. Fine lines had formed around the corners of his eyes. His jaw seemed harder, and the five-o’clock shadow was something new.

Something sexy.

I really needed to stop thinking in general.

“Are you sure you’re okay, Abby?” he asked, and real concern filled his voice.

I shook my head slowly as a shiver raced down my spine. “Yes. No? I’m sorry. I’m so tired.”

“I can imagine.” He glanced at the door as he moved his shoulders, as if working out a kink. “We’ll get you home soon.”

Slouching in the metal chair, I sighed. “Is this…the start of your shift or…?”

Colton’s cobalt gaze tracked back to me. “I usually get off around eight, but we work in cycles for homicide calls. It was our weekend.”

“Sorry,” I whispered, and then frowned. “I don’t even know why I apologized. It’s got to be hard working those kinds of hours, having to be on call.”

“I imagine it is for some, especially those with a family.” One side of his lips quirked up, and despite the dire situation, my stomach dipped a bit. He lifted his left hand. “Obviously, I’m not married. I wouldn’t know.”


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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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The Wait for You series

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Book 1 – Wait for You

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Book 1.5 – Trust in Me

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Book 2 – Be With Me

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Book 2.5 – The Proposal

Book 3 – Stay with Me

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Book 4 – Fall with Me

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Book 4.5 – Dream of You

Book 5 – Forever with You (9/29/15)

Book 6 – Fire in You (2016)

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Book review – “Stay with Me” by J. Lynn – beautiful story of acceptance and forgiving the mistakes of the past

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Format: e-book, paperback

Series: book 3 in the Wait for You Series

Genre: New Adult

Rated: 16+ for language, sexual content, dark themes

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19501672-stay-with-me

In the third book in the series, we follow Avery and Teresa’s friend, Calla, as she returns home after she finds her bank account has been wiped out. Trying to find answers, she has to face her demons and the ghosts from her past. What she isn’t expecting is to meet Jax, a handsome ex-military who now runs her mother’s bar. Jax is immediately drawn to Calla but she can’t figure out why because in her eyes he’s perfect and she is ugly with all her scars. It takes a lot of convincing, but Jax is able to make her see the beauty in herself while trying to keep her safe from the life that her mother carved out for herself.

This book is a lot different than the first two books in the series, in the best way possible. While the couples from the first two books are in this book, it kind of stands on its own as Calla is mainly away from them. She is off in her hometown trying to find her mother but instead she finds herself. She had been so lost and didn’t think that she would ever be lucky to find love. But she did in Jax.

Jax has ghosts in his past as well that he tries to keep under control around Calla. He is keeping secrets from her that threatens everything that they are trying to build, but her safety is the most important thing to him. He learns how to deal with his guilt through his love for Calla as he shows her that everyone deserves to be loved.

Lynn is able to capture the essence of the beauty in young love. She doesn’t shy away from the dark themes in the story and in this story, unlike the others, we get to see how painful acceptance can be. There are a lot of times when you can feel Lynn’s presence in the words (if you follow her on Twitter or Facebook you know what I mean) but not so much where you think that you are reading a story about her. Calla and Jax have their own voice that comes through the pages.

This is also one of the few, if only, downfall to the story. She uses certain phrases that have been used in other of her book series. If you are a fan of hers (whether as J. Lynn or Jennifer Armentrout) then you will notice common phrases. When I read those phrases, I think of the first book I read it in and it takes me out of the story and for this one, it’s so good that coming out for even a few seconds is enough to change your feelings towards a situation.

The thrilling aspect of the story is reminiscent of her Lux series. She is able to intertwine the romance and suspense throughout the book that you sometimes forget about the other until something big happens. The books seem to get better and better with each book and we will see if that trend continues in the next book.

Rating: A

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The Wait for You series

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Book 1 – Wait for You

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Book 1.5 – Trust in Me

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Book 2 – Be With Me

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Book 2.5 – The Proposal

Book 3 – Stay with Me

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Book 4 – Fall with Me (3/ 31/15)

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Book 4.5 – Dream of You (6/23/15)

Book 5 – Forever with You (2015)

Book 6 – Fire in You (2016)

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The cover for “Fall With Me” by Jennifer Armentrout released

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The cover for the 4th book in the Wait for You series by Jennifer Armentrout has been released through her website. Along with the cover, Lynn also released the blurb of what the story is going to be about. You can read that below.

Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.

Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.

But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.

This story sounds a lot more of a thrilling story to add to the romance side as well. Armentrout has dabbled with this kind of mix before and it came out great. It’s going to be ex citing to see what happens in this book and where she takes these characters.

Fall With Me is the 4th book in this series and is set to come out March 31, 2015.

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Wait for You

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Be With Me

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Stay With Me

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Teaser from “Stay with Me” by J. Lynn released

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It’s only a few more weeks before the third book in the Stay With Me series comes out by J. Lynn (aka Jennifer Armentrout) and to help get us ready, Armentrout released a small excerpt from the upcoming book along with a new giveaway.

The excerpt looks to be from Calla’s point of view and she’s in the middle of a kiss with Jax. It looks to be a very romantic kiss that shakes Calla.

You can read the excerpt below.

My brain short-circuited the moment it fully recognized that Jax was kissing me—that, in fact, his lips really were on mine.

And it wasn’t just a peck on the lips.

No, it wasn’t deep and there weren’t tongues involved, nothing like the kisses I read about in romance novels, the wet kind that seemed a little gross to me, but I imagined, if done right, would have me dropping my shorts like no tomorrow, but this kiss . . . it was real.

His lips were melded to mine, and I was awed by the way they felt. They were soft, but firm, and I didn’t know one thing could be both. They followed the curve of my lips, as if he were just mapping them out.

My arms were frozen at my sides, but I could feel my body start to lean forward, off the wall and toward his. Our bodies didn’t connect, though, which was probably a good thing.

I was already only seconds away from combusting.

Jax lifted his head from mine, and I realized then that my eyes were closed. Even so, I could feel his gaze on my warm cheeks, on the tip of my nose . . . my lips.

“You kissed me,” I whispered, and yeah, it was a stupid statement, but I was feeling pretty stupid.

“Yeah.” His voice sounded deeper, gruffer. Sexier. “I did.”

I forced my eyes open and was staring at an unofficial member of the Hot Guy Brigade.

He leaned in, his arm against the wall taking his weight as he dropped his hand from my chin. “I don’t kiss girls that I don’t find hot as hell or beautiful. So, you get my point?”

There were fuzz balls in my brain. “You kissed me to prove a point?”

A ghost of a smile appeared. “Felt like it was the quickest way to prove the point.”

Along with the short excerpt, she is giving away 13 books from various authors (the list is on her website). You can enter at her blog.

Stay With Me is the 3rd book in the Wait for You series and is set to come out Sept. 23.

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Wait for You

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Be With Me

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Stay With Me

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Excerpt from “Stay With Me” by J. Lynn released

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Earlier today, author Jennifer Armentrout, author of the NY Times best-selling series for The Lux, released a new excerpt for her upcoming release, Stay With Me, through her Facebook page.

It’s a rather long excerpt but it gives us a first look at the story and what we can expect. You can read it below.

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“You look like you could use a drink.”

I twisted toward the sound of a surprisingly deep male voice, a voice so deep and smooth, it rolled over my skin like I’d been draped in satin. I started to point out that, duh, since I was standing in a bar, I probably did look like I needed a drink, but the snappy words died on my tongue as I faced the horseshoe-shaped bar.

At first, the guy behind the bar seemed to have straightened, as if he was drawing back. It was a strange reaction. In this low lighting and the way I was standing, there was no way he saw the scar, but then I got a real good look at him, and I wasn’t paying attention to that anymore.

Oh my, my, my …

There was a man behind the bar, the kind of guy I would not ever in the history of ever expect to see behind Mona’s bar.

Whoa, hot-bartender alert to the max.

Goodness, he was gorgeous, stunning in the way Jase Winstead was, maybe even more so, because I couldn’t quite remember seeing someone who looked as good as he did in real life, and I was only seeing Hot Bartender Dude from the waist up.

He had brown hair that looked like a rich, warm color under the brighter lights of the bar area. It was cut close to the skull on the sides and a little longer on the top. Wavy, it was styled back off his forehead in an artfully messy look, showing off his broad and high cheekbones. His skin was tan, hinting at some kind of foreign and exotic ancestry. With a strong and sculpted jaw that could cut rock, he could be the poster boy for shaving ads. Under a straight nose that had a slight hook in it were the fullest, most downright sinful, pair of lips I’d ever seen on a guy.

Good lawd, I could stare at those lips for hours, like way beyond the acceptable time limit and right into creeperville, population Calla. I forced my gaze back up.

His brows appeared to be naturally arched over the corners of his eyes, which drew the attention right to his eyes.

Brown eyes.

Brown eyes that were currently slowly and casually drifting over me in a way that felt like a warm caress. My lips parted on an inhale.

He was wearing a worn gray shirt that clung to broad shoulders and an unbelievably defined chest. I mean, I could actually see the cut of his chest through the shirt. Holy crap, who knew that was even possible? From what I could see down to where the bar top cut him off was an equally hard, and probably equally dazzling, stomach.

If this dude went to Shepherd, he would’ve dethroned Jase for lieutenant of the Hot Guy Brigade. And the sigh associated with Hot Bartender Dude would most definitely be felt around the world and in the lady parts.

Probably in some boy parts, too.

Those delicious lips curved up on one side. Yep, he even had a panty-dropping hot smile. “You okay, honey?”

He used the term honey like it was natural to him. Not cheesy or slimy, but a sexy endearment that had my belly warming.

And I was staring at him like an idiot.

“Yeah.” I found my voice to say one word, and it had croaked out of me. God, I wanted to body-slam myself through the floor as heat zinged across my cheeks.

That sexy half grin tipped up a notch as he extended an arm, curling his fingers back toward him. “Why don’t you come over here and have a seat?”

Okay.

My feet moved forward without any brain involvement because, seriously, who didn’t respond when Hot Bartender Dude wiggled long fingers at you like that? I found my butt planted in a bar stool with a ripped and slightly uncomfortable cushion.

Dear God in Heaven, up close like this, he was truly a masculine masterpiece of mouthwatering hotness.

That half grin didn’t fade as he placed his palms on the edge of the bar top. “What’s your poison?”

I blinked at him, real slow like, and all I could think about was why in the hell was he working in this dump? He could be in magazines, or on the TV, or at least working at the steak house down the street.

Hot Bartender Dude tilted his head to the side as his grin spread to the other corner of that freaking mouth. “Honey …?”

I resisted the urge to plop my elbows on the bar top and stare up at him, even though I was already halfway to doing that. “Yes?” He chuckled softly as he leaned in, and I mean, waaay in. Within a second, he was all up in my personal space, his mouth mere inches from mine, and his biceps flexed, stretching the worn material of his shirt.

Oh my golly gee, I hoped his shirt just ripped up the sides and fell right off.

“What would you like to drink?” he asked.

What I would like was to watch his mouth move some more. “Um …” My brain emptied.

He arched a brow as his gaze tracked from my mouth to my eyes. “Do I need to card you?”

That snapped me out of my hot-inducing stupor. “No. Not at all. I’m twenty-one.”

“You sure?”

Heat infused my face again. “I swear.” “Pinky swear?”

My gaze dipped to his now-extended hand and to his pinky. “Seriously?”

A dimple started to form in his right cheek as his grin turned into a smile. Holy crapola, if he had a set of dimples, I was so in trouble. “Do I look like I’m not serious?”

He looked like he was up to absolutely no good as I stared at him. There was a downright mischievous glimmer to his warm, cocoa eyes. My lips started to twitch, and then I reached up and wrapped my pinky around his much larger one.

“Pinky swear,” I said, thinking that was one hell of a way to verify age.

That grin of his was downright delicious. “Ah, a girl who’ll pinky swear is after my own heart.”

Yeah, I had no clue how to respond to that.

Instead of letting go as I pulled my hand away, he slipped his fingers around my wrist in a gentle, but firm, hold. As my eyes started to pop out of my head, he somehow got closer, and he smelled … good. A mixture of spice and soap that went straight to my before-mentioned lady parts.

My phone went off in my purse, blaring “Brown Eyed Girl.” As

I dug around for it, Hot Bartender Dude laughed. “Van Morrison?” he asked.

I nodded absently as my fingers wrapped around the slim phone. The call was from Teresa. I hit silent.

“Nice music taste.”

My lashes lifted as I dropped the phone back in my purse. “I … um, I like the old-school stuff better than what’s big today. I mean, they actually sang and played music then. Now they just prance around half naked, scream, or talk through songs. It isn’t even about the music anymore.”

Appreciation lit up his eyes. “You pinky swear and listen to old- school music? I like you.”

“You aren’t very hard to impress then.”

He tipped his head back, exposing his neck as he laughed, and good golly Miss Molly, it was a damn nice laugh. Deep. Rich. Playful. The sound turned my tummy to mush. “Pinky swearing and music are very important,” he said.

“Is that so?”

“Yep.” Amusement danced over his face. “So is swearing on Boy

Scout honor.”

The twitch at the corners of my lips spread into a grin. “Well, I

was never a Boy Scout, so …”

“Want to know a secret?” “Sure,” I breathed.

He tipped his chin down. “I wasn’t a Boy Scout, either.”

For some reason, I wasn’t very surprised by that. Especially when he was still holding on to my wrist.

“You’re not from around here,” he announced. Not anymore. “What makes you think that?”

“Well, this is a small town, and Mona’s usually sees regulars, and not hot little pieces of distraction like you, so I’m pretty sure you’re not from around here.”

“I used …” Wait. What? Hot little pieces of distraction like you?

My train of thought was totally derailed.

He let go of my wrist, and not all at once, and he didn’t break eye contact, either. Oh no, it was a slow slide of his fingers along the inside of my wrist and then across my palm to the tips of my fingers, sending a wave of shivers dancing up my arm and then doing a jazz routine down my back.

God, it made me feel crazy, but it felt like there was a spark there. Something tangible that snapped between him and me. Totally insane, but I was finding it hard to breathe and to make sense of my thoughts.

Without taking his eyes off me, he reached down into the ice cooler and pulled out a bottle of beer, twisted off the lid, and sat it on the counter. A second later, I realized there was someone standing next to us.

I glanced to my side, spying a young and good-looking guy with something close to a buzz cut. He nodded at Hot Bartender Dude as he grasped the neck of the bottle. “Thanks, bud.”

And then he was off and we were alone again.

“Anyway,” Hot Bartender Dude said. “How about I make you my special drink?”

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Stay With Me is going to be written by her pseudonym, J. Lynn, and is part of the Wait for You series. In this book, we follow Calla and Jax, who we’ve met before, as they come together and embark on a relationship that will change them both forever.

Stay With Me is expected to come out September 23rd and can be added to your Goodreads shelf by going here.

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