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I flew out the door into the cool night, took four steps, then stopped—the latest enlightening news about my father had sent me over the edge. Tears burst from my eyes. The last shred of hope I’d been hanging onto that Henry wasn’t all bad had been completely obliterated; he was an actual monster.
I dropped to the curb and put my head in my hands. The rain started falling, lightly dusting my shoulders at first, then becoming a downpour just to add to my misery. I became soaked head to toe, but I didn’t care. I stayed where I was, wishing the rain would melt me into a puddle that would drain into the gutter and then just disappear into the earth…
“You left something in my truck,” said a voice from out of nowhere.
At the edge of my vision was Ben, rain coming down even harder now and pouring off his cowboy hat in rivers. He was holding out a paper bag, which was now soaked. It was the muffin I hadn’t eaten.
“I didn’t want it to go to waste,” he added, eyeing me with concern, then glancing at the café window where I could feel many sets of eyes on my back.
I dropped my gaze back to the gutter. My body didn’t want to move, and I still held out hope that the rain might just wash me away. Ben said something, and then he hauled me up and turned me to face him. He lifted my chin, and I had no choice but to meet his eyes. The rain plastered my hair to my face, mixing with the tears that were spilling out of me with blinding force.
He gave me a weak smile. “I tried to leave. Got in my truck and was ten minutes out of town, but then I realized…” He paused, fumbling for the right words. “I could really use some help at my ranch. Now, the job doesn’t pay much, but you’ll have your own room and all the food you can eat.
He waited patiently for an answer, but I was so grateful that all my words caught in my throat. He tossed the paper bag with the muffin into the garbage. After a quick glance at the internet café and the white-haired waiter watching from the doorway, his hand firmly latched onto mine. I had the sense I wasn’t being given a choice, I was going wherever this cowboy wanted me to.
“I’m taking you home now,” he said over the downpour.
Home. Home was in Luke’s arms….
The rain was falling in sheets. Since I wasn’t about to turn into a puddle and dissolve, I let the cowboy lead the way.
Wicked Charm by Amber Hart
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen
About The Book:
Nothing good comes from living in the Devil's swamp.
Willow Bell thinks moving to the Okefenokee area isn't half bad, but nothing prepares her for what awaits in the shadows of the bog.
Girls are showing up dead in the swamp. And she could be next.
Everyone warns Willow to stay away from Beau Cadwell—the bad boy at the top of their suspect list as the serial killer tormenting the small town.
But beneath his wicked, depthless eyes, there's something else that draws Willow to him.
When yet another girl he knew dies, though, Willow questions whether she can trust her instincts…or if they're leading to her own death.
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Okay, so I’m only three chapters into this book, and I already love it! I can just hear and smell the deep south in it. I’m already talking in a thick southern accent (that usually only comes out when my emotions are high), which annoys the hell out of my husband. Lol! The book is just so alive and rich.
I am done with this book, and I still loved it as much as when I started it. Willow, Beau, and his sister Charlotte were very rich characters. While Willow was all about experiencing what life had to offer—the good and the bad—Beau and Charlotte shielded themselves against anything that could lead to the bad. It was something they struggled with throughout the book, giving more depth to their characters. Willow’s grandmother was another character I loved. I wish there had been just one more scene with her.
I would really like to see a book about Charlotte. She wasn’t in this book as much as other characters, but what you saw was just as wicked and guarded as Beau. Even more so, actually.
There was a serial killer in this book that makes this book fall under the mystery category, but mostly the book was about overcoming loss, opening yourself up to being hurt so you could live with the good, and trust.
About The Author:
Amber Hart resides on the Florida coastline with family and a plethora of animals she affectionately refers to as her urban farm. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand. She's the author of several novels for teens and adults, including Wicked Charm, the Before & After series, and the Untamed series. Rep'd by Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group.
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Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Beautiful. Perfect. Dead.
In the peaceful seaside town of Cape Bonita, wicked secrets and lies are hidden just beneath the surface. But all it takes is one tragedy for them to be exposed.
The most popular girls in school are turning up dead, and Penelope Malone is terrified she's next. All the victims so far have been linked to Penelope—and to a boy from her physics class. The one she's never really noticed before, with the rumored dark past and a brooding stare that cuts right through her.
There's something he isn't telling her. But there's something she's not telling him, either.
Everyone has secrets, and theirs might get them killed.
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Wow, Just wow! I loved everything about this book. The writing was spot-on and flowed beautifully, making it a can’t-put-it-down read. The characters were the worst in the best way—total mean girls. The mystery was a total shocker. Just an incredible read.
Penelope was a typical mean girl. She was beautiful, smart, an overachiever, and just plain snobby. It was like she couldn’t even help herself. However, she did have more class and morals than her friends, who were so much worse than her.
I loved Cass. He was the quiet, kind of freaky guy with a dubious past. I honestly don’t know what he saw in Penelope, except their chemistry. He seemed really shady at times, was high on the suspect list, as was Penelope, and kept a lot of secrets close, which made him all the more likely as the suspect.
I really liked the bits of being in the mind of the killer. Monica Murphy gives you casual hints inside this POV, driving you insane trying to figure out who it is! This person was really twisted.
I can’t say enough about the writing. It drags you in and makes you feel a part of the story. There were a lot of sad parts, horrifying parts, suspense is of course nonstop. A really good and fun mystery read done perfectly.
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About the Author:
Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is a traditionally published author with Bantam/Random House and Harper Collins/Avon, as well as an independently published author. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance. She is also USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson. She is a wife and a mother of three who lives with her family in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere, along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through many angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.
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