Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Teaser Tuesday #4

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read

• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Book

Beautiful Souls (Beautiful Souls #1)This is what life is like --- what a real life should be like --- perhaps. A life full of adventure, terror, joy, secrets, and of course family. I knew that this world, which I still had not fully processed or accepted, was what I had been waiting and hoping for all my life. Still a burden, certainly, but one that I now carry willingly; for this is my family and my legacy, without which I would be nothing.

There is never a single surprise in Fairview, Indiana. Routine, routine, routine, seems to be the town’s motto; that is, until four new residents move to town.

Fairview’s small-town resident, Becca Olson, has spent the first seventeen years of her life appreciating her surroundings, but she hopes everyday for something more. When she heads off for another unexceptional, typical day as a junior at Sycamore High School, she’s made aware of four new residents that have recently moved to her quaint town; two of which are Sycamore’s new students, Zoey and Luke Fitzgerald. This is when Becca’s life becomes suddenly and unexpectedly more interesting and frightening.

When Becca’s small-town life is turned upside down by unexplained visions, an attack on her life, and her best friend, Leo, turned boyfriend reveals his inherited family secret, she learns that life hasn’t always been what she thought it was. A gift from Leo and an unexpected find for her mother’s antique shop sparks curiosity about Becca’s own family heritage. When her own family secret --- her predetermined destiny of becoming a shape-shifting witch--- is revealed, Becca is thrown into a magical world of witches and warlocks, soul-possession, shape-shifting, and flying. As if all of that isn’t enough, she also has to contend with evil wizards disguised as friends who want nothing more than to rob her of everything she holds dear ---including her own life.

My Teaser

"...For every backward step I took, trying to close the distance between me and the edge of the woods, the monstrous aggressor took two. I knew it wasn't going to let me get away, and he now stood undeniably close for anything but the inevitable to happen...."

Book Blitz: Awakened by Kriston Johnson


Series: The Legends Of Elyndia, #1
Publication date: April 25th 2013 
Genre: YA Fantasy
Buy at: Amazon


Can fighting for the right side be the wrong thing to do?

Draven, the tyrant ruler of Elyndia for the last one thousand years, searches for the one who can fulfill his prophecy.

The Paladins, an elite band of warriors sworn to protect their way of life at all cost, search for the one with the ability to bring their world crumbling down.

An innocent girl, tormented by demons only she can see, lives on the brink of insanity and longs for a life of peace.

When seventeen-year-old Jade Rosenberg reads from an antique book, she has no idea she just read an incantation awaking her inherited power. But when opposing—and equally terrifying—groups invade her home, she learns she is descended from an enchanted realm and a member of a powerful race thought to have been hunted to extinction. 

Ripped from her world, Jade is forced to seek refuge from those who want her dead. She is given one of two options and the time has come for her to make a choice: assassinate their sworn enemy…

Or sacrifice her soul.

Author's Bio

Kriston Johnson lives in Southwest Washington with her husband, teenage son, and miniature Australian Shepherd. Her home rests at the fringe of an old growth forest that she insists is the home of Jason Voorhees. Her husband thinks that’s a ridiculous assumption, because everyone knows it’s really Bigfoot. Every summer Kriston participates in the annual pilgrimage to Faerieworlds, a real life faerie realm here on Earth, and has an unhealthy obsession with Star Wars, The Vampire Diaries, and Iron Man. Awakened is her first novel. You can visit her online atwww.kristonjohnson.blogspot.com.

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1. What inspired you to write Awakened?

My father-in-law gave my husband an antique knife that was passed down to him from his father. When my husband pulled the copper sheath from the engraved blade I envisioned a wave of magic escaping and transporting the beholder to another place and time. 

2. Do you have any book recommendations for fans of fantasy?

The Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder and the Graceling books from Kristin Cashore.

3. Do you have any future stories in the works?

Yes. I am currently writing Transcended, the sequel to Awakened. I also have a young adult Viking story and a middle grade story outlined.

4. Who is your favorite super hero?

Not counting my boyfriend Tony Stark, I’d have to say Nightcrawler from the X-Men.

This or That

Zombies or Unicorns

Skittles or Chocolate
I actually have a hidden chocolate room in my house.

Damon Salvatore or Stephen Salvatore
Eric Northman J But between the two offered, Damon.

Gandalf of Dumbledore

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Review: Eleventh Elementum by J.L.Bond & Val Richards

Genre: YA Paranormal
Released: December 14th, 2012
Publisher: Get over It
Pages: 294
My Rating: 3 Stars


It has begun! Fourteen years after a catastrophic disaster, the world has regained its balance with the help of the Primortus. They have secretly walked amongst us since the beginning of time, protecting the earth with the power of the elements. When a fourteen-year-old girl is given two mysterious gifts from a father she never knew, she is drawn into their dangerous world of magic. She must learn to wield the power of the Eleventh Elementum to survive. With the help of Will (her best friend), his cousin and her new stepsister, she seeks out the evil that threatens New Zealand. But a black-eyed stranger is watching their every move.
Now, two powerful beings will battle one another and the outcome will determine our way of life. Filled with humor and fast paced action, the series takes the reader on an adventure of destiny, love and loss.

What I liked

I was excited to receive this book after reading other reviews for it. Even though it didn't catch me right from the begining, I think it was still a good first book in the series.  
I also think that the cover of this book is pretty.
I was amazed by the originality of the plot. It is simple and easy to follow. However, it was something totally different that I usually go for, but this dystopian type of book was a good change from my stereotype.
I was taken by surprise that the story was actually happening in Australia and New Zealand. For me, it was a nice change of destination, from your typical setting in America or Europe.

What I didn't like

Okay, well there are several reason why I gave this book only 3 stars. 
I don't know if it was caused by the age of the protagonist or something else, but I found it very difficult to connect with characters in this book. I think that younger readers would enjoy this book more than I did. 
I also have to say that I lacked romance in this book. There was some, but every time I thought that their relationship might go to another level, it didn't happen. 
I also think that the book was slightly confusing at some parts. Even though it was easy to read, sometimes events became so fast that I didn't cached important details.
Lastly I'd have to go back to characters, but I really thing they should have been mre developed as well as their relationships (e.g. with their parents). It would make the whole story come together better.

Overall thought

After all, I have to say that I wouldn't probably buy this book for myself, but I would recommend it to my cousin who's 13. She would most likely enjoy this book.
I was little bit disappointed by this book, but I guess it just wasn't the right book choice for me.

I'd like to thank to J.L.Bond and Val Richards for gifting me this book in exchange for an honest review!

Friday, 26 April 2013

Feature and Follow Friday # 4

                      Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

Q: Is there a song that reminds you of a book? Or vice versa? What is the song & the book?

To be honest, I can't think of any song that remind me specifically one book. I have some songs that remind me certain parts of books, and then songs that make me want to read. I don't know f it makes any sense to you :D

Anyway, one song that I really enjoy while reading is To Build a Home by Cinematic Orchestra. 

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Cover Reveal: Breaking the Reins by Juliana Heygert

Breaking the Reins by Juliana Haygert 

Publication date: August 2013 
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance


Horses, mansions, tea parties, and lies are twenty-year-old Hannah Taylor’s life. To others, her family and her relationship with Eric is perfect. But she knows the truth. She lives it.

After a fire takes her grandma’s life and kills her horse, Hannah’s immaculate life spirals out of control. Her father disapproves of her decision to run her grandma’s ranch instead of focusing solely on learning the family business; Animal Control brings her Argus, a mistreated horse that she can’t turn away even though she’s not ready for another horse; and her boyfriend, Eric Bennett, a world famous polo player, becomes possessive and authoritarian. Despite her best efforts to disguise it, Hannah grows wary of him.

Then, Leonardo Fernandes struts onto the polo scene. A cocky rookie with a messy life of his own, he’s drawn to Hannah and isn’t afraid of showing it, even when Eric makes it clear she is his and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep it that way. Hannah suffers for Eric’s jealousy. The abuse only gets worse when Leo steals the title of best polo player in the world from Eric.

But the title isn’t enough for Leo. He wants Hannah too, and she can’t deny her attraction to him either. Somehow, she must find a way to break free from abusive Eric before he breaks every bone in her body.

About Author

While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Sacrifice by K. A. Last

Series: The Tate Chronicles, #0.5
Publication date: May, 2013 
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance


Seth’s heart is breaking. He knows his decision will hurt the one person he keeps breathing for, but he can’t take it anymore. He can’t be near Grace knowing she will always be just out of reach.

Grace is oblivious to Seth’s turmoil. She loves him unconditionally, but not in the way he wants. They both know that in Heaven physical love is forbidden, and to break the rules is to defy everything they’ve ever been taught.

When Grace and Seth are sent on a mission to save a young mother and her unborn child, Grace must face the fact that Seth won’t be returning home. She doesn’t understand Seth’s decision and hates him for it. But what neither of them realise is how big a part that single decision will play in shaping their entire future.

What would you sacrifice for the one you love?

Author's Bio 

K. A. Last was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, and moved to Sydney with her parents and older brother when she was eight. Artistic and creative by nature, she studied Graphic Design and graduated with an Advanced Diploma. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she concentrated on her career before settling into family life. Blessed with a vivid imagination, she began writing to let off creative steam, and fell in love with it. She now resides in a peaceful leafy suburb north of Sydney with her husband, their two children and a rabbit named Twitch.

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Sunday, 21 April 2013

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Found by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

To celebrate Stacey Wallace Benefiel’s 3rd Indieversary, FOUND (Penny Black #1) is only 99cents April 20-27!

From Stacey Wallace Benefiel, the author of the Zellie Wells trilogy, comes a new NA trilogy set in the Society world.

Penny Black hasn’t had it easy. Just about everything you’d expect to happen to a harassed foster-kid turned junkie has happened to Penny. Add in the mysterious power to rewind time, conducting events around her, and it’s a wonder she held up on the streets for so many years. Now, at seventeen, the New Society has found her. Finally, Penny is where she belongs. But that doesn’t stop the visions, or the need to protect the victims shown to her. Wyatt Adams is excited and intrigued when his sister Melody assigns him to be Penny’s Lookout. Being the youngest, and hopelessly ordinary in the family that created the New Society, has left Wyatt feeling like he has a lot to prove -- and Penny is a big deal. She’s got abilities that surpass any he’s seen before…and pretty much every quality he looks for in a girlfriend, but no one needs to know about that, especially Penny.

*The Penny Black trilogy is a companion to the Zellie Wells trilogy and not a continuation of the series. (PBT is set 18 years in the future with a new cast of characters.) 
*Due to language and sexuality, FOUND is recommended for older teens (Most of the characters are out of high school and preparing for college.)  

Author's Bio

New author photo.jpgStacey Wallace Benefiel is the author of the Zellie Wells trilogy, FOUND, the Day of Sacrifice Omnibus, The Toilet Business - a collection of humorous essays, and multiple short stories. Look for her upcoming New Adult Contemporary Romance, CROSSING, Spring 2013. She sometimes goes by S.W. Benefiel or Reina Stowe, but knows she's not foolin' anybody. Stacey lives in an orange house in Beaverton, OR with her two kids and their old, smelly dog. When she's not writing, thinking about writing, or driving her kids somewhere, Stacey is at CrossFit lifting heavy things and cursing the inventor of burpees.

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Saturday, 20 April 2013

Review: Prophecy of the Female Warrior by K.A. Young

Genre: YA Paranormal
Released: March 4th, 2013
Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 174
My Rating: 4 Stars


Anna Wilkins is a prototypical housewife. She buys groceries, picks up the dry cleaning and hosts dinner parties. Everything was picture perfect from the outside looking in until the life she was born to live collided with the life she was living. Her husband is murdered by a creature from another realm, a creature that is only visible to her. Through her pain, his death awakens a part of her she didn't know existed. She is then thrust into a life of Vampires, Werewolves and Sexy Nephilim Warriors.

Drawn to her by a bond as old as their race, a Nephilim Warrior named Eli finds Anna at her darkest hour and seeks to arouse what lies dormant within her. The scorching sexual attraction she and the Warrior feel for each other is beyond anything either of them can control. Struggling to find her way; her body betrays her mind as she transitions from human to a supernatural being. 

Her greatest challenge will be to determine whether she should trust what she is told that she should be or to rely on her own instincts and allow herself to shape who she will be.

What I liked

I enjoy most of the nephilim related books, so this one was pretty exciting read for me. The story line was very catching and I wasn't able to put this book down, once I started reading it. 
Without giving too much away, I have to say that the love triangle in this book really took me by surprise. I like Anna, she's well developed character as well as Elise (Although I wish that she had been mentioned more in the book). I was changing my opinion on Eli and Nyoka in this book so often, that I don't even know what to think now about them. It's really nice to read something different nowadays, not just a simple love story.

What I didn't like

Even though I enjoyed this book a lot, I felt like the story was rushed. To me it seemed like that the book could be longer. I think that there should have been more descriptions and dialogues. 
One more thing that I didn't dig completely about this book is the cover. I know that many people buy books based just on how the cover looks. I don't think that this cover makes justice to this awesomeness at all, so I wish that the cover was a little different and more eye catching (but that's just my personal preference).

Overall Thought

As I said before, I enjoyed this book a lot. I think it's very well written; it did't lack originality or interesting twists. The story catched me from the first page, and after finishing this book I immediately had to buy a sequel. 
I would recommend this book to my friends and all of you that like nephilim based stories or any type of heroic, fighting, paranormal books.

Prophecy of the Female Warrior (Nephilim Warriors, #1)I'd like to thank to K.A. Young for gifting me this book in exchange for honest review.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Feature & Follow Friday #3

                               Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

Q: If you could hang out with any author (living) who would it be and what would you want to do?

Hmm.... it's hard for me to pick someone, because I would love to meet all of my favorite authors :D. But, if I'd have a chance to hang out with any author it would most likely be Maria V. Snyder. I just love her Healer series, as I mentioned before. I also think that I would have fun hanging out with Jennifer L. Armentrout or Josh Sundquist. 
And what would we do? Well I think throwing a party and hoping that these 3 authors would invite their other book addicted friends would be the best thing to do, haha :D

Leave me a comment with your F&F so I can follow you back ;)

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Cover Reveal: Ten Days by Olivia Mayfield

Ten Days  by Olivia Mayfield 

Publication date: May 2013 
Genre: New adult/YA crossover sci-fi romance


Seventeen-year-old Cally isn’t like the others. In her society, the Machine caters to every whim, ensuring people don’t have to leave their pods. But Cally and her best friend Marshal find themselves drawn to how things used to be, when people lived on the surface of the earth and relied upon manpower, not technology. When physical contact wasn’t uncivilized, and love was normal, acceptable, embraced. Cally tries to swallow down her increasing dissatisfaction with the "rules," as well as her rapidly developing feelings for Marshal, a task getting harder each day. 

Then, things start going downhill, fast. Food is spoiled. Air grows musty. The population panics about the dysfunction--is it sabotage? Anarchy? But Cally and Marshal discover the truth: The Machine, the answer to all their problems for longer than anyone can remember, is breaking down. Now, these two have to risk it all to save themselves and the people they care about...before their entire world destroys itself.

Author's Bio

Olivia Mayfield has been an unabashed fan of romance since she was a young teen, secretly devouring her mom’s Harlequins. She has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing, as well as a Master’s degree in English, and lives with her family in Ohio. In her free time, she loves reading, shopping, wearing absurdly high-heeled boots, cheesecake, singing karaoke, and harassing her friends.

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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Cover Reveal: Touching Melody by RaShelle Workman

Series: Forever First #1 
Publication date:  June 2013 
Genre: New Adult Contemporary


Maddie Martin's first weekend at college is nothing like she's used to. It's wild, like the wilderness on which the University of Bellam Springs sits. Roped into going to a frat party, she literally runs into Kyle Hadley. The boy she's loved since she was nine. The boy she promised all of her firsts to. But that was before his father killed her parents. 

Determined to stay away from him, she throws herself into her music. Practicing piano eases her heavy heart, calms the sadness, and pushes away images of Kyle's face. Until it doesn't. 

Her music professor asks her to play a duet for their annual Graduation Gala. Doing so means she'll be assured another full ride scholarship. It's an opportunity she can't pass up. But Kyle is the other half of the duet. And that means hours and hours of practicing. 

Days and months of seclusion - just the two of them. And it's more than just music. It's passion like Maddie never believed was possible. The inevitable happens. She falls in love with him all over again. 

But, will loving him be enough to erase all the hate in her heart for his father? Can she look at him, and not see the evil in his family tree?

And maybe it's all a set up. Maybe Kyle is only pretending to care so he can finish what his father started, and kill her too.

Author's Bio 

RASHELLE WORKMAN lives on a mountain with her husband, three children, and three dogs. From her back porch she can see the city lights and imagine... She's the bestselling author of the Dead Roses series (Sleeping Roses is being translated into Turkish, and will be available in print wherever Turkish books are sold in 2014), the Immortal Essence series, and the Blood and Snow series.

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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Teaser Tuesday # "3

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Book

Screaming Spires (The Cavaliers #2)
A Tale of the Posh, the Privileged and the Paranormal...

In her first year at Oxford University, Harriet French became inextricably tied to the Cavaliers, the university's most elite society. Though its members are universally wealthy, charming and handsome, they have a darker side - they are deadly vampires who have been secretly running the country for the last four hundred years.

Now Harriet's back at Oxford for her second year. Armed with a vampire boyfriend, some great friends, and the truth, she's expecting an easier time. She's wrong. Her best friend is now a vampire and the Cavalier who turned her to save her life is facing death for the one good deed he's ever done. Just when it seems that things can't get any worse, the Cavaliers' ancient enemies decide to strike at the heart of the society and they've got Harriet in their sights. 

Screaming Spires continues the story of an ancient vampire conspiracy and the ordinary girl caught in its web begun in Oxford Blood.

My Teaser

"...I'm not your enemy. I am, however, the enemy of your enemies - all of them, on both sides. Let's leave it at that...."

What is your TT ?

Monday, 15 April 2013

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Drowning In You

Publication date: April 12th 2013 
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Buy at: Amazon (Kindle, Paperback),  Smashwords, Kobo


Secretly crushing

Crushed by a tragedy

Charlee May’s been crushing on Dexter Hollingworth since she was fifteen. Five years later, a horrific skiing disaster at Mason’s Ski Lift Resort leaves her millionaire dad critically injured and her mom dead at the hands of Dexter operating the lifts. Charlee is suddenly the sole caretaker for her little brother while their world falls apart. 

Dexter couldn’t be more different from Charlee. He’s tattooed, avoids exclusive relationships and his Dad has a fair share of illegal dealings. With Dexter’s reputation, almost everyone believes he planned the Mason’s skiing disaster.

And after all these years he’s still crushing on Charlee May, the girl who’s too good for him.

When this cruel twist of fate ties Charlee’s family and Dexter’s reputation together, Charlee and Dexter wonder if their feelings are reciprocated, while Dexter discovers his dad is trying to steal the May’s millionaire fortune. 

But like an addiction, one look, one touch, one taste—they’re hooked no matter the consequences.

Author's Bio

Rebecca Berto is the author or the dark contemporary/literary novella, PRECISE and the upcoming new adult contemporary romance novel, DROWNING IN YOU. She is also a freelance editor.

She writes stories that are a bit sexy, and straddle the line between Literary and Tear Your Heart Out. She gets a thrill when her readers  are emotional reading her stories, and gets even more of a kick when they tell her so. She’s strangely imaginative, spends too much time on her computer, and is certifiably crazy when she works on her fiction.

Rebecca Berto lives in Melbourne, Australia with her boyfriend and their doggy. 

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From a note tucked under her pillow:

I like Dexter Hollingworth.
Dexter Hollingworth “killed” my parents.

 1. Killer Crush

As per all the fourteen- to eighteen-year-olds at our school, I started crushing on Dexter Hollingworth around the age of fifteen. There was one girl who hated him, but she was into girls.
From the football field sidelines to graduation day and beyond, my best friend Rosa and I have wanted him. But guys like Dexter don’t notice girls like us who spend most of our time talking about cool people like him.
At twenty years old, I still “love” him.
I love the way his body personifies what a male God should be without looking like Fabio.
I love the way his perfect tanned skin is inked and how he wears those aviator sunglasses and how he’d use up his lunchtimes to teach the little kids in our school guitar lessons.
But I hate the way I love him.
I hate how Dexter was the one controlling the ski lifts at Mason’s Ski Resort the day my mom was killed because it also put me here, in this position, praying to a God I’ve never believed in to spare my dad’s life.
In this hospital room, the air is as quiet as the still of night and my dad’s languid breathing and drawn-out, heavy movements remind me that my perfect family life was never meant to be forever.
If I’m being honest, it seems like things are already over. Dad’s skin keeps a yellow color—at best—from the IV drip. His meds help with the simple tasks his heart and other organs can’t. My thoughts wander again. I don’t let myself consider the alternative—that maybe it’s wishful thinking. I go with this:
“Dad,” I say, jealous my little brother, Darcy is holding our dad’s hand—the hand he can squeeze with. “Look at you.” I wink.
“Is she okay, Dad?” Darcy asks, sounding as though he’s confused.
“Charlee?” The confusion is contagious, but Dad’s patient zero—not Darcy.
There are bars that raise and lower around Dad’s bed, and they’ve been raised forever. Surely they must be there because they’re too hard to put down in their scratched, old state. My dad doesn’t need silly bars around his bed! My dad owns Roycroft Engines.
“I think you’re squeezing Darcy’s hand too tight,” I say.
“Wha-at?” Darcy says. He’s staring at me with squinted eyes, probably thinking what’s wrong with my sister? She’s supposed to be the adult.
It hurts smiling like this, the creases halfway up my cheeks. But maybe it’ll work. “Isn’t that right, Dad?”
Dad’s eyes are like I remember them now. There’s vibrancy in the rich brown color, like my eyes. I bet he’s thinking is his daughter crazy? He tilts his head to the side—
Injured people don’t understand things like this. Injured people don’t get what’s unsaid. Dad’s not that injured.
—as it clicks. Dad shakes out of Darcy’s grip and waggles his finger at him. “That nurse…”
“Lisa Hollingworth,” I say.
“Yes, Lisa. That nurse Lisa said motor function is good. Squeezing someone’s hand uses up a lot more strength than you think, son.”
Darcy’s mouth flops open and stays that way. He checks out Dad, who’s nodding, and me—should I nod?—so I nod also.
“Squeezing your hand probably takes Dad twenty muscles and millions of brain cells just to do something like that.”
“No way!” Darcy grins and punches the air. “Dad, that’s cool.”
And just like that, Darcy has that same face on as he had when Mom told him she had to wait three hours in line to buy Desert Warcraft and yeah, she really, really got it for him.
That face is why I haven’t downed twenty sleeping pills yet. God knows these last weeks have felt like months, which actually felt like years. That makes me the most ancient twenty-year-old alive.
Why, Dexter? Why did it have to be you in that seat, in that room, at that time?

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