Release Day Launch for The Queen Of Bright & Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

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We are extremely excited to bring you the Release Week Blitz for Ann Aguirre’s THE QUEEN OF BRIGHT AND SHINY THINGS!! THE QUEEN OF BRIGHT AND SHINY THINGS is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance published by Macmillan!! Grab your copy today!

 

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About THE QUEEN OF BRIGHT AND SHINY THINGS:

Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.

Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He’s got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn’t expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.

But love doesn’t mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again…

 

Excerpt:

When I walk past the music room, I hear something that stills me in my tracks. People push past; I’ve become a rock in the middle of a rushing stream, but I can’t move. Then someone shoves me from behind, not on purpose, but the result is the same. I slam into the lockers past the classroom and bounce. The underclassmen who were wrestling don’t even notice that my brain has stopped firing.

Shane Cavendish plays like it’s his reason for living.

I don’t write that on the Post-it, of course. That would just get him beaten up even harder. Instead I scrawl, You’re awesome on the guitar, because the jocks might think that’s cool and leave him the hell alone. It’s a long shot, as I don’t have any particular cred with their crew, but being a musician is pretty spectacular. I can’t breathe for how good—how remarkably talented—he is. And I suspect that if he found out anyone was paying attention, he’d stop playing.

Backtracking to his locker will make me late for class, but it’s worth it. I stick the note just below the vents, as I always do, but this time it feels weightier, more somehow, like this is a turning point. Shaking off the odd sensation, I dodge into Econ with a mumbled excuse. Sadly, it holds no weight with Mrs. Palmer. Unlike the male teachers, she isn’t impressed with talk of ‘female problems’, so I get my first detention of the year, only the second I’ve ever had.

Since tomorrow is Friday and I have standing plans with Ryan, I ask, “Can I just get it over with tonight?”

I calculate; school lets out at 2:45. An hour of sitting in silence, and I’m supposed to be at work at four. If I hurry, I can still make my shift at the Curly Q. Which sounds like a diner, but it’s actually a hair salon. I’m not qualified to do anything but wash hair, sweep up, and answer the phone, but it’s better than fast food. I work two afternoons a week from four to eight, which earns me spending money for the week. Since I’m under eighteen, I get paid fifty cents an hour less than an adult; that makes me a bargain. After detention ends, I’ll just need to ride hard to keep Mildred from yelling at me.

Mrs. Palmer glances up from scribbling down my doom. “Can you get a ride home?”

“Yeah.”

I’ve always got my bike out front, and the town is small enough that I can ride anywhere I need to go from school. This is the one positive aspect of living in a tiny berg like this, especially given my opinion of privately-owned fossil fuel burning vehicles, which covers nicely for my lingering fear.

 

 

 

Author PhotoAbout Ann Aguirre:

Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.

 

 

 

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My Review:

You know what’s nice about writing a review to be published in a blitz post? I don’t have to write a summary because you already have the official one right above this review! I’ll jump right into character analysis and general shenanigans.

Sage Czinski does everything possible to be perfect. She is smart and upbeat and very good at hiding what’s waiting just beneath the surface. She has a bad past and she is desperate to move forward. Which is really more important: the person you have been or the one you’re striving to be? Sage really puts that question to the test. I think I liked her immediately. She is pretty knowledgeable about herself and even though she’d prefer her butt to be somewhat smaller, she doesn’t constantly berate herself for how she looks. She accepts it and I applaud Aguirre for writing such a character. We need more role models like Sage in YA literature, girls who accept their faults and their flaws but don’t let them define who they are. Because when people think about Sage, they don’t thing the girl with the huge ass or the wide hips, they think about the kind girl who goes out of her way to improve other peoples day for no other reason than she wants to. I will strive to be a little more like Sage in my life.

Shane is quiet and adorable and my kind of hero. He has that sweet side that really shines through when he is with Sage that just melts my heart. His past isn’t any better than Sage’s, but he seems like he has moved on and Sage is hellbent on not letting what he did in the past affect how she sees him in the present. Shane is stuck in a bad situation and there isn’t anything to be done about it, except shoulder on and try to make it to 18 without any problems. It’s immediately obvious why Sage wants to help him and I was right there, trying to pull Shane out into the light so he could shine like he was meant to. You guys know I’m a sucker for the sweet guy and Shane was perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing about him.

Writing-wise, this was as spectacular as I have come to expect from Aguirre. I will confess that, barring this, I have only read her 2B trilogy. I haven’t ventured into her many other adult and YA worlds, mostly because I’m stuck in a contemporary romance phase, but what I have read makes me want to spend a week binge-reading all her stuff. She knows how to craft a story and give you just enough to hang on, but not so much that you get bored before the end. I obviously can’t speak to other genres, but her talent really shines through in contemporary worlds and she knows how to create perfectly imperfect characters that you cannot help but fall for.

The Queen Of Bright & Shiny Things is amazing. It has strong characters, witty dialogue, lots of heart, and an ending that will have you quietly leaking tears of joy for. I wholeheartedly recommend this for fans of Stephanie Perkins or Katie McGarry or Tammara Webber. Yeah, it’s that good.

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Blog Tour – The Shape Of My Heart (2B Trilogy #3) by Ann Aguirre – Excerpt & Review & Giveaway

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The Shape Of My Heart by Ann Aguirre

TITLE: The Shape Of My Heart
SERIES: 2B Trilogy #3
AUTHOR: Ann Aguirre
PUBLICATION DATE: November 25, 2014
PUBLISHER: Harlequin HQN
PAGES: 352 pages
FORMAT: E-ARC
SOURCE: Blog Tour via NetGalley
RATING: 5 bows
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Some people wait decades to meet their soul mate. Courtney Kaufman suspects she met hers in high school—only to lose him at seventeen. Since then, Courtney’s social life has been a series of meaningless encounters, though she’s made a few close friends along the way. Especially her roommate, Max Cooper, who oozes damaged bad-boy vibes from every pore.

Max knows about feeling lost and trying to move beyond the pain—he’s been on his own since he was sixteen. Now it’s time to find out if he can ever go home again, and Courtney’s the only one he trusts to go with him. But the trip to Providence could change everything…because the more time he spends with Courtney, the harder it is to reconcile what he wants and what he thinks he deserves.

It started out so simple. One misfit helping another. Now Max will do anything to show Courtney that for every heart that’s ever been broken, there’s another that can make it complete.

EXCERPT

He didn’t speak until I was strapping on the helmet. “It’s weird how nervous I am. I was going for original but I hope I didn’t cross into cheesy.”

“I love cheese,” I told him.

“That makes me feel marginally better.”

Max got on the bike and I climbed on behind him, wrapping my arms around his waist. The motorcycle zoomed off, warm wind rushing against my skin. At first I wasn’t sure where we were going, but then I started recognizing landmarks. Each turn brought us closer to the private place Max had shared with me before, the spot that offered him respite from the world. Like before, we parked and walked in, but when we pushed through the bushes to the small clearing overlooking the river, everything was different. He’d set up a red and white blanket, complete with picnic basket. Overhead, the sky was darkening to a shade of bruised plum, and the moon cut through in a crescent of silver. Glimmers of starlight caught the water, just a hint now, though it would be a flood of brilliance in an hour or so.

“I want to give you the world,” he said. “But for now, will you settle for a corner of it?”

In answer I sang the chorus of I Only Want to Be With You. At every bar mitzvah I ever attended, the terrible DJ always played this song, and I never imagined I’d have reason to sing it. But from Max’s grin, it was a good choice. Obviously relieved at my reaction, he set out the food carefully packaged in plastic containers: cheese, fruit, cold cuts, and crackers. There was also a bottle of wine with plastic glasses.

“Ten points for pure ambiance,” I said.

“That’s not all.”

Max delved in his pocket and came up with an Ipod, which he connected to a small flexible speaker. In seconds, the soft strains of my favorite song filled the silence—Big Strong Girl by Deb Talan. It was incredible to realize all the nights we’d hung out, talking music, hadn’t rolled over him like ocean waves, leaving the sand fundamentally unchanged. No, it was more like Max had been soaking me up like a sponge.

“You are killing me,” I whispered, oddly on the verge of tears.

“In a good way?”

I managed a nod. “The best. Thank you for all of this.”

“So you like it?” Tension seeped out of his shoulders as he offered his hand and pulled me down onto the blanket beside him. It was thick and plush but I could still feel the blades of grass prickling through. Judging by the pile of stones nearby, he must’ve spent at least an hour clearing the area.

“This is perfect. I’m not much for consumer culture anyway.”

“I figured I needed to do something special—and memorable—for our first date.”

“Mission accomplished. You hungry?”

“Starving,” he admitted, but from the look in his eyes, he wasn’t entirely talking about the food.

All in due time.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ann Aguirre
Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.

 

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MY REVIEW

Courtney has already met and lost the love of her life. After that, all interludes are just meaningless relationships. She doesn’t want to fall in love again. She invests in friendship and has an active love life, but she’s not looking for anything super long-term. Until Max makes her start thinking that he might just be the next serious thing. Max has went through his adult life hiding the pain of his adolescence. He’s been on his own since sixteen and has no plans to return home ever again. Then he gets word that his grandfather died and is forced to confront his past. He invites Courtney along for the ride and soon realizes that with her by his side, he can accomplish near anything. Now can he just find a way to admit that to himself and make it work or will they stay friends and nothing more?

Courtney was a character I would have loved on principle alone. She’s not traditionally pretty, she’s not thin, she’s not the “perfect” girl we’ve seen in every other book. She has a bit of weight and more than once she is called ugly in this novel. And the best part of that? She’s accepted who she is. She’s cool with being that Jewish girl with the weird hair and the less than perfect face. She doesn’t compete in beauty contests or spend the novel trying to lose weight or diet or constantly bash her body. She’s an excellent role model and someone I’ll always try to emulate because I don’t know that I’ll ever be half as comfortable in my skin as she is. Beyond the loving her on principle thing, she’s still an extremely relatable character. She’s smart and driven and determined to do things her way and be herself, everyone else be damned.

Max is a character I’ve been fascinated with since book 1. I loved him almost immediately. The prediction I made when I started the first book was that book 1 would be about Nadia and Mr Hot Ginger, book 2 would be about Lauren and Max and then book 3 would be about Angus and whoever he was meant for. Yeah, I was wrong on that front. Lauren took a whole new direction and Max is really better off. Max reminds me a great deal of Lucas from Tammara Webber’s Easy. Bad-ass engineering studio with a motorcycle and issues with is past? But with a heart of gold and a need to defend woman? Yeah, definitely my type. The way he defended Courtney also won me over pretty quickly. He honestly likes her for who she is, but also happens to find her sexy as hell. I’m also always a sucker for the type who work their ass off to get what they have. There are weeks where all this poor guy does is school and work because that’s the only way to make ends meet. I know all about that struggle, so it’s always refreshing to read about characters in that situation.

Courtney & Max’s relationship is one of those amazing ones that is a transition from friendship to more. I love those relationships. That moment when one or the other realizes the possibility for more and really weighs the options of what they are risking against what will be gained (or possibly lost). The tension between these two was amazing to read through. It was exactly what I wanted when I started it.

I will admit that these are my first foray into Aguirre’s work. I haven’t read her YA’s (though I have the Razorland series) or any of her adult romances. If this is the level of awesome I can expect from her other work, then I plan on working my way through all of them. This novel is a break from the NA tropes we constantly see (not that I don’t enjoy those). These are real flawed characters, but not unfixable. They work towards the mutual goal of betterment. And it was a joy (and sometimes a sadness) to take that journey with them. I look forward to finding out what Aguirre has in store for her new rabid NA fanbase!

****Thank you to Inkslinger PR, Ann Aguirre, and Harlequin HQN for providing me with an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review****

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Release Day Launch for The Shape Of My Heart (2B Trilogy #3) by Ann Aguirre (& Giveaway)

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Ann Aguirre’s incredible THE SHAPE OF MY HEART! THE SHAPE OF MY HEART is a New Adult contemporary romance, published by Harlequin HQN, and is the third book in the 2B Trilogy Series. Don’t forget to grab your copy of the first two books and fall in love with her characters all over again!

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THE SHAPE OF MY HEART Synopsis:

Some people wait decades to meet their soul mate. Courtney Kaufman suspects she met hers in high school—only to lose him at seventeen. Since then, Courtney’s social life has been a series of meaningless encounters, though she’s made a few close friends along the way. Especially her roommate, Max Cooper, who oozes damaged bad-boy vibes from every pore.

Max knows about feeling lost and trying to move beyond the pain—he’s been on his own since he was sixteen. Now it’s time to find out if he can ever go home again, and Courtney’s the only one he trusts to go with him. But the trip to Providence could change everything…because the more time he spends with Courtney, the harder it is to reconcile what he wants and what he thinks he deserves.

It started out so simple. One misfit helping another. Now Max will do anything to show Courtney that for every heart that’s ever been broken, there’s another that can make it complete.

 

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EXCERPT:

So many questions ricocheted around my brainpan, but Max’s shoulders were pulled up almost to his ears, his chin nearly on the table. Without looking at me, he shredded the napkin in his hands into four pieces and then in half again. The waning sunshine streaming in the smeared window behind him haloed his hair, so that the highlights shone blue instead of tawny or copper.

“You don’t have to tell me a bedtime story,” I said gently.

“No, you need to know. So you understand what’s going on and why it’s so tense when we get there.”

“Okay. If you’re sure.”

“I’ll set the stage.” His tone was brittle, uneven, and the bits of paper in his hands kept getting smaller. “I was sixteen, just got my license. My dad was drinking, acting like a fuckhead. Business as usual. When he started in on Mickey, I grabbed the keys. Figured I’d get us both out of there for a while. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but taking off is kind of my specialty.”

“Between your bike, the garage office, and the place you showed me by the river, I’ve picked up on the pattern, yeah.”

“I thought I was doing the smart thing, you know? But I was driving too fast and some asshole blew the stoplight. T-boned us. Mickey got the worst of it… weeks in the hospital without knowing if he’d make it. Then once he stabilized, we found out he’d never walk again.” He curled a fist and slammed it onto the table, making the pizza box dance. “Ironic, huh? I was worried that my dad would hurt Mickey but I’m the one who—”

“Not true,” I cut in. “That’s a textbook accident. Don’t tell me you blame yourself.”

“It’s impossible to do anything else. No, wipe that look off your face, Kaufman. I didn’t open up to make you feel sorry for me. I just want you to know the deal going in. I mean, my dad’s the biggest asshole I ever met and he hates me, too.”

“What about Mickey?”

“We weren’t talking much when I left. Every day I think, what if I’d put up with my old man’s shit for five minutes more? What if I’d picked a fight with him instead of grabbing those keys? I—” His voice broke on a shuddering inhalation.

Until this moment I didn’t realize how much weight Max carried on a daily basis or how good a job he did hiding it. I came out of my chair and rounded the little table before I consciously decided to make a move. Standing beside him, I hovered, unsure what to do. He answered the question by wrapping both arms around my waist and pulling me onto his lap. Unsettled, unnerved, even, I let him press his face into my shoulder, resting a hand on his head.

His breath warmed the skin of my throat, rousing an inappropriate shiver. Now is not the time. It wasn’t like I’d never noticed his hotness; he specialized in a scruffy, soulful appeal that women of all ages seemed unable to resist. But it was so much better for him to call me Kaufman and confide in me instead of flirting. At the moment, Max needed a friend. I stroked his back for like five minutes before he raised his gaze to meet mine.

“Sorry. The closer we get to Rhode Island, the worse I feel.”

“It’s understandable. You have to be worried about how your brother will react when you see him.” The rest of his family sounded like jackwagons. Though he’d only told me about his dad, if he had any decent aunts, uncles or cousins, they would’ve stepped up when his old man went upside his head with a bottle. A scar like that would take eight or ten stitches, minimum. I imagined Max as a scared kid with blood gushing from his scalp, and all of my protective instincts roared to life. People had been calling me a bitch since I was fifteen, and I was ready to wade in against Max’s family. Yeah, the funeral might be tense and shitty, but if his family said one fucking word—

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Author PhotoAbout Ann Aguirre:

Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.

 

 

 

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My Review:
Courtney has already met and lost the love of her life. After that, all interludes are just meaningless relationships. She doesn’t want to fall in love again. She invests in friendship and has an active love life, but she’s not looking for anything super long-term. Until Max makes her start thinking that he might just be the next serious thing. Max has went through his adult life hiding the pain of his adolescence. He’s been on his own since sixteen and has no plans to return home ever again. Then he gets word that his grandfather died and is forced to confront his past. He invites Courtney along for the ride and soon realizes that with her by his side, he can accomplish near anything. Now can he just find a way to admit that to himself and make it work or will they stay friends and nothing more?

Courtney was a character I would have loved on principle alone. She’s not traditionally pretty, she’s not thin, she’s not the “perfect” girl we’ve seen in every other book. She has a bit of weight and more than once she is called ugly in this novel. And the best part of that? She’s accepted who she is. She’s cool with being that Jewish girl with the weird hair and the less than perfect face. She doesn’t compete in beauty contests or spend the novel trying to lose weight or diet or constantly bash her body. She’s an excellent role model and someone I’ll always try to emulate because I don’t know that I’ll ever be half as comfortable in my skin as she is. Beyond the loving her on principle thing, she’s still an extremely relatable character. She’s smart and driven and determined to do things her way and be herself, everyone else be damned.

Max is a character I’ve been fascinated with since book 1. I loved him almost immediately. The prediction I made when I started the first book was that book 1 would be about Nadia and Mr Hot Ginger, book 2 would be about Lauren and Max and then book 3 would be about Angus and whoever he was meant for. Yeah, I was wrong on that front. Lauren took a whole new direction and Max is really better off. Max reminds me a great deal of Lucas from Tammara Webber’s Easy. Bad-ass engineering studio with a motorcycle and issues with is past? But with a heart of gold and a need to defend woman? Yeah, definitely my type. The way he defended Courtney also won me over pretty quickly. He honestly likes her for who she is, but also happens to find her sexy as hell. I’m also always a sucker for the type who work their ass off to get what they have. There are weeks where all this poor guy does is school and work because that’s the only way to make ends meet. I know all about that struggle, so it’s always refreshing to read about characters in that situation.

Courtney & Max’s relationship is one of those amazing ones that is a transition from friendship to more. I love those relationships. That moment when one or the other realizes the possibility for more and really weighs the options of what they are risking against what will be gained (or possibly lost). The tension between these two was amazing to read through. It was exactly what I wanted when I started it.

I will admit that these are my first foray into Aguirre’s work. I haven’t read her YA’s (though I have the Razorland series) or any of her adult romances. If this is the level of awesome I can expect from her other work, then I plan on working my way through all of them. This novel is a break from the NA tropes we constantly see (not that I don’t enjoy those). These are real flawed characters, but not unfixable. They work towards the mutual goal of betterment. And it was a joy (and sometimes a sadness) to take that journey with them. I look forward to finding out what Aguirre has in store for her new rabid NA fanbase!

****Thank you to Inkslinger PR, Ann Aguirre, and Harlequin HQN for providing me with an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review****

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Blog Tour – As Long As You Love Me (2B Trilogy #2) by Ann Aguirre – Excerpt & Review & Giveaway

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As Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre

TITLE: As Long As You Love Me
SERIES: 2B Trilogy #2
AUTHOR: Ann Aguirre
PUBLICATION DATE: September 30, 2014
PUBLISHER: Harlequin HQN
PAGES: 352 pages
FORMAT: E-ARC / Book
SOURCE: Blog Tour via NetGalley / Ann Aguirre review giveaway
RATING: 4 bows
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Most people dream about getting out of Sharon, Nebraska, but after three years away, Lauren Barrett is coming home. There are the justifications she gives to everyone else—missing her family, losing her college scholarship. And then there’s the reason Lauren can’t admit to anyone: Rob Conrad, her best friend’s older brother.

Football prowess and jaw-dropping good looks made Rob a star in high school. Out in the real world, his job and his relationships are going nowhere. He can’t pinpoint exactly what’s missing until Lauren comes back to town, bringing old feelings and new dreams with her. But he’s the guy that women love and leave—not the one who makes them think of forever.

Though she’s terrified of opening up, Lauren’s ready to take that chance. Because the only thing more important than figuring out where you truly belong is finding the person you were meant to be with.

EXCERPT

In the morning, I woke to the sound of someone pounding on the door. Rob jolted up beside me, and I scrambled into my pants, then followed him down the stairs. He was wearing only a pair of boxer shorts, so I stopped him. “Get dressed. I’ll stall whoever it is.”

Fearing it was his parents with more bad news, I opened the door with some trepidation. Instead my mom was waiting on the porch, wearing a sheepish look. “I need the car. Stuart stayed over last night, but he needs to get back to Edison, so…”

Though I wasn’t ordinarily the blushing type, heat washed my cheeks over the awkwardness of this moment. There was no telling what my mom suspected I’d been doing last night, and she was looking everywhere but at me. I rubbed a rueful hand against my cheek, but I didn’t clarify. I’d promised Rob I would keep his dad’s secret.

“Shit, sorry. What time is it?” I asked.

“Just past nine.”

Summoning some composure, I said, “Let me get the keys.”

“Rob can bring you home later?”

He appeared behind me in time to hear the question. “Definitely, it’s not a problem. I hope you weren’t worried?”

“No, she left a note.” Her half smile said she thought the evening had gone much different than it had, but clearing up her misconceptions wasn’t a big priority. “See you later, Lauren.”

I handed over the keys and waved at Stuart, who was parked in the drive. He lifted a hand, then blew a kiss to my mom, who hurried down the front steps to claim a real one before letting him back out. Then she took off with a wave for Rob and me. My breath showed in puffs of white, so I was shivering by the time I shut the door.

He wrapped his arms around me, anchoring me against his chest to warm me up. “That wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been.”

“She likes you. I admit, it’s hard not to. So what’s on the agenda today?”

“I’m working on the house for a while, then I have dinner with my mom and dad.” His expression said he wasn’t looking forward to it.

“Am I allowed to tag along?” The offer burst out before I could stop it.

“Do you want to?”

I pinned on a look of faux good cheer. “I can’t think of anything I’d like more.”

Rob laughed. “Too far. But if you could stand coming, it would take some of the pressure off me. That way, they can’t talk about certain things.”

“Because they think I don’t know.”

“Exactly.”

“So let’s do it. Do you mind swinging by my mom’s so I can change before we head to Casa Conrad? What I wore over here is crumpled from being on your floor all night.”

“Are you trying to be distracting?” he demanded.

“That depends. Is it working?”

“Only always. I woke up last night wanting you, and I still do. Since you came back, I’ve been hard so much that I’m thinking about seeing a doctor.”

“No need. It’s normal for a guy your age to have certain…urges.”

“All the damn time?” he grumbled, but there was a playful light in his eyes.

“I’m willing to take you on,” I answered. “It’ll be exhausting, but I can train up.”
“It’s too early for you to be this cute.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ann Aguirre
Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.

 

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Lauren tried hard to fit in with everyone else’s idea of a perfect life after high school. College far from home is #1 on everyone’s list. Except she learns pretty quickly that it’s not what she wants. Now, she has flunked out of college and is back home to get back to her roots. She is starting over, doing it her way this time. Her way, includes a normal job and taking college classes online, where she can do her work in peace and never has to show up for class. Her way also includes getting many a glimpse at her high school crush, Rob. Several years older and her best friend’s older brother, Rob should be completely off limits, but she can’t fight the attraction that grows stronger every day. Rob is that guy who does great in high school, hot football star, but who seems to fade away after graduation. Lauren sees so much more in him and it’s time she make him see it too. Can she finally make all her high school dreams come true or do some wishes have an expiration date?

Lauren that socially awkward girl who gets the makeover and suddenly becomes popular. The thing is, though, she never really stopped being the socially awkward girl. She has severe anxiety that she hides pretty well with the party-girl persona. Underneath she’s constantly freaking out and would much rather be at home with her computer playing video games or coding something. She is still a nerd and a dork and she’s growing prouder of that fact every day. I liked having a leading lady that was socially awkward because that’s something I can relate to.

Rob, however, is the best character here. He is completely confident about his looks but nothing else. He’s parents have always focused on Nadia’s brains, making him feel wholly inadequate. He isn’t on his sisters genius level and everyone makes comments that it’s a good thing he’s so handsome because there isn’t much else too him. Instead of sulk about this revelation, he accepts it and moves on. He’s the brawn, not the brains, and his life will follow that path. Working in construction, where he can use his hands and learn a simple trade is exactly what he needs. He has dreams of starting his own furniture making company, but doesn’t believe he has the competence to achieve it on his own. His lack of confidence in himself was also something I could relate to. I’m never confident of my ability to do anything (beyond read, read, and oh yeah! read!), so it was nice to see the male version of that for once. NA is filled with overly cocky guys who believe they can do anything. That make me relate to him and the fact that he is a total sweetheart made me swoon. He’s that sweet boy next door who will do anything he can to help you. I love him. He’s definitely in my top ten list of swoon-worthy males.

I loved that this skillfully avoids the cheating thing. It would have been so easy to allow Rob and Lauren to fool around before Rob and his girlfriend break up, justifying it because they are meant to be. Aguirre skillfully avoids that issue because neither character is the cheating kind and I’m eternally grateful for that. I hate the justified cheating angle and I’ve avoided more than one New Adult novel that gets rave reviews because of it.

There were only a few things I wasn’t crazy about. The first one is the light we put Nadia in. I adored Nadia in the first book and though I realize everyone is flawed, I don’t like how she was portrayed here. Lauren is a little irritated with her because she doesn’t put up a fuss when she goes from an introvert to an extrovert, luck it’s Nadia’s fault for not realizing Lauren is burying herself in this new persona. Everyone changes to some extent in high school and it’s not Nadia’s fault that Lauren didn’t share the extent of her anxiety problems. She’s not a damn mind-reader! I also never got the confrontation scene I was expecting between Lauren and Rob’s parents. I know Lauren loves them, but she was also highly irritated at the way they treated Rob. He’s smart and sweet and their lack of faith in him really set his self-esteem rolling downhill. I was expecting at least a polite chat over that, if not a full out smackdown and I never did get it.

Beyond those issues, this was an amazing novel. It isn’t quite as good as I Want It That Way, but it’s pretty close. Lauren’s tale is the complete opposite of Nadia’s and it was thrilling to get a completely new perspective. Rob is the stuff that our fantasies are made of hot and buff but still sweet and kind. I think if you enjoyed the first book or just want a great New Adult novel, then you’ll love this!

****Thank you to Harlequin HQN, Ann Aguirre, and Inkslinger PR for providing me with an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review****

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Most people dream about getting out of Sharon, Nebraska, but after three years away, Lauren Barrett is coming home. There are the justifications she gives to everyone else—missing her family, losing her college scholarship. And then there’s the reason Lauren can’t admit to anyone: Rob Conrad, her best friend’s older brother.

Football prowess and jaw-dropping good looks made Rob a star in high school. Out in the real world, his job and his relationships are going nowhere. He can’t pinpoint exactly what’s missing until Lauren comes back to town, bringing old feelings and new dreams with her. But he’s the guy that women love and leave—not the one who makes them think of forever.

Though she’s terrified of opening up, Lauren’s ready to take that chance. Because the only thing more important than figuring out where you truly belong is finding the person you were meant to be with.

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Mom was asleep, so I checked my email. I had the usual spam, plus notes from all my former roomies, which made me happy. I missed all of them, even Max, though things were unspeakably awkward between us at the end. I opened Nadia’s first:

LB! You know I miss you like crazy, right? Courtney’s in your bed right now, and she has completely alphabetized my books. I’m pretty sure there will be a lending library program implemented the next time I get home from work. So how’s Nebraska? Did you find a job yet? Have you started applying to any schools? I have like ten more questions but you’ll get grumpy if I dump them on you all at once. Hug and kiss my family for me, okay? Write back soon or I’m sending my brother to track you down.

She didn’t mention the hot single dad she’d broken up with right before I left. Mr. Hot Ginger had dumped Nadia for her own good, which would drive her quietly crazy. I’d felt horrible about the timing, but there was little I could do about it. I hadn’t gotten to know him well before I left, but Ty seemed like a good guy. He was only a few years older than us, but already had a four-year-old. That was the crux of the conflict.

Writing back, I didn’t quite nail the tone, talking about Rob too much and inventing interesting anecdotes because there was so little going on. I could’ve mentioned Krista, but Nadia had never been as close to her, and there was some tension by the time she moved. Mostly I didn’t want Nadia to worry; things would be fine once I got a job and had less time to fret about whether I’d made the right decision.

I opened Angus’s email next:

Hey, you. Got your check. It appears not to be rubber, but I said you didn’t have to pay me back. I hate you for leaving. Come back right now. I’ll wait. This is me, waiting. It’s been at least five minutes. You’re shattering my faith in humanity, Lauren. Take responsibility for it! Not sure what you’ve heard from Nadia, but she’s such a hot mess. I can’t believe you abandoned us. All the light has left my life. All of it! Okay, enough drama. I’m working on getting over Josh. Classes suck but I will survive. (You’re singing it now, aren’t you?)

“Damn you, Angus Starr. You know me too well.” I got up on my bed with a hairbrush and sang two verses before reading on.

In all seriousness, there is a Lauren-sized hole in my life. Please don’t lose touch. Write soon. Love and hugs, Angus.

It was simpler writing back to Angus; our friendship was sweet and uncomplicated. Briefly I considered deleting Max’s email without opening it, but that seemed like an asshole move. In the end, I read it, two lines only:

I’m sorry about everything. Take care of yourself.

 

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Lauren tried hard to fit in with everyone else’s idea of a perfect life after high school. College far from home is #1 on everyone’s list. Except she learns pretty quickly that it’s not what she wants. Now, she has flunked out of college and is back home to get back to her roots. She is starting over, doing it her way this time. Her way, includes a normal job and taking college classes online, where she can do her work in peace and never has to show up for class. Her way also includes getting many a glimpse at her high school crush, Rob. Several years older and her best friend’s older brother, Rob should be completely off limits, but she can’t fight the attraction that grows stronger every day. Rob is that guy who does great in high school, hot football star, but who seems to fade away after graduation. Lauren sees so much more in him and it’s time she make him see it too. Can she finally make all her high school dreams come true or do some wishes have an expiration date?

Lauren that socially awkward girl who gets the makeover and suddenly becomes popular. The thing is, though, she never really stopped being the socially awkward girl. She has severe anxiety that she hides pretty well with the party-girl persona. Underneath she’s constantly freaking out and would much rather be at home with her computer playing video games or coding something. She is still a nerd and a dork and she’s growing prouder of that fact every day. I liked having a leading lady that was socially awkward because that’s something I can relate to.

Rob, however, is the best character here. He is completely confident about his looks but nothing else. He’s parents have always focused on Nadia’s brains, making him feel wholly inadequate. He isn’t on his sisters genius level and everyone makes comments that it’s a good thing he’s so handsome because there isn’t much else too him. Instead of sulk about this revelation, he accepts it and moves on. He’s the brawn, not the brains, and his life will follow that path. Working in construction, where he can use his hands and learn a simple trade is exactly what he needs. He has dreams of starting his own furniture making company, but doesn’t believe he has the competence to achieve it on his own. His lack of confidence in himself was also something I could relate to. I’m never confident of my ability to do anything (beyond read, read, and oh yeah! read!), so it was nice to see the male version of that for once. NA is filled with overly cocky guys who believe they can do anything. That make me relate to him and the fact that he is a total sweetheart made me swoon. He’s that sweet boy next door who will do anything he can to help you. I love him. He’s definitely in my top ten list of swoon-worthy males.

I loved that this skillfully avoids the cheating thing. It would have been so easy to allow Rob and Lauren to fool around before Rob and his girlfriend break up, justifying it because they are meant to be. Aguirre skillfully avoids that issue because neither character is the cheating kind and I’m eternally grateful for that. I hate the justified cheating angle and I’ve avoided more than one New Adult novel that gets rave reviews because of it.

There were only a few things I wasn’t crazy about. The first one is the light we put Nadia in. I adored Nadia in the first book and though I realize everyone is flawed, I don’t like how she was portrayed here. Lauren is a little irritated with her because she doesn’t put up a fuss when she goes from an introvert to an extrovert, luck it’s Nadia’s fault for not realizing Lauren is burying herself in this new persona. Everyone changes to some extent in high school and it’s not Nadia’s fault that Lauren didn’t share the extent of her anxiety problems. She’s not a damn mind-reader! I also never got the confrontation scene I was expecting between Lauren and Rob’s parents. I know Lauren loves them, but she was also highly irritated at the way they treated Rob. He’s smart and sweet and their lack of faith in him really set his self-esteem rolling downhill. I was expecting at least a polite chat over that, if not a full out smackdown and I never did get it.

Beyond those issues, this was an amazing novel. It isn’t quite as good as I Want It That Way, but it’s pretty close. Lauren’s tale is the complete opposite of Nadia’s and it was thrilling to get a completely new perspective. Rob is the stuff that our fantasies are made of hot and buff but still sweet and kind. I think if you enjoyed the first book or just want a great New Adult novel, then you’ll love this!

****Thank you to Harlequin HQN, Ann Aguirre, and Inkslinger PR for providing me with an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review****

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Review for I Want It That Way (2B Trilogy #1) by Ann Aguirre

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TITLE: I Want It That Way
SERIES: 2B Trilogy #1
AUTHOR: Ann Aguirre
PUBLICATION DATE: August 26, 2014
PUBLISHER: Harleqiun HGN
PAGES: 352 pages
FORMAT: E-ARC
SOURCE: Blog tour via NetGalley
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Nadia is a smart and determined girl. She wants to be a special ed teacher and she’s working her ass off to make it happen. However, this means she doesn’t have time to be the typical college party girl. Between classes and working at the local daycare, she barely has time to eat and sleep, much less worry about her love life. But when she meets Ty, the grumpy single dad downstairs, she wonders if she can’t make time. Ty’s life is centered around Sam, he’s son. Becoming a single dad at 20 was a crazy loop, but he can’t bring himself to regret the heartache that came along with it because he has Sam. Between work, night school, and parenting, he also doesn’t have time for a romantic relationship. But he can’t help noticing Nadia, even when he shouldn’t. Can these two make time for each other or will this opportunity pass them by?

Nadia is that girl that’s so easy for me to relate to. All her parents hopes and dreams are centered on her because she is the smart one. She has the brains to make it out of their podunk town and do something great with her life. And she will, if it kills her. Determined to live up to those high expectations, she excels at school, pouring all her energy into learning how to be the best special ed teacher she can be. If it wasn’t for her friends and roommates forcing her out sometimes, she wouldn’t have any normal college experiences. She’s not the average party girl anyway, preferring to sticking to a light buzz over idiot-level drunk. I really could understand her plight and sympathize with her once her desire to get to know Mr Hot Ginger a little better…or a lot better.

Ty, AKA Mr Hot Ginger, is a total sweetheart, even if he does have his grumpy asshole moments. Hey, not guy is perfect and we all get frustrated at times. He’s a hard worker and loves his son enough to sacrifice his whole world on him. It’s rare to see a single father so determined to make everything right for his son. When he really starts to give in to Nadia and allow their friendship to blossom, he really becomes swoon-worthy. He’s cranky and difficult at times, but with the load he’s dealing with, how could he not be? He’s also determined to do what he thinks is right by his son, even when it might not be the right thing.

One of the things I really loved about this was the lack of a traumatic past for either character. Okay, Ty has a kid, so he has a tinsy bit of drama, but fans of NA will really know what I mean. Neither character was abused or assaulted or neglected. Both characters came from decent homes where their parents genuinely want to see them succeed. That was such a refreshing take. Finally, an NA where it’s just about two people in this age range finding themselves and each other. And it focuses a lot of attention on their connection and need for each other on a mental and emotion level as well as the need to rip each other’s clothes off. The tension is there, but it’s not all sex, sex, and…oh yeah, more sex!

There is also no love triangle aspect (or a cliffhanger). This could have easily gone down that path, with Nadia and her roommate Max, we are saved that headache. Which is a real relief for me because even though sometimes I get past the triangle enough to love the book, I always hate recommending things with triangles. It feels like love triangles in themselves double the drama level and I like to keep that level as low as possible.

The issues both characters face are very real and easy to relate to. Though Nadia wants to be with Ty, is she ready to be a mom at 21? Is Ty ready to let go of his past and allow himself the opportunity to move on? Both dilemma’s make the reader really thing and sympathize with the characters because there is no easy answer or easy way. No matter how much Nadia loves Sam, helping raise him won’t be easy. And neither will getting Ty to forgive himself for his past fuckup. You just can’t help but root for him.

From the moment I heard about this novels, their premise, and their Backstreet Boys titles, I wanted in. I wanted to read them as soon as possible and I’m so grateful for Kelly at Inkslinger PR for providing me with the opportunity to read and review it. It’s perfect. There isn’t a thing I would change (and that’s really saying something for me). If you are a fan of NA or contemporary romance or are just looking for a story with a little heart, give this a try. You won’t be sorry!

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Release Day Launch – I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Ann Aguirre’s I WANT IT THAT WAY! I WANT IT THAT WAY is a New Adult contemporary romance and is the first book in the 2B Trilogy Series, published by Harlequin HQN. We are already in love with this series and Ann’s characters! Read the excerpt, then go grab your copy today!!

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Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she’s determined to make them come true. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, dating’s the last thing on her mind. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B….

Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can’t risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, the last thing he wants is noisy students living in the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia’s and Ty’s paths cross, and soon they can’t stay away from each other.

The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can’t know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.

“A tender, sweet, and sexy story about how life—and falling in love—can never be planned.”

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“Where are you from?”

Ah, an actual question. That means I can ask one back.

“Nebraska, toward the South Dakota and Wyoming side, if that helps.”

“I’ve never met anyone from there.”

Michigan was a long way from home. “I usually get ‘not in Nebraska anymore’ jokes, and then I have to decide if I’m going to remind them that’s Kansas or play along.”

“What do you usually do?”

“Play along.”

“You don’t like conflict, huh?” He sounded normal tonight, as if talking to me wasn’t an unpleasant chore anymore.

That was a relief since I’d come to look forward to these moments with him so much. More, maybe, than I’d like to admit.Right. Friends. I distracted myself by considering his question. “Not if it can be avoided. I’m not what you’d call pugnacious, no. But I like to think I don’t back off important issues. What about you?”

“No.” His voice was bleak and quiet. “I don’t. Even when I should.”

Wow, that took a dark turn.

If I could’ve jumped onto his patio without breaking an ankle or waking Sam, I’d have been down there like a shot. The distance between us seemed intolerable, and from the knot in my throat, I didn’t see how I could live another second without touching him, finding out if his hair was as soft as it looked or what he smelled like. I wanted him in a way I never had before.

In high school, I had a boyfriend who played basketball, and we broke up when I left the state. It was a rational decision, and I didn’t miss him that much once I was gone. My freshman year, I went out with a lot of different guys, one date here, two dates there, but I never clicked with anyone enough to focus on them. Sometimes there were hookups with no strings, no expectations. Classes, friends and work seemed a lot more important. The intensity of this attraction was foreign and frightening, if exhilarating. I might already be backing off if I had the faintest sense that Ty was jerking me around on purpose.

Wish he didn’t make me feel this way. It’d be so much simpler if I could friend-zone him.

I realized I still hadn’t touched his verbal grenade. “We all have things we’d do differently in hindsight.”

“What is it about you?” he asked in a wondering tone.

“Huh?”

“You make me…better. Calmer.”

“Like a sedative?” I snickered. It was the least sexy thing a guy had ever said to me, including a junior high squeeze who said my face wasn’t actually that bad.

He laughed, too, a sheepish sound. “I didn’t mean it like that. Just…I’m worried pretty much all the time that I’m dropping the ball somewhere, about to face-plant, but when I come out here and hear your voice, everything backs off like ten steps. I can breathe again.”

 

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Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.

 

 

 

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We are over the moon about the cover reveal for Ann Aguirre’s 2B Trilogy Series!!! Published by Harlequin HQN, the 2B Trilogy Series is a New Adult Contemporary Romance series made up of 3 titles. I WANT IT THAT WAY is the first full-length novel in the 2B Trilogy and is set to be released August 26th. Book 2, AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME, is releasing on September 30th, and THE SHAPE OF MY HEART is scheduled to be released on November 25th. You DO NOT want to miss this series, you guys!

 

I Want It That Way

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Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she’s determined to make them come true. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, dating’s the last thing on her mind. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B….

Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can’t risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, the last thing he wants is noisy students living in the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia’s and Ty’s paths cross, and soon they can’t stay away from each other.

The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can’t know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.

“A tender, sweet, and sexy story about how life—and falling in love—can never be planned.”

—Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You

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As Long As You Love Me

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Most people dream about getting out of Sharon, Nebraska, but after three years away, Lauren Barrett is coming home. She has her reasons—missing her family, losing her college scholarship. But then there’s the reason Lauren can’t admit to anyone: Rob Conrad, her best friend’s older brother.

Football prowess and jaw-dropping good looks made Rob a star in high school. Out in the real world, his job and his relationships are going nowhere. He’s the guy who women love and leave, not the one who makes them think of forever—until Lauren comes back to town, bringing old feelings and new dreams with her.

Because the only thing more important than figuring out where you truly belong is finding the person you were meant to be with.

“I loved everything about this book… I just have two words: more please!”

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The Shape of My Heart

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Some people wait decades to meet their soul mate. Courtney Kaufman suspects she met hers in high school—only to lose him at seventeen. Since then, Courtney’s social life has been a series of meaningless encounters, though she’s made a few close friends along the way. Especially her roommate, Max Cooper, who oozes damaged bad-boy vibes from every pore.
Max knows about feeling lost—he’s been on his own since he was sixteen. Now it’s time to find out if he can ever go home again, and Courtney’s the only one he trusts to go with him. But the trip to Providence could change everything….
It started out so simple. One misfit helping another. Now Max will do anything to show Courtney that for every heart that’s ever been broken, there’s another that can make it complete.

“New Adult storytelling with an elegant and refined voice that is entirely unique in the genre.”

New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover on I Want It That Way

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Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.

 

 

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