Review for Hybrid by K.A. Poe


My Rating: 3/5

Author:  K. A. Poe
Title: Hybrid (Nevermore #2)

Genre:  Young Adult Paranormal


Amazon Description:
Alexis has come a long way since learning the truth about her vampire hunting lineage. If becoming a hunter wasn’t bad enough, she discovered that she possessed a gift few hunters have ever been blessed with. The gift of the raven. But is this a gift or a curse?

When a mysterious new girl starts hanging around Alexis’ friends and lurking around town, Alex suspects the worst. Is Claire more than she seems? One thing is certain, Alex needs to learn to control her new ability in order to make sure the ones she loves stay safe.


Hybrid is the second book in the Nevermore series. If you have not read book one, Twin Souls, you are about to see some spoilers. You should read book one before book two. You have been warned!

The story continues where the first book left off. In this book Alexis is still becoming comfortable with her new life when things take a turn. Another vampire has been spotted around town, and Alexis is faced with a near-death experience. The result of this changes her life and those around her forever. If that’s not enough, there are more family secrets that come out of the closet, which could be good or could be bad….

The book is written in first person following Alexis – like the last book. Characters return from the first book along with some new faces – including family. I want to avoid spoilers, so excuse the vagueness. I think the one character that ends up staying with Alexis and Salem seemed a little unbelievable with the sudden change in characteristics. I would have also liked to have more of Karen, since she and Alexis were close friends before. It seems her character is there basically to feed info/people/etc. to the story.

The story moved along well. There was a lot of action and twists along the way. The group faces other vampires, as well as, trying to learn about this new hybrid situation. I won’t say much more about that. You’ll have to read it for yourself. The ending is another cliff hanger that should lead into the third book of the series.

Overall it was a good read. If you like young adult paranormal stories with vampires/shifters. You might enjoy this book.


Book Blitz and Giveaway: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

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Book Synopsis
The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy #1) by Laura Howard
Published April 28th, 2013
Published by Amazon Digital Services
Allison O’Malley’s plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she’s been in love with for as long as she can remember.
What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison’s mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn’t trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother’s sanity.

I caught a glimpse of my mother staring out the den window. She held her violin loosely under her chin, and the bow dangled from her fingertips. Her jaw was slack, her eyes locked on something in the trees beyond me. I knew that haunted expression. I froze.

I swallowed hard as her eyes shifted to me. The violin fell from her chin, and I could see her bottom lip trembling.

I should have been used to that reaction from her when she saw me during an episode. It happened every time. But I wasn’t.

I flew into the house as fast as my feet would carry me. The screen door crashed behind me as I came to a halt outside the den. My mother clutched fistfuls of her blonde hair, garbled words spilling from her lips.

“I have to. I have to go out there,” she said. “He’s waiting for me.”

She stood in the semi-darkness, mumbling, the only other sound the hum of the ceiling fan. I clung to the doorjamb as I watched my grandmother approach carefully. She placed her hands on my mother’s shoulders, and on contact my mother’s body stopped quaking. Gram crooned, rocking her back and forth, as she pulled her into her arms and led her away from the window.

My stomach tightened, and I backed away to leave them alone. If she saw me again, who knew what would happen.

I cringed as the floor creaked beneath me, and she jerked her head in my direction. Her eyes widened when she saw me, and the shaking began again. Breaking away from my grandmother, she stumbled backward toward the window. She raked her fingers down her face and hair as she moaned. “Liam…” Tears streamed down her cheeks, causing thick strands of hair to stick to her face.

I entered the room slowly, desperate not to step on another squeaky floorboard. Her green eyes burned into mine, and I locked my eyes on hers. No matter how many times she fought my attempts to soothe her, I had to keep trying. She was my mom.

About the Author:

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Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.
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Book Promotion: All Shook Up by Jacy Oliver

Today’s book promotion comes from Jacy Oliver and her book called All Shook Up. If you like romances, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book: All Shook Up
Author: Jacy Oliver

Released: October 1, 2013
Format: eBook, paperback (October 8th)
Publisher: Self-published

Kate Cook got a steal on a cheap dependable car. The only catch, she has to fly down to Las Vegas to pick it up. When she arrives at the dealership, she runs into a problem, the kind that threatens to ruin more than just her day.

Fortunately, she is rescued by Coulter Holt, a businessman with problems of his own. Namely, a vindictive step-mother who will do anything to get Coulter to see things her way. Which includes destroying his relationship with his father, jeopardizing Coulter’s million-dollar conglomerate.

Feeling she needs to repay him for rescuing her, Kate agrees to help him thwart his step-mother by pretending to be Coulter’s fiancée.

But under the dazzling lights of Las Vegas where anything is possible, Kate feels the sparks began to fly between her and Coulter, and she realizes this favor might wind up costing her more than just time, it might just steal her heart.

The Author:

Jacy Oliver’s Website : Here
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Q & A:

The best thing about writing this book?
The best thing about writing this was how it made me feel to be doing something I wanted. To lay down at three in the morning, knowing I only had four hours to sleep and being happy about it.

Where did you get your idea for this story?
I watch too many Elvis movies.

What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
I would say keep moving forward and trying, as long as you are doing that you are succeeding.

What is your favorite book?
The Giver by Lois Lowry

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
Hot Chocolate

I want to thank Jacy Oliver for allowing me to promote her book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read All Shook Up!


Sweet 42 by Andrea Randall – Prologue

From ACS Tours: Author Andrea Randall has shared the prologue to her upcoming book, Sweet 42 with me and has given permission to share with all of you!  If you don’t mind, I would love if you guys could share it with all your amazing readers?!?!

So here it is:

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“This land is incredible. Who owns it?” I look around on the most perfect summer day that’s ever existed.

Rae slows down so her horse is walking in step with mine. “The Greyson’s. Lauren and Warner were friends with my parents for ever. We’d come up here all the time as kids and get lost on purpose.” Her smile makes me feel like I’m right there with her. Back in her memories.

“Did they have kids?”

Rae nods. “Older, though. Well, the girl was around Bo’s age, but she was never interested in him, and I don’t think he was in her. They were good friends. Zoë is her name. The boy, Kevin, was in college before I was in high school. I don’t really remember him.

The breeze picks up, and loose strands of Rae’s black hair whip from under her helmet. Summer breezes are the best; you hear them coming before you feel them, and they’re always warm. She closes her eyes and takes a deep breath through her nose.

I love you.

I can’t say it. I want to so badly, but I can’t. The way she lets her lips part as she’s lost in her smile begs me to say it. It’s too soon, though. Too soon. We’ve only been together for two months, even though it seems like longer. Everything is so effortless with her.

Rae is optimistic, bright in ways her older brother, Bo can’t be, especially with all of that brooding he’s doing over his ex-girlfriend, Ember. I still don’t really understand what happened there, but Rae assures me it will all work out for them in the end. Apparently Bo and Ember are meant to be. If the level of snark and brood one shows during a break up is directly proportional to the “meant to be” factor of a couple, those two are goddamn soul mates. That’s what Rae says, too. She uses the term soul mate as if it doesn’t come with centuries of baggage attached to it.

See? Effortless. Love is love. Soul mates are soul mates. And she is perfect. My term, not hers.

We come to the head of several trails that all disappear instantly into thick woods. My heart races a little in anticipation. Reality knocks, but I know I can stay here a while longer. In this dream. Before it’s shredded into a nightmare.

Normally I wake myself up when we get here, to the trail. Sometimes I push it, though. I just want to be with her a little bit longer.

“Which trail are we taking?” I ask, holding my horse back. He’s as anxious here as he was when it happened. Like he knew what was coming.

Rae points with her chin to a trail on the left of the tree line. “That one. It’s shaded and this sun is brutal today.”

I nod and back my horse up a few steps so she can take the lead.

I really should wake up now, but she still has more to say. And one more smile to give.

Not yet. Just a few more minutes.

“Oh,” she sighs in relief, “thank God for shade.”

My horse leads me just behind her and I’m grateful to find out she’s right. I didn’t realize how hot the sun was until I was in the coolness under the branches. Huge trees. Evergreens, pines, maples, and probably a few others my two years in Boy Scouts didn’t teach me, create a narrow tunnel of nature that we travel down in single file fashion.

Rae turns around and smiles.

Wake up. Now.

I don’t, though. I’m greedy tonight and want to hear her voice one more time.

“You with me, Regan? You got really quiet.”

“This trail … it’s … wow.” I gesture with one hand to the grandness of the earth around us.

She giggles.

I forgot she’d done that.

“Right? Come on, let’s get going. This trail is long.” She commands her horse to pick up its step, and it follows loyally.

I do the same with mine, but make it slow slightly as a low hum filters into my ears. It sounds like a far away tractor, or lawnmower, but I didn’t see anyone else in the large pasture we just crossed. And, she just said the trail was long.

Leave. Now. Open your eyes, Regan.

My throat closes and I try to swallow. Nothing. My horse pulls back as I try to push it forward. He shakes his head and lifts his front legs slightly. Warning. I’m not trained enough on horses to know that, though. I think he’s just not submitting to me.

You’ve seen this enough, man. Open your eyes. Wake up. Wake up!

The humming is louder now and I don’t say anything because I’m trying to find the source. Rae is several yards ahead and seems to hear it, too. Her head moves slowly side to side as she continues her stride forward.

Then, I look up. It’s there. Huge. Grey like brains and dangling from a branch just above her.

It’s too late.

The bees come.

Review for Twin Soul by K. A. Poe

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My Rating: 3/5

Author: K. A. Poe
Title: Twin Soul (Nevermore #1)

Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal


Amazon Description:
Seventeen year old Alexis finds herself on the eve of her eighteenth birthday. What generally means a step into adulthood instead opens its way to a terrifying truth about not only her family, but herself. She comes from a long line of vampire hunters, and her real dad wants her to carry on the family quest. At the same time, she is falling for a new boy at school who has his own secret. He is a vampire. Alexis is forced to make a decision from which there is no turning back. – Will she deny this newly discovered heritage, or embrace it.


Twin Souls is a young adult/paranormal story that follows Alexis through her startling discovery of her family’s secrets. The book starts off with a startling note from her mother which states that her parents are not really her birth parents. She comes to know that she comes from a long line of vampire hunters. Incidentally, the new boy she meets is a vampire. She must choose between what she was born to do and what she feels to be the right thing.

The story is written in first person following Alexis. Alexis is a strong-willed girl who doesn’t shy away from making a decision and following through. Her life is thrown apart when she learns about her family and the hidden world she never knew existed. Salem is vampire that has an interest in Alexis. He was born in 1885. Unlike the violent human blood drinking vampires that are known by the vampire hunters, he is “safer” because he drinks animal blood. However, as Alexis finds out, vampire can slip up – and those types of mistakes are deadly to humans.

The plot kept things interesting. There was action and twists in the book. I did find some parts a little unbelievable – or rather – I would have liked to see a little more difficulty or information behind them. For instance, everything necessary (for daily life) is just handed to Alexis. Being left alone, she could have faced a little more difficulty than vampire who can poof cheesecake out of the air. Also, I think there should have more interaction or discussion with her friends, Karen and Jason. I understand she had a life changing experience; but if their relationship ran that deep, I think there should have been more to it than what was in the story.

Overall, I enjoyed the story. If you like young adult books with vampire, then you might want to give this book a try.


Book Promotion: Live Once Very Equally (LOVE) by Anthony Heetland

Today’s book promotion comes from Anthony Heetland and his book called Live Once Very Equally (LOVE). If you like romance, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

Book: Live Once Very Equally (LOVE)
Author: Anthony Heetland

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Format: Paperback and eBook
Released:  July 5, 2013

It says it all in the title, but if it were only that easy. LOVE (live once very equally) is a story that brings you into the world of Art Rodriguez. He is a loving teen who has had some trouble early on in life. From bullies to tears, awkward moments to fears, middle school was his never ending nightmare. Now that the summer is over and he’s entering high school, Art is hopeful to turn the tables around. Stepping foot into a new school with new people, new situations and new lessons on life; Art has no idea what’s in store for him. This freshman year may seem like no other, but surprisingly it might be more common than one thinks. In a tale of relationships, heartache, inspired dreams and unnecessary tortures, Art learns that LOVE holds the key to everything. If you’ve ever thought finding true love was impossible, have you ever asked yourself the question: What’s the definition of true love anyway? Learn Art’s story and see if you are a person who believes in LOVE.

The Author:

Anthony Heetland’s Website: Here
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I want to thank Anthony Heetland for allowing me to promote his book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Live Once Very Equally (LOVE)!


Book Blitz: Season of Second Chances by Brighton Walsh

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Author: Brighton Walsh
Edition: First Edition
Format: eBook
Publication Date: December, 2013
Publisher: Carina Press
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Season of Second Chances Synopsis
When a storm strands Claire Hanlin in Chicago on Christmas Eve, the last person she expects to come to her rescue is Logan Dawes, the man she almost married two years ago. The chemistry between them is dangerously potent, but with nowhere else to go, Claire accepts Logan’s offer to stay with him for the night.
Back in the home they shared, surrounded by reminders of Logan and his young daughter, Claire begins to realize how much she misses the family she almost had. After a few cups of Christmas cheer, she falls right back into her ex’s arms—even though she knows it means setting herself up for heartbreak all over again.
The magic of the season has thrown him together with the woman he’s never stopped loving, and Logan’s not about to pass up this gift. He’s not the workaholic he was two years ago—his family comes first. Now all he has to do is prove it to Claire, before the snow stops and she flies out of his life for good.

Author Info

Author Brighton Walsh

Brighton Walsh is a storyteller at heart. Whether through words or pictures, she’s been weaving tales for as long as she can remember. After decades of cultivating her writing, she finally decided to give life to the voices in her head and set forth to write her first novella.
Love is her first love, and writing about it is a dream come true. When she’s not overwhelmed by the incessant chatter in her mind, she can generally be found with her nose buried in a steamy book or partaking in some retail therapy. The setting of her life story takes place in the Midwest, characters including her very own real life hero she found in her supportive and swoony husband, and her two energetic kids who (fortunately) know nothing about the naughty things she puts down on paper.
Twitter: @WriteAsRain_

Sunday Recap: November 24, 2013

Books read:


Charmed by Erica Ridley (Intrepid Reads) – released December 14, 2012


This week’s published posts:


Flashback Monday! Review for Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion: Here

Book Promotion: Martin Swans Diary by Kyle Keyes: Here

Review for Angel Diaries by Larissa Hinton: Here

Book Promotion: The Candle Seller by Milton E Lyles: Here

Book Blitz: Star of Bethlehem by Sarah Daltry: Here

Review for Magical Misfire by Carol R Ward: Here


Next week’s postings:

Book Blitz: Season of Second Chances by Brighton Walsh

Book Promotion: Live Once Very Equally (LOVE) by Anthony Heetland

Review for Twin Soul by K. A. Poe

Book Promotion: All Shook Up by Jacy Oliver

Book Blitz: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

Review for Hybrid by K.A. Poe


Other Interesting News:


1. I’m still doing overtime at work 😦 It’s slowly come to an end though. Plus, I’ll have the holidays coming up to catch up on some of my readings! Yay!


2. This week I started to use a form for book promotions (located here.) I’m scheduling for March now, so anyone interested should check it out!


3. Don’t forget this week is the last week to win a Kindle Fire HD with 50 preloaded books! Don’t miss out!



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Review for Magical Misfire by Carol R Ward

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My Rating: 4/5

Author:  Carol R Ward
Title: Magical Misfire

Genre:  Fantasy


Amazon Description:
Be careful what you wish for . . .

All Jessica O’Connell asked for was a little adventure, something to spice up her dreary life. Instead, her best friend Howard accidentally teleports her into a magical realm with their only link being a moonstone pendant that belonged to her mother. She’s rescued from a cliff by a bona fide prince, attacked by a giant bird, makes friends with a squire and a real live bard, and vanquishes an army of illusions.

Then things started to get interesting . . .


Magical Misfire is about a woman named Jessica who is magically transported to a fantasy world that is similar to our medieval period – except with real magic. Little does Jessica know that this foreign world is really a place where she belongs because she was born there. After her mother was murdered, her wizardly father, fearing for his daughter’s life, sends her to a place where very magic exists. Now after bringing her back to her rightful world (although a little farther north than anticipated), he must find a way to get her back home and away from a prince who has set his eyes upon her.

The story is written in third person mainly from Jessica’s point of view. Jessica, whose mother died while she was an infant, was sent to our world to live with a woman who had recently lost her own child. Unknowing that she is adopted let alone from another world, Jessica grows up normally. Her friend Howard who dabbles in discovering real magic in our world, believes he found a way of transporting things. He then asks Jessica for her help. Little does he know that his magic combined with her father’s (and grandfather’s) magic cause Jessica to return to her own world but a little farther away from her rightful target. Now he must help her find her way home. Howard is a good friend, but not always accepted because of his interest in magic and sexual orientation. This does not stop Jessica from being friends with him since childhood.

In the new world, Jessica meets some new friends. One in particular is Sebastian, a minstrel/bard depending on where he is at. He becomes a close confidant who is also gay. His world, however, is not accepting of that, so their friendship is really important. Jessica is fairly spunky girl who does not mind standing up for those who can’t or won’t do so themselves. When a little peasant boy is hurt, she helps heal him despite his station. So when she learns why Prince Ewan has a camp and not a castle. She feels obliged to help him. However, there is something more to Prince Ewan than meets the eye. And, Jessica needs to discover what it is before it’s too late.

The plot moves along well. The ending, especially picked up in the action. The story does leave off in sort of a cliffhanger, but not a terrible one where it feels like the story itself was cut off. However, I would have liked to have seen Prince Ewan’s reaction to what happened. This is only slightly implied.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. If you like fantasy similar to the medieval period with magic, then you might want to try this book.


Book Blitz: Star of Bethlehem by Sarah Daltry

Title: Star of Bethlehem (Flowering holiday novella)

Author: Sarah Daltry

Release Date: 11/18/2013

Publisher: SDE Press


Jack isn’t a rock star. He’s not the leader of a MC. He isn’t a billionaire. Lily’s not the daughter of a mob boss, or a stripper, or a virgin with a BDSM fascination. They’re just regular college kids, who somehow found each other in the middle of all the crap and chaos of growing up.

“With you, Jack, it was the first time I ever felt real. It was the first time anyone looked at me and saw substance. It was the first time I wanted to make someone see me.”

Jack and Lily have navigated his past, her desire to move on from her family’s demands of her, his depression, and her loneliness. Now, on New Year’s Eve, they have an entire year laid out ahead of them. First, though, Jack needs to meet Lily’s family, to be welcomed into her life. It’s intimidating, but with a sweater that is way too hot and his grandmother’s ugly car, he arrives at Lily’s gleaming house on a hill, ready to open himself up completely to her.

Inside the perfect, sparkling house, Lily waits for the boy she has come to love. But Lily’s house and family are a lot like her – shiny and pretty on the outside, with a sad emptiness on the interior. Lily wants to give Jack the one thing he has always dreamed of – family and love – but can she keep him from seeing how hollow a lot of the picture perfect life he fantasizes about really is?

This is a novella length work that follows Forget Me Not and Lily of the Valley.

About The Author:

Sarah Daltry writes erotica and romance that ranges from sweet to steamy. She moves around a lot and has trouble committing to things. Bitter Fruits is her first full length novel. Her other two novels have already been released. Forget Me Not and Lily of the Valley are simultaneous perspectives in the New Adult contemporary romance series, Flowering. Sarah also has three novellas (including Star of Bethlehem, part of the Flowering series) and several short stories available. She is currently working on Immortal Star and Daughter of Heaven in this series, and Orange Blossom, another novel in Flowering . When Sarah isn’t writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.


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I take his hand and pull him down beside me on my bed. I feel so complete in his arms, as if nothing can go wrong when he holds me. It’s all the other stuff. The world, people, pressure. Maybe it’s a little fear that things just ended with Derek. That one day, as quickly as I fell for Jack, I also fell out of love with Derek. I don’t have enough experience to know if that’s normal. What if it happens again?

“What? Tell me,” Jack whispers.

“Have you ever felt like your entire life is some surrealist’s joke? That you think you’re in control of it, while really, you’re probably just…”

“A melting clock?” he finishes and laughs. I look at him, disappointed that I can’t explain it, but also relieved that he doesn’t care.

“All the fucking time,” he says. “I know you’re scared. I know I’m scared. But I seem to remember you telling me that I should remember what matters. I made you a promise, princess. Yes, your house intimidates me. Your life intimidates me. Hell, loving you intimidates me. But I’m in this. I’m here. Present. Entirely. I’m looking only forward. And all I see is you.”

“Take the damn book,” I tell him. “I just wanted to show you that I have faith in us. It was a conscious decision to give you something that was a very special gift to me, to tell you that I trust you with it, because I trust you to be there. Long term.”

He takes me in his arms and kisses me. I decide I won’t stop him if he goes further, but he doesn’t. Our bodies crackle with the energy between us, but as much as the sex thrills me, Jack does so much more for my mind than his body could even do. I can’t believe how alive I feel when he’s near me. Perhaps it’s selfish. Perhaps it’s desperate. But I want him here in my life; I want him with me, because I love being this aware.

I speak against his cheek, while his hands slowly explore my body. It’s sensual but not sexual. He’s studying me like a work of art. “I don’t want to fall out of love with you. I thought Derek was all I ever wanted. I don’t want to be in the same place with you a year from now.”

“You won’t be,” he tells me.

“How do you know?”

He kisses along my face, brushing his lips against my cheek, my forehead, my nose, but never reaching my mouth. “I don’t know how. But I do.”

I love that he can put aside his doubts to ease my own. I know Jack’s had so much trouble in his life, and the fact that he can comfort me, when my problems are so petty and stupid in the scheme of things, is one more thing I love so much. “I know I’m shallow. But I don’t want to be, Jack.”

“You’re not shallow. You’re not empty. Anything you think of yourself – it’s crazy. If you want to talk about surreal, it’s the fact that you think you’re less than something. Maybe you didn’t get shit on the same way I did in high school, but clearly, people have underestimated you. They missed out on you. And you have every right to be hurt. But, Lily? No one will ever hurt you again.”

I smile. “Thanks. I’m sorry I’m being so moody. It’s probably hormones or something. I think I’m just frustrated.”

“Yeah?” He laughs. “Well… I mean… I can help you relieve some of that.”

He’s on top of me and I don’t care that it wasn’t exactly what I meant. I don’t care that someone could walk in. Someone probably will walk in, since eventually they’ll come looking, but I don’t care at all. I want to belong to Jack, and I don’t know any other way to do so.


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