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The Art of Falling for You (Falling #1) by Maya Hughes Release Blitz with Review

The Art Of Falling For You (Falling #1)

By Maya Hughes

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Design: Najla Qamber

Release Date: March 11, 2021



ABOUT THE BOOK


“Are you stalking me?”

“We live right next door to each other, New Girl.”

Bay Bishop aka The New Girl is my new neighbor. Glasses, stage crew black clothes and a knack for fading into the background.

She’s probably the only one who rolls her eyes when I walk past instead of cheering on my last touchdown play. But before I can shove her into the recesses of my mind filed under “Not my problem” she lands herself smack dab in the middle of my dreams.

I catch her singing with a voice unlike any I’ve heard before that taps into feelings I shouldn’t have for the girl who avoids me at all costs. I need to know why she hates me.

With three months until graduation, the final play is on. Only it’s not for more points. It’s for Bay.

Unlike my success on the field, this win is anything but assured. But I can’t stop myself from taking the risk.

There’s no flashing scoreboard.

There’s no cheering crowd.

There’s only her and me.

The countdown clock is ticking. The only thing scarier about finding my first love will be losing her.

The Art of Falling for You is the first book in the new Fulton U universe sports romance, Falling trilogy.

Christie’s Review

5 STARS

The Art of Falling for You is the reason why Maya Hughes is one of my favorite writers! It’s a beautiful, emotional love story!

Bay has been The New Girl in her high school for three years. She tries her best to blend into the background until she can leave her small town behind her. Dare does anything but blend in. He is a star football player that commands attention whenever he enters a room. Neither one of them stray from their social groups until their paths intertwine, and in an instant everything will change for them.

Dare and Bay have shared some classes but never more than a few words. In fact, Bay treats him nothing like others do. She doesn’t do anything to attract his attention which Dare can’t understand. However, when he hears her singing in her backyard, she becomes something he can’t forget. 

Before I go in depth about my feelings for these two characters, I have to say that the way this book is written is genius. It starts in the present, but then Hughes takes us back to the past to that day Dare heard Bay singing. We end back in the present with one heck of a cliffhanger! Thank you so much, Maya Hughes, for not shortening their story. Giving their early romance its own book was wonderful. I felt so connected to both of them!

So…my feelings for Dare and Bay…I loved  them. Both of them had their own opinions of each other. Bay didn’t disguise her hatred toward Dare which he can’t understand. Most people, especially girls, love him. Bay has a good reason to not like Dare very much. As Dare seeks her out more, she begins to trust him, and a friendship begins that turns quickly to love. However, Dare and Bay have certain issues that begin to impact their relationship. I knew my heart would be put through the wringer, and I was right. 

Book 2 cannot arrive quickly enough….that cliffhanger was brilliant. Great move, Maya Hughes!!!!

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Maya Hughes, that’s me!, can often be found sneaking in another chapter while hiding in the bathroom from her kids! 🙂 I’m a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, namely my husband and biggest fan. Inspiration also strikes when I hear a song, meet someone new or daydream while at soccer practice.

I love writing stories that capture the possibilities of the paths less travelled and enjoy experiencing life through my characters’ eyes.

I’m the mom of three little ones, the wife to an amazing husband and also work full time. Some of my favorite things are cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, white wine, laughing until I can’t breathe, traveling with my family and Jeff Goldblum. 

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New Review: Leo (Preston Brothers #3) by Jay McLean

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𝗕𝗥𝗔𝗩𝗘𝗥𝗬. 𝗕𝗥𝗔𝗩𝗔𝗗𝗢. 𝗕𝗥𝗢𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗛𝗢𝗢𝗗.

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LEO by Jay McLean is live!! Don’t miss the third book in the New Adult/Coming of Age Series, The Preston Brothers!!

BLURB

One single summer changed them forever, and one moment of devastating silence destroyed it all. 

Growing up with six siblings, Leo Preston has always struggled to find his voice.

While his brothers are loud, greedy, and somewhat obnoxious, Leo is forever the quiet one.

The thinker. 

The listener. 

He watches his life pass by as an outsider in his own world, absent and alone. 

Lost.

Until he finds her. 

For Leo, Mia Kovács is like a prize, a gift wrapped in passion and devotion.

And she’s his—his very own secret he doesn’t have to share. 

Together, they can overcome anything…

heartache and destruction, guilt and regret. 

Mia gives Leo everything he didn’t know he needed, 

including her fragile heart. 

The only thing she doesn’t give him… 

are secrets of her own. 

Christie’s Review

5 STARS

“I used to think of you as my sunrise, but in that moment, I realized you were the sun, the stars, the moon, the sky, the ground, and everything in between.” ~Leo~

Leo is one of my top 10 reads of 2020 and an all-time favorite read!!!!

How do you review a book that is beyond words? How do you give it the accolades it so richly deserves? I’m going to do my best, and I’m sure I will fall short!

One summer changes everything for Leo and Mia. Both have their own issues, and they find in each other, someone who sees them for who they are deep down in their souls. They are really just children entering puberty. This is just the very beginning of their journey to discovering themselves as individuals and as a couple. McLean doesn’t rush that journey; that is what makes this book so incredibly special. The book takes place over many years, and I LOVED that!!!

Leo is so completely different from his brothers. While they are loud and can be obnoxious, Leo is the quiet one, always watching and listening. There are times he doesn’t know where he fits in with his family. Mia struggles with abandonment and rejection.These things will impact their future. However, when life throws them curveballs, and boy does it throw them curveballs, they always seem to find their way back to one another.

McLean is a born storyteller. All the ingredients of romance and emotion come together perfectly. She knows how to make you cry tears of sadness and tears of absolute joy. If that wasn’t enough, she threw in some twists I was NOT expecting!!! In addition, she writes so beautifully. If you look carefully, you will see the deeper parts of her writing…the symbolism she uses to tell her readers the story of these two very special characters.

Leo and Mia’s story is one that consumed me…heart and soul! It is one of those rare, rare books that you want to take your time and devour it because the only regret you will have is when you read the very last page!

PURCHASE LINKS

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Writer. Reader. Mom. Wife. Master of awkward Sarcasm. 

Jay McLean is a full-time reader, writer of New Adult and Young Adult romance, and skilled procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her three boys, investing way too much time on True Crime Documentaries and binge-watching reality TV.

She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.

Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in her dream home where music is loud and laughter is louder.

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New Review: The Girl in the Love Song (Lost Boys #1) by Emma Scott

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The Girl in the Love Song (Lost Boys #1)

by Emma Scott 

 

About the Book

At Santa Cruz Central High School, they called them the misfits, the outcasts, the weirdos. But most of us knew them as the Lost Boys…

The Girl in the Love Song, book one in the Lost Boys, an interconnected coming-of-age series of standalones, from USA Today bestselling author Emma Scott, is live!

Miller Stratton is a survivor. After a harrowing childhood of poverty, he will do anything it takes to find security for himself and his mom. He’s putting all his hopes and dreams in the fragile frame of his guitar and the beauty he creates with its strings and his soulful voice. 

Until Violet. 

No one expects to meet the love of their life at age thirteen. But the spunky rich girl steals Miller’s heart and refuses to give it back. 

Violet McNamara’s life hasn’t been as simple as it looks. Her picture-perfect family is not so perfect after all. Her best friend Miller is her one constant and she is determined not to ruin their friendship with romantic complications. 

But the heart wants what it wants. As Miller’s star begins to rise to stratospheric heights, what will it take for Violet to realize that she’s the girl in all of his love songs?

The Girl in the Love Song features two original songs written by Emma herself.




Christie’s Review

5 STARS

Top Read of 2020

All-Time Favorite Read 

Oh my goodness, what a beautiful, emotional love story!!! This is one of the best coming of age novels I have had the pleasure to read. 

 

Miller and Violet were soulmates. That much was evident from the first time the two met on her thirteenth birthday when she saw him outside her window. Although it took them a while to realize they belonged together, it was a wonderful journey to take with them. 

 

“In that instance–the length of a heartbeat–a lifetime passed between us. An understanding that her and I were inevitable. Fated. The boy with diabetes and the girl who was going to be a doctor. The girl with the romantic heart and the boy who wrote love songs.”

 

Miller and Violet were worlds apart. He was the poor, homeless boy who had dreams to become famous to make a more secure future for himself and his mother. Violet was the rich girl who had dreams of becoming a doctor. Neither suspected the night they met would determine their destinies. A sweet friendship developed between them until they realized the feelings they had for one another ran so much deeper. This was the point of the book that the friction and push and pull between them began as well as complications and misunderstandings. However, they always made their way back to one another. 

 

One thing that made the book so special were the characters themselves. Emma Scott created such complex and unique characters in Miller and Violet. Miller was not the usual hero. Several things made him different. He had such a painful past, and it did color how he looked at relationships…but, he was such a good guy and so sensitive and loyal. Others at school saw him as the homeless boy with no future, but Violet always saw him as so much more.. He never let his diabetes determine who he was either. His loyalty and love to Violet made me love him even more. 

 

Violet was just as strong as Miller. Yes, she came from an entirely different background than him, but her family wasn’t perfect either. Her once loving parents spend so much time now yelling at one another. Miller is her solace and peace. Like Miller, she won’t let anything get in the way of her dreams of becoming a doctor. She is as loyal to Miller as he is to her. 

 

The romance was full of angst and push and pull. However, it didn’t overwhelm the story, and there had to be a degree of angst to make the book as good as it was. For me, that made their love even stronger. I liked that they both were able to give us their own perspectives. One of my favorite things was reading her diary entries…they were so sweet. 

 

I am so glad this is going to be a series. I loved the friendship between the lost boys….Miller, Ronan, and Holden. Each have their secrets, and I can’t wait to hear their stories. 

 

On one last note, Scott touched on so many subjects…bullying, domestic violence, poverty, homelessness, and juvenile diabetes, yet she connected them all so seamlessly. On top of that, the lyrics she created for Miller were incredible. When you read her author’s note in the end, you will know her heart and soul were put into this book making it such an emotional and beautiful read!!!!




 

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About Emma:



Emma Scott is an internationally bestselling author whose books have been featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today’s Happy Ever After. She writes emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy emotionally-charged stories that rip your heart out and put it back together again, with diverse characters and heroes with a heart of gold, you will enjoy her novels.

Connect with Emma:


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Close to Me by Monica Murphy Blog Tour with Review & Excerpt

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Close to Me by Monica Murphy

Release Date: February 11, 2020

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Close to Me, a New Adult romance by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Monica Murphy.

Asher Davis. My first crush.

My first kiss.

The boy who ripped my heart out of my chest again and again. Over and over. I let him have it every single time.

Willingly.

We are that toxic high school couple you hear about, the one you witness in the hallway as they avoid each other. You laugh at them in class when they’re forced to work together, their gazes full of hatred. We are the couple you gossip about when they win homecoming prince and princess their sophomore year…

The back and forth is what kills me the most. I’m not his princess, I’m the girl he toys with when he’s bored. And he’s definitely not my prince, no matter how badly I want him to be.

Finally it’s our senior year and we’re months away from never having to see each other again when disaster strikes—and brings us closer together. All it takes is one touch, and I’m burning for Ash. Hotter than I ever have.

But will that burn turn into a devastating fire? Or can we actually make it work this time?

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Christie’s Review

5 STARS

All-Time Favorite Read

A Top Read in 2020

A Top Read in Coming of Age Romance

I have long been a fan of Monica Murphy ever since reading One Week Girlfriend, so I was super excited to discover this would be about Fable and Drew’s daughter, Autumn! Murphy far exceeded my expectations. 

Close to Me is a story filled with lots of angst and drama. Asher Davis was Autumn’s first crush, her first kiss, and her first heartbreak. Whenever he is around her, he tends to bring out all of her insecurities yet he makes her heart race. She thinks he enjoys toying with her feelings, but what she doesn’t realize, is that this boy doesn’t know how to express his feelings for her. She does things to him he can’t explain. After a lot of push and pull between them, they agree to just avoid one another. That works for awhile until something happens that will force them together. They come to a brand new understanding about each other, but will it be enough to last forever?

Murphy uses angst and drama quite unlike any other author, always to her advantage, and always making the storyline even better. In other books I have read, some writers overdo the angst, and it completely overwhelms the story itself. Murphy knows just how much of that push and pull to use, and it worked beautifully between Asher and Autumn. 

I quite like how Murphy also wrote the book from several POVS. It was mostly told in Autumn’s voice. However, she used Asher in several chapters, as well as Fable and Drew. Through Drew, readers learn how deeply he loves his family and what a huge heart he has. He spotted something special in Asher and didn’t let him down. Fable has a background so similar to Asher’s that she understands him to a certain extent. She is one of his biggest cheerleaders. 

Autumn is such a special girl. She is smart, intelligent, and pretty independent. She isn’t afraid to stand up to Asher, which he loves by the way. Despite being from a family who has a lot of money, she realizes how fortunate she is. She never judges those from different backgrounds. Her biggest weakness is Asher!

When readers hear Asher’s voice, they get a glimpse into this beautiful boy’s mind and heart. He adores Autumn, but he feels like he would never be good enough for her. He hasn’t always made the best decisions, but he had to in order to survive. Despite his smart mouth and attitude, I couldn’t help but love him.

I loved catching up with Fable and Drew and seeing all their children. They are great parents, the perfect combination of strict and loving, always wanting their children to work towards their goals and succeed, much like we all do as parents. 

This was just a wonderfully beautiful, emotional read full of the feels. The ending couldn’t have been better. It is just the beginning for this young couple. The two are just starting their own journeys. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series which is Jake’s story, Autumn’s younger brother. 




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Excerpt:

“Do friends give each other hugs? The friends I have do. Sometimes.”

“There is no way I’m hugging you.” I roll my eyes.

“A truce hug then? Come on.” He lets go of the door handle and faces me fully, stretching his arms out in invitation. “I’ll leave you alone after this, okay? I promise.”

I’m not sure if he’s the type who keeps his promises. I’m guessing no.

This could be the last time I hug him. This entire encounter has been weird. Confusing. We’re a mess. We would never work, and us going ’round and ’round in circles tonight just proves that.

So what’s the harm in getting one last hug from Ash? It’s just a hug. A brief moment of bodily contact and then I’ll send him away. He won’t bug me again. He’ll get over his so-called feelings for me. He’ll give his heart to someone else or even better, he’ll discover he actually has one, and he’ll forget all about me. He’ll give it to someone else, and he’ll finally leave me alone forever.

Why does that thought make me feel so empty inside?

Deciding it’s do or die time, I walk right into his hug, my arms sliding around his waist, my head resting on his chest. I can feel the steady thump-thump of his heartbeat and I close my eyes when his arms come around me. Slowly. Enfolding me into his body so that we’re snug tight.

He holds me with a desperation, almost as if he’s afraid to let me go, and when I lift my head, tilting it back so I can stare into his eyes, I find he’s already watching me.

“Friends don’t make each other feel like this,” he says, his voice a gravelly whisper.

The hairs on the back of my neck rise. “Feel like what?”

“Like you could be my everything.”

My shoulders sag. “Ash—”

“Stop talking.” He presses two fingers to my lips, silencing me. When he’s seemingly assured I won’t speak, he lightens the pressure, gently caressing my lips. Back and forth. Making me tingle.

Making me want him to do more than touch my mouth.

I want him to kiss me.

“You have the sexiest lips,” he murmurs, and the blush returns, setting my face on fire. No one has referred to me as sexy before. “What we’re doing is fucking crazy. You know this right, Callahan?”

I ignore his question. “How could I be your everything when you told me you don’t know how to feel?”

“The only time I seem to feel is when…” He presses his fingers into the corner of my mouth, so gentle, I could almost think he never actually touched me. “I’m with you.”

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Meet Monica:

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and HarperCollins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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