<![CDATA[Room on the shelf - Home]]>Mon, 01 Feb 2016 09:18:59 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Talon [Cover Reveal]]]>Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:37:30 GMThttp://www.roomontheshelf.com/home/talon-cover-revealToday is the day all of you Sybil Bartel fans have been waiting for! It's cover reveal day for Talon, Book 1 in her new Uncompromising series. *passes tissues for wiping drool*
Ok. Now that you've spent a day or two staring at that eye candy (I mean, come one, we knew Sybil couldn't disappoint with TALON, of all people, right?!), read on for more details about the book! You know...the words and stuff.

Oh, and in case you were wondering: Yes, that lovely is a Michael Stokes original photo. Mmmhmm.
Talon by Sybil Bartel 
(Uncompromising Series, #1) 
Publication date: March 1st 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance

Synopsis:Talon
I surf.
I fuck.
I pretend to smile.
Two years ago my life was perfect, until it wasn’t. I scattered my wife’s ashes then walked away from the Marines. I didn’t think I had anything else to lose.
I was wrong.
The blond showed up at my surf shop, beaten and stabbed. I did what I was trained to do—I stitched her up. I didn’t have a clue who she was and I told myself I didn’t care. Until they came looking for her.
I swore I’d take my last breath before I let anyone else hurt her except I didn’t know she was keeping a deadly secret. Now I had two choices, her life or mine.
Marriage and combat taught me the same thing—I was no one’s hero. And I was about to prove it.


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27847480-talon?ac=1&from_search=1


AUTHOR BIO:
I grew up in Northern California with my head in a book and my feet in the sand. I dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew me into the world of storytelling. I love the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes me swoon.

I now live in Southern Florida and while I don’t get to read as much as I like, I still bury my toes in the sand. If I’m not writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in my backyard, you can find me spending time with my handsomely tattooed husband, my brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…

But Seriously?

Here are ten things you probably really want to know about me.

I grew up a faculty brat. I can swear like a sailor. I love men in uniform. I hate being told what to do. I can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks me out. My favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—I can’t decide. I have a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on me for driving directions, ever. And I have a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell my husband.

Author Links:
https://twitter.com/SybilBartel
http://sybilbartel.com/
https://www.facebook.com/sybilbartelauthor
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1065006266850790/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7893521.Sybil_Bartel
**I'll be reading an advanced copy and providing you all with a review on March 15th as part of the Talon blog tour March 14-19! Mark your calendars and get excited!**
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<![CDATA[More Than Once]]>Fri, 04 Dec 2015 17:09:46 GMThttp://www.roomontheshelf.com/home/more-than-once
Well, you guys. The amazingly fantastical Elizabeth Briggs has done it again! Book 4 in her Chasing the Dream series, More Than Once, has just been released, and let me tell you: she accomplished what I thought would be impossible. Curious? Read on for my review!
More Than Once is the story of Becca--the alcoholic former Villain Complex bassist who seems to have a knack for screwing things up--and Andy. Now, I'll be completely honest and say that I absolutely loathed Becca in the other books in this series. I found her to be quite spiteful and not a little skanky, and I truly wouldn't have even considered her as a redeemable character who could be set forth as the heroine of her own novel. Of course, that's what I get for underestimating Elizabeth Briggs. Clearly.
"God, this girl was dangerous. I'd spent the last few months completely dead inside, yet somehow she'd jolted me back to life in a matter of minutes."
Wait. What? Is Andy describing Becca here? Alcoholic, nasty Becca? How did she manage to bring part of Andy back to life? 
"And my god, Andy was incredible. I'd never been with someone who was both so tender and caring, yet so rough and demanding."
Ok. This can't be right either, because Andy is boring and vanilla and...rough and demanding? No way.

As I began this book. I thought of Becca and Andy as they'd been described in other books--by their exes  and the other members of Villain Complex. What I came to realize, though, as I read, was that it's all about perspective. When a person is portrayed to us from a critical perspective, as is the case with Becca and Andy, it's true that there may not be much good to see. But when we view those same people from their own point of view, or that of someone who cares for them? Well, then they become something else entirely. Indeed, Becca transforms before our eyes into a beautifully misunderstood, down on her luck young woman who has made mistakes (and haven't we all?) out of loneliness, hurt, and desperation. We realize that Andy isn't boring--he just hasn't had anyone who made him feel comfortable enough in his own skin to discover the things he's hidden away.

​And now I feel like a giant asshole for calling Becca skanky...
"I wanted to succumb to this man in every way, shape, or form. I was going to give him everything he wanted...And I knew he would give me everything I needed in return."
THIS. Right here? This is a thing of beauty that I think most of us want in a romantic relationship. That desire to give of yourself--to leave your vulnerabilities exposed--and know, without a shadow of a doubt, that the other person will both return the favor and give you what you need. A beautiful reciprocity that can create an unimaginable bond.
"I couldn't fall for her. I couldn't. There was too big of a chance she would rip my heart out, just like Tara had done. Becca made me feel more than I'd felt in months. Maybe ever. But falling for Becca would only give her the power to hurt me. If I felt this strongly about her after only a few days, what about in a few months? Or a year? When she walked away, as all my other girlfriends had done, how would I recover?"
How, though, do you achieve that reciprocity when one person (or both people) is afraid to open themselves to more hurt. They may want desperately to have that bond, but the fear of being crushed beyond repair, especially when you have been down that path before, can be debilitating.

But, oh. When a person can look past that fear, even for a second, and see the possibility? The greatness that could be? Well. That can be an amazing incentive to jump the hurdle of past hurts and forge a new path toward earth-shattering love and self-discovery.
"The music was still in me, even though I'd buried it deep and locked my bass guitars out here in the dark. Releasing it was so powerful, so intense, and so damn right​, I found myself in tears as I finished the song."
Sometimes, when we feel our "music"--whatever it may be--has left us or been buried too deep to ever rise to the surface again, the reality is that we just need the right person to come along and help us dig it out again. 

Alright, Elizabeth. We won't give up on our music. We'll see ourselves and other through new eyes, and we'll push forward to finish our songs.

Seriously. Go buy your copy of this book now. And if you haven't read the previous books in the series? Yeah, read those too. Trust me. It's worth it.

You can also read my review of the previous book, More Than Fashion.

Wait, what's that? You guys think it would be really cool if I gave away an e-book copy of Book 1 in the series, More Than Music, in which we first meet Becca? Hmm...ok. If you're going to be all demanding about it. I can do that.

Comment below with your answer to this question, and I'll draw a winner on December 16: Naughty or Nice? (You can simply type the word, or you can enter an explanation. Whatever you choose. Have fun with it!)

AND...since we're doing giveaways, I guess I should let you guys know that Elizabeth Briggs has set up a huge giveaway for you? Where she'll be giving away TWO $50 GIFT CARDS. I know, right? She's the best. Enter on her page, here!
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<![CDATA[Waking Hearts]]>Tue, 01 Dec 2015 19:29:06 GMThttp://www.roomontheshelf.com/home/waking-hearts
The third and--for those who have read the first two--much anticipated installment in the Cambio Springs series from Elizabeth Hunter is now out!

Read on for my review of Allie and Ollie's story!
Allison Smith is a fox shifter with four kids, two jobs, and a huge pile of debt left by her gambling husband when he disappeared. Luckily for her, she's got "people"--one of whom is quiet bear shifter Oliver Campbell. 

Ollie has been in love with Allie since high school. Now that her husband is gone and Allie is in danger, Ollie's protective instincts rise to the surface, and claiming Allie is on the forefront of his mind.
"Ollie couldn't handle being a way station for her. He wasn't being dramatic. he just knew that he'd break if she tried him on and discarded him because she wasn't ready. He'd held his peace for fifteen years, and once he had her, he wouldn't be able to let go."
​Even when his greatest desire is to claim Allie as his own, Ollie hesitates. He knows that once he takes that step he (and certainly his bear) will never be able to go back. And, despite the fact that I often wanted to scream, "Just kiss her already!", I found Ollie's reverence for Allie so beautifully touching. His determination to both protect his own heart and make certain that Allie knows her worth are enough to make anyone swoon. 
"Something had shifted, and it had a little to do with waking up with the man naked, and a lot to do with him feeding Loralie bites of pancake while she sat on his lap."
As a mother, I can vouch for this: no matter how much a man can melt your panties with an attractive body and handsome face, that sexiness pales in comparison to the heart-melting experience of watching him care for or play with your children (or his, for that matter). A man who can make you catch your breath when he walks through the room and who can make your stomach flip-flop and heart skip a beat when he interacts with your little people? Well that is the whole damn package.
" 'The world doesn't stop so you can get your shit together', he said. 'There's never going to be a perfect time. You grab the time you have, and you make it right.' "
I think, every now and then, it's good for us all to have a little carpe diem reminder. It's so easy to get caught up in the day to day--the what-ifs, what-shoulds, and vulnerabilities that make reaching for our heart's desires so very scary. But in the end, it's nice to be reminded to consider the why-the-hell-nots. To be prompted to "grab the time you have and make it right."

So, I highly suggest you grab that time right now and get your copy of
Waking Hearts!

You can also check out my review of the book that started it all in Cambio Springs, Shifting Dreams!
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<![CDATA[Love on a Summer Night]]>Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:29:42 GMThttp://www.roomontheshelf.com/home/love-on-a-summer-night
If you've read my reviews before, you may know that I am a HUGE fan of Zoe York's Pine Harbour series. Which makes today, release day for #4 in the series, Love on a Summer Night, a fabulous day! 

If you haven't read the first three books, check out my reviews here:

Love in a Small Town & Love in a Snow Storm
Love on a Spring Morning

Then, read on for my review of Love on a Summer Night, and prepare yourself to want to stay home absorbing the awesomeness of Zander and Faith!
Faith Davidson is a successful author and a widowed single mother. Even after 4 years, she has yet to venture back into the world of dating, and she knows she certainly won't do so with anyone who lives dangerously--she's been there, done that, and got the widow card to prove it.

Then, she meets Zander Minelli, who is all the things she tells herself she couldn't and shouldn't want. He's tall, dark, handsome, and dangerously appealing. 

The first aspect of this book that jumped right out and impressed the hell out of me was the realism.  As a mother and writer, I found myself continually laughing out loud as I connected with the things that Faith said and did. Why? Because I say and do those exact same things
"She told herself to remember every detail of this moment for when she got back to the computer."
I cannot tell you how many times I have done this. In fact, I have an app on my phone just for making notes of observations so I can remember them and incorporate them into my writing later. (Incidentally, I also have a waterproof pad of paper for the shower because...well, you just never know when inspiration will strike.) I've also been known to snap photos of things I want to remember. And when you meet someone who has knowledge of a skill you're trying to include in a story? Oh, you pick their brain shamelessly. Seriously. It's a thing. And I love how Zoe York (also a mother and writer, captures it). 
"This is everything there is to know about me Zander. Playgrounds and camps and packing lunches and wiping noses and kissing scraped knees. Bath time and story time and middle of the night cuddles because of nightmares. Nothing interesting."
It's an almost universal truth that mothers, especially those with young children, tend to have lives that revolve around their kids. So often, we don't take time for ourselves, we don't indulge in activities solely for our own enjoyment, and we certainly don't tend to find our lives particularly appealing or interesting. Multiply this times about 100 for single parents. Putting yourself out there when you are on your parenting game 100% of the time is not easy. Seeing what could possibly appeal to someone of the opposite sex about your booger wiping, lunch packing, nightmare soothing, soccer mom identity is even harder. And I love that Zoe captured this insecurity and vulnerability so beautifully, but also that she answered it with a mind-blowing, panty melting, heart warming chemistry and dynamic between Faith and Zander.
"Chemistry didn't trump practicality...But then they had shared looks like this, where her face was naked with longing and he thought, how is this beautiful woman all alone? How can I not pursue her? It was a raw, primal reaction that evaded logic and reason."
Zander is the entire package. He's intelligent, he's got lifelong military man body, he adores Faith's son, and he has thoughts like that about Faith. I'm not going to lie. I would welcome that into my life right damn now. The way Zander treats Faith in this book, as if she were a queen and the most beautiful woman he's ever seen? The way he seems to find her more attractive because of rather than in spite of the extra softness and imperfections that childbearing has given her body? Holy moly, did it speak to my woman's soul. And when he played with and had "man talks" with Faith's little boy? Well, my heart didn't stand a chance!

If you haven't read the other three books in this series, I suggest you do so now--because, seriously, they are  all this good and applicable to real life--and then buy this one and call in sick to work tomorrow. Because you're going to be up all night reading. 

Love in a Small Town
Love in a Snow Storm
Love on a Spring Morning
Love on a Summer Night
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<![CDATA[Desecrating Solomon [Review]]]>Tue, 27 Oct 2015 19:09:48 GMThttp://www.roomontheshelf.com/home/desecrating-solomon-review
Desecrating Solomon, the newest release from author Lucian Bane, is a romantic thriller with a uniquely dark twist. 

Read on for my review!

*Warning: This book contains some violent content and victimization that could be triggering. Please read it, and my review, with caution.*
Chaos has been raised in a life of pain, punishment, and discipline. She knows only the truth of the Order and the purpose she serves and for which she has been prepared her whole life.
"She was a bucket of bleeding raw insides. There was no cleaning this. There was no bringing comfort to these wounds, no mending this kind of broken mess it had all somehow become."
Part of fulfilling that purpose is finding Solomon Gorge and presenting him for Desecration. 

Solomon, still unrecovered from the pain and tragedy in his own life, has moved back home to West Virginia to take on the role of caretaker for an elderly woman--a role assigned him by the church.
"Solomon looked at her. A perfect image of young, beautiful innocence standing right there before him. She'd called him when she was half dead. He'd heard. He'd answered. Yes, he'd do it. In a heartbeat. He'd give his life to protect her, gladly, definitely, and without a doubt.
The bond between Solomon and Chaos is immediate. So much so, and so deeply so, that it could easily fall into the realm of impossible to believe. The saving grace here is the element of the supernatural--the sense that, even before meeting, Solomon and Chaos have some sort of (dare I say it?) divine connection. 

Desecrating Solomon is a unique blend of religion, spirituality, and eroticism, and the storyline is definitely intriguing. I did feel, however, that it was oddly rushed and not quite developed enough in many places. I got a feel for the connection between Solomon and Chaos, and even a bit of a shallow glimpse into the character of each as an individual, but it felt very surface at times.

I was also incredibly bothered by Solomon's treatment of Chaos toward the end of the book. For most of the story, he treasures and cares for her. He says he loves her. But then he treats her as if she is a child who cannot be trusted to think for themselves or allowed to see the truth. And it's not a matter of Dom/Sub in this case, which I could understand and accept more readily. Instead, it was just an odd sort of imbalance in the relationship between the two, in which Solomon manipulates her (as every other person in her life has) in order to achieve his end goal--nevermind that the end goal is her safety.
"Loving somebody isn't a one time thing, it's an everyday thing. Something you do to them, with them, for them. Because of them. Every day, all day. And night."
Despite the sometimes less than optimal implementation, I did like the overarching idea behind the story. I simply would have liked to see it played out in a more meaningful and deeper way.
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<![CDATA[Perfectly Aligned [Review]]]>Tue, 27 Oct 2015 11:00:01 GMThttp://www.roomontheshelf.com/home/perfectly-aligned-review
Hailee and Corwin last saw one another 10 years ago, at their high school graduation. In those 10 years, Corwin has been a regular feature in Hailee's dreams, so when she runs into him again, she has to pinch herself to be sure she's awake. 

Are Hailee and Corwin being handed another chance to be together, and will they be able to overcome secrets that will be revealed?

Read on for my review! 
Perfectly Aligned is a sweet friends-to-lovers type romance. I say sweet because, for much of the book, Hailee and Corwin have the type of relationship you might expect more from innocent high schoolers than from experienced adults--one rife with timidity and miscommunication
"I found a secret, foolish pleasure in the thought that his dog liked me."
Oh, and also that silly tendency we all had when we were younger (I mean...I certainly don't do things like this now. Uh uh. Nope. Not this lady...) to try to find meaning and secret signs in every little action and interaction. 
"I recognized that he no longer felt alone in life, and by knowing his secret, neither did I."
At times, I found this juvenile dynamic incredibly frustrating and unrealistic, especially in an adult romance novel. As I thought more about it, however, I realized that the author was attempting to establish a parallel between the relationship Hailee and Corwin had as teenagers and the budding romance they are discovering as adults. By creating this parallel, and then intersecting them with the stabilizing presence of honesty (through secrets revealed), she forges a relationship that can defy all odds and withstand all storms. 
That being said, and although I was finally able to discern the author's possible intent, I do think that there was an overwhelming and, at times, distracting authorial presence in this book. Often, because of awkward tones and phrasing, I'd find myself aware of how the words were being crafted in an attempt to create a certain response or image, rather than actually feeling the intended emotion or connection to the characters and story.

Because I know that authorial presence is a pet peeve of mine, and because I can be a bit picky about incorrect vocabulary usage, I give the book a pass on those points. I think that, despite these things, Stephanie Alba succeeded in creating a story that captures the beauty of a love that transcends missed opportunities and past mistakes.
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<![CDATA[Desecrating Solomon [Release]]]>Fri, 23 Oct 2015 14:21:17 GMThttp://www.roomontheshelf.com/home/desecrating-solomon-release
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Dᴇsᴇᴄʀᴀᴛɪɴɢ Sᴏʟᴏᴍᴏɴ by bestselling Author Lucian Bane is out!
Go get this twisted ‪#‎romance‬ ‪#‎thriller‬ TODAY!
Amazon link: http://amzn.to/1McfFHi



**WARNING*** 
This book contains elements that may be disturbing and offensive. Please read with caution if you are triggered by events depicting violence and various forms of abuse. 


On the seventh day of the seventh year… she desecrates. 

Evil keeps a formidable schedule in Weston, West Virginia. Every seventh year, spirits from the town's abandoned insane asylum seek worthy souls to command. But this seventh year, a desecration unlike any before is scheduled to ravage the town. And Solomon Gorge is lured to the harrowing event by the screams of Silence.
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<![CDATA[Pretty When You Cry]]>Tue, 20 Oct 2015 18:33:01 GMThttp://www.roomontheshelf.com/home/pretty-when-you-cry
Publication Date: October 20, 2015 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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“Dark, perverse, and unbearably erotic, Pretty When You Cry is SkyeWarren at her gritty best.” ~ Anna Zaires, USA Today bestselling author of Twist Me

A new dark romance novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Wanderlust and Prisoner… I came from a place of dirt floors and holy scriptures. They told me the world outside was full of sin, and the first night I escape, I find out it’s true. Ivan saves me, but he does more than that. He takes me. He makes me his own girl. My conditioning runs too deep. Ivan sees what I am. That’s the thing about showing a mouse to a cat. He wants to play. And it’s terrifying, even for me. Because the only thing darker than my past is his.
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<![CDATA[The Lost Series [Review]]]>Mon, 19 Oct 2015 19:16:43 GMThttp://www.roomontheshelf.com/home/the-lost-series-review
The Lost Series, by Layla Hagen, is comprised of Lost in UsFound in Us, and Caught in Us. Read on for my review of the entire series!
Lost in Us is the story of Serena and James.  Serena is an intelligent woman with a plan and a tight hold on the reins of her life.  James is a brilliant and wealthy entrepreneur playboy who sets his eyes on Serena.
Serena has known for some time what she would do with her life, While Serena struggles to hold tightly to the path she has set for herself, but when her boyfriend of 6 years leaves her (and her plans) in the dust, James tempts her with both his body and his wild ways.
It’s not the behavior itself that scares me. The fact that I chose to act this way scares me. I wanted to be reckless. And as I look into his eyes, and feel his hot breath on my lips, every inch of my body tells me that I don’t want to stop being reckless.”
And THIS. Right here. This is what I loved about Lost in Us.  James helps Serena discover how to let go and feel, and Serena pushes James to allow himself to really hold on to something. And together, they heal old wounds and forge new paths.

In Found in Us, Serena’s best friend and roommate Jessica finds herself repeatedly thrust into social situations with James’ cousin, Parker, to whom she is undeniably attracted. However, Parker has already turned her down once, and Jessica has trust issues with men, so her defenses are up, despite the advances Parker has begun making.
“I’d learned long ago not to trust men, and most of all, not to hope they’d care.”
Determined to revise her party girl image and prove to everyone, herself included, that she can make it on her own, Jess bristles against Parker’s dominant personality, which only makes Parker want to claim her more.

I loved that the theme of salvation and self-realization was continued from the first installment in the series, and, in particular, I was impressed by the way Hagen incorporated London’s geography (old city and new city) and the London Eye into the developing relationship between Jessica and Parker.
“When we are apart, we are on our best behavior, fitting in. But when we are together, we carve our own bubble of freedom, in which nothing can touch us—where we can let loose.”
What I did NOT love, and found incredibly odd given the efficacy and proficiency of the author’s writing in the first book, was the love scenes. Don’t get me wrong—they’re definitely steamy.  But they’re also oftentimes very awkward. My first issue is the vocabulary. In the same scene, we see references to “tingles all the way down there”, followed by mention of the heroine’s “pulsating core”, “clit” and “nub”.  “Nub” especially bothered me. I don’t know a single woman who refers to her clitoris as her “nub”. Especially if she also refers to her pelvic area as “down there”. On the male side of the scene, Parker has an “erect member”. This particular instance made me stop reading and think, “Hmm. The author needed another word for penis.”

With the third installment, Caught in Us, Hagen returned to the quality of writing seen in the first book, Lost in Us, and I was once again captured by the story. In fact, this may have been my favorite of all three.

Caught in Us, begins during the senior year of high school for James’s little sister, Dani. A self-proclaimed nerd who has been granted early acceptance to Oxford, contingent on upkeep of her grades, Dani is also lonely and inexperienced. Her parents barely pay attention to her, she’s never been kissed, and she has no date to the prom. Overall, things look pretty bleak, and Dani isn’t quite sure how to turn them around. Until Damon walks into her English class—and her life.

On the surface, Damon is a bad-boy who doesn’t care about anyone or anything. But Dani sees beyond that from the beginning, and she and Damon begin a beautiful relationship that also causes a downward spiral in Dani’s good girl image.

I loved everything about Damon from the moment he stepped into the story. He is the whole package—depth, sweetness, danger—and he treasures Dani, which I think is something most women want to feel. And to hear the words he speaks to her? Now that is panty-melting in its own special way.
“I’m not interested in being special to everyone. I want to be special to someone. That’d be enough for me.”
Although their journey is by no means an easy one, and it is definitely rife with pain and sorrow, the end product? Well, it’s just about the most amazing thing a person can ask for.
“A liberating sensation spreads inside me, dissolving the pain I kept hidden, leaving place for hope, bliss, and the conviction that together we will bloom into something beautiful.”
My overall recommendation? Buy it, read it—you’ll love it!
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<![CDATA[Getting to Know Author Elodie Nowodazkij [ + GIVEAWAY]]]>Wed, 14 Oct 2015 12:05:25 GMThttp://www.roomontheshelf.com/home/getting-to-know-author-elodie-nowodazkij-giveawayYesterday, I posted about the release of Always Second Best (including the awesome tour-wide giveaway!). Today, I'd like to share my review of Always Second Best, as well as a fun little interview with the author. Oh, and did I mention I also have a giveaway just for my wonderful readers? 'Cause I definitely do!
Review
Seventeen year old ballerina Emilia Moretti has felt second best her whole life, and she has decided that she is going to show the world that she can be the best. (The world mainly being her birth mother and her ex best friend/summer fling.)  
"But when everything went crashing faster than a dancer missing his or her landing, I still had hope. I dreamed he'd come and knock at my door, that he'd tell me he was sorry, that he'd fight for me."​
Like most teenage girls (and hell, us adults as well!), Emilia longs to be sought after and fought for. She bases much of her self worth on the idea of, more than being the best AT something, being the best and first choice FOR someone.

Because this is such a relevant topic to women of every age the world over, I was thrilled to see Nowodazkij handle it in such a beautiful way. 
"Being first doesn't always mean the first place on the podium. Being first should be about learning what it is that makes you happy and pursuing that dream and not giving up and staying true to yourself. Being first should be about the journey."
Much more than a romance, Always Second Best chronicles a girl's journey to self-appreciation, recognition of self-worth, and realization of her place in the world. It is, in many ways, a sort of Every(wo)man story, and I can honestly say that it spoke to me on many levels.

So, really. You guys? Go read this book now. Although, you probably want to start with A Summer Like No Other, as it gives the story of the summer before Always Second Best. A summer in which two friends decide to allow themselves to be something more.
Now that I've given you my two cents, how about something fun from the author? Here's an interview provided by Xpresso Book Tours!
Q&A With Elodie Nowodazkij

1.
What do you love most about Em & Nick?
How much they love one another. It takes them time and it’s not always easy and they make mistakes but at the end of the day, they understand one another and are there for one another.

2.Do you have plans to write more books in the Broken Dreams series?
I have a few more…I may or may not be currently writing a holiday novella featuring Camilo—the “bad” guy from One, Two, Three and Chloe, a new character.

I’m also outlining Jen’s story. Jen is a part of A Summer Like No Other and Always Second Best…and I’m actually thinking of her moving to France for the summer after the showcase for an intensive workshop at the Opéra de Paris. Thinking out loud here… And I also have a novel about Becca—Natalya’s best friend. Oh and maybe about Roberto—Emilia’s brother.

3.Wow, that’s quite a lot. Any chance we’ll see Em & Nick again though?
Hmmm. Definitely in Jen’s story, they will pop up. And I may or may not be looking into writing a few short stories…featuring Tonio & Nata, Em & Nick and maybe Giovanni & Roberto.

4.Emilia & Nick are ballet dancers. Natalya in One Two Three and One Dream Only was a ballet dancer. Are you also a dancer?
I danced ballet for a few years, but nothing like Natalya or Em or Nick…I’ve done research, watched videos, read articles and tried to remember what I loved about ballet when I was dancing. It’s a world I tried to learn a lot about. Part of the Broken Dreams series will move a bit away from ballet thought when it comes to Becca’s story and Camilo’s.

5.What is your favorite part about writing?
I have several favorite things I love about writing. The creating process. Yes, it can be super painful and sometimes I hate it, but I am still grateful that I get to call this “my job”. And then, I love the contact with the readers. Really, don’t hesitate to reach out to me on Twitter (@ENowodazkij) or per email (authorelodienowodazkij@gmail.com) And if you’ve read my books and enjoyed them, I love hanging out in my cozy book on Facebook J (https://www.facebook.com/groups/954159761294820/
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