Top 3 Thursday: Books That Made Me Cry

This is going to be a fun little post. I’m not a huge crier. Sure, it’s not uncommon for me to shed a tear or two, but actual crying? Not that frequent. But there are still a few books that have made me legit sob. For the list today, I’ve picked two of my recent reads and one that just stands out for me when it comes to the books that have made me cry.


1. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Huchinson

23677341Finished this just a few days ago. I’m behind on my reviews though, so it’s not on the blog.  It’s about a guy who has a sucky life, made worse by the fact that he frequently gets abducted by aliens. Then the aliens tell him that the world will end 144 days but there’s a big red button he can press to save it, if he wants to. So he’s trying to decide whether the world is worth saving and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever read. It’s also completely heartbreaking a lot of the time, which somehow makes it even better. I love this book. It will make your cry but it’ll be worth it.

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2. The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

28006096I feel like I bring up Uncle Rick a lot. It’s just that… I love his books so much. He has the best characters and the most entertaining books. They’re so fun; which is ironic considering the title of this post. But that’s why he’s probably my favourite author. This book is fun. It also made me cry for 30 minutes. Hands down the saddest book in the series. Actually, saddest book by the author. And the worst part is that I knew something terrible was going to happen because Uncle Rick freaking told us before the books even came out. Rick Riordan is kind of evil.

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3. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

6547258Speaking of ‘knowing something terrible was going to happen’, something goes down in this book. Something really bad. And you see it coming from a mile away because the author keeps hinting at it. But when it happened, I still had to put the books down so I could sob for 20 minutes. It was bad. And the reason it stands out is because the book wasn’t even trying. There was not emotional prose or anything. It just hurt. It still hurts. And it always will. Oh, the joys of reading…

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And that’s it for this list of sadness. Shoutout to The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, for being the first book to make me cry, many years ago. And to Making Faces by Amy Harmon, because it’s another book that will always hurt.

Leave a comment about a book that made you cry. Everyone has at least one, right? And you can check out the post by this T3T’s creator, Acosyreader here.



Top 3 Thursday: Coming of Age Books I Loved

I’ve missed the last few Top 3 Thursday posts. One week, I was out-of-town; afterwards, it just kept slipping my mind. I’ll try to be more consistent, even when I don’t have the best answers.

That’s the case now, by the way. It’s not that I haven’t read any coming-of-age novels, or that I didn’t like any. The problem is that in lists like these, I prefer to include books that I constantly think about or, more importantly, ones that I enjoy rereading. And coming-of-age books can often be of a heavy nature. Hence why I don’t reread them. So I wasn’t sure which books to include. Except for the first one, which was a no-brainer.


1. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

19547856At this point, I don’t think anyone should be surprised to see me mention this book. I adored it when I first read it in 2016 and I just finished rereading it today and fell in love all over again. This is one of the cutest books I’ve read, while also being heartfelt and thought-provoking. I’m definitely going to be writing another review in the coming week, in which I will tell everyone that I think they should read it.

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2. The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

23252517This one feels like a strange choice because it’s not exactly YA. It also has paranormal elements. But it still fits because it reads very much like a contemporary novel and because it’s about Moses trying to find himself. It’s set in two separate points in Moses’s life. First is when he’s a teenager and is in a very bad place. Second is him as an adult. It’s a beautiful story with gorgeous prose. Highly recommend.

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3. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

20820994Pretty cover!
…And pretty writing too. But I just have to mention the cover; it’s really cool. But more important, the book is beautiful. It tells the story of a pair of twins who were very close, until stuff happened. This is also set at two points in their lives (ages 14 and 16). The best part is definitely how well-written the characters are, even if they’re not always likable. It’s a slow read, and an emotional one.

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And that’s it for this kinda-recommendations list. I’m open to any suggestions of coming of age books that you love because I haven’t read many. Though maybe don’t recommend ones that are really heavy (emotionally). They make me sad and since I’m not fond of being sad, I don’t read such books too frequently.

Top 3 Thursday: Book Quotes That Stuck With Me

Sorry about the mini-hiatus. I was in the mood for procrastination (more than usual, that is) and kept putting off the reviews. I’m back now …until the next time I go AWOL.

This topic has to be one of my favourites because I don’t just love books for their stories and their characters, it’s also for the sentences that are sometimes phrased in a way that’s so amazing that you want to take some cans of spray paint and write them across town. It’s for those profound things that are said in just a few works.

I never start a book with the intention of highlighting the lines I like most. I wish I did but I always forget. And it’s only when something really sticks out to me that I think to maybe mark it or write it down. And I’m going to post three such quotes.


1. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

— J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I always side with the Good Guys. And I am never swayed by sob-stories. If someone crosses a line and does something truly bad, it doesn’t matter what he or she has been through in life, what adversity they’ve faced, I will not cut them any slack because I believe that, in the end, we always have a choice.

It doesn’t matter if you were wronged and betrayed in your adult life, or if you had a horribly traumatic childhood; unless someone was literally controlling your mind when you did what you did… you deserve to be punished. I’m an extreme believer of choices and that’s why this quote is my favourite. It tells us that we’re not defined by what we were born with, but what we choose to do with it.


2. I long for exclamation marks, but I’m drowning in ellipses.

— Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies has a very unique concept and, when I read this line, I so badly wanted to tell everyone how freaking brilliant it was. I mean, how awesome is that phrasing? And then you consider what it represents. With context, it could simply be about the protagonist, who is a zombie, not being able to speak. But it’s also the perfect metaphor for someone with anxiety. When you feel like you’re choking on all the things you want to say but you just can’t say them. And what a clever way to express that…


3. “It’s a sin.”
“No, hurting someone is a sin.”

— Sarina Bowen, Goodbye Paradise

This one is a little different from the previous two, in that it doesn’t seem like a typical quote. But for me, it’s a way to distinguish between right from wrong. I can’t even count the amount of times I’ve been conflicted about something, only for these lines to replay in my mind. And I ask myself, does it hurt anyone?

It’s so simple yet so accurate that it still baffles me sometimes. I wish everyone could ask themselves this whenever they decide to condemn someone for their sexuality or race or gender. Being gay doesn’t hurt anyone but the hate you give someone for being gay most certainly does.

Top 3 Thursday: Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud

Another ‘Top 3 Thursday’! I didn’t do one last week because it was about the top 3 characters I’d like as roommates and I didn’t have any answer. I put up with people because I have to, I just don’t see myself choosing to have a roommate.

But this week’s topic is great because funny books are the best. It’s not easy to write something that makes people laugh and I admire any author who tries and accomplishes it. So without further ado, let’s get on with the list. I also have a couple honorary mentions.


1. Sustained by Emma Chase

22926485One of the best things about Emma Chase is how good she is at writing from the make perspective. And in this book, we not only have a male protagonists, Jake, with a brilliant sense of humour, there are six kids added to the mix and it’s one the best things ever. Here’s a sample of a scene in which little Rosaleen is contemplating a sleeping Jake:

There’s pressure against my eyelid. And then it’s pried open—revealing Rosaleen’s blurry, peering face.
“Are you dead?” she yells.
Apparently she suspects I’m also deaf.

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2. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

11This book would make the list for a lot of people. It would also make the list of some of the weirdest books. It’s absolutely genius but takes a little time to get used. It’s basically about two guys, one human and one alien, trying to survive in space after Earth gets destroyed to make a galactic freeway. That right there is perfection. Then you have the depressed robot, who’s my favourite, and the part from the perspective of a whale… I can’t recommend the book enough.

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3. Every Single Rick Riordan Book Ever

Uncle Rick is one of my favourite author for many reasons. He’s an amazing writer and has some of the best characters. He also seems to have a never-ending supply of fresh humour to add to his books. I mean, I’ve read over 20 of them and they’re all hilarious and packed with actions. Never has there been a better way to learn about various kinds of mythology than with Rick Riordan’s urban twist. I’d recommend starting with The Lightning Thief because it’s the first book and it’s narrated by Percy (a.k.a. Persasssy) Jackson. The sheer amount of book he has may seem intimidating but you’ll love and won’t want to stop reading.

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In the end, I gotta mention The Deal by Elle Kennedy. It was really as toss-up between this one and Sustained and I couldn’t leave it out. I also wanna mention Cassandra Clare because I love that she incorporates humour in every one of her books, even though they’re not of the humour genre. It’s one of the things that make her stand out for me.

What are some of the books that made you laugh out loud? Be sure to leave a comment below.

Top 3 Thursday: Literary Animals

This one was kind of a tough-y. First because I’m really not an animal lover. I don’t hate them per se, just prefer them away from me. And fictional ones are fine, really. I made the list of my faves but I kept thinking I was leaving someone out. Never figured out if I was but I did manage to choose, with some of difficulty, three I liked most:


1. Blackjack from Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Image result for blackjack percy titan'sHe’s right there on the cover and he’s a friggin’ Pegasus. That already makes him very cool. Then you add in the fact that Percy can talk to him and that he called Percy ‘boss’… It’s the best thing. Every time Blackjack is in a scene, it’s bound to be sweet and hilarious. Love the bond between these two, Blackjack’s love for doughnuts, and him calling Dionysus “wine dude” (it’s brilliant!). I also wanted to add Mrs. O’ Leary, but I didn’t want to do two animals from the same series.


2. Havoc from Magisterium

Image result for havoc magisteriumI couldn’t add the hell-hound but maybe a chaos-ridden wolf makes up for it? Seriously, I do love Havoc. Callum’s had him since he was just a (wolf) puppy and while people might see him as dangerous, he’s as loyal as they come. And him and Callum… they’re almost as great as Hiccup and Toothless (who I couldn’t add because I’ve only watched the movies).


3. Church from The Shadowhunter Chronicles

Image result for church jemArt by taratjah.

Church is not the most lovable of pets. In fact, he’s not lovable at all. He’s a grumpy, immortal cat who hates everyone except his precious Jem, who rescued him. He’s also the only characters (I think), other than Magnus, who’s shown up in all three of the Shadowhunter Chronicles series. And while Church doesn’t make me want to cuddle him (he’d scratch me for sure), he’s an important part of the Shadow world and the books wouldn’t be the same without him.



Now I wanna know some of your favourite literary animals. Also, are you can dog person or cat person? If I liked animals enough to want one as a pet, it would definitely be a cat. I love the ‘evil and sarcastic’ vibes they give off. Like Church!

Top 3 Thursday: Books I Recommend

Even before I started the blog, the plan was always to incorporate more than just book review. I mean, those you can just post on Goodreads and Amazon, right? But I haven’t quite managed it. Mainly because I’m lazy. Then on Instagram, I saw that A Cosy Reading Blog started a ‘Top 3 Thursday’ thing and it seemed simple yet interesting, so I’m going with it. This time, it’s top three books I recommend to people.


1. Making Faces by Amy Harmon

27237358I don’t think I talk about this book enough on the blog. I read it a long time ago (I’m rereading it right now) and it was amazing. It still stands as one of the best books I’ve ever read. The story is absolutely beautiful, heartwarming and heart wrenching. I don’t technically have a favourite book but whenever I’m asked, this is the one that comes to mind and the one that I answer with. Whenever I’m asked for a must-read book, this is it, because I think everyone should read it. It’s a breathtaking romance about overcoming loss.


2. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

19547856If Making Faces is a book with heavy emotion, this might be the opposite. It’s a very light, fun and cute read but also very meaningful. That’s a combination that’s difficult to achieve but somehow, Becky did it. I read this one over two years ago and it was my favourite reads of the year. It’s the kind of book that makes you happy and makes you think at the same time. It’s exactly my kind of book and about as perfect as it can get. I don’t think any sane person could ever dislike it, same as with Making Faces.


3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

3Last but never least, Harry Potter. Of course this was coming, even though recommending this series is complicated because most people have read it. Still, whenever some wants to delve into reading, my suggestion is always to “read Harry Potter” because it’s magical. That’s the only word I have for it. I mean, reading this series is practically a rite-of-passage at this point. You have to do it. And soon because the world is rife with spoilers since it seems that HP spoilers don’t even count as spoilers.


And those were the three books I recommend most often. The first is a personal, and amazing, favourite, the second is too likable to resist and the third is just important. That covers all the recommendation bases, don’t you think?

Finally, as a little bonus, I just have to mention Percy Jackson. It’s one of my favourite series, it’s fun, fast paced and action packed, and it’s hilarious. It’s also about Greek mythology (always a plus) and, most importantly, it has Percy in it, who is my favourite character (of all time and all forms of media).

And that concludes the list. Be sure to check out A Cosy Reader‘s post, and leave a comment about some of the books you find yourself recommending most often.

Trope Tuesday!

Given how many romance novels I’ve read recently, it only seemed appropriate to talk about a popular trope in them. The Billionaire Thing.

I’m not usually one to judge books by covers. Especially when it comes to romances. I hate book covers with random shirtless dudes, but some of my favourite books have those covers and if I’d judged them on that basis, I would’ve missed out. But, I do often read books because of their names. If I love the name of a book, I usually really want to read it. But bad names rarely stop me. Books with the word ‘billionaire’ in the title are an exception.

It just makes no sense. Like, is millionaire not rich enough? Does the plot specifically require a guy with a billion dollars? Are you writing books for gold diggers? Does the guy have no other redeeming qualities? Is making him a billionaire your way of saying he’s rare, since there aren’t many of those wandering around?

Just… why? Why billionaire? Where did it start? Who even came up with the idea that it’d be good to name book after the financial status of the male protagonist? And does no one realize how shallow that sounds? And what’s worse is that there are entire book series in which every single male protagonist is a billionaire and they’re all pals. As if they’re part of an ‘eligible billionaires’ book club. They probably get together twice a month to discuss how rich they are while they read their diamond-studded hardbacks.

I’ve made the mistake of reading a book, or two, that had the word ‘billionaire’ in the title. In my defense, I didn’t know then how stupid this trope is. Nor did I know that the series was called ‘billionaires’ something. Now, I pretty much avoid this particular type of books. I would read one if it was by an author I like, but otherwise, I’ve learned my lesson.

But still? It’s the rich thing, right? Playing into the female fantasy that one day, a hot, rich guy will waltz into your life and solve all your problems? And that even though everyone wants him and he has everything, he choses the ordinary girl because she’s just that special? The billionaire part probably comes in because it’s the largest sum of money that also has a few dozen options. Or because it tells the reader up front that the male protagonist is really fucking rich. When you think about it, the trope makes sense. But you can’t possibly expect anyone to take your book seriously when your selling point is a guy with an unbelivable amount of cash.

I guess I’m being kinda harsh. I doubt all books that fit this trope are bad, and there’s nothing wrong with writing a feel-good novel. But this is the one case in which I judge a book without even knowing what it’s about. This trope bugs me. Hell, I even judge authors (as authors, not as the kind of people they are) who have more than one book with the word ‘billionaire’ in the title.

It seems shallow and a cop-out of actually having to come up with a compelling enough plot that will make people want to read your book. I’m sure there are people who don’t agree with me. So please, prove me wrong. I would freakin’ love some suggestions for good books that fit the trope, preferably ones in which the billionaire thing signifies more than just the fact that it has a rich guy in it. Until I find some exceptions though, I’m steering clear. Because even though I’m also female, my fantasy involves me getting a job and a small apartment that I don’t have to share with anyone. And maybe a local restaurant which has great pizza. Billionaires are overrated.

Trope Tuesday!

For a while now, I’ve been wanting to add something non-review-y to the blog. But due to one reason or the other (usually laziness), I haven’t done it. Finally, I’m changing that.

Trope Tuesday is for book tropes. It can be a trope that I hate, one that I love, or simply one that I wish to discuss. The ‘hate’ ones will likely be more prominent since I already have a list that I made a couple of months ago. In fact, I’m kicking things off with a popularly hated book trope. I mean, what better way to start, than with the dreaded love triangle.

A lot of people hate love triangles. I actually thought, at one point, that everyone hated them. I was quite surprised when I found out that some people didn’t. Which is why I like to think that my hatred is a tad more intense that it usually is.

There are many reasons for my passionate dislike. There is, of course, the uncertainty of ‘who will she choose?’ that’s very frustrating. But also, when we get love triangles in a genre other than romance, it takes away from the main plot. It’s all about who the girl will end up with and the angst that comes with it, instead of being about the world that’s about to end or whatever. The aforementioned angst is also a huge problem. Angst, especially excessive amounts of it, makes me a very unhappy customer. Like my-jaw-hurts-from-gritting-my-teeth and I-want-to-throw-this-book-across-the-fucking-room levels of unhappy.

But an even bigger reason lies in the light the trope paints females in. For example, in the above paragraph, I used “she” and “girl” for the person who’s in the middle, and most of you probably didn’t blink an eye at that. Hell, the first time (with “she”) even I didn’t notice what I’d done. That’s because over 90% of love triangles involve one girl and two guys.

Part of me understands the purpose of that and the reason behind it. The girl is the protagonist, she’s supposed to be all special and stuff (that’s another trope to discuss) and the author is also usually female. But why do most people not realize that it’s making women seem as if they’re disloyal and unreliable. You’re making woman look bad, female authors! That’s not what you’re supposed to be doing! You’re supposed to tell a story unaffected by the gender of the characters. And if you’re going for empowerment, then you’re supposed to make women look good. Instead, I find them untrustworthy.

I’m gonna tell you a little story of when this little fact become glaringly evident. I was reading the sequel of a novel. In the first book, the two protagonists met and fell in love. But at the end, they were separated and had to find their way back to the other. Both had a companion of the opposite sex. With the male protagonist, I was absolutely certain that, no matter how many woman he met, he wouldn’t develop any romantic feeling, even if he was pursued by someone else. With the female character, despite knowing that she really did love the guy, I couldn’t be as sure. That tells me that books have made us think that females (in novels, at least) are more prone to straying than males.

Think about it. How many times have we read about a girl who has a fight with a guy and immediately finds herself involved (physically or emotionally) with a different guy? If a male character had done the same, he would be called a grade-A dick, because it’s a dick-ish thing to do. But with a woman, it’s… commonplace.

So I have to say it. Women are not any more likely to be unfaithful than men. Their feelings are not less concrete, they are not unreliable, and are just as capable of loyalty as men. By using this trope to increase reader excitement or simply to say that everyone wants the female protagonist, you’re demeaning women. If you want to write a love triangle, that’s fine. But it has to have a deeper purpose. There has to be a good reason behind it too, if you’re showing your protagonist in a positive light. Otherwise, it just makes them indecisive and unlikable.

Also (the rant’s over), as a side note, please ensure that the two people vying for the protagonist’s love aren’t pathetic. Seriously, give them some self-respect so they’re not just letting someone string them along and mistreat them (unless the mistreatment is part of the plot).

…And I’m gonna stop now. There’s a good chance I’ll remember a dozen more things I could’ve said, or should’ve said, after I’ve posted this. But the post’s gotten long enough. I’ve made all the points I wanted to make. I fucking hate love triangles. I actually returned a book two days ago just because it had a huge love triangle in it that took up most of the plot. There were other reasons for the return but this was the biggest one. To conclude, I have a question: Do y’all hate love triangles too? If yes, is there a specific reason? If no, how?

The Selection by Kiera Cass


Earlier this evening, I was going through the various folders on my computer, doing a bit of clean up, and I came across a txt file about when I started reading The Selection. It was from over a year and half ago and I didn’t even remember that I’d taken notes. I only made it five chapters before I stopped reading.

But despite not finishing the book, I wanted to share my thoughts. This is not a review. Only a post about my opinions at the time that I read the novel. Here goes:

How to make The Selection:
Take a bowl, add The Hunger Games, Pride and Prejudice, bad characters, unexplained world and stupid names. Put it in a blender and make sure it is lumpy. Then cook it in a pan until it is thoroughly burnt. Garnish with pretty cover and serve.

Problems I have with The Selection:

1. The whole Ones, Twos, Fives thing:

If you want to introduce a caste system or any kind of social divide, the least you could do is think of names for all the categories. Like in Divergent. The Hunger Games had names of places and we have names like that so it was fine. But this? This is just lazy. Or Cass doesn’t care about creating a world and is winging in the worst possible way.

2. Okay, how are they poor? They have food, a good house with a fridge and other appliances, she has her own room and everything. She said that she was wearing her “cutest pajamas”. So that means she has to have at least 3 pairs. She has three pairs of pajamas so, obviously, they have no issues with clothing. Is there anything to indicate that they’re poor?

Just saying the words doesn’t make them true. It’s like writing “I’m very smart” and forgetting the apostrophe.

3. Something I don’t get. If you’re really poor, why do you have seven kids? I’m not saying that you shouldn’t have a family, but shouldn’t you be careful? If I was so poor that I barely had enough to eat, I wouldn’t want seven kids. I mean, why condemn someone to a life just above starvation. Also, is birth control not a thing in the future.

4. She couldn’t argue when Aspen spoke in her ear. Not when he rubbed her arms. And when he kissed her, she forgot everything. So, when can she argue or do something he might not like?

5. A death sentence for stealing fruit? Are you kidding me?! And, why is this book becoming more and more like The Hunger Games? Mixed with Pride and Prejudice? Wierd combination, don’t you think?

6. Penny? What’s the currency of the place? Where is the place?

7. “The gritty sound of his voice pushed out every other thought.” Doesn’t gritty usually go with a frustrated emotion? And if he’s frustrated or angry, shouldn’t she be worried or something?

8. Strange names: Kamber, America, Tuesday

9. World building: The twos, ones, sevens.
What about college?
Why homeschooled?
How and why are they poor?!

10. America is Rude. She is judging Maxon even though she’s never met him and she called him a wimp just for sitting stiffly. Not only does that not make sense, it’s also not the nicest thing to say. To much prejudice.

11. You could go to prison for having sex before marriage? Why?!

12. Aspen is a ungreatful, sexist asshole who dumped her just because she was being nice. It’s like he has no respect for her or what she wants. It’s all me, me, ME. Also, their “romance” is so badly written. It’s not sweet, it’s weird and I don’t buy it for a second.

End of chapter 5


Those were the contents of the file. Makes sense why I never read further. Not sure if I should add anything to conclude the post. This was just to share something I found exactly as I found it (seriously, the only thing I did was some formatting and removing typos). So yeah… The end.

Teaser: Thief of Hearts by L.H. Cosway


I’m super excited to share the teaser of a book that I, personally, have been anticipating ever since the author announced that it was a thing. L.H. Cosway is an author I love and this series is her best work, in my opinion. I highly recommend checking out the previous four books in the series, all of which can be read as standalones. I especially recommed King of Hearts, which is one of my all time favourite novels. I’ll be posting the review a day or two before the release. For now, enjoy the teaser!

 Adult Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date:
 October 4, 2016
Amazon link to come!

Book Description:

Seduce the teacher.
Meet the cousin.
Make a deal.
Steal the painting.

Andrea Anderson has no clue of the thoughts churning around in the dark and dangerous ex-con’s head as he enters her classroom. In fact, she’s momentarily lost for words. Not in her entire teaching career has she had a student who looked quite like Stu Cross.

A widow at just twenty-eight, love is something Andie hasn’t considered a part of her life for a very long time. However, when lingering touches turn to whispered words and hot, searching stares, she begins to wonder if maybe she should take a leap of faith.

But Stu is in her class for a reason, and it has nothing to do with love. He’s there to burrow his way into her life and repay a debt, otherwise his family will suffer. Andie is the first person to show him true kindness since he left prison, and though he doesn’t want to mislead her, he doesn’t have another choice.

Before long, Stu can’t tell whether or not he’s acting anymore, and his feelings for Andie could throw all of his carefully crafted plans into complete and utter disarray.

**Can be read as a stand alone.

About the author:

L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books. She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories. L.H. is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.


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