Saturday, July 19, 2014

Summer Standalone Recommendations


Looking for a great summer read? Below I've listed a bunch of awesome reads (all full length novels) -some that I've read myself, others I bought already but had not the time yet to dive in, and the rest that got recommended from reader/blogger friends. All books have fantastic rating.
Happy Reading !!
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TOP RECOMMENDATION  
MY SKYLAR (standalone):This book is recommended for readers over the age of 18 due to strong language and explicit sexual content.
From the author of the #1 bestselling romance, Jake Undone, comes a friends-to-lovers story of longing, passion, betrayal and redemption...with a twist that will rip your heart out.
Skylar was my best friend, but I secretly pined for her. One thing after another kept us apart, and I've spent the last decade in fear of losing her forever.
First, it was the cancer, but she survived only to face the unthinkable at my hands. Because of me, she left town. For years, I thought I'd never see her again.
But now she's back...and living with him.
I don't deserve her after everything I've put her through, but I can't live without her. This is my last chance because she's about to make the biggest mistake of her life. I can see it her eyes: she doesn't love him. She still loves me...which is why I have to stop her before it's too late. Click for my review here.

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TOP RECOMMENDATION  
ARCHER'S VOICE (standalone): When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees. 
Archer's Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.



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TOP RECOMMENDATION  
To a restless dreamer like Vera Miles, it sounded like the experience of a lifetime. Instead of spending her summer interning for her astronomy major, she would fly to Spain where she’d spend a few weeks teaching conversational English to businessmen and women, all while enjoying free room and board at an isolated resort. But while Vera expected to get a tan, meet new people and stuff herself with wine and paella, she never expected to fall in love. 
Mateo Casalles is unlike anyone Vera has ever known, let alone anyone she’s usually attracted to. While Vera is a pierced and tatted free spirit with a love for music and freedom, Mateo is a successful businessman from Madrid, all sharp suits and cocky Spanish charm. Yet, as the weeks go on, the two grow increasingly close and their relationship changes from purely platonic to something…more. 
Something that makes Vera feel alive for the first time. 
Something that can never, ever be. 
Or so she thinks. Click for my review here.

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TOP RECOMMENDATION  
BECAUSE OF ELLISON: When I was nineteen years old, I lived for sex, drugs and a good party. I had it all - good looks, a fast car and a hot girlfriend. Nothing in life was more important. 
That was, until I met Ellison James…. 
Since the moment I first saw her she was a raging bull; tackling me in the mud and throwing out insults as fast as her tongue could form the sound. 
She was snarky 
She was rude 
And she pissed me off like no other woman could. 

I lived beside her for a summer and in the three months that I walked by her side... 

She opened my eyes 
She changed my life 
And she made me a better man      

**Click for my review here.**
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LOVING MR. DANIELS: To Whom it May Concern, 
It was easy to call us forbidden and harder to call us soulmates. Yet I believed we were both. Forbidden soulmates. 
When I arrived to Edgewood, Wisconsin I didn’t plan to find him. I didn't plan to stumble into Joe's bar and have Daniel's music stir up my emotions. I had no clue that his voice would make my hurts forget their own sorrow. I had no idea that my happiness would remember its own bliss. 
When I started senior year at my new school, I wasn’t prepared to call him Mr. Daniels, but sometimes life happens at the wrong time for all the right reasons. 
Our love story wasn’t only about the physical connection. 
It was about family. It was about loss. It was about being alive. It was silly. It was painful. It was mourning. It was laughter. 
It was ours. 
And for those reasons alone, I would never apologize for loving Mr. Daniels. 
-Ashlyn Jennings
Click for my review here.

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HATE TO LOVE YOU: Despite my slutty reputation, I was technically a virgin at eighteen. But it turns out all those sex-ed teachers aren't just trying to scare you. The faint positive on a budget pregnancy test sent me spinning, moments before meeting my sister's snooty new fiancé.
Shaking hands with upper-crusty James was like downing a triple shot of vodka. Dizzy with desire, confused by my body's reaction, and shocked by the possessiveness flashing in his eyes, I deceived him that night and told the world at their wedding reception.
The truth?
I slept with my sister's fiancé. Hot and sweaty, all night long in a room so dark he couldn't tell I wasn't her.
The lie?
Said fiancé is the father of my child. The one I signed over my rights to just before he was born.
That was seven years ago.
It's time to come clean.
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IN THIS MOMENT (.99CENTS!): Every moment possesses its own kind of magic... 
Aimee Spencer learned the hard way that for some moments, there are no take-backs, no rewinds, no do-overs. A year ago her world imploded and Aimee has been running ever since. She doesn't want to feel. She doesn't want to remember. To bury the ghosts that haunt her, she is living a life that has become unrecognizable. 
Cole Everly is a golden boy with a cocky smile and an attitude to match. He's grown accustomed to girls throwing themselves at his feet, but when Aimee trips and literally lands in his lap one afternoon, she's not at all what he expects. Difficult, damaged, closed-off. If Cole needed to make a list of qualities to avoid in a girl, Aimee would probably match up with every single one of them. He knows that he should stay away but he's drawn to her in a way that he can't exactly explain. 
In this honest and absorbing story, Aimee and Cole struggle to sort out the thin spaces between loss and love. Ultimately, they will need to learn how to navigate through the pieces of the past if they want to hold on to the future and each other.

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ON AN EDGE OF GLASS (.99CENTS!): 
You can't plan for everything... 
That's what Ellie Glass realizes after she has a chance encounter with a young musician. Long-haired, a bit scruffy, and undeniably sexy, he's the exact opposite of her "type," but now Ellie can't stop thinking about him. When fate intervenes and the two are thrown together, Ellie gets more than she bargained for. Pretty soon she finds herself feeling and doing things that she never thought were possible. 
This is the captivating story of an undeniable attraction, the choices that we make, and ultimately, the unexpected power of love.



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PIECES OF ME (.99CENTS!): Aria Watkins’s life was on the perfect path, or so she thought. She and Sean had big plans for their future together. They were going to go off to college, get married, and have 2.5 kids. But when tragedy strikes, it destroys the heart of Aria and she's afraid she'll never be the same. 
Heartbroken and confused, Aria starts college a completely different person. She hardly recognizes the broken girl she's become, but she can't seem to find the strength to put back together the pieces either. 
Enter Holden Whitmore. 
He's charming, considerate, and he's making it his mission to make her smile. 
At first, she isn’t impressed with him, but he’s persistent and soon she discovers there’s more to him than just a charming smile. 
Aria was sure she'd never be able to move on with her life, but there's just something about Holden that makes her want to try. 
When her tragedy comes full circle, she’s left with a choice: Keep holding on to the past, or move on and find her future...

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FALLEN FOR AUTUMN: Autumn Dorey had no problem leaving her hometown of Newpine and the friends there who'd betrayed her. Everyone thought they knew what happened the spring night Autumn's world fell apart. Vicious rumors about the incident circulated, and she had to be homeschooled the last year of high school to escape her tormentors. All she wants now is to get away from it all and start over at Cook University. She leaves everything but the memory behind--something she swore she'd never forget--and sets off to rebuild what was broken.
Blake Preston is precisely the type of guy Autumn wants to avoid. He's gorgeous, arrogant and the college's beloved football star. As much as she believes he's someone she should steer clear of, avoiding him proves to be impossible. He shows up everywhere around campus, offering her a no-strings attached friendship.
Autumn can't deny Blake stirs up emotions she thought fled years ago. But things he's been hiding begin to emerge and collide with her past, leaving her heart ravaged in their wake.

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EFFORTLESS WITH YOU: School is out and Lucy is ready for the perfect summer: lazy days at the pool, invitations to the most exclusive parties, and romantic dates with her hot new boyfriend. That is, until she lands in trouble one too many times and her parents issue the ultimate punishment: a summer job. Suddenly, the summer can't end fast enough. 
To make matters worse, the job is painting houses with Justin, the most popular, egotistical guy in school. Spending all summer with Justin might be other girls' dreams, but definitely not Lucy's. After all, Justin is cocky, annoying, and a jerk. So what if he's the most beautiful jerk Lucy's ever seen? Or that his grin makes her forget she’s mad at the world? Or that maybe, just maybe, there's more to Justin than everyone thinks. Only one thing is certain: it won’t be the summer she wanted, but it might be exactly the one she needs.


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BEAUTIFUL BROKEN PROMISES (standalone)$.99:
Every day you stay gone 

I die a thousand more deaths 
Lane Parker has secrets he hasn't even told his closest friends. He may have earned their respect but it's undeserved. He may seem genuine but he's a total fraud. He may look strong, but on the inside he's weak and drowning with no chance of catching his breath any time soon. 
After four years, Lane finally gets the call he's been waiting for. Given back a piece of the life he's been fighting so hard to reclaim, will he be able to handle everything that comes along with it? And if so, can all of his broken promises be redeemed? 
So, I don't give up and I won't let them win 
I will find you and I will make sure that you know 
You're my everything
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DEAREST CLEMENTINE ($1.99): Twenty-year-old Clementine Avery doesn't mind being called bitchy and closed off. It's safe, and after being burned by her high school sweetheart and stalked by a professor her freshman year of college, safe sounds pretty damn good. 
Her number one rule for survival? No dating. That is until she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class and needs material for her latest assignment. Sexy RA Gavin Murphy is more than happy to play the part of book boyfriend to help Clem find some inspiration, even if that means making out...in the name of research, of course. 
As Gavin and Clem grow closer, they get entangled in the mystery surrounding a missing Boston University student, and Clem unwittingly becomes a possible target. Gavin tries to show Clem she can handle falling in love again, but she knows she has to be careful because her heart’s at stake…and maybe even her life.



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VEILED INNOCENCE:
Tick, tick, tock. 
Time. 
That’s all I have now. 
A small room, a photograph, and time. 
They want me to trust them and confess my sins. 
They told me they wouldn't judge me—they lied. 
I thought we could convince the world that this wasn't a crime. 
We were wrong. 
Time doesn't stand still. 
The clock keeps ticking, the world is unconvinced, and now… 
Now he is gone. 

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