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Dear Bridget,

I’m writing this letter because it’s highly doubtful I’ll ever garner the courage to say this to your face.


So, here goes.


We’re totally wrong for each other. You’re the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I’m just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England.


But here’s the thing… for some bloody reason, I can’t stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways.
I want you.


The only reason I’m even admitting all of this to you right now is because I don’t believe it’s one-sided. I notice your eyes when you look at me, too. And as crass as I appear when we’re joking around about sex, my attraction to you is not a joke.


So, what’s the purpose of this note? I guess it’s a reminder that we’re adults, that sex is healthy and natural, and that you can find me just through the door past the kitchen. More specifically, it’s to let you know that I’m leaving said door cracked open from now on in case you’d like to visit me in the middle of the night sometime.


No questions asked.


Think about it.


Or don’t.


Whatever you choose.


It’s doubtful I’ll even end up sliding this letter under your door anyway.


--Simon


     


★★★★


Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list seventeen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island. Facebook Fan Group Facebook | Website |Twitter | Instagram 


Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million and a half books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in seventeen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six. 
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The Sunday Post #73


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  • Hurricane Irma aftermath is in full effect. Thankfully, we made it through with no real damage. We lost power for about 18 hours. TV, phone and internet were out for 2-3 days. Overall, we were very, very lucky and we are very thankful. Unfortunately others were severely impacted as there was historic flooding in my city. A lot of loss of homes and property. It's heartbreaking to see .
BEFORE
AFTER
  • Thanks to everyone who commented and/or messaged me last week. It was much appreciated. 
  • Got less reading done than you would imagine since my parents were at my house for the duration of the storm. 
  • It was only a three day work week (I was at home Monday and Tuesday due to the storm) so that made for a seriously busy three days at the office. I came home so tired every night.
  •  Met my sister for lunch yesterday and had such a great time. We sat there for over 3 hours and just talked. Can't remember the last time we did that. 😊


Wednesday, September 13
Sneak Peek:
Dear Bridget, I Want You by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland


Friday, September 15
Review:
Our Broken Pieces by Sarah White

       
       

WHAT I READ IN THE LAST WEEK:
Royal Pain - Tracy Wolff

WHAT I'M CURRENTLY READING
We Now Return to Regular Life - Martin Wilson
Bossman (AUDIO) - Vi Keeland


eARC FOR REVIEW:

A Messy, Beautiful Life - Sara Jade Alan



How was your week? Any new books? Any news to share? 
You know I want to hear about it! :)

Review: Our Broken Pieces by Sarah White

Our Broken Pieces by Sarah White

Series: No

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Release Date: August 8, 2017

Format: eARC

Source: Provided by Publisher

Find it here: GoodReads | Amazon

From Wattpad phenom Sarah White comes a steamy teen romance about one girl's quest to find herself after a traumatic breakup..

The only thing worse than having your boyfriend dump you is having him dump you for your best friend. For Everly Morgan the betrayal came out of nowhere. One moment she had what seemed like the perfect high school relationship, and the next, she wanted to avoid the two most important people in her life. Every time she sees them kiss in the hallways her heart breaks a little more..

The last thing on Everly's mind is getting into another relationship, but when she meets Gabe in her therapist's waiting room she can't deny their immediate connection. Somehow he seems to understand Everly in a way that no one else in her life does, and maybe it's because Gabe also has experience grappling with issues outside his control. Just because they share so many of the same interests and there is an undeniable spark between them doesn't mean Everly wants anything more than friendship. After all, when you only barely survived your last breakup, is it really worth risking your heart again?

Everly goes into a tailspin after her high school relationship ends in betrayal. She’s lost not only her boyfriend but her best friend as well. Her vision of the perfect senior year is ruined and seeing them together at school is almost more than she can handle. Already seeing a therapist for anxiety, Everly now has new issues to tackle. Meeting Gabe in her therapists’ waiting room proves to be a turning point as they start a relationship and offer support to one another.

What I Appreciated

The supportive family relationships were my favorite aspect of Our Broken Pieces. Both Everly and Gabe have parents who are loving and supportive and this was a refreshing change from the usual dysfunctional (or absentee) parents in YA novels. Everly’s growth throughout the novel was showcased well and I enjoyed seeing her progress as she worked to piece together a newer and stronger sense of self.

What Left Me Wanting More

While Our Broken Pieces is certainly therapy-positive, at times it almost felt like a PSA for therapy. The positive aspects and outcomes of therapy (for not one, not two, but three of the characters) were delivered with a heavy hand. Our Broken Pieces could have used additional editing. Not only was the writing all telling and no showing, but repetition was an issue and became a distraction. (One example: the phrase “I can’t help…” I can’t help but blush, I can’t help but laugh, I can’t help but smile, etc. was used no fewer than fourteen times.)

Our Broken Pieces is an enjoyable YA contemporary that highlights family, relationships and mental health in a positive light.


3/5 STARS

Note: I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

Sneak Peek: Dear Bridget, I Want You by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

   
Dear Bridget,

I’m writing this letter because it’s highly doubtful I’ll ever garner the courage to say this to your face.
So, here goes.


We’re totally wrong for each other. You’re the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I’m just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England.
But here’s the thing… for some bloody reason, I can’t stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways.
I want you.


The only reason I’m even admitting all of this to you right now is because I don’t believe it’s one-sided. I notice your eyes when you look at me, too. And as crass as I appear when we’re joking around about sex, my attraction to you is not a joke.


So, what’s the purpose of this note? I guess it’s a reminder that we’re adults, that sex is healthy and natural, and that you can find me just through the door past the kitchen. More specifically, it’s to let you know that I’m leaving said door cracked open from now on in case you’d like to visit me in the middle of the night sometime.
No questions asked.
Think about it.
Or don’t.
Whatever you choose.
It’s doubtful I’ll even end up sliding this letter under your door anyway.


--Simon

Dear Bridget, I Want You will be available on all platforms on September 18th!
 
Pre-orders are available at the following:
iBooks | B&N | Kobo | Google Play | Amazon paperback
There is no Amazon eBook preorder. Will go live on Amazon on release day. 
     

NOW ENJOY THIS EXCERPT!

Every time I considered leaving my room, I would grab the framed picture of Ben and stare at it. The urge to go to Simon was so strong; I basically hadn’t put down the framed photo of my deceased husband in an hour. I was lying in my bed, holding a picture of a dead man while fantasizing about one who was very much alive and in the other room. With the door cracked open waiting for me. There was one part of Simon’s note that I just kept reading over and over.
I want to make you come. Hard. I want you to get lost in me and I want to hear you say my name over and over while we fuck.
While we fuck.
While we fuck.
I was pretty sure that Ben had never used the word fuck like that before. Did we even fuck? We made love, sure. Our sex life was normal—at least, I think it was normal. Don’t get me wrong, the passion wasn’t the same as when we first got together. But after ten years, both of us working full time and raising a child, it was normal to have some of the desire dwindle, wasn’t it?
While we fuck.
I looked at the picture of my husband and sighed. We didn’t fuck. Not even in the beginning. And I felt guilty for that now. Maybe we should have been fucking. I certainly didn’t do anything to entice him to want me the last few years. Was it my fault our sex life had gotten boring? I rested the picture of Ben over my heart and laid my hand over it. I could feel my heart beating out of control beneath my fingers.
Shutting my eyes, I tried to force thoughts of Simon from my mind. But it was no use. Visions of his hard, sculpted body hovering over me had infiltrated my brain. So, here I was, a thirty-three-year-old, single mother lying in my bed all alone with a picture of my dead husband held to my heart while I visualized fucking another man.
Fucking.
Not making love.
I needed my head examined.
After two hours and no sleep in sight, I decided the only way I was going to be able to get any rest was if I got everything I was feeling off of my chest. Flicking on the light, I carefully set the framed photo of my beloved Ben on my nightstand and then opened the drawer and dug out a pen and piece of pretty stationery. I would write down my thoughts to clear my mind. I had no intention of actually giving the letter to Simon, so there was no reason to filter anything I said.
Dear Simon…
 
★★★★
We hope you enjoyed this preview!

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list seventeen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island. Facebook Fan Group Facebook | Website |Twitter | Instagram 


Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million and a half books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in seventeen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six. 
Website | Facebook Fan Group | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram



Other books from Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward:

Cocky Bastard

Stuck-Up Suit
Kobo: http:// bit.ly/1RJdUif

Playboy Pilot
Mister Moneybags

Other books from Vi Keeland:

Standalone novels

Beautiful Mistake
Egomaniac

Bossman

The Baller

Left Behind (A Young Adult Novel)

First Thing I See

Life on Stage series (2 standalone books)
Beat

Throb

MMA Fighter series (3 standalone books)
Worth the Fight

Worth the Chance

Worth Forgiving

The Cole Series (2 book serial)
Belong to You

Made for You


Other books from Penelope Ward:

Drunk Dial

Mack Daddy:

RoomHate

Stepbrother Dearest

Neighbor Dearest

Sins of Sevin

Jake Undone (Jake #1)

My Skylar

Jake Understood (Jake #2)

Gemini