Title: Thirteen Hours to You
Series: Sometimes Goodbye is a Second Chance Duet #1
Author: Annie Emerson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 12, 2021
For seventeen years I’d lived in Adalita, Pennsylvania, a town that took pleasure in my torment and refused to leave me as anything but broken. ⠀⠀⠀
Four months ago, I left. ⠀⠀⠀
I’d driven thirteen hours to Everlee Falls, ⠀⠀⠀
Georgia, to live with my Gamma for senior year. I’d moved to give myself the chance to fall in love with a life that I’d missed out on for far too long.⠀⠀⠀
I’d expected to find hope, ⠀⠀⠀
I’d hoped to find freedom, ⠀⠀⠀
but I’d never expected him.⠀⠀⠀
I was too damaged to recognize the beginning.⠀⠀⠀
But all it took was a moment, and he was positive he’d invade every one of mine. ⠀⠀⠀
If I pushed, he pulled. If I ran, he followed.⠀⠀⠀
I was his fate.⠀⠀⠀
Meekai was my north star.⠀⠀⠀
I was what he chose to remember.⠀⠀⠀
He was a goodbye my soul refused to forget.⠀⠀⠀
*Trigger Warning: Please be warned, this duet includes scenes of sexual assault and sensitive subject matter.
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He drew back and took a fake bullet to the heart before his features sobered and lingered back towards me, all humor gone. ⠀
“What would happen if you kissed me?” he questioned with genuine curiosity. ⠀
“Things would get complicated, that’s what.” ⠀
I wasn’t lying, they would, but I was ready for the complication. Hell, I tried to complicate things twenty-four hours ago, but he refused me like a gentleman. The sting of his refusal wounded me, even though I agreed with the reasoning behind it. ⠀
“Complicated doesn’t mean wrong, it just has its challenges,” he argued. ⠀
“It’ll get weird, and I’m not up for weird.” ⠀
He leaned forward, back on all fours, edging closer. Too close. I stopped breathing. I couldn’t move. The banter had suddenly teetered off, I could feel the shift as it turned the room upside down, my heart inside out.⠀
“Well, I want to kiss you,” he pushed. ⠀
The hairs on my arms flared and stood to attention as his energy invaded my own. “I want the awkward bits. I want the we can’t leave one another alone bits. I want to know what you taste like. I want to know what you sound like when you moan your complications into my mouth. I want to get really weird with you.” He kissed the tip of my nose, asking one more time. “Pretty please, Violet. Let’s get really weird and a whole lot complicated.”
Annie Emerson is an Australian author who started writing poetry at the age of fourteen. Poetry turned into lyrics, lyrics turned into music, and music crossed over into novels. The words became too big to contain, and she finally gave into her biggest dream to become a professional writer.
Thirteen Hours To You is Annie’s debut novel and book one in the ‘Sometimes Goodbye is a Second Chance Duet.’
Annie writes with a poetic lilt, and loves to create characters that are relatable, perfectly imperfect, and a little bit lost. She only believes in writing happily ever afters, because real life doesn’t write enough of its own. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be less than a whole lot bumpy as the characters she writes find their way.
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Sometimes in life, you are blessed to come across people that will enrich your lives and make you feel full. You can take this premise and apply it to Annie Emerson’s debut duet, Thirteen Hours to You. This is the book that you never knew you needed but was everything you were waiting for.
Our main characters are Boo Radley Cooper and Meekai James Lannister. A story about two teenagers who are thirteen hours apart. Teenagers that have no knowledge of each other, yet somehow, fate works her magic and these two are pulled together and into each other’s orbit.
“Sometimes goodbyes lead to a second chance. If I see you again, it’ll mean that this goodbye was meant as a beginning, not an end. Fate, The first point of contact.”~Meekai
Radley Cooper has had an extraordinarily horrible and sad upbringing. With the little breadcrumb trail that Annie leaves us, it is difficult not to feel for this girl and yet, salivating to know the whole story. I will say that nobody should have to go through what she went through, yet unfortunately, it happens every day in real life. **Beware of Triggers**
“His time would come. I’d make sure he paid for his sins. I’d deliver him personally. My kingdom come. My will be done. You might have me now, but I’ll destroy you later.”~Radley
Meekai is the golden boy. He is the manwhore who is looking for his other piece. The one that when they come together just clicks into place. When Radley and Kai meet, they realize they have more in common than they thought and are slowly fixing/healing one another.
There is another subset of characters that brought a lot to the Radley/Meekai table. Gamma alone is worth every penny spent. She is utterly amazing, intuitive and everything I would like in a ‘Gamma’. Becca, Brooks, Linc and Wyatt. The incredible secondary cast that keeps things rocking and rolling. These four are on another level of family/friendship, but most of all, D-R-A-M-A!! All their drama. Bring it on because I am loving the drama that surrounds this group. I live for this!!
This book has left me speechless. It is haunting, ethereal, roaring with humor, tender, the concept of a strong family unit, learning to love/trust not only yourself but another. It leaves you questioning, ‘can love truly win in the end’? For a debut book, Thirteen Hours to You, is outstanding. There were so many times that I felt I was not only an outsider looking in, but I was truly engrained in the story and present for each scene. Annie Emerson wrote her heart out when writing this book. It will easily land on my ‘Best of 2021’ list. Now, beware, there is a second book that is coming out soon (May), but the ending of book 1 leaves you wanting more, but not with a horribly bad cliffhanger. I am just so ready now to see how this ends!!
Congratulations Ms. Emerson on a book beautifully written. If I could, I would give you 10 ⭐, but since I cannot, I will leave you 5⭐ and a BIG welcome to the ‘best of’ list! Enjoy reading this book. Radley and Meekai will suck you in and pull you along for the ride.
5 🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋 Stars
Tijan is one of my ‘unicorn’ authors. I want to inhale every word that she puts in front of me. Her ‘Fallen Crest series’ is one of my ultimate favorites. Now, Rich Prick is about Blaise and Aspen, but there are ties back to Fallen Crest and her ‘Crew’ series. Blaise is Cross’ half-brother and Aspen is the little sister to Nate (remember ‘that’ Nate whose BF’s with Mason, but lives with Logan? Yep, that Nate). It is amazing how she seamlessly melds these different stories together.
For different reasons, Aspen and Blaise both have familial issues and they handle this ‘home’ situation differently. Aspen is the quiet, almost unforgettable character. All she wanted to do was finish her senior year the way she started it, quiet and invisible. She is secretly counting down to graduation, so she can move into the next phase of her life.
Now, the problem with wanting to remain invisible, is that someone, somewhere will see past that wallflower status and see the person. Aspen’s person was Blaise. He was able to look past her invisibility and see the real Aspen. The girl who did not want to say much, but internally had a worlds worth of feelings, thoughts, and emotions just waiting to get out.
For a high school senior, Blaise was a powerful and present character. He also had familial issues, but for completely different reasons. His form of communication and expressing himself is through his fists which have an incredibly short and easy to start wick. He is angry, for many different reasons, but notices early on that the one person who can calm his temper is Aspen. Like a flower growing towards the sunlight, Blaise finds himself gravitating to Aspen and wanting to spend his time with her.
I was completely invested into the three main relationships going on in this story. 1) Aspen’s personal story, 2) Blaise’ personal story, and finally, 3) their story together. Rich Prick makes me feel ALL the feels. From the multiple and sometimes sudden twists and turns, shocking jaw dropping moments, angst and drama, and hidden secrets that are slithering through the main characters like a 20-foot anaconda.
As I mentioned before, the Fallen Crest/Crew series were brilliant, but there is only one book that is semi equivalent to Rich Prick and that is Ryan’s Bed. I was ruined after finishing it with the hardest and heaviest book hangover to date. Well, Rich Prick, is right up that alley. When ‘the end’ was in sight I was panicked and scared. I did not want this beautiful story to end. The story with main characters who were so realistic I had to keep in mind, that they were pen and paper characters, not a true to life story. My heart is sad that it’s ending, but happy/ecstatic with the chance to have gotten to know them.
A young adult/new adult standalone from Tijan!
Title: Rich Prick
Release date: June 15th, 2020
He walked into school on his first day and owned it.
I guess that’s what happens when you’re a prick, rich, and you’re best friends with the ruling school’s king.
Also didn’t hurt he’s drop dead gorgeous.
That’s all fine.
I mean, I have nothing to do with them.
I’m a loner, invisible, and that’s how I wanted it to be.
I was even proud of it, until I wasn’t.
Until I saw a girl kneel before him.
Until I couldn’t look away.
Until he caught me watching.
His name is Blaise Devroe. My name is Aspen Monson.
He only knew how to get, command, and demand attention. I knew how to do everything but that.
And this is our story.
*Rich Prick is a full 100k standalone.
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“You get off on watching? Is that your thing, or is it just my cock you like?”
I was heading to my car after school when I heard him.
My heart stopped, almost literally. If I looked down, it was likely the entire contents of my stomach would be at my feet.
He’d found me.
I looked up, and Blaise DeVroe stepped out from behind the truck parked next to Maisie. His hand was on her back end, and he waited there, in the shadows (thank God), his head tilted to the side.
He looked so good, so delicious. All hard edges and angles. That jawline. It could give me razor burn between my legs, and I’d climax just by breathing hard.
I saw the flare in his gaze and felt his edge. I had to rein in a bit of my inner weirdo.
I’d heard about what happened that morning. Hell, I’d witnessed it myself, but then I’d also heard all the whispering about it afterward. It spread through the school like wildfire. And what they were saying hadn’t been kind. Most bets were that Blaise was going to be kicked out of school. Others said Zeke was going to have him beat up. Still others thought Zeke could have him arrested. How that even made sense, I had no clue.
But I also saw those guys interact through the rest of the day as if nothing had happened. Zeke still smiled at Blaise, even if he seemed more cautious. Some people said there was a rift forming in school. But again, why did that even matter? We had a week and four days left to be here. Then it was summer.
“You talk?” His head cocked forward. There was a slight bark to his words.
I jumped, then gathered myself. “Oh. Um…”
Shoot. I bit down on my lip. What did I say here? Okay. I had nothing, so I guess honesty was the best policy. Besides this guy playing a major role in my schoolgirl fantasies, I couldn’t deny that I was a little scared of him right now. I’d always felt there was something more in him, a wild edge, but no one ever said anything. There’d been no rumors about it, until today.
Today, everyone had seen. Today, everyone was talking about it.
“I, uh…” Screw it. I shrugged. “It was live porn. What did you expect?”
Hood River Hoodlums, Book 2
by K Webster
Publication Date: May 28, 2020
Genres: High School Bully Romance
From USA Today bestselling author K Webster comes a forbidden best friend’s little sister romance called Little Hoodlum!
There are few people in this world I thought I could count on.
My brother. My two best friends. And him.
Problem is, Jordy thought protecting me was his sole mission in life.
He gave up everything for me and my brother, including his freedom.
Losing him left me hollow and empty.
But after three long years, I’ve learned to live without him.
Until I get mixed up with a guy who has dangerous connections in Hood River and everything begins to crash down around me just in time for my senior year of high school.
Possessive boyfriend with a penchant for violence.
Best friend turned enemy.
Fights with my big brother.
Everything’s a mess and I’m not sure there’s any fixing it.
I might just need that bully ex-convict who’ll do anything—again—to keep me safe.
All I want is peace, happiness, and love.
And I won’t go down without a fight in order to get it.
I’m a Hoodlum after all.
They call me Little Hoodlum, but I’m not so little anymore…
This is a full-length high school friends-to-lovers, forbidden, and new adult romance with high angst, suspense, and gutting emotion. It’s book two in the Hood River Hoodlum series that will have interlinking storylines. Little Hoodlum shouldn’t be read as a standalone and is the continuation of a four-book planned series that gives each Hoodlum a book. The first book in the series is the only MM story. The others, including this one, are MF.
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About K. Webster
K Webster is a USA Today Bestselling author. Her titles have claimed many bestseller tags in numerous categories, are translated in multiple languages, and have been adapted into audiobooks. She lives in “Tornado Alley” with her husband, two children, and her baby dog named Blue. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and researching aliens.