Book Review: The Spite Game by Anna Snoekstra

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Published: October 30th, 2018

Publisher: Harlequin-Mira

Thank you to Harper Collins Canada, Mira Books and Harlequin for the free copy of this book to read and review.

This was the first book I have read by Anna Snoekstra and I was definitely impressed. When I read the synopsis of this book I knew I just had to read it, as it sounds like the type of psychological thriller book that I would just love and devour. I was right!

This book takes you on a journey with a woman named Ava. Bullied relentlessly and embarrassed to no end in high school, Ava exacts revenge on all her “friends” she had in high school who did her wrong and bullied her. Those 3 so-called friends are Saanvi, Cass, and Mel. She has tried to live her life and move on, forgetting about the torment she has been through at the hands of such “friends” but there is just one problem…. She can’t. Not until she pays each and everyone of them back for doing her wrong. Then, and maybe only then, can she move on and live her life.

High school is now over. Years later, one by one, she is on a mission to get them back for all they have done to her. And get them back she does! She watches them live their lives, their daily routines, watches them at work, at home, out in public. They have no idea she is there in the shadows watching their every move. Ava is waiting for the perfect moment to exact her revenge on them all.

Three words to describe this book – Lies, betrayal and revenge! This book pulled me in from the very first page. I was hooked! So much revenge, deceit, betrayal, lies, secrets, and games. I read this book is less than a day it was that good. I found the pages literally turning themselves as I wanted to know what would happen next.

Was Ava obsessed with revenge? Yes! Did she sometimes go too far? Heck Yes! But that’s makes it all the more interesting to read and makes it such a gripping book. I loved it from cover to end. Well done! Wow! Fabulous book! Definitely a must read!

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Book Review: Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell

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Published: July 10th, 2018

Publisher: Berkley 

Thank you to Ann Marie and Lori from Get Red PR and Berkley for this free finished copy of Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell.

This was the first book by David Bell that I have read and after hearing so many wonderful things about this book and reading great reviews on it I was excited to finally get the chance to read it. I was not disappointed! This book lived up to all the hype I’ve been reading about and I am now a fan of David Bell’s novels.

One quiet evening while Michael Frazier and his wife Angela are thinking about their upcoming getaway trip together there is a knock at the door. Who could it be? They never get knocks on their door, especially in the evening. Michael gets up to answer the door and is surprised to see who is there looking back at him. It is his ex-wife, Erica. Why is she there after all this time? They divorced 10 years ago. What could she possibly want?

Confused and shocked, Michael is unsure what to do or say. Erica tells Michael she needs his help. Erica’s 10 year old daughter Felicity is missing, and she wants Michael to help find the girl. Michael tells her to contact the police to her find her missing daughter, but Erica insists that Michael help her. After a while, Erica tells Michael that Felicity is his daughter.

Michael is floored. How could she be his daughter? Erica hadn’t been pregnant when they separated all those years ago… Was she? And if she was, why didn’t she tell him him that he had a daughter until now? Should he believe her?

This book was so interesting from the very first page. It reeled me in and kept my interest throughout, and I was unable to put it down as I found myself wanting to know what would happen next. This story is full of lies, betrayal, secrets and deception – I loved it!!

Be sure to sit tight for a roller coaster of a ride as you read through the chapters of this book and it takes you on a ride of your life! This book was fabulously written in a way to capture the audience and to keep them wanting to turn the pages to learn more. I loved reading about all the secrets and deception in the book, and learning about Erica and Michael’s life when they were married. We also learn about Michael and his family when he was growing up and some heartache and events they experienced.

Where could Felicity have disappeared? Did she run away or has she been kidnapped? Who could have taken her? I suspected many people at different times throughout the book only to be proven wrong time and time again. I was shocked many times throughout the book and I loved it! Just when you think you know what has happened to Felicity more information comes to light that makes you question what you thought you knew.

Be sure to pick this book up and give it a read. You will not be disappointed. This book deserves all the stars. Well done David Bell. I’ll be on the look out for your other books.

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Book Review: Blog Tour & Giveaway – Keep Her Silent by Theresa Talbot @Theresa_Talbot @Aria_Fiction @HoZ_Books #blogtour #bookreview #ariafiction #headofzeusbooks #bookblogger #bookblog

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Thank you so much to Victoria Joss of Aria, an imprint of Head of Zeus, for inviting me to take part in the Blog Tour for Keep Her Silent by Theresa Talbot.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Ooonagh O’Neil is back with another dark and chilling investigation…

‘Do that which is good and no evil shall touch you’

That was the note the so-called Raphael killer left on each of his victims. Everyone in Glasgow -investigative journalist Oonagh O’Neil included – remember the murder of three women in Glasgow which sent a wave of terror through the city. They also remember that he is still at large…

When the police investigation into the Raphael killings reopens, Oonagh is given a tip off that leads her straight to the heart of a complex and deadly cover-up. When history starts to repeat itself, it seems the killer is closer than she thinks. Could Oonagh be the next target…?

Authentic and gritty, Keep Her Silent is a gripping and page-turning thriller that will leave you breathless. Perfect for fans of Susie Steiner, and Karin Slaughter, Patricia Gibney.

MY REVIEW:

This was the first book I have read by Theresa Talbot and I can honestly say that I am now a huge fan. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for her other books in future. This book was so well written in a way that keeps you hooked and invested in the story, as you find yourself flipping through the pages wanting to know more. From the very first chapter, to the chilling and shocking twists and revelations at the end, this book has plenty of lies, twists, deceptions and betrayals to keep you hooked! I found myself unable to put this book down, as I needed to know what secret would be uncovered next. I had a few guesses of who was responsible and what was going one, only to find out that I was completely wrong. I love a good book that keeps you guessing until the end and this book does exactly that!

I loved the personality of the main character Oonagh O’Neil. She seems like a hard nosed, hard working character that is determined to get to the bottom of things once she has her mind set on something, and I loved her character in this book. I look forward to reading more books featuring this character.

I was shocked at the end of this book to learn that some of these things actually happened in the 70s, wow, I had no idea. To know that so many haemophiliacs in the world were actually given contaminated blood –  a blood clotting product that was contaminated with HIV, Hepatitis C or both! What!? Wow that floored me. It was interesting for sure to read about something that has occurred in the past that is so monumental in world history. I am still shocked by this fact.

Without giving too much away about the book and the storyline, I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be fast paced and very enjoyable. And who doesn’t love a good crime, scandal type book?

Well done Theresa Talbot, I’ll be keeping an eye out for your other books.

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Theresa Talbot is a BBC broadcaster and freelance producer. A former radio news editor, she also hosted The Beechgrove Potting Shed on BBC Radio Scotland, but for many she will be most familiar as the voice of the station’s Traffic & Travel. Late 2014 saw the publication of her first book, This Is What I Look Like, a humorous memoir covering everything from working with Andy Williams to rescuing chickens and discovering nuns hidden in gardens. She’s much in demand at book festivals, both as an author and as a chairperson.

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Book Review: Blog Tour – The Wife Before Me by Laura Elliot @Elliot_Laura @Bookouture #review #blogtour #bookouture #bookreview #bookblogger #bookblog

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Thank you to Kim Nash at Bookouture for inviting me to be a part of this Blog Tour for this book. It was a pleasure to read and to take part in the tour.

BOOK SYNOPSIS:

One evening as the sun is setting, Amelia Madison’s car slides into the sea off Mason’s Pier. Her body is never found.

Two years later, Elena Langdon meets Nicholas Madison. She is grieving the loss of her mother, he is grieving for his wife. Together they can help each other.

Now Elena is living with Nicholas. But Elena doesn’t really know him. She doesn’t know what he is capable of.

And she doesn’t know what really happened to Amelia.

Until the day she discovers the torn page of a letter and the words she reads chill her to the bone. 

Elena must find the person who wrote these letters if she is to save herself.

A totally breathtaking page-turner about the darker side of love and what really goes on behind closed doors. This book will have you gripped from the very first page until the dramatic final twist.

 

MY REVIEW: 

This book was a gripping psychological thriller that pulls you in from the very first page and captivates you until the very last page.

In the very first chapter we are quickly introduced to Amelia who has a lot on her mind. She is quickly unravelling. Amelia is the first wife of Nicholas, a handsome and confident man who seems to be perfect in every way.

Flash forward to when Elena meets Nicholas. Elena attends her mother’s funeral when she meets the dashing and handsome man Nicholas. He seems perfect! Elena finds that she is very attracted to him. They soon begin talking and decide to go out on a date. Their relationship quickly blossoms and they find that they are falling in love with one another. There is just one problem…. Nicholas never talks about the life he had before with Amelia or his grieving loss after her death.

Elena feels like Amelia’s ghost and the memory of her is coming between her relationship with Nicholas. Why does he not talk about his previous wife? Why does he get so upset with Elena when she brings up Amelia’s name?

The book is then written in 3 parts. All 3 parts alternate between the present from Elena’s point of view and the past from Amelia’s point of view. I loved to read the different parts of this book as it allows us a glimpse into just who Amelia was and what drove her to do what is revealed to us in the very first and shocking chapter. It allows us to see what Amelia had gone through in her life that led to her decisions she had made and we see how her life was with Nicholas in their marriage.

From the shocking secrets, lies and betrayals in the book to the final twists and turns at the end, this book will have you reading late into the wee hours of the night as you need to know what will happen next. You will be sitting on the edge of your seat, afraid to continue reading and see what is revealed next, but yet unable to put this book down. The pages will seem to be turning themselves. You will experience many emotions while reading this book as well, I know I did. 

A great thriller from beginning to end. This book was a pleasure to read and it definitely won’t be the last book I read by Laura Elliot.

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Laura Elliot is an Irish novelist who writes psychological thrillers and lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her novels are: The Wife Before Me, Guilty, Sleep Sister, The Betrayal, Fragile Lies, Stolen Child and The Prodigal Sister. She has worked as a journalist and magazine editor. 


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Book Review: A Raven’s Touch by Linda Bloodworth

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This book follows the story of the main character Justice St. Michael’s. She is 17 years old, soon to celebrate her 18th birthday, and cannot wait to graduate highschool and leave the small town of Fallingbrook. Her and her best friend Moira O’Fhey are bullied in school and have each other to rely on and help one another during these tough times.

Shortly before her birthday Justice wakes in outside, not sure how she got out there, and notices strange bumps on her back. With no idea how she got there or what the bumps are, she is confused as the last thing she remembers she has settled into her bed for a night’s sleep. Was she sleepwalking? What is going on?

She encounters a very attractive young man in school one day and finds out his name is Darien Raventhorn. But why is he talking to her? He is good looking, and wants to talk to her!? As quickly as he appears before her he disappears. Had she imagined it? Nothing is making sense to Justice anymore. 

This book was a gripping and thrilling novel from the beginning to the very end. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the various characters in this book, and beware! There is suicide, murder and violence in the book, which is to be expected since Justice is a demon slayer.

I enjoyed the storyline of the book and learning about how Justice came to understand her true self and what that means to not only herself but her family and those like herself. Without giving too much away this was a fabulous read that I was more than happy to read and review. It was written in a way to keep your interest throughout, and even has some notes of love, friendship, and family ties. It’s not all killing and gore. This book was well written and I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series to continue on with the story and see what happens next.

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Book Review: The Possible World by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz

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Thank you to the Publisher Simon & Schuster, Scribner and Edelweiss for the free eARC copy of this book to read and review.

6 year old Ben is at a birthday party where he witnesses a brutal murder and is the sole survivor of this crime scene. While at the hospital he crosses paths with Lucy, an ER physician at the hospital. Ben doesn’t speak when the police, and Lucy herself try to talk to him to see how he is feeling and to get some answers about that fateful and terrifying night. Without Ben talking they are unable to get any answers at all and are left with nothing but question marks about that night. But how can they get Ben to talk? Does he remember what happened?

On the other side of town lives a woman named Clare who will soon be celebrating her 100th birthday. She has kept many secrets from her past for all of these years and didn’t think they mattered anymore. That is until one day she realizes she has to tell her secrets.

The question is, what brings all 3 of the main characters together? They were destined to meet, but why?

This book was a fantastic read from the first chapters through to the end. There were many shocking twists and turns that I did not see coming and many surprises to keep your interest throughout. And who doesn’t love a good twisty, turny murder mystery?

This book will pull at your heart strings and make you feel many different emotions. I loved how the book was written, how you get a glimpse into each character and their lives, and get an understanding of how they all come together in the end. Such a compelling, heart warming story that you simply cannot put down. A must read to add to your collection.

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Book Review: Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

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Thank you to the Publisher Harper Collins, William Morrow Books, and Edelweiss for the free eARC copy of this book to read and review. This was my first book I have read by Karin Slaughter and it will not be my last. I was excited to read this book after hearing many wonderful reviews on it.

This book follows the story of Laura and her daughter Andrea. They live in the small beach town of Belle Isle and are eating lunch together at the Rise n’Dine restaurant in celebration of Andrea’s 31st birthday! What could possible go wrong? Well seemingly nothing, until all of a sudden an explosion of violence erupts and Andrea gets a glimpse into her mothers’ true self and sees another side of her mother she didn’t know existed. Andrea is confused… Who is her mother? How did she not know certain things about her mother? What else is she hiding from Andrea?

This book had me hooked from the very beginning. Once I started reading this book I was unable to put it down. YES this book is THAT good. Seriously I loved it. From the secrets and lies, to the betrayal that is uncovered as you read this book, you will find the pages turning themselves as you are wanting to learn more and more and find out what will happen next. Great character development in this book, as we learn about the individual characters and what they have experienced in their lives to shape them into the person they are today. We learn about characters from the past which I enjoyed reading about as well and how they played a role in the story.

Very cleverly written book from beginning to end. Full of shocking revelations, twists and turns that will leave you shocked and wanting to know more, this book will surely please you. I am thrilled to have been able to read this book as an ARC and I am looking forward to reading further titles by this author.

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Book Review: I Know You Know by Gilly Macmillan

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This was the first novel I have read by Gilly Macmillan and was thrilled to receive a copy of this book after reading so many wonderful reviews on this book.

This book follows the story of two murder cases that are 20 years apart. Are the murders related somehow?

20 years ago two children Charlie Paige and Scott Ashby, both age 11, are murdered and their bodies were found near a dog racing track. A man was found guilty and convicted of the murders but several years later many questions surrounding the case re-surface. Cody Swift was friends with the boys who were murdered all those years ago, and wants to find answers to his many questions about the case.

20 years later another dead body is found in the same location as the two boys who were murdered all those years ago. The body appears to have been there for quite some time. The detective who worked on the murder case 20 years ago is called upon to work on this new case, and must retrieve all the old files to compare to the new murder investigation.

This book was a good read from beginning to end. It captivates you and commands your interest quite early on, and leaves you wanting to know more as you turn the pages to uncover the truth of what happened all those years ago when those two young boys were murdered and how it relates to the recently discovered body that was found in the same location.

Everything is not as it appears to be and secrets are revealed. The story unfolds and jumps from the present timeline to the past, but is easy to follow along.

There were some parts of the book that I found slow going and hard to get into, especially the podcasts parts in the book, but it all came together nicely to tell the story. I really enjoyed reading about Jess, Charlie’s mother. Her character I found to be quite interesting.

Overall a good book and I look forward to reading more titles by this author.

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Book Review: An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

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Thanks so much to Penguin Random House Canada for my free copy of this book to read and review. I have read all of Shari Lapena’s books and was thrilled to get a copy of this book.

In this book, a random group of people show up at Mitchell’s Inn for a weekend getaway. The Inn is run by a father and son duo. Some guests are there at Mitchell’s Inn to rekindle their marriage, some are there as friends for a weekend getaway, and some are there as a couple for a romantic weekend. Whatever the reason for the getaway, they are all looking to relax and escape life in this quiet Inn for the weekend. However, due to a bad snow storm, the power goes out, leaving no electricity, no lighting, no heat, and no cell service. What could possibly go wrong?

This book was a brilliant who-done-it murder mystery, that left me guessing the whole way through. The story is told from alternating points of view of all the guests in the hotel, but it is easy to follow along and remember who is who in the book. Just when you think you have it all figured out and think you know who is responsible, the book takes a twist that you didn’t see coming making you second guess your theory. This book is a fantastic murder mystery that will have you turning the pages as you read and will keep you hooked to the very end. I was hooked from the very first page!

I loved how this book slowly reveals the characters’ secrets and lies they have been keeping hidden so that you are unsure who the killer is and it makes you question each and every one of them. No one will go without being questioned or thought of as a suspect.

If you love thriller type books this is a must read book to add to your collection.

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Book Blitz: Unscrewed by Ren Alexander

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Book & Author Details:
Unscrewed
by Ren Alexander
Publication date: August 14th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Synopsis:

Greg Rodwell.

The myth, the man, the legend.
Yeah. I’m none of that crap.
Okay. I’m a man. There’s that much.

Almost everyone calls me Rod, whether I like it or not. I’m the guy others look to for a laugh, a dirty joke, a distraction—the office clown. Even my best friend, Hadley, laughs.

It’s just that, I’m not always laughing. Not even on the inside. Nobody knows the real Greg or the agony I hide with humor. My recently dead sister had a clue, but she’s in no position to blab. I screwed up big time—then and now—but it’s all my undoing. Through everything, Hadley’s been my cure and my curse. And I fell in love with my married best friend. But she wasn’t always married, and I wasn’t always broken.

I had a millisecond of a chance, but I blew it, siding with morality. What guy does that? And sailing that sinking ship all the way down, I sacrificed my wants for her needs. Doing that, I fathered a kid with the office trouser troll. Stupid? Hell to the yes. Because now, regardless of the grand total, I want something I can’t have. Integrity and my sanity be damned.

But nobody, especially Hadley, can know the real Greg Rodwell, my tortured soul, my unashamed love, or my darkest truth, because it wouldn’t just blow her mind.

It would rock our damn world.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Ren Alexander was born in Wheeling, West Virginia. She graduated from West Liberty University, where she received a B.S. in criminal justice. Although interested in that field, her true passion was reading and writing. She currently lives in Detroit, Michigan with her husband, two daughters, and two cats.

Ren’s novel, “The Keys to Jericho,” was chosen as an “Official Selection” in the Romance category of Apple Literary’s 2017 Annual Book Awards.

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Leaning on the fence, I watch the Road Hogs practice—some asphalt company. Their pitcher is an Amazon, taller than everyone here. That height would’ve been a benefit to the outfield, but I guess if she has the best arm of the team, she’s where she needs to be. But how in the hell do I avoid hitting high ones? They’re all high!
The metallic ricochet of a bat hitting a ball fills the air as arms wrap around my torso, and a chin rests on my shoulder. A boldly sweet perfume tickles my nose, as does her hair. She whispers, “Ready to kick ass?”
I shrug, still watching the other team while her fingernails scratch into my T-shirt. My stomach tightens, which is unexpected as hell. “If your brother lets me play.”
Simone releases me but leans against the fence, squinting up at me from underneath her hat’s bill. Her snowy blonde hair is in two low pigtails, and her bright pink lips play up her blue eyes. When they blink back at me, I again focus on the field. “He has to let you play. There’ll be an uprising if he doesn’t.”I cock my head, regarding her again, not sure if she’s expecting me to guess or if she’s yanking my dick—she’s done it before. “By who?”
“Me.” She grins and then rolls her eyes. “We all know you’re good.”
“You’re such a liar.”
“Am not!”
“Yeah?” I twist to face her and cross my arms. Her steady observation holds mine. That’s one thing about Simone I’ve come to realize since meeting her. She doesn’t cave, being surer of herself than anyone I know. “What about the shit you told Morgan on New Year’s Eve when she saw us together at the diner? You made her believe…” I stop because people are walking around us and sitting in the stands. I’m not sure how to word what I want to say without being overheard. I mean, as a father now, I should try to watch what I say around kids. I pivot some, moving closer to Simone and try again. “She thought we were…”
Simone grins with her hands on her hips while angling a blonde eyebrow that is slightly darker than her hair. I offhandedly wonder if all her drapes match the carpet. “Fucking?”
I laugh because she apparently found the balls I used to have. “Uh, yeah. That.”
She pokes my chest. “I saved your ass, boy! You still haven’t returned the favor.”
“What am I supposed to do? Bow down and kiss your ass?”
“You should be so honored.” She raises her chin to new heights in an attempt to appear pissed off.
I laugh, turning to the field. “Shit. You’re a handful, Garrison.”
“I am.”
Simone giggles and I meet her blue-eyed gaze only to roll my eyes. Two seconds later, the emperor and his entourage finally arrive, along with four people I’ve never seen before, carrying camera equipment. Wilder had told us a while ago he was bringing his news crew to shoot footage during the last game. Looking at the crowd, I now realize why it’s bigger than usual. Naturally, they’re here for Richmond’s most infamous sportscaster. His Friday sports show highlights the depth of his stupidity, which he calls dares. Daring him to coach our team underscores the magnitude of my own stupidity.
I say, “Looks like Mr. Showtime is here.”
“Yeah, sure.” Ignoring Wilder, Simone gawks at Ricky as he removes his Legal Eagles hat and combs his fingers through the black mop on his head. Chomping on his gum, he grins at Sylvie, who looks as if she’s about to spread her legs in worship of the bronzed god. I wouldn’t doubt she’s fucking him too. From what Hadley told me, Ricky has gone off the rails since his divorce and has reverted to his manwhore ways. Too bad he’s fugly.
I reach over and using my index finger, tip Simone’s chin back up. When she returns a questioning glance, I say, “You’re drooling.”
“What?” She jerks her chin away while subtly wiping it, which makes me laugh.
I nod toward the object of her distraction. “Tesco. You got the hots for him or something?”
Simone narrows her eyes and sets her jaw into a hard line, watching Sylvie fawning over him. “It seems everyone does.”
“I’m pretty sure I don’t.” When Simone sighs in frustration, I tease, “But I hear Wilder does. It’s a deep-throat kind of love.”
She laughs but then shakes her head, throwing on a quick, pink-lipped, glossy pout. “Stop making me laugh. I helped you with Morgan that day, but you don’t care. Dick move, Rodwell.”
I laugh because she’s off her fucking rocker. “And that’s exactly what you grabbed under the table!”
Simone throws out her hands, bouncing her pigtails. “It was for effect! I was acting!”
“You were jacking.” And if we weren’t in that situation and she wasn’t Wilder’s sister, it would’ve felt so good.
She rethinks her fierce expression as her lips twitch. So, I go for more. “And you liked it.”
Gripping my arm, she leans closer. “Oh, with the tent you pitched, I’d say you liked it.” I couldn’t even help it.
“I’d give your technique a 5.5.” Total lie.
Simone smacks my arm, not like how Hadley usually does. This stings. I half whine and half laugh. “What the fuck? That hurt!”
“Pussy.”
“Yeah?”
“Totally.”
I smirk at her audacity. Simone is unlike Hadley in so many ways. “Okay. A 7.0 at best.”
“Suck my left tit.” She dramatically flips a pigtail, swishing it against my chest, leaving her scent in its wake. I like it.
I lean over and, on a whim, loudly pant against her neck. Damn. She smells good from this angle too. Like cinnamon. My breath blows over her skin, and I hear her breathing choke. I whisper, “Keep talking about pussy and tits, Garrison. You’re giving me a stiffy. Please. Just try to restrain yourself this time.”
She laughs, shoving me with strength I’m not used to, and I stumble back some, laughing with her. When I’m next to Simone again, she grins up at me and lowers her voice. “You wouldn’t know what to do with a real pussy, Greg Rodwell, contrary to your recent events with that skank.”
“You going to school me, then? I’ll be your star pupil.”
Simone doesn’t respond because she obviously doesn’t know how. Rookie.
Satisfied that I just owned her, I lean back against the fence, putting my elbows on it. Seconds later, Simone is suddenly in my face, surprising the fuck out of me. She trails her hot-pink fingernails down my chest, all the way to my belt buckle and coolly whispers, “I’d destroy you for any other woman. Total annihilation. I’m a thirst you can’t quench. My pussy would consume you like a violent inferno. I’d exhaust you, but you’d still beg for just one more fuck.” She hooks her finger into my belt buckle, tugging at it. Caught off guard, I nearly fall over. I know she’s joking. But goddamn. Why did that turn me on faster than a Clapper?
Leaving me speechless, Simone jumps away and erupts with a loud laugh, drawing attention from most of the team, including her brother and Ricky. Wilder sort of frowns at Simone while Ricky’s bushy eyebrow rises above his sunglasses. He then returns to flirting with Sylvie. Shasta now joins the orgy, frowning at me, but I couldn’t give a shit who she fucks. As long as it ain’t me.
After several deep breaths, I start to talk, but my voice still squeaks, so I clear my throat to rid my prepubescent memories of sounding like Betty Boop. “By the way, I wasn’t hard.” The hell I wasn’t. And Hadley had nothing to do with it that time.
“Your junk is always that firm?”
I smirk. “There you go again, lusting after my dick. Maybe you’re the one who’d need rehab.”
She glances down at my crotch and then with an odd smile, turns back to Ricky-watching. “You couldn’t handle me.”
“You know what? I don’t even doubt that shit.”
I hear a small laugh from her as I try to recover from just having escaped a Simone-induced tornado. I shake my head to clear it, but that’s zero help. With Simone eyeing Tesco, I ask, “Why don’t you ask him out?”
“I can’t.”
“Why not? You’re not exactly shy. Just do it. You know, since you’re so addictive,” I mock her, which only makes my throat and zipper constrict again.
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