Friday, November 23, 2018

Blinded by Jennifer Dean

Bound Series Book 2
by Jennifer Dean
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Bound Series Book 2
by Jennifer Dean
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Despite the attack that almost took her life, Emma Morgan has accepted the risk that comes from being in love with an immortal like Liam Alexander.

But continuing to seek the approval of her older brother is a whole different struggle, and when tensions finally reach a breaking point between the siblings, looming enemies take advantage of the distraction.

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 Once the bell rang, Erika turned back to me freely as we both gathered our books.
“Have you thought of where you’re going to be applying for next year?”
Ugh. There it was again. The future. Thrown into my face.
“I haven’t, but I know I should be. What about you?” I asked.
“I know what you mean. I’m filling out the application for UNC today. My parents are probably going to have to take out some loans because the chance of a scholarship isn’t likely.”
I didn’t agree with her on that but sometimes throwing out a compliment only made the person want to deflect it. So instead I thought it was as good a time as any to input the lie. “That’s where Sean’s going.”
It stung a little to say his name.
“Oh, really? I thought with his GPA he would go for Duke.”
“No, he’s always been a Tar Heel fan since we were kids. I also think he wants to piss my dad off by going to the rival school too.” Erika chuckled along with me. Even with the amusement of the joke, in my mind, I was beginning to map out which universities lay in the eastern part of North Carolina. The Alexander’s permanent territory thanks to my brother. My stomach pulled as the mental map in my head realized the two schools I had even considered as a kid were west of that territory.
“Boys will be boys.” Erika brought me out of my reverie. “Speaking of Sean, is it awkward for him to know you are still dating his ex-girlfriend’s brother?”
Many thoughts surfaced through my head but I only managed, “No. He’s too occupied with his new life to worry much about Liam and me.”
“At least Sean’s finally out of Heather’s gaze,” Erika said.
“Is anyone really ever out of it?” I said.
We looked at each other before suddenly breaking into laughter as we both in unison said, “No.”
My smile remained as we walked through the door and saw Liam up against the wall to the right of the doorway. At sight of him Erika’s grin widened. “Hi, Liam.”
“Hello, Erika.” She winked at me with a smile, causing me to roll my eyes.
“See you at lunch, Emma.”
She turned with her smile, heading off to her locker. Shaking my head, I turned to Liam, but as I looked upon his face to see the friendly demeanor replaced with tension. He was staring at me with controlled eagerness.
“What—” I began, but only got the first word out.
“Are you feeling sick this afternoon?” Liam said.
My eyebrows rose at the interruption before my eyes narrowed in confusion.
“No, why?”
“I need you to be sick. I need to take you home for the day.” Now I wasn’t just confused, but concerned at the growing eagerness behind the glow of his eyes.
“What is this about?”
I knew without a doubt that something had been wrong with the phone call. And now it was to the point that he needed me to cut school because of it. I felt a twist within my stomach.
“I can be sick.” I shot out the words obediently. “But what’s wrong? Why do I need to be sick?”

“There is no time to explain here. Go to the bathroom, wet a few strands of hair and come out looking drained.”

Bound Series Book 1

When fate leads Emma Morgan back to her small hometown of Washington, she

learns that the life she knew three years ago has changed once she
meets the charmingly, mysterious Liam Alexander. But when her brother
Sean, voices his disapproval, Emma finds her loyalty in the way of
her newfound curiosity of the youngest Alexander. Only the more she
tries to avoid Liam the more she finds him in her constant company.
A risk that leads down a dangerous path once Emma begins to discover a
secret about the Alexanders that no human should ever know.

“What are you?”
I was still, watching as he leaned his neck closer. I wasn’t sure where my courage had come from to ask. I certainly had none Friday night.
“A high school student,” he said.
I narrowed my eyes, forgetting that I was even slightly terrified of him. As if I hadn’t been plagued with nightmares over the weekend. As if the slightest unfamiliar sound didn’t make me jump, leaving a trail of goosebumps behind as proof. As if I hadn’t asked Sean, like a child, to come over Saturday and Sunday night. No, right now I was only led by my curiosity.
“I wasn’t under the impression that most high-schoolers could move things with their minds.”
“I didn’t,” he said.
My eyes squinted as I leaned in closer with my whisper. “I saw him floating. It was like magic or something.”
“Did you actually see me doing that?” Liam asked.
“Yes. Well….” I scrunched my lips as I took a minute to remember. He was right. I had never actually seen him lift Nick because I was too shocked to look away.
Liam’s lips were straight as he stood. I followed his movement. “Okay, no I didn’t see you doing it.” He nodded, making it clear that was his point. “But you did move me away from getting hit by the truck. I know that.”
He opened his mouth, ready to speak, but said nothing. In his eyes, I thought I could see, the conflict, the same I had seen before. I didn’t like to see him that way. Finally, he closed his mouth and gathered his books before turning his back to me.
“Thank you,” I said.
It was impulsive but needed.
“For what?” Liam said. His back was still facing me but his neck had turned at my words.
The shock of being so frightened by Liam had overshadowed my gratefulness for his presence Friday night. I watched as he turned back to face me.
“I realized that I never thanked you for what you did. I don’t know what would have happened if you had not been there.”
I looked down with the lie, or maybe it was a realization. It was pretty clear what would have happened if he hadn’t been there. The shame of what felt like stupidity led my eyes to rest on the ground because of this. When I finally let myself look back up at him, I noticed he had moved back to stand at his desk. It was good to know a few students were occupying Mrs. Anderson, keeping her from awkwardly watching our encounter.

I was never that child you found in the corner reading. In fact, I loathed the idea of picking up a book. The activity seemed more of a chore than a past time.
All that changed when my brother began talking to me about the newest novel he was reading.Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix. Before I knew it, my curiosity got the better of me, luring me to try the series. It didn't take long for my mindset of reading to turn on its head. 
But even with my new hobby discovered it wasn't until my junior year of college that I developed a hidden desire for writing stories. And when I found myself writing scenes instead of paying attention to my professors, I knew becoming a writer was the career path I was meant to follow.

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Jennifer Dean said...

Thanks for hosting!

Marcy Meyer said...

The covers are really pretty, and the stories sound good. Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer Dean said...

Thanks Marcy!