BIRTHDAY TEASERS: Out of the Shallows by Samantha Young

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Epic. Unforgettable. Heartbreaking. A must read. That is how I would describe Into the Deep because I loved this book to no end and could not put it down. The story of Charley and Jake is so intoxicatingly addictive, you will find yourself cherishing the heart-breaking moments as much as the heart-warming ones. Samantha Young is an incredible storyteller, her characters stealing your heart from the very first page, and this book was no exception. Today, I am super-excited to be sharing with you a never seen before excerpt from the conclusion of Charley and Jake’s love story, Out of the Shallows, coming to us on 15 April 2014… ♥

Live young. Live hard. Love deep.

Jake and Charley’s story concludes in Out of the Shallows…

Somehow, after everything they’ve been through, Jake Caplin and Charley Redford made their way back to one another. But finding each other and staying together are two completely different things.

When Charley’s world is flipped upside down, she begins to question the choices and decisions she’s made since her arrival in Edinburgh, and in an effort to grip onto what she holds most dear she believes she must sacrifice her love for Jake.

Returning to the States for her senior year, Charley struggles to find peace and happiness. While everyone else seems to be finding themselves in college, Charley is terrified that, along with almost everything else that’s important to her, she’s lost herself.

While friends and family deal with their own tumultuous lives, there is one person resolved to uncover the reason behind Charley’s sudden defection and unhappiness. Refusing to give up without a fight, Jake believes he is the only one who can truly understand what Charley is going through, and this time he’s determined to prove he’s there for her no matter what obstacles are thrown in their way.

However, as Charley strives through the biggest personal journey of her life thus far, there is no guarantee that the woman she is becoming will still need Jake as much as the girl she once was did…

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The sight before us brought me to an abrupt halt. Jake stumbled into my back, catching my elbows to steady me.

I grinned at the sight of Claudia and Lowe sitting at the guys’ kitchen table. So. My friend had decided to take my advice after all. “Hey.”

Claudia caught my look and made a face. “I was supposed to be meeting Beck,” she explained. “But I’m guessing he tripped and fell inside another groupie because he isn’t here.”

Lowe laughed, a deep, sexy sound. His eyes glittered in amusement and I felt a rush of anticipation at the thought of something happening between these two. So Claudia was too hung up on Beck to notice Lowe. That could change once they started hanging out more. I’d just have to make sure they had reason to spend time together. Alone.

As if Jake read my mind, he pulled me against him and murmured in my ear, “No.”

Spoilsport.

“You seem in a better mood.” I raised an eyebrow at Claud, ignoring Jake’s warning.

She shook her head, giving me a little smile that said she wasn’t mad at my attempts at matchmaking. “I got that email I was waiting on.”

My heart lurched in my chest. “And?”

Claudia’s eyes lit up. “It’s all good. I’ll tell you about it later.”

Relief moved through me. I couldn’t be happier for Claudia that her real dad had gotten back in touch. I was curious to know what he’d said, but I knew it was something she was keeping private.

And then an idea hit me.

“You should go out for a drink. Relax about it now. Maybe Lowe could take you.”

Jake gently nudged me toward the door with an exasperated sigh. “Charley and I will be in my room. Do not disturb.”

“Too much information,” Lowe muttered into his coffee.

“That’s your definition of too much information?” I heard Claudia say as I followed Jake down the hall. “You have a lot to learn.”

“Was that an invitation?” he purred back.

I shot Jake a triumphant look but he shook his head sternly and pulled me inside, locking the door behind us.

He turned to me, completely serious. “Beck would lose it if anything happened between Claudia and Lowe.”

“But you heard him.”

“That’s just Lowe. He’d flirt with a houseplant. What he would not do is touch Claudia. He knows how Beck feels about her.”

“You know, I’m starting not to care about Beck’s feelings when it comes to Claud. He’s messing with her. He doesn’t want to date her but he gets pissed when some other guy does. No. That does not fly in Charley World, Jake. I’ve advised Claudia to move on.”

Jake sighed as he gently pulled me close. “And you’re probably right. But don’t pit best friend against best friend.”

Feeling bad, I played with a button on his shirt. “I’m sorry. That’s not cool, I know.”

“Anyway, Lowe wouldn’t touch Claud.”

“Why not?” I glowered. “She’s smart and funny and prettier than all his groupies put together.”

I felt him shake with laughter. “Sheath the claws, sweetheart. I know your girl rocks but Lowe and Beck are tight. He wouldn’t do that to Beck, no matter how much of a dick Beck’s being.”

“Uh, he did it to you with me when you were being a dick.”

Jake tensed and I knew it was exactly the wrong thing to say. He released me and wandered toward his desk. Turning on his computer, he spoke without looking at me. “That was different. Lowe isn’t as tight with me as he is with Beck. And it was you.”

I was almost afraid to ask. “What was me?”

He gave me a sharp look. “Come on, you must know Lowe really likes you. You’re not just some girl to him.”

“If you know Lowe likes me, why do you rub us in his face?”

“I’m not.”

“The comment about the teeth marks. The comment just now. ‘Do not disturb.’”

“I’m just being me, I’m being us. I’m not going to stop being us. Plus, this way he’ll get over it quicker.”

“You were definitely far more concerned about protecting Melissa’s feelings.”

“That was different.” His face clouded at the mention of his ex. “Lowe wasn’t in a relationship with you. You didn’t tell each other you loved each other.”

Realizing I was digging myself deeper into unstable territory, I tried to stumble out the way I came in. “I’m just saying, I think there’s animosity between you two I don’t get.”

“He tried to f*ck you,” Jake snapped.

My cheeks flushed. “I think you’ll find that it was a little more complicated than that. He’s a good guy. He was there for me. All I want is the same for Claudia.”

Jake groaned and buried his head in hands. “Baby, I hear what you’re saying but please pick someone else. Not for my sake, not for Lowe’s sake, but for Beck’s sake.” He glanced over his shoulder at me and smiled. “He doesn’t get to hold her captive while he messes around with other girls. I get it. I do. Advise her to move on, cut him out, whatever … just don’t … He’s got his issues but me and The Stolen are his only real family. Lowe is like his brother. Don’t do anything to mess that up for him.”

I softened. “You sure are giving me a lot of credit if you’re truly worried I could make something happen between Claudia and Lowe.”

Suddenly looking very boyish, Jake said, “I believe you can do anything you put your mind to, Charley Redford. You’re a force to be reckoned with.”

His words cast a stillness over me, my eyes drinking in all that he was. “Totally worth it,” I murmured.

“What?”

I grinned. “Get on the bed. You just won bonus sex.”

His low chuckle tickled me in all my good-for-nothing places as my sweater fell to the ground.

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Boy, do I have a special treat for you today!!! As you may know, Into the Deep by Samantha Young is one of My Favourite Books ever. It is a truly unforgettable and deeply moving story of second chances at love and I cannot describe it any other way other than as an absolute must read. The story of Charley and Jake is so intoxicatingly addictive, you will find yourself cherishing the heart-breaking moments as much as the heart-warming ones. This book leaves us in a very happy place when it comes to our beloved characters, but their story continues and will conclude in Out of the Shallows, to be released on 31 January 2014.

Today, as part of the Into the Deep Blog Tour, the lovely Samantha Young is giving us something so special I have been bursting for weeks unable to tell anyone! We are getting a never-seen-before bonus scene from Into the Deep, from Jake’s POV!!!! But this is not ANY scene we are talking about – this is THE scene we got a sneak peek of a few months ago and you can read it HERE. This is the scene when Charley and Jake first met – I loved it back then, I loved it when I read it in the book, but I have to admit, I love it even more now that I got to hear his voice too! Enjoy! ♥

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Charley Redford was just an ordinary girl until Jake Caplin moved to her small town in Indiana and convinced her she was extraordinary. Almost from day one Jake pulled Charley into the deep and promised he was right there with her. But when a tragic incident darkened Jake’s life he waded out into the shallows and left Charley behind.

Almost four years later Charley thinks she’s moved on. That is until she takes a study year abroad in Edinburgh and bumps into none other than Jake Caplin at a party with his new girlfriend. The bad-boy-turned-good attempts to convince Charley to forgive him, and as her best friend starts spending time with Jake’s, Charley calls a truce, only to find herself tumbling back into a friendship with him.

As they grow closer, the spark between them flares and begins playing havoc with their lives and relationships. When jealousy and longing rear their destructive heads, Charley and Jake struggle to come to grips with what they mean to one another.

And even if they work it out, there is no guarantee Charley will ever trust Jake to lead her back into the deep…

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The light from the fire his new friends had created flickered and flared brightly, casting shadows over the juniors and seniors who’d descended upon Alex Roster’s party. Alex had invited Jake two days ago when they were hanging out at the diner together.

Moving from Chicago to a tiny place like Lanton in Indiana hadn’t been easy, but Jake liked a challenge. He’d decided to use the summer before junior year started to his advantage and get to know as many people as possible.

That’s why three days ago he was hanging out with Sturgis, this funny stoner kid who could rock out on the electric guitar, and only yesterday he was eating a burger with Alex, an All American jock type. At least no one was giving him crap for clique-jumping. He was the new guy, somewhat exotic, and had already obtained a bit of a rep, so most people wanted to hang out with him. Which was fine by Jake, since having people to hang out with was the only thing stopping him from running screaming from the absolute boredom of living in Lanton.

One of Alex’s senior friends, Dean, handed Jake a beer. “You made it, man.”

Jake lifted his chin in thanks. “Yeah.” His eyes scanned the woods, watching people joking and laughing, some couples branching off to make out. “Looks like the party is in full swing. So… where’s the guest of honor?”

Dean grinned. “You made your way through so many chicks you’re bored and looking for fresh meat already?”

That was definitely the worst thing so far about living in a small town. Everybody knew everybody’s business. It became clear to Jake, but unfortunately much too late, that he couldn’t get away with hooking up with girls here and walking away unscathed. One, there really was nowhere to run from them, and two, within seconds of hooking up with them the whole damn town knew.

Still, Alex’s friend Lacey had gone on and on about this Charley girl, and any time her name was mentioned someone had a funny story to tell about her. After hearing the stories, Jake was kind of intrigued to meet the girl who’d been given the nickname “Supergirl” by an entire town because she’d knocked her sister out of the way of a moving vehicle and took the hit instead.

That was pretty hardcore for a small town girl.

“Nah, it’s not like that,” Jake semi-lied. “I’ve just heard a lot about her.”

“It wouldn’t be like that anyway,” Dean informed him. “Charley’s not the kind of girl who gives it up to just anybody. She used to date Roster, man. She dumped him just before summer started.”

Surprised, Jake took a sip of his beer and muttered, “Alex didn’t mention they dated.”

“Yeah, well, he’s going to make his play for her again so I wouldn’t get in the way of that. Alex probably wouldn’t say shit but Brett would get pissy just because it gives him an excuse to get pissy,” Dean curled his lip in distaste and Jake understood why.

Brett Thomas was the other drawback to living in Lanton.

He was Alex’s best friend and a complete douche. Brett was narrow-minded bully, and Jake couldn’t stand him.

“Hey,” Dean nudged his elbow, lifting his chin in the direction of the fire, “That’s Charley over there with Lacey.”

Turning, Jake squinted past the flames to just beyond where three girls were standing laughing. Lacey caught him staring and turned back to chatter excitedly at a blonde girl he hadn’t seen before.

The blonde looked up at him.

Jake tensed as their eyes met, his hand tightening around his beer bottle.

Holy shit.

Her eyes.

Without even really meaning to, Jake found himself walking through the throngs of party-goers toward the girl with those eyes. Eyes that drew him in­­­­–eyes filled with questions, very few answers, and something a lot like possibility.

Jake blinked. Are you listening to yourself? He guffawed, trying to shake off whatever the hell that had been. This girl was just a girl. A particularly cute girl with phenomenal bedroom-eyes, but just a girl nonetheless. Despite his mom coming down on him for messing around, Jake had to protest. He was only sixteen. He had plenty of time to find a girl who would break his heart, just like his mom had broken his dad’s a few years back. It hadn’t been easy to watch his mom pack up their things and walk out on their dad because he’d been neglecting his family for work. It was even harder to watch how devastated and panicked his father was by it. Logan Caplin adored his wife and he’d been a wreck when she’d left him. It was the first time Jake really understood what loving someone like that could mean. And at sixteen he just wasn’t ready to go through that.

Even if a girl did have eyes like Charley Redford.

Jake stopped in front of her, Lacey, and Lacey’s quiet friend, Rose. Charley held his gaze, and he felt lost for a second, so lost he almost didn’t pull off his casual, “So, you’re the mysterious girl who’s been gone all summer.”

She shrugged. “And you’re the mysterious newbie.”

Hmm. There was something kind of intimidating about her.

It occurred to Jake that maybe he’d gotten a little too used to girls giggling all over him, and just maybe Charley’s casual reaction to him was a reality check. Laughing at himself, Jake decided now would be a good time to remember those manners his mother had raised him with. He smiled and held out his hand to her. “Jake.”

Thankfully she held out her hand to him. “Charley.”

As soon as their skin brushed, Jake felt pressure on his chest. The pressure he’d felt when they first locked eyes. The pressure he felt that he couldn’t explain.

Pressure he was adamantly ignoring.

He grinned at Charley. “I know. You’re famous. Supergirl.”

“I hate living in a small town,” she grumbled, taking another pull of her beer. And just like that, with the mock dirty looks she shot her friends, and the little purse of her lips, the air of intimidation around her disappeared. Someone modest, obviously brave if all the stories were true, and definitely adorable, shone through.

Their eyes met again.

His breath hitched.

Shit.

“We’re going to get more beer,” Lacey suddenly announced brightly, grabbing Rose’s hand and dragging her not so subtly away from him and Charley.

Charley scrunched her nose up, clearly embarrassed by their obviousness. It was cute as hell. “Sorry.”

Jake wasn’t. Now he had her alone he could kick the encounter up a notch. “Don’t be.” He stepped closer, inhaling her perfume. “I’ve been looking forward to meeting you.”

She raised an eyebrow at him. “Oh, I’ve heard you’ve met lots of people already.”

The fact that she’d been paying attention pleased him. A whole lot.  “You shouldn’t listen to gossip,” he teased.

“Especially when it’s true?” she answered dryly.

Smart ass. Hot, smart ass. Jake laughed. “I was just being friendly. Getting to know the new town. It’s not easy moving to such a small place after living in Chicago. Everything seems to move faster there and faster here causes shock.”

“Yeah, I can imagine it’s a huge change,” she said, sounding sympathetic. She leaned back against the post of the old gazebo the party was congregated around. Every small move she made, Jake followed it, as if he couldn’t quite look away. She tucked a lock of her gorgeous, long hair behind her ear, her silver bangles tinkling with the movement. She wasn’t overly tall, she wasn’t short either, and everything about her was graceful and sexy at the same time.

So hot.

When their eyes met again she was frowning. “Why did you move here?”

Jake had the why, he even understood the why. Didn’t mean he liked the why. It was a question he’d been asked a lot since arriving, one he’d deflected, shrugged off, because he still wasn’t ready to deal with the fact that they’d moved permanently to Bumble-fuck, Indiana. And yet… he wanted to tell her. And he couldn’t explain why that was.

Shit.

They’d just met.

Exhaling, trying to ease that pressure on his chest, he answered softly, ““My mom and dad are from small towns, they missed it. My dad was pretty successful in Chicago and my mom liked her life there. However, my kid brother, Lukas, got mugged coming home from school one night when he missed the bus. They pulled a knife but didn’t hurt him. Still, it freaked my mom and dad out so much, they upped stakes.”

“You know bad things happen everywhere,” she replied quietly.

Yeah, Jake was sure Lanton saw its fair share of murder and mayhem. “You get a lot of muggings in Lanton, do you?”

“Only when things are slow. I like to shake things up a little.”

Pleasantly surprised by her sense of humor, Jake laughed again. “Ski mask and all?” he joked with her, feeling lighter than he had since before arriving in Lanton.

She shook her head, deadpan. “Bandit eye strip, a banana, and a black trash bag.”

I want to kiss her.

Pushing those inner thoughts aside, Jake chuckled at her quip. “Let me guess—the banana works three-fold: a ‘gun,’ a snack to keep your mugger energy up, and then the slippery peel is a great tool in your escape.”

Those gorgeous eyes of her were laughing up at him in a way that made him feel ten feet tall. “Dude, you got this down.” Her smile turned flirtatious, knocking any breath he had left in his body out. “Want to be a bandit with me?”

Fuck yes.

He had to kiss her. More than that Jake had decided… he had to know her.

Shit. He was in trouble.

A moment of panic caught in his chest but as she stared up at him with eyes he could drown in, Jake squashed the panic and leaned in close.

“Definitely,” he murmured.

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EXCLUSIVE COVER REVEAL: Out of the Shallows by Samantha Young

Epic. Unforgettable. Heartbreaking. A must read. That is how I would describe Into the Deep because I loved this book to no end and could not put it down. The story of Charley and Jake is so intoxicatingly addictive, you will find yourself cherishing the heart-breaking moments as much as the heart-warming ones. At the end of the first book, we were not left with a nail-biting cliffhanger, we were in a happy place, content to let these characters go… at least for a little while. Today, I am super-excited to be the one showing you for the very first time the stunning cover, as well as the first ever peek at the conclusion of Charley and Jake’s love story, Out of the Shallows… ♥

Expected release date: 15 April 2014

Out of the Shallows

Live young. Live hard. Love deep.

Jake and Charley’s story concludes in Out of the Shallows…

Somehow, after everything they’ve been through, Jake Caplin and Charley Redford have made their way back to one another. But finding each other and staying together are two completely different things. As Charley fights for the future she wants for herself and with Jake, parents, exes, friends, and her own distrust, are resolved to yank her back into the real world.

While Jake is determined how deeply they feel for one another will get them through their issues, Charley has to wonder… is love alone really ever enough?

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“Is it possible to die of sex exhaustion?” I panted, collapsing in a sprawl across Jake’s sweat dampened chest.

It heaved beneath my cheek as he lazily stroked my spine. “I’m thinking yes.”

“That was…” I groaned at the hot feel of him inside of me.

“Mindblowing?” he offered with a suspicious amount of smugness in his voice. “Told you it would be.”

I bit his shoulder gently. “Cocky.”

“I dare you to leave teeth marks,” Jake squeezed my ass. “I’d love explaining it to people.”

“What people?” I mumbled irritably. “You’re inside the only person who should be seeing you shirtless, mister.”

He chuckled and I burrowed deeper against the sound in his throat. “The guys and I don’t really care about walking around the apartment shirtless.”

Despite my sex exhaustion, I found the energy to jerk away from him, my hands pressed to his chest as I scowled down at him. “In other words you’d love to explain those marks to Lowe.”

Inured to my glower, Jake tucked my long hair behind my ear, before following the wavy strand of platinum down over my breast. “It would make a point.”

“A point he is well aware of. The traitor dumped me in your hands last night.”

Jake flashed me an unrepentant grin. “That’s true.”

Before I could respond he took me by surprise, wrapping his arms tightly around me as he sat up. Our lips almost brushed as he brought us chest to chest. Sensing I wasn’t going anywhere, any time soon, I shifted off my knees and wrapped my legs around his waist. Jake’s eyes darkened with the movement.

“No way,” I breathed. “You can’t possibly…”

“Not yet,” he crushed me against him, whispering the words across my mouth. “Anyway, we have stuff to talk about.”

I instantly wanted to pull away but Jake cupped his hand around my nape, forcing me to look at him. I jerked against his hold.

“Good, we’ll start with that,” he muttered darkly. “Why do you keep pulling away from me?”

“I told you I don’t like it when you hold me by the neck like that. It’s not a big deal.” It was so a big deal. And Jake knew it was. He just didn’t know why.

The truth was he used to hold me like that when he wanted my entire focus. It was kind of intense and more than kind of sexual, and I thought it was something he just did with me. However, I’d once witnessed him holding his ex-girlfriend Melissa in the exact same way, and as stupid as I knew it was, it bothered me. A whole lot.

“I don’t believe you.”

“Next question,” I sighed, tugging his hand off my neck.

Jake didn’t look happy but he relented. “When are you thinking about telling your parents about us?”

“Well,” I wriggled on him with a cheeky smile, “I was thinking we should uncover the plot of some evil mastermind and you can save the world. There’s no way my parents won’t be happy for us to be back together after that. It would be petty.”

“Stop being cute,” he said quietly, kneading the muscles in my lower back. “I’m trying to be serious and I can’t do that when you’re sitting on me naked, acting all cute.”

“Then I guess my work here is done,” I smiled and kissed him hard. Jake’s arms turned to steel around me as he hauled me closer, deepening the kiss with a groan that reverberated through me in such a delicious way…

I wrapped my arms around him, my fingers curling around his hair.

Jake broke our kiss, grabbing my upper arms to push me gently back.

He scowled at me. “Play fair.”

I slumped. “Why should I? You’re not.”

“How is trying to have a conversation with my girlfriend not playing fair?” he narrowed his eyes on me. “How did I become the chick in this scenario?”

Laughing, I ran my fingers through his hair, loving the way his lashes lowered over his eyes in pleasure at my touch. “You did that all by yourself.”

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BOOK REVIEW: Into the Deep by Samantha Young

IntotheDeep_no border_322x500Live young. Live hard. Love deep.

Charley Redford was just an ordinary girl until Jake Caplin moved to her small town in Indiana and convinced her she was extraordinary. Almost from day one Jake pulled Charley into the deep and promised he was right there with her. But when a tragic incident darkened Jake’s life he waded out into the shallows and left Charley behind.

Almost four years later Charley thinks she’s moved on. That is until she takes a study year abroad in Edinburgh and bumps into none other than Jake Caplin at a party with his new girlfriend. The bad-boy-turned-good attempts to convince Charley to forgive him, and as her best friend starts spending time with Jake’s, Charley calls a truce, only to find herself tumbling back into a friendship with him.

As they grow closer, the spark between them flares and begins playing havoc with their lives and relationships. When jealousy and longing rear their destructive heads, Charley and Jake struggle to come to grips with what they mean to one another.

And even if they work it out, there is no guarantee Charley will ever trust Jake to lead her back into the deep…

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“… peace… that comes with feeling complete, and I haven’t felt that way since I was seventeen and I walked away from a girl who could make me laugh harder, feel harder, and burn harder than any other person in my world.”

If you think you’re already a die-hard fan of Samantha Young’s unique writing style, well, be ready to hopelessly fall in love with it all over again because this book will rock your world and leave you so addicted to these characters, you won’t know what to do with yourself when you reach that wretched last page. An epic love story that is equally heart-warming as it is heartbreaking, the tale of Charley and Jake will entrench itself so deeply into your heart, you will never want it to end. By the end of this book, you’ll be going back and frantically re-reading passages like I was, re-living moments that affected you one way or another, because you won’t be able to let go of this beautiful story of young loves and second chances at forever.

“All I know is that you probably deserve better than me, but I’m too selfish to let you. I’m into you, and I want you to be so into me, you don’t even care that I’m not good enough for you.”

We meet Charley and Jake as two high school kids whose immediate attraction quickly progresses into falling in love for the very first time, being confronted with the very real possibility of having met “the one” at such a young age, and eventually losing it all. Their connection is immediately palpable, from teenage chemistry when they first meet and fall in love to full blown sexual tension when they cross paths again, but we are not given their story all at once. Paced flawlessly and carefully, their story goes back and forth in time, slowly putting the past and the present together like pieces in a puzzle, and making us simultaneously watch them fall in love for the first time, as well as find each other again years later and cope with all the residual feelings still burning bright in their young hearts.

“I won’t ever stop loving you. No matter what.”

We live this story through our heroine’s eyes, we feel every one of her emotions, past and present, as we watch her as two different people – a witty sixteen year old girl who’s never been hurt before and who lets herself fall in love with the new boy in town freely, wholeheartedly, irrevocably, and as a twenty year old young woman who’s never overcome the heartbreak of losing her first love and having her trust shattered into a million pieces by that sudden loss. The more we get to know the young girl that Charley once was, the more it hurts us to see how heartbreak eventually changes her. When suddenly faced again with the one she never stopped loving, Charley has to not only overcome her lingering feelings for Jake, but also learn to forgive and finally put the past behind her.

Charley is a character you will love from the very first scene. Her smart mouth and vivacious personality as a young girl will make you protective of her, deeply invested in her happiness, but as much as I wanted to resent Jake for the pain he had caused her, he is not an anti-hero by any stretch of the imagination. There are no villains in this love story – their heartbreak stems from their inability to cope with all they are confronted with at such a young age, not a lack of deep emotions towards each other. This is a story of second chances, of meant-to-bes and of whether true love can survive sorrow, time and distance. It’s a story that will remind you of what it was like to be young and hopelessly in love, of your first heartbreak, your first broken dreams, and it’s a story that will fill you with hope – hope that some hearts are simply destined to find their way back to each other.

“I knew after weeks of meeting you that I was never going to love another girl like I love you. You’re it for me. They write books about what we have.”

This is possibly one of the most addictive books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Everything about this story “spoke” to me and I found every part of it to be truly remarkable. I cannot stop thinking about it, remembering scenes, smiling at those memories… My personal highlight were the clever dialogues – they flowed naturally and effortlessly, capable of making us laugh as well as bring tears to our eyes. Ms Young has a distinctive style of telling a story – it is recognisable in every word, every sentence, every humorous remark. I never wanted this book to end, it physically hurt to let go of Charley and Jake, not to mention all the other loveable secondary characters, but even though we are left in a very happy place story-wise and there is no cliffhanger, I was over the moon when I realised that their story would continue in Out of the Shallows, coming in 2014.

Epic. Unforgettable. Heartbreaking. A must read. Into the Deep is set to be released on 13 August 2013.

“Do you promise to take care of me for the rest of forever, Jacob Caplin?”
“I promise. For the rest of forever.”

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sam young_picSamantha Young is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She’s been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestselling novel On Dublin Street.

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I LOVED this book so much that I NEED to give some copies away, to be delivered to the lucky winners on release day (13 August)!!! To win one of THREE eBook copies of Into the Deep, please enter below. By entering, you accept the following Giveaway Conditions. This contest is open internationally.

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COVER REVEAL: Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young

If you loved On Dublin Street and Down London Road, then you are dying to read the third book in the series as much as I am!!! I give you the stunning and very sensual cover of Before Jamaica Lane…

Expected release date: 7 January 2014

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One simple lesson in seduction between two friends can turn into so much more…

Despite her outgoing demeanor, Olivia is painfully insecure around the opposite sex—usually, she can’t get up the nerve to approach guys she’s interested in. But moving to Edinburgh has given her a new start, and, after she develops a crush on a sexy postgrad, she decides it’s time to push past her fears and go after what she wants.

Nate Sawyer is a gorgeous player who never commits, but to his close friends, he’s as loyal as they come. So when Olivia turns to him with her relationship woes, he offers to instruct her in the art of flirting and to help her become more sexually confident.

The friendly education in seduction soon grows into an intense and hot romance. But then Nate’s past and commitment issues rear their ugly heads, and Olivia is left broken-hearted. When Nate realizes he’s made the biggest mistake of his life, he will have to work harder than he ever has before to entice his best friend into falling back in love with him—or he may lose her forever…

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sam young_picSamantha Young is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She has been writing since as long as she can remember, and she writes in a number of genres including romance, paranormal, urban fantasy, fantasy, and contemporary. Samantha began self-publishing in 2011 and now writes full time.

She’s been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestselling novel On Dublin Street.

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COVER REVEAL & EXCERPT: Into the Deep by Samantha Young

In my book, Samantha Young can do no wrong. I “met” the lovely Sam on Goodreads just over a year ago, through her stunning novel On Dublin Street, her first contemporary romance title at the time, and the rest is, as they say, history. I’ve watched readers fall in love with her beautiful stories across all continents, I’ve jealously had to endure the fact that Braden Carmichael was becoming everyone’s book boyfriend, and so sharing Sam’s next book with you is not just an honour, it feels personal. On 20 August, Sam will be releasing her first New Adult contemporary romance novel, Into the Deep, and today I have the pleasure of showing you the stunning cover, blurb and an exclusive unedited excerpt that will make you sooo hungry for more…

Expected release date: 20 August 2013

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“Forget, Alex.” Lacey turned to me, her eyes bright in the firelight. “I’ve decided Jake Caplin is perfect for you.”

“Ah, the mysterious Jake,” I chuckled.

All summer I’d been treated to excited phone calls from my friends. First they relayed the news that a new family had moved to Lanton. This was news because Mr. Caplin was opening an attorney’s office which had thrown Brackett & Sons, the already existing attorney’s office, into a tizzy. It was also news because the Caplins had two boys – Jacob and Lukas, a junior and a freshman. Both, apparently, seriously cute.

They’d also made quite a name for themselves over the summer. Or at least Jake had. He’d quickly found friends, seeming able to move from group to group according to Lacey. He hung out with the musicians, the nerds and the stoners, but also had a lot of fun with the jocks. And, more importantly Lacey said, he had already slept with a bunch of junior and senior girls. Rumor had it he’d also slept with Stacy Sullivan, the hot nineteen year old waitress that worked at Hub’s, a popular diner on Main Street. Despite Jake being sixteen and it being legal and all, Rose said Stacy was working hard to make sure it remained a rumor. She already had a bit of rep, and wasn’t too keen on folks thinking she was corrupting guys just passed the legal age of consent. Especially because she thought Jake was her age and he hadn’t told her any different.

All this made me question why the hell Lacey would want me to hook up with him.

“Oh my God, he’s here,” Lacey breathed as if Batman had just walked into the party.

I twisted my head to follow her gaze and I found myself staring past the fire and into the dark eyes of Jake Caplin.

I felt his look seize hold of me and I swear to God my breath hitched in my throat.

He was beautiful.

I didn’t know how to describe him any other way. And as he moved through the crowd, eyes on me, my friends whispering in disbelief that he was coming over, I decided then that I didn’t care about rumor. There was something about the way his tall, built body moved – confident and strong but also somehow wild and untamed. I watched his mouth curl up at the corners in a half-smile and I read a million things in his expression. A million stories, a million jokes, a million dreams…

Deep down, I somehow knew that Jake Caplin would never, ever bore me. It sounded crazy, I know it did because we’d never even exchanged a word, but I just knew.

“So, you’re the mysterious girl who’s been gone all summer.” He stopped right in front of me, casual, holding a beer in hand. I tipped my head back to meet his gaze, my body tingling. It suddenly occurred to me that someone as beautiful as Jake must have girls throwing themselves all over him all the time. I read it in his cocky confidence. I read it in the ease with which he spoke to me, a complete stranger, when there were guys I’d known my whole life that stuttered when they tried to flirt with me.

“And you’re the mysterious newbie,” I answered with a shrug.

He smiled at my response and held out a hand. “Jake.”

Reaching out tentatively, I let him take my hand, ignoring the curl of tension in my lower belly as our skin touched. “Charley.”

“I know. You’re famous. Supergirl.” He grinned wickedly and I shot my friends a dirty look. I couldn’t believe they’d told him that story.

No, in fact, I could believe it.

Two years ago I’d gone into town with Lacey and Rose. We were coming out of Hub’s when we heard my sister Andie shouting. It was so unlike her that we stopped to spectate. Andie was a senior at the time and her and her long-term boyfriend Pete had been having problems. That day those problems had escalated so much that my sister – who was the epitome of public decorum – started to shout at him in the town square. He’d shouted back as she walked away, and Andie had stupidly stopped in the middle of the street to turn and shout a response.

I saw Mr. Finnegan’s SUV come roaring around the corner, and I also noted he was too busy fiddling with something on his dashboard to notice my sister. I didn’t even think. I just tore across the street and shoved her out of the way, just in time for Finnegan to realize what was happening and hit the brakes. Unfortunately, he found the brakes too late and he still hit me. The impact wasn’t hard enough to do serious, serious damage, but I ended up with concussion, a few fractured ribs and a broken fibula.

I’d been laid up for a while. Enough time for the town to hail me as a local hero and everyone, including my sister, to affectionately nickname me “Supergirl”.

“I hate living in a small town,” I grumbled, taking another pull of my beer.

Jake laughed, a deep, rich sound that tugged my eyes instantly back to his. My heart started racing hard again as we stared at each other. “Don’t sweat it. If you’re going to adopt a nickname I could think of worse ones, and definitely not a better reason to have one.”

“We’re going to get more beers,” Lacey announced cheerily and not so very subtly grabbed Rose’s hand and dragged her away, giving Jake and I privacy.

I grimaced at how obvious they were. “Sorry.”

“Don’t be.” Jake stepped a little closer. “I’ve been looking forward to meeting you.”

I tipped my head and grinned knowingly. “Oh, I’ve heard you’ve met lots of people already.”

His lips twitched. “You shouldn’t listen to gossip.”

“Especially when it’s right?”

He laughed now, shaking his head. “I was just being friendly. Getting to know the new town. It’s not easy moving from Chicago to here.”

“I can imagine.” I frowned and leaned against the post behind me. “Why did you?”

Jake blew a breath out between his lips and shrugged. “My mom and dad are from small towns, they missed it, but my dad was pretty successful in Chicago and my mom liked her life there. However, my kid brother, Lukas, got mugged coming home from school one night when he missed the bus. They pulled a knife on him but didn’t hurt him. Still, it freaked my mom and dad out so much they upped stakes.”

I nodded but said, “You know bad things happen everywhere.”

“You get a lot of muggings in Lanton, do you?”

“Only when things are slow. I like to shake things up a little.”

Jake threw his head back and laughed, his eyes glittering warmly. “Ski-mask and all?”

I shook my head. “Bandit eye strip, a banana and a black trash bag.”

He chuckled. “Let me guess – the banana works three-fold: a “gun”, a snack to keep your mugger energy up, and then the slippery peel is a great tool in your escape.”

I widened my eyes in mock surprise. “Dude, you got this down. Want to be a bandit with me?” I didn’t mean it to sound so flirtatious but it totally did.

Jake’s gaze turned even warmer and he ducked his head a little to murmur, “Definitely.”

The Story

Live young. Live hard. Love deep.

Charley Redford was just an ordinary girl until Jake Caplin moved to her small town in Indiana and convinced her she was extraordinary. Almost from day one Jake pulled Charley into the deep and promised he was right there with her. But when a tragic incident darkened Jake’s life he waded out into the shallows and left Charley behind.

Almost four years later Charley thinks she’s moved on. That is until she takes a study year abroad in Edinburgh and bumps into none other than Jake Caplin at a party with his new girlfriend. The bad-boy-turned-good attempts to convince Charley to forgive him, and as her best friend starts spending time with Jake’s, Charley calls a truce, only to find herself tumbling back into a friendship with him.

As they grow closer, the spark between them flares and begins playing havoc with their lives and relationships. When jealousy and longing rear their destructive heads, Charley and Jake struggle to come to grips with what they mean to one another.

And even if they work it out, there is no guarantee Charley will ever trust Jake to lead her back into the deep…

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The Author

sam young_picSamantha Young is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She’s been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestselling novel On Dublin Street.

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BIRTHDAY TEASING: Down London Road by Samantha Young

downlondonroad3_322X500Braden Carmichael. Yep, I know that you know what I’m talking about!!! He might have stolen the hearts of millions of unsuspecting readers last year but it was the writing of the lovely Samantha Young that really caught my attention. Her attention to detail, her ability to deal with some pretty heavy issues delicately and responsibly, her gift for telling a serious story and make us fall in love with the characters, these are all reasons why On Dublin Street took the world by storm.

I was lucky to have been one of the first readers and reviewers of this incredible book and have been a huge fan of Samantha’s writing ever since.

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I think one of the happiest moments of 2012 for me was when Samantha announced a second book in the On Dublin Street series. We were kept in the dark about this book for so many months, not even knowing who the main characters would be, and then the synopsis and cover were finally revealed only recently. Today, Samantha has gifted us with a short but delicious little snippet from Down London Road

Expected release date: 7 May 2013

The worst moment came when I poured a draft of lager at the taps, and Cam leaned past me for some napkins that sat on the lowest shelf behind the bar. It brought his body up against mine. I inhaled the masculine scent of bay rum and soap as he leaned down, and then I stopped breathing altogether. His face was at eye level with my chest.

My whole body tensed, I was so hyper aware of him.

Prolonging the torturous moment, Cam’s fingers missed the napkins and he had to lean back in, his cheek brushing my right boob.

I sucked in a breath and he froze momentarily.

When he straightened, I chanced a glance up at him from under my lashes and the darkly sexual glint in his eyes felt like a physical caress down my stomach toward my sex. My sensitive nipples peaked against my bra. Uh-oh. Oh, my.

The Story

Johanna Walker is used to taking charge. But she’s about to meet someone who will make her lose control…

It has always been up to Johanna to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. With an absent father and a useless mother, she’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember. She even determines what men to date by how much they can provide for her brother and her, not on whatever sparks may – or may not – fly.

But with Cameron MacCabe, the attraction is undeniable. The sexy new bartender at work gives her butterflies every time she looks at him. And for once, Jo is tempted to put her needs first. Cam is just as obsessed with getting to know Jo, but her walls are too solid to let him get close enough to even try.

Then Cam moves into the flat below Jo’s, and their blistering connection becomes impossible to ignore. Especially since Cam is determined to uncover all of Jo’s secrets …even if it means taking apart her defenses piece by piece.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Samantha Young, is a 26 year old writer from Stirlingshire, Scotland. After graduating from the University of Edinburgh, Samantha returned to Stirlingshire where she happily spends her days writing about people she’s keen for others to meet, and worlds she’s dying for them to visit. Having written over ten young adult urban fantasy novels, Samantha took the big plunge into adult contemporary romance with her novel On Dublin Street. On Dublin Street is a #1 National Bestseller and has been re-published by NAL (Penguin US).

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On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

ondublinstreet3Four years ago, Jocelyn Butler left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Edinburgh. Burying the grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without any real attachments has worked well for her so far but when Joss moves into a fantastic apartment on Dublin Street, her carefully guarded world is shaken to its core by her new roommate’s sexy older brother.

Braden Carmichael is a man who always gets what he wants. And what he wants is Jocelyn in his bed. Knowing how skittish Joss is concerning any kind of relationship, Braden proposes a sexual arrangement that should satisfy the intense attraction between them without it developing into anything ‘more’. An intrigued Jocelyn agrees, completely unprepared for the Scotsman and his single-minded determination to strip the stubborn young woman bare… to the very soul.

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It is superbly written books like this one that truly feed my reading addiction and keep me awake until the wee hours of the morning, glued to the pages, unable to tear myself away from the story. I was lost to it from the very first page and have loved every single one after that. This is a luscious yet poignant story that will seduce your senses, get you invested in the characters and make you hopelessly want to believe in happy endings.

Jocelyn is not your ordinary twenty-two year old woman. She has been through more loss and heartbreak in her young life than anyone should have to go through in the course of a lifetime. She lost her entire family in one tragic accident when she was a teenager and has had to look after herself ever since then. She keeps all those around her at arm’s length, never really allowing herself to care about anyone or others to care for her. Her troubled past has taught her that loving people only leads to heartbreak and she is determined to never again forge any lasting ties that would have the power of hurting her. No one knows of her tragic past and that denial of her pain has meant that she has never really had to deal with it.

“I might never stop fearing tomorrow … The future and what it can take from me, scares me.”

Jocelyn craves to start a new life free of reminders of her past, she has been successfully “shoving her feelings down under the steel trapdoor inside of her” for eight long years and she has no intention of changing that. However, even the best-laid plans can go up in smoke when you meet a man whose mere presence makes you lose control of yourself, whose one look leaves you dazed and who makes your lower belly squeeze with lust at first sight. Enter Braden.

“Our attraction was nuclear. I had never known anything like it. It made Braden Carmichael extremely dangerous to me.”

Braden is her new roommate Ellie’s older brother and he is a man who doesn’t hide his interest in her. Jocelyn’s initial reaction to him is to resist his advances but her body betrays her whenever she is near him. His persistence, coupled with her almost primal attraction to him, eventually wear her down and she agrees to having a purely physical relationship with Braden, one that she hopes would run its course and keep her heart protected. But while their initial attraction might have been based on lust, their ever-growing connection is so much more than that – soon they are both faced with emotions neither of them have any experience feeling and Jocelyn starts slowly giving herself away to him, bit by bit, unconsciously lowering her emotional wall, brick by brick.

“You know on those nature shows when the cute little meerkat is strolling along on its four cute little meerkat legs to get back to her burrow where all her little meerkat politics, drama and family await her, and this big-ass eagle comes swooping overhead…? The smart little meerkat runs for cover and waits that big-ass eagle out. Some time passes, and the meerkat finally decides the eagle got bored and went off to scare the crap out of some other cute little meerkat. So, the meerkat crawls out from her hidey-hole to carry merrily on her way. And just when that little meerkat thought she was home free, that big-ass eagle swoops down and catches her in his big-ass claws. Well… I know exactly how that little meerkat felt…”

This story has so many tremendously developed layers. Jocelyn’s character is brilliantly written, with hidden depths that make her both touchingly realistic as well as believable. It is conceivable for someone with her painful past to become the type of person that would “make an art form out of deflection and self-possession” and her emotional growth in the story is well-paced and natural. There are no out-of-character moments, no eye-rolling scenarios or rushed events. But Jocelyn is not a tragic character that we ever need to pity. She is an empowered young woman who is only too aware of the consequences of her traumas  and she seeks help when she can no longer maintain the crumbling wall around her heart. She is a character we can’t help but admire. The little snippets from her sessions with her therapist give us an extra insight into her, showing us her vulnerabilities and completing our picture of Jocelyn. We feel her pain, we cheer for her, we feel protective of her. Her anxiety attacks devastate us and her newly found chance of happiness with Braden elates us. His persistent love for her and his unwillingness to give up on her even when she is pushing him away make him the perfect ‘hero’ for Jocelyn. He pursues her relentlessly, he shows his feelings for her proudly and openly, and he never sees her as “broken”. We can’t help but approve of him.

This is ultimately a story of finding the perfect balance in a relationship – a balance between the past and the future, a balance between trust and self-preservation, and a balance between friendship and love. A must MUST read.

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