Monday, October 19, 2015

review || THE SECRET CRUSH { release day } by Sarah M. Ross

We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for THE SECRET CRUSH by Sarah M. Ross! THE SECRET CRUSH is a sweet romantic novella perfect for those chilly fall nights! This title is only available on Amazon as it is in Kindle Unlimited. Grab your copy of THE SECRET CRUSH for $.99 today!

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Self-Published | October 19, 2015 | New Adult


I’ve been in love with Hadley Monroe for three years. Over a thousand days.

But Hadley doesn’t see me. Not the real me, anyway.

It’s time to change all that.

I need to show her—convince her—that we could be more than friends. That we are actually perfect for each other.

It’s time to put it all out there. Risk everything before it’s too late.

It’s time for a grand gesture.

It’s time to reveal that I’m her Secret Crush.

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{ about sarah m. ross } .

Sarah started her obsession with reading at an early age, often sneaking BabySitter Club and Nancy Drew books into math class. She would read any book she could get her hands on. Her love of reading quickly evolved into a love of writing and stories began to pour out of her. She grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English, and taught 8th graders to love reading as much as she does for several years. Sarah will always be a proud member of the Steelers' Nation, but couldn't take the cold and moved her frozen tush to Florida where she now lives with her family and two cats. You will find her now with her trusty Kindle in hand and toes in the sand! Sarah's debut novel, AWAKEN, released in January, 2012. Other novels include AVENGE, ATONE, ECHO OF AN EARTH ANGEL, and INHALE EXHALE.

{ excerpt } .

My head tilted back, and I leaned on his chest. His thumb continued, now sliding up and down my forefinger. Tiny swipes back and forth, each one like a flame licking my hot skin. My fingers tingled with the need to touch him back, but I couldn’t move. All the noise from the other rooms seemed to fade away as he held me there. And even though I didn’t know who he was, I felt at home in his arms. Like it was where I belonged. 

“Close your eyes, Hadley.” My eyes slid shut upon his command. “No peeking.” 

I nodded, keeping my eyes tightly shut as he spun me around, facing him. My lips parted slightly as he reached up and cupped my face in his hands. I held my breath, anticipating whatever he was going to do next. My pulse raced as the seconds ticked by. God I hope he kisses me, I prayed. 

I want you to do something for me, Hadley.” 

“Okay,” I murmured. 

“When everything is over tonight. When the last guest has gone home and the lights are all out. When you’re back in your dorm and the world is quiet, I want you to glance out your window and look out at the stars. At how brightly they shine down from millions of miles away. And then I want you to remember what I’m telling you right now.” 

He moved his face against mine, his breath like a warm caress against my cheek. “You, Hadley, shine brighter than them all. You radiate beauty and warmth and passion and determination. You put them to shame, Hadley.” 

I sucked in a breath as tears pooled at his beautiful words. And just then, when I was filled to the brim with so much emotion I could explode, his lips came down on mine. 

I sighed in contentment as his warm and soft lips pressed against my own with the briefest of kisses, leaving me craving more. 

But before I could even flutter my eyes open, he was gone.

{ review } .

This was a cutely done new adult romance, leaving the reader guessing throughout the story who, exactly, 'secret crush' was. And the real kicker? For whatever reason, I didn't even realize 'secret crush' was not given a name outside of, well... 'secret crush'. Maybe that's because of my epilogue problem, but... Anyway. Don't be me. Don't be an epilogue reader.

I enjoyed the dual point of views, one being Hadley's and the other being 'secret crush'. We were able to experience life and the guessing Hadley goes through, in her own eyes, but we also watched as 'secret crush' tried to make his way into Hadley's life.

Sarah's writing style is easy to follow and get lost in; having read a previous title of hers, NEVER GONNA TELL, I wasn't sure how I'd feel about this read. I have to say, I enjoyed it much more, and wish it were longer.

The Secret Crush - RDL Teaser 2

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