11/16/15

REVIEW + EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY: EMERALDS BY KYLA LINDE!!

Title: Emeralds
Author: K.A. Linde
Release Date: NOVEMBER 16, 2015!!

SYNOPSIS:
Walking away from him was easy.
The first time at least.
Then he shows up late one night at Trihn’s ballet company, and all bets are off. Trihn knows that she should be careful. But when it comes to Preston Whitehall, she throws all her carefully constructed reasons for not dating out the window.
He’s cunning, charming, and hot as sin. And he knows exactly how to use those qualities to get what he wants. Soon, Trihn is dragged deeper and deeper into his rapidly intensifying whirlwind.
But where a storm is brewing…destruction and devastation follow.
Find out how Trihn goes from prodigy to party girl in this sexy full-length prequel to Platinum in the USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde's All That Glitters series.
PURCHASE HERE:
KA Linde went AWOL for the first half of this book. The angst and razor-sharp dialogue I've come to expect from her was notably absent and in its place were two sugary sweet characters jumping head first into insta-attraction. Whaaaaa? Yup. It happened. Trihn is so different from pretty much every female character Linde has penned to date. She's... nice. She's pretty passive. There's no obvious drama, no baggage following this girl around. Enter Preston. He's equally nice. So much so, one might wonder if he's too good to be true. They date, they eat cupcakes, they text, they have coffee. Its pretty mundane. Pretty normal and also pretty atypical of the author. But it's light, fun and sexy. Never boring... Just smooth sailing.

Around the 50% mark, the queen came out of hiding, riding on a huge freaking bomb she dropped in the middle of this book. An unexpected, completely infuriating, angst-bomb. Shocking drama ensues and it never let's up, right up to the very last word of this book. Linde consistently weaves together a relatively complex cast of characters, introducing an array of personalities alluding to an ending that could seriously go anywhere. You never really know what will unfold, who the major players will be until she wants you to. This is, of course, Trihn's novella leading into Platinum, so once this chapter closes, we're left off knowing there will be lots more to come for Trihn, but where the story will go is anyone's guess. This was fun, a quick, little angsty treat to whet the appetite before the main dish. Emeralds is rife with WTF moments, infuriating jerks and a main character that I so hope finds the happy ending she deserves in Platinum!

Jessica's Rating:

By the end of the night, her girlfriends were enamored with him, the guys were asking him about his workout regimen and promising to get together for gym dates—which she assured him was not entirely what he was thinking—and Trihn found herself completely in thrall with him.

He took her by the hand and pulled her out onto the mostly empty balcony. He twirled her around in place. She laughed and rose onto her tiptoes, spinning in place like a perfect ballerina, before being drawn into his arms.

“This was fun. You seemed worried at first,” he told her.

“I’ve never brought anyone to a model event with me besides my sister and my best friend,” she confessed.

“I’m honored,” he said, leaning his head against her forehead.

A spark ignited in her stomach as she swam in the sea of blue before her.

Everything narrowed down to this one moment—the look in his eyes, the feel of his hands sneaking under her shirt and grasping her skin, the energy igniting between them, their breaths intermingling in the small distance separating their bodies.

She felt herself freeze.

This wasn’t some fling that she would cast aside for the next hottie at a different shoot. This wasn’t some guy she’d make out with in a club after a good drink. This wasn’t a mistake.

This felt right, inexplicably right, in a way she had never felt before.

Their noses touched. She slid her hands up around his neck, drawing him closer. She wanted this. It wasn’t because she was listening to everyone around her, telling her to have a good time, to let herself get lost in something, not to be serious. It was because he made her serious nature seem normal. He made her feel…

That was enough for now. It didn’t have to be more. Just the promise of a beginning.

Their lips slid together, and the entire world disappeared completely, utterly falling away into some other universe. Her heart rushed into her throat, and her whole body contracted at the feel of him pressing against her. His tongue slipped invitingly against her bottom lip, and she opened the invitation with zeal, meeting him halfway. They moved against each other with practiced ease. Her whole body trembled with the heat and desire coursing through her.

Right then, she had never wanted anything more than this kiss. It was both tempting and terrifying because she felt as if she would give up everything to have this again.

As he leaned her against the railing, promising her the world with this kiss, the biggest cost she worried about was her heart.

USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde has written the Avoiding series and the Record series as well as the new adult novels Following Me and Take Me for Granted. She grew up as a military brat traveling the United States and Australia. While studying political science and philosophy at the University of Georgia, she founded the Georgia Dance Team, which she still coaches. Post-graduation, she served as the campus campaign director for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An avid traveler, reader, and bargain hunter, K.A. lives in Athens, Georgia, with her husband and two puppies, Riker and Lucy.




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