Dying to Give


Gary B. Shelly - 2016
     Doctors. The ICU. An epidural hematoma. Respirators. Apnea tests. Nationwide publicity. A mogul who wants to buy her daughter's heart. The grieving mother on television begging for a liver to save her son. Hospitals that fight over a first-grader's body. Relatives seeking revenge. A conspiracy to end organ transplants. The hero who can't save his own son. A ninety-two-year old who brings wisdom and peace, together with a reporter who reveals her own story. Then, the lonely decision of how to let her daughter die with dignity and perhaps fulfill a mission Amy would've volunteered for. Will her family provide support? Might those who wait for organs applaud? Can someone who faces this impossible choice in the future learn from her? Would Amy be proud? How does one measure what is best and what is not when nothing makes sense?

When It Counts (2016, #2)


Lauren Hopkins - 2016
    Gymnastics is Amalia’s life and she’s sacrificed everything to get this far, but she still has to prove she has what it takes to stand out in Rio. The competition is tough and nothing is guaranteed, not even for her teammates, recently-crowned national champion Ruby Spencer, who missed the 2012 Olympics after rupturing her Achilles a month before the Games, and world champion Emerson Bedford, whose personal drama is threatening her mental game when she needs it most. Picking up where "Finding Our Balance" left off, "When It Counts" follows Amalia, Ruby, and Emerson on the next steps in their journey to Rio.

The Cheetah Girls: Supa-Dupa Sparkle, Books #5-8


Deborah Gregory - 2003
    They're spicier than hot sauce and as cool as iced cappuccino. They outshine any diamond with their supa-dupa inner sparkle! Now see how it all began in the first books of the series starring Galleria, Chanel, Dorinda, Anginette, and Aquanette. Each bind-up features four Cheetah-licious tales about girls having guts, brains, courage, and friends (while flashin' some style and always shining from the heart).

Love, Lust & Friendship


Elizabeth Stevens - 2018
    Kit to his friends and admirers. Hendo to the jocks who worship him. Butt-head (or Topher) to me and my best friend. AKA, the dillweed of a human being.Meet Alexander Henderson. Ander to the people who put up with his skinny ass. Hendo Jr to the jocks sucking up to Topher. Best Friend Extraordinaire to me. AKA, the love of my life.Meet Addison MacGuire. Addy to whoever asks because (honestly) what kind of name is Addison? Addy Mac to anyone who sees her doing stupid sh*t. And well…me to me. AKA, the girl you don’t date because... Well, who knows.So, what happens when you take one tomboy, one best friend, and that best friend’s stupidly hot, popular older brother with a bad attitude?That’s right, you get a story worthy of a teen rom-com.Because, sometimes real life is a bitch. Sometimes the only guy to come between you and the love of your life is the one guy you weren’t supposed to fall in love with. But, how do you tell the difference between love, lust and friendship?Please be aware that this story is set in Australia and therefore uses Australian English spelling and syntax.

Peaked


Jamie Bennett - 2018
    She breezed through college and moved to New York, ready for the world to fall at her feet. It didn’t. Now, six jobs later, Sylvie is living back at home in Michigan. She’s consumed with helping her sister plan an over-the-top wedding that is driving them both to the brink, and by the way, who is this guy her parents keep inviting over for dinner? Is he really such a jerk, and if so, why couldn’t he be less attractive?? Between vicious swans, unfortunate teeth veneers, bad dates and mean girls, bridesmaid dresses from hell, and sisters with problems of their own, how is Sylvie going to make all this work? Can she get herself back on track and also get the guy she never wanted, but now seems to need—and maybe love?

Leader of The Pack


Kate Cann - 2008
    He has no time for weaklings, especially not on his team. He's captain, & his new coach has helped him realise that anything that interferes with his game is not worth his time. Gem doesn't see it that way, though. She fancies Jack like mad, but she doesn't want to be second best.

My Best Friend's Sister


Hazel Kelly - 2020
     Okay, so that's a lie. I am an anxious person. Always have been. And no one reminds me of that more than my brother's best friend. He’s the walking, talking opposite of my comfort zone, and he sees through my false bravado. Senses my insecurities. I think that's why I feel so vulnerable when he's around. So…under-clothed. Which is ridiculous. He doesn’t even know me. Still, every bone in my body senses danger when he’s around. Like he’s always about to push me under a spotlight I'm not ready to squint into, a spotlight that would expose me for the awkward introvert that I am. Yet he never says more than two words to me. As if he knows that’s the surest way to drive me crazy. And I hate him for it. Always have. Always will. Author's Note: This standalone romantic comedy is the first book in a new series by best-selling author Hazel Kelly. If you like feisty women and funny men, you'll love this forbidden romance about two unlikely roommates and the trouble they get into when big brother stops watching…

I'm Not Her


Cara Sue Achterberg - 2015
    And then it wasn't. A simple encounter at a supermarket changed Carin Fletcher's and Leann Cane's lives – literally. Suddenly Carin, a pretty, self-absorbed, underemployed college graduate, finds herself living as Leann, an uneducated, perennially poor, obese checkout clerk, and vice versa.Carin is at first horrified: she’s enormous, she can barely make ends meet, her husband is an abusive loser, and she's saddled with the kid Leann had when she was a teenager. Meanwhile, Leann is initially thrilled: she's escaped destitution, she looks like a model, and people treat her completely differently.But as the days pass, it becomes clear that life isn't clear-cut for either woman. Carin finds herself attaching to Trevor, Leann's precocious son, and developing feelings for Jimmy, a fellow employee who treats her with the respect few others bother to give her because of her appearance. At the same time, Leann is living a life she's always wanted in a body she's always dreamed about, but that doesn't mean that all of her problems have gone away...and a new one is emerging with Carin's sometimes-boyfriend.Both women are facing unknowable futures that neither could have imagined. Are they destined to live this way forever? And if so, where will it all lead?A brilliant, nuanced, and surprising tale about the way the world sees us and the courses we are on, I'M NOT HER is a remarkably assured first novel that introduces a profound new storyteller.

Chance


Deborah Bladon - 2015
     Caleb Foster is determined to protect his company's brand and his family's name regardless of the cost. He'll sacrifice whatever it takes to keep things running exactly the way he wants, even if it means sacrificing his younger brother's future. Rowan Bell has known Caleb her entire life. Their relationship has always been platonic, but when they're thrust into a life changing situation, it creates a new and intense bond between them. As they lean on one another to accept the unknown, they begin to see something in each other that changes everything between them. Caleb's inner demons threaten to pull them apart forever. As Rowan finally accepts that not everyone is given the chance to love the person they want, Caleb makes a decision that alters both of their lives forever.

Intertwined


Jerilee Kaye - 2015
     Her life seemed perfect. Her parents were happily married and she had a wonderful brother who looked out for her. The only thing she hated about her life was Travis Cross—her brother’s annoying best friend. But Brianne’s life took a sudden turn with a tragic death in her family. In an instant, she lost everything she held close to her in her perfect life. Travis made a lifetime promise to take care of Brianne for the rest of his life. He promised to be her safety guy to save her from the family curse. He also promised her brother he wouldn't touch her. And Travis is one person who knows how to keep his promises--no matter what the cost.Soon, their once hateful relationship turned into an unbreakable bond of love and friendship. However, their dependent and comfortable relationship would always be complicated because of the yearning inside Travis that craved Brianne like a drug. And Brianne struggled to stay immune to his charms. She had already lost so much, and Travis had become the most important thing she couldn’t afford to gamble with.This romance follows Travis and Brianne's lives from the age of sixteen to adulthood and how they dealt with family, divorce, death, teen peer pressure, marriage and breakups… all of which make up their deep and unbreakable connection: A relationship so beautiful, they’re afraid to risk it for anything… not even for love itself.

Give Me Something I Can Feel


B. Love - 2017
    After getting a second chance at life via a new heart, Charlie vowed to make the most out of life – no matter what cards she has been given. Knight Carver is probably the most angry, guarded, and anti-social person one could ever meet. After losing his mother because of diabetes complications, Knight vowed to never lose another person he loved – he detached himself from the rest of his family completely. When Knight returns to Memphis during the NBA off season, his 16-year-old pregnant sister needs all the help she can get. Charlie’s bedside service for expecting mothers is just the help Knight and Harlem both need. Although he fights it, Charlie’s personality and beautiful smile immediately melt Knight’s stone heart. He refuses to let her or anyone else know that, though. It doesn’t matter how attracted to her he is, or how drawn to her he finds himself, Knight has no plans of loving someone only to have them ripped from his hands like his mother was. Because of their meeting, one of their hearts will be changed forever. Charlie has the chance to use her love to give Knight something he hasn’t felt in years, or allow the stress of his pessimistic attitude to damage the heart she waited anxiously for. That’s what love does, you know? It fills you with empowering strength, or makes you devastatingly weak. What will be the outcome for these two? *The spinoff for supporting characters is Saving All My Love for You.

The Way to Somewhere


Angie Day - 2002
    But it seems the world around her won't cooperate -- she keeps getting involved with the wrong friends, the wrong older man, even the wrong Mr. Right. Her relationship with her family is downright dysfunctional -- while her mother is a holdover from the 1950s, her father embraces the go-go 1970s with abandon. So Taylor, left to her own devices, determines her life's road map -- a plan that will get her out of her house and out of Houston. A plan that will get her somewhere. "The Way to Somewhere" traces Taylor's odyssey as she moves from teenager to woman, with equal parts awkwardness, conflict, and resolve. All the while, Taylor struggles to shape reality into her dreams of the forever after. When a complex romantic entanglement leads to a fascination with furniture restoration, Taylor seems to have found the precise balance of science and logic that she desperately seeks. Yet somehow, her experiences continue to be more surprising and disastrous than smoothly aligned, until eventually all of these wrong turns set her life further on its own true course.Resonant and moving, funny and wise, "The Way to Somewhere" charts Taylor's growth as she flings herself headlong into sex, love, relationships, and renewal. In the end, Taylor's happiness hinges on learning not only to accept but to embrace those elements of her life that she had once tossed aside in search of better things.With the quick wit of Tom Perrotta's "Bad Haircut" and the emotional timbre of Wally Lamb's "She's Come Undone," Angie Day's "The Way to Somewhere" is an exceptional exploration ofthat fragile bridge between adolescence and adulthood, and what shores us up -- or breaks us apart.

Love & Candy


Elizabeth Famous - 2013
    It doesn't shy away from the explicit details of a young woman's first serious relationship and deals with adult topics. Her love interest is a seriously tortured guy, far from a prince charming.SAMANTHA MONTCLARE is not who she thought she was. Straitlaced and academically minded, she's knocked to her knees by an unexpected infatuation with the star of her local soccer team just as she discovers that her biological father is not the loving dad who raised her but a forbidding Italian aristocrat. Within the social hierarchy of a wealthy suburban high school, DELANEY TROY is so superior to naive Samantha that she can't speak to him without provoking obscene taunts from his friends. Delaney is gorgeous, but much of Samantha's fascination stems from his brazen honesty and bristling wit. His air of confidence inspires so powerful an interest he draws her in without even looking at her.But how could she possibly date a guy like Delaney who insists he only wants to hook up -- and doesn't believe in love?Will the scandalous truth about the circumstances of her conception threaten her happy home life? Must she find a place in her life for an alarming new "father" just as she’s becoming an independent young woman?

Unns: The Captivation


Sapan Saxena - 2016
    Lovebirds since adolescence. Bonded by love, separated by circumstances. They part ways only to meet again. But this time, he is on a secret mission... Are they in control of their own destiny, or its their destiny which is making them dance to its tunes? Only time would answer, as Atharva and Meher unwillingly and unknowingly transcend the seven stages of love. A quintessential tale of love and romance marked beautifully by its own rustic old school charm.

Bliss


Shay Mitchell - 2015
    But her life right now in Toronto is anything but exciting. Attending fruitless auditions during the day and working at a douche-y club at night, Sophia is starting to feel like she's going nowhere...slowly.Demi Michaels, Sophia's best friend, didn't go to college after high school. Short of ideas for her own future, she puts her energy into building the perfect relationship with an older man. And when that relationship crashes and burns, Demi is left to pick up the pieces.Sophia's friend (and Demi's frenemy) Leandra Hunting doesn't give a crap about hard work or a loving relationship. She has other plans for her future. After college graduation, Leandra sets out to travel the world in the yachts, planes and limos of ridiculously wealthy men. Will any of them be able to show her what love really means--if she can take off her Chanel sunglasses long enough to see it?Set in the exotic, intoxicating worlds of Hollywood, Thailand, and London, Bliss paints a relatable portrait of life in your early twenties with equal parts optimism and fear, hope and disappointment, expectation and reality. It's the Age of Uncertainty when you can count on nothing, but, if you're lucky enough to have one truly great friend, you can survive just about anything.