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COVER REVEAL: Still Human (#2) – Kerry Heavens (+ Prologue)

Sooooo….Here is the moment you have all been waiting for – THE REVEAL OF STILL HUMAN’s book cover. It had taken Kerry a while to find the ‘right’ cover and now she has! It compliments Just Human’s cover amazingly, so without further ado, here is the cover.

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TITLE: Still Human (#2)
AUTHOR: Kerry Heavens
GENRE: New Adult
RELEASE DATE: October 2013
Hosted By: Romance Addict Book Blog – http://www.romanceaddictbookblog.com/
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Synopsis

Danny and Liv are back…
Danny loves Liv. He knows he loves her more than she loves him because she ran without a word when she saw their future mapped out before her. He knows he will never love anyone like he loved her and this time he doesn’t think he can move on.
Liv loves Danny. She knows she loves him more than he loves her because he broke her heart in the worst possible way, right when things were falling into place. She knows she will never love anyone like she loves him and this time she doesn’t think she can move on.
They needed a second chance because they just weren’t ready for their first, but when events changed everything between them, they discovered they were just human after all. Now Liv and Danny have to find a way to survive being hurt by each other.
They doubted, they underestimated and they did believe the worst, but only because they were too young the first time and too vulnerable the second time. But now they have changed and if they are not the same, surely things can only turn out differently?
 
kerryheavensAbout the Author: Kerry Heavens
Terrible wife
Mediocre mother
Appalling housewife
Fashion graduate
Wedding coordinator
Sex toy salesperson
Shop manager
Designer
Font collector
Romance addict
Fancier of nice men
Ok, fancier of almost all men
Awesome cupcake baker
Incessant singer
Film buff
Friend
Writer
 
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PROLOGUE!

Liv

“Please Liv, you have to eat something,” begs Max.

I tighten the covers around me. I’m not hungry, but I keep quiet. If I speak, even about food, he’ll think I’m ready to talk. There’s nothing else to say. I poured it all out when I got home and there’s nothing left. He stayed with me all night, held me tight while I cried and now he is fussing around. He wanted to call everyone to tell them I was safe. But I warned him not to call Danny. I said he could let Mum know I was okay but that was it. No details and under no circumstances were any of them to make any contact with Danny either. I can just imagine Mum and Grace as vigilantes and, while I want him to hurt, he isn’t worth it.

“I’m going down to check on things, I’ll bring you something up anyway.” He says quietly. I don’t respond.

In the silence of my flat, my ears ring. I hate silence, I always have and without thinking I get out of bed, wrapping myself in a blanket, and sit in front of the TV. I find a film on a movie channel I’ve seen before and sit and ignore it. It’s better than the deafening silence. Now that I’m upright, I ponder what to do next. I know I have to pull myself together today, Connie is flying home. Ugh! She won’t let me just wallow, she’ll make me talk. I need to get up, shower and go to work. Keeping busy is my only option, it’ll keep people off my back.

As I adjust the temperature of the shower, I examine my options. I don’t really have any. It’s not like life was going well before I allowed Danny to walk in and screw me over. I have to just try my hardest to get back to normal as quickly as possible. I should have trusted my instincts. Danny was just human after all, hurting me was almost inevitable. Sadly, I knew that but the naive teenager in me just got sucked in for old time’s sake. I knew this would happen, I was safer with Mark, at least I could take that on the chin.

Max is waiting when I come out of the bedroom dressed for work.

“I brought you some coffee and…” He starts as he turns to me. His face falls as he sees me. “Liv, you’re not going to work?”

I walk across to where he is sitting and pick up my coffee. Taking a sip, I smile a tiny smile and sit beside him.

“What should I do then?” I ask softly.

“We have it all covered downstairs. You need to sort your head out.”

“I’m not going to do that here, trust me. I need the distraction.” I put my hand on his knee. “Thank you for looking after me, but I have to get back down there before I drive myself insane.”

He sighs. “Well, you aren’t going anywhere until you eat something.” He holds up a muffin on a plate.

I smile sweetly and dutifully take the muffin. Then, with some physical effort, I force some down. I may as well start now, Connie will be much harder to deal with.

Satisfied, Max sits back and seems to relax slightly. I can hear his cogs turning though and I know he wants to talk. So when he parts his lips to say whatever it is I know I don’t want to hear, I say “I don’t want to talk about it.” Then, getting to my feet, I take the coffee and the muffin and go to the door.

“Coming?” I ask innocently as I head down to the diner.

Danny

Jen places a coffee on my nightstand and sits on the edge of the bed. “If they know any more, they’re not saying,” she says softly.

She was just on the phone with Liv’s sister, trying to get more information. But I know all I need to know. They found the note last night when they got back; it said she was going home.

It didn’t say why, but I know.

She doesn’t love me.

She found out I was going to propose and she ran.

Again.

Last night after the dust settled, Jen found the ring bag screwed up in the trash. I’d left it out on the counter when I went to go meet Liv at the party and it doesn’t take a genius to see what happened. Liv came back just after I left, saw the bag, figured it out, freaked and then packed her things and left.

Scott and Jen left me alone last night, but only after I insisted. Jen came back first thing this morning though, to make sure I was okay. She wants me to get up and go over to Grace’s to find out what they know, but I don’t want to hear it. I can’t face their pity and I’m too angry to see Connie. This is all her fault. Liv and I were getting on with our lives quite happily until she interfered. Now I’m left with that old open wound and I have to start getting over her again. Except this time, I don’t think I can.

“Danny, come on, drink your coffee,” Jen urges. Reluctantly, I sit up and take a sip.

“Thanks,” I say distantly.

“So what are you going to do now?”

“Nothing,” I tell her.

She watches me as I drink, until I can’t take it any longer. I throw the covers off and get up.

“Are you going over there?” she asks hopefully.

I turn and see her optimistic face. “No,” I say firmly. “I have unpacking to do.”

“Danny! You can’t just give up.”

“Why not?” I scoff. “She has.”

Posted in Jade C. Jamison, Suspense

Old House – Jade C. Jamison

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Kenzie Sampson is home on Christmas break during her first year in college. She’s had more than the usual trouble adjusting to her new environment away from home, but she’s not about to tell her family, who have had enough to worry about, including plenty they haven’t told her. Worse yet, Kenzie discovers that just because you don’t believe in ghosts doesn’t mean they don’t exist…and she doesn’t know how to deal with them or her own demons as she adjusts to the old house that’s her family’s new home

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My Review

I hardly ever do this…but A SPOILER is included in this review. Well it’s not a spoiler of sorts, but it’s something I was thinking about when reading this book, and I have to include it as it’s my own thoughts on what happened in this book. I’ll tell you when I include it, so if you don’t want to read it, you can just skip it.

Old House is the new book from Jade C. Jamison and because she is so lovely, she has sent me an ARC copy of it, so here is my review!

Jade starts the book with a prologue which instantly grabbed my attention and got my intrigued about what was happening or had happened to the person involved. It’s a bit of a mystery. But you do get to see who the prologue is about and it makes a bit more sense further into the story.

Kenzie is back from college for Christmas and since she’s been away, her family uprooted from Colorado Springs to the mountains an hour away to a house they inherited from her Uncle. Kenzie is confused over why they had to move, but is filled in by her sister the next day. You instantly find out that something bad has happened to Kenzie in her first semester of college, yet you don’t know just what has happened yet. She hasn’t told her parents and before she can tell them, she has to come to terms with it herself. She also needs to tell them she’s not going back to college either.

Your house is one place that is meant to be safe to you, but to Kenzie it isn’t. Her bedroom makes her feel uneasy and now that she’s had a pretty vivid dream about a lost and abused young girl, it makes her room feel even more claustrophobic to her. I really felt for Kenzie. Something bad happened to her at college and coming home was meant to bring her closer to her family again and make her feel safe and protected, but it’s turned her upside down and she’s scared of her room and what might be in it.

She feels that this girl is trying to communicate with her and Kenzie is hell bent on helping her ‘to the other side’ if only to stop the dreams and the uneasiness she feels in her room, and get her room to feel safe to her again. But does she succeed? Does the ‘spirit’ leave her alone?

You finally get to know what happened to Kenzie, and I kind of knew that was what happened. What with the dreams that she was getting. In a way, both the girl and Kenzie, to me, were linked through some sort of memories from their traumas. She also began to have dreams about her uncle and a little girl running away. Pretty weird right? It seemed the room held memories for the girl and Kenzie which has more than likely been locked away until now, until her return.

I loved her relationship with Adam. He seemed like the best friend you could ask for and he, in some ways, believed Kenzie – even witnessing to some extent with the painting, what she was telling him about the house, especially the weird aura in her room. I don’t want to write too much about his time with Kenzie, but you’ll have to read and find out what happens.

SPOILER

Now with her emotional trauma and everything she thinks is happening in her room, I did suspect it could all be in her head and it might be her doing everything, instead of a spirit, which Kenzie is certain is haunting her room. When Adam came to stay, he told her she sleep walks a couple of times before coming straight back to him and back to sleep, so it got my thinking she could have been changing the painting every time she got up, as she seemed pretty freaked out that it kept changing all the time. As I’ve mentioned, she dreams about the girl and her uncle, whom I thought was involved somehow, and I wasn’t wrong at all. You do get to find out what exactly happened to Kenzie and it does make sense in the end about how emotionally damaged – if that’s the right word – she is.

SPOILER OVER

Jade is great with planting little hints in this book. It made me really think about what is happening to Kenzie and makes you think about different scenarios that could be throughout the book. I think I was spot on with figuring out what really went on, albeit, it took a while, but when I really thought about it, I gasped when I was right. It’s all explained at the end for those who didn’t really understand what had happened, which was great as I really did want to know if unraveled the truth behind her trauma and paranoia of the ‘spirit’ in her room.

For one who never reads horrors – as I get spooked pretty easily – I was captivated by this book from the beginning. The more I read, the more the clinks in my brain were trying to figure out everything so I needed to finish it to find out. It really is an awesome book to read. Full of suspense, mystery, a little loving but more importantly self-discovery or a self-realization about Kenzie’s life from when she was a little girl to her life in the present.

Definitely give this book a read, you will not be disappointed!