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There’s Something About Nik

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Nik Gustafsson has a secret: He’s not really Nik Gustafsson.

He’s not a spy. He’s not crazy.

He’s just the son and heir to one of the most important families in Europe—one where duty always comes first. And his posh, too-public life is suffocating him. So when he gets the chance to attend boarding school in America, pretending to be an average exchange student is too big of a temptation to pass up.

Then he literally runs into Amber on campus. And she hates him at first sight.

It’s kind of exhilarating to be hated for who he is, not for his family name or his wealth. Maybe if he turns up the charm and turns down the aloof mask he habitually wears, he can win her over. Even though a bad past experience has made her swear off dating this year.

But the more he gets to know her, the more uncomfortable he is keeping things from her. Because Nik Gustafsson has a secret. And it’s a big one.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a hot boy who’s the strong and silent type, a studious girl who refuses to believe in fairy-tale romance, and one epic secret that could be disastrous if it comes to light.

Reviews

I always love Sara Hantz books and this is no exception!–Amanda Ashby, author of Fairy Bad Day

“A lot of young adult romances have featured an undercover princess, but this turns that story on its head. Very cute read! Lots of fun!–Diana Rodriguez Wallach, author of Proof of Lies

“I really enjoy secret identity books. Throw in some high school angst, and what’s not to love?–Emily May, author of The Earl’s Dilemma

This book was so stinking cute! I love the royalty falling for a commoner trope. It’s so unrealistic that when it does happen in real life, I can’t help but swoon.” –Moriah, A Leisure Moment

“Overall, this was a very entertaining and fast read. If you’re in the mood for a very cute (royalty) romance, pick this one up.–Cristina, My Tiny Obsessions

The chemistry of the two is so cute! Most of all because Nik and his sincereness about wanting to blend in and be normal, it is so cute!. Maybe because I can quite relate to him about some of his questions when he first settled in America (e.g. Why do American people only use fork when eating? lol but I’m get used to it now so).” –Throne of Readers

“This was a super cute and super adorable, quick read about a fantasy I’m sure many girls / women have had all their lives, after all, who doesn’t want a prince charming? Sara Hantz did a wonderful job transporting us to this private school where it seems even royalty attends.–Catherine De Los Santos, Addicted to Books

“This is a cute story that does everything you expect from the blurb.” –Bobbie Killip, Escape Into Words

The story is sweet and romantic and one of the reasons that I recommend these books to my students is the appropriate amount of romance.The lack of ridiculous sexual content is perfect for a younger student to read and as a mom, I would let my daughter read this book! Cute and fun!” –Sarah Bittel, Educator at Canisteo-Greenwood CSD

“Sparks fly between Nik and Amber, and once they get over their judgy hang-ups, the chemistry between the two of them is really quite sweet. They develop this wonderful friendship, and when it slides into something more, it happens so naturally, it doesn’t feel forced.” –Eva Scalzo, Definitely, Possibly, Maybe

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In the Blood

For seventeen years, Jed Franklin’s life was normal. Then his father was charged with the abuse and murder of four young boys and normal became a nightmare. In a life that’s spiraled out of control, Jed must decide if he chooses his own destiny with Summer by his side or if the violent urges that plagued his father are truly in the blood…

Reviews:

“A dark and deliciously tense story that will make you wonder how alike our parents we can be.” Kelley York, author of Modern Monsters and Hushed.

Sara Hantz doesn’t pull any punches shaping this story of one of the toughest, most complicated family situations a teen could face. Jed’s emotions are raw and real. I ached and raged with him.”  Stephanie Kuehnert, author of I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone.

“In The Blood is a gut-wrenching look inside the mind of a young man living a nightmare. A ripped-from-the headlines story that illustrates the power of unconditional love.” B. A. Binns,author of PULL and Being God.

This book grabs you from page one and draws you into the emotions of a teenage boy who is forced to facea overwhelming reality. This book is definitely not light reading, but I found it a very compelling work.” Rosemary

“I would recommend this book to everyone who is done with ordinary books and seek a little more darker stories” Kaja.

“It flows easily of the pages and it catches you from the first chapter. The chapters are short so it’s easy to read it but I read it in two sittings and loved the story. It’s a dark subject but it’s very well written and it has great characters. It’s my first story by Sara Hantz but I’ll be happy to pick up another book by her.” Eliza120
 
“In the Blood is a serious and heart-breaking observation of a young boy who is forced to re-examine his whole life and attitude.” KirstyV
 
Gripping and fast-paced,Sara Hantz didn’t mess around with niceties as she gave life to Jed Franklin’s story. She did a stellar job getting into this troubled teen’s mind and heart;so much so, it felt eerily real, rather than fiction.” Wendy

“This is a true contemporary work — it is thought provoking, emotionally draining, and a well applauded look into a prevalent,but not well-discovered part of our society.” Jess @ Such A Novel Idea
  
“In the Blood is a deep story that will tug at your heart strings in the most painful way. It will make you cringe and maybe even skip over a few parts, because let’s face it a few parts are a little too real. But In the Blood gives you a great look at what life may be like for the other victims, those left to pick up the pieces, those that were part of the beautifully crafted facade. In the Blood is a great story of not giving up, that no matter what life throws at you you need to pick yourself up and move along. Jed reminds us that we all have a choice.Consuming Worlds

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Falling for the Wrong Guy

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She had no right to want him. And no way to resist…

Ruby Davis has a crush on her brother’s best friend. At least, he was his bestie until the big betrayal. Now Drew is off limits to everyone, especially Ruby. She can’t stand the way people treat him, or the way he feels about himself. It isn’t right. And those deep green eyes are calling to her.

Drew is scarred and damaged, and he has no business even looking at Ruby. But he can’t help himself. She’s beautiful, but he does his best to stay away. When they are assigned a school project, they become reluctant friends – even though they want so much more.

She’s torn between her feelings for Drew and loyalty to her brother. There’s no way they can ever be together…but love just might find a way.

Reviews

“This was an amazing book!!! It had me guessing the while time!!!” Alethia Posey

“I really enjoyed reading Sara Hantz’s Falling for the Wrong Guy. It was a cute romance between a girl and her brother’s best friend that made my heart happy. If you’re in the market for a fun contemporary romance with a little more depth, this is the book for you.”  Emilie 

“Such a great story about healing wounds and forgetting the past. Something I relate to, yet again. There were parts that just wrenched my heart from my chest, and I felt like crying.Only the best books can do that to me, and this book is that great. Also, is the cover not the cutest?!”  Hadassah H

“I can appreciate the underlying message of forgiveness and acceptance and how important it is to moving on from tragedy and that alone makes this book worth reading.” Jaime Collins 

“The two teens were on the outs over a serious matter, and while it was easy to see why their friendship had been destroyed, it was still sad. Hantz does a brilliant job of developing these characters so that they read like real people.” Amazon Customer

“This story will open your eyes and make you realize that sometimes you need to give others a chance!Thanks for a great story Sara Hantz. I look forward to more from you!” Melanie Hutchinson

“It’s an absolutely beautiful coming of age story with a heartwarming romance. I sincerely recommend this book for anybody looking for a relatively quick but moving story with a beautiful romance that will move you. If it doesn’t move you, then your heart is made of icy stone.Painted Words Reviews

“Okay, I have say this book is was up my alley. I love reading a good YA book.
The intense romance in this book was great, and it had its sad parts. I love how love healed Drew to some degree. He wasn’t perfect physically and emotionally but yet I loved him.”  Priscilla Garcia 

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TEMPTED BY MR. WRITE

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She thought she knew everything about romance. She was wrong.

After losing out on a plum assignment, a romance book conference is the last place journalist Sheridan Farlow wants to be. Love is a myth-like flattering changing room mirrors-and she has the past relationships to prove it. Her editor wants a story? Fine. She’ll write an entire exposé…only it doesn’t go quite according plan.

Bernard “Mac” Mackenzie is something of an anomaly in the romance-writing world-a man who writes romance and believes in it. And until he met Sheridan, Mac’s never felt anything close to the love he writes about. He needs more of her. In his arms, and in his bed.

Their attraction is explosive; even as Sheridan’s cynical side battles her growing feelings for Mac. But can she handle writing a biting exposé with an exposed heart on the line?

Reviews:

“Tempted by Mr.Write is a pick me up and not set me down read. Once started it is difficult towalk away from. The characters are magnetic, the story concept is cute and thewriting is well done. Isha Coleman

“I was given this ARC for an honest review and absolutely loved it!…. Ihave never read anything by this author but was totally hooked. …. I lookforward to more of Ms. Hantz work in the future.”   KimMote

“Sara Hantz doessuch a good job of making this a great story in the amount of time she had tomake this a novella. Thanks for a great read!!” Melanie

“Although it was ashort novella, it packed quite a punch, full of flirtation, hot loving,friendship, a little drama angst.”  Lori

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Capturing the Bodyguard’s Heart

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When Lexi Turner attempts to board a luxurious yacht on her quest to recover a family heirloom, she didn’t envisage being thwarted in her attempt by Spencer Marsh, the hot bodyguard, who’d been staking out the billionaire owner. Sucked into a dirty underground world, their love is put to the ultimate test.

Reviews:

“If seeing love overcoming all odds something you read than this will fulfill it to the fullest. A nice and surprising touch at the end also when you see where subject of them all finally comes to rest at” Amazon reviewer

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Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up?Abi Saunders

Abi Saunders might be a kickboxing champion, but when it comes to being the center of attention, she’d rather take a roundhouse kick to the solar plexus any day. So when her trainer convinces her to audition to be the stunt double for hot teen starlet Tilly Watson, Abi is shocked–and a little freaked out–when she gets the job. But when the cameras are turned off, will she discover running with the Hollywood A-list isn’t quite the glamorous existence she thought it was?

Reviews:

“Abi Saunders is a kickass heroine with a story full of action and heart.” –Melissa Walker author of Ashes to Ashes and Small Town Sinners.

“Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up delivers the good stuff – kickboxing stunt double, Hollywood A-listers, mistaken identity, romance. This one is a contender!” –Linda Gerber, author of the Lights, Camera, Cassidy series.

“Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up packs a delicious punch of realism and Hollywood magic in one hit.” –Allison Rushby, author of Being Hartley, the Living Blond Trilogy and Shooting Stars.

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Sally's Kindle Cover - hi_resThe Second Virginity of Suzy Green

Suzy Green used to be one of the coolest nonconformist “almost-Goth” party girls in school. That was before her older sister Rosie died and her family moved state. The new Suzy Green makes straight A’s, hangs with the in-crowd at her new school, and dates the hottest guy around. And since all her new friends belong to a virginity club, she joins, too. So what if she’s not technically qualified? Nobody in town knows…until Ryan, Suzy’s ex, turns up. As the past and present collide, Suzy struggles to find her own place in a world without her sister.

Reviews:

“The topics addressed here – sexuality, friendship, family relationsships – all add depth to the plot and should provide much fodder for discussion.” Kliatt

“The Second Virginity of Suzy Green is a perfect example of why teens shouldn’t try and be someone they’re not! Suzy learns the hard way that it’s best to be true to yourself.” Simone Elkeles, New York Times Bestselling author

“With THE SECOND VIRGINITY OF SUZY GREEN, author Sara Hantz has written a moving novel about a girl trying to make over her soul without losing herself in the process.” TeensReadToo

“THE SECOND VIRGINITY OF SUZY GREEN is a funny, engaging, and touching story that readers will surely love. Sara Hantz is great at creating realistic, memorable characters, Suzy of course being the best of them. This novel is a first-person narrative told in Suzy’s great voice, very well done. This is Sara Hantz’s debut novel, and I look forward to reading her future work!” Teen Book Review 4 1/2 stars

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NOVELLAS

Dangerous Boys

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DANGEROUS BOYS, Volume 1: Five complete novellas by Downunder Young Adult Authors

WRITTEN IN THE STARS by Sara Hantz: If Megan messes up one more time her parents will pull her out of boarding school and she’ll never see Dan—the guy she’s been crushing on since forever—again. So when she accidentally crashes a friend’s car, she needs to pay for the repairs… somehow. Desperate, she decides to use her way of knowing stuff to sell psychic dating advice. How hard can it be? Plenty hard. Especially when Megan’s forced to tell the meanest girl in school that Dan is going to ask her out. Only trouble is, Dan can’t stand the girl, leaving Megan begging him for a favor. Megan is in big trouble. She risks losing all the money she’s made and losing the one boy who does dangerous things to her heart.

TANGENT (a Liminals prequel) by Maree Anderson: For two years, lone wolf Rixon has protected Lily… and lied about his true feelings. Best to treat her like a younger sibling, because how could she possibly love a hulking great lummox like him? Then Lily is snatched, and Rix discovers she’s being used in covert experiments. He moves heaven and earth to find her, but Lily is merely bait for the real target: Rix. To keep Lily alive, Rix must use a dangerous liminal ability he’s kept secret his whole life… and risk becoming the one thing he vowed he would never be again: a killer.

LIVE FAST, DIE YOUNG by Vanessa Barneveld: Molly can’t stand seeing her pal Alex go from straight-A student to rebel without a cause. Alex needs to get back on the path to the Ivy League, and Micromanaging Molly figures serious interference is called for. But the harder Molly pushes Alex, the harder he pushes back.
Alex has two secrets. Number one: He has terminal melanoma. With six months to live, hanging around hospitals definitely counts as wasted time. Alex plans to drop out, surf, drive fast cars…and finally confess secret number two. He’s in love with Molly. Can he tell her before his time is up?

RAISING HELL by Robyn Grady: Insanity runs in the family. Then again, so does warlock blood.
Four years ago, when Brinley Stone’s mom committed suicide, Brin went to live with her aunt in Boston. Now she’s back in her hometown, finishing her all important senior year at Hellaway High. Brin is ready to confront the ghosts from her past. Discovering an overly-protective half human, half demon in the attic is something else again. But the warlock Ruarc Bae is so much more than ‘melt into a puddle’ gorgeous. Bae has an unpleasant job to do. It starts with casting light on the murky secrets that drove Brin’s mother mad.

DANGEROUS HONESTY by Ebony McKenna: High school junior Bianca is faking the best possible life in Florida, as long she remembers all the lies she’s told. But when she teams up with seriously cute über geek Malcolm–because physics homework isn’t going to write itself–her carefully crafted stories start wobbling like spinning plates on bamboo poles. Bianca is torn between protecting those she loves and unburdening her reality to someone she can trust. Honesty is the best policy, but the truth will put everyone she loves at risk.

Reviews

A great collection of swoony YA reads. Who doesn’t love a dangerous boy? Romance-ish Reader

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Running Out Of Time – A Murder in Mind Novella

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All Nicole Drummond wants is to leave her abusive drug-running step father, and take her mom with. Like that’ll happen anytime soon. He totally controls their lives.
But when Nicole’s step father threatens to stop paying for her mom’s life-saving meds if Nicole doesn’t run drugs for him, she knows time has run out. And her options are few.

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