Monday, October 19, 2015

~*★Release Day Launch with Review★*~ The Secret Crush by Sarah M. Ross

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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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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.   

Praise for The Secret Crush: “It’s like Clue but with love.” –I’m A Book Shark 


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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.

Title: The Secret Crush
Author: Sarah M. Ross
Release Date: October 19, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Rating: ★★★★
Reviewer: Melyssa
How to review a book when the big reveal is a pretty well-kept secret?

Well, I guess I’m about to find out since even though I’ve reviewed tons of books, I’ve never had to deliberately hide an identity before lol.

I loved this. It was short and sweet, cute as hell and straight to the point. It was the perfect My Secret Admirer type romance that you hear a lot about in high school but flipped and brought into the college environment.

It’s a guy who has crushed and over time fallen in love with his friend. A girl he’s known since freshman year and that no matter where they seem to go in the road of their lives, he can’t let go of.

Hadley’s crush was a sweetheart, honestly. Considering the view of her ex that you get in this, I’m pretty sure anything would have been an improvement, but he really was sweet. The way he interacted with his mom had me aweing and then the stunts he would do or things he would put together all while she was blissfully unaware it was him, it was just perfect.

Hadley and her friend trying to figure out who it was, with her already having a silent wish of who it might be, was great, though the little plan they put together didn’t quite work out the way they’d hoped in terms of getting the reveal they were after.

My only complaint about this is that it wasn’t longer. This is definitely an idea that I think would be wonderful expanded on, but that’s just because I loved this thing to pieces and wanted more. Not because the shortness didn’t work for me.

The pacing was well done, the idea was great and I loved the way it all came together in the end. I’m hoping I get to see more from these characters in the future, but even if I don’t, this being a new author to me, I sure hope I see more from her.

If what she writes next or what she’s written before reads anything like this did, she’s definitely going to have another fan for life.

My thanks to the author and all others involved in letting me read this before its release. It was a real treat.
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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.  

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