Monday, June 8, 2015

Sight Words (The Sensations Collection) by LB Dunbar New Release, Giveaway and Review

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Sight Words
(The Sensations Collection) 
by LB Dunbar 

Genre: New Adult Contemporary 
Release Date: June 2, 2015 
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I've been waiting for love. I've watched my closest family find their perfect match, and it's made me realize my current boyfriend is not mine. When a stranger comes to town, I'm intrigued, but not ready to give up my newfound freedom. A whirlwind of events throws us into each other's path where I eventually discover I'm the teacher of his youngest sister. Concerned about her reading, I take on the role to mentor her. Soon, I learn a lesson or two from big brother, Leon Ramirez. In a push and pull, we struggle as we each have demons in our past. A smart girl would never stay in a bad relationship, right? A gang member could never want more from this life. Stereotypes remain false words. As I learn to fight for love, I find that words do matter. Sometimes they can hurt more than sticks and stones.

My head was starting to throb, which made me feel sick to my stomach. I’d forgotten my glasses and the morning was dragging on. It wasn’t even eight a.m. yet. Thoughts of Leon Ramirez had me tied up in knots. I couldn’t think straight and I felt the onset of a major migraine coming. “What’s wrong with you?” Mia whispered next to me at the morning faculty meeting. We were in the library and we sat at the table farthest to the back, as usual. “Nothing.” “Bullshit. How’s the hot daddy-brother turned janitor-basketball coach?” “What?” I choked. My friend made no sense. “Oh, you know what I mean. How’s the Latin Lover?” she rolled the last two words to sound exotic and I choked on a giggle. “Oh. My. God. You’ve lost your mind,” I whispered as I shifted my eyes to see if others were watching us. I reached for the post-it notes in front of me. “By the looks of it, you have. What’s he done to you?” I glanced at Mia to see her squinting at me. “Nothing.” I nervously began to doodle on the bright green pad of paper before me. The principal was droning on about state testing. I couldn’t concentrate. I aimlessly drew an L. “Oh…I get it. That’s the point, isn’t it?” Her face broke into a large grin. “Mia! “No really, what is going on? I think you stay late just to see him, but you said he’s been ignoring you. I don’t know why you’re interested. You said you told him off the other night.” She paused and I continued to creatively draw on E next on the green square. Mia didn’t know what actually happened. How once again I’d hoped he’d kiss me. And once again he didn’t. I was making a fool of myself. I was acting like a middle-schooler with a crush. “He’s too young for you, you say? Hello. Have you seen his body? With a body like that I’d overlook the age difference.” “Mia, please,” I sighed. I didn’t even know why we were having this conversation. “Besides his age, he’s also leaving. He’s practically counting the days until he can go home.” The pen I held had a mind of its own. I gracefully made a circle: an O. “So? That sounds perfect. Look, you don’t need another long-term serious relationship. You need a little fun. Excitement.” She shimmied in her seat when she said the last word and lifted one red eyebrow, then the other, in a dance. I giggled, but it made the slow ache in my head pinch. “Mia,” I groaned softly. “I’m serious. Give in to him. Or go after him. Or whatever you want to call it, with him.” “I’m not going to anything with him. You should have seen Amaryllis that other night. It was like she caught Santa Claus making out with her mom.” I finished my artwork with an N. “Did you kiss him? How could you not tell me?” Mia’s tone was mock horror, but she was also serious. “I bet he was good. Those lips. Mmmm. He was delicious, wasn’t he?” “Mia,” I shushed her. “We almost did. I think. I don’t know. He leaned in, and I…oh never mind. Anyway, Amaryllis interrupted us. Or stopped it… or whatever… Her face was horrified. It would be too weird to date someone related to a student.” My voice was raspy as I tried to keep it low. The thought of Leon’s lips on mine was too much. Mia was right, they did look delicious. I wanted a dangerous taste of him. I had switched to doodling hearts and arrows around the letters I had scrolled on the post-it note before me. “We aren’t talking about dating. We’re talking about…” Mia giggled. “Okay. I get it!” I said too loudly. Mia placed her hand over mine to still the pen. She took it from me and drew arrows to rearrange the letters of L E O N. I looked at her in question. “You don’t see it? And you call yourself a language arts teacher. I’ll use my math handwriting.” She wrote under the name. L O N E, then added an A before it. I took the pen back and scribbled out the A. I traced heavily over the second two lines in the N, forcing it to look like a V. L O V E. I sighed as I realized what I’d done. Yep, definitely a schoolgirl crush. I yanked the paper off the pad and crumpled it into a small ball. Mia laughed softly next to me as the principal called for everyone’s attention to his PowerPoint. I definitely wasn’t going to make it through the day.

Playlist for Sight Words – Tricia Carter and Leon Ramirez
“The One That Got Away” – The Civil Wars
“Not Afraid” – Eminem
“Sail (The Voice Performance)” – Kat Robichaud
“Lose Yourself” – Eminem
“XO” – Beyonce
“Sex On Fire” – Kings of Leon
“The Monster (feat. Rihanna)” – Eminem
“Made to Love” – John Legend
“Reasons to Love You” – Meiko
“Love Is Blind” – Alicia Keys
“Pumped Up Kicks” – Foster the People
“Retrograde” – James Blake
“The Great Escape” – P!NK
“#Beautiful” – Mariah Carey

Two opposite worlds collide in a love affair that could not be.  That is what comes to mind when I think about this book. Deeply moving, full of Elk Rapids' charm and wisdom, this is the last installment in the Sensations Series.

Leon is hiding from the battling Chicago gangs he is involved with while temporarily in charge of his two younger sisters.  His parents have been deported and they can no longer stay safely in Chicago.  Even though Leon and his sisters were born here in the US, the plight of the illegal immigrants and the effort to fit in when your looks and skin color are different is palpable in these pages.  Being "different" does not necessarily mean you are bad.  Stereotypes being used to judge a person is as incorrect and perverse as judging someone by a disability.

Tricia has been waiting to find "the one" who will love her.   Two failed relationships have added to her despair her dream will not come true.  Her last boyfriend was abusive, and although no one suspects why she ended that relationship, they keep running into each other making her life impossible. Trent will not leave her alone to move on with her life.  Loved by all in town, they are judging Trent by his surface charm and not by the reality of his personality and temperament.

When Leon and Tricia meet, sparks do fly but for a different reason.  There is an undercurrent of attraction, but Leon's looks are intimidating for a small town girl.  Again, judging a book by its cover is not going to bring fair results.  It is only after they get to know each other better that Tricia realizes how kind and responsible he is.  His family comes first and foremost.  His dedication to their welfare is admirable.  Beyond that, he is as lonely as she is searching for his place in this world.  Their courtship is sensual and heated.  When they finally succumb to their passion, the pages are on fire.

Our author's writing style is like a siren's song.  Once you hear it, you are under its spell.  You will not be able to put this book down.

L.B. you saved the best for last! 

LB Dunbar_author picL.B. Dunbar loves to read to the point it might be classified as an addiction. The past few years especially she has relished the many fabulous YA authors, the new genre of New Adult, traditional romances, and historical romances. A romantic at heart, she’s been accused of having an overactive imagination, as if that was a bad thing. Author of the Sensations Collection, Sound Advice, Taste Test, Fragrance Free, Touch Screen, and the upcoming Sight Words, she is also author of the Legendary Rock Star series, beginning with The Legend of Arturo King. She grew up in Michigan, but has lived in Chicago for longer, calling it home with her husband and four children.

Other Titles in the Sensations Series:

Sound Advice (Sensations Collection Book 1) 

Taste Test (Sensations Collection Book 2)

Fragrance Free (Sensations Collection Book 3)

Touch Screen (Sensations Collection Book 4)

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