Title: Divine Vices (Divine Vices, #1)
Author: Melissa Parkin
Kindle Edition, 349 Pages
Published November 2013
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Summary: The last thing sixteen-year-old Cassie Foster needs is trouble, but that doesn’t stop him from finding her.
Nine months after the tragic accident that killed her mother and sister, this high school junior just wants a fresh start. Settling down in the quiet town of New Haven, Maine, she’s found peace at last…until the new resident bad boy, Jackson Matthews, comes into the picture. Arrogant, sarcastic, and devastatingly sexy, he’s the very last thing Cassie wants to entertain. Romance was never part of the plan. But when terrifying circumstances drive these two together, she finds herself further in over her head than thought possible. As local girls begin disappearing, Cassie can’t help but wonder if it’s just a coincidence that everything started when this blue-eyed Casanova strolled into town. Will falling into Jackson’s arms mean she’ll be falling victim to a real lady-killer…or worse?
The answer will open the door to a world she never thought possible.
An exclusive excerpt hand-picked by author Melissa Parkin herself:
“Class, please help me in welcoming our newest student to New Haven High, Jackson Matthews,” announced Miss Tipton.
“Hi,” everyone replied in unison as if they were greeting someone at an A.A. meeting.
I covered my mouth to hide the laughter that began rising to the surface.
“As if that salutation wasn’t uncomfortable enough first hour,” the stranger replied with a spark of humor.
The comment was enough to catch my attention, so I surrendered my eyes to the front of the room. There he stood just over six feet tall, lean yet muscular, dressed all in faded shades of black from his t-shirt, fitted jeans, motorcycle boots, and leather jacket. His penetratingly sharp, icy blue serpentine eyes were all the more accentuated by lashes as long and dark as a cow’s. Obnoxiously perfect bed-head black locks of hair lay tousled across his forehead, framing a striking face saved for the glossy pages of magazines.
He was guaranteed to be egotistical and vain, as shallow as a kiddy pool, and right up Stacy’s alley. Staring at someone like him should have come with an indication sign, like “Could Cause Retina Damage!” or “Never Gonna See Any Better This Side Of Your Television Screen!”at least. In other words, I dropped any delusional notion that I had a chance with him the very second I refocused my attention back to my textbook. That was that. Thank God. The last thing I needed in my life was a distraction, especially one of overly perfect, um...proportions.
“You can take a seat in front of Miss Foster, right over there in the front corner,” said Miss Tipton.
Sure enough, ten seconds later, GQ’s missing model came and parked a seat in the chair directly ahead of me, sending an annoyingly enticing coastal fragrance my way. Almost every other guy at school wore the same clichéd deodorant, typical to the commercials where young, statuesque women ripped the clothes off of whomever was wearing it. Instead, Jackson’s skin held that sweet lingering aroma of the shore that I missed so dearly from the long summer days I spent at the beach.
Praise for Divine Vices:
"I loved every single second that I spent reading this book. Right from the start I was hooked to the story and it just kept getting better and better as it went along." - Read Write All the Time Book Blog
"As a YA Paranormal Romance, Parkin gives us a story about angels and demons unlike anything currently on the market." - Romance Bound Reviews
"...the blend of murder-mystery, romance, paranormal, and contemporary were an absolutely exquisite combination! There's so much that is going on and will appeal to a lot of different audiences." - Falling Books Blog
"...thrilling, creepy, witty, and cannot be easily put down." - Little Red's Reviews
"This is fan freaking tastic!!!!" - All Booked Out
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About the Author
Melissa Parkin is a Chicagoland native who feels weird referring to herself in the third person. When she's not binge reading, taking photographs, breaking the first rule of Fight Club, or playing music too loud, she's writing young adult paranormal romances.
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Huge thank you to author Melissa Parkins for allowing us to post this exclusive excerpt of Divine Vices and for just being a totally awesome person in general! :-)