Wednesday 29 August 2012

Jennifer L. Armentrout Summer Blog Tour: Cursed Excerpt

I'm so, so excited to be taking part in the Summer blog tour for Jennifer L. Armentrout who is without a doubt, one of my favourite authors. I'm proud to say that I've read every single one of her published books so far and I can't get enough of her writing! If she writes it, I'll read it.  As part of the tour, I'm focusing on Jennifer's newest book which is Cursed - her first hardback!!!! 

Dying sucks--and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand. After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows.

Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things--including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he’s a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she’s more than interested. There’s just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden's adopted father, a man she's sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out. However, she’s willing to do anything to hold her sister's hand again. And hell, she'd also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn't?

But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not have been an accident at all, she’s not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life. For real this time.

What's interesting about Cursed is that if you've read Obsidian, the main protagonist Katy (who just so happens to be a book blogger) talks about a book where the MC has a touch that kills.  Who knows, perhaps she was talking about Cursed ;) Anyway, I'd really like to give you a sneak peek so here is a very short scene from the book:

    The look of jealousy slipped away, replaced by something equally frustrating. His hands slid up to my shoulders, sending tiny shivers down my body. He backed me up until my legs hit my desk. “Can I?”
“Sure.” I had no idea what I was agreeing to.
    Hayden lifted me and sat me on the desk. His hands lingered on my hips, his touch burning through the thin cloth. A smoky scent, like a candle blown out, wafted through my room, but there was no source.
    “What are you doing?” I asked, my breath hitching.
    “I don’t know.”
    “Hayden?” I whispered.
    “Yes?” He shifted closer, his warm breath brushing the skin of my neck like the night in the cabin. This was our form of kissing—our soft, feathery-light kisses that never made contact. My hand rose reflexively, wanting to touch him. I stopped myself a mere inch from his cheek.  Helplessly, my fingers curled around thin air.
“It’s okay.” His hands were on the move again, sliding upward.
    When they circled my waist, all rational thought went out the window. His breath trailed across my throat, around my chin and stopping over my cheek. His fingers curved along my back as his soft breath hovered over my lips. “Do you know what you do to me?”
    I think I shook my head, but I wasn’t sure. All I could concentrate on was how exquisite, how right, how wonderful being this close to him felt.
    His breath still lingered over my lips, and one of his hands drifted upwards, stopping at the collar of my shirt.
    And then he touched me.
    My eyes fell shut and a tiny sigh escaped me. Hayden moved the tips of his fingers across my neck, over my chin. They jerked more than once, but he continued until his entire hand pressed against my cheek.
    “Tell me to stop,” he pleaded hoarsely.
    Any resolve I had shattered. I touched his face, cupped his cheek. His skin felt just like I’d imagined. No. Better than I’d ever thought. His skin was hot, smooth, and inviting. Maybe even as hot as I felt and I was tingling all over.
Hayden let out a ragged sound.

Well *fans self* I'm going to have to read this ASAP and I might just have to picture Hayden Christensen whilst I'm doing it.  Thank you to Jennifer for providing me with the short scene and also to Kayleigh from K-Books for organising the tour.  Cursed is published on 18th September, 2012. 


  1. Oh YAY!! Cant wait for another Jennifer Armentrout book!!!
    i love all of her books!! :)