That’s what HE said Thursday + Meet Emmett Brady from Don’t Kiss the Messenger – {Guest Post}

Posted April 6, 2017 in guest post, That's what HE said Thursday / 0 Comments

That’s what HE said Thursday + Meet Emmett Brady from Don’t Kiss the Messenger  –  {Guest Post}Don't Kiss the Messenger (Edgelake High School, #1) by Katie Ray
on April 10th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, High School, Love & Romance, Music, Re-Telling, Sports, Young Adult
Pages: 285
Format: eBook, Paperback
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For most of her teenage life, CeCe Edmonds has been dealing with the stares and the not-so-polite whispers that follow her around Edgelake High. So she has a large scar on her face—Harry Potter had one on his forehead and people still liked him.

CeCe never cared about her looks—until Emmett Brady, transfer student and football darling, becomes her literature critique partner. The only problem? Emmett isblindsided by Bryn DeNeuville, CeCe’s gorgeous and suddenly shy volleyball teammate.

Bryn asks CeCe to help her compose messages that’ll charm Emmett.CeCe isn’t sure there’s anything in his head worth charming but agrees anyway—she’s a sucker for a good romance. Unfortunately, the more messages she sends and the more they run into each other, the more she realizes there’s plenty in his head, from food to literature. Too bad Emmett seems to be falling for the wrong girl…

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book involves one fiercely scarred girl who wants the new guy in town, the new guy who thinks he wants the new girl, and the new girl who really isn’t sure what she wants, and the misunderstanding that brings them all together. This modern Cyrano de Bergerac retelling will make you laugh, swoon, and fall in love.

That’s what HE said Thursday is a weekly (or monthly) meme created and hosted by Chapter Break where you can share a favorite quote(s) from your current or favorite book boyfriend to his heroine.

This week, for my first foray into this weekly meme, I am sharing my favorite line from one of my newest book boyfriends, Emmett Brady! The love interest from Katie Ray’s new YA novel, Don’t Kiss the Messenger that releases this April 10, 2017!

(Thank you to Entangled Teen and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an ARC of this book)

Emmett Brady to CeCe Edmonds

<Emmett’s PoV>

“Stripper Mix?” I clicked on it with interest and read the titles out loud: “‘Doves Cry.’ ‘Amber.’ ‘Fever for the Flava’—” I started to laugh, and she grabbed her cell out of my hand. I pulled the earphones out before they were yanked away.

“It was a joke for a volleyball practice,” she said.

“Sure,” I said.

“Every girl has a stripper mix. Even the wholesome ones,” she defended herself.

“You don’t know how happy I am to hear that.”

I love the chemistry between Emmett and CeCe! Now to sweeten this post of That’s what HE said Thursday, I have a special treat for you, my friends… a special guest post from author Katie Ray, as she gives us the 411 on her character Emmett Brady! Enjoy!



“I find a warrior a hell of a lot sexier than a princess.” ~Emmett Brady


Meet Emmett Brady, the love interest in Don’t Kiss the Messenger. Emmett is senior year transfer at Edgelake High School, in Madison, WI. Here are some other things to know:

His celebrity look-alike: Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots (

Hometown: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Sport: Football, position, Quarterback

Favorite movie: The Jerk

Favorite book: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Other interests: Music, food, and books

Three words that describe Emmett: old-fashioned, old-school, and intense

His first impression of CeCe:   “I didn’t even know this girl, but one thing was certain—she was a force you didn’t want to mess with. I started to smile because her badass scar completely fit.”

Teaser from Emmett’s POV:

I think you’re afraid to take a risk. You’re brave, but only when you’re in control. Like on the volleyball court. But taking a physical risk in one thing. You might get a broken bone or a bruise, but you’ll get over it. That doesn’t make you fearless. It’s taking risks with your emotions, with your heart involved—that’s what makes you brave.

Ready to spend some quality time with Emmett? Check out Don’t Kiss the Messenger, coming out April 10th!

About Katie Ray

Katie writes teen and new adult fiction novels. Her latest book, Don't Kiss the Messenger, is published under her new pen name, Katie Ray. She also has six books published under her legal name, Katie Kacvinsky (First Comes Love, Second Chance, Finally Forever, Awaken, Middle Ground, and Still Point).

Her books have been nominated for YALSA awards, and First Comes Love was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. She lives in beautiful Ashland, Wisconsin, on the shores of Lake Superior, with her husband, two kids, and a very high-energy dog.

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