#ReleaseBlitz: Caged by @faberelise ~ #5stars

Caged by Elise Faber is now live!

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Shy.
God, she was so painfully, awkwardly shy.

Blurting out the wrong thing at the wrong time? Check.
Puking in front of the class when she’d needed to give a speech? Double check.
Critically, embarrassingly unable to summon any semblance of a rational thought when in the presence of an attractive man? Triple check.

And she was surrounded by gorgeous, sexy men on a daily basis.

As video coach for the San Francisco Gold hockey franchise, Dani spent her days wrapped in a technological bubble. She studied tape, prepared clips for the players, and generally avoided other people.

Until Ethan.

She’d thought he was going to ask her to fix his computer.

Instead, he’d asked her out.

On a date. A date! That didn’t compute. It couldn’t be right. No one asked her out—

Ethan had.

And suddenly, Dani thought it might be possible to leave her shy, awkward days behind her.

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Caged is another one of Elise Faber’s must reads.

“I like you, Ethan Korhonen.”
“Well, right back at you, Dani Eastbrooke.”

Dani & Ethan have been attracted to each other for almost two years. Dani has held back because of her insecurities. Ethan, on the other hand, has been quietly working on a strategy to coolly and smartly ask her out so she doesn’t outright reject him before he can prove that they belong together. But both have some soul searching to do before they can give each other the best versions of themselves.

This romance stirred me up in all the best ways. This series has characters that you can’t help but love, and Dani & Ethan are no different. Their story drew me in and wrapped me up in it so quickly that I couldn’t put my phone down until I was done. I loved it so much.

“How did I look at you?”
“Like you saw me.”

I loved the epilogues and am super excited for book 12.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author, Elise Faber, loves chocolate, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and hockey (the order depending on the day and how well her team—the Sharks!—are playing). She and her husband also play as much hockey as they can squeeze into their schedules, so much so that their typical date night is spent on the ice. Elise changes her hair color more often than some people change their socks, loves sparkly things, and is the mom to two exuberant boys.

She lives in Northern California. Connect with her in her Facebook group, the Fabinators or email her at elisefaberauthor@gmail.com.
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#ReleaseBlitz: Replay by @amydawsauthor ~ #5stars

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Football club lawyer, Santino Rossi is known in the locker room as the two-month chump. For years he’s been on a mission to find someone he can share his basil plant with and cure him of his former playboy ways. So when he ends up stuck in an elevator with the one that got away, he thinks a replay is a great game plan.
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Title: REPLAY
Author: Amy Daws
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: April 8, 2021
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Anyone can fall for their brother’s best friend…Tilly Logan fell for her brother’s enemy.

Football club lawyer, Santino Rossi is known in the locker room as the two-month chump. For years he’s been on a mission to find someone he can share his basil plant with and cure him of his former playboy ways.

Tilly Logan is a fiery, Scottish lass who didn’t bat an eye five years ago when a smoldering Italian pulled her into a nightclub bathroom. He was dark, dangerous, and exactly the good time Tilly was looking for—even if he worked for her over-protective brother’s team.

But a lot has changed and when Tilly returns to London five years later only to find herself trapped in an elevator with the smoldering Italian, it isn’t a happy reunion. Especially because her brother blames Santino for her high tailing it back to Scotland in the first place.

Tilly doesn’t want a replay of past mistakes and reconnecting with Santino is playing with fire.

But if they keep their relationship a secret, it could be worth the burn.

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This is a beautiful story of how life and pain can change a person, and how healing love can be.

Five years after a casual relationship between Tilly Morgan and himself went up in flames, Santino Rossi is stunned and delighted to see her again. Would a second chance see them becoming more than what they were, or is this a rerun of a show that no one needs to see anymore?

Tilly is finally in a good place, and she’s not sure that a blast – albeit a very sexy one – from her past is a step in the right direction. Yet, she realises that they both feel the attraction that brought them together 5 years ago. Keeping it casual is a breeze until love begins to dismantle the walls they have built sky high around them.

I enjoyed this read. It’s full of love, laughter (Chapter 27 had me howling!), steam, second chances and family, mixed with a few tears. It deals with some heavy topics, but I dare you to read it and not find it delightful. You’ll love sassy, fiery Tilly, and swoon over Santino.

I am already looking forward to more from this family/series.

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“Sei bellissima stasera,” I growl, sliding my hands into her loose, straight locks as I press my lips to hers for a quick kiss. I drag the backs of my fingers down her pale cheek and add, “Beautiful.”

She grips my arms, her eyes wide and challenging. “How did I never know you spoke Italian?”

“I’m a man of mystery.” I dip my nose to the area below her ear, inhaling her intoxicating scent of honey and citrus. After spending the night making out with her a few days ago, I haven’t been able to stop craving her scent. She arches into my touch, and the motion causes my cock to stir inside my jeans. Pulling back, I stare at her lips. “And no one said I spoke good Italian. I might have just told you that you look like a beetroot.”

Her hands slide up the short sleeves of my shirt, her fingers biting into my biceps. “I love beetroots.”

“Nobody loves beetroots.” I laugh and tilt my head with a smug look. “Hai delle labbra così deliziose…Vorrei tanto baciarti.”

Her jaw drops. “What did you just say?”

Smiling, I lean in and whisper against her lips, “I said your lips are so delicious…I would really like to kiss you.”

Without pause, I fuse our mouths together and tease my tongue along her lush lips. She tastes minty, and that, coupled with her honey scent, has me deepening the kiss even further. Her hands move from my arms to my waist as she fists my T-shirt. When I thrust my tongue deep into her mouth, she inhales sharply, and her faint moan vibrates against my lips. Moving my hands down to her arse, I pull her into me so she can feel the effect she’s having on me.

“Okay, Sonny Corleone, no need to get cheeky.” She breaks our kiss, her face adorably flushed as she glances around nervously and finger combs her mussed locks. “We’re in public, after all.”

I shove my hands into my pockets. “It’s been a long time.”

“It’s been a few days.”

“Give or take five years.” I wink playfully, causing her to roll her eyes.

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Amy Daws is an Amazon Top 13 bestselling author of sexy, contemporary romance novels. She enjoys writing love stories that take place in America, as well as across the pond in England. When Amy is not writing in a tire shop waiting room, she’s watching Gilmore Girls, or singing karaoke in the living room with her daughter while Daddy smiles awkwardly from a distance. For more of Amy’s work, visit: http://www.amydawsauthor.com

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#Release Blitz & #BlogTour w/ #Excerpt: The Mix-Up by @melanie_munton ~ #5stars

Title: The Mix-Up (Southern Hearts Club, Book 3)
Author: Melanie Munton
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: April 6, 2021
Cover Designer: L.J. Anderson at Mayhem Cover Creations
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

She thought she accidentally slept with her boss…
Then she met his twin brother.

Real talk: I slept with my boss. Back before he even was my boss. Back when I had no clue who he was.
Real talk: My boss is an arrogant jerk. I hate him. If we didn’t work so well together, I would have told him exactly where he could shove his pompous attitude a long time ago.
Turns out…my boss has a twin. Identical twin.
Now I know why he’s always acted like our one night together never happened. Why he acted like he’d never met me before when I started working for him.
It wasn’t him that night. It was his brother.
A brother who’s just as gorgeous as my boss and a hell of a lot nicer.
Real talk: I’m kind of…bothered that it wasn’t my boss that night.
But that’s before certain revelations about that night come to light.

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Review

This book is full of fire & sass with heavy helpings of steam – and I loved it! Full of witty banter and innuendo-laden verbal volleys, this book sucked me in from page 1 and didn’t want to let me go.

“Thou shalt not dwelleth on the nighteth thou debased thyself with thy boss.”

Gretchen has always played it safe in matters of the heart. Her story was one I looked forward to because, although she’s happy about the lives her friends lead, she’s been closed off from situations and emotions that make her feel too deeply. She’s seen love around – most of her girlfriends are all cozied up with their own sweethearts – but she doesn’t believe it could happen for her. After all, the man she could have sworn she had a connection with, and who gave her the best night of her life doesn’t remember her, and in another cruel turn of events, he’s her boss. When some more details emerge about that fateful night, things around the office get very heated. Gretchen is catapulted out of her comfort zone, and straight into a scenario she never experienced before, but one that might just change her perspective on everything.

I absolutely loved Gretchen & Ryder’s frenemy vibe. It worked in a way I didn’t think it would, and created an eagerness in me to see how, when and where they’d take the next step in their relationship. Ryder did well, learning and strategizing his way into Gretchen’s heart. Every time he bared a little piece of his soul to her and she’d clam up, I wanted to shake her so bad!

“Somehow, I’m going to find a way to make you mine…”

I loved this book, and can’t recommend it enough. I loved Myles’ contribution in ensuring that Ryder and Gretchen got together then stayed together. Gretchen’s other support system – Quinn, Harper & Sloane – are the type of girlfriends a girl wishes to have. They were there for her, but also called her out when she was being bullheaded. The epilogue is… just wonderful!

I cannot wait for book 4. This series is amazing. Grab it as soon as you can!

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

“Why did you keep working here?”
My head snaps up, my confused gaze colliding with Ryder’s. “What?”
His expression is inscrutable, but it’s…intense. Whatever is going on behind his blue eyes must be a doozy. “If you thought you had slept with your boss, why didn’t you just quit?”
“You really want to talk about this now?” While sober?
I do confrontation best with some liquid courage.
He says nothing. Just watches me and waits.
I toss my pen onto the table. “Because if you didn’t remember it happening, then I could pretend like it never did, too. Clean slate.”
When his tongue slowly drags over his lower lip, I can’t tell if he likes that answer or not.
I roll my eyes with a huff. “Plus, not to add to your already inflated ego, this is the best market and ad firm in the area, despite your abhorrent people skills. It was a dream job for me.”
He taps his finger against the gleaming wood of the table. Tap, tap, tap. “You made it clear right from the start that you weren’t my biggest fan. Can I now assume that was because you were angry that I, from your perspective, didn’t remember us having sex?”
I have no answer.
What the hell am I supposed to say to that? I’m afraid the truth will make me sound like a naïve girl who became obsessed with a guy after only one night.
FYI, I didn’t.
Tap, tap, tap of his finger. “But being angry implies that you wanted me to remember.” A muscle pops in his jaw. “It was that good for you?”‘Kay, now I’m rattled.
Because now I know that I never slept with Ryder Colson. My long-time annoyance with him is unfounded, yet it feels as strong as ever and I don’t know what to do about it.
“We’re not talking about this,” I state firmly.
“Why not?”
Seriously? “Because now I know it wasn’t you. Which means that none of this is your business. We”—I gesture between us—“never slept together.”
Your brother and I did was the unspoken part of that sentence.
He hears it. And his nostrils flare.
“You’re right,” he admits gruffly. “It wasn’t me. Because if it had been me, I wouldn’t have forgotten a single detail. Like Myles obviously did.”
My face goes slack.
Did he just—? Did I hear him say—?
Ryder just took us into another realm. Another dimension. For the first time ever, he turned a sexual corner with me. One I thought we both silently agreed to never even approach, let alone maneuver around.
But he went there. He put it out there.
“Are you saying I’m not worth remembering?”
His face darkens, hardens. “Fuck, no. I’m saying anyone who doesn’t remember a night with you didn’t deserve to have you in the first place.”I just stare…
…mouth agape…
…and stare some more…
…and drool a little…
I shake my head. Like a dog. What the frig is happening right now?
Is Ryder saying that he wants a night with me? Or is this just some male chauvinist thing where he has to assert himself as the most virile man in the village because he senses another encroaching on his territory?
He does realize I’m not his territory, though, right?
I’m not his anything. Except employee.
“I’d say it’s for me to decide whether or not someone deserves me,” I eventually say, my voice oddly hoarse.
Tap, tap, tap. “You never answered my question.”
I know which one he’s talking about, but I still ask. “What question?”
Tap, tap, tap. “Was it good for you?”
I cross my arms over my chest, assessing him. Okay, fine. He wants to go there? Let’s do this. “We’re talking about your brother here. You really want to know?”
Tap…tap…tap. “He may not remember it, but you clearly do. It couldn’t have been the worst you’ve ever had.”
“What if I said it was the best?”
His face reflects a range of emotions in a matter of seconds that confuses the crap out of me. At first, his eyes crinkle in the corners, as if he’s pleased. Then they narrow to slits as banked fury emanates from them.
“Then I’d say that’s because I haven’t had you.”
My jaw unhinges like a snake’s.
He slowly nods, his eyes burning holes through me. “Yeah, duchess. I said that.”

Melanie grew up in a small town in rural Missouri. After marrying her husband, she decided she wanted to try coastal life because why not? A few months later, they moved to North Carolina where she discovered her passion for writing, and they never looked back. They are now enjoying life with their beautiful daughter in Savannah, GA and loving every minute with their little Georgia peach.

Melanie’s other passion is traveling and seeing the world. With anthropology degrees under their belts, she and her husband have made it their goal in life to see as many archaeological sites around the world as possible.

She has a horrible food addiction to pasta and candy (not together…ew). And she gets sad when her wine rack is empty.

At the end of the day, she is a true romantic at heart. She loves writing the cheesy and corny of romantic comedies, and the sassy and sexy of suspense. She aims to make her readers swoon, laugh out loud, maybe sweat a little, and above all, fall in love.

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#ReleaseBlitz: Magnetic Medic by @AlexaPadgett ~ #5stars

Title: Magnetic Medic
A Cocky Hero Club Novel
Author: Alexa Padgett
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 4, 2021
Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are excited to bring you the Cocky Hero Club: original works from various authors inspired by Keeland and Ward’s New York Times bestselling Cocky Bastard series.
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A sexy, new brother’s best friend romance from USA Today bestselling author Alexa Padgett.
He’s my brother’s childhood friend. I’m pregnant with another man’s baby. What a time to fall in love…
Coming home seemed like a good idea at the time. My ex-fiancé split, I was almost done with my master’s degree, and I was already working at the family architecture firm. When I move in next door to pediatrician Ryder Mackay, I’m not expecting the connection—or the passion in his eyes that I feel deep in my soul. He’s the best doctor for my baby, but he’s not the guy I need.
Still, the way Ryder looks snuggling my puppy—and my infant daughter—to his rock-hard chest makes me wish this sexy, smart, compassionate man was mine.
Maybe, it’s pregnancy hormones. Or…maybe this magnetic pull is forever.
Magnetic Medic is a brother’s best friend romance inspired by British Bedmate.
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REVIEW
This story will simply melt your heart!

Aidy is struggling to prove to everyone & herself else that she’s past her wild streak – a task that is herculean, given that she feels like a failure having had to return home and work for the family firm after her fiancé runs out on her. Then, her attraction to the emotionally-unavailable paediatrician next door seems to make a mockery of the new Aidy; the one that is determined to make responsible, mature decisions for her future and that of her daughter’s.

Ryder feels the draw to Aidy and her unborn child, but his past keeps cutting into his self esteem. Inside, he’s afraid that the new happiness he’s found with Aidy would disappear, leaving him with crater-sized holes in his heart that could never ever be filled again.

I really loved this read. There were many touching, sweet moments in it, as well as a few steamy & humorous ones that had me really enjoying it. I look forward to reading the rest of the Wright’s stories.

I recommend this read wholeheartedly.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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USA Today Bestseller Alexa Padgett’s books have garnered accolades from prestigious organizations, including Kirkus Reviews, National Indie Excellence Awards, and Publishers Weekly.

Alexa spent a good part of her youth traveling. From Budapest to Belize, Calgary to Coober Pedy, she soaked in the myriad smells, sounds, and feels of these gorgeous places, wishing she could live in them all–at least for a while. And she does in her books.

She lives in New Mexico with her husband, children, and Great Pyrenees pup, Ash. When not writing, schlepping, or volunteering, she can be found in her tiny kitchen, channeling her inner Barefoot Contessa.

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#ReviewTour: Arrogant Officer by @JeannineColett & @LaurenRunow ~ #5stars

 

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“Sweet, sexy, steamy and infuriating. And just plain fun.” – Maryse’s Book Blog

 

 

Blurb:

It all starts when I get an email.

 

Let me rephrase. It’s a sextortion email from someone claiming they tapped into my computer and recorded me while I was watching a graphic adult video. If I don’t send them money, they’ll forward it to everyone in my Contacts list.

 

As a chemistry teacher at a private school, I panic. Not only do I love my job, but I also need it. 

 

Desperate and afraid, I run to the police station and ask an officer for help.

 

A very gorgeous, very arrogant officer—Dax Harder.

 

Dax is a mixture of a fearless warrior and an undisciplined child. After he proves to me that it’s a spam email and they didn’t actually hack into my computer, he uses the incident to tease me. I leave the police station in a huff, hoping to never see him again.

 

Fate has other ideas.

 

Everywhere I go, I run into Officer Harder. Our tension turns heated, and soon, we’re embarking on a fiery and bold romance. The more time I spend with him, the more I learn about the dark past that lingers behind the eyes of the closely guarded cop.

 

And whatever it is, it’s enough for him to push me away.

 

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Review

Arrogant Officer is a fun, emotional & steamy read that I read in one sitting – I couldn’t put it down!

Dax isn’t sure that he deserves love after the life he’s had. His connection with Bree scares, yet intrigues him. Though he fights to keep Bree out of his heart, she still manages to slip under his defenses. Bree knows that life rather than astrology makes people behave the way they do. But will her hot, arrogant officer ever decide to give their love a chance?

Dax & Bree will make you fall in love with romance all over again. Their first meeting is hilarious, and as they continue to bump into each other all over town, the humor eventually gives way to a scorching chemistry (pun intended!) that curled my toes.

I loved every bit of this book. The entire cast of secondary characters were a great addition and really helped the story develop beautifully. I recommend this read unreservedly & wholeheartedly.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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#ReleaseBlitz: Cocky Delight by @MMacdonaldBooks ~ #5stars

Title: Cocky Delight
A Cocky Hero Club Novel
Author: Maria Macdonald
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 14, 2021
Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are excited to bring you the Cocky Hero Club: original works from various authors inspired by Keeland and Ward’s New York Times bestselling Cocky Bastard series.
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Nola Lewis needs to find a job, lose her boyfriend and train her cat, and not necessarily in that order.
Nola
My life is a complete mess. I have a sister who’s threatening to sue me, my boyfriend’s a douche who I should have dumped years ago. My neighbor’s goat is a freak and my cat is really Satan in a fur coat.
On top of all that I also desperately need a job.
When my best friend’s husband offers me a position in his company, I snap it up. What I don’t expect is to be working with the rude – and unfortunately completely gorgeous – man who sat laughing at me through a coffee shop window.
While I tried to pull my heel from a grate in the sidewalk, as it poured with rain.
I flipped him the bird while I stood glaring, but that didn’t keep him away.
Kato Black is not what I need right now, but I’m not sure my body agrees with me.
Dirty whore.
Cocky Delight is a contemporary romance inspired by Cocky Bastard.
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REVIEW
I enjoyed this romance a lot! It had a great mix of adorableness & drama that ensured that I didn’t put the book down until I finished it.

I liked the way Maria Macdonald made me get heavily invested in Kato & Nola’s HEA pretty early on in the book. With their undeniable chemistry, Kato & Nola were such an awesome couple! I swooned over Kato and his way of making Nola feel important, listened to and cared for.

Kato stormed into my world and turned the color on.”

I loved the way that Aubrey & Nola never took themselves too seriously, either. I was laughing as much as they were. The secondary animal characters also provided lots of comic relief. I very much enjoyed that Chance & Aubrey were so closely associated with the main characters.

From the first to the last page, I was in love! This is my first book by the author, and I must say that it is an excellent addition – one of the best – to the Cocky Hero Club series. I wholeheartedly & unreservedly recommend it.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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Maria Macdonald is an author who writes sometimes, but mostly procrastinates.
 
She’s a serial Netflix watcher, an avid reader and occasionally she’ll release a book.
 
She likes tea, and chocolate – often eating too much!
 
She writes Paranormal YA, romantic suspense, Coming of Age, MM, New Adult & contemporary romance.
 
Originally from London, she now lives in South West England.

#ReleaseBlitz: Check Swing by @authorcarriea ~ #5stars

Check Swing, the third book in Carrie Aarons’ Callahan FAMILY Series, is LIVE!!

Blurb

Sinclair Callahan is a trust fund baby.

Born into one of the richest, most notorious families in the country, the black sheep title was stamped on him from an early age. While the rest of his relatives earn their keep at the top tier baseball team they’ve owned for generations, Sin prefers spending his time and money on booze, babes and bad decisions.

Until all three land him in a coma, fighting for his life.

One year later, with a sober chip in his hand, he arrives at spring training ready to turn it all around. But when he meets the only woman who doesn’t recognize just who he is, he can’t help omitting a few important details … like his last name. No stranger to charming women, Sin uses one of his old skillsets to kick off what is sure to be an epic hookup.

But when she shows up five months after their brief Florida fling with a secret that will topple his privileged world, he might just lose everything he’s worked so hard to rebuild. Including a real shot at love with the sassy redhead that he’s been too much of a coward to pursue.

Can he shoulder the responsibility he’s always shrugged off? Or will he balk at the real-life complications and strike out completely?

Francesca Kade is an independent goal-getter.

As one of the only female strength coaches in the league, she’s used to invading the boys’ club. After putting up with being passed over and not promoted for a number of seasons, she’s finally got her shot.

A consummate professional with blinders on, there is no way anything will screw up all she hopes to achieve. Well, except for maybe the new employee with eyes the color of ocean waves and a smirk that’s the definition of sin. When they catch fire in the southern heat, it’s almost impossible to put it out.

Until she finds out that he’s her boss’s boss’s boss.

Burned from the betrayal and panicking with a fresh secret of her own, Frankie is shocked when she lands her ultimate dream job. There is no way she’s turning it down. But when she bumps into Sinclair on day one, all of the old feelings and new problems come hurtling at her like a baseball to the face.

Will she ever be able to trust that he’ll put both her and his responsibilities before his vices? Or will their differences cost them the game?

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Review

Carrie Aarons delivers another winner with all the feels in Check Swing.

A recovering alcoholic, Sinclair Callahan is struggling to find his place in life and with his family. With a job in the family business, he’s determined to prove to everyone that’s he’s more than the screwup everyone knows him to be. Then he meets Frankie, who has no clue who he is, but seems to match his soul in every way that matters. But will his own insecurities about his past overshadow the future they could have?

Frankie is accustomed to being the woman in a man’s world. Always having to be on her own doesn’t faze her, either. But Sinclair makes her want things she wouldn’t ordinarily desire, but it hurts when he seems not to want her as much as she wants him. But when they cross paths again, and secrets come out, feelings resurface and she finds herself wondering if soul mates are a real thing.

This blend of emotion, romance, family and humor really got me going. I really enjoyed this book, and Aaron’s redemption of Sinclair. She was also great with the way she highlighted the struggles and never-ending cycles that persons with addictions have. Check Swing is a great story that I definitely recommend; don’t miss it!

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

Author Bio

Author of romance novels such as The Tenth Girl and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

​When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She’s a Jersey girl living in Texas with her husband, daughter, son and Great Dane/Lab rescue.

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#ReleaseBlitz: Mourning Wood by @hmorgeronauthor ~ #5stars

Title: Mourning Wood
Author: Heather M. Orgeron
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: March 4, 2021
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She’s hard up.
He’s just hard…
After an ill-fated one-night stand, Wyatt Landry was the last person I ever expected to see again.
By design, mind you, as I spent the last two years avoiding him.
He was only ever meant to be a good time—a really good time—and now, thanks to one teensy little mistake, he’s back in my life and wielding an entirely different set of tools.
It’s not like I intentionally hired a bogus contractor to redo our chapel, and Lord knows I never imagined Wyatt would ride up in his pickup truck, like a knight in thigh-hugging blue jeans, to save the day.
But here he is, and to make matters worse, he’s every bit as charming as I remember, and before I can fully process his reappearance in my life, he has my six-year-old daughter wrapped around his finger, my parents eating out of the palm of his hand, and my best friend shipping us like we’re some celebrity couple.
Thankfully, working in the death industry, I’ve mastered the skill of compartmentalization. Keeping my growing feelings tucked away should be a piece of cake. Except, seeing him every day definitely throws a wrench in that plan.
Before I know it, we’re trading favors for dates, and as much I don’t want to admit it, the feelings for him I thought were dead and buried are taking root and growing into something that looks a lot like love.
Daigle Family Funeral Services… don’t be caught dead any place else.
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REVIEW
This book was so much more than a hilarious romantic comedy, though it was all that, too. Full of laughter, sweet moments and so much hope and love, it truly was a wonderful read. Heather M. Orgeron sets up a second chance romance with the meet-cute to top all meet-cutes, and it works great! This romance set around a funeral home was fun, but in a really good, non-disrespectful way.

Not every Prince Charming rides in on a white horse. If that’s what you’re waiting for, you’re likely to miss him altogether.”

Wyatt and Whitney met one night two years ago and had a drunken hook-up. Being a young, single mother who’s been burned, Whitney is eager to pretend that the event never occurred. But, as Wyatt turns out to be a godsend for her immediate troubles, she finds that he may also be the one to keep her and her daughter’s hearts safe.

Wyatt is a book boyfriend that you will absolutely love. His dedication towards ensuring that he gets Whitney to see him as more than a friend while giving her daughter – a star in her own right – faith and trust in men will wow and awe you. You’ll swoon, laugh and enjoy the romantic journey that the author takes you on. I wholeheartedly and unreservedly recommend this book. Grab your copy now, and see why it could easily be a favourite.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

AUTHOR BIO
Heather M. Orgeron is a Cajun girl with a big heart and a passion for romance. She married her high school sweetheart two months after graduation and her life has been a fairytale ever since. She’s the queen of her castle, reigning over five sons and one bossy little princess who has made it her mission in life to steal her Momma’s throne. When she’s not writing, you will find her hidden beneath mounds of laundry and piles of dirty dishes or locked in her tower (aka the bathroom) soaking in the tub with a good book. She’s always been an avid reader and has recently discovered a love for cultivating romantic stories of her own.
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#ReviewTour: Broken by @WritesEvelyn ~ #5stars

He swept into my life, like an unexpected storm. One minute I’m planning forever and the next, I’m left picking up the pieces. Three years have passed and now he’s back wanting to reclaim what once was. Can lightning strike twice or will they be left broken? Readers who love second chance romances will enjoy this diverse, contemporary romance. 

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JULIA
I never saw Noah Weston coming. He swept into my life like an unexpected storm, but soon, he was everything to me.
Until tragedy struck.
One day I was planning the rest of my life with my soulmate, and the next I was picking up the pieces of a love so strong, it broke me apart.
It took three years to put myself back together.
Three years until I was ready to move on.
I’ll never forget it. The day he came back.
Can lightening strike twice? Maybe, but when I look into his eyes, all I remember are the last words he ever spoke to me.
The words that left me broken.

NOAH
I loved her before I knew her name. She was more than just my heartbeat. Julia Blake was a dream too good to be true.
When real life invaded the bubble we had created, I was left a broken man.
I survived, but I was dead inside. Half the man I used to be.
The half I needed had a new life without me.
Three years later, I’m back to reclaim what I’ve lost.
I’m back for her, only she wants nothing to do with me.

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Review

A scorching hot and emotional romance that reminds us about the power of love and second chances.

“I’m broken, but I’m yours.”

After a near-fatal accident, Noah Weston has never been the same. Fear of being half the man he used to be, he pushed away the only woman he knew he would ever love. Since his dreams were being crushed, he saw it to be only fair that she be allowed to move on without him. But after realising his mistake, he’s back 3 years later. Hopefully, it’s not too late.

“His touch was always heaven until he took it away.”

Three years after the accident that forever changed her life and almost broke her mind, Julia Blake is still trying to forget the man that seems to have so much power over her. Just as she tells herself that she needs to properly move on, he blows right back into her life, begging and pleading for a second chance with her heart. As they try to rebuild the broken trust between them, they face the same obstacles that loomed before them 3 years earlier.

“I’m still the man you fell in love with, and you’re the same girl who gave me half her brownie.”

I respected & admired Noah’s determination and desire to make Julia see that he was truly sorry. He was willing to do whatever it took – including endure any humiliation she would put him through. I understood Julia’s reticence and reluctance to trust. Yet, you could feel her heart literally calling out for Noah’s whenever they were in the same area together. I was enthralled by their story, and eager to see them be happy together again.

I loved the entire cast of characters, including those that were introduced as villains. The author really did a wonderful job of giving each secondary character a solid presence in the book without making things confusing.

I recommend this read wholeheartedly & unreservedly. It really gives an exemplary showing of how love and forgiveness work well together.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

Excerpt

Copyright 2021 @Evelyn Sola

“Oh, really?” I take one shoe off and throw it at him as hard as possible. He manages to move before it makes contact. He’s not so lucky with the second shoe, and it hits him right on the shoulder. “Here! Take them! And for the last time, this is not our anniversary! You broke up with me, remember? This is a Friday night, and I planned on going out with a man I’m interested in getting to know and possibly fuck. Do you know why? Because I’m single!”
“Girl, watch your mouth. Don’t make me call your momma,” Mr. Hampton yells.
All the neighbors stare, waiting to see what we do next. Anger fuels my next steps as I stomp my way back to my house, but Noah and Greg are right behind me. A few of the neighbors have now stepped off their porch to stand on the sidewalk.
“You guys want a show?” I shout.
“Bring it, girl,” someone answers back.
“This is what I’m going to do with your anniversary flowers, you lying, selfish jerk.” I open the door and grab the arrangement. I walk to the middle of the street, lift it above my head, and slam it to the ground with all the strength I can muster. The vase shatters in the middle of the street, the two dozen roses bounce on the pavement, and the water from the vase rolls down the concrete. “Happy fucking anniversary, you liar! Go to hell or go back to your racist parents. I don’t care which, just stay the fuck away from me, or I swear to God, that limp will be the least of your problems!”
“Leave my parents out of this! This is between us, and for the record, I haven’t talked to them in months.”
“Sure. You managed to buy a house on your teacher’s salary, right? That’s realistic considering you’ve had the job for two months. Maybe you used your nonexistent teaching bonus as a down payment? God, you’re a liar, and I hate myself for never seeing you for the dishonest person that you are!”
“Why do you keep calling me a liar? What the fuck do you think I lied about?” he yells.
“You lied about everything!” I scream so loud I can feel the vein in my neck pulsing. I take a step closer and point my finger in his face. “I love you, Li. You’re my world, Li. I want you to have my baby, Li. I want to spend the rest of my life with you, Li.” I do a poor imitation of his voice as I scream in his face. “And you let me believe you were a struggling student just like me, not the son of millionaires. Everything about you is a lie. Our entire relationship was an illusion.”
“I meant all of that! I still want all of that with you, and I never told you I was struggling. We never even talked about money. Everything I said was true. Every feeling. I love you so much, it physically hurts to breathe sometimes.”

Q & A With Eveyln Sola

  1. Have you always wanted to be a writer?

No, I didn’t. I’ve always been an avid reader, but I never aspired to be a writer. I never thought I had it in me to tell a story from beginning to end and keep it interesting. Then around 2016/2017, I started reading Fifty Shades of Grey fanfiction. After about a year of being a reader, I was persuaded by a couple of people to write my own stories, so I did, and I haven’t looked back since. Once I did that, it didn’t take much to convince myself that I can create my own characters and my own world.

  1. Describe your typical writing day for us.

I try to do most of my writing in the morning. I’m fresher and more alert when I first wake up. I guess I’m what is known as that annoying morning person, but I have a fulltime job, which gets in the way of my passion. I try to do about an hour’s worth of writing before work and a few sprints during the day. My goal is to get two thousand word down each day. I don’t always make it, but that’s always my goal.

  1. Where does your inspiration come from?

Other writers in the Indie community inspire me. From people who have been at it for years, to those who are just starting out like me.

  1. How do you come up with your book titles?

All of my titles so far are one word. I try to find a verb that best captures the essence of the book.

  1. Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t included with the blurb?

As you know, Broken is a second chance romance. One of my favorite romance tropes, by the way. The hero is the one who ends the relationship, and he shows back up three years later. He not only manages to get a job at the same place as the heroine, but he moves in across the street from her as well. He infiltrates her life in every way.

  1. Do you listen to music when writing? If so, can you share with us some of the songs that inspired you or that you listened to while writing?

I don’t listen to music when I write. I always have the TV on, however, and it’s usually on Investigation Discovery.

  1. Using only 3 words how would you describe Julia? Noah?

Julia is strong. I believe she’s a survivor. She’s also guarded.  Noah is resilient, brave, and definitely a fighter.

  1. What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

This is a story about two young people who find love until they are forced apart. It’s a story about family and the power of forgiveness.

About Evelyn Sola 

A Boston native, wife, mother, and wine enthusiast. If she’s not writing, thinking about writing, you will find Evelyn with a book in her hands. While a new publisher, she’s been writing for years, and she will continue to write for many years to come.

Evelyn is obsessed with assertive and confident men who will stop at nothing to get their woman. Her stories are filled with love, passion and humor.

She currently lives in Chicago, IL with her husband and two daughters.

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#Release Blitz: Heartless Havoc by J.L. Leslie ~ #5stars

Title: Heartless Havoc
A Cocky Hero Club Novel
Author: J.L. Leslie
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 21, 2021
Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are excited to bring you the Cocky Hero Club: original works from various authors inspired by Keeland and Ward’s New York Times bestselling Cocky Bastard series.
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I have been called arrogant. Ruthless. Heartless. I don’t consider those characteristics to be insults. If I am arrogant, ruthless, and heartless, then people cower down. I make my own rules and call all the shots. I suppose that’s why people opt to call me by my last name.
Havoc.
It’s very fitting for me. I wreak havoc on anyone who gets in my way. Right now, that person is a beautiful redhead who refuses to play by my rules. Doesn’t she know I’m the only one who’s allowed to break them?
She came out of nowhere. Hit me a like a freight train. Now, she’s the one causing havoc in my life. Destroying everything I have worked for. Taking pieces of me I wasn’t aware I had to give.
They call me arrogant. Ruthless. Heartless. I guess I’ll have to show her exactly how heartless I can be. What kind of havoc I can wreak on her life.
Before she completely ruins me.
*Heartless Havoc is a friends to lovers/forbidden romance inspired by Stuck-Up Suit.
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REVIEW
Trained from an early age to only see the monetary gain in life, Julian Havoc is poised to benefit from a deal that will make him and his father even more richer than they currently are. The catch: he has to marry a woman he completely despises. Yet, after one meeting, he is completely enamoured with Frankie Conn, a woman he would never have met if not for his engagement.

Frankie likes to think that she knows her place. Yet, when Julian Havoc looks at her, she forgets that they come from two different worlds. She’s not had a great run with love or men, so finding a man who seems to be so into her seems like a dream come true. But after she finds out he never truly was hers to begin with, she begins to wonder if she’s destined to be alone.

I despise cheating, but I couldn’t completely hate Havoc. There was something about him that, even when he was being an absolute idiot, I kept hoping he’d get some form of redemption. I loved Frankie. Her character was relatable – the woman who falls in love with a reprobate, yet keeps hoping he’ll turn into an angel one day. I loved that she was strong – she refused to settle for being less than his everything. I couldn’t fault their chemistry – it was plenty hot! I loved Frankie’s sister and family. They were a hilarious bunch, and really helped to make Heartless Havoc a fun read.

I recommend this read as a great addition to the Cocky Hero Club world. It’s definitely 1-click material!

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

I am a happily married mother of three (two boys and one girl). I live in a very small town in Alabama. Never lived anywhere else. I’ve been writing since my early twenties, but I couldn’t seem to finish a book. I’ve started self-publishing with the encouragement from my mom. Without her encouragement, I don’t think I would’ve done it. She always supported me and writing is something I’ve always enjoyed doing. As long as I enjoy it, I’ll continue to do it. I’ve learned already that I can’t please everyone. Not all reviews will be good, not all reviews will be bad. I’m the one that has to be happy with my work.

I get my inspiration from life experiences, movies, television, other authors, and music. Music is definitely a big influence on my writing. I can hear a song and it can inspire an entire book for me. I listen to it while I’m driving or before I start writing and it keeps me inspired. I like to put music in my books, even if it’s just one song the characters listen to or hear at some point. Sometimes music has gotten me through the really tough times in my life and that’s why it inspires me.

I like to write fast-paced, steamy romance reads. I like for my males to be alpha-males and my heroines to be strong, but both need to have one weakness- each other. I am an avid reader. I absolutely love romance books!

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#BlogTour: Like You Love Me by @AuthorALocke ~ #5stars

Like You Love Me, an all-new sweet small-town standalone romance in the Honey Creek series from USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke is available now!

Two childhood friends are playing house—and maybe playing for keeps—in USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke’s funny, sexy, and unpredictable marriage-of-convenience romance.

To save her Tennessee bed-and-breakfast, Sophie Bates needs a fast-cash miracle. Holden McKenzie, her childhood best friend, needs to prove to a prospective employer that he’s a committed man. Their fortunes on the line, Holden proposes…a solution.

He’ll take care of Sophie’s bills if she agrees to a temporary marriage of convenience. And why not? They’re comfortable together, they have fun, and they trust each other. It’s as simple as saying “I do.” But the off-the-cuff wedding has all of Honey Creek talking—and Sophie and Holden realizing that their perfect arrangement is working too well. If they’re not careful, this marriage could turn into a love story.

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Review

This book is so good! Adriana Locke, thank you for giving me a book I didn’t know I needed just this minute. It’s a bit different than the previous works I’ve read from her – a more easy-going vibe, but I loved it.

Childhood friends that haven’t seen each other in years, Holden & Sophie are a bit surprised that the attraction that arced between them as teenagers still lingers. When Holden proposes a marriage of convenience to solve both of their problems, and Sophie accepts, the two are even more shocked to see how well they work well together. But separating growing feelings from the arrangement they made becomes harder and harder as certain deadlines loom.

I definitely recommend this read. This romance gave me all the feels. It’s sweet, reassuring and full of small-town, Southern charm with just a touch of heat. I loved the characters of Honey Creek, and I look forward to more from this series, especially Sophie’s siblings.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

Excerpt

“This Chad guy sounds like a real champ,” he says.

“I’m the moron that married him.”

I pick at the edge of the table to keep from meeting his eyes.

Chad was not my best work. Not my best choice, or the greatest guy I’ve ever dated, nor am I proud that I went through with the whole thing. But I did it and I can’t change it. I need to figure out how to accept all that.

“I’m sure you had great intentions,” Holden says.

“I did. Want to know how deep his intentions ran?” I strum my fingers against the tabletop as I look up at him. “He left me by sticking a note to the kitchen table with a dollop of strawberry jelly.”

I blow out a breath and regret word-vomiting all that. It was too deep. Too raw and real. Opening up to Holden is too easy, and I probably just ruined the mood.

He watches me for a few seconds before grinning. “He didn’t even use grape? Rude.”

I smile, relieved that he didn’t dig deeper. “Right? He didn’t even use grape on his sandwiches.”

“Big red flag right there,” he says, pointing a finger my way.

“You know, Gramma always said not to marry a man that cuts the crusts off his peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.”

“And why is that?”

“Because that’s an indication that someone doesn’t like boundaries. Guess I should’ve listened to her. He even cut the crusts off his grilled cheese.”

He gasps, his jaw falling to the table in mock horror. “That’s serial-killer shit right there.”

“Hey, I don’t know what he’s been doing the last couple of years of his life.” I take a napkin from the dispenser. “You might be right.”

“So why did you marry him? You didn’t get serial-killer vibes from the start?”

It’s a question I’ve asked myself a million times, because down deep, I knew it wasn’t right for me. I just ignored my gut and did it anyway.

About Adriana

USA Today, Washington Post, and Amazon Charts Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, four sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.

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#ReleaseBlitz: Filthy Friend by @GwynMcnamee ~ #5stars

Title: Filthy Friend
A Cocky Hero Club Novel
Series: Fury Family #2
Author: Gwyn McNamee
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 31, 2021
Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are excited to bring you the Cocky Hero Club: original works from various authors inspired by Keeland and Ward’s New York Times bestselling Cocky Bastard series.
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Only one word can describe the man who performs online as HRD4U…
FILTHY.
He really knows how to work that massive asset on camera.
Couple that with the dirty talk he uses to describe his fantasies while he does it…
It’s enough to drive me mad while I watch.
Because just like my screenname says, INEEDSOMED.
Too bad men like HRD4U don’t exist in real life.
Apparently, finding a nice guy with a nasty mouth and a mammoth gift between the legs is asking too much.
Instead, I just get snooze-inducing lovers and dates with no chemistry.
Having my BFF Flynn McAllister right next door helps ease some of the pain of breakup after breakup.
But he can’t know what I really want or why my relationships always fail.
I just want to be dirty.
But now, all my dreams might be coming true…
All because of my filthy friend.
*Filthy Friend is a best friends to lovers romance inspired by Cocky Bastard.
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REVIEW
Whew! This was a hot, melt-your-panties read with a friends to lovers theme that was angsty, but very fun and intriguing to read.

Rachel finds herself attracted to her best friend, Flynn, but has written off anything romantic happening between them because she doesn’t think Flynn can handle her desires. On the other end, Flynn is afraid to confess his feelings for Rachel because he believes she deserves a nice, sweet guy, which he isn’t. But just when they both realise that their assumptions about each other are false, a mystery in Flynn’s life threatens their newly-found happiness.

Gwyn McNamee really turned the heat dial up in this one. I loved how the story kept me guessing and wondering what would be happening next. It’s a great addition to the Fury Family series and the Cocky Hero Club series, that I totally and unreservedly recommend.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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AUTHOR BIO

Gwyn McNamee is an attorney, writer, wife, and mother (to one human baby and one fur baby). Originally from the Midwest, Gwyn relocated to her husband’s home town of Las Vegas in 2015 and is enjoying her respite from the cold and snow. Gwyn has been writing down her crazy stories and ideas for years and finally decided to share them with the world. She loves to write stories with a bit of suspense and action mingled with romance and heat.
When she isn’t either writing or voraciously devouring any books she can get her hands on, Gwyn is busy adding to her tattoo collection, golfing, and stirring up trouble with her perfect mix of sweetness and sarcasm (usually while wearing heels).
Gwyn is the author of The Hawke Family Series, The Slip Series, The Deadliest Sin Series, The Inland Seas Series, and The Supernatural Love Stories in the Absurd (as her alter-ego D.P. Payne), along with several stand-alones.

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#ReleaseBlitz: Forgetting the Rules by @MariahDietz ~ #5stars

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This is a second chance sports romance, stand alone.

“I didn’t think I could fall anymore in love with these characters!! Ian and Rose’s story was everything I could I’ve ever imagined and more! Once I started, I couldn’t put it down and now I am heartbroken that it is over! If I could give this book (or the entire series) more than 5 starts I would!!”- Nikki, Goodreads

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Blurb:

It all started with a lie.

I met Ian Forrest, middle linebacker and Roman God reincarnated last winter.

Dark hair and steel eyes, granite stacks of muscles, and a secret smile that made me weak.

You see, once upon a time, I Rose Cartwright, believed in happily ever after’s.

But life had taught me too quickly that rules are necessary and that gilded cages won’t protect your heart.

Yet, our lives began to weave together—a seamless and beautiful tapestry of ‘non-date’ dates.

By the time summer arrived, so had my nerves.

He was leaving for two months, so I drew a hard line in the sand and labeled what we shared a friendship, though we’d both known it was more.

Now, it’s the beginning of senior year, and once again, everything is bringing us together.

Only now, the secrets are bigger, the lies greater, and the stakes are even higher.

Will the pressure break us apart

Or will I be able to forget the Rules?

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Review

This slow-burn romance reminds us about the magic of love.

Rose, feeling bereft after the dissolution of her parents’ marriage, and the subsequent losses of her mother, and boyfriend, decides that in order to control the rest of her life, she will live by a set of rules. When she meets Ian Forrester, for the first time, she feels the urge to break all the rules that have so far seemingly kept her safe. But, as they get closer, and the pressure of being in the public eye gets heavy, will she retreat to her former self?

Ian has waited over the course of an entire school year to make Rose Cartwright his. Waiting out her rules, while they dance around their feelings would have turned a lesser man off, but Ian has decided that there is still hope for them. But this school year has its own slate of distractions and burdens he feels ill-equipped to carry without the added responsibility of a relationship. Can he convince Rose that breaking all the rules will be worth it in the end?

Ian is the perfect complement to Rose’s worrywart personality. He is patient, considerate & understanding even when Rose overthinks to extremes. He knows just what to do to calm her nerves, as well as show her how he feels. Their romance, once it begins to flow, seems almost easy.

Mariah Dietz succeeded in making me wish for a man I could communicate with and understand completely simply by looking at him. I also enjoyed the mystery sub-plot woven through the main story arc. It was well done.

I wholeheartedly recommend this read.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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#ReleaseBlitz: Goodbye Guy by @jodi_watters ~ #5stars

Title: Goodbye Guy
A Cocky Hero Club Novel
Author: Jodi Watters
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 24, 2021
Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are excited to bring you the Cocky Hero Club: original works from various authors inspired by Keeland and Ward’s New York Times bestselling Cocky Bastard series.
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Chloe 
He’s back. Jameson Maine.
The boy I used to love.
The man I love to hate. Hate like it’s a hobby. Like it’s my job.
Ironic, since love is my profession.
But with the passage of time, I’ve finally healed. Repaired the broken parts his betrayal shattered inside me, and silenced the haunting memories of what he took from me.
What he made me give up.
Jameson 
She’s still here. Chloe Morgan.
The girl I left behind.
The woman I can’t let go of. No matter how many miles. No matter how much time.
Annoying, since love is my nemesis.
But with the death of my father, I’m forced home. To finally face the ramshackle remains of my family’s estate, and the lying woman who broke my heart and ruined me for life.
Who’s ready to do so again.
Tears were shed, lies were spread, and secrets were kept that fateful summer ten years ago. But no longer. Now exposed, those skeletons rock our worlds all over again. But two things remain the same…
Love.
And hate.
*Goodbye Guy is a second chance romance inspired by Stuck-Up Suit.
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REVIEW
Goodbye Guy is a read you’ll absolutely love, tears and all.

Chloe Morgan & Jameson Maine hate each other. Desperately. Intensely. Passionately. They also love each other even more so. But will the past decade be too much to overcome? What about the untold secrets between them?

… My love for you… Didn’t want it. Didn’t want to feel it. Only wanted to hate you.”
I hurt for both Chloe & Jameson as I read these pages. Both hated each other for different, misunderstood reasons, and because they loved each other, it made the hate deeper & more painful. It turned into a situation where neither could move on from the other because of all the unresolved feelings. But like her father, Chloe is a shrewd person, and managed to maneuver Jameson right back where he swore he would never be. As they learn about the people they’ve become, as well as the situations they cannot change, moving forward – together – is the best gift they could give themselves.

The best part about this book? It’s a story that could have easily happened to anyone you know. Cuz love isn’t always a pretty, planned-out, coordinated affair. There are bumps and bruises, dips and valleys throughout. Mistakes made that make you wish that you could go back in time. But all you can do is make the best of the present, hoping for a future where you are at least content, if not happy.

I can’t recommend this read enough. I don’t want to go too deeply, because I think you should hear/read this couple’s story for yourself through Jodi’s words. She glues you to the pages of a love that survives time, distance and mounds of heartbreak. It’s a stark reminder that if you want anything enough, you can definitely have it.

Grab a copy of Goodbye Guy. Choose a comfy spot – you’ll be reading for awhile. Grab your tissues, especially for that epilogue ❤ You’ll love it.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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My love for steamy romance began when I was in junior high. A friend and I noticed a dumpster of discarded paperbacks behind our local dime store. Covers missing and each book split down the spine, I scanned the pages for any love or lust words—and curse words, too. From that point on, I scoured the public library and the paperback racks at every store, reading anything labeled romance. I said a tearfully grateful goodbye to Judy Bloom, and Jackie Collins began ruling my world.

I live with my high school sweetheart husband in the desert Southwest. Awesome in the winter, not so much in the summer.

My life long goals are to think before I speak, smile more and swear less, and actually weigh what my driver’s license states I do.

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#BlogTour: Not My Match by @ilsamaddenmills ~ #5stars

“Madden-Mills masterfully handles the protagonists’ insecurities and traumas to produce a love story that’s equal parts tantalizing, gut-wrenching, and sweet.” –Publishers Weekly

Not My Match, an all-new sports romance full of smoking hot chemistry from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills, is available now!

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers a smart and sexy romance about a professional football hottie and the girl he’s sworn to never touch.
Homeless and heartbreakingly innocent, Giselle Riley walks into my penthouse and chaos follows.
I shouldn’t have invited the girl genius to live with me, but it’s clear she needs my help—not only for a place to lay her pretty blonde head but in finding real love, which she’s not going to get with the crazy men she picks up online.
Too bad she’s a twenty-four-year-old virgin and I’m a bad boy wide receiver. She’s off limits for a hardcore player like me—and we’re just friends.
Instead, I’m her matchmaking service, no matter how jealous it makes me when I tag along on her dates.
I can keep my self-control. Right? No way will I give in to everything inside me that dreams of a girl like her in my world.
I may be the best wide receiver in the country, but how could I hold on to a girl like her?

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Review

In the second book in the series, we get a second, deeper look at Giselle. I honestly didn’t care for her much in the Not My Romeo, but Ilsa got me to like and respect her in this book.

Giselle Riley is an academic with a yearning for romance and true love. Attempting to fight off a birthday curse while pursuing her academic goals is proving to be frustrating. Added to the fact that Devon Walsh seems to always turn up just in the nick of time to rescue her is wreaking havoc with her practical ways of thinking.

“Life doesn’t decide who you fall for. Love knows no rules at all…”

Devon has been hurt by love repeatedly. Afraid of what could happen if he and Giselle get together then break up, he tries setting her up with different men with the same result: wishing Giselle would forget about those men and choose him. In Giselle, he finds a friend, confidant, family and lover wrapped up into one. Is she too good to be true?

“She isn’t like anyone else. She’s not a girl I can let go.”

Giselle & Devon’s story is a must-read. While it isn’t as dramatic or funny as book 1, its seriousness hit a different chord for me. Giselle isn’t a naïve, bumbling virgin. She’s strong and smart, just a little lost. Devon was a sweetheart that I loved from the minute I met him. The way he was so selfless and sweet – despite all he’s been through – made me fall even deeper for him. I wanted happiness for them both, and I loved their journey.

I truly enjoy Ilsa’s work, and I cannot wait to see what she delivers next.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

About Ilsa Madden-Mills
Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her angsty new adult romances and romantic comedies.

Eight of her eleven novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Fake Fiancée and I Dare You #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things #6; Boyfriend Bargain #8; The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, #4.

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

She’s addicted to frothy coffee beverages, cheesy magnets, and any book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females. Feel free to stalk her online.

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#ReleaseBlitz: Grumpaholic by Jagger Cole ~ #5stars

 

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I should have destroyed her.
 
Instead, I hired her.
First, she put me on the evening news with a d- well, it rhymes with “lick” – in my mouth. No, not a real one; a mural she spray-painted on the wall of one of my buildings. Twig, berries…the whole veiny thing.
People call me a grump. A prick. “The most hated man in New York City”, which is really saying something, even if I don’t care. As the most powerful real estate developer in this city, my world is black and white.
But Ella Veers is the smear of color I never asked for, and never saw coming.
I’m a classical concerto, she’s a punk-rock anthem. Blue hair, ripped tights, and a sassy brat attitude that gets under my skin and stays there.
When I hire the tempting little vandal to paint my conference room, I tell myself it’s to sideline her vendetta against my new development. But the truth is, it’s because I crave her.
She was supposed to be my enemy.
Instead, she just might be my undoing.
Extra snarly. Extra demanding. Extra obsessed. This scorching hot and hilariously snappy new grumpy boss office romance is safe, with no cliffhanger, and a perfect happy ever after.

Review

This is a funny, sexy read with hilarious banter all around.

I loved Ella before I even read her POV. Her feisty, all-in attitude was endearing as well as entertaining. She was unapologetic in who she was. Cormac had a massive chip on his shoulder, and to hide his vulnerability, he was extremely ill-tempered. When Ella came into his life, she shone a light on his life, making him realise that he was better off having met her.

I recommend this book.

This is my first Jagger Cole read, and I will certainly be checking out more of his books in the future.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

A reader first and foremost, Jagger Cole cut his romance writing teeth penning various fan-fiction stories years ago. After deciding to hang up his writing boots, Jagger worked in advertising pretending to be Don Draper. It worked enough to convince a woman way out of his league to marry him, though, which is a total win.
Now, Dad to two little princesses and King to a Queen, Jagger is thrilled to be back at the keyboard.
When not writing or reading romance books, he can be found woodworking, enjoying good whiskey, and grilling outside–rain or shine.
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#ReleaseBlitz: Hot Shot Hero by @JessaYorkAuthor ~ #5stars

Title: Hot Shot Hero
A Cocky Hero Club Novel
Author: Jessa York
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 17, 2021
Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are excited to bring you the Cocky Hero Club: original works from various authors inspired by Keeland and Ward’s New York Times bestselling Cocky Bastard series.
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Chloe 
Finding an empty foil packet in my husband’s jeans wouldn’t have been surprising—if we’d actually used those in the last decade.
I gave up everything for him and in return, he betrayed me in the worst way.
Sliding down a stripper pole five nights a week isn’t exactly my dream job.
But I did it.
For him.
With my life in shambles, I have to find the strength to start again.
Rhys
The very last thing I need is a distraction in the form of a feisty, curvaceous stripper.
When her version of a lap dance catches more than just my attention—I have to see where she leads me.
It can’t be forever.
But whatever it is—I’ll take it.
For now.
*Hot Shot Hero is a contemporary romance inspired by Playboy Pilot.
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REVIEW
This book turned my heart out and over. This is not the light-hearted read I thought it would be. It turned out to be so much more.

Since leaving her cheating ex-husband, Chloe has been content with her life, raising her daughter and enjoying the company of her friends at Silver Shores. She’s not only strong, but also quite resourceful. She’s conquered every challenge set in front of her so far. But when she meets Rhys, the son of one her friends/clients, she recognises that her drive to be independent and proud may have met its biggest obstacle yet.

Rhys was a monumental dick when he first met Chloe, but it didn’t change the fact that he was very attracted to her. As the story goes on, and we see how hard Rhys works to remedy Chloe’s first impression of him, it’s hard to stay angry at him. When I saw how Rhys’ life shaped his present circumstances, my heart went out to him as the reasons for his earlier behaviour became clearer.

I can’t keep her. But hell if I was going to let someone else have her.”

Jessa York did a wonderful job with this read. She brought the heat, the romance and the love. She made me smile & tear up often. Add in that epilogue, and I was an absolute goner.

Grab this book today. You’ll love it.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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Jessa lives in a very non-descript, unassuming town filled with the best kind of people. Most days, she can be found in the stands of various soccer fields, cheering her on her Youngest, or discussing books with her Oldest (who is an English Honors student).

At night, if she’s not up burning the midnight oil, Jessa enjoys snuggling up to her real life chef hubby and watching his latest pick for a cheesy romance movie. He always chooses the best ones. (after he cooks supper, of course)

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#BlogTour: Reputation by @AuthorALocke ~ #5stars

REPUTATION (Mason Family #2) by Adriana Locke
Release Date: January 5th

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Coy Mason is a jerk.

If there is one truth that Bellamy Davenport knows, it’s that. Hands-down. (Well, that and the fact that she didn’t mean to hurt him. Physically. Coy can’t be hurt emotionally because he doesn’t have a heart.)

Coy is not just the small-town, literal boy-next-door. He’s a heartbreaking, womanizing, mischief-making (and delicious) man and was all of those things well before he became a hot-shot country music sensation.

He’s a dream standing in her doorway with no shirt, messy hair, and a ‘Do you wanna?’ grin. But he’s also a nightmare for her heart and she knows it.

Their enemies-to-lovers relationship always ends the same way—heavy on the enemies, light on the lovers.

So why is she still standing there?

Review

I haven’t read Restraint (yet), but I was introduced to Coy & Bellamy’s animosity in The Relationship Pact, so I was really excited to read their story.

Coy & Bellamy were one-half of a group of childhood friends. Their relationship was always closer than any other within the group, and as they grew older it changed, turning romantic. But, somehow, wires got crossed, communication dwindled, and Bellamy dealt with it by resenting Coy. Yet, she was always drawn to him, and though she tries to resist their connection, she keeps getting stuck in situations where she has no choice but to be with him.

Coy has always had a thing for Bellamy. But his life as a celebrity doesn’t make a lot of time for her, seeing as his life is in an entire state away. With his latest trip home, however, he finds it easier to breathe, and just be, especially when he’s around Bellamy. When his superstar life calls, how will he answer? Will he honor his word and be the man he knows Bellamy needs?

This story is touching. Bellamy has always been accustomed to loss, so she has built up walls so that she can protect herself from the pain that comes whenever people walk away or leave her life. Watching her fight to trust Coy even when it went against everything she believed was such a transformation! I loved Coy. He genuinely loved Bellamy – he just needed to sort out his priorities. He knew when to push and when to pull. He was a real sweetheart.

This book is one that is easy to read, with characters that are easy to love. You’ll enjoy the easy banter and teasing throughout. I plan to go read Restraint, but I honestly am looking forward to Boone’s story now, more than ever.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

About the Author:
USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.

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#ReleaseBlitz: Cocky Corporal by April Canavan ~ #5stars

Title: Cocky Corporal
A Cocky Hero Club Novel
Author: April Canavan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 3, 2021
Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are excited to bring you the Cocky Hero Club: original works from various authors inspired by Keeland and Ward’s New York Times bestselling Cocky Bastard series.
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Corporal Cole Morgan is a cocky jerk. 
He may have everyone else fooled, but I know better.
After my sister died, I was left to sort out her affairs and pick up the pieces.
30 days and then I’m on a one-way trip back to our hometown.
Back to my perfectly planned life.
Back to what family I have left.
Everything was going according to plan, too.
Until Cole, with his stupid green eyes, perfect hair and ridiculous good looks, ruined everything.
Including my panties.
One little fling won’t hurt anything … will it?
Casper Davis is a pain in my ass. 
I take one wrong turn, ending up with a head injury and an inconvenient little case of amnesia.
All of a sudden, I can’t report for my next duty station for 30 days.
That’s fine, I’m going to make it a month well spent.
Visiting my grandmother, since she feeds me.
Berating my business-savvy cousin, because why should I have to suffer alone?
My dirty little secret? I’ve upped my Peeping Tom game, spending every night watching the girl next door.
She’s accident-prone, annoying, and the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.
Casper might have brought me to my knees, but there’s no chance I’ll stay there.
There’s only one thing more dangerous than the chemistry we have together.
A secret that, if exposed, could burn everything around us to the ground.
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REVIEW
Casper & Cole were a couple I enjoyed reading about. I loved the way that April Canavan wrote this story. Every single time I thought I knew how everything was going – and was going to turn out – she flipped all my notions on their heads and out the window. She has a new fan!

With awesome secondary characters, great banter and heartfelt moments, this book is one that I wholeheartedly and unreservedly recommend. I also look forward to the stories of all the singles introduced in this book *wink*

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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USA Today Bestselling author by day and superhero by night, April spends her time split between real and fantasy worlds.
While she writes across genres, her heart lives with Contemporary Romance that will tear her readers apart.
She lives on the rocky coast of Maine, in the perfect place to visit the ocean but still live surrounded by the woods. Her son inspires her to write, demanding stories that he’s not allowed to read.
As long as she has coffee, April can conquer the world… but she hates talking about herself in third person.
Find April on social media or by visiting her website at www.aprilcanavan.com
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#ReleaseBlitz: Cocky Savior by @jblytheauthor ~ #5stars

Title: Cocky Savior
A Cocky Hero Club Novel
Author: Jane Blythe
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 27, 2020
Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are excited to bring you the Cocky Hero Club: original works from various authors inspired by Keeland and Ward’s New York Times bestselling Cocky Bastard series.
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Florence Harris thought if she ever fell in love it would be with someone sweet, dependable, boring. 
Nope.
Turns out she likes arrogant, annoying, ego so big it wouldn’t fit in the ocean Eli Lennox.
Just because he saved her life he thinks it gives him permission to meddle in it. He’s determined to save her from herself.
Problem is she thinks she’s beyond saving.
She’s beautiful, intelligent, and the sexiest woman Eli had ever laid eyes on, and she turns him down flat when he asks her out.
That doesn’t happen to him often.
Or ever.
And it makes him determined to prove to her she’s worth every ounce of effort he’s going to put into winning her heart.
Eli Lennox always gets what he wants.
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REVIEW
I love, love, love my romance with a heavy helping of suspense, so it was no wonder that I devoured this book!

Florence has learned the hard way to depend on herself. When Eli crashes into her life, she is unprepared for the feelings he arouses – like love and hope. But as one of the biggest cases of her career hits too close to home, she finds he may be the one she can truly depend on.

Bit by but, Eli manages to break down the barriers around Florence’s heart. A man used to big gestures, he vies for and claims her attention. But when it really matters, will he truly recognise that the little things are just as important?

I loved the way the author wrote the story, giving us a timeline, not unlike a police task force trying to solve a case. The mystery was a pretty good, too, with so many different descriptions, angles, twists and turns that had me excited to know what was happening next.

I really liked watching Florence’s character blossom and grow. She endured so many injustices as a child that made her a bit timid. As she accepted that she mattered, her spirit emerged strong and ready to fight.

This book has everything a fan of romantic suspense, as well as fans of the Cocky Hero Club series, will enjoy. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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Jane Blythe is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic suspense full of sexy heroes, strong heroines, and serial killers! When she’s not weaving hard to unravel mysteries she loves to read, bake, go to the beach, build snowmen, and watch Disney movies. She has two adorable Dalmatians, is obsessed with Christmas, owns 200+ teddy bears, and loves to travel!
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#ReleaseBlitz: Bossy Baller by @authormbelle ~ #5stars

Title: Bossy Baller
A Cocky Hero Club Novel
Author: Melissa Belle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 27, 2020
Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are excited to bring you the Cocky Hero Club: original works from various authors inspired by Keeland and Ward’s New York Times bestselling Cocky Bastard series.
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He was supposed to be a temporary getaway from my disastrous wedding day. Not the hottest guy I’ve ever laid eyes on… 
I’m probably not the first runaway bride to get discovered hiding in the back of a stranger’s pickup truck. And Maverick should probably dump me on the side of the road and be on his way. Instead, he agrees to give me a ride across the country.
I quickly learn that Maverick isn’t just a sexy football star. He’s also bossy as hell with a surprising sweet side.
We’re supposed to stay in separate hotel rooms, not share nights fraught with sexual chemistry. We’re supposed to drive straight to Chicago, not veer off on romantic side trips.
So when absolutely nothing goes according to plan, I tell myself that whatever happens on this temporary road trip will be just that—temporary.
Nothing lasts forever.
The last thing I need is to get attached to a bossy baller whose priority will always be football.
But just when I think I’ve got everything under control…
Maverick changes the play at the line.
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REVIEW
This is another good addition to the Cocky Hero Club series.

How can a runaway bride be ready for anything more than a rebound?”

On her wedding day, Hannah is filled to the brim with misgivings. When her fiancé’s actions confirm her worst fears, she makes a split-second decision that brings her face-to-face with the sexy hunk she’d been eyeing across the street, Maverick. Filled with a sort of excitement, they embark on a road trip of sorts, promising that it’s all temporary, but Hannah finds it hard to walk away when they get to the end of the road.

She could sink a dozen ships with that baggage…”

Maverick is focused on making his family’s life easier through football. He doesn’t have time for love, because it could be lost at any moment, and that would screw up his focus. Yet, Hannah seems to fill the holes in his heart perfectly. Bit by bit, she gets underneath his skin until he realises that he’s miserable without her. But for someone who’s afraid of love, he’s finding it hard to say goodbye to Hannah.

I really enjoyed this sweet, steamy romance. I absolutely loved their meet-cute, and their interactions as they had their adventures were really entertaining. Their chemistry was off-the-charts, too.

I recommend this romance. It has a bit of everything.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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USA Today Bestselling author Melissa Belle writes about smart, sassy women and the hot, loyal men who want them. She spent years in the field of psychology before writing her first novel while taking the train across Europe. She often works through her story ideas while hiking with her husband or hanging out with their two kitties. She loves road trips and songwriting. And cupcakes.
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#BlogTour: Nanny I Want to Mate by @authormiakayla ~ #5stars

Title: Nanny I Want to Mate
Series: The Brisken Billionaire Brothers #1
Author: Mia Kayla
Genre: Single Dad Romance
Release Date: December 10, 2020
 
Single dad.
 
Two words that force me out of bed every morning.
Because two little girls depend on me.
Because my family’s company depends on me.
 
As CEO, I have to show up, lead, be present.
As Dad, there’s no room for error, not when it comes to raising my girls.
 
I’m no longer the same man, just a shell of a person I once was, going through the motions every day. Not seeing, barely breathing.
 
Until Becky Summers, the new nanny.
 
She makes me see life in color when it was muted gray before.
She brings a smile to my face when I swore I forgot how to.
She makes me believe that there’s more to life than going through the motions.
 
Reasons why I shouldn’t date Becky:
She’s my kids’ nanny.
I’m her boss, and I shouldn’t cross that line.
She has secrets she’s hiding.
 
Reasons why I should:
Because … I think I’m falling in love with her. 
 
Nanny I Want to Mate features a single dad raising two sassy little girls, a sweet nanny, two overprotective uncles, a ton of love and laughs and a happily-forever-after that will leave you smiling and sighing and swooning all in one sitting. No cheating. No Cliffhanger. Grab it today.
★★★★★I laughed and cried and had to turn the pages faster to see what happened! I love this story and these characters! I just love it!! – Kaitie, Goodreads reviewer

★★★★★Mia Kayla has a way with words! She can weave a story that will draw you in and keep you entranced from the first page to the last. – Linda, Goodreads reviewer

★★★★★It was such an emotional, beautiful, second chance of love, story. Realizing you are worthy of loving and be loved. Finding love even when you didn’t think you’ll ever be able to love again.I really loved it.- Mariya, Goodreads reviewer.

★★★★★Mia Kayla always delivers the perfect fairytale, happily ever after romance that warms your heart and lights up your kindle. – Emily, Goodreads reviewer

★★★★★Raw enough to break your heart yet inspirational enough to uplift your soul. – Isha, Goodreads reviewer.

Review Graphic
Haunted by a past that has her drifting through life, Becky is shocked, but elated by the amount of love that the Briskens offer her. When Charles offers his love and protection, she is afraid that she doesn’t deserve it. But in Charles, Becky finds the perfect protector, confidant & lover. Will she accept him?

Charles is accustomed to being in charge, and always on so he could be the dependable one. Faced with a crisis of his children’s nanny retiring, he is once again put in the hot seat. But, when he meets his new nanny, Becky, for the first time, he finally thinks that he can be at peace. But can he finally put his guilt for moving on aside to let this new love in? Or will Becky’s past be too much?

This book is a must-read for fans who love funny, family-centered romances. The Brisken family is one that you will fall in love with before you are even halfway through chapter 1 of this book. Brad & Mary were absolute stars in this one. The entire family is a huge laugh – and a whole bundle of love!

I wholeheartedly recommend this book. You will LOVE it!

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

 
Mia Kayla is a New Adult/Contemporary Romance writer who lives in Illinois. She is the wife to the husband of the year and mommy to three unbelievable cute little girls who have multiplied her grey hairs. 
In her free time she loves reading romance novels, jamming to boy bands, catching up on celebrity gossip and designing flowers for weddings.
Most of the time, she can be caught on the train with her nose in a book sporting a cheeky grin because the main characters finally get their happily-ever-after at the end. 
She loves reading about happy endings but has more fun writing them.
 
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#BlogTour: The Romantic Pact by @AuthorMegQuinn ~ #5stars

THE ROMANTIC PACT by Meghan Quinn
Release Date: December 10th

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Blurb:
I haven’t seen her in three years.

I haven’t talked to her since the kiss.

So why am I on a plane, flying across the world to spend a week with her in Germany?

One word: Pops.

My life’s a mess.
My possible football career is hanging on by a thread.
I’m driving the roads of Germany in honor of Pops with the one girl I can never have.
And I’m sharing a bed with her, the girl I’ve measured everyone else up to, while desperately trying to not to touch her.

We made a pact growing up, never to get romantic with each other – never fall in love.

And I’m about to break that pact. For good.

Review

This book had me feeling so many ways!

When you sow love, joy will grow.”

Crew Smith has had football as his top priority for many years, but after his latest abysmal football season, he is in a funk. After a staged intervention by his family, he finds himself on a plane to Germany on a trip planned by his late grandfather, whom he hadn’t seen in years. Bewildered about Pops’ intentions, he’s resigned to carry out the old man’s last wishes. He is pleasantly surprised by the fact that his former best friend, Hazel Allen, was his grandfather’s choice of partner for him on this journey. Yet, as he and Hazel follow Pops’ instructions and experience Germany at Christmastime through Pops’ words, he realises that maybe, just maybe, there may be more to life than he originally thought there could be, and that love changes priorities.

Losing Crew as her best friend hurt badly, but Hazel pushed on through. Work and life called, and soon she had to stop reaching out to someone who clearly didn’t want to be in her life anymore. Four years later, in spite of the lingering anger and pain, she’s excited that Crew is once more in her life, if only for a few days. Despite mending old hurts and forging new, stronger connections, Hazel begins to worry that, despite his assurances, Crew has no space in his future for her, and life will be as it was before Germany.

This book is deeper than I expected. Grieving the death of a loved one that you haven’t seen for awhile is hard, especially if you harbor regrets. And Crew had plenty! The way Meghan Quinn wrote him getting a second chance with Pops was heartbreaking, sad, sweet, funny & inspirational all at once. Him getting a second chance with Hazel, repairing their friendship and deepening their relationship by taking it to another level was the stuff of romantic dreams. I loved every moment. I also never considered Germany as a place to visit, but I am now!

The banter between Hazel & Crew was more than entertaining; it was witty and fun, and testified to the bond they had during those long ago summers on Pops’ farm. Their romance, while it took some adjusting to see how things would go, was a natural progression.

We were made for each other…”

If you’re looking for a good book with great Christmas vibes & heavy doses of love, sentimentality and soul-searching with a touch of wanderlust, I wholeheartedly & unreservedly recommend “The Romantic Pact”.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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#ReleaseBlitz & #ExcerptReveal: Second Dive by @JasminMiller_ ~ #5stars

Title: Second Dive
Series: Kings Of The Water #3
Author: Jasmin Miller
Genre: Second Chance Sports Romance
Release Date: December 10, 2020
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Noah Winters was my heart’s desire, the boy I loved desperately and had hoped to spend my future with. Until our plans were derailed and life took us in completely different directions. 

When our fate changed, and our paths crossed again, nothing prepared me for the punch straight to the heart when I saw him . . . or his anger and bitterness. 

He was no longer the boy I once knew, but an accomplished Olympic swimmer with life goals that no longer aligned with mine.
All because I lied.
But sometimes, hiding the truth was necessary, especially when it freed someone you loved to reach their aspirations and dreams.
It’s said that time heals all wounds, but what I found was that it can also create an enemy.
That meant I had a choice.
Apologize to Noah, and possibly let him into my heart again . . . or allow him to live his life without knowing why I walked away. Without knowing that I never actually wanted to leave.
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With love sometimes comes great sacrifice…

Sometimes, hope is almost worse than fear because the fall can be so much more dangerous.”

Chloe & Noah are once again in the same city, town, and neighborhood after a decade. A decade that has been wrought with pain and anger for Noah, and pain and loss for Chloe. When Noah learns the real reason that he & Chloe broke up all those years ago, he is devastated. But the taste of Chloe is even sweeter this second time around. Will they both be satisfied with walking away?

… Some things will come with an expiration date, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experience them in the first place.”

This story is heartbreaking, yet offers hope. When Noah & Chloe make the conscious effort to move on from the past, their story becomes almost magical. It’s not without obstacles, but Chloe’s positivity and Noah’s desire to soak up every minute of her company make it even more special.

Don’t let fear rule your life…”

Life is full of different experiences, and sometimes, things just don’t work out the way we planned. But hope keeps us going. And sometimes, we get second chances to right wrongs and experience some of the things we missed out on.

Things might not always work out the first time around, but if they’re meant to be, life will make a full circle and throw you right back into it. All you need to do is hang on, and wait for the ride to take you where you’re supposed to go.”

I really enjoyed Jasmin Miller’s writing here. It was poignant and sweet. This story – and Chloe & Noah – will stay with me for awhile.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

EXCERPT
The bathroom door flies open and Francesco blasts in. He’s been my mother’s best friend for as long as I can remember, making him like an honorary uncle before he became my real one by marrying my mom’s brother. 
I feel like there’s an uncle joke somewhere in there.
Either way, I love him, both of my uncles, and I missed them like crazy after we moved. Thank goodness for video chatting, and their love for road-tripping down the California coastline.
“Ciao, bella. Look at you, Chloe. I knew the lavender hair would look gorgeous on you. I officially approve.” The corners of his eyes crinkle in that familiar way, even though I haven’t seen him as often as I’d like in the last decade since my parents moved us from Northern to Southern California practically overnight.
“Thank you. I’m glad Eadie talked me into it this week.”
“Me too.” He shares a look with my mom before glancing back at me. “If that boy isn’t nice to you, I’m sure I know a few guys who’d love a shot with you.”
My mom shakes her head at me while I grin. Francesco tried to set me up with one of his nephews once when I was a teenager. That was before he and Uncle Cody became a thing and then . . . well, then, Noah happened.
Which brings me back to what he just said. “You know I’m not looking for anything. I just want him to know the truth.”
Francesco purses his lips and nods. “Uh-huh, sure. Have you seen that man lately? I’m not sure you’ll be able to help yourself. Especially with all of those feelings still involved too.”
My ribs tighten, and I shake my head. “It’s been ten years since we were together, so there definitely aren’t any feelings anymore. For all I know, he still hates my guts and will leave the second he realizes it’s me.”
My mom tilts her head. “Orrrrrr he might not. Give him a chance too, okay? Sometimes it takes a little longer to make amends.”
It’s easy to hear my dad’s influence in my mom’s words. They did a lot of soul-searching together after my dad was diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer several years ago. It made it easier and at the same time harder for us to know there was no cure for him, and that he wouldn’t be with us for much longer.
The limited time amplified all of our relationships, and I’m eternally grateful for that bond we shared and will always have. Nothing will take that away. His diagnosis—and ultimately his death—changed both my mom and me. But in the end, it was also the major reason we moved back to Berkeley. I guess both of our hearts were still in Northern California.
Now we’re here . . . to start anew.
To be with our friends and family.
To try and mend old wounds.
Because how can you expect your life to change for the better, for your soul to be nurtured, when you don’t show someone else—someone you once loved—that you’re sorry?
Even when it’s not easy.
Even when I’m ready to pee my pants just thinking about facing Noah tonight.
Bidding on him during the bachelor auction wasn’t planned. At that point, I was still wondering how I’d actually get in contact with him.
But when the host announced Noah’s name, and the mysterious man—the one who rescued me from the drunken douchebag—walked onto that stage, I couldn’t believe it. I mean, what were the odds?
He stood up there, and the mask didn’t take away a thing from his looks. With his short brown hair, and a body built to beat competitors in the water, all wrapped up in a suit that fit perfectly in all the right places, I couldn’t help myself.
Without a doubt, he has turned into an even hotter version of his teenage self. I looked him up for the first few years after we left Berkeley, but when it entered an unhealthy stage, I had to stop. Seeing him in any form kept me from moving on, from trying to live a normal life. My unhealthy obsession—a deep and dark sadness—over my old boyfriend didn’t do me any favors.
Francesco snaps me out of my thoughts when he squeezes my shoulder. He hums deep in his chest. “No old feelings, huh?”
“What?”
He points toward the mirror and therefore, me.
At my wide eyes and flushed cheeks. Thank goodness they can’t see past the high neckline of my gray dress because my skin feels like it’s on fire everywhere.
Meeting up with Noah has been long overdue. Knowing we’re in the same city again drives my mind crazy, and I hope my thoughts will calm down after I see him.
And of course, I wonder if the glimpse I caught of the man at the party mixed with the memory of the boy I knew so long ago matches my wildest dreams.
Because even though the chances of him forgiving me are very slim, I can’t lie to myself.
I’ve been imagining this meeting, this conversation, for the past decade.
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Jasmin Miller is a professional lover of books and cake (preferably together) as well as a fangirl extraordinaire. She loves to read and write kissing books and never misses a chance to swoon over characters. Originally from Germany, she now lives in the western US with her husband and three little humans that keep her busy day and night.
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#BlogTour: The Revenge Pact by @ilsamaddenmills ~ #5stars

What happens when the king of football meets the queen of nothing?
Find out in The Revenge Pact, an all-new emotional and swoon-worthy enemies-to-lovers standalone romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills!

River Tate is a god on campus.
The king of football.
A tattooed bad boy with gunmetal eyes that see right through you.
The only chink in his armor is her, the girl he pretends doesn’t exist, the forbidden one with the shy smile and lavender hair.

Anastasia Bailey is a nobody.
The queen of nothing.
An outsider with the face of an angel and a body made for sin.
The only chink in her armor is him, her boyfriend’s frat brother, the football player who hates her.

But when Anastasia’s life crashes down, River’s the one who sweeps in and picks up the pieces. Torn between loyalty, lies, and secrets, he battles the temptation to take everything from her when they make their revenge pact.

He can’t tell her no.
Because revenge (or love) is sweet, and once you get a taste, the craving never ends.

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Review

“I lie to myself all the time. I never believe me.”

River Tate has been lying to himself for a year. He tells himself repeatedly that he doesn’t like his friend’s girlfriend. At all. But the truth is he doesn’t hate her. At all. When she’s near, she calms all the insecurities, all the storms. But so much is happening in his life this last – is it? – year of school, so much happening at home, and he’s not so sure that Anastasia will be able to handle the many complications that make him who he is.

Anastasia Bailey is a girl who has never quite fit in with the norm. She grew up unconventionally, but she’s true to who she is, and knows that something is between her and River. But what is it? Is it a college sweetheart romance? Or a love that could be one for the ages if they both have the courage to reach for it? She’s not waiting for River to find out, she’s making sure he knows that theirs is a love that can’t and shouldn’t wait.

I loved that River, even in his times of indecision & upheaval, still found ways to be there for Anastasia. Because of his unique way of seeing things, he is able to give her the words and encouragement she needs.

“You stay gold, Anastasia…”

I thought I loved Ilsa Madden-Mills work before, but this book and River Tate have ruined me! This is the man we all wish we had, wish our girlfriends had a copy of, and want for our daughters. He is a whole dream and then some.

I recommend this book. I recommend it wholeheartedly, unreservedly and excitedly.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

Excerpt

River

“Why is the elevator so slow?” she mutters.

“Tell me three things you’re grateful for,” I say.  

She does a double take. “Is this where I’m like your…pet project? Don’t feel sorry for me.”

Rainbow, sorry is the last thing I feel for you. 

I want you under me. 

Deep and hard.

“How are things with Donovan?” I ask.

Her throat bobs. “I-I can’t talk to you about him. I mean, yeah, um, it…doesn’t feel right, you know, to him.” 

Right. He’s her boyfriend and my frat brother.

The door opens and she slips out, her arm brushing against my chest. I follow, sucking down the electricity between us. 

She blows out a breath. “I know what this is, why you’re being nice to me—”

“Yeah? Tell me, because I can’t figure it out,” I snap, annoyed she won’t open up while the other side is pissed at myself for asking. “Trust me, I wish I didn’t…” I stop, my jaw clenching.

She stops at the door to class and faces me. “Your paper. I’m sorry I can’t help you, I really am. I love helping others, but I don’t think it’s a good idea for us…” She bites her lip, her gaze avoiding mine. “There’s something about you and me—” She halts and looks down at her feet. “Anyway, I know a few students who tutor athletes. Let me give you their names—”

“No one but you, Anastasia.” 

“What? Why?”

Instinct takes over and I back her against the wall, towering over her. I tilt her chin up, and she doesn’t speak or move, just breathing fast, as my hand slides around to her nape. A hum of heat goes through my body as my hands tangle in her hair. 

“River…what…” Pink rises on her cheeks as her lashes flutter.

Every time, I’m pushing a little more, the dark side of me winning. Monday. Her apartment. Now.

I could kiss her right now, but it’s wrong, immensely, and I’m being bad, so bad…

She gazes up at me, her eyes flaring, the gold around her pupils darkening. She swallows as goose bumps appear on her neck.

A primal sound builds in my throat. 

Anger. 

Frustration. 

Loyalty.

Dammit. I shouldn’t be this close, shouldn’t touch her—

“I’ll wait.” I grind my teeth and step back.

Her lips part, a small puff of air coming out. She looks at my mouth. “For what?”

The lethal side of me, the one itching to play this game no matter the consequences, tries to take over and speak the truth. I shove it down. 

You, I say in my head.

Leaving her there, I sweep past her and go to my seat. 

Five fucking rows back.

About Ilsa Madden-Mills
Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her angsty new adult romances and romantic comedies.

Eight of her eleven novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Fake Fiancée and I Dare You #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things #6; Boyfriend Bargain #8; The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, #4.

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

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Best-selling authors Ilsa Madden-Mills, Meghan Quinn and Adriana Locke,deliver three stand-alone romances about college football players finding true love while on the verge of losing everything.

THE ROMANTIC PACT by Meghan Quinn
Release Date: December 10th

Synopsis:
I haven’t seen her in three years.

I haven’t talked to her since the kiss.

So why am I on a plane, flying across the world to spend a week with her in Germany?

One word: Pops.

My life’s a mess.
My possible football career is hanging on by a thread.
I’m driving the roads of Germany in honor of Pops with the one girl I can never have.
And I’m sharing a bed with her, the girl I’ve measured everyone else up to, while desperately trying to not to touch her.

We made a pact growing up, never to get romantic with each other – never fall in love.

And I’m about to break that pact. For good.

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THE RELATIONSHIP PACT by Adriana Locke
Release Date: December 17th

Synopsis
How hard can it be?

That was the question rolling around Larissa Mason’s mind just before she asked Hollis Hudson to be her fake boyfriend.

It was only supposed to be for five minutes, after all.

Granted, that was also before she felt his hand on the small of her back as he charmed the heck out of her family.

She hadn’t heard his laugh yet either.

And it was definitely before she saw the football god shirtless. Otherwise, she would’ve had an idea of just how hard some things could be.

It turns out that pretending to be in love with a crazily handsome, somewhat enigmatic, and absolutely unforgettable tight end (that has an amazing tight end) is easy.

Reminding herself that just because opposites attract doesn’t mean they’re forever is much harder.

What they have isn’t love—it’s a relationship pact. Right?

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#ReleaseBlitz: Hot for the Handyman by @WhitleyCoxBooks ~ #5stars

Title: Hot for the Handyman
Series: The Single Moms of Seattle
Author: Whitley Cox
Genre: Steamy, Contemporary Romance, Single Mom, Rom-Com
Release Date: December 5, 2020
He’s got just the right tool to fix her broken heart …
Welcome to Seattle, the Emerald City and home to The Single Moms of Seattle. Three sexy single ladies who drink a ton of wine every Saturday night, bitch about life, have each other’s backs, are the ultimate mama bears, and hope to one day, just maybe find love again.
This is Bianca’s story …
Bianca’s life is insane.
A single mom to three kids, she moved back to her hometown of Seattle after her husband cheated and knocked up his secretary.
She’s just trying to get to the next day without pulling out her hair.
With a full-time job as a project manager overseeing the renovations on affordable housing, she’s doing her best to put food on the table for her kids while also proving to the world that she can make it on her own—she doesn’t need a man.
She does however, need a handyman.
Cue, Jack.
He rides in on his Harley with his smoldering blue eyes, a beard and sleeves of tattoos to save her from an abusive contractor.
He’s also a handyman. A Jack of all trades.
Is Bianca’s luck finally changing?
But Jack has one condition before he takes the job to finish the renovations on the new four-plex—she cannot fall in love with him.
An easy task for sure, right?
She just needs him to get the units rentable, love isn’t even on her radar.
But Jack’s not just a flickering flame, he’s an inferno and Bianca is drawn to him like a moth—singed wings be damned.
What happens when summer is over, Jack’s job ends, and he rides off into the sunset? Will he take Bianca’s heart with him, or will he stay and save her one last time—from heartbreak?
**Note: This book can be read as a standalone. It includes lots of steamy scenes, cursing, a sexy alpha male, and of course as with all my books, this has an HEA and no cliffhanger or cheating. If you liked my single dad series, then you’ll love this spin-off trilogy.

“Their story is off the charts steamy and the chemistry oozes from the moment this pair meet. It has passion, drama and is also flirty and heartfelt. The intensity between these two radiates from the words and seeps into your heart and soul.” (Kylee, Goodreads Review)

“OMW! H-O-T…burn the pages right off your Kindle! This is my favorite of all the Single Mom series I loved Hot for the Handyman. Bianca’s story is finally written and man was it worth the wait!” (CheriQBee, Goodreads Review)

Review Graphic
Whitley Cox definitely has a new fan after this!

Bianca Dixon is tired, so tired. Yes, she’s a great mom, and a great property manager, but sometimes it just gets to be too much. On one of the days when it gets to be way too much, Jack Savage rides to the rescue, and saves her in so many ways she can hardly keep count of. But what happens when their time together comes to a close? Will she break her promise to Jack? Or are some promises meant to be broken?

This book was a surprisingly great read! Not only were the main characters a good fit together, but the secondary characters made me want to get to know them for myself. I especially loved Bianca’s children aka “crotch fruit” and her previously single-mom girlfriends.

Bianca is the type of mother I think deep down everyone wishes to be: strong enough to handle most things, but knowing when to allow others to step in, but not step over her completely. Jack is a total swoon fest. He takes care of Bianca in every way, while also encouraging her independence.

I really loved this book. With the title, I was expecting a short, steam-filled, one-handed read. Instead, I got this full book, with lots of heat and smolder, yes, but also packed with so much love, happiness, humor, family and hope. I recommend this book wholeheartedly & unreservedly. You will love it!

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

There went those cheeks again. 

The prettiest shade of fucking pink he ever did see. 

On the prettiest—fuck—the most gorgeous woman he’d ever laid eyes on. 

This Bianca—damn, he even loved her name—was the epitome of sensuality, sexuality and spunk, all rolled into light brown eyes, glossy brown hair and curves he wanted to sink his teeth into. 

He’d been waiting for her to remember him as the man at the intersection who’d given her a thumbs-up when he caught her dancing in the car, but so far, she hadn’t made the connection. 

Her day was rough. He bet she couldn’t remember what she had for breakfast, let alone a man who’d made her cheeks turn that sexy fucking pink as she let loose to Taylor Swift at the red light. 

Sputtering, she blinked a bunch of times over those eyes he wanted to see gaze up at him as she fell to her knees and took him in her mouth. “Fall in love with you? You want me to promise not to fall in love with you?” She snorted before tossing her head back with a laugh. “Good one, Jack. I needed a laugh like that today. Thank you.”

“Just doing my job, darlin’,” he said with a big grin he knew was borderline cheesy. “Keeping the boss-lady happy. But seriously, I’m here to work and just for the summer. Try to keep it in your pants when you’re around me, okay? I got a job to do.” He followed up with an even bigger grin and a wink. 

Her smile was natural and carefree, and it took her looks from a ten to a fucking twenty. “You always this cocky?”

“Not cocky, darlin’, just funny. Love to make people—women—laugh. Make ’em smile. Too much in this world has you frowning. The patriarchy, wage gap, pants without pockets.”

That got her laughing. “It is a plague we all face. Whoever thought pants without pockets was a good idea …”

“Was probably a man.”

“You’re probably right.” Sighing, she nodded. “I’ll do my best to keep it in my pants with pockets and not fall in love with you. You have my word. Besides, love, romance or anything in between is so far off my radar, it’s invisible to the naked eye.” That last bit was said with a twinge of regret in her tone and made him wonder what her deal was. Divorced? Widowed? In a loveless marriage with a limp-dicked moron?

A Canadian West Coast baby born and raised, Whitley is married to her high school sweetheart, and together they have two beautiful daughters and a fluffy dog. She spends her days making food that gets thrown on the floor, vacuuming Cheerios out from under the couch and making sure that the dog food doesn’t end up in the air conditioner. But when nap time comes, and it’s not quite wine o’clock, Whitley sits down, avoids the pile of laundry on the couch, and writes.
A lover of all things decadent; wine, cheese, chocolate and spicy erotic romance, Whitley brings the humorous side of sex, the ridiculous side of relationships and the suspense of everyday life into her stories. With single dads, firefighters, Navy SEALs, mommy wars, body issues, threesomes, bondage and role-playing, Whitley’s books have all the funny and fabulously filthy words you could hope for.
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#ReleaseBlitz: Hard to Hold by @KBrombergDriven ~ #5stars

Rush McKenzie is a bad boy soccer player who’s running from a scandal. Lennox Kincade is an ex-beauty queen who’s trying to revamp her reputation.

What starts as a bit of fun, ends with something they never saw coming.

Hard to Hold by K. Bromberg is now live!

New York Times bestselling author, K. Bromberg, is back with a heartfelt, standalone romance
and a new hero to steal your heart . . .
The contract with Major League Soccer was supposed to help repair my damaged reputation.

Then I discovered that I’d made a deal with the devil: the player I’m supposed to recruit is none
other than the bad boy, star Premier League footballer, Rush McKenzie.

British. Tattooed. Sexy. A man currently at the center of a huge scandal.

The goal? To convince him to stay in the States.

But what’s wrong with a little fun in the meantime? No strings. No sweet nothings. Just a way
to pass the time while we’re both struggling to prove our true selves to the world.
If someone found out our relationship was anything more than professional, it would only serve
to prove all our critics right.

***
I never should have agreed to take the fall.

But I did and I’m a man of my word.

Even if it means risking everything I’ve worked for.

The only bright side is Lennox Kincade.

Gorgeous. Defiant. Rumor-tainted. Totally off-limits.

Sharing a house with the gorgeous sports agent should have been a fun distraction from the
turmoil. Someone to help pass the time while the tensions back home die down.

But what started as nothing, ends up as something I never saw coming.

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Review

“How do you know when it’s love?”

Lennox has lost her mojo. And after an overheard conversation wreaks further havoc with her self-confidence, she runs away to LA to lick her wounds and runs right into Rush McKenzie, the beleaguered British football player that’s presently in all the gossip mags. But as Rush & Lennox get closer, so does his departure date. They both thought that sleeping with each other would be a good way to pass time, to scratch an itch, but it turned out into way more than just two bodies meeting. Will the secrets between them prove to be too much for their new, fragile bond to handle?

This was a good romantic read. Full of complicated yet understandable characters, sass, steam and humor, it’s a book I wholeheartedly recommend.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary romance novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines and damaged heroes who we love to hate but can’t help to love.

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow and her mind scattered in too many different directions.

Since publishing her first book on a whim in 2013, Kristy has sold over one and a half million copies of her books across eighteen different countries and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over thirty times. Her Driven trilogy (Driven, Fueled, and Crashed) is currently being adapted for film by the streaming platform, Passionflix, with the first movie (Driven) out now.

With her imagination always in overdrive, she is currently scheming, plotting, and swooning over her latest hero. You can find out more about him or chat with Kristy on any of her social media accounts. The easiest way to stay up to date on new releases and upcoming novels is to sign up for her newsletter (http://bit.ly/254MWtI) or follow her on Bookbub (http://smarturl.it/KBrombergBB)

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#ARC #Review: Pu$$y Magnet by Tessa Layne ~ #5stars

Pu$$y Magnet: A Friends to Lovers Romantic Sports Comedy (Titans of Tech Book 1) by [Tessa Layne]

Let’s get one thing straight. I love pu$$y. Effin’. Love. It.

Call me shallow, call me a perv, call me a cocky bastard, but the reason I know there’s a heaven is because God made women.

Because no matter who a woman is, a ball-buster in the courtroom or a flower child at an Avitt Brothers concert, I have the keys to their kingdom, and they all want it.

Until Mariah Sanchez – aka Sparky

She wants me.

I can feel it. I can smell it. But for nine months, sixteen days, twelve hours and forty-seven minutes she’s had my “you know what” in irons. Worse, my mouth and my fingers, too. Locked up in an invisible prison of my own making. And because I’m a stupid idiot, the only person I can blame for my predicament is me.

But that’s about to change…

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Review

Harrison Steele can have any woman he wants. And he does. Until one morning, he makes a bet with the one woman he SHOULDN’T want – Mariah Sanchez.

Told mostly from Harrison’s POV, we get a fun, steamy romance from a man who’s accustomed to being in control butting heads with an equally strong female. Sparky doesn’t take Harrison’s crap, and it’s one of the reasons why they work so well together in and out of the bedroom.

I enjoyed this rom-com so much! I laughed quite a bit. Even Harrison’s “perfect junk” got in on the hilarious action! I loved the story arc, and I look forward to the other titan’s stories. The ending really whet my appetite for more.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

#ReleaseBlitz: Hard Love by @SaraNey ~ #5stars

Release Date: November 19

“HARD TO LOVE.”

Hard head. Bad attitude. Terrible boyfriend. That’s what my exes have said about me—but I wasn’t serious about any of them, so what do I care what rumors they spread? What I need is to be left alone; by the press, by the paparazzi, and by women.

 

Too bad I’m about to be surrounded by them for the weekend. My obnoxious, matchmaking brother is getting married, and he’s doing his damndest find me a wedding date…

 

“HARD TO FIND.”

That’s what they say about good men—they’re hard to find. Not that when I find one, I’ll be the type he’s looking for; too nice, too ordinary, too boring.

 

My cousin is getting married, and her fiancé insists on throwing me at his brother. Cold, uncaring professional football player Tripp Wallace would never look twice at a woman like me. Too bad for both of us, I was wrong…

 

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Review

Tripp Wallace is the hot guy that no one really wants since he seems to come off as a bit of an @$$. After Chandler Westbrook hands him a huge serving of humble pie, he’s desperate to get his privacy – and his man card – back. But who could have guessed that forced time together with Chandler would have him eager for the things he never thought he’d get?

I enjoyed this read. It’s not your run-of-the-mill enemies to lovers romance. It’s different but in a really good way. I couldn’t wait for Tripp & Chandler to get together. Tripp’s internal dialogue was hilarious & grumpy, yet very endearing. I loved his 15-year old neighbour – she definitely helped brighten up the pages.

I recommend this read. Tripp & Chandler’s love story proves that looks can be very deceiving, but if you look hard enough underneath the rough edges, the boring, tough exterior, you’ll be more than pleased.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. 


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#ReleaseBlitz: The Mistletoe Trap by @CindiMadsen ~ #5stars

THE MISTLETOE TRAP

by Cindi Madsen
Heart in the Game, #2
Publication Date: November 16, 2020
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Amara, Contemporary, Romance, Holiday


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From the moment Julie sees her best friend, Gavin, in the airport, it’s like no time at all has gone by instead of months and months. No matter how long they’ve been apart, their relationship has always been steady, comfortable, and decidedly just friends. Even though their meddling parents have hung what seems like unlimited amounts of mistletoe everywhere she goes this holiday season, Julie knows some things will never change.

Gavin is well-aware his family’s wanted him and Julie to get together since forever, even though he’s been friend-zoned since they could talk—and he’s been happy to play that role. After all, as the new starting quarterback for the San Antonio Mustangs, he’s got enough on his plate without adding romance to the mix.

But between playing elves in the holiday bazaar to nights spent one-on-one watching rom-coms or soaking in their town’s hot springs, suddenly the “reverse parent trap” they’ve fallen into is actually starting to work. But this could be one scheme where letting themselves get trapped might be way too dangerous.

Each book in the Heart in the Game series is STANDALONE:
* The Wedding Deal
* The Mistletoe Trap

Review

“Time spent in the pursuit of love is never a waste.”

What a fun, heartwarming romantic comedy!

With one of my favourite tropes and set in one of my favourite seasons of the year, Cindi Madsen wowed me with her words and characters. I was hanging on to every scene, eager to see when and how Gavin & Julie would get together.

The Frost & O’Neill families were awesome! I loved their machinations and plots to get Gavin & Julie together – and they were absolutely shameless! I also loved Gavin’s football team. They made for hilarious scenes, too.

Full of love, hope, shenanigans and Christmas cheer, this book is a must-read. I recommend it wholeheartedly and unreservedly.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book, which I received via NetGalley.

ABOUT CINDI MADSEN

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. She loves music and dancing and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children. She and her family also take their Marvel addiction very seriously, as their one-eyed cat, Agent Fury, and their kitty named Valkyrie can attest.

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#BookBlitz: Office Grump by @NicoleSnowBooks ~ #5stars



Office Grump
Nicole Snow
Publication date: November 12th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Nicole Snow returns with a fierce and hilarious office romance where two sworn enemies make undeniable lovers.

My “interview” with bosshole supreme was anything but normal.
He picked the worst day ever to chase me off my favorite park bench.
I retaliated with a spray of cinnamon latte all over his Italian shoes.
Then—for some unholy reason—Magnus Heron offered me a job.

Even his name sounds like a piece of work.
Guess what? He is.
But when you’re single, broke, and barely surviving in Chicago, you hop on the gift horse offering a six-figure salary and ride.
I picked the stallion on a one-way trip to hell.

It’s not the impossibly long hours working under Grump-zilla.
It’s not the fact that he’s snarly, demanding, horribly rich, and chiseled.
It’s not even the pesky way he makes me blush every flipping time we’re together.
Mag is my boss. I’m his lowly assistant. Some rules are carved in stone.

That’s my mantra until we’re sharing a sunset too beautiful for life.
Alone with wandering lips, whispered secrets, and disaster in the making.
The plan was simple: punch the clock, get paid, and keep hating my boss.
What’s the blueprint when the office grump brings me to my knees?

Full-length enemies-to-lovers romance with the banter, intrigue, and slow-burn love worthy of a Happily Ever After. The bossman from Hades meets the hellion he totally can’t stand—until he can’t live without her.

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This book gets all the stars!!

Magnus is enthralled by Sabrina from the day they met. She’s fierce, sassy, and refuses to take his crap, something not many people are brave enough to do. To convince himself that she’s a passing fancy, he transforms into the grumpiest bosshole from hell, but Sabrina volleys his every serve, sending it back with more fire and energy. Will he realise that she can be more than just his partner in the workplace, or will he let the past overrule his heart?

This steamy romantic comedy is a wonderful read. Sabrina is a heroine that you will love almost immediately. She will do anything for the people she loves, including taking a job with a hot “Maggot”. Magnus is so caught up fighting not to be like his father that he has begun to miss the important things in life. With Sabrina entering his life, his concentration suddenly begins to focus on the right things.

I honestly haven’t enjoyed an enemies-to-lovers office romance like this in a long time. I recommend it wholeheartedly and without reservation.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

EXCERPT:

Heron chuckles, burning me alive with that lightning in his eyes. “You must have eclectic taste for an English major. Wasn’t that the other degree listed next to fine arts on your resume?”

I scan the menu. “Huh?”

“I mean, to enjoy The Fireman’s Pregnant Tinkerbell.”

I’m busy reading the entrees—and frowning because there are no sandwiches, probably no fries, ugh—so it takes a second for his words to click.

Fireman’s Pregnant Tinkerbell? He must’ve seen my Amazon search.

Oh, great.

I decide to play it cool. After all, my personal shopping has zilch to do with him.

“Why would it have to be eclectic? There’s a literary reference right in the name. Sounds very English major-y to me,” I say.

“English major-y? Is that a word?” He holds his water up, taking a long, sardonic pull off the glass.

God. If only I could clock him in the nose right here.

“It is now,” I say without looking up.

“Interesting. I must’ve missed the part in Barrie’s work where Tinkerbell even met the fireman.” The bastard winks.

Winks.

My face heats at his words and I abhor how good he is at getting me all riled in more ways than one.

Yeah, no, I decide.

He’s not getting the satisfaction.

I scoff—I have to do something with the fire in my veins—and set the menu down so I can meet his eyes. “I’d love to meet a fireman. If I ever have an evening off in time for dinner, I’ll cruise Tinder or Match for one.”

“You’re serious? Firemen are your type?” His face becomes more serious and slightly angrier than it was like two seconds ago.

Oh, God. Thanks, Mom, for putting me in this predicament. You couldn’t just write a book with a more mysterious title?

I take a deep breath and look him square in the eye.

“Why does that shock you, Mr. Heron? Are you fireman-phobic? They’re heroic, hardworking, protective, and risk their butts all day to save lives,” I say, registering his grump-face growly mood with some satisfaction. I can’t resist adding a dollop of icing to the cake. “Plus, they’ve got big hoses. I know those are things preppy business guys probably wouldn’t know about, right?”

His face is, for once, completely blank.

I’ve caught him off guard.

Ha. I like being the one on top, so I continue while I’m on a roll.

“Especially the big hose part. I mean, you wouldn’t even know what to do with equipment like that. It’s not your fault. There’s no need for a long, thick hose in boardrooms.” I smirk at him and flip through my textbook of a menu again.

A second later, I’m actually a little mortified. My face heats, no doubt giving away the fact that I’m not as confident as my words.

What’s gotten into me?

Author Bio:

Nicole Snow is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author. She found her love of writing by hashing out love scenes on lunch breaks and plotting her great escape from boardrooms. Her work roared onto the indie romance scene in 2014 with her Grizzlies MC series.

Since then Snow aims for the very best in growly, heart-of-gold alpha heroes, unbelievable suspense, and swoon storms aplenty. With over a million books sold, she lives for the joy of making two people fight with every bit of their soul for a Happily Ever After.

Current fan favorites include her Enguard Protectors series, accidental love novels, plus long beloved MC romance thrillers like the Grizzlies and Deadly Pistols.

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#ReleaseBlitz: A Very Bossy Christmas by Kayley Loring ~ #5stars

Title: A Very Bossy Christmas
Author: Kayley Loring
Genre: Steamy Romantic Comedy
Release Date: October 26, 2020

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What’s the actual last thing you’d ever want your executive assistant to see you doing the morning after you had hot, drunk, angry sex with her in a terrible hotel room? Dancing around your terrible hotel room to “Come and Get Your Love” like Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy—naked? Yeah. Me too.
And yet, here we are.
This isn’t even the most unprofessional thing that’s happened between us in the past couple of weeks.
The first was when I agreed to let her have Christmas Day off, but only if she goes with me to three family gatherings as my fake girlfriend.
The second was when she caught me belting out a Christmas song on stage in the awful hotel bar.
The third was the hot, drunk, angry sex that followed, but I do not regret it.
And she hasn’t even found out the real reason I need her by my side this holiday season.
I need to pull it together before I do the dumbest, most unprofessional thing of all—fall head over heels in love with the only assistant who’s lasted more than a month at the job and claims to hate me and my moods more than she hates eggnog.
And I’ve seen how much she hates eggnog.

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I cannot even begin to describe how in love I am with this book! Maddie & Declan are definitely a couple you should be super excited to get to know.

For two months, Declan & Maddie have been working together, and for those two months they’ve been attracted to each other, but haven’t done anything but drive each other mad. Over the Christmas holidays, Declan gets Maddie to fake-date him at family functions. It gets as complicated – and hilarious – as one would expect, but also SO romantic, too.

With a wonderful cast of characters, Kayley Loring delivered a funny, steamy and sweet romance that I eagerly devoured in one sitting. I loved both sides of the family, and would absolutely love to read Eddie’s story next.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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Before writing steamy romantic comedy novels, Kayley Loring got a BFA in creative writing from a Canadian university and had a fifteen-year career as a screenwriter in Los Angeles (under a different name). She mostly wrote PG-13 family comedies that studios would pay her lots of money for and then never make into movies. In 2017 she decided to move to the Pacific Northwest and write about all the fun stuff that she wasn’t allowed to write about in those PG-13 scripts. Now she’s breathing cleaner air and writing dirtier words. It’s an adjustment she’s happily getting used to.
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Secretly hooking up with the team captain’s sister was a bad idea.

In my defense, the first time I saw her I didn’t know who she was.

Kind, gorgeous, a little naïve. Ginny brightened my world from day one.

I knew I was no good for her. She was just out of a relationship and I had a reputation for having a new girl in my bed every weekend.

I tried to do the right thing. Honest.

I’m the one who insisted we should be just friends.

That lasted about as long as you’d expect.

But Ginny? She’s the best–best friend, best everything.

So yeah, hooking up with the team captain’s sister wasn’t a great idea.

Would I do it again?

In a heartbeat.

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REVIEW

What a fun, yet heartwarming read!

Ginny, a freshman, is trying to get over the fact that she just broke up with her boyfriend. She doesn’t want to be with anyone – especially one of her brothers teammates/friends. Yet, Heath keeps her coming back, and before long, she’s caught feelings. Could college get serious so soon?

Heath is insanely attracted to Ginny, but wary of “going there” with the captain’s sister. But, Ginny quickly becomes the brightest part of his life, and he wants to keep the light that she’s brought. Will it all end just as quickly as it began? Or will these friends-who-are-attracted-to-each-other level up their relationship?

I recommend this read. We meet a whole new bunch of great characters, while getting a little peek back at the guys from the Smart Jocks series. A steamy, slow-burn, this book is a great opener for Jenshak’s new series.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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Rebecca Jenshak is a self-proclaimed margarita addict, college basketball fanatic, and Hallmark channel devotee. A Midwest native transplanted to the desert, she likes being outdoors (drinking on patios) and singing (in the shower) when she isn’t writing books about hot guys and the girls who love them.

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#ReviewBlitz: Return Billionaire to Sender by @Annika_Martin ~ #5stars

Return Billionaire to Sender by Annika Martin is now live!

I may be a shy, lowly letter carrier, but when my beloved apartment building is threatened by a mysterious and reclusive billionaire, I’m willing to push the envelope. I’m going to march right up to Malcolm Blackberg’s fortress of fierceness and deliver a cease-and-desist notice he can’t refuse.

Only, no sooner do I get inside his gilded doors than things go sideways–fast. I’m mistaken for Malcolm’s court-ordered emotional IQ coach, as if I’m acting out a wacky postal carrier cosplay.

They drag me in, a sacrificial lamb for the big bad. Make that big, smolderingly sexy bad.

So I make up a lesson involving a story about our building as he glares and fumes. Can he tell that I have no idea what I’m doing?

Before I know it I’m flying around the country, up close and personality testing the most devilishly exasperating man I’ve ever met.

He’s scary for sure…but the way he sometimes looks at me turns my knees to jelly and has me writing love letters to his gorgeous eyes, his mouthwatering smile, his impressive…package.

Our coaching sessions are getting hot-hot-hot, but I can’t let my guard down. If he ever finds out I’m a first-class fake, I’ll lose everything I’ve ever loved in this world…

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Review

Noelle does a complete 180 on her personality to do battle against Malcolm Blackberg, the big bad monster who’s threatening her and her friends’ home. Normally shy, she becomes tenacious and determined, hoping he’ll see things her way. But a case of mistaken identity helps her more than she ever thought it would, but as with all secrets, it could harm their fledgling relationship when unexpected feelings take hold.

Malcolm likes his reputation as a villain. No one is more annoyed than he is that he needs emotional coaching. Yet, “Elle” captures his attention in a way that no other woman has ever done before. And he finds himself caring and feeling things he’s never felt. He’s also doing nice things… But is Elle too good to be true? Is he really less evil than he believes?

I really liked Noelle’s character. She may come off as naive, but she truly believed that she could help people.

I really enjoyed this book. I was rooting for Noelle & Malcolm so hard. The characters from 341 West 45th Street are a hilarious, sweet group that you can’t help but wish great things for.

I unreservedly recommend this fabulous rom-com.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

Meet Annika

Annika Martin is a NYT bestselling author who loves reading fun, steamy books, doing yoga, taking pictures of my cats, rocking out to 90’s music, taking long baths, consuming See’s chocolate suckers, mooning over heroes’ hands, and helping animals. She can be found hanging out in Minneapolis coffee shops with her awesome writer husband and tending her crazy bee-friendly garden. She has also written as RITA award-winning author Carolyn Crane.

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#ARC #Review: Take A Number by @amydawsauthor ~ #5stars

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Title: TAKE A NUMBER
Author: Amy Daws
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: October 15, 2020
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Fake dating the cute owner of a bakery Dean is an investor in sounds kind of messy…but messy can be fun.

Norah Donahue wants bakeries not babies, but her matchmaking mother won’t stop trying to play Cupid.

Dean Moser is a cocky stock market savant whose friends are all settling down, leaving Boulder’s infamous ladies’ man all alone.

When Norah needs a fake date for her parents’ anniversary party, her new silent investor is the perfect guy for the job. It seems like a foolproof plan…

That is until Norah decides to break her biggest rule and lock lips with Dean in the middle of the party to spite her meddling mother.

Turns out that Dean and Norah’s chemistry is sizzling hot, and mixing business with pleasure could turn out to be a recipe for disaster.

Or maybe they can have their cake and eat it too

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The Wait With Me series is simply amazing!

In Take A Number, we finally get Dean’s story. Dean – the metrosexual best friend of Kate and all-round do-gooder player. Offering to help a friend out by being her fake boyfriend turns into the best relationship he’s ever had, but he knows he’s not good enough for her… But can he be?

Norah Donahue is super-focused on expanding her bakery business. She does NOT have time for her mother’s matchmaking shenanigans. Dean Moser is someone she already knows and couldn’t possibly ever fall for. She’s not into babies and weddings, anyway, and certainly not with him, of all people… Right?

Norah & Dean’s story will certainly get you in your feelings as pastry and cookies take on new meanings. I wholeheartedly recommend this hot, funny and sweet read.

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“This is a disaster,” I groan and turn to prop my elbows on the bar. “Can I get another champagne, please?”

Dean sidles up next to me as the bartender fills my glass. “What’s up, sugar? I think your dad likes me.”

I pin him with a warning look. “If you add tits to the end of that sugar, your balls must have a death wish.”

“Why so cheery?” Dean asks, hunching over the bar to sip his brown liquor out of a rocks glass. “Did your mother give you a puppy again? That Elaine.”

“My mother invited Nathaniel here tonight,” I state flatly.

“The perfect teeth guy?”

“Yes.”

“So, what’s the big deal?”

I pin him with an accusing look. “She gave him the impression I was here for him. Like I was some lonely sack who couldn’t get a date even if I wanted to. Jesus, this is embarrassing.”

“Relax.” Dean turns to face the party and rests his elbows behind him like he doesn’t have a care in the world. “We’ll just have to break some of your rules.”

“What do you mean?” I grab a nut from the bowl on the bar and chew on it nervously.

“Well, if you want this guy to steer clear, then a little PDA might be in order.”

“What kind of PDA?” If he says kissing, I’ll spontaneously combust.

Dean seems to read my mind and rolls his eyes. “Relax, sugar cake, I mean a little…affection. Maybe we dance. Maybe I put my arms around your waist or play with your hair a little. Or maybe we get practically pornographic, and I waffle your fingers.” He laughs casually. “Something to show your mother this Nate guy doesn’t have a chance.”

I nod thoughtfully as I process what Dean’s just said. He mentioned touching me so casually like it’s no big deal. I suppose it isn’t since he seems to flirt with anything that walks. But I’ve been out of the game for a while now, and I can count on one hand the number of people I’ve been affectionate with, and even those were years ago. Is this really something I can pull off?

“Norah, drink the rest of that champagne. It’s going to be fine.”

I close my eyes, letting his words sink in while feeling anything but fine. “Okay, just promise you won’t try to kiss me. I’m barely holding it together as it is, and if I have to worry about you breaking the ultimate rule, I won’t survive this night.” I tip the rest of the champagne into my mouth.

“Relax, I won’t tongue thrust you in front of all your parents’ friends. I’m a mountain manwhore, but I draw the line at lip raping.”

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#BlogTour: I Promise You by @ilsamaddenmills ~ #5stars

Will this quarterback score the girl or make the biggest fumble of his life?

I Promise You, an all-new unforgettable, new adult, sports romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is available now!

Dillon McQueen: Babe. I promise. You want me.
Serena Jensen: Um, who are you?

There’s a legend at Waylon University: the first girl you kiss freshman year at the bonfire party is the one you’ll never forget. She’ll crawl under your skin and never leave. She’ll spark a passion so fierce you’ll burn the world down to possess her.

You might even put a ring on it.

As in all things with fate, timing is everything. That kiss can go horribly wrong. She might run in the opposite direction. And boy, did Serena run.

Dillon is Waylon’s hotshot quarterback with something to prove. All he wants is to graduate and make it to the NFL. What he doesn’t need is to finally meet the mystery girl he kissed at the bonfire freshman year. Isn’t it enough that she’s haunted his dreams for more than a thousand nights?

Fate laughs in his face when he runs into the quirky girl at the Piggly Wiggly. Surrounded by his entourage, he’s got all the Oreos in his cart; she gets revenge by buying every six-pack of his favorite beer.

Obviously, that legend is a curse. She’s not his type and hates him. Worst of all, how can she not remember him when she left a Serena-shaped hole in his heart for the past three years?

So why can’t he stop trying to win her?

Will this quarterback score the girl or make the biggest fumble of his life?

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Ahhh! Ilsa has done it again!

You can’t help but get swept up in Dillon & Serena’s story. A stolen kiss that roots itself in two hearts until it fully blossoms 3 years later… How could you not be smitten?!

Serena is the girl who’s been hurt badly by love before to the point that she doesn’t trust her heart anymore. When Dillon McQueen asks for a chance, she’s afraid that it will end up just like before – with her heart in pieces.

Dillon is the hero that steals your heart without you noticing when or how he did it. His willingness to do & be whatever Serena needed him to be won him major points with me. In spite of his personal challenges, he recognises that Serena is the missing piece to his heart, and he fights for her to recognise it.

I enjoyed the secondary cast of characters, especially Nana. Ilsa usually gives us great characters.

I recommend this book, and by extension, ALL of the books in the Waylon University series. They are AWESOME!

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

Excerpt:

The kiss burns a hole right through me and blood rushes to my groin. I’m in over my head—Who cares?—and I groan, deepening our connection. My hands slide down her cheeks, her throat, then to her arms at her sides. Our joined breaths mingling, I trace my thumbs over the rapid pulse in her wrists. My head swims with images of her body draped on top of me—
A cry comes from her as she breaks away from our kiss. “Jerk! Don’t do that. I don’t know you!”
“You liked it, babe.”
“What? No.”
“I’m Dillon.”
“Um, I don’t care. Step away.”
“What’s your name? You got a number?” Dillon McQueen does not give up easily. When he sees what he wants, he goes after it. He also sometimes talks about himself in the third person. “Are you a freshman? I play football. Quarterback.” Usually that’s enough to catch a girl’s interest.
She shakes her head, looking almost surprised as she touches her lips briefly. I think she mutters pigskin-toting Casanova. Then, she flips around.
“No, wait! Don’t go!” I say, reaching out for her, but she’s gone, daring one look over her shoulder as she disappears into the crowd of people.
I take off after her, navigating through the throng, jostling into dancers. One of them, a big barrel-chested guy, shoves at me when I bump into him. I fall on my ass. Heart pounding, I scramble back up, dirt and grass on me as I dart through the crowd and look around. My height gives me a decent vantage point, but she’s vanished.
Off in the distance, the football guys hoot my name, then chant Venus over and over.
Well, hell. The bonfire got me good. She’s gone.
Legend 1, Dillon 0.

About Ilsa Madden-Mills

Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her angsty new adult romances and romantic comedies.

Eight of her eleven novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Fake Fiancée and I Dare You #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things #6; Boyfriend Bargain #8; The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, #4.

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

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#BlogTour: Exploring the Rules by @MariahDietz ~ #5stars

Exploring the Rules, an all-new swoon-worthy enemies-to-lovers standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author Mariah Dietz is available now!

Chloe Robinson is determined to be more spontaneous, exciting, and ‘fun’—whatever that means. Her resolve is put to the test when she learns her twin sister has arranged for them to return to their junior year at Brighton University with a road trip across the country with their best friend, Cooper, and the one person Chloe works to avoid at all costs: Tyler Banks.

Tyler Banks is the heir to Banks Luxury Resorts and Hotels, and this year’s “star football player.” Tyler’s life and future appear bright and endless as the universe, except, his life is in a constant state of balance and currently his greatest balancing act is allowing Chloe to ignore him and believe he’s her enemy when she’s becoming his reason to succeed.

Two and a half weeks.
Seven cities.
And one game of truth or dare that is about to expose everything.

Review

I really enjoyed this read.

Tyler & Chloe can’t stand each other, but something keeps drawing them together at every opportunity. Chloe is a planner, a rule-follower. However, her attraction to Tyler doesn’t follow any familiar pattern and she’s afraid now, that she might be in too deep to claw her way out.

Tyler has been attracted to Chloe from the first day he saw her, but fear and uncertainty have kept him away. Believing himself to only be able to cause her pain, he tries his hardest to get her to dislike him, but his plan backfires as he finds himself eager to soak up every single minute with her.

This story shows how giving people second chances to prove themselves could be beneficial. And it reminds us that, no matter how tough it may be, love is worth fighting for.

I hadn’t read Mariah Dietz before, but I truly look forward to reading more of this series.

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He stops in front of me, dropping his dilated eyes to my mouth, and for a second, I’m so sure he’s going to step forward and kiss me that I’d bet my private invitation to the planetarium next week on the fact. I’ve been on the receiving end of this look before, with the same guy. I’ve seen this exact brand of need and desire darkening his gaze when he invades my space and pushes every limit. I’m so confident he will kiss me that I tilt my chin up to receive him, regretting the instant that I do, because it’s not a thought or a need that dictates the movement—it’s him.
He releases a quiet noise that sounds so much like a scoff. I instantly pull back, humiliation already tinting my cheeks.
“Maybe next time you’ll get your wish.”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” I tell him.
His eyes are sharp as they come down on me, a wolf smile. “You’re a terrible liar.” He turns on a heel and heads toward the stairs that lead to the VIP section, taking them two and three at a time.
Anger quickly follows embarrassment like a shot of liquor, contorting the memory and making everything sting as I wait for Nessie to return.

Meet Mariah


Mariah Dietz is a transplant from the Pacific North West, now living in the South with her husband and two sons who are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world.
Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon where she spent the majority of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created.
She has a love for all things that include her sons, good coffee, books, travel, and dark chocolate. She also has a deep passion for the stories she writes, and hopes readers enjoy the journeys she takes them on, as much as she loves creating them.
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#ReleaseBlitz: First to Lie by @mjohnstonwriter ~ #5stars

Title: First to Lie
Series: Unraveled #1
Author: Marie Johnston
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 21, 2020
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I’m living the dream. My comic book shop supports me and my ailing mother, and I
have a chance to buy the strip mall it’s in. For only a dollar. That is until my dear friend and landlord dies before the sale, leaving the place to his estranged son who plans to shut my store down and sell the building.

If only I can confront my new landlord and convince him how much the place means to me, and how much it meant to his father. But he’s ignoring my calls and my emails, so I take it one step farther and track him down in his nightclub. I should’ve done my research first.

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I inherited all my dad’s assets and ambition, but none of his gullibility. Some young thing tried scamming him out of a place worth millions and she thinks she can fool me. So imagine my surprise when I hit on an insanely hot woman at my nightclub and learn she’s the persistent comic book shop owner I’ve been avoiding.

She stopped in to find me, but has no idea who I really am. It’s time to teach her a
lesson. Using a fake name, I get close to her. The only problem is, I want to keep getting closer and to do that I have to keep lying. 

First to Lie is a full-length standalone novel in the Unraveled series. It was previously published as Unmistaken Identity in the now obsolete Fanboys series.

 
 
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Review

Marie Johnston charmed me as I read this.

Now, Wes is not someone you totally like when this story begins, but you can understand the motive for his actions. Grieving a parent that left his life long before he left the earth, he is stunned and angry at his apparent kindness & generosity to others when he received barely half the same. Deciding to expose Mara for the gold-digger he believes her to be, he isn’t the only one surprised when stronger, softer feelings develop.

Mara is a sweetheart. Forced to grow up fast, she’s wary of men in positions of power over her, or of those who seem to have huge advantages over her. Meeting “Sam” energises her, and lulls her into taking a risk by going out with him. She doesn’t trust easily, but “Sam” strikes feelings and thoughts in her that she never dreamed of. But, is it all too good to be true?

I enjoyed this read. I felt Wes’ frustration and confusion. I also sensed Mara’s hurt and desperation. The story had a great balance of angst & steam, along with some heartwarming moments. It’s a book I would recommend, and I look forward to reading more from this series.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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Releasing November 9

 

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Marie Johnston writes paranormal and contemporary romance. She also works as a medical laboratory scientist and has worked as a public health microbiologist. Depending on the situation, she can be oddly unconcerned about germs or weirdly phobic. Marie’s been a volunteer EMT, a college instructor, a security guard, a phlebotomist, a hotel clerk, and a coffee pourer in a bingo hall. All fodder for a writer!! She has a husband, four kids, and even more cats.
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#ReleaseBlitz: Forever Logan by @AuthorElenaMatt ~ #5stars

Forever Logan by Elena Matthews

(A standalone novel: Once Upon a Player Book 2)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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➜ Enemies to lovers

➜ Hot cop

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Once upon a time…

A sister told her brothers, “Eventually, a girl is going to come along and flip your worlds upside down.”

She was right…

…and Logan was the second to fall.

From the instant Logan locked eyes on Ally, he knew she was the one.

Usually, women flock to him, but the one woman whose attention he wants hates his guts.

Lucky for Logan, his twin brother is getting married to Ally’s best friend, and as the best man, Logan is determined to make good use of planning the wedding to his advantage…especially with Ally being the maid of honor.

It’s tough, trying to make her fall in love with him when all they do is argue, but slowly, Logan begins to show Ally his worth.

Eventually, things between them begin to heat up…and the lust quickly accelerates into something deeper.

But will Logan always need to prove himself to Ally because of his past, or will he ruin everything with one stupid bet?

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Review

This was a fun, sexy read. Logan & Ally’s constant bickering was straight up foreplay, with many humorous interludes.

I liked that Ally was feisty and sassy, and that Logan loved her attitude from day one, instead of trying to tone her down. Even where she could easily have become a victim, she came out swinging. I loved Logan! He knew who he wanted, and he made sure that she knew it, too, and never tried to make excuses. His honesty was a great part of why I enjoyed the book so much.

I recommend this book. Elena Matthews is a new-to-me author, but I definitely will read more of her work.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

Meet the Author

Receptionist by day, author by night, Elena Matthews is from Manchester, United Kingdom, the home of Manchester United, MediaCity, and of course, Coronation Street. When Elena isn’t writing, she can be found with her nose in a book or watching guilty pleasures, such as Grey’s Anatomy. And, when she isn’t doing those things, you can often find her on Facebook, or obsessing over Kellan Kyle, book-boyfriend extraordinaire.

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#BlogTour: Not My Romeo by @ilsamaddenmills ~ #5stars

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Is Jack my real Romeo…or will this gorgeous football player only break my heart?

Not My Romeo, the all-new swoon-worthy contemporary sports romance with heart and heat from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is available now!

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We start off with a lie on Valentine’s Day.

My blind date isn’t the studious guy I expected: he’s a drop-dead gorgeous player with sinful amber eyes. Somehow we end up at his penthouse. I blame the gin and tonic.

The next day I learn he’s Jack Hawke—bad-boy professional quarterback with a murky past. The NDA he has me sign should be a warning that he isn’t a regular person. Please. I sign it Juliet Capulet, so goodbye, famous football player with abs of steel, and good luck tracking down this small-town librarian.

But Jack keeps showing up in places I least expect him. Just when I’m sure he’s gone, he waltzes into my community theater and wins the part of Romeo to my Juliet. How’s a plain, mostly innocent girl like me supposed to resist a man like him?

Is Jack my real Romeo…or will this gorgeous football player only break my heart?

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Review

In a sexy, endearing tale that begins with an entertaining case of mistaken identity, Ilsa Madden-Mills yet again delivers a masterpiece.


…broken people love the hardest…”


Having to constantly measure up while hiding the parts of herself that bring her happiness has been Elena’s life. When she finally goes against her intuition and goes on a blind date on Valentine’s Day, her world is rocked in a way she never saw coming.

Pretending that he’s strong, fearless and always in control has been Jack Hawke’s cover for the past 14 years. Afraid of the pain that he sees as love’s constant companion, he’s shut down emotionally, only giving the bare minimum to appear normal. But as his unexpected Valentine’s Day with Elena continues, he’s struck by the unfamiliar stirrings of want as well as a keen desperation to be in her space always.


Love means making yourself vulnerable; it means giving power to someone to hurt you.”


I really enjoyed this book. Two hearts – more alike than they first thought – finally realise that love with the right person makes it easier to let your guard down and be your true self.

I can’t wait to read the next in the series!

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

 

Excerpt:

 

I pull my white cat-eye glasses out of my purse and slide them on for a better look. My heart flip-flops as butterflies take flight in my stomach. Oh heck no. That can’t be him. He’s . . . he’s . . . freaking gorgeous, and I don’t mean regular handsome but like a movie star: dark hair swept off his face, the strands wavy and unruly with copper highlights, soft and silky brushing against his cheeks, and too long for a newscaster, in my opinion—but what do I know? I don’t own a television.

He lifts his arm to shove his hair back, and my eyes pop at the tightly roped muscles of his forearm and biceps straining through the fabric, the impossibly broad shoulders.

Well, would you look at that.

And this has to be him, right?

I’m in the right restaurant. He’s alone. He’s wearing a blue shirt. He has dark hair. Odds point to yes. Usually the most simple explanation is exactly what it appears. Therefore, he must be my date.

The man in question turns to look out the window, tapping his fingers on the table impatiently, and I take in his profile. Long straight nose, full dark arching eyebrows, and a sharp, bladed jawline. Sensuous lips, the lower one decadently full. Almost wicked. He’s the kind of hot that draws your eyes over and over just to make sure it’s not a mirage. I knew guys like him at NYU—sexy, athletic gym types who played a sport. And those types never gave me a second look. I’d watch them work out while I fumbled my way around one of those god-awful butterfly machines, while beautiful, tall, svelte girls who weren’t sweating fawned over them, bringing them towels, water bottles, and sexy promises.

He takes a sip of an amber liquid, long tanned fingers grasping the fragile container as his eyes rove across the room. They prowl around the restaurant, as if he’s assessing every person in sight, and I feel the sizzle of him even from twenty feet away. Prickles of awareness skate down my spine. I’m the alpha, his body language yells. Come and challenge me.

His gaze drifts right over me without stopping.

Not surprised.

I duck back into the shadows.

Dang it. My hands clench. I wanted nice and nerdy, not this . . . sexy beast!

And judging by the scowl on his face, he’s grumpy. Life’s too short to be dour, Mister. And what is he annoyed about? I am here!

And he did see a picture of me. Topher said so.

Yeah, maybe he doesn’t really want to meet you.

Maybe he’s hoping you won’t show up.

I tap my foot. I should leave. Really.

The smells of Milano’s waft around me, spicy and tantalizing, and my stomach lets out an angry howl. I move from one foot to the next. Every place to eat between here and Daisy is going to be packed. I could always hit a drive-through on the way back home—but how pathetic is a Big Mac and fries on Valentine’s Day? Plus, I’ll have my entire nosy family to answer to tomorrow. They’ve built up this blind date so much: Oooooh, Elena has a date with a weatherman. Ask him if that’s a barometer in his pocket or if he’s just glad to see you.

I give myself a mental pep talk.

Grow some balls, Elena.

Sometimes you have to go out and take what you want.

So what if he’s hot enough to suck the dew off a rose.

You are hungry. Do it for the pasta.

He is your date. Go get ’em, girl.

I gather my resolve, point my little black pumps in his direction, and start marching.

 

About Ilsa Madden-Mills
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Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her angsty new adult romances and romantic comedies.

Eight of her eleven novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Fake Fiancée and I Dare You #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things #6; Boyfriend Bargain #8; The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, #4.

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

She’s addicted to frothy coffee beverages, cheesy magnets, and any book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females. Feel free to stalk her online.

 

 

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#BlogTour: The Six Month Lease by @melanie_munton ~ #5stars

Title: The Six Month Lease (Southern Hearts Club, Book 2)
Author: Melanie Munton
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: August 18, 2020
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Never have I ever…moved in with a guy after dating him for only three weeks.
Just kidding. That’s exactly what I did.
And like most of you are probably thinking, it inevitably blew up in my face when we broke up two days after signing our lease.
Now, I’m stuck living with my ex. The same man who turned my life completely upside down in record time.
For. Six. Whole. Months.
It doesn’t matter how many times he flashes those abs at me after a shower, or how close his bedroom is to mine. I will resist him because he’s simply not the right guy for me.
But if I thought he’d done a number on me before, that’s nothing compared to what happens after I finally learn the secret he’s been keeping from me this entire time.

We touch down on the helipad near Patriot’s Point where we left from. The slab of concrete is on the edge of the now mostly empty parking lot, the park having closed over an hour ago. The sun has lowered in the sky, painting it a pink hue with notes of orange and gold.
West does some more talking into his radio headset while going through the process of shutting the aircraft down, flipping switches and pushing buttons. After I’ve had time to take stock of everything, I realize that I’m coming down from a small adrenaline rush. My chest is heaving, my heart still racing.
Now I really get West’s love for flying. It gives you a high like no other.
Helicopter heroin.
The blades slowly stop rotating until the whooping sound of their spinning eventually ceases. West removes his headphones and unstraps himself. Then he leans over and repeats the same process with me.
But once he has my straps unbuckled, he falls back into his own seat.
Slowly removes his aviators—
And spreads his legs.
It’s only then that I notice the tent between his legs.
“Does that happen every time you fly?” I ask, my gaze lasered in on his lap. “Or is that special for me?”
“It’s always for you,” he answers roughly. “That’s the fucking problem. Nothing does it for me anymore but you. The other night when you went out for drinks with the girls, my hand could barely get the job done, even though it was your naked body I pictured in my head the entire time. It’s like nothing will satisfy except the real you.”
I tsk my tongue. “Poor baby. What do you recommend for the pain?”
He unbuckles his belt, lowers his zipper. “I just gave you a ride.” He reaches inside his briefs, palming his erection. “Now, it’s your turn to give me a nice…long…ride.”
I lick my lips unconsciously, feeling my nipples pucker underneath my breezy, linen dress. “These windows aren’t exactly tinted.”
“No one’s around,” he growls, his face reddening with burning lust. “Plus, the cockpit is facing those trees. No one can see us at this angle.”
My pulse jumps at the word cock.
Wriggling his hips, he shoves his shorts and briefs down past his manhood, freeing his rod until it’s rising straight up in the air. When he wraps his fist around the base, I flashback to how he looked handling the control stick. Gripping it so tight, his fingers absently stroking it when he was letting the aircraft coast.
My God, I never thought helicopters could be so sexual.
I’ll never be able to look at any kind of control stick the same way again.
His eyes lower to my chest. “Come sit on your throne, princess.”

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Review

Loved it!

Melanie Munton delivered a fun & wonderful tale of second chances, acceptance, self-discovery, friendship & love. West & Harper were a couple I began rooting for from the first few pages, and I was so happy with their HEA. I loved their rivalry and enjoyed the pranks a lot!

I really liked West. He was a good friend and partner. He pushed Harper to step outside her mother’s expectations and live for herself. I was sold on him from their first interaction. Harper herself needed to work through some things, but eventually, she became the woman that West and her best friends knew she could be.

I’m loving this group of women so much! I can’t wait for book 3!

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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Melanie grew up in a small town in rural Missouri. After marrying her husband, she decided she wanted to try coastal life because why not? A few months later, they moved to North Carolina where she discovered her passion for writing, and they never looked back. They are now enjoying life with their beautiful daughter in Savannah, GA and loving every minute with their little Georgia peach.

Melanie’s other passion is traveling and seeing the world. With anthropology degrees under their belts, she and her husband have made it their goal in life to see as many archaeological sites around the world as possible.

She has a horrible food addiction to pasta and candy (not together…ew). And she gets sad when her wine rack is empty.

At the end of the day, she is a true romantic at heart. She loves writing the cheesy and corny of romantic comedies, and the sassy and sexy of suspense. She aims to make her readers swoon, laugh out loud, maybe sweat a little, and above all, fall in love.

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#BlogTour: Don’t Like You by Juliet Arya ~ #5stars

Title: Don’t Like You
Series: Say Something Book One
Author: Juliet Arya
Genre: Contemporary/NA Romance
Release Date: August 14, 2020

“This was such a beautiful book. This is a slow burn, full of angst sister’s best friend romance … This couple is just perfection. I love Zoe and Aariv so much. This is an emotional read that I can’t recommend enough.” ~ 5 Star Goodreads Review

I push. She pulls.
I run. She chases.
 
I leap. She follows.
 
I fight. She always wins.
 
Even when we didn’t know the meaning of love, we’ve always belonged together.
 
The first time we met, she saw me naked. Then, she grabbed my balls while I howled in pain.
 
That should have been my clue—this girl has owned my balls since day one. But, nah, I am not that bright with matters of the heart. 
 
I had to go and make things complicated.
 
She is my little sister’s best friend. Growing up, she hung around my house and turned into the bane of my existence. Infiltrating my privacy, claiming me as hers.
 
To get rid of her, I came up with a combat strategy. Every time she tried to talk to me, I would say, “I don’t like you.” And that would shut her up.
 
Now, after years of her persistence and teasing, I want to make her mine.
 
But this time, she is the one playing hard to get.
 
Two sexually frustrated adults with one finish line. What can go wrong? Apparently, a lot.
 
Don’t Like You is a coming-of-age story that follows a childhood crush into adulthood, filled with sexual banter and hot moments in between.

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When you are hurt, I am in pain, and for that, I don’t like you.”

Aariv Sen, since the day he met Zoe Resinger, has always had strong feelings about her. As they grow older, their lives become even more intertwined, making it impossible for them to ever ignore each other. Their story is a humorous, angst-filled journey, as proclaimed enemies struggle with coming-of-age problems and their changing, confusing feelings for each other and the world they inhabit.

Juliet Arya’s debut touches a lot of heavy issues as she takes us on this journey. Told almost exclusively from Aariv’s POV, we get a bird’s eye view of growing up as a young man, with heavy familial expectations, being the firstborn in a minority household. We see the effect a strong friendship network has on mental health. We also see the racism experienced, as well as how the Sen family handles it, compared to the Resingers. We see Zoe’s struggle to find a purpose, instead of just being a trust fund kid, going against societal expectations.

I look forward to more from this author.

I recommend this book. It’s moving, sweet, funny and insightful while reminding us not to take our lives and the persons in it for granted, and that the words “I love you” could be more important than you’d ever know.

The door bangs open. She charges into the room with purpose, her eyes locked on me. 
“Who the hell gave you the right to say no to me? You are a pathetic jerk. I. Reject. You.” Her index finger points into my chest. “A chauvinist, egotistical pig.” She jabs again at my chest. 
When I don’t reply, she turns, walking away, leaving me frustrated. Yes, I said frustrated. She is golden red and simmering. She is beautiful, angry, and screaming at me. My heart dives and swims in a puddle of satisfaction at the sight of her. A sigh leaves my lips. A few muffled laughs around me break me out of my reverie. 
I run after her. I need to check something. Right when she is crossing my office, I grab her arm and pull her inside to lock the door behind us. 
“Fucking hell,” she yells, trying to free her hand. 
After days and months of nothing, her eyes are alive again. She is heaving, her breasts rising and falling. What we once had is back with a vengeance. She is turned on. She hates that she is feeling things for me again. I can tell by the way she looks at me, the way she fights to not look at my lips, the way her body reacts. I have an office with a street-view window and a large desk. The large mahogany desk has found a new purpose in life.  
“Let go, asshole.” She pushes on my arm, and I realize I am holding her waist too close.  
“Watch your mouth,” I say. I am sure there are people outside my door, trying to eavesdrop. 
She glares back at me. “Who do you think you are to reject me? I don’t want to marry you either. At least I dare to say it to your face. Coward.” 
“You really want to be a housewife? Is that your only life goal?” I ask softly.  
“Both our mothers were housewives, and raising us was their only goal. They did a proud job, you sexist jackass.” 
“You want to make babies and change diapers?” I ask. 
“I am all for making babies. I am not changing diapers though,” she sasses me back.  
She wants to make babies. The best news I have heard in a very long time. My cock was dying a slow, painful death this morning from a curious case of blue balls. Now, the raging fucker is hopeful for a miraculous cure.  
Dream on, buddy. No harm in wishful thinking. 
My cock is already in a standing ovation, the images of Zoe naked imprinted in my memory. My gaze drops to her chest. She has perfect tits. This older Zoe standing in front of me is not shy; she knows how to handle a perv.  
“Hello? Eyes up here.” She snaps her fingers in front of my face. 
I laugh at her tone. I am instigating her anger so that she confesses she wants me. Angry sex? I can ace that.  
I will change our baby’s diapers any day. I will run home and back every time my daughter or son poops or pisses. I am going to move my work to where my baby is and work from home. I want babies, cute girls with long dark-chestnut hair and rosy cheeks like Zoe and boys with big dicks like mine; it’s called handing down the good genes.  
But first, let me argue and frustrate her to a point where she decides to rip off my clothes and demands I fuck her brains out.  
So, I say, “So, I have to change diapers? I have to work all day in the office and then come home and change diapers while you sit at home and look pretty.” 
“No, silly. Why would you change my baby’s diapers? The child’s father will. I could let you be the nanny, but you don’t like me, remember? Isn’t that what you said this morning to your entire family?”  
“Who the fuck is the child’s father?” I charge in an agitated voice. 
What does she mean by the child’s father? Does that mean I am not the father? If I am not the father, is she cheating on me? Anxiety fills my body. She is having a secret affair with some bastard while I’ve been waiting on the sidelines. I am going to kill this guy. 
Zoe looks at my confused face and lets out a barely audible giggle.  
A giggle.  
But she quickly steadies herself. “I haven’t decided who the father will be yet.” She flicks her hair off her shoulder with a shrug. 
So coldhearted. That was not funny.  
She smiles, smugly satisfied when I let out a breath of relief. Her eyes burn with need as they fall on my lips, trail down my neck, she watches as my Adam’s apple bobs. Her eyes travel down to the skin peeking from the collar of my shirt. Zoe’s heated eyes drop to my cock for a quick glance, just once. She leaves, watching me lick my lips as she sashays her ass out of my office. 
That ass is going to be the death of me.  
Orgasms. I need to find a way to give her some orgasms and get her to forgive me. Then, we can make babies and get married.  
No, wait. First, marriage and then babies. I am orthodox and traditional that way.


Juliet lives in a house of chaos surrounded by the humans she loves. Her skill set includes drinking but never getting drunk, cooking hearty dinners and day dreaming while lusting after hot book boyfriends. She loves romantic rainy day picnics and good innuendos with equal measure. ‘Don’t Like You’ is her first book.
 

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#ReleaseBlitz: Hard Fall by @SaraNey ~ #5stars

Release Date: August 18

“Hard Fall”

That’s what my mom is always saying: “The bigger you are, the harder you fall.” She’s talking about love—I’ve never been in it myself, but that doesn’t stop me from secretly matchmaking for my friends. Who would suspect me, a world class athlete, of meddling in other people’s love lives? I love Love, especially when it’s not me who’s doing the falling…
“No Thanks.”

 

That’s what Hollis Westbrooke said when I asked her on a date. Well, propositioned her, actually—but it was all a big joke; one she doesn’t think is funny. My stomach is in knots since I might actually like this girl so the joke is on me. Hollis’s father is my boss—and she doesn’t date players.


The bigger they are, the harder they fall—especially when biggest player is me.

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Review

I can’t begin to express how much I loved and appreciated this story. I enjoyed book 1 in this series so much, but I think Trace’s story is my favourite now.

Trace Wallace, being his usual self, hits on a pretty woman at the stadium. She rejects all his advances, and leaves him floundering. Later, he finds out that she is the daughter if his team’s general manager, Hollis Westbrook. As fate would have it, they cross paths a few days later, with Trace rescuing Hollis just when she needed it, but with some fun conditions.

Trace is the guy that slowly but surely grows on you, in spite of how annoying he comes off as being. He’s the friend – and lover – you didn’t know you needed, as Hollis soon realises. Though their “relationship” didn’t start out with the usual romantic undertones, she soon sees that Trace has her back through every thing – big or small.

This story is fun, heartwarming and sweet. Sometimes, it’s easy to judge a book by its cover, or believe that the mistakes of your past will always repeat themselves. Trace & Hollis’ story showed that a little perseverance and patience can win you the best love of all.

I wholeheartedly & unreservedly recommend this book.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

Meet Sara Ney

Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. 


Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced lattes, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British. 
 
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#ReviewBlitz: Troublemaker by #KayleyLoring ~ #5stars

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TO: Alex Vega

FROM: Emilia Stiles

SUBJECT: Hello

Dear Mr. Vega,

I felt it necessary to follow up on today’s meeting, since we weren’t able to speak candidly in front of your son.

I was shocked to discover that you are Ryder’s dad. Given that your ex-wife will be out of the country for a while and you are currently his primary caregiver, I’m sure you understand why we need to establish boundaries and etiquette. I think it would be best if we just pretend that we met in person for the first time today.

Your son is a very bright (flirtatious and talkative) student and since his education is a top priority for both of us, I hope I can count on you to respectfully refrain from grinning at me, using that sexy tone of voice, and undressing me with your annoyingly beautiful brown eyes if we should happen to interact with each other again in the future.

Thanks so much,

Miss Stiles

TO: Emilia Stiles

FROM: Alex Vega

SUBJECT: Re: Well, hello again…

Dear Miss Stiles,

Great to hear from you. My son’s education is indeed a top priority. As such, I respectfully agree to refrain from doing all of the aforementioned things.

However, I can’t promise to stop thinking about that kiss at the bar this summer. I’ve been thinking about it for the past month. It’s interesting how humorless and uptight you are about my son’s totally awesome personality, given that I have personally witnessed just how flirtatious and talkative you yourself can be when mildly intoxicated.

You’re so welcome,

Alex

P.S. I volunteered to be a chaperone for your next field trip. See you then.

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Review

This book gets ALL the stars!

Every love story has a happily ever after if you look for it.”

Four years after a divorce, Alex Vega is wondering if he will ever find love again – the kind that’s depicted in romantic movies, but lasts forever. His son, Ryder, & work fill his life, but aren’t quite enough. After experiencing a one-of-a-kind connection with a woman on a night out, he begins to believe that maybe, he just might be able to experience the kind of love that’s almost unexplainable. When he realises that his night-out-lady & Ryder’s new teacher are the same, parent-teacher meetings get really exciting.

Armed with a list of reasons “why not” but desperately looking for her own version of happily ever after, Emilia Stiles has already been burned by love before moving to LA. So, when her hot-guy-experience turns up as a student’s parent, she wonders how exactly she managed to get blessed then cursed so spectacularly. Tiptoeing near the line of propriety, will she have to choose between love and employment?

I loved Alex! He was the right kind of alpha & romantic. He was attentive to his son’s needs, and understood when to pull back when Emilia expressed her doubts and fears. I felt a kinship with Emilia, because, hello! Books! Ryder absolutely stole the show – in my opinion. He was the best matchmaker!

I love this book! Alex, Emilia & Ryder filled my heart to overflowing with their love story. I’ve never been so entertained, moved or turned on in my life while reading a single scene lol!

I highly recommend this book.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Before writing steamy romantic comedy novels, Kayley Loring got a BFA in creative writing from a Canadian university and had a fifteen-year career as a screenwriter in Los Angeles (under a different name). She mostly wrote PG-13 family comedies that studios would pay her lots of money for and then never make into movies. In 2017 she decided to move to the Pacific Northwest and write about all the fun stuff that she wasn’t allowed to write about in those PG-13 scripts. Now she’s breathing cleaner air and writing dirtier words. It’s an adjustment she’s happily getting used to.

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#ReleaseBlitz: A Moment Like You by @Author_ClaudiaB ~ #5stars

My existence has one purpose, her.
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USA Today Bestselling author Claudia Burgoa presents a witty, funny & heartfelt billionaire, enemies-to-lovers romance.

I hate my boss. He’s the devil in disguise—but I just can’t seem to stay away.

When my employer Henry Alderidge is set to claim a large inheritance from his deceased father, he drags me along with him—because he needs his assistant. I have no choice but to move across the country with Satan’s bastard and stay with him for over a year in order to pay for my mother’s debts.

Henry drags me to a small town where everyone knows your business and to a family that’s more broken than close. The Alderidge brothers are handsome, arrogant, and sinful.

They’re also too much to handle.

Henry’s dad lost his mind before he died, and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I don’t know how I’ll survive for eighteen months with this man.

Except you should never judge a book by its cover. And Henry Alderidge has more hiding beneath the surface than I ever thought possible…

The Baker’s Creek Billionaire Brothers series is a romantic comedy saga packed with the perfect mix of angst, tears, and laughs. If you like strong heroines & alpha males, steamy romances and witty love stories, this series is for you!

Review

This book is everything its blurb promised and more.

Henry Aldridge has admired his assistant from the day he hired her. And in the years they’ve worked together, he’s managed to fall deeply in love with her. Unsure of how to express his love and admiration because of his fear of rejection, he pushes her buttons to garner the attention he craves from her.

Sophia Aragon is simultaneously turned on and off by Henry, but more turned on. She hates that he doesn’t seem to appreciate her hard work, but hates that she misses him whenever he’s away from her side for too long. But just as they surrender to the chemistry between them, Henry’s late father’s wishes spring a surprise – or is it a trap? – on them.

‘A Moment Like You’ is moving, funny and sweet. The Aldridges are an entertaining band, and I can’t wait for more shenanigans. I enjoyed Sophie & Henry’s banter. I really loved Sophie’s character – she’s a bad@$$. The twists in the story were unexpected but made for really great reading. I recommend this read wholeheartedly.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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About the Author:

Claudia is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author. She lives in Colorado, working for a small IT. She has three children and manages a chaotic household of two confused dogs, and a wonderful husband who shares her love of all things geek. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.

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#BlogTour: Unexpected by @LizaGaines ~ #5stars

About the Book:

Unexpected by Liza Gaines

Series: A Public Relations Novel, Book 2

Publisher: self-published

Release Date (Print & Ebook): August 11, 2020

Subgenre: Contemporary Romance

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UNEXPECTED is a contemporary romance that follows on from book 1 in the Public Relations series, UNDISCLOSED.  Amidst the strenuous challenges of a competitive political campaign and Mac’s never-ending family drama, Mac and Gwen’s world is once again upended by the surprise of an unplanned pregnancy…

If you enjoyed UNDISCLOSED, then you absolutely have to take a look to find out what happens next in Mac and Gwen’s lives!

Book synopsis:

Gwen

Just as Mac and I have found a sort of routine in our unorthodox relationship, our world is rocked with shocking news—I’m pregnant. Not exactly ideal timing, given how busy the firm is on this high-stakes Presidential campaign, not to mention Mac’s tenuous new connection with our son. As we deal with all these complications, I’m learning how to compromise with Mac so he can be a bigger part of our children’s lives—and despite my efforts, I’m falling in love with him. But when I discover Mac’s been keeping huge secrets of his own, I begin to realize how precarious our relationship really is…and now I have to protect my heart at all cost.

Mac

One blurry photo of a blue plus sign is all it takes to throw my life in turmoil. I’m already struggling with doubt about fatherhood, consumed with fears that I’ll turn out just like my old man. I’m determined not to let my newfound family down, though. But when campaign scandals start hitting too close to home, I’m suddenly faced with important decisions about my future with my family, my career, and Gwen.

REVIEW

Just as Gwen has cleared the hurdles of Tristan & Mac meeting, and then getting along, she finds out that she is pregnant. Worried about what it would mean for her own burgeoning relationship with Mac, Gwen goes on the offensive. Mac is just figuring out fatherhood and enjoying the fact that the one-who-got-away is sleeping in his bed every night when her pregnancy news blindsides him. His deep-seated insecurities about fatherhood are just one of the many obstacles the couple has to deal with in this installment.

I have to say that I really am enjoying this serial. Mac & Gwen simultaneously make me want to hug and throttle them. They’re so in love with each other, but are still so afraid of not being enough for the other person, that they are already hurting themselves needlessly.

I love the angst and drama that the author managed to weave into the story. It kept me stuck to the book’s pages, and super eager for ‘Undeterred’. While I don’t mind serials in romantic suspense, this is the first time I am really excited for the installments in a contemporary romantic serial without getting overly annoyed by the cliffhangers.

I recommend the series so far, and hope that book 3 is everything that I expect it to be.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

EXCERPT

“Fucking hell, Gwen, I…” His deep, rumbly voice is broken by his labored breathing, but even so, it’s so rough with emotion it’s palpable. A real, tactile thing I can feel as surely as I can his touch, and my oversensitive skin blooms with goosebumps.

“What?” I ask, tugging on the hairs at his nape. Whatever he’d been about to say, I want to hear it.

Mac shakes his head, pressing his face into my hair, his lips tickling my ear. “Just don’t ever run away again, Gwen. Please don’t run.”

His vulnerability takes me by surprise, my already racing heart slipping into overdrive. Torn between offering him reassurance and begging for forgiveness for the way I obviously hurt him, I don’t know what to say. The words and thoughts are all jumbled together, twisted up with the volatile sensations of my looming orgasm, and I can’t sort through them to assemble a coherent thought. So instead I say his name and hope that in that one word, he can hear all the things I want to say and can’t.

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About the Author:

Liza Gaines grew up in Michigan before moving to Virginia in 2007.  She misses her family and the Great Lakes but has otherwise fallen in love with her adopted home state.

A dedicated reader, Liza often has her nose in a book.  She also enjoys cooking, baking, knitting, and watching terrible science fiction movies with her husband.  Their small farm in Fredericksburg, Virginia is home to an ever-expanding menagerie that currently includes three dogs, five cats, two horses, and three goats.

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#BlogTour: Sweet Love by @authormiakayla ~ #5stars

Title: Sweet Love

Author: Mia Kayla
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 29, 2020

That awkward moment when you insult the boss on your first day on the job.

Yeah, that just happened.

In my defense, if I’d known it was Connor Colby of the Colby’s Chocolates and Candies empire standing by the display dressed in a candy cane-striped suit, I never would have opened my mouth to tell him that their signature chocolate bar sucked.

How was I supposed to know he was the boss man?

He was in town temporarily to help save his father’s company.
I was only there for a payday to jump start my art career.

I had one job—help him come up with a rock solid marketing plan.
The task included long nights and late dinners working by Connor’s side.
It did not include kisses, sex in the supply closet, or … worst yet, falling in love.

Why is that so bad you ask?
Because the man is leaving right after our mission is complete. Job done.
Finito.

Will our sweet love turn into sour patched tear jerkers or will he be my big hunk, now & later and forever?

 
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Connor is back this time in Chicago to do one thing only – miraculously save his father’s confectionery company, then get the hell on back to his own job in New York. But he meets Charlie, who hates chocolate, but seems to hold the key to his dilemma, and suddenly its his own heart that needs to be saved.

Charlie is a new transplant to Chicago. After insulting Connor and his family’s business on her first day, she’s surprised that he wants to still keep company with her. When they both find a way for her art & a marketing strategy to blend, Charlie’s confidence & creativity soar. But, as Connor’s visit winds down, Charlie finds herself wishing that a different kind of sweetness – the kind she finds in Connor’s arms – would last forever.

This is truly a sweet, emotional read. It’s also filled with lots of sass & humour, too. I wasn’t ready for it to be over.

I really loved Connor & Charlie as a couple. I loved their shy, awkward beginnings, and I loved reading as they figured out all the other things that went hand-in-hand with love. Charlie is the type of heroine that you can’t help but cheer on. She’s sweet, selfless and vulnerable. She has it within her to be a sort of cool bad-@$$; she just doesn’t know it yet. Connor is a wounded hero. He’s been hurt by his family, but still tries to do the right thing because he loves them. Watching his character development, and as he recognises that forgiveness others is the best gift to give to yourself was pretty awesome. I also loved that Connor always made sure that Charlie knew he cared. He never withdrew from her, even after a fight.

I wholeheartedly & unreservedly recommend this read. You’ll love every line.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

Mia Kayla is a New Adult/Contemporary Romance writer who lives in Illinois. She is the wife to the husband of the year and mommy to three unbelievable cute little girls who have multiplied her grey hairs. 
In her free time she loves reading romance novels, jamming to boy bands, catching up on celebrity gossip and designing flowers for weddings.
 
Most of the time, she can be caught on the train with her nose in a book sporting a cheeky grin because the main characters finally get their happily-ever-after at the end. 
 
She loves reading about happy endings but has more fun writing them.

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#BlogTour: Restraint by @AuthorALocke ~ #5stars

RESTRAINT by Adriana Locke
Release Date: August 3rd

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Blurb:
Blaire Gibson knows better than to have one-night stands.

She prides herself on her decision-making skills. It’s the one asset that has never let her down. But even the best thinkers have weaknesses. Hers is a delicious business mogul with a quick tongue. Unfortunately for her, that tongue is good for more than just talking.

Holt Mason doesn’t need to justify anything to anyone.

He wants Blaire. He pursues Blaire. And he gets Blaire because that’s how his life works.

Until it doesn’t.

What begins as a single night in a hotel room spirals into an unusual agreement. As late nights provide the space to trade secrets and walls come tumbling down, more is shared than just pillow talk.

They both should’ve known better. They should’ve shown restraint. Because when guards are dropped, hearts get hurt.

*RESTRAINT is a brand-new standalone romance from USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke.

Review

Blaire considers herself smart, so having a one-night stand is not something she would ever advocate. Romance and all its shenanigans have left her more than a little cold, too. She also knows better than to continue said one-night stand as a multi-night stand with a stranger, but all her common sense seems to leave her when in Holt Mason’s presence. She finds herself being brave enough to try different things – but how brave would she be in the face of love?

Holt knows that there is something special about Blaire Gibson the minute he bumps into her in the middle of the airport. Her determination to stay aloof does nothing to push him away. He is initially confident that a temporary fling should sate his hunger for her fire, but as they spend time together, he realises he cares about more than just a roll in the sheets with her. Will he convince himself that he is enough for Blaire?

This romance is full of love, laughter, acceptance and the knowledge that once you’re willing to try, anything is possible. I loved the Mason family. The brothers are hilarious and entertaining together. We’ve already had a taste of the different personalities, and I’m honestly looking forward to each story.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

About the Author:
USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.

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#ReleaseTour: One Little Dare by @barbetti ~ #5stars

Release Date: July 29

 

Truth or dare? I always choose a dare. And no matter the dare, I always follow through.

Even if it means walking down a busy street in my bathrobe and hair curlers.
Or recreating that iconic When Harry Met Sally deli scene while on a crowded subway. 
Or hitting on a handsome stranger in a bar.
And then … marrying that stranger. While in Vegas.
But the one thing I’m not supposed to do is fall in love with this man.
That wasn’t part of the dare.
Only my heart never got that memo.

 
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Review

In this emotional offering, Whitney Barbetti tackles life, death and guilt, but with sweetness.

Liam is in Vegas after the death of his best friend. Afraid of his own thoughts, and struggling not to wallow under the guilt of the what-if scenarios in his head, he’s unsure how to grieve. Catching the eye of a woman in a bachelorette party kick-starts a chain of events that have him taking the biggest risk of all – falling in love.

In every group, Tori is the wild one. She’s spontaneous, fun and loves to shock people. Because she never turns down a dare, she crosses paths with Liam. Yet, underneath the fun and games, she senses that her pretense at a fake marriage could easily turn into yearnings for a real, meaningful relationship with him.

I really enjoyed this read. Fans of fake relationship tropes will definitely love it, as two complete opposites find in each other what they didn’t know they were looking for.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

Meet Whitney Barbetti

 
Whitney Barbetti writes character-driven contemporary and new adult romance novels, heavy on the emotional connection. Thanks to her passion for mental health awareness, she often writes characters who suffer from some type of mental illness, in an effort to help people understand them better and to rid the stigma that surrounds those who live bravely despite their struggles.
 
As a Navy brat, Whitney grew up all over the country, from California to Colorado and up and down the eastern United States. She currently resides in the western United States with her husband, two children, and two ridiculous cats. Her favorite things include Taco Bell, Diet Coke, terrible reality tv, and a really good thriller novel.



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I’m in love with my best friend…

Like all sad stories, mine begins with Johnnie Walker Red, bad decisions…
And a dick pic.

During a wild night, my teammates start goofing around. Riding me about my childhood crush, Cora.

I love my sweet, smart Cora with all my heart. Since catching fireflies in a mason jar. Since holding hands behind the jungle gym. Since forever.

If I put my heart on the line, she might reject me and shatter it into a million pieces.

It would be over before it even had a chance.

But with one press of a button, her entire knitting circle sees my junk.

Even her grandma.

But they don’t know it’s me in that filthy picture. Whew. Crisis averted.

Until Cora figures out the truth.

Now one silly mistake just might take away my one chance with the woman who holds my heart in the palm of her hand.


About the Author:

Colleen Charles is the USA Today Bestselling author of Perfectly Imperfect Romance for perfectly imperfect readers.

Take a chance and join her… you won’t be sorry you did.

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#CoverReveal: Blitz by @authoramwilliam

Join us for the cover reveal of Blitz by A.M. Williams. Fans who love Sports Romances will sink their teeth into this sexy, enemies to lovers romance. Keep scrolling for more details about this sexy cover. 

Title: Blitz

Author: A.M. Williams

Release Date: 5/11/2021

Genres:  Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Trope: Enemies to Lovers, Humorous Romance

One sexy football player. One sassy small town librarian.

Is there any hope for happily ever after?

Charlie

HEA? No way.

Jasper Sutton is the reason I watched my dream go up in smoke.

I don’t care that he’s ridiculously hot and the night we met was one of the best of my life. The fact that he’s also funny and easy to talk to means next to nothing. 

He tore all my hopes to shreds when he bought the old library to turn it into a gym.

I can’t forgive him. 

Jasper

Charlotte “Charlie” Drake is something else. And I don’t mean that as a compliment.

She might be gorgeous and sexy, but she’s also headstrong and stubborn.

I get it–I messed up. I didn’t have all the facts and took things too far.

But I’m crazy about her. She’s the only woman who looked past my name and reputation to see the real me. I want to prove to her that I’m serious, I’m sorry, and we could be good together.

What does it take to get over the ultimate fumble and still win the game?

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A.M. Williams is just a simple girl from the south that found herself living abroad. When she’s not annoying her cat or reading, she’s spending time with her husband and traveling as much as possible. She has a serious case of wanderlust and wants to go as many places as possible while she can. She loves Cheerwine, sweet tea, and North Carolina (eastern style) BBQ as well as those crystal clear waters on the North Carolina coast.

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#ReleaseBoost: Hers to Tame by Avery Samson

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Maggie Emerson has known Colin Rhett since meeting him in her friend’s swimming pool her freshman year of college. Everyone knows the playboy with the movie star good looks. They also know he goes through women with barely a second thought. So what does she do when he appeals to the literature teacher in her? She gives him a book, of course. What about when he doesn’t stop at one? Maybe the Colin everyone thinks they know is really much deeper than anybody gives him credit for. If she looks, really looks at him, will she find the man of her dreams or that same playboy she thought he always was?

Colin is a successful attorney with a different woman every week, but what he really wants is the one woman he can’t have. All he has wanted since that fateful day in the swimming pool six years ago is to be her hero, but there was always a reason holding him back. Will this finally be his chance to prove to her that he can be the man she needs? If he has to read every damn book in the bookstore, he’s going to fight this time for that right.

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Avery Samson grew up on a ranch outside of a small west Texas town. Since she could remember, she’s had her face stuck in a book. She left ranch life to attend Texas Christian University where she studied History and English receiving her Bachelor’s degree.

After living all over the state of Texas, she now finds herself back on one of the family ranches near Dallas with her husband surrounded by cattle. When not traveling or reading, she spends her time writing.

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#ReleaseBlitz: Cocky Cruiser by @Nikki_Sparxx ~ 3.5 stars

Title: Cocky Cruiser
A Cocky Hero Club Novel
Author: Nikki Sparxx
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 11, 2021
Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are excited to bring you the Cocky Hero Club: original works from various authors inspired by Keeland and Ward’s New York Times bestselling Cocky Bastard series.
BLURB
Adele
I never expected to meet a handsome stranger on a family vacation with my brother, Chance and his wife and son. And I sure as hell didn’t expect to hop on a nineteen day cruise with said handsome stranger across the Pacific.
Hey, you only live once, right?
I didn’t have the best track record. I’d made some bad decisions in my life and hurt people in the process. For some reason, this trip felt like a new beginning for me; a fresh start to finally get my life back on track.
I just didn’t plan to fall in love in the process.
Cohen
I wasn’t sure what made me invite the beautiful bombshell on the cruise with me; maybe I just didn’t want to be alone and be reminded of what I’d lost the entire time.
I didn’t expect anything in return from her. I didn’t want to complicate things. But somehow one thing led to another and I kept telling myself that she was just a fling. I didn’t do love or relationships and I wanted to keep it that way. Once the cruise was over, we’d go our separate ways and would have some unforgettable memories to last a lifetime.
At least that’s what my plan was. But sometimes, life doesn’t always go according to plan.
Author’s note – Cocky Cruiser is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
Cocky Cruiser is a strangers to lovers romance inspired by Cocky Bastard.
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REVIEW
Adele is slowly recovering from a few bad decisions. Trying on her new confidence, she decides to go on a 19-day cruise with the friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend, Cohen James. Telling herself she’s only in it for the perks, she sets about to enjoy everything the cruise life has to offer, but ends up falling for Cohen.

This is a sweet & predictable, romance, but I did enjoy reading it for the most part. Some parts made me go “Are you serious???” while the descriptions of the activities and destinations reinforced listing ‘Go on a cruise’ as a bucket list item.

I can recommend it as a read to lose yourself in for a little while.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.
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Lover of angst, drama, and happily ever afters, Nikki Sparxx is the bestselling author of The Scars Series. When she’s not writing, Nikki enjoys reading, binging Netflix, and spending time with her real life book boyfriend, Landon.
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#ReleaseBlitz: Wrecked by @katransomauthor

Title: Wrecked

Series: The Donington Racing Series
Author: Kat Ransom
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: April 9, 2021

We’re best friends. The original forbidden fruit.
We have to stop this before it wrecks us both.

Jo
I moved away from my best friend when I was fifteen. It nearly killed me.
A decade later, he disappeared after a devastating Formula 1 crash left him a shattered, broken, husk of a man.
I had no choice.
His demons control him.
My wagon has always been hitched to Logan Kendrick, Australia’s sexy hero F1 driver, my boss, and best friend since we were kids. Whether he chooses to drag me up into heaven, or down into darkness, is entirely irrelevant, because that’s where you’ll find me. Like a pathetic fangirl, I’ve been hopelessly in love with my best friend since I was six years old, and he will never know it.
Logan
I’m the rookie son of a legend, a three-time world driver champion. I get by on a charming smile and sarcastic Aussie wit, but I will never measure up. We all know it.
I’m a murderer. Nothing I do changes the fact that I killed a man. Doesn’t matter if it was an accident. I deserve the nightmares, the guilt. Forgive me, mate, if I go off the rails from time to time.
I’ve been in love with my sports physiologist, my best friend, Jo, for as long as I can remember. Regardless of how my body reacts as she slathers me in massage oil every day, how inappropriate it is, I can’t live without her. And she will never know it.

I have no choice.
Her future isn’t with me.
I have to let her go. And it’s going to be the death of me.


 





Kat Ransom writes steamy romances filled with strong, sarcastic men and the sassy women who bring them to their knees. She lives in the Southern US and is owned by two janky rescue cats. When she isn’t writing, she’s exploring isolated corners of the world or curled up with a wool blanket and a stiff whiskey trying to warm up her perpetually cold toes.


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#ReleaseBlitz: Hers to Tame by Avery Samson ~ #4stars

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Maggie Emerson has known Colin Rhett since meeting him in her friend’s swimming pool her freshman year of college. Everyone knows the playboy with the movie star good looks. They also know he goes through women with barely a second thought. So what does she do when he appeals to the literature teacher in her? She gives him a book, of course. What about when he doesn’t stop at one? Maybe the Colin everyone thinks they know is really much deeper than anybody gives him credit for. If she looks, really looks at him, will she find the man of her dreams or that same playboy she thought he always was?

Colin is a successful attorney with a different woman every week, but what he really wants is the one woman he can’t have. All he has wanted since that fateful day in the swimming pool six years ago is to be her hero, but there was always a reason holding him back. Will this finally be his chance to prove to her that he can be the man she needs? If he has to read every damn book in the bookstore, he’s going to fight this time for that right.

Photo: Wander Aguiar Photography
Models: Wayne & Ivenize

Review

Colin has loved Maggie from afar from the moment he saw her five years ago. Losing himself in a string of women hasn’t eased the ache, and it’s getting harder and harder to stifle the voice in his head that’s encouraging him to seriously pursue her. But Maggie’s not like the other women he’s had, and though it’s not easy, he’s finding that being the man she deserves is better than anything.

Maggie’s not sure that Colin’s seemingly sudden interest is genuine. She tries to turn him off at every turn, but soon realises that Colin has quickly become the best part of her day. But between her shaky ability to trust and her past reappearing with no warning, their not-quite-a-relationship relationship may be over before it even starts.

This was a good read with a bit of a slow burn, with a good dose of humor and great female friendships. The pacing was perfect for the storyline, and I did enjoy it. I recommend it, too.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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Avery Samson grew up on a ranch outside of a small west Texas town. Since she could remember, she’s had her face stuck in a book. She left ranch life to attend Texas Christian University where she studied History and English receiving her Bachelor’s degree.

After living all over the state of Texas, she now finds herself back on one of the family ranches near Dallas with her husband surrounded by cattle. When not traveling or reading, she spends her time writing.

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#ExcerptReveal: The Match by Winter Renshaw

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All I wanted was a baby. No daddy? No problem. 
 
 
 
That’s what anonymous donors are for … 
 
 
 
But when the fertility clinic accidentally sends me a letter addressed to a man whose ID matches my paperwork, I discover my child’s father is none other than world-renowned tennis champion Fabian Catalano—famous for his gorgeous face, chiseled abs, and broody, wildcard reputation. 
 
 
 
Only everything changes when the clinic calls us in for damage control—and Fabian drops the bombshell of the century. Turns out the intense Adonis wants to get to know his daughter. 
 
 
 
So I invite him to stay with us—temporarily. 
 
 
 
Ground rules and all. 
 
 
 
And our arrangement is simple … until it isn’t. 
 
 
 
Between 2 AM feedings and stolen kisses, my sweet little simple life has taken a very complicated left turn. 
 
 
 
But oh, baby … what happens next—is a game changer. 

 

Prologue

Two Years Ago

Rossi

“Hey, what about this one?” My sister, Carina, slides a piece of paper across my dining room table. “Donor A77462J. Trilingual Sailor.”

I cringe. “When I think of a sailor, I think of a hot guy screwing beautiful women all over the world, and then that makes me think of STDs.”

“The agency isn’t going to give you a sperm donor with STDs.” She rolls her eyes.

“I know. I’m just telling you those are my connotations.”

“Ooh.” She plucks another from the pile. “Eager Engineer.”

I wince. “Makes me think of a socially awkward genius.”

“Smart is good though. You want smart. The father of your child should be a freaking prodigy.”

“Yeah, but what if he’s one of those guys who are so freakishly intelligent they lack common sense and street smarts? Like your last boyfriend?” I wink. Reminding her about the time the poor guy got mugged in New York City and thought he could use intelligent conversation to convince his attacker to drop his knife and run away isn’t necessary.

My sister crumples the page before hurling it across the room. “Moving on. Okay, what about this guy … Donor K87338L … This donor puts God above all else and is always willing to help those in need. In his free time, he volunteers at local nursing homes and youth clubs, as well as fosters homeless elderly cats—”

“—stop.” I lift a palm. “He clearly has a saint complex. And he sounds too good to be true. Pass.”

My sister chuckles, retrieving the next page from the stack. “Pile’s getting thin here …”

“Who’s next?”

“Donor W44321G … Ambitious Athlete … Tall with chiseled cheekbones, dimples, and a sun-kissed bronze complexion, this donor is not afraid to stand out in the crowd. Naturally athletic, physically fit, intellectually gifted, and driven, there’s nothing he can’t do once his mind is set. He would describe himself as adventurous and well-traveled, with a focus on collecting experiences, not things. Heritage: Italian and French.”

“Let me see that.” I feast my eyes on Donor W44321G’s profile. “Athleticism is good because we definitely don’t have that on our side of the family … and ambition is never a bad thing. Dimples are a bonus.” I purse my lips, studying the rest of the limited details. “He’s six two. Black hair. Brown eyes. It says his closest celebrity lookalikes are Eddie Cibrian, Eric Bana, and Benjamin Bratt.”

“So basically he’s hot as sin.”

A strange flutter tickles my chest, but I remind myself that I’ll never see his face, that he’ll be nothing more than the other half of my future child’s DNA. And then I quiet the palpitations and get back to business.

“You know, Dad was full-blooded Italian and Mom’s mom emigrated from Normandy,” she says, sharing things I already know. “Maybe it’s a sign?”

I lift a brow. She isn’t wrong. But she’s also been combing through these with me for the past six weekends. I’m sure a part of her is ready to be done with this exhaustive search. I know I am. But this isn’t the kind of thing I can take lightly. This is the biological father of my future child we’re talking about. I can’t pick someone who’s good enough.

He has to be perfect.

“There’s no such thing as the perfect match.” My sister waves Ambitious Athlete’s profile like a white flag in front of my face. “But this is pretty damn close.”

I examine his paper, reading through the sparse information as if I could possibly glean something extra, something subtle, something hiding in plain sight. Closing my eyes, I picture his face, a mish-mash of handsome actors with the kind of fist-biting, knee-weakening physique you only see on giant billboards in New York, Paris, and Milan.

“You said Dr. Wickham matched you genetically to these donors?” Carina asks.

“He has some kind of state-of-the-art algorithm that pairs us genetically,” I say. I read all about it in the brochure months ago when I first embarked on this single motherhood journey. A week after I met with the doctor’s team and signed the contract, they mailed me a mountain of questionnaires focused on genetic history, psychological tendencies, and personality traits, and once I’d finished, they brought me in for bloodwork. After months of analysis, they sent me a semi-thick manila envelope of prospects.

And now here we are.

“Well, my vote is for Ambitious Athlete.” She leans back in her chair, finished. “Don’t think it gets better than that.”

I read his description once more.

“You’re smiling.” My sister points at my face. “Did you make your decision?”

Laughing, I clutch the page against my chest. “Yeah. I think so. He’s the one.”

 

 
 
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#CoverShare: Jack by @MckennaJamesbks

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Jack Stapleton and his friends rule Las Vegas. They’ve got more money than they know what to do with, and Jack can have any woman he wants­­­­—except Ellie.

JACK

Rejection. That’s what I get for trying to save a girl who obviously doesn’t want saving.

Paying off her father’s debt so she can stop taking off her clothes for other people? That was a no brainer. Obviously, I hoped she’d fall victim to my irresistible charm. My selflessness.

But no.

I’ve offended her independent spirit, and instead of falling for me, she’s doing everything she can to avoid me. I should forget all about Ellie Masters, but I’m a sucker for her sassy smile and that fiery, luscious mouth.

I’m more than willing to take a gamble on this girl, but she’s made it clear I’m going to need more than luck to win her heart.

ELLIE

My momma raised me to believe that I don’t need a man. Except, apparently, I do.

And now that I owe a debt to a billionaire, I feel sick to my stomach.

It’s not like I’ll ever be able to pay him back.

The man is richer than God, and hotter than the Devil. When he’s next to me, I just about melt.

The last thing I want is to fall for a man like that.

The problem is, I think I already have…