#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?


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.
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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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.

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

#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.
Florence Harris thought if she ever fell in love it would be with someone sweet, dependable, boring. 
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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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.

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!

#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.
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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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.

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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.

#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.

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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.

#BlogTour: The Romantic Pact by @AuthorMegQuinn ~ #5stars

Release Date: December 10th

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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.


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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USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every 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
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.

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?”
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.

#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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“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.

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“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. 




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.

Release Date: December 10th

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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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)

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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!

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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.

#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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“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.

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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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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: The Mistletoe Trap by @CindiMadsen ~ #5stars


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


“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.


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.


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.


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?

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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

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.

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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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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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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Genre: Romantic Comedy
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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.

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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?”


“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.


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.


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.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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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

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.

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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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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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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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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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.

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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: 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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Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

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.”



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.


#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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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


Troublemaker by Kayley Loring is LIVE!! A teacher is about to get schooled in matters of the heart by a single dad and his young son. #One-click today!


TO: Alex Vega

FROM: Emilia Stiles


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,


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

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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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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!


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.


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:


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.


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.


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.


“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.

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.


#BlogTour: Restraint by @AuthorALocke ~ #5stars

RESTRAINT by Adriana Locke
Release Date: August 3rd

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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.


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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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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#Release Blitz & #Blog Tour: Smitten by @laurenrowebooks ~ #5stars

SMITTEN by Lauren Rowe
Release Date: July 27th

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I met Alessandra at a party. Tried to impress her. Was almost positive I was going to fail.

I think I said something along the lines of, “I’m a Goat called Fish who’s hung like a bull—but not really. I’m actually pretty average.” Smooth. I know. Try not to be jealous.

When she laughed—and I mean, really laughed—I knew she wasn’t like the other girls I’d been meeting on tour. Hell, she wasn’t even in the same stratosphere as those fangirls and gold-diggers.

At one point during the party, Alessandra said, “There’s nothing like a girl’s first love.” I knew she was talking about the first smash hit by my band, 22 Goats. Alessandra said it was the first song she’d heard by us and it “hit her like a ton of bricks.” Ironic, seeing as how I was having the same reaction from being in her presence.

I made it my mission to impress her. Give her the kiss of a lifetime that night. But since I’ve always been the dude with zero game, nothing went according to plan.

I’m not giving up, though. I’m going to win this girl over. I’m done sitting on the sidelines, watching the bad boy getting the girl. This time, the nice guy will finish first. Even if it’s the last thing he’ll do.

Smitten is an all-new standalone friends to lovers romance!


This is a book that I absolutely adore!

Fish & Ally were so cute, even in their awkwardness. I loved the humor and ribbing from Fish’s friends. I particularly liked Ally – shy, yet sweet, and searching the right person to share her moment. So relateable! This is a book I recommend wholeheartedly – it’s filled with love, quirky humor and music galore. I was smiling for most of this book.

You’ll feel fireflies, butterflies and probably a whole zoo as you read lol! You’ll love it!

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

About the Author:
Lauren Rowe is the USA Today and international #1 best-selling author of newly released Reed Rivers Trilogy, as well as The Club Trilogy, The Josh & Kat Trilogy, The Morgan Brothers Series, Countdown to Killing Kurtis, and select standalone Misadventures.

Lauren’s books are full of feels, humor, heat, and heart. Besides writing novels, Lauren is the singer in a party/wedding band in her hometown of San Diego, an audio book narrator, and award-winning songwriter. She is thrilled to connect with readers all over the world.

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#ReleaseBlitz: Crash Into Me by @lafioreauthor ~ #5stars

Title: Crash Into Me
Author: L.A. Fiore
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 24, 2020
When a stabbing death calls homicide detective Molly Donahue and her partner to Central Park, it’s just the beginning of a string of murders in an investigation that leads them to Los Angeles, and the death of a Hollywood starlet three decades earlier.
During the course of their investigating, they interview billionaire Kade Wakefield. Molly isn’t prepared for her reaction to him. He’s stoic, intense and possibly on the wrong side of the law, but she’s undeniably attracted.
Kade Wakefield isn’t expecting detective Molly Donahue. She’s the law, and he follows it when it suits him, but the insatiable hunger she stirs has his well-honed control pushing at the cage to break free.
As the investigation heats up, they start an intensely passionate affair but soon learn what’s between them is more than physical, something they’re willing to give it all up for, but her case takes a deadly turn and the one she hunts is now hunting them.
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I almost managed to read this book in one sitting – it was that good – but sleep stepped in lol!

Two souls crash together, but instead of carnage, they create a fairy tale.

Molly Donahue & Kade Wakefield meet in the middle of an investigation. Not expecting the other, both are surprised at the depth of feeling that quickly springs up between them. The outside forces that invariably caused their meeting still have unfinished business to clean up, however, and the couple may find themselves in cross-hairs before long.

Though Molly & Kade’s romance was quick, I never doubted it. Kade & Molly had chemistry in spades & formed a special connection very quickly, and though they knew that their association could be dangerous for each other and fought it best they could, they never unnecessarily hurt one another.

You crashed into me and gave me forever.”

I loved that when Kade said he trusted Molly, he proved it. He let her do her job, even assisting where he could, but he never pressured her. Even when the author made our hearts stop beating for a few moments, he was Molly’s biggest supporter, never leaving her side. His devotion and love were truly swoon-worthy. Molly accepted Kade as he was – flawed – but in her eyes, he was perfect for her. Molly got her fairy tale, one that she didn’t even know she wanted.

You brought color to my world, not going back to black and white.”

I really enjoyed the twists and turns. I had suspicions about who was who, but the author did a good job of casting doubt and spinning a thought-provoking mystery.

I recommend this read, and look forward to reading more of Fiore’s work.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

“We’ll go together,” Kade answered. That was when I realized he’d done this before. 
“This isn’t your first time.”
“No, Sweetheart.” He touched my cheek. “I’ve got you.”
He so did. He totally had me, and I hardly knew him.
He then threaded his fingers through my hair. I couldn’t stop the moan. “We need to braid this.” His voice was seductively soft. This man was going to be my undoing. He’d thought
ahead when he pulled an elastic tie from his pocket.
His strong fingers twisted my hair; his touch lingered on my neck, like he was enjoying the moment as much as me. I was so wet and all he was doing was braiding my hair. The thought of his mouth on me had an ache accompanying the wet heat. He tugged
lightly on my hair, but the thought of him pulling my head back for his kiss, caused more heat to pool between my legs. It was official, I had no control around him, and I fucking loved it.
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LA Fiore is a hybrid author who believes in a happily ever after, but she likes to make her readers work for it. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found in the garden or hanging on the deck with her family and friends. She lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her husband and two kids and their four fur babies.
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#ReleaseBlitz: Legacy by @laurapavlov2 ~ #5stars

Release Date: July 21
I don’t have time for distractions.
I have a billion-dollar company to run. A father to grieve.
A legacy to fulfill.
Harley DeLuca is not my type.
She’s snarky.
She’s stubborn.
And she’s the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen—even in her ridiculous grungy tennis shoes.
I can’t get enough of her.  
I was a mistake from the moment of conception. 
The sins of my mother have followed me like a nightmare in a horror flick.
I’m determined to make a life for myself, free of my past.
I have three goals.
Open a bakery.
Keep Gramps safe.
And forget that I’m Valentina DeLuca’s daughter.
There’s no room in my life for a man.
Especially an arrogant, condescending jerk like Ford Montgomery.
But now he’s my business partner.
My friend.
And if I’m not careful, he just might be—everything.
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There aren’t enough words to express how in love I am with this story!

Ford & Harley as a couple will steal your heart and fill your mind with nothing but warmth, sweetness and love. Their story is emotional, but hopeful.

Ford as a boyfriend ticks sooo many boxes! He’s gruff, but sweet. He goes out of his way to make sure Harley knows that although their relationship is not his usual style, he’s willing to do everything in his power to make it work. And he doesn’t skimp on making sure he shows he cares. He’s damaged, but Harley quickly recognizes that his stern exterior doesn’t really portray his true personality.

Harley is a strong heroine. She’s been dealt a crappy hand, it seems, from the minute she was born. Yet, her heart is so large. She keeps fighting for herself to have a happy ending, but is so unused to people not having ulterior motives that she doesn’t trust easily. Watching as Ford tears down her walls is moving.

I recommend this read. As a new-to-me author, Laura Pavlov has impressed me. I can’t wait to see what’s next in this series. The Montgomery brothers together are a hoot! I love them already, and look forward to more fun & romance shenanigans.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

Meet Laura Pavlov
Laura Pavlov writes sweet and sexy contemporary romance that will make you both laugh and cry. 

She is happily married to her college sweetheart, mom to two awesome almost-grown kids, and dog-whisperer to a couple crazy yorkies. 

Laura resides in Las Vegas where she is living her own happily ever after. 
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#ReleaseBlitz: Dark Tide by @GwynMcnamee

Title: Dark Tide
Series: Inland Seas #5
Author: Gwyn McNamee
Genre: Modern Pirate Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 9, 2020
There is no black and white in this life.
The line between right and wrong blurs.
I’m constantly crossing it.
Saving a life is just as easy as taking one.
And I’m damn good at both.
Finding a woman who can survive in this world was never on the radar.
But Gabriella pulls me from the bottom of a bottle and touches me in a way no one else can.
Too bad secrets and lies have a way of catching up with everyone.

How did I end up here, slinging drinks at a dive bar in the middle of nowhere?
The choices that brought me to this were never even a glimmer of possibility only a few
years ago.
How things can change so fast…
And now, my path puts me on a collision course with Orion Gates.
His bigger-than-life size and personality should be a warning.
The profession he’s chosen should be the ultimate final straw.
But instead, I find myself unable to resist his pull.
A decision that could lead to the end of all of us.
Rion and Gabriella.

Lust and lies.
Betrayal and ruin.
This tide may drown everyone…
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When I each Rion, I lean forward and rest my elbows on the bar. “What can I get for you, stranger? Your usual?”
I’ve never seen him drink anything other than IPA, though he sometimes varies his brand.
His lips curl slightly. “I’ve had another shitty day. I can use something stronger tonight. I’ll take the Jack Daniels Single Barrel-Barrel Strength.”
“Damn. 130 proof. You’re not playing around tonight.”
He shakes his head and runs one of his big hands back through his already unruly hair. “I
told you…shit day.”
I bite my lip. “Well, if the drink doesn’t help, I can think of something else that might
improve your mood.”
And mine…
That’s about as direct as I can possibly be, and his pupils dilate while he holds my gaze. Heat crackles between us, and I fight the urge to look away from the intensity of the connection.
He leans forward across the bar, resting his elbows and mimicking my position. “Are you
propositioning me?”
I can’t fight the smile that spreads across my face. “Proposition has such a dirty
A smirk plays at his mouth. “Only if you make it dirty.”
“I’m just making an observation.”
He shrugs, and his eyes dip to my mouth. “An observation, huh?”
I nod slowly.
“Well,” he leans even closer, “then I’m going to make an observation of my own.”
“Yeah, what’s that?”
“You have absolutely beautiful lips. I haven’t been able to stop picturing them wrapped
around my cock since the first night I met you.”
Sweet mother of God.
Warmth spreads between my legs, and I shift to rub them together against the dull ache
forming. “Well, now. Who is propositioning who?”
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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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#BlogTour: Undisclosed by @LizaGaines ~ #5stars

About the Book:

Undisclosed by Liza Gaines

Series: A Public Relations Novel, Book 1

Publisher: self-published

Release Date (Print & Ebook): June 16, 2020

Length (Print & Ebook): 75,000 words

Subgenre: Contemporary Romance

Warnings: accidental pregnancy, politics, cliffhanger

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UNDISCLOSED is a contemporary romance, about old summer flings, a secret pregnancy, politics and the return of old flames.

After a summer fling in college, Gwen disappears leaving Mac to wonder what happened to her.  When she reappears a dozen years later to work on a presidential campaign with him, she has a secret that turns his life upside down but the magnetic pull between them is as strong as ever.

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When I stroll into my job interview at a prestigious PR firm in D.C., the last thing I expect is my teenage fling, the sexy and enigmatic Mac, behind the desk. The firm’s newest client is a woman running against the incumbent President of the United States, and I want this job so desperately that I can taste it—not to mention I have reasons for needing the income. Big secrets I’ve kept from Mac.


Gwen disappeared years ago then shows up in my office, looking beautiful as ever. And, even worse, it kills me that she’s the perfect person for the job. I’m going crazy being in her proximity all the time, pretending we never spent that one hot summer together. Then I discover what Gwen’s been hiding from me—a young son with my eyes. Suddenly, my whole world’s upended. Between complications with my messed-up family, issues on the campaign trail, and the chemistry reigniting with Gwen, I’m forced to decide what really matters…and the kind of man and father I want to be.


I need book 2 immediately!

Since she disappeared from his life a little more than a decade earlier, Mac has thought of Gwen constantly. He is shell-shocked to see her walk through his door as a potential hire. What is even more perplexing to Mac is that despite her going incognito all those years ago, he still wants her.

“Gwen’s the most potent drug I’ve ever encountered…”

Gwen is carrying around the guilt of not being able to provide a father figure to her son. When she does find her son’s father, telling him isn’t as easy as it sounds. Not only must she deal with the awkwardness as she restructures her life around her son knowing Mac is his dad, but she must also deal with an inconvenient attraction to Mac that she must confess never dulled over the passage of nearly 12 years.

I can’t wait to find out what caused the current dynamics in Mac’s family to cause him to doubt his aptitude for fatherhood. Also, with a cliffhanger like that, I can’t wait to see what happens to Mac & Gwen’s new normal. I like the political intrigue, and can’t wait to see what else lurks beneath the surface of that angle.

I recommend this novel. Fans of political drama, teasing siblings and family secrets will enjoy it.



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“No. You can put your dick wherever you want,” she snaps.

Sweet, innocent Gwen. Will you ever learn not to give me an opening like that? “Can I?” Taking a step closer, I crowd her against the wall opposite the vending machines. With my hands on either side of her shoulders and her bucket of ice pressed between us, I dip my head and skim my lips over her throat. “Can I really? Because there’s only one place I want to put it right now, baby.”

Tell me to stop. Slap me. Do something, I silently plead with her, even as I press closer, because I know this is wrong, but I can’t stop myself.

“Don’t call me that. I know why you do it.” Her voice is sharp but a little ragged with vulnerability too. She’s angry, all right, but not because her boss is being holy-fucking-hell-I’m-going-to-sue-you-and-own-your-company-when-this-is-over inappropriate but because I called her “baby.” A pet name she used to love to hate.

“I don’t think you do, Gwen,” I murmur, teasing my fingers under the hem of her shirt to stroke her hip, contemplating the wisdom of taking the bucket away from her.

“Mac…” It’s a strangled squeak of sound, barely recognizable as my name, and the bucket slips from her grasp and clatters to the floor, scattering ice around our feet.

Not wasting a second, I press forward, crushing her against the wall as our mouths come together. Just as it always did, our kiss seems to speak a language known only to us, unique and intimate and full of all the things neither of us has the courage to express with words. When she sucks on my lower lip, she’s saying I’ve missed you, and when I nibble at the corner of her mouth, I’m asking why did you go? She bites me. It doesn’t matter, I’m here now. I lick the seam of her lips. I want you. She opens for me, inviting me to deepen the kiss. Then take me.

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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#ReleaseBlitz: Faked by @ksorensenbooks ~ #5stars

Title: Faked
Author: Karla Sorensen
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: June 16, 2020

Every action has a consequence, and Claire Ward knows it. And yet, even knowing that her decision to swap places with her identical twin sister, Lia, for a night could be disastrous, she still does it.
Because it will give her an evening with the man she’s been crushing on for years, Lia’s best friend, Finn. 
Miss Straight A Student has thought through all the angles, and knows the risk is worth it. And everything would have been fine, if Finn had been the one to show up at her door. 
But it wasn’t. 
Bauer Davis— Finn’s half brother and his exact opposite in just about every definable category is the one waiting for her instead. A professional snowboarder, Bauer is covered in ink, full of attitude, and has a chip on his shoulder the size of Mt. Olympus. The kind of bad boy that Claire has never been attracted to before. 
Now the good girl is with the wrong brother for a night, and when the consequence is that they have to pretend to be together for an event, it’s nothing she could have predicted. But maybe, just maybe, what makes Bauer so bad, is exactly what Claire needs.


Again, Karla Sorensen gave me a story that I was so enamored with that I could hardly concentrate on anything else.

Bauer Davis has a plan. It might shock his father & step-mother, but it doesn’t hurt to try. His brother’s best friend, Lia, is all he needs to keep them from completely going crazy. It all falls away when he gets the other sister, the one he’s never met, but as of immediately, will never forget. Pretending has never been this hard, since all Bauer wants to do is claim Claire for his own, but is he who she wants?

Claire should have known better than to pretend – she has the worst poker face. Yet something about Bauer entices her while scaring her. When it would be so easy to lose her in her twin’s identity, he actually sees her. Is he worth the risk? Her heart and mind war with her as she struggles to make him understand unconditional love.

I loved this read. It was deep, sweet and steamy. The author reminds us that while our childhoods affect the rest of our lives, it doesn’t have it to hurt it.

I especially enjoyed the interactions of the Ward family. I definitely plan to read more of them.

I recommend this read.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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#BlogTour: Loner by @harloerae ~ #5stars

LONER by Harloe Rae
Release date: June 11th

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“Everyone deserves a chance to be rescued.”

That’s the mantra I’m repeating when a well-equipped biker pulls over to save me. One glance at the scowl Crawford Doxe is wearing proves he isn’t impressed with the task. My efforts to change his mind deflate faster than the shredded tire at our feet. But disgruntled or not, my so-called hero still agrees to fix my flat.

I don’t expect to see Crawford again, but he’s suddenly very visible in our small town. Avoiding him would be my preference. That’s not how this story goes. For whatever reason, my daughter finds an ally in the broody mechanic. Denying her is something I do my best to avoid. I can only hope Crawford’s shine wears off before he tarnishes what little trust still exists.

As if the odds are ever on my side.

Commitments are a foreign concept to him. He doesn’t make any promises to try. That should’ve been enough for me to steer clear. It most certainly isn’t.

What follows can only be described as a disastrous clash of epic proportions.

But one indisputable fact remains. That lone soul has no plans of opening his heart.

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Loner is an intensely satisfying read.

Crawford is the type of hero you can’t help but want to hug. He’s been disillusioned from youth into adulthood, and uses his gruff, loner persona to protect himself from hurt. The funny thing is, he doesn’t realise how lonely he’s been until a green-eyed blond and her little girl begin stealing his every thought.

After another failed relationship, Keegan Daniels completely goes off men. Yet, one look at Crawford Doxe makes her rethink her stance. Thing is, he’s as closed off as they come, and she nor Millie can afford another heartbreak. As they form a tentative friendship with benefits, it soon becomes clear that all their connection is anything but casual.

I loved the author’s references to hugging throughout. I loved that she painted a picture where even the worst of persons had the right to a second chance, even when it seemed they were deemed unforgivable. I would love to read Josey’s story, especially as there are hints that Grant may be involved. Millie was a hoot – I loved her!

I recommend this read. It’s passionate, sweet & fun. This is my third Harloe Rae book, and it most definitely will not be my last.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

About the Author
Harloe Rae is a USA Today & Amazon Top 10 bestselling author. Her passion for writing and reading has taken on a whole new meaning. Each day is an unforgettable adventure.

Harloe is a Minnesota gal with a serious addiction to romance. She’s always chasing an epic happily ever after. When she’s not buried in the writing cave, Harloe can be found hanging with her hubby and son. If the weather permits, she loves being lakeside or out in the country with her horses.

Harloe is the author of the Reclusive series, Watch Me Follow, and #BitterSweetHeat series, Ask Me Why, Breaker, Keeper, and Loner. These titles are available on Amazon.

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#ReleaseBlitz: Coasting by @faberelise ~ #5stars

Calle Stevens wasn’t what one would call a risk-taker.
She was steady. She was even. She was . . .Pregnant. Oh God.

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Calle Stevens wasn’t what one would call a risk-taker.

She was steady. She was even. She was . . .


Oh God. How was she pregnant? Well, she knew the how part, but that wasn’t the point. Mistakes happened, condoms failed, birth control pills didn’t work, and . . . she was pregnant by a man who’d broken up with her via text and then readily offered to sign away his parental rights when she’d told him she was keeping the baby.

Her life was ruined.

She’d just been hired as an assistant coach for the professional hockey team, the San Francisco Gold. She didn’t have any family in the area, didn’t have a partner. How was she going to have a baby?

But then Cooper.

A star player for the team, he’d found out about the baby and had insisted on coming with her to her first appointment, then had held her hair back when she’d spent the majority of her time christening the porcelain goddess before coming to the second, and then the third, and the fourth and—

In fact, as much as she tried to push him away, he refused to keep his distance. And then when she was having a particularly weak moment, feeling fat and gross and completely unappealing, he held her like she was precious and . . . he kissed her.

Then didn’t stop.

Calle didn’t know what was scarier, the kiss or that she didn’t want him to stop either.

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#ReleaseBlitz: Reckless by @stellarhys ~ #5stars

Title: Reckless
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Author: Stella Rhys
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 9, 2020
For years, we
never looked at each other like that. 
But all it took
was one night for everything to change.
Some days, he’s my worst enemy. Other days he’s my best friend. Every day, of course, Adam Maxwell is my cocky prick of a boss, and for the past five years, we’ve been the
official power duo at Engelman Sports, closing multi-million dollar contracts like LA’s most well-oiled machine. 
Honestly, we thrive on the daily love-hate. 
I call out his womanizing. He rags on my “needy” fiancé. And we carry right on. Because
through thick and thin, our work dynamic has always stayed rock-solid.
Fine-tuned to the kind of perfection you couldn’t break if you tried. 
Or so I thought.
Until one night. 
That was all it took to turn our worlds upside down. One weekend business trip and one birthday surprise gone catastrophically wrong. Long story short, Adam caught me exposed.
I felt him aroused…
And just like that the switch flipped on our dynamic.
For five years, Adam Maxwell and I were just friends. But now? 
We’re anything but.
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Gosh! I keep falling in love with these couples that Stella Rhys creates.

I was super eager for Adam & AJ’s story since Holland began dropping hints in “Now Or Never”. I was not, however, prepared for how blown away I would be by how hot and tender their story would be.

Everyone has a past. Doesn’t mean we have to live in it.”

In Reckless, we properly meet the brother that Holland adores, but at one time struggled to keep in her life. As his story unfolds, Rhys slowly but surely peels back the layers, giving us Adam’s side of the story. His ability to shoulder all the emotional pain of his past and still be a functional adult amazes even AJ, who thinks that after 5 years, she knows everything there is to know about her cocky, yet endearing boss.

I thought we were just as close as we could be as friends. A boss and assistant.”

When a weekend in Palm Springs changes their relationship in and out of the office for good, the pair are left scrambling for a way to define their new normal as the reckless attraction between them reaches epic levels. AJ is forced to admit that her attraction to her boss never died, while Adam is hit with the realisation that after 5 years, he cannot live without AJ – he loves her.

I was playing with fire. Being totally reckless. And as always, I knew better.”

I loved their easy banter, and the way that Adam never once asked AJ to give up her dreams to keep her by his side. He truly appreciated her, and his every action showed that. And I liked that even when things got weird or bad, they knew to give each other space, then try to work things out until they got back to normal, instead of completely giving up.

… we had always been complete. But now we were whole.”

I really enjoyed this book. I wholeheartedly, unreservedly recommend it. In-between the emotional pulls of the novel, Stella Rhys delivered a steamy romance that was a delight.

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#BookBlitz: This by @cgBlaine ~ 5 stars

Whatever this is…

Bennett Ross has a list of don’t-wants. No white dress or happily ever after. She doesn’t want soul-crushing love or promises she’s too broken to keep. Most of all, she doesn’t want anyone to ask her to stay.

Dane Masters might not have a list, but he does have a house and a steady job, and he knows exactly what he wants—Bennett.

When life keeps dragging her back to him, he’s there to give her a reason not to leave again. Each time, she has more trouble walking away, and he falls a little harder when she goes.

Unless Dane can find a way to prove he’s what she’s been searching for, Bennett will always have an excuse to push him away.

And then he’ll risk becoming another broken piece she leaves behind.

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Dane & Bennett are two emotionally flawed characters that are somehow perfectly suited for each other.

Meeting and being reacquainted in the most unique ways possible, their connection defied logic, yet it was impossible to sever. Though they each like to think of the other different, they’re more alike than they think. Suffering from parental neglect, they are both searching for that place where they belong fully – home.

The book was quite an an emotional journey. I wanted to shake Bennett so many times, but I also understood that she was fighting a construct that was not totally of her making. She tried so hard not to love the people around her almost to the annihilation of those relationships before she figured out that she could have it all.

“This… Whatever this is.”

And Dane. He’d never met anyone like Bennett, never thought that he’d be so crazy for someone that he’d consider giving up everything he’s always known. Bennett challenges everything he’s known about love and teaches him many things about himself he never knew prior to her presence in his life. Even when he tries to quit, wean himself off her, he realises she’ll always be entrenched in his heart.

“Love, baby. This is out-of-nowhere, what the f%&^ have you done to me love.”

I recommend this book. It’s sweet, poignant and just funny enough.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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#BlogTour: Queen Move by @kennedywrites ~ #5stars

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“This thoroughly modern soulmate story blew me away!”

— Talia Hibbert, USA Today bestselling author

Queen Move, an all-new passionate and unforgettable friends-to-lovers romance from RITA® Award-winning and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kennedy Ryan, is available now!

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The boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can’t have…

Dig a little and you’ll find photos of me in the bathtub with Ezra Stern.
Get your mind out of the gutter. We were six months old.
Pry and one of us might confess we saved our first kiss for each other.
The most clumsy, wet, sloppy . . . spectacular thirty seconds of my adolescence.
Get into our business and you’ll see two families, closer than blood, torn apart in an instant.
Twenty years later, my “awkward duckling” best friend from childhood,
the boy no one noticed, is a man no one can ignore.

Finer. Fiercer. Smarter.

Tell me it’s wrong.
Tell me the boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can’t have.
When we find each other again, everything stands in our way–secrets, lies, promises.
But we didn’t come this far to give up now.
And I know just the move to make if I want to make him mine.

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Kennedy Ryan’s characters stay on your mind for a long while; hours, days, weeks, years, even. With her gift of prose, she creates stories that, while providing an escape, hint at real life with real problems.

It’s easier to deal with someone else’s mess than it is to clean your own.”

Kimba Allen is used to being the one fighting the hardest in any room she occupies. She understands this, and even relishes the challenges most days. When there’s a mess left over, she cleans it up, too. She never imagined, though, that the hardest fight of her life would also entail the messiest cleanup of all.

Our love is as bright as the day we were made together.”

Ezra Stern has never fit in, and has always felt a sense of discomfort and disquiet, but never around Kimba, his best friend, birthday twin and first love. When they reconnect after more than two decades, Ezra knows that this time, he could never let her go again. Yet, life has more than a few obstacles to throw at his dream of a happily ever after with his queen.

I can’t tell you how much this story touched me. The roadblocks Kimba & Ezra faced are enough to make any romantic relationship falter. I admired the way they fought to be together, to let their love survive. Their connection, telepathic at times, had me in awe. I am a sucker for friends-to-lovers romance stories, and this one was #relationshipgoals.

#1-click Queen Move today – it’s a beautiful story of love, determination, fate & second chances.

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“You’re fucking brilliant.”

“Huh?” Ezra asks absentmindedly, paying more attention to the flame under his pan than to my compliment. “What’d you say?”

“I said you’re brilliant.” I hold up the iPad I’m using to read his manuscript. “Your book, the YLA story, is incredible, Ez.”

“Oh. Thanks.” He flashes me a smile and then goes back to his French toast. “The key to getting this right is the milk-to-bread ratio.”

I hop off the counter and walk over to stand beside him at the stove. “Would you forget about your French toast for a minute and listen to me?”

“But it’s stuffed French toast.” He takes the pan off the burner and pulls me into his arms. “And I could listen to you all day. What were you saying? Something about me being a handsome, sexy genius?”

“Um…those weren’t my exact words.” I laugh up at him.

“I could have sworn that’s what you said, and I’m never wrong.” He slides his hands over my ass in a pair of his boxer shorts. “Some even say I’m fucking brilliant.”

“They probably just like your big dick,” I whisper and blink up at him as innocently as I can manage.

“I get that a lot.” He drops a kiss on my head and turns back to his French toast. I lean down to rest an elbow on the counter and watch him work.

“A lot?” I ask teasingly. “Have there been a lot?”

He pauses mid-toast-flip and slants me a glance. “Are you asking how many people I’ve had sex with?”

“I mean, it’s none of my business. If you don’t want to—”



Lord above, only eight?!

“Oh.” I straighten and rest my hip against the counter. “What a, um, single-digit number that is.”

“What about you?”

What about me? I’m tabulating years of hook-ups, one-night stands, fuck bois and carrying the one.

“If you don’t want to,” he says, cracking an egg into a bowl, “it’s fine. I don’t care how many people—”

“I don’t know.”

He glances up from whisking eggs, a small frown puckering his dark brows. “You don’t know what?”

“My number. I don’t know how many people I’ve been with.”

He resumes whisking, his frown clearing. “Oh.”

The whisking eggs and whirring refrigerator are the only sounds in the kitchen. I’ve never been embarrassed by my choices. I enjoy sex. I’ve had it with a lot of people. People I really liked…or tolerated…but didn’t want to commit to. I’ve always been safe and never mean about it. I was upfront, and when someone wanted more, I let them know “more” wasn’t an option.

“I just never…” I cross my arms over my stomach, fold one bare foot over the other. “I haven’t been interested in committed relationships. There hasn’t been anyone I wanted that with.”

“Tru.” He stops whisking and gives me the full impact of his undivided attention. His eyes are placid blue. No shadows or undercurrents. “I don’t care.” Ezra pushes the bowl aside and faces me. “But there is something I feel like we should be clear on regarding how you’ve handled sex in the past.”

Here we go.

“You’ve never wanted to commit before,” he says.

“Right. I’ve never wanted any strings attached.”

“I know I said we could be just sex, no emotional attachments.” He shoves his hands in his pockets. “But I feel like I have to be honest with you. Having you back in my life has been…it’s been exactly what I need, and what I felt last night… I’ve never felt that way before.”

I’m not even sure my heart is beating, but it also feels like there’s a tumult in my chest. “What are you saying, Ez?”

His mouth flattens into a hard line and his jaw hardens to stone. “I want strings.”

“Y-you do?”

“I want strings.” He links our fingers, strokes his thumb across my palm. “Ropes, if necessary. I want anything that keeps you with me and me with you and tells everyone else don’t even think about it.”

I’m stunned and incredibly turned on, but that doesn’t take much where Ezra’s concerned.

“You…you do?” I ask faintly…again.

“I wouldn’t do well sharing you.”

About Kennedy Ryan


RITA® Award Winner, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes for women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts

Kennedy and her writings have been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour and many others. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but has a special passion for raising Autism awareness.The co-founder of LIFT 4 Autism, an annual charitable book auction, she has appeared on Headline News, The Montel Williams Show, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for ASD families. She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son.

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Release Blitz: Black Knight (Royal Elite #4) by Rina Kent ~ 5 stars


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Love is impossible. Hate is an open game.


He was once my best friend, now he’s my worst enemy.

Xander Knight is heartbreakingly beautiful.

Ridiculously popular.

Brutally cruel.

He’s a knight but won’t do any saving.


We started as a dream, now we’re a nightmare.

Kimberly Reed is pathetically fake.

Terribly innocent.

Secretly black.

She can hide but never from me.


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All too often, the traumas of our childhood follow us longer than we’d like.

“Sometimes, what you want is the one thing you can’t get.”

Xander & Kimberly both come from dysfunctional homes. Broken and flawed, they somehow match: emotions, personalities & souls. When they finally clear the obstacles between them, it’s pure magic. Their love and relationship is incredible.

This story resonated with me because of the way the author made me feel about Kimberly. I felt so much of her pain, her depression & desperation through Rina Kent’s words. I actually cried while reading most of her early POV. I was so moved by what she endured and then eventually overcame, though I haven’t ever experienced anything she went through. She channeled her insecurities into engineering her transformation and her strength is a thing to be admired.

Xander was more than an @$$hole when this story started. Then, as the story continued, I couldn’t help but sympathise with him. His indifference and cruelty masked a deep pain that he didn’t know how to deal with. Yet, when it counted, he stepped up for Kimberly, and blew me away when he showed his caring side.

Before I was even 10% through with this book, I knew I wouldn’t rest til I finished it. I especially enjoyed the plot twists. This book is a heavy hitter that I recommend while echoing the author’s disclaimer.

I haven’t read the other books in the series, but I had very little trouble following the plot. I look forward to reading the other stories in the series.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.


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Rina Kent is an international bestselling author of everything enemies to lovers romance.

Darkness is her playground, suspense is her best friend, and twists are her brain’s food. However, she likes to think she’s a romantic at heart in some way, so don’t kill her hopes just yet.

Her heroes are anti-heroes and villains because she was always the weirdo who fell in love with the guys no one roots for. Her books are sprinkled with a touch of mystery, a healthy dose of angst, a pinch of violence, and lots of intense passion.

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Release Blitz: Stirred (Twisted Fox #1) by Charity Ferrell ~ 5 stars

Title: Stirred
Series: Twisted Fox #1
Author: Charity Ferrell
Genre: New Adult Romance
 Release Date: May 19, 2020
I don’t want him.
I can’t do this.
That’s what my ex said after our son was born, leaving me a single dad.
These days, my world consists of two things: Noah and my bar.
Until her—the woman I want —but can never have.
My ex’s sister wasn’t supposed to be stirred into the mix.
Even though I try to push her away, my son falls in love with her.
As much as I want to keep my distance, I can’t break his heart. 
Lines become blurred, and fighting our attraction becomes nearly impossible.
Even though we know it’s wrong, desire doesn’t always fade away.
As soon as we cross that line, nothing will be the same and everything will fall apart.
And it does.
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Cohen & Jamie fight like hell to not make things messy between them. Yet, when love comes knocking, they find themselves wanting to accept it wholeheartedly. But, there’s the matter that Cohen’s son, Noah, is Jamie’s nephew. Will their tangled history prove to be too much for the couple to handle?

I don’t know what I would do were I the one in Jamie’s shoes, but I enjoyed this read. It’s light, full of humor, and has just enough angst/family drama to keep you glued to its pages.

I loved meeting the Twisted Fox crew. I am looking forward to the remaining stories with a lot of anticipation.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

Chapter 1
Five Years Later
Nine hours down.
Three to go.
Three hours until I can go home, finish that box of Thin Mints I shouldn’t have bought, and binge-watch a show on Netflix.
Netflix and cookies.
Netflix and single.
Netflix and story of my life.
“Tell me he finally agreed?” Lauren, our charge nurse, asks—referring to the appendicitis patient who’s been refusing an appendectomy all night.
I nod. “After his wife promised to buy him a new TV.”
She scoffs. “I’d love to say someone being bribed to have life-saving surgery is a shocker, but after working in the ER for so long, I’m not easily shooketh.”
“Tell me about it.”
I glance around the emergency room. “What’s next for me?”
It’s been a slow night at Anchor Ridge Memorial Hospital, and as much as that’s a good thing, it can get boring.
She points down the hall. “Exam room three. Five-year-old with a fever.” Her tone turns bubbly as she wiggles her shoulders. “Dad is super hot, by the way.”
I shake my head and tap my knuckles against the triage desk. “I’ll let you know if I need
“Ask him for his number,” she half-whispers with a thumbs-up.
I roll my eyes and dismissively wave my hand. “Absolutely not.”
“All work and no play makes Jamie a grumpy doctor.”
“Yeah, yeah, yeah.”
I spin on my heel and walk to the room.
The door is cracked, and I knock, snatching a pair of latex gloves on my way in.
“Hello, I’m Dr.—” I stop, stumble back two steps, and cover my mouth with my hand.
Holy crap.
My body tenses, and as soon as my gaze meets his, his jaw flexes.
I struggle for words as anger and disgust line his face.
Words I’d planned if this moment ever happened.
Unfortunately, those words become a scared bitch and run away.
“Cohen,” is all I manage in a whisper.
He stands tall from his chair, his narrowed eyes pinned to me, and moves to the side of the bed, blocking my view of the patient.
Lauren’s words hit me.
“Five-year-old …”
My attention slides from Sir Pissed Off, and I shift to the left.
“Oh my God,” I whisper, gaping at the little boy in the bed.
A little boy whose eyes are sleepy and nose is red and irritated.
Those sleepy eyes, a walnut-brown with a slight slant, match his father’s.
The same with his thick ash-brown hair.
But the dimple in his chin and heart-shaped face match hers.
“Is this …?” My hand shakes when I point at him.
It’s a dumb question.
Even if he says no, he’ll be a liar.
“What are you doing here?” he repeats, his tone harsh.
If I wasn’t at a loss for words, my smart-ass self would throw out something along the lines of, What do you think, dumbass? I’m sporting a doctor’s jacket with my name embroidered on it.
But I don’t.
Because I can’t.
It’s a challenge, wrapping my head around them being here, let alone dragging out my sarcasm.
“I’m your doctor,” I finally say before signaling to the boy. “I’m his doctor.”
Sound cool. Confident.
You’re the fucking professional here, Jamie.
“We want a different doctor,” he hisses, his voice low enough so only I can hear.
“I’m the only doctor on shift tonight.” I’m speaking to Cohen, but the boy holds my interest.
He’s watching this exchange, his eyes pinging back and forth between his father and me with curiosity on his tired face.
“We’ll go to another hospital then.”
“Why, Dad?” the boy whines, sniffling. “I don’t feel good, and what if I puke in the car?”
“I want another doctor.” His broad shoulders draw back.
He raises a brow when I hold up a finger, turn, and scurry out of the room.
I rush over to Lauren. “Can you watch the boy in three for a minute? I need to talk to his
father privately.”
She peeks up at me from her computer and tilts her head to the side. “Yeah … sure.”
Cohen is pacing the room when we walk in. “A word,” I say, jerking my head toward the doorway.
Cohen’s attention darts to the boy, and he delivers a gentle smile. “I’ll be right back, buddy.” He gives him a quick peck on the head and swings his arm toward the door, his eyes cold. “After you, Your Highness.”
Lauren throws me a curious glance when he walks past her, and I shrug as if this isn’t about to be awkward city up in here.
As we leave, I hear Lauren asking the boy what his favorite cartoon is.
Cohen keeps his distance while I lead us into a private room, the one reserved for breaking bad news to families.
I speak as soon as I shut the door., “Cohen—”
Too bad he doesn’t let me get more than his name out.
His deep-set eyes level on me. “This is a conflict of interest, Jamie. The nurse can help us. We don’t need you.”
“We don’t need you.”
The memories of the last time he said those words to me smack into me like a headache.
It was the last time I saw him.
The last time he looked at me with the same resentment.
Either he doesn’t realize how hard his insult hit me or he doesn’t care.
I snort, anger biting at me. “What do you think I’m going to do, huh? Kidnap him?”
“Considering who you’re related to, who knows?”
“Wow.” I clench my fists to hold myself back from smacking him in the face since his words are like a slap in mine. “You have some nerve.”
It’d make for some bad headlines if a doctor slapped a patient’s father.
There’s no apology on his face when he holds up his hands. “Just saying it how I see it.”
“Then allow me to say it how I see it.” I thrust my finger toward the door. “You have a sick son in there, and it’s my job to treat him. Don’t like it? I don’t give a shit.” I shove past him, stalk out of the room, and don’t check to see if he’s following me.
“Everything okay?”
Lauren asks, her eyes glancing over my shoulder, and I realize Cohen is behind me, still keeping his distance.
“Peachy,” I chirp before approaching the bed and smiling down at the boy. “What’s your name, honey?”
“Noah,” he croaks.
Even though I was sure it was him, my head spins at his confirmation.
I tenderly squeeze his arm, and my tone turns cheerful. “Hi, Noah. I’m Dr. Gentry. Can I ask some questions about how you’re feeling?”
He nods.
Cohen stalks to the other side of the bed, his eyes on me, and Lauren migrates to the corner, her nosy ass interested in this shitshow.
“He has a fever,” Cohen tells me, his tone softer.
“For how long?”
He scratches his scruffy cheek. “Over twenty-four hours.”
He shakes his head.
“Not even sugar. I can hardly get him to drink, and he has no energy, which is very rare for him.”
His jerk attitude settles while we turn our attention to Noah. I ask question after question as I take his temperature and go through all the motions.
“Symptoms tell me it’s the flu,” I say, removing my gloves and tossing them into the trash.
“We’ll do a test, and I also want to run some blood work to make sure we’re not missing anything.”
Cohen nods. “Thank you.”
I smile at Noah.
“We’ll get you back to feeling good in no time.” I give Lauren, who’s gathering supplies for the test, a head nod and leave the room.
I‘ll definitely be pairing wine with those Thin Mints tonight.
Lauren comes scurrying into the doctors’ lounge ten minutes later. “Whoa, what was that
about? Dude was super nice to me but acted as if you’d pissed in his Cheerios.”
Here goes.
A chill sweeps up my neck. “That’s my sister’s ex … and her son … the ones she left.”
“Oh, Jerry Springer.”
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Release Blitz: Hell Hath No Fury by R.C. Boldt ~ 5 stars

Title: Hell Hath No Fury
Author: RC Boldt
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 19, 2020
Seven years ago, they took everything from me. My father. My
husband. My child.
When they stole my chance at justice, I vowed to get
Then I met him.
He tempts that long-lost part of me, but his presence is a
reminder that betrayal lurks around every corner.
Their biggest mistake is underestimating my commitment for
They don’t realize that when it comes to a woman like me,
hell hath no fury.
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This book is definitely one of the best I have read this year.

Hell Hath No Fury is a book that forces you – as the author warns – to step fully into the heart, mind & shoes of someone who has absolutely nothing to lose.

After the brutal loss of her entire family and the travesty of justice that follows, Caitlin Ashford attempts to remove all traces of tenderness from her soul. Seeking vengeance with her own brand of justice, she never expects affection, love or hope to ever find her again, much less through the eyes of another soul seeking revenge like she is.

“…two lost and wounded people can find redemption and start fresh after all.”

It was fascinating, watching Cait’s personality/character evolve as she changed from the woman who had everything to the woman who lived for nothing to a woman who recognised that she had a great inner strength. This book made me stop, reflect and contemplate on the heroine’s every thought and action. What would I do if I found myself in her position? Would I do the “right” thing? Would I be disciplined enough to fight for justice? What would I be willing to sacrifice?

“Life is far too short to give up before The End.”

Needless to say, this book will stay with me for some time.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

This isn’t a tale for the tender-hearted, the judgmental, or those who refuse to think outside the box and look at the broader picture. Those who think that everything is black and white. Simple.
Cut and dried. 
It’s not. There’s always shades of gray. 
It’s easier to say “I’d never” when you’re sitting safely at home with the people you love most right by your side. When grief hasn’t woven itself so deeply in the fabric of your DNA that it can never be unraveled. There can be no separation. And even if you tried, it would only result in you becoming a frayed and tangled mess.
It’s easy to say you’d never walk the treacherous moral tightrope. But you aren’t the one who plummeted to the depths of hell, littered with the agony of loss and the anger of injustice, and had to claw your way out.
This story isn’t scrawled on pristine white pages in bold black ink. Marred, torn, and blood-spattered, its chapters hold deep gouges inflicted by betrayal. 
This story is about a woman who had everything taken from her.
And how she took it all back.
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RC Boldt currently lives on the southeastern coast of the U.S., enjoys long walks on the
beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you’re in the mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can’t recall the lyrics to a particular 80’s song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost anything for a laugh, she’s your girl.
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Release Blitz: The Two of Us (Love in Isolation #1) by Kennedy Fox ~ 5 stars

What do you do when the entire nation is on lockdown
If you’re an heiress to a billion-dollar fashion company, then you quarantine in a glamorous cabin and finish your final semester of NYU online. The best way to focus on her upcoming valedictorian honor is away from her family, classmates, and the paparazzi. Cameron St. James is ready to get out of the big city and head Upstate for seclusion, despite her parents’ pleas to stay home. 
What do you do when a pandemic is sweeping the world?
If you’re barely making ends meet, then you isolate yourself in your best friend’s mountain cabin with breathtaking views and no neighbors for miles. It’s the perfect safe place away from three roommates who don’t take the life-threatening epidemic seriously. Elijah Ross is ready to work remotely and focus on his next big promotion, assuming he’ll still have a job after this.
What happens when things don’t go as planned, and you’re stuck with the one person you dislike the most?
You improvise and do whatever it takes to avoid each other, though it proves to be impossible. The cold evenings alone turn into movie and popcorn nights together by the fireplace. Days turn into weeks, and eventually, more than just a friendship blossoms. As the unknown haunts them, they lean on one another for comfort—until someone pops their safety bubble and threatens everything.
The Two of Us is an enemies to lovers, brother’s best friend standalone romance set in the current affairs of history in the making. Though the character’s storyline is fiction, the circumstances are very real, and we’re sensitive to this topic. This is a story about hope, love, and so much more with a guaranteed happily ever after!


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This book is a good read, especially as it comes at a time when most readers can relate to it in some way or another.

Cameron St. James & Elijah Ross detest each other and have done so for years. When the COVID-19 pandemic forces them to tolerate each other’s presence at the St. James’ mountain cabin, they realise that their mutual dislike masks deeper feelings than they previously understood.

I loved the evolution of their characters & relationship. Their outbursts, teasing, banter and sexual tension made for entertaining reading. I like that the authors gave us a love story set during this pandemic without trivialising the effect that it has had on us.

I enjoyed every page, every nuance, every line. This read far surpassed what I expected. Kennedy Fox is always good, and they didn’t disappoint me one bit.

I recommend this read.

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share a love of Hallmark movies & overpriced coffee. When they aren’t
bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One
day, they decided to collaborate under a pseudonym and have some fun creating
new characters that’ll make you blush and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance
stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, quirky, independent women,
then a Kennedy Fox book is for you! They’re looking forward to bringing you
many more stories to fall in love with!
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Release Blast: Heired Lines by Magan Vernon ~ 4.5 stars

Sometimes, you’ve got to take a job with the devil to pay the bills…
Too bad I learned too late the devil wears Armani, is the most uptight man in the history of history, and I just signed an unbreakable contract shackling me to his pompous royal side for the summer. 
But God, he’s got this British accent that makes my panties melt.
Until the words he says catch up with my brain and make me want to throw one of his precious vases at his head.
One minute we’re fighting––and the next—we can’t keep our hands off each other. Because somehow, when Mr. Blue Eyes is kissing me, he makes me forget how much he annoys me.  
And that starts a whole new level of complications I. Don’t. Need.
Cuz if you dance with the devil, someone’s gonna end up getting burned… 
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Lord Webley needs someone who has the same respect for his great aunt’s many belongings to value & curate them. After a spirited exchange, he hires Natalie, but never expected to feel anything beyond professional respect for the recent college graduate who’s desperate for debt relief.

This book was a slow-burn, royalty-themed romance. Natalie’s zest for life was a direct contrast to Gavin’s stuffy, reserved life. Their exchanges were fun, banter-filled, and oozed sensuality. The secondary characters really helped to give the overall idea of a forbidden, yet adorable romance.

I recommend this book. I was glued to the pages of this surprisingly sweet & fun romance until its end.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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Magan Vernon has been living off of readers tears since she wrote her first short story in 2004.
She now spends her time killing off fictional characters, pretending to plot while she really just watches Netflix, and she tries to do this all while her two young children run amok around her Texas ranch.
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Blog Tour: How to Quit Your Crush by Amy Fellner Dominy ~ 5 stars


by Amy Fellner Dominy
Publication Date: May 4, 2020
Genres: Entangled: Crush, Teen Romance, Young Adult, Contemporary, Enemies to Lovers, Opposites Attract, Romance


Mai Senn knows Anthony Adams is no good for her – no matter how hard she might crush on him. She’s valedictorian; he’s a surf bum. She’s got plans, he’s got his art. Complete opposites in every way. Vinegar and baking soda, they once joked. A chemical reaction that bubbled.

Yeah, they bubbled. Maybe still do.

Good thing Anthony’s got the perfect plan: two weeks to prove just how not good they are together. Whoever can come up with the worst date—something the other will seriously hate, proving how incompatible they truly are—wins.

Like taking a snake-phobe to the Reptile House at the zoo (his idea).

Or a cooking class where they don’t even get to eat the food (her idea).

It’s all about the competition, and it’s meant to help them finally crush their crushes. But it wasn’t supposed to be so hot. Or so fun. And when Mai’s future becomes at stake, will she be able to do the right thing and quit Anthony forever?


…different paths can still lead to the place I want to go.”

Don’t let the genre or the cover of this book fool you; Dominy hits you a bit hard between the pages.

Maya Senn is struggling with living up to expectations. She has her life planned out to meet those expectations, too. Anthony Adams makes her heart & body feel “things” that they shouldn’t. As they spend time together getting rid of their crush, Maya soon realises that she is herself the most with the one guy she should never want, but he’s so much her opposite that she knows he’s not ever going to be in her life for the long haul… Right?

But if you live afraid, you’re not really living. That’s no future at all.”

Anthony knows all too well that life never goes according to plan, so he lives in the moment, believing that lower expectations would protect his heart better. Yet, Maya & her annoying way of planning out everything and avoiding risks keep him wishing his heart were freer to love. Can he convince her to choose him while still keeping the essence of who she truly is?

Anthony & Maya’s story is sweet and poignant. On the cusp of adulthood, they each are carrying around some heavy baggage. While they struggle with their burdens, it was entertaining to watch them fall for each other and practice some heavy denial along the way. It was heartwarming to watch as their characters developed, and as they accepted that they couldn’t change each other, but could love each other for the things that kept drawing them closer over & over.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.


Amy grew up loving to read and figured out at an early age that books were magical and necessary. She started submitting her own stories to be published when she was thirteen. Amy is now the award-winning author of nine books spanning young adult, middle grade, and picture books. Titles for Entangled include Announcing Trouble and the companion novel, How to Quit Your Crush. Amy lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and a puppy who is training them. Visit Amy online at http://www.amydominy.com or follow her on Instagram or Twitter at @amydominy.

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Release & Review Blitz: Looking to Score by Carrie Gray & Coralee June ~ 5 stars


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Looking to Score is like the book equivalent of comfort food- goes down easy and leaves you feeling full and content. This book is funny, charming, heart-warming, insanely clever, and JUST what we need. I simply LOVED it and could not put it down.” ~The Romantic Rush Blog

He’s like literally the worst.

Oakley Davis is the star running back at our University, and the reason I’ve broken my vow to avoid the college party scene. Thanks to a mixup with my advisor, I’m now serving my Public Relations internship as a glorified babysitter to the party-hard football players.

Specifically, Oakley.

He’s impossible to manage. His Instagram is full of half-naked, drunk photos and he’d rather attend parties than practice. His brand needs some serious work, and when he’s not driving me insane, he’s sleeping his way through the entire female population.

But I’m determined. I have plans to graduate a semester early and nothing or no one will get in my way. I’m a Virgo, after all. Oakley Davis might be a privileged, cocky, football star, but I’m Amanda Matthews; and I’ll do whatever it takes to get my A.

I have to make sure I don’t end up falling in love with the idiot, first.

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This book went in a different direction than I expected, and it was a good one.

Amanda is in UT, hiding from her past. Looking to graduate early, she accepts a PR job seemingly from hell – revamp star running back Oakley Davis’ image. From their first meeting, I was hooked. Their banter was surprisingly witty and fun – and also innuendo-filled. I was flat out cackling at so many points.

I loved that the authors didn’t just make Amanda into the stereotypical opposite of Oakley. They made her real, with issues. Her internal monologues were downright HILARIOUS at times, yet you could sense her vulnerabilities. Her issues don’t magically disappear by the end, but you can definitely tell that she’s going places.

Underneath the college-boy-wants-to-party facade, Oakley was truly a gentle soul. And smart enough to know that Amanda was a huge asset. The ways he looked out for Amanda, and cared about her ensured that I ended up really liking him.

I loved the cast of secondary characters – they really spiced things up.

This fun, sweet and steamy read is one I definitely recommend. It will surely warm your heart in these times.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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Coralee June is an international bestselling romance writer who enjoys engaging projects and developing real, raw, and relatable characters. She is an English major from Texas State University and has had an intense interest in literature since her youth. She currently resides with her husband and two daughters in Dallas, Texas, where she enjoys long walks through the ice-cream aisle at her local grocery store.

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I have always loved to read. In kindergarten, I was the weird kid sitting in the reading nook by myself instead of trying to get more snacks. I’m excited to be putting my own voice on the page and watching a story I helped create come to life. I still love to read, but I also really like snacks.

I grew up in Chicago but recently moved back to the Dallas area where I live with my husband and son.

I have my Bachelor of Science in Biology. I spent a year researching chimpanzees and gorillas while I was in Chicago and then I spent another two months on a chimpanzee sanctuary trying to convince headstrong chimps to cooperate. Pro tip – grapes are a pretty hot bargaining tool. They work wonders with my toddler too.

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Release & Review Blitz: The Best Mistake (Southern U O’Brien Brothers #1) by Cookie O’Gorman ~ 5 stars

The Best Mistake
Cookie O’Gorman
Publication date: April 23rd 2020
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Sports

Honor Tierney just wants one night with the playboy.

One hot, steamy, meaningless hookup, and then she’ll happily go back to reading her favorite books, studying to be an accountant and writing for the campus-paper-nobody-reads. Too bad she ends up in the wrong bed, with the wrong brother…who gives her the hottest night of her life.

Archer O’Brien just wants to play ball.

Well that, and for his brothers to stop acting out, so he won’t have to worry 24/7. As the oldest O’Brien and team captain, it’s his duty to make sure they don’t drink too much, party too much, or get in too much trouble. But when she walks into his bedroom—mistaking him for his brother—life throws him a curveball.

She’s determined to guard her heart. He’s not giving up.

And when Honor gets assigned to cover the Wolves baseball team, it’s game on.

This new adult sports romance features one hot (and hilarious) case of mistaken identity and a sexy set of brothers guaranteed to make you swoon.

Sometimes, the best mistakes are worth making.

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A mistake lands Honor Tierney in the wrong O’Brien brother’s bed, but it ends up being one that puts her squarely in the sights of Archer O’Brien, the oldest, most intense of the clan. But with her trust issues also having issues, can Honor relax enough to let her heart lead with Archer? Or will it end up exactly as she predicted, with her heart in pieces?

Archer doesn’t date – he has no time. He has his hands full with looking after his family, ensuring they are out of trouble, and being captain of the Wolves baseball team. When Honor unexpectedly lands on his radar, he’s surprised that his longing for her is so acute. Can he allow himself to be happy, for once and try to be the man Honor deserves?

To say that I have fallen in love with all the characters in this book would be putting it mildly. I loved every single O’Brien sibling, and am so hungry for all of their stories. Honor’s friends are totally fun and a group of young women that I would no doubt love to have as friends.

I especially loved Honor – I take books everywhere! I loved that Archer was patient, yet persistent. He set the bar high for the rest of the series.

I recommend this read. I loved it, and think you will, too.

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A sudden feeling drew my attention to the other side of the room. I couldn’t really explain it. It was hot like electricity, something magnetic. My eyes searched for the source of that strange pull—and clashed with gray.

My breath caught.

It was like looking into the heart of a storm, intense, powerful. I hadn’t gone up in flames for any of the others, but this guy… Well, this O’Brien who was staring at me—devouring me—with those unusual gray eyes, wearing a frown like he never smiled, a stare so focused I thought he might be memorizing every move I made? Or reading my mind?

“Wow,” I said, voice nothing but a shaky exhale.

This guy caused a slow burn inside me. I wanted to run. Either to him or away, I wasn’t sure. But as his eyes traveled the length of my body, all the way down to my shoes, and back up again to meet my gaze, everything inside me turned to wildfire. I licked my lips, thighs clenching together instinctively.

His frown deepened, jaw tight.

And that made him seem even sexier.

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Cookie O’Gorman writes YA & NA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas. Her novels ADORKABLE, NINJA GIRL, The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder, and The Good Girl’s Guide to Being Bad are out now! She is also the author of NA sports romance, The Best Mistake.

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Release & Review Blitz: Road to Fire (Broken Trilogy #1) by Maria Luis ~ 5 stars

Release Date: April 30
It’s dark, it’s gritty, and there’s a pretty good chance it’s the royal romance you never even realized that you wanted. Your new anti-hero obsession is almost here—do you think you can handle Saxon Priest?
“I’m not scared of you.”
I meet her gaze. “You should be.”
Bound by a secret oath spanning generations, I am loyal to no one but the queen.
Defender of the Crown.
To all of England, I’m Saxon Priest. Traitor. Murderer. Owner of London’s most infamous anti-loyalist pub.
And then she appears.
Isla Quinn may claim that she’s only looking to buss tables, but I’m no fool. Bitterness bleeds from her hard-blue eyes, and her hatred for the queen is so palpable, I can practically taste it off every sharp-tongued word slipping from her full mouth.
“Hire me,” she begs.
We’re on opposite sides of this war. Enemies from the start.
Isla thought she found an ally, but she’s found me instead.
A man with no heart, no matter how the dead space inside my chest lurches whenever she’s near.
And so I lean over, dragging her deep into this twisted game of crowns and thrones, and offer a single vow: “I could use you.”

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5 O.M.G. stars!

This book is everything unexpected and then more! Maria Luis sets up a political landscape so treacherous and so fragile, yet beckoning. Against the backdrop of an England on the verge of a civil war, a romance between two unlikely souls blossoms.

Isla Quinn is the female warrior that women hope to be – strong, fearless & selfless. At her wits end, and beside herself with the pain of her parents’ deaths, she does what she feels must be done. Wanting to ensure her siblings’ survival, she turns to Saxon Priest for help.

Saxon? He’s the tortured, broken anti-hero that you can’t help but love. He’s been loyal for years to a cause he doesn’t truly believe in, yet all it takes is Isla’s light – and sass – to make him realise that he’d been merely drifting through life until she came along.

The thrill, danger & heat levels were so good! If you love hot, dark thrillers, jump in on this. Road To Fire is gritty & dark but Isla & Saxon light it up quite nicely.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

Meet Maria Luis
Maria Luis is an Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Author.
Historian by day and romance novelist by night, Maria lives in New Orleans, and loves bringing the city’s cultural flair into her books. When Maria isn’t frantically typing with hot chocolate in hand, she can be found binging on reality TV, going on adventures with her other half and two pups, or plotting her next flirty romance.


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#ReviewBlitz: O Magnet by Tessa Layne ~ 4.5 stars

 Release Date: January 12


As the CTO of Steele Conglomerate, I work hard, and play harder, if you catch my meaning. I – and the ladies – like it that way.
My mother has other ideas.
For the last six years, she’s been trying to marry me off – because it’s time for grandchildren. She’s even started dropping by my office with prospects — on a daily basis.
But I’m going to beat her at her own game. Not only am I going to convince her I’m getting married, I’m going to pick the last woman my mother would ever choose for me… my crazy, inappropriate-for-me-in-every-way assistant, Penelope Fischer — Penny.
What could possibly go wrong?
I am So. Over. Stockton Ford. Just because he’s the hottest bachelor in Kansas City with the biggest wallet does not make him all that. I should know. Not only do I spend night and day helping him fight cyber bad guys and generally being his Girl Friday, I’m tasked with managing his personal life – his mother, his girlfriends… you get the picture. So yeah, I’m done. Done giving into that megawatt smile, the mischievous twinkle in his eye, and the pleading tone in his voice that somehow I can’t resist. 
I’m quitting.
Until he makes me an offer I can’t refuse, and I say yes for all the wrong reasons.
A fake engagement workplace romp featuring epic pranks, dirty… ahem… and a very happy ending.
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I have decided that I need to read the rest of this series as they drop!

I love office romances. O Magnet is one that ticks so many boxes for me. Stockton & Penny have great chemistry, and the way they banter & negotiate is often times downright hilarious.

First introduced to me in book 1 of the Titans of Tech series, Penny was painted as one of the unofficial partners at Steele Conglomerate. Her intelligence was only hinted at, but in this book, we get a better look at just how important her work is to the partnership. We also see how her personality has been shaped, and the reasons why she feels the need to keep walls up around her. To his credit, Stockton recognises this, and tries to do little, subtle things for her, hoping she realises he cares in a way that wouldn’t make her cut and run. So, it is only when he is faced with the very real threat of her departure from his life that he begins to bring out the big guns. He is afraid of not being enough for Penny, but soon realises that life without her will not be enough for him.

I am excited to read the next book, and I recommend this book wholeheartedly.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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She’s a voracious reader of romance (the smuttier the better), historical fiction, biographies, travel memoirs and cookbooks.

Tessa fell in love with her sexy, geeky, musician of a husband faster than the characters in the novels she writes, and divides her time between the Flint Hills and the Rocky Mountains, where she lives with said sexy spouse, two children and two very naughty cats.

All of her books contain sexy Alpha heroes- some badder than others- smart sassy heroines who don’t pull their punches, and swoon-worthy happy endings.

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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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#ExcerptReveal: The Invitation by @ViKeeland

Title: The Invitation
Author: Vi Keeland
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 18, 2021
Excited about Vi Keeland’s upcoming release, The Invitation? Check out this SNEAK PEEK of CHAPTER 1!

“I can’t do this…” I stopped halfway up the marble staircase. 
Fisher paused a few steps ahead of me. He walked back down to where I stood. “Sure you can. Remember the time we were in sixth grade and you had to make that presentation about your favorite president? You were a nervous wreck. You thought you were going to forget everything you’d memorized and be standing there with everyone staring at you.” 
“Yes, what about it?” 
“Well, this is no different. You got through that, didn’t you?” 
Fisher had lost his mind. “My fears all came true that day. I got up in front of the blackboard and started to sweat. I couldn’t remember a single word I’d written. Everyone in the class stared, and then you heckled me.” 
Fisher nodded. “Exactly. Your worst fear came true, and yet you lived to see another day. In fact, that day turned out to be the best day of your life.” 
I shook my head, bewildered. “How so?” 
“That was the first time we’d ever been in the same class. I thought you were just another annoying girl like the rest of them. But after school that day, you ripped into me for teasing you while you were trying to do your presentation. That made me realize you weren’t like the other girls. And that very day I decided we were going to be best friends.” 
I shook my head. “I didn’t speak to you for the rest of the school year.” 
Fisher shrugged. “Yeah, but I won you over the next year, didn’t I? And right now you feel a little calmer than you did two minutes ago, don’t you?” 
I sighed. “I guess I do.” 
He held out his tuxedo-clad elbow. “Shall we go in?” 
I swallowed. As terrified as I was of what we were about to do, I also couldn’t wait to see what the inside of the library looked like all done up for a wedding. I’d spent countless hours sitting on these steps, wondering about the people walking by. 
Fisher waited patiently with his elbow out while I debated another minute. Finally, with another loud sigh, I took his arm. “If we wind up in jail, you’re going to have to come up with the bail money for both of us. I’m way too broke.” 
He flashed his movie-star smile. “Deal.” 
As we climbed the remaining steps to the doors of the New York Public Library, I went over all of the details we’d discussed in the Uber on the way here. Our names for the evening were Evelyn Whitley and Maximilian Reynard. Max was in real estate—his family owned Reynard Properties—and I’d gotten my MBA at Wharton and recently moved back to the City. We both lived on the Upper East Side—at least that part was true. 
Two uniformed waiters wearing white gloves stood at the towering entrance doors. One held a tray of champagne flutes, and the other a clipboard. Though my legs somehow kept going, my heart felt like it was trying to escape from my chest and take off in the opposite direction. 
“Good evening.” The waiter with the clipboard nodded. “May I have your names, please?” 
Fisher didn’t flinch as he doled out the first of what would be a night full of lies. 
The man, who I noticed had an earpiece in, scanned his list and nodded. He held a hand out for us to enter, and his partner handed us each bubbly. “Welcome. The ceremony will take place in the rotunda. Seating for the bride is on your left.” 
“Thank you,” Fisher said. As soon as we were out of earshot, he leaned close. “See? Easy peasy.” He sipped his champagne. “Oooh, this is good.” 
I had no idea how he was so calm. Then again, I also had no idea how he’d managed to talk me into this insanity. Two months ago, I’d come home from work to find Fisher, who was also my neighbor, raiding my refrigerator for leftovers—a common occurrence. As he ate two-day-old chicken Milanese, I’d sat at the kitchen table sorting through my mail and having a glass of wine. While we talked, I’d sliced open the back of an oversized envelope without checking the address on the front. The most stunning wedding invitation had been inside—black and white with raised gold leaf. It was like a gilded work of art. And the wedding was at the New York Public Library, of all places—right near my old office and where I’d often sat and had my lunch on the iconic stairs. I hadn’t visited in at least a year, so I was seriously pumped to get to go to a wedding there. 
Though I’d had no idea whose wedding it was—a distant relative I’d forgotten, maybe? The names weren’t even vaguely familiar. When I turned the envelope over, I quickly realized why. I’d opened my ex-roommate’s mail. Ugh. That figured. It wasn’t me who was invited to a fairytale wedding at one of my favorite places in the world. 
But after a couple of glasses of wine, Fisher had convinced me it should be me going, and not Evelyn. It was the least my deadbeat ex-roommate could do for me, he’d said. After all, she’d snuck out in the middle of the night, taken some of my favorite shoes with her, and the check she’d left behind for the two months of back rent she owed had bounced. At a minimum, I ought to get to attend a ritzy, thousand-dollars-a-plate wedding, rather than her. Lord knew none of my friends were ever getting married at a venue like that. By the time we’d polished off the second bottle of merlot, Fisher had decided we would go in Evelyn’s place—crash the wedding for a fun night out, compliments of my no-good former roomie. Fisher had even filled out the response card, writing that two guests would attend, and slipped it into his back pocket to mail the next day. 
I’d honestly forgotten all about our drunken plans until two weeks ago when Fisher came home with a tuxedo he’d borrowed from a friend for the upcoming nuptials. I’d balked and told him I wasn’t going to crash some expensive wedding for people I didn’t know, and he’d done what he always did: gotten me to think his bad idea wasn’t really that bad. 
Until now. I stood in the middle of the sprawling lobby of what was probably a two-hundred-thousand-dollar wedding and felt like I might literally pee my pants. 
“Drink your champagne,” Fisher said. “It’ll help you relax a bit and put some color back in your cheeks. You look like you’re about to attempt to tell the class why you like John Quincy Adams so much.” 
I squinted at Fisher, though he smiled back, undeterred. I was certain nothing was going to help me loosen up. But nevertheless, I gulped back the contents of my glass. 
Fisher tucked one hand casually into his trouser pocket and looked around with his head held high, like he didn’t have a fear in the world. “I haven’t seen my old friend party animal Stella in a long time,” he said. “Might she come out to play tonight?” 
I handed him my empty champagne flute. “Shut up and go find me another glass before I bolt.” 
He chuckled. “No problem, Evelyn. You just sit tight and try not to blow our cover before we even get to see the beautiful bride.” 
“Beautiful? You don’t even know what she looks like.” 
“All brides look beautiful. That’s why they wear a veil—so you can’t see the ugly ones, and everything is magical on their special day.” 
“That’s so romantic.” 
Fisher winked. “Not everyone can be as pretty as me.” 
Three glasses of champagne helped calm me enough to sit through the wedding ceremony. And the bride definitely didn’t need a veil. Olivia Rothschild—or Olivia Royce, as she would be now—was gorgeous. I got a little teary eyed watching the groom say his vows. It was a shame the happy couple weren’t really my friends, because one of their groomsmen was insanely attractive. I might’ve daydreamed that Livi—that’s what I called her in my head—would fix me up with her new hubby’s buddy. But alas, tonight was a ruse, and I was no Cinderella story. 
The cocktail hour took place in a beautiful room I’d never been in. I studied the artwork on the ceiling as I waited at the bar for my drink. Fisher had told me he needed to use the restroom, but I had a feeling he’d really snuck off to talk to the handsome waiter who had been eyeing him since we’d walked in. 
“Here you go, miss.” The bartender slid a drink over to me. 
“Thank you.” I took a quick look around to see if anyone was paying attention before dipping my nose inside the glass and taking a deep sniff. Definitely not what I ordered. 
“Ummm, excuse me. Is it possible you made this with Beefeater gin and not Hendricks?” 
The bartender frowned. “I don’t think so.” 
I sniffed a second time, now certain he’d made it wrong. 
A man’s voice to my left caught me off guard. “You didn’t even taste it, yet you think he poured the wrong gin?” 
I smiled politely. “Beefeater is made with juniper, orange peels, bitter almond, and blended teas, which produces a licorice taste. Hendricks is made of juniper, rose, and cucumber. There’s a different smell to each.” 
“Are you drinking it straight or on the rocks?” 
“Neither. It’s a gin martini, so it has vermouth.” 
“But you think you can smell that he used the wrong gin, without even tasting it?” The guy’s voice made it clear he didn’t think I could. 
“I have a very good sense of smell.” 
The man looked over my shoulder. “Hey, Hudson, I got a hundred bucks that says she can’t tell the difference between the two gins if we line them up.” 
A second man’s voice came from my right, this one behind my shoulder a bit. The sound was deep, yet velvety and smooth—sort of like the gin the bartender should’ve used to make my drink. 
“Make it two hundred, and you’re on.” 
Turning to get a look at the man willing to wager on my abilities, I felt my eyes widen. 
Oh. Wow. The gorgeous guy from the bridal party. I’d stared at him during most of the wedding. He was handsome from afar, but up close he was breathtaking in a way that made my belly flutter—dark hair, tanned skin, a chiseled jawline, and luscious, full lips. The way his hair was styled—slicked back and parted to the side—reminded me of an old-time movie star. What I hadn’t been able to see from the back row during the ceremony was the intensity of his ocean blue eyes. Those were currently scanning my face like I was a book. 
I cleared my throat. “You’re going to bet two-hundred dollars that I can identify gin?” 
The gorgeous man stepped forward, and my olfactory sense perked up. Now that smells better than any gin. I wasn’t sure if it was his cologne or some sort of a body wash, but whatever it was, it took everything in my power to not lean toward him and take a deep whiff. The sinfully sexy man smelled as good as he looked. That pairing was my kryptonite. 
There was a hint of amusement in his voice. “Are you telling me it’s a bad bet?” 
I shook my head and turned back to speak to his friend. “I’ll play along with your little bet, but I’m in for two hundred, too.” 
When my eyes returned to the handsome man on my right, the corner of his lip twitched just slightly. “Nice.” He lifted his chin to his friend. “Tell the bartender to pour a shot of Beefeater and a shot of Hendricks. Line ’em up in front of her, and don’t let us know which is which.” 
A minute later, I lifted the first shot glass and sniffed. It honestly wasn’t even necessary for me to smell the other, though I did it anyway, just to be safe. Damn… I should’ve bet more. This was too easy, like taking candy from a baby. I slid one shot glass forward and spoke to the waiting bartender. “This one is the Hendricks.” 
The bartender looked impressed. “She’s right.” 
“Damn it,” the guy who had started this game huffed. He dug into his front pocket, pulled out an impressive billfold, and peeled off four hundred-dollar bills. Tossing them in our direction on top of the bar, he shook his head. “I’ll win it back by Monday.” 
Gorgeous Guy smiled at me as he collected his cash. Once I took mine, he lowered his head to whisper in my ear. 
“Nice job.” 
Oh myHis hot breath sent a shiver down my spine. It had been way too long since I’d had contact with a man. Sadly, my knees felt a little weak. But I forced myself to ignore it. “Thank you.” 
He reached around me to the bar and lifted one of the shots. Bringing it to his nose, he sniffed before setting it back down and smelling the other. 
“I don’t smell anything different.” 
“That just means you have a normal sense of smell.” 
“Ah, I see. And yours is…extraordinary?” 
I smiled. “Why yes, it is.” 
He looked amused as he passed me one of the shots and held the other up in toast. “To being extraordinary,” he said. 
I wasn’t generally a shot drinker, but what the hell? I clinked my glass with his before knocking it back. Maybe the alcohol would help settle the nerves this man seemed to have jolted awake. 
I set my empty shot glass on the bar next to his. “I take it this is something the two of you do on a regular basis, since your friend plans to win it back by Monday?” 
“Jack’s family and mine have been friends since we were kids. But the betting started when we went to the same college. I’m a Notre Dame fan, and he’s a USC fan. We were broke back then, so we used to bet a Taser zap on games.” 
“A Taser zap?” 
“His father was a cop. He gave him a Taser to keep under his car seat just in case. But I don’t think he envisioned his son taking hits of fifty-thousand volts when a last-minute interception made his team lose.” 
I shook my head. “That’s a little crazy.” 
“Definitely not our wisest decision. At least I won a lot more than he did. A little brain damage might help explain some of his choices in college.” 
I laughed. “So today was just a continuation of that pattern, then?” 
“Pretty much.” He smiled and extended his hand. “I’m Hudson, by the way.” 
“Nice to meet you. I’m St—” I caught myself in the nick of time. “I’m Evelyn.” 
“So are you a gin aficionado, Evelyn? Is that why I didn’t smell anything different between the two?” 
I smiled. “I wouldn’t consider myself an aficionado of gin, no. To be honest, I mostly drink wine. But did I mention my occupation? I’m a fragrance chemist—a perfumist.” 
“You make perfume?” 
I nodded. “Among other things. I developed scents for a cosmetics and fragrance company for six years. Sometimes it was a new perfume, other times it was the scent for a wipe that removes makeup, or maybe a cosmetic that needs a more pleasant smell.” 
“Pretty sure I never met a perfumist before.” 
I smiled. “Is it as exciting as you’d hoped?” 
He chuckled. “What exactly is the training for a job like that?” 
“Well, I have a chemistry degree. But you can have all the education you want, and you still won’t be able to do the job unless you also have hyperosmia.” 
“And that is…” 
“An enhanced ability to smell odors, an increased olfactory acuity.” 
“So you’re good at smelling shit?” 
I laughed. “Exactly.” 
A lot of people think they have a good sense of smell, but they don’t really understand how heightened the sense is for someone with hyperosmia. Demonstrating always worked best. Plus, I really wanted to know what cologne he was wearing. So, I leaned in and took a deep inhale of Hudson. 
Exhaling, I said, “Dove soap.” 
He didn’t look completely sold. “Yes, but that’s a pretty common soap choice.” 
I smiled. “You didn’t let me finish. Dove Cool Moisture. It’s got cucumber and green tea in it—also a common ingredient in gins, by the way. And you use L’Oreal Elvive shampoo, same as me. I can smell gardenia tahitensis flower extract, rosa canina flower extract, and a slight hint of coconut oil. Oh, and you use Irish Spring deodorant. I don’t think you’re wearing any cologne, actually.” 
Hudson’s brows rose. “Now that’s impressive. The wedding party stayed in a hotel last night, and I forgot to pack my cologne.” 
“Which one do you normally wear?” 
“Ah… I can’t tell you that. What will we do on our second date for entertainment if we don’t play the sniff test?” 
“Our second date? I didn’t realize we were going to have a first.” 
Hudson smiled and held out his hand. “The night’s young, Evelyn. Dance with me?” 
A knot in the pit of my stomach warned me it was a bad idea. Fisher and I were supposed to stick together and limit contact with other people to minimize our chances of getting caught. But glancing around, my date was nowhere in sight. Plus, this man was seriously magnetic. Somehow, before my brain even finished debating the pros and cons, I found myself putting my hand in his. He led me to the dance floor and wrapped one arm around my waist, leading with the other. Not surprisingly, he knew how to dance. 
“So, Evelyn with the extraordinary sense of smell, I’ve never seen you before. Are you a guest or a plus one?” He looked around the room. “Is some guy giving me the evil eye behind my back right now? Am I going to need to get Jack’s Taser from the car to ward off a jealous boyfriend?” 
I laughed. “I am here with someone, but he’s just a friend.” 
“The poor guy…” 
I smiled. Hudson’s flirting was over the top, yet I gobbled it up. “Fisher is more interested in the guy who was passing out champagne than me.” 
Hudson held me a little closer. “I like your date much better than I did thirty seconds ago.” 
Goose bumps prickled my arms as he lowered his head, and his nose briefly brushed against my neck. 
“You smell incredible. Are you wearing one of the perfumes you make?” 
“I am. But it’s not one that can be ordered. I like the idea of having a true signature scent that someone can remember me by.” 
“I don’t think you need the perfume to be remembered.” 
He led me around the dance floor with such grace, I wondered if he had taken professional lessons. Most men his age thought slow dancing meant rocking back and forth and grinding an erection against you. 
“You’re a good dancer,” I said. 
Hudson responded by twirling us around. “My mother was a professional ballroom dancer. Learning wasn’t an option; it was a requirement if I wanted to be fed.” 
I laughed. “That’s really cool. Did you ever consider following in her footsteps?” 
“Absolutely not. I grew up watching her suffer with hip bursitis, stress fractures, torn ligaments—it’s definitely not the glamorous profession they make it out to be on all those dance-contest TV shows. You gotta love what you do for a job like that.” 
“I think you have to love what you do for any job.” 
“That’s a very good point.” 
The song came to an end, and the emcee told everyone to take their seats. 
“Where are you sitting?” Hudson asked. 
I pointed to the side of the room where Fisher and I had been seated. “Somewhere over there. Table Sixteen.” 
He nodded. “I’ll walk you.” 
We approached the table at the same moment as Fisher, who was coming from the other direction. He looked between Hudson and me, and his face asked the question he didn’t say aloud. 
“Umm…this is my friend Fisher. Fisher, this is Hudson.” 
Hudson extended his hand. “Nice to meet you.” 
After shaking with a silent Fisher, who seemed to have forgotten how to speak, he turned to me and took my hand once again. “I should get back to my table with the rest of the wedding party.” 
“Save a dance for me later?” 
I smiled. “I’d love to.” 
Hudson turned to walk away and then turned back. As he walked backwards, he called, “In case you pull a Cinderella on me and disappear, what’s your last name, Evelyn?” 
Thankfully, him using my fake name reminded me not to give him my real one as I’d almost done the first time. “It’s Whitley.” 
Oh GodDid he know Evelyn? 
His eyes swept over my face. “Beautiful name. I’ll see you later.” 
“Uhh…okay, sure.” 
When Hudson was barely out of earshot, Fisher leaned close to me. “My name’s supposed to be Maximilian, sweetheart.” 
“Oh my God, Fisher. We have to leave.” 
“Nah.” He shrugged. “It’s no big deal. We made up Maximilian anyway. I’m your plus one. No one knows the name of the person Evelyn brought. Though I still want to play a real estate tycoon.” 
“No, it’s not that.” 
“Then what is it?” 
“We have to leave because he knows…” 

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Project Announcement: Knocked Up: A Secret Baby Romance Collection

Project announcement! 🔥

We are so excited to announce: Knocked Up: A Secret Baby Romance Collection

What happens when you’re left with more than just the memories of an incredible night together? 

Settle in and get your fill of sixteen NEW secret baby stories where hidden secrets are revealed and couples that were once separated are reunited. Each story guarantees cuteness, sexiness, lots of love, and of course a HEA.

This collection includes stories from USA Today bestselling authors Nicole Blanchard, Kaylee Ryan, Jenika Snow, Marley Valentine, and K Webster. Nikki Ash, Lacey Black, Jacob Chance, Kelsey Clayton, J.D. Hollyfield, Rebecca Jenshak, CoraLee June, Heidi McLaughlin, Lauren Runow, Micalea Smeltzer, and Misty Walker.

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#ReleaseBlast: O Magnet by Tessa Layne

 Release Date: January 12


As the CTO of Steele Conglomerate, I work hard, and play harder, if you catch my meaning. I – and the ladies – like it that way.
My mother has other ideas.
For the last six years, she’s been trying to marry me off – because it’s time for grandchildren. She’s even started dropping by my office with prospects — on a daily basis.
But I’m going to beat her at her own game. Not only am I going to convince her I’m getting married, I’m going to pick the last woman my mother would ever choose for me… my crazy, inappropriate-for-me-in-every-way assistant, Penelope Fischer — Penny.
What could possibly go wrong?
I am So. Over. Stockton Ford. Just because he’s the hottest bachelor in Kansas City with the biggest wallet does not make him all that. I should know. Not only do I spend night and day helping him fight cyber bad guys and generally being his Girl Friday, I’m tasked with managing his personal life – his mother, his girlfriends… you get the picture. So yeah, I’m done. Done giving into that megawatt smile, the mischievous twinkle in his eye, and the pleading tone in his voice that somehow I can’t resist. 
I’m quitting.
Until he makes me an offer I can’t refuse, and I say yes for all the wrong reasons.
A fake engagement workplace romp featuring epic pranks, dirty… ahem… and a very happy ending.
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Meet Tessa Layne

USA Today Bestselling Author Tessa Layne discovered the Harlequin stacks at her local library when she was twelve, and began a life-long love affair with all things filthy and romantic.

She’s a voracious reader of romance (the smuttier the better), historical fiction, biographies, travel memoirs and cookbooks.

Tessa fell in love with her sexy, geeky, musician of a husband faster than the characters in the novels she writes, and divides her time between the Flint Hills and the Rocky Mountains, where she lives with said sexy spouse, two children and two very naughty cats.

All of her books contain sexy Alpha heroes- some badder than others- smart sassy heroines who don’t pull their punches, and swoon-worthy happy endings.


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#ReleaseBlitz: Scottish Player by @karenfrances12 ~ 4.5 stars

Title: Scottish Player
A Cocky Hero Club Novel
Author: Karen Frances
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 10, 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.
Can what happens in Vegas stay in Vegas? 
Taking a well-earned break with her best friend, Sam Walker would never have expected to be faced with her brother, or his teammates enjoying a pre-season stag party.
Sam knows the single footballer mentality and didn’t expect to be drawn to the charismatic one and only Jackson Taylor.
One night. That’s all he wanted. But after just one night with Sam, he knew once would never be enough!
Tempers and fists fly when a misunderstanding occurs that causes friendships to be tested and hearts to be broken.
Can Jackson convince Sam that his days as a well- known ‘player’ are behind him?
*Scottish Player is a contemporary romance inspired by Cocky Bastard.
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In Las Vegas, Sam impulsively hooks up her brother’s football teammate. She’s not expecting anything serious, but Jackson keeps turning up, trying to convince her to give him more time with her. Complicating matters is the fact that Jackson is the last man her brother wants her around. When they find out that what happened in Vegas has followed them all the way back to Glasgow, will they be able to deal with it?

This quick read was quite a good addition to the Cocky Hero Club. It has humor, fun and lots of steam within its pages; it kept me glued to its pages til the end. I recommend this read. You won’t regret it.

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Karen Frances is the author of fourteen romance novels and two novellas.
She currently lives just outside Glasgow, Scotland, with her husband, five children and two dogs, although she does dream of living somewhere warm and sunny and by the sea. Her days are spent helping her husband run their family business. She spends some of her free time trying to keep fit and prepare healthy meals for her family, when their busy schedules allow them to all sit down at meal times together. The rest of her free time is spent plotting stories, writing and occasionally reading.
Karen writes stories that are both believable and full of life. More often than not she loves sending her readers on an emotional journey alongside her characters.
For more information please check out her website. www.karenfrancesauthor.co.uk


#ReleaseBlitz: Arrogant Single Dad by Alyse Zaftig ~ #2stars

Title: Arrogant Single Dad
A Cocky Hero Club Novel
Author: Alyse Zaftig
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 10, 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.
I can’t believe I’ve fallen in love with a single dad. 
I’m not looking for anything serious when I fall into Logan Simpson’s bed. He’s the former basketball team captain and my high school sweetheart. We broke up when we went to different colleges. He has a business and a three-year-old girl named Annabelle now. His ex-wife is out of the picture, and somehow we end up tangling the sheets together.
Now I’m pregnant and don’t know how to tell him the news.
*Arrogant Single Dad is a contemporary single dad romance inspired by Stuck-Up Suit.
Free in Kindle Unlimited
Candace is simply giving into her family’s begging when she plans her week-long trip back to Indiana. However, when she runs into Logan & his little girl while she’s there, she begins to wonder if her life truly isn’t missing a lot of things.

I didn’t feel a connection between Logan & Candace in this short read. There was more of Candace & Annabelle’s relationship in the book than theirs. It would have been better had we had Logan’s POV. And then there were the epilogues… I felt as though the author just drafted a storyline, and filled in stuff to fit. The blurb was more exciting than the book itself.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.


Alyse Zaftig is a USA Today bestselling author. She loves to write about women who break the mold. Sassy heroines are her favorite.


#CoverReveal: Stealing Home by @authorcarriea


The cover for Carrie Aarons’ next Callahan Family book is here, and it’s GORGEOUS! Stealing Home releases on January 22, and it’s the contemporary sports romance you’ve all been waiting for – Walker and Hannah’s story!

This heartbreaking, second chance love story brings us back to the world of a small Pennsylvania town that houses a professional baseball team, which has been run by the same family for generations. After being struck by scandal, they’re closing ranks. Drama, romance, familial bonds, sports – this series has it ALL.

Walker Callahan has loved from afar for as long as he can remember.

The golden boy of the Callahan baseball dynasty, he’s the only player to ever secure a top spot on a roster controlled by his own flesh and blood. The pressure, duty and plans laid out for him since birth loom large, causing things like love and a family to fall by the wayside.

Or maybe that’s because the woman he loves is already married with children.

When they met, she was already promised to someone else. For over six years, he resigned himself to being her friend. Until one night, when her marriage and the ugly secrets it keeps unravels for the world to see. She’s burned, scared and needs someone who will put her needs above everything else.

Can Walker risk his own future and show her how to trust again? Or will the feelings he’s kept hidden for years throw him out of the game before he can even attempt to play?

Hannah Giraldi never wants to fall in love again.

All it brings is pain, misery and her life falling to shambles. After a very public scandal, her abusive husband takes everything, leaving her to raise two daughters on nothing but charity from others, a hope, and a prayer.

New to the job market, single motherhood, and with two court cases on her plate, the last thing she needs are the butterflies that Walker ignites in her stomach every time he comes around. But with his soothing words, supportive shoulder to lean on, and undeniable gorgeousness, he’s pretty hard to ignore.

Just when it feels like she might be standing on her own two feet, the world comes crumbling down around her. And the man she’s finally allowed into her heart abandons her, once again leaving her to pick up the pieces.

Is there a way to heal all of the broken parts, or will Hannah go down swinging while attempting one more shot at a happily ever after?

Pre-order now! bit.ly/ReadStealingHome

#ReleaseBlitz: Devious Wingman by @CaseyHagenAuth ~ #5stars

Title: Devious Wingman
A Cocky Hero Club Novel
Author: Casey Hagen
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.
Well, if it isn’t Falcon Malone. 
In the panty-dropping flesh.
My older brother’s best friend and subject of my every teenage fantasy.
He taught me how to kiss.
Then he walked away.
I tried to keep him buried in the past, but he’s been in every kiss since.
Tethering me to unattainable dreams.
Well, he might have taught me how to kiss, but now I’m going to teach him how to… well, you get the idea.
I’ll tempt fate, tantalize Falcon, and resurrect a fierce hunger between the two of us.
And then I’ll be the one to walk away.
I left my best friend’s little sister, Emory Brooks planted firmly in my past.
Or so I’d thought.
Those pink girl-next-door lips of hers belonged in our sleepy hometown where I couldn’t reach them.
I’d taught her how to kiss…specifically, how to kiss me.
Then I’d left.
She deserved better than my tattered soul.
Now she’s here. All grown up. In my neighborhood. In my pub.
And the subject of my friend’s desire.
My job…charm the ladies while my man goes for the prize.
But not when the prize is Emory. He can have anyone else…but never her.
I’m the wingman… and I’m about to go rogue.
Free in Kindle Unlimited
On the heels of Cocky Corporal, Casey Hagen delivers angst-filled Devious Wingman.

What was I supposed to do when I was certain, positive with every fiber of my being, my other half was the one person I couldn’t have?”

On the same day she’s been fired, Emory’s past makes a swift, fury-filled return in the form of Falcon Malone. Her brother’s best friend, he’s The One that she compares every other man against – but he doesn’t seem to want her in the way she wants him. Striking up a flirtation with one of his best friends seem like the best next thing to draw him out. Little does Emory know: she may just have bitten off more than she could chew.

I’ve loved you for so damn long I don’t remember a time when I didn’t.”

Running from a past that has imprisoned him, Falcon Malone has never truly understood love. He’s felt it, but is too tortured to fully realise that love is not just the thought of home, but that it’s laden with hope, trust and the acceptance of flaws. Guilty of the way his actions may have shaped Emory’s past, he’s closed off himself from happiness. But as Emory keeps popping up after a decade of silence, he soon recognises that life without her is worth every bit of pain he endures.

I enjoyed this read, even more as it flowed sort of right after Cocky Corporal. I loved Falcon & Emory’s banter, but also enjoyed Soraya & Graham’s innuendo-filled conversations, too. I’d like to recommend this as another great addition to the Cocky Hero Club series.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

Casey Hagen pens her snarky, passionate stories from the salty air of Kennebunk, Maine. She’s a born and raised Vermont native, a New England girl to the core, with Ben & Jerry’s in her heart and real Vermont maple syrup pumping through her veins. 
She’s the proud mother of three girls and a new, first-time grandma with an insatiable addiction to Fall Out Boy, and a new, rather concerning obsession with tattoos and piercings. Can you say “cool grandma?”
The inked and pierced grandma spends her time tucked away in her office, coated in cat hair, alternating between tearing her hair out trying to find the perfect words and being one step ahead of her three scheming fur babies she is positive are plotting her demise with every swirl around her ankles at the top of her office stairs.
She loves writing stories about real people, with complicated histories, relatable everyday problems, and giving them the hard-won happily-ever-afters they deserve.
And she thanks every last one of you who picks up one of her stories.
Casey is done talking about herself in the third person.
*Casey out*