#ReviewTour: 5 Rounds by Nikki Castle ~ #5stars

When Remy suddenly finds herself apartmentless, she’s offered a temporary place to stay, but her new roommate, Tristan, a notorious womanizer, and MMA fighter, has never been her favorite person. After one steamy encounter, the two are forced to deal with their developing feelings. Will they risk their hearts and let themselves fall in love? Fans of Kennedy Fox and Christina Lauren will love 5 ROUNDS by Nikki Castle, an enemies to lovers, forced proximity, sports romance.

Blurb

She’s a feisty workaholic that hates his guts.

He’s an arrogant MMA fighter that can’t afford any distractions.

This isn’t the kind of fight they’re used to…

When Remy is suddenly evicted from her apartment, her best friend offers to let her crash at his house while he’s traveling for work. The only problem is, she can’t stand his roommate, Tristan. Now, they’re stuck living together for 10 days. But after the tension breaks with one very steamy night, and then again, and again… they’re forced to reexamine their long-standing enemy relationship.

While Remy struggles with her developing feelings for a notorious womanizer, Tristan has to decide if his feelings for Remy are worth it, or if they’ll distract him from his longtime goal of becoming a world champion. To make matters worse, their deadline is looming because Remy is moving out soon.

Will they risk their hearts and let themselves fall in love? Or will they go back to hating each other before they’ve even had a chance to be together?

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Review

This is an amazing debut!

From the minute Remy met Tristan, she has disliked him. He’s arrogant, cold and thinks he’s God’s gift to women. And boy, does he love to irritate her! It doesn’t help that her best friend, Jax, is also his friend and roommate. Plus, he works as a trainer and a UFC hopeful at the same gym where she does her jujitsu, so she sees him way more than she likes. When she has to move in temporarily with Jax & Tristan, Remy already has a list of rules for Tristan, but those fly out the window when she realises that underneath her burning need to punch him, lies an even bigger temptation: surrendering her heart and body to him.

Tristan tries to remember that Jax loves Remy like a sister, and that he’d kill him if he accidentally burns their apartment down with her in it. He admires her ethic in the gym, but she gets under his skin so much, and thinks she’s a know-it-all. But when Jax goes out of town for 10 days, they become the most important days of his life. Will he succumb to his need to strangle her, or will he discover another side to the woman he always thought he loved to hate?

“The chemistry between us is like a pull that clearly neither of us can resist.”

I couldn’t put this book down. Remy & Tristan took my breath away with the absolute passion between them. Remy & Tristan had such strong personalities, and they practically leapt off the pages. It was like Jax was their buffer. The minute Jax wasn’t there, everything came to a head quickly. And what a ride it was! From their snarky, witty banter, to the awkward convos, to the heated tension between them, I was hooked. Remy & Tristan’s chemistry burned up the pages, even when they couldn’t see it.

This is an excellent enemies-to-lovers romance with lots of angry heat, teasing, and hot sex with great dirty talk. It also has a awesome cast of secondary characters whose stories I would love to read about. I honestly cannot recommend this book enough; I recommend it unreservedly and wholeheartedly. I’m an immediate fan of Nikki Castle, and I look forward to book #2 eagerly.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

Excerpt 

Copyright 2021 @Nikki Castle

Without thinking about what I’m doing, I step closer to him and run my fingers through his hair, trying to understand the sudden shift in his mood. His eyebrows shoot up in surprise, but he stands still and lets me play with strands of his hair. Without the tequila coursing through my veins, I never would have let myself touch him like this. But right now, I can’t find it in me to care.

“It must be exhausting being so mean all the time,” I observe thoughtfully. Something flashes in his eyes, but I can’t put a name to it, and then it’s gone just as quickly.

I turn away from him, completely oblivious to how much I just overstepped our normal boundaries. “Not to mention you would be so much hotter with just a little less snark,” I call over my shoulder. I’m too busy drunkenly fumbling with my keys in the lock to notice his eyes widen at my honest comment.

“Ha!” I exclaim triumphantly, pushing the door open and stepping inside. But before I can take more than two steps in, I feel myself being pushed to the wall, Tristan’s body pressing tightly against mine. “Hey!” I cry. His moody expression is gone, replaced with the smug face that I know so well.

“You would hate me if I was a nice guy,” he drawls.

I roll my eyes at him, trying to push him off me. “Guess we’ll never know, because you being a nice guy is as likely as me using the word ‘literally’ wrong.” He grins, knowing how much I hate when girls use the word to describe something that is very clearly not literal.

“Admit it,” he says softly, pushing me harder into the wall with his body. My breath catches as his face nears mine. “You like me the way I am.”

“I—I don’t—” my brain no longer seems to be able to form a coherent sentence. All I can do is stare into his hungry gaze and try not to picture what it would feel like if he fucked me against this wall right now.

His lips brush against my cheek, at the same time that he kneads my hips with his fingers. Every touch, every whisper of his breath, is further uncoiling the heat that’s growing between my legs.

“You don’t want someone to pull your chair out for you, or ask you what you want to eat,” he continues. “You want someone that doesn’t need your permission. Someone that will call you on your shit.” He tangles his fingers in my hair and, without warning, yanks my head back. I gasp in surprise. “You want someone that will spank you when you’re acting stupid.”

I can’t escape the whimper that slips from my lips. I squeeze my legs together, trying desperately to think of a response. But when he pulls back to wait for my reply, I know that no words could answer his unspoken question.

There are so many things that I hate about this man—he’s arrogant, and selfish, and rude. He’s a player that uses women for sex, and the only thing he actually gives a shit about is fighting. He’s the definition of self-absorbed. I should be shoving him away from me, telling him to fuck off and to stay on his side of the house for the rest of the week. I shouldn’t be thinking about what he tastes like, or how his cock might feel inside of me. I shouldn’t be wondering how hard he could make me come.

But his words remind me that the same alpha qualities that make me hate him… are also the ones that are making my knees weak.

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About Nikki Castle

Nikki Castle is a 29 year old wife and bulldog mom who writes steamy love stories about alpha MMA fighters and the women that melt their badass, playboy hearts. She spends her days working for a technology company and her evenings running a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) gym with her husband, who is also a retired fighter.

Nikki has been writing in one way or another since she was a teenager. She pursued an English and Philosophy degree in college, and finally decided to sit down and fulfill her longtime dream of writing an entire novel when quarantine began in 2020.

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#ReleaseBlitz: The Zone by @booksbycolleen ~ 4.5 stars

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She’s turned demanding to speak to the manager into an art form.
But this pint-sized spitfire doesn’t look anything like a Karen.

During my teammate Cole’s wild bachelor party, a sassy blonde puts an unwelcome damper on our raunchy fun.

After just one look… I don’t even know what hit me.

She storms into my reckless playboy world with her platinum blonde hair, pouty lips and curves for days.

For the first time since I was drafted, I tee it up, take a swing, and –

Big. Fat. Miss.

** cue screeching tires here **

Bristol McKay delights in heating my heart to smoldering and then leaving it in pieces.

Then again, maybe she has a darn good excuse underneath all that bristling beauty and bluster.

The reason why she’s spent her whole life honing her hatred of hockey players.

I’m going to melt the frost from her wicked tongue, while relishing every single second of it.

And she’ll love it too.
*****

THE ZONE is a full-length emotional ice hockey romance novel from USA Today Bestselling Author, Colleen Charles, about two enemies coming together to heal each other. It’s the fourth book in the sizzling Rochester Riot series but can be read as a standalone. You don’t have to love or even understand sports to enjoy this series!

Review

Bristol dislikes Ealon. He’s a player, loves attention and just an overall shallow person. Plus, to top it all off, he’s a hockey player, and she totally hates them, especially given the events of her past. Yet, as she and Ealon get to know each other, she realises that maybe she’s been judging him unfairly, and that the man with the cocky swagger may be the one man she can’t live without.

Ealon realises that Bristol dislikes him, and might actually hate him. But the hockey player can’t stop thinking about her, and sets out to make sure that she falls under his spell. But, after spending time with her, he realises her barbs and pricklers are a shield for the vulnerable woman beneath. When she steals his heart, he realises that it may be high time to make her his forever.

“She’s going to be my whole world. Maybe she already is.”

This story tugs at your heartstrings. While you may find yourself wanting to shake Bristol, you can’t help but sympathise with the hurt girl hiding behind the ice queen façade. The author set things up nicely with a heartfelt introduction, making the story personal, yet relatable. She made me love the couple before I even met them.

I recommend this read wholeheartedly. Bristol & Ealon will steal your heart as their chemistry, banter and romance keep you entertained.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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

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#ReviewTour: Keeping Score by @writercatfox ~ #5stars

KEEPING SCORE

by Cathryn Fox
End Zone, #3
Publication Date: July 6, 2021
Genres: Adult, Sports Romance, New Adult, Football Romance

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My boyfriend has a debt to pay, and no money to pay it. Desperate for a way out, he begs me to help.

Little did I expect for him to hand me over to the man he hated.

Rocco Gianni isn’t just a scholarship student at Kingston. He’s a tough kid from the streets of Detroit—the scariest baller on campus. And now he owns me.

Everything about him frightens me. Intrigues me. Makes me breathless.

But Rocco has a score to settle, and promises to get his money’s worth.

From me.

Any way he desires.

Want to know what scares me the most?

That I’m going to let him.

Review

Raegan agrees to belong to Rocco Gianni for one month as a repayment for a gambling debt her boyfriend, Cochrane, owes. Afraid of rocking the proverbial boat of their relationship, she pushes ahead, though her mind and body tell her that Rocco may be dangerous to both. Her privileged upbringing has embedded the need to follow an expected path, and Rocco is not a stop along that way. As she begins her ‘sentence’ with him, she finds out that he isn’t at all as scary as the scars on his body may seem. But when Cochrane demands that she come back to him, and she’s caught between a scary rock and a hard place.

Rocco is accustomed to having to fight for the things he wants. A not-so-pleasant childhood has taught him that some things are too good to be true, and that the truly good things are only temporary. Having Raegan belong to him wasn’t originally a plan to fall for her, but her sweetness draws him, continually rousing the protector in him. And when it seems as though being with him will hurt her, he knows he’s in for the biggest and scariest fight of his life.

This book will pull you in almost from the very first line. Rocco is the guy that Raegan wasn’t looking for, and didn’t know she needed. Some people fully blossom when they are fully loved, and Rocco and Raegan do it for each other. With each other, they find a sort of peace that has been elusive. The way Rocco cares for Raegan shows that he is the kind of man you would want by your side, no matter what. He is willing to do whatever it takes to make and keep her happy.

“How could a girl not love a guy who would sacrifice everything for love?”

I highly recommend this romance. It’s steamy, but also sweet, with lots of moments that touch your heart. Get lost in Rocco & Raegan; you’ll see settling debts in a whole new light.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

ABOUT CATHRYN FOX

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Cathryn Fox is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie) pizza and red wine. She has two teenagers who keep her busy with their never ending activities, and a husband who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. Cathryn can never find balance in her life, is always trying to find time to go to the gym, can never keep up with emails, Facebook or Twitter and tries to write page-turning books that her readers will love.

Cathryn also writes New Adult Paranormal under Cat Kalen.

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#ReleaseBlitz: Baby Maker by @MLBroome2 ~ #5stars

Title: Baby Maker
A Cocky Hero Club Novel
Author: M.L. Broome
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 13, 2021
Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are excited to bring you the Cocky Hero Club: original works from various authors inspired by Keeland and Ward’s New York Times bestselling Cocky Bastard series.
BLURB
Calliope:
I believe in love. Or I did until my husband died.
Now, I believe in surviving this world without him.
I have a plan mapped out for the rest of my life, and it doesn’t involve a man. I’ve been down that road, and I’m not willing to risk my heart again.
Not even for the devastatingly handsome and charming Dr. Keegan Russo, who also happens to be one hell of a kisser.
My head has plans, but what happens when my heart can’t say no?
Keegan:
Hot as hell sex with no strings attached. That’s my credo.
It works, too, until she walks into my office.
Calliope. A young widow with totally different priorities than me.
There’s no future for us, but I can’t stay away, either.
For the first time, I want something complicated and messy, and I want it with her.
But that means breaking the promise I made her on the day we met.
Baby Maker is a love after loss/forbidden romance inspired by British Bedmate.
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REVIEW
This is an absolutely beautiful read! M.L. Broome is an entirely new-to-me author, but she had me glued to the pages as she wove this wonderful story of second chances and love after loss.

Calliope Webster has just recently decided to live again since her husband’s passing nearly 2 years prior. As she makes her plans, she decides against love and men – but completely discounted the effect that Dr. Keegan Russo would have on her heart.

Dr. Russo dates only for fun. However, when he experiences the full package that is Calli, he feels as though she could be the one he gives up any and everything for. Will his love for her be enough or will he have to fight for a space in her heart?

This is a moving, yet hopeful read. Keegan & Calli stole my heart within minutes, and their every interaction was beautifully written and wrapped wonderfully in layers of heat. I was eager to see how everything worked out for them, and especially hopeful that Calli would get her HEA. She deserved it.

I recommend this read unreservedly and wholeheartedly. You’ll tear up some, and smile a lot.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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When M.L. isn’t writing or holding one-sided arguments with her characters (spoiler alert—they always win), she loves losing herself in nature on her North Carolina farm, one of her rescue buddies by her side. She adores dressing up and kicking back, a glass of whiskey with an equally stunning view, and experiences that make the soul—and senses—tingle.
 
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#BlogTour: Reel by @kennedyrwrites ~ #5stars

“Emotional, layered, sexy, and deeply satisfying, with stunning prose and a sweeping storyline, REEL is everything that has Kennedy Ryan fans devouring her books.”
— Lexi Ryan, New York Times bestselling author

Reel, an all new epic CONTEMPORARY STANDALONE love story from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kennedy Ryan, is available now!

One moment in the spotlight.

For months I stood by, an understudy waiting in the wings, preparing for my time to shine.
I never imagined he would watch in the audience that night.
Canon Holt.
Famous film director.
Fascinating. Talented. Fine.
Before I could catch my breath, everything changed.
I went from backstage Broadway to center stage Hollywood.
From being unknown, to my name, Neevah Saint, on everyone’s lips.
Canon casts me in a star-studded Harlem Renaissance biopic, catapulting me into another stratosphere.

But stars shine brightest in the dead of night.
Forbidden attraction, scandal and circumstances beyond my control jeopardize my dream.
Could this one shot—the role of a lifetime, the love of a lifetime—cost me everything?

Review

Kennedy Ryan has delivered another outstanding read. I hope that my review will do full justice to the beauty of it.

Canon Holt is precise about everything that goes into the making of his films. Searching for the leading lady for his latest project has become exhausting to everyone else, but he won’t rest until he has found her. His script deserves to be told to the entire world, and the person he needs to find needs to filled with light – the light he finds in Neevah Saint, a theatre actress fortuitously subbing for the lead who is on vacation. He’s afraid of history repeating itself, but Neevah’s light, coincidentally, could be the one thing missing in his own life.

“…she will burn me inside out…”

Neevah knows a thing or two about things happening in ways that lead you down paths you least expected. Her relationship with her family is living proof. Yet, the opportunity to be in a project with the Canon Holt is a path that, once taken, opens her to a different view of life and love, but it could end up leading her back to the place she ran so far away from.

“In his arms, risk weighs less than this necessary passion.”

Canon & Neevah’s story is beautiful, fun, exciting and profound. It’s different, but then, Kennedy Ryan always has a different love story to give. Their individual journeys are just as intriguing and moving as their romantic journey. Canon is 100% as fine as Neevah describes him to be in the blurb. An alpha, he is accustomed to controlling things according to his exacting standards. Passionate about his craft, he’s a bit reticent otherwise, but with Neevah, he finds it hard to hold back. Neevah is a woman who’s determined to fight. She is driven, too, jumping at opportunities and including people in her journey upwards, as well as romantic and passionate. Together, they are like halves to a whole nobody knew existed.

I loved the way Kennedy Ryan crafted their story around a biopic. I loved the behind-the-scenes glimpses of the set, too. This story is great, different and a must read. It’s an inspiring tale reminding us to fight for love and life; they are both too beautiful to lose without getting the full experience.

“Did you live or just wait for death to come?”

I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s filled with love, laughter, life and yes, LIGHT! There’s so much inspiration and hope between its pages. There are also many layers within Reel that have me so eager for the other stories that are just waiting to be told. The secondary characters are real, present and are a driving force all on their own. I can’t wait to see what else Ryan has in store with this series.

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Excerpt

“Turn around.”

It’s a guttural command.
 He bends me over the arm of the couch, and my hands hit the cushion for support, to steady myself. At the sound of the condom tearing, my inner muscles contract, bracing for him. He spreads my cheeks and, slipping his whole hand between my legs, cups the trembling flesh. I’m unprepared for the swipe of his tongue. For the subtle abrasion of his beard scraping the inner skin of my thighs. For the sound of him eating me. I push back against his face, helpless, no shame. Digging my nails into the cushions, I widen my legs to give me more, to take more for myself. He grips my thighs, holding me steady for his devouring mouth until, with a sob that sails over the rooftop, over the city, I contract around his delving tongue. The orgasm hits hard, tightening the muscles in my thighs and calves. With staccato breaths, I bury my face in the couch, biting my lip to the point of pain.


“Canon,” I beg. “Stop teasing me and—”


He shoves in, and the words tumble back down my throat, recessing into the shock of this pleasure.


“Jesus.” Need shreds my voice to ribbons. 


He coasts his hand up my back, gently cuffs my neck. Ass in the air, I rise up on my toes, begging for breath, petitioning for more dick. He gives it to me, pushing impossibly deeper.


“So damn good,” he grunts behind me.


I hope I never get over how perfect he feels inside me, like I was molded to his specifications. Shaped for his dimensions. I moan and reach my hand back to pull at one of my cheeks, widening the way for his cock. It feels like he goes where no dick has gone before, deeper, better. Somehow I feel each thrust in my heart. His every touch plays on my emotions, and tears sting my eyes. His hand tightens at my hip, and he slides the other hand up my arm, finds my hand on the couch and laces our fingers together. He sets a frenetic pace that sends the blood singing through my body again. The cushion absorbs my scream as I come, and I punish the soft cotton with clawing nails. With his voice strangled, his fingers fisted in my hair, he comes. 


Collapsing against my back, a heavy, happy burden, his breath stilted and warm at my neck, he snakes one muscled arm around my middle, clutching me. After the urgent, feral coupling, it’s a cherishing hold. I cross my arm over his at my waist and tangle our fingers. It’s fragile and sweet, this moment, like flakes of sugar disintegrating on your tongue when you’ve barely had time to taste.

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About Kennedy Ryan

A USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Kennedy Ryan and her writings have been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, Cosmo, TIME, O Mag and many others. A RITA® Award winner, Kennedy writes empowered women from all walks of life and centers those who have found themselves perennially on the margins of traditional storytelling.

Her Hoops Series (Long Shot, Block Shot and Hook Shot) and All the King’s Men Series (The Kingmaker, The Rebel King and Queen Move) have been optioned for television.

An autism mom, Kennedy co-founded LIFT 4 Autism, an annual charitable initiative, and has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for autism families. She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son.

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#ReleaseBlitz #ReviewBlitz: The Unexpected Card by E.H. Lyon ~ #5stars

Title: The Unexpected Card: A Mr. Boss Novel

Author: E.H. Lyon
Genre: Workplace Romance/Accidental Pregnancy/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 7, 2021
 
 
 

 

Romance Reads Reviewed by K – “It is the perfect book to relax, forget about reality and disappear into another world.”

Goodreads Review – “This is a steamy workplace romance with a sexy boss and lots of sizzle to go with it!”

Katslovesbooks – “OMG!!! This book is fantastic and an amazing start for this brand new series by E.H. Lyon.”

 
One business trip is all it takes for the unexpected…

As co-owner of Ives & Wells, Josh is ready to nail the most important business trip of his career. But does it have to include his business partner’s feisty younger sister Layla escorting him to New Orleans?

As much as they hate each other, it isn’t completely crazy. Technically, she’s an employee and Josh is her boss. But one fight after another leads to an explosion in the bedroom… more than once.

Josh definitely wasn’t planning on nailing more than a good business deal on this trip.

Unfortunately, their plan to leave the antics in the bedroom and out of the office falls apart as soon as they return home. First, because some of their mutual talents can’t be forgotten. Two, because there is a business partner that may kill Josh as soon as he figures out what happened. And three, because some secrets can only be kept for so long, give or take nine months.

The Unexpected Card is a standalone novel from the new Mr. Boss series. This workplace romance is filled with banter, a swoony boss, and surprises along the way.
Review Graphic
For years, Layla & Josh have always gotten along like cats and water. But underneath the surface is an attraction, a connection that, when explored surprises everyone.

I enjoyed this read. Layla & Josh’s chemistry was obvious, and I liked the way that the author took the time to build the relationship between them. Their story puts a different spin on the older brother’s best friend trope that totally worked for me. I loved the way they bantered – it was entertaining and funny. There are multiple tropes in this story. While it can get cumbersome in some books, I felt that E.H. Lyon did a great job with this book. As a first-time reader of her work, I am looking forward to more from her.

I recommend this read. You’ll love Layla & Josh – I guarantee it!

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

 
E.H. Lyon hates folding laundry and decided one day to avoid it by writing witty and a little steamy stories. Her stories take you on a light and bantering ride until the very end, when your couple finds their happily ever after. Along the way, there may be the occasional emotional twist thrown in and the essential appearance of a bottle of whiskey. E.H. has a thing for witty women, determined well-dressed men who fall in love, and the steamy scenes that bring them together.

An American from the Midwest, she now lives in Northern Europe with her small pack of humans. She believes the essence of balance is sitting on a yoga mat listening to music whilst eating a donut. And she absolutely loves finding a new book boyfriend to swoon-over, hearing from other authors, and connecting with people who read her books.

 
 
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#ReviewTour: The Pediatrician’s Twin Bombshell by @juliettehyland ~ #4stars



The Pediatrician’s Twin Bombshell
Juliette Hyland
Published by: Harlequin Medical Romance
Publication date: May 25th 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

The wrong time…
…to meet Mr. Right?

Why is pediatrician Tessa all work and no play? Well, she’s far too used to people not believing in her. Still, Tessa can’t resist one—incredible!—night in nurse Gabe’s arms…and the chance to feel wanted. But it’s not just Tessa who is battling her past. Widower Gabe has his own scars to heal. So when Tessa discovers she’s pregnant, he’s determined to look after her! But is Tess ready to trust Gabe?

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Review

Tessa Garcia is feeling low after reflecting on just how much her failed marriage has affected her entire life. But Gabe Davis is a welcome blast from the past to change all that. Can she let go of the pain of her past in time to ensure that their new life together would work out fine?

Gabe is pleasantly surprised that his one night with Tessa has brought on a compelling desire to stay close to her. He sees his future with her clearly, but isn’t sure that she does. Determined to make her realise that things between them despite their unorthodox circumstances, will his eagerness drive her away instead of straight into his arms?

This is a good, light and comfortable read. Tessa faces a lot of the challenges that modern women face when they decide that they want the best of both worlds. The author did a great job of capturing each partner’s fears as well as their chemistry in a charged, fast-paced environment.

Fans of surprise baby/accidental pregnancy romance tropes will enjoy this read. I recommend it.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

Author Bio:

Juliette Hyland believes in caffeine, hot drinks and happily ever afters! She lives in Ohio, USA, with her prince charming, who has patiently listened to many rants regarding characters failing to follow the outline. When not working on fun and flirty happily ever afters, Juliette can be found spending time with her beautiful daughters, giant dogs or sewing uneven stitches with her sewing machine.

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#ReleaseBlitz: Broken by @faberelise #5stars

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— A BRAND NEW HOCKEY SERIES from Elise Faber —

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He was forty years old.
He was single.
He had his dream job as GM of the Baltimore Breakers hockey franchise, and he was happy.

Lie.

Because the woman he was in love with was married.

To a perfectly nice man who loved her and cared for her and treated her like the queen she was.

But then Lexi showed up at his house, tears in her eyes, Caleb out of the picture, and he finally had a shot.

A real shot.

At love.

The trouble was that Luc had spent almost the entirety of his adult life running from love. He didn’t do relationships, not any longer.

But . . . Lexi was hurt, absolutely devastated, and she needed care and gentleness and deserved all of the romance in the world.

So he needed to man up and find a way to convince her to give him that shot.

Review

A new series, but the same awesomeness I’ve come to expect and love from Elise Faber continues.

“…when I look at you, I know that my heart beats only for you.”

Luc has been in love with Lexi for more than two years despite her being married to another man. Determined to keep her in his life at all costs, he’s turned down the dial on his romantic feelings and concentrated on being her best friend. But when her husband is no longer in the picture, Luc finds himself on the awkward path of figuring out what Lexi needs from him and how best to give it to her.

Lexi knows that Luc cares about her, just not how much. After her marriage dissolves, she realises that what she didn’t know she needed was a lot closer than she thought it was. But her (understandable) trust issues and the past linger on. Can they overcome the obstacles to find their own slice of happy?

I loved this read. Luc & Lexi’s story is sweet, emotional and hard to put down. The twists and turns kept me glued to its pages. Theirs is a friends to lovers romance that I recommend as a must-read. I think this series is off to a great start, and I can’t wait for book #2.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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

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#BlogTour: Takeover by @WritesEvelyn ~ #5stars

I’ve known powerful, arrogant men my entire life. Men like Ethan always have to win, no matter the cost, or so I thought. A chance encounter with Ethan and his son has me questioning everything I thought I knew. Readers who enjoy diverse contemporary romances will devour Takeover by Evelyn Sola, an enemies to lovers, single dad, billionaire romance.

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 TARA

I was supposed to be in charge. That was always my intention. 

Until that slick corporate raider, Ethan Bradford, clicked his fancy pen and poof! 

Just like that, I was under him, instead of on top.

Rich and powerful men–especially arrogant, handsome ones–are all the same.

I know exactly how to handle him, but when my father pulls rank and orders me to play nice, my plans of putting him in his place vanish.

I know his type. I’ve been around men like him my entire life, but one chance meeting with him and his son, makes me question everything I thought I knew. 

ETHAN

When it comes to business, I always come out on top. Not even being a single dad can slow me down. I never let a good investment get away, and that includes Taylor Toys. After all, business is business, right?

How was I supposed to know a friendly meeting would set me on fire? Tara Taylor is a spoiled princess, used to getting everything she wants. 

Sure, her good looks and smart mouth turn me on like nothing else. Despite her hostile stares, she triggered feelings I thought were long dead. 

She dares to judge me while she stands there in her designer shoes, looking more beautiful than any marketing exec I’ve ever met. Instead of being grateful that I saved her family’s legacy, she blames me for their failure.

What was meant to be a formality turns into a game of wills. 

I never lose. Except this time, I find myself wanting her more than I want to win. I find myself wanting her to take over. 

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Review

This is my third book by Evelyn Sola, and I find myself even more enthused about her books than ever.

Tara is upset that she won’t be able to continue her father’s legacy at Taylor Toys because of a buyout. She takes out her frustration on the new owner, Ethan Bradford, but finds it hard to cling to her anger when her attraction to him seems to supersede it. And his son is just too adorable and sweet to be ignored. But just as their relationship begins to gain traction, she realises that the package deal she signed on for may not be delivered as easily as she thought it would be.

Ethan Bradford is just as angered as he is surprised to find out that the impudent woman he’s introduced to when he purchases Taylor Toys won’t leave his mind. As they clash over and over, he finds it hard to leave her alone, and soon finds himself trying to woo her. She is nothing like his ex-wife, but the other woman just won’t leave them alone. Will this be their deal breaker?

Takeover is so much more than an enemies to lovers romance; it is a more realistic view of the issues that arise out of single parenthood after the dissolution of a serious relationship, as well as the challenges that come with blended families.

I enjoyed Ethan & Tara’s banter and their “trash talk”. I loved the way the Taylor family interacted, too. It was hilarious and heartwarming the way the siblings were with their step-mother, and I loved the way they supported each other. The other secondary characters were good, too, providing another layer of humor to the story. I am looking forward to Evelyn continuing this series with the other Taylor siblings’ stories.

I recommend this read wholeheartedly & unreservedly.

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Copyright 2021 Evelyn Sola

I know her type. Spoiled little daddy’s girl, upset because her life isn’t going according to plan. No manners. Someone needs to teach her a lesson and knock the smug look off her face. Wipe that smirk off her full lips. Lift her right off her short legs and spank her little ass.

Even now I know she’s seething with rage in her chair. She’s so tense, her shoulders are practically to her ears. I’d like nothing more than to walk over there, take the seat next to her and watch her squirm in unease, but this seat gives me a much better view.

She’s across the room in her designer clothes looking daggers at me with those big brown eyes. A man older than her father enters the room, and she stops the dirty looks to smile at him. She pats the seat next to her, and he happily takes it. He whispers something in her ear, and she laughs, the sound melodious to my ears. This is the first time I’ve seen her unguarded and imagine this is what she’s like. I think she forgot she’s supposed to hate me.

I want to hear her laugh again. And I do. He says something else, and this time, she throws her head back, laughing loudly, uncaring that she has an audience of one. All too soon, she sobers up, and I watch in awe as the tension returns to her body. She’s so rigid she looks like she’s going to snap.

The room fills quickly, and her father stands up to speak. I tune him out as I wait for him to introduce me. My eyes find her again, and I almost smile when I see the daggers are back and directed at me.

I hold her gaze, and she doesn’t back down. The humor she had just seconds ago now a distant memory. Her full lips are no longer smiling but are in a firm line. There’s no happiness in her gaze as she looks at me. Her eyes are a storm cloud, and I can see the brown orbs all the way from here. Neither one of us is willing to look away first. In fact, she lays her hands on the table and arches her eyebrows as she waits. I make no moves, and as much as I want to study the rest of her body, I don’t dare look away from her eyes. I never lose, and I don’t intend on losing to her by looking away first.

Unfortunately, my phone buzzes. It’s my private phone, the one the nanny uses. Carla has been with us since Vince came home from the hospital. She doesn’t text unless it’s necessary, and that’s what causes me to break the stare and pull out my phone.

I respond to the text, slide the phone back in my pocket and look back at her. She’s still looking, but I can see by the slight upturn of her lips that she’s claiming victory.

About Evelyn Sola

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

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

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

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#ReleaseBlitz: Arrogant Architect by @AlexaPadgett ~ #5stars

Title: Arrogant Architect
A Cocky Hero Club Novel
Author: Alexa Padgett
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 16, 2021
Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are excited to bring you the Cocky Hero Club: original works from various authors inspired by Keeland and Ward’s New York Times bestselling Cocky Bastard series.
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A sexy, new forbidden romance from USA Today bestselling author Alexa Padgett.
For the first time in years, I want…
I want Knox Wright. My best friend’s brother, my boss…the man who breaks my still-shattered heart.
Knox was a college hockey legend and, now, he’s one of the most successful architects in decades. I was the new hire whose desperate need to move on from that night drove me to succeed.
I never should have accepted the position, not once I looked into Knox Wright’s eyes and felt the heat deep in my belly…but I did. Because Knox makes me feel alive. And as I fall under Knox’s spell, our relationship turns intense and deep…and secret. When our affair runs the risk of being exposed, I face a far more intimate betrayal than I ever expected.
Arrogant Architect is a best friend’s brother/forbidden/workplace romance inspired by British Bedmate.
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REVIEW
After I read Magnetic Medic, I couldn’t wait for Knox & Emmaline’s story, and it truly was one that was worth it.

Emmaline has been through a lot. Losing her entire world while trying hard to live in the real one has already left a deep scar on her. Yet, after so many years of hiding away from feelings, she suddenly begins to feel many things in Knox Wright’s presence. Their chemistry is undeniable, making their secret meetings and trysts all the more exciting, yet Emmaline knows that they are on borrowed time.

Knox is still a bit sore after an office liaison turned sour, hitting Wright & Associates hard. It has affected his ability to trust easily, but when Emmaline Schooler walks into the office as their newest hire, he finds himself helpless to ignore the connection between them. A man not accustomed to romance and love, he suddenly finds himself dreaming of a future with Emmaline. Will she be able to trust him after everything that has happened? Is he strong enough to be the man she needs in her life?

I enjoyed this read. A lot of it is sad, but there is real love, patience and romance as two broken persons find a second chance when they least expect it, and allow healing to take place. I look forward to the next book in the series, and recommend it wholeheartedly.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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USA Today Bestseller Alexa Padgett’s books have garnered accolades from prestigious organizations, including Kirkus Reviews, National Indie Excellence Awards, and Publishers Weekly.
 
Alexa spent a good part of her youth traveling. From Budapest to Belize, Calgary to Coober Pedy, she soaked in the myriad smells, sounds, and feels of these gorgeous places, wishing she could live in them all–at least for a while. And she does in her books.
 
She lives in New Mexico with her husband, children, and Great Pyrenees pup, Ash. When not writing, schlepping, or volunteering, she can be found in her tiny kitchen, channeling her inner Barefoot Contessa.
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#BlogTour: Writing the Rules by @MariahDietz ~ #5stars

WRITING THE RULES (The Dating Playbook #6) by Mariah Dietz

Release Date: April 29th

Genre: New Adult Sports Romance 🏈

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Poppy Anderson was nailing her sophomore year at Brighton University. She liked her classes, had the greatest best friend, and was finally ready to start dating again. Or she was … until her ex, Mike, transferred to Brighton and started exchanging long stares and inside jokes that Poppy thought he’d forgotten.

Paxton Lawson was long ago labeled ‘The Golden Boy.’ Starting quarterback and team captain at Brighton University, his future was brighter than the sun until a short path of indiscretions tarnished his name and potentially his future. When he learns that his sister’s best friend, Poppy, has backed herself into a corner and is facing as many doubts and uncertainties as he is, Paxton suggests the biggest ruse of the year: a fake relationship.

Writing the rules was supposed to make things clear, defined, and definite. Only, their relationship becomes increasingly complex as the lines are blurred, days become weeks, and kisses for show begin to feel like confessions.

Can lies lead to truths? And what happens when the rules they wrote begin to expire?

One lie,

Two hearts,

And fifteen years of friendship are about to be put to the ultimate test.

This is the last book in The Dating Playbook series and can be enjoyed as a complete standalone.

Review

Paxton has been on the periphery of Poppy’s life for as long as she could remember. All of her memories of him are good, but she doesn’t think she knows him all that well. When she panics and ships them together, she begins to learn a lot more than just College Survival 101.

“My feelings were so much simpler and more manageable when he was just Rae’s brother.”

Paxton genuinely likes Poppy, his sister’s best friend. A gentleman at heart, and a man willing to go the extra mile to keep the peace, he offers to be Poppy’s fake boyfriend in exchange for her help with getting through the pressures of the last year of college. Their friendship grows, blossoms and develops into a relationship that surpasses all their expectations.

“You’re my favorite rule. You always have been, and you always will be.”

I enjoyed this romance. It reminds us that sometimes, the things we are searching the hardest for are right in front of us; we just need to look. Also, sometimes, we need to forget being nice to some people because they just weaponize it and continue to hurt us.

I loved how Paxton paid attention to Poppy. He was still her friend throughout. Poppy’s introversion had her feeling awkward and out-of-sorts initially, but as she just relaxed, and reduced her tendency to overthink, things just sort of flowed for them.

I recommend this read. It’s full of humor, love and unshakeable friendships – things we all need.

I enjoyed the books of this series that I read. The epilogue here was awesome, reminding me that I really need to catch up on the first three now.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

About Mariah:

Mariah Dietz is a USA Today Bestselling Author and self-proclaimed nerd. She lives with her husband

and sons in North Carolina.

Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon where she spent most 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 family, good coffee, books, traveling, and dark chocolate.

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#BlogTour: Wrecked by @KatRansomAuthor ~ #5stars

Title: Wrecked

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

 

‘This book is easily one of my favorites. I never wanted it to end and I have no idea what to read next as I just want more Jo and Logan!!!’ ~Amazon Review

‘This is a book that will sweep you up into its pages and hold you there long after you’ve reached “The End”.’ ~Amazon Review

 

We’re best friends. The original forbidden fruit.
We have to stop this before it wrecks us both.
 
Jo
I moved away from my best friend when I was fifteen. It nearly killed me.
A decade later, he disappeared after a devastating Formula 1 crash left him a shattered, broken, husk of a man.
I had no choice.
His demons control him.
My wagon has always been hitched to Logan Kendrick, Australia’s sexy hero F1 driver, my boss, and best friend since we were kids. Whether he chooses to drag me up into heaven, or down into darkness, is entirely irrelevant, because that’s where you’ll find me. Like a pathetic fangirl, I’ve been hopelessly in love with my best friend since I was six years old, and he will never know it.
Logan
I’m the rookie son of a legend, a three-time world driver champion. I get by on a charming smile and sarcastic Aussie wit, but I will never measure up. We all know it.
I’m a murderer. Nothing I do changes the fact that I killed a man. Doesn’t matter if it was an accident. I deserve the nightmares, the guilt. Forgive me, mate, if I go off the rails from time to time.
I’ve been in love with my sports physiologist, my best friend, Jo, for as long as I can remember. Regardless of how my body reacts as she slathers me in massage oil every day, how inappropriate it is, I can’t live without her. And she will never know it.
 
I have no choice.
Her future isn’t with me.
I have to let her go. And it’s going to be the death of me.
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This is a book that will sweep you up into its pages and hold you there long after you’ve reached “The End”.
“Since I was old enough to love him, all I’ve wanted to do was take care of Logan.”
Jo & Logan’s story begins in childhood. Both only children of parents who work together, their lives are closely intertwined in a way that most best friends can only hope to imagine. They know almost everything about each other and even through distance, there is a strong tether connecting them. But as a past tragedy lurks and looms over their new relationship, the tether seems as though it may snap, severing an almost 2-decade relationship.

There is no doubt that these two people are in love with each other. You will aww and sigh as Jo & Logan fight to give each other the best versions of themselves. And they do fight hard. There’s very little that they do apart without consulting each other, despite the demons plaguing them. And through it all, they stay true to themselves and to each other.

“My best friend… The one I fell in love with… The keeper of my heart, every one of my secrets. The one who makes me a better man…”
I recommend this read several times over. It’s one of those books that has some hard topics that don’t find a magical, overly pretty fix by the end of it, yet the HEA for the couple is so satisfying. You will love this book and laugh as Jo & Logan banter, and have a case of the sniffles while they hurt.

Grab your copy – you’ll especially love the extended epilogue!

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

 
 

 

 
Kat Ransom writes steamy romances filled with strong, sarcastic men and the sassy women who bring them to their knees. She lives in the Southern US and is owned by two janky rescue cats. When she isn’t writing, she’s exploring isolated corners of the world or curled up with a wool blanket and a stiff whiskey trying to warm up her perpetually cold toes.
 
 
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#BlogTour: Mr. Smithfield by @louisesbay ~ 4.5 stars

MR. SMITHFIELD by Louise Bay

Release Date: April 13th

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Blurb:

Wanted: American nanny for an adorable four-year old. Must be able to handle a moody, brooding, sexy British boss.

I’m a single father, a lawyer and some say the most serious man in London. I’m completely focused on raising my four-year-old daughter.

Since my wife walked out three years ago, the only woman who has ever caught my eye is the strictly off-limits sister-in-law of my best friend, Autumn Lumen.

But temptation is easy to resist because Autumn is only visiting London from Oregon.

Until she moves to London. The nanny quits. And she’s the only woman for the job.

Mr. Smithfield is a stand-alone romance.

Review

4.5 hot stars!

After Gabriel’s wife suddenly left him, he detached himself from any situation that would cause him to feel any sort of romantic emotion for another woman. The only female he would give up anything for now is his daughter. He hires Autumn to take care of her and soon, he is completely smitten by more than just her bright personality and affinity for musicals.

Lauren is using her stint with Gabriel and his daughter as a sort of time-killer until she starts her new job in the fall. She finds the older single dad attractive, but is cognizant of her limited time with the family. But as their relationship progresses, and they find it harder to keep things casual, Lauren finds that Gabriel may be just the home – and dream – she was looking for.

This story reminds us how scarring parental behaviour can be on children, perpetuating unhappy life choices through generations. It also shows us, too, how important second chances and communication are in the process of repairing relationships.

I enjoyed this book. It’s well-written, well-nuanced and very entertaining. The group of friends of which Gabriel is a part is portrayed well; there is a strong, male bond between them that creates absolute comfort and trust. The chemistry between the couple is palpable and hot! There is no mistaking how deeply they care for each other, either. Gabriel is swoon-worthy in his devotion to his little girl, and the way he opens up to change. He is also deliciously hot in-between the sheets!

But be warned: this book kinda moves fast. We are literally dropped into the story with very little background, just tiny snippets. I haven’t read the series from the start, so I am guessing that’s the reason. My guess is that all the misters stories are supposed to be happening concurrently. So, if you’re looking for a complete standalone, this isn’t it. Despite this, I think it is a pretty great read.

I recommend this book unreservedly. This book will charm you with its mix of light humor, heat & heart.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author, Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels – the kind she likes to read.

Ruined by bonk-busters and sexy mini-series of the eighties Louise loves all things sexy and romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films.

Louise loves the rain, the West Wing, London, days when she doesn’t have to wear make-up, being on her own, being with friends, elephants and champagne.

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#ReleaseBlitz: Caged by @faberelise ~ #5stars

Caged by Elise Faber is now live!

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

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

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

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

Until Ethan.

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

Instead, he’d asked her out.

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

Ethan had.

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

Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

About the Author:

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

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

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

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Anyone can fall for their brother’s best friend…Tilly Logan fell for her brother’s enemy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“It’s been a few days.”

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

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

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

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

Release Date: April 6, 2021
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She thought she accidentally slept with her boss…
Then she met his twin brother.

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

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Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I recommend this read wholeheartedly.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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It all starts when I get an email.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

A very gorgeous, very arrogant officer—Dax Harder.

 

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

 

Fate has other ideas.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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

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

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

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

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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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

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

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

Blurb

Sinclair Callahan is a trust fund baby.

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

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

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

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

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

Francesca Kade is an independent goal-getter.

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

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

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

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

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

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Review

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

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

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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

Author Bio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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

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

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

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

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

“I’m broken, but I’m yours.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

Excerpt

Copyright 2021 @Evelyn Sola

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

Q & A With Eveyln Sola

  1. Have you always wanted to be a writer?

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

  1. Describe your typical writing day for us.

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

  1. Where does your inspiration come from?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Evelyn Sola 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Review

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

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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

Excerpt

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

“I’m the moron that married him.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“And why is that?”

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

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

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

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

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

About Adriana

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

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

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

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

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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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AUTHOR BIO

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

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

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This is a second chance sports romance, stand alone.

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

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Blurb:

It all started with a lie.

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

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

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

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

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

By the time summer arrived, so had my nerves.

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

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

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

Will the pressure break us apart

Or will I be able to forget the Rules?

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Review

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

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

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

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

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

I wholeheartedly recommend this read.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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AUTHOR BIO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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

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

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

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

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#ReleaseBlitz: Grumpaholic by Jagger Cole ~ #5stars

 

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

Review

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

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

I recommend this book.

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

A reader first and foremost, Jagger Cole cut his romance writing teeth penning various fan-fiction stories years ago. After deciding to hang up his writing boots, Jagger worked in advertising pretending to be Don Draper. It worked enough to convince a woman way out of his league to marry him, though, which is a total win.
Now, Dad to two little princesses and King to a Queen, Jagger is thrilled to be back at the keyboard.
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#ReleaseBlitz: Hot Shot Hero by @JessaYorkAuthor ~ #5stars

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

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

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

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

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

Grab this book today. You’ll love it.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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

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

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#BlogTour: Reputation by @AuthorALocke ~ #5stars

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

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Blurb:
Coy Mason is a jerk.

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

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

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

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

So why is she still standing there?

Review

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

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

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

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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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

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

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

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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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

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

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

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

She could sink a dozen ships with that baggage…”

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

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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I wholeheartedly recommend this book. You will LOVE it!

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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

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

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

I haven’t talked to her since the kiss.

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

One word: Pops.

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

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

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

Review

This book had me feeling so many ways!

When you sow love, joy will grow.”

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

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

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

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

We were made for each other…”

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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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
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Noah Winters was my heart’s desire, the boy I loved desperately and had hoped to spend my future with. Until our plans were derailed and life took us in completely different directions. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don’t let fear rule your life…”

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

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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“You stay gold, Anastasia…”

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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

Excerpt

River

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

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

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

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

I want you under me. 

Deep and hard.

“How are things with Donovan?” I ask.

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

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

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

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

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

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

“No one but you, Anastasia.” 

“What? Why?”

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

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

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

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

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

A primal sound builds in my throat. 

Anger. 

Frustration. 

Loyalty.

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

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

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

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

You, I say in my head.

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

Five fucking rows back.

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

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

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

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

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

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

I haven’t talked to her since the kiss.

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

One word: Pops.

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

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

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

Synopsis
How hard can it be?

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

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

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

She hadn’t heard his laugh yet either.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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!

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

There went those cheeks again. 

The prettiest shade of fucking pink he ever did see. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Was probably a man.”

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

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

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

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

Hard to Hold by K. Bromberg is now live!

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

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

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

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

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

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

But I did and I’m a man of my word.

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

The only bright side is Lennox Kincade.

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

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

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

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Review

“How do you know when it’s love?”

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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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Meet Kristy


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.

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

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

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

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

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

Until Mariah Sanchez – aka Sparky

She wants me.

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

But that’s about to change…

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Review

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

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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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

Release Date: November 19

“HARD TO LOVE.”

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

 

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

 

“HARD TO FIND.”

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

 

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

 

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Review

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

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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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. 


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

THE MISTLETOE TRAP

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


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

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

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

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* The Wedding Deal
* The Mistletoe Trap

Review

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

What a fun, heartwarming romantic comedy!

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

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

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

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

ABOUT CINDI MADSEN

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This book gets all the stars!!

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

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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

EXCERPT:

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

I scan the menu. “Huh?”

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

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

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

Oh, great.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winks.

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

Yeah, no, I decide.

He’s not getting the satisfaction.

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

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

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

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

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

His face is, for once, completely blank.

I’ve caught him off guard.

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

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

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

What’s gotten into me?

Author Bio:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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

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

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

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

I tried to do the right thing. Honest.

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

That lasted about as long as you’d expect.

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

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

Would I do it again?

In a heartbeat.

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What a fun, yet heartwarming read!

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

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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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

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

Return Billionaire to Sender by Annika Martin is now live!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Review

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

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

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

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

I unreservedly recommend this fabulous rom-com.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

Meet Annika

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Wait With Me series is simply amazing!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“The perfect teeth guy?”

“Yes.”

“So, what’s the big deal?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Review

I really enjoyed this read.

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

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

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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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Excerpt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Review

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


…broken people love the hardest…”


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

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


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


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

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

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

 

Excerpt:

 

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

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

Well, would you look at that.

And this has to be him, right?

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

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

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

His gaze drifts right over me without stopping.

Not surprised.

I duck back into the shadows.

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

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

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

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

Maybe he’s hoping you won’t show up.

I tap my foot. I should leave. Really.

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

I give myself a mental pep talk.

Grow some balls, Elena.

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

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

You are hungry. Do it for the pasta.

He is your date. Go get ’em, girl.

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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#BlogTour: Private Player by @louisesbay ~ #4stars

PRIVATE PLAYER by Louise Bay

Release Date: July 27th

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✔️ Friends to scorching-hot lovers

✔️ Workplace romance

✔️ Brooding British billionaire

✔️ One night stand that comes back to bite the next morning

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Blurb:

The first time I meet Madison Shore, I’m greeted by her knickers. She’s upside down and trying to untangle herself from my chair at a wedding.

I get to see a whole lot more of her later that night.

The second time I meet Madison Shore is in my London office. Turns out she’s a journalist writing an article about me.

To keep control of my company, I need to convince people I’m more serious about business than my playboy reputation suggests. Madison holds my future in her hands.

Now I just need to convince the woman I took to bed on Saturday night that I’m not the player everyone thinks I am.

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Review

Nathan Cove is tired of living up to expectations placed on him by the business world, but the business he built from scratch owes its success to him, so he is duty bound to oversee its operations. After much prodding, he allows himself to be shadowed by a journalist, who just happened to be the woman he spent an unforgettable night with.

Madison Shore is fighting to be taken seriously, and not to be known simply as her mother’s daughter. After spending an incredible night with Nathan, she is forced – for the good of their careers – to pretend he never rocked her world. But as she gets to see the man behind the suits, she begins to fall for him. But will her affection interfere with her ability to do her job?

This was an engaging read that, despite the speed at which Nate & Madison fell for each other, entertained me. It’s low-angst, with a bit of a suspenseful angle to it that intrigued me a lot. I especially liked Nate’s family, and I am super excited that we will get to see more of them.

I recommend this read.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author, Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels – the kind she likes to read.

Ruined by bonk-busters and sexy mini-series of the eighties Louise loves all things sexy and romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films.

Louise loves the rain, the West Wing, London, days when she doesn’t have to wear make-up, being on her own, being with friends, elephants and champagne.

She loves to hear from readers so get in touch!

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#CoverShare: Boys of Summer Books 5-6 by @authoramwilliam

Join us for the cover reveal of the Boys of Summer, Books 5-6 by A.M. Williams. Fans who love Sports Romances will sink their teeth into these sexy, small-town romances. Keep scrolling for more details about these sexy covers.

Based in fictional Somerville, North Carolina, the Boys of Summer is a small-town baseball romance series that follows the lives of the coaches and players of a minor league baseball team. Follow the Boys of Summer as they work to win the championship and find love. If you love men in tight pants and the sassy women they fall for, this series is for you.

Books 5-6 include: 

The Slider is book five in A.M. Williams’ Boys of Summer baseball romance series. It’s a mistaken identity, single-parent romance with a recently divorced baseball player and an aunt that is now struggling to raise a teenager.

The Slider releases on August 10th.

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The Curveball is book six in A.M. Williams’ Boys of Summer baseball romance series. It’s a second chance, friends-to-lovers, holiday romance with a grumpy baseball player and a blast from his past.

The Curveball Releases on September 14th.

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About A.M. Williams

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

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#ReleaseBlitz: Crashed by @faberelise ~ #4stars

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Once upon a time she’d had the happy ending.

The doting fiancé.
The expensive wedding.
The happily-ever-after resting just at the tips of her fingers.

Then in an explosion of glass, in a splintering of metal, everything had been taken from her.

She’d shattered herself, had broken into a million tiny pieces.

But eventually, she’d patched herself together, had hauled herself back into life, had built something she was content in.

Content, but not happy. Never quite inching into happy again.

Still, she had her friends, her job as a skating coach for the Gold, and she had her life. That was enough.

And it had been enough.

Until he knocked on her door.

Until he came back and changed everything.

Review

Fanny has spent the better part of the last decade pretending that she doesn’t want love, and that the other half of her heart isn’t with a man who couldn’t love her back. But when he reappears in her life, looking for another chance, she’s caught between hope for a new, unexpected future and the fear that clings to her, reminding her of all she lost.

Brandon is on a mission: convince Fanny that he’s back, and better than ever. He can’t undo the past; he can only promise her a future that’s full of a better version of the dreams they once had. But is it as easy as he wishes? Or are some things too hard to overcome?

This is a story that will tug at your heartstrings. I really enjoyed the way Elise Faber made me eager to see Fanny & Brandon get their HEA. I really love this series, and look forward to book 13.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

About the Author:

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

She lives in Northern California. Connect with her in her Facebook group, the Fabinators or email her at elisefaberauthor@gmail.com.
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#CoverReveal: Cold Hearted Bachelor by @LoganChance85

COLD HEARTED BACHELOR by Logan Chance releases August 19th! Check out this GORGEOUS cover!

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SYNOPSIS: 

Vaughn James is stubborn, arrogant, and unfortunately the hottest man I’ve ever known. 

I’ve been obsessed with my older brother’s best friend since I gave him decorating tips for his treehouse when we were kids. You never forget your first kiss, and he was supposed to be mine. Until the moment he rejected me. 

He may not have been my first kiss, but he was the first to break my heart.
Now I’m grown up, with grown up stalker problems, and the last thing I care about is Vaughn James and his irresistible self. 

When my brother asks Vaughn to renovate my shamble of a new home, I’m forced to spend time with him.
Long evenings.
Tensions rising.
Second chances. 

And when my life comes into danger, Vaughn’s the only one there to protect me. But it’s up to me to protect my heart. I won’t let myself fall for the cold-hearted bachelor…even if he isn’t who he appears to be.

**This will be a live release for Kindle with no Amazon preorder. It will go live there on release day or a little before and will be on special release price for a short time.

#ReleaseBlitz: Doctor Arrogance by Alandra Knight ~ #4stars

Title: Doctor Arrogance
A Cocky Hero Club Novel
Author: Alandra Knight
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 25, 2021
Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are excited to bring you the Cocky Hero Club: original works from various authors inspired by Keeland and Ward’s New York Times bestselling Cocky Bastard series.
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I don’t need a man in my life to be happy…
What I need? A vacation.
Vitamin Sea? Yes, please!
The charming, handsome stranger sitting next to me on the plane talking all the way to paradise? Perfect start to this trip. I can resist him and his smoldering looks, killer smile and confident attitude.
Until I figure out that he’s my neighbor at the resort. His washboard abs and that perfect V…I don’t think I can resist him for a whole week.
Giving in to temptation is easy. The souvenir he leaves me with? Not so much.
What happens when the thrill of paradise is washed away?
Will he go, or can I convince him to stay?
Doctor Arrogance is a contemporary romance inspired by all books in the Cocky Bastard Series.
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Review

Jace & Destiny experience personal devastations on the same day, and in a series of coincidences, end up connecting, then reconnecting over and over. Though they each swear off romantic entanglements, they can’t keep their eyes or hands off each other. Will a vacation fling be the start of something permanent, or will the two doctors keep on walking away from each other?

This book is heavy on drama, heat, chemistry and fate. It’s entertaining, as the story kept me glued to its pages wondering what life was going to throw at the couple next. I recommend it. It’s beachy vibes make it a great book to curl up with.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

JULY RELEASES

Alandra Knight is a contemporary-real feel romance author who is fueled by caffeine and sarcasm. Her stories can be classified as page turning, unpredictable, full of heart felt moments, hot and heavy love scenes featuring imperfectly perfect characters with tattered hearts.

When Alandra isn’t writing, you can find her enjoying audiobooks, reading, puzzles, and making messes while creating craft projects.

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#CoverShare: Clusterf*@k by @faberelise

Clusterf*@k by Elise Faber releases on August 16th!

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clusterf*@k
noun

1.A mismanaged and chaotic situation
2.A complexly muddled mess
3.A disordered and hectic condition
4.Misty Hansen’s life

Lonely. Alone. By herself.

The top three ways Misty had to describe herself—and it was no coincidence they all meant the same thing. She was single, almost pathetically so. It had been so long since she’d been with a man, she wasn’t sure she could even remember what it was like.

Hell, dust might float out if she took off her pants in the presence of the opposite sex.

She was also well aware that she was lucky to have a place to live, a great brother, and awesome friends. She should just be content.

But then she crashed into Chance—literally crashed—into the gorgeous man’s SUV, totaling it, and managing to cause damage to her brother’s house, all in one fell swoop.

It was a total clusterf*@k.

Because then the man ended up totaling her heart.

#ReleaseBoost: The Zone by @booksbycolleen

The Zone by Colleen Charles is now live!
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She’s turned demanding to speak to the manager into an art form.
But this pint-sized spitfire doesn’t look anything like a Karen.

During my teammate Cole’s wild bachelor party, a sassy blonde puts an unwelcome damper on our raunchy fun.

After just one look… I don’t even know what hit me.

She storms into my reckless playboy world with her platinum blonde hair, pouty lips and curves for days.

For the first time since I was drafted, I tee it up, take a swing, and –

Big. Fat. Miss.

** cue screeching tires here **

Bristol McKay delights in heating my heart to smoldering and then leaving it in pieces.

Then again, maybe she has a darn good excuse underneath all that bristling beauty and bluster.

The reason why she’s spent her whole life honing her hatred of hockey players.

I’m going to melt the frost from her wicked tongue, while relishing every single second of it.

And she’ll love it too.
*****

THE ZONE is a full-length emotional ice hockey romance novel from USA Today Bestselling Author, Colleen Charles, about two enemies coming together to heal each other. It’s the fourth book in the sizzling Rochester Riot series but can be read as a standalone. You don’t have to love or even understand sports to enjoy this series!

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

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

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#ReleaseBlitz & #ReviewBlitz: Trouble by @AuthorTLouise ~ #5stars

A super-hot, enemies-to-lovers, billionaire romance 
from USA Today bestselling author Tia Louise.

Legend has it, the man you kiss at a wedding is the man you’ll marry.
In my case, it’s nothing but trouble.

Spencer Carrollton is a dark-haired, hazel-eyed beast.
When I collided with him at my cousin’s wedding, I wasn’t looking for love.
But his naughty eyes flashed, his full lips curled into a knowing smile, and I should have run.
I didn’t.
I kissed him instead.

Then he gave me a job when I needed it the most.
I never get involved with clients, but Spencer Carrollton is wickedly handsome in a bespoke suit.
He’s devastatingly sexy out of it.
He’s possessive, demanding, and the best night I’ve ever had.

He’s an arrogant billionaire, who thinks I’ll fall at his feet, but I’m not going down that road again.
Then he pulls me out of danger and insists I move in with him until it’s safe.
As the nights pass and we grow closer, I know I’m losing this fight.
Spencer Carrollton always gets what he wants.
The trouble is, he wants me.

Review

Jocelyn is a bit mixed up and unsure about where she’s supposed to end up and be in life. A chance encounter with Mr. Freeze at her cousin’s wedding shakes her up more than she likes, but she decides to ignore the electricity between them. When she hits rock bottom, Mr. Freeze aka Spencer Carrollton and his business rescue her financially, but her heart ends up in jeopardy since she can’t seem to escape his seemingly all-knowing gaze, or the way that their chemistry lights up any room they occupy.

“…cold heat burns the hottest.”

Spencer Carrollton isn’t used to being avoided, turned down or ignored. Jocelyn/Sly does all three and more, but he can’t get the beautiful mix of contradictions that she is out of his head. She is unlike his usual type, therefore more dangerous, but he is hopelessly and helplessly addicted to her. His cold, stoic demeanor and walls thaw whenever she’s around, leaving him bereft of his usual armor.

It was so awesome watching Spence literally melt for Sly. His past has made him cold and scared of emotion, but Sly has made him realise that love isn’t to be feared. I loved Sly. She was a great friend, and always tried to do the right thing. Sly has already figured out that falling for Spencer could only spell trouble, but she soon realises that his brand is the best kind there is.

“This man is the best kind of trouble. He’s the kind that belongs to me.”

Tia Louise gave us quite the page-turner in this sweet, heartwarming story sprinkled with humor. If you love opposites attract, quirky, sunshine-y heroine with a feisty spirit/broody hero romances, this one is perfect for you.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

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Meet Tia Louise

Tia Louise is the USA TODAY best-selling, award-winning author of super-hot and sexy romances. All her heroes are alphas with hearts of gold, and all her heroines are the smart, sassy ladies who love them.

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#ReleaseBlitz: Limey Bastard by @Skye_Callahan ~ #4stars

Title: Limey Bastard
A Cocky Hero Club Novel
Author: Skye Callahan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 18, 2021
Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are excited to bring you the Cocky Hero Club: original works from various authors inspired by Keeland and Ward’s New York Times bestselling Cocky Bastard series.
BLURB
One year of post-doctorate research separates me from the career that will get me the heck out of Rhode Island and away from my obtrusive parents.
I expected Dr. Greyson Bedford, a sexy British professor from Oxford University, to upend life on campus, but I didn’t expect him to do the same with my heart.
Despite his persistence, I keep to myself, but when a migraine strikes at work and I have no one else to turn to, he gives me something unexpected: a connection I haven’t felt in years. His touch opens a conduit to my past and the accident that almost robbed me of my dreams.
I swore I’d never let anything get in my way again, especially a brash heartthrob who will return to England at the end of the school year.
I had a plan. Not the best laid plan, but one semester with him changes everything.
Limey Bastard is a standalone story inspired by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward’s British Bedmate with appearances from Simon, Bridget, and family.
PURCHASE LINKS
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
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Review

Struggling with the lingering effects of an accident that almost took her life, Dr. McKenna (a.k.a Kenna) Schwartz has had to relearn and restructure life. Although constantly battling her parents’ tendency to control and butt in, she’s just about found her groove professionally. Then Greyson Bedford and his charming, mischief-loving self move to her school for a year and suddenly, Kenna’s not so sure anymore about what her future holds. The only thing that’s clear is that when Greyson is near, she can think and feel more clearly for the first time since her accident.

Dr. Greyson Bedford didn’t expect much when he decided to take time off from his career to work with Kenna, but after meeting her, he’s glad he decided to visit America after all. Though she’s initially hard to read, he finds himself looking for excuses for them to spend time together. And as he unwraps the total package, he knows that leaving America without her would be the biggest mistake of his life.

I liked the way that Grey and Kenna’s story unfolded. For a short read, it held a lot in terms of heartwarming emotions. I only felt that the epilogue – it started out really sweet – ended a bit too abruptly. However, I do recommend the read.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this read.

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Skye Callahan is a bestselling Romantic Suspense author and enjoys writing fiction to explore the darker aspects of human nature and the resiliency needed to survive and overcome difficult situations. She hopes to show that even through the darkest moments and overwhelming circumstances, one can find the inner strength to adapt and eventually heal.

Skye lives in the hills of Appalachia with her husband, Sir, and their feline overlords: Sassy, Knight, Raith, Dresden, and Crowley, and enjoys hanging out in the yard with all of the natural wildlife (except rattlesnakes). When she’s not reading or writing, she might be found in the garden, watching horror movies, or playing video games with Sir. Prior to pursuing writing full-time, Skye earned M.A. in History and participated in numerous local history projects including a full-length Civil War documentary for PBS.

Skye is a member of Romance Writers of America.

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