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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2020

Review – Better Than Sexy by Carly Phillips

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Better Than Sexy; Sexy #3 
(A standalone within a series)

by: Carly Phillips

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How do you wrap your emotions around dating a girl who is related to the man who had a hand in killing your twin brother? Whoa!! This is a well written touching story.

Neither Landon nor Vivi knew who the other were when they first met, but their chemistry was thick and instant. Vivi hasn’t been close with her brother in years even having changed her last name to further distance herself from the man who caused the Bennet family damage.

Landon would have had no idea Vivi was related to the man who has caused so much harm to his life. Vivi has had nothing to do with her brother in years and it wasn’t like she was keeping tabs on the family he was harassing. When they both discover whom the other is, can they walk away from what is beginning between them or will they be able to work through the mountain of issues that work against them?

Vivi’s relation doesn’t only affect Landon, but his partners and his family. She carries a burden by the blood that runs through her veins when she never did anything wrong. The question people have to ask themselves is does she need to carry those burdens. This story is so thought provoking I loved the direction Carly took it.


Insta-love only happens in the movies.

Insta-lust? That she’d buy into.

Until she meets take-charge club owner Landon Bennett and falls head over heels at a glance.

When hot as sin Landon Bennet offers sexy songstress Vivienne Clark a summer residency at his popular Manhattan nightclub, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime and she can’t resist. Add in the man’s obvious interest and seductive attention and life is perfect. Until she puts together the pieces of his past. Fate might have brought them together, but is the intimate relationship they’ve been building strong enough to overcome one painful fact. She’s the sister of the man who killed his twin.

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Book Reviews, New Adult, Year of Reviews - 2020

Review – Paine by Tracy Lorraine

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Paine; Rosewood High #2 
(A series)

by: Tracy Lorraine

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A really good friends-enemies-lovers romance. I had already a bit of a crush on Mason Paine after reading Thorn and I was very curious as to what the falling out was between Camila and Mason right along with everyone else. How do you go from best friends to enemies overnight? I had to have these questions answered.

If you read Thorn, Paine picks up right where that story left off. Mason finds Noah, Camila’s boyfriend, cheating on her and enraged on her behalf, he beats him up. Unfortunately, Mason has been anything but nice to Camila for the past four years. Actually, he’s gone pretty much out of his way to be a huge jerk. Taking every opportunity to belittle her, make snide comments, ostracize her in any way possible, he had the ammunition having been her best friend and knowing what made her tick. Since Mason is the only one who saw Noah cheat, Camila doesn’t believe him and sides with her boyfriend only driving a bigger wedge into their fractured friendship, but it also gives her doubt about her boyfriend for the first time in their relationship and thus starts the unraveling of her new life.

Knowing Camila from Thorn and her loyalty shining through once again in Paine she has proven over and over to be nothing but a good friend. She is loyal and sweet and it’s hard to imagine what could have happened to push someone away like Mason. Without giving away the plot, I’ll just say, Camila’s in the dark as to why Mason hates her so much just like we are.

Mason may seem like a jerk on paper, but he’s actually a sweet, tortured boy with way too much responsibility shoved upon his shoulders. At the age of fourteen, when he and Camila were still friends, he believed they’d not only be friends forever, but that they’d fall in love and actually be together forever. That was until his father lost his job, left his family, his mother couldn’t seem to hold down a job and Mason seemed to be the only one to take responsibility by paying bills, taking care of his two younger brothers and still trying to be a high school student. Who did he take his frustration out on? His best friend who still had her family, no responsibility, and still had a future, Camila.

Now when Camila’s cozy world begins to crumble, the one person who has made her life miserable for the past four years is there to support her, but she doesn’t know if she can trust him. Mason can’t shake the feeling of wanting to protect Camila, he’s done it most of his life, even when he tries to hate her, beneath that hazy layer is a lifelong memory of love. They both just have to learn to trust each other again. Can they get back to where they were from four years ago, or has too much damage been done?

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She was my best friend. The person I told my deepest secrets to. But when my world came crashing down, it was all because of her family.

From that moment, I realized I’d been wrong to trust her. Her big caring eyes and sweet face were nothing but an act as she’d watched on while I tried to keep my head above water.

That was our past.

Now, I’ve largely put Camila behind me and moved on with my life. Though it doesn’t explain why she’s always there: taunting me, tempting me, showing me the life I could have been living.

I should have been laughing when her own world turned upside down. Karma always wins out in the end. But suddenly we’re forced together once again and I have no choice but to remember the girl I’ve tried so hard to forget.

Dear Reader,

PAINE is the highly anticipated follow up to my high school bully romance, THORN. Are you ready to discover the truth about what happened between Camila and Mason? This enemies to lover romance is full of angst, drama, emotions and of course steam. It is an upper YA romance and not intended for readers under 17.

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Release Day/New Release, Year in Releases - 2020

New Release – Alpha Knight by Renee Rose

Title: Alpha Knight
Series: Wolf Ridge High #2
Author: Renee Rose
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance with a PNR twist
Release Date: February 9, 2020

The leggy car thief is trouble with a capital T.
My brother went down because of her
I need to find him before the cops do.
Which means I’m not letting her out of my sight.
Anywhere the human goes, I go.
I’ll play her fake boyfriend.
Sleep in her bedroom.
Go to her prep school classes.
Take her to the homecoming dance.
I will learn all her secrets, find out all her games.
By the time I’m done with her, she’ll be sorry.
Sorry she ever set foot in our shop.
Sorry we met.
Sorry she made me fall for her.

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Teri offers, “It’s a good thing you came because she’s probably going to win Homecoming Queen, and she wasn’t even going to go.”
That’s right. Homecoming.
And I’m her date.
“When is that?”
Teri narrows her eyes. “Tonight,” she says with a what-the-hell-is-wrong-with-you expression.
Tonight. Right. Fuck—I have a football game.
I wink, though. “I know, I meant what time?”
“Seven,” Teri and Samatha say at once.
Seven. That might work. The game is at four. If Coach lets me play, I still have time afterwards to shower, put on a tie and get back to Cave Hills. Might be a little late, but that’s fashionable.
“We don’t need to go,” Sloane attempts.
“Of course we do, babycakes.” I reach over and thumb some peanut butter from the corner of her lips, loving playing the doting boyfriend role because it pisses her off. “That’s the whole reason I’m here. And you might get crowned queen. And here I just thought you were a princess.”
She elbows me.
I catch her around the waist and pull her back on my lap as punishment. When she struggles, I tickle her, then open my knees to trap her in the hole between them, so I can cage her with legs and arms.
It’s way too intimate, and I know that fucking drives her crazy.
I like torturing her.
I also like the way she feels in my arms. Her scent all up in my nostrils, her soft skin under my hands.
I normally don’t have a thing for humans, but I could honestly say a girl like this one would be worth making an exception for.
Too bad I don’t trust her as far as I can throw her.
And she hates me.
And she destroyed my family.


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Release Day/New Release, Year in Releases - 2020

New Release – Puck Performance by Alley Ciz

Title: Puck Performance
Series: BTU Alumni #4
Author: Alley Ciz
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: February 10, 2020

All’s fair in love and potatoes

Melody Brightly
Broadway Star.
Pink hair.
A smile that hits me harder than a slap shot.
Terrible taste in hockey teams.
Full of secrets.
The one woman I fail to defend my heart against

Jase Donnelly
Sexy as puck.
Makes my hormones give a standing ovation.
The one guy I can never be with, but can’t stay away from.

Our sexy as puck hero may have helped name The Coven but he’s about to meet his match in PUCK PERFORMANCE—BTU Alumni #4. He might exaggerate so much he’ll end up in the sin bin and there’s a chance she’ll burst into song, but they’ll have you laughing and speaking in shouty capitals. No potatoes were harmed in this HEA-guaranteed interconnected stand-alone.

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Alley Ciz is an indie author of Contemporary/New Adult, Rom-Com, Sports Romances.
She’s a stay at home mom to 3 amazing and crazy mini royals, a 95lb lab, and let’s face it on some days her hubby is her 4th kid… But to be fair she totally loves him a lot.
When she’s not corralling her crazy mini royals she can be found writing the stories the voices in her head tell her. Caffeine is a staple in her daily diet since she does most of her writing late at night when the rest of her house is asleep, usually with her trusty dog Buke (short for Beukeboom reluctantly named after a NY Ranger even though she’s a NJ Devils fan all the way. Is it any surprise she writes sports romances?
Pizza and mac-n-cheese are major food groups and she is a proud Potterhead and superhero buff.
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Excerpt/Teaser Share, New Releases

Teaser Reveal – BAD LIAR by Lauren Rowe

BAD LIAR (Reed Rivers Trilogy #1) by Lauren Rowe
Release Date: February 24th

An all new, STANDALONE Trilogy from USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Rowe begins February 24th. Bad Liar, the first book in the highly anticipated Reed Rivers Trilogy will release in ebook, paperback and audiobook (narrated by Andi Arndt & Jacob Morgan).

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Swallowing lies has never felt so good.

Reed freaking Rivers. I wouldn’t trust a word out of the arrogant music mogul’s mouth if his gold-plated tongue were notarized. The Man with the Midas Touch would say anything to get me into his bed, and I know it. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want him to succeed.

Indeed, the moment I laid eyes on Reed while he was speaking at an on-campus event I’d crashed, my body physically ached to feel his golden fingers—and tongue—all over me. Unfortunately, though, I can’t give into my powerful craving to jump Reed’s cocky bones. Not until I’ve figured out my best strategy with him . . .

The truth is Reed has something I desperately want. Something my heart desires even more than my body craves one night of delicious fun with the yummiest man alive. Reed assumes he’s running this game of seduction. He thinks he’s a thirty-four-year-old big cat on the prowl, and I’m nothing but a blushing twenty-one-year old field mouse with stars in my eyes.

Yeah . . . no.

As Reed is about to find out, he’s not the only cat on the hunt in this game of cat-and-mouse . . . .

BAD LIAR is the first book of the standalone REED RIVERS TRILOGY. The full trilogy is BAD LIAR, BEAUTIFUL LIAR, and BELOVED LIAR, to be read in order.



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USA Today and internationally bestselling author Lauren Rowe lives in San Diego, California, where, in addition to writing books, she performs with her dance/party band at events all over Southern California, writes songs, takes embarrassing snapshots of her ever-patient Boston terrier, Buster, spends time with her wonderful family, and narrates audiobooks.

Much to Lauren’s thrill, her books have been translated all over the world in multiple languages and hit multiple domestic and international bestseller lists. With enticing characters, enthralling situations and a general love of romantic fiction, Lauren has created a world of her own, full of wit and sensual desire.

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Cover Reveal, New Releases

Cover Reveal – Crowne of Lies by CD Reiss

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“CD Reiss is beyond brilliant…”

— Sawyer Bennett, New York Times Bestselling Author

Crowne of Lies, an all-new sexy as sin marriage of convenience standalone by New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss is coming February 28th, and we have the gorgeous cover!


Logan Crowne needs one year from Ella.

Twelve months living in his house, holding his hand, wearing his ring on her finger, and in exchange, she’ll get her father’s company in the divorce settlement.

They have one year to convince his skeptical parents that they’re happily in love, and he’s settled enough to run Crowne Industries.

Ella wants the company badly enough to live with a man who will never love her. She’ll sleep in his room and kiss him for show.

Her heart may melt whenever he’s around, and his touch may ignite a fire inside her, but surrender will break her heart.

She’s sure she can last a year without giving him her body.

She’s wrong.


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CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up she’s at the well hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

She’s frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn’t ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.

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Release Day/New Release, Year in Releases - 2020

New Release – Unbreakable by Melanie Harlow

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“Melanie Harlow has done it again! I dare you not to fall in love with the dreamy and delicious Henry DeSantis. Unbreakable is the perfect second chance romance!”

— Ilsa Madden-Mills, Wall Street Journal bestselling author

Unbreakable, an all new heart-warming and sexy second chance romance from USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow, is available now!

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In hindsight, I should not have had that fifth mimosa at Breakfast with Santa.

Or the sixth, seventh, and eighth.

But my shame over the public meltdown that resulted was nothing compared to being abandoned by my husband of fifteen years for a much younger woman—and did I mention she’s pregnant?

For the sake of my children and my pride, I pack up and head for my childhood home and the small town where I grew up. Cloverleigh Farms would be the perfect place for a fresh start.

Falling for Henry DeSantis wasn’t part of the plan.

Sure, he’s easy on the eyes and hard in the bedroom (also the hallway, the bathtub, and on top of his desk), but he’s newly divorced too, and things between us are moving so fast I’m afraid neither one of us has had enough time to heal. Not to mention the fact that I’m a single mom now—my kids have to come first.

But Henry makes me feel beautiful and sexy and wanted and strong—things I haven’t felt in years. We understand each other, and when I’m in his arms, I’m tempted to trust again. To love again. To let myself be loved without fear.

But deep down, I’m terrified.

Is this all too much, too soon? Or am I a fool to let a second chance at happily ever after pass me by?

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Harlow Headshot ColorAbout Melanie
USA Today bestselling author, Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she’s not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.

Melanie is the author of the AFTER WE FALL series, the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

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