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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2020

Review – The Proposal by Maya Hughes

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The Proposal; SWANK #1 
(The beginning of a new series)

by: Maya Hughes

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Another Maya Hughes hit and the beginnings of another wonderful series to grab ahold of and look forward to.

Zara Logan is an extremely hard worker, but never seems to get the breaks to get ahead. Working at an event planner company where she is taken advantage of, but she needs her job to not only pay her bills, but the expensive tuition for her brothers school, Zara barely has time to sleep at night before she’s back in the office for another day of work.

When she’s given an opportunity to plan her own event, well…co-plan an event with a rival event planning company she takes the opportunity knowing the bonus will swing all of her bills and then some, unfortunately she didn’t know she’d have to work with the infuriating man who squashed her breakfast and spilled her coffee that very morning.

Leo Wilder may be a washed up NFL player, but at least he still had his health. At least that is what he still tells himself everyday. The injury that ended his career could have been so much worse and he knows that, but he has no idea what to do with the rest of his life. After stopping by to visit his uncle and hearing that his event planning business needs help, Leo offers his services since he seriously has nothing better to do, how hard could planning events be?

Leo may rethink his offer of help when the spitfire who ran into him that very morning, causing a chain reaction of spilling coffee down her blouse and stepping on her croissant walks through the door.

Leo and Zara get off on shaky ground, but through their combined and even fresh eyes in the industry, pull off a great event, but that wasn’t what caught the eye of the contract. It was the fact that they appeared as a couple and a misunderstanding surrounding one engagement ring. (How is that possible, it’s cute and will totally make sense) To pull off the rest of the deal they have to continue to be “engaged” and considering how they originally met this will take a monumental feat.

However, the longer they spend time together and the more their walls come down, the more they might actually like one another and the less faking they may have to actually do. Actually, it might be harder to walk away when everything is all said and done.

This is just the beginning of a new series and you get insight into how this new series SWANK will continue from here. I don’t want to give away what direction Maya is planning yet, but I’m really excited for what direction she is taking this series. It’s new and nothing like she’s done yet and I really think you’ll like where she’s taking this one.

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When I envisioned Zara Logan dropping to her knees in front of me, this wasn’t what I had in mind…

I was expecting a lot less glaring and a lot more moaning.

Instead, she’s proposing an enticing deal that I can’t bear to walk away from.

To land one of the city’s biggest clients, she wants us to put our differences aside and play fake fiancés for the next thirty days.

So, I slip the diamond ring onto her finger and agree to play the perfect fiancé. How hard can this be?

A hell of a lot harder than I thought…

She’s infuriatingly stubborn and she thinks I’m a cocky jerk with an enormous ego. (She’s right, but I can definitely back it up…)

As our long days stretch into even later nights, it’s getting harder to remember we’re only playing pretend, which means one thing.

She won’t be faking it for long…

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Review – Keeping You Away by Kennedy Fox

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Keeping You Away; Ex-Con Duet – Tyler & Gemma #1 
(Ex-Con book duet #1)

by: Kennedy Fox

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This is Kennedy Fox at their best. A slow burn, second chance story that not only revolves around a second chance at love, but a second chance at life.

After Tyler was released from prison he just wants to live a quiet life. He moves back to his home town in Alabama, keeping his head down, looking for a fresh start. The one place willing to give an ex-con a job happens to be Gemma’s father, the only girl he ever loved and walked away from a little over a decade ago. She’s now engaged to be married to another man and as awkward as it will be be to be around her again all Tyler ever wanted was for Gemma to be happy. While Tyler is dealing with his decade old feelings and just when he thought his quiet life was finally settling in, his past comes calling and he has to debate on whether he should answer the call.

Gemma had been in love with Tyler forever. He was her first for so many things in her life, but when he left town and broke her heart she never could quite move on. It was only about two years ago that she really gave up hope of Tyler returning and Gemma started dating her now fiancé, Robert. She was happy, content in her life, but now that Tyler has returned she finds herself confused and questioning everything in her life. Robert no longer seems like the man she agreed to marry, continually trying to push her into uncomfortable situations, but she doesn’t know if her confusion revolves around Tyler messing with her hormones or if the red flags in her relationship were there all along and she just missed them. Now more than ever, Gemma wishes that her mother was still alive for advice.

This is book one in their duet and it does end on a cliffhanger. Their relationship will continue to evolve in the next book.


I never planned on returning to Alabama, but circumstances brought me here after years of being gone. Though Lawton Ridge is my hometown, I was hesitant to go back because of her —my sister’s best friend. The last time we were together, she was eighteen, and I was a broken soldier transitioning to civilian life.

Gemma wrote to me while I was overseas and we developed a bond I hadn’t anticipated. I crushed her heart the day I left, something I’ve never forgotten. But now that her dad is my new boss, life just got way more complicated.

Too sweet, too innocent, too good for a guy like me—I should walk away again.

After serving five years in prison for something I didn’t do, I trust no one, but Gemma gradually breaks down my walls and exposes the pain I’ve hidden underneath. For her own sake, I should keep my distance, but it’s nearly impossible when I hear her sweet humming while I work and she slowly draws me back in. It’s a battle I didn’t train for, and one I’ll lose if I don’t keep my restraint—especially since she’s engaged to another man.

KEEPING YOU AWAY is a slow-burn, angsty romance wrapped up in an intense love story. It’s book 1 in the Tyler & Gemma duet and must be read first.

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Cover Reveal – Troublemaker by Kayley Loring

Title: Troublemaker
Author: Kayley Loring
Genre: Steamy Romantic Comedy
Cover Design: Kari March Designs
Photo: Regina Wamba
Release Date: August 13, 2020


TO: Alex Vega
FROM: Emilia Stiles


Dear Mr. Vega,

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

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

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

Thanks so much,
Miss Stiles

TO: Emilia Stiles
FROM: Alex Vega

SUBJECT: Re: Well, hello again…

Dear Miss Stiles,

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

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

You’re so welcome,

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

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Blog Tour - 2020, New Adult, New Releases, Year of Reviews - 2020


Today we are celebrating the release of EMPIRE HIGH UNTOUCHABLES by Ivy Smoak by participating in the blog tour! This is a contemporary romance, standalone title that is available now in Kindle Unlimited. Join Ivy’s Group for access to bonus content from the book.


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Empire High Untouchables by Ivy Smoak

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The Untouchables. That’s what everyone calls the Hunter and Caldwell brothers. At least, it’s my best friend’s nickname for them. And since she’s the only one that talks to me at my new school, I’ll take her word for it.

The nickname probably comes from the fact that they’re exorbitantly wealthy. Old wealth. The kind that isn’t flaunted around. But you can tell by the way they carry themselves. Or maybe the name just refers to the fact that they’re so beautiful it’s almost hard to look at them.

No matter the reason for their nickname, it’s an ironic one. Because I’ve only been going to this school for a week and I already want to touch.

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Ivy Smoak is the international bestselling author of The Hunted series.

When she’s not writing, you can find her binge watching too many TV shows, taking long walks, playing outside, and generally refusing to act like an adult.

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Release Day/New Release, Year in Releases - 2020

New Release – The Rivals by Vi Keeland

Title: The Rivals
Author: Vi Keeland
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 13, 2020

The feud between Weston Lockwood and me started at the altar.
Only neither of us attended the wedding, and the nuptials happened decades before either of us was born.
Our grandfathers had been best friends and business partners, at least up until my grandfather’s wedding day—when his bride-to-be blurted out she couldn’t marry him because she was also in love with Weston‘s grandfather.
The two men spent years fighting over Grace Copeland, who also happened to be their third business partner.  But in the end, neither man could steal half of her heart away from the other.
Eventually, they all went their separate ways.  Our grandfathers married other women, and the two men became one of the biggest business rivals in history.
Our fathers continued the family tradition of feuding.  And then Weston and I did, too.
For the most part, we kept as much distance as possible.
Until the day the woman who started the feud died—and unexpectedly left one of the most valuable hotels in the world to our grandfathers to share.
Now I’m stuck in a hotel with the man I was born to hate, trying to unravel the mess our families inherited.
As usual, it didn’t take long for us to be at each other’s throats.
Weston Lockwood was everything I hated: tall, smart, cocky, and too gorgeous for his own good.  We were fire and ice.
But that shouldn’t be an issue. Our families were used to being at war. There was just one minor problem, though.   Every time Weston and I fought, we somehow wound up in bed.

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-five languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.


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