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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2020

Review – Shaken by Charity Ferrell

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Shaken; Twisted Fox #2
(A standalone within a series)

by: Charity Ferrell

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Review/Synopsis:

Review:

Has a relationship shaken you to your very core? Has meeting someone shaken you to your soul? Do you know you should walk away, but you know you can’t? Shaken is a story filled with these very questions.

Shaken is more than an enemies to lovers romance. This is a story about two people destined to be together, but fight against every obstacle and emotion in their way to actually be together. No matter how many signs say they should be together, both Archer and Georgia ignore them, turn away from them, or blatantly refuse to read them. Stubborn to the core, these two lovers butt heads until the very end, but sizzle off the page while they do it.

Archer’s life is a mess. The only way he holds himself together is by keeping people out of it. A beautiful tornado like Georgia is exactly what he doesn’t need showing up in his life, but he can’t seem to escape the bright ray of sunshine that always lights up his dark mood.

He carries a ton of guilt upon his shoulders and with this burdon he sees himself as truly having no future with anyone by his side. His dark mood isn’t Georgia specific, it just gets wrapped up in her as time ventures on.

Georgia didn’t exactly grow up in ideal circumstances, but that doesn’t mean she lives a glum life. She shines a bright light everywhere she goes and grouchy Archer doesn’t seem to appreciate it. Working together doesn’t dampen her spirit, but sometimes she wonders how much longer she can keep pulling him back from the demons he carries.

Georgia is so full of life, the complete opposite of Archer. Perhaps it’s why they seek one another out. Georgia has so much to give and his darkness needs her light. This is a story that is filled with a lot of passion and a lot of emotion.

Shaken is a story you can read as a standalone, but it does interweave through the same timeline of Stirred, so if you’ve read the previous book it’s fun to see how those two books intersect, but it’s not necessary if this is your first time visiting the Twisted Fox world. You will love this as it’s completely own story focused on Archer and Georgia. A wonderful addition to this world.

Synopsis:

A see yourself out note isn’t how you want to celebrate the morning after your first one- night stand.
The first time I meet Archer Callahan is when I block him in a parking spot.
The second is a fender bender.
The third is at a bar, drinking away our problems, and finding our way to his bed.
I never expected to see him again.
That changes when a month later, he’s introduced as my brother’s new business partner.
In need of a job, I’m hired at their bar, much to Archer’s dismay.
We hate each other.
We’re off limits.
But every time we’re together, flashbacks of that night shake through us.
We push, we pull, until one of us breaks.

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Release Day/New Release, Year in Releases - 2020

New Release – Personal Foul by Cala Riley

RELEASE BLITZ
Title: Personal Foul
Quick Snap Collection Novella
Author: Cala Riley
Publisher: Lady Boss Press
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: September 14, 2020
BLURB

Garrett “Tank” Stone lived and breathed football. As one of the best offensive linemen in the country, he thought he would start and end his career in New England. When his lifestyle injures the most important person on his team, the unthinkable happens.

Traded.

Such a dirty word. Starting over in Seattle isn’t what he thought he would be doing. Especially not with the only woman who’s ever turned him down.

Could this trade be a blessing or is it a curse?

Reagan Kelly’s whole life has revolved around football. All she wants to do is to step out of her family’s shadow and create a name for herself in the sport she loves. When Garrett Stone is traded to her team, all her carefully laid plans are blown up.

Can she fight her attraction and keep things professional or is she destined to be the next in the very long line to ride the Tank?

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EXCERPT

He lifts me up and slams my back into the wall, making me gasp. I lean forward, biting his lip, slowly releasing it.
“Bed.”
He pulls back, eyes dilated. “I’ll take you to bed, but one thing is for sure, I will fuck you against a wall very soon.” He pulls away from the wall, holding me, hands on my ass and starts walking towards his room.
“Why is that?”
“Because masterpieces belong on the wall, and you, mi reina, are a fucking masterpiece.”

AUTHOR BIO

Cala Riley, better known as Cala and Riley, are a pair of friends with a deep seated love of books and writing. Both Cala and Riley are happily married and each have children, Cala with the four-legged kind while Riley has a mixture of both two-legged and four. While they live apart, that does not affect their connection. They are the true definition of family. What started as an idea that quickly turned into a full-length book and a bond that will never end.

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Excerpt/Teaser Share, Release Day/New Release, Year in Releases - 2020

New Release – Lovable Lawyer by Karen Deen

RELEASE BLITZ
Title: Lovable Lawyer
Author: Karen Deen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 13, 2020
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Love scares me.
Yet secretly I long for it
But don’t we all.

The funny thing about life, is its habit of changing in a moment.
A split second in time that completely blindsides you.

Lex is a cut-throat lawyer.
Always focused and in control.
There are no colors in his life. Black and white with no in between.
Cold and ruthless in his work, his life is sorted, and his path is clear.

Then the unthinkable happened.
One night my armor slipped.
I met the real him.
And I let him meet the real me.

It was wonderful.

Breathtaking

Except happy endings have a way of escaping me.
And sometimes epiphanies cause heart break.

Which means for Lex to find his happiness,
I may have to sacrifice mine.

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EXCERPT

Deep in thought, I sit in the sun on the short timber fence that surrounds the parkade. Feeling the warmth seeping into my skin, my muscles start to relax for the first time today. Every time I’m in court with Jacinta she sends me into a tense state. Watching her has me turned on and that makes it hard to concentrate. The power she exudes must be what has my heart racing a bit. Yet I’m not entirely convinced it’s not just the thrill of the chase and my determination to defeat her. I can’t seem to work it out. Either way she infuriates me, and I wish to hell she didn’t.

Pain radiating in my right ear alerts me to Tate arriving. His signature move, a flick on the back of the ear lobe when you least expect it. He used to do it all the time in high school when he sat behind me in English. Pissed me off then and still does now.
“How’s it hanging, sexy Lexy?” he says, already laughing at himself.
“You are such a dick, you know that, right?” I stand up to start walking towards the court.
“A big dick you said. Well thanks for the compliment, but don’t say it too loud, it’s weird when another guy talks about the size of your dick.”
“Hard of hearing as per usual. There was no use of the word big in that sentence, my friend. In fact, not sure that could ever be used in relation to your manhood.” Smiling for the first time today, I watch Tate scowl at me.
“Always the serious one, aren’t you, lawyer boy. You need to loosen up a bit. Let me tell you a secret, sex is the best natural relaxant there is known to man.”
I just roll my eyes at him as the other two guys walk up to us.
“Who’s needing sex to relax?” Mason comments with a smirk knowing full well who Tate is referring too.
“Old grumpy here. The one whose nuts are strung so tight they can’t breathe.” Tate takes the basketball from Mason’s hands and starts to dribble it.
“Fuck off, Tate. You have no idea how tightly I’m strung. If you knew Jacinta, then you would understand. That woman has a vice around my dick on the best days, and I have no fucking idea why. Now shut up and let’s play ball. I need to whip someone’s ass badly.” Looking at Tate about to open his mouth, I hold my finger up to him.
“Not a single word. Not one, do you hear me?”
Grayson laughs hard from behind me.
“Seriously, Lex, maybe you need to take Tate’s advice. Get some sex, man. Let go once in a while.” Gray looks sympathetically at me.
“I am, but that’s the problem. Not sure it isn’t making it worse. Now all of you shut up and play. I’m with Mason because at least he hasn’t said one stupid comment so far about me or my sex life.”
“Give me time, buddy.” He thumps my arm. “I’ll try to bite my tongue, though. Let’s um, how did you say it… ‘whip these guys asses,’ shall we?” Mason throws his arm around my shoulder and drags me onto the court, and it’s game on.

“You wish, Mason. Nothing can beat the power of two,” Gray yells at us from down the court.
“What, two dumbasses? Not sure there is any power in that. But yeah, let’s see what you’ve got. Bring it, baby,” I call as Tate starts running at me, dribbling the ball while Gray tries to use fancy footwork to get past Mason. The stupid smirk on Tate’s face as he gets closer is enough to get me fired up. I may be the shortest and smallest of the four of us but that doesn’t mean I don’t know how to stop him. I’m quicker than him, and if my stress does anything to my body it’s that it has the adrenaline pumping.
“Come on, pretty boy. Let’s see your best attack.” Light on my feet, I’m bouncing side to side mirroring him. “You’ve got nothing.” I’m full of mouth today, not afraid to gear him up.
“Oh, you think you’ve got a chance against the master, little man? Watch and learn, buddy, this is how it’s done.” He spins to the left to roll around me, but I jump at the same time, anticipating his move, and the ball is vulnerable in his hand about to shoot. I tap it at the right time and it’s loose behind him. My feet hit the ground and I’m off with the perfect bounce into my hand. My legs pumping me down the court as he recovers, turning to chase me.
“Shit,” I hear Grayson yell as he realizes that the ball is loose.
“Yeah, Lex!” Mason yells as I start my lay-up and dunk the ball in the hoop. I might be smaller than them, but I’m still a tall man.
Tate reaches me as my feet land on the ground.

“Correction, brother, that there, is how it’s done,” I tease. I jog backwards up the court as he retrieves the ball, and Mason passes me for a high five as we prepare for the next attack.
“Fuck, you are an angry little man today, aren’t you? No being nice now. Shit just got real.” Tate and Gray have a little word and they are on the attack.
In the fifteen minutes since I’ve been here, I can already feel my body starting to unwind and my tension about to be laid out on the basketball court for the next thirty minutes.
I love these guys.

AUTHOR BIO

Karen Deen has been a lover of romance novels and happily-ever-after stories for as long as she can remember. Reaching a point in her life ready to explore her own dreams, Karen decided now was the time to finally write some of her own stories. For years, all of her characters have been forming story lines in her head, just waiting for the right time to bust free.

Sitting up in the early hours of the morning with her cups of tea, chocolate and music she gets lost in a world of sexy, alpha men who are challenged by some funny, sassy and strong-willed women. Bringing you unexpected laughs, suspense and a little bit of naughty.

Karen is married to her loving husband and high school sweetheart. Together, they live the crazy life of parents to three children. She is balancing her life between a career as an accountant by day and writer of romance novels by night. Living in a beautiful coastal town two hours south of Sydney, Australia, Karen loves to enjoy time with her family and friends in her beautiful surroundings. Of course, when she is not shut in her writing cave bringing you more words to devour.

AUTHOR LINKS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karendeenauthor
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Website: http://www.karendeen.com.au

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This summer was supposed to be spent lounging on the beach, madly in love with my boyfriend.
Until he decided to move to Singapore, and break up with me an hour before his plane left.
Now I’m stuck in a Hamptons house share with six of his closest pals, including his best friend … who despises me.

Since the moment Smith Redfield laid eyes on me, he’s hated my guts. I’m serious, I think the raven-haired restaurateur gets physically sick just being in my presence. And he’s never been shy about hiding that fact.

There was the time he cackled when I landed face first in a pile of Manhattan trash bags. Or the night I tried to throw my ex-boyfriend a surprise party, and Smith had strippers crash the bash. Or maybe it was New Year’s Eve, when he got in my face and called me a sheltered goody two-shoes who wouldn’t know passion if it smacked me in the lips.

He’s rooming right next door for the summer months, and I don’t think more animosity could exist than in the hallway of our vacation rental. As if I wasn’t already sporting a bruised ego and broken heart from the way his best friend left me.

But the more midnight run-ins we have, the more I can’t help but think about the way his mouth would feel against mine. With each heavy-eyed glance over the dinner table, I’m starting to wonder if the damaged alpha male doesn’t harbor more than just loathing towards me.

After all, they say hate is the closest emotion to love.
And with the way we’re skating that thin line, it’s bound to burn this whole house down.

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Cover Reveal, New Releases

Cover Reveal – Who’s The Boss by Erin McCarthy

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When your enemy becomes your boss, tensions are bound to boil over…

Who’s the Boss, an all-new, sexy enemies-to-lovers workplace romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Erin McCarthy is coming September 28th, and we have the sizzling cover!

Arrogant, charming and sexy as hell, Master chef Sean Kincaid is legendary both in the kitchen and in the bedroom. So of course it only took five minutes for him to get me overheated. My temper that is.

Because Sean Kincaid is my new boss. Who has strolled into my kitchen demanding I follow his rules. I don’t like taking orders from anyone but certainly not from a grumpy man who knows how to push all of my buttons.

And when a Best Chef competition pits the two of us against each other, it’s either going to be a sizzler–or a recipe for disaster.

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About Erin

USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has since written over seventy-five novels and novellas in the romance and mystery genres. Erin has a special weakness for high-heeled boots, martinis, and Frank Sinatra. She lives with her renovation-addicted husband (he built her a bar, so it’s all good!) and their blended family of kids and rescue dogs.

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