Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Suspense/Intrigue Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Securing Jane: A SEAL of Protection by Susan Stoker

Securing Jane: A SEAL of Protection: Legacy Series Novella

Securing Jane: A SEAL of Protection; Legacy Series #6.5 
(A novella within a series)

Publication Date: February 9, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Military/Contemporary Romance

Author: Susan Stoker

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



I love Susan’s action and adventure novels, and this novella certainly contained heart racing moments, but what I loved even more than that was the comfortable moments in between. This relationship was about connecting on a deeper level beyond just the hot times. I really, really enjoyed this book!

Storm North and Jane Hamilton are both seasoned. While Storm had never been married, aside married to his job, Jane is once divorced and has a grown daughter. They both love their jobs and aren’t really looking to settle down, but when Storm finally notices Jane, like really notices her beyond just as another woman on base and as the mail carrier who delivers his mail, he is certainly interested.

It doesn’t take long for Storm to decide he would like to take Jane on a date, again, he’s older and I like that he doesn’t play games. I also respect that even though Jane has had a crush on Storm for quite a while, she doesn’t beat around the bush when it comes to letting him know that she is interested.

I don’t want to give away the suspense leading up to their date, but once these two get together, I absolutely loved that Stoker included having them spend time snuggling, deeply respecting that not only were they just a bit older, but that they both had high pressure jobs and might be a little tired at the end of the day. I totally understood that. Yes, Susan had seriously smexy times included, but I LOVED the realism in this book too!


From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susan Stoker comes a new story in her SEAL of Protection: Legacy Series…

Over the years, Storm North has witnessed two teams of Navy SEALs under his command find true love. He doesn’t expect the same for himself. He’s too old. Too jaded. Too set in his ways. Until a woman who’s been right in front of him for years manages to impress Storm in a way very few women—or men—ever have.

Jane Hamilton knows it’s ridiculous to have a crush on the charismatic and handsome admiral. She’s the divorced mother of a twenty-six-year-old daughter. Too old for crushes. Too old for a lot of things. There’s no chance she’ll ever catch the eye of a man like Storm North.

Until someone delivers a bomb to the base.

As the civilian contractor in charge of the mail room, Jane finds herself in the direct line of fire, enduring a series of events that leads to a budding relationship with the very man she’s been longing for. She couldn’t be happier, and Storm feels the same.

The only one unhappy, in fact, is the thwarted bomber. Unhappy enough to do something drastic. Now Storm and Jane have to work together to save innocent sailors—and themselves—from an explosive situation threatening their happily ever after.

**Securing Jane is the 7th and final book in the SEAL of Protection: Legacy Series and a part of the 1001 Dark Nights collection. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

Securing Jane, Feb 9, 2021
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Review – Villian of Secrets by L.A. Cotton

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Villain of Secrets; Verona Legacy #3 
(#3 within a series)

Publication Date: February 10, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Mafia/Dark/New Adult Romance

Author: L.A. Cotton

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



Not everyone gets a fairytale, not everyone falls for a prince. Some people are the villain in their story, but the villain may become the hero if given the chance. Villain of Secrets is a dark tale about two very passionate people. Enzo and Nora will burn the pages that also include a sizzling story of family suspense.

Family is everything to Enzo, but his world was turned upside down when his own father betrayed everything and everyone. Still reeling from the night of confession and death his father brought to his doorstep, Enzo is plagued with demons he doesn’t know how to escape, nor does he know how to move on from Nora, the one good thing he ever had. All Enzo knows is he will bring her down into his darkness since he is barely hanging on to his sanity, so he walks away.

Never once does Nora ask Enzo to change. She doesn’t expect Enzo to suddenly grow a conscience, or to suddenly becoming a totally different person. No, she knows exactly the person he is and it’s one of the reasons she can’t seem to stay away. Not the fact that he’s with the mafia, but the darkness inside of him calls to her. She wants to be the light in his world where he’s only had darkness. So, she isn’t expecting him to change, Nora just wants Enzo to be happy as the person he is and in return she wants Enzo to be happy with the person she is.

They are two magnets who both attract and oppose one another – super hot between the sheets, but polar opposites in everyday life. Enzo carries demons so dark within himself that very few people understand them, but Nora doesn’t judge or ask questions. She doesn’t want more than Enzo can give, unfortunately he is so clouded by his darkness that he doesn’t see just how fortunate he is in the gift she offers until it might be too late.

Not many people get the gift of someone who doesn’t ask them to change, whether it’s their friends, their job, where they live, etc…Nora takes everything in stride and unless Enzo wises up, he may lose the best thing that has happened to him.

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𝗩𝗜𝗟𝗟𝗔𝗜𝗡 𝗢𝗙 𝗦𝗘𝗖𝗥𝗘𝗧𝗦, a brand new mafia romance form set in the Verona Legacy world, is coming from L A Cotton on Feb 10

He can’t resist the girl who sees past the darkness in his soul and she can’t give up on the guy who has never been taught how to love…

Nora Abato is the kind of girl people gravitate to.

Sassy. Selfless. Stubborn.

She knows what she wants and she’s determined to get it. And Nora wants her very own mafioso, the bad boy with a tortured soul who will do whatever it takes to protect his family.

Enzo Marchetti is the kind of guy people run from.

Rash. Reckless. Ruined.

As the Marchetti crime family’s new enforcer, he’d rather spend his days getting his hands dirty than thinking about the future, or the girl with fire in her eyes and fight in her heart.

When a new enemy threatens the Marchetti empire, Enzo and Nora suddenly find themselves in close confines, and the undeniable connection between them is pushed to its limits. He can’t resist the girl who sees past the darkness in his soul and she can’t give up on the guy who has never been taught how to love.

There’s only one problem.

Enzo isn’t Nora’s fairytale prince, he’s the villain who will destroy her dream of a happily-ever-after.

He’ll break her…

If she doesn’t break him first.


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Teaser Reveal – Secret Beast by Amelia Wilde

SECRET BEAST by Amelia Wilde
Release Date: February 23rd

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The beast hides a dark secret in his past…

Leo Morelli is known as the Beast of Bishop’s Landing for his cruelty. He’ll get revenge on the Constantine family and make millions of dollars in the process. Even it means using an old man who dreams up wild inventions.

The beauty will sacrifice everything for her family…

Haley Constantine will do anything to protect her father. Even trade her body for his life. The college student must spend thirty days with the ruthless billionaire. He’ll make her earn her freedom in degrading ways, but in the end he needs her to set him free.

SECRET BEAST is a new full-length novel from USA Today bestselling author Amelia Wilde about revenge, family secrets, and the redeeming power of love.



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Amelia Wilde is a USA TODAY bestselling author of steamy contemporary romance and loves it a little too much. She lives in Michigan with her husband and daughters. She spends most of her time typing furiously on an iPad and appreciating the natural splendor of her home state from where she likes it best: inside.

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Cover Reveal – Bayou Beauty by Lexi Blake

Love returns to Louisiana’s Butterfly Bayou in a new small-town contemporary romance sure to charm hearts, from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake.  

Bayou Beauty is releasing July 27th and we have the beautiful cover! 

Sylvie Martine was prepared to take Washington D.C. by storm, but she put that dream on hold when her beloved hometown of Papillon, Louisiana, needed her most. Now Sylvie’s the mayor of the tiny town on the bayou that holds her heart. But for Sylvie, this can only be a pit stop on the way to bigger and better things. The last thing she needs is an old love to resurface and threaten her goals.

Rene Darois’s whole life has been about serving his family—no matter how much it hurts. He’s used to sacrificing for his large extended family and the company his grandfather created. But he can’t believe the latest demand: he needs to find a wife and quick or he could lose it all. It would be a horrible situation. But he has just the solution: his high school sweetheart. Sylvie is everything he wants in a wife—smart, funny, and caring—and he planned to woo her anyway.

Now he just has to convince Sylvie that their love is worth it all, or he and the bayou will lose her forever.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.

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Cover Reveal – Calculated Risk by Marie James

 Release Date: May 11


As the fixer for Blackbridge Security, Quinten Lake is the man that comes in and cleans up after people make stupid decisions.

Which means he didn’t want to be the one teaching lustful women gun safety.

There were guys on the team better suited for the task.

Get in and get out, that’s his motto, something he lives by not only at work but also in his personal life.

And he could be doing just that if it weren’t for the internet.

But if #BlackbridgeSpecial wasn’t trending online he would’ve never met Hayden Prescott. 

He wouldn’t be wondering why she won’t make eye contact with him.

He’s supposed to teach her the skills to protect herself, but his ego is encouraging him to be her means of protection.

She isn’t impressed, and he’s left wondering if she’ll ever open her eyes and finally see him.
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Let’s see…where to begin…

I’m inching up on the BIG 4-0. The gray hairs are doubling what seems like daily, and the wrinkles and laugh lines are more pronounced than ever.

I have an amazing husband (Married just over 15 years.)

We have two boys we’re doing our best to raise as respectful gentleman.

I have a master’s degree in criminal justice which I used to work as a juvenile probation office until deciding to write full-time in June of 2019. So that means there’s usually always some criminal/law element to my novels.

If I’m not writing; I’m reading.

My favorite genres recently are bully/reverse harem and enemies to lovers. Maybe I’m reliving my traumatic teen years through the girls who actually end up with the boys. (Not that I would change my history since it’s gotten me exactly where I need to be!)

I love coffee. I miss carbs. Music is LIFE. I try not to be too serious.
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Cover Reveal – Halftime Husband by Erin McCarthy

Halftime Husband, an all-new hot boss rom com from New York Times bestselling author Erin McCarthy is coming February 15th and we have the awesome cover!

Running into a man once is an accident. Twice is a coincidence. Three times makes it fate… right?

Unless he is now your grumpy boss who holds the future of your fading dance career in his hands. And you hooked up with him when he was just a mysterious stranger rescuing you…

My life is a hot mess. I’m Dakota Tanner and I speak before I think, I spend before I earn, and I live totally in the moment. Which is why I’m down and out in need of a major life makeover. Cue the hot guy who has it all together and makes my toes curl in bed. Who then disappears before I wake up. When he reappears five months later as head coach of a pro football team he wants a secret romance (aka a no-one-can-ever-know bangfest) while I’m a nanny for his wild-child daughters.

I should say no. But he just might be my one true love … or my biggest mistake yet.

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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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Cover Reveal – WHEN THE STORM BREAKS by Emery Rose


𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗺 𝗕𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗸𝘀, 𝗮𝗻 𝗲𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹, 𝗮𝗻𝗴𝘀𝘁𝘆 𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗯𝘆 𝗘𝗺𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗥𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝟱𝘁𝗵!

𝗣𝗿𝗲-𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆!


𝐎𝐮𝐫 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝𝐬 𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐝, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐢𝐭 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐬.

Brody McCallister was only supposed to be a means to an end. My golden ticket to get me closer to what I really needed—a way to make peace with what I’d done when I was eighteen, dirt poor, and left to fend for myself.

I only had six weeks in the middle of a hectic world tour to do it.

So the last thing I needed was to fall for a cocky cowboy. A walking contradiction with a charming grin, a dirty mouth, and a gift for healing wild and broken things.

His life was in Texas.

Mine was on the road.

He guarded his privacy fiercely.

I was constantly hounded by paparazzi.

Everyone warned me it could never work, that ultimately I’d be forced to choose—my music career or him.

I didn’t listen. I fell for him anyway.

Hook, line, and proverbial sinker.

But Brody was hiding secrets.

And when the storm finally broke, it destroyed everything in its wake … including us.

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Emery Rose has been known to indulge in good red wine, strong coffee, and a healthy dose of sarcasm. When she’s not working on her latest project, you can find her binge-watching Netflix, trotting the globe in search of sunshine, or immersed in a good book. A former New Yorker, she currently resides in London with her two beautiful daughters.


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Contemporary Romance, Release Day/New Release, RomCom, Year in Releases - 2021, Year of Reviews - 2021

New Release – Between the Lines by T. Gephart

Between The Lines by T. Gephart is now live!

Now Live February 5, 2021

Justin Tibbs— Bailing and heading to Tessa’s apartment. If you don’t hear from me in twenty-four hours, she’s probably killed and tossed me in the Hudson. Tell everyone it was a good way to go, and I’m not even sorry. Enjoy the rest of your night, I know I sure will be.
Jared Leighton – Tibbs, do NOT screw around. She is NYPD and a friend, have you completely lost your mind?
Justin Tibbs —Sorry, brother, I need to see this through. I haven’t been this intrigued by a woman in a very long time. Worth dying over. Been nice knowing you.
Jared Leighton— Tibbs, come back to the bar before it’s too late.
Jared Leighton—Tibbs!
Jared Leighton— Jesus Christ.

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Meet T. Gephart

T Gephart is a USA Today and International bestselling author from Melbourne, Australia.
With an approach to life that is somewhat unconventional, she prefers to fly by the seat of her pants rather than adhere to some rigid roadmap. Her lack of “plan” has resulted in a rather interesting and eclectic resume, which reads more like the fiction she writes than an actual employment history. She’d tell you all about it, but the statute of limitations hasn’t expired yet. But all those crazy twists and turns have led her to a career she loves–writing romantic comedy.
When she isn’t filling pages with sassy and sexy characters with attitude, she’s living her own reality show in the ‘burbs of Melbourne with her American husband, two teenage children, and her fur child–Woodley.
She loves adventure, to laugh, travel, and strives to live her life to the fullest.
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