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Released The Winter of 2018-2019
Winter is one of the best times to sit down, curl up on the couch and read a good book.
Prepare for the New Adult/Second Chance emotional ride in Ruthless King. What if everything you had in your first love could be back, but everything you threw away was a mistake? More importantly, what if everything you ever wanted was built in a world of lies by the very people you should have been able to trust? Confused?? Don’t be. Ruthless King will break your heart over and over, but I promise Maya will mend it before the very last page.
My dick never got me in half as much trouble as my heart…
We were high school sweethearts. I was head over heels for her and no one could tell me we weren’t going to last forever. College? Going pro? My family’s money? None of it mattered. She was all I needed.
Then she ripped my heart out. But I’m not going to let that happen again.
She’s back. Invading my life and acting like she was the wronged one. The pain is still there, but I can’t keep my eyes off her. I can’t stop thinking about her and how much was left unsaid between us. Being this close is making me question everything I thought I knew about her.
This time everything will be on my terms. Everything…
This year started off with so many good reads. The Kiss Thief wrecked me from the get go. I was not prepared for the emotional toil that this book took me on right out of the gate, but at the end of the journey it is still a book I can say was well worth the ride and set me up for a fantastic 2019 reading year.
They say your first kiss should be earned.
Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.
They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.
Mine were broken before we left church.
They say your heart only beats for one man.
Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.
I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.
Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.
They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.
I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.
And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.
Tanner has to be one of the dreamiest hero’s, I want to be real, that I’ve read in a long time. His old soul mixed with artistic talent, splash in his love of reading and just plain smart brain all wrapped up in a today’s sexy no frills man. Whew…my panties melted off over and over. Tanner may be the youngest Sexton brother, but he is by far my favorite.
I was supposed to find a finely dressed businessman, have a one-night stand and forget about my failed relationship. Instead, I meet Tanner Sexton—a gorgeous man in street clothes, messy hair and the sexiest smile I’ve ever seen.
When my ex shows up at the bar, Tanner notices my panic and kisses me just so the prick can see. Then he takes off, leaving me breathless.
So, I do what any rational person would. I chase after him onto the subway, and embark on a wild night in New York City with a complete stranger.
No matter how much I fight it, this mysterious artist painted his soul onto my skin, and I haven’t been able to forget him. Our romance is one for the ages, but age isn’t the only thing standing in our way..
Lexi Blake is back with the second book in The Forgotten series of Masters and Mercenaries with Lost and Found. This series has been amazing with all the lost boys that Ian Taggart has “adopted”. Now, keep in mind these are grown men and he is keeping them safe because they are being hunted by multiple agencies. The tension is high as the men try to track down information on who they are, while avoiding everyone after them. It’s as simple as; what they don’t know could get them killed, but what was lost is always found.
by Lexi Blake
Owen Shaw and his “brothers” lost everything, their entire existence erased. Science had robbed he and all the Lost Boys of their memories and their past, but not their future. Hunted by every intelligence agency in the world, they are focused on two goals: find a cure for what was done to them and ensure that the technology that ruined their lives doesn’t get out into the world. Rebecca Walsh might be the key to achieving both. Owen has been studying her closely, living in her building, and he cannot resolve how such a beautiful, giving woman could have helped design the evil process that destroyed his past.
Dr. Rebecca Walsh has dedicated her life to researching the secrets of the mind. Her atmospheric rise in her field was fueled by the horror of watching her mother’s agonizing journey into madness at the hands of a disease with no cure. She vowed to never rest until she finds it. But obsession takes a heavy toll, and when Owen moves into her building she realizes how much of her life she has missed out on. Owen opens her eyes to a whole new world, filled with joy, laughter, and possibly love.
Owen and Rebecca grow closer, unraveling more about each other and the mysteries surrounding her connection to Hope McDonald. As the sinister forces working against the Lost Boys descend on Toronto, secrets long buried are uncovered that could shatter the bonds holding the Lost Boys together and cost Rebecca her life.
I love reading Riley Edwards. Her characters are rich, full of depth and her plot never wavers or leaves me hanging. If anything I’m left wanting more. More of the characters she creates. More of the family she introduces me to. Just more, more, more. Finding Mercy is the 3rd book in the Next Generation series of a world she’s already introduced us to. These are the children from parents we’ve already fallen in love with. Begin reading this series and fall in love with the next generation.
“So much emotion it flew off the page and knocked the wind out of me. Finding Mercy was another great story by the absolutely brilliant Riley Edwards.” Jennifer Pierson: The Power of Three Readers
DEA Jason Walker became a widower at Twenty-eight. Two years later he’s still torturing himself with guilt. They’d married young, and she’d been his first love, but her illness changed everything. They’d fought a losing battle and he’d held her to the very end. Now he just wants to be left alone with his misery and memories.
Mercy James is no stranger to grief and loneliness. Her brother’s death of a drug overdose, and her police officer father’s death in the line of duty were the driving forces behind her pursuit of a career in the DEA. In spite of–or maybe because of–her past, Mercy doesn’t believe in feeling sorry for others, or for herself.
When a case brings Jason and Mercy together, and their attraction heats up, can her tough, straightforwardness help Jason learn to live in the light again? He’d lost his first love, but is he ready for a forever love?
How many ways are there to laugh. I I could Google the answer, but instead, let me tell you just a few of the ways I engaged in LOLing my way through The Risk. I snickered, snorted, giggled, unlady-like gwafed, most likely brayed like a donkey, cackled, had bursts of uncontrollable bouts of laughter where I read and reread the same sentences over and over just so I could partake in tears-rolling-down-my-face laughing just to name a few. This book hit my funny bone in all the right spots and that was just the beginning of why I loved this book. Please pick it up and find out for yourself all the ways you can LOL.
A sexy standalone novel from New York Times and international bestselling author Elle Kennedy. THE RISK takes you back to the world of hot hockey players, feisty heroines, bro banter, and steamy scenes…
Everyone says I’m a bad girl. They’re only partly right—I don’t let fear rule me, and I certainly don’t care what people think. But I draw the line at sleeping with the enemy. As the daughter of Briar’s head hockey coach, I’d be vilified if I hooked up with a player from a rival team.
And that’s who Jake Connelly is. Harvard’s star forward is arrogant, annoying, and too attractive for his own good. But fate is cruel—I require his help to secure a much-coveted internship, and the sexy jerk isn’t making it easy for me.
I need Connelly to be my fake boyfriend.
For every fake date…he wants a real one.
Which means this bad girl is in big trouble. Nothing good can come from sneaking around with Jake Connelly. My father would kill me, my friends will revolt, and my post-college career is on the line. But while it’s getting harder and harder to resist Jake’s oozing sex appeal and cocky grin, I refuse to fall for him.
That’s the one risk I’m not willing to take.
Cheryl Brooks is back with another addition to the Cat Star Legacy series. The mystical and magical world of the Zetithian people. I have been a fan of hers for years. It was probably a decade or so ago, I read every book Cheryl Brooks wrote. Can you say I was just a little ecstatic to see them back and she was writing a new spinoff about some of my favorite, sexy alien’s? I cannot wait to find some time to read off of my TBR list!!
Her love is the one thing he never saw coming…
Sulaksha Enduran is still reeling from the death of her lover. He died of a mysterious plague—and it’s out of control. Sula is determined to find answers on her own, until an impossibly sexy Zetithian saves her life and joins her quest.
Despite the prescient abilities and power over the wind that enable Zetithian mystic Aidan Banadänsk to rescue Sula from certain death, he couldn’t have predicted her unique effect on him. It shrouds her future in mystery…and fills him with unparalleled desire.
But Sula’s investigation has put her in the crosshairs of a deadly conspiracy. With an entire planet’s population at stake, Sula and Aidan must risk it all to save the planet, the galaxy…and each other.
Cat Star Legacy Series:
Maverick (Book 1)
Mystic (Book 2)
This winter wouldn’t be complete without a good angsty read. To further add to the angsty/emotional pot, this author added a dash of age difference, a splash of teacher/student forbiddenness, and a pinch of interracial love. This book actually landed on my new favorite author list for the month of February. So please make sure you check it out.
I never learn my lesson.
And I always want what I can’t have.
When Sarah Henderson walks into my life, I tell myself she’s off limits. She’s my student, sixteen years younger than me, and my boss’s niece. It doesn’t matter that I see the same pain reflected in her eyes that I have in my own, or that the dead organ better known as my heart kicks to life when she’s around.
I’ve been here before, and I know how this ends.
It’s been two years since I fell for the last woman I knew I couldn’t have, the one with the ring on her finger that I chose to ignore.
Two years of trying to overcome that heartache when Sarah slides into my life.
Another woman I can’t have. Another woman I can’t stop myself from wanting.
I never learn my lesson, but with a constant reminder of how that last forbidden love burned, I think I’ve finally learned this one.
This time, I won’t chase what’s off limits.
This time, I’m staying away.
And I’ll keep telling myself that until I believe it.
For a bigger list of published books released this past month that includes Romance, YA, Science Fiction, Fiction, YA, etc…Find it on Goodreads
The end of the year is right around the corner and I enjoy taking the time to reflect on what has transpired over the past year not only to dip my toes in the memories, but also to gain insight from any errors in chances of improvement.
For as long as I can remember I have always written down the books that I read. This is long before the invention of Goodreads or any other such app for said use. I actually used this little invention called a notebook and whatever writing utensil I had at my disposal when I finished a book. Back when I used said notebook, I wrote down the books by what year I read them, I kept track of my favorite authors, the series they wrote, and of course if I loved the book by doing what…by placing hearts beside the title (not stars-sorry goodreads you missed out on a stellar idea there). Back in the day I also recorded if I actually owned the beloved book as well since the local library was my friend and I was a broke teenager that eventually grew into a broke adult (okay, I eventually got a job to support my reading habit because I have this obsessive need to own the books I read. I like to read and then reread books, especially when a new book in the series is releasing). Needless to say, my bible of reading was a godsend on many occasions years ago (how many times have you wondered if you’ve read a book before 🙋🏼♀️), which is why I know the apps are so popular now-a-days.
Sooooo, this is why I continue to pull out the best of the best. It’s not an easy task and here’s my reason why; I thoroughly enjoy reading – I know if you are even reading this article you probably do too, but seriously I really do. Once again, I take you back to a time I can barely remember and my bookshelves were overflowing with books. From that time they were filled with Dr. Seuss and The Berenstain Bears to now my ereader is filled with every troupe of romance possible (and my bookshelves are still filled with many of my childhood favorites along with lots of my first romantic paperbacks – I refuse to part with so many wonderful reading memories,you did catch the part where I’m obsessed-right?).
But, back to the matter at hand, it has been a pleasure and an honor to read every book I have this year. A pure joy to help spread the news of cover reveals, new releases, teasers, excerpt reveals, blog tours, any and all of the above that helped spread the word of the authors hard work. I seriously enjoy the blog work I do, so if you have time, or missed out on anything from this past year:
Please check out all the books released this past year New Releases
Feel free to read all the reviews for books released in 2018 Reviews
The Best Of 2018
There were a lot of strong contenders for the best book in 2018. I had a difficult time narrowing it down. Seriously. I was even debating on making honorable mentions, subcategories and so on and so forth I didn’t want to leave out any excellent books. This has been, so far, the toughest year to make a clear cut choice. So, back to what I saying up above; job well done to all of the authors for making this a tough call because every year should be this difficult.
So, without further ado the choices for 2018….
*Every category is totally and completely picked by Kay Daniels Romance and all opinions are my own*
1. The Best Romance Novel of 2018:
The Good Samaritan, by R.C. Boldt
Like I said, I had trouble picking a book for this category, but once I really began to think about the books I was circling, here’s the questions that kept popping up in my mind and after I thought about them then the answer was easy. What book moved me once I was done reading it? What actually made a difference in my life? I love reading to escape, that’s a given, and I love, love, love a good romance story, but what transcended beyond the pages?
The winner for the Best Book of 2018 is The Good Samaritan. It had me thinking locally, nationally and hopefully globally. This book had me thinking of the “pay it forward”, “be kind to your neighbor”, “pass a smile”, etc… You name it, my mind constantly goes to the kindness concept because of this book. You never know what a stranger is going through and you never know where you may end up next and may need a strangers help. We should all treat others with more respect and kindness and the world would be a better place. We all know this concept and should practice this concept and yet, I know many of us don’t. Read The Good Samaritan and it will not only change how you look at others, but will also have you thinking about how you treat your fellow man. Perhaps 2019 will be the year we can all be good samaritans.
Here is the synopsis:
Jude is living on the streets, a homeless man by choice. Why? That is something I’ll let you discover, but he feels the necessity to atone for his sins. While living among the lowest of the low, he secretly and selflessly helps those in need. His good deeds are picked up by the news who want to know who “The Good Samaritan” is, he has no desire to ever let his identity be discovered. He has no intention of ever returning to his former life, but when he meets Faith he may have no choice in hiding who he is anymore.
“Some might think I’d feel whole again by now, that I’d have gained some semblance of closure, but it hasn’t happened. Though the grief has lessened, the guilt remains. I haven’t paid enough for my wrongdoings.”-Jude
Faith thought she was a dead woman, that was until someone saved her life. She never thought she’d get to thank the man who rescued her, but he came back to check on her. The one snag in thanking her rescuer, her boss wants his story and she can tell he doesn’t want it told. Something about the homeless man calls to her, she should be freaked out by where her thoughts take her, but something says there is more to the man than what he portrays. Will getting to the bottom of who he really is push away the one man she really feels a connection to, but perhaps shouldn’t?
“I vow to do everything in my power to keep this woman safe. Even if it’s from myself.”-Jude
When someone actually likes you for you, flaws and all, you feel ten feet tall. It doesn’t take a lot to feel a connection, it just takes a spark and when you know a good person, you know. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes that person a while to believe it themselves because when you have nothing, you have nothing to lose, but when you begin to form attachments that’s when things change and begin to mean everything.
“As if sensing my attention, she glances up, and I stiffen in response. Because I’m me. Homeless. A guy with nothing to offer.”-Jude
Jude and Faith have nothing and yet everything to risk. Their story will inspire and move you in a way that I can hardly begin to explain, but I hope you enjoy and feel inspired like I did.
2. The Best NA Book I read in 2018:
No Tomorrow by Carian Cole
No Tomorrow is another book I read this year that left me gutted for days. It is also a book that has transcended the pages. I found myself referencing it in conversations, thinking about it while lost in thought, and knowing there are people who could be comforted by reading this story, but also who weren’t ready to read it given their emotional state of mind.
What is No Tomorrow about? I hate giving too much away, but in this circumstance I will say this…In a time where anxiety, depression, and mental illness seems to be at an all time high, a book like No Tomorrow can seem hard to read, but for those of us who live with or know someone or love someone who suffer from any of these illnesses this book wrapped around me and comforted me like nothing ever has in my entire life. I can only imagine the author as she wrote the book and how it had to have affected her. Writing this kind of gut-wrenching-emotional read. It had to be taxing because it was emotional to read. The story was well crafted, well written, and I enjoyed reading it immensely.
Here is the synopsis:
No Tomorrow is not a typical love story. Carian Cole tweeted that you may get to a point where you will feel like tossing the story across the room. She isn’t exactly wrong, but the story is so compelling you’ll run right over and pick the story back up because you have to know what happens to these two people, so keep the book close by after you toss it.
Piper, in her youth, naivety, and belief in love is drawn to Evan “Blue” over and over again. The light that shines in him is a belief that continues to bring her back, even when he is filled with darkness. In her naive youth she wants to “fix” him and never gives up hope that he can be the man only she seems to see he can be.
Blue doesn’t believe he can be fixed, but if one person can do it it’s Piper. It’s the one time he feels normal, unfortunately that feeling never lasts for long. With the road calling his name he knows he can’t drag her down with his problems. If only he didn’t always mess up the good things in his life.
No Tomorrow will take you on a journey of life, love, and its tribulations. No life is perfect. No love is either. But perhaps we can find someone to share it with that makes life worth living through all of the tomorrows.
3. My new favorite-discovered-author-to-keep-watching (or reading) in 2019:
Heather M. Orgeron
Like picking a best book, I also had trouble narrowing down a favorite new author. I know, what trouble to have (not). In 2018 I was introduced to several new authors that I rocked my world, but like picking a best book, I used similar qualifications to pick a winner and Heather came out on top. How? First, I looked over all the new authors that graced my shelves this past year and then counted up how many books I read by that particular author. It made sense that if I loved a new author I would read them often, right? Sure. As I scaled down my list I also used other qualifiers like content and ratings, etc…then I finally had to pick my winner.
Overall, I only read two of Heather’s books. Of all the new authors I had to choose from she seemed like the most unlikely candidate since I did read others more. But of her two books, it came down to; she impacted me the more than other authors whom I read more frequently. Heather displayed a huge writing range, full of emotional talent and she is only at the beginning of her writing career. Her ability to write a sidesplitting romcom and also expertly write a deeply gutwreching, emotional contemporary made me recommend both of her books repeatedly throughout the year.
I read Dopplebanger early on in 2018. I was LOLing so hard through this book I immediately recommended to a friend who said she needed a good laugh. She buys everything in paperback, bless her heart, but once she was done, she loaned the book to another friend because she loved the book as well!!
Heartbreak Warfare tore me up, chewed me up, spit me out and then slowly glued me back together. I cannot remember reading anything like this book ever. If you are looking for a life changing read, pick up this book. I promise it will change your life as well.
I look forward to reading what Heather brings to the reading world in 2019 because I will continue to recommend her writing to anyone looking for excellent books.
4. The Sexiest Cover of 2018:
Make You Mine by Tia Louise
So many books and so much sexiness. There were so many to gawk at…I mean choose from. It was a hard, yummy, eye-drying-out process, but I did it all for you (and maybe for some wallpaper ideas, but mostly for you). I’m such a good friend.
So thank you once again to all the models that rock these photo shoots. Thank you for all of the hard workouts and denying yourself sweets so we could enjoy your sexy abs and those mouth watering notches in the sides of your abdomen that point down to the real hidden treasure that is underneath your beltline. You are the MVP’s who light up our dreams.
So without further ado….
The beard scruff, the intense stare, the pecs, the arms, and the way he’s holding his woman. Yes, please! Make me yours. Thank you Tia Louise for the sexiest cover of 2018!
As 2018 ends and I move forward into a new year. I close out my records and open a clean slate. It’s been fun reflecting over what I read this past year and for many of the books I feel like the comic below…
However, I’m looking forward to the many new adventures I get to take and the new friends I will meet as I open the covers of new books (okay I really open the app on my electronic device, but you understand the meaning).
2019 book hangover here I come…
To everyone have a wonderful holiday season and thank you for tuning in.
Keep Reading, Keep Writing and Keep Dreaming!
*Every category is totally and completely picked by Kay Daniels Romance and all opinions are my own*
Released The Fall of 2018
Looking back at this fall’s New Releases I was wondering how I was going limit myself to the ones I wanted to highlight because I have seriously read a lot of good books this fall. However, given that next month I will be also be taking a look back at the entire year I knew I had to limit myself so I wasn’t completely redundant. So, without further ado, I’d like to take a moment to recap some of my favorite books that were published this fall.
When life gets to be too much or basically you just need a pick me up, Lauren Blakely knows how to write a RomCom that will just make you feel good. This fall she introduced us the The Heartbreakers, three brothers who were not only sexy musicians, but also family men with huge hearts. This sexy romantic comedy series is full of laughter, heart, and steamy romance.
Once Upon A Real Good Time
That smoking hot one-night stand with a former rock star?
Turns out he’s my son’s new music teacher. Oops.
But I didn’t know that the night I met Campbell. All I knew was he played my body the same way he played a guitar — like he owned it.
My libido is still high-fiving me after being self-served for too many years, and we’re both ready for another night or two of fun, especially since we don’t just have chemistry in bed — we connect over everything.
That is, until I learn he’s the man who’ll be coming to my house twice a week to teach my son — the best music lessons money can buy.
Time to turn down the volume on our shenanigans. Only that’s easier said than done.
I can rock a guitar solo in front of thousands, I can write chart-topping tunes, and I can absolutely stop thinking about my student’s mother naked.
After all, I’m a single parent too, and I know what it’s like to put your kid first. That’s what I do every damn day.
Trouble is, now that I’ve had Mackenzie, it’s hard — and I do mean hard — to stop wanting her. Harder too when I get to know her, and learn she’s an awesome mom, a great friend, and, oh yeah, she happens to get along perfectly with my daughter.
All we have to do is set some rules. No dating, no nookie when the kids are around, and no one gets hurt.
It’s all working out beautifully. Until we start breaking the rules, one by one.
Making music with her in the bedroom is easy. But will we be more than just a real good time when the music stops?
Once Upon A Sure Thing
It’s so easy being best friends with a gorgeous, talented, charming guy.
Said no woman ever. Except me.
My friendship with Miller is a sure thing — he’s my plus one, my emergency contact, and my shoulder to lean on. He’s also been by my side helping me raise one helluva awesome kid who’s the center of my world.
Nothing will change our easy breezy friendship. Until I have the bright idea to convince him to start a new band with me.
Trouble is, our sizzling chemistry in the recording studio is getting harder to ignore, no matter how risky it might be.
Sing sexy songs with the woman you’ve been lusting after? Get up close and personal as you croon to the woman you’ve wanted for years?
Piece of cake.
Performing with the sweet, sassy and insanely wonderful Ally is like one gigantic obstacle course of challenges for my libido. And my libido is one sexy love song away from kissing her senseless and taking her home.
But, I’m not a serious kind of guy, and she’s not a one-night-stand kind of woman. If we cross the horizontal line, we might risk our sure thing and end up out of tune forever…
Once Upon A Wild Fling
My brother’s best friend has a proposition for me. Have I mentioned he’s a sexy single dad? Tell me more…
There are a million reasons why Miles Hart isn’t the man I should date but allow me to enumerate the top three. He’s friends with my brother, he’s a single dad, and he’s a sexy, in-demand rock star. He might as well wear an off-limits, totally unavailable, and don’t-even-attempt-to-ride-this-ride sign.
Then he asks me to be his plus-one when his band plays at his high school reunion, and the night unfolds in ways I never expect.
I have three good reasons to keep my hands off Roxy Sterling–her brother’s my business manager and good buddy, my kid is the center of my world, and the last time I fell hard for a woman I was burned so badly that my interest in relationships has gone up in flames. But once I bring Roxy’s body next to mine on the dance floor, I want all the not-safe-for-work things I can’t have with her. So I make a proposition.
Then I learn exactly how risky we might be.
I read for many reasons, enjoyment being a huge chunk of that reasoning pie, but another piece is to be moved. The Good Samaritan moved me in such a way that I have continued thinking about it days, weeks, and now even months after reading it. It has the kind of inspiring story that makes me want to make a difference and especially have a pay-it-forward attitude. This book is just that good. Read it and discover your own inspiration.
The biggest story of her life is the one he wants to hide.
I’m homeless by choice.
I have no intention of returning to my former life after what I’ve done.
This—living among the filth and discarded remnants of others—is what I deserve.
As atonement for my sins, I give back; I help those who cannot help themselves. But it’s always under the guise of anonymity.
Newspaper headlines throughout the city are clamoring to discover my identity. Including the beautiful woman who manages to see through my “armor.”
She has the capability to put my entire life at risk.
Much like life where you are trying to figure out how to adult, reign in your every changing hormones, finish school or climb the ladder in a job market full of rules you didn’t make; The New Adult category mirrors those angst ridden times. In No Tomorrow, I was raked through the coals, beaten, bruised…okay not literally, but it’s what my emotions felt like after reading it. This book is so emotional I seriously needed time to wallow and process after reading it. It’s amazing and heartbreaking and devastating and just so, so, so good.
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They say you never forget your first time.
Mine was with a homeless musician who effed my brains out under a bridge.
He was my first love. And fourteen years later, I still can’t get him out of my head.
He broke all my rules.
He also broke my heart.
I watched him climb to stardom, cheering him on from afar.
But I was never a fan; just a girl in love.
Like a tornado, he spiraled, leaving a path of destruction in his wake.
But love conquers all, right? It has to. Because here I stand, ravaged and ruined, needing it to be true.
You can’t go back, but I want to. Back to the bridge. Back to when he sang only for me. Before he was famous. Before he shattered my heart.
I thought I knew everything about him.
But I could not have been more wrong.
He promised me every tomorrow. And here I am, waiting.
I was both leary and intrigued when Suit came my way. It’s a fictionalized memoir, which is nothing like I’ve read before and honestly it was amazing! I normally don’t like biographies, I instantly snooze and zone out, but this was anything but. The love story and changes that both BB and Ken underwent were touching and sometimes very close to home. Even though Suit is part of a series, it can also be read as a complete standalone.
by B.B. Easton
Because BB Easton had so much fun writing her bestselling, award-winning memoir, 44 CHAPTERS ABOUT 4 MEN, she decided to give each of her four men his own steamy standalone. SUIT is Ken’s book—the hilarious, heartwarming tale of how BB finally got over her bad boy phase and found happily ever after with…gasp…a guy in a tie.
“Since when are you into guys in ties? You only like guys who look like they rob guys in ties. At gunpoint.”
It was true. By 2003, my type had been well-established. There might as well have been a giant sign on my heart that said, Good Guys Need Not Apply.
Which is exactly why I had to friend-zone Ken Easton. The man was a former football star, smelled like fresh laundry instead of stale cigarettes, and had more ties in his closet than tattoos on his knuckles. Pssh. BOR-ING.
But the more I got to know my hunky study buddy, the more questions I came away with. Questions like: Why doesn’t he date? Why does he avoid human touch? Why does he hate all things fun and wonderful?
The psychology student in me became obsessed with getting inside Ken’s head, while the spoiled brat in me became obsessed with getting inside his heart.
In 2003, I found the one thing I love more than bad boys…
A good challenge.
I’ve read many books that talk about PTSD or have a character suffering from PTSD, but nothing I’ve read delved quite as deep like Heartbreak Warfare does. I was constantly torn in two over the emotional battle the characters faced and filled with pride for the soldiers who sign up to protect our country knowing the evil that constantly wants to destroy it. This book did a number on my heart and I’ll warn you it’s not a light, fluffy, nor easy read, but it is one that should be read. It’s relevant and you will be consumed like I have been and then pass it along to share.
Remember when we parted ways in Germany? It was the day I broke your heart. What you didn’t know was that I was breaking mine too.
I thought they’d be enough–my husband and my son. That I’d get home and everything would go back to the way it was . . .
Before the war.
Before the ambush.
But, no matter how hard I try, I can’t erase the trauma we shared. I can’t seem to forget the way my heart beat in time with yours.
The truth is I’m lost without you.
I thought the nightmare was over when they pulled us from that hole in the ground, but nothing could have prepared me for the war I’d face at home.
I know it’s selfish of me to ask, but, please, I have to see you one last time. . .
All my love,
I have been waiting for this final installment to the Pucked series for quite awhile, but like a fine wine, you don’t want to rush a good thing before it’s ready.
Pucked Love is perfect and I’m so glad that Helena didn’t rush to put out a book that wasn’t absolute perfection. Not only do the main characters get the story that reflects the people we’ve come to know over the growing arc, but we also get to tie up all the loveable characters we already know as this series comes to an end without it overshadowing the main storyline. As sad as I am to say goodbye, it couldn’t have been done in a better way.
As an NHL player, relationships haven’t been my thing. Shrouded in secrecy and speculation, they never last very long. But then that’s what happens when you require an NDA before the first date.
Until Charlene. She’s like a firefly. She’s elusive, and if you catch her she’ll burn bright, but keeping her trapped dulls her fire and dims her beauty.
I caught her. And as much as I might want to keep her, I’ll never put the lid on her jar. Not at the risk of losing her. So I’ve let her set the rules in our relationship.
But as long hidden secrets expose us both, I discover exactly how fragile Charlene is, and how much I need her.
We’re all broken. We’re all messed up. Some more than others. Me more than most.
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Like a lot of people I’m sure, I learned good advice from my father.
Do I remember it at the right time so I can apply said advice?
Not particularly. Hind sight and all that make that advice extra helpful when I’m frustrated.
Something he said numerous times while growing up, when something was broken-take it to a professional-my dad was not a fix-it type handyman nor did he claim to be one. There are trained professionals who fix cars, refrigerators, your cabinets falling off the wall because they were chintzy 70’s fake paneling made to look like wood and when overloaded with 1000’s of dishes they might rip away from the walls–not that I would know anything about that particular last item–ahem…
So back to a professional taking care of business.
I also have a stubborn streak a mile long. If I can do it I will do it, not the car fixing type of do it, but more along the lines of let me see if I can bake that cake into several tiers just because I can…and epic fail when they are crooked and I run out of frosting, but it still tastes delicious because hey it’s cake…no real loss.
What is my point to this weird, boring story?
I have one, don’t worry.
I’ve been debating on the best way to mash together all my media sites/ information in the best way possible so I can send it out in a format that will garner attention. After lots of thought I decided a quick little video was cute and painless.
There are 100’s or maybe even 1000’s of apps to make these things and reading all the comments finally become ridiculous. I eventually did the enny-meany-miny-mo method and just chose one.
Making my original pictures for each site was fun and painless, but getting them into a video was painstaking and frankly I never want to do it again. I tried several and eventually I got to the frustrated stage and just went with what I had because well….I’m stubborn. GAH. I said it!!
So, if I have learned anything after this event; always listen to advice from your father. It’s as good today as it was 40+ years ago, but since he also taught me to never give up here is the fruit of my labor.
Sparkling Peach Sangria
1 (1.5 liter) pink Moscato
1 cup peach schnapps
1 bag frozen peaches
1 (1 liter) Sprite
Mint leaves for garnish
Mix together Moscato, peach schnapps and peaches in a large pitcher.
Refrigerate for one hour. Add Sprite and garnish with a sprig of mint before serving.
I have never made actual sangria before so I was excited to try my hand making this tasty beverage. I have only ever had sangria while out dining or wining (there needs to be a better word for drinking at a winery, but nothing is coming to mind, sigh). A few simple ingredients and it looked easy enough to make.
I had to make a trip to the grocery store to buy the ingredients, since strangely enough I did not have pink moscato on hand, yet I did have lots of delicious red wines to choose from (hmmm next time I’ll try a red sangria with maybe raspberries and what would I add as the hard liquor?? I need to search red sangria recipes). I’m sorry, this is how I get distracted at home while I’m baking, cleaning, writing, really doing anything in my life if I’m honest…so back to the task at hand…walking you through the process of how I made my peach sangria.
Into the grocery cart went wine, schnapps, sprite, frozen peaches, and cilantro. Yes, you read that right, cilantro, not mint like the recipe says. I didn’t realize it was cilantro until I returned home and unpacked my groceries and actually saw what the little carton of fresh herbs read. Fresh Cilantro. Someone in the produce department put cilantro in the mint slider slot. Fabulous. Well, there went my garnish because I was not driving 15 miles back into town for mint garnish. The recipe did say garnish, so I hope this wasn’t a do or die ingredient.
Now that had everything set out on the counter I had a moment of panic. I looked at the recipe and then back at the bottles sitting before me. I bought 750mL of moscato and a 2 liter bottle of sprite. What I didn’t realize at the time while aimlessly grabbing items off the shelves were the volumes indicated on the recipe nor on the bottles. Not until this very moment that I went to begin pouring did I realize the volume ratio and now I would need to use math skills.
Enter some very explicit commentary at this point. Feel free to use your imagination.
I haven’t used mL or L or those kinds of conversions since elementary school. I was about to pour myself some much needed wine to avoid the PTSD images of my insane math teacher that basically scarred me from hating math in the first place when I realized I probably needed every drop of the wine in front of me to make this recipe work. Then unlike when I was in school I remembered I had the use of the internet. Hallelujah!!
Thank god for the internet, and my calculator, in helping me convert mL and L to cups so I could get the measurements correct.
So far I wasn’t making this “easy” recipe easy on myself.
After I mixed up the moscato and schnapps along with the frozen peaches, I let it sit for an hour before adding the sprite. Unfortunately, I did not have the mint to add as garnish, but the sparkling peach sangria was fruity and delicious all the same. I made half a batch which fit quite well into one pitcher, so I’m sure the entire recipe above would fill two if you were having guests. Although after my adventure I had no trouble finishing half a pitcher before bedtime so the choice is yours on whether you share or not. Enjoy!
The beloved Montgomery Family, from New York Times Bestselling author Kristen Proby’s With Me In Seattle series, is big, and it just keeps growing! There are parties and celebrations taking place at every turn, and we are delighted to invite you to all of the festivities!
Whether it’s a brunch hosted by Nate and Jules McKenna, or a fancy dinner party hosted by Luke and Natalie Williams, you won’t want to miss all we have in store for you! Each all-new story will feature shenanigans, laughter, love and lots of food.
And let’s not forget cocktails!
Kristen, along with USA Today Bestselling author Suzanne Johnson, have teamed up to bring you this cookbook, celebrating family, love, and absolutely delicious foods, perfect for any occasion.
So sit back, or march straight into the kitchen, and get ready to indulge. We hope you’re hungry!
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Released The Summer of 2018
UNFORTUNATELY I haven’t been able to recap New Releases like I have in the past. Things like a new job and summer adventures just didn’t allow me spare time these past few months, but I’d like to take a moment to recap some of my favorite books that were published this summer, just in case you missed them the first go round.
One of the best series that I read this summer is full of laughter, sexy hot men, and meddling townsfolk (look back to the laughter comment once again) was by Vanessa Vale. Her Montana Small Town Romance series had it all. Adventure, laughter, steamy romance, and lovable characters that had me itching for each new book. Read them all and you won’t be disappointed.
Jane West’s life is perfectly average. Perfectly boring.
Until Ty Strickland—Grade-A, smoking hot firefighter—moves in down the street. Then things get a little exciting, and not in the good, panty-melting sort of way. Not only does someone want her dead (seriously), she has to wrangle her out-of-control desires where the new neighbor is concerned, and convince her boss at the small town’s only adult toy store—who meddles in Jane’s love life—to leave the new hose-wielding hottie off her matchmaking radar.
But it’s not all chaos and pancakes. There’s Ty. And his smoking hot body. Smoking hot kisses. He’s burning the walls around her heart to nothing but ash. And she just might be falling in love…if she can stay alive long enough.
It may be below zero, but Jack & Veronica heat things up.
Jack Reid is the boy she crushed on in high school. Ten years ago, he broke her heart and skipped town. But now he’s back, and he’s definitely no longer a boy. He’s all man—and he’d really like for Veronica to check out his pipe.
Emma Hardy hasn’t been able to forget Sam Carter, or his incredible kiss in the elevator. Sadly, he rocked her world (and her libido), then calmly walked away, quit his job, and disappeared for two months.
Not exactly the hot kiss follow-up she’d been hoping for.
But Sam was busy making plans. Plans that include the two of them and picking up where they left off.
This time, nothing will stop them.
Violet Miller is a teacher savoring her summer break until she’s been called in as emergency reinforcements—of the dating kind. She volunteers to help an old flame by pretending to be his girlfriend. In Alaska. At a family reunion. Since the guy is a handsome, lumberjack-sized doctor she’s never quite forgotten, faking a relationship won’t be hard work—while wishing for more.
Mike Ostranski is a desperate man on vacation. His mother wants grandchildren and sees a crazy Alaskan woman as a candidate for daughter-in-law. Mike needs Violet by his side to deflect the lady’s advances.
A week in Alaska as boyfriend and girlfriend should be easy for them. They grew up together, even had a brief fling. What could possibly go wrong?
Daphne Lane leads an uncomplicated life as a travel journalist. After spending a week visiting her crazy Aunt Velma in Montana, she’s more than ready to escape to her next assignment. But Fate has other plans in the form of JT McCade, a sexy detective with a sensitive trigger finger.
Pulling over a car for speeding should’ve been quick and easy for JT. Hand over a ticket and move on to his summer vacation. But Daphne was a force of nature and destroys his plans. When he finds himself on a road trip across the west with Daphne and three other women, he doesn’t know what hit him. Oh yeah, Daphne Lane in a vintage RV.
Can JT and Daphne survive everything three geriatric matchmakers dish out on this road trip from hell?? Will the insanity lead Daphne to the one place she’s never really been…home.
Lauren Blakely owes me kleenex with this next book. I may get teary or choked up while reading, but Unbreak My Heart had me weeping throughout the entire book. I had to stop reading multiple times because I couldn’t see the words swimming in front of my bleary eyeballs. This book broke me and then unbroke me. It was just that good.
From #1 New York Times bestseller Lauren Blakely comes a new standalone romance as you’ve never seen her before. Filled with raw emotion, heartbreak, hope, and humor, UNBREAK MY HEART explores how to heal, how to live, and how to love.
I didn’t break her heart, and she didn’t break mine — we broke each other’s.
I never stopped loving her, but time and distance played its cruel role in ripping us apart three years ago when she moved halfway around the world. Now after all those endless miles away, she’s returned . . . but I’m not the guy I was before.
Beautiful, kind, and loving, she’s the same — my hope. The only one who can make a day better, who can make me feel again with one kiss, one touch, one night.
There’s so much I have to put back in place now that I’m alone and on my own. Things I never wanted at the age of twenty-five. When I receive an unexpected letter that might hold the clues to everything I desperately need to understand about my family, I’m sure I have to follow it. But that means leaving her once more.
She says she’ll come with me, and having her by my side will unbreak my heart . . . or destroy it.
That’s the chance I have to take.
Lorelei James is the queen of Cowboy Romance. Her sexy men in tight wrangler jeans are the stuff of my cowboy fantasities. And Racked and Stacked delivered on every level. The main characters were introduced a few books back and whew…did they dislike one another. Lorelei always knows when the timing is right to release all that passion….mmmm yum hold on for it in Racked and Stacked.
Growing up with three older brothers, Larissa “Riss” Thorpe defines the term tomboy–a moniker that never mattered to her until she crossed paths with sexy cowboy player Ike Palmer. Seeing him in action on the road, Riss can tell that Ike prefers his women soft-spoken and feminine. And since Riss is obviously not his type, it’s unlikely that they’ll mix business and pleasure when they’re in close quarters together.
Former cattle broker Ike Palmer was ready for a new chapter in his life as a stock contractor when he started working with Riss, a sassy truck driver who gets under his skin at every turn. But Riss is unlike any woman he’s ever met and her candor inflames him in the most unexpected ways.
After circumstances force a truce between them, Riss and Ike will have to choose to maintain the stubbornness that keeps them apart or take a chance on the fiery attraction that could lead to something more…
The first book in a new series, the Rockwell Legacy, The Rebel set the stage for a new family to fall in love with. The Rockwell family has lived in the mountain lodge for years, but will their legacy remain with their father’s health failing? Time will tell and this series is going to be so good.
A passionate new series from USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Bernard …
Every family has its rebel … and its secrets.
Deep in the Cascade mountains, the Rockwell family has been running historic Rocky Peak Lodge for generations. But now, that legacy is at risk of disappearing forever.
Kai, always the rebel, would rather risk his life as a rescue paramedic than deal with his impossible father, “Mad Max” Rockwell. Only one thing could bring him home—a real threat to his family’s legacy. Especially in the form of a beautiful woman.
Nurse Nicole Davidson never pictured herself as a spy. All she wants is security for her disabled sister. Get some inside intel for a friend’s real estate group while working for surly Max? She can do that. Until the outrageously sexy Kai Rockwell shows up and sets everything on fire—most especially her.
Equally determined, equally passionate about protecting their families, Kai and Nicole don’t know if they should be enemies or lovers. All they know is they can’t resist each other…no matter the price.
The first book in the the series, The Theory of Unrequited, was just the beginning. The beginning of the puzzle that was AJ and Evan. The Solution to Unrequited begins to fill in what the picture of the puzzle looks like between AJ and Evan. That puzzle still isn’t finished by the end of the book. There are still more pieces to fill in until we see the whole picture. AJ and Evan’s story isn’t complete and my heart is waiting in anticipation until the next release. It’s heartbreaking, maddening, and soulful to watch these two, and yet I can’t wait to finish the puzzle.
The Solution of Unrequited, Book Two in The Science of Unrequited: The Story of AJ & Evan.
Atomic number: 33
Name of chemical element: Arsenic
Every solution has a poisonous flaw … even between best friends.
The agreement: Fall break together.
The struggle: A road trip from North Carolina to Massachusetts.
The reason: To find a way back into each other’s lives.
The issue: AJ’s not ready to let Evan reclaim the parts of her he made his.
The hindrance: Connecticut.
Memento Mori – “Remember that you must die”.
First of all, you know I adore Lexi Blake. Secondly, this book is filled with crossovers and I love crossovers so hard!! Lexi took bits from almost every series she has been a part of and that fed my crossover addiction like the good dealer she is. I was basically bouncing in my seat while I read each new crossover reference. I’d say I need help, but I adore it, so please keep it up Lexi! Also, did I mention I was giddy over this release? Memento Mori is so good it is everything I expected from a Lexi Blake novel and so much more..
Six men with no memories of the past
One leader with no hope for the future
A man without a past
Jax woke up in a lab, his memories erased, and his mind reprogrammed to serve a mad woman’s will. After being liberated from his prison, he pledged himself to the only thing he truly knows-his team. Six men who lost everything they were. They must make certain no one else gets their hands on the drugs that stole their lives, all while hiding from every intelligence organization on the planet. The trail has led him to an unforgiving mountainside and a beautiful wilderness expert who may be his only hope of finding the truth.
A woman with a bright future
River Lee knows her way around the Colorado wilderness. She’s finally found a home in a place called Bliss after years lost in darkness. The nature guide prefers to show her clients the beauty found in the land, but she also knows the secrets the mountains hold. When she meets Jax, something about the troubled man calls to her. She agrees to lead him to the site of an abandoned government facility hidden deep in the forest. She never dreamed she was stepping into the middle of a battlefield.
A love that could heal a broken soul
Spending time with River, Jax discovers a peace he’s never known. Their passion unlocks a side of himself he didn’t even know he was missing. When an old enemy makes his first move, Jax and River find themselves fighting for their lives. But when his past is revealed, will River be caught in the crosshairs of a global conspiracy?
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