Review – Hot Pickle by J.J. Knight

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Hot Pickle 
(A standalone)

by: JJ Knight

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The puns, the innuendos, the hot pickles…I loved it all!!

A totally cute, funny story about a deli shop owner who’s into bodybuilding and finds himself in a pickle when the sister of his best friend causes his “pickle” to rise in his teeny tiny shorts upon his debut bodybuilding competition.

Camryn, a professional tanner, helps Max out at the last minute when he arrives at his first bodybuilding competition with his botched tan and while Camryn is used to men sometimes rising to the occasion while she has to get up close and personal to their….personal areas, she isn’t used to Max’s sweet nature and obvious embarrassment.

While both of them are professional and move on from the first time “pickle gate” experience, Max can’t seem to control his unruly pickle everytime he sees her and it loves to make a surprise appearance every time he has a tan session with her. While he needs her services during the competitions, it’s hard to contain the attraction he obviously has for her. What’s a man to do?

Camryn finds Max sweet and would love to pursue something more with him, there is only one thing standing in her way…her very protective brother who just so happens to be Max’s best friend and training partner. They agree to keep their relationship professional, but no matter how much Max tries to wrangle his unruly pickle, it seems to have a mind of his own, like a heat seeking missile it points straight at her whenever he’s around, not that she’s complaining, she enjoys the validation. The only downside is that staying professional is getting harder and harder (pun totally intended).
Can they make her brother understand without messing up Max’s budding career?

Max is super endearing with his over eager pickle and nowhere near the alpha a-hole he could be with all of his rippling muscles. Camryn is also endearing with all of her help and understanding about his pickle problems.

Hot pickle is funny because Max is so likeable, shy and just darn cute. Even with his pickle being he brunt of the jokes, their romance (which has lots of underlying steam) is a slow burn but you don’t notice because this book is just a ton of fun.

While Hot Pickle is interconnected to JJ’s other pickle books and even mentions her MMA characters, this is a complete standalone and you do not have to have read any of the other books to completely enjoy this one.

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I’m rock hard.
No, not like that.
When that happens, you won’t need me to tell you.

I’m a competitive bodybuilder, ready for my very first contest. And winning requires more than killer workouts and stage presence.

It’s all about the tan.

My training partner Franklin uses the best in the business — Camryn Schultz. She understands the career killer of a badly placed white spot.

She’s also his sister.

So when the craptastic tan I’m given for my first competition requires an emergency patch, Franklin knows exactly who to call.

The thing is, when Camryn’s hands hit my skin, more than a few muscles spring to life.

I’m about to head on stage in the tiniest Speedo imaginable and parts of me no longer fit.

What I need to do for my friendship and my future on the circuit is to walk away.

But when my best friend’s sister has her hands on my hard body, there’s no way this Pickle is going to get anything but hot.
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Hot Pickle is a 300-page standalone romantic comedy about workout junkies, bodybuilding gods, and the couple who sprays together, stays together.

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Review – Needing You Close by Kennedy Fox

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Holding You Close; Ex-Con Duet Series #2 
(Gemma and Tyler duet #2)

by: Kennedy Fox

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Needing You Close is the second part of a duet, and picks up right where Keeping You Away ended and if you want to get the best experience out of the story you will want to read the first part of he duet first.

Now that that is out of the way….Needing You Close is the continuation of Gemma and Tyler’s story and full of everything you would could possibly hope for. A sweet, slow-burn love story that both of them deserve after waiting for so many years. Yes, there is some angst in still arriving to that point, but considering so much of their story was already filled with it in the first half of their story, I love that this half they ignored the world and lived in a rose colored bubble. A lot of the story was focused on the two of them just falling in love all over again. Don’t underestimate any author when a couple is living in a bubble, at some time it is going to pop, but oh….that bubble was so sweet while it lasted. (I know Brooke and Lyra were manically laughing when they popped that bubble though as all good authors do).

For fans of the other series, where Tyler first made his appearance, you will love catching up with former characters, but it is not necessary to have read them to still enjoy these brief references. You will also get a brief insight into the future characters and what’s on the horizon with the next duets. I’m excited to see where this entire series arc goes.

Back to Tyler and Gemma. They build on their friendship in this second half of the duet, while also looking for more as a potential future, but it is hard while Gemma tries to escape her present and Tyler is still running from his past.

Their timing just never seems right when Robert’s demands become overbearing and Gemma finally wants to call it off, but jumping right into something new with Tyler shouldn’t be right, unless Gemma never really fell out of love with him after all. Can they escape the monster in a rich suit and finally be together or are they both too late? Who will win in the end and what ever happened to Victoria? Don’t worry…all of your questions will be answered and you will love this story.

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I never expected to see my first love again after he left me twelve years ago. Though I’ve moved on, working with Tyler is no easy task—especially when he focuses his bedroom eyes on me. Flirting with the past is like playing with fire, and considering I’m engaged, I’m bound to get burned.

When the man I promised to marry reveals he’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing, I run to the safety of Tyler’s strong arms. As we grow closer, so do our feelings. Threats and ultimatums are made, and the revelation of the truth is enough to bring me to my knees. I’ll do whatever it takes to protect my family, even if it means shredding my heart.

Too dangerous, too unpredictable, too risky to handle alone—we need each other now more than ever.

After our world nearly collapses, there’s nothing left to do but take it back. Tyler and I team up to destroy the people who are determined to ruin our second chance at a happily ever after. Though our love is undeniable, I just hope it’s enough. We’ll fight until the end to be together—regardless of who tries to get in our way.

NEEDING YOU CLOSE is a slow-burn, angsty romance wrapped up in an intense love story. It’s book 2 in the Tyler & Gemma duet and must be read in order.

Keeping You Away (Tyler & Gemma, #1; Ex-Con Duet Series, #1)Keeping You Away, Gemma and Tyler duet #1

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Review – Fierce by Tracy Lorraine

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Fierce; Rosewood High #4 
(An interconnected standalone within a series)

by: Tracy Lorraine

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Two very different people, two interconnecting stories. One looking for redemption, the other looking for retribution. Fierce is Lorraine’s most emotional Rosewood story yet. Chelsea and Shane will run you through the emotional wringer before the very end, guaranteed.

Forgiveness is a powerful weapon in our emotional arsenal. It has the strength to heal, the power to mend wounds, or it also has the ability to create guilt within our soul for the things we’ve done and feel we can never be forgiven for.

Chelsea Fierce is not only fierce in name, but also in returning to the scene of her crimes. To the very school where she treated so many horribly, drugged fellow students, and let others take the fall for her crimes. She’s not all bad, she did see the error of her ways before someone truly got hurt and sought counseling and wants to make amends for her wicked ways. Honestly, she is more mature than many adults I know at an older age. Everyone should have a second chance to redeem themselves and Chelsea’s story will touch your heart.

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Shane Dunn hasn’t exactly had an easy road at Rosewood High. While being part of the football team and having a father who was in the NFL, Shane would seem like a popular guy, and he is for the most part, but he didn’t crave the limelight. He’s actually shy and prefers the shadows, which is how he ended up taking the fall for Chelsea’s crimes. Living with the villain rap, when he’s actually a good guy messed with his head. Add in the crush he had on Chelsea and being unable to confront her when she took off, Shane has had eight weeks of pent up frustration just waiting to explode when Chelsea reappears. Shane is ready to collect his pound of flesh from the girl who messed up his life and he isn’t going to let her run away again.

As much as these two seem like an unlikely duo, they also scream a perfect match every time they meet up. You almost wonder how you didn’t see it before because they are so explosive together. They are raw and unforgiving, but also so real with one another they don’t realize how emotional it all is and how deep everything goes because of all bubbling and sizzling emotions brewing between them.

Chelsea allows Shane to take what he wants. She knows the damage she’s done to his life, but she also  wants him on a personal level even though he hates her. Each time though she tells herself it’s the last because the confusion is messing with her head, but she can’t seem to stop herself when he’s around.

Shane is the same. He can’t stop the mean and hateful things that spill from his mouth, but he also can’t stop from seeking her out. She’s like a drug that he can’t stop from taking and he constantly needs another hit.

Even with these two battling it out, there is more to the story than just them alone. Family and friends all play a role making Fierce powerful, moving, and one of Lorraine’s best books to date.

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Everyone thinks they know me… but they’re wrong.

Fearless on the outside— a lie.

I’m a fraud, hiding behind a mask of perfection. My reality very different.

The captain. The leader. The Queen Bee.

None of it real— all just an illusion.

Perception is everything and I use it to get what I want, when I want, refusing to let anyone stand in my way.

Until he shows me that he’s not the man I expected. He’s not just the quiet one… the innocent one.

But the one to finally tear away the mask and look beneath the surface. The only one who sees me, gets me, challenges me.

He’s already changed my life in a way I never expected.
My secret could make us or break us, but I know one thing for sure… I’ll protect it fiercely.

That’s the real me. Chelsea Fierce.

The girl behind the mask with everything to lose.

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Review – The Pool Boy by Nikki Sloane

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The Pool Boy; Nashville Neighborhood #2 
(A standalone within a series)

by: Nikki Sloane

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A steamy, summer romance! Troy and Erika lit the pages on fire, they were so hot that I needed to kick up the air conditioning just to cool off!

The Pool Boy is not only a smexy, delicious read, it is a story about who is really in your court when the going get tough. It’s also a story that is more than a hot, steamy dip in the pool….with a boy. It’s about believing in your dreams, and not only that, but finding the courage, faith and trust to go after them especially after being crushed by your hopes in the past.

Erika believes in Troy wholeheartedly when he doesn’t believe in himself. Troy was crushed in college when he lost his dream of playing professional baseball. When she happens upon him singing in a bar, (Erika is a manager/agent in the music industry) she knows a good voice when she hears one. Just because he happens to be “dipping in her pool” he doesn’t want to take advantage, but also has lost the confidence to pursue his dreams. Luckily, Erika has all the confidence for him and knows just where to lead.

On the flip side, when it comes to a relationship, Erika, being a recent divorcee, isn’t exactly the most confident on going forth with a relationship with a younger man, especially when her last relationship ended in a crashing disaster. Sure, she loves that Troy is turned on by her, but how long can that last? She’s just that much older than him. Won’t he want someone his own age at some point? Can she really be everything that he needs when he has a lot of living left to do? Filled with doubt does nothing great for her ego, but luckily Troy really shines in bringing forth Erika’s confidence and renewing her glow.

Together these two are a perfect match both in and out of the bedroom, which made this a very enjoyable read and a perfect addition to my overall 2020 must read list!

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Nothing says happy birthday like catching your husband in a compromising position with his boss.

His male boss.

Why, hello, midlife crisis. I’m starting over, but this time I’m doing it right. Or at least I’m doing what I want.

Taking the day off from work to hang out poolside? Yup. Do I leave the swimsuit in my house? Sure.

Does my very hot, twenty-something pool boy happen to catch me naked? Oh, yeah, he does. And he likes what he sees… a lot.

My best friend keeps telling me to have a fling and get back out there. But I’m not so sure she meant for me to do it with her son.

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Review – Troublemaker by Kayley Loring

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Troublemaker
(A standalone, but interconnected with Sleeper and Charmer)

by: Kayley Loring

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Loved, loved, loved it!! Alex and Emilia were another brilliantly crafted couple, but the precocious seven year old Ryder completely stole the show and my heart!

Kayley Loring’s books bring me joy everytime I read one. Her writing never fails to bring a smile to my face. They are funny, fresh, and every child character she writes make me laugh, but Ryder in particular brought out the snort-laughs. He is so full of spunk and he’s smart, but he’s also just a child filled with innocence so he never does things out of deviousness. I could read his antics all day long.

As for Alex, Ryder’s single dad…the actual main hero in the book…he is hilarious as well. The way Kayley writes is absolutely brilliant. To be in the mind of her male characters is both like being inside the mind of a grown child, because let’s face it all men are just big children, and also the other half is filled with more or less dirty thoughts because yes they are men. Kayley has tapped into this mindset so flawlessly it makes it so I hate when her books come to an end.

Alex Vega is a divorcee and hasn’t dated seriously since his divorce, but when his son, Ryder, begins 2nd grade the new teacher, Emilia Stiles is exactly the woman of his dreams. It just also happens she is the same woman who caught his eye at a club before the school year started and he hasn’t stopped thinking about her since that night, so he’s chalking it up as fate. Since Emilia is Ryder’s teacher and she doesn’t want to cross any boundaries or appear to have favorites they keep their relationship platonic, but how long can it last, especially when Ryder is involved?

Emilia is quirky, smart and just the right amount of dirty for Alex. She is smitten with both Vega boys which makes her endearing from the get go, but so do her horrible teacher sweaters and her love of color coding. I’m a sucker for all of that. Her friendship grows with Alex and Ryder, the troublemaker, who might help push things along. Okay…can you tell how adorable this book is…seriously, you will love it. It’s a total feel good book.

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TO: Alex Vega
FROM: Emilia Stiles

SUBJECT: Hello

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,
Alex

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

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Review – Trust Me by Grahame Claire

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Trust Me; Free #2 
(A standalone within a series)

by: Grahame Claire

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A roommate to lovers romance that is a story about finding trust and love again when both characters have been broken by past relationships.

There may be trigger scenes in this book, as there are interconnecting characters that all share experiences from the same shelter. Baker was in a toxic relationship prior to moving in with Holt and she questions her actions with him a lot. Holt also left a relationship to move back closer to his family, but he isn’t one to settle long term mainly all stemming from his mother leaving when he was a child.

I did find times that I couldn’t connect with either character and I wasn’t sure if it was because this was my first time entering this world or if it was because there was little to no backstory. Either way I’m sorry to say my mind did question several plot points.

Holt and Baker may not have triggered my super happy must read it now button, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t still a HEA story. It is still a story that gives hope, especially one after overcoming difficult odds.

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The next book in the Free Series, a roommates to lovers romance from USA Today Bestselling Author Grahame Claire.

I’m done with love.

That’s why I’m back in the city I ran away from in the first place.

I swear the decision to stay has nothing to do with my new roommate and everything with what I left behind.

So what if I’m attracted to her?

She’s easy on the eyes. Smart. Driven.

And we’re on the same page when it comes to relationships: We don’t do them.

But our lives have quickly fallen in sync.

Too easily. Too seamlessly.

I’m laying down roots and making plans for a future I can’t see without her in it.

Sometimes I think I can’t live with her . . .

But what if I can’t live without her?

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Review – The Enemy by Kelsey Clayton

The Enemy; Haven Grace Prep #4 
(A standalone within a series)

by: Kelsey Clayton

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Sweet and salty is the perfect combination in The Enemy where we return to Haven Grace Prep with Lennon Bradwell and are introduced to Cade Knight.

Lennon may be from one of the richest families and live in a house that resembles an actual castle, but she is far from a spoiled princess. From all of the people we’ve met along the way, Lennon is one of the sweetest, loyal, and truly cares deeply for the few people in her life. She has lived a fairly sheltered life, which makes the circle of people in her world rather small, but those in it she accepts 100%, that makes not liking Cade Knight that much harder when his family moves into her home. Her entire life has just been her and her father so when Nora, Molly, and Cade Knight all move in she is willing to give them a chance because it makes her father happy, but Cade is anything but the ideal new housemate. He decides to make their lives miserable and torn between making her father happy and getting along with Cade Lennon finds herself in new territory.

Cade Knight is angry. He’s never found himself in this position before in his entire life. He thought his parents were happy, but then his mother comes home and tells him that not only are his parents getting a divorce, but also that they are moving into her new boyfriends house. His world is turned upside down and he vows to never get along with his “new family”. It doesn’t help his anger that the potential new stepsister living in the house is beautiful, sweet, and she’s dating one of his least favorite people. Lennon Bradwell becomes public enemy #1 in his book and he’ll do everything to make her life miserable.

Cade and Lennon have a constant back and forth, a real test of wills that not only shows their weaknesses for each other, but also unknowingly builds their relationship from the inside. These two are true fire and kindling and only burn hotter the more they push each other buttons.

In this angsty bully romance should the princess rescue the knight so they can live happily ever after or will the knight push the princess out of her tower so they can burn a new trail to their own happiness? Find out how the sweet and salty get to their HEA in this angsty new book.

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Kensington Bradwell doesn’t get told no often.
Not when he built an empire from the ground up.
Not when he became the most powerful man in North Haven.
And definitely not when he met my mother.
A picture-perfect relationship,
a happy family,
and twenty years of marriage—
all thrown away for a man with no morals.
Tearing him down won’t be easy,
but I won’t stop until his empire is in flames.
For my sister. For my father. For me.
I need to find a way to break him.
Lucky for me, the answer just fell into my lap.
Daddy’s little princess may be innocent in all of this,
but Lennon’s about to get caught in the crossfire of revenge.
☆ 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗘𝗻𝗲𝗺𝘆 𝗧𝗢𝗗𝗔𝗬!☆
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Review – Healing Storms by Lynn Burke

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Healing Storms  
(A standalone within a series)

by: Lynn Burke

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Healing Storms is hot and emotional, it really contains the whole package for a MMF story.

Healing Storms contained a lot more heart and emotion than I was expecting. At the very soul of the story it was about a two broken men who lost a wife and daughter and a sister and niece in the same tragic accident. It is also about a healing woman who is rebuilding her life after years of abuse and trying to find herself now that she is finally free.  Kane, Charley, and Jill all have damage, but together can they move past it and all heal together?

Right from the first chapter Healing Storms will grip you from the get go. Kane and Charley have a history that goes way back, but they have never acted on their feelings and it takes a woman, Jill, who recognizes heartache to bring them together for the first time. She recognizes the same brokenness in herself and is drawn to both men, but she also is torn between wanting them or just being the bridge between what they have both denied themselves for years. How do you know if you are just a temporary need or could be a permanent solution?

Lynn Burke is a new author for me, and again, I was pleasantly surprised by how much emotion was contained within this book along with all the passion she fit in. I will definitely revisit more of her books in the future.

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One stormy night breaks Kane Austin. Moving deeper into the Pennsylvania woods doesn’t heal the heartache of his tragic loss, nor does it offer the peace he longs for. He certainly can’t bear the thought of loving again.

Charley Woodhill blames himself for his sister’s and niece’s deaths. He feels he doesn’t deserve Kane’s forgiveness, and especially not his love, but that doesn’t keep him from watching over his best friend from afar, coveting what he can never have.

Determined to live a quiet life, Jill Walters isn’t looking for a man or complications. But flames of desire bright as a lightning strike can’t be denied, and the consequences of falling for not just one but two men shakes her unstable foundation.

Will Kane let go of the ghosts from his past? Can Charley find the strength to share the man he’s longed for since childhood? Or will Jill choose for them and flee to keep the two men safe?

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Review – Kiss My Cupcake by Helena Hunting

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Kiss My Cupcake 
(A standalone)

by: Helena Hunting

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A deliciously  good read! Helena Hunting combined sweets and spirits into the perfect enemies-to-lovers summer romance.

While Blaire’s new business, Buttercream and Booze, caters to a more upscale clientele with cupcakes, martinis and mixed drinks. Ronan’s pub located right next door, The Knight Cap, sells on tap beer, wings, and offers axe throwing for your nightly entertainment. Even though these two get off on the wrong foot and begin as enemies it doesn’t take long to realize that working together and planning coordinated events actually might help them achieve the same goal.

Helena has covered Kiss My Cupcake in sweet buttercream…okay she really just covered all the bases and made this book extra fun to read. Between crazy family members which will make you chuckle, delicious treats that totally made me crave everything in my kitchen, fantastic chemistry between the two main characters, and not to mention plaid – yes, I even wanted to dress the hubby up in everything plaid while I was reading. Hunting brings all the magic to this fun, very unputadownable read.

Kiss My Cupcake is a total win to add to your collection!

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As two neighborhood shop owners battle for business, they prove opposites attract in this outrageously funny romantic comedy from the USA Today bestselling author of Meet Cute.

Blaire Calloway has planned every Instagram-worthy moment of her cupcake and cocktails shop launch down to the tiniest detail. What she didn’t plan on? Ronan Knight and his old-school sports bar next door opening on the very same day. He may be super swoony, but Blaire hasn’t spent years obsessing over buttercream and bourbon to have him ruin her chance at success.

From axe throwing (his place) to frosting contests (hers), Blaire and Ronan are constantly trying to one-up each other in a battle to win new customers. But with every clash, there’s also an undeniable chemistry. When an even bigger threat to their business comes to town, they’re forced to call a temporary time-out on their own war and work together. And the more time Blaire spends getting to know the real Ronan, the more she wonders if it’s possible to have her cupcake and eat it too.

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Review – King of Souls by L.A. Cotton

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King of Souls; Verona Legacy #2 
(#2 in a duet)

by: L.A. Cotton

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An angsty, modern day Romeo and Juliet caught in the midst of a mafia war, King of Souls is an emotional rollercoaster you don’t want to miss.

Torn apart by circumstances bigger than they thought possible, Nicco and Arianne have to rely on their new found love to get them through some of their toughest situations yet.

While Nicco has been exiled to Boston and Arianne is still living in Verona County both of their hearts are breaking at not being together. Arianne has been promised to the monster who stole her innocence by her own father all over a business deal and facing Scott without Nicco by her side is taxing to say the least. While Nicco hates not being by Arianne’s side, he doesn’t waste it sitting around, he helps his father gather enough evidence to bring the monsters down that threaten his love so when the time is right they will be finally be able to be together forever.

Arianne may have grown up sheltered, but even she knows that what her father’s done is wrong. She’s never felt more betrayed than when he gave her hand in marriage to Scott, the man who has tormented and raped her. To add to her heartache, Nicco has been sent away. It was to protect him and his family, but the more time they spend apart it feels like her heart is being ripped out. She isn’t sure how much more she can take without her true love by her side.

It tears Nicco apart being away from Arianne. Their love may have happened fast, but he can’t see a future without her in it. It takes everything in him to stay away and not tear Scott limb from limb, but the reminder that in doing so will not only hurt Arianne, but also his only family. Why can’t their love be easy?

Will this fated love story end better than their Shakespearean counterpart or have they been doomed like Romeo and Juliet?

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From bestselling author L A Cotton comes the highly anticipated conclusion to Nicco and Arianne’s duet

Arianne Capizola is living a lie.

Angry. Abandoned. Afraid.

She’d rather spend her days locked away on her father’s estate than with the guy who stole her innocence: her fiancé.

Niccolò Marchetti is living a nightmare.

Broken. Banished. Betrayed.

He’d do anything to save the girl he loves, even if it means paying the ultimate price.

As the truth surrounding their legacies begins to unravel, everything they thought they knew shatters. But Nicco will do anything to protect the girl who taught him how to love, and she will risk it all to save the guy who stole her heart.

The clock is ticking as old and new enemies close in.

Only this time, their love might not be enough to save them.

*King of Souls in the second book in Nicco and Ari’s duet. Due to mature content that some readers may find distressing, this book is recommended for readers 18+

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Review – Reckless Kiss by Tia Louise

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Reckless Kiss 
(A standalone)

by: Tia Louise

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A beautiful story of unfailing, destined love. Reckless Kiss is a story for the ages, a relevant story of our time, and a love story for everyone.

Love doesn’t matter that your family has an ancient feud.
Love doesn’t matter that your skin is a different color.
Love doesn’t matter that you belong to different social classes.

The phrase “Love is Blind” exists for these very reasons. Love only looks at the person in front of you and doesn’t see the social, economical, religious, or numerous other obstacles in that could potentially stand in your way of being together.

Angel and Deacon fell in love at the age of fifteen and there was no looking back either of them. No distance, or family, or basically anything seemed to stand in their way, until a very old family feud came to light and Angel’s brother basically forbade her from ever seeing Deacon again. This couple never turns on each other, but they have to fight every outside force to keep their love alive.

Deacon won’t let anything stand in his way of making Angel his wife so he goes digging into an almost a century old hunt to find answers to what started this feud, while Angel spends her time in the present building a bridge between their families. They make you believe in love unlike any couple before.

The love these two have for one another never wavers, no matter who or what tries to rip them apart. Your heart will swell with so much emotion. Tia Louise knows how to write a great book, but Reckless Kiss is one of my favorites!

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I love you too much to hate you…

Angelica Treviño was the most beautiful girl I’d ever seen.
I wanted to make her smile, but I had no idea when she did, she’d steal my heart.
Sunset eyes, waves of golden-brown hair, cute little butt…
I’m ready to meet the family and put a ring on it.
Instead, I’m on the wrong end of a gun, her older brother threatening to kill me.

It all started with a kiss…

Deacon Dring is a cocky rich boy with ocean-blue eyes, sexy brown hair, and a chiseled body.
Soft lips that melt my knees, that melt everything.
As a child, my family said he was bad.
They made me promise never to see him again.
But one touch of his hand, one reckless kiss, and I broke that vow…
Many times.
Now we’re adults, and the price of lying is more than I’m willing to pay.
They say we can’t be together. I say try and stop us.

(RECKLESS KISS is a stand-alone, forbidden, billionaire romance about two families who hate each other and the boy + girl who choose to love in spite of their violent past. No cheating. No cliffhanger.)

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Review – Bully King by J.A. Huss

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Bully King; Kings of High Court College #1
(#1 within a series)

by: J.A. Huss

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A college age secret society, secret twists, a twist on a reverse harem, and J.A. Huss is the mastermind behind it all.

Enter a world where secrets weigh more than gold. A society that devalues human life, but those without values want to get in.

High Court College is a prestigious college where one reference can make your entire life path. Very few get the chance to attend the elite school, but if you do your life is set.

Cooper, Ax, and Lars have been friends for ages and all three of them want out of the poisonous place they have grown up. Unfortunately, their fathers are three of the most prominent men in town. The Mayor, the Judge, and the Chairman of High Court. The three powerful men control basically everything around them, which include their sons. They have mandated that the three of them (Cooper, Ax, and Lars) would be in charge of the incoming recruits of the secret society of the Fangs and Feathers for the summer. An old society that performs heinous acts throughout their eight weeks together, but will ultimately bring the recruits tighter together once it is complete.

These acts are not your typical hazing or drinking games. These students have money and power and with that type of leeway comes deviousness that only the rich can buy themselves out of.

This bully romance is unlike anything you will ever read. It is also not like a typical reverse harem book either. As J.A. Huss is unlike any typical author I ever read.

When Cadee first appears in the book as a meek and timid heroine. Do not be fooled by her first impression. Cadee is stronger than just about everyone living in the world around her. Her transformation throughout the story is one that will make you smile, but also made me wonder if she has her own secrets to use as currency too.

Bully King is told from two varying POV, but there are lots of supporting characters that make up this world and have an impact on Cadee and Cooper. There is also a lot of secrecy and doubt cast upon the entire High Court College, but I expect nothing less with a Huss book, which really ups the mystery and makes the entire book a page turner.

As this is only the first book in this series, J.A. Huss has left the door open for so much potential on where the storyline can head. I’m looking forward to the next installment and where these characters are going to lead us, especially how they are going to use their secrets to unravel the very fabric of the High Court world.

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Bully boys.
Arrogant tyrants.
Blue-blood bastards.
Call them whatever you want.
Around here, we just call them Kings.

Fancy boats.
Lakeside mansions.
Luxe watches and bespoke suits.
The Kings of High Court College act like Gods.
And Cooper Valcourt is the worst of them.
He is the bully king.
His family owns everything.
And his mission is to put me in my place and send me packing.
But Cooper and I have a history filled with secrets.
And everyone knows that power doesn’t come from having money.
It comes from holding secrets.
And I’m holding one of his.

A very dark secret that can bring him to his knees.

*****

Bully King is new-adult, dark, bully romance from New York Times bestselling author JA Huss featuring boys with power and girls at their mercy. It’s a campus shrouded in lies and a summer rush into an elite society that can propel a poor girl straight into the ruling class.

If… she’s willing to pay the price.

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Review – Ritual by Kandi Steiner

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Ritual; Palm South University #5 
(#5 within a series)

by: Kandi Steiner

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Bring on the college drama, I am completely hooked on PSU!! This is one series, like a favorite TV show that returns season after season, I cannot get enough of.

A new year at PSU, for some of the students this is their last semester, or last year. For all of them they may be another year older, perhaps a touch wiser, but they are still filled with lots of our favorite drama. Ritual is layed out, just like the past four books in six episodes where each character gets a POV focus and all of their stories interweave throughout the entire book. Ritual should not be read as a standalone, only read after the previous four books to have the best understanding.

Jess is entering her final semester of college and finally over her relationship with Jarrett. At the end of last semester she was approached by a freshman, Kade, to be his “teacher”. Jess, also known as J-Love had a well known reputation, one she isn’t ashamed of, so once she decides to put that reputation to good use and really getting Jarrett out of her system for good she says yes. What she didn’t expect was catching feelings for Kade in the process.

Bear, the strong, emotional support guy of the group for everyone really struggles emotionally this book. He crashes hard with everything Erin revealed to him at the end of last semester, his addict mother, his brother that is growing up and making decisions on his own, and more. There are things hitting him at all sides and the big guy isn’t sure how to fix himself. His story is truly heartbreaking. He’s so lost and I just want to give him a hug.

Erin has finally come to grips with her past, her mistakes, and everything that happened to her. She’s getting counseling, going to therapy, and trying to make amends to those she’s wronged. Even with all she’s been through Erin finds herself at a point where she’s open and meets someone at therapy. Gavin makes her feel alive, a feeling she hasn’t felt in a really long time.

Ashlei is finishing up her last semester too and working back at Brandon’s company. However, there is a new intern that gives her a side eye and makes her uncomfortable from the get go. No matter how strong her relationship is with Brandon Ashlei has a bad feeling that something is going to happen to mess it up. So she works hard, keeps her focus on work, but also silently waiting for the other shoe to drop.

After coming in second place at the biggest poker tournament of her life, Skyler is actually happier than ever, that is only because she lost to her boyfriend, Kip. Their relationship is strong, but the only sad part is he is attending school in California while she is still in Florida. They do talk and video chat constantly and of all the couples I feel the best about their lasting relationship.

Cassie and Adam is the couple I continue to feel the most angst over, every single book!! I want to smack them every time. Although isn’t there that couple in every favorite show you watch? They have been official now for over a semester because before that they never could seem to get on the same page. However, this semester an ex makes a reappearance which throws a monkey wrench into their perfect bliss and once again you will shout and scream at this duo.

Kandi Steiner really knocked it out of the park with her return to PSU. I was engrossed from the beginning to the very end. I can hardly wait until the next season, there is still so much I need to know!

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Written like your favorite drama television show, the Palm South University series has been called “a mix of Greek meets Gossip Girl with a dash of Friends.” Follow seven college students as they maneuver unrequited love, teacher/student romance, the tangles of “no strings” relationships, love triangles and more. Each “season” has six “episodes,” and just like when your favorite show hits Netflix, you can read just one episode at a time or binge the entire thing. With the perfect mix of angst, emotional romance, and romantic comedy, the Palm South University series is your next guilty addiction.

Drama. Lies. Sex.

Welcome to Palm South University.

The weather isn’t the only thing heating up in South Florida. At a school where fraternities and sororities don’t exactly play by the rules, relationships are bound to be tested. Parties and sex are definitely key ingredients in the Palm South recipe, but what happens when family issues, secret lives, and unrequited love get tossed in the mix?

Follow Cassie, Bear, Jess, Skyler, Erin, Ashlei, and Adam as they tackle college at a small, private beach town university. Written in television drama form, each episode of this serial will pull you deeper and deeper into the world of PSU.

Where the sun is hot and the clothes are scarce, anything can happen.

★ Rush, PSU #1 ➔ amzn.to/2IBgEQX        Rush Review
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★ Pledge, PSU #3 ➔ amzn.to/2vQ1m5R   Pledge Review
★ Legacy, PSU #4 ➔ amzn.to/2yQDsML   Legacy Review

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Review – Hood River Zero by K. Webster

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Hood River Zero; Hood River Hoodlums #4 
(#4 within a series)

by: K. Webster

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It is always hard to pick a favorite when it comes to such a phenomenal series, because you can’t get to the end of a series without having to have endured all of the heartache and turmoil prior. With that said Hood River Zero is one my favorites in this series for that very reason. We’ve already had twists, turns, family heartache and so much love between all of the Hoodlums now that we come to the finale, the culmination of everyone else that surround Terrance and Penny, their love story at the center of chaos is silent beauty.

Terrance is still living with the aftermath of a horrific accident. The physical pain, the mental anguish, depression, how to put his life back to together again, etc… We’ve been there through the entire thing on the other side with his friends and family. We held his hand with Cal and struggled through the darkness with Charlotte as Terrance pulled through his coma. The one person who never let him feel weak was Penny and for that Terrance was grateful. It also made him gravitate towards her. He appreciated her most times brutal honesty and somewhere along the way his feelings for Penny began to change.

Penny,  as the youngest English sister, started this series as Hollis’ quirky no-filter sister and with each book became a more prominent secondary character who certainly never took any s**t from anyone. We saw a side of Penny that was honest, but brash, but also in that honesty she cared. She was the one who eventually brought Terrance out of his dark mood following the accident and for that all of his friends are forever grateful to her. A friendship begins between them and then something more. Something Penny never expected for herself as she’s never been attracted to anyone. People annoy her, sounds annoy her, being touched annoys her. So call her surprised when Terrance is the exception to all of those rules.

Out of all of the Hoodlum books, Hood River Zero is the least angsty between the characters. Only in the way that there is no bullying between them, or gang members trying to actively kill them, their love story involves two broken people trying to figure out their place in each others lives. I’m not stating their isn’t drama or angst, I just said this was the least angsty book in the series. K. Webster will not leave you hungry for new adult drama and recall I did say this was the best book in the series, so please do not worry. I tore through this book and could not put it down once I started.

As a series finale, there are so many great hoodlum moments from past characters. Hood River Zero is going to fill you with all the feels and it is by far the book with the biggest heart.

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From USA Today bestselling author K Webster comes a forbidden, friends to lovers romance called Hood River Zero!

Life was nearly stolen from me.

In the blink of an eye, everything changed.

I’m no longer the charismatic, hot playboy Hoodlum.

I’m irrevocably altered.

Damaged both inside and out.

I can’t think. I can’t function. I can’t live.

Not with all this darkness and pain dragging me into unknown depths.

Some days, I wish I never woke up.

But then life takes an unusual turn.

A sweet, sad little girl might be mine.

My dream job is gifted to me.

I have a doctor who cares.

Things are looking up. 

Until her.

One mouthy, bratty, mean beautiful young thing complicates everything.

She sees the darkness inside that I’m trying desperately to hide from everyone.

Pokes. Prods. Infuriates.

This girl won’t stop until she’s touched every scar, both inside and out.

I’m not sure how I’m supposed to mentally heal and be a better man when I have the most unapologetic, unpopular mean girl shining her light into every dark crevice inside me. 

Annoying. A nuisance. Not worth my time.

I’ll shake her off eventually.

She’s nothing to me.

A Hood River zero.

Try telling my heart that…

This is a full-length high school friends-to-lovers, forbidden, and new adult romance with high angst, suspense, and gutting emotion. It’s book four in the Hood River Hoodlum series that all have interlinking storylines. Hood River Zero shouldn’t be read as a standalone and is the final book in the four-book series that gives each Hoodlum a story. The first book in the series is the only MM story. The others, including this one, are MF. The Hood River Hoodlums is now a complete series!

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Review – When the Time is Right by Aly Martinez and M. Mabie

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When the Time is Right
(A standalone)

by: M. Mabie and Aly Martinez

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Brilliant, Suburb, Excellent!! The phenomenal Martinez and Mabie writing duo is back and at their best! This best friends-to-lovers romance is full of snark, an unbreakable friendship, a heroine looking for big D energy and a hero who is modestly able to deliver.

Lex and Hudson have basically grown up together. They have not only shared awkward teenage moments, but laughter, heartache, and everything in between.

Hudson was there when Lex’s fiancé died, helping her pick up the pieces of her life and Lex was there when Hudson became a single/co-parenting father at the young age of 22. They have supported one another and been thick as thieves for years, but their attraction to each other has been hidden behind very high walls. When those walls begin to lower and they both take a peek, could they really have been into each other longer, but completely obvious for most of their lives? Does that really happen in real life? When the time is right it just might.

When the Time is Right is so much fun, full of sarcastic flirtiness, and whether they are friends or lovers the banter is top notch the entire read through. I love that both characters are so thick that neither realized an attraction was there. Their friendship was solid first and foremost which made them falling in love adorable.

Did I say the word adorable…now…let me mention Hudson’s son, Jack. This kid is worthy of his own book. OMG…cutest kid ever written. And Hudson as a single father…how did the man stay single for so long, that is my only question? You are going to fall in love with Jack, which means you will fall in love with Hudson guaranteed!

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Fate doesn’t always happen overnight.

Hudson Bradley is the cockiest, most stubborn, hard-headed man I’ve ever known. And for fifteen years, he’s been my brother’s best friend.

But lately, what I’m feeling for him isn’t friendship at all.

Why is my heart racing every time his blue eyes lock on mine?
Why does every word he rumbles in my ear make my body come alive?
And worst of all, why did I bet him that I could find a woman he and his son would both love?

If I hadn’t given up on love altogether, Hudson would have been perfect for me. After all, he was there the day my world fell apart. He’s spent the last six years piecing me back together.

There are a million reasons why we could never work, but after a single kiss, I can’t remember any of them.

Now that the time is right, I have to make him mine—before I lose him forever.

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Review – Breaking News by Ella Frank

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Breaking News; Prime Time #2 
(#2 in a Trilogy)

by: Ella Frank

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I loved the continuation of Sean and Xander’s story! It was beautiful and steamy, just the right combo for this budding relationship.

Breaking News picked up right where Inside Affair left off, as this is a continuation of a trilogy. This is a story of healing, both emotionally and physically and it’s also a beautiful story of love.

This is Sean Bailey’s first relationship with a man and even though he’s known Xander his entire life it’s just been recently and through this time together that he’s even noticed this attraction to Xander. We left them in book one just admitting this attraction to one another before Xander’s stalker attacked and stabbed Sean. Now as Sean is left to physically heal from his wounds, Xander has emotional wounds to clear from his mind.

Breaking News has steamy moments, but this story is even more about two men falling in love and really discovering one another emotionally, even though they’ve known each other their entire lives. I love how their blinders are slowly removed, little by little, as they open their hearts and really get to know one another.

Their next hurdle, now that there is no longer a stalker and that they realize their attraction is not just close proximity, but true want is letting their friends, family, and the public know about their relationship. This may test their new found love more than anything has yet.

I’m looking forward to see how their relationship is put to the test in the final book, Headlines.

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Breaking News is the continuation of Xander and Sean’s story and should only be read after book one, Inside Affair.

Xander

Sean Bailey, the older brother of my lifelong best friend, has always been a surly, temperamental pain in my ass. But sometime during the last few weeks, I’ve gone and fallen head over heels for him.

Gruff and charming, charismatic in his own way, I’ve found myself looking past my preconceptions and discovered a whole new side to Detective Dick—a side I could fall in love with.

But life isn’t always easy—it can change course in the blink of an eye. Sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad. I know this because last night I experienced both sides.

I went to Sean for help in guarding my body; what I didn’t expect was for him to steal my heart.

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Review – Reign by Siobhan Davis

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Reign; The Sainthood – Boys of Lowell High #3 
(#3 in a trilogy)

by: Siobhan Davis

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Blown away!! I’d give ten stars to this entire trilogy!! Siobhan has once again knocked it out of the park with this final installment with a book that is not only unforgettable, but also completely dynamic!

Reign is the final book in the Sainthood trilogy and it brings three times the emotions, three times the jaw dropping plot twists, and three times the panty melting smexy moments.  It is everything you’ve been waiting for and so much more.

Reign is appropriately titled on many levels, the first being Harlow reigning as queen and Saint, Galen, Caz, and Theo all sitting by her side as her kings. Their love for one another grows stronger throughout this last book and the emotional connection they all share only increases as the danger grows.

Harlow has never once been a wallflower. Her strong female character, take no prisoners, feels no shame over what she wants and desires are just a few of the traits I love about her. She truly reigns over whatever task she takes on and doesn’t let anyone stand in her way, not even her men, but she is more willing to let them stand by her side now that she knows they are hers and she is theirs.

All of the boys have shown a ton of growth since the beginning of the trilogy, but none more than Galen. He has truly stamped a place in my heart and his turn around completely melted everything inside of me.

As we got to know Theo and his reasons for pushing Harlow away initially, his loving and gentle nature becomes so easy to like. His personal journey through this final book is so moving I loved reading it and could have gotten lost in it more. Siobhan did a glorious job when she delved into Theo’s mind and personally I’d love revisiting moments with Harlow, Theo, and Caz.

Caz is probably the one who has changed the least, considering he wears his personality and emotions on his sleeve. He’s funny, outwardly loving, and fiercely loyal he is the puppy dog of the group and it’s hard not to love him.

Saint displays a lot of vulnerability in Reign, while still being the hard, bada** leader he is. He’s never really known love growing up under a man like Sinner, but having Harlow in his life shows him what that is and you will fall so hard for the leader of this crew.

These five have a lot on their plate, but when they work together they are a force to be reckoned with.

Reign is an explosive experience. It’s moving and intense. You’ll love this final book!

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The thrilling final installment in The Sainthood series by USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis.

Everything changed after the attempt on my life, and now, I’m more determined than ever to crush my enemies until they lie in pieces at my feet.

Sinner believes he has pushed me into a corner, but he underestimates my thirst for revenge.

Nothing will stand in my way.

And I’m no longer in this alone. Saint, Galen, Caz, and Theo have won my trust and my heart. Together, we are an unbreakable team and an unstoppable force.

Staying one step ahead of the game is critical to our success, so we’ve little choice but to partner with the most unlikely of allies. The situation is tense and fraught with danger, and it’s not just our lives at stake.

Everything rests on finding the evidence that links The Sainthood to Daphne Leydon’s kidnapping and murder, and we’re running out of time.

Sinner thinks war has already come to Lowell. But he has overlooked his deadliest enemy and the challenge that comes from within.

We won’t stop until he’s defeated and we have taken his crown.

Sinner is going down.

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Review – More Than Dare You by Shayla Black

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More Than Dare You; More Than Words #6 
(A standalone within a series)

by: Shayla Black

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Ooooooooh…dirty, dirty, dirty, but also filled with lots of heart.

I have to say this was one of the most emotionally intense books that I’ve probably ever read from the male’s POV before. I felt like Shayla had a connection that was deeply tapped into the male psyche and everything that Trace was feeling emotionally and physically came through like I was living inside his head. It was a beautiful connection that had be completely immersed and unwilling to leave. So while this was hot…it was also heartfelt.

Trace is known to be a playboy, but his life changed the moment he became a father. A single father at that. When his sister-in-law asks him for a favor, to help one of her friends out of a sexual slump, it isn’t necessarily a hardship considering he’s been on a dry spell since the birth of his son.

One night is all they are both looking for, but could it be more?

Masey wasn’t looking for more than a fling while visiting Hawaii, but things became a bit more complicated the longer she stayed in Trace’s company. He is certainly more than the playboy persona her best friend led her to believe, but she was only prepared to visit, not to stay forever.

Could she possibly dare to hope for more?

While this is part of a series, it can be read as a complete standalone.

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Single dad Trace Weston isn’t looking for love, but fate and a sexy, sassy woman he can’t resist have other plans for true love in More Than Dare You!

I dared her to spend a hot, no-strings weekend with me.
Now I’m determined to keep her forever.

More Than Dare You, an all-new sexy, single dad romance from New York Times bestselling author Shayla Black!

Pre-order your copy today!

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Review – The What If Guy by Lauren Blakely

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The What If Guy; The Guys Who Got Away #2 
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by: Lauren Blakely

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Adorable, dirty, and lots of fun! The What If Guy is exactly what I love in a contemporary romance novel!

Logan is a single dad and just a bit rusty in the dating department. Bryn is a tad gunshy in the dating world herself, but when these two have a connection over a Snoopy lunchbox nonetheless, but are unable to close the dating deal  while making flirty banter over Joe Cool, a new app helps them meet and have that first amazing date.

It isn’t until after a fantastic, whirlwind night that they both discover that Logan is the new CEO of Bryn’s company and that second date they’d planned isn’t exactly appropriate. However, it is really hard to resist the temptation when it is working just down the hall. What if this is destiny and they both pass it up? What if this is forever and instead they missed their chance.

The What If Guy is fun and very steamy. I loved every moment of this book! (P.S. the cats in this books are priceless)!

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It should be an easy rule to follow – don’t bang your boss…
But I didn’t know who he was when I met him.

And the first time I saw him, our connection sounded like the stuff of romantic legends — that whole “their eyes locked across a crowded room” moment that turned into more.
I didn’t believe it. . . . until it happened to me.

Fine, the charming, clever, sexy-as-sin guy in the tailored suit was only trying to buy the same Snoopy lunchbox (as a gift!), but still, our eyes totally locked, and my lady parts definitely tingled as we vied for the prize.

Naturally, I did what any badass business woman would do. Negotiated for the lunchbox, then found my what-if guy online and made plans to see him the next night.

One night only — that was the deal we made.

But one fantastic night had us both changing our minds in the morning. And making plans for another.

Until I walked into the office to learn he just bought my company.

And here’s the biggest rule of romantic legends — no matter what, don’t bang your boss.

Especially if you’re already falling for him.

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Review – Ignite by Emma Renshaw

Ignite (Burn, #2)

Ignite; Burn #2 
(A standalone within a series)

by:Emma Renshaw

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Two lonely souls from broken homes ignite the pages of this beautiful book that will touch your heart.

A town fire changed the lives of many people forever in Hawk Valley, but in Ignite we are focused on Zoe Boswell, a girl who feels responsible for multiple deaths that followed when a towering bonfire crashed to the ground after she threw in a family portrait and a young firefighter, Ridge, who was there that fateful night and pulled his very first rescue from the wreckage, a beautiful girl named Zoe.

It could be destiny that these two met during harrowing circumstances, or was it chance? Ridge’s very first call as a firefighter and a moment Zoe wishes she could take back that will haunt her for the rest of her life. Unfortunately, because of this guilt once Zoe is released from the hospital she leaves Hawk Valley and doesn’t return. Not for many years at least.

Eleven years later, at the final request of Zoe’s aunt, Zoe finds herself crossing the city border of Hawk Valley once again, something that she never thought she’d ever do again. She was only planning to be in town long enough to spread her aunt’s ashes, but the longer she’s there she finds herself staying a week, and then a month and it has a lot to do with one sexy firefighter.

Ridge thought a lot about Zoe over the years, but he didn’t expect to see her again. When she comes back to town he is instantly drawn to Zoe. The more time he spends with her, even though he knows she’s only in town for a brief time, he knows he is willing to do anything to keep her to stay.

The longer Zoe is in town, accidents begin to happen and those accidents all connect back to her. As much as Zoe would like to stay, everyone around her is in danger, something she’s always known since the night of the fire. Deep down she knew she wasn’t staying, but the time has come and saying goodbye is one of the hardest things she’s ever done.

Both Ridge and Zoe didn’t have the best cookie cutter parental upbringings and yet they both found their own family to surround themselves with and became better people in spite of their biological connections. I always love this message when I’m reading and it’s a warm hearted message to remember.

 

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One night changed an entire town.

One girl changed my entire life.

After she left without saying goodbye, I never expected to see her again.
The fire that changed Hawk Valley was my first night on the job. She was my first save as a firefighter. But she wasn’t the first to walk out of my life without looking back.

She was just another number on that list.

I grew used to putting out sparks in my personal life, too. But when she came back, I couldn’t stop myself from chasing after her. Just a fling, we said. But where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

Of all people, I should have known that. It could never be casual with us. It was always going to become an inferno.

Until someone else put out the fire.

A portion of Emma Renshaw’s first week proceeds will be donated to the ALS Association in honor of George Gallegos, Emma’s uncle who died of ALS in February of 2019.

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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.

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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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Review – Want You To Want Me by Lorelei James

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Want You To Want Me; Want You #2
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by: Lorelei James

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A slow burn, frenemies to lovers book. Want You To Want Me is the kind of book that will give you all the warm fuzzies. Nolan Lund and Gabi Welk are two unlikeliest souls to ever hook up, but when destiny makes that decision up for them there is a lot more in common than people give them credit for.

Nolan Lund is the second child, known as the playboy, never take anything seriously, even called “the spare” by his own grandfather. How do you work harder than “Stonewall” Jackson, his oldest brother who’s won championship cups in hockey and is still expected to come back and take over the company–except when he didn’t do that last part. So when it came time for Nolan to step up and contribute to LI Nolan really wasn’t taken seriously by his family either. No matter how many hours he worked, no matter what input he gave, he was given a pat on the head and then shuffled out of the room. It seemed like Nolan was running in circles.

Gabi Welk spent her life working towards the Olympics and when she finally retired, she found herself shuffling between part-time coaching jobs just to make a living. It wasn’t exactly what her future dreams consisted of. When she’s given a lead on a broadcasting job it’s one that could change her entire life, but it’s also one she has to keep to herself due to NDA requirements. The further she gets in the application process the more excited she gets, but the harder it is to keep it to herself. If she gets the job it could affect more than just her she isn’t sure when life became so difficult.

Nolan the known social butterfly befriends Gabi who appears gruff and anti-social, but that is until you get to know them. You find that somewhere along the way she’s become more aloof after retiring from the Olympics and she actually misses the comradery of being on a team. Nolan too has been working so much lately that he used to be known to have a different woman on his arm every weekend, but lately he’s gone solo and held back, that is until he begins hanging out with Gabi. These two befriend one another at a time when they are both at a crossroads in their lives and they develop a friendship. A deep and competitive friendship that is really run to read. It opened them both up to who they really are inside, exposing those soft underbellies that is really attractive to a person, before getting all nekkid.

While they didn’t talk about business, per say, they talked about everything else. They found each other at a time when the world was crazy around them. When they were both surrounded by family, co-workers, friends, etc…they were basically alone and yet they had each other and their connection grew stronger. This story is beautiful and Lorelei once again blew me away at how deeply she ingrains her characters into my life.

Another aspect I loved about Want You to Want Me or really about any of the books in the Want You or Need You series is how Lorelei brings a special cause to light in each book. In this particular book it focused on the LGBTQ community. Whatever cause she has the Lund family raising awareness of she does it with sensitivity and it’s always thought provoking enough to raise a discussion in our household.

Interconnected with the Need You series, Want You To Want Me can be read as a standalone, but understanding the Lund world might be more enjoyable if you’ve read some of the prior books. However, Lorelei James is an excellent author and never leaves you wanting for information so if this is your first dive into this series it can be read as a standalone.

The best take away from Want You To Want Me, Nolan loves everything about Gabi and doesn’t want her to change to fit into his billionaire world. Her gruff, sports, sweaty body – it does it for him. There are preconceived notions from the world he lives in just as much as the one she’s from and Gabi adores the metrosexual, fancy pants man that Nolan is too. They are both very comfortable in their own skins and the beautiful thing is they appreciate each other for what they are. That is real love.

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The new sexy contemporary romance in New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James’s Want You series, set in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Hockey player Gabriella “Gabi” Welk spent her life in pursuit of championships, but she has little to show for it besides dusty trophies and second-place medals. Now her career consists of several part-time jobs to make ends meet. When Gabi gets a chance at her dream job, she swallows her pride and asks her nemesis–smart, sexy and savvy Nolan Lund–for help.

Since being named future CEO of Lund Industries, Nolan has tried hard to overcome his reputation as a fun-loving playboy and ladies’ man. For the first time ever, he’s more focused on the company than his personal life. He spends his free time at the ice rink his brother owns, cheering on his niece at her hockey games…and watching Gabriella Welk, the superstar athlete and assistant coach who gets under his skin in a way he can’t ignore. He’s shocked when Gabi agrees to trade a favor for a favor.

They have little in common besides their mutual mistrust, but between family crises and sibling rivalries, Nolan and Gabi realize they want to be more than just friends–much more.

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Review – Vicious Prince by Rina Kent

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Vicious Prince; Royal Elite #5 
(#5 within a series)

by: Rina Kent

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WOW! Unputadownable, with a tastefully plotted, but emotional story with a twist. Ronan and Teal are my new favorite couple.

Ronan may be known throughout the school as the jokester with the neverending smile and his sarcasm is heavenly delicious! I loved it!! He is all emotion, laughter, full of brightness and life, constantly surrounded by people and the life of every party. He is the exact opposite of Teal, the girl he is set to marry, but does he hide behind a smile for a reason?

Teal isn’t shy, or outgoing, or popular, or really anything. She is immune to emotions, doesn’t really understand the majority of them, especially love. She understands the physical responses of the definition, but emotions are completely lost to her. Teal is a refreshing character to read. She isn’t driven by cattiness or jealousy or any raging teenage emotion. She’s truly the opposite of Ronan, but could she be the girl he didn’t know he was looking for?

Even though Ronan and Teal are complete opposites, they share a lot of commonalities which drive them closer together as they engage a battle of wills. Once both of their fathers agree to their arranged marriage the battle begins and neither are willing to concede. Strong willed doesn’t even begin to describe their stubborness, but it does make for a page-turning read. Their relationship is steamy, fiery, engaging, and just plain fun. Ronan is clingy in a way you’d never imagine possible which gives us moments of levity and Teal slowly unlocks emotions that she never has experienced which is humanizing and humbling.

They both battle to tear down walls, while simultaneously trying to fortify their own hearts, but with each brick knocked down they become closer and realize that they may be more alike than they ever thought possible.  However, is it really possible to have a happy ending when one of the players should never have been in the fairy tale to begin with?

Ronan and Teal’s story will truly break your heart, but I personally loved the message. Everyone reacts different to the horrors of the world, but what road you take and what actions you make from those horrors is what defines you. Vicious Prince is an emotional journey, but a book so worth reading.

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He’s prince charming. Just not hers.

I have a secret.
I stole a heart, or rather a marriage contract.
It wasn’t mine to own, to look at or to even consider.
But it was there for the taking so I took it.
Huge mistake.
Ronan Astor is a nobility in this world.
Arrogant player.
Heartless bastard.
Vicious prince.
Now, he’s out to destroy me.
What he doesn’t know is that I’m out to destroy him too.
My name is Teal Van Doren, and I’m where princes go to die.

Vicious Prince is part of Royal Elite Series but could be read on its own. For better understanding of the world, you might want to read the previous books first. This is a dark high school bully romance, mature new adult, and contains dubious situations that some readers might find offensive.

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Review – Nerdy Little Secret by Carrie Aarons

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Nerdy Little Secret 
(A standalone)

by: Carrie Aarons

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A hotmess falls for the hot nerd. This is a great summer read that will give you all the hot feels!

Jolie is a complete mess. Rich, entitled and beautiful – yes, but her life has spun out of control to the point where she is on academic probation and had to serve community service. She is living a lie to keep up her image which is just one more thing to add to her ever growing dumpster fire. The one good thing she really has if Mick Barrett, the boy she met at summer camp where she began her community service, but unlike her feelings for him that she can’t seem to stop, her lies for why she was there are just beginning.

Mick has been driven and working hard to achieve his goal to go to medical school for as long as he can remember. Going to summer camp was his one concession to his parents to actually stop and have fun. He had no idea he’d meet someone like Jolie or the feelings that would follow. However, the summer ended and he never thought he’d see her again, so when he begins a new college in the fall he’s shocked to see her on campus, but that’s not what stuns him the most, she basically treats him like he doesn’t exist and after how close they were over the summer he gets a look at the real Jolie.

While Jolie is on probation she needs help getting back into college and Mick agrees to help tutor her much to his own astonishment considering her initial treatment of him. Jolie has a lot of apologizing to do, but it does come at a cost of him knowing part of her secret, so things do even out, sort of. While Mick holds the power to blow up her entire world, at his core he’s a nice guy, so the chances of him doing so are small, but who likes giving anyone power, right?

While they both agree to keep things casual, nothing more should come of a relationship since Mick has a lot on his plate too, pushing himself to the brink of classes, an internship, tutoring Jolie, and keeping up with his father’s illness (the reason he’s entering the medical field) Mick runs thin. Anyone could break under the pressure, even the nicest guy in the world.

Two opposites who actually ground each other, complete each other, but they each have to figure out what’s more important as they face their future. Whether it’s together or apart.

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I’m sleeping with the nerd.
The nice guy.
The science geek who wears periodic table t-shirts around campus.

That’s my dirty little secret, but it began long before he unknowingly transferred to the same college I attend. We met at the summer camp I was mandated to work at, and our hush-hush affair started behind the kayak cabin and in the darkened canteen long after our respective campers went to sleep.

When Mick Barrett, rockstar name a complete red herring, enrolls at Salem Walsh University, we’re both shocked the first time we bump into each other. And he’s … surprisingly cold. With goals and secrets of his own, Mick is closed off and uninterested, something I’ve never encountered from the opposite sex.

My bruised ego has no time to recover, however, when he discovers the real secret I’m keeping, one that’s even more detrimental than our steamy summer fling. Agreeing to become my tutor, and help me save my future, the glasses-wearing swimmer, with the body of an Olympian under that punny math sweatshirt, begins to grow on me. Again.

Except we both have bigger things to focus on than sneaking around. Plus, we’re not made for each other. He’s aiming to be the next doctor of our generation, while I’m just hoping to survive my Saturday morning hangover.

Too bad our bodies, and hearts, start to believe otherwise.
Which has me questioning; can my dirty little secret become a happily ever after?

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Review – Trick You by Tracy Lorraine

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Trick You; Rebel Ink #2 
(A standalone within a series)

by: Tracy Lorraine

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A catfish story with a lot of steam and a ton of heart. An interconnected story where what happens in Vegas is a commitment that doesn’t stay in Vegas.

Titch/Carter didn’t mean to catfish Danni Abbott. He was only looking to get out of his one-night stand rut and using his brother’s picture (a banker in a suit without tattoos) seemed like a good idea at the time. Unfortunately, when Danni showed up for their face to face date she didn’t find his reasonings very reasonable. She was dead set that he was out to trick her from the get go and thus began their rocky relationship, Things didn’t get much better when Titch found out that Danni is Zach’s little sister. You see Zach is Titch’s best friend and co-worker at Rebel Ink. Zach is also dating Danni’s best friend Biff. Yeah, life just got a lot more complicated is his dating life.

I adore Titch’s wholehearted belief and tenacity that Danni would eventually give into her feelings for him. He is relentless in his pursuit of her which is really adorable and someone I’d totally want in my corner. He is caring, attentive, sweet, loving, artistic, and just an all around decent guy. Although Titch used his brother’s picture on his dating profile, he’s dealt a crappy hand when it comes to families. So many times I wanted to jump through my kindle and give him a hug.

Danni and Zach come from a wealthy family. Where her family name might give her certain privileges, she still works hard to keep her own apartment and be her own person. So, her independent attitude can be, at times is a bit abrasive, it is indicative of the person she is. Where her her attitude could be deemed as a bit much to take Carter actually loves her spunky spirit and never tries to dampen it. Perhaps it is the environment he himself grew up in, but Carter sees through her shields, and knows it is just a cover. As much as she tries to push him away, over and over, he never gives up, burying himself deeper under her skin, while they both open up who they really are underneath all the trickery.

Carter was definitely a loveable underdog, while Danni takes a little longer to like, but in the end having her in his court and them as a couple is a wonderful thing.

Trick You is a story that hammers home; family is what you make, not what you are born into. I have always loved this concept and with Rebel Ink this new family is a prime example.

Trick You is an interconnected series, where reading Hate You would certainly enhance your reading experience, but it’s not necessary before reading Trick You. Zach and Biff from Hate You are not only best friends of Titch and Danni’s, they are also woven throughout this storyline quite often. I believe if you haven’t read Hate You yet, you will want to. Enjoy!

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I hated to trick her…

But I knew she would never go for the real me.

She was beautiful, smart and funny—everything I could want.
And I was… well. Me.

Tattooed, foul mouthed, bad boy.

I told one little white lie hoping to meet someone different. And I did.

Danniella Abbot.

She wasn’t who I was expecting, and I guess she could say the same, because Danni made it very clear she wasn’t interested in me or my reasons for lying.

The fact that she was my best friend’s little sister only complicated an already impossible situation.

I didn’t intend on tricking her. I just wanted her to give me a chance, to discover who I am underneath the ink.

She can fight me all she likes because we both know that I’m exactly her type. She just doesn’t know it yet.

What happens when you wake up married to the woman you tricked into a date?

You kiss the bride and prove her wrong.

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Trick You is the second book in my angst-filled, emotional and steamy Rebel Ink series.

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Review – Heartbreaker by Julie Kriss

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Heartbreaker; Cocky Hero Club 
(A standalone within the Cocky Hero Club)

by: Julie Kriss

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A sweet second chance romance that fits perfectly in with the Cocky Hero Club. I love the intertwining with Stuck Up Suit.

Mina wasn’t exactly living her dream. Living in New York, yes, but working at Morgan Financial Holdings as an office supply girl wasn’t the job she aspired to. She originally moved to NY to pursue the theatre, but she hadn’t exactly landed her Broadway debut yet so to pay the bills and her reading habit she was running toner and copy paper through the halls of a financial company for an overbearing boss.

After a grueling day at work Mina gets trapped in an elevator and of everyone in the huge city of New York she is rescued by none other than the one man she hoped to never see again, Holden Whittaker. Holden stood her up for prom 10 years ago and broke her heart. How he ended moving to the one city she also escaped to is a mystery, but one she doesn’t care to find out. She’s still angry even after a decade, especially since he also messed up her hot EMT fantasy.

Holden couldn’t believe his luck. He’d always wanted to apologize to Mina for standing her up on prom. It’s a long story, one that is long overdue to explain. He never thought he’d get a chance, but destiny must be on his side because in the big city of NY Mina has landed right before him. Getting a second chance with the girl he’d always wanted a first chance with wouldn’t be easy, but he’d do everything right this time, if only she will give him a chance this time around.

Two souls have a chance at love, but will Holden and Mina give into what destiny has in store for them? Building trust can be tricky when self esteem has been a lifelong process of being shattered.

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Holden Whittaker broke my heart when I was eighteen. What kind of guy stands up his prom date and leaves her hanging, waiting for him to show up? A total jerk, that’s who.

Never mind. I left my tiny nowhere town and moved to New York to follow my dream of becoming an actress.

Ten years later, my dream hasn’t happened, and I’m working as the office supply girl at Morgan Financial Holdings, doing my best to keep my paycheck and not get fired by the world’s most terrifying boss. Life couldn’t get much worse, until I get stuck in an elevator and guess who comes to rescue me? In a city of eight million people, it’s Holden.

Turns out he’s moved to New York, too, to be an EMT. I don’t want to see my teenage nemesis as one of the good guys, but he’s out saving lives every day, and he’s still gorgeous and cocky. I could fall for him all over again, and that’s a problem. Because it’s only a matter of time before Holden crushes me again.

My hometown heartbreaker isn’t the guy I left behind anymore. If I could stop hating him, I might belong with him. The question is, which one of us will get hurt first?

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Review – Flirtasaurus by Erin Mallon

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Flirtasaurus; The Natural History Series #1 
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by: Erin Mallon

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Great start for Erin Mallon’s debut novel! Lot’s of LOL moments intermixed with dino learning.

I have always loved going to the museum and the dinosaur exhibits have especially one of my favorite stops when I visit. Growing up near Chicago I had my fair share of museum’s to pick from so I was easily able to imagine the world Calliope was immersed in.

Told completely from her POV, we get to see Calliope stick her foot in her mouth quite a bit, but she doesn’t often see her own transgressions. As a scientist in a male populated field, she often has a lack of filter, which makes for lots of quirky moments, but it also gets her into sticky situations like her meet-cute with Ralph the astronomer.

Calliope is stuck in an elevator when she first meets Ralph and he is on the other side of the doors, so they only hear each other’s voices. She only has his sultry voice to go on to find him later, but lo and behold, he’s the planetarium guide leading the show and talking about how the dinosaurs died. She’s appalled that he killed her dinos. Ralph adores her quirky views and so begins their flirty relationship.

 

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My name is Calliope and “I bone for a living.” Kidding. I am studying to be a paleontologist though. It’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to be, and I have finally landed the perfect museum internship to make all of my dino-loving dreams come true.

Trouble is, everyone wants me to be a gentle, loving sort of creature, but I’m more of the T-Rex type by nature – the kind who is determined to stomp and tear her way through any obstacle in order to get what she wants.

But when a sexy, rumbly-voiced astronomer plummets into my orbit and threatens to break open my hard little heart, my career and my whole way of looking at the world is suddenly on the line.

The dinosaurs didn’t see their asteroid coming.

And I sure as hell wasn’t prepared for mine.

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Review – Lead Me Back by CD Reiss

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Lead Me Back 
(A standalone)

by: CD Reiss

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Contact PassionFlix because I have your next hit movie. Lead Me Back read like the perfect summer romcom. Adorable, quirky female who gets the old cell phone number of a former boy band singer turned movie star. On paper they were magic, on cinema they would be gold!

Justin Beckett is trying to rebrand his image after a falling out with his former bandmates. A horrible misunderstanding that of course the media blew out of proportion which only drew a deeper wedge between him and his lifelong friends and colleges. So part of cleaning up his image was giving up his old cellphone number which then ended up in the hands of one Kayla Montgomery, a new resident to California.

Kayla was running from her old life in NY and that meant giving up her old phone. She wasn’t expecting a call right away after leaving the phone store, considering no one had her new number, but when a seemingly confused older woman asked her to bring flowers for her date later, Kayla didn’t exactly have anything else to do so she showed up with said flowers on Justin Beckett’s grandmother’s doorstep.

Their meet-cute wasn’t exactly cute or intentionally a meeting. He was rude and actually asked her to be his call girl…well not in the sexual relationship sense. He wanted her to take messages if anyone called for him. As much as she tried to tell him no, he just didn’t understand that word. Soon Kayla found herself immersed in his world and she wasn’t sure what to think about it.

Their back and forth is hilarious fun, they both need it more than they know, especially while navigating through their sticky life situations. Lead Me Back is a page-turning summer good-time read.

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A twist of fate proves wildly explosive in New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss’s smart and sexy Hollywood romance about the cost of running from your past to get to your dreams.

Cutting all ties, Kayla Montgomery drives cross-country to Los Angeles. New start. New life. And an unexpected new job: assistant to Justin Beckett.

The Justin Beckett.

The boy band rebel with the cocky attitude and dreamy bed head who casts a spell over his fans and tests the patience of his handlers.

Now at the peak of Mount Adulthood, he has to build a clean-cut, movie star image. It’s in his contract. No partying. No attitude. No groupies.

To tie it together, he needs a normal girl.

Suddenly, Kayla’s swept up in Justin’s glamorous world, and his arms. But the most dizzying thing is Justin himself. Sweet, generous, reliable, and as eager to shed his past as Kayla is hers.

About that…

Those ties she thought she’d cut? They’ve followed her across the country with her secrets in tow, and they’re about to test Kayla’s courage, Justin’s loyalty, and a love that wasn’t part of the deal.

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Review – Empire High Untouchables by Ivy Smoak

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Empire High Untouchables #1  
(#1 in a series)

by: Ivy Smoak

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A twisted, tangled love triangle that kept me turning pages well into the night. #TeamMatt or #TeamFelix you will find yourself, like I did, continually going back and forth, because staying in one camp is nearly impossible.

Brooklyn Sanders recently moved in with her uncle after she lost her mother and since she never knew her father, her uncle is the only family she has left. Beginning in a new school is never easy. Beginning in a new school after losing your mother, your home, your whole life, and then starting at one of the wealthiest schools in the state where you’re only able to attend because your uncle is the janitor – well – that only compounds the suck that Brooklyn feels on a daily basis.

Her only friend is her neighbor, Kennedy. That is until she makes an unlikely ally in gym class, Felix, a cute boy who’s friendship turns into something more. He’s popular in his own way, but unlike most everyone else at Empire High he doesn’t come from old money, so he too feels like an outcast, which connects him to Brooklyn even when she knows deep down they really aren’t alike at all. But how do you give up on a relationship when you only have two people in your corner to begin with? Losing his connection would mean losing half of her social life.

Then we have the world of the Untouchables; James and Rob Hunter and Mason and Matt Caldwell. They make up the Gods of Empire High. Brooklyn can’t help but stare at the god-like boys who grace the halls of her school even when she knows she shouldn’t. It attracts the attention of the meanest girl there, Isabella Pruitt and her evil minions. As much as Brooklyn tries to keep her distance and staring to herself, she just can’t seem to help herself and Matt Caldwell in particular is the one she is most obsessed with.

Matt lets it be known that he took notice of her. Over and over again he toys with Brooklyn and her feelings. Like a cat and mouse game her emotions get frayed, but she also can’t seem to stay away. His pull is so great even when Brooklyn knows it’s a losing game. How does a moth stay away from the flame? It doesn’t it always gets burned.

Lost in a sea of loneliness, with no one really to trust. In a new school, a new life, she’s weighed down by burden’s that no girl her age should have to carry. Ivy Smoak whipped up a dynamic tangled story that will keep you engrossed all the way until the end. And oh, what an ending!!

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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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Review – One Day at a Time; A Military Anthology

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One Day at a Time; A Military Anthology 
(An anthology)

by: Teresa Crumpton, Lisa B. KampsKate KinsleyCarolyn LaRocheKristen Hope MazzolaJosie NaclerioML NystromCS Patra, Parker StevensAllie York

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Filled with brave men and stories about the strong women who wait for them.

It’s not easy to give your heart to a military man, especially when he has already pledged himself to serve his country first. A woman will always come second and not every woman is strong enough to wait while their man is serving their country.

This anthology is filled with stories about second chances, first loves, reunions and love revolving around the men and women who serve this great country of ours. They are all short stories that involve military heros and it is a great way to revisit some old worlds while meeting new friends, or perhaps meet a new author that you just haven’t had the chance or reading before or lots of different combinations.

I was lucky enough to have a little bit of both and enjoyed everything tucked within here. It had me scrolling through several author pages looking to see if there were more books coming, what back lists I would need to add to my ever growing TBR, and what I’ve possibly missed along the way. I hope you enjoy this anthology as much as I did.

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Hot Alpha Men Hero Warning!!

Ten authors have come together to bring you, One Day at a Time (A Military Charity Anthology). These never released stories are brand new, heartwarming, emotional and alpha.

Never give up, never give in- Military men know what they want. They will always complete a mission and never leave a man behind or is it love that was left behind? Will their lives be FUBAR or will they POP SMOKE?

“We must never forget why we have and why we need our military. Our armed forces exist solely to ensure our nation is safe, so that each and every one of us can sleep soundly at night, knowing we have ‘guardians at the gate.” ~ Alan West

Participating Authors Include:

Teresa Crumpton
Lisa B. Kamps
Kate Kinsley
Carolyn LaRoche
Kristen Hope Mazzola
Josie Naclerio
ML Nystrom
CS Patra
Parker Stevens
Allie York

~~All profits for One Day at a Time (A Military Charity Anthology) will be donated to The Elks Lodge #242 in Charleston, SC. Join the authors of AUIS (Authors Unleashed in the South) and The Elks Lodge help veterans rehabilitate through sports programs, therapy kits and many other things. The Welcome Home initiative reaches out to the most vulnerable veterans, those who are homeless, to help them find shelter. There are many other programs the lodge has like youth programs and they provide scholarships.

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Review – Diamond in the Rough by Skye Warren

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Diamond in the Rough
(A trilogy)

by: Skye Warren

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Dark, delicious, and full of deception. Warren takes us on an adventure that will pull at your emotional compass and spin you until you don’t know what is dark from light.

This is not a typical romance, nor is it sweet by any means, but you will feel every range of emotion while reading this dark, twisted story. I highly suggest reading the prequel, Hidden Gem. It will give you a firmer understanding to the history between Holly and Elijah.

It has been eight years since Holly was in Paris. Eight years since the night she roamed the streets of Paris with the diamond thief. Eight years since she was reckless, and foolish, and truly felt alive. These days, Holly lets her sister, London, live the reckless life as a travel influencer while Holly lives vicariously through her and her writing. When London disappears, Holly jumps on a plane back to the city where she last had her wildest adventure. Never once did Holly think that she’d be kidnapped and thrown into a dark cell upping the reckless night she once had years ago, but even more unbelievable is the man trapped in the cell with her. Her very own diamond thief.

Elijah was living in pain and darkness. When a beautiful angel of death arrived in the cell beside him he figured his life was finally ending. A diamond heist gone wrong and a man he should never have trusted is how he ended up in his dark cell, but once he discovers who his angel is, he wouldn’t have changed the fates that put him there. He never expected to see Holly again, but now that he has, he never wants to let her go.

Their growing love is wrapped in darkness and deceit. This book ends in a cliffhanger and will continue in Gold Mine.

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I’m stepping off a nine hour flight when it happens. A white van. A dark hood. Every woman’s worst nightmare. Now I’m trapped in an abandoned church. The man who took me says I won’t be hurt. The man in the cell next to me says that’s a lie. I’ll fight with every ounce of strength, but there are secrets in these walls. I’ll need every single one of them to survive.

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH is a new dark romance from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren. Finding yourself has never been so dangerous…

Hidden Gem: A Prologue Novella

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Review – Naughty All Night by Jennifer Bernard

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Naughty All Night; Lost Harbor, Alaska #5 
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by: Jennifer Bernard

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The witty retorts, the heated back and forths, the punny innuendos…I absolutely loved Naughty All Night and the matchup between the spitfire Kate and the fire chief Darius. Get your fan ready because their chemistry will heat you from the inside out!

There is nothing better than pithy, slightly dirty, verbal foreplay. A well spoken man is super hot!! (fanning myself) Kate Robinson is a lawyer from LA, well versed in verbal back and forths, but when Darius Boone, the fire chief of Lost Harbor, Alaska steps in to help her out of a muddy jam, he seems to up her verbal sparring game. The hot flashes she has around him are just an added bonus and not the fires he actually puts out. While she was hoping to have a quick fling with the hot man, she’s not one for long term relationships.

Darius came to Alaska after his last divorce, he needed a change of scenery since he was now down two marriages. When he meets Kate he’s certainly drawn to the feisty woman and wouldn’t be opposed to some naughty, good times with her, but he is far from looking at forever. Been there and done that, been singed by the divorce papers.

They may finally agree to a fling, but things get complicated when things in the town heat up. Lost Harbor is a small town and even though they both came there for sanctuary, one of them may not stay once the fires are put out.

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A standalone novel in the sizzling Lost Harbor, Alaska series

Kate Robinson has had a talent for trouble since she was a young teen in Lost Harbor, Alaska, during summertime visits to her grandmother’s peony farm. It’s the only true home she’s ever known, so it’s where she retreats when REAL trouble chases her out of California, her legal career in ruins. Upon arriving, Kate finds her eccentric grandma has rented out her home! First order of business—eviction. So what if it’s a move that could get her shunned by the locals? She’s not known as Naughty Kate for nothing.

Fire Chief Darius Boone doesn’t need to add landlady troubles to his already busy plate, despite how fun it is to battle with C. Robinson, Attorney-at-Law. A series of small fires have been breaking out around Lost Harbor. Nothing harmful. Yet. But the number of blazes is steadily growing. The only thing taking his mind off this latest town drama is fiery Kate, who makes Darius want to be naughty with her…in all the best ways.

Trouble is one thing, but nothing has prepared Kate for the likes of “hottie fire chief” Darius Boone. Why not have some harmless naughty fun while she figures out her next move? But she never expected the heat the two of them would generate—or to fall so hard. The next time trouble strikes, everything she loves is on the line.

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Review – Join the Club by Lani Lynn Vale

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Join the Club; SWAT Generation 2.0 #7 
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by: Lani Lynn Vale

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I love this continuation of the Pena-Davidsdottir story. I knew several books ago when it was hinted that both brothers had a thing for the sisters and that there was a child in the mix between them that my inner drama-llama would love it and Vale did not disappoint!!

We got a glimpse of Bourne and Delanie in the last book (Joke’s On You) and because the Pena brothers and the Davidsdottir sisters are identical twins both stories do intersect at points. I would recommend reading the first book before this one, as I do feel that they blend well together more than any other book in this 2.0 generation. Yes, you could read Join the Club as a standalone, but I feel you would enjoy it more after having read Booth and Dillon’s book.

I love that both siblings have been in love with the opposite twin forever, but due to an evil, heinous mixup, that did result in a beautiful little boy, neither couple has really moved on. Bourne swears he will never encroach on Booth’s baby mama, Delanie. Even though Bourne’s been in Asa’s life since the very beginning, at his brother’s insistence, he gave up entering the military to be there for Delanie and Asa while Booth was deployed. Then Bourne gave up using his education degree when Booth returned home so they could be on the SWAT force together and certainly not last, he’s given up the one woman who makes his blood pump faster than anything, all in the name of his brother. Bourne feels like his life has been on hold forever, but he loves his family and he wouldn’t change a thing, well, maybe one thing and Delanie is the one thing he finally decides to take for himself.

Delanie has been in love with Bourne for forever. Yes, she has a baby with Booth but she was never in love with him. When Bourne finally makes a move, she is more than happy to jump on board, but eventually things get complicated and her worst fears may finally come true. She never factored in her domineering father, her growing business, and the complications of being with a brooding SWAT twin.

Will life with the Pena boys ever be easy?

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There are a few lessons one has to learn for themselves. Then there are the lessons that most people don’t have to learn because it’s just not done.

For instance, most people know instinctively that they shouldn’t crave the mother of their brother’s child.

Bourne Pena isn’t most men.

Bourne does everything he can to fight the attraction he feels for Delanie, but in the end, his refusal to go there almost ends up costing him his life.

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Delanie Davidsdottir just wanted to forget. One night, she wanted to feel like a normal human being.

That one night changes her life and gives her a son that becomes her heart and soul. From that point forward, she does her level best to keep her head on straight and not make any more mistakes.

And falling for her child’s father’s twin brother—say that three times fast— would be a mistake. Not only is he Trouble with a capital T, he’s also a SWAT officer that puts his life on the line every single day.

She can’t take another loss like the one she suffered once before.

Then again, Delanie never encountered a man like Bourne Pena before, either.

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Review – Wild Night by Mari Carr

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Wild Night; Wilder Irish #10 
(A standalone within a series)

by: Mari Carr

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I adore Mari Carr’s family books! Even if it has been awhile since I’ve read this series once I pick up I know I’m home.
The big Collins family continues to grow, but somethings remain the same, like the loveable Pop Pop dishing out advice and you can always count on the young, single members of the family keeping his life interesting and eventually wising up enough to take it.

Colm Collins and his identical twin Padraig have grown up with the “girl next door” Kelli Peterson. While Kelli was really Padraig’s best friend, Colm and Kelli were more like frenemies, oil and water, fire and tinder, and every other metaphor that suggested these two just couldn’t help pushing each other’s buttons. So when most people in the Collins family expected that Paddy and Kelli might actually end up together, it was more of a shock that after a blistering Halloween night that it was Colm and Kelli that really did.

Colm never really believed in love, unlike most of everyone else in his family and Kelli also had given up on finding love. These two were both at the same point in their jaded dating game, although perhaps Kelli maybe more so. When Colm figures out first that Kelli is the girl for him, he gives her some time to catch up, knowing how stubborn she can be, after all he’s known her her entire life, but when her stubbornness digs in and grows roots Colm throws out all the stops and tries everything to win over the love of his life.

Mari Carr’s book are full of all the swoon, steamy smexy bits and lots of beautiful family moments!

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Confirmed bachelor Colm is living the good life with a thriving law practice and all the freedom the playboy has come to enjoy. Until a city-wide blackout and the greatest sex he’s ever had has him reconsidering his single status. Unfortunately, he doesn’t realize the woman of his dreams is actually his lifelong frenemy, Kelli.

After a few too many drinks at a Halloween party, Kelli spends the night in the arms of a man who rocks her world. However, when she learns her mystery Mr. Right is Mr. Hell No, Colm Collins, she’s ready to run for the hills.

But Colm refuses to accept just one wild night with her. He wants them all and the sexy man plays dirty.

Frenemies Romance.

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Review – Dear Sexy Ex-Boyfriend by Lauren Blakely

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Dear Sexy Ex-Boyfriend; The Guys Who Got Away #1 
(A standalone within a series)

by: Lauren Blakely

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I love friends to lovers tales and this is classic Lauren Blakely at her best!

A wonderful story of two friends throughout their friendship both past and present. I absolutely adore stories that are woven together until it finally reaches the present pickle they are currently in.

Dear Sexy Ex is heartwarming and fun involving two friends, their dating lives that haven’t exactly gone the greatest and the friendship that they have both relied upon to get them out of said horrible dating jams of the past. Neither want to screw up what they have in their friendship to cross that boundary with each other to even tempt fate, but when a fake relationship calls for more than just an hour or evening their feelings are put to test. Lines are blurred. Can they put the genie back in the bottle?

I always love reading Lauren Blakely, she never fails to put a smile on my face and especially now I need that more than ever!

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Let me just say — none of this was supposed to happen.

I didn’t expect the letter to go viral. I didn’t think anyone would figure out who Dear Sexy Ex was. And I especially never thought he would find out about it.

Yeah, bit of a miscalculation there.

But see, I need the money to fund my brand new venture. And Dear Sexy Ex, well, it turns out he needs me to save his business.

By becoming his fake fiancée.

Yup, that’s the pickle I find myself in — pretending to be madly in love with the charming, brilliant, and utterly infuriating man known as Dear Sexy Ex.

Only, it’s not an act. And he can never know.

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Review – Making Whoopie by Erin Nicholas

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Making Whoopie; Hot Cakes #3 
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by: Erin Nicholas

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The Hot Cakes Series gets better and better! A hot, bossy, alpha male mixed with a sweet, sassy female baker and Making Whoopie is the perfect recipe for Erin Nicholas’ newest romcom!

The romantic, never wants to leave Appleby, IA baker literally falls into the steady arms of Grant Lorre. A man known for his spreadsheets and powerpoint presentations. There isn’t a romantic or fanciful thing about Grant, at least not one that his friends would accuse him of, but Josie gets to know a different side to the bossy billionaire and every bossy, caveman, protective streak in him calls to the romantic side in her.

When Josie needs surgery and she has no insurance or nest egg set aside to cover the procedure Grant offers to cover it. When Josie refuses his money he offers himself up instead and by that I mean, he offers himself up as her husband so she is covered on his insurance. She takes his offer, considering their amazing chemistry, but more so it doesn’t cost Grant a small fortune to be his wife, just the potential to lose her heart.

Making Whoopie is steamy and funny and full of protective, alpha male that will make you swoon. Baking will never be the same again!! I don’t know why I’m continually amazed that each book gets better and better, because Erin does it with every series I read of hers, but I LOVE this book and I’m so excited to read what comes next!

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This marriage of convenience is about to get sticky.

Getting hitched for the health insurance is not Jocelyn Asher’s idea of romance.

But the hospital quote has really frosted her cookies, and suddenly, “I’m rich. We should just get married,” sounds a whole lot more swoony.

Especially when the man proposing is this gorgeous. And takes her to parties featuring champagne and petit fours. She’s a sucker for anything with bubbles or icing. And just like that she finds herself married to a near stranger.

Grant Lorre is usually allergic to spontaneity.

So why did he ask the beautiful small-town baker he had a one-stand with to marry him? Somehow watching her lick batter off a whisk–not a euphemism–made a wedding and a little fraud seem like a sweet idea.

They’ll just play house and make some whoopie–pies, of course–for a few months and then move on with their separate lives. Until then, bring on the cream filling. And that is a euphemism.

But as things heat up even outside of the kitchen, they quickly realize there’s no recipe to follow when it comes to love.

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Review – Hot and Heavy by Erika Wilde

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Hot and Heavy; Some Like it Hot #2 
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by: Erika Wilde

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Cole Sommers is stubborn, grumpy and is completely oblivious to the hearts swimming in his secretaries eyes. Melodie Turner has had a crush on Cole for over a decade and that crush has only grown since she’s worked for him the past two years.

When a case comes through that requires the help of a woman, Mel throws her hat in the ring. The chance to work closely with Cole is something she’s wanted for a long time and she’s wanted to get more involved with the PI firm. When Cole continues to turn her down Mel decides to turn her good girl persona off and finally unleash the bad girl that lives inside.

Cole has a hard time separating the new Mel from the old Mel. He’s been attracted to her for a long time, but he made a promise to her father to always look after her, but once she unleashes the new her he has a hard time saying no and keeping that promise.

When they eventually give in, could it be a mistake, one that neither will ever come back from? Cole and Mel may work well together, but are they a love match?

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He swore he wouldn’t touch her, but she’s about to test his restraint.

Prim and proper secretary Melodie Turner has been in lust for her boss for years . . . and she’s finally going to do something about it. P.I. Cole Sommers might be able to barely resist her sexy new attitude and flirtatious behavior, but when she takes a cue from his current case and decides to seduce Cole’s mind with highly provocative letters, she knows his body won’t be very far behind . . .

Cole is definitely in over his head. He’s got more cases than he can handle, but all he can think about is taking his secretary to bed, turning her over his knee, and showing her what happens to naughty girls who don’t behave. At every turn, Melodie is there, taunting him, teasing him, making him burn with a deep, undeniable need. But Cole promised her father that he’d protect her—even from himself—which means she’s off-limits.

Only he hadn’t counted on being the target of Melodie’s irresistible sensual assaults. Nor had he planned to lose his hardened heart in the battle . . .

Originally published as A Shameless Seduction by Janelle Denison.

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Review – Classified by Brooke Blaine and Ella Frank

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Classified; The Elite #3 
(#3 within a series)

by: Brooke Blaine and Ella Frank

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Classified is the conclusion to the high flying MM Elite series. A perfect ending to an intense trilogy.

Panther and Solo have shown tremendous growth throughout their time together and were able to keep their intense relationship blazing hot, but once their training ends what will happen to them? While neither of them want to really discuss their future, they also know their time is running short and the possibility of being deployed to opposite ends of the world is very real.

Panther is ready to stop hiding and brings his relationship with Solo forward. Ready to risk it all he makes a statement by letting everyone know that Solo is his and for the first time in a long time he feels happy. Sharing simple things like dates and spending all of his free time with the man he’s falling fast for.

Solo may still be cocky, but being with Panther has smoothed his edges out. For the first time ever he’s looking towards a future and he doesn’t want to face it alone. He actually likes having a partner in the air and on the ground and the thought of losing Panther actually scares him.

With the two of them hiding from the future it leaves them in a cloud of doubt and easy for vultures to step in and stir that doubt up. Will their connection be enough to survive?

I love where these two men have come from and what their relationship has grown into. Their vulnerability is endearing, the passion is hot and they complete each other so well. The Elite series is an excellent read overall!

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Classified is the final book of the Elite Series and should only be read after book one, Danger Zone, and book two, Need for Speed.

They train to serve their country.
They strive to be the best.
But only a select few can be…
The Elite

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MATEO MORGAN
CALL SIGN: SOLO

Reckless, arrogant, and bold, Solo is as known in the U.S. Navy for his bad-boy reputation as he is for his skills as a fighter pilot. It’s a surprise to his peers, then, when he’s chosen to train and compete at the most prestigious naval aviation academy in the world.

MISSION RULES:
1.Kick everyone’s ass.
2.Do whatever it takes to win.
3.Do your best to distract the competition.
4.Especially when that competition is a gorgeous blue-eyed perfectionist who makes your blood run hot.

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GRANT HUGHES
CALL SIGN: PANTHER

Disciplined, smart, and confident, Panther can’t afford not to play by the rules. As the son of a top Navy commander, all eyes are on him, and being anything less than number one is unacceptable.

MISSION RULES:
1.Keep it safe in the air.
2.Prove you’re more than Commander Hughes’s son.
3.No distractions. Stay focused.
4.Don’t fall for your competition—especially not the rebellious heartbreaker with lips made for sinning.

In the heat of the hot California sun, tempers flare and desires ignite as Solo and Panther try to resist their attraction while fighting to be number one.
With passion this intense, the question remains:
Who’s gonna come out on top?

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Review – Test Drive by Samantha Chase

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Test Drive; Road Tripping #3 
(A standalone within a series)

by: Samantha Chase

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A road trip, a hilarious grandmother, and a fake boyfriend Test Drive is a good summer read!

Willow doesn’t exactly have her life in order, at least according to her parents wishes, but she pays her bills and isn’t living on the street. She may have made up a fake boyfriend to ease everyone’s minds, but aside from that, her life is basically fine.

When her grandmother’s birthday comes up and she insists that Willow bring her boyfriend down for the celebration Willow panics and asks the man whom she created the fictional reference from – Levi the bartender – that she sees every weekend, the man of her fantasies. Thankfully he’s single and agrees to go with her, keeping up her fake life unknowing that he actually likes her in return.

Levi has been waiting for the opportunity to ask Willow out, but things get turned upside down when she misconstrues his acceptance and then continues to take his boyfriend lead for just false notions. He eventually feels so deep in the hole he doesn’t know how to get himself out of it. He needs a do over on the entire fake relationship so they have a shot at a real one.

With lots of wonderful family moments, mostly consisting of Gammy and Romeo moments that will make you laugh, this is the perfect summer read.

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Willow Andrew’s life is a hot mess.

Coming from a family of successful professionals, the fact that at twenty-seven she still doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up doesn’t sit well. Desperate not to disappoint her grandmother, she invents a fake boyfriend so Gammy won’t worry so much. It seemed a victimless lie… until Gammy announced that Willow AND her boyfriend needed to be present at her 75th birthday party. Or else. Out of time and options, Willow turns to the sexy bartender she’s been secretly crushing on for help.

Levi Sullivan has his life in order and thrives off helping others.

In fact, he would do anything to help out a friend. But he’s angling for far more than friendship with Willow. Entranced by the clumsy beauty since the first time he watched her trip over nothing, he happily agrees to a chance to spend more time with her. Fake romance or not, he’s determined to use their long-distance road trip to turn a game of pretend into something more.

Warning — the roads ahead will twist and turn with laugh-out loud moments and sizzling chemistry. But traffic should be aware, the journey ahead is far more important than the destination.

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Review – Hostile Territory by Marie James

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Hostile Territory; Blackbridge Security #1 
(A standalone within a series)

by: Marie James

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This is the beginning of Blackbridge Security and all the hot men who work there…yum.

Deacon Black was married and burned by his ex years ago. His ex’s best friend, Annalise Grimaldi is collateral damage in that relationship. When Anna needs help the only person she thinks to call is Deacon, even though he isn’t exactly happy to see her name pop up on his phone.

They definitely had more of a hate-hate relationship through most of the book so a lot of their chemistry didn’t immediately pop off of the page, but when Anna was with Deacon’s staff she really made them shine and I am really looking forward to their stories because of those interludes.

While Deacon tried to track down the men and his ex-wife who were hunting her and Anna he was trying hard to not to fall for the woman whom he’d basically overlooked for most of his life. Anna was turning out to be someone he never expected and someone he desperately wanted.

Anna shouldn’t want her best friend’s ex-husband, but she was having a hard time convincing herself why not. He was everything she didn’t remember him being years ago and his helping her now meant the world.

This is just the beginning of some very hot security men and I’m excited to visit again.

(P.S. I really hope Wren is next, he’s so geeky sweet and his interactions with Anna are beyond priceless)

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Can you call someone an enemy if you haven’t seen them for the better part of a decade?

Deacon Black is perfectly content with the status quo—work, sleep, repeat.
Who cares if he’s rigid, structured, and set in his ways?
It’s a job requirement that keeps his men safe and his company’s doors open.
One phone call is all it takes to upend his life and land him right back into a past he has tried to forget.
Revisiting old ghosts is the last thing he needs.
Especially when the forced trip down memory lane includes the only woman he never wanted to see again.

Annalise Grimaldi hit the jackpot with her life—from her trust fund to her best friend, she has it all.
But her world comes crashing to a halt when her best friend vanishes— leaving behind an apartment in tatters and more questions than answers.
There’s only one person she can think of that can help in a situation like this.
She hates to make the call, but there isn’t a thing she wouldn’t do to make sure her friend is found.
Even setting aside her hatred for Deacon Black.

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Review – Aggro by Coralee June and Carrie Gray

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Aggro 
(A standalone)

by: Coralee June and Carrie Gray 

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Throw out all your preconceived ideas because Aggro will blow them all away! Aggro is unlike anything else you will read this year!

This is a story with twists that wraps and loops around until the very end, a total page turner. Each character is dependent upon the other while grieving the loss of a loved one, displaying how grief is different for everyone and how the healing process happens. It cannot be forced or timelined or even mapped out in perfect steps, especially when it is surrounded by a heinous crime. Not only do we get to witness how fluid grief is through each character, but the tension mounts while we try to find a murderer.

Aggro will have you turning pages with the constant back and forth “who done it” mind set, but you also will love the deep moments where the characters are wallowing in grief, but then growing in love from their reflection. Their friendship and family bond is deep proving that Aggro is a must read for 2020!!

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Two boys.
One tragedy.
Grief bonds us.
The mystery of this murder will break us.

My best friend was brutally ripped from this world, but her brother and boyfriend are still here.

One of them wants to use me.
The other wants to forget me.

Both of them make me feel alive.

We’ll find Violet’s murderer, no matter the cost.

Two boys.
One tragedy.
Grief bonds us.
Love will tear us apart.

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Review – Charmed by Lexi Blake

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Charmed; A Masters and Mercenaries Novella #20.5 
(A novella within a series)

by: Lexi Blake

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This new book by Lexi Blake was perfection! Blake fans will love the circle of interconnections sprinkled throughout the story and all readers will love the intense story between JT and Nina.

JT Malone needs help to flush out a corporate spy and a snitch hidden within his own personal. Something that is above his pay grade, but luckily he happens to have the family connections and knows who to call. Simon West is his cousin so McKay-Taggart is on the case, but his cousin has also moved on to new adventures with his wife. So they send in a lovely female agent, Nina Blunt, and she is ready to take down the person who is threatening JT’s company, but he wasn’t quite ready to meet the sexy woman himself.

Nina normally works out of the London offices, but everyone seems to be on maternity/paternity leave lately. Her mission is to find the spy who wants to buy JT’s prototype and weed out the snitch within his company who wants to sell it. It should be an easy case, that is until she meets the man himself. When JT and Nina find they have strong connection from the get go, but when danger begins to move in JT doesn’t like the fact that she places herself in front of it. However, Nina holds firm that if he can’t support her in her job that he doesn’t support her period. Their overall relationship is powerful and has a wonderful dynamic.

I love these novellas. They feel like Christmas, birthday, and every holiday present all wrapped up in one. They are a gift from Lexi, a glimpse into how characters are doing, sometimes a catchup of storylines, or a look into what’s ahead. Charmed was like eating my favorite cake – I couldn’t get enough and I wanted more.

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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake comes a new story in her Masters and Mercenaries series…

JT Malone is lucky, and he knows it. He is the heir to a billion-dollar petroleum empire, and he has a loving family. Between his good looks and his charm, he can have almost any woman he wants. The world is his oyster, and he really likes oysters. So why does it all feel so empty?

Nina Blunt is pretty sure she’s cursed. She worked her way up through the ranks at Interpol, fighting for every step with hard work and discipline. Then she lost it all because she loved the wrong person. Rebuilding her career with McKay-Taggart, she can’t help but feel lonely. It seems everyone around her is finding love and starting families. But she knows that isn’t for her. She has vowed never to make the mistake of falling in love again.

JT comes to McKay-Taggart for assistance rooting out a corporate spy, and Nina signs on to the job. Their working relationship becomes tricky, however, as their personal chemistry flares like a wildfire. Completing the assignment without giving in to the attraction that threatens to overwhelm them seems like it might be the most difficult part of the job. When danger strikes, will they be able to count on each other when the bullets are flying? If not, JT’s charmed life might just come to an end.

**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.**

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Review – Loud Mouth by Avery Flynn

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Loud Mouth; Ice Knights #3 
(A standalone within a series)

by: Avery Flynn

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Adorable, laugh out loud addition to the Ice Knights series!

The sparks fly when Ian and Shelby are locked away in a remote cabin together (an infamous Lucy setup? maybe…), but what happened in that zip code doesn’t stay in that zip code. Ian and Shelby brought the sparks back with them and their chemistry is so hot it basically melts the ice in the hockey rink.

Even though Shelby didn’t advertently release information about Ian and Alex’s parentage (two men and best friends from the same hockey team), it was leaked nonetheless. The outcome of that information was disastrous and a friendship between Ian and Alex was ruined along with the potential of a season championship. Shelby feels horrible, hence why she’s hiding out at a cabin all alone, or at least she thought she was. That was until Ian shows up at the same secluded cabin.

Ian is angry. He feels like the rug has been pulled out from under his life at the secrets and lies that both his father and Alex, the man whom he called his best friend, have been keeping from him. His own half-brother has known this secret for years and never told him so he’s angry, which is why he’s decided to hide out at a remote cabin and lick his wounds alone. Or at least he thought he was until he is stun gunned by a feisty woman, the very one who outed his family secret.

While Ian and Shelby work out their forgiveness, by ways of their instant chemistry, the team wants Shelby to work her magic on Ian and Alex so they can reconnect their friendship and the team can bring home a championship. Somethings may be easier said than done.

Shelby joins the team for a long away road trip and gets very cozy with Ian and Alex every night at dinner so she’s able to create an exclusive story about the two, allowing them to reconnect, but also allowing Ian and Shelby to inadvertently grow closer making their relationship almost impossible to shy away from.

Could these two really make it work? The hockey player and the media loud mouth? I believe they sound like a match made in Ice Knight heaven!

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I never meant to say a word, not one single word.

But I did.

And now, because of my blog, everyone knows that Ice Knights hockey star Ian Petrov’s best friend and fellow player is actually his half brother—hello, hockey Hall of Famer dad who couldn’t keep his jeans zipped.

That wouldn’t be such a big deal if Ian knew. He didn’t, and boy howdy is he pissed. And who is he most mad at? Oh sure, he’s upset with his dad and former best friend/brother from another mother, but most of his ire is with me. It’s definitely a case of hating the messenger.

And what could make it worse? How about the two of us being trapped together in a remote cabin after a massive blizzard. Neither of us can leave. Just us, the snow, his resentment, and OMG sexual tension so thick it would take a snowplow to break through it.

I’ve got to get out of here before I do something even dumber than I’ve already done and kiss the sexy, snarly grump with his misplaced anger and perfect pecs. That would be the worst, the absolute worst. That’s why I’m not going to do it. Nope. Really. So why can’t I stop imagining what it would be like?

Each book in the Ice Knights series is STANDALONE:
* Parental Guidance
* Awk-Weird
* Loud Mouth

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Review – The Rebel by Kelsey Clayton

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The Rebel; A Haven Grace Prep #3 
(An interconnected standalone within a series)

by: Kelsey Clayton

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An explosive, emotional read! This is a forbidden story between an injured NFL player turned resigned high school teacher and a rebellious student who finds herself repeating her senior year of high school. When Tessa finds herself parked in the very class of her one night stand from weeks ago, it’s safe to say that neither Tessa nor Asher thought that their lives would change quite like they did after their intense evening.

Asher Hawthorne never thought his football career would be over at the age of twenty-eight, but he also never thought that he’d be teaching a bunch of rich, entitled students either, so never say never. To top off his fall from grace his one night stand, whom he met in an over twenty-one club, is now sitting in his high school class on the first day of school. Thankfully she’s eighteen, but she’s still his student and no matter how much he can’t seem to forget her, he has a job to do and Tessa isn’t on the syllabus.

Tessa Callahan is a spitfire. She’s bold, outspoken and plays by her own rules, but deep inside she’s broken. She’s been beaten down again and again and uses her brash personality to hide her scars. Tessa is a master at playing her own game and has used her twin sister, her past boyfriends or substance abuse to hide behind her real emotions. As those protective shields have slowly been peeled away it’s left Tessa vulnerable to emotions she doesn’t want to face, but there is one person who doesn’t let her hide, who likes the real Tessa, the question is will Tessa permit him inside?

Asher and Tessa’s story goes deeper than just a forbidden romance. Tessa has endured things that have matured her beyond her years, so the age difference becomes more of a running joke between them. There are lots of wonderful moments of levity strung throughout the story which offset the highly emotional moments that will pull at your heart.

I couldn’t stop turning the pages of this book once I began. The Rebel is  interconnected with Clayton’s previous Haven Grace books, but she works the storyline in that you could read this as a standalone if needed. There are so many directions she can take us in the upcoming books and I’m excited to see where this series will continue.

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I don’t play by the rules.
Never have, never will.

The second our eyes met from across the club,
I could feel a shift in the air—an overwhelming pull drawing me in.
One mind-blowing night is all it was, or so I thought.

Repeating my senior year may not have been the plan,
But finding out my one-night stand is my new teacher—
That’s something I never saw coming.

His gaze bores into me with the same intensity.
That body, those hands, I remember every touch.
I should stay away, but I don’t want to.

This time, all bets are off.
I’ll let him think he’s in control,
Until I bring him to his knees.

Passion and fire,
Forbidden and wrong.
Like I said, I don’t play by the rules.

**This is Tessa Callahan’s story!**

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Review – Dangerous Billionaire by Luma Rose

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Dangerous Billionaire; Rich and Shameless #2 
(An interconnected standalone within a series)

by: Luma Rose

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Dangerous Billionaire is packed with adrenaline, mystery, and intrigue. It’s a well worth book to add to your summer reading. It’s an interconnected storyline, but can be read as a standalone.

A politician with a dark secret and a longing to release the pain that swirls inside of him. Ford Masterson appears to have it all; money, looks, a golden path to opportunity, but inside he’s a black pit of darkness just waiting to be unleashed. Ford may be the mayor of Denver and he has things to do that don’t involve his crooked father, unfortunately his father has other ideas.

Naomi is working undercover for the FBI and her latest case puts her in Masterson’s office. Not only is she working to bring down Senator Masterson, but in doing so she will have vindicated her father’s death that she knows deep down he had a hand in orchestrating. When she took this assignment she never thought about what stood in her way, that was until she met Ford Masterson.

Ford and Naomi soon discover that they have a lot in common, their dislike for the Senator being one of them, but neither of them reveal all of their cards. Ford doesn’t know that Naomi is working for the FBI and Naomi doesn’t know for sure that Ford wouldn’t choose family above her. With time running out who will get hurt in the end?

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I’ve finally escaped from under my father’s political shadow—I’m no longer the political prince—I’m mayor now. It might not be a Senator but it’s the first step of my well-orchestrated plan to one day dethrone my father.

True to form, my dad comes demanding his due. Asking something from me I can’t give him unless I want to hand him more leverage to use against me.

Still, the pieces are coming together until Naomi Beneton shows up in my office. At first, she’s my savior—the best assistant a guy could ask for. But then I start to appreciate her quick wit and clingy dresses more than her administrative skills and things become complicated.

I realize too late that Naomi isn’t who she says she is. She holds the power to destroy everything, including the wall I’ve built around my heart. It would be easy to give into my desire for her, but she has no idea how much of a danger I am to her.

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Review – Jilted Jock by Rebecca Jenshak

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Jilted Jock; Cocky Hero Club 
(A standalone within the Cocky Hero world)

by: Rebecca Jenshak

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Several aspects of this story hit really close to home and I love when reading can do that. Rebecca’s sports romance stories are always a good time and Jilted Jock contains a soccer player who falls hard for a woman with a kind, helping heart.

Dumped at the alter, rough day doesn’t even begin to describe it. With no place to go because his his now ex left on their honeymoon and told him to move out of their apartment by the time she comes back – and oh by the way she also left him for one of his teammates – ouch!

Adele, sister to a former soccer player who was at the non-wedding, brings Finn home on that disastrous night. Seeing as he has no where else to go, she opens up her home to him knowing she was one a mess herself and if it wasn’t for the kindness of strangers she might never have made it out of the addictive state she was living in. She’s now been clean for years, living an orderly life, has a good job, and a boyfriend.

When Finn moves in Adele never considers that Finn would be interested in her, not only is she older than the sexy soccer star, but she’s fairly boring. She’s a long way from the wild, out of control girl she used to be, but the more time they spend together the more they seem to find in common, so it’s probably a good thing when she decides to move to New York to be with her boyfriend and get away from the all too tempting Finn.

Not everyone gets a second chance at the things that matter most. Rebecca gives us a look at what is important and how to fight for it. Finn has a HUGE heart and I couldn’t love him more for it, but I also like the fact that Adele isn’t a huge pushover. These two will touch your heart and to top it all off there is an adorable kitten, which I’m a big softie for.

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He was someone who belonged on the cover of Sports Illustrated instead of in my small beach town.

A sexy, cocky Australian soccer star named Finn was the last person I expected to be living with for two weeks.

He showed up at my brother’s house on his wedding night, hot, drunk, and very much not married. Next thing I knew, we were roommates, spending nights watching TV and getting to know one another.

Those two weeks turned into more than either of us bargained for.

He was fresh off a broken heart and I had a boyfriend.

I wasn’t supposed to fall for the jilted jock, especially when I knew we’d be going our separate ways.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except he’s not letting me go without a fight.

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Review – Scandalous Scotsman by M.J. Fields

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Scandalous Scotsman; Cocky Hero Club 
(A standalone within the Cocky Hero World)

by: M.J. Fields

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Loved it, loved it, laughed-out-loud loved it!!

I’m going to admit that I’ve never watched the Outlander (not that I don’t understand references or know the premise), but after reading this book I am now placing that show high up on my to be watched list!!!

Ethan James Stewart is the hottest Scot I’ve ever read, hands down. Growly, grouchy, caring, alpha, big, and loving…oh, I need that accented man in my life.

Add in Elizabeth is also quirky, outspoken, bumbling, and completely heartfelt and loving. I was feeling a major girl crush on her too!

These two together were reading gold. Moments of  pure happiness where I was laughing one moment and then some tears came leaking out of my face the next, but not long after I was laughing once again. Those are the absolute best moments when reading. Well, also when you add in the Scottish accent, and yes I seriously read the accented voice in my head and it’s soooooo dreamy, I really need to visit Scotland. Anyway, add in that Ethan is a cocky doc and Elizabeth is a quicky patient and top it all off that they are new neighbors, this book is a must read!

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One trip down the stairs, caused by a lone Lego, while wrapped in a towel, spewing a plethora of profanities, and my cell phone went flying.
I landed on my ass, and then the ER.
Between those two occurrences was a FaceTime call, placed by a bouncing phone, to the number of a man I didn’t even truly look at, who had now seen more of my body than anyone had since my Tinder days, over a year ago.
Three declined calls later, I limped out the door to get myself to the ER before starting my hectic day.
The ER was packed, but when I saw Nurse Bridget, one of my students’ mothers, I pleaded my case and she hurried me into an examination room.
An hour later, I left on crutches with a bruised ass, a fractured ankle, and an appointment to see an orthopedic surgeon at four p.m.
Arriving fifteen minutes late for that appointment, I heard the sexy yet very brash accent of a man who clearly had an obsession with punctuality and, apparently, no bedside manner.
Dr. Ethan Stewart, tall, copper-haired, sinfully sexy … was a total ass.
After a tongue-lashing about how irresponsible I was to, first, leave the ER with such an injury, and second, be late, I put him in his place … or so I thought.
Turned off by his arrogant attitude, turned on by the roguish glint in his green eyes and the way he spoke, I left his office a hot … and wet mess.
Upon exiting, my phone rang again. It was the same number from before, and I couldn’t help answering to give the caller a piece of my mind.
Once in my car, I hung up, tossed my phone on the passenger seat, and then looked out the window to see him with his phone to his ear and a grin spread across his far too handsome face.
It couldn’t be …
Could it?

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Review – Silver-Tongued Devil by Lorelei James

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Silver-Tongued Devil; Rough Rider Origin Novel 
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by: Lorelei James

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Whether you are a Lorelei James fan, a historical romance fan, a fan of just a well written story, or looking for a new series because this is the where it all begins. Silver-Tongued Devil is the origins of the McKay Rough Riders series and although it may be the last book written it is the beginning of where the families McKay and West began.

I began reading Lorelei James years ago and was instantly hooked. The Rough Rider series became one of my instant buy everything Lorelei ever wrote and also forever has been a one-click author, so of course to have the origins of where this family came from is a feeling of pure giddiness that is basically indescribable.

It does not matter what time Lorelei writes the McKay family in; the 1800’s, the 1900’s, or even the 3000’s (yes, I’d love to see one of my favorite families living in the future) the point is the McKay’s are timeless, Lorelei’s writing is flawless, and I can truly never get enough.

Silver-Tongued Devil takes us back to the wild west. Back to a time when towns were just forming, there was such a thing as courting, and you worked hard for every little thing you had. Silas and Jonas McKay are twin boys who lost their parents young, but moved from the east towards the west and learned different skills along the way. This helped them survive once they finally settled on the spot that would become the McKay homestead. For Silas his dream of owning a ranch and the land needed to maintain the cattle actually coming to fruition. While Jonas was a deputy, which wasn’t necessarily his dream or his long term goal, but for now he was happy looking after his trouble making brother.

Dinah Thompson came out west looking to start over once she lost her parents. As a school teacher and nurse helping out the local doc she was content with her arrangement until Silas began courting her. Dreams of marriage and what could be made her wish time would move faster and also slow down all at once. She loved getting to know Silas’s land, setting up his home and especially getting to know him. If only he’d stay away from trouble everything would be perfect.

While Jonas is also in love with a particular woman, his love is a bit tricker to profess in polite society.  I’ll leave as a statement for you to ponder and discover for yourself when you pick up the book.

The McKay’s and the West’s have been feuding it feels like forever. You hear about it in multiple Rough Rider novels and you get to the bottom of where the animosity stems from here. A lot of questions are answered and just like Lorelei is known for, she doesn’t leave anything unturned. This is a gorgeous book that is not only rich and full of a time long gone, but also full of feisty McKay history. I could read her books forever and I know you will love this one!

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Their love story sparked a brushfire that grew into the legacy of Lorelei James’s Rough Riders series. This standalone historical romance is a prequel to the McKay family saga.

The West doesn’t get much wilder than Silas McKay. He’s earned his cowboy reputation not just as a rancher, but as a brawling card sharp who’s short on cash but long on charm. And just as soon as he claps eyes on the pretty new schoolteacher? Well, Dinah Thompson is about to discover what courtin’s like McKay-style—sweet, hot and passionate.

Luckily, Dinah’s got the sass and sense to stand up to Silas’s shenanigans. She relocated to rural Wyoming to teach and become a self-reliant woman, not to spend her nights dreaming about that blue-eyed rogue and his ranchwork honed-body. But Silas McKay’s powerful appeal and tempting promises convince Dinah to recklessly go all in with him.

When Silas’s long-standing rivalry with Zeke West puts Dinah, Silas and his twin brother Jonas in danger, each one is forced to make difficult decisions about taking a chance to build their legacy . . . and a love that transcends time.

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Review – At Her Command by Joey W. Hill

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At Her Command; Mistresses of the Board Room #1 
(A standalone within a series)

by: Joey W. Hill

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Review:

I’ve read BDSM and D/s books before, but honestly never one where the sub has been male. Let me clarify further in stating that most of the books I’ve read prior have either led toward the male being a switch or still a Dom with perhaps just some servitude like tendencies. So, never one where the male sub has purely been just a sub to a Domme. This was a unicorn find, at least for me.

You see in this world, perhaps just like a rainbow, it isn’t just black and white. There is an array of how people find their pleasure and pain (and most times those two are intermixed), but I enjoyed reading about this rare man who was a sub, in complete service to his Mistress even when not in play, and yet was also a SEAL, a man with full alpha tendencies committed to service and protect by nature, but one not typically at the ready to kneel. At least that he was aware of until he met Rosalinda.

Lawrence had never been in the BDSM world before leaving the military, but now that he’s left his life feels empty and he’s looking for a purpose. He has friends that have played in this world and perhaps see something in him that even he hasn’t recognized in himself, but upon their recommendation he becomes security detail for Rosalinda Thomas, a business woman and Domme.

Rosalinda has had her life threatened and although she doesn’t believe she needs extra protection her friends bed to differ. Upon meeting Lawrence she is impressed with his security measures, but even more so with his subservient vibes. He has never been immersed in the lifestyle and she is itching to teach him everything she knows. Lawrence is someone she gets to personally unlock and truly find out his potential, it makes having someone around to guard her less unappealing.

While Lawrence works at neutralizing the threat surrounding Rosalinda he also struggles with natural submissive tendencies that she brings out in him. He feels the need to protect her, but also to submit. It messes with his mental state the longer he’s around her. How can he be the best choice when he’s pulled in two different directions?

Ros knows in polite society a man is supposed to be the alpha dog and as much as she disagrees with that view she also sees Lawrence struggling with his place in the world. As much as she wants to guide him along his journey, he also has to be willing to take the steps to meet her along the way. A D/s relationship is only as good as the trust they build upon it.

This is the first in the Mistresses series and you are introduced to the Domme’s that will have their own books in the future as well touching base with past Dom’s from Hill’s other series.

Synopsis:

Getting a man on his knees isn’t a problem. To Rosalinda Thomas, it’s an opportunity…

Ros doesn’t accept excuses for falling short. Particularly not from herself. As CEO of a successful New Orleans marketing firm, she knows how to bring quality to the top. The same way she knows how to get it from the men who serve her in the bedroom.

Lawrence has been a SEAL since his teens. He doesn’t know how to be a civilian. So when being a SEAL is no longer an option for him, he accepts a security job at Thomas Rose Associates to keep his edge. But from the moment he sees Rosalinda, his deep need to serve gets redefined.
He’s never belonged to a Mistress. Ros is about to change that.

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