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Reading is my favorite past time. I enjoy opening a book and knowing that there will always be a new experience. My genre of choice is romance.  Whether contemporary or historical, series or standalone. I love them all. 

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Stories inspired by Ruth Cardello's Lone Star Burn series!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WHISKEY  & WOMEN  (KINDLE WORLDS: LONE STAR BURN) BY STEPHANIE HAEFNER

 

 

 

Release Date:  August 30, 2016

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

After being caught in a compromising position, Raelyn Parker needs an escape and her sister’s home in Fort Mavis is the perfect place. Or the worst place. She’s not sure yet. Bad boy cowboys have suddenly become her weakness, especially one in particular. Several townspeople warn her away from him, but she sees something they don’t. This bad boy isn’t as bad as he pretends to be.

Hayes Turner likes his women the same way he likes his liquor—no fuss, straight up, and readily available. The burn from the liquor he can handle, but he vowed to never again be in a position to let a woman destroy him. He has no trouble keeping the women in his life in his bed, but far from his heart, until a big city spitfire reignites something inside him that’s long been extinguished.

 

 

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REVIEW:  WHISKEY & WOMEN  (KINDLE WORLDS: LONE STAR BURN) BY STEPHANIE HAEFNER

 

 

He knows he's not good enough for the prim firecracker with the smart mouth and the classy allure.  She's drawn to the bad boy with the bedroom eyes, tattooed body and wicked personality.  Haefner has a knack for grabbing the attention with unforgettable character and saucy chemistry and sweet stories that easily worm their way into the heart. RaeLyn is nothing like her sister Laney.  She speaks her mind and wants to take a walk on the wild side. Hayes has a hard shell but a gentle center.  Whiskey Women is full of sassiness but the emotions are deeply heartwarming and add to the experience of getting to know these opposites.  5.0 stars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOVE ON TAP (KINDLE WORLDS: LONE STAR BURN) BY JUDY KENTRUS

 

 

Release Date:  June 9, 2016

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Grayson Wolff was currently enjoying the success of the microbreweries he’d added to his family’s chain of roadhouses. Working and taking care of his nine-year-old nephew didn’t leave time in his life for a woman. That all changes when Malibu Barbie comes into the western style bar and orders a Pina Colada, with extra fruit. With her California tan and white shorts she sticks out like a rose among a field of cacti. He didn’t do one-night stands, plus he had too much going on in his life to get involved with a blond-haired bimbo. Causing a scandal was the last thing he needed. He was so close to achieving his personal goal, and no woman was going to mess it up.


Jennie Reynolds took this little vacation before she starts her new job. Driving a U-Haul cross country was a challenge and she’d never received so many middle finger insults in her life. A hot dog motorcycle driver cut her off and she missed her exit. Now she was at some honky-tonk bar in the middle of Fort Mavis, Texas. She was tired and annoyed, but the guy sitting next to her met numbers one through five on her, a-guy-must-have list: Long black hair, stone-gray eyes, tall, lean muscular body, and he was close to her age. Too bad she couldn’t stick around long enough for numbers six, seven and eight, great in bed.

 

 

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REVIEW: LOVE ON TAP (KINDLE WORLDS: LONE STAR BURN) BY JUDY KENTRUS

 

 

 

 

Love On Tap (Kindle Worlds: Lone Star Burn) by Judy Kentrus

 

 

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

 

What a man?  Gray was a little rough around the edges but one of the good ones. The way he looked after Jennie had me drooling.  The funny thing was that Jennie seemed to have it all together.  A fresh start and new job prospect that she was excited about shone brightly on the horizon.  One wrong turn sent her in a whole new direction and introduced her to a major roadblock. LOVE.  Having not read many of Ms. Kentrus' novels I was unsure what I would be in for with this author.  Love on Tap was full of simmering sex appeal and so many hysterical moments I could not keep a straight face most of the time. I received an ARC of Love on Tap by Judy Kentrus in exchange for an honest review.  In a world created by a icon, Ms. Kentrus held her own and wrote a story that is worthy of The Lone Star Burn series.   5 star all the way.

 

 

 

Heartstrings by Casey Hagen

 

 

HEARTSTRINGS (KINDLE WORLDS: LONE STAR BURN) BY CASEY HAGEN

 

 

 

Release Date:  June 9, 2016

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

 

Ryan Ward is desperate to escape her soul-sucking life. Between catering to the work demands of her ambitious father, a popular Washington senator, and extricating herself from her abusive ex-boyfriend, Ryan yearns for the life of which she once dreamed: that of a country singer/songwriter. But how does one of Washington’s elite shed the slimy skin of politics for cowboy boots and a Taylor six-string? And can she do it incognito?

Slade McCall traded money for passion when he left his high six-figure income for a Texas ranch to indulge in his love of the land and, more importantly, his autistic young daughter. With an intractable ex-wife and ranch demands beating him down, the last thing Slade needs in his life is a troubled woman with a fading black eye, the voice of an angel, and a dubious past. But when need outweighs common sense, he hires the would-be country singer for a short stint of housework at the ranch.

Ryan and Slade know tangling their hearts is a bad idea—she has a past to escape and a dream to pursue, and he has a ranch to build and a daughter to protect. But they can’t deny their desires or their hearts, and as their love strengthens it is put to the test. Someone is intent on physical harm, and Slade’s ex is determined to reconcile. Will the pressures destroy what Ryan and Slade have started to build? Or will they follow the sounds . . . of their Heartstrings . . .

 

 

 

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REVIEW: HEARTSTRINGS (KINDLE WORLDS: LONE STAR BURN) BY CASEY HAGEN

 

 

 

HeartstringsHeartstrings by Casey Hagen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


That first chapter may not seem like much to most people, yet to me it's the most important part of a story. Why? It sets the tone for the rest of the book and introduces the major players. It determines if the story will be worthwhile or a waste of valuable time.
Casey Hagen left an impression. I received an ARC of Heartstrings in exchange for an honest review.

First impressions played an important role in the dynamic between Slade and Ryan. On the outside Ryan appeared to be a broken shell. but her most powerful asset proved to be her courage. It took bravery to leave her former life in the rear view mirror and fight for the ability to make her dreams come true. To leave behind the wealth, abuse, shallowness and routine to strike out on her own. This woman didn't know her own strength. Slade may have been the white knight Ryan needed but he is nobody's hero. His own baggage is shielded behind a wall of hurt and mistrust that is just as impenetrable as Ryan's. So much is stacked against this relationship but with a little bit of faith, the love of a child and an open heart - anything is possible. Heartstrings by Casey Hagen brought me to tears and I am not a crier. It's that moving of a novel.



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Lone Star Burn: Broncos & Bouquets (Kindle Worlds Novella) by [Haefner, Stephanie]

 

 

BRONCOS & BOUQUETS (KINDLE WORLDS: LONE STAR BURN) BY STEPHANIE HAEFNER

 

 

 

Release Date:  June 9, 2016

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Laney Parker needs a fresh start and Fort Mavis seems like the perfect place to do it. She’s determined to work hard and make up for her mistakes, vowing not to repeat them. Easier said than done. How’s a girl supposed to concentrate when a hot cowboy keeps rescuing her and pestering her for a date?

Sawyer Williamson is damn good at taming wild horses, but apparently he’s far less competent when it comes to wooing the fairer sex. Or maybe it’s just Laney. He’s never felt this way about a woman before and he’s afraid he’ll screw it up. Or that his past will screw it up for him.

Both Laney and Sawyer have parts of their lives they’d rather not share, but nothing stays hidden forever. Can they prevent the past from interfering with their present?

 

 

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REVIEW:  BRONCOS & BOUQUETS (KINDLE WORLDS: LONE STAR BURN) BY STEPHANIE HAEFNER

 

 

Lone Star Burn: Broncos & Bouquets (Kindle Worlds Novella)Lone Star Burn: Broncos & Bouquets by Stephanie Haefner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Broncos & Bouquets lays the groundwork for a sweet yet simple love story and there's nothing wrong with that. Burned in the past by bad choices that led to guilty consciences and heartache is not easy to recover from. Stephanie Haefner has written a story of hope and healing. The best way to put it is the mistakes of the past do not make a person unworthy of love, it allows them to appreciate it's redeeming power and value it all the more. Poignant.



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HAPPY BOOK DAY! NEW RELEASES FOR AUGUST 29, 2016.

 

 

 Pretending With the Greek Billionaire

 

 

PRETENDING WITH THE GREEK BILLIONAIRE BY KIRA ARCHER

 

 

Release Date:  August 29, 2016

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Always the life of the party, Luca Vasilakis needs to prove he’s capable of taking over his father’s billion-dollar corporation. The perfect opportunity falls in his arms in the form of the reserved but sexy social worker Constance McMurty. What
better way to improve his reputation than to get engaged to a do-gooder who is raising six orphans?

Constance wants nothing to do with Luca. But a poorly timed paparazzi photo lands her in the middle of a media nightmare, and Luca is her only way out. He proposes an idea that will help them both—be his fiancée to gain him some respectability and he’ll make a huge donation to her organization…and save her reputation.

But when their lie starts feeling like the truth, and the chemistry just won’t stop, they have a hard time separating what’s real and what’s fantasy…

 

 

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REVIEW:  PRETENDING WITH THE GREEK BILLIONAIRE BY KIRA ARCHER

 

Pretending With the Greek BillionairePretending With the Greek Billionaire by Kira Archer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Count on Kira Archer to take life's awkward moments and turn them into romance gold. A playboy billionaire makes a desperate bid for good publicity and ends up getting the family he never bargained for. Luca puts the word party in "party animal". Fun, women and booze are constant companions for this rich kid until an ultimatum leaves him trying to clean up his act. Constance is the total opposite. She takes her responsibilities seriously and cares about her charges like her own family members. When a serious situation rises due to a mischievous charge, against her better judgment she agrees to help Luca and herself by posing as a couple. Sparks fly, hearts are at risk and a world of possibilities open up. The little girls were an adorable touch. There is nothing sweeter than a man out of his league due to a handful of little girls



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THE BACHELOR'S PROMISE (BACHELOR AUCTION) BY NAIMA SIMONE

 

 

Release Date:  August 29, 2016

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Aiden Kent never expected to see Noelle Rana again. He’s determined to keep his distance from the beautiful enigma wrapped in denim and leather. He can’t trust anyone with the last name Rana. But he made a promise to his dying mother, and it isn't long before Noelle invades his personal space. He can't stop thinking about the exotic beauty's alluring curves.

He wants the daughter of his enemy, and he’s determined to have her…if only for one night.

If Noelle wants to move forward with her life, she must make a deal with the devastatingly gorgeous, broody millionaire Aiden. He made a promise years ago, and she’s come to collect—even if it means facing down the only man who ever broke her heart. And there's a really good chance he'll do it again.

 

 

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REVIEW:  THE BACHELOR'S PROMISE (BACHELOR AUCTION) BY NAIMA SIMONE

 

 

 The Bachelor's Promise (Bachelor Auction, #3)The Bachelor's Promise by Naima Simone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Easy is not a word that either Aiden or Noelle are familiar with. Fight is the motto that plays on repeat like a theme song in their lives. He's the guy with the chip on his shoulder and enough anguish and guilt to last a lifetime. Noelle's the woman that carries shame and heartache around like her own personal zip code. Events beyond their control has left these two at odds. Can a promise to a dying woman heal two broken hearts? The Bachelor's Promise paints a picture of so much pain, but out of all the bitterness, two people learned how to hope again. Naima Simone blended the passion and heat of a complicated rivalry to make for a fiery story of forgiveness and courage. Powerful message: Love can stomp out hate.



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CALLED UP (CALLING IT) BY JENNIFER DOYLE

 

 

 

 Release Date:  August 29, 2016

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

There are two things Max “Deke” Deacon can always count on: his old high school teammates and Fitz Hawkins. But no matter how much Deke might secretly fantasize otherwise, a relationship with one of his best friends is off limits. Until one unexpectedly smoldering encounter has Deke and Fitz looking at each other in a whole new way.

Angelica “Fitz” Hawkins knows for a fact that it is not better to have loved and lost. After losing her parents, she’d rather lock up her heart and throw away the key than endure that kind of pain again. If that means giving up any hope of a lasting relationship, then so be it.

With Deke, Fitz finally feels like she's back in the land of the living. But she won’t risk another broken heart—even if it means saying good-bye to Deke for good. It’s up to Deke to convince her that the safest place she could ever be is right here with him.

 

 

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REVIEW:  CALLED UP (CALLING IT) BY JENNIFER DOYLE

 

 

Called Up (Calling It, #2)Called Up by Jen Doyle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


There is fear in exposing the weakest parts of the soul. That vulnerability can be easily susceptible to hurt and makes it hard to recover if the wounds are deep enough. Called Up explores the frailties of the heart and how sacrifice and risk, though scary are beneficial to keeping hope alive. Deke is Fitz's other half. He lifts her spirits, encourages her dreams and forces her to face her emotions despite the difficulty of doing so. He's someone that she's come to rely on and that is the one thing she cannot and will not allow. She knows the pain of loneliness and the darkness of loss. No way will she allow those emotions into her life again. Letting go is not easy, but the right thing to do.

Deke has seen Fitz at her worst. He knows her fears. She challenges him at every turn, breaking his heart little by little as she pushes him away. What she doesn't fathom is for him the unknown is worth the risk and he'll do whatever it takes to keep from losing the woman he secretly loves. Ms. Doyle examines the uncertainty of falling in love in an easily understood setting that is full of so many emotions it's gritty, painful but well written and disturbingly accurate.



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VIRTUAL TOUR : AT FAIRFIELD ORCHARD (FAIRFIELD ORCHARD) BY EMMA CANE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first in Emma Cane’s sparkling new series, 

 

set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. 

 

 

 

 

 

AT FAIRFIELD ORCHARD

 

Fairfield Orchard #1

 

Emma Cane

 

Releasing Aug 30th, 2016

 

Avon Books

 

 

 

 

 

Emma Cane welcomes you to Fairfield

Orchard, where new love blooms and romance is always in season.

 

 

 

For Amy Fairfield, the family

orchard is more than a business. With its blossom-scented air and rows of trees

framed by the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s her heritage and her future.

But right now, it’s also a headache. Putting a painful breakup behind her, Amy

has come home to help revitalize Fairfield Orchard. She doesn’t have time for

the handsome-distracting-professor who wants to dig into her family’s history

for his research.

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Gebhart knows he needs the

Fairfields’ cooperation to make his new book a success. As for Amy-nothing in

his years of academia could have prepared him for their sudden and intense

attraction. He doesn’t want to complicate her life further, especially since

she seems uneasy about him poking around in the past and he knows he’s not the

sort of man built for forever. But some sparks can’t help but grow, and

Jonathan and Amy may just learn that unexpected love can be the sweetest of

all.

 

 

 

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REVIEW: AT FAIRFIELD ORCHARD (FAIRFIELD ORCHARD) BY EMMA CANE

 

At Fairfield Orchard (Fairfield Orchard #1)At Fairfield Orchard by Emma Cane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


To mature consists of a never ending cycle of wisdom, self -discovery and learning from past events that shape those to come. Reading At Fairfield Orchard felt like perusing a family album and taking a stroll down memory lane. That sense of connection with the main characters felt that realistic and deep. Emma Cane shared one woman's journey into the complicated territory of facing the good, bad and heartbreaking. Growth never stops no matter the age, but the benefit of the lessons learned are the ability to impart our knowledge to the people we love and gain a better understanding from what long gone ancestors have left behind. I could practically feel the emotion radiating off the pages.



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EXCERPT

 

Jonathan Gebhart got out of his car and breathed in the crisp air of Fairfield Orchard, ripe with the sweet scent of apple blossoms. In the distance, the Blue Ridge Mountains undulated into the disappearing mists of midmorning, their haze the mysterious blue they were named for. But everywhere else he looked, surrounding this oasis of buildings and a barn, the foothills were covered in the pink and white of blossoming trees, following long lines like the teeth on a comb. Had Thomas Jefferson known what would become of the land when he’d sold it almost two hundred years ago? Jonathan intended to prove it wasn’t what other historians said it was.

 

He’d driven the half hour west from Charlottesville, Virginia, to Fairfield Orchard, rehearsing his most persuasive speech over and over. He wasn’t known as the most outgoing of guys, but he was passionate about history and hoped that would be enough. But strangely, he didn’t see a soul. A huge old barn that looked well over a hundred years old stood open and deserted. It had a lower level made of stone with its own entrance in the back, and the soaring upper level framed in weathered gray boards was stacked with crates and bins for the autumn harvest. A food shack and small store were obviously closed. There were picnic tables and benches, all positioned to take in the beautiful view of central Virginia during the harvest season. But in the spring, the public grounds were deserted.

 

Past a copse of towering oak and hickory trees was a dirt lane, which he followed around a curve until he saw a big house with white siding, blue shutters, and a wraparound porch around the original building. A two-story addition had been added to the right side. A battered blue pickup truck was parked nearby. He climbed the front steps, but no one answered the door. Jonathan hadn’t called in advance, assuming that a request like his was better handled in person, but that had obviously been a mistake. There must be a business office or warehouse somewhere else on the grounds.

 

And then in the first row of apple trees next to the house, he saw a ladder disappearing up inside, and a pair of work boots perched on a rung, their owner partially hidden by branches and blossoms and bright green leaves. He’d done his research, knew that the owner was Bruce Fairfield, a Vietnam vet in his sixties.

 

“Mr. Fairfield?” Jonathan called as he approached the tree. “Bruce Fairfield?”

 

Sudden barking startled him, and a dog came up out of the straggly grass growing through a dark loam of what looked like fertilizer around the base of the tree. The medium-sized dog resembled a cross between a German shepherd and a coyote, its pointy ears alert.

 

“What’s up, Uma?”

 

The voice from within the tree was far more feminine than “Bruce” should have. The dog sat down and regarded Jonathan, her spotted tongue visible as she panted, her head cocked to the side.

 

A woman pushed aside a branch and peered down, wreathed in pink and white blossoms, her sandy brown hair pulled into a ponytail beneath a ragged ball cap with the Virginia Cavaliers logo. She had a delicate face with a pointed chin, and a nose splattered with freckles. She was already tan from working outdoors, with eyes clear and deep blue and narrowed with curiosity. She wore a battered winter vest over a plaid shirt with a t-shirt beneath, and a faded pair of jeans with a tear at the knee. She held clippers in one hand.

 

“What can I do for you?” she asked, then added apologetically, “We’re still closed for the off-season.”

 

“I know. I’ve come from Charlottesville to speak with the owner.”

 

Brightly, she said, “I’m one of them.”

 

That rearranged his conclusion that she was just an employee.

 

“Hope you don’t mind if I keep working while we talk,” she added.

 

He blinked as her face disappeared behind the branch she released. Soon, he could hear occasional snipping, and saw a branch drop to the ground. She seemed like she was examining, more than pruning. He was used to talking to students who tried to hide their texting during a lecture, but he couldn’t force this woman to pay attention to him. At least the dog watched him with expectation.

 

“My name is Dr. Jonathan Gebhart, and I’m an associate professor of history at the University of Virginia, with a specialty in colonial history, particularly Thomas Jefferson.”

 

She gave a snort of laughter. “Of course.”

 

He stiffened. “Of course?”

 

“Thomas Jefferson founded the university, right?”

 

Did anyone from the area not know that?

 

“I hear he might as well still be alive,” she continued, “the way some people refer to him. I guess you’re one of the worshippers.”

“If you consider historians worshippers,” he said dryly.

 

She peeked out from behind a branch and gave him an amused smile. “I didn’t mean to offend, but you caught me on a bad day. I’m trying to remember my pruning skills. It’s been a while, and it’s not exactly the season for it.”

 

“May I ask to whom I’m speaking?”

 

Her smile widened. “My, don’t you have a pretty way of talking. I’m Amy Fairfield.”

 

“Daughter of the owner?”

 

“Technically one of the new owners, remember?”

 

She disappeared behind a branch again and continued pruning. Bees buzzed about her, alighting delicately on blossoms, but she ignored them.

 

“It’s all a mess right now, of course,” she continued. “My parents have just retired and left to have the time of their lives in the RV they always dreamed of.” She peeked at him again. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for them, but they caught the whole family off guard, and now everyone has to decide who’s coming back when, taking leaves of absence or quitting their jobs altogether, so we can keep the orchard going. And though I always worked weekends in the fall, it’s been a long time since I was involved in the spring.” She wrinkled her nose. “Way more than you wanted to hear, sorry.”

 

And then she became silent as she examined her work critically. Her family problems were none of his business, though his curiosity began to formulate questions that he tamped back down.

 

“I’m here to ask a favor of you.” He paused, but she didn’t reappear. Taking a deep breath, he said, “I’m writing a book on the land Thomas Jefferson owned, and how selling it changed the course of Albemarle County and Virginia itself. As you know, your ancestors purchased this land from him.”

 

“I know.”

 

“You have an incredible inheritance here. One of our founding fathers walked this very land.”

 

“I know that, too. But he walked a lot of land around here. I spent the last thirteen years in Charlottesville, sometimes running campus trails. I’m sure I walked lots of places TJ walked.”

 

TJ? Though he corrected his students when they were so disrespectful, he found himself amused by Amy’s irreverence. He well knew that Jefferson wasn’t a saint, simply a flawed, though brilliant man.

 

But there were more important things on the line, like the book he needed to finish for his tenure portfolio. Without tenure, he could lose the career he’d worked so hard for, be let go from UVA. But even more important was his big hypothesis, the one that could turn his book into a bestseller and give him the prestigious career he’d always dreamed of.

 

“So what do I have to do with TJ?” Amy asked.

 

“I’d like your family’s permission to interview them and look through the historical records you’ve kept through the years.”

 

“Historical records?” she echoed. “Don’t you find that stuff at courthouses or online?”

 

“You cannot find family Bibles or original land deeds so easily, not to mention family stories passed down through generations.” He glanced at the house again, knowing it was far too recently built, and hoping Google hadn’t misled him. “I believe there’s an older house than this?”

 

“Yep, but we’ve closed it up to keep people from getting hurt.”

 

A headache started to form. “Is it in disrepair?” He hoped Amy Fairfield and her family appreciated their own history.

 

“Not really, but no one is living there now, and we don’t want vandals disturbing it.”

 

The pressure between his eyes eased. “You get many vandals out here?”

 

“I didn’t think so, but I’m not the one who made the decision. My father was. And then he left, leaving it to my siblings and me to continue family tradition—whether some of us wanted to or not,” she added dryly.

 

He wasn’t sure where she fit in on that spectrum, but it wasn’t his concern. “Can I reach your father by phone or email?”

 

“Sure, but maybe you’d rather talk to my grandfather.”

 

He smiled with relief. The elderly had a better grasp of the importance of the past. “Do you think he’d speak with me?”

 

Amy spread the branches and gave him a long look from head to toe. He felt an odd connection, her gaze almost a physical touch. He was baffled to experience an awareness of her as a woman, when he could barely tell she was one beneath her farmer’s garb. Those vivid blue eyes studied him as if judging him. He’d been judged and found wanting before, and he wouldn’t go through that again.

 

“I can’t speak for Grandpa, Jon, but—”

 

“Jonathan.” He withheld a grimace, knowing that he shouldn’t be correcting her when he needed her help.

 

“Sorry. I don’t know if now’s the best time to be stirring things up. The orchard … well, we have a lot of work to do this summer, and it’ll be time for the harvest before you know it. I just started working here again a couple days ago. How about next winter?”

 

“I can’t wait until next winter,” he said patiently. “This is the last section of the book, and I have to submit it by this fall to even have it ready in time for my tenure review next year. You do know what tenure is.”

 

Those dark blue eyes narrowed, and she cocked her head. “Gee, maybe you better spell the word for me.”

 

He briefly closed his eyes, knowing he was making things worse. “Forgive me.”

 

He took a step toward her, trying to find the right words. He startled the dog, who jumped up and hit the ladder, which began to fall sideways. Amy let out a yelp and grabbed a branch even as the ladder crashed through several branches and hit the ground. Her feet struggled to find a thick enough branch to support her, and Jonathan reached for her. She was still too high to grab around the waist, but when he ducked under a thin branch and stepped beneath her, her toes brushed his shoulders.

 

“Step right on me,” he urged.

 

For a moment, he thought she would refuse, but at last she let herself drop a bit, and her big muddy work boots settled on his shoulders. She wasn’t even that heavy, and he realized she was probably smaller than he’d imagined, being half-hidden by the tree and wearing layers of warm clothing.

 

“If I was still a cheerleader,” she said, “I’d have a spotter to help me jump.”

 

At least she didn’t sound upset with him. He needed her goodwill. “I’ll squat, and you should be able to jump easily.”

 

“You forget, I’m still in between all these branches.”

 

“I’ll go straight down, and you be careful.” He sank slowly onto his haunches.

 

Using the tree for balance, she swung away from him and landed lightly on the ground. Still bent over, he came out from beneath the tree and practically ran right into her. Straightening, he stared down at her and she stared up, not six inches away from each other.

 

“You’re taller than I thought,” she said.

 

“And you’re shorter.”

 

“I am,” she said ruefully.

 

Though smiling, she backed away as if he was contagious. To his surprise, he regretted that.

 

“I made a mess of your jacket,” she pointed out.

 

He looked down at his shoulders. “It’s just dirt. It’ll come clean.”

 

She flashed that teasing smile again, and he realized she might be flirting with him. The thought was surprising, a little disorienting.

 

“You’d say anything to get my cooperation,” she said.

 

He looked into those intelligent blue eyes, and imagined many a man would. He would, too—for his research. Right now, it had to come before anything else. “Your cooperation is crucial. I have a theory that Jefferson might have escaped to here during the American Revolution, instead of to his land to the south.”

 

She tilted her head. “But he didn’t have a house here.”

 

He widened his eyes in surprise. “No, he didn’t. You know more about TJ than you let on.”

 

He’d thought to put her at ease with a lighthearted tone, but those intriguing eyes suddenly seemed to shutter. He decided right then that going into detail about his research might put her off.

 

“No, I don’t know all that much,” she said, looking away.

 

“I’ll be conducting research at the library at Monticello, and also here, if you’ll permit it. I need to find proof that I’m right. Can I count on your cooperation?”

 

“I’ll think about it.”

 

She was already retrieving the clippers and righting the ladder. He tried to help, but she gave him a distracted smile.

 

“I can do it. This is my job now, you know.”

 

“What did you do before?”

 

“Real estate.”

 

He could see her as a friendly, outgoing saleswoman. “Did you always mean to come back to the orchard?” he asked, curious.

 

“Interesting question. I don’t really know. As for your request, why don’t you come back tomorrow, and I’ll give you my answer.”

 

And she maneuvered the ladder back into the tree and climbed up, disappearing within the spring blossoms until he could only see those muddy boots. He turned and strode back to his car.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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up reading and soon discovered that she liked to write passionate stories of

teenagers in space. Her love of “passionate stories” has never gone away,

although today she concentrates on the heartwarming characters of Valentine

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alongside her husband Jim and their rambunctious dog Uma.

 

 

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars


It started with a laugh, bloomed with a lie and ended in romance. On the roadway to love there are many turns off course before smooth sailing wins out. Ms. Lacey takes the comedic approach and creates a love story that is full of lighthearted antics and unforgettable moments. A wily old woman, a determined town and an embarrassing incident lead Ethan and Gabby on a collision course with destiny and each other in Run to You. Run to You leaves a lasting impression with continuous laughs and a feeling of family, home and heart.



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EXCERPT

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“I’m glad you brought me out here.” Gabby stepped over a tree root, lifting her skirt with her free hand so that she didn’t trip.

Ethan squeezed her left hand. “Me, too. The rock face is right up this way.”

They came around a corner and the path opened up to a big rock looming at least thirty feet into the air. There were some creases and cracks in it, but how anyone could scale it with only their bare hands—or why they would want to—was completely beyond her. “You can seriously climb that?”

“I can climb it. Ryan can kick its ass, though.”

“Okay then. Show me.”

With a cocky grin, he reached up and hooked his hand into a crack in the rock. He pulled himself up, his biceps flexing most impressively as he climbed. Holy shit, that was sexy. Soon she was left with nothing but a view of his very fine ass. And by the time he’d reached the top, she was so turned on, she could hardly stand it.

“So?” he called from the top. “You going to join me or what?”

“Not a chance. But I will enjoy watching you climb back down.”

“Gotta give the lady what she wants.” His fine ass reappeared over the edge as he started back down. He took his time on the descent, and if she wasn’t mistaken, he might have reached for a few hand and footholds that made him flex his muscles a little more than was strictly necessary.

“You’re a show-off,” she said when his feet were back on solid ground.

He was a bit out of breath, his bronzed skin glistening with sweat, trademark smile still in place. “No clue what you’re talking about.”

“No? You really needed to reach all the way to that notch?” She gestured above them. “Instead of the one closer to your shoulder that maybe wouldn’t have shown off your lovely biceps quite as well?”

He flexed for her. “What, these old things? And for the record, I totally needed the leverage.”

“Mm-hmm.” For some reason, she put her hand on his biceps, and oh crap, that was a mistake. His skin was hot beneath her fingers, and his blue eyes blazed into hers.

“Killing me, Gabby,” he murmured. “Killing me.”

His words sent a bolt of red-hot desire right through her, and she must have made a sound because Ethan sucked in a breath, his gaze locked on her lips. His hands settled on her hips, burning into her skin through the thin fabric of her skirt.



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Series: The Spare Heirs, #2

Author: Elizabeth Michels

Pubdate: September 6th 2016

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Elizabeth Michels is the award-winning author of the Tricks of the Ton series.  This romance author lives in a lake-side town in North Carolina with her husband and son.  She’s a fan of shoes, coffee, mimosas, laughter, hugs, things that are sparkly, and tater tots. Oh, and she likes her readers a lot too. Dive into her latest series about the members of a secret club in London, The Spare Heirs Society, today! Connect with Elizabeth on her website: http://www.elizabethmichels.com/

 

 

Hi, everyone! Let’s play a game! Since deception is a key ingredient in THE REBEL HEIR, the second book in my Spare Heirs series, I thought it would be fun to play two truths and a lie.  Can you guess which fact isn’t true about me?  Good Luck!

 

Fact 1.)  The Tragic Snow Angel Incident. 

One winter I took a trip with my family to the mountains of North Carolina.  While we were there being cozy in front of the cabin’s stone fireplace on the top of a mountain, there was a snow storm and we woke up to 18 inches of snow.  For a southern girl, that’s pretty exciting.  So I was out the door that morning with a smile on my face.  Spying an area that was untouched by footsteps, I knew I wanted to make a snow angel!

 

I closed my eyes and fell backward, ready to meet a cold pillow at my back.  Instead, the surface crunched as it swallowed me whole.  Minutes later I was still sprawled on the gravel drive, looking up from a person shaped hole in the snow much like when a cartoon character jumps out a window and only that section of glass breaks.  As it turns out, snow isn’t that soft.  And that’s how I broke my tailbone—in a tragic snow angel incident.

 

Fact 2.)  The Hair Debacle.

When my husband was in college, I had many different jobs.  He went to Clemson University, (Go Tigers!) which is in the small town of Clemson, South Carolina.  Needless to say jobs in my field of interior design weren’t plentiful.  I tried many different paths during that period of time from measuring people for a weight loss company, to managing a plumbing parts showroom, I tried it all.  But the worst of my jobs, in my opinion, was when I sold hair to bald men. 

 

I managed a local branch office of a toupee company.  Men would come into the salon and have their hair glued down every few weeks and leave with luxurious heads of hair.  I was in charge of an inventory of hundreds of toupees and the staff who administered the glue.  And the worst part of this?  I was fired for improper filing of hair pieces.  It was quite the hair debacle.

 

Fact 3.)  The Glitter Fiasco.

I’m a huge fan of sparkly things.  Years ago, I took my fondness for bedazzling to the next level with the help of an author friend when we started adding a bit of sparkle to the lives of our friends at writer conferences.  Some may refer to it as Glitter Bombinghotel room doors at 3 am, but I like to think of it as spreading cheer—lots of glittery cheer.  *grins*

 

At a conference last year, armed with glittery confetti and a roll of scotch tape, we slipped out the door.  Two doors into spreading cheer around the conference hotel, we paused at a long, narrow table opposite the hotel elevator doors.  We knew that our next friend was still awake and we needed to get in and get out as quickly as possible.  To get ready, we looped pieces of tape around our fingers and stuck them to confetti for the door.  There we were, each with ten pieces of sticky paper on our fingers and bags of glitter on the table in front of us when a member of the housekeeping staff walked around the corner carrying an armful of towels.  We froze.  She pressed a button on the elevator. 

 

Always a quick thinker, my friend picked up the only thing other than our bags of glitter and confetti on the table—the telephone receiver.

“Front desk.”

 

She pushed the button to hang up, but kept the phone to her ear, never saying a word.  We had no reason to be standing there at 3 am, shoulder to shoulder, staring at the blank wall opposite the elevators.  And the lady’s elevator simply refused to arrive. 

 

Had it been 3 minutes?  10?  Would the silence ever end?

 

Fighting back laughter, I turned to my friend.  “They’re not answering?”

 

My friend had been poised with the phone to her ear for longer than could be considered normal.  Still, silence.  Finally the elevator arrived, the doors opened, closed again, and we ran.  Anxious to get away from the scene of the crime, we tore into the bag of glitter faster than we’d intended, leaving a HUGE pile of glittery confetti on the floor outside our friend’s door.  And that was when hotel security arrived... 

 

We were escorted off the property, still in our pajamas and with glittery evidence covering our hands.  And that’s how I was arrested for being too sparkly, as well as banned for life from a major hotel chain.  It was a complete glitter fiasco.

 

EXCERPT

 

His heart beat beneath Evangeline’s hand.

“Ash, this is dangerous— whatever is happening here…”

“I know.” He grinned the wicked grin of a swindler about to steal the prize. “Say that you enjoy it as much as I do, Evie. Admit that you like breaking your rules with me.”

“They aren’t my rules,” she said.

“Then why follow them?”

She swallowed and looked up at him. “I make poor decisions on my own.”

“I disagree,” he said, still holding her close. He toyed with the hair that fell over her shoulder.

“I haven’t thrown you from my bedchamber. I’m certain that’s a poor decision.”

“That’s a matter of opinion,” he said with a grin. “What’s your opinion? What do you want, Evie?”

You, her heart screamed, but her mouth refused to form the word. Her gaze dropped back from the depths of his eyes to his lips. He was so close, and yet he only touched her hair and held her hand to his chest. It would be so easy to rise to her toes and show him what she wanted. And yet it wasn’t easy at all.

 “You think I haven’t noticed that you’ve been staring at my mouth since I arrived?”

“I have not…” She began to disagree, but it would have been a lie and he knew it.

“Say that you want me to kiss you, Evie.”

“I would never…” she began, but fell silent.

“Tell me you want me. Say the words and I’ll kiss you.”

Evangeline’s lips parted, but she said nothing.

“Say, ‘I want your lips on mine, Ash.’ That’s all you have to do. I could show you so many things, Evie. Do you want me to? Say the words.”

Her breathing came out harsh as her heart pounded in her chest. How was he making her so unsettled simply with words?

“I could bring you so much pleasure, Evie. Do you want me to touch you? To truly touch you? If you asked me, I would fit your breasts into the palms of my hands just like this.” His hand hung in the air over her breast, close enough that she could feel the heat of his skin through her night rail. “Then I would lower my mouth to take your nipple between my teeth, tugging at your polished exterior until the real Evie pulled me closer. I would take your breast into my mouth and with my tongue…” He sighed, dropping his hand away from her. “But you have to tell me you want it.”

“Ash,” she whispered, already missing the heat of him close to her skin.

“There’s a world out there that you could experience. All you have to do is stop hiding and tell me what you want.”

It wasn’t that simple, was it? She opened her mouth, unsure how to speak of her own desires. She never talked that way, not like Ash was able to do. But the truth was, she did want him to kiss her. She wanted everything about this man. That was also the trouble. She couldn’t be trusted to speak— not just now. “I…”

He grinned and brushed a strand of hair from her face, placing a kiss on the top of her head as he did. “You’re almost there. Just a few more words. Perhaps you need more encouragement.”

“No.” She took two steps backward until her heels bumped the wall. “I- I’m quite…”

“Evie, has anyone ever spoken to you this way?” He took slow steps to close the gap between them.

“No,” she breathed.

“Do you like it when I do?” He grinned down at her as if he could hear all the thoughts she was too afraid to voice aloud. “I think you do. Do you want me to continue?”

“Do I have to say that as well?” she asked.

“No. I’ve learned in my line of work that it’s sometimes necessary to give someone a taste of what they want before they’ll pay the price.”

“Is that what you’re doing to me? Is this a taste of what’s to come?” Heaven help her, she hoped it was.

“Only if you want it. That’s my price.” He shifted her hair from her shoulder as he spoke, letting it fall down her back.

“That seems…” Whispers of his touch brushed down the side of her neck as he moved her hair. She worked not to lean into his palm and feel the full force of his hand on her skin. “…reasonable.”

“I thought so as well.” He shifted even closer to her, leaning his arm on the wall above her head and surrounding her without the benefit of his embrace to steady her. “If you tell me you want me to kiss you, I’ll kiss you here.” He spoke the words against the sensitive skin beneath her ear before moving down her neck, not touching her, but close enough that she could feel the warmth of his lips.

She splayed her hands on the wall behind her to keep from tipping sideways. He wasn’t even touching her, and still she struggled to breathe.

“I would kiss my way down your neck to just here where I can see your pulse beating rather fast. Is it beating fast because you want me to kiss you, Evie?” he asked against her skin. “You know my terms. Say the words. This is only the beginning…”

 

 

 

 

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Author: Jane Ashford
Pubdate: September 6th 2016
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A proper English wife, or the freedom of the sea?
Lord James Gresham is the fifth son of the Duke of Langford, a captain in the Royal Navy, and at a loss for what to do next. He’s made his fortune; perhaps now he should find a proper wife and set up his nursery. But the sea calls to him, while his search for a wife leaves him uninspired. And then, a dark beauty with a heart for revenge is swept into his life.

He can’t have both, but he won’t give up either
Half-English, half-Polynesian Kawena Benson is out to avenge her father and reclaim a cache of stolen jewels. There’s nothing for James to do but protest his innocence and help Kawena search for the jewels, even though it turns his world upside down.

 

 

Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. Her historical and contemporary romances have been published in Sweden, Italy, England, Denmark, France, Russia, Latvia, Slovenia, and Spain, as well as the U.S. Twenty-six of her new and backlist Regency romances are being published by Sourcebooks. Jane has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. She is currently rather nomadic.

 

 

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She needs love but wants revenge. He lives for the adventure of the sea, but knows he has responsibilities to keep. What the Duke Doesn't Know is a journey vengeance, finding inner peace and being true to one's self. Kawena has to learn how to move forward without bitterness and anger and accept what cannot be changed, as well as all the traits that make her unique. James needs to discover that being true to your heart does not mean letting go of what he loves but understanding what it requires to blend his heart'safe desire and his life's responsibilities in a way that proves to be both beneficial and relaxing. Kawena and James' pathway to acceptance is enlightening and inspiring but monotonous at times.



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EXCERPT

 

James had just started his letter to Nathaniel when there was a knock at the door. “Come in,” he called without looking up.
He heard the door open, and a lilting voice say, “Hello.”
James turned in his chair. Kawena stepped through his bedchamber door, shut it, walked over, and sat down in the armchair by the empty fireplace. “I wanted to thank you,” she began.
“You can’t sit here,” James said.
She looked down at the comfortable chair, back up at him. “Why not?”
“This is my bedroom.” The moment he said it, he became acutely conscious of the bed just a few feet away.
“I know. I came up to thank—”
“It isn’t proper,” he blurted out.
“But you are taking some trouble to help me. When you don’t really wish to. I can see that, you know. It is only right that I thank—”
“Not that. You shouldn’t be in a man’s bedchamber. Alone. With him. Me.” He heard himself stammering like a callow youth, and was revolted. She was just so very beautiful. Utterly alluring, really. The effect seemed multiplied here in his private quarters. And she appeared so at ease—as if they knew each other far better than they actually did. James could almost imagine her coming over to him, offering a hand to pull him to his feet, and closer… No, this line of thought was unacceptable. He stood and moved toward the door instead. “It isn’t done,” he added. “Young ladies do not visit gentlemen in their bedchambers.” Well, some did, if what he’d heard about country house parties was true, but that was…irrelevant to this discussion.
“We must speak only downstairs?” wondered Kawena. “Is that an English rule?”
Her honest bewilderment was rather charming. “If a man and a woman are alone in a bedchamber, people assume they’re…up to something improper,” James explained.
“Getting into bed together, you mean?” Kawena replied without a trace of embarrassment. She gazed at the wide four-poster as if it was on exhibit.
James felt his cheeks redden. Years at sea might have left him unused to polite female company, but even his brother, Robert, the town beau, would have been confounded by this quite unusual young woman. “Er, yes.”
“But we are not.”
“No… Not in this case. However—”
“And no people know that I’m here,” she pointed out. “I told no one I was coming up.”
“You can never tell when there’s a servant about,” James replied. The staff at Langford always seemed well aware of everyone’s movements.
“Do they hide and watch?” said Kawena, looking surprised.
James choked back a laugh, and then wondered if maybe they did. How else would that housemaid have seen Sebastian with the frogs…? But that was beside the point. He needed to remove a lovely young woman from his bedchamber—didn’t he? Yes, yes. And wasn’t that a problem he’d never imagined having? When had it become his job to preach the proprieties? He felt like a fool even trying. But if she didn’t go soon, he might not be able to resist… James decided to shift the onus off onto someone else. “This is my brother’s house. I wouldn’t wish to upset him, or his wife.”
Kawena cocked her head. “Your brother and Ariel would not approve of my being here?”
James assumed so. No, of course they wouldn’t. And that was beside the point. He nodded.
To his relief, Kawena rose at once. “I would not wish to offend them. They have been very kind to me.” She shrugged as she moved toward the door. “My father always says…” She paused, swallowed. “Said that it is rude to disregard others’ customs when it does you no harm to observe them.”
“Pr…precisely.” She passed quite close to him on her way out. Her long fall of black hair swayed seductively with each step. Was he really throwing her out of his room? Her initial words came floating back. She’d come up to thank him. Perhaps with something warmer than words? Some marvelous island custom? No. She hadn’t meant that. Clearly, obviously. No sign whatsoever of any such thing, despite her unembarrassed mention of bedding. Besides, it would be an awkward complication, as they were living together in his brother’s house. Not together. As fellow guests. Strangers, in fact.
“Good night,” said Kawena.
“Good night,” James replied, shutting the door firmly behind her.
He leaned against it, listening to her soft footsteps retreat along the corridor. Perhaps helping her wasn’t quite such a burden. It would give him a chance to become better acquainted with one of the loveliest, and most unusual, girls he’d ever encountered. Her courage and fire drew him—now that she’d stopped calling him names. How many women, how many people, would have done as she had, sailing halfway around the world to find justice? Very few, hardly any, really, he thought. She’d looked positively intrepid, stepping out of the shrubbery with her gun. And under his hands, on the turf, she’d felt… James fell into a pleasant reverie. It was some time before he returned to his letter.

 

 

 

 

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I love to read, and write. I only read romance, any in that genre really. But it has to have a beautiful happy ending, I know reality isn't like that, but I read to excape real life not re-live it. Reality is too broken and jaded without having to live through the trauma and angst in a book for it to end unhappily.



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Release Date:  August 30, 2016

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

As an extreme-sports mogul, billionaire Micah Sinclair is comfortable taking risks. But nothing—and no one—has ever challenged him like Tessa Sullivan. He’s fascinated by the woman who’s overcome so much, including the loss of her hearing. The petite blonde dynamo, a small-town restaurateur on the Maine coast, is the most courageous person he knows, and he wants her in his bed. Now all he has to do is convince Tessa to explore their desire.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars


ARC Review: The Billionaire's Voice ( The Sinclairs) by J.S. Scott

It's hard for me to put into words the emotions stirred by The Billionaire's Voice. Tessa and Micah are like poetry in motion. Their feelings are evident in every expression and like a beautifully choreographed ballet is just as haunting. Tessa is a symbol of hope and inspiration for any person who faces a obstacle that seems insurmountable. She had stumbles but dusted herself off and despite wanting to never gave up on her dream. She deserved a chance to shine and have happiness. Micah came into her life at a time when she needed an helping hand and something to believe in. His guidance and devotion were what concurred her self - doubt and healed her spirit. The Billionaire's Voice is stunning. I am blown away. J.S. Scott has been on my radar for a few months and based on the beauty that is Micah and Tessa I will be back.



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EXCERPT REVEAL:. THE BACHELOR AUCTION BY RACHEL VAN DYKEN

 

 

We have your first look at THE BACHELOR AUCTION releasing on October 4 and we can guarantee, you do not want to miss the first book in this brand new series from Rachel Van Dyken!

 

 


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Cinderella never had to deal with this crap.

 

Jane isn’t entirely sure that Cinderella got such a raw deal. Sure, she had a rough start but didn’t she eventually land a prince and a happily-ever-after? Meanwhile, Jane is busy waiting on her demanding, entitled sisters, running her cleaning business, and . . . yep, not a prince in sight. That is, until a party and a broken shoe incident leave Jane wondering if princes—or at least, a certain deliciously hunky billionaire—maybe do exist.

Except Brock Wellington isn’t anyone’s dream guy. A prince would never agree to be auctioned off in marriage to the highest bidder. Or act like an arrogant jerk—even if that is just a façade. Now, as Brock is waiting for the auction chopping block, he figures it’s karmic retribution that he’s tempted by a sexy, sassy woman he can’t have. But while he and Jane may not get a fairy tale ending, maybe they can indulge in a little bit of fantasy . . .

 


 

 

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 EXCERPT

 

Thick wavy auburn hair fell in disarray over his forehead. It was lush, shiny, perfect. Were guys born with hair like that? Or was his somehow chemically engineered? His full lips pressed together in a secret smile as the equally handsome man next to him said something, then erupted in laughter.

The first man stiffened, then shook his head. His broad shoulders seemed to grow tight as a drum. A slight tic in his jaw was the only clue that he was irritated or maybe outright angry.

And then his shoulders slumped as he was handed another drink and then another.

Nervous. He must be nervous. But what could a man like that possibly have to be nervous about?

He easily towered over most of the men in attendance. Suddenly his posture changed, then he smiled.

Jane felt her mouth drop open in shock.

Dazzling.

He was…like a duke or a lord or a prince from a storybook. Clearly, she read too many romance novels, but his entire presence demanded attention; screamed authority, importance, and sex. Lots and lots of sex.

Yes, his virility was a tangible thing, as if she could reach out and grasp it with her fingertips.

“What are you doing?” Esmeralda yelled in her right ear, interrupting her blatant sexual fantasy about a complete stranger. Great. That’s what her life had come to. And sadly? It was the most fun she’d had all night.

Jane turned to Esmeralda, prayed for patience, and answered. “Sorry, I was just thinking.”

“You’re so boring.” Esmeralda rolled her eyes. “No wonder you got dumped.”

Another fun fact? Esmeralda was mean when she was drunk.

The reminder of the breakup burned like acid.

It had been a year ago, not that it mattered. It still hurt that the last guy she’d dated had told her that although she was cute, she wasn’t really doing it for him anymore.

Right. Doing it.

Maybe that was because she hadn’t done anything for him or with him, and he found that lacking. But they’d only dated for a few weeks. Did normal girls do that? Put out after a few weeks? Apparently.

She wasn’t normal.

But if that was normal, maybe she was better off being strange.

“Jane, are you even listening to me?” Esmeralda whined. “Essence needs you to dance next to her for a bit. I’m tired and tipsy. I want to sit. Plus your dress blends in enough that it won’t take attention away from her.”

No way. What? What had she just said?

Jane wrapped her arms around her middle. “I’m sorry, what?”

Without warning, Esmeralda grabbed Jane’s hand and jerked her toward the dance floor, causing Jane to lose her footing and crash directly into Esmeralda’s back. Then, like a domino, she slammed back into Essence.

Jane opened her mouth to shout out an apology, but Esmeralda was already too drunk to listen to reason. With determination in her eyes, she reached for the pearls at Jane’s neck but grabbed the fabric of the dress instead.

Her poorly sewn dress ripped instantly, causing the fabric to slink past her strapless bra. A diagonal slit split up her thigh almost all the way to her hip. In an effort to cover herself, she took a step and tripped, thanks to her clunky shoes.

And then she fell to the floor.

Hard.

Her sisters watched in horror—but neither of them offered a hand. They were probably kicking themselves for forcing her to come. Esmeralda leaned over but missed Jane’s shoulder by a mile, grabbing her hair and giving it a tug, which only made Jane wince harder.

Both sisters were completely tanked.

And she was less than two minutes away from being trampled by the other sweaty bodies around her.

She glanced up.

And into the eyes of the man she’d just been lusting after.

Oh God, the humiliation was complete.

That one glance told her he’d seen it all. She swallowed back the thickness building in her throat. Of course the only time he’d notice her would be when she’d ripped her dress and nearly took out a few guests on her way down to the dance floor.

The crowd gathered around her.

And the sexy man disappeared—probably off in search of a girl with perfect hair, perfect teeth, perfect clothes.

She really should have stayed home.

Tears filled her eyes as a heel pressed into her right hand. With a jerk she tugged her hand free, struggling to get up to stand on her wobbly feet, when suddenly she was pulled to a standing position and then swept up in strong arms.

Jane’s eyes were still so blurry from unshed tears she couldn’t make out the man’s face as he carried her out of the crowd.

He smelled like heaven.

She fought the insane urge to press her face against his chest and just…close her eyes.

Because he felt safe.

Pathetic, when a stranger’s arms provided more safety than her own family. And yet he felt…right.

In a world where things for the past ten years had felt so wrong.

He felt right.

Maybe she’d had too much champagne.

 

 

 

 

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VIRTUAL TOUR: MY FAIR PRINCESS (IMPROPER PRINCESSES BY VANESSA KELLY

 

 

 


 



 


The Improper Princesses—three young women descended from royalty, 

 


each bound for her own thrilling adventure . . .





 



 


MY FAIR PRINCESS

 


Improper Princesses #1

 


Vanessa Kelly

 


Releasing Aug 30th, 2016

 


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First,
Vanessa Kelly brought readers The Renegade Royals. Now, in a delightfully witty
new series, she introduces The Improper Princesses—three young women descended
from royalty, each bound for her own thrilling adventure . . .

 



 


Despite being the illegitimate
daughter of a prince, Gillian Dryden is happily ignorant of all social graces.
After growing up wild in Italy, Gillian has been ordered home to England to
find a suitable husband. And Charles Valentine Penley, the excessively proper,
distractingly handsome Duke of Leverton, has agreed to help transform her from
a willful tomboy to a blushing debutante.

 



 


Powerful and sophisticated, Charles
can make or break reputations with a well-placed word. But his new protégée,
with her habit of hunting bandits and punching earls, is a walking scandal. The
ton is aghast . . . but Charles is thoroughly intrigued. Tasked with taking the
hoyden in hand, he longs to take her in his arms instead. Can such an
outrageous attraction possibly lead to a fairytale ending?

 

 

 

 

 

 



 


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My Fair Princess (The Improper Princesses #1)My Fair Princess by Vanessa Kelly

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


A heroine unlike any other ...

Gillian is not afraid to be herself. Even when everyone else is pushing her to become someone else. Vanessa Kelly creates characters that are bold and electrifying. I don't think that I have every come across one as strong willed as Gillian in one of her stories, however. When summoned home to take her place as the toast of the social elite, she meets her biggest challenge in the one man determined to change her wild ways. What Charles finds is a free spirit that appeals to his inner wildness. Can he accept the beauty that is Gillian or will he break his own heart in taming her? I love to read stories that integrate the importance of being true to one's self. There is a piece of beauty in ever soul. Thanks for shining a light on that message Vanessa Kelly.



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EXCERPT


“Letitia, I’m the one who should be insulted. You rejected me once, and now you’re propositioning me in the middle of a ballroom. Did you really believe I would fall for your tricks again?”
She struggled to control her temper and made a credible job of it. “Poor Charles, you always were a fool. That, I see, has not changed.”
“Well, now that we’ve exchanged a sufficient number of insults, I think—”
Before he could finish, Jack materialized from behind a nearby pillar. “Excuse the interruption,” he said brusquely, “but I need to borrow Leverton.”
Letitia sneered. “You may have him. He’s quite as rude as you are, Lendale, which I had not thought possible.”
Jack laughed. “Up to the old game again, eh, Letitia?” He looked at Charles. “She tried it on me a few weeks ago, if you can believe it.”
Her pale blue gaze brimmed with hatred. “You are no gentleman.”
“And you are no lady, so we’re even,” Jack said in a cheerful voice.
Charles thought she would choke on the spot. And he thought he would choke on the laugh he decided to swallow. “I suppose I should be annoyed that I was her second choice. Again.”
“Consider yourself lucky,” Jack replied. “But enough of this nonsense, old boy. You need to rejoin your party immediately.”
The vague anxiety that had been lurking around the edges of Charles’s consciousness sprang into sharp definition.
“Dear me,” Letitia said in a catty voice. “There is a commotion on the other side of the dance floor, and I believe I see your protégé, Your Grace. She seems to be engaged in some kind of dispute with my husband and Lord Andover.”
When Charles took a hasty step toward the dance floor, Letitia grasped his arm. “Are you sure you want to do that? You know how much you hate scandal, my dear Charles.”
“Letitia, what did you do?” he asked.
She shrugged her beautiful white shoulders. She’d almost destroyed him years ago, and now she’d apparently decided to do it to Gillian.
“Why?” he demanded.
“Because she decided she wanted you, old son,” Lendale said. “And she clearly thought Miss Dryden was an impediment.”
“I don’t have time for this,” Charles said, disgusted. He stalked away, trying to ignore Letitia’s mocking laugh. He wove his way through the crowd, moving as quickly as he could without knocking anyone over.
“Why the hell weren’t you keeping on eye on Gillian?” Charles snapped when Lendale caught up with him.
“I’d just gone off to get some refreshments, for God’s sake. I’d snagged a footman with a tray of drinks when I saw that Letitia had trapped you in her evil snare.”
“You shouldn’t have left Gillian on her own, Jack.”
“She’s your damn responsibility, not mine. Besides, she was with her grandmother the last time I saw her. How the hell was I supposed to know she would get into an argument with one of the greatest morons in London?”
“You have no idea how many ways that blasted girl can get into trouble,” Charles said. “And speaking of Lady Marbury, where is she?”
“There she is,” Jack said, all but pushing a corpulent earl out of their way. They ignored his protests as they hurried to join her.
“Charles, there you are,” she said in a relieved voice. “I stepped away to the retiring room, and I came back to this. You must make Lord Andover go away before Gillian does something dreadful.”
“I intend to,” he said in a grim voice. Unfortunately, he was still several feet away when he saw Gillian’s lips curve up in a smile that made it clear mayhem was about to occur.
By the time he got clear of a gaggle of excited debutantes, Gillian was practically standing on Andover’s toes, saying something that Charles couldn’t hear over the din of the crowd. A moment later, she delivered an outstanding right hook that caught Andover under the chin.
Since the earl was well-known at Gentleman Jackson’s for having a glass jaw, the effect was both predictable and profound. He toppled like a felled tree, straight into a cluster of bystanders, including a footman carrying a tray of champagne goblets. The poor footman tumbled into a middle-aged matron possessed of a well-padded figure, and both went crashing down to the floor, along with the champagne.
“What a nice, flush hit,” Jack said in an admiring voice.
“Do not tell her that,” Charles growled as he elbowed past a pair of girls who were shrieking and fanning themselves in a dramatic fashion.
Jack shot a sly grin at Charles. “I don’t mean to interfere, old boy, but you might want to drop a word in Miss Dryden’s ear that boxing isn’t usually the done thing in the middle of a ballroom.”
“Thank you for that extremely helpful bit of advice, you idiot,” Charles said in a blighting tone.
Jack simply laughed.
Charles stalked up to Gillian, who stood over Andover, flexing her hand. When she glanced up at him, she let out a sigh. At least he thought she sighed, since it was hard to hear anything in the growing pandemonium.
Gillian clasped her hands at her waist and patiently waited, a picture of serene beauty in the midst of chaos.
“Well, Miss Dryden,” Charles said, “now that you’ve provided the main entertainment for the evening, what have you planned for an encore?”
She flicked a glance around the crowded ballroom that seethed with excitement and gossip. Then she looked back at him and shrugged. “I hadn’t thought that far ahead, Your Grace. I am, however, entirely open to suggestion.”

 


 



 


 



 


Vanessa Kelly is an award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the
review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of
Historical Romance.” Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated
for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single
Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Her
current series, The Renegade Royals is a national bestseller. Vanessa also
writes USA Today bestselling contemporary romance with her husband, under the
pen name of VK Sykes.

 



 

 

 

 





 




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 Pretending With the Greek Billionaire

 

 

PRETENDING WITH THE GREEK BILLIONAIRE BY KIRA ARCHER

 

 

Release Date:  August 29, 2016

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Always the life of the party, Luca Vasilakis needs to prove he’s capable of taking over his father’s billion-dollar corporation. The perfect opportunity falls in his arms in the form of the reserved but sexy social worker Constance McMurty. What
better way to improve his reputation than to get engaged to a do-gooder who is raising six orphans?

Constance wants nothing to do with Luca. But a poorly timed paparazzi photo lands her in the middle of a media nightmare, and Luca is her only way out. He proposes an idea that will help them both—be his fiancée to gain him some respectability and he’ll make a huge donation to her organization…and save her reputation.

But when their lie starts feeling like the truth, and the chemistry just won’t stop, they have a hard time separating what’s real and what’s fantasy…

 

 

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Pretending With the Greek BillionairePretending With the Greek Billionaire by Kira Archer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Count on Kira Archer to take life's awkward moments and turn them into romance gold. A playboy billionaire makes a desperate bid for good publicity and ends up getting the family he never bargained for. Luca puts the word party in "party animal". Fun, women and booze are constant companions for this rich kid until an ultimatum leaves him trying to clean up his act. Constance is the total opposite. She takes her responsibilities seriously and cares about her charges like her own family members. When a serious situation rises due to a mischievous charge, against her better judgment she agrees to help Luca and herself by posing as a couple. Sparks fly, hearts are at risk and a world of possibilities open up. The little girls were an adorable touch. There is nothing sweeter than a man out of his league due to a handful of little girls



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THE BACHELOR'S PROMISE (BACHELOR AUCTION) BY NAIMA SIMONE

 

 

Release Date:  August 29, 2016

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Aiden Kent never expected to see Noelle Rana again. He’s determined to keep his distance from the beautiful enigma wrapped in denim and leather. He can’t trust anyone with the last name Rana. But he made a promise to his dying mother, and it isn't long before Noelle invades his personal space. He can't stop thinking about the exotic beauty's alluring curves.

He wants the daughter of his enemy, and he’s determined to have her…if only for one night.

If Noelle wants to move forward with her life, she must make a deal with the devastatingly gorgeous, broody millionaire Aiden. He made a promise years ago, and she’s come to collect—even if it means facing down the only man who ever broke her heart. And there's a really good chance he'll do it again.

 

 

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 The Bachelor's Promise (Bachelor Auction, #3)The Bachelor's Promise by Naima Simone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Easy is not a word that either Aiden or Noelle are familiar with. Fight is the motto that plays on repeat like a theme song in their lives. He's the guy with the chip on his shoulder and enough anguish and guilt to last a lifetime. Noelle's the woman that carries shame and heartache around like her own personal zip code. Events beyond their control has left these two at odds. Can a promise to a dying woman heal two broken hearts? The Bachelor's Promise paints a picture of so much pain, but out of all the bitterness, two people learned how to hope again. Naima Simone blended the passion and heat of a complicated rivalry to make for a fiery story of forgiveness and courage. Powerful message: Love can stomp out hate.



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My Fair Princess (The Improper Princesses #1)

 

 

 

MY FAIR PRINCESS (THE IMPROPER PRINCESS) BY VANESSA KELLY

 

 

Release Date:  August 30, 2016

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

First, Vanessa Kelly brought readers The Renegade Royals. Now, in a delightfully witty new series, she introduces The Improper Princesses—three young women descended from royalty, each bound for her own thrilling adventure . . .

Despite being the illegitimate daughter of a prince, Gillian Dryden is happily ignorant of all social graces. After growing up wild in Italy, Gillian has been ordered home to England to find a suitable husband. And Charles Valentine Penley, the excessively proper, distractingly handsome Duke of Leverton, has agreed to help transform her from a willful tomboy to a blushing debutante.

Powerful and sophisticated, Charles can make or break reputations with a well-placed word. But his new protégée, with her habit of hunting bandits and punching earls, is a walking scandal. The ton is aghast . . . but Charles is thoroughly intrigued. Tasked with taking the hoyden in hand, he longs to take her in his arms instead. Can such an outrageous attraction possibly lead to a fairytale ending?

 

 

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REVIEW:  MY FAIR PRINCESS (THE IMPROPER PRINCESS) BY VANESSA KELLY

 

My Fair Princess (The Improper Princesses #1)My Fair Princess by Vanessa Kelly

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


A heroine unlike any other ...

Gillian is not afraid to be herself. Even when everyone else is pushing her to become someone else. Vanessa Kelly creates characters that are bold and electrifying. I don't think that I have every come across one as strong willed as Gillian in one of her stories, however. When summoned home to take her place as the toast of the social elite, she meets her biggest challenge in the one man determined to change her wild ways. What Charles finds is a free spirit that appeals to his inner wildness. Can he accept the beauty that is Gillian or will he break his own heart in taming her? I love to read stories that integrate the importance of being true to one's self. There is a piece of beauty in ever soul. Thanks for shining a light on that message Vanessa Kelly.



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Fire Brand

 

 

FIRE BRAND BY DIANA PALMER

 

 

Release Date:  August 30, 2016

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

He'll risk his whole heart to save her from the past 

Gaby Cane was always a bit afraid of her attraction to Bowie McCayde. Even when she was fifteen and Bowie's family took her in, she had sensed his simmering resentment. Now ten years later, she's an aspiring journalist who can hold her own with any man professionally, the dark shadows of years gone by far behind her. Then Bowie strides back into her life—only this time, he needs her, and the pull of loyalty to his family is too strong to ignore.  

When Bowie asked Gaby to help save his family's Arizona ranch, he never expected the girl he once knew to return transformed into a stunning, successful woman. As they work together, Bowie is shocked to find that her innocence and beauty stir a hunger he can't deny. But the rogue rancher can sense something holding her back, and he's determined to uncover the terrible secret Gaby is fighting to keep hidden…

 

 

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Fire BrandFire Brand by Diana Palmer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Bowie was blessed with good looks but a sour disposition. Enamored of his pretty face, it's once he opens his mouth the acidic personality shines through. Gaby is an outsider with a huge heart but a secret past that is as dramatic as it is heartbreaking. She's tenacious, fierce but broken inside. I received an ARC of Fire Brand in exchange for an honest review. Fire Brand is the Diana Palmer I've been waiting to see again. When she puts pen to paper I expect to feel a stirring of my emotional compass and she sent it off the charts with this read. In Fire Brand Ms. Palmer examines how secrets and subterfuge can leave a lasting impression. Not just on one life but many. She blends two different love stories with the rough terrain of the Arizona desert and creates a story that is as haunting as the prairie and history that she used as the back drop. This novel made me remember why I enjoy her stories.



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AN INDECENT PROPOSAL  (THE O'MALLEYS) BY KATEE ROBERT

 

 

Release Date:  August 30, 2016

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert continues her smoking-hot series about the O'Malleys-wealthy, powerful, and full of scandalous family secrets.

Greed. Ambition. Violence. Those are the "values" Olivia Rashidi learned from her Russian mob family-and the values she must leave behind for the sake of her daughter. When she meets Cillian O'Malley, she recognizes the red flag of his family name . . . yet she still can't stop herself from seeing the smoldering, tortured man. To save her family, Olivia sets out to discover Cillian's own secrets, but the real revelation is how fast-and how hard-she's falling for him.

Plagued by a violent past, Cillian is more vulnerable than anyone realizes. Anyone except Olivia, whose beauty, compassion, and pride have him at "hello," even if she's more inclined to say good-bye to an O'Malley. While his proposal of sex with no strings seems simple, what he feels for her isn't, especially after he learns that she belongs to a rival crime family. Cillian knows that there is no escape from the life, but Olivia may be worth trying-and dying-for . . .

 

 

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REVIEW:  AN INDECENT PROPOSAL  (THE O'MALLEYS) BY KATEE ROBERT

 

 

An Indecent Proposal (The O'Malleys, #3)An Indecent Proposal by Katee Robert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


ARC Review: An Indecent Proposal (The O'Malleys) by Katee Robert

Cillian and Olivia are like a bad cliche'. Their love story reads like a Greek tragedy. Surrounded by violence, ambition and sadness, each is searching for a way to escape. Katee Robert's story of sacrifice, survival and redemption is lead by courageous central characters who are more than the danger, darkness and tragedy embedded in their DNA. Each has to overcome obstacles ranging from guilt, to unknown enemies and secrets in order to find the strength to leave behind the bitterness and mistrust ingrained in their souls. It is amazing to me how flexible an author Ms. Robert is proving to be. Her street smart heroes and heroines are as intriguing as her suave heroes and sassy heroines. An Indecent Proposal has that edge of danger that good girls love.



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For Better or Worse (The Wedding Belles, #2)

 

 

FOR BETTER OR WORSE (WEDDING BELLES) BY LAUREN LAYNE

 

 

 

Release Date:  August 30, 2016

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

 

Will a budding wedding planner and her bad boy neighbor stop banging heads and start hearing wedding bells in the sexy second novel in USA TODAY bestselling author Lauren Layne’s irresistible new series that marries Sex and the City with The Wedding Planner?

When small-town girl Heather Fowler finally gets promoted from assistant to actual wedding planner, she’s determined to make it as one of Manhattan’s elite Wedding Belles. Unfortunately, her first client demands an opulent black-tie affair at the Plaza…in five months’ time. Heather’s days quickly become a flurry of cake tastings, dress-fittings, RSVP cards, and bridal tantrums. But what she’s really losing sleep over is the live music blaring from her playboy neighbor’s apartment all night.

Five years ago, Josh Tanner was an up-and-comer on Wall Street, complete with the penthouse and the migraines. But a grim cancer diagnosis made him realize there is more to life than the corner office. If only he could convince his pretty, workaholic neighbor to let loose, too. As Heather lets down her guard, Josh is surprised when he starts falling for the sweet, vulnerable woman hiding beneath those power suits. Soon, it’s Heather’s turn to convince Josh to take the biggest risk of all: love.

 

 

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For Better or Worse (The Wedding Belles, #2)For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



ARC Review: For Better or Worse (The Wedding Belles) by Lauren Layne

It's not very often that I can picture the characters as actors in a live movie. With Heather and Josh I totally could. Josh has had a hard road and been faced with some tough choices but the uncertainty and adversity has made him aware of his inner strength and allowed him to gain new appreciation for his surroundings. Heather balances out the seriousness with her quirky yet charming personality. I entered this story dreading the serious subject matter and exited applauding the excellent way it was handled. For Better or Worse mixes drama with charisma and ended up surprising me.



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NEW RELEASE: THE SCANDAL (BILLIONAIRE'S BEACH) BY CHRISTIE RIDGWAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE SCANDAL (BILLIONAIRE'S BEACH)  BY CHRISTIE RIDGWAY

 

 

 

Release Date:  August 25, 2016

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

USA Today bestselling author Christie Ridgway takes you back to Billionaire’s Beach! Three graduates of the first all-female class of the prestigious Continental Butler Academy go surfside to find work, play…and love. Read their stories in The Scandal, The Seduction, and The Secret.

Sara Smythe sought refuge from unwanted notoriety at the Nueva Vida estate in Malibu, California. As the butler, it’s up to her to turn the empty house into a welcoming showplace, though the owner isn’t in residence…until he arrives one fateful day.

Wealthy businessman Joaquin Weatherford seeks peace and quiet too—only to discover he has a housemate in the guise of a sexy and beautiful blonde butler. He’s been immersed in work, but now he has time to smell the roses—and the perfume of the oh-so-tempting Sara. Neither is looking for romance, let alone love, but under a California sun two wary hearts will open to a brighter future together.

 

 

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REVIEW:  THE SCANDAL (BILLIONAIRE'S BEACH)  BY CHRISTIE RIDGWAY

 

The Scandal (Billionaire's Beach Book 4)The Scandal by Christie Ridgway

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


An author that can keep readers invested, is worth every penny spent. Sara despite her strength of character has found herself in a spot and in need of a secure place to escape her lapse in judgement and the infamy that came with it. Her haven becomes a complicated mess when she finds herself working as a butler and in over her head with the attractive man of the house. Joaquin and Sara make an interesting pair. The workaholic and the infamous maiden away from the distractions of the outside world, find everything one can ask for. The Scandal, supplies a wonderful escape from the dismal and a chance to step into the sun.



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THE REBEL'S RETURN (RED RIVER) BY VICTORIA JAMES

 

 

Release Date:  August 22, 2016

 

 

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Natalia Puccini has spent her entire life playing by her overbearing but well-intentioned Italian family's rules...except the one time she took a chance on a bad boy and fell hard. She's worked to get her life back on track so when Aiden McCann comes sauntering back into town with his heart-stopping smile, Natalia vows not to fall for him again. There's no way she'll let him mess with her perfectly planned life...and there's no way she'll let him near her heart again...

Now reformed and a self-made success, Aiden is tormented by regrets and secrets. He left Red River years ago filled with anger and resentment and a promise to never come back. But when his ill father needs help, Aiden knows it's time to face the mess he left behind, and face the one woman he never got over. It doesn't matter how beautiful or intriguing she is, though, because he'll never be able to give her what she needs. As soon as his father is healthy, Aiden is leaving Red River...for good.

 

 

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REVIEW: THE REBEL'S RETURN (RED RIVER) BY VICTORIA JAMES

 

The Rebel's Return (Red River, #4)The Rebel's Return by Victoria James

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


How do you move forward when the past grabs hold of your present? The Rebel's Return puts it all out there. Love, lust, loss and regret are major stepping stones on Aiden and Natalia's path to forgiveness. Both are rebels with something to prove. Nat wants her family's approval and respect on her own terms. Aiden longs for respect and wants to move on from his reckless youth. The way people see us is how we perceive ourselves to be. The key is to not let negativity shape who we are. With The Rebel's Return, Ms. James crafted a story of maturity and hard faced lessons that are contemplative and motivating.



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The Earl's Return

 

 

THE EARL'S RETURN (MARRIAGE MART MAYHEM) BY CALLIE HUTTON

 

 

Release Date:  August 22, 2016

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

London, 1819. Four years ago, Darius, the Earl of Redgrave fled London two weeks before his wedding to Lady Mary’s sister and married another woman. Now a widower, he has returned to seek a new wife.

One woman catches his eye . . .

At first, Lady Mary doesn’t recognize the handsome lord as the cad who ran out on her sister. After giving him the cut direct in a London ballroom, she finds herself running into him everywhere she goes, and fighting a forbidden attraction. Not only has Mary sworn off men, Redgrave is so very wrong for her. But she cannot stop thinking of his kisses. Redgrave means to stay away from Mary but it is impossible. Passion between two people who can never be together is a dangerous game.

 

 

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REVIEW:  THE EARL'S RETURN (MARRIAGE MART MAYHEM) BY CALLIE HUTTON

 

The Earl's ReturnThe Earl's Return by Callie Hutton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A mysterious flight, a secretive marriage. An instant attraction. A forbidden love affair. The Earl's Return is like lightning in a bottle. Sparks fly, turbulence ensues but love finds a way. Mary is devoted to her family, her spirit is fierce but her heart is torn. Darius is a man of mystery. Scandal dogs him and secrets haunt him. The biggest obstacle that stands in the way of these two are the events of four years prior. Mary's family was destroyed, her sister left heartbroken and unanswered questions have lingered for years. Nothing came easy with this couple. Complicated history lead to guilt and turmoil, but pressing forward helped mend the tatters of past mistakes.



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BEDDED BLISS (FOUND IN OBLIVION) BY CARI QUINN & TARYN ELLIOTT

 

 

Release Date:  August 22, 2016

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Michael Shawcross is living the dream, opening up for his idols,
Oblivion, on his band Warning Sign’s first tour. Until an overzealous fan goes
too far and his hard-partying ways catch up to him in the form of an ultimatum
from his manager, Lila Crandall.



Clean up your image—or else.



Single mom Chloe Adams is in Vegas for a rare girls’ night out. She wasn’t ever
supposed to be attracted to another rockstar. In fact, she’s in rockstar rehab,
and the cure for her addiction definitely isn't a sexy, smart-assed guitarist
with wicked fingers.



She never expects to accidentally end up his wife. Or to have her new husband
suddenly decide that she’s the solution to all his problems. And surprise…he’s
happy to show his appreciation in a number of interesting, inventive ways.



Pretending their marriage is real might just be the hottest proposition she’s
ever been given.



But what happens when a lie becomes the truth? 

 



 


BEYOND OBLIVION - A Rockstar Romance full of sexy fun set within the
world of our Lost in Oblivion series! You never know who you'll see show up in
the books.
 

 

 

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Bedded Bliss (Found in Oblivion, #1)Bedded Bliss by Cari Quinn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


What made Bedded Bliss work for me is that the two main characters where total opposites but without either one the story wouldn't have been as enjoyable. The chemistry was electric. The attraction was sensuous, dialogue was saucy and the story itself was total guilty pleasure material. He needed to tone down his wild ways. She needed to amp up hers. Um. Um. Good.



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TWISTED UP (TAKING CHANCES) BY ERIN NICHOLAS

 

 

Release Date:  August 23, 2016

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Avery Sparks is a master at controlling chaos - and she gets plenty of opportunities as fire chief and head of emergency management in her hometown of Chance, Nebraska. The only thing she can't seem to control are her feelings when she's around Jake Mitchell, the man who was her first everything the night of their high school graduation. But Jake was so quick to leave Chance - and Avery - behind that she swore she'd move on.

While Avery's job is to minimize drama, Jake embraces the chaos of an emergency. After enlisting in the Army National Guard, Jake became a nationally recognized leader in disaster recovery. Yet a life on the road has left him restless. So when a class-four tornado wreaks havoc on Chance, he's eager to return home - and to the woman never far from his mind.

Now, Avery and Jake must team up to help their hometown weather a siege of violent storms. But it's clear to them both that nature isn't the only force they'll have to reckon with. Will Avery and Jake's whirlwind love affair be an all-new disaster - or can they recover from their stormy past to build a future together?

 

 

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Twisted Up (Taking Chances, #1)Twisted Up by Erin Nicholas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


In times of adversity is when a person discovers how strong they really are. Twisted Up has action, humor, tension and sex appeal. It also has heart, the centerpiece of every Erin Nicholas' story. The Taking Chances series is off to a fine start. In times of chaos and uncertainty a small town must band together to survive. Two estranged lovers must work together to protect the community and the people they love. Twisted Up showcases the hard work and determination of emergency workers, but also gives hope. This story shines a light on an ever growing problem, tornadoes and the havoc they leave in their wake.



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Truly, Madly, Deeply by Jeannie Moon

 

TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY (KINDLE WORLDS:  BAREFOOT BAY) BY JEANNIE MOON

 

 

 

Release Date:  August 23, 2016

 

 

 

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Nick DeMarco was a covert operative who breezed in and out of the lives of the people he cared about often without warning. This included his sister Josie’s best friend, Lila Novak.
Nick and Lila had a torrid affair the last time he dropped into Barefoot Bay, and now that he’s back, possibly for the long haul, he hopes she’ll forgive him for disappearing without a word.
Lila loves her life as a teacher at Mimosa High School, but her affair with Nick has thrown her a curveball she never expected. Carrying his baby, she’s faced with the loss of her job unless she agrees to do the last thing she wants to do – marry him.

Truly, Madly, Deeply is set in Roxanne St. Claire's Barefoot Bay Kindle World but can be read as a standalone

 

 

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Truly, Madly, Deeply (Barefoot Bay Kindle World)Truly, Madly, Deeply by Jeannie Moon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Life is too short to have to deal with mean spirited people. So if you have nothing good to say, don't speak at all. Jeannie Moon tackles the misery caused by gossip and how hope can bloom from the ashes of despair. Lila quickly learned that spitefulness has no age limit and no zip code. Even beauty hides ugliness. Misery loves to breed chaos and that is exactly what she faces down with integrity and grace. Nick, needs direction after being dealt a life changing blow. Can the beauty of Barefoot Bay smother the uncertainty of his future?  Such a lovely story. Not even this ideal place is heavenly all the time.



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ONLY IN YOUR ARMS (KINDLE WORLDS:  BAREFOOT BAY) BY DEBRA FISK

 

 

Release Date:  August 23, 2016

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Tracking down leads to his partner’s murder was all that mattered to Detective Noah Donavan, and finding Marco Talarico was his number one priority. When his captain makes him take vacation or face suspension, Noah uses the time to do some sleuthing in Barefoot Bay, the location of his suspect.

Luciana Talarico has been dreaming of making a name for herself her entire life. When her new business idea finals in the Golden Ticket Contest, she can’t get out of New York fast enough--saying goodbye to her dead end job and her overbearing family. Too bad her dead beat brother picks that moment to get into trouble—again! If that weren’t enough, running head first into Noah is a distraction her heart wants but could ruin everything.

Noah uses his connections in Barefoot Bay to go undercover. Using Marco’s sister, Luciana isn’t the best idea he’s ever had but it’s the only one he’s got. Too bad she’s everything he could hope for and more. When the two meet the sparks fly, but with so much at risk for both of them, will they give in to their hearts?

 

 

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Only In Your ArmsOnly In Your Arms by Debra Fisk

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Things just got way more complicated for the man with the plan. Noah needs answers. A fallen comrade and missing suspect lead him to the beautiful Barefoot Bay. Who-dun-its are my closet addiction and I'm always up for a little romantic enticement. Only In Your Arms delivers heat and deceit. Luciana dreams are on the verge of reality, when her screw up brother lands himself in hot water. His misfortune leads her into dangerous territory. One wrong move could cost her more than she's willing to risk. The lure of Luciana and Noah is the train wreck you know is coming but can't look away from. Anytime I can visit Barefoot Bay is an adventure.



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FURIOUS RUSH BY S. C. STEPHENS

 

 

Release Date:  August 23, 2016

 

 

 

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The first in an emotion-fueled, New Adult series from the #1 bestselling author of the Thoughtless novels!

 

Too fast, too furious—and way too hot to handle…

 

Mackenzie Cox has a lot to prove. Daughter of a racing legend, she is eager to show the world that she has inherited her father's talent in the male-dominated sport of professional motorcycle racing. The last thing Kenzie needs is to be antagonized by her rival team's newest rider, Hayden Hayes. Plucked from the world of illegal street racing, Hayden immediately gets under Kenzie's skin. His insinuations that Kenzie is a spoiled princess who was handed her career fuels her desire to win, and much to her surprise, Kenzie soon learns she performs better when she's racing against Hayden.

 

As Kenzie and Hayden push each other on the track, the electric energy between them off the track shifts into an intense—and strictly forbidden—attraction. The only rule between their two ultra-competitive teams is zero contact. Kenzie always does her best to play by the rules, but when her team slips into a financial crisis, she has no choice but to turn to Hayden for help. The tension simmers during their secret, late-night rendezvous, but Kenzie has too much to lose to give in to her desires. Especially when she begins to doubt that Hayden has completely left his street life behind...

 

 

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Furious RushFurious Rush by S.C. Stephens

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Extreme sports are a big draw to sports enthusiasts. The adrenaline rush, expensive machines and death defying stunts are breathtaking. Furious Rush captures all the thrills of this risky sport and goes one step further by mixing in the most heart stopping adventure of all. Falling in love. Kenzie's adventurous spirit leads her down some treacherous roads and some spotty choices. Hayden is a bad boy with a need for speed and the heart of a champion. Kenzie was a lot of fun, she was sassy when she had to be, brutal when necessary but her choices were always her own and that makes for a strong and remarkable main character.



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SHOW ME HOW (THATCH) BY MOLLY MCADAMS

 

 

 

Release Date:  August 23, 2016

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

New York Times bestselling author Molly McAdams delivers another heart-wrenching, emotional novel in her Thatch series…

After her first love was ripped from her grasp four years earlier, Charlie Easton was sure she would never be able to trust anyone with the shattered pieces of her heart again. That is, until Deacon Carver forces himself into her life, and makes those pieces swirl in chaos. But Charlie doesn't know how to let him in… until a stranger stumbles upon a notebook filled with her innermost secrets, and shows her how.

Deacon Carver is known for sleeping his way through the town of Thatch, as well as the surrounding cities—something he used to take pride in. But that persona has haunted Deacon ever since he decided to leave that life behind for the girl he wants more than anything: Charlie Easton.

But when another girl falls into Deacon's life, allowing him to be himself without judgment for his past, will their conversations hinder his relationship with Charlie … even if he's never seen her?

 

 

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Show Me How (Thatch, #3)Show Me How by Molly McAdams

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Stories with first person narrative make for powerful storytelling. It allows the reader to experience the events in the characters lives almost first hand. For that reason, Show Me How is impacting because the ability to empathize and understand Charlie's grief and self doubt as well as Deacon's journey from playboy to changed man are more relatable. There is no handy pocketbook to show the way to travel through tragedies, obstacles and growing as a person. We're all winging it, learning as we go and hoping we get it right. Show Me How is about owning choices we make and gaining knowledge from the past to help create a better person.



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WITH EVERY BREATH (SLOW BURN) BY MAYA BANKS

 

 

Release Date:  August 23, 2016

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

#1 USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks continues her suspenseful and sizzling Slow Burn series with this fourth book—a mesmerizingly sexy tale of a strong, brilliant woman who encounters the one man who makes her lose all control.

Eliza Cummings fought free of a monster who terrorized her when she was an innocent teenager and helped put him away for good. She took a job with Devereaux Security Services and devoted every hour to taking down the very thing she’d nearly become. No one, not even those closest to her, know her darkest, shameful secrets. But now the killer has been set free on a legal loophole and it’s only a matter of time before he comes for her. Eliza's only choice is to run and lead the monster away from the people she loves.

Wade Sterling has always lived by his own rules, a law unto himself who answers to no one. He’s never professed to be a good man, and he’s definitely not hero material. Wade never allows anyone close enough to see the man behind the impenetrable mask—but one woman threatens his carefully leashed control. He took a bullet for her and the result was more than a piece of metal entrenched in his skin. She was under his skin and nothing he did rid himself of the woman with the courage of a warrior and who thinks nothing of putting her life before others.

But when Wade sees a panicked and haunted Eliza he knows something is very wrong, because the fool woman has never been afraid of anything. And when she tries to run, the primal beast barely lurking beneath his deceptively polished façade erupts in a rage. She may not know it, but she belongs to him. This time, Eliza isn't going to play the protector. She was damn well going to be the protected. And as long as Wade breathes, no one will ever hurt what is his.

 

 

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REVIEW:  WITH EVERY BREATH (SLOW BURN) BY MAYA BANKS

 

With Every Breath (Slow Burn, #4)With Every Breath by Maya Banks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Maya Banks is an author that I have been reading since her Pregnancy and Passion series was originally published in 2013. Her Harlequin stories are treasures that I repeatedly return to and are a major part of my favorites collection. I had no idea about her double life as a suspense writer, so it took me a while to wrap my head around the bone chilling terror of With Ever Breath. Only a twisted mind could torture an innocent in the way Eliza endured. Her experience has made her stronger and determined to protect others from her haunting history. Emotionally scarred, yet her inner strength was to think of others. An exceptional character. Wade and Eliza are united by darkness but the courage to rise above all of that is the true message. Addictive, heartbreaking and glorious story of the courage of two wounded souls searching for redemption. Had to finish, hard to forget.



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TRUSTING THE SEAL (SAVING THE SEALS) BY LESLIE NORTH

 

 

 

Release Date:  August 23, 2016

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Spencer Nixon has spent his whole life pursuing justice, starting with becoming a Navy SEAL in the aftermath of 9/11. When a member of his team is killed by a mysterious sniper, he has to clear his name and the names of his comrades. With their only lead missing, Spencer persuades their prime suspect’s daughter to hire him as her bodyguard.

The last thing beautiful PR woman Toni Williams wants is to be under Spencer’s protection, but her billionaire father’s ties to vital intelligence mean it’s a necessity. Still, there are worst things than having a hunky SEAL watch your every move. Spencer doesn’t trust her or her father, Coran Williams, but when Toni saves his life, he suddenly has no choice.

Even as things heat up between them, Spencer tries to keep Toni at arm’s length for the sake of his mission. But when his investigation reveals her father’s ties to a dangerous organization, it complicates things even further. Now, he’ll have to decide what he’s willing to do to bring her father to justice, and avenge his team mate--even if it means sacrificing his relationship with Toni in the process.

 

 

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REVIEW:  TRUSTING THE SEAL (SAVING THE SEALS) BY LESLIE NORTH

 

Trusting the SEAL (Saving the SEALs #3)Trusting the SEAL by Leslie North

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


It's hard to stay sane when the world is crashing in around you. Spencer is familiar with the loss of control. All he holds sacred his career, honor and the memory of a friend are put at risk due to a dangerous unknown enemy. Leslie North swings back into action mode with Trusting the Seal. She delivers risky adventures, heated romance and alpha males that are easy on the eyes but murder on the heart. Can always count on this author to deliver romance for any mood.




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MONTANA RESCUE (THE WILDEST OF BIRCH BAY) BY KIM LAW

 

 

Release Date:  August 23, 2016

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Championship bull rider Nick Wilde is the face of Montana Pro Rodeo, with all the acclaim and fans he can handle. But is that enough? Contemplating his next career move, he’s come home to his family’s cherry orchard—and to his childhood crush, helicopter pilot Harper Stone. But Harper’s not quite the sexy, badass girl he once lusted after. Recently widowed, she’s broken in two. Wanting to help her move on, Nick finds himself aching for the kind of stability he never had as a child.

True love comes once if you’re lucky, and Harper already had her shot. An accident took her husband eighteen months ago and left only pain and guilt in his place. Now Nick is waking up her body and heart to everything she might still have to gain…or lose. A second chance is more than she thinks she deserves. But with a man like Nick doing the persuading, maybe it’s time to try.

 

 

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Montana Rescue (The Wildes of Birch Bay, #2)Montana Rescue by Kim Law

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I have a deep respect for Kim Law as a writer. She does not shy away from human complexities and deep rooted emotional scars. She shines a light on mental instability, depression and tragedies in subtle ways which makes them all the more profound. Harper and Nick have dealt with many obstacles. Nick managed to rise above a life of emotional neglect to make a success of his professional career but has yet to overcome his childhood and find the same success in his personal life. Harper is struggling with a devastating loss that sends her spiraling into a depression that has her questioning herself, her life and the accident that left her a widow. Montana Rescue strength lies in it's inspiring message and it's beautiful backdrops. Heart and soul I fell.



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BODY SHOT (LAST SHOT) BY KELLY JAMIESON

 

 

Release Date:  August 23, 2016

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

The bestselling author of the Heller Brothers series stirs up a tempting cocktail of fun and seduction as a sexy SEAL-turned-bartender treats a buttoned-up scientist to a wild weekend . . . and a change of heart.

Former Navy SEAL Beck Whitcomb left a world of privilege to prove he could make his own way. Money, mansions, expensive cars—none of it could heal the loss of his older brother, or buy his parents’ love. Now, after using his trust fund to open the Conquistadors tequila bar with his brothers-in-arms, Beck has it all: good friends, fine liquor, and hot hookups. When it comes to women, commitment’s not his thing—until he gets a taste of the pretty professor who walks into his bar . . . and winds up in his bed.

Hayden Miles knows all too well that emotional decisions can lead to heartbreak, and nothing screams “bad decision” like a playboy bartender with inked biceps and a wicked smile. Still, their chemistry is off-the-charts explosive—and Hayden knows her chemistry. For once, this good girl longs to let loose. But is she willing to risk the pain to quench her thirst? With the promise of more on the table, Hayden’s eager to believe . . . before she misses her shot.

 

 

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REVIEW:  BODY SHOT (LAST SHOT) BY KELLY JAMIESON

 

Body Shot (Last Shot, #1)Body Shot by Kelly Jamieson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


All work and no play makes for a stressful dull life. Beck is about to show Hayden how fun relaxation can be. Cute at first sight. These two work hard but Beck knows how to relieve stress and let go. Hayden needs a few pointers in that department. Their first meeting was one for the record books, I have never laughed so hard in my entire life. Embarassing? Yes, but there was a vulnerability there that added to the charm. It also provided a peek at the fledgling embers of attraction before they blossomed into an inferno. I have just began to become acquainted with Ms. Jamieson body of work and I am impressed. The heated build up is slower but the stories are beautiful. Body Shot sets the tone for an exciting series.



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THE SCANDAL (BILLIONAIRE'S BEACH)  BY CHRISTIE RIDGWAY

 

 

 

Release Date:  August 25, 2016

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

USA Today bestselling author Christie Ridgway takes you back to Billionaire’s Beach! Three graduates of the first all-female class of the prestigious Continental Butler Academy go surfside to find work, play…and love. Read their stories in The Scandal, The Seduction, and The Secret.

Sara Smythe sought refuge from unwanted notoriety at the Nueva Vida estate in Malibu, California. As the butler, it’s up to her to turn the empty house into a welcoming showplace, though the owner isn’t in residence…until he arrives one fateful day.

Wealthy businessman Joaquin Weatherford seeks peace and quiet too—only to discover he has a housemate in the guise of a sexy and beautiful blonde butler. He’s been immersed in work, but now he has time to smell the roses—and the perfume of the oh-so-tempting Sara. Neither is looking for romance, let alone love, but under a California sun two wary hearts will open to a brighter future together.

 

 

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The Scandal (Billionaire's Beach Book 4)The Scandal by Christie Ridgway

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


An author that can keep readers invested, is worth every penny spent. Sara despite her strength of character has found herself in a spot and in need of a secure place to escape her lapse in judgement and the infamy that came with it. Her haven becomes a complicated mess when she finds herself working as a butler and in over her head with the attractive man of the house. Joaquin and Sara make an interesting pair. The workaholic and the infamous maiden away from the distractions of the outside world, find everything one can ask for. The Scandal, supplies a wonderful escape from the dismal and a chance to step into the sun.



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ALWAYS THE ONE BY C.C. MONROE

 

 

Release Date:  August 25, 2016

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Friendships are defined as a bond between two people, a building of a strong connection and like for one another. Usually excluding romantic or sexual feelings. Now what occurs when the typical doesn’t happen and friendship turns to love?

Trey Adams spends his days working with music and pining over his longtime best friend, Shayla Donovan. The only thing holding him back is his past, a past where love only hurts and leaves you. To love Shayla the way he desires may be a long, arduous road.

Shayla Donovan has lived thirteen years of her life with a secret she is ready to confess. Pushing her fear aside may be the only way she can move forward in helping Trey learn the meaning of true love.

On their journey to finding love, these two souls will fight battles bigger than they could ever imagine.

*This novel contains mature subject matter, such as explicit sexual situations and coarse language, please refrain from reading if these things offend you. This story is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. Hot, sensitive, alpha male, with an HEA.

 

 

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REVIEW:  ALWAYS THE ONE BY C.C. MONROE

 

Always the OneAlways the One by C.C. Monroe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


There are different phases to every relationship. How can a simple four letter word cause misunderstanding and hurt? Always the One gets down in the trenches and delivers what LOVE really means. It's not always sunshine and waterfalls. Love is about looking beyond the exterior and getting to know all pieces even the dark and hurtful ones. I applaud Ms. Monroe for her gritty and at times toxic portrayal of all angles of the emotion. Trey and Shayla gave a collision course of wisdom on the matter.



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Title: Always the One

 


Author: C.C Monroe

 


Release Date: August 25

 


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Synopsis





Friendships are defined as a bond between two people, a building of a strong connection and like for one another. Usually excluding romantic or sexual feelings. Now what occurs when the typical doesn't happen and friendship turns to love?





Trey Adams spends his days working with music and pining over his longtime best friend, Shayla Donovan. The only thing holding him back is his past, a past where love only hurts and leaves you. To love Shayla the way he desires may be a long, arduous road.





Shayla Donovan has lived thirteen years of her life with a secret she is ready to confess. Pushing her fear aside may be the only way she can move forward in helping Trey learn the meaning of true love.





On their journey to finding love, these two souls will fight battles bigger than they could ever imagine.





*This novel contains mature subject matter, such as explicit sexual situations and coarse language, please refrain from reading if these things offend you. This story is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. Hot, sensitive, alpha male, with an HEA.

 

REVIEW:  ALWAYS THE ONE BY C.C. MONROE

 

Always the OneAlways the One by C.C. Monroe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


There are different phases to every relationship. How can a simple four letter word cause misunderstanding and hurt? Always the One gets down in the trenches and delivers what LOVE really means. It's not always sunshine and waterfalls. Love is about looking beyond the exterior and getting to know all pieces even the dark and hurtful ones. I applaud Ms. Monroe for her gritty and at times toxic portrayal of all angles of the emotion. Trey and Shayla gave a collision course of wisdom on the matter.



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Excerpt



Tonight proved our love is stronger than anything—the feelings and emotions all real.



The only light in the room is the burning fireplace, crackling across the way from the bed. I watch the orange and yellow flames mesh, regaining my bearings. Shay’s warmth on top of my chest is welcoming, helping me relax. I notice she’s been silent for a few minutes, and when I look down I'm met by her sleeping form.



Everything that has happened in the past twenty-four hours wore my girl out. But I'm more than happy just sitting here listening to her light breathing as she sleeps. She looks beautiful, like nothing in this world could disturb her. I want this moment to last forever. I want my time with her to last far past the time we are given here on earth. I don't know if I believe in eternity, but she sure makes me hopeful that there will be one. She makes me feel like the day I was born only half of me entered the world while the other half of me waited with her and the day we met was the day I became complete again.



Lightly, I move the backside of my fingers down her cheek, and when my thumb makes it to her lips I graze the round edges. Remembering the way she kissed me back when I took away her virginity. Looking at her now, I feel a sense of completion. I’m not only falling, but in essence, also surrendering my heart, soul, and body for the chance to love someone.



This is the moment that changes a boy into a man. The moment one falls in love. Not only am I responsible for loving this woman, but I'm also now in charge of protecting her heart and honoring any promise I give her from here on out.



For women, virginity is the one thing that they give to someone that they’ve fallen in love with. Well, most women. The one thing they give away as a symbol of their love and commitment to their partner. But what virginity is to women, is what a heart is to a man. We save that shit with us until the right woman comes along to claim it. That's when we then give it away, without a second thought or regret. Shayla took my heart, and I will never be able to get it back.



“Why are you looking at me like that?” Her voice is soft and laced in a sleepy rasp.



“You look beautiful when you sleep.”



She searches my eyes, seeing if I’m lying or hiding anything from her. Letting her gaze falter for a second she moves on, accepting my answer. She stretches before placing her head back on her spot above my heart.



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About the Author

 







Hello Readers,







Ever since I was a young girl, I have loved the idea of love. Now that I'm older and have love in my life, I still love the concept of LOVE. More so, I believe in the power of love on paper. Writing the stories of the characters in my head.








 



 



 















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EXCERPT REVEAL: AN INDECENT PROPOSAL (THE O'MALLEYS) BY KATEE ROBERT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: An Indecent Proposal

Author: Katee Robert

Series: The O’Malley Series #3

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: August 30, 2016

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing- Forever

 

 

 

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AN INDECENT PROPOSAL  (THE O'MALLEYS) BY KATEE ROBERT

 

 

Release Date:  August 30, 2016

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert continues her smoking-hot series about the O'Malleys-wealthy, powerful, and full of scandalous family secrets.

Greed. Ambition. Violence. Those are the "values" Olivia Rashidi learned from her Russian mob family-and the values she must leave behind for the sake of her daughter. When she meets Cillian O'Malley, she recognizes the red flag of his family name . . . yet she still can't stop herself from seeing the smoldering, tortured man. To save her family, Olivia sets out to discover Cillian's own secrets, but the real revelation is how fast-and how hard-she's falling for him.

Plagued by a violent past, Cillian is more vulnerable than anyone realizes. Anyone except Olivia, whose beauty, compassion, and pride have him at "hello," even if she's more inclined to say good-bye to an O'Malley. While his proposal of sex with no strings seems simple, what he feels for her isn't, especially after he learns that she belongs to a rival crime family. Cillian knows that there is no escape from the life, but Olivia may be worth trying-and dying-for . . .

 

 

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An Indecent Proposal (The O'Malleys, #3)An Indecent Proposal by Katee Robert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


ARC Review: An Indecent Proposal (The O'Malleys) by Katee Robert

Cillian and Olivia are like a bad cliche'. Their love story reads like a Greek tragedy. Surrounded by violence, ambition and sadness, each is searching for a way to escape. Katee Robert's story of sacrifice, survival and redemption is lead by courageous central characters who are more than the danger, darkness and tragedy embedded in their DNA. Each has to overcome obstacles ranging from guilt, to unknown enemies and secrets in order to find the strength to leave behind the bitterness and mistrust ingrained in their souls. It is amazing to me how flexible an author Ms. Robert is proving to be. Her street smart heroes and heroines are as intriguing as her suave heroes and sassy heroines. An Indecent Proposal has that edge of danger that good girls love.



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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. She found romance novels at age twelve and it changed her life. When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her wee ones, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

 

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EXCERPT


“Thanks.” There it was again, that look that threatened to curl her toes. He reached out and took the washcloth from her and tossed it onto the nightstand. “I’m going to kiss you now.”
She should object, move away, do something other than rest her hands on the top of his thighs and tilt her head up. Stupid, stupid, stupid. Didn’t the last few years teach you anything? Apparently not, because she wanted Cillian to kiss her again, and she wanted him to kiss her now.
Truth be told, she wanted him to do a whole lot more than that.
Olivia licked her lips. “Okay.”
His lips quirked up at the edges. “I can see I’m blowing your socks off. Let’s see if I can do better.” He cupped her face with one hand and then his mouth was on hers, soft and teasing, testing—nothing like the forceful kiss that started everything last night. She opened for him immediately, driven by the lightning dancing just beneath her skin. She wished she could blame it on being skin-starved, but the truth was that this man was doing more with a near-innocent kiss than Sergei had ever done with his entire body and hours at his disposal. I am in so much trouble.
Then Cillian’s tongue stroked hers and she was lost. She gripped his thighs as he explored her mouth, giving herself permission to do some exploring of her own. He was all lean muscle, as if he’d been melted down and stuck in a forge, only to come out new. She ran her hands up his legs, stopping just short of his hips.
He took it from there. He ran his fingers through her hair and down her back, inching her closer until there was nothing more than a breath of distance between them. It would have been so damn easy to lean forward and touch him, pressing her body against his, but the separation was almost unbearably erotic. She shivered again, tilting her head back to give him better access.
She’d never been kissed like this, like she was something to be savored…valued. Like he had all the time in the world and he’d still never get enough.
Common sense tried to rear up and remind her that it was a goddamn kiss, not a lifetime commitment, but then his thumb feathered across the underside of her breast, and all rational reasoning flew right out the window.
He rested his forehead against hers, and groaned. “You’re making it hard to be good, sweetheart.”