Hopeless Romantic

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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NEW RELEASES FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 23, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

MARRED: KYLE & VIOLET (CLIFFSIDE BAY) BY TESS THOMPSON

 

 

 

Release Date: September 24, 2018

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Kyle Hicks started with nothing. Now he's a self-made man. And as luck would have it, his latest project as a real estate developer lands him in Cliffside Bay with his very best friends, The Dogs. At the end of his grueling work days, Kyle's got just enough time left for his buddies and not much else. Except maybe another of his many no-strings-attached trysts with whatever sexy lady catches his eye.

 

Violet Ellis is struggling. She's a single mother, the proprietor of a near-failing shop, and a champion for the historical integrity of her dear Cliffside Bay. She has enough to deal with between her three-year-old son and her languishing business, but she's still prepared to take on real estate mogul Kyle Hicks to save the charm of the place she calls home.

 

When a twist of fate forces these two to put aside their differences and rely on one another, they just might find that sometimes the strongest love grows out of the hurts and the scars that we carry with us always.

 

The fourth installment of The Cliffside Bay Series by bestselling author Tess Thompson follows the interwoven stories of five best friends, the beach community they love, and the women who captivate them. Prepare to get lost in a wave of small town charm, men you want to take home to your mother, and smart, resilient heroines you wished lived next door.

 

 

 

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REVIEWMARRED: KYLE & VIOLET (CLIFFSIDE BAY) BY TESS THOMPSON

 

Marred: Kyle and Violet (Cliffside Bay Book 4)Marred: Kyle and Violet by Tess Thompson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Kyle is a runner. Fear has kept him always on the move, never looking back. Trying to escape the painful shame of a past he had no control over. He's been running for far too long. Violet is a fighter. She's had her share of bad luck. In life and love, she can never get ahead. Until fate steps in to point her in the wrong direction at the right time. Kyle and Violet's story is an anthem of hope. Marred is a look at what courageous really means. Thompson stares down a past permeated with heartache and turns it into an inspiration. Marred is finding the strength to give of one's self, even when we don't know how. The emotions are brutally honest and heartbreakingly real. 



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Once Upon a Sure Thing (Heartbreakers, #2)

 

 

 

ONCE UPON A SURE THING (HEARTBREAKERS) BY LAUREN BLAKELY

 

 

 

 

Release Date: September 24, 2018

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

It's so easy being best friends with a gorgeous, talented, charming guy.

Said no woman ever. Except me.

My friendship with Miller is a sure thing — he’s my plus one, my emergency contact, and my shoulder to lean on. He’s also been by my side helping me raise one helluva awesome kid who’s the center of my world.

Nothing will change our easy breezy friendship. Until I have the bright idea to convince him to start a new band with me.

Trouble is, our sizzling chemistry in the recording studio is getting harder to ignore, no matter how risky it might be.

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Sing sexy songs with the woman you’ve been lusting after? Get up close and personal as you croon to the woman you’ve wanted for years?

Piece of cake. 
NOT.

Performing with the sweet, sassy and insanely wonderful Ally is like one gigantic obstacle course of challenges for my libido. And my libido is one sexy love song away from kissing her senseless and taking her home.

But, I’m not a serious kind of guy, and she’s not a one-night-stand kind of woman. If we cross the horizontal line, we might risk our sure thing and end up out of tune forever...
 

 

 

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REVIEWONCE UPON A SURE THING (HEARTBREAKERS) BY LAUREN BLAKELY

 

Once Upon a Sure Thing (Heartbreakers, #2)Once Upon a Sure Thing by Lauren Blakely

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Mr. Cool is losing his head and his heart over his best friend. Lauren Blakely is back with another scrumptious tale of heart, humor and friendship. One sexy bachelor as clueless as they come is about to get a wake up call in a most delightful way. Once Upon a Sure Thing appeals to the senses but lives in your heart. Temptation thrives on emotion and Blakely seems to get that. Miller and Ally are the sweetest blend of saucy and salty. They have that candy coated center, but the drama lies in getting through the tough shell. Past hurts, present fears and doubtful forevers are steadily dog their heels. Can their long standing friendship survive these feelings that they have? Lauren Blakely is always on point when it comes to matters of the heart.



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Rapture (Renegades, #8)

 

 

RAPTURE (RENEGADES) BY SKYE JORDAN

 

 

Release Date: September 24, 2018

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

New York Times bestselling author Skye Jordan brings you another steamy Renegades story!

As a premier stuntwoman in Hollywood, Zahara Parrish is no stranger to risk. Neglected as a child, she learned early on never to depend on others to keep her safe. Now, she’s as protective over her heart as she is over her hard earned success, which is why she’ll never mix business and pleasure. But Chase Layton missed that memo. The up-and-coming actor has his sights set on Zahara, and he’s just real enough to rock her world—in the most unexpected ways.

Chase Layton’s rise to fame hasn’t been easy. His rock solid family may keep him grounded, but nothing about his all-American-apple-pie life prepared him for the treacherous, winding paths to the top of Tinsel Town. When he meets Zahara, he instantly knows she’s his people and one passionate night quickly deepens into more. Despite Zahara’s attempts to deny the strength of their connection, despite the studio’s ban on relationships between coworkers, Chase won’t give up. He didn’t get this far by letting amazing opportunities slip away.

When Chase’s decisions threaten to tear them apart, Zahara must decide if love is worth the risk or if this is just another heartache in her journey. Because this time, hers isn’t the only heart on the line.

 

 

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REVIEWRAPTURE (RENEGADES) BY SKYE JORDAN

 

Rapture (Renegades, #8)Rapture by Skye Jordan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Is this the beginning of the end for the Renegades? Will Zahara ever find her happy ending? Can love really conquer all? Rapture is the magic of what love can do. It's power can turn strangers into one big happy family. It shines a light on what it means to hope and pushes us to facing our fears. After all without risk there is no reward. With Chase and Zahara, Skye Jordan shows how a leap of faith can help mend a broken heart. Love is a master of disguise. It's not always kind. It's messy, heartbreaking, irresistible, irrational and inspiring. There is no limit to the adjectives that describe love, but if you get it right it's worth it in the end. Jordan got it right. Rapture is so worth it. 



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Taking It Easy (Boys of the Big Easy, #2)

 

 

 

TAKING IT EASY (BOYS OF THE BIG EASY) BY ERIN NICHOLAS

 

 

 

Release Date: September 25, 2018

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Logan Trahan is one of the French Quarter’s hottest bartenders. A single, charming, sexy southern boy who’s proud to pour the best Pimm’s Cup in town. Yes, that’s his biggest accomplishment. So what? 

Dana Doucet is a widowed mom of two who’s doing it all. And doing it well, thank you very much. But she had a moment--okay, an entire night-- of weakness and gave in after, ironically, nine months of Logan’s naughty flirtations. And a couple of those Pimm’s Cups. 

It was just one night, but now they’re stuck with each other forever. Or at least for the next eighteen years, eight months, and one week. Not that she’s counting. 

Well, this is definitely big. But there’s no way it’s going to be easy.

 

 

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REVIEWTAKING IT EASY (BOYS OF THE BIG EASY) BY ERIN NICHOLAS

 

Taking It Easy (Boys of the Big Easy, #2)Taking It Easy by Erin Nicholas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


They lost their heads in the heat of the moment and found their hearts along the way. One night of passion could mean a lifetime of responsibility for the carefree playboy and the ever logical widow. Nicholas serves up a deliciously spicy treat . Taking it Easy is the story of how to heal a broken heart. Logan is the guy that nobody takes too seriously, but the life of the party has a sensitive side. Beneath his shallow facade lies the heart of a deeply romantic man searching for his chance at forever. Dana is the challenge that he never saw coming. She's fire and ice. Hidden within her logical mind lies a bruised heart. Just when she thinks she's ready to move on from the pain of loss, fate has a surprise waiting. Erin Nicholas proves that laughter can be found in some of life's hardest moments. 







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Christmas on Mistletoe Lane (Sweetwater Springs, #1)

 

 

CHRISTMAS ON MISTLETOE LANE BY ANNIE RAINS

 

 

Release Date: September 25, 2018

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

This USA Today bestselling author invites you to the delightful small town of Sweetwater Springs where the magic of Christmas brings to strangers together in this "story you won't forget" (RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author).

Christmas is coming to the North Carolina mountains, and the air is fresh and crisp and filled with promise. After the devastating loss of her job in the big city, the small town of Sweetwater Springs feels like heaven to Kaitlyn Russo. She's inherited her grandparents' charming (if a little rundown) bed and breakfast, and it's just the new lease on life she needs. Only "heaven" comes with a catch-and a handsome and completely infuriating one at that. 

After what he hopes will be a quick trip, Mitch Hargrove wants nothing more than to put his hometown in the rearview mirror. But his plans get derailed when he learns he's now half-owner of the Sweetwater B&B. The fact that he's given only two months to make the inn a success is a huge problem, but it's his pretty-and incredibly headstrong-partner who's the real challenge. With the holiday fast approaching and a grand re-opening looming, will Mitch keep running from the ghosts of Christmas past . . . or will he realize the true gift he's been given? 

Includes the bonus short story "Midnight Clear" by Hope Ramsay!

 

 

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REVIEWCHRISTMAS ON MISTLETOE LANE BY ANNIE RAINS

 

Christmas on Mistletoe LaneChristmas on Mistletoe Lane by Annie Rains

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Rains was blessed with an empathetic voice that shines through each character she writes. Christmas on Mistletoe Lane is the latest example of that gift. Kaitlyn and Mitch tackle heartache with an appealing dose of reality and an abundance of heart. That's what makes this journey of false starts and new beginnings relatable. Mistletoe Lane is about rebuilding trust in the people around you and the person we're all meant to become. It's a celebration of the lessons that help a person grow.

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WILD ON MY MIND (WHERE THE WILD HEARTS ARE) BY LAUREL KERR

 

 

Release DateSeptember 25, 2018

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Love runs wild at the Sagebrush Flats Zoo,

where a motley crew of big-hearted animals

helps the most unlikely couples find love.

 

When Katie Underwood discovers a litter of newborn cougar cubs, the last person she expects to come to the rescue is her former crush—and high school nemesis—Bowie Wilson. The worst part? He doesn’t seem to remember the trouble he caused her.

As a single father and owner of a cash-strapped zoo, Bowie struggles to balance budgets while raising his preteen daughter and a host of rascally animals. He considers himself lucky when Katie agrees to lend her talents to a publicity campaign in support of the zoo’s animal rescue programs—until he learns just what she’s planning…

 

This time, Katie is determined to resist Bowie’s charm. But a lovelorn camel, a matchmaking honey badger, and a nursemaid capybara have different plans. Can they and the rest of the zoo’s menagerie help Bowie break through the barriers surrounding Katie’s heart?

 

Love can’t be tamed…

 

 

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REVIEWWILD ON MY MIND (WHERE THE WILD HEARTS ARE) BY LAUREL KERR

 

Wild on My Mind (Where the Wild Hearts Are #1)Wild on My Mind by Laurel Kerr

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Some people change. The question is whether it's a change for the better or worse. Wild on My Mind is the chance at a new beginning for two lonely hearts and a broken down zoo. Kerr tells the story of a the blossoming of romance. With the help of some adorably cuddly matchmakers to lend a hand. Beauty is all around, we just have to look beyond the surface to find the treasure hidden within. Kerr delivers a message I can get behind in this lighthearted sweet tale. 



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MISTLETOE IN TEXAS (TEXAS RODEO) BY KARI LYNN DELL

 

 

 

Release Date:  September 25, 2018

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

He's always been the black sheep: the troublemaker.

But this Christmas, the prodigal cowboy returns.

 

Rodeo bullfighter Hank Brookman was headed straight for the top. But after a single misstep resulted in a devastating injury, he disappeared under a mountain of regrets. Now he’s back, ready to face the loved ones he left behind—starting with the one girl his heart could never forget.

 

When Hank stormed out of Texas, he left Grace McKenna picking up the pieces…and struggling with a secret that changed everything. He may be back looking for redemption, but after everything they’ve been through, how can she admit what he really walked away from all those years ago?

 

Hank always knew persuading Grace to trust him again would be a tall order. Convincing her they deserve a happily ever after? That may take a Texas-sized Christmas miracle.

 

 

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REVIEWMISTLETOE IN TEXAS (TEXAS RODEO) BY KARI LYNN DELL

 

Mistletoe in TexasMistletoe in Texas by Kari Lynn Dell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


What's that saying about pride before a fall? Young love becomes adult mayhem, when a wandering cowboy revisits his past regrets. Mistletoe in Texas is a look at how foolish pride could have life long repercussions. For Grace and Hank emotions didn't turn out so well. The first time around was a bust that left a great deal of collateral damage. Neither realized the impact of the choice they made to walk away. As they say too little to late. When the life found turns out not to be the one hoped for is when it helps to rethink a few things. Whether you agree or disagree with many of Grace's choices and a few of Hank's, a few things have to be remembered. When young we don't always use our heads, but listen with our hearts. That's a casualty that makes us human. The lessons we learn from our mistakes are what help us to grow into a more understanding person. Dell reminds us what it means to be young and in love. The innocence, heartache and hopefulness, but loving also means a willingness to forgive and move forward. In this maze of hurtful secrets and foolish pride, we find the truth of what love is...FORGIVING.



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HOT WINTER NIGHTS (HEARTBREAKER BAY) BY JILL SHALVIS

 

 

 

Release Date: September 25, 2018

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Who needs mistletoe?

 

Most people wouldn’t think of a bad Santa case as the perfect Christmas gift. Then again, Molly Malone, office manager at Hunt Investigations, isn’t most people, and she could really use a distraction from the fantasies she’s been having since spending the night with her very secret crush, Lucas Knight. Nothing happened, not that Lucas knows that—but Molly just wants to enjoy being a little naughty for once . . .

 

Whiskey and pain meds for almost-healed bullet wounds don’t mix. Lucas needs to remember that next time he’s shot on the job, which may be sooner rather than later if Molly’s brother, Joe, finds out about them. Lucas can’t believe he’s drawing a blank on his (supposedly) passionate tryst with Molly, who’s the hottest, smartest, strongest woman he’s ever known. Strong enough to kick his butt if she discovers he’s been assigned to babysit her on her first case. And hot enough to melt his cold heart this Christmas . . .

 

 

 

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Hot Winter Nights (Heartbreaker Bay, #6)Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Jill Shalvis knows her way around romance. Hot Winter Nights gave me heart tingles. Molly finally gets her chance to shine. She's sick of waiting on the sidelines. Unfortunately, she jumps from the frying pan rather quickly and lands herself in some serious hot water. Leading with her heart has a way of biting her in the butt. This time around Lucas is there to cushion the fall. She comes into her own with that fighting spirit, I love and a vulnerability she always hides. Shalvis can take a piece of my heart anytime.



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DON'T TOUCH MY PETUNIA (THE HOLLOWAY GIRLS) BY TARA SHEETS

 

 

 

Release Date: September 25, 2018

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Pine Cove Island is the kind of enchanting place where anything is possible . . .

 

The Holloway women each have a special gift, passed down through generations, each one a little different. Juliette possesses a magical green thumb, which makes her job managing the local florist shop a dream. She may be a bit wild, but she knows what she wants: to save enough money to buy the shop from her boss. Then in marches Logan O’Connor, more annoyingly handsome than ever, turning all her plans upside down.

 

Logan hasn’t been back on Pine Cove Island since he was eighteen and broke Juliette’s teenage heart. Now it turns out he’s her boss’s nephew—and will be spending his days remodeling the shop and barking orders. At her.

 

For the sake of the business, Juliette will have to ignore their simmering attraction and work with Logan. But that doesn’t mean she has to make things easy for him. Because no one knows better than she that one tiny, perfectly planted bit of garden magic could uproot Logan’s own plans and keep him out of her way. And nothing would make her happier. At least that’s what she thinks . . .

 

 

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REVIEWDON'T TOUCH MY PETUNIA (THE HOLLOWAY GIRLS) BY TARA SHEETS

 

 

Don't Touch My Petunia (The Holloway Girls, #2)Don't Touch My Petunia by Tara Sheets

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The Holloway Girls are the perfect way to turn a frown right side up. Sheets lights up the heart with these irresistible stories of laughter, love and family. Emma had her chance to bake up some magic, now it's Juliette's turn to spread some love. Don't Touch My Petunia uses whimsy to wake up the heart and wisdom to appeal to the mind. Prepare to get lost in the addiction that is Tara Sheets. 



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Not Quite Perfect (The Rocky Cove Series, Book 1)

 

 

NOT QUITE PERFECT (THE ROCKY COVE) BY REBECCA NORINNE

 

 

 

Release Date: September 26, 2018

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

On the ferry to my mother’s wedding, I met the most amazing man—his love of Faulkner notwithstanding. Professor David Carstairs was funny, intelligent, and had the sexiest hands I’d ever seen. A conversation about classic American literature led to a romantic dinner at his house ... and then a whole lot of dessert afterward. I’d never done anything like that before, but what we had was something special. 

Unfortunately, everything came crashing down the next day. Because my supposedly perfect professor? His dad just married my mom, and now he’s my stepbrother! 

Thanksgiving dinner just got a whole lot more complicated.

 

 

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REVIEWNOT QUITE PERFECT (THE ROCKY COVE) BY REBECCA NORINNE

 

Not Quite Perfect (The Rocky Cove Series, Book 1)Not Quite Perfect by Rebecca Norinne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


How could something that seemed so simple become so complicated? David and Victoria are about to learn when love comes into play, the heart ups the ante. Norinne makes it easy to get caught up in her world. A world full of heartwarming tales and eccentric scenarios. What I love most is no matter the complications she never strays from being relatable. Not Quite Perfect is more than a romance between two familiar strangers. It's the journey of a dysfunctional family that never gives up on love. 





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 Big Stick

 

 

BIG STICK BY R.C. STEPHENS

 

 

Release Date: September 17, 2018

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

"A sexy NHL player, a sassy heroine, and a heartfelt romance that kept me engaged from beginning to end!" — NYT bestseller Mia Sheridan

Hockey is my life. And it's a great one. There's an endless line of women, and I get to hang with my best friend Oli. Everything is perfect until she shows up. Oli's twin sister, Flynn...hates my guts. I don't blame her. I'm part of one of the worst nights of her life.

Now she's next door and seeing her every day is killing me slowly. I wonder if we can ever get back to being friends. The way she looks at me sometimes, well, let's just say my hockey stick isn't the only thing that's feeling hard these days.

But if she finds out the secrets I'm keeping, forgiveness will be the last thing on her mind.  

 

 

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REVIEW: BIG STICK BY R.C. STEPHENS
 
Big StickBig Stick by R.C. Stephens

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Big Stick is more than high flying innuendos. It's about taking risks both on and off the ice. Stephens appeals to the vulnerabilities. The emotions that haunt our ever waking moments. Myles and Flynn have to look beyond Neverland and face the real world. Big Stick is a dialogue of the heart. A captivating tale of survival and second chances.



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HIS FOR NOW (THE BYRNE BROTHERS) BY SOFIA TATE
 
 
Release Date: September 17, 2018
 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Ronan Byrne, the oldest of the Byrne Brothers, is the hottest bachelor in the small town of Blossom, Nevada. With his jet black hair, sapphire eyes, and a body sculpted by manual labor and not a personal trainer, every woman wants him in her bed. But he wants a challenge, not a woman who fawns all over him. However, with the financial trouble his family's dude ranch is having, he has no inclination to date, let alone get married.

 

Then he meets a mystery blonde who won't give him the time of day, and he is instantly drawn to her. She is Blakely Pierce, a Manhattan businesswoman who is in town to serve as maid of honor at her best friend's wedding. With her demanding career, she has no interest in romance, but unbeknownst to her, Ronan is the best man at the same wedding to be held at the ranch. The more she ignores him, the more he is curious about her and why she keeps running away from him. He refuses to give up on Blakely because he knows she is worth the fight, but he only has so long until it's time for Blakely to return to her life in New York City.

 

 

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REVIEWHIS FOR NOW (THE BYRNE BROTHERS) BY SOFIA TATE

 

His for Now (The Byrne Brothers Book 1)His for Now by Sofia Tate

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Tate finds strength in vulnerability. Her characters are people that are perfectly flawed, yet larger than life. In their weakest moments is when their courageous spirit shines through. Ronan and Blakely are caught in a masquerade of their own making. She's a woman on the mend, afraid to let anyone get too close. He's a man in need of an escape from the hassle his world has become. What ensues is a challenge that chips away at the pain of disappointment, the fear of self-doubt and illuminates the power of love. There's beauty in heartbreak. His For Now is a watercolor of love in all shades.



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AMERICAN ASSHOLE (BACHELOR INTERNATIONAL) BY TARA SUE ME

 

 

Release Date: September 17, 2018

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

He’s a self proclaimed bastard with a double helping of lying asshole.

 

Mia Matthews never thought much of big shot matchmaker Tenor Butler, but when she finds out he loaned her late business partner a quarter of a million dollars and no one told her, there aren’t enough four letter words to describe him. She’d like nothing more than to pretend Tenor doesn’t exist, but she owes him all that money, not to mention he’s hot as hell.

 

Tenor doesn’t see why it’s his fault Mia didn’t know about the loan. In fact, he thinks he’s being very magnanimous when he offers to forgive the loan if Mia closes her own matchmaking business and works for him for five years. But as he gets closer to Mia, he realizes two things: 1) he doesn’t want her as an employee and 2) she hates his guts.

 

When an old flame threatens them both, Mia and Tenor find themselves working together and are unable to ignore their mutual attraction. But it might be too late for these two romance experts to create their own love story.

 

This is a standalone romance. No cliffhanger.

 

 

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REVIEWAMERICAN ASSHOLE (BACHELOR INTERNATIONAL) BY TARA SUE ME

 

American Asshole (Bachelor International Book 1)American Asshole by Tara Sue Me

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


He's no gentleman, but he's all heart. He just doesn't know it yet. American Asshole takes personality clashes on with an arrogant jerk and his headstrong rival. Tenor may be his own worst enemy. His bark, has nothing on his bite. Business is the name of the game and he's about to get schooled in matters of the heart. The battle of the dueling matchmakers takes a knock out punch when the man with no heart discovers he just might have met his match. Mia could be his happy ending, if he tones down his pride and listens to his heart. American Asshole is what happens when love gone wrong, comes right. Electricity is the star of the show and this couple makes sure you feel the burn.





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The Sheikha’s Unexpected Protector (Desert Sheikhs Book 2)

 

 

THE SHEIKHA'S UNEXPECTED PROTECTOR (DESERT SHEIKHS) BY LESLIE NORTH

 

 

Release Date: September 17, 2018

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

He once destroyed her life; now he’s getting the chance to save it. 

Princess Salari moved to Paris after her father, the king of Kattahar, exiled her. But when she hears about his sudden death, she’s ready to come home. After ten years away, she’s stunned by the sight of Kalif, the man who destroyed her life. Her former childhood friend and the only man to ever break her heart has morphed into the sexiest royal guardsman she’s ever seen. Although she refuses to even entertain the thought of falling for his seductive glances again, she won’t have a chance to avoid him. Someone doesn’t want Salari back in the palace, and they’ll stop at nothing to make sure she ends up dead. With no choice but to accept Kalif’s protection, she’ll have to guard her heart against the one man who can destroy it. 

Kalif Nazat never expected to be tasked with guarding Princess Salari. She still despises him, despite his attempts to apologize for his part in her exile. He’d had no good options that day ten years ago, and even the lesser of two evils had terrible consequences for the only woman he’d ever loved. But with someone wishing Salari dead, he figures keeping her alive is the only way he can redeem himself. As the killer closes in, he’ll risk his life to keep her safe, and in turn risk losing his heart forever. 

 

 

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REVIEWTHE SHEIKHA'S UNEXPECTED PROTECTOR (DESERT SHEIKHS) BY LESLIE NORTH

 

The Sheikha’s Unexpected Protector (Desert Sheikhs Book 2)The Sheikha’s Unexpected Protector by Leslie North

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Past hurts meet present danger when emotions get in the way. The Sheikha's Unexpected Protector is the dance of two hearts. Salari and Kalif are proof that every true love deserves a second chance. North spins a tale of dirty deeds, mending fences and moving on. Young love finds mature redemption, A highway of dangerous curves that will keep the twists coming and the heart pumping.



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CONNECTED BY A KISS: A REGENCY HOLIDAY COLLECTION BY CHRISTINA MCKNIGHT, AMANDA MARIEL, DAWN BROWER

 

 

Release Date: September 18, 2018

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

A Kiss At Christmastide by Christina McKnight

 

After a ruinous London season, Lady Pippa Godfrey has given up on the idea of true love--until a devilishly handsome stranger arrives at her Somerset estate, seeking shelter from a winter storm. Soon, she's daring to claim a Christmas kiss with Lucas Hatfield, the Earl of Maddox, but when the storm abates, will he break her heart like all the rest?

 

How To Kiss A Rogue by Amanda Mariel

 

Lady Natalie's betrothal is ended and frees her to pursue the man of her dreams. During a holiday party she discovers the lord she desires in attendance. So hatches a plan to snare him.

 

A Wallflower’s Christmas Kiss by Dawn Brower

 

An arranged betrothal has Lady Juliette Brooks seeking out her former childhood friend, the Duke of Kissinger to beg him to honor his long ago promise. Grayson Abbot has no desire to marry, but he always keeps his word. As they race to Scotland they rediscover the joy of friendship and a passion neither planned on.

 

 

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Connected By A Kiss: Regency Holiday CollectionConnected By A Kiss: Regency Holiday Collection by Christina McKnight

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Historical romance has always been my genre of choice. Connected by a Kiss mixes romance, suspense and heart to wrap any lover of regency romance up in love.

A Kiss at Christmastide by Christina McKnight - When a scandal ruins her chances at a her first London Season, she enters into seclusion and shuts herself off from it all. A stranger, a snowstorm and the hands of fate may just bring her isolation to an end. Pippa and Lucas embody all the qualities I look for in a story. Ms. McKnight evokes an emotional connection with Pippa from the very beginning. Her panic, heartbreak and loneliness make her an open book and jumped right out at me. Lucas was harder to figure out but a mystery worth solving. I couldn't help but fall for this beautiful fairytale.



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Reid (Vested Interest #4)

 

 

REID (VESTED INTEREST) BY MELANIE MORELAND 

 

 

Release Date: September 18, 2018

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

You’ve met the men of BAM. Now get to know the rebel. 

Who is Reid Matthews? 

A child, abandoned and unloved. 
A teen, adrift and disregarded, using his superior tech skills for the wrong intentions. 
A young adult, his future overshadowed by his prison record, his life an endless loop of loneliness. 
Until he is given a second chance and a new life emerges. 
A career he once thought he could only dream of, surrounded by people who show him that family and home aren’t simply words. 
And a girl who shows him the greatest, most complex code he could ever write. 
Love. 

 

 

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Reid (Vested Interest #4)Reid by Melanie Moreland

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Misjudged, misrepresented, misunderstood. Reid is a new beginning for a broken heart. From birth he was labeled a washout, but he was destined for so much more. Moreland went beyond the battered man and delved into his strengths. Love was only a misstep away and he found it in a bunch of tough guys with a lot of heart. The men of BAM gave him the power to dream. Finding Becca gave him a treasure more precious than any gold. It taught him how to love. I loved Aiden, Bentley and Maddox but I fell in love with Reid.





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More Than Crave You by Shayla Black

 

 

MORE THAN CRAVE YOU (MORE THAN WORDS) BY SHAYLA BLACK

 

 

 

Release Date: September 18, 2018

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

I'm Evan Cook—billionaire tech entrepreneur and widower. Professionally, I’ve got it all. But since my wife died, my personal life has fallen apart. Remarrying seems like the obvious answer, so I place an ad. I'm not asking for much. The ideal woman only needs to be smart, organized, pretty, and helpful—both in and out of bed—without expecting romance. I never thought to look right in front of me…but it turns out that Nia Wright, my sexy, sassy assistant, just might be the perfect candidate.

 

After an unexpectedly hot night together, I'm ready to stop interviewing strangers and simply marry her. On paper, she ticks every box on my list. Best of all, she's far too sensible to fall for me. I didn’t see the flaw in my logic until it was too late. I never thought I’d lose my heart for the first time. And I definitely never imagined Nia could consume me. But she's harboring a secret that could tear us apart. Can I prove I more than crave her before it’s too late?

 

 

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More Than Crave You (More Than Words, #4)More Than Crave You by Shayla Black

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Black takes an analytical approach to love in a wicked sort of way. Evan is the man that seems to have it all until tragedy leaves him twisting in the wind. Ever the calculator, he has a plan. Listen to his head, forget about his heart. His plans go up in smoke when his heart and his hormones come out to play. He finds the perfect candidate in his assistant, Nia. She's a tough cookie with a soft heart and Evan finds himself quickly hooked. Yet love rarely turns out the way we want it to, without an abundance of heart and hard work. Can the guy who has lives for logic, find salvation by taking a leap of faith? More Than Crave You is a seduction of emotions. Nia and Evan are a tidal wave that will pull readers under a spell.







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The Duke of Desire by Jess Michaels

 

 

THE DUKE OF DESIRE (THE 1797 CLUB) BY JESS MICHAELS 

 

 

Release Date: September 18, 2018

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

The 9th Book in the beloved 1797 Club series from USA Today Bestseller Jess Michaels 

Robert Smithton, Duke of Roseford is known for his lusty appetites and his cold, cold heart. Still thanks to his title and his fortune, everyone wants him and he’s bored of it all. He wants something, but he cannot place what exactly that is. Until he meets Katherine, the Countess of Gainsworth. 

Married for six months to an old man who died when they were making love, Katherine is just returning to Society. Although scandal follows her, so does interest, as the men of Society wonder about her prowess if it could kill a man. When Robert begins to pursue her, she is horrified. After all, she blames him for the circumstances that sent her into her loveless marriage in the first place. 

When Katherine ignores him, Robert only pushes harder and ultimately she begins to wonder if revenge is a dish best served through desire. What she finds when she touches him at last is pleasure unlike any she’s ever known, and a connection she does not wish to feel. Now she must decide if she wants revenge or happiness and Robert must determine if love is worth fighting for. 

Length: Full-length novel 
Heat Level: Seduction, scandal and lots of sin! 

This book is part of a series (The 1797 Club), but can be read as a standalone book. 

 

 

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The Duke of Desire (The 1797 Club, #9)The Duke of Desire by Jess Michaels

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The Duke of Desire (The 1797 Club, #9) by Jess Michaels  


She's working to live down her reputation. He's intent on living up to his. The world seems to have them all figured out, but not everything is as it seems. The Duke of Desire is a tale of redemption for two misunderstood hearts. Robert and Katherine are victims of circumstance. Prisoners of their own past hurts. Yet for some reason fate refuses to give up on these broken souls. Jess Michaels proves that even the most jaded of hearts is worth saving in the end. How can you not love a reformed rake?



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ROCK MY HEART (SALON GAMES) BY STEPHANIE JULIAN

 

 

Release Date: September 18, 2018

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

The rock & roll lifestyle nearly cost him everything...
 

On the surface, Sebastian "Baz" Valenti is a rock god with the lifestyle to match. With his drop-dead gorgeous looks and his band, Baseline Sins, at the top of the charts, he can have any woman he wants. But the constant touring and recording has taken its toll. Now he’s turned to scoring films, a gig that has introduced him to the one woman he really wants but can’t have...

 

Trudeau Morrison is all business all the time. As managing director of ManDown Films, it’s her job to keep Baz focused on business too. It’s not an easy task, considering Baz has made no secret of his desire for her. But Tru doesn’t want to get involved with a rock star, even if he is the hottest man she’s ever met.

Trouble is, once Baz gets an erotic taste of Tru, he’s not going to give her up. Now he just has to show her that rock-steady is nothing compared to rock and roll...

 

 

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Rock My Heart: a Salon Games novelRock My Heart: a Salon Games novel by Stephanie Julian

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Baz finds himself on a journey of self - discovery that leads him to his heart's desire. Rock My Heart is the story of a rock star working his way through a lifetime of baggage. The star life has become a cursed noose around his neck and he yearns to claw his way out. Along the way he learns more about himself as an individual and comes to face with his soulmate. Can the life of the party change his ways for love? Julian turns naughty into nice with a heart racing read.





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Saving Amy Jayden by Rose Verde

 

 

SAVING AMY JADEN BY ROSE VERDE

 

 

Release Date: September 18, 2018

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

After the news of her father’s accident, Amy Jayden returns to the ranch and the memories she’d abandoned long ago. Hoping to be in and out quickly, her plans are crushed when her father doesn’t make it. With a heavy heart, and a soul riddled with guilt, she has to decide what to do with the ranch her father left to her. 

Nevada Logan, foreman of the Water Hole Ranch, is broken to find out his boss and close friend is gone. He has no trust in the daughter who would rather sell than hold on to her father's legacy. 

The two find themselves bumping heads at every turn. That is … until love finds it’s way into each of their hearts. 

 

 

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Saving Amy JaydenSaving Amy Jayden by Rose Verde

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Looking toward the future means confronting the pain of the past. Amy is learning about the people she left behind and the heartache that she never wanted to endure. Saving Amy is a new beginning for a woman who doesn't quite know how to be happy. Verde takes up residence in your head in order to get in touch with your heart. Amy is at a loss when it comes to facing her emotions. Maybe Nevada can help her find the strength to risk her heart. Emotion at it's highest is storytelling at it's finest.



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Spin the Bottle (Fast Times at Ridgemont Hall Book 2)

 

 

 

SPIN THE BOTTLE (FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HALL) BY SARA WYLDE

 

 

 

Release Date: September 18, 2018

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Spin the Bottle 
Fast Times at Ridgemont Hall #2 

Jax 


I’m a virgin, but I don’t want to be. I just want to get it over with, so I made a list. I held interviews. (I know, I’m a total Type A.) The winner is Sebastian Rathbone. Grade A Beefcake who plays defense for the Grizzlies’ Rugby team. Manwhore extraordinaire. So basically, a professional. The problem? My best friend, Matt. For some reason, he wanted me to pick him. I’d never choose him because then I’d fall in love and I remember the hell that was middle school. Now that he’s grown into his head and feet, and he is by definition also Grade A Beefcake, there’s even less chance he’d ever feel more than friendship for me. Why put myself through that? I thought I’d locked all of that away until a game of Spin the Bottle makes me doubt everything. Especially the lie I’ve been telling myself about not being in love with my best friend. 

Matt 


Sebastian Rathbone? Dude. No way. He’s not a bad guy, but he’s not the guy for Jax. If anyone knows the guy for Jax, that’s me. It hurts I wasn’t even consulted. Actually, what bothers me the most is that she didn’t ask me to be the one. To punch her V-Card, I mean. I’m pretty good at what I do, or so I’ve been told. It should be a good memory. Something special. And lemme tell you, Rathboner isn’t going to make it special for anyone. I don’t like it that there’s this part of her she’s going to give to someone else, but I guess I have to get right with it. I’m the best friend. Not the lover. Except when faced with losing her, I’ll have to take a spin on chance just one more time. 

 

 

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Spin the Bottle (Fast Times at Ridgemont Hall Book 2)Spin the Bottle by Sara Wylde

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Spin the Bottle explores a time when complicated seemed simple and responsibilities were as far off as the horizon. Wylde journeys back to a time of teen angst and young love. Matt and Jax are learning how to navigate emotional entanglements, as they blossom from youth to adulthood. At stake is a friendship neither wants to live without and feelings that each find it hard to explore. It's a nostalgic ride into the past to find a chance at a future. A sweet coming of age tale that banks everything on reaching the heart.



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Fortunate Encounters

 

 

FORTUNATE ENCOUNTERS (THE SIGNS) BY CATERINA PASSARELLI

 

 

 

Release Date: September 20, 2018

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Sitting down at the wrong table in a bar turned my life upside down.

I was supposed to be on a date with one man but made a huge mistake. A mistake I keep bumping into all over New York City.

Clark is arrogant, straightforward and takes what he wants. And right now his sight is set on me.

But he’s proposing friends with benefits. 
And I’d rather eat dirt than agree to that.

After an “enough is enough” moment, I turned to the Universe for help & asked for a special sign.

And it’s just my luck … looks like rabbits & romance really do mix!

 

 

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Fortunate EncountersFortunate Encounters by Caterina Passarelli

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


There are no straight lines when it comes to love. It's the detours that keep things interesting. Passarelli dares to be interesting. With humor, heart and honest emotion Fortunate Encounters is that melt in your heart kind of treat. Juliette is a woman with the world at feet until she discovers fate has other plans. A chance encounter has lasting repercussions for two unknowing strangers. Clark and Juliette remind that there is more to life than the serious moments. Sometimes life calls for stirring things up.



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WICKED WEDDING (LEFT AT THE ALTAR) BY SAWYER BENNETT

 

 

 

Release Date: September 20, 2018

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

It all started with a wedding…

 

Well, three weddings, to be exact. The one that happened, the one that went up in flames, and the one nobody saw coming.

 

Andrew Collings has seen a lot of things living in Vegas. Hell, he’s done a lot of things. But one thing he’s never witnessed is a beautiful brunette, hitchhiking her way into the city, wearing a wedding dress. Until now, that is.

 

Brynne Adams is running away from a broken heart. She expected a lot of things from her wedding day but finding photos of her fiancé and maid of honor and best man in a compromising position wasn’t one of them. She most certainly never imagined that she’d end up marrying the handsome stranger that rescued her from the side of the road that day.

 

Andrew and Brynne’s quick nuptials may have been the result of a drunken joke, but they soon realize that love can be found in the most unlikely of places if you just stop and take a chance.

 

* Wicked Wedding is the fourth STANDALONE NOVEL in the LEFT AT THE ALTAR series in a collaboration of six New York Times Bestselling Authors: J. S. Scott, Ruth Cardello, Raine Miller, Sawyer Bennett, Minx Malone, and Melody Anne.

 

 

 

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Wicked Wedding (Left at the Altar, #4)Wicked Wedding by Sawyer Bennett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Just when you think you have your life all figured out, fate steps in and throws a curve ball. Brynne and Andrew are that for each other. A second chance to hopefully get it right. Two strangers let down by love find consolation in each other's arms. Wicked Wedding is the cherry on top of that much longed for ice cream sundae. Sawyer Bennett takes a bite out of heartache and adds a tasty helping of happily ever after. Revenge may be best served cold, but the temptation is hot with Ms. Bennett at the helm.



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Guarding Grace by Ann Omasta

 

 

GUARDING GRACE (GOLD COAT RETRIEVERS) BY ANN OMASTA 

 

 

 

Release Date: September 21, 2018

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

The puppy that stole their hearts is missing!

Grace Wilson loves the wonderful life she has created with her daughter, Clover, in picturesque Redwood Cove, California--even if she is a bit lonely. When sweet Clover asks her mom for a "Golden Wetweevuh" puppy, Grace decides they might just have room in their hearts for a lovable and fluffy four-legged addition to their little family.

Dash Diamond is a local television celebrity with a megawatt smile. He needs a new co-host, but is less than thrilled when his show's producers inform him that Star, Grace and Clover's puppy, has been cast in the role.

When Star is puppy-napped, the show's viewers are almost as desperate to find the beloved four-legged celebrity as Grace and Clover are.

The dog that brought the entire Gold Coast together is missing and being held for ransom. Clover isn't the same without her. Grace and Dash can't act on their undeniable romantic spark of attraction while the pup is possibly in danger. Star is the missing piece of the puzzle. Will they find her in time?

See if this adorable Golden Retriever can find her way safely home to complete her family--all while proving she's the star of the show. Star has big paws to fill, but someone has to do it!

Curl up with this heartwarming and sweet romantic adventure today.
 

 

 

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Guarding Grace (Gold Coast Retrievers Book 3)Guarding Grace by Ann Omasta

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Guarding Grace has cute written all over it. An adorable, yet mischievous puppy. A sweetheart of a little girl and a heartwarming romance. Omasta puts it all on the table with an adventurous look at love's staying power. With a name like Star it's only fitting that this scene stealing puppy is the star of the show. One mother's act of love creates the adventure of a lifetime for two lonely hearts searching for their happy ending. A love letter for the heart.



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The Ultimate SEAL Box Set

 

 

 

 

THE ULTIMATE SEAL BOX SET BY CLAIRE ADAMS

 

 

Release Date: September 21, 2018

 

 

SYNOPSIS


Includes the following books: 

SEAL's Expertise 
SEAL's Command 
SEAL Executive 
SEAL's Technique 

Every book is a full length novel. Each one has a HEA and no cliffhanger.

 

 

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The Ultimate SEAL Box SetThe Ultimate SEAL Box Set by Claire Adams

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Step into a world of danger, deception and attraction. Claire Adams creates a world where the heroes are dashing, the heroines daring and the temptation delicious.



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Mistletoe in Texas (Texas Rodeo #5) by Kari Lynn Dell

Mistletoe In Texas - Kari Lynn Dell

 

 

What's that saying about pride before a fall? Young love becomes adult mayhem, when a wandering cowboy revisits his past regrets. Mistletoe in Texas is a look at how foolish pride could have life long repercussions. For Grace and Hank emotions didn't turn out so well. The first time around was a bust that left a great deal of collateral damage. Neither realized the impact of the choice they made to walk away. As they say too little to late. When the life found turns out not to be the one hoped for is when it helps to rethink a few things. Whether you agree or disagree with many of Grace's choices and a few of Hank's, a few things have to be remembered. When young we don't always use our heads, but listen with our hearts. That's a casualty that makes us human. The lessons we learn from our mistakes are what help us to grow into a more understanding person. Dell reminds us what it means to be young and in love. The innocence, heartache and hopefulness, but loving also means a willingness to forgive and move forward. In this maze of hurtful secrets and foolish pride, we find the truth of what love is...FORGIVING.

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MISTLETOE IN TEXAS (TEXAS RODEO) BY KARI LYNN DELL

 

 

 

Release DateSeptember 25, 2018

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

He's always been the black sheep: the troublemaker.

But this Christmas, the prodigal cowboy returns.

 

Rodeo bullfighter Hank Brookman was headed straight for the top. But after a single misstep resulted in a devastating injury, he disappeared under a mountain of regrets. Now he’s back, ready to face the loved ones he left behind—starting with the one girl his heart could never forget.

 

When Hank stormed out of Texas, he left Grace McKenna picking up the pieces…and struggling with a secret that changed everything. He may be back looking for redemption, but after everything they’ve been through, how can she admit what he really walked away from all those years ago?

 

Hank always knew persuading Grace to trust him again would be a tall order. Convincing her they deserve a happily ever after? That may take a Texas-sized Christmas miracle.

 

 

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Mistletoe in TexasMistletoe in Texas by Kari Lynn Dell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


What's that saying about pride before a fall? Young love becomes adult mayhem, when a wandering cowboy revisits his past regrets. Mistletoe in Texas is a look at how foolish pride could have life long repercussions. For Grace and Hank emotions didn't turn out so well. The first time around was a bust that left a great deal of collateral damage. Neither realized the impact of the choice they made to walk away. As they say too little to late. When the life found turns out not to be the one hoped for is when it helps to rethink a few things. Whether you agree or disagree with many of Grace's choices and a few of Hank's, a few things have to be remembered. When young we don't always use our heads, but listen with our hearts. That's a casualty that makes us human. The lessons we learn from our mistakes are what help us to grow into a more understanding person. Dell reminds us what it means to be young and in love. The innocence, heartache and hopefulness, but loving also means a willingness to forgive and move forward. In this maze of hurtful secrets and foolish pride, we find the truth of what love is...FORGIVING.



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EXCERPT

 

Hell, damn, and son of a bitch.
Grace had expected to have more than fifteen minutes to recover from the news of Hank’s return before they came face-to-face. Now it was all she could do not to gawk at the person Shawnee dragged through the door and shoved into the chair opposite her.
His sister had tried to warn her, but the transforma¬tion from grinning, carefree Hank to this had to be seen to be comprehended. It was partly the hair, falling to his collar around a face that had been stripped of all soft¬ness. If she squinted, she could see the bones were still the same. Everything else—the easy smiles, the spark of mischief in his eyes, any sign of warmth—was gone.
No wonder Miz Iris had been so flustered when she’d called to say Hank was headed their direction. He barely seemed housebroken, nostrils flaring like a skittish wolf that had wandered out of the Montana wilderness and didn’t care for the smell of humans. He met her gaze—he could hardly avoid it from where he sat—and for an instant there was a flicker almost like regret. Then, without blinking or breaking eye contact, he retreated to a place she couldn’t follow.
And didn’t want to, if the shadows she saw were any indication of what she’d find there.
Cole, of all people, broke the silence. “You hired on with Sanchez Trucking?”
“Yep.”
The old Hank would have rambled on about how and why and his next scheduled trip. Now he just stared them down with that half-wary, half-defiant tilt to his chin.
“They’ve built up a hell of a business,” Steve Jacobs said in his deep, elder statesman voice. “Drivers say they’re the best in four states to haul for.”
“So Gil tells me.”
Even his voice was different, the Southern drawl clipped and roughed up around the edges. They sat in an
increasingly taut silence, Cole staring into his coffee cup, Steve’s thick fingers drumming on the table, and Grace trying to disappear between them.
“Damn,” Shawnee finally said. “I thought you were annoying when you wouldn’t shut up. What do you want, Hank? A cinnamon roll? A pat on the head? A kick in the ass? I can dish ’em all up.”
Hank blinked. Grace could’ve sworn she saw the corner of his mouth twitch as if he wanted to smile, but his voice was still flat. “Just checking in. Gil thought y’all deserved fair warning.”
“Yeah?” Shawnee folded her arms. “Do you have plans?”
“For what?”
“Revenge. Redemption. The rest of the day?”
“I…no.” For the first time, his composure slipped. He shot a sideways glance at the door, like he was fixing to bolt.
Shawnee clapped her hands together. “Excellent. Grace and I could use some chute help.”
What? Grace’s jaw came unhinged. Oh no. Please no.
Her sentiment was echoed on Hank’s face. “I have to—”
“You just said you didn’t have plans,” Shawnee cut in. “Don’t try to lie to me now.”
The air in the kitchen seemed to contract, pulled tight by invisible lines of tension. Cole gave Shawnee a what the hell look. Everyone else stared at Hank.
He made a sound somewhere between a growl and a laugh. “Why not? I’ve tripped enough chute gates I could do it in my sleep.”
He pushed his chair back, got up, and walked out. The door thumped shut behind him, and the kitchen was quiet until they heard the sound of his pickup starting.
“I guess that means he’s gonna meet us there,” Shawnee said, and reached for her sweatshirt.
Cole narrowed his eyes at her. “What are you doing?”
“Just breaking the ice.” She gave him a smacking kiss on the cheek. “Don’t worry. Me and Grace got this handled.”
Speak for yourself. Lord knew Grace was beyond words.
“You can handle it, right?” Shawnee’s eyebrows peaked, offering both challenge and support. I’ve got your back… so suck it up, cupcake.
What could Grace say? As far as anyone at this table knew, all Hank had to be sorry for was getting drunk and informing Grace—and everyone else at the Lone Steer Saloon’s annual New Year’s Eve bash—that, yes, the sex had been great, but, no, he wasn’t interested in doing it again. After almost three years, any woman with a spine would be over it.
Grace stiffened hers and forced some conviction into her voice. “Sure.”
But as they pulled on coats and boots, she allowed herself the tiniest of sighs. This was the trouble with secrets. The people who had your best interests at heart could unknowingly force you to spend the afternoon with a man who was a whole lot more than an old embarrassment.
He was the father of a child that even he didn’t know she’d had.

 

 

ABOUT KARI LYNN DELL

 

 

 

Kari Lynn Dell is a native of north central Montana, a third generation ranch-raised cowgirl, horse trainer and rodeo competitor, most recently the 2017 Canadian Senior Pro Rodeo Breakaway Roping season champion. She attended her first rodeo at two weeks old and has existed in a state of horse-induced poverty ever since. She currently resides on the family ranch on the Blackfeet Reservation, loitering in her parents’ bunkhouse along with her husband, son and Max and Spike the Cowdogs, with a tipi on the front step, a view of Glacier National Park from her writing desk and Canada within spitting distance.

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Wild on My Mind (Where the Wild Hearts Are #1) by Laurel Kerr

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Some people change. The question is whether it's a change for the better or worse. Wild on My Mind is the chance at a new beginning for two lonely hearts and a broken down zoo. Kerr tells the story of a the blossoming of romance. With the help of some adorably cuddly matchmakers to lend a hand. Beauty is all around, we just have to look beyond the surface to find the treasure hidden within. Kerr delivers a message I can get behind in this lighthearted sweet tale.

Once Upon a Sure Thing (Heartbreakers, #2) by Lauren Blakely

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Mr. Cool is losing his head and his heart over his best friend. Lauren Blakely is back with another scrumptious tale of heart, humor and friendship. One sexy bachelor as clueless as they come is about to get a wake up call in a most delightful way. Once Upon a Sure Thing appeals to the senses but lives in your heart. Temptation thrives on emotion and Blakely seems to get that. Miller and Ally are the sweetest blend of saucy and salty. They have that candy coated center, but the drama lies in getting through the tough shell. Past hurts, present fears and doubtful forevers are steadily dog their heels. Can their long standing friendship survive these feelings that they have? Lauren Blakely is always on point when it comes to matters of the heart.

Not Quite Perfect (The Rocky Cove Series, Book 1) by Rebecca Norinne

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How could something that seemed so simple become so complicated? David and Victoria are about to learn when love comes into play, the heart ups the ante. Norinne makes it easy to get caught up in her world. A world full of heartwarming tales and eccentric scenarios. What I love most is no matter the complications she never strays from being relatable. Not Quite Perfect is more than a romance between two familiar strangers. It's the journey of a dysfunctional family that never gives up on love.

HAPPY BOOK WEEK: WILD ON MY MIND (WHERE THE WILD HEARTS ARE) BY LAUREL KERR

 

 

 

 

 

WILD ON MY MIND (WHERE THE WILD HEARTS ARE) BY LAUREL KERR

 

 

Release Date: September 25, 2018

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Love runs wild at the Sagebrush Flats Zoo,

where a motley crew of big-hearted animals

helps the most unlikely couples find love.

 

When Katie Underwood discovers a litter of newborn cougar cubs, the last person she expects to come to the rescue is her former crush—and high school nemesis—Bowie Wilson. The worst part? He doesn’t seem to remember the trouble he caused her.

As a single father and owner of a cash-strapped zoo, Bowie struggles to balance budgets while raising his preteen daughter and a host of rascally animals. He considers himself lucky when Katie agrees to lend her talents to a publicity campaign in support of the zoo’s animal rescue programs—until he learns just what she’s planning…

 

This time, Katie is determined to resist Bowie’s charm. But a lovelorn camel, a matchmaking honey badger, and a nursemaid capybara have different plans. Can they and the rest of the zoo’s menagerie help Bowie break through the barriers surrounding Katie’s heart?

 

Love can’t be tamed…

 

 

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REVIEWWILD ON MY MIND (WHERE THE WILD HEARTS ARE) BY LAUREL KERR

 

Wild on My Mind (Where the Wild Hearts Are #1)Wild on My Mind by Laurel Kerr

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Some people change. The question is whether it's a change for the better or worse. Wild on My Mind is the chance at a new beginning for two lonely hearts and a broken down zoo. Kerr tells the story of a the blossoming of romance. With the help of some adorably cuddly matchmakers to lend a hand. Beauty is all around, we just have to look beyond the surface to find the treasure hidden within. Kerr delivers a message I can get behind in this lighthearted sweet tale. 



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EXCERPT

 

“What other kinds of animals do you have?” Katie asked, steering the conversation away from him.
“Well, there’s Frida here,” he said, jerking his thumb in the direction of the grumpy grizzly. “She’s about nineteen years old. You might remember her from when you were a kid. She was brought to Lou as a juvenile with a damaged foot. Poachers had set up a bear trap in Rocky Ridge National Park, and Frida had been caught in it for days before a ranger found her. She’s walked with a pronounced limp ever since, so she couldn’t be reintroduced into the wild.”
“Poor girl.” Katie leaned against the fence to get a better look at Frida. The bear lifted her head to emit a long-suffering sound halfway between a grunt and a roar.
Katie laughed. Bowie joined her by the rail, his T-shirt brushing against her bare arm. Unwanted desire flared within her. She almost succeeded in suppressing a tremble, but then he chuckled—the sound low, deep, and most of all warm. The husky timbre of it washed over her. Despite the wave of heat, she shivered.
Bowie’s gray eyes darkened at her reaction. With the summer sun beating down on her back, Katie couldn’t claim a chill to explain away her body’s instinctual reaction to him. Instead, she changed the subject.
“I guess Frida doesn’t like to be called ‘poor,’” she said.
“Frida has her dignity,” Bowie said. And then he grinned. Devastatingly.
Katie’s heart squeezed. A rush of sweet fire swept through her again, threatening to burn through her shields of self-preservation. She straightened before she did something very foolish, like trying to capture Bowie’s smile with a kiss.
“So, what’s the name of your camel?” she asked as she pushed back from Frida’s fence. “She always trots right over to me for a pet when I pass by on my way to watch the cougars.”
“That would be Lulubelle,” Bowie said as he led Katie around the corner. “She’s always been a little needy, and she’s been having a particularly hard time lately.”
Katie knitted her brow in concern as they approached Lulubelle and the llamas. “How so?”
“She’s lonely,” he said. “Ever since one of the llamas had a baby, Lulubelle has seemed to be longing for one of her own. Lou thinks she wants a mate too.”
“Awww,” Katie said as they approached the llama pen. Lulubelle instantly raised her large head and raced toward them. She thrust her neck at Bowie in clear demand. Katie swore that the animal sighed as he scratched the thick patch of fluff on top of her head. After thoroughly nuzzling him, Lulubelle turned her attention on Katie. Finding her line of vision full of insistent camel, Katie laughed and petted the old girl. When she dropped her hand and both she and Bowie began to turn, Lulubelle emitted a plaintive rumble.
“My goodness,” Katie said as she whirled back around. “It’s okay, Lulubelle. I’ll be back tomorrow.”
The camel made a raspberry sound in response. Bowie shook his head. “She’ll keep you here all evening if you’ll let her.”
“But that cry was awful!”
“I know,” he said as he ignored his own advice and rubbed the camel’s neck. “I wish we had the funds to purchase and take care of another camel or two. I’m hoping another zoo will at least lend me a stud.”
A thought struck Katie. She spun toward him, unable to stop her exuberance. “Bowie, I think I have a brilliant idea!”
He seemed to freeze. Too excited to pay much attention to his reaction, Katie spoke in a rush. “You can use Lulubelle as part of a fund drive.”
It took Bowie a second to respond. He stared at her for a long moment, then blinked hard. “Lulubelle?”
“Who can resist a lovelorn camel?” Katie asked. “I mean, look at her liquid-brown eyes and those ridiculous lashes. We could really sell her story of wanting a partner and a baby. There are so many sites on the internet where anyone can set up a fund-raiser. We could get people involved in the process of finding her a companion. Maybe you could pick a few candidates to be her mate, and the public could vote. We could even set jars outside the llama pen with pictures of potential boy camels, and visitors could cast their ballot by putting in cash!”
Bowie rubbed the back of his head, clearly con¬sidering her idea. “It could work, and it might bring in more foot traffic too.”
Katie nodded enthusiastically. She hadn’t been this excited in years about work. Her old boss had slowly killed her enthusiasm as he’d rejected idea after idea. It felt good to unleash her creativity on a receptive audience.
“Come on,” she said. “I want to see more of the zoo while I’m on a roll.”
Then, without thinking, she grabbed Bowie’s hand, tugging him forward. He chuckled—the sound once again low and this time even edged with surprising fondness. His fingers curled around the back of Katie’s hand, his body heat searing her. Instantly, she released her hold and kept her focus forward.
“Hurry up,” she said instead. “I don’t want to lose momentum. What’s next?”

 

 

ABOUT LAUREL KERR

 

 

 

 

Laurel Kerr is a full-time romance writer and mom, who occasionally still dabbles in the practice of law. Her debut novel, Wild on My Mind, reached the Golden Heart® finals under the title of Volunteering Her Heart in 2016. Laurel Kerr was also a 2017 Golden Heart® Finalist for a historical manuscript. She lives in Pennsylvania with her daughter, husband, and loyal Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. 



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The people we love are thieves.

They steal our hearts. They steal our breath.

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They say you never forget your first time.

Mine was with a homeless musician who effed my brains out under a bridge.

He was my first love. And fourteen years later, I still can’t get him out of my head.

He broke all my rules.

He also broke my heart.

I watched him climb to stardom, cheering him on from afar.

But I was never a fan; just a girl in love.

Like a tornado, he spiraled, leaving a path of destruction in his wake.

But love conquers all, right? It has to. Because here I stand, ravaged and ruined, needing it to be true.

You can’t go back, but I want to. Back to the bridge. Back to when he sang only for me. Before he was famous. Before he shattered my heart.

I thought I knew everything about him.

But I could not have been more wrong.

He promised me every tomorrow. And here I am, waiting.

And hoping.

Again.

 

 

 

 

About the Author:

 

I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts.

My first novel in the best-selling Ashes & Embers series, Storm, published in September of 2014. I have many books and sequels slated for this series. My new spin-off series, Devils Wolves, launched in 2016 with the best-selling novel, Torn. There are several books planned for this series as well.

Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.

 

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Don't Touch My Petunia (The Holloway Girls, #2) by Tara Sheets

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The Holloway Girls are the perfect way to turn a frown right side up. Sheets lights up the heart with these irresistible stories of laughter, love and family. Emma had her chance to bake up some magic, now it's Juliette's turn to spread some love. Don't Touch My Petunia uses whimsy to wake up the heart and wisdom to appeal to the mind. Prepare to get lost in the addiction that is Tara Sheets.

Christmas on Mistletoe Lane (Sweetwater Springs #1) by Annie Rains

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Rains was blessed with an empathetic voice that shines through each character she writes. Christmas on Mistletoe Lane is the latest example of that gift. Kaitlyn and Mitch tackle heartache with an appealing dose of reality and an abundance of heart. That's what makes this journey of false starts and new beginnings relatable. Mistletoe Lane is about rebuilding trust in the people around you and the person we're all meant to become. It's a celebration of the lessons that help a person grow.

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Guarding Grace (Gold Coast Retrievers Book 3) by Ann Omasta

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Guarding Grace has cute written all over it. An adorable, yet mischievous puppy. A sweetheart of a little girl and a heartwarming romance. Omasta puts it all on the table with an adventurous look at love's staying power. With a name like Star it's only fitting that this scene stealing puppy is the star of the show. One mother's act of love creates the adventure of a lifetime for two lonely hearts searching for their happy ending. A love letter for the heart.

Audiobook Review: Losing a Piece of Me by K.B. Andrews (Author), Sarah Puckett (Narrator)

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Andrews and Puckett are a lethal combination. Andrews composes the words and Puckett claps back with heartbreaking emotion. Losing a Piece of Me is a heartbreaking tale of broken trust and shattered dreams. Lex and Striker are two halves of a whole, working their way back to what they used to be. Andrews uses her gift of writing to give a voice to the innocent and fearful voices that are consistently ignored and the fearless warriors determined to never be forgotten. Puckett proves a vital instrument for a haunting tale as courageous as it is relevant.

Audiobook/Ebook Review: Texas Roots (The Gallaghers of Sweetgrass Springs #1) by Jean Brashear (Author), Eric G. Dove (Narrator)

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Texas Roots offers everything but the kitchen sink. Brashear has crafted a ghostly tale of love lost and hopes revisited. Scarlett and Ian are a bit players in a tale as intriguing as the shadows that haunt the legendary fabled spring that serves as a backdrop for this small town. Scarlett is on the run from demons in her past. Her getaway provides her the chance to get answers to some long overdue questions about herself and the family she never knew existed. Ian is her chance at salvation. He rescues her from a life full of loneliness and she shows him the meaning of true love. With the forces determined to tear them apart, can they break the curse of the woman with a broken heart and find their own chance at forever? As always Brashear and Dove make a great team when it comes to captivating romance.

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I took that secret and pushed it down inside of me.

So far down, that it never had a chance of coming out.

That dirty little secret was like a seed. A seed that took root and grew to become a piece of me.

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AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: LOSING A PIECE OF ME BY K.B. ANDREWS (AUTHOR), SARAH PUCKETT (NARRATOR)

 

Losing a Piece of MeLosing a Piece of Me by K.B. Andrews

My rating: 4 of 5 stars




Andrews and Puckett are a lethal combination. Andrews composes the words and Puckett claps back with heartbreaking emotion. Losing a Piece of Me is a heartbreaking tale of broken trust and shattered dreams. Lex and Striker are two halves of a whole, working their way back to what they used to be. Andrews uses her gift of writing to give a voice to the innocent and fearful voices that are consistently ignored and the fearless warriors determined to never be forgotten. Puckett proves a vital instrument for a haunting tale as courageous as it is relevant.



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Today we have the blog tour for FORTUNATE ENCOUNTERS by Caterina Passarelli, a first in the new Signs Series!

 

 

 

Title: FORTUNATE ENCOUNTERS

Series: The Signs Series

Author: Caterina Passarelli

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release: September 20

Cover Designer: Najla Qamber Designs

 

 

 

About FORTUNATE ENCOUNTERS

 

 

Sitting at the wrong table turned my life upside down.

 

I was supposed to be on a date with one man but made a huge mistake—a mistake I keep bumping into all over New York City.

 

Clark Chambers is arrogant, straightforward, devastatingly handsome, and takes what he wants. And right now his sight is set on me.

 

But he only wants friends with benefits. And I’d rather eat dirt than agree to that.

 

After an “enough is enough” moment, I turn to the Universe for help & ask for a special sign.

 

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Fortunate EncountersFortunate Encounters by Caterina Passarelli

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


There are no straight lines when it comes to love. It's the detours that keep things interesting. Passarelli dares to be interesting. With humor, heart and honest emotion Fortunate Encounters is that melt in your heart kind of treat. Juliette is a woman with the world at feet until she discovers fate has other plans. A chance encounter has lasting repercussions for two unknowing strangers. Clark and Juliette remind that there is more to life than the serious moments. Sometimes life calls for stirring things up.



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EXCERPT

 

 

 

Throwing shade—this is new for me.

 

Wes smirks. He doesn’t seem the least bit insulted, which surprises me and irritates me at the same time.

 

Before I say another word, a man approaches our table as the color drains from my face. I’ve made a grave mistake.

 

“Wes?” I ask the man who just walked up.

“Juliette?” He laughs nervously, tucking his hands into his pockets. “Did you book two dates in one night?”

“Oh my gosh. No.” I am utterly embarrassed. Turning toward the man at my table, I ask, “Who are you?”

 

This gets a smile out of the stranger who has been watching me banter back and forth awkwardly with Wes.

 

“The name’s Clark.”

 

Looking from Clark to Wes, I can’t believe I made this mistake. My actual date is a watered down version of the man I’m sitting across from.

 

Getting up from the table, I turn toward Wes. “I apologize! Let’s start fresh.”

 

“Alrighty. Sounds like a plan,” Wes says in an easygoing way, pointing in the direction of the front doors. “I got us a table over there.”

 

“Sorry about all of this,” I say to Clark before following Wes to our new table. Clark doesn’t say anything; he just laughs and returns his gaze back to his newspaper, as if this incident didn’t happen.

 

During my rather boring conversation with Wes, I can’t help but wish I could see the expression on Clark’s face. His back is turned to me, but I keep glancing in his direction.

 

When Clark gets up to leave, he walks by our table and gives me a little nod. I secretly wish he’d break up this date I’m on.

 

Wes rambles for another forty minutes before I get the “emergency” text message from my friend, Whitney, telling me I’m needed for open-heart surgery. No, I’m not a doctor. Yes, I’ll gladly take the escape she’s fabricated.

 

Wes sees me to the door and plants a rather wet, sloppy kiss on my cheek. When I’m around the block, I wipe my face with my sleeve. The feeling of defeat washes over me.

 

I walk a few more blocks until I’m safely back at my apartment building in Manhattan. I shoot Whitney a text letting her know I wasn’t murdered. When online dating I always let my friends know where I am going and with who. Call me paranoid, but I’m not about to end up handcuffed in someone’s basement.

 

Next, I hit up the wine fridge for a much-needed glass of red.

 

As I cuddle up on the couch, I can’t help but question … who is Clark? And why do I want to talk to him again?

 

 

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About Caterina Passarelli

Former TV News Producer turned Romance author, Caterina Passarelli has always had a love for words. From real-life Detroit crime to fictional love stories around the globe, she hopes to take her readers on a fast-paced adventure.

 

Caterina is the author of five titles in multiple genres: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense.

 

When she’s not writing about alpha males and strong, sarcastic women, she is the CEO of an online fitness coaching company.

 

Caterina is the fur mom to her three-year-old rescue dog, Piper, who she spoils uncontrollably.

 

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