Cover Reveal – The Crush, Penelope Ward

December 28, 2020 By

 

Title: The Crush
Author: Penelope Ward
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs
Photo: Harol Baez
Model: Jeremy Santucci
Release Date: February 22, 2021
BLURB

 

 

From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone, second-chance story of forbidden love… 

 

It’s natural to want the one you can’t have. And for as long as I could remember, I’d secretly wanted my brother’s best friend, Jace. 
He was six years older and always treated me like the sister he never had. 
Fast forward a decade. 
We were all in our twenties now. Jace had moved in with my brother, Nathan, and me to help us make ends meet after our parents died. 
It was just the three of us—an odd family dynamic. 
Living under our roof, Jace was as bossy and protective as ever. 
But he certainly didn’t look at me like a sister anymore. That was what made things so complicated. 
I was pretty much hot and bothered twenty-four-seven. 
And he was torn. 
The signs were subtle, at first. Like on movie night, I’d casually rest my leg against his, and he wouldn’t exactly shift away. 
Still, I assumed he would never…go there. 
Nathan would kill us. 
The knowledge of that wasn’t enough to stop the inevitable, though. 
Eventually our slow burn exploded. 
But more than the physical attraction, we’d developed a strong connection. 
We just couldn’t get caught, right? 
That sounded simple. 
Until it wasn’t. 
This is a story of forbidden love, broken trust, and an unexpected second chance.

 

 

 

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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling
author of contemporary romance.
 
She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.
 
With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.
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Blog Tour & Review – I Have Lived and I have Loved, An Anthology

December 26, 2020 By

 

NOW LIVE!!!

100% of the profits from this anthology will be given to the Live A Thousand Lives charity.

The I Have Lived and I Have Loved Collection is NOW AVAILABLE!!

Grab this charity romance collection of 17 love stories TODAY!!

AVAILABLE NOW!

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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

💞 FLIRTING WITH A GOOD NIGHT by Willow Winters

5 Hearts

 

I do love short stories. I really do. Sharon has loved Cade since the moment she saw him but he is older and after high school he went into the marines. Now he is back and one car ride home brings on an unexpected turn of events. Oh man, loved it. I want more!

 

Quote:

 

“You can take her home on your way, can’t you Cade?”

Alone with this man? In his truck? Late at night with my ovaries still doing flip flops at the sight of a newborn?

Oh, no, no, no.

 

💞 THE SCENE By Marni Mann

5 Hearts

 

O.M.G. That was hot AF. An actress needed to relax. An actress in her trailer about to do just that when someone shows up and lends her a hand. A blindfold to make it even more intense. Yum!

 

Quote: “You’ll get rewarded when you follow my orders.”

 

💞 BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE By Melanie Harlow & Corinne Michaels

5 Hearts

 

Baby It’s Cold Outside is a novella by Melanie Harlow and Corinne Michaels. It can be read as standalone, also before or after Imperfect Match! I loved that book so I was so happy that Willow got her own story. One that starts with trying to get a Christmas tree up to her new apartment. Michael is there to lend his tree carrying skills and even more. Harlow is a hot mess when it comes to putting up and decorating a tree. So funny! I loved these two. They just met but it was like they have known each other for years. Their banter. Their connection. Their passion.

 

Quote:

 

“It’s just too dangerous,” I insist as the doors close. “You could get in trouble out there.”

He leans back against the wall and looks over at me, his expression smoldering. “I could get in trouble right here.”

 

These best selling romance authors have graciously donated all new stories for this collection:

Willow Winters, K.A. Linde, Skye Warren, Carrie Ann Ryan , Author Nikki Ash, Jennifer Bene, Marni Mann, Melanie Harlow & Corinne Michaels, Amelia Wilde, Livia Grant, Tia Louise, Jenna Hartley, Aleatha Romig, Dylan Allen, Nana Malone, Harloe Rae and J.D. Hollyfield!

 

 

 

100% of the profits from this anthology will be given to the Live A Thousand Lives charity.

 

Live A Thousand Lives is a nonprofit dedicated to making audiobooks more accessible to individuals with low to no mobility. To that end, Live A Thousand Lives provides audio players preloaded with classic stories to individuals in hospitals, care centers and nursing facilities.

 

For every ONE Romance Audio player purchased (loaded with 17 romance novels!), Live A Thousand Lives is able to donate TWO Classic Fiction audio players. These simple-function, easy-to-use players help open a world of books to readers with physical disabilities that prevent them from enjoying traditional books. Your love of books could help bring audiobooks to TWO book lovers with low mobility or physical handicap that keeps them from enjoying traditional books.

 

Check out www.liveathousandlives.com to learn more about their story, mission and inspiration.

 

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Blurb:
I have lived and I have loved…

There’s no better feeling than those little butterflies at the end of a romance story. Top Shelf Romance is proud to present a collection of happily ever afters in collaboration with a cause dedicated to providing stories for those in need.

100% of the profits from this anthology will be given to the Live A Thousand Lives charity.

These best selling romance authors have graciously donated their stories for this collection:

Willow Winters, K.A. Linde, Skye Warren, Carrie Ann Ryan , Author Nikki Ash, Jennifer Bene, Marni Mann, Melanie Harlow & Corinne Michaels, Amelia Wilde, Livia Grant, Tia Louise, Jenna Hartley, Aleatha Romig, Dylan Allen, Nana Malone, Harloe Rae and J.D. Hollyfield!

Here’s to happily ever afters. All of them.

 

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Release Day & Reviews- Good with His Hands, Lili Valente & Lauren Blakely

December 18, 2020 By

 

GOOD WITH HIS HANDS by Lauren Blakely & Lili Valente
Release Date: December 18th

 

GOOD WITH HIS HANDS, a sexy emotionally-charged romance novel from bestselling authors Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente, is NOW AVAILABLE!! You’ll love this hot and heartfelt best friend’s brother romance with all sorts of twists!

 

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Narrated by Joe Arden & Lili Valente

 

Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Good with His Hands is the first book in the A Good In Bed series by Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente. My two favorite authors are a duo once again and I couldn’t be happier! I have read and loved every one of their books separately so when they write together…it’s magic.

Two years ago, Ruby and Jesse’s lives changed forever. She lost her best friend and he lost his sister. At the same time Ruby lost herself in that accident. She was happy and full of life then she woke up broken and empty. Now, two years later she was on the road to getting her life back. She was finished with physical therapy, she managed the family pie shop, and did art as a side hustle. On the outside, she was moving on but Jesse knew. The light was still missing. They were friendly growing up together but over the last two years they have become each other’s rocks and he wants to see her shine. To reach for the stars and after finding one of his sister’s lists with Ruby’s name on top, he knew this was just the thing she needed. Maybe he needed it too. A finding yourself adventure, together.

Two weeks. That’s all they had. She was on vacation and he was moving across country. So, they had two weeks to discover, explore, and find what makes her, her. And in the process they find that they are more than friends. Even still, they only have two weeks and what a sexy, life-changing, emotional, toe-curling ride. In and outside of the bedroom. Is two weeks too short to catch feelings?

Love this!! I do love my lists and I actually have a bucket list with ninety-five items on it. I need to get on it! Anyway, I loved that Claire made these kinds of lists for them. She sounds like a kick ass friend who knew Ruby better than even Ruby herself. Friendship Goals. And speaking of Ruby, I love her. She is more badass than she believes, beautiful inside and out, and deserves all the stars. Jesse knows it and it’s one of the reasons why I love him too. He is so sweet, funny, and a mechanic! Yum. Together, they are adorable, sexy, funny, and overall fantastic. I can’t wait for the next book!!

Quotes:

“You’re the it guy,” she says, holding my gaze with glittering eyes. “The unattainable sex god we mere mortals drool over as you walk by. But you’re so far above us you don’t even notice.”

“I notice you, Ruby,” I say, bracing my hands on either side of her hips. “I notice everything about you. Every . . . fucking . . . thing.”

I like all the curves and bends with Jesse, even if I don’t know where the road is taking us.

“Halloween is probably a more appropriate time for dress-up.”

“Anytime is a good time for dress-up.” Gigi swings her arm toward her bedroom and dramatically pronounces, “To my closet. We shall dress for dinner in feathers and pearls!”

 

Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Good With His Hands is the first book in the Good In Bed series, by two of my favorite authors, Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente! These women are fantastic authors on their own( I have read ALL of their books), but when they collaborate it’s always genius level storytelling! Good With His Hands is a best friend’s brother romance that made me laugh, tear up, smile, fan myself and laugh a little more. Jesse and Ruby suffered the loss of his sister, Claire, and her best friend two years ago. They’ve become close friends in that time and both of them are having more than friendly feelings. But that can’t happen. Nope. Claire left a list for Ruby, something she wants her to do to make her happy. Jesse knows Ruby needs this list right now and not only wants her to have it, he wants to share it with her. He’s moving away in a few weeks and he needs to do this with her. As they work through the list, the flirting and touching cross the line from friends to much more. Ruby is getting her spark back. She’s finally becoming the woman she was before she lost her best friend. Jesse can’t look away from Ruby and her beauty that shines from the inside out. Once he gets a taste of her it’s all he can think about. There’s no guilt when he touches her. No fear when he knows he’s falling. But he is keeping a secret from her. When Ruby finds out the truth will she run away from Jesse or toward him? This story! Oh my. It’s sweet, sexy, fun and hopeful! I love a forbidden romance, especially when they follow their hearts! Jesse is so sexy and sweet. Hot and knows how to use his words. Ruby is independent, talented and fun! Together they share a love for art that bonds them even more. Once I started I didn’t want to put it down! Looking forward to the next book!

 

 “You’re the it guy,” she says, holding my gaze with glittering eyes. “The unattainable sex god we mere mortals drool over as you walk by. But you’re so far above us you don’t even notice.”

“I notice you, Ruby,” I say, bracing my hands on either side of her hips. “I notice everything about you. Every . . . fucking . . . thing.”

 

God, he’s hot, fresh from the shower. I want to be there the next time he gets out from under the spray and dry him off with my tongue.

 

 

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Blurb:
A sexy best friend’s brother romance from bestselling authors Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente!

I’m the wrong guy for her.

She’s sunshine and cherry pie. I’m whiskey and fast cars. I’m also keeping one hell of a secret from the woman I’ve wanted for years.

But when I find a list my sister left behind for Ruby, I’ve got no choice but to offer the sexy, big-hearted girl next door both a road trip and a chance.

A chance to discover how big she can dream.

And if some of those dreams play out in the bedroom? Well, there’s nothing wrong with a few — okay, several — hot nights together as we hit the beach, visit old stomping grounds, and test all sorts of limits, in and out of the sheets.

Seven days, then I’m off, moving across the country, far away from her.

No way can things get complicated in a week. Ruby and I aren’t the kind of dream that has a shot of coming true.

Especially once she learns what I’ve done.

GOOD WITH HIS HANDS is a sexy standalone romance in the Good in Bed series!

 

 

 

About Lauren Blakely:
A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s sweet, sexy and witty. She also writes red-hot, ultra-steamy romance for her Lauren Blakely After Dark line. She’d love to give you a free book today!

Check out her web site to grab your free read: https://laurenblakely.com/one-free-book

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About Lili Valente:
Author of over forty novels, USA Today Bestseller Lili Valente writes everything from steamy suspense to laugh-out-loud romantic comedies. A die-hard romantic, she can’t resist a story where love wins big. Because love should always win. Learn more at www.lilivalente.com.

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Release Day & Reviews – The Nash Brothers Boxset, Carrie Aarons

December 18, 2020 By

 

Four gorgeous brothers, one small town, and the women who drive them wild. Grab these four small town, contemporary romances and a brand new Christmas extended epilogue in this box set from bestselling author Carrie Aarons.

The Nash Brothers Box Set includes four standalones:
Fleeting
Forgiven
Flutter
Falter

PLUS: A brand new, never-before-released Christmas extended epilogue featuring a chapter from each brother!

More about the books inside:

FLEETING

Presley McDaniel lives her life from moment to moment.

Love and commitment are predictable.
So why, the moment she lays eyes on him, are they all she wants?

Keaton Nash has never questioned his steady path.

Except for the first time ever, he wants to abandon stability.
She makes him want to be reckless.

FORGIVEN

In a split-second, a car crash killed almost everything between them. Ten years later, can one accidental ride fix tattered spirits, uncertain futures, and broken hearts?

Lily Grantham has always done what she’s been told.

Bowen Nash never wanted the life he’s trapped in.

They’ve been fighting fate for as long as it’s been chasing them. And now, time is up.

FLUTTER

He can’t stand her, and best believe, the feeling is mutual.
Her life is the complete opposite of what he desires.
So, why can’t they keep their hands off each other?

Forrest Nash is a smug know-it-all.

Penelope Briggs is one bossy, obnoxious woman.

What started as a convenient friends-with-benefits situation is quickly growing wings. Even if both parties are trying hard to ignore the flutter.

FALTER

Ryan Shea has sworn off men.

Fletcher Nash vowed not to fall in lust.

They pledged not to love anyone until it was the real thing.
So what happens when two people terrified of falling head-over-heels, actually do?

 

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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

🔹FLEETING
Fleeting is the first book in the Nash Brothers series by Carrie Aarons. I have been following Carrie’s words for years now and I know if I open one of her books I am going to fall in love. And I did just that once again.

Keaton Nash is a small town veterinarian. Presley is a city wanderer. He takes care of his family. She is the black sheep of hers. He loved math in high school. She enjoyed ditching school to make dreamcatchers. He had plans. She had yoga pants.

Keaton did not expect her. Of course he knew there was a new woman in town. A granddaughter who was helping Hattie, the owner of the bookstore slash post office but he was not expecting her. A beautiful redhead who made him laugh at first word. One who made him fumble. He did not fumble. Ever. He hasn’t dated anyone in two years and was doing just fine. Until now. He had to ask her out even if he made a mess of things. There was just something about her that made him want to toss his predictable ways.

Presley was so embarrassed. Her grandma could have warned her the town Vet was this hot. He was also adorable. The way he had finally asked her out days later was the cutest thing ever. But, he deserved more. She wasn’t even sure if she was going to be staying in town. He seemed like the kind of man who wanted a wife at home, two point five children, and a picket fence. She was not that girl. She was the complete opposite of that girl. He had a tight knit family while hers was anything but. Then something happened between them…

Now, I can’t tell you exactly what but I can say it was sweet, smooth, and a start to something. I will say that I loved them. Keaton really is freaking adorable and confident at the same time. He also has other sides to him that only Presley could get him to show. And Presley, she is more than she believes. She is a flight or fight kind of girl. She has to decide where she belongs. In a small town or a big city.

Overall…it’s a sweet, sexy, and adorable story full of love, family, animals, yoga, and bad decisions. The best kind. I can’t wait for the next book! There is a sneak peak at the end of the book. If you follow my reviews you know I don’t read the synopsis if I have read the author’s work so I didn’t go there but I know it’s going to be an emotional ride.

Quotes:

“I’m a vet in small-town Pennsylvania. If I walked around here asking everyone to call me Dr. Nash, they’d think I was a stuck-up prick.”

“I won’t tell you how many times I’ve had to loosen my belt on the afternoons I eat there.” And now I’m telling her about unbuckling my pants. Great. I have absolutely zero game.

“Your body … it was made for me to touch.”

🔹FORGIVEN
Forgiven is the second book in the Nash Brothers series by the very talented, Carrie Aarons. It can be read as standalone but I do recommend reading Fleeting so you can get to know the brothers even more. Bowen Nash didn’t say much in Fleeting but he captured my heart so I knew his story was going to be an emotional ride.

Ten years. He has been avoiding his high school sweetheart for ten years. Every time he saw her, it was torture. He wanted to reach out to her. Touch her. Kiss her. Love her. But he couldn’t. He had to walk away after their accident. The one that almost killed her and did kill his baseball career. He has coped with the fact that he lost his chances at the major leagues but he could never forgive himself for that night. He moved on with his life in everything else except when it came to love. He had a successful business, owned a home, had his family. But, she was the only one he has ever loved. Maybe ever will. Is it time to stop avoiding her? Ten years was a long time to hold it all in.

Lily never had closure. They were in love one minute and the next he was gone. Literally. He left town. She didn’t understand the looks he gave her when she did happen to see him around town. Why did he seem to hate her so much? She couldn’t stand it. She didn’t know how much more she could take. His brother was now with her best friend. They had to be around each other. The tension was thick. Every one in town felt it. And they were waiting for it to explode. Who will break first?

I absolutely LOVED this book! I love Keaton Nash, I really do but Bowen has stolen my heart! He might have been a cocky teenager but he was also a swoon-worthy one even back then. And now he is all man. And Lily! Oh…Lily. Watching her go through some shit made me want to give her a high five and a hug. She is stronger than she thinks. Together, I loved these two! They have their obstacles and it’s beautiful to watch them jump through them.

Overall…I am so in love with this series. I. Can. Not. Wait for the next book! I have a feeling I know who is up next and hot damn, it’s going to be hot. Oh, this one was too by the way. Along with sweet and funny.

Quotes:

“I’ll say it for the thousandth time, but I hope you hear me. I don’t know what it is I did to make you hate me so much, but I’m sorry.”

The night of the crash haunts me in my dreams. It plagues my every waking moment and mocks the future I once had.

“I may not have stepped foot in here in ages, but I’ve had many fantasies about getting you between these stacks. There is something so naughty about making out in a library.”

🔹FLUTTER
Flutter is the third book in the Nash Brothers series by the ever-talented, Carrie Aarons. You can read it as a standalone but I highly recommend reading the series. I have fallen for each brother for different reasons. Their personalities are all different from one another but they are all protective and love with their whole hearts. If you read the previous books you have read about Penelope, Forrest, and their epic banter. Oh…I was excited for this one. And it starts out with a bang.

Forrest and Penelope can’t be in the same room without pissing the other off. But as of late, they also can’t keep their hands off each other in private. She doesn’t know if she wants to slap him or rip his clothes off when he walks into the room with his Cody swagger. Especially when he wears his glasses. He is definitely geeky hot! She is a single widow of three. He doesn’t want a wife, kids, and a picket fence. She is too busy too date but he gives he exactly what she needs to relax. Orgasms! Lots and lots of orgasms so why not have a no-strings attached relationship? Nobody would expect it. He is six years her junior. Their banter is full of hate. What could go wrong?

Everything! And I loved it all. Forrest is an introvert. He doesn’t have a filter. She doesn’t either and they are both dirty birds. But for real. I love watching Forrest open up when he is around Penelope. His family underestimated him and the town as well. He isn’t just a cocky asshole who only cares for himself. He is a twenty-something with heart. He even shocks himself when it comes to Penelope and her kids. I loved that. And I love Penelope for being a strong woman who is raising her kids, working her ass off, and doing the best she can. Together, their passion is explosive. Their banter is flirty, fun, and sarcastic.

Overall…it’s my favorite of the series! There was just something about this couple that got me. It was more emotional then I thought it would be. I fell hard. That’s for sure. The writing is amazing along with the story and characters. I can’t wait for the next book. It’s taunting me on my iPad but I can’t get to it just yet.

P.S. It was nice to see the name Marion is a book. That was my Grandma’s name.

Quotes:

“In your dreams, Little Nash.” I throw out the insulting nickname and walk off without a backward glance.
“You’re right. I do dream about it, P. A lot.”

“Penelope, come on. Don’t overreact. It wasn’t personal.”
“Nothing is to you, Forrest,” she fires back.

“Oh, I’ll work you out good. You haven’t been to the gym of Forrest in weeks, and I have a lot of new moves to show you.”
“God, you’re cheesy. But show me the moves.” I tingle everywhere with anticipation.

🔹FALTER
Falter is the fourth and final book in the Nash Brothers series by one of my favorite authors, Carrie Aarons. I have loved every book in this series and this one is no different. Thank you, Carrie for not making me wait long for this book after Flutter. I was slowly falling for Fletcher with each book especially in Flutter that I couldn’t wait to completely fall in Falter. Damn. Did I ever.

Fletcher knew she was trouble. Ryan knew just he was too. They sensed it the first time they met years ago. That was exactly why when she was in town over a few weekends here and there they stayed away. But now…there was nowhere to run. Ryan needed to refresh her batteries after a bad breakup and a loss of career passion. Fawn Hill where her best friend found her passion, love, family, and friends was her best shot before she moved on to bigger places. It was just a pit stop. That’s what she thought anyway.

Fletcher has been sober for five years. And it’s been just as long since he has been with a woman. He didn’t date to date. He didn’t want to go down that path until he knew he found the girl he wanted to be with forever. He didn’t know if he could handle a broken heart. What he did know was if it was going to be anyone it was going to be Ryan Shea. They have been tip-toeing around their attraction for years and now she was here. At least for the summer. He knew he shouldn’t go there. She told him she has sworn off men and he told her he wasn’t the casual type. Not anymore. But what happens when the attraction is so great and they truly see the other when others don’t?

This book! This is what happens! My God…it is so good! I have been waiting for these two to get their heads out of their asses as the Nash Brothers would say for as long as they met. The build up is epic. Their story is explosive. I loved it all. The demons and all because without those they would be them.

Overall…Amazing! All of it. The characters. The story. The passion. The demons. The family. The love. The friendships. Loved it all. I hope to see them all again. Maybe a little YA with the youngsters. Hey! It could happen.

P.S. Carrie — That last line? Damn.

Quotes:

“Now, let me sleep. I’m an old woman, and if this isn’t a booty call, talking to anyone this late isn’t worth losing beauty rest.”

“This place really is something right out of Gilmore Girls,” I tell her, sipping my lemonade the minute it’s set down on the table.

“I’ve fantasized about you.”
He cocks an eyebrow. “I’d like to hear all of those, in vivid detail. But for now, I want to live up to them.”

🎄A VERY NASH CHRISTMAS 
 
This was fantastic! I love seeing couples in the future and this gave me four. It’s set ten years later with the Nash’s sharing a cabin for Christmas. Each brother gets their own chapter about careers, love, and family. It’s a fun treat! 

 

 

Author of romance novels such as The Tenth Girl and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She’s a Jersey girl living in Texas with her husband, daughter, son and Great Dane/Lab rescue.

 

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Blog Tour & Reviews – The Romantic Pact, Meghan Quinn

December 14, 2020 By

 

THE ROMANTIC PACT by Meghan Quinn
Release Date: December 10th

 

 

AVAILABLE NOW!!
FREE in Kindle Unlimited!
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2KcbLUU
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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

The Romantic Pact is the second book in the Kings of Football series by not one, but three authors! This is my first book by Meghan Quinn and it will most definitely not be my last. I loved it! After reading The Revenge Pact, I was supposed to stick to my schedule but I couldn’t do it, I had to read Crew’s story. Stat.

Three years ago Crew left his Pop’s farm at summer’s end. It was the last summer he spent there since he was busy training for his future. To go pro. He not only left the farm but left her her behind too. Hazel. The girl who was his best friend and pen pal. The girl who he compared all girls to. The girl who kissed him. The girl he ran from after that kiss. Three years of zero communication. Three years that he couldn’t get back. And now, he was on a plane to Germany, on a trip his Pops organized on his death bed. A trip that is supposed to give him closure before he moves on. A trip Pops also planned for Hazel…

Three years ago Hazel lost her best friend. Her rock. Over the summer she lost her second Grandfather, Crew’s Pop. The man who cared about her. The man who gave her a place to stay. To work. To live. The farm was her passion. She was now lost and she thinks Pop planned this trip so she would be found. She couldn’t say no especially since she had a feeling who her travel companion would be. She needs answers from the one boy who could give them to her. Crew. A man who was an All-American boy who still makes her weak in the knees.

These two. One pact. Never fall in love with each other. It was made years ago. Before the kiss. Before the trip. Before they truly knew what their connection meant. Now, they are on this trip. One with them sharing not only a room but a bed. One week in Germany may change everything…

I loved this story!! I cried. I laughed. I swooned. I got hot and bothered. Crew is stubborn, swoon-worthy, and naughty. Hazel is straight-forward, beautiful inside and out, and has a dirty side. Their banter is hilarious. Their connection is beautiful. Their chemistry is hot. Is it enough though? Two worlds. A country between them. Two passions. What will happen when they get home?

Quotes:

“Looks like he knew I just needed a little Hazel in my life again.”

“Are you afraid you might fall in love with me if we share a bed, Crew?”

“No.”

“Afraid you might wake up horny?”

I clear my throat. “No.”

She laughs, her head tilting back. “Liar. You’re nervous about a little morning wood.” She waves her hand at me. “Don’t worry, I won’t judge. I’ll let you have the shower first so you can whack off.”

“I couldn’t imagine being on this trip with anyone else.”

“Damn right, Hollywood.”

 

Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

The Romantic Pact is the second book in the Kings of Football series by three great authors, Ilsa Madden-Mills, Meghan Quinn and Adriana Locke. I’m loving this brilliant plan where three authors write a series together!

The Romantic Pact is Meghan’s Quinn’s! This is the first book I have read by Meghan and it won’t be the last! Her writing is fun, witty and full of emotion. We met Crew in The Revenge Pact and I knew I was going to love him! He’s been focused on football his whole life and he gave up his summers on his family’s farm. He missed time with his Pops and time with the one girl who always made him happy. It’s been three years since he’s seen her and now he’s on a trip with Hazel at Christmas in Germany. Something his Pops planned for them. They needed to reconnect and enjoy life so they could remember to be happy and just live. Crew never stopped thinking about Hazel, never stopped caring about her. As soon as he sees her he knows this trip is going to be perfect. Driving around Germany at Christmas, the scenery, the food, the pastries, the company. And the letters from his Pops to lead the way. Hazel always had a crush on Crew from the time they were kids. They just go each other. She hasn’t heard from him in three years and it killed her, but she’s so happy to be on this trip with him. She’s not going to get her hopes up about being with him, but she’s going to enjoy every minute of it. She worked with Pops and he was like a grandfather to her too, so she and Crew are mourning together, but also living through Pop’s letters. Will they realize they are meant to be after a week? Or have they always been destined to find their way back to each other? I loved this story! So. Much! I’m a huge fan of Christmas and I want to take this trip! I want to drink the wine, eat the food and see all the Christmas markets! Crew is so fun and romantic and sexy and perfect. Hazel is hilarious, independent and full of love! Together they made me laugh, cry and swoon. I can’t wait to see what Hollis gets up to!

 

 

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Blurb:
I haven’t seen her in three years.

I haven’t talked to her since the kiss.

So why am I on a plane, flying across the world to spend a week with her in Germany?

One word: Pops.

My life’s a mess.
My possible football career is hanging on by a thread.
I’m driving the roads of Germany in honor of Pops with the one girl I can never have.
And I’m sharing a bed with her, the girl I’ve measured everyone else up to, while desperately trying to not to touch her.

We made a pact growing up, never to get romantic with each other – never fall in love.

And I’m about to break that pact. For good.

 

 

 

About Meghan Quinn:
USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.

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Release Day & Review – Stay for Me, Corinne Michaels

December 8, 2020 By

She’s the girl who might be worth staying for. Stay For Me by Corinne Michaels is now live!

From New York Times Bestselling author Corinne Michaels comes the final poignant love story in the Arrowood Brothers Series.

Hollywood taught me everything I know about relationships–except how to be in one. As an actor, I became an expert at faking it. Faking that I wasn’t affected by my childhood. Faking that I was okay. Faking that I knew how to save the day, the girl, the whole damn world. But I’ve always known the truth–I’m no one’s hero. Until I’m forced to move back to Sugarloaf for six months, and Brenna Allen offers me a chance to prove otherwise. She’s everything I never knew I wanted, but can’t have. Her broken heart, perfect face, and adorable children turn my world upside down. Instead of preparing for my next leading role, I’m directing a middle school play. All to make her smile. The more time I spend here, the more I want to stay. Build a life in this town that I swore I’d leave–for her. But when the world comes crashing down around us, I’m forced to decide if staying for her is the right choice or if leaving is better for the woman I love.

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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Stay For Me is the fourth and final novel in the The Arrowood Brothers series by Corinne Michaels. You can read each book as standalone but I highly recommend reading the series. Each story brings a brother back to their hometown for six months. It is now Jacob’s turn in the rotation.

 

Jacob Arrowood was an action star in Hollywood. In Sugarloaf he was just a pain in the ass to his family and another man in The small town except to a twelve year old boy named Sebastian. He was his hero. His wish was to meet him while he was in town and when he does it’s everything. To both of them. It’s the start of a beautiful friendship. The start of something even bigger. Something Jacob never saw coming…

 

Brenna was a widow and mother of two. She moved to Sugarloaf to be closer to her late husband’s family. She thought she was going to be living the simple and boring life. She was still grieving and trying to be normal. Boring was good. It was something. She was just going through the motions. Until she saw him. Really saw him. And saw the way he looked at her. Not with pity but with more. Want. Desire. Beauty. But why? He could have anyone and was leaving in a few months.

 

I have read and loved every book in this series. The Arrowood Brothers are charming, swoon worthy, hot AF, sweet, and so much fun! Their banter towards each other and their badass partners are sibling and relationship goals. And I can’t forget the children! So smart, sassy, and have their uncles wrapped around their fingers. I am sad the series is over but I am excited about the next one!

 

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Quotes:

 

“Bean, will you set these dumbasses straight as to who is the sexiest of the four of us?”

Sydney sighs dramatically. “Jacob, but not by much.”

“See.”

“Seriously, wife?” Declan growls.

“Oh, calm down. I said not by much.”

 

“You’re going to ruin me,” I tell her.

“Believe me, you’re going to destroy me.”

 

“But seriously,” I say as I turn back to the kids, “is everyone ready?”

David, who is playing Danny, bobs his head. “I’m good. I got chills.”

“Are they multiplying?” Sebastian asks with perfect timing.

Meet Corinne

Corinne Michaels is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of romance novels. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love, and she enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak before finding a way to heal them through their struggles.

Corinne is a former Navy wife and happily married to the man of her dreams. She began her writing career after spending months away from her husband while he was deployed–reading and writing were her escapes from the loneliness. Corinne now lives in Virginia with her husband and is the emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun-loving mom of two beautiful children.

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Release Day & Reviews – Steele, Sawyer Bennett

December 8, 2020 By

 

Steele (Arizona Vengeance, Book #9)
Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: December 8, 2020

 

Synopsis:
A second chance may be just what James Steele needs…

I might be one of the older players on the Arizona Vengeance, but I like to think that also makes me one of the wisest. Or at least I used to.

Turns out, I’ve been a bit selfish. I’ve been married to hockey and my team for years, which hasn’t left much time for my actual wife, Ella. Now I’m juggling a separation I never wanted, the pressure of being a single dad to our teenage daughter, and the career I sacrificed it all for.

While my game on the ice might be on fire, the game in my personal life is clearly lacking, as evidenced by the fact I just saw my wife on a date with another man. If I have any hope of saving the family I love, I need to re-prioritize, and fast. So it’s time for me to get back to fundamentals, just like I did when I learned how to play hockey. I’ve never backed down from a challenge, and romancing my wife is a challenge I am very much looking forward to.

Time to put on my game face, because I’m in it to win it.

 

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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Steele is the ninth book in the Arizona Vengeance series by Sawyer Bennett. Each book follows a different player from the team so can be read as standalone but I recommend reading the whole series at some point, they are all so different. I first met James Steele in Wylde briefly but got to know his story more in Kane. He has his work cut out for him…

Steele and his wife, Ella separated five months ago after being together for sixteen years. High school sweethearts even and have a thirteen year old, Lucy. Steele thought Ella was happy in their marriage until the day she asked him to move out. He was shocked and just walked out without a fight. Now, five months later, he gets a fire lit under his ass after seeing her with another guy, laughing. He thought of her every day. He never wanted to separate. He regrets not fighting for her and this is the push he needed. He was on a mission to get his wife back. To get his daughter back. To put their family together again.

Ella loves Jim with all her heart but in the end, she needed him to see her. His time was spent on the ice which is understandable since that is his job. It was the after-hours she craved. She wanted her husband to spend time with her and Lucy instead of a fun pick-up game with his buds. He didn’t see the hurt it caused until it was too late. Now, he wants to fight for them. Does she have it in her to give him a second chance? Is it only because he saw her with a date or does he really want their forever?

Oh man, this one got to me. I can totally relate. My husband doesn’t play hockey or anything professional but we were HS sweethearts and he played rugby then and up to five years ago. Practices. Games. Travel. After-games socials. Thursday night post-practice drinks. Gym time. It’s a lot. Anyway, I loved that this was unique just like the other stories in the series, a married couple with a teenager. Love. Steele and Ella are adorable, sexy, and have their obstacles. So real, right? And Lucy, her dad has to prove to her too that he can change, see her and her mother.

Overall…I loved it. It’s real, hot, funny, and emotional. The characters are lovable. The teammate’s are supportive. I can’t wait for the next book! Jett is about to fall on his ass.

Quotes:

“I want a shot at making you remember the good times.”

“You could have called.”

“Then I wouldn’t have been able to see you,” I reply casually. “And I really wanted to see you.”

My eyes have adjusted to the dark, so I can see her whip my way. “Why?” I frown.

Why would she even ask such a question? As she can probably see enough to read my expression, I explain as simply as I can. “Because you’re beautiful. Because I miss you. Because I needed to. Take your pick.”

“Holy shit,” Jett murmurs. “Kill me now… I’m in love.”

I finally turn his way—I swear his eyes are bugging out with little hearts in the center where his pupils should be.

Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Steele is the ninth book in the Arizona Vengeance series by Sawyer Bennett. Man, do I love these hockey players, but I’ve been looking forward to Steele! He’s a veteran player, so he’s older and wiser, and he just wants his wife back. Period. She asked him to leave and he did. He didn’t fight for her. Now, months later, he sees her out on a date and realizes that he’s done waiting for whatever he thought was going to happen. He knows why she asked him to leave and he doesn’t even argue with her. She’s right. He wasn’t being a good husband. He was picking hockey over her. That ends now. Once he lets her know he wants her back and he’s going to fight, it’s on. He shows up with romantic words. He tells her he’s thinking about her. He proves to her that he’s changed and he just wants his family back. Ella isn’t just going to welcome him with open arms. She needs to trust that he truly is changing and things just won’t go back to the way they were before. And after a few hot kisses and promises from him, she wants to say yes. I loved this second chance romance! I loved that they are already married and just forgot how to make each other feel special. They already know each other. Are comfortable with each other and love each other fiercely. I loved how Jim knew he was wrong and wanted to change. He wanted to fight for his wife! And I love that Ella made him work for it. Overall, I laughed, teared up, had to fan myself, smiled and loved every word. It’s definitely one of my favorites of the series!

About the Author:

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Sawyer Bennett uses real life experience to create relatable stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From contemporary romance, fantasy romance, and both women’s and general fiction, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

A former trial lawyer from North Carolina, when she is not bringing fiction to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to her very adorable daughter, as well as full-time servant to her wonderfully naughty dogs.

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Release Day & Review – Depends on Who’s Asking, Lani Lynn Vale

December 8, 2020 By

 

Depends on Who’s Asking

Lani Lynn Vale

Release Date: December 8, 2020

 

About the Book

It was the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring…nope. No. Nuh-uh. That’s a lie.

The moment that Caro wakes up, she knows that she’s not alone.

One thump-thump from the living room and she quickly moves into action.

One 9-1-1 call later, and she’s ready to defend herself.

Only, she gets more than she bargains for when she steps out into her living room and comes face to face with a living, breathing nightmare.

And isn’t it just fitting that the man that saves her by coming down the chimney with a large black gun in his hand is named Saint Nicholas?

***

It seemed like the start of a bad joke.

Saint Nicholas comes down the chimney on Christmas Eve night, but he isn’t there to bear gifts. He’s there to take out the trash.

When he lands on his silent feet, he has no other choice but to put himself in harm’s way.

One look at Caro’s terrified face, and he can’t stop himself.

He steps in just as the bullets start flying, saving the damsel in distress and taking a bullet to the shoulder for his trouble.

But one thing he can say is, heroes always win the girl.

And Caro is the best Christmas miracle of all.

 

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Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

Depends on Who’s Asking is the twelfth and final book in the SWAT Generation 2.0. First, I can’t believe it’s been twelve books already and second, I might have cried when I realized it was over. I LOVED these characters so much. Every. Single. One. Of. Them. I look forward to Lani’s books so much because I know I’m going to laugh out loud, be shocked, cry a little and have to fan myself. I think saving Saint and Carolina for the end was perfect. We’ve gotten to know them a little before this and they were already checking each other out. Their story starts a year later. They are already attracted to each other and then they have to be quarantined together! In one room. In one bed. Yeah, that’s going to only end one way! Saint can’t stop looking at Carolina and her sexy curves. Carolina can’t stop thinking of Saint in his sexy glasses. They get to know each other and when they are free to go home, they want to keep seeing each other, but danger is coming and Saint wants to protect her. Good thing she wants to protect him right back! We learn who Saint really is and where he comes from and we get to see the whole crew again! I loved every second of this story! Saint was everything I wanted him to be and so much more! Carolina is freaking hilarious with her quirks and she’s smart and beautiful. I’m so sad the series is over but so glad I got to experience it!! And… I’m already looking forward to the spin-off characters!

 

It’s almost time to switch from your regular anxiety to your fancy Christmas anxiety. ~ Caro to Saint

 

I’d come to realize that Carlolina had meant more to me than just a girl I wanted. She was a girl I wanted to keep.

 

“My baby girl has a good head on her shoulders. I just hope you know that there are no takebacks,” Michael said.

“I wouldn’t ever giver her back, even if you wanted her.”

“If I wanted her, I think that I could get her to choose me.”

“I’ll bet if I open that door right now, she’ll come to me first,” I countered. 

About Lani Lynn Vale

Lani Lynn Vale is a Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles. She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens.

 

When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.

Lani is married with three children and lives in the Great State of Texas.

 

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Blog Tour, Reviews & Excerpt – The Revenge Pact, Ilsa Madden-Mills

December 7, 2020 By

The Revenge Pact kicks off an all-new series, The Kings of Football, with an emotional and super-charged new adult standalone romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is available now!

River Tate is a god on campus. The king of football. A tattooed bad boy with gunmetal eyes that see right through you. The only chink in his armor is her, the girl he pretends doesn’t exist, the forbidden one with the shy smile and lavender hair.

Anastasia Bailey is a nobody. The queen of nothing. An outsider with the face of an angel and a body made for sin. The only chink in her armor is him, her boyfriend’s frat brother, the football player who hates her.

But when Anastasia’s life crashes down, River’s the one who sweeps in and picks up the pieces. Torn between loyalty, lies, and secrets, he battles the temptation to take everything from her when they make their revenge pact.

He can’t tell her no. Because revenge (or love) is sweet, and once you get a taste, the craving never ends.

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Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

The Revenge Pact is the first book in the Kings of Football series. This series is going to be epic because all three books are by different authors! First up is Ilsa Madden-Mills with her enemies to lovers, sexy footballer with a heart of gold. Ilsa’s books always give me what I want! A sexy hero who’s more complex than you can ever imagine. A strong heroine who knows who she is. And humor, sexiness and friendship. River Tate is good looking, popular, kind, and caring and a heck of a football player. But he does not like Anastasia Bailey, his frat brother’s girlfriend. He can’t be near her. Won’t talk to her. But he can’t help but somehow always be close to her. There’s a bro code, but there’s also something else going on. He can’t tell her the real reason he can’t stand to be close to her. But when she needs him, he’s there for her. He’s just going to have to put it all aside and help her. He can do that, right? Ana doesn’t understand why River hates her. He’s always avoiding her, never looks at her and insists on calling her Anastasia. He’s the only one. And when he says it…it makes her melt. This is not good! But when things fall apart he’s the one who there’s to catch her. Is it possible there’s a reason he’s been such a jerk for the last year? Could the connection she feels with him be mutual? Could fate be at work here? A shared sunrise, a freaking hilarious scene with Fake River (one of my favorite scenes in a book EVER), and a love for the Outsiders showed River and Anastasia there was something sparking between them neither of them could deny anymore. I loved this story! So. Much! River and his sexiness and amazing words. Anastasia and her smarts and unique style. I could not get enough of them! Overall, I loved every word, every second, every thing. I laughed out loud, cried, smiled and laughed some more. I loved the secondary characters and I can’t wait to see more of them all!

Gingerly, I take a sip. “You say my name weird.”

He wipes at the crumbs on the table. “How’s that?”

“You linger over it, like you’re about to take its clothes off and fuck it.”

 

Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

The Revenge Pact is the first book in the Kings of Football series by not one author, but three! First up is Ilsa’s book, telling the story of the frat boy, wide receiver, River Tate. A beautiful, tatted, bad boy with depth.

River hated her. She was always around. At the frat house with her boyfriend. Lit class. He tried to avoid her but she was always there. He hated her because he couldn’t have her. She was off-limits. She was in love with his frat brother and friend. It could never happen. He has to stay the course. Be an ass. Party. Study. Think about the future. She was nothing but a forbidden distraction. One he couldn’t stop thinking about and when he senses she is crashing, he should just walk away. He does. He does what he does…he is there.

Anastasia is loved by most. In the last year she has found her place in the world in a way. Then, she turns twenty-one and something changes. No, not the Sparks she avoids when stuck in an elevator with him. River. That has always been there but he hated her. Everyone at the frat house loved her but he avoided her like the plague. She didn’t get it. That was until one night changes everything. She knew he was more than a jock but he was beautiful in so many other ways. Friends. That’s all it could ever be, right?

I love River and Anastasia!! River is a beautiful soul in a hot AF body. Anastasia is a badass who will never change for anyone. Their connection is amazing, magical, and delicious. They just see each other in all the ways. I laughed. I cried. I swooned. I got hot and bothered. I got punchy. I was going to wait to read the next book but I can’t! I love these kings of football plus Benji and Spike.

P.S. I ♥️ Showers. I get it, River. I do the same thing.

Quotes:

“You say my name weird.” He wipes at the crumbs on the table.

“How’s that?”

“You linger over it, like you’re about to take its clothes off and fuck it.”

“Weed is truth serum for you.”

“You act all I’m a bad boy when you’re deflecting your emotions. You’re not fooling me. There’s depth to you.”

“You took me to the sunrise. I bring you the stars.”

      Excerpt   River   “Why is the elevator so slow?” she mutters. “Tell me three things you’re grateful for,” I say.   She does a double take. “Is this where I’m like your…pet project? Don’t feel sorry for me.” Rainbow, sorry is the last thing I feel for you.  I want you under me.  Deep and hard. “How are things with Donovan?” I ask. Her throat bobs. “I-I can’t talk to you about him. I mean, yeah, um, it…doesn’t feel right, you know, to him.”  Right. He’s her boyfriend and my frat brother. The door opens and she slips out, her arm brushing against my chest. I follow, sucking down the electricity between us.  She blows out a breath. “I know what this is, why you’re being nice to me—” “Yeah? Tell me, because I can’t figure it out,” I snap, annoyed she won’t open up while the other side is pissed at myself for asking. “Trust me, I wish I didn’t…” I stop, my jaw clenching. She stops at the door to class and faces me. “Your paper. I’m sorry I can’t help you, I really am. I love helping others, but I don’t think it’s a good idea for us…” She bites her lip, her gaze avoiding mine. “There’s something about you and me—” She halts and looks down at her feet. “Anyway, I know a few students who tutor athletes. Let me give you their names—” “No one but you, Anastasia.”  “What? Why?” Instinct takes over and I back her against the wall, towering over her. I tilt her chin up, and she doesn’t speak or move, just breathing fast, as my hand slides around to her nape. A hum of heat goes through my body as my hands tangle in her hair.  “River…what…” Pink rises on her cheeks as her lashes flutter. Every time, I’m pushing a little more, the dark side of me winning. Monday. Her apartment. Now. I could kiss her right now, but it’s wrong, immensely, and I’m being bad, so bad… She gazes up at me, her eyes flaring, the gold around her pupils darkening. She swallows as goose bumps appear on her neck. A primal sound builds in my throat.  Anger.  Frustration.  Loyalty. Dammit. I shouldn’t be this close, shouldn’t touch her— “I’ll wait.” I grind my teeth and step back. Her lips part, a small puff of air coming out. She looks at my mouth. “For what?” The lethal side of me, the one itching to play this game no matter the consequences, tries to take over and speak the truth. I shove it down.  You, I say in my head. Leaving her there, I sweep past her and go to my seat.  Five fucking rows back.

About Ilsa Madden-Mills Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her angsty new adult romances and romantic comedies.

Eight of her eleven novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Fake Fiancée and I Dare You #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things #6; Boyfriend Bargain #8; The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, #4.

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

She’s addicted to frothy coffee beverages, cheesy magnets, and any book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females. Feel free to stalk her online.

Connect with Ilsa Amazon: http://amzn.to/2nY2pxT Instagram: http://bit.ly/35xfNfo Stay up to day with Ilsa by joining her mailing list: http://bit.ly/2ZWaTYh Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2EESfM9 Bookbub: http://bit.ly/2GaR6cn Book+Main: http://bit.ly/2s4j9ci Website: https://www.ilsamaddenmills.com Join her Unicorn Girls Group on FB, the best way to keep up: http://bit.ly/37B6Nay Sign up for phone alert for book releases (max of 4) Text ROMANCE to 21000

CHECK OUT THE OTHER STANDALONES IN THE SERIES!

Best-selling authors Ilsa Madden-Mills, Meghan Quinn and Adriana Locke,deliver three stand-alone romances about college football players finding true love while on the verge of losing everything.

THE ROMANTIC PACT by Meghan Quinn Release Date: December 10th

Synopsis: I haven’t seen her in three years.

I haven’t talked to her since the kiss.

So why am I on a plane, flying across the world to spend a week with her in Germany?

One word: Pops.

My life’s a mess. My possible football career is hanging on by a thread. I’m driving the roads of Germany in honor of Pops with the one girl I can never have. And I’m sharing a bed with her, the girl I’ve measured everyone else up to, while desperately trying to not to touch her.

We made a pact growing up, never to get romantic with each other – never fall in love.

And I’m about to break that pact. For good.

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THE RELATIONSHIP PACT by Adriana Locke Release Date: December 17th

Synopsis How hard can it be?

That was the question rolling around Larissa Mason’s mind just before she asked Hollis Hudson to be her fake boyfriend.

It was only supposed to be for five minutes, after all.

Granted, that was also before she felt his hand on the small of her back as he charmed the heck out of her family.

She hadn’t heard his laugh yet either.

And it was definitely before she saw the football god shirtless. Otherwise, she would’ve had an idea of just how hard some things could be.

It turns out that pretending to be in love with a crazily handsome, somewhat enigmatic, and absolutely unforgettable tight end (that has an amazing tight end) is easy.

Reminding herself that just because opposites attract doesn’t mean they’re forever is much harder.

What they have isn’t love—it’s a relationship pact. Right?

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Release Blitz & Reviews – The Revenge Pact, Ilsa Madden-Mills

December 3, 2020 By

The Revenge Pact kicks off an all-new series, The Kings of Football, with an emotional and super-charged new adult standalone romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is available now!

River Tate is a god on campus. The king of football. A tattooed bad boy with gunmetal eyes that see right through you. The only chink in his armor is her, the girl he pretends doesn’t exist, the forbidden one with the shy smile and lavender hair.

Anastasia Bailey is a nobody. The queen of nothing. An outsider with the face of an angel and a body made for sin. The only chink in her armor is him, her boyfriend’s frat brother, the football player who hates her.

But when Anastasia’s life crashes down, River’s the one who sweeps in and picks up the pieces. Torn between loyalty, lies, and secrets, he battles the temptation to take everything from her when they make their revenge pact.

He can’t tell her no. Because revenge (or love) is sweet, and once you get a taste, the craving never ends.

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Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

The Revenge Pact is the first book in the Kings of Football series. This series is going to be epic because all three books are by different authors! First up is Ilsa Madden-Mills with her enemies to lovers, sexy footballer with a heart of gold. Ilsa’s books always give me what I want! A sexy hero who’s more complex than you can ever imagine. A strong heroine who knows who she is. And humor, sexiness and friendship. River Tate is good looking, popular, kind, and caring and a heck of a football player. But he does not like Anastasia Bailey, his frat brother’s girlfriend. He can’t be near her. Won’t talk to her. But he can’t help but somehow always be close to her. There’s a bro code, but there’s also something else going on. He can’t tell her the real reason he can’t stand to be close to her. But when she needs him, he’s there for her. He’s just going to have to put it all aside and help her. He can do that, right? Ana doesn’t understand why River hates her. He’s always avoiding her, never looks at her and insists on calling her Anastasia. He’s the only one. And when he says it…it makes her melt. This is not good! But when things fall apart he’s the one who there’s to catch her. Is it possible there’s a reason he’s been such a jerk for the last year? Could the connection she feels with him be mutual? Could fate be at work here? A shared sunrise, a freaking hilarious scene with Fake River (one of my favorite scenes in a book EVER), and a love for the Outsiders showed River and Anastasia there was something sparking between them neither of them could deny anymore. I loved this story! So. Much! River and his sexiness and amazing words. Anastasia and her smarts and unique style. I could not get enough of them! Overall, I loved every word, every second, every thing. I laughed out loud, cried, smiled and laughed some more. I loved the secondary characters and I can’t wait to see more of them all!

 

Gingerly, I take a sip. “You say my name weird.”

He wipes at the crumbs on the table. “How’s that?”

“You linger over it, like you’re about to take its clothes off and fuck it.”

 

Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

The Revenge Pact is the first book in the Kings of Football series by not one author, but three! First up is Ilsa’s book, telling the story of the frat boy, wide receiver, River Tate. A beautiful, tatted, bad boy with depth.

 

River hated her. She was always around. At the frat house with her boyfriend. Lit class. He tried to avoid her but she was always there. He hated her because he couldn’t have her. She was off-limits. She was in love with his frat brother and friend. It could never happen. He has to stay the course. Be an ass. Party. Study. Think about the future. She was nothing but a forbidden distraction. One he couldn’t stop thinking about and when he senses she is crashing, he should just walk away. He does. He does what he does…he is there.

 

Anastasia is loved by most. In the last year she has found her place in the world in a way. Then, she turns twenty-one and something changes. No, not the Sparks she avoids when stuck in an elevator with him. River. That has always been there but he hated her. Everyone at the frat house loved her but he avoided her like the plague. She didn’t get it. That was until one night changes everything. She knew he was more than a jock but he was beautiful in so many other ways. Friends. That’s all it could ever be, right?

 

I love River and Anastasia!! River is a beautiful soul in a hot AF body. Anastasia is a badass who will never change for anyone. Their connection is amazing, magical, and delicious. They just see each other in all the ways. I laughed. I cried. I swooned. I got hot and bothered. I got punchy. I was going to wait to read the next book but I can’t! I love these kings of football plus Benji and Spike.

 

P.S. I ♥️ Showers. I get it, River. I do the same thing.

 

Quotes:

 

“You say my name weird.” He wipes at the crumbs on the table.

“How’s that?”

“You linger over it, like you’re about to take its clothes off and fuck it.”

“Weed is truth serum for you.”

 

“You act all I’m a bad boy when you’re deflecting your emotions. You’re not fooling me. There’s depth to you.”

 

“You took me to the sunrise. I bring you the stars.”

 

About Ilsa Madden-Mills Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her angsty new adult romances and romantic comedies.

Eight of her eleven novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Fake Fiancée and I Dare You #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things #6; Boyfriend Bargain #8; The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, #4.

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

She’s addicted to frothy coffee beverages, cheesy magnets, and any book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females. Feel free to stalk her online.

Connect with Ilsa Amazon: http://amzn.to/2nY2pxT Instagram: http://bit.ly/35xfNfo Stay up to day with Ilsa by joining her mailing list: http://bit.ly/2ZWaTYh Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2EESfM9 Bookbub: http://bit.ly/2GaR6cn Book+Main: http://bit.ly/2s4j9ci Website: https://www.ilsamaddenmills.com Join her Unicorn Girls Group on FB, the best way to keep up: http://bit.ly/37B6Nay Sign up for phone alert for book releases (max of 4) Text ROMANCE to 21000

CHECK OUT THE OTHER STANDALONES IN THE SERIES!

Best-selling authors Ilsa Madden-Mills, Meghan Quinn and Adriana Locke,deliver three stand-alone romances about college football players finding true love while on the verge of losing everything.

THE ROMANTIC PACT by Meghan Quinn Release Date: December 10th

Synopsis: I haven’t seen her in three years.

I haven’t talked to her since the kiss.

So why am I on a plane, flying across the world to spend a week with her in Germany?

One word: Pops.

My life’s a mess. My possible football career is hanging on by a thread. I’m driving the roads of Germany in honor of Pops with the one girl I can never have. And I’m sharing a bed with her, the girl I’ve measured everyone else up to, while desperately trying to not to touch her.

We made a pact growing up, never to get romantic with each other – never fall in love.

And I’m about to break that pact. For good.

PREORDER NOW: https://amzn.to/2KcbLUU

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54451134-the-romantic-pact

THE RELATIONSHIP PACT by Adriana Locke Release Date: December 17th

Synopsis How hard can it be?

That was the question rolling around Larissa Mason’s mind just before she asked Hollis Hudson to be her fake boyfriend.

It was only supposed to be for five minutes, after all.

Granted, that was also before she felt his hand on the small of her back as he charmed the heck out of her family.

She hadn’t heard his laugh yet either.

And it was definitely before she saw the football god shirtless. Otherwise, she would’ve had an idea of just how hard some things could be.

It turns out that pretending to be in love with a crazily handsome, somewhat enigmatic, and absolutely unforgettable tight end (that has an amazing tight end) is easy.

Reminding herself that just because opposites attract doesn’t mean they’re forever is much harder.

What they have isn’t love—it’s a relationship pact. Right?

Preorder Now: https://amzn.to/36HMIR2

Add to Goodreads: https://geni.us/6A5zx

Sign up to receive an email when it’s live: https://geni.us/AmazonAlert Or text the word Adriana to 21000 (US numbers only)

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